Never Say Goodbye

A couple of weeks ago I said that some changes were coming and so they are.  This will be my last go around with this designing crew and let me tell you that it has been a pleasure and a blast! So this card is for them! Merci beaucoup to Connie and Mary for the opportunity! Thank you fellow designers for all of your wonderful inspiration!

Truly, the timing was just meant to be. We just found that we will be moving in a bit. My husband is in the USMC and that is part of it so it looks like it is back to the D.C. area for us.

But in all honesty that’s not all. I am not going to say that I have lost my zeal for stamping. That will never be! I super love stamping and all crafting and I plan on adding a lot more to my blog because of that. But… with Stampin’ Up! I feel a little lost. My upline has left the company putting me to her upline which is frankly so huge she never even responded to my emails. There has been no communication and I mean zilch. That is not to down Stampin’ Up!.  I clearly LOVE their products and they are, in my opinion, the BEST! But in my particular situation I feel that I fell through the cracks which leaves me questioning things. But again, I do not question their products because they are unparalleled. I’m sorry if I digress,

 

here is the sketch challenge for this week:

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Merci!

So, naturally I had to use Melon Mambo – think pink ink, right? 😉 I used the Fun Flower punch, which come on, it’s clearly a Clematis. hehe! I peeled the layers to give it some volume. I did the same with the Pansy punch. I used the Bird Builder punch for my little leaves. Don’t know if you can tell but it is glimmer paper under the sentiment. I stink at capturing the sparkle!

I stamped off the Hardwood stamp and applied in Craft ink to the Basic Black. I think that it lends some visual interest without being too fussy. I stamped it a couple of times just because I wanted to see what it would do.  🙂 The center of my flowers are the basic black buttons and that’s about it!

Thanks for stopping by! ❤

And you know that I can’t leave you without a musical reference. My second crush… My first was Ponch on Chips. Hahah! Oh the things we admit behind a keyboard! 😀

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifm00JEjSeo

Faux Embossing

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Can you help but think of Adele’s new song “Hello” with a start like that?! HA! This week it is color challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary.

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Hello

Faux embossing… easy peasy? No…It’s even easier. I just glued down a bunch of hellos and ran it through the big shot! I mean I didn’t even think taking a picture of the steps was necessary, we’ve all been through the first grade. I saw this idea on Pinterest once and as I sat down with this powerful color combination it came to mind.

First grade… Yes, that brings something else to mind. I was looking for my flower punch from the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack but it  has gone missing. My daughter said she has noooo idea where it may be. Hmmm. Then I hear my mother say with my own voice “I guess it grew legs and walked away”… Do you ever sound like your mother? Holy SMOKES! Sometimes I can’t believe the things that fly out of my mouth! But then again, I also can’t believe the things that disappear around here!

So I had to use a “vintage” punch but I think it fits don’t you? 🙂 Although my Hello Honey is small, doesn’t she stand off the page in that little flower?

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Thanks for stopping by! Hope you get some time to craft this week and have some “you” time! 🙂

 

In case you need some reading (or crafting!) music:                                                                                                                                                        🙂

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQHsXMglC9A

 

Silly on the Silhouette

Hey there! Now is a good time to give my disclaimer… Stampin’ Up! does not endorse my site and has no affiliation with my blog. The content of this blog is all me and my crazy ideas.

Now let’s get to the meat of it! I got a Silhouette Cameo for Christmas and I plan on sharing my adventures with this thing on here. There are going to be some changes coming, including my site, but I’m one of those believers that change is good. 🙂

In my last post I said that I made a gift for my friend and neighbor with my SIL. It is FAR from perfect and there were errors that even my husband could see but I’m giving myself some leeway, I’m a newbie after all!

Floating frames are trendy right now and I decided to bite the bullet and go for it!

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I got the double pane frame from Michael’s and used their half off coupon. Yeah! 😉 Right now my biggest advise in all of this is to use good vinyl and transfer tape! But even bigger, don’t be afraid to play! Even if your project looks better across the room than close up! 😀

 

Bold and Bright for Lara

Happy Thursday! It’s sketch challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary. This is one of those rare times that I already knew who I was making this card for before I started. But first the sketch:

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I made this card for my lovely neighbor and friend Lara. I made her a gift and this card will be accompanying it. I got a Silhouette for Christmas and she is my first victim. Haha! I’ll post that picture tomorrow. Lara is not afraid of color or pattern. She mixes combinations that I would never dare to but when she does it her projects come out beautiful! So with that being said, my bright colors combined with different patterns are a tribute to her. 🙂

 

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My flower was made from punching already stamped scraps (you can bet your bippy that I save every snip-it);) with the Pansy and Fun Flower punch. My sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, one of the first sets I ever bought!

