Good morning - Wednesday again and where oh where is this week going?? Time is flying and I am not crafting enough... eeeek. Gotta get my fix! Hop with me today!! We are one big happy circle, so start with Robbie, or start here... it all works!
Here are this week's inspiration photos:
and here is what I did :
So, not quite what I was going for... and with a bit more time I think I would have added some stuff... maybe I would have fussy-cut the cup and put it on a doily?? In any case, it would have been something. I do love the Thanks a Latte sentiment, however, as coffee makes up a huge portion of my waking hours! This stamp set is only available to our Paper Pumpkin subscribers... Although this card is NOTHING like the set that came in the all-inclusive, and very exclusive monthly kit ( only adhesive isn't included!!), it is a fun set that I am sure I will be using in a much more inspired way very soon! If you would like to know more about Paper Pumpkin, (now's the time as you can get 1/2 off your first two months), click HERE...
Now it is time for you to grab yourself a cup o' Joe and head over to miss Helen to see what she did with these colors! Thanks for stopping by!
Crazy whirlwind summer - that is what it has been! I have been hiking in Alaska, then hiking in Utah, and finished up the journey with an amazing Stampin' Up! Convention - more about that, (and some of my fun swaps), later this week. Right now it is time for me to jump right in to the Wednesday hop! If you came over from Robbie's website, then you started at the beginning... but no worries if you started here, just keep hopping and you will go full circle and not miss anything!
Here are this week's inspiration photos:
This so made me think about summer, and running through the sprinklers (do kids other than mine still do this?), so I thought I would theme this project around just that:
Summer to you? Well, I have sponged the Pool Party ink and the Lost Lagoon ink to make a "pool-like" backdrop. I then made my popsicles using the new Tags & Labels framelits - which have become a quick go-to for me, as they have a whopping 13 dies in this pack - sized perfectly for just about everything! The word window punch is what finishes this card off (of course I cut it in half lengthwise to get the sticks).
Jump ahead over to Joni and see what treats she has for you today!
Hello! Glad you could stop by again today! I wanted to show you a little more of what we have been making in classes, and for members of my team lately! Actually, it is more the other way around! I have some great folks on my Crafty PlayDate Playmate team, and we love to get together and stamp and share. Last month, I had some team members who really rocked, and I wanted to show them how much I appreciate them, so I sent out a few cards... Then, I thought, you know, everybody has someone in their life who really rocks, so maybe we should all make a 3 Cheers card, so we made them in class the other night too. First I will show you my team card, then I will share the class card... do you have someone in your life who deserves 3 cheers... Sure you do! Send them a card - we sometimes forget how powerful mail can be!
and class card
You'll note the crazy little black smudge on the class card - that would be my fault... after finishing the card, I promptly dropped an open ink pad (butter side down) onto the card front - see... no one is perfect!
Ever consider joining my team? Now is a great time, and it means free stamps to you! Want to hear more? Check it out HERE, or shoot me an email - I'll tell you all about it!
Thanks for stopping by... see all of the "ingredients" below
Hello all! Last Friday I told you about how I finally had a few minutes to craft not too long ago, and I would love to show you some of the fun things we did! We were all a-flutter over butterflies last week, and I was loving the new English Garden Designer Series Paper, so I had to find a not-to-challenging way to get these two things together. Here's one of the cards we made:
Our butterfly looks as if it is flying right off our page, and maybe out of our garden in this fun card. We added a few touches and a couple of techniques, and there you go! I will be offering other classes again soon, and would love to see you, if you are in the Chicagoland area. Be sure to flutter over to my MeetUp page - and check the calendar to find something that works in your schedule. If you join the meetup, then when I add a new class you won't miss out!
Hello everyone! I know it has been a very long time since I have posted anything, and I am sorry for that. It just seems to be that I am running from one thing to another lately - without a minute to craft (and that just makes me one crabby mom!). I have taken some time out in the past few days to sit down with a bunch of fun ladies and get our creative-exercise. One class last week, and 4 classes in the last 48 hours... I am now recharged and ready to get on with my other errands... I even found myself singing in the car today! Thanks, ladies!!
Today I am sharing my submission for the Design Team, or "Lifeguards" over at The Paper Plunge. This week's challenge was to submit a monochromatic card or project. I just wanted to do something really quick and reproducible for you. You should be able to reproduce this card with just one ink color, white paper, and maybe even one stamp set (I used two sets, and a punch too, but you can easily see how you could use one set, right??). We would love to see your monochromatic submissions over at The Paper Plunge in our challenge this week! In the meantime, try to carve a few minutes out of your day today to do something creative - I bet you'll be singing in the car again in no time!!
