Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Love Ya Foxy

Happy Wednesday friends!  I finally made it down to my craft room yesterday and it was soooo nice to play with some paper, ink and stamps...and I felt so much better after.  Stamping really is my therapy! 
I started this card the morning of my surgery and just didn't have enough time to get it done before the challenges expired, but I still wanted to share it.

I just realized I used Tangerine Tango card stock and Pumpkin Pie ink for the fox...oops!  Oh well, it still works, right?
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Baked Brown Sugar, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Pool Party Core'dinations, Watercolor Wonder DSP, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Jet Black StazOn, Pumpkin Pie, Gumball Green, Blushing Bride, Versa Mark
Stamp Sets ~ Life in the Forest, Just Sayin', Hardwood
Other Supplies ~ Word Bubbles Framelits, Starburst Framelits, Arrows Textured Embossing Folder, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder(SAB)
I was totally inspired by my good friend Katie over at Sweet n Spiffy and just had to CASE her Colour Me....Playful! card from last cute!!!  The challenge colors are perfect for this little critter stamp set :-)  And last weeks Freshly Made Sketches challenge was the perfect sketch for a fun little forest scene.
Thanks for stopping by today!  I'm hoping to have more posts up this week and next...going to stamp my little heart out while I'm forced to take time off from work ;-)
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Retro Fresh {MDS} Birthday

Happy Tuesday friends and welcome to the latest and greatest Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge.
I am slowly starting to feel better following surgery, but still haven't been able to make it down to my craft room yet...BOO :-(  But, while I haven't been able to play with any paper and stamps, I HAVE been able to play with MDS, so I'm not suffering from total crafting withdrawals!
I was so happy when Stampin' Up! released the Retro Fresh DSP and This and That Retro Fresh Embellishments...I LOVE this stuff!
MDS Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, So Saffron, Very Vanilla, Retro Fresh DSP
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana, Tangerine Tango
Other Supplies ~ Oval Bubble Punch, This and That Retro Fresh Embellishments
Fonts Used ~ Eyes Wide Open, Kraft Nine
I love MDS more and more every time I use it!  Not only am I keeping up on my scrapbooking these days, but I can still create in times when I can't get my hands on real paper and stamps!
Be sure to check out all of the other fabulous design team creations this week!!!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

All the Single Layers ~ Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration

Happy Tuesday!  Today I am sharing with you one of the most difficult types of cards for me to create.  Single layer cards.  Sounds simple, right?  Not for this crafty momma...I always want to add a layer or embellishment!  But with the latest Countless Sayings 1 & 2 Photopolymer Stamp Sets and a little determination, I was able to pull of a few cute SINGLE LAYER cards.
Those little Sweetheart candies inspired this card...

Love Your Face is something I tell my BFF all the time, so this was created with her in mind :-)

And this one I just had some fun with some of the stamps in the made me happy! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White
Ink ~ Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Pool Party, Pistachio Pudding
Stamp Sets ~ Countless Sayings 1 & 2 Photopolymer Stamp Sets
Quick, simple and cute...once I wrapped my mind around NOT using any extra layers or embellishments. 
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope I've INKspired you to CREATE some single layers today!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, January 20, 2014

You're Peachy Keen Friend ~ Challenge with Katie

Guess what?!?!  You get a double post from me today...yippee!!!  My good friend Katie with Sweet n Spiffy  hit me up over the weekend and threw some fun challenges my way.  Be sure to check out Katie's blog and see all of her awesome, amazing work...she blows my creative mind with each and every post!  If you've been following our blogs for awhile, you'll know that Katie and I have tackled challenges together before and I am so happy be creating with her again!  It's always fun to create a project using the same challenges and see what we each come up with. 
This week Katie chose the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!, inspiration from the photo at Curtain Call and the Emboss It theme from Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge.  Some of these are new to me challenges and I was happy to get in my craft room this weekend and create!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pool Party, Pool Party Core'dinations, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet DSP*
Ink ~ Crisp Cantaloupe, Pool Party, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Peach Keen
Other Supplies ~ Arrows Textured Embossing Folder, Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Essentials Wooden Elements, Crisp Cantaloupe Ruffled Ribbon
*Available for FREE with each $50 purchase during Sale-A-Bration January 28-March 31, 2014
I LOVE the new Essentials Wooden Elements...they are so cute and so much fun to stamp on!  The little arrow I used on this card was the perfect final touch!
Thank you Katie for bringing our little challenge challenges back :-)  I look forward to creating with you again soon!
Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

A Glance Back

 The New Year is in full swing, but I am still trying to finish up our 2013 Family Year book.  I have just a few more pages to create and then off to the print shop it goes and into our home as a lifelong keepsake!
This month's scrapbook sketch over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration gave me the fun idea of creating a "Glance Back" page, using some of my favorite Instagram pics :-)
For the most of this page, I used the Love This Kit, but also used a few elements from Hello There and This and That Epic Day.  I love how all 3 of those kits all worked together! 
Be sure to check out the other fun creations from some of our Design Team Members and don't forget to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

