Monday, June 27, 2016

Another Swirly Thank You!

Happy Monday to you! And look- I'm still here! Yeay!!

This is the last of the Thank You cards I mailed out last week. This card uses the latest Freshly Made Sketch, but I did tip it. And clearly, I really love this Swirly Bird set and Swirly Scribbles dies! ...and...the Paper Pumpkin stamps from March...
Stamps: Swirly Bird
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Watermelon Wonder, Emerald Envy
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals

So now that I've featured all the new In Colors, which one is YOUR favorite? Have you ordered any?? You really should....! If you don't know where to start, my favorite beginning is the assortment of card stock and the marker set! *grin!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Another Father's Day card...

It is a good thing I got so much stamping done the other day! I ended up going to the instacare this week and finding out I do have bronchitis! My husband has pneumonia so now the concern is how many others are we sharing with?! UGH... moving is too stressful!

Sometimes, like when I have way too much going on in my life, I am perfectly happy to use my stash of cards to find "the right one" to give someone. And sometimes, I really just have to create something new.
If you've read anything here in the last month or so, you know this was absolutely a stash kind of a season for me. hahaha... (see above!) However, I still needed one last (new!) Father's Day card while I was creating last Saturday. So this is the one I made. I also haven't played with Traveler in quite a while, and it stayed in the catalog, so that's a good time to use it!
Stamps: Traveler
Ink: Dapper Denim, Soft Sky, Tip Top Taupe
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Dapper Denim, Whisper White card stocks

This card stayed quite simple, but I really like the color combo. And yes, I did use another new In Color for today's post, haha!
Also, if you're wondering, Father's Day was a good day for us. We managed to see a lot of family with a family event on my side and dinner with my husband's parents later. Love days like that! I also love days when my kids get to give three different cards to three different loved ones!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Baby Thank You

Today's card keeps with my theme of playing with the new In Colors this week.
Funny enough, Saturday a thread popped up in my facebook news feed from my up-up-line's page asking what new In Color was everyone's favorite. The biggest response was "all of them!". I hadn't played with anything when the question was posed, but I knew right off I liked Dapper Denim...which is why you've seen it three times on my blog already, despite a zero-stamping month, haha! But I wanted to try the other shades out before answering... Having now used all the colors, I might agree- ALL OF THEM! These are really fun shades to play with and they work well with a lot of our existing colors! Can't beat that!! They also seem to span the seasons, which is an important feature in craft colors, I think.

So today, I debut Sweet Sugarplum, for a really sweet card! I saw THIS one on Pinterest and thought it would be fun to recreate. Also, the very last evening at our house (we moved to my parents while our new house is built..!) I got a text from a friend that she was bringing a baby gift by! So of course she needed a Thank You card too! And I realized this cute card worked perfectly.
Stamps: Swirly Bird, March 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Perfect Plum
Paper: Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Swirls & Scribbles Dies, Big Shot

I used the new color for the card base, the greeting, and the bird. I got the color combo from some thoughts I have about the baby's new room....I'm leaning towards a purple and yellow combo...It works! And I thought the fun splatter stamp with the greeting worked nicely too!

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Double In Colors

Hello again!
Today's card is much more masculine than yesterdays were- this is intended for two teenage brothers who came and helped load our moving van, and unload it at the storage unit, AND load it again! Yep, even the teenagers got a thank you card in the mail!
The design came about as an attempt to use the new Peekaboo Peach color. I have been so far removed from the stamping world of late that I had a really hard time coming up with color combos. Of course I should have remembered sooner that all the colors in a group will work together- that's how Stampin' Up! designed them! Therefore, Peekaboo Peach and Dapper Denim should, and did, work together beautifully! What do you think?
Stamps: Work of Art
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Soft Sky, Dapper Denim
Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: In Color Enamel Shapes, Dimensionals

I do like the Enamel Shapes. They're a little more slippery than the Candy Dots were, and they stick fast as soon as they lay down, but they're working well for me so far! Can't wait to play with other shapes too, haha...I've only used circles up to this point!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Flirty Flamingo Thanks!

Happy Monday to you!
I have a surprise for you, haha... I have a post scheduled for every day this week!!! I am pretty excited that I got so much stamping done this weekend after um...forever....
I realized this weekend was the first stamping I've done the entire month! But not only did I need a short stack of Fathers Day cards, I also needed a whole bunch of thank you's! Many friends and neighbors came and pitched in to help us move and clean our house. They were life-savers because my husband ended up getting pretty sick (pneumonia) and I, obviously, couldn't lift much, and even some cleaning was too much for me. A ton of work fell to our kids, which is okay, but wow, help was so appreciated! So I needed to mail out ten thank you's.
Of course I had some in my stash, but I had surprisingly few (I blame teacher gifts...haha!) so darn it, I just had to fit in some time to stamp!

