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Friday, May 25, 2018

Birdhouse Birthday - FMS338 and GDP139

Hey there and happy Friday!  It sure is warming up here in Texas and it's only going to get hotter.  Triple digits in the forecast next week, so I'm planning to get busy (and comfy) in my craft room!

For today's card, I wanted to make a fun birthday card for my niece who will be 17 next week.  I'm playing along with the "just a note" theme with the Global Design Project and the sketch challenge with Freshly Made Sketches.  When I saw the new sketch from FMS, I was trying to think of something vertical when I remembered a set from the Occasions Catalog called Flying Home.

Flying Home was on my pre-order back in December.  I love the little birdhouses and just "had" to have this set.. Then life happened and I haven't had the chance to use this set as much as I had hoped.  I think I'll keep it - even if it isn't sticking around.  ;) To make the birdhouses a little longer/taller, I used my Stamparatus.  I was able to cover up the gap with the sentiment.

Cute, right?  The sentiment is from Bird Banter which I thought coordinated well.  I stamped it on a scrap of paper from this card - you can see the tone on tone Coastal Cabana lines which give it a little extra detail.

I colored the houses with a variety of Stampin' Blends.  They are very easy to use and I'm so excited that Stampin' Up! is coming out with even more colors for their Blends collection!

There you have it!  Thanks for stopping by on your Friday!  (Speaking of Friday... did you check out the Fancy Friday hop?? Don't miss it!)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Thursday, May 24, 2018

High Tide Father for Fancy Friday

Hey there! Welcome to another Fancy Friday hop! I'm so glad you're here.  If you came from my dear friend Sue Plote, thanks for continuing on to me!

Today's hop features the True Gentleman suite from Stampin' Up!'s Occasions Catalog:

However... for those of us that unfortunately don't own this great set, we will be sharing our creations that are inspired by the colors or masculine theme.  The Very Vanilla, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide and Crumb Cake color combo is a good one!

I decided to go nautical with the card.  Maybe it was the "tide" or "navy" throwing subtle hints at me. :)  I chose the High Tide stamp set and paired it with some of my favorite sentiments from the (retiring) Rose Wonder stamp set.

Now the sentiment does say "friend" but I customized the sentiment with the "father" from the (upcoming) Itty Bitty Greetings stamp set.  The Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder seemed like the perfect match for waves.

The DSP is a sneak peek at some really beautiful paper coming out next week too! 

The inside sentiment is also from Rose Wonder.  My dad truly is a blessing to me and many others.  Seemed only fitting!

So there you have it!  We'd love to see you play along with the color combo or True Gentleman suite. Use the hashtag #fancyfriday and let us know!

Next up is my former Aussie Artisan pal Rochelle!  (I adore her and her style so go check her out!)

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!


Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Two for Tuesday with Lilypad Lake

Well hello there!
Remember me?

I know it has been so long since I've blogged and I am sorry for that! (I feel like I'm repeating myself each post.). I promise, I'm going to be back to consistently blogging.  I'm in the works of getting a brand new watermark and logo and I'm very excited about it, so stay tuned!

Today I had some time to sit down and stamp and decided to check out some challenges to help my MOJO come back!  I also wanted to use this lovely set called Lilypad Lake that will be available NEXT FRIDAY!  (Can you believe the new catalog is a little over a week away??)

I chose a color you may have never seen - or at least one you haven't seen in awhile - Coastal Cabana.  Loooooove this color!  Think "light Bermuda Bay".  Very beachy!

This first card I made is from the Freshly Made Sketches sketch from this week.  I guess the challenge ended yesterday, but I decided to go with it anyway.  I really liked the look.

Look at those cute little sailboats!  A little Stampin' Dimensional for some extra detail.

My favorite part is actually this cluster of ribbons.   To make the special Berry Burst ribbon, I took the Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon cutting off the silver edge and fraying the ribbon a bit.

For the second card, I chose the sketch from the Fab Friday Challenge blog.  

I liked the simple look of the sketch.  Sometimes something simple can help someone ease back into stamping!  This challenge is similar to another from last week so I have been looking at it for awhile!

I embossed the lily pads with white emboss powder and colored the images with both Stampin' Write markers and Blends.

I wasn't sure I would ever use the lilypads but I'm glad I gave them a shot.  They work well with the sentiment. 

Thanks so much for checking out my blog today!  Have a wonderful day!


Thursday, April 26, 2018

Sweet Soiree Mother's Day for Fancy Friday!

