Saturday, March 30, 2019


is ending! Tomorrow (Sunday) is THE last day of Sale-A-Bration 2019! I definitely did not get to play with my Sale-A-Bration freebies enough! I really didn't- its been a busy, crazy few months a my house, haha! So yesterday I took some time and put together some new cards- which need mailed out SOON!

This one has been in my head for quite a while. I love this sentiment from the Part of My Story stamp set. It was the first thing I loved from this year's selection -this exact sentiment. Then they released this paper with the second round in February, and this sheet of paper looks straight out of a story book- they were meant to go together! I found a sketch that fit, at Global Design Project, annnd then I cut the DP the wrong direction... but I made it work anyway, ha!
What do you think? This one even qualifies for #simplestamping
Stamps: Part of My Story (SAB), Painted Seasons (SAB)
Ink: Early Espresso, Lemon Lime Twist, Call Me Clover marker (on the leaves on the sentiment panel)
Paper: Whisper White card stock, Painted Seasons DP (SAB)
Accessories: Dimensionals

Since I still had a little time, I really wanted to focus on the Painted Seasons stamp set. I tried a few inks on these pretty flowers. This stamp set is our new "DistINKtive" style, which means that it is cut in such a way to add depth and shadow to the image, which is really cool. But some inks don't show up very boldly, and for this, I wanted something bold. I loooved the way this Gorgeous Grape turned out and stopped there! Then I was trying to decide how to make the latest Inky Friends sketch work best...should I fussy cut the flowers..? But as I was looking over my DP choices, I remembered one of my favorite cards ever, from probably 10 years ago, back when our DP was one sided, haha. I had stamped some blue flowers on to some white washed, worn wood looking paper. Well look what I found in the Wood Textures DP pack?! YEAY! I like the purple flowers at least as much as those old blue ones!
Next I thought it would be cool to die cut the white greeting panel and let the Grape card stock show thru. Well it IS a good idea, but maybe not with a complicated, detailed word like this one, ha. And I didn't realize that til the bits were in the trash...and I work in the kitchen so there was no way I was even going to try to look for them. rats. Again, I made it work anyway. I stamped the rest of the greeting and decided I really love this card, even with its "birthday" flaw, haha.
Stamps: Painted Seasons (SAB), Well Said
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green
Paper: Gorgeous Grape & Whisper White card stock, Wood Textures DP
Accessories: Big Shot, Well Written Framelits

*I stand corrected...the blue flowers on distressed wood was 12 years ago. yikes! haha!
March 2007

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Mixing old with new...

This is not a great picture, but it was a fun card to put together, so I'm sharing it. Also, the story behind it.

A friend from elementary school that I've connected with on facebook is going thru a very difficult year. Last night she posted asking if there was anyone who might send her son a birthday card since she couldn't be with him later this week and it's going to be a lousy day for him. I have never met him, but his mother is very proud of him and posts various accomplishments and good things he does. He's a few months older than my own son, and he's into tinkering and machines and building things that work, and he just recently got his drivers license. I went looking for a car stamp I owned, which is retired, and pulled out this great "guy" paper from the new Occasions Mini. I used the latest sketch from the TGIF Challenge blog and this is what I made for him!

Stamps; Beautiful Ride, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Memento Black, Gray Granite, Crushed Curry, Dark Pumpkin Pie Stampin' Blends, Dark & Light Basic Black Stampin' Blends
Paper: Crushed Curry, Basic Black & Very Vanilla card stock, Classic Garage DP

The picture is lousy because I shouldn't have used the Crushed Curry card stock for the background as well as the card, and also because the photo was taken about 7am before I rushed out the door and stuck it in the mail! BUT. I think it will be something fun for him to get in the mail for his birthday anyway! And that is exactly why we do what we do!

Monday, March 11, 2019

Beautiful Birthday Card

Happy Monday! I am determined to have a very productive week! (should I knock on wood? ha....) Watch me go!

