Sayonara Sunday Stamping

I have been MIA for awhile on my blog and feel like I have some 'splaining to do...I got a full time job. I haven't worked a full time job in eighteen years. When I had my daughter (she's 18 now) I went to part time work so I could take care of her, then to full time stay at home mom when I had my second daughter. We never wanted anyone else taking care of our kids, and like so many other parents out there, we decided I would only work part time if needed while we raised our kids.

I was so fortunate to have the opportunity to be there for my children when they needed me most. I have to say that it was and always has been a conscious choice. Life is full of choices and we chose to have two wonderful children with a Mom who could stay home to raise them.

I know what it's like to be left to daycare, preschools, babysitters and family members while growing up and I never wanted that for my own children. I have great respect and honor for my own Mother and all she sacrifi…

Sunday Stamping #14 To Watercolor or Not to Watercolor

That is the question...I decided, after a futile attempt to watercolor this card that it just wasn't worth it. So, the answer is not to watercolor. Copic Markers to the rescue!

Before we get into my card, I want to give a big THANK YOU to Patricia Allison. She is the winner of the triangle turnabout stamp! Patricia is also a follower of my Facebook page and always has the kindest words to say about my work. I appreciate her so much, especially since she was the only one who took the time to comment on my post. I am so happy to send her some crafty goodies in the mail!

One of the great things about social media is that it allows me to share my passion for card making  along with meeting people who share in my passion. The unfortunate part of social media is that it is selective on the audience my work reaches on the interwebz. Honestly, it's frustrating to say the least. I have several followers to my Instagram and Facebook page but because I don't pay for advertising (I h…

Sunday Stamping #13 Create a Unique Background + Giveaway!!!

Today I'm featuring a stamp set that is really unique to the stamping industry. It allows you the opportunity to create a variety of backgrounds by using different stamp colors.  The possibilities are endless in what you can create given your available library of color! 
They have a video that explains how to use their stamps far better than I ever could. Here it is: 

Concord and 9th is a stamping company that is fairly new to me. I'm not ashamed to say I have already begun collecting their wares. They not only have the flower turnabout stamp, which is what I used to make my card but several other stamps, one of which I  purchased twice due to my lack of patience. The triangle turnabout stamp was sold out at one time. When I finally purchased it, I managed to add two to my cart.  
I'd like to make my mistake your advantage by sending one of my followers this amazing background stamp! All I ask is that you follow my blog and post your favorite color in the comment section b…

Sunday Stamping #12 Christmas In July

You would think it difficult to get into the spirit of Christmas when the current temperature reads ninety three degrees outside but thanks to a comfortable air-conditioned, seventy degrees inside and Stampin' Up!'s Christmas Pines stamp set, it's not so difficult after all.

I was recently invited to attend a local Christmas in July craft fair. I'm so excited to share my Christmas cards and even sell a few but I didn't have a few made at all, let alone to sell!  I'm happy this stamp set carried over from last years catalog along with the matching dies. It has come in handy for some much needed inspiration on the short notice I received on the fair invite.

I have some awesome news if you want to get a head start on your Christmas card making! Make a purchase at my store of $50 retail and Stampin' Up! will give you a $5 coupon for every fifty you spend that you can use anytime next month (August 1-31)! It's like getting an early Christmas gift! I already ha…

Ink, Five Ways Day 5

It is the fifth day and I have done each technique on a new card to show you how you can use your inks in a new way.

Thanks so much for joining me. Happy Stamping my friends!

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Inks, Five Ways Day 4

Wow, what a day! I've been up since 5:30 this morning and I'm soooo not a morning person! My daughter had her first day of orientation at the University of Nevada Reno and you know, us parents will do ANYthing for our kids. Even if it means getting up at dark thirty to hold their daughter's hand for her first steps onto a college campus. 
So, please forgive me for my photo taking skills. I'm working on it! Practice makes better, right? The great part about this series is that it's more about the technique than anything. I notice after I make a card to showcase a technique, later that evening or the next day I come up with a better design or maybe a different way I could've done the first one. Not always but sometimes I do this and that's why I decided day five will be the best day in the series! I will take each day of different ways to use your inks and show another project I made! 
Today I have a super simple, yet effective, way to use your ink pad as a …

Inks, Five Ways Day 3

Did you know you can watercolor with your ink pads?  I've been making cards for over eleven years now and I didn't even know I could do that for about half the time!

I've always used my Distress Inks when water coloring on cards (and traditional watercolors) because they're specifically formulated to work with water. Don't get me wrong, Distress Inks are wonderful to work with but not everyone can afford to have every ink available. And there's a lot of them!

This card took me fifteen minutes tops! I felt so accomplished because I kid you not, I spend at least forty five minutes to an hour on every card I make. This would be a great card to mass produce (think Christmas) with any set of stamps.

I used Stampin' Up!'s Beautiful You stamp set for this card. I had yet to use this set from last years catalog. I'm so happy they decided to continue to carry it this year. It's a beautiful set with great sentiments. I also used several Stampin' Up! …