Thursday, December 15, 2016

Happiness With Holly

Brrr! It's cold and windy today! Today's sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary got me in the mood for  Christmas. After all, it is only 10 days away and I am still shopping, working on some handmade things and I have yet to wrap anything!

I love our Holly Berry Happiness stamp set. The only stamp I hadn't used in it yet was the one that looks like a branch of holly leaves. So today I told myself I had to use it! With the help of the smallest jar from the Jar of Love set filled with a little Soft Sky Water, I created a little holly bouquet. I stamped and hand cut two of the branches and to put in the jar along with three sets of berries that I stamped and punched out. It was easy to color the holly leaves as the smaller single leaf stamp in that set is the perfect size to do so! The Real Red lines is a stamp from the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set that I stamped multiple times to achieve the longer length. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Fuzzy Mittens

Happy Thursday my stamping peeps! The color challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary this week inspired me to bring a softer side to the holiday season. I love the Candy Cane Christmas stamp set and thought it would be fun to highlight a couple of the stamps in it.

The tree and mitten are classic winter stamps and stamped in rows make for a fun background. I stamped and cut out two additional mittens then attached a piece of Whisper White Baker's Twine to them to simulate an old fashioned pair of mittens that most of us grew up with. In the center of each mitten is a small pearl to give them even a little more character. The greeting is from the Wondrous Wreath set. Our fabulous Silver Glimmer Paper adds just the right touch of pizazz to the softer Sweet Sugarplum and Soft Sky colors. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Oh, Gingerbread Boy!

Welcome to December! Hard to believe that we are nearing the end of another year. Time seems to go by so quickly! I, like many of you I am sure, have dove into Christmas decorating, music and shopping. In fact, yesterday I went up to Harrisburg, PA to the Pennsylvania Christmas & Gift Show. Literally hundreds of booths set up and filled with glorious things to purchase. Talk about eye candy! It takes hours upon hours to walk through it all. Let's just say I walked off my lunch before I even ate it! 

When I saw this week's sketch challenge I knew immediately I wanted to do a shaker card! I carefully cut out a small house from the Candy Cane Lane DSP and mounted it onto a square of confetti DSP from the same pack. I then added a small strip of Whisper White card stock and hand cut  a snowbank for the house to sit in. I added a few little Christmas cookie sprinkles and then topped it off with a Real Red scallop frame I created using our fabulous Layering Squares Framelits backed with a piece of Window Sheet. It's cute to see the sprinkles shaking around the little gingerbread house.  I used the Candy Cane Christmas set for the words and candy canes. My cute gingerbread boy is from the Cookie Cutter Christmas set. Don't both sets work so well together? Love it! We hope you'll play along with us this week at Create with Connie and Mary. Don't forget to stop by and see what the rest of the Design Team created. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving my dear stamping friends! I am spending the morning watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade on tv with Jack. It's a tradition. If you were to ask Jack what we do on Thanksgiving he would tell you that we watch the parade and jump in the leaves. Because jumping in the leaves makes him happy. Boy, I love this kid!

When I saw this fabulous color challenge, I knew I was going to use as many fall elements as I could on my card. So I have acorns and leaves galore adorning it! Both sets of words and the acorns are from the Acorny Thank You stamp set. The large leaf is from Vintage Leaves and the small leaves in the background is a stamp in the Perpetual Birthday Calendar set. I know I added in a small sliver of Early Espresso card stock, but I couldn't help it. My card was calling for a 'pop' of a neutral color to tie it all together. I so enjoyed worked with Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon and Crumb Cake this week! Hopefully you will too as we would love for you to share your creativity with us! Hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary and check out what all the other designers were inspired to create with them. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Feeling Kind of "Purple-y"

When I saw the sketch challenge this week at Create with Connie and Mary, I told myself that I needed to use colors I hadn't used in a while. When I was staring at my glorious, colorful ink pads I decided that I would choose two and that they had to be of the same color tones. Hence, I decided to feel a little "purple-y" today!

