Dropping In To Say Hi!!!!!

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.

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Flourish Thinlets with Stylized Birthday Card

Stylized Happy Birthday


Good morning! It’s a quiet unseasonably cool morning here in central Arkansas and I’m enjoying it. We had a beautiful thunderstorm last night complete with a majestic lightening display. No storm damage so all is well! This morning I wanted to share a simple birthday card using the new Stylized Birthday stamp and the Flourish thinlets from Stampin’ Up. It didn’t take any time to throw this quick card together and I really like the color combo of Night of Navy and Tangelo Twist. It has a nice modern feel. I used gold embossing powder for the sentiment and love the added texture. I also used the fine tip glue pen to adhere the die cut to the card top. It’s fantastic for all those intricate cuts. 

I challenge you to make something crafty today! Enjoy your friends and family and come back here to post what you made! I would love to see and hear from you. So how will you spend your weekend?

Six Sided Sampler Sweet Friend

Hello! How are my crafty friends today? I’m doing fabulous and enjoying the first few days of summer break with my children. I wanted to show you a card today that I featured in my last Stampin’ Up class that was the overall favorite of that class. It features the Six Sided Sampler set from Stampin’ Up and uses a color pallete of slate, whisper white and daffodil delight. This is such a wonderful color combo that feels so fresh and modern. We also used the hexagon punch to complete our handmade card. I love the thick whisper white cardstock. Unfortunately both the hexagon punch and the Six Sided Sampler stamp set are retiring the end of this month so if you are interested you better snag them now! You won’t regret it.

Sweet Friend

Six Sided Sampler front view

Bitty butterfly

Six Sided Sampler close up

Denim brooch using Boquet Bigz L die

I love it when I can use my Stampin’ Up supplies for more than paper crafting. It makes me feel not so guilty of my crafting hoard. Anyone else there too? I have 3 teenage boys that go through clothes like there is no tomorrow. I try to upcycle them when possible. I used the Boquet Bigz L die to cut the solid flower out using my Big Shot and stacked them alternating the petals. I then just tacked them in place with a needle and thread using an X stitch. I then attached the rhinestone monogram using the button loop on the back. I love the way the upcycled denim ruffled. This lovely brooch went fabulous with my blue denim striped maxi dress and white cardigan!

Flurry of Wishes box card, now I’m ready for some snow!

Stampin Up Flurry of Wishes box card

front view

Good morning everyone! I love the crisp cool mornings we have been enjoying here in central Arkansas, but I have to admit I long for snow. We don’t recieve much of the fluffy white stuff here in the south. It is quite comical when we do though. Sometimes after a snow or ice storm it’s interesting to just look out the window and watch all the drivers that venture out. I love the chilly weather when I can wear thick socks and comfy scarves and put a crock pot of soup on to be ready for supper. What about you?

Do you ever get into a pattern where you want to work with certain colors, stamps or techniques? Right now apparently I’m stuck on box cards. As I said in the previous post I had never made one before but now that I have they are so fun and EASY! Did I mention they are EASY? I guess I stayed away from them thinking they would be complicated but amazingly enough they are quite simple. After I made the penguin card I kept thinking the Stampin Up Flurry of Wishes would be perfect for a festive box card for the holidays. I’m sure the recipient would love to receive such a beautiful card to display through the holidays. My children can’t seem to keep their hands off them. 

The color combo I chose was Pool Party and Tip Top Taupe. Initially I was planning to use Soft Suede but liked the lighter feel of the Tip Top Taupe. I added a few rhinestones to give the card a bit of glitz. The card folds completely flat and fits in a regular a2 envelope. What could be better than that? 

stampin up flurry of wishes box card

top view

 
I used the following products on this card:

Gotta Love “Everything Eleanor”!

 Everything Eleanor & Trust God stamp sets 
Good morning everyone! I hope you are having an incredible weekend, maybe doing something exciting or relaxing on the couch. I have worked most of this weekend but finally got a chance for some papercrafting therapy. I don’t know why cutting, coloring and gluing relaxes me, but it does. I guess that’s why I have never pursued digital scrapbooking. I tell myself card making and scrapbooking is cheaper than therapy, right? 

