Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Enjoy the Little Things

Happy Tuesday stampers!  

It was so nice to have an extra day off this weekend, especially since my family spent yesterday simply having fun and relaxing.  Our house has consumed our lives the past few weeks, so it was awesome to just spend the day together and not working on any house projects.  I even managed to take advantage of nap time to play with some paper and ink so I could play along with this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge and join my girls over at SSINK for some summer time fun!
These images shout summer to me...so bright and colorful...you can almost taste the colors!  

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ Enjoy the Little Things, Swirly Bird
Other Supplies ~ Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Metallics Sequins

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to join in our fun over at Hand Stamped Sentiments and check out the summer INKspiraiton over at SSINK to get your creative juices flowing today!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Love & Affection ~ 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 creations...you are sure to love them all!

It's been another weekend of wrapping up projects around our house as we attempt to sell it.  Between myself and my hubby, we got all of the trim painted, gave the playroom a quick makeover and painted a better part of our basement...it's been busy, but hopefully it will pay off.  We had a successful open house Sunday afternoon, so our fingers are crossed for some good news this week.

With all of the work we've been doing around the house, my stamping time has been pretty limited, especially since I have to keep my craft room neat and tidy!  But I did sneak in a little early morning stamping and played with a few new items from the upcoming catalog.

I love the colors in the Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP...the touches of gold are just right!
Supplies Used:

Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Calypso Coral, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ Love & Affection
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Metallic Sequins, Gold Metallic Thread

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!


Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Anniversary by the Tide

Hello stampers!
Today my parents celebrate their 41st wedding anniversary...how awesome is that?!?!  They have been through so much together and their marriage only grows stronger with each passing year. 
My parents love the beach, which they passed down to me, so it was only fitting to use By the Tide for their anniversary card.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Emerald Envy, Typeset DSP
Ink ~ Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe, Blushing Bride, Emerald Envy, Mint Macaron
Stamp Sets ~ By the Tide, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Other Supplies ~ Gold Metallic Thread, Metallic Sequins
Happy Anniversary Mom and Dad...love you both so much!

Monday, May 23, 2016

World's Greatest Dad

Happy Monday stampin' friends!
Believe it or not, I'm kind of happy it's Monday!  We spent a better part of the weekend working on things at our house, so I'm looking forward to sitting at my desk today and getting a little "rest"!
After spending most of yesterday painting, I finally called it quits and spent a little time in my craft room and played with some ink and paper so I could play along with this month's SSINK Mystery Challenge.  I have already used up all of my 2014-2016 In Color cardstock, so I had to get a little more creative with the 3 items to use from the challenge. I decided to use the circle shape embossing folder for a masculine card...ta-daaaaa!!
I love The Open Sea stamp set and am pretty sad to see it go.  But I am pretty excited about all of the new goodies that are coming our way June 1st, so it makes losing some of my favorites a little more bearable!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Typeset DSP
Ink ~ Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ The Open Sea, Guy Greetings
Other Supplies ~ World Map Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits
I have to say...I have the world's greatest dad!  He took time out of his day yesterday to help me complete a project we were working on in one of the bedrooms at our house.  I appreciate his help so much and will missing having him right next door if our house does sell!  Thanks Dad!
Happy stamping to all of you!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Sea Street Birthday

Happy Friday stampers!
We are celebrating kiddo birthday's over at SSINK today and I'm using one of my favorite retiring stamp sets!  This smiling octopus will make anyone happy, especially a kiddo celebrating their birthday!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Ink ~ Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral
Stamp Sets ~ Sea Street, Silhouettes & Script
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Circle Punches, It's My Party Enamel Dots
Be sure to head on over and check out the rest of the fun birthday cards for the kiddos today over at SSINK...you are sure to be INKspired to create!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Wired Wednesday ~ Happy 30th Birthday

It's another Wired Wednesday!
These days, I need all the coffee I can get!  Between working, running boys to baseball AND trying to sell our house, sleeping hours are limited!
I had so much creating with the Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch that I had to make another card using it.  One of my co-workers will soon be celebrating her 30th birthday and she is a fellow coffee loving fool, so I'm pretty sure she will love this card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP, Silver Glimmer
Ink ~ Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Stamp Set ~ Number of Years
Other Supplies ~ Square Framelits, Large Numbers Framelits, It's My Party Enamel Dots, SugarCuts Coffee to Go Cup
Off to brew another cup of coffee and take on the work day!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, May 16, 2016

Congratulatins GRAD!

