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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Happy Friday- Sad Goodbye!

Good morning!  What a crazy week... with the Retiring List coming out this week, I have been hopping all week... and wanna know how you can really tell that you are tired and it is time to get some rest??  See the photo at the bottom of this post! 

Today's card is a simple and sweet card I made for The Paper Plunge this week.  This week we were supposed to use the retiring In Colors, which are those sweet, ice cream colors we have enjoyed so much these past two years!  I jumped right in, and used retiring stamps, punch, and even some retiring embellishments... I did use some Rhinestones too, and I am guessing that those will never retire!

Here is what I have for you:
This uses the Crisp Cantaloupe ink and cardstock, the Baked Brown Sugar In Color Stack paper, the Blossom punch, and the Mixed Bunch stamp set... I think the paper stack is sold out, but as I am writing this, I think the rest is still available!  I stuck a little Crisp Cantaloupe sequin in the center of each flower, and put a rhinestone inside of that! 
And as promised... I am showing you how I know it is time for me to take a little break... 
In the last 5 minutes alone, I have dumped a drink on my work surface (and I never do that), and spilled the sequins everywhere.  I am sure I will be tracking these little beauties all over the place for awhile!  I didn't realize how many came in the little container until I had to pick them up...  750!!  Yep!  No lie... I read the package!  Holy cow!  They are everywhere. 

I really hope you will show us a little bit of what you may have done with these fabulous colors, and join our challenge this week... just a reminder... the colors we are asking you to use are: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Strawberry Slush, Pistachio Pudding, and Crisp Cantaloupe!  Hope to see you over at The Paper Plunge!


Here is a link to get you to the Retiring List, and if you want to get this stuff now, (as opposed to later from Ebay, if you can find it at all...), you can SHOP HERE!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - poppies

Hello, and welcome back!  I hope you have had a great week!  Seems like spring fever has hit our house, aside from Influenza, that was here last week... I hope you are getting outside and enjoying the weather a bit.    This week, our blog hop team has a great inspiration photo for you - which instantly made me think of a stamp set that I haven't even used yet -I'm going to get on with it here, because I can't wait to do the hop - It begins with Robbie, so if you missed her, you can either go back, or hop forward through the circle - you won't miss anyone...  Here is the inspiration:

Now, I only used a few of these colors - Crisp cantaloupe, Melon Mambo, Blackberry Bliss and Old Olive, but I easily could have shaded the background with either of the other colors... I just needed a sympathy card, and didn't want too much happening here.  Here is what I have for you:

I watercolored this image, which is always fun...  The Melon Mambo was a little too bright for my tastes, but in person it looks a bit softer than it does in this photo...  Carol is taking a break from our hop for a bit, and we will certainly miss her, but you can hop along to Helen, she is sure not to disappoint!!  Have a great day!


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Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - try this!

Good morning, or dare I say afternoon.  I am a bit late posting today, as I have a sick little girl on my hands and had to make a quick (2 hour) urgent care visit today.  We are a sharing kind of family, and lately we have been sharing a cold.  So let's get this hop on...  I saw Robbie's card this morning, and it is great.  She omitted a color or two, and I also had chosen to omit one...  Here is this week's inspiration photo and color card:

I used all of the colors, except Tangerine Tango, and this is what I did... By the way... the reason there are two cards here is that I just couldn't decide...but there is a bonus to that too:
 and a close-up of the bow:


Thank you for being so patient with me!  Be sure to hop along to see what Carol has for you today... I need to get over there myself and finish this hop!


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Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Hoppy Easter!

Good morning!  We have made it through yet another week, and just in time for a brand new challenge from The Paper Plunge!  Our challenge to you this week, is to make AND SHARE an Easter project!  If you are crafting something other than cards this Easter (fabulous baskets??  Wreaths?? Centerpieces??), then those count too!  I was playing with bunnies again this week, and here is what I have made for you!
We made this in my Easter/Spring stamp a stack, and the ladies all loved it!  I will list all of the fun ingredients below, but in the meantime, just revel in the cuteness.  Be sure to Hipity Hopity over to The Paper Plunge this week and show us your Eater creations!


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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ICS Blog Hop Happy Mother's day!



Welcome!  I am happy you could join us this fun evening for a very first for me!  Tonight I am joining the very exciting "Inspire, Create, & Share Blog Hop"!  You can click on the link below to hop through an amazing group of fabulous stampers to see what is happening in the Stampin' Up! world for Mother's Day!  I had so many fun things that I wanted to use, that I re-made this card about 5 times!  Here is what I have for you tonight:

I will list my "ingredients" below, but I have "free-floated" the Happy on the ribbon, so you get many layers when you see this card in person.  Here is a side view to give you a little more perspective!

Here are all of the fabulous products that I used:

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Now please hop on to the next stamper!  I am sure you will be inspired by what you see!
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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Sad So Long to Saleabration!

