Monday, March 24, 2014


This is totally me....every few weeks I get this urge to rearrange everything (this includes my stamp room) or dullness overcomes me, then creativity dries up. I may not "facelift" the entire room but I do bits and pieces at a time. Yes, I was so tired looking at the mess that have become the ribbons. Sure I got me a ribbon rack from Michael's but it turned out the two rods are too wide for the SU! ribbon spools so I ended up taking out the sturdy white rods and replacing them with flimsy skinny wooden dowels. The ribbons hold but they are just not a good sight for me. A couple of weeks ago I stumbled upon this idea on Pinterest on how to store ribbons. So I got my old-fashion clothespins and re-spooled the ribbons around them and voila! I have a ribbon solution! They are so shabby chic especially when I put them in the mason jars that I almost returned. Since I'm such a visual person, this set-up allows me to see immediately my ribbon inventory. Stoked and so proud of myself.

Oh, and you know that feeling that you get when things turn out the way you had planned it in your head? Well I don't have many of those but I just did with this bridal shower invite for which I will be hosting for a dear friend. I was even more excited that I was able to match her color to a tee! Mint is Pool Party, y'all!

Stamp Sets:
Take Care
Rain or Shine (clearance!)
Mason jar stamp (from eBay)
Watercolor Minis (retired) (for the ferns & grass)

Crumb Cake cardstock
Early Espresso Stamp Pad
Versamark (for embossing)
Pool Party embossing powder
Pool Party ruffled ribbon (clearance!)
White Stampin Chalk Marker

Sunday, March 23, 2014

Perfectionism Kills the Cat

From time to time, I go out and seek challenges to keep me inspired. The one that I usually go is the PPA Challenge at Pals Paper Arts. I was looking forward to this one since I thought I had enough time to come up with an idea then put it together before the deadline.

The PPA 195 Color Challenge consisted of putting together the three colors below:

I'm not a "spring-y" kind of gal so this is truly a challenge for me. I whipped out my Too Kind stamp set and envisioned watercoloring in my head.

On watercolor paper, I first stamp the inside flowers with Rose Red and applied Versa Mark on the big flower heads before coating them with clear embossing powder. Then with the three colors above, I watercolored the background until the flowers popped up in white. The effects are amazing! I then applied French Script (retired) on top of it. The stems and leaves are hand-drawn in Wild Wasabi marker and the veins are drawn in White Chalk pen.
The bottom panel is created with the new Hardwood background stamp in So Saffron. I haven't used any of the "new" background stamps since my return last year. I cannot believe I let it go that long. The impression this stamp makes is just rich! I will be exploring more of these stamps in my future projects, that's for sure.
I adorned the card with Rose Red Seam Binding ribbon and finished it off with pearls.
So the burning question is why didn't I upload it for the challenge. Well, the simple answer is I really didn't like the first outcome. Originally, I cut the watercolored image with the apothecary thin lit die. It had the vintage look but thought it didn't go well with the hardwood background. So I sat on it for a while and played around until the new design came about. So much happier with this but it's too bad I missed the challenge. Yes, my perfectionism is both a gift and a curse at the same time.

 Happy Stamping!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

PPA 196 - Sketch Challenge

I really wanted diversion for a very off week so I turned to the PPA challenge to get me inspired.

I really really love the Giggles Greetings stamp set not only for its witty sayings but the images are just adorable! The color combo I chose was Basic Gray and Daffodil Delight. The base layer is stamped with Gorgeous Grunge in Basic Gray.

I have seen so many variations of the holed up cheese background and I just had to jump in the band wagon myself. This is what I used for the second layer. The top layer is the watercolored cheese cake! I finished it off with the twine from the Sale-a-bration Sweet Sorbet accessory pack.

Happy Stamping!

Friday, March 14, 2014

Get Ready to Get Inked All Up!

Let the stamping begin! I am stoked and ready for our next event. Can't wait to hang out with these ladies....

