Thursday, December 5, 2013

Very Merry Christmas

I recently held a stamp class at my house to make a bunch of Christmas cards before the holidays. This is one of the cards we made.

Very Merry Christmas This combines some of my favorite things! Pool Party cardstock, the Winter Flurries embossing folder, Winter Frost DSP and the Endless Wishes stamp set.

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This is a pretty straight-forward card but I do love the little flag pennants. It’s one of my favorite things to do on a card or scrapbook page. :)

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Merry, Merry Christmas

I’m so glad the Friday Mashup challenge was a two-weeker because it gave me a chance to join in and share a card made with crumb cake and gingham.

Merry Merry Christmas The only gingham I have is washi tape (I know seriously?!) so that was my starting point along with the crumb cake color. I loved the inspiration pic of red and snowflakes with the gingham so that was my next pairing. Although the Endless Wishes stamp set is out of stock (for a second time!) you can still get these images through MDS!  I stamped the snowflakes in red, crumb cake and daffodil delight and added the sentiment to the bottom of the panel.

Merry Merry Christmas Close UpThe Merry from the Expression Thinlits die set was layered over the snowflakes, and a strip of washi tape, lace trim and linen thread finish off the side of the card.

It has been so fun to start making and sharing some holiday cards! I love this time of year!

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Joyful Christmas Wishes

I got back into my stamping groove on Sunday and came up with this card for the  Create with Connie & Mary sketch challenge and combined it with the Fab Friday color challenge.

Joyful Christmas Wishes

The colors at Fab Friday are Coastal Cabana, Real Red and Gumball Green and I played up the Cabana as my primary color, followed by red and then green using black and white for my neutrals. The DSP is from the Eastern Elegance pack and for the strip on the side I used the diagonal lines stamp from Gorgeous Grunge to mimic a candy cane.

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The ornaments were stamped from the Ornament Keepsakes set and the sentiment is from the Joyful Christmas stamp set. I finished it off with a strip of silver glimmer paper and a (retired) red button.

I really loved the rounder corners on the sketch and like that little detail it adds to the overall card. Thanks for the great sketch and color challenge CCMC and FF!

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Monday, December 2, 2013

Wishing You a Merry Christmas

It’s December, can you believe it?! Although I’m still working on getting our tree up I’m excited to start sharing some holiday cards!

The sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches got me in the mood for a fun holiday card and I whipped out some of my favorite goodies to put it together yesterday.

Wishing you a Merry ChristmasI started with a Pool Party base and stamped an image from Ornament Keepsakes for the background. I layered on a strip of Winter Frost DSP and die cut two stamped ornaments.

Wishing You Close Up I switched up the sketch a little bit and layered the silver glimmer strips and sentiment strip over the panel, and  cut the glimmer paper so it was thicker on the opposite sides for a different look. The sentiment came from the November Paper Pumpkin kit, definitely glad I still get the kit each month to have this fun stamp!

Here’s the sketch my card was based on/inspired by! Thanks FMS team!

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Saturday, November 30, 2013

Fall Scrapbook Pages

I still have some Halloween pages to post, but thought a Fall page around the end of November might be nice to share.

I used an older stamp set to stamp the background and mixed in a new paper pack from the Sweater Weather DSP. 

Fall Page 1 Fall Page 2 A few touches of ribbons, buttons and brads added a little visual interest.

 

Here are the two pages together side by side. I did one set for Brady and one set for Gwynie.

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Hard to believe that tomorrow is December 1st, so crazy!

Friday, November 29, 2013

Thankful Scrapbook Pages

Although I realized I took these pics before I put the “thankful” title on the page, I wanted to share these before I forget. You’ll just have to image a thankful title on the side of the page. ;)

Thankful Brady

 Thankful Gwynie

For each page I used Early Espresso Core’dinations cardstock, sanded the front, and layered some pieces of Sweater Weather DSP on the front. They are accented with some paper leaves, a button and bakers twine in addition to a strip of pool party ribbon. It’s always fun to go back and scrapbook some older pictures, these were 2010 and crazy to think the kids have grown so much since then!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

Thankful

I have a simple and a bit elegant card to share today. I’m a pretty fortunate girl and have a pretty great life. :) I’m thankful on most days, and on a day like today where we give our thanks it’s even more special to be appreciative of our blessings in life.

