Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Grateful Freaks!

Hi stampers!  How can it be time for a Control Freaks blog hop already?

Wasn't it just September????  Anyway, this month's theme is gratitude and I'm so grateful for all my stamping friends and my little hobby!  Speaking of great stamping friends, you may have just come from Cindy's blog where you saw her awesome projects!  Don't worry if you didn't, we make an endless loop so just keep clicking and you'll get all the way around!

My first project uses acorny thank you, which tends to get overlooked since it's in the main catalog.  I combined it with the sweater DSP because it's awesome and I love cozy sweaters in the fall!  The top of the acorn is also embossed in copper.  I pressed the whole thing into my versa mark pad and then heat set it.

I also made a Thanksgiving card.  I love Thanksgiving!  Who doesn't love family and food????  I recently bought some felt balls to make a garland for November and thought the colors were perfect for a card!  I used cherry cobbler, cajun craze, pumpkin pie, tangerine tango, and delightful dijon.

You may need to click and enlarge this one.  I used an embossed a strip of vanilla CS with the woodland folder so it's tone on tone and hard to see here but it looks cool!  I also totally forgot about Teeny Tiny Wishes still being current, ha!  So after using it for some Halloween cards I kept it out for the sentiment here!

And now it's time to keep hopping.  You're off to Amy's blog to see her fabulous projects!

Happy stamping!

Friday, October 14, 2016

Fab Friday 98

Hi stampers and happy Friday!  It's time for a new challenge over at Fab Friday.  How can it be the middle of October already?  Fall is going too fast and I'm not ready for Halloween yet!  Guess I better get our costumes ordered!  Anyway, this color challenge is perfect for Halloween!

Of course you could do anything with it but as usual, I went with the obvious.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps:  Labeler alphabet, goulish grunge
Paper:  Whisper white, basic black, old olive
Ink:  Basic black, old olive, perfect plum
Accessories:  Doilies, enamel dots, large number framelits, sparkle embossing folder

It's been a while since I felt inspired but I have to say this card did it!  I was thinking about what I was going to do the other night since I don't have many current Halloween sentiments.  It dawned on me pull out the number framelits!  And I like the use of the feminine doilies with the spooky Halloween elements!

I hope you feel inspired to play along with us!  Head on over to the site, check out the rest of the team's designs and link your project!

Happy stamping!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pom Pom Inspired

Hi stampers!   So I had dad do bath and bed time the other night so I could get some stamping done.  Now that Ian goes to bed just slightly later, I seem to have trouble getting downstairs to craft.  And Ian is at an age now that he requests both of us (and grandma and grandpa if they happen to be here) at bath time, "Mammo come" he says :-)  And he calls me Mammo...he said it once and thought it was funny so I guess he decided to go with it, LOL!!!!!  When he went to bed before or at 7, it seemed easier to have time to stamp.  Now, it's almost 8 by the time I get down there and then I like to relax around 9 and am often in bed or asleep before 10.  I'm so not a night owl, ha!

Anyway, I got a couple of projects done and felt really good about them!  I love when that happens and I wish it would happen more!  I toyed with the idea of this card most of the day.  I was inspired by a pack of felt balls that I had gotten to make this Halloween garland.  If you follow me on Instagram, you've probably seen me post about making a few of these.  I think they are cute, festive, and Ian likes them!

So, once I strung these up the other night, I thought those are SU colors and I should totally make a card with them!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps:  Project life date it, goulish grunge
Paper:  Whisper white, basic black, pumpkin pie, tangerine tango, old olive
Ink:  Tangerine tango, old olive, pumpkin pie
Accessories:  Metallic doilies, large numbers framelits, halloween night baker's twine and enamel dots

Yes, I'm aware it kind of looks like my recent Fab Friday card but it was working for me so I went for it :-)  I made the polka dots with a sponge dauber.  I really, really like these colors together!  I love it when a plan actually comes together, don't you?

