A Simple Hello - PPA200

A Simple Hello - PPA200

What a fun layout for today's post! I love all the layers but I tried to get fancy with the layers on my first attempt so it went in the round file. I have to remember to "Keep it simple, Shannon!" lol

I tried out a few new-to-me goodies on today's card. The Arrows Embossing Folder just came a few weeks ago and I LOVE how the geometric lines of it compliment the pattern in this paper from the Gingham Garden Designer Series Paper! Now, you might think that I would continue with that theme for the stamp set but for some reasn I chose it's polar opposite, a foo-foo floral image from the Backyard Basics stamp set. You wouldn't think they would go together but I think they work very well together! Who knew?! And even better, all the stamps in this set have matching framelits! 

I have been eyeballing this stamp set since the Annual Catalog came out last June but was hesitant to purchase it because I might have to COLOR the image in! (gasp). I admit, I did stamp the image in Black StazOn ink and attempt to color it. Yep, it went in the round file too! Then I decided to just stamp it in Island Indigo and let it be...Perfect! I popped the image up with Stampin' Dimensionals and paired it with a simple sentiment from the stamp set A Dozen Thoughts. I punched the sentiment out with my 3/4" x 15/16" Oval Punch and layered it over a few strands of Island Indigo Baker's Twine. As a last thought, I added two Whisper White Candy Dots to the upper right hand corner. And there you have it! Simple and Clean.

Here is the sketch that inspired this card:


Today's sketch is a milestone for the Pals Paper Arts Challenge Blog. It's their 200th challenge! Wow! They have done a fabulous job of inspiring me so I wondered just when I started playing along with them? Turns out it was April 8, 2012 with PPA132. Here's my first card for that challenge:

I hope you've enjoyed the walk down memory lane. Thanks for taking the trip with me...! And as always THANK YOU for stopping by:)

Shades of Blue - CTS#72

Shades of Blue - CTS#72

Hello there! I was away at a Stampin' Up! retreat this weekend and learned so much! Not just from the presentations (which were fantastic) but also from the other demonstrators who attended. And of course, I truly enjoyed the bonding times with other Pals! Now it's time to make a plan and put some things into action!

This simple card was inspired by the CAS(E) this Sketch! Challenge and a wonderful ombre color combination by fellow Pal Kerry Willard Bray over at Peonies and Paper Chains:

I wanted a full row of each color so I modified the sketch so I could have four rows of the graduated colors. I used Core-dinations cardstock to include texture and then sanded the smaller blossoms to help them pop of the bottom layer just a bit. I used Candy Dots for the flowers' centers, starting with Whisper White and then working down the colors so that just the sentiment would be wholly Night of Navy.

The hardest part was lining them up!

I would love to hear what you think of my project today :)

Thank so much for stopping by!

Special Edition - Treats for My Pals

Special Edition - Treats for My Pals

Yes, I usually have a clean and simple card for you on Saturday but since I made one on Thursday and I am so excited to share this that I thought I would change things up a bit!

I have to admit, I don't really think of myself as 'crafty' in a 3-D kind of way and I have always thought glue guns were my nemesis. That said, this project REALLY surprised me with how easy it was and how quickly it came together!

The history...as you read this I will be enjoying a wonderful retreat with other Stampin' Up! demonstrators, many of whom are also fellow Pals and fellow down line of the truly AMAZING Mary Fish. I can't wait to meet with them all. I am so excited to be a part of the energy and knowledge that will be  surrounding me and I will be soaking it all in and hopefully come home with renewed excitement and tons of great ideas. Can you tell I'm looking forward to it?!?

I will be meeting two of my fellow Pals who are also attending the retreat in Phoenix and we will be carpooling for the short drive to Tucson. How fun to get the party started early!