Elegant TreeHappy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Leafy Thanks

I might be a little obsessed with the Silver Glimmer Paper from Stampin’ Up! and the new color Smoky Slate. Paired together, these make me so happy! Check it -

Leafy Thanks

There’s a few different elements on this card that I just love besides the glimmer paper and the gray card base! The ruffled ribbon, the simple background border and the pop of green from the leaf. Just a happy little card and one to add to my stash. :)

Supplies:

CS: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer Paper

Ink: Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzaz, Basic Black

Stamp: Woodgrain, Mosiac Madness (border), Secret Garden (leaf), Lovely Little Labels (sentiment)

Misc: Strawberry Slush ruffle trim, rhinestone basic jewel

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

It’s All Really Good

This isn’t exactly a manly/boyish card, but since it has boyish colors I went with it and gave this to a friends son for his birthday.

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The background was created with toilet paper rolls and paint, and I stamped the sentiment in paint as well. It’s fun to mix up techniques and try something new once in a while!

Supplies:

CS: Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo, Silver Glimmer paper, Whisper White

Ink: Basic Black

Stamps: Really Good Greetings

Misc: Paint, Old Olive taffeta ribbon, rhinestone basic jewels

Monday, November 25, 2013

Scripted Happy Birthday

My friend Sharon still hasn’t received this card although I’ve seen her a handful of times since her birthday in August. Sharon, I’ll get this to you eventually, but at least you can see it here today. :)

Scripted Happy Birthday Sharon loves bright colors but I wanted to make her a sweet and dainty card. Sharon got me into stamping so I wanted to make a special card for her. I did some heat embossing onto vellum and on the flowers used a dauber to add color from an ink pad, I just love this technique!

Happy birthday friend, sorry I’m such a slacker. But I know you love me anyway.

Supplies

CS: Pistachio Pudding, Neutrals White, Smoky Slate, Vellum

Ink: VersaMark, Basic Gray, Blushing Bride

Stamps: En Francis background, Remembering Your Birthday (sentiment), Papillon Potpourri, Secret Garden

Misc: Secret Garden framelits, Vintage faceted designer button, white bakers twine,  Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Doily, White embossing powder, sequins

Friday, November 22, 2013

Birthday Sprinkles

I have been the ultimate slacker when it comes to posting on the blog. We wrapped up football and headed straight into wrestling season. The kids are busy, we’re busy and sometimes we all have to just take a breath and make sure to hang out with each other in those moments we do have some downtime. So needless to say the blog was put on the back burner. ;)
I do have some projects to share and mostly birthday cards and scrapbook pages! Today, I’m sharing a card that was for my friend Mel and her (3rd) 30th birthday. ;)






I wanted to incorporate lots of layers and tons of fun and pretty girly things. Everything on this card is Stampin’ Up, I love when I can coordinate all my supplies onto one pretty card! BTW – I swear the melon mambo and slush look better together in person than this photo represents. ;)
Supplies:
CS: Strawberry Slush, Melon Mambo, night of Navy, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Silver glimmer paper, Vellum
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Smoky Slate, Basic Black
Stamp: Remembering Your Birthday (sentiment), Oh Hello (chevron background)
Misc: Itty Bitty butterfly punch, Delicate Doilies Sizzlit, Big Shot, Doily, Antique brad, rhinestone basic jewels

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Best of Holiday Stamp Sets

As if you needed another reason to earn some free hostess dollars,  there are two new “Best of” stamp sets for the holidays that you just might want to grab!

First up, the Best of HALLOWEEN! Four former stamp images, plus one new image gives you a five image stamp set that’s perfect for your tricks AND treats!

 

 

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Don’t forget about that other holiday right around the corner The Best of CHRISTMAS stamp set features four gorgeous images (remember that reindeer Dasher?!) that you’re sure to love on your Christmas and holiday cards.

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Both sets are available NOW, and will be available to order until March of 2014. All previously released “Best of” stamp sets are available until March 2014, and there is a collectors card. For every six “Best of” sets you’ll get a FREE set of your choice ($14.95 value). Contact me today to order, my contact info is on the images above!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Stampin’ Up! Specials!

Remember yesterday when I told you all about the new products available like the envelope punch board, the new thinlits dies and all the items in the holiday catalog? Well, how would you like to be able to earn those products FOR FREE?!

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That’s right, when you have a qualifying party of at least $250 you get $65 in FREE product! It’s Stampin’ Up!’s 25th Anniversary so you get to reap the benefits of an extra $25 on top of the standard $40 in hostess dollars!

Just think, if you get 10 friends that spend $25 each you’ve already hit that goal! Plus, the more the merrier and your free product just keeps increasing. So, what are you waiting for?! Contact me today to book a workshop for this month!

