Wednesday, July 6, 2022

Hello Baby Bear

Hi friends!  I hope everyone had a safe and Happy 4th of the July here in North America!  Ours was full of fun with friends, lots of good food and hours of swimming for the kiddos...pretty great in my opinion!

This month the Crafty Carrot Collective is featuring Happier Than Happy and their sneak peek projects have already inspired me.  I can't wait to see what the rest of the month brings! 

The Happy Forest Friends DSP is full of adorable forest scenes and critters on one side and beautiful patterns on the flip side.  I cut a few strips of the various patterns to create a simple background on a Smoky Slate card base.  

The warm and friendly bear was stamped in Soft Suede and softening up a bit with a Blender Pen.  I added a sweet Hello Baby sentiment on a tag, which was then attached to a piece of the beautiful Sahara Sand Twill Ribbon with some threads of Old Olive Twill Ribbon.  A couple mushrooms and an itty bitty butterfly were the only embellishments this card needed!

Speaking of my husband was mowing our pasture yesterday afternoon, he discovered some bear droppings. WHAT?!?!  Keep in mind, we live in town, but we do live along a pretty big creek that is usually full of little critters such as raccoons and skunks.  But a bear?!?  Yikes!  I hope it was a one time visit and he doesn't come back to snack on my chickens!

I hope you're have a fantastic week!

Happy Stamping!

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Sunday, July 3, 2022

Camping Season ~ Monday Montage Blog Hop


Welcome to another fabulous Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We are here this holiday weekend to share more of our creative projects with all of hop along and enjoy!

It's camping season for our family, which inspired this Christmas campout scene with the adorable new Trees for Sale Stamp set and coordinating Sale-A-Bration Tree Lot Dies.

Most of our camping takes place in the mountains, so a Mountain Air {stamp set} mountain range seemed fitting.  I stamped the mountains in Pacific Point, layering them on a Pacific Point Stylish Shapes circle.

Some pine trees in shades of Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce were tucked in behind a Pool Party and Whisper White camper.  I dressed the camper up just a bit with a cute little wreath.  A few Whisper White snowflakes gave the card a bit more of a winter feel and the Polished Pink sentiment tied all of the colors from the polka dot Celebrate Everything DSP.  So cute!

As I mentioned earlier, most of our camping takes place in the mountains, but this summer we are camping near the baseball fields as my youngest plays his way though the Allstar games.  Not quite the same as the mountains, but beats staying in a hotel any day!

Check out the next stop in the hop, or hop on back to the previous stop.  Either way, close the loop and check them all out!

Happy Stamping!

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Friday, July 1, 2022

Holly Jolly July

 It's the most wonderful time of the summer...Christmas in July!

The July-December catalog is here and FULL of some many festive products to meet all of your fall and holiday creative needs!

I love to hoard collect DSP...I know I'm not alone in this!  I fell in love with the Celebrate Everything DSP as soon as I saw it.  The patterns and colors leave you with endless creative possibilities.

I paired this bright and cheerful pattern up with Christmas to Remember and Christmas Season stamp sets and coordinating dies.  I wasn't sure about the Polished Pink sentiment with the Granny Apple Green, Shaded Spruce and Poppy Parade greenery, but I quickly discovered a fun new holiday color combo!  A few Basic Black splatters in the background, a bit of Parakeet Party Metallic Woven Ribbon and a few Iridescent Rhinestones finished the card off.

This sweet and simple layout came from the latest Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  They never let me down when I needed a little help getting started on a project!

I am officially on summer break for the next 7 weeks, so I hope to be back more frequently with some fun projects to share with all of you!

Happy Stamping!

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Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Hip, Hippo, Hooray!

Happy Tuesday and welcome to an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Sketch Challenge!

As soon as I saw the Hippest Hippos and coordinating dies in the Sale-a-Bration catalog, I knew I had to have them.  With all of the amazing new products coming in the July-December Mini Catalog, it wasn't hard to earn these for FREE!

