Friday, April 26, 2019

Farewell Friday ~ Lovely As a Tree

Happy Friday stampers!  I hope you have all had a fantastic week!
I was finally able to find some time to pull out my retiring stamp sets...I had to take a few moments to mourn some of my favorites that are leaving!  I'm doing my best to use them all one last time before I say good-bye...which leads me to a new string of posts that I will have on Friday's, featuring retiring stamp sets that I love.
I was absolutely shocked when I saw that Lovely As a Tree was retiring.  I honestly thought we would have this stamp set FOREVER!  It is certainly one I have used time and time again.  I had to create at least one more care with this beautiful set before we see it go!
This week's Freshly Made Sketches sketch was perfect for this card.  I love that I can always turn to their awesome sketches for creative inspiration!
I wanted to go for a more masculine look for this card and decided the Tree Rings background stamp would be a nice added layer.  Roughing up the edges gave it just a bit more rugged feel too.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Wood Textures DSP
Ink ~ Versa Mark, Memento, Stampin' Blends:  Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight
Stamp Sets ~ Lovely As a Tree, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Shapes Framelits, Whisper White Embossing Powder

I'm really going to miss the Wood Textures DSP too!  I can't count how many pieces of this I have gone though the past couple years.  It has been one of my favorites!

Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Unicorn Birthday Wishes ~ HSSIC313

Hello all you happy stampers! Welcome to Tuesday and an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge.  We have several inspiring photos from you to choose from this week and can't wait to see what you create!

Being the mom of 3 boys, I don't have the opportunity to create many cards for girls.  So any time I am asked to make a special card for a special little girl, I am happy to jump on the opportunity!  A dear friend asked for a birthday card for her great niece who will soon be turning 4 and loves the color purple.  As soon as I saw the unicorn headband in the inspiration photos, I knew exactly what I wanted to make!
I stamped a few of the flowers from First Frost stamp set in several shades of purple, then cut them out using the Frosted Bouquet Framelits.  The ears were cut using the Natures Roots Framelits.  The sentiment and a little bling were added by die cutting the pretty floral piece and words from the Well Written Framelits.  I finished off the card with some fluttery hand-drawn eyelashes and a bit of ribbon.  

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Gorgeous Grape, Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Gold Glimmer
Ink ~ Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Blackberry Bliss, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ First Frost
Other Supplies ~ Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Petal Pink) Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Gold Mini Sequins, Framelits:  Frosted Bouquet, Natures Roots, Well Written did this boy mom do on a super girly card?  I sure hope the birthday girl likes it!

What will you be inspired to create today?  I can't wait to see!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Follow Your Art ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We have another fabulous hop in store for you this week!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the creations...we promise you will love them all! 
I hope you aren't tired of seeing some of the 2019-2020 Annual Catalog sneak peeks yet because I have one to share with you today!  I was able to get an early peek at the display boards when I attended the CentreStage event at OnStage in Salt Lake City.  I love seeing all of the amazing new suites that are coming out, but Follow Your Art stole my heart from the second I saw it!  This suite was made for all of those who love to create!
Aren't these stamped images so great?!?!  And the matching dies are so GOOD!  But wait...there is so much more to this suite.  The DSP is amazing!  And the embellishments, washi tape, embossing folder and adorable little Mini Shipping Boxes...oh my gosh...I LOVE it ALL!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Follow Your Art DSP
Ink ~ Coastal Cabana, Memento, Stampin' Blends: Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Mango Melody, Smoky Slate
Stamp Set ~ It Starts With Art
Other Supplies ~ Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Arts & Crafts Dies

See those cute buttons and the little paperclip?  Those are all from dies!  How great are they?!?!  This is a suite that any stamper is going to love adding to their collection!

Next up in hop is my crafty friend Cathy...her creations are so awesome!  Or if you'd like to take a hop back, you'll find the amazingly talented Amy...I love her style!

Thank you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 19, 2019

#TGIFC208 Technique Time

Happy Friday stampers!  I think I am finally recovered from my whirlwind trip to Salt Lake City for OnStage last Saturday and my crazy adventure in getting home!  After catching up on things at home, I was finally able to sit down and play with a few new items we received at OnStage, including the beautiful new Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP we were all given for the final Prize Patrol.  This gorgeous DSP fit in perfectly with this weeks TGIF Challenges paper piercing challenge.
It's been a minute since I've done any paper's one of those techniques I kind of forgot about, but it adds a fun element to your projects!  I even found a few of my old piercing mats that I forgot I had!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla, Blushing Bride, Soft Suede, Mosaic Mood Specialty DSP
Ink ~ Mint Macaron
Stamp Set ~ Flowering Desert
Other Supplies ~ Layering Circles Framelits, Hexagons Embossing Folder, Iridescent Sequins

I fussy cut this amazing flower from the DSP, as well as the pretty little butterfly.  I can't wait for my Product Purchase Premier items to get here so I can play with the rest of this suite!  You are all going to LOVE it!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Have an awesome weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Geared Up for OnStage

