Thursday, July 30, 2015

Best Thoughts

Made it through another and we're kicking of Friday with an all new Friday Mashup!  This week Tara has a color combination with the added  challenge of a square card, something I don't make often enough!
The color combination is pink, grey and pretty together!  I'm short on sympathy cards, so I thought this color combo would make for a pretty card.
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink ~ Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi
Stamp Set ~ Best Thoughts, Gorgeous Grunge, Watercolor Wash
Other Supplies ~ Silver Metallic Thread, Everyday Chic Washi Tape, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
The Watercolor Wash stamp is quickly becoming one of my gives just the right amount of color to the background.
Be sure to check out the rest of the design team creations and please join in on the fun!
Wishing you all a Happy Friday and a great weekend!
Happy stamping!

Your Joyful Presents

After a few crazy weeks, I feel like life is settling down a bit.  I don't have swaps to work on, my next stamp club is all planned, my design team duties are caught I actually had a chance to stamp just for fun today!  Don't get me wrong...stamping is ALWAYS fun, but it's even more fun when you get to stamp just because. 
Still on my Convention crafting high, I inked up Your Presents again this morning and played along with this weeks Freshly Made Sketches card sketch.  This sketch is very similar to one of the samples that was provided with our make and takes, so I kind of combined them.
Don't you love how fun bow can be turned into a peppermint candy?!?!  This stamp set has so many different things that can be done with it!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Vellum, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper
Ink ~ Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Pool Party, Basic Black
Stamp Set ~ Your Presents
Other Supplies ~ Banner Triple Punch, 1" Circle Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon (which I just realized is retired!), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Hand Held Stapler
I am loving the Cucumber, Watermelon and Pool Party color combo for Christmas...I see myself using these colors a LOT over the next few months!
Thanks for stopping by today!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A Super Hero 4th Birthday

Happy, Happy 4th Birthday to my sweet baby boy!!!  I can't believe he is already seems like he was just born. Watching your children grow is a bitter sweet reminder of just how precious life is and not to miss out on one single moment because it all goes by way too fast.
Owen is all about super hero's these days, so I just HAD to make him a Captain America - his favorite - birthday card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Silver Glimmer
Ink ~ Archival Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Pacific Point, Smoky Slate
Stamp Sets ~ Calling All Heroes, Tin of Cards
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits
I hope Calling All Heroes sticks around for a long time...this is such a fun set and perfect for all the super hero fans out there!
Time to get my super hero out of bed and ready for his birthday breakfast with Grandma :-)  And we'll end the day with a birthday celebration at the football field...he'll go to bed a happy 4 year old tonight!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Your {Birthday} Presents

Happy Tuesday stampin' friends!  It's time for an all new sketch challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments!

This fun sketch is PERFECT for the new Your Presents stamp set that all of this years Convention attendee's received. I pretty much stepped up the Make and Take we did with this set and it's so cute! 

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Vellum
Ink ~ Cucumber Crush, Watermelon Wonder, Bermuda Bay, Archival Basic Black, Versa Mark
Stamp Sets ~ Your Presents, Tin of Cards
Other Supplies ~ Watermelon Wonder Lace, Lots of Labels Framelits, Metallic Sequins, Whisper White and Basic Black Bakers Twine, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Black Embossing Powder, Stapler, Mini Treatbag Thinlits
Did you notice the Basic Black ink?!?!  We have our Basic Black and Basic Gray back again in the old style stamp pads....HOORAY!!! 
I can not wait to share all of the awesomeness of the Holiday Catalog with all of you...this one is the BEST yet!
Be sure to check out the rest of the design team creations and be sure to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 27, 2015

