Country Home Hello

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Hope you had a good weekend and I hope you enjoyed my card yesterday from our Country Lane Product Suite. If you haven’t had enough … then I have another card to share with you that features the Country Home stamp set.

Many moons ago before I had my children I used to work in a flower shop, and this card takes me back to the late 70’s when dried flower arrangements were popular and so was arranging them in pitchers & coffee pots … a little bit country!  What’s interesting is that I have one of those mini blue tin coffee pots on my stove right now!!

I wanted this card to be a bit more rustic since yesterday we had the galvanized background, so I started with the Wood Textures Designer Series paper stack (I love browns and blues together).  I wanted to add some texture so I used a 1-3/4″ x 5-1/4″ piece of Crumb Cake and ran it through the Corrugated Dynamic embossing folder.

Next I added a strip of the Chicken Wire Elements and added the beautiful new Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon… this ties the two elements together without leaving a harsh edge.  Then I tucked my sweet little “hello” onto the card.

I used the Stamparatus again to stamp my images…. one of the reasons was because I had precut the ovals and then placed them in a template, this is a true paper saver.

Just like yesterday, I used the Stampin’ Blends – the alcohol markers.  I colored the sides of my coffee tin with the Night of Navy first, then filled in the entire pot. I used the Color Lifter to lighten the center and create my “light source” … where the light would hit your object.

I did the same with all my colors, started with the dark and colored over with the lighter shade.  The berries were colored yellow (Yellow and Blue are for our Brewers!!)  And Marge … if you are reading this, please give me a call.

I colored the center flower in Night of Navy and again used the Color Lifter, after which I added a touch of the Wink of Stella to the flower and the light area of my coffee tin.

This stamp set and the cards I have created brought back many memories, whether they were of grandpa’s farm of working in the flower shop … it was a nice stroll down memory lane.

Thanks so much for coming with me … Let’s kick off this week with a warm hello.

Enjoy your day ~

TODAY’S STAMPING SUPPLY LIST … if you like what you saw, you may purchase any of the items used to create this card by clicking on them. Thank you.


Simply Sunday: Simply Country

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you on this fine Sunday? Hope you are enjoying your weekend. With the chill in the air … I’ve been doing some stamping and preparing for my upcoming retreat. Yesterday morning I hosted my Saturday Stamp Club and I would like to share one of the cards that we made.

This month my clubs focused on the Country Land product suite on pages 42 and 43 of the Holiday Catalog. Today’s card features the Country Home stamp set, Galvanized Metallic paper, the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder and the Stampin’ Blends to create a simply beautiful card.

We first embossed the Galvanized paper with the Tin Tile embossing folder … these two combined are simply stunning. Gives you that old Farmhouse ceiling look! In keeping with the farmhouse look, I chose the Milk Can again and demonstrated how to attach the stamps onto the plates of the Stamparatus for perfect alignment.

Once we stamped our images…  we punched two of the corners with the Detailed Trio punch. You can find that on page 211 of the Annual Catalog.  We also punched the corners on the inside piece of our card.  We added the new Metallic Pearls to both the punched corners and our greeting!

Before assembling the card we colored … that is always such a relaxing thing to do, and with the Stampin’ Blends its also easy. We started with the milk can using the Smoky Slate / Dark and brought it down both sides of the can twice. Once that was done, we took the Smoky Slate / Light and colored in the entire can, then went over the area between the light and the dark to blend them. It’s almost like magic!! Here is my color pallet …

So not only did they get to learn the basics on the Stamparatus but got to see the amazing ease at which color-blending with the Stampin’ Blends can be. And who didn’t fall in love with the Tin Tile and Galvanized paper combo!

I hope you enjoyed todays card and please feel free to check out my schedule HERE for the date and time of my clubs and think about joining us … I usually have a couple spots for guests.

Thank you for joining me on this beautiful Sunday…

and I hope you have a wonderful day.




Thinking of You …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you are surviving the giant drop in temperature, dang it’s cold out!! That beef stew I’m cooking is going to be the perfect solution to warming you up.

Today I’ve pulled out a stamp set that I have not used yet …  the Accented Blooms stamp set. Sometimes I like to just relax and color, and this stamp set allows me to do just that.  The nice part is, you can color the flowers to coordinate with the season …

I used the Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight and Soft Suede Stampin’ Blends duos. I also used the Color Lifter … that little tool works awesome put pull some color off like I did in the large flower.  One of the benefits of using the Stampin’ Blends is that I could tone down the brightness of the Daffodil Delight by blending with a touch of the Soft Suede.

Another tool I used while creating this card is the Stamparatus … I knew I would be making several of these cards so I wanted to ensure I got my greeting positioned properly each time.  You could however stamp the greeting and then punch it out with the coordinating punch and pop it up, that would also give you additional dimension.

I used the beautiful Country Lane Designer Series paper to back my project … it also drove the core colors of my flowers.  Who says you can’t mix -n- match items from the Annual Catalog with the Holiday Catalog!!  That’s what they are there for.

I also wanted to add a touch of dimension so I added a small bow onto the corner of my floral front.  You can find this twine on page 13 of the Holiday Catalog … it’s the Festive Farmhouse Cotton twine. I attached that little bow with a glue dot.

I hope you enjoyed today’s card share.

Thank you so much for taking time out of your weekend to visit …

Have an awesome day!


Country Home …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Let me paint you a picture: A beautiful fall in the countryside. Dried flowers, rustic jugs—just the setting to sit still for a moment and be grateful. Doesn’t that sound beautiful?

This month my clubs are creating cards using the Country Home Stamp Set. This beautiful product suite is perfect for this time of year (anytime really) but I fell in love because Fall is my favorite time of year. Besides the milk can reminds me of my grandpa’s farm.

