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! :)

Monday, June 26, 2017

Tulip thank you!

   Well hello there! Hope you are doing well today.  I spent the morning playing around with the new hostess set Tranquil Tulips and I looooove it!  It is a two step stamp set with tons of possibilities.  There are so many stamps in the set that I had a hard time narrowing it down for my card.  I see lots of uses for this stamp set in my future (and I love a versatile stamp set!).  I needed a thank you card and the beautiful flowers from this set came to mind right away.  I paired it with Background Bits for the sentiment and my little card came right to life.  Take a peek-see:

 I built the bouquet of flowers by doing some two step stamping.  If you are not familiar with that process, it basically means you build up a 3d looking image by layering stamped images on top of one another.  You can use the same color or different colors for different looks.  I used the same color for the larger tulips and 2 different colors for the smaller flowers.  The stems all use the same color, but lots of different stamps.  The combinations are limitless.

I stamped the script from the Background Bits set three times on the large Very Vanilla piece to fill in some of the white space.  I added a punched 1" Circle and a tiny little piece of the new Copper Trim.  That is the neatest stuff.  You can use it like ribbon or spread it apart to get more of a netting look.  It has a beautiful copper shimmer to it.

Here is a close up view of the flower bouquet.

I also made a second flower just playing around with the different stamps.  Think I'll save this one for a tag!

Here are the products I used to make my card.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!

I'll be back soonest with more to share wit you!   Have a great day! 

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Let's be friends forever!

Hello there!  Happy weekend to you.  Got any fun plans today?  I have a full schedule, but wanted to stop by to visit and share a card with you before I got my day rolling.  It's all about friendship.  I have to be the luckiest person ever, because I have some of the most wonderful friends! Your friends are those that you hold near and dear to your heart, the people that really know you and get you and love you anyhow. :)  I am very grateful to all of my sweet, wonderful friends that have stood by me through thick and thin, that have spent hours on endless coffee and lunch dates with me, that have listened when I needed a shoulder and that have helped to make my life richer.  Big group hug to all my wonderful peeps!  On to the card:

So many fun things going on here. There's stamping, embossing, punching, die cutting, inky techniques...oh my!

Lots of different layers makes for interesting visual fun.  Your eyes just want to dance all over seeing all the different elements. The sentiment is a stamped image and the flower is a die cut from the Eclectic Layers Thinlits.  I cut it twice to make it two colors. I used gold faceted gems, a gold circle punch and the gold paper from Bundle of Love DSP for a nice cohesive feel.

To make the background here I dipped my plain block into the new Powder Pink (love, love, love it) stamp pad and stamped it directly onto the paper.  It leaves a nice bubbly looking background and will be different every time you do it.  Its a simple technique, but one of my very favorites. Give it a try and let me know what you think.

Here are all the products I used to make this card:  

Clicking any of those pictures will take you straight to my on line store if you see anything you'd like to add to your collection.  Feel free to zip me an email or leave me a comment with any questions you may have.

Ok, I better get busy before the day gets away from me.  Thank you for the nice visit.  I'll be back soonest with more ton share.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

With all your heart...

