Monday, November 30, 2015

Botanical Dinosaurs

Happy {masculine} Monday!!!  I hope you all survived Thanksgiving and Black Friday!  My family had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving and I totally avoided Black Friday.  I'll stick with Cyber Monday shopping from the comfort of my own home :-) Don't forget to shop the Online Extravaganza today's the last day!
In addition to Thanksgiving, we celebrated the birthday of our good friend Ethan.  He is my youngest sons best buddy and they are as thick as thieves together!  We can never trust them along!  We got Ethan a cool dinosaur for his birthday (which I was later informed was a tooting dinosaur...sorry Erica!) so I decided to make a fun dinosaur card to go with it...perfect for Masculine Monday over at Stylin' Stampin' Inspiration too.

The new Botanical Gardens DSP in the upcoming Occasions Catalog was the perfect addition to these marching dinos!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Botanical Gardens DSP
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow
Stamp Set ~ No Bones About It
Other Supplies ~ Botanical Builder Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (stars), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Tags and Labels Framelits

I had a lot of fun with these colors!  These are not colors I would normally use together, but I loved how they all worked together.

Be sure to head on over to SSINK and check out the rest of the teams masculine cards!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Global Peace ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with another fabulous hop!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the are sure to love them all!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and were able to spend time with those that you love most!  My family had a quiet Thanksgiving, which was a  nice change!  I'll take all the quiet I can get this time of year :-)

I finally had a chance to pull my pre-order goodies out of the box and put them to use.  (Fingers crossed my work load start to slow down so I can get back to stamping on a regular basis!)  Going Places is one of my favorite suites in the upcoming Occasions Catalog and I could not wait to pair it up with something for Christmas.  The globe image from the Going Global stamp set made for a pretty and different Christmas card.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Sahara Sand, Lost Lagoon, Going Places DSP Stack, Vellum, Silver Foil
Ink ~ VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Holly Jolly Greetings, Going Global
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, World Traveler EF, Metallic Sequins, Silver Thread, Black Embossing Powder, Christmas Greetings Thinlits

This seems kind of fitting after the horrific events that took place in Paris...this is a Christmas wish for all! 

Next stop on the hop is Cathy...I can't wait to see what she has for us this week! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing Amy...I just love her style!

  Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thankful For You

Happy Thanksgiving stamping friends!  I hope your day is filled with family, friends, good food and love...and for everyone who is working today, thank you!  
The SSINK girls are showing their thankfulness today and I am joining in the fun.  I have so many things in my life to be thankful husband, my boys, my job (even when it takes over my stamping time!), my family, my friends...especially my stamping friends!  I am truly blessed by all of the friends who have come into my life through stamping...near and far, I love you all!
Okay...on to my card.  My stamping time is still pretty limited, so I stuck with a clean and simple card today. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, Rich Razzelberry, Tangelo Twist, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow
Stamp Set ~ Endless Thanks

I LOVE all of the Endless stamp sets...their simple images and pretty sentiments  make some of the pretties cards.

I wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 20, 2015

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Be sure to check out the Flash Sales on Monday, November 23rd and again on Monday, November 30th!
Scoop up other amazing products at 20% to 50% off dozens of stamps, ribbon, paper and so much more November 23 - 30!
Happy Shopping and Happy Stamping!

Into the Woods Thanks

Hello happy stampers!  It's Friday, and we all know what that means...time for an all new Friday Mashup Challenge.  This week we have a fun sketch from Heidi and we are mashing things up with Thankful themed creations.
My aunt was kind enough to let me stay with her last weekend while I attended OnStage Vancouver, so I wanted to send her a thank you card for her hospitality.  I don't get to see my auntie often enough, so any time I get to spend with her is greatly cherished!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Soft Suede, Gold Glimmer, Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Into the Woods DSP
Ink ~ None
Stamps ~ None
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Metallic Gold Thread, Into the Woods Elements, Into the Woods Cotton Ribbon, Greetings Thinlits

I love that we have such beautiful DSP that you can use for the main focal point of your card...sometimes no stamps are required!  

You will have to forgive the wonky lighting in my picture...I'm having a few issues with my is NOT my strong suit!

Be sure to head on over to see the rest of the design team creations and play along with us!  We love to see what you create!

Have a happy Friday and an amazing weekend!

Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Joy to the World

Happy Tuesday stamping friends!!!
Welcome to an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.  This week we have a new sketch for you and we hope you play along!
The circles along the side made me think of this Pompom trim, so I decided to have a little fun with the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.
A texture from an embossing folder, a little stamping and a few embellishments and you have a festive little treat bag!

