Thursday, December 2, 2021

Cheerful Birthday Wishes

Happy Thursday stampers!

The Words of Cheer bundle has been getting a lot of use the past few weeks.  I love how versatile this bundle is and that it can be used for more than just Christmas creations!  

A dear friend celebrated her birthday over Thanksgiving weekend and I created this card for her husband to give to her.  I haven't made a ton of slimline cards, but after making this one I will certainly be making more!  A Night of Navy card base, a Bark embossed piece of Misty Moonlight and a little bit of Basic White peeking out created a beautiful card front to work with.

I stamped and die-cut the floral image twice, coloring it in shades of Petal Pink, Misty Moonlight, Soft Sea Foam and So Saffron.  I brushed the flowers with a little bit of Wink of Stella for the softest shimmer.
I die-cut Happy from a piece of Night of Navy and the Happy background die from a piece of Cork Speciality Paper.  I love the extra detail from the Cork much so that I added a few Cork flowers.  I stamped one of the images from Happiest of Birthday's and cut the word Birthday out to add.  I wrapped it all up with a simple Linen Thread bow.

I'm not quite ready to put this beautiful bundle away yet, so be watching for another creation or two before the Christmas season is over.

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, November 30, 2021

'Tis the Season ~ HSSCC378

'Tis the season for warm holiday colors!  This weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge is beautiful and I can't wait to see what everyone creates!

I think I used a a little something from every seasonal suite in the July-December Mini Catalog for this card!  Black & White Gingham Ribbon from the Cute Halloween Suite, Cork Specialty Paper from the Harvest Meadow Suite and cute little Christmas Trees Dies from the Whimsy & Wonder Suite.  I LOVE it when so many different products all work together!

I cut some whimsical trees in shades of Merry Merlot, Evening Evergreen and Soft Succulent and arranged them on a circle of Cork Speciality Paper.  To give the card a bit more color, I added a piece of Evening Evergreen In-Color DSP...but it still needed more!

...bring in the Black & White Gingham Ribbon!  Have I mentioned how much I love this ribbon?!?!  A bit more black was added with a sentiment from Christmas to Remember stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black.  I thought about adding a few embellishments, but decided this card just didn't need them.  

Are you ready for the Christmas season?  I was ready after Halloween, but I held off on putting any decorations up until the weekend before Thanksgiving.  We usually wait until the weekend after, but we were traveling this year, so I decided some Christmas cheer for a few more days wouldn't hurt anyone!

I hope you'll join along and share your colorful Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge  creations!

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, November 26, 2021

Friendly Hello Birthday Wishes

Happy Friday stampers!! I hope all that celebrated Thanksgiving yesterday had a wonderful day with family and friends. 

TGIF Challenges has a fun Product Spotlight to play along with this week! We’re creating with the Soft Pastels and I can’t wait to see what everyone creates!

I’ll admit, these took come encouragement. It’s been a long time since I’ve used pastels! But I jumped in and gave them a try.

I scraped a little pastel dust in each color onto on of my stamp blocks, then sponged it on the images with the Sponge Daubers. So easy and not nearly as difficult as I thought it would be!
I fussy cut the pretty little bird and flowers from the upcoming Sale a Bration stamp set, Friendly Hello. I stamped a few flowers in Fresh Fresia, then tucked a piece of Friendly Hello behind this layer.  An Ornate Floral piece of Basic White added just right amount it of texture. The sentiment was heat embossed in white on Basic Black, of course. 

This stamp set and coordinating Friendly Hello DSP are available for FREE when you purchase $100 in product January 4-February 28. 

I will add my supply list soon! We traveled for the Thanksgiving holiday and I forgot to bring my laptop. Posting from your phone is a blessing, but not as easy as your computer!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Holly Jolly Hot Chocolate

Thanksgiving is almost here, which means I better get started on some of my special treat packages for Christmas!  I love to have a stash of little gifts on hand, ready to go for those last minute holiday gatherings that always seem to pop up this time of year. 

Anyone else have a ridiculous amount of fun packaging in their stash that rarely gets used?!?  Please tell me I'm not the only one!  I pulled out my stash of Acetate Card Boxes and found that they are perfect for a quick and easy hot chocolate kit!
Anyone else have a ridiculous amount of fun packaging in their stash that rarely gets used?!?  Please tell me I'm not the only one!  I pulled out my stash of Acetate Card Boxes and found that they are perfect for a quick and easy hot chocolate kit!

