Friday, September 21, 2018

#tgifc178 Inspiration Challenge

Hello happy stampers!  It's Friday and that means it's time for an all new TGIF Challenges.  This week we have an inspiration challenge for you that will hopefully help you get a jump start on your holiday prep.
Life has been crazy busy for our family and I'm not quite ready to embrace the fact that Christmas is just a little over 3 months away.  So, while I kindly ignore that little fact, I will make sure that I have some fun Halloween cards and treat bags to share with my friends this spooky season!

I haven't seen a ton of cards made with the adorable Making Every Day Bright stamp set, so I decided to ink mine up and have some fun!  All of the little light bulbs in this set are so cute and perfect for any occasion!  Isn't the little spider the best?!?  Combined with the Spooky Sweets stamp set, you can make some super fun creations!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Lemon Lime Twist, Gorgeous Grape, Pumpkin Pie, Silver Foil
Ink ~ Gorgeous Grape, Lemon Lime Twist, Gorgeous Grape
Stamp Sets ~ Making Every Day Bright, Spooky Sweets
Other Supplies ~ Oh My Stars Embossing Folder, Twinkle Builder, Spooky Bats Punch, Christmas Bulb Builder Punch, Basic Black Bakers Twine, Black Glitter Organdy Ribbon, Glitter Enamel Dots, Twinkle Adhesive-Backed Sequins, 2" Circle Punch, Everyday Label Punch

Lemon Lime Twist, Gorgeous Grape and Pumpkin Pie are my go-to Halloween colors this year. They are just so yummy together!  

Now that I've got a few Halloween projects behind me, I need to get to work and help my youngest decide what he's going to be for Halloween this year.  Last year we were digging through his closet the day of to come up with something and I do NOT want to deal with that stress again...LOL!!  Feel free to send any ideas my way!

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Simply Thankful

Good morning stamping friends and happy Tuesday!

I was able to spend a bit of time in my craft room over the weekend creating and was inspired by some fall colors to create another card with the Country Lane Suite.  Little did I know just how much the sentiment I used would be just what I needed this week.  I am doing my best to focus on all of the good in my life and not let all of the other not-so-good things get to me.  I encourage all of my friends to do the same...what a difference it will make!

I love the Crushed Curry cotton design in the Country Lane DSP and that was my focus when I started on this card.  I had yet to play with the Galvanized Metallic paper and I can now say that it is AMAZING!  I will certainly be ordering more of this ASAP and will be keeping my fingers crossed that it sticks around after the Holiday Catalog is done!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Galvanized Metallic Paper, Country Lane DSP
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Smoky Slate, Mango Melody, Cajun Craze, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set ~ Country Home
Other Supplies ~ Galvanized Clips, Braided Linen Trim, Tin Tile Textured Embossing Folder, Circle Punch

I am simply thankful for Stampin' Up! and the happiness it brings into my life.  We all often joke about stamping being cheaper than therapy...but often times it's no joke, but absolute reality for me.  When I'm having a crummy day, I can seek happiness in my craft room and share it with all of you.  It's really a win for everyone!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 16, 2018

Sunflower Birthday Wishes

Happy Sunday stampers!  I just wrapped up my September stamp club and am enjoying a little extra free time on this Sunday afternoon.  
I've been in a bit of a crafting slump this week.  It tends to happen when I have too much on my plate and not enough time to clear it all of!  Thankfully I was able to clear a few things from that plate today and had some extra time to create...after I cleaned my MESSY craft room!
I'm loving all of the black and white Buffalo Check designs I'm seeing EVERYWHERE this fall, which is the inspiration behind my card.  Sunflowers are always the last little bit of summer that hangs on as fall comes knocking on our door.  I'm still trying to hold the door shut so summer doesn't slip away, but the breezy fall mornings keep pushing the darn door open.  I guess I might as well just embrace it and enjoy it!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Country Lane DSP
Ink ~ Old Olive, Memento, Whisper White Colored Pencil, Stampin Blends:  Mango Melody, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Stamp Sets ~ Many Blessings, Happy Birthday Gorgeous, Buffalo Check
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Shapes Framelits, Leaf Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Burlap Ribbons

Does my design look familiar?!?!  As I was cleaning my office, I came across this card that I made a few weeks ago to kick off the holiday catalog.  It's always fun to CASE yourself...especially when you need a little extra help in the creativity department.

I hope you have all had a fabulous weekend!  I'm going to try and sneak in one more card before we have to head out to dinner at my parents.

