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'!