It sure feels like a Monday - not a Friday (or Thursday night)... My camera battery is dead, charger is missing, my husband's car is in pieces in the driveway (which is why I missed girl's night out) and earlier today I tried to post this Fancy Friday post and my wifi is out. 


Well, I guess the only good part about missing girl's night out is that I have the peanut butter pie in my fridge.  #iwasinchargeofthebirthdaydessert

As grumpy as I sound, I'm happy to be blogging again with my talented Artisan friends!  It's been awhile.  Today we are sharing some really fabulous creations from the Spring Occasions Catalog.  I thought I would highlight the beautiful Sweet Soiree DSP and Embellishment Kit for a Mother's Day card.

This DSP is so pretty and the silver lining (so to speak) is throughout the paper pack.  I really love the extra detail it gives!

I tucked some vellum/silver cutouts from the Embellishment Kit behind the embossed layer.  I like the soft look they give.

For the inside, I used a sentiment from the Hold Onto Hope stamp set that is also in the catalog.

I hope you take the time to check out the rest of the hop!  Next up is the lovely Jen Timko!


Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Animal Outings - Stamparatus Spotlight!

It has been quite awhile since I've blogged and I must say - I am sorry!  I missed blogging and hope you missed seeing my cards too.  We are in full swing - pun intended - with 2 boys in baseball, lots of visitors and a recent craft show.  I am hoping to get back to blogging starting now! :)

Another reason that I've been busy was for an event earlier this month for Stampin' Up! demonstrators.  My mother, mother-in-law and a close family friend all were able to fly to Fort Worth to attend OnStage with me.  We got to see the NEW catalog that will be released in June, made some really nice cards and we won some new stamp sets! Woohoo!

I wanted to share a card I made with Animal Outings - a cuuuuute set!  My husband and I celebrated 11 years on Sunday and I wanted to make him a special card.  The stamp set only comes with 1 giraffe so I had to do a little trick for the reversed image.  You can check out this great video from Pepperly Rose Papercrafting to learn how to make this using your Stamparatus.

The giraffes and leaves were colored using the Stampin' Blends markers.  I absolutely love coloring with these markers.  I'm a fan of all coloring mediums, but these Blends are becoming my favorite!  

I'm playing along with the SUO Challenge this week :) If you need some coloring inspiration, check out the SU Only Challenge and see the design teams creations.  

For the inside, I wanted to carryover the leaves, the Tutti Fruitti DSP and black Washi Tape.  I also colored the stamp with my Basic Black and Real Red Stampin' Write Markers.

I am really happy with how it turned out and think I will try this mirror technique with a few other sets.  Thanks for swinging by!  Be sure to stop back Friday for Fancy Friday blog hop.


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Monday, March 19, 2018

Hello Lovely - Where Creativity Meets C9 - Challenge 19

Hello lovely friends and followers :)

Hope you are doing well today.  I had a few moments to stamp last night after the kids went to bed.  It seems that we got into a bad routine over spring break and I don't think my children went to bed before 10 for 9 days straight!  Spring break is over though, and since last night was a school night, I got to stamping and was in bed myself by 10! Woohoo!
I decided to play along again with the Where Creativity Meets C9 challenge - a special challenge from Concord & 9th where the winner gets free stamps.  No harm there!  You can check it out by clicking the sketch graphic below!

I decided to use the Hello Lovely stamp across the background at an angle.  I also stamped an extra flower to fussy cut for the focal point.

I layered the flower onto a 2 1/2" circle of Tutti Frutti DSP and a large Stitched Shapes Framelit - both from Stampin' Up! - the colors are also from SU! and I thought they looked very Spring-like!
(Sweet Sugarplum, Lucky Limeade, Peekaboo Peach, Flirty Flamingo and Wild Wasabi.)

For the stripes on the background, I used some Vellum Cardstock from Stampin' Up!

I'm really happy with the way this card turned out.  This Hello Lovely set from Concord & 9th is beautiful and a lot of fun to color!

Thanks for swinging by!  Have a wonderful week!


Friday, March 16, 2018

I Am Lucky I Found You - St. Patrick's Card

We were challenged in our team facebook page to make a St Patrick's Day card. I didn't have a particular stamp set to go with the theme, so I improvised some.  The "green beer" is made with the mug from Mixed Drinks.  To make a mirrored image, I stamped the mug in Memento Ink onto a silicone mat and pressed the image onto a piece of white cardstock.  
*I made the reversed image first so that I could add the other and see where to line it up.* :)

The sentiment is from the Lovely Friends stamp set and I used markers to color it to coordinate with the rainbow Brushstrokes background.  A little gold to finish it off :)

Hope you have a blessed day!