Thursday, July 16, 2020

Life is Beautiful

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Hope your week is going well!
It's been hot here but this morning it is a bit on the cool side with clouds and a breeze.
I opened my kitchen windows for now but it is still muggy.
The older I get the more I mind the ac as it drives my sinuses crazy.

Today I have a card to share that uses a new set called Life is Beautiful.
It is a Million Dollar Achiever set created by LeeAnn Greff.

This set caught my eye as soon as I seen it in the August - December Catalog!
I paired it up with some Old Olive retired gingham print paper.
I stamped my little birdhouse a bit crooked...must have been one of those days!
The stamp set comes with a few sentiments and I especially loved the font!

Card Details:

Stamps: Life is Beautiful
Ink: Old Olive, Soft Suede, Gray Granite
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Soft Suede, Old Olive, Old Olive DSP (retired)
Accessories: Circle Layering Framelits, Embroidered Ribbon, Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

The beauty of this set is that you can use it for every season of the year and that is something that I like in a stamp set! 
Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall this set has it all!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy your day!

Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Jar of Flowers Thanks Card

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

I slept in this morning for a change!
I guess you can say that I am becoming an early bird since the last few months I am up when Shawn gets up for work. I noticed it's staying darker a bit longer in the mornings...

Yesterday I played at my stamp table after lunch.
It was a good day for creating!
I usually stamp in the afternoons when my soap opera's are on but the last several months they have been repeats because of the Covid stuff so I haven't been turning the tv on.
I pulled out several new stamp sets and just played and colored.
Jar of Flowers hasn't seen much ink time so I made a Thank You card for on my card rack.

This time I used the sunflowers favorite!
Again, when I started I stamped my flower image on a post it note and fussy cut just the bottom portion that would hang out over the top of my jar.
This is to keep any of the jar lines from being stamped over top my flowers.

I stamped my flower image first on my cardstock then placed my post it note mask over top of them.
Then I stamped my jar image and lines show thru to my flowers once my mask was taken off! I was pleased about that!

Then I pulled out a bunch of Stampin Blends and colored my image.
My Thanks tag was diecut from the Ornate Frames Dies from the Halloween products from last year. The Ornate Frames Dies carried over into our new catalog. They are so pretty and I find myself using them quite a bit!

Card Details:

Stamps: Jar of Flowers, Here's A Card (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Black, Misty Moonlight, Stampin Blends (both Balmy Blue, both Just Jade, both Misty Moonlight, both Cinnamon Cider, Light Daffodil Delight, Dark Mango Melody)
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Whisper White, Misty Moonlight DSP
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Ornate Frames Dies, White Baker's Twine, Bumble Bee Enamel Dots, Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Hard to tell in my photo but I did add Wink of Stella to my sunflower petals.
I love the shimmer it gives them!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have an amazing day!

Tuesday, July 14, 2020

Anniversary Cards

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

It's a beautiful morning here for a change!
Sun is shining and the humidity has dropped dramatically!
I have some of the windows open but they are saying our temps are to get to 90 this afternoon so i'm sure my ac will be back on!
For now I am enjoying the cooler weather!

Yesterday I was looking thru the program I use to edit my card pictures and found a few cards that I never shared. I haven't stamped since last week so I thought i'd share them!

I made these a few months ago for a card order and then life got in the way and I never shared them.
They use a bit of new & old but that is how I sometimes work! LOL

Card Details #1:

Stamps: Great Greetings (retired)
Ink: Lovely Lipstick (now retired)
Cardstock: Lovely Lipstick (retired), Whisper White, Best Dressed DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Oval Layering Framelits, Lovely Lipstick Ribbon (retired), Glue Dots, Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots (retired), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Card Details #2:

Stamps: Great Greetings (retired)
Ink: Purple Posy (retired)
Cardstock: Purple Posy, Whisper White, Best Dressed DSP (retired) 
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Oval Layering Framelits, Purple Posy Ribbon, Purple Posy Faceted Gems (retired), Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Both cards turned out beautiful!
Those papers really do all the work....just sad that the DSP is now retired.