Hello, Have a Sunny Day

It's Monday...and I've got a serious case of the Monday "blah's", especially now that I'm really back to reality after being on vacation with all of my favorite Stampin' people!  But I am counting my blessings and feeling extremely grateful that I was able to attend Convention and spend time with so many amazing friends!
I have one last swap to share with you today.  This was for the group of stampers who participated in the 2014 Convention Display Boards.  We decided we love swapping so much last year that we had to do it again this year and let me tell you...all of the swaps I received were amazing!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Gold Glimmer Paper, Neutrals DSP Stack
Ink ~ Crushed Curry, Pool Party
Stamp Sets ~ Silhouettes & Script, Watercolor Wash
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Greetings Thinlits, Metallics Sequins Assortment, Gold Metallic Thread
So, I had to finish assembling these swaps in Salt Lake City and as I was getting ready to put on the finishing touches, I realized my sequins were missing.  Myself and all of my roommates looked high and low, but never did find them. So, sorry to all of my fellow swappers...your card was a little more naked than this :(
Ok, now it really is back to reality...time to work!  But work means money and money means new stamps from the Holiday Catalog!  Be sure to check back tomorrow for a little sneak peek :-)
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Friendship...the Spice of Life ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with, once again, a fabulous hop!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the are sure to love them all!
I am back home after a fabulous time in Salt Lake City with so many of my favorite stampin' friends!  There is never enough time to see everyone and do everything that I want to do, but this was still a pretty amazing trip! One of the best parts of the trip was swapping with some of my Monday Montage girls :-)  I really missed those who weren't able to attend...we need to plan a reunion trip soon! Today I am sharing with you the swap I made for the girls who were able to attend and I'm pretty sure you'll be seeing some of their swaps in the hop'll love them all!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Thick Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Smoky Slate
Ink ~ Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Cucumber Crush, Smoky Slate, VersaMark
Stamp Set ~ Gift From the Garden
Other Supplies ~ White Embossing Powder, Smoky Slate Thick Bakers Twine, White Perfect Accents, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack
I'll leave you today with a fun picture of the MM girls who attended Convention.  Can't wait to see everyone again...soon I hope!
Happy Stamping!

Next stop on the hop is Cathy...I can't wait to see what she has for us this week! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing Amy...I just love her style!

  Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 24, 2015

Having a Dino-rrific Time

Happy Friday from SLC!  We are all having a Dino-rrific time at Convention in SLC and the girls over at SSINK have no Bones About It! 
Being a boy mom, this is one of my favorite stamp sets!  Be sure you check out all of the other INKspiring Dino-riffic creations today!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Cherry on Top DSP
Ink ~ Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe
Stamp Sets ~ No Bones About It
Supplies Used ~ Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine, 2-1/2" Circle
Looking at the pom-pom on top of the birthday hat kind of looks crazy big right now and makes me giggle...guess this dino is ready to par-tay!!!
Off to day two of Convention...but first we must run a half marathon!
Happy Stamping!!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Get Your Coffee On ~ FM218

It's Friday, which means we only have one more day of Convention (boo), but it also means it's time to get your weekly does of Friday Mashup!  This week I'm getting my coffee on with for our food and/or drink theme.  If you feel like mashing things up, you can color any of your images.
What do you do when you forget to take a picture of the card you had originally planned to use for a post?!?  Pull out the latest and greatest Paper Pumpkin Kit of course! 
Supplies Used:
July Paper Pumpkin Thanks a Latte
Other Supplies ~ Silver Metallic Thread, Silver Sequin Trim
I LOVE this kit this month...anything coffee makes me happy!!
Hope everyone who is here in SLC is having as much fun as I am!

Swappin' with SSINK

Happy Thursday!  Inspire Create Share 2015 officially starts today, but the fun and festivities have been going on since Tuesday :-)  Some of the SSINK girls met up last night for a yummy dinner at the Cheesecake Factory and did some swappin'.  As much as I don't like to make swaps, I DO love to get some in return, so it is always worth it!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Garden Green, Whisper White, Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight, Schoolhouse DSP
Ink ~ Tangerine Tango, Island Indigo
Stamp Set ~ Words of Truth
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Banner Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punches, Whisper White Bakers Twine
This is quickly becoming my favorite stamp sets and DSP...they go so well together!
I can't wait to see all of the awesome stampin' people's the best time of the year!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Shoebox Swappin' in SLC

