Sunday, December 6, 2015

Creation Station Blog Hop - Christmas Is In The Air!


"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." I don't about you but I truly do LOVE this season. Now mind you, it's hours, days and weeks worth of work for me to prepare for it. Many hours of sleep are lost because of it. Gray hairs are made during it. Stress level is at an all time high (I've got 31 people on my shopping list after all!) But the feeling of giving to others and making them feel special and seeing my little one light up with joy and excitement that day is ALL worth it! I LOVE making people happy! What can I say?

With the hustle and bustle of the season, how can we not highlight it with this month's blog hop? Hopefully something will inspire you along the way of all the fabulous projects shown today. Technology was not in my favor today as it wouldn't let me know upload my super cute Christmas card I created and wanted to share with you today. Enter super sad face here. But it did let me share this with you. Whew!




Isn't this just the cutest little candy jar? What a fun little favor for teachers, co-workers, friends, downline, club members - the list could go on! 





I punched a circle of Pool Party card stock for the sky and one out of Whisper White that I trimmed down for the snowy hill. I stamped the little snowman and tree from the White Christmas stamp set using our Memento Tuxedo Black ink. I used various Stampin' Write markers to give both a little color. I finished off my little winter scene with falling snow created by our Signo White Gel Pen.

I hope you enjoyed your stop here today! Depending on where you started on our hop you can either go back and see what creative genius Holly has for you or you can move along to see what awesome stamping skills Cindy has to share with you today. Happy Stamping and Merry Christmas! 



               

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Creation Station Blog Hop - Being Thankful


Happy Sunday stamping friends! I hope your Halloween was a "faboolous" one! Ours isn't over quite yet. In fact, at this minute I am busy getting ready for a Halloween party I am hosting tonight. Since Friday night was the actual trick-or-treating around town, and last night was the town's big Mummers Parade (that lasts hours!), I was left with tonight to have family gather together so my little Batman this year and his cousins could see each other in costume and celebrate this spooky holiday. In the meantime, I thought you would enjoy a couple of projects I created using the Thankful Forest Friends set. Since our theme for this blog hop was being thankful, I knew this set would be perfect!


I wanted to do a little something different with this set and the animals, so I stamped them in Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie and Early Espresso ink then took a 1 1/8" square of card stock and traced around the images with a pencil and carefully cut them out while purposefully leaving part of their bodies outside of that square. I think that gives them a little personality don't you think? I then matted each one onto the coordinating card stock and carefully cut those out too. Recognize the background on the piece of Old Olive card stock? I used the small single stem stamp that is in that set too!


I had fun with the greeting by not only omitting the image surrounding the words, but I also stamped "THANKS" on those same three colors of card stock and cut them out. Each one is popped up on a dimensional to give it depth. I added two Linen Thread bows to make it mimic a hanging banner. Sometimes simple things make a big impact!



Then I thought it would be cute to make a coordinating treat box and wanted to highlight the cute little bear (he is my favorite out of the set). Aren't our Tiny Treat Boxes just the cutest? I LOVE using them for little favors! I adhered a piece of Into The Woods Designer Series Paper to each side of the box. Then ran a band of grass made out of Old Olive card stock that I sponged with Old Olive ink and snipped with our Fringe Scissors all the way around as well. For the fun banner on top (isn't that neat?!), I used the stamp from the Acorny Thank You stamp set, two Linen Bows again and two toothpicks that I cut flat on the ends. I used our Multipurpose Liquid Glue to adhere them on the piece of Old Olive card stock on top. 


For my fun little bear, I took actually stamped him two times. One I cut him out completely and the other I cut out his muzzle and both hands and adhered them onto the complete bear. The sign he's holding is simple the Washi Tape Punch. Did you notice the two acorns in the grass? They are from that same piece of DSP that I adhered to the sides of the box! I just simply cut them out of it. 


I hope you enjoyed your stop here today! I surely appreciated it! Depending on where you started on our hop you can either go back and see what creative genius Nicole has for you or you can move along to see what awesome stamping skills Julie has to share with you today. Happy Stamping!



            

Thursday, September 10, 2015

Woo Hoo!


Awesome! My card was a Top 3 Pick for the challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary! What a nice surprise during this chaotic week! 



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



Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Sketch Challenge 10


Happy Tuesday! I hope you enjoyed your three day weekend like I did. I was happy to have my little one home from school those three days, even though he still woke up just as early as if he had school, I enjoyed just having time with him throughout the days. I wanted to create a card for a sweet and funny gal in my downline who is celebrating her 4 year anniversary as a demonstrator. Woo Hoo Lisa!! I decided to use this sketch challenge over at Create With Connie and Mary as the jumping off point.


