Friday, October 31, 2014

Treats for my Tricksters

Happy Halloween friends!!!  I hope your day is off to a fun start and is full of lots of treats and not too many tricks :-)
It has become a Halloween tradition for me to surprise my boys with a fun little lunch box treat.  I love that they still look forward to these treats because I'm sure it won't last for too many more years.  (Why do they have to grow up?!?!?)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, Mossy Meadow
Ink ~ Stampin' Write Markers: Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Merry Everything
Other Supplies ~ Note Tag Punch, White & Tangerine Tango Two-Tone Trim, Mossy Meadow Satin Ribbon, Circle Framelits, Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder, Scallop Tag Topper
 I coordinated the circle and ribbon on the other bags, using Blackberry Bliss and Tangelo Twist.  Everyone gets the same, but they are all a little different...the story of my life with 3 boys!
Time to finish off their lunches with pumpkin shaped sandwiches and peanut butter spider crackers!
Wishing you all a very safe and Happy Halloween!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Merry and Bright...

....or neutral!
There is something about a neutral colored Christmas card that just makes me swoon...they are always so peaceful and pretty!
My good friend Cynthia over at Ink-A-Doodle Creations as me if I wanted to play along over at this weeks Merry Monday ChallengeAfter one look at the challenge, Snowflakes, Neutral Colors and Dry Embossing, I was happy to join in the fun.  (I forgot the dry embossing on my card...oops!)  There is something about a neutral colored Christmas card that I absolutely love!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Kraft, Under the Tree Specialty DSP, Typeset DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Gold
Stamp Set ~ Endless Wishes
Other Supplies ~ Angled Tag Topper Punch, Star Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch, Venetian Crochet Trim, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Bakers Twine, Snowflake from Many Merry Stars Simply Create Kit
Some of you fellow demos may recognize bits and pieces of this card....I CASE'd a few different projects from the front of the most recent Stampin' Success catalog :-)  One of the fun perks of being a demo!
Wishing you all a Merry and Bright Day!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Way To Go!

We've made it Wednesday...Way To Go!!!
I have a fun card to share today that will be sent out to my friend Diana over at Stampin' Fun with Diana.  Not only is she a fabulous stamper, but she is an amazing runner! She just completed the Marine Corp Marathon (her first full!) on Sunday and she did awesome! 
I'm playing along with the latest Fab Friday's been a while since I've played along and this sketch is FUN!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Old Olive, Soft Sky, Silver Glimmer, Color Me Autumn DSP
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, Soft Sky, Old Olive
Stamp Sets ~ Work of Art, Bravo
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Old Olive Bakers Twine, Silver Bakers Twine, Crystal Effects
Diana is such an inspiration to me!  She helps keep me motivated and keeps me moving!  Way to go Diana!!!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Fall Family Fun

Hi friends!  I'm back again today sharing a new MDS page thanks to a fun layout by Jeanna over at MDS Monday.
This sketch was perfect for some of our family photos we just had done!  While I didn't go crazy with many embellishments, I LOVE the warm fall colors in the Fall Memories kit!  Paired up with an Everyday Adventure Project Life card, it made for a fun page of my little family!
MDS Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Bravo Burgundy, Fall Memories DSP
Ink ~ Bravo Burgundy, Calypso Coral, Close to Cocoa, Pool Party, So Saffron, Really Rust
Stamp Sets ~ Family Fun Photobook, Decorative Overlays
Other supplies ~ Fall Memories Embellishments, Everyday Adventures Pocket Card
Thanks for a fun, fun sketch Jeanna...I LOVE it!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Masculine Monday

Happy Monday friends!!! Did everyone have a fabulous weekend?!? My family had a fun-filled fall weekend visiting Roloff Farm! Be sure to check in later this week for some MDS pages documenting our weekend!  But before I get ahead of myself, let me share with you my contribution to Masculine Monday over at SSINKspiration!

