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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tasty Trucks - Sale-A-Bration Sneak Peek!



Forgive me for taking a much needed break from making Christmas cards, but I needed to make a birthday and I'm super excited to share this one with you!  If you're not familiar with the Sale-A-Bration (SAB) promotion coming up Jan 4th through March 31st, you're in for a treat!  For every $50 you spend on product (out of the annual catalog, occasions catalog or the clearance rack), you earn a free product from the Sale-A-Bration catalog!  There are 7 stamp sets, packs of designer paper, ribbon packs and more to choose from!  Next to Christmas, it's one of the best times of the year! :)

One of the 7 stamp sets that you can earn FREE is called Tasty Trucks.  I'm loving this fun little food truck.  When I first saw it in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, I knew that I wanted it right away.  It so stinkin' cute!  The sentiments are a nice variety too.  

I needed to make my good friend Jenna a card and get it in the mail today.  Her birthday is Saturday, so I'm hoping it will be there on time!  Jenna really likes tacos, so I made her this fun taco truck card!

I started by stamping the little tacos all across the background layer.  I'm glad I covered up a few of the crooked ones =)


I added some Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Calypso Coral Thick Baker's Twine, a layer of Caylpso Coral Designer Series Paper (from the Subtles DSP pack) and a piece of Bermuda Bay cardstock that I embossed with the Lucky Star Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (TIEF).

And isn't that "let's taco 'bout how awesome you are" sentiment so fun? :) I love it!

Another new product that Stampin' Up! is releasing in January as part of their Occasions Catalog are the Watercolor Pencils.  These color great on their own, with and Aqua Painter or with our Blender Pens.


I used a Blender Pen to color the truck in with a few of the pencils.  I really like that SU! chose a good variety of colors - not just a specific color collection.


I hope you enjoyed this sneak peek!  We are off to meet our Kindergartner for lunch!

Blessings,
Holly


Monday, December 5, 2016

Christmas Blessings Reindeer - Guest Designer for GDP065

Hey there!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I have a clean and simple (CAS) card for you today! I am so honored (or honoured as Kylie told me they say in Australia) to be a guest designer for the Global Design Project this week.  Last month my Beautiful You card was chosen as the winner so I was given this opportunity to participate as a design team member for the following color challenge!  I hope you take a moment to check out the rest of the design team's creations and play along!

This color combo didn't really speak anything else to me except Christmas!  And to be quite honest, I reeeeally didn't want to make another Christmas card.  But I am super happy with the one I did end up making and I think you'll like it too!

I used the Foxy Friends Bundle to create this cute little reindeer.  I added some (noncentered) legs with Crumb Cake ink, some Early Espresso antlers and a cute little Real Red nose from the Brights Enamel Shapes pack.  I originally was going to use a real red Project Life card from the Hello December kit, but then I remembered I never put together my Make-n-Take from OnStage, so I had a piece of the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack from the upcoming Occasions Catalog.


To elongate the square from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, I simply diecut and extra piece and covered it with the sentiment.  The Christmas blessing sentiment comes from the Wonder of Christmas stamp set.


This is not a typical card I make - I'm not a real CAS kind of stamper - but I'm thinking this would be one cute card to make multiples of!  The reindeer is easy to make with the Fox Builder punch.

And with 3 weeks away, I guess it's time I finish my Christmas cards!

I hope you have a wonderful week!

Blessings,
Holly


Sunday, December 4, 2016

The Creation Station - All Wrapped Up!


Welcome to our Creation Station blog hop.  We are a group of international SU! demos that blog on the first Sunday of the month.  This month we are highlighting ways to package gifts and such with products from Stampin' Up!

If you came from the lovely Sara Levin - thank you for continuing on to me!  I originally wanted to show you two ways to use the 6"x17" gusseted bags and realized after I uploaded my pictures that I never slipped the bottle into the second bag.  Either way, I'm happy with the results!


I took a piece of Candy Cane Lane DSP and made a sturdy base for the puppy chow to sit in.


I used the Cheerful Tags Dies to make the two tags and used the Yummy Little Christmas for the sentiments.  I love these tag dies - I'm so glad I borrowed my MIL's set so I could get an idea whether I'd like them - I think you would too!  I cut about 4" off the top of the bag and folded it over instead of bunching it up and tying it.  I like the look!


