This is my next favorite time of the year! Valentine's Day!
I enjoy my hobby so very much! It brings me peace, comfort and joy! And I get to share these feelings with my relatives, friends and customers. This is a real blessing in my Life.
Today's little pretty is a combination of new items from our awesome Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog 2016. If you would like a copy of your very own...just email me with your name and address and I will get one out to you ASAP! Lindam530@cox.net
Stamps: Blooming Love, Botanical Blooms
Ink: real red, pink pirouette, black archival
Paper: real red, pink pirouette, pear pizazz, dazzling details, whisper white
Misc: Botanical Builders Framelits, Wink of Stella clear, dimensional
Another birthday was celebrated this past weekend with some of our dear traveling buddies and fellow foodies! We had a blast! Our gracious hostess served a lovely brussels sprout salad with apples, along with some fluffy sweet potato dinner rolls, a side of mashed butternut squash and turnip. The main dish was a pork roast which had been marinating for three days! Was to die for!
Other guests provided some lovely appetizers and my dear husband created the very BEST...cheesecake! Yes, better than the Cheesecake Factory!
Oh, well...you are probably more interested in the above project which was for our Birthday Queen!
Turquoise is her favorite color and she likes southwest decor, so what better way for me to create something unique just for her!
Stamps: Age Awareness, Gorgeous Grunge, Four Feathers (retired)
Ink: tempting turquoise, versa mark
Paper: tempting turquoise, whisper white, vellum
Misc: four feathers thinnest (retired), hello you thinlets, silver ribbon, dazzling diamonds, dimensional, pewter embossing powder, white embossing powder, iridescent ice embossing powder
Well...there you have it! I hope that you had an awesome weekend too!
Funny thing here in Phoenix, AZ right now...it is cold and rainy and what better thing to do...stay home and create!
Dinner is in the crockpot...some fall off the bone beef ribs in tomato sauce with some of Ken's homemade pasta!
Wanted to share a pretty Fall card that I cased (copy and shared) this past week. Found this during my research and wrote the name of the original designer down somewhere...but I cannot find it! When I do, I will edit this post and include it.
I just LOVE the color combination on this little pretty!
This time of the year is one of my favorites here in the Valley of the Sun. The temperatures are cooling down significantly, only in the 80's now and believe it or not...I enjoy wearing a light sweater!
Ink: cherry cobbler, early espresso
Paper: kraft and white corrugated paper, merry moments designer paper pack, whisper white, delightful dijon, old olive
Stamps: Vintage Leaves
Accessories: cherry cobbler seam binding ribbon, non SU gold wide ribbon, gold thread, gold sequins, lace ribbon, leaflets framelits dies
Hope that you are happily creating something this week!
Hooray! I finally figured out how to add photos to my blog via my new computer, an iMac!
Things that make me happy!!! Of course at the top of my list is creating goodies via my love of paper crafting!
These little pretties will be going to some awesome fellow Stamping' Up! Demonstrators this coming Saturday to celebrate Convention..at home style. We will be viewing some of it live and a fellow demo who is in Salt Lake City will be keeping us updated as to what is happening! I believe there will be nine of us in attendance...we are going to woop it up with Prize Patrols, a shoe box swap, favors, lots of goodies, enjoying lunch together and lots of fun!
This is the first year that I am not attending the annual Convention in Salt Lake City, UT.
Although I will greatly miss all of the excitement and fun, it was just not meant to be.
The purses are made of various retired colored Stamping' Up! card stock, the pretty floral folder that was featured in our Occasions Catalog earlier this year and some little flower embellishments that were added.
Of course, they contain a variety of little goodies that I purchased from Party City!
Hope that you are having fun creating lately...I know I am...it is just a tad too hot here to venture out in the middle of the day...so here I am in my Studio cutting and stamping away!
Today's little pretty is a sample using one of the all new Stampin' Up!' Hostess sets - Best Thoughts, as featured in our 2015-2016 Annual Catalog.
Most of you know how much I love flowers...and I could not wait to receive this particular stamp set as I had a vision of what I wanted to do with it! I enjoy water coloring, and for this particular car I used black embossing powder to create the outline-border in which to watercolor each petal.
Stamps: Best Thoughts (hostess)
Ink: versamark, mint macaroon, soft sky, wisteria wonder markers
Paper: whisper white, basic black, wisteria wonder, soft sky
Misc: black embossing powder, NEW butterfly dry embossing folder, basic rhinestones, white signo gel pen, wisteria wonder silk ribbon, dimensionals.
