Thursday, March 31, 2016

Shine, It's Your Day

Hello stampin' friends!

We're getting our shimmer and shine on over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today.  Who doesn't love a card with some added bling?

The Sunburst Sayings stamp set and Sunburst Thinlits Die bundle is so much fun and perfect for a shimmer and shine card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Neutrals DSP Stack, Silver Foil Paper
Ink ~ Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Sunburst Sayings
Other Supplies ~ Sunburst Thinlits Die, Circle Punches, Metallic Sequins, Silver Metallic Thread, Silver Embossing Powder

I hope you all have a shimmery-shiny day!

Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wired Wednesday - Solving Problems... cup at a time!
Happy {Wired} Wednesday stampers!  I will be partaking in a couple extra cups of coffee today after a late night of baseball and choir concerts...and to help me get through some work meetings today...ugh!
These adorable coordinating stamps and dies from SugarPea Designs are my favorite for all of my coffee creations!  I love the fun dome lid for the cup...and if you look closely, you can see the little dollop of whip cream on top :-)
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Kraft, Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Whisper White, 2015-2017 In Color DSP Stack, Window Sheet, Vellum, Corrugated Paper
Ink ~ Bermuda Bay, Early Espresso, Cucumber Crush, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set ~ Caffeine Addict (SugarPea Designs)
Other Supplies ~ 1" Circle Punch, Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Coffee To Go Cup Dies (SugarPea Designs)
I used this fun sketch from SugarPea Designs to create my card today:
I'm off to brew another cup of coffee and take on the day!
I hope your coffee is hot and your Wednesday is kind to you!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Sale-a-Bration Birthday Love

The 2016 Sale-a-Bration is quickly coming to an end...did you get all of the free products that you wanted?!?!  I love Sale-a-Bration time and all of the excitement it brings to my customers.  It's exciting for me as well because it's also when I celebrate my Stampin' Up! anniversary.  This year marks 4 years!  I initially signed up just to get the demonstrator discount, but my best friend talked me into starting a club which is still going strong today and continues to grow every year :-)
We are sharing some of our Sale-a-Bration favorites over at Stylin' Stampin' Inspiration today and What I Love is one of my favorite stamp sets from this year.  I love the 2-step stamp sets...or in this case, 3-step stamp set.  They give you the option to layer colors and have some fun!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Lost Lagoon, 2015-2017 In Color DSP Stack
Ink ~ Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Lost Lagoon
Stamp Set ~ What I Love, Number of Years
Other Supplies ~ Watermelon Wonder Dotted Lace Trim, White Perfect Accents, Brick Wall Embossing Folder

I used this sweet sketch from Sugar Pea Designs as inspiration for today's card. I love the layout of this will be one I use again!

I hope you are all having a great week so far!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 25, 2016

Pocketful of Cheer

Hello stampers and happy Friday!
Did you know that Paper Pumpkin just celebrated their 3rd birthday AND shipped their ONE MILLIONTH KIT?!?! 
It's such a treat to receive a crafty surprise in the mail every month.  I have to admit, in the beginning I wasn't too sure about Paper Pumpkin, but every month the kits get better and better!  March's kit was no exception...the Pocketful of Cheer kit is so bright and cheerful and perfect for any upcoming birthday's or graduations you may have in your family.
I pretty much made the projects as they were shown in the instructions, but I do still have few pieces left over that I'm looking forward to playing around with.
How would you like to receive a fun box of craftiness every month, delivered right to your doorstep?   What about a kit with an EXCLUSIVE stamp set in addition to the stamp set in the kit? 
Subscribe to Paper Pumpkin before April 10th and you will receive April's Paper Pumpkin kit along with the exclusive stamp set as a thank you from the Paper Pumpkin Team!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Baby Banner

Happy Thursday friends!  We are officially on the downhill slide for the week and one day closer to the weekend!
Not only is Easter this weekend, but it is also the due date for two of my friends..can't wait for new babies!
My amazing group of fire wives celebrated with a new momma-to-be, who is anxiously awaiting the arrival of baby Jackson and I made this adorable banner to hang up at the baby shower.  The baby's room is all decorated in a Woodland Animal theme, so I just had to dig out an old favorite to stamp these cute little critters.
 Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Tip Top Taupe, Hello Honey, Pool Party, Very Vanilla, Sweet Li'l Things DSP, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Tip Top Taupe, Old Olive, Watermelon Wonder, Smoky Slate, Basic Black, Tangelo Twist
Stamp Sets ~ Larger Than Life Alphabet & Numbers, Life in the Forest
Other Supplies ~ Woodland Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits, Party Pennants Bigz Die, Linen Thread, Felt Pom-Poms

I love making banners and was honored to make this for baby Jackson!
Be sure to head on over to Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration for more fun banner ideas!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

You Grow, Girl!

