Monday, September 26, 2016

Gone again....!

Hello again!
I managed to post every week day for two weeks and I was hoping to make that last as long as I could.......! Which apparently that's what it was. Because this is what my life looks like now!
okay, actually hardly at all that peaceful and calm, but you get the idea... haha!
yes, she was just a little bit earlier than expected, but she's doing really well, so zero complaints on that front!
This is the top half of her birth announcement, which I assembled in MDS.
And I'm planning to visit my craft room again soon!

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Cards In The Mail!

I've said it before and I'll say it again- I love getting these beautiful creations in the mail! As a demonstrator I love being able to feature products I may never buy and ideas I would never think of. Proper credit has been given to all the creators.

Have you sent a card lately? It really does brighten a person's day to see something in the mail that isn't another bill or more junk! In the meantime, enjoy these projects!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Paper Pumpkin take two...

If you saw yesterday's post with the August Paper Pumpkin kit, you might recognize some of today's supplies. I still needed some Thank You cards and I wanted to try something else with the kit...

I thought the colors lent themselves well to this adorable scarecrow, so it was time to break out the Cookie Cutter Halloween set! haha!
Stamps: Cookie Cutter Halloween, August 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit
Ink: Early Espresso, Memento Black, Cajun Craze, Tip Top Taupe marker, Mint Macaron marker, Crushed Curry marker, Blender Pen
Paper: Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla card stocks, August 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit
Accessories: Cookie Cutter Punch, August 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit

And this one is just a little bit different...I added some of the Early Espresso bakers twine, from the kit, and then popped up the greeting and scarecrow on Dimensionals. I also colored the scarecrow just a bit differently to try something else.
Stamps: Cookie Cutter Halloween, August 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit
Ink: Memento Black, Cajun Craze, Tip Top Taupe marker, Mint Macaron marker, Crushed Curry marker, Blender Pen
Paper: Mint Macaron, Very Vanilla card stocks, August 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit
Accessories: Cookie Cutter Punch, August 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit

What do you think? Do you like to use kits differently than they were designed or stick to the original plan?

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Thankful Thursday with Paper Pumpkin!

About a month ago, I focused on Thank You cards because I knew I would be needing them soon. I used up some Paper Pumpkin kits that day, and made a nice stack of them... and it wasn't enough! haha...! So earlier this week, I broke out my newest Paper Pumpkin kit (from August) and made some more Thank You's!
You're welcome for the break from Christmas, haha, and some autumny colors and images instead!

This is one of the original designs from the kit. The card is a little smaller than a standard card, and maybe it won't mail...I'll ask the Post Office for sure, but it's a cute card. The kit is designed to make three of these...
...and three of these! This card is the standard size, and it turned out cute too.
Then there are three gift card size notes, which I really have no use for. That means it was time to be more creative. This first one I made using the little note piece, and half the gift card envelope!
And this one I used Mint Macaron ink for the flower as the background, and another of the word stamps.
Fun, huh? I like this kit...! I'm even debating ordering a refill kit....!
(which any Paper Pumpkin subscriber can do- right HERE!)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Winter Friends!

Today I just have a quick post. I got more stamping done yesterday and that means blog posts! Yeay!

I used the fun sketch from Nacho Average Challenges and this cute Eskimo kid for a non-traditional Christmas card! What do you think about those?
Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas
Ink: Memento Black, Watermelon Wonder marker, Rich Razzleberry marker, Bermuda Bay marker, Pool Party marker, Calypso Coral marker, Blushing Bride marker
Paper: Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Watermelon Wonder striped ribbon

Also, if you're needing to restock your stamp supplies, the Clearance Rack has just been updated and even has stamps on it! You can see it all HERE, and you can quickly and easily place an online order and get it delivered right to your door!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

A Christmas Star

Hello again!

