Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Christmas Thank You

Hello stampers! I does not seem possible that we are already at the end of 2019...but ready or not, we will be celebrating 2020 tomorrow!  It's not only a new year, but a new decade...crazy!
 Thanks to the latest Freshly Made Sketches  challenge, I was inspired to ink up one of my favorite Holiday Catalog stamp sets.

I LOVE First Frost and all of the beautiful scenes that can be created with it.  I paired it up with the festive Wrapped in Plaid DSP for the perfect Christmas thank you cards!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Wrapped in Plaid DSP
Ink ~ Shaded Spruce, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Night of Navy, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp Set ~ First Frost, Free As A Bird

As I was typing up my supply list, it dawned on me that I didn't use anything other thank ink, stamps and paper for these cards.  That almost NEVER happens with the cards I make!  But this goes to show that you don't need any  more than the basics to create a beautiful card!

I wish you all a very Happy New Year and look forward to being inspired and creating with all of you in 2020!

Happy Stamping


Friday, December 27, 2019

#TGIFC244 Product Spotlight ~ Fancy Foil

Welcome to an all new TGIF Challenges!  It's our final challenge of 2019 and we are sending it out in high style with a Product Spotlight Challenge!  Break out your foil...it's time to shine!

With the new year comes the all new Occasions and Sale-A-Bration catalogs!  It's like Christmas in January!  The Honey Bee Bundle in the Occasions Catalog is just too cute!  The little bees and  hive are absolutely adorable.  And guess what?!?  It coordinates with the beautiful Golden Honey Speciality DSP in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog.   
I love anything black and white!  Throw in some gold foil and I am sold!  There are little bits of gold mixed in to some pretty amazing black and white patterns in this DSP.  It's something you are going to want to earn during Sale-A-Bration for sure!
Isn't this honey bee the best?!?!  I love all of the beautiful detail!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Gold Foil, Golden Honey Speciality DSP
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Memento, Stampin' Blends: Mint Macaron
Stamp Set ~ Honey Bee
Other Supplies ~ Detailed Bee Dies, Metallic Pearls

Thank you for stopping by today! Be sure to join in and have some fancy-foil-fun with the rest of the TGIF gang!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Splattered Birthdays

Happy Thursday stampers and welcome to this months Control Freaks Blog Hop!  You may have made your way here from the oh-so-creative Cindy Elam or this might be your first stop.  No matter how you go here, make sure you make you way through the entire hop!  This month we creating with our 2020 Occasions/Sale-A-Bration pre-order goodies and focusing on a favorite technique of our choice. 

My twins are celebrating their 14th Birthday today...I'm not sure how this is even possible!  As they get closer to driving age, they are itching to ride on 4-wheelers, dirt bikes and side-by-sides as often as they can.  Given their love for any motorized vehicle, I knew that the new Petal to the Metal stamp set would be the PERFECT set to add to my pre-order. 
What comes with riding 4-wheelers, dirt bikes and side-by-sides? DIRT AND MUD of course!  I chose to get a bit mess with the "splatter" technique to add a bit of "mud".  Despite the little mess it can make, it is one of my all time favorite techniques!

Splatters don't always have to mean mud though.  They can also add just the right splash of color to a sweet and simple card.  I earned a few Sale-a-Bration stamp sets with my pre-order, one of them being Happy Birthday To You.  You know me...any image that I can color with my Stampin' Blends is a must have for me!
I stamped, colored and fussy cut the pretty birthday cake.  I added a few splatters of Petal Pink and Calypso Coral, to coordinate with the flowers.  I popped the cake up with a few Stampin' Dimensionals, added a little bow and the "To You" sentiment (which I cased from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog).

Thank you for stopping by today!  

Next up in the hop is the amazingly talented Melissa Stout!  But don't stop there...we have a hop full of creative techniques for you to check out!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Tropical Birthday Wishes ~ Monday Montage

Welcome to an all new Monday Montage Blog Hop!  You won't want to miss a single creation from this amazing group of stampers!

