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Up up and away!

Good morning!

Today I'm playing with the Paper Players challenge 283. The theme was Up, Up, and Away and immediately went to this adorable hot air balloon set Stampin' Up came out with a few years ago (and realized that I have barely used it) :(

My main goal was to keep the card really simple and try out a color combo (Strawberry Slush, Pacific Point, Pistachio Pudding, and Creamy Caramel) that I was inspired by when I saw an Essie nail polish combo in the Ulta mailer. Theoretically they look really good together. I'll just leave it at that. :)
You win some and you lose some, haha. 
----> Where do you get inspiration from? 
----> And, does it turn out like you pictured in your head? 
I feel like I live live by the 80/20 rule. 80% I'm good, and those 20% are duds. Which I'm okay with. 
Alright, thanks for stopping in today! I hope you have a stamptastic day (and upcoming weekend!! We're SO close!!) I'll be spending the weekend at a wrestling tournament…

Quick and Easy Cards!

What's better than making a card that is so quick and easy your coffee will still be hot when you're finished? And will be playing along with Watercolor Wednesday's Anything Goes challenge!

Two cards!

That's right, friends! Two quick and easy cards! Shelli Gardner, Stampin' Up's CEO,  inspired this easy and beautiful project.

Of course, you can always take more time on your project to make it more complex, but when you need a fast project that will look great no matter how simple, this is a great idea!

I used the new Botanical Garden DSP and cut 2 panels at 4 x 5 1/4, then diagonally down the center of each. Next, you flip a panel between the 2 cards to have 2 different DSP triangles on each. What won't work is only cutting one panel diagonally and then flipping the DSP, you'll need 2 otherwise they won't piece back like they are supposed to. It blew my mind for a little bit before I cut the second sheet. (It was a duh moment on my part.) After tha…

I'm Stamping on Tuesday!

Ha, because today is Tuesday!

Right on!

I was looking for a little creative energy this morning and did a quick search of challenge blogs to play along with. I found 3! Wahoo, so you'll see all of those throughout the week.

First up: Try Stampin' on Tuesday!

I chose this one because I wanted to use coordinating DSP to recreate the sketch. I love the fact you can just flip over a paper and have something that coordinates on the back. Easy!
Here's what I came up with:

I used the Fresh Prints DSP stack that came out a few years ago. It's one of my favorite stacks because I just love the color combo. 
I started off by adhering the paper in the manner to reflect the sketch then went back and trimmed the remaining off. It was just easier for my brain then measuring and figuring out the cuts. I then punched out the red with the decorative label punch and layered an oval on top with the sentiment from the retired Smarty Pants stamp set. Added some scrunched ribbon, made easy w…

Birthday Wishes for Friday Mashup!

Morning friends!
This week the Friday Mashup crew has a fun birthday and stencil mashup to play along with!
Here's the challenge:
Here's what I came up with:

Remember yesterday how I said mashups work well for 2 blogs, but not for the one I need to mashup? For months I've been haphazardly trying my Spellbinders Embossibilities and haven't had much luck. So for this card I was determined to figure it out. First I stenciled the colors using sponges then ran it through the big shot and it worked pretty well. (The embossing is hard to see in the picture) I CASED the project on the Spellbinders package and did a lot of altering until I got it worthy of using, ha. (It's been one of those weeks!) I have a hard time with the Brights color family. They are just too much for me sometimes! There was too much teal, so I scored it down to make a gift card holder. 
I hope you play along with us at the Friday Mashup! If you haven't heard, our challenges are now 2 weeks long, …

Cut that Stash!

Here's an easy one for you!

Recently Dena Rekow (sorry, I have a girl/craft crush--don't judge) posted about creating with old DSP. Ya know, the stuff we hoard for "special" occasions and never come out of our paper totes.

Yeah, that DSP.

Sometimes the truth hurts. Straight to my core.

Since I had some sitting on my desk, I cut it down to fit this simple layout, (length only). The crumb cake tag was already made, cutting down the time on this project to about 5 minutes. I broke out the new sentiment from 'Suite Sayings' and a quick decorative label punch layered, and added a ribbon, then viola! It was meant to be!!

Here's what I made:

So, are you up to Dena's challenge of breaking out that old patterned paper? Even better, I know you (yes you!) have a stash of cut scrap paper hiding as well. Bust out that stash! Use it! Then send to a friend.

I know, baby steps. I also have a hoard of cards awaiting forever homes. :)

Paper: In Color DSP 2012-1…

Peace of mind for mashups!

I just love when I can mash up challenges.

Does it work for Friday Mashup as well as it does random challenge blogs? Usually not, lol!

But, in this case (for the past couple actually) Sunday Stamps and Retro Rubber have gone well together and that makes my heart happy!

