Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Waiting For The Festivities To Begin!


Super excited to be attending the festivities in Baltimore today with a fabulous group of gals in my Downline Team! Can't wait to see all the wonderful new products coming in the Occasions Mini and Sale-A-Bration Catalogs AND bring home some new toys to play with! Woo Hoo!


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Floating Leaves


Fall has come and gone. Sad isn't it? I LOVE that time of year! The colors, the smells, the weather.....Before I let go of it and move on to winter and Christmas, I wanted to share a card I made embracing all the wonderfulness that it offers. Floating leaves in various colors sweep across the front of this card. Fun and simple - LOVE it!



Did you notice the slight bling I added with the three little rhinestones? It's such a wonderful time of year that it just has to sparkle! Happy Stamping!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Sketch Challenge 7



It's a rainy, dreary and slightly chilly day here today. Perfect day to spend some time stamping if you ask me! I haven't had a chance to spend time back in my creative room the last couple of days since I've had extra kids here so to get the creative juices flowing, I thought I would check out the Sketch Challenge over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com


I can't get enough of the photopolymer set, Yee-Haw. It's ideal for boys, girls, men and women! I've made cards for all them using this set. Plus, since Jack is asking to be a cowboy this year for Halloween it adds to the wonderfulness of it! Colors I used where Whisper White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede and Pool Party. It did get the creativity flowing since I after I made this masterpiece I created 2 more for an upcoming class. Yee-Haw! Happy Stamping!


Sunday, October 19, 2014

Creation Station Blog Hop - Wondrous Wreath


So glad you stopped by today on your journey along our wonderful blog hop. I look forward to sharing my creativity with you throughout the month in the hopes that it sparks yours! 

For this time our options were -  
  • Use the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and/or bundle
  • Wreath themed projects
  • Highlight the use of our Gift Box Punch Board

Since I had a sick little boy this week I only have on project to share with you today. It's simple but fun, and hopefully you will see how versatile the Wondrous Wreath bundle is!

As as I stood at my desk back in my stamping studio staring at the Wondrous Wreath stamp set and coordinating framelits, I envisioned a wrapped up package all ready for gift giving this holiday season. Thus, this cute card was created.


I stamped the saying on a piece of Pool Party card stock to mimic the design of wrapping paper. I then took Real Red card stock and wrapped it like ribbon and die cut a bow to finish off the effect. To soften the appeal, I sponged Whisper White craft ink on all the pieces of Real Red card stock.

 
I created a quick and easy tag out of Whisper White card stock on which I stamped the "To: and From:". To give it a little eye candy, I stamped and die cut a flower from the set as well. I wanted to show you how this bundle is more than just "all about the wreath". 

Depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Heidi's creativity or you can hop along to see what cleverness Deborah has to share with you today! Happy Stamping!


          



Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Color Challenge 15


Intrigued by the color selection, I played along with the Color Challenge over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com this week. I knew instantly that I was going to make a Christmas inspired card, how could I not?


I kept it simple and clean, but with a little twist. Can you tell how I made the wreath? I stamped and punched out numerous flowers from the Petite Petals stamp set in Garden Green ink. Who would have thought that flowers can make a wreath. They do! Versatility, it's all about it when it comes to paper crafting. *big smiles*

In order to achieve and maintain the wreath shape, I die cut a wreath using the Wonderful Wreath Framelits and then adhered each individual flower to it. I also altered the Cherry Cobbler bow that I die cut from that same framelit set as well. I took an Exacto Knife and cut out slits to have the bow look more like a tied ribbon on the wreath. 



To add a little " somethin' somethin' " to the card, I added a Baked Brown Sugar star onto the "joy" to help tie in the stars I embossed on the larger piece of Baked Brown Sugar found behind the wreath. Adding little details like that help the cohesiveness of the card to come alive. Happy Stamping!







Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Sketch Challenge 6


I needed a card for a dear Downline Team member who is celebrating her 4 year Stampin' anniversary this week. And when I saw this Sketch Challenge over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com, I knew it was PERFECT for what I needed! LOVE it when inspiration strikes like that!


Well, what do you think? I used our new Fall Fest stamp set and coordinating framelits and paired it with the fantastic Bravo and Gorgeous Grunge sets. I used Raspberry Ripple, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White and Old Olive card stocks with a smidge of Vellum to add some visual interest. Happy Stamping!



