Wednesday, April 16, 2014

A Flowered Picnic with FM155

Well its hump day and you know what that means?!  Only two more days til the weekend and boy am I ready for it.  Not that its been a long week, but I have good news and bad news.  I know, the bad news first.  I have been having some issues with my steering with my Traverse.  Yep, you guessed it.  My power steering pump is gone, dead, not working, adios!!  And as you many know it, its not the parts that's gonna cost me my arm and leg, toes, fingers, hair, etc...  yep, its the labor.  That good old expensive mechanic labor we all love to pay out the wazoo for!  YUCK!  Double YUCK!  So what's the good news? Well the good news, is that I have been feeling very upset, angry and just disappointed after getting this news this morning, that I wanted to make a card in hopes that it would cheer me up (a little) not $800 happier but a littler happier!!
I decided to play along with the fun challenge over at The Friday Mashup.  What a fun challenge in deed.  A lot of different colors with a combo of creating a shaped card.  So I went to town and here is what I came up with.  Even though it poured down rain all day here yesterday, the sun is out today and shining bright.  So it made me think of the pretty green grass and flowers we will be getting after all this rain. 
I created a picnic basket from soft suede, embossed it with my lattice folder, added a piece of DSP to represent a basket cloth liner and added some pretty flowers down the side.  Now this cheers me up and makes me happy!!

I made the basket so that it still opens up so you can write your greeting inside and also so that the handles swivel and fold down just like a real basket.

I used the spiral flower die to create my flowers in pool party, wisteria wonder and calypso coral.  To get my wild wasabi color in, I used the leaf framelit from the secret garden set.  I also added a lacey ribbon mixed with daffodil delight seam binding ribbon for the bow.
I sure do hope you have enjoyed my shaped basket card for my take on the challenge over at The Friday Mashup, and anyone wanting to contribute to my power steering pump fund is more than welcome too!!!  JUST PICKING!!

Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ soft suede, pool party, wisteria wonder, calypso coral, whisper white
Ink ~ soft suede
DSP ~ gingham garden
Stamp set ~ Oh, Hello
Misc. ~ spiral flower die, lace ribbon, daffodil delight seam binding ribbon, neutral candy dots, chalk talk framelit, secret garden framelit set, lattice folder

Arrow of Light Scrapbook Page MDS Adventure Club

So the MDS Adventure Club that I am apart of started off this month with some great layouts and challenges for us to play around with.  Like I've said before, I am having so much fun playing around with my Stampin' Up! MDS software. I am learning all kinds of little tips and tricks to make my pages/projects better and better!

Our first project was to create a page that used a picture for your background and to play around with stamps behind your page title.

My youngest son earned his Arrow of Light in the Cub Scouting program last month and this challenge was perfect so that I could highlight the picture of the candle center piece as my background.  This is an honor to earn as its the highest rank a Cub Scout can earn before he crosses over to the Boy Scout trail.  I lowered the opacity to soften the background so that my title and other picture would stand out a little better.

I hope you have enjoyed my first project for April's MDS Adventure Club.  Stay tuned for another challenge page coming up later this week!

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

A Little Owl "Pin"spiration!!!

So today over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration, we have a really fun project idea going on.  We are to pick a project from Pinterest that inspires us and recreate it to make it our own.  WOW!  Can I just say this was hard.  I have so many things that inspire me, so can you image how hard it was to narrow it down. I came across the card that I had pinned a while back, created by StampZone.  One of the things I liked about this card, was how cute but simple it was and that she had used the owl punch in a cute fun way, like he was poking out of the tree.  I wanted to recreate this card, but put my own twist on it for a kids birthday card. 
Peek-a-Boo Valentine
 I did change a few things from the sample above.  I used a circle shape in the tree instead of a heart.  Instead of the banner across the corner, I create a bunch of balloons.

