Monday, June 24, 2019

Daisies and Denim

Hello my stamping friends and welcome to a new week!  I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  We spent our weekend in Idaho with my husbands family.  His grandmother passed away last week and we all gathered to celebrate her life.  Funerals are never a great reason to get together, but time with family is always special, no matter what the circumstances are.
I went for a quiet walk yesterday morning before we headed home and took in the beauty of the wild flowers and peaceful blue skies along the way. I love finding creative inspiration in my surroundings and could not wait to get home and create!  
Seaside Spray is such a beautiful and calming color...perfect for some pretty daisies in a pocket of denim!  The fuzzy little Perennial Essence Floral Centers gave them an extra pop of color...they are so cute!
If you loved last years Daisy Delight Bundle, you will also love the new Daisy Lane Bundle!  The Daisy Lane stamp set coordinates with the new Medium Daisy Punch AND the Daisy Punch.  It is so great to have carry over products that coordinate with new stamp sets!  If you haven't purchased your Daisy Lane Bundle yet, you are missing out!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Seaside Spray, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Ink ~ Granny Apple Green, Seaside Spray
Stamp Sets ~ Daisy Lane, Daisy Delight
Other Supplies ~ Daisy Punch, Medium Daisy Punch, Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Subtle Embossing Folder, Well Written Dies, Perennial Essence Floral Centers, Pocket Dies

It's time for me to go give my flower beds a little TLC before my youngest and I head out on a bike ride and picnic lunch.  

Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 21, 2019

Ruffled Roses ~ #TGIFC217

It's finally Friday!!  And y'all know what that means...time for an all new TGIF Challenges!  Our team is trying out a fun technique...Ribbon Ruffles!  How many of you have spools and spools of ribbon? It's time to use it!
I used the new 1/4" Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon a few days ago on another card and absolutely LOVE this ribbon!  It's ties beautiful bows, but it also makes for some pretty fantastic ribbon ruffles too!
I mentioned yesterday that I still haven't placed an order from the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog, other than my pre-order items.  I know, I know...I'll get on it soon!  But not having ALL of the new things is giving me the opportunity to create with some of my favorites that carried over.  
First Frost is my favorite stamp set for wedding cards.  I love the soft images and all of the beautiful coordinating Frosted Bouquet Dies.
With the Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon as my staring point, I pulled a couple new In Colors and paired them up with a couple of favorites.  Getting 5 new colors each year is so good.  It's fun to come up with new color combos.  Rococo Rose and Pretty Peacock paired up beautifully with Mint Macaron and Petal Pink!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron
Ink ~ Rococo Rose, Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Petal Pink
Stamp Set ~ First Frost
Other Supplies ~ Frosted Bouquet Dies, 1/4" Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon, Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins

If only my yard was filled with flowers like this to create my own living bouquets.  I add a few new flower varieties each year in hopes of having this some day!  With that being said, the rain has gone away for a bit, which means I'm headed out to dig in the dirt for a bit!

Have a great Friday!

Happy Stamping!



Thursday, June 20, 2019

Thankful Magnolia

Happy Thursday friends!  I am officially on summer break for the next 8 weeks...hooray!  It's a cold, dreary and rainy day today...a perfect day for stamping and playing along with this weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge!
You guys...I still haven't placed my order from the new catalog!!!  What is wrong with me?!?!  I've been struggling to decide what I want to get first and not break the bank by buying it all at once...the struggle is REAL!  I think I have finally decided what my first order will be. Now I just need to commit!  In the meantime, I'm still having fun playing with the all of my pre-order items, including the Magnolia Lane Suite.  
I think it's safe to say that I am addicted to coloring with the Stampin' Blends.  Seriously...I don't think I've made a card lately where I haven't used them!  I loved coloring when I was little and still love it today.  My youngest loves to color too...it's my favorite go-to activity for him when he needs to chill out!
Just look at how beautifully the Petal Pink and Mossy Meadow colors blend!
As I was cutting out the first magnolia I colored, my die slipped a bit...GRRRR!  That always frustrates me, but it happens to all of us!  In my frustration, I posted a picture showing my mistake.  Guess what...no one even noticed!  This was such a HUGE reminder to me to find beauty in everything, even our mistakes.  We are our biggest critics, always quick to point out our flaws and there is NO reason for it!  I'm so grateful for this reminder and all of the amazing people in my life!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Mossy Meadow, Basic Black, Whisper White, Magnolia Lane DSP
Ink ~ Petal Pink, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Mossy Meadow, Petal Pink, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set ~ Good Morning Magnolia
Other Supplies ~ Magnolia Memory Dies, Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack, Basic Adhesive-Backed Sequins

It's looking like we have rain for a bit longer...more time for me to stamp!

Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Mosaic Wishes ~ HSSSC317

The countdown is on...only 2 more days of work for me and then I get to enjoy 8 weeks of summer vacation!  I am SO ready!  Summer break means more time to stamp and more time to play along with fun challenges like this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge.

This week's sketch paired up perfectly with the Mosaic Mood Suite.  Have you seen the new Timeless Label Punch?  I love it's unique shape!  And the Mosaic Mood DSP is AMAZING!  It is so full of beautiful colors and textures.
I am loving all of the new DSP patterns that have images that you can cut out, like this beautiful humming bird.  Isn't it pretty?
Inspired by some of the samples in the 2019-2020 Annual catalog, I roughed up the edges of a layer to add just a bit more texture.  I always love how some of the smallest details can add so much to a card.

Supplies Used: Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP
Ink ~ Crushed Curry
Stamp Set ~ Memorable Mosaic
Other Supplies ~ Timeless Label Punch, 1/4" Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon, 2019-2021 In Color Faceted Dots

Have you had a chance to use the Textile Ribbon yet?  I LOVE how beautifully {and EASY} it works for bows.  If you haven't ordered it yet, it's a must have if you love to use ribbon on any of your projects.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Please be sure to check out our amazing design teams creations and join along in the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Colorfully Blessed Roses ~ 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! We have a few sitting this hop out as they enjoy some family time, but we still have some amazing projects to share with you!

A very sweet friend graduated from with her masters over the weekend and I wanted to give her a special card to celebrate her amazing accomplishment.  Not only was she going to school, but she was pastoring our church, raising her family and providing friendship to so many.  We are all BLESSED to have her in our life!  These colorful roses and simple sentiment say it all!

Once again, I found myself coloring...it truly is my therapy!  I turn on my favorite station and get lost in the moment...so good!  I love the bold Poppy Parade with the softer Pool Party.

I'm not sure how I managed to get this stamp set and forget the coordinating dies, but I did.  It's a good thing I love fussy cutting!  Here's a fun tip for fussy cutting images that you have colored...before you begin cutting, outline the image in a light color, such as Pool Party or Smoky Slate.  It takes some of the stress out of fussy cutting!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ A Wild Rose
Other Supplies ~ Butterfly Duet Punch, Stitched Nested Labels, Glitter Organdy Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I hope you all had a great weekend and have a great start to a new week!

Next stop on the hop is my creative friend Cathy...I always love all of her awesome creations! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on backwards to the wickedly wonderful Wendy...I just love her!

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!





Geared Up for Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all of the amazing Father's out there!  
As a daughter, my dad was my first love, my greatest inspiration and my true hero growing up...and he still is today!
As a wife, I have been blessed with an amazing husband that my boys are so lucky to call Dad...he goes above and beyond in doing so much for all of us!
I am loving that Geared Up Garage carried over into the annual catalog!  This is such a great stamp set and can be use for so many occasions for any guy in your life.
Did you know the oil stain image works perfectly to create a rusty look on the gears?  I stamped the image in Cajun Craze on the Bermuda Bay gears for he perfect rusty look!  
I wanted to use my embossing paste to create a fun brick background for this card, only to discover that I had run out.  No worries...a little versa mark smeared across the brick stencil and some white embossing power did the trick!  Topped of with a copper embossed sentiment, a bold Crushed Curry Stitched Circle and a few copper gears, this card is complete and ready for a pretty rad Dad!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Cooper Foil
Ink ~ Cajun Craze, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Geared Up Garage
Other Supplies ~ Garage Gears, Stitched Shapes, White Embossing Powder, Pattern Party Decorative Masks

I hope you all have a great day and get to spend some time with that special guy in your life...whether it be your own dad, your husband or any father figure in your life that you love.

Happy Stamping!