Monday, October 6, 2014

Nuts About You Treats


Happy Monday! Did you enjoy yesterday's blog hop? I did! Lots of fun ideas using the Fall Fest stamp set. It really is a wonderful set to have. Don't forget that today is the last day for the Stock Up & Save Sale that Stampin' Up is having! It's a great time to add to your ink, stamp, paper and envelope collection!

Today I thought I would share with you a cute little treat I made up for all my Stamp Club members and Downline Team members who attended the different events last month. I like to have a little something sitting at their spots on the table before we begin the festivities. Just my way of saying how much I appreciate them and their support of my business in one way or another. They're the BEST!




These were fun and easy to make. I took a piece of Coastal Cabana card stock and scored it in two places, basically the width of my candy and voila! an instant treat holder. I used the Small Oval punch to make the handle and tied it closed with our wonderful Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon. I love this super cute Hostess Only set, Nuts About You. The little animals and tree just make me smile!

Any thoughts on how I made the tag? I used the Label Bracket punch and simply cut off 2 opposite pointy sides. If you look at the punch then look at my tag, you'll understand. I LOVE how punches can be used in so many ways! Don't feel like you are limited to only their intended use! Explore with them!




Here's a picture of one of the groups' treats before I dispersed them. I forgot to take a photo of the others groups. Oops! such is life sometimes. Everyone loved them! I have to tell you though, that I was perusing the candy aisle looking for something that went along with the saying, "nuts about you". Hence, I decided upon Snickers because they have nuts in them! Yes, I am a detail type person! LOL Happy Stamping!





Sunday, October 5, 2014

Creation Station Blog Hop - Fall Fest


Happy October! Wait, it's October already?!? Is it just me or are these months just flying by this year! Every time I turn around, weeks have passed by. But I must admit though that this is my FAVORITE time of year! Oh how I LOVE fall days! Who's with me on that one?  

With a new month beginning, comes a new blog hop Sunday! For this time our options were -  
  • Use the Fall Fest stamp set and/or bundle
  • Halloween themed projects
  • Highlight the use of our Tiny Treat Boxes
Sounds good to me! I thought it would be fun to use the Fall Fest Bundle and make this Halloween card - 





I thought the 3 different faces would make for a fun background paper. I placed all three on a bigger block at the same time, inked them up and stamped away! That's one of the perks with our photopolymer stamps. You can put as many as you want on and in any which way you want on our clear blocks. LOVE it!




I thought it would also be fun to double layer my greeting. I die cut these fun letters using our Little Letters Thinlits in Rich Razzleberry and Basic Black. Think of the possibilities!

Well, then I sat and stared at the Fun Fall Framelits Dies that coordinate with the Fall Fest stamp set and I had one of those voila! moments. It's not necessarily very "halloween-ish", but I couldn't help but share it.





Meet Arty, my little alligator. When I looked at the ghost intended framelit, I saw monster feet (that is, after you cut off the two little arms). Take a closer look at the feet...they are upside down ghosts! For his head and nose I used the wide oval punch, large oval punch and 3/4" circle punch. I used the ghost framelit again in one more way. Can you see how? Yep, for his teeth! I die cut a ghost and then trimmed the head part off and voila! you've got a set of alligator chompers!





Here's a side view so you can see his tail that's off to the side. And did you notice his toe nails? Any guess what I used to make them? Why, one of the pumpkin faces in the Fall Fest stamp set! Using my Basic Black marker, I inked up one eye and stamped it on each of his toes!  I attached him to a Tiny Treat Box and wrapped it up in our wonderful new Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon. What a delightful little treat he is don't you think?




I hope you enjoyed these two creations today. I enjoyed sharing them with you and hopefully opened your mind up to the versatility of our Fall Fest Bundle and Tiny Treat Boxes. Depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Kallan's creativity or you can hop along to see what cleverness Justin has to share with you today! Happy Stamping!



         

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Celebrating World Card Making Day!




Happy World Card Making Day everyone! I had a FANTASTIC time with all the gals this morning! All who attended made a card, ate some delicious desserts and played bingo games to win some fabulous new stamping products! Everyone said they had fun which encourages me to hold this type of event every time a catalog comes out. Yeah! You never know until you try right? Thank you to everyone who came today!


