Monday, March 30, 2015

Sale-A-Brate the Final Days...

...Sale-A-Bration comes to a close for another year...sad!  I always love all of the fun products everyone can earn for FREE during this time.  And seeing all of the Sale-A-Bration creations is always my favorite!  You still have a few hours left to place an order of $50 (or more) and earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item.  Click HERE to access my Online Store and place your order today!  Don't forget to check out the Clearance Rack too!
I have one final card to share with you today using my favorite Sale-A-Bration Stamp set, Big Day.  I love the images and sentiments in this set!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, Birthday Bash DSP
Ink ~ VersaMark, Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie & Bermuda Bay
Stamp Set ~ Big Day
Other Supplies ~ Circle Punches, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine
The only good part about Sale-A-Bration coming to an end is knowing that the new catalog will soon be released...time to SAVE, SAVE, SAVE every single penny!!!
Have a marvelous Monday and Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Calm Sea, Skilled Sailor ~ FM 202

Hi friends!  I'm up as hostess this week over at The Friday Mashup!  I've got a sketch that is full of fun layers and I'm mashing it up with a masculine themed creation!  I can't wait to see what everyone creates this week!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Adventure Bound DSP
Ink ~ VersaMark, Sahara Sand, Island Indigo
Stamp Sets ~ Adventure Awaits, The Open Sea
Other Supplies ~ Smoky Slate Embossing Powder, Linen Thread, 1" Circle Punch, Epoxy Stickers
Lots of different elements used in this card and I love how they all came together!
Now head on over to The Friday Mashup and join in the fun!
Happy Friday and Happy Stamping!

Petal Potpourri Soiree

Happy Thursday friends!  I'm playing with a new {to me} stamp set...Petal Potpourri.  Even though I have more flower stamp sets than I know what to do with, I just had to have this AND the coordinating punch.  Pairing these stamps up with Gold Soriee made for the perfect Easter card.
Be sure to check out some other INKspiring ideas with this stamp set over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Crisp Cantaloupe, Garden Green, Gold Soriee
Ink ~ Crisp Cantaloupe, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Petal Potpourri, Indescribable Gift
Other Supplies ~ 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Flower Medallion Punch, Pistachio Pudding Thick Bakers Twine, White and Calypso Coral Embossing Powder
I had totally forgot that we had Calypso Coral embossing could I forget this?!?!?  I have a love hate relationship with the whole embossing process, but I LOVE the end result!!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sharing in the Joy

Whew...made it to Wednesday!  Not only are we half way through the week, but it's also time for an all new Freshly Made Sketches sketch, and Amy has a simple sketch that has a lot of room to play.
I kept my card pretty simple and CASE'd the card from the 2015 Occasions Catalog on page 34.  I love this stamp set and yes, I did use the Blendabilties on it...I just can't let them go yet!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla
Ink ~ Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi, Memento
Stamp Set ~ Indescribable Gift
Other Supplies ~ Very Vintage Designer Buttons, Linen Thread
It's another dreary, rainy day here, so I spent my lunch hour coloring these pretty flowers instead of walking my dog...she's been giving me the evil eye ever since!  I hope the weather clears up soon so I can take her after work...there will be a new hole in our yard if I don't!
Hope your day is full of sunshine!!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Egg-Cellent Easter Sketch ~ HSSCS208

It's time for an all new challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments and we have an Egg-cellent sketch for you this time!  I don't know about you, but I see an Easter Bunny in this sketch.  I didn't see it until AFTER I had created my cards, but now I have to go back and create another card with this sketch!
I have had a ton of requests for Easter cards and this is such a fun sketch that I decided to make two cards!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Sahara Sand, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry
Stamp Set ~ For Peeps Sake
Other Supplies ~ Bow Builder Punch, Calypso Coral Pom-Pom Trim, Crushed Curry Bakers Twine, Best Year Ever Accessory Pack, Ornate Tag Topper Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Blackberry Bliss, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Painted Blooms DSP
Ink ~ Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Rose Red
Stamp Sets ~ Painted Petals, Indescribable Gift
Other Supplies ~ Oval Framelits, Spring Flowers Embossing Folder, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Decorative Label Punch
Be watching later this week for that bunny card that came to mind...I'm going to make it happen!
Now head on over to see what the rest of the design team has created this're going to love them all!! 
Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Hard Working Man

