Saturday, December 16, 2017

Merry Little Ornament Exchange

Hello and Happy Saturday stamping friends! I hope you are enjoying your day today! Over the next couple of days I am going to be sharing with you some of the projects I made for our team meeting this past Monday. One of the projects for our meeting was a handmade ornament exchange. It was so awesome to see what everyone came up with!

I immediately went to Pinterest to search for inspiration and came upon a video tutorial for this 3-D Snowflake Ornament from Carrie Rhoades. She shared a fantastic tutorial to create this ornament on her blog. HERE is the link to check it out! The ornament itself is simply created from a 6x6 sheet of paper. Once you assemble the ornament, you can embellish it in SO many different ways, which I love!
To package the ornament up, I repurposed an empty box from my Birchbox subscription. (PS: If you love getting surprise beauty goodies delivered to your door every month, check out Birchbox HERE)

The box even had a piece of red tissue paper in there already, so it must have been meant to be. I just added a piece of Merry Little Christmas DSP to the top of the box and stuck some of the 7/8” Black and White Striped Ribbon around the box top. I love that the ribbon has wire in it, so it is really easy to work with.
It seems like everyone is “mad for Buffalo Plaid” right now and I’m on board with that trend, for sure! Then I just went for lots of sparkle and shine! It IS the holiday season after all! I added some details with die cuts and my favorite products: Glimmer Paper, Rhinestones and Wink of Stella. I colored in that center rhinestone with the Old Olive Stampin’ Blends Marker to give it a little extra “pop.” 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! All of the products used on my ornament (except that gift box, haha) can be purchased in my online store. But hurry, many of the items will be retiring soon! Click on the product photos below to order. 

Have a happy day!

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Saturday, November 11, 2017

Guest Designer at Inspired By All the Little Things

Hello and Happy Saturday to you! 
I am SUPER excited to announce that I was asked to be a 
Creative Guest Designer over at Inspired By All the Little Things. 
I am truly honored to share my project with these amazingly creative gals! 
Thank you SO much! 

Check out the challenge and please play along! 

Here is the inspiration photo:

When I saw the photo, I immediately wanted to create a Christmas card using a white/gray/silver color combo. I wanted to try to keep it on the clean side, but with some texture and dimension. I don’t usually make cards that don’t involve a LOT of color, but I really enjoyed putting this card together. 
So crisp and clean! 
On the inside of the card, I heat embossed the sentiment and snowflakes with Silver Embossing Powder and added a little strip of silver washi tape from the Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape Bundle. I always like to decorate the inside of my cards because I think it adds a little extra detail. 
I really hope you enjoyed my card today! Please hop on over to the Inspired By All the Little Things blog and play along this week. 
Here is a quick rundown of the Stampin’ Up products I used on my card: 
  • Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
  • Card Front Builder Thinlits Dies
  • Snowflake Sentiments Stamp Set
  • Silver Metallic Thread
  • Rhinestone Basic Jewels
  • Silver Embossing Powder
  • Stitched Shapes Framelits
  • Whisper White Baker’s Twine
  • Year of Cheer Embellishments
  • Year of Cheer Specialty Washi Tape 
  • Silver Foil Sheets 
  • Smoky Slate Cardstock
  • Whisper White Thick Cardstock

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Not So Spooky Pumpkins for FMS308 and PP366

Well hello there! It’s been quite some time since I have posted but I thought I would dust the cobwebs off this blog today and say hello! 

Where did I start when making this card? I hopped on over to Freshly Made Sketches for inspiration for my card layout. As soon as I saw the sketch, I knew I had to give it a go. 
I had NO idea what kind of card I wanted to make, so I checked in on the new challenge over at 
The Paper Players and the decision was made to make a Halloween-themed card. I’m not sure this is Clean-and-Simple, one day I hope to get better with that. I love the layers! 
Y’all should check out both of these blogs for amazing creative inspiration.
I didn’t really do much stamping on this card, but after the long hiatus I’ve been on, I’ll take what I can get. Ha! I used the Stampin’ Up Patterned Pumpkins Thinlits Dies which coordinate perfectly with the pumpkin paper in the Spooky Night Designer Series Paper. Super easy! 
 Although these aren’t exactly “spooky” pumpkins, they sure are cute. The expression on the smallest pumpkin’s face cracks me up! He looks really worried about something. It might be those gold glitter flourishes I added for a pop of sparkle but ended up looking like crazy arms on the big pumpkin. Oops! In retrospect, that really is kind of spooky. 
Thanks so much for visiting my blog today! There are going to be a lot of changes here soon…all good things, I promise. Enjoy your day! 

