Saturday, August 31, 2013

Bombs Away Birthday

Hello to all my stampin' friends and happy Saturday!  I hope your {long} weekend is off to a great start...I know mine is!  We just got home from our annual Walla Walla Fair and Frontier Days much fun!  We may be avoiding the fair this year, but we can't miss the parade :-)  The kiddos are resting now and then we're off to the pool for one last swim day for the summer.  Back to school on Tuesday...I say YIPPEE, my boys say BOO!!!
I'm taking advantage of rest time and getting my September Club cards all ready.  I'm focusing on the fun photopolymer stamps this month and love the Bombs Away Birthday set...the sentiments are so sassy and fun!  I used this weeks sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches to get me started.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Ink ~ Smoky Slate, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Bombs Away Birthday, Tape It, Positively Chevron
Other Supplies ~ Witches Brew Washi Tape
I sponged my Positively Chevron stamp with the different inks and I love how it turned out!  And this Washi Tape...I've gone through two whole rolls of the skull and cross bones already :-)
Hoping all my Stamp Club members have as much fun creating this card as I did!
As much as I'd like to spend a few more hours in my craft room, I've gotta get all of our swim stuff and snacks packed up so we can hit the pool ASAP!
Wishing you all a great Labor Day weekend!!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, August 30, 2013

Golden {Crisp} Cantaloupe Thanks

Hello and Happy Friday!!!  I have never been too fond of gold, but over the past few months I can honestly say that it is really starting to grow on me!  I have been adding little touches of gold here and there to many of my creations and I may have even bought a few new pieces of gold jewelry :-)  After seeing the amazing creations created by Kaitlyn in our Monday Montage Blog Hop, I was so inspired even more to create with gold! 
I used the latest sketch from the great design team over at Try Stampin' On Tuesday to help get me started...
Crisp Cantaloupe is one of my favorite new colors right now and it is GORGEOUS with gold!!!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, Gold Foil Sheets, Crisp Cantaloupe Core'dinations
Ink ~ Crisp Cantaloupe, Versa Mark
Stamp Sets ~ Positively Chevron, Another Thank You Photopolymer
Other Supplies ~ White and Gold Embossing Powder, 3/4" and 1/2" Circle Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Stampin' Distress Tool
I embossed the Positively Chevron on the core'dinations card stock and LOVE how it turned out! 
I hope you all have a great {long} weekend!!! 
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Aaarrgghh! Happy Birthday Matey! ~ Stylin' Stampin' MDS

It's MDS Day over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration!  I hope you've checked out what some of the other very talented Design Team members have to share with you today!
Before I get to my MDS design, I have to share with you the inspiration behind my MDS card...
A few weeks ago a good friend of mine asked me to make a birthday banner for her son's upcoming Pirate themed birthday and I was happy to oblige!  I was in a rush to get it mailed off so it would make it in time for the big party, so forgive me for a picture that is not-so-great.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Modern Medley DSP, Whisper White, Season of Style DSP
Ink ~ Basic Black
Other Supplies ~ Halloween Banner Simply Create Accessory Kit
So, of course I wanted to send a birthday card along with the banner, but I don't have any pirate related stamps...MDS to the rescue!!!  Some of your Design Team Members over at I LOVE MDS for this very reason.  Don't have a stamp on hand?  No worries, check MDS and download what you need with just a few clicks of your mouse :-)
This is the front of the card...
and this is the inside...
I used the Ahoy Matey Download for this much fun!!!!
Haven't tried MDS yet?!?!  Don't forget, you can try it for FREE for 30 days.  But trust me, you won't need 30 days to figure out that you LOVE will after you design your first project!
Be sure to head over to Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration for some more INSpiraiton to CREATE!
Happy Stamping!