The Treat Bag makes a great gift card holder to give to that someone special this holiday season!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Home for Christmas DSP, Gold Glimmer Paper
Ink ~ Real Red, Mossy Meadow
Stamp Set ~ Jolly Christmas
Other Supplies ~ Real Red Pompom Trim, Snowflake Elements, Gold Cording Trim, Softly Falling EF, Wonderful Wreath Framelits
Thank you for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out the rest of the design teams beautiful creations today and join in the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Grungy Acorns ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with another fabulous hop!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the are sure to love them all!

I am back home after a whirlwind trip down to Portland/Vancouver and back so I could attend the first Stampin' Up! OnStage event.  It was fun to see a few of my stampin' friends and even MORE fun to hear who was selected to be a part of the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team.  Our very own Amy O'Neill was selected to be a part of the team and I am over the moon happy for her!!!  I can't wait to see what her and there rest of the team creates this year!

I did apply this year and was not selected, but I was so happy for everyone that was selected that I wasn't even disappointed.  It just gives me another year to work hard and keep trying :-)  The card I am sharing today is the card I made to display on the Artisan applicant board at the OnStage Vancouver event.  I used my favorite set from the Holiday Catalog...Acrony Thank You!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Gold Glimmer, Neutrals Color Collection DSP Stack 
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Pool Party, Hello Honey
Stamp Set ~ Acorny Thank You, Gorgeous Grunge
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Acorn Builder Punch, Metallic Sequins, Gold Metallic Thread, Greetings Thinlits

I used all of my favorite things on this card...favorite stamp sets, gold paper, sequins and gold thread...the only thing I was missing was a staple! 

Next stop on the hop is Cathy...I can't wait to see what she has for us this week! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing Amy...I just love her style!

  Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 13, 2015

Believe... the spirt of the season!

Happy Friday friends!  I always love me a Friday, but I love this Friday even more because in just a few short hours I will be leaving to spend the weekend with some of my favorite stamping people...yippee!!!
But, before I get to leave, I have to wrap a few things up, including this weeks  Friday Mashup challenge.  
This week we are embracing winter with colors of the snow covered landscape.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Mint Macaron
Ink ~ Smoky Slate, Minto Macaron
Stamp Set ~ Jolly Christmas
Other Supplies ~ Woodland EF, Rhinestone Basics

Another very simple card from me today...this is about all I can manage with my crazy work load these days.  All the more reason to look forward to a weekend away!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Happy Veterans Day

Happy Veterans Day!  

Today we celebrate our U.S. military service men and women and thank them for their service to our country.  My great grandpa was in World War I and wrote a journal documenting his experience.  My older boys have been reading this journal and are excited to share it with their class today.  I love that they show such an interest in this and have such a great love for our country. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ mossy Meadow, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Schoolhouse DSP
Ink ~ Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate, Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ For Your Country, The Open Sea
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits

Again, a big THANK YOU to all of our service men and women!

Happy Veterans Day and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Peace on Earth

Happy Tuesday stampin friends!
We are getting Holly and Jolly over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today! 
This is a pretty simple stamp set, but when you pair this up with the Christmas Greetings Thinlits, beautiful things happen!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Night of Navy, Season of Cheer DSP, Silver Fancy Foil Vellum
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Pool Party, Versa Mark
Stamp Set ~ Holly Jolly
Other Supplies ~ Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Circle Framelits, Silver Thread, Softly Falling EF, Metallic Sequins
I love the beautiful simplicity of this stamp set!
Be sure to head on over to SSINK to see the other beautiful creations from our design team.
Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 9, 2015

Let It Snow

Happy Monday friends!! No, I am not hoping for least not yet!  Everyone keeps saying we are in for a super cold winter with lots of snow, so I am enjoying the rain and mild temps for as long as I can!
I am ready for an all new sketch over at SSINK today and we have a fun one!
I hope you'll play along with us!
I went with another clean and simple card today....shocked myself!!  I love this window thinlit!  There is nothing better than sitting inside on a cold winter day watching the snow fall.

Supplies Used:
 Paper ~ Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Home for Christmas DSP
Ink ~ Early Espresso, Real Red, Lost Lagoon, Pool Party, Versa Mark
Stamp Set ~ Happy Scenes
Other Supplies ~ Home for Christmas Buttons, Gold Twine, Hearth & Home Thinlits, Softly Falling EF

Thanks for stopping by today!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Freshly Made Holly

Happy Sunday stampin friends!  It's a cold and dreary day here, but it's a HAPPY day because I got to STAMP!  I have been putting in lots of extra hours at work the past few weeks, which has cut into my early morning stamping time...BOO!  After my stamp club this morning, I quickly cleaned up and took advantage of the last little bit of my little guys nap time and played along with the latest Freshly Made Sketches.
I often times get carried away with adding layers upon layers and lots of embellishments to my cards, so it's always nice to rein things in and keep things clean and simple, which is why I LOVE to play along with Freshly Made Sketches whenever I can.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Home for Christmas DSP
Ink ~ Real Red
Stamp Set ~ Happy Scenes
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Large Oval Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Home for Christmas Enamel Dots

After seeing the adorable holly leaves that the amazing Cindy Schuster made, I just HAD to give them a try!  Check out the video on her blog to see just how easy these are to make!  

