Tuesday, May 3, 2016


This card is everything soft, everything springy, everything sweet that says so much, and everything sparkly to bring out the Smokey Slate.  For the color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments we are blending a fabulous trio of Stampin' Up! custom colors; Calypso Coral, Pool Party, and Smokey Slate.

To make this card light and fresh the only card stock I have used is a base of Whisper White Thick and the lighter weight Whisper White for the banner greeting.  I stamped the entire card front with the leaf image from All About Everything set using Pool Party ink.  The images on the banner are also from the All About Everything set.  The stamp set is SUPER awesome!  It came as a gift from Stampin' Up! in April's Paper Pumpkin Kit and it is chuck full of greatness.

Sunday, May 1, 2016

Monday Montage

Welcome stamp friends!  It's Monday Montage blog hop time and this go around I am sharing a more masculine themed card.  It's free of doilies, glitter, pearls, Wink of Stella, or rhinestones.  However, I could not resist twine.  I pulled apart the It's My Party two-toned Melon Mambo bakers twine to just use the black pieces.  Then I tied the twine in a no knot bow and stapled it on.  When I finished the card the long tails looked kind of like a Foo Man Choo moustache--I thought good it's still masculine.

The DSP is Going Places and the stamp image is from the Going Global set.
From Dara
to Julie

Creation Station Going Global

I love the first Sunday of the month!  It's the day the Creation Station gets to stamp and share our blog hop.  This month's theme is all about men, all things masculine be it for birthdays, graduations, fathers day, or anything dude like.

Are you ever stumped for what to get for some of the men/boys in your life?  I am.  But, I have a great idea.  I thought it would be fun to make a ten piece cake using the Cutie Pie Framelits.

For my cake all the black designer series papers are from the Going Global Paper Stack.  Don't they blend so awesomely?  They are totally perfect for guy stampin' stuff.  The greeting image is from the Sweet Stack set and are stamped with Delightful Dijon, Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, and Basic Black on Very Vanilla.
The Cutie Pie Framelit set has so many workable pieces.  To make the candles I cut two pieces for each, glued them together, flaired the bottoms out, and adhered them to a 7/8" scallop circle.  This way they easily stand up on the cake.  The top of each banner is embellished with a Gold Glimmer scallop which is also cut from a piece from the Cutie Pie set.
To bring the entire cake together and give it a great finishing look I made a band to go around the outer edge.  I cut several 1" wide strips of Gold Glimmer paper long enough to wrap the entire cake.  I scored the strip every 2 7/8" to make a perfect fit.  The last touch was to add a simple tie of Pool Party Glitter Ribbon.  At first a had a foofy bow and added twine and sequins, but I took it all off to keep it more guy like.
Thanks for stopping by today.  If you click on to the next you will be arriving at the most talented Cindy Schsuster's blog.  I am absolutely positive she is sharing something fabulous.  If you go back I am sure Kathy Kartak has a true treat to share.
to kathy
to cindy

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

More Mint Macaron

A couple of days ago I shared a Mint Macaron themed card and I am again today spotlighting the yummy soft shade.  I started with a 12" x 12" piece of DSP and scored it at 3", 2.5", 3", and 2.5".  Then I trimmed off a 1/2" and turned the paper 90 degrees and scored at 2.5".  I clipped along the bottom scorelines to create the tabs needed to form the box bag.

The scrumptious ribbon is the NEW 5/8" Striped Ribbon in Mint Macaron.  Hanging from the bow is a 2" wide tag which I embellished hand painted watercolor Botanical Builder flowers.  The sweet greeting is also NEW.  It comes from a set called Layering Love.  I will share more from this set later ;0)

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Soft Spring Tones

Hello everybody and welcome to a sketch challenge brought to you by Hand Stamped Sentiments!  It's a very cute sketch which just beckons to use balloons.  Sometimes once I see something in a sketch I can't "unsee" it.

I have used the Sunburst Thinlets Die with the Balloon Framelits to cut all the shapes for my card.  The texture was created with the Softly Falling TIEF.  I used my Aquapainter and inkpads to watercolor the balloons and banners.  The colors include Mint Macaron, Pear Pizzazz, Blushing Bride, and gold from the sequins and embossing powder.

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Hello, Hello, Hello

It's a smokin' color challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments!  For my spin on the challenge I have taken the liberty to add Gold Glimmer to tie it all together.  I started with some Flower Flair cutouts and then I watercolored them.  Once dry I detailed them with a black marker and then stamped the "hello" images which come from the set Memories in the Making.  The pieces are all laid out on a piece of Shine On DSP.

Sunday, April 3, 2016

A New Crush

What have I been missing for almost an entire year?  CUCUMBER CRUSH!  I am totally crushin' on the freshest shade of green and lovin' Cucumber Crush.  When I first saw the color I was not drawn to it, BUT now when combined with other saturated colors like Melon Mambo it's fantabulastic!!!
to dara
to julie

Product List

Spring Botanical Beauties

Greetings Creation Station stamp friends from near and far!  This month's blog hop features the Botanical Gardens stamps and Builder Framelits.  I decided to pair the Botanical Framelits with the Shine On DSP and Watercolor Paper.  To start, I just cut a a big pile of flowers and leaves and then had some fun adding color to them with an Aqua Painter.
This gift enclosure style card is a 3" x 3" top fold cutie.  The "for you" comes from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits.
The Shine On DSP, which is card stock weight, is fabulous for making boxes and bags.  This box was made with the Gift Box Punch Board.  I made the extra large box with a full 12" x 12" sheet.  To mix it up a bit I put the flaps on the outside.  I used another piece from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlets for the "enjoy" and a few white accents for a fun detail.
The Shine One DSP works up nicely for a Mini Treat Bag too!  I love the Pool Party Glitter Ribbon and the "thanks" image from the Suite Sayings stamp set.
I am so happy to have had you pop by my blog.  I am sure you are going to enjoy your next stop on the hop.
To Denita
To Mikaela

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Wedding Season is Here

I have four wedding invitations on my bulletin board, so I think it is safe to say "wedding season is here!"  I have made a super simple and straight forward card based on the sketch by Hand Stamped Sentiments for one of those lucky couples.  I do have lots more of the "congrats" Wooden Elements and more of the Pretty Petals DSP so I think I will make three more.