I thought and thought about how I could show my appreciation in a way that was not a card...remember, I'm 3-D challenged :) Then I came across this awesome idea from Jen Timko. I changed it up just a bit because I wanted to try out my new Spiral Flower original die:

Special Edition - Treats for My Pals

How about that spiral flower????? So amazing and easy and FUN!! Really! I was so surprised and pleased I was actually giddy :) Here's a view of the flowers from the other side:

Special Edition - Treats for My Pals

Honestly, these are my first three spiraled flowers! So if I can do it, ANYONE can! lol

Here's a picture of the second treat container in Strawberry Slush:

Special Edition - Treats for My Pals

Isn't this color just delicious?! Oh yes, let's not forget the yummy chocolates inside that a perfect for a little pick-me-up after a long day of learning and sharing! And I did manage to save some of the yummy Sea-Salt Caramel Dark Chocolate Dove Squares to put in these treat containers...mmm...I only had one or two (promise) lol.

I used matching cardstock for the gift tag and stamped the image from Chalk Talk in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed with White embossing powder. The last step was to using the matching Chalk Talk Framelits Dies and my Big Shot to cut them out. I just love Stampin' Up!'s coordinating products! I stamped the same image in Strawberry Slush ink onto a piece of scrap Whisper White cardstock and then fussy cut it out and popped it up onto my tag with Stampin' Dimensionals (a girl's best friend).

One more peek at these fun spiral flowers:

Special Edition - Treats for My Pals

Special Edition - Treats for My Pals

Do you agree that pearls in the center of the flowers are a perfect finishing touch?

I loved making these and foresee many more of these little spirals flowers in my future! I really hope my wonderful Pals Linda and Peggy enjoy them. I sure did enjoy making them!

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed today's project!

I will be back next week with photos and swaps to share! Woo Hoo!

One Layer Happy Birthday - PPA199

One Layer Happy Birthday - PPA199

I recently signed up for an clean and simple card making class. The class has been over for a bit but I finally got around to watching a few of the segments yesterday and just fell in love with this technique...I HAD to try it out!

The principle is simple...using layers of ink rather than layers of paper to give depth and interest to your card. My first layer is almost invisible...squint closely and you can see a chevron pattern stamped in Versamark ink over the white background. Here's a closer look...sorry, it just wouldn't photograph well...but you can see it along the top and particularly in the upper right hand corner. In retrospect, smoky slate probably would have been a better color choice but I wanted to stay within the parameters of the color challenge:)

One Layer Happy Birthday - PPA199

The next layer of ink consists of multi-colored stars. I dug through my stash of stamps and found the large star in the Perfectly Pennants stamp set, the medium size star in the Simply Stars stamp set, and the little star in the Pennant Parade stamp set. The colors are courtesy of the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge:

Aren't the colors fabulous? They do such a good job every week to provide us with fun and interesting challenges! And a BIG "THANK YOU" to the team for choosing my card last week as their pick:) I'm so honored!! You can see the care here.

Back to the card...the final layer is my birthday sentiment, stamped in StazOn ink.  The sentiment is from Another Great Year , available in the Occasions catalog...I am really loving these large sentiments! They lend themselves perfectly to one layer cards!

I had a ton of fun using this technique and see lots more of these type cards in my future! I hope you enjoyed the technique as well and find it useful in your own crafting...I would love to hear what you think of it!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Clean and Simple Saturday - A Peaceful Thank You

Yay! We made it through another week! Our reward is a card that is SO simple to create...you can make tons of them or just make one and spend the rest of the day relaxing!

This card was inspired by a post by Brian King and I just HAD to try the technique for myself.

The concept is very simple. I used one of my Square Framelits to create a mask. I lined the mask up onto my Whisper White card stock and used a Stampin' Sponge to apply Marina Mist ink to the card front. When I removed the mask, I had a very lovely background to stamp my images on. The Peaceful Petals stamp set was another one from a recent order that I have been itching to ink up. I chose one of the blossoms and a sentiment from this set to stamp in Night of Navy.


