Tuesday, June 22, 2021

End of 2020-21 School Year


  This has been a school year for the record books.    We knew going in it was going to be a challenge especially after getting a sneak peak of three months, but nothing could have prepared us or the kids for the challenges they faced and had to get through.     I had the privilege of helping my niece, 3rd grader, and my nephew, 1st grader through this challenging time.     I was there to fill in the blanks where things got dropped and help them connect and make sure they should up on time and focused all while playing short order cook for them.     I am so proud of the two of them.    They have amazed me how much they have grown as individuals, their determination and quick learners they were.    The norm was thrown out.   They had to learn computer skills, not see their friends and do so many things on their own.    With all that they got great grades and worked together and helped one another out.    I am so happy I was there to see them light up when they had their ahh now I get it moments or go away I got this Stasia I don't need you.    They are rockstars! 

The mug was a must have.    We literally survived the past year.       The gift card holder for the teacher's was made with retired stamp sets, BYOP for the sentiment and Elementary Essentials for the pencil and ruler.    The DSP is True Love.

I made a card for my two little rock stars.   I used a lot of sentiments from old sets:  Geometrical Marquee Messages, Here's to Strong Woman and Perfect Pairings.    The triangle border comes from the Stitched Triangles.    The stars are from the Here's to Strong Woman.    The colors used were:   Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, So Saffron and Granny Apple Green.


 

Friday, June 18, 2021

Hat's Off to my Dad.


So here's a quick tag for my dad for Father's Day it was made with the Hat's Off stamp set and the Hat Builder die.    The DSP used on the tag was Oh! so Ombre and True Love.   Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there but most of all to my amazing dad!! 
 

Hat's Off to my Niece


So Hat's Off is not just for the men in your life.   Here is a card I made for my niece for her birthday!     She is totally a tomboy and she loves wear hats and the color pink.

The cape was stamped and embossed in Blushing Bride.    The stamp set is called Hat's Off and the coordinating die is called Hat Builder.    The sentiment is from the Create with Friends.     The heart was diecut from the Many Hearts set.     I love the rainbow paper from the Pattern Party Hostess exclusive die!    It is my new favorite.     Strips of card stock, twine and resin hearts complete the card. 

 

Thursday, June 17, 2021

Scrapbooking Global June 2021 Blog Hop




I can't tell you how excited I am to be joining the Scrapbooking Global Blog Hop this month.   It feels good to find time and mojo to create but to scrapbook that is my first love and I am so grateful to have a scrapbook page done.    This month's challenge is to use die cut embellishments, 5 gems, embossing, alphabet stamps and ribbon.     I added the For the Win stamp set to the recipe along with True Love DSP.    I have to say I love the end result.   It also gave me a chance to use the Stitched Triangles.    The end result is LOVE.    The stamp set I used was the retired Metro Type Alphabet.    I knew eventually I would get around to scrapping sports pages for my niece and nephew so happy I had the stamp set to do it with.

Most of the products are retired from the stamp set to the gems and ribbon.    What is still available is the Stitched Triangle and the True Love designer series paper.   The black and white designs in this paper scheme are perfect for so many occasions.  

If you are blog hopping, you just came from Julia Quinn.    I am the last stop in the hop so if you want to start from the top, please visit Cheryl Taylor.

If you get lost along the way, here is the full blog hop list.    Happy Hopping!





 

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Throwing my Hat in for the Artisan Design Team


So I am going to ask all of you to send out some good vibes my way.    Every year since I started Stampin' Up! 17 years ago, my goal has to be a part of the Artisan Design Team.    Back in the day you needed to submit cards, projects and scrapbook pages.    I would work so hard coming up with wow original designs only to be disappointed when I was not chosen.       So I threw my hat in this year to be chosen as part of the design team.     So what better way to send good vibes and throw your hat in than making a card with the amazing new hat stamp set and die.    The stamp set is called Hat Off and the die is called Hat Builder.    If you really need the Hat builder die, look closely and check out the awesome stitching on the hat.   That is done with the Hat Builder die.     So I decided to make it a little rugged and a little girly.    The Camouflage background which is now retired was used for the background of the hat.    I paired it up with some Blushing Bride which the amazing sentiments were stamped on.    The background I decided with the trees and mountains from the Waterfront stamp set.     The finishing touch was some baker's twine.    So cross your fingers and say a prayer and hopefully my dream will come true! 

Color & Contour


Once upon a time there was a great set called In Full Bloom.    There was a beautiful daisy in the set that needed to be colored in.   Now this daisy is not quite the same as that one, but I still felt the need to get this set.    It doesn't hurt that the stamp set Color & Contour has great sentiments and a fabulous coordinating die that comes with it called Scalloped Contours.   You can see a little peek of it in the border that I put on the card.    That is just one piece of it.   It is actually scalloped frames!!   There is great also coordinating dies and a great scallop border that is a must have.    The DSP is a hostess exclusive called Pattern Party.    So worth getting this paper pack.   There are rainbows and black and whites and you get 4 sheets in each design.   The only catch is you have to host a party.   So easy to gather up some orders and your wish list and you are on your way to earning fun new toys.    The finishing touch was some twine and sequins. 

The best part is I was able to do a Global Design Project weekly challenge.   I have so missed doing them.    Covid really did do a number on my stamping time.  No time, no motivation and no mojo.    I am so glad I have found time to stamp because I have been having so much fun.    After 17 years, stamping and the products always make me smile.   I forget about the craziness, I forget to eat and the best thing of all I am off of social media and the tv.     