Happy Stamping! 

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Pretty Kitty for Paper Players #246

Hello there! This week at The Paper Players, we have a sketch challenge to play along with. I’m also excited to say that I am hosting the challenge this week, so I would love it if you would join us. :) Here is the sketch I came up with:
I recently ordered this adorable “Nine Lives” kitty stamp set with matching dies from Paper Smooches. The fluffy kitty reminds me of my little Sophie and I attempted to color her to resemble her. My Copic marker skills are improving, but I still have a LONG way to go. 

I grabbed a piece of SU Designer Series Paper from the Confetti Celebration pack and used that to pick my card stock colors for the layers. I went with Strawberry Slush and Pistachio Pudding. I felt like this card needed more texture, so I used the Fancy Fans and Decorative Dots Embossing Folders. I just love that tiny trio of paw prints! I made this card to send off to my friend who runs the cat rescue that I adopted Sophie and Triple from. We are actually planning an event to make cards that the she can use to send to adopters and supporters of the rescue, which should be a lot of fun. 
Please join us over at The Paper Players this week! 
The challenge will close Friday, May 29th, 2015 at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team
Before I sign-off, here is a photo of my kitty, Sophie. She 10 months now and is currently in a phase where she can be extremely moody. One minute she is cuddly and then out of nowhere, she tries to act tough. It’s pretty funny, especially when she flashes her tiny teeth. Such a sassy girl! Have a great day! :)
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Sunday, May 17, 2015

Girly Thanks for Paper Players #245

Hello there and Happy Sunday to you! This week at The Paper Players, the wonderful Jaydee is our hostess with a Clean and Simple (CAS) theme challenge: “Girly Thanks”. How fun is that? We all need thank you cards to send, so why not whip out your crafting supplies and join us this week?
For my card, I almost went WAY over the top with pink and sparkles but realized that I tend to do that a lot. I wanted to challenge myself to do something a little different and create my card for this challenge without using any stamps. I’m a patterned paper hoarder and have been trying to dig into the stash more often. So, I dug out my All Abloom Designer Series Paper (Stampin’ Up) pad, picked two complimentary patterns and got to work on my card.

I am seriously obsessed with the big, bold sentiments from the Hello You Thinlits Dies! The font is so fun and they really pack a punch on a card. Then I added a trio of layered butterflies, using the Bitty Butterfly Punch and dressed them up with some pearls. Again, I wanted to add a bunch of glitter to them, but restrained myself to try to keep this card somewhat CAS. The struggle was real though, let me tell you! :) The Strawberry Slush Baker’s Twine was a last minute addition. I just felt like the card needed “something” in that corner and ribbon would have been too much. The card stock colors on this card are Lost Lagoon, Strawberry Slush and Blushing Bride.
Please join us over at The Paper Players this week! 
The challenge will close Friday, May 22nd, 2015 at Noon (PST).

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Butterfly Hello for Paper Players #244

Hello there! This week at The Paper Players, the always fabulous LeAnne is our challenge hostess. She has selected a beautiful trio of colors to play along with: Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand and Pistachio Pudding. These colors are GORGEOUS together! 
I decided to finally take my Butterfly Thinlits Dies out of the package for this card. I have had them for months and kind of forgot about them. That is a sign that you have too many things in my stamp studio, right? Ha! I wanted the card to be "kind of" shabby chic but still clean, so I kept the embellishments to a minimum and sponged some ink around the edges. Of course, I had a LOT of help from my kitten Sophie with the sponges, as she kept stealing them off my desk and running out of the room. 

I used the Spring Flowers Embossing folder for some texture on the background, along with adding a little baker’s twine bow. I wanted the focus to be on the big butterfly, so I decided on a tiny banner sentiment from the (ret.) Banner Blast stamp set, dressed up with one itty bitty pearl. 
Please join us over at The Paper Players this week! 
The challenge will close Friday, May 15th, 2015 at Noon (PST).

The Paper Players Design Team
Before I sign off, here is a photo of my little stamping helper back when she was a tiny baby and now. Sophie is 10 months old now and a fluffy, little trouble-maker. She is pretty adorable though, so she gets away with a lot. Have a great day! :)
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