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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

My Apologies!

I knew it had been a while since I last posted anything, but did not realize it has been since before Thanksgiving - Yikes! In my defense, I have been working full time (money to purchase my stamping addiction supplies), creating gifts for Christmas, visiting friends and family, throw in a few parties, and spending quality time with my husband.

For the Christmas gifts, I crocheted two mermaid tail afghans for my great nieces. I have it on good authority that they LOVE them. I also crocheted some reusable face scrubbies for my mom. I found them on Pinterest, and also made some for myself. Oh, and at the last minute, my daughter requested a wide, black, crocheted headband.

When taking a break from crocheting, I created gifts using adhesive vinyl cut with my Silhouette. For my daughter, I made glass candle holders with scenes from New York, London and Paris. Although she's been to New York, she would love to go back and also visit Paris and London. My sister loves eggnog during the holidays, so I made her a special glass that says "Stacy's Eggnog." This was my husband's idea, and she loves it.

A couple other items I made, with the help of my Silhouette I used shadow boxes. (The ideas came from Pinterest again.) One was for a Christmas gift exchange: I placed red and white DSP in the back, added silver and red jingle bells (about 1/3 full), then added "Jingle all the way!" to the front of the glass. The next two shadow boxes have a black background, white frame, and I placed a split monogram letter with the last name placed in the split.

In almost forgot. . . I had a couple of small wine carafes. For two girlfriends, I cut out a silhouette of Lake Tahoe (where we live), and included an additional cut out of their initial.

For co-workers, I wanted to keep it low key. I used the Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits to create Santa boxes. I filled each of them with chocolate truffles.

Of course, last but not least, I made some special card collections. One collection was for Mom and the other was for another friend.

Although I was extremely busy with making gifts, and not posting anything, I truly enjoyed the experience. I enjoyed having the ability to make something for someone; something just for them, that they would truly enjoy. It's been a long time since I haven't stressed about finding the perfect gift.

Wishing you a wonderful New Year!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Lovely Lakeside Reflection

This was a fun (with a bit a challenge) card to make. I enjoy trying different techniques, and this was no exception. I stared by stamping the trees directly on the card, then used the Stamp-a-ma-jig to "reflect" the trees onto the water. I then used darker markers for the upper trees and lighter markers, with a lighter touch on the reflected trees. The grass, water ,sky and sun were all sponged.


Supplies:
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree (128655)
Ink - Daffodil Delight (119667), Pool Party (122938), Soft Sky (131181), Stazon Jet Black (102283), Wild Wasbi (109014)
Stampin' Write Markers - Always Artichoke, Wild Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz (Sold by collection: Brights (131259), In Color 2014-2016 (133654), Regals (131262), Subtles (131259)
Card Stock - Always Artichoke (105119), Whisper White (100730)
DSP - Watercolor Wonder (ret.)
Accessories - Always Artichoke Seam Binding (ret.)

Monday, November 23, 2015

Remarkable

I haven't used my retired Blendabilities in quite a while, so I decided it was time to pull them out. I really need to make more cards with cut objects. I find the task of cutting to be very relaxing.

I was inspired by two other card designs: one was by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator; and the other was a YouTube video I found on Pinterest that I pinned on my Techniques & Tutorials board.


 Supplies:
Stamps - Remarkable You (139894)
Ink - Stazon Jet Black (101406)
Blendabilities - Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Pink Pirouette, Wild Wasabi (all retired)
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight (119683), Midnight Muse (ret.), Whisper White (100730)

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Don't Wait!

Stampin' Up! - last call for products from the holiday catalog
http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/default.aspx

We're saying goodbye to retiring products from the holiday catalog; but before we do, we're giving everyone an opportunity to order their favorites. Retiring products will only be available until January 4, or while supplies last, so now's a great time to contact your customers and let them know to order them before they're gone!


Dates: November 16, 2015-January 4, 2016 (or while supplies last)

Retiring products are only available while supplies last. The lists of retiring products will be updated every business day by 4:00 PM (MT). 


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

All Stacked Up

Isn't this a fun card to celebrate someone's birthday? The black and white background looks like confetti whirling around. And who could resist a triple scoop of ice cream?

Supplies:
Stamps - Sprinkles of Life (139971)*
Ink - Bermuda Bay (115655), Cucumber Crush (138324), Tip Top Taupe (138325), Watermelon Wonder (138323)
Card Stock - Basic Black (121045), (Bermuda Bay (131171), Cucumber Crush (138335), Tip Top Taupe (138336), Watermelon Wonder (138334), Whisper White (100730)
DSP - Everyday Chic (138445)
Accessories - Large Oval punch (119855), Tree Builder punch (138295)

*Sprinkles of Life is a stamp set which benefits Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Single Oak

I continue on my quest to make masculine cards. It's not that they are so difficult, it's just that less masculine cards are easier.