I absolutely LOVE the Home for Christmas DPS and may be hoarding a few packs to keep for years to come.  All of the images that you can cut out are the BEST!

Sadly, my stamping time for today is over.  I am hopeful that my work schedule may allow for a bit more stamping this week, but knowing that we are nearing the end of the year, my stamping time may be limited to weekends only for the next few weeks.  I'll take what I can get and be happy though, because even though my job is crazy busy right now, I am so blessed to have a job that I {most days} love!

Here's to a great week for all of you!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, November 6, 2015

You're So Vintage

Happy Friday friends!
We're getting our coloring blocking groove on over at Friday Mashup this week.  Our challenge is to create a decades themed or color blocking project or to mash it up and create a color blocking decades theme project.  This was a really fun challenge to play along with! 

While I was a child of the 80's I grew with parents of the 60's, so they were kind of the inspiration behind this card.  A little bit of tie-die background with some embossed blocks of color made for a fun card.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Pacific Point, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry
Ink ~ VersaMark, Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point
Stamp Set ~ That Thing You Did
Other Supplies ~ Basic Black Bakers Twine, Circle Framelits, Honeycomb and Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Candy Dots

Be sure to head on over and check out the rest of the groovy creations from our team!

Happy Friday and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Grateful For You

Fall is here and all of the colors are absolutely beautiful!  Hand Stamped Sentiments is jumping into fall with a beautiful color challenge this week.
I pulled out a favorite that carried over from last years Holiday Catalog...Wondrous Wreath.  The wreath stamp was perfect for laying all of the colors in this challenge.  And the Brick Wall embossing folder just calls to have the wreath hanging on it!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Black Berry Bliss, Delightful Dijon, Very Vanilla, Bohemian DSP
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, Delightful Dijon, Mossy Meadow
Stamp Sets ~ Wondrous Wreath, Endless Thanks
Other Supplies ~ Brick Wall Embossing Folder, Wonderful Wreath Framelits

I think I need a wreath like this on my front's so warm and welcoming!  

Be sure to head on over to see the rest of the beautiful creations from our design team and be sure to play along with us!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 2, 2015

Thanks For Being You

Happy Monday friends!  Did you all survive Halloween and enjoy your extra hour of sleep this weekend?  We had a super rainy Halloween, but still had a ton of fun!  And that extra hour of sleep...well, it didn't happen for me, but it DID give me an extra hour of stamping, so I'll take it!
I got to spend a better part of the day in my craft room yesterday and stamped my little heart out!  I have another busy work week ahead of me, so I tried to work ahead on a few projects and was able to play along with this months Stylin' Stampin' INKspiraiton Color Challenge. 
These colors are beautiful together and had me pulling out some stamp sets that I haven't used yet.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Bohemian DSP, Gold Glimmer
Ink ~ Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Set ~ Endless Thanks
Other Supplies ~ Pearls, Tags & Labels Framelits, Lovely Lace Embossing Folder, Gold Thread
I love the mixed fonts in the Endless Thanks stamp set!  The cute little flowers were the perfect addition to a pretty simple card.
Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to check out our design team creations and be sure to play along with us!  We love to see what we INKspire you to create!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with another fabulous hop!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the are sure to love them all!

It is FINALLY starting to feel like fall here and pumpkin spice coffee is, once again, becoming my afternoon pick-me-up.  Anyone who knows me well knows that I love me some pumpkin spice coffee!  The Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Card Collection has some adorable cards and the pumpkin spice card is my favorite!  I was really wishing we had a cute little latte stamp, but then I remembered the fun little mug from our July Paper Pumpkin Kit...perfect!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Cards, Black Glimmer Paper
Ink ~ Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ July 2015 Paper Pumpkin
Other Supplies ~ Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Banner Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Old Olive Bakers Twine, Black Rhinestones (Witching Décor Kit)

I love how easy cards come together with the PL cards!  Now if I can just get those cards into my PL album, I'll be golden! 

Next stop on the hop is Cathy...I can't wait to see what she has for us this week! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing Amy...I just love her style!

  Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Happy Stamping!