Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Time to Chill

 Hi!  It's Wednesday which means there's another fabulous sketch over on Splitcoast Stampers!  I hope you can come play with us this week!  The sketch is super fun!

I am loving this set, Snow Place and the coordinating thinlits.  They are so adorable and very versatile!  I just had to use it along with some new designer paper called Home for Christmas for this week's card!

This sketch is super fun!  I hadn't made a square card in awhile, so it was fun to do one.  The snowman is stamped and cut out with the thinlits and popped up on dimensionals.  Everything is pretty straight forward on this card and I love how it turned out!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Home for Christmas DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Mossy Meadow, Real Red
Stamps: Snow Place
Accessories: Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Circle Nestabilities, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snow Friends Framelits, Very Vanilla Subtle Stripes Satin Ribbon, Gold Cording Trim

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Tis the Season!

 Hi!  Happy Wednesday!  There is a new sketch up at Splitcoast Stampers!  Hop on over and join us!

I will be the first to admit... this sketch threw me for a loop.  I don't know why, but I always struggle with angles.  To top it off.. the blade on my paper cutter decided to stop cutting nice smooth lines and was just demolishing the edges of every cut I made... GRRR.  I need to go get some new ones.. good thing I just received a $10 reward from AC Moore.. HAHA!  OH... and my Cherry Cobbler ink pad apparently is going back and so my image looks really bad in person.. thankfully, it photographed okay.  There are weird little pills on the stamp pad, like you get on your sweater.  WEIRD!

Anyway, I used my new set, Oh What Fun and made a simple Christmas card using the paper Trim the Tree from last year.  I think it was from last year... ANYWAY... I think it turned out pretty cute and was a good way to use up some scraps!

The ribbon is the Cherry Cobbler quilted ribbon.  I don't know what it is, but I cannot make a decent bow with that stuff, so I just knotted it.

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Trim the Tree DP
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Oh What Fun
Accessories: Circle Nestabilities, Cherry Cobbler Quilted Ribbon

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Oh, What Fun

I always find myself starting to look forward to Christmas about this time each year.  I don't know what it is, but I dream of it getting here, but then when it does I just feel like it goes way too fast and I'm exhausted.. haha!  Anyway, the plus to being in the Christmas spirit early is that I get a jump on my holiday cards. 

Today's card is for the Pals Paper Arts challenge which is a sketch!  It is a pretty simple sketch this time and since it just required one small panel, I thought it would be fun to highlight some bigger print designer paper.  This paper is retired, of course, but I never really used it... Imagine that!  HAHA!  It is called Nordic Noel.  I paired it with one of my new stamp sets, Oh, What Fun! 

I like how this turned out and it was super easy to put together!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Baja Breeze (retired), Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green (retired), Whisper White, Nordic Noel DP (retired)
 Ink: Gumball Green (retired)
Stamps: Oh, What Fun
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Chevron Ribbon, Large Scallop Edgelit

Saturday, October 17, 2015

From Santa

 Ever made a card and you were like.. YES THIS IS AWESOME!  Well, that was the feeling that I had when I made this card!  Look, I even heat embossed.. WHOA!  HAHA!  Last Friday, my mom and I had a stampin' day at her house and I got really creative with some of my new supplies, along with a few new goodies that had just come in.

I was inspired to do last week's Sketch Frenzy and I just kind of went from there.

The house is stamped and heat embossed with white embossing powder on Baked Brown Sugar card stock.  The Santa and reindeer are also heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The sentiment is from the new set, Oh What Fun!  I used the new Softly Falling embossing folder to make my snow.  The tag is made with a Chalk Talk Framelit with the slot punch added.

I can't remember what paper I used.. ACK!  It was some that my mom had a few years ago.  It is Stampin' Up.

Baked Brown Sugar, Real Red, Whisper White
Stamps: Holiday Home, Oh What Fun
Ink: Versamark, Gumball Green, Real Red
Accessories: Holiday Home Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits, Slot Punch, Gumball Green Double Stitched Ribbon, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Stampin' Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder

Pastel Butterflies

Whew... I'm trying to get caught up on my posts!  I actually have been stamping, but I haven't had time to take pictures and post everything!  I made this card last week for the Splitcoast Stampers color challenge to use Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz, and So Saffron with a dessert option of flowers.  I also added Smoky Slate as a neutral on my card.

I used that week's Mojo Monday sketch as well.

I used my Stampin' Write markers and aqua painter to do the coloring on the flower and I'm pretty happy with how it turned out.  I used my color coach (why in the world did they get rid of that handy tool?) to determine which colors to use for shading.

The designer paper is called Nursery Nest and, of course, has been retired!

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Water Color Paper, Blushing Bride, So Saffron, Nursery Nest DP
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Butterfly Thinlits, Small Butterfly Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers, Pear Pizzazz Seam Binding Ribbon 

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

An Ode to Kiwi Kiss

 Hello!  Happy Wednesday which means there is a new sketch over on Splitcoast Stampers!  I love this fun sketch!  Hop on over and join us!

I think I've mentioned before that I don't make many Halloween cards.  However, I have this cute retired Halloween set called Tricky Treats that I haven't used all that much, so I thought I would give it some ink today.  The designer paper is ancient and I only have scraps of it left, but it is cute and figured I would drag it out once more!  It's called Ghostly Greetings

This card features one of my most beloved colors, Kiwi Kiss.  Unfortunately, the color has been discontinued, but I still have a few scraps remaining.  I am down to little tiny scraps, so I was lucky to find any to fit my card.  The ribbon is also retired and I only have a few small pieces of it left.  I had enough to make a knot, but not a full bow.  Ok, I'm sad.  I miss Kiwi Kiss!

I hope you're having a great week and that this card gets you into the Halloween mood!

Paper: Basic Black, Kiwi Kiss, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Ghostly Greetings DP
Stamps: Tricky Treats
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Kiwi Kiss Striped Ribbon, Curly Label Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Circle Framelit, Dots Embossing Folder

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Perk Up!

Happy Wednesday!  I am proud to announce that beginning TODAY, I will be on the design team for the Splitcoast Stampers Sketch Challenge!  I am super excited to be chosen!

This is my first week as a designer.  I just love this skech, it is simple, but different.  October brings cooler weather which means my coffee and tea intake go up which is what inspired this card!  I dug out an old set called Morning Cup for this challenge and I stuck with a warm color combination of Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, and Cajun Craze.  The designer paper is a retired series called Comfort Cafe which is the perfect name for my card... warm and cozy!

I hope you will slip on over to Splitcoast and join in the fun with us this week!  Make sure to use keyword SC561 when uploading to the Splitcoast Gallery so we can see all the beautiful cards in one place!

Stamps: Morning Cup
Ink: Cajun Craze & Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Cajun Craze, Watercolor Paper, Comfort Cafe DP
Accessories: Linen Thread

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Birthday Butterflies

It's still raining.... it has been raining since Friday, it is now Tuesday... I'm over it!  I know we needed rain really bad, but we've gotten too much in a short time and now things are starting to get a little dicey!  Especially inside my house... YIKES.

