Friday, September 22, 2017

Vacay!

I'm so excited. We leave for vacation in the morning. We go on a 9-day hunting/camping trip every year. We wives will be spending a lot of time in camp while the man folk are hunting critters. So I thought this would be the perfect opportunity for me to catch up on some of my Paper Pumpkin kits that I never got to do!

This is the perfect thing to bring camping. The kits come with everything I need, including ink spots, adhesive... everything. My beginner kit came with a stamp block. So I don't need to have anything else with me. And I can catch up on my 100 Days Project too!

Welp--I'm gonna go finish up some packing. But, before I go, let me remind you that early registration for Fall Stampfest closes on October 1st. Get your tickets now to save $10! Your registration fee includes 8 projects, catered lunch, door prizes, samples galore, demonstrations and a fabulous time with friends! 


Thank you so much for stopping by. I'll catch up when we come back!

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Lovely Christmas

Hey all! I'm back. Kind of. I can't even tell you how exhausting working 65 hours in one week, in the heat, is. It's been a week since I've been back on on a semi-regular schedule, and I'm still tired!

I did find some time to make a card today. It felt good. Like home :)

This card was made using one of my favorite stamp sets, Lovely as a Tree. I've actually bought a replacement set for this one already because my other was wood block, and I like cling mount better. This set will never retire. It holds a special place in the founder, Shelli Gardner's, heart, and she has stated that as long as she has any say, it will remain.


I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Berry Burst and Whisper White
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Berry Burst, and Tangerine Tango
Stamp Sets: Lovely as a Tree
Tools: Sponges, Big Shot and Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Embellishments: Sequins from Iridescent Sequin Assortment

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1). Your registration fee includes 8 projects, catered lunch, door prizes, samples galore, demonstrations and a fabulous time with friends! 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

More Painted Harvest Love

So, the next few weeks are going to be crazy busy at my "regular" job (or at least, we hope they will be). This is probably the last crafty thing I will have time for for a while. 😒😔😞  I chose to use Painted Harvest again because I just love the way the layers on this two-step stamp set have so much depth. I hadn't done it in yellow & orange yet, so I wanted to try that. Love how it turned out. But, I have to confess, I am partial to the ones I did in Cherry Cobbler. No surprises there. I 😍 red.

I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Ink Pads: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango
Stamp Sets: Painted Harvest
Punches: Leaf Punch
Ribbon: Old Olive Mini Chevron RibbonAdhesives: Snail Adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals
Other Accessories: Delicate White Doilies, Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1). Your registration fee includes 8 projects, catered lunch, door prizes, samples galore, demonstrations and a fabulous time with friends! 



Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Carols of Christmas Swap Card

Yes, I am still doing the 100 Days Project along with my scrappy peeps at the Scrap Gals Community group on Facebook. I did end up skipping a couple of days. I've been working long hours and had a couple of family things to go to. Next week I have to work 50+ miles away, so I won't have any time to be crafty. But I'm good with that. I can catch up or just extend my project to reach 100 pieces. Go with the flow, you know?

Anyway, I got a little time to finish up some swaps I've been working on for a demonstrator group I'm in, and I'm super happy with the way they turned out. I have to say, I'm in love with that black and white flannel looking paper. I wish I could buy a whole pack of just that pattern.

I almost forgot to take a picture before I sent them off to swap. So I had to take some in my car. Lighting isn't great, but it'll do.

I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Whisper White, Crumb Cake 
Designer Series Paper: Merry Little Christmas 
Ink Pads: Basic Black Archival Ink, Real Red, Old Olive
Stamps: Carols of Christmas
Dies: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, 
Punches: Holly Berry Builder PunchRibbon and Trim: Burlap Ribbon
Adhesives: Tear & Tape, Stampin' Dimensionals, Snail Adhesive and a glue gun
Other Accessories: Delicate White Doilies, Crushed Curry Stampin' Write marker

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1). Your registration fee includes 8 projects, catered lunch, door prizes, samples galore, demonstrations and a fabulous time with friends! 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Colorful Seasons Snowflake Love!