It's Masculine Monday over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration!!!  I often struggle with masculine cards, but thanks to the Adventure Bound DSP stack and Adventure Awaits stamp set, that struggle is much less than it once was.
This is a super simple card, but the sentiment makes such a big statement...there is no need to add any extras!  This card is going to my hubby...he's been putting in so many extra hours the past few months.  It's hard on all of us, but we know how to work through it and know it will be worth it in the end.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Adventure Bound DSP Stack, Velum
Ink ~ VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Adventure Awaits
Other Supplies ~ Black Embossing Powder, Mini Brads
I will be honest and say I wasn't too sure about this DSP when I first saw it, but now that I have used it, I LOVE it!!
Be sure to check out the other masculine creations over at SSINK and see what you might be INKspired to create!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

For Peeps Sake, Happy Easter

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with another fabulous hop and I'm glad you are here with us!  I can't believe this is our 40th hop...where does time go?  I love all of these stampers and look forward to seeing their creations each and every month.  I hope you love them as much as I do too!

I worked on some Easter projects this weekend and thought I'd share one of those creations with you today.  I mixed matched a few different stamp sets to put together this cute little card!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Best Year Ever DSP
Ink ~ Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Pumpkin Pie, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, Sahara Sand, Pool Party, Memento
Stamp Set ~ For Peeps Sake, Epic Alphabet, Yippee-Skippee
Other Supplies ~ Blushing Bride Baker Twine, Oval Framelits

I don't know why I waited so long to use the Epic Alphabet stamp set...LOVE!!  You can bet on seeing more of this stamp set soon!

Next stop on the hop is Cathy...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 for hopping along with us today!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Howdy Cowgirl ~ FM201

Yee-Haw!!!  It's finally Friday and it's time for an all new Friday Mashup Challenge!  We hope you all enjoyed our 200th challenge as much as we did.  It was awesome seeing all of the much talent out there!  Amy is keeping things rolling for us this week with a fun color challenge mashed up with a see through element (window, acetate, vellum).  We hope you'll join in the Mashup fun!
Some good friends, and part of our fire family, moved out to an old farm house last weekend with over 20 acres to play on.  Unfortunately, one of our little friends played a bit too hard and broke her arm, which resulted in surgery yesterday.  We wanted to send her some extra hugs and love, so we left this card and a cute little stuffed horse at the surgery center.  Her mom texted me when they got there and said it made her day :-)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink ~ Smoky Slate, Pacific Point, Memento, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Yee-Haw
Other Supplies ~ Rhinestone Basic Jewels, White Embossing Powder, Deco Labels Framelits, Zig Zag Embossing Folder, Basic Gray Bakers Twine
Fun little card for a sweet little cowgirl, right?  Starting the spring off with a broken arm is NO here's to wishing her a speedy recovery!
Now head on over to Friday Mashup and join in the fun!
Happy Stamping!

One Word

How often do you use the Dictionary these days?!?  I don't even think I own one...thanks to the world of technology, the Dictionary is right at our fingertips.  BUT, I do own the Dictionary background stamp...does that count?!?! :-)
We are focusing on the this stamp over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today and this so happens to be one of my favorite background stamps.
My first thought was to use it for a background for a pretty, flowery card, but then my crazy creative mind started wondering and I came with something totally different.  This card kind of took on a life of it's own with each stamp inked up and each piece of paper cut.  Kind of a messy mix of everything, but fun...
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana, Calypso Coral, Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink ~ Memento, Crumb Cake, Coastal Cabana
Stamp Sets ~ Dictionary, Epic Alphabet, Metro Type Alphabet, Snuggles and Smooches
Other Supplies ~ Calypso Coral Chevron Ribbon, Arrows Embossing Folder, Starburst Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Banner Punch, Silver Bakers Twine (silver only), Sweetheart Punch
Can you guess which {one} word is stamped on the inside?  The possibilities are endless...just like the words to be found in the Dictionary!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Color Me Green

