Monday, August 24, 2015

Stampin' Celebration Blog Challenge!

Hi there!  

I hope you had an awesome weekend!  My family and I were at a cottage enjoying what is left of our summer weather - I just love being right on the water.  My kids love it too!

Ready for another Stampin' Celebration Challenge?  Wow does time fly!  But I love this sketch we have for you this week - I have been looking forward to creating this card!

Here is our sketch...

So, I am still having a lot of fun with the English Garden DSP and just had to use the bumble bee pattern for this card.  Here it is...

I used a Note Tag Punch and the Ornate Tag Topper Punch to the layered tag and my heart was created using the smallest Hearts framelits.  The greeting is from And Many More stampset.

Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to see all of the great creations over at Stampin' Celebration and make sure to play along!

Happy Stampin'


Thursday, August 20, 2015

Less is More with Can You CASE it!

Hello my stampin' friends!

Really glad you took the time to stop by today!  I have a card to show you that I really adore.  I just love how it turned out!

Of course I had some challenge inspiration - 2 infact!  They are Less is More and Can You CASE it!  Be sure to check out all cards at the fabulous sites! 

Over at Less is More, it is a theme challenge....

For our theme this week we have chosen
And, the challenge over at Can you CASE it! is a sketch - I just love sketch challenges! 
So......I used my newest favourite stampset, Garden in Bloom! This is such a fun stampset to play with - you just have to give it a try!

My patterned paper is from the English Garden series.  So pretty.  I used the colours in the paper to choose the colours for my card.  Blushing Bride for my card base, Melon Mambo to frame the patterned paper and Mossy Meadow to frame my stamping.


I added 2 colours to my stamping that can also be found in the patterned paper - Old Olive for the inside of the leaves and Mint Macaroon for the butterfly.  The butterfly outline is the ink in full strength, but the inside colour is second generation ink - where you stamp first on a scrap piece of paper and then stamp on your card.  

I hope these last few posts have helped you to see how great the Garden in Bloom stampset is.  

Happy Stampin'


Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Blooming with Retro Sketches

Hi there,

I have a birthday card for you today and I used the Garden in Bloom stampset again.  This stampset is so easy to use and is so versatile, I just had to use it again!

I always like a little help with my card layouts, and Retro Sketches had a great one this week!  Here it is...

How do you think I did?  

I wanted to use another pattern from the English Garden Series DSP and took my colours from there.  Old Olive, Blackberry Bliss and Delightful Dijon. 

I said earlier that the stampset is easy to use.  It is a two step stampset, which means that you use a couple of stamps to create one image. flower was made with 3 different stamps - one for the outline, one for the filler (Delightful Dijon) and another one for the accent (more Blackberry Bliss).  The stamps themselves have a little notch on one side for lining them up, just be sure it is pointing in the same direction, easy peasy! 

I just had to use that cut little bumble bee right beside my greeting!  

Here is a final look at my card....

Thank you for stopping by!  Happy Stampin'


Monday, August 17, 2015

Seize the Birthday with Just Add Ink

Hi there stampers,

So glad you stopped by today - thank you!  I have a really fun card to show you and I am using a 'new to me' stampset!  Garden in Bloom!  Have you tried it yet?  It is a two step stampset.  I Love it!  Here is the card I made....

I decided to participate in 2 blog challenges when I created this card.  They are Just Add Ink and Seize the Birthday.  Two fabulous challenge blogs, make sure you check both of them out if you have stopped here first.  Here are the challenges:

Just Add Ink had a great sketch challenge.....  

JAI #275

And Seize the Birthday had a great theme challenge....

"Anything that Flies"

Here is a closer look at my card....

I thought that these challenges lent themselves nicely to an enhanced version of the card found in the Annual Catalogue.  I started with a Hello Honey card base, then added a Soft Suede layer to frame the DSP from the English Garden pack.  Finally, I stamped directly onto Vellum cardstock using StazOn ink, the best ink to use with Vellum.  I love the way the DSP shows through it.  I finished the card off with some Hello Honey ribbon.

Happy Stampin'


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Happy Birthday and Sprinkles of Life

Hello stampers!

I have another card to show you today from my Sprinkles of Life card class - this one is my favourite!

The ice cream cone is one of the biggest reasons I HAD to have this stampset and the coordinating Tree Builder Punch.  Can't you just picture a giant ice cream cone running up the side of a scrapbook page?  It is on my to-do list for sure!

The DSP I used is from the Cherry on Top paper stack and the colours I chose for my card are taken directly from the DSP - Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay and then added some Tip Top Taupe.

Here is my card....

Thanks for stopping by.

Happy stampin'


Monday, August 10, 2015

Stampin Celebration Inspiration Guest Designer take 3!

Welcome to the Stampin' Celebration Challenge card share!

I still need to keep pinching myself that I was chosen to be a guest designer!  I am so honoured to be a part of such a great group of ladies.

The challenge this week is AWESOME.  I love the feeling that these inspiration pictures give to me - relaxed and summer best describe these photos. I just love this time of year! 


Here is the card I made with this inspiration....

I decided to dust off a couple of favourite retired stampsets of mine...Perfectly Preserved and By the Sea Shore - perfect for capturing those awesome inspiration images.

I was going for a 'message in a bottle' sort of card and I thought the images were a perfect way to send a Happy Retirement message.  I used my Teeny Tiny Messages stampset for the sentiment and cut it out using my Bitty Banners Framelits
Some other tools and stampsets I used were...Cannery Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits, Gorgeous Grunge stampset and World Map stampset.

The colours I chose were Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand and Very Vanillia.  I also used some Vellum cardstock for my mason jar.  I stamped the image in Lost Lagoon onto the Vellum then waited until my ink dried before I ran it through the Big Shot with the Cannery Framelits.  I cut a second jar using Lost Lagoon cardstock to place behind the Vellum.  I finished things off with some of the new Thick Baker's twine at my sentiment.
Thank you for stopping by!  Be sure to join us at Stampin' Celebration.  We can't wait to see your creations!

Happy Stampin'


Thursday, August 6, 2015

Curtian Call with Sprinkles!

Glad you have stopped by today.  I have a new card for you using - guess what - Sprinkles of Life!  I hope I have been able to show you how versitile this set is.  The options just keep growing and growing.

The inspiration challenge over at Curtian Call is right up my alley....Orchard is the theme and  Orchards remind me of fall.  Don't get me wrong I love summer, it's my number one season, but around this time of the summer my family craves routine, whether they know it or not.  Fall is awesome for all of it's structure, good night sleeps and therefore less arguments amongst the troops. lol

Anyway, onto the real reason you stopped is the picture of inspiration.


Screams fall doesn't it? Beautiful!

And my card......

 I used some of the new Incolours to create this card, Watermelon Wonder for the apples and flowers, Cucumber Crush for the cardbase, tree leaves and flower stems and finally Tip Top Toupe for the lace trim and the layers behind the greeting and the tree.  The DSP is from the Cherry on Top stack.

Be sure to see all of the creations over at Curtain Call.

Happy Stampin'