Friday, February 5, 2016

Fab Friday 80

Hi stampers!  So, after a little break,  Fab Friday is back for 2016! We can't wait for you to play along in the new year!

We're starting things off with a color challenge perfect for Valentine's Day.  Of course, it could be perfect for any number of things too!

As you can guess from my "radio silence" I've been struggling to stamp yet again.  I'm not sure why and it's not for lack of trying.  I'm just not pleased with my finished products if I can come up with an idea in the first place.  This challenge was no exception so I kept it super simple!

Stampin Supplies:
Stamps:  Greatest Greetings, work of art
Ink:  Real red, blushing bride, watermelon wonder
Paper:  Whisper white, watermelon wonder
Accessories:  Love blossoms embellishment kit, 2.5 inch circle punch, deco labels framelits

I need to use the work of art stamp set more and try to stamp with more elements than actual specific images!  I also don't really care for the sentiment I used here as I feel like it doesn't really work with most of the stamps I have but this is pretty nondescript ;-)  I need to work more in the abstract with backgrounds I do believe!  I'm also not a huge fan of watermelon wonder BUT I have to say it works great with these colors!  I actually really like it here!

The sequins are from the little embellishment kit in the Occasions catalog and they are blushing bride.  I really like them and I wish our sequin trim was the same.  Those are flat and I like that these have some dimension and texture!  I wanted to note that the card base is our heavier whisper white and it makes a great base on a one layer card!

I think some new goodies may help :eyeroll: so there may be some new stuff headed my way...

If you have new goodies or even if you don't, make sure to play along!  We'd love to see your project!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

I Freakin' Love Ya!

Hi stampers!  Mum's been the word around here, sorry about that.  I've been trying to keep warm by the fireplace instead of my cold downstairs stamp room.  I need a fireplace down there!  We also got a Netflix ready that may have something to do with my lack of stamping too ;-)

Anyway, at least I'm here today and it's time for the Control Freaks blog hop!  You may have come from Cindy's blog, weren't her projects adorable?  Don't forget we make a big loop, so if you haven't seen her stuff, just keep clicking around!

Of course this time of year, the theme has to be all about love and Valentine's day!  I have to admit, I don't have any of the Valentine's sets from the Occasions catalog (I do have the going global set but that's not an exclusive V-day set so I'm not counting it, hehe). I'm trying not to buy sets if I don't LOVE them and none of the new ones really spoke to me.  I'm hoping it also forces me to be more creative with what I DO have.  My first card cheats a little bit and uses a retired greeting but you know me and word stamps...some of them never retire in my mind ;-)  But this one is pretty much traditional Valentine's, hearts, and all that.

The heart looks a bit green in the photo but it's pretty and gold.  It's from the new embellishment kit as are the cute sequins.  A little heads up about that blushing bride glimmer sheds more than my other colors...a lot of stuff in my studio is decked out in pink glitter now ;-)

My other project isn't a traditional Valentine but I love it all the same!
It's hard to see but I put some of the thin gold thread looped up behind the main focal point.  This makes a great masculine card!

Now you're off to Heidi's blog to see her always awesome creations!

I hope you enjoy the hop and maybe if it gets much above single digits I'll be motivated to head down stairs again ;-)

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Sale-A-Bration 2016

Hi stampers!  I've been quiet again, I know, but you know how it goes after the holidays!  My mom came back up North with us and we've had a good time hanging out with Ian and stuff!  I'll get back to stamping and sharing soon I hope!  Hopefully, my new order from the Occasions catalog and my FREE items from SAB come soon!

The occasions catalog and SAB catalog went live today!  You can check them out in my store!

Don't forget that for every $50 you spend before tax and shipping, you earn a FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  A few of them are limited time only so make sure to get them while you can!

And as IF you needed another reason to order, you can now earn SAB rewards with a 3 month pre-paid my paper pumpkin subscription!  Three months of fun projects sent straight to your mailbox plus a free SAB item!  Save almost $5 with this deal at $55 for all three months!

Please contact me today if you have any questions or would like to request a copy of the catalogs!

Happy stamping!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

A special request...