Good morning from beautiful Salt Lake City!  I escaped the smoky skies of home (please pray for all of the firefighters working to put out the fire and for the families whose homes are at stake!) and had an uneventful flight where I met my SLC BFF Wendy.  Oh how I've missed her and was SO happy to spend the morning with her!  (And very grateful she ran me around so I didn't have to walk everywhere!)
Later in the afternoon, I met some of my roomies at the bus stop and the fun times began!  Kim, Donna and Cynthia were the first to arrive, closely followed by Heidi.  We chatted and crafted away the afternoon, then had a great dinner at Red Rock Brewery.  Kim and Donna waited up for Diana to arrive and now our house is complete!  I can't wait to get a run in with the girls this morning and explore downtown SLC!
Since we don't have much going on this morning, we are going to do a little shoebox swap this morning and this is what I brought for everyone to make.  I love the Silhouettes & Script {hostess} stamp set!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Everyday Chic DSP
Ink ~ Calypso Coral, Old Olive
Stamp Set ~ Silhouettes & Script
Other Supplies ~ Silver Metallic Thread, Silver Sequin Trim, Everyday Chic Washi Tape
Super simple card, but the washi and bits of silver dress it up!  Hope the girls love it as much as I do!
I'm also sharing the gifts I made for everyone staying in the house too...nothing fancy, but still fun!
The first is a little tiny bucket of jelly beans...because we need little sweet treats while we are stamping, right?!?! 

The second part of their gift is a small journal that I embellished for them.  I thought this sentiment was perfect since we are all here doing what we love and what makes us happy!
I can't wait to see more of my stampin' friends as the week goes on!  This is always my favorite girls trip each year!  And we are going to have to make this year the best one yet since Convention will be changed up a bit after this year ;)
Happy Stampin' and see you soon!

Thursday, July 16, 2015

Wag More, Bark Less

It's Friday!!!  And we all know what that means...time for an all new Friday Mashup Challenge!  This week we are getting pet friendly with this fun sketch.  Say what?!?!  Use this great sketch from Cynthia and mash things up by adding a little furry critter of your choice!
I don't have many critter stamp sets, but I do have this adorable "Lucky" from Taylored Expressions.  I feel in love with this stamp set because the little pup looks so much like my Ellie dog!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Whisper White, In-Color DSP Stack
Ink ~ Memento, Soft Suede, Mint Macaron, Watermelon Wonder
Stamp Set ~ Lucky
Other Supplies ~ Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Word Bubble Framelits, Banner Punch, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Owl Punch
Be sure to check out all of the other pet friendly creations from our design team and join along in the fun!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Watercolor Dahlia

It's Watercolor Wednesday over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration and I have a simple card to share with you today.
I started out by watercoloring the entire background then stamped the Definitely Dahlia and heat embossed in white.  I went back in with an Aqua Painter and added a little more color to the dahlia to make it stand out a bit. I colored one of the Expressions Natural Elements with a black Sharpie, added a few pearls and...voila!  A super simple card!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Watercolor Paper
Ink ~ Mint Macaron, Black Sharpie
Stamp Set ~ Definitely Dahlia
Other Supplies ~ Pearl Basic Jewels, Expressions Natural Elements
Keeping this post short and sweet as I am swamped with swaps...must.get.them.done!!!!
Be sure to check out all of the other amazing watercolor creations from the SSINK girls!!
Happy Stamping!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Hello Beautiful

Happy Tuesday beautiful stampin' friends!  Only one more week and many stampers will come together in beautiful Salt Lake City for the last Convention as we know it...I can't wait to see you all!! 
All of the excitement has got my creative mojo flowing, as does this weeks Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge!
I cheated a little and added a couple of extra colors...I hope you'll forgive me!!  It's been a long time since I've used this stamp set an I forgot how much I love it!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Everyday Chic CSP
Ink ~ Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Blushing Bride, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Memento
Stamp Set ~ Flower Patch
Other Supplies ~ Greetings Thinlits, Flower Fair Framelits
I love how the black makes everything POP! 
I hope you join in the fun and play along with this weeks challenge!  We always love to see what you create!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 13, 2015

White Christmas in July ~ SSINKCS23

Merry Monday stampin' friends!  I'm back with another Christmas in July card and today I am using this month's Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Card Sketch. 
I had accidentally pulled this stamp set and put it in my retired stamp set box.  Thankfully my BFF, who loves ALL of the Christmas stamps, was quick to spot this and ask me if I was sure I wanted to get rid of it.  Whew!  So glad she spotted it!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Garden Green, Whisper White, Merry Moments DSP
Ink ~ StazOn, Real Red, Old Olive, Cherry Cobbler, Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker
Stamp Sets ~ White Christmas, Endless Wishes
Other Supplies ~ Brights and Regals Buttons, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Aqua Painters
Wishing you all a Merry Monday!
Happy Stamping!

