Sunday, December 1, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Put A Ring On It

Hello December! Yesterday I officially mowed the lawn for the last time of the season. Hallelujah! Don't get me wrong, I don't mind mowing, but it takes me about 4 hours to get it all done. Whew! Every five days or so and all those hours add up over the months! We went about putting all the outside Christmas lights and decorations up as well. Now onto the inside of the house....bring on Christmas! Since this is my favorite holiday of the year, I thought this month's "Put a Ring on It" blog hop called for something festive. What does it mean to "Put a Ring on It"? We are going to dress up, glam out, and make our projects shine by creating belly bands to wrap around them! Exciting, right!?!

I used a few different stamp sets to gussy up this Christmas card. Floral Essence and coordinating Leaf and Perennial Flower punches helped to create these poinsettia inspired flowers. Tiny Keepsakes gave me the Real Red stripes and snowflakes. Finally, the Greatest Part of Christmas host set added just the perfect words!

As you can see, the flowers are attached to a Crumb Cake belly band that can easily slide off the card. A little trick for you so this can still fit in a regular envelope, The flowers and leaves on the belly band is 4 1/4" wide. In order to do that, my actual card was cut down to 3 3/4" wide x the usual 5 1/2" tall. I love the effect of the flowers and leaves flowing off the side of the card.

This card just gets me in the mood for the holiday! Back to decorating the house I go, but I hope you continue to hop along to see what the incredibly sweet Sara has to share with you. Happy Holidays my friends!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Hopping Around The World - My Favorite Set

Hello my stamping friends! I spent the morning at a local craft show perusing all the creative talent and ideas people have. I ended up not getting anything, but my sister-in-law got some boxes checked off her list. How about you, do you enjoy a good craft show? This month's blog hop is featuring your favorite stamp set. While this changes for me every few weeks (What can I say, we sell a lot of great stamps!), right now my choice is Snow Front

The weather has turned cold outside so a wintry scene was calling my name. I stamped the cabin and deer in Black Memento ink first and then using Balmy Blue ink, stamped the pond. After that, I used Mossy Meadow and Old Olive ink and randomly stamped the different trees in that set to make this hillside scene. I used a couple different Stampin' Blends to add color to the cabin and sky. Our new Snowfall Accents Puff Paint and my heat gun helped to create the actual little snow drifts. It's a little hard to tell, but I added Wink of Stella all over card stock. I paired this set with the fabulous Greatest Part of Christmas hostess set and Real Red ink. I hope you continue along to see the wonderful creativity of Mo Rootes who is across the pond. Have a fabulous and blessed Thanksgiving holiday my friends!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Girl Power!

Hope you had a Happy Halloween everyone! We had a houseful for our annual Halloween party. Fun was had by all! This month's blog hop is one for the girls. I have a couple of friends who have highlighted and/or died their hair with purple so they were my inspiration for this month's project. *smiles*

I had some fun with the Over The Moon stamp set and created my own herd with a little bit of masking. To give these girls some color, I used Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake, Flirty Flamingo and Highland Heather. I used the Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and drew the sunglasses on freehand. The words are also from this set along with the Free As A Bird set, and popped up on a cute layered tag. I am truly thankful for all the girlfriends in my life, purple hair or not! *wink wink* I hope you'll continue along to see what Mikaela's creativity brewed up this month. Happy Stamping!

Saturday, October 26, 2019

Hopping Around the World - Christmas

Welcome to the first ever Hopping Around the World Blog Hop! If you're hopping here from Rachel Macleod's blog, I hope you enjoyed your stop there. And if you're just starting here - Welcome! I am honored to be a part of this amazingly talented group of stampers that spans all over the world! Mark your calendars as this fabulous hop will go live the last Saturday of each month. Our first month's theme is Christmas. My favorite holiday of the year!