Hi stampers.  I don't have a project for you today but I do have a special request.  My sweet, sweet friend and fellow stamper (and SU demo at least once, hehe) has been dealing with a super sad situation regarding her mother's heath. My heart absolutely breaks for her and her family.  I'm asking you, at the end of this holiday season, to find it in your heart to help if you can.

Ilina's Go Fund Me Page

Even if you can't donate, please keep her and her family in your thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.  Ilina is just the sweetest person, a great friend and an amazingly talented artist.  It would be the greatest Christmas gift to me if my friends could help her and her momma.  Our boys are only a few months apart and were able to meet at Convention this year as well as her meet my mom (who also thought she was just the sweetest :-) ).

I hope everyone had a happy and blessed Christmas!


Tuesday, December 22, 2015

A Fesitvus For...

the rest of us!  Hi stampers!  Happy Festivus!  LOL!  If you can't tell, I'm a Seinfeld fan ;-)  If you don't get this...I apologize....  While I'm sure I've got the airing of grievances covered (I've always got THAT covered, lol) I'm not sure how the feats of strength are going to go considering I've been avoiding workout out successfully for a while now, oops!  After all the yummy treats I'm sure going to have my work cut out for me!  Maybe after Christmas I'll have time to share my favorite holiday treats...both tried and true and NEW ones!  I got all my treats done yesterday and almost all my gifts are wrapped...just a few loose ends so to speak.  I actually got some christmas cards SENT too!

Anyway, here's a card I had wanted to case forever and finally got around to it.  I loved it in the catalog and it turned out really pretty as well!

Who would have thought that Bermuda Bay would go so well with a vintage color combo but it does!

Happy stamping!

Jolly Deer

Hi stampers!  How can Christmas be this week already?  I'm ready but I'm not ready!  I really think I'd like it if the holiday season was longer!  I'd have more time to get ready (ok, more time to procrastinate, lol) and more time to enjoy all the fun stuff!  I'm kind of dreading the time after Christmas, January-March can seem kind of long.  It's cold and often dreary and there's not a whole lot going on.  Last year was rough, with Ian being only 5-6 months old.  I'm hoping it will be a little better now that he's older and maybe I won't feel as trapped at home if it's cold.  He can do much more stuff now and there's lots of places to take him to learn and play!

Today it baking day and we'll be making all kinds of cookies and no-bake treats!  Hopefully I won't eat them all and I'm excited that Ian can enjoy some of them this year too!  I'm always looking for new things to try, what are your favorite holiday treats?

This is one of the last cards I made.  I was just playing round with some leftovers from cutting out the word.  I had intentionally cut it out at this placement in order to make a card with it!  Sometimes I have a bright idea...sometimes ;-)

I'm just going to CRY when this paper goes away in a few weeks.  I just love the vintage/retro feel and that dang deer is too sweet.  I'm warning you now, you may see it for a while!  I really love the music note design too.  I'm sure you couldn't tell that ;-)

Ok, time to check on the cookies ;-)

Happy stamping!

Monday, December 21, 2015

Peaceful Snowflake

Hi stampers!  I took Sunday off from blogging after a little road trip with the little man to my mom's house on Saturday.  And I'm not sorry about it, lol!  By the time I get us both packed up and drive 4+ hours alone with a toddler I'm pretty much done...with everything :-)

So, Sunday was a little less hectic even if we were on the go ALL day.  We ended our day by "going to town" to eat for Grandpa's birthday (it's TODAY) and taking Ian to see the drive through Christmas lights in the park.  You drive on the bike path and go about 2 miles an hour so I felt safe taking him out of his car seat so he could really see and he LOVED it.  He didn't even say anything...just looked back and forth, back and forth, ha!  I used to love a couple of displays like that growing up so I'm happy there are a few around here to take him to each year.  I hope he learns to love all the trappings of the holidays as much as we do!

Here's a simple card I made weeks ago using one of my favorite stamp sets!

Next on the Christmas agenda is cookie baking day (plenty of no bake goodies on the list too).  Ian may not be much help there....but I'm sure he'll enjoy my efforts this year ;-)

Happy stamping!
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