Happy stamping!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016


Hi stampers!  I thought a scarecrow card would be appropriate for my post today because I'm scared! I'm scared to go down to my stamp studio because it smells like SKUNK!  UGH!

I was watching TV last night around 8:30 and thought I smelled skunk and pretty soon it was apparent that one prayed outside our back door.  There are two windows to the basement back there and it smells SO bad down there.  The main floor was fine this morning but with the door closed to the basement it was trapped all night.  I don't want to leave it open while we are home because the smell gave me a headache ALL last night and this morning so I'm in no hurry for the smell to come back up here and I won't leave the door open with Ian because of the stairs.  I'm hoping it will air out when we go to the gym and I'll spray some febreeze.  I'll also be picking up an industrial size box of baking soda and maybe some charcoal!  Anything to get that smell out!

Anyway, here's a cute little card I made with the cookie cutter halloween stamp.  This is probably my favorite image in the set!

The sentiment is from the acorny thank you set from the main catalog.  Don't forget to mix and match your sets from both catalogs!  Isn't this guy just darling?!?!

Happy stamping!

Monday, October 3, 2016

I Think I'm Clever

Hi stampers!  It's been a while.  I was gone for a week in Florida/Alabama with my in-laws and I'm just getting back to "normal"...if I ever have normal, ha!  Ian did amazing on our flights and on the vacation although he really missed him and asked to go home often about halfway through.  He wasn't a fan of the sand on the beach and I don't blame him, I don't like the beach either!  He DID enjoy going to the pool everyday.  He'd wake up and say, "I go pool today" each morning :-)

I intended to get a bunch of photos edited and blog posts typed up to share but that didn't happen.  Probably because I started a book series and got sucked in...I didn't realize there were at least four books...and I'm not done with the fourth one yet, eek!

Anyway, I'm taking a break to share a little card with you since it's OCTOBER already, how did that happen?  I think I'm pretty clever with this one even though I know I'm really not :-)

See what I did there?  LOL!  I crack myself up, I swear! :-)  If you're wondering where I got that black doily, I simply sponged the back side of one of our metallic doilies with black ink.  I think it looks a little spooky!  But it's not TOO spooky since that little guy is kinda cute!

Happy stamping!

Friday, September 30, 2016

Fab Friday 97

Hi stampers!  Happy Friday!  And can you BELIVE that it's almost October already?  September has gone by in a flash!  I am ready for all things fall including cooler temps!!!!

Things have been quiet here as I was on vacation with my in laws so hopefully I'll get into the swing of sharing once things are back to normal ;-)

At least I have Fab Friday for you!  This week is a sketch.

And since it's basically October, I had to do a halloween card!  I did a lot of distressing on this one to up the spook!
Make sure to check out all the inspiration and play along with us!

Happy stamping!

Friday, September 16, 2016

Fab Friday 96

Hi stampers!  At least we have Fab Friday to get me posting :-)  Happy Friday!  It's a happy one here since granny is here for a visit, we've been having a lot of fun and I got to run downstairs to stamp a little.  This week is a little color challenge for you!

I thought these colors would make some great succulents and I wasn't wrong!  I've been doing mainly holiday stamping so it was good to do something different as well!

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps:  Live, love, grow
Paper:  Very vanilla, emerald envy, fabulous foil designer acetate
Ink:  Basic black, delightful dijon, emerald envy
Accessories:  Lots of labels framelits, linen thread

Don't look too close or you'll see my sentiment is a little crooked, whoops :-)  That's the beauty of a handmade card though, right? And a quick word about that comes with a clear protective backing that you peel off.  Some of it was peeling off and I thought oh no, it's coming apart!  But whew, it wasn't and I realized you had to peel it off, duh!

Make sure to check out the rest of the design team and leave them some love too!  And then play along of course!  I can't wait to see what you make with these rich colors!

Happy stamping!


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