Thursday, August 13, 2020

OSAT New Beginnings Blog Hop

Happy Thursday! I am so excited that I have been able to spend time in the craft room! If I haven't been stamping, I have been freezing corn and tending to our garden. We may even have to have blanch and freeze zucchini. It is a good problem to have with cost of groceries and 3 growing kids. 
The One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop Team is back this month with the theme, New Beginnings. When I think of New Beginnings I think of Back To School. It is very uneasy time for ALL of us as parents. As many of us will be sending our kids to school for the first time in almost 6 months.  I decided to mix the carry over bundle Harvest Hello's with a bit of the In Good Taste Designer Series Paper and the Plaid Tidings for today's fun farmhouse teacher card. Let's take a look!

My card started with the Harvest Hello's stamp set. I stamped the Apple on a piece of Regal Real Red DSP using Stazon Jet Black Ink and punched it with the coordinating Apple Builder Punch. I even added a couple of leaves, one colored in Granny Apple Green and one just punched out of Granny Apple Green cardstock. The wood stem was a great touch. This sits over a strip of the dark wood from the In Good Taste DSP and Whisper White that my sentiment created with the Playful Alphabet Dies. These dies are so easy to work with and paired nicely with the Black and White Plaid card front from the Plaid Tidings DSP pack. The "Teacher" sentiment is from the Harvest Hello's, I started to use the whole thing but when I realized that it could be cut and fit over the alphabet die cuts it was perfect! A bit of Real Red trim and mat for this Crumb Cake based card. I even did the inside of the card which you will see below.

I can't take credit for this design of this box, but I can take credit for foofing it up! What Teacher doesn't love a tube a lip balm! 

I am so excited that you came by today to see my New Beginnings projects, you will want to be sure that you click through the list of hop participants below for more inspiration! 
Have a great rest of your week!

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Spot Back Pack Mini Album

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! I am so happy to be back in the craft room doing my thing! FAIR IS OVER! Whew! If you are a 4H Mom you know what it is like. It is not for sissies! I am so excited that Wesley and Taryn had a successful first fair, even if it was a bit of watered down version. They both have projects that have qualified for state fair and we couldn't be more proud! Now that I have explained my absence... 
Today I am back with The Spot Design Team, we are designing with a Scrapbooking challenge. You can do a 1 or 2 page layout but if that doesn't tickle your fancy, you can whip up a cute Mini Album. I tend to break out in hives and freak out when asked to do a scrapbook page but I stumbled on this great little Mini Album tutorial on Pinterest some time ago and even made a few for a swap. Let me show you what I have created!

This great little Mini Album really only needs 1 sheet of 8.5 x 11" card stock to create. It folds up into a cute little backpack that I chose to use the Playful Pattern DSP with a Night of Navy Base. There are about 8 pages for you to doll up as desired. I even used the coordinating stamp set. There is nothing a bit of ribbon can't fix!  Here are the dimensions of the card stock and Designer Series Paper.
  • 11" x 3" strip of card stock for the backback frame
  • 11" x 2 3/4" strips (x2) of card stock for inside album pages
  • 4" x 2 1/2" Designer Series Paper (I chose to mat mine with a coordinating card stock first, so the DSP would be 2 1/4" x 3 3/4")
  • 3" x 2 3/4" piece of sturdy decorative paper or paper covered card stock (I used card stock and adhered DSP over it)
  • 5" x 5" square DSP
  • 2 1/4" x 2 1/4" square card stock (pocket top flap)

I am so glad you that you stopped in today! Stay tuned to my Facebook Page as I will be making the album as a live so we can make it together! 

Friday, July 31, 2020

Eat Drink & Be Cozy Virtual Retreat!

Happy Friday to all of you! It is fair week and we have been hustling and a bustling getting record books and projects turned in for all of the kids 4H projects! Tomorrow is the swine show and we are so excited to see what tomorrow will bring!  I didn't want this weekend to go by without this amazing announcement! 

