Friday, August 5, 2022

APPT Sending Good Thoughts Blog Hop

Wow, it has been a bit since I last blogged... Summer has gotten the best of me. I would love to say that it has been exciting and fun.... but it hasn't been.  The kids all weighed in and showed their pigs on Wednesday and now our barn at home is empty. The pigs have been my escape this summer and I am not sure all 3 kids will end up showing them again next year. Boys are really that into it and Taryn does a majority of the chores. 


I snuck away for some crafty time last week while Taryn was finishing up her scrapbooking projects for fair. Have I mentioned that the TWO kids I helped went Grand and Reserve Champion? Its true but we will save that for another post! That is when I sat down and created this amazing alternate from July's Sending Good Thoughts Paper Pumpkin kit. It was perfect for this A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop and I can't wait to show you my creation!





The card started with the Bermuda Bay brushstroke card front. I simply splattered some watered down Multipurpose Liquid Glue and sprinkled some of our gold Stampin' Emboss powder to heat emboss it. I added a torn strip of Fresh Freesia with some white Bakers twine in a nice little bow. The coral is gently adhered behind the sentiment circle with a bit of sponged Multipurpose Liquid Glue. The sentiment is stamped onto a die cut from the kit with Bermuda Bay ink and adhered with a couple Stampin' Dimensionals. I accented with one of the starfish die cuts and a few Opal Rounds. They reminded me of bubbles! This card front sits nicely on a Fresh Freesia base!


Thursday, May 26, 2022

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop Celebrating In Color

Happy last Thursday of the month! I am not sure whether this month went by fast or not. I do know that today is the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! I am probably more excited than the kids. 
This month the A Paper Pumpkin Thing Team is hopping with the Celebrating In Color Kit! This kit features all of our NEW in colors and will definitely get your creativity juices flowing! I can't wait to show you what myself and my friends have created for you!
I have used a card base from the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes in Parakeet Party. My layer of Basic White I have stamped with the stamps in the kit. The Parakeet Party is stamped with the words "You Make Me" and I stamped the "Happy" using Staz On. The splatters were also stamped with Stazon and accented with the Matte Black Dots and the dots provided in the kit. I have tied a cute bow with the our Black & Gingham Ribbon and accented it with a bit of the Parakeet Party twine that is in the In Color Twine Pack.
A quick and easy but so much fun card that is sure to bring anyone cheer!

I can't wait for you to see what the rest of our amazing team has created!! You can click along the list below to tour the whole hop!

Have a great day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

New To SU Fresh Cut In Colors

Happy Wednesday afternoon! We are half way to the weekend my friends! We will be celebrating Troy's mothers 80th birthday this weekend. The kids and I can't wait to see all of the family and friends! We are at about a week left of school and the kids and I are more than ready!


Today, I am starting something new! Loni Spendlove has invited me onto a blog hop called "New at SU!". Today we are hopping with some fun new stamp sets and the amazing NEW In-Colors!! I can't wait to show you what I have created today with the NEW stamp set Fresh Cut Flowers!


These fun and amazing cards are made with the Tea Boutique Cards & Envelopes. I have made 5 cards using the Fresh Cut Flowers stamp set to feature each of the new In-Colors. These card bases made it so easy. Each card features a 1" x 4" strip of the Tea Boutique DSP. This such a fun and cheerful pack of 6" x 6". The solid panel of coordinating card stock on the left is 2.5" x 5''. Let me give you the details of each card below!


This card base is Sweet Sorbet with a cardstock panel of Sweet Sorbet. It is accented with a Starry Sky gingham that is in the Tea Boutique DSP and a bit of the Sweet Sorbet twine from the In Color Bakers Twine pack. I have also stamped the sentiment from the Cup of Tea stamp set in Sweet Sorbet ink and die cut it with the new Stylish Shapes Dies! The flower from Fresh Cut Flowers is stamped in Starry Sky ink and die cut with the large tag from the Tailor Made Tags Dies. This card is accented with the Sweet Sorbet and Starry Sky In Color Matte Enamel Dots and 1/8" Starry Sky Metallic Ribbon.


This card base is Orchid Oasis with a cardstock panel of Orchid Oasis. It is accented with a Tahitian Tide polka dot that is in the Tea Boutique DSP and a bit of the Orchid Oasis twine from the In Color Bakers Twine pack. I have also stamped the sentiment from the Cup of Tea stamp set in Orchid Oasis ink and die cut it with the new Stylish Shapes Dies! The flower from Fresh Cut Flowers is stamped in Tahitian Tide ink and die cut with the large tag from the Tailor Made Tags Dies. This card is accented with the Orchid Oasis and Tahitian Tide In Color Matte Enamel Dots and 1/8"Tahitian Tide Metallic Ribbon.


