Aug 19

Fiesta Birthday

Fiesta Birthday was THE set I first fell in love with when I looked through the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  For one thing, birthday sets are always needed.  For another, I absolutely adore llamas.  I have been asking my husband to buy one for about 5 years now.  We haven’t added a llama to our animal collection (YET), but I didn’t hesitate to add the Fiesta Birthday llama to my stamp collection.

The other day I shared a card with a pink llama on it.  You can see that little cutie here.  But the llama isn’t the only “star” in this stamp set, and the card I want to share with you today is created using the other “star.”

Fiesta Birthday

This little guy just makes me smile.  Its easy to cut the cactus image using the coordinating framelits dies.  His little hat was made using the coordinating framelits also (and someone’s creative imagination).  If you don’t have googly eyes in your craft stash, you need to go get some.  The ones I used are 4mm eyes.  I simply used a Black Stampin’ Write marker to draw his smile.

I hope you will consider adding this stamp set and framelits to your own stamp library.  When you do, be sure to share some of your creations here so we can be inspired by your creativity.

Aug 18

Pink Llamas

I actually saw pink llamas while we were on vacation last week.  Of course they weren’t REAL ones, but they were oh so cute.  We were at Cedar Point Amusement Park up in Ohio and they had these stuffed pink llamas as a prize at one of the games.  You know, pay some money,  throw balls at some blocks (that you have to knock completely off the table) and win a prize.  My dear hubby did NOT want to play the game to win me a llama.  He looked in every little shop we passed hoping that they sold the llamas somewhere, but he had no luck.  At the end of the night he did invest $5 into my pink llama, but those blocks were NOT coming off that table…sigh.  I left without my llama.

Back in my craft room this week I decided to create my own pink llama…and I LOVE it!

Pink Llamas

Pink Llamas

This little llama is actually sponged in Flirty Flamingo ink.  I used my Fiesta Time Framelits & the Big Shot to cut the llama image from a piece of cardstock, and then used the negative image as a stencil to sponge my llama onto the card front.  Then I used the Birthday Fiesta stamp set to stamp the llama details over my sponged image.  This was super easy to line up, because the stamps are photopolymer and you can see exactly where you need to stamp it.  The lighter pink frame around the llama is also simply sponged ink.  It is hard to tell in the picture, but the card base is Basic Black.

Maybe you aren’t a llama fan like me, but you have to admit this little guy is pretty cute.  How could you keep from smiling if he showed up in your mailbox?!

This is the stamp set and framelits that were used to create this card.  If you’d like to make some llamas of your own, contact me today and we will get you started!

Pink Llamas

 

Aug 17

Sneak Peek from the Holiday Catalog

I have a sneak peek from the holiday catalog to share with you today.  I have been posting some sneak peek Christmas cards on our Facebook page, so I decided to do some regular cards using goodies from the new holiday catalog that goes active on September 1.  It is always great to have supplies that will work for almost any type of project, and the Seasonal Decorative Masks will do just that.  Here are the cards I created, so far, using these versatile masks.

Sneak Peek from the Holiday Catalog

This first card is so colorful and fun.  My parent’s 60th wedding anniversary is coming up in October and I have been playing with the colors that we are using for their big celebration.  I included Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point and Elegant Eggplant.   Stampin’ Sponges were used over the mask to achieve the multi-colored pattern.  20160815_231525-1_wm

I used Versamark ink to create this card.  I simply placed my mask on the cardstock and the dabbed the Versamark ink pad directly onto it.  I love that gold embossed image and can’t wait to try this one with copper embossing powder for some fall cards!  I added layers of Designer Series Paper and an embossed sentiment to finish off this card.  It looks complicated, but really was quite simple to make.

These Seasonal Decorative Masks are also simple to clean up.  Just run it under some water and the ink washes off.  There are actually 4 masks in the set, I’ve only shown you 2 of them here.   We’ll be playing with the others later this week so check back and see what we come up with!

I hope you’ve enjoyed our sneak peek from the holiday catalog.  You can receive your own copy of this catalog.  Just contact me and I will get one to you.  You still have some time before September 1st to get your wish list started!

Aug 03

Thoughtful Branches

The Thoughtful Branches Stamp Set and coordinating Framelit Dies are now available for a limited time!  Don’t you just love to have supplies in your craft stash that you can use year round for all sorts of occasions?!  Those are my favorite items to purchase.  Well, this new Thoughtful Branches set from Stampin’ Up! is exactly this kind of set.  Check out the variety in this 23 stamp set….

Thoughtful Branches

Thoughtful Branches

Here is an example of the variety of projects that can be made from this set….