Friday, June 14, 2019

#TGIFC216 Sketch Challenge

Hooray for Friday!
It's time for an all new TGIF Challenges and this week we have a fun sketch for you!  Be sure to check out our amazing design team creations and join along in the fun!  
The last day of school for my boys was Wednesday, which means my mornings are a lot less chaotic and I have a bit more time for stamping!  I enjoyed some color therapy with Accented Blooms, which was the perfect stamp set for our sketch this week!
With all of the bright colors of the flowers, I thought it would be fun to created a black and white striped background.  If you've seen my wardrobe, you know I LOVE anything with black and white stripes!  I stamped different sections of the flowers in black for the banner.  I thought about adding a little bit of color, but liked them as they are!

After coloring the flowers, I outlined the images with my Light Pool Party Stampin' Blend and fussy cut the image.  I love how the Pool Party makes the flowers pop even more against the black and white stripes!  
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Accented Blooms
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Calypso Coral, Pineapple Punch, Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay 
Other Supplies ~ Tailored Tag, Banner Triple Punch, Silver Metallic Thread, Rhinestones

I am SO ready for the weekend!  This week has been insanely busy at work and my brain has had to work too hard.  I just need to make it through next Wednesday, then I get to enjoy nearly 8 weeks of summer break with my boys!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, June 10, 2019

Blessed To Be Your Friend

Happy Monday stampers!  Did you find any time to create this weekend?  I know everyone is beginning to receive their boxes of new Annual Catalog products and I'm super excited to see what everyone gets!
I'm still stamping with some of my pre-order items, but have a box of new goodies coming my way this week....I can't wait!
Those who attended OnStage back in April got to see the beautiful To A Wild Rose bundle demonstrated.  It was a must have for me!  The images and sentiments are gorgous!
It took me a couple tries to find the right color combination with this Two-Step stamp set, but once I found it, I was so happy with the finished result.  Rococo Rose and Petal Pink for the WIN!  I stamped the rose image twice and cut the center of the bloom out to give the flower a bit more dimension.  This is one of my favorite techniques with floral images!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Petal Pink
Ink ~ Petal Pink, Rococo Rose, Pear Pizzazz
Stamp Set ~ To A Wild Rose
Other Supplies ~ Woven Threads Sequins, Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Nested Labels

This sentiment couldn't be more perfect for a card to send to a dear friend this week.  I truly am blessed to have her in my life!

Here's to a great start to the week!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Rooted in Thoughtfulness

I went to bed last night with plans of getting up early and hitting the road at 6:00 AM for a baseball tournament, only to wake up to a message that games had been delayed by two hours.  My first thought???  Sweet, some extra time to stamp!   I will never complain about that!  The only bummer is that one of my boys also woke up not feeling well, so we stayed behind this morning and missed the first game.  He's feeling a bit better, so we are getting ready to pack up and head out for game two later this afternoon.

Before we head out, I wanted to share what I made this morning, thanks to my unexpected extra stamp time.  A co-worker asked me to make a card for her to send to her uncle who has just recently started cancer treatment.  With a little help from this weeks Freshly Made Sketches and Rooted In Nature, I created a simple Thinking of You card.
I am so happy this stamp set and coordinating dies carried over...it's one of my favorites!  And I'm still stuck on the Subtle Embossing Folder...its just the right amount of texture!

The Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack came in perfect when adding the finishing touches to the card.  I love that the Leaves Trinkets carried over too!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Ink ~ Mossy Meadow, Memento, Stampin' Blends: Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
Stamp Set ~ Rooted In Nature
Other Supplies ~ Magnolia Lane Ribbon Combo Pack, Nature's Roots, Leaves Trinkets

And we're off...wish us luck that our drive is uneventful and we have a successful second game!

Have a great Saturday!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Daisies and Birch

Hello stampers!  I just wasn't quite ready to put away my Daisy Lane and Birch background stamps...these two sets are a match made in stampin' heaven!
I am showcasing these two stamp sets in my class this week and wanted a couple of other samples to show my customers all of the beautiful images and sentiments.
My stamp class attendees range from the very beginner stamper to the avid stamper, so I often times provide two samples from them to choose from.  One simple version and one that's a bit more advanced.  Providing two samples keeps my avid stampers from getting bored with some of the more basic designs and allows my beginner stampers to not feel overwhelmed.  I always love it when my beginner stampers begin to move towards the avid stamper sample and find that they do have it in them to step things up a bit!