After spending a better part of the day wrapping gifts, I needed a little break from Christmas.  We have a special friend celebrating her birthday today and I needed the perfect card, just for her.  The Tropical Oasis suite items had not yet been put away and were practically begging to be used again!  So I put them to work to create not one, but two tropically perfect cards!
The patterns in the Tropical Oasis DSP pack are so bright and colorful...you feel like you are right there on a warm sunny beach enjoying all of the beautiful sights, sounds and flavors.  And the Coastal Wave 3D Embossing Folder is my new FAVORITE!  The texture this embossing folder creates is amazing!
I played around with a couple different patterns of DSP and a few different stamps and dies from the Timeless Tropical bundle.  The tiny pineapple and palms trees are beautiful!  I love that you can use this suite for anyone!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Terracott Tile, Grapefruit Grove, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Tropical Oasis DSP
Ink ~ Old Olive, Soft Suede, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Grapefruit Grove, Pretty Peacock
Stamp Sets ~ Timeless Tropical, Peaceful Moments
Other Supplies ~ Painted Labels Dies, In The Tropics Dies, Subtle Embossing Folder, Coastal Weave 3D Embossing Folder, Tropical Oasis Trinkets, Layering Circles Dies

My break from Christmas is over. Are you all ready for the holiday?  I still have a few little things to purchase and a little bit of baking left before I can say I'm ready, but I'm so close!

Make sure to check out the rest of the hop...you won't be disappointed!

We've added a list of everyone's home pages so you can hop along in any order you wish!  Just make sure you don't miss any!

Friday, December 13, 2019

#TGIFC242 Sketch Challenge

Happy Friday stampin' friends!  I don't know about you, but I am SO HAPPY it's Friday because that means it's time for an all new TGIF Challenges!  This week we have a great sketch for you to play along with!
I absolutely LOVE anything with pineapples! As soon as I saw the Tropical Oasis suite, I knew it was going to be joining me in my stamp room.  The adorable pineapple dies were perfect for today's sketch!
I used the Tropical Oasis Memories & More card pack for my background.  The pack is full of beautiful cards that are beautiful on their own or with a few added stamped images.  
I inked up the flower and leaf in the beautiful Saddle Brown StazOn ink, then colored them with my favorite Stampin' Blends.  I finished the card off with a simple sentiment and Tropical Oasis Trinket.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Grapefruit Grove, Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Tropical Oasis Memories & More Cards
Ink ~ Saddle Brown StazOn, Daffodil Delight, Stampin' Blends: Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink 
Stamp Set ~ Timeless Tropical
Other Supplies ~ Tropical Oasis Trinkets, In The Tropics Dies

Doesn't this make you wish you were sitting on a warm, sunny beach...sipping on a fruity drink?!?  Take me there!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, December 9, 2019

Peaceful Poppy Thoughts

Happy Monday stampin' friends!  

Another weekend has come and gone...and it went by way too fast!  I had a to-do list that was a mile long, but the arrival of my pre-order pushed a few of those things to the back burner so I could play with at least ONE of the new suites I got!
The Peaceful Poppies Suite was the first must have on my list.  I absolutely love poppies and the colors in this suite are gorgeous!  
I also love that Stampin' Up! coordinated not one, but two stamp set and die bundles.  The poppy images are beautiful and the sentiments are perfectly paired.   
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Black Berry Bliss, Whisper White, Velum, Peaceful Poppies DSP
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Painted Poppies, Peaceful Moments
Other Supplies ~ Poppy Moments Dies, Painted Labels Dies, Whisper White Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon, Peaceful Poppies Sequins, White Embossing Powder

I was a bit overwhelmed by my pre-order box and didn't know what to use first.  I went to my favorite sketch challenge site, Freshly Made Sketches, and was instantly inspired!  Yay!!

The next few weeks are packed full for my little family, but I am hoping to squeeze more creative time in here and there, so be sure to check back soon!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Friends Make the Season Shine

Hello stampers and welcome to our final Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge of 2019!  We hope you have enjoyed creating with us this year and we look forward to creating with all of you again in the New Year!

We have a sweet and simple sketch challenge for you to play along with.  You can keep it simple or step it up.

