Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Afternoon

Hey everyone! I know I've been MIA again, but I wanted to share a couple of pictures that will explain it.

So last September we had a water cooler leak on our dining room laminate floor which resulted in mold that got behind our kitchen cabinets. (you can see the new cooler in the picture below standing where the original cooler was) Not fun. In fact, I was pretty upset knowing what was ahead of us, especially with the holidays coming. Well, we knew we didn't want to be living in a construction zone during the holidays, so we had a company contain the mold and held off on the repairs until January. Here is the end result with my kitchen.

The cabinet over the microwave now has some new doors over it and the dining/living room is in the process of getting the new flooring this week. So to say I've been a little busy with life is an understatement!   :)

So while the flooring contractors were here today, I locked myself in my scrap room with the dogs and prepped all my projects for my February Workshop that is scheduled for this Friday. A very good distraction, even with all the noise.

I was practicing a new technique that we'll be doing Friday and here is the end result.
I know the color in the picture isn't the best, but I couldn't find my camera.The background was created using a technique called Bokeh. From what I understand, it's a photography term and a lot of people are doing this. It's actually a lot of fun. I'll be sure to share the ones from Friday night's workshop so you can see another color combo.

I hope you have enjoyed your President's Day. For those of you back east, I hope you are staying safe and warm. Doesn't look good for you and I really wish you could send some of that moisture our way! Have a good evening and I thank you for stopping by.


Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Basic Black, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Back to Black
Ink: Island Indigo, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Tools: Bow Builder Punch, Glue Dots
Stamp set: Best Day Ever

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Tuesday Morning and Weekly Deals

Good morning! How is your week going so far? Or is it too early to tell? I know some of you on the East Coast are getting hammered with snow...I hope you all are safe. I wish we could get some winter weather here, especcially since we need the rain so bad. 

I wanted to share another card using the Butterfly Thinlets. I promise it's the last one, at least I hope.  :) Can you tell I REALLY like this set?? This card is a little out of my box, but I love how it turned out!

Now for the Weekly Deals. This week's deals are for you if you love embossing folders!! And if you see something you just can't live without, you can go here to order it. Just click on the Shop Now bar to access the store.

Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folders by Stampin' Up!
Price$7.95 $5.96
Zig Zag Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Price$7.95 $5.96

More Amore Ensemble
Price$9.95 $5.97
Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Price$7.95 $5.96
Texture Boutique Machine
Price$29.95 $22.46

Beautifully Baroque Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price$7.95 $5.96
Decorative Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Price$7.95 $5.96
Lovely Lace Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Price$7.95 $5.96

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Sunday Evening

Hey everyone! Did you have a good weekend? We had a busy one. We are in the middle of a kitchen remodel and living in chaos. But the end result will be worth it. :) I just wanted to share a card I made when I first received the Butterfly Thinlits and coordinating stamp set, Butterfly Basics.

When I think of butterflies, I always think of bright colors, so I wanted to create something with this in mind. I cut out the butterfly in black and then used it as a stencil and traced it on a scrap of Shimmery White card stock. Then I used some daubers and starting with the lightest color, Daffodil Delight, I just randomly daubed some on. Then I did the same with Melon Mambo and Island Indigo.Then I tried to glue them together, but I was too impatient to wait for the Mono glue to dry. So I ran the die cut butterfly through the Xyron and adhered it to the Shimmery White. Patience is not one of my virtues sometimes. :)  I stamped the flowers with Soft Sky on the Soft Sky card stock to give it a shadow effect because I wanted the focus on the butterfly. This set is so fun to play with! And the best part is, you can buy them as a bundle and save 15% woohoo!!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a great week!


Card stock: Island Indigo, Basic Black, Soft Sky, Shimmery White
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Tuxedo Black
Stamp set: Butterfly Basics
Thinlits: Butterfly
Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Thinking of You

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday. Hope your weekend is going well. I'm finally feeling better and getting back in my room, which is always a happy day for me. I needed to make a sympathy card and thought I'd share it. I'm not sure which is harder at times, masculine or sympathy cards.
I cased this from another demonstrator's site and fell in love with it. It just seems so peaceful to me. I did change it up a little and added a little bling just to give the water a "sparkling waves" effect.
I didn't see what was done on the inside, but this is what I came up with. I always try to bring in something from the front of the card to the inside to tie it all together. For some reason I just can't seem to just stamp a sentiment on the inside. I hope the person I made this for feels the hugs that are included with this card.

Well, I hope you enjoy the rest of your weekend. I will spending the rest in my scrap room getting ready for a workshop next Friday. Not a bad way to spend my day. :) Take care, and thank you for stopping by.


Card stock: Whisper White and Soft Sky
Ink: Soft Sky, Marina Mist, Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate
Stamp Sets: Wetlands, Thoughts & Prayers
Ribbon: Soft Sky

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Another Birthday Card

Hey everyone! How has your Wednesday been? I was lucky enough to catch a cold from DH and it is kicking my behind. I ended up staying home and after taking my temp, looks like another day home. Staying home sounds good, but I really HATE being sick...not a good patient at all! Oh well, thank goodness for tissues and hot tea.

