Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Endless Wishes, MM123, CTS89 & TC13

Hi, Friends! Boy did I have a fun day yesterday! More on that in a moment, but for starters I'll share my CAS holiday card for three challenges. Last year I fell in love with the Endless Wishes stamp set, but before it even arrived at my door it was sold out. Yay, it's back this year in the new Holiday Catalog! I would have posted this card yesterday but I was a bit busy...

My son's girlfriend's sister (no abbreviation for that, that I know of!) is a Marine Biologist at the Long Island Aquarium and also works with The Riverhead Foundation, who rescue and rehabilitate dolphins, porpoises, seals, sea turtles and whales. What an amazing person and what a cool job she has! Anyway, I got a last minute invitation to go to the aquarium (for free) and then have a private "backstage" tour. Needless to say I rescheduled all my other obligations for the day. Wow, what an incredible experience. I now see what difficult work these people do and how commited they are. Thank you, Daniella!

I'm playing along with three challenges today, the "Wreath" theme challenge at Merry Monday, the layout from CAS(E) this sketch, and the colors from The Challenge.

I have such a hard time capturing the sparkle of glitter in a photo. I promise you this is prettier in real life. I just dabbed my Two Way Glue Pen randomly over the wreath and sprinkled some Dazzling Diamonds over it. I know! I used glitter twice in two weeks, amazing!

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Endless Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana
Ink Pads: Night of Navy, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate
Tools: Big Shot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Silver 1/8" Ribbon

Thanks for visiting!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Creative Blog Hop

Hi, Stampers and Crafters! Today, I am so honored that my sweet stampin' buddy LeAnne Pugliese has tagged me to participate in The Creative Blog Hop! You may have heard about it already, but if not, it is a venue for crafters of all kinds to talk about ourselves a bit and hopefully make a few new friends along the way.

LeAnne has a wonderful blog called Wee Inklings (I know, how cute is that?), and somehow with her busy schedule finds time to create and blog nearly every day. I love her style and how she makes everything look so simple! You can back-pedal and see her Creative Blog Hop post and learn more about her by clicking here.

The hop asks that we answer four questions about ourselves, so here I go! I'll try to keep my answers as brief as possible! 

1. What am I working on now? As usual, more than one thing! Aside from working on my design team obligations, I am working on projects for my next Technique Class. This month the theme is "Around the House", and we are going to be using things like bleach, painters tape and pencil erasers to make our cards. Fun, don't you think?! I can't show you the projects I'm working on yet, but for inspiration I will show you a card that I made ages ago using plain bleach and a blender pen, which I have designated for "bleach only". No explanation necessary other than, dip, paint and wait for the bleach to do it's magic!

2. How does my work differ from others? Maybe because my style is all over the place! I am still a relatively new stamper. I started scrapbooking about 10 years ago and was introduced to stamping about 7 years ago by my good friend Sue. 

I love exploring different styles and techniques, and I love them all from Clean and Simple to Shabby Chic, so I’m still on my own creative journey. I hope my readers are inspired by my posts and try different ways to express themselves, too.


3. Why do I create what I do? That one is easy! Someone once said that creativity is not a hobby, but a way of life. I’m a firm believer in that, and I treasure my quiet moments in my craft space for reflection and as a form of “craft therapy”. Plus, I just love paper and ink, especially the smell of my Stazon Ink Pad! Anyone else love that smell?

4. How does my creative process work? I spend lots of time on Splitcoast, Pinterest and visiting my fellow bloggers for inspiration, and also love to play along with challenges. Give me a sketch, a color challenge and a theme and I’m all set! I try to combine them when possible with my need for upcoming holiday and occasion cards.

Now, I have the pleasure of tagging two of my favorite paper crafters in the Creative Blog Hop!

Justin Krieger

My name is Justin Krieger and I’m techie that does computer consulting. I live in Long Island, NY and I have a wonderful daughter Taylor and Mini Schnauzer Winston. I have always done some kind of paper crafting ever since I was little when I made entire car dashboards out of foamcore. I discovered my love of card making in January of 2011 while watching a show on PBS. I saw them make a waterfall card and I thought I can do that so I went out and got some supplies and made one. My friend Sandy introduced me to Stampin’ Up! in August of that year and I became an Independent Demonstrator in September. I’m completely hooked and take some time to make something every day. It relaxes me and is my wind down at the end of the day!

Not only am I fortunate enough to have wonderfully creative Justin in my Stampin' Up family, but we are good friends and crafting buddies, besides. We frequently discuss our orders before we place them, and he is quite the enabler, I might add! (Just order it, you know you want it)!

Nance Leedy

Hi there friends!  I live under the tree canopy of North Florida with my husband, our daughter, one dog and a bunch of swampland animals (thankfully no alligators!).  This is my 5th year as a Stampin’ Up demonstrator and I’ve loved every minute of it.  Designs and color inspire me—whether it’s a piece of clothing, an advertisement or an element of nature, I find inspiration everywhere! That includes all the wonderful blogs out there from dear friends like Sandy.  I stalked Sandy’s blog for a while and always admired her fabulous use of SU products but it was her stint as a Guest Designer for the Paper Players that turned us into friends.  She’s a warm-hearted person, amazingly creative and it’s an honor to be tagged by her!  Thank you, Sandy!

As Nance said, we got to know one another through The Paper Players blog, and she never ceases to amaze me with both her beautiful creations and incredible commitment to the team. Plus, she files her stamps in alphabetical order just like me!

Big thanks if you made it to the end of this long post! Thanks also to LeAnne for tagging me, and to Justin and Nance for being tagged! Check out their blog posts next Monday to learn more about them!