After creating this card, I want to create multiple sets...I love it! But I also think it would be a nice sympathy card as well with a simple change in sentiment. How did I come up with these colors? My handy dandy Color Coach! I haven't pulled it out in awhile, I am so thankful that I did tonight. The combination of Whisper White, Night of Navy, and Marina Mist is very striking!

But of course, the card was not complete until I added those three little pearls :)

Thank you for sharing part of your weekend with me, I hope you have a good one and I will see you next week!

My Mother - One in a Million - FMS130

What a fun sketch this week by Linda over at Freshly Made Sketches!

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I just happened to see this sketch last night and turned away to ponder it and noticed my box of Stampin' Up! goodies waiting to be unpacked. As I pulled things out of the box, the stamp set My Mother caught my eye. I knew that was the one! I immediately stopped unpacking and started creating!

I have had my eye on this beautiful patterned paper from the Watercolor Wonder Designer Series Paper Pack and new that this card was the one! The rest of the card just fell together from that point. I even decorated the inside of the card! THAT doesn't happen very often! But Mother's Day IS a special day, so I'm happy to take the extra time...

I hope you have a wonderful Friday and that the sun is shining wherever you are!

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

It's A Wonderful Life - PPA198 & Mojo339

Sometimes it's nice to be reminded that life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful...what a great statement!

Sometimes it's nice to be reminded that life doesn't have to be perfect to be wonderful...what a great statement! 

Wow, did I fly by the seat of my pants for this one! Today's card was created for the Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge and the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge:


This sketch together with this color combination sure was a challenge for me! I'm not sure I was up to the task, but this is what I came up with! I couldn't decide on another DSP to use for the two long pieces so I made my own :) I stamped a flower from the Secret Garden stamp set in Summer Starfruit and another flower from the Simple Stems stamp set in Pool Party randomly across a piece of Whisper White cardstock. I used a Stampin' Marker in Old Olive to color the center of the flowers. I then trimmed the piece in half using my Stampin' Trimmer and trimmed the bottom edges into banners.

I decided to go with a banner in the center as I really wanted to use this sentiment. I inked the stamp from the Perfect Pennants stamp set up with Stampin' Markers in all three colors and then cut it out using the Banners Framelits Dies and my Big Shot. The resulting banner needed a little something, so I attached it to a piece of Old Olive Core'dinations Cardstock and trimmed the framing banner by hand.

A little flower punched with the Petite Petals Punch and topped of with an Old Olive button is a nice accent and candy dots in Old Olive provide the final touch of jewelry.

Thanks for stopping by! I hope the rest of your week flies by!

Strong as a Tree

I found this awesome color combination over at the Fab Friday Challenge Blog and decided I HAD to play along and use some of my new goodies :)

Isn't it FUN?? This combination just screamed masculine to me so I immediately thought of my new stamp from the Occasions Catalog Look Up to Father as well as the new Hardwood Background Stamp!

I love new goodies! I stamped the Hardwood background stamp on the card base as well as a piece layered to 5 1/4" x 4" and then ran the smaller piece through my Big Shot with the new Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die. I layered a piece of wax paper between my cardstock and the Hexagon Hive Thinlits Die to make it easier to get the die cut piece out. It worked like a charm!

I used my Stampin' Markers to ink up the stamp. Coloring with markers can sometimes take a bit of time, no worries, when you are done coloring, just huff on the stamp (all over) to re-moisten the ink and then stamp!

I layered the stamped image onto Pistachio Pudding and Baked Brown Sugar cardstock and then used a bit of our 7/16" Natural Trim as a bit of "jewelry" (Since it's for dad, perhaps we shouldn't call it "jewelry", lol).

Just for fun, I inked up a bit of Whisper White cardstock with the Hardwood Background Stamp and then ran it through my Big Shot with the Envelope Framelits Dies and then adhered it to an envelope to create a coordinating envelope. Fun!

