Thursday, December 7, 2017

Simple Swirly Bird


"It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." inside and out here at our place. I was thigh high deep in boxes last week. When you have a little one that is super excited for Christmas and the entire spirit it brings; one must put aside their creativity making (i.e. stamping) and get the house and yard decorated! We are ready and waiting for the big guy to arrive! Still have lots and lots of shopping to do this week and next. One thing at a time I remind myself. Decorations done....check!


Even though the house and yard are screaming Christmas, my card went a whole other avenue with this week's color challenge. I needed a sweet but simple thank you card so I pulled out my Swirly Bird and Rose Wonder stamp sets and inked them up. Add a few punched leaves, rhinestones and voila! an nice and quick card all ready to send. Hope your holiday season is off to a great start! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 23, 2017

Traditions


Happy Thanksgiving my stamping friends! I am thankful for each and every one of you that stop by and check out my stamped creations. Growing up, it was always tradition to watch the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. I've continued that tradition with my son, Jack. From the balloons, to the floats and the performances, it's fun to watch and a wonderful way to spend time together on this special day. 


Inspired by this tradition, I inked up the balloons from the Lift Me Up set in this week's fabulous color challenge. Too fun, right? The balloons and words are popped up on dimensionals. It's a little hard to tell, but I added Wink of Stella in the white areas of both balloons to add some sparkle.  The clouds are stamped in two different colors to add whimsy and movement across the card. And if all those colors of inks and shapes of card stocks weren't enough, I thought I'd add a little more texture with the Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder on the Whisper White card stock. This card just makes me smile, just like the parade. I hope you have a fabulous day spent with those you love! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 16, 2017

"Happy Little Trees"


Inspired by famous painter, Bob Ross I was in the mood for some "happy little trees" this week. I fully admit that I would tune in from time to time over the years to watch him transform blank canvases into masterpieces. He made it look so easy, didn't he? 


These trees are from the Foxy Friends stamp set. I inked one in Wild Wasabi ink and the other in Lemon Lime Twist. I thought Island Indigo and Crumb Cake paired nicely with these two shades of green. Notice the pattern going across the piece of Whisper White card stock? It's actually the 'face' stamp in that same set. By stamping it repeatedly on it's side, it adds a modern twist to the background. The words are from the Colorful Seasons set. Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you check out the other fabulous creations at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, November 9, 2017

Flowers at 42 Degrees


Happy Thursday my stamping friends! It's been a little bit of a cold week here on the East Coast. Brrr! But that's okay because this week's color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary got me in the mood for some flowers. Flowers you say? Yep! and not your traditional colored ones either.


I thought it would be fun to ink up the flower in the Painted Harvest set with Night of Navy ink and add Powder Pink centers. So, not what you would think off the bat, but in real life, they are pretty! To fill in all the spaced around the flowers, I used Pool Party ink and stamped the skeleton leaf at half strength and the dots at full strength from that set as well. Then I sponged even more Pool Party ink over all that space too. It seriously looks like it could be a pillowcase or printed bed sheet. Using the coordinating Leaf Punch, I punched out three of them in Pool Party card stock and sponged Pool Party ink all over to give them a little more depth. I wrapped two strands of our fabulous 3/8" Powder Pink Shimmer Ribbon around the front. Not only does it help break up the design of the flowers but adds some subtle sparkle too. This is so not your traditional colored flower card, and I like it! Happy Stamping!




Thursday, November 2, 2017

Thankful Pumpkins


Happy Thursday! Well, Halloween is over. It was a busy three nights that we trick-or-treated with various family and friends. Jack enjoyed it all! So happy to see him enjoy the holiday. =) I'm still in pumpkin and fall mode. With the weather, we have the majority of trees that have yet to change color. I'm not feeling Christmas just yet...it's too soon!


