Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Rustic Birthday

Hi stampers!  It's been a few days since I've posted, but that doesn't mean I haven't been creating!  I start almost every day with a little bit of stamping...it's my calm before the storm during the school year!
If you have been following my blog for a while, you will know that I always make my husband some sort of outdoor or wildlife card for his birthday each year.  This year is no different!  As soon as I saw Rustic Retreat in the Annual Catalog, I knew I would be using it for his card this year.  Join me in wishing my hubby a Happy Birthday!  (His last year in his 30's!)
I was inspired by a beautiful card made by the amazing Mary Deatherage of Stamps-n-Lingers.  I love her choice of colors and textures, which were perfect for a birthday card for my hubby.  And this just so happens to be one of this weeks Stampin' Through the Catalog stamp sets!  It was fun to play along with them finally.

I first stamped the buck on Whisper White, but it seemed far too bright, so I switched it out for Very Vanilla.  It still seemed a bit bright against the darker colors, but adding a few splatters of Granny Apple Green was just what it needed.  I also added a few splatters to the pine springs before fussy cutting to help soften them up.  This is such a fun technique, and one you will see more of later this week!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Granny Apple Green, Very Vanilla
Ink ~ Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede, Early Espresso, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ Rustic Retreat
Other Supplies ~ Corrugated Dynamic Textures Embossing Folder, Braided Linen Trim

I'm stuck at work today, but the birthday boy and our boys are lucky enough to be spending the day at the river boating.  Lucky guys!

Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Thankful for the Catch of the Day

Happy Thursday stampers!  What a week it has been!  My contract year started back up on Tuesday and getting back in to work mode after having almost 8 weeks off is kicking my booty.  I am ready for the weekend and am wishing we were back at the lake.
Our family, along with 8 other fire department families, spent last week at Yale Lake.  The weather was cooler and cloudier than years past, but that didn't keep us from swimming, boating and fishing.  My twins and their friend spent most of their time fishing from the dock or out on the boat in hopes of catching a Kokanee.  They didn't have any luck in the Kokanee department, but they did catch quite a few Squawfish. 
Gary, the owner of the property (and dear friend) we stayed on was kind enough to take the boys out on the boat several times.  He was so patient with them!  They may not have caught a big Kokanee, but they still had so much fun.  A thank you card was a must after all Gary and his wife Mary did for all of us!

I used the Well Written Dies to create the Thank You sentiment.  I cut 3 of each word out and layered them to give a bit more dimension.  The High Seas 3D embossing folder was just the right background for the big fishy!  I added a bit more texture to the card with the Subtle 3D embossing folder...I think I use this EF on EVERY card I make these days!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Cajun Craze, Mint Macaron, Vellum
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Old Olive, Mint Macaroon, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Seaside Spray, Bronze
Stamp Set ~ Best Catch
Other Supplies ~ Well Written Dies, Catch of the Day Dies, High Seas and Subtle 3D Embossing Folders

We were lucky enough to have one day of brief sunshine, allowing us to see the beautiful Mt. St. Helens.  It was such a relaxing trip and something we all look forward to every year!

Happy Stamping!





Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Dashing Deer ~ HSSCC#321

Happy Tuesday friends!  I'm back with a super quick post today, sharing the latest Hand Stamped Challenges Color Challenge.

I am back to work today after having a better part of the summer off.  So, it seemed only fitting to create a Christmas card with this color challenge since I'm already counting the days until Christmas break!   
I've been in to adding lots of texture to my cards lately...this one included!  I love the new Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Soft Suede, Pretty Peacock, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Gold Glimmer
Ink ~ Soft Suede, Pretty Peacock
Stamp Set ~ Dashing Deer
Other Supplies ~ Detailed Deer Dies, Stitched Nested Labels, Embossing Folders:  Subtle, Pinewood Planks, Brick & Mortar

The past couple of days have been a bit crazy!  We returned home from vacation Sunday evening, quickly did several loads of laundry and turned around and took our twins to church camp on Monday.  I drove a car full of boys and their leader to camp, then drove the other van drivers home.  It was a long day, but so much fun to drive them and see where they will spend their week. With all 3 kids gone, I'm hoping to get in a bit more stamping time in the evenings...we shall see!

Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Braver, Stronger, Smarter, Loved ~ Monday Montage





Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We have another fabulous hop in store for you this week!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the creations...we promise you will love them all! 


I wrapped up the end of my summer break with a long weekend at Yale Lake and the Bridge of the Gods half marathon at Cascade Locks.  It was a whirl-wind trip, but so much fun.  I've still got one more adventure in store today before I head back to work Tuesday morning...I'm driving a group of 8 youth members, including my twins, to church camp for the week.  I'm sure I'll be in for a WiLD ride with these kiddos!  

