Sunday, November 1, 2015

Creation Station!!! New Design Team....we're Thankful!

Welcome to the Creation Station!  We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators ready to inspire you, and to tap into your creative spirit.  Once a month, we'll showcase a group of products or design with a theme in mind, all to get your creative juices flowing!  We have an amazing Design Team, so be sure to use the buttons at the bottom of this post to cruise along to the other talented members' blogs.  Prepare to be inspired! 

For my first card - I used the Lighthearted leaves set - embossing the images with clear embossing powder to give the leaves some shine.  I'm seriously in love with these leaves - just love the look.

I inlaid the "thanks" right into the leaf with some gold glimmer paper - gold and fall just goes together - am I right?

Pairing the leaves on top of a Mossy Meadow card base just made those colored leaves pop.  Add some designer paper, burlap trim, a gold button and this card is done!

For my next card, I went with a more "artistic" approach.  

It's not quite what I envisioned.....but it's not bad.....

I started off by heat embossing the leaves in gold on watercolor paper.  Then I watercolored the circles in Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist and Hello Honey.  I wanted it to radiate....but didn't quite get the look I was going for.  However, I still like the look of it - it's just -----different!

 Now....time for you to head off on your Inspiration Journey - be prepared for some awesomeness!

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Friday, October 23, 2015

How to create a Step Card - Wonderland Stamp Set

Hey stampers!  I've got a really pretty card to share with you today.  And a video to go along with it.  

Today's card features the Wonderland Stamp Set from Stampin' Up.  You may have passed this set over because it's got the antlers in the set - and you've told yourself that you love the trees, but just don't know what to do with the antlers.  I've got a little solution for the antlers that I'll share next week! (wink wink!)

For now, tho, let's concentrate on the trees.  Because they are super gorgeous!

I wish you could FEEL the card.  The trees have texture to them - largely in part because of the white gel pen I used to highlight the branches.  

You can see the nitty gritty in my video:

Hope you enjoy today's card...I think it's a stunner!

Here's the template I used to create the card:

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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Tuesday's Deals!

We all love a great deal - and this week the deals are amazing.  Not only are these items on sale:

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Monday, October 19, 2015

Reason for the Season Cafe Bag Makeover!

I love gorgeous packaging for the holidays!  And....I love that I can create some myself.  The Reason for the Season set from Stampin' Up! really makes this a breeze. 

I'll admit - I wasn't going to order this set or punch.  It was almost last on my wish list.  I think next catalog, I'll shop from my wish list in reverse order.  Cuz, I love this set now.  And the punch.  And all that you can do with it!  It's to die for!  

I mean - c'mon - check out this poinsettia....

I think it's beautiful.  The little bag is now perfect for giving a small gift - some lotion....homemade cookies....candies....perfume....

You name it - it'll be a hit in this bag.  Plus our cafe bags are food safe and coated with a protective lining, so no oily mess from those yummy homemade goodies will seep out.

Here's something else that's to die for:

Click photo above to see what the fuss is all about!
Glad you all stopped by today!  Hope you like my little gift bag!

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Friday, October 16, 2015

Reason for the Season

Well....Hello!  It's been a while.  A lot has changed around here.  

I've got a new craft room - half the size of my old one, but brighter, and more efficient.  It there was a show on small craft spaces, I could probably win a medal or something.  It's a mere 6 1/2' x 15 1/2'.  Think galley kitchen.  But.  It's so bright - I just love that, and I can see the comings and goings of the countryside.  Which is.....well, pretty nil.  Except for some combines and tractors. 

Anyway - I've got a great card for you today - and a video!


This card is so quick to create - a great one for mass producing.  Plus it looks so good in real life.  

Hope you enjoyed today's card.  And here's to getting back to regular postings again (crossing fingers and toes!)

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Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Flurry of Wishes...

It's been a week.  One week.  And a half....  One and a half weeks.  Yep - since these three had their first day back to school.  Aubrie is now in Kindergarten (Alex is in 2nd and Will in 4th).  ALL. DAY. LONG!  While I miss her, and the boys too, (but secretly sometimes her the most - she is my lover girl!) I did rejoice the day they went back to school.  The argueing and boredom was driving me crazy - and a little bit into a depression.  For real peeps!  It happens every August.  For the past SEVERAL years!  I'm finally coming to terms with it....  I get fatigued and lazy.  I get unmotivated and grumpy.  I become this ugly person that I don't like.  I usually gain a bunch of weight in August too - I don't gain at the Holidays - I gain in August.  Like 10+ pounds.  Yep - in a month! It's the August FUNK!
It's taken me a week and a half to snap out of it!  I feel lucky for that - I know for some it's MUCH worse and longer.  
September 1st happened.

It's time for me to bust loose and find ME again!  In my quiet house!!!  Without any interruptions.  (except for the occasional facebook/pinterest spurt....ok mainly pinterest....but it's creative research, right?)

So, I'm declaring that I'm back.  My routine is about to feel like an actual routine. (I love routine btw!)  I do my type from home job in the morning.  I go for a good 3-4 mile walk. Oh.  Who am I kidding....I can't walk 4 miles - yet!  But I did walk for 3 miles today (in a new time record) and then came home, and caught my breath over a good dose of Pinterest!  Then a 20 second plank.  Yeah - I thought it, too - 20 seconds - that's cake walk....not so!  I was about to cave at 15!  I think I'm up for the 30 day Plank challenge tho!  Told my Prince Farming that Operation Skinny Momma is underway!  
Speaking of Prince Farming....I really need a new name for him....cuz in all actuality, he's not a Prince.  I love him dearly....but he's much too sarcastic and mouthy to be a Prince.  He's more of a Shrek. But in a much more handsome way....MUCH MORE HANDSOME!  OMG - he IS Shrek - oh wait....maybe he's Donkey....OMG - I'll stick with Prince Farming for now and paint a much more romantic picture of him in your heads from here on out.  

Alrighty - you've had enough of my's onto today's creation:

This card is pretty quick and simple.  It was one of the swap cards I did for Incentive Trip Achievers in a recent swap.  It's quite a bit of punching and heat embossing...but I love some good ol' heat embossing!  I like the fact that it's clean and simple, yet quite classy at the same time.

This uses all new product from the new Holiday Catalog - if you don't have a catalog yet - be sure to let me know - I'll get one sent out to you right away.  It's fabulous....and full of inspiration!

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