Thursday, April 28, 2016

Isn't That The Truth!

Oh my! When I saw this combination of colors for this week's color challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary I squealed! Literally!! I was excited to play with them and I decided to highlight a couple of stamp sets that will be leaving us at the end of May. 

Ah yes, my Six Sided Sampler set has lended itself to some fun and colorful backgrounds for me over the past couple of years. And today it's no different. Two patterned hexagons, one with dots and the other with stripes, stamped in all three challenge colors on a piece of Whisper White card stock just makes me happy. The quote and other images are from the fun and quirky hostess set, Love You Sew. The sayings in that set make me giggle. It's definitely a keeper! I kept the card simple with the various colored layers and the embellishments to a minimum with Whisper White Baker's Twine. I hope you will decide to share and showcase your talent with this fun combination of colors and play along with us this week! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Mighty Mushroom

Time for another fabulous sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary! People that know me, know I have a thing for owls. Cute ones that is, not the kinda weird looking ones that you sometimes see around. Well I have a confession to make, I also love those fun wooden painted mushrooms that I've seen online! I have tried finding them around here to add a bit of natural whimsy in my home decor, but it seems that the ones ones I like can only be found across the "big pond"! Darn it! So in the absence of the real thing, I figured I would make a paper one instead.

I made mine out of a 2" circle of Real Red card stock and a 2" circle of Soft Suede card stock and did a little trimming to both to achieve the shapes I was after. I then sponged both in their given colors to add a little depth. I trimmed down the Sunburst Thinlet to create a more concentrated sunburst. A strip of Pear Pizazz card stock sponged with its coordinating ink then cut twice with the Fringe Scissors creates a fun strip of grass to help 'ground' everything. The words and stamped suns on the background are from the Project Life Memories in the Making set out of the Occasions Catalog. 

It's a little hard to tell, but the 1/2" punched circles on the mushroom top are actually glitzed out with the Clear Wink of Stella. It adds such a fun shine to things, but it's so HARD to photograph! Here's hoping you truly do have sunny days ahead! Thanks for stopping by and I hope you decide to play along with our sketch challenge this week. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Happy Birthday Kirk!

Tonight we are celebrating my brother-in-law's birthday. If you knew him you'd know he's a "meat" man...and VERY hard to shop for! Ha! Since one of his gifts we are giving him is bacon inspired I thought I should make a card to match. So bacon and eggs it is! 

For the eggs I simply freehand cut the shape out of Whisper White card stock. Then I gently sponged Crushed Curry ink around the edge so it looks a little "buttery". The yolks are two 1 3/8" Circle Punches of So Safron card stock that I sponged with Crushed Curry ink until I achieved the look I was going for. 

The bacon strips believe it or not began as one long strip of Sahara Sand card stock. I simply sponged on Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler ink until it started to resemble the color of bacon. I then took Cherry Cobbler and Cajun Craze Stampin' Write Markers and added the lines along with the Signo White Gel Pen for highlights. I tore the piece into two separate pieces to make the 2 strips of bacon and crinkled them up good with my hands. What do you think? Looks good enough to eat doesn't it? Hopefully he likes it too! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

In The Meadow with this Birthday Girl

It's an extra happy day today! Why you ask? Cause it's this gal's birthday! Woo Hoo! My wonderful friends and downline actually surprised me with a birthday bash on Monday night. Dinner and dessert was delicious, conversations and laughs were plenty and all the presents they bestowed upon me were simply wonderful! I am truly, truly blessed to have each one of them in my life. Today it's all about spending it with my special little man...and the big one too. Ha! Might go do a little antiquing or stamping while Jack is in school. Then we'll just have to see what the rest of the day brings. It's my birthday so the only thing I know for sure I'm doing is taking the day off from cleaning and laundry! LOL! 

Today also brings a new color challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary. I had gotten the In The Meadow stamp set a wee bit ago and never really inked it up much until now.

I had this idea in my head for a basket weave type background. Looking over my stamp collection the long, narrow stamp from the Work of Art set seemed perfect for my vision! I stamped it in all three challenge colors. Then I stamped the trees and grass in Soft Suede ink on a piece of Soft Suede card stock for a secondary background. Then there's the focal point - the two deer standing in the meadow. LOVE this image! I stamped it in Soft Suede ink then using a Blender Pen, gave the deer some color. Using a dauber I added Mint Macaron grass and a Lost Lagoon sky. To finish it off I added a wonderful quote from the Rose Garden stamp set, two small punched Lost Lagoon flowers adorned with Pearls and a little sprinkling of Linen Thread. I really love how this card ended up turning out. Sometimes you never know where your creativity takes you, but today, I love where my journey ended! I hope these colors inspire you to play along with us this week. We'd love to have you! Happy Stamping from the birthday girl!

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Getting Fruity

It's Thursday! Time for sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary. When I first saw it, it made me think of fruit. Crazy I know! But I really love our stamp set Apple of My Eye and this sketch gave me a reason to keep it on my desk. *wink wink*

I thought a nice little gathering of a pear, apple and orange would be just right and it also lended itself towards a bold color selection. Colors chosen for this project are Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizazz, Early Espresso and Whisper White. The "Thanks" is from the Starburst Sayings stamp set. After stamping it, I hand cut it out instead of using a punch to give it a little more character and so it wouldn't cover any of the fruit too much. The cute saying, "you're the sweetest" is stamped in Real Red ink on the piece of Real Red card stock for a tone on tone look. Subtle, with a hint of whimsy. 

Thanks for stopping by today! I am having so much fun creating with this great group of talented ladies! I hope you will play along with this fun sketch challenge this week too. I'd love to see your work! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 3, 2016

Creation Station Blog Hop - Hello Spring!

Hi stampers! It's been a busy, busy two weeks for me. There were many times I didn't know whether I was coming or going. This weekend is no exception, I got to spend yesterday with three of my wonderful friends stamping in Virginia. Yep, once again we took it on the road! Today we are going to our nephew's birthday party. Weekends come and go so much quicker it seems. But enough about all that, let's get to the fun stuff! This month's theme was spring flowers; specifically our Botanical Blooms stamp set. It's a really awesome bundle of goodies that go so well together!

I decided to do a different shaped card this time. I used the largest of the ovals in the Oval Framelits to create the base. Then I thought why stop there? How about using some nontraditional colors for the flowers as well? So I chose Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Soft Sky and Pear Pizazz for the different florals. 

It's a little hard to see the sweet little Soft Sky flowers I stamped, so here's a close up for you to see.

Here's a side view of the card. I actually die cut 2 of the ovals to create the base and it's easel so it stands by itself. The first one is the back of the card as seen from the front in the first picture. The second one is folded in half and one half is adhered to the back of the base to create the easel.

For the back, I die cut more ovals so there would be a place to write a handwritten note before sending.

I couldn't stop at a card so I made a coordinating gift box using our Tiny Treat Boxes (love those!). I wrapped a piece of Soft Sky all the way around the box. Then I stamped and adhered side panels to mimic the card. 

For the top I created the same type of flower focal point as on the card but switched the colors for the different components. Simple and sweet!

I hope you enjoyed both projects today. Depending on where you started on our hop you can either go back and see what wonderful ideas Jen has for you or you can move along to see what awesome stamping skills Dena has to share with you today. Happy Stamping!