I'm trying to keep ahead of the holidays...Mother's Day...check...Father's Day...check!

I have a birthday card to get into the mail so I'm off to work on that one! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

So Long Sale-A-Bration! - PPA197

I will be so very sad to say good-bye to this paper tomorrow as Sale-A-Bration draws to a close.  It is without a doubt my absolute favorite Designer Series Paper by Stampin' Up! Ever. Really :)

The layout for this super fun card is courtesy of the Pals Paper Arts Design Team:

My mojo has been on vacation for awhile now so please excuse my absence. I have migraines frequently and they really wear me out and take away my creativity so it's hard for me to be consistent. I'm not looking for sympathy, just trying to explain the reason for my absences when they happen!

This card came together in a jiffy for me! I KNEW I wanted to use this paper one more time and I was really excited to ink up a new stamp set, Simple Stems, and I was right...it's darling!! I can't wait to use it some more!

I also incorporated the Decorative Dots Embossing Folder, another Sale-A-Bration exclusive, as well as the A-D-O-R-A-B-L-E Pool Party Twine, yep, also a Sale-A-Bration exclusive. Just trying to show how awesome these products are!

If you love this products as much as I do, you still have one day to place an order and receive one FREE item with any $50 purchase! (So you get 3 free with a $150 order as well as $25 in hostess benefits!)

Thank you so much for stopping by!

Thinking of Mom - PPA195

Today's card was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge. It's such a cheery color combination to remind us that spring is coming! For many of you, such a relief after this long winter!

I've been making cards for Operation Write Home and they need special occasion cards well ahead of time so this sentiment and the Petite Petals stamp were already on my table! 

I ran some Whisper White cardstock through the Big Shot along with the Modern Mosaic Embossing Folder and then layered it on top of Rose Red Core'dinations Cardstock.

The sentiment is from the Delightful Dozen stamp set and then die cut using a die from the Apothecary Accents Framelits Die set. I die cut another one in Rose Red, cut it right down the middle (top to bottom) and then layered that underneath the sentiment, offset just a bit.

The lovely blossoms are stamped in So Saffron using the Petite Petals stamp set and then punched out with the Petite Petals Punch and popped up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

The leaves are die cut using the Little Leaves Sizzlits Die and Wild Wasabi Core'dinations Cardstock. I made two die cuts, turning the cardstock over so that I could get the texture on the leaves going both directions.

Pearl Basic Jewels are the perfect finishing touch!

How about you? Are you ready for some spring weather?

Thanks so much for stopping by!!

My Digital Studio Wednesday - Fun with Film Strips

Hello there! Yes, I have temporarily moved My Digital Studio Monday to Wednesday! Just keeping you on your toes!! Seriously though, I found two wonderful digital challenges that I wanted to participate in and did not get my project done in time to post on Monday and I don't want to wait until next Monday!

I found this fun layout over at MDS Monday (no, I did not know about this challenge when I came up with my own My Digital Studio Monday!) and had such fun playing along! Also, over at the Simply My Digital Studio Challenge Facebook group, week 66 challenge was to use cameras, polaroids, and filmstrips...perfect! You can find the video to go along with the challenge here.

I learned a lot with this challenge! I learned how to put five separate film strips together to create one long strip as well as how to insert photo boxes into each one so I could add individual pictures (this is harder than it sounds). Grouping items together is awesome but can be a bit tricky for my tech challenged self!

Ever wonder how to get items all lined up and pretty? There is an 'align' tool in MDS! You simply select the items and choose which way to align them (horizontally, vertically, align to bottom or top) and the program does it for you! Pretty neat!

Do you have memories hiding in a shoebox? Or lurking on your cell phone? Did you know you can purchase a trial version of My Digital Studio? And that the complete version is only $19.95? There's no shipping and handling on downloads and many of the papers, stamps, and embellishments can be altered to meet your needs...it so versatile! There are also many premade templates available...all you have to do is drop your photos in and go. Add some journaling and you have saved not just a moment but the memory that goes with it for those you love and those to come.

