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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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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Tranquil Tulips for Fancy Friday!

Welcome to another Fancy Friday hop!  If you arrived from the lovely Cindy Schuster, thanks for continuing on to me.  Today we have a gorgeous color combo and we hope you are inspired to play along with us!

I pulled a set out of my collection that I haven't even inked up yet - Tranquil Tulips.  I'm thinking I might have to use this one more often.  I was inspired by some of the colors from the Color Me Happy Kit with the gold/navy/pool party.

My favorite part of this card though is the Night of Navy 1/2" Gingham Ribbon that I colored with a Light Pool Party Blends.

The sentiment tucked in the corner is from Beautiful You :)

Next up is the lovely Cathy Caines!

Happy Friday!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Hello Lovely - Watercolor Challenge for Concord & 9th

Hello lovely!
Today I'm playing along with a brand new (to me) challenge called Where Creativity Meets C9.  95% of the time, I am loyal to SU!, but I also have a small amount of contraband from another favorite stamp company - Concord & 9th.

I wanted to order a set from them that has cacti - perfect for Texas!  I am selling some cards locally here so I kind of neeeeeded that set.  While I was ordering though, I noticed this set here call Hello Lovely.

The Stampin' Up! colors that I used for the flowers were Berry Burst, Peekaboo Peach, Lemon Lime Twist, Wild Wasabi and Island Indigo.  I loosely colored at first with an Aqua Painter and then went back with a heavier saturation on top.

I love this card - now who do I love enough to send it to? =P

Thanks for stopping by!

A Journey with You - GDP126

It's true.  The journeys in this life are much better with my husband alongside.  I decided to take the Cozy Cottage Hostess Set and make a special card for my husband.

We're on a new journey this week.  We received a diagnosis for our youngest son that has forever changed our daily lives, but we are truly blessed that it's nothing worse.  Our hearts are hurting - life isn't always fair, but he'll be okay.  We firmly believe that The Lord has a plan for us, and fully trust Him and His ways.

That being said... I wanted to make my husband a card to let him know how much I love him and how grateful I am that he's the one to care for our son.  All that mushy stuff...

I decided to play along with the Global Design Project sketch this week.  I like the sketch enough that I might be playing twice.  This time I put a little twist on the sketch.  I think it's close enough! :)

Instead of an oval, I decided to frame this cute little cottage on a larger rectangle.  I used Shimmery White Cardstock and an Aqua Painter for the watercoloring.  The sentiment was made by mixing two of the sentiments from the stamp set.

For the corners, I wanted to add some stamped images like the "hearts" on the sketch.  I used the Eclectic Expressions stamp set that you can earn FREE with a $50 purchase now through the end of March.

Thank you so much for stopping by... I know it's been awhile.  I promise, once we are in a routine, I'll be back to blogging (and stamping) more often!



Friday, February 9, 2018

An Eclectic Valentine

I usually only make a Valentine's Day card for my husband, but I decided to join a Valentine's Day card exchange with some ladies in a group I'm in and was so excited with the way this turned out.

I don't have any "current" Valentine's sets, so I had to be a little creative.  I used the heart from Wood Words and embossed them in white on some Shimmery White Cardstock.  I then took the Brilliant Red Brusho  and sprinkled a little on the paper.  Using a Stampin' Spritzer and an Aqua Painter to move the color around.

The custom sentiment is made with the Lift Me Up stamp set and the "love" from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits.  

Using some Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, I cut the background piece and heart using the Eclectic Layers Thinlits
Do you know how amazing the Stampin' Blends are?? I used the light markers of Calypso Coral, Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry for the heart - the skinny tip worked best!

But my favorite part - the ribbon!!  This ribbon was colored using the same Blends markers and the Smoky Slate 1/2" Gingham Ribbon.  My mother showed me some ribbon she colored using the blends and I had to try it!

A few Glitter Enamel Dots and the card is complete! :)

I hope this inspires you to make a lovely card for a friend and send it this weekend!