Good morning happy stampers and welcome to Wednesday!
We've finally made it through winter and in to spring...or have we?  It's been chilly and pouring rain here and I've seen pictures of snow from other stampin' friends across the country!  We may not be feeling the spring weather yet, but the girls at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration are bringing spring to you in the form of paper and ink!
With only a few more days left of Sale-a-Bration, I figured I better use up some of the super cute Wildflower Fields DSP.  Using the Festive Flower Builder Punch, I made a fun flower, which pairs up perfectly with the "you grow, girl" sentiment!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Wildflowers DSP
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss
Stamp Set ~ Greatest Greetings
Other Supplies ~ Festive Flower Punch, Botanical Builder Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
I love how the flower kind of has a quilt look to's fun and makes me happy.  This card is in the mail and on it's way to my BFF to make her day a little bit happier.
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Textured Butterflies

Hello happy stampers!

Welcome to Tuesday and an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch challenge.

There are so many possibilities with this sketch...I can't wait to see what everyone does with it!

I experimented with a few colors that I haven't used in a while for this card.  I'm not entirely sold on all of them together, but they seem to be growing on me.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink ~ Sahara Sand, Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango
Stamp Sets ~ Timeless Textures, Butterfly Basics
Other Supplies ~ Butterfly Thinlits, Metallic Silver Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels

Thanks for stopping by today!

Now it's time to head on over to Hand Stamped Sentiments and join along in the fun!

Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 20, 2016

Bright and Cheerful Birthday

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!

Happy Spring!!!  With the time change last week and the first day of Spring this week, I finally feel like the dreary, cold winter is finally behind me.  Now watch...not that I've said that it will probably snow!  We were lucky enough to have two warm, sunny days this weekend and my family took FULL advantage of it!  Between helping get the ball field ready for opening day and taking care of our own yard, we were outside ALL day on Saturday and it was awesome!

This weekend left me feeling bright and cheerful, which inspired this bright and cheerful birthday card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, In Color DSP, Cotton Paper
Ink ~ Versa Mark
Stamp Sets ~ Memories in the Making
Other Supplies ~ Party Pop-Up Thinlits, Blossom Bunch Punch, White Perfect Accents, Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine
It's our very own Dani's birthday today, so this card goes out to her...Happy Birthday Dani!
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, March 18, 2016

Marshmallow Hugs

Hello stampers and happy Friday!
Did you all have a Happy St Patrick's Day?  Did anyone have any mischievous leprechauns in their house?!?!  We had a little leprechaun fun at our house and my boys loved it!
Well, it's Friday and we all know what that's time for an all new Friday Mashup Challenge.  But I have some sad news...this will be the last challenge for the Friday Mashup Design Team :(  Friday Mashup was one of the first challenge blogs I played along with and it was an honor to become a part of the Design Team.  I will miss all of the talented designers and seeing all of the participants creations!
Don't miss your last chance to create with us and join along in the fun with our very last challenge.  We would love to see your creations with this sketch mashup with an Easter theme!
I'm using up every last bit of this months Simon Says Stamp kit and had to make one last card for today's challenge.  I LOVE the Peep bunnies!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ March Simon Says Stamp Kit, Vellum
Ink ~ StazOn, Copic Markers
Stamp Set ~ My Kind of Peep
Other Supplies ~ It's My Party Enamel Dots
Sending Peep-filled Marshmallow HUGS to all of the Friday Mashup Design Team!  It's been a lot of fun creating with you!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Shamrock Runner

Happy St Patrick's Day stampers!

I've been kind of slacking this week in the world of blogging, but I've still be creating!  I made this cute card for my friend Cynthia, who will be running in the Shamrock half marathon at Virginia Beach this weekend.  I thought it would be fun to send her this card for a little good luck!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Birthday Bouquet DSP
Ink ~ Mossy Meadow, Watermelon Wonder
Stamp Set ~ Stampabilities Marathon Stamp Set
Other Supplies ~ Sweet Heart Punch, Scallop Punch, Bird Builder Punch

Good luck with your races this weekend Cynthia!!!  I'll be cheering you on from across the country!

