Wednesday, September 2, 2015

ICS BLOG HOP INTRODUCING THE HOLIDAY CATALOG



Well here we are in September already! Where did the summer go? Well fortunately for us here in New England the summer weather continues! It's been hot & beautiful.  Could use a bit of rain, but so  not complaining about the extra pool time!  I hate everything about the winter! lol

So this month on the 
Inspire Create Share Blog Hop 
we are featuring creations from the new Holiday Catalog! And it's a good one!!!!! I couldn't decide where to start! lol

So here's my creation this month:


 I'm in love with this Woodland Textured Embossing Folder!  I can see so many uses for it! All seasons!!! Here I tried to make it look like white birch trees-like the ones in my yard! With snow falling! Although that part nearly killed me! lol! Anyway, I love how the trees came out here!

The sentiment is stamped from the beautiful Flurry of Wishes stamp set.  I love those snowflakes! Just couldn't get into them just yet! lol

I really wanted to feature some of the fun paper here. The large gift is from the amazing Holidays Fancy Foil Designer Vellum. It's so cool!!!  The gold is simply our Gold Foil Card Stock. But the sentiment is also stamped on a vellum-Winter Wonderland Designer Vellum Stack. It's a sweet little 6x6 stack with some beautiful golds & black in it! Very versatile!

The ribbon is the new 1/8" Striped Ribbon. You get 2 colors in 1 
pack-Real Red & Garden Green. And if you look very closely, you can see the cool Gold Cording Trim on the red package!

So now go visit Megan's blog & enjoy her creation! She's new to our hop so we welcome her warmly! I bet she'd love to hear a comment or two. Just click on the link below or on her name. We also welcome Anna & Diane! Don't miss their first posts on the hop!!!

Then keep going & visit all the other talented ladies on this blog until you get back to this one!  Enjoy!

Happy Stampin'!


Friday, August 28, 2015

PLUNGING INTO WET EMBOSSING!

Well now that summer is winding down we are getting back on track here at 
This week's challenge is wet embossing-or what you would call heat embossing!

Here is what I came up with:


It's tough to tell. The lighting didn't come out as I had planned. The trees from the beautiful Serene Silhouettes is heat embossed with black embossing powder!  It's quite shiny in person-really it is! lol


I was having fun with this great little 
Pretty Petals Designer Series Paper Stack! Love these little 6x6 packs of paper! The prints are amazingly beautiful!!!! I just thought it make a pretty background for this tree.

The little sentiment is from the good ole' Teeny Tiny Wishes! Couldn't live without that stamp set! But if you're thinking of purchasing it, I highly suggest the wood set! Very small pieces easy to lose without the wood blocks!

So hope you enjoyed & got inspired to pull out that heat gun & embossing powder!  If not here, then take a trip over to
The Paper Plunge 
& maybe one of the other designer's creations will "move" you!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

Here we are again! We are 
Coloring Down the Lines 
while we hop around to some amazing blogs!!! 
So maybe you started at Helen's blog before you got here! Be sure to keep going to Lizzy's blog next when you are through here! Then keep going! Very pretty colors this week!!!

So here's my card:


Here's the inspiration photo:


And here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
I wanted to feature a brandy new tool from the Holiday Catalog this week. It's the amazing Curvy Corner Trio Punch! You have 2 cool corners & a slit for some ribbon on it! And it's all in a cute little triangle shape!  Very nice new tool! Along with a ton of other new goodies from the Holiday Catalog! So amazing!!!  

Well you may have noticed I used it on the little tag! The corners & the ribbon slot are both from the punch! So easy to make nice tags!!! And very easy to use!!!


The stamp set is the lovely Garden in Bloom Photopolymer set. So many pretty images in this 2-step stamp set! Thought it worked well with these colors! I really do tend to go to the flowers don't I?! Well they're pretty. And summery! And I love summer! So there! lol

So get hopping, and be sure to join us next week for another fun 
Coloring Down the Lines blog hop!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES

Welcome! It's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
Wednesday!!! Glad you are here! 

Maybe you are arriving from Helen's blog! Great! Keep going to Lizzy's blog! Then hop around until you get back here!!!


So here's my card this week:


And here's the Inspiration photo:


And here are the amazing Stampin'Up! colors:

This is just a very simple 2(it)-layer card!  The stamping is all on one layer though.  I decided to pull out my Sheltering Tree stamp set! These colors just jumped out at me as a "tree"! Not sure why, but I love how it turned out!

I did use every color in here. The 2 shades of green are in the tree, and the sentiment is the black. I really love this stamp set for this kind of card.  Hope you like it too! A little tough to tell in this picture, but there is also some Dazzling Details bling on the leaves!!!

Very short this week. I am on vacation in sunny coastal Maine & want to get back to the beach! Hope you are enjoying these "dog days" of summer! I'm loving it!!!!

