To You, With Love …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Thank you so much for such a warm welcome back! The visits to my blog yesterday were almost double of what they have been … that is so sweet. I’d like to welcome my new readers and thank all of you who stop in daily, and those of you who share this blog with your friends. Please … feel free to share, that is what our stamping is all about.

Some of you who know me from my classes, clubs and retreats know that my family has been going through a hard time right now. My dear sister and my sister-in-law are fighting against cancer, my Mom was taken to the hospital shortly after we returned from retreat for what we thought was pneumonia, only to learn she has a mass on her lung …. we are still waiting to see if that is cancerous or not. My 26 year old nephew is also fighting something in his lungs. The doctors do not know what it is, but he is going in for a biopsy today. And my niece has Cystic Fibrosis – had her 2nd lung transplant this year … just found out she has an infection in her lung … but NO Rejection – so that is good.  We are all praying hard and are keeping a positive attitude! No negative feelings allowed 🙂 So don’t be surprised if I skip a day or two, but my stamping keeps me in a happy place, it is something that my sister and I do together!

I do have a card to share with you today. I couldn’t miss sharing the only stamp left in the Festive Phrases stamp set, so here it is … To You, With Love.

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As with the last two cards from Festive Phrases that I shared with you, this card also used the Christmas Around the World Designer Series Paper. Don’t you just love all the different patterns, and many can be used for other holidays or everyday for that matter. The cute hearts are die cut from the Sunshine Wishes Thinlets Dies.

I kept the layouts for each of these cards simple, because when it comes to making many cards for an event or occasion, simple is best but by no means does it mean not as cute …. because these are cute!

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So here is a look at all of the 4 cards I created with just one stamp set, 2 different designer papers and only a few other embellishments!

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Thank you for stopping by my blog today. I hope you enjoyed the cards created with the Festive Phrases stamp set. I’m sure I’ll be playing with these again!

Have a happy day ~

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Sorry I cannot post my supply list … this stupid WordPress won’t let me! I’ll keep working on it but I’ve already been trying for 45 minutes with no luck.

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Simply Sunday: Merry & Bright

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you’ve been having a nice weekend.  I am back with a cute -n- easy card created with the same stamp set as our cute little elf … Festive Phrases.  This is truly a fun and versatile stamp set.

I also stayed with the same designer series paper … “Christmas Around the World”.  So many patterns that are perfect for that old fashioned Christmas.

The pattern I used also has the little Christmas lights and a few trees – which I highlighted with the Wink of Stella … I wish the photo would have picked that up.  I also added the Wink of Stella to the bulbs on the greeting and around the “Bright”. It really adds a special touch of sparkle!

The little glow around the lights was created with the same color inks I colored the bulbs and sponge daubers … you need a light touch so it doesn’t get too dark 🙂  My colors are: Garden Green, Real Red, Daffodil Delight and Dapper Denim.

Thank you so very much for sharing a part of your day with me.

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …

 

Happy Holidays & Stampin’ Blends!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I want to share with you a card that I created using a really fun stamp set and the just released Stampin’ Blends!! Pairing these two together was double the fun!!

I began by stamping the cute little elf onto Whisper White … I’ve been waiting to use this one!! Then I colored my elf with the Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Blends pairs.

I used the technique of laying the light colored alcohol ink (Stampin’ Blends) and then the darker color. I then go back and use the lighter color to blend the two colors seamlessly … oh it’s fun. Don’t you love the way his hair is highlighted … wooo hooo!

I chose the “Christmas Around the World” Designer Series paper because it has that old fashioned “retro” look just like our little elf!! Then just a block of cardstock on two corners to draw your eye to the focal point.

The elf itself was double stamped … then the greeting was cut out and popped up to give more dimension. He is just toooo stinkin’ cute! A simple layout but oh so effective to send a Happy Holidays!

Thanks so much for stopping in to check out today’s project, I hope you enjoyed it.

Have a great day … we are one day closer to the weekend!!

TODAYS STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST …

 

Snow Globe – Shaker Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend … Sunday turned out to be a beautiful fall day.

Today I want to share with you another retreat card … a shaker card! Our afternoon session include 3 cards that we created using the “Hearts Come Home” bundle. My mission was to show them how quick and easy you can create a shaker card.