Both of my Christmas cards today are for dear friends of mine. I wanted to highlight a stamp set that doesn't necessarily scream Christmas, but can be easily be used for it. Without further ado....Waterfront is going to take center stage! I tore a piece of scrap paper with a "hill" shape then inked the trees in Night of Navy ink and stamped them over the paper to mimic a large snow drift. I then gently sponged Balmy Blue ink for a winter sky. Like the snowflakes? That stamp is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and also inked in Night of Navy ink and stamped onto a piece of Whisper White card stock that I sponged with Balmy Blue ink. Lots of layers of white and blues, Whisper White baker's twine wrapped and tied in a bow, plus the random placement of rhinestones help to create this fun Christmas card. It's a little hard to tell, but the snow drift sparkles as I used my Wink of Stella pen all over it. 

Well, I wasn't done with those little trees so I decided to stamp then this time in Mossy Meadow. Some are stamped full strength, and others at half to help give dimension. I love a good buffalo check for the holidays, and our Buffalo Check background stamp inked with Basic Black ink on Real Red card stock did the trick! I die cut leaves and twigs using the Flourish Dies in Old Olive and Soft Sea Foam, and punched vellum ones with the Leaf punch. All tucked behind and adhered to the large stitched circle. The words are from the Beauty Abounds stamp set. I really like the Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sea Foam and Basic Black color combination on this card. How about you?

Well, there you have it! Two different Christmas cards for friends using the "happy little trees" from the Waterfront stamp set. Bob Ross would be so happy! ;) Ha Ha! I hope you continue along to see that wonderful creativity of Mo Rootes who is across the pond. Happy stamping my friends!

Sunday, October 6, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Black and White Plus One

What's that you say? October is here? The changing colors, the chilly weather, the smell of pumpkin spice...oh, I could go on and on. October is absolutely my favorite month of the year! I am absolutely giddy this time of year! *big grins* And with the start of a new month, starts a new blog hop. This month it's all about black and white plus one more color. Do you know hard it is to choose only one of Stampin' Up's fabulous colors to showcase? Gulp! I'm hoping I did this month justice by in the end, going old school classic with Real Red. 

October is time for apple picking so I inked up the Harvest Hellos stamp set and highlighted this delicious fall fruit. I used both light and dark Real Red Stampin' Blends to color it and then popped it up on dimensionals and adhered it to a stitched circle I die cut, which is also popped up on dimensionals. I wanted to get a little creative so I stamped the leaf repeatedly to create my own black and white dsp. Three small white die cut stitched circles help to border the leaves and and ground the apple. For a fun twist I inked up three of the leaves in Real Red ink, punched them out with the coordinating punch and added them randomly as well. In the end, this card and idea of using black, white and one other color made me smile, so I couldn't help but stamp that on the card! What a fun theme this month!  To see other AMAZING creations, please continue on through the blog hop starting with the sweet and talented Sara! Happy stamping my friends!

Sunday, September 1, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - His & Hers

As we are now in the final countdown to the first day of school (46 hours to be exact), last minute preparations and basic chaos is in full swing! Still need one more thing on his school supply list, a pair of headphones. Hoping to head out today to find a pair he likes. *fingers crossed* In the meantime, it's time for another fabulous blog hop with the wonderful Creation Station Design Team! This month's theme is all about his and hers. We thought it would be fun to make one card layout for him, then change it up and do the same layout for her! 

I admit, I deterred from this slightly and decided to make two cards using one stamp set, and one layout that could be good for him or her! I couldn't help it, that's where my creative juices took me and sometimes you just need to roll with it! Ha! 

First up, I inked up the Harvest Hellos stamp set that is featured in the holiday catalog and decided to get in the pumpkin mood. Having a coordinating punch to punch these guys out makes it so much faster and easier. Love it! Colors used were Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Garden Green, Rich Razzleberry and Whisper White. 

Then using that same layout and stamp set I got in apple mode! I figured I would add a bit more whimsy and stamp a Red Delicious, Granny Apple Smith, and Golden Delicious apple. I must admit, Golden Delicious are my favorite. *wink wink* Colors used on this card were Real Red, Granny Apple, Daffodil Delight, Call Me Clover, Soft Suede, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black and Whisper White. 

And there you have stamp set, one layout, two cards for him or her. Ta da! Thanks for stopping by today, hope you'll continue on to see what Julie's creativity dreamed up for this month's theme. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Stampers Gone Wild!

