Thursday, June 21, 2018

Friends & Flowers

Happy summer my stamping friends! School is officially out now, swim lessons are going on and Jack has already had the first of many cousins' sleep overs at our house. I failed to mention that the heat has arrived as well. I don't welcome the high, hot temps (it was in the upper 94's here for a few days)....around 80ish is plenty good for me! Ha!

My favorite new set I've been using a lot of lately is Abstract Impressions. I can't get enough of this fabulous set! This was the first time though using the new In Color, Grapefruit Grove. I like it! I paired it with Lemon Lime Twist, Granny Apple Green, Smoky Slate and Whisper White. I love the saying from the Beautiful Bouquet set and thought it went well with my little field of flowers. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Strawberry Summer

It's Jack's last week of school. Gulp! Second grade just flew by! This was the year that he finally had a teacher that he really liked and clicked with. Oh, how I wish she could just move along with him and teach him again next year. We all had a teacher like that right? One that just "worked" more than the others. I noticed his knowledge grow a lot this year, his behavior towards school become less of a struggle and his overall temperance about things improve. Oh Mrs. Lougheed, you will be missed!! Thank you for the taking the time to make each kid feel special and smart in their own way. We need more teachers like you in the world! This week is also the start of daily swim lessons at night. Last year he blossomed in the water and became part fish. I am hoping he continues to work on the different strokes and really enjoy the water.

With the ending of one thing and the start of something new, I thought I would use one of the fabulous new hostess sets, Springtime Stroll for this week's inspiration challenge. The strawberry plant reminds me of my mom. She always grew strawberries in her garden. We had sliced strawberries or strawberry pies all summer long. They tasted so fresh and sweet! Yum!! 

Colors I used were Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Call Me Clover, and Smoky Slate. I used the Basket Weave embossing folder to add texture to the piece of Real Read card stock. To create the tag, I used the Everyday Label Punch and then trimmed it down along the top and bottom using my Paper Snips. It's held on with the Whisper White Baker's Twine that I wrapped around the Crumb Cake card stock a couple times then punched a hole in each end of the tag threading the ribbon through and tying a bow. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Thankful For Your Understanding

Hello my stamping friends! It feels good to be back. Thank you for your patience and understanding while I was dealing with my mom's sudden passing. There will be good days and there will be bad days. But I have told myself, take it one day at a time. That's what you have to do. For hopefully in time, it will become a little easier. I miss her dearly, but will hold tight to all the wonderful memories I have of her. She was truly an amazing woman! Thought I would share a few pictures of her. 

Here's a picture of my parents at the end of the day they helped to pack all my stuff up when I moved across the country after I got married 12 years ago. It was a bittersweet day. They were happy that I was beginning a new chapter of my life, but saddened that it was beginning so far away. 

This is one of my favorite pictures of my mom with my son, Jack. They had driven out to visit us for a week when he was little and she was so happy to hold and see him that there were tears in her eyes. 

One of my favorite pictures of mom and I from a couple years ago. This sort of sums up my relationship with my mom. Sure we could be serious, but we loved to just have fun and laugh with each other. We truly just enjoyed each other's company. The older we both got, the more we both appreciated each other.  Love you mom!

I thought it was fitting to create a thank you card with this week's challenge. I have to admit, that I have yet to go through my retiring stamps, inks, card stock, embellishments, etc. That is on my agenda in the upcoming days so I can start fresh and new again. I have ordered some new things, and I can't wait to play with them when they arrive. This new catalog is filled with all sorts of wonderfulness! If you are in need of one, let me know and I will get one to you!

I pulled out the ever cute Bella & Friends and Apron of Love sets to create this simple and endearing card. I used the Polka Dot Embossing Folder for texture in the background and our Layering Squares Framelits to help accentuate my focal point. I chose the color combination of Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Crushed Curry and Pool Party. 

So from the bottom of my heart, thank you again for being so understanding of my absence. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, May 3, 2018

High in the Sky

This week's sketch challenge had me thinking of things that go up. In my mind, the three circles seemed like they they were climbing or rising up. That's when the idea popped into my head of hot air balloons in the sky! Thankfully we have a fabulous set, Lift Me Up that helped to bring my vision to life.