I tucked a packet of hot chocolate and a candy cane in the box, then aded a few strips of the Whimsy & Wonder Specialty DSP to the top and bottom.  

Another crafting item I tend to collect is ribbon...ALL the ribbon!  The Metallic Mesh Ribbon was just what this box needed.  It goes along with the bits of silver in the DSP beautifully!  And you can't have a box without a tag, right?  

After cutting out a Tailored Made Tag from a piece of Fluid 100 Watercolor Paper, I created a watercolor background with the Water Painters and some Mossy Meadow ink.  A beautiful Wonderful Snowflake, a couple of cute die cut trees and a heat embossed sentiment from Christmas to Remember, along with just a few Polished Pink In Color jewels completed the tag.

I'm hoping to get a few more of these put together over the Thanksgiving break, along with a few other treat boxes.  'Tis the season!

This weeks Global Design Project Christmas Theme Project inspired today's project! Join in the fun and play along!
Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Rainbow of Happiness ~ Monday Montage


Hello friends and welcome back to another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We're so happy to have you join us!

OnStage@Home was held last weekend and with that came a sneak peek of the upcoming January-June (JJ) 2022 and January-February Sale-a-Bration (SAB) catalogs.  You are going to LOVE these catalogs!!! 

Along with those sneak peeks of the new catalogs, demonstrators who attended OnStage@Home were able to purchase select items from the Product Purchase Premier...say that 3 times fast!  My order was super quick to arrive and I could not wait to play with the new Rainbow of Happiness Bundle from the JJ catalog and coordinating Sunshine & Rainbows DSP from the SAB catalog!
This first card features the ADORABLE Sunshine & Rainbows DSP.  This cloud pattern is just so cute!  And guess what?!?  There is a coordinating cloud punch coming in the new JJ catalog that will be a must have for me!  But I was totally fine with fussy cutting a couple cute clouds to go with the cheerful rainbow stamped with the Rainbow of Happiness stamp set in shades of So Saffron, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Magenta Madness and Petal Pink.  A couple strips of some of the other cheerful patterns of DSP brought a bit more color in and the Iridescent Rhinestones offered just the right amount of bling.  Isn't this just the cutest?!?!

Next up is a subtle rainbow card with a sweet little sentiment...You make me happy.  The rainbow was created with the awesome Brilliant Rainbow Dies.  This die is what sold me on this bundle.  I LOVE this die!  I arranged the rainbow in shades of Petal Pink, So Saffron, Cinnamon Cider and Calypso Coral on a piece of Very Vanilla.  I used a piece of So Saffron from the Subtles 6x6 DSP to peek out from behind the rainbow...kind of like the sun peeing out!  I stamped the tiny little hearts and sun rays in Calypso Coral on a Calypso Coral card base.  The sweet sentiment was stamped in Cinnamon Cider on a strip of Calypso Coral, with a Very Vanilla bow tucked behind.  A bit of bling was added with the Iridescent Rhinestones again.  I can already tell these are going to be my new favorite embellishments!
These rainbows are going to bring all kinds of happiness!  I can not wait to share these and the rest of the amazing JJ and SAB catalog goodies with all of you!

Happy Stamping!

Be sure to keep on hopping along with us!  Next up is Cathy of Sugar Shack Designs or if you prefer to go backwards, click back to see what Wendy of Wickedly Wonderful Creations has created.  
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Friday, November 19, 2021

Offering Our Thanks and Gratitude ~ Control Freaks November Blog Hop


Welcome to the November Control Freaks Blog Hop!  This month we are full of thankfulness and gratitude and can't wait to share it all with you.  Whether you started here or arrived from the amazing Tami Hewlett's blog, be sure to hop your way all the way through!

The first card I am staring today was a special project for a dear friend at work.  She requested several Thank You cards for secretaries across our school district and I was more than happy to comply!

We are nearing the end of our beautiful fall season where I'm from, but a few leaves are still hanging on, providing a last bit of inspiration!  I started by stamping the Birch background stamp on a sheet of Basic White.  I die cut some Intricate Leaves Dies in shades of Cajun Craze, Mango Melody, Merry Merlot and Early Espresso.  A circle of Cork Specialty Paper was the perfect amount of texture to go along with these beautiful fall colors.
A simple Thanks sentiment from Artistically Inked heat embossed in white on Basic Black added a pop of boldness and a little bit of pulled-apart Crumb Cake Bakers Twine and a few Artistry Blooms sequins were all that were needed to finished this card off.  

