Friday, July 11, 2014

June CARDS Magazine Pubs

Hard to believe it’s already July! June was filled with lots of fun, and I’m expecting July to be just as memorable!

You may have seen this earlier this week, I scheduled the wrong post/date and had to quickly fix.. ;)

Today I thought I would share a few cards that were published in the June CARDS magazine. Several of the sets used are now retired, but I still love looking back at these cards!

These two cards were for the Washi Tape section.

You're How Old

Cardstock: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Pool Party - Stampin' Up!
Decorative tape: Epic Day Washi Tape – Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: (sentiment) Delightful Dozen - Stampin' Up!
Markers: Tangerine Tango, Real Red, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black markers – Stampin’ Up!

Gee thanks washi tape

This card previously appeared on my blog, reposting since it was removed for publication.

Cardstock: Whisper White – Stampin’ Up!
Decorative tape: Gingham Garden Washi Tape – Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Secret Garden, Really Good Greetings – Stampin’ Up!
Ink: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo – Stampin’ Up!
Spray mist: Stampin’ Mister with Elegant Eggplant reinker– Stampin’ Up!

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This card was for the Happy Birthday section! I loved it so much I recreated it for my friend Mel for her birthday last year. :)

Cardstock: Strawberry Slush, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Smoky Slate – Stampin’ Up!
Patterned paper: Silver Glimmer Paper – Stampin’ Up!
Vellum: Vellum – Stampin’ Up!
Stamps: Remembering Your Birthday (sentiment), Oh, Hello (chevron pattern) - Stampin' Up!
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Smoky Slate - Stampin' Up!; Stazon
Misc: Antique brad, Rhinestones, White Tea Lace Doilies – Stampin’ Up!
Punches: Itty Bitty Butterfly Punch – Stampin’ Up!
Die cut machine: Big Shot
Dies: Delicate Doilies Sizzlit

Next week I’ll share some cards made with all new stamps! I did a small thank you card class and was so excited to use some new goodies for our projects!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sand, Sun & Fun

I could totally use a beach day right about now. Rest, relaxation, tropical breezes and a fruity drink with an umbrella all sound like heaven! We’re in the middle of planning a trip to Hawaii (I won the fitness competition at work, recap towards the bottom of the post) and have picked Maui as the destination! Jake and I are looking to go around October since we’re a little preoccupied with kids and sports and summer at the moment, but since I’m dreaming of sandy beaches and a beautiful sky why not make a scrapbook layout to display future pictures now?! :)

Sand Sun & Fun

Layout was totally inspired by the color combo of Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar and Hello Honey at Create with Connie & Mary, the Beach theme at The Paper Players and the Sky theme at Addicted to CAS.

I started with a 12x12 White base and sponged on Baked Brown Sugar for the sand and Coastal Cabana for the sky. To create the look I tore a piece of cardstock and used the edge for sponging. To create dimension I sponged with the edge over different areas and then went back in with the sponge to “fill in” the blank spots.

I kept the details pretty simple to go with the CAS theme and added the title using cut files and my Cameo. I used an older SU paper clip, a Baked Brown Sugar embellishment and new supplies in the patterned paper strip and Coastal Cabana thick baker’s twine.

Hoping I have some gorgeous pictures to add to this layout in a few months! :)


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Monday, July 7, 2014


I found some much needed crafty time while Jake and the kids were at the pool on Sunday. I had a little too much sun the past few days so decided to stay indoors and play. You could definitely say it was a celebration of sorts. :)

It’s been awhile since I’ve been stampy so I started off by working with a couple challenges. I also made this card with someone in mind!


I saw a card recently that was in the back of my mind when creating this card. The sailboat on this card by Melissa Davies was paper pieced and I thought I could achieve the look of a sailboat with the new What’s Your Type stamp set. I can’t wait to play with this set more, I bet you can make so many different shape combinations with this versatile set!  I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the Float theme from CASology to create this card.

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The base is Coastal Cabana, and the Real Red strip was embossed with the Folder Arrows embossing folder. I stamped the sailboat and then layered a strip of Night of Navy and Silver Glimmer Paper top off the layers, along with a couple staples. The sentiment was embossed in white powder and came from the June Paper Pumpkin kit. A little sailor’s knot in Coastal Cabana thick baker’s twine finished off the card.

Now to get this card in the mail…I really am the worst at mailing cards! ;)

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Week 102 - Float

Friday, July 4, 2014

USA Banner & Independence Day!