I stamped the hippo in Memento, then colored him with my Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends, using the color lifter for a lighter belly.  And a little Petal Pink gave him the perfect sun-kissed cheeks.

The hippos in the stamp set are super cute, but the dies are to die for!!  It's like playing dress up with all of the hippos.  A fun little boat was just what this hip hippo needed for a day of summer fun.  And you can't forget the shades!
I embossed one of the sentiments on Bermuda Bay, cutting the Hips out, along with the Hooray sentiment from Your Biggest Fan.  Some Sweet Sorbet Bakers Twine and  the Painted Texture 3D embossing folder added the perfect summer vibe.

We just wrapped up our first day of my son's District All Star Baseball Tournament, then we all beat the 100 degree heat with an afternoon at the water park.  Baseball and swimming really makes it feel like summer is finally here!

I hope you'll play along with us this week!  We love to see what you create!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, June 24, 2022

Happy Camper Christmas

Welcome to another fun and fabulous TGIF Challenges! This week we are playing with the Tone on Tone technique.

My original plan was to do something along the monochromatic lines, but after unboxing the adorable Trees for Sale stamp set and coordinating Sale-a-Bration Tree Lot Dies, I came up with a new game plan!

I started by creating a Pool Party sky with the Blending Brushes, adding some Pool Party snow flakes.  Next came a wintery Smoky Slate ground, complete with a cute little Smoky Slate pup and paw prints!

The trees were stamped in Granny Apple Green on Granny Apple Green and tucked behind the cutest little Polished Pink camper! And I can't forget the string of lights...all tone on tone, of course.

This was such a fun challenge to use these adorable soon-to-be-available products with!  I can't wait to see what everyone else has in store with this Tone on Tone Technique.

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Gnomest Warm Wishes ~ Monday Montage Blog Hop

Welcome to our Monday Montage Blog Hop.  Did you just arrive from the talented Wendy of Wickedly Wonderful Creations or are you just getting started?  Either way, make sure you hop all the way through!
We have yet to even seen some summer weather, so it's kind of hard to think about creating for Christmas.  But these adorable Kindest Gnomes makes it much easier.  I'm not really for full on Christmas, but a cute wintery scene will work!

I love the stamped images that you can color in this stamp set, but the coordinating dies that help build a gnome are pretty darn cute!

I used my Bermuda Bay Stampin' Blends to create a watercolor effect for the gnomes hat. I love the blended look of the trees in the Storybook Gnomes DSP and wanted to create something similar for the hat.

This festive little guy comes together in a hurry with his beard, shoes and nose...along with the hat of course.  I tucked a Wonderful Snowflake behind a piece of cecum to soften things up a bit.  A simple embossed sentiment and a fussy cut tree were all that were needed to complete this card.  I can't wait to showcase this card in my Christmas in July class!

Next up is the happy camper, Cathy of Sugar Shack Designs.  You're going to love what she made!
Happy Stamping!


Flowering Favorite New In Color - Control Freaks Blog Hop

Welcome to this months Control Freaks Blog Hop.  We are sharing our favorite new In-Colors today.  You may have just arrive from the creative Cindy of Hearts Delights Cards or you might just be getting started.  Either way, get ready for a colorful hop!
I love ALL of the new In Colors, so it was a little tricky to decide which one to pick.  After spending a day in my flower garden, I was inspired by some of the blue/purple colors that are slowing beginning to bloom.
I inked up some Happiness Abounds blooms, coloring them with my Orchid Oasis Stampin' Blends.   A little Daffodil Delight centre and some Parakeet Party leaves added just the right amount of color.

Some strips of Orchid Oasis In Color DSP created the perfect background and just a bit of bling was added with some Orchid Oasis Metallic Woven Ribbon, which I pulled apart for some delicate detail.

Next up is the marvelous Melissa of Rubber FUNatics.  
Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you all have a wonderful, sunshine filled week!

Happy Stamping!

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