Thursday, December 31, 2015

Let's Celebrate the New Year...

...and drink champagne!
Happy New Years Eve stampers!
I don't know that I will be sipping on champagne tonight...I think I would get funny looks from everyone at the hockey game that we'll be going to.  But I couldn't resist using this fun sentiment for a New Year's card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Soft Sky, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Vellum, Typeset DSP, Gold Glimmer
Ink ~ Soft Sky, Pool Party, Basic Black, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Balloon Celebration
Other Supplies ~ Balloon Bouquet Punch, Banner Punch, Baker's Box Thinlits (Starburst), Linen Thread, Sahara Sand Lace, Trim, Venetian Crochet Trim, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Embossing Powder, Metallic Sequins, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Home for Christmas Enamel Dots
Holy has been a long time since I have used so many different embellishments, punches and dies!  My craft desk was a little scary looking after I was done with this card!
I wish you all a safe and Happy New Year!!!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Thanks So Much Deer

Hello stampers!
I'm back today with another deer thank you card...guess that's my thing this year!  It's another Anything Goes day over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration, so I'm linking this fun guy up over there!
This super simple card has a lot of different stamp sets rolled in to it...some old, some {brand} new and some that we'll soon be saying good-bye to.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Pool Party, Lost Lagoon, Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ Dotty Angles, Jolly Christmas, Perfect Pairings*
Other Supplies ~ Silver Metallic Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Greetings Thinlits
*2016 Sale-A-Bration Stamp Set
After cutting out the "Thanks", I used my Aqua Painter and created an ombre effect...this was a fun way to add just a splash of color to the card.
Thanks so much for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thanks Deer

Good morning stampers!

Christmas is all put away at my house...except in my craft room!  I'm still playing with a few Christmas stamps and DSP's as I make some thank you cards.

Today's inspiration challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments immediately made me think of the adorable deer in the Home for Christmas DSP.

And of course the trees inspired me to the Woodland Textured Embossing folder, which, in case you haven't heard, will be returning in the Annual Catalog this summer!  Hooray!!!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink ~ White Craft
Other Supplies ~ Woodland Textured Embossing Folder, Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim, Venetian Crochet Trim, Very Vanilla Bakers Twine, Snowflake Elements, Home & Hearth Thinlits
I can't remember where the little bird die came's been sitting on my craft desk for well over a year now and still has not found it's home!  I know it isn't from SU...shhhhh!  It was just too cute not to use!
Be sure to head on over and see what the rest of our design team has been inspired to create today and don't forget to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Balloon Celebration ~ 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 wonder Christmas and were able to spend some time with those you love most over the holiday weekend!  We had celebrations at our house on Christmas Eve and Christmas day, so it was a bit busy, but still so much fun.  My youngest has been pretty sick since the middle of last week, so we were happy to be home and have everyone come to us.  He is still feeling pretty crummy and wants lots of snuggle time with momma, so my stamping time has been a bit limited, but I did manage to get a quick and easy card put together while he slept for a bit.

I love the new Balloon Celebration stamp set and coordinating Balloon Bouquet much fun to be had with this bundle! 

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White
Ink ~ Melon Mambo, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Smoky Slate
Stamp Sets ~ Balloon Celebration
Other Supplies ~ It's My Party Washi Tape and Enamel Dots

The colors in the It's My Party suite are the BEST!  I love how fun and cheerful they are!
It has been so much fun hopping with all of these ladies this year and I look forward to another year of it!
Happy New Year and Happy Stamping!

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!

Friday, December 25, 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas!
As I sit here this morning, listening to my twins talk up in their bedroom, while my youngest and hubby still sleep, I am reminded just how blessed I am!  It may have been a crazy year full of changes for ALL of us, it really has been a pretty awesome year!
Looking back on my stamping year, I have so many fun memories that were made with all of my stamping friends, near and far.  I love what Stampin' Up! has brought in to my life and continues to do so with each passing year.
So as you celebrate today, know that I love all of you and am so very grateful to have you in my life!
Merry Christmas and Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Fire Family Christmas

Hello stampers and Merry Christmas Eve! 
It seems so crazy that Christmas is already upon us...time really needs to slow down!
It has been a whirlwind, crazy year for my crazy that we didn't even have time to get a family picture for our Christmas cards this year :-( 
As I look back at all that we did this year, many of our fun times and memories made were with our Fire Family.   Trips to the lake, crabbing at the beach, Christmas tree hunting and so many other fun times were had with all of these amazing people.  You never truly understand the bond of a fire department until you become part of that family and my family is beyond blessed to be a part of it!
While I may not have a picture of our own little family, I am happy to share a picture of our Fire Family with you today.  A few weeks ago we all headed up the mountain to cut down Christmas trees and had some fun in the snow.  I love each and everyone of these people and love to see all of our kids together...the brotherhood and sisterhood is not only shared between our's shared between the kids and wives too.
I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!
May your day be filled with love, happiness and lasting memories!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

