Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Colorful Cocktails ~ Hand Stamped Sentiments #345

Hello friends!  I can't believe it's already Tuesday!  Between summer break and the craziness of our world, I forget what day it is half the time.  Some days I feel like that is a blessing...
It's a good thing I remember that today was time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge.  These colors a pure summer to me!
I was drawn to the Nothing's Better Bundle because of the cute coffee stamps and dies, but these colors were meant to be for cocktails!  
I created a couple of fun layered cocktails using all of the colors...something that is super easy to do with photopolymer stamps.  It's easy to see through them and ink them up perfectly in multiple colors.
I added a sunny Bumble Bee circle behind the cocktails and layered it all on top of a Costal Cabana watercolored background.  There are so many FUN sentiments in the Nothing's Better Than stamp set, but I think "because adulting is hard" sentiment is my favorite.  I mean, let's be honest...adulting HAS been hard in so many ways since March!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Bumble Bee, Magenta Madness, Basic Black, Whisper White, Watercolor
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana, Bumble Bee, Magenta Madness, Memento, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Nothing's Better Than
Other Supplies ~ Layering Circle Dies, Love You More Than Dies, 2020-2022 In-Color Enamel Dots

I hope you will join along in our summer fun color challenge this week.  We always love to see what everyone is inspired to create!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

{Coffee} Perks 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!
How are you all doing?!?!  Summer temps hit an all time high here this past week, leaving it far too hot to do much of anything outside.  As much as I love the summer sun, 109 is just too hot!  It gave me the perfect excuse not to pull weeds in the garden and have some fun in my craft room.

For those who know me well know that I LOVE coffee! The adorable new Press On stamp set was an absolute must have for me!  I paired up a couple of my favorite new In Color's...Magenta Madness and Just Jade for a couple of cheerful coffee cards to send out this week.
Of course I had to use my Stampin' Blends to color these cute cups of java. A simple layout, a few layers of card stock, a few little coffee beans and a Linen Thread bow were all this card needed.  It's always refreshing to create something simple.

Next up is a happy cup of thanks!  I created my own patterned paper by stamping the coffee cups and beans in Just Jade. I stamped the coffee cup, adding a Magenta Madness heart on the coffee sleeve,  which I outlined with my Basic Black Stampin' Write marker, and colored the rest of the coffee sleeve in Crumb Cake.  I added just a splash of fun with some Magenta Madness In Color DSP, which I off-set with a small strip of Just Jade In Color DSP.  A quick sentiment, another Linen Thread bow and this card is complete!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Magenta Madness, Just Jade, Whisper White, 2020-2022 In Color DSP
Ink ~ Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Crumb Cake, Magenta Madness, Just Jade 
Stamp Set ~ Press On
Other Supplies ~ Layering Circle Dies, Linen Thread 

If you love coffee, you are going to want to add this stamp set to your must have list!

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

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Happy Birthday From All of Us!

I am not sure how it is possible, but my baby turns 9 today!  I'm pretty sure we were celebrating his first birthday just last year!  

This is kind of that awkward age where he isn't in to the little kiddo stuff, but not quite into all of the tween/teen stuff either.  He is an animal lover, so I knew he would love these happy little critters from the adorable From All of Us stamp set.  I can't wait to see him decide which animal is each of our family members!
He's going to be even more surprised to see he gets this stamped set for his own collection, along with a fun little card kit I put together for him.  He got a new desk in his bedroom and is so happy to have his own creating space!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Bronze, Ivory
Stamp Set ~ From All of Us
Other Supplies ~ Playful Alphabet

I loved coloring all of these little critters and I know my son will too!  

I hope you all have a fantastic day!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 24, 2020

Peony Sympathy ~ #TGIFC274

Happy Friday friends!

We're getting scrappy over at TGIF Challenges...with our paper scraps!  I don't know about you, but I have more scraps than I know what to do with most days, so this was a great challenge to use some of them up!

I held a card class earlier this month and introduced the Peony Garden Suite.  We used a few different patterns of the Peony Garden DSP, which left me with several small scraps.  I happily put them to use to create a background for this beautiful 3D peony blossom.


I was a little intimidated by the Peony dies at first, but as soon as I cut all of the pieces out, I found that they were super easy to assemble to create a gorgeous flower.  I curled the edges up just a bit and sponged a little Petal Pink around the edges to add even more dimension.
I decided to use almost everything from this suite by adding a Dainty Diamonds 3D embossed piece of Whisper White, a little bit of Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon and a few little Elegant Faceted Gems.  

