Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Hues of Happiness

Welcome to an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge!  This sketch just so happens to be designed by me. I can't wait to see what everyone creates!

I was a little too late in adding the Hues of Happiness Suite to my cart when I submitted my last order, but was I was still able to snag the beautiful Hues of Happiness DSP.  I put my paper snips to work cutting out several beautiful blooms from the DSP to arrange over the banner piece of the sketch.

Another piece of DSP from the pack added just a little bit more color and the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder added just the right amount of texture to the Night of Navy panel.

I chose the Peaceful Moments stamp set for a sentiment full of happy wishes and cut it out with the coordinating Painted Labels Dies. I love pulling out some older stamp sets to use with new products!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check back in a few days to see a couple more creations with the rest of the beautiful blooms I cut out.

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, May 15, 2022

Freshly Made Wishes for the Future

Happy Sunday stampers!  Thanks to another rainy Saturday and cancelled baseball games, I had more stamping time this weekend...yay!  

This weeks Freshly Made Sketches Challenge gave me just the inspiration I needed for the card I am sharing today.  We have several friends getting married over the summer, so I'm getting a jump start on some cards.  Framed Occasions, once again, rose to the occasion with the perfect sentiment!

Using a fun color combo of Orchid Oasis, Parakeet Party, So Saffron and Petal Pink, I stamped some pretty little blooms, springs and leaves.  I put my favorite pair of snips to work, fussing cutting each piece.  

Beautiful Shapes dies helped to create a space for the sweet sentiment, stamped in Orchid Oasis.  A flagged piece of Petal Pink DSP from Design a Daydream and a strip of Orchid Oasis In Color DSP brought everything together.  I dusted off my Simply Scored Scoring tool to add a few score lines in the top and bottom corners of the card.  I always forget how much a simple score line can add to a card!

We're off to church, but I'm hoping to sneak in a bit more stamping time this afternoon.  I have so many ideas floating around in my head with all of the fun new products I have added to my craft room!

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, May 13, 2022

Grand Slam Friday

Hello and happy Friday!  It's time for an all new TGIF Challenges and we have a great sketch for you to play along with this week!

This time of year, all my family knows is BASEBALL! My youngest is the only one still playing, but he keeps us plenty busy with games and practices.  And the fact that my hubby is the league president and I am the concession stand manager means we pretty much live at the ball fields.  It makes for busy weeks, but we love it!

Given our love for baseball, the Hey Sports Fan suite was a MUST HAVE for me!

I pulled in several patterns of the Hey Sports Fan DSP for today's sketch challenge.  There is a VERY good chance I may have stocked up on a few extra packs of this DSP!  The Grand Slam sentiment was stamped in Poppy Parade to create a perfect banner for any sports fan.

A couple pennants were die cut, using the Sports Events dies, along with a few Stylish Shapes baseballs.  And you can't have a baseball card without a few stars.  A  Night of Navy Stitched Stars (sadly retired) and a few Resin Stars knocked this card out of the ball park!

If you have any baseball fans in your life, be sure to scoop this suite up before the end of June.  It's one that I will hang on to for sure!

Be sure to check out the rest of our amazing design team creations and join along in the fun with your own creation!

I hope you all have a Grand Slam Friday!

Happy Stamping!

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Let's Get Together Soon

Hello stampers!  I hope you have all had a great week so far!  I actually had the opportunity to get some early morning stamping time in this week and just had to play along with the latest Global Design Challenge Sketch.

This months sketch gave me the perfect opportunity to play with some of the cheerful patterns of the Tea Boutique DSP.  This is seriously the cutest DSP!!!

I cut 4 of my favorite patterns into strips, topping them off with yet another DSP pattern in a sunny Crushed Curry.  This circle of sunshine was the perfect backdrop for a delicate little teacup, cut from another beautiful DSP pattern.  This little pack of paper is FULL of so much happiness!

A few tiny hearts were die cut (yes, from yet another adorable pattern!) and the tiniest little tea bag was stamped in Petal Pink and die cut to rest on the outside of the cup.  A sweet little sentiment was stamped in the beautiful new Starry Sky ink.  These sweet patterns of DSP didn't need any extra embellishments...they steal the show all on their own.  