Here's what I came up with:

I just ADORE Dasher! From 2008, this little guy is just an adorable way to add that perfect wintery touch to any Christmas-y card! I thought pairing the embossing folder with the banners would be too much, but once assembled I really like it! I know we're all partial to cards we make, but let me tell you, I've had quite a few duds. Sometimes they're salvageable, sometimes there is absolutely no place they belong better than in the trash :)

Not this one! Phew! Keeping with the winter, and not so much Christmas theme, I opted for more non-traditional colors, which have been ALL the rage this past year. Christmas is going glam!

Thanks for stopping by and have a stamptastic day!

Sweet Valentine for Retro Rubber Challenge

Hey there!
Today I was stumbling along blogs and came across this GREAT one, the Retro Rubber Challenge blog!! It's a safe place for those of us who keep old stamps! (haha, most blogs are safe, but often I feel bad showcasing retired products because they are hard to find now days--Ebay is where you go to find them or to the number of craft resale pages, haha) 
Naturally I had to play along because I have a TON of old stamps! To play in the challenges, the stamps have to be at least 1 year old. 

Here's what I came up with!

I used 'Love You Much' by Stampin' Up! It was in the 2008-09 Idea Book and Catalog. Here is another time I've used this stamp set, way back in 2011. It's my go-to for Valentines for some reason, even though I'm not a huge fan of the crooked looking 'Love' image. For the red, white and pink colors, I chose Rose Red, Blushing Bride, Pool Party for a pop and then Whisper White. The layout is from Sweet Sunday Stamps Sketch #3.

Feeling rustic for a challenge mashup!

Hey everyone!

Today I had some time to stamp and found not one, but TWO color challenges to try. The colors were almost the same, so I decided to mash them together in this nice rustic card.

I found out that Sweet Sunday Stamps challenge blog has ended at challenge 300, which I've missed. I decided to go back to good ol' numero uno. All in all, 3 challenges were completed today. Phew.

Sweet Sunday Stamps Layout #1

Here's what I came up with:

Thanks for checking in today!! Hope you have a stamptastic day!

Color challenge for Connie and Mary 392

Happy Super Bowl Sunday! Who are you rooting for? Denver? Carolina? I think Carolina is going to win, but I want Denver to win. We'll see how that pans out. I'm most excited for the commercials!

Yesterday I had a chance to make this quick card to play along with Connie and Mary's color challenge! I love quick cards because it's quick gratification!

I found the inspiration on Pinterest by Dena Rekow and knew I had to CASE it! Do you CASE (Copy and Share Everything)? Some think that it's cheating, I think it's a great way to get your crafty mojo on, especially if you have all the items needed, it takes the guesswork out of creating from scratch. It's also a great source of inspiration for layouts, etc.

I decided to make a subtle change to the card just by using a different stamp in the set used in the original. This card uses the October Paper Pumpkin stamp set and is different from than one I would normally choose to buy, so it was a step out of my comfort z…

Valentine's and Candy Mashup!


Today at the Friday Mashup we have a super fun theme to play along with, Candy and Valentines! Seems like a natural combo to me!

Also, doesn't this picture look delicious. (even if you despise candy hearts..blech!)

The Mashup Challenge this week is: Create a project for your Valentine. Create a project featuring a Candy image. or Mash it Up!! and create a V-day Candy themed project. We can't wait to see what you create.. The challenge will end on Friday Feb. 17th @6pm est. 

Here's what I came up with:

I CASED this card from HERE. I loved EVERYTHING about the layout! I just changed up my papers and added that little candy piece up top (which is hard to see in the picture since I used mesh wrapper ends).  The paper is the retired 'Stacked with Love' DSP paired with some Coastal Cabana accents. I love DSP stacks because all the hard work of coming up with a color theme is done for you and the papers work together beautifully. Finally, the stamps are from th…

What the Heck, Jayme!

.....That is the thought I had the other day when I realized that I hadn't blogged in probably a week!

ugh. "Thats how you keep your following!" Yikes!
The last 2 weeks have been a whirlwind blur. I was doing great until we had an out-of-town bout, then that was it! My card streak came to a screeching halt, no blogging, minimal facebooking. Heck, just yesterday I thought "surely I have design team cards that are due... probably today!" 
Not to bore you with all the details, but you all know I play roller derby, and a few weeks ago we ended our lease agreement with the landlord of our BIG beautifully dusty practice space. Since then we've had games, moved out and have been seeking new space. We've been graciously invited to a neighboring league practice (THANK YOU!). Also, life and wrestling season is in full swing as well. 
Enough of the sob story. (Move on, lady! haha) Now I'll catch you up! 
Starting with Tis The Season Stamping's color challe…