Fall is in the Air

Fall is quickly approaching and I'm excited to soon be in my craft room more frequently! Summer is always a busy time and, by the time it winds down, I'm ready for fall! Bring on the hot chocolate, coffee, tea, ink, stamps, paper, etc! I'm ready! Here's looking forward to a wonderful stamping season ahead! Check back soon for more regular updates than what you've seen these past few months! :)Continue Reading...

I Heart Valentine’s Day

I think Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays! Maybe it's all the girly colors and abundance of hearts? Oh, and I can't forget the mounds of chocolate that always seem to find me! Whatever the reason, I love making valentines! Here's one I made a while back. I'll try to remember to post more cards as I make them. Can't wait to get started!Stamps: Hanna Stamps, sentiment from another company
Coloring: Copics
Paper: SU
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Love is in the Air

It's been a few years since I've been to a wedding, so naturally, I'm pretty excited we get to attend a wedding next week! My DH's cousin is getting married. I don't have any idea what their wedding colors are, so used what I consider some classic colors: red, black and white!

Stamps: Elzybells, sentiment by Stampabilities
Paper: DP by the Paper Studio, SU Real Red, Basic Black, Whisper White cardstocks
Ink: SU Whisper White, StazOn Black, Blush Blossom (for skin)
Coloring: watercolor pencils, blender pen
Accessories: Diamond Stickles (around sentiment), Hero Arts gemstone (on girl's hand), white gel pen, Sizzix Bigz Scallop Circle die, CM circle cutting system, red brads, 1 1/4" circle punch

Finished card is 5.25 x 5.25 inches
Red square is 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches
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Monkey Madness

The Changito monkey from Stampendous is a favorite of mine. Maybe it's because he kind of reminds me of my kids...full of energy, mischievous, happy-go-lucky, etc. You get the picture. Oh, to have that childlike outlook on life! I recently discovered there is a new clear set out of Changito in outer space! VERY cute! This card isn't made with that set, but I'll have to post a picture of a card soon that uses it! For now, here's a Changito that should make you smile:Stamps: Changito Banana by Stampendous, SU Warm Words
Paper: SU So Saffron, Creamy Caramel, Whisper White, So Saffron DSP
Ink: SU Creamy Caramel, Basic Black, Creamy Caramel marker
Accessories: Prima flowers, Glitter brads, SU Large Oval punch, Nestabilities
Coloring: SU Watercolor pencils, blender pens
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Quilted Card

I made this card a week or two ago. I found the idea in a recent issue of the Paper Crafts magazine. Since I enjoy quilting, I had to CASE the idea. I changed a few things, but the basic idea is the same.

Stamps: Close To My Heart Sensational Seals (I also use SU's Circle of Friendship on some)

Paper: SU Brocade Blue, Bashful Blue, Whisper White cardstock, SU DSP

Ink: SU Brocade Blue

Accessories: SU Brocade Blue marker for stitching, White Gel Pen, SU 1/2", 1", 1 1/4" Circle punches, SU Scallop Circle punch, 1 1/4" Square punch, Hero Arts Gemstone, Stampin' Dimensional

Finished Card: 5.25 x 5.25 inches
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Absent No More

I don't know how many times a week I tell myself I'm going to get some stamping done! Seems like the month of November just slipped away from me and here it is December already! I finally found a reason to get back to my stamp room this week. I needed to make some very simple (a.k.a. "get 'em done fast!") thank you's for my son's birthday party. This is what I came up with:Stamps: Curious George stamp from a set at Target, SU sentiment
Cardstock: SU Tempting Turquoise, Chocolate Chip, Green Galore
Ink: SU Chocolate Chip
Coloring: SU Watercolor pencils, blender pen
Accessories: Cuttlebug Embossing folders, SU Word Window & Circle punches

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Riley’s Caffeine Fix

I needed to make a card for my father this week. His birthday was way back in, oh, September?! I put off making it and sending it simply because he was out of the country and there was no way to get it to him overseas. Procrastination did not pay off, once again, and here I am trying to play catch up!

I tend to have a little trouble coming up with masculine cards and, since my father can't distinguish between reds & greens (color blindness), I am limited just a little. I found this Riley image (Hanna Stamps) in my drawer of individual stamps the other night and just had to use it. Dad is a big coffee lover, you see!

Stamps: Riley (Hanna Stamps), Coffee Break (Gel-a-tins)

Paper: SU Autumn Vine, SU Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White cardstocks

Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, Black StazOn

Coloring: Copic markers

Accessories: CM cutting system, word window punch, corner punch, vintage brad, Cuttlebug embossing, Coffee Ice Stickles (on the berry atop the cupcake)
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I just can't seem to quit playing with my Whiff of Joy stamps! This image will make wonderful Valentine's Day cards! This particular card sketch was for Splitcoast Stampers SC194.
Stamps: Whiff of Joy, My Favorite Things Here's the Scoop set (sentiment)
Papers: SU Berry Bliss DSP, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White, Pretty in Pink cardstocks
Ink: SU Purely Pomegranate (sentiment), Black StazOn (main image outline)
Coloring: Copic markers
Accessories: Stampendous Dot Sparklers, SU Stampin' Dimensionals
I stamped the main image on the Whisper White cardstock and colored with Copic Markers. This was my very first attempt and I know I have a long way to go! I had fun, though, and am excited to keep practicing!
I layered the different patterns of DSP and then mounted the main image over them. I attached the sentiment with Stampin' Dimensionals and added the Dot Sparklers (little shimmery pink circle stickers).

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I'm discovering a whole bunch of new exciting stamp lines lately! Maybe I've just lived a sheltered stamping life?! Maybe I'm spending too much time staring at my computer screen?! I don't care what the reason! I'm just thrilled to be finding the treasures! The inspiration they give me to stamp is more than enough!

This is my first card using Whiff of Joy stamps and I must say I'm in love!

These stamps somehow remind me of my childhood days of Holly Hobbie! Anyone else?!

Stamps: Whiff of Joy, SU Warm Words
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Bashful Blue, Black StazOn
Paper: SU Washington Apple DSP, SU Riding Hood Red, So Saffron, Whisper White cardstocks
Accessories: SU oval punch, blender pens, mini flower brads, watercolor crayons, Stampin' Dimensionals

To make the card, I stamped the image with Black StazOn and colored it using my blender pens, using a combination of ink from my SU Classic pads and my watercolor crayons. I then layered the DSP and added the sentiment to the oval, attaching it to the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.

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A New Place to Stamp

My DH decided a few months ago that he wanted to give me a brighter, less claustrophobic place to stamp and scrapbook, so after some rearranging, this is what we were able to create. There are still some things that need to find a home other than the floor, but this new space makes me smile so big! Thanks, DH!!!Continue Reading...