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Monday, December 26, 2016

Botanical Birthday

Last year my goal was to make and send birthday cards birthday cards to all my family members. I was almost completely successful. . . almost. This year, although there are even more family members, I have the same goal. Of course, the plan is to be 100% successful this year!

Here is the start!

Stamps - Rose Wonder (140697)
Ink - VersaMark
Card Stock - Cajun Craze, Whisper White
DSP - Botanical Gardens (140583)
Accessories - Botanical Builder Thinlits (140624), Gold Stampin' Emboss Powder, Rhinestones, Rose Garden Thinlits (140619)

Thursday, December 8, 2016

Swirly Christmas Wreath

I'm finally getting to my Christmas cards! I seem to do this every year. . . wait until the last minute to create the cards. To make the building of the card a bit easier, I ran the card stock through my Xyron prior to running them through my Big Shot. This process (when I remember to do it) makes it a LOT easier to adhere small or thin pieces.

Card Stock - Always Artichoke, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Whisper White
Accessories - Pine Bough Embossing Folder (141831), Pretty Pines Thinlits (141851), Rhinestone, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits (141497)

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Just Boots

I wanted to make another, somewhat, masculine card using Country Livin', but didn't want to use the truck. After looking at my embossing folders, this is what I came up with. I do like the boots, but my favorite part is the stamped trees behind the embossed trees.

If you haven't already tried it, this is a super-easy technique. Just stamp your image directly onto the embossing folder, then add your card stock and run it through your Big Shot!

Stamps - Country Livin' (141925), Lovely as a Tree (128655)
Ink - Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Card Stock - Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Burlap Ribbon (132140), Woodland Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (139673)

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Under the Sea

I made this card for one of my nephews' birthday. The By the Shore designer series paper is the perfect backdrop for these little fish, don't you think?

Stamps - Seaside Shore (141625)
Ink - Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Dapper Denim, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate
Card Stock - Very Vanilla
DSP - By the Shore
Accessories - Pearl

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Sitting Here In The Meadow

Has your summer been as crazy and busy as mine? Even when I've had the time to create, by the time the project was complete, I would forget to take a picture. Either the card was mailed, or the project delivered.

Any way, this is the first of two cards I have recently made. I mailed the second one before I took the required picture.

Stamps - In the Meadow (140754), Sitting Here (141589)
Ink -Bermuda Bay, Black StazOn, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Soft Suede, Wild Wasabi
Card Stock - Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Accessories - Rhinestone
Techniques - a little bit of fussy cutting

Monday, July 4, 2016

Jar of Flowers

Summer has hit me hard -- in a good way. I have been so busy working during the week, and we have been playing on the weekends, I haven't had much time to spend playing with my stamps. Yes, summer is still here, but we don't have any travel plans until the end of the month! That means I more time to play with my stamps.

This is the first opportunity to stamp and the first card I've made in over a month. Ahhh, it's nice to have some time to relax and play.

Stamps - Jar of Love (141587)
Ink - Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral, Crumb cake, Mint Macaron, Peekaboo Peach, Pool Party, So Saffron, Soft Sky
Paper - Pink Pirouette, Pool Party, So Saffron
DSP - Sweet Sorbet (ret.)
Accessories - Everyday Jars (141490), Gold Glitz Dazzling Details

Monday, May 9, 2016

Blissful Dragonfly

Being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, I have an opportunity to be part of a facebook hop showing off our Stampin' Up! creations. The theme for this hop is "A Female Themed Card and Coordinating Tag." Considering Mother's Day is Sunday, and the hop begins on Saturday, this worked out very well for creating the card and tag (bookmark) to give to my mom.
Stamps - Awesomely Artistic (139950), Butterfly Basics (137154)
Ink - Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Tip Top Taupe
Card Stock - Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla
Accessories - 1" Circle Punch (119868), Brick Wall Embossing Folder (138288), Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon (133670), Scalloped Tag Topper (133324)

Monday, April 11, 2016

Mountain Wonderland

I can't help myself, I love this stamp set. It probably has a lot to do with living in the mountains. Any way, I'm having more fun finding different cards to create using the set.

