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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Definitely Dahlia Birthday Card

  Hello, I’m back from a short weekend getaway and feeling guilty about abandoning my blog for a few days. The flip side of it is that I got to spend a few days with my childhood friend Missy Reynolds of 28 years! She is the one that sucked me into the paper crafting world and I hate to admit it took two years for her to convince me to start scrapbooking and eventually card making. She also coerced me into signing up for my first Stampin’ Up! club. Is that not insane? She ask me all the time how she has been paper crafting longer than me and I own more stuff. I guess I hit the ground running!

I’m pretty new to the challenge scene but my card today was created for a couple of different challenges. The first is the  TGIF Challenge. That particular challenge simply required you to make a birthday themed card.

 
The next challenge is the Stampin Royalty Challenge #295. This was a color challenge that required you to use Crumbcake, Lost Lagoon and Whisper White.


I hope you enjoyed the card I presented today. Feel free to stop by and chat. I love visitors!

Crazy About You Birthday 

Good afternoon. Sorry I’m a little bit late posting today. Here in Central Arkansas we are enjoying beautiful sunny days that just go perfect wth this card.  

 It has very clean lines with a modern feel and I really like it. The Daffodil Delight and Whisper White are so bright and crisp. I did pop up the white embossed piece. Remember, no naked envelopes allowed! Stamp a little something on there. 
 
Hope you enjoyed this quick and easy card.

   

Wetlands thank you card


Today’s card was inspired by my love for the beach. It has a whisper white cardstock base with Pool Party blue matting and ink. I used my Aqua Painters to get a watercolor effect. The stamps are all from the Stampin Up Wetlands set which happens to be a favorite of mine. This set has been around for awhile but is still in the annual catalog and gets inked up a lot. The fence is my favorite part of this card and it is a piece of rough burlap that I pulled threads to get that effect. The sand pipers are just darling and make me want to make a quick trip to the beach this weekend. There is not much better than sitting on the beach all day with my family along with my best friend and her children. We make an annual trip to the beach with several families and it is something I look forward to every year.  
Someone actually asked me if we gathered up all the kids on the beach and took this picture and I laughed and said “no”.  This happens to be all friends and family.

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.   

Dotty Angles Birthday Card 


Good afternoon fellow paper crafters. I’m back today with a simple card from the Dotty Angles stamp set. The sentiment is one of the hostess sets called Happy Birthday Everyone. That has been my go to sentiment set since the release of the new Stampin Up catalog. It’s a favorite of the ladies in my card classes too. The color palette is simple using only Whisper White, Night of Navy and a few silver sequins. The sequins really dress this card up making it simply elegant in my opinion. Don’t forget to dress your envelope. No naked envelopes allowed! Flip that envelope over and stamp it with the dots also. I challenge you this week to send a card to someone who has been on your mind. Lift their spirits when they open the mailbox and have some happy mail! Anything is better than a bill right? I’d love to hear who you send a card to. Please feel free to comment and share your story.

The Wilderness Awaits

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

  1. 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. 
  2. Cut a pice of Crumb Cake card stock to 4 inches by 5.25 inches. 
  3. Place in the new Boho Chic embossing folder and run through the Big Shot. 
  4. 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. 
  5. 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. 
  6. Adhere the embossed piece to the card base. 
  7. Cut an oval out of Whisper White card stock and an oval matt out of Soft Suede card stock.
  8. Stamp the fox from The Wilderness Awaits stamp set on the white oval using Chocolate Chip ink. 
  9. 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. 
  10. Use a sponge to lightly sponge the edges of the white oval with Pool Party ink.
  11. Adhere the fox to the Soft Suede oval and center and adhere to your card front. 
  12. 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.