Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Blustery Fall Day

Hi friends!  Happy Tuesday :-)  It's hard to believe it's already the end of September...time flies by way too fast!  It was cold and blustery this morning when I headed out for my run, so I decided to make a card today that went along with our weather.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Motley Monsters DSP
Ink ~ Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand, Memento, Blendabilities:  Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Pumpkin Pie, Smoky Slate
Stamp Sets ~ Holiday Home, For All Things
Other Supplies ~ Homemade Holiday Framlits
I just love the falling leaves on the Motley Monsters DSP...perfect for any fall card.  And these cute little houses just begged to be colored with the
Thanks for dropping by today!  Hope you are having a fabulous fall day!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 29, 2014

Happy National Coffee Day!

Hi!  Back again with a second post for the day...because I can't let National Coffee Day go by with out celebrating with a card!  For those of you who know me, know that I LOVE coffee!  National Coffee Day is EVERY day in my house :)
Perfect Blend is still one of my favorite stamp sets...love that cute coffee cup!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Night of Navy, Kraft, Whisper White, Flower Pot DSP
Ink ~ StazOn
Stamp Set ~ Perfect Blend
Other Supplies ~ Black Bakers Twine, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Tiny Triangles Embossing Folder
Ok...time to go make another cup of coffee and get to work! Hope you enjoy a good cup 'o joe today too!
Happy Stamping!

A Unique Blog Hop

Hi friends!  Today I am sharing a card I made for a Unique Blog Hop that's happening in the world of blogging.  I was nominated by my crafty friend Katie over at Sweet n Spiffy.  Katie and I have been stamping together for a few years now and I love how we constantly inspire one another!
I have, yet another, birthday card to share with you.  See...I told you I had a lot of birthdays at the end of September and beginning of October! 
I'm kind of hooked on the Four Feathers stamp set right now...it's kind of a fave!  I wanted a fun and cheerful card to send to my friend Ginny for her birthday, so I added the adorable little bird from the Hello Love hostess stamp set.  These two sets are cute together, don't ya think?!?!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry
Ink ~ Daffodil Delight (pad and Blendabilities), Old Olive, Tempting Turquoise, Rich Razzleberry (pad and Blendabilities)
Stamp Sets ~ Four Feathers, Hello Love (Hostess)
This hop also includes a bit about ourselves, so here I go:
What are you currently working on?  As usual, I have about 4 different things going on right now.  I'm preparing for my October Stamp Clubs, my Frightful Wreath Class as well as projects for SSINK and Hand Stamped Sentiments.
How does your work differ from others of its genre?  My style of stamping is constantly changing, so I can't really say that I have a specific style that separates me from the rest. 
What inspires your work? How does your creative process work?  I love cruising through Pinterest for inspiration, but I also find it in magazines, store fronts, color combinations...I can find inspiration just about anywhere.  My creations usually start out with a vision in my mind, usually during my early morning runs.  This helps me run faster so I can get home and put those visions to work on paper :-)
Thanks for letting me share a little bit about myself with you!  I have nominated my Convention BFF and cyber running buddy, Cynthia Richards of Ink-A-Doodle Creations to share here amazing talent with you next week.  I love Cynthia's style of work...probably because our crafty minds think so much alike!  I have also nominated another fellow stamper and cyber running buddy, Diana Eichfeld of Stampin' Fun with Diana.  I love Diana's clean and simple style of stamping!  Both of these talented ladies will be sharing their creations with you next Monday, so be sure to check them out!

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Happy Blooming Birthday ~ Monday Montage

Hi friends!  The girls at Monday Montage are back again with another fabulous hop!  Be sure to hop along to all ten blogs...you won't be disappointed!

The end of September and beginning of October are full of birthday for me!   I feel like all I have made this past week are birthday cards :-) 

Today is my God Mother's birthday and she will be joining us tonight, along with my mom and her sister, for a special birthday dinner.  I love family dinners like this and am so blessed to have so much of my family right in my neighborhood! 

It's been a while since I played with the Flower Patch set and coordinating framelits...I forgot how much I love this set!
Here is a close up of the flowers and you can see the embossing on the card front a little better too.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Helly Honey
Ink ~ Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Black Staz-On
Stamp Set ~  Flower Patch
Other Supplies ~ Flower Fair Framelits, Black Bakers Twine, Rhinestone Basics
Next stop in the hop is Cathy...don't you just love her style?!?  Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing Amy...she inspires me each and every hop!
  Thanks for hopping along with us today!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Most Happiest Place...

...oh how I wish I could go back!
Don't these pictures just make you smile?!?!?  How can you look at Disney pictures and not? 
We had so many fun pictures together from our trip...I could create a whole album from the 4 days we were there.  We had so much fun and we were both really good about taking LOTS of pictures....lots of fun memories for sure!
I used this weeks MDS Monday sketch to get me started.  I love wrapping text around the pictures!