Happy Independence Day & 4th of July!

I have a quick banner to share today and pictures from the parade we went to this morning.

First the banner, I used the Simply Created Build a Banner kit from Stampin’ Up! and added in the pinwheels from this months Paper Pumpkin kit. It was super easy to assemble using Real Red, Night of Navy and Black ink for the stenciled portions, and the pinwheels were super easy to fold and secure with a brad as they were already pre-cut. The Paper Pumpkin kit also included some cute stamps and paper straws I’ll have to put to good use soon!

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Next, there is nothing better than a small town parade to celebrate the 4th and Independence Day!

My Mom made a request this year for me to recreate one of her favorite pictures. :) When the kids were little Jake would crouch down with them in anticipation of the parade starting and watch over them while they ran to get candy. It’s been several years since this photo below was taken (8 years ago!) and although I forgot they order they were in, we still got a new picture this year for my momma.


Jake, Brady and Gwynie – 2006

Brady was three and Gwynie was seven….!!!!


Jake, Gwynie and Brady – 2014

I love that some things never change like Gwynie and her long ponytail and my boys with their ball caps.

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Oh man, I caught that piece of candy and then dropped it!

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Brady was thrilled to get totally hosed down! It was so hot today! Check out his expression in the third photo!


Gwynie spent the majority of the parade texting her boyfriend. ;) He was in another parade going on around the same time for All-Stars.


Then both kids grabbed more candy, I think we have enough Salt Water Taffy to last us until Christmas!

We’re off to BBQ with Jake’s parents, check out the annual car show and then catch the fireworks later tonight. So thankful to be able to celebrate today and our freedoms!

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

South Willow Lake Hike

This past Sunday we made plans to go on a hike to South Willow Lake.  South Willow Canyon is practically in our back yard so we didn’t have to go very far to final a beautiful place to go hiking! I ended up taking over 250 photos on this hike and tried to pare it down to the best ones. ;)


We brought our Ryker dog with us and decided this would be a great starter hike to see how well we would all do as it’s been several years  that we’ve done any family hikes, let alone taking Ryker with us.


Jake, Gwynie, Brady and Ryker (our Siberian Husky)


Ryker was such a good pup on our hike!


Check out Brady jumping over the tree branch!

We thought this was going to be a 7 mile hike round trip based on the website, but silly us - it was actually 7 miles EACH WAY. We realized it about 4 miles in when we still weren’t at the lake but decided to keep going. 14 miles was rough, but we actually had a blast!


We got to this part in our hike and it was so green and gorgeous that  I was singing and shouting, “The hiiiiiiillllllls are aliiiiiiive with the sound of muuuuuusic!!”

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We took quite a few breaks, especially water breaks for this pup.


We were seriously blown away by how beautiful everything was way up in the mountains! It amazes me that SNOW can still be up in the mountains in June.

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Loved all of the little creeks and streams we saw!


As we got higher we were getting some excellent views of the Great Salt Lake.


Gwynie used to hate taking pictures when she was little and thank goodness she has outgrown that weird habit! She kept finding places for me to take photos of her along the hike. I love this girl!


The girls and the boys.



We came upon this tree and it literally took my breath away. I was freaking out it was so pretty and amazing!


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She is still so pretty after hiking almost 6 miles here!


By this point when we took a break Jake said if we didn’t find the lake in the next 20 minutes we were going to have to turn back. We had started around 12:30ish and it was about 3:30 by this point and we were still going to have to walk back the other 7 miles. ;) Plus we were all pretty exhausted from such a steep hike.  Ryker was getting pretty tired too and loved laying under Jake’s feet getting some shade.  :)


About 10 minutes later we reached the lake! We were soooo happy!

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Surprisingly, Ryker is not a fan of the water. He kept balancing on these two rocks and were laughing so hard at him! It reminded me of an elephant balancing on a ball at one point. :)

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We hung out for a little while at the lake and then decided we needed to head down the mountain before it got too dark. I didn’t take any pictures on the way back, we were going along at a great pace!


We finally made it back down to the car around 6:30….what a long but fun day! I wore my pedometer (should have worn my Polar watch) and it said we had taken over 22,205 steps, wow! We are so glad we did it and despite being a pretty grueling first hike the kids can’t wait to do it again! We’re looking at different trails to try next and ones where we can bring Ryker with us as well. Can’t wait to see what’s next!

Gwynie has a pick-up softball game tonight so we’re off to the ball fields again! :)