This card base is Starry Sky with a cardstock panel of Starry Sky . It is accented with a Parakeet Party stripe that is in the Tea Boutique DSP and a bit of the Starry Sky twine from the In Color Bakers Twine pack. I have also stamped the sentiment from the Cup of Tea stamp set in Starry Sky ink and die cut it with the new Stylish Shapes Dies! The flower from Fresh Cut Flowers is stamped in Parakeet Party ink and die cut with the large tag from the Tailor Made Tags Dies. This card is accented with the Starry Sky and Parakeet Party In Color Matte Enamel Dots and 1/8" Parakeet Party Metallic Ribbon.


This card base is Tahitian Tide with a cardstock panel of Tahitian Tide . It is accented with a Sweet Sorbet pattern that is in the Tea Boutique DSP and a bit of the Tahitian Tide twine from the In Color Bakers Twine pack. I have also stamped the sentiment from the Cup of Tea stamp set in Tahitian Tide ink and die cut it with the new Stylish Shapes Dies! The flower from Fresh Cut Flowers is stamped in Sweet Sorbet ink and die cut with the large tag from the Tailor Made Tags Dies. This card is accented with the Tahitian Tide and Sweet Sorbet In Color Matte Enamel Dots and 1/8" Sweet Sorbet Metallic Ribbon.


And lastly and this one may be my favorite, This card base is Parakeet Party with a cardstock panel of Parakeet Party. It is accented with an Orchid Oasis pattern that is in the Tea Boutique DSP and a bit of the Parakeet Party twine from the In Color Bakers Twine pack. I have also stamped the sentiment from the Cup of Tea stamp set in Parakeet Party ink and die cut it with the new Stylish Shapes Dies! The flower from Fresh Cut Flowers is stamped in Orchid Oasis ink and die cut with the large tag from the Tailor Made Tags Dies. This card is accented with the Parakeet Party and Orchid Oasis In Color Matte Enamel Dots and 1/8" Orchid Oasis Metallic Ribbon.

I hope you enjoy how I have featured the new In Colors! These cards were so easy to make and I am sure you can do it too! I can't for you to see what my other friends on this blog hop have to share, you can tour the hop by clicking through the list below! 

Have a great day!


Friday, May 13, 2022

TGIF 368 Fresh Cut Flowers Sketch Challenge

Who can believe it is Friday!? Lets not talk about what the actual date is... I mean if your into superstitions, that is on you! It has been a week of cooties, sports physicals, pigs, and end of the school year shenanigans. Funny because as I type this, the song "Mi Vida Loca" comes on... Welcome to my crazy life! This weekend will be filled with Baseball, Laundry and Yard Work!!! The wind has been obnoxious!! We have a fresh harvest of tumbleweeds now surrounding our house. I have made time to be creative though!


Today I chose to not be a slacker or maybe I chose to not let life get in the way... However you want to look at it! The TGIF Challenge for this week is a fun sketch where I chose to pair the Fresh Cut Flowers with the Tailor Made Tags Dies to create this interpretation of this sketch! 


When I started this card, I knew I wanted to use this NEW stamp set. I chose to use my Stamparatus with Memento Tuxedo Black ink because the die cut tag from the Tailor Made Tags was initially a strip much like the one in the sketch. After wanting to add a bit of "something" (you crafters will get it) I chose to die cut the strip into the tag! My love for our Subtle color family returns with my Stampin' Blends in Petal Pink, Soft Seafoam, Pale Papaya and Soft Succulent to color my spotlighted piece. I have used my Basic Black Stampin' Write Marker to create the splatters along with my Clear Wink of Stella. I have accented this with our Elegant Faceted Gems. The sentiment is from the returning stamp set Wildlife Wonder and is heat embossed in gold. This is nicely layered onto a piece of Soft Seafoam cardstock and accented with a piece of the Brushed Gold Cardstock. To keep with the soft feeling of this card I chose to Thick Basic White as our base!

I am so excited to be back in the swing of things! I can't wait to see what you create with this weeks challenge! You can get all the details by clicking the sketch image above!

Happy Friday!



Thursday, May 12, 2022

OSAT Hello My Name Is... Blog Hop

Happy Thursday! Can you believe we are finishing our second weekend of May already? I think we only have 10 more school days left. I may have encouraged the count down to the kids. Not that the summer is going to be any less busy. Life has been a bit stressful again with everything being back to our norm. My mom was recently in the hospital for a bacterial pneumonia. It was super scary, I live in Colorado, she still lives in my child hood home in Southern California. I knew she was in good hands and I am just glad that she is home!
This month the One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop Team is hopping with our new toys from the new catalog and we can't wait to show you all of the new and fun things this catalog has to offer you! Today my design will feature the NEW Hues of Happiness Suite and the Stylish Shapes Dies! Lets take a look at what I have created for you today!


The Hues of Happiness suite is an amazing suite that includes the Hues of Happiness DSP, Happiness Abounds stamp set and the Blossoming Happiness Dies. I just love that there are warm and cool versions of much of the designs! Today I chose to pair this DSP with Coastal Cabana, Melon Mambo and a touch of Fresh Freesia. Lets take a look!