I used the Poppy Parade Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes for the card base.  Who doesn't love a card with a matching envelope?!?

If you haven't had the chance to get your hands on the Tea Boutique suite yet, be sure to add it to your next order.   You are sure to love it!

Have a terrific Thursday!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, May 8, 2022


Welcome to another marvelous Monday Montage!  It's always a treat to hop with all of these talented ladies!

I'm still working my way through my box of new product and finally got to ink up Bottled Happiness.  I pulled out my trusty Stamparatus to get these cheerful blooms perfectly lined up for a beautiful bouquet of happiness.

I used my favorite new green, Parakeet Party, for the leaves.  I just love how bright and cheerful this color is!  Next I stamped the flowers in Petal Pink, then went back and used my Blackberry Bliss Stampin' Write Marker to add a little pop of purple to the bouquet.

I've been on a Coastal Cabana kick lately, so of course that is the color I reached for for the vase.  I fussy cut the vase, wrapped a little Linen Thread bow around the top and popped it up with a few Dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped in Blackberry Bliss and...you guessed it...fussy cut!

A square of Petal Pink was embossed with the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder for a little added texture.  Everything was layered on a Costal Cabana card base and a few little Rhinestone Basic Jewels finished the card off.

I was blessed with the gift of time this weekend, thanks to a day of canceled baseball games.  I'll be honest...I have been so busy and my office was so messy due to lack of time to really clean it, I was at the point where creating cards was not bringing me any joy.  I knew something had to change because I need those moments of creative joy to fill my cup back up.  My heart was "Overflowing with Happiness" to have the time to REALLY clean my office, then spend time creating.  I found my joy again!  

Hop on over to the next stop or hop on back if you want...the choice is yours!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Just Because Ranunculus

Welcome to an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Inspiration Challenge.  I don't know about you, but these beautiful images and colors are just what I need!  We have had some grey, rainy days lately and I am ready for some blue skies!

In addition to my paper crafting hobby, I also have a flower garden hobby.  I love working out in my garden from spring until fall, planting seeds and watching them fill my yard with beautiful color.  Sadly, my ranunculus didn't want to grow this spring.  Thankfully I was able to create some with paper, ink and stamps!

I made this card a few days ago, not thinking about the fact that a few of the products I used are retired as of today.  Do you forgive me?!?!
I stamped the ranunculus in Memento, coloring the beautiful blooms in shades of Petal Pink and Polished Pink, along with some Granny Apple Green leaves.  Some Petal Pink and Granny Apple Green foliage were tucked in behind, along with  just a hint of gold from the Expressions In Ink Ephemera Pack and some Brushed Brass Butterflies..

I love the brick pattern Bloom Where You're Planted DSP.  This is one pack of paper that I wish was sticking around.  There is a good chance that I have a good stash of this to get me through for a while.  I do love my house plants too!

I hope you'll join along in this Inspiring Challenge.  We always love to see what everyone creates!

Happy Stamping 

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Friday, April 29, 2022

Framed Occasions for Mother's Day

Happy Friday friends!

Welcome to an all new TGIF Challenges Theme Challenge!  This weeks challenge is here just in time for Mother's Day.  Join along in the Mother's Day theme fun!

I had a little fun with more new pre-order products.  Framed Occasions is a great new stamp set that coordinates with the Beautiful Shapes Dies.  I honors of Mother's Day, I used the Daffodil Daydream stamp set.

The petite flowers and leaves from Framed Occasions were inked up in Petal Pink and Mint Macaron, which were layered around some hexagons, diamonds and squares of Design a Daydream DSP.  This beautiful pack of Host DSP is full of so many pretty patterns and images.

Life has been super busy with work, baseball, kiddos, house chores...the list could go on forever!  So, I'm keeping things short and sweet today.  

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Cup of In Color Tea


Hello and welcome to an all new Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We are back after a little break and can't wait to share our creations with you!

I FINALLY opened my box of pre-order goodies (one of the MANY perks of being a demonstrator!) and I am oh-so-happy with all that I got!  I always love it when the new Annul Catalog comes out and we have fresh new In Color's to play with.  You are going to LOVE how bight and cheerful they are this year!

The Tea Boutique Suite was first on my list because the adorable Tea Boutique DSP includes ALL of the 2022-2024 In Colors!  Check out my cute creation below to see all of the colors in action.