Thanks for stopping by!

My First Card...

Happy Valentine's Day!


Just a quick fun post today, taking a trip down memory lane...this was the first card I ever shared on a public forum back on February 12, 2011. Stampin' Up! demonstrators have a private gallery for sharing their creations and I finally gathered up enough courage to share the card I had made for my husband on Valentine's Day. I posted it and then waited anxiously to see if anyone would 'like' it. And they did! Enough did that I decided to do it again:)

I hope you have a wonderful day today! Thanks for stopping by!

My Digital Studio Monday - Week Three

Good Morning and thank you for stopping by for My Digital Studio Monday! Today's layout was inspired by the fun sketch over at Pixel Maven's Digi Challenge:


This was a test of my new digital skills for sure! I got stuck making the triangle shape on the right...turns out all you need to do is make a square shape larger than the page and then rotate it to the appropriate angle :) Who would have thought? lol

I chose to showcase one of my favorite photos of my boys, changing the shape from a circle to an oval to accommodate it. I used arrow shapes rather than banners, again highlighting their photo, one arrow for each! The 'great day' sentiment is from a Stampin' Up! digital download stamp set called Moments Ago , I love that I can re-size the sentiment! Most of the other digital elements are from the Stampin' Up! digital kit Hello There. I just love this kit!

After I got my triangle shape DSP on the page I added just a bit of digital stitching to finish it off. And my biggest moment was when I figured out how to get my line of arrows to go on top of the photo but tuck in UNDER the DSP! I actually did a small happy dance around my stamp room - the cats were not impressed :)

I also incorporated the My Digital Studio Challenge #5 - Designing with Arrows into my page as well. I discovered that I only have three arrows in all of my downloads so I will have to add some, but for now I used arrows as bullet points in my journaling. I'm pleased with the effect! Note: I skipped Challenge #4 - Overlay Bonus Challenge as I have used overlays on my past two pages and an overlay didn't quite fit the look I was going for this time...but I do know how to use them!

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are inspired to take a stab at digital designing for yourself! Or you can just come along with me as I learn, I'm happy to have you along for the ride!

Clean and Simple Saturday - A Simple Love Note

Good morning and Happy Saturday to you! Here's a fun card that can be whipped up in a jiffy!

This card was inspired by TWO challenges, I know, that's A LOT for such a simple card right? lol The layout was inspired by by the sketch over at CAS(E) this Sketch #63 and the color combination was inspired by the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge:


The main image can be found in the Hearts a Flutter stamp set and it has a coordinating framelit! Perfect! I love coordinating products! The sentiment is from the Loving Thoughts stamp set and the awesome cupid's arrow can be found in the Countless Sayings 2 photopolymer stamp set. 

The finishing touches were just ONE rhinestone and a rounded corner, both in the direction of the arrow, which help to empasize the movement!

I hope you have a wonderful weekend and thanks for stopping by!

A Banner Blast Valentine


Good Morning and Happy Friday to you! I finally made it into my stamp room last night and created this fun Valentine! I used the Watercolor Wonder Washi Tape to ground these cute little images from the Sale-A-Bration stamp set Banner Blast. I stamped the images in Versamark Ink, then heat embossed the using Gold Embossing Powder and punched them out using the Banner Punch - another Sale-A-Bration product!

I found the sentiment in the A Dozen Thoughts stamp set and loved it! Simple and sweet and not too mushy! I also heat embossed the sentiment and then wrapped everything up with some Gold Baker's Twine. I used the Gold Foil Sheets to frame my top layer and finished it off with some gold sequins from the Gold Sequin Trim. Love it!

I made another version, this one layered on an additional layer of Very Vanilla cardstock and then popped up off the card base with Stampin' Dimentionals. I can't decide which I prefer...which one do you like better?

Thanks for stopping by!