Wednesday, June 27, 2012

You're Amazing

It's Wednesday, and that means a new sketch from the team at Freshly Made Sketches! This week's sketch is from Cindy and I know you are going to have fun with this one.
I decided to make this card for my husband, as we are celebrating our 14th wedding anniversary today. He truly is amazing, so I thought this image worked perfectly.
When I received this stamp set (You're Amazing)I decided to cut the sentiment out from the surrounding frame, giving me a little more flexibility with both images. I was a little hesitant at first, but now I'm really glad that I did as I feel like I actually gained an extra stamp - yippee! I went with masculine colors, knowing it was for my hubby, combining Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit. I hope you get a chance to play along with this week's sketch - stop over at the Freshly Made Sketches blog and share your creation.

Stamps: You're Amazing
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, First Edition Specialty dsp
Ink: Early Espresso, Midnight Muse
Accessories: Big Shot, Argyle embossing folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Jumbo Brads (retired), Small Star punch (retired), linen thread

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Happy Dirtday!

We have another great sketch for you to play with this week at Freshly Made Sketches!

I love that wide open space with the oval, just crying out to be filled with a stamped image and embellishments. I decided to flip the sketch and worked up a cutie-patootie birthday card using the I Dig You stamp set.

Fun, don't you think? I hope that you get a chance to play along this week. 'Bye for now!

Stamps: I Dig You
Paper: Pacific Point, Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Basic Black, Real Red, Pacific Point
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Tasteful Trim die, silver brads

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Betsy's Blossoms Meets the In Colors

Today I have a card that shows off some of the new In Colors. I think these three work surprisingly well together: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse and Raspberry Ripple.

This is another one of the cards we made at this month's stamp-a-stack. I paired these colors with the Betsy's Blossoms stamp set and used the new Elegant Butterfly punch, which I ran through the Fancy Fan embossing folder. I also put my Apothecary Accents Framelits to use on the sentiment. Nothing like pulling out lots of new stampin' goodies. Thanks for stopping by today - see you soon!

Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Blooming with Kindness
Paper: River Rock, Very Vanilla
Ink: Summer Starfruit, Midnight Muse, Raspberry Ripple
Accessories: Big Shot, Apothecary Accents Framelits, Fancy Fan embossing folder, Elegant Butterfly punch, Very Vanilla seam binding ribbon, Basic Pearls

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Freshly Made Sketch #39: Lacy and Lovely

It's Wednesday and that means another fun sketch to play with from the gals at Freshly Made Sketches. This week's sketch is from Jen Mitchell and I love how clean and simple it is - there's lot of potential with this beauty!

My card uses one of the new stamps sets, called Lacy and Lovely. This is one of my favorite new sets - the images all coordinate really well and I love the font of the sentiments.

I am digging this bold color combo as well - Gumball Green, Midnight Muse and Real Red. Kind of retro, don't you think? I hope that you get a chance to play along with us this week!

Stamps: Lacy and Lovely
Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green, Real Red
Ink: Gumball Green, Midnight Muse
Accessories: Big Shot, Fancy Fan embossing folder, 2 1/2" circle punch, 1" circle punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Basic Rhinestones, white baker's twine

Monday, June 11, 2012

Let's hear it for the dads!

It's time to start thinking about Father's Day, if you haven't already. I have so many wonderful fathers in my life. God blessed me with a loving dad who has supported me in all of my endeavors and is such a fun grandpa. I also have an amazing father-in-law, who loves me like his own daughter and is another special grandpa. And of course, there's my husband, who is the kind, patient, loving, funny, goofy, Godly man that is the father of my two kiddos. I am looking forward to honoring these guys on Father's Day, and here's little card I cooked up for this month's stamp-a-stack, especially for this occasion.

This was my first attempt at making an origami tie, and it was actually pretty easy. Here are directions I found, in case you want to make one of your own!

I used a 4"x4" square of designer paper to make my tie, but any size square will work. Just keep in the mind, the smaller the square, the harder it will be to fold. Have a wonderful day!

