Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Carols of July

Good Morning Everyone!'s Wednesday already and this month is almost over! Time is just flying by...way to fast! Is it flying by for you?  I don't want to miss any of it...especially with my kiddos and my husband! I have five adult children and two still at home.  Adam will be a sophomore this...high school goes by so quickly and Kate will be a 7th grader! I'm tired of the hot weather, but I so don't want the summer to end! Even though they bicker at times...about DUMB STUFF...I LOVE having them around (although I did kick them out of the house for a while the other day because they wouldn't stop picking at each other!)  

Here I am, not wanting time to go by so fast...but I'm speeding ahead and share a Christmas project I created yesterday! Have I mentioned lately how much I LOVE going out to my workshop and creating? Have I bothered to tell you how much I LOVE sharing what I create with you?  It's TRUE...I DO!!!

I'm SUPER excited to share today's project...I think it's BEAUTIFUL!!!

This project was inspired by a gal that attends one of my classes. Thanks Chris for sharing your camping tag with us at class!!!

This would make a BEAUTIFUL tag for a gift or an ornament for your Christmas tree. It would also be beautiful on front for a card.  

Stampin' Up! has a new Carols of Christmas bundle available to customers August 1st. Demonstrators were able to pre-order it.  I wasn't sure it was one I would use, but the TREES did it for me...and then I had this vision for a project and I am so glad that I got it! Let me show you how I created it!

First I used my Stitched Shapes framelits to cut my frame. I used the largest circle with the next size down inside of it as pictured. 

You end up with the photo below!

I cut twelve!  The cool thing is you're left with twelve centers for another project.  I used multipurpose glue to adhere eleven of the frames, one on top of the other for thickness.  I cut a solid back from Whisper White card stock using, again, the largest stitched circle framelit. I also cut the same size circles from vellum and window sheet card stock. I embossed my vellum with the Softly Falling embossing folder and attached it to the back using multipurpose glue...only around the edges! 

Here is the back of the project. After attaching the vellum to the back, I added trees cut with the Card Front thinlits (from the Carols of Christmas bundle) using Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper. I attached the trees with dimensionals. The deer is cut from Early Espresso card stock and is glued to the tree.


After adhering the vellum to the back and the details to the vellum, I attached my frame, over the details to the vellum with multipurpose glue. You can see the layers here. 

Next, I glued the edges only of the window sheet circle to the top layer and then topped the window sheet with another frame. 

I finished it off by adding bows cut with my Pretty Pines framelits. They are cut with Whisper White card stock, Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper and Silver Foil paper.  The bow, which is GORGEOUS, is tied with Silver 3/8" Metallic Edged ribbon.

I really LOVE this project. I want to create it again with window sheets on both sides to use as an ornament for my tree.  I'll add the same scene to the other side using one more piece of vellum.  I'll also probably have to add a few more layers to my frame!

This beautiful bundle will be available for customers to order on August 1st. I'm so happy I have mine....I LOVE THOSE TREES!!

I hope you love this as much as I do! I'm starting to think more about Christmas now! 

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by and allowing me to share what I love to do with you!  Happy Wednesday!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Tuesday's Tip - Acrylic Block Stamping and High Tide Cards

Hey there everyone! Here we are...Tuesday again and I have another video for you! I'm working out the kinks and things are coming along pretty well! I'm SUPER EXCITED that I'm able to make my videos and have another way to share what I love to do with you!
Today's video will teach you how to make these BEAUTIFUL backgrounds with your acrylic blocks! It's really easy, quick and FUN! You'll want to make lots of cards and even scrapbook pages using this technique! 
So...what did you think?  Are you ready to try it?!?! I hope you will! Here are a couple of cards I created using this technique!
Here's a photo of the background shown in the can see where I missed inking and spritzing in the top left and right corners! That's okay though...and you can see why in the next photo!
For the next step, I used my markers to color the sand stamp from the High Tide stamp set.  I used Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie ink on the top and Crumb Cake on the bottom for a beach look! I also used Memento Black ink to stamp some grass and bird silhouettes!

For the final card I added two chairs cut with my Seasonal Layers thinlits.  I cut them in Basic Black for the silhouette effect! The Side by Side sentiment is from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set.  It's perfect for my anniversary card to my husband!  We celebrate 28 years on Saturday!
Here is another card that I made using the same technique!  This cards sentiment is from the Bunch of Blossoms stamp set. I was inspired to make this card by a card challenge on my team Facebook page.  Our fearless leader shared swap cards from her earned trip to Thailand and challenged us to use one of these swap cards, CASE it (copy and share everything) and create our own card!
Here is the card I chose as my inspiration! Isn't it BEAUTIFUL?  Sadly, I have know idea who created it so I cannot give credit where credit is due!! 