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

New Products Available!

I haven’t had a chance to order some of the fabulous new products Stampin’ Up! recently revealed, but you know they are on my Wish List that I’ll be giving to Santa.

This week I’ll be sharing some new specials and promos that Stampin’ Up! has going on for October, but for now I thought I would also make sure you knew about some of awesome products you could get with those awesome specials! ;)

First up, have you seen the new Envelope Punch board? Revealed at Convention we loved seeing all the samples and watching this board in action! It’s easier than ever to create envelopes in any size AND in all different mediums….patterned paper, cardstock, glitter paper, the list is endless! Promo_Envelope-Punch_NA

Watch it in action!

 

Next up is another product we saw at Convention, new Thinlits Card Dies! These dies coordinate with your Big Shot to create interactive cards, plus there are different dies in each set (circle card or label card) that you can mix and match with word sayings like “thx” or “hi.”

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Last, there are only a couple months left to get products from the Holiday Catalog! If you’re ready to get crafty for Halloween, Thanksgiving or Christmas then make sure to check this out! There are tons of ideas for these festive holiday seasons that you won’t want to miss out on!

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

All That Glitters is Gold

Gold is the new black, am I right?
Gold is super trendy right now and although I previously have not been a gold loving girl (give me diamonds and bling!), I’ve been sucked in and am not turning back anytime soon. Although to clarify that would be in paper crafting, not on the fashion side…still not loving gold that way but I’m working on it. ;)
So, what’s the deal with loving on gold? Check it – The All That Glitters is Gold challenge at Moxie Fab World.





This is definitely one of those cards that I would say looks SO much better in person! ;)
I started out with a sheet of vellum and ran a Crisp Cantaloupe ink pad over it to create the streaky background. Then I heat embossed the medallion/doily images in gold, but before embossing I blew onto the vellum piece to push some of the powder off the images. This gave them a distressed look, but also achieved some loose powder to add more flecks of gold to the  background.
I adhered the vellum sheet to a Naturals White base and then added a sentiment strip also embossed in gold, along with some lace, cardstock strip, gold brad and a handful of gold sequins.
So, you likey the gold? I have a few more ideas I want to try, but challenge or not I’m excited to add some more gold to my life. ;)
Supplies
CS: Naturals White, Vellum, Baked Brown Sugar, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, VersaMark
Stamps: Lacy & Lovely, Remembering Your Birthday
Misc: sequins, gold embossing powder, vintage brad, lace trim

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Watercolor Butterflies

W is for Wednesday and W is also for Watercoloring! :)
The challenge over at SUO Challenges is to create a project using your favorite technique and I absolutely LOVE to use my Aqua Painter and ink pads to watercolor on my cards and projects! (Check out this card and this card for variations on this technique!)





To create this look I embossed the butterflies with clear embossing powder and then used Coastal Cabana ink and my Aqua Painter to streak ink over the butterflies. The embossing will resist the ink leaving a pretty cool background!
The I just piled on a few goodies that I’ve been loving as of late - Ruffle trim, washi tape, chevron ribbon, glimmer paper and of course an itty bitty butterfly topped with a rhinestone!
There are so many techniques I love but adding these splashes of color to my cards with an ink pad an Aqua Painter is super easy and I love it! Give it a try!
Supplies
CS: Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Coastal Cabana, VersaMark
Stamp: Papillon Potpourri
Misc: Aqua Painter, Clear EP, Coastal Cabana Ruffle Trim, Epic Day Washi Tape, Crushed Curry Chevron ribbon,  1 1/4 in circle punch,  Itty Bitty Butterfly punch, rhinestone

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hello Lovely Card Set

Sometimes you get an idea in your head for a card or project that just won’t go away until you make it. This was one of those projects!





The talented ladies over at the Friday Mashup have a challenge to make some quick 3x3 cards. I ended up not doing the mash-up part (adding washi tape) but loved making these little cards! Now I will probably have to back and do the mashup because these were so fun! :)
I used the decorative label punch and a post-it note to create a masking piece. Adhere the mask piece in the center of the vanilla cardstock and stamp the woodgrain background over top. Remove the mask piece and you’ll have an opening to stamp the hello lovely sentiment in the center! Seriously quick and easy but super fun!
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Supplies
CS: Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzaz, Crisp Cantaloupe
Ink: Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, Pear Pizzaz, Crisp Cantaloupe
Stamp: Woodgrain Background, Hello Lovely
Misc: Decorative Label punch

Monday, September 9, 2013

Back to School Cards

So it’s been awhile that I’ve shared some projects here! ;) Let’s change that shall we?

