Friday, December 2, 2022

A Season of Happiness & Wonder

 I'm a little late to the TGIF Challenges color party, but I'm so happy to be here!  These cheerful Christmas colors were too fun to resist!

I decked out the edge of a Basic White card front with some Decorated with Happiness Pine branches, stamped in Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce.  These two greens together are simply glorious!

The beautiful sentiment came next, stamped in Real Red.  And believe it not, I just stamped right on the paper and didn't fussy cut it...shocker, right?!? 

A Christmas card always needs a little bit of shimmer and shine, which came in with the fun Christmas ornaments.  I stamped the festive background in Real Red, letting it dry for a bit, then heat embossed each ornament in gold.  I LOVE how they turned out!  A few Gold Swirls completed the decorations.

Anyone else absolutely LOVING the Celebrate Everything DSP that is offered as a host item in the July-December Mini?  I want to keep this paper pack forever!  The Shaded Spruce and Granny Apple Green pattern was a perfect match for today's color challenge, especially when you add just a little hint of red to the mix.

Join along in the colorful fun and share your creations with us!

Happy Stamping!

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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Sweet Citrus Birthday Wishes

 Happy December stampers! I can't believe we are in our final month of 2022...what a year this has been!

One might think I would kick off the Christmas month with another Christmas card, but the cold, dark and gloomy weather has me dreaming of warm, sunny summer days!  Say hello to the sweet and zesty Sweet Citrus Bundle!

This sweet bundle was one of the items attendees of OnStage were able to pre-order a bit early and I'm so happy I added it to my collection.  I love the juicy images...so many citrus possibilities!  

I chose to go with some oranges, stamped in Pumpkin Pie and Mango Melody.  A few Granny Apple Green Leaves added another pop of color, along with some subtle Petal Pink Flowers.  All of these pieces are easily cut out with the Sweet Citrus Hybrid Embossing Folder.
And isn't this embossing folder amazing?!?  I love all of the detail and texture!  As I mentioned earlier, I'm already dreaming of warm, sunny days.  What's better than Costal Cabana to make it feel like summer! I love all of these colors together.

Today's sketch was inspired by the latest Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  You can never go wrong with a great sketch!
Today also happens to be the big pre-order day from the upcoming January-April 2023 Mini Catalog for all demonstrators.  One more reason to join in the fun...you can order all of the fun new products early!

Have a wonderful day!

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Wreathed in Joy

It's the end of November and I'm wrapping up the #30daychristmascardmakingchallenge, hosted by the marvelous Martin Stone.  I wasn't sure if I would be able to keep up and make all 30 projects, but I DID IT!

The final challenge is all about the Christmas wreath.  I don't know about you, but I love a fresh, full Christmas wreath hanging on my door.  The pine tree scent is the best!

I used the Decorated Pine Dies to create a giant wreath, complete with some Distressed Gold bells.  What is a Christmas wreath without a big Cherry Cobbler bow and baubles?  Some golden Festive Pearls added just a bit more Christmas glimmer.

The laser-cut sheets from Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack have been a favorite throughout the month.  I heat embossed Happy Holidays in gold and LOVE how it turned out!

I adhered the wreath to a Kraft card front, stamped with a few white snowflakes and some gold Wink of Stella splatters.

It has been so much fun playing along with this month long challenge and I can't wait to do it again!  It was a great way to use all of my Christmas stamp sets and supplies.

Wishing you all a Happy Holiday as we move on to the month of December!  So much fun is yet to come!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Sleigh Bells Ring

Sleigh bells ring, are you listening?

We are walking in a Winter Inspiration {Challenge} Wonderland at Hand Stamped Sentiments this week.  There are so many wonderful ideas filled in these images and I can't wait to see what everyone is inspired to create!

In my quest to complete the #30daychristmascardmakingchallenge, I chose the image with Santa's sleigh in the background to go along with today's Sleigh Bells Ring theme. What goes better with Santa's sleigh than jingle bells?