'Tis the Season

It's the eve of Christmas Eve and I am wrapping up the end of my holiday crafting.  I made this cute little tree and card a few weeks ago and never got around to posting it.  The little tree is the perfect size to hide a sweet treat in!
The girls over at SSINK are showing off creations of their choice today, so I'm going to share mine with them too!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Night of Navy, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Season of Cheer DSP
Ink ~ Old Olive, Real Red, Tempting Turquoise, Pool Party
Stamp Sets ~ Peaceful Pines
Other Supplies ~ Perfect Pines Framelits, Oval Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (star), Old Olive Bakers Twine, Season of Cheer Washi Tape, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Softly Falling Embossing Folder
I love how cheerful and fun these trees and ornaments are...just how we should all be feeling this week!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Not-so-traditional Christmas Colors

 Good morning happy stampers!  Are you all ready for Christmas or are you scrambling around like I am finishing up those few last minute details?  With as fast as time goes by, I need to start my prep for next years Christmas on New Years day!
One of my favorite parts of Christmas are all of our family traditions...decorating the tree, our beloved Monty the Elf, Christmas movies and so much more!  But sometimes it's fun to break tradition and do something different....gasp!  Okay, not too different, but how about some different colors for a Christmas card?  Don't worry, they aren't too wild and crazy...I'm only changing up the traditional red for some Watermelon Wonder and throwing in a little Pool Party :-)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party
Ink ~ VersaMark, Watermelon Wonder
Stamp Sets ~ Celebrate Today, Holly Jolly Greetings
Other Supplies ~ Clear Embossing Powder, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Balloon Framelits, Silver Cording Trim, Metallic Sequins
I had so much fun with this card that I decided to flip things over, change a few elements and turn it into a birthday card!  I love it when this happens!

Here's to a very merry week for all of you and best of luck to everyone wrapping up those last minute details!
Happy stamping!

Friday, December 18, 2015

Celebrate 2016

Happy, Happy Friday stampers!!!  This has been one long week for me and I am STOKED that the weekend is finally here!  We have a busy weekend ahead of us, but it will be a FUN one!
We are getting a head start on our New Years celebrating over at The Friday Mashup today.  I am the host this week with a festive New Years Theme with a mashup using Black, Silver and Gold colors.

You might be wondering where these fabulous numbers are coming from, right?!?!?  You will be able to get your hands on the VERY soon as they are in the upcoming Occasions Catalog.  The Number of Years stamp set and coordinating Framelits are awesome and were perfect for today's card!
With the help of the Magnetic Platform, I was able to line my numbers up just how I wanted them.  I used the negative images and popped them up on some Silver Glimmer it!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Glimmer, Gold Glimmer
Ink ~ VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Celebrate Today
Other Supplies ~ Large Number Framelits, Medium Star Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (Star), Metallic Sequins, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

So...a sad story about the Celebrate sentiment...I had to walk away from my craft table while I was working on this card and in the time that I was away, my pesky cat got into things and carted the Celebrate stamp off, which my puppy ended up finding later and chewed one end off :(  I'm so bummed!!!  Guess that teaches me a lesson to clean up as I go and not leave anything out...or beg my hubby to put a door on my office!

That's all for now!  Hope to be back later this weekend with a few more new things to share.  Until then...

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thank My Lucky Stars

Hello happy stampers!  We made it to Thursday...only one more day and we can call it a week!  I don't know about you, but this has been the LONGest week and I thank my lucky stars it is almost over!
Speaking of stars...that's what we are creating over at SSINK today...stars!
Whether they be for Christmas, birthdays or just because, stars are prefect for ANY card!  I'm sharing another sneak peek of what's to come in the 2016 Occasions catalog using my favorite suite, Going Places.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Going Places DSP Stack
Ink ~ Lost Lagoon, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Going Global
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Stars Framelits, 1" Circle Punch, Hand Held Stapler, Metallic Sequins, Lost Lagoon Striped Cotton Ribbon
There is so much that I love about this suite...the colors, the images and sentiments...I love it all!
If you haven't received your copy of the 2016 Occasions Catalog, get in touch with me today and I'll get one headed in your direct!
Have a Happy Thursday and Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Have a Cuppa Christmas Cheer

Happy Tuesday stampers!  Can you believe we only have 10 more days until Christmas?  Where in the world has time gone?!?!  
I'm finishing up the last of my Christmas crafting and today's sketch challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments was perfect for a fun card for my Virginia BFF!

