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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Two for Tuesday with Lilypad Lake

Well hello there!
Remember me?

I know it has been so long since I've blogged and I am sorry for that! (I feel like I'm repeating myself each post.). I promise, I'm going to be back to consistently blogging.  I'm in the works of getting a brand new watermark and logo and I'm very excited about it, so stay tuned!

Today I had some time to sit down and stamp and decided to check out some challenges to help my MOJO come back!  I also wanted to use this lovely set called Lilypad Lake that will be available NEXT FRIDAY!  (Can you believe the new catalog is a little over a week away??)

I chose a color you may have never seen - or at least one you haven't seen in awhile - Coastal Cabana.  Loooooove this color!  Think "light Bermuda Bay".  Very beachy!

This first card I made is from the Freshly Made Sketches sketch from this week.  I guess the challenge ended yesterday, but I decided to go with it anyway.  I really liked the look.

Look at those cute little sailboats!  A little Stampin' Dimensional for some extra detail.

My favorite part is actually this cluster of ribbons.   To make the special Berry Burst ribbon, I took the Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon cutting off the silver edge and fraying the ribbon a bit.

For the second card, I chose the sketch from the Fab Friday Challenge blog.  

I liked the simple look of the sketch.  Sometimes something simple can help someone ease back into stamping!  This challenge is similar to another from last week so I have been looking at it for awhile!

I embossed the lily pads with white emboss powder and colored the images with both Stampin' Write markers and Blends.

I wasn't sure I would ever use the lilypads but I'm glad I gave them a shot.  They work well with the sentiment. 

Thanks so much for checking out my blog today!  Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sweet Soiree Mother's Day for Fancy Friday!

It sure feels like a Monday - not a Friday (or Thursday night)... My camera battery is dead, charger is missing, my husband's car is in pieces in the driveway (which is why I missed girl's night out) and earlier today I tried to post this Fancy Friday post and my wifi is out. 


Well, I guess the only good part about missing girl's night out is that I have the peanut butter pie in my fridge.  #iwasinchargeofthebirthdaydessert

As grumpy as I sound, I'm happy to be blogging again with my talented Artisan friends!  It's been awhile.  Today we are sharing some really fabulous creations from the Spring Occasions Catalog.  I thought I would highlight the beautiful Sweet Soiree DSP and Embellishment Kit for a Mother's Day card.

This DSP is so pretty and the silver lining (so to speak) is throughout the paper pack.  I really love the extra detail it gives!

I tucked some vellum/silver cutouts from the Embellishment Kit behind the embossed layer.  I like the soft look they give.

For the inside, I used a sentiment from the Hold Onto Hope stamp set that is also in the catalog.

I hope you take the time to check out the rest of the hop!  Next up is the lovely Jen Timko!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Animal Outings - Stamparatus Spotlight!

It has been quite awhile since I've blogged and I must say - I am sorry!  I missed blogging and hope you missed seeing my cards too.  We are in full swing - pun intended - with 2 boys in baseball, lots of visitors and a recent craft show.  I am hoping to get back to blogging starting now! :)

Another reason that I've been busy was for an event earlier this month for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  My mother, mother-in-law and a close family friend all were able to fly to Fort Worth to attend OnStage with me.  We got to see the NEW catalog that will be released in June, made some really nice cards and we won some new stamp sets! Woohoo!

I wanted to share a card I made with Animal Outings - a cuuuuute set!  My husband and I celebrated 11 years on Sunday and I wanted to make him a special card.  The stamp set only comes with 1 giraffe so I had to do a little trick for the reversed image.  You can check out this great video from Pepperly Rose Papercrafting to learn how to make this using your Stamparatus.

The giraffes and leaves were colored using the Stampin' Blends markers.  I absolutely love coloring with these markers.  I'm a fan of all coloring mediums, but these Blends are becoming my favorite!  

I'm playing along with the SUO Challenge this week :) If you need some coloring inspiration, check out the SU Only Challenge and see the design teams creations.  

For the inside, I wanted to carryover the leaves, the Tutti Fruitti DSP and black Washi Tape.  I also colored the stamp with my Basic Black and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers.

I am really happy with how it turned out and think I will try this mirror technique with a few other sets.  Thanks for swinging by!  Be sure to stop back Friday for Fancy Friday blog hop.