   Hello sweet bloggie friends.  I apologize once again for my blogging absence. I know that I have been much more hit and miss than ever lately.  I feel badly about it falling to the bottom of my priority list because it has always been such a happy part of my creative life.  Recently though, I've been struggling with the hardest thing I've ever been faced with and I just don't feel much like my old self any more.  If you follow my blog you may know a few things about me.  You may know that my family is the single most important thing to me in the whole world.  You may know that my husband is my very best friend, truly my better half, my rock and the happy that makes my heart flutter  (still after 26 years).  You may know that my sun rises and sets around my children and that they are the first thought on my mind when I wake up and the last before I go to sleep every single day.  You may know that my Mom means the world to me and has always been my biggest cheerleader, my dearest friend and the hero that always makes the world seem manageable. Four months ago I lost my beautiful, courageous Mom and then 5 weeks later my grandmother passed away too.  My grandmother was 99 and 11/12's and hubby and I had been her 24/7 caregivers for 2 years.  My Mom had been battling illness. She fought like a true and graceful warrior and although her illness was ongoing and had lasted five years since her original diagnosis, her death was unexpected.  It was a cruel surprise as she had been maintaining and doing very well.  For that reason there were things that I never got to say to her, things that I'd give anything to be able to tell her. Things that she should have gotten to hear because she was amazing and deserved to hear them one more time.  Up until about a week before her death we talked every single day.  During her last week though she was unable to send email or even talk on the phone and I was receiving around the clock updates from my Step-Dad. I will never forget the minute I heard the news. I will never forget that feeling that sits uncomfortably on my chest still and I wonder now if it will ever go away.  I will never forget that I had to mentally remind myself to physically breathe, because for what felt like an eternity I think I had actually forgotten how to.  My world forever changed in that instant; I changed forever in that instant.  I keep hearing that it will get easier and that things will hurt less and that it will become less challenging with time to celebrate holidays without her or do fun things without being able to share them with her or even that I'll just be able get through the day without crying.  Maybe that is true, but right now I am having a hard time believing it.  I miss her more than words can begin to describe. I force myself to get up every day and try to put on a smile and make it as long as I can before my resolve weakens and then I give myself yet another pep talk and attempt another smile until my resolve weakens and then I force another pep talk...   Loss is a very strange thing.  I fully understand that life goes on.  I will continue on and life will happen around me.  It's the process, but I've also come to understand that it sincerely leaves you a different person to experience such a loss.  I miss my Mom very much and I miss the person I once was.

   I have decided to take up journaling to put all of these emotions somewhere, so lengthy sad posts like this one will not be the norm here.  I wanted to share a bit of an explanation with you though as to my absence and my thought processes. I do want to get back to creating and blogging and sharing and will try to be more consistent about it.  I do hope you'll join me again as I attempt to re-navigate life on my new terms. Today  I am sharing one of my favorite pictures of my Mom and I.  She was happy and fun and sweet and just an amazingly, wonderful human being:


   Ok, on to a project.  The new Stampin' Up! cattie is out and is full of lots of wonderful goodies.  I spent some time playing this morning and put together this little card:

It's a simple card with a powerful meaning.  Life is short, so you really should appreciate and enjoy all the moments.  You should definitely laugh as often as you can and most importantly you should love with your whole heart and then some.

It's a gentle color combination with just a touch of sparkle and excitement.  I stamped using the Ribbon of Courage stamp set.  I quadruple matted my sentiment to make it pop.  I built the bow using the Bow builder punch.  I punched a 1" circle and tucked it under my sentiment and scooped up a scrap strip of gold to add to my Blushing Bride strip and finally embossed the bottom of the card with the new very awesome Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder.

Words to live by. 

If you see anything you just can't live without, feel free to pop on over to my store and add it to your collection.  Click the pics below and it will magically take you right to it.

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I will be back soonest with more to share.  Hope to see you here.  Have a really great day.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Don't quit your day dream!

Hello there!  Hope you are doing well today! I've been hard at it in my stamp room this morning! I love sneaking out here and playing with colors and designs and all my fun stamps.  There is just something so therapeutic about creating.  I find it to be a wonderful stress reliever and who couldn't use a little bit of stress relief on a daily basis, right?! I put together another card this morning and wanted to share it with you, so thank you for stopping by! :)

I am loving the new Hexagon Dynamic Impressions folder!!  It just adds so much to a project! I used it today for the background and the small center piece of this card.

I wanted there to be some substance to the look of this card, so I threw caution into the wind and went with multiple shapes! LOL  I matted both of them against Crumb Cake to kind of break up the pinks and purple.

Isn't that texture just too darn cool?!!  I plan to buy every single dynamic folder that Stampin' Up! comes out with!!  I just really, really love the looks it gives.

This sentiment is from the Designer Tee stamp set.   It is one of the FREE Sale-A-Bration sets you can earn when you place an order of $50.00. So much fun!

Here are the things I used to make my card today:

I am practicing time management and still have a bazillion things to squeeze into the rest of my day, so I must scoot!  Always nice visiting with you!  I will be back soonest with more to share!