Monday, August 31, 2015

Oh, What Fun ~ 2015 Holiday Catalog Countdown

Have you been following along with our countdown over at SSINK?  Are you loving what you've seen so far?!?!?
We are having so much fun showcasing each season/holiday that is represented in the Holiday Catalog!  Today we are sharing our Christmas creations with you.  I absolutely LOVE the Home for Christmas DSP!  It has such a nostalgic feel to it...makes me think of the Christmas decorations my grandma use to put up every year!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Home for Christmas DSP
Ink ~ Real Red, Mossy Meadow
Stamp Set ~ Oh What Fun
Other Supplies ~ Linen Thread, Very Vintage Buttons

I could have swore I got some of the adorable Home for Christmas buttons, but they are no where to be found!  (Maybe they are with my missing sequins!)  It's a good thing the Very Vintage Buttons work just as well with this DSP :-)

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 30, 2015

Thankful for You ~ 2015 Holiday Catalog Countdown

The countdown to the 2015 Holiday Catalog continues!  Only a few more days until everyone can add all of the amazingly awesome goodness of this catalog to their stamping collection!  This is, by far, the BEST catalog we've had yet!
The girls at SSINK are keeping things going on the countdown off with Thanksgiving today.  There are so many great sets and suites in the Holiday Catalog.  The Into the Woods suite is one of my favorites...I just love all of the cute little critters!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive
Ink ~ Tangelo Twist, Soft Suede, Garden Green, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzleberry, Early Espresso
Stamp Set ~ Thankful Forest Friends
Other Supplies ~ Into the Woods 3/8" Cotton Ribbon, Gold Thread, Woodland Embossing Folder, Lots of Labels Framelits

Be sure to check out the rest of the Thanksgiving creations and don't forget to follow along for the next few days so you can get a peek at all of the amazing new items that can soon be in YOUR hands!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Time to Hit the Books

We're hitting the books over at Friday Mashup!  Our back to school theme mashed up with this sketch makes for a fun card! 
My twins stated 4th grade on Wednesday and I tucked one of these cards in each of their lunch boxes.  They brought them back home after their first day and said they wanted to keep them...I love that they are still ok with me doing little things like this!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Gray, Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Schoolhouse DSP
Ink ~ Memento, Garden Green, Real Red, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight, Pink Pirouette, Tip Top Taupe
Stamp Sets ~ Be the Star, School Days (MFT)
Other Supplies ~ misc star paperclip I found in my stash :-)
Be sure to head on over and check out the rest of the Mashup team creations and join along in the Back to School fun!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Mystery Supply Challenge

Happy Wednesday friends!  I'm here today with a fun post that some of the fancy SSINK Design Team Members came up...a Mystery Supply Challenge.  We all drew names and had to send our DT member 3 supplies.  We had to use these 3 supplies to create a card for today's post.  I will admit...I was a bit stressed about it, but once I got my supplies from Tonya, I was pretty excited and had fun coming up with something.
These are the 3 supplies she sent to me...
...and this is what I did with them!
My first thought was to use Build a Birthday, but my friend had just found out she was expecting her second baby girl, so I decided to turn the lace trim in to a cute little tutu :-)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP
Ink ~ Watermelon Wonder
Stamp Set ~ Something for Baby, A Dozen Thoughts
Other Supplies ~ Baby's First Framelits, Banner Framelits, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine, Boho Chic Embossing Folder, 2015-2017 In Color Blossom Accents

This really was a fun challenge and I look forward to doing this again with the SSINK Design Team!  Be sure to check out the rest of the teams creations and click on their individual blogs to see what 3 supplies they received.