Other than using a couple of different punches, the first sample is nothing more than ink, paper and stamps...and a little bit of heat embossing.  Heat embossing is always a fun technique to introduce new stampers to...it's so magical!
My second sample is stepped up a bit with a couple of fussy cut ferns and some added ribbon.  With the beautiful Birch background stamp, you really don't need anything else!  
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mango Melody, Whisper White
Ink ~ Gray Granite, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Versa Mark
Stamp Sets ~ Daisy Lane, Birch
Other Supplies ~ Tailored Tag Punch, Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, White Embossing Powder

I did fussy cut the center of the daisy on both samples.  In my classes, I will offer to help my beginner stampers cut any images that they may not feel ready to take on their own yet.  Once they see how easy it is, they are quick to take over!

Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

A Walk Down Daisy Lane

Hello to all of my creative friends!  Happy Annual Catalog Release Day!
What better way to kick off the catalog than with an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge with some brand new products!!
There are so many colorful and inspiring photos to choose from!  I pulled my inspiration from the floral images and the pretty shades of blue.  The beautiful new Daisy Lane and Birch background stamp sets are a match made in stamping heaven!  I LOVE the Birch background stamp...be prepared to see it a lot!

Aren't these daisies so pretty?  They are stamped in the beautiful new Seaside Spray In-Color...LOVE!  All they needed were just a bit of fussy cutting, a simple little "smile" sentiment and a little bit of bakers twine.  I love it when a card can be so simple!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Seaside Spray, Whisper White
Ink ~ Seaside Spray, Granny Apple Green, Gray Granite, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Daisy Lane, Birch
Other Supplies ~ Whisper White Bakers Twine, White Embossing Powder, Timeless Label Punch

We are on the official countdown to summer break at our house.  My boys only have 6-1/2 days left and I have 12 days left...we are all ready for a much needed break!  I'm so excited to place an order from the new Annual Catalog so I have some fun things to create with this summer!  What's on the top of your wish list?!?!

Have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Soaring Thank You ~ 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 am still creating with the Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin kit...this is by far one of my very favorites!!!  I love all of the fun patterns of the card fronts.  And did you notice a NEW color in this kit?  Pretty Peacock is absolutely gorgeous!!!
I cut down one of the card fronts and tore along the bottom edge of it, then layered it on top of a torn piece of Crumb Cake card stock.  I love this technique to give a project some added texture.  I also stamped some of the pretty feathers on a strip of Pretty Peacock and topped it off with a couple of fussy cut feathers, velvet ribbon and cute little bird embellishment included in the kit.  The soaring birds were stamped in Pretty Peacock and Balmy Blue then fussy cut and add to the circle cut from the back of one of the note cards that I used in one of my alternative Paper Pumpkin projects last week.  

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Pretty Peacock
Ink ~ Pretty Peacock, Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set ~ Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit
Other Supplies ~ Hugs from Shelli Paper Pumpkin Kit Embellishments

Next stop on the hop is my creative friend Cathy...I always love all of her awesome creations! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on backwards to the wickedly wonderful Wendy...I just love her!

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!





Friday, May 31, 2019

#TGIFC214 - Create a Set

Hello stamping friends and welcome to an all new TGIF Challenges!  This week, our amazing team is creating sets of cards with some of our favorite stamp sets.

It has been another busy week in my house, so keeping things simple was my focus for the cards I'm sharing today.  The 2019-2020 Annual Catalog is just days away from going live and one of my favorite stamp sets is A Good Man. The images and sentiments in this stamp set make my heart happy. 
I love that these images can pretty much stand alone with just a little color...perfect for some quick and simple cards!  
This image and sentiment seriously made my eyes leak...it's perfect for my hubby, dad of 3 boys!

And this guy...don't you just want to set up a chair next to him and spend the day relaxing too?  This would be great as a Father's Day card, Birthday card, Retirement card...so many occasions!

Annnnddddd....my eyes are leaking again!  Any Daddy's girls out there?  I am an only child and my relationship with my dad is pretty special.  This image totally hit ALL of the emotions!

Sometimes simple is better...

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends {in just about every color available!}
Stamp Set ~ A Good Man
Other Supplies ~ Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the rest of our amazing Design Team creations and join along in the fun!

Happy Stamping!