I have a fun sneak peek at some of my favorite new things coming out in the 2016 Occasions catalog.  Anyone knows me knows just how much I love coffee, so the Have a Cuppa suite was just my cup!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Bermuda Bay, Have a Cuppa DSP Stack
Ink ~ Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso
Stamp Set ~ Timeless Textures, Endless Wishes
Other Supplies ~ Cup & Kettles Framelits Dies, Have a Cuppa Embellishments, Linen Thread, Greetings Thinlits

Don't you LOVE this adorable little mug of Christmas cheer?  I can't wait to make MANY more creations with this suite of coffee and tea goodness.

Be sure to head on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments to see the rest of our teams creations and join along in the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, December 13, 2015

Pretty Packages ~ 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!

Are you all getting ready for Christmas?!?!  With less than two weeks to go, it will be here before we know it!   We spent the weekend making Christmas candy and cookies and finished up the last bit of shopping.  Now comes the wrapping...the part I love the most, but always seem to put off until the very last minute and end up spending a few late nights getting it all done!
Today I decided I would try to avoid those late nights this year and got started on some of my wrapping today with the beautiful Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP.  I absolutely LOVE this is simply elegant!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP
Ink ~ Basic Black, Soft Sky, VersaMark
Stamp Sets ~ Wonderland, Holly Jolly Greetings
Other Supplies ~ Banner Framelits, Snowflake Elements, Gold Sequin Trim, Basic Black Stitched Satin Ribbon, Gold Cording Trim, Christmas Greetings Thinlits, Gold Embossing Powder

These pretty little packages will be shipped off this week and will soon find there way to two beautiful people whom I love so much!

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!

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Vintage Christmas Trio ~ SSINK December Blog Hop

Hello Stylin' Stampin' friends!  It's time to grab your favorite winter beverage, cozy up with a blanket and enjoy this months SSINK Christmas Blog Hop!

Our team of talented designers have put together some INKspiring Christmas creations to share with you today...make sure you don't miss a single stop on the hop!
As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 3 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Diana of Stampin Fun with Diana. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.

The vintage designs in the Home for Christmas DSP are my absolute FAVORITE!!  It is quite possible I have hoarded numerous packs of this DSP to keep for years to come.  It reminds me of Christmas with my MeMe...I always miss her, more so around the holidays!
I love that you can cut the images from the DSP and use them in place of  stamped image...and  that the cute little start button fits just perfectly on top of the tree.
And how about this cubby little Santa?  Isn't he the BEST?
And the favorites!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Soft Sky, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Vellum, Gold Foil, Red Glimmer, Gold Glimmer, Home for Christmas DSP, Winter Wonderland DSP, Season of Cheer DSP
Ink ~ Real Red, Soft Sky
Stamp Sets ~ Happy Scenes, Holly Jolly Greetings
Other Supplies ~ Christmas Greetings Thinlits Dies, Banner Framelits, Triple Banner Punch, Gold Sequin Trim, Gold Metallic Bakers Twine, Home for Christmas Designer Buttons, Gold Thread, Metallic Sequins, Hearth & Home Thinlints
Whew...I think I used just about every supply I have from the Holiday Catalog for these cute cards! 
Now it's time to hop on over to see what the amazing Leanne has created today!
Happy Stamping!

  1. Jennifer at Jenny G Paper Crafts
  2. Darcy at Dj's Stampin Place
  3. Diana at Stampin Fun with Diana
  4. Bree at Craft-Somnia Momma You are HERE
  5. Leanne at Literally My Joy
  6. Laura at Crafty Chicks Creating
  7. Melissa at The Stamp Doc
  8. Kim at Stamping with Kim
  9. Heidi at Stuck on Stampin'

Botanicals Just for You

Happy Wednesday stamping friends!  We are half way through the week and that much closer to the weekend...yippee!!
I know many of us are deep into our Christmas creating, which I am still working on feverishly, but I just HAD to play with some of my new stamping toys!
As most of you know, the new Occasions Catalog starts January 5th and with that comes the most wonderful time of the {Stampin'} year...Sale-a-Bration!  This year, may of the products in the Sale-a-Bration catalog coordinate with products in the Occasions Catalog...genius!  
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Botanical Gardens DSP
Ink ~ Basic Black, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Botanicals for You (SAB)
Other Supplies ~ Botanical Builder Framelits Dies, Botanical Garden Jewels, White Embossing Powder, 2015-2017 In Color Washi Tape

Botanicals for You is a stamp set that you can earn for FREE with a $50 purchase during the Sale-a-Bration period and it coordinates perfectly with the Botanical Gardens can't wait to get them, right?!?!

