Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Happy Celebrations Easter Edition

Hi stampers!  I showed you happy celebrations yesterday kind of as intended, for a birthday card.  This is a great stamp set and embossing folder combo!  I decided to use it for a little bit out of the box idea here.  Valentine's is over to onto Easter, right?  The stamp set includes a lot of sentiments but not one for Easter so I selectively inked up one of the basket bunch sentiments and stamped it underneath my embossed word.

The embossing folder is really fun!  I watercolored my four colors over it a bit haphazardly.  I didn't want it to be perfect.  I think it makes a great look for an Easter card.  Soft but cheery at the same time!

And then I added a few checks from the basket bunch set as well.  And I made my scallop border with my little layering square hack I posted about a while back.  I cut a scallop square in half and lined it up to make a border!  

I think it turned out super cute and hope you do too!  FYI, I left my basic black ink and daffodil delight ink off the product list, sorry!  I wasn't going to redo it...blame the sickness ;-)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Happy Celebrations

Hi stampers!  I'm happy and celebrating over here that I'm not feeling like death anymore!  I meant to get a post up for yesterday and today over the weekend but after picking my mom up at the train station on Saturday, my allergies hit me like a Mack truck!  I haven't had them flare up bad in the last few years and this more than made up for that.  Add to the fact that Jon and I had a quick little trip out of town (more on that another time) and I've pretty much been miserable so there wasn't any blogging happening.

Now, I SHOULD have blogged and stamped the night before we left town.  I got a couple allergy medicines and it turns out one of them or the combo of both was like crack for me.  I didn't go to sleep ALL NIGHT LONG.  I was up for well over 36 hours straight.  Now, I learned in high school that I can't do decongestants because they wire me all up but I have taken both of these medications without incident before and was super careful to avoid the dreaded "D".  So, it's safe to say, I'll be throwing those in the trash!  But really, I should have put my wide-awakness to good use, ha!

We're headed home now and thankfully I finally slept good last night and felt human this morning!

Anyway here's a simple card using the happy celebrations set.  There is a bit of a boo-boo on this card, see the Y.  My stamp set was defective but I just loved this stamp in particular so much, I used it anyway.  And because SU is awesome, I got a replacement lickety-split!  Remember if something doesn't work right, let me or SU know and we'll get you squared away!

So I cased this card off of a sample that SU published a while ago with a thank you card.  I want to say it was an old SAB set but I can't remember offhand.

The only thing I don't like is how the calypso coral and flirty flamingo watercoloring pretty much look the same here.  Oh well, lesson learned!  I think it's a bit more apparent in real life but I do like the combo of all the fun colors!  My heart border is from sealed with love set.

Now, let's hope my ears handle the flight ok.  I have trouble with them to begin with and the decent Sunday was not good for them.  At one point, both kind of closed up on me and gave me a LOT of pain.  The right one didn't open up until sometime on Monday so I'm hoping to not go half deaf again!  Being sick and flying are two of my least favorite things and even more so when combined, ha!

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Fab Friday 106

Hi stampers and happy Friday!  It's been a busy week around here!  But I have been stamping here and there and I had to make sure and get my Fab Friday card done for this week's fun color challenge!

It's a pretty bright one and I love it!  Wanna see what I did?

I broke out the super duper stamp set because it is perfect for bright and fun and bold colors like these!  I just LOVE the balloons in this set, they look like they are popping off of the page!  I stamped my main image twice and cut them both out.  I will say that if you aren't happy with how your images are stamping then try re-inking your pads.  I have been needing to do this for a while and it made a HUGE difference here!  I should have saved the "bad" images to show you the difference!

I added a few enamel dots to the middle of my starbursts for a finishing touch.  This card would go through the mail super easily but looks super cute!

Make sure to check out the Fab Friday site and play along with us, we'd love to have you!

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Thursday, February 16, 2017

Lift Me Up Mobile Card - Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hi stampers!  Welcome to another Stampin' Up Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  We're a group of 20 demonstrators who get to share our inspiration with you a couple times a month.  You may have just come from Mercedes' blog and her fabulous project.  Don't worry if you didn't, just keep hopping and you'll hop around the world in no time!  Like seriously, how fun are these hops?  It really is a trip around the world each time!

This month's focus is the Lift Me Up bundle.  I have to say, I have a special love for hot air balloons because my dad has always loved them.  In fact, when I was little (it was way back when because my parents were still married!!!!) my dad got to take a ride in one and my mom and I followed along on the ground.  I'll never forget how cool it was to see him up there and how happy HE was!

So, I did something a little different for me again.  While this card isn't all that exciting on the outside, it has a little surprise on the inside.  And while it may not be anything super fancy outside, it's pretty cute I think!

For the panels behind the balloon, I alternated watermelon wonder with calypso coral.  You can see the contrast much better in person and a bit more in the next photograph.

And then look how fun the inside is!  I'm calling this a mobile card because it's kind of like a mobile when you open it.

And let me just say that I'm not the worlds best photographer and this sucker was difficult to photograph with all the moment and shadows and GAH!  At one point I was half in-half out our front door laying across the threshold to try to get some good light, lol!

I created the mobile by using a couple of strips of cardstock and then sandwiched some of our metallic thread in between.  There's about a million ways to do this.  I searched on google and pinterest and kind of used a combination of ideas I saw.  I suggest doing the same if you want to recreate it and pick whatever works best for you.

I stamped each balloon twice and then used liquid glue and glue dots to firmly sandwich the ends of the thread in between them.  I masked the sentiment on the front of the card and then masked the remaining happy birthday for the inside as you see here.

I hope you enjoyed this card and maybe feel inspired to try one!

Now it's time to hop on over to Miriam's blog.

You're going to LOVE her project!

Happy stamping!

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