Tuesday, June 2, 2020

A Rare Dad

Why did I wait so long to use this super fun stamp set?!?!  
This set may no longer be available, but I am so happy I got my hands on it!  Sharing these fun cards is a fun way to bid a fond farewell to the Mini Catalog!
Being the coloring fool that I am, of course I had to color all of the tasty barbecue treats, which look good enough to eat!  I stamped the grill and added a layer of Smoky Slate to help it stand out a bit more.  The sentiment was stamped in Memento on Mango Melody, which will now always remind me of cheese slices!
I stepped this card up a bit by fussy cutting the grill and a few of the foods, as well as a little flame.  I added a couple of colorful wonky layers and finished it off with the same sentiment. These will make the BEST Father's Day cards for the grill-loving-dads in my life!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Real Red, Mango Melody, Whisper White
Ink ~ Real Red, Mango Melody, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Real Red, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral
Stamp Set ~ Outdoor Barbecue

Can you believe it?!?!  I didn't use ANY embellishments on this card...that almost NEVER happens!

I am so sad I waited so long to use this stamp set as we are saying good-bye to it today.  But I will be keeping it in my stash to use for more cards in the future.

Don't forget what tomorrow is...Annual Catalog release day!!!  I can't wait!

Happy Stamping!!!

Friday, May 29, 2020

#TGIFC266 Product Challenge - Magnolia Sympathy

It's Friday!!!  Y'all know what that means...time for an all new TGIF Challenges.  This week we have a Product Challenge for you...it's time to break out your vellum and favorite die cuts!

I am so happy that Good Morning Magnolia and the coordinating Magnolia Memory Dies are carrying over to the new catalog. This is one of my favorite stamp sets to color.  The die cut vellum leaves and magnolia worked beautifully with the pretty little magnolia buds.
I colored the magnolia buds with Flirty Flamingo and Old Olive Stampin' Blends, tucking the vellum die cuts behind them.  I created a soft background by sponging Soft Sea Foam and stamping the sentiment in Basic Gray.  I stamped the back layer of card stock with the large magnolia to add just a bit more color.  I added just a little bit of bling with Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, which I am also very happy are carrying over!
I never like having to make sympathy cards, but I always hope that when I do, the recipient knows that it was made from my heart. Sadly, this card is being sent to my husband's cousin and his wife, who lost their baby last week.  Our family is heartbroken and are sending all of our love and prayers in this card.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Vellum
Ink ~ Soft Sea Foam, Basic Gray, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Flirty Flaming, Old Olive
Stamp Sets ~ Good Morning Magnolia, Peaceful Moments
Other Supplies ~ Magnolia Memory Dies, Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, Stitched Rectangle Dies

Be sure to check out all of the amazing creations from our design team!  You will certainly be inspired to play along with us.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Create Your Own Cutting Garden ~ HSSIC#340

Hello friends!  Welcome to an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge.  I have been working all spring on planting a cutting garden and I can not wait for all of my flowers to start blooming!

While I wait, I had so much fun creating some paper flowers in some of my favorite varieties!
I used the Daisy and Perennial Flower Punches, along with Magnolia Memory dies to create the flowers. I used up the last of my Perennial Essence Floral Centers, some of them inked up in Early Espresso.  I am sad to see these fuzzy little embellishments go.  I had the perfect little bud vase to arrange these flowers in and finished it off with a cute little tag stamped from Celebrate Sunflowers and cut out with Tasteful Labels Dies.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Rocco Rose, Grapefruit Grove, Whisper White, Petal Pink, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, So Saffron, Basic Black
Ink ~ Memento, Early Espresso
Stamp Set ~ Celebrate Sunflowers
Other Supplies ~ Punches: Daisy, Medium Daisy, Perennial Flower
Dies : Magnolia Memory
Perennial Essence Floral Centers

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 25, 2020

Mountain View Anniversary

Happy Memorial Day!  Today we honor and celebrate the lives of those who served our country...thank you!

Today also happens to be my parents 45th wedding anniversary!  They have set such an amazing example of what true love really is. 

Our little valley is so beautifully lush and green right now.  As I was driving my son to go fishing with his friend the other day, I was so inspired by all of the beauty of this town we call home.  I just had to come home and recreate it in a card.  It turned out to be the perfect anniversary card for my parents.

I started out by watercoloring the background with Pool Party and Granny Apple Green, letting them bleed in to each other a little.  After letting it dry, I stamped the mountains and trees from Mountain Air in shades of Balmy Blue, Old Olive and Shaded Spruce.  I added a few wild flowers from Healing Hugs and a little pond and deer from Snow Front.  I love it when you can use several different stamp sets!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Watercolor
Ink ~ Pool Party, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Balmy Blue, Shaded Spruce, Memento, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Mountain Air, Snow Front, Healing Hugs, Itty Bitty Greetings
Other Supplies ~ White Embossing Powder

I'm pretty sure I share this picture of my parents every year, but they were just so darn cute!   They have been dating since they were in 7th grade!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, May 24, 2020

Sunflower Celebration and Thanks ~ Monday Montage

Welcome to an all new Monday Montage Blog Hop!  You won't want to miss a single creation from this amazing group of stampers!
It's not very often that I can say one stamp set or bundle is my absolute favorite, but I absolutely LOVE the Celebrate Sunflowers bundle!  I mean, what's not to love?!?!  Beautiful sunflowers that you can color and coordinating dies that don't even require ink...be still my heart!

