Monday, October 16, 2017

Pick Halloween or Autumn - Stampin' Up! Pick a Pumpkin

  I thought I had better get these cards shared before my next stamp club meets or before Halloween is over and done with!  I've not been having good luck taking photos lately.  I'd like to blame the camera but I know it's really just user error!  It's either been too sunny or too dark.  Sounds a bit like Goldilocks right?

  Anyway on to the cards...  I designed the same card with just slight changes so that my stampers could choose if they wanted to make a fall card or a Halloween card.

  A few slight changes and you've got a whole different card.   

 Give Thanks Card-

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Labels to Love

Ink: Whisper White craft, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Soft Suede

Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Patterned Pumpkins Thinlets, dimensionals, Old Olive Baker's Twine, corner rounder (retired)

Boo! Card -

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Whisper White craft, Old Olive, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Black

Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Old Olive

Accessories: Patterned Pumpkins Thinlets, dimensionals, mini sequin trim, corner rounder

Friday, October 13, 2017

Beautiful Floral Love Note - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet - Fab Friday 123

It's time for another Fab Friday challenge!  Woo-Hoo!  It's a great way to start off your stamping this weekend.  We have a layout this time so all you need to do it pick your stamps and colors and get started!  I know, easier said than done right?

  Look at all that open space!  So many ways this layout could go!

  I left a lot of that space empty on my card and put the focus on the large sentiment and the flower flag.

 The card base is Early Espresso, then a layer of Whisper White topped with a basic pattern from the Coffee Break DSP.  The Soft Sky pattern seemed like a good background for some brighter flowers.

  The flag is also a piece of Coffee Break DSP and I layered flowers in Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango and Soft Sky and some leaves in Lemon Lime Twist on top.  The flowers and leaves are from Beautiful Bouquet which has so many combinations of flowers, leaves and stems it can be overwhelming to decide which ones to use (ask me how I know!).

  The sentiment is made up from the Sunshine Wishes and Sunshine Sayings duo stamped in Early Espresso ink and die cut in Early Espresso cardstock.  I layered the pieces over a length of 3/8" classic weave ribbon in Whisper White.  Another little flower and some leaves unify the 2 separate main elements of the card. 

  Some rhinestones and a little baker's twine bow finish off the details for this card.

  I hope to see your card in the Fab Friday gallery!  Remember our challenge runs for almost 2 weeks so that's plenty of time to share it with us!  

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Early Epsresso, Soft Sky, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Lemon Lime Twist

Paper: Early Espresso, Coffee Break DSP, Whisper White

Accessories: Sunshine Wishes thinlets, Bouquet Bunch framelits, dimensionals, rhinestones, baker's twine, classic weave ribbon


Friday, October 6, 2017

Jack o Lantern Trio - Stampin' Up! Pick a Pumpkin

  I always like to have a fall stamp set that can be used for Halloween cards if I need a few but that is versatile enough that it can be used for regular fall cards as well.  I like the Pick a Pumpkin set in the Holiday catalog because it fits the bill and has a cute thinlets set for even more options.

  In this set you can turn the pumpkins into jack o lanterns by adding one of three faces to your pumpkins.

  To add a bit of texture to the Crumb Cake card front I embossed it with the Quilt Top embossing folder.

I stamped the 3 pumpkins in Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive ink and embossed the faces with black embossing powder.  Then I used the Stitched Shapes framelits to cut them out.  They are popped up on a narrow strip of Old Olive cardstock.

  The sentiment flag was stamped with the Labeler Alphabet and embossed in white embossing powder.  I added a tiny bit of Old Olive 1/4" Stitched-Edge ribbon.

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Labeler Alphabet

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Old Olive, Basic Black, Whisper White

Accessories: white embossing powder, black embossing powder, Stitched Shapes framelits, Stitched-Edge ribbon, Quite Top embossing folder, dimensionals

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Daisy Birthday - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  Am I the only one who buys a pack of Designer Series Paper because I love the patterns and designs but then don't use it on my cards?  Sometimes its hard to cut into that beautiful paper and we all need encouragement to use it and not hoard it.  Isn't it sad to think about all that beautiful paper sitting on a shelf getting dusty and faded?

  My card today uses a nice chunk of the Delightful Daisy DSP.  I like this layout and I've used variations of it before but it's a great way to show off a big piece of DSP.  A lot of patterns look better larger than with just a small strip so don't be afraid to cut into it and go big!

  Wisteria Wonder is not listed as one of the colors in the Delightful Daisy DSP but it works beautifully with several of the designs.  I used it for my card base and then added the DSP to cover almost all of the front.

  A Night of Navy Stitched Shapes circle gives a nice contrast to show off the popped up Wisteria Wonder daisy.  I stamped it and punched it out twice for a more full flower.  I used a blender pen to add a light wash of Wisteria Wonder ink to the petals.  The center is stamped in Daffodil Delight.

 The happy birthday sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy, flagged and popped up.  I added a bit of retired Crushed Curry baker's twine in a bow.

