Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Step It Up for Any Occasion Blog Hop

Whew  I feel like I have jumped from the holidays back into work at full speed.   Nothing like closing the year after everyone has been on holiday.  Somehow lack of planning on their part has created a crisis on mine.

Go Figure!

If something could go wrong today...it did.
I had a horrible first day back at work - lets just say I didn't get home until after 8:00 pm.  Normally I am home by 4:30 pm.  The time I had allotted for card making was taken.  I just about had my fabulous card finished and the little flower die that I needed for one more flower sprouted legs  and it can't be found.  So I had to scrap the card and start over.

In the process of hurrying to get done...I neglected to take pics of step one.  So you get verbal steps..

I started out with the washi tape, flower, leaves and sentiment all from the the new Occasions catalog.  Coordinating Botanical blooms Stamps, Washi tape and flowers dies.

To step it up I popped it up a layer with dimensionals and added two strips of washi tape on each end of the card to emphasize the layering and bring the eye to the card center.  I also added a linen thread bow.  I can't stay away from the linen thread.

The sentiment is from Enjoy the Little things stamp set - also from the occasions catalog.

Hop on over to Lynn Striefert for another amazing project



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Snow Snow Snow - Step It Up Blog Hop

Despite what the calendar says about Winter not starting yet, I am going to beg to differ.  I step outside and feel the crisp air/wind and see the white stuff on the ground and I hear (in my head) the lyrics sung by Bing Crosby,

Snow, Snow, Snow, Snow, Snow. 
It won't be long before we'll all be there with snow
Snow, Snow, I want to wash my hands, my face, my hair with snow...

Actually I don't want to wash my face in the snow, but what is it about the snow that makes dogs so frisky and children antsy to get outside and play in it.  It makes me think of my warm blanket, and a good book or movie and an excellent reason to stay inside.

And then there is the morning you wake up and everything is blanketed in snow and all is still and quiet and beautiful.  Nothing can compare.

With Snow on the brain I used the stamp set Wonderland to create my snow scene.  The concept is not new, but navy and white are always striking when paired together.  The trees are snow are heat embossed in white and the vellum cover is embossed in Silver
This stepped up version has a strip of white glitter paper and a strip of the silver ribbon.  I took a wink of stella pen (coming in the new catalog) and accented all the trees with a bit of sparkle.  Unfortunately, I couldn't capture the sparkle in the photo, but trust me...it sparkles. :)

Head on over to Lynn's blog to see what marvelous creation she has concocted for this month.



Sunday, November 1, 2015

Step It Up Fall Blog Hop

Another Step It Up Blog Hop has arrived.  My computer is still being doctored, so I kicked my husband off of his and have over taken it!  I just know he wants pictures of my cards on his hard drive

 I love the rich color of blackberry bliss.  I added the fall colored leaves and sentiment to make a simple note card.
To step up this little beauty I added some gold sequins as accents and another leaf and twine to accent the sentiment.  I love this project life stamp set from the holiday catalog.  Even though I don't scrapbook I love the font used and all the little stamps the coordinate with the sentiment.

Step on over to Jeanna Bohanon's  Blog to see her amazing projects and if you get a chance come on back later today and check out what I have in store for you.


Thursday, October 1, 2015

October Blog Hop Steppin It Up Halloween Style

 It is finally fall and  the time of year that is my favorite.  I have made witch hats and put up all my Halloween decorations.  A banner for the fireplace is on the to-do list.  Lets see if I get there :)

Foot ball season has started and my Utah Utes are looking pretty after their game against the Oregon Ducks.  Lets hope that they can maintain their drive and determination to the next game which sadly isn't until the 10th.

Sadly the garden is winding down.  I am not done eating fresh produce, but the rate things are ripening I won't have a choice pretty soon.  I will have to succumb to grocery store tomatoes.

My version of the step up card this month starts out with the brick embossing folder and a bit of sponging.  To that I added the window die and cute little spider and jack-o-lantern to create the scene.

To step it up I added a pair of google eyes from the owl punch and some wood grained paper worked great for my barred up windows to keep out any one that might dare to enter.

Head on over to Julie Wadlingers blog to see what amazing creations she has for you.


Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Step It Up! Stampin UP Style

 Fall is fast approaching.  There is a part of me that is ready to embrace the cool fall weather and put summer behind  me.  The other part still wants to enjoy the fresh air coming in the open windows at night and the fresh garden produce.

Most of all I am excited for Football games and the new Seasonal Stampin Up Catalog!

There are so many things in the new catalog that I love!!!
I am sharing the pillow box which is the perfect size for a gift card or several homemade caramels.
Here is the basic pillow box with ribbons and a tag.

The second version adds an embossing folder imprint of beautiful aspen trees, a button and some thick twine.
The third  version adds white ink to the trees, some leaves,  and a cute fox!

Hop on over to Jeanna's space and see what spooky things she has created.


Saturday, August 1, 2015

Steppin It Up with Stampin Up Blog Hop

Welcome to our blog hop.  We hope that a new format will be of interest to our readers.
I can't beleive another month has flown by and it has been full of activities and fun times
A few highlights....Deer Valley Concert on the 4th, Stampin Up Convention, 250 favors for a wedding reception, trip to Thanksgiving point to see the gardens, work, gardening or should I say weeding, Alex and Ani, grillin and just hangin with my friends and sweetheart.

Our challenge this month is to show a card and then a stepped up version of the same card.  So here goes.

This was the card idea I swapped with my fellow demos.  Although I used the step up version, here is the beginning stages of the card that would be easily used for a simple idea.  Masculine colors, some pleated burlap and sponging around the image give this card a great start.

To step this baby up...

I added another layer behind my main image.  I used a strip of burlap, navy and newsprint as banners behind the image to give it a boost.  Gotta love our new banner punch! I also shaded around the car with pool party and a blender pen.  I added crystal effects to age the card a bit and give the card texture.  I added a few candy dots which helps to fill in the empty space.  If you wanted to even do more you could emboss the base of vanilla or even add more banners.  It is so fun to see the cards in the design process and how they end up.

Head on over to Jeanna's to see what she has Stepped UP her project.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Summer Blog Hop - Stampin UP Style

Summer has arrived and I feel like I am melting. Unfortunately, my fat stores are not melting - despite the heat.  Maybe it is all the ice cream I eat to stay cool :)  Temperatures close to or over 100, and it isn't cooling down at night.  My poor bulldogs collapse halfway around the block and take lots of breaks to get the potty jobs done.  Here is a pic of one of my guys cooling off in front of the fan,
Riley hangin out in front of the fan

We have so many new toys and options with the new Stampin Up Catalog...I want to share just a couple I made with you

This card is a white on white.  I used the Irresistably Yours DSP and took a sponge dauber and some blue and yellow ink to make the three colors.  It surprisingly blended easily.  Simple and Fun!

This one uses the new stamp set Gift from the Garden.  I love all the little components of garden supplies.  Had to include as many as I could get. 

Now on to Jeanna's creativity spot!