My first Virtual Retreat!!!!!! Are you squealing with excitement?? I know I am and I am so glad that Michelle is willing to partner up with me to host this special event! You can get all the details on my Tutorials & Online Classes link on the left or just click the image above! 
You won't want to miss this and space is limited! Feel free to contact me with any questions!!! 

Monday, July 20, 2020

The Spot 120-Christmas In July

Hey, Hey! I missed you guys! Last week was crazy. Weighing pigs, 4H Record Books and me making 10 giant paper flowers for prom decorations... Time really got away from me and it seems like lately I am chasing my own tail. Good news is that fair is a week and half away!!! So this too shall pass. 
I am back with The Spot Design Team with a Christmas in July challenge for you all! Do you ever get an order of new goodies and you ordered each stamp set because you had an idea. Then the order comes and you are in this overstimulated crafting fog. That has been me for a couple weeks now. It doesn't help that my craft room likes like a bomb went off in it. It is bad! Between retired stuff and unfinished projects, it is a craftastrophe!  Enough about me, let me show you what I have created!

I started this card with this cute little Polar Bear guy from the new Warm & Toasty stamp set! He is oh so adorable stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored with my Purple Posy and Smoky Slate Stampin' Blends. I fussy cut him with my Paper Snips. Mad skills, right?! I then made my frame using the Stitched Rectangles and Layering Squares dies out of Seaside Spray cardstock. I used a piece of our Window Sheets to make the shaker window and adhered it with Tear & Tape. Next, I added some of our foam adhesive strips around the window before adding the Snowflake Sequins to my shaker. The Feels Like Frost Designer Series Paper that makes a return from last years Holiday Catalog was the perfect background for this winter like scene. This is beautifully matted onto a layer of Highland Heather cardstock to coordinate with the sentiment that is also stamped in Highland Heather and accented with the little snow flake like stamp in Seaside Spray and Smoky Slate. I added a few of our Metallic Pearls just to jazz it up a bit before adhering it to my Smoky Slate card base.

I am so glad that you stopped by today! I can't wait to see what you create with this weeks challenge!

Thursday, July 9, 2020

OSAT Pretty In Pink Blog Hop

Happy Thursday! Hope your week is treating you well! It was a scorcher here yesterday! Even by the time Troy was off of work around 5 PM, it was still 100 degrees (Fahrenheit). So the kids and I set up the slip n slide on the big hill. They played on that until almost 8! The weather was a bit questionable to the east of us and I wasn't sure if it was going to build up over the top of us. Dinner was pretty much set to go because it was a build your own salad night. 
This month The One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop Team is designing with the theme "Pretty in Pink". We are all using our favorites shades of pink from our Stampin' Up! palette and creating some amazing designs. I have paired the Cling Mount set So Much Love with our Stitched Triangle Dies and created today's design. Let me show you what I have created...

The pinks I have chosen today are Flirty Flamingo and Blushing Bride. There really isn't a pink I don't like and I didn't want to use Magenta Madness because I just used it two days ago! I have die cut a bunch of the Stitched Triangles, in different sizes and started staggering them across the card. You will notice I added some Gold Foil as an accent. Once I had a achieved my desired look, I added a strip of Gray Granite. I love this color paired up with a pink of any sort and it was perfect for this card. I stamped one of the flower stamps from the So Much Love in Memento Tuxedo Black so that I could use my Flirty Flamingo Stampin' Blends. I snuck in a bit of Rococo Rose and colored the leaves in Soft Seafoam. When I fussy cut this, I got rid of some of the smaller flowers. I dotted the center with the Champagne Shimmer Paint and added a bit of Wink of Stella to the flower. This is adhered over the Whisper White strip that is stamped with Blushing Bride ink. I chose the Gold Glitter Enamel Dots to accent my design. This is neatly layering onto a mat of Blushing Bride and on a bright base of Flirty Flamingo.

My little sanitizer holder is made from a piece of Flirty Flamingo card stock with an accent of the DSP from the Brights DSP stack. I added a scrap of the Gold and White stripe from this past months Paper Pumpkin so that it would coordinate with the card. I tied a quick bow of Polka Dot Tulle at the top of the bottle.

