Thursday, June 21, 2018

Ho, Ho, Ho! Merry Christmas!

Can you believe we have just 6 months (and a few days) until Christmas?!?!?  That's just plain crazy to even think about!  I better sit down and start thinking about Christmas gifts now because it will be here before we know it!

I am working on my Christmas in July card samples for an upcoming class this month.  This weeks Freshly Made Sketches and the annual catalog gave me just the inspiration I needed this morning to create a cheerful Christmas card!

I LOVE plaid and polka dots!  Under the Mistletoe DSP was on my must have list as soon as I saw the fun patterns in the pack.  And adding Night of Navy to traditional Christmas colors...brilliant!!!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Real Red, Old Olive, Whisper White, Under the Mistletoe DSP
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Real Red, Old Olive
Stamp Set ~ Labels to Love
Other Supplies ~ Everyday Label, 1-1/2" Circle Punch, Softly Falling Embossing Folder

How cute are the plaid and polka dot patterns together?!?!  I love mixing fun patterns like this...both on paper and in clothing!

The countdown to summer break continues...two more days of work and then 6 full weeks off.  Pinch me!  I am so excited for this and so is my family!  I hope to get lots of extra stamping time in over my break.

Have a terrific Thursday!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Broadway Birthday Wishes | #HSSSC292

Hello stamping friends!!  We made it through another Monday and we are on to Tuesday...and I only have 4 more days of work left before summer break :-)

Tuesday also means it's time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.  This week we have a fun sketch for you to play along with!

I absolutely LOVE this sketch and will be using it again for sure! There are so many fun possibilities with this one!  

I still had all of the Broadway Bound suite items out on my desk, so I created another fun and cheerful card.  I said it yesterday, but I'll say it again today...these colors are amazing together!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, Broadway Birthday DSP
Ink ~ Lemon Lime Twist, Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Memento
Stamp Set ~ Broadway Birthday
Other Supplies ~ Scatted Sequins Embossing Folder, Broadway Lights Framelits

I'm not sure how I went so long without getting the Scattered Sequins Embossing's so awesome!!!

My June Paper Pumpkin kit came yesterday...hooray!!  It took all I had to leave it behind as we left for my boys' baseball game last night.  Bet you can't guess what I'll be doing tonight ;-)

Don't forget to play along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  We love to see what you are inspired to create!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Hooray Broadway ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with another fabulous hop!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the are sure to love them all!

When we got our first peek at the catalog at OnStage, the Broadway Bound suite caught my eye and I knew I needed it!  As soon as June 1st rolled around, this was the first set that I added to my cart!  I love the bright colors and fun images in both the stamp set and DSP!  And have you heard?!?!?  This month's Paper Pumpkin kit will coordinate with this suite.  I can't WAIT to see what it is!
 Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Lovely Lipstick, Broadway Bound DSP
Ink ~ Lemon Lime Twist, Black, Lovely Lipstick
Stamp Set ~ Broadway Birthday
Other Supplies ~ Metallic Pearls, Candle Embellishments, Broadway Lights Framelits

These colors...oh, how I LOVE them!!  Lemon Lime Twist is one of my current favorites and is so amazing with Lovely Lipstick!  Be sure to check back again tomorrow for another fun card with this suite!

Next stop on the hop is Cathy...I can't wait to see what she has for us this week! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing Amy...I just love her style!

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Best Dad Ever

Happy Father's Day to all of the amazing Dad's out there!!

My boys are so lucky to have such an amazing dad...he's their coach and their umpire when the need arises...he works hard both at work and at home...and he helps to keep this momma sane!  We are so blessed to have him!

