Friday, November 30, 2018

#tgifc188 Bonus Challenge!!! Anything but a card!

Hello stampin' friends!  
Welcome to Friday and an all new TGIF Challenges!  This week we have a fun challenge for you..Anything But a Card.  I can't wait to see all of the awesome projects everyone comes up with!

Today I'm sharing these fun treat boxes I made for our TGIF Design Team 3D swap at OnStage at the beginning of the month.  I also made a few extra's for my awesome roommates in Orlando too.
I paired up the Takeout Treats stamp set and thinlits with the Snowfall Thinlits and Happiness Surrounds stamp set to create the perfect little box for all of my favorite stampy people!  Don't forget, today is the last day to scoop up the beautiful Snowflake Showcase Products.  Trust don't want to miss out on ANY of these products!

Our local candy shoppe sells the most delicious dome truffles, which fit perfectly inside these little boxes!  I cut the front out of each box and used Window Sheet to keep the truffle safely inside.  I wasn't sure how well the boxes or the chocolate would hold up during travel and in the super warm Orlando heat, but they all made it safely and intact!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, Whisper White, Window Sheet
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Sets  ~ Happiness Surrounds, Takeout Treats
Other Supplies ~ Snowfall Thinlits, Takeout Treats Thinlits, Faceted Dots, Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Whisper White Solid Bakers Twine

Thanks so much for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the rest of the design teams fun creations and don't forget to join along in the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop | To You and Yours

Hello happy stampers!  Welcome to another edition of A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop!  This month we are sharing alternative projects using the November 2018 To You & Yours Paper Pumpkin Kit.
I absolutely LOVE the plaid paper in this kit!  It is so festive and definitely in style this holiday season!

I've created two alternative projects with the kit...a card and a fun little treat box. I didn't stray too far from the card design, but I did add a few extra layers and embellishments.  
I pulled out {and dusted off} my envelope punch board to make this fun little version of a candy wrapper box.  I don't know why I don't use this amazing tool more often!  There are so many creations that can be made with it! I used strips of the Very Vanilla plaid DSP from the kit to dress up the outside of the box.  Using the Cherry Cobbler DSP, the velum and tag from the kit, I had the perfect tag to attach.  Add a few sequins and a bow and the package is complete!

As I said, I didn't stray too far from the original design, but I did add a few more layers and embellishments.  The little bitty flowers from the Detailed Deer Thinlits Dies and a few sprigs of Wood Grain DSP were the perfect added details to the wreath.  I nestled the sentiment inside the wreath and added a bit of Gold Glimmer paper for just the right amount of bling.
This months kit was absolutely fabulous!  I can't wait to send out cards I've created with this kit to family and friends this holiday season.

Be sure to click on the links below to make you way through the hop.  I can guarantee you will be amazing and inspired by all of the alternative projects that are shared today.

Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Butterfly Gala for Any Stamper

Happy Monday stamping friends!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend!  How many of you braved the Black Friday shopping?  I hope you found some amazing deals amongst all the chaos :-D  We were on the road back home from Council ID on Friday, so there was no shopping for me.  But you can bet that I will be partaking in some Cyber Monday shopping today!  Don't forget you can still save 10% off select stamps and kits in the Annual Catalog through the end of today!

It was absolutely beautiful here this weekend, which made it very hard to stay inside.  I wanted to be outside in the {kind of} warm sun all day, but I did get in some good stamping time on Sunday.  I inked up the new Butterfly Gala stamp set from the upcoming Occasions Catalog and gave #simplestamping a try.  Let me tell you...this is far from simple for me, but something I need to do more often!  I'm loving the black and white with just a splash of color from the Botanical Butterfly DSP from the Sale-A-Bration Catalog!
I stepped things up just a bit with my next card for the casual stamper.  I sponged a bit of color onto the butterflies and added a few of the adorable Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins.
And then for the avid stamper...this is the world I live in!  I always want to add more layers and textures and embellishments!  I used the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF for some texture, added some leaves with the Leaf Punch and added some sequins and Silver Metallic Thread for a little extra bling.  The heat embossed sentiment was the final touch to tie everything together.  What do you think!

 This will be a card I will make at my January Stamp Club, but I will be using the simple stamper card for an upcoming Coffee and Cards class for new customers.  I love that these three types of stamping were the focus at OnStage at the beginning of the month!  It's always a great reminder to go back to the basics to when it comes to customers who are new to stamping.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Botanical Butterfly DSP (SAB)
Ink ~ Memento, Gorgeous Grape, Balmy Blue
Stamp Set ~ Butterfly Gala (2019 Occasions)
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF, Leaf Punch, Silver Metallic Thread, Butterfly Duet Punch and Gingham Gala Adhesive-Backed Sequins (2019 Occasions)

Whether you are a simple stamper, a casual stamper or an avid stamper, this is a stamp set you will LOVE!  This Two-Step stamp set and coordinating punch are a must have for any stamper!

Here's to a great week!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful For All The Blessings In My Life

Happy Thanksgiving!