Hope that you like my Monday share...try to keep cool and Stamp!
Today I bring you a sampling of the all new Stampin Up 2015-2017 In Colors. They are so very pretty and go well either together or combined with any of our beautiful color collections!
In my future posts, I will be sharing some of my projects with these very exciting additions in more ways than one. They are also accompanied by some very lovely lacey ribbon, which, at the top of this bookmark is attached some mint macaron!
Hope that you are having a lovely weekend so far. It rained here in Phoenix, AZ on and off all day yesterday, which is very unlikely for the month of June. Ahhh, the air is much fresher now and my little herb garden is just loving the natural sprinkling of water from above.
This is one of my favorite sets that Stampin' Up! carries in their Annual catalog. And...lucky for us...it will be in the ALL NEW Idea Book and Catalog 2015-2016 which will be premiering this coming Tuesday June 2nd around the world!
In my monthly class, we usually create three cards and I chose and cased (copy and share) this particular one from Kathleen Wingerson. I changed one of the elements because I like to see a little bling, blitz and sparkle pop!
Ink: Memento, sahara sand
Paper: basic black, sahara sand, whisper white, sahara sand dsp ( Neutrals paper pack), silver
Misc: black chevron ribbon, small star punch, dimensionals
Today I bring you my version of a Mojo Monday sketch challenge which was posted about two weeks ago. I know...I am just a tad late. Creating this card was so much fun! This is one of my favorite stamp sets, I love birds! In my mind, I wanted to impart a masculine feeling and I believe that I have accomplished this! What do you think?
Aren't they pretty! These are the NEW Stampin Up In Colors that we will be incorporating into our paper crafting for the next two years!
Clockwise from the top they are: Mint Macaroon (a pretty soft green), Watermelon Wonder (a cross between the now retired Strawberry Slush and Calypso Coral), Delightful Dijon (a warm yellow tone), Cucumber Crush (a happy hue of green), and Tip Top Taupe (a soft light brown tone).
They will be available for purchase beginning with the release of our All New 2015~2017 Stampin' Up! catalog beginning June 3, 2015!
If you would like to reserve a copy for you own little hot hands, send an email to me at:
Lindam530@cox.net. They are $3.00 for local pick-up and for an additional $5.00 I can have one sent directly to your home...if you email me your complete address.
Today I bring you the awesome Stampin' Up! Hello Life Project Kit! It is being carried over to the New and Upcoming Stampin' Up! 2015~2016 Annual Catalog! I am so excited!!!
I thoroughly enjoyed putting this kit together and while many of you like the Occasions catalog version, I will admit I am really not much of a yellow person, but PINK, on the other hand is one of my favorite colors! I used the retiring in-color Strawberry Slush. I am sad to see it go...but there is always another favorite PINK...Rose Red!
You receive so much in this kit! Enough to make at least 10 additional beautiful cards!
Today is a very special day for a very special nephew of mine, therefore calling for the creation of a unique card for him.
He received his First Holy Communion and Confirmation in the Catholic church today.
Our Family is of Irish ancestry and the Celtic cross is a very significant symbol for us.
It is a full size card, 5" x 7" using mostly Stampin" Up! supplies.
Paper: Bashful Blue (retired), Night of Navy, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper and the Blue Glimmer Paper is non SU
Accessories: Dazzling Diamonds, Candy Dots, Silver Satin Ribbon 5/8", Deco Labels Framelits, Dimensionals, Pewter Embossing Powder
We will be celebrating my older son's 40th birthday tonight, although his actual birthday is tomorrow! For those of you whom have families, you might understand how that goes, being that it is Easter Sunday.
Artie turns 40 tomorrow...I have to shake my head...how can this be when I still feel like I am 30?
Anyway, tonight we celebrate with the family with all the fun and frolic we can muster up!
Some information regarding this card...he loves cars! So I used the beautiful Stampin' Up! Classic Pick Ups wood mounted set! And, being it is a masculine card, I kept it neutral and metallic.
Stamps: Classic Pick Ups (retired), Bring on the Cake (retired)
Today I am sharing with you a gift ensemble that I put together for a dear friend of mine, whom I met via a Meetup group that gets together almost weekly to enjoy different ethnic eateries for lunch around the Phoenix area. I enjoy trying different flavors and sometimes attempt to mimic the dishes in my home cooking for my dear husband!
Well, anyway that is another of one of my life's simple pleasures that keep me out of trouble...Ha!