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Monday, July 13, 2020

Positive Thoughts Swap Card

Hello & Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a nice weekend and were able to find ways to stay cool!
It's definitely been a scorcher here in PA and last evening we finally got some good rain!
We were sitting out on the the front porch enjoying the nice breeze when the dark clouds started rolling in. I love sitting out there when we get a nice rain but the thunder & lightening chased us inside really quick! I'm just happy we got some rain...

So today I am going to share my swap card that I made for Debbie's recent card swap.
She had 10 groups that had 6 people in each.
We made 6 cards, keeping one for ourselves and mailing the other 5 to people who were in the groups we signed up in. All of the swap cards arrived by last Friday and they were posted in our Card Swap FB page so i'm safe to finally share my card with you!

I'm not sure what the name of this card is called but I have made them before.
My card uses paper from the Forever Greenry Suite which is just so pretty!
I also used the Forever Flourishing Dies and the Forever Gold Laser Diecut Specialty Paper.
My sentiment is from the Positive Thoughts stamp set.

Card Details:

Stamps: Positive Thoughts
Ink: Shaded Spruce, Pretty Peacock
Cardstock: Shaded Spruce, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White, Forever Greenry DSP, Forever Gold Laser Diecut Specialty DSP
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Forever Flourishing Dies, Gold Metallic Pearls, Gold Twine, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I loved all the cards that I received in the swap and will most likely sign up to do another again!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & stay cool, my friends!

Friday, July 10, 2020

Thanks A Bunch

Hello & Happy Friday!

It's a cloudy and humid morning here in PA.
Tropical Storm Fay is moving up the east coast and going to give us some showers, which my yard could use! Along Maryland, Delaware & New Jersey it is to be a soaker!
I just hope some of that rain makes it's way here as we've not had any good rain for atleast a week or more. We had many good chances but lucked out in recent days.

I have been playing around with my Celebrating Sunflowers stamp set.
It is one of my favorites!
This time I found a card in the catalog that uses a blue sunflower so I gave it a try!

Not nearly as pretty as the yellow sunflowers but it is different and sometimes I like different!
My embossed white panel was run thru the Big Shot with the Ornate Floral EF which adds texture and makes the background pop. I used 3 of the new In Colors....Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade & Misty Moonlight.

Card Details:

Stamps: Celebrating Sunflowers
Ink: Misty Moonlight
Cardstock: Misty Moonlight, Seaside Spray, Whisper White, Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider
Accessories: Sunflower Dies, Ornate Floral EF, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I have seen so many beautiful cards made from this stamp set!
Sometimes I find that I get stumped on what to make with a set so I turn to the catalog for idea's to help get me started. Who would have thought to create a blue sunflower?!
I'm glad I gave it a try!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Celebrating Sunflowers

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Our weather is still hazy, hot & humid here in PA!
I'm hoping soon for a cool down so my ac can get a break! And my sinuses!
It seems every summer I go thru this.

Yesterday I spent some time at my craft table working on card kits for my next Stamp Day w Friends.
I usually try to have 5 kits ready.
Gigi was bugging me all afternoon to go out in the yard so my afternoon getting that task wrapped up was cut short. I have one kit left that I will finish up hopefully today!

My card today is one made with the Celebrating Sunflowers stamp set.
It is such a wonderful set with coordinating dies on page 13 of the Annual Catalog.
I made this card over the July 4th holiday.

My super pretty sunflower is made from the Sunflower Dies using So Saffron, Bumble Bee and Cinnamon Cider cardstocks. My sprig of wheat is diecut using Just Jade cardstock. 
I used all the colors that are in the Flowers for Every Season DSP as you can see on my card.
This bundle is a favorite of mine!

