Thursday, July 29, 2021

Turtle-y Awesome 10 Year Old

 Happy Thursday and Happy Birthday to my youngest kiddo!  

It's always fun to create a card for my sweet boy because I know that he truly loves each one he receives...and he keeps them all!  He has grown up in my craft room with me and can often be found right beside me, creating his own masterpiece.  I love it and cherish every moment that he still wants to spend hanging out with me.
Turtle Friends is such a fun stamp set!  I love his cute little smile and the party hat makes him the life of the {birthday} party! After stamping this cute guy in Granny Apple Green, I added a bit more with the Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.  The little tail and toes are the cutest!

I had quite the mess going on in the creation of this card.  I had so many bits and pieces of heat embossed and fussy cut paper all over my desk to create the PERFECT birthday sentiment.  1 punch, 1 die set and 3 different stamp sets and so many colors later, this cute card came to life!
We are celebrating the big day at the lake, soaking up as much summer fun in the sun and water as we can!  Summer birthdays are the BEST!  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a turtle-y awesome day!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Harvest Meadows Thank You

 We are gearing up for another week of triple digit weather, but this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge has me thinking of fall!

I love these rich, warm earth-tone colors!  They were perfect for the soon-to-be available Harvest Dies!
I created a background using the Stampin' Blend and rubbing alcohol technique on a piece of Vellum...I still need some practice, but it was fun! I die cut some of the harvest blooms in shades of Old Olive, Cinnamon Cider and Rich Razzleberry to adhere to the Vellum layer, which was then layered on a piece of Basic White, embossed with the beautiful Timeworn Type 3D embossing folder.

I wrapped it all up with the gorgeous Diamond Weave Ribbon, with some white Bakers Twine weaved it, and a pretty little Thank You tag.  A little touch of Gold Metallic Specialty Paper and Brushed Metallic Dots were the perfect final touches.

I am far from being ready for summer to end, but I am LOVING these colors of fall! I hope you will join along in this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge!

Happy Stamping!

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Mini Catalog Items:  Stamp Set - Nature's Harvest, Paper - Gold & Rose Metallic Specialty Paper, Other Supplies - Diamond Weave Ribbon, Brushed Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots

Sunday, July 25, 2021

Feels Like Home ~ Monday Montage

Hi friends and welcome to another amazing Monday Montage Blog Hop!  This past week has been flooded with Convention memories with so many of these talented stampers in this group.  I love each and every one of them!!

I am slowly, but surely working my way through my Mini and Sale-A-Bration catalogs pre-order. I may have ordered more than I actually thought...shocking, right?!?  I ordered enough to earn myself a few Sale-A-Bration items, including the beautiful Feels Like Home stamp set.  I love the door image with the bike! 

This image is absolutely beautiful when it is watercolored, but I was in a Stampin' Blend kind of mood when I created this card.  I may not have the same look as watercolor, but it is still just as pretty!  I had a mess of Stampin' Blends on my desk after adding color.
After coloring the image, I tore the edges of the paper and added it to a piece of Smoky Slate embossed with the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder.  I love what the torn paper added to the card.  A simple Happy Birthday sentiment fussy cut from the Best Year stamp set was all that was needed complete the card.

I told my husband this stamp set is going to be a big help in deciding what color to paint our front door!  I can stamp as many as I want and color the doors in ALL the colors!

Thanks for hopping along with us today!  Be sure to keep on hopping until you make your way through the loop!

Happy Stamping!

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Sale-A-Bration stamp set: Feels Like Home

Friday, July 23, 2021

Wrapped up in the Christmas Season ~ #TGIFC326

Once again, we have arrived at Friday and another all new TGIF Challenges!  This week we have a fun technique challenge for you...Decorated Envelopes!
I don't know about you, but I am not the best at dressing up my envelopes.  This is something that I need to change, especially for cards that are being tucked in with a gift!
I am still working my way through my Mini Catalog pre-order goodies, so you get more Christmas in July today.  The Painted Christmas Suite was an absolute MUST have for me...I love everything about it!  I used some of the Painted Christmas DSP to decorate the envelope flap as well as the pretty label for the front.  I tucked in a pinecone, some sprigs of pine branches and some holly berries behind a sweet and simple Merry Christmas sentiment from the Christmas to Remember stamp set.  Oh, and a few Gold Holly Leaves too...can't forget those!  

