Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Happiness In A Cup

Hi stampers!  I like coffee.  I never used to although I always loved the smell...and I got to smell it a lot since my mom drank cups and cups of it (and does still) black (yuck).  I've always loved hot tea (it's my dad's thing) but coffee is a newer thing for me.  Starbucks is happy about that I suppose.  Anyway, I knew I had to have this set when I saw it but shame on me, I haven't used it!

I only wish I could actually have a cup of coffee with many of my good friends.  Hopefully I'll make a few in Oklahoma I can share a cup with!

I went pretty monochromatic here with just the green and a pop of black and tiny bit of crumb cake.  

Happy stamping!
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Monday, September 18, 2017

Mailable Monday - Autumn Neighborhood

Hi stampers!  It doesn't feel much like fall here in Oklahoma, it's still in the 90's.  I'm assured that it will...one day :-)  I really love fall and I'm excited to experience it here when ever that may be.  I'm also interested to see when the leaves change.  I'm sure it will be later than back home.  Hopefully I can time  a trip to see my mom with the changing of the leaves.  Until then, I'll just make my own like with this card.

I've been meaning to use this set with fall colors for the trees!  It's perfect!  The house is tranquil tide but I stamped off once.  I really like the combo of cajun craze, pumpkin pie, and tranquil tide!  I forget how much I like cajun craze and then fall comes around...

Today was a lovely, rainy day, so maybe it really is fall here.  It was perfect for hanging out at home after church and stamping!  I got quite a few things done but my pictures may be a little dark :-)

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Friday, September 15, 2017

Fab Friday 121

Hi stampers!  Happy Friday!  Thank goodness it's Friday!  It's been the longest week ever it feels like.  Ian's been just "off" all week and then Wednesday while I was making my Fab Friday card, because he was napping SO WELL...I found him after his nap covered in barf.  UGH!  I should have known something was coming because he hasn't been napping well and that's usually his tell but I wasn't prepared for THAT!  Anyway, add that to a few other things this week and I'm just done!  Bring on the weekend!  And a new challenge at Fab Friday!

Big thanks to one of our fabulous team members, for making some of the logos for me while I try to get my program up and running again!

At least I kind of love the card I came up with!  Just don't look too close.  I had a really hard time getting things lined up straight, lol!  I must have been a little off with Ian!

I used the Merry Patterns host set which you can get FREE right now!  The sentiment is from Hearts Come Home.  It was a perfect sentiment for those candles!  Don't forget you can mix and match your sets.  I tend to forget that as well sometimes!

Make sure to check out what the rest of the team did and play along with us!

Happy stamping!

*Merry Patterns doesn't seem to be in the database so it's not on my supply list

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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Painted Harvest Card - Stampin' Up Artisan Global Design Team Blog Hop

Hi stampers!  Welcome to another edition of the SU Artisan Design Team Blog Hop!  We're so happy to have you!  If you're new, we are a group of 20 demos from around the world who hop a couple of times a month to bring you fun ideas!  Feel free to use Google translate if some of the blogs aren't in your preferred language!

This month, our assignment was the Painted Harvest Stamp Set and coordinating Leaf Punch.  These are bundled together to purchase so you can save a pretty penny!  I have to say, this one wasn't immediately on my list but I'm so glad we got it because it's really beautiful!  Sunflowers seem to be a love it or hate it flower and I really love them.  One thing to note about this set is that it is kind of pixelated.

I've seen a few people think that theirs isn't stamping well but it's supposed have kind of a variegated and pixelated effect.  I've also seen a few people who don't care for that look.  I like it just fine, but I wanted to do something a bit different with it so I grabbed some watercolor paper and my spritzer full of water and after I stamped it, I spritzed it.  It gave it a softer appearance and I kind of love it!  I also inked my stamps up with a few different colors at a time with the good old rock and roll technique and with sponge daubers.  The first sunflower I stamped off once in crushed curry.  Experiment with lots of colors, that way you get a lot of blending, depth, and dimension!  You'll see that they didn't stamp quite perfect but that totally fits with the look I was going for!

After it was well and dry, I flicked some ink drops on with my cajun crazy marker and stamped the sentiment in early espresso.  Make sure you either wait until it's dry or you dry it with the low setting on your heat tool or those will bleed as well.  I also distressed the edges and sponged them with crumb cake.

For my accents, I piled a lot on in a little space.  I have a copper foil frame, some jute twine, metallic washi tape, crushed curry ribbon, linen twine bow, and some leaves from the leaf punch.  I stamped them with early espresso, punched them out and then sponged them a little.

My background is also distressed and sponged and was simply made with the Burlap Background Stamp.

I hope you enjoyed my card and I know that you'll enjoy what Miriam has for you in the Netherlands!  You can visit her by clicking the logo!

Thanks so much for joining us today!

Happy stamping!
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