  If you're ready to buy some DSP and get to cardmaking then you don't want to miss out on the Buy 3 Get 1 Free DSP sale that Stampin' Up! is having for the month of October.  Head to my online store to get started.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight, Sunshine Sayings

Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Night of Navy, Daffodil Delight

Paper: Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White, Night of Navy

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Daisy punch, dimensionals, Crushed Curry Baker's twine (retired)

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Christmas Coffee (or Hot Chocolate!) - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe

  I'm glad I have my nice warm coffee this morning!  The temps here in Richmond have finally dropped down into the autumn weather realm and it's a bit chilly, at least in the morning.  While we probably won't have real winter weather for quite some time it's good to break out some winter and Christmas stamps and get in the spirit.

  I combined the Coffee Cafe and Snowflake Sentiments stamp sets for this project.

   We can pretend this cup is a fancy cafe mocha with whipped cream or a more kid friendly hot chocolate with whipped cream.  I used the Quilted Christmas DSP stack for the cup and then pulled the rest of the colors for the card from this paper.  The base is Pool Party, the sleeve and whipped cream are both stamped in Pool Party.
  The little trio of snowflakes from Snowflake Sentiments fit perfectly on the sleeve so I stamped them in Garden Green.  The sentiment is also stamped in Garden Green then cut out with a Stitched Shapes circle framelit.

  For a bit of glitz and shine I backed the sentiment with a silver Foil Snowflake.  After popping up the cup on dimensionals I colored some clear Wink of Stella on the whipped cream.  Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper makes for great snowflakes so I used a few small scraps and the Swirly Snowflakes thinlets to cut 2 small snowflakes and then layered them.  I added an adhesive pearl to the center.  I colored it with a Sharpie to match the Lemon Lime Twist that is in the center of the "flowers" in the DSP pattern.

  Thanks for looking!   Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Snowflake Sentiments

Ink: Garden Green, Pool Party

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Quilted Christmas DSP, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper

Accessories: Swirly Snowflakes thinlets, Stitched Shapes framelits, Foil Snowflake, adhesive pearl, Wink of Stella, dimensionals

Friday, September 29, 2017

Rich Autumn Leaves - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons - Fab Friday 122

  I went to share a card the other day and realized that the last batch of photos I took of about 8 different card designs were so poor that I couldn't possibly post them in that state!  I haven't had a moment to re-take them as I had stamp club this week and that seems to take quite a lot of time to prepare for.  I am back with a card for Fab Friday though today!  The rest of the cards will have to wait for another day!

  We have a rich, autumn color palette for this color challenge.  They are perfect for the cool fall temperatures and changes in the leaves.  We've not had any cool fall weather and the the trees still have their green leaves here in central Virginia but I will be ready when things change with this great color combo!

  Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide and Rich Razzleberry.  I can't wait to see what people come up with for these colors.  I never would have put them together but I like the end results.

  I went with the obvious fall leaves and the beautiful maple leaf from the Colorful Seasons stamp set is just the right image to emboss.

  Gold is a wonderful accompaniment to the deep jewel tones of the challenge colors.  We made a very similar card at my stamp club with just some slight changes and my stampers just loved the gold embossing on the leaves.

  After watercoloring the leaves I also embossed the frame from Labels to Love and punched it out with the Everyday Label punch.  The Rose Wonder 'happy birthday' works nicely in the gold frame.  

  The background is a piece of Woodgrain DSP which give this card a nice rustic look I think.

  Definitely head over to Fab Friday and see all great inspiration for these colors and then get to work on your own creation.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Labels to Love, Rose Wonder

Ink: Cajun Craze, Tranquil Tide, Rich Razzleberry, Versamark

Paper: Very Vanilla, Woodgrain DSP, watercolor paper

Accessories: Seasonal Layers thinlets, gold embossing powder, dimensionals, Everday Label punch, Natural trim gold

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Mitten Season - Stampin' Up! Many Mittens Framelits

  It's hard to think ahead to Christmas when the temperatures are still in the 80s and everything is still lush and green but I've been pulling out my new Christmas sets to just get some samples made to show my stampers and to get a head start on filling up my Christmas card boxes.

  Today's card is a super simple card with only a tiny bit of stamping but it's a great way to show off the Many Mittens framelits and the adorable knitted look.

  The card base is Smoky Slate and I embossed the big Winter Wonder snowflake off to the side.  The knitted detail mittens are die cut in Pool Party cardstock and then backed with solid die cut mittens in Whisper White cardstock.  The top mitten is popped on dimensionals.  I added a rhinestone to the center of each and put a baker's twine bow on the edge of one.

  The senitment is from the carry over set Christmas Pines (in the annual catalog) and is stamped in Versamark and then embossed in white.

  While I didn't use any of the Smitten Mitten stamp set stamps on this card they are adorable and really go well with the coordinating framelits for so many different looks and they are 10% off when you buy them as a bundle!  This is a great set for winter cards and not just Christmas; think after Christmas thank yous, winter birthdays, a head start on Valentine's day (there are hearts in the set and the word "smitten"!).  

