Last night I spent about 4 hours mowing our yard and my in-law's yard. Finished about 9:30 PM - yep I was mowing in the dark with the lights on! But it was a good job to get done for the weekend. We have a busy weekend of which includes tonight we will be celebrating my father-in-law's birthday. He took a bad fall a few weeks ago and has been slow in his recovery. He's been spending a lot of time in his favorite blue reclining chair resting and recuperating. I saw it only fit that his birthday card this year should showcase his blue chair since he's been seeing so much of it lately. It took a few punches (3/4" Circle, 1" Circle, Wide Oval and Modern Label) and lots of freehand fussy cutting to make this chair come together. In the end, I think it turned out pretty good! I think he'll get a good laugh out of it, knowing his personality. Happy Stamping!
Sunday, May 29, 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016
My creativity is slowly getting back on track after the past few weeks of chaos. Thank goodness! Aren't these colors just screaming warm weather, sunshine and flowers? Well, they were to me so that's the direction I took with this week's color challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary.
I started with the wonderful flower bouquet from the Number of Years set to create my focal point. To soften it I added a scrunched up doily to one side and a So Safron pennant to the other to balance it out. The fun heart background is from the Watercolor Words stamp set.
A little hard to tell but I added Wink of Stella to all the flowers and each of the hearts to add visual interest. It's so much prettier in real life that in a picture. I'm so glad you stopped by today! I hope you will see what other wonderful creations were made using these colors and then play along with your own. Happy Stamping!
Thursday, May 19, 2016
Time for another sketch challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary! I think my creative genes were on hiatus this week. Life has been overly chaotic this past two weeks. Started with getting sick, then a major family dilemma occurred, next was planning and hosting a bridal shower, and now a birthday party in a couple of days all by myself. So I will keep this short and sweet.
I kept to the concept of the sketch pretty closely. Like I said, my brain cells were no where near thinking outside the box. Colors chosen were Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette, and Cucumber Crush. I'm on the fence with how this one turned out. I love the tricolor petals and am now thinking I should have also die cut the leaves in Basic Black and filled in the openings with the Cucumber Crush. Yep, probably should have done that. I think it would have 'flowed' better. We are our own worst critics! Ha! I hope you check out everyone else's ideas with this sketch - there is definite 'awesomeness' there! Happy Stamping!
Thursday, May 12, 2016
It's Thursday! What rainy sort of yucky and a little chilly weather we've been having now for the past two weeks. I'm waiting for some nice sunshine to arrive and dry all this up. It's making spring planting practically impossible and the barnyards just a muddy mess. Jack has been itching to play outside and get some miles on his new power wheels tractor he got for his birthday. Until then, it's another color challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary. When I saw the colors I was like, yep, that's what the days have been feeling like with all this dreary weather we've been having.
I alternately stamped one of the leaves from Vintage Leaves in Smoky Slate and Crumb Cake onto a piece of Whisper White card stock to create a fun background. You know me, I love a good background on cards! LOL
Using the coordinating framelits, I die cut the large maple leaf out of Vellum and then stamped the splatter from Gorgeous Grunge (may this set never leave!) in Basic Grey ink and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. I die cut the word "happy" from the Hello You Thinlets and added the "BIRTHDAY" from the Crazy About You stamp set. I was actually surprised how quickly this card came together as I thought I might struggle with the colors chosen. I hope you decide to play along with us this week. What do these colors inspire you to stamp?
Thursday, May 5, 2016
Happy Thursday everyone! Today's sketch challenge over at Create with Connie & Mary made me think of a floating cloud. I got to thinking about what I had to make clouds and low and behold the Tree Builder punch was it!
Instead of making regular clouds, I decided to make "clouds" of frosting on top of a large cupcake! Yep, my mind works that way. LOL I took my color scheme from the Cherry on Top Designer Series Paper I used behind the delicious creation - Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder and Crushed Curry. The stamped candles and party hats are from the Birthday Yay stamp set. I'm going to miss this one! Any guess on how I made the top ridge of my cupcake wrapper? I used the edge of my Washi Label punch!
It's hard to see but I added Wink of Stella on the candle flames, the edges of each frosting cloud and over the entire word, "cheers". Love me some sparkle! Thanks for stopping by today. We would love for you to play along with this sketch challenge. Just hop on over to Create with Connie & Mary and link up your masterpiece! Happy Stamping!
Wednesday, May 4, 2016
A sweet little boy I know had his guitar recital this past weekend. His parents videotaped it so everyone could see. He did an AMAZING job for being so young! So proud of you Ryan! I thought it only appropriate to make him a card fit for the occasion and pair it up with a delicious little treat. I freehand cut out the guitar shape in Crushed Curry card stock. I went to town sponging it to give it more of an authentic feel. My trusty Circle Framelits came in handy to mimic the opening. I cut Linen Thread and using a glue dot adhered each onto onto a small Circle Punch then onto the retired Modern Label Punch, which was the perfect shape for the string 'anchor'. I adhered the other end of the 'strings' onto the back of the guitar before adhering all of it onto a Basic Black card stock base. A perfect card for the budding musician! Happy Stamping!
Sunday, May 1, 2016
Happy May my friend! So much has happened this past week. My little one turned six years old! Where has the time gone?! I blinked and the years flew by. He was a happy little clam as he didn't have to go to school on his birthday since it was election day here. On a bad note this week, my computer upgraded to Windows 10 and I have had nothing but trouble with it since then. Tomorrow I plan on backing a few files up and then I am going to try and have my computer revert back to Windows 7. Literally my screen will go completely back while I am in the middle of something and I have to reboot the whole thing. Blah! So I better get scootin' with this month's projects before it does it to me AGAIN!
For this month we focusing on masculine cards and projects using either the Going Global stamp set, In the Meadow stamp set, or Kraft card stock. My In The Meadow set was so thrilled to have it get inked up again!
For my first card I get it very simple and pretty straightforward. I stamped the mountains using Soft Suede ink on Sahara Sand card stock then layered that on Old Olive and Soft Suede card stock. I thought it could use a little 'pop' of color so I stamped the little trees in Basic Black ink on a piece of Whisper White card stock and used my Stampin' Write Markers to color them in. I then adhered it onto a piece of Pool Party card stock and added a few wraps of Linen Thread around the top for texture. The words are from the Rose Garden stamp set and punched out with the Wide Oval Punch. The Pool Party card stock on either side of the oval is actually the Label Bracket Punch trimmed down and modified a bit. Good thing is, I already have a recipient for this card!
This one is my favorite of the two projects I'm sharing with you today. Although I didn't grow up in a hunting household, I have since had family members become hunters so I always look for stamps that would fill that niche. I carefully omitted the little deer from the stamp and simply stamped the larger one. Using my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker, I had to draw in his chest since that was missing after I stamped him. I then took my Soft Suede Stampin' Write Marker and drew on his antlers. I used my Blender Pens to give him some color. The leaves are from the Vintage Leaves stamp set and add the perfect touch to the background. The words are from the soon to retiring set, All Boxed Up. I figured you could take this card one of two ways. "Woohoo" that you got you deer or "Woohoo" it's your birthday. Gotta love the versatility! Colors of card stock used were Whisper White, Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Cucumber Crush and Crushed Curry.
Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you enjoyed both projects. Depending on where you started on our hop you can either go back and see what wonderful ideas Holly has for you or you can move along to see what awesome stamping skills Mikaela has to share with you today. Happy Stamping!