And here is my final recreation of my "pin"spiration card.  One of the things I really enjoyed was breaking out my owl punch and putting it back to work.  I fogot how fun it was to use.  I had my owl peaking out of the tree a little more cause he is holding on to the bunch of balloons.

On the inside, I created a second bunch of balloons and placed them in the corner to leave room for my birthday greeting.
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ early espresso, whisper white, melon mambo, Bermuda bay, crushed curry, soft suede, basic black
Ink ~ Bermuda bay
Punches ~ owl, 3/4" circle punch
Misc. ~ white bakers twine, woodgrain folder,
Stamp set ~ morning meadow

Monday, April 14, 2014

Core'dination Birthay April Card Sketch w/ SSINKspiration

Good Monday morning!  I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend!  I had a wonderful weekend.  I had a few ladies over for an all day crop here at my house. We played games, ate wonderful food and treats, talked and just lots of fun making paper crafts all day! I was sad when it was time for them to leave.  Today we are sharing a new card sketch for April.  I can't wait to see what you do with it!


I had bought the core'dination pack in the newest set of in colors.  Of course I hadn't tried it out yet, but once that sanding block hit that paper for the first time, I was hooked.  I had so much fun sanding and see the results right in front of me!  I first embossed my three strips with the alphabet press folder, then I used the sanding block to sand off a little on top the letters til I started to see the white come thru.  The other detail I like about this card, is the banner I have going across the front.  I used the artisan punch, folded them in half over gold bakers twine and attached with foam dots.  I stamped the "Happy Birthday" from the label of love set and placed it in the center.
The inside is simple with another short banner created using only two punches.
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ very vanilla, pistachio pudding, coastal cabana, crisp cantaloupe, soft suede
2013 In color core'dination paper
DSP ~ venetian romance
Ink ~ Soft suede
Stamp Set ~ Label Love
Misc. ~ gold bakers twine, artisan punch, alphabet press folder

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Thank You Mom PPA199

So I was sitting on the warm sidewalk, soaking in the warmth from the sun, and browsing thru the newest challenges trying to decide which one to play along with.  I guess the warm sun helped me decide on the sun shiny colors over at Pals Paper Arts.  Below is the colors for us to play along with and I knew what kind of card I wanted to create...a Mother's Day card using flowers!  Nothing is more cheerful than springy flowers and these this combo is perfect!

I wanted a black chalkboard look for my background to help the flowers will pop.  I also used the hexagon hive thinlits die to add a bit of texture.  The flowers are stamped in so saffron and calypso coral on the coordinating color cardstock then cut out using the secret garden framelit set.  I also stamped a flower image from the petite petals set and punched each out in the same colors.  Added each to the center of the flower with a large pearl in the middle.  The leaves are in pear pizzazz and work perfectly behind the flowers.  Right at the very end, with the help of my friend as my decision maker, I decided to add half of a paper doily behind the flowers.

On the inside, I stamped another set of so saffron and calypso coral flowers with one more pear pizzazz leaf.  I always make sure to leave room for my hand written message.

Finishing up my post with a view looking down.
Now I am sure you are wondering why, if this is a mothers day card, that on the front, I don't say "Happy Mother's Day"?  Well its simple, I am saying "Thank You" because I am thankful for all my Mom does to help me when I need her.  Cause isn't that what Mother's Day is about?, saying "Thank You" for just being awesome!!
I hope you have enjoyed my card using this fun color challenge.  Don't forget to leave some "love", you know I "love" the read your comments!
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ whisper white, basic black, crumb cake, pear pizzazz, so saffron and calypso coral
Ink ~ so saffron, basic black, calypso coral
Stamp sets ~ petite petals, secret garden, lacy & lovely
Framelits ~ secret garden, hexagon hive thinlit
Misc. ~ large basic pearls, paper doily, gold bakers twine

Set Sail with Stylin' Stampin' Squad's April Blog Hop

Thank you so much for joining us for our April Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop! This month our theme is all about "kids".  One of the things about having kids is planning a birthday party or maybe even a baby shower for a friend.  Our hop is focusing on everything related to kids.  From birthday/party cards, invites, decorations to even party favors.
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 #4 Kathy P. of Katrina P's Creative Corner on the Stylin' Stampin' Squad Blog Hop. 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.