Today I have what might be my new favorite Christmas card, CASED from Patty Bennett's idea HERE!
My card is actually different than her's, in more ways than one, but in my head I was making the same card she shared... haha! For one thing, her card uses copper and mine uses silver. I started by stamping the starry swirl in Island Indigo. Then I heat embossed the small stars on the white card front, and since I have the clear stamps, I put the tiny three and the single bigger on the block together and just rotated the block. The star base is cut out of Silver Glimmer paper, and then I added the Island Indigo cardstock in the more intricate pattern. I also used two word strips to the front.

The point is, I absolutely loved her card, and I love mine too! This is going to be a fun set!! I can't wait to try other colors and die combos!
Stamps: Star of Light
Ink: Island Indigo, Versamark
Paper: Island Indigo, Whisper White card stocks, Silver Glimmer DP
Accessories: Starlight Thinlit Dies, Big Shot, Silver embossing powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals

Monday, September 12, 2016

A Snowy Snowman!

Happy Monday to you! As promised, I have another Christmas card to share! And more posts planned for the coming week!

Today's card is quick and cute and I love how it turned out! I used the most recent Viva la Verve sketch as the inspiration for this card. And I kept what I hoped was a nice, cold color scheme to go along with the snowman! I even tried my hand with the Wink of Stella pen to add a touch of glitter to the snow edges....tho in the photos it just looks gray...
Stamps: Christmas Magic
Ink: Memento Black, Bermuda Bay marker, Real Red marker, Cucumber Crush marker, Calypso Coral marker
Paper: Soft Sky, Bermuda Bay & Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Softly Falling embossing folder, Circle Die, Big Shot, Dimensionals

Friday, September 9, 2016

A Gingerbread Man!

Happy Friday! I am ready for the weekend!!
Today I'm back to Christmas cards and this one will be offered at at least one of my events this year...I'm just not yet sure which one. The layout comes from the latest Mojo Monday sketch.

Isn't he cute?? He comes from the Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, with coordinating punch, and I paired him with some decidedly sweet paper, haha! Candies and sprinkles are required for gingerbread, right?
Stamps: Cookie Cutter Christmas
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Real Red, Crumb Cake card stocks, Candy Cane Lane DP
Accessories: Cookie Cutter Builder Punch, Dimensionals

I hope you get to relax and enjoy the weekend, and I'll be back on Monday with even more inspiration!!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

A Scrappy Thursday!

Today I intended to stamp some more cards, but things didn't work out exactly as planned...
Instead, late this afternoon I found the motivation to do a calendar page- something I hoped to do every month as the year went on, and boy, have I missed, haha! In more ways than one! I have reeeeally missed scrapbooking, and I have missed out on my goals too... I now have five of the 24 pages I need for Christmas calendars...
Oh well...something about a time and a season for things...

So using THIS sketch, here is the April page for my inlaws calendar, which they'll get at Christmas!

Yes I do still use MDS, and you can too if you have it! I added a layer of 'vellum' to make it a little less busy...I don't know if I succeeded, but I also still like the patterns together...!
Anyway, there's a little scrappy inspiration for you, and one little thing checked off my to-do list!

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

One Sketch, Many Cards!

Well, as I said, I had some time to stamp.... I saw the Retro Sketches latest and kinda ran with it! Immediately I saw different ideas that would work really well, and I guess I needed to try them all!

This one worked out perfectly the first time. I love when it looks as good on paper as it does in my head!
Stamps: Joyful Nativity
Ink: Dapper Denim
Paper: Dapper Denim, Whisper White card stocks, Silver Glimmer Paper
Accessories: Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon

This next idea was one that was much better in my head than how it worked out...and I did it two different ways! But, Mom to the rescue and after some fiddling, it worked out! Phew! (Tho I do have a favorite...!)

Stamps: Christmas Magic
Ink: Versamark
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White card stocks, Copper Foil DP
Accessories: Copper Embossing Powder, Heat Tool

And honestly, I had another couple ideas, but I ran out of time! haha...! Maybe I'll play with it again later...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Christmas Is Coming!