Looking at this page makes me want to go back to Disneyland again so bad, but it will be a couple more years before I get to...boo!  Wendy, the lucky lady that she is, will be heading back there again next month!  I'm planning on living vicariously through the pictures she posts while she is there!

TTFN!  Happy Friday!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Endless {Feathered} Birthday Wishes

I'd like to start this post off with a big shout out to my momma to wish her and my aunt a very Happy 60th Birthday!!!  I think I posted this picture of them last year, but I'm gonna post it again because they are so darn cute :-)
My aunt is on the left and my mom is on the right
I'm posting this later than normal so my mom didn't snoop and see her birthday card before I had the chance to give it to her tonight when we all get together for a little celebration.
This is one of those cards that I just kept adding little things here and there...some days I just can't help myself!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Craft
Ink ~ Island Indigo, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ Endless Birthday Wishes, Four Feathers
Other Supplies ~ 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Feathers Framelits, Naturals Chevron Ribbon, Siler Ribbon, Silver Bakers Twine (silver thread only), Frosted Sequins, MDS, e-cutter, Bird Builder Punch

I dusted off my Silhouette to cut out the "happy" sentiment, which comes from the Endless Birthday Wishes MDS stamp brush set.  I kinda love all of the sparkle and bling!
Hope you have all had a great day!  Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Celebrate Watercolor

Hi friends and Happy Wednesday!  The girls over at SSINKspiration are celebrating Watercolor Wednesday and I have a fun card to share with you too!  My mom and aunt (yes, they are twins...twins run wild on my moms side!) will be celebrating their 60th birthday tomorrow (WOO-HOO) and I have the card I made for my aunt to share with you today.  {You'll have to wait until tomorrow to see my momma's card;-)}
I am addicted to the Watercolor Paper and have been burning through it like crazy lately.  Using the Autumn Accents Bigz, I cut out some leaves and acorn and totally saturated each one using my aqua painter. Then I dropped a little drop of color straight from the re-inker on to each leaf and let them spread around to create their own colors...it was a little messy, but I love the end result!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Crushed Curry, Cherry Cobbler, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Crumb Cake
Stamp Set ~ Holiday Invitation
Other Supplies ~ Autumn Accents Bigz, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Gold Sequin Trim, Spiral Boarder Punch

Be sure to head on over and see all of the rest of the fabulous watercolor creations from the team!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Christmas Bliss

It's Tuesday, which means it's time for another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge and this week it's a sketch!
I know we are only into our first week of fall, but I'm itching to work on Christmas Creations!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, All is Calm DSP
Ink ~ Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky, Smoky Slate
Stamp Sets ~ Christmas Bliss, Endless Wishes
Other Supplies ~ All is Calm Washi Tape, All is Calm Snowflake Embellishments, Frosted Sequins, Lost Lagoon Satin Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Silver Ribbon, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch
Be sure to head on over and see what the rest of the design team has done with this sketch...you'll love them all!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 22, 2014

Wondrous Thankful Wreath

Happy Monday friends!  Did you find any time to stamp this weekend or were you out enjoying the last official weekend of summer?  I managed to do a little of both...yay!!!
I broke down and got the Wondrous Wreath Stamp Set and coordinating Wonderful Wreath Framelits...love them!  I kept telling myself I didn't need them, but I just couldn't resist! And after making this card, I'm pretty happy that I had that weak moment ;)
I found my inspiration for this card in two different challenges...CAS(E) This Sketch for the layout and The Friday Mashup for a little stitching fun!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla, Flower Pot DSP
Ink ~ Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Cherry Cobbler
Stamp Sets ~ Wondrous Wreath, Good Greetings (Hostess Set)
Other Supplies ~ Wonderful Wreath Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Naturals Chevron Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Sewing Machine
I clearly need to play with my sewing machine more often and work on sewing in a straight line...the crooked stitches just add to the card, right?!?! ;-)  And you can see below the fun sketch...I'll be using this one again for sure!