Card Project:

Stamps: Celebrate Sunflowers
Ink: Just Jade
Cardstock: So Saffron, Bumble Bee, Cinnamon Cider, Just Jade, Whisper White, Flowers for Every Season DSP
Accessories: Sunflower Dies, Bumble Bee Gingham Ribbon, Gold Glittered Enamel Dots, Dimesnionals, Glue Dots, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I was trying really hard to NOT use this set until the Fall came but I just couldn't!
I love everything about it! 
Wait until my card lady sees these gorgeous sunflowers!
She will want all her cards made using them!

My thoughts today...

Kinda hard to smile at people anymore with having to wear masks!
I really hope one day our world will go back to normal!

Thanks for stopping by!
 Stay crafty, my friends!

Tuesday, July 7, 2020

Jar of Flowers Retirement

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

I hope your all staying cool in one way or another!
I have been trying to spend time at my stamp table as a way to stay cool.
Yesterday afternoon I had an hour to spare so I pulled out the Jar of Flowers stamp set and made a pretty Retirement card for my card rack...

At my last Stamp Day w/ Friends event Miss Emily bought my last (lady) Retirement card.
I made myself a note of that so I could get a few more made up.

This card uses a variety of stamps.
I also used the Masking Technique to have my flowers over top of the jar.
Had I not used the masking technique the top of the jar would show thru on my flowers.
It worked like a charm and I would suggest to everyone that purchases this set to make a mask for each flower stamp in that set! It will save you time & frustration! (ask me how I know!)
I used a variety of new In Colors on this! The Magenta Madness color sure is bright!

Card Details:

Stamps: Jar of Flowers, Lots to Celebrate, Many Mates (sentiment)
Ink: Memento Black, Misty Moonlight and Stampin Blends
Cardstock: Magenta Madness, Bumble Bee, Misty Moonlight, Whisper White, Flowers for Every Season DSP
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Oval Layering Framelits, In Color Enamel Dots, Post It Note (to create mask), Bumble Bee Gingham Ribbon, Glue Dot, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Hope you like this card!
It was really fun to create!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Sunday, July 5, 2020

HB Pocket Cards

Hello & Happy Sunday!
Hope you all had a wonderful July 4th holiday!

It's been ungodly hot here in Pennsylvania! They say since we've had over 90 degrees for the last 3 days that we are now in a heatwave and not going to end anytime soon either!
We have been hanging out at home and staying cool this weekend.
I stamped everyday while Shawn was relearning his vinyl cutter.
Friday night was Red Lion's fireworks but lots of people around the area had them going off last night as well. Poor Gigi was a nervous wreck so I hope that soon ends.
Last evening we watched the new Aladdin movie with Will Smith.
Very good movie if your interested!

Today I have a set of pocket cards to share.
I made these for on my card rack just incase my card lady would need a pack last minute.
I use to make pocket cards all the time so I had to relearn them!

I pulled out some retired Sycamore Street DSP from 2013.
These also use coordinating retired cardstock.

Card Details:

Stamps: Many Mates
Ink: Island Indigo
Cardstock: Soft Sky (retired), Island Indigo (retired), Tangerine Tango (retired), Whisper White, Sycamore Street DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stars Framelits (retired), Corner Rounder Punch, Classic Label Punch, Mini Stapler, Island Indigo Ribbon (retired), Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I was thrilled with the turn out of these and hope they will not stay sitting on my card rack too long!
The colors just make me smile!

If anyone would like the directions to create these please leave me a comment and I will post an update with directions!

My thoughts today...

Stay cool & thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 2, 2020

Floral Gift Bag

Hello & Happy Thursday!

It feels like a Friday since Shawn is off tomorrow for the July 4th holiday!

Today I have a pretty gift bag to share that I made for my customer last month.
She usually orders a couple small decorated gift bags each month.
I used some new things on this one....take a look!

The white gift bags came from the Dollar Tree.
You can't beat 3 for $1.00!
That pretty paper is from the Flowers for Every Season DSP and each sheet is just lovely!