Well...that's it for today!  I hope you now have the bug to get out there and try something new and just have FUN....creating! Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by and allowing my to share my video, my cards and my inspiration!  

~Today's Thought!~

Monday, July 24, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Colorful Season

Good Morning and Happy MONDAY!!! I hope you had a FANTASTIC weekend! Did you have time to create! Mine was wonderful! I saw my two oldest sons, we went out to dinner and a movie...Dunkirk...VERY INTENSE and really good! Kate really wanted her oldest sister, Sarah, to go back to school clothes shopping with her so we picked her up Saturday morning and went to Walnut Creek for breakfast and a FUN DAY OF SHOPPING! Now all we have to get are necessities! We went to the mall and got mani's and pedi's...SO RELAXING! Then we went to dinner with Sarah and her husband (GOSH...we did a lot of EATING) at a GROOVY little place in Port Costa (I'd never even heard of Port Costa)! We made it back home by midnight! It was a really fun weekend, cherished time and memories!!! I LOVE seeing my kiddos!! 

I was able to get out to my workshop Sunday afternoon and I have some BEAUTIFUL cards to share with you this week, but first it's "Make-It Monday time!! I hope you get a chance to create this week! 

"Make-It Monday": Colorful Seasons card created with NEW Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 
Set found on page 147 of the new 2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog.

  • Stamp Sets – Colorful Seasons (143726)
  • Card Stock – Crumb Cake (120953); Basic Black (121045); Whisper White (100730)
  • Stamp Pads – Basic Black (140931); Crumb Cake (126975); Crushed Curry (131173)
  • Miscellaneous – Color Theory Designer Series Paper (145348); Delicate White Doilies (141701)     
  • Crumb Cake:  8 ½” x 5 ½”
  • Basic Black:  2 7/8” x 3 3/8”
  • Whisper White:  2 ¾” x 3 ¼”
  • Color Theory DSP:  5 ½” x 2”
  1. Stamp “thinking of you” on DSP and attach to left side of card front
  2. Stamp the frame of the chair in Crumb Cake
  3. Stamp the seat of the chair in Crushed Curry
  4. Stamp greeting in Basic Black
  5. Adhere stamped layer to Basic Black
  6. Adhere doily to back of Basic Black, and then attach unit to card front with Dimensionals

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today! Have a TERRIFIC week! I hope it is calm and peaceful!  

~Today's Thought~

Don't forget about BONUS DAYS...
for every $50 you spend (before tax and shipping) in July you'll receive a $5 coupon to spend in August!

Friday, July 21, 2017

Embossing Paste and Medallion Mask

Good morning my CREATIVE followers! How's your Friday looking? I have NOTHING to do I'm just gonna relax! I am heading down to Woodland this afternoon to see my two oldest sons! My twelve year old daughter and I are gonna take them to dinner, spend the night and then head over to Walnut Creek to go back to school shopping with my oldest daughter, Sarah! They have a GREAT Forever 21 and Kate really wants to have her sister there to help her pick out her SEVENTH GRADE wardrobe!  I LOVE that they LOVE each other and that my married daughter would take this time to be with her little's such a BLESSING!!!

This morning I have another fun card that we made at my July classes. 

This card is created using the new Embossing Paste and the Pattern Party Decorative Masks. These are such FUN products and so versatile! 

I started with a Whisper White card base and chose Basic Black for my first layer.  For the next layer I added texture to another piece of Whisper White card stock by using the Medallion Mask and Embossing Paste. It dries very quickly and when it was ready I used my Sponge Brayer to add color using Tempting Turquoise ink.  The really cool thing about using the sponge brayer is that you can make it as light or dark as you want!  

Here is a close up of the dried embossing paste. 

I used my Stitched Shapes framelits for the sentiment as well as the Whisper White ring. The DELIGHTFUL Crushed Curry flower is from the Support Ribbon framelits. The sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and is backed with a piece of Lemon Lime Twist card stock that's cut with the 2" Circle Punch. The center of the flower is a Clear Faceted Gem.

SUPER SIMPLE yet so pretty! I hope you'll try it out and find that you love it as much as I do!

Hey...THANKS BUNCHES for stopping by today!  THANK YOU for allowing me to share what I LOVE to do...with you!  Have a FANTASTIC weekend!

~Today's Thought~

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Sunset Cards

Hey there and GOOD morning! I hope you have a WONDERFUL day today! I have a busy one...first thing, BOOTCAMP...then more sticks to pick up, next work...then dog training (the trainer forgot to come on Monday) and then to work again! It's gonna be a CRAZY morning!  

I had a WONDERFUL class yesterday!  A couple of friends rode with me down the mountain with me and joined me for the class! I am amazed how fast the drive goes by when riding with friends...chatting and sharing stories! My friends are such a blessing to me!! I CHERISH our time together!! We made some great cards at my class and I will be sharing more of them with you soon, but today I wanted to share some cards that I created using the technique I shared on my Tuesday's Tip YouTube video day before yesterday! I hope you'll give it a try!