Enough of that, in between naps I felt a little better and made DH a birthday card. His birthday is Saturday and hopefully this cold will be better by then. :)

It's a pretty simple card, but he likes my clean and simple style. If you look really close, you can see that I even got some bling on it! lol You know me and bling!
I know masculine cards can be a challenge, but this new stamp set in the Occasions Catalog makes it easy.

Oh, and before I forget, yesterday was Tuesday as you know, and the new Weekly Deals were made available. I loaded the pictures, but not sure how it's working....learning curve!! lol
Angled Tag Topper Punch
Price$22.95 $17.21
Blackberry Bliss 3/8 Satin Stitched Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Price$8.95 $6.71
Hello Honey 3/8 Satin Stitched Ribbon
Price$8.95 $6.71

Little Pieces Embosslits Die by Stampin' Up!
Price$11.95 $8.96
Starburst Framelits Die
Price$26.95 $20.21
Tangelo Twist 3/8 Satin Stitched Ribbon by Stampin' Up!
Price$8.95 $6.71

Watercolored Winter Kit -- Digital Download
Price$9.95 $5.97
Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack by Stampin' Up!
Price$16.95 $12.71
Price$16.95 $12.71

And a new Photopolymer set released called Better Than Email. Super cute and it's on it's way to my house now!!
 I thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a good evening.


Card stock: Night of Navy and Very Vanilla
Ink: Night of Navy and Memento
Blendablilities: Old Olive Medium, Wild Wasabi Medium, Smoky Slate Light, Night of Navy Light and Dark, Crump Cake Light, Skin Tone Bronze
Ribbon: Midnight Muse (retired)
Stamp sets: Moon Lake, Sassy Salutations, Remembering Your Birthday

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Happy Birthday...

Hey everyone! How's your evening? I wanted to share another version of yesterday's card. I made this for my daughter's birthday this week and I made sure to bling it up some. Since I had some pre-cut DSP and card stock leftover from yesterday's open house and short on time today, I thought it was a perfect solution for making her card.
I cut the butterfly a second time using the Silver Foil DSP for a shadow affect. I pressed the Coastal Cabana butterfly in Versamark and sprinkled it with Iridescent Embossing Powder and hit it with the heat gun to add some more bling. It's hard to see the bling in the picture, but it turned out really cool. The other butterflies were stamped with Coastal Cabana ink.
Here's the inside card stamped with Coastal Cabana on Coastal Cabana. I love the look of the tone on tone. I used the Sale-a-bration stamp set Big Day. Had to add the bling here too.  :)

Well, I hope you like the card. I think I enjoyed making this as much as the ladies did yesterday. This butterfly set is adorable and so much fun to use. I hope you have a great week, and I thank you for stopping by.


Card stock: Coastal Cabana
DSP: Best Ever Year and Silver Foil
Ink:Coastal Cabana and Versamark
Embossing Powder: Iridescent Ice
Stamp sets: Big Day and Butterfly Basics
Ribbon: Best Year Ever

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Saturday Evening

Hey everyone! Happy Saturday evening! How's your weekend going? I wanted to share a card we made at my open house for the new Occasions Catalog. I saw this card on a fellow demonstrator's blog and just fell in love with it. We used the new Butterfly Basics stamps and framelit bundle to create the gorgeous butterflies. The cute Designer Series Paper is from the Sale-a-bration catalog.You can get it for free with a $50.00 purchase.

This is actually a pocket card which would be perfect for a gift card. There are so many possibilities for this using different papers and dies.The ladies had so much fun making this card. It was a good afternoon of crafting and girlfriend time!

I hope you have a good rest of your weekend and can enjoy some good crafting time. Thank you for stopping by.


Cardstock: Calypso Coral,Crisp Cantalope, Whisper White
DSP: Best Year Ever
Stamp set bundle: Butterfly Basics
Punch: Bitty Butterfly
Ribbon: Whisper White 1/4" Cotton
Ink: Calypson Coral and Crisp Cantalop
Bling: Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Year and CCMC36 - Color Challenge

Happy New Year! I know, I've been MIA again. I was hoping to change that, but you know how it gets during the holidays! So now that we're in a new year, I'm hoping that I can get to my blog more often.

I wanted to share a card I made using some new items out of the Occasions Catalog from Stampin' Up! that went live today. I created this to play along with the color challenger over at Create with Connie and Mary. The colors are Basic Black, Real Red, and Calypso Coral.

I used the new Mini Treat Bag Thinlits to create the bag. I added two tags stacked together for the front. You can just see the top of the heart peeking out of the top.
Here's the little card that I slipped into the bag using a stamp from the One Tag Fits All stamp set. It coordinates with the Note Tag Punch which I used on the front of the bag. I stamped it in Versamark then heat embossed with white embossing powder. It's hard to see, but I used my Blendabilities to color the banner on it.I used the new Sweetheart Punch with the Red Glimmer Paper to create the heart tab on top.