Our background comes from the Merry Music Designer Specialty Paper. Using the Layering Circles Framelits dies, we cut 1 white and 1 window sheet from the same size circle. Then we took the scallop circle and the circle one size smaller that our precut circles, and layered them together before cutting to create our frame.

On the white circle, we stamped our house in Black and then our Santa in Smoky Slate. Our next step was to attach the foam adhesive strips to the outer edge of the white circle. Once applied, you can fill this with whatever you’d like … we used a large glitter and Red Glimmer hearts.

Once you have filled your “well” … remove the top layer off the adhesive strip and drop the window sheet over the top – press to seal. Next, we glued the frame onto the window sheet.

To create a snowglobe … I used the Everyday Label punch!! This is the punch that we used on the Merry Little Christmas Suite cards. Our  greeting was heat embossed in white and then the punch was aligned (1/2 way into the cardstock) to create the base… then punch!

Use the adhesive strip to mount the base onto the front of the card so it’s the same height as the globe.

Everybody loves getting Shake Cards, and now you know how to make a Snowglobe Shaker …. quick -n- easy!

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me and visiting my blog.

Have yourself a great day!

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Simply Sunday: Special Delivery

Hello Stampin Friends ~

Today I have another card I’d like to share from our Annual Holiday Retreat, and it comes from the Merry Little Christmas Suite like yesterday’s card. We will also be using the Merry Little Labels and Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper.

It’s fun to see how different your cards can look even when you are using some of the same supplies! The greeting I chose was the “Special Delivery” … I did this in the “Chalkboard” technique … I thought it looked a little Old World Style …

I’m also introducing a touch of Real Red in honor the big man’s suit, and a little sparkle for the holiday. I also embossed with the “Brick” embossing folder … not just to add a touch of texture but to reference the chimneys that Old Saint Nick climbs down each Christmas eve.

I borrowed the snowflake from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets, because I know, many of my stampin’ friends / customers have the Colorful Seasons Bundle so it’s a great way to show how to blend bundles and use your stamping supplies to their full potential.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s card and the reasoning behind some of the choices I made to create this card … the holiday’s are so fun and the perfect time to unleash your creativity!

Thank you for checking in with me today.

I hope you are having a good one ~

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A Glass Half Full …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have a special card share with you. This stamp set was created by one of our fellow demonstrators … Linda Bauwin.

When Linda reached her million sales achievement in March of 2016 and as part of her million sales celebration, she collaborated with one of the Stampin’ Up! designers on the creation of the Half Full Stamp set.

 

 

Here are some beautiful projects created with the Half Full stamp set …

On the 2017 incentive trip to Thailand Linda demonstrated her stamp set and showed a really creative technique where she mixed the Stampin’ Ink Refill with the Fine-Tip Glue Pen to create a beautiful glossy look that you can see on the Merry Christmas card above.

Hope you enjoyed today’s projects (Courtesy of Stampin’ Up!) Makes me thirsty for a good glass of wine … would you like to join me?

Enjoy your weekend! I’m spending mine with a group of wonderful ladies at our “Hearts Come Home” Holiday Stamping Retreat.  I’ll share more about that in the upcoming week.

Thanks for stopping by ~

*Information taken from Success Weekly posted by Stampin’ Up!

Getting Ready for Christmas!?

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Back again today with some more shares of past Holiday retreat stamping. Below I have just a few of our “Gift Tags” that we made last year. We also decorated a cute tin to hold all of their tags!

These were made with the Stocking Stamp set and dies which have been added to our Annual catalog!! I love that, it gives me a chance to show you even more things to do with the items you’ve already purchased.

Our next grouping of stamped goodies comes from our 2015 Holiday Retreat!! Oh what fun these were … might have even been the hit of the retreat … GIFT CARD ENVELOPES!!

I found a great pattern so these were super simple to create, and we just jazzed up the outsides so they would also be a hit from anyone who received them. Just adorable!

You never know what we’ll be making at our retreats, always something new and fun… you’ll have to join us sometime.  I have a new attendee this year, everyone else has been there before … some, several times (One hasn’t missed one yet!) We also have someone from as far away as Oklahoma!!

We have a blast at our stamping retreats, and I can’t wait to get this Holiday Retreat started! This time next week, we’ll be stamping away!

Thanks for joining me here today on my blog. I hope you have a wonderful weekend!