The saying comes from the Ridiculously Awesome stamp set....another favorite of mine! 
It was stamped in a new In Color, Just Jade.
The doily is long retired but adds just the right amount of pretty to my bag.
Lastly, I added the Champagne Rhinestones and the Bumble Bee Gingham Ribbon!

Project Details:

Stamps: Ridiculously Awesome
Ink: Just Jade
Cardstock: Just Jade, Magenta Madness, Whisper White, Flowers for Every Season DSP
Accessories: Circle Layering Framelits, Doily (retired), Bumble Bee Gingham Ribbon, Champagne Rhinestones, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I love decorating these bags and I know people enjoy getting their card orders in them as well!
A little extra work but well worth it in the end!

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & have yourself a wonderful day!

Wednesday, July 1, 2020

God Bless America

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Happy July 1st!!
The days & months just seem to be flying by!

It's a beautiful morning here in Pennsylvania!
I have a few windows open while we have the cool morning breeze blowing in.
It will be short lived as they are calling for upper 80's this afternoon.
I thought i'd enjoy it before the hazy, hot & humid weather returns.
The ac has been driving my sinuses crazy the last few days!

Yesterday I spent most of the day at my stamp table.
I got all my swap cards ready and sent out.
Then I moved onto making a couple July 4th cards with what I had on hand.
Stampin Up no longer carries anything for the July 4th holiday like they did many years ago.
I am thinking because now they are a global company and other countries around the world do not celebrate the 4th.
So, what's a crafter to do?!

I pulled out my retired God Bless America stamp from 2001 and got to work!

The God Bless America stamp came out in 2001 after the 911 incident in New York, Washington DC & Pennsylvania.
It will always stay in my collection and I do try to use it as often as possible.
Right now our country is in such turmoil and I felt this stamp was perfect for this years July 4th celebrations!

Card Details:

Stamps: God Bless America (retired)
Ink: Real Red & Blueberry Bushel (retired) Stampin Write Markers
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Blueberry Bushel (retired)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Circle Layering Framelits, Banner Punch (retired), Red Rhinestones, Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I hope I captured the patriotic feel in that panel of red, white & blue cardstocks?
I used snippets of cardstocks measuring 1/2 inch and layered them onto a piece of scrap white measuring 2 x 5.  Whatever was hanging over the sides I trimmed off.
Once I had everything glued on I added the red rhinestones for some sparkle.

In the end I was happy with the outcome! 

My thoughts today...

Hope that gave you a giggle?!

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Forever Greenry Suite

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Hope everyone is doing well!

A few weeks ago I participated in a friend's online workshop that I thought was so much fun!
I have been in such a funk with my stamping and i'm finding that participating in online classes & workshops are slowly pulling me out of it.
Debbie Henderson has been doing online classes since the whole Covid 19 thing began as a way to keep people busy stamping while being stuck at home. Last month she held her first online workshop as a way to get orders since demo's are not able to meet in person with the virus.
She had an ordering special which I took part in. Then she sent out free card kits for those who ordered and these 3 cards i'm going to share are what she sent.

She sent out all the bits & pieces to create the cards but not any stamped images.
Luckily, I already had the stamp set! As soon as it arrived last Monday I sat and did all 3 cards!
Aren't they pretty!?

The Forever Greenry Suite is probably my most favorite so far!
Right now I am using it for a swap that I signed up for.
I will share that card once they get to their destinations!

Card Details:

Stamps: Forever Fern
Ink: Pretty Peacock, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Just Jade
Cardstock: Pretty Peacock, Garden Green, Soft Seafoam, Just Jade, Whisper White, Forever Greenry DSP
Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Classic Label Punch, Greenry EF, Forever Flourishing Dies, Label Me Lovely Punch, Rhinestones, Champagne Rhinestones, Mini Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

My thoughts today...

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy your day!