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Back to School ~ Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration

It's that time of year again...the most wonderful time of the year...Back to School!  Don't get me wrong...I love my kiddos and love having them home with me, but by the end of summer I am always ready to get back into a more structured routine.
Today over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration, I'm up with an individual post.  I wanted to do a fun gift box and card for each of my boys to give to their teachers tonight at their meet and greet.  I made this cute box using the Deco Label framelits and filled it full of little things to help any teacher survive the first few crazy days of the new school year.
And you have to have a fun Back to School card for the teachers too, right?!?!?  With some inspiration from The Friday Mashup challenge, I have a cute card to match!  The Mashup this week is to create a school themed project using this sketch.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pool Party, Very Vanilla, This and That Epic Day DSP
Ink ~ Calypso Coral, Gumball Green, Pool Party, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ 123-ABC Outline and Sketch Alphabet & Numbers, Gorgeous Grunge
Other Supplies ~ Pool Party Embossing Powder, MDS (gift box tag)
Thanks for stopping by today and good luck to all of your kiddos who will be, or have already, headed back to school! And best of luck to all my teacher friends out are all amazing in my eyes!!!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Hello Halloween Moon ~ HSS

Hello to all my stampin' friends!  It's Tuesday, which means it's time for a new challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  If you follow my blog, you already know that HSS is one of my FAVORITE challenge sites and I always play along.  Well guess what?!?!?  I'm now part of the amazing Hand Stamped Sentiments Design Team....WOOT!  I was beyond excited when I was asked to join all of the other amazingly talented DT members!
This weeks challenge is a sketch:
I know it's only the end of August, but it's never too soon to have some Halloween fun, right?!?!
I LOVE the polka dot stencil from the banner kit and have been using it for everything!  I used the new black glitter embossing powder for the polka dots on the front of the card...perfect for any Halloween creation!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Neutrals and Brights DSP Stack
Ink ~ Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Summer Starfruit, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Halloween Hello
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Build a Banner Kit (stencil), Rhinestone Basics
MDS ~ From the Crypt (bat)
Now head on over to see what the rest of the Design Team has for you and be sure to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 26, 2013

Fab 50th Anniversary

Hi friends!  I got to spend a better part of my day in my craft room yesterday...YIPPEE!!!   I am almost all caught up on my crafting To-Do list and am crossing my fingers that I can cross every last item by the end of week.
A friend asked me to make an anniversary card for some of her friends who will be celebrating 50 years...WOW! I knew right away I wanted to do something in with gold to represent their 50 years of marriage. 
With some sketch help from the FAB group over at Fab Friday, a little gold foil paper and some gold "grunge" I have a Golden Anniversary creation...
(Sorry for the poor was not great this morning!)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley, Gold Foil Sheets
Ink ~ Jet Black StazOn, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Memorable Moments, Gorgeous Grunge
Other Supplies ~ Artisan Label Punch, Gold Embossing Powder
Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Monday Montage ~ Feelin' Like Fall

We're back!!!  After our 10 day 2013 Artisan Finalist Blog Hop, the 10 of us decided we wanted to keep playing together and keep our creativity flowing!  We'll be hoppin' every other Monday, so be sure to join our {Monday} Montage !

I am sharing two fall inspired creations with you today.  The mornings are getting cooler, leaves are starting to turn and my pumpkin spice k-cups have been's feelin' like fall!  First off I have a card I made using items from the Thanksgiving Tablescape Simply Created isn't just for decorating your table :-)
My second creation is a simple Mason jar centerpiece, again using a few items from the Thanksgiving Tablescape Kit. 

Supplies Used for both projects:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Sweater Weather DSP (from kit), Birch Paper Ribbon, Gold Foil Sheets, Very Vanilla
Ink ~ VersaMark, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango
Stamp Set ~ Truly Grateful, Gorgeous Grunge
Other Supplies ~ Crushed Curry and Pumpkin Pie Chevron ribbon (centerpiece), Linen Thread & Die-Cut Printed Leaves (from kit), Antique Brads
Click on the "back" button to see what AMAZING creation Amy has for you or "next" to see what CRAFTY creation Cathy has...enjoy!!