It’s those beautiful memories that make creating beautiful cards so easy with this stamp set. There are so many ways in which you can use this set. One of my favorites is teaming it up with the Tin Tile Dynamic Embossing Folder and the new Galvanized Metallic paper … the results are stunning.

Another fun product to add to your cards and projects is the Chicken Wire Elements (currently unavailable, but expected arrival October 29th).  Just look at all the beautiful cards you can make … and don’t forget the wall décor!

There is one more tool that we have been using in creating our projects and that is the Stamparatus!!  The members were amazed at how easy it was to use, and that each of their stamped images turned out perfect. Too light … just re-ink and stamp again – NO double image!!  Just check out this video!

Love, Love, LOVE this tool … I am in the process of creating for my Holiday Stamping Retreat, and let me tell you how handy this has become.  I will show you “after” my retreat how it helped me out so much.

If you have any questions on the Stamparatus or the Country Home product suite … please feel free to contact me at anytime.

I thank you for stopping by to visit today.

Have a beautiful day ~


Christmas Beauty and Joy

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Did you enjoy your weekend? I hope so. I enjoyed a wonderful group of ladies who joined me for a Stamparatus Class! It is always fun to stamp with others … plus there is a touch of free therapy!  lol

Today I’m bringing you a touch of the holidays … a little Christmas.  While you’re looking around for some inspiration for your Christmas cards this year, don’t forget the Annual Catalog. We have a few of the most popular sets from last years Holiday Catalog and some brand new ones, like Stylish Christmas on page 101.

The poinsettia in this stamp set is so elegant … the soft swirls and the holly leaves are paired with some beautiful sentiments.  These are the new distinktive stamps. They are made of the same premium rubber as our wood-mount stamps and have deeply etched images so you get a superior stamped impression each time.

The “pretty paper” I used as my background also came out of the Annual Catalog (page 189) called “Under the Mistletoe”.  I love the festive, traditional, dynamic patterns for your holiday projects. You are able to create so many different styles with this paper.

Today’s card may have a simple layout but not everyone likes the “putsy” cards … so if you like these supplies and layout, just add the Stamparatus … you can have your holiday cards done in no time at all.

Please let me know if you have questions about the Stamparatus or the project I shared today. I’m here to help.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Enjoy your day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … All your supplies can be found in the annual catalog!




Simply Sunday: Just Breathe …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

It’s good to be back!! My workload got a little more hectic than I had planned (happens to us all) but who plans on the drama … right!!  But I’m thrilled to be here today to share with you one of the cards that we created in my “Stamperatus 1” Class yesterday.

In class we learned about the parts of the stamparatus, how they interact, how to clean it and to store it. We talked about the it’s core function of “stamp placement” and the wonderful ability to create repeatable stamping. In fact, this little gem is great just for those two features alone, but it does so much more!

Here is a quick video to quickly share the basics and introduce you to the new products that came out to accessorize the Stamparatus…

Todays card features the “Hinge Technique” … we are able to do this fun technique because the hinges are not only removeable but can be moved in equal increments. It’s so easy and so amazing.

We used Cherry Cobbler for our greeting. The stamp is aligned onto my cardstock and then “picked up” with to plate so you can begin your stamping.  Once your stamp is inked, stamp directly onto your cardstock. You will then take the plate out of by the hinge, move it down one notch and replace it back into the hinge and stamp again (without re-inking) This will give you a slightly lighter image.  You will do that one more time creating the final and lightest of the 3 images.

The large leave stamp is stamped onto your cardstock and with the stamparatus you can add the solid stamp in perfect alignment every time. You see, I showed them how and where each of the stamps were placed and then everyone used the same plates to stamp their projects … what does that mean.  You have the ability to create a multitude of cards that all look the same.

The little leaves also used the “Hinge Technique” for their placement. This really is a slick little tool to help you with your card creations. Easy, fast and precise.

Thank you so much for joining me this Sunday.

I hope you have a most wonderful day ~



Throwback Thursday: Autumn Memories

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

How are you doing? We got a little peek of sunshine yesterday but there is rain in the forecast for the next 7 days! I like my fall to have warm sunny days with crisp cool nights … the sun of the leaves, so pretty!

Let’s have some fun and explore some cute scrapbook page layouts today! I’ll be sharing some memories of autumns past with some scrapbook pages I have done years ago …

With all the fancy gadgets and dies out there now days, we have a tendency to forget how simple yet pretty creating your own “designer” paper can be!  You can totally recreate this page by using the beautiful leaves in the “Rooted by Nature” stamp set.

To create the multi-colored leaves; you could either use the baby wipe technique or ink up the “UnInked Spectrum Pad” on page 202 of the annual catalog.  My suggested colors are …

Now there is a beautiful fall color line up!  You can also see that while some images are stamped in full color, some are stamped without re-inking so you get a nice light coloring … this adds dimension to your page just by stamping!

My next page is one of my all time favorite layouts … I also had a great time with my daughter and her two little girls that day.  Cassie, the little blond picking pumpkins asked me what size pumpkin she could get, and I told her “anyone” she could lift!!  I could not believe how strong she was … or should I say determined!!

There is not a lot of stamping on this page layout, just a little decorative edge and an alphabet set which you can find on pages 174 and 175 on the annual catalog.  The color blocking is a fun way to coordinate a page and really make your pictures pop off the page!

I hope you enjoyed my little stroll down memory lane and I thank you for coming along with me.  If you have any questions about scrapbook layouts or how to get started with stamping in your scrapbooks … message me.

Have a great day ~

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