You all know how much I love my Stampin' Blends, so of course that was my go-to coloring choice for these cute little flowers.  Misty Moonlight was the perfect background color of choice to go with the sunny Daffodil Delight flowers and the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder added just the right amount of texture.  I added a little splash of Granny Apple Green, some Misty Moonlight/Silver Bakers Twine and a few Rhinestone Jewels to finish the card off.
 We might not have been able to pre-order the beautiful new In-Color inks, but we were still able to get our hands on the paper.  If you are a demonstrator, you probably saw a card very similar to this in one of the recent Succeed Weekly's.  It just had to be CASE'd!  This was a fun way to showcase ALL of the new 2020-2022 In-Color's. 
Just Jade was my color of choice for the card base, along with the fun polka dot pattern DSP.  I cut the sunflower from Bumble Bee, adding a little texture using the  Subtle embossing folder with Cinnamon Cider for the center.  The sentiment was heat embossed on the bright and cheerful Magenta Madness for the perfect pop of pink!  I did add just a touch of ink for the leaves, then topped with the delicate die cut leaves.  I couldn't leave out Misty Moonlight on this card...a few In Color Enamel dots were just what the card needed!

I know we are seeing so many great creations with this bundle and you can be sure that I will be creating more with it soon!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Now, on to the next stop on the hop!

Happy Stamping!

We've added a list of everyone's home pages so you can hop along in any order you wish!  Just make sure you don't miss any!

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Country Club Graduation

What do you do when it rains ALL DAY LONG?!?!  Spend the day in your craft room of course!  I'm still working on a few more graduation cards and this weeks Freshly Made Sketches sketch challenge was perfect for this Country Club Graduation.
One of our baseball families has a senior graduating this year and we couldn't be more happy for him!  He is college bound this fall to pursue a degree in paramedicine and a career as a firefighter/paramedic.  He is also an avid golfer, which means I finally got to use a bit more of the fun Country Club DSP.  
I love it when the Designer Series Paper makes the card.  These patterns are not only fun, but also happen to include the right school colors...Green and Gold...or in this case, Garden Green and Crushed Curry.  I used the retired Celebrate You dies and added the Happy Graduation using Itty Bitty Greetings.  I've made so many graduation caps lately, I'm pretty sure I could make them blindfolded!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Whisper White, Country Club DSP
Ink ~ Garden Green
Stamp Set ~ Itty Bitty Greetings
Other Supplies ~ Celebrate You Dies, Whisper White Bakers Twine

This was such a fun sketch!  I have some other fun ideas with other stamp sets...be watching for more projects!

Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Sneak Peek Control Freak Style

Welcome to an all new Control Freaks Blog Hop!  You may just be getting started or you may have arrived here from Connie Babbert's blog...didn't you LOVE what she created?!?! We are back and ready to share some awesome Pre-Order creations with all of you!  

I really wanted to order ALL the things on the Pre-Order, but I managed to have a little bit of control and only ordered half of them. LOL!
World of Good and In Good Taste Suites caught my eye as soon as I saw the new catalog, so I was SUPER excited to see them both on the Pre-Order!

Okay...you are ALL going to want the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper.  It is so GORGEOUS!  The visual textures in this paper is absolutely AMAZING!  I CASE'd a couple different cards in the catalog to create this card.  I cut out several different patterns of DSP using one of the stitched Tasteful Labels Dies and adhered them in a tile-like pattern.  Next, I stamped two of the beautiful flowers from Tasteful Touches stamp set, colored them in Rocco Rose and fussy cut them out.  I added a few background stamps, along with some Linen Thread and In Good Taste Elements to complete the card.  I love the colorful flowers against the neutral tiles.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Gray Granite, Whisper White, In Good Taste DSP
Ink ~ Gray Granite, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Rocco Rose, Mango Melody
Stamp Set ~ Tasteful Touches
Other Supplies ~ In Good Taste Elements, Linen Thread, Tasteful Labels Dies

I was so drawn to World of Good Suite...I love all of the colors, textures and images. This suite will be perfect for creating cards and scrapbook pages filled with travel memories.
In an effort to make the best of the current circumstances for so many seniors, I've been making lots of graduation cards.  The Beautiful World are not only good for travel, but for graduates and new beginnings as well!  I broke out my Aqua Painters and painted the world...in bright and cheerful colors.  I used the same colors, Crushed Curry, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, Coastal Cabana and Old Olive to stamp a fun background, and added a few splatters as well. I heat embossed the sentiment in white, which I fussy cut, of course!  I topped the world off with a fun little graduation cap.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Watercolor
Ink ~ VersaMark, Crushed Curry, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, Coastal Cabana, Old Olive
Stamp Set ~ Beautiful World
Other Supplies ~ World Map Dies, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Black Embossing Powder

I was inspired by this amazing card (below) created by our very own Stampin' Up! Concept Artist, Kaitlyn Zumbach. I LOVE this creation and just had to CASE it.
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Thank you for joining us this month!  Be sure to make your way through the entire tour...you won't want to miss a thing!
Next up is the talented Connie Tumm...I love what she has shared with us!
Happy Stamping!