Thursday, September 9, 2021

OSAT Step It Up Blog Hop

Good Morning and happy Thursday! Quick question for all of you. Do you feel like the summer was in slow motion until we August and now suddenly life is in fast forward? I seriously can't wrap my head around the fact that we are already in September! It helps that the kids are back in school but when tomorrows temps are suppose to be 103 degrees (Fahrenheit) it makes me long for the pool!
Today the One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop Team is back with a fun theme! We are Stepping it Up! For those of you scratching your heads wondering what that means, it means we are showing you one card that is simple and for beginners, a card that might be for the casual crafter or card maker and a card that is for the more avid or advanced card maker. I have used the Christmas To Remember stamp set with its coordinating Christmas Season Bundle for todays projects. Lets take a look!


I found it to be a struggle to do a card that is a bit more simple intentionally! The card started with the piece of the Peaceful Prints DSP. I then cut a small rectangle in Basic White and stamped the sentiment with Real Red Ink. The pine branches were stamped in Garden Green with my pine cone stamped in a combination of Crumb Cake and Early Espresso. A nice little Linen Thread bow was a perfect touch!


Now my card for the casual crafter. This card has a lot of the same aspects. With this card I decided to die cut one of the Garden Green pine branches and the Pine Cone. I also added a nice mat of Garden Green behind the sentiment and distressed it a bit with an old pair of Paper Snips. The corner of the Basic White is rolled down and accented with a Gold Gilded Gem. For the ribbon this time, I added a bit of the Very Vanilla Lace.


Now for my avid card! You will notice that my pine cone although using the same colors as the original card, is on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock. I have stamped the pine branches in Garden Green and die cut both of them and is arranged with an accent of Linen Thread behind the Pine Cone. There are a few more Gilded Gems with this card and one of the fun things I did was some heat embossed Gold splatters! On the corner of the Garden Green mat, I also stamped the pine branch. Again a bit of Lace and Linen thread for the bow. Each card sits on a mat of Garden Green with a Real Red card base!

I am so glad that you stopped by to see my creations today and that I have inspired you to Step It Up!
I can't wait for you to see what my friends have created, you can click along the list below to see them all! Have an amazing day!



Friday, September 3, 2021

TGIF Challenges 332 Natures Harvest

Happy Friday, Two days in a row with blog posts! Like I said, I am doing my best to return to my normal! Wesley had to be at school a bit early to greet the students arriving on the buses at school today with the rest of the football team! I am sure it was a pretty special moment. We get to go to our first football game tonight, last weeks was over 6 hours away and just not financially in the cards. Especially since Wesley is not varsity and that is okay! 


Today I find myself joining my TGIF Challenges Friends for a color challenge for you. At first you may think Christmas or Holiday when seeing this challenge. I decided to go with a Fall like spin and I can't wait to show you what I have created with the Natures Harvest Bundle!


This card started as a "Never mind it didn't come out the way I wanted it" type card. I had water-colored the flower stamp with my Water Painters using Cherry Cobbler. Cinnamon Cider and Mossy Meadow inks and didn't really like it and set it aside. After returning to my craft room the next day, they weren't as bad as I had thought. In fact, I loved them! This set has amazing coordinating dies and I used them to die cut the flowers and the Cork spray behind them. The Blender Brushes get used a ton in my craft room and I chose to use a bit of Cinnamon Cider in the back ground. The splatters are Early Espresso and a much needed added touch. Our Adhesive Sheets are perfect to use with our Cork and did the trick. With the flowers popped up with Stampin' Dimensionals. A bit of Cinnamon Cider card stock stamped with Cinnamon Cider with the Knit Together Background Stamp was a fabulous accent to this fall themed card. I have added a bit of Linen Thread and Matte Metallic Dots. When the Mossy Meadow sentiment got stamped it wasn't inked enough BUT looked distressed much like the card, so it was one of those happy accidents! A rich mat of Cherry Cobbler and Mossy Meadow card base and this beauty was finished!

I can't wait to see what you create for this weeks challenge! Just click the challenge graphic above to play along!
Have a fabulous day!


Thursday, September 2, 2021

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop Hope Box

Good Morning! I am so happy to blogging today! When I looked at my prior posts I realized it had been a bit since I last blogged. I am back and if you know me personally you understand why. Life gets crazy during the summer with fair and projects. Throw in an untimely death of a friend of Wesley's and it kind of had our whole family at max capacity of emotions. It is hard to create ANYTHING when you are in that head space. This week the kids returned to school and I am doing my best to return to normal! My mom was here all last week for the first time in 605 days! So things are looking good! ENOUGH ABOUT THAT!!!!! Lets get to the good stuff!
I am back with the A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop Team with the August 2021 Kit! This kit was called Hope Box. Shelli, our co-founder, wanted you to be able to decorate a Hope Box that is meaningful to you, as well as craft uplifting cards for those you care for around the world. I couldn't wait to make my alternatives because the ideas were exploding! Let me show you what I have created today!

