Friday, December 9, 2016

Fab Friday 102

Hi stampers!  Happy Friday!!!!!  I'm meeting up with my very best friend since high school for some Christmas shopping this weekend so I'm very excited.  Of course, it's supposed to be frigid and snowing and we'll be in Chicago land at OUTDOOR malls...who thought THAT was a good idea???

Anyway, while I'm out spending money and freezing, you should stay warm and cozy in your stamp room and play with us over at Fab Friday!  We have a color challenge for you this week and it's pretty festive!

It's that time of year, after all.  I have some new occasions goodies but I'm still in major Christmas mode over here so you KNOW what I made!

I've had this ornament stitched and on my desk for a while so I thought it would be perfect for this challenge!  I think I went too far with the rhinestones but what's done is done :-)

Make sure to play along with us!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, December 8, 2016

A Christmas Two-fer

Hi stampers!  Sometime I have ideas and they don't turn out.  Occasionally, I have an idea and it turns out as well as I intended!  Today is one of those days.  You all know I love simple cards the best but sometimes those are the hardest to come up with!  I got festive season (the set that goes with the stitching Christmas dies) and haven't used them of course.  And let's be honest...I'm a lazy stamper, the stitching seemed like a lot of work ;-)  So, I came up with a way to use a couple of the solid images without stitching.  Don't forget, you don't always have to use bundles together!

I used wonderful year after stamping the tree and star.  Make sure to ink up your PP stamps really well for this and use a mat under your paper.  Solid images can be hard with PP stamps but the mat really helps.  Also, I usually ink up my stamps and stamp on scratch paper a few times then clean them on my stampin' scrub when they are new.  That will help the ink to stick.

My colors here are cherry cobbler, emerald envy and mint macaron.  I really, really love this one!

Here I used soft sky and dapper denim.

These would make really great mailable Christmas cards and would be easy to mass produce as well!  

I hope you like them as much as I do!

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Tidings of Procrastination

Hi stampers!  So I've been sitting on this card for a couple of months.  Whoops!  I'm sure none of you are surprised, are you? :-)

This is another card I cased from the catalog but the project in the catalog wasn't a card.  But it totally works, right? I just love the colors of this DSP!  I would have never thought mint as a Christmas color but it totally works!

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Warmth and Cheer

Hi stampers!  This card is pretty appropriate since we got our first snow of the season over the weekend and it was pretty significant.  Ian really loved it so it was fun to come out of church and see him all amazed and excited.  We played outside for a few when we got home and he really liked to catch snowflakes, hehe!

I can't wait to print out some pictures and get to work on my December Project Life album!

Anyway here's my cozy card using wrapped in warmth.  I used the decorative masks to make a sweater print background and I think it goes well with the plaid!  I actually cased a small card in the holiday catalog and turned it into this larger card.  Remember that caseing doesn't have to mean copying exactly!

Hope you're staying cozy and warm wherever you are!

Happy stamping!

Monday, December 5, 2016

Thankful for a Break

Hi stampers!  It's been quiet around here because I took some time off from blogging to enjoy some family time!  I didn't really mean to but I just never got around to blogging :-)  Jon left for China after Thanksgiving and I spent a few nights with my dad and step mom which we don't get to do too often, so we stayed really busy and had lots of fun!  Then we took off for my mom's farm since I don't like staying home alone :-)  But between my mom having to work her volunteer job a lot and my step dad hunting, I was pretty much alone with Ian anyway :-)

But, now we're home so it's back to blogging and stamping I hope!  Even though I'm pretty much in full on Christmas mode now, I had one more fall card I had yet to share.  Clearly, I'm still working on that watercoloring thing ;-)

I paper-pieced the basket and really like how it turned out!  This is also colored on shimmery white instead of watercolor paper.  Both are great for watercoloring!

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  I'm so thankful for all the blessings in my life, including YOU!

Happy stamping!

Friday, November 25, 2016

Fab Friday 101

Hi stampers!  I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and ate way too much like I did ;-)  Ian had a really good time with everyone and his cousins this year since he's finally over his major stranger danger!  He was pretty much asleep standing up before his nap, so worn out :-)  He on the other hand, didn't eat a LICK of Thanksgiving food, he doesn't know what he's missing!

Anyway, it's time for a new challenge over at Fab Friday.  You should play along if you're not too busy Black Friday shopping!

I'm still working on my watercoloring skills so you're going to see this a lot :-)  

Make sure to check out what the rest of the team did and play along with us!

Happy stamping!

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Hello Pumpkin

Hi stampers!  How can there only be a few days until Thanksgiving already???  My card today uses a pumpkin.  I have to say I'm not a huge pumpkin fan.  I do like pumpkin spice lattes and a few other pumpkin flavored things but not too many!  One of my faves though is my pumpkin pie cheesecake!  And I don't even like pumpkin pie, ha!  But, I'm pretty sure I'd eat about anything if you make it in the form of a cheesecake ;-)  I'm hoping that I can bake it at our destination and they won't be out of cream cheese or pumpkin or other vital ingredients!

I've had this little pumpkin stamped and sitting on my desk for a long time just waiting to be used as a card.  Well actually I had another one made with our current succulent set but when I got basket of wishes, the little plants in it fit SO MUCH better!  I actually saw a display card at onstage that had succulents in a pumpkin so great minds must think alike!  I have to say, I got the idea while looking at Pinterest and searching succulents.  It's a great way to come up with ideas for stamp sets...note I wasn't even looking for stamped projects ;-)

Mint macaron, always artichoke, and perfect plum are my go-to succulent colors as well!  I have rarely used artichoke and plum for a long time so it's always fun when something makes you pull out colors you tend to neglect!

This is also a great way to extend the use of your Halloween sets! The pumpkin is from jar of haunts!

Happy stamping!


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