Thursday, July 16, 2015

See You After Convention

I will be attending Stampin' Up's Convention in Salt Lake City, Utah the week of July 22.  I didn't want to post my swaps and goodies I've made for Convention just yet, so you'll have to wait until I return.

In the meantime, Keep On Stampin!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Sprinkles of Autumn

I can't tell you how many times I have used this stamp set, but I just never tire of it.  I wasn't going to use it for this submission, but then decided I wanted to.  The colors this week are simply divine, and I wish I could have made my background the same color as the picture, but it just didn't work out.  If I had more time, I could have played with mixing the colors, but instead, I came up with a simple design.

Unfortunately, again, I cannot upload anything from my desktop.  This computer has some serious issues, and I apologize again for not being able to show the photograph and color pallet.  The colors we were to use are:  cajun craze, hello honey, night of navy, marina mist, and basic black.  You should be able to see the photograph and color pallet on Amanda's blog, which is preceding my blog, or hop on over to Joni's blog, one click ahead and you'll see what I mean.

This is the creation I made this week.

Paper:  basic black, marina mist, whisper white
Ink:  cajun craze, memento black, hello honey, marina mist, night of navy
Stamp Sets:  sprinkles of life, work of art
Accessories:  tree builder punch

Well, I hope you like it.  Does it look like a crisp, autumn day?  Enjoy your week, and I'll be back the week after Convention.


Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Bird in a Nest

Happy Wednesday!  It's mid way through the week, and it sure has been a steamy one.  I'm hoping for relief by the weekend, at least.

Welcome back to our blog hop this week.  The colors were a little bit of a challenge, as I love to use a lot of color and typically don't stick to just two color families.  But never-the-less, as I was staring at the photograph, I knew right away what I wanted to make, but had to think a bit on how I was going to do it.  I'm usually not one to be able to come up with a "punch art" design on my own, but this one wasn't too awful hard to do.

First let me ask, have you arrived here from Inkedx2's blog?  Robbie is the creator of this blog hop, so I do hope you started there.  If not, please make sure you click back one to see what her inspiration for you is this week.

Unfortunately, I have been having a lot of difficulty with my computer, AGAIN, and I cannot upload the color pallet and photograph we used for inspiration.  You will surely see it on Robbie and Amanda's blogs, so be sure to check it out there.  Hopefully by next week, this computer will either be fixed, or I'll be on another one for sure.  So sorry for the inconvenience.

Paper:  soft sky, island indigo, whisper white, crumb cake
Ink:  crumb cake, soft suede, lost lagoon, marina mist, soft sky
Stamp Sets:  work of art, express yourself (hostess), sprinkles of life
Accessories:  candy dots in soft suede, bird builder punch, tree builder punch

Now, I sure do hope you will hop on over to OurCraftyPlaydate to see what Amanda has created this week.  Hop on over ...

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a lovely rest of your week.

Bye bye for now.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

An Elegant Thank You

For our May 2015 long distance card, the theme was "thank you".  I make a lot of thank you cards, but wanted to make something just a little bit different this time.  I was looking through Pinterest, and didn't find anything that I wanted to make.  I knew I wanted to use the new sahara sand lace ribbon, but didn't know how I would incorporate it into my card.  So I pondered a bit, and then all of a sudden, I started making the card and could't believe how it turned out.  I made some extras for myself, and I still love them.  Here's how the card turned out:

The card opens where the lace trim is, so the "thank you" just peeks out below the lace.  I used the blendabilities (no longer sold by Stampin Up) for the flowers and shading.  It's actually more of a WOW card in person than the picture shows.  I also used the decorative dots for some texture, and that just finished it off.

Hope you like it as much as I do.  Until next time ... happy stamping!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Graduation 2015

One of the men who work for my husband's son just graduated from high school.  Unfortunately, we couldn't attend the festivities because my husband was away on a sailing trip, but I wanted to make sure I made him a card, with a monetary gift inside.  Here's the card I made for Jared:

I took a picture of the inside of the card too, as I thought the whole card just blended together nicely.

It was a fun and easy card to make ... perfect for the occasion.

That's all for now.  See you tomorrow.

Sunday, July 5, 2015

June Long Distance Swap - Wedding

My June long-distance swap was "congratulations".  That could mean graduations, weddings, you name it.  I chose a wedding theme for mine, and I must say, I really like the way it turned out.  I think it has a rather elegant look to it, and I'm glad I made some extras so that if I need a wedding card, I have one.

Below is the card I made for the challenge:

I used the stamp set "for the two" and the forever and always is from a retired stamp set, but I felt it fitting for this card.

Hope you like it.

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Father's Day 2015

I decided to have a BBQ at my house this year for Father's Day.  It was supposed to be a stormy day, but turned out to be pretty nice, with the sun shining, and no rain in sight.  It was a bit warm, though, and although I was fortunate to be able to grill out on our back deck, we decided to eat inside and keep a bit cool.

I made this vintage inspired card for my dad, and I had no idea how much he would like it.  When I gave it to my father, his eyes lit up and he smiled from ear to ear.  Turns out, he used to have a car just like the one I stamped for his card.  How coincidental is that?  What a great choice!

Here's the card I made for my father:

I used retired mocha morning designer series paper for this card because it fit perfectly.  Of course, I fussy cut the car, and popped it with some dimensionals.

Now, here's a picture of my father and our son, Tj.  What a great picture!!!

I had to snicker ... they both are sitting there with their arms folded.  How funny is that?

Since my husband is more of the nautical type, I made a card for him with a nautical theme.  Although he wasn't home for our BBQ till later, never-the-less, he did get to enjoy some left over food and open his card.  Both he and our son loved it.  I must say, I did too.

I also used retired designer series paper for this one, but can't remember the name of it.  I used work of art for the colored background, and by the sea for the anchor.  Really like the way the colors tied together nicely.

Hope you like my cards, and most of all, the picture of two of the men in my life whom I love so much.

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Paper Plunge #40 - Be A Star

It's a great, fitting time to focus on a Star theme since this weekend is the 4th of July, the day America celebrates its independence.  So I thought about what I might want to create for the challenge, and I had a bunch of ideas, but then I thought ... why not make it simple?  Yep, that's what I did.

I used the Stars framelits for the design, and cut out three different sizes using gold, red, and dazzling diamonds glimmer paper, and silver foil paper.  I layered them with dimensionals.  The cardstock base is night of navy, topped off using the lucky stars embossing folder.  The result:  here it is:

The frame fits a 4x4 picture, so this worked out great for my design.

Hope you like it.

I wish you all a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Well Wishes

We have a short blog hop this week, but never-the-less, you will not be disappointed.

I absolutely love the color pallet this week.  I wanted to make something else, but sometimes when you sit down and start designing, you end up with something completely different than what your original thought was.  That's what happened today, but I still was pleased with the outcome.

Here is the photograph and color pallet we used this week for our inspiration.

Well don't you agree with me ... the colors are really pretty together, and the photograph is so soothing to look at.

This is what I've created for you, using the color pallet above.

Paper:  island indigo, whisper white, smoky slate, crushed curry
Ink:  smoky slate, tempting turquoise, pumpkin pie, bermuda bay, crushed curry
Stamp Sets:  work of art, express yourself (hostess), petite petals, flower shop
Accessories:  pansy punch, petite flower punch, basic pearls

So now that you've seen my post for the week, I do hope you'll hop on over to Joni's blog and check her design.  If you've arrived here from Robbie's blog, please continue on.  If not, please pop on back to where it all began, at Robbie's post.

See you next time.