I decided to ink up the sunflower and pumpkins stamp from the At Home With You stamp set. Our Stampin' Write markers in Crushed Curry, Early Esprsso, Old Olive and Island Indigo makes for a quick addition of color. I love this quote from the Layering Love stamp set. It can take on many intentions. In this instance, gratefulness. There is always something to be thankful for, right? The little spark on the Crumb Cake card stock is actually a flower stamen from the Colorful Seasons set. I thought it was abstract enough to add visual interest to the background.  Thanks for stopping by today! Don't forget to check out all the other fabulous design team member's creations at Create with Connie and Mary. And then play along with our sketch! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 26, 2017

Smiling with Mother Nature


Back again with another fun color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary! The trees are finally starting to show a change of color here. It's a slow progression, but still, it's starting! I'm getting excited!


In honor of Mother Nature's glory, I decided to show my enthusiasm in the form of a card. I sponged all three colors on a piece of Whisper White card stock randomly. I then took my Tuxedo Black Memento ink pad and stamped the leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp all over leaving a little space in between. Then using the coordinating framelits, I die cut each leaf out. I added a die cut Early Espresso branch from the same framelit set. I know this isn't one of the colors this week, but sometimes you gotta bend the rules just a tad. ;) Some leaves are adhered flat and other's are popped up on dimensionals. I also used the splatter stamp from the Swirly Bird set to help fill in some of the white space. Can you find all 5 rhinestones I placed around the card for some visual interest? Oh Mother Nature, how you do make me smile this time of year! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 19, 2017

Halloween Chaos in Progress


I am working on trying to tie up some loose ends with the fast approaching Halloween holiday. I have to finish Jack's costume. I have to figure out my menu for our annual Halloween party we do with the family. I have to package up a couple of Halloween care packages and send them across the country for some very special people. I have to take Jack's picture in his costume (after I finish it) and get photo cards made up and send them to the other half of the family we don't get to see as often as we'd like. (This too, is an annual tradition I do.) I have to finish my Halloween shopping. Jack has also asked that instead of just attending the church's Trunk-or-Treat, that we participate too. So......I have a trunk to decorate. He has already picked the theme so I just have to make the decorations! Yes, Halloween is a very BUSY time for us here! And did I mention, going trick-or-treating too? Next weekend will be a whole whirlwind of activities. In honor of that, I made this week's sketch challenge all about Halloween.


I started with the large circle in the sketch and decided that would make a great moon. From there, I went with a little more of a "loose interpretation" of the sketch and decided on a spooky haunted house scene using the the Home Sweet Home thinlet dies. The house is obvious, but the grass is actually the row of shingles turned upside down and the tombstones are the rounded door option in that set. The greeting is from another great set, Spooky Cat. The Black Rhinestones were screaming to be used. I am thrilled we have them in the holiday catalog this year! Thanks for stopping by today. I'm off to work on my "Halloween To Do List"! Happy Stamping!



Thursday, October 12, 2017

When There Is No Red...


I have a confession. I don't use Garden Green much, except the usual time around Christmas when most things are red and green. So this week's color challenge made me push outside the box since red wasn't a color choice along with it! Ha!


I decided to pull out my trusty Pieces and Patterns stamp set and go to town! First I thought it would be fun to take the flower and stamp it in all three colors to create my own DSP background. From there, I decided to use the words and dinosaur from the set as well. I gave this little guy some quick color with my Garden Green Stampin' Write maker. Then I thought it needed a little more than just the stripes going across so I diecut the flower from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets and added some rhinestones to finish it off. Happy Stamping!


Thursday, October 5, 2017

Warming Up With Apple Cider


Hi stampers! I so enjoyed the blog hop from this weekend. So many creative tips and tricks were shared by all the fabulous designers that I hope you can apply one or more of them to your stamping. Let's switch gears, as it's time for another wonderful sketch challenge over at Create with Connie and Mary



I decided to base my card around the cup from the Merry Cafe stamp set. I LOVE this set! It's just a super fun one to play and create with! The individual little apples are actually from the Bike Ride stamp set. Don't they coordinate well? The zig zag on the Wild Wasabi card stock is created from a stamp from the Work of Art set. It helps to mimic motion and keep your eyes moving around the card. The greeting, which I masked off part of it, is from the Lovely Friends set. I shaded the cup slightly on the right side by sponging a little Crumb Cake ink on it to help warm it up. I'm thinking of giving this one to Jack's teacher along with a little treat. Don't forget to check out the other fabulous creations using this sketch at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!