Supplies used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Flashback DSP
Ink ~ Real Red, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ Be the Star
Other Supplies ~ Arrows Embossing folder, 2-1/2" circle punch, Stars framelits, Candy dots

I think this could really be a card for a guy or a girl...for any fun occasion :)

Be sure to head on over and see the rest of the masculine creations by our fabulous design team!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Peace on Earth ~ Monday Montage

Hello again and welcome to another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We love having you join us each time and we hope you love it just as much!
It's that time of year where I am so drawn to gold when it comes to creating...I want to use it on everything I make! 
I wasn't too sure about this card at first, but the more I looked at it, the more I liked it.  Embossing on watercolor paper gives you kind of a vintage-y look, which kind of works for this stamp.  The image reminds me of some old Christmas decorations my grandma used to have.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Old Olive, Gold Foil, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ VersaMark, Old Olive, White Kraft
Stamp Set ~  Nature's Peace
Other Supplies ~ Gold Embossing Powder, Aqua Painters
I use my Aqua Painter with some Old Olive ink to create the background and added a little Bokeh to soften the look.  Kind of peaceful, right?
Next stop in the hop is don't want to miss out on her post today!  Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing her style!!
  Thanks for hopping along with us today!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, October 24, 2014

Happy Winter

I know, I know....we're just now getting into fall and I'm saying Happy Winter.  I am not a fan of winter and the cold that comes along with it, but I am a fan of this pretty stamp! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Marina Mist
Ink ~ Tuxedo Black Memento, Night of Navy Blendabilities
Stamp Set ~ Wintertime
Other Supplies ~ Apothecary Accents Framelits, Silver Bakers Twine, All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
My family and I are off to enjoy some more fall fun this weekend at the Roloff Farms Pumpkin Patch.  Keep your fingers crossed that we get a little break from all the rain the Portland area has been getting hit with!
Wishing you all a Happy Friday and a fabulous weekend!!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Oh Snap!

A few weeks ago we had some family pictures done and we got them back yesterday...all I can say is WOW!  My boys usually give anyone taking pictures a run for their money, but our photographer did the most amazing job with all three of them.  I'm pretty sure the fact that she took pictures of Shaun White was in the back of my twins mind and they wanted to impress her ;-)
I just happen to be taking a photography class from Gigi Hickman tomorrow night and will be hand delivering her a thank you card for her awesome work!
Once again, Freshly Made Sketches helped me out with a fun sketch that was perfect for the card I had in mind!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Flashback DSP
Ink ~ Tuxedo Black Memento, Versa Mark
Stamp Sets ~ Snapshot, Hip Notes
Other Supplies ~ Word Bubbles Framelits, White Embossing Powder, Owl Builder Punch (circles) Crystal Effects
Perfect card for a photographer, right?!?
Here's a little peek at a couple of the amazing shots of my little family...

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Visons of Santa

Happy Tuesday friends!  It's time for a new sketch challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments and we have a FUN one for you!
I swore I was NOT going to buy this stamp set when I first saw it in the holiday catalog....but gosh darn all of you enablers out there creating super cute cards with all of these silly looking Santa's...I just had to get it!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, Santa & Co. DSP
Ink ~ Real Red, Tuxedo Black Memento, Cherry Cobbler and Skin Tone Blendabilities
Stamp Set ~ Visions of Santa
Other Supplies ~ Nordic Designer Buttons, Basic Black Bakers Twine

So...what are your thoughts on this creepy silly Santa stamp set?!?!?  Is it growing on you yet?!?!
Now head on over to check out all of the fabulous creations from our design team and don't forget to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 20, 2014

The Giant Slide

Hello friends and welcome to a new week!  I hope you all had a great weekend and enjoyed the fall like weather that so many of us are {finally} getting!  I took my boys to our local pumpkin patch this weekend and picked out a few pumpkins and played on the giant hay bale slide.  My boys were MUCH more excited about the slide than the pumpkins this much so that I didn't get one single picture of them with the pumpkins.  Not to worry...there will be plenty of those next weekend when we visit Roloff Farms :-)  Even though we didn't get any pumpkin pictures, I DID get some fun pictures of them on the slide and couldn't wait to get into MDS and use them in this months layout sketch over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.
I love the looks on all of my boys' faces...nothing but FUN!  My twins still had their baseball pants on from their game earlier in the day and quickly discovered they made them go SUPER fast down the slide!  I was laughing so hard their first time down I was crying! 
It's days like this that I am so very grateful for all the little moments in my life...taking time to do fun things like this and seeing nothing but pure joy on their face and in their eyes!
Be sure to check out the rest of the layout sketches over at SSINK and don't forget to play along with us!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Thank Your Boss