Supplies:
Stamp - Lovely as a Tree (128655)
Ink - Always Artichoke (126972), Early Espresso (126974), Marina Mist (119668)
Card Stock - Early Espresso (119686), Very Vanilla (101650)
DSP - Mocha Morning (ret.)
Accessories - Crumb Cake satin ribbon (ret.), Hearth & Home Framelits (139666), Stripes embossing folder (ret.)

Monday, November 2, 2015

Window with a View

I have a friend in the hospital, in the city. I have made several cards for others to send to him, but I made this one so I can send it. I imagine his view is more cityscape than landscape. So, I'm sending this to give him a little touch of home to look at.
Supplies:
Stamps - Hardwood (133035), Wonderland (140365)
Ink - Baked Brown Sugar (ret.), Crumb Cake (126975), Marina Mist (119668), Mossy Meadow (133645), Soft Sky (131181)
Markers - Early Espresso (set-119703)
Cardstock - Baked Brown Sugar (ret.), Cherry Cobbler (119685), Whisper White (100730)
Accessories - Hearth & Home Framelits (139666)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Weekly Deals!


Vintage Impressions

These Vintage Leaves stamps are fabulous, and the Woodland Impressions make the perfect backdrop! To create the background, I tapped the Crumb Cake stamp pad directly onto the embossing folder, prior to running it through the machine.

Supplies:
Stamps - Vintage Leaves (138802)
Ink - Always Artichoke (126972, Cajun Craze (119671), Crushed Curry (131173), Crumb Cake (126975)
Card Stock - Crushed Curry (131199), Very Vanilla (101650)
Accessories - 3/16" metalic brad (ret.), Linen Thread (104199), Woodland Textured Impressions embossing folder (139673)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Warm Winter Wishes

I started out just making a card with the sled on it. Then, one thing led to another and before I knew it, I had four cards! Actually, it took a couple of days to carve out enough time to create all of them. Cutting those little pine cones took a bit longer - but so worth it. Also, because I wasn't sure how the items were going to be placed on the three remaining cards, I cut each of those images.





Supplies:
Stamps - Hardwood (133035), Winter Wishes (139745)
Ink - Early Espresso (126974), Mossy Meadow (133645)
Card Stock - Early Espresso (119686), Mossy Meadow (133676)), Soft Suede (115318), Very Vanilla (101650)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

Ready for Fall

I'm not really into Halloween as much as a lot of other people, but I do enjoy the fall season. I was just playing around with some of the fall-like stamps that I have and came up with this creation. I enjoy using stamps from different sets and seeing how well they work together.

Supplies:
Stamps - Happy Scenes (139821), Holiday Home (135095)
Ink - Delightful Dijon (138327), Hello Honey (133643), Pumpkin Pie (105216), StazOn Jet Black (101406)
Card Stock - Always Artichoke (105119), Basic Black (124267), Whisper White (124302)
Accessories - Homemade Holiday Framelit (135857)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Birthday Balloons

This is the first time I've taken the opportunity to play with this set of stamps. The stamps and coordinating Thinlits, make it easy to create this card. This card is for my niece's upcoming, 6th  birthday.
Supplies:
Stamps - Celebrate Today (137138)
Ink - Daffodil Delight (119667), Melon Mambo (115656)
Card Stock - Bermuda Bay (131197), Daffodil Delight (119683), Melon Mambo (115320), Whisper White (124302)
DSP - Painted Blooms (ret.)
Accessories - Balloon Thinlits (137362), Dimensionals (104430), White Baker's Twine (124262)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

First Snow

After several years of drought, we are again hoping for a snowy winter. This is what prompted me to make this card a snowy scene. I found the technique at Linda's Stampin' Escape. It's an easy technique, you just need to give it a try.
Supplies:
Stamps - Wonderland (140365)
Ink - Mossy Meadow (133645)
Card Stock - Mossy Meadow (133676), Whisper White (100730)
Accessories - Dazzling Diamonds (133751), Fine-Tip Glue Pen (138309), Woodland Textured Impressions embossing folder (139673)

