Friday, August 18, 2017

This Little Piggy

Good Morning ya'll! How's life? I'm sure you've all been busy, busy, busy as I have! Today I'm heading down the mountain with FOUR teenage boys to go back-to-school shopping! YIKES!!! My daughter has a orthodontist appointment and I need to go to Costco....and Redding is SO HOT!  Listen to me...I'm complaining about shopping and spending time with my kid!  That's terrible!! Really I'm just complaining about the heat...I don't like it when it's over 100 degrees...but I'll survive! School starts on Monday so I have to...hehehe!

I've been wanting to share this really cute card that my upline Sarah at Sarah's Ink Spot sent to me for being in the Top Five in sales on her team! She also sent me a few goodies that are also in the picture!

Isn't it CUTE? It's made with the This Little Piggy stamp set! Pretty sweet of her to send it to me right?!?

Below is a picture of the card alone so you can zoom in on the VERY CUTE details! Why don't I have this set yet?

Well...I'm gonna run...WISH ME LUCK!! Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by and have a TERRIFIC weekend! I hope you find time to CREATE!

~Today's Thought~

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Bike Ride!

Good Morning friends! Here we are...another beautiful day! I'm going to be SEWING in my workshop today with my daughter...finishing up those bags we took a class for back in JUNE...but first I wanted to share something FUN that I've been working on!

So my husband is a power lineman by trade but a bicyclist by choice! He used to be a team roper, but gave the horse up when the third kiddo came along. So now he rides a bicycle and is SUPER trim and fit (me not so much...but I'm working on it). I do love to ride with him when he is doing a leisurely ride (which kicks my coo!). I want to write him a LOVE note...just because so I chose to make a card for him with a cycling theme!

Did you realize you can find INSPIRATION in many places? It's AMAZING what inspires me sometimes!

This is the wallpaper on my phone (I think of him often) AND my INSPIRATION!!

I LOVE the colors and the's just BEAUTIFUL!

Here's is the card I created to give to him! I'd LOVE it if you told me what you think in the comments below! To me it's SUPER FUN!

You're probably figuring out that I LOVE our SU Glossy paper! I used the wiping technique to create the background.  I wiped Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, Powder Pink, Crushed Curry, Perfect Plum and Wisteria wonder onto a piece of 4" X 5 1/4" Glossy White cardstock.  Next I used the Bike Ride stamp set to heat emboss the bicycle using black embossing powder...I could have also used Memento Black ink! Next I used my Labeler Alphabet stamp set for the saying. I adhered the stamped imaged to a 4 1/8" X 5 3/8" piece of Basic Black cardstock, tied some Basic Black Bakers twine around the layered image and then mounted it to a Whisper White card base. Of course I had to bling it up a bit by adding Clear Faceted Gems to the center of the wheels! He's gonna LOVE that! It's a simple card that I'm gonna use to invite him on a bicycling date...I hope he says YES!!

Well...I'm off to sew! I hope this encourages you to look for inspiration all around you! It's out there...I PROMISE and not just on Pinterest (which is FABULOUS)!

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by! I love sharing what I do with you! I hope your day is TERRIFIC!!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Big on Birthdays MASCULINE!

Good Morning everyone! I have a QUICK post today because I'm heading down the mountain for a class, lunch and errands...a BUSY day!  I hope you all have a TERRIFIC day...and...FIND TIME TO CREATE!!

My classes want more masculine cards so here's one we'll be making today! The base of this card is Early Espresso with a 4 1/8"  X 5 3/8" layer of Whisper White cardstock. I used another piece of Whisper White cardstock measuring 4" X 5 1/4" and stamped it with the Marbled background stamp in early espresso ink. I also stamped the same image in Crushed Curry and punched it out with my 1 1/4" circle punch for under the sentiment.  The sentiment is from the Big on Birthdays stamp set and is stamped in Crushed Curry onto a 2 3/4" X 3" piece of Whisper White cardstock. I mounted it onto a 2 7/8" X 3 1/8" piece of Early Espresso cardstock.  Last, I added a piece of 3/8" Mini Chevron (Crushed Curry) ribbon to the bottom and three Glitter Enamel dots at the top. Simple and MASCULINE....NO FLOWERS!!

Well...I gotta run! THANKS BUNCHES for stopping by! I'll be back tomorrow with another project to share!  

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Clearance Rack REPLENISHED!!!

Good morning again! I don't want you to miss out on this EXCITING announcement!

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Tuesday's Tip - FRAME IT!

Good morning everyone! I hope today is looking good to you! I'm exhausted! I just got home from the gym and I am wiped! My legs felt like they were 1000 pounds and I had to really push to finish! My bootcamp instructor said I need to eat more carbs...that shouldn't be a problem!!! Eating is NEVER a problem...eating HEALTHY is! One day at a time! My goal isn't to have my twenty year old body's just to be fit...and a little lighter...and exercising really does give me more energy for my day!!

ENOUGH about that! It's Tuesday's Tip time and I have a new video to share with you! ENJOY!!

If you hadn't guessed it by've figured out that I LOVE my Stitched Shape Framelits! I could use them for EVERY SINGLE card I create! 

Here's the card that I created with some of the frames that I cut in the video! I need some masculine cards to make in my classes and to send out at church. One of the gals attending my class last night said her husband asked her for a card for a friend (male) and she said "What kind of flowers does he like?  It made me GIGGLE...but also made me think...I really need to create some masculine cards!  

The card base of this card is Whisper White and the first layer is a 4 1/8" X 5 3/8" Early Espresso card stock. The designer paper is from the wonderful Coffee Break paper pack and measures 4" X 5 1/4". Next I used a Stitched Shape Circle for the Happy Birthday sentiment which is from the Happy Birthday Gorgeous stamp set and is stamped in Early Espresso ink! I adhered it to a Starburst punched Tranquil Tide circle. The celebrate, celebrate,celebrate is from the same stamp set and is stamped onto a punched 1" circle and adhered to the smallest Stitched Shape circle...and then there's that circle frame, also in Tranquil Tide. I used dimensional to adhere both of the sentiments and the circle frame. I finished it with a piece of Tranquil Tide 1/2" finely woven ribbon. It's a great GUY CARD!!!

Hey....thanks BUNCHES for stopping by!  Life is good and I am grateful! I'm also grateful that you follow along...hopefully finding inspiration to CREATE!!! Have a MARVELOUS day!

~Today's Thought~

Monday, August 14, 2017

"Make It Monday" In the City

Hello everyone! Well...the weekend is over and we are already into the THIRD WEEK of AUGUST! I can't believe how fast time is FLYING by! I hope your week goes GREAT and that your weekend was WONDERFUL! My was a bit hectic...running kids around...and NO TIME TO CREATE!

I'm SUPER excited, I just had a friend join my team and she's going to Salt Lake with me in November to Stampin' UP!'s Onstage Live event! I went to a local event last year