Sunday, May 14, 2017

Sunday Stamping #8 Mother's Day

No stamping or card making for me today. Went to my favorite breakfast place this morning with my Mother in law, hubs and girls. Then, I went to the mall with my girls and hubby. We walked around, stopped at See's Candy and bought $20 worth of chocolate to devour later and decided to leave right after because it was too peopley there. When we arrived home we did laundry and watched our DVR'd TV. It was a super day with no real purpose but to do whatever. No cards, no flowers just love from my family doing the things we like to do when we don't really have to do anything. So relaxing I fell asleep on the couch and am only now getting to my blog.

Happy Mother's Day! I hope all Moms had a wonderful day!!!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

New Stamp Set Sneak Peak

I love being able to play with new stamp sets from Stampin' Up! before they're available to my customers. It allows me the opportunity to give honest recommendations of product that I think worthy of purchase from me. Lets face it, this hobby is not cheap! You have to get the best bang for your buck and if that means forgoing some product for others, I'm all for that! The hard part though is   so much of Stampin' Up!'s product is worth every penny.

Today I made a super simple, anyone can make this, card.  I used a stamp set called, Crafting Forever, from our new annual catalog and Stampin' Up! watercolor pencils.
Don't you just love a freshly sharpened pencil? Maybe that's just me. It's the small things in life that make me happy.

Here is my simple card. I stamped the image on watercolor paper with Stampin' Up!'s black archival ink, colored in the image with the watercolor pencils then used my aqua painter to spread the color. I cut out the panel with a stitched rectangle die by Simon Says Stamp. I wish Stampin' Up! would carry more stitched dies because I love the finished look they give to a card. I then adhered the watercolor panel to a basic black card base and called it a day.  A creative day, if I do say so myself!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Oh So Succulent Mother's Day Card

It's that time of year again! Time to give thanks to the women we know and love as our Mother. Without going into the idiosyncrasies of it all, I'll say I honor Mother's Day with this card. "To my Mom, because of you I am me."

The items I used in making this card will soon be discontinued. They are available until May 31, 2017, while supplies last.  Supplies used listed below and available to purchase in my online store at :

Oh so Succulent Stamp Set: 142992
Succulent Framelet Dies: 142757
So Detailed Thinlits Dies: 142751
Stitched Framelet Dies: 145372
Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper: 142778
Succulent Garden Cardstock Pack: 142779
Whisper White Thick Cardstock: 140272
Old Olive Classic Stamping' Pad: 126953
Enamel Shapes Brights: 141680

Card Dimensions:
Card Base: 41/4x11 scored @ 5 1/2
Designer Series Paper: 4 1/4 x 5 1/2

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Sunday Stamping #7 Give Away!

Who doesn't like free stuff, especially when it's all Stampin' Up!?  I'm so excited for the launch of Stampin' Up!'s annual catalog that I thought I would give some of our product away to say thank you to all those who support me and to those who will support me in the future. The items featured are worth over $100 retail value!

All you have to do is follow my blog here, comment on this post and like my Facebook page:  That's it!

Here is a sneak peak of our new annual catalog. I can't show you the inside but this is the cover. Love all the fresh color and card making inspiration! I will be giving a copy of our new catalog to the winner of this giveaway.  All products included in the giveaway are purchased and shipped by me. I will also include two items from the new catalog to the winner as a surprise!

This giveaway is only open to USA participants. I apologize to my international customers but because I'm paying for all out of my own pocket and due to the astronomical international shipping fees I cannot offer the giveaway to those outside the USA. Hopefully in the future I'll be able to include all in my giveaways.

Thank you for your support, happy stamping and good luck!!!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sunday Stamping #6 Great Googly Eyes!

I'm channeling my best Maggie and the Ferocious Beast  here but yeah, the Studio Katia google eyes are a great new addition to my crafty stash.  I highly recommend adding them to yours. I happened upon them by mistake. I meant to order a larger size but apparently I mistook these tiny little dots of wonder for the more sensible, wobbly dots of ordinary size.

Why is it the tinier something is the cuter it looks? As a child I had a fascination with my Grandma's white china, pink flowered tea set. That is, until she bought me a set of my own and instead of going on a total tangent here, I'll keep it short and sweet. I still have the set.

Check out how tiny these eyes are!

Great Googly Moogly, they're so stinking cute!

