Sunday, May 1, 2016

Stamp a Stack Steppin it UP

It doesn't seem right to still be running the heater on May 1st.  We have East winds that are cold.  I am still wrapped up in sweatshirts and soft blankets to watch TV or relax.  CRAZY

I don't know about you, but I am always scrambling for a cute little gift, or card to give someone when they do something wonderful for me or to someone who needs a pick me up.

I decided to create a little pack of Thank You Cards that can be easily tied with a ribbon and gifted to someone.  Or even better used at the last minute for a quick appreciation for something nice they did.

I started out with a simple floral stamp from Number of Years stamp set and a nice greeting from One Big Meaning Stamp set.  I love single layer cards.

A perfect 4x3-1/2 card for writing a note to let someone know they are appreciated.
Then I decided to step it up with a border.

I couldn't stop there because I am addicted to the linen thread.  I love the natural texture and it adds a slight rusticness to the card.  Is rusticness a word?  Probably not but it fits.  I also added a couple of yellow enamel dots to the blue flowers.  It really makes them pop. 

I contemplated pearls and white ribbon which would also look good. 
Wink of Stella painted on the petals would add a nice shimmer. 
Another idea would be to change the border to match the colors of the flowers so that there is a variety in the gift pack. 
The options are endless.

So easy but super cute.  And who wouldn't want a stack of those as a gift.  Plus they make up it just minutes.
Pop on over to Jeanna K's for some more great ideas.

Friday, April 1, 2016

A Nice Cuppa Stampin Up Blog Hop

The Calendar says that spring is supposed to be here, but I am not really feeling it except for the April showers that we have been getting. the way the showers are snow/sleet/rain showers.  Typical for Utah.  One minute it is 33 degrees and the next day we have a high of 71.  Go figure.

Anyway - We are hopping today

One of the stamp sets that didn't really speak to me from the Occasions catalog was the A Nice Cuppa set.  I have a couple of tea cup stamps and dies that I am perfectly happy with and didn't feel the need to get the set until I noticed the little cut out heart and how cool the dies were that went with the stamp set.  All of a sudden I had to have it.  They get me every time - darn it!

Here is the first version.  To be honest I like this one better than the stepped up version you will see below.  But I think I prefer a clean stamped card to lots of extra stuff.

Here is the Stepped up Version with more layers and extras.  The hearts kinda look like antlers.  Maybe I'm just super tired. LOL

Hop on over to Jeanna B for some more stampin fun!


Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Step it Up Going Global Blog Hop

Time sure does fly whether you are having fun or not these days.  I sure am excited about the good weather we have been having.  I love opening the windows and letting the crisp cool air in knowing that there will be enough sunshine to keep the house warm and still let in some fresh air.

Todays hop along I decided to use the Going Global set from the Occasions Catalog.  It is a great masculine set that look classy and yet fun.

Here is the basic card with the globe and sentiment.  I added a pop of silver foil cardstock and ribbon to pop the window sheet as well as the sentiment.

Hop on over to Jeanna's to see what she has created.


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 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 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.