Did you remember that tomorrow is Bosses Day?  Are you doing anything to thank your boss?  I am so lucky to have a pretty amazing boss who goes above and beyond to make sure things are always going well in our department, brings us treats every month at our staff meetings and just an all around super nice guy.  All of the people in our department make sure we put together a nice little gift for our boss each year and I am always happy to make a card :-)
I knew I wanted to use the cute little tie from the Something for Baby stamp boss wears a tie every single day and they are always so nice!  Being that it's Wednesday, I checked out the latest sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches and Jen T. had a great sketch that was perfect for this card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Baked Brown Sugar, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White
Ink ~ Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy
Stamp Sets ~ Something for Baby, Another Thank You
Other Supplies ~ Baby's First Framelits, Argyle Embossing Folder, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Daffodil Delight Cotton Ribbon
Don't forget to do something nice for your boss tomorrow....even if it's just a simple thank you!  It will mean a lot to them :-)
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Inspiring Partridge & Pears

Inspiration can be found anywhere you look!  Your home, your yard, magazines, books,'s every where you look!  I love to pull my inspiration from pictures.  Whether it be colors or a design element, it's fun to look at a picture and find something that sparks your creativity.
We have an inspiration post over at SSInkspiration today and the first thing I was drawn to was the pretty colors in the picture.  I love the different shades of teals and yellows with a little hint of green.
This photo inspired me to pull out the Partridge and Pears stamp set and have little Blendabilities fun!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink ~ Tuxedo Black Momento, Rich Razzleberry, Blendabilities: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Coastal Cabana, Rich Razzleberry, Gold Stampin Dazzle Marker
Stamp Sets ~ Partridges & Pears, Remembering Your Birthday
Other Supplies ~ Banner Punch, Old Olive Bakers Twine
I've kind of been hooked on adding a little splash of color with a couple of little punched out pieces and a strip of twine...and a staple of course...don't forget the staple!
What will INKspire YOU to create today? 
Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Santa & Co Christmas Tree

Happy Monday friends!  I hope you all had a nice weekend!  I had another busy weekend, but still found some time to stamp, which always makes for a good weekend! 
It's the second Monday of the month, which means it's time for a new sketch over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.  There is a lot of room to play with this sketch, so get out your paper, stamps and ink and join in the fun!!!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Old Olive, Whisper White, Santa & Co. DSP
Ink ~ Old Olive
Stamp Sets ~ Christmas Bliss
Other Supplies ~ Tree Punch, Natural & Old Olive Two-Tone Trim, Real Red 3/8" Satin Woven Ribbon, Chalk Talk Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Rhinestone Basics 
I am loving all of the fun Christmas stamps and DSP in the Holiday Catalog...the Christmas spirit is hitting me early this year!
Now head on over t check out the rest of the teams take on the sketch and don't forget to join in the fun!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Shiny Happy Thank You ~ Monday Montage

Hi friends!  We're back again with another fabulous blog hop!  I look forward to each and every hop with all of these talented ladies...they amaze me every single time!

It's been a cloudy, windy, rainy sort of weekend here and I needed a little bit of sunshine in my day, so I created a little of my own in my craft room. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana
Ink ~ Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana, Soft Sky, Versa Mark
Stamp Set ~  Kinda Eclectic, Another Thank You
Other Supplies ~ Gold Embossing Powder 2013-2015 In Color Sequins, Gold Sequin Trim
Don't you love how the gold embossing can just make a simple card GLOW?!?!?  While it may be a dreary day here, this card brightens up my day a little and I hope it does the same for you!   
Next stop in the hop is Cathy...don't you just love her style?!?  Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing Amy...she inspires me each and every hop!
  Thanks for hopping along with us today!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Freshly Made Festival of Trees