Happy Tuesday to you! I hope my American readers had a lovely long weekend! Mine was not exactly relaxing, but I did steal a few naps! Also, it has stopped being quite so hot, so that part was great, haha! And yesterday I got a decent amount of stamping in, and the table is still covered so I guess I'll just have to stamp some more today...!

If you've been reading my blog much this year, you know I'm expecting a baby very soon, and building a house that should be done about a month later...! So I am prepping for Christmas much earlier than usual! (For the record, that's not a bad thing, haha!) And this year I have both a mailed class planned, and am hoping, hoping, hoping for a live class very soon...!!! Which means I really need to play with my fun new Holiday Mini order! And of course that is what I did!

However, today's sample will not be featured in a class. Perhaps another variation, if I come up with something, but die cutting the stars one by one is too time consuming for a class setting. I might make a few more, because I love how it turned out, and this is definitely inspiration so that YOU can make it yourself too! *grin
I got the idea from last week's blog hop. Julie designed a wreath for one of her samples, in case you missed it.

Enough chatter- on with the card! I used two different die sets for the wreath, the greeting and the stars come from one stamp set, and then the bow comes from a set of Baker's Twine found in the Holiday Mini! The wreath itself is actually the large die, cut twice and layered. And I thought the little stars looked like poinsettias used this way.
Stamps: Star of Light
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, Garden Green card stocks
Accessories: Baker's Twine Trio Pack (Gold & Cherry Cobbler), Swirly Scribbles Thinlit Dies, Starlight Thinlit Dies, Big Shot, Glue Dots

Expect more Christmas samples in the next few weeks! And of course I'll throw in some other events too...! haha!

Thursday, September 1, 2016

Blog Hop: Stepped "over"!

Happy September to you, and welcome to our monthly Blog Hop!
Lately with our Blog Hops we've been showing you a basic card and then a Stepped Up version....Today, at least some of us are sharing a "stepped over" version- using an every day card and a holiday card to show different supplies used in basically the same way!

One reason we wanted to share a holiday themed card is that the brand new Holiday Mini goes live today and YOU can order from it!!! (and trust me, you'll fall in love with something! I placed a huge order and the customers who have talked to me about their catalog also have long wish lists!)

First of all, I used a recent TGIF Challenge to CASE (copy and share everything) a favorite something that has been shared in the month of August. I picked the third project in THIS post- the chalkboard card that I found so striking. And I used it for both of my card designs.
And I'm just going to apologize now for the quality of photos before the sun is up here was so much one of those months and I didn't get these projects done til after 11pm last night!

So starting with the everyday card, I used the exact same layout Krista did. The color scheme came from some curtains I recently saw- mint curtains trimmed in a shade very similar to our Tip Top Taupe! The cute DP and the ribbon come from the Holiday Mini!
Stamps: Butterfly Basics
Ink: Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron
Paper: Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe, Very Vanilla card stocks, Petals & Paisleys DP
Accessories: Ribbon Trio Pack, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

Then I used the exact same design for this Christmas card, other than I turned it on its side! You, well, *I can never have enough Christmas cards and this stamp set is found in the regular catalog but I ordered it with my Holiday Mini order and have been anxiously awaiting using it. The gold twine comes from the Holiday Mini! 
And the DP? That's the Pop of Pink that is mostly pink and black in the regular catalog! haha...! 
Stamps: Joyful Nativity
Ink: Real Red, Memento Black
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red card stocks, Pop Of Pink DP
Accessories: Bakers Twine Trio Pack, Dimensionals

I kept my projects fairly simple, but the layers seem to add a lot. Isn't it cool how the very same card can be used in so many ways and have a completely different feel? It is a simple concept, but I'm the first to admit that when I signed up to be a demonstrator, it took me a long while to figure out how to swap out images to make completely different cards from the same design. haha.... So don't feel bad if something trips you up too!

Now, hop on over to Jeanna's blog and continue on to see what everyone else has created for your inspiration! Also, leave us your thoughts! We all love comments!
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