Friday, July 20, 2018

Hello Friend

Happy Friday stampers! How is it Friday already?!?!  Why is it when you want things to slow down, they speed by at lightening speed?  I am down to my final two weeks of summer break and I'm not quite ready for my carefree days to come to an end.  It's a good thing I love my job and everyone I work with :-)  I have certainly been blessed!
I have SO much to do today...and I am doing everything I can to avoid doing all that I need to do.  I should be getting things ready for our yard sale tomorrow, but stamping sounded like a MUCH better idea!  
I've kind of been on a watercolor background kick...have you noticed? HA!  I made a quick and easy background today by inking up my E Block in a rainbow of colors, spritzing it with water and stamping it right on my paper.  I added a few splatters of color, then topped it off with a colorful HELLO! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White
Ink ~ Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Sets ~ Lined Alphabet, Apron of Love

This would be a great technique to use for a class...easy to do with a fun end result!

I hope you all have a great weekend!  I have procrastinated long enough...I must get to work and get my yard sale stuff done and {maybe} clean my house!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Animal Expedition with Max

Hello stampers!  How are all of my stampin' friends doing today?  I can't believe we are almost through another week!  We have had a lot of fun so far this summer, but it is going by much too fast for me.  I am savoring every last moment until I go back to work.

One of my favorite parts of being off for the summer is having more time to stamp and not feeling rushed!  Stamping truly is my therapy :)  My friends grandson will soon be turning 3 and she asked me to make a card for him, which I was so happy to do.  I have made him a card each year for his birthday and am honored to create another one.  This weeks Freshly Made Sketches sketch gave me just the inspiration I needed for a cute card for the birthday boy!  
If you'll notice, I flipped the sketch a bit to accommodate the rhino...I didn't want to chop his tail off :-)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Shaded Spruce, Whisper White, Velum, Animal Expedition DSP
Ink ~ Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Shaded Spruce
Stamp Sets ~ Lined Alphabet, Picture Perfect Birthday
Other Supplies ~ Starburst Punch, Circle Punches, Large Numbers Framelits (retired), Glitter Enamel Dots

This sketch is a great way to showcase can add different patterns with just a few circle punches!  Don't forget select DSP is on sale, buy 3 get 1 FREE until the end of July!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Flamingo Inspiration ~ HSSIC 294

Hello stampers and welcome to an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge!  This week we have a summer fun inspiration challenge for you to play along with.  I can't wait to see what you are inspired to create!

I am loving the flamingos in the photos, but sadly, I have no flamingo stamp sets :-(  I think I need to fix that problem!  But there is so much more to these photos than flamingos...look at all of the beautiful colors!  That is where I drew my inspiration from today!

Since I still had the Blended Seasons stamp set out, I inked up the floral image again and got got to coloring with some of the fabulous new Stamping  Blend colors...Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch.
Green is one of my favorite colors and I am LOVING Call Me Clover! It's a great green, especially with some bright pinks!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Call Me Clover
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends (see colors above)
Stamp Set ~ Blended Seasons
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Seasons, Iridescent Sequins

I had fun creating the background by smearing ink on my silicon mat, then spritzing it with water and "smooshing" my paper on top of it.  It's an easy way to create a watercolor background with very little effort!

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you play along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments and share how you were inspired to create!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Blended Seasons Swap ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with another fabulous hop!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the are sure to love them all!

Here we are at Monday again!  How in the world did the weekend go by so fast?!?  It is so very true when they say time flies when you are having fun :-)  We had some weekend summer fun at Farmers Market and the swimming pool...AND I had some time to stamp!

I was asked to participate in a swap with the soon to be released Blended Seasons bundle and I couldn't say no.  I sat down with the stamp set to create my swap, but I couldn't decided which season to choose.  So...I decided to make one of each to help myself decide.  I think I know which one I'm going to use, but I may need your help to make the final decision!
Will it be Option #1...the pretty flowers colored in some of the beautiful new Stampin' Blend colors?
Or Option #2...a thank you card full of warm fall colors?
How about Option #3...a simple and fun Christmas card.  Who doesn't love plaid, right?!?
Or will it be Option #4...a bright and cheerful summer wheat harvest card? 
I need to hurry up and decide because I need to get the swaps all made and shipped out by the end of this week!  Be sure to leave me a comment with your favorite!

 Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Highland Heather, Night of Navy, Granny Apple Green, Under the Mistletoe DSP
Ink ~ Memento, VersaMark, Coastal Cabana, Stampin' Blends
Stamp Set ~ Blended Seasons
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Seasons Framlelits, Linen Thread, Gold Metallic Pearls, Iridescent Sequins, Basic Black Bakers Twine

Mark you calendars...the Blended Seasons Bundle will be averrable to customers August 1st!  Don't miss out!

Next up is my stampin' friend is Dani...I can't wait to see what she has for us this week! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing Amy...I just love her style!

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!
We've added links to all of our home pages as well so you can hop along in any order you'd like!

Thursday, July 12, 2018

#tgifc168 Sketch Challenge

TGIF stampers!  We made it through another week and have the weekend ahead of us!  Friday means it's time for an all new TGIF Challenges and this week we have a fun sketch for you.
You would think that being a mom of 3 boys would mean I would make a lot of boy friendly cards.  Unfortunately, this doesn't happen nearly enough and I am always reminded this time of year that I need to have more boy friendly birthday cards on hand.  I feel like we have a birthday party to go to every weekend and I am always scrambling to get a card made.  Thanks to this fun sketch, I have a boy card waiting for the next birthday party!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mango Melody, Blueberry Bushel, Gray Granite, Whisper White
Ink ~ Mango Melody, Blueberry Bushel, Gray Granite, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Better Together, Itty Bitty Greetings
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Shapes Framlits, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Oh My Stars Embossing Folder, Balloon Boquet Punch

It's always fun bringing an older stamp set to new life with new colors!  This was my first time using Mango Melody and I kind of love it!

I hope you all have a fantastic Friday and an amazing weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Celebrating the Good Stuff

Hello stampers!  I hope everyone's week is off to a good start so far!

I had big plans yesterday of getting some chores done around the house after a doctors appointment, but thanks to a power outage, I had to leave some of my chores behind and had some time to stamp!  I checked out the latest Fab Friday Challenge and decided to pay along with their latest sketch. 
I got a little off track with the sketch when I added the cute little flag banners, but I just rolled with it!  I won the Pick a Pennant stamp set at OnStage in April and thought I had bought the coordinating framelits, but I thought wrong.  It's a good thing I love fussy cutting!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Tranquil Textures DSP, Garden Impressions DSP
Ink ~ Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink
Stamp Sets ~ Pick a Pennant, Picture Perfect Birthday
Other Supplies ~ Layering Circles Framelits, Whisper White Bakers Twine

I kind of wish I would have used an embossing folder on this, but simple is good, right?!?!

I'm off to get my Christmas in July class supplies all cut and ready.  And I supposed I better do a little bit more yard work before I head back to my craft room to create.  I'm not gonna's going to be really hard to go back to work at the end of my summer break!  I'm loving my time off and somewhat unstructured days.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 8, 2018

Stampin' Blends Sunday

Hello stampers and happy Sunday!  What a week it has been!  Between a visit from my stampin' BFF, Wendy, 4th of July celebrations and time with family, it has been a week full of fun times.  Sadly, Wendy and I didn't get any time to stamp together...BOO!  And I didn't have much to stamp the rest of the week as well, but I did manage to get in a little stamp time this morning while everyone was still sleeping.

I got all of the NEW Stampin' Blend colors at the beginning of the week and they have been sitting on my desk just waiting to be used.  So, I inked up my favorite coloring stamp set, Animal Outings, and got in a little color therapy this morning. One of the new Stampin' Blend colors I was excited to get was Poppy Parade.  I was so happy to see this color return and even more so when I saw that there would be a Stampin' Blend in this color too!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Poppy Parade, Whisper White, Basic Black, Animal Expedition DSP
Ink ~ Memento, Poppy Parade, Stampin' Blends: Poppy Parade, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate
Stamp Set ~ Animal Outing
Other Supplies ~ Tailored Tag Punch, Animal Friends Thinlits, Leaf Ribbon

I am hoping to sneak in a little bit more stamping time later today.  But first, I promised my youngest a bike ride and then I have to get our yard mowed before it gets too hot.  And with the heat wave that we have going on, a visit to the pool will likely happen this afternoon as well!

I hope you all have a fantastic Sunday and get in a little of your own stamping time!

Happy Stamping!