I am so glad that you stopped by today! I can not WAIT for you to see what my 20 other friends have created for this hop! There is full list of all the blogs to tour below! 
Have an amazing day!

Monday, July 6, 2020

The Spot 118 Create Your Own DSP

Happy Tuesday! I am sorry I didn't blog last week, things got a little crazy with fires, a broken fridge and the kids! Have no fear I am back! We are only weeks away from fair. Taryn and Wesley will need to turn in record books soon!! We went fishing over the weekend and I got eaten alive by deer flies.  The kids had fun despite the heat. 

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Today I am designing with The Spot, we are creating our own DSP. If you don't know what DSP it is, it is Designer Series Paper. It is what those of us who are Stampin' Up! Demonstrators call it or those that are Stampin' Up! Savvy. I can't wait to show you my fun card that I have created with Ridiculously Awesome stamp set with some bright and cheerful colors! Lets take a look!

I had so much fun when creating this card! Who doesn't love the new In Color Magenta Madness?! It is a great pink that has allowed me to NOT USE Petal Pink! We all know how much I reach for the Subtles color family, but not with this card! I have put the Magenta Madness with Coastal Cabana, Mango Madness and Stazon Jet Black/Basic Black.  The Ridiculously Awesome stamp set was my favorite the minute I saw it! So many possibilities!!! I took the star stamp and created my Designer Series Paper by stamping it in all 4 colors. After I created my desired pattern, I used the Stitched Rectangle Dies to die cut the patterned piece of Whisper White. I have also used the Stitched Rectangle Dies for the Magenta Madness In Color DSP and made a fun Coastal Cabana frame. I layered these up wonky style (That is my official name for it) and added a bit of the Whisper White ribbon from the Flowers For Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack. The sentiment is White heat embossed on Basic Black then punched with the Label Me Lovely punch. I have adhered it to the bottom right corner with Stampin' Dimensionals and added a few of the Artistry Blooms Sequins. This fun and funky card is on a base of Basic Black!! 

I can't wait to see how you all make your own patterned paper

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Thursday, June 25, 2020

APPT Blog Hop Box of Sunshine Kit

Can you believe it is that LAST Thursday of the month? In just one week, Troy and I will be celebrating our 15th Wedding Anniversary. Crazy right?? When I think about how long we have been together somehow it doesn't seem as long. Then I look at our 3 kids, and I want time to slow down. It has been a fairly fun summer. With pigs, trampoline sprinklers and our huge slip and slide! We have managed to stay entertained without a pool pass, but make no mistake... We miss the pool!

This months kit is called Box Of Sunshine. The idea is for us to create the cards in the kit, put them back in the box it came and share them. The kit even includes the supplies to decorate the Paper Pumpkin box! Well, we all know this hop is for alternative ideas for the kit and I can't wait to show you what I have created. Lets take a look!

I just love how easy but elegant these alternates turned out! The card started with the Gold Foil Stripe card base in the kit. I have used the large self adhesive small dotted strip on the left of the card base. I set this aside and stamped a couple of flowers from the Tasteful Touches stamp set with Memento. I hadn't had a chance to play with my NEW Magenta Madness Stampin' Blends and this was the perfect opportunity. Once these were both colored I fussy cut them and added a few Stampin' Dimensionals. The gold thread loops is from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack. The die cut with sentiment is in this kit and was perfect for this card. A few Gilded Gems and this rather easy card was done!

The favor is a hand sanitizer holder. I got the tutorial from Twila Davis when I wanted to make a WHOLE bunch of them for our local daycare facility during the shut down. This one is a bit different as I didn't wrap it with DSP but instead glued the stripe patter to a strip of Magenta Madness card stock and adhered it to the front of the holder. This is also accented with a bit of gold thread from the Forever Greenery Trim Combo Pack and I decided to use a bit of Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle. The sentiment is from the Tasteful Touches and coordinated nicely with the card!

I can't wait for you to see what my friends have created today! Make sure you tour the WHOLE hop below! If you need a list of the products I used, I have provided one below! Have a great day! 
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