Sunday, December 10, 2017


Hi stampers!  Heads up!  Tonight, starting a Midnight, you can get FREE shipping for 24 hours!

I'll remind you tomorrow, too!  Makes Monday a LITTLE more tolerable, right?

Happy stamping.

Friday, December 8, 2017

Fab Friday 127

Hi stampers!  Happy Friday!  It's been a crazy week here and I'm ready for the weekend!  Jon went to China and his mom stayed and helped me take care of Ian so we've been busy!  I can't believe how close it's getting to Christmas!  I'm going to attempt a little trip to Oklahoma City Saturday to finish up shopping and let the guys have some bonding time ;-)  Other than going back home to Illinois, I haven't traveled inside OK at all and I'm kind of excited to go explore a new city!  Anyone from OK or familiar with OKC?  Anywhere I should hit up the shopping?

Anyway, since it's Friday, it's time for a new challenge at Fab Friday!  We've got something a little different for you this time around!  Since it's right before Christmas we thought we'd have a little Christmas party so show us your best holiday creation!

You can use this logo for inspiration (I really love it) or just go another direction entirely.  It's a free for all!  

I kind of wanted to base a card off of the picture but I didn't get around to it but I did make this!  I really like the snowflakes sentiments set and the coordinating framelits!  Everyone knows I'm a sucker for large sentiments and cute fonts!

I really love the combo of white, crumb cake, garden green, and real red.  You can't get more festive than these colors!  And the framelit that cuts out the little row of dots at the top, is just the PERFECT finishing touch!  It appears I may have used a retired button. Whoops ;-)

Make sure to check out what the design team did and play along with us!  Show us your Christmas best!

Happy stamping!
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Merry Mistletoe

Hi stampers!  I've mentioned before I really like the Christmas Happiness stamp set but I haven't used it much.  I changed that last weekend when I whipped this card up.  The set doesn't scream elegance to me but this card is just that, elegant.

I doubled up on my doilies.  Can you believe I was out of doilies for a while?  I used the last ones I was making my display samples and literally cried!  They can really make a card!  Our snowflake ones are gorgeous too, I really love the color of our gold ones!

Hopefully it's feeling more merry over here today...the near 80 temperatures yesterday were pretty weird for this time of year for a girl from Illinois!  I mean we get warm days but come on!!!!  At least my cards can be Christmasy if the weather can't be!

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Monday, December 4, 2017

Mailable Monday

Hi stampers!  It's the start of a new week and more Christmas preparations to make :-)  Where is the year going?  I got some Christmas crafting done over the weekend although it's never enough!

I have so many things that I haven't made enough with or used to their full potential, or I haven't used at all, like this bundle!  The Night of Bethlehem Bundle is amazing and I love stamp sets that highlight the real reason for the season!

I wanted to do this one in all neutral tones and add in some vellum. In the photo, the back of the city appears white but it's actually cut from vellum and looks amazing!  The front layer of the city has been sponged with a brayer to appear darker than the kraft cardstock.  A simple sentiment and silhouette in basic black and a champaign star finish it off!

It was pretty simple and I kind of love it!  Hope you do too!

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Thursday, November 30, 2017

Color Me Happy Christmas Card - Stampin Up Global Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hi stampers!  It's time for another ADT blog hop!  I can't believe we only have one more hop left this year!  It's gone so fast and I'm sure to get mushy and sentimental in next month's post ;-)  I still can't believe that I got to be a part of this amazing and talented group of stampers even for a little bit, let alone a whole year!

Anyway,  this hop is an "open hop" so you may see a few different things!  It was suggested at some point, that we could use the Color Me Happy Stamp Set and Kit to do something different with it.  I took that to mean on our hop for the Blends so I did a New Year's card with the lanterns.  But then I got to thinking, that I wanted to do something else to show the versatility of the kit and stamp set!  I have to say, this isn't really anything I would have put together left to my own devices but I love how this team challenges me!  I mean, the colors of the kit just don't scream Christmas, do they?

But, I'm ALL CHRISTMAS like all the time over here right now :-)  So, I wanted to create a Christmas card with the kit and I think I really like how it turned out!

I colored my birdies with cherry cobbler and old olive and I feel like it paired with the blue so well.  The colors are so rich!  I used the celebrate sentiment from the stamp set and pulled in the Christmas from Merry Cafe.  A bit of black really made all the colors pop.  A few of the little star sequins were the perfect finishing touch.

Again, this isn't a card I would have made on my own without the push of an "assignment" but I really, really, REALLY like it!  Find yourself a challenge and step outside your comfort zone, too!

But first, go visit Miriam in the Netherlands and see what she has for you, it's going to be amazing as always!

I hope you enjoyed my project and maybe it helps you see the Color Me Happy kit in a different light! 

Happy stamping!
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