Well, I know this is short, but I wanted to get this posted so that I could link up over at CCM. I hope you have a great evening. Thanks for stopping by!

All Supplies from Stampin' Up!

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Jesus is the Reason for the Season

Hey everyone! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving and survived Black Friday. I wanted to share one of my Christmas cards I made using one of the latest photopolymer stamp sets, Gentle Peace. The sentiment is a Personalized Name Stamp I had made. I have had several made for the back of my cards which is a perfect fit.

I stamped the Holy Family on vellum using Memento ink and colored them with my Blendabilities. The vellum takes the alcohol ink well and is super easy to color on. I then fussy cut it and popped it up on dimensionals on the Brushed Gold card stock that was embossed with the Filigree Frame embossing folder. The Brushed Gold is layered on Whisper White and then added to a Night of Navy card base. The personalized stamp was stamped with Night of Navy ink. I then added some Gold Encore Metallic ink.
This card is a little time consuming, but oh so therapeutic when you're coloring. :) I know I need to practice on my shading, but that is all in due time.

So I hope you're ready for your new week. I was on vacation all week so my Monday is REALLY going to be a Monday when I get in the office. Oh, and before I forget, tomorrow is also a door buster day in the Online Extravaganza sale at Stampin' Up! Check out the sale items here. Enjoy your Cyber Monday shopping and I thank you for stopping by.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Online Extravaganza Going on NOW!!

Good morning everyone! Just wanted to let everyone know that the Online Extravaganza sale is going on now at Stampin' Up! This sale goes to December 2nd with up to 50% on selected items! Check out the list of sale items here. While you're at my online store, be sure to check out the Weekly Deals and Clearance Rack for all the new goodies added.

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Workshop Projects

Hey everyone! I know, I've been a bad blogger....again. It seems that when life gets crazy this poor little blog takes the hit.  Hopefully things will settle down, oh wait, the holidays are here, so I guess that may not happen yet. :)

I wanted to share the projects we made at last Friday's workshop. The ladies had a blast!
This is a treat bag with a punch art turkey made with the Owl punch and the 2 3/8" scallop circle punch with some Dazzles added for bling. The tag is punched with the new Note Tag punch and stamped with the Merry Everything stamp set in Chocolate Chip. The bags and ribbon are retired products.
I saw this card on another demonstrator's website and knew I had to have my ladies create it. We used the Ornamental Pine stamp set and stamped it with Always Artichoke and the pine cones in Early Espresso with some uni-ball Signo White Gel pen added for snow. Then we distressed it with Early Espresso, inked it all with Versamark and then heat embossed it with Iridescent Ice embossing powder. GORGEOUS and EASY!The bow is made with the 1/4" Real Red 1/4" Cotton Ribbon.
And finally we made this Christmas ornament  with a Mason Jar lid. I saw this on Pinterest and fell in love with it. We used Crystal Effects to glue the lid in the ring, rubber side down. We stamped a piece of Whisper White card stock with Stazon using the White Christmas stamp set. Then sponged on Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, and Island Indigo to give it a sunrise or sunset effect. The stamped the snowman again, fussy cut it and popped it up with dimensionals. The bird was colored with a Real Red Stampin' Write marker. The stars were punched out of the Silver Foil paper using the Confetti Star punch. We sprinkled on some Dazzling Diamonds glitter, punched out a 2" inch circle of the Window Sheet paper and glued on top. Then used some Island Indigo 1/4" Cotton Ribbon on the edge of the lid and made a hook. We also added some Basic Rhinestone Jewels to give it some bling, cuz you know you always need bling!!! There is also a 2" circle of the Silver Foil paper glued on the back to finish it off.
I hope you like our projects. Everyone had a really good time making them. I thank you for stopping by and I hope you have a good week!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Weekly Deals and a New Photopolymer Set

Hey everyone! How is your week going? Sorry I've been away for so long, life getting in the way again. I really need like 30 hours in a day to get everything done. So I wanted to share this week's deals and a brand new photopolymer set that was released today. Here are the deals:
Darling Doily Thinlits Die by Stampin' Up!
Price$24.95 $18.71
Decorative Window Gift Box
Price$4.95 $3.71
Floral Frames Framelits Die
Price$26.95 $20.21
Mustache Framelits Die by Stampin' Up!
Price$7.95 $5.96
Perfect Print Numbers Bigz Die by Stampin' Up!
Price$24.95 $18.71
Spooky Treats Designer Template -- Digital Download
Price$12.95 $7.77
Tiny Triangles Textured Impressions Embossing Folder by Stampin' Up!
Price$7.95 $5.96
Price$27.95 $20.96
And here is the new photopolymer set is a beautiful Christmas set.
Can't you just see this colored with the new Blendabilities on vellum? GORGEOUS!!!! I think there's some serious retail therapy on this post, don't you think??  :)

I hope you have a good evening, and I thank you for stopping by.