Not only will my twins be gone for the week, but my youngest is staying with grandparents on the Oregon Coast for the week.  This is the longest any of them will be away from home without us.  I already miss them, but I know they will ALL have so much fun!  I wanted to sneak a little card into their bags and this awesome sentiment from Rustic Retreat was so perfect!
I used the same color scheme and embossing folders for all 3 cards, but switched up the layout a bit for each one.  I feel like all of the different textures from the embossing folders matched up with the sentiment.  I stamped the sentiment in multiple colors then fussy cut each adjective out in a different color.  This is always a fun way to add a bit more to any sentiment!
I added a bit of ribbon and bakers twine...
 ...and just some bakers twine to this one.  
Owen has already discovered his card, but Aidan and Hunter won't find theirs until later tonight.  I'm hoping they won't be embarrassed to have mom send a note in their suitcase!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Coastal Cabana
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Set ~ Rustic Retreat
Other Supplies ~ Denim Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Embossing Folders:  Corrugated, Pinewood Planks, Brick & Mortar, High Seas

Next up in hop is my crafty friend Cathy...her creations are always so awesome!  Or if you'd like to take a hop back, you'll find the amazingly talented Amy...I love her style!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!


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https://sugarshackdesigns.com/2019/08/11/mondaymontage145


Friday, August 9, 2019

#TGIFC224 Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday friends!  I've been enjoying a few relaxing days at the lake this week before I head back to work, but that doesn't mean I haven't done a little bit of stamping!  I made sure to bring along some supplies to work on this weeks TGIF Challenges Sketch Challenge.
I have shared several other cards with the Bird Ballad Suite and I am back with another one today.
Our yard and surrounding property is always full of so many birds.  Lots of baby quail have hatched in the past few weeks and they are so adorable!  We have also had a TON of American Goldfinch this year, which was the inspiration behind today's card.  These bright and cheerful yellow birdies make me so happy!  I will miss sitting out on my back patio with my morning coffee when I'm back at work.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Bird Ballad DSP
Ink ~ VersaMark, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, Pool Party, Old Olive, 
Stamp Set ~ Free as a Bird
Other Supplies ~ Bird Ballad Trinkets, Stitched Nested Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, White Bakers Twine, Gold Metallic Pearls, White Embossing Powder

I'm keeping things short and sweet so I can get back to relaxing and enjoying lake life!  

Have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Stamping!




Tuesday, August 6, 2019

One Amazing Moment

Hello stamping friends!  It's been a few days since I've posted.  I've been enjoying my last few days of my summer break and I am savoring every moment!  I've had such a great summer with my family and I'm not quite ready for it to end, but I do love my job and miss my work family!
While I enjoy this last week of my break, I want to share some cards I made for my boys to celebrate a very special moment in our lives.  This past Sunday, our church, formally called New Joy Foursquare, became Moment Church.  To celebrate the launch of the new name, the church rented out our local pool.  It was such a fun night having everyone together!  But the best moment of the evening was when over 40 people were baptized, including myself and my boys.  My heart is still so full of emotions today and will be for the rest of my life.    
The Brick & Mortar 3D embossing folder was the perfect background for this card...a firm foundation.  And I love the added touch from the little crosses from the Cross of Hope dies.  I used my Silhouette to cut out the letters, which my boys thought was pretty awesome! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White
Other ~ Brick & Mortar 3D Embossing Folder, Cross of Hope Dies

Be watching for a new scrapbook page to be coming soon!  We got some amazing pictures of our beautiful moment!

Have a terrific day!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Rustic Thoughtfullness

Hello stampers! 

It's been a bit of a roller coaster week of emotions for my family.  The week started with celebrating my youngest sons birthday, which was lots of fun for all of us.  But it also started with the news of my husbands uncle taking a turn for the worse.  We didn't think he would make it through the night on Monday, but he rallied through and hung on so he could say good-bye to all of his family members who were coming in from all over the US.  We said our finally good-byes yesterday...
I made this card a few days ago and it seems fitting to share it today as all of my husbands family is grieving the loss of a dear, sweet man.  
Rustic Retreat caught my eye in the catalog, mainly because of the animal images.  I'm always drawn to outdoor life images, especially for cards I create for my husband and boys.  But I was also drawn to the beautiful cabin image...it just feels so calming and peaceful!
I colored the image with both Watercolor Pencils and Stampin' Blends.  I still can't decide which I like best, but I did go with the Blends version for the card I'm sharing today.  Adding the Buffalo Check background and the textures from the Corrugated 3D and Pinewood Planks 3D Embossing folders were just what this rustic old cabin needed.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Shaded Spruce, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends: Shaded Spruce, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, So Saffron
Stamp Set ~ Rustic Retreat
Other Supplies ~ Layering Ovals Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Corrugated 3D EF, Pinewood Planks 3D EF

I'm keeping all of our family in my thoughts and prayers as they prepare for Uncle Lee's service.  It's always bitter sweet to gather family in times like this.

