Monday, May 25, 2015

Mint Macaron Sympathy


I made a little time this week to play with some new in-color product.  Our neighbors' daughter just passed away and I wanted to make them a card
to tell them we're thinking about them in this very difficult time.  She has been suffering for many years so I'm sure this is a bittersweet time for them.

I thought Mint Macaron was the perfect color to convey a heartfelt greeting.  I can tell this is going to be my favorite in-color.

I combined a few techniques on this card plus an older stamp set that, I'm ashamed to admit, I have hardly used!  I bought this Thoughts and Prayers stamp set when it was first introduced and have only pulled it out a time or two.  But combining it with the Mint Macaron has made me see it with new eyes.  I know I'll be pulling it out a lot more this year.

So first off, I decided to alter the Honeycomb embossing folder.  I ran a piece of card stock through and then lined it up with my stamped image.  Then I took a pencil and drew a light pencil line where I thought I'd want to cut it apart.

Please, please forgive these next couple of photos! It was gray and rainy outside and it made the Mint Macaron card stock not look very good no matter what I tried.  I PROMISE, this color is AMAZING in person!

Then I put some Tombow on the back to make sure it stayed put on my stamped piece.

I couldn't leave out my GORGEOUS Mint Macaron Dotted Lace Trim.  You guys!  That lace trim is just so luxurious feeling!

I adhered the lace with my Fast Fuse (another product I'm just now pulling out!  What's wrong with me! LOL), then adhered that whole panel with dimensionals to the card front.

You can see I made a boo-boo stamping the vine image the first time.  Luckily, there are always two sides to a piece of card stock!

Once it was put together, I felt like it needed one last touch.  I showed it to my daughter and she and I talked about maybe adding more color, but that didn't feel right. So I pulled out my Antique Brads and did one last technique.  I embossed it with white embossing powder.  This is a technique I learned from one of my favorite demonstrators when I was in her Stamp Club years ago.

This was just the added touch I was looking for!

The Mint Macaron card stock and ribbon will be available for purchase starting on June 2!

I don't like making sympathy cards because that means someone is going through a heart breaking time, but hopefully this pretty card will convey our feelings of love and prayers for them and their family.

Thank you for joining me at the Table today!

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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

April Paper Pumpkin Kit


I'm back with another card to share with you.  I have to say, I really love how this one turned out.  It's soft, and pretty and just makes me think of a beautiful Spring morning.

I used some elements from the April Paper Pumpkin kit.  Here's what the kit makes:

Photo courtesy of Stampin' Up!
The great thing about the Paper Pumpkin kits are that you can use your creativity to make the projects your own.  So I made a fun card and tag for Mother's Day.

So after I made this card/tag, I took the stamp set and the included Crushed Curry baker's twine plus a few other Stampin' Up! products and made another card for my mom:

I used the Hearts stencil and sponged it with Crisp Cantaloupe then stamped the flowers from the stamp set in Calypso Coral.  I filled the centers with Crushed Curry ink.  Can you see what I did there for the leaves? :)  I used this little guy right here:

That's right!  I inked up that tiny comma in Old Olive ink and turned it into leaves for the cute flowers.

Sorry for this blurry photo!
 I love to get the most mileage out of my supplies so it's fun to challenge myself to think outside the "kit".  If you want to have a fun creative package come to your mailbox each month, sign up for a Paper Pumpkin subscription.  You won't regret it!

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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hello, hello!

So sorry for not posting anything last month.  I was trying to keep my head above water.  I'm happy to say I didn't drown!

Things are settling down a little for me so I thought I'd pop in here and show you what we made at our March Stamp Club.

I remember going to a scrapbook expo years and years ago and one of the make and takes was a shaker card.  I loved it!  Then shaker cards, like all trends, went out of style and I never made any more.

Well fast forward to now and shaker cards are, once again, all the rage!  And I still love them.  Maybe even more than way back when.  So here's the card we made:

I CASEd the layout from a fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator but added the shaker card element to it to make it my own.  Don't you love that little bow?  I wasn't planning on purchasing the Bow Builder punch, but I've seen so many cute things you can do with it so I caved.  I'm so glad I did!

Here's a little close-up:

I'm SO going to miss the In-Colors that are on their way out! Crisp Cantaloupe, Strawberry Slush, Baked Brown Sugar, Pistachio Pudding, Coastal Cabana.  But really, who am I kidding?  I can't get rid of them.  I'll use them up for my personal crafting until they're all dried out.  That's how much I love them. ;)  Maybe one or two will make a comeback at some point.  A girl can wish, right? 

