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Wednesday, December 13, 2017

December Birthday Hop! My Favorite Birthday Cards of 2017!

Welcome to a very special hop!  My birthday is a in a few days and I've gathered with some stamping friends to help celebrate birthdays and December in general!  If you came from Charlet, thanks for continuing on to me! (Make sure to head back quick and tell her congrats on making the Artisan Design Team!)

Now to be honest... life has not been very fun the last few days.  Our 3yo son has been very sick with strep, double ear infection and a viral condition on his tongue that has caused him so much pain that he's having a hard time eating and drinking.  He spent a day in the hospital to get rehydrated.  It's so hard to see your kids sick :( Needless to say, I did not get around to making a special card for this hop.

So my dear friend Kelly Kent that we are hopping with today suggested that I share some of my favorite birthday cards that I have made in 2017.  I thought that was a great idea (and a great save!)

So I will share some of my favorite birthday cards that I have made this year.  I will be sharing the stamp set title only but feel free to comment with any questions and I'd be happy to help!

Big On Birthdays (142877)

Five for All (143781 - 143784)

Happy Celebrations (143012)

Happy Birthday Gorgeous (143662)

Five for All (143781 - 143784) and Mixed Drinks (141928)

Merry Little Labels (144798 - 144795) and Birthday Delivery (143660)

Five for All

Quirky Critters (143697 - 144761)

Special Celebrations (143882 - 143885) and Blooms & Wishes (141784)

Magical Mermaid (144014 - 144017)

Country Livin' (141922 - 141925)

Country Livin' and Glamper Greetings (142202)

I hope this gives you great inspiration for birthday cards!

Before you go, I'd love to know what your favorite birthday cake flavor is.  I used to request Peanut Butter Pie until I discovered that my husband makes the BEST Carrot Cake!  mmmm.. I can almost taste it!  Only six more days...

Thanks for hopping along with me!  Next up is the lovely Janneke de Jong!

(birthday) Blessings,

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Flying Home Sneak Peek

Hello there! I hope you are doing well on this Saturday! I wanted to share with you a fun new set that will be available January 3rd from the Occasions Catalog.  This set is called Flying Home and it was love at first sight :) I love these cute little bird houses!  I didn't buy much for my pre-order, but this set was a must! 

I decided to make multiple cards since I would be coloring a lot.  I was inspired by the sample in the catalog and stuck to a very similar color scheme.

I used a variety of Stampin' Blends Markers with some new designer series paper called Sweet Soiree Specialty DSP.  

The Pool Party tags are made with the Thoughtful Banners stamp set.  I made 3 thank you's and 3 congrats.  I think this stamp would make really cute "new home" or "welcome to the neighborhood" cards.

It's a very cute set and I will be sharing more of the other stamps from this set soon!  Would you be interested in this set next month?  I'd love for you to get some Stampin' Blends in your hands and earn this set free!

I'm putting together a special Stamps in the Mail kit for January! (Old Olive markers not pictured). Stay tuned for more!

Have a blessed Saturday!

Sunday, December 3, 2017

A Dino-rrific 7th Birthday!

Yesterday our oldest went to his classmate's birthday party and I wanted to share the card I made for him.  I love making a card with someone in mind - I think it makes it even more special.  I had a lot of fun making this one!

I knew I wanted to do a number card with the "th" from the Happy Birthday Thinlit.  I saw this similar card made by Teneale Williams and I thought it was so clever!  (That woman right there is one amazing card maker!)  I decided to color the Silver Glimmer Paper with the Pool Party Dark Stampin' Blends marker because I couldn't decide on the silver to go with the Smoky Slate, or gold to go with the Crushed Curry - and I think the Pool Party was great after all.

The background was made using the large splatter stamp from Timeless Textures, an Aqua Painter  with Tangerine Tango ink and some smoky slate dinosaur skeletons from the No Bones About It stamp set.

I stamped the happy birthday sentiment from Five for All and added some frayed edges with my scissors around the edges of the rectangle.  Finished off with some Pear Pizzazz Enamel Shapes.

The inside has the same 2 splatters and the cute little sentiment from the dinosaur set.

Pretty cute, huh?  Next Saturday we have another kid birthday party to attend and I'm hoping to share a card using a new (soon to be released) stamp set that's great for the kiddos!

Have a wonderful Sunday!


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Blends & Birds - Stampin' Up! Artisan Design Team Hop

Hello and welcome to another blog hop from the Artisan Design Team!  I hope you've enjoyed following the team this year.  It's been an honor to create alongside 19 other gals from the globe representing Stampin' Up!  I can hardly believe this amazing experience is almost over!  And can it really be December tomorrow??

Maybe this little birdie can help cheer me up!  I absolutely love using the new Stampin' Blends from Stampin' Up!.  Have you had a chance to try them yet?  They are very easy to use and the ability to purchase a single marker (in select colors) makes this an affordable option for coloring.

