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!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Going With The Flow...

It's August. Really? The summer just started and here we are on the downward slope already. Uggh! This week's color challenge sort of had me in a pickle. I couldn't come up with an idea right off the bat. I was going back and forth and that's when I noticed some die cuts on my table top that were leftover from other projects. I found the letters to make the word "HAPPY" and decided to go with the flow! 

I was in the mood for a little more of an abstract concept this week and decided to stamp flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set along the lower half of each of the letters in each of the colors. I adhered each of them onto a piece of Night of Navy card stock that spanned across the entire length of the card. Behind that I added slightly shorter strips of Whisper White card stock, one on top and one on bottom to help make the navy pop against the larger piece of Fresh Fig. All these pieces were then adhered on a Whisper White card stock base. And what is this card "HAPPY" about? Well about your birthday silly goose! Using the birthday stamp from the Lemon Zest stamp set, I masked off part of it and stamped it onto a piece of Powder Pink card stock and created a flagged end on it. To break up all this bold and somewhat busy card, I attached rhinestones along the side for a little sparkle. Normally I do odd numbers, but that didn't seem like enough so I bumped it up to four and really liked the outcome. Don't forget to pop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to see everyone else's works of art with this color combination! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

A Fox on the Farm

Hard to believe we are at the end of July. Our county fair is now over and we have four more coming up. I don't think we will take animals to any except maybe our State Fair, but we still like to take a day and go and enjoy each of them. On my parents' farm out west, they have a fox. She acts more like a pet than anything, following them around while doing chores. Foxes are curious animals by nature, and can be bold sometimes, but not aggressive. She has created her den near one of the barns. For a couple of years now, they have lived in this harmonious relationship. My brother posted a picture of her the other day so I was inspired to put her on my card for this week's sketch challenge.

Of course we have the perfect stamp set to use for such this occasion - Foxy Friends! I stamped her in Calypso Coral and Basic Black ink. I inked the tree up with Wild Wasabi ink and placed it behind her just like the big tree that is next to her den back on the farm. I decided on two shades of blue, Soft Sky and Island Indigo to mimic a sky. The strip of Crumb Cake card stock balances it well as the ground. When seeing her you often wonder what she is thinking. The words from Basket of Wishes seemed appropriate on the matter. I adhered my little scene onto a piece of Whisper White card stock backed by a Wild Wasabi card base. Thanks for stopping by and checking out my little fox friend. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

A Little of This...A Little of That

This week we have animals at the county fair so it's been a little more chaotic than usual here! Jack is loving his time there. He is such a good, and helpful worker when it comes to the animals. From feeding to cleaning (yep, you got to give the animals a bath daily to keep them cooled off and looking sparkly clean) to brushing them....he truly is the sweetest and best helper anyone could have! I have to share that he entered a project in the home arts department for the first time this year. He stamped his own card and was awarded a First Place Blue Ribbon! He was so tickled! And I couldn't be prouder of him! His mom (wink, wink) also won a First Place Blue Ribbon for the card I entered and four additional ribbons (two First Place and two Second Place) in different photography categories. 

The colors this week were so bold that it reminded me of splashes of color, like the Color 5K Runs you see and hear about where people are just covered in colors when they cross the finish line. The splatter is from the Swirly Bird stamp set and was stamped in all three colors. As I was creating this card, I went with a "little bit of this and a little bit of that" mentality. I used die cuts and punched pieces from Swirly Scribbles, Bouquet Bunch, Sweet and Sassy and the Lemon Builder punch. I just kept adding until I was happy with the result. The saying from the Layering Love stamp set was the perfect choice for this whimsy card. The white on white base for the card really lets all the colors take center stage. I let my creativity go and voila! this masterpiece was born. We'd love for you to join us with this week's color challenge. Just hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to play along. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Lemonade Anyone?