Next up is a wintery thank you using the Peaceful Cabin Bundle.  If you haven't seen the Peaceful Place DSP in person, you MUST add it to your collection before its too late.  This paper is filled with beautiful wintery images with a surprise of some silver foil mixed throughout. 

The serene cabin and trees were stamped in Basic Gray, then die-cut with the coordinating Cabin dies.  Isn't that little fox the cutest?!?! These were layered together on top of a shimmery treelined piece of DSP to create a peaceful winter retreat. I need to find a place like this to visit soon!

Once again, I heat embossed the sentiment in white on Basic Gray and added just a bit of bling with the Subtle Shimmer Sequins. I just love the calming nature of this's gorgeous!  

We are so thankful for all of you hopping along with us!  We love to share our 
creations with you!

Next up on the hop is the wonderful Wendy Weixler!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, November 16, 2021

Happy Christmas Wishes ~ HSSSC#337

Hello friends!  Welcome to an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge!

I love the panels in the sketch and the options are endless for the circle and banner.    I used Whimsy & Wonder DSP for the panels.  Don't you just love these colors together?  A Wonderful Snowflake iridescent foil snowflake was a MUST to go along with this sketch.  A couple fussy cut ornaments from another sheet of DSP added just a bit more of shimmery joy!

The Christmas Cheer Dies were used in place of the banner for a Happy Christmas.  A couple of Linen Thread bows helped to hang the ornaments and a few Opal Rounds created just the right amount of sparkle.

After a horribly long day of flight delays on my return trip from Salt Lake City, I was so happy to spend some time in my craft room for some much needed stamp therapy.  Even though my trip home was a bit more eventful than I had hoped, it was well worth it to spend some time with some of my favorite stamping people!

I hope you'll join along in this weeks sketch challenge! We always love to see what you create!

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, November 12, 2021

Artistically Inked Birthday ~ #TGIFC342

Happy Friday stampers!

It's time for an all new TGIF Challenges Sketch Challenge!  I always love a good sketch to get me started on any of my projects!

I've been playing around with the Artistically Inked stamp set and thought it would be great for this weeks sketch!  I inked up the largest flower from the stamp set in Magenta Madness and the smaller in Coastal Cabana.  And what green goest best with bright, beautiful blooms...Granny Apple Green of course!  Since I forgot to get the dies when I purchased this stamp set, I happily fussy cut all of the flowers. 

You all know that I love me some black and white strips, so I put this cute pattern of Cute Halloween DSP to good use!  A little peek-a-boo layer of Coastal Cabana gave a little extra pop of color.

The Happy Birthday sentiment was just right to go along with the sketch!  A bit of bakers twine pulled apart and a few Artistry Blooms sequins were just the right amount of embellishment for this cheerful birthday greeting!

I hope you'll join along in the fun this week over at TGIF Challenges!

OnStage@Home is happening this weekend, so I am hoping to be back next week with some fun new and inspiring ideas to share.  But for now, I am going to enjoy a weekend in Utah with some of my favorite stamping friends!!!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, November 7, 2021

In the Moment ~ Monday Montage


Welcome back to another Monday Montage!  As we get ready for OnStage@Home, I am missing all of these talent stampers so much!  It has been far too long since we've all be able to be together.  I hope that changes SOON!

Even though we don't all get to meet in person, we still get some fun OnStage@Home swag, including a beautiful new stamp set called In the Moment.  
I love everything about this stamp set!  The images, the sentiments...they are all so perfect for these uncertain times we've been living through the past year and a half.

I kept the design of cards all pretty simple because I didn't want to take away from any of the stamped images. Some Calypso Coral, Balmy Blue and Pool Party were perfect for this ocean scene.

And some shades of Soft Succulent, Misty Moonlight and Fresh Freesia were just right for this cup of coffee (or tea) by the window.

And there's nothing more comfortable than a warm Smoky Slate blanket, snuggled up with your Cinnamon Cider pup.  A bit of Night of Navy and Granny Apple Green made things just a bit cozier.

OnStage@Home might be virtual, but I'll be meeting up with a few of my Monday Montage friends and I can not wait to see them!  And I'm just as excited to see everyone else, even if it's on a computer screen!

Keep on hopping to see what the rest of these talented ladies have created for you today!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 2, 2021

Wonderful Woods Friends

We survived the Monday after Halloween...whew!  We're on to Tuesday and an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge.