I pulled out one of my favorite Christmas stamp sets that carried over to the Annual Catalog.  The festive lights in the Making Christmas Bright stamp set are so much fun!
Do you ever go to our catalogs for inspiration?  That is always one of my first stops if I am struggling to get a card started.  I used our sketch AND cased the catalog...I love it when that happens!  The Brick and Mortar embossed background is perfect for a bright and cheerful Christmas card. And this sentiment is my favorite!  Friends really DO make the season shine!
Supplies Used:
Paper~ Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Brights DSP
Ink ~ Bermuda Bay, Mango Melody, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay
Stamp Set ~ Making Christmas Bright
Other Supplies ~ Layering Circles Dies, Twinkle Builder Punch, Brick and Mortar Embossing Folder

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you all have a great holiday season!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Deck the Halls ~ Monday Montage

Welcome to an all new Monday Montage Blog Hop!  You won't want to miss a single creation from this amazing group of stampers!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We were out of town for the holiday, but got back in town on Saturday and jumped right in to decorating for Christmas.  I always love pulling out all of our decorations and the memories that go along with all of them.  

Our decorating inspired today's Christmas card, using the beautiful Christmas Gleaming stamp set. 
I always love an image that can be colored with my Stampin' Blends!  You can often find me in my craft with my favorite music playing and coloring the day away!  I love the boldness of the holly and the simpleness of the ornaments.  
It's always hard for me not to add a ton of layers and embellishments, but I resisted and kept things pretty clean and simple.  I'm kind of feeling the same way about Christmas this year...keeping everything simple.  I'm happy that my family is on board with it too!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Shaded Spruce, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White
Ink ~ Cherry Cobbler, Coastal Cabana, Memento, Stampin' Blends: Shaded Spruce, Cherry Cobbler, Smoky Slate
Stamp Set ~ Christmas Gleaming
Other Supplies ~ Gleaming Ornaments Punches, Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Thanks for hopping along with us!  Just click on the buttons below to make your way through the entire hop.  We've got some great projects in store for you!

Happy Stamping!

We've added a list of everyone's home pages so you can hop along in any order you wish!  Just make sure you don't miss any!

Friday, November 29, 2019

#TGIFC240 Inspiration Challenge

Hello stampers!  I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

How many of you were out in the wee hours of the morning waiting in lines for Black Friday sales?!?  Did you find any great deals?!  Once you are back home and have some time to recover from the shopping craziness, how about joining us over at TGIF Challenges for this months Inspiration Challenge!  Some of us may already have snow, while others are still enjoying the beauty of the autumn leaves.  We hope those beautiful colors of nature help inspire you to create today!
We have already had a few snow flurries, but some of the beautiful fall leaves are still hanging on.  We are blessed to live in a beautiful area, tucked right up against the foothills of the Blue Mountains.  This card was inspired by my view right out of my very own craft room window!
Just last weekend as I was working on a project in my office, I looked up just a two deer jumped over our pasture fence into our backyard. My youngest and I ran outside to see where they went and were quickly surprised to see them running back towards us with our dog right on it's heels!  You never know what kind of excitement you will have when you visit our house. 
Snow Front is one of my absolute favorite stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog.  I love that you can create so many different scenes for ANY season!  The images are so soft and calming.  It's almost as if you are right there in the beautiful scenery that you have created!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Early Espresso, Gray Granite, Whisper White
Ink ~ Gray Granite, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Versa Mark
Stamp Sets ~ Snow Front, Itty Bitty Greetings
Other Supplies ~ Woodland Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder, Linen Thread

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend!  I can't wait to get home and decorate for Christmas!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 25, 2019

Merry Magnolia Monday

Good morning stampers!  It's a Merry Magnolia Monday!

We are in the week of Thanksgiving, but my Christmas crafting is going strong.  My Stampin' Blends haven't been getting as much love lately, so I pulled them out and brought some life to the beautiful Good Morning Magnolia stamp set.  
The large magnolia bloom in this stamp set is absolutely stunning!  This flower will always be beautiful in ANY color you choose!  I had Christmas on my mind, so I went with my Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow blends.  Isn't it so pretty?
I also added some colors to the pretty little flowers in the Magnolia Lane DSP.  The flowers went from a soft white, with just a hint of Petal Pink, to a bold and beautiful Cherry Cobbler.  Have I mentioned how much I love my Stampin' Blends?!?
Supplies Used:
Paper  ~ Mossy Meadow, Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Magnolia Lane DSP
Ink ~ Cherry Cobbler, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Cherry Cobbler, Mossy Meadow, So Saffron, Soft Suede
Stamp Sets ~ Good Morning Magnolia, Wrapped In Plaid
Other Supplies ~ Magnolia Memory Dies

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!  My family will soon be headed out to the Oregon coast to spend the holiday with family and friends.  My hope is to ditch all devices and just enjoy our time together, so you may not hear from me until next week!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Control Freaks Walkin' in a Winter Wonderland

I'm officially a FREAK...A Control Freak!  I am SO excited to join this super talented group of stampers, especially this month as we are stamping our way through a Winter Wonderland.  You should have just made your way here from the crafty and creative Cindy Elam.  Isn't she amazing?!?! 

