Thursday, August 21, 2014

Cheerful Christmas....in August!


Ahhh...I think I see routine FINALLY settling into my days.  I always thought I was a fly by the seat of my pants type of person, that I liked to be spontaneous.  

Not so much.  

Maybe spontaneous on a day when we don't have anything planned.  

And fly by the seat of my pants - that just as well fly itself out the window! (and I'll keep my pants - on!)

I'm finding that I crave a routine to my day.  After a summer of run here, run there, this Momma is GLAD school is back in session!  I'm tired of my head spinning circles like I'm the main character in The Exorcist!

So now that the kiddos are back in school, I can find some normalcy to my day. At least somewhat.  

And I hope that I can be here to inspire you more.  After all.....I'm not afraid to admit that I've been a blog slacker.  Cuz I have been.  Heck, my poor craft room looks like a tornado went thru.

But - that being said.....I have been creating Christmas Cards.  A lot of them too!

Let me tell you about today's card:


When I looked at the Nordic Noel paper in the Holiday Catalog it didn't jump out at me at first.  A lot of bold, vibrant papers and colors.  I'm kind of a subdued DSP kinda gal - especially for Christmas Cards.  But I ordered the paper, knowing I'd like the striped pattern at least!  Turns out, I'm pretty sure the paper I used on this card is my fave!  I didn't even notice it in the catalog.  

It's very Nordic to me.  Like making a visit to St. Olaf with Betty White or something.  It stood out to me, and I knew that it needed to be highlighted.  You can't really cut it apart much and get a feel for the pattern - at least in my mind.  

So I kept my sentiment simple - this one from Bright & Beautiful.  I added a little ornament from Cheerful Christmas that I embossed with White Em. Powder on Real Red Cardstock.  

In the end it's clean and simple and yet full of fun!

Thanks for popping in today....let's hope my life remains normal, and I'll be back tomorrow!



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Sunday, August 17, 2014

Creation Station - Kinda Eclectic, Altered Notepads


Welcome everyone!  This is The Creation Station, and we are here to inspire you; to fill you with oodles of ideas!

This week's assignment is to create something with the Kinda Eclectic Stamp Set from Stampin' Up!  We are also to make some altered notebooks, notepads, etc.

I went a little crazy, and created an entire gift ensemble.  I have thoughts of giving this to my son's teacher.  (I really need to create another set for the other son's teacher!)


Let's start out with the notepad.  Since it's back to school season (that's a season right?) I always stock up on my own supplies, they are on sale - why not!  I love these notepads that are 5x8" - perfect for doctoring up - and the cover takes just one sheet of cardstock.


I decided I was going to decorate some sticky notepads too, but was wanting something cute to put them in.....Guess what!  Our new (available August 28th!) Gift Box Punch Board to the rescue!  I created a box in the 3.25"x 3.25"x 2.25"  size.



It holds perfectly altered sticky notes!


But that's not all.....I also created some altered clothespins, and they fit in there perfectly too!  What's not to love?



Here are those sticky notes again.

Just think, lots of projects with just one stamp set, a little bit of cardstock and some designer series paper!




If you look closely, I even stamped the piece of cardstock that I attached the clothespins to.

Well....I'm sure you are looking for more inspiration - head over to Ilina's blog for some jaw dropping fun, or go back to Justin's blog to see his masterpieces!















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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Big News! I Love Lace!!!


This new I Love Lace background stamp is to die for!!!  Look how beautiful it is!  Reminds me of my Great Grandma's tablecloths.  

I thought it paired well with the sentiment from Big News - it made a great vintage-y Wedding Card.


I think this card could easily be recreated in any color combo to compliment the wedding colors....what do you think?

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

BE YOU (TIFUL) - Flower Patch - Stampin' Up!


This new Flower Patch Stamp Set is definitely becoming one of my favorites! 

Why?

Well....for one, the set is Photopolymer, so you can easily see where you are stamping, making it perfect to layer color on top of color, as I did with the leaves.

But the flowers themselves are a bit quirky, fun.  Not a serious, exact interpretation of, say, the rose.  These are just simple flowers.  You can create them in a gazillion different ways, a quintillion different color combinations....

They are easy!


I CASE'd this card from someone, but now for the life of me can't remember who or where.  ( I actually created the card about 2 weeks ago....) 

I did, of course, change things up a bit.  I know the original card had a ribbon on it, and I don't think it had any DSP at all.....

When I CASE, I do like to give it my own little twist!

How about you - when you case, do you copy exactly, or change things up a bit?  I'd like to hear - leave me a comment down below....


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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Let Your Hair Down + new Weekly Deals @ Stampin' Up!




I'd like to dedicate this card today to all of my FABULOUS downline and my AMAZING customers.  

Because of all of you, my husband and I will be attending the Stampin' Up! Getaway Trip to Washington DC in September!

I couldn't have done it without all of you guys!  So here's to you!  Hip! Hip! Hooray!!!

This will be the first extended trip my husband and I have gone on without children....since we've had children!  We've each gone on separate trips without kids, but never together.  And I have to say...We NEED this!  (We did go on an overnight trip without kids about 6 years ago....so even that, it's been a while!)

 Let's chat a little about today's card....

A little vintage meets grunge again.  I may be on a roll with this style, eh?  While the pic above doesn't do the Lost Lagoon DSP any favors (lighting issues~!), it's a great color paired with Crushed Curry and Blackberry Bliss.  

Throw in some great texture from the burlap and some soft flirty texture from the crocheted trip....this card speaks my language!

I did use a sketch today - from CAS(e) this Sketch.  Here's their sketch:




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