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!






Friday, June 25, 2021

TGIF 322 Farmhouse Chic Designer Takeover

Thank goodness it is Friday! The last time I posted was two weeks ago. It has been a really difficult two weeks. On June 13th our family got word of a horrible single car accident with 4 teenagers in the car. Two of the kids were flown out and the others were treated and walked away.  One of them was Wesley's friend. Not just any friend, Owen was a boy with a heart of gold and never did anything malicious and early on the following Monday, his mom called to tell me that he did not make it. It has been so hard to process for myself and Wesley. Things are slowly moving forward and I can't thank this community enough for the support being given to not only Owen's family but to our teenagers and those of us grieving... 
Enough about that! So I have been trying to stamp again, it really isn't a conducive to cry while stamping it can make a mess! My personal goal was to not cry this week. I had already failed on Monday... but I have had better luck as the week has gone on! When Jeanna reminded me that this week was my challenge I started to overthink things... in typical Andrea fashion of course. 


There is nothing more farmhouse than the kitchen and slowly started to piece together what was running through my mind as farmhouse. So for today's card I have used the What's Cookin' Bundle with the Pattern Party DSP and of course In Good Taste DSP. Let me you show you what I have created!


I started with the stamped  utensils in Gray Granite, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate and Jet Black Stazon. I love that these all have coordinating dies. The cutting board is cut out of Crumb Cake but I used a Blending Brush with Soft Suede to ink it up a bit. If you are a Hobby Lobby person you will know that the Black and White Buffalo Check is a thing in farmhouse trends. This strip from the Pattern Party DSP is nicely layered over a piece of Soft Succulent Cardstock. This sits over a piece of wood paper from the In Good Taste DSP. What can be more farmhouse than wood, right?! The sentiment is heat embossed in White Stampin' Emboss Powder. Once I arranged everything and adhered them I added a nice little Linen Thread bow! I just love how this all came together on my Crumb Cake card base! 

Now it is your turn! Design a card with YOUR version of Farmhouse Chic! I can't wait to see what everyone creates! Have an amazing weekend!



Thursday, June 10, 2021

OSAT Boys In The Hood Blog Hop

Good Morning! It has a been awhile! First thing is first... let me explain my absence a bit. On May 16th, after spending the day going to church and doing some barn chores and making a third pen, Troy and I sat down to his phone ringing. His dad had amazing timing, although this time it was his wife and that is never good. Troy's dad had passed away in his wheel chair peacefully in his garage. If you KNOW me, you will know that he has been fighting something for sometime. If it wasn't his heart it was his skin cancer and if it wasn't that, it was his breathing and oxygen levels. My goal over the last few weeks is trying to keep my kids busy and help them through this grieving process. Throw in a few pig shows, a birthday and summer school, that has been my life!  Enough about that!
This month the One Stamp At A Time team is hopping with a masculine theme that we decided to label Boys In The Hood. Sometimes masculine is for boys and not men, which was my goal when Sara Levin and I created this theme! I chose to use the retiring Well Suited DSP and Ride The Range Bundle for todays designs! Let me show you what I have created!





Now, I wish I could take all the credit for this amazing fold but I can't! I stumbled on this great tutorial from fellow demonstrator Lyssa Zwolanek. It was great way for me to use up some retiring DSP! You can find the the dimensions for the card base here. You will need some 12 x 12 card stock. I chose to use Night of Navy and Smoky Slate. The belly band is Smoky Slate. I carefully chose each pattern so that it didn't clash or look to busy. On the Basic White Panel I stamped the barbwire from the Ride The Range bundle with Basic Gray ink and added a bit of the Well Suited and Essential Bakers Twine in a knot. The sentiments are stamped in Night of Navy. The horse shoes that accent the front are heat embossed with Silver Embossing Powder on a Smoky Slate card stock, I added a bit of Basic Gray ink before die cutting them with the coordinating die. I just love the Tailor Made Tags dies and it was perfect for the birthday sentiment on the front! A quick tag was the perfect complimentary item for this fancy fold! 

I can't wait for you to see what all of my friends have made! You can click along the link list below for some more masculine inspiration!


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Friday, May 14, 2021

TGIF Challenges 316 Create With Friends Sketch

Okay first thing is first, IT IS FRIDAY!!! I spent yesterday afternoon not using my time wisely. I decided to go watch the high school baseball game. My best friends son pitched 5 perfect innings and we won the game 13-0. It was a double header and we decided to leave 2 innings into the second game because it seemed to be along the same lines as far as us scoring. When we got home, Taryn and I ended up walking a few pigs before doing barn chores. I did a quick dinner with Pork Chops that was ready right as Troy got home from a service call! PHEW!!! I still found time to create but it was before all of this above... I am a morning crafter!!!


This sketch killed me for an hour... I decided to set aside what I had started on initially because I couldn't make it work. I have a secret sister for an upcoming retreat and decided to work on a project for her, not realizing subconsciously, that it was our sketch! Let me show you what I have created!


Yes, this is not a card but still followed the sketch and was so fun to make! I have paired the Create with Friends with the Artistically Inked Bundle as well as the Stitched So Sweetly Dies. My color combo used is the Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green and Coastal Cabana. I chose these colors as they seemed to be the closest to the note pad inside. After stamping and die cutting the flowers from the Artistically Inked bundle I set them aside to work on the sentiment portion. The sentiment is from the Create With Friends and heat embossed in Silver over the top of a Coastal Cabana stamped background also from the Artistically Inked. It is die cut with a scalloped rectangle from the Stitched So Sweetly dies. I have accented this with the clear Elegant Faceted Gems. The Basic Black base is nicely matted with a layer of Polished Pink and Pattern Play DSP. To close this cute little notepad holder I have used the Black Glitter Organdy Ribbon. I have given a couple of different views below! 



This is a perfect example of thinking a bit outside of the box for a card sketch! Its amazing how this great little notepad holder came together! I hope my secret sister enjoys it as much as I did creating this for her! 

Now it is your turn to create with this sketch! I can't wait to see what you make!
Have an amazing weekend!