I'm starting it off sharing this pretty card I made last week. This will definitely be part of my upcoming card class and I used a sketch and a challenge to create it! The layout comes from the Just Add Ink blog, and the designers seemed to all use a circle element, and it worked well for my card too so there you go. And since I planned to use the Well Said bundle, this card worked perfectly for the What Will You Stamp challenge!

Stamps: Well Said
Ink: Fresh Fig
Paper: Floral Romance DP, Sahara Sand & Fresh Fig card stocks
Accessories: Fresh Fig Sheer Ribbon, Well Written Framelits, Circle dies, Big Shot

Hopefully I'll have a date for my upcoming class set this week! Do you want to come? You should!

Friday, March 8, 2019

Home To Roost

Well, hooray for Friday, ha... It's been mostly good but a crazy week around here. I had hoped to start working on a class plan for March, since we're well in to it now, and I guess today was the day!

I knew I wanted to play with this rooster, and I wanted to use the Buffalo Check. I wasn't sure what else, so I ended up trying a few things and colors and ideas and then put them both together. You should know- this rooster and the greetings are part of a cute set you can get FREE with a qualifying order during Sale-A-Bration, which ends March 31! Don't miss out!

This is the one we'll make at my next class:
Stamps: Home To Roost, Buffalo Check
Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla & Early Espresso card stock
Accessories: Linen Thread, Big Shot, Circle Dies, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

And this is the one with the other pieces, haha. I'll still show this, sometimes you want a bolder background, and it nicely shows that either sentiment fits in the circle. Also, I did different things with the thread.
Stamps:  Home To Roost, Buffalo Check
Ink: Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla & Real Red card stock
Accessories: Linen Thread, Big Shot, Circle Dies, Dimensionals, Glue Dots

Maybe one of these days very soon I'll get to color this rooster in, but I like him like this too!

Thursday, March 7, 2019

One more cactus!

A week ago I posted that I bought my mom this Flowering Desert stamp set and I was trying to make her a birthday card with it. Well it took three tries but this is the card I finally gave her!
Stamps: Flowering Desert
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, So Saffron
Paper: Berry Burst, Whisper White

And using only one stamp set, a few inks and even just a little card stock definitely makes this a #simplestamping card, haha, but it doesn't look too simple!

So here's something to note... four of these colors are only around another couple of months! When the catalog ends, we'll say goodbye to Tranquil Tide, Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst and Fresh Fig! (also Powder Pink, but that didn't fit on this card, haha) Sale-A-Bration is a great time to stock up on these before they're gone for good! Let me know if you need help placing an order, and earning FREE Sale-A-Bration items!
You can see all of the FREE Sale-A-Bration items HERE. Don't miss it- Sale-A-Bration ends March 31!

Friday, March 1, 2019

We Create Subtles Collection Blog Hop

It's already March?! I mean, that's okay, its my birthday month, haha, but wow, another year is flying by! But a new month means a new blog hop, so here we go!
Today our hop is featuring Stampin' Up!'s Subtles color collection. I picked four shades: Mint Macaron, Pear Pizazz, Calypso Coral, and So Saffron! I think the card counts as simple stamping again, because I only used paper, ink and one kind of ribbon.

Yesterday I shared a card with this new set from the Occasions Mini, and here's another one I tried out. I'm really happy with how this one came together. I like the shading on the stamps and I like how easy it was to create a little desert scene! 
Stamps: Flowering Desert
Ink: Calypso Coral, Pear Pizazz, Mint Macaron & So Saffron
Paper: So Saffron & Whisper White card stocks
Accessories: Calypso Coral Ombre Ribbon

Hopefully you know it's still Sale-A-Bration time, through the end of March! If you wanted, you could order the supplies needed to make this card, and you'd qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration item! I'll be playing with a few more of those sets in the coming weeks too! You can see all of our great Sale-A-Bration products by clicking HERE. You can place an order while you're there and play with your new supplies in just a few days! 

And now you can hop on over to Cheryl's blog and see what she's made to inspire you today! 
Then continue on thru the hop and leave us your thoughts! We all love comments! I hope you get some time to create too! And maybe it will be spring at your house soon!
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