Friday, November 25, 2022

TGIF #396 - Inspiration Challenge

Happy Post-North American Thanksgiving (aka Black Friday!!)!!! Hoping that those of you who,celebrated had a wonderful day full of food, family and friends! This week we are doing a TGIF Inspiration Challenge!

Wreaths have always brought me a sense of peace. Looking at the greenery in the inspiration pic and seeing the word “peace” made me think about how I really wanted to make a wreath. Having just received my preorder for the 2023 January-June Catalog, I knew that the Citrus Fun Bundle could help me make a lovely wintry wreath!

I had a good time creating the splatter all around my card with a Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Blend by flicking the brush tip of the pen against the edge of the cap on the pen and sim it at the card … pretty fun, eh?

Stamps: Citrus Fun
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen
Ink: Versamark, Soft Succulent, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink
Accessories:  Citrus Dies, Natural Finish 7/8" Ribbon, Citrus Embossing Folder, Pastel Sequins (coming soon), White Embossing Powder, Gold 1/4” Shimmer Ribbon

Grateful to have been invited to be on the Challenge Team with these fine ladies, and VERY grateful for the friendships I have made because of my participation as a demonstrator for Stampin’ Up! Counting my blessings!
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Saturday, November 19, 2022

Freakin' Divine DSP

Here we are again! It's time to play with stamps, paper and ink with the Control Freaks! Bree Renwick made the most ADORABLE Christmas card with her take on this month's theme "Divine DSP".  I absolutely loooooove me some pretty DSP, don't you??? Lucky for me, my new box of goodies for the January-June and Sale-a-Bration order came TODAY ... just in time to play with!

Eeeeep and EGADS!!! Not only am I totally enamored with the new Dandy Designs DSP (which you can also earn for FREE during Sale-a-Bration starting in January!), but the Adorable Owls (which you can ALSO earn for free!) stamps are sooooo very cute!! They are making me smile all over the place!
The colorful hexagons behind the owls are done by tearing strips of cardstock, taping them together and then cutting them with the die of your choice (learned this fun trick from the ever-talented Cindy Schuester!). Such a fun background, don't you think???

Stamps: Adorable Owls
Paper: Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Coastal Cabana, Fresh Freesia, Whisper White, Watercolor, Dandy Designs DSP
Ink: Black Memento, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Balmy Blue, Fresh Freesia, Mango Melody
Accessories: Tailor-Made Tags Dies, Beautiful Shapes Dies, White 3/4" Frayed Ribbon, Wink of Stella, Pastel Sequins

Gearing up for a lovely Thanksgiving feast with my family and some friends. I am so grateful for the blessings in my life ... this will be the first holiday season without my beautiful mama and I'm trying to carry on so many of the lovely traditions she established for our family. I'm so lucky to have had her to raise me and be my friend!

Next up? Cindy Elam! She made SEVERAL cards that you are going to LOVE!

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Thursday, November 17, 2022

Chillin' With My Gnomies!!

Guess what??? I'm SOOOO stoked! I am now a member of the TGIF Challenge Team!! YAY!! I am soooo excited!! This time around we are Chillin' With My Gnomies!

Gnomes are a HOOOOOT commodity right now ... they are literally EVERYwhere! I have always had a warm and fuzzy spot for these silly creatures! I had a hard time deciding if these little dudes were doing Fall or Winter so I kind of planted them between seasons! The pants, hats and shirts of these little gnomes were paper pieced using different patterns from the "He's the Man" and "Rings of Love" DSP packs.  I also used the Fern Embossing Folder for the background and embellished with the little embossed snowflake images from "Trees for Sale" stamp set and a few little gold sequins from the Pastel Sequins coming out in the next new January-June Mini Catalog.

I used some of the Natural 7/8" Ribbon with a few twists ... I distressed it with some Early Espresso and Soft Suede ink and then ran a single piece of Linen Thread through the middle with a needle ... I like the rustic feel to it! I'm loving the texture!

Stamps: Kindly Gnomes
Paper: Whisper White, Soft Suede, He's the Man DSP, Rings of Love DSP, Blushing Bride
Ink: Versamark, Memento Black, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Early Espresso, Soft Suede
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Natural Finish 7/8" Ribbon, Fern Embossing Folder, Pastel Sequins (coming soon), Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder

Very blessed to be playing with paper, ink and stamps with these ladies ... it's going to be an AWESOME ride!

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Monday, November 7, 2022

Monday Montage #225



I cleaned my craft room. And it was glorious ... for about a DAY! Then I spent about four days in a row working on my Halloween costume! KA-BOOM!! Pins, thread, fabric, paper, foam, paint ... it's all EVERYwhere!! However, it wasn't TOO hard to clear a space to be able to create a card for this week's Monday Montage!


 I loveLOVELOVE this Perfect Pomegranate stamp set!! It was a hostess set for the last Sale-a-Bration campaign. I didn't earn it, but my friend (and fellow Monday Montager, Cheryl Curtis, did!)! Cheryl was kind enough to give me this set as she didn't feel it was her "cup of tea" ... and it has been sitting, unused, since I got it a few weeks ago! FINALLY got a chance to play with it! It is, sadly, no longer available (sorry 'bout that!)!! But I could NOT resist because it is soooooo purdy!

See what I mean???? I loved using the gold foil and gold embossing powder to create lovely accents ... I love fall color combos!

Stamps: Perfect Pomegranate, Framed Florets
Paper: Merry Merlot, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil
Ink: Versamark, Merry Merlot, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow, Mango Medley
Stylish Shapes Frames, Natural Finish 7/8" Ribbon, Rustic Metallic Adhesive-Backed Dots, Gold Embossing Powder, Stapler

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Going to see several of my Monday Montage friends at the end of this week at OnStage in ANAHEIM (and take advantage of the fact that we are staying next door to Disneyland!)!! I can't WAIT!!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - Christmas and Fall are covered beautifully by them!!

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