Independent Stampin Up! Demonstrator since 2007
Welcome to my little ole' stamping blog! I'm so glad that you stopped by! I have lots of creative things to share with you with the occasional life post thrown in! Come on in, relax and stay awhile! :)

Sunday, June 30, 2013

Christmas card Sunday #26

Hello!  Time for another Christmas card share!!  Number 26 already!  Can you believe it?!   I kept today's card really simple, but used a lot of patterns so it looks kind of busy!  I like the energetic look it has!

Stamp set is retired. but oh so lovely! 

Patterned paper is retired too, but some of my favorite!

The details:
Stamps: Patterned Pines and Jolly Jingles wheel
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, DSP and Very Vanilla
Ink: Gumball Green
Punches and Dies: None
Extras: None

Tomorrow starts July!  My goodness Christmas will be here before we know it!  Have you started your cards yet?  Jump on in!  There is still time to get a pile of them made!

Have a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

Thank you basket and some walls!

Hello!!  Wow-wee-wow-wow!!  This day almost got away from from me!!   I had a great class tonight and got to visit with some really good  folks!  We made a fun banner that I will share with you soon, but I did want to stop by and share the little thank you baskets that I made for everyone.

This is one of my favorite little baskets to make!These are made from a 5" x  5"  piece of card stock and the handle is a simple strip glued in place. The pretty flower on front is from Flower Shop and punched with the coordinating Pansy punch.

To make one you just score your 5 x 5 square at 1.5" on all four sides.  Cut into the score marks on two sides and then do the same on the opposite side.  Fold on all score lines and then assemble and adhere sides to make basket shape.  Add a small strip by either gluing of with brads!  Easy peasy! :)

  I filled each one with flavored tootsie rolls!  I wanted each of my guests to feel welcome! :)

I also thought I would share a couple photos of our house progress with you!  We have been busy, busy, busy!!  See:

Walls!!!  We have walls!!  I am so excited!  We have been fighting with the rain for the last week or so! It is happening though!  My hubby is the brilliant mastermind behind all of this!!  The whole family has pitched in to make this happen though!  

I hope you have a wonderful night!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Friday, June 28, 2013're it!

Hi there!  Happy Friday to you!  This morning when I sat down at my craft table I decided that I wanted to do something a little different.  I wasn't feeling a card, or  a 3D project so I went with an exaggerated tag instead!  Too big for a gift bag, but perfect size for a scrapbook page!  What do you think?

I have really been inspired by that Vintage feel lately so I went in that direction!  I love Blushing Bride and Crumb Cake together!

I double layered the Blossom punch with the Pansy punch and stamped the flower centers with the same stamp that I used to make the background.  I added some faux stitching and some antique-y looking pearls.

I did some doodle outlining around the edges and added some leaves from the 2 Step Bird punch. 

The details:
Stamps: Shop Around Wheel
Paper: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride Very Vanilla, Pistachio Pudding and IN Color DSP
Ink: Soft Suede and Crumb Cake
Punches and Dies: 2 Step Bird punch, Blossom punch, Pansy punch, 3/4" Circle and 1/2" Circle punches
Extras: Dimensionals, Pearls and Paper Piercing Pack

Hope that you have a great day! 

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Happy hello!

Helloooooo!  Are you  under gray and gloomy skies today too?!  Sheesh!  We have had so much rain lately that it has been unreal!!  Everything is in a constant state of soggy!  I needed to make a happy card today to balance out all of the gray and gloom. LOL  Here it is:

It is a little 3 x 3!  I love making these.  They come in handy for a quick card on a gift or just to brighten someone's day!

The details:
Stamps: Six Sided Hexagons
Paper: In Color DSP, Blushing Bride, Pear Pizzazz and Very Vanilla
Ink: Strawberry Slush
Punches and Dies: Pansy Punch
Extras: Dimensionals

I must run!  Busy, busy today!  Have a great one...even if the sky is gray!

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Gifts of Kindness!

Hey there!  I have been playing with a new stamp set today and have decided that I really love this new image!  I am a nutball for all things polka dotted anyhow and when you throw a flower into the mix......look out!!  Such a fun combo!!  Just take a look at this pretty, pretty flower!