As I was creating this card, I reflected back on all of my blessings this year.  I am truly blessed!  
I love that I was able to use several from the Country Home stamp set to create the perfect sentiment for this card! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Bermuda Bay, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Mango Melody, Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Set ~ Country Home
Other Supplies ~ Tin Tile Dynamic TIEF, Stitched Shapes Framelits

After embossing the Bermuda Bay card stock with the embossing folder, I lightly sponged some Cajun Craze to add a bit of a rustic look, then roughed up the edges with an old pair of paper snips.  

At first I was only going to use the "Thankful" piece, but after looking at all of the beautiful sentiments in this stamp set, I pieced together a sentiment that comes straight from my heart.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  For those of you who may be working today, thank you for all that you do!  For those of you who may be away from family, please know I am thinking of you.  For those who are with your family today, I hope you create beautiful memories!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Festive Farmhouse Meets Pretty Pines ~ HSSIC303

It's Tuesday and I'm back with an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge. It may be Thanksgiving week, but we have a beautiful Christmas inspiration challenge for you to play along with.  There are so many different inspirational photos to choose from!  I can't wait to see what everyone is inspired to create.

My December classes are coming up.  I always try to offer some fun last minute gift giving ideas at my December class and these adorable little Santa's Bags will be a big hit!  Stamping them with the Buffalo Check background stamp and adding a festive little tag makes for the perfect little treat bag!
These cute little bags were part of my roommate gifts at OnStage.  They were the perfect size for a small charcoal diffuser and some Wild Orange essential oil for some of my favorite stamping friends.
While I was putting things away after OnStage, I came across some small wood rounds that I had left over from a project and decided they would make a super cute ornament.  Using many of the same supplies I used on the bags, these adorable little ornaments came to life.
I cut out three of the bows using the Pretty Pines thinlits to give a little more fullness and's so cute!  The sprigs of pine, little bits of Cherry Cobbler berries, Galvanized Buttons and Striped Burlap Trim all came together for a pretty quick ornament.  I'll be making a few more of these to use as gift tags this year!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Festive Farmhouse DSP
Ink ~ Cherry Cobbler, Gray Granite, Versa Mark
Stamp Set ~ Farmhouse Christmas, Buffalo Check
Other Supplies ~ Pretty Pines Thinlits, Corrugated Dynamic TIEF, Galvanized Buttons, Striped Burlap Trim, Festive Farmhouse Cotton Trim, Gold Metallic Pearls, Gold Metallic Thread

With Thanksgiving just a couple days away, I am beginning to feel the Christmas spirit.  I'm looking forward to stamping more Christmas projects to share with you over the next month.  Be sure to watch for some 2019 Occasions Catalog sneak peaks too!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Humming Along with Thanks ~ 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!

It's been a week since I've been home from OnStage in Orlando and I think I'm finally feeling like myself again.  Between the complete and utter exhaustion and the emotional stress of losing our dog last week, I was all out of sorts.  I am so grateful for all of the kind words, thoughts, prayers and little items of comfort that were sent our way.  Our family is truly blessed to have so many amazing people in our lives.

Those who attended OnStage in Orlando received the beautiful "Humming Along" stamp set as an all attendee giveaway.  This stamp set will be a MUST have for all of my stamping friends who love to color.   I can't wait to get my hands on the coordinating Hummingbird Framelits! But I was not complaining about not having them yet...fussy cutting out the flower and the humming bird was just the therapy I needed.  I chose the "Thank You" sentiment to show my thanks to everyone who reached out to us last are all the BEST!
I chose the Stampin' Blends to color these beautiful images and added a water color background for an extra splash of color.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Neutrals DSP
Ink ~ Memento, Stampin' Blends: Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody
Stamp Set ~ Humming Along
Other Supplies ~ Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets

Here is a peek of the full stamp set. I think this is one that you will want to add to your wish list for sure!

Next stop on the hop is my crafty friend 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 backwards to the amazingly talented Wendy...I just love her style!

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 16, 2018

#tgifc186 Inspiration Challenge - 2019 Occasions Sneak Peek

Happy Friday and welcome to an all new TGIF Challenges Inspiration Challenge!  
I absolutely LOVE all of the colors and wood-grain in these photos!  Along with inspiration from the photos and finding this fun sentiment in the new "Amazing Life" stamp set coming in January, this card is the perfect way of telling all of my TGIF friends just how much I love all of them!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Gray Granite, Mint Macaron, Wood Textures DSP
Ink ~ Memento, Gray Granite, Mango Melody Stampin' Blend
Stamp Set ~ Amazing Life, Buffalo Check
Other Supplies ~ Mint Macaron Nature's Twine, Faceted Dots

Thanks to the amazing Melissa Stout - AKA The Stamp Doc, several of us sported some pretty awesome shirts during OnStage last week.  With all of the craziness and chaos, we weren't able to get a photo of all of us together at once, but here are a few fun pics of our TGIF Team.

I sure do love this talented group of ladies!

Have a fantastic Friday everyone!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Incredible Like You - Occasions Catalog Sneak Peek

Hello stamping friends! I'm back from sunny Orlando in freezing Walla Walla!  I had high hopes of posting while I was at OnStage, but due to the fact that I was having too much fun, it didn't happen.  I hope you'll forgive me! 

