Good morning and happy Sunday Fun Day with the family! It has been way to long since I have posted on here. Life and work seem to have a way of happening like that. I took some much needed time to crop this last week at a retreat in Central Arkansas at the lovely Budd Creek Church camp. They kindly allow us to use their facilities in the off season for scrapbooking retreats. We had scrappy friends from as far as Jacksonville Florida and Las Vegas Nevada. It was an amazing time with friends to learn new techniques. I had a chance to play with some stamps I had never inked up and I fell in LOVE with the Rooted in Nature stamp set by Stampin Up. The images are so calm and serene and relaxing. I love that they can be overtly masculine or soft and feminine and they come with the matching dies available.
Such a simple and uplifting card. Take a few moments out of your day and send a word of encouragement to someone.
I used Soft Suede, Pool Party, Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay for this simple card you can make up in minutes. Take a bit of time away from a hectic day. RELAX and sit down for some crafting therapy. It takes mere moments to make this card and you will be thankful you did.
I spent some wonderful days with good friends even if it did rain all week!
Hello all my scrappy friends! This chilly damp weather has me looking forward to a spring break beach trip and the new Water Front stamp set in Stampin’ Up’s Occasions catalog was just the perfect pick me up. It brings back memories from living in South Texas as a child and requesting a camping trip to the beach every year for my birthday. Now as an adult with a family of my own I have children that love the beach as much as I do. Beach trips involve lots of close friends and family and I love the memories that we make together. There is nothing like sitting on the beach and digging your toes into the sand and chatting with your best friend or your sister. I’m also the crazy kite lady. I always have to pack a kite to take to the beach. The breeze is just right. So till March gets here I’m just going to have to pacify myself by making pretty beach scenes with this lovely stamp set. Warm wishes everyone! Let’s chat soon.
Last but not least here are a few of my favorite people to hangout with at the beach. My sister Dawn and best friend Missy and my daughter Victoria.
Cool Treats by Stampin’ Up
Oh the sweet taste of spring! A red plump juicy berry dripping with sweetness. The vivid cap in that bright green that is just begging you to pick it up and place it in your mouth. Should I even dare say dip it in chocolate? Or maybe place it on some shortcake with lots of homemade whipping cream. I love it when strawberries start popping up everywhere. It’s the signal that spring has sprung.
Cool Treats by Stampin’ Up
Today I wanted to showcase a trio of simple cards in a classic but fun color combo. As a child growing up I loved the Strawberry Shortcake dolls and toys. Think of that lovely combination just bursting with goodness. Red and pink with a little green. I went with Real Red and Melon Mambo for this set of cards and used the Cool Treats stamp set to come up with these goodies. I adore the new stitched framelits. They really dress up your die cuts and add some quick texture. What a fun card for that special sweetie in your life. Thank you for sharing a little bit of this spring day with me as I sip on my strawberry lemonade.
It seems like summer is coming to a screeching halt. It’s time to prepare for the upcoming school year and I’m kicking and screaming “I don’t want it to end” right along with my children. Anyone else there with me? I’m not ready for the lazy lake days to come to an end. I haven’t got in as many as I would like to this year anyway.
I took a few minutes last week to sit down at my desk and create this card for a friend I needed to catch up with. I love all the new items in the catalog but always try to showcase something old, something new and something blue! Just kidding! I do try to show the ladies how to use something they probably already have along with something new. I don’t know about you but I can’t afford to buy everything new I see demoed no matter how much I think I need it. Sometimes I like to learn a new way to use something I already have so here goes…..
I used the Wondrous Wreath stamp set by Stampin’ Up to create this charming garden feel card. I love the brick wall embossing folder. It gives this card such a cottage vibe. It’s almost as if I’m sitting at a cute wicker table in someones quaint little garden having a cup of tea and chatting while making sure I keep my pinkie up. I used a simple color palette of Dapper Denim, Old Olive and Wild Wasabi inks along with Rose Red, Crumb Cake and Whisper White card stock. I used the circle framelits to make the frame and the Wonderful Wreath framelit dies to cut out the wreath and bow.I finished off the front of this card with a sentiment from the fabulous Acorny Thank You stamp set. I stamped the label in the lovely Dapper Denim and then punched it with the Decorative Label Punch. A few Pearl Basic Jewels and this card is ready to pop in the mail!!!! I need to run by the post office so I’ll see you soon.
