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!


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!