Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Spring into Vivid Vases

Hi Stampers!  I feel like jumping for joy now that the weather has started to get a bit nicer - although it is a tiny bit brisk, I'll take it after all the cold we've had this past Winter.  Spring is on the way, and Easter is this coming weekend.  Can you believe it?  Whenever I think of Easter, I think of rebirth, fresh and new ... and that's what Spring is.

I must say, I loved the color photo and color pallet that we used for our blog today.  I couldn't get enough of the photograph - it made me dream of flowers, Spring time, birds chirping, and warm breezes.  Take a look for yourself ... I know you'll agree.

So don't you agree?  The colors are soft and pastel-like, and I love how they blend together nicely.  Now having said that, here's what I've created for you this week using the color pallet above.

Paper:  very vanilla, pistachio pudding DSP, pistachio pudding, rich razzleberry
Ink:  pistachio pudding, rich razzleberry daffodil delight, tangelo twist, wild wasabi
Stamp Set:  vivid vases
Accessories:  very vanilla seam binding ribbon, lovely lace EF, crystal effects

I was trying to angle the camera so you could see the crystal effects I put on the vases, as I cut them all out and put crystal effects on everyone and then glued them to the vases.  I took another side view, but it still really doesn't show it very well.

Oh well ... better luck next time.  So if you haven't already done so, please make sure you stop by Carol's blog and check out her lovely card for this week, and then hop on over to Joni's blog and continue on from there.

Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you back again tomorrow.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Petal Potpourri Thank You

A friend of mine used this stamp set for a swap and as soon as I saw it, I wanted to use it.  I knew I had it at home, but I never took it out of the case yet, and right after we swapped cards,  I knew I'd have to use it.  Sometimes you look at a stamp set and don't think much of it, but when you see the possibilities with it from others who have used it, that's when you know it's for you.

So without further ado, here's the card I made:

Paper:  whisper white, wisteria wonder, wisterial wonder DSP, wild wasabi, so saffron
Ink:  wisteria wonder
Stamp Sets:  petal potpourri, elegant thank you
Accessories:  basic rhinestones, itty bitty punch pack, flower medallion punch

Stop back tomorrow for our Coloring Down the Lines blog tour.  The colors are really pretty this week.


Monday, March 30, 2015

Painted Petals Thank You

I saw a cute little gift bag on Pinterest that was similar in design, so I thought I would make mine into a card.  The colors look great together, and it reminds me of happy.  The colors are of Spring, and I can't wait until I see all the leaves back on the trees and flowers popping up out of the ground.  I know some of my friends have flowers coming up already, but I haven't seen any yet around my way.

Paper:  whisper white, blackberry bliss, painted blooms DSP
Ink:  blackberry bliss, wild wasabi, daffodil delight
Stamp Set:  painted petals
Accessories:  word window and label punches, blackberry bliss ribbon, basic rhinestones

The card is simple, yet very cheery.  I hope you like it.  Stap again tomorrow for some more fun.

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Love is Kindness

Hi my stamping followers.  I'm finally able to start posting again.  I was traveling last week, and my days were very long - 11 and 12 hour work days.  UGH!  So I truly didn't have much time for anything else but sleep (which was very little) and work.  I hope things slow down a bit this week, but you never know until the week begins.

Anyway, I just got my SU order on Friday, and I finally ordered the Love is Kindness stamp.  I didn't order it at first because I wasn't sure if I liked it, but truly, I do now.  So I made a card for you today using it and I like the way it turned out.  Take a peek ..

Paper:  blackberry bliss, whisper white, irrisistibly yours DSP
Ink:  memento black, blendabilities:  calypso coral, night of navy, pink pirouette, wisteria wonder, soft sky, rich razzleberry, daffodil delight, crumb cake, wild wasabi, cherry cobbler, baked brown sugar daubed on newspaper & around whisper white edges
Stamp Set:  love is kindness
Accessories:  early espresso bakers twine, basic pearls

I tried moving my phone around so you could see the background paper, and I decided to just leave it as is because I think it makes a statement just so.

