Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Tour De Freaks Time

Hi stampers, it's that time...well it's kind of past that time, but convention was last week so we delayed our blog hop for a bit since many of us were in sunny Salt Lake!

Convention was freakin' awesome as usual and even more fun in a way since Baby B and his grandparents went with me!  What wasn't freakin' awesome was the three adults plus my hubby getting really sick when we returned home.  Boo!!!  So far the little man seems to have escaped and I'm hoping that holds true!

Of course one of the highlights is swapping with the Control Freaks!  I just love these people!!!!!!  In fact, I love them so much that because of a time change I had two swaps at the same time so I had to pick where I went and I chose them :-)  Love you guys!!!!  Although I am sad I didn't get to see people at my other swap and I'm really thankful for a couple of people who acted as my proxy to get those cards out and get mine in return!  Speaking of awesome people and projects, you should have just come from Heidi's blog.  If you didn't, don't fret as we make an endless loop so just keep clicking!

Anywho, since we swap two cards I'll share the first one I made first.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps:  Lots of joy, And many more
Paper:  Whisper white, crumb cake, cherry cobbler,  mossy meadow, gold foil sheets
Ink:  Crumb cake, cherry cobbler, mossy meadow, whisper white craft
Accessories:  2.5" circle and tree punches, cherry cobbler baker's twin, lucky stars embossing folder, pearl basic jewels

I love all things Christmas so I had to do a Christmas card!  And I love the tree set in the annual catalog  And here's a little tip...I tried tying the bows on the tree but I found tying them separately and using a glue dot to stick them on worked way better and was way easier!

The next card had me struggling.  I really wanted to use no bones about it but for whatever reason, ideas were slow to come.  I think I finally came up with something that I liked and I hope the freaks did too!  I really need to get used to making boy cards now!  My first prototype used another embossing folder but I felt something was lacking.  I then remembered I had bought the new stencils and it just so happened that one of them reminded me of trees you'd see long with dinosaurs...and Ian's favorite cartoon is Dinosaur Train so I'm becoming an expert ;-)

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: No bones about it
Paper:  Whisper white, soft suede, night of navy, old olive
Ink:  Soft suede, crumb cake, old olive, hello honey, versamark
Accessories:  White embossing powder, happy patterns stencils, burlap ribbon

I hope you (and the freaks) enjoyed my swaps.  Everything I got back was wonderful and I'm missing you all already!  Don't forget to click on over and visit Connie and her fabulous projects!

And thanks for touring with the Freaks!

Happy stamping!

Friday, July 24, 2015

FAB Friday!

Hi stampers and what a FAB Friday it is!  That's because I'm in Salt Lake City at convention!!!  To make it extra special this year, Ian and my parents came along!  So. Much. Fun.  And so tired, lol!  So, this post may be short and sweet.  And my editing software still is on the fritz and obviously I haven't had time to mess with it :-)  Sorry!  I really am and I can't stand the photos but it is what it is.

So we have a fun color challenge over at Fab Friday.  My card is for a special little friend who's birthday I missed...better late than never :-)

This set is so cute and the colors were perfect.  Ian loves the Dinosaur Train cartoon on PBS (and I actually like it too, yay) and these colors fit just perfect for the dinos they show :-)

Make sure to check out everyone else's amazing work then play along!

I'm off to drool over the NEW Holiday Catalog!!!!!!!!  Of course Ian went to bed late on the night I wanted to study it, hehe!

And hopefully I'll be able to find some time to share some convention goodness and Ian goodness with you soon too!

Happy stamping!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Fab Fridy 68

Hi stampers!  TGIF!  This week has seemed kind of long after we had a couple of short weeks with a trip for our anniversary and then the holiday.  This 5 day work week is for the birds :-)  But I have managed to get myself organized and get some stamping in.  I'm in major convention prep mode meaning I'm making all sorts of lists of what not to forget to pack and making some swaps!

However, I had to take a break to work on this sketch for Fab Friday this week!  It's pretty simple but a great one to get you going and you can take it in many different directions!

Again, please excuse my lack of editing.  I still can't get my editing software to work since updating and it's not high on the list :-)  But you can see here I swapped the stitching for some of the new thin metallic thread!  It's so fun!  I'm not good at doing that technique yet though!  And how did that retired ribbon end up on there??? :-)

Now, make sure to check out all the inspiration we have for you and play along!

Happy stamping!

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Happy 4th of July!

Hi stampers!  I totally forgot to edit and post this card yesterday as we spent the day with my best friend and her hubby and little guy!  My editing software isn't working still and I'm having trouble with iPhoto so you get  a naked picture, sorry :-)  So, here you go while the little guy (who's 11 months tomorrow, holy cow) is napping ;-)

I hope everyone has a happy and safe 4th!  God bless America!

