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)