When I saw the scattered shapes I knew I wanted to use the little spider from the new Howl-O-Ween stamp set. They too, wanted to send congratulations to Lisa on her stamping anniversary. I used the "Woo-Hoo" stamp from the Bravo set and created a tone on tone feel with Crumb Cake ink and card stock. Using Gold Glimmer paper and the Confetti Stars Punch, I added bling to my witch's hat and a few of the spiders. Gotta add glitz for Lisa after all! *smiles* Happy Stamping!


Sunday, September 6, 2015

Creation Station Blog Hop - "Getting 'Baggy' With It"


Happy September Sunday! I think Mother Nature missed the memo that September weather was not supposed to be the same as mid-July 90 degree days. Blah! It's been so hot here this past week and it's supposed to continue for a little bit yet. I'd take a regular 75 degree September day right about now. We are full into corn chopping, so these hot, hot days make that task much, much harder. 

For this blog hop round our options were -  
  • Use any single stamps
  • Highlight the use of our bags (cello or paper)

Do I dare declare that I don't own any of our single stamps? Nope, not a one. So I knew I would be going with curtain number 2 and highlighting the use of our cello bags. Actually just one cello bag in two different ways!

I took one of our fabulous and super cute 1" x 8" Cello Bags and cut it in half.


With the first half, I put a few little candies inside and tied off each end with our Rich Razzleberry Cotton Ribbon. I just received the new stamp set, Howl-O-Ween so I thought it would be cute to have the owl actually holding onto this little bag of treats. What a cute and easy way to present a little treat to someone!

  
With the other half of the cello bag, I slit it completely open. (Think of butterflying a chicken breast.) Then I accordion folded it and came up with this cute little half rosette. I attached it to the back of the skull from the same Howl-O-Ween set and made this cute little 3" x 3" card with it. I think the cello 'softens' this card a bit. 



Here it is from the side to give a better view. The 2 1/2" Basic Black circle is textured using the Chevron Embossing Folder. I'm so HAPPY that this stamp set has coordinating framelits with it! Woo Hoo!




So here you go. One little cello bag and two different uses. Did I mention there is only 54 days until Halloween? Lots more owls I need to make! Thanks for stopping by today! Depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Dena's mad stamping skills or you can hop along to see what creative genious Martha has to share with you today!




             



Thursday, August 6, 2015

Feeling Happy


Feeling super-de-duper today since I found out that my floral card was a Top 3 Pick over at Create with Connie & Mary this week! Woo Hoo!


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


Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Color Challenge 21


I saw this color combination and my first thought was, "Hmm, not sure about this one." So I thought about it for a day and inspiration struck! Whew!


At first I wasn't sure if the colors would work well with flowers, but I think it turned out great! Using the new Garden in Bloom stamp set (LOVE IT!), they were a cinch to make. Add the splatter stamp from Gorgeous Grunge and the saying from Oh My Goodies, this card was getting better and better as I worked on it. 


I even had a little fun and created my own little "Sahara Sand thread" by cutting super thin strips of Sahara Sand card stock and looping them like I would Linen Thread. They were easy to make and easy to work with. Yeah! Happy Stamping!


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Creation Station Blog Hop - Heartfelt Sympathy


It's August. Yep, I had to look on the calendar to make sure. This year is just flying by. Months are disappearing before my eyes. Anyone else feel like that? The biggest thing happening to me this month is my baby is going to Kindergarten. Gulp! My little ray of sunshine, my pride and joy, the reason I became a mom is leaving me everyday in two weeks to go to school. Literally, I could cry! He's been my sidekick for the past 5 years. What am I going to do without seeing his smiling face and answering his bazillion questions all day long? Seriously, they need support groups for moms dealing with issues like this. I can't be the only one!? 

Today's issue on the other hand, is another fabulous blog hop! Something else to think about....yeah! 

For this time our options were -  
  • Use Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set
  • Sympathy, Get Well or Thinking of You themed projects
  • Highlight the use of our Decorative Masks

Since I had the new Heartfelt Sympathy set in my possession, I decided that's the road I was going to take with my projects.




First up, I thought it would a little different to not only use the main saying stamp for the focal point but also as a background. I just stamped it randomly in Soft Suede ink on the Soft Suede card stock. Now for the main focal point, I embossed the words with our fabulous Gold Embossing Powder. The gold complements the Soft Suede so nicely in person. And did you happen to notice a little "somethin', somethin'" on the doily? 


