Monday, July 22, 2019

Happiest of Holidays

Good Morning & Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a nice weekend!
 Yesterday was our 29th wedding anniversary!
Doesn't seem like we've been married that long! He's a good decent man and one who has been dang good to me all these years! We all have our little complaints when it comes to our significant others but he's one in a million! Anyways, we stayed in until he got a call to go into work since something broke. Thankfully he wasn't there too long!

Today I have yet another pack of holiday cards to share that I made for my Christmas in July series.
It's all about using the old stamps, ink & paper!
My stamp set today is Happiest of Holidays from Stampin Up's Holiday Mini Catalog in 2004.

This set was well loved and used quite a bit over the years.
It has coordinating jumbo wheels which I am not sure if I have or not.
I haven't tore into the jumbo wheels yet.

The DSP on this set of cards was in the Stampin Up Holiday Mini Catalog in 2006.
Cranberry Crisp was a New In Color that year and that is the first year the In Colors started. 

Card Details:

Stamps: Happiest of Holidays (retired), Contempo Christmas (retired-sentiment)
Ink: Cranberry Crisp (retired), Old Olive
Cardstock: Thick Very Vanilla, Cranberry Crisp (retired), Old Olive, Very Vanilla, Holiday Thyme DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Oval Layering Framelits, Cranberry Crisp Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon (retired), Gold Metallic Enamel Dots, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I still have an opened pack and 1 full pack of this DSP.
Glad I have a well inked pad, lots of cardstock and 2 rolls of this ribbon left!
I must have stocked up for when I was doing craft shows!

My thoughts today....

It's no fun but someone has got to do it!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Sunday, July 21, 2019


Hello & a Happy Sunday to you!

Today is Shawn and I's 29th wedding anniversary!
Nothing special planned since it's so stinkin hot out.

Today I have another pretty pack of cards to share with you!
Yep, another pack for my Christmas in July series.

This set uses a retired stamp called JOY.

This set is one that caught my eye way back when it was out but I did not have it.
I was able to borrow it from a friend and I remember having some glittery embossing powder and playing around with it! It always created some beautiful cards!
Recently I found it and did not think twice on getting it. Only thing is, this set is missing the sentiment that goes with it. I didn't realize it until I looked at it in the Stampin Up 2000-2001 catalog.
It's still a winner in my book!

Card Details:

Stamps: JOY (retired), Season's Greetings (retired- sentiment)
Ink: Baroque Burgundy (retired), Versamark
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Baroque Burgundy (retired), Gold Foil Paper, Festive Finery DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Square Layering Framelits, Heat Gun, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Metallic Enamel Dots (retired), Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Along with my Festive Finery DSP, I also used some retired Baroque Burgundy ink and cardstock for these. Burgundy is a beautiful color for Christmas cards and sadly, I do not have much cardstock left. 
I did have to reink my inkpad since it was a tad on the dry side but thankfully I had a whole bottle of refill!! It turned out to be a good day for stamping!

My thoughts today....

Yep, another scorcher!

Thanks for stopping by & stay cool, friends!

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Silent Night

Good Morning, Everyone!
Happy Saturday!

It's a dangerously hot day here!
Every air conditioner & fan in my house has been on for days.
The electric bill isn't gonna good!
I hope your staying cool anyway you can!

Today I am sharing another pack of cards for my Christmas in July special!
It's been a huge help in keeping me cool and using up old stuff.
I pulled out a retired set called Silent Night and I paired it with more of the Festive Finery DSP.
Both from the Stampin Up Holiday Mini Catalog in 2005.

I used my Heat Gun and some Gold Embossing Powder on my image.
I added Gold Foil Paper, Gold Metallic Ribbon & Gold Metallic Enamel Dots to make everything pop! I love sparkle at Christmastime!

Card Details:

Stamps: Silent Night (retired), All Holidays (retired, sentiment)
Ink: Always Artichoke (retired), Versamark
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Always Artichoke (retired), Whisper White, Gold Foil Paper, Festive Finery DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Circle Layering Framelits, Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Heat Gun, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Metallic Ribbon, Gold Metallic Enamel Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I only have scraps of this pretty ribbon left.
If I could have, I would have added a bow!
That's the name of the game....use it up!

My thoughts today....

Too hot for thoughts.....
i've done did melted!

Thanks for stopping by & stay cool!

Friday, July 19, 2019


Good Morning & Happy Friday!

The weekend is finally here but it's to be really uncomfortable outside.
High heat & humidity = Wendy in hibernation!
Going to pop out this evening to grab a few groceries then back in until this heatwave ends.
For me it can't come soon enough!
The air conditioning is driving my sinuses crazy!

Anyways, today I am marching on with my Christmas in July!
I broke out another old set of stamps and paper to make another pack of cards!

Winter Frost DSP and Snowflakes!

The Snowflakes stamp set has been well loved over the years as I try to use it as much as I can!
The Winter's Frost DSP was out a few years ago. I must have purchased 6 packs of it IF not more!
It will most likely take me forever to use it up! LOL
Today I used this piece that has the Silver Foil in it.
It's hard to capture a good photo when there is foil paper involved!
I broke out my heat gun and embossed some of the snowflakes and added some rhinestones for more sparkle! These really are quite pretty in real life.

Card Details:

Stamps: Snowflakes (retired)
Ink: Coastal Cabana, Versamark
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Silver Foil Paper, Winter's Frost DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Heat Gun, Silver Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I will be keeping this pack of cards to send out to a few people that live at the beach.
Coastal Cabana reminds me of the beach so it's perfect for those folks!
Hope you like them!

