Friday, May 22, 2015

PLUNGING INTO THE PATRIOTIC!

So this week at 
we are creating with red, white & blue for Memorial Day! 

Here's my card:


Stamp set-Be the Star. Star Framelits. Star Punch from the Mini Punch Pack.

Beyond that, all I want to say is thank you to all the men & women who gave their lives for our country and to the families they left behind.

Also, Memorial Day is the perfect time to remember all the wonderful people who have left this earth. Until we meet again.

Now go visit The Paper Plunge for some amazing inspiration. Maybe add your own Patriotic creation!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

Welcome to Wednesday's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop
Lots of fun happening here!!!

If you are hopping over from Helen's blog, you already saw some great stuff! Be sure to continue on to Liz's blog to see some more great stuff! Then keep going! We are glad you're here!!!

Here's this week's card:


Here is the inspiration photo:



And here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
You may be saying, "Hey, wait! This is a Stampin' Up! ONLY blog hop! I don't recognize that stamp set or punch art!"  Well you're actually getting a sneak peek into the brand new catalog that we will be ordering from on June 2!!!!

The stamp set is called Sprinkles of Love! The punch is called the 
Tree Builder Punch. The embossing folder is called Boho Chic!  Fun stuff coming up in the new catalog!!! I just wanted to give you a teaser! 


You still have the rest of May to order your old faves from the current catalog!!! Don't miss out on those! But trust  me, you will LOVE what's coming up!!!!

So now go hopping & enjoy!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!!!

Hello! It's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
day!!!!  This week we have some nice springy colors!!!!

If you arrived here from Helen's blog, glad to see you!!! Hope you enjoy!!! Remember to keep going onto Liz's blog next! Then just hop on through all the wonderful creations here on this little hop!!!

So first, here is my card:


Second, here is the inspiration photo:


Lastly, here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
I love this stampset-Choose Happiness-but always have to look at how to use it.  I think it works perfectly for this card! I think it also brings out the colors nicely!  The little bird is so cute! I'm happy to say this stamp set will be returning in our new catalog! Very happy!

Speaking of the new catalog, time is totally running out on the RETIRED LIST products! Many are already gone for good! Don't miss out on your favorites! My new catalogs & goodies arrive tomorrow! I can't wait to share with you!!!! So much fun!!!

So hop over to Lizzie's and enjoy!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Friday, May 8, 2015

PLUNGING INTO MAY FLOWERS!

This week over at 
The Paper Plunge 
we are "growing" May flowers!  There certainly were enough April showers here anyway!! lol

Here is my card this week:


So this is one of those little postcard type cards! I like to do these every so often because they work great to tape onto a gift. The card base itself is just that-a base! The sentiment is inside the flower! A Round Array is leaving us this year! :(


That's the reason the flower looks a bit skewed in the first photo! Trust me, when it's closed, it's straight! lol

I'm using up my retiring In-Colors.  It's all going! The paper, ink, accessories, everything. I'll miss this batch! Well I guess I say that every year! They are like old friends now after 2 years. The new batch promises to be a hit though! Really nice, current colors! I think you will like! 

So go pop on over to The Paper Plunge & see the "flowery" creations from our amazing Design Team! You won't be disappointed!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

ICS BLOG HOP-CELEBRATE DAD!



It's Father's Day at the 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop
Seems early, but it gives you time & ideas for planning! So please follow our hop & find your "masculine" card ideas!!!

Here's my Father's Day card:


First, my theory with masculine cards is KISS (Keep It Simple Simple!) Guys aren't usually into blitz, bling, frills, etc. This card is a fairly simple card. I love the idea of color blocking on a guy's card. Adds a whole new level, but still kinda plain. I think the embossing adds just the right touch!

I also like this sentiment for a dad! I know it doesn't say Father's Day on the outside, but I left that for the inside!


