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!