: Best Dad Ever
Paper: Whisper White, Marina Mist, Polka Dot Parade dsp
Ink: Marina Mist
Accessories: Big Shot, Chevron embossing folder, Apothecary Accents Framelits, silver brads, Whisper White stitched grosgrain ribbon

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Freshly Made Sketch #38

We have a new sketch for you over at the Freshly Made Sketches blog!

This is the card I put together using this sketch. Doesn't this make you think of summer? We have our first day of summer vacation on Friday and I am really looking forward to it. I'm looking forward to visiting the zoo, swimming in the pool and hanging out with my kiddos.

Thanks for stopping by today. See you soon!

Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Friendly Phrases
Paper: Whisper White, Coral Calypso, Daffodil Delight, Floral District dsp
Ink: Basic Black, Coral Calypso, Lucky Limeade, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Big Shot, Stripes embossing folder, Dotted Scallop Ribbon border punch, Itty Bitty Shapes punch pack, Coral Calypso baker's twine, Neutrals Designer Buttons

Tuesday, June 5, 2012


Hi there and happy Tuesday! I'm playing along with this week's Fall to Layout. I've been seeing all of these super cute creations with pinwheels, so I decided to give it a try.

These are pretty fun to make. I think I see a summer craft activity with my kiddos in the near future! 'Bye for now!

Stamps: Pursuit of Happiness
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Brights Designer Series Paper Stack
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Tempting Turquoise marker, mini silver brads, Neutrals Designer Buttons

Monday, June 4, 2012

Chock Full of Cheer

I know that it's kind of funny to be thinking of Christmas cards in June, but it's never too early to start working on Christmas cards! :) This was another one of my swap cards for last Saturday's demo meeting. I really like this fun color combination for a Christmas card - a little whimsical and definitely beyond the traditional red and green.

Those little mittens from the Chock Full of Cheer stamp set are so cute! I'm looking forward to making more Christmas cards with this new set.

In case you haven't heard the news, I am super excited to announce that I will be a guest designer for the Freshly Made Sketches blog for the remainder of the year. I absolutely LOVE the FMS blog and I am honored to be a part of the team. I am looking forward to sharing my creations with you and the rest of the FMS followers.

Stamps: Chock Full of Cheer, Pennant Parade
Paper: Whisper White, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse
Ink: Pretty in Pink, Gumball Green, Midnight Muse, Primrose Petals
Accessories: Gumball Green Stitched Satin Ribbon, Jewelry Tag punch, Vintage Trinkets, 1 3/8" circle punch, Big Shot, Scallop Squares Duo Bigz die, Perfect Polka Dots embossing folder, Dazzling Diamonds

Friday, June 1, 2012

Three Cheers - The New Catalog is Here!

Wahoo! The wait is over and the new catalog is finally here. I am SO excited! And this weekend I get to participate in a shoebox swap using some of the new goodies from the catalog - yippee! I can't wait. As part of the meeting, we are also doing a card swap and this is one of the swaps I will be trading with my fellow demos.
I was inspired by the layout for the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge #157. I am not usually a diagonal layer person - it makes me a little twitchy, what with my Type A personality and all - but I just felt like this would be a fun sketch to work with so I gave it a shot. I love the bright colors of this new dsp called Floral District and the patterns are fun and funky. You can also see that I used the new Betsy's Blossoms stamp set. My fingers are itchin' to get stampin' so I will leave it at that!

On a personal note, I will be running my first ever 10K tomorrow morning. This is a goal I set for myself last summer and I am so excited, but a little nervous, too. If you think of it, you can say a little prayer for me about 8:30am on Saturday morning. :) Have a fabulous weekend!

Stamps: Betsy's Blossoms, Friendly Phrases
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Lukcy Limeade, Whisper White, Floral District dsp
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Lucky Limeade, So Saffron, Basic Black
Accessories: Itty Bitty Punch Pack, Basic Rhinestones