Contact me today to get your very own copy of the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogs!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, December 7, 2015

Jolly Reindeer

Merry Monday stampers!!!  We are getting closer and closer to Christmas...are you counting down the days?  For the first time in many years, I am feeling like I am ahead of the game and I'm hoping it stays that way!
In addition to being ahead of things in the Christmas department, I'm finally getting ahead on my stamping again too...HOORAY!!!!
I am super happy to be able to join my Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration girls for this months Color Challenge!  It seems like it has been FOREVER since I've been able to play along with a challenge and I LOVE these warm Christmas colors.

My very talented friend Melissa made me a repurposed pallet deer sign last year, which was the inspiration behind my card today.  My "pallet" needs a little more practice, but it's off to a fun start!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Tip Top Taupe, Real Red
Ink ~ Tip Top Taupe, Early Espresso, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Jolly Christmas, Hardwood
Other Supplies ~ Seasonal Snapshot 2015 Project Life Accessory Pack, White Embossing Powder

I contemplated putting a red nose on this reindeer...I think I may need to go back and add it!  What do you think?!?!?

Thanks for stopping by today!

Be sure to check out the rest of the design team creations and be sure to play along with us!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, December 4, 2015

Cookies for Santa

'Tis the season to bake cookies...and lots of them for Santa! 
The Friday Mashup team is getting inspired by all the Christmas baking we are all doing (or getting ready to do) and we are mashing things up by using our dies!

My boys came across some super cute Mickey and Minnie Christmas cookies a few weeks ago and have been begging to make some!  I finally got some Mickey cookie cutters ordered so we can make some extra special cookies for Santa. 
While we wait for those cookie cutters to get here, we have Santa's card all ready to leave on Christmas Eve with his cookies!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Real Red, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White, Basic Black, Silver Foil, Silver Glimmer, Merry Moments DSP
Stamps ~ Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015
Ink ~ Smoky Slate
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Home for Christmas Enamel Dots, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (Heart), 1/8" Striped Real Red Ribbon, 1/8" Silver Ribbon
These cute little Mickey and Minnie ears certainly make me want to get in the kitchen and start baking!   Will you be doing any holiday baking this weekend?
Have a great weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Freshly Fallen Snowy Christmas

It's not Christmas yet, but with every passing day it gets closer and closer!  We had a pretty big snowfall yesterday which really put me in the Christmas {craft}spirit! 
Inspired by the snowfall and this weeks Freshly Made Sketches sketch by Jen M, I had some fun with one of my favorite Christmas-y stamp sets!
Besides the awesome font, I also love the funky snowflakes and hand drawn Christmas tree!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Mint Macaroon, 2015-2017 In Color DSP Stack
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush
Stamp Set ~ Project Life Seasonal Snapshot 2015
Other Supplies ~ Banner Framelits, Circle Framelits, Silver Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Hand Held Stapler
While I am NOT a fan of the freezing cold weather, I do love the pretty snow and hope it sticks around for a little bit.  I know my boys do too as they are itching to break their sleds out!
Have a happy day!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Make a Party Wish

Happy Wednesday friends! It's a free-for-all day over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration and anything goes!  As I said earlier this week, I finally got to play with some of the new pre-order goodies I got after OnStage, and the It's My Party suite is another favorite of mine!
Not only are the stamp sets fun, but the DSP is flat out awesome!  And the fact that it comes in a 48 sheet stack makes this DSP even more awesome!  Here's a little sneak peek of what's to come next month!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, It's My Party DSP Stack
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo
Stamp Set ~ Party Wishes
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Party Punch Pack, Basic Black/Melon Mambo Bakers Twine
Isn't this card just HAPPY?!?!  It's bond to make someone's birthday extra special!
Thanks for stopping by today!  
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Winter Wonderland

It is certainly feeling like a Winter Wonderland in my neck of the woods!  We got a little snow last week which has stuck around due to below freezing temps. I'm not a fan of the cold, but the snow sure is pretty and it puts me in a festive mood for the holiday!
It our family tradition to put up our Christmas decorations the weekend after Thanksgiving.  It's so much fun to see my boys decorate our tree and share their memories of each ornament they hang.  While they decorate the tree, I decorate our fire place mantle and this year I was inspired by our latest Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge.

These colors are absolutely stunning together and Stampin' Up! was on trend with the Winter Wonderland suite this year!  The DPS was perfect for making a  festive banner to finish up my mantle this year!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Winter Wonderland Specialty DSP, Gold Foil, Black Glimmer, Whisper White
Ink ~ Basic Black, Gold
Stamp Set ~ Wonderland
Other Supplies ~ Snowflake Elements, Banner Punch, Gold Glitter Ribbon, Gold Cording Trim, Circle Framelits, Linen Thread, Party Pennants Bigz Die (retired)

Here is a little picture of my complete apologies for the poor lighting!  We have an old house that has no lights in the ceiling, which makes for a dimly lit house on a cold winter day!

Thanks for stopping by today!
Be sure to play along with us over at HSS...we love to see what you create!
Happy Stamping!