Tuesday, September 29, 2020

The Spot 130 Sketch Challenge

Have you ever had a time in your life that no matter what you try, you can't catch up or manage your time? That has been me lately, and while I feel that my time has been used relatively wisely... I can't catch up. Laundry, Dishes, life... It is all one big mess!! Throw in football practice and church obligations and it really makes for an interesting whirlwind but somehow, I always find time to create!

This week on The Spot we have a fabulous sketch for you. I say it is fabulous because I love a sketch that has SOOOOOO many possibilities. My brain actually went in a lot of directions... but it settled on this design and I can't wait to show you!

This fun and festive Christmas card features the Trimming the Town Designer Series Paper, Peace & Joy Bundle and the Sweetest Time Bundle. I had so much creating this fun yet relatively easy card! The polka dot and festive saying from the Trimming the Town DSP is nicely matted with Old Olive card stock. This sits on a card base of Misty Moonlight. The stitched circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies are adorned with holly (with Poppy Parade Berries and Old Olive leaves) are stamped and die cut using the Sweetest Time Bundle. It was the perfect touch with my Misty Moonlight stamped sentiment from the Peace & Joy Bundle. I simply die cut this with the coordinating dies and added it to the stitched circle before adding the "on earth" stamped in Old Olive! 

I am so glad that you stopped in today to check out my card! I can't wait to see what you create for this weeks challenge!

Thursday, September 24, 2020

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Hello Pumpkin Blog Hop

Good Morning, Can you believe in a week we will be in October?! While I would agree that this year has seemed to drag out with anomalies at any given opportunity, I still can't believe that October is a week away. We finally get to start high school football and Wesley has decided to play. I trust that our athletics director and administration has everything in place for our kids to have a fun but safe football season... 
A Paper Pumpkin Thing is back with the amazing September kit "Hello Pumpkin", This kit is amazing with its diversity of doing a fun fall treat box or you can make them into Trick Or Treats. I decided for today's hop to use the great little pumpkin stamp and my Stampin' Blends... Let me show you what I have created today!

What I love about fall is the crisp air and plaid patterns you can find at all the stores. The pumpkin decor and burlap garlands are also a favorite of mine. When I started creating my projects for today that is what I was channeling. I have used the Stampin' Blends in Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive to color my Memento stamped pumpkins. 

Once I had my pumpkins colored I decided to create my projects. My card is accented with a nice neutral piece of the Plaid Tidings Designer Series Paper. I have roughed up the edges of my Old Olive card stock before adding it to my Cajun Craze base. The sentiment is from the Love For Leaves stamp set and suited the feel of this card perfectly.

This cute little bulging box is holding a cute little tube of lip balm. It is adhered to a base of Cajun Craze much like the card it is accented with a bit of ribbon and an Old Olive mat. The pumpkin is also colored with the Stampin' Blends stated above.  

I can't wait for you to see what my friends have come up with today! There is sure to be some amazing alternatives for this months kit. Click along the list below to tour the whole hop, hope you have an amazing day!

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

The Spot 128 Forever Fall

Happy Tuesday! I must say that I have really struggled the last week. It is SO weird to not have my kids at home! In my mind I thought I was going to be having my own personal "I am Home Alone" party, but I have really struggled. I liked having my kids home. Minus the bickering of course, but they are all back at school with their friends. Stumbling through the new normal of masks in the hall way, masks on the bus... I am grateful that they still get to be kids!

This week with The Spot Design Team we are creating with a fall feeling color challenge! It is just weeks away for those of us above the equator and it is my favorite time of year to cook. I wasn't sure what to whip up for this challenge so I decided to use the Forever Fern Bundle and a bit of the Brushed Metallic Card Stock. Lets take a look!

Sometimes when creating with a color challenge I stumble at bit. I mean, I know that these colors SCREAM fall but I didn't want to make a stereotypical fall card! After sponging a background with all three colors, I still wasn't sold on what to do. I created my own DSP with the Forever Fern stamp set using the Merry Merlot, Crumb Cake and Bumblebee. Once that piece was done I embossed the dark bronze colored Brushed Metallic Card Stock with our Tin Tile Embossing Folder. A few die cut elements with the coordinating dies were just the right touch with my little Linen Thread bow. The sentiment on my square from the Stitched Shapes dies, is stamped with Bumblebee ink and coordinates nicely with the Bumblebee card base. The Merry Merlot mat makes my card front pop a bit with the Elegant Faceted Dots.

I can't wait to see what you create with this warm and rich color challenge! Hope you have an amazing day!

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

The Spot #127 I Still Believe Fun Fold

Good Morning! I hope all of you have an amazing holiday weekend. We spent the weekend in the AC while Troy and our friend Curt worked on laying concrete in the pig barn. Today is shaping up to be a gong show, between orientations for Wesley and Taryn and a cold wet wintry storm, it is officially a hot mess! Did I mention technology hates me and I hand a bang up time trying to get into my blog!!??
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This week The Spot has an amazing challenge... We all love a good fun fold don't we?? I chose to pair the Christmas Means More stamp set with the Trimming The Town Designer Series Paper for this amazing Impossible Card.

