Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Spot 157 Zany Zebras

Happy Tuesday! We had an amazing weekend in Divide at Taryn's Bible Quizzing competition! I am so proud of her and the rest of the quizzers. While I know that kids can be resilient, it is clearly abnormal time for all of us! Divide is about 30 minutes west into the mountains from Colorado Springs. I am even considering a retreat up there! So stay tuned!
Today I am back with The Spot creating with an amazing sketch! I chose to ink up the sadly retiring Zany Zebras stamp set and paired it with the Flowers For Every Season DSP stack (which is currently on the clearance rack). Let me show you what I have created!

Sometimes I will buy a pack of paper, think I am going to use it because it is so versatile! The Flowers For Every Season Designer Series Paper. I couldn't get enough of this bright stripe! I have matted it onto a piece of the Magenta Madness card stock. This was on top of a piece of Bumblebee DSP that is also matted with Magenta Madness!. I used 3/4" strips to create the banners in the sketch. One is stamped with the party hat from the Zany Zebras in Magenta Madness ink. The sentiment is stamped with Bumblebee ink and accented with some Magenta Madness stars and a small strip of the striped DSP. The Zebra is stamped using Memento Tuxedo Blank ink, I added a bit of Magenta Madness with my Stampin' Blends to the mouth. My mad fussy cutting skills came out with the Zebra's and the Party Hat! I added a bit of Basic Rhinestones to accent this bright and cheerful card!

I can't wait to see what you have created for this sketch this week! Hope you have a fabulous day!

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

The Spot 156 Flowering Cactus Color Challenge

Good Morning! Hope we are all doing well today! I am officially the mother of two teenagers! I probably really have not come to terms with it... We celebrated Joshua's birthday with a trip to our favorite Mexican food restaurant. He did not get creamed like Taryn! Which was good. Wesley is next in our house for birthdays, did I mention he has a summer job at the pool?  I am so proud of him.

Today I am back with the The Spot and their design team for a fabulous color challenge!
Do you know how hard it is to not play with new goodies?! I had box full of them and still managed to play with the Flowering Cactus Medley. This doesn't retire until June, and frankly will not leave my craft room. We all know how I love anything Cactus... Let me you show you what I created!

This fun was created as an alternative to a make and take from a retreat I recently attended. The original design was a bit busy for my liking. So I snagged my Blending Brushes and created something quite a bit different. Having all of your craft room at an arms reach is truly the benefit of doing Virtual Retreats. The dies cut out the images of the DSP, it is one of my favorite features! The only ink I used was a bit of Mossy Meadow. The cacti are accented with Metallic Gold Pearls. 

I am so glad you stopped by today to see my creating f

Friday, April 2, 2021

TGIF 310 Sweet Ice Cream Color Challenge

Thank Goodness It is Friday! It was nice to not have to rally the troops for school this morning! They do not have school because today is "Good Friday". So we have started the morning with the normal bickering and arguing but peace and tranquility have been restored!

Earlier this week I stumbled on a Facebook Live with LeeAnn Greff where she featured different designs using up scrap pieces of card stock! I couldn't help but be inspired by this idea. For today's TGIF Design Team we are playing with Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Pool Party!  I have paired these scraps with the Sweet Ice Cream Bundle for this fun and cheerful card!

This card started with 1/2" strips of the three colors we are using for todays color challenge. If you are anything like me, you will have plenty of scraps! I created a pattern and made a herringbone like pattern on a piece of Basic White card stock. Once this was all done, I trim the ends with my Paper Snips. The colors were perfect from my double scoops. First I stamped the Blushing Bride scoop and added some Flirty Flamingo sprinkles. Next I stamped the second scoop in Flirty Flamingo! The cone was stamped in Crumb Cake stamped off first and then I added the cross hatch pattern! A bit of Pool Party sprinkles accented with the Holiday Rhinestones and a Flirty Flamingo sentiment and this cutie was done!

I can't wait to see what you guys create for this weeks challenge! These are such amazing colors for you to get creative with!

Thursday, April 1, 2021

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Here’s To You Blog Hop

PHEW! Happy Thursday! I can't believe we are into April already?? We have a barn full of pigs and the kids 4H projects are in full swing! We are so excited for the potential of a relatively normal fair!
The Paper Pumpkin March kit is called Here's To You and features some really cool stencils! My designs today for the A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop are focused on the REALLY cool stencils and I can't wait to show them to you!

I decided to focus my projects on the stencils and stamps. For my card, I used Magenta Madness ink with the sponge and star stencil from the kit. The Stitched Stars came in handy as an accent using Coastal Cabana and Magenta Madness cardstock along with Basic Black. 