Thursday, August 22, 2013

LuvBug for Kerri

Hello Stampin' Friends and Happy Thursday!  Today is my day off and I have high hopes of crossing a few projects off of my crafting To-Do list...this list seems to be growing at a rapid rate and I LOVE it!  I plan to take full advantage of nap time and bed time today.
A few weeks ago I made a cute pink polka dot "slug bug" card for a Friday Mashup Challenge and when my friend Kerri saw it, she asked me to make her a card to match her green LuvBug.  I had a lot of fun making the first card and was happy to make a second one.  I checked out a few of my favorite challenge blogs for a little inspiration and loved the color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.
 Pear Pizzazz is a perfect match to Kerri's bug and the Crushed Curry and Early Espresso reminded me of all the sunflowers that are in bloom right now.  So, there you have inspiration for this card :-)  Not only is Kerri a good friend, she is also my co-worker who helped cover my duties while I was on vacation, so I owe her a HUGE thank you!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Brushed Silver, Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink ~ Pear Pizzazz, Crushed Curry
Stamps ~ Lots of Thanks
Other Supplies ~ Build a Banner Stencils, Boho Blossoms Punch, Artisan Label Punch, 1" Square Punch, Large Oval Punch, Extra Large Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Modern Label Punch, Word Window Punch, Neutrals Brads
The kiddos and I are off to go have some breakfast at our favorite coffee shop this morning and then we'll hand deliver this card to {Auntie} Kerri and visit with her new puppy Wiffle :-)
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Mosaic Madness ~ Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration

Today over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration we are hoping to get your Mosaic Madness creative juices flowing.  This has been my go to stamp set lately for any wedding or anniversary just makes for a pretty card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Garden Green, Whisper White
Ink ~ Calypso Coral, Garden Green, Soft Sky, Illuminate Glimmer Watermark
Stamp Sets ~ Mosaic Madness, Express Yourself
Other Supplies ~ Paper Doilies, Subtles Buttons, Large Rhinestone Basics, Linen Thread, Crochet Trim
Head on over to Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration to see what some of the other Design Team Members have to inspire you to CREATE!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Big Buck Birthday and Beach Bum Summer

Happy Tuesday and Happy Birthday to my hubby!!!
Summer is winding down and school will be starting back up two weeks from today.  And with the end of summer comes the beginning of hunting season.  Hunting season to my hubby is like Christmas morning to a child.  It's all he can think about...and it's starting to rub off on our boys and they all drive me a bit crazy with all of their hunting talk.  But weekend hunts for the boys means weekend stamping for the momma :-) 
When I saw the Remembering Christmas stamp set in the Holiday Catalog, the first thing I thought was "my husband is going to love this stamp!".  With a little Gorgeous Grunge camo, this Big Buck made for the perfect birthday card! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Early Espresso Core'dinations
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Always Artichoke
Stamp Sets ~ Remembering Christmas, Gorgeous Grunge
Other Supplies ~ Deco Labels Framelits, Label Card Thinlits (banner), Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Linen Thread
I couldn't find a  birthday sentiment stamp to fit in the little banner, so I pulled up MDS and made my own...LOVE that about MDS!
Speaking of's Download Tuesday!  Check out this weeks NEW Downloads here.  I have been playing around in MDS a lot more lately and I really do love it!  Don't forget, you can try it for FREE for 30 days!  I have a scrapbook page to share with you today too.  This weeks Simply My Digital Studio Challenge (Facebook) is to create a page with our end of summer pictures.  Being that we just got home from our annual end of summer beach trip, I had some perfect pictures to share...take a peek!
We had an awesome summer vacation this year!  I hope you have all had a great summer too!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, August 19, 2013

2013 Artisan Finalist Blog Hop ~ Day 10

Hello to all my stamping friends and welcome to Day Ten ~ our last day ~ of the Artisan Finalist Blog Hop!  This whole adventure has been absolutely amazing!!!  From working on all of my projects, to getting the phone call from Stampin' Up!, to meeting all of the other AWESOME Finalists...every single step of this journey has been the BEST!  I hope you have enjoyed ALL of our projects that we submitted...I know I have!  And guess what?!?!?  We aren't done!  Beginning Monday, August 26th, the 10 of us will have a new blog hop, which will post every other Monday.   Watch out for MONDAY MONTAGE!

 If you've just come from Amy's blog, you were treated to her amazing talent.  If you are just getting started, keep on hopping until you get back to me. If you happen to get lost along the way, just use the "back" or "next" button at the bottom of each blog and you'll get right back on track.