With this months hop theme of "kids", I decided to do a baby shower collection.  One way to make a shower so easy to put together, is to create your own supplies for the party.  I used Stampin' Up!'s MDS software program to create all the items you will see here in my post.  Now the only thing left to do is....EAT those Yummy little cupcakes!!!
So my baby shower collection includes: an invitation, thank you cards, cute cupcake toppers and even more cute tags for the candy favors.

The invitation is 100% MDS. I used the High Tide DSP for the background along with the stamp set Hello Sailor and On the Go.

For the tags on the candy favors, I used the photopolymer stamp set, Setting Sail.  I also printed the stripped background paper from MDS and punched out the shape with the artisan punch and tiedit on with some pacific point stitched ribbon.  These cute little plastic bottles were a treasure find at Hobby Lobby.

With a party where you are going to received gifts, you need to have thank you cards to send out.  Again I went to work with MDS.  I printed a page of the shells DSP pattern and cut it out to layer on my piece of pacific point cardstock.  I layered the front with a label, stamped the center with the boat wheel and typed in the word "thanks".  I also stamped another layer to print out to attach to the backside for a person to write their thank you message.  I didn't want to print a whole sheet of paper for one thank you card.  I wanted to make these postcard style to maximize paper supplies, and lets face it, most people file 13 these things anyway after they get them in the mail, so no need to waste a lot of paper and ink.

These cute little cupcake toppers were so so easy to make.  I used the Setting Sail stamp set for the three images and layered with some cardstock circle shapes.  The background circle, again is a sheet of High Tide DSP printed from my printer.
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ whisper white, summer starfruit, calypso coral, pacific point
DSP ~ high tide (MDS)
Stamp Sets ~ on the go, hello sailor (MDS) and setting sail
Ink ~ pacific point, summer starfruit, calypso coral, basic black
Misc. ~ MDS software, circle punches, artisan punch
I sure do hope you have enjoyed my baby shower themed projects as much as I did creating them.  Don't forget to leave some "love", before heading over to the next blog hop stop #6 Bree R. of Craft-Somnia.  She has an awesome project waiting for you to check out!
 Blog Hop Participant List:
  1. Dawn S. of Dawn's Creative Chalet
  2. Erica B. of Stamping Starlette
  3. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  4. Kathy P. of Katrina P's Creative Corner
  5. Cynthia R. of Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  6. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  7. Jennifer C. of Happy 2 Scrap 4 Life
  8. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  9. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  10. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  11. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  12. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
  13. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim
  14. Rose C. of Stampin' with Rose
  15. Darla R. & Nancy K. of Stampin' with Darla and Sisters

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

One Wicked Birthday with #CTS71

Happy Hump Day!  Yep just two more days after today and its the weekend again!  I know, its terrible that we rush our lives so much thru the week to get to the weekend, but well, they shouldn't have made the weekend so darn fun for someone to look so forward to it coming!!!

I have been been a little bit of a slacker with my challenges I like to play around with this week.  I am getting ready for an all day crop at my house on Saturday and I've been making special treats!  I did find a few minutes to play around with the sketch over at Cas(e) This Sketch!  There was no beating around the bush with this sketch.  I knew right away what I wanted to do.  Don't you love it when that happens?!

This is just the perfect masculine card ever!  Bold guy colors and lots of grunge.  I did use some ribbon for the banner ends, but instead of a bow (which is totally girlie) I just tied a knot.  For my stamp layers, I used Off the Grid and Gorgeous Grudge in colors of island indigo, soft sky and pumpkin pie. 