For my coordinating project I grabbed the Mini Paper Pumpkin Box... again focusing on the fun and amazing stencils, I decided to add a few drops of Coastal Cabana Re-inker to some Shimmery Embossing Paste. It was so much fun to use the embossing paste with the star stencil! My craft room is a disaster and I couldn't find my stamp set. So I reached for the Pretty Perennials to create my sentiment. This box is tied closing using a bit of the Metallic Mesh.

I can't wait for you to see the rest of my friends projects on today's hop. 
You click through the list below for some amazing projects!

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The Spots #155 Spring Has Sprung

Happy Spring! I can't believe we are nearing the end of March already! Our family had amazing spring break spent with family! We went to a small indoor waterpark in Kansas, had some retail therapy and ate some really good food! It was a much needed break!

This week I am back with the The Spot design team for a fabulous Spring Has Sprung themed challenge! I know that many of us would think of Dragonflies for summer, but it is in our spring Mini-Catalog and I found that it worked! Let me show you what I have created!

This card has been made for MONTHS! I can't believe that I hadn't blogged it yet and it worked out well because I was struggling to create ANYTHING yesterday! The card started with an Early Espresso stamped off Dragonfly from the Dragonfly Garden Bundle. The wings have a bit of Petal Pink stamped on the inside. I then used the coordinating punch to punch this out and set it aside. The wildflowers and smaller dragonflies were stamped with Versamark on my wood grain In Good Taste DSP and then sprinkled with our white Stampin' Emboss powder to heat emboss. I used our Blending Brushes with a bit of Just Jade on Very Vanilla before heat embossing the sentiment with Stampin' Emboss Gold and die cutting with a stitched circle from our Stitched Shapes Dies. Elegant Faceted Gems are one of my all time favorite embellishments and added a subtle touch with my Linen Thread bow. 

I can't wait to see your Spring Has Sprung designs this week! Have an amazing Tuesday

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Thursday, March 11, 2021

OSAT Three Cheers For You Blog Hop

Good Morning and Happy Thursday! Today is the last day of school before spring break! Let's all keep our fingers crossed, we don't need a replay of last year. The kids are sure excited to be done for a week and I am excited to just get out of town for a few days! We are taking the kids to an indoor water park in Kansas and it is sure to be a good time! Did I mention that we are going pig shopping too?? I just can't wait! 
This month the OSAT Blog Hop Team is hopping with the theme Three Cheers For You, we were thinking birthday when we created the schedule... I chose to ink up the You are Amazing Stamp Set and play with an alternative idea to the kit! Let me show you what I have created!

I just love this Z-Fold style card. It was a fun fold that I pinned probably over 8 years ago when I first started paper crafting! Long before I was even a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator! Isn't that crazy?? I have showed you two views of my card. The stripe pattern is from the You Are Amazing Card Kit. I just love all the fun colors and patterns in this kit. In the kit there are these adorable velum tags... I didn't want to use them, so instead, I used them as a template to create a tag out of a piece of Flirty Flamingo DSP. The card base of Bermuda Bay and Granny Apple Green was the perfect compliment to the elements of this kit! 

I am so excited for you to see what my other friends have created for this months hop! It sure to be amazing! You can find the full link list below!

Tuesday, March 9, 2021

The Spot 153 Hey Girl Sketch

Good Morning and happy Tuesday! Hope you are all doing well! I can't believe the beautiful weather we are having! I will take sunny and 70 ANY day. All good things must come to an end though and it looks like March is going to come in like a lion over the weekend. Some forecasts and models are even showing 31" of snow!!!! I am good with it as long as it isn't windy or dramatic! We should be able to sled one more time and the kids will be on break officially on Friday!
This week The Spot has a funny little sketch that I took kind of loosely. I managed to ink up my Hey Girlfriend for my first time... let me show you what I have created!

The card started with a cute girl in the dress! I colored her with Stampin' Blends. For her dress I used the Pool Party and Rococo Rose Combo Packs, her hair is Cinnamon Cider Combo Pack and I used a bit of Ivory for her skin. After she was fussy cut, I added some of our Foam Adhesive Strips and set her aside. I created the background with a large oval die cut negative. Using a Blending Brushing I created the oval Pool Party back ground. I then stamped the hearts with Rococo Rose ink. It still needed a bit of sparkle so I added a bit of Pool Party Ink to my Frost White Shimmer Paint with some rubbing alcohol to create a shimmer mist in a Stampin' Spritzer! The sentiment is also in Rococo Rose and accented with a bit Rococo Rose DSP as a banner. To finish this up I added the girl over the oval background and added a few Basic Rhinestones. The card is nicely matted onto a layer of Rococo Rose and on a perfect Pool Party base! 

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