Happy Stampin!

Saturday, August 15, 2015

TAX FREE WEEKEND IN MA

Yup! Now's the time to get your favorite goodies TAX FREE!!!! Get an even bigger savings with the Clearance Rack or 
Weekly Deals!!!!! One weekend only!!!! 

Use Hostess Code AFKXVHXP and get a little gift from me!!!!

Keep an eye out for exciting new classes starting in September! Almost time for the Holiday Catalog!  It will dazzle-dazzle you!!! So good!!!!!

So get those orders in while the taxes are free!!!!

Happy Stampin' (and shopping!!!)!!!!

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES

Welcome to another 
COLORING DOWN THE LINES BLOG HOP
So glad you are here!

You may have hopped over from Helen's blog! Be sure to keep hopping over to Lizzy's blog! Then keep going & enjoy them all! These are lovely colors, so get some good inspiration for your creations!

So here's my card:


Here's the inspiration photo:


Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:

These colors were a conundrum to me!  I didn't really want to do another "flower" card! Ya right! I love them! lol But purples are flowery colors!!!

Bordering Blooms made this beautiful background. I wanted to use a DSP but didn't have any with the correct colors. So I made my own!!! I really like the way this came out. Simple yet elegant!

The cute little butterfly is from Papillon Potpourri, and the sentiment is from the very cool Watercolor Thank You.

So hope you enjoyed! Now hop away & enjoy everyone else's lovely creations!!!

Happy Stamping'!

Wednesday, August 5, 2015

ICS BLOG HOP BEYOND THE SEA


I can't believe it's already August! Summer is going way too quickly! But it IS still summer! So this month's 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop 
is all about summer-which to me means beach!

Here is what I came up with:


If you know me, you know that I am from Cape Cod. So lighthouses are so special to me! I grew up with the flashing light & the fog horns. When I look at this card I can see Nobska Light in Falmouth Heights flashing away! Never really saw a swordfish swimming there, but who knows! Good eats anyway! lol

There are a few stamp sets used here. The main one is From Land to Sea. Love it! It has everything I love in it!  The sentiment is Sassy Salutations. There is a bit of Gorgeous Grunge to "bubble" up the water, and the beautiful star thing from Kinda Eclectic is the light from the lighthouse.  

Throw in a bit of bling-of course-with Crystal Effects & Silver Stampin' Glitter & it looks like the breakwater in the waves.  The water is just a simple watercolor wash with my Aqua Painter.  

So hope I made you feel like summer is still in the air! Now hop on over to Claudia's blog & see what beautiful summer design she came up with! Just click the picture below, or click on her name! Either one will take you there! Don't miss a single blog on this hop! Keep going! There is some serious talent here! Don't forget to leave a comment! Maybe you'll get some ideas of your own!

Until next month!

Happy Stampin'!


COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

Hello there hoppers! Time for another 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop
So glad this week to have Helen back! I truly love her blog! So if you've come from there, so glad to see you all!!!! Be sure to keep hopping over to 
Sandy's blog! Liz is on vacation this week! Glad to be linking to Sandy!

So here's my card:


Here's the inspiration photo:


Here are the Stamping' Up! colors:

This is a simple little card made with Summer Silhouettes. I've been working on the "kissing" technique with my club girls, so I thought I'd make this little example to show them! Again, nothing fancy-just cute! lol

The sentiment is from the Tin of Cards stamp set. If you haven't seen that card kit yet you absolutely MUST! It's amazing! I've used that stamp set more than anything from the new catalog! The stamps are just the right size for just about anything.  Check it out!

So just a quick post this week! Hope you like! Keep hopping!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES

Hello all! I'm back from another great Stampin' Up! Inspire, Create, Share Convention! It was so great to be with my stampin' friends again-many of whom are on this blog hop!!! Got lots to share with you over the next few weeks! So excited!

So welcome to those visiting from Amanda's blog! Glad you are here! Helen is taking a nice, restful week off this week! Hopefully she'll be back next week! Be sure to hop on to Liz's blog next!!

So here's my card:


Here is the inspiration photo:


Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
So this week summer weather FINALLY hit central Massachusetts! My kind of weather! So I decided to have a little summer fun with this card! I live for the beach, so this made me think "ocean"!

The ocean is the star of the show here. It's simply card stock with torn edges that have been inked & sprinkled with Dazzling Diamonds glitter! I thought it looked a little like the spray on the waves as they break.  Nothing major, but fun!

The 2 little cuties are from Sea Street! I LOVE that stamp set & look for opportunities to use it!  The beautiful sun is from Kinda Eclectic, with a bit of Crystal Effects to make it sparkle, and the sentiment is A Dozen Thoughts.