The card above started with piece of the envelope that I cut to make a card front. The large butterfly die cut provided in the kit was the perfect accent. You will notice I have used it on the card below as a stencil before making this card! I have used the Melon Mambo Splatter piece from the kit as a band across with a banner from the kit as an accent. The tag created using the Tailor Made Tags dies was a fun accent to add with Gold 3/8" Shimmer Ribbon. It sits on a mat of Blackberry Bliss with a card base of Pool Party! For my final touch I added a few Gold Gilded Gems.


Like I stated above this card was actually made first! I found a card from Martin Stone who is on our Artisan Design Team, to give me a launching point. I have used the the large butterfly die cut with our Blending Brushes. The ink used was Melon Mambo and Blackberry Bliss. Once I achieved the desired look, I made a sparkling spritz with Wink Of Stella, Pool Party and some rubbing alcohol in one of our spritzers! I again made a tag using our Tailor Made Tags Dies and accented it with one of the banners provided in the kit. A few small butterflies and sequins was the perfect touch.

I can NOT wait for you to see what my friends have come up with today! You can click along the list below to find even MORE inspiration with your HOPE BOX kit!
Have A Great Day!!!

Thursday, July 8, 2021

OSAT Christmas In July Blog Hop

Happy Thursday! Can you believe we are going into our second weekend of July!? I sure can't! I was just telling a friend that I would like to have a reset button for this summer. It just did not get off to a great start. Hopefully we are at the tail end of that! 
This months theme for the One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop crew is Christmas In July! Some of us may be giving you sneak peaks for the new holiday catalog that goes live next month. Today I am showing you the Tidings of Christmas Suite! Lets take a look!


The Tiding of Christmas Suite is in our Annual Catalog and was one of my favorite suites to begin with! I love the earthy tones of the Tidings of Christmas Designer Series Paper. So it was one of the first suites I ordered when the catalog went live! Today I have a fabulous Christmas Card and Jumbo Gift Tag.


My card started with a base of Sahara Sand Card stock. It is nicely matted with the new Evening Evergreen (this color will be a go to come Christmas time). A nice piece of the Tidings of Christmas DSP is adhered to a Basic White layer of card stock. I have added a border of the Gold Specialty Metallic Paper. A nice square of Evening Evergreen was perfect for the Cherry Cobbler based stripe that is also from the Tidings of Christmas DSP. The Basic White Stitched So Sweetly die cut is stamped with Sahara Sand ink and accented with a stocking. It is made from Soft Succulent card stock and stamped in Evening Evergreen. I added a bit of the greenery from the Christmas Trimmings Dies in Evening Evergreen and the Gold Metallic Specialty Paper. It wasn't complete until  I added the cute little bow that I colored with Cherry Cobbler Blends and accented with a Holiday Rhinestone! 

Now onto the tag...


These Jumbo Gift Tags are so much fun to make. You can even make them into a gift card holder. This one started in a Cherry Cobbler card stock base. The Evening Evergreen layer is also stamped in Evening Evergreen using the star stamp from the Tidings & Trimmings stamp set. This is accented with a striped strip of the Tidings of Christmas DSP. I have added a Square Vellum Doily before adding the smaller border of the DSP. I have again used the Stitched So Sweetly dies to cut the Soft Succulent DSP. It is accented with a Cherry Cobbler label from the Tasteful Label Dies. I have layered up the ribbons used at the top of the tag for a bit of foof. The Sahara Sand label also from the Tasteful Label Dies is stamped with an Evening Evergreen sentiment and accented with a Cherry Cobbler stamped stocking on Basic White.  The stocking is accented with a bit of Holly Leaves and another rhinestone from the Holiday Rhinestones. The top of the tag has Label Me Lovely punch that has been embossed with the Tasteful Textiles embossing folder! I have given you a broader look below!


I know it sounds crazy but this sure does get me in the Christmas spirit! These projects were so fun to make and I can't wait for you to see what the rest of my friends have created! You can click along the list below to see! Hope you have a fabulous day!


Sunday, July 4, 2021

Creation Station Texture Blog Hop

Happy 4th of July! Today is going to be a day full of laughter, friends both new and old and food! I spent most of yesterday making up things for a feast tonight. We are doing burgers, brats and Hot Dogs with the potato salad, pasta salad, deviled eggs and I whipped a 7-Layer dip. I am sure there is more food coming but I don't know what everyone else is bringing! Wesley and I went to the firework stand to get some fireworks to light at home. Lets hope that Mother Nature cooperates!


It has been a while since I hopped with the Creation Station team! If you have read my blog over the last few weeks, I have a good excuse. Although this months theme of "Texture", I couldn't wait to hop along! Today I have created this cheerful "Feel Better Soon" card with the What A Year Memories & More Card Pack and the Hand Penned Petals Stamp Set. Lets take a look!