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Gray, Whisper White, Petal Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Peony Garden DSP
Ink ~ Basic Gray, Petal Pink
Stamp Set ~ Prized Peony
Other Supplies ~ Elegant Faceted Gems, Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder, Gray Granite Shimmer Ribbon, Tasteful Labels Dies

Now it's your turn!  Let's see you put your pile of scraps to use and play along this week.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Summer Night Adventures

Hello stampers!  I don't know about you, but my Monday absolutely flew by!  My hubby and ALL of my kiddos are gone until tomorrow night, so I have been keeping busy with some house painting projects.  Even though that has kept me busy, I have made sure to get in some stamping time as well!  This weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge is simple, yet leaves lots of room to be as creative as you want!

My youngest son has become quite the stamper, so he was super excited when this months Paper Pumpkin kit arrived over the weekend.  We spent a little crafty time together before he left and I put together a fun little alternative project.
Thanks to this great kit, I only had to add a Calypso Coral card base and an extra strip of embossed Blackberry Bliss to complete the card!  My dear friend, Stephanie, took my youngest on a camping trip and to an amusement park this week.  The "Adventure Awaits" sentiment from Beautiful World stamp set paired up beautifully with the fun ferris wheel.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Calypso Coral, Blackberry Bliss, July 2020 Paper Pumpkin Summer Nights Paper
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Set ~ Beautiful World
Other Supplies ~ July 2020 Paper Pumpkin Summer Nights embellishments

Back to painting I go!  My goal is to get the kitchen all done today and put back together before my family comes home tomorrow.  Wish me luck!

I hope you will join us and play along with this great sketch!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 19, 2020

It's Christmas in July ~ 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!

Christmas came early...in my craft room at least!  I received my August-December 2020 Mini Catalog pre-order this week and I couldn't wait to create!  I know we are still in the middle of summer and I am nowhere near ready for Christmas, but I am excited to start creating for Christmas.

As soon as I saw the Christmas Means More stamp set, I knew I had to have it!  The fonts of these sentiments are great and the sentiments are the BEST!  "Maybe Christmas perhaps means a little more" is my absolute favorite!  I paired this stamp set up with the Sweetest Boarders dies and 'Tis the Season Designer Series Paper.  These all worked together beautifully!  Danity Diamonds 3D embossing folder wins again for this card...this EF can be used for ANY card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, 'Tis the Season DSP
Ink ~ Tuxedo Black Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce
Stamp Set ~ Christmas Means More
Other Supplies ~ Dainty Diamonds 3D Embossing Folder, Sweet Borders Dies

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

Happy Stamping!

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I {Freaking} Love Summer ~ Control Freaks Blog Hop

Welcome to the July edition of the Control Freaks Blog Hop!  We are excited to share some Summer Lovin' fun with you this month!

You might just be starting the hop or you may have got here from the super creative Connie Babbert.  No matter where you start, make sure you make it all the way through...you don't want to miss a thing!

Summer is my all time favorite season!  Not only because I have time off with my boys, but because I am a sunshine-loving girl.  I love the warm, sunny weather and long summer days.  

It's not summer around here if it doesn't involve watermelon. My boys would each sit down and eat an entire melon if I let them!  My first card was made with them in mind.  I used the fun new In Colors of Magenta Madness and Just Jade to create the watermelon and added a lemony splash of Daffodil Delight for a little extra color.  A friendly sentiment was stamped on Daffodil Delight and heat embossed in White Emboss Powder.  I wrapped it all up with some Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon...I love this stuff!

This may be the first summer that I haven't been to the Oregon Coast in SEVERAL years!  I am missing the ocean air, but our trip to Utah was worth changing up our summer beach plans!  (Plus, I have a trip planned in November!)  Thank goodness I can create a relaxing day at the beach right in my craft room!
Seaside View was a must have stamp set for me.  I love both of the scenes in this set...total relaxation!  I inked up the adirondack image in Tuxedo Black Memento, then got to work with my Stampin' Blends. Cinnamon Cider, Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Mango Melody, Magenta Madness and Bermuda Bay were all used to create this relaxing scene.
A few palm trees were stamped on a woodgrain pattern of In Good Taste DSP, and layered on top of an Old World embossed piece of Pool Party.  The texture of this embossing folder reminds me of rippling ocean waters.
I finished the card off with the sentiment heat embossed in White Emboss Powder on Basic Black, which I fussy cut. 


Have you enjoyed this summer fun?!?  Well, it's not over yet!  Hop on over to the next super creative Connie...Connie Tumm.  She has a great project in store for you!  
Thank you for hopping with us!

Happy Stamping!