Thursday, October 29, 2015

Pretty Christmas Color Challenge for TTS 54

Well, Christmas is usually pretty anyway, that was the best I could do for a header. Ha. It's too early here for creative headlines.

This week at Tis The Season Stamping we have a great color challenge for you! I was really excited about this color combo because it's just so dang pretty, plus we are starting to see more "non-traditional" Christmas colors in the stores now. I don't know why I thought of aluminum trees when I saw the colors, but that was my inspiration and I went with it.

I also tried to follow a sketch, which as of late my brain and my hands are polar opposites because while it looks good in my head, not so much in execution. Do you have those days? I should take photos of my misfit cards before I rip them apart.

Here's what I came up with:

Looks easy, right? It took a rather long time to come up with that look ;). One of those days!

Here's the challenge:

Vanilla, Coral, Blue and RazzleberryThe Challenge is open until Nov.10th @ 12pm EST. We can't wait to see what you create!
Supplies: All SU (unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Pennant Parade (ret)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Cameo Coral, Marina Mist
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Cameo Coral, Marina Mist
Accessories: Rich Razzleberry polka dot grosgrain ribbon (ret), pearl accents.

Any plans for Halloween this weekend? I need to whip up the kiddos costumes! My 3 year old daughter wants to be Catboy from Disney Junior's PJ Masks (A cute show about kids who's PJ's give them super powers at night to save the day!) And my son wants to be a vending machine? You got me there. haha.

Hope you have a Happy Halloween and thanks for stopping by!!

Have a stamptastic day!

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Spooky Spiders for TSOT #240!

Hey there!

As I was scrolling my FB newsfeed yesterday, I came across this great sketch from the Try Stamping on Tuesday team! I had to play along because I was itching to make some Halloween goodies!

I knew I wanted to incorporate spiders and the spider web embossing folder. After a little reconfiguration, I came up with this:

I started off thinking I was going to use the web as the card base, but after that idea tanked, I switched my laters around and think it came out mighty cute!

Supplies (All SU!) unless noted:
Paper: Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Witches Brew DSP (ret), Whisper White, DCWV Glitzy Glitter cardstock stack.
Ink: Jet Black Stazon
Stamps: Spooky Bingo Bits (ret)
Accessories: Wild Wasabi 1/4" striped grosgrain ribbon (ret), Rhinestones, 1" circle punch, Seasonal Frame thinlits with Precision Base Plate.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Simple Thank You and Sweet Deals

Good morning!!

I had a quick second yesterday to make a very simple thank you note! It took me all of 5 minutes from start to finish and I think it came out great!!

Supplies (ALL SU!)
WW Paper, Thankful Forest Friends stamp, Blender pen,
Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobber, Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist,
Mossy Meadow, Lost Lagoon inks. Rhinestones. 

I wanted to create something simple yet beautiful and I think I achieved it with this perfect colorful sentiment. While it is fun to make a card with a lot of layers and embellishing, it's also nice to do one that is very stripped down and elegant. (It's also hard NOT to add more!) Also--I can't say enough how much I LOVE the In-colors!! I know I'm a year late in their glory, but I love them!! I also add Cherry Cobbler in the mix with them and it looks spectacular!

But for the simple stamper, without a lot of supplies, you can still create something stunning without lots of extras.

Oh Hey---

Stampin' Up! is having an SALE!!

Say what?! Get in on the action while you can! ALL stamp sets (not bundles) are 15% off!!!! I know you have a wishlist a mile long!! Now is a great time to stock up!! Visit me at my store to check out the deals!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a stamptastic day!!

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Skating Inspired for Tis the Season 53!

Good afternoon!

This week at Tis The Season Stamping we have a great winter inspiration for you! Scenes like this are what my winter growing up in Wisconsin were like. Rustic old farmhouses, beautiful snow sparkling for miles, and hints of evergreen sprigs and garland lining front porches. My favorite part about winter (in a snowy location) is that the simplicity of the landscape is enough decoration for me. Its sparkly, bright, and has the hints of the trees to showcase its natural beauty.

I'm also jealous of the warm winters out there as well. I'm not talking warm as being in the 50's (Well, in North Pole during the cold stretches that could be a 100 degree heatwave) but I'm talking HOT, like Phoenix. I also like hot cocoa in the winter, which would be hard in 90 degree weather.

