Thursday, November 19, 2015

November Christmas Swap

Good morning!!

I've mentioned before that I was part of this great swap group and I'm excited to share my card!

Swaps are interesting, because I like to use what I already have, but the downfall is that you might not have enough supplies for 12 identical cards.

Luckily, I had enough supplies for this card:

Neat, right? I love how you can showcase both sides of the paper!

I CASED this card from Pinterest. The blog where it's posted just shows it listed as a swap from Becky Hay de Garcia. I tried to find a blog or anything recent, but couldn't. She hasn't posted on SCS in a while either, but I'm giving her credit!

I changed the colors to what I had a lot of-- Bermuda Bay and this stack I bought a few years back. Let me tell you, even though Bermuda Bay is a current color, this paper was from waaaaay back when it was introduced as an In Color, around 2008-2009 timeframe. I loved that most of those colors are now current! It was a great relief to use up that paper has been staring me in the face all these years. 

I added the snowflakes, a rhinestone brad, a pearl, and a silver floral-like ribbon as the finishing touches and keep it from looking so bare. 

I'm excited to see what I get in return! 

Are you part of a swap group? Comment with your favorite part about it. I would say mine is the community, but I mail mine off so I like the surprise of what's going to be in my mailbox!

Supplies: All SU! unless otherwise noted:
Stamps: Delightful Dozen (ret). 
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Winter Frost DSP Stack (ret), DCWV Glizy Glitter stack. 
Ink: Bermuda Bay. 
Accessories: Clear circle rhinestone brads (ret), Pearl, snowflake punch (ret), metallic silver offray 3/8" ribbon. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day!

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Spacey brain!

Well, Halloween must still be cluttering my brain, or the fact that we're already 10 days into November, but I COMPLETELY spaced this DT challenge this week!


I know, I know! But seriously, where did the time go. There's 2 weeks until Thanksgiving!!!!! I haven't even begun to think about it, then Christmas is right after. This time of the year really does fly by.  It's getting bitterly cold outside, so I should know what time of the year it is.

Well, we have a great sketch at Tis the Season Stamping for the next 3 weeks because of the Holidays. Good thing because I have to get cracking on my Christmas Cards for everyone ;)

Here's my take on the sketch:

Here's the sketch: 

Fun, right?! For my card I used the "Oh What Fun Tag Project kit' from Stampin' Up! and flipped the sketch. If you need stupid simple tags, this is the set for you! It was almost TOO simple. You can probably do the whole kit in its entirety, in less than a half hour. Thats really stretching it. Haha. 

What's nice about the kit is you can also use them as accents for cards! With 30 tags, you can have enough to do gifts and cards for friends and family. (Well, depending on how much gifting you do) Great for co-workers, teachers, assistants, whomever. Plus they're so cute, it looks like you spent a lot of time to make them. 

Won't you join us? This layout is great for you Christmas Cards this year ;) 

Thanks for stopping by, have a stamptastic day!!

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pretty Christmas Color Challenge for TTS 54

Well, Christmas is usually pretty anyway, that was the best I could do for a header. Ha. It's too early here for creative headlines.

This week at Tis The Season Stamping we have a great color challenge for you! I was really excited about this color combo because it's just so dang pretty, plus we are starting to see more "non-traditional" Christmas colors in the stores now. I don't know why I thought of aluminum trees when I saw the colors, but that was my inspiration and I went with it.

I also tried to follow a sketch, which as of late my brain and my hands are polar opposites because while it looks good in my head, not so much in execution. Do you have those days? I should take photos of my misfit cards before I rip them apart.

Here's what I came up with:

Looks easy, right? It took a rather long time to come up with that look ;). One of those days!

Here's the challenge:

Vanilla, Coral, Blue and RazzleberryThe Challenge is open until Nov.10th @ 12pm EST. We can't wait to see what you create!
Supplies: All SU (unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Pennant Parade (ret)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Cameo Coral, Marina Mist
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Cameo Coral, Marina Mist
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon (ret), pearl accents.

Any plans for Halloween this weekend? I need to whip up the kiddos costumes! My 3 year old daughter wants to be Catboy from Disney Junior's PJ Masks (A cute show about kids who's PJ's give them super powers at night to save the day!) And my son wants to be a vending machine? You got me there. haha.

Hope you have a Happy Halloween and thanks for stopping by!!

Have a stamptastic day!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Spooky Spiders for TSOT #240!