Here's a close up for you. I also embossed the edge of the doily with the Gold Embossing Powder as well! I simply swiped my Versamark Pad right along the edge of the doily carefully then embossed as usual. What a stunning effect it has! It really makes the focal point 'pop'!



For the second card, I chose to use the other main saying in the Heartfelt Sympathy set. I kept the card simple, with a slight twist. First up, how did I made that gorgeous sunflower? I die cut two of the same size Floral Frames Collection Framelits with our Crushed Curry card stock. I sponged the edges all the way around both die cuts with Crushed Curry ink. For one of them, I cut into the center of each petal, making them more 'individual looking' but still keeping it the full size flower. For the second, I cut each petal apart separately. Thus, making eight individual petals. I put adhesive on six of those individual petals and adhered them to the center of the large flower. Then I took my beloved Bone Folder and curled the ends of all the petals to give them more dimension.  A punched and embossed Chocolate Chip circle completes the flower. And the twist you are wondering about? Well, I didn't cut the base of the card to it's usual full size height of 5 1/2". The Whisper White card stock base is actually an inch shorter than usual. So the Crumb Cake, Old Olive layers and the sunflower 'extend up' to the 'normal height' of the card. In person, it's quite visually appealing. 



Well, there you have it. Two projects using one awesome set! I'm so glad you stopped by today. I feel like Mr. Rogers and that I should be sitting on the bench changing my shoes and putting on my sweater when saying that. Flashback moment! Anyways....depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Jen's mad stamping skills or you can hop along to see what wonderfulness Sarah has to share with you today!


       

Friday, July 31, 2015

A Handy Dandy Little Tip


Question: What do you do when you have lots of  paper bows to make and don't have enough hands or time to hold onto them while waiting for the Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue to dry? Answer: Our Mini Clothespins to the rescue!  Happy Bow Making!


Monday, July 27, 2015

Sketch Challenge 9


I had a specific card in mind that I needed to make for a dear friend whose "road of life" has been challenging for her the last few months. I knew what I wanted it to say, but didn't know how I wanted it to look until I saw the sketch challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary this week. It was perfect!



I did change it from vertical to horizontal to allow for my words to fit better. I added a piece of embossed Delightful Dijon onto a folded piece of Delightful Dijon card stock for a tone on tone effect for the base of the card. Just something a little different. I love this lady with her hand on her hip from the Just Kidding photopolymer set (Item #140667). There are some great 'cheeky' quotes in that set that just make you giggle! Happy Stamping!



Sunday, July 19, 2015

Creation Station Blog Hop - Happy Birthday!


Hello stampers! It's been a busy week here in my household. In the early part of the week, I created dozens of thank you cards for an organization, mid-week I judged scrapbooks at the Maryland State Dairy Princess Pageant, and I was busy working at the end of the week on my projects and photos that I submitted in our county fair. I'll find out Tuesday if any were ribbon winners. In the meantime, it's time for another fun blog hop! 

For this time our options were -  
  • Use Build A Birthday and/or Crazy About You stamp sets
  • Birthday themed projects
  • Highlight the use of our Punch and/or Score Boards

Oooooh, love it when I have choices! I pulled out my Crazy About You stamp set and went to work on a couple of birthday cards.


First up, I thought how can I do something a little different with this set. Then it hit me, create a swag using the leaf and flower stamps! So, that's what I did. Using Mossy Meadow ink, I stamped the leaves several times to create the appearance of a swag. Then I stamped the flower two times, once with Calypso Coral ink and then with Daffodil Delight ink. I punched out the coral flower using the coordinating punch, and hand cut the daffodil one. I then stamped the words onto small strips of Whisper White card stock to change it up a bit instead of simply stamping them directly to large piece of Whisper White card stock. Added a couple Linen Thread loops and a Rhinestone to finish it off. 


Up next, I thought it would be fun to use the words in the stamp set in a new manner as well. Since they are photopolymer they can be manipulated somewhat. I punched a 2" circle then carefully curved the word, "CELEBRATING" when applying it to the clear block. Fun right? When looking at the large flower stamp, you actually get 4 sizes of flowers in that one stamp! Crazy I know!?! But totally, AWESOME! With that in mind, I did a little more hand cutting and came up with this medium size flower. This card is actually 4 1/4" square in size. Sometimes just changing the size of a card makes things more interesting. And the good thing, it still fits in a regular size envelope! Woo hoo!


Side by side, you can see the different size of the flowers - all 4 of them! Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoyed these two fun projects. Depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Jen's mad stamping skills or you can hop along to see what creative genius Martha has to share with you today!


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