  I will definitely be using this suite often in the coming months.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Christmas Pines

Ink: Versamark

Paper: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Pool Party

Accessories: white embossing powder, Winter Wonder embossing folder, Many Mittens framelits, dimensionals, baker's twine, rhinestones

Monday, September 18, 2017

Crisp and Clean Fall Leaves - Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves

 Today's card features one of my favorite sets.  It's been around for a few years and I still reach for it for a classic nature card.

  Nothing fancy going on here just a little pop of gold with some sequins and embossing.  

  I'm off to tackle all the chores that I should have done over the weekend but ignored to to do things that were more fun!  At this age I should be smarter; Mondays are bad enough on their own!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Sheltering Tree

Ink: Versamark, Tranquil Tide, Fresh Fig

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide,  Tasty Treats DSP (retired)

Accessories: gold embossing powder, gold sequins, dimensionals, 1/8" Fresh Fig Sheer ribbon, Leaflets Framelits

Friday, September 15, 2017

Winter Wonder Christmas - Stampin' Up! Snowflake Sentiment - Fab Friday 121

We're back at Fab Friday today for another great challenge to get that creative mojo going just in time for the weekend!  It's a sketch this time around so sky is the limit!  The Design Team always has such unique ways of interpreting the sketches and it's so fun to get new ideas for their designs.

  It's a very clean and simple design but you can dress it up or keep it minimal so there are a lot of possibilities here!

  Here is what I came up with:

  I decided to let the giant Winter Wonder embossing folder snowflake take on the oval element of the sketch.  I brought some sparkle in with a layered circle of Silver Glimmer paper and just the center of the embossed snowflake popped up with a rhinestone in the center.

  The stamping is minimal as I only used one greeting stamp from Snowflake Sentiments and the Everyday Label punch.  The inks on the sentiment are Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist.  The label is layered over the top of retired Pool Party ribbon and a narrow strip of Silver Glimmer paper.

  I brought in another snowflake for the side of the label using Pool Party cardstock and the Swirly Snowflake thinlets.  Another rhinestone is used for the center.

  Definitely check out the rest of the samples and then play along.  Our challenge runs for nearly 2 weeks so that's plenty of time to join in!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Snowflake Sentiments*

Ink: Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist

Paper: Quilted Christmas DSP*, Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Pool Party, Silver Glimmer

Accessories: Winter Wonder embossing folder*, Swirly Snowflakes thinlets*, Everyday Label punch*, 1 1/4" circle punch, Layering Circles framelits, rhinestones, Pool Party ribbon (retired)

*Products from the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Bright Birthday Sundae- Stampin' Up! Cool Treats

Do you have your sunglasses handy?  Might want to be prepared before viewing today's card!  It's a bright one!

  I made this one a while back for a few challenges.  It was a fun card to put together.  While I know some people think Lemon Lime Twist is too bright I am loving this fresh color.  I used it for the card base and also used the LLT ink to stamp the spoons as the background.  The Cool Treats stamp set and coordinating Frozen Treats framelits made this card a snap to put together.

  The offset angled panel is so different that it took me a bit figure out how I wanted to use it but a plain Whisper White layer seemed like a good way to go since I already had some brightness going on!  I added a clean and simple white baker's twine bow tied to the side to balance the angle.

  The sentiment is stamped along the edge in Basic Gray.  The bowl is cut from Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and then embossed with the new Quilt Top embossing folder.  The ice cream scoops are cut from Whisper White and then I used a sponge to add Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Lemon Lime Twist ink around the edges.

  The cherry is cut from Real Red and then covered in clear Wink of Stella.  The sundae is popped up on the card front with dimensionals.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Cool Treats

Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray

Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White, Real Red

Accessories: Frozen Treats framelits, white baker's twine, dimensionals, Quilt Top embossing folder*, Wink of Stella

*Product available in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Welcoming Front Door - Stampin' Up! At Home with You

Today's card features a stamp set that can be used across all the seasons.  Like my card from yesterday it's wonderful to have a versatile stamp set that you can make beautiful card with all year long.  At Home with You has a great front door stamp and lots of ways to personalize it.  From holiday garland to wreaths to flower pots you can create a beautiful front door scene that works for any season.

We used the At Home with You bundle at my last stamp club to make this card.  When I designed the card I wanted to have a bit more of a fall feel so I chose colors from the Regals collection.

  The card base is Whisper White thick then we embossed a Sahara Sand panel with the new Pinewood Planks embossing folder.  It's perfect for creating a house background for the door.

  The door/door frame was stamped in black onto Whisper White and cut out.  It was stamped again in black onto Island Indigo.  We hand cut just the Island Indigo door and then used the little window die to create the open windows so we could back it with a small piece of So Saffron.  I love this details as it makes for a warm welcoming glow.  The door panel is adhered to the white frame.

  The floor of the porch is a strip of the Wood Textures DSP.  The door mat was cut from a pattern in the Painted Autumn DSP in the Holiday catalog. As soon as I saw that zigzag pattern I knew I wanted to use it for a door mat!

