Friday, October 20, 2017

Create!

"Do something creative every day."
What a true sentiment! Whether it's cooking, baking, decorating, writing or crafting....its about doing something every day that you love and feel inspired by! There's so much in life to enjoy so lets find the time to create a little something every day. :-)

Neat little set by Stampin'Up! called "Crafting Forever."

Break out your Aqua Painters and ink and have fun creating!

~Happy Stamping!






Crafting Forever Clear-Mount Stamp Set
Crafting Forever stamp set #143958

Stitched Shapes Framelits dies #145372


Coffee Break DSP #144155


Wood Textures 6x6 DSP #144177






Sunday, September 24, 2017

Mermaids!

My 14 years old daughter LOVES mermaids!
Now, don't get me wrong, she also loves make-up, fashion, high heels, talking back and of course....boys! :-) Yes, my teen girls are also trying to grow up too fast, so you are not alone.....we Mom's and Dad's are all turning gray together! :-) So, when I saw the new "Magical Mermaid' stamp set, I knew I had to have it and figure out a cute design for her.....anything to hold onto the small things that peek out and show us they are still little girls at heart.

Hope you enjoy the design as much as she does!
Have fun with all sorts of color....and of course don't forget the glittering diamonds to make your mermaid shimmer!

~Happy Stamping!







Magical Mermaid stamp set #144017

Rhinestone Basic Jewels #144220









Monday, August 21, 2017

50 Amazing Years!

My parents celebrated their 50th Anniversary this month!
Their love, patience and dedication to each other is an inspiration to all their children and grandchildren!
I'm so very proud of who they are and grateful for the love and dedication they hold for their family!
Thanks Dad and Mom for being the pillar of our family and the greatest example of true love we've ever seen! Love you both dearly!!

This is the card I made for their Anniversary....I know 50 is usually done with gold, but if you can believe this, I had no gold in my stock! lol. So, I went with silver instead. Using several die cuts and a bit of bling and ribbon, I think I managed the simple, elegant look I was hoping for. 

Hope it inspires you to get out your Big Shot and get rolling! :-)

~Happy Stamping!



Detailed Floral Thinlets dies #141482

Large Numbers Framelits dies #140622
Stitched Shapes Framelits dies #145372

Silver 1/8" (3.2 Mm) Ribbon
Silver 1/8" Ribbon #132137


Rhinestone Basic Jewels
Rhinestone Basic Jewels #144220


Silver Glimmer Paper
Silver Glimmer paper #135314



Sunday, July 30, 2017

Zestful Life!

Living life with zest! 
What a concept these days with life being so rushed....so filled with responsibilities, work, children and much of the time just plain overwhelming. What do you do to be able to live your life with zest?!

This really makes you think, right?
I certainly don't know the answer to this, but I do believe when we find our passion and can work within it.....and then find balance in all our responsibilities (sometimes learning to say no), and looking for the positive in all the situations we face....we might just find ourselves living with zest! :-)

Now, if I can just find a way to do all the above all at one time and all in the same day! :-)

Cute set with some cute (and deeper than you realize) sayings! "Lemon Zest" made it to my 'must buy' list from the new catalog. I went to the lime side on this card, utilizing one of my favorite new in-colors called Lemon Lime Twist. I'm a sucker for just about any shade of green, as it's my favorite color, so I hope you find inspiration here to develop your card using any number of colors! :-)

If you hate to hand cut....there is a punch set that goes along with this set so you can punch the fruit and leaves out! :-)


~Happy Stamping!




Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies #145372 

Lemon Zest stamp set #143808

Dazzling Diamonds Stampin Glitter #133751

Old Olive Mini Chevron ribbon #144196




Sunday, July 16, 2017

Peaceful Tides

When life is getting me down and stress is wearing me thin, my escape for a re-set and rejuvenation is found near water. :-) For some reason it relaxes my soul taking in God's beautiful creations around me...and the sound of the surf is a melody speaking peace and comfort to me.
How about you? Where's your best re-set found?

'So Many Shells' is a beautiful stamp set and I felt the need for soft, peaceful colors in the development of this card. Love the sentiments that were chosen to accompany this set!
All the shells are two-step stamping, which adds depth to the images, and allows you to play with many color options. I know you'll thoroughly enjoy this set!

For the background, I color-washed it using the Aqua Painters and then embossed the sentiment with white embossing powder over the top. You could just as easily emboss the sentiment with clear embossing powder on the white paper first and then color wash over it. :-) I didn't know where my design was going at first, so I waited to place the sentiment. Yes, I used Whisper White card stock instead of watercolor paper.....it does draw up a bit when it dries, but you can flatten back out or even use a quick iron to the backside. :-) Next time I'll try the thicker Whisper White card stock for my watercoloring. :-) I'll let you know how it goes!

Have fun with it! 

~Happy Stamping!




So Many Shells #143695

Seaside embossing folder #141481

Powder Pink finely woven ribbon #144134

Basic pearls #144219

Dazzling Diamonds #133751

Aqua Painters #103954







Sunday, July 9, 2017

Coffee & Friends!

There's no question that Coffee and Friends make the perfect blend!
Coffee goes perfectly with everything, in my opinion!
Morning, noon and night. :-)

As you can imagine, this coffee addict was VERY excited about this coffee set from Stamp'in Up! 
Loving everything about it! The stamps, the die cuts, the matching paper and embellishments!
Now I just need more time in my days so I can create more with it. :-)

Can't wait to see what you all do with this set......just have fun with it and don't feel like you have to stay with the colors in the set! Use pinks, oranges, etc! 

~Happy Stamping!






Coffee Break Photopolymer Bundle #145331

Coffee Cafe stamp set #143677

Corrugated Elements #144158

Layered Leaves embossing folder #143704


Coffee Break Designer Series Paper #144155


Saturday, June 24, 2017

Dragonfly Dreams!

Peach is not my favorite color.....ok, to be honest, its one of my least favorite colors....so I had to force myself to use the new Peekaboo Peach in a card design. lol. Well.....I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't as painful as I thought it might be and I find I don't mind this shade too much. :-)

The dragonfly from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set was the perfect option for blending Peekaboo Peach and Fresh Fig into the wings! Top that with a little of the Wink of Stella glitter brush to add some sheen to the wings (hard to see in the pic) and you have a fun card!

Hope this inspires you to reach for your least favorite colors and give them another try! :-)

~Happy Stamping!




Butterfly Basics stamp set #138816


Dragonfly Dreams photopolymer stamp set #142924


Just Add Text stamp set #143934