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Thoughtful Trees

Happy Tuesday Stampin' friends!  It's time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge and this week we have an inspiration challenge for you.
At first I struggled with what to do with these pretty pictures, then my mind went to all of the firefighters fighting the wild land fires all over our state. The entire state of Washington remains blanketed in smoke as the fires continue to blaze...the firefighters are always in my thoughts and I pray for their safety daily.  This card is dedicated to the thousands of firefighters putting their lives on the line daily and for their families waiting for them at home.  Thank you!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Soft Sky, Season of Cheer DSP, Vellum
Ink ~ Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ Lovely as a Tree, A Dozen Thoughts
Other Supplies ~ Tea Lace Doilies, Silver Cording Trim
I cased this card from the upcoming Holiday Catalog...I love the simplicity of the card.
Time to head on over to see the rest of the design team creations!  Be sure to join in the fun and play along with this challenge.  We love to see what you are inspired to create!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Dropping In... ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with, once again, a fabulous hop!  And it's our 50th hop this week!!!  I love all of these girls and look forward to their creations each and every time!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss are sure to love them all!
Fall temps are sneaking up on us and more and more acorns are falling.  Apparently a few have landed on my head because I just realized I made a card with this exact same stamp set last hop.  Oh just get another idea for this adorable stamp set!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry, 2015-2017 In Color DSP
Ink ~ Tip Top Taupe, Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Early Espresso
Stamp Set ~ Acorny Thank You
Other Supplies ~ Tip Top Taupe Lace, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Acorn Punch, Old Olive Bakers Twine

Ok, I promise next hop I will have something different for all of you!!!  Thanks for sticking with me and my crazy, crafty brain!

Happy Stamping!

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

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Shimmer and Shine Birthday

It's Friday, it's Friday...and I get a long weekend's Friday!  
Can you tell I'm a little excited?!?!  It's the first weekend in MONTHS that my hubby has off (thanks to a few shift trades) and we are headed out of town for a much needed family get away.
But, before we start with our weekend fun, it's time for some Friday Mashup fun!  Amy has a fun challenge for us this week!  Birthday is the theme and the mashup is using a technique of your choice.  Oh-so-many possibilities!
I've been on a major watercolor kick lately, so I decided to do a fun watercolor background created by inking up a piece of Window sheet paper, spritzing it and smashing it on top of the watercolor paper.  By doing this with a couple of different colors, you end up with a really pretty and one-of-a-kind background.  I also used the kissing technique for the way to add a little more to your favorite stamps!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Fancy Foil Vellum, Watercolor Paper, Gold Glimmer
Ink ~ Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Watermelon Wonder, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Celebrate Today
Other Supplies ~ Balloon Framelits, Very Vanilla Thick Bakers Twine, Metallic Sequins, Gold Embossing Powder

Don't forget to check out the rest of the Mashup designs from our team and be sure to play along!

Happy Stamping!

Woodland Birthday

Today's post is brought to you by my hubby's birthday...Happy Birthday hubby!!!
Anyone who knows Paul is well aware that he is a bit of a hunting freak...the man literally dreams about hunting this time of year and gets more excited than a little boy on Christmas morning.'s become kind of a tradition that I make him a hunting related card every year for his birthday.  I was in a bit of a panic this year because I don't have any deer, elk or moose stamps.  What to do, what to do?!!  Then I remember I had just got the adorable Reindeer Paper Clips in my pre-order!  Add the Woodland embossing folder for the background and I now have a hunting related card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Typeset DSP, Gold Foil
Ink ~ VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Tin of Cards
Other Supplies ~ Lots of Labels Framelits, Reindeer Paper Clips, Woodland Embossing Folder

Today is not only my hubby's birthday, but it is the start of the first 4 day off rotation he has had in MONTHS!  I am taking him and the kiddos away for a long weekend get away to Seattle for a Mariners game.  Looking forward to a great weekend with the family!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Swallowtail Sympathy

Hello stampin' friends!!!  I finally got some stamping time in after taking a little break...sometimes I need to do that to in order to get my crafting mojo back in order :-) 
The awesome design team over at SSINK is showcasing some of the awesome background stamps today and I pulled out one of my favorites!  
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Vellum, Gold Foil, Neutrals DSP
Ink ~ Pool Party, Melon Mambo, Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ Swallowtail, A Dozen Thoughts
Other Supplies ~ Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch, Metallic Sequins

I love how a background stamp can totally make a card all by itself!  I've used this stamp so so many different cards and I never get tired of it!  I receive a beautiful swap from Mary Haugen at Convention and CASE'd her design for this card..thanks for the INKspiration Mary!