Happy stamping!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Fab Friday 67

Hi stampers!  Happy Friday!  And happy 5th anniversary to me and Mr. Bada-Bing!  Sadly I don't have a card made up for him but I'm sure he won't mind.  But I do have a card for the Fab Friday challenge!  A color challenge is up so why not celebrate the newest in colors! You can use just a few or all of them!

Please excuse the unedited and or small pictures.  Since updating my iOS I haven't been able to get my editing software to work.

Here's my card!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps:  Kinda eclectic
Paper:  Whisper white, tip top taupe
Ink:  Tip top taupe, watermelon wonder, cucumber crush, mint macaron, delightful dijon
Accessories:  butterfly punches, basic pearls

I tend to focus on newer sets so it was a challenge to pull this set off my shelf but I'm happy I did!  These colors don't immediately go together in my mind but really they do.  And it's getting easier to put them together.  I think they work exceptionally well with this set!

Now it's your turn to play along.  Make sure to visit the site to check out all of the other DT inspiration and don't be afraid of these colors if they don't work for you right away, like me!  Give it a shot!

Happy stamping!

Friday, June 19, 2015

Freakin' Yeah!

Hi stampers!  I'm blogging again, that makes two days in a week!!!!  And I have two cards today, one of which I REALLY love!  And they are just for the Control Freaks blog hop!

You may have come from the wonderful Connie Babbert's blog, weren't her projects awesome?  If not, don't worry as we make an endless loop. You could look at the awesomeness all day long ;-)  Just keep following the links! (We go live Friday night but make sure to check back Saturday for the official tour and all the links.)

This month's theme is new catalog goodness!  Now, as I'm blogging I realized that I used pre-order goodies BUT new is new, right?  And I didn't get quite as much new stuff as I used to since I'm not working now so I had less to chose from (using the word less in reference to anything in my craft room does make me laugh though, lol).  I also tried to use new products but also some old products as well in order to show how everything works so nicely together.

First up is a card that didn't quite come together like I'd planned but it's not "bad". :-)  I just hate when they don't turn out quite like I'd imagined.  The more I look at it here the more I like it.  I have to say these little flowers are bigger than I expected them to be!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps:  Friendly wishes
Paper:  Whisper white, tip top taupe, watermelon wonder, mint macaron
Ink:  Tip top taupe, watermelon wonder, mint macaron
Accessories:  In color blossom accents, tip top taupe dotted lace trim, burlap trim, scalloped tag topper punch

I can't seem to get a handle on the watermelon color, at least in large quantities, so I'm trying to work it in as accents and I'm pretty happy with it!  I combined the new boho folder here with a couple of older ones for some much needed texture!

My other card is totally one of my favorites. You all know I've struggled to create for a while so I'm always extra excited when I LOVE something.  I used the boho stamp set along with the PP birthday set that came back.  I think the blend together well!  You all know I love a fun mix of fonts.  I'm like Brick on The Middle...anyone know what I'm talking about?  Haha!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps:  Endless birthday wishes, bohemian borders
Paper:  Whisper white, Bermuda bay
Ink:   Whisper white, Bermuda bay, hello honey, watermelon wonder
Accessories:  Boho chic embossing folder

This is the same color combo I shared in my last post.  It's funny how the same combo can have a different tone entirely depending on how it's used.  It's hard to tell in the photo but I stamped one of the groups of three by stamping off first.

I hope you enjoyed the projects.  I'm hopeful I'll be able to stamp and share more soon!  Our summer has turned out quite busy!  Where were all these plans when I was bored to tears over the winter?

Now head on over to Connie Tumm's (It's a Connie sandwich over here, hehe) blog and check out her fantastic projects!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Color crazed

Hi stampers!  I swear, I'm going to try to do better at posting :-)  I have been stamping a bit here and there lately so that's good!  And I'm working really hard at getting some ideas going for my convention swaps so that's progress I suppose!

I do have to admit while I don't dislike this year's in colors, they aren't as easy for me to use as some from previous years.  But, in time, I always warm up to all of them I suppose.  This time I'm struggling most with the cucumber and watermelon colors.  In general, they just aren't colors I'm particularly drawn to...until I realized my toes are pretty much painted watermelon wonder, ha!  I guess I do have a thing for BRIGHT colors in the summer time, especially on my toes!  That's making me look at the color just a tad differently now.

I also happened to glance down at my grid paper the other day and notice a color combo that I NEVER would have thought of on my own.  The colors were from a number of projects and just kind of came together by accident to speak to me!  And I was really happy to see watermelon wonder working so great with Bermuda bay and hello honey!

You'll see another project soon with them too with a bit of a different tone.  For now, here is what I'm sharing today!  Who knew these rather bright colors could make a vintage-ish card!?!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Choose happiness
Paper:  Very vanilla, hello honey
Ink:  Hello honey, bermuda bay, watermelon wonder
Accessories:  Linen thread, burlap ribbon, gold sequin trim

It's always great when a "mess" like my grid paper inspires a card!

Happy stamping!
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