TGIFC90 - Sketch Challenge

Hello and welcome back! Today I'm back with the next sketch challenge for the TGIF Challenge Blog. We're at challenge #90!


I took a few liberties with the sketch, and moved my focal point away from the center a bit. Hopefully you can still see the resemblance to the sketch! I stamped rows of the plants from the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set using Mint Macaron, Old Olive and Bermuda Bay inks. Below this background, I added a strip of Bermuda Bay Cardstock and the Sweet Sugarplum ribbon from the Succulent Garden 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack.


The greeting is stamped in Black Memento Ink onto a piece of Whisper White Cardstock, that I punched with the Triple Banner Punch. A couple of staples, some Linen Thread and a few 2016-2018 In Color Enamel Shapes in Sweet Sugarplum polish off the card.


Well, that's all for me today. I hope you'll join us over at the TGIF Challenge Blog, and share your card using our sketch. Thanks for stopping by!






OSAT Blog Hop - No Rules New Year

Hello and welcome back! Today I'm back with the One Stamp at a Time Blog Hop. Our theme this month is No Rules New Year. I decided to share some more of my samples from the Oh So Succulent stamp set from the new Stampin' Up Occasions catalog. This is so versatile!

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I'll start with a Mother's Day card. It's never to early to start creating for upcoming occasions, right? I stamped the various plant images in Archival Basic Black ink onto Shimmery White Cardstock, and then watercolored them with Mint Macaron, Sweet Sugarplum, Bermuda Bay, a little bit of Peekaboo Peach, Old Olive and Tip Top Taupe. Since some of the images are so small, it doesn't take very much ink to color them. I love the different color variations that watercolor gives though. The back 4 images were stamped onto a panel of Shimmery White Cardstock to add more depth. The card base is Mint Macaron and the layer for the flower panel is Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock.


One of my favorite parts of this card is the flower pot. It's the left side panel shown below, with the bottom and handle portions trimmed off! It makes the perfect flower pot, don't you think?

I cut the flower pot from the Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate, using the silver side, and backed it with the same piece cut from Crumb Cake Cardstock. The set includes the Mother's Day greeting. The finishing touch is some of the Succulent Garden 3/8" Ribbon, stitched on with Gold Metallic Thread, and a Sweet Sugarplum In Color Enamel Shape.


Next is a welcome sign made with the Oh So Succulent Stamp Set and the welcome greeting from the Vertical Garden Stamp Set. I stamped the succulents in Mint Melody, Bermuda Bay, Old Olive and Cucumber Crush. Next onto a panel of Watercolor Paper. Next I water colored in each flower with the same color of ink and an Aqua Painter. This was layered with Mint Melody, and then adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals to a panel of Crumb Cake Cardstock stamped with the Hardwood Stamp in Crumb Cake Ink. Some more of the Succulent Garden 3/8" ribbon and two Gold Binder Clips complete the look.


Oh, I almost forgot one of the fun details! The small flower and tiny three flower cluster were stamped in Versamark ink, and then heat embossed in Gold.


Well, that is all for me today. Please follow along on the next stop on the hop to the fabulous Justin Krieger! Thanks for stopping by.

OSAT 2017 Next

  1. Megan Thompson -
  2. Melissa Davies -
  3. Jessie Holton -
  4. Wendy Cranford -
  5. Rick Adkins -
  6. Anna Smith -
  7. Lori Mueller -
  8. Sue Plote -
  9. Wynne Grob -
  10. Pam Staples -
  11. Andrea Tracy-Tucker
  12. Tina Riddle -
  13. Maria Willis -
  14. Renee Ondrajka -
  15. Kim Smith -
  16. Jeanna Bohanon -
  17. Marisa Gunn -
  18. Justin Krieger -
  19. Dena Rekow-





Oh So Succulent - Sneak Peak 1

Hello and welcome back! Today I'm participating in an international blog highlight, with a theme of encouragement. For this hop, I'm sharing a card made with a new Stampin' Up! stamp set from the upcoming Occasions Catalog. The Oh So Succulent set will be available on January 4, 2017 when the new catalog goes live. We are being highlighted internationally by Kylie Bertucci and you are able to VOTE for my project. The top ten winners will get to be part of an international blog hop, so please vote for my project. You can find the blog highlights here or by clicking on the picture below!

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Merry Christmas with Festive Stitching Tags

Hello and welcome back! I just wanted to wish you a Merry Christmas, and to share one more holiday project with you. I've been having fun with the Festive Stitching Thinlits Dies, which are also on sale right now! For this first batch of tags, I die cut the main image from the plaid patterns in the Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack. Then, I die cut the stitching lines with the separate dies. The tree and ornament are stitched with Metallic Gold twine, and the star is stitched with the Garden Green twine. I adhered a strip of a different patterned paper on top of the tag. The card bases are from Crumb Cake Cardstock, and the stitched shapes are adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.