And of course we can't forget the inside.  Kept simple, but I carried the same stamp layers to the inside.  Now all it needs is that hand written birthday message!
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ very vanilla, early espresso, pumpkin pie, island indigo
Ink ~ early espresso, soft sky, pumpkin pie, island indigo
Stamp Sets ~ Off the Grid and Gorgeous Grunge
Misc. ~ early espresso taf. ribbon, banner punch, candy dots, MDS software where I typed and printed my birthday front sentiment
I hope you have enjoyed my wicked birthday card!  Don't forget to leave some "love", I always appreciate and enjoy reading them!

A Cute Whittle Easter Bunny Scrapbook Page

Good morning!  Thanks for joining me here with Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration today!  April is the month that brings us those showers, but this year its the month that brings us "Easter".  As we all celebrate in our own different ways, one thing is sure, its the time we get together as a family and celebrate our blessings.  For my family its a traditional family Easter dinner, followed by a huge egg hunt for the kids and adults.  What the adults too!?!  Yep!  The adults on the other hand don't play for chocolate (of course that would be fine by me!!), nope we play for $money$...cha-ching!!  Here is how it goes:  every adult who wants to play pays $5 to join in.  All the money is put in a pot.  One lucky egg will have a golden ticket inside.  Now here is the fun part...the KIDS go and hide the eggs for us.  They have so much fun doing this, cause as a normal tradition, they don't get to do this.  After all the eggs have been hidden, the adults race, oh YES, race.  We push and shove and run to go find those eggs!  I mean, the lucky winner can win anywhere from about $50-$100!  I don't know about you but, I will run around like a crazy Easter Bunny hunting eggs for that kind of cash!!  The one to find the egg with the golden ticket, whens the loot!! Winner$ Winner$ Chicken Dinner!!

So in keeping with the Easter fun, my project is a 8"x8" scrapbook page.  I will use this page to highlight the winner of our adult egg hunt!
So my page is pretty simple with some DSP layers.  I punched and added a border strip in crushed curry and coastal cabana.  I also added a fun piece of chevron ribbon and topped it with one of the new in color buttons.  The main focal point of course is the cute little bunny!

The bunny is put together using a few simple standard punches.  Med. oval punch for ears and feet, 3/4" circle for the hands, 1" circle for the nose, large oval for the body, word window cut in half for the eyes, 1/2" circle for the bottom circle on feet and the little circle from the itty bitty punch set for the other circles on the feet.

I hope you have enjoyed my whittle Easter bunny page.  Don't forget to leave some "love" before heading over to the main Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration page to see all the other wonderful Easter projects!

Monday, April 7, 2014

April Color Challenge!

Good morning!  Its Monday and you know what that means....its time for our April color challenge over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration.  I hope after seeing all the wonderful projects from our design team members, you will decide to play along with us!  We are always excited to see what others come up with.

April's colors are gumball green, very vanilla and wisteria wonder.  For me, these are great spring and Mother's Day colors.  I know I'm early, but I plan to give this card to my Mom for Mother's Day!

One of the things I like about this card, is the detail in the flowers.  Stippled Blossoms is a great two step stamping set.  With just two different colors you can see added detail in the layers.  I also like the details with the fancy fan embossing folder.  Using an embossing folder is so easy but adds such great detail to any card or project.
I hope you have once again, enjoyed my take of this months color challenge.  Don't forget to leave some "love" and head over to our main blog to see how you can enter in the fun.  I hope I have INKspired you to create with us!
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ gumball green, very vanilla
Ink ~ wisteria wonder, elegant eggplant

Friday, April 4, 2014

Hello Sailor! w/ FMS130

Have you ever had that moment after you've made a card that you feel proud of yourself?  You know, that moment when you just pull a Tom Cruise and slide across the dusty old hardwood floors in your socks kinda moment?!  Well I am having that moment!!  I always like my cards, but today I am really excited about this one.  WHY you ask?!  Well for starters, I don't even own this DSP pack.  Nope, but what I do have is MDS, a printer w/ ink, and it allowed me to print off the two patterned pieces I wanted to use.  Which brings me to say that I've just created my first Hybrid project!!!  Whoop Whoop!