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Stampin' Pretty Pals March Blog Hop

Welcome to the Pals March Blog Hop. This month we are excited to kick-off Spring with our creative projects. We hope enjoy these creations and we hope Spring finds you soon!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from 22. Amy Lazell at Just a Thought...Cards by Amy on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

The base card is Crumb Cake mounted on Real Red card stock. I used Pleasant Poppies embossed in white and watercolored in Real Red and Pear Pizazz. The background is stamped French Script and Linen. The sentiment is from Expression Thinlits mounted on Apothecary Thinlit. 

The next stop is 24. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and  I hope to see you next month.

Final March Line-up- 
  1. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  2. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  3. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  4. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  5. Martie Pollard at Crafty Bandit
  6. Goldie Shaul at Punch and Stamp with Goldie
  7. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper 
  9. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  10. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  11. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  12. Christine Winslow at Grandma's Stamping Corner
  13. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell's Life
  15. Linda Callahan at Stampin' Seasons
  16. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  17. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon
  18. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  19. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  20. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  21. Colleen Mollema at Uncanny Crafting
  22. Amy Lazzell at Just A Thought...Cards by Amy
  23. Maria Flores at Maria's Sandbox
  24. "Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  25. Christie Crosby at Stampin' Creativity
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Rae Harper at Wild West Paper Arts
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  29. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  30. nicole watt  at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  31. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Good Cards, Good Company

Gosh, where do I begin about today?!!

Our get-together was generously hosted by April and Claudia. I swear, my cards were more of a side note. We came for the food and everything homemade (including Bailey's - what???). The tostadas were uh-ma-zingly yummy. Yes, when I say homemade, I mean the tortillas, black beans, guacamole. I couldn't stop eating and singing at the same time! Yes, the 80's kept us company the whole time!

Ok, so I guess I'll share the cards we made....

The first one was using two-step stamping from the Happy Congratulations set from the Occasions Catalog. This card was made with the 2014 In Colors: Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush and Baked Brown but we ended up using Soft Suede since I didn't have enough (great planning, I know) Baked Brown. It turned out to be a great substitute since the color was richer. The base card was embossed with Decorative Dots from the Sale-a-bration event. The sentiment was from Teeny Tiny Wishes. I finished it off with the Ruffle Stretch in Strawberry Slush and then rounded the corners. I love how the colors popped and blended harmoniously!

the ladies' own version

The next card is very special. I went back to my old cards for inspiration. I knew what technique I wanted to use when I got the Too Kind stamp set. I thought Emboss Resist would work very well with this card, just like it did on this old card of mine.  I used Calypso Coral and Crisp Cantaloupe on the small flower and Calypso Coral and Emboss Resist on the bigger flower. The background is brayered in Pear Pizzaz, Crisp Cantaloupe and Crushed Curry. The sentiment is scalloped punched and mounted on pop-up dot. The top card is bordered by Calypso Coral ribbon.

Since the ladies did so well with these cards, I had a wonderful bonus for them and made a third card. I love this stamp set and just couldn't help myself but whip out some simple and cute cards for the girls to make. Giggle Greetings is the star of this card. I used the White Stampin Chalk Marker to color the animals. For the dog card, I used Early Espresso to outline the dog image and used the Just Sayin sentiment on it. I topped it off with the Early Espresso baker's twine. For the cat card, I used Early Espresso for the image and the back ground using blender pens. 

There you have it, folks. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did with my Tramps. 

Happy Stamping!

Feeling Special

With the rampant use of social media today (guilty!) to get their message across, there is something to be said about getting handmade cards in the mail.

I love my Tramps and their thoughtfulness. I received these beautiful cards in the mail for my birthday. Words cannot express the gratitude I felt but simply just want to say, "Thank you!"

From Janine - I love the pinwheel!

The inside says, "Blowing wishes your way."

From Anna: Love the patterned paper and the layering!

From Ulrika: Love the pink and brown and the chipboard monogram!

This is from my second family - I love you guys!

This is all for for my upcoming post. We have a workshop today and I have just been a crazy card-making machine. For some reason, ideas were just oozing out and I am just having a ball!!!

Happy Stamping!