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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Flowering Fields - A Sale-a-Bration Highlight

Today I wanted to highlight a Sale-a-Bration stamp set that I wish I owned!  I stamped a few images the other week while visiting my mom and right now I'm kicking myself for not getting this!  It's adorable, fun to color and makes me think spring!  Are you ready for spring?
 
 
And as fun as it is to color, it's just as striking when it's black and white.  Here are two cards I made with the Flowering Fields stamp set that YOU can earn free right now with a $50 SU! order!
 
 
Now if you know me, I like soft colors and lots of white space - but I also hoard DSP (double-sided Designer Series Paper) and need to use it up!  This particular DSP is called Everyday Chic and the entire pack is black and white.  This is one of the sheets and I wanted to showcase both sides!
 
 
These flowers didn't need color in my opinion.  (My mom's opinion too) :)  They look great as is!
 
 
This one was fun to make too.  I forget to use washi tape all too often, yet it makes a great addition to any card.  Here I used Hello Honey washi tape on white cardstock so that it would stand out against the black and white dots.
 
I used my inks and a blender pen to color in the flowers.  I think using a blender pen is my favorite way to color! 
 
 
If you want to know how you can get a free Flowering Fields stamp set, contact me!
 
Have a great Thursday!
-Holly
 


Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Beautiful Blessing - TGIFC43 reminder!

If you follow me on Instagram - I promised earlier this week that I would share the gift I made my mother-in-law Linda.  Her birthday was yesterday and she does view my blog often, so I had to keep it secret :)
 
I wanted to make her something to let her know how special she is!  I had bought this frame at Christmas time to give her with a picture of her 3 grandboys but time got away from me and the frame moved to a pile in my craft room.  For her gift, I was inspired by the sketch for this week's challenge over at TGIF Challenges.  
If you haven't played yet, you have until 10pm PST tonight (2/24).
 
 
I haven't used the Remarkable You stamp set much since I've purchased it but I wanted to switch the flowers up from my original post
 
 
I stamped the sentiment on the background too just to add a little extra detail.
 
 
 
And who wouldn't want this cute Party Punch Pack??  The slider was simple to make - measuring the piece of DSP around the box with enough wiggle room to slide off and on easily.
 
 
Linda loved her gift and I was so glad she did.  It was fun to make!
 
 
Make sure you join us this week for the 43rd TGIF Challenge!  You have all day :)
 
-Holly
 

Friday, February 19, 2016

TGIF43 - The Newest Member of...

 
This past week I received a message from Mercedes asking if I would be interested in joining the Design Team for TGIF Challenges!  I have been a fan of the challenge site since day one and I am certainly honored (and pretty dang excited) to be on board!  (Thanks ladies for having faith in me!)
I hope that you enjoy my style and play along each week! 
 
http://tgifchallenges.blogspot.com/2016/02/tgifc43.html
 
So this first challenge I tried to keep true to "me".  I like subtle colors & lots of white space.
I am really going to miss Lost Lagoon!
 
 
 
I hope you can get an idea on how much shimmer is on this card :)  I used Wink of Stella on the base of the rose and the lines of the yellow flower and I splatter some glue on the card base to give it a little more shine with Dazzling Diamonds glitter.
 
I also thought it'd be fitting that I incorporated a metal rimmed pearl.  I won a pack of these when I won the first TGIF Throwdown (many moons ago). =)
 
 
There are 3 roses and flowers stacked on top of each other.  I glued them together and on top of a piece of matching cardstock.  I then fussy cut it (very carefully) to get the solid look underneath.   I saw Teneale Williams do something similar with this card and couldn't wait to try it myself.  Love the dimension it gives!
 
 
I carried the stenciled look on over to the inside of the card and finished it with another sentiment from Rose Wonder. 
 
 
Don't forget the envelope! 

 
So there you have it!  I hope that you join us all over at TGIF Challenges.  I'm excited to bring you some inspiration! 
 
Looking forward to seeing your submission!  Have a great weekend!
-Holly

 

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

A Lego Birthday x2

Today is my brother's birthday and I couldn't think of a more fitting stamp set for him.  You would think that growing up with three older sisters would mean lots of barbies and girly toys, but my brother and I were the closest in age so most of my childhood memories involved football in the alley, building forts in the woods and lots and lots of legos!
 