Well, I hope you like it.  Off to stamp some more ... getting the urge to start creating again.

The sun is shining, it's a little brisk, and perfect for being outdoors.  I took my little fur babies out for a walk and was just in heaven!  Now I'm back for more crafts.

Have a wonderful Sunday afternoon.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - You Can Never Have Too Much Happy!!!

Welcome back to Coloring Down the Lines blog hop!  This week was a bit of a challenge, as the colors weren't ones that I would normally put together, but I did my best.  Check out the color pallet and photograph we used for inspiration and see what you would come up with:

Now, here is what I came up with using the colors above:

Paper:  basic black, basic gray, very vanilla, crumb cake, chocolate chip, soft suede
Ink:  memento black, chocolate chip, sahara sand
Stamp Sets:  yippie skippie, cupcake party
Accessories:  polka dot and beautifully baroque EF, itty bitty punches, cupcake punch, starburst framelit

Can you guess the candies in the picture?  Of course:  a hershey bar, reeces cup, and of course, truffles.  The cupcake was an added extra, and I sponged the edges of the cupcake wrapper with sahara sand, just so I could include that color on the card.  Yea, I'm crazy.

Anyway, I hope you had the opportunity to check out Carol's blog and see what she did with these colors.  It's always a challenge, and she can nail it!  Joni, of course, always comes up with something fun with the color pallet challenges, so don't forget to hop on over to her blog when you leave here.

Thanks for stopping by, and I'm sure you're dreaming of those luscious candies .... yummmmm!

Monday, March 23, 2015

Creative Blog Hop - Butterfly Basics with a Touch of Gold

What, you're asking, is a creative blog hop?  Well, it's a blog hop showcasing the creative works of all of us who love creating.  I was nominated by a friend, Pam, over at Crazy Penguin Designs, and I was a bit nervous about this because I didn't want to mess it up, but at the same time, was honored to be picked.  I see this as a way to link you to others who love sharing their work.

I've been stamping for a number of years now, and I'm so grateful I found this art because I love it.  It truly is a stress reliever for me, and I find that my mind just doesn't stop thinking of what I may want to create next.

Below is a card I made for a team swap, and I also doubled it as a birthday card for a friend and co-worker.  I love the simplicity of it, and selected this one to share with you for my entry.

So here's how this creative blog hop works.  There's some questions that I will answer below, then link to someone who I've nominated to continue the creative blog hop.

1.  What Are You Working on Now?  I'm working on a set of cards for a friend of my sister who wants some thank you and birthday cards.  I've already made two boxes for her, consisting of 8 cards each (4) birthday and (4) thank you's per box.  Now I'm working on the third box for her.  I'm also working on designing a wedding card for my sister's friend who has a daughter getting married next July.  Don't know where this will lead, but we shall see.  I'm also designing some cards for two blog hops that I follow weekly:  Coloring Down the Lines and The Paper Plunge.  I was actually selected to be a designer for The Paper Plunge, and I was so honored, you wouldn't believe.  Each month, I hold card-making classes at the Phoenixville Area library, in a town I grew up in.  That's so much fun, and I get to meet a lot of people I wouldn't have met before.  In addition, I'm involved in a cross-country card swap where we create a themed card for each month and send them to the originator who then sends our cards out to each participant in the swap, so we end up with 12 cards, created by fabulous women all across the country.  How fun is that?  I'm also involved in a couple women's clubs, and I'm being installed as District Director for District 10 of Business & Professional Women's Clubs of PA next month and yes, of course, I'm making the favors.  So yes, I'm quite busy with my crafting, and I see no end to it at all.  Totally love the craft.