Hello stampers and welcome to Tuesday!!!
It's time for an all new sketch challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I love this sketch and can't wait to see what everyone creates with it!
I had my stamp club on Sunday and have a few extra supplies leftover that I put to use no this card, which also helped clean up my crafting space.  I've been cleaning every day for a week straight in an effort to make our house presentable for showings.  We have another one today...fingers crossed that the right person comes along and falls in love with our house!
Supplies Used
Paper ~ Basic Black, Melon Mambo, It's My Party DSP
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Crushed Curry
Stamp Sets ~ BYOP, Balloon Celebration
Other Supplies ~ Mint Macaron/Basic Black Bakers Twine, It's My Party Enamel Dots, Mini Brads, Layering Square Framelits

I can't believe graduation season is already here!  My youngest only has a week of pre-school left and my older boys have just shy of a month of school left...I'm not ready for summer break yet!!  I love my boys, but I also love the little break I get while they are away at school ;-)

Be sure to play along with all of us over at HSS!  We love to see what you create!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Pop of Paradise Pineapple

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 creations...you are sure to love them all!

It has been another whirlwind of a weekend for this momma!  After getting our house listed last week and making an offer on another house, all our spare time has been spent taking care of all of the things that needed to be done to make sure our house was "show ready".  My boys and I spent a better part of Saturday bleaching the kitchen and switching out all of the hardware on our kitchen cupboards and drawers.  Our house has a TON of cupboards and drawers, so it turned into quite the project!  I am thankful to my boys for helping me out since the hubby was away working all weekend.

Needless to say, my stamping time has been VERY limited this past week, but I did take advantage of some early morning stamping over the weekend before the rest of my crew got up.  I was excited to play with the new Pop of Pink suite!  I love the fun patterns in the Pop of Pink DSP and the Pop of Paradise stamp set is the best!  I love the pineapple!   I used the latest TGIF Challenges sketch challenge to help get me started with this fun creation.

Supplies Used:

Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, Pop of Pink DSP
Ink ~ Basic Black, Melon Mambo, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Pop of Paradise
Other Supplies ~ Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Metallic Thread

Pineapples seem to be the in thing these days, which kinda makes me happy...I love pineapples!!!

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!


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

2016 Graduation Congratulations!

Good morning happy stampers!
Graduation season is upon us...how did this sneak up so quickly?!?!  It seems like the first day of school was just a few weeks ago!
In an effort to use as many of my retiring products and supplies up, I looked to the It's My Party suite for some fun DSP and embellishments for a graduation card.  I even snuck in a retiring stamp set too!!
Be sure to check out what other fun Occasions Accessories the girls over at SSINK are using for their creations today too!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, It's My Party DSP
Ink ~ Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Bravo
Other Supplies ~ It's My Party Enamel Dots, Basic Black/Mint Macron Bakers Twine, Large Numbers Framelits Dies, Mini Silver Brads
I love the fun and festive feel of this graduation card!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Happy Mother's Day

Good morning stampers and Happy Mother's Day!

Today is a day where we celebrate our Mothers and show them just how much we love and cherish them.  My boys show me how much they love me every day, but they always make Mother's Day a little extra special.  As I celebrate this day as a mom, I am reminded of all that my own mom taught me and am so blessed for all that she does for me.  

Happy Mother's Day to my own momma...a friend, a teacher and the world's best grandma...we all love you back to the moon!