 
 
I did make this card last week and since our oldest son turned 5, I decided to make his card at the same time.  Just so happens that he's into legos too! Perfect!

 
If you haven't purchased the Boys Will Be Boys set from SU!, you're missing out on a great set!

 
Thanks for swinging by!
 
Make sure to come back Friday for a special post!
 
-Holly

Monday, February 15, 2016

Celebrate Balloons - GDP23

Hey everyone!  Happy Monday :)  I have had some time this weekend to stamp and even rearranged some things around in my craft room.  Diggin' these new canisters set that I purchased at a consignment shop in PA.  They're white porcelin and in great shape. $2!! They're the new homes to my buttons, sequins, paper clips and washi tape. 
 
But anyway, why should I even talk about it without a picture right?
Moving on...
 
I'm playing along this week with the Global Design Project.  I receive Brian King's daily emails and this theme seemed fun - but I also thought, everyone will be using the same set! But what the heck, why not?  Plus, February is packed full of birthdays for friends and family.  I can hardly keep up!
 
 
I wanted to share the original look that I had for this card.  I even took all the photos and was ready to upload them.  But something just didn't seem right to me.  The "celebrate" was just not doing it for me.  I was hoping it would've looked better...
 
 
So when my MIL stopped by today I asked her which one she liked better.  She said she didn't even notice the white "celebrate", so that was proof enough that the Melon Mambo pop was needed.

 
 This was my first attempt with the "watercolor smooshing" technique. I'm loving it! I wish I hadn't taken so long to try it. So thankful for youtube :)
I chose the colors Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry and Mint Macaron. I really like this combo and love that SU! is using it so much in the Occasions Catalog. 
 
I added some Gold Glitz Dazzling Details on the balloon.   




 
So there you have it!  Hope you like the card! I will be sending it to a fellow stamper :) 
 
Thanks for stopping by! 
-Holly

Monday, February 8, 2016

Love You Sew!

I have been visiting my parents this week in PA.  My mom is my upline and has a bigger stamp collection than I do... So lucky for me, I get to ink some up that I don't own!

Sometimes this is good, sometimes it's bad!  She can be quite the enabler. 

This set is the hostess set from the Occasions Catalog called Love You Sew.  Pretty cute, huh?


I love the look of real stitches on cards too!  It's one of my favorite things to do on a card.
 

And of course I had to add some extra on the inside.  Now I have to pick which friend gets the card! I have many that love sewing, including my mom!


Thanks for stopping by!
-Holly


Sunday, February 7, 2016

Creation Station Hop - Bloomin' Love that Glimmers!





 Welcome back to another hop with the Creation Station!  I just returned from the K-Love Christian cruise and I'm not quite ready to get back to the norm :) I do have time to stamp though and was able to make 49 cards with my mom this Thursday and Friday!  

Note: I'm at my parent's house, the Internet is crazy slow and limited, so a big thank you goes out to Cindy Schuster.  Without her, this post would not have been published! Thanks girl!

This month we are featuring the Bloomin' Love bundle and glimmer paper.  I do not own the Bloomin' Love set, but when I dropped the boys off at my parents house before the cruise, I was able to use my mom's set.  So glad my "upline" gets all the goodies!


For this card, I wanted to keep it simple.  You might notice the sentiment from Suite Sayings looks a little different from the one in the catalog. Nothing the Marvelous Markers can't do! :)



The sentiment itself is a great one for Easter, but liked the way it turned out for this card.


This next card is not my original idea and I wish I knew who to give credit to!  Whoever thinks of cutting a butterfly out of the Bloomin' Hearts thinlit needs an award.  Or a high five. :)



I think I'm sold on both the Bloomin' Love bundle AND Suite Sayings. I hope you like what I made today! Be sure to check out the entire group of ladies and what they came up with. :) You can click on previous and head on back to the lovely Jennifer's blog:


Or continue through to sweet Mikaela's to see her creation!


Thanks again for stopping by!
-Holly