Thursday, August 17, 2017

Sharing Sweet Thoughts Shaker Card - Stampin Up Global Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

\Hi stampers!  It's time for another Stampin' Up Artisan Hop!  Hop around the globe with us and see what we've got for you!  Don't forget to use Google Translate to help you keep up if need be!

This time around, the focus is the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set which can be found on the very back inside cover of the annual catalog.  It's easy to miss but oh so cute AND it's a stamp set for a great cause!  Stampin Up will donate $3 to the Ronald McDonald House Charities when you purchase this stamp set!  If you're unfamiliar, RMDC helps keep families close to the hospital when their little ones are receiving treatment.  I have a few good friends who have been greatly blessed by this service and I can't imagine how hard it would be to try to find lodging when you have a sick child.  Ian was actually hospitalized the day after we were discharged from when he was born for three days.  Fortunately, we were able to stay in the room with him but this service would have been invaluable had we not been able to!

Along with being super cute, this set also coordinates with the Everyday Jars Framleit Dies!  As soon as I saw our assignment, I knew I wanted to do a shaker card!

I cut out the jar on whisper white and then I stamped the jar from the set on another, smaller piece of whisper white.  I also stamped the grass on the inside.  I embossed the lid with silver and then colored it in lightly with a blender pen and smokey slate ink for a Mason jar look.  I used to catch lightning bugs and lady bugs like this at my grandma's house.  Can you see the lid has little air holes at the top?  So cute and nostalgic!  A little bit of linen thread around before I adhered it with our mini dimensionals completed the jar.  

I cut out the branch and a few ladybugs and adhered them down with some glue dots and then put a couple of "loose" lady bugs in as well and my sequins.  

The pick a pattern DSP was the perfect background since I wanted red and black for ladybugs.  I cut it at 4.25 X 5.5 inches and mounted it directly on a card base of thick whisper white card stock.

So, I tried and tried to make a little GIF of this card but since I've been at my mom's for over a week with SLOW internet, it wouldn't work.  My phone in on the fritz too, so I wasn't able to use an app in the app store either, ugh!  I will try to get one done and updated when I get non-flintstone era wifi ;-)  

And now you're off to Miriam in the Netherlands so see what cuteness she came up with!  Safe travels ;-)

I hope that you'll be inspired to purchase this set and make a difference in the life of a family!

Happy stamping!

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Pretty Pines

Hi stampers!  So, there was some discussion on some Stampin' Up forums that I'm a part of about using black on a Christmas card.  Some people just couldn't see using black on a Christmas card, ever!  Personally, I think it works great!  I suggested just trying black as an accent and challenged myself to make a card and this is what I came up with!  I think it's perfectly festive and the black adds a nice pop!

I'm also really in love with real red, emerald envy, and lemon lime twist for Christmas!  I wasn't sure about lemon lime for Christmas but I think I'm sold!  You can also mix metallics!  I used copper for my bow and gold for my pinecone!

I also think black and white Christmas cards could be quite elegant!

Which camp are you in?  Will you be using black on Christmas cards?  If not, I hope you'll be inspired to try!

Happy stamping!

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Monday, August 14, 2017

Text Ya Later

Hi stampers!  So, I've failed at stamping and blogging the past two weeks!  What can I say, life has been busy! My mom and step dad came out for a week over Ian's birthday and then my momma rode back with us to her house where we've been even busier!  He got sick for a few hours the day before we were to come back so I'm so glad it passed quickly!  We went to the Illinois State Fair Friday as is our tradition and had SO much fun!  If you're here for the card only, you can just scroll to the bottom but I enjoy sharing our life now and then.

Ian is 3 now and almost 40 inches!  That's taller than 93% of kids his age, lol!  He's super funny and super smart and excited to start pre-school a couple of days a week at the end of the month.  He is still really picky about eating so we are going to try some therapy.  I have no idea if it will help bit at least we will have tried.

Here's some pictures of Ian's little party (it was just the 5 of us but I wanted to decorate and make it fun) and our trip to the fair.

He loves Moana so we went with a little Moana theme.

He loves the farm cat!  I'm super sad I'm very allergic or we'd have one.

 He was dying to ride the skyway at the fair, he's a brave boy!  G&G are in the background there :-)

 In a fun coincidence, Grandpa Bingamon was working the at the fair with a fire truck!

And then, I took Ian to Decatur to see his other two sets of grandparents and stay the night with my dad and step mom.  We don't stay there often as they have a lot of stuff...ahem...I come by it honestly ;-)  But they are building a new house and cleaning out so it's easier to stay now, yay!  And I may be going home with more stuff than I came with...cough cough :-)

 If you're ever in Central Illinois, Decatur has a great little zoo, Scovill Zoo!

And then we drove back to the farm.  It's usually pretty relaxing here so I'm hoping I can finally put my feet up for a few days before we head back to Oklahoma :-)

 Picking tomatoes and eating them even though he hates them lol!

And now for the card, it's pretty simple and I cased it from the catalog.  I love the text ya later set and I haven't given it much love, oops!

Happy stamping!


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