And just like that, August is here. The days of summer are starting to be counted down. You always knew as a kid, that when August arrived, the start of a new school year wasn't far behind. *sighs* Guess I have to kick it high gear to get some more things checked off our "Summer Fun" list. This month's blog hop is all about showcasing our animal and wild life stamp sets. Fun, right?! I had a hard time narrowing it down, but finally settled on the cute little guys in the We'll Walrus Be Friends set. 

I think this guy peeking his head up from the water, is my favorite image in the set. He's just so gosh darn cute! I figured I would whip up a fun little box to hold a sweet treat inside. The box is a 4 1/2" x 8 1/4" piece of Basic Gray card stock that I scored at 3/4"and 3 3/4" on the short side, and 3/4", 3 3/4", 4 1/2" and 7 1/2" on the long side. This is the perfect size to hold a Moon Pie inside. Yum!

I created a belly band to wrap around the box, so all you have to do is slide it off to get to the treat inside. That way way you don't have to destroy the tag on top or the box to get it. I used the bubbles from the Beauty Abounds set and inked them all over the Basic Gray card stock before I assembled the box. 

I decided to ink up this guy next and liked the idea of having him on an iceburg. I inked him up first and colored him with my Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends then cut him out. Next I inked up the iceburg part of the stamp (omitting the walrus that is part of that stamp) and stamped it on a piece of Whisper White card stock. From there I used my Stampin' Blends to create the water and sky. I then added him to the iceburg using dimensionals. The little fish in that set reminds me of those from from Dr. Seuss. I inked up, colored and cut out three of them and adhered them in the water.  Wonder how I got the Pumpkin Pie Baker's Twine bow? Using regular white baker's twine, I colored it using my Stampin' Blends! Woo hoo! 

Of course, I had to add some cuteness to the inside of the card as well. This stamp set just makes me so happy creating with it! I have a feeling these guys will be seeing lots of ink.

Are you excited to see what all the other designers created with the animals of their choice? Me too! I hope you continue to hop along to see what the super talented Julie created. Happy Stamping my friends!

Sunday, July 7, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Got Your Back

At first when I read what the theme was for this month the song, "Baby Got Back" by Sir-Mix-Alot immediately came into my head and well, I told Google to go ahead and play it! It was then followed by another 40 minutes of various 90's songs that got me all nostalgic and a little lethargic from singing along. Gosh, what a great decade musically! But this month isn't about music, it's about backgrounds and the fun you can have with them!

This bold background was created by cutting 1"x 3" strips of Real Red, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party and Bermuda Bay and adhering them onto a piece of Whisper White card stock then using the Tufted 3D Embossing Folder to give it dimension. I then took my Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad and swiped all over it really making the the pattern 'pop'. I love the effect it got! Since the background was so bold, I kept the rest of the card simple. The words are from the Beauty Abounds stamp set, while the butterflies and grass on the Daffodil Delight strip of card stock are from the Enjoy Life set. 

I decided to switch gears a little bit and go more masculine for this next card. To create this plaid background, I stamped the Buffalo Check background stamp in Mint Macaron on Whisper White card stock. I then took my Bermuda Bay and Basic Black Stampin' Write markers along with my trusty ruler and created the lines to turn it from a buffalo check pattern to plaid. It took no time at all! The words are from the Colorful Seasons stamp set and are stamped on the largest of Stitched Oval shapes. The leaves and berry twigs were die cut from the Flourish Thinlets in the same colors I used for the plaid. Do you like the Bermuda Bay strip that 'grounds' it all? I stamped the water from the High Tide stamp set to achieve the pattern on it and helps to break up the all plaid background. 

Two fun ideas for backgrounds that were both easy and quick, but pack a real 'wow' effect! Thanks for stopping by today, now let's hop along to Sara and see what her creative juices came up with. It's sure to be wonderful! Happy Stamping my friends!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Unique Folds

May ended wonderfully as I had a handful of family members here visiting from Wisconsin for almost a week. I enjoyed all the adventures we went on each day to different cities, and states for that matter. Oh, how those days went so quickly! Now June is upon us and Jack has eight more days of school left, swim lessons start next week, the new catalog goes live soon, and I have a big "to do" to accomplish as usual. *wink wink*  

This month's blog hop highlights unique folds, which I love to try out! Something so simple as a different type of fold can breath new life into a stamp set that you may have had for a while.