Have a great week!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Frosted Wishes

Hello stampin' friends!   I finally had the chance to sit down last night to create, which is just what my frazzled mind needed!  After being gone all weekend, then being thrown right back in to the work/school/sports week, I was feeling a bit overwhelmed and needed a few moments to decompress.  With the 4th quarter Stampin' Success in hand, I retreated to my craft room and found inspiration for my latest creation.

It's always a happy mail day when my Stampin' Success shows up!  It such a great source of inspiration and is full of so much great information to help us demonstrators lead a successful business!

One of the projects featured in this months edition had a beautiful card using the First Frost stamp set with the gorgeous colors Coastal Cabana, Lovely Lipstick and Grapefruit Grove.  I fell in love and had just the inspiration I needed!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink ~ Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Set ~ First Frost
Other Supplies ~ Frosted Bouquet Framelits, Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon

Isn't this color combination beautiful?!?!  When we have a full suite of supplies available, I often get stuck on just the colors in the DSP from the suite and have a hard time thinking outside of the box.  It's always fun to venture outside of the norm and do something different.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm hoping to get a bit more stamping time in this weekend, so be watching for more posts soon!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Just Breath ~ HSSSC#298

Hello stampers and welcome to another Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.  This week we have a fun sketch for you to play along with and we can't wait to see what you create!
Knowing I was going to be out of town all weekend and away from my craft room, I quickly stamped and cut out a few different images that I could put together in our hotel room.  I kept things very simple so I did't have to bring my entire craft room with me!  I pulled out my Colorful Seasons Stamp set and coordinating Seasonal Layers Thinlits to create todays card.  
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Balmy Blue, Wood Textures DSP
Ink ~ Flirty Flamingo, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set ~ Colorful Seasons
Other Supplies ~ Layering Circles Framelits, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Pearl Basic Jewels

I decided to use the little flower stamps to create the background strip rather than paper.  This was a fun alternative.

As much fun as our trip was, it's back to reality for all of us!  We still have some busy weeks ahead of us with sports, but everything else should settle down and we should be back in a more normal routine!

Be sure to join in the fun and play along with our sketch challenge this week!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Latte Happiness ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back once again another fabulous hop for you to enjoy!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the creations...we promise you will love them all!

My family spent the weekend in Colorado and has had a BLAST!  We flew in on Friday afternoon and spent Saturday exploring downtown Denver and visited the Aquarium. We have all fallen in love with this awesome city!  Sunday was by far the BEST day though! We got to go to the Denver Broncos game to watch my cousins husband play. What an experience!

With all of the fun we had, coffee is a MUST today!  Coffee and a fun sketch from Global Design Project helped inspire today's card.  It was fun to mix some Annual Catalog and Holiday Catalog items to create this card.
 Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Petal Pink, Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Early Espresso, Vellum
Stamp Set ~ Coffee Cafe, Timeless Textures
Ink ~ Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Stampin' Blends:  Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake
Other Supplies ~ Corrugated Elements, Coffee Cups Framelits, Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder, Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Pretty Park Framelits

Thank you to Global Design Project for a fun sketch to help me get this project started!

Next stop on the hop is my crafty Colorado friend 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 backwards to the amazingly talented Amy...I just love her style!

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 7, 2018

Colorful Fall Blessings

Happy Friday stampers!  Our afternoons are still pretty warm right now, but the cooler mornings and evenings sure do feel like fall!  

Do you know what else feels like fall?  This weeks TGIF Challenges Color Challenge!  These warm colors make me think of a trip to the pumpkin patch on a sunny fall day!
I will admit, it took me a bit to figure out which stamp set to use with this color combo, but after looking at the cute images in the Many Blessings stamp set, I couldn't resist these little pumpkins.  I added a few extra colors to the mix, but they all work together, right?  
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Early Espresso, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Blends:  Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green
Stamp Set ~ Many Blessings
Other Supplies ~ Layering Squares Framelits, Iridescent Sequins, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Leaf Punch, Polka Dot Basics Embossing Folder

It was fun to create my own background with strips of Coastal Cabana and Whisper White card stock.  This is always a fun go-to idea for me when I don't have any DSP that fits my color needs!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you have all had a great week and have some fun plans in store for the weekend!   My family is headed out of town for one last adventure before we really buckle down and take on the school year.  We're headed to Denver to watch the Denver Broncos vs Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday.  We are all pretty excited to have this opportunity to watch my hubby's cousin play!

Happy Stamping!