I used October's HoHoHo Paper Pumpkin stamps along with Jingle, Jingle, Jingle for a cheerful, colorful Christmas greeting!

I stamped the JINGLE sentiment with Memento and colored the letters with Parakeet Party, Bermuda Bay and Sweet Sorbet Stampin' Blends.  I stamped a few color coordinating bells too!

Wondering where the cute little bell came from?  I heat embossed one of the Flat Jingle Bell Trinkets with silver for the perfect little silver bell!  And do you spy the new Hand Drawn Dots in the background?  You can add this awesome background stamp to your collection on January 5th.

Join in the fun and play along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, November 25, 2022

Filled with Peace & Joy

Happy Friday stampers and welcome to this month's TGIF Challenges Inspiration Challenge!  I don't know about you, but it seems so fitting to have an inspiration challenge focused on comfort and peace on the day after Thanksgiving. As we make our way into a busy time of year, my hope is that your holiday season is filled with peace and joy!
This card came together with bits and pieces from other cards that were still sitting on my desk. I always love putting scraps to good use! I started by running the shiplap piece though the Stampin' Cut & Emboss Machine with the Timber 3D Embossing Folder. I splattered and sponged a little Crumb Cake for just a bit more texture.
I heat embossed the Framed & Festive sentiment in white on Crumb Cake, layering it on top of the shiplap layer.  I tucked a few pieces of Christmas to Remember greenery between the layers, along with some white holly berries.

Next came the big caribou...I love this Reindeer Dies piece!  I die-cut a Crumb Cake and a Soft Suede caribou, then snipped them and glued them together. The hunters in my family approved of this!

I finished the card off with a few wooden snowflake elements from the Santa Express Memories & More Card Pack.  

Wishing you all a happy holiday season, filled with so much peace & joy!

Happy Stamping!

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Monday, November 21, 2022

Merry Monday Grinch

It's another Merry Monday and day 20 of #30daychristmascardmakingchallenge.

Today's theme is Bah Humbug.  No Bah Humbug's allowed around here, but we do love the Grinch and how the Christmas spirt enters his heart!
One of the Potted Succulent dies has always reminded me of a Grinch hand, so I put it to good use for today's card.  A little strip of Poppy Parade made the arm and one of the Potted Succulent small floral dies worked perfectly for the snow-white cuff. A Poppy Parade Spruced Up ornament was the only thing this Grinch-y hand needed.

I struggled with a sentiment and ended up going with one of my favorites from Christmas to Remember, stamped in Poppy Parade.  This time of year can sometimes bring out the Grinch in all of us, but remember...'Tis the Season to let your heart grow be filled with the spirit of the season!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, November 20, 2022

Magical Delicate Desert

Happy Sunday stampers!  I'm taking a little break from Christmas creations to dig in to my January-April 2023 Mini Catalog pre-order.
After I saw Sara and Shelli's OnStage presentation with the beautiful soon-to-be-released Delicate Desert Suite, I knew I had to have it!
I love the frames from the Desert Details Dies...so many ideas are brewing in my mind that I can't wait to get out on paper!  Sara created a fun potted plant for one of her projects and I could not wait to create my own.  I love that you can lift the zig-zags and tuck a sentiment or even snip them out for a totally different look. So many possibilities!

The only stamping on this card is the sentiment, which I heat embossed on a piece of Calypso Coral.  The planter, plant and background are all different patterns from the Delicate Desert DSP.  Isn't it beautiful?!?  And what about those Gold Faceted Sequins???  You are going to want to add this entire suite to your stamp room as soon as possible!

Want to know a fun way to create a quick and easy planter?  The Essential Tag Punch!

I punched the tag out, then cut 1/4" off the top.  After cutting the top off, I trimmed a little bit off each side.  I glued the top piece that I cut off on the top to create the lip of the planter.  So super quick and easy!

As much as I have been loving creating so many Christmas projects, it was so much fun to play with some new products! I can't wait to share more with you soon!

Happy Stamping!

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