Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Christmas Inspiration ~ HSS#363

Hello stamping friends and Happy Tuesday!
It's time for an all new Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge and this week we have a beautiful inspiration challenge!  I can't wait to see what this inspires everyone to create!
I love the watercolor effect in many of the pictures, which is what inspired my card.  I use my Aqua Painter to get a section of the watercolor paper wet then added a few drops of ink and let the color flow where it wanted.  I kept doing this until I had the effect I wanted for the background.  Once dry, I inked up the pine tree and spritzed it with water before I stamped it on the paper to give it a very soft watercolor feel as well.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Night of Navy, Watercolor, Red Glimmer
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red
Stamp Sets ~ Lovely as a Tree, Christmas Pines
Other Supplies ~ Owl Punch Builder
 Hope on over to see what the rest of the design team has created today.  Be sure to play along!  We love to see what you create!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, November 28, 2016

Happy Cyber Monday stamping friends!!!
Today is the last day of the Online Extravaganza and the final 24 flash sale!
Check out the flash sale items below and save up to 40% off other amazing products!
24 - Hour Sale
Bell Punch
Flurry of Wishes and Snow Flurry Punch Bundle
Magnetic Platform
Playful Palette Designer Series Paper Stack
Happy Shopping and Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Hello December Banner ~ 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 creations...you are sure to love them all!

I hope you all had an amazing Thanksgiving holiday!  We spent the week at the Oregon Coast with my parents and were able to meet up with my in-laws on Thanksgiving day.  I love it when we can all be together to celebrate!

It is our family tradition to decorate for Christmas the weekend after Thanksgiving, so as soon as we got home, we jumped right in!  I always have a banner of some sort hanging on my fire place, and since I changed our décor up a bit this year, I had to make a new banner.  The colors and patterns in the Hello December 2016 Project Life Card Collection and Accessory Pack were a PERFECT match to my décor and made for a super cute and quick banner!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Real Red, Silver Foil, Hello December 2016 Project Life Cards

Other Supplies ~ Linen Thread, Jingle Bells, Holly Berry Builder Punch, Stitched Framelits, Lots of Labels Framelits, Hello December 2016 Project Life Accessory Pack


And of course I had to make a card while I still had everything out. I LOVE this deer!
Happy Holidays to all of my stamping friends and as always...
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!

Happy Stamping!


Friday, November 25, 2016

Online Extravaganza Contiunes

Happy Black Friday stampers!!!  I hope you all have a beautiful Thanksgiving and were able to spend time with those you love most.
How many of you braved the crowds in Black Friday shopping?  Any good deals?  I'm not cut out for Black Friday shopping, but I ALWAYS love some online shopping!
The Stampin' Up! Online Extravaganza continues on through Monday, November 28th and there are SO MANY great deals for you!  You can save up to 40% on select products!  And don't forget the final flash sale on Monday, November 28th!
I'll leave you with this cute little treat box today, which we will be making at my Stamp Club next Friday.  Isn't it adorable?!?  I love the Popcorn Box!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Real Red, Basic Black, Warmth & Cheer DSP Stack
Stamp Sets ~ Merry Medley, Suite Seasons
Ink ~ Whisper White Craft
Other Supplies ~ Stitched Framelits, Popcorn Box, Holly Berry Builder Punch, Jingle Bells, Candy Cane Lane Bakers Twine
Happy Shopping and Happy Stamping!!!

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Thankful, Grateful, Blessed

Happy Thanksgiving friends!
As I sit here early this morning while the rest of my family still sleeps, I am reflecting back on all that has happened in our lives this year and just how truly blessed we all are.  Our lives may be crazy at times, but it's our crazy and I love it!
We got our family pictures back a few weeks ago and I knew I wanted to do a few scrapbook pages with some of the pictures.  My plan is to frame them and hang them up in my office once we get it painted...which will hopefully happen after the holidays!
This was one of my favorites, especially since it was in our very own front yard.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Kraft Cardstock, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil Sheets, Petals & Paisleys Specialty DSP
Ink ~ Night of Navy, Versa Mark
Stamp Set ~ Paisleys & Posies
Other Supplies ~ Paisley Framlites, October 2016 Paper Pumpkin Sequins, Mint Macaron 3/8" Sheer Linen Ribbon, Very Vanilla 1/2" Lace Trim, Gold Metallic Thread
I love the copper foil in this DSP...it is simply stunning!
Looking at my sweet family in our yard makes my heart so incredibly happy!  Having the opportunity to moved to our new home with the surrounding property is a blessing to all of us and I look forward to the many years of memories to be made!
I hope you all have a very Happy Thanksgiving and are grateful for all of the blessings in your life.

