Friday, November 25, 2016

Fab Friday 101

Hi stampers!  I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and ate way too much like I did ;-)  Ian had a really good time with everyone and his cousins this year since he's finally over his major stranger danger!  He was pretty much asleep standing up before his nap, so worn out :-)  He on the other hand, didn't eat a LICK of Thanksgiving food, he doesn't know what he's missing!

Anyway, it's time for a new challenge over at Fab Friday.  You should play along if you're not too busy Black Friday shopping!

I'm still working on my watercoloring skills so you're going to see this a lot :-)  

Make sure to check out what the rest of the team did and play along with us!

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hello Pumpkin

Hi stampers!  How can there only be a few days until Thanksgiving already???  My card today uses a pumpkin.  I have to say I'm not a huge pumpkin fan.  I do like pumpkin spice lattes and a few other pumpkin flavored things but not too many!  One of my faves though is my pumpkin pie cheesecake!  And I don't even like pumpkin pie, ha!  But, I'm pretty sure I'd eat about anything if you make it in the form of a cheesecake ;-)  I'm hoping that I can bake it at our destination and they won't be out of cream cheese or pumpkin or other vital ingredients!

I've had this little pumpkin stamped and sitting on my desk for a long time just waiting to be used as a card.  Well actually I had another one made with our current succulent set but when I got basket of wishes, the little plants in it fit SO MUCH better!  I actually saw a display card at onstage that had succulents in a pumpkin so great minds must think alike!  I have to say, I got the idea while looking at Pinterest and searching succulents.  It's a great way to come up with ideas for stamp sets...note I wasn't even looking for stamped projects ;-)

Mint macaron, always artichoke, and perfect plum are my go-to succulent colors as well!  I have rarely used artichoke and plum for a long time so it's always fun when something makes you pull out colors you tend to neglect!

This is also a great way to extend the use of your Halloween sets! The pumpkin is from jar of haunts!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Caseing the Catalog

Hi stampers!  I have a card today I cased from the holiday catalog.  I think this catalog has some really great samples!  I have a whole list of things I want to case but usually when I sit down I try to come up with my own ideas.  I have to remind myself to case sometimes :-)

I really liked this card!

Do you like the samples in the catalogs?  Do you case them?

Happy stamping!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Outside My Comfort Zone

Hi stampers!  I hope everyone had a great weekend!  I'm sharing something today that may not look like a typical "Mindy" card. I figure I really need to expand my range with this Artisan gig looming;-)

I'm really trying to get better at watercoloring so I finally bought basket of wishes (you KNOW it was the succulents that really got me, right?) to play with.  I have had some trouble stamping on our watercolor paper with our basic black ink (and stazon too, for that matter) so I did some asking around for advice and used it to come up with what I found to be the perfect solution.  I first inked up with versamark and then my basic black. It worked like a dream!  I think the VM really helps pick up and stick down the black ink.  I went a step further then, and heat embossed with clear powder.  It looks great and it helps the coloring a bit since it separates the colors slightly.  I highly recommend you try it!

I have also been thinking of using this pop of pink for a while and always seemed to forget.  I really like the bold look of it and I think it would look really good with quite a few ideas!  It's kind of unexpected in a "fall" card but I think it works!  I also love the combo and black and dijon!

I added a little bow of our gold twine from the holiday catalog and some burlap ribbon.  The sentiment may be a little occasions sneak peek that was an all attendee give away at OnStage called all things thanks.  And look closely and you'll see a tiny bit of a doily peeking out under it.

Don't be afraid to try new things, ok????

Happy stamping!

Saturday, November 19, 2016

Merry Freaky Christmas!

Hi stampers!  It's time for the Control Freaks blog hop!

If things aren't working quite right on Saturday evening, make sure to come back Sunday morning!  You may have just from from Melissa's blog and her amazing projects but don't fret if you made it here another way.  We make an endless loop so just keep clicking and you'll see everything!

You'll also notice some more changes on my blog.  I got some new backdrops for my photos so I'm trying those out.  I hope you like them!  I'm also experimenting with my photo editing and edges of my photos.  If you have a minute, let me know what you think, ok?

This month's theme is my favorite, the holidays!

My first card it's really a tradition Christmas card but I kind of love it! And this is my kind of water worries about inside the lines, haha!  I embossed the stars from the forever evergreen set and combined it with the sentiment from wonderful wreath!

And now for a more traditional card using holly berry happiness.  And look, more watercoloring!  I told you that you'd see more since I'm still practicing ;-)  I love how simple this card is yet it's pretty stunning if you ask me!

Now you're off to see my stampy bestie, Wendy.  I know you're going to LOVE what she has to show you!

Happy stamping!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Display Samples - Leftovers

Hi stampers!  I have the last two projects from the OnStage event.  I called them the leftovers because I totally forgot one card on my Christmas post and I forgot the other one in the annual catalog post.  Whoops!

Let's start with a very appropriate fall card...even if it felt like summer here yesterday and today at 70 degrees in mid-November!  I ran with Ian and wore shorts and a t-shirt!  Crazy!

I used cajun craze and delightful dijon with acorny thank you here.  I should have done some kind of splattering or something on the label background panel.  Darn!  The foil acetate makes a really classy fall card!

And now my poor forgotten Christmas card :-)  The wonderful year set looks great as a chalkboard, no?  Add some pretty pines and boom!  So cute!

I hope you've enjoyed my samples!  I had a lot of fun making them!  And now I'll be back to show you some of my backlogged regular projects :-)

Happy stamping!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Display Samples - Very Merry

Hi stampers!  Today my display samples are all Christmas cards.  You know me, I had to make some Christmas cards!  Christmas is my favorite!

The first card is probably my favorite and is a shaker card.  I used the pretty pines dies to make a little scene in my jar and added some mica flakes.  I think I made a boo boo and used the red foil when I meant to use the red glimmer paper, I hope you can forgive me :-)  The lid is embossed with the copper powder.  I also love the sentiment from wonderful year!

Here's a close up view:

I guess I was on a shaker card roll...for this one I did a watercolor wash on my background piece.  I cut out the word from the wreath framelits and added more micha flakes.  Simple but I think it's very pretty!

My final card uses some DSP from the warmth and cheer stack and the numbers from our numbers framelits.  I love stuff like this!

I hope you enjoyed these samples!  I only have a couple more to share!

Happy stamping!


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