The above photo includes a gift bag and card with the gift (photo below) that I put together for my friend's birthday of which my husband and I will be celebrating with later this evening.
Stamps: non SU birthday greeting
Paper: whisper white, Sweet Sorbet dsp (retired)
Ink: black stazon
Misc: bow punch, flower punch, dahlia punch, Sale A Bration ribbon, retired in color button
Ok, now to explain the shadow box gift...Part of being an active Stampin" Up! Demonstrator is attending meetings once a month with my fellow enthusiasts. At one of our meetings last year, we were each asked to create a certain number of "inchies" (although they are almost actually 2" in size).
We swapped them out and the above photo beautifully displays all of the wonderfully talented ladies' mini masterpieces!
My contribution is the one in the upper left hand corner made with our lovley spiral die.
What a super adventure being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator is proving to be!
A few weeks ago I received an invitation to participate in this unique Blog Hop from a fellow demonstrator Hallie Gainer. Although I do not believe we have met in person, she is a fellow Creative Crew team member over on Splitcoaststampers. I enjoy her style very much!
Being that I am finished creating for the Holidays, I thought that I would take this opportunity to post a Sneak Peek from the up and coming Sale-A-Bration and Spring catalogs!
Flowers are my absolute favorite image to stamp, color and create! This is an example of what can be done with a pretty floral stamp, some deliciously colored designer paper and of course, a little dazzle!
For the background of the card, I decided to also use a slice of leaf designer paper.
Stamps: Love is Kindness - Occasions Catalog premiering January 6, 2015
Ink: Versamark, Markers: Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Daffodil Delight, Blushing Bride, Soft Sky
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Rose Red, Whisper White
Tools: heat gun
Misc: black embossing powder, dazzling details, whisper white taffeta ribbon, dimensionals
As part of this sharing opportunity, I have been asked to answer four questions...here goes:
1. What are you working on? Hmmm...being that the Holidays are pretty much behind us, I am beginning to focus on our lovely new products from our new 2015 Sale-A-Bration and Spring catalogs! I am dreaming of ways to create pretty projects for my up and coming classes, swaps, gifts and whatever else comes up!
2. How does your work differ from others in your genre? Okay, after contemplating this question for a few moments I would have to say that...I love pretty papers, happy colors and I adore the Shabby Chic style...but not too much...and I like clean lines...am a little hesitant to sponge or rough up the edges...I enjoy seeing things POP and glisten!
3.Why do you create what you do? Ever since I can remember, I have loved paper...the feel of it, how it can be cut, colors pulled together to bring about beauty...cards, 3-D items, gifts, you name it, if it is made of paper...I am in LOVE with it! Sharing is also a big part of my hobby...I enjoy giving sets of cards to family and friends frequently.
4. How does your creativity process work? Well, usually depends on my mood...LOL...I create because I am happy...I create when I am sad and that usually makes me happy! Lots of things around me influence my creative process...I will think of a certain color, color combination...go from there...be inspired by some nice designer paper...go from there...want to try a new technique and have some new rubber and off I go...fabrics, Pinterst, food...LOL...so many things in everyday life!
Another part of this awesome blog hop is that I get to share my nominations for the next Creative Blog Hop players whom will be posting next Monday, January 5, 2015! They are two of my favorite fellow demonstrators from my upline's team...weStamp.
Sue P. ! I must say that I am amazed at how easily Sue can come up with beautiful projects using My Digital Studio! I have attempted the program a few times, but always end up with paper in hand.
She is such an awesome stamper too and I feel blessed to know her. She is always full of enthusiasm! You will just have to see how wonderful she really is and visit her next week, Monday January 5th, 2015, at her blog: Sparkled Stamps
Stephanie M. ! This wonderful fellow weStamp demonstrator is an absolutely fantastic creator of so very many lovely paper craft creations! I have case'd (copy and shared) a few of her projects on several occasions! Please visit her blog next Monday January 5th, 2015 to see what she will be sharing for the Hop at: The Fetching Stamper
Yes, it is that time of the year...my precious little twin granddaughters Keira and Kaely are 6 years old already! They wanted a Frozen themed party...so of course, I custom created a special birthday banner just for them! And...the fun did not stop there...I went ahead and made them their personal birthday cards and decorated gift bags!
My life is truly blessed by these two little ladies. It is such a joy watching them growing up and becoming more and more beautiful both inside and out...thanks to their awesome parents...my lovely daughter in law Angie and son Artie.
Items were created using mostly Stampin' Up! Supplies!