2.  How Does Your Work Differ From Others In Your Genre?   I don't think my work differs from anyone else, and I think we all get inspired by those in our field.  You never know what will inspire you, and when.  I love Pinterest, Google, Stampin Connection, and I follow many, many blogs, where I find my inspiration.  I literally can look at someone's work, and in my mind, I'm creating my own card.  Sometimes I look at someone's creation and what I create may be totally different from what the creator made, but it gave me the inspiration for mine.  Sometimes I just scratch my head and can't believe I came up with what I did, but in the end, I like mostly everything I create.  By being in weekly blogs, that also inspires me and takes me out of the box, using techniques, color combinations, or materials I don't use on a daily basis.  That really helps to expand my mind and create using things I wouldn't even think of using or putting together.  That's why they call it a challenge, for sure.  I think everyone's creations are great because they were created by those who love the art just like me.

3.  Why Do You Create What You Do?    I love the art of making cards and paper crafts, and when I make something for someone, I take that whole person into consideration and design the card based on their likes and what they mean to me.  That may sound a bit crazy, but I make my cards to bless the person I give them to.  I'm not saying that sometimes I get stumped and don't know what to make, but that's where Pinterest and all the other resources come into play.  I may select a particular stamp set and then go on the hunt for others who have made cards using it, or I just select a theme and go from there.  Never-the-less, I'll always come up with something and I'm always (99.99% of the time) happy with the final product.  I create because I love it, and I wouldn't have met such incredible and talented people that I can truly call friends.  I have friends all over the world - that's just awesome.  You can't beat that!

4.  How Does Your Creativity Work?   It just does.  I can look at something and be inspired, or see another's work and my mind whips up something that I just can't wait to sit down in my craft room and get to it.  Sometimes I am like a creativity machine where I can make a slew of one-of-a-kind cards in no time, and then I do have occasions where I am lost for ideas.  Yep, only sometimes, but it's usually not for long.  Inspiration, people, nature, colors, you name it - that's how my creativity works.  I love it and I can't see me ever stopping.  I can also honestly say that I wouldn't even have created my blog if it weren't for some special women I met from all over the country at my very first Stampin' Up convention.  They took me in, having just met me, and that was the start of something I never dreamed of.  In fact, I met all of the fabulous, talented women that I follow on their blogs that very trip.  And would you believe, the group of women who took me in included one of my absolute favorite of all time?  Yep, Butternut Sage.  I was so awe struck, you have no idea.  And from that moment on, my life turned around and I knew I would be creating forever.

I hope you enjoyed learning about me, and do hope you will continue to visit my blog and follow me on the blogs I'm involved with.  You never know where you might find me ... and all I can say is, I'm so fortunate to be part of this wonderful world of creativity.  And with that, I now nominate my dear friend, Leslie, who I met on an airplane last year heading to Salt Lake City, UT for a Stampin' Up convention.  Yep, she was in the seat behind me on the other side of the isle and I just happened to look back and see her making some cards for swaps at convention.  Of course, I introduced myself and my friend Megan, who I was traveling with, and that was the start of another beautiful friendship.  Leslie was traveling alone and so I invited her to join us and introduced her to a bunch of fabulous people that I've met through Stampin' Up.  Leslie started her own blog too, and is also now a designer for The Paper Plunge too.  So the friendships continue, and I know there's many more out there that I will cross paths with and expand my breath and depth.

Thanks for stopping by, and may you be blessed with friends, love, laughter, and everything that touches your heart!

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Celebrate Your Big Day!

This is a really cool stamp set that is in the current sale-a-bration catalog which you can receive free with a $50 purchase from the Spring Occasions catalog.  I've used this set quite a lot and there's no end to the possibilities.  I love blackberry bliss - it's one of my favorite colors, and so I wanted to use that color for this card.  Added with some of the other 2014-2016 In colors, it made the card just pop.

The colors I used for this card are blackberry bliss, smoky slate, mossy meadow, whisper white, melon mambo, hello honey, and daffodil delight.  I also used the large dots embossing folder for the background, and there you have it.  Celebrate Your big day with Cake!  That's the only way to celebrate.