I pulled out my retiring In-Colors (boohoo!) for this card! I will surely miss these colors! But trust me, you will LOVE the new ones!!! Soon grasshopper! Soon!!!

The stamp set is One Tag Fits All from the Occasions Catalog! Also soon to be gone! As is the In-Color Baker's Twine & Sequins.  So long old friends!

So now keep hopping over to Tammy's blog & keep going! We love to hear how much you enjoy our creations! Just click on her link above or the picture below & it'll take you to Tammy's blog! Enjoy!

Happy Stampin'!


COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

Wow it's good to be back with my 
Coloring Down the Lines 
peeps! I missed this blog hop so much! Well this week's colors are my faves-yellows!!!

Hello hoppers from Helen's blog! Sandy's blog is next! Keep going & check them all out! We are a small group this week, but we pack a punch!

Here's my card this week:


Here is the inspiration photo:


Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
This is a fairly simple card, but I love the way it looks! My DIL already CASEd it! lol Again, Clean & Simple is my style! I do make fancy cards, but I like to make cards that will work for everyday stampers & even beginner stampers! These are fairly simple & offer a good idea to try!

Only 1 stamp set was used here-Kinda Eclectic! The dots are all the colors in the challenge! Once again owning up to retired ribbon! I know it's not always good to use retired products on hop cards, but why not ribbon! You can easily change this out for a current Wild Wasabi ribbon! It's just the only one I had on hand! Still looks lovely!

Kinda hard to see, but there's some Dazzling Details on the butterfly & some of the dots. Just to give it a bit of texture. I like this card!

So please visit my hop friends & enjoy their creations! I know they will  make you smile & get some great ideas!

Don't forget to check out the retired list! It's dwindling down quite quickly! Last call for your old favorites!!! And a reminder for those of you waiting, the Butterfly Thinlets are here!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

PLUNGING INTO MOTHER'S DAY!

So I'm back fresh from my 2 weeks in Hawaii! Trying to get my feet on the ground! Anyway, I'm glad to be back designing for
once again! I miss my plunge peeps!!!

This week we are featuring Mother's Day projects! Mine is a card!


I know it's kind of cliche to do flowers on Mother's Day cards, but as a mom, I like getting flowers! It works for moms!  

This one is a bit of a fancy fold! I made it a tri-fold of sorts. The front looks nice, but when you open it, it's a whole new surprise!


Here's the inside!


The stamp set used is Flower Patch! And just a hint-we got to see the new Annual Catalog today, and this stamp set will be around for another year!!!  As well as it's Flower Fair Framelits to match! Love this set! 

I also used a couple of punches! The Petite Petals, and the flower from the 
Itty Bitty Punch Pack.  Throw in some Rhinestone Jewels.  The flower & ribbons come from the beautiful Artisan Accessory Kit in the 
Occasions Catalog. So pretty! Only around for a short while!

So pop over to The Paper Plunge & check out our design team's beautiful designs! You'll get great inspiration for your Mother's Day cards!

Now I can't share with you anything from the new catalog yet-but trust me-you'll LOVE it!!!! I can, however, remind you & send you to the 
Retiring Products List! Many of the items are being sold at a discount, and many are already gone!!! Go check it out to get a nice little deal on some of your faves! Once they're gone, they're gone! While supplies last!!!

Wanna see all the new stuff in the new catalog? Can't wait? Well only demonstrators can see the catalog early! Join my team! Early catalog viewing. Early ordering. Everything discounted. And so much more!!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

It's Wednesday morning so it's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
day!!! We have some "spring" for you this week!!!

Hello hoppers from Helen's blog! Glad you are here!!! Be sure to continue onto Liz's blog when you are through here! If you're beginning here, keep going until you get right back here!!! Don't miss the awesome inspiration!!!!!

