Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Owl Extravaganza

Good morning!  I have to admit when I first saw today's sketch over on Splitcoast Stampers, I wasn't sure how I was going to make it work. The number of panels freaked me out at first.. haha!  I pulled out some new-to-me designer paper called "Snow Festival".  It's actually several years old, but I've barely used it at all.  I just love the cute little owls.  So, I started by cutting out the rectangles, then I layered coordinating paper behind it.  I originally was going to use my Owl Punch to create the owl, but this designer paper has a sheet that looks like small gift tags and this owl image was perfect.  I just cut him out and popped him on dimensionals.  The sentiment is from a retired set called "Contempo Christmas".

I had a lot of help making this card.  Miss Sydney was on a roll this morning, pulling out ribbon, designer paper, you name it.  As I try to write this post she is pushing every button she can on the laptop, so I'm sorry if something crazy appears haha!  Oh wait, we are now distracted by my cell phone... hopefully she doesn't break it!

Thank you for stopping by!

Paper: Baja Breeze, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Snow Festival DP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Contempo Christmas
Accessories: Circle & Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Stampin' Dimensionals

Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge 504

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Cheers to Summer

I know today is Tuesday, but man I really had a case of the Mondays!  I basically have been off work for over a week, so coming back to the office was ROUGH.  It took me basically all day to finish this card, then by the time I was done, it was dark out and I didn't get a very good picture.  Oh well, at least I am posting, right?

I love the "Happy Hour" set from Stampin' Up.  Although, I think it's retired now... of course.. haha!  The color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers today was to use Melon Mambo, Wild Wasabi, and Basic Gray.  The side challenge or "dessert" was to either make a non-traditional Christmas Card (I have to admit, I just can't bring myself to break out my holiday stamps yet) or to make a farewell to summer inspired card.  I went with the farewell to summer card... but I don't want to say farewell!  My definition of a great summer day is relaxing (preferably at the beach) with a cold beverage.  There's nothing better in my opinion!

The margarita is stamped once on the Whisper White layer, then I stamped it again on a scrap and cut out the drink part of it to pop it up.  The lime wedge and umbrella were also hand cut and put behind the drink.  I love how it turned out!

Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Melon Mambo, Jersey Shore DP (retired), Brights Prints Pack DP
Ink: Melon Mambo, Basic Gray, Wild Wasabi
Stamps: Happy Hour
Accessories: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Melon Mambo Marker, Stampin' Dimensionals, Linen Thread, Melon Mambo Button, Apothecary Art Framelits

Color Combo Challenge 494 on Splitcoast Stampers

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great evening!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Sweet Secret Garden

I'm getting used to these two post days!  This is my first time using the color Crisp Cantaloupe...  I told you I was out of the loop.  I had bought all the 2014-2015 In Colors right before Sydney was born but I haven't had time to even dig into them yet, so today was my first time!  I really love this color combination of Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, and Soft Suede.  It was actually the color challenge a few weeks ago over on Splitcoast Stampers. Don't even ask me about the 2015-2016 In Colors because I don't have them yet.  I know I want them, though!

My awesome Aunt and Cousin gave me some of their duplicate stamp sets and accessories.  This is one of them, "Secret Garden".  I'm pretty sure it's retired now, but it's brand new to me.  I really love how it has the coordinating Framelits that they also sent my way.  Did I mention they are AWESOME?!? 

The sentiment is actually from a Papertrey Ink Set called "Everyday Button Bits". 

Paper: Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Nursery Nest DP, 2014-2015 In Color Prints Pack
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede
Stamps: Secret Garden (SU), Everyday Button Bits (PTI)
Accessories: Soft Suede Polka Dotted Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals, Adhesive Pearls, Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Corner Rounder

Challenges this card is for:
Mojo Sketch Challenge 361
Try a New Technique Challenge 497 (Splitcoast Stampers)
Color Challenge 487 (Splitcoast Stampers)

Minecraft Birthday

I will admit... I have NO idea what Minecraft is.  I am pretty sure it's a game of some sort, but that's all I know!  Haha!  I made this card because my nephew's birthday is coming up this weekend and he's having a Minecraft party.  I figured I would see what I could come up with in my stamp room because I don't have many boy birthday cards lingering around in my stash.

I actually searched Pinterest for inspiration and CASed this card from PinkBlingCrafter.

I used my scoring tool to make a grid pattern on the Green Galore (that's right, Green Galore... a color that has been retired for eons yet I still had a full sheet of it!).  I made the face from the 1'' square punch.  The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners and is cut using the Bitty Banners Framelits.

I think it turned out pretty good... however, this would not be what I consider in my "style" of card making, but hopefully he will like it!

Paper: Green Galore (retired), Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black
Stamps: Itty Bitty Banners
Accessories: Scoring Tool, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals

I hope you are having a great Labor Day!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Tricky Treats

Two posts in one day... I could get used to this!  I made this for the Splitcoast Stampers sketch challenge from this past Wednesday. I pulled out another old stamp set called "Tricky Treats" and paired it with the even older "Ghostly Greetings" designer paper.  I think it turned out cute, even with the old supplies.  I can finally say that I have no more full sheets of this designer paper... haha!

I'm not sure I've ever use that little cat image, but it's super cute!


Paper: Whisper White, Kiwi Kiss, Ghostly Greetings DP
Stamps: Tricky Treats
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Paper piercer & piercing mat

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Friendship {I'm Back}

Wow, it has been such a long time since I've updated this blog, or even stamped for that matter!  I just returned from an awesome family vacation at the beach and while I was there, I decided that I had to get back to stamping!  The past year has been crazy having a baby and running a busy dance studio and I have found myself really exhausted both physically and creatively.  Dancing does hit my creativity mark most of the time, but I really love creating cards and other crafts and have missed it so much.

My daughter is finally old enough to hang out with me while I stamp.  She may pull everything out of the stamp closet and carry around random pieces of designer paper, but she seems to have fun and I get to stamp with is great!

Unfortunately, since I have been inactive in the stamping world the past year, I have lost my Stampin' Up Demonstrator status.  I hate it, but I just don't have time to maintain that right now.  If you are looking to order products, please check out my aunt who is also a demonstrator!  Her website is: 

Today's card is actually for a challenge on Splitcoast Stampers which is the Featured Stamper Challenge.  I thought it would be a good one to get me back in the game because you CASE someone else's card.  This week, the Featured Stamper is Kathy (rosekathleenr on Splitcoast).  I CASEd this card.  I kept the sketch of the card pretty much the same.  I used a retired Hostess stamp set called "Precious Butterflies".  I had actually never used any of the images I used on this card.  Yikes.  I am happy to say it has now seen ink!  I used the retired "Comfort Cafe" designer paper, one of my all time favorites.  

I hope you enjoy my card and I look forward to posting more!

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Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Thank You {MDS}

I finally got around to designing my sister-in-law's thank you cards.  They match the invitations I sent for her baby shower which you can see here.  I went with the theme "A Little Pumpkin is on His Way".

I used My Digital Studio to make it and kept the design pretty simple.  I will take a picture of the actual cards once I get them in.  I think it always looks better after it's been printed than it does in just an image format on a screen.

If you haven't used My Digital Studio yet, I would highly suggest the free 30 day trial.  You can get more information on the program here!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope to have more projects to share with you soon!  It's the holiday season, so I need to get in my craft room and start creating!

Have a great day!

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