 


Don't Miss Out

  

So the Shark Frenzy stamp set has been on my wish list for a while and I kept debating do I really need this set.   Then I looked closely at the coordinating Shark Dies and it ended up being a no-brainer.   The cute little Circle cutouts and the wave border won me over.    It does help that my niece is a big shark fan.     You may see birthday invitations in the future.

The paper used in the project was the Oh so Ombre.    The sentiment comes from a Sale-a-bration set called Sending You Thoughts.    Metallic pearls complete the card.

 

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Bonanza Buddies


So I am so ashamed these cute little guys have been sitting on my craft shelf for over a year and I have not made anything with them.   I even took the easy way and didn't stamp them and just fussy cut them from the Birthday Bonanza DSP.     First came the circles and they were punched out with my 1 1/2" circle punch.    Next came the Blending Brushes and some Granny Apple Green and Mango Medley ink.    Some fussy cutting, a little stamping, some twine and metallic pearls and the card came together.   So happy I created this card.    You may see a few more cards in the future with these guys.   
 

Love you so very much


So if you could see the wreckage after making this card, you would see that you don't get it right the first time, 2nd or third.    So many things changed on this card.   Finally I came up with something that makes my heart happy.     The heart was my favorite part of the card.    It comes from the Many Hearts die cut.    The sentiment is from Forever and Always.    The DSP is True Love.

 

Brushed Blooms


I can not get enough of Brushed Blooms stamp set and setting it against a black and white background along with splashes of gold.    Classic and elegant.    Here are squares that were cut black cardstock and True Love designer series paper.     The Brushed Bloom set was stamped on Blushing Bride card stock and Melon Mambo ink.   Gold Foil square cut and gold sequins complete the card. 

 

Hey Girlfriend


So I love these girlfriends!   They are in the Occasions mini catalog and they are not staying.   So if you love them as much as me, make sure you get them.  Here I paired them up with the Brushed Blooms.    That sentiment let's paint the town as long as I'm home by 9:00 is classic.   I remember the days when you didn't leave the house until after 10.     So the colors are just fabulous they are from a TGIF challenge I saw.    Blushing Bride, Pool Party and Flirty Flamingo.    The little stars are from the Balloon Celebration.   I have to say out of the stamps in that set those little stars have been used the most!   The DSP is Birthday Bonanza.    The Stitched so Sweetly die cut and candy dots are the finishing touch to the project. 

 

Monday, June 7, 2021

Explosion Box of Photos



My niece is at the age where it is hard to buy for her so here is the box I made for her that opens up to a page of pictures of her.    It is basically a 12x12 page scored at 3".   The photos were trimmed to fit inside the 3x3 square.     The box top is then made a little bigger so it can fit nicely on top of the box.   I decorated the box with Celebrate Sunflowers.    The sentiments come from the Celebrate You thinlits.   Organza Ribbon and Enamel Dots complete the project.


 

Reflection on the Past Year


Year of Covid - Remote Learning 1st and 3rd grade, Escape from Reality with Binge Watching, Finally Organizing after a Year of Craziness and Finding Joy in Stamping All Over Again.  

I have been with Stampin' Up! for now over 17 years and it has brought me so many things into my life.   I have found a passion, desire to learn and create, friendships and many times a vehicle to channel stressful and challenging times.     This past year has been unlike anything we have all have encountered.    I spent the year online learning my niece (8) and nephew (6).   I fit some cards when I had a need a birthday or an occasion, but for the most part I would buy my supplies to only see them sit and not get touch.     The desire to create was there, but the energy level was depleted.    The new norm was upsetting, masks everywhere, social distancing and being apart from friends and not able to share the good or bad in our lives.   The kids were not happy with the new norm, these little ones needed to be in classrooms with their friends, their teachers working with them and focused not sitting on a Google Meet at home with a million distractions.      Each day ended up with me coming home and just binge watching.   There was no creative mojo happening just a need to escape the reality we were living.    

The kids are now back in school but I still found that I couldn't get the mojo going.    I spent time finally cleaning or organizing my world.  Finding some order after a year of craziness.    Finally doing whatever else did in the beginning of Covid.  With the new catalog arriving, I challenged myself to start creating with all the supplies that have been sitting on a shelf.    There were no occasions to create for, so no rules just crafting for the fun of it.   It has been great for my mental state.  It was a joy to see my visions to come to life.   It brought me joy.   

So after 17 years I am happy to say my mojo is still here and better than ever.    So break open those supplies and just create.   Case a card, try a new technique, get inspired.    You won't regret it.   Stamping = Joy!


Swinging on the Moon


So out of all the cards I have posted this is by far one of my absolute favorites.    I used the Blending Brushes for the background.   I started with Seaside Spray and then followed by Bermuda Bay, Pretty Peacock, Gorgeous Grape and Night of Navy.    The silhouette image was heat embossed from the Silhouette Scenes.  The sentiment from the set was also heat embossed.    With my circle punches I punched out the moon with Silver Foil.    The little stars were die cut and came from the Happy die.   A strip of True Love designer series paper.

 

Brushed Blooms


This card just makes me smile.   What is there not to love with black and white and pink florals.    The background was made with paper strips cut and adhere in horizontal and vertical positions.    The florals from the Brushed Blooms stamp set were stamped and fussy cut.    The sentiment comes Forever & Always stamp set and the Always die cut.     They were heat embossed in gold and gold foil for the die cut.    Sequins and a strip of card stock complete the card.