I started out by creating a simple background of cute little flowers in shades of Sweet Sorbet, Tahitian Tide, Starry Sky and Orchid Oasis with Parakeet Party leaves. Even the names of the new In Colors are FUN!

You know that I love strips, so the tea cup with stripes was a no-brainer for me.  I stamped it in Sweet Sorbet and filled it with Parakeet Party leaves. The tea tag was stamped in Starry Sky with a bit of Parakeet Party in the background.  

The Tea Boutique DSP is FULL of colorful and adorable patterns that are perfect for so many occasions.  I went with the simple Crushed Curry and Orchid Oasis patterns.  I love this color combo!  

I finished the card off with a little Tahitian Tide Bakers Twine bow.  I can not tell you how excited I am to have In Color Bakers Twine again!  Only a little while longer before all of these amazing products are available to everyone!

Check out the rest of our Monday Montage hoppers...you won't be disappointed!

Thanks for stopping by today!

I hope to have a few more creations to share throughout the week, so be sure to check back!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, April 19, 2022

How Will I Live Without...

The Control Freaks are back with an all new Blog Hop this month.  We took a short break last month and we are so happy to be hopping along again!  You may have just arrived from Debbie Henderson or you may just be starting. Either way, don't miss a single stop!

This month we are sharing our favorite stamps, dies, embellishments, papers (and so much more) that we just can't live without!  Every time we have to say good bye to retiring products, I can't imagine my stamping life without them. Anyone else feel that way?  I'm here to share a few of my favorite retiring things before they are gone for good.
I am seriously sad that the Sweet Strawberry bundle is retiring.  I love these sweet strawberry images and sentiments.  I love them even more as a pop of color with a Basic Black card base.

I stamped the floral image on a piece of Basic White, coloring the flower in Petal Pink and leaves in Mossy Meadow.  The strawberries were colored in Real Red, with their tops and extra leaves in Mossy Meadow too.  The berries were punched out with the Strawberry Punch and popped up for a little extra dimension.  The simple Thank You sentiment was heat embossed in white on Basic Black with a little strip of  black and white Pattern Party DSP.  It was finished off with a few Rhinestone Basic Jewels and a little Playful Pets bakers twine.

Next up is another one of my favorites...Tasteful Touches and the coordinating Tasteful Labels Dies.  I love the floral image in this stamp set and the dies...oh, how I will miss them!  I use these dies on almost EVERY card I make!
This card is a case of one of this months Crafty Carrot Collective projects, created by Cindy Schuster...I loved the layout of her project and just had to use it!  I started off by combining two patterns from In Good Taste DSP, adding a diagonal strip of Gold Metallic Specialty Paper.  Some flowers, colored in Balmy Blue, and a few Granny Apple Green sprigs were tucked in behind the sentiment, along with a few more gold leaves.  A few Brushed Brass Butterflies finished things off...isn't it pretty?

Next up is Melissa Davies of Rubber Funatics...isn't she amazing?!?!

Thanks for hopping along with us!

Happy Stamping!


Watercolor Birthday Wishes

Welcome to Tuesday and an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge!  Did you see all of the amazing Design Team creations? I always love seeing how different everyone is in the creativity and I can't wait to see what YOU create!

Sometimes it's good to just go back to the basics of paper, ink and stamps...no embellishments, no die-cutting...just good ol' basic stamping!  

I inked up the largest circle from Watercolor Shapes in Coastal Cabana, adding some Bermuda Bay crosses to each one.  I was going to stick with all circles, but decided to add a little extra with the Pacific Point squares.

I guess you could say I stepped a little outside of simple stamping with my fussy cut circle and sentiment, but you know fussy cutting is my favorite!  I popped the third Coastal Cabana circle up on some Dimensionals, as well as the Happy Birthday sentiment for a little extra...you know, dimension!

I do hope you'll join along in this weeks challenge and share your creativity with these fun colors!

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, April 15, 2022

Sunshine & Rainbows

Welcome to Friday and an all new TGIF Challenges!
I had to get a little creative with this weeks Technique Challenge and create my own mask.  Why in the world do I not have any of the amazing masks?!?!  That's the beauty of some of our punches and dies though...you can make your own!
I used the Cloud Punch to create a simple Balmy Blue cloudy sky background for a cheerful rainbow and sunshine!  