 Using Marina Mist ink, I stamped clouds on all three rectangles to create my sky. It's a little hard to tell, but I brushed Wink of Stella over each cloud to really make them glisten. The three clouds are stamped in Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy ink then die cut out and popped up on dimensionals. The quote is from the Waterfront set and the cute little sun is from Tabs for Everything. Hope you have a great stamping day!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

A Bear in the Woods

I am knee deep in preparations for a baby shower I am co-hosting at my house this weekend. Besides cleaning and prepping the house, I am making all the decorations as well. Even though there is always a lot of work, I enjoy throwing a good party and decorating each one with a theme. From large wall decorations to table top decor to favors, I try to coordinate it all. The theme I am going with for the baby shower is Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star since the couple doesn't know what they are having, I thought that was pretty gender neutral.

But enough about that, let's get to this week's sketch challenge. Instead of doing three individual things (the stars), I decided to create a scene with three images instead. I pulled out the Pieces and Patterns and In The City stamp sets and decided to have the cute little bear in the woods. Where else would he be right? Ha! Colors I used for all the inks and card stock were Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Lemon Lime Twist, Emerald Envy, and Basic Black. For the stripes, I actually cut individual strips and adhered them onto the larger piece of Emerald Envy. I hope you are having a fabulous day! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Birthday Colors

Word on the street is that I'm getting another year older on Saturday. I will be officially entering another decade. Hoping this one is my best one yet!  In honor of my special day, I figured a birthday card was in order for this week's color challenge.

I love the Magical Day stamp set and thought the dragon was perfect for the Old Olive color. I used both shades of the Old Olive Stampin' Blends to give this guy some personality. Other stamp sets I used are Number of Years for the "Happy Birthday" stamped in Memento Black ink and In The City for the "Happy Birthday" stamped in Old Olive ink. 

A little hard to tell but I brushed on Wink of Stella onto the three white sparkles and on the darker parts of the dragon and his flame to give him a little character. This is one of the last cards I'll be making as a 30 something. I'm embracing the new decade and looking forward to all it has to offer. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

Rain & Lemons

I created this week's sketch challenge card on a rather rainy and dreary day. I thought lemons would be perfect to help brighten it up!

Our Lemon Zest stamp set and coordinating punch work together perfectly to make our bright and bold colored lemons. The background dots are actually the bubbles from the Seaside Shore set and all the words are from different stamps in Just Add Text. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Baked With Love

I'm in love. I thoroughly enjoy baking any and everything (and sharing it all with friends and family) so when the Apron of Love stamp set and framelits were introduced in the catalog, I knew I had to have them!

Highlighting this fabulous bundle along with the Picture Perfect Party DSP was super easy. I whipped this card up in 10 minutes flat. Woo hoo! I started with the apron's DSP and took all my color selections from that. A little bit of this and a little bit of that, voila! a fun and whimsy card for a friend. I hope you join us for this week's sketch challenge, we'd love to see your creativity in action! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Flowering Vine

After having strep and the flu for the past eight days, it feels good to start getting back to my old self again. I tell you, both really kicked my butt last week! I wouldn't wish that on anybody. With the cold weather outside, I decided a touch of spring was needed with this week's challenge.

This week's color choices lended themselves nicely to a flowering vine that's crawling up the side of my card. I decided to highlight some of our Sale-A-Bration items, Amazing You stamp set, Beautiful Peacock stamp set and Celebrate You Thinlets. Our leaf punch makes it quick and easy to create the vine. A sweet and simple card that would work for birthday, thank you or just thinking of you card. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Celebrating 500!

Can you believe it? Create with Connie and Mary is celebrating their 500th challenge! Woo hoo!! What an accomplishment! I am so proud of being a part of such a dynamic group of super talented stampers! 

In honor of this occasion, I decided to ink up only one stamp set (Yep, that's it...only one.) I chose the Sale-A-Bration set, Beautiful Peacock. Isn't it fabulous? We had a peacock here on the farm for over a year. One day he just appeared and he stayed for over a year. We named him George. He was free to come and go as he pleased. Then one day he left as mysteriously as he had came. Boy, was he a sight to see when his feathers were all out!