I did use a template sort of punched from the Tree Builder Punch to make the clouds. They're subtle, but they're there! I added a bit of Rose Red to kind of give it a sunset (or sunrise!) kind of look. It turned out just ok. A bit heavy tho.

Anyway, just a fun summer beach card to help enjoy the season!!!

Happy Stampin'!


Tuesday, July 21, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

Hello there!! Gonna be short and sweet this week! I am packing and off to the Annual Stampin' Up! convention tomorrow! I will be hanging with somebof my peeps from this blog hop!  

It's a short one this week! Welcome from Robbie's blog & head on over to Sandy's blog when you are through here!

Here's my card:


Here is the inspiration photo:


Here are the Stampin' Up! Colors:

Sorry for the poor picture quality! It's late & my camera is packed! The cell phone did an ok job though.Believe it or not the card base is actually Smoky Slate! lol

The Sprinkles if Life set is perfect for this week's little heat wave here in New England! Probably not S hot as some places but still my kind of weather!! I'm sure to experience it in Salt Lake City! Bring it on!!!

I will be blogging from SLC SO BE SURE TO CHECK BACK & see all we are learning!! Oh, and the fun we are having too!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, July 17, 2015

PLUNGING TALL & SKINNY!

Phew! I'm so glad I got my entry in for 
this week! I am in a "swap fog" getting all my swaps ready for the annual
Stampin' Up! Convention in Salt Lake City next week!!! But this is a fun simple card!


So this week we are looking at Tall & Skinny-anything not a normal 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 card! This one isn't super skinny, but it's definitely taller! 
It's actually 6 3/4 x 4.  Qualifies!

It's a simple card without much stamping! Only the sentiment from 
A Dozen Thoughts and a striped pattern to add some umph from 
Gorgeous Grunge. The star of the show here is the beautiful 
English Garden DSP! What a lovely paper pack this is! Lots of different colors to choose from!   

The fancy bow type thingy is the White 1 1/4" Jute Ribbon sort of shredded! Then I used a Stampin' Marker to color it! Tied it in a bunch & glue it on! 


All in all, it's a simple pretty card! Now I need t find an envelope to fit! Oh, I know! I'll take out my Envelope Punch Board & get to work-AFTER convention!

Now go check out The Paper Plunge & see what's hot over there! 

Happy Stampin'!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

Hello hoppers! Welcome to another edition of 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop!

You may be hopping over from Helen's blog!  Next is Liz's place! Be sure to visit!!!!

Here's this week's card:


Here is the inspiration photo:


Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:
This week I decided to revisit an old friend Amazing Birthday! Haven't used it in awhile, but I needed a birthday card. So I pulled it out! This stamp set is not really "me", as lovely as it is. But I like the way this came out.


This is what is called a Latch Card! The front of the card "latches" under the little circle bobble at the top! Just an extra little diddy to make it kind of a fun treat for a birthday card!

You may be wondering what the diamond shaped paper is? That's our amazing new Color Me Irresistible paper! It comes in several colors, but several pieces are white. You can simply color it with a sponge, dauber, or brayer as I did here. Easy & so versatile! You will always have the correct color paper! 

So signing off with little commentary this week! Between finishing up swaps for convention next week (can't wait!) and redoing my kitchen I'm a bit all over the place! Gonna get some extra sleep if possible! Maybe 5 hrs tonite! lol

So be sure to hop around & enjoy everyone's post! 

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

It's 
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop 
time!!!  

You may have hopped here from Helen's blog!! Glad you're here! Be sure to head on over to Liz's blog next! Then just keep hopping until you get back to where you started from!!! Comments always welcome!

Here's my card:


Here is the inspiration photo:


Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:

So I think I went where you didn't expect me to go this week, right? Those colors-ocean for sure!!! Haha! Fooled ya! lo

I just wanted to try out my new Garden in Bloom stamp set! But I really love all these colors together, and I will probably do an ocean card with them later in the summer! I mean after all, it IS Shark Week!!! lol

Big news tho! I did NOT use my Big Shot on this card! That's worthy of a major announcement! lol


I used one of my current fave techniques too-the ombre technique! Can be done several ways. If you'd like to see how I did mine, let me know! I'd love to have a few friends over to learn!  Easy peasy!!!!

So I hope you liked this week's card! I LOVE it!!!

Happy Stampin'!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

ICS BLOG HOP BUTTERFLIES ARE FREE!


It's finally summer! And here at the July 
Inspire, Create, Share Blog Hop 
we are spreading the good weather with butterflies! We will hopefully have them "fluttering" into your world!!!

So here's what I came up with:


I pulled out my trusty Butterfly Thinlets and created this beauty!  It's supposed to be subtle! I added a bit of "yellow"-more specifically
 Daffodil Delight-behing it to give it a pop of sorts!  It's a second layer that is raised up from the card!

The DSP is the very beautiful new English Garden. I love this paper pack! The colors are beautiful, and the designs are bold & unique!  