Sunday, October 1, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - Tips & Tricks


Oh, fall is in the air! After having a week of temperatures in the 90's, I was happy to welcome a weekend around 70 degrees with a nice crisp breeze. It's my favorite season of all! Today's blog hop is all about sharing tips and tricks in your stamping. I thought I would share a tip on my favorite way to create colorful fall leaves.


Leaves are all different shades of colors so to achieve that I use what is called the Baby Wipe Technique. It's a quick and easy technique. You will need a clear block, baby wipe, and reinkers in the colors of your choice. Since I wanted to create leaves, I chose Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze and Crushed Curry reinkers. I place the baby wipe on top of the clear block to simply contain any ink that may soak through it and then can be easily wiped off. 



Starting with the lightest color, I apply multiple drops onto the baby wipe. In a sense, you are creating your own ink pad.



When you are done, it will look like a blob of colors. That's what you want! Using the leaf stamp from the Colorful Seasons set, I ink it up with using this 'one of a kind' ink pad and stamp it on a piece of Whisper White card stock.



Pretty huh? The variance of the intensity of the colors, the placement of the colors, it all helps to create the perfect classic fall leaves. Love it!



Voila! Here's the final result. I have to say, it's so much prettier in person. I added visual interest by stamping the greeting on a Stitched Circle Framelit, adding die cut leaves in coordinating colors, and a little bling never hurt anybody. I added texture with the heart shaped Corrugated Elements and Linen Thread bow. 

I hope you will try your hand using this technique to create your own fall leaves. Enjoy hopping along to see the next stamping tip being shared.  There's lots of  great ones in this blog hop! Happy Stamping!



                  

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Can't Say Thank You Enough

  
A sweet friend of mine recently left me a card with a little surprise in it after attending one of my events. When I found and opened it, I could not have been more touched with the heartfelt words she had written. Literally, tears came to my eyes! She didn't need to leave me a little surprise inside, but she did out of the kindness of her heart...just because. I am just in awe of the friends I have made and the people I have met all because of stamping. My life has truly been blessed more times than I can count because of it!


I wanted to send her a thank you card in return. I took my cue from the color challenge this week (I was so happy it had a purple in it as she loves a good purple!) and knew I had to incorporate two other things just for her as well: a cat and Wink of Stella. In the end, this was the result. I love it! 


Here you can see that I put Wink of Stella on the flowers and cat's heart. Stamp sets I used were Swirly Bird, Bella & Friends, Colorful Seasons. I'm off to put this in the mail. Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Stamping!



Thursday, September 21, 2017

Witches Brew Just For You


Happy Thursday! For this week's Create with Connie and Mary sketch challenge, I decided to revamp a card that I had made at my recent Downline Team Gathering. The gals enjoyed our card that night, so I hope you will enjoy the revamped version of it today!


I love a good Halloween card, and that seems to be what I've been making quite a bit of lately. For this creation, I decided to highlight the bottle from the Message From A Bottle set. Yep, you can make it into a spooky bottle full of magical potion or a special "Witches Brew" from the Merry Cafe stamp set. I stamped other potions from the Spooky Cat set to add a splash of color in the background. The little bat is from the Home Sweet Home set. Point is, you truly can use non-traditional Halloween sets for Halloween! I love the versatility of our stamps! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, September 14, 2017

Halloween Comes In All Colors, Right?


It's been one of those weeks. Found out over the weekend mom needed to have major surgery Monday morning. Docs said it would be about a 6-7 hour surgery. I'm 927 miles away, needless to say that was a long day of waiting for the the outcome. Thankfully, it went well. She'll be there for 3 or 4 days before being transferred to a rehab place for a good bit. But thank the Lord, she is still with us and hopefully she won't be in as much pain anymore. Then Jack came home from school Tuesday with a stuffy/runny nose, and of course it was picture day yesterday. Hoping his nose wasn't red in the photo! School pictures cost an arm and a leg now compared to the standard $9.99 package my mom used to always get us back in the day. And THEN I found out our credit card had been hacked and there were charges on there we didn't make. So after phone calls, and cancellations, I am hoping (keeping fingers crossed) that is straightened out some and that our new cards and numbers will arrive in a week. What a pain! Aagghh! 