Of course I had to have a card to go inside this beautiful envelope.  I CASE'd one of the samples in the Mini Catalog to create a simple, yet special card.  I love this sentiment, also from the Christmas to Remember Stamp set.
Christmas may still be months away, but I can't wait to give this to a dear friend when the season is here!  
I am going to make it a goal to make more of an effort to decorate more of my envelopes, even if it's just the flap!  This is a great way to use up some DSP, especially if you are a collector like I am!

Be sure to share your decorated envelopes with us this week!  We always love to see what you are creating!

Happy Stamping!

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Mini Catalog: Stamps sets - Christmas Season, Christmas to Remember, Paper - Painted Christmas DSP, Other Supplies:  Gold Holly Leaves

Thursday, July 22, 2021

Penguin Party

 It's time to party like penguins! Have you ever seen how playful penguins can be?  They are the cutest!

Penguin Place is a new Mini Catalog stamp set that has a coordinating Penguin punch.   It is absolutely adorable!  And what makes it even more adorable?  Coordinating Penguin Playmates that you can earn for FREE from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog!!!

This stamp set is full of winter fun images to dress your penguins up, but it also has some images that can be used for a summer birthday card too!
I stamped and punched out two of the penguins, adding some cute little beaks and happy feet.  I even added a little bowtie on one...LOVE!  
I heat embossed the sentiments, cutting Happy Birthday with the Layering Circle dies and die-cutting To The Coolest Friend Ever.  My youngest son loves this sentiment and can't wait to make his best buddies some cards!

Can we talk about how cute these little feet are?!?!  The movie Happy Feet was playing in my mind as I stamped these tiny little penguin toes!

Today's card was inspired by the latest Freshly Made Sketches, but as you can see I kind of strayed away a bit with my penguins.  That's the joy of a sketch...it can give you a starting point, but you may end up with a different finished project.  

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Mini and SAB Catalogs:  Stamp Set - Penguin Place, Paper - Penguin Playmates DSP

Monday, July 19, 2021

Merry Christmas You Adorable Animals ~ Control Freaks July 2021

Hello and welcome to this months Control Freaks Blog Hop!  This month is all about ANIMALS and I can't wait to see everyone's creations.
Did you just arrive here from the creative Cindy Elam?  I just love her style!  Or maybe you are just starting.  Either way, don't stop until you've hopped all the wary around!

I am sharing a little sneak peek of what's coming in the JulyAugust-December 2021 Mini and SAB Catalogs.  I promise the catalog delay will be worth the wait!  

As soon as I got a sneak peek of he Sweet Stockings Suite, I knew I had to have it!  I am all about cute puppies and kitties, especially when they are peeking out of fun stockings.  And let me tell you...the Sweet Stockings DSP is ADORABLE! I cut a few strips of the fun, multi-colored doodle pattern for the background and added a stitched pattern tag.  The sweet-as-can-be die-cut doggie in the stocking was added, along with a few presents, after coloring them with my Blends, of course!  And the sentiment...isn't it the cutest?!?!  Santa Paws is coming to town!  A little bit of the Pool Party Striped Grosgrain Ribbon and white twine topped the tag and a few Matte Decorative Dots were added for good measure.

August starts our second round of Sale-A-Bration for the year.  This is something new this year and I LOVE it!  Who doesn't love earning FREE stuff?!? The Penguin Playmates DSP coordinates with the Penguin Place bundle and I couldn't resist it!  It is filled with adorable animal images on one side and fun patterns on the flip side.  If you love fussy cutting as much as I do, this pack of DSP is one you'll want to earn for sure!
I fussy cut 3 of my favorite critters and added them to a cool and frosty selection of different DSP patterns and shapes. The sentiments from Penguin Place were heat embossed on some little strips of Just Jade.  I cut bits of them apart to place them across the playful winter scene.  So cute! 
Don't stop here! Hop on over to the marvelous Melissa Stout to see what she has to share today!
Thanks for hopping along with us!

Happy Stamping!

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Mini and SAB catalogs:  Sweet Stockings Suite, Penguin Place Bundle, Penguin Playmates DSP 

Friday, July 16, 2021

Love You to the Beach & Back ~ #TGIFC325

It's FRIDAY and that means it's time for an all new TGIF Challenges.  This week we are feeling ALL of the vacation vibes!

Do you have a favorite vacation spot?  Mine is, hands down, the Oregon Coast.  Pacific City to be exact.  I have spent my entire life vacationing on the Washington and Oregon coast...the beach is my happy place!

