Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Missed Mailable Monday

Hi stampers!  I meant to post a Mailable Monday post but life happened!  We took Ian's pacifier away last weekend and he did great over the weekend but unfortunately, he's been waking up crying and really unhappy an tired after about and hour all last week during his usual THREE hour nap!  I got very little stamping done without that nice long nap and with having to comfort him for a LONG time once he wakes up which is really hard to deal with.  Normally he wakes up well rested and really happy so it's hard to see him so tired and sad and I miss that extra two hours of time for myself.  I'm hoping it's just a phase and he'll figure it out and I'm hoping it's not the end of those three hour naps, he clearly needs more sleep!  Poor guy!

And then my dad and step mom came for a visit!  And I misunderstood when they were coming so I was busting my rear to get the house cleaned up earlier on Sunday than I had planned, ha!  And they have kept us busy!   We went to the Oklahoma Aquarium yesterday and it was so fun!

At least I have a simple card to show you today that would be perfect for dropping in the mail for a birthday!

I used all five of the new in colors, which I also love!  My splatters are from the number of years set.  I used a well placed post it note here and there to keep them out of the balloons as I stamped them.

And the die cut is actually a custom made sticker with our new multipurpose adhesive sheets *which aren't on the supply list  You just place the sheet on your cardstock, run it though the big shot, and then peel the backing off!  Nice and sticky!

I'm off to see my parents off :(  We'll miss them!

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Friday, May 19, 2017

Foxy Friday

Hi stampers!  I totally forgot that Stampin' Up shared by Instagram tip earlier this week!  It was pretty cool to see it posted!  You should follow them if you don't already!  There's some good stuff and good tips on there!

My tip was using your punches to make a cute little body for your skunk from foxy friends like I used in this card:

Isn't his little body just perfect?  Check out Instagram to see my tip!  I just love this card, it's so sweet and just kind of perfect when you don't have any other wise words this!

And I can't tell you how much I'm going to miss mint macaron.  I haven't been using it much in preparation to say goodbye, ha!  It's such a pretty color!

Happy stamping!

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Happy Celebrations - Stampin' Up Global Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hi stampers!  It's time for another Artisan Blog Hop!  Take a trip around the world with us.  If you came from Mercedes' blog and her amazing project, you're well on your way and if not, just keep clicking!

Some of us are using happy celebrations and some of us are using cool treats which is great news since both are carrying over into the new catalog!

I chose happy celebrations because...well, I just like it!  It was a hard decision because both sets are super cute!

My cards are pretty simple but pretty bold!  This set just lends itself to being bright and cheery so I wanted to pair it with lemon lime twist which is so vibrant!  It looks fantastic in a simple color combo with black and white!  I've heard a few people say they aren't a fan of it but I hope to change your mind if you're in that camp.

I used some of the eastern palace DSP and also some of the retiring pop of pink DSP.  If you haven't added this one to your stash, I highly recommend getting it before it's gone!  I love the black and white designs of that paper and will miss it! (Still working on finding a place to take photos that isn't dark in this darn house!)

For this card, I used my favorite embossing folder.  I also stamped my image right on the DSP and cut it out which is a fun way to change up this set a little.  A sprinkling of black sequins rounded things out.

For this one, I used the same concept but I embossed the letters with white powder.  Doesn't the lemon lime twist make an awesome watercolor wash background?  I used some of the background circle images and some of them are stamped full strength and some stamped off once.  I love all the color variations on this card out of just one color!

The black sequins were too much competition with my letters so I added the clear ones from our metallic sequin assortment to this one.  It's a fun look with the bold circles and the sequins being more subtle.

And finally on this card, I pulled out the coordinating embossing folders which are so much fun!  I stamped the triangles both full strength, stamped off once and then once again.  For the sequins here, I went with white which helped make the debossed greeting really pop.  It's amazing the difference a little bitty embellishment like that can make!  The cards looked naked without them, ha!

I hope I've changed your mind about lemon lime twist if you were on the fence and I hope you enjoyed my projects.  It's time to head on over to the Netherlands and visit Miriam who has something amazing to show you!

If you'd like to click around, here's a list of all of us, too!

I wasn't able to add the Eastern palace specialty paper to my supply list so please note that it should be added.

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Monday, May 15, 2017

Mailable Monday - Three Ways

Hi stampers!  I hope everyone had a great weekend, it was a really fantastic one over here!  And not for any one big reason but so many little moments that added up to one great weekend.  Mother's Day was just a bonus :-)

And now for a little secret.  I don't usually care for or get many, if any, of our hostess sets.  But boy is that not the case with this new catalog.  I even pre-ordered a new set which I try not to do usually.  The in the city set is adorable and amazing!  You get 60...that's SIXTY stamps, isn't that awesome?

I whipped up three cards using the set the other day and I wanted to show the different things you can do with them.  I knew we'd be getting some new neighbors and they happened to move in last week so one of these cards is going to them.  They have a three year old boy so hopefully Ian can make a new friend!

The thing I probably like the best about this set is that it's a two step set so you can make cute cards and FAST!  All I did here was stamp the outline in black and then stamp the inside in soft sky and emerald envy.  Side note: this color combo is to die for!  I'm going to marry lemon lime twist...don't tell Jon!

Really, this card came together in seconds.  Great for someone like me who moved to a developing neighborhood, right? :-)

For my other two cards I simply watercolored the elements which is also pretty quick and since they are simple images, doesn't take much fuss (which is good for the coloring impaired like me).  Remember, for the best results, ink up in versa mark then your basic black and emboss with clear powder.

I kept this one more simple by just stamping and cutting it out with some of my layering circles.

And I stepped this one up just a tad by fussy cutting the house and tree.  I thought this one would be fun to send to just about anyone who needed a pick me up!

I hope that I've shown you just how easy it is to make a handful of cards with this set.  Sixty stamps can be a little overwhelming but don't be afraid of this one!  Add it to your host rewards and make a whole neighborhood or city!

Happy stamping!
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