Friday, October 2, 2015

Little Red Scarf

Playing around with some ink and the Woodland embossing folder I came up with an interesting background. I then added a little snow on the branches, but wasn't sure what to place on top. Obviously, it needed some color. That's when the little red scarf floated into my imagination. I added the leafs just to give the card a bit more interest.
Supplies:
Stamp - Lovely as a Tree (128655)
Ink - Crumb Cake (126975)
Card Stock - Cherry Cobbler (119685), Very Vanilla (101650)
Accessories - Cherry Cobbler seam binding (ret.), Dazzling Details (124117), Woodland Textured Impressions (139673)

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

What a View

This was a fun creation. When I showed it to my husband, he decided it was "four-dimensional." I love my man. I had originally intended to place the window on top of the stamped trees, but it just didn't look right. So, what the heck, I traced around the edges with an Exacto blade.
Supplies:
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree (128655), Wonderland (140365)
Card Stock - Baked Brown Sugar (ret.), Mossy Meadow (133676), Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Marina Mist (126962), Mossy Meadow (133645), Smoky Slate (131179), Soft Sky (131181)
Accessories - Dazzling Details (124117), Washi Label punch (138296)

Although it appears I used the Hearth & Home Framelit (139666), I did not. I needed a smaller window, so I created one using a Silhouette.

Here is another card, using the same idea.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Soft Wonderland

I started attempting another style using this stamp. After three tries, I gave up. The technique just wasn't going to work with this stamp. On to something else. I'm not quite ready for Christmas (although I'm starting to make plans), but I am looking toward winter scenes.
Supplies:
Stamp - Wonderland (140365)
Card Stock - Mossy Meadow (133676), Soft Suede (115318), Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Mossy Meadow (133645)
Stampin' Write Marker - Soft Suede (119703)
Embossing Folder - Softly Falling (139672)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Gift Card Holders for the Golfer

I had so much fun making these money/gift card holders. I made a similar one a couple of years ago, but this year we had a female and male golf instructors. This gave me the opportunity to add a bit of a feminine touch to one.

Supplies:
Card Stock - Bermuda Bay (131197), Daffodil Delight (119683), Melon Mambo (115320), Whisper White (100730), Wild Wasabi (108641)
Accessories - Brad, Melon Mambo Ribbon Scallop Dots, Perfect Polka Dots and Square Lattice embossing folders





Supplies:
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight (119683), Whisper White (100730)
Accessories - Natural Trim Ribbon (129287), Brad, Melon Mambo Ribbon Scallop Dots, Perfect Polka Dots and Square Lattice embossing folders

Friday, August 28, 2015

Wonderland Greetings

I am so happy with everything about this card! I had a vision and I was able to put it to paper. The brick wall was a bit of a contrast with the trees, so I decided to stamp it with Hardwood. Can you believe it? The separation between the wood planks line up perfectly with the separation between the bricks!

I printed "Greetings from Lake Tahoe" from my computer and cut it using the Washi Label punch.


Supplies:
Stamps - Hardwood (133035), Winter Wishes (139745), Wonderland (140365)
Card Stock - Crumb Cake (120953), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink - Mossy Meadow (133645), Soft Suede (126978)
Accessories - Brick Wall embossing folder (138288) Washi Label punch (138296)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Let It Snow!

We seriously need snow this winter. So, of course, the first card I made when got my Stampin' Up! order today was this card. This stamp sets I used are from the Holiday Mini catalog for 2015. One set has several different several different scenes that can be seen from a window. The pine cones are from a fun, winter collection of stamps.


Supplies:
Stamps - Happy Scenes (139821), Warm Wishes (139745)
Card Stock - Mossy Meadow (133676), Soft Suede (115318), Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Early Espresso (126974), Mossy Meadow (133645), StazOn Jet Black (101406)
Accessories - Dazzling Diamonds (133751), Hearth & Home Framelits (139666)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Lake

A friend has asked me to make some cards to sell in her shop. She wants them to depict our area, so I decided to start with a lake scene.

Supplies:
Stamps - Lovely as a Tree (127793), Ornamental Pine (ret.)
Card Stock - Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Crumb Cake (126975), Early Espresso (126974), Marina Mist (119668), Mossy Meadow (133645), Pacific Point (126951), Pool Party (122938), Smoky Slate (131179)

Sunday, August 2, 2015

Basic Turquoise & Taupe

Just playing around, seeing what I could come up with.
Supplies:
Stamps - Butterfly Basics (137154)
Card Stock - Tip Top Taupe (138336), Very Vanilla (101650), Wild Wasabi (108641)
Ink - Sahara Sand (126976), Tempting Turquoise (16952), Wild Wasabi (126959)
Blendabilities (ret.) - Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi
Accessories - 3/4" Circle Punch (119873), Tip Top Taupe Dotted Lace Trim (138422)

Friday, July 10, 2015

Wall Flowers

I'm having fun playing with a brick wall and some wild flowers. A butterfly even decided to join me.

