Thursday, January 31, 2013

Valentine Treat Kraft Box

I just love the kraft boxes from Stampin' Up.  Not only are they fun and fast, they turn out so pretty.  They are the best when you're in a pinch for a gift box.  You can literally decorate the box in 5 minutes or less. 

Here's a box we made at Super Stampin Saturday.  I just love it.

You're looking at a top down view so you can see the pretties on the top.  Oh what fun it was making this box.  Hope you like it.  Until tomorrow ... happy crafting!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Raspberry Ripple

Hi everyone!  Welcome back to our weekly blog hop, Coloring Down The Lines!  You probably just hopped on over from Carol's blog.  What did you think of her awesome creation?  Well you know it's always a hit with me!

 This week's challenge was Raspberry Ripple.  The color combinations were:  raspberry ripple, old olive, and pretty in pink, or raspberry ripple, crumb cake, and perfect plum.  I decided to go with the "sweet set", the crumb cake and perfect plum.

I thought about the colors a bit and usually I have a design in my head once I choose a color combo.  This time I decided to do something a little bit simple, well, sort of.  Here's what I came up with:

Card Recipe

Stamps:  Kindness Matters, Oh Hello
Paper:  Perfect plum, crumb cake, very vanilla
Ink:  Raspberry ripple, old olive
Accessories:  Lacy brocade embossing folder, perfect plum 3/8" taffeta ribbon, basic pearls

I like the way the card turned out, even though I didn't use much raspberry ripple.  But that's the beauty of the blog hop.  You can use the colors any way you like.  So whatever the inspiration, the paper is your canvas.  

So, having said that, let's hop on over to Joni's blog and see what inspired her this week. I'm sure she's got something just elegant and eye catching to share.   I can't wait to see.  Let's go...

Monday, January 28, 2013

Monogram Notecards

I promised I would share another item I made at Super Stampin Saturday this past weekend, and this one was the Monogram Note cards set.  I really love this set and it's one of my favorites.  My monogram is the letter "H", and sometimes it is a little too big for some projects, so I had to improvise a bit to make sure it looked good on the note cards.  I guess we all can't have the most prettiest of letters, but we can surely work with what we have.  Take a look:

I hope you can see them.  We made two note cards, two note sheets, and four cards.  They turned out really nice and I'll probably try and duplicate it again, changing up some of the colors a bit and adding a little twist here and there. 

Well, I hope you like it.  Until tomorrow, happy stamping!

Saturday, January 26, 2013

January Stamp-a-Stack

I attended Super Stampin Saturdaytoday  that my upline, Jill Hilliard, hosted.  It was so much fun, and we made a lot nice stuff. It was nice getting together with other stampers and demonstrators - seeing all their excitement!   So I thought I would share a few things with you over the next couple of nights.  I hope you love them as I much as I do.

For tonight, I'm sharing the stamp-a-stack we made.  We made 3 of each of 4 cards.  They are really cute.  I especially love the tea cup card(patterned occasions stamp set) and the old-fashioned bicycle (feeling sentimental stamp set)., both from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  If you haven't seen them yet, oh you're in for a real treat!  So take a peek ...   You decide which ones you like best ...

I just love stamp-a-stacks.  They are quick and easy and oh so pretty.  So, until tomorrow, happy stamping!

Happy Birthday Pinwheel

How about another Happy Birthday card tonight?  I made this card for a workshop that I'll be holding at an upcoming Food Pantry Fundraiser in early February.  I was tickled that it came out so cute.  Take a peek:

Card Recipe
Stamps Set:  Sincere Saltations
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Whisper White, 2012-2014 In Color Patterned DSP
Accessories:  Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Pinwheel Sizzlits S Die, Apothecary Accents Framelits, 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Basic Rhinestone Jewels, Silver Brad

Do you like it?  I thought it was simple enough and easy.  