The irony when I first saw this sketch is that the piece of white reminded me of a shape of a drinking glass. So from there, I decided to ink up the fabulous Lemon Zest stamp set to mimic a glass of lemonade! Yep, inspiration comes from anywhere!! LOL

I decided to use the traditional colors of Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Basic Black and Whisper White for my lemon creation. The saying from the stamp set created for a fun background that is adhered on to a piece of our Thick Whisper White card stock. I keep kicking myself, why did I not get on the thick white card stock band wagon earlier!?! I LOVE this stuff for card bases! I also added in the stars and main greeting from the Tabs For Everything set for a bit of whimsy. Hope you're enjoying your week! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

I See Seashells at the Seashore

Hello stampers! I hope you had an enjoyable and safe holiday. It's a little busier than usual week here as Jack's cousin is staying with us. Every summer she spends a week or so with us and we try to do some fun things for them. On Monday we went to see the movie, Despicable Me 3. It's a funny movie, good for kids and adults. I am hoping later in the week to take them mini golfing. We'll see how it goes. 

I have to say that when I saw the colors in this week's challenge, I thought of shells. Why? No clue. But shells came to mind. So I inked up the new So Many Shells stamp set and had fun with it. Some I did the two-step stamping, and some I didn't. Whatever I was feeling, I went with it. I used the new Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon for some softness. I LOVE it's texture and how it feels! 

I also thought it would be fun to play with the background too. You know me. Anyway I can spice up a background, I do! This time I used the set of lines from the Tabs For Everything stamp set and just inked it up and kept turning it to cover the entire piece of Tranquil Tide card stock. 

It reminds me of a parquet floor almost. Too fun! Since this stamp set is photopolymer, it took no time at all! Remember to always think outside the box! Life's too short for you to stay in it. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - In Color Creations

Welcome to the Creation Station Blog Hop! This month's theme is all about highlighting our amazing In Colors. I chose to stick with the five new ones (Fresh  Fig, Berry Burst, Powder Pink, Lemon Lime Twist and Tranquil Tide) and highlight ALL of them on both projects! Oh yes, the creative juices were flowing this week and I was up for the challenge!

I thought it would be fun to create a colorful band highlighting the five colors so I took 1/2" strips of each color and adhered them along one edge of a piece of Berry Burst. What a fun twist to a usually solid color layer on a card. That was my jumping off point. From there I stamped the pens from the Crafting Forever stamp set to mimic another row of colors. This time with using our Stampin' Write markers in those five fabulous colors and giving each pen their own personality. 

The inside also warranted the use of another pen along with the words. By adding just a little "something", it helps to jazz up the inside of cards. Don't you think?

I saved my favorite for last. I used multiple new stamp sets on this card. First up, I stamped the five In Colors with the heart from the Wood Words stamp set on a piece of Whisper White card stock to create a fun background. Using a Stitched Circle Framelit, I stamped this wonderful saying from the Just Add Text in Tranquil Tide ink and popped it up on dimensionals. I then stamped this darling little bear, bees and grass from the In The Wild set. The bear got a little color using our reinkers and and Aquapainter, the bees with our Stampin' Write Markers and the grass with our Lemon Lime Twist ink pad. I hand cut all of them out and popped them all up on dimensionals. I finished the card off with a Berry Burst ribbon and Wink of Stella on the wings of the bees for some sparkle. Can I just say, "I am in LOVE with this card!" It just brings a smile to my face! Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy hopping along to see what other fabulous creations the rest of the design team made using our fabulous In Colors! Happy Stamping!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Fishy Wishes

With all the time Jack's been spending in the pool these past few weeks (I swear he has to be part fish), I was inspired to get out the Seaside Shore stamp set and ink it up. It goes perfect with this week's Create with Connie and Mary challenge!

