Saturday, December 15, 2018

Flowering Desert Hello

Hello stampin' friends and happy Saturday!  I am happy to announce that I survived my twins friends birthday party, which included a sleep over!  My boys run with a pretty great circle of friends, so when ever they come over, its just like adding a few more of my own kids...I love them all!

I took a little break from my holiday creating to play along with this weeks Freshly Made Sketches sketch with my favorite stamp set from the upcoming Occasions Catalog.
When I first saw Flowering Desert, I knew that would be the first thing I would pre-order.  I can't wait to make more with this set!  And did you notice the Stitched Rectangles?!?!  AMAZING!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Shaded Spruce
Ink ~ Shaded Spruce, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo
Stamp Set ~ Flowering Desert
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Rectangle Framelits

The flowers remind me of my Christmas cactus, which has just started blooming again for the season.  So even though this isn't a Christmas card, I'm still kind of getting an Arizona Christmas vibe!

I hope you all have a fantastic weekend!  I'm off to deliver kids back to their homes and have a visit with Santa before I dive in to wrapping gifts!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, December 14, 2018

#tgifc190 Sketch Challenge ~ All Wrapped Up

Welcome to Friday and an all new TGIF Challenges!
I am wrapping up my Christmas creations and this week's sketch is perfect for a fun Christmas card!
I combined Alpine Adventure with Festive Farmhouse DSP for some wintery fun Christmas Greetings!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Gray Granite, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Festive Farmhouse DSP
Ink ~ VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Alpine Adventure
Other Supplies ~ Alpine Sports Thinlits, Cherry Cobbler Double-Stitched Ribbon

I am loving all of the plaid options in our DSP this holiday season!  I've been using up every last piece that I possibly can!

I am hoping to get all of my Christmas wrapping done this weekend...wish me luck!  I will have a house full of kids tonight for my boys' birthday, so a nap may be necessary before wrapping any gifts!

Wishing you all a great weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Jingle All The Way Through the Alpine's

Happy Tuesday stampers!  
I'm still making Christmas cards, but have yet to send any out.  That is on my never-ending-to-do list for this week.  I know I am not alone in this battle, right?!?
I couldn't let the Christmas season go by without playing with the Alpine Adventure stamps set and coordinating Alpine Sports Thinlits a bit more.  This set is just too much fun!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana
Ink ~ Smoky Slate, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, Granny Apple Green
Stamp Set ~ Alpine Adventure
Other Supplies ~ Softly Falling EF, Alpine Sports Thinlits

I love using bright, non-traditional Christmas colors on my cards!  Do you ever venture outside of traditional colors for your Christmas creations?

Keeping this short and sweet today so I can get back to my to-do list!  I'll be back later this week with a couple more cards to share with you though.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 9, 2018

Let It Snow, Snowman!

Happy Sunday stampers!  It's a chilly 24 degrees here this morning...BRRRRR!  I've decided if it's going to be this cold, it needs to snow!  Sadly, it looks like we are just going to have cold though with a little bit of rain throughout the next week.  If we can't have snow on the ground, the next best thing is snow in my craft room in the form of another cute Spirited Snowmen card.

This jolly little guy was the perfect replacement for the letter "O" in SNOW.  I added part of a sentiment from Alpine Adventure to create the perfect Let It Snow...I love combining stamp sets!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White
Ink ~ Pool Party, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie
Stamp Sets ~ Spirited Snowmen, Alpine Adventure
Other Supplies ~ Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Iridescent Sequins, Large Letters Framelits

All of the cute snowmen in this stamp set make me SO happy!  They are all so cheerful and jolly!  I've had so much creating with them this week.  What stamp set should I play with next?!?  I'm off to my craft room to see what inspires me next!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

Spirited Winter Cheer

Hello stampers!  It's another cold, frosty and foggy day here!  I kept warm in my craft room this morning and created another Spirited Snowmen card with the latest Freshly Made Sketches sketch.
I love sketches like this! There are endless possibilities for creativity! I created a festive Granny Apple Green background with the Buffalo Check background stamp, then added a bit of texture with the Corrugated Dynamic TIEF. The cheerful little snowman just begged to be fussy cut!  Popped up with a few snowflakes behind him makes it look like he's frolicking in a fresh snowfall!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Real Red, Whisper White
Ink ~ Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie
Stamp Sets ~ Spirited Snowmen, Buffalo Check
Other Supplies ~ Corrugated Dynamic TIEF, Seasonal Layers Thinlits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I've been playing along with Freshly Made Sketches for a few years now, so I've decided to throw my name in the hat for their Design Team Call.  I love their creative team and would love to have the opportunity to create with them every week!  We'll see what happens!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Love Never Melts ~ HSSSC#304

Wow!  Yesterday sure did fly by for a Monday!  Here we are at Tuesday already and an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.  We have a great sketch for you to play along with today.

As promised, I have another card with the adorable Spirited Snowmen.  This cute little couple just melts my heart! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink ~ VersaMark, Bermuda Bay, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Basic Black, Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate
Stamp Set ~ Spirited Snowmen
Other Supplies ~ Whisper White Embossing Powder, Polka Dot Basics Textured Embossing Folder

See those little splatters of ink around the snowmen?  That was kind of a happy little stamping accident.  When adding adhesive to the back of the snowmen, I wasn't paying attention to the fact that my freshly stamped Bermuda Bay snowflakes were underneath, leaving some snow-flakey smudges around my snowmen.  Rather than redo it, I rolled with it and added a few more smudges to complete the look!  It's kind of fun when accidents like that happen!

There is a good chance I may have one more Spirited Snowmen creation to share this week.  Be sure to keep any eye out for it!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Heartwarming Friendship ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back once again another fabulous hop for you to enjoy!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the creations...we promise you will love them all!

How can it possibly be December already?!?  Wasn't it just the middle of summer?!?  The weather certainly doesn't feel like summer though.  It's starting to get downright cold...brrrr!  We don't have snow in town yet, but it's starting to pile up in our mountains.  We joined our fire family for the annual Christmas tree hunting party and had so much fun playing in the snow.  We couldn't have asked for a more beautiful day!  It had snowed all night, but the sun came out just as we got to the top of the mountain, leaving us with the perfect day!  

Even though we spent all day playing in the snow, not one snowman was built.  It's a good thing I have a super cute snowman to stamp!  And the sentiment couldn't be more perfect for expressing how I feel about the friendships that have bloomed in our fire family. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pool Party, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade, Whisper White
Ink ~ Pool Party, Versa Mark, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Pool Party, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Granny Apple Green, Poppy Parade
Stamp Set ~ Spirited Snowmen
Other Supplies ~ Whisper White Embossing Powder

Isn't he just the HAPPIEST snowman you've ever seen?!?!  He makes me smile!  Be sure to check back in a couple days for another cute creation with this stamp set!

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!  I can't wait to see all of my Monday Montage friends at OnStage in just a little over a week!

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!