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Watercolor Christmas Tags

The following is a blog post that I created for the Stampin' Up! Corporate  blog. Now that it has posted there, I'm sharing these quick tags here for you to enjoy!

Hello there! I’m here today to share some simple and quick Christmas tags with you that also pack a creative punch. Even though it’s close to Christmas, you can still complete several of these for your gift wrapping needs or make a set with a gift box to give as a simple gift. Let me show you how.

Here is the whole set together. If you’ve ever seen my projects, you know that I love using water and Stampin’ Up inks to create various watercolor looks. By using a simple watercolor technique and the Layering Squares Framelits Dies, these tags came together quickly. Also, hopefully you’ve seen the beautiful Christmas Pines Photopolymer Bundle with coordinating stamps and dies. I chose to focus on the stamp set only for these projects.


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Fancy Friday - Neutrals Theme

Hello and welcome back! It's time for another Fancy Friday Blog Hop with my fancy friends (all current or former members of the Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team). You'll love all of the wonderful ideas you see on this hop, so be sure to circle all the way around. We also have a Pinterest board that you can follow. You might have just arrived from Cindy's blog, and I'm sure she inspired you with her project.

This month we have a theme/color challenge focusing on whites, neutrals and winter. Since it's cold outside here in North America, it's not too hard to create along with this theme! I decided to break out the Mountain Adventure Photopolymer Stamp Set, since I don't think it had seen ink yet! I do this to myself every time...I buy so many sets from the Holiday Catalog that I never have time to play with them all before Christmas rolls around and the catalog retires. I have a goal to make some more cards and tags before the end of 2016 to share with you, so stop by and get some more inspiration in the next few weeks.

I made two cards that could be used for a few different reasons in the winter months including Valentine's Day, thinking of you or even a birthday if you changed out the greeting. I love the scene building options with this set.


Winter white and neutral cards featuring the Mountain Advensture stamp set from Stampin' Up! by Marisa Gunn for Fancy Friday.

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Artisan Design Team - It's a Celebration!

Hello and welcome back! Today is my last blog hop as part of the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team (sniff, sniff). I can't tell you what an amazing time I have had this year getting to know these 20 amazing women, and creating with them. I don't know about you, but I have been proud and impressed by what we've done this year. I hope you have followed along, enjoyed our posts and found something to inspire you in your crafting. This week, we're featuring the Frosted Medallions and It's a Celebration stamp sets as well as the Hello December Project Life Card Kit. Also, our projects will be posted to the Stampin' Up! Corporate Facebook page on Friday. Please keep hopping through all 20 of us so you don't miss a thing! Be sure to use something like Google Translate for those blogs not in your native language. Also, you can find all of our projects for the year in one easy place, on our Pinterest board. You might have just arrived from Krista Frattin, and I know you loved her beautiful project as much as I did.

I decided to use the It's a Celebration stamp set to make two New Year's cards. I'm ending the year using two of my favorite techniques, and sharing projects that I feel represent my style. I used emboss resist, watercolor, sponging, as well as sequins, ribbon and metallic thread (some of my favorite embellishments). Let's take a closer look.


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Artisan Design Team - Tin of Tags Banner

Hello and welcome back! It's time for the next Artisan Design Team blog post, and this is an open week meaning we can use any of the products we received for this quarter. You're in for a treat because we have so much talent and so many different styles represented by these 20 women from around the globe. And on top of their talent, they are fun and fabulous as well. Please keep hopping through all 20 so you don't miss a thing! Be sure to use something like Google Translate for those blogs not in your native language. Also, you can find all of our projects for the year in one easy place, on our Pinterest board. You might have just arrived from Krista Frattin, and I know you loved her beautiful project as much as I did.

This week I decided to use the Tin Of Tags Project Kit to make something besides tags for presents. I thought it would be fun to make a holiday banner! I love how it turned out. If you're a demonstrator, this would be a great class project as it uses 1/3 of the tags. So, you are still able to make two sets of tags as designed originally in the kit! I added just a few supplies to the kit itself to complete the banner.


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#TGIFC82 - Theme

Hello and welcome back! So, today I have some exciting news. I have joined the Design Team over at TGIF Challenges! There is a fabulous group of designers there, and I'm so excited to start working with them on a regular basis. I've participated in the past with as many challenges as I could fit into my schedule, as they have some really fun and unique challenges!

So, today's challenge is a theme / inspiration challenge. We started with this graphic.


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