  The final detail is the wreath which was stamped, die cut and then colored with markers.  Again I chose fall inspired colors for it.  Using the adorable mini dimensionals the wreath is popped up and tied with a little linen thread bow.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: At Home with You

Ink: black  Markers: various colors

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, So Saffron, Island Indigo, Wood Textures DSP,  Painted Autumn DSP*

Accessories: At Home framelits, mini dimensionals, Pinewood Planks embossing folder, linen thread

* Product found in the 2017 Holiday Catalog

Monday, September 11, 2017

Fresh Fig Autumn - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

  It's time to get all those fall themed stamp sets out to be ready for those fall birthdays, thank yous and other occasions you have coming up.  One of the things I love most about the Colorful Seasons bundle is that the images are great for any season.  You really get your money's worth with the Colorful Seasons bundle and can use it all year long.  Let's face it; most of us don't have unlimited crafting budgets so we need to be smart about our purchases.  I think the Colorful Seasons stamp set is a very smart purchase!

  For today's card I used the new In Color Fresh Fig and added in some gold embossing for a fall inspired birthday card.

  The card base is Crumb Cake and then a smaller panel of Fresh Fig stamped with the 2 solid leaf images from the set.  Before adhering the panel to the card front I wrapped a length of 1/8" sheer ribbon around it and tied a bow to the side.  

  Next, I embossed several leaves in gold on vellum cardstock and then die cut them with the Seasonal Layers Thinlets.  The gold and Fresh Fig are a beautiful combination don't you think?  

  The label shape from the Rose Wonder stamp set was also embossed in gold and die cut with the coordinating Rose Garden thinlet.  The sentiment (also from Rose Wonder) was stamped on the label in Fresh Fig ink then popped up with dimensionals over the ribbon.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Rose Wonder

Ink: Fresh Fig, Versamark

Paper: Crumb Cake, Fresh Fig, Vellum, Whisper White

Accessories: 1/8" sheer ribbon, gold embossing powder, dimensionals, Rose Garden Thinlets, Seasonal Layers thinlets

Friday, September 8, 2017

Warm Coffee, Warm Heart - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe

 It's time to gear up for our first weekend of the school year; soccer games, college football games, NFL football games and activities at church.  Whew!  I'm kind of tired just thinking about it all!  I've poured myself a big mug of coffee as I think I need a kick in the pants to get my day going!  In the meantime I'll share this card that we made last week at stamp club.

  The Coffee Cafe suite makes cute cards for all the coffee lovers in your life.  I designed this one with a sentiment from another stamp set to appeal to a wider audience; not everyone loves coffee (I know it's hard to believe but it's true!) but everyone would appreciate getting a card with a "you warm my heart" sentiment!

  The base is Soft Sky and is stamped in the same color ink using the new Burlap background stamp.  A piece of the Coffee Break DSP cut into a flag is the start of layering for the main elements of the card.  

  The coffee cup is stamped with Garden Green onto Whisper White and cut out.  The lid and sleeve are also stamped in Garden Green ink onto Garden Green cardstock and cut out.  Since I didn't get the coordinating framelits for this set (let's face it, these shapes are so easy to hand cut it's a no brainer!) I don't have the die that embosses the corrugated cardboard texture on the sleeve so I just used my Simply Scored to add the texture.  Easy peasy!

  After the cup was put together the sentiment from Sheltering Tree is stamped on a narrow piece of Whisper White in Soft Suede ink.  A little Garden Green heart from the Coffee Cafe set reinforces the sweet sentiment.

  The cup ensemble is popped up on dimensionals over a folded strip of 3/8" Shimmer ribbon in Pear Pizzazz.

   Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe, Sheltering Tree, Burlap background

Ink: Soft Suede, Soft Sky, Garden Green

Paper: Soft Sky, Garden Green, Whisper White, Coffee Break DSP

Accessories: Pear Pizzazz Shimmer ribbon, dimensionals

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Champagne Congrats - Stampin' Up! Tree Rings

 Well my family made it through the first day of school and no one complained about doing it all over again today so I guess I can call it a success.  My mother in law asked how the boys' first day went and I told her they both made it home alive with all of their belongings still in their possession so it was a good day in my book.  Clearly I have low standards!

  With the quiet house I was even able to clean up my stamp room and finally put away all the gear I had out from stamp club last week.  I started a card but then it was time to meet Alex at the bus stop so that card is a work in progress.  Luckily I have some projects to share from before I went on vacation.  There were a few fun challenges that I made cards for the week before we headed to the beach and I even photographed them intending to blog while I was away.  Yeah, that clearly didn't happen!  The sand and ocean were just too nice to waste any time in front of the computer.  But it all works out since now I have some things to share this week since I didn't have time to stamp much last week.

  This was a card that came together quickly once I pulled out some of my new Holiday catalog goodies.  I started off with a Whisper White thick base.  Then I embossed in white the new background Tree Rings onto Sahara Sand cardstock.  Tree Rings has such a neat pattern and when it's embossed it's even better!  

  I used the Bold Butterfly framelits and the new Champagne foil paper to make a clean, crisp, shiny butterfly.  I added a tail using the Year of Cheer washi tape.  I popped the butterfly up on the cardfront with dimensionals.  