Saleabration ends today at midnight *sniff sniff*!  Did you get everything you want?  Did you know you get to pick a free item for EVERY  $50 you spend?  Stock up now!  For me it is always a bit sad to say good bye to some of my new favorites. Here is where you can see all of the cool-i-o Saleabration items:
HERE, and more HERE, and Yet more... HERE!   I am adding a few pictures here of projects that I have made using Saleabration items.


If you missed any of these fun things, and want to pick them up before they are gone for good, be sure to get your order in HERE by midnight, or it will just be too late!  If you use the Hostess code: EKGK2KZC I have a bonus for you!! You will receive a surprise gift in your order!  

Tonight at midnight is also the very last night of the special price on the pre-paid Paper Pumpkin Subscriptions!  These great little monthly kits include everything you may need (except adhesive) to complete the enclosed projects.  The price also already includes shipping!  Know someone who loves to craft as much as you do?  Get them a gift subscription (and get a discount) and you can assemble your kits together each month!  What a great way to get together!  Also, since the 3 month pre-paid subscription is just over $50, if you order it today before midnight you get to "double-dip" and also pick a free Saleabration item!!

Order HERE
Here is what I used in the cards above:  Lightbulb card:



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and the You Made My Day card:


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Thursday, March 26, 2015

This Little Light of Mine... Spotlight Technique Challenge

Yay!!  It's Friday, and today is going to be a great day!  First of all, today is the day a brand new challenge gets posted on The Paper Plunge.  This week we all made cards or projects using the Spotlight Technique.  I first thought "flowers", but I am so excited to see some of my friends tonight, that I thought this may fit better! This is the fabulous From the Herd stamp set, and the sentiment is from the So You set!



C'mon, everybody has a group of friends like this... which one are you??    So I am adding a few close ups, one so you can see how I used the ink pads and the Blender Pen to color the crazy llama, and the other so you could see the detail in the ribbon knot.  Sometimes adding just a little piece of baker's twine into the knot adds just a bit of the unexpected.

Okay, so the second reason, and I could use a little help here... is that I am competing with a few friends in an all-out, live audience, "Iron Quilter" challenge tonight.  Not paper crafting, as you usually see, but quilting!  There are 3 teams of 4 (plus our Professional Quilter, Debbie Caffery in our case).  All teams run into the auditorium and are handed a stack of 14 fabrics (every team's fabrics are different, and you have no idea what you will get) ... We then have to concept, design, cut and piece an ENTIRE quilt top in only TWO HOURS!!  Yes, crazy, but crazy fun!  We finished with seconds to spare last year, and even had a few minute break in the middle to do a little dance number!!  Did I mention there is a LIVE audience, and even a bit of heckling??   Here is last year's quilt:


We are the team on the right, my head is peeking over the top, and here is a little piece of the action:

video 

So send us all of your creative MOJO, and wish us luck.  I will let you know next week if we won!!  Have a great weekend, and don't forget to pop over to The Paper Plunge and add your version of the Spotlight Technique!  We can't wait to see what you create!!





Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Cinnamon and Sugar

Yeah, you are like me... you saw the title, and you just had to look!  Well, this color combo won't disappoint!  We are a big circle-hop.  If you started with Robbie, then you began at the beginning, if you started here, no sweat - like I said... circle!  Just keep hopping along!

Today's color combo (and inspiration photo) made me think of spicy warm Michigan cider mill sugar doughnuts...  not great for the waistline, but yummy none the less.  Check these out:

Okay, I know you are looking for a "food" card here... but I am trying to eat healthier, and that is not in my plan...  So, as I felt a very masculine vibe here, I thought I would make a retirement card for my uncle, who has been working in the lumber industry for as long as I can remember!  He has always loved the outdoors, and being in the woods, so I needed to make him a woody card!  Here you go, Uncle John!  Congratulations!
 You can see here that this card has a lot of textures to it... Stamping on Crumb Cake gives it a rougher feel.  Also, I have embossed a few of the pieces, and added a little linen thread.  the brown glimmer brad just gives it a pop of celebration...  I also didn't skimp on the Dimensionals here...  you can see what I mean below:

I am listing all of my supplies below, but after peeking at those, please hop on over to Carol to see what yummy thing she has in store for you today!  Thanks for stopping by!
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

Now if this said "coffee"...

Good morning and happy Thursday!  Today is another cold one, here in Chicago, and I am getting itchy to get outside.  In the meantime, I am doing what all good hibernators are doing... no, silly, not sleeping... CRAFTING!  I received a new shipment on Tuesday, and just had to play with it right away.  I have been wanting this new stamp set since I first saw it, and it is here!

Every Wednesday I have a morning craft group... it is a loose kind of thing, where we just get together and make a card and a little project of sorts.  I really want to share with you what we made yesterday - since it is using those new stamps.