Stamps - Wonderland (140365)
Ink - Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede
Card Stock - Mossy Meadow, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla

Thursday, April 7, 2016

It's a Birthday Goose

I just finished making this card for one of my male family members. I was amazed at how easy it fell into place. I originally thought I was going to do another card using the plane from "Sky is the Limit," but this set caught my eye and I went for it. It's kind of hard to tell by this picture, but I did use the "Watercolor Wash" in the background.

Stamps - Timeless Textures (140517), Watercolor Wash (139538), Wetlands (126697)
Ink - Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Soft Sky, Soft Suede
Card Stock - Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Whisper White
Accessories - 1-1/4" Burlap Ribbon (132140), Square Lattice Embossing Folder

Sunday, April 3, 2016


I started making this card for a church member who is in the hospital. I knew what I wanted it to look like, but I just wasn't getting the effect I was hoping for. I used daubers all over the brick wall, and stamped the images. Unfortunately, everything was just too bright. I managed to solve my dilemma by brayering (hmm. . . spellcheck doesn't like this word) Craft White over the project. I'm happy to say, I am very happy with this solution.
Stamps - Awesomely Artistic (139950)
Ink - Basic Gray, Craft White, Delightful Dijon, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive, Watermelon Wonder
Card Stock - Lost Lagoon, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Brick Wall embossing folder (138288), Crystal Effects (101055)

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Taking Flight

I'm working on cards for April birthdays. This is the first opportunity I've had to utilize Sky Is the Limit. It's a fun group of stamps that can be used for several occasions. Underneath it all is Watercolor Wash. It works fantastic to use for the sky.
Stamps - Sky Is the Limit (141349), Watercolor Wash (139538), Wonderland (140365)
Ink - Mossy Meadow, Soft Sky, StazOn Jet Black
Markers - Early Espresso, Sahara Sand
Card Stock - Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Colorful Thank You

My inspiration for this card came from Technique Tuesday. The rainbow of colors make this a fun card.

Stamps - Gorgeous Grunge (130517)
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Elegant Eggplant, Garden Green, Pacific Point, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red
Card Stock - Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Accessories - Hello You Thinlits Dies (137363)

Monday, March 7, 2016

My First Facebook Hop!

You might be asking, "what's a facebook hop?" It begins with a group of people who have facebook pages, with a common interest. Each person posts an item based on a common theme. The pages are then linked together with the page address for the next facebook page near the bottom of the post. Basically, you're "hopping" from one facebook page to the next.

Below are pictures of what I have posted on my facebook page. If you would like to see more creations, you can start at my facebook page and "hop" through all eleven designs.

The common thread this month is Stampin' Up!'s Sale-A-Bration.

This is a view of the front of the card.
 Here it is, partially open.

And, finally, completely open.

Stamps - Flowering Fields (141303), Papillon Potpourri (123759), Petite Pairs (122497)
Ink - Blackberry Bliss, Stazon Jet Black
Stampin' Write Markers - Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive
Card Stock - Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
DSP - Wildflower Fields (141022)
Accessories - Bitty Butterfly Punch (129406), Circle Card Thinlits Dies (133480), Crystal Effects, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestones

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Brick Wall Grunge

The title of this post might be a little misleading, but I did use the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set and the Brick Wall embossing folder. It is so much fun mixing up all the stamp sets and accessories. The best part? The fact that the flower stamp set was FREE!

Stamps - Gorgeous Grunge (130517), Papillon Potpourri (123759), What I Love (141276)
Ink - Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Sahara Sand
Card Stock - Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White
Accessories - Bitty Butterfly Punch, Crystal Effects, Circle Card Thinlits Dies

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Deer in the Meadow

For this card, I got to use even more of the stamps from the In The Meadow stamp set! There are so many different stamps in this set, I will be able to make cards with lots of different styles.