Tomorrow, I'm attending a Super Saturday Stamp Camp day and I'm excited.  Wait until you see all the cool stuff I'll be making ... I'll be sure to post everything for you to see.  See you tomorrow. 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Honeycomb Happy Birthday

Tonight I thought I would post a Happy Birthday card since I've been focused on Valentine's Day lately.  This is a card we made at my upline's house using the new Spring Catalog items, as well as Sale-a-Bration.  Here's the honeycomb (embossing folder I just love) Happy Birthday Card:

Card Recipe:

Stamp Set:  Hearts a Flutter, Happy Birthday single
Ink:  Primrose Petals, Old Olive
Paper:  Core'dinations in primrose petals, whisper white, old olive, print poetry DSP
Accessories:  Tea Lace Paper Doily, Hearts a Flutter Framelits, bitty butterfly punch, old olive baker's twine, basic pearls

I hope you like it.  It's a really pretty card.

Well, that's it for now.  I'll be back again tomorrow.  Thank you for visiting my blog, and especially, your comments.  They mean so much to me.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Primrose Petals

Hello again!  It's a short week, so I still feel like it's Monday, but lo and  behold, it's blog hop time.  YEAH!  I look forward to our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop every week, and I sure hope you do too.

This week's color challenge was a great one for me.  I didn't have to think too hard, which is what I love.  Our challenge this week is Primrose Petals.  The color combinations are Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit and Basic Gray, or Primrose Petals, So Saffron, and Baja Breeze.  I chose the first color combination because I just love these colors together.

You probably just came from Carol's blog, and I'm sure you got a lot of inspiration there.  I know I always do.  She never ceases to amaze me with her beautiful cards.  Well, I hope you find mine just as nice.

 Card Recipe
Stamp Set:  Oh Hello, Curly Cute
Paper:  Primrose Petals, Whisper White, 2012-2014 In Color DSP Patterns Stack
Ink:  Basic Gray
Stampin Write Markers:  Basic Gray, Primrose Petals, Summer Starfruit

Accessories:  Pinwheel Sizzlits S Die, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Silver Brad

I've been loving the pinwheel Sizzlits S die from Stampin Up.  In addition to cutting out the pinwheel, it also has the holes punched out for you in the center and the four corners.  WOW!  Stampin Up thought of everything, didn't they?

Well, let's hop on over to see what Joni created this week.  I know she was having some computer issues, but hopefully by the time you arrive here, Joni's card will have been posted.  I have my fingers crossed for her.  Just in case, I'm linking to Liz's blog so you can keep on going.

Once again, I am so happy you stopped by.  Keep warm if you live on the East Coast.  It's going to be -1 tomorrow with the wind chill.  BURRRRRRRRR.  I'll just keep creating more cards.  That will keep me warm.  TTFN.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Mojo Monday 277

I was so inspired to join the Mojo Monday Challenge 277 today.  I just love their sketches, and whenever I can, I plan to participate.  The Mojo Monday Challenges have some pretty awesome creations every week by some of the best of the best.  I get a lot of my inspiration there, and hopefully, you will too.  I hope you will take time to join in the fun.  Here is my creation...

The patterned paper I used in my design is from Stampin Up's new 2013 Spring Catalog.  Wait till you see all the goodies in that catalog.  And best of all, Sale-a-Bration starts tonight.  For every $50 you spend in SU product, you get a sale-a-bration item FREE!  Yes, you heard me, FREE.  The items in the Sale-a-Bration flyer are so incredibly awesome.  I know you'll want everything in it like I do.  Keep checking out my website for more cool stuff using the sale-a-bration items.  I've used some of them on my previous posts. 

Now for the recipe for my entry this week:

Stamp Set:  Itty Bitty Banners
Ink:  Not Quite Navy
Paper:  Not Quite Navy, Marina Mist, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Parker's Patterns DSP 
(from Spring Catalog)
Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder, Pinwheel Sizzlit S Die (Spring Catalog), Bitty Banners Framelits, 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones, and Silver Brad

Thanks for stopping by, and I hope to see you on the blog challenges soon.  ~ Hugs!

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Sycamore Street Happy Birthday

Sorry you haven't heard from me in a few days, but I've been having some crazy computer problems lately.  It's just so weird.  I couldn't get on my blog to post anything because my computer would just keep spinning and spinning, no matter which browser I used.  I did a full scan on it the other night and then shut it down for a day and rebooted, and now I'm back on.  These crazy computers ... you just never know.