For the bottle tag, I took another piece of the designer series paper (DSP) and added some Gold Glimmer Paper cut with the beautiful, intricate die.  This bottle tag also has two slots to slid ribbon through for an extra detail.  Another sentiment from the Yummy Little Christmas set to tie it all together.  


I hope that you like my tags!  These awesome framelits are carrying over to the new catalog so you will be able to buy them even after the holiday catalog ends Jan 3rd!  Woohoo!

I hope you continue around the hop!  I know you will find some amazing ideas for your holiday gift giving!  You can head back to the talented Sara Levin or on to the next - my soon to be Artisan teammate - Kimberly Van Diepen!


Have a wonderful week!

-Holly


*Must use hostess code P7M6WKNQ to receive the gift*
**Do not use a hostess code with an order over $150 - I will still send a gift, but YOU will receive the hostess rewards!**

Friday, December 2, 2016

Stitched With Cheer Alternative for TGIFC84



Well hello there December!  Where did you come from?

Anyone else feel that way?

Our older two boys have been asking almost everyday for a week now when it will be December 1st.. You think that I would've seen it coming!

Let the countdown begin to Christmas Day!  We have a very fitting color combo for you at TGIF Challenges this week, but don't let it keep you from thinking outside the box!

I wanted to highlight this fun stitched star from the Stitched with Cheer Kit.  This kit is now on sale for $14(USD) and you get supplies to make 18 cards with envelopes!  What a steal!  These cards a detailed and are so fun to make - definitely worth spending $14 on.  You just need the matching stamp set! :)

Here is the original use of the star on one of the pre-printed card bases:


I decided to take the star and add it to a completely different card.


I made the watercolor background on Shimmery White CS. I first wet the cardstock (you can use a Spritzer or use an Aqua Painter) and then immediately stamped the "smear" image from Perpetual Birthday in Old Olive ink.  I used my Heat Tool to die the cardstock and then added some splatter using my Aqua Painter and the splatter stamp from Timeless Textures in Early Espresso ink.


I added the sentiment and holly leaves from the Stitched with Cheer stamp set.  I also added a few Old Olive Enamel Dots from the Halloween Haunts Enamel Dots pack.  (On sale for $2.20!)


The envelopes that come in the Stitched with Cheer Kit have coordinating envelope liners to match each card.  I absolutely love that extra detail!


I hope that you join us this week at TGIF Challenges!  I know that life is busy around the holidays, but take a moment to stamp - you'll be happy you did!

Be sure to check out the rest of the team's designs on the main challenge page.

You can also check out the amazing end of year clearance sale going on now!


Blessings!
-Holly 

*Must use hostess code P7M6WKNQ to receive the gift*
**Do not use a hostess code with an order over $150 - I will still send a gift, but YOU will receive the hostess rewards!**



Sunday, November 20, 2016

Stamp Review Crew - Picture Perfect


It has been entirely too long since I've joined the lovely Stamp Review Crew team for a blog hop!  I'm so glad to be back with some of my favorite stampers to showcase Picture Perfect from Stampin' Up!  If you are new to the Stamp Review Crew hop, we are a group of international stampers that highlight a particular stamp set on the 1st and 3rd Monday of each month.  I don't always have the set we are featuring - which has been the case for the last month and a half it seems!

Anyway, we are back to show you this beautiful set from SU! that features 2-step stamping and lots of pretty sentiments.  You can click on the image below to learn more! :)


The roses are my favorite in this set, so I chose to highlight them.

I also wanted to make a really girly card for a friend that just received some crappy news last Monday.  I met Jeanne during leadership school while we were stationed in Alaska.  She is currently still serving in the military - active duty - and is stationed on the west coast.  Sadly, at the age of 33, she has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

I already thought she was a tough person - she's constantly running half and full marathons, has faced deployment and lost her mother a few years back.  I want her to know I will be praying for her!  
Will you join me?


I made a similar card for my stamp class using a different set, but I liked the layout and the shabby chic look so I decided to use it again.  Plus, I don't think I'll get tired of these Stitched Shapes Framelits. You can see that card here.