So here's my card:


Here's the inspiration photo:


And here's the Stamping' Up! colors in MDS:
So those colors are really all about the flowers! So pretty! I decided to visit some old friends with my card this week! The sentiment is from Feel Goods stamp set! The flowers have some Flower Patch stamping too!  Otherwise, it's all about the Flower Fair Framelits & the Labels Collection Framelits


Throw in some Rhinestone Jewels & a bit of Washi & ya got a pretty card! Oh and don't forget to emboss!!!

So now go hopping around & see the beauties everyone has for you!!!! Even leave a comment-or 2!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, April 3, 2015

PLUNGING INTO EASTER!

This week's The Paper Plunge Challenge Blog is celebrating Easter!!! We are featuring any Easter items-cards, decorations, etc!!!

Here's mine!



I am loving The Berry Basket Bigz Die!!! I have used it for so many different occasions since I got it! It's just perfect for Easter! 

I used the beautiful Painted Blooms DSP. It's so easy to make! I added a few punched flowers & a sentiment & it makes a great Easter basket!!!!


Other items used are the Pansy Punch, Crazy About You stamp set, 
Petite Petals Punch, retired ribbon, Builder Bird Punch. Oh, and of course some Gold Dazzling Details!!! Gotta have bling!!!

So pop on over to The Paper Plunge & see what Easter inspiration the talented designers have for you! Then you can create & upload your own!!!  

Happy Stampin' & Happy Easter!!!

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

ICS BLOG HOP-HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!



Welcome to the April 2015 edition of the 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop!

Well it may be a bit early for Mother's Day celebrations, but it's not too early to begin your Mother's Day projects!!! It's April 1!! Only a month to get those supplies & create!!! You will find some great inspiration from the talented ladies on this blog hop!!!

Here is my card for Mother's Day:


These colors ended up together by accident, but I love the look! They are Blackberry Bliss & Tempting Turquoise

In keeping with my CAS style, I wanted something simple yet elegant.  The image is from the Serene Silhouettes stamp set.  The little flowers in the background are from the Summer Silhouettes, and the sentiment is from Crazy About You!


The stamp was colored with markers, & the bling is Dazzling Diamonds glitter! It adds such a pretty pop to the flowers. I was thinking hydrangeas! Hard to think flowers at all with the cold weather we are having. All my spring flowers are under 1-2 feet of snow still. Sad. I wish spring would get here.


Oh well! I did make sure the inside was pretty too. Just in case the weather is still cold in May! It may help warm up the situation!

Other items used are the Window Frames Framelits, Circle Framelits, & 1/4" Ribbon.

Now go  hop on over to StampingTammy's blog & see what she has to share with you! Like a card on the hop? Pin it! Be sure to leave a comment & let everyone know that you loved their creation! Just click on the image below to go to Tammy's blog! Keep going!!!

If you are a regular to our ICS Blog Hop, you will see some new blogs! I'd like to welcome our newbies-in particular, my friend Amanda over at MyCraftyPlaydate!!! 

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Stampin'!!!


COLORING DOWN THE LINES!!!

It's SPRING!!! April Fools! Not even close-at least not here in New England! Still yucky cold & wintery white!!! Everywhere except here on this 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!!! 
Today we hit some beautiful spring colors!!!  In fact, I couldn't do just one! You'll see!

So hello hoppers from Helen's Blog!!! And everyone who is beginning the hop here!! Be sure to continue on over to Liz's Blog & then keep going!!! Get your dose of spring here!!!!

So here are my cardS:



Here's the inspiration photo:


Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
So yes, I couldn't do just 1 card! The first made me feel springy & got me motivated to make another!    Not only is it April 1, but Easter will be Sunday! And I love tulips on my Easter table!! 

Now both cards are fairly quick, CAS cards. Easy to whip up 2 in no time! Remember, CAS is my style! I like the simplicity of the cards, plus I like to give ideas on how the busy working stamper can make cards quickly& with minimal products!