Never have I been so happy for it to be the weekend!!!  I'm not sure if it was the full moon or the blood moon or any other moon related event, but this week was CRAZY!!!!  Please tell me I'm not alone in feeling this way!  I felt like I was trapped in the movie Groundhog's Day, stuck on repeat...All.Week.Long! 
In an effort to recover from all of the craziness of the week, I decided some stamping therapy was just what I needed.  With a little help from Amy over at Freshly Made Sketches, I found my creative mojo and got busy.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Soft Sky, Silver Foil, Whisper White, All Is Calm DSP
Ink ~ Lost Lagoon, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp Sets ~ Endless Wishes
Other Supplies ~ Frosted Sequins, Rhinestones, Northern Flurry Embossing Folder, Tree Punch

I'm kind of loving this tree punch and frosted sequins...they make happy!
Time for a bit more stamping before we head out for this weekends baseball game.  Only 3 more games left this season, so it's time to make some thank you cards for the coaches.
Hope you all have a great weekend and get some stamping therapy time in!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

All Things Pumpkin ~ SSINK October Blog Hop

Welcome to the October Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop!  Our topic this month is PUMPKINS!  For any of you who follow me on Pinterest know that I love all things pumpkin, so this hop was a fun one for me. 

As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number SEVEN on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop -  Tonya at Stampin' with Tonya If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

A few weeks ago I made a fall banner to hang on my mantle and I still had a few extra pieces, so I decided it was time to clean off my desk and use up some scraps!
I had a little pile of cut out pumpkins in my pile of scraps, because we all know we NEVER throw anything away, right?!?!?  I decided to turn them in to itty bitty 3-D pumpkins...they are so tiny and cute!  I'm sure they will quickly become cat toys, as did my original project for this post!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Sahara Sand, Tangerine Tango, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Gold Glimmer, Motley Monsters DSP, Typeset DSP
Other Supplies ~ Spiral Boarder Punch, Linen Thread, Banner Punch, Handheld Stapler, Burlap Ribbon, Venetian Trim, Gold Sequin Trim, Fun Fall Framelits, Woodgrain Embossing Folder

Thanks for hopping along with all of us today!  Be sure to hop along to all of the stops so you don't miss any of our INKspiring creations!

Donna at Organized Chaos

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Spooky Bokeh

It's Technique Tuesday over at SSInkspiration and today we are playing around with the Bokeh Technique.  Be sure to check out the link over at SSINK for full details on how to achieve this awesome technique!
I decided to use the Boken Technique to create a spooky Halloween scene.  I love how this turned out!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White Craft Ink, Tuxedo Black Memento
Stamp Set ~ Holiday Home
Other Supplies ~ Tangelo Twist Satin Ribbon, Homemade Holiday Framelits, Aqua Painters
Now it's time to head on over and check out the rest of the awesome design team Bokeh creations!  Don't forget to leave us all some love!  We love to hear what you think :-)
Happy Stamping!

Hello There

Hello There glad we made it through Monday!  
Tuesday means it's time for a new challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I LOVE these colors together!!!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Black Berry Bliss, Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzazz
Ink ~ Basic Black, Black Berry Bliss, Perfect Plum, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp Sets ~ Hello There, Stippled Blossoms
Other Supplies ~ Banner Punch, Venetian Trim, Blackberry Bliss Satin Ribbon, Black Bakers Twine, Sweet Sadie Washi Tape, All is Calm Washi Tape, Handheld Stapler, Honeycomb Embossing Folder
Be sure to head on over and check out what the rest of the design team has for you and don't forget to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Colorful Bloomin' Birthday

Did you all celebrate World Cardmaking Day on Saturday?  I know I did...and continued to celebrate into yesterday as well.  I sure do love me a crafty weekend!
It's the first Monday of the month, which means it's time for a new color challenge over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.  We have some pretty fall colors to INKspire you today!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, 2014-2015 In-Color DSP
Ink ~ Black Berry Bliss, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp Set ~ Flower Patch
Other Supplies ~ Blackberry Bliss Satin Ribbon, Scallop Boarder Punch, Flower Fair Framelits
I love these rich and bold!
Be sure to check out all of the other great creations from our design team and don't forget to play along with us!  We love to see what we INKspire you to create!
Happy Stamping!