After embossing the brick wall, I used a dauber to apply Sahara Sand to give a more realistic look.
Supplies:
Stamps - Wild about Flowers (138728)
Card Stock - Blackberry Bliss (133675), Sahara Sand (121043)
Ink - Blackberry Bliss (133642), Daffodil Delight (119667), Delightful Dijon (138327), Garden Green (102272), Melon Mambo (115656), Pear Pizzazz (131180), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Wild Wasabi (109014)
Accessories - Bold Butterfly Framelits (138135), Brick Wall embossing folder (138288), Butterflies Thinlits (137360), Rhinestones (119246)

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Cupcakes!

I saw another box of cupcakes on Pinterest, and really like that it's a rectangle. I don't know if this has the same dimensions of the one I saw, but I'm happy with the results. When folded flat, it will fit in a standard A2 envelope.
Supplies:
Stamps - Sprinkles of Life (139971)
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight (119683), Whisper White (100730)
DSP - Painted Blooms (137784)
Ink - Blackberry Bliss (133642), Pacific Point (126951)
Accessories - Apothecary Accents (127003), Blackberry Bliss (133668), Crystal Effects (101055), Rhinestones (119246)

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Wildflower Pizzazz

Quick and easy.
Supplies:
Stamps - Wild about Flowers (138728)
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight (119683), Pear Pizzazz (131201), Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Garden Green (126973)), Pear Pizzazz (131180), Pumpkin Pie (126945), Rose Red (126954), Wild Wasabi (126959) Wisteria Wonder (126985)
Accessories - Bold Butterfly Framelits (138135), Rhinestones (119246)

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Wild Flowers

I am absolutely wild about these flowers. I am going to have so much fun playing with them! I can just imagine all the card sets I can make with them. Using other stamp sets for different sentiments. Just think of all the color combinations.
Supplies:
Stamps - Wild about Flowers (138728)
Card Stock - Basic Black (121045), Daffodil Delight (119683), Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Blackberry Bliss (133642), Cucumber Crush (138324), Melon Mambo (115656), Pear Pizzazz (131180), Pumpkin Pie (105216), Wild Wasabi (109014), Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
Accessories - Bitty Butterfly punch (129406), Pearls (119247) (colored with Melon Mambo Blendabilities)

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Wild Butterfly

Can you believe it? I received my new stamps last Thursday and just had an opportunity to play with them today! Don''t get me wrong, I had a great weekend with family, and do not regret the delay. If anything, I was able to enjoy the anticipation.

I love using the photopolymer stamps for two-step stamping. It makes it so easy to align everything.

Supplies:
Stamps - Wild About Flowers (138728)
Card Stock - Blackberry Bliss (133675), Hello Honey (133678), Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Blackberry Bliss (133642), Cucumber Crush (138324)
Accessories - Bold Butterfly Framelit (138135), Pearls (119247) (colored with Blendabilities: Smoky Slate, then Rich Razzleberry)

Sunday, June 14, 2015

All Stacked Up

Yumm! It's not very often (any more) that I can handle a triple scoop ice cream cone. Let your imagination run away with what you think the flavors are.

This new stamp set (Sprinkles of Life) can make so much more than ice cream cones. With 22 stamps and coordinating punch (Tree Builder), there are lots of possibilities.
Supplies:
Stamps - Sprinkles of Life (139971)
Card Stock - Blushing Bride (131198), Chocolate Chip (102128), Crumb Cake (120953), So Saffron (105118), Whisper White (100730)
DSP - Sweet Sorbet (133521)
Ink - Blushing Bride (131172), Chocolate Chip (126979), Crumb Cake (126975), So Saffron (126957)
Punch - Tree Builder (138295)

Friday, June 12, 2015

My PSA


Wild Times

I might be creating this card again, with a different color combination. This combination, and probably the use of the square shape, make this look like the card should be sent to a Boy Scout or Eagle Scout, I wonder if another color combination would have the same effect?
Supplies:
Stamps - In Wilderness (120537)
Card Stock - Hello Honey (133678), Mossy Meadow (133676), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink - Early Espresso (126974)
Accessories - 1" (124094) and 1-1/4" (119865) Square punches, Washi Tape

Fly Away With Me

I haven't played with this stamp set for a while. Mostly because it's been retired for a while. However, just because it's no longer available from Stampin' Up!, doesn't mean I can't continue to use it.