I used distress inks to color all the back ground images on this card. I white embossed and colored the Sow Much Cuteness stamp set by My Favorite things with my Zig clean color real brush markers. It's hard to see the eyes on the embossed image and that's where the google eyes came in. They were the perfect accent to the stamp set. I also used Lawn Fawn's Perfectly Plaid Rainbow 6x6 Paper Pack for the scalloped background. It's quickly becoming my go to patterned paper when I'm not using Stampin' Up!

I had a ton of fun playing with ink and doing a little water coloring this week. Stay tuned for next week as I'm trying to put together a great giveaway to correspond with the launch of the new Stampin' Up catalog coming June 1st.  I'm "SOW" excited!

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Sunday Stamping #5 Supplies

As I was rearranging my craft room today , I was reminded of this video from a few years ago;
It's funny because it's true!

I had to make room for my new craft mat, rulers and have a space for the awesome birthday gift I received from my wonderful mother in law... last year. She gifted me an amazing, computerized, embroidering sewing machine! I never made room for it until I actually needed to use it, which kind of defeats the purpose of having a sewing machine. I mean, you shouldn't need to use it in order to make space for it, especially if you have the space to afford...or do I? 
I do.

It's not so much that I didn't want to use the sewing machine, I adored it for what it is capable of doing and the fact that it's such a thoughtful gift, but  I've forever convinced myself I'm no good at sewing. I believed I had no patience for the craft and after seeing the beautiful things my mother in law could make with her sewing machine, well, I decided I wasn't going to be as good. 

I'm sort of impulsive that way. I like to be good at everything. I'm also impatient. I believe there are two kinds of people in this world; those that follow patterns (as in sewing) and those that don't. What I mean by that is, rules. I don't like to follow rules or recipes or directions or make lists, make plans and have everything followed and or adhered to a "T"...No, not me.  There are people that either wing it or don't. I wing it.

It's just like this post. I should probably plan it out. Have nice pictures.  Know exactly what I want to share and what I don't but nah, I wing it! I'm all about the spontaneity, the fun of pretty much anything.  I'm certain it's why I have so many supplies! I want the opportunity to make as many things as possible and all at my fingertips! I mean, I have to have an excuse for why I spent sixty dollars on a set of Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers, otherwise, what's the point of having them?

So, admis my cleaning and rearranging I stumbled across those so needed markers at one time yet forgotten but now found...
All the colors! So pretty!  I'm easily amused. No really, I had to use them and so I did on this card:
 And this card:

 And this card"

 Oh, and I found all these Unity Stamps too...

I swear I'm going to use them all. I promise. You just watch. I will. Come back next Sunday. You'll see! 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

New Stamping' Up! In Colors

With new In Colors coming in soon, that means there will be In Colors going out or rather, retiring.  They are now at a first come first serve status and once they're gone, they're gone.  So, if you are interested in getting any of the retiring In Colors: Cucumber Crush, Delightful DijonMint MacaronTip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder I've included hyper links right to my store so you don't miss out!

Stamping' Up!'s annual catalog is coming June 1, 2017! I'm so excited! One of the awesome perks of being a demonstrator is that I get sneak peaks of new products and the opportunity to order some of those products before my customers. It's a great way for me to familiarize myself to the new items in order to demonstrate the many ways my customers can use them.  It's also a great excuse to just play and be creative!

I recently received my order of the new Easter Palace Suite and I was just blown away by the elegance of it all, not to mention there are three new In colors in this suite! The colors and overall feel of the new products are so different from last years more, how can I say... playful palate? I wasn't sure if I was even going to like the new colors. Now, after seeing them close up, I love them all!!!

Here is a card I made with some of the new product:

Tranquil Tide and Lemon Lime Twist are two of the In Colors I chose to feature. That Lemon Lime Twist new In Color surprised me. In pictures I thought it would be way too bright but in person it pairs perfectly with all the other colors. It's my unofficial favorite color of the entire Suite.

The Suite comes with a pack of beautiful patterned paper. I tucked a piece behind the card I made to show it off a bit more. Here is a sampling of some of the patterned paper included in the Suite:

All of it is so pretty, elegant and versatile! I'm excited to make more with this gorgeous Suite! I can't wait until I can share more of the new catalog with you!  If you would like a catalog of your own, don't hesitate to use the contact me button at my site. I'd be happy to send you one!