Hello from Salt Lake City!  I'm so excited to be here with some of my favorite Stampin' Up! friends!  We are scattered all over the US this time, so I'm missing some of my favorite people, but I'm sending my love across the miles.
We have a day full of creating, inspiring and sharing ahead of us, followed by a fantastic afterparty, hosted by the amazing Brynn Thornburgh.  She hosted an amazing afterparty event in Orlando and this one will NOT disappoint!
I was honored when she asked me to design a make and take for her event.  She asked me to use the Geared Up Garage suite and I couldn't have been happier!  This is such a great stamp set for any guy or gal in your life!  I love the grungy look this suite offers!
I love all of the fun models of cars and motorcycles in the Classic Garage DSP and just had to fussy cut them for samples. The Classic Garage Metal Elements were the perfect touch to finish off the card.  
I can't decide if I like the cars or the motorcycles better...because they are all awesome! 
Do you ever crumple your paper?  It's a technique I don't always think of, but it was a MUST for these samples.  It gives just the right amount of texture and grunge!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Tranquil Tide, Basic Gray, Crushed Curry, Classic Garage DSP
Ink ~ Basic Gray, Memento
Stamp Set ~ Geared Up Garage
Other Supplies ~ Layering Circles Framelits, Garage Gears Thinlits, Classic Garage Metal Elements

It was so funny to see my bag go through the security check...the little keys and wrenches looked so funny on the X-ray!  I'm sure TSA was wondering what in the world they were!

I hope to have lots of fun and exciting things to share with you after I get back home.  I've seen a few sneak peaks of the upcoming annual catalog and it looks AMAZING!  Stay tuned...

Happy Staming!

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Forever & Always, By Your Side

Today my husband and I are celebrating our 15th wedding anniversary.  Our marriage has been one crazy adventure after another and I wouldn't trade a single moment of it!
I always envisioned us taking a trip back to Mexico for our 15th anniversary, but that was before we were blessed with 3 boys who have a big love for baseball.  Maybe we can shoot for that trip for our 25th...but for now, we will enjoy baseball season and dream of the beach with this anniversary card I made for my hubby.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Sahara Sand, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink ~ Sahara Sand, Bermuda Bay, Blueberry Bushel, Poppy Parade, Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Memento
Stamp Sets ~ Beach Happy, Itty Bitty Greetings, Waterfront, High Tide

I love being able to combine multiple stamp sets to make a card!  This one includes some of my very favorites...because I'm a warm, sunny beach girl at heart!

Wishing you all a happy Wednesday!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Colorful Little Elephants ~ HSSCC#312

Oh my...I feel like it's Monday again!  I started this post a couple days ago and reminded myself several times to finish it last night.  Guess what?  That didn't happen, but life did!

It's a good thing we have a bright and cheerful color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments's sure to bring a smile to your face!

I've been eyeing this adorable stamp set for a while now and finally decided it need to join my collection. These Little Elephants are just so CUTE!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Gray Granite, Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White, Twinkle Twinkle DSP
Ink ~ Gray Granite, Call Me Clover, Lovely Lipstick, Flirty Flamingo
Stamp Set ~ Little Elephant
Other Supplies ~ Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Elephant Builder

Sweet, simple and cute!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Sea of Birthday's ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We have another fabulous hop in store for you this week!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the creations...we promise you will love them all! 

My family spent this past week at the Oregon Coast relaxing and resetting before life gets super crazy with spring sports!  There is something about the fresh ocean air, the sound of the crashing waves and the sand between my toes that completely refreshes me...and inspired today's card.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Sahara Sand, Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, Powder Pink
Ink ~ Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, Sahara Sand
Stamp Sets ~ Sea of Textures, Free Cake
Other Supplies ~ Under the Sea Framelits, Linen Thread

Here's a little peak of where we spent our week.  Isn't it beautiful?  

Next stop on the hop is my creative friend Cathy...I always love all of her awesome creations! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on backwards to the wickedly wonderful Wendy...I just love her!

Thanks you for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, April 5, 2019

#tgifc206 Color Challenge

Happy Friday stampers!  It's been a bit since I've blogged, but I've had good reason.  I've been at the Oregon Coast enjoying Spring Break!  This was our time to reset before the full on craziness of baseball season takes over our lives for the next few months.  
I did bring a couple craft projects to work on while I was gone, including this weeks TGIF Challenges Color Challenge.  These colors are so fun and bright!
Paper Pumpkin kits are always easy to take along on trips!  March 2019 Poppin' Birthday Paper Pumpkin Kit did not disappoint!  With a few extra scraps of paper, this weeks color challenge ink pads, a punch and some embellishments, I created this cheerful birthday card that would be great for anyone!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Granny Apple Green
Ink ~ Mango Melody, Granny Apple Green, Bermuda Bay
Stamp Set ~ March 2019 Poppin' Birthday Paper Pumpkin Kit
Other Supplies ~ Balloon Bouquet Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Iridescent Sequins

I think I could spend another couple weeks here at the beach.  It has been so nice to not have an agenda, crazy schedules, school or work.  The good news is that we only have 10 weeks until summer break.  I think I can do it!  

Thanks for stopping by today!  Hopefully I'll be able to get back in to a normal stamping routine and share a bit more once I get home.

Happy Stamping!