Today's color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was a nice and cheery combination that had me feeling the warmth of the sun.  Today's colors to use are: Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist, and Soft Sky.  I added Basic Gray as a neutral.  The sketch is this week's Mojo Monday sketch.  It was supposed to be a tall and skinny card, but I just made mine a normal size.

I pulled out THREE stamp sets for this card.  The background image on my main panel is from Watercolor Trio.  The butterfly is from Butterfly Basics and the sentiment is from Elementary Elegance.  I'm not sure the last time I used this many sets on one card, but I think it turned out great!

The designer paper is from a retired series called Polka Dot Parade.  The ribbon and brads are also retired... you should know by now that I'm the retired product queen.. haha!

I hope you enjoy my card!

Paper: Marina Mist, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Polka Dot Parade Dp
Stamps: Elementary Elegance, Butterfly Basics, Watercolor Trio
Ink: Marina Mist, Soft Sky, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Curly Label Punch, Marina Mist Polka Dotted Ribbon, Basic Gray Corduroy Brads

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Cake & Ice Cream

Disclaimer: this card is majorly crooked and I got tired of fighting with it and just let it be.

Hello!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you've had a wonderful weekend.  It has been raining here since Friday.  We need the rain, but I'm getting a little tired of it at this point.  You would think I would be motivated to get things done around the house since we can't go outside and do anything.  You would be mistaken.  My motivation level is at a 1. 

And just a quick vent before I get to my card for today.  Don't label a recipe EASY when you have to use a saucepan, saute pan, baking sheet, pie pan, every measuring cup I own and most all of my measuring spoons.  Granted, I should have thoroughly read the recipe before I started, but SERIOUSLY?  EASY?  Easy to me is one dish, BAM we're done.  It wasn't that any of the actual cooking or preparing was HARD, it was just really annoying.  Like, REALLY ANNOYING!  And the cleanup was not easy either. 

ANYWAY.... I started this card after I had completely destroyed the kitchen and I was annoyed.  Hence why it is crooked and I didn't even care.  I swear sometimes the cardstock is crooked to begin with because there is no rational explanation to why it wasn't straight when I laid it all out.

Enough of my ranting.  This card is for today's Feature Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers and for the Create with Connie & Mary challenge which was to use Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, and Blushing Bride.  Now, I started this challenge thinking I had Watermelon Wonder ink or at least the marker... No, I don't have either one.  FAILURE!  I made due, but my Stampin' Up order just got bigger... I'm off topic again.

The Featured Stamper today is known on Splitcoast as Penny Strawberry and she has a really fun gallery.  She does a lot of punch type art, so I knew I was going to use a variety of punches on this card.  I settled on this one to case:

I kept the ice cream theme, but used the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.  I also kept the layout the same.  I did use different designer paper; Cherry on Top and I used the colors from the Create with Connie & Mary challenge.

I hope you enjoy my crooked card!

Paper: Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Cherry on Top Dp
Ink: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life
Accessories: Curly Label Punch, Decorative Label Punch, Tree Builder Punch, Watermelon Wonder Lace Trim, Scallop Edgelit, Honeycomb Embossing Folder

Saturday, September 26, 2015


Hello!  Long time, no post!  I had a little bit of a hiatus while I was on vacation and then went back full time to the studio.  Luckily, I am getting settled into a routine!  I actually have stamped some, but it is for design team stuff that I can't post yet... but soon, very soon, I can share it with you!

Today's card is for this week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers!  I will be the first to admit that I took some artistic liberty on this and hopefully it will still count!  As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I wanted to pull out my Holiday Home set and do something with a moon.  Since I'm not quite ready to start on Christmas cards, I thought I would do a Halloween one.  I know, this set is retired, but I don't feel like I have used it as much as I thought I would.  I have seen so many cute Halloween cards made with it and wanted to give it a try.

My card was inspired by this card by Debbie Henderson

The sky is sponged with sponge daubers with Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight.  The moon is made with a piece of Daffodil Delight card stock cut into a circle.  The house is watercolored using an aqua painter and also colored with Stampin' Write Markers in Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie.

I hope you enjoy my card!

Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper, Daffodil Delight
Stamps: Holiday Home
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Holiday Home Framelits, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Sponge Daubers, Stampin' Write Markers, Aqua Painters

Friday, August 28, 2015

Sending Bright Wishes

Happy Friday!  This week has flown by and I have been too busy to get much stampin' done!  I had a few minutes today and knew I wanted to sit down and do this week's sketch challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers!  I paired it with this week's ColourQ which was a bright combination of Lovely Lilac (retired), So Saffron, Taken with Teal (retired), and Tangerine Tango.  I will admit, this color combo scared me a little, but I do think it's fun.

I used a technique called Distress Stain Watercolor Technique.  I don't own any distress stain inks that they used in the tutorial, so I just used Stampin' Write Markers and an aqua painter pen.  I think it turned out pretty good!  I do with I had added a little detail on the flowers, but oh well.. it's done now.. haha!

I hope you enjoy my card!  I will be offline for a week or so while I spend some time with my family, but I will see you after Labor Day!  Have a great week!

Supplies List:
Paper: Lovely Lilac, Watercolor Paper, Taken with Teal, International Bazaar DP
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Ink: Lovely Lilac, Tangerine Tango
Accessories: So Saffron Taffeta Ribbon, 1'' Circle Punch, Taken with Teal, Tangerine Tango, Lovely Lilac Stampin' Write Markers, Bitty Butterfly Punch

Monday, August 24, 2015

Snappy Snappy

 Happy Monday!!  I hope you've had a great start to your week!  Monday means a new Mojo Sketch!  Woo hoo!  I am settling back into a stampin' routine and it couldn't feel better!  Of course, once I get back to work... well, we will see how it goes!

I decided to use a retired, but much loved set today called Crab & Company.  It was one of the very first Stampin' Up sets I ever bought and I still love it.  I also pulled out my Prisma Colored Pencils and my Odorless Mineral Spirits to color him!  Does anyone still use colored pencils?  I feel like so much emphasis is on markers now, so it was fun to do something different.

I hope you enjoy my card!

Supplies List:
Paper: Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Birthday Bash DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black & Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Crap & Company
Accessories: Linen Thread, Large Oval Punch, Stampin' Dimensional, Prisma Colored Pencils, Odorless Mineral Spirits, Scallop Circle Nestabilities 

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Whimsical Mosaic

Happy Sunday!  I hope you've had a great weekend!  Mine has been pretty good!  I'm super tired today from working at the studio all day yesterday.  We enlarged one of the dance rooms and we had to start cleaning and laying the floor down.  So, I'm feeling that today!

This card is for today's Sweet Sunday Sketch and for the Hand Stamped Sentiments color challenge!  The color challenge was to use Pool Party, Tangerine Tango, and Lost Lagoon.  I only own the Lost Lagoon marker, so that made it quite a challenge.  I literally have no Lost Lagoon cardstock and the only designer paper I have for it just didn't go with my design.

