Saturday, August 19, 2017

Woo to the Hoo!

Hello!  Today I am featuring this cute little guy included in the New Leaf stamp set by The Project Bin!  I think this owl is adorable!  I love the branch as well.  It was designed so well that it can be flipped around and used on the left side of the cardstock or the right.  The leaves are actually pretty little things with lines but for my project, I colored them in for a solid silhouette look.

I masked off the moon, sponged Seedless Preserve and Broken China distress inks, then layered with Nautical Blue Memento ink.  I stamped then fussy cut the owl and popped him up on the branch. I finished off the card with this fun sentiment.  Don't you just love that sentiment!  What a hoot!!  

It's been another wild week at my house so I stayed up late and found inspiration from Audrie's IC611 challenge at SCS.  This week Audrie chose the FitBit blog.  Goodness, I have been missing out on a wealth of inspiration.  There is a really nice section on recipes and that's where I found a beautiful inspiration photo of Blueberry Smoothie Pops

I will also be joining along with this month's theme "great lengths" SCS with my tall card.

New Leaf

Thanks so much for stopping by today and woo to the hoo!!!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

A Bowl Full

Happy Wednesday!!!  When we get to Wednesday I always have two thoughts, how did we get to the middle of the week already and whoa, it's almost the weekend!   I have another reason to like Wednesdays, for the next few months, I am on the sketch challenge team as a guest designer!

This week's SC658 challenge was created by Carey.  I love the top layer as it allows plenty of space for a stamped image!

I used the adorable Bowl Full of Comfort kit from Unity Stamp Co.  Unity has a sale going on all the time so you can purchase beautiful kits at a great price!  I purchased this one during one of their sales and have been eager to color it!  The top layer of the sketch this week is a perfect size for these cute bowls.  The embossed solid layer was originally supposed to be a designer paper layer but I felt it took the attention away from the bowls so back in the stack it went and I opted for a solid layer instead. 

I am also playing along with the Simon Says Challenge to Add a Sentiment.

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Most of All

Happy weekend!!!  
I found myself a little behind this week as I've been a little under the weather along with juggling an all new routine for August!   First thing this morning I checked out the Inspiration Challenge at Splitcoaststampers and found THIS super fun photo for wonderful inspiration.

 I took an embossing folder and inked it up with Oxide inks in, Worn Lipstick, Broken China and Spiced Marmalade, spritzed it with water then added paper and closed the folder.  This technique does not require a press such as a die cut machine, you simply press it closed, rub it with your fingers, open it up and take out the paper!

I used the New Leaf stamp set from The Project Bin for my sentiment.  This set is great for fall, with six great sentiments and four fun images! I love this bold sentiment with the fun fonts and the little leaves are a separate stamp included int he set which can be used in dozens of ways!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!!!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Product Review: ColorBox® Premium Dye Ink

Over the past few weeks, I have been creating projects with Clearsnap ColorBox® Premium Dye Ink along with some friends at Splitcoaststampers.  Today we are sharing tips, tricks and techniques on the Splitcoast Product Focus page.

Clearsnap ColorBox® Premium Dye Inks stamp crisp and clean, dry quickly and clean up easily with water.  I hope you will check out the  Splitcoast Product Focus and read the design team's thoughts on this line of inks!


 Ballerina and Periwinkle inks sponged through a stencil.

Aqua, Jelly, Ballerina, Fog, Indigo spritzed with water.

Carrot and Mud Pie  MISTI Marbling technique and Generation  Stamping.

Limon, Pea Pod, Aqua, Indigo and Poppy  MISTI Marbling technique

Simple Stamping

Thanks so much for stopping by and taking a look today!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Every Road

Wow, our summer has been anything but ordinary this year!  Our college student came home and took on two jobs so we didn't' see him very much.  Our daughter received a part in a S.T.A.R. production of Hairspray and rehearsed all summer so we didn't see her a lot either! The start of school began last week for our high school student and tomorrow the summer officially ends as we help our college student get situated in an apartment!  

With all the hustle and bustle of last minute activities last week I missed out on creating a blog post for a card that I created for Janine's Dare to get Dirty challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  Dare to get Dirty is a fun week for Fan Club members which includes prizes for completing art challenges!  

The challenges are top secret for Fan Club members only so I can't tell you the details of Janine's challenge but I can tell you about my card!