For this card, I used the Color Me Happy stamp set and the Color Me Happy Project Kit.  You can bundle these two items and save!

The birdie was colored with both the Daffodil Delight Dark & Light Stampin' Blend Markers.  The beak and feet were colored with the Pumpkin Pie Dark & Light Stampin' Blend Markers.  The background papers are part of the card kit.

I also used the sequins from the card kit as well.  You can even use the itty bitty circles that are the insides of the sequins.  Adhere with the Fine Tip Glue Pen for best results.
Finally, I added some Rhinestone Basic Jewels that I colored with the Night of Navy Dark Stampin' Blends Marker.  Color the pearls or rhinestones on the packaging it comes with to make sure you cover the entire jewel.  This dries very quickly too!

I hope you like my card.  A sweet little hello to send to a friend!  Make sure to travel around the globe and check out all of the creations from the Artisan team!  Next up is my friend Jennifer from Jersey!


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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hello Fancy Friday!

Happy Friday!  What an exciting post for me as I have been asked to joined the incredibly talented team of stampers that makes up Fancy Friday - a group of past and current Artisans!  I'm so honored to be among this group.  

(I secretly hoped I would be asked to join them and now it's real!)

Here's our sketch for today's hop made by the lovely Jen Timko.

Cathy Caines has been rocking this Christmas Sweaters stamp set over the last few weeks and I finally gave in and bought it!  I love the look of this Santa sweater and decided to try something fun with it.

If you look closely, you can see that I used the Embossing Paste on his beard.  I used the pointed spatula tool to lightly smear it on and used the pointed tip to keep the paste inside the lines.

Super cute, huh?

For the side border I simply used Paper Snips to create the fringed edge.

I carried the DSP, twine and sweaters onto the inside too to bring it all together.  The sentiment on the inside is from the Watercolor Christmas stamp set.

I hope you like it!  Be sure to head on next to the super talented and fellow Texan, Erica Cerwin!

Merry Little Labels Artisan Design Team Blog Hop

Hello there and welcome to another hop from the Artisan Team!  I can hardly believe my time on the Artisan Design Team is almost over... The new team has been announced and I only have a few more hops left!  I've had such a blast with the ladies on the team and I will miss them dearly - but I am so incredibly excited for the new group of ladies.  I have been a fan of many of them for years now and I'm glad they are getting this wonderful opportunity.  So before we get started, please remember to use the translate tool if you need to so that you don't miss any detail!

Today we are featuring the Merry Little Labels stamp set and coordinating Everyday Label Punch.  We are also featuring the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series Paper (DSP).

I decided to make a card and a bag with a masculine feel and not necessarily a Christmas theme.  I really love the sheet of DSP with the trees and thought both designs of DSP worked well together for the "outdoorsman guy".  The black paired with Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive is a great combo!

I made the bag using the Gift Bag Punch Board.  I punched two small holes at the top for the Cherry Cobbler 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon.  The front of the bag is decorated with the "No Peeking" stamp embossed in white, punched out with the coordinating Everyday Label Punch and adhered to the Starburst Punch.  I added some scraps of the 7/8" Striped Ribbon and Black Metallic Thread.

The paper filler is made with skinny strips of Old Olive paper from the Color Theory Designer Series Paper Stack.  (This is easy to make - cut skinny strips and crumple up the paper!  So simple!)

The card was made using many of the same product to help tie everything together.

Now since I really liked how this turned out, I wanted to make another bag and card.  This time I wanted to make something using a completely different look with colors and paper, but a similar layout.

For this bag, I used the same "No Peeking" tag and colored the sentiment with my Stampin' Write Markers.  For the tag on the card, I used the markers to color just the "for you" part of the "Just for You" stamp.  A great use of the markers!

The bag was made very similar with the Starburst Punch used with Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Rich Razzleberry 1/4" Stitched-Edge Ribbon, Silver Metallic Thread and the birthday bag was made with the Birthday Memories Designer Series Paper.  

I used the same sheet of DSP for the larger layer on my card and carried over again some of the same embellishments.

My favorite detail is the "balloon" that I stamped the "For You" sentiment on and then punched out using the Balloon Bouquet Punch.  I really like the way it turned out.

As you can see, the Merry Little Labels set can be used for other occasions - not just Christmas :)

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Next up is my dear friend Jennifer Sootkoos from the US!

Have a wonderful day!


Allison Okamitsu
Aurelie Fabre
Cathy Caines
Dani Dziama
Holly Stene
Jennifer Sootkoos
Jessica Winter
Katy Harrison
Kimberly Van Diepen
Louise Sharp 
Maike Ulbrich
Martha Inchley
Mercedes Weber
Mindy Bingamon 
Miriam van Eyden
Paula Dobson
Rochelle Blok
Shannon Lane
Sylwia Schreck 
Tanya Boser