I've seen a lot of negative die cut images lately and thought I would give it a try with the old, but very loved, Top Note Die!  The middle piece was cut from Pool Party cardstock, then dry embossed with the Modern Mosaic embossing folder.  It's hard to see the embossing in my picture, though.  I cut around the edges of the Pool Party top note layer so I would have a white border.

I used my paper piercing tool and template to do the paper piercing on the two corners of my top layer.  The sentiment is from a long retired set called Whimsical Words.  The other two layers are stamped with Mosaic Madness.

I hope you like my card!

Paper: Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Pool Party
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Lost Lagoon
Stamps: Whimsical Words & Mosaic Madness
Accessories: Paper piercing template & tool, Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Top Note Die, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder, Lost Lagoon Stampin' Write Marker

Friday, August 21, 2015


Holy MOOSE!  This card was a super duper challenge for me.  Besides the obvious which is I used an image that is completely out of my normal style, I chose to do a sketch that was challenging with an angled layer.  The sketch is this week's CAS(e) this Sketch challenge.  I'm pretty sure my card doesn't qualify as CAS, though.

This card went through so many transformations.  At first, I was going to use the tree image that is in this set... oh, the set is an ancient Stampin' Up set called Pines. The date on it is 1998.  I think I stamped and re-cut that doggone angled layer about 10 times before I finally decided it just wasn't working for me.  Originally, I had stamped the moose onto River Rock cardstock and cut him out, but I wasn't happy how it looked... I tried mounting it on an oval.. hated it, tried just placing it on the card, nope.  Finally, I just did a simple square layer with the moose.

Since I was using an ancient set, I decided to dig up some old designer paper.  This paper is called Apple Cider and I've had it forever... and I still have way more of it... ANYWAY, that led to me digging out some old embellishments.  I found a container of unopened 5/8'' neutral brads, so I threw those on there, used my scallop border punch and some trusty Chocolate Chip striped ribbon.

This card literally took me over an our to make and it serves no purpose whatsoever, but it was good to stretch my limits a little and do something different!

Oh, this is also for today's Free For All challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use an odd number of stamps.  I used one!

Paper: River Rock, Close to Cocoa, Very Vanilla, Really Rust, Apple Cider DP
Stamps: Pines
Ink: Close to Cocoa
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop border punch, 5/8'' neutral brads, Chocolate Chip Striped Ribbon, Linen Thread

Get Your Santa On!

Here is my card for this week's Mojo Monday Sketch!  I decided I should probably get started on some of my Christmas cards, so this was the perfect time to do it!  I loved this sketch and will definitely use it again.

The stamp I used is from the Stampin' Up set, Get your Santa On.  It is super cute, but it is retired.. of course, HAHA!

The paper is also retired.  It is called Holly Berry Bouquet.  It has some really cute glittery paper in it that I used for my background. 

I stamped the Santa on watercolor paper and then colored with Stampin' Write Markers.  The stars were punched out with the small star punch.

Everything else is pretty straight forward!

Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Watercolor Paper, Holly Berry Bouquet DP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Stamps: Get Your Santa On
Accessories: Real Red Stampin' Write Marker, Star Punch, Blush Blossom Stampin' Write Marker

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Garden Vintage

Here is another card I made today at my mom's house.  We challenged each other to use this old designer paper called Walk in the Park.  For some reason, we both bought two packs of this when it came out.  I guess we thought we would run out.. HAHA!  This card only made a small dent in our stash.

I used this week's Create with Connie & Mary sketch!

Since I used some "vintage" paper, I decided to use an old stamp set called Garden Whimsy.  I've always liked this set and I think it came out really cute on this card!  The sentiment is from this year's sale-a-bration called Best Day Ever.

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies List:
Paper: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, So Saffron, Whisper White, Walk in the Park DP
Stamps: Garden Whimsy, Best Day Ever
Ink: Baja Breeze, Kiwi Kiss, Cameo Coral
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Banner Punch, Oval Nestabilities, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

You Made My Day

Hi!  Today my mom and I had a stamp day at her house which means I get to play with some of her stamps and accessories... woo hoo!  I had a few challenges I knew that I wanted to do today.  This is the first one which is the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and the ColourQ

This week's ColourQ was a great combo: Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, and Basic Gray.  Even though it does use some retired colors, they are colors that were current during my time away from stamping (but I still bought them, of course) and I haven't used them much!  I especially love Coastal Cabana and I'm sad it isn't a current color.

Anyway!  I had a personal challenge to use whatever stamp set my 2 year old picked out.  She handed me Mosaic Madness which I have never used, but have seen some cute things with.  I decided to make my own designer paper with it.  Then, I used a Sale-a-Bration set from this year called Best Day Ever.  I didn't place an order during Sale-a-Bration this year... first time in about 6 years or more... ahh!  I will NOT let that happen again... haha!

I hope you enjoy my card!  Thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Basic Gray CS, Poppy Parade CS, Coastal Cabana CS, So Saffron CS, Whisper White CS
Stamps: Mosaic Madness, Best Day Ever
Ink: Poppy Parade, So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Basic Gray
Accessories: Poppy Parade Ribbon, Circle Nestabilities, Scallop Circle Nestabilities, Stampin' Dimensionals, Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Happy Birthday

Hello!  I hope you've had a great week so far!  It is a rainy day here, so what's better than stamping?  Sydney has been subdued today and played while I made this card.  I hope she isn't getting sick!

This is for yesterday's color challenge and today's sketch challenge, both on Splitcoast Stampers.  The colors to use were Calypso Coral, So Saffron, and Wisteria Wonder.  I love this soft palette of colors!  I knew I needed to add in a green and a neutral, so I used Lucky Limeade and Soft Suede as well.

The sketch today lent itself to a scene, so I made one using the Sprinkles of Life set.  I absolutely adore this set.  It is so versatile!  All of the sentiments that come with it are pretty small and I needed on a little bigger, so I used a retired set called Warmest Regards.

I don't know what is going on, but lately I feel like my pictures aren't as crisp as they normally are.  I don't know if it's me or my camera, but it is getting on my nerves!

Supplies List
Paper: Wisteria Wonder CS, So Saffron CS, Whisper White CS, Birthday Bash DP
Ink: Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede, Wisteria Wonder, So Saffron, Calypso Coral
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Warmest Regards
Accessories: Tree Builder Punch, Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon, Stampin' Dimensionals

Monday, August 17, 2015

Christmas Critters

Happy Monday!  I hope your week is off to a great start!  I decided to put off some work and make a card.. HAHA!  This is for today's Clean & Simple challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers.  Today's challenge was to use critters on your card.  As soon as I saw it was critters, I couldn't help but pull out my Polar Party stamp set.  I'm pretty sure this set is retired, but it is one that I haven't used as much as I thought I would.  I think it's because it does require quite a bit of coloring and since Sydney came along, I have limited time, so solid images are usually faster for me.  That doesn't mean I don't enjoy coloring because I do!  I'm a little out of touch with my technique, though.