Hello and welcome!! Today is Wednesday again, so let's hop!! If you started at Robbie, then you found the beginning- but is there really a beginning to a circle?? In any case, I wanted to share with you the inspiration photo and the corresponding color chart for today's card:
To me, this is a mountain sunset. I love all of the colors in this card, and it really is so peaceful to me. Everytime I think I am a "beach person", I swing by mountains and change my mind! I wanted to make something that really represented this photo in a very literal way, so here is what I did:
There was no yellow in our color selection this week, but if I were to do this card over again, I would certainly add some! I made the "mountains" by tearing both Basic Gray and Basic Black cardstock and layering them. The top panel of the card is Whisper White, which I just inked in layers, beginning with the Blushing Bride at the bottom, and working my way to Tangerine Tango and ultimately Rich Razzleberry. You may notice that I didn't even use a stamp set this week!!
Be sure to hop on over to Joni's website and see what she did with these colors! Thanks for stopping by!
Welcome! How exciting! New catalog, which means brand new In Colors! We have a great selection this year, and they are only available for two years! This year we have Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, and Delightful Dijon. Our (very fun) Inspire, Create & Share blog hop today is featuring these fun new colors.
The project I did this month was especially made for my customers, to show them the brand new In Colors.
Check this out!
So, as I said, I give these to my customers, along with their brand new catalog. These are bookmarks, in a big, heavy duty plastic sleeve, with the new Watermelon Wonder ribbon tied to the top. Because they get the new catalog with this, I slide a wish list form into the back of the bookmark, so that as they are looking at the catalog, they can jot down their new favorites. So, the back looks like this:
Here are all of the Stampin' Up! supplies I used to make this bookmark!
If you would like to look at the catalog in the online "flipbook" style, you can click on the picture above in the sidebar - that will take you to the PDF version! If you would like a "hard copy" of the catalog - (afterall, we are paperlovers, right?), and I don't blame you, then just EMAIL ME HERE, and I will get one to you!
If you would just like to shop right away go HERE! If you use the Hostess code: TSWTFRNR in your order, I will send you a free gift!
Good morning and happy Wednesday! Today is a confetti kind of day! Our inspiration photo this week just makes me happy! I hope you like what I have done with it! Here's the inspiration:
I will be really honest with you here... I punched all of the hearts confetti for the card, stamped on the Window sheet, put the confetti in the card and stitched it up, THEN I found the green confetti that I had punched... AFTER it was sealed!! Ugh! Please just imagine that the green is in there!! I did you a varigated thread, so there is some green in there, but I have a little pile of green hearts here... Oh well, check it out:
Okay - I will post all of my supplies below, but please be sure to hop along and check out the rest of the gang - back to Robbie or onward to Helen - all of them will be great!
Hello! Today I am coming to you with a card that has a bit of a special purpose! My oldest son, Alex, will be graduating from 8th grade next week... Where has the time gone? I remember dropping him off for his first day of preschool, and now he is taller than me! He is becoming such a wonderful young man, and we are all so proud of him.
I also have made this card as my Design Team card for The Paper Plunge. This week's theme, over at the Plunge, is retiring favorite things. I have used a few things that won't be back in the new catalog, to include the stamp set - Just Sayin' and the matching framelits set - Word Bubbles. Check out the list below, and don't miss out on these retiring items!
and a closer view so you can see how I have popped up the different layers
Hello and happy Wednesday! I have been away on vacation, but am home and just getting my feet wet crafting again. I have just received my first shipment of all of the new treasures from the upcoming new Catalog, and will show you one of them here! First of all, I have missed my friends - so be sure you hop the whole circuit here and see what they have been up to... you can go backwards to Robbie, or move on to Helen, either way, we are still a circle.
Here is the inspiration photo, and the colors we were supposed to use:
I really missed not being in our weekly challenge over at The Paper Plunge this week, where the theme was May Flowers, so I thought I would go ahead and make a flower card just for grins... Here is what I made
Did you spot the new tool?? Here is a closer look:
Yeah, Baby... it is a new punch, that will punch banner flags for you, in THREE DIFFERENT WIDTHS!! So exciting! Okay... time to hop along! Go say hi to my friend Helen and give her some comment love!!
Good morning, and HAPPY FRIDAY!! You survived another one... and weather here in Chicago looks good for the weekend! I am happy to post some great Mother's Day (and fabulous Teacher Appreciation ) gifts! I was inspired by another demonstrator, Chiaki, to make these gifts to both teach and give to the teachers in our lives... Also, this is the latest challenge for The Paper Plunge, so get your Mother's Day cards and projects made and photographed and get over there! You can now even add your challenge submissions via Instagram!!
Check these out!
If you aren't crafty yourself, but are in love with these great bags, you can go pick up a few at Vintage Fresh. That is a local store that has a little bit of everything, (including my paper items), but a whole lot of things not to be missed! The ladies who run this store are amazing and so creative! They do an outstanding job painting and finishing wood furniture, and if you live in the Chicagoland area - it isn't to be missed!! They are located at 5122 Main Street right in the center of Downers Grove, IL
Here is a snap view of their store:
Okay, back to work!! Be sure to get over to The Paper Plunge and get your projects uploaded! Have a great weekend!
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!