Happy Stamping!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Eggstradorinary Easter Chick

Happy Monday stampers!
Did you all remember to set your clocks forward this weekend?  I hope no one was late for work today ;-)  I'm not a fan of losing an hour of sleep, but I love that our days are getting longer...makes my life much happier!  Now, if I can make it through our rainy season, I'll be golden!
Even though I lost an hour this weekend, I still found a little time to stamp and create a fun card using this month's Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Card Sketch. 
I was going to stick with the flowers in the sketch, but I had a few pieces left over from a card I made a few days ago, so I put them to use for the sketch.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Whisper White, Birthday Bouquet DSP
Ink ~ Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Tangelo Twist, Soft Suede
Stamp Sets ~ Greatest Greetings, Honeycomb Happiness
Other Supplies ~ Oval Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder
This little chick is just too cute....and perfect for an Easter card!
 I hope you all have a marvelous Monday!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 11, 2016

A Bunny Hunt

Happy Friday stampers!
My card club is tonight and, as always, I came up with a last minute idea for a cute project for my stampers to create. I ordered the Polka Dot Cone Cellophane Bags a while back and forgot all about them until yesterday morning and decided I HAD to use them for my club.  But I had nothing to put in them :(  I had Goldfish crackers, but those really didn't seem Easter-ish, so I sent my hubby on a bunny hunt!  I knew I had seen the Annie's Cheddar Bunnies at one of our local grocery stores, but couldn't remember which one.  My very sweet, kind and loving hubby went to 3 different stores until he found them for me...he's a keeper!  These cute little bunnies were the perfect little snack to put in these adorable cellophane bags!
Since we are singing our ABC's over at SSINK, I'm adding this quick and easy project to the Anything But a Card post today!  Be sure to check out all of the other fun non-card creations!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Cucumber Crush
Ink ~ Tangelo Twist
Stamp Set ~ Teeny Tiny Wishes
Other Supplies ~ Polka Dot Cone Cellophane Bags, Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Note Tag Punch, Festive Flower Builder, 1/2" Circle Punch
(I used two retired punches to make the rest of the bunny...don't tell!)
This was super quick and easy to put together and will be perfect to tuck in to my kiddos Easter Baskets this year.  And the good sugar thanks to my hubby's bunny hunting skills!
Have a great weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Dino-rrific Birthday

Happy Wednesday stampin' friends!!!
The awesome design team over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration is focusing on Embossing Folders today and I think I used over half of mine for this card!  Embossing some different colors of cardstock made for some super cute balloons for a Dino-rrific birthday card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Soft Sky, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Ink ~ Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay
Stamp Set ~ No Bones About It
Other Supplies ~ Large Polka Dot EF, Decorative Dots EF, Lucky Stars EF, Confetti EF, Softly Falling EF, Balloon Bouquet Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine
I can't wait to send this card out to a very special birthday boy in a few days...I can't forget the littles when it comes to #imbringingbirthdaysback!

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Watercolor Birthday Blooms

Hello stampers and happy Tuesday!
It's time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge.  This week we have a pretty spring color challenge.

I'm kind of hooked on water coloring right now and this beautiful flower was just begging to be painted!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ So Saffron, Whisper White
Ink ~ So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Calypso Coral, Basic Black, Gold Wink of Stella
Stamp Set ~ Birthday Blooms
Other Supplies ~ White Embossing Powder
I can't wait to see what these colors inspire you to create!  Head on over to HSS and share your project with us!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Paper Pumpkin Remix ~ 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!

My hubby and I got to sneak out of town this weekend for the 25th Annual Scott Firefighter Stairclimb.  He climbed 69 flights of stairs, along with hundreds of other firefighters from all around the world, while I help with checking the participants in as well as helping them shed their gear at the finish line.  This is a great event and something that we both look forward to every year!  I've decided I'm going to take on those 69 flights of stairs next year for the civilian Big starts soon!