I colored the trees with a blender pen by dipping it into my Gumball Green ink pad.  I do like the watercolor effect it gave without actually watercoloring.  Everything else was colored with Stampin' Write Markers.

The penguins are stamped and cut out and popped on dimensionals.  Everything was stamped in Stazon Jet Black ink.

The paper piece is from a retired designer series paper called Snow Festival.  The ribbon is also retired and is Cherry Cobbler.  I'm not exactly sure, but I think they called it quilted ribbon.

The sketch I used is by CAS(e) this Sketch challenge from last Thursday!

Supplies List
Paper: Watercolor Paper, Snow Festival DP
Ink: Stazon Jet Black, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Endless Wishes, Polar Party
Accessories: Blender Pens, Stampin' Write Markers, Stampin' Dimensionals, Quilted Cherry Cobbler Ribbon

Sunday, August 16, 2015

With Sympathy

I finally leave you today with the card I made this afternoon!  This is for today's Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  tjacoby98 is the Featured Stamper and I CASed this card:

She inspired me to pull out one of my most favorite sets of all time, Live Your Dream.  It will always be one of my most beloved sets. 

This is also for this week's ColourQ to use Taken with Teal, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso, and Whisper White!

I pulled out some of my old designer paper and found Bali Breeze.  It was one of the only series I had left that used Taken with Teal.  I don't have any full sheets of Taken with Teal cardstock, so I used the scrap of designer paper (yay, using scraps!) and a small solid card stock piece to punch out the Modern Label layer.

I kept tjacoby98's layout pretty much exactly the same, except, I did place my sentiment in a different location.  I also changed the color scheme, and used a different sentiment.

Supplies List:
Paper: Whisper White CS, Early Espresso CS, Pumpkin Pie CS, Taken with Teal CS, Bohemian DP, Bali Breeze DP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Taken with Teal, Pumpkin Pie
Stamps: Live Your Dream, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Accessories: Pumpkin Pie Wide Striped Ribbon, Linen Thread, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch

Make a Wish!

This card is a CASe of one I found on Pinterest.  It was made by Elaine Schader, but I cannot find the original post!  I love how she used the negative image of the banner to inlay the smaller banner.  I pretty much copied her card exactly except I did use different paper and a different color scheme.

The paper I used is called Retro Fresh and is, of course, retired.  The colors used are: Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana, and Baked Brown Sugar.

Supplies Used:
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar CS, Coastal Cabana CS, Very Vanilla CS, Retro Fresh DP
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Coastal Cabana
Stamps: Perfect Pennants
Accessories: Banners Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits, 3/4'' Circle Punch

A Little Kindness

This card started as a CASe, but ended up being a completely original design.  This is by far my most favorite card I've made recently.  It uses two sets: Kinda Electic which is in the main catalog and Nature's Perfection which was a Sale-A-Bration item from this past year.

The only thing I cannot claim as my own idea is the color scheme.  That came from a past ColourQ challenge to use: Bermuda Bay, Peach Parfait, Hello Honey, and So Saffron.  Trust me, I didn't know if it could be done.  BUT I LOVE IT!

Supplies List:
Paper: Bermuda Bay CS, So Saffron CS, Whisper White CS
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey, Peach Parfait
Stamps: Kinda Eclectic, Nature's Perfection
Accessories: Oval Framelits, Butterfly Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Bermuda Bay Polka Dotted Ribbon, Linen Thread

Masculine Fish

 Let's be honest... I struggle bad with masculine cards.  I just love flowers and butterflies so much that it is hard to spend my precious stampin' time making "manly" cards.. haha!  I went to my mom's last Friday to have a little stampin' day and I decided I needed to make at least one "manly" card.  I hopped over and saw that this week's Color Throwdown challenge would be the perfect color combination for this set.  The colors to use were: Aqua, Bright Blue, & Gray.  I translated that into Crumb Cake, Pacific Point, and Pool Party.

I also used the Mojo Monday sketch from this past week which pulled me out of my comfort zone a little with the double circle images.  I like how it came out, though.

Supplies List:
Paper: Crumb Cake CS, Pacific Point CS, Pool Party CS, Pacific Point DP, Watercolor Paper
Ink: Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Pacific Point
Stamps: By the Tide
Accessories: Circle Framelits, 1'' Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Banner Triple Punch

Butterfly in Taupe

 Whew... I'm so behind on posting my cards!  I haven't done too much stamping lately, which doesn't make sense because I've actually had a break from teaching dance.  How is it that when you have more time, you get to do less?  I don't understand!

This was made several weeks ago for the 7/28/15 color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use Rose Red, Mint Macaroon, and Tip Top Taupe.  It is also for the 7/28/15 sketch challenge.

The designer paper is from the Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack (I love these smaller dp packs that Stampin' Up has this time).  The piece of Rose Red is from an old collection, but I cannot remember the name off the top of my head.

Supplies List
Paper: Tip Top Taupe CS, Pretty Petals Designer Paper
Ink: Rose Red & Mint Macaroon
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Accessories: Butterfly Thinlits, Adhesive Pearls, Stampin' Dimensionals, Rose Red Grosgrain Ribbon, Tip Top Taupe Lace

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Soaring By

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 Finally, here is a card I made this afternoon for the Featured Stamper challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  Today's featured stamper is Karli!  You can view her blog HERE!  She doesn't use much Stampin' Up product, but I found inspiration in this card:

 I don't have the exact hot air balloon image, but I do have a Stampin' Up one that I love and that hasn't seen ink for awhile, so I decided to break it out!  It's called Up, Up, and Away and is retired.  The sentiment is actually a Papertrey Ink stamp from the Everyday Button Bits collection.  I got it one year for Christmas and I think this sentiment works wonderfully with this image.  The clouds were made using the new Sprinkles of Life set.

I changed pretty much everything on this card.  I did keep a similar layout and, of course, kept the hot air balloon theme.  I changed the colors to this week's Color Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use Smoky Slate, Crushed Curry, and Tempting Turquoise.  I will admit, this color combo stumped me a little bit at first, but I love how it came out.

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Smoky Slate, Cherry on Top DP, Brights Designer Series Paper Pad (retired)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Tempting Turquoise, Basic Gray
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life, Up Up & Away (retired), Everyday Button Bits (Papertrey Ink)
Accessories: Linen Thread, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thank You Butterfly

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This week's sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers was to revisit any previous sketches from 500 to 549.  I chose sketch #509:

I was a little free with my interpretation as I didn't really do a 4th panel, instead, I used this beautiful die cut from the Butterfly Thinlits that I have yet to use.  I paired it with the lovely new designer paper called, Pretty Petals that I also hadn't used yet!