This little cutie started with the What A Year Memories & More Card Pack. My goal when I started to brain storm was to not use the Pattern Party or the In Good Taste paper packs. As those seem to be my go to lately. I rummaged the pack of cards and settled on the Polished Pink plaid like card and the lined card with the flowers. I cut the plaid down to a 3.75" x 5" card front. To add a bit of visual texture I used the Stitched with Whimsy dies. On the smaller card, I simply rounded the corners with our Detailed Trio Punch and added a hole for the ribbons. The plaid was then adhered with Stampin' Seal to a Pool Party Cardstock Mat. The tag was accented with the Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon and Bumblebee Gingham. A bit of Basic White Bakers Twine was tied around it. My Label Me Lovely Punch of Polished Pink was embossed with one of the Greenery Embossing Folders. The cute little striped strip was also from one of the smaller cards in the Memories and More pack. I cut it into about a 1/2" strip. The heat embossed sentiment from the Hand Penned Petals stamp set in white was perfect for my Bumblebee die cut from the Tasteful Labels Dies! 


I have adhered the Bumblebee circle to the strip with a bit of Stampin' Seal before adding the twine and adhering it to the Label Me Lovely Punch with Stampin' Dimensionals. The finishing touch for this adorable card was the Playing With Pattern Resin Dots mixed with a couple Basic Rhinestones!

I am so glad that you stopped by today! I can't wait for you to see what my amazingly talented best friend Jeanna has created for you! You can get to her by clicking the next button below! Have an amazing Sunday!

Jeanna Bohanon





Thursday, July 1, 2021

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Expressions In Color Kit

Happy Thursday! I can't believe that it is already July?! Can you? Yesterday was pretty uneventful, although today we will have guys installing new siding on our home. I can't wait to see what it will look like finished. I have been busy crafting and stamping away the last few days... today I may actually have to start cleaning house a bit more. Somehow we usually end up with people over for 4th of July, we have a great view of the fireworks in town and usually set some of our own off. 
A Paper Pumpkin Thing is going to shift to the first Thursday of the month. What this means for you is that even though we are in July, we are creating with Junes kit! It is easier for all of us because of the uncertainty of when we get our packages from the post office. 

Todays hop is focused on the Expressions in Color Kit from June! This kit coordinates with the Artistically Inked Bundle and Expressions in Ink suite! Lets take a look!


Today's projects came together rather quickly, I have made a cute little box to hold a small pack of candy and this amazing card took maybe 20 minutes to come up with! The kit was so easy to work with as it coordinated with the Expressions In Ink suite.


The card started with the vellum die cut in the kit. It was so cool to find out that the die in the bundle would fit right over it. I chose to die cut it out of the Gold and White stripe in the Designer Series Paper. I inked it up with my blending brushes and adhered it over the vellum using our adhesive sheets. The Polished Pink layer has been stamped around the edges using the background like stamp in the Artistically Inked stamp set. I also did this to the strip that goes across the card front. A strip of Basic White with a Gold heat embossed sentiment was the perfect touch over the top of the Expressions In Ink designer series paper. This was perfect for the Bumblebee card base from the kit!


So don't ask me the exact measurements right away, I scored, it fit and I was done! I accented this little treat holder with a bit of the card front from the kit cut into strips to fluff it up a bit! A bit of Gold Thread was the perfect touch!

I can't wait for you all to see what the team has come up with today! You can click along the hop list below for even more inspiration!

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Biggest Wish Meets Pattern Party!

Happy Wednesday! You are going to notice a few changes with me and my blog. One of them is the fact that I am going to go back to blogging for fun. It is something that has gone to the way side for quite a few years. I don't have as many design teams on my plate for one reason or another and that is OKAY! So I will pick a challenge or two or three, that makes my heart go pitter patter and gets the wheels turning and start creating from a place of happy and joy!

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Todays card kind of happened on accident. I had started creating this layout before even looking around for a sketch or challenge to play along with. When I checked a few challenge blogs and stumbled on the Paper Players challenge for this week (As seen above), I figured it was an omen. There is nothing I love more than a black and white card with a pop of color. Throw in some gold and rhinestones and this is your quintessential girly girl birthday card. Lets take a look!


I can't get enough of the Tailor Made Tags dies. It was the perfect size for my Magenta Madness and Gold Heat embossed Happy Birthday sentiment from the Biggest Wish stamp set. This stamp set was a must have when the catalog launched but I struggled when it came to ways of creatively using it initially. The scalloped rectangle is die cut out of Pattern Party DSP. This die can be found in the Scalloped Contour Dies, they are so fun and versatile to use with scalloped rectangles of many sizes and even a cute border die! The card is accented with the Black Glitter Organdy Ribbon and now my workspace is too. What can go wrong with a strip of the black and white stripes that are also from the Pattern Party pack. The Magenta Madness card front adds a bit of pop! I have put this on a mat of Basic White... it was weird for me to do this... I am not sure I have ever used white as a mat! It was my only choice I had for this Basic Black card base though! A few Basic Rhinestones on the tag and this card was set!

I am so glad you have stopped by my blog today! I have provided a link above for you to check out the challenge as well! Have an amazing Wednesday!