The stamp set is called Gifts of Kindness and comes with all sorts of wonderful sentiments! 

The details:
Stamps: Gifts of Kindness
Paper: Pool Party, Blushing Bride, Basic Gray and Very Vanilla
Ink: Smokey Slate
Punches and Dies: 1 1/2" Circle punch, 3/4" Circle punch and Itty Bitty punch pack
Extras: Rhinestones and 1/4" Stitched Ribbon

Have a super day and I will be back soonest with more to share!

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Shop around!

Hello there!  Have you seen the beautiful new Stampin Up! wheel called Shop Around?  It is absolutely gorgeous!!  First thing I did when it arrived was to remove it from the wheel and put it on cling foam so I could use it as a big stamp rather than a wheel.  They work much better for me this way!  Then I inked that big guy up and made this:

I stamped the new stamp/old wheel on Blushing Bride, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla.  I cut out some of the image and punched out other parts. I sponged everything with Crumb Cake and then just started layering things til it looked the way I wanted it to!

I added a little bit of faux stitching and layered the flowers on dimensionals.  Two tiny little pearls finished it off! 

 Fun, fun card!

The Details:
Stamps: Shop Around, Create A Cupcake and Postage Collection
Paper: Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Very Vanilla and Pistachio Pudding
Ink: Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip
Punches and Dies: Pansy Punch, Blossom Punch, 2 Step Bird Punch, Large Decorative Label punch. 7/8" Scallop punch and Small Oval punch
Extras: Pearls and Dimensionals

Hope you are having a great day!  I will be back soonest with more to share!

Monday, June 24, 2013

ABC Challenge

Hi there!  Monday already!!  Time for another ABC Challenge! :)  Today's challenge is to make a card using a  red, white and blue color scheme!  This is what I came up with for this week's challenge:

The Details:
Stamps: Oh, Hello!
Paper: Real Red, Midnight Muse and Whisper White
Ink: Midnight Muse
Punches and Dies: Blossom punch, 3/4" Circle punch, Decorative Label punch, 1" Circle  punch and 1 1/4" Scallop circle punch
Extras: Rhinestones and White Gel pen

Be sure to check out  all the great cards the design team came up with!  We would love to have you join in on the fun and make a card!!  You can find all of the details here.

Have a great day!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Christmas card Sunday #25

Hello there!  Time for another Christmas card!  I am up to card number 25 already!  I have made one card a week since the beginning of the year!!  I am so excited to have kept up with the challenge so far!  Here is my card for this week:

I used a wheel to make the border strip and then layered lots of greens and reds.  The sweet Santa image is from a retired set and the sentiment is from Joyous celebration.  I colored a rhinestone with a Sharpie to get that red color and stamped the sentiment on a crumb cake circle!  

Not too late to play along with me!!  Still lots of time until Christmas to get some cards made! :)

Ok, I am off to dinner with the fam!  Hope that you are having a wonderful weekend!  I will be back soonest with more to  share!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Little bit of thank you!

   Hi there!  How is your weekend going?  It has been busy around here!!  We have been building walls and working on our addition!!  I am just soooooo excited!!  Since  no day is complete though without a little bit of time playing in my stamp room I did take a break to make this :

 Simple thank you card! I love this color combo together!!!

The details:

Stamps: Simply Sketched
Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake and Whisper White
Ink: Crumb Cake
Punches and Dies: 1 1/4" Circle punch, 1 3/8" Circle punch and Stripes EF
Extras: Pearls

Time to get back to work!  Hope you are enjoying your day! 

Friday, June 21, 2013

Technique class and a little bit of Nature's beauty!

   Happy Friday! :)  I had a really cool class  last night!!  It was a Technique class and we made 8 different examples with a technique on the front of each and directions for making it on the back!  We are going to have several more classes and create a whole book of techniques!  I think this may have been one of my favorite classes yet!!  Everyone learned a lot and that makes my heart sing! Here are the techniques we did:

Mosaic Grid Technique

Clear Block Stamping Technique

Masking Technique

Rock and Roll Technique

Emboss Resist Technique

Negative Masking Technique

Chalkboard Technique

Pin Wheel Technique

These were all so much fun to do!  I cannot wait for the next technique class now!