I was so happy to get my pre-order in time to make this card for my momma!  The new Swirly Bird stamp set and coordinating Swirly Scribbles Thinlits were at the top of my list, so I was super excited that this bundle was on the pre-order!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Watermelon Wonder, Basic Black
Ink ~ Peekaboo Peach, Flirtly Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodli Delight, Versa Mark
Stamp Sets ~ Swirly Bird, Crazy About You
Other Supplies ~ Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Hello You Thinlits

Sending lots of love and Mother's Day wishes to all of my crafty momma friends!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, May 7, 2016

Happy Birthday Beautiful Friend

Happy Saturday stampers!

Today I am wishing my beautiful BFF the happiest birthday ever!  I am truly blessed to have Erica in my life!  Not only is she the best friend a girl could ever ask for, she's the closest thing I will ever come to having a sister.  And she's my partner in crime at work too, which makes our long dreadful days a little bit more bearable :-)  Happy Birthday to you Erica...love your face!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White
Ink ~ VersaMark, Basic Black, Melon Mambo, Old Olive, Garden Green, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Perfect Plum
Stamp Set ~ Simon Say Stamp Sketch Ranunculus
Other Supplies ~ White Embossing Powder, My Favorite Things Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangles

Earlier this week I got a special surprise in the mail...a fun little package from Simon Says stamp that my dear friend Jen Timko sent my way.  Thank you Jen for the happy mail...I love this stamp set!

Wishing you all a Happy Saturday!

We're off to the baseball field for a better part of the day and then we're headed to celebrate the birthday girl at the annual rib feed!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, May 6, 2016

Mother's Day Swallowtail

Happy Friday happy stampers!

It's Mothers Day weekend and the team over at SSINK is honoring and celebrating mom's everywhere with beautiful creations.

I'm sharing a card using one of my very favorite stamps that is retiring this year...sniff, sniff :-(  I love this Swallowtail butterfly!  This will likely be a stamp that I can't part with and will stay in my collection forever!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Night of Navy, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Calypso Coral
Stamp Sets ~ Swallowtail, Crazy About You, Timeless Textures
Other Supplies ~ Hello You Thinlits

I absolutely love how this big, beautiful butterfly totally makes the card!

I wish all of you moms, moms-to-be and moms-praying-to-be a Happy, Happy Mother's Day!  May your day be filled with all things you love!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Mother's Day Dahlia

Hello happy stampers and happy Tuesday!

Tuesday means it's time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge and this color combo is so pretty!  These colors could be used for so many different themed cards...I may have to use it again for a baby card!

But today I am using these fabulous colors for another Mother's Day card.  I'm almost done getting all of them made...nothing like getting down to the wire!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pool Party
Ink ~ Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Calypso Coral
Stamp Sets ~ Definitely Dahlia, Crazy About You
Other Supplies ~ Hello You Thinlits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I wasn't sure about laying the flower in two different colors, but in the end I kind of liked the way it turned out...a little different and fun.

Be sure to join in the fun with the rest of us over at HSS!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Toadally Awesome Mom

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 creations...you are sure to love them all!

It was a whirlwind of a weekend for my and my hubby!  We drove up to Spokane to run the 40th annual Bloomsday 12K run , which we had so much fun running...and we came home with a brand new car!  With 3 growing boys and baseball gear for all, we were quickly outgrowing our car and had to upgrade to something a little bigger.  Our kiddos sure were excited when we pulled up in the driveway!

I had just enough time to get a little inky before our blog hop went live, so I put together this cute Mother's Day card, which is NEXT Sunday!  The days are getting shorter and shorter!  I need more hours in a day!  I still have a few more Mother's Day cards I need to get done and in the mail early this week...I see some early morning and late night stamping happening :-)

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, 2015-2017 In Color DSP
Ink ~ Basic Black, Cucumber Crush
Stamp Sets ~ So Sublime, Alphabet Rotary Stamp
Other Supplies ~ Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack

I love this little frog and he sure made for a cute Mother's Day card!
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!