Happy St. Patrick's Day stampin' friends!!  Are you getting your GREEN on today?  The girls over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration sure are!  In honor of St. Patrick's Day, we are sharing creations in our favorite shades of green.
I'm still mourning the loss of Lucky Limeade, but I do have a new love for Mossy Meadow.  It's such a bold and rich shade of green! I kind of got a little carried away with this card, but in the end, I was pretty happy with how it all came together.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Watercolor, Gold Foil, Sheer Perfection Designer Vellum Stack*
Ink ~ Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Papillon Potpourri, Regarding Dahlias
Other Supplies ~ Butterfly Thinlits (not!), Butterfly Punches, Gold Basic Metal Buttons, Mossy Meadow Satin Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine, White Embossing Powder, Aqua Painter, On Film Framelits
I hope you have your GREEN on today and have fun with any St. Patty's Day festivities you may have in store!
Happy Stamping!!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Climb...Conquer...Cure....Part II

Here we are....back at Monday again!  This weekend went by WAY too fast for my about you?  Our weekend was super busy with baseball tryouts, final soccer games, celebrating with friends and stamp club.  While I did get to stamp a bit with some of my favorite stampers yesterday, I didn't get to spend NEAR enough time creating in my craft room.
I did, however, get to spend a little time with MDS over the weekend, and that made me happy :)  It's time for an all new layout over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.  You may have seen my layout last week from our Stairclimb weekend.  I had a few more pictures that I wanted to add to our family yearbook, so I used this sketch and turned both pages into a two-page layout.

I wish you could see just how tall this building is in's HUGE!!!   A big congrats to all of the finishers for climbing 69 flights of stairs in that beast of a building!  I didn't get to help my hubby as he crossed the finish line, but I did get to see him finish and was able to meet him as he came around the corner and get a few pictures before I had to get back to work.  As I said before, it was an amazing opportunity to volunteer for this event.  I look forward to going again next year and for many more years to come.
I hope our sketch has INKspired you to get CREATIVE today!
Happy Stamping...or scrapping...or MDSing!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015


This past weekend, my hubby participated in the 24th Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb.  He climbed 69 flights of stairs...that's 1,311 steps...all to support the mission of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  This was his 3rd year participating as a climber and he did an awesome job!!!  Not only are they climbing all those stairs, but they are doing it in FULL firefighter gear, including their 60+ air tanks...NOT an easy task!
These kiddos touched my heart in a big way and I just had to document this part of my day...I used this weeks MDS Monday sketch to help get me started.  Be sure to check out all of the great design team creations, as well as all of the other participants...there are some awesome MDS skills there!!!
I had the great honor of volunteering at the event this year and I can not WAIT to go back next year.  I spent my morning checking in participants, other volunteers and honorees.  It was heartwarming to meet the honorees and their families, especially the sweet babies in this picture.  The two older children are cousins who were diagnosed with leukemia within weeks of each other, but battled the disease and were honored in a BIG way at the climb!  The family was overwhelmed with the special treatment they got throughout the day and the smiles on the faces of those babies made me realize what this event was really about. 
I got to spend the second half of my day at the top of the building helping firefighters remove their gear at the finish line...not as glorious as it sounds ladies!  I was covered from head to toe in sweat from hundreds of firefighers...pretty gross, but still an amazing opportunity.  All of the honorees of the event were also able to come up to the top floor to watch the firefighters cross the finish line.  Even though these firefighters were beyond exhausted from climbing all those stairs, nearly all of them made it a point to go and visit with the still makes me tear up just thinking about it.
I left the tower at the end of the day with a full heart, feeling very blessed.  This is an amazing event and my hubby and I are both so proud to have had the chance to be a part of it and look forward to many more years to come!