I hope you're making time for a little crafting in your's good for you!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Just to say thanks!


It has been almost a month since I've created anything.  Scandalous!  But, honestly, I've had a great reason.  This girl.

My missionary girl finished her LDS mission and came home at the beginning of February. I've been spending time getting to know her again and listening to the amazing experiences she's had for the last 18 months.  It's been so good to sit on the same couch with her and talk to her in person!  She's had a fun time getting to know her sister-in-law better (she left for her mission a month and a half after my son and his wife were married) and getting acquainted with her baby nephew!

I'm itching to get back into my craft room to organize and create but in the meantime, I thought I'd share, a couple of cards I made last month as thank-yous for customers that have placed orders in the last little bit.  I may be slow, but I always try to send cards to show my appreciation for the Stampin' Up! orders placed through my website.

This first card uses the Sale A Bration Designer Series Paper, Irresistibly Yours.  This is a fun paper that is already embossed in clear designs.  All you have to do is add ink and watch the magic happen!  You can get this DSP FREE with a $50 order during SAB!  Contact me for more info!

This next card uses a stamp set from this past Holiday Catalog plus a super beautiful flower from the Flower Patch stamp set found in the Annual Catalog. 

Still lovin' the gold!

If you want to get a fun card in the mail, please place an order through my website!

Thanks for joining me at The Table today!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

New Beginnings

Hello and Happy New Year!

It's been far too long since I've shown up around here.  I'm so sorry!  There has been a lot happening in my life since my last post:

I became a grandma:

I sent another missionary off (I now have two missionaries out teaching people about Jesus Christ and my church):

We celebrated my Mom's 80th birthday: (written on each of those stars is a memory about her or something we admire about her.  She loved it!)

And I spent the Holidays surrounded by my family.  It's been a wonderful last few months:

I wanted to leave you with one bit of crafty inspiration.  A year or two ago, in one of my Simon Says Stamp Card Kits, we got a snowflake stencil.  It was intended for spraying, or inking images onto cards for Christmas/winter.  Well just before Christmas this past year, we had a party with the young women of my church and we were all supposed to bring a treat to share.  I pulled out my trusty brownie mix and when they came out of the oven, while they looked delicious, didn't look very festive.  So I cut them into squares and pulled out that cute Simon Says Stamp snowflake stencil.  I placed the stencil on top of each square and dusted them with powdered sugar.  They were the hit of the party!  Even the great folks at Simon Says Stamp loved the idea so much that they pinned it to their Happy Holidays Pinterest board and it also now resides on their website under alternate ideas for the Maryanne Snowflake stencil.

I've been missing my little piece of blogland so I thought I'd take the opportunity to renew my commitment to my crafty posts.

However, this time, I'm not going to fill you with daring claims of posting three times a week, or even once a week.  I keep letting myself down when I plan that many and, let's face it, I don't get paid for blogging (I wish!) and so I need to carve out time in my life to do them which is sometimes hard to do!

So, for now, I will commit to once a month.  Which day, each month is yet to be determined but keep a look out because it will for sure happen! :)

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Monday, August 11, 2014

What Does the Fox Say?


This song has probably been sung WAY too much, but my son still loves it and it frequently makes an appearance on his playlist.  I probably should tell you he just turned 18.  He's a crazy, fun guy who loves life and lives it to the fullest.  Whenever he sees a fox he says "I wish I could just have a fox for a pet!" ha ha ha.  Since that isn't going to ever happen, I thought I'd give him an attempt at a fox for a pet with this birthday card:

I love, love, love my Silhouette and how I can use it to completely customize my projects.  This fox is #58218 by Jillibean Soup in the Silhouette store.

I decided to pop up the top layer and place a card stock piece I embossed with a star stamp and clear embossing powder behind.  Here's a closer look:

Happily, he thought this was a great card!

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Friday, August 8, 2014

Tag, you're it!


I've been inspired by my Tag, You're It! board on Pinterest and thought I'd make up a few this week.

I used all Stampin' Up! products and really like how all of these turned out!  Can you tell I LOVE the Scallop Tag Topper punch?  Now if only it was adjustable so I could make these in different widths.  Here's a closer look at each tag:

There are so many ribbons and fibers that Stampin' Up! offers that you're sure to find a perfect fit with whatever tag you want to create.

I think the last tag is my favorite.  Living with four comic book/superhero guys, I couldn't pass up the chance to buy the Calling All Heroes Photopolymer stamp set.  It's so fun and there are so many possibilities!

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