  To make the sentiment I used the Sunshine Wishes thinlets and cut 'congrats' 4 times and adhered them all together to make a nice substantial element to layer over the butterfly. 

  Finally, I pulled out some retired sequins and added a few to the card front to finish off the details.

  I really like how this one turned out with the monochromatic color scheme but with the shine from the metallic elements keeping it from being too same-y same-y.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

  Stamps: Tree Rings

  Ink: Versamark

  Paper: Whisper White, Whisper White thick, Sahara Sand, Champagne foil*

  Accessories: white embossing powder, dimensionals, Bold Butterfly framelits, Year of Cheer washi tape*, Sunshine Wishes thinlets, retired sequins

*products available in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Berry Burst ConeFlower Thank You - Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

  And now back to our regularly scheduled program!  First day of school here in the Richmond area so my boys are off to 4th grade and 6th grade and I'm back to hopefully being more regular with posting to my blog.  The boys are at different schools this year with different start and end times so I've got to work out the new morning routine to make sure every one is where they need to be at the right time.  Day 1 of 180 was successful!  Fingers crossed for the rest of the year.

  Today's card is one that I designed for my stamp club which was last week.  I had been waiting forever to be able to show the Daisy Delight bundle as it kept going on backorder since way back in April when demonstrators could order it after the spring On Stage event.  It's such an easy set to create with.  Clearly the daisy is a popular flower but I love how you can make the daisy into a coneflower with some snipping which is what we did to make this card in class.

 I especially love these colors together; Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide and Early Espresso.  I think it's a great fallish color combination.

 To make these flowers, the daisy is stamped 3 times in Berry Burst onto Berry Burst cardstock and then the centers are sponged with Berry Burst ink for some shading.  After punching them out with the Daisy punch they are snipped in half and then the halves are layered and adhered with the petals alternating.

   The centers are stamped with Early Espresso ink onto Early Espresso cardstock and then cut out.  The stems are stamped in Tranquil Tide onto Whisper White and then the flowers are adhered with one being popped with dimensionals.

  A bit of 1/2" finely woven ribbon is wrapped under the Whisper White layer, then adhered across the stems, and flagged at the end.  A gold faceted gem "anchors" the side of the ribbon.  I gave my stampers the choice of Tranquil Tide and Berry Burst ribbon and the gold and silver faceted gems to use.

  The thank you is stamped in Early Espresso and then the flower panel is backed with a piece of Early Espresso cardstock and then it's all mounted onto a Tranquil Tide card base.

  I had a few card packets leftover from class so I made them up for all of the teachers my boys have had in elementary school.  We've been so lucky with the fabulous teachers they've had that every first day of school I like to leave a card in their mailboxes to let them know they are still appreciated and to wish them good luck with the new school year.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Daisy Delight

Ink: Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso

Paper: Tranquil Tide, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Berry Burst

Accessories: Daisy punch, finely woven ribbon, faceted gems, dimensionals

Friday, September 1, 2017

Pick a Pumpkin Wreath - Stampin' Up! Pick a Pumpkin - Fab Friday 120

  It's been a busy 2 weeks since I last had time to share a project!  We had a wonderful week at the beach with family and then once we came home I had stamp club to prepare for as well as all the back to school activities for the boys.  It's our first year in middle school so it's a whole new ball game with fees, gym uniforms, lockers and laptops so we've had a lot going on!

  But now it's time for some stamping with the team at Fab Friday!  We have a fun group of colors for this challenge.

  When I first pulled these colors out, I thought they seemed summery and fresh so I was going to try to do a card a long those lines.  Then I saw my stack of new stamps from the just released Holiday Catalog and decided to see if I could make these colors work for a fall card.

  The Pick a Pumpkin stamp set and coordinating Patterned Pumpkins Thinlets seemed like the perfect match for these fresh colors.

  I started this card off with a base of Whisper White thick topped with a panel of regular Whisper White cardstock that is embossed with the new Quilt Top embossing folder.  I love this embossing folder and know it will see a lot of use in the coming months.

  Next, I die cut a bunch of the leaf sprigs in Tranquil Tide and then adhered them to a Whisper White ring to form the wreath.

  The pumpkins and gourd are stamped in the other challenge colors; Tangerine Tango, Peekaboo Peach and Lemon Lime Twist.  After inking up each stamp I used a blender pen to remove the ink from the stems and then re-colored them with my Tranquil Tide marker then stamped them onto Whisper White.  Once they were cut out I arranged them on the edge of the wreath and then popped the whole thing up with dimensionals on the card front.

  The little scripty 'hello' sentiment from the Tabs for Everything set is stamped in Tranquil Tide and cut into a little flag.  A tiny linen thread bow finishes off this card.

  I hope you'll take at look at the new Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog as there are soooo many great new products to get your fall and Christmas crafting off to a great start!

  And after you place your order, sit down and stamp along with the Fab Friday challenge while you wait for Mr. Brown to deliver your new goodies!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Tangerine Tango

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide

Accessories: Patterned Pumpkins thinlets, Quilt Top embossing folder, dimensionals, linen thread

Friday, August 18, 2017

Sweet Piggy Hello - Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy - Fab Friday 119

  So much for being organized and having my Fab Friday challenge card all set way ahead of time!  I had the card finished and submitted but I forgot to actually write up the post on my own blog.  Duh!  I think I need a vacation!