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Just Because Painted Petals

Happy Tuesday friends!  It's time for a new color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  These colors are so pretty together!
I always try to keep some "just because" cards on hand and the note cards are perfect for putting together some quick and easy cards! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White Notecards
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, Blushing Bride, Wild Wasabi
Stamp Sets ~ Painted Petals, A Dozen Thoughts
Other Supplies ~ Blushing Bride Bakers Twine
Be sure to check out all of the other beautiful design team creations and don't forget to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 9, 2015

To Live is to Travel

Happy Monday friends!!  It's the second Monday of the month and we all know what that's time for a new sketch over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration and it is an awesome one!  I hope you'll join in the fun and play along!
This stamp set seemed appropriate for today's sketch as my hubby and I make our way back home after a little weekend get away.  Traveling out of town, even if it's only a few hours away, is always so much fun!  We were in Seattle for the weekend for the Scott Firefighter Stairclimb and we had an awesome time!   Be watching for an MDS layout soon!
Supplies Used:
I will be back to update these in a bit...I'm on the road and don't have access to a catalog at the moment ;-)  There are lots of fun goodies used in this card...maybe YOU can identify them all...leave me a comment with all of the supplies you can spot!
Now head on over to SSINK to check out the rest of the design teams creations and please join along in the fun!!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

A Dusty {Crop Hopper} Birthday ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with another fabulous hop and I'm glad you are here with us!
A good friend of mine asked me to make a fun card for a special boy who is turning 2 in just a couple weeks, which I happily agreed to do...I can DO boy cards!   The idea for this card brewed in my head during one of my early morning runs and I could not wait to get home and get to work on it.  I'm pretty sure I used just about EVERY single punch I own to make this Dusty Crop Hopper come to life!  My own 3 year old knew exactly who this was, so I deemed it approved for a soon to be 2 year old boy :-)  When I delivered this card to my friend, she was so happy with it as the little boys daddy is a pilot...perfect!!!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Lost Lagoon, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Basic Black, Whisper White, Brushed Silver,
Ink ~ Lost Lagoon, Memento
Stamp Set ~ Metro Type Alphabet, Hooray It's Your Day
Other Supplies ~ Sunburst Framelits, Circle Punches, Word Window Punch, Modern Label Punch, Balloon Framelits, Tangelo Twist Bakers Twine
I am sure I have forgotten a few punches in this list...please forgive me! 
Next stop on the hop is Cathy...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 for hopping along with us today!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 6, 2015

It's a Celebration ~ Friday Mashup 200th Challenge

We are so excited to be celebrating our 200th Challenge at the Friday Mashup and we want to say a Huge Thank you to all our fans who have supported us! In honor of our fans we are giving back with a 200th celebration Blog Hop and some Fabulous Prizes from Ellen Hutson, Newton's Nook, Lawn Fawn and more!
This week's challenge is Create a project using your TWO favorite Mashup Challenges together on one project!

We have Two very Special Guest joining in the fun... Sandy Allnock & Jennifer Jackson from Newton's Nook have both created Mashup's for us!
Head over to the Friday Mashup Blog for more Info and to Link up and Hop along or you can link up in the Inlinkz below.

For my two Mashup Challenges, I chose Challenge # 43 - Try Something New and Sketch and Challenge # 59 - Ribbons & Bows and a Decorative Edge
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Something Borrowed DSP
Ink ~ Memento, Wild Wasabi, Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set ~ Indescribable Gift
Other Supplies ~ Oval Framelits, Paper Piercing Pack, Blushing Bride Cotton Ribbon, Sahara Sand Lace Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim
My something new was the Indescribable Gift stamp set...this was my first time inking it up.  I used the Crochet Trim as my decorative edge and other ribbons as part of the sketch.
It was so much fun looking through all of the past challenges to pick out two of my favorites!  I can't wait to see what you choose and create!  Be sure to link up with the link below or visit the Friday Mashup page to link up!

