Friday, March 22, 2019

#tgifc204 Product Spotlight - Stampin' Blends!

Happy Friday stampers!
It is officially spring and our weather is finally starting to cooperate!  After WEEKS of snow and freezing cold, we have had a full week of warm, beautiful sunshine!  Some of my flowers are already starting to pop up, which is bringing lots of inspiration.
This week's TGIF Challenges is spotlighting one of my favorites...Stampin' Blends!  I LOVE any stamped image that I can color with these amazing pens!
As I said, I'm pulling inspiration from all of the flowers starting to bloom and am thinking ahead to Mother's Day.  I know it's still a few weeks out, but you can never be too prepared, right?!?  I love this fun image from the Just Because hostess stamp set.  It's a simple and sweet image that just begs to be colored!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Gingham Gala
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green
Stamp Set ~ Just Because
Other Supplies ~ Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green Reversible Ribbon, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Subtle Embossing Folder

So many fun products used on this card!  The Coastal Cabana/Granny Apple Green Reversible Ribbon is so good!  Be sure to scoop up a roll before they are all sold out!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  I am off to Seattle to participate in the Big Climb...wish me luck as I take on 69 flights of stairs!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 17, 2019

Wonderful Nature





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 had a weekend of glorious sunshine and our snow is nearly gone...HOORAY!!!  After weeks of dreary, cold, snowy weather, it felt so good to soak up ALL the sunshine!

I brought out another one of my favorites from the Annual Catalog. Nature's Poem suite is so beautiful and versatile.  I love the combination of colors in the DSP...they are so calming!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Nature's Poem DSP
Ink ~ Soft Suede, Grapefruit Grove
Stamp Set ~ Rooted in Nature
Other Supplies ~ Nature's Roots Framelits, Leaves Trinkets, Subtle Embossing Folder, Copper Metallic Thread, Metallic Sequins

The Subtle Embossing Folder has got to be one of my favorites!  I love that it gives just a hint of texture, especially when you are using Whisper White card stock.

My sketch inspiration came from the latest Freshly Made Sketches challenge...my favorite go-to when I need a starting place for my cards!

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 amazingly talented Amy...her stamping style is so good!  

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!


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https://sugarshackdesigns.com/2019/03/17/mondaymontage135/


Tuesday, March 12, 2019

At Home with You ~ HSSIC310

Happy Tuesday stampers!  We are just a few days away from the first day of spring and I am SO ready for it!  We have had snow on the ground since the beginning of February and it is time for it to all go away.  While we {impatiently} wait for the snow to melt, this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge made it feel like spring in my craft room.

There are so many cheerful images to pull inspiration from!  I was drawn to the door as I imagined sitting on my own front porch, surround by spring flowers.  Hopefully that day will actually be here in the very near future!

I used a few different sets of dies to create this card.  It always so much fun to pair so many different products up to produce a fun card!  I added a bit of embossing paste bricks too.  I love the added texture this gives to any creation!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ So Saffron, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Soft Sea Foam, Wood Textures DSP
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Highland Heather, Lovely Lipstick, Old Olive, Smoky Slate
Stamp Set ~ At Home with You
Other Supplies ~ At Home Framelits, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, White Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Pretty Park Framelits

When we are finally able to re-side our house, I would love to with with a cheerful So Saffron exterior with a Coastal Cabana door...these colors are just so fun and inviting! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are already enjoying some spring-like weather or will be soon!

Happy Stamping!





Friday, March 8, 2019

Enjoy the Simple Moments ~ #tgifc202 Sketch Challenge

Welcome to Friday and an all new TGIF Sketch Challenge #202!  
I am trying to keep up on birthday cards for family members this year and needed a card for my father-in-law.  I had pulled out the Waterfront stamp set a couple weeks ago with the intent to make him a card, but had yet to get around to it.  Until this weeks sketch challenge came along!  As soon as I saw the sketch, the card all came together and will soon be in the mail!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP
Ink ~ Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Balmy Blue, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Early Espresso
Stamp Sets ~ Waterfront, Home To Roost
Other Supplies ~ Linen Thread

I forgot how much a piece of torn paper adds to a card!  It gave this just just enough texture to go along with the mountain scene.  And this sentiment...can I just say how much I love this?!?  I am doing my best to enjoy every single simple moment these days!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 3, 2019