I like the way that this card stands up, almost like an easel. I started with a 4 1/4" x 11" piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and scored it at 2 3/4" and 5 1/2". The Abstract Impressions stamp set was used to create the field of flowers. I used Soft Seafoam and Granny Apple Green (stamped off once and also at full strength) along with Flirty Flamingo in three different variations (stamped off twice, stamped off once and at full strength). The words are from the Enjoy Life set and stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento ink. The stitched oval is popped up on dimensionals that are only on the lower part of it, so the card stock can tuck in behind it with ease. To give a little interest, I inked up the Buffalo Check background stamp with Granny Apple Green ink and stamped it on a piece of Granny Apple Green card stock and adhered it onto the Granny Apple Green card base. 

When the card is "opened" it reveals a little pocket to hold a gift card. It's nice to send a little something when someone goes above and beyond for you. The butterflies are from Butterfly Gala and add a bit of color without being too overwhelming. 

The main focal point actually is a little card itself (3 1/2" x 9", scored at 4 1/2") that when opened reveals an area to write a message to the recipient. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed this fun and easy unique fold. I'm excited to see what the rest of the design team did this month! Up next is the super talented Dani. Happy Stamping!

Sunday, May 5, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Monu"MEN"tal

With nine family birthdays in the month of April (crazy, I know!?!), celebrating men, whether the big or little kind, was happening all month long! This month's theme of  "MonuMENtal" fit right into my life! Today I thought I would share two of the cards for the little men we celebrated.

This happy go lucky little pig from the This Little Piggy set wanted to celebrate with his new striped shirt and big red balloon. I hand drew the stripes on the pig with my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker and then colored in two of the stripes with my Real Red Stampin' Write Marker. I sponged Powder Pink ink on the pig and then cut him out. Whisper White Baker's Twine is perfect for the string of the balloon and using a few small dots of liquid glue, it stays in place. I used the Stitched Ovals and Stitched Rectangle Framelits to help create the bold and whimsical scene. The words are from the Treehouse Adventure set and fit perfectly on the white frame. I thought it would be fun to mimic his striped shirt on the base of the card. You can't help but smile at this little guy!

Another little man we celebrated this month is all about the outdoors. So I knew that the Treehouse Adventure stamp set would be perfect for him! Since blue is his favorite color (go figure), this treehouse got inked up with Blueberry Bushel ink and a Grapefuit Grove door was added for a fun contrast along with Smoky Slate shutters. The leaves of the tree are inked with Call Me Clover ink, some are stamped off once and others at full strength. I used the Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Circle Framelits this time to help frame things. 

I have to admit, with such a busy birthday schedule in April (not to mention adding in Easter as well!), I was looking forward to May! Thanks for stopping by and hope you continue on to see what creativity Tanya has to share with you.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Creation Station Blog Hop - Gingham Style

Happy April stamping friends! This month's theme is right up my alley, I am a lover of gingham! There's just something about it that makes my heart happy. I was excited to get my creative juices flowing for today's projects. 

Admittedly, I have been on a lemon kick lately and knew they would be perfect with gingham! To highlight their Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover color, I chose to add a Blueberry Bushel gingham background using the Buffalo Check stamp. May this stamp never retire. I use it A LOT! To break up the blue, I thought I would stamp a strip of Pineapple Punch with the same Buffalo Check stamp and layer it on top. All these colors work so well together! 

Since I had my Pineapple Punch and Call Me Clover colors out, I thought it would be fun to use them again along with Grapefruit Grove to decorate one of our Mini Pizza Boxes. I used the Buffalo Check stamp again for the background and also for the pattern on the apron. Fun, right? The Apron of Love stamp set and coordinating dies are just darling!

I hope you enjoyed the bright and springy ways I used gingham today. I had fun creating them! And since gingham can be a little obsessive *cough, cough*, there are lots more creative ways everyone here on the Creation Station Design Team is using it. Make sure you keep on hopping along to check them all out! The fabulous and bubbly Andrea is up next. Woo hoo!