Not only is my husband an amazing dad, but my own dad is a pretty awesome guy too!  My dad is the first man I loved, the man who taught me how to be resourceful and independent...and he is one cool grandpa too!  In addition to all of his coolness, my dad is one amazing grill-master too!  It seemed pretty fitting to create this fun Father's Day card for him, including an itty bitty burger and hot dog!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Shaded Spruce, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Granny Apply Green, Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, Real Red, Cajun Craze
Ink ~ Shaded Spruce, Night of Navy
Stamp Set ~ Apron of Love
Other Supplies ~ Apron Builder Framelits

Believe it or not, I used bits and pieces from the Apron Builder Framelits to create the itty bitty hamburger and hot dog!  I love finding other purposes for frailest and punches to create something fun!

I'm off to get everything in order for a Father's Day breakfast for my hubby and his step dad. We will feast later this afternoon with my own will be a day long celebration of Dad's! And I am sure there will be some sort of baseball at some point in the day...because that's what we do!

Happy Father's Day and Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 15, 2018

#tgifc164 Technique Time - Doodle Bug

It's FINALLY Friday!  I don't know about you, but this has been one long week for me!  Between my kiddos getting out of school for the summer and trying to wrap things up for the end of my contract year at my job, I am beat!  I have one more week of work left and then I have a full 6 weeks off!  I am looking forward to a relaxed schedule and time to catch up on life!

Not having to get my kiddos up and out the door has given me a bit more time in my craft room the past couple of mornings.  This means I had time to create a quick and fun card for this weeks TGIF Challenges Technique Challenge!

I can NOT draw...this is why I stamp.  I was never much of a "Doodle Bug" when I was younger and still am not today, so this challenge was, well...a challenge for me!  I tried a few different doodles and they were not pretty, so I decided to keep things simple and add a few hand drawn lines around the edges of my card.  Easy way out, I know...but it does add a little fun to the card.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White
Ink ~ Memento Tuxedo Black, Coastal Cabana, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist
Stamp Set ~ Picture Perfect Birthday
Other Supplies ~ Iridescent Sequins

Do you like to doodle?  Show us your skills and join in the fun with this challenge!

Have a fantastic Friday and, as always, happy stamping!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


Today is a day to CELEBRATE!!  It's the last day of school for my kiddos and summer break is officially under way.  I came home from work to find my boys and a couple of their friends having popsicles on the back porch and making plans to head to the pool tomorrow afternoon. I can't wait to join them after my last day next Friday!

This weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge inspired a fun end of the year celebration card!
I pulled out my Brusho to create a colorful background...I love this stuff!  I cut out and layered a few "Celebrate" and coated them in glue with the Fine Tip Glue Pen to give it a fun, glossy look.  
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Brusho
Other Supplies ~ Silver Metallic Thread, Celebrate You Thinlits, Starburst Punch, Clear Rhinestones

One thing we are NOT celebrating is the fact that one of the boys likely has Mono :-(  Not a great way to kick off summer!  I am hopeful that a few mornings of sleeping in and lots of fluids will kick it quickly and doesn't get too run down!

I hope you're having a great week!  

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Freshly Made Christmas Pines

Happy Sunday stampers!  I hope everyone is having a great weekend so far!  This is the first full weekend we have had with no baseball or anything else going's kind of strange!  It was a cold, dreary and rainy day yesterday, so I took advantage of it and got almost all caught up on my house chores.  Just a bit more to do today and I'll be back on track! Which also means I'll have some more time to create today...yay!!!
I promised my stamp club friends that we would do a Christmas in July class next month and the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge gave me just the inspiration I needed to get started on my samples for class!
I am so happy that Christmas Pines carried over again...this is probably one of my favorite stamp sets!  I love all of the detail in the thinlits!  And can I just say again how HAPPY I am to have Mint Macaron back?!?!  Isn't it beautiful with the Copper Foil and Very Vanilla?
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil, Velum
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Christmas Pines
Other Supplies ~ Pretty Pines Thinlits, Copper Embossing Powder, Very Vanilla Bakers Twine, Copper Metallic Thread

I have a few new Christmas items coming my way, so you are certain to see a few more Christmas creations over the next couple of weeks.  It's never to early to start, right?

I hope you all have a great day!

Happy Stamping!