Water Front Memories

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.

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Good Tidings of Great Joy

This fabulous new stamp set by Stampin’ Up called “Good Tidings” has me singing Christmas carols. How can you not get into the Christmas spirit while singing and stamping your Christmas cards?

This card has a homey, vintage traditional feel that is still wonderful today. It evokes that home for the holidays feeling.

The card base is Wild Wasabi and I used Garden Green, Wild Wasabi, Real Red and Blushing Bride to stamp the holly and berries. The Blushing Bride and Real Red combo really makes the berries pop.

I have really fallen in love with this stamp so I’m sure you’ll see it again! Merry Christmas everyone!

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.

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.

Flurry of Wishes

  
Hello everyone! It’s been an exciting couple of days at my house. I received a workshop order that also had a bunch of holiday goodies for me. Yay! From perusing the holiday catalog my favorite stamp set was the Wonderland set and I could not wait to get my hands on it. I have viewed some gorgeous cards made with that product suite. I had card ideas going round in my head like a carousel but by the time I sat down at my craft table all I could think about was the Flurry of Wishes in peppermint stripes. The stripes just seem to invoke a feeling of traditional Christmas. What do you think? I know it’s not the traditional cool color collection for snowflakes but I think it works. I used Real Red and Whisper White  along with several rhinestones. The snowflakes and sentiment are from the Flurry of Wishes and the stripes are from Butterfly Basics. I did stamp off several of the snowflakes to give the tonal effect without using additional ink colors. 

I said I have been super busy and yesterday my 15 year old son bought his first vehicle. The paperwork for that tied up most of my afternoon. He has patiently been saving because he thought he had to have a vehicle by the time he got his drivers license!  At this time he only has his learners permit. I am really proud that he has been so responsible and not expected his parents to buy him a car.