I decided upon Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum as the main colors and Crumb Cake, Whisper White and Basic Black to compliment them. The balloon and greeting are from from the Celebrate Today set. The swirls are from Swirly Bird, the splatter is from Gorgeous Grunge and the stars are from Perpetual Birthday Calendar. Yes, quite a few sets went into the making of this card. I couldn't help myself! I added a strip of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper to break up the different hues of color and add a bit of sparkle. What a playful card it turned out to be! I encourage you to play along and to create a project with colors that you haven't used in a while. You might just be surprised of the outcome! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Giving Thanks

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, this month's blog hop is appropriately themed, "Giving Thanks". There are so many things in this life I could write down and share with you that I am truly grateful for, but I will save that for another day. Instead I will share with you what I call my "Thankful Tree".

I love trees! I am enthralled by them in home decor items, jewelry, etc. They symbolize so many wonderful things. I especially love them in the fall. Fall is MY season! The colors (yes, my favorite color truly is Chocolate Chip Brown); the weather (oh how I love the slight crispness in the air); the smells (I can't get enough of wood burning furnaces).  This time of year is so ME!

I had an idea in my head about how to turn the tree from the Halloween Scene Thinlets into more than just a spooky tree. I knew it had great potential to show off it's more lively, colorful, fall self! I die cut it using Chocolate Chip card stock and Olive Green card stock. I then took the Tree Builder Punch and punched to my little heart's content of leaves out of Cherry Cobbler, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake and Olive card stock. One by one I adhered them onto the branches of the tree and on the ground. I added a splatter from the Gorgeous Grunge set in the background to give it more life and interest. The saying from the Basket of Wishes set was perfect for this month's theme! How could I not use it, right? I was having too much fun creating this idea in my head onto card stock. I hope you will continue on to see what creativity the rest of the gang has to share with you. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 10, 2016

Warm and Fuzzy

I just have to say that I am still sleep deprived from Tuesday's election. Anybody else? I fell asleep about 11:30 PM then awoke around 2:20 AM and stayed up to 4:00 AM to actually see who was declared the new President elect. Fell back to sleep until 6:00 AM of which I then got Jack up and ready for school and I went to work. My clock is so off right now, it isn't even funny. I need a day to recooperate!

I fully admit, I had to cheat a little with this week's color challenge. I didn't have anything copper left in my arsenal! I know right?! But I looked high and low and nothing could be found. So I used what I thought would be the closest color, Soft Suede.  I inked up and stamped off once before stamping the bear from the Cookie Cutter Christmas set. I dressed him up with a scarf and hat from the Jolly Friends set. Love how these two are interchangeable! The greeting is from Basket of Wishes stamp set  which I stamped once and then cut apart to give it a different look.

The scarf and hat were stamped with the Night of Navy ink then I sponged the same ink on them to give it a little more dimension. I added Wink of Stella to the hat's white brim and pom pom and also to the lines of the scarf. Thanks for stopping by today! We'd love for you to share your creativity with us this week at Create with Connie and Mary! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 3, 2016

All Dressed Up for the Holidays

Today we're traveling from the warm tropical island of yesterday's card I shared with you to the bitter cold of the North Pole! I was inspired to use the new Letters For You set I had recently gotten when I saw this week's sketch challenge.

The slightly worn look of the letters reminds of a slightly old-fashioned classic Christmas. What's more classic that Frosty's hat and snowflakes from the Snow Place set along with punched holly leaves and berries from the Holly Berry Happiness set? I seriously had to stop myself from continuing to add more to this card. I wanted to dress up all the letters, one with earmuffs and another with a scarf.....but I refrained myself and kept it more simple and classic. Thanks for stopping by today, please make sure to hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary and check out all the other fabulous designers' ideas using this sketch and then share your own! Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Happy Birthday Robin!