I am always inspired by anything with deer or elk.  Being the wife and mom of avid hunters, we have a house full of deer mounts and will soon have a big branch bull elk mount.  (Don't worry...I make my boys hang their trophies in their bedrooms or the shop!)

I brought out Welcoming Woods once again and paired it up with Nature's Beauty, an old favorite. I inked up the birch trees in Crumb Cake, then added some stamped -off leaves in Soft Succulent.  

A die-cut circle in Soft Succulent stamped with the Birch background stamp was the perfect layer for the sweet little doe stamped in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake. The sweet Peaceful Moments sentiment was just right for this frosty fall scene.

A little bit of twine, some vellum and a Bark 3D embossed layer gave just the right amount of texture to a pretty simple card.

Be sure to join us over at Hand Stamped Sentiments for this weeks challenge.  We have a few new design team members that you are going to want to check out too!

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, October 29, 2021

Halloween Mash Up ~ #TGIFC340

We made to Friday and a faBOOlous new TGIF Challenges!  Since we have an extra Friday this month, we are mashing things up with a Mash Up Challenge.  We had to pick at least two challenges from this month to mash up and create something fun is that?!?!  I went with 3 of the challenges...the sketch, the theme and the technique.
I once again inked up Cutest Halloween and fussy cut some of favorite Cute Halloween images along with a couple strips of torn DSP to go along with the sketch.  I just love this paper!
I've played around with the alcohol blending technique a bit, but not quite like this.  I colored an entire piece of vellum in shades of Basic Black, Misty Moonlight and Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Blends.

Next I used a Water Painter filled with rubbing alcohol to blend the shades of Stampin' Blends together, then added some drops and splatters to create a spooktabulous background!
This is such a fun technique, but one that I need some more practice on for sure!

I hope you will join us and share your own Mash Up creation!

Here's to a happy Friday and a Happy Halloween weekend!

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, October 27, 2021

Welcoming Woods Birthday Wishes

Happy Wednesday stampin' friends! 

Fall is officially here, the weather is getting colder and the days are getting shorter.  While I am far from ready for snow, I am happy to create a snowy scene with paper, stamps and ink!
Welcoming Woods caught my eye in the Mini Catalog right away, but I just recently added it to my collection.  I love the simplicity of this stamp set.
I stamped the trees in Memento, then added a snowfallen blanket of Balmy Blue.  Using the Blending Brushes, I added a bit more Balmy Blue along the bottom.  I softened up the sky with a light bruising of Smoky Slate...the perfect winter sky!

A few heat embossed white snowflakes were added amongst the trees for a peaceful touch.  I am not a fan of the cold winter months, but I do love the peacefulness of freshly fallen snow.  A simple sentiment and a few bits of pretty blue bling were all these trees needed.

I tore the top and bottom of the stamped panel and layered it on a strip of Basic Black embossed with the Bark 3D embossing folder.  I thought I had grabbed a piece of Smoky Slate card stock, but it was actually Gray Granite and I really liked how it all came together.  Some days it's good for me to let my OCD go and mix things up a bit!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, October 24, 2021

Celebrate Amazing Friends ~ Monday Montage 200th Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the 200th Monday Montage Blog Hop!!  Can you believe we've made it through this many hops?!?!  What started out as a group of Almost Artisan's back in 2013 is now a group of amazing stampers that I am so proud to call my friends!

What better way to celebrate this milestone blog hop than with a CELEBRATION theme?!?!  The Create With Friends stamp set was absolutely perfect for the occasion!
I stamped the words Celebrate, Amazing and Friends in Coastal Cabana on Basic White and set to work fussy cutting each word.  At first I was thinking of black and white stripes, but after going though the Pattern Party pack of DSP, I paired up the Flirty Flamingo and White stripes with the black and white polka dots.  

A few layers of Vellum behind the striped paper was a fun touch and much better than the layers of Basic Black that I had originally tired.  A Costal Cabana card base made the fussy cut words pop a bit more and a few fussy cut flowers from another Pattern Party DSP pattern were the perfect added touch.  I threw in a handful of my favorite Artistry Blooms Adhesive-Backed sequins for just the right amount of bling.

It has been such an honor to create with this group of amazingly talented stampers!  I can't wait to see what the next 200 hops will bring!

Hop on over Cathy Casey or hop on back to Amy O'Neill...either way, make sure you make your way all the way through and CELEBRATE with us in Monday Montage style!
Happy Stampin!
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