Monday, November 21, 2016

24 Hour Flash Sale

Happy Monday stampers!
I don't have a project to share with you today, but I do have an AMAZING deal to share with you!
Shop now and save up to 40% off select items!
Don't miss out on today's 24 hour flash sale.  There are some great products that you won't want to miss!!!
Embellished Ornaments and Delicate Ornament Bundle (Clear)
Enamel Shapes Bundle
Gift Bag Punch Board
Gift Box Punch Board
Ombre Pads Bundle

Look at all of those awesome deals!!!  Be sure to check out the rest of the amazing deals HERE and scoop them up while you can!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Grateful Acorns

Good Thursday morning stampers!
I could not sleep last night, which means I was up even earlier than normal, which means I had a little extra stamping time before starting work...I'll take it!
I saw the latest TGIF Challenges sketch last night and just had to play along.  Maybe that's why I couldn't sleep...craft-somnia!
I haven't made many Thankful/Grateful cards this season...it's never too late to start, right?!?  I went to my favorite thank you stamp set for today's card - Acorny Thank You.  It will be a super sad day for me when this set retires.  I love the acorns and the coordinating punch!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Tip Top Taupe, Whisper White, 2015-2017 In Colors DSP Stack, Gold Glimmer
Ink ~ Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, Delightful Dijon, Calypso Coral
Stamp Set ~ Acorny Thank You
Other Supplies ~ Acorn Builder, Woodland Embossing Folder, Gold Metallic Thread, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Metallic Sequins
It's a little hard to see the Woodland Embossed background, but it's there and looks so much better in person!
I hope you all have a fantastic day!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Watercolor Birthday Wishes

Happy Wednesday stampers!  We're half way through the week and just a little over a week away from Thanksgiving...craziness!  I just need to make it through this week and then we'll be off to the coast for a mini vacation for the Thanksgiving holiday.  I can't wait!
My birthday card stash is getting super low, so I took a little break from holiday creating and made a couple of birthday cards.  I totally fell behind on my bringing birthday's back cards when we moved and I really need to get caught back up!  My apologies to those who didn't get their card from me yet!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum
Ink ~ Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum
Stamp Set ~ Crazy About You
Other Supplies ~ Party Pop-Up Thinlits, Duet Banner Punch, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim, Silver Metallic Thread


I think this may be the first time I've ever used the Sweet Sugarplum ink...I don't know why I way waited so long because it is so pretty! And Emerald Envy is my new favorite green!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping! 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Christmas Wishes ~ HSSSC 251

Happy Tuesday stamping friends!  Are you as happy as I am to be done with Monday?  It's always a good feeling to have a Monday behind me, especially when I have a Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge to look forward to.

This week we have a new sketch for you to play along with and I can't wait to see what everyone creates!
 I strayed away from the sketch a little bit with my sentiment, but I think I will be forgiven!
Again, I pulled out some of my neglected stamps and paper for this card.  I forgot just how pretty This Christmas Specialty DSP is!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, This Christmas Specialty DSP
Ink ~ Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Early Espresso
Stamp Set ~ Peace This Christmas
Other Supplies ~ Layering Ovals Framelits, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
I was REALLY wanting to use the new Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies with this sentiment, but my order hasn't come yet :-(  Be watching for more posts later this week as they will be here soon!  You can order you very own set of these amazing framelits as well...ask me how!
Be sure to head on over to see the rest of the design team creations and please join along in the fun!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Merry Little Raccoon ~ 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 creations...you are sure to love them all!

I hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  My family had a productive Saturday, including a fun evening with friends and a sleep over for the kiddos, which meant we had a quiet and mellow Sunday.  I love weekends like this, even though they always go by way too fast!  While my boys had some quiet time and watched a movie, I spent some time in my craft room playing with stamps, paper and ink.  Perfect day for all of us :-)

I pulled out some older stamp sets and paired them up with some newer ones for the card I'm sharing with you today.  I wasn't sure about the Santa hat on the little raccoon, but decided it looked pretty cute, even if it is a little big!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Real Red, A Little Foxy DSP
Ink ~ Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Basic Black, Real Red, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight
Stamp Sets ~ Foxy Friends, Twinkle Trees, Oh What Fun
Other Supplies ~ Fox Builder Punch, Jolly Hat Builder Punch, Metallic Enamel Shapes

It seems crazy that Christmas is so close...time passes far to quickly this time of year!  At least I did start some of my Christmas shopping this weekend :-)  If I keep this up, I may be done on time this year!