I love the "hope like crazy" sentiment in this set.  I stamped the image on the background and on a piece of Sweet Sugarplum as a focal point.



The roses were made with Pink Pirouette & Sweet Sugarplum (middle layer stamped off once).


I also added the "dream without fear" sentiment on the inside with another rose.


I hope that you like this card as much as I do.  I hope it brings a smile to Jeanne's face too.  Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

Be sure to continue on the hop!  There is a lot of talent in the group that I know will inspire you with the Picture Perfect stamp set!  You can go back to see my fellow Artisan teammate (Martha) or head on to the amazing Bruno B.!  Thanks for joining me today! Have a wonderful week!

-Holly 

     


Friday, November 18, 2016

In Everything Give Thanks - TGIFC82

Well here we are less than a week until Thanksgiving and the "fall" feeling will soon be replaced with Christmas music, holiday decorations and shopping.  Oh yeah and that white cold stuff falling out of the sky!  Today we are supposed to have our first snow fall here in Minnesota.  They're actually calling for 3-5" of snow!  So much for easing into it with some flurries. 

So to celebrate the beautiful season of Autumn one last time - we have a fall theme at TGIF Challenges this week!  Or leaves, or brown/yellow/orange.  Whatever you get out of this challenge, go for it!
We were so happy to see 20 challengers this past week! What a great turnout! :)


I had this idea in my mind to make a cornucopia with a new stamp set... I just couldn't get the ice cream cone to look right.  I was way overthinking things - but thought it'd look cute with the pumpkins and gourds.  I decided to just use this bunch of pumpkins and gourds from the Basket of Wishes stamp set and nix the cornucopia idea...



If you don't know by now, Banner Blessings is a very special set to me.  I was fortunate enough to create this stamp set for Stampin' Up! to produce.  It was a very awesome and rewarding opportunity!


I fussy cut the banner from the stamped image and covered the bottom of the pumpkins.  I actually drew in the bottoms of the pumpkins and gourds with my Project Life Journaling Pen and colored the images with my Blender Pens.


I used the Moroccan DSP for the edges of the card and finished the card off with some Delightful Dijon 5/8" Mini Striped Ribbon, Gold Metalic Thread and the Metallic Enamel Shapes.


I hope that you join us this week!  We love to see your work!

Have a blessed weekend!
-Holly

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sorrow for Snooki - GDP062


When my mother visited 2 weeks ago, I asked her to bring a few stamp sets and dies that I don't own.  One of the sets I asked her to bring was Better Together:
Unfortunately, as it always goes, we ran out of time and didn't get to sit down to stamp much.  I was able to stamp a few of the sentiments on some Whisper White CS, knowing I would use them later.  I really liked the sympathy sentiment and that's where today's card came into play.

My dear friend Tina - Tina's Crop Shop - recently lost her dog Snooki.  He wandered off and unfortunately when they found him, it was not the result they had hoped for.  So I thought I would send this card to Tina and her husband.  

The colors are a little more cheerful which I think can sometimes brighten the sorrow.  And the sketch is from the Global Design Project.  I was chosen last week to be their next guest designer for the color challenge - seriously, what an honor! I think GDP is packed full of talented challengers - you never know who's going to pull off the win!  Every time I checked back throughout the week I found a new favorite of mine.  Anyway, you can click on the image below to take you to the challenge site.

The main layer on this card was actually a piece that I almost threw away the other week.  It didn't turn out how I wanted so I ended up just coloring the whole piece with my Aqua Painter and Rich Razzleberry ink.  I set it off to the side of my table and thought it'd get around to it later.  Yay for scrap pieces!!



The color combo for this card is Basic Black, Basic Gray, Rich Razzleberry and Peekaboo Peach.


It's never easy to lose a pet.  We had our 3yo son tested for allergies this week because he has patches of eczema on his legs.  After some testing of various pollens and foods, we find out he has a small allergy to cats.  (Like, so small it barely made any indication - but it's still there). It made me really stop to think about how important pets are in our lives.  We have a cat named Snickers that has been in our lives for 9 years and I know it will be so tough on the kids and I (husband not so much) when we have to say goodbye to her.


Okay, now someone please leave me a happy comment!  Tell me something funny about your pet.  I feel like Sadness from Inside Out has taken over my blog...