Wishing you all a great week!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Freshly Made Fox

Happy Thursday friends!  I have managed to find a little time for some just for fun stamping this week...this makes me happy!  I pulled out one of my older stamps and Blendabilities and partook in some creative therapy yesterday morning.  Do any of you find coloring as calm and relaxing as I do?!?!
I wanted to play along with this weeks sketch over at Freshly Made Sketches, so after I got my little fox and trees all colored, I got to work and added them into this sketch:
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Old Olive, Whisper White, Watercolor Paper, Flowerpot DSP
Ink ~ Pool Party, Crushed Curry, Craft Stamin' Ink, Tuxedo Black Memento, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities, Old Olive Blendabilities, Crumb Cake Blendabilities
Stamp Set ~ Life in the Forrest, And Many More
Other Supplies ~ Aqua Painters, Crystal Effects, Hand Held Circle Punches
I forgot how cute this stamp set...I love this little fox!!!!  And it was fun pulling out some paper and ink colors that I haven't used in a while either.
Hi-ho, hi-ho...it's off to work I go!  Another busy day ahead of me :)
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

100 Days 'til Christmas

Yep, that's right...you only have 100 days 'til Christmas!!  Have you started on your Christmas cards yet?  If not, why not jump on board with me and get started today!
While I can not bring myself to purchase the Visions of Santa stamp set (AKA Scary Santa's), I do love the Santa & Co. DSP and coordinating washi tape!  I will say though, I have seem some pretty stinkin' cute cards with that Scary Santa set...it may be growing on me!  But until then, I'll stick with the DSP and washi and have some fun!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Basic Black, Marina Mist, Whisper White
Ink ~ Versa Mark, Old Olive, Real Red
Stamp Set ~ Festival of Trees
Other Supplies ~ White Embossing Powder, Tree Punch, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Real Red Cotton Ribbon, On Point Embossing Folder
I'm loving these non-traditional Christmas colors mixed in with the traditional ones! 
Well, what are you waiting for?  Get your Christmas stamps out and ink them up!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Run Disney ~ SSINK September Scrap Sketch

Happy Monday friends!  Hope you all had a fantastic weekend!  I don't know about you, but the weekend flew by way too fast...again!!  If only the work week went by as fast as the weekend...
But, here we are at Monday again, and that means it's time for a new challenge over SSINK.  This time it's a scrapbook layout...my favorite!
I have so many fun pictures from my trip to Disneyland last month, so of course I had to use some of those for this sketch!  This page is dedicated to the main reason for heading down to sunny California...the Disneyland Half Marathon!  This race was one of a kind and was SO.MUCH.FUN!   I hope to run another Disney race soon!
This page is pretty simple in the way of MDS supplies used.  Other than the firework bursts, the rest is just different fonts and photos...easy peasy!  I used a picture of the castle for my background, one of my favorite things to do on an MDS page!  The other photos were just dropped in to photo boxes and just like that, my page was done!
Be sure to head on over to check out the rest of the design teams creations.  Don't forget to join in the fun and play along too!  We love to see how we INKspire you to CREATE!

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Finishing Touches for Fall ~ Monday Montage

Welcome to another fabulous Monday Montage Blog Hop!  We love to share our creations with you and thank you for joining us!

I decorated my house last weekend for fall and decided I needed a new banner for my mantle to complete my fall décor, so I got up early this morning and enjoyed a little bit of crafting time while the kiddos still slept.
I pulled out all sorts of fun papers, dies and ribbons for this project!  We are having some family pictures done next week and I plan on adding a few of those photos.

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Basic Black, Typeset DSP, Motley Monsters DSP, Champagne Glimmer Paper
Other Supplies ~ Starburst Framelits, Fun Fall Framelits, Autumn Accents Bigz, Linen Thread, Burlap Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, Banner Punch, Woodgrain Embossing Folder
Next up is Cathy...don't you just love her style?!?  Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to Amy...she inspires me each and every hop!
  Thanks for hopping along with us today!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, September 12, 2014

I {HEART} Summer

Happy Friday friends!  I don't even want to say it, but I think summer is just about done for us here...the days are getting shorter, the mornings are cooler and the days aren't quite as warm.  I dread this time every single year!  I love the long, hot summer days!  After our vacation in Florida this spring, I did all I could to try and convince my husband that we needed to move somewhere that was warm and sunny year round...but no luck.  I guess I'll just have to hold tight to all of our summer memories and look forward to next year!
And what better way to preserve our summer memories than MDS!  Yep, you guessed it...I've got another page to add to our family yearbook.  And this time, I'm playing along with the girls over at MDS Monday.  They have a fun sketch for this week!
We made quite a few trips to an area aquatic center this summer and had so much fun!  My twins faced their fear of the deep end and mastered the high dive and drop off slide...I was so proud of them! 
Now I have this warm, sunny page to look back at this winter when it's cold and gray and I'm freezing cold :-)
Hope you all have a great weekend and get some stamping or MDS time in!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

