Wednesday, May 31, 2017

So Long, Farewell

Hi stampers!  Today is the last day of the 2016-2017 annual catalog and the 2017 Occasions catalog!  Where has the time gone????  And while I'm excited for all the new stuff in the new catalog starting tomorrow, I'm going to miss some things as always!

I still can't believe that the oh so succulent set and framelits didn't make it in!  They are amazing and the new in colors were MADE for them, just look!

I've been meaning to combine these for a while but I just now finally got around to it.  Talk about in the nick of time!  I used all 5 in colors and I did some stamping off and some rock and roll technique. I kind of just played around and stamped a whole bunch of these to figure out what I liked.  And then I spent a bunch of time cutting them out with my framelits.  I did fussy cut the two little bud type stem and flowers.  I'm a bit puzzled why there isn't a die for those!?!

Isn't it just a fabulous little arrangement?  I'm literally about to cry that these are retiring!  The greeting is fresh fig stamped on berry burst.  I stamped about 5 combinations and tried them all out before settling on this.

See those little splatters?  I have been STRUGGLING to make splatters lately.  Why they ever retired the splatter tool is beyond me, clearly they need to consult ME before making these decisions, right? :-)  Anyway, enter the Artisans.  I just love the ladies on the team and they have helped me leaps and bounds already this year!  Many of them suggested flicking a marker in the cap and while I was scared to do it to my precious markers, it worked!  They also kind of conceal the little ink smudge I got on the card front.  Don't you just HATE that????

Anyway, out with the old and in with the new I guess!  Tomorrow the new catalog goes live so get ready!

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Saturday, May 27, 2017


Hi stampers!  I don't normally post on Saturday's anymore but I'm busy trying to digest my coffee and breakfast and get out for a run so I thought I'd do a quick post (I'll come back later and add supplies so we can get going with Grandma and Grandpa Backes and go to the zoo!!!!).  I think I mentioned that I did the wrong challenge this week for Fab Friday.  I didn't realize it until I opened all of the team's cards and said, wait...they all use the same sketch!  Hahahaha!

So, you may see some new in colors in an upcoming challenge.  But that shouldn't surprise you as we usually do that.  Can I say how much I'm in LOVE with these colors?  They are fantastic!

And they looks super fantastic with black and white!!!!  I really will miss the pop of pink DSP for all the black and white prints.  I really think there needs to be a black and white DSP pack every year!

This card needed just a little something so I scrunched up this ribbon and it was perfect.  This ribbon is so soft!

Hope you enjoyed the bonus post today thanks to my mistake :-)

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Fab Friday 113

Hi stampers!  Happy Friday...or FriYAY as I'm definitely calling it today!  I'm super happy it's Friday and a long weekend since Ian has still been napping short with the weaning of his pacifier!  He does fine at night but naps are a different beast!  A few days were better but it's hard to get much done if he only gives me 45 minutes to an hour and then is still tired and REALLY crabby.  I even tried getting in his crib with him, ha!  I think he fell asleep and snored for like 10 seconds then rolled over and said get up, lol!  It's also been hard for me feeling like he's a ticking time bomb :-)  I really struggled with those sort of feelings when he was an infant and I'm not happy that anxiety is back!

Anyway, he did sleep better Thursday so I made a card for Fab Friday and then realized I made the next challenge instead of 113.  OY!  It's bad when the challenge coordinator gets it wrong! :-)  Thankfully, he stayed asleep long enough for me to whip out one with this sketch.

And here's what I made:

I've needed to break out this set and this DSP for a while now!  This card ought to find it's way to my momma since she loves all things chickens.  If she wasn't so busy with her volunteer job and having to come spend weeks at my house :-) she would probably have some!

I did a lot of scrunching with both my doilies here.  It's pretty easy, you just go around and scrunch them down toward the middle.  I always get them looking how I want them and then use a few glue dots to keep them in the shape I want.  I actually accidentally got the white one caught up in my paper piercer which I use to place my dots and tore it!  It's kind of covered in the end by my sentiment but really, it looked kind of cool and very rustic :-)

I'm hoping to stamp over the weekend but Jon's parents are coming to visit us in Tulsa for the first time so I'm sure they will keep us busy!  One of these days I'm going to get better at stamping and blogging daily!

Make sure to check out the challenge site if you haven't and play along!

Happy stamping!

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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Missed Mailable Monday

Hi stampers!  I meant to post a Mailable Monday post but life happened!  We took Ian's pacifier away last weekend and he did great over the weekend but unfortunately, he's been waking up crying and really unhappy an tired after about and hour all last week during his usual THREE hour nap!  I got very little stamping done without that nice long nap and with having to comfort him for a LONG time once he wakes up which is really hard to deal with.  Normally he wakes up well rested and really happy so it's hard to see him so tired and sad and I miss that extra two hours of time for myself.  I'm hoping it's just a phase and he'll figure it out and I'm hoping it's not the end of those three hour naps, he clearly needs more sleep!  Poor guy!

And then my dad and step mom came for a visit!  And I misunderstood when they were coming so I was busting my rear to get the house cleaned up earlier on Sunday than I had planned, ha!  And they have kept us busy!   We went to the Oklahoma Aquarium yesterday and it was so fun!

At least I have a simple card to show you today that would be perfect for dropping in the mail for a birthday!

I used all five of the new in colors, which I also love!  My splatters are from the number of years set.  I used a well placed post it note here and there to keep them out of the balloons as I stamped them.

And the die cut is actually a custom made sticker with our new multipurpose adhesive sheets *which aren't on the supply list  You just place the sheet on your cardstock, run it though the big shot, and then peel the backing off!  Nice and sticky!

I'm off to see my parents off :(  We'll miss them!

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