 Today I have my favorite card for you.  I had fun creating this romantic, fun and flirty card...hope you like it too!  It's a bit difficult to see in the picture, but I created a square around the LOVE sentiment using the Simply Scored Scoring Tool.  I doubled the lines up and pierced holes in between each line...subtle little effect that really added to the card. 

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, First Edition DSP
Stamp Sets ~ Morning Post Alphabet, Hearts a Flutter, Collage Curios, En Francais
Ink ~ Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler
Other Supplies ~ Simply Scored Scoring Tool, Paper Piercing Tool, Soda Pop Tops, Crochet Trim, Small Heart Punch, Owl Builder Punch, 1" Circle PUnch
Thank you for hopping along with all of us over the past 10 days and for leaving some love!  Your comments help me keep me motivated to create! 
Don't forget to come back next Monday to see what we have in store for you next!
Now it's time to hop on over to Cathy's blog to see her first FAB-ulous creation! 

Monday INKspiration

Happy Monday friends!  I'm back to my normal daily grind after 12 amazing days off.  I'm really hoping Monday treats me kindly!
Today over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiraiton we have a scrapbook sketch for you.
At the beginning of June, my husband played in the Battle of the Badges baseball game...Fire Department vs Police Department.  All of the proceeds went to local charities and it was a super fun game!  My hubby's team (FD) lost, but everyone had a great time!  I decided since tomorrow is his birthday, I would use some of the game pics to create a fun page for him.
Again, I used a photo for my background paper...I doing this! 
Ok, time to get all caught up on work....big time bummer having to go back to work after that many days off.  Thank goodness I have awesome co-workers who do an amazing job covering for me!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, August 18, 2013

2013 Artisan Finalist Blog Hop ~ Day 9

Hello to all my stamping friends and welcome back to Day Nine of the Artisan Finalist Blog Hop!  Can you believe we only have one day left.  I have loved sharing all of my projects with you and seeing all of the others in such great detail.  The talent in this group is AH-mazing!

 If you've just come from Amy's blog, you were treated to her amazing talent.  If you are just getting started, keep on hopping until you get back to me. If you happen to get lost along the way, just use the "back" or "next" button at the bottom of each blog and you'll get right back on track.

Today I have my last scrapbook page to share with you.  This was my hybrid page (MDS and traditional elements) and while it is very simple, it is the page that has the most meaning to me.  This page focuses on my love for running, something I actually used to hate!  This picture is from my 3rd half marathon, which I did in my home town.  This race meant the most to me because my family was there waiting for me at the finish line!  I used the same picture as the background of my favorite things to do in MDS! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Tempting Turquoise
Stamp Sets ~ Feel Goods, Memorable Moments
Ink ~ Tempting Turquoise, Basic Black
Other Supplies ~ Oval Framelits, Chevron Embossing Folder
One more day tomorrow!  Don't forget to come back!
Now it's time to hop on over to Cathy's blog to see her first FAB-ulous creation! 

Saturday, August 17, 2013

2013 Artisan Finalist Blog Hop ~ Day 8

Hello to all my stamping friends and welcome back to Day Eight of the Artisan Finalist Blog Hop!  Only two more days left!  It has been so much fun to see all of these projects up close and in detail.  It was just too darn crazy at Convention to really get a good look at everything!  If you've just come from Amy's blog, you were treated to her amazing talent.  If you are just getting started, keep on hopping until you get back to me. If you happen to get lost along the way, just use the "back" or "next" button at the bottom of each blog and you'll get right back on track.

I have another card to share with you today.  The Hearts a Flutter Bundle was the first thing that really caught my eye when the Spring Catalog was release and I am so happy it carried over.  This is a favorite for sure!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Primrose Petals, Primrose Petals Core'dinations
Stamp Sets ~ Hearts a Flutter, Oh Hello
Ink ~ Primrose Petals, Pool Party, Jet Black StazOn
Other Supplies ~ Honeycomb Embossing Folder, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Paper Doilies, Mini Silver Brads, Small Heart Punch, Pool Party Sycamore Street Ribbon & Button Pack, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon
Now it's time to hop on over to Cathy's blog to see her first FAB-ulous creation! 