  Here is a great sketch this time around. Check out what the Design Team created and then join in with us!

  Here is my card using the This Little Piggy stamp set.  I had fun doing this one but the tilt is still throwing me off!

  Since I'm late getting this one up just a few things to note on this card; I used the flower stamp from Wood Words and embossed it in white to stand in for the doily element peeking out from the edge.  I also stamped it 2 more times on the Wood Textures DSP in Crumb Cake.  The sentiment is also from Wood Words and is embossed.

  The pig (isn't he/she cute??) is stamped with Stazon onto watercolor paper and colored with an Aquapainter and ink pads.

  I hope to see you card in our gallery this time around!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: This Little Piggy, Wood Words

Ink: Stazon, Versamark, Crumb Cake  Watercoloring: Powder Pink, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, watercolor paper, Tranquil Tide, Wood Textures DSP

Accessories: white baker's twine, white embossing powder, Layering Squares framelits, dimensionals

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Pick a Crate of Pumpkin - Stampin' Up! Pick a Pumpkin

    As much as I want to dive right into all of the Christmas goodness from my Holiday catalog I am trying to not rush the seasons.  While I can't stand the fact that stores put out seasonal items 3+ months before the actual season I am certainly not opposed to beginning to make my Christmas cards this early but I will definitely be trying to design a lot of fall cards too.  Even though it probably won't feel like fall here for at least another month, school is starting right after Labor Day so that is reason enough to get into the fall mode.

  When placing my Holiday catalog preorder I waivered a bit on whether or not to get the Pick a Pumpkin set. But in the end I decided that a fall themed set with a few pieces that could be used for Halloween would be a good idea. And it's a bundle with coordinating dies so that was appealing too.

  The card base is Very Vanilla thick and then another layer of Very Vanilla embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder.  I lightly swiped some Crumb Cake ink over the texture using a sponge to give it some depth and definition.

  Next, I use a scrap of the Wood Textures DSP and die cut just the front of the crate from the Wood Crate framelits set.  It makes for a nice little feature on a card so you don't always have to make a full crate with this die set.

  The gourds and pumpkins were stamped in a bunch of different fall colors; Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz and Cajun Craze.  After inking up the stamp I used a blender pen to remove the ink from the stem portion and then re-colored it with my Garden Green marker.  Once they were all stamped I cut them out with the Patterned Pumpkin Thinlets dies.  I even cut some cute little vines in Garden Green.

  I arranged all the fall bounty in the crate and then added a bit of linen thread I found in my scrap bin.   The sentiment is from a Holiday Catalog set called Labels to Love which has a new matching punch which I didn't use here but is a really nice shape for all kinds of cards.  I stamped the sentiment here Chocolate Chip and punched it out with a circle punch as it fit the scale of the crate better.

  The crate and all is popped on dimensionals to finish this card off.

  I'm looking forward to playing some more with the Pick a Pumpkin bundle.  Maybe some nice jack-o-lanterns next?

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Pick a Pumpkin*, Labels to Love*

Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green (marker)

Paper: Very Vanilla thick, Very Vanilla, Wood Textures DSP, Garden Green

Accessories: Patterned Pumpkins thinlets*, Wood Crate framelits, linen thread, dimensionals, circle punch

* Items will be available in the 2017 Stampin' Up! Holiday catalog available September 1

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Spread the Love Jar - Stampin' Up! Jar of Love

 After the events over the weekend in Charlottesville I needed to just make a card that was positive and sweet and 'made with LOVE in Virginia' so I pulled out the colors to play along with the Paper Players Challenge.  Pear Pizzazz, Bermuda Bay and Calypso Coral make for a fun combo.

  The card base is Whisper White with another layer of Whisper White on top with the corners rounded.  The strip of DSP is from the retired Tasty Treats.  

  I stamped the jar in Basic Gray, cut it out, added the hearts in the challenge colors and then wrapped some Calypso Coral baker's twine around and popped it up on a Stitched Shapes circle.  The circle is then popped over the top of the DSP strip.

 To make the sentiment banners I used the Jar of Love set as well as the Tabs for Everything set.  Once they were stamped and cut I slipped them under the edge of the circle and lined everything up.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Jar of Love, Tabs for Everything

Ink: Basic Gray, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral

Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Tasty Treats DSP (retired)

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Everyday Jars framelits, dimensionals, Calypso Coral baker's twine (retired), corner rounder punch (retired)  

Monday, August 14, 2017

Pastel Snowflakes - Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

  It seems that I've totally skipped over autumn and gone straight to winter and Christmas!  I promise I will get to some fall cards made (especially using the Colorful Seasons bundle) but for today winter it is.  I wanted to use the colors of the soon to be closing Color Throwdown challenge.  I thought the brighter pastel colors were fun especially since we're in the middle of summer and being the seasonal stamper that I am I barely look at my Subtles collection this time of year.  So a true challenge it was!