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Rainbow Birthday Wishes ~ Monday Montage

Welcome back to Monday Montage!!!  We are back with, once again, a fabulous hop!  Make sure you click on the links below so you don't miss any of the are sure to love them all!
Me and two of my bestest BFF's finally got smart this year and did one big birthday party for all of our July babies...why didn't we think of this sooner?!?!  It was so awesome having one party done in one day instead of trying to schedule 3 different parties!  Sweet Ansley is one of the birthday babies and loves all things rainbow.  While I don't have the adorable Over the Rainbow set {yet}, I was able to create a fun rainbow of candles and she loved it!

Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Cherry on Top DSP, 2015-2017 In Color DSP
Ink ~ Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Cucumber Crush, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party
Stamp Sets ~ Build a Birthday
Other Supplies ~ 2-1/2" Circle Punch, Ornate Tag Topper Punch, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Pool Party Cotton Ribbon, Whisper White Bakers Twine
This sketch is brought to you by this weeks amazing TGIF Challenges sketch.  I'm a sucker for anything with a tag in the sketch! And thanks to our very own Kaitlyn for her inspiration!

Next stop on the hop is Cathy...I can't wait to see what she has for us this week! Or if you want to hop backwards, you can hop on back to the amazing Amy...I just love her style!

  Thanks for hopping along with us today!

Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 9, 2015

Hello Sunny Day Picnic ~ FM216

It's finally Friday and it's shaping up to be another beautiful weekend....perfect for a sunny summer picnic, which just so happens to be the theme this week at Friday Mashup. 
We are creating summer picnic cards and mashing things up by adding a sunshine/sunburst.  While I don't really have any picnic images, the Cucumber Crush DSP reminds me of a table cloth and cherries are always a favorite treat at our family picnics!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Cucumber Crush, Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Crushed Curry, Pool Party, Cherry on Top DSP
Ink ~ Crushed Curry
Stamp Set ~ Silhouettes & Script
Other Supplies ~ Tree Builder Punch, Banner Framelits, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Greetings Thinlits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels
I can't wait to pack up our cooler tomorrow and head out for a summer picnic at the pool.  Hope you get a chance to picnic this summer too!
Happy Stamping!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Gift From the Garden ~ SSINK July Blog Hop

It's time for an all new SSINK Blog Hop and this month anything goes!  This means we are free to create with any new stamp set and/or supplies that our crafty little hearts desire!

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 8 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Donna of Organized Chaos . 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.
The heat has taken it's toll on most of my flowers this summer, but I'm still having fun playing with some inky flowers and gardening supplies with the adorable Gift from the Garden stamp set!
I love the garden gloves and boots in this set!  And the flower pots and watering can are pretty adorable too! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Blackberry Bliss, Basic Gray, Mint Macaron, Whisper White, 2015-2017 In Color DSP
Ink ~ Basic Gray Stampin' Write Marker, Cucumber Crush, Perfect Plum, Blackberry Bliss, Mint Macaron, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ Gift from the Garden, Sprinkles of Life
Other Supplies ~ Mint Macaron Lace Trim, Blackberry Bliss Thick Bakers Twine (left over from SAB...shhh!!)
Have fun hoppin' your way through all 10 of the awesome creations don't want to miss any of them!