I'm using the returning In Colors as much as I can before they are gone.  I am really going to miss Misty Moonlight!  Want to know what else I'm going to miss? The Tasteful Labels dies!  These are probably my most used dies!  Good-bye's are so hard!

I don't know about you, but I am SO happy it's Friday!  I hope you all have a great weekend!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, April 5, 2022

Let Hope Be Your Anchor

It's Spring Break for our schools and today's Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge is inspired by our trip to the Oregon Coast.

This pattern of the Waves of the Ocean DSP reminds me so much of the ocean waves right now...big, beautiful, swirling swells!  I paired the DSP up with my favorite returning stamp set Sailing Home.

I stamped the lighthouse in Coastal Cabana, the anchor in Granny Apple Green and the compass in Smoky Slate.  These die cut images were perfect to go along with this weeks sketch.  And this sentiment...it's my absolute favorite!  I heat embossed the sentiment in white on Smoky Slate.  Isn't this stitched Smooth Sailing Die perfect for the sentiment?

Sadly, this is a short trip to the Oregon Coast for us, but it's been a great one!  Tomorrow we head back to reality...back to baseball and back to the daily grind of every day life.  The good news is that we are on the downhill slide to summer break and it will be here before we know it!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Ranunculus Romance ~ Monday Montage

Hello friends and welcome to another marvelous Monday Montage Blog Hop!  I promise you will love each and every creation along the way, so don't miss a single one!

It's almost ranunculus season and I can't wait for the beautiful blooms to brighten up my flower garden.  While I wait for my flowers to bloom, I'll happily create some Ranunculus Romance with stamps, ink and paper!

I created a fun collage background with all of the beautiful stamps from the Ranunculus Romance stamp set in shades of Petal Pink, Merry Merlot, Cinnamon Cider and Sahara Sand.  A Tailored Made Tags was die cut for the the pretty ranunculus bouquet.  The ranunculus flowers were stamped in Cinnamon Cider, then colored with the Petal Pink and Old Olive Stampin' Blends.  A little bit of Merry Merlot was sponged in the center to replicate some of my favorite ranunculus blooms.

A snip of Petal Pink Cotton Ribbon topped the tag with a Linen Thread bow.  A layer of Merry Merlot embossed with the Hive 3D embossing folder added just the right amount of texture.  

I'm so happy this beautiful bundle will be carrying over to the next Annual Catalog!   I have a full year left to create more romantic ranunculus projects!

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, April 1, 2022

Tropical Layers

Happy Friday and welcome to an all new TGIF Challenges Color Challenge!

What a week it has been!  The week before spring break at an elementary school is no joke!  Students and staff are all more than ready for a week off to relax and recharge for the last few weeks of school.

I'm a sucker for anything tropical or beach related, so the Artfully Composed Suite was right up my alley.  The Tropical Layers Dies were fun to use in this weeks color challenge.  Gorgeous Grape is not a color I use very often, but it is amazing with Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana!

I used the fun criss-cross die on a piece of Basic White and brushed some Coastal Cabana over the top, along with a few stamped off text images.

I added a layer of the awesome Vellum Layering Designs sheets that are part of this suite, along with some of the White Frayed Ribbon.  The little heart shaped leaves were perfect for embellishments.  And that stitched edge...I love what it adds to the card!

I hope you join along in this colorful fun and share your creation with us!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, March 22, 2022

It's Tuesday and time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge!  This week we have a beautiful spring Inspiration Challenge for you to play along with!

Between the inspiration from this challenge and my own blooming daffodils, the Daffodil Daydream bundle was a must!
I created the background by stamping the decorative image across a piece of Basic White in Daffodil Delight.  Next up, the daffodils and butterflies were stamped in Memento, then colored with the Daffodil Delight and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends. 

I wrapped a bit of Linen Thread around the bundle of Daffodils and added my heat embossed and fussy cut sentiment.  Some additional texture was added with the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder.

Are spring flowers starting to bloom in your next of the woods?  I can't wait for the rest of my to start showing their beautiful colors!

Happy Stamping!

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