Day 22. So ummm.......believe it or not, I wasn't going to get this stamp set. Yep. I didn't think it was for me. Then I started seeing all of the examples online. Still resisting. But, the more time you spend on Pinterest, the harder it is to resist. And eventually I had to cave and buy it. And I'm here to tell you, I'm so glad I did! This set is awesome. Seriously. It covers every season and I can't think of an occasion you wouldn't be able to use it for.  

I decided to try a new technique today. I've done this heat embossing resist technique you see here numerous times (The white snowflakes are heat embossed before inking the cardstock. The embossing makes them resist the ink and stay white). But I wanted to try sponging the background in an ombre effect. Oh yeah. This could be addictive. I just stamped and embossed the white snowflakes using Versamark ink and clear embossing powder. Then I used the stamping sponges (I cut them into 4 pieces so I can use them with different colors.) to rub the colors on one at a time to put the color down light to dark. Then, stamp the colored snowflakes on top. Easy peasy. 



Isn't that gorgeous?! I used the same three ink pads to stamp my sentiment as with an ombre effect as well. Just start by inking with the lightest color, then ink only part of the stamp in the next darker color, and finally ink an even smaller portion in the darkest color. I just learned that one at a stamping get-together a couple of weeks ago. You can do that with markers too. But it's nice if you don't have to buy more products than is actually needed to achieve the affect. Don't you agree?


I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Whisper White
Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Ink Pads: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim and Versamark
Ribbon and Trim: 3/8" Metallic Edge Ribbon in Silver
Embellishments: Glitter Enamel Dots and Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Other: Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat Tool

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)





Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Winter Theme Gift Box

I have been loving the Colorful Season stamp set for all of it's autumn splendor possibilities. Because fall is my favorite season. But, last night I decided to explore it's winter potential. And boy did I! This box came together surprisingly quick using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool and a tutorial I found on SplitcoastStampers.com.


I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, and Bermuda Bay
Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Ink Pads: Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Dapper Denim and Whisper White
Ribbon and Trim: Shimmer Ribbon in Pool Party
Embellishments: Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Other: Snail Adhesive, Stampin' Dimensionals

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)



Monday, August 21, 2017

Baby Wipes Are Now My Favorite Tool!

Isn't this just gorgeous? Not to toot my own horn, but....toot! Ha ha.


So, yesterday I tried a technique that has been around forever. But it was my first try with it. Can I just say that I adore this baby wipes technique? This is so simple but has such an amazing, impactful affect on your cards!

I found a few tutorials for this on YouTube. Basically, all you do is take a baby wipe and fold it in half twice. I personally like a nice, substantial wipe. So I use Huggies. But it probably doesn't really matter. You'll want to put it on a paper plate or something to protect your work surface. Then, put drops of color from your Stampin' Up! reinker bottles onto the baby wipe. I actually didn't drop them on, I put the nozzle on the baby wipe and made a good size little spot of each one in several different places on the wipe. You can use as many or as few colors as you like. I used five colors on this one (they are noted in the below product listing).

Here is a picture of what my little homemade ink pad looked like:


Then, just take your stamp and pounce it on the inked up baby wipe. You'll want to make sure you are pouncing it in as close to the same spot on the wipe as possible each time because if you don't, you'll make your colors mix too much and it will start to get muddy. 

Next, just stamp it on your paper and then ink it up again for the next image. Easy peasy! I didn't need to clean my stamp in between each image because most of the ink did transfer to my cardstock the first time. But you might want to test yours to make sure. 

I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Berry Burst, Crushed Curry, and Whisper White
Stamps: Colorful Seasons
Ink Pads: Early Espresso
Ink Refills: Berry Burst, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, and Old Olive
Ribbon and Trim: Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon in Berry Burst
Embellishments: Gold Sequins from Metallic Assortment
Other: Snail Adhesive, Tombo Mono Liquid Glue Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)



Sunday, August 20, 2017

On a Box Kick

Day 19 of my personal progress on the Scrap Gals 100 Days Project. I had so much fun making the last box that I decided to try another. I also used the flower from the Painted Harvest stamp set to make a wreath! I got the idea from another demonstrator on Instagram (Kristin Hayes), who got it from My Ink Pad to Yours. I love the Stampin' Up! demonstrator community! Everyone is always so willing to share their ideas.
This is the box without the tag. I really like that black and white designer series paper. So versatile! Not just for Christmas. And how about that crochet trim? This picture really doesn't do it justice. I love it!