Next stop on the hop is Cathy...I can't wait to see what she has for us this week! Our friend Amy is off this week, but you can hop on backwards to my amazing friend Wendy

  Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Happy Stamping!


Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Swimmingly Seaside Shore

Happy Tuesday stampin friends!
I decided to take a little break from my holiday creating and pulled out some of my other stamps that were collecting dust.  So many stamps and never enough time to use all of them...so sad ;-)
Seaside Shore is one of my favorites and I love the coordinating By the Shore DSP.   This fish and the anchor are my favorite stamps in this set!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Dapper Denim, Very Vanilla, By the Shore DSP
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim
Stamp Set ~ Seaside Shore
Other Supplies ~ Calypso Coral Thick Bakers Twine
Cute, quick and simple card...always love those!
I am making an effort to spend a little more time on the crafting side of my office because when I do, I'm a much happier {craftsomnia}momma!  Stamping truly is my therapy!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, November 6, 2016

Watercolor Love

Happy Sunday stampers...I hope you all had a nice weekend and enjoyed your extra hour of sleep :-) 
This weekend was one full of emotions for me.  Last Sunday, members of our fire family lost their beautiful babies at 24 weeks.  A tiny baby boy and a tiny baby girl were taken far too soon from their parents...a devastating loss for their family.
I attended the funeral over the weekend, which was heartbreaking and beautiful all at the same time.  It was a beautiful sunny day, which helped lift the spirts of so many.  It was a blessing to see the church filled with so many of the fire department family members.  It is always amazing to see that group pull together in times of need and offer up so much love and support.
There are never enough words to express your feelings in a time like this, but a few simple words go a long way. 
My family delivered dinner to our dear friends tonight and I tucked this card in the bag with their meal.  A very simple card with one simple word...love. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Blushing Bride, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate
Stamp Set ~ Watercolor Words
Other Supplies ~ White Embossing Powder
My heart aches for the loss of these beautiful babies and it is so hard to understand why they were taken from this earth, but I pray that everyone can find comfort in knowing they are wrapped in God's arms.
Sending so much love to all of you tonight!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Joy at Christmas

Happy Friday stampers!
We made it through the week!!!  I don't know about you, but this week seems to have dragged on.  It seems like we were trick or treating two weeks ago rather than just this Monday.  But maybe it's a good thing time was running slow because before we know it, Christmas is going to be here and we are all going to feel like we are running out of time!
And since I know all too well that time is going to be moving even faster over the next few weeks, I'm trying to create as many Christmas cards as I can!  My monthly stamp club is tonight and this is one of the cards that my stampers will be creating.  It's simple but fun!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Real Red, Garden Green, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink ~ Garden Green
Stamp Set ~ Time of Year
Other Supplies ~ Softly Falling Embossing Folder, Large Letters Framelits, Merry Tags Framelits, Bunch of Banners Framelits, Linen Thread
I've kind of neglected Garden Green for a while, but it has been my go to green for holiday cards this year.
What are your favorite color combinations for your holiday creations?
Wishing you all a Happy Friday and a very slow moving weekend!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Blue Marlin Birthday

Happy Tuesday stampin friends!!!  Did you all survive Halloween?  Does anyone else have a bit of a sugar hangover this morning?!?!
I have the perfect cure for any sugar withdraws you may have today...an all new color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  These cool colors will help clear you head and get your creative juices flowing!
I've been so busy working on Halloween and other fall and winter creations that I've fallen behind on getting some birthday cards made.  I thought these colors would be great for a blue marlin birthday card!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Emerald Envy, Dapper Denim, Basic Black
Stamp Sets ~ From Land to Sea, Feather Together
Other Supplies ~ Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Tags & Labels Framelits
I pulled some inspiration from Fab Friday thanks to their awesome sketch!
Be sure to check out both of these great challenges and play along!
Happy Stamping!