Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Long Distance Love, Sending Cards

I have 8 young nieces and nephews, and 6 of them live pretty far away from me. I like to send them cards for their birthdays and holidays for many reasons. One, since I don't often get to see them, I want them to know who I am and that I care about them. Two, I like to make cards and having people to send them to makes a card maker happy. And three, who, young or not so young doesn't like getting mail? I mean, I'm a bit excited about getting the mail every day, even though it's usually catalogs and bills! But you never know, there might be something good in there one day.

I was feeling a bit bad about not sending anything since Easter to my littles. I was going to just send cards for no reason, but then I decided, 4th of July cards!

So here's what I came up with, cards with bears and cards with boats.

Aren't they cute? I used one of our new in colors, Dapper Denim and our returning in color, Watermelon Wonder. 

Here's a close up of each card:

This card features the Baby Bear stamp set. Triple stamping in three colors make him look so life like.

Here's the next card:

This card uses the Swirly Bird bundle.

This set is so versatile! I've only just begun to explore the creative options with this set.

Here's the same card, just a bit changed up.

Alrighty then, as my cards are all ready, I'll put them in the mail and they'll make their way across the country into some mailboxes and into the small hands of my littles. I hope this has inspired you a bit to make some cards and send them out and about.

Stay Crafty!

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Cards in the Mail Class

Hi everyone, I've had a few requests for a cards in the mail class from those who don't live near me. So I thought I should give it a try. Here's how it will work (I may tweak it as we go).

What you do:
Opt in, let me know by email that you are in for the month.
Order, by the 10th of the month, a minimum of $40 Stampin’ Up! products online through my web site using the hostess code I email to you, and I'll post it on my Facebook page too:

When you order online, our products will be shipped right to you.

What you get:
Supplies to make 5 exclusive cards. I won’t be making them in any other class. They’ll feature one main stamp set. And usually no more than 3 colors of ink (plus black).
Everything will be prepped; you just stamp and put them together.
When you opt in, I’ll let you know some basic supplies you might want to order if you don’t already have them.
You’ll get a PDF with a photo of each card and basic directions.
You’ll also get YouTube links to videos showing how to assemble the cards, and I might do some Periscope live videos so we can interact as we assemble the cards.
I’ll mail your card supplies by the 25th of the month (if you’re local, I might drop them off).
I’ll post the sneak peek pics and featured stamp set by the 5th of the month, here on my blog and on my Facebook page.

Since this is the first go with this, I'm posting them early! I hope you like them, as I think they're pretty awesome. Awesomely Artistic, that is!  In case you didn't know, that's the name of the stamp set.

July Cards in the Mail Class


So, let me know you're in, place your order and let's get crafty!

Thursday, June 16, 2016

A Beachy Birthday Card

Happy Summer Crafty Friends!

Today's post is a card I made for my best friend's upcoming birthday. She lives near the beach and loves all things beachy. I love beachy things too, and in fact in the past month or so, I've made several cards that I though were for her, but then, the new Stampin' Up! annual catalog arrived...

Let's start at the end with the card as I just can't wait to share it (and I know that's what you're here for anyway).

Isn't it super cute? I bet you feel like you're on vacation just looking at it. So, let's talk about the creative magic that happened.

Let me introduce you to the Serene Scenery DSP Stack.

Absolutely lovely. One side has a photo real nature image and the other a graphic design. The colors are divine. Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, Delightful Dijon, Island Indigo, Old Olive, Pool Party, and Whisper White. I mean, really, three of the names have to do with beachy things!

The choice of images was inspired by my friend, she is a volunteer with a turtle rescue group in her area. She stays up all night, keeping an eye on a turtle nest, so if they should hatch, she can help them make it safely into the sea. So, I thought to pair one of these lovely papers and the turtle from the From Land to Sea stamp set.

I colored this cute little guy using my blender pens and Garden Green ink. I stamped him in Early Espresso ink on Shimmery White paper.
Here's the stamp set, lots of fun beachy images.


For design inspiration, I checked out a few sketch challenges and went with this one from The Paper Craft Crew:

You can find their challenges here:

Let's take another look at my card, you'll see that I changed up the sketch, but the basic idea is there.

I hope I've inspired you a little. 
Stay Crafty!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Somethings New from SU, Remarkable Blog Hop

Hello crafty friends!

Guess what? This is my 100th blog post! I think we should celebrate. It's fiesta time! I will send the first 3 people who comment on this blog post (sorry, not my fellow Remarkables) one of these cute llama cards. Cool deal, yes?

On today's Remarkable blog hop, I am show casing the Festive Birthday Product Suite. Can we just say llamas? Super cute. Have a look at these cards!

I told you, isn't he the cutest? Let's take a look at each card individually.

This card is pretty much a case of the one in the catalog. Which I always think is a great way to start creating. I used the DSP to give me a starting point for colors. Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Pumpkin Pie, and the new Emerald Envy.

Here Emerald Envy is partnered with Chocolate Chip.

Don't you just love the cactuses?  I had fun coloring the sentiment with SU's wonderful markers. Here's a close up:

So if this suite wasn't on your shopping list, I think you should definitely add it. I can see lots of fun ahead! Who doesn't love a fiesta? Now I need some chips and salsa!

Thanks for visiting and Stay Crafty!

Here's the whole list.

Nancy Amato -

Melissa Bolinger -

Tamra Davis -
Connie Deibler- 

Tracie Evans Langley --

Anne Matasci-

Heather Mathieson -

Audra Monk -

Maria Pane -

Michele Reynolds - 

Janet Wakeland-

Thursday, June 2, 2016

A Few More of My Favorite Things

Ahh... June and the new Stampin' Up! catalog. It's always an exciting time when new crafting supplies are available. I'll be featuring lots of new things on my blog this month, but today I wanted to share what I've been crafting lately.

My daughter just graduated from college this past weekend. We are so proud of her. She's done so well and is preparing to do more. She'll be going to grad school in August and it's far away! A two day drive from us. So I want to celebrate her and have a great couple of months with her. She's not really that crafty, but if she likes something I make, that's always a good sign.

Ok, on to the crafty things! Here is the card I made for her:

Isn't it lovely? It looks like a celebration to me. All the supplies used can be found in our new annual catalog.

I'm super excited to share my next project. It's a scrapbook page! I know! I'm usually a quick and easy get it done Project Life girl, but this picture needed more! I snapped this right after she came off the stage from getting her diploma. I love this picture! So I went all out and made a focal point of it.

You can tell I'm kinda proud of her accomplishments. Here's another look:

Alright, I better get a move on. Coming up next are a couple of my favorite cards.

They both feature our returning in color of Mint Macroon.

To finish up my favorite things tour today, I need to let you know some exciting things. I've made a few home decor projects! I know again! I am a card and PL girl. But when I saw this new pineapple stamp, I knew right away what I needed to make. I made this wall art for my foyer.

I was so happy with the results. The letters are from the same alphabet stamp set I used on the scrapbook page. Cool, yes? Here it is hanging on the wall.

And very last, I wanted some type of garland to hang on the back of my craft table and this makes me pretty happy. 

Aren't they pretty? I made super simple roses with DSP and card stock.

You just cut it in a spiral and roll it up! I used some retired DSP and card stock, but many of our new papers would work wonderfully. Here are a few more pics:

If there's interest, I can give more details later. And I'll share a photo of it hanging up. I'm not quite sure how to attach it yet.

Thanks for joining me on a tour of a few of my favorite crafty things!

Stay Crafty!