Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Garden Thanks

I had a vision in my head so when the cute stamp set, From the Garden and the coordinating framelits arrived at my door, I had to use them all right away! I have to admit, I  was having way too much fun playing with all my new stuff that day. This card was for a sweet friend who surprised me with an amazing birthday present. And the crazy part was that part of my gift entailed flowers and gardening! So fitting right?!? LOVE it!! The "THANKS" is from the recently retired Sale-A-Bration set, For Being You. The grass was created using our wonderful Fringe Scissors. So quick and easy! Happy Stamping!

Monday, April 27, 2015

Get Well Pipers

A family friend was in an accident recently. His path to recovery will be a long, slow one but thankfully he will mend with time. I sent him this card with lots of healing prayers. I hadn't used my Wetlands stamp set in a little bit, so I dusted it off and gave it a whirl! I sponged So Saffron, Marina Mist and Crumb Cake ink on a piece of Whisper White card stock to achieve a 'beachy background'. I then stamped the pipers, 'weeds' and sentiment using Black Memento Ink to create the scene. And finished off the front with a Burlap Ribbon pennant on top for some texture. I have to say, love these little birds! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Stamping For The Cure

I belong to an online group, Cards For The Cure Of Happiness, who send cards to those dealing with cancer. This cause hit close to home as both my mom and mother-in-law are breast cancer survivors. Sending a card and letting that person know that someone is thinking of them is a simple gesture, but one that hopefully will lift them up during their hard journey.

This was the card I recently sent out to a handful of people who are on the list. I die cut a square out of the Whisper White card stock using our Square Framelits. That made it easy to wrap the Pear Pizazz Cotton Ribbon around the card stock and knot it on the front. Using our Black Memento ink, I stamped the sentiment from the Lovely Amazing You Photopolymer set. I then took a piece of the Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum (one of the fabulous freebies from Sale-A-Bration) and colored on the backside of the design using Hello Honey, Pear Pizazz and Pumpkin Pie markers. I attached it on the back of the die cut opening using Snail Adhesive and then backed it with a piece of Whisper White card stock to really make the colors "pop". Add a layer of Hello Honey and Pear Pizazz card stock and this card is complete!

I encourage you to take some time today to make a card for someone that needs a little uplifting. Happy Stamping!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

You're A Star

I hope you enjoyed yesterday's blog hop! I was able to get a wee bit of stamping in yesterday afternoon and earlier today so I am one happy camper! Or should I say, happy stamper? Trying to use new color combinations on my stamping projects when I need to 'spice' things up a bit, this card falls in that category. I challenged myself to use Basic Gray, Crisp Cantaloupe, Smoky Slate and Old Olive. Colors I typically wouldn't have put together, but they work so well together don't you think?

I love it when we have punches that coordinate with our images. It makes life so much easier!  In this case the small flower and star punches from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack help to make the focal image 3D. Two stamp sets were used, Pictogram Punches and World of Dreams. Both of which I hope continue on in the new catalog!

Which brings me to share the news that TOMORROW, April 21st Stampin' Up will announce the retiring list! It's always a happy and sad day for me. Sad that I will have to say goodbye to many of my favorites, but happy knowing that new ones will be coming soon! Many items on the list will sell out, and sell out quickly, so if there are certain items you'd like I urge you to purchase them sooner than later! Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Creation Station Blog Hop - Crazy About You

Welcome back to another round of The Creation Station Blog Hop! I love it when you stop by every 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month to see what everyone has created. And I LOVE to be challenged with our fabulous products!

 For this time our options were -  
  • Use the Crazy About You stamp set/bundle
  • Use Chalkboard Paper
  • Graduation themed projects
Graduation project...yeah! I needed a graduation card!
First up I had to share with you this cute graduation card I made for my nephew who will be graduating high school next month. I chose his school colors of Real Red and Basic Black and kept it more on the masculine side since I knew exactly who it was going to. I used the Crazy About You stamp set to create the fun "Happy Graduation" background. I love it when you can use either words or images and make your own DSP. I created the motorboard using a couple of punches and freehand cutting to get it just right.


It's a little hard to tell, but I added Crystal Effects to the word "you" to make it look like enamel. In person, the effect is awesome! And it took longer to dry than to actually do, so no problems there. The "you" is part of the Hello You Thinlets that you can get as a bundle or separate with the Crazy About You stamp set. They coordinate wonderfully!

I attended a bridal shower yesterday and the weather was a sunny 76 degrees, so I couldn't help but spread a little of that sunshine on this simple, but colorful card. This time I highlighted the flower and leaves that come in the Crazy About You stamp set. I used 'masking' to help create the depth of the leaves and flowers. By keeping the images on the lower part of the card, it reminds of a flower garden. Once again I used the thinlets, this time with "hello" and a coordinating word in the set, "sunshine". 