Stamps - In the Meadow (140754)
Ink - Early Espresso, Pear Pizzazz, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Soft Suede
Card Stock - Soft Suede, Whisper White
Techniques - Blender Pen, Daubing

Monday, February 29, 2016

Mountain Lake

The Goal: Last year I was really bad about sending birthday cards. I didn't even have the excuse of not having any cards (except for the males in the family). This year, my goal is to send cards to all of my family members. So far, I have been doing pretty well. I even managed to make, and give, cards to a couple of my co-workers.

The Planning Process: My first step was to get a personal planner (the paper kind). Then I filled it with everyone's birthdays. I've decided to begin making cards on the last weekend, for the following month. The last step was to include a reminder to mail cards a week before the special day.

Execution: Make the right card for each birthday! This month I got to use one of my new stamp sets for the mountains in the background.

Stamps - In the Meadow (140754) Wonderland (140365)
Ink - Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky
Card Stock - Mossy Meadow, Whisper White

Sunday, February 28, 2016

For You

This stamp set has possibilities!  . . . On your special day . . .   Because you're awesome . . .   Because you're so nice. For this first one, I got my inspiration from a card I found at Magical Scrapworld.

Stamps - Botanicals for You (141237)
Ink - Delightful Dijon, Lost Lagoon, Watermelon Wonder, StazOn Jet Black
Card Stock - Delightful Dejon, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
Accessories - Pearls

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Plum Perfect Thank You

I used the SU! Blender Pens to color the flowers. It was very relaxing just sitting a color/painting after a long week.
Stamps - Helping Me Grow (140764)
Ink - Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi
Card Stock - Perfect Plum, Whisper White, Wild Wasabi

Sunday, February 21, 2016

Awesome Friend

One of the new stamp sets I just received is Awesomely Artistic. There are so many elements, I can make several cards that look nothing alike. This is just the beginning!
Stamps - Awesomely Artistic (139950)
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive, Sahara Sand, Tip Top Taupe
Card Stock - Bermuda Bay, Delightful Dijon, Whisper White
Accessories - Brick Wall Embossing Folder (138288)

Saturday, February 20, 2016

By The Tide

I was inspired by a creation by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator. I really liked the way she framed the images.
Stamps - By the Tide (129120), Hardwood (133035)
Ink - Lost Lagoon, Mint Macaron, Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder
Card Stock - Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Burlap Ribbon, Crystal Effects, Dazzling Details, Linen Thread

Monday, February 15, 2016

Bermuda Butterflies

After cleaning and reorganizing my craft room, I decided to reintroduce myself to my stamps. I realize there are several I haven't used in a while. Today I played with Butterfly Basics. I used daubers with Bermuda Bay and Smoky Slate, and lightly brushed around the Brick Wall to create a bit more depth.
Stamps - Butterfly Basics (137154)
Ink - Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate, Old Olive
Card Stock - Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
Accessories - 3/4" Circle (119873) and Bitty Butterfly (129406) punches, Brick Wall Embossing Folder (138288), Rhinestones

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Burlap and Bloom

With the Botanical Builder Thinlits, this card was very easy to make. A few turns of the Big Shot and voila, I have the makings of a card. To give it a little extra depth I just added the little piece of burlap.
Stamps - none
Ink - Cajun Craze
Card Stock - Hello Honey, Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Whisper White
DSP - Botanical Gardens (140583)
Accessories - 3/16" brad, Botanical Builder Thinlits (140624), Burlap Ribbon (132140)

Saturday, February 13, 2016

A Simple Thank you

It's not yet spring, but I decided it was time to do a little cleaning in my craft room. It's been way too long. There's still a bit more to do, but I got far enough along that I rewarded myself by making a card.

After a day of cleaning, I decided on just a simple card. I think this one fit the bill!
Stamps - Among the Branches (139823), Rose Wonder (140697)
Ink - Blackberry Bliss, Cucumber Crush
Card Stock - Cucumber Crush, Whisper White
Accessories - Rose Garden Thinlits (140619), Woodland Texture (139673)

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Lake View #4

My apologies. I had intended to post this yesterday, but life just got in the way. So, with no further adieu, here is the fourth and final card in this series.