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Hello Lovely - Where Creativity Meets C9 - Challenge 19

Hello lovely friends and followers :)

Hope you are doing well today.  I had a few moments to stamp last night after the kids went to bed.  It seems that we got into a bad routine over spring break and I don't think my children went to bed before 10 for 9 days straight!  Spring break is over though, and since last night was a school night, I got to stamping and was in bed myself by 10! Woohoo!
I decided to play along again with the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge - a special challenge from Concord & 9th where the winner gets free stamps.  No harm there!  You can check it out by clicking the sketch graphic below!

I decided to use the Hello Lovely stamp across the background at an angle.  I also stamped an extra flower to fussy cut for the focal point.

I layered the flower onto a 2 1/2" circle of Tutti Frutti DSP and a large Stitched Shapes Framelit - both from Stampin' Up! - the colors are also from SU! and I thought they looked very Spring-like!
(Sweet Sugarplum, Lucky Limeade, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Wild Wasabi.)

For the stripes on the background, I used some Vellum Cardstock from Stampin' Up!

I'm really happy with the way this card turned out.  This Hello Lovely set from Concord & 9th is beautiful and a lot of fun to color!

Thanks for swinging by!  Have a wonderful week!


Friday, March 16, 2018

I Am Lucky I Found You - St. Patrick's Card

We were challenged in our team facebook page to make a St Patrick's Day card. I didn't have a particular stamp set to go with the theme, so I improvised some.  The "green beer" is made with the mug from Mixed Drinks.  To make a mirrored image, I stamped the mug in Memento Ink onto a silicone mat and pressed the image onto a piece of white cardstock.  
*I made the reversed image first so that I could add the other and see where to line it up.* :)

The sentiment is from the Lovely Friends stamp set and I used markers to color it to coordinate with the rainbow Brushstrokes background.  A little gold to finish it off :)

Hope you have a blessed day!


Monday, March 12, 2018

Welcome to the World - TGIFC150

Earlier last month, my friend Dana gave birth to twins - a baby boy and girl.  I'm hoping since we live less than 2 hours apart that I will get to hold those precious babies soon.

The card I made for her features a stamp set from Concord & 9th called Globe Greetings, but the rest is Stampin' Up! - love the Pool Party and Flirty Flamingo combo :)
I chose the sketch from TGIF Challenges to play along with this week.  It's been awhile since I've play along with any challenges, but it's always a nice way to find inspiration.

For the globe, I stamped the image in Pool Party first and then used a sponge to dab on some Flirty Flamingo.  I wanted to add both the colors in a fun way.

You probably can't see, but the background is lightly stamped all over with "adventure awaits" in Smoky Slate (stamped off).

I added the sentiment on the inside as well.

I hope you still like the card, even though it is not Stampin' Up!

Have a great day,

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Two for Tuesday - Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts

When my MIL visited the other week, I asked her to bring her Friendship's Sweetest Thoughts stamp set with her in case we had a moment to stamp.  It's sometimes hard to get her away from her 4 grandkids to play "cards" with me!

When I first saw this stamp set, I knew I liked it but I was set on others first.  I liked the look of the catalog samples and knew it was a set that would be great for all coloring mediums.  For these cards, however, I used the Stampin' Blends markers.

The card size is 3x6 - perfect for half a sheet of this cute Tutti Frutti DSP Stack.  I matched the Calypso Coral DSP with the same color Blends.  I also used both the Light and Dark Blends of Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Old Olive and Daffodil Delight (Light).  A simple Linen Thread bow and the card is complete!

For the second card, I used another sheet of Tutti Frutti DSP Stack - this sheet is Crumb Cake - with a piece of Wood Textures DSP Stack on top.  I added some Marina Mist 3/8" Scalloped Velvet Ribbon from the Sweet Soiree Embellishment Kit and some more Linen Thread.

For the focal point, I used the sentiment and branch and framed them with a circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits and framed that circle with a scalloped Pink Piroutte circle from the Layering Circles Framelits.  I fussy cut one of the birds and added a pretty Doily to finish off the soft look.

This is a very sweet set that I know you'd love!  If you'd like to know how to purchase this set or any other items from Stampin' Up!, feel free to ask!

Remember, SALE-A-BRATION ends this month!  Spend $50 and earn a free product!

Have a blessed day!

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