Friday, August 16, 2013

2013 Artisan Finalist Blog Hop ~ Day 7

Hello to all my stamping friends and welcome back to Day Seven of the Artisan Finalist Blog Hop!  Can you believe all of the talent you have seen so far?!?!?  I have learned a new technique each and every day from all of these fabulous ladies!  If you've just come from Amy's blog, you were treated to her amazing talent.  If you are just getting started, keep on hopping until you get back to me. If you happen to get lost along the way, just use the "back" or "next" button at the bottom of each blog and you'll get right back on track.

I have another card for you today and probably one of my favorites!  I love anything with polka dots and went through packs of the Patio Party DSP just because of this pattern!  
I used the Pop-Up Posies kit again for this card.  I love those flowers and sure do miss them!  With the exception of the Whisper White and Pool Party card stock, everything else on this card is retired.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Pool Party, Patio Party DSP
Stamp Sets ~ By the Tide (writing), Paper Pumpkin (splatters), Pop Up Posies Kit
Ink ~ Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral, VersaMark
Other Supplies ~ Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit, Pool Party Ruffled Ribbon, Pool Party Embossing Powder
We are winding down...just 3 more days left!  Be sure to stop back by tomorrow for Day Eight!

Now it's time to hop on over to Cathy's blog to see her first FAB-ulous creation! 

Framelits Friday

Happy {Framelits} Friday!  I'm a little bit sad today...we are heading home this morning after 10 wonderful days in Pacific City OR.  We vacation here every summer and it is my all time favorite place to be.  While I am sad to leave, I am itching to get back into my craft room and work on some projects that have been brewing since I've been here :-)

And I am super happy for Framelits Friday over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration and I have a FAB-ulous Framelit card to share with you!  I used three different framelits for this card...Square, Heart and Expressions (Thinlits). Take a look and see what you think! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Other Supplies: Chevron Embossing Folder, Square Framelits, Hearts Framelits, Expression Thinlits, Typeset Alphabet Bigz, Small Heart Punch, Gingham Garden Washi Tape, Witches Brew Washi Tape
Notice anything missing?  STAMPS!  I love to stamp, but sometimes it's fun to create a card with nothing but paper!
Now head on over to Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration see what the rest of the Design Team has for you.
And be sure to check back later tonight for Day Seven of 2013 Artisan Finalist Blog Hop.
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

2013 Artisan Finalist Blog Hop ~ Day 6

Hello to all my stamping friends and welcome to Day Six of the Artisan Finalist Blog Hop!  We're on the downhill slide of our hop...I hope you are all loving the amazing creations!  For the next 3 days you will get to see the talent from an amazing group of Artisan Finalists.  It has been so much fun seeing all of the details of each project up much better than trying to see them in between 6000+ other people :-)
Today I have my second 3-D project to share with you.  This was my down-to-the-wire, what-in-the-world-am-I-going-to-do project.  I had just made some onesie cupcakes for a friends baby shower and that's when the idea for this fun little cupcake box popped into my head.

I tore one of the Kraft Boxes apart and used the Window Frame Framelits to cut a window out in the front and top of the box.  (The box went back together easily with some sticky strip)  After stamping the entire box with the Distress Dots, I adhered a piece of Window Sheet to each opening.  You really can't see it in the picture, but I also created a little holder inside the box. I used the Window Frame Framelit again, creating a little spot for the cupcake to sit in and not fall over.  I used the cut out portion of the Kraft Box as my tag. 
Here is the little cupcake that was in the inside.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Subtles DSP Stack, Whisper White, Pink Pirouette, Window Sheet
Ink ~ Whisper White Craft Ink, Pink Pirouette
Stamp Sets ~ Distressed Dots, Tiny Tags, Baby Boutique
Other Supplies ~Kraft Box, Designer Rosette Bigz, Jewelry Tag Punch, Boho Blossoms Punch, Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Two Tone Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine

Now it's time to hop on over to Cathy's blog to see her first FAB-ulous creation!