My stamp collection didn't include a stamp I wanted to use for Janine's sweet challenge so I thought out of the box a bit and pulled up a photo I took in mid-July then edited it with a sketch app on my phone.

The Dare to get Dirty challenges are done for this year but there is still time to upload projects so I encourage you to check them out!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

A Cat Fan

Happy weekend to you!!  
My daughter started back to school yesterday and I needed something to cheer me up!  Kitties always do the trick so I picked up my Feline Good stamps set from The Project Bin and played along with a challenge at Splitcoaststampers.

There are two cats included in the Feline Good stamp set along with coordinating dies.  I will confess, I am not great at fussy cutting so a coordinating die is my friend! I love this sentiment, purrfect for a fan of cats or a cat fan!  :)

I hope you have the chance to get inky this weekend!
Thanks so much for stopping by!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Inking Fun with Red Rubber Designs

Hello, Friends!  Today I am sharing creations with the Happily Grateful stamp set from Red Rubber Designs.  I really enjoy experimenting with this set.

I have two cards to share today but you will have to hop on over to the Red Rubber Designs blog to get a look at the full cards!

Today's featured stamp sets:

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Just Because

Hello, friends! I am excited to be able to share that I have been invited to be a guest designer for the Sketch Challenge at Splitcoaststampers for the next term.  I am so excited to be a part of this talented team!

 I chose an older stamp set from Simon Says Stamp - Flower Friend to feature for the SC656 challenge.  I actually won this kit way back in March of 2013!  I love the endless combinations that can be created with this sweet flower set.  

I had fun with the inky color combinations from Clearsnap ColorBox: Aqua, Coal, Jelly and Limon!!!

With this card, I am also playing along with the Dare to Get Dirty challenges at SCS.  Dare to get Dirty is a fun week to celebrate the Fan Club Members.  The week is filled with daily challenges and a chance to win prizes! For more details click HERE!

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

I am also playing along with:
The Challenge #93

I used the words: simple, butterfly, circle and friendship

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fall is on its way....

Oh my, can you believe it's almost August?  School starts here next week and for me, that signals an end to summer.  It's time to think Fall projects and The Project Bin has a brand new stamp set to inspire!! Creepy Halloween is a hoot and it's available in the store now!

This stamp set makes me laugh.  Every year we have large yellow spiders that spin the most interesting webs right at our front door or across our yard between trees and every year I say, "Well, we don't have to decorate for Fall, nature has done it for us!"

There is just something special about The Project Bin stamps, they look fabulous with multiple layers but are also very striking on Clean and Simple cards such as this.  I was eager to play with the new Creepy Halloween stamp set but I had very little time this week as our daughter is performing in Hairspray presented by S.T.A.R!  It's been a very exciting summer full of rehearsals culminating in three fun nights of musical performance!  It's been great fun but this mom has been on the run a great deal and a CAS card was just what I needed.  I used a wonky shape for the sentiment and placed a piece of cheese cloth behind the sentiment to give the idea of a spider web.  I drew a line for the spider and he is all set to decorate someone's home!!!  

I hope you have a lovely weekend and if you are on a countdown to school days enjoy those last few moments, I know I will!!!!

This week's Featured Stamper at SCS is Angelnorth - Joanne Allison. She has an amazing gallery!!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Come and Behold Him

Hello and happy weekend to you!  
Today I am sharing another Christmas card in July with The Project Bin stamps!  I love creating Christmas projects all year long, it helps keep me cool!  :)  I haven't found the time this year to work on a set amount per month so I am going to have to really get going or I will be buying a box of cards this year.    

I chose this beautiful sentiment from the Joyful Song set for my focal point.  I love the pretty design of this sentiment.  It's a show stopper!

I adhered the white and gold foil designer paper layers on heavy weight blue cardstock and stamped the sentiment in the same shade as the cardstock. 

I would love to know if you create your Christmas cards all year or create them all at once. 

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Loved & Adored

 Hello, friends!  Today I am sharing a lovely little CAS card at Red Rubber Designs blog featuring the Simply the Best stamp set from Red Rubber Designs. I hope you will hop on over and check it out!