Stamping is a lot like baking. For example, today's recipe calls for: One dear friend who is celebrating a birthday. Add in her love of the beach and a pinch of shimmer. Voila! The result is this birthday card just for her! For the background I took a piece of our Shimmery White card stock and with Marina Mist ink and an Aquapainter, I watercolored the ocean water. For the sand, I tore a strip of Crumb Cake card stock and stamped it with the splatter from our Gorgeous Grunge set in Crumb Cake ink. The fish, seashells and words are all found in the Seaside Shore stamp set. (It truly is a really fun set!) To create the coral, I die cut two tree tops from the fabulous Thoughtful Branches bundle that was available a little while back. A little hard to tell, but the fish and shells had a shimmer on them thanks to our awesome Wink of Stella! LOVE that stuff!! Happy baking! Oh, I mean, Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Halloween and the Great Pumpkin!

This week has been a busy one. On Tuesday I was a chaperone for Jack's field trip to the Smithsonian National Zoo in D.C.. The weather was nice, the bus ride a little long due to the traffic, but he really enjoyed himself and so did his friend Jordan that hung with us for the day. I should have worn my pedometer, as it was a lot of walking! But it was good for the body, so I shouldn't complain right? Today it was back to work as usual. This week's color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary made me instantly think of Halloween. Since it's right around the corner I thought I would share with you one more project for it.

I created this fun background highlighting all three colors by using the stamp from the Spooky Fun set. Thank goodness for photopolymer, it was cinch to line each one up and stamp it! The jar and pumpkin are from the Jar of Haunts set and I actually used a dauber to apply the color to both. I thought it gave them a more softer appearance than had I used our markers. A quick little picket sign, and it gives the appearance of the Great Pumpkin Patch from the Charlie Brown movie. 

Here's the inside of the card as the stamping continued in there as well. I really have loved the Halloween stamp sets this year. I bought way too many of them, but they have been used and put to good use! It will be Thanksgiving and Christmas projects soon enough. Thanks for stopping by today! We would love for you to play along with the color challenge this week! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Chilling...Penguin Style

It's been a heat wave these past few days with temperatures in the 80's. I'm not used to such warmth so close to Halloween. I like a nice, crisp fall day. With the heat, I thought I would go the opposite way in my card this week and bring on some chill!

This cute little penguin from the Snow Buddies set was anxious to get inked up and get all dolled up in his fuzzy scarf! I chose Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Bermuda Bay and Pumpkin Pie colors on this whimsical card. Snowflakes stamped in Real Red ink and punched out with different size circle punches are a nice highlight to the more muted Bermuda Bay snowflakes in the background. Three well placed rhinestones add just the perfect amount of sparkle. What a great sketch this week at Create with Connie and Mary! Check out all the other fabulous ideas from the rest of the design team and then share your own.  Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Vintage Friendship

Hello stamping friends! Please forgive me as this post is going to be rather short today. I'm a bit under the weather. I've got the chills, no appetite, my ear is aching and I find it hard to stay awake for more than ten minutes. Blah! Hoping I can shake this soon!

I thought I would throw in a "vintage" type feel with today's color challenge at Create With Connie and Mary. I cut 1" squares of the three colors and adhered them onto a piece of Whisper White card stock. I then sponged Crumb Cake slightly all over to "dull" the colors a bit. I adhered that onto a piece of Early Espresso card stock and wrapped some Whisper White Baker's Twine around it before tying a bow and then adhering that onto a Whisper White card stock base. I chose this wonderful greeting from the Friendly Wishes set along with the little flower from the Live, Love, Grow set as the main focal point. First time I inked up that set since getting it! I also sponged Crumb Cake ink on this piece too and attached dimensionals on the back to raise it up. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Birthday Bear

Happy Thursday! It's been a busy week here, but I squeezed in a little stamping room revamp over a few late nights. I am a 'stander' when it comes to stamping. I like to be able to move around and grab things here or there to use on my projects. I have been having to bend over my desk for the past 11 years and well, my back said, "Girl, I've had enough!" So.... I took a 6 x 6 x 6" wood post and cut it into four pieces and covered each one in the carpet that is currently in the room. I was lucky to find a small remnant at the store that was the same carpet I put in there years ago! Lucky find! So I took everything out of and off of the desk and put the "risers" into place then last night I finished putting everything back. Whew! It was big job but now it's at counter height and I can't wait to be able to create for hours and not have my back hurt! Woo Hoo! Simple pleasures is all it takes sometimes!