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Bargello Bestie

Made it through Monday...on to Tuesday and another day closer to the weekend!  This is always a good thing!
Another good thing is a fun crafting technique and the girls over at SSINK are trying out the Bargello technique.  Check out a great tutorial at Splitcoaststampers.  If you are like me and have LOADS of DSP, this technique is for you!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Mint Macaron, Basic Black, Pretty Petals DSP Stack
Ink ~ VersaMark, Black Sharpie
Stamp Set ~ Friendly Wishes
Other Supplies ~ Lots of Labels Framelits, Petite Petals Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Mint Macaron Lace Trim, White Perfect Accents
Have you tried coloring the White Perfect Accents with Sharpie's yet?   These are quickly becoming a new favorite embellishment!
Be sure to check out the rest of the awesome Bargello techniques from the rest of the team!
Happy Stamping!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hip Hip Horray...Happy Birthday

Happy Monday Stylin' Stampin' friends!  I hope you all had a fabulous 4th of July weekend...I know my family did!  I'm not ready for another week of work, but it does help that we are stating the week off with an all new SSINK Color Challenge. 
I finally got my 2015-2017 In Color DSP stack...I love the new patterns in these DSP stacks!  The script pattern goes together so well with the Silhouettes & Script {Hostess} Stamp set. 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Crumb Cake, Whisper White, 2015-2017 In Color DSP Stack {Watermelon Wonder}
Ink ~ Bermuda Bay, Watermelon Wonder
Stamp Set ~ Silhouettes & Script {Hostess}
Other Supplies ~ Bermuda Bay Bakers Twine, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Natural Chevron Trim, Cherry on Top Washi Tape, Note Tag Punch
We have a big combined birthday party for all of our summer birthday friends this coming weekend and this card will be perfect for one of the birthday girls!
Be sure to check out the rest of the design team color challenges and don't forget to play along!
Happy Stamping!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July stampin' friends!!!  What are you doing to celebrate today?
We are getting ready for our 13th annual neighborhood parade and we are so excited!  What started out as one neighborhood family walking and riding their decorated bikes around a few blocks has now turned into an entire neighborhood joining in the fun.  And for the second year our local fire department Union truck will lead the parade.  THIS is what the 4th of July is all about!
I have a simple card to share with you today, but I love it!  And I have my BFF to thank because I CASE'd a card she sent me a couple weeks ya Erica!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Night of Navy, Silver Foil
Ink ~ Real Red, Night of Navy, Silver
Stamp Sets ~ Work of Art, Gorgeous Grunge, And Many More
Other Supplies ~ Star Framelits, Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack, Silver Metallic Thread, Metallic Sequins
Wishing you all a very safe and Happy 4th of July!!
Happy Stamping!

Friday, July 3, 2015

Christmas in July

Merry 4th of July!!!  I think the heat is getting to me because I am already dreaming of a white Christmas.  Well, maybe not snow and cold, but I am OVER 110 degree weather!  I better get used to it though because we have a good 6-8 weeks more of this...summer heat is hitting us strong this year!
While I wait for the heat to pass, I will keep things cool in my craft room and start working on Christmas cards. My goal is to make at least one Christmas card each week between now and Christmas...wish me luck!  I'm starting things off with this adorable reindeer from Santa's Gifts.  The images in this stamp set are just begging to be colored, so I broke out my Aqua Painters and had some fun! 
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Whisper White, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate
Ink ~ StazOn, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Real Red, Versa Mark
Stamp Set ~ Santa's Gifts
Other Supplies ~ White Embossing Powder, Smoky Slate Thick Bakers Twine, Decorative Dots EF, Stylish Stripes EF, Lucky Stars EF
It's Embossing Folder day over at Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration, so I pulled out a few of them and added lots of fun texture!  I love my embossing folders!
Thanks for stopping by today! 
Happy Stamping!

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Have a Snappy Day

It's the last day of the work week before a holiday weekend AND it's a full's bound to be a snappy day!  Here's to a day that goes by quickly and without too much crazy!
I have a cute card for you today with a happy, snappy crab...this makes me smile and I hope it does the same for you!
Supplies Used:
Paper ~ Island Indigo, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer, Schoolhouse DSP
Ink ~ StazOn, Real Red, Pool Party
Stamp Set ~ You're Sublime, Watercolor Wash
Other Supplies ~ Circle Framelits, Mini Treatbag Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, White Bakers Twine
This ended up being kind of a crazy layout, but I ended up liking it after looking at it for a bit.
I hope you have a snappy day and don't get hit with too much full-moon-craziness!
Happy Stamping!