COURAGE ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to another Monday Montage blog hop!  Be sure to make your way through all ten won't want to miss one single project from this awesome group!
We all have battles that we have to fight at times in our life...some are easy wins, and some you have to fight for.  My family fought some battles this week and one word that kept popping into my head was COURAGE.  If you can find the courage to take that step on to the battlefield and fight for your life, the rest will fall into place.  I took this word and decided to create with it.  This card isn't anything over-the-top amazing, but it is made with more love than I can ever express for a man I love with all of my dad.  My dad found his courage to fight a battle this week and my heart swells with pride.
The chalkboard panel was created in MDS, using a couple of the stamps from the Words of Courage stamp brush set.  The other words were simply typed up in different fonts that I have downloaded.  
I imported the COURAGE stamp into my e-cutter and cut it out three times then layered each letter to create a 3-D effect. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil Sheets
Ink ~ Smoky Slate, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Off the Grid, Gorgeous Grunge, Words of Courage(MDS)
Other Supplies ~ Houndstooth Embossing Folder, Black Embossing Powder, Silhouette e-cutter
Many of us often joke about how stamping is cheaper than therapy...and it is!  Creating this card helped me through the week and helped me express my feelings when the words wouldn't come out in conversation.
Next up in the hop is Cathy and I promise her post will WOW you once again.  Or if you prefer to hop backwards, you can head on back to the amazing creation by Amy ...she inspires me each and every week!  Either way, just make sure you make the whole loop and don't miss any of us.  And don't forget to leave us some love on our blogs...we love hearing from you!
  Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Hooray, Hooray...

...for today!
Happy Thursday to all of my stamping friends!  We have had sunshine and warmer temps here the past few days and that makes me HAPPY!  After being down with the flu for a better part of last week, being able to get outside in the beautiful sunshine is just what I need :-)
I have a happy card today to send off to a friend and fellow stamper who will be celebrating her birthday next week...hope she likes it! 

Here's a little peek of the inside of the card...I love to decorate the inside of my cards too :-)  And I just LOVE all the new Arrow Embossing Folder!!!

 Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Kaleidoscope DSP
Ink ~ Strawberry Slush, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay
Stamp Set ~ Geometrical
Other Supplies ~ Triangle Punch, Arrow Embossing Folder, Gold Sequin Trim, Basic Metal Buttons, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Bakers Twine

I love the little gold sequins and really wanted a gold button...but we don't have any :-(  But guess what?!?!  You can emboss the silver buttons!!!  Problem resolved!

I used this week's Mojo Monday Sketch for this card and will be using this sketch again for sure!
I hope you are all getting a little bit of sunshine in your neck of the woods today and warming up a bit if you are in the colder areas!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Pretty Little Banner

Happy Tuesday!  We made it through Monday...whew!  I don't know about you, but yesterday was a full blown Monday and I'm glad it's over :-)  And I'm even happier that it's time for a new Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge. 
Wisteria Wonder, Coastal Cabana and Strawberry Slush...these colors feel like spring and just make me happy!
I mixed a little old with some new and came up with a pretty little banner..take a look!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Wisteria Wonder, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink ~ Wisteria Wonder, Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush
Stamp Sets ~ Hearts a Flutter, Banner Blast*
Other Supplies ~ Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Small Heart Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Rhinestone Basics, Banner Punch*, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder*
*Sale-A-Bration items available for FREE with each $50 purchase from January 28th~March 31st, 2014
This would make for a cute Valentine card or even a just because card to brighten up a friends day :-)
Be sure to check out the rest of the fantastic design team creations!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Fresh Prints Valentine ~ Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Sketch

Valentine's Day is just a month away and I am in full swing with my Valentine's creations!  Today's card was created using this months Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration card sketch. 
There was lots of open space, so I decided to fill mine full of cute DSP in a herringbone sort of way...
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Ink ~ Real Red, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Set ~ See Ya Later*
Other Supplies ~ Whisper White Bakers Twine, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits
*Available during 2014 Sale-A-Bration*

It's kind of a busy card with all of those patterns, but I kinda like it :-)  I think this would almost even pass for a guy card too...maybe!

Now head on over to the SSINK and see all of the fun creations from the design team.  And don't forget to play along!!!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, January 11, 2014

Wish Big!

Ahhhhh.....the weekend!  Any fun stamping plans for you over the weekend?  I know I've got some big plans for some fun projects :-)  One of the first projects I worked on early this morning was a birthday card for my niece. 
Inspired by the latest Friday Mashup Challenge I went for the full mashup and created a fun birthday card with twine.  Pulling out my longtime favorite Epic Day This and That DSP along with a few new goodies, I got to work and created this...