I LOVE the versatility of this stamp set and thinlets! So many options!  Depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Heidi's sensational creativity or you can hop along to see what cleverness Justin has to share with you today! Happy Stamping!

http://theartfulinker.com/creation-station-graduation-blog-hop            http://kkstamp.blogspot.com/2015/04/creation-station-graduation-time.html

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Happy Easter!

Since I had a blog hop on Easter Sunday (which I hope you enjoyed all the wonderful ideas!), I thought I would wait and show the Easter card I created until today. So traditional with the idea of an Easter egg, but nontraditional in how it was created. I was inspired by a card I saw by Janet Holmes. I changed the colors and added the flowers to give it my own personal spin on it. 

I first die cut a large oval using the Oval Framelits out of a piece of Whisper White card stock. I then textured it using the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder. Added Dimensionals onto the back of this card stock and set it aside.  Next I took an additional piece of Whisper White card stock and using the large brush swipe stamp from the Work of Art stamp set, stamped it in Pistachio Pudding, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry and Pool Party inks. I then adhered the card stock with the oval die cut out of it and placed it over the piece I stamped with the colorful swipes. Voila! an instant colored Easter egg! Add a couple of punched flowers and leaves, a greeting, pearl and linen thread bow and you're done. LOVE it! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Creation Station Blog Hop - Think Spring!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter! I hope the Easter Bunny filled your basket to the rim! Thanks for stopping by today on such a special occasion. 

For this time our options were -  
  • Use the Butterfly Basics stamp set
  • Use the Berry Basket die
  • Spring themed projects
I was thrilled to see the theme of this week's hop - SPRING! I can't tell you how I have been anticipating this season especially after the bitter cold winter we've had here. And of course the Berry Basket die is just too cute not to share an idea with it!

I whipped up this Bermuda Bay with Whisper White trim Berry Basket in no time at all. I stamped the large flower from the Crazy About You stamp set found in the Occasions Catalog with Calypso Coral ink. Between you and me, this stamp set is a MUST! So many wonderful words and phrases (including the one I used above), and if you get it in photopolymer it's super duper easy to line them all up! I used the coordinating Flower Medallion Punch to punch it out. I actually stamped 3 of the flowers; one I punched the full blossom, the other two I hand cut smaller inside layers of the blossom and layered upon themselves with Dimensionals to give it lots of depth. The leaves are also from that set, and those I "fussy cut" out. I like the look they added, so it was worth it! The cute tag is from the One Tag Fits All set that also was punched out using its coordinating punch. While the flower and leaves are attached to the basket with Dimensionals, I used one of our super cute Mini Clothespins to hold the tag in place.

This fun little 3 x 3" card is a great sidekick to the basket of goodies. I used all the same colors: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Pear Pizazz and Calypso Coral to coordinate along with it's gift. I thought I would be a little different and add my greeting as a fun border around the main flower. Love the unexpected! Again, I stamped, punched and hand cut three flowers to create the multiple layers of the flower.

And here they are together! What a great little gift for a friend, co-worker, teacher, anyone really! Who wouldn't love receiving this this spring?! Depending on where you started on this blog hop, you can go back and revisit Jennifer's sensational creativity or you can hop along to see what cleverness Deborah has to share with you today! Happy Stamping!


Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blooming Birthday

Spring has sprung! (At least in my stamping space it has.) I was in the mood to use bright, bold and cheery colors and to try something new with the Flower Patch stamp set. Do you like my cascading flowers? Just thought it was something a 'little different'. Colors used were Pear Pizazz, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White, and Blushing Bride. Since I was trying a different way of using the stamp set, I thought I would try a different approach with ribbon as well. I simply took a strand of our Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon and tied a knot on one end and adhered it across the card and tucked behind. Just gives the bottom a 'pop' of color. I added Rhinestones to the centers of the large blooms. Can't get enough of those little gems!

And the flowers didn't stop on just the outside. Here's a look of the inside before I personalized it. Too fun! Hope you have a blooming happy day!

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Yee-Haw Buckaroo

Thought I would shake it up a bit today and instead of sharing a card I would share a cute 3D project with you. This cute Fry Box was die cut, stamped with the Hardwood Background stamp using Early Espresso ink and then decorated with various stamps from the Yee-Haw stamp set. This photopolymer set is just too stinkin' cute! It was a must have when it was first introduced and I've been loving it ever since! (Item #138107) My club gals loved making these as one of their projects! This box holds a small cello bag filled with various bite-size candy bars. Wouldn't these make cute favors for a cowboy birthday party? LOVE it! Happy Stamping Buckaroo!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Woo Hoo!

Wow! I was the "Pick of the Party" over at Stampin' Celebration with my card! How exciting! How wonderful! How appreciative I am to know people like my stamping projects! *big smiles* 

Here's the card I created for their inspiration challenge that received this honor. You can find all the details for it here. Hope your day is going as great as mine is! Happy Stamping!