I love the Impossible Card because you can make 4 cards out of one sheet of card stock. I found a great template on Pinterest. My card base is in Misty Moonlite with mats in Old Olive and Poppy Parade. I even accented the bottom with a bell from the Sounds Of The Seasons dies that is accented with a bit of Misty Moonlite Twine from the Flowers For Every Season Combo Pack. The sentiment is stamped with Old Olive ink and accented with Holiday Rhinestone Basic Jewels. This card was so fun to make and should be an easy one to mail!

What is your favorite fun fold!? I can't wait to see!

Friday, September 4, 2020

TGIF Challenges 280 Have A Cozy Christmas

It has been a doozy of a week. Between all the the back to school stuff, Josh had his appointment at Children's in Denver. It was a 4 hour appointment and while I know that it was really grueling for Josh, the 6 hours in the car round trip on top of that, wipes a Momma out! The good news was that Taryn cleaned the kitchen while I was gone. She is an expert organizer and did an amazing job!

I am back with my TGIF Design Team friends creating with one of my favorite color combos. I have always loved the combination of Pear Pizzazz and Blushing Bride and what better than Soft Suede too?! I have decided to make this color combo into something "Holiday" like with the returning favorite Merry Moose. Let me show you what I have created.

This card started with a piece of Very Vanilla Card Stock. I have stamped it using the Birch Background Stamp with Soft Suede Ink. After stamping it, I decided to sponge it a bit to give it a bit more of a vintage like feel. Next, I embossed a piece of Blushing Bride Card Stock with the Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder. After I had it embossed I tore the edge and sponged it a bit with the Soft Suede ink and accented it with a bit of the Open Weave Vanilla Ribbon in the Forever Greenery Ribbon Combo Pack. After stamping the tree in Pear Pizzazz, I chose to die cut it with the tag die from the North Pole  Wonder Dies. It too was sponged before the Heat Embossed Gold sentiment. My Moose, stamped in Soft Suede on Soft Suede and accented with a Blushing Bride scarf was the perfect touch. The bow made of the Open Weave Ribbon with Gold Bakers Twine was just the right touch. A soft curl of the corner and a Wonderful Gem accent and this beauty was done!

I can't wait to see what you create with this weeks challenge! Have an amazing weekend!

Thursday, August 27, 2020

A Paper Pumpkin Thing Worlds Greatest Blog Hop

Phew!!! It is Thursday, can you believe that August is almost over!? It seems like yesterday were taking care of pigs for fair... The boys are going camping this weekend with the church youth group. Joshua unfortunately can't go until tomorrow morning because of an appointment we have been waiting over a year for with Neuropsychology. He will get to ride up with our Pastor shortly thereafter.
Today I am hopping with A Paper Pumpkin Thing Blog Hop Team. We are designing amazing alternatives with the kit from August. It is called Worlds Greatest. 

This kit has some amazing features with a great Pacific Point Ribbon and medallion like stamp. I wasn't quite sure what my alternates would turn out to be. It even has the supplies to make up a shaker!! The Argyle like card bases lend towards a more masculine card. Enough about the kit, Let me show you what I have created.

My card started with my Stamparatus and the banner with the #1. This was created using the Hinge Step technique and Pacific Point ink and looks great layered over the Argyle banner created using one of the card bases. The trophy is accented with the Gold Gilded Gems from the Annual Catalog and is labeled and ready for your favorite teacher. 

After some play time with this kit, I had fussy cut the rosette like stamp and it really came out adorable. I created a ribbon of sorts to put onto a quick little hand sanitizer holder. 

I hope that you have enjoyed my creations today! Make sure you click along the list below so that you can see even MORE alternates and inspiration! Hope you have an amazing day!

Tuesday, August 25, 2020

The Spot 125 Sketch Challenge

Good Morning and Happy Tuesday! We had an amazing family filled weekend. We ran down to see Troy's dad and sister over the weekend. It was good for the soul. I hadn't laughed so hard in a long time. I am thankful for this very thing. I LOVE to laugh. My stomach muscles hurt I had laughed so hard. Coming home is always nice though, we usually let the dog stay at the vets. So he is thrilled to see us when we pick him up on Monday morning!
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Today, I am back with "The Spot", we are all creating with the sketch above. I was really inspired by the recent Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Showcase with the Peace and Joy Bundle that is in the new Holiday Mini Catalog. My Martin Stone in the UK knocked it out of the park with an amazing black and white take with this set. Well, that was my inspiration when created today's card. I hope you like it.

My card started with a layer of Whisper White card stock. I stamped it with the "Joy" stamp from the Peace & Joy Bundle in Pool Party ink. Once I got this done, I roughed up my edges a bit with an older pair of Paper Snips. The largest Stitched Circle from the Stitched Shapes Dies paired with the Snowflake Splendor Designer Series Paper was the perfect pairing. I chose to die cut the stamped word Joy with the coordinating die and adhered with Mini Stampin' Dimensionals. To You and Yours was stamped in Pacific Point, it is a color I don't reach for often enough and was an excellent contrast with the Pool Party. It is also the color of the mat on my card. Accented with some Silver heat embossed bursts, sequins from the Artistry Blooms Adhesive Back Sequins and just a touch of the Snowflake Splendor Ribbon and my card was ready for the Pool Party card base.

I can't wait to see what you design with this weeks challenge!! You have until Saturday evening to get it entered.