I inked the body of our fabulous bird first in Bermuda Bay and then gently rolled the edges of it in Pacific Point to give it the traditional color variances that peacocks have. It's feathers were inked in Lemon Lime Twist. Don't all three of these colors make for a great color combination? All stamped on a stitched square layered onto a scalloped square. The small strip behind is a piece of Whisper White card stock that I stamped the tiny little 'burst' in all the colors to make for an interesting pattern. What really helps to set off the card and steps it up a bit in my opinion? I decided to free hand swirls out of rhinestones to mimic as if they are bursting out from behind our colorful bird. It's a little hard to tell, but I also added Wink of Stella to all the white spaces on the bird and feathers. It looks AWESOME in real life. Thanks so much for joining us as we celebrate our 500th challenge! Looking forward to the next 500! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 4, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Bird is the Word

Hello stamping friends! So glad the wind has died down finally here on the east coast. A few pieces of tin off the barn roofs, sticks galore on the ground, a couple of boards on the cattle bunk line shifted and broke, but otherwise we are lucky (knock on wood) that we never lost power and it wasn't much worse. Speaking of Mother Nature, today's blog hop is for the birds. Literally.  It was the perfect opportunity for me to ink up our Bird Banter stamp set. 

Up first are two little birdies ready to party. I used the Sale-A-Bration Celebration Thinlets to help not only make a fun background but also part of the focal point as well. These birds also were perfect to let me get out our new Stampin' Blends and them a whirl. Love the softness that these new alcohol based markers add to our images.

And then this guy decided to celebrate all on his own! Using the masking technique, I created a bunch of balloons for this guy to deliver to his friend high up in the branches. Again I used various Stampin' Blends to give this scene color. I used a sponge, Soft Sky ink pad and a handcut cloud stencil to make the sky come alive. I even had fun offsetting the different layers to the left to spice it up a little.

Thanks so much for stopping by and checking out my birds! Now hop along and see what creative genius Elizabeth has with hers. Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Getting Fizzy

Such a sweet combination of colors this week. It made me think of candy and sugary things like those in Willy Wonka's world, so I decided to ink up the Bubble Over stamp set and create some fizzy drinks.  Remember the Fizzy Lifting drinks in the movie that Charlie and his grandpa drank? Oh, the memories....

I am so happy that this stamp set has a coordinating framelit set, it makes it so much easier to create individual bottles. I also used the "celebrate" stamp from the Sale-a-bration set, Amazing You to create a fun background. Thanks for stopping by today! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

My Knight

Hello stamping friends! We have been enjoying some nice warm weather this week. Ah, it feels good! Tomorrow is Ryan's birthday, so I decided this week's sketch challenge would be perfect for his card.

I wanted to highlight the Myths & Magic Designer Series Paper, so I took the time to hand cut out a dragon and knight from one of the pieces. I love the shimmer each one has. The only stamping is the sparkle on the Whisper White background from the Magical Day set and the words from the Labeler Alphabet set. I love how it turned out! Happy Stamping!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Red Lavender

Hi stampers! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful valentine's day yesterday. I was surprised with a bouquet of white and yellow daisies from my boys. They know me well, as daisies are my favorite. *big grins* 

Even though the stamp set I used is called, Lots of Lavender, I chose to color mine using Real Red ink and a blender pen. I cut off the long stems of two bouquets and made it more into a plant by fussy cutting extra leaves and putting them on the bottom. It gives the stamp a whole new look, don't you think? Since the word stamp is photopolymer (from the Colorful Seasons set) , I was able to manipulate it and curve it to follow the curve of the die cut stitched circle. Yeah! What a fun color combination this week! So fun, so cheerful, so lovable! Happy Stamping!

Sunday, February 4, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Celebrations of the Heart

Hello stamping friends! It's rainy and snowy here on this chilly Super Bowl day. Who are you rooting for? Football isn't big in our household (now the Olympics is a whole other story...I LOVE me some Olympics...summer, winter...doesn't matter!!) so I will wish both teams good luck today! 

With this month's Celebrations of the Heart theme, I thought it would be fun to create a slightly different size card. This is actually a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" size card so it will still fit in a regular size envelope. I decided to add a background of hearts inside a die cut scallop circle to anchor the focal point. The hearts are a stamp from the Weather Together set and inked in Melon Mambo ink. The cute panda is from a current Sale-A-Bration set, Panda Parade. Isn't it the cutest? I used my blender pen with Pink Pirouette and Melon Mambo ink refills to give the envelope some soft color. I brushed Wink of Stella all over the panda's face and belly. The sparkle's in the corner are from the Magical Day stamp set, "Love" is from the Apron of Love set and the die cut "You" is from another Sale-A-Bration offering called Celebrate You thinlets. To go along with this fun little card I covered some mini candy bars with Pink Pirouette card stock that were stamped with hearts from the Apron of Love set in Melon Mambo ink. I added a bow of Basic Black Baker's Twine to both items as a finishing touch. Have fun hopping along to see what fabulousness Julie has in store for you! Happy Stamping!