Friday, March 17, 2017

Fab Friday 108

Hi stampers!  I never knew selling a house in a much more urban area would be so stressful!  We had a few showings a week back home and here we have multiple ones a day!  I can't figure out when to stamp so there isn't a giant mess or I'm kicked out of my house in the middle or when do do my hang dry laundry lol!!!!

I did manage to whip up a quick card for this week's Fab Friday challenge at least!

I'm sort of in love with these colors and have MANY ideas for them even though I'm short on time!  Of course, succulents were the first thing that came to mind.  I also really like the addition of black with the softer colors.

This post will be short as I'm currently writing it at Panera while we show our house dinner time.  I'm not liking all the money and calories we are wasting by having to eat out.  And we're trying to entertain Ian until we can go home lol!  The showings this morning already cost me lunch at Chick Fil A and a new Thomas train at the bookstore lol!  And turns out it was all for not...the people who were supposed to have an appointment from 4:45-6 rang our bell at 7:15!!!!!  No call or no notice.  We are not happy.  Almost every showing has been a now show, super late, or just super difficult to schedule.  Send help!

Make sure to come play with us at Fab Friday!!!  We've had so many participants, it's awesome!

Happy stamping!

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Peeps Cards - Stampin' Up Artisan Global Design Team Blog Hop

Hi stampers!  It's time for another SU Artisan Design Team blog hop!  Don't you just LOVE hopping around the globe to see what everyone made?  You may have come from Mercedes' blog and her fabulous project, but if you didn't, don't worry, just keep clicking!

So I chose basket bunch for this hop because, well, it's A-dor-A-ble!!!!!!  I've not been thrilled with the Easter offerings for a while now (I'm totally picky like that) and I'm pretty sure I squealed out loud when I saw this.  AND matching framelits!  Be still my heart!!!!!!  Cute and easy to cut out, yes please!  

I actually only used one teeny-tiny stamp out of this set!  How cute is this little bunny that looks like a Peeps marshmallow bunny?  What funny is that I don't even like Peeps lol!  My dad does though, so he's sure to get at least one of these cards!  I went with a rainbow theme because...well...Peeps! :-)  There's a number of funny puns you can come up with and with the labeler alphabet stamp set, it's easy to stamp exactly what you need!

A little tip when you're brainstorming is to search google images and Pinterest and I'm not talking cards.  After I decided I wanted to do a Peeps theme, I searched images of actual Peeps candy  which helped me to come up with the rainbow theme and decide on colors.  I think sometimes we get set on only searching for actual cards and Stampin' Up related images but you can get a lot of inspiration from other images as well!

I may have made three squillion cards for this hop...well ok, eight actually, but stamping all of these sentiments felt like three squillion ;-)  But once I got started, I couldn't stop.  They're just so cute and cheery!

I started down the rabbit hole so to speak (ha), with the glad you're one of my peeps cards.  I inked up my bunny in versamark first and then in basic black.  Working quickly, I embossed with clear embossing powder and then I just watercolored them.  My hoppy Easter card is the same concept but easier if you're not good at coloring and me!  It's just a simple watercolor wash with the bunnies stamped over the top.  I did a few splatters in pinks and purples on the background panel there just to change it up a bit.  Both the main background panels and the bunny strips are popped up on dimensionals.  

And because I just couldn't stop, I made a set of monochromatic cards which I also love!

I simply created a watercolor wash our on our watercolor paper in each of my colors and stamped a bunny in the coordinating cardstock.   I stamped a few of the bunnies in a different color for more contrast and I'll note those below.  I also layered my stitched die cut with a scalloped square from the layering squares.

Here, I used old olive and tempting turquoise.

I used rich razzleberry for the purple card and I stamped mambo melon onto flirty flamingo for the pink.  It showed up much better that way.  

For the orange card, I stamped with pumpkin pie on peek a boo peach.  My yellow bunny is stamped with crushed curry on daffodil delight.  

These all looked ok stamped with the same colors but some of them just stood out a little bit more with a different ink color.  If you want to recreate these and don't have all of the colors listed here, it will still look cute by using the same ink colors as the cardstock.

Now it's time to head on over to Miriam in the Netherlands and see her amazing project!

And we've added a blog roll if you get lost or want to visit one of us quickly!

Thanks for hopping and happy stamping!
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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Moving Succs!

Hi stampers!  Is it only Wednesday?  :-)  They finally got our house on the market.  Have I mentioned I hate moving?  I've been trying to get some artisan stuff done and turned in so I haven't stamped at much as I'd like, I mean for fun anyway :-)  But now, I didn't get much done yesterday with the cleaning people here and someone wanted to see the house at dinner time with like 2 hours notice.  I'd already started dinner so I had to clean that up and then cut out.  So no stamping.  And now people keep wanting to see it at Ian's nap time.  The kid loves and NEEDS naps and takes a solid three hour nap in the afternoon and will NOT sleep anywhere but his crib really.   I hate to say no to showing but I hate him being crabby and miserable too!  I gave people an alternate time and then never heard back.'s so stressful and I'm finding it difficult to stamp.  We are officially leaving next Saturday though so hopefully I won't have to worry about it long.  Then I'll be worried about trying to figure out how to stamp in an apartment for a few weeks, ha!

Anyway, I feel like it should be Thursday or Friday by now already!  Having another raging sinus infection/headache isn't helping matters either.  I thought I was over it but it seems to have returned.  I guess I may have to go to the doctor.  Something else I try to avoid!

I guess these cards are pretty fitting for my mood right now :-)  I love the little puns you can make with the succulent set and our labeler alphabet.  I hope these don't offend any of my readers but I thought they were clever.   And sometimes you just need "that" kind of card.  Sometimes there isn't much else to say except something sucks.  Like moving ;-)  We really try not to say the S word with Ian repeating everything but like I said, occasionally there isn't a suitable alternative, at least in adult conversation!

I like that these cards are kind of elegant with the succulents but then a little snarky with the font and sentiment.  I pulled my colors from the succulent DSP.  The outline of each succulent is stamped full strength and each solid part is stamped off once.

Seriously, you just need this card right here sometimes!

And then there a lot of people I could send this to! I have some of the best friends, ever!

Anyway, that's the post for today.  I'll try to post when I can, wish us luck...on everything, ha!

Happy stamping!

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