Anyway, I was very anxious to use the new sale-a-bration stamp sets and goodies, so I went to work trying to figure out what I wanted to make.  Well, happy birthday cards are always something we need, so a happy birthday card it is.  I love the colors, and this was a fun card to make.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I loved creating it.

We had our team meeting today and we did a team swap.  I came home with a lot of nice cards which I'll post over the next few days.  I've also created a few other cards too, so keep watching for them.

I wish you a wonderful weekend, and I do hope you'll come back again.  Thank you!

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Midnight Muse

It's time for our blog hop again ... YEAH!  This week's challenge is Midnight Muse.  The color combinations are either the creative set using midnight muse, more mustard, and rich razzleberry or the other combo, which is the sweet set using midnight muse, bashful blue, and cherry cobbler.  I chose the creative combination for my entry this week.  I liked the colors in the creative set better, and came up with a design much quicker.  But, you never know until you put colors together to see how they look.  I've seen some that look absolutely awesome.  So, I'm sure you'll see with this blog hop all  the possibilities using these color sets.  So I believe you should have just come from Carol's blog.  She's a tough act to follow, isn't she?  Never-the-less, here is what I've created and I rather like it a lot.

I was so looking forward to using the hearts a flutter tab framelit with my card this week, and the honeycomb embossing folder is just so cool, so how could I not use that one too?  Another thing I'm goo goo gaa gaa about is the custom brad.  They are so easy to use and make any creation look amazing.

Well, enough of me going on and on.  Let's hop on over to see our Joni and what she made for us this week.  She's great, and we're so glad to have her part of our lineup every week.  So let's go ... and I'll see you again tomorrow.  (wink wink).

Monday, January 14, 2013

Oh Hello, Valentine

I made this card a couple weeks ago and like the colors.  I was experimenting with Valentine cards, and I came up with this combo that I liked.  Tell me what you think ...

It's different from the other ones I've made - almost kind of modern looking, I think.  I love the chevrons, and I used the markers for the colors.  I used basic gray, primrose petals, and summer starfruit.  I'll have to make some more cards using the chevrons.  I really do like them.

Thanks again for stopping by.  I'm thankful every day for your visit.

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Rain or Shine, Heartfelt Sentiment

I made this card for the last Coloring Down the Lines challenge but didn't use it because it just seemed to be missing something.  I sat on it for a few days, then decided to switch a few things around on the card and now I kind of like it.  It's not one of my favorites, but it's not bad.  It's a happy sort of card, so let me know what you think.

I don't know if you can see the raindrops under the clouds or not, but I put them in there because I thought they would look cute.  I added the bow at the bottom because it was just blank.  I couldn't think of anything else to put on it so the bow will have to do.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend.  They seem to go by faster and faster anymore.  Where does the time go?
I wish you a wonderful week, and hope you'll come back and visit me often.  See you soon.

Hearts a Flutter - From My Heart to Yours

I have been creating some cards using the new Sale-a-Bration goodies, but I'll have to wait until later in the week to post them, since one is for my upcoming "Coloring Down the Lines" challenge, and the other one is for my Team Challenge on Saturday, the 19th.  I'm sure I'll be making more before the end of the week, so I'll post them as I create them.  I also have to finish the cards I'll be offering at a fundraiser I'm participating at in early February.  I'm going to be mighty busy.

I made this card a while back and never posted it.  Originally I wasn't sure about it - thought it either was too busy, or I just can't put my finger on it.  Never-the-less, it looks nice posted here.  Let me know what you think.

I don't know what I'll do once Valentine's Day passes.  I just love these hearts.  O well, I'm sure there will be many other stamps that will suit my fancy, so I always look forward to "what's next"!

Hope you have a wonderful weekend, and stay tuned for some more Blue Dahlia Designs.  G'night!

