Thursday, June 30, 2016

Celebrate 89! GDP042

My grandfather "Pap Jake" is turning 89 next Tuesday. Since Monday is a holiday here in the US, I had to be somewhat quick this morning so that I could get the card in the mail today.  (I actually set my alarm early to stamp before my kids woke up!  But.. yeah, that didn't happen..)

I was inspired by the Global Design Project sketch this week.  
Pretty simple.  I love sketches - my kind of thing when I'm in a hurry! :)

I wanted to use these little presents for awhile now.  The Weather Together stamp set is one of my new favorites and it has these 2 little presents in the set.  Not sure how to tie them with the umbrellas quite yet, but for now, I think the present looks cute as a background stamp, don't you?

I love the addition of the little fussy cut present too - wrapped in the Emerald Envy solid baker's twine.  The splatter on the 89 is from the new grungy set called Touches of Texture - another great set from the new catalog!  And the numbers are from the Larger Numbers Framelits.

For the inside, I carried over the Emerald Envy DSP, the splatter and the little present.  The sentiment is from the Feather Together set.

Don't forget to stamp your envelope too!

Thanks for stopping by!  If you still have your grandparents (or parents) around - give them a call or visit!

Have a great weekend!


Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Weather Together Sympathy Card for PCCCS200

Let's just start off by saying this is very last minute!  I've been meaning to play this challenge all week and well, life happens!  But, I did need to make a sympathy card and I had this sketch brewing in my mind all weekend!

Here's the sketch - make sure you head over to the Paper Craft Crew blog and see all the other talented designer's and challenger's entries! Oh and wish PCC a happy 200th! :)

I took the sketch and flipped it upside down! I wanted to use clouds as one of the strips in the sketch but ended up adding DSP and ribbon anyway.

I absolutely love this set from Stampin' Up! called Weather Together.  It was one of the first sets to catch my eye and the matching framelits are so cute!

So there you have it! With 25 minutes to spare, I got a card made for the challenge! :)

 If you haven't seen my Stamps in the Mail kit for this month, there's not much time left for that either!  I will be ordering Thursday!

Have a great Tuesday!


Saturday, June 25, 2016

Stamps in the Mail - Blooms & Wishes - first order due June 30th!

Hey everyone! So sorry it's been awhile since I've offered a Stamps in the Mail kit.  Life has been a little busy lately and I have not had the chance to sit down and make some kits up.  Plus, I didn't want to offer a kit that had a retiring stamp set, so I waited for the new catalog.  I have a few sets picked out for the next few months, so I hope you like the picks and I hope you join along!

So here are the cards you will make with June's kit!

I think the Blooms & Wishes stamp set from Stampin' Up! is beautiful.  I've said it before - I'm not a huge fan of flowery cards, but I love this set and the matching paper was one of the first things I bought.

There are 2 options for this card kit:
1- Blooms & Wishes (Photopolymer) stamp set with supplies for 6 cards/envelopes 
- $28 local MN pick-up or $31 shipped (US Only) -
2 - Blooms & Wishes (Photopolymer) stamp set with supplies for 6 cards/envelopes plus Island Indigo, Sweet Sugarplum and Mint Macaron Ink Pads
- $52 local MN pick-up or $58 shipped - 

Option 2 may seem a little expensive for a card kit, but you're getting $40.50 in just ink and stamps! As always, you can substitute ink colors if you chose.  

***If you have participated in my other 2 SITM kits, you already have Mint Macaron and I would recommend substituting Sahara Sand.  3 of the past 4 inks coordinate with the Blooms & Bliss Designer Series Paper (DSP).***

I will be closing out my first group of orders on June 30th at NOON CST.  Please leave a comment below or email me at if you would like to participate.  Paypal preferred!


Foxy Cake Builder for Sam!

I can hardly believe our little guy is 2!  Seems like only yesterday...

Since it was my husband and I and the boys tonight to celebrate our youngest son's birthday, we didn't do anything big and fancy as far as party planning goes.  I did however manage to make his cake extra special!

I took some of the A Little Foxy DSP and the Dapper Denim In-Color DSP and make a banner for his cake.  The Fox Builder Punch makes things so easy!  I only had to stamp his legs, eyes and nose.

I took my White Gel Pen and drew the hair on his head.

I also tied in two balloons for fun using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.

This honestly took me 20 minutes tops!  I know this because I beat my icing for 7 while I made the banner and I was halfway done! :)

Our little guy loved his cake! :) I praise The Lord for the gift of children and the blessing of being his momma.


Enjoy your weekend!


Friday, June 24, 2016

Flourishing Phrases In-Color Highlight for TGIFC61

Happy Friday!! I hope you all are off to a great start to your weekend.  We will be celebrating this weekend with some cake and ice cream for our little guy.  Our youngest turns 2 today and I officially don't have a baby in the house.  (I just might cry... some more...)

So to cheer myself up, I have some awesome cards to show you today!  It's the last Friday of the month which means we are casing our favorites!  Simply pick a card from this month's challenges - a design team member's card or case one of the challengers cards - just make sure it was from June. :)

I am casing Anne Marie's card from TGIFC58.  
Click here to see her card and leave her some blog love!

