Sunday, September 28, 2014

Monday Montage Blog Hop 29

        Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop.  You should have arrived here from the amazing Cathy Casey's blog.  If not and I'm your first stop- no worries! Simply use the back/next buttons at the bottom of this post to navigate your way around the hop.

Tonight I have a card that I CASED (somewhat) from my fabulous upline's upline Suzie Barnes.  She sent me a card for my sales in August and I loved it!  Plus- it's always nice to receive happy mail!  The card that Suzie created was the same style as the one I have below only it said BIG NEWS and had the Typeset Specialty Designer Series Paper on it.  My card was created for Halloween.  My favorite holiday!

For this card- I used a few different stamp sets.  Three to be exact!  Isn't it cute?  The card inside pulls out and it pictured below.

After I had already created the inside card pictured above- I thought how perfect this card would be for a Halloween Party invitation!  You could use the Holiday Invitation stamp set from the Holiday Catalog!  I'm thinking I need to add that set to my next order!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully I'm not your last stop and that you'll click the next button to head on over to see what the wonderful Dara Gloden has to share.

Card Ingredients:
Card Stock: Basic Black, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White
DSP:  Motley Monsters
Stamps: Freaky Friends, Frightful Wreath, Mingle all the way
Inks: Black Staz-On, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango
Tools/other supplies:  1-3/4" Scalloped Circle Punch, 1-3/8" Circle Punch, 1-1/4 Circle Punch, White & Tangerine Tango  Two-Tone Twine, September My Paper Pumpkin Kit (Orange Sequin Trim)

Sunday, September 21, 2014

Star boxes

Hello there!
I'm sure by now you've all seen the beautiful star boxes from the new Holiday Catalog.  If not- they are on page 25.  Click HERE to download a copy of the Holiday Catalog.  Just in case you'd like to make one (or 20) for yourself- you can watch the video HERE.  They are super easy to create.  They don't take a lot of time to make yet they are absolutely gorgeous!

Just think how pretty these would be on a Christmas Tree or as part of a Christmas display on the fireplace mantle.  LOVE them!  I used the new Under the Tree Specialty DSP and Silver Glimmer paper to create the one pictured above.  The Merry Christmas sentiment is from the Good Greetings stamp set and was inked using the Garden Green and Real Red markers.  It's pretty cute,  isn't it?  

Card Stock:  Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
DSP:  Under the Tree Specialty
Stamps:  Good Greetings
Inks:  Garden Green Marker, Real Red Marker
Tools/other supplies:  Big Shot, Star Collection Framelits, Gold Metal Buttons, Linen Thread, 3/8" Real Red Satin Woven Ribbon

Monday, September 15, 2014

Merry & Bright

Thanks for stopping by!  Tonight I have another Christmas card to share.  It's the exact same color scheme as my card from the Monday Montage: Peace & Joy card from last night.  Isn't it pretty?

As I said yesterday- I absolutely LOVE the All is Calm Specialty DSP.  Especially the piece in the background on the card above.  It is simply gorgeous!  I wanted to try out my new Star Framelits tonight and I'm sure glad I did!  Love this card!
I'm also really loving the Good Greetings stamp set that is available exclusively to hosts/hostesses who have a $300 workshop (or a $300 order).  Interested in getting one of your own?  Send me an email and I'm happy to help!
Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Soft Sky
DSP:  All is Calm Specialty
Stamps:  Good Greetings
Inks:  Lost Lagoon
Tools/other supplies:  Big Shot, Star Collection Framelits, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Soft Sky Seam Binding Ribbon, Silver Satin Ribbon, Old Olive Baker's Twine, Paper Doilies, All is Calm Washi Tape, Handheld Mini Stapler, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Monday Montage 28: Peace & Joy

        Hello there and welcome back for the bi-weekly Monday Montage blog hop.  You should have arrived here from the amazing Cathy Casey's blog.  If not and I'm your first stop- no worries! Simply use the back/next buttons at the bottom of this post to navigate your way around the hop.

Tonight I have a Christmas card.  I know- it's WAY to early to be thinking about Christmas.  Or at least it is for me! But still- here I am making Christmas cards!
When I first saw the Tree Punch in the new Holiday Catalog- I fell in love. There's just something about Christmas trees that I absolutely adore and with the new Tree Punch- the options are endless!  There's even a coordinating stamp set called Festival of Trees.  Such beautiful combinations!

For this card- I wanted to keep it fairly simple so I only used the Tree Punch.  I think my favorite element on the card is the layer of DSP.  It's from the All is Calm Specialty DSP and that pattern in particular- is worth stocking up on!

Thanks for stopping by!  Hopefully I'm not your last stop and that you'll click the next button to head on over to see what the wonderful Dara Gloden has to share.

Card Ingredients:
Card Stock: Lost Lagoon, Whisper White, Soft Sky
DSP:  All is Calm
Stamps: Good Greetings
Inks: Lost Lagoon
Tools/other supplies:  Tree Punch, Old Olive Baker's Twine, Big Shot, On Point Embossing Folder, Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, Silver Satin Ribbon

Wednesday, September 10, 2014


Do you love office supplies as much as I do?  I knew when I saw the brand new Spiral Border punch in the 2014-2015  Annual catalog that I just *had* to buy it.  It screamed office supplies to me.  Now I know it's not "technically" an office supply but it sure does make some cute notepad paper!  The DSP on this card is from the Typeset Specialty DSP and it's a perfect match for the Spiral Border punch.  Together they make the perfect sheet of tablet paper!