The sentiment is from an old retired hostess set called Because I Care

Paper: Very Vanilla, Pacific Point, Pretty Petals DP
Ink: Mint Macaroon
Stamps: Because I Care (retired)
Accessories: Butterfly Thinlits, Pacific Point Stitched Ribbon

Wildly Soft Butterfly Basics

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Whew... it has been a busy week or so.  This card literally took me almost 2 weeks to complete... haha!  SAD!  Oh well, it is finished now!  I made this for the July 13th Mojo Monday Sketch.  The colors are from the July 14th color challenge on Splitcoast Stampers to use Wild Wasabi, Soft Sky, and Perfect Plum.  I LOOOOVE this color combination, but someone please explain to me how I do not own a Perfect Plum ink pad?  Weird!

Anyway, I knew I wanted to use my new Butterfly Basics stamp set for this.  I ended up flipping the sketch to accommodate my flower image. I used the rope image to make a background because, believe it or not, I had NO Soft Sky designer paper that would work with this color scheme.  In fact, the Wild Wasabi DP that I used is from a long retired collection called Afternoon Tea.  It was one of my most favorite designer papers that Stampin' Up has put out and I only have a few scraps of it remaining.... TEARS!  Not that I don't have MANY other collections that I need to use.  I admit, I have a paper hoarding problem.. it's just so pretty....

The panel behind the flower image is dry embossed with the dots embossing folder, but it didn't really photograph that well.  I colored my flower with Stampin' Write markers.. nothing fancy, just straight up colored them.  The butterfly is cut out with the Butterfly Thinlits.

Paper: Perfect Plum, Soft Sky, Watercolor Paper, Afternoon Tea DP (retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Perfect Plum
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Accessories: Butterfly Thinlits, Dots Embossing Folder, Stampin' Write Markers 

Thank you for stopping by!  I hope you enjoy my card!

Monday, July 13, 2015

Sprinkles of HAPPY

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So... I started this card LAST Tuesday.. and just finished it today... 6 days later.  HAHA!  At least I got it done, right? 

This is for last week's Mojo Sketch and last week's Color Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  The colors for the challenge were Island Indigo, Melon Mambo, and Sahara Sand!  Sahara Sand is one of the neutrals I don't typically gravitate towards which is why I love color challenges.  They stretch me to use colors that I would probably not use on my own!

I pulled out Sprinkles of Life for this card because it's so cute that I knew it would make a great card with the sketch!

The reason I'm so happy today is that my other Stampin' Up order just came (mostly stuff from the clearance rack, hooray!) and my Stitch Fix box is out for delivery!!  Ahh!  It's my first time trying Stitch Fix, so I'm anxious to see what they have sent me to try!

I have to leave to go to the studio for a few hours here soon and we are supposed to get some pretty bad weather this evening, so I'm hoping for the best!  It is awfully hot and humid, so I wouldn't be surprised if we got a bad storm.

I hope your week is off to a fantastic start!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Shore Do Love {this stamp set}

Hello!  I hope you all had a great 4th of July!  Mine was good!  We went to my parent's house and grilled out yummy steaks! 

This morning, Sydney actually played nicely in my stamp room while I made a card!  She "helped" a little bit and brought me random paper, but overall, I was surprised that she was a content as she was! 

This is for the Freshly Made Sketch and the Color Throwdown

The Color Throwdown was to use White, Kraft, Turquoise, and Orange.  I translated that to the following Stampin' Up colors: Tangelo Twist, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, and Crumb Cake.

I had to use this cute octopus again from Sea Street.  These colors just ASKED for a nautical themed card!  The sentiment is from Crab & Company (see, I told you I would have to pull it out) which is a long retired, but amazing set from Stampin' Up.

There's nothing crazy to note here, but for some reason my colors don't look like they match.  The orange dp is Tangelo Twist, but in the picture it looks darker and the Tangelo Twist heart looks very bright.  Weird.

Anyway, thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Birthday Bash Speciality DP
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Sea Street, Crab & Company
Accessories: Hemp Twine, Small Heart Punch (retired)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

 Happy Independence Day!  I hope you have some fun plans with family and friends today to celebrate!  We are keeping it pretty low key.  This is the first time in a few years we have been home for the 4th, and since we have had a whirlwind start to the summer, it's nice to have a weekend to relax.

Today's card features one of my other new stamp sets... yes, I know, it was in last year's catalog, but again, I wasn't really stamping much last year, so it is new to me.  Plus, I have seen soooo many cute cards featuring this set, that I knew I had to get it.  Oddly enough, I actually got it because I loved the little anchor image, but then I didn't even use it on this card... haha!  I see myself digging out the long retired Crab & Company set to compliment this one.  I love fun sea creatures!

This is for THREE challenges!  The Mojo Monday Sketch, the ColourQ, and the Free For All Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.

The ColourQ this week just happened to be the PERFECT nautical color scheme for the Sea Street set.  The colors you had to use were: Poppy Parade (retired), Midnight Muse (retired), Pool Party, Kraft/Crumb Cake, and Whisper White.  I was excited to have ALL of these colors!

I paired it with the Mojo Monday Sketch which was to make a tall & skinny card.  I used the dimensions for a card that would fit in my normal sized envelopes.  I let the circle hang off the side just slightly since there is extra room in the envelope.  My card size is 5.5'' x 3.5''.  It was a cute size to work with.

I started this card not really planning on including the Free For All challenge to use brads, but they couldn't be round!  After I got my card all put together I went diving into my brad stash and found these adorable fish brads!  I have no idea where they came from or what brand they are, but they fit my card perfectly!  Who knew!?!  All my years of card making supply hoarding paid off today.. haha!

Paper: Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse (retired), Whisper White, Just Add Cake DP (retired), Cherry on Top DP
Ink: Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake
Stamps: Sea Street
Accessories: Circle Framelits, Fish brads (brand unknown), Midnight Muse Stitched Ribbon

Friday, July 3, 2015

Butterflies on a Rainy Day

Good Friday afternoon!  I hope you have had a great week and are preparing for a fun Fourth of July Celebration!  We aren't doing too much, just a small family cook out and hopefully a little rest.  It has been a whirlwind of a summer so far. The month of June was filled with the studio's dance recital, dance nationals preparations, two Frozen Dance Camps, and nationals which was a week out of town.  I am finally getting back to a more normal, and hopefully, less hectic schedule.

Yesterday I was feeling very frustrated and decided I needed to stamp!  I sat down and made this last night, but wanted to wait for natural light to photograph it.

This is for this week's color challenge and sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  The colors to use were Hello Honey, Watermelon Wonder, and Cucumber Crush.  All of the colors are current in-colors, but Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush are the brand new ones.  I didn't really purchase any of last year's in-colors because I just didn't have time to stamp, so I didn't want to spend the money on supplies I wasn't using.  So, I don't have any Hello Honey paper or ink, but I did have this cotton ribbon.  I subbed the paper and ink for More Mustard and I have to say, it is almost an exact match, but not quite.  I pulled it off, though!

I love my new Butterfly Basics set.  I know it's a carry over from the occasions catalog, but again, I just got back into my stamp room regularly, so it is brand new to me! 

I hope you have a great holiday weekend!  Stay safe!