I stamped the balloon baskets directly to the Whisper White card stock, then embossed it with Cloudy Day. The balloons were added with dimensionals.
Supplies:
Stamps - Up, Up & Away (122755)
Card Stock - Tempting Turquoise (102067), Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Daffodil Delight (126944), Real Red (126949), Tempting Turquoise (126952)
Embossing Folder - Cloudy Day

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Once Upon a Tide

This was a fun card to make. I used the Triple Time Stamping technique and didn't worry about the placement of the layers. Unfortunately, I made it a while back and am not sure what colors I used. The only thing I know for sure is the stamp set is By the Tide (129120).


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Thank God Trust God

I made this to be sent to a young man who has just gone through a major surgical procedure. He is improving every day, but still has a long road ahead.
Supplies:
Stamps - Dotty Angles (133658), Trust God (126702)
Card Stock - Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White
Ink - Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Trees - So Lovely

This is one of those cards that started out one way, and ended up like this. I envisioned something that didn't turn out the way I anticipated. Fortunately with stamping, there can always be a plan "B", or even a plan "C". This was my "Final" plan.

Supplies:
Stamp - Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock - Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla
Ink - Early Espresso
Stampin' Write Markers - every green color, and some Daffodil Delight

Monday, June 1, 2015

Summer Trees

This style of adding the leafs to the trees takes a bit of time, but I'm really happy with the effect. I use two or three colors of the Stampin' Write markers and lightly tap the tip all over. The fine tip makes tiny leafs and the brush tip makes slightly larger ones.

I used Blendabilities to color the sky and grass.
Supplies:
Stamp - Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock - Old Olive, Very Vanilla
Ink/Stampin' Write Markers/Blendabilities - Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Soft Sky

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Sturdy Oak

Every year, family and friends go camping in the same location. Last year, my husband and I weren't able to go. This year, we can't wait to get there.

The campground has sites on both sides of a river. One side has lots and lots of redwood trees. The other side, the side we camp on, has oak trees everywhere. This stamp always reminds me of our annual camping trip.

Supplies:
Stamp - Lovely as a Tree
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink - Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Razzleberry Bloom

This is my first card with product from the new catalog! I really like this flower, and the different sentiments to send support when it's needed most. This is just a simple card that can be used for almost any occasion.

Supplies:
Stamp - You've Got This (139575)
Card Stock - Daffodil Delight (119683), Wild Wasabi (108641), Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Memento Tuxedo Black (132708)
Blendabilities - Old Olive (130999), Rich Razzleberry(131003)
Ribbon - Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim (138423)

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Pretty Pansies

More Watercolor Wonder. I was very sorry when it was retired. But, alas, we all must move on. However, I still need to use what I've got. This is similar to the Triple Time Stamping technique, but I just cut the center portions out of the DSP and layered card stock underneath.
Supplies:
Stamps - Flower Shop (130942)
Card Stock - Island Indigo (131905), Whisper White (101650)
DSP - Watercolor Wonder (132994)
Ink - Gumball Green (126861), Island Indigo (126986)
Accessories - Pansy punch (130698); Pearls (119247)


Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Indigo Petals

Okay, so this paper is retired, but it's got to be used! I can't just toss it away - It's just too pretty.
Supplies:
Card Stock - Gumball Green (126840), Smokey Slate (131202), Whisper White (100730)
DSP - Watercolor Wonder (132994)
Accessories - Island Indigo 1/4" Satin (130812) and Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin ribbon; Rhinestone (119246); Circles Collection Framelits (130911)

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Hardwood Pine

So happy that Lovely as a Tree has made the cut.
Supplies:
Stamps - Hardwood (133035), Lovely as a Tree (127793)
Card Stock - Mossy Meadow (133676), Very Vanilla (101650)
Ink - Crumb Cake (126975), Mossy Meadow (133645)
Ribbon - Natural Trim (129287)

Monday, May 25, 2015

Fun With Grunge

If you ever need a card for a young man, Gorgeous Grunge is a great start. The other thing that helps is, nothing extra.
Supplies:
Stamps - Clockworks (127292), Gorgeous Grunge (130517)
Card Stock - Elegant Eggplant (105126), Night of Navy (100867), Whisper White (100730)
Ink - Cherry Cobbler (126966), Elegant Eggplant (126969), Night of Navy (126970), Smoky Slate (131179)

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