Be sure to check out all of the other awesome background stamp ideas from the SSINK girls!

Happy Stamping! 

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Flowers of Summer

TGIF Stampin' friends!  I'm gearing up for a crazy fun weekend in my little town, but before I do, it's time to mash things up with an all new Friday Mashup Challenge.
This week we are challenging you to use colors of Dijon, Olive and Razzleberry and mash things up by creating a project inspired by summer flowers.
Sunflowers are at their prettiest right now where I live, so that is where my inspiration came from.  I don't have any sunflower stamps, but I improvised by making my own with some framelits.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, Delightful Dijon
Stamp Sets ~ Gorgeous Grunge, And Many More, Hardwood
Other Supplies ~ Flower Fair Framelits, Bouquet Bigz, Petite Petals, Blackberry Bliss Striped Cotton Ribbon, White Perfect Accents, Circle Framelits
Be sure to head on over to Friday Mashup and check out the rest of the design teams creations and don't forget to play along!
Happy Friday and Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Bundle of Friendship

Welcome to the SSINK August Blog Hop!  Today we are showcasing our favorite bundles in the 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.  I love that Stampin' Up! bundles some of their amazing products together at a discounted for all of us!
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 4 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Leanne of Litteraly My Joy.  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.
I couldn't pick just one bundle and call it my favorite, so I am using two for my projects today!  I used the Butterfly Basics Bundle and Six-Sided Sampler Bundle.  I love how well both of these bundles worked together to create a pretty card and gift bag.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Pretty Petals DSP Stack
Ink ~ Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Old Olive, Pacific Point
Stamp Sets ~ Six-Sided Sampler, Butterfly Basics
Other Supplies ~ Hexagon Punch, Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch, Butterfly Thinlits, Pearls, Ornate Tag Topper, Muslin Bag, Very Vanilla Thick Bakers Twine, Very Vintage Buttons
Don't miss out on one single stop in the hop!  Next up is Jenny G Paper Crafts!
Blog Hop Participant List:
Jennifer at Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
Leanne at Literally My Joy


Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Baby Boy Blue

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge.  Being the mommy of 3 boys, these colors were all boy to me!
A good friend of mine is having an ultra sound today with hopes of finding out the gender of her baby and she's hoping for a boy.  So, I'm hoping this card will get put to good use a little bit later today :-)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Schoolhouse DSP
Ink ~ Tangerine Tango, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party
Stamp Sets ~ Something for Baby, A Dozen Thoughts
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Baby's First Framelits, Lost Lagoon Striped Cotton Ribbon, White Perfect Accents, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers

I just love that itty bitty baby tie!  

Fingers crossed this finds it's way into my outgoing mail today!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 10, 2015

Your Birthday Presents ~ SSINKCS24

Happy Monday Stampin' friends!  Monday's aren't my favorite, especially after another busy weekend, but the girls over at SSINK are making it a bit better with an all new sketch for everyone to play with today!
When I saw this sketch, I knew those boxes just had to be presents, and the Your Presents stamp set was the perfect set!  You'll see from some of the other design team creations, I wasn't the only one :-)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink ~ Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Tangelo Twist, Cucumber Crush, Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ Your Presents, Tin of Cards
Other Supplies ~ Silver Sequin Trim, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Basic Black Bakers Twine
Be sure to check out the rest of the design team creations and join along in the fun.  We love to see what we INKspire you to create!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Grateful Acorns ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with, once again, a fabulous hop!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the are sure to love them all!
We are still sweating through one of the hottest summers we've had in a few years, but that doesn't mean I'm not starting to think about fall...but only a little, because I know after fall comes the dreadful winter and I am NOT ready for that!  As we enjoy our last few weeks of summer break, easing my way into fall is a little easier since I have some fun new fall stampy things to play with! 