Good afternoon everyone! This is blog post number five and I’m still figuring out my online voice. I wanted to post a really interesting patina technique today that I found online and changed up a little. I searched for about an hour this morning and could not find the original link. If I stumble across it later I will post.
The Wilderness Awaits Tutorial
- Cut an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of Delightful Dijon card stock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches. Fold in half to form your card base.
- Cut a pice of Crumb Cake card stock to 4 inches by 5.25 inches.
- Place in the new Boho Chic embossing folder and run through the Big Shot.
- Sponge island indigo ink onto the embossed piece in random areas. Blend well and then do the same with Cajun Craze and Always Artichoke ink.
- Use the splatter stamps from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and stamp the edges of the embossed piece with Versamark. Sprinkle the Versamark with Gold embossing powder and tap off the excess. Heat the embossing powder with an embossing gun until it shines.
- Adhere the embossed piece to the card base.
- Cut an oval out of Whisper White card stock and an oval matt out of Soft Suede card stock.
- Stamp the fox from The Wilderness Awaits stamp set on the white oval using Chocolate Chip ink.
- Fill a Aqua Pen with rubbing alcohol. Take your Cajun Craze ink pad squish it to get some ink on the inside of the lid. Use the Aqua Pen to pick up ink and color the fox adding shadows and highlights where needed. Do the same with Always Artichoke ink to color the grass. I used a tiny bit of Chocalate chip ink on the foxs eyes.
- Use a sponge to lightly sponge the edges of the white oval with Pool Party ink.
- Adhere the fox to the Soft Suede oval and center and adhere to your card front.
- Stamp the sentiment from The Wilderness Awaits on a scrap piece of soft suede card stock and cut into a pennant. Adhere to the bottom left of the ovals as shown.
This was a beautiful technique for my card classes. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Hello everyone! My children started back to school yesterday and as much as I hated to see them go and summer come to an end it meant a little crafty time for me to prepare for an upcoming class. This card is bright and cheery and the sentiments can be changed to fit so many occasions. This card took me back to third grade drawing rainbows and puffy clouds.
Keep Looking Up
- Cut a sheet of 8.5 x 11 thick whisper white card stock in half lengthwise at 4.25 inches. Score at 5.5 inches and fold in half.
- Using black Stazon stamp the word rainbow on a scrap of thick whisper white card stock.
- Using the small paint stroke stamp stamp each letter with the corresponding ink. R- real red, A- pumpkin pie, I- daffodil delight, N- cucumber crush, B- pacific point, O- tempting turquoise, W- wisteria wonder.
- Using your scissors cut around the word leaving the dot on the I intact.
- Press the front of the cut out piece into versa mark using your fingers. Sprinkle iridescent ice embossing powder over the versa mark and tap off the excess. Use an embossing gun to heat the embossing powder till clear and shiny.
- Stamp the sun in the upper right corner of the card. Use 3 dimensionals on the back of the rainbow and place slightly below the sun.
- Stamp the sentiments in the upper left corner and lower right corner using black Stazon.
- Use the cupcake builder punch to punch 4 clouds from thick whisper white card stock. Place the 4 clouds in the decorative dots embossing folder and emboss in your big shot. Use the brush edge of a Bermuda bay marker to edge or clouds. Place on the card front and trim from the back as necessary.
- Open the card and stamp the sentiment of your choice. I used ” God gives us rainbows to remind us of hope” in black Stazon.
- Stamp the sun in daffodil delight on the envelope in the return address area. Flip the envelope over and emboss the flap of the envelope with the decorative dots embossing folder and then you have a beautiful cheery card to send to someone in need of a pick me up.
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