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Ballon Bash Celebration

One day closer to the weekend...that's a good reason to celebrate, right?  It's also a good day to celebrate if it's your birthday!  The SSINK Design Team is focusing on the Balloon Bash stamp set today, so head on over and check out all of the awesome creations and celebrate with us! 
I needed a little creative mojo to get me going with this stamp set, so I headed over to Mojo Monday for a some sketch inspiration.  They never disappoint!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Night of Navy, Bermuda Bay, Birthday Bash DSP
Ink ~ VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Birthday Bash
Other supplies ~ White Embossing Powder, Calypso Coral Pom-pom Trim, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Crushed Curry Bakers Twine
Funny story about the fussy cut I was cutting away, one of my boys looked at me and said "Don't you have a Big Shot Die for that stamp?".  Oh how I wish every stamp set came with coordinating Big Shot dies!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Something Borrowed, Something Blue

Happy Wednesday...half way through the week...woo hoo!!!  I've been on a crafting roll this week and that makes me HAPPY!!! 
Today I am playing over at Can You Case It for the very first time.  Their design team has a fun sketch this week and I decided to play with a stamp set that was just recently added to my collection.
I love the Something Borrowed many pretty designs that nicely match up with so many pretty colors!  I added some touches of Soft Sky it with the Sahara Sand. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Sahara Sand, Whisper White, Soft Sky, Something Borrowed DSP
Ink ~ Memento, Soft Suede, Soft Sky
Stamp Set ~ Your Perfect Day
Other Supplies ~ Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Petite Petals Punch, Pearls, Soft Sky Seam Binding Ribbon
Don't you just love getting that seam binding ribbon wet and scrunching it all up?!?!  It is one of my favorite ribbons!!
Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a Happy Wednesday!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

A Gift for Baby

 Spring is coming and we all know what that means...babies!!!  I have had a run of baby showers in the past few months and they just keep coming!  I've been trying to make sure I have a good stock of baby cards on hands as the babies just keep coming :)  And since I'm always a slacker when it comes to buying gifts, I always take the easy way out and get a gift card, which always needs to be wrapped up in a cute way! 
The girls over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration are sharing some fun gift card ideas today and I am here with mine.
I have a crazy amount of these fun Chevron Bags and the Gift Card Enclosures, so I thought...why not put them together?!?!
The Gift Card Enclosure is held shut with this adorable little belly band, inspired by the one and only Shelli.  She shared an adorable card at Leadership 2015 with this cute little baby bumblebee all swaddled!
And of course I had to make an equally adorable card to go inside of the bag!!!  I will be making some more of these gift card holders for sure!
 Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey, Whisper White, Sweet Dreams DSP
Ink ~ Memento, Blendabilities: Daffodil Delight, Smoky Slate, Skin Tones, Calypso Coral
Stamp Sets ~ Baby Bumblebee, Little Sunshine
Other Supplies ~ Chevron Tag a Bag Gift Bags, Gift Card Enclosures, Clothespins, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Linen Thread, Sweet Dreams Designer Buttons, Ornate Tag Topper Punch, Starbust Framelits, ZigZag and Large Polka Dot Embossing Folders
That adorable little bumblebee just makes me's so cute and happy!
Be sure to head on over to SSINK and check out all of the other amazing gift card holder ideas!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Good Wishes ~ SSINKCC19

Happy Monday friends! I can't believe it is already March!  Wasn't Christmas just last week?!? Times goes by waaaayyyy too fast! But, since it is the first Monday of the month, that means its time for a new color challenge over at SSINK.

I was a little stumped with these colors at first, but after raiding my scrap box and grabbing tge stamp set closest to me, I was able to pull something together.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White, Strawberry Slush, Perfect Plum, Confetti Celebration
Ink ~ Strawberry Slush, Perfect Plum, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamp Set ~ Lovely Amazing You
Other Supplies ~ Feather Dies, In-Color Sequins, Baked Brown Sugar Bakers Twine
Thanks for stopping by today!! Be sure to check out the rest of the design team creations and be sure to play along! 

Happy Stamping!