Thursday, January 10, 2013

In Sympathy & Friendship

A co-worker of mine lost his wife to a horrible disease, breast cancer.  She was just my age.  I feel so horrible for him.  I just can't imagine losing a spouse to a horrible disease.  It's so hard not thinking about him and all he is going through.  All I could do was make a card for him in hopes that it might bless him in some way, knowing he has friends that are here to support him in any way.

Well, I don't have much else to say about this.  There's not much more to say.  God bless Virgil and their family.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

The Secret Garden

 I think I love flowers just as much as I love hearts.  If I could surround myself with fresh flowers every day of the year, I would.  So since that isn't likely, why not try for the next best thing ~ freshly created flowers! 

I love the "secret garden"stamp set, so how fitting to post a card using it.  We made this card at my last team meeting, and I just fell in love with it.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Well what do you think?  I'll be making more cards using this stamp set in the days to come, so stay tuned if you like it.  Another WOW factor is the honeycomb embossing folder.  I'm loving that one too.  Oh I'm having great fun creating with all the new SU stuff.  I hope you are too.  See you tomorrow.

Coloring Down the Lines - Gumball Green

Welcome back to our blog hop this week.  Our challenge was to come up with a card using one of the following color combinations:  gumball green, so saffron, melon mambo, or gumball green, midnight muse, marina mist.  I wanted to try the second combo, but nothing struck me.  I must admit, I had a little trouble with making my card.  I had an idea in mind and must have put it together several times and ended up just scrapping it.  So I settled on another design, which is ok, but not my fav.  I wonder how Carol does it.  She always comes up with such beautiful cards.  I wonder if she, or any of the other gals have times where it just doesn't work out?  UGH!  I was frustrated, but never-the-less, I will always come through.  Here it is... drum roll, please ...

So there you have it.  Now, let's check out Joni's blog and see what she created.  Joni's cards are always delightful too.  Everyone who participates on this blog hop is so talented, don't you think?  They are awesome, and I'm so honored they let me play with them.

Well g'night, and until tomorrow, happy hopping.

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Challenge #127 - Love is in the Air

I am participating in another challenge this week over at The Paper Players.  The theme this week is:  "Love is in the Air".  Well, how fitting since I've created a whole bunch of Valentine cards over the past week, I couldn't help but play.  I just love valentine cards.  I guess it's all the hearts - they're so pretty, and of course, they represent love.  So here is my design for the challenge.  I hope you like it:

 Card Recipe

Stamps:  hearts a flutter, petite pairs
Ink:  raspberry ripple, crumb cake
Paper:  raspberry ripple, whisper white, crumb cake, in-color dsp
Accessories:  perfect polka dot EBF, hearts a flutter framelits, scalloped border punch, adorning accents framelits & EBF, basic pearls and dimensionals


If you need some inspiration, hop on over to The Paper Players' blog and check out the design team.  There's a whole lot of creativity going on.  If you feel inspired, go ahead and play too.  It's a lot of fun!

Happy Crafting!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Oh Hello, Honeycomb Thanks

I thought I would post something a little different tonight since I've been using the "hearts a flutter" stamp set on quite a few of my last posts.  I still love the stamp set and created more Valentine cards, but tonight will be something a little different. 

I selected this card to make for a fundraiser I will be doing in February.  It's a really pretty card, and I like the subtle flow of the card.  Take a peek and let me know what you think ...

 Card Recipe:
Stamps:  oh hello, petite pair
Ink:  soft suede; raspberry ripple
Paper:  soft suede, very vanilla, comfort cafe dsp
Accessories:  honeycomb embossing folder, raspberry ripple 3/8" satin stitched ribbon, basic pearls

I'm finally feeling a little better after catching a horrible upper  respiratory virus on New Years day.  I've been home from work for 3 straight days and never got out of bed.  My doctor switched my medication and gave me more stuff to take.  It's finally working.  I was up and about today, but get exhausted quickly.  I've been hearing all over the news that this upper respiratory virus is running rampant in 29 states, and of course, Pennsylvania one of them.  If you're in one of the states where the virus is making its rounds, take precautions.  My doctor shared with me that if you take "coldeze" or something with a lot of zinc in it as soon as you feel something coming on, you most likely won't suffer as badly as those of us who didn't take anything.  Apparently, the zinc keeps the virus from mutating, so you may not get it at all, or not as bad.  I wish all of you good health and "VIRUS BE GONE".  