Almost good enough to eat, right?  Yes, that is right... I really DID use Aluminum Foil in this card!  Here is a closer view:
So, this stamp is perfect... now, if it said coffee instead of chocolate, then that would be REAL love - but I wouldn't use that stamp much, because there isn't much that I love more than coffee!

Thanks for swinging by, and be sure to come back tomorrow, as we have a whole new challenge starting then over at The Paper Plunge and I will have my design team submission to show you!


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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines- crazy flowers!

Good morning - Wednesday again so soon!  Let me tell you, if I don't accomplish more today, I am going to have to postpone the weekend another day!  Too much to do in a week that feels too short!  Am I alone here??  On to the hop!  If you are arriving here from Robbie's website, then you started at the beginning, you will just keep hopping from here and make a full circle.

I think Sandy picked these colors, and although I never would have put them together, and I knew when I saw them that it would be tough, but I really was up for the challenge!  My project this week looks more like a science project then something I would normally do, but I had fun, and got REALLY inky, so how bad could it be?  I made a wall hanging for my studio, which totally needs a color-injection!  I haven't stuck them down on the canvas yet, as they are STILL drying - (did you know if you heat set these too high they smoke?? ~ just sayin').
Here are the challenge pictures:

and here is what I did:


I used my Flower Frenzy Bigz Die, and cut several layers of Filter paper (all at the same time!!), then I separated them all on paper towels, and randomly dripped reinkers from all of the colors listed ( except Sahara Sand) onto the flowers.  I let the colors run as they would, and checked them out a day later!  I think I would really like to try this again - maybe in blues, greens and purples with Butterflies!  What do you think??

Hope you enjoyed my experiment today - now hop over to Carol and see what she is cooking up in her lab, er, I mean Studio!!

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Hello!!

Happy Hello to you today!  It is Wednesday, and time to Hop!  I cannot even believe that we are halfway through the week already!  I am so far behind from the "snow/cold" days for the kids, that I don't think I have even stopped moving this week!  I thought I would go with a really clean and simple design for today's card.  I haven't played with my Gorgeous Grunge stamp set lately, and was missing it, so that's what I decided to use.  Here are our inspirations photos/colors:

and here is what I did with them - By the way - I decided to avoid adding Sahara Sand in this project - seems like I am using it a lot lately:

 and a close-up of the sentiment:
As you can see, I stamped on the Vanilla panel, then I cut out the "hello" sentiment with a thinlit and glued it over the stamped image.  The real trick in gluing down these skinny sentiments, is the Two-Way Glue Pen.  I can't imagine the mess without it!   I really like how this simple card turned out, and think I will be making several with the Thanks thinlit and packing them up!  If you started with Robbie, then you found the beginning, but if you began here, be sure to hop forward to Carol's website to see what she has made for you today!


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Friday, February 20, 2015

She Shoots...She Scores - She took the Plunge!

Good morning, and happy Friday!  It has been frigid in Chicago, and kids have been out of school because of the extreme temperatures.  Still, hard to complain when I know some of my East Coast design team partners over at The Paper Plunge are literally buried in show!

Today I am sharing with you a white on white card I did for our weekly challenge, where the theme was "scoring as a design element".  I have not used these great feather stamps before, but I am really loving them.  The matching framelit makes all of the difference in the world!

and here is a close up of the great feathers:

I stamped them with Versamark on vellum, then heat embossed them with gold embossing powder.  When they cooled, I used my Big Shot and coordinating framelits to cut them out.  You can also see a bit more of the scoring detail here.  I used my diagonal plate for my simply scored score board to give more interest to the background.  The center panel strip is also vellum, and dry embossed (also with my Big Shot) with an older embossing folder.  The Love Life sentiment is from the A Happy Thing stamp set that is one of the great Saleabration free choices - Love this set!  I will list all of the "ingredients" below.  Also, I used a sketch from a site I haven't visited in a long time, and have missed, Try Stampin' On Tuesday.

If you are feeling up to a challenge this week, be sure to take the plunge and join us at The Paper Plunge for our scoring challenge!  We would love to see what you create!
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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Pasture Birthday...Story of my life!

When I first saw this stamp set, I knew I needed it... not just the adorable animals, nor was it just the open line design that is just too fun to color with Blendabilities, but the sentiments are perfect for me.  You would think that I would be better about sending birthday cards in a timely manner - yet it always seems that I have one in my car - ready to be mailed, ON the ACTUAL birthday...

This just happened to me, again, and I had a great opportunity to make a fun card!   One of the best things here is that you can get several of these Blendabilities FREE as one of your Saleabration selections!   Here is what I did:

I can only say, if I missed your birthday - because it is February afterall, so I am a whole month behind..., then you may just see a card like this in your mailbox soon!

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