The first is simply the Painted Petals stamp set. Both the image & the sentiment. Everything is cut out with the Oval Framelits.  
The  background on the card base is simply the Spring Flowers Textured Embossing Folder.  Add a bit of Bakers Twine from my Sale-a-Bration stash & it finishes off nicely! Easy breezy!!!

The second card is still simple. I did use 3 stamp sets for this one, but you don't have to. The tulips & fatter stems were made with the Works of Art stamp set. 
The sentiment & ferns are from Butterfly Basics (soon to be available once again!), and the thinner stem from the Lotus Blossom SAB stamp set.  You could do the stems simply with markers.  The only accessories are Linen Thread, Venetian Crochet Trim, & of course the bling-Dazzling Details!  Again, easy breezy!

So go try to find some spring where you are. If not, check out this blog hop! The talented ladies here are sure to get you "springing" into the season!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Friday, March 27, 2015

PLUNGING INTO THE "SPOTLIGHT"!!

This week at The Paper Plunge we are featuring the 
Spotlight Technique!  This is an oldie, but I must admit I'd forgotten what it was!!! After doing a bit of research, I remembered doing this many times before-just not in awhile. So I was happy to be reintroduced to it!!!

Here's my card:


It's rather simple-it leaves the "spotlight" as the focus. See, the spotlight technique uses a small area that is "spotlighted" or highlighted with color. It's used as a way to "feature" an area on the image. It's not always stamped in black, but more often than not is.

This lovely stamp set it Sweetbriar Rose. It's in the Annual Catalog! It's very pretty colored, but I thought it worked well for this technique.  

The sentiment is from The Best Day Ever from the Sale-a-Bration Catalog. Love that stamp set! Gonna miss this catalog!!!

The circles were punched with the 3/4", 1 1/4", and 1 3/8" Circle Punches.  The image was colored with my Stampin' Markers. That's the only downfall for me right now-I miss my Blendabilities. Stampin' Up! though is so strong on their quality that they just felt they weren't cutting it, so they were removed from all catalogs. Too bad. I really liked them.  They are researching alternative alcohol markers however, so we hopefully will have some nice ones to work with soon!!!!  This image would have been much prettier if it were blended tho. Ah well. Life goes on!

Other items used in this card are Black Stazon Ink, Dazzling Diamonds, 1/4" Cotton Ribbon.

Now go pop on over the The Paper Plunge & check out what the other designers have in store for you!  This is a fun technique. Go get some ideas & give it a try! Then post your own creation!!! Maybe you'll become a member of our "SwimTeam"!!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!!!

Happy Wednesday!!! And 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
day!!! The weather says we will be in the 40'sF today!  May  not seem like much to everyone, but to us here in New England it's like 80 degrees!!!!  Will spring every get here????

Combining blog challenges again! This week I'm using the Mojo Monday 390 sketch as a base. I like the way it works for this.

Hello hoppers from Helen's blog!! I can't wait to see her at convention this year!!! Be sure to continue on to Lizzy's blog!!! So much talent with these 2 ladies-and all the other wonderful friends on this hop!!! Just keep going!!!!

So here's this week's card:


And here's this week's inspiration:


And here are this week's Stampin' Up! colors from MDS:
And here's the Mojo Monday sketch:


Now these colors are very neutral. I figured I'd take the change to go sorta "masculine".  Altho I think it could go either way, the colors might work for a guy.  Now why you'd need a brown congrats card I'm not sure, but I like the shape of the stamp!!!  That comes from the Sale-a-Bration stamp set 
Simply Wonderful!!! A nice little versatile set! And yours only for awhile longer!!! 


I like the way the Darling Doily Thinlets makes the background here. Kind of a different look!

The brown ribbon that you see under the Sahara Sand Lace Trim is some altered Jute Ribbon. I colored it with my Chocolate Chip Stampin' Marker.  There's so much you can do with that ribbon. Very rustic & fun!!!

Other items used are the Apothecary Accents Framelits, Bird Builder Punch, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Pearls Basic Jewels (just because!), Scallop Circle Punch.