So now let's talk about something more on a happy note - stamping! That always takes the stresses away! The color challenge was a little troubling for me this week, but then I decided to just go non-traditional Halloween with it. Why not, right? The Spooky Cat stamp set was still on my countertop so I decided to ink up the witch's hat. It's a little hard to tell, but I stamped the greeting from the Labels of Love set two different times; one in Tangerine Tango ink and the other in Soft Sky. Punched them both out using the new Everyday Label punch. Then I took my x-acto knife and carefully cut out the center of the Soft Sky punched piece and attached that over a punched piece of Window Sheet that was attached on top of the Tangerine Tango greeting. So basically, the greeting is a 3 layer sandwich. Here's hoping next week is better! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, September 7, 2017

One Spooky Night...


I am loving some of the wonderful new things in our Holiday Catalog! I always LOVE a good Halloween stamp. This year, Stampin' Up did not disappoint!  This week's sketch lended itself nicely for a spooky moonlit night. 


I used the new Spooky Cat stamp set and coordinating Cat Punch to create my spooky scene. Fresh Fig card stock is a great background color to make the Daffodil Delight moon, the Tranquil Tide grass and the Basic Black cat, bats and picket fence really come to life. The pickets were made using the Classic Label Punch and the bats are from the Home Sweet Home Thinlets. We would love for you to join us this week over at Create with Connie and Mary and share your creative genius with us! Happy Stamping!


Sunday, September 3, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - The ABC's of Stampin'


School is starting in two days. *gulp* So much to finish up before then! I just hope Jack has a good year. He is not a lover of school, so we are hoping his brand new teacher (she is new to his school this year) will make the adjustment a little easier for him. Speaking of school, this month's blog hop theme is appropriately titled, "The ABC's of Stampin'."  You could take this theme in a couple different directions. One being anything school inspired, another being the basics of stamping in general.


Since it's all about back to school now, that's the direction I went. Jack has always taken his teacher and bus driver an apple on the first day of school. Here is this year's apple all packaged up and ready to go! Sometimes a cute tag is all you need on a gift. 


Using the Bike Ride stamp set, I stamped a basket of apples on a Stitched Circle that I already die cut. I also die cut a scallop square in Real Red card stock using the Layering Squares Framelits. I stamped the stack of books on the square using Real Red ink. I did NOT adhere the circle to the square. They are only held together with the Soft Sky Classic Weave Ribbon bow at the top. I stamped the greeting from Pieces & Patterns stamp set and popped that up on dimensionals and adhered that to the circle die cut. Using my Basic Black marker, I hand wrote his teacher's name across the top. Overall a simple and cute tag that takes an ordinary apple and turns it into extraordinary!


During back to school shopping I always pick up a pack of index cards. This year they cost $.52 for a pack of 100 at Target. Jack loves getting notes in his lunch box throughout the year (yes, he packs a lunch every single day). I try and do it at least 3 a week. Some days I will just put Star Wars or Batman stickers on the ziploc baggies in his lunch if I am short on time. Some notes are super simple and others are a little more elaborate. It all just depends how that week is going. I write on the back or blank side of the cards. Here is his card for the first day. 

I stamped the stack of books from the Bike Ride stamp set and used a variety of Stampin' Write markers to give them some color and character. I then masked the books and stamped the same apples I used above in the basket on both sides of the books and gave them a quick swipe of color with the markers as well. Wrote my message to him with a black sharpie and voila! a quick little lunch note for his first day of school to ready to go!


I made an additional packaged apple for his bus driver as well. She is the BEST! Jack absolutely adores her and we spoil her just as much as the teachers! Thanks for stopping by today and hope will continue along the blog hop and get inspired with the ABC's of stampin'!