A Friend is Thinking of 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've said it before and I'll probably to continue to say it as long as I'm stamping...my creative time is my therapy time.  Whether it's taking a bit of time in the early morning hours before my house wakes up or some quiet moments in the evenings or, if i'm lucky enough, a few hours over the weekend, time spent in my craft room is often times a therapy session for me.  More often than not, my cards are created based off of my current state of mind, which was the case with today's card.  Exactly one year ago, my boys suffered the unexpected loss of one of their classmates, who was also the sister of one of their friends.  Even today, a year later, it is hard to put in to words how much my heart hurts for their family and everyone else who were effected by her passing.  I can't even begin to imagine the heartache they feel each and every day, but I pray that it becomes a little less with each passing day.  While their family is on my mind almost daily, they especially are today.  I choose yellow for the roses in hope of spreading warm feelings and friendship for all of those who will be missing her today.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover, Botanical Butterfly DSP
Ink ~ VersaMark, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Pineapple Punch, Call Me Clover
Stamp Sets ~ Petal Palette, Part of My Story
Other Supplies ~ Petals & More Thinlits, Black/Silver 1/4" Striped Metallic Ribbon, Well Written Framelits, Subtle Embossing Folder, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder

I LOVE all of the sentiments in the Part of My Story stamp set!  And being able to coordinate the Well Written Framelits with this particular sentiment just made me happy!

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!  Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!


https://amyoneillblog.com/2019/03/03/mondaymontage134/

https://sugarshackdesigns.com/2019/03/03/mondaymontage134/


Friday, March 1, 2019

Citrus Birthday Wishes

Happy March!  I'm really hoping March got a head start in roaring in like a lion with all of the snow we got at the end of February and goes out like a lamb in a hurry!  Our first baseball tournament is at the end of the month and our team has yet to have an outside practice, thanks to the ridiculous amount of snow on the ground.  We are hoping for some warmer temps over the next couple weeks so we can get our boys out there!
While we wait for all of the snow to go away, I'm trying to warm things up with some summery creations!  I'm still having fun creating fun backgrounds on the Glossy card stock.  Have you tried it yet?!?!  Inspired by some of my lemon decor on my mantle, I pulled out my Lemon Zest stamp set and created this cheerful card using this weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Glossy
Ink ~ Flirty Flamingo, Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Granny Apple Green
Stamp Set ~ Lemon Zest
Other Supplies ~ Lemon Builder Punch, 1-3/4" Circle Punch, Gingham Gala Sequins

This has me dreaming of sitting on my back patio sipping on some sweet lemonade in the sunshine...while I am actually sitting on my couch wrapped up in a couple blankets, sipping on coffee and watching more snow come down.  Come on Mother Nature...it's time to stop with the snow!

Sending sun-shiny wishes to all of you for a fabulous weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Southern Thank You ~ HSSCC309

Hello stampers!

We made it through another Monday and we're on to Tuesday, which means an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge!  This week we have some soft colors for you to play along with. 

My little town is still covered in snow with no end in sight, so I've been pulling out all of my flowery stamp sets while I dream of spring-time weather!  Southern Serenade is such a pretty set and so much fun to color with the Stampin' Blends.  And that background stamp is so good!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Soft Seafoam
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Soft Seafoam, Highland Heather, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ Southern Serenade 
Other Supplies ~ White Bakers Twine, Gingham Gala Adhesive Backed Sequins

I kept things as simple as I could with this card...if you call fussy cutting the flowers out as simple!  If you've followed me for a bit, you know that I LOVE to fussy cut, so this was no big deal for me.  It's my therapy!

I hope things are warming up in your neck of the woods.  And if it is, send some warm wishes my way!  Baseball season is here and practicing in the snow is no fun!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Happy Stamping!



Friday, February 22, 2019

#tgifc200 On the Wings of Inspiration - Bunches of Butterflies

Hello Friday!  We have survived our second week of the "Snowpocalypse" and it looks like we may be entering week 3...gross!  Doesn't Mother Nature know it's baseball season?!?!  
It's a good thing we have a spring-feeling TGIF Challenges for our 200th Challenge this week.  It's all about butterflies!  I can't wait to see the bright and colorful butterflies soon!

Stampin' Up! has provided us with some beautiful coordinating products in this years Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!  The Butterfly Gala stamp set and Botanical Butterfly DSP are so GOOD!  I love that they punch pairs up with some of the DSP images.  I know the punch is unavailable at this time, but rumor is that it will be in the 2019-2020 annual catalog.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Botanical Butterfly DSP, Grapefruit Grove Foil Sheet
Ink ~ VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Butterfly Gala, Incredible Like You 
Other Supplies ~ Butterfly Duet Punch, Petal Burst Embossing Folder, Faceted Dots, Black/Silver 1/4" Striped Metallic Ribbon

I am so sad that they Grapefruit Grove and Lovely Lipstick Foil paper is no longer available as a Sale-A-Bration reward.  Maybe this is another great product that we will see again in the annual catalog...fingers crossed!  I used a bit of the Grapefruit Grove under my sentiment and for a little added touch to my butterfly.  Swoon!
The Grapefruit Grove Faceted Dots were just right for tying everything together on this fluttery-butterfly card!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm sending warm wishes to everyone who is suffering through this late winter and I hope you'll send some my way too!