Stamps: Winter Wishes (139745), Wonderland (140365)
Ink - Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky,
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Dazzling Details, Hearth & Home Framelit (139666)

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Lake View #3

How about skiing? It takes a bit more skill than the snowshoes (especially on these old things), but you can head down the hill more quickly. For this card, you can only see the lake, or possibly the sky. I imagine the skis are just waiting for the first snowfall.
Stamps: Winter Wishes (139745), Wonderland (140365)
Ink - Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sky
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla
Framelit - Hearth & Home (139666)

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Lake View #2

Below is my second installment in my Lake View series. For the previous card, I stamped the trees in the foreground and cut around them with an X-acto knife, then slipped the window frame behind them. For this card, I stamped the pieces in the foreground on a separate piece of card stock, cut them out, then placed them on top. To create the snow on the mountain peaks, I used Dazzling Details.

Stamps: Winter Wishes (139745), Wonderland (140365)
Ink - Early Espresso, Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Smoky Slate, Soft Sky,
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla
Accessories - Dazzling Details, Hearth & Home Framelit (139666)

Friday, February 5, 2016

Lake View #1

I am making a series of four cards for a friend. I love using the window frame to create a look outside. Each view will be a little different, and the foreground will be obviously different.

I hope you enjoy the series over the next few days!
Stamps: Lovely As A Tree (128655), Winter Wishes (139745), Wonderland (140365)
Ink - Early Espresso (marker), Marina Mist, Mossy Meadow, Soft Sky, Soft Suede
Card Stock - Early Espresso, Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla
Framelit - Hearth & Home (139666)

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Hello Wildflowers

I made this card as a companion to Wildflower Collage. I might also add the two Thinking of Wildflowers cards to make a set. Once again, this is one of the ways that Stampin' Up! makes it easy to pull a set of cards together.

Stamps - Flowering Fields (141303)
Ink - StazOn Jet Black
Markers - Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive
Card Stock - Hello Honey, Whisper White
DSP - Wildflower Fields (141022)

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Bermuda Botanicals

Just playing around with different color combinations and layering.

Stamps - Botanical Blooms (140757)
Ink - Always Artichoke, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Card Stock - Always Artichoke, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White
Thinlits - Botanical Builder (140624)
Accessories - Rhinestones (119246)

Monday, January 11, 2016

Wildflower Collage

Now that I know the style that works for me with these stamps, I am having all kinds of fun with them. Check out this little collage I created!
Stamps - Flowering Fields (141303)
Ink - StazOn Jet Black
Markers - Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive
Card Stock - Basic Black, Hello Honey, Whisper White
DSP - Wildflower Fields (141022)

Sunday, January 10, 2016

Thinking of Wildflowers

Have you ever purchased a set of stamps, only to discover you're not sure how to create with them? I admit, I struggled with this set when I first started playing with them. Should I use them together like I do with Wild About Flowers (138728)? Should I stamp using black ink or colored ink? Should I try to fill a large amount of space, or keep it small?

After attempting different styles, I found a style I like and works for me. This is part of the fun of stamping; discovering My style.

Stamps - Flowering Fields (141303), Wetlands (126697)
Ink - StazOn Jet Black
Markers - Calypso Coral, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Old Olive
Card Stock - Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey, Lost Lagoon, Whisper White
DSP - Wildflower Fields (141022)
Accessories - Stitched Satin Ribbon: Blackberry Bliss (133668), Lost Lagoon (133672)

Sunday, January 3, 2016

1st Botanicals of 2016

So, I placed a Stampin' Up! order at the beginning of December. However, with all of the wonderful festivities, gatherings and parties, I am just now making time to play with my new crafting toys. I must say, I am extremely happy with this Botanical set. I must also admit that I forgot about the Framelits until after I cut out the green, stamped leafs. On top of that, the leaf boarder is fantastic!!!

Stamps - Botanical Blooms (140757)
Ink - Old Olive
Card Stock - Basic Black, Cajun Craz, Whisper White
DSP - Botanical Gardens (140583)
Accessories - Botanical Builder Framelits (140624), Pearl
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