 I have been exploring challenges out in the blogging world and have really enjoyed them. It helps to get the mojo flowing and definitely makes me think outside the box. I was really excited to be chosen as a runner up in last weeks Water Cooler Wednesday Challenge. Congratulations to Lynn for winning with a beautiful Ombré sleigh ride card.

 Todays card was inspired by the challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. I really struggled with Rita’s sketch at first but then I started looking around my desk and found a scrap of Everyday Chic designer series paper. That set the base color for my card. I used a basic black card base and cut a piece of Whisper White paper into the banner shape as shown on the sketch. I started browsing through my stamps to looks for something new or something I hadn’t used in a while and came across the Everything Eleanor stamp set. It is such a lovely feminine set that I bought at one of my first Stampin Up parties. I used the solid mat stamp to stamp a background on the whisper white banner in Pink Pirouette.  I then used the Trust God stamp set to stamp the sentiment using the new archival Basic Black ink. The live simply sentiment fit pefectly on the banner. I then cut a piece of Pink Pirouette ribbon and tied a small knot and adhered it to the front of the card over the everyday chic paper. I cut a smaller banner from the Pink Piroutte ribbon and adhered it under the larger banner. I like the way it came together. Clean and simple which tends to be the way I like to create.  

 

Penguin Box Christmas Card made from the Stampin’ Up owl punch

Good evening everyone, I hope you are having a fabulous day. I know I am. My boys have been playing in a pre season basketball tournament the last couple of days and I have been running home between games to work on a card. I promise you don’t want to miss this one!

Stampin Up Lots of Joy

Side view

I don’t know how I missed the train with these adorable box cards but they are so EASY to create and look incredible. I can’t wait to teach this card in a Christmas class so please let me know if you are interested.

I found the inspiration piece browsing Pinterest last year and never got around to trying it till this year. Anyone with me out there? I know all my crafty friends try everything you pin right? Here is the inspiration piece which I used as a launching point and a really awesome blog to check out while you are there. The YouTube tutorial is an excellent video that shares all the details and measurements to create an exploding box card. Know what makes these cards even more awesome? They fit in a normal A2 envelope! That’s right folks, you don’t have to buy or make a different size envelope for this card. I like Stampin Up’s envelope punch board but sometimes I just like to grab an envelope and go. I guess I get a little lazy sometimes. Especially around the holidays when I am in a time crunch.

Stampin' Up exploding penguin card using the owl builder punch

Front view

I mixed it up and used an array of products on this card. It uses the owl builder punch, tree punch and cupcake builder punch from the annual Stampin’ Up catalog along with the Lots of Joy stamp set. I love that Stampin’ Up included holiday stamps in the annual catalog this year. I used the Softly Falling Textured Embossing Folder from the holiday catalog and I  must admit I adore the new 6″ X 6″ size. It’s so versatile! Square cards anyone?

Stampin Up Christmas Card with penguins

Side view

I kept the color palette really simple using only Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red and Wild Wasabi. I think it keeps it really crisp and clean. I debated whether to ink the edge of the Merry Christmas sentiment but in the end I just popped it up with a couple of dimensionals. I hope your not tired of all the photos because I really wanted to include a top view.

Stampin Up Christmas card with the owl punch

Top view

I think the cupcake builder punch made really great mounds of snow and gave the card a little more dimension. I finished it off with some Real Red ribbon and tada you have a Christmas card that will impress even the most discerning family member. You made that? Of course you did!

Last but not least I know you want to see a picture of my athletic son right?

Cleburne County Christian School That’s Trevor number 54. He has been a rebounding machine the last couple of days and I’m really proud of him. Of course while attending the tournament I got to visit with one of my best friends Tiffany Aaron. She is an amazing baker and maybe I can talk her into sharing some of her delicious cookie recipes  on the blog sometime.