Thoughtful Branches

This set is only available this month while supplies last.  If you’re interested in adding it to your stamp library then please let me know.  Of course you can always place an online order by clicking the ‘shop now’ tab at the top of this page.

Aug 02

National Coloring Book Day

Happy National Coloring Book Day!

National Coloring Book Day

Today is not only National Coloring Book Day, it  is also my niece’s birthday.  What a great opportunity to create a fun card/gift and share it with you!  I don’t know if you have gotten into the adult coloring craze or not.  Personally, I am a coloring fan from way back when.  I didn’t need adult coloring books to appreciate the stress relieving benefits of coloring.  In fact, I got this sweet gift from one of my besties about a year before the more mature books made the scene—and I LOVED it!

National Coloring Book Day

I decided I would stamp a coloring book/birthday card to celebrate today.  The cover was created using the Marquee Messages stamp set.  It’s perfect because there’s lots of opportunity to color it, just what I was looking for.  I used a metal key ring to attach all the cards together and fancied it up with a bit of ribbon.

National Coloring Book Day

The images on the inside are created from a retired Sale-A-Bration stamp set, but you can use whatever you have in your stamp stash.  Just look for stamp images that are begging to be colored.  They can be simple, like these, or more detailed if you’re celebrating with a more mature colorer. 🙂  If you end up using stamps with finer details, you might want to trade the crayons for colored pencils or even some nice fine tipped markers.

20160802_095816-1_wm 20160802_095846-1_wm National Coloring Book Day

I hope you know a coloring book fan that has a birthday coming up so you can make one of your own!   Of course, you don’t have to wait for a birthday.  You can always make this for a thank you card or to simply say hello.  School is about to start and kids are going to have new boxes of crayons and colored pencils to use.  Maybe you have kids or grandkids that you could surprise by making some coloring book lunch box notes.  There are so many possibilities!

Speaking of back to school…this weekend is tax free shopping weekend in Arkansas.  Did you know that you can use this tax break on your Stampin’ Up! supplies?  Check out this list of supplies that are available tax free this weekend and let me know what you want to order!  us-2016-sales-tax-holiday

Aug 01

Punch Art Mushrooms

Punch Art Mushrooms might seem like a random thing to be making, but I was at the park with my family the other day and I saw this…

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It was so cute sitting there in the grass that I just had to grab a picture of it.  When I showed the pic to my son, he suggested I use it as inspiration to make a card.  That’s one of the great things about having an artist in the family.  He is constantly challenging me and encouraging me to create.  It’s a great lesson though.  We spend so much time searching Pinterest or Instagram for inspiration for our cards and all we really have to do is look around us.  This little mushroom could have easily been overlooked, or just admired by me and then forgotten. I’m glad I took the time to photograph it and then create something fun from it.

Punch Art Mushrooms

Punch Art Mushrooms

First, I do realize that my punch art mushrooms are obviously more colorful than the original, but that’s okay, right?  They are made mostly of various circle punches.  The stem for the smaller one is the tree from the Tree Builder Punch (138295).  The stem for the larger one is the retired Modern Label punch, but it could easily be hand cut.

Since I created a square card I used my Envelope Punch Board to create an envelope for it.  Those stamped mushrooms are from the Foxy Friends Stamp Set (142326).  Don’t they do a good job of coordinating the envelope with it’s card?

So here’s your challenge for the day.  Look around you today and find something that you want to recreate in a card.  It can be an object, like my mushrooms, but it could also be a color combination or a pattern, or anything.  Let your imagination run wild!  We would love to see what you come up with, so please share your cards with us. 🙂

Jul 29

Loving the New In Colors

I am loving the new In Colors that were introduced last month in the Stampin’ Up! catalog.  Seeing these new colors each year is one of the highlights of seeing a new catalog.  For those who aren’t familiar with “In Colors,” these are 5 new colors that are released each year with the annual catalog.  Each set of 5 colors is active for 2 years.  The colors we are playing with today will be in the catalog until 2018.  Don’t get me wrong, I am still mourning the loss of Blackberry Bliss, but Dapper Denim is growing on me and I am having fun playing with all of them.  Here’s a little card I created to show them off…

Loving the New In Colors

Don’t they look good together?  From top to bottom here are the colors used:  Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, and Sweet Sugarplum.  Since I am drawn to pinks and blues I am partial to Flirty Flamingo and Dapper Denim.   After stamping the In Colors on Whisper White cardstock, I used the Heart Framelits to cut them into a heart and I cut a larger white heart to create the framed look.  It is very dramatic against that black cardstock, and the black really “pops” with that Flirty Flamingo layer framing it.  The “love” is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum ink.