This is not the card everyone got to make today (I will share that with you another time), instead I thought it would appropriate to share a card that depicts my love of making and sending cards and my love for those of you who support me in one way or another to do so. 


I thought it would be fun to do a color blocking background in Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana and Crushed Curry. To give it even more interest, I stamped on one and textured anther. The mailbox and bird stamp is from the For The Birds set. I thought it would be fun to give our Coastal Cabana Blendabilities a whirl and give the mailbox some color and depth. So for all of you who support me with my stamping business, I truly appreciate it! You let me be able to do what I LOVE TO DO! And for that, I "love you"! Happy Stamping!



Thursday, September 25, 2014

I Won!


Feeling super-de-duper today since I found out that my Howdy card was a Top 3 Pick over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com! Woo Hoo!



In case you missed it, here's all the details for the card. Have a "stamperific" day!



Sunday, September 21, 2014

Creation Station Blog Hop - Harvest Party


Happy Sunday everyone! Welcome back to another fun blog hop. I truly am lucky to be a part of this fabulous group of talented stampers. I'm smiling so big that my cheeks hurt! For this time our options were were -  

  • Use the For All Things stamp set (found in our Holiday Catalog)
  • Harvest Party themed projects
  • Highlight the use of our Petite Cafe Gift Bags

You know me....I LOVE a good party! So welcome to my rendition of a Harvest Party!

First up, I thought I would share the cute little name cards I made so all my guests know where to gather around the table.




Little haystacks that are just too cute, right?! LOVE it! How did I make these little cuties? I made 2 individual small tubes of Crushed Curry card stock (think toilet paper tubes) then used my Fringe Scissors to snip all the way around on the top and bottom. I left a good inch in the middle uncut. I used our FABULOUS Burlap Ribbon to wrap around them to add some texture. I cut a fun little tag and stamped the cute little saying from Holiday Home and leaf from Fall Fest stamp sets and attached it around the burlap with Linen Thread. Easy and cute!




Second up, no place setting at the table would be complete without a cute wreath napkin ring holder right? I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE how versatile stamp sets can be!! The Wondrous Wreath stamp set in our Holiday Catalog is more than just for Christmas. By using different ink colors, in this case Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso, I made it into a fall wreath. Use greens, pinks, yellows and then you've got spring! It really should have been named "Wreath For All Seasons". LOL




And of course, no guest can leave our harvest party without a special thank you to truly show my appreciation for them and the time they spent with me. Here, I die cut a French Fry box (Did I mention I really like this new die? It's super cute!) and stamped it with leaves from the Fall Fest stamp set in Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Gorgeous Grunge splatters in Baked Brown Sugar.  Add a stamped and die cut pumpkin on the front and voila! A cute and easy favor that packs a lot of punch.




I hope you've enjoyed attending my Harvest Party today! I loved having you! Don't worry, the fun is not over yet! Depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Kallan's creativity or you can hop along to see what awesomeness Deborah has to share with you today! Happy Stamping!



                

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Happy Birthday Wade!


Today's card was made especially for a particular guy in mind. Happy Birthday Wade! A lover of music in general and a drummer by skill, I thought it would be appropriate to make recreate a drum set for his birthday card this year. What do you think? Pretty neat huh? I kept the rest of the card simple, since the drums were the main focus. And if you look close up, you can see the 'toothpick' drumsticks as well. 





It's all about the details right?!?! LOL! Lots of punching and cutting went into the making of these drums. When it was all said and done, I consider it well worth it and even happier that I only had to make one! LOL! Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Color Challenge 14


Couldn't help but play along with the Color Challenge over at www.createwithconnieandmary.com today. These colors were speaking to me! I didn't even have to think about what stamp set to use; the new Yee-Haw Photopolymer set came immediately to mind!




I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this new set! We used it this past week at my Stamp Club gathering on a super cute 3D item. The circled star stamped in all three colors makes for a quick and easy background. The stamped barbed wire on the side adds visual interest. Yes, I "fussy cut" the lasso out and popped it up with dimensionals. Honestly, it's not that terrible to cut out. The two arrows were a little more tedious to do, but still not that bad. Figured I would top it off with a die cut Glimmer Paper star to give it a burst of bling! I don't know about you, but I could see this intended for a boy or girl. Love gender neutral cards! Remember to challenge yourself with your papercrafting projects from time to time. It helps to get the creative juices flowing! Happy Stamping!