Now keep hopping!!!!! See you next time!!

Happy Stampin'!!!

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

We are here for another 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop
Luv my Wednesdays!!! As I post this, it's perfect for today-St. Patrick's Day! We're "wearing'" green here on this hop!!!

You may be here from Helen's blog! Glad you hopped along!!! Now keep hopping & head over to Liz's blog!!! Then keep going until you're right back here!! Enjoy along the way!!!

Here's my "green" creation this week: 


Here's the inspiration:


Here are the Stampin' Up! colors in MDS:
So the minute I saw these colors I thought grass! Of course I haven't seen any in months, but I think it's still under all that white stuff!  And grass makes me think "spring"!!! Oh please let it get here sometime soon!!!  It's just so cold & ugly still! Well maybe this hop will help bring on the spring!

I thought for "green" the Sheltering Tree stamp set would work well. This did not come out at all the way I thought it would look, but I love it! Could be a masculine card, but really it's for anyone.  I just love that tree. It's often used in a sort of "whimsical" way, but I like the softness & rustic nature of it here.  The little frame is made with the Square Framelits & the 
Woodgrain Embossing Folder.  


The leaves are stamped once with the Mossy Meadow ink, then they are embossed with the Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder.  I would have loved to add a bit of darker blue for the sky, but had to stick with the theme. That's one reason I love these challenges-they make you have to think outside of the box! I love that!!

So hope you enjoyed the hop this week! Oh, and Happy St. Patrick's Day a day a wee bit late!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, March 13, 2015

LEARN TO WORK WITH OUR CHALKS!

Great class coming up!!! Learn about our amazing new Chalk Ink Pads & Chalkboard Paper!!! Very Cool!!! 

Click on Workshops link at top of blog for full info, but here are the debts:

Chalk Ink Technique Class

Learn all about our brand new Chalk Inks & Chalkboard Paper!  It's fun & easy! Learn some new techniques with these great new items in our 
Occasions Catalog!
You will make 4 cards with envelopes & have plenty to take home!!! Great new technique!!

Date:March 28
Time:10:00-12:00
Cost: $25
(Includes 1 pkg of our new Chalkboard Paper, 1 Chalk Ink Pad, 1/2 Pack Notecards & Envelopes)
Registration Deadline:March 16


You will need to choose which color Chalk Ink you would like to use. Choose from Aqua, Coral or Yellow. Must let me know when you register for class!

You may order the other 2 colors for $7.00 each.

Happy Stampin'!!!!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

ICS BLOG HOP SPRING IS IN THE AIR



Hello all you Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hoppers!!! I can't believe it's March hop time already!!!! As  I type this, we are having our first day in the upper 40's F since January 18! It feels like summer! Ugh!  Still snowbanks over my head! With more snow on it's way!!!

That's why I'm so excited about a SPRING blog hop!! Can't wait to see what everyone has! Hopefully it'll help me at least think spring!!! Feels like the only place it exists in in this blog hop!!! lol

So here's my card:


It's kind of going old-school for me! I haven't done something with this type design in awhile!  But I love how the Something Lacy giant stamp makes such a pretty background! This one was done with a sponge & 3 different colors!!! Such a versatile stamp!!!

So nothing says "spring" to  me like flowers do! The flower is from the 
Crazy About You Stamp set and is punched out with The coordinating 
Flower Medallion Punch!  Super easy! I did fussy cut the inner flower & the leaves, but that wasn't too taxing!

Other items used are the Simply Wonderful stamp set for the sentiment, Candy Dots & Candy Dot Brad Base, & Wide Baker's Twine.

Sweet simple & spring!!!

So go pop on over to Tina's blog now & see what she has to offer! Be sure to keep going after visiting hers!!! Hopefully you will get some "spring fever" too!!! Please leave a comment! We love to hear from you!! Just click the picture below!!!

Happy Stampin'!