Friday, March 1, 2019

Blogging Friends Blog Hop

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 Hey there stampers.  It is March first and I couldn't be more happy!

First, it is blog hop day and second, I have been sick the entire month of February - so I am happy to see it end! To celebrate the beginning of March, our blog hop theme is April Showers.  I love the inspiration photo Rick has provided for us this month.

I decided to focus on the pretty flowers in the top right picture.  I wanted to capture the flowers and the colours in my card.  

To do this I used my Forever Lovely Bundle.  I have seen this used so much with red colours for valentines, but haven't seen it used with spring colours.  Thought I would give it a try. 

We have been having the most wicked winter weather with roads closed, schools closed and my work even closed - those are the best days to just play all day in your craft space - no guilt!

While playing with the bundle, I made some 'mistakes' that I turned into an alternate card.  So sharing them both with you.

I used the colours Melon Mambo, Grapefruit Grove, Old Olive and Balmy Blue.  Nice spring colours on this very wintery day.  The first card is my 'mistake card', but to tell you the truth, I liked how it turned out.  Can you spot the difference?

I started by stamping that beautiful garland of flowers at the bottom and yep, stamped it upside down.  I didn't realize it until I cut the top layer with the coordinating framelits, so went with it and placed the negative edge around them instead.

I love the layer, even if it isn't how it was intended.

I stamped six large flowers, three each in Melon Mambo and Grapefruit Grove and three for each card.  I then cut them with the framelits.  I also cut several of the little leaves and foliage in different colours to add behind the flowers as well as those cute little flowers to fill in some of that white space.  My greeting was stamped directly on the top layer - one in Melon and one in Grapefruit.

Here is the second card, done the correct way.  lol.  I like it too, maybe even a bit more. 

I love the peekaboo effect, looks more dainty.  I couldn't resist using the corner detail framelit on these either - there are so many super cute framelits in this collection.  A must have for sure! 

As always finished it off with a bow! and some pearls in the center of those little pink flowers.

Which one is your favourite?  Hard to choose.  

Be sure to hop all the way through and see all of the wonderful creations with this theme in mind. 

Happy Stampin'


Friday, February 1, 2019

Blog Hop

Hello thanks for stopping by!

It's time for another Blogging Friends Blog Hop.  We have a guest hopper this month and her name is Laura Borchert.  To celebrate we will be CASEing one of her card designs.

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A really pretty card!  A pleasure to CASE.  Here is my card..

I just love how it turned out.  Pretty simple really, not much stamping.  I let the absolutely gorgeous patterned paper steal the show! I framed it with a layer of Lovely Lipstick on top of a Flirty Flamingo card base.

I used my Stitched All Around Bundle for the details of my card.  The greeting, the notched white circle layer and that teeny tiny stitched heart are all from the bundle.  The Sea Foam Circle and Flirty Flamingo wavy circle are from the Layering Circles Thinlits. 

This patterned paper reminds me fondly of some curtains my grandmother had in her living room when I was a little girl.

Be sure to hop on through all of the blogs to see all of their creations CASEing the wonderful Laura Borchert.

Happy Stampin'


Sunday, January 6, 2019

Crazy About Critters

Hey there stampers,

I have another super cute card to share with you today featuring the Playful Pals stampset and Stampin' Blends.  I matches perfectly with the challenge over at The Paper Players - Crazy About Critters.

I just love these cute little guys.  This platypus is so cute.

I used my stampin' blends to colour him in.  I used Basic Grey, Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight and Pumpkin Pie 

The sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday.

Be sure to stop on over to The Paper Players to see all the cards with critters.

Happy stampin'


Friday, January 4, 2019

All about LOVE Blog Hop.

Hello there,

Is your new year off to a good start? I am enjoying an extended break and quality time with my family.  They are my most favourtie people.

It's time for a Blogging Friends Blog Hop.  I just love this time of month because I get to hop around and see the great inspiration from some amazing demonstrators.  Ready to get started?