Maybe you have been following my Card A Day Challenge on our Facebook page.  I have been busy every day this month creating Christmas Cards.  Our month is almost gone, but before it is over I am going to create a Christmas card using the new In Colors.  Head over to our Facebook Page to see all the Christmas cards we have created so far.  While you are there, be sure to ‘Like’ our page in order to stay up to date on the latest news and inspiration we share.

Jul 21

Cards from Scraps

I made some cards from scraps that were on my desk from other random projects.  I didn’t want to throw away these “extras” but they tend to just sit on my work space if I am not intentional about using them up.  So, as I was cleaning the other day, I decided to give these paper pieces a new home.  I am pretty excited about they way they turned out….and with the space that I cleared off of my work area!

cards from scraps

I created this Watermelon Wonder background piece for a different project a while back.  I liked the way it turned out, but not for the card I was making at the time, so I saved it.  I am so pleased with the way this card came together.  I love the gray and black combination paired with watermelon wonder.  Can’t wait to send this card to someone special!

cards from scraps

This beautiful butterfly was on a different project that I decided to dismantle and repurpose.  The butterfly is certainly the “star” of this card, so I kept the rest of it very simple.  Love it!

cards from scraps

I cannot remember what I created this little stamped squares for originally.  They have been sitting on my work space for a while and I contemplated pitching them.  Instead, I put together this masculine birthday card…we can never have too many of those!

cards from scraps

I had been playing with the pineapple background stamp last month and embossed one in gold.  It was pretty, but I hadn’t done anything with it and I wanted to turn it into something completely different.  I used the Festive Flower Builder Punch and created some petals for a flower.  Added a little rhinestone bling and this stunning card came to life!

I am so pleased that I took these random project pieces and created these cards from scraps.  I have less clutter.  I feel productive.  AND I have beautiful cards to share with others.  Plus it was a nice break from the Christmas cards I am making each day in July.  If you want to see those, check out our facebook page here!  While you are there, be sure to like our page so you don’t miss the other Christmas cards we make this month!

 

 

Jul 05

Baby It’s Hot Outside!

I have found a great way to deal with this oppressive summer heat we are experiencing!  I am already thinking about cooler weather, the holidays & Christmas cards.  I even walked through the Christmas decorations at Hobby Lobby just for fun. People don’t understand that, for a crafter, it is NEVER too early to start preparing for the holidays.

If you follow our Facebook page, you have seen the Card A Day Christmas in July challenge I am participating in with a friend.  By the end of July we’ll have 31 Christmas cards…that’s a decent head start. And I will be adding 10 more cards to that from our Christmas Card Club that starts this month!

Now, none of this makes it feel any cooler outside, but it does put the heat in perspective.  I know that it won’t last, and I should enjoy all the sunshine and swim days that I get this summer!  I can plan for cold weather and be grateful that today I can play outside with my pup and I don’t have to wear a coat or scrape ice off my car.  We have so much to be thankful for in every season.  Let’s choose to be happy for the day God has given us today…regardless of the weather.

Here’s a weather related card that basically communicates this same idea….

Baby it's hot outside!

I am so happy that the Sprinkles of Life stamp set was continued in the new Stampin’ Up! catalog.  It has such cute images and is so versatile!  When I was considering a card that had something to do with the weather, it was the first stamp set I thought of.

If you want to see the Christmas in July cards I am making this month, you cans see them on our Facebook page here.  You can join the challenge with us and get a head start on your holiday stamping too!  Contact me if you have questions!

 

Jun 23

Strength & Prayers

The new Strength & Prayers stamp set arrived at my house yesterday!  I finally got in my studio around 10:00 last night to play with my new toys.  That was just enough time to design and create a single card with this set, but I am planning on a little more studio time this evening and will share my creations with you on Facebook.  Make sure you “like” my page here so you can see what I come up with!

Strength & Prayers Stamp Set

Strength & Prayers

I mixed the old with the new on my color combo and used Sweet Sugarplum and Perfect Plum.  There’s a dainty feel to this card from the white embossed dove and the pearl accents, and I just love it.  Simple yet elegant.

Remember, I will be giving away the Strength & Prayers stamp set this month.  For every $25 you spend in product by Friday, June 24, your name will be entered once into the drawing.  So if you spend $25 your name is entered once, but if you spend $50 your name is entered twice, etc.  Contact me if you’d like to place an order, or simply click on the ‘Shop Now’ tab at the top of this page.

Be sure to head over to our Facebook page tonight to see what other projects I come up with using this beautiful stamp set.  And don’t forget…order by Friday for a chance to win!