Hugs :)

Sunday, August 24, 2014

For All Things & Fall Fest Sneak Peek, PP210

Hello, Friends! Jaydee is hostess this week at The Paper Players and she has a wonderful sketch for us. I had so many ideas of what I wanted to do with it that it was hard to narrow it down, so you may be seeing this sketch again later in the week!

Some of my new goodies from the Holiday Catalog wanted to come out and play, and there was a card in the catalog that I loved and wanted to CASE. The sentiment is from the For All Things Stamp Set and the leaves are from the Fall Fest Stamp Set, which also has coordinating Framelits. The Embellishments are Autumn Wooden Elements. I love them; they are so cute!

The oval was cut with a Framelit and pierced on the reverse side so the 'bumpies' are on the front. The Label Framelit wasn't quite big enough so I cut two, and added a piece of one to the bottom. The banner covers up the place they join.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: For All Things, Fall Fest
Card Stock: Whisper White, Hello Honey
Designer Series Paper: Moonlight
Ink Pads: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Based Brown Sugar
Tools: Big Shot, Ovals Collection, Labels Collection and Fall Fun Framelits, Essential Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool & Mat
Accessories: Autumn Wooden Elements, Early Espresso Baker's Twine

Have a great day and we hope to see you over at The Paper Players!

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Stippled Blossom Birthday Wishes, CCMC34 & MOJO359

Hi, Friends! As you can see I have been alternating between inside and outside pictures lately. I do prefer natural light, but it is always so breezy here on Long Island that sometimes I have to catch the card before it blows away! I'd love to hear which you prefer.

Today's card was inspired by two challenges. I love the inspiration photo for the Colour Me challenge. Those Pyrex pieces are so retro! 

I also love this kind of a layout, this week from Mojo Monday. Plenty of layers, but you can keep it clean or shabby it up, what ever your heart desires. 

The first two colors in the color challenge layer up perfectly with the two step stamp set, Stippled Blossoms. The blossom colors are Crisp Canteloupe and Calypso Coral. Lost Lagoon has a bit of a green hue to it, so I thought it worked well for the leaves. I stamped off the first layer off for a lighter shade.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Stippled Blossoms, Petite Pairs
Card Stock: Whisper White, Crisp Canteloupe
Designer Series Paper: Gold Soiree
Ink Pads: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon
Markers: Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Lost Lagoon
Tool: Big Shot, Modern Mosaic EF, Circles Framelits, Essentials Paper Piercing Pack, Piercing Tool & Mat
Accessories: Calyspo Coral Seam Binding, Linen Thread, In Color Sequins

Have a great day!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

White Christmas Sneak Peek for STS27

Happy Tuesday, Stampers! This week at Seize the Sketch, the very talented Cathy Santie has an awesome and simple sketch for us! I'm also sad to say that this will be the final challenge at STS. I have been so honored to work with this amazing design team and will continue to follow all their wonderful blogs. A big thanks to Lesley Croghan for inviting me to participate. Hugs! 

Now, on to my creation. After perusing my most recent stamp purchases, I decided that this little scene from White Christmas would work perfectly, though I had to stretch the squares into rectangles.

I stamped the entire image with Black Stazon onto Whisper White, then again onto scrap paper. I masked off the ground, then sponged the sky lightly with Pool Party ink. The trees were colored with Baked Brown Sugar and a Blender Pen.

The little cardinals were also colored with a blender pen, cut out by hand and adhered with a glue pen. I love that there are two cardinals in this set so you can have them face each other. Finally, I glittered up the trees and the snow with some Dazzling Diamonds. Yes, me the glitter phobe! Some projects are just calling out for glitter!

Please join our final challenge at Seize the Sketch and say goodbye to the rest of the wonderful Design Team!

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: White Christmas
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party
Ink Pads: Black Stazon, Pool Party, Real Red, Baked Brown Sugar
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Inky hugs :)

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Endless Birthday Wishes, PP208 & STB

Greetings, Friends! This week LeAnne has a wonderful challenge for us at The Paper Players, to make a clean and simple child's birthday card. 

I had an idea to use the Endless Birthday Wishes stamp set, which I am inking up for the first time. As my creation progressed, I kept adding layers and embellishments and kind of forgot about the clean and simple part of this challenge! Oops, sorry, LeAnne! I hope all the white space at least keeps it clean.

There is an "anything goes" challenge going on at Seize the Birthday, so I am linking up my card with them, too.

Photopolymer! I have more and more stamps made of this wonderful material and I love them. They are less expensive, do not require mounting, stick wonderfully to the blocks and make perfect alignment a breeze. No Stamp-A-Ma-Jig needed for this card! 

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Endless Birthday Wishes
Card Stock: Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry
Ink Pads: Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, Rich Razzleberry, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
Tools: Big Shot, Designer Frames Embossing Folder, Extra arge Oval Punch
Accessories: Brights Candy Dots, Brights Buttons, Cotton Thread

Thanks for joining me today and please visit the rest of the Design Team at The Paper Players!

Inky hugs :)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Festival of Trees Sneak Peek, MOJO358 & HSS192

Greetings, Friends! The man in brown was kind enough to deliver a wonderful box of SU goodies last night and I dove right in! I've got several sneak peeks for you today: the Festival of Trees Stamp Set, Tree Punch, Trim the Tree Designer Paper, and Nordic Designer Buttons. 

I'm playing along with the sketch challenge today at Mojo Monday and the color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.

These new products are so easy to work with! The stamps are photopolymer so it makes perfect alignment a cinch, and what's better than a matching punch! The little birdie and pot were cut out by hand, and the birdie popped up with a piece of Dimensional.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Festival of Trees
Card Stock: Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Trim the Tree
Ink Pads: Cherry Cobbler, Baked Brown Sugar, Garden Green
Tools: Tree Punch
Accessories: Nordic Designer Buttons, Linen Thread

Thanks for visiting today! Inky hugs!