I used a circle punch on the top of the treat bag so that she can use her fingers to easily pull the message out. And it helps show off the bling-y sequin trim!

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Thanks for stopping by! Hope you get a chance to play along this week at Create with Connie and Mary. Be sure to check out the other designer’s cards. What a talented group of ladies!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas crafty friends! The color challenge is classy this week at Create with Connie and Mary as you can see!

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I decided to keep mine simple because of the large gold foil panel.  I stamped right on the foil using StazOn ink. and added just a wee bit of stripped paper from the Neutrals Color Collection DSP.

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Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to check out the other designer’s cards at Create with Connie and Mary. Their work is sooo very pretty and inspiring! Merry Christmas to you all and many wishes for a very happy new year!!

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Love

Hey everybody! Doesn’t it seem like not too long ago I said there were only 9 Thursdays until Christmas? Eeeek It’s almost here and I am not even close to being ready! So to keep my mind off of it I did NOT do a Christmas card! Ever try to use reverse psychology on yourself?! Ha! 😀

Here is this week’s sketch at Create with Connie and Mary:

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I worked with Blushing Bride and Basic Black this week and I like how it turned out! But then again, what color doesn’t look good with black?! But you know I’m a pink girl through and through!

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I used Watercolor Words for my sentiment (my new fav!) along with the Hello You thinlits. I layered the thinlit with the silver foil sheet but I think  you can see it better in this shot:

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I hope that you have a chance to play along this week! Stop by Create with Connie and Mary and see the other designer’s wonderful takes on this sketch, you’re bound to be inspired!

Oh, What Fun!

It is color challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary friends! This week I naturally could not help but think of the holidays with this trio:

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I’m finding that I really like Mossy Meadow and I’m learning that it is really a versatile color. It pairs nicely with a lot of things you wouldn’t necessarily think to put it with but for now here is my card. It is simple and fun (no pun! Ha!).

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My layout this week comes from a challenge from Sweet Sunday sketch challenge. I thought a tag was the way to go with this one so I just played and came up with this number.

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Thanks for stopping by! Pop on over to Create with Connie and Mary to play along with this fun color combo! It’s destined to get your creative mojo going! 🙂

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello and Happy Thanksgiving friends!

It’s sketch challenge time at Create with Connie and Mary!

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I really like this sketch and I had a vision right away of doing something clean and simple. The vision also had the Sheltering Tree stamp set. Ugh… I have another confession this week. I don’t have that stamp! I’ve always wanted it but never got around to getting it so I improvised with the Thoughts and Prayers set.

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The tree top unfortunately doesn’t extend very high on this stamp so I VERY carefully inked the top portion of the branches with my Stamp n’ Write markers and stamped.. My sentiment is from the tried and true Teeny Tiny Wishes. My layered card stock is Cajun Craze. I realized that I haven’t used it in such a long time and it’s a shame because it is a great fall color!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope that you all have a wonderful holiday! My neighbors and friends have husbands that are serving over seas this holiday season so I am having them and their families over tomorrow to celebrate. I have been one busy bee but I’m so excited! I’ve already explained to my daughter that child labor laws do not apply at home! Ha! 😉

I hope you get some time to craft this weekend and if you do come play along with us at Create with Connie and Mary!

Classy Colors Cover my Card

Happy Thursday! It’s color challenge time over at Create with Connie and Mary!CCMC380

Would you please look at this color combo?! BEAUTIFUL! Timeless and classic! So here is what I came up with:

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I stamped using the Smokey Slate for my sentiment and it looks so much like pencil writing! Love it! When I went to make this card I looked at my desk and saw the card that I used for my holiday catalog swap and I just copied that layout (will share soon!). Fun and easy!

The supply list for this card is minimal so I just put them in the tag section. Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to hop on over to Create with Connie and Mary and check out the other designer’s cards! I’m sure you can’t help but want to play with this color combo so come on and join the fun! 🙂

How Many?!

Happy Thursday Friends! I don’t mean to freak you out BUT… Can you believe there are only NINE Thursdays left before Christmas?!?!?! EEEEK! I’ve started some shopping but I’m usually a lot further ahead than I am now. I digress, let’s talk color darling. Without further adieu checkout out the color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary this week!

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I just can’t help but think of nature when looking at this trio so here is what I came up with:

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I played around with different stamp sets and finally decided on a trio of Kinda Eclectic, Butterfly Basics, and Papillon Potpourri. This is clean, simple, and without any bling I dare say. I did use the Bitty Butterfly Punch to give my winged friend some dimension.

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And that’s all she wrote! Stop on by Create with Connie and Mary to join in. Be sure to check out the other designer’s cards for some awesomely creative ideas! 🙂 Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoy your Thursday and remember, only a few Thursdays are left until Christmas so join the fun and play along!