The only stamping on the card is the sentiment! Its from A Dozen Thoughts! My latest go-to stamp set!  Very unusual for me, but I think this butterfly rules the card!  I love the way it came out!

So now go "flutter" over (see what I did there?! lol) to Tina's Crop Shop & enjoy her beautiful creation! Just click on either her name or the yellow box below! Be sure to leave her a note!  Then keep going & visit all the talent on this blog!! They're amazing!! We love comments!!!!

Happy Stampin'!!!


COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

I LOVE this week's card! Ok, here goes!

So this week at 
Coloring Down the Lines
  we are looking at some really fun colors! It's a short hop this week-everyone on vacation for the 4th! But the 3 of us here have some fun for ya!!!

So after me hop over to Robbie, then on to Helen, where you probably hopped from to get here! lol  

Here's my card:


So here's the inspiration photo:


And the colors from Stampin' Up!:
Every now & then I like to use the photo design as almost a template for my card. This week I took it literally!  The picture is daisies!!! That's my totally favorite flower!!!!  So I had to go with it!!!  I'm not actually sure the flowers on here were meant to be daisies when they forged the stamp, but that's what they are now!!!


The stamp set is Flower Patch. I kinda stamped them with the Smoky Slate. By kinda, I mean I inked up the stamp & then stamped off onto a piece of scrap paper. Made it lighter in color! I then cut out all the pieces with the coordinating Flower Fair Framelits!  Fussy cut?? No way!!! lol

The background is my new Brick Wall Embossing Folder! I LOVE it!!!! One of my fave items from the new Annual Catalog!! I thought I'd make it look a bit like the flowers were growing up the wall. Or a bunch growing in front of the wall.

The sentiment is from my current "go-to" sentiment set A Dozen Thoughts! I actually had that set last year, but never really looked at it much. When most of my sentiments retired, I had to find some new ones, so I revisited this one. Now I use it all the time! I really like it!!!  Here I sorta tried to make it look like it's a brick in the wall (I sound like Pink Floyd! lol). Now I think I should have distressed the edges some. But oh well. It's cute.

And as always I finished it off with a little bling-Dazzling Details-and I love my card!!! Please don't eat the daisies tho! (Wow, full of puns today! lol)

So enjoy our short little hop this week & have a fantastic and safe 4th of July! Happy Birthday USA!

Happy Stampin'!

Friday, June 26, 2015

PLUNGING MONOCHROMATICALLY!!!

This week over at 
we are creating monochromatic cards! Now that doesn't mean all the same color, but rather multiple shades of the same color. Make sense?? If you head over to the Plunge you'll understand!!! Makes a pretty card!

So here's my card:


I chose green tones for this card! The base is Mossy Meadow. The matte is Wild Wasabi. The images are Mossy Meadow, and the small rectangles are Mint Macaron.  That Mint Macaron is a tricky one! When you look at it, it's green.  But when you hold it up against the green, it has a bluish tint! But I think it sure pulls the greens here!

I used my new stamp set From Land to Sea for the jellyfish! Kind of an interesting image! It needed more "oceany" stuff though, so I added the little fishies from Sea Street!  When I stamped the jellyfish, I embossed with some Iridescent Ice. Gives it a bit of bling & movement.

The sentiment is from A Dozen Thoughts-becoming one of my favorite go-to sentiment sets. Simply stamped, cut & edges shaded!

Finished it off with some of my new Mossy Meadow Striped Cotton Ribbon!!! That stuff is nice & thick! I could use it in some household decorating! Quality stuff!!!

Now head on over to The Paper Plunge and see what color schemes the other designers have come up with for you! You'll see some great designs!!!

Happy Stampin!

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

COLORING DOWN THE LINES!

It's Wednesday! You know what that means!
Coloring Down the Lines Blog Hop
day!

You maybe hopped over from Helen's blog! Next is Lizzy's blog! Be sure to visit them all! Pretty colors this week!

So here's this week's card:


Here is the inspiration photo:

Here are the Stampin' Up! colors:

So I've been revisiting my Simply Scored Board these days!  I like to use it as an embellishment of sorts on the card! Love how the lines look!  I used it to make a border this time!

I also used my brandy new embossing folder-Elegant Dots! I. Love. It!!! When I first saw it in the catalog I just jumped over it. But it is so pretty in person!!! Very versatile!


The flowers are stamped with Beautiful Bunch stamp set & punched with the coordinating Fun Flower Punch!  The border on the side is stamped with Bordering Blooms. The sentiment is from Crazy about You! Some creative use of the little Word Window Punch and the Triple Banner Punch.  

Add the Candy Dots for dimension & the 7/8" Scallop Punch & voila!  Hope you like! Now go visit the rest of our designers this week!!!

Happy stampin'!