Friday, January 18, 2019

Sunny Days

We made it to Friday!  After what seems like one of the longest weeks EVER, I am so ready for the weekend.  And it just so happens to be a long holiday weekend for me...HOORAY!  I see some good stamping time in my future :-)
Our valley has been blanketed in fog and clouds for the past week, but we finally had a break this morning and actually got to see some blue skies and sunshine.  I don't know how long we'll be blessed with this sunshine, so I thought I'd make a little sunshine that I can set on my desk to help keep me happy.
Being the beach lover that I am, Beach Happy was a must have set for me!  I love the stripy beach chair and umbrella!  
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Crushed Curry
Ink ~ Smoky Slate, Poppy Parade, Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set ~ Beach Happy
Other Supplies ~ Tropical Elements, Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Iridescent Sequins

What big plans do you have for the weekend?  I hope that whatever you may be doing that it involves some creativity!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, January 17, 2019

Hey Love, Happy Birthday

January has been a busy birthday month for our family and February is full of birthday's too!  I've been trying to work ahead on my birthday cards this year s I actually get them out on time to our family members.  So far so good...on the 17th day of the year. 
Our nephew is turning ONE in a few weeks and the adorable little crocodile {or is it an alligator?} from Hey Love was just right for his birthday card. I love, love, LOVE all of the images from this stamp set!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink ~ Balmy Blue, Old Olive, Real Red
Stamp Sets ~ Hey You, Amazing Life
Other Supplies ~ Old Olive Linen Thread, Oh My Starts EF, Polka Dot Basics EF, Simple Stripes EF

It was fun to cut out different pieces of embossing card stock to create the fun patchwork background for this card.  It reminded me of one of my boys' baby books they used to love.  It was a touch and feel book with different textures, much like what I created with the embossing folders!  

I'm hoping to get in some more stamping this weekend since I have a 3 day weekend.  My busy boys like to keep me busy running them all over the place, but I'm determine to set aside some time to stamp!

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Desert Colors ~ HSSCC#306

The Hand Stamped Sentiments design team is back with an all new color challenge for all of you to play along with.  I absolutely love these colors together and can't wait to see what everyone creates with it!

Stampin' Up! has a big win in my book for the amazing new Flowering Desert stamp set. Cacti seem to be popping up all over in the world of home decor and I LOVE them!  This color challenge had me reaching for this beautiful new stamp set as well as First Frost.  I am so excited this stamp set will carry over to the Annual Catalog!  Sometimes the least unexpected stamp sets pair up so well together.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mossy Meadow, Fresh Fig, Whisper White
Ink ~ Mossy Meadow, Fresh Fig, Petal Pink
Stamp Sets ~ First Frost, Flowering Desert, *
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Frosted Bouquet Framelits

*I can't remember which stamp set I pulled this birthday sentiment from!  I need to go through my sets and look, but maybe you can all help me out!  Which set is this sentiment from?!?!

Do you ever pair up stamp sets that may not seem like they will work together?  Give it a try sometime!  It's a fun way to push your creativity and you'll be surprised at what you can create.

I hope your week is off to a great start!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 11, 2019

All Geared Up for #tgifc194 Sketch Challenge's Friday!  This has felt like the longest week ever!  Coming back after two weeks off and trying to get back in the swing of things has proven to be tough, but I made it!
We're kicking off the weekend with a great new TGIF Challenges sketch.  I can't wait to see all of the fabulous creations made with this!

My dad celebrated his 65th birthday last week and the all new Classic Garage suite would be perfect for his card.  My dad loves going to our annual car show with my boys and loves the old Chevy Bel Airs.  I was so excited to find this car in the amazing Classic Garage DSP.  Fussy cutting is my jam, so I cut out every single car from one of the sheets of DSP.  Watch for more fun creations to come!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Basic Gray, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Classic Garage DSP
Ink ~ Basic Gray, Real Red
Stamp Set ~ Geared Up Garage
Other Supplies ~ Garage Gears Thinlits, Classic Garage Metal Elements, Layering Circles Framelits, Basic Black Bakers Twine

I love the grungy background stamp in this set.  And the Thinlits in this set are so cool, especially the gears!  I always love a good masculine set and I'm really hoping this one sticks around!

I did give this card to my dad last weekend and he loved it!  He's a pretty classic guy!

Have a fantastic weekend! 

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Just Fur You

Hello stampin' friends!  I have managed to survive my first few days back at work after being off for two weeks.  It's never easy coming back, but it is nice to get back in to a routine.  But I don't lie...I'm counting the days until Spring Break!
Anyone who knows me, knows that I LOVE my doggies!  So you can imagine just how happy I was to see the adorable new doggie stamp set and coordinating punch!  The sweet pup reminds me of our lab that we lost a couple months ago, which is one of the main reasons I love this bundle so much.  I am working on a little scrapbook page for my boys in memory of our sweet boy, Koda.  
This cute card is going out to a sweet boy who lost his pup over Winter Break.  I am hopeful that it will bring a little smile to his sweet face!
Supplie Used: 
Paper ~ Basic Black, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink ~ Memento, Real Red, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Stamp Set ~ Happy Tails
Other Supplies ~ Dog Builder Punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Pinewood Planks EF, Polka Dot Basics EF

Aren't the little paw prints and bones the cutest?!?  And I love the dog house.  This cute little doggie reminds me of my BFF's dog, Juniper.  The scruffy hair and little spots are just about in the exact same spots...too cute!  Now if we can just get some more dog stamps that look like my other pups!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I still have lots more to share from my creating over break, so be sure to check back again soon!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Birthday Statements ~ Monday Montage 130

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!

After taking some time off to enjoy the holiday's with family and friends, we are excited to be back to share some of our latest creations with all of you!  With the 2019 Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs just released this week, you are in for a great hop today!

I'm at the end of my two week Winter Break and I was able to enjoy a lot of stamping time!  I sat down with our list of family birthday's and tried to get as many of those cards made so I had a good head start on things for the year.  I have a couple of those cards to share with you today, using the beautiful Birthday Statements stamp set. If you love to color, this set is for you!
I love, love, love my Stampin' Blends, so they were my go-to coloring tools for these cards.  
The Sale-A-Bration Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack and black and white side of the Botanical Butterfly DSP paired up perfectly with these images.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, Botanical Butterfly DSP
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Calypso Coral Pineapple Punch, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Old Olive
Stamp Set ~ Birthday Statements
Other Supplies ~ Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack

I was going to add the additional little sentiments that go along with these bigger stamped images, but decided I liked them just as they were!  I hope you do too!

Next stop on the hop is my friend Cathy...I always love all of her awesome creations! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on backwards to the amazingly talented Amy...her stamping style is amazing!  I can't wait to see all of my Monday Montage friends at OnStage in just a little over a week!

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 4, 2019

You're Not Old...

Hello friends!  I don't have new products to share with you today, but I do have a RAD birthday card to share!  When your brother-in-law turns 40 a few weeks before you do, you have to rub it in a bit :D  Happy Birthday Neal!

I don't know why I waited so long to purchase this stamp set!  I am loving it's perfect for all age groups!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate, Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White, Velum
Ink ~ Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate, Blueberry Bushel
Stamp Set ~ Free Cake
Other Supplies ~ Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Sunburst Punch, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks

When I cleaned my craft room out a few days ago, I unearthed my Embossing Paste.  I forgot how much fun this stuff is!  It was the perfect addition to this card.

I'm off to get in a bit more stamping before I get ready for my stamp class tonight.  I can't wait to share all of the new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration items with my favorite stamping friends!

Happy Stamping!