I really liked this week's sketch challenge at Create with Connie & Mary. I love this little bear from the Bear Hugs stamp set and thought he would be cute holding a single birthday balloon. Using the Balloon Celebration set,  I added a few sprinkles on the lower part of the balloon and then stars around him to really make him stand out. I also stamped the dotted circle from that set on the Real Red card stock below to add some visual interest. 

Here's the inside of the card. I carried the stars into here as well to tie it all together. We'd love for you to play along too with this sketch challenge! Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 3, 2016

All About The Pink!

Welcome my stamping friends! I am excited to take part in this Ultimate Pink Blog Hop today! What is it you may be wondering? It's a collection of ideas from fabulous and creative Stampin' Up! demonstrators all over the globe featuring shades of pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. As some of you know, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer years ago. Through the power of prayer and medicine, she is still going strong today and living a happy, healthy life!

In honor of her and her love of flowers (she grows AMAZING ones by the way!), I thought the Detailed Florals Thinlet would be the perfect choice! I die cut first in Basic Black then mounted that onto a piece of Melon Mambo. I then cut one more out of Pink Pirouette and one out of Old Olive and paper pieced those two colors onto the die cut black one to create a colorful bouquet of flowers. The greeting is from our Rose Wonder stamp set and seemed appropriate for this special occasion card. To finish it off, I added a couple punched butterflies with pearls and a 5/8" Organza Ribbon before mounting it all on a Whisper White card stock base. Thank you so much for stopping by today! Cancer affects so many wonderful people and families. I hope you continue on to see the other fabulous creations by this wonderful group of stampers listed below. May you be filled with pink inspiration! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Double Duty Dies

Happy Fall my stamping friends! I was rather excited to hear about this month's blog hop theme - showcasing different ways to use our framelits and thinlets! I LOVE being able to show my customers the versatility of our products! I am all about getting more bang for your buck! {I have to admit, I got that trait from my mom. She can find good deals everywhere!} I know it's fall, but I couldn't help but share two Christmas ideas with you today.

Not sure about you, but I love a good shaker card! I used the hostess set, Time of Year for all the stamping done on this card. It's a GREAT set to have in your arsenal!  To create the shaker part I used the Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits to die cut the opening. Add a piece of Window Sheet behind it and then lined it with our new Foam Adhesive Strips (Where have these been all my life?!). Before adhering it down on the stamped piece of Whisper White card stock, I added a small handful of our Metallics Sequin Assortment. To take it over the top, I added a string of Christmas lights hanging from our new Candy Cane Lane Baker's Twine. Are you wondering to yourself, "'d she make the lights?" Well, look no further!

I used the small thinlet from the Pyramid Pals Thinlets! (The red arrow is pointing to it above.) Pretty neat right? Yep, it's supposed to be used for ears, but I saw lights!

Then I had the stamped insert piece from the card above left over and knew I needed to give that a purpose somehow. So I created this fun gift tag! Using White Embossing Powder and my trusty Heat Gun, I embossed the greeting from the Watercolor Words. I envisioned a large piece of candy to really make it stand out so this is my version of a classic peppermint! I created this sweet treat using a circle from the Layering Circles Framelits, diecutting one in Real Red and a second in Whisper White. I cut apart the white one into swirly shapes and adhered the four pieces onto the red circle. Any thoughts on how I created the twisty ends off the sides?

Why, with the help of a bear! The Bear Hugs Framelits that is! I used the skirt die as indicated above with the arrow to create the fun ends. I die cut four skirts, two in Real Red and two in Whisper White card stock then layered them together. To finish off the tag I used our 1/8" Gold Ribbon and added a bow and extra piece of length to be tied onto your present. 

Oh my! I was having too much fun creating these two projects for our hop this month! I hope you will continue on to see what creativity the rest of the gang has to share with you. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!