  I thought some snowflakes with the challenge colors would be fun.

  I decided to do 3 snowflake panels with each of the challenge colors as the background- Powder Pink, Perfect Plum and Pool Party.  I pulled out my scrap bag of watercolor paper and cut 3 squares and then used my Aquapainter to add drops of ink to the paper.  I pre-wet the watercolor paper so that the inks would spread a bit on their own and then left them to dry a bit.  After they dried for a time I hurried things along with the heat gun.

  After the squares were dry I stamped the 2 sizes of snowflakes from Colorful Seasons in Versamark and then embossed them with white embossing powder.  I popped each square up on dimensionals to a slightly larger square Whisper White square and mounted them to a Pool Party card front.

  The part that took the longest for this card was finding a sentiment that fit into the small square!  I pulled out all of my current Christmas/winter sets, even my brand new 2017 Holiday catalog preorder items and none of the sentiments fit; either in the panel or with the style/theme of the card.  Into the retired sentiment drawer I went and pulled out the long retired Endless Wishes stamp set.  Ah-ha!  Finally some words that I could use!  The sentiment is stamped on another square of watercolor paper in Basic Gray ink.

  I added a folded bit of Powder Pink ribbon behind the panel before adhering it to the card front.  I die cut a tiny snowflake with the Seasonal Layers thinlets using Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper and added it to the corner of the sentiment and put a rhinestone in the center for a bit of bling.

  One Christmas card down, about a bazillion left to make!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Colorful Seasons, Endless Wishes (retired)

Ink: Powder Pink, Perfect Plum, Pool Party, Versamark, Basic Gray

Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, watercolor paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper

Accessories: white embossing powder, Powder Pink 1/2" Finely Woven ribbon, rhinestone, Seasonal Layers thinlets

Friday, August 11, 2017

Happiness Is..... - Stampin' Up! Coffee Cafe

  I do like my big mug of coffee every morning fixed with lots of cream and sugar just like my grandpa used to make it.  He was a carpenter and would fix a thermos full of coffee for his 'coffee break' later in the morning.  I remember he even had a special spoon he used to scoop the sugar into thermos.  Sometimes my dad would help him out with a job and we would get taken along and we would get to have a 'coffee break' too.  What a treat!  A sweet,  hot drink that we certainly didn't get at home!  If they were working around our house even the dog would get a little bit of coffee in her bowl.  She would lick lightly around the edge just getting a little taste until it cooled a bit and she could lap it up.  My husband teases me now and asks if I would like to have coffee with my sugar and cream!  I tell him it's fixed perfectly just like Gramp used to make thank you very much!

  These days I mostly have my coffee at home but every once in a while will meet a friend for a quick cup and catch up chat.  I think it would be fun to set up a coffee break date with a cute card like this one.

    They layout is on from Freshly Made Sketches from earlier this summer.  The partial circle element was a challenge to me as I had to keep searching around the house for the right size to trace...none of my dies are even close to being big enough!  I think I ended up using one of our small salad plates.  The DSP is from the Coffee Break pack and it is a great complimentary set of papers to go with the Coffee Cafe stamp set but it also has a lot of patterns that can stand on their own on non-coffee themed cards.

  The cup is stamped in Soft Suede onto Whisper White cardstock.  The lid is stamped in Garden Green.  The cuff is Pear Pizzazz cardstock with the words stamped in Garden Green.  I hand cut these shapes and put my cup together.  I'm holding off on getting the dies for this set as all of the images in the set are super easy shapes to hand cut and I haven't seen any designs that use the dies in a way that have convinced me I have to have them.  If you're not into fussy cutting then you'll want to get the bundle and save 10% for sure.

  I layered the cup over a length of retired Pool Party satin striped ribbon with a linen thread bow.  

  Hope you have a bit of whatever your happiness is today!

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Coffee Cafe

Ink: Garden Green, Soft Suede

Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Coffee Break DSP

Accessories: Linen Thread, dimensionals, Pool Party striped satin ribbon (retired)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Birthday Hogs & Kisses - Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy

   I was super late getting this card made for our nephew's birthday and even later getting it off in the mail.  I like to tell myself that late birthday cards are just extending the celebrations but really it's just a giant sign of my disorganization!  I haven't even looked at birthdays for August yet!  Yikes!

   This card was the first time I inked up the Burlap background stamp.  It really gives a neat texture.  I especially like the fringe edge.

  Since this was a card for a 9 year old I kept the colors pretty boy-like with the exception of the pink pig.  The card base is Tempting Turquoise with the Burlap background stamp also in Tempting Turquoise.

  The pig from This Little Piggy was stamped on Shimmery White cardstock.  I colored the pig in with Powder Pink ink and an Aquapainter.  The grass is Lemon Lime Twist and the sky is Soft Sky.  Once it was all colored it was die cut with Stitched Shapes circle framelits.

  I stamped 3 ballons from Balloon Celebrations with black for the outlines and then filled them in with Pacific Point, Tempting Turquoise and Lemon Lime Twist.  The Balloon punch made quick work out of the punching them out.  I added some white baker's twine string to each one and then popped them up with dimensionals around the pig panel.