Here's a look at  Today's Feature:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

The Project Bin Christmas in July Blog Hop Day 2

Welcome back to day 2 of The Project Bin’s Christmas in July Blog Hop!  After 2 full days of The Project Bin’s holiday hop, you’ll probably have so many ideas, you can already start your Christmas list!
If you are hopping along, you should have arrived here from The Project Bin blog!  If you get lost along the way, or started somewhere in the middle, follow the candy cane trail back to The Project Bin inspiration blog.  You won’t want to miss the creativity along the way and remember:  2 lucky winners have the chance of winning one of the 2 generous gift certificates to shop at The Project Bin store!  Woohoo!

For today’s holiday inspiration, I’ve created for you a gift bag and coordinating card. What I love about this project is that I was able to feature a piece of 12x12 designer paper.  Since I mostly create cards the larger designs of the 12x12 paper can be problematic but it's perfect for a gift bag and card.  I was able to use one sheet for both the card and the bag.  

 Christmas time is such a busy time we don't always have time for lots of layers so I kept this bag super simple by featuring a lovely piece of deisgner paper, the beautiful sentiment from Joyful Song and piece of ribbon!

For the card I used the remaining portion of the designer paper and this sweet sentiment.  

Next up, hop on over to  Barb Deichl‘s blog.  Be sure to leave a comment at each stop and the winners will be announced on The Project Bin blog this week.  We hope you enjoy our Christmas in July blog hop!  ♥  

 Thanks for stopping by and checking out Today's Feature:

     Angela Bode That's me!
      Patricia Chalas 

Saturday, July 15, 2017

The Project Bin Christmas in July Blog Hop Day 1

Welcome to The Project Bin’s premiere Christmas in July Blog Hop!
We are so glad you are here!  The elves at The Project Bin have been very busy. For the next 2 days,  July 15 and 16, the design team will be showcasing the stamps and dies from the store and bringing you a handcrafted Christmas!  You’ll see Christmas cards, holiday projects and ideas to inspire creativity to jump start your holiday planning.  Our sleigh ride will take you to each designer’s blog where you can peek at what they have showcased using The Project Bin’s stamps and dies.  AND since the holidays are known for gift giving, 2 lucky winners will receive one of the 2 generous The Project Bin gift certificate giveaways to use in the store!
If you are new to The Project Bin stamps and dies, you are in for a real treat!      The Project Bin offers clear stamps and metal dies with truly something for everyone.  The hop begins at The Project Bin’s inspiration blog and has the full line up.
If you arrived from Kelly McKown-Santi's amazing blog, you are in the right place! 

For my project, I created an ornament & card set featuring the sweet Joyful Song stamp set.
I love the technique of stamping ink on a craft mat, spritzing with water and swishing mixed media paper through the watery ink so I couldn't wait to get my hands on the new distress oxide inks!!  The background for my card and ornament was created with Faded Jeans and Wilted Violet Oxide inks. 

 I love that this sentiment curves right along with the stitched border!

For the ornament, I die cut two scalloped squares.  This not only gives the ornament more durability but I glued the back sides together so the back of the ornament is pretty too.  

If I am your first stop make sure to start at The Project Bin Blog and leave a comment for each of the stops on the hop ~ you won’t want to miss it!  Be sure to come back to The Project Bin blog tomorrow to see more holiday inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by and checking out Today's Feature:

     Lori Turner  
    Dawn Bennett  
    Angela Bode. That's me!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

Oh, Sing!

Today, I am continuing the Christmas in July theme with The Project Bin!  I am featuring the fabulous new set, Joyful Song.  I love the bold fonts of three of the sentiment stamps.  A piece of designer paper, a sentiment frame,  a few poinsettias and A Christmas card is born!

Along with three grand sentiments, The Joyful Song stamp set also includes two sentiment stamps with smaller fonts that work beautifully on the card front or the inside layer. I love how pretty the inside looks with a stamped greeting!

Save the Date!!!
Blog Hop next weekend! 
The Project Bin design team will have cards and gift ideas,
and there will be giveaway prizes!

This week's Featured Stamper at Splitcoaststampers is (yaleann7).  I played along with the challenge in celebration of Ann's beautiful gallery.  THIS card is so inspiring with the white and gold!

Woo to the Hoo!

Hello!  Today I am featuring this cute little guy included in the New Leaf stamp set by The Project Bin !  I think this owl is adorabl...