I loved the background of this card - the colors are striking and the (somewhat) ombre look really inspired me to make some cards with a similar sponged background look. I also decided to make a small little box to hold the note cards in.

The stamp set that I used for these 5 cards is the Flourishing Phrases stamp set.  I love the variety of sentiments and the larger floral image. I also wanted to incorporate the new in-colors and give you some options of inks to pair with them!

For the Dapper Denim card I used: Soft Sky, Marina Mist and Dapper Denim.

For (my favorite in-color) Sweet Sugarplum, I used: Pink Pirouette, Sweet Sugarplum and Perfect Plum.

Here I frayed the Sweet Sugarplum ruched ribbon and used the thread for my accent.

For the Emerald Envy card I used: Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy & Bermuda Bay.  I love these 3 together!

For Peekaboo Peach, I used: So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach and Calypso Coral.

And last but not least, Flirty Flamingo.  Here I used Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mambo.

I hope that you didn't mind scrolling through all of those pictures!! I hope that you enjoyed them.  I would love to hear from you! Which color combo was your favorite?  Or do you have your own that you like with the new in-colors?

I hope you join us this week over at TGIF Challenges!  Check out the rest of the design team and look back through the month of June to be inspired! :)

Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

A Father's Day Gift with Guy Greetings

Today I have for you something a little different to share.  No card involved, but there is a little bit of stamping. :)  My cousin's wife posted on facebook that she was looking for an idea for a Father's Day gift and her friend suggested something called a Man Crate.  Well, let's just save you time from going to the website and just point out that those are pretty pricey!  I did like the concept though and decided to team up with my hubby for a project.  We ended up making our own - filled with what his dad really likes for a fraction of the cost!

We took some scraps of wood big enough to make a box to hold the goodies we picked out at the store.  Here's our middle son helping out. :)

Snacks ready to go!

After the box was ready and packed, it was my turn (and Andrew's turn) to help decorate the box.  I would suggest maybe decorating the wood pieces first... it was a little inconvenient to stamp upright.
Andrew did a great job sponging.

I stamped the Happy Father's Day sentiment and the "guy" from Guy Greetings and then added some splatters from Gorgeous Grunge.  

I also added "please deliver to" with the new Labeler Alphabet but the ink ended up bleeding more than I would've liked.  The Happy Father's Day (on top) and the name were made using the Layered Letters Alphabet.

And you need a tag for a gift, right?  This was a quick and simple tag to make.  Love this sentiment from the Suite Sayings stamp set.

I ended up videoing him opening the gift so I had to take a still shot of the video.  He had to use a crowbar to open the gift.  It was a fun gift to make and I know he really enjoyed it!

I also made my husband a gift, but nothing as involved.  Here's a simpler version.  I forgot to take a picture of the cards the boys stamped.  I'm always impressed by how well they do!

I hope that you all had a great weekend and a great first day of summer here in the US.

Thanks for (always) stopping by!  Remember, stamping can be more than just a card! :)


Friday, June 17, 2016

We Loved Our Adventure - Project Life Highlight for TGIFC60!

Happy Friday!
I'm so excited to share with you some Project Life pages I made this week.  I had recently printed pictures from our KLove Cruise that my husband and I took this January with my in-laws.  I have always had the desire to scrapbook - I have three little boys and a passion for photography - but the laziness kicks in and I never want to upload/print pictures and then make pages.

Then 2 weeks ago, my mother lost everything on her computer.  
She has 13 grandchildren - and her pictures are gone.

So I backed up my photos and ordered our cruise pictures and a few others and I sat down and made 6 scrapbook pages in one day.  Actually in about 2 hours.  Project Life makes this so easy!  And I love the Moments Like These PL kit from Stampin' Up!

So this week - our challenge over at TGIF Challenges is for you to create a card (or project) based on the "adventure" theme - but I challenge you to print some pictures and make a page or two.  

Put those memories into an album so that you can share them!

One thing I love about PL cards is the fact that most cards are already designed so well - you don't need to do anything but slide it into the pocket.  However, you can also add to them if you want!
Here I took the Labeler Alphabet stamp set and added the words "we loved our adventure" and the hearts.

The Moments Like These kit coordinates with the 2015-2017 in-colors.  Here I added the Watermelon Wonder washi tape from the Affectionately Yours washi pack
(Tip: I layered two pieces of washi tape so it showed up better on top of the picture.)

I think my favorite size in the PL pages are the 2x2 squares.  They're so cute!

Here I used the Labeler Alphabet again to add the date.

Another page I made is a smaller one.  I used the 12x6" page protector that you can find in the Variety Pack #2.  

This 4x6" PL card came only with the word "moments" on it.  I love the look of the Labeler Alphabet and wanted to incorporate it in this page too.  I also wanted to use Bermuda Bay to match the water as best as I could.  (It really is that blue!)

Another use for the 2x2" square cards can be to just lay them on top of a photograph.

I hope these pages inspire you to print some photos and start documenting your life.  I pray that we never get to the point where our iphones and computers are obsolete - so just in case... get scrappin'!