  The final pieces are the Lemon Lime Twist 'hogs and kisses' sentiment banner and a little enamel shape star in Tempting Turquoise.

Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: This Little Piggy, Balloon Celebrations, Burlap

Ink: Tempting Turquoise, black, Poswer Pink, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Sky

Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Shimmery White, Lemon Lime Twist

Accessories: Stitched Shapes framelits, Balloon punch, white baker's twine, dimensionals, enamel shapes

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Beautiful Things Bouquet - Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouquet

  Sometimes when I'm creating cards for my monthly class the projects come together really quickly and I'm pleased with the results right off the bat.  Other times it's a struggle to come up with designs that hit on all of my requirements; stamp set, colors, ease of creating for 20+ people, Big Shot or no Big Shot and a host of other variables.  Last month was a struggle to get it just right.  I had 2 of the cards designed and I wanted to use Beautiful Bouquet and the coordinating Bouquet Bunch framelits for the third.

  Well after checking out a lot of samples on Pinterest using the Bouquet Bunch stamp set and having a pile of discarded pieces I was getting frustrated.  I realized the tricky thing with this set is that it has so many great flowers you want to make a big, giant bouquet with lots of flowers and leaves like this card I made a while back but for a class setting with a lot of stampers it's just not practical.  I had to tone down my cluster of flowers and keep the die cutting to a few passes through the Big Shot.

  This is the card that finally worked for me (and hopefully my stampers too)!

  The card base is Night of Navy.  Next up is a layer of Whisper White embossed with the Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder.  

  The sentiment from Just Add Text is stamped in Tranquil Tide onto a narrow panel of Whisper White.  I think this could be a great birthday sentiment or a thinking of you/hello card.  The stem was stamped twice on the other side of the panel also in Tranquil Tide.

  Lemon Lime Twist was used to stamp 2 flowers with Night of Navy centers.  Night of Navy was used again to stamp one of the flower center stamps onto Whisper White.

  Now for the die cutting; The 2 LLT flowers were cut out along with 2 clusters of Night of Navy flowers.  The clusters are just dies without a matching stamp and are different sizes.  Lastly, the white flower with the Night of Navy center was cut out.

  All the blossoms were layered and adhered above or slightly overlapping the stems with the white flower popped on a dimensional.

  The final detail is the awesome Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon tied in a knot and adhered with a glue dot over the the stems.  I love this ribbon as it's so light it's not a bulky addition and it feels nice and silky.

  I'm glad I stuck with this card so that my stampers could see The Beautiful Bouquet bundle in action.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Just Add Text

Ink: Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy

Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White

Accessories: Bouquet Bunch framelits, Layered Leaves 3D embossing folder, Crinkled Seam Binding ribbon, dimensionals

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Sweet Kitty Thank You - Stampin' Up! Foxy Friends

  I stamped a bit over the weekend but the ideas just weren't coming together very well so I decided to browse some challenges to see if I could get inspired. The Just Add Ink challenge had a "Just Choose 2" challenge. I could pick between Kids, Pets and Patterned Paper. Hmmmm... I checked out my stamps and realized I didn't really have many stamps for kids or of kids and even the pets category was slim pickings (pigs are pets sometimes aren't they??). It's called a challenge for a reason! I finally went with the Foxy Friends stamp set and coordinating punch to create a little kitty!

  The easiest part of this card was picking the DSP!  I had a strip of the Coffee Break DSP left from another project and the little hearts seemed like a good backdrop for the kitty.

  The card base is Whisper White thick, then a smaller panel of Whisper White was embossed with the Pinewood Planks 3D embossing folder.  I got this embossing folder when the annual catalog started in June but I haven't used it much but I see lots of possibilities with it, especially for Christmas.

  The Coffee Break DSP strip was cut into a banner and a piece of paper doily I had kicking around is tucked just under the edge before adhering to the cardfront.

  The sentiment flag is Pear Pizzazz cardstock stamped in black using the Thoughtful Banners stamp set scripty thank you.  I added an old retired vintage trinket safety pin with a strip of 1/4" Stitched-edge ribbon tied around it.  Technically the color of the ribbon is Old Olive but I thought it was close enough to Pear Pizzazz to still work.  It's all attached to the card with a glue dot.

  A Whisper White stitched shape oval was die cut as a base for the little kitty.  The cat pieces are Smoky Slate with the face stamped in black ink and the legs in Smoky Slate ink.  After the pieces were punched I lightly sponged the edges with Smoky Slate to soften them into a bit of "fur".  The inside of the ears are colored with clear Wink of Stella which can't really be seen in the photo. The cat's head is popped up with a dimensional.

  I'll have to make sure that a cat lover get this thank you at some point so into my stash it goes just waiting for the right thank you opportunity.

  Thanks for looking!  Did you stamp today?

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Thoughtful Banners

Ink: Basic Black, Smoky Slate

Paper: Whisper White thick, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Coffee Break DSP

Accessories: Pinewood Planks e.f., doily, stitched-edge ribbon, vintage trinket safety pin (retired), Fox Builder punch, Stitched Shapes framelits, dimensionals