The stamp sets I used for this card are Pop of Paradise (the pineapple for the trunk); Fabulous Flamingo (the fronds and the water) and High Tide (the seagulls). The sentiment is from the Dare to Dream Hostess stamp set. The colors I used were Early Espresso, Garden Green, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry and Melon Mambo. The coconuts are Clear Faceted Gems.

After creating the sunset, the palm tree and water on this card, I added real sand with Heat & Stick embossing powder.  You can also use Multipurpose glue and heat it with your heat tool. I stamped the girl from Beautiful You with VersaMark and heat embossed it with Black embossing powder.  You can also use Memento Black ink.  I stamped the girl again onto Color Theory designer paper, cut it out by hand and adhered it to the stamped image on the card. The sentiment is from the Colorful Seasons stamp set!

The last card I want to share with you today is made just as the above above. I also included a sailboat that was created using the Swirly Bird stamp set!  I am so happy with all three of these cards...they are so beautiful! I truly hope they inspire you to create!  

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by again today! Stay safe and cool! 

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Tranquil Tulips and Glossy Card Stock Technique

Good morning everyone! I'm so excited it's the third Wednesday of the month because I have my monthly class down the mountain, in Redding!  I LOVE spending time with these gals...they are so encouraging and fun to be around! I've been up since 5:00am, with Kate, picking sticks, branches and logs from where we had trees removed....I think I might be a bit sore tomorrow! We have to get it done due to the fact that the guy who is going to level the ground for us said it could be two weeks or I could show up at any time....GOTTA LOVE small, mountain town living!

Before I head down I wanted to share one of the projects my class will be creating with you!

This GORGEOUS card is made with GLOSSY card stock. I used my Pacific Point and Old Olive ink pads and wiped them onto the glossy card stock...blending a few different layers. This is one of three techniques that SU shared on their blog and I shared with you back on June 10th. I finally had a chance to try it and I LOVE IT! 

The base of my card is Crushed Curry with a layer of Whisper White and then the inked Glossy card stock. I used my Stitched Shapes framelits to cut the oval. The stamp set used is Tranquil Tulips, a hostess set. You can choose to use your SU rewards to order it when you are hostessing a class (of $150.00 or more) or when you place an order of $150.00 or more before tax and shipping!

It's a two-step stamping set and I stamped the base color in Daffodil Delight and the top in Crushed Curry. The stems and grass are both stamped in Wild Wasabi.  I knotted a piece of Pear Pizzazz Shimmer Ribbon around the card before attaching it to the card base and adhered my stamped image slightly over it with dimensionals. Next I doubled up some Linen Thread and tied a bow with a Corrugated Element around the knot...adding one Rhinestone to the bottom right corner.  (I had to leave the Corrugated Element off the class card because I didn't have enough to go around...I'll have to showcase them at another class!)

Here's a look at another piece of inked swiped glossy card stock.  It looks like it's been brush painted. I can't wait to play with some other colors to see how it turns out! I'm definitely gonna have to add more of this glossy paper to my next order!!!

...and here is the inside of the card! I added a few more tulips, stems and grass, leaving plenty of room to right a note! I think these flower would also make great California Poppies...even though they are tulips. I see another project in my near future!!

Well...that's all I have for you this morning! I'm gonna take off down the mountain! THANKS SO VERY MUCH for stopping by and ENJOY your day!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Tuesday's Tip....How to Create a Tropical Sunset

Hi everyone! I hope your day has gone terrifically! I've been a bit FRANTIC! I promised this video for today's "Tuesday's Tip" but have had a few glitches! First, after recording, I realized I had the camera in the wrong direction so it was black on both sides! I must remember to put it in the landscape position. Next, I was so close to being finished and my mother-in-law called. I'm filming with my phone so I had to start over....a few more takes and I had it!  

So I finally had the video taped and it was time to upload it! My first video was only 30 seconds long, so it was just minutes before it was uploaded!  A seven minute video took over an hour. My first attempt had some kind of error so I had to do it again...another hour! 

I have some glitches to work my paper wasn't straight...but I'm pretty happy with it! It's definitely a learning curve!!! My girlfriend was in the room and gave a giggle when I was talking about Stampin' Up!'s fun color names so I had to fight back a giggle of my own! I hope you like it and will try this technique when you have a chance! 

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today! I hope you'll leave a comment to let me know what you think. Be sure to share it with your friends! Follow me on YouTube, Facebook and/or Instagram and be sure to sign up for my weekly newsletter!  

Have a FANTASTIC evening...I'll be back in the morning before I head down the mountain to teach my class!

~Today's Thought~
(this was my motto today!)