Until tomorrow ... thank you for sharing your comments and taking time out of your day to stop by.  ~ Hugs!

still addINKtive challenge - hearts a flutter

There is a brand new blog that just started "still addINKtive" and Bronwyn and Kathy posted their very first challenge this week so I thought I would participate.  There's a lot of beautiful creations on the site already, and if you haven't checked it out yet, you might want to do so.  You'll be able to meet the design team and see all the inspiration that's flowing over there.  I wish Bronwyn and Kathy luck with their new blog, and I hope you will join in the fun, if you can.

For their first challenge, we had a choice of using the three colors provided or use the design sketch layout, or both.  I chose the layout to follow.

The recipe for my card is as follows:

stamps:  hearts a flutter, itty bitty banners
paper:  raspberry ripple, very vanilla
ink:  raspberry ripple
accessories:  hearts a flutter framelits, itty bitty banners framelits, owl punch for small hearts, lacy brocade embossing folder, basic pearls, raspberry ripple 3/8" stitched satin ribbon, dimensionals, and a lot of love!

So what do you think?  I hope you like it.  And don't forget to stop over to the site.  It's well worth the visit.

See you tomorrow.

Friday, January 4, 2013

Hearts a Flutter - Mojo Monday 274

Hi Stampers.  I decided to try something fun this week and play with the Mojo Monday stampers.  They have some beautiful creations over on their blog, and you should check it out if you haven't been there before.

Since I love the "Hearts a Flutter" stamp set, I decided to do something with that.  Here's what I created for for the challenge:

The recipe I used for this card is:

Stamps:  hearts a flutter; itty bitty banners
Paper:  whisper white, real read, brights designer specialty paper from Stampin Up
Ink:  real red
Accessories:  5/8" grosgrain ribbon in real red, antique brads, pennants on parade Sizzix die, hearts a flutter framelits,  itty bitty banners framelits, #2 circle die, lacy brocade embossing folder

Thanks for checking my card out.  Hope to see you back again real soon.

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Hearts a Flutter - Razzleberry Ripple

I'm just loving this new stamp set, Hearts a Flutter, by Stampin Up.  I can't get enough of it.  There are endless possibilities to what you can make with it.  I've made quite a few cards, so I thought I would share another one with you tonight.  Let me know what you think:

I'm just so excited with all the new SU stuff.  I can't wait to play some more with the new stamp sets.  I'm a bit under the weather at the moment.  I came down with a bad head cold, and possibly a touch of the flu.  Despite getting a flu shot back in October, I still managed to get a touch of it.  I guess it could have been worse, so I'm thanking my lucky starts.  Just can't wait till I feel a little better so I can get back in my craft studio and start creating.  The creations are flowing in my head, now I just have to make them!  LOL.

Thank you for stopping by, and I'm so grateful for your visits and your sweet comments.  Thank you!  Until tomorrow, have a peaceful evening.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Coloring Down the Lines - Wisteria Wonder

Welcome back to our Coloring Down the Lines Challenge.  We've been off for the holidays, but now we're back and ready to go.  I was on a roll over the holiday, creating cards left and right.  I made sure I made my card for this week's challenge while the creative juices were flowing.  Looks like we have a lot of participants this week too.  YEAH!  You probably came over from Carol's blog, and she always comes through with flying colors.  Now you can take a peek at mine ...

I wanted to try the colors I normally wouldn't think of putting together because that's what challenges me the most.  For my card, I chose wisteria wonder, elegant eggplant, and lucky limeade.  Weird color combo, huh?  But actually, this card looks pretty good.  Don't you agree?

Well, let's head on over to Joni's blog to see what she created.  I happen to know she worked on hers over the holiday as well, so she had a head start like I did.  Well, happy hopping.  I hope you like what you see!  Stay tuned for more ... oh yes, there's always more.  Happy New Year to all of you!!!