Thursday, October 18, 2018

Missing My Friend

I wanted to send a card to a dear, sweet friend of mine that I haven't been able to visit in a while due to my chaotic work schedule. I wanted to send her creative self a card I knew she would enjoy. I decided to ink up the Crafting Forever stamp set and coordinate it with this week's sketch. They worked so great together!

I decided to see what stamping our new Buffalo Check stamp in the same ink as the card stock would look like. I like the effect! It's more subtle, but eye pleasing. The pot of brushes colored with all different colors of Stampin' Blends (she loves color!) is actually layered behind the piece of Real Red card stock. I die cut the oval out of the piece of Real Red card stock after I stamped the Buffalo Check creating a 'window' to look through at the pot of brushes. Other colors I used are Bermuda Bay and Soft Suede. The saying is from the new Enjoy Life stamp set and was perfect for her card! It's popped up on dimensionals. I'm off to put this in the mail! Have a great day my friends!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

For the love of Country (Country Home that is!)

I was completely thrilled with the colors this week! I knew immediately that I was going to ink up the Country Home stamp set and go to town! I LOVE when ideas are instant!

I stamped the flower group in Tuxedo Black ink all over a piece of Crumb Cake card stock and adhered that onto a piece of Thick Whisper White card stock for my card base. I opened up the Tin Tile embossing folder I had just received and quickly ran a piece of Mint Macaron card stock through the Big Shot with it. What wonderful and easy texture it adds! A strip of Blackberry Bliss cut with a pennant at one end helps to break up the background and grounds the focal point on the piece of Whisper White card stock. I used ink pads in all three colors along with a Blender Pen to add the soft coloring to my main image. The words are from the Waterfront stamp set that I inked up and stamped off once before stamping on my card front. I liked the softer shade of Blackberry Bliss it created verses stamping it at full strength. I added a double Linen Thread bow to the handle and voila! a gorgeous card to be proud of. LOVE it! Happy Stamping my friends!

Sunday, October 7, 2018

Creation Station Blog Hop - Layers of Leaves

Hello stamping friends! So glad you stopped by, because today highlights a fabulous Mother Nature creation - leaves! Who gets excited about leaves? This lady does! They are after all, a rather wonderful phenomenon. They sprout from branches every spring, grow, change colors, fall off and repeat this process year after year. Oh how I love their gorgeousness when they change into all different colors. *sighs* Yep, leaves are pretty awesome!


First up, I decided to turn the leaf I die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets into a spooky ghost. I simply snipped off the stem and used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to draw on the face and rub along the edges for definition. All the stamps I used were from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit. I LOVE Halloween and couldn't wait to get it this month! Colors I used for card stock and inks were Basic Black, Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Gorgeous Grape and Smoky Slate. To make the fun tombstones, I used the Everyday Label Punch and simple trimmed off a little of each so they were different in shape and size. I then sponged Smoky Slate ink around the edge and used my Smoky Slate Stampin' Write marker to make crack lines. Voila! easy and simple tombstones in no time. I love my little leaf ghost!

I was inspired by a pillow I saw at a store a few weeks ago that reminded me of the story, Jack and the Beanstalk. I decided to recreate it as best as I could with paper. I love when you find inspiration when you least expect it! The card base is Whisper White, with a wide band of Crumb Cake across the middle, then Blackberry Bliss and Pumpkin Pie layered on top. Using Pumpkin Pie ink, I stamped the square tile from the Country Home set on the piece of Pumpkin Pie to mimic the "sort of middle eastern pattern" that was on the pillow. Ha! The Leaf Punch made quick work of my 'beanstalk' border, making sure to alternate the direction of the leaves. The words are from the Calls For a Celebration set, and a double Linen Thread bow finishes it off nicely. Boy, I like the richness of these colors together!

I hope you enjoyed my leaf creations and they inspire you to look at leaves in a different way! Want to see more ideas? Then hop along to my friend, Mikaela and see what is "sure to be magnificently awesome" creations!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Time for a "Bike Ride"

Oh October, how I love you so! Time for falling leaves, pumpkins, and saying goodbye to the heat. I love the smells, the colors, the entire season you bring! I wish all of you, my stamping friends a wonderful and happy October! 

This week's sketch challenge at Create with Connie and Mary was perfect for a "Bike Ride." *smiles* The bike was stamped in Tuxedo Black and Coastal Cabana colors. It's perfect for holding a Crumb Cake basket of Crushed Curry Sunflowers and a Crumb Cake puppy with a Pumpkin Pie scarf. The saying is from Apron of Love and the background was created with a stamp from Labels to Love. Overall a sweet card to begin welcoming in the fall season. Happy Stamping my friends!