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pool Party, Whisper White, Pool Party Core'dinations, Epic Day This and That
Ink ~ Gumball Green, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ Big Wish
Other Supplies ~ Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon, Subtles Buttons, Chevron Boarder Punch, Arrows Textured Embossing Folder, Banners Framelits Dies, Pool Party Twine (Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack)*
*Available January 28-March 31, 2014 for FREE with a $50 purchase during the 2014 Sale-A-Bration*
We'll  head out to celebrate my nieces big day a bit later today and I'm really excited to give her this card along with the fun Everyday Occasions Kit!  She is a very crafty little lady and will love this kit!
Wishing you all a fun and stamping weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, January 10, 2014

Feelin Better Friday

Happy Friday Friends!  I am back among the land of the living, after a 2 day bout with the flu, with a get well card.  After being as sick as I was, I decided it was time to stock up on get well cards for any of my family or friends who may need a cheerful little "better get better" if they are under the weather :-)
Using this weeks sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and some fun soon-to-be-available Sale-A- Bration items, I created this pretty little pick me up...

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black, Whisper White, Sweet Sorbet*
Ink ~ Summer Starfruit, Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding, Pool Party, StazOn
Stamp Sets ~ Petal Parade*, A Dozen Thoughts
*Sale-A-Bration items available FREE January 28-March 31, 2014 with each $50 purchase*
Thanks for stopping by today.  Wishing you all a Happy Friday and a wonderful weekend!
Happy Stamping!!!


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Straight to my Heart ~ Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop

Thank you so much for joining us for our January Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop!  Love is in the air and our talented group of design team members have a Whole Lotta Love Goin' On as we are excited to be sharing some NEW Occasions Catalog goodies and some Valentine's Day projects with you this month!
As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog!  We are always excited to hear from our followers!
You should have just left stop number 11 on the Stylin’ Stampin’ Squad  blog hop – Darcy of DJ's Stamping Space. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn’t work or you get off track, you will find  the full blog hop lineup below.
If you haven't had the chance to get your hands on any of the fun new items from the Occasions Catalog, you surly will want to after our hop!  I haven't purchased any valentine sets from the new catalog yet, but I have some of the new DSP and the fun new Scallop Tag Topper Punch, which makes for a really cute treat holder.  If I get really wild and crazy hair, I may make these for one of my boys' Valentine's treats this year....maybe ;-)
This little guy was CASE'd from the latest Stampin' Success (demonstrators receive this every other month).  You simply cut your paper to the length you desire, punch both ends using the Tag Topper, fold around your treat(s) and embellish!  Super easy and super ca-YOOOT!!!
Supplies Used:
Paper  ~ Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Ink ~ Real Red, Strawberry Slush
Stamp Set ~ Love You More*
Other Supplies ~ Scallop Tag Topper Punch, Strawberry Slush Ruffled Stretch Trim, 1" Circle Punch, Small Heart Punch, Hexagon Punch(for ends of arrow)
*Wood Mount 131850 ~ Clear Mount 131853, available through 1/27/13 or while supplies last*
Sticking with hearts and arrows, my card will go straight to your heart :-)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Prints DSP Stack
Ink ~ Real Red, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Set ~ Love You More*
Other Supplies ~ Brights Candy Dots, Fashionable Hearts Embosslits, Retro Fresh Washi Tape
*Wood Mount 131850 ~ Clear Mount 131853, available through 1/27/13 or while supplies last*
Now hop on over to see what Kristina of Mama's Sanity has for you this month!
Blog Hop Participants:

  1. Anastasia R. of Stampin' Blondie 
  2. Cynthia R. of Ink-a-Doodle Creations
  3. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  4. Kathy P of Katrina P's Creative Corner 
  5. Pamela W. of Stinky Tofu
  6. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  7. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin With Darla and Sisters 
  8. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  9. Rose C. of Stamp with Rose
  10. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  11. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  12. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia 
  13. Kristina M. of Mama's Sanity
  14. Annie L. of Love Me Cards
  15. Jennifer B. of NW Stamper
  16. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  17. Heidi B. of Stuck on Stampin'

Monday, January 6, 2014

Birthday Lanterns

In the cold, dreary months of the winter, it's always fun to brighten up your day in some way...
Today, the gang over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration has some bright and cheerful colors for you to play with, which will brighten your day for sure!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink ~ Jet Black StazOn, Bermuda Bay, Primrose Petals, So Saffron
Stamp Sets ~ Happy Congratulations, Countless Sayings 2 Photopolymer
Other Supplies ~ Decorative Dots Embossing Folder*
*Available for FREE with $50 purchase during 2014 Sale-A-Bration*
1/28/14 - 3/21/14
Be sure to check out the rest of the amazing design team creations and don't forget to play along!
Hope I've INKspired you to CREATE today!
Happy Stamping!