My thoughts today....

Stay cool, everyone!
This heat is nothing to mess with!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Thursday, July 18, 2019

The Paper Players Challenge #450

Hello again!

This is my second post of the day! WooHoo!
Then it's back to more crafting!

I wanted to play along with the Paper Players Challenge this week and today was the day!
LeAnne gave us a really pretty color challenge...

Take a look..

Here is my card....

I love the Tropical Chic stamp set and these colors definitely put a different spin on it!
I hope you like!

Card Details:

Stamps: Tropical Chic, Daisy Lane
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue
Cardstock: Blueberry Bushel, Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Balmy Blue DSP (retired)
Accessories: Oval Layering Framelits, Tropical Thinlit Dies, Balmy Blue Organza Ribbon (SAB 19), Blueberry Bushel Enamel Shapes (Best Route-retired), Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I have a friend that I am gonna send this card to soon!
I think she will like it!
Thanks for the challenge this week, ladies!
I have come to love the variety of challenges The Paper Players have each week and play along when I can! You should check them out!

Thanks for visiting!

Gingerbread House

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Phew, the heat is on!
We had a dangerous thunderstorm come thru here last evening.
I don't think I have ever heard it thunder and lightening as much as it did!
Our power flickered several times and thankfully it stayed on!

Today, as it is to get hotter by the day....I have something that will help cool you down
I am still celebrating Christmas in July and I have another set of holiday cards for you!
This time I pulled out one of my FAVORITE Christmas sets, Gingerbread House!

I also have the coordinating wheel that I put cushion on and use as a stamp now.
The name of the wheel is Gingerbread Man.

I took my gingerbread wheel stamp and inked it with Soft Suede and stamped all over the front of the card base. I stamped my images out and took my time coloring them since that hurts my hands.
I wasn't going to do all that coloring but this set is one of my favorites and I just had too!
All the images are colored with the Stampin Blends.

Card Details:

Stamps: Gingerbread House (retired)
Ink: Memento Black, Call Me Clover, Soft Suede, Stampin Blends
Cardstock: Soft Suede, Real Red, Whisper White
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Circle Layering Framelits, Call Me Clover Grosgrain Ribbon, Glue Dots, Rhinestones, Clear Wink of Stella, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

These were so much fun to create!
I am still making more packs with my stash!
Wait till you see the pack i'm going to share tomorrow!
I love them!

My thoughts today....

Friday, Saturday & Sunday they are saying is going to be the worst!
I plan on staying in and stamping!
Yep, more Christmas in July! hehe

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pretty Poinsettia

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

I hope your all staying cool!
The heat & humidity is here and is it ever, well, BLAH!
I sat outside with the girls yesterday while they did their business and even they did not mess around!
They went potty and ran for the door!

Today I have another set of Christmas cards to share for my Christmas in July!
I'm trying to think cool even though it's 90 degrees out!
I'm also on a roll with using what I have this year because if I don't start sometime I am never going to use what is in my stash....and believe's ALOT!

So my cards today uses a set called, Pretty Poinsettia.

This set was already out when I got into stamping in 2001 so i'm not sure when it came out.
I went thru all my DSP's until I found a pattern that went with it.
Anyone remember Ski Slope DSP from 2008?

This set took me forever to figure out a design and a way to use up scraps of what DSP was left and i'm happy they came together so nicely!
My card lady will love these as she always goes crazy over the poinsettia cards!
I left them blank inside just in case she wants then!

Card Details:

Stamps: Pretty Poinsettia (retired)
Ink: Real Red, Old Olive, Crushed Curry
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Real Red, Whisper White, Ski Slope DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Square Layering Framelits, Circle Layering Framelits, Stamp A Ma Jig (retired), Red Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I hope you've been enjoying my Christmas in July cards!
I'm working hard to get my stash used before I buy anymore even if that takes me years!

My thoughts today....

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Frosty Comes to Town

Good Morning & Happy Tuesday!

Today the heat & humidity is to start ramping up!
I absolutely dread this kind of weather because it's hard on everything from people to animals to equipment and everything in between!
If anyone needs me....i'll be hibernating for a few days!

I have another pack of cards to share that I made using my very first Stampin Up! Christmas stamp set from 2001.

I'm celebrating Christmas in July and have lots of wonderful old stamp sets & cards to share with you in the coming days!

They say what's old is new again or something like that! LOL
I love the refreshed look of Frosty on this card that I colored with Stampin Blends.
I used the Stitched Rectangle Framelits to diecut him and layered it over and angled piece of Silver Foil Paper. The sentiment is from the same set and also diecut from those same Framelits and popped up with Dimensionals. The cute little snowflake in the corner is a Martha Stewart Punch and I used a piece of Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper. 
Oh and that DSP is one of SU's very first packs of patterned paper called Festive Finery!
Yea, it's old and it's a very thin paper, too!

Card Details: 

Stamps: Frosty (retired)
Ink: Memento Black, Night of Navy, Stampin Blends
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Foil Paper, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (retired), Festive Finery DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Framelits, Silver Metallic Enamel Dots (retired), MS Snowflake Punch, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

If anyone feels like joining in on my Christmas in July celebration please feel free to leave me a comment on this thread with a link to your page so I can check out your Christmas cards!
It's never too early to start but most of all, I have been having the best time using my old stamp sets!

My thoughts today....

I know it's not right having Frosty & talking about the heat on the same blog post!
Hopefully this heat won't melt my Frosty cards!

Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!