Paper: Whisper White, More Mustard, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry on Top DP
Ink: More Mustard, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Basic Black
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Hello Honey Cotton Ribbon, Butterfly Thinlits Dies 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

I Could Have Napped, but I Stamped

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Happy Tuesday to you all!  As my title suggests... I could have taken a nap today in between my Frozen Dance Camp and my rehearsals for nationals, BUT I just got a box of new Stampin' Up goodies, so I had to STAMP!

I absolutely LOVE this new Ronald McDonald set this year.  I think it is awesome that Stampin' Up teams up with the Ronald McDonald House and donates a portion of sales from this stamp set to them.  This set is called Sprinkles of Life and it is super cute!!!!  It has a coordinating punch which I love and it has many images with sooo many possibilities!

This card is for today's color challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers which is to use Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, and Bermuda Bay.  These colors screamed ICE CREAM to me... and maybe I thought of ice cream because it is so freakin' HOT.  Anyway, I knew that's what I wanted to use.

The designer paper is from the new DSP called "Cherry on Top" and it is super duper cute.  The ribbon is retired, but it is Rich Razzleberry Taffeta.

I hope you have a great afternoon!  I'm headed back to the studio.... whew, I'm going to be tired tonight!

Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Bermuda Bay, Cherry On Top DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry
Stamps: Sprinkles of Life
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Build a Tree Punch, Scallop Oval Nestabilities (non-stampin' up)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Wish Big Balloons

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Hi!  I hope you're having a wonderful Sunday!  Once again, life is challenging me.  Last night our washing machine decided to die... and I hadn't done laundry for a week.  Luckily, my mom lives close by so I was able to get a load in at her house this afternoon.  Then I came home and put Sydney down for a nap, got together all the craft supplies for the Frozen Camp we are having at the studio this week, and then I STAMPED!  I really should be cleaning my house, but.... ya know.  HAHA!

This is for today's Featured Stamper challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers.  Today's featured stamper is laughingstamper, AKA Paula.  At first glance, her gallery actually overwhelmed me.  I'm not sure why, but I think it was because she has a very vintage style which I'm not the best at recreating.  Don't get me wrong, her creations are WONDERFUL, it's just not the style that I'm most comfortable in.  So, I went deep into her gallery and found this lovely creation:

This card caught my eye for several reasons.  #1, it uses and old Stampin' Up set called Crazy for Cupcakes that I actually already had sitting on my table, #2 I love the fun colors, and #3 I love love love how she did her balloons.

Since I already had most of the supplies out to make this card, I also made it for the Saturday 5pm Virtual Stamp Challenge to use scraps you have laying on your work space.  I'm not sure this counts, but I think it does! 

Back to the CASE, I changed the layout to a standard card size, changed up the colors and added a sentiment instead of another image at the bottom.  I absolutely adore how this came out.  I'm getting more and more into the more Clean & Simple card designs for sure.  Notice, I used minimal layers and NO RIBBON.. GASP!

Paper: Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Melon Mambo
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes, Word Play
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Stampin' Write Markers in Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, and Garden Green, Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Happy Birthday to You!

Happy Saturday!  My day hasn't exactly been what I planned.  It started off with a trip over to the studio to find several messages about our upcoming Frozen Camp asking if we have space available for this Monday.  Yikes... I'm glad I bought extra craft supplies.  That sent me into overdrive in anticipation of 8 hours of teaching a day this week PLUS my office work and on top of that, trying to get my house and everyone ready to leave town to go to nationals.  I decided I would work through Sydney's nap... but she didn't WANT to take a nap.  I spent a good 2 hours trying to get her to calm down.  We sat on the potty.... laid in my bed and read books... sat in her rocking chair and read books... you get the picture.  Finally, I put her in her crib and tried one more time... SUCCESS!  By the time I got her down, I did not have the mental capacity to do any work... So I stamped.

You would think this would have calmed my stress, but I swear to you everything on this card is crooked.  I'm pretty sure the piece Bermuda Bay paper I used (it was a scrap) was not straight which in turn made my entire card crooked.  To make matters worse, all I have right now as adhesive is Sookwang tape because my SNAIL died and AC Moore apparently no longer sells the actual tool, just the refills... sooooo... I had to order one from Stampin' Up and it hasn't come yet.

ANYWAY... this weekend is Virtual Stamp Night on Splitcoast Stampers.  I think I've only participated a few times, but I was excited to see that it was happening today and I could actually participate!  This is for the Saturday 3pm challenge to "Bake Up Some Happiness" and use a bakery item on a card.  I have several cupcake and cake sets, but I wanted to pull out this oldie but goodie called Crazy for Cupcakes.  I went on Pinterest for some quick inspiration, but ended up pretty much making this from scratch... even the sketch and color combo is from me, not a challenge!

I hope you enjoy my card and now... I may have to go make cupcakes!

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Birthday Bash DSP
Stamps: Crazy for Cupcakes
Ink: Memento Jet Black
Accessories: Honeycomb Embossing Folder, 1 3/4'' Circle Punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Stampin' Write Markers in Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, & Bermuda Bay

Friday, June 12, 2015

Summer Birthday

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Here is my second card today.  This one I just finished making a little while ago during Sydney's nap.  This is for two challenges:

The Color Throwdown to use Hot Pink (Melon Mambo), Lime Green (Gumball Green), Gray (Basic Gray), and Kraft (Crumb Cake) and this week's Freshly Made Sketches Sketch!

I am still waiting my new Stampin' Up stuff, so I had to dig into my archives and decided to pull out this little fun set called Sweet Summer.  I love the little flower image and thought it would be great in a small oval like the sketch called for.  I have been seeing a lot of people doing the same color on their layers as their base layer, so I decided to give it a try.  I also wanted to color on something other than white for a different look.  I think it came out cute!

The image is stamped in StazOn Black ink and then colored with my Stampin' Write Markers in Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, and Basic Gray.  Then, I cut it out using my scallop oval nestabilities.

The sentiment was stamped on some vellum and cut out with the Bitty Banner Framelits and attached to the oval panel with a small brad.  It's long retired from Stampin' Up but they were called Vintage Brads.  The designer paper is from the retired Brights Designer Prints Pack.  The ribbon is also retired and is Gumball Green Stitched Ribbon.

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Paper: Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo DSP, Vellum
Ink: StazOn Black
Stamps: Sweet Summer & Itty Bitty Banners
Accessories: Vintage Brads, Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Write Markers in Melon Mambo, Gumball Green, & Basic Gray, Bitty Banner Framelits, Scallop Oval Nestabilities

World Treasure

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Happy Friday!  We made it to the weekend!  Woo hoo!  I have two cards today... well, actually, I made this one last night, but it was dark by the time I was done with it and I wanted to get a decent picture and natural sunlight is the only way to go in my opinion.