And I really wanted to play with new colors!! So today is a double dose of Flirty Flamingo and a double dose of the same sketch, courtesy of Freshly Made Sketches!

This was the first card I made Saturday. When I very first saw the Swirly Bird/Swirly Scribbles bundle, I didn't love the stamp set, but I did love the dies, so I ordered that part. Annnnd then realized that the stamp set would really come in handy...! So I finally got to play with them together, haha!
The splatters on the first card come from the Swirly Bird set, and they were stamped off for a paler shade of Flamingo. I like it!
*Also, I adore the font in the Paper Pumpkin stamps from I think March, so I used it several times Saturday, haha....!
Stamps: Swirly Bird, March 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Mint Macaron
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo card stocks
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Dies, Big Shot, Dimensionals

And this was the last card I made Saturday, haha! I decided I liked the sketch so much, I may as well use it twice! I switched out the bottom strip for a card base, and used a different die. I also used Gorgeous Grunge for these splatters, but I'm not sure it made that much of a difference, haha!
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, March 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Ink: Flirty Flamingo
Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White card stocks, Pop of Pink DP
Accessories: Butterflies Thinlits, Big Shot, Dimensionals

So there you have it, two similar thank you cards, ready to be sent out today! Yeay!!!

Friday, June 17, 2016

Father's Day!

Hello again!!! You knew I'd come back, didn't you? haha...
It's been eleven days, but a ton has happened!
We actually loaded up and moved to my parents from Monday to Wednesday, and yes, most of our things are in a storage unit.
We cleaned the house completely (with help!) Wednesday.
I vegged Thursday. I'm not kidding, I parked myself on the couch with my laptop and caught up on all sorts of stuff, and pretty much did not move all day, haha! This has been a ton of work...
Friday we closed on the sale!
And Monday I went back to work!!
So it took til today (Friday, again) before I had a second to stamp! And it was about exactly that- a second. And it was a challenge! Finding current supplies and where they'd all been stashed was tricky! haha...!

So!! Today I used a just-passed TGIF sketch and made two Father's Day cards using brand new In Colors and products!
...and one retired stamp set... because I couldn't resist!

First up, 100% current supplies:
Stamps: In The Meadow
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Old Olive
Paper: Emerald Envy, So Saffron, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories: Linen Thread, In Color Enamel Accents, Dimensionals, Stamping Sponge 

And then everything here is current except the stamps on the main panel...
Stamps: Sky Is The Limit, May 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit
Ink: Dapper Denim
Paper: Dapper Denim, Crumb Cake, Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Dapper Denim ribbon, Dimensionals

So, Father's Day cards are now taken care of, and if things go as planned, we'll see both grandpa's on Father's Day too! Yeay!

Aside from that, the other news is this...
My friend happened to snap this picture the day before the ultrasound and we were able to use this photo to publicly announce that this picture shows all three girls in the family! Lots of happy, exciting news filling our days!

And I would love to promise I'll be back with more stamped projects next week.......!

Monday, June 6, 2016

Cards In The Mail!

Well today is the big moving day for my family! We hope to be completely out and sleeping at my parents tonight, haha....!
That means my own stamping is still on hold.
Which also means the Cards In The Mail are perfect for sharing and inspiring you this week! A few things have retired, like DP, but you can always adapt the designs and use what you have!

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Blog Hop: Steppin' Up with the New Catalog!

And here comes summertime! This year is flying by!! And another month means another Blog Hop!
(I missed out on last month's hop, but you can still check it out if you start HERE)

This time I wanted to play with new-to-me products, and brand spankin' new catalog products! (btw- the new catalog debuts today!) I also happened to need a birthday/graduation card for my nephew! I chose the Freshly Made Sketch from last week for my layout. A masculine card is easy to keep super simple, and in this blog hop we like to show how to step it up. Perfect!
*sorry the photo is blurry!! The camera clearly thought you needed to see that pretty yellow dahlia!
Stamps: Number of Years
Ink: Dapper Denim
Paper: Dapper Denim, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles dies, Large Numbers Framelits, Big Shot

Did you notice the new shade of blue?? Love!! But I needed to step it up, and make it just a bit more interesting. I added some Linen Thread, a bit of subtle stamping, and Dimensionals to make the numbers and greeting pop right off the card!
Stamps: Number of Years
Ink: Dapper Denim
Paper: Dapper Denim, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Linen Thread, Swirly Scribbles dies, Large Numbers Framelits, Big Shot, Dimensionals

What do you think?
The new catalog comes out today and later I'll have it linked to my sidebar for your convenience! I am very excited about it and the new products!
Now go hop along and see what everyone else has to show you, and leave us your thoughts- we all love comments! We even have some new stampers in our line up, so don't miss out!
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