Thursday, June 1, 2017

Steppin UP Blog Hop



I can't believe that we are embarking on another fabulous Stampin Up Year with an amazing catalog.  There have been pre-orders, but I have been saving my pennies for other stamps.  Because of this, you get a look at stamps not so new, but oh so fun!

I opted to use the Jar of Love Stamp set that made it's debut last catalog.  I have loved these jars from day one and are such an easy go to.  The inspiration for this card came from the mason jar we placed on my parents in law headstone for Memorial Day.  We filled the jar with pink and yellow roses from our yard.  Mums look great, but I think the personal touch of flowers from your garden mean so much.  Ralph's Mom loved pink roses, so we thought it apropos that we cut them from our bushes.

I started with a stepped up version of the card.  I stamped the flowers, leaves and jar and popped them
up with dimensionals.  I also put them on a white sheet to layer on top of my card base.  I added the dots from cool treats to fill in some of the blank spaces.


Head on over to Jeanna's to see what she has come up with.


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Monday, May 1, 2017

Steppin It UP in a Hurry Blog Hop

I don't know about you but I always find myself without a card, when I need it in a hurry.  All of the sudden I find out it is somone's birthday, or a need a sympathy card to take to someone who has lost a loved on or just need to let someone know how much I appreciate them.  Often I find myself putting it off making the card until I have the time to do some grand design and then it is too late.  Much to a Stampers dismay, the design of the card is important but what is written on the inside means so much more to the recipient.

Another thing I do is hoard designer series paper.  Especially when I know I can no longer get that particular design.   I gotta start using it...right?

Here are a couple of thank you cards that I did in a hurry, because I didn't want to let the moment pass.
 This is a basic design of a strip of paper, some bakers twine and a thank you stamp.
















 The next cards are added upon with several scored lines surrounding the strip of paper.

The cards are then accented with some basic pearls.  They don't pop as much in the photo, but they really add some elegance to the card.









Hop on over to Lynns blog to see what she has created


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Saturday, April 1, 2017

A litte Foxy Blog Hop


Happy April Fools Day...A bunch of complete silliness.  Some of you love it, and some like me don't care for the holiday at all.  I do love that Spring is official and even though we might still get rain and snow the spring flowers are gorgeous, spring football practice has started, we start to plot the garden and put the heavy wool sweaters away until next year.

My creation used the Foxy Friends stamp set.  I love this stamp set and knew that it would be one of the first that I purchased.  Then...it sat unused.  Perfect opportunity to pull it out and play a bit.

Here is the initial idea.  I love the little paw print strip.












Here is the stepped up version,
I added shading for the sky and grass.  I filled in the grass with marker strokes.  I wasn't sure I liked it at first,but you can't exactly erase it.  I like the texture it gives to the ground  I added layered body, head and tip of the foxes tail.  I really wanted to put ribbon or twine on it, but I resisted.  The banner is from banner thoughts and coordinating punch

Head on over to Jeanna B's for some more inspiration.



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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Lift My Sprits Steppin It up - Blog Hop

I think the first stamp set that spoke to me from the Occasions Catalog was the Lift Me Up stamp set.   And yes...they do speak to me.  Most of the time they say..You Need ME!!!

I have seen so many beautiful creations with this stamp set, I was beginning to wonder if I could create something different than I had already seen.

Well, it might not be sooo different, but it is my creation and I love the color combo.  I don't think the picture does it justice.

Here is the first version.  I have a hard time adhering the pieces to the card knowing full well, that I am rarely satisfied with simple and will be adding more layers and extra stuff.  Just my style.

The bright colors and the pop of black would lift anyone's spirit's if they got this in the mail.


The stepped up version...  adding a few extra layers and clouds give the balloons character and makes them pop even more.









Stamps - Lift Me up
Paper - Bermuda Bay, Peekaboo Peach, Calypso Coral, Rich Razzleberry, Basic Black, Whisper White, and Carried Away DSP
Ink - Black, Peekaboo Peach
Accessories - Up and Away Thinlits, black embossing powder, Layering Oval Thinlits, dimensionals.


Hop on over to Jeannas blog to check out her wonderful creations.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Plain Old Vanilla

Confession time...I love ice cream and my go to is vanilla, especially with my Mom's homemade hot fudge sauce.  You can add any toppings you like to it and it goes with just about everything.  Don't get me wrong  I have other favorites  - like caramel cashew, cinnamon and peaches, chocolate,...I could go on and on.

Inspired by my love for ice cream I have put together a cute ice cream card.
I think my favorite part was the spoon accent with the bow. 

Stamps : Cool Treats
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, Peekaboo Peach, Early Espresso, Tasty Treats DSP, Real Red, Pear Pizazz.
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach
Accessories - Stitched Framelits, Frozen Treats Framelits, Cutie Pie Thinlits, Bakers Twine.

So I think it is time that I go indulge in a little cherry chocolate amaretto ice cream.  Maybe that will make me feel better after the Falcons gave away the superbowl....


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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

We Create Love Blog Hop

It seems if I can just get through January then spring is only around the corner.  I sooo look forward to the spring once the Christmas season is over. To add to my winter doldrums, Salt Lake City currently has the worst air quality in the nation. Stay in and try not to breathe ..Right?!


I am not a big fan of Valentines Day.  I appreciate that it gives an opportunity to you and your loved ones to declare your love for them. I actually hope that you do that everyday.  What I don't like is the advertising and the forced obligation of expressing ones love with everything the jewelers, florists, chocolatiers, stuffed toy makers tell you that you need.  I also hate how it makes those feel that don't have a said Valentine to share gifts with.

I always tell my husband that I know he loves me and that I don't want him spending exorbitant prices on flowers that soon die.  I would rather have his undivided attention for an evening.  I do love the homemade or well thought out gifts that are given. 

Now that my ranting is done, I do love a good Valentines Card.
I didn't do a Step UP - honestly I have a hard time doing that.  I usually start with an end product in mind.  The middle steps are the hardest.

I used Sunshine Sayings with the coordinating dies from the main catalog.  I also used the Sending Love DSP and ribbon from the Occasions catalog.  I added the metallic enamel shapes at the end.  I hope this inspires you in your Valentine creations.

Head on over to Lynns blog to see what she is sharing with us!

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Sunday, January 1, 2017

Step it up With the new Occasions Catalog Blog Hop


I can't believe it is already 2017.  Between work and things at home it seems like I am always working towards a deadline.  Time just seems to fly by.

I have family at my house visiting.  We hare enjoying watching football, movies, playing games and eating.  (Ya gotta add in the food!)  Mostly  we are trying to stay warm. 

I took this opportunity to play with my new stamps I got from the new Occasions Catalog.
So much fun!.
I took on the Cake Crazy Stamp set.  This set is super for beginners and on up.  It can be used to create masculine cards and well as girl cards with all the pink fondant and frosting.

I started with the basic stamps and built a cake.



I then added
in the fill-ins that come with the stamp set to give my cake some pizzazz .

I also added an embossed background and cut the cake out and popped in up on the card.  Those of you that don't like fussy cutting will be glad because this is super easy to cut.  Lot of straight lines.
I wanted to add some confetti to liven in up even more, but realized (gasp!) I don't have the confetti punch which would make this super easy.
Hop on over to Jeanna's blog to see what she has come up with.
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