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Look Who's Hatched ~ HSSSC#320

Good morning stampers!  I'm running a bit behind in getting my post up today, but I'm excited to share this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge #320 with you!
Some of our fire family friends recently had their second baby, a sweet baby boy.  We will be seeing them next week and I wanted to make sure to have a card for them.  The adorable Dinoroar suite was perfect for the occasion.  The cute egg die is just the best for creating new baby cards!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Old Olive, Mango Melody, Whisper White, Dinoroar DSP
Ink ~ Old Olive, Mango Melody, Pretty Peacock
Stamp Set ~ Dino Days
Other Supplies ~ Dino Dies, Dinoroar Enamel Shapes, Denim Ribbon, Everyday Label Punch, Layering Circle Dies

I pulled the denim threads from the ribbon to create the frayed bow...this ribbon is great!  

After I got this card put together, I realized the Mango Melody circle looks like the yoke of an egg...not what I had planned, but it all worked out!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a terrific Tuesday!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Birthday MVP





Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We have another fabulous hop in store for you this week!  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 baby is 8 today and I'm still trying to figure out how this is possible!   I feel like I was just bring him home from the hospital!  For any you who know my sweet Owen, you know he is a BUSY kid and ALWAYS on the move.  On any given day, you can find him in our yard playing soccer, hitting baseballs for our dogs to chase or throwing a football around with anyone who will play with him.  My dad found some golf clubs at a yard sale earlier in the summer that fit him perfectly, so he's also picked up on golfing too!  He may exhaust me, but he also keeps me {feeling} young!  
With his love for ALL the sports, For the Win was the perfect stamp set to create his birthday card this year!  I had so much fun making a shaker card last week, I wanted to create another one for his special day.  This was so much fun to make!
I rediscovered my love for Pacific Point this week...It's such a bright and cheerful color!  It was just the color this card needed, along with a few other of my favorites from the Brights collection.
I stamped and cut out each of the balls to add to the shaker frame.  I decided these weren't quite enough, so I punched out some stars using the Twinkle Builder and created my own confetti.  Now I just need to figure out what to do with all of the leftover moons!  I finished off the card with the fun Birthday MVP image, along with the pennant and trophy, all which were heat embossed and fussy cut.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede, Whisper White, Basic Black, Window Sheets
Ink ~ Real Red, Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ For the Win
Other Supplies ~ Layering Circleds Dies, Twinkle Builder Punch, Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder. 

Next up in hop is my crafty friend Cathy...her creations are always so awesome!  Or if you'd like to take a hop back, you'll find the amazingly talented Amy...I love her style!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!


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https://sugarshackdesigns.com/2019/07/28/mondaymontage144


Friday, July 26, 2019

#TGIFC222 Technique Challenge - Shake It Up!

Happy Friday stampers!  We are shaking things up over at TGIF Challenges with Shaker Cards this week!  
Shaker cards are so much fun to create!  And they are even more fun to send to someone special!  I created a fun confetti birthday card, making my own confetti with leftover bits from the Broadway Lights Dies.  
As I was assembling the card, I started out with just a piece of Whisper White cardstock, but it needed a little bit more dimension.  None of my current Embossing Folders were speaking to me, so I pulled out my embossing plates and created this fun background with one of the dies.  This is such a fun technique and gives you so many more possibilities for embossing!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Window Sheets
Ink ~ Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Pacific Point
Stamp Set ~ Broadway Birthday
Other Supplies ~ Broadway Lights Dies

I'm so happy this stamp set and coordinating dies carried over...they are so much fun and perfect for creating birthday cards for everyone!

Let's see how you shake things up too!   See how our amazing TGIF Design Team is shaking things up and join along in the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 22, 2019

Check You Out

Any fellow bookworms out there?  Who could easily spend an entire day reading a good book?  My days are usually to full of business to spend an entire day reading, but we have our annual Yale Lake trip coming up and I plan on spending a day doing nothing but reading!  
The adorable Check You Out stamp set won over my book-loving-heart and was a must have!  The little worm and owl are just too cute and the books are the BEST!
The little bookworm just makes me so happy!  His goofy little grim is too cute!  And the library pocket card...who remembers checking out books this way!  I remember checking out books from my elementary school library with little cards like these.  
And isn't this owl such a studious little thing?  Adding the glasses is super easy and fun!  With the photopolymer stamps, it's so easy to line up the images!

Did you notice the fun colors in the Heart Epoxy Droplets and the Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets?  I added a bit of color to them using a few different Stampin' Blends colors.  I love the subtle color they add to these amazing little embellishments! 



