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....


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!


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.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Step it Up and Shine Blog Hop

As I was contemplating what I wanted to use for my blog hop and was thumbing through my new stamps I found my Star of Light stamp set.  My mind immediately went to one of my favorite movies, Stardust. If you haven't seen it, put it at the top of your list.  I have read the book as well and guess what...the movie is way better!!!!

I don't know that my samples will be any different that the many that are all over the internet, but navy, white and silver are so striking I thought I would throw my ideas into the pot.

The basic version is just the base of whisper white with the star cut out of navy and silver foil.  Popped up.

The second version provides more layers, wink of stella sparkle, and a few rhinestones.  And what do stars do best?  They Shine!

Hop on over to Lynn Streifert to ooohh and ahh and her designs.  She always has great samples to see.


Saturday, October 1, 2016

Blog Hop Steppin Up and Over

I can't believe October is upon us.  I usually have all my Halloween decorations up by now.  For some reason I got a really bad cold and when I get them I go down hard with sore throat and usually a fever the next day.  What follows is a week of clearing out my sinuses and very little sleep.

I am so glad I am at the tail end and finally feel like sitting down to stamp.  Nothing is worse than actually having an excuse to stay home from work and not being well enough to sit at my craft desk to play with my toys.

I have taken the so cute Fresh Fruit Stamp and created a floral note card on rose red with accents of elegant eggplant.  The flowers were stamped in flirty flamingo and sponged the edges with rose red.

The Step Over was done with the Hang Your Stocking stamp and die set from the Holiday
Catalog.  I used the read red DSP for one of the layers along with Emerald Envy.  It is the PERFECT bright green for Christmas.  I love the details in the dies for the stockings.

I had to do Christmas because I have not yet gotten the cute Halloween stuff yet.   Crazy since Haloween is my second favorite holiday.

Well hop on over to Jeanna's blog to check out her projects.


Monday, August 1, 2016

Steppin It Up With Swirly Scribbles Blog Hop

We have hit the dog days of summer.  The hottest weeks in Utah are upon us.  Our poor little swamp cooler is getting a workout.  Our bulldogs are not getting workouts.  They can't handle the heat!  Sleep is the best solution

This month I once again went to my swirls and scribbles set.  I cut a square frame from crumb cake and stamped the dots from the set as a background.  I then die cut several of the flowers and leaves that I stamped and arranged them.  I put the sentiment on and that was great. 

To step up the image I added the cut leaves and vines from the floral phrases coordinating die set, to

add a little bit of a wow factor.

Here is the final with the bow of ruched ribbon and a few sequins.  Sometimes More is just More and it would look great either way.

Hop on over to Jeannas blog to check out her creations

Friday, July 1, 2016

Steppin It Up 4th of July Style Blog Hop

I love this time of year.  Next to Thanksgiving, the 4th of July is my favorite holiday.  I love the parades, get-to-gethers to have BBQ or family outings, fireworks, sunny weather.  My family always treated it as a holiday to spend time together doing things we enjoy.  Sometimes it was heading farther up into the mountains to go fishing and have a picnic.  Sometimes is was hanging around our small town community with a little town parade and fireworks/dance.

I also love it because I am so grateful to live in a country where people fought for their freedoms to worship God how they chose to and that those privileges are still protected and defended today.
My projects are pretty much stepped up already, but I will comment on what I did to add the pizzazz.

This little project was inspired by Pam Morgan's creativity.  I made a bakers box out of a window sheet and filled it full of patriotic skittles and M&M's  A little favor for my 4th of July shindig on Monday.  The tag was made with the circle framelits.  Tied with a little dapper denim ribbon and accented with some cute little star shapes.  I will say that if you want to do these in the window sheets...BUY the clear tiny treat boxes already cut.  It turned out to be more effort than I had intended on putting into the project. 

The next creation is a card using the swirly bird dies, star framelits and, the Number of Years stamps and framelits.  Layering the "4" with white really made the number pop.  The white gel pen stitching also added a pop to the night of navy star.  I added some rhinestones and tied some bakers twin in a bow. 

I hope everyone has a safe and happy 4th of July weekend.

Keep on Hoppin to check out Jeanna's blog for more inspiration