I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase on September 1st in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Real Red, Old Olive
Designer Series Paper: Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper
Ink Pads: Old Olive and Real Red
Stamps: Painted Harvest
Dies: Layering Circles Framelits Dies
Punches: 2" Circle Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
Ribbon and Trim: Black Vintage Crochet Trim
Other: Snail Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)




Saturday, August 19, 2017

Autumn Gift Box

I don't usually do a lot of other paper crafting projects. My "thing" is cardmaking.  I also scrapbook, but that is another flat paper sport. Ha ha.

I really enjoyed making this gift box. It was fun, and.......inside the box? Lol. I made this using the gift box punch board. This is a tool in my arsenal that is very under appreciated. I probably would not have brought it out now if it hadn't been for a challenge issued to me by my upline. Thanks Loni!


I used the following Stampin' Up! products available for purchase on September 1st in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Cherry Cobbler
Ink Pads: Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Painted Harvest
Dies: Layering Circles Framelits Dies
Punches: 2" Circle Punch
Ribbon and Trim: Cherry Cobbler Double Stitched Ribbon
Other: Snail Adhesive

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)

Friday, August 18, 2017

Life is a Beautiful Thing

Hey all! This is Day 17 of my personal progress with the Scrap Gals 100 Days Project. I'm loving this challenge. I've never created this many days in a row! 

I made this card using the beautiful Colorful Seasons set along with the Seasonal Layers Framelits dies from Stampin' Up! Isn't the font in this set divine? I'm loving it!

I also tried a technique with this card that I have never really gotten to be as successful as it was this time. So that was exciting. That yellow background was made by inking up a stamp block with my ink pad, spritzing it with water, then just smooshing the paper on top of it. Super cool huh?

Those things that look like pebbles or something are actually sequins. My iPhone didn't catch their shine, but the rest of the photo turned out great. So I'll use it anyhow. Those sequins do look fab though, just so you know :)


I used the following Stampin' Up! products (available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Whisper White
Ink Pads: Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Early Espresso, Tangerine Tango, and Cherry Cobbler
Stamps: Colorful Seasons 
Dies: Seasonal Layers Framelits Thinlits Dies
Embellishments: Sequins (Pulled from the gold sequin trim. Those are some tiny sequins!)
Other: Tombo Mono Liquid adhesive and Stampin' Dimensionals 

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.


Don't forget to register for Fall Stampfest! Discount for early registration (before Oct 1)





Thursday, August 17, 2017

Colorful Season Beachy Card--a Nod to the End of Summer

Day 16 of my Scrap Gals 100 Days Project. I thought I should do a summer card before summer is officially done. I am going to miss summer. I haven't done anything summery lol. Except camping. No swimming, water fights, or carnivals. I feel like I've wasted it. But, I am ready for the crisp fall air and beautiful autumn colors. And pumpkin spice everything! Lol.



I used the following Stampin' Up! products (available for purchase in my SU store at the link in the sidebar :) 
Cardstock: Whisper White, Pool Party, Scrap of Crushed Curry
Designer Series Paper: Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack (My absolute favorite paper ever!)
Ink Pads: Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake
Stamps: Colorful Seasons 
Dies: Seasonal Layers Framelits Thinlits Dies
Embellishments: Sequins from the Iridescent Sequin Assortment
Other: Fuse Fast Adhesive (Strong adhesive works well when gluing down paper that has been water colored and buckled a bit.)

Also, I wanted to invite anyone who actually reads my blog, :), to a really fun stamping event I am participating in this coming October. Fall Stampfest!


This will be the first time I have participated as a demonstrator. But I have attended in the past, and it is always really fun. It is scheduled for October 14 from 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM. Here is a link to the Facebook Event so you can get more information. Contact me if you would like a ticket!

Thank you so much for stopping by. I hope you found something interesting to inspire you here today.