This month's theme is LOVE!  Perfect to get you ready for some love inspired cards for valentines day.  Here is my card...

 I just LOVE how it turned out - pun intended.  LOL  

First, I must say that the punch art design is not mine.  I purchased a tutorial from Erica Cerwin at Pink Buckaroo Designs.  She is an amazing demonstrator and has unlimited talent.  

The original design was done in Cherry Cobbler and with a Christmas Tree in the back.  I envisioned it in Balmy Blue with a heart in the back for Valentines Day.

I used a Real Red cardbase, a layer of Crumb Cake and then a strip of Real Red DSP.  I usd the stamps from Jar of Love to add the background of hearts - Crumb Cake ink on Crumb Cake cardstock, as well as the Love on the back of the pick-up truck.

Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to hop on through the blog hop and get some Inkspiration.

Happy stampin'


Sunday, December 30, 2018

Happy New Year!

Hello there,
For my final post of 2018, I wanted to participate in two wonderful challenges - Freshly Made Sketches and Sunday Stamps.
Here is my card...

Freshly Made Sketches has a super fun sketch to play along with.  I turned my card base and changed the oval to a square.  I love how it turned out.
 Sunday Stamps has a fun colour challenge to play with.  I always struggle a bit when it comes to colour challenges, but these colours are so inspiring.  

I used the Playful Pals stampset to capture the colours of the colour challenge.  I just love these little guys.  I stamped him directly onto a stitched shape square and then framed it with one of the scalloped squares from the layering squares framelits.  I coloured him in using the Stampin' Blends.

I chose not to put a greeting onto the front of the card and let the design and image take center stage.
Thank you so much for joining me in my stampin' adventure this year.  I am so thankful for each and every one of you.  I wish you all a very happy and healthy new year.
Happy stampin'


Hello there stampers,

I hope you all had a very merry Christmas!  We had a great time celebrating with family and friends.  My family is very lucky because we have 2 weeks off of work and school. So we are really enjoying some quality time.

I have so many more christmas cards I could show you, but I will finish with a super cute Santa card featuring the Signs of Santa stampset and the Buffalo Check Background stamp.

These are two of the most popular stampsets in the holiday catalogue!  The coordinating framelits for the Signs of Santa set were sold out weeks ago, but you can see the stampset is still great to use without them.  My background was created the amazing Buffalo Check Background stamp.  Great news - it will be carried over and will continue to be available!

I coloured Santa using my Stampin' Blends!  They really make my colouring look great!  I also added some Wink of Stella on his pom-pom, beard and mustash.

Here is a group of them that I mailed out to friends and family this year.

Happy stampin'


Friday, December 21, 2018

Christmas Tags!

Happy Friday!

Can you believe Christmas is only 3 days away!  My house is all ready for Christmas, decorations and lights are up, shopping done, handmade cards have been delivered, wrapping.....well getting there.  I just get so excited and this year is no exception.

Today, I wanted to showcase the tags I will be placing on my presents this year.  I have added them to all of the teacher gifts, co-worker gifts, and will add them to some very special gifts under our tree.

My gift tags are a perfect match to the challenge this week over at TGIF Challenges.  Here are the details....

I used the Alpine Sports Thinlits to create this super cute toboggan.  I cut it out twice, the first time in black and then a second out of Wood-grain DSP  I trimmed away the edges so the black rails could be seen and all that was left was the wodden slats of the toboggan. 

I popped it up on mini dimensionals and placed it onto an oval from the Stitched Shapes framelit collection.  I used that all time favourite Buffalo Check Background stamp with Momento Ink on Real Red Cardstock.  I just love the warm feeling of this tag!

The greeting is from the Merry Christmas to All Stampet - another great bundle the Holiday Catalogue has to offer. 

Here are a few of them I submitted to a Gift Tag Exchange I participate in every year.  They were a hit!

Merry Christmas,