Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Spiders and Bugs and Snakes, Oh My!

Hi stampers!  So, Oklahoma has a lot of all the things I hate! ICK!  Sort of rethinking our move after finding a huge wolf spider in the bathroom the other night!  And seeing people post pictures of huge snakes on our HOA page!  Not to mention I STEPPED on a baby snake on my run the other day!  I still have the heebie-jeebies from it!

So, I guess this card is appropriate with it's creepy spiders!


The chandelier bundle in the holiday catalog is super cute!  I used it here without the framelits to show you don't NEED them (but you'll totally want them).  I was also trying to do pretty simple and fast cards this weekend.  It's got a few of the black rhinestones on it too!  I love those!  I colored my candles in with our markers even though there is a stamp to fill them in.  I totally didn't see it though lol!


And can we talk about the shimmer ribbon for a second?  OMGosh it's gorgeous!  It's not overly sparkly but it's just so pretty and so soft! It ties like a dream!

Happy stamping!

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Felt Like Fall...For Two Minutes

Hi stampers!  Happy eclipse day :-)  We stayed inside because Ian cannot be trusted to keep glasses on or look through a viewer and really, he's 3.  He doesn't care lol!  I did run out at 1:08, which was peak time for Tulsa, and snapped a quick picture using a colander.  The thing that I found the most interesting and the coolest (pun intended) is how much cooler it was.  I heard on the news, that it would drop 10-20 degrees depending on where you were.  It's been as hot AS the sun here and it was quite comfortable!   Felt kind of like fall!

I'm a fall girl!  I love fall!  I'm not sure how much fall I'm going to get in Oklahoma though.  It seems to stay quite warm...or hot if you ask me...for quite a while.  We'll have to see how it goes.  I have lots of fall clothes ready to come out of the closet and I need to get Ian some clothes for school (his shirts are quickly becoming too short) so do I get short sleeve or long sleeve???  I knew what to expect in Chicago, not quite sure here!

I'll just pretend it's a little cooler out and share a fall card with a few goodies from the Holiday catalog!


Can we talk about this color combo for one quick second?  I LOVE it!  tranquil tide, fresh fig and lemon lime twist are amazing together!!!!  And a little bit of crumb cake really gives it a fall-ish look!

I used the leaf stamp from colorful seasons to make my background with watercolor paper.  A little spritz of water is all you need to make it fabulous!  It reminds me of leaves kind of crunched up on the ground!  I used the new everyday label punch and a fun coordinating stamp set called labels to love.  The white die cut is actually from the lovely laurel thinlit set.  It's such a great shape.  Sometimes you have to find great things hiding in random die sets!

I hope you like it and I hope you're not blind from staring at the sun ;-)

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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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