Happy Stamping!



Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Hooray for Cupcakes

I can not believe the month of February is almost over!  Once again, time is flying by so fast!  But guess what March brings?!?!  Amazing new Families that coordinate with some of this year's Sale-A-Bation stamp sets!  These coordinating products can be purchased beginning March 1st, so be sure to watch for the big release!
One of the new products is the Call Me Cupcake Framelits, which coordinate with the super cute Hello Cupcake Sale-A-Bration stamp set.  Not only are there framelits to cut out the cupcake, but there is a fun cupcake stand and dome, along with so many others!  See those cute little hearts?  Framelits!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Silver Foil, How Sweet It Is DSP
Ink ~ Bermuda Bay, Pineapple Punch, Gorgeous Grape, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Soft Suede
Stamp Set ~ Hello Cupcake
Other Supplies ~ Call Me Cupcake Framelits, Well Written Framelits, Stamparatus

Want in on a little secret?  This is the first card I have used the Stamparatus for!   Why did I wait so long?!?!  This tool is so amazing!  I used the hinge technique to stamp the sentiment along the side of the card.  I can't wait to finally share this with my club members next month!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!



Sunday, February 17, 2019

So Glad We're Friends ~ 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! 

What do you do when your BFF isn't able to make it for a visit due to the stupid flu virus invading your house and horrible winter conditions?  You spend the day FaceTime stamping! And that is just what Wendy and I did this weekend.  It wasn't quite the same as stamping together in the same room, but it sure makes you thankful for technology when you can't be together in person! My crazy family made sure to make Wendy feel like she was here too by popping in to my craft room every so often to say hi :-)  I think we both managed to make 3-4 cards during our marathon FaceTime crafting time...yay for us!  

I haven't given Incredible Like You much attention since coming home from OnStage, so I pulled it out and put it to good use with this splashy background that I've had sitting on my desk for a few weeks.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Glossy White, Grapefruit Grove
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Grapefruit Grove, Granny Apply Green
Stamp Set ~ Incredible Like You
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Silver Metallic Thread

The layout for this creation was inspired by the latest Fab Friday Challenge. Such a fun sketch!

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!  

Thanks you for stopping by today!


Happy Stamping!



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https://sugarshackdesigns.com/2019/02/17/mondaymontage133/


Friday, February 15, 2019

Sale-a-Brating Painted Seasons

Happy Friday!

We are officially half way though Sale-A-Bration...the most wonderful stampy time of year!  As of today, new Sale-A-Bration items are available and they are amazing!  Click on the image below to see all of the fabulous newly released items!
The Sale-A-Bration Painted Seasons Bundle is available to you for FREE with a $100 catalog purchase and it is gorgeous!  With this bundle, you get the stunning Painted Seasons stamp set and beautiful Painted Seasons DSP.  These items are perfect for any season! 
 UNSET
If you spend an extra $50, you can also earn the Country Floral Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder.  This is the BEST embossing folder Stampin' Up has had yet! Take a look at a couple cards I created with the bundle and embossing folder.
Want in on a little secret?  On March 1st, there will be coordinating frailest for this stamp set!!  How awesome is that?!?  Want to know another little secret?  I forgot to pre-order my frailest, so all of my flowers and leaves are fussy cut!  It's a good thing fussy cutting is therapeutic for me!
I love the succulent stamp and coordinating DSP pattern.  This was my first image to ink up in the stamp set and I LOVE it.  This is another awesome Distinkstive stamp set and I've found the best way to get a crisp, clear image is to drag the stamp across the ink pad, rather than tapping.  There are several helpful tips and tricks out there to successfully inking up the beautiful Distinktive images.  Don't be afraid to ask for tips!
I coordinated both cards with the Well Written Framelits to complete my sentiments.  These framelits are so good...with or without the coordinating Well Said stamp set!

I'll be using this bundle at my upcoming stamp club in March.  I can't wait to share these amazing products with my club members.  They are going to love them!  

Thanks to my amazing job, I get to enjoy a 4-day weekend, which means lots of stamp time!  I have plans to FaceTime stamp with my BFF since she wasn't able to make the drive over due to our crazy winter weather.  Thank goodness for technology!

Happy Stamping!