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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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Holiday Catalog Kickoff !!!

Happy September 1st!  Today is the kick off of the new Holiday Catalog from Stampin' Up!  I will admit right here and right now that it's probably one of my all time faves!  There are SO many wonderful product in there....if you don't have a demonstrator, and don't have a catalog, please be sure to contact me and I'll get one out to you right away.

Let's chat about today's card.  It features the Cozy Christmas Set and I just love it.  I've got lots of ideas up my sleeve that I plan to share with all of you!  Today, I paired up this set with the new Sleigh Ride Edgelits.  I did a little color blending at the top of the card to create a really subtle ombre effect.  There appears to be a glow coming from behind the cottage and trees and I love that look. (video tutorial on this coming soon!)

 I used the new fine tip glue pen to apply some Dazzling Diamonds to the trees and rooftop.  The edgelit has the same glitter applied using a two way glue pen (because I wanted a wider strip of glitter).

This is one of my favorite cards that I've created so far from the new catalog.  I'd love to hear your thoughts! Just leave a comment below by clicking the Comment icon below.

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Sunday, August 16, 2015

Creation Station: Holiday Catalog Sneak Peeks

It's Sunday Funday!!!  The Creation Station Design Team is here to kick off your Sunday with some great inspiration. This week you'll see all kinds of great sneak peeks from the Holiday Catalog.

I'm going to dive right in.  

When I first saw the new set - Lighthearted Leaves, I knew I had to have it.  I'm a sucker for leaves and snowflakes....  There was something I was drawn to about the Lighthearted Leaves tho.  At first I thought it was their Bohemian feel.  Then I thought it was just because they were different - not a traditional leaf.  But once I really got to looking at them, I decided to try them in a different approach.

I started off by embossing the leaves on a piece of watercolor paper with gold embossing powder.  Once I saw that, I knew exactly what I wanted to do....

I wanted these leaves to look like stained glass!  And once I had this large maple leaf done - I looked at it and thought - mission accomplished!  I went with quite a non-traditional color scheme.  Can you guess the colors? 

Once I was done coloring all of the leaves, I decided that I'd spent too much time coloring to put these on a card that may (gasp) end up in the I went with a more permanent item - a wall hanging possibly.

I stuck some designer series paper to a piece of wood with Multipurpose Liquid Glue (Tombow).  Then started layering.  My colors are a bit off in the photos - the big square piece is Bermuda Bay.....I was having technical difficulties with lighting today!

What do you think of this little project?

Here's another....this time with Embellished Ornaments and the coordinating Delicate Ornament Thinlits.

I wanted this ornament to have a mercury glass ornament kind of feel to it.  I know I went non-traditional in the color scheme again....I'm venturing out of my comfort zone these days!

What I did was back some Blackberry Bliss card stock with fun foam and die cut it.  This worked slick - I've done this with other dies, just nothing this ornate.  Once I poked out all the little do-dads, I backed the ornament with silver foil paper.  It's not real noticeable, however, the silver foil gives a reflection of the dimension.  I happen to like that.

For the background, I watercolored the entire thing with Blackberry Bliss and let it dry well.  Then I heat embossed the sentiment in silver.  Lastly I added the vines down the edge - a super simple addition.  I stamped them in Mossy Meadow, then went over the top with a blender pen to fill them in a bit.  Because it was on watercolor paper, the ink moved easily.

That wraps up my inspiration for today......head on thru the rest of the hop and see what the other FABulous Creation Station team has in store for you!

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Garden in Bloom

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We've had enough rain this summer to literally keep my garden in bloom!  Usually, it'll die off because I'll forget to water my potted plants....or they'll get neglected when we go on vacation.  This year, tho, we've been fortunate in the rain department.

However, if I need to add some flowers to my life....I can just stamp some beauties with this great Garden in Bloom set from Stampin' Up!  Imagine - flowers in every and any color.

This card was super easy to create - hardest part was fussy cutting the flowers - and really....I don't mind cutting images out!

Click the caption under the picture for the card recipe and step-by-step instructions.  You'll have the option to print there too.  Please let me know if you like this feature by leaving a comment below.  

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Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Weekly Deals!

Oh, how we all love a good DEAL!  Here are this week's 
deals from Stampin' Up!  

My favorites?  The punches!  The 1/16" Circle punch is perfect for creating the string hole in tags.  The 1/8" Circle punch is great for the same - except even better for adding baker's twine or Linen Thread. 

The In Color Blossom Accents - they are beautiful!  Be sure to snag up your deals by clicking on any of the photos below!

Happy Tuesday!!!

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Monday, August 3, 2015

Manic Moday!!!!

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EEEK!!!  Can you believe - finally a Manic Monday creation for you!  It's been so long, and so many of you have asked for me to do these Manic Monday videos again.....So here it is!  

I will warn you - 
1) my video is longer than 10 minutes.  Oops....outta practice and too much talking before I really got started...
2) There will NOT be a Manic Monday card next week.  We'll be on vacation, so I just don't think I get it squeezed in.  But the following week - I'm hoping that it'll happen!

Here's the video: 

Rest assured tho - this card is really fun and very pretty in person.

Gold Glitter splatters....a new thing that I'm diggin'!!!  

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And I think the inside is perfectly sweet.  Kinda reminds me of Ginger....or was it Mary Ann???  I think Mary Ann - right??? :)  

If you want to print out the card recipe and step-by-step directions, click the link under the photos.  And I'd like to know what you think of this feature?  Leave me a comment below - keep the feature or ditch it???  If you've never left a comment on a blog before, simply scroll down, past my signature line, and click on the # Comments link.

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