Knowing that I was going to be busy most of the weekend and not have a lot of time to stamp, I threw my March Paper Pumpkin kit in my suitcase along with a few extra sheets of cardstock and ink pads.  I was able to put these cards together in a snap in our hotel room before we headed out for the day.  This is my favorite Paper Pumkin kit so far!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Ink ~ Pool Party, Blackberry Bliss, Calypso Coral, Blushing Bride, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ February 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit - Hello Sunshine, Timeless Textures
Other Supplies ~ February 2016 Paper Pumpkin Kit, Pearl Basic Jewels

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 Wendy...I just love her style!

  Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 4, 2016

Let Me Pedal

Woohoo!!!  Finally made it to Friday!  I am kicking my weekend off today with a 4 day weekend and a little out of town trip with my hubby!  As I have mentioned before, I have been working MANY long hours at work since the middle of October and time off hasn't really been able to happen.  But we finally filled our empty position and things are running smoothly enough that I can take a couple days off and let my c0-workers pedal for me :-)
I absolutely love this bicycle and adding the balloon off the back just makes it an even happier card!  Speaking of balloons, have you seen all of the fabulous balloon creations over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today? 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crushed Curry, It's My Party DSP, Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink ~ Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate
Stamp Set ~ Pedal Pusher
Other Supplies ~ Party Punch Pack, It's My Party Washi Tape
I hope you all have a sunshiny weekend!
Happy Stamping!

My Kind of Peep

TGIF stampers!!! 
Easter is quickly approaching and this week's Friday Mashup color challenge reminded of the sugary sweet Peep marshmallows!
I couldn't resist this months Simon Says Stamp Kit...the Peep bunnies were just too cute!  I watercolored these little guys then added a little Dazzling Diamonds to make them look sugary sweet!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise
Ink ~ Blushing Bride, Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ My Kind of Peep
Other Supplies ~ My Kind of Peep framelits, Dazzling Diamonds
These are just too cute!  I can't wait to create more little Peep bunnies for Easter this year!
Enjoy your weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, March 3, 2016

A Walk in the Meadow

Happy Thursday stampers!  And Happy Friday to me!  I get to enjoy a long weekend and a little trip out of town with my hubby...long overdue!
We're taking a walk on the wild{life} side over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today.  I have to admit, I wasn't sure about this stamp set when I first saw it in the catalog, but now that I own it and have made a few cards with it, I LOVE it!
You can create beautiful scenes with this stamp set and it's perfect for masculine and feminine cards.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Lost Lagoon, Very Vanilla, Corrugated Paper
Ink ~ Basic Black, Soft Suede, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry
Stamp Set ~ In the Meadow
Other Supplies ~ Linen Thread
Okay...I can't for the life of me remember which stamp set the Happy Birthday sentiment came from. I usually still have the stamps all laying out when I'm working on my blog posts, but I've been trying REALLY hard to keep my crafting space clean and have been putting things away after I have used them.  Do any of you recognize which set this sentiment came from?
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wired Wednesday

I have a weakness for anything coffee related, so when I saw this stamp set and coordinating dies from Sugarpea Designs, I couldn't resist them!
There are so many cute stamps in this set and the coordinating dies make some super cute coffee cups!

I played around with the lineless watercolor technique for the cup on this first card.  I love how it turned out!

And the cup on this second card is my favorite!  It looks just like a cup of joe from my favorite coffee shop!  And that heart of coffee beans is so much fun!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Real Red, Mint Macaroon
Ink ~ Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder, Early Espresso
Stamp Set ~ Caffeine Addict (Sugarpee Designs)
Other Supplies ~ Coffee To Go Cup, Coffee Words

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Eggstraordinary Easter Bunny

Happy March stampers!  Can you believe February is already over?  I don't know about you, but the beginning of March brings a little bit of excitement knowing that spring is on it's way which means more sunshine and warmer weather.  YAY!!!
March also brings Easter this year and the girls over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiraiton are hopping right into Easter creations!
I love the little bunny face and ears that can be made with the Friends & Flowers stamp set!  The guy is just too cute peeking out of his rabbit hole!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Pool Party, Birthday Bouquet DSP
Ink ~ Basic Black, Blushing Bride, Pool Party
Stamp Sets ~ Flowers & Friends, Greatest Greetings
Other Supplies ~ Festive Flower Builder Punch, Oval Framelits, Butterfly Punches, Triple Banner Punch, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, White Perfect Accents
Now hop on over to SSINK and see what the rest of the team has created to kick off this Easter month!
Happy Stamping!