All Things Fall ~ SSINK Blog Hop

Welcome to our All Things Fall Blog Hop!  We are excited to share our fall creations with you today.  So, grab a cup of coffee and enjoy!
As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Heidi with Stuck on Stampin'. If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.
Most of you know I'm a sun-shiny, summer lovin' girl, but I do love the beginning of fall too.  The cooler mornings and evenings with warmer afternoons, changing of the leaves and pumpkins!
My monthly club members made this Curvy Keepsake pumpkin this month and it was a huge hit!  Who doesn't love a cute little pumpkin box?!?!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Sahara Sand, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Motley Monsters
Ink ~ Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Fall Fest, For All Things
Other Supplies ~ Fun Fall Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Naturals Chevron Ribbon, Venetian Crochet Trim, 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Decorative Label Punch

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Tangelo Twist, Mossey Meadow, Whisper White
Ink ~ Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey
Stamp Sets ~ Gorgeous Grunge, Tag Talk
Other Supplies ~ Curvy Keepsake Box, Fun Fall Framelits, Label Bracket Punch, Linen Thread, Mossy Meadow Satin Ribbon

Be sure to keep on hopping...next up is Kristina at Mama's Sanity.


And just in case you get off track, here is the full hop line up:

Blog Hop Participant List:
Bree at Craft-Somnia
Kristina at Mama's Sanity
Shellie at Craft Smashup

One Layer Wonder

How many of you have trouble stopping at just one layer when you make a card?  It is the HARDEST thing for me!  I want to add more layers, more ribbon, more bling.  But there are times where I can stay in control and create a card with just one layer and I end up really liking it.
The girls over at SSINK are sharing some single layer cards today to give you some great ideas to create your own One Layer Wonder.
I pulled out my Endless Wishes stamp set (sooo happy this one carried over!) and made this simple, one layer card.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, All is Calm DSP (on envelope)
Ink ~ Pear Pizzazz, Lost Lagoon, Soft Sky
Stamp Set ~ Endless Wishes
Other Supplies ~ Frosted Sequins
Embellishments don't count as a layer, right?!?!   I won't tell if you don't tell!
Be sure to join us bright and early tomorrow morning for the SSINK Blog Hop...we're getting ready for fall!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Choose Thoughtfulness

Good morning friends and welcome to a new Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge!
Sadly, the past few weeks have been a little rough...lost two amazing people in my life.  Life is such a precious gift...
I never like having to make sympathy cards, but it brings a little happiness to my heart knowing that those who receive them will {hopefully} feel a little bit of love when they open the envelope.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White
Ink ~ Hello Honey, Marina Mist, Night of Navy
Stamp Set ~ Choose Happiness, A Dozen Thoughts
Other Supplies ~ 1/2" Circle Punch, Hello Honey Satin Ribbon
Be sure to check out the rest of the creations from our design team and don't forget to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 8, 2014

Hello Fall

Hi friends...Happy Monday!  It's been a week since my last post...yikes!  This doesn't mean I haven' been creating, but it does mean that last week was insanely BUSY!  Between getting back from Disneyland and jumping right into the back to school routine, life was a bit more chaotic.  Now that we have our first week under our belts, things should be running a bit more smoothly...at least I hope ;-)
I am so not ready for summer to end, but the cooler mornings and evenings are a sure sign that fall is on its way.  I am a sun shine, warm weather kind of girl, but I will admit, I love the beginning of fall too.  The warm, bright colors of the changing leaves, pumpkins, apple cider...those things make me happy!
It's the second Monday of the month, which means it's time for a new sketch over at SSInkspirationAnd since fall is quickly creeping up on us, I decided it was high time I started creating some fall cards too!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Ink ~ Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry
Stamp Set ~ For All Things
Other Supplies ~ Linen Thread, Autumn Wooden Elements
Don't you just love that fun little wooden acorn?  And the warm fall colors?!?  Ok...I'm starting to let go of summer and embrace fall...lets just make sure it's a slow and gradual process, ok?!?
Thanks for stopping by today!  And be sure to check out all of the awesome creations from our design team and please join in the fun and play along!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, September 1, 2014

Bokeh Butterfly

Happy Labor Day Monday!!!  It's time for a new color challenge over at SSINKspiration and I really hope you all play along!
I tried out the Bokeh technique on this card and can't wait to try it again!  The softness this technique gives the card such a calming effect.  You can check out a fabulous video HERE. 
I also played along over at Freshly Made Sketches for a little sketch inspiration...love their clean and simple sketches!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Hello Honey, Calypso Coral, Brights DSP, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Rich Razzleberry, Hello Honey, Calypso Coral
Stamp Sets ~ Kinda Eclectic, Feel Goods
Other Supplies ~ Pearl Basics Jewels, Hello Honey Satin Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Butterfly Punches, Crystal Effects, Scallop Tag Topper Punch
(Please forgive me if some of these supply names are in correct...I'm without my catalog to verify)
I hope you all have a INKspiring day and don't forget to play along!
Happy Stamping!