For this card- I wanted to add some texture to the DSP but didn't want to emboss it. After using the Spiral Border punch- I wadded the paper up into a ball then opened it back up again.  I did this a few times to break down the fibers in the DSP.   Then all that was left to do was "junk" it up a bit!  Using a Sponge Dauber in Crumb Cake ink- I lightly went over the edges and made a quick pass over the wrinkles to make the DSP look a little dirty. Do you see one of my favorite elements from the Kinda Eclectic stamp set? That's right!  It's the fabulous polka dot border stamp!  That was inked with Coastal Cabana ink, stamped onto scrap paper and then immediately stamped again onto the DSP.   Lastly- I embellished the card with a series of circles and a tiny heart die cut from a sheet of the Typeset Specialty DSP that looked like it was ripped right out of a dictionary.  Sprinkled on a few 2013-2015 In Color Sequins and added a little Coastal Cabana Baker's Twine and viola! 

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope that you enjoyed my project for the day!  
Happy Stampin'!

Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Kraft, Very Vanilla, Strawberry Slush
DSP:  Typeset Specialty DSP
Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic, #hello
Inks:  Coastal Cabana, Strawberry Slush, Crumb Cake
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Big Shot, Polka Dots Embossing Folder, 2" Circle Punch, Hearts Collection Framelits, Bone Folder, Circles Collection Framelits, 2013-2015 In Color Sequin Assortment, Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine, Spiral Border Punch, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Kinda Eclectic

Hello there!
Have you ever looked at a stamp set you ordered and thought "what the heck am I going to do with this"? That was the first thought that came into my mind when I opened my order and found the Kinda Eclectic stamp set.   At first- I wasn't sure exactly why I ordered it as it wasn't really my style and now I'm thinking how did I ever live without it! It's totally my style!

This stamp set is beyond awesome!  I absolutely LOVE everything about it.  Especially the super fabulous polka dot stamp.  It has little words on it!  Now granted half the words are missing so it doesn't really say much but I totally love the look!  Everyone NEEDS this set!  If you currently own both Butterfly punches- this set coordinates perfectly with those as well!  

Thanks for stopping by!
Happy Stampin'!

Card Ingredients:
Card Stock:  Kraft, Very Vanilla
Stamps:  Kinda Eclectic
Inks:  Whisper White Craft Ink, Pool Party, Calypso Coral, Old Olive
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Snips, Crushed Curry Baker's Twine, 2013-2015 In-Color Sequin Assortment, Glue Dots, Stampin' Dimensionals

Sunday, September 7, 2014

I'm dreaming of a...

White Christmas....
Hello!  Have you enjoyed your weekend as much as I have?  It was super busy and seemed really short but it was filled with tons of productivity! Everything from cooking, cleaning, working out at the gym and even stamping! I created a beautiful card using the watercolor technique.  I wasn't sure if I liked it at first as the watercolor is really subtle but it's growing on me.  I didn't want to make the sky seem too bold and bright as the card is meant for a holiday during the winter season.  Sometimes I think less is more!

Here's some fun news!  Every Sunday from now until the end of football season is Open Stamping at my house.  What does this mean?  From 1pm until 6pm everyone is invited to stop by and create!  My stamps as well as tools will be available for you to use.  All you need is your consumable supplies (card stock, adhesive, etc...)  Interested in joining me?  Give me a call at (734) 497-8521 or email me to let me know that you will be attending!  
Stay tuned for holiday classes!  Times and dates are currently being finalized!  There will be stamp-a-stack's, Project Life classes, holiday packaging and much much more!

Card ingredients:
Card Stock:  Lost Lagoon, Watercolor paper, Silver Foil Sheets
Stamps:  White Christmas
Inks:  Lost Lagoon, Black Staz-On, Soft Suede
Tools/other supplies:  Stampin' Trimmer, Paper Distressing Tool, All is Calm Designer Washi Tape, Lost Lagoon 3/8" Silky Taffeta Ribbon, Handheld Stapler, Aquapainter, Stampin' Dimensionals, SNAIL

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Tee hee hee

Do you recognize this card?  Unfortunately I can't take credit for it as it's not my original idea.  It can actually be found on page 47 of the Holiday Mini from Stampin' Up!  I CASED the card because I thought it was absolutely adorable!

If you look in the Mini- you'll see that mine is just a smidgen different.  For starters- mine only has a watercolor card stock layer as opposed to the entire card.  I adhered my layer to a Basic Black card base.  Yes- this makes writing a greeting inside the card a bit tricky but since I planned to decorate the inside of my card anyway- it wasn't an issue.   I cut the hat, tights, dress and one shoe out of Very Vanilla card stock and adhered them to the "clothes" line using a stamped clothespin and a Stampin' Dimensional.
Super easy and way too cute!
Do you have your copy of the new Holiday Mini?  If not- let me know and I'll drop one in the mail! Interested in placing an order?  Head on over to my STORE and click on shop!
Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, September 1, 2014

A little pumpkin...

Hello there!
Thanks for stopping by!  Today I have a super cute little treat box to share with you!  It was created using the brand new Curvy Keepsake Box Thinlits Die from the Holiday Mini.  This lil' pumpkin was ridiculously easy to make!
First- I cut two of the box shapes from the Curvy Keepsake Box Die, adhered them together and then used the straight lines image from Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to add some decoration.  Once fully assembled- I then used the medium sized leaf image from the Fall Fest stamp set to create 2 leaves for the top.  A 1/8" strip of Old Olive card stock was used to create a small coil.  The little pumpkin wasn't complete until I added a tiny Linen Thread bow and a Linen Thread coil.

 How perfect for a little classroom treat!  At less than 5 minutes to create- these will easily be a go to favorite for me!  I'm thinking these would also be adorable to use as place cards at Thanksgiving.  Fill with some Autumn Harvest mix, add a name and it's good to go!