With Christmas just around the corner, I've been working on some packaging ideas and thought it would be fun to make a cute little gift box and matching card.  I've paired up the adorable Let It Snow DSP with Everything Festive stamp set for the perfect Winter Wonderland creations!
Isn't this little snowman the CUTEST?!?!  Did you know the Snowman Builder Punch coordinates with some of the glittery snowmen and dapper little hats in the Let It Snow DSP?  This is the BEST!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White, Let It Snow DSP, Sparkle Glimmer Paper
Ink ~ Blueberry Bushel, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Everything Festive
Other Supplies ~ Winter Knit 3D Embossing Folder,  Seasonal Layers Dies, Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Snowman Builder Punch, Triple Banner Punch, Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle, Whisper White Bakers Twine

What says Winter Wonderland like a little delivery from the North Pole!  How about this Dashing Deer paired up with the frosty print from the Wrapped In Plaid DSP?  Can't you just see this beautiful reindeer leading Santa's sleigh?  Adding just a few Holiday Rhinestones will help light their way!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Night of Navy, Whisper White, Wrapped in Plaid DSP
Ink ~ VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Perfectly Plaid
Other Supplies ~ Dashing Deer Dies, Holiday Rhinestones, Tufted 3D Embossing Folder

Next up on our hop is the uber talented Tami Hewlett.  I absolutely LOVE her creations!

Thank you for hopping along with us!  

Happy Stamping!

Country Home Christmas

Happy Tuesday stampers!

The Hand Stamped Sentiments Design Team is back with a fun new Inspiration Challenge to play along with this week.  Just look at all of these fun and inspiring Christmas photos.  The possibilities are endless!  I can't wait to see what everyone is inspired to create!

I love the cranberry wreath!  It reminds me of the old wooden cranberry beads my mom used to decorate our tree with every Christmas and had me searching for just the right stamp set.  Country Home was just the stamp set I needed!  

I love how these flowers come to life as soon as you add color with the Stamping' Blends.  
I added some texture by adding a Stitched Nested Label embossed with the Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder.  I added a little shine to "Christmas" with the Fine Tip Glue pen.  Have you ever done this?  It's such a fun technique that adds so much!  I also heat embossed a Flower Faceted Gem in gold for just the right amount of bling.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink ~ VersaMark, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Cherry Cobbler, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow
Stamp Sets ~ Country Home, Dashing Deer
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Nested Label Dies, Merry Christmas Dies, Flower Faceted Gems, Tin Tile 3D Embossing Folder

Thank you for stopping by today!  I hope you all have time to play along with us this week!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 17, 2019

Winter Knit All Wrapped in Plaid

Welcome to an all new Monday Montage Blog Hop!  You won't want to miss a single creation from this amazing group of stampers!

Many stampers spent their weekend at OnStage events all around the world.  I was unable to attend this time, but it was so great seeing all of the pictures that so many attendees shared!  I can't wait to get my own copy of the upcoming Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs!  

I did miss out on attending, but the Wickedly Wonderful Wendy and I spent some FaceTime together and got our crafting on.  Thank goodness for technology when you can't be together!

My Wrapped In Plaid suite has been a bit neglected lately, so I pulled it out and had some fun creating a few cards.  

I added some texture with the festive Winter Knit 3D Embossing Folder.  I love how well this paired up with the Wrapped In Plaid suite!  

There are so many CUTE patterns in the package of DSP...the pattern mixing possibilities are ENDLESS!

I finished off the card with a gold embossed Merry Christmas sentiment from the Christmas Gleaming stamp set. 

All of the different trees in the Perfectly Plaid stamp set are so good! There is a tree that works with every pattern of DSP!

These would be great cards to make at a Christmas Workshop!  The coordinating Pine Tree Punch makes creating these cards a breeze!

Thanks for hopping along with us!  Just click on the buttons below to make your way through the entire hop.  We've got some great projects in store for you!  

Happy Stamping!

We've added a list of everyone's home pages so you can hop along in any order you wish!  Just make sure you don't miss any!