I'll keep weighing my options. In the meantime all this banter was brought about by this picture:

My take:
How long have I been saying I need to make a lightbox for? That time of the year again!
I've been itching to do two things: 1) Use the new woodland embossing folder from SU (and make it SO sparkly!) and 2) Make a shadow box card. They are so easy and always come out really cute! Plus, it's WAY easier using circle framelits instead of the Circle Scissors! 

One of the very first challenge cards I made was this card in 2011. Talk about a #TBT right?! Take a look around at my old stuff! It's a nice trip down memory lane! 

Supplies: (All SU! unless otherwise noted)
Stamps: Winter Post (ret), Bells and Boughs (ret)
Ink: Bashful Blue, Smokey Slate, Midnight Muse, Early Espresso
Paper: Whisper White, scraps. 
Accessories: Woodland Texture embossing folder, Circles Framelits, Northern Frost decorative strip die by Sizzix, White Smootch Spritz, Iridescent Ice embossing powder. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day!!

Monday, October 12, 2015

October Swap Group

Hey everyone!!

Here is the card I made for our October swap group. The theme this month was Thankful (one of my favorites). I stuck with the fall theme to go along with this and came up with this card using nice fall colors.

There is a specific name for this technique, which is totally slipping my mind at the moment. Inlaid embossing maybe? You can use punched or die cut images scattered then embossed as well. Anyway, no matter what you do, it always looks great. For this card I just stamped the leaves in different colors and then ran through the big shot with an embossing folder. It adds a perfect bit of texture (and also distracts the eye from any blemishes). For the punched image, I used the decorative label punch for the sentiment, then punched Blackberry Bliss and cut in half to frame around it. I love how versatile our punches are! 

Supplies: All Stampin' Up (unless otherwise noted)
Paper: Dusty Durango (ret) Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss
Stamps: Days of Gratitude
Ink: Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss. 
Accessories: Island Indigo ribbon (ret), square lattice embossing folder (ret), Decorative Label punch. 

Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day!!

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Dottie for Tis The Season 52!

Good morning!!

Boy, its a snowy one here in Alaska! Yesterday schools were cancelled yesterday due to the big dumping of snow we got on Tuesday. Usually, if we have weather related cancellations its for raining when it's not supposed to be. Unfortunately, there are some 8,000 residents still without power and with the sub-30 degree weather, it creates unsafe situations. Keep those residents in your thoughts as the power crews work hard!

With all this new snow, I was inspired to break out my new Snow Place stamp set and get to work for the Tis The Season layout challenge this week. Here's what I came up with:

I'm going to have to make a lightbox! 

I wanted to use the "Let it Snow" sentiment from that set to pick on Lisa from Snowy Moose Creations (She lives south of me by a few hours and was jealous of all of our snow!) but it didn't fit quite as well.

This stamp set is SO much fun to play with!! I love that Stampin' Up and other companies started releasing these little thinlet dies, it makes cutting images SO much easier! I'm more willing to fork out money for a set with a matching die because frankly, I'm a lazy stamper. I'll do fussy cutting if I have to, but you can stamp and cut a LOT faster with a little die. Plus, this set comes with tons of little dies!! You won't have to cut ANYTHING! Score! Haha, I'm just a tad excited.

You should join our challenge this week! Why?
1) It's super fun! Sketch challenges are my favorite because you don't have to worry about a layout. You can CASE the sketch verbatim or add a little twist.

2.) Get a jump start on your Christmas cards! Don't make christmas cards? Pssshh... there's a decline of the christmas card sending and YOU could save it. Plus, it keeps the postal service employed!

3) You get to meet like-minded crafters, make new friends, and give you another reason to get into your stamping space.

Convinced? Good! I'm pretty persuasive!

Here is the sketch:

We do have a few challenge guidelines* we'd like to ask you to follow:

  • Your project must be a new Christmas project created for this challenge.
  • You may use any brand of product that you have in your stash. 
  • If you combine challenges please limit it to no more then 4 including ours.
  • Please provide a link back to our challenge or use the challenge graphic within your post.
  • Have fun!!! 
The Challenge is open until Oct.13th  @ 12pm EST.  We can't wait to see what you create! 

I hope to see you playing along this week!!

Supplies: All SU (unless otherwise listed)
Stamps: Snow Place Photopolymer, Best Day Ever SAB (ret) 
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red
Ink: Bashful Blue (ret), Real Red, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Chevron Naturals ribbon, Gold metallic thread, rhinestones, Snow Friends Framelets. 

Have a stamptastic day and stay warm (or cool, depending on your location) and thanks for stopping by!