I am still riding on an OnStage high after spending 4 amazing days with so many of my Stampin' Up! friends, old and new, and filling my creative mind with so many new ideas to share with all of you. Stampin' Up! spoiled us with some awesome prize patrol giveaways and I'm sharing one of my favorite stamp sets from the upcoming Occasions Catalog.  The Incredible Like You stamp set pairs with a beautiful project kit that I can't wait to get my hands on!  Until then, I will share what I've made with the stamp set.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Gold Glimmer
Ink ~ Lovely Lipstick, Granny Apple Green, Grapefruit Grove, Coastal Cabana, Memento
Stamp Set ~ Incredible Like You
Other Supplies ~ Celebrate You Thinlits, Everyday Label Punch, Gold Metallic Thread, Gold Metallic Pearls

Incredible Like You is a Two-Step stamp set that you are sure to love!  The images are beautiful and the sentiments are so good!  

I have my pre-order box coming a bit later this week...stay tuned for some more sneak peeks over the next couple of weeks.  Don't worry, I promise to have some Christmas creations in there for you too!

Have a terrific Tuesday!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Positive Thoughts ~ HSSCC#302

Hello stampers and welcome to Tuesday!  Not only is it time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge, but it's also time for me to head on out to Orlando to meet up with a few thousand of my favorite Stampin' Up! friends!  I'm not sure how I'm going to make it through my work day...I'm so excited!
Our HSS design team has a beautiful color challenge for you to play along with this week.  I can't wait to see what everyone creates!
Since I can't seem to get enough of the Happiness Surrounds stamp set, I inked it up again, along with some beautiful die cuts from the Snowfall Thinlits to create this card today.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Merry Merlot, Gray Granite, Whisper White, Festive Farmhouse DSP
Ink ~ Merry Merlot
Stamp Set ~ Happiness Surrounds
Other Supplies ~ Snowfall Thinlits, Layering Oval Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

I had high hopes of creating a few extra things to share while I am at OnStage, but life got the best of me and I ran out of time.  I will try to post about all that is happening while we are there, but I can't make any promises...I may be too busy having fun!  But don't worry...I'll be back next week full of new ideas and maybe even a few new sneak peek stamp sets!

Safe travels to all who are heading to Orlando this week.  I hope I have the chance to get to meet you!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 2, 2018

#tgifc184 Color Challenge

Hello happy stampers...we made it to Friday!!!  This is always a good thing.  But do you know what's even better than this Friday?!?!  Next Friday!!!  Why, you ask?  Because next Friday I will be meeting up with all of the amazing TGIF Design Team members who are attending OnStage in Orlando.  I'm so EXCITED to see them!

It's a good thing I have a lot to do to get myself ready to head to {hopefully}sunny Orlando.  But before I get back to my OnStage crafting, I have this weeks TGIF Color Challenge to share with you.
Several trees in my backyard are dropping leaves in beautiful shades of Cajun Craze and Merry Merlot, which was the inspiration behind this card, along with some creative inspiration from the amazing Krista Frattin at Stampin' Dolce.  Her beautiful card reminded me that I haven't used Sheltering Tree in so long.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Merry Merlot, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Nature's Poem DSP
Ink ~ Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot, Cajun Craze
Stamp Set ~ Sheltering Tree
Other Supplies ~ Copper Metallic Thread, Metallic Sequins, Leaves Trinkets

With all of the wind and rain we have had, the few leaves that are left on our trees will soon be gone.  We've been very lucky with the warm sunny fall we've had and we really need the rain...but that doesn't mean I have to like it ;-)

I hope everyone has a great weekend!  I'll be crafting away trying to wrap up all of my creating before I take off Tuesday afternoon.  Wish me luck!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Catch a Snowflake

Happy November stampers!  Did everyone survive Halloween yesterday?  It was a rainy, dreary one here for us, but my little still had fun hitting up the neighborhood for some sweet treats!

Now that Halloween is over, we are on the official downhill slide into our winter holidays!  This also means the snow could start falling any day.  I love the long as it stays in the mountains.  But I am REALLY loving the snow that's hitting my craft room right now with the beautiful new Catch a Snowflake products!  From November 1st through 30th, or while supplies last, you can purchase these amazing products.  With two stamps sets, dies, paper and embellishments, the creative possibilities are endless!
I have posted a few samples I have created with both the Happiness Surrounds and Snow Is Glistening stamp sets, but I think the Snowfall Thinlits are my favorite!  Aren't all of these snowflakes magical?!?!  It feels just like a winter wonderland!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Silver Glimmer, Silver Foil
Ink ~ Smoky Slate
Stamp set - Snow is Glistening
Other Suppies ~ Snowfall Thinlits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Softly Falling Embossing Folder

I love the white on white with just a little bit of perfect for a beautiful winter card.

Be sure to catch your snowflake soon...don't let these beautiful products pass you by!!!

Have a beautiful day!

Happy Stamping!