My card has a beautiful base of Melon Mambo with a mat of Coastal Cabana I have used this lovely floral DSP to coordinate with the my paper purse. I cut a piece of Basic White to 3" x 4" before using the returning Stitched Greenery Die. Once I had that ready I used the fun border die in the Blossoming Happiness Dies. I added a 1/2" strip of Coastal Cabana to give it a bit of pop. The flowers and leaves are die cut from the DSP. I love when we do this and it makes creating so fun! A bit of twine and a nice bow was the perfect touch in the company of the Iridescent Rhinestones!


I stumbled on this tutorial on Pinterest... It wasn't the easiest and there are definitely things I would change. Again, I have used the Hues of Happiness DSP. I have accented the corners with Coastal Cabana circles that have been die cut using the new Stylish Shapes Dies. Coastal Cabana was the perfect color to use for this purse and I continued to use it on the handles and top of the bag. I made a fun little luggage like tag that to tie on the handle with Fresh Freesia Ribbon. You can see the tag a bit closer below. I have stamped with the Happiness Abounds stamp set using Memento Tuxedo Black Ink, and colored it with my Fresh Freesia and Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends. I knew that a Heat Embossed sentiment would be the perfect touch!


Here is a closer look at the tag! Isn't it adorable??

I am so glad that you stopped by to look at my creations today and I am so excited for you to see what my friends have created for you. You can tour the WHOLE hop by clicking along the list below for more inspiration!


Thursday, April 28, 2022

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Change Is Beautiful Kit

Happy Thursday! Life has been pigs, baseball and dealing with wind! The pigs are coming along nicely and Taryn has her first jackpot of the season this weekend! Her goal is to hit 11 shows so that she can earn a jacket from the association that sanctions the shows. I am so proud of her! She has really been working hard with what time we have had thanks to the relentless wind.

This month our A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop is focusing on the APRIL KIT, Change is Beautiful. This kit comes with 9 cards that have fun folds and great scenes! I love all of the cheerful colors and the versatility of the colors in the kit!


So today my alternative is using the Change Is Beautiful Kit paired with the Abstract Beauty DSP and Ephemera pack! Let me show you what I have created!



This card was so fun to make! I first took one of the flower die cuts from the kit and fussy cut the center so that I would appear to be a bit more 3D after using a few dimensionals. It is accented with pieces from the Abstract Beauty Ephemera Pack. I even used it for my Polish Pink stamped sentiment from the kit. The black and white splatter DSP is also from the Abstract Beauty DSP and was the perfect choice to layer of the black and white stars card base from kit. I used my Melon Mambo Blends on the ribbon so that it better coordinated. A bit of Clear Wink Of Stella and a few White Basic Pearls and this beauty was ready for the Bermuda Bay mat and Melon Mambo card base!!

I can't wait for you to see the rest of these amazing alternatives today! Make sure you click along the list below to get even more inspiration!


Thursday, April 14, 2022

OSAT Just Blend It Hand Penned Blog Hop

Happy Thursday to you all! I am glad to be back in my groove of stamping and crafting! Mother Nature has not been on our side when it comes to life and chores outside... the wind has been HORRIBLE! It doesn't make feeding the pigs or watching baseball any fun. I am ready for it to stop! Today I have Taryn's partner in crime Maddy coming over to start her scrapbooking projects for fair!! 
This month myself and my friends on the One Stamp At A Time Blog Hop Team are hopping with the theme "Just Blend It". There are so many ways that you can blend! Blending Brushes, daubers, sponges, even our Stampin' Blends, just to rattle off a few. The possibilities are endless. Let me show you what I have created for you today!


My projects today feature the Hand Penned Petals Bundle (which will return in our new catalog), the retiring Pansy Petals DSP and the Heart & Home DSP that is in our Jan-Jun Mini Catalog. I am so happy that our Hand Penned Petals Bundle will carry over, I feel like I am just starting to use it and love it. My Blending technique can be found on the flower. I chose to use our Stampin' Blends to color the beautiful flower.


This card started with the colored flower from the Hand Penned Petals Bundle. I have quite a few of these colored in my stash as I was planning on using them for a swap. The flower is colored using our Stampin' Blends in Soft Seafoam, Petal Pink and Pale Papaya. I use the large flower stamp in the same  set to create a background on the Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch of Basic White with Petal Pink ink. The sentiment is stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. This sits on a scalloped die cut from the Scalloped Contour Dies of the Pansy Petals DSP and is accented with a bit of Linen Thread. To continue the fresh spring farmhouse look, I have layered this onto a piece of the Heart & Home DSP, a mat of Smoky Slate and card base of Soft Succulent was the perfect touch for this card.


This fun tag is actually a wood tag! I have painted the tag a dark gray with craft paint and used Mod Podge to add the DSP to the tag. I took a risk when I decided to heat emboss the large flower from the Hand Penned Petals. Again, I added the same flower that has been colored with Stampin' Blends to the fun little tag. A bit of ribbon and Elegant Faceted Gems were just the right touch!

I am so glad that you stopped by to see what I have created today! You can get even MORE blending ideas touring through the WHOLE hop by clicking through the link list below! 

Have an amazing day!