My Momma has jumped into stamping (more like dove in head first!) and I couldn’t be happier! She’ll text me pictures of cards she’s made and we chat about our wish lists from the Stampin’ Up! catalog. It’s the best!

She sent the kids cards that we got the Friday before school started and they definitely brought a smile to their faces! That cute little gesture made me want to give my kiddos a card on their first day of school! Granted, this is their third week of school so I’m just a little slow showing these, ha!

I had their cards sitting out for when they got home as a surprise after the first day.

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Gwynie’s cardLive the Life 

Brady’s card

I wanted to make them something that I thought reflected their personalities and hoped they would like. Although they didn’t say much, I’m pretty sure they liked them. :)

We’re back in homework and school mode, right along with Jake and Brady in football season with practices each night and games on the weekend. Gwynie has been loving her pottery class and spends lots of time in the art room after school several days a week working on projects, and she also joined the Pottery Club. So needless to say we’ve still been busy but we’re loving every minute of it!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

I’d Rather

Jake and I celebrated our anniversary last Friday and went to Deer Valley/Park City to celebrate. It was a blast and oh so relaxing!

I love the sentiment on this card: I’d rather do NOTHING with you than SOMETHING with anyone else. I think it’s the perfect sentiment to give to someone you love and is perfect for Jake!

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This is a one layer card, oh how I love to make these but sometimes they seem harder than a layered card because they can be so simple.

To jazz this up I embossed the flower image in clear embossing powder and then used sponges to add in color. It kind of looks like a beach and ocean view at sunset right? I did not intend to, just liked the colors together, but couldn’t help see it afterwards. :)

I’m linking up to The Paper Players for their One Layer Card challenge!

pp159 Here’s a quick pic of me and my guy on our anniversary. Snapped with my iPhone so not the best quality but I still like it. :) It’s crazy that we’ve been married for 12 years now, time has just raced by!

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Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

One Smart Cookie

It’s back to school for our kiddos (they started yesterday), but if you’re still waiting for kids to go back, here’s a really quick project you can create in no time for their teachers.

One Smart Cookie

One of my bunco friends sent me a text asking if I could make a tag like the one in a photo she sent me. I said of course :) and quickly whipped this up in MDS. Now keep in mind I am still such a newbie to My Digital Studio, but this literally took me all of 5 minutes to do.

I printed these out at home and gave her some matching ribbon to tie the tag to the cookie box.

She sent me this photo of the cute cookies all wrapped up and I couldn't get over how cute it was! Great job Lyndi!

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Are you ready for back to school?

I’ve uploaded this tag set so you can download and use if you’d like!

Download the One Smart Cookie tag here - One Smart Cookie MDS Tag

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Back to School!

Today the kiddos went back to school. I am equal parts happy and sad.

Happy that they get to go see their friends again, learn some new stuff and enjoy all the things they get to be involved in at school.

Sad that my kiddos are getting a year older. Sad that we have to go back to homework, book reports and school projects. Sad that the carefree days of summer are over to be replaced with routines and schedules and early mornings.

But overall happy I guess. I do like routines after all, it’s just the other stuff I have to get over. Like my baby girl starting high school. And my baby boy starting 5th grade. And my baby being a freshman….that is seriously killing me!

No matter what I feel though, it’s a new year and the kids are probably both equally happy and sad as well. :)

It’s a Back to School  tradition to take pics of the kiddos the morning before they leave for school. I always wonder what they will choose for their first day of school outfits and love how their personalities get to shine through. It’s always fun to look back on previous years and see how they change and evolve.

Alright, so the pictures that my momma has been waiting for all day! And I’m really going to try to get back in my posting routine, ha!

  DSC_0928 Miss Gwynie, 9th Grade

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Gwynie: I can’t keep a straight face!

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And little brother!DSC_0937 Brady, 5th Grade

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Another Back to School tradition we do is taking the kids out for dinner on the first day. We started this clear back when Gwynie was in Kindergarten as a way to talk about the day at school and not have to hassle with dinner or clean up at home and really focus on the kids. We’ve had BTS dinners at McDonald’s, Golden Corral, The Mayan and countless others, but as you can see it always varies from what the kids are into that year, haha. We just ask that they agree to the same place. ;) It was such a blast to go out tonight and hear all their fun stories! I sure do love these two!