I was thinking about the sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches all night.  I had even had a dream about it.  In my dream I was creating a nautical themed card.  So first chance I got today, I went to work.

I used three bright mini buttons along the border strip and added some knotted silver twine swirled across the bottom. I used a mixture of a punch and a framelit to create the title for the card.  You can check all the supplies I used at the bottom of this post.

I don't own the hello sailor stamp set either, so I printed out the ship wheel and punched him out with my 1-1/4" circle punch.
I really hope you have enjoyed my take on this sketch as much as I do!  Don't forget to leave some "love" before going to play along yourself!
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ pacific point, whisper white, smoky slate
DSP ~ high tide (MDS)
Stamp Set ~ Hello Sailor (MDS)
Misc. ~ circle punches, label framelit set, artisan punch, bright buttons, silver bakers twine, glue dots

A Bright & Beautiful Birthday w/ HSS 182

Its Friday, Friday, Friday!  I am so ready for this weekend too.  Even though its been a pretty quiet week with very few kids, its something about a Friday that just makes me want to relax.  Maybe its because its payday, or maybe its knowing that I don't have to fix dinner cause its eat out night, or maybe cause I just love the weekend and I can sleep in late.  Whatever the reason...I Love It and I'm ready for it so bring it on!!!!!

Ok, now back on track.  Todays card is the for fun sketch challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I almost didn't make it in time.  I kept getting involved in other projects and almost forgot, whoops!!

I couldn't decide quiet what I wanted to do with this sketch.  It was a simple one and not sure why I made it so difficult on my.  I decided to turn it into a Birthday card.  You can never have to many of those on hand cause there's always gonna be one that sneaks up on you at the last minute.  I also wanted to get in some more use with one of the DSP packs before it retires.  I really like this pack cause it has bright bold colors and patterns that can be used in many different ways.  I like how with certain paper packs, you can create a nice card without really any stamping.  I just let the paper do all the talking!

On the inside, I wanted to add some of the bright colors and patterns, so I added a few banners down the side.  I didn't stamp a sentiment, as I will hand write my birthday message later.
I hope you have enjoyed my birthday card for this sketch challenge.  Don't forget to leave some "love"!
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ very vanilla, island indigo, melon mambo
Ink ~ melon mambo
DSP ~ gingham garden
Stamp Set ~ teeny tiny wishes
Misc. ~ basic pearls, daffodil delight seam binding ribbon, circle punches, paper dollies, scalloped circle punch

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Paper Pierced Papillion Potpourri with PP189

Well the week has almost passed us by and its been a pretty quiet and relaxed week here at home.  Which has given me plenty of time to get my mojo a going in my craft room.  Todays card is for the Tic Tac Toe challenge over at The Paper Players.  This is always one I enjoy playing with, cause I get to pick and decide just what my challenge is. 

For my tic tac toe choices, I decided the go straight across the bottom with, paper piercing, candy dots and any shade of blue (which I chose pool party).  I also decided to keep this card pretty simply and make it a get well soon card. 

I always add a little something to the inside.  I kept this simple with just two stamped butterflies and one that was stamped on cardstock then punched out for a little 3-d look
  The above picture shows an up close view of the paper piercing around my butterfly.  I love subtle details that add a big punch!! To finish it off with my third choice, I added two candy dots to the center of the butterfly.

Thanks for stopping by.  Don't forget to leave some "love" before heading over to The Paper Players to pick out your own tic tac toe choices!
Supplies Used
cardstock ~ very vanilla, pool party
Ink ~ basic black, pool party
Embossing Folders ~ designer frames, beautifully baroque
Stamp Set ~ papillon potpourri, teeny tiny wishes
Misc. ~ elegant butterfly punch, paper piercing tool, mat, and occasions template, subtle candy dots