This lone flower bloomed in our yard and I couldn't resist taking a picture!  It is such a pretty orange color!  

Nature is such a great place to get inspiration for projects! 

Ok, I am off to get the weekend started!  I hope that you have a wonderful day! :)

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Flower Shop!

Hi there! Have you seen the pretty new Stampin Up! stamp set called Flower Shop yet?!!  It is an awesome set of posies!!  I think it is so cute!  I just received it and inked it up right away!  See what I made:

I stamped my flower once and  then a second time and then re-inked and stamped over the lighter version with the dark ink and then the lighter ink onto the darker image!  Was that as clear as mud?! LOL

I added some faux stitching and did a little bit of embossing!  The center of my flowers are made from the very cool new Stampin' Press clay!!  That stuff is just so much fun!  

The Details:
Stamps: Flower Shop, Everything Eleanor (stems) and Pretty Postage (retired)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Strawberry Slush, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla
Ink: Melon Mambo and Chocolate Chip
Punches and Dies: Honeycomb EF, 1" Square punch, Postage Stamp punch and Bitty Butterfly punch
Extras: Simply Pressed Clay and Rhinestones

I must admit that every piece of this card stock was already laying on my craft desk just waiting to be turned into something wonderful!  I just love using up my scraps!!

If you see anything here that you would love to add to your collection you can pop on over to my online store  here and grab it for your collection!

Hope you are having a great day!!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Penguin luggage tag because why not?!

Hello there! :)  Middle of the week calls for a little something different today!  My kiddo has some travel in her future and needed a bag tag of some sort to help identify her luggage!  What better way to do that than to plop a big ole' happy penguin on the front of a tag?!  So that is exactly what I did!

This cute little penguin is from a retired set called Penguin Pleasantries!  My kiddo happens to be a penguin nut, so he was perfect for her bag tag!  Normally, he is a birthday penguin, but today he is a luggage tag penguin that happens to wear a hat and serve cake!  That might even make him more perfect for this job (especially if you knew my kiddo!) LOL.  She loves penguins, but she also loves her cake!

I made this tag from a restaurant coaster.  I have collected several of these from different restaurants.  They make awesome mini album pages and covers!  I covered both sides of this one with card stock and added some fun letters from her name.  (Her sweetie calls her Ty!)  I added some faux stitching and some sweet little sparkly flowers!  It looks awfully darn cute on her luggage if I do say so myself! :)

The Details:
Stamps: Penguin Pleasantries (retired)
Paper: Real Red,  Basic Black, Very Vanilla, So Saffron and Pool Party
Ink: Real Red, Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Pool Party and Daffodil Delight
Punches and Dies: Ovals framelits, Labels framelits, Alphabet Dies and Itty Bitty punch pack
Extras: White Gel pen, Dazzling Diamonds and Rhinestones

I will be back soonest with more to share! Hope you have a penguin serving cake kind of day too! 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Polka Dot Pieces

Hey there!  Rain, rain.......go away!!  Is it raining on you?!  There is rain in our forecast for the next four days!  Ugh!!  I really do love the rain, but so much of it lately is kind of harshing my vibe! LOL   So I wanted to make a bright, happy card today and  this is what I did:

I used the awesome new Polka Dot Pieces set for my main image.  I colored each of the pieces with a different color marker and then punched them out with the coordinating 2 Step Bird punch.  The background is embossed and stamped.  The added flower is also from the same set and the beautiful bright, happy pink piece is embossed as well.

Little bit of faux stitching and it was done!

Happy card....yes, yes, yes!! 

Stamps: Polka Dot Pieces and Pennant Parade
Paper: Crumb Cake, Pretty in Pink, Strawberry Slush and Very Vanilla
Ink: Primrose Petals, Chocolate Chip, Garden Green and Crumb Cake
Punches and Dies: 1 1/4" Scallop Circle punch,  2 Step Bird Punch, Mosaics EF and Stripes EF
Extras: Pearl and Dimensionals

I hope that your day is happy even if the rain is falling where you are!