I picked the layout in the lower right corner to mimic. I chose Dapper Denim, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake card stocks to create my fishy scene. For the inks, I went with Dapper Denim,Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Cherry Cobbler, Emerald Envy and Soft Suede to bring all those pieces of card stock to life. A lot of the elements required a little fussy cutting, but the person this card is heading to is SO worth it!  *smiles*  Have a safe and happy Fourth of July everyone! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Crafty Friendship

We are full swing into the third week of swim lessons. Jack passed his level last session (they last 2 weeks) and asked if he could try the next level, so I signed him up. He has become such a fish this summer! So proud of my little man! I was inspired by the colors in the piece of Naturally Eclectic DSP that was on the challenge card. I took my cue off of that and created this -

I love the new Crafting Forever and Wood Words stamp sets. From Wood Words, I stamped the floral image in Soft Sky ink all over for the background and the stars in Versamark across the Emerald Envy card stock. The clothespins each contain a strand of baker's twine in Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Peekaboo Peach. Behind the stamped piece of Whisper White is a layer of Soft Sky and then a base of Night of Navy that I think helps to anchor the rainbow of colors used on the card. What a fun challenge this week! We'd love for you to play along and share your creativity over at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Little Bunny

It's been a heatwave here this week, over 90+ the past few days. I'm sunburned. Jack is sunburned. Between all the outside work like mowing (which takes me about 4 1/2 hours), weeding, some chores, and sitting in the sun during Jack's swim lessons, we are both looking like tomatoes this week. Even when sunscreen has been applied! It's supposed to get into the 80's soon, yeah! 

For this week's challenge I took a cue from the layout and tweeked it slightly. Instead of turning the card stock on angles, I kept them squared. I also moved the words to other side since it fit better there with my image. Isn't that a cute bunny? I hand cut her out of a piece of the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper and popped her up on dimensionals. The stripes piece of DSP is what is on the other side of that same piece. Love dual sided paper! I stamped the party hats on the piece of Daffodil Delight card stock and the greeting on Whisper White card stock from the coordinating set called Birthday Delivery. It's a WONDERFUL bundle to have in your stamping collection! Happy Stamping! 

Thursday, June 8, 2017

Floral Color Fusion

Welcome to another busy week here! Jack is full swing into swim lessons. This is the first year that he is fully excited and can't wait for them everyday. So thankful for that. This week we are also helping my brother-in-law and his wife move into their first house. They live in a third floor walk up about 35 minutes away and now they will only be about 13 minutes away in their cape cod. Tuesday was the first big day of the move. A dent was made, but there is much more to go! Saturday will be a big day. We are happy for them and their pug, Franklin.

This week's challenge inspired me to pull out an "all in one" stamp set. By "all in one", I mean it's a set that contains words and the pictures to create a great card. In this case, Watercolor Words received the royal treatment and got inked up with some fun (and a couple new) colors! Dapper Denim, Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist make for a fun and whimsy floral card. Flowers come in all shape and colors right? 

I did a little fussy cutting on the single flower and made it into three separate layers for visual interest. Each one is popped up on Dimensionals. I finished it off with a large Rhinestone in the center for a little sparkle. Thanks for stopping by! Check out all the other fabulous designers' creations with this challenge at Create with Connie and Mary. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Creation Station Blog Hop - Something Old & Something New

Welcome stamping friends! This month's blog hop is suitably themed, "Something Old & Something New."  Our new catalog has now gone live and these first few days are always a transition period for everyone. So it seems appropriate to highlight some things that will continue in our stamping arsenal alongside some fun, new items. This time of year is always busy and exciting, it really is Christmas for all of us stampers!

Spot the new stamp? It's the little sun from the set, Tabs For Everything. A fun set with words and tiny images that coordinate with the new Circle Tab punch. I thought it would make a great background on this cheery friendship card. I paired it with the hot air balloon die cut from the Up and Away Thinlet set and the wonderful saying from Layering Love. I was in the mood for a Daffodil Delight, Whisper White and Night of Navy creation. Such a classic combination, that you can't go wrong with.

Here's a close up of the background. I scored the large Whisper White card stock on an angle in different directions to create  3/4" diamond shapes. I then stamped the sun in each diamond. It was quick and easy but added great visual interest. I'm so happy you stopped by today. Have fun hopping along to see everyone else's fabulous creations using "Something Old & Something New"!