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Into the Woods DSP
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight
Stamp Set ~ Acorny Thank You
Other Supplies ~ Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Into the Woods Elements, Acorn Builder Punch

Little itty bitty acorns are starting to fall from our trees, so they inspired this card today.  I love this "Acorny" set and the coordinating punch is the best!  And those wood elements...adorable and perfect for all of your fall creations!

I'll leave you today with a fun picture of the MM girls who attended Convention.  Can't wait to see everyone again...soon I hope!

Happy Stamping!

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, August 6, 2015

Rootin' Tootin' Fun at the Fair

State Fairs are kicking off all over right now and we are getting in on the fun over at The Friday Mashup!  Our challenge this week is to get inspired by YOUR State Fair and mash things up by throwing in some crafty punches.
Our State Fair is held over Labor Day weekend and the rodeo is a big part of our fair!  It's always my favorite event to attend each and every year, so I decided to go with a rodeo card today.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, Go Wild DSP
Ink ~ Basic Black, Tip Top Taupe, Lost Lagoon
Stamp Set ~ Yee-Haw
Other Supplies ~ Arrows Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Accents Punches
Hope you all have a Rootin' Tootin' fun time at your State Fair and an even better weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

You're Sublime

I stamped tonight...just because...and stamped away two days of stress and of the many reasons I love Stampin' Up! and what I do.
Every year, towards the end of summer break, I find myself turning into a crazy stressed out mess.  Working 40 hours a week from home with 3 crazy boys running around (with dart guns most days) and a hubby gone 85% of the time tends to wear on me.  Today was one of those days where I was on the verge of losing my youngest was up at 5:15, full of it from the minute he opened his door.  As soon as the big boys were up, the arguing and fighting started and I was counting the minutes until it was time for my youngest to take a nap.  I had to put MYSELF in time out for a few minutes after lunch...the boys knew at that point that I was D.O.N.E.  Their attitude and behavior quickly changed and our afternoon did get better.  I wrapped up my work day and decided to take a few minutes to stamp before I started dinner and it was my saving grace!  Stamping really is therapeutic!  
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Watercolor Paper, Schoolhouse DSP, Everyday Chic CSP
Ink ~ StazOn, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo
Stamp Set ~ You're Sublime
Other Supplies ~ Itty Bitty Accents Punchs, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Basic Black Bakers Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder
I don't share much about my personal life here very often, so thanks for listening to me tonight!  I am grateful for all of you and for my love of does a soul good!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Thanks Dahlia

It's the first Monday of the month and that means it's time for an all new SSINK Color Challenge!
These colors are perfect for them!
I kept things pretty clean and simple today...the big dahlia pretty much makes the card all on its own!
Supplies Used: 
Paper ~ Cucumber Crush, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White, Glimmer Paper, In Color DSP
Ink ~ Calypso Coral
Stamp Set ~ Definitely Dahlia
Other Supplies ~ Greetings Thinlits, Silver Metallic Thread, Regals Candy Dots, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Love it when a card takes just minutes to make!  As I said, this stamp makes the card :-)

Head on over and see what the rest of our design team has created and be sure to play along! We love to see what you are INKspired to create!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, August 1, 2015

Happy Haunting ~ Sneak Peek

It's time for another sneak peek of more of the awesomeness inside the 2015-2016 Holiday Catalog!
It is hauntingly quiet in my house this weekend with just myself and my youngest.  My hubby is working all weekend and the big boys are away at the lake, so I am taking full advantage of the little mans nap time today!  My pre-order box was delivered on Thursday and I could not wait to dive in and play!
It may be 100+ degrees in my neck of the woods, but fall and Halloween creations are brewing my craft-somnia brain!
With some help from this weeksTGIF Remix Challenge, this card came together in no time and I LOVE all of the new goodies I got to use!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss, Happy Haunting DSP*
Ink ~ Basic Black, Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Set ~ Cheer All Year
Other Supplies ~ Spider Web Doilies*, Happy Hauntings Washi Tape*, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Blackberry Bliss Thick Bakers Twine(retired), Ornate Tag Topper Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch
*Available Sept 1, 2015
Time to dive in to the awesome Season to Season Wreath Project Kit...stay tuned for pics and class dates!
Happy Stamping!