This is for two challenges, Pals Paper Arts has a color challenge this week to use Marina Mist, Early Espresso, and Sahara Sand.  I was excited that it was all colors I have!  I knew I wanted to do a somewhat masculine card with these colors, but my stash of masculine stamps is pretty slim.  I decided to pull out this peacock from the retired (of course) set called World Treasures.  Before I was a mom, I was actually selected to be featured in the demo magazine, Stampin' Success and this was the stamp set they had sent me to use to make my projects.  Other than those required projects, I haven't really used it all that much, so this was a good opportunity.

The sketch is this week's CAS(e) This Sketch challenge.  They have a sketch and you must do a clean & simple design.  I think I achieved that here and love how it turned out.  The saying less is more is sometimes exactly right!

If you are wondering about my peacock... It is stamped in Marina Mist ink, but then I went back over the body of the bird with my Marina Mist marker just to add a little contrast.  I thought it may end in disaster, but it was actually pretty simple to trace and I think it did add a little pop!

The sentiment is from another retired set called Sincere Salutations.  I think it was one of the first sentiment sets I ever bought from Stampin' Up.  It's a staple in my stash, for sure!

Paper: Sahara Sand, Marina Mist, Candlelight Christmas DP (retired)
Ink: Marina Mist & Early Espresso
Stamps: World Treasures & Sincere Salutations
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, Marina Mist Marker

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Patiently Waiting

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Hello!  My blog title says it all... I placed my first order from the new Stampin' Up catalog last Friday, so I am patiently waiting for new goodies!  I don't think I will get it until Monday, though... bummer!

In the meantime, I've been trying to get back in the groove with some of my old supplies. 

I made this card for the Mojo Monday sketch challenge and this week's Color Challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  The color challenge called for Pool Party, Wisteria Wonder, and Blackberry Bliss.  I don't yet have Blackberry Bliss, so I subbed for Elegant Eggplant.  It was the closest color, I think.  I love how these colors work together.

I pulled out an old retired hostess set called Because I Care.  I feel that it is very similar to the new hostess set called Best Thoughts and I've seen so many beautiful cards with the new set that I thought I would pull out this older similar one and give it a go. 

One of the techniques I've seen people doing recently is stamping lined images in colored ink and NOT coloring it in.  I have to say, I do like how it looks and how it turned out with this particular image.  I actually stamped some of the smaller flower images in Wisteria Wonder and then hand cut them out and popped them on dimensionals on the main flower.  I like the 3D effect it gives and it was easy to do.

Well, I better get going... I have chicken in the oven and I need to get the rest of dinner put together!

Paper: Whisper White CS, Elegant Eggplant CS, Pool Party CS, Watercolor Paper, Berry Blossom DP
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi (marker), Elegant Eggplant (marker)
Stamps: Because I Care (retired)
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals, 1 3/4'' circle punch, Scallop Circle Punch, Wisteria Wonder Ruffled Ribbon (retired), Embossing Folder (I have no idea which one this is, Filgree maybe?)

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Happy Birthday, Cupcake!

Sydney has decided to take an extra long nap this afternoon, which means I had time to squeeze in one more card for today!  Woo hoo!  I bought this set, Sketched Birthday before Sydney was born with the delusion that I would have time to stamp after she came... HAHAHAHAHAHA!  Between her and the studio... I have just now begun to find a balance and carve out time to stamp.  So, this set has barely been used.  I think I've used it once since I got it 2 years ago.  It just retired (of course), but I love it still!

I had seen so many cute cards floating around with the balloons from this set, so I knew I wanted to incorporate those.  I went into my card sketch board in Pinterest and found one that I followed, kind of.  The colors are from this week's Pals Paper Arts challenge which is to use Strawberry Slush (retired), So Saffron, and Soft Suede.  I promise there is Soft Suede on my card... just not very much.  I colored the frosting on the cupcake with it.  I just wanted to keep this card nice and bright.  I experimented with putting a layer behind the polka dots of Soft Suede, but it just darkened it too much for me.

Supplies List:
Paper: Whisper White, Strawberry Slush DP (retired), So Saffron, Watercolor Paper
Stamps: Sketched Birthday
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: So Saffron Marker, Strawberry Slush Marker, Soft Suede Marker, Scallop Circle Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals

Cup of Thanks

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Hi!  I hope you have had a great weekend.  Mine got better from Friday, thank goodness.  Thank you for your sweet comments, they really cheered me up!  Today is Sunday and that means it is the Featured Stamper challenge over on Splitcoast Stampers.  I love the Featured Stamper challenge for several reasons: It gives me a reason to spend some time browsing one member's gallery and I get to try out someone's style and give it my own spin.

Today's Featured Stamper is Caryn Davies, AKA Glitter Me Silly on Splitcoast.  You can find her magnificent Splitcoast gallery HERE!  She also has a blog by the same name: Glitter Me Silly.

I am always drawn to stamp sets and cards that use coffee and tea cups.  I don't know what the deal is except for the fact that I love both.  HA!  So, of course, I picked this beautiful card to CASE today:

I kept the layout pretty much the same and the colors as close as I could to what she used.  She didn't use Stampin' Up, so I had to convert!  I ended up translating her color palette to Whisper White, Barely Banana (retired), Soft Sky, and Baked Brown Sugar (retired).  I used the Label Framelits for my main panel and used the Baked Brown Sugar marker to make my faux paper piercing.  I used the cup and sentiment from Tea Shoppe, but the steam is from Morning Cup. 

I am pretty happy with how my card turned out, I just wish my cup image had been a little bit bigger, or I had scaled down and used the size smaller label framelit.  Either way, I think it's pretty cute.

Supplies List:
Paper: Whisper White, Barely Banana (retired), Baked Brown Sugar (retired), Soft Sky
Stamps: Morning Cup (retired), Tea Shoppe (retired)
Ink: Soft Sky & Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Labels Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Baked Brown Sugar Marker, Dots Embossing Folder

Friday, June 5, 2015

When Nothing Goes Your Way... Stamp!

I would say the past week has been nothing short of a challenge.  Nothing outstandingly devastating, just many little things that have added up to one big frustration!  First of all, my dance studio had it's 10th recital last Saturday.  It went great, but I was still feeling bad from the entire month.  I've pretty much been sick since May 8th and I've been trying to ignore it.  I have been exhausted with all the last minute preparations, rehearsals, pictures, etc that go into a dance recital.  I had one day off and jumped right into nationals rehearsals.  Then, I found out that one of my dancers isn't going to nationals... that is always hard to tell the other dancers and then re-block and choreograph on short notice.  But, we continue on.  During one of these reblocking sessions, I started feeling really sick.  It felt like my entire body had arthritis and I could barely sit up.  I spent most of the 3 hour rehearsal laying in the front of the studio while one of my seniors played the music.  I got home and realized, I was really sick.  I went straight to bed.  Woke up the next day... BAM fever of 101, sore throat, ear ache, and stuffy nose.  All of which I had been battling since early May, but this time it wasn't something I was going to push through.  Off to the doctor I go... they diagnose me with sinus infection, possible strep (the rapid test showed negative, but my throat had all the signs and symptoms, especially with the fever), and ear infection.  FUN!  I ended up having to cancel my rehearsals for that day, including ones I was covering for one of my other instructors.  I was in bed for 48 hours.  I would get on Facebook or Pinterest every now and then, but honestly, I could barely watch tv.  I don't want to say what my diagnosis was wrong, but seriously, I've never been this sick.

