Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Case the Whole Catalog!

Good morning and thanks for stopping by!  Today over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration, we are sharing projects "CASED" from a current Stampin' Up! catalog.
Well, since I couldn't for the life of me decide on one (its tough, you try to narrow it down to just one!!), I went with the whole catalog!  Well, I didn't create one of everything inside, but I went with the outside cover of the 2013-2014 catalog!  Boy did this inspire me!
Since I was able to attend Convention 2013 and was lucky enough to meet the one and only Shelli Gardner, I thought it perfect to insert the picture of her and myself together.  I had SOOO much fun last year, I'm ready to head back and do it all over again!  (that also includes eating all the yummy food I ate at The Cheesecake Factory!)

Of course this page was created using MDS!  Where would I be right now without MDS!?  See Breelin, you've created a monster!!
Supplies Used
MDS Software
Kits/Items: Spring Break II, Finest Simplicity, label punch, gold sequin trim, Sweet Details to name a few
Don't forget to head on over to our main blog to see what all the other design team members cased and created!  Don't forget to leave some "love".

Monday, April 21, 2014

Pinewood Derby April Layout Challenge w/ Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration

Good Monday morning!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter weekend full of many blessings and fun time!  Today is a special day...not only is it our layout challenge here at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration, it is also my BIRTHDAY!!!  So Happy Birthday to me!  I celebrated my birthday this past Saturday with a special dinner treat to my favorite place...Olive Garden.  Then as my gift from my husband, he let me go pick out a new bathing suite for this Summer!  Yay Me!! 
April's layout is such a fun one.  I hope by the time you seen all the design teams take on this sketch, we will have INKspired you to come create and share with us!

For my layout, I used some of the pictures from my sons last pinewood derby race.  He just earned his arrow of light and has completed his Cub Scout adventure.  I am having so much fun creating and playing with my MDS software, I'm gonna have to buy a longer lasting battery for my laptop at the rate I keep having to charge it!!
Supplies Used
Stampin' Up!'s MDS Software Program
Digital Downloads ~ Rev Up the Fun brush set, Seriously Teen DSP kit, Crushed Curry Distressed background DSP
I'm glad you stopped by.  Don't forget to leave some "love" before heading over to our main Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration page to see all the other pages our design team members have created.  I hope we have INKspired you to come create with us!

Friday, April 18, 2014

Yep, you read that picture right!  Starting Monday, April 21 thru 25, 2014, Stampin' Up! is offering everyone who places an order FREE Shipping! (regular shipping only)
This comes just in time for your orders ready to be places with any retired items starting Monday also when the retired list is released.
Don't forget to check back in first thing Monday morning to get your hands on the retired list!
Please use the following HOSTESS CODE:  ZDVV3AD9    when placing any orders all next week!!
First two people to place a $50 order will receive a mystery package of goodies from me!!

Just Because Non-Stamp Technique Card

Its Friday, Friday, Friday! And you know what that guessed it.  Its eat out night for me and the boys and Mommy doesn't have to cook!  Its the BEST Day Ever!  Another reason its a good day, is because over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration we are showing you a fun technique.  How to stamp with no stamps.  Its true, it can be done.  I'll show you.

A pretty simple layout cause I wanted the detail of my non-stamping to really show and stand out.  I layered the Retro Fresh DSP with some coastal cabana and added a border of ruffled ribbon.  I added a couple of cute banners on the side and scattered some candy dots to fill my corners.  So are you ready to see how I created the background of the flower image?

I did a ink on block technique.  You need a block of your choice, markers and your piece of paper you want to stamp on.

I took my markers and colored directly on the block. 

I turned it over, gave it a huff and stamped it onto my piece of paper.

And this is what it looks like when you lift the block up.  I love how it leaves a watery, bubble look to it.  You could use all one color or as many others as you want.  I just went for three.  I then take a damp paper towel and wipe my block clean.

This is just an up close shot after I stamped the flower image on top.
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ baked brown sugar, very vanilla, coastal cabana
DSP ~ retro fresh
Stamp Set ~ Serene Silhouette
Ink ~ tangerine tango, so saffron, coastal cabana, basic black
Misc. ~ long clear block I, candy dots, coastal cabana ruffled trim ribbon
I hope you have enjoyed my card and my non-stamp technique.  Leave some "love" and go see what the other design team members have used for their technique.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Serene Silhouettes at HSS183

Good morning and thanks for stopping by.  The sun is once again shinning bright and its put me in the mood to get crafty and join in the fun with a challenge.  Today's card is for the color challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  What a fun set of colors too!

I've been looking thru my stamp sets and trying to pull out those that either I haven't used yet or not very much.  I can't believe either option is possible, but I do have a lot of sets.  I'm just gonna leave it to your imagination as to which one this set falls under - cause I'm not gonna tell!?!  As I was looking, I came across Serene Silhouettes.  Its such a pretty set too.  I did keep the card pretty simple cause I really wanted the stamped images to be the main focal point.  I also added a little gorgeous grunge for a background affect.  Goodness me, I hope that set doesn't retire!

I hope you have enjoyed my card for the challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  You should head on over and play along, but before you do, leave me some "love"!
Supplies Used
Cardstock ~ whisper white, gumball green
Ink ~ gumball green, crushed curry and coastal cabana, basic gray
Stamp Sets ~ serene silhouettes, gorgeous grunge, express yourself
Misc. ~ oval framelits, word window punch, modern label punch, gumball green stitched ribbon

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 may 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!