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'!


Thursday, August 31, 2017

Hello There, Dinosaur!

For the being the longest summer during the school year, it sure has gone faster than all the rest! Here we are going to our Back to School / Meet the Teacher Day at Jack's school. I can't call it Back to School Night because this year they are having it during the day time from 12:30-2:00 pm. Can't believe he'll be in second grade already. Time is flying!

This weeks' color challenge sparked some dinosaur creativity in me. That, and I also watched Jurassic Park and Jurassic World over the past few days! The dinosaur from the Pieces and Patterns stamp set was a perfect choice! I stamped it diagonally in all three colors to create a fun background and used the greeting from the stamp set to create a main focal point. Want to see what fun lies on the inside of the card?

Here is another little guy already to go with his party hat on! The party hat and greeting are from the No Bones About It stamp set. I think this card could be given to a boy or girl, it's ambiguous enough to do so. Thanks for stopping by! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bold Popsicles

Oooh! When I saw these colors I knew I had to go a little more bold in my card this week. Are these not an awesome combination together?!? It's been a while since I highlighted a great background. Yes, I know. Me and my backgrounds go together like my friend, Kat and Wink of Stella. *wink wink* Hi Kat! She truly is the Wink of Stella Queen. 

I decided upon the Cool Treats stamp set and went to town. I used the "SWEET" stamp and inked it up in all three colors to create my fun and colorful background. Oh, how I do enjoy photopolymer stamps for their ability to line up easily and quickly! I created some fun popsicles in these colors, fussy cut them out and popped them up on dimensionals. A die cut scallop edged square and straight edged square from the Layering Squares Framelits make for the perfect combination to add my main words to the front of this card. The only thing that is not from that stamp set are the words, "Yes, You!". That stamp is found in the Lovely Friends set. I like how it added a bit of sass to this already bold card. I finished it off with a bow of Lemon Lime Twist Finely Woven 1/2" ribbon. When I finished this card, I stood there and thought to myself that this could be for either gender. A pleasant surprise that wasn't initially intended. Awesome! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Oh, Honey Bear!

I had my Downline Team gathering a few weeks ago and we created a cute card using the new stamp set, A Little Wild. Everyone liked the card so much that I decided to use a different concept of it with you this week! I changed the colors and layout but the main focal point stayed the same.

I LOVE this cute little bear from the stamp set! It takes no time at all to give him a little color with our Crumb Cake ink refill, an aqua painter and our Powder Pink marker. I thought it would be cute to have a hanging beehive above him to show where his bee friends came from. The branch from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets is perfect for this idea! Any thoughts on where I came up with the leaves? From the Fox Builder punch! You can make two leaves (one slightly larger than the other) with a little cutting from the one raccoon face punched piece, at least that's what I refer to it as. It's a little hard to tell but the bee wings are coated with our fabulous Wink of Stella. Love this little touch of shimmer! For the base of the card I chose Crumb Cake to balance off the color of the bear, then a piece of Soft Sky and a stamped strip of Island Indigo.  I just have to say that I LOVE it when you only use one stamp set to create a masterpiece! This week's sketch challenge lended itself perfectly for this cute creation. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - August In My Neighborhood

This month's theme for our Creation Station Blog Hop is August in my Neighborhood. What is that exactly? Well, it's what each of us on the design team celebrate during the month of August where we live. Since we live all around the world, there's a variety of events being celebrated this month!

In my case, I wanted to highlight the celebration of all the county and state fairs we attend this month. There's about five of them sprinkled around different regions of our state that we like to try and visit each year. Our local county fair just finished and Jack and I did well in the home arts bringing home a total of four First Place Blue Ribbons and two Second Place Ribbons. We took about 7 calves and heifers to the fair and they all did pretty well showing. About a ten ribbons in all with one being Reserve Grand Junior Champion. As a farm family, how could we not celebrate all the wonderful fairs that highlight so many wonderful animals!


I was tickled pink when I saw the new This Little Piggy stamp set! We had pigs growing up and I would have to help dad with them all the time. Up first I thought I would make a cute card showing off the Blue Ribbon winning pig and his display stall. If you've ever been to a county fair, families put in a lot of effort to put up displays where there animals are housed to make their space feel more homey and welcoming to the public. I thought I would do a little lattice work at the top, it's not hard just a little tedious.

Then of course there is always the variety of good food at the fairs. I made up this little treat box to mimic a fair stand using our fabulous Wood Crate Framelit. To continue on with the lattice theme a little, I weaved in strips of Crumb Cake card stock on the front and back. Doesn't this little piggy look as a happy as a lark? He got his slice of watermelon and off he's going to enjoy the fair.

Here is what the little treat box looks like without the watermelon candy slices in it. Like the card above, I added a display stand to advertise the watermelon treats. Isn't it just so stinkin' cute?!

Are you wondering how I made the watermelons slices and red gingham? Look no further than the Tabs For Everything stamp set! The watermelon is the scalloped circle stamped in Emerald Envy ink, then using my Flirty Flamingo marker I filled it in and to top it off I stamped the little birthday candles in Basic Black ink. I punched it out using the 3/4" circle punch and then cut it in half. I had to make two of these so I could snip off a little from the second one so the piggy could have his own slice. The gingham is the lined stamp in that stamp set as well. Stamp it one way then turn it and stamp it the other direction. Voila! You've got gingham!

Thanks for stopping by today and going to the fair with me! After all, that's what we here in Maryland do in August. Feel free to keep hopping along to see what everyone else is celebrating this month. Happy Stamping!