Today, I woke up and I've felt a little better.  I'm still really weak, but no fever and my throat and ear pain is manageable.  I'm behind on work, so I decided to sit down and do my accounting which is past due to my accountant, along with many other things I'm extremely behind on.  I really feel like I'm never going to catch up at this point.  When... my business computer decides to continually restart itself!  YAY!  I'm writing this so frustrated that I can't stand it.  So, I decided SCREW IT I'm stamping.  And this, ladies and gentlemen is what I have created.  If you got through that long rant, I applaud you because I probably would have stopped reading by now!

This card is for this week's color and sketch challenge on Splitcoast Stampers.  The color challenge was to use Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, and Basic Gray.  I was stumped at first for some reason.  Mostly, I wasn't sure which stamp set to use for this color scheme.  Then, I looked at the sketch challenge and knew exactly what I wanted to do!  I pulled out Cupcake Party and decided I would do one cupcake in one square and feature some designer paper in the others.  I am pretty happy with how it turned out.

Here are my supplies:
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe CS, Calypso Coral CS, Neutrals Paper Pack (retired), 2013-2015 In Color Paper Pack (retired), Whisper White CS, Basic Gray CS

Ink: Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Gray

Stamps: Cupcake Party, Word Play

Accessories: Cupcake Builder Punch, Stampin' Dimensionals, Scallop Border Punch (retired)

Monday, May 25, 2015


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Happy Veteran's Day!!  Today, I salute all the brave men & women for their sacrifice for our country and to their families!!  USA!

Today's card is for two challenges: Pals Paper Arts which was a sketch this week and the Color Throwdown which was to use Yellow, Teal, Turquoise, and Brown.  I translated that to: Daffodil Delight, Chocolate Chip, Taken with Teal, and Tempting Turquoise. 

I used Tempting Turquoise as my card base, then the background is stamped in Chocolate Chip.  My medallion flowers are stamped with Taken with Teal (even though it looks like Tempting Turquoise... weird!) then the smaller piece was stamped with Daffodil Delight.  The big medallions were punched out using the 1 1/2'' circle punch and the small flowers were punched with the 1/2'' circle punch. 

The stamp set featured here is Fresh Vintage (retired... OF COURSE).  I used it because I have never used that line image and the Pals Paper Arts sketch was the perfect opportunity to use it!  The sentiment is from Word Play (also retired).

I love the clean look of this and I finally feel like I'm back in the swing of stampin'! 

My allergies are still giving me a fit.  I had to break down and take some Benedryl this afternoon.  Sydney just went down for her nap and I am hoping I can get some stampin' in and not fall asleep myself! 

I hope you have a great day!

Stamps: Fresh Vintage, Word Play
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Ink: Taken with Teal, Chocolate Chip, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Stampin' Dimensionals

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Elegant Flowers

stampin' up

 You know that image I said I colored to use on my previous card?  Well, I finally got it on a card of it's own, but unfortunately, I missed the sunlight and had to take a picture of it with artificial light and my flash and it just doesn't come out the same.  So, I will take a better picture in the morning!

Anyway, I have a thing for the color Perfect Plum right now for some reason.  It's a color that has been around for a long time, but I just never used it.  I've discovered that is probably because it has been in VERY limited designer series paper.  Have you ever noticed that Stampin' Up neglects certain colors in their designer paper?  I recently downloaded a master list of all the colors Stampin' Up has ever had along with what designer series paper they have appeared in and several have a very short list.  Perfect Plum is one of them.

I had to get creative with my background.  This particular piece of designer paper is from Pocketful of Posies which is now retired (of course, haha!).  It's actually listed as being Rich Razzleberry, but I swear it is more purply and matches Perfect Plum pretty well.  I paired that with a piece of Pear Pizzazz from another retired designer series paper, Twitterpated.  I think it went together nicely.

 Have you seen the new Stampin' Up catalog yet?  Oh man... there are SO many new stamps that I want.. it is ridiculous.  I am also toying with the idea of becoming a demonstrator again, but I'm just not sure I can commit to the minimums yet.  I have to show my husband that I'm actually back to stamping "full time".  HAHA!  That just means he has to give me more stamp time!

We have been working hard around our house this spring and, unfortunately, my allergies have gotten the best of me for the past month or so.  I seriously thought I was feeling better yesterday, but then when I woke up this morning I was a sneezing disaster... UGH!

Anyway, I'm rambling!  Here is my supplies list:

Stamps: Elements of Style & So Happy for You (both retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Perfect Plum
Paper: Whisper White, Perfect Plum, Watercolor Paper, Pocketful of Posies DP (retired), Twitterpated DP (retired)
Accessories: Perfect Plum Taffeta Ribbon (retired), Aqua Painters, Stampin' Write Markers

{Congratulations} You Did It!

 Good Saturday afternoon to you!  I had some stampin' time this afternoon while Sydney took her nap.  Unfortunately, this card took me FOREVER and I went through many trial and errors to get it the way I want it.. which still isn't exactly what I had in mind.

First of all, never do a color challenge where the ONLY supplies you have for the colors provided is in designer paper.  The color challenge on Splitcoast this week was to use Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Basic Gray, Sahara Sand or any variation of three of the colors.  I chose to do Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, & Basic Gray.  The only color ink or cardstock I own is Basic Gray so this was quite the challenge.  I originally was going to use the big flower image from Elements of Style, but after I got it stamped and watercolored, I didn't think it went with the designer paper which I had to use because it was the only thing I had in Lost Lagoon and Hello Honey... sooooo I decided to go a different route and pulled out Sprinkled Expressions which was a Sale-a-Bration set a few years ago and which I have not really ever used... maybe once?

Perfect, I had my stamp set picked out... but then I had to figure out which inks would match the dp since I don't have Lost Lagoon or Hello Honey ink or markers... AHH!  I went digging through my retired stamp pads to see if a retired color may match... only to discover my Riding Hood Red pad has somehow LEAKED everywhere!!!  I had it all over me... disaster.  I had to stop and clean that up... my fingers are still red.

ANYWAY, I discovered Crushed Curry was close enough to Hello Honey and Island Indigo is an OKAY match for Lost Lagoon, although, you can see in my picture that Island Indigo has more blue in it and Lost Lagoon is more of a green.. oh well, I was tired of messing with it at this point. 

So, I was finally ready to put the card together when I ran out of mono.  Fine, I refilled and I was off... except for my mono tool apparently has broken and will no longer run... GREAT!  I pulled out my two sided tape and went to town.... then I realized my main panel was really crooked... UGGH.  I pulled it off as best I could and tried to reposition it... I still didn't get it that straight... oh well.

In the end, here is my card... I don't know if I like it, but hopefully you can find some inspiration in it.  Do you ever have stamping nightmares like this?