The color possibilities are endless!  Just make sure you are using your Stampin' Blends on the epoxy embellishments.  The Rhinestone Basic Jewels can be a little rough on your pens!

Thanks for stopping by today!  This week isn't looking to be as busy as last week, so I'm hoping to spend a bit more time creating!

Have a fantastic Monday!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 19, 2019

#TGIFC221 Inspiration Challenge - Christmas in July!

It's Christmas in July over at TGIF Challenges today!  Some of us may be sweltering away in the heat of July, but we are keeping nice and cool in our craft rooms while we create some fun Christmas cards!
I know that many of us are anxiously awaiting the release of the 2019 Holiday Catalog, but don't forget that there is a great selection of Christmas stamp sets in the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog.  The all new Lots of Cheer stamp set caught my eye as I was making my LONG list of wants from the new catalog. I love the fun images, especially this adorable little gift box snowman!
I paired this cute guy up with a mixture of festive DSP patterns from the 2019-2021 and Brights 6x6 packs of DSP.  I love the new patterns in these packs and this is a great way to show your customers that you can mix and match any color and patterns!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, 2019-2021 In Color DSP, Brights DSP
Ink ~ VersaMark, Memento, Stampin' Blends: Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Seaside Spray, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Lots of Cheer
Other Supplies ~ White Embossing Powder, Stitched Rectangles

We have had some unusually cooler temps this July, but it's looking like things may warm up next week.  If predictions are correct and we hit 95, I may be wishing for Christmas in July!

Be sure to check out our amazing TGIF design team creations and join along in the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Sweetly Swirled Friendship ~ HSSIC#319

Hello and happy Tuesday stampers!  It's time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentments Challenge and this week we have a beautiful inspiration challenge for you to play along with!
I got a new box of stamps and supplies last week, which included the adorable Sweetly Swirled stamp set.  The pretty wreath in the inspiration photo was just the inspiration I needed to pull this stamp set out to create my own wreath.
The shiplap couldn't be ignored either!  The Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder worked perfectly for creating a faux shiplap background for this card.

I am loving this beautiful color combination too!  Terracotta Tile is quickly becoming a new favorite.  It goes so well with so many other colors!  

I stamped the swirly circle image as well as a few flowers and leaves, then fussy cut around the stamped images to create my wreath.  I added a few more fussy cut flowers to give the wreath a little bit of dimension and finished off the card with a simple "FRIEND".  This is a great card to send to a friend for any occasion!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Terracotta Tile
Ink ~ Gray Granite, Petal Pink, Grapefruit Grove, Terracotta Tile, Soft Sea Foam, Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede
Stamp Set ~ Sweetly Swirled
Other Supplies ~ Well Written Dies, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots

I'm going to try to sneak in a little more stamp time this morning before I have to get back to work setting up for our yard sale this weekend.  I dread doing this, but it's always nice to clean out the house and it's always great to have a few extra dollars for back to school shopping for the kiddos!

Be sure to join in the fun and show us how you were inspired to create!

Have a great week!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 14, 2019

RAWRsome Friend-a-Saurus ~ Monday Montage





Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We have another fabulous hop in store for you this week!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the creations...we promise you will love them all! 
Another weekend has come and gone...summer break is going by way too fast!  I've decided that I want to be a kid again and go on all of the fun adventures my boys are going on this summer.  My twins spent the first part of last week at the lake, took in a crazy concert over the weekend and are headed out again today for a few days on the river.  My youngest got to spend a couple days at the river AND hang out with his friend at his pool.  My hubby worked some crazy shifts this week while I tried to keep up with everything at home...we need to be kids again!  This adulting stuff is for the birds!

At least I did have some fun at my monthly stamp class AND found a few hours to create a couple more RAWRsome Dino Days cards.  I had hopes of making a set of 3, but my time got away from me and I only ended up getting 2 done.  This one is fitting for a boy...
...and this one is fitting for a girl.
I love that this DSP has colors and patterns that are for both boys and girls!  I see this suite being used for several birthday cards this year.  My youngest has been having fun watching me make these cards and is anxious to make his own.  And the dies are SO MUCH FUN!  The little dots and triangles are so good for creating multicolored dinos.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Lovely Lipstick, Pool Party, Whisper White, Old Olive, Pretty Peacock, Mango Melody, Dinoroar DSP
Ink ~ Pretty Peacock, Mango Melody, Old Olive, Pool Party, Lovely Lipstick
Stamp Set ~ Dino Days
Other Supplies ~ Dino Dies

Next up in hop is my crafty friend Cathy...her creations are always so awesome!  Or if you'd like to take a hop back, you'll find the amazingly talented Amy...I love her style!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!


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https://sugarshackdesigns.com/2019/07/14/mondaymontage143