Hey there!

As I was scrolling my FB newsfeed yesterday, I came across this great sketch from the Try Stamping on Tuesday team! I had to play along because I was itching to make some Halloween goodies!

I knew I wanted to incorporate spiders and the spider web embossing folder. After a little reconfiguration, I came up with this:

I started off thinking I was going to use the web as the card base, but after that idea tanked, I switched my laters around and think it came out mighty cute!

Supplies (All SU!) unless noted:
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Witches Brew DSP (ret), Whisper White, DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock stack.
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits (ret)
Accessories: Wild Wasabi 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon (ret), Rhinestones, 1" circle punch, Seasonal Frame thinlits with Precision Base Plate.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Simple Thank You and Sweet Deals

Good morning!!

I had a quick second yesterday to make a very simple thank you note! It took me all of 5 minutes from start to finish and I think it came out great!!

Supplies (ALL SU!)
WW Paper, Thankful Forest Friends stamp, Blender pen,
Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobber, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist,
Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon inks. Rhinestones. 

I wanted to create something simple yet beautiful and I think I achieved it with this perfect colorful sentiment. While it is fun to make a card with a lot of layers and embellishing, it's also nice to do one that is very stripped down and elegant. (It's also hard NOT to add more!) Also--I can't say enough how much I LOVE the In-colors!! I know I'm a year late in their glory, but I love them!! I also add Cherry Cobbler in the mix with them and it looks spectacular!

But for the simple stamper, without a lot of supplies, you can still create something stunning without lots of extras.

Oh Hey---

Stampin' Up! is having an SALE!!

Say what?! Get in on the action while you can! ALL stamp sets (not bundles) are 15% off!!!! I know you have a wishlist a mile long!! Now is a great time to stock up!! Visit me at my store to check out the deals!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a stamptastic day!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Skating Inspired for Tis the Season 53!

Good afternoon!

This week at Tis The Season Stamping we have a great winter inspiration for you! Scenes like this are what my winter growing up in Wisconsin were like. Rustic old farmhouses, beautiful snow sparkling for miles, and hints of evergreen sprigs and garland lining front porches. My favorite part about winter (in a snowy location) is that the simplicity of the landscape is enough decoration for me. Its sparkly, bright, and has the hints of the trees to showcase its natural beauty.

I'm also jealous of the warm winters out there as well. I'm not talking warm as being in the 50's (Well, in North Pole during the cold stretches that could be a 100 degree heatwave) but I'm talking HOT, like Phoenix. I also like hot cocoa in the winter, which would be hard in 90 degree weather.

I'll keep weighing my options. In the meantime all this banter was brought about by this picture:

My take:
How long have I been saying I need to make a lightbox for? That time of the year again!
I've been itching to do two things: 1) Use the new woodland embossing folder from SU (and make it SO sparkly!) and 2) Make a shadow box card. They are so easy and always come out really cute! Plus, it's WAY easier using circle framelits instead of the Circle Scissors! 

One of the very first challenge cards I made was this card in 2011. Talk about a #TBT right?! Take a look around at my old stuff! It's a nice trip down memory lane! 

Supplies: (All SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Winter Post (ret), Bells and Boughs (ret)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Smokey Slate, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White, scraps. 
Accessories: Woodland Texture embossing folder, Circles Framelits, Northern Frost decorative strip die by Sizzix, White Smootch Spritz, Iridescent Ice embossing powder. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day!!

Monday, October 12, 2015

October Swap Group

Hey everyone!!

Here is the card I made for our October swap group. The theme this month was Thankful (one of my favorites). I stuck with the fall theme to go along with this and came up with this card using nice fall colors.

There is a specific name for this technique, which is totally slipping my mind at the moment. Inlaid embossing maybe? You can use punched or die cut images scattered then embossed as well. Anyway, no matter what you do, it always looks great. For this card I just stamped the leaves in different colors and then ran through the big shot with an embossing folder. It adds a perfect bit of texture (and also distracts the eye from any blemishes). For the punched image, I used the decorative label punch for the sentiment, then punched Blackberry Bliss and cut in half to frame around it. I love how versatile our punches are! 

Supplies: All Stampin' Up (unless otherwise noted)
Paper: Dusty Durango (ret) Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss
Stamps: Days of Gratitude
Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss. 
Accessories: Island Indigo ribbon (ret), square lattice embossing folder (ret), Decorative Label punch. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day!!