With that being said, of course I had to create a beach themed vacation card.  I stamped and die cut some shells in some different colors, then layered them on a piece of Pool Party.  I stamped a few of the same seashells in Pool Party before embossing it with the awesome Painted Texture 3D embossing folder.  It kind of looks like you are looking at the seashells under water.

I layered the underwater shell scene on a piece of woodgrain In Good Taste DSP and Basic White, then attached it all to a Pool Party card base.  A couple Opal Rounds were added, which instantly reminded me of little baby jelly fish!
This sentiment may be one of my most favorite ever!  I have ideas for an anniversary card for my hubby brewing!

I hope you have a fantastic Friday!

Happy Stamping!


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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Beauty of Thankfulness

Hi friends!  Happy Thursday...right???  I had to stop and think about what day it really was.  During the summer, while I am off, I tend to lose track of what day it is.  And I'm okay with that!  I do know that no matter what day of the week it is, I can always find a new Freshly Made Sketches sketch to play along with!
I love the simplicity of this weeks sketch!  The Beauty of the Earth DSP has been sitting on my desk, just waiting to be used, and this weeks sketch was the perfect time to put it to use!
I love the colors in this pattern!  They remind me of fall...my second favorite season, after summer of course.  A simple strip of this DSP was all I needed!  Some Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy and Basic White stood in the background while the warm colors in the DSP stole the show.
I love this Night of Navy sentiment from the Best Year stamp set, which fit so nicely inside this Tasteful Labels die.  The sentiment alone was little sad, so I added some Misty Moonlight stamped-off leaves from tasteful touches.  These leaves pair up perfectly with the DSP!  A touch of texture was added with the Bark 3D embossing folder and I dressed things up just a bit with some Crumb Cake Bakers Twine and Genial Gems.  For a simple card, I felt like I had ALL the things out on my desk!  

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you have a fantastic day!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, July 13, 2021

Growing Gratefulness ~ #HSSSC368

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday!  It's time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge.  I hope you'll join along in the fun!

I'm still loving the Bloom Where You're Planted DSP, especially when it comes to fussy cutting out all of the plants!  I have a pile of them sitting on my desk and they were perfect to go along with this weeks sketch challenge.

I had a few scraps of DSP left over from a class I had last weekend that I was able to put to use.  I love the dark Evening Evergreen pattern paired up with the white brick wall pattern.  The Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder gave just the right amount of texture and is probably my favorite EF at the moment!
After stamping the sentiment, I couldn't figure out a placement that made me happy, so I set to work fussy cutting it.  This is such a fun way to change up any sentiment!  A few staples were added to go along with the sketch and I called it good.  I was going to add a few embellishments, but decided they weren't needed.

I hope you aren't tired of seeing so many plant cards yet.  I have so many more ideas floating around in my head!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Peekaboo Farm Friends ~ Monday Montage

Hello friends and welcome to another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  I love seeing all of the great ideas all of these talented stampers we have.  Make sure you don't miss a single stop along the way!

I've been eyeing the cute little Peekaboo Farm critters for quite some time and finally added them to my collections of stamps.  They are so stinkin' adorable and perfect for my love of coloring

Along with the Peekaboo Farm stamp set, I also added the Picture This dies. These two products go hand in hand!  After cutting out the Smoky Slate circle frames, I cut a second frame in Basic White and used the negative pieces to stamp and color the adorable little farm friends. I love that it looks like they are peeking through each hole.
A little texture was added with the Tasteful Textile 3D embossing folder and a little pop of Petal Pink was brought in with the heat embossed sentiment and cute little flowers from the Peach Dies.  

 

Next up is the friendly little cow..just popping over the wall to say "Life is better with you!".  I had die cut a bunch of frames using the Stitched Rectangle dies for another project and had all of the negative pieces left over, which came in quite handy for a stone background. I used the Bark 3D embossing folder for this card and a pop of Poppy Parade for the sentiment.  So sweet and simple...my favorite type of card!
Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to keep on hopping to see what everyone else has been working on.  I promise that you will love them all!

Happy Stamping!



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Friday, July 9, 2021

Fine Art Thoughts ~ #TGIFC324

Happy Friday y'all!  We've got an all new sketch challenge for you over at TGIF Challenges to help you kick off your weekend!
I love the Pattern Party Host DSP!  It is full of bright, cheerful and colorful designs on one side and awesome black and white designs on the flip side.  I went with one of the black and white designs with some bright and cheerful Fine Art flowers for today's sketch.
I inked up the flowers in shades of Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green.  They were all die cut with the Floral Gallery dies, along with a few additional pieces snipped and tucked into places to fill the gaps.  Just like arranging real flowers!
To create the diagonal piece of the sketch, I tore the DSP and layered it on top of a torn piece of Basic Black.  After tucking the flowers in, I decided some Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon was just what the card needed.  A simple "I'm thinking of you" sentiment was heat embossed on Basic Black and a few Fresh Freesia In-Color Jewels completed the card!

I hope you will join along in the fun this week!  The team over at TGIF always loves to see what you create!

Happy Stamping!

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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Let's Go Camping ~ #GDP298

It's another day of triple digit heat, so that means another afternoon of stamping for this momma! 

Today's card was inspired by this weeks Global Design Project Sketch Challenge!

As we prepare to head out for a weekend of camping, this sketch inspired me to ink up Campology once again for a special birthday card.  The trees were perfect for the background of the sketch!

I added a strip of wood-grain DSP from the In Good Taste DSP and a fussy cut heat embossed sentiment from Happiest of Birthdays.  And because I love the lantern so much, I just had to add it!
I added an extra layer of Misty Moonlight Birch (background stamp) and roughed up a corner a little bit.  I love what this adds to a card!
We are packing up and getting ready to head out for a camping trip over the holiday weekend.  I am excited to escape the heat and spend some time by the lake!

Have a great day and, as always, happy stamping!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Polished Pink Plants ~ #HSSIC367

Welcome to an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge!  When it's 110+ degrees out, there's not much else to do but stamp! 

This weeks challenge is full of so many beautiful images and possibilities.  Of course I was inspired by the pretty little succulents, but also by the beautiful marbled background.

I started things off by creating the Polished Pink watercolor background on Shimmery White card and added a few Pale Papaya splatters for good measure.
Next up were the adorable macrame plant hangers, which I added some Smoky Slate pots to.  Then came the fun part...planting the succulents!
I used the spiky plant die from Perfect Plants dies, then added some string of pearls from the Potted Succulents dies. 
See those little bits of Soft Succulent plants peaking from behind the Polished Pink plant?  Those came from the ends of the macrame hanger!  I die cut the little tassel at the end, snipped off what I needed and tucked it in the pot.  I love finding alternative uses for our products!

Lastly, I added some Gold Metallic Pearls to completed the beaded macrame look!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are staying cool if you are in parts of the world that are heating up right now.

Happy Stamping!
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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Whale Wishes ~ Monday Montage

 

Hello stampers and welcome to another Monday Montage Blog Hop!  Be sure to make your way all the way through so you don't miss a single amazing project from these amazing stampers!

I am officially on summer break for the next 7 weeks which means a LOT more stamping time!  And since we are in the middle of a MAJOR heat wave, I'm locking myself in my cool stamping room and staying out of the heat!

I decided to make a splash into summer by pulling out the adorable Whale Done stamp set to create a couple cute cards.
First up is a card I created from one of this months Crafty Carrot Collective tutorials, which included a fun sketch.  I always love a great sketch to get me started!
I created the background with some Pool Party ink and a Blending Brush, adding a few Pool Party bubbles here and there.  The Mossy Meadow seaweed and Calypso Coral coral came next, along with a little school of (stamped off) Calypso Coral fish.  The happy little whale was stamped in Pacific Point and punched out with the coordinating Whale punch.  The sentiment was stamped and heat embossed on Crumb Cake and it was all wrapped up with a Linen Thread bow.  Sweet and simple...my favorite!
I broke out some of the retired Whale of a Time DSP from my stash for my next card.  This DSP was far too cute for me to part with and came in perfect for a 2nd birthday card for a special little buddy of ours.  Freshly Made Sketches was my source of inspiration for this card.

This under the sea pattern of DSP was just what the sweet little whale needed, along with a few little fishies as well!  Again, I used the Whale punch, but used all of the bits and pieces to build a whale this time. Biggest Wish helped to create a fun Happy Birthday greeting!

I was able to kick off my summer break this past weekend with our very own Wendy and Cheryl.  We met up in Idaho and packed a whole lot of fun into just one day.  I was supposed to stay longer, but one of my boys happened to have a wrestling camp in the very same, middle of nowhere, teeny-tiny town and needed a ride home after the camp.  Had I not had to worry about bringing home 3 additional kiddos, I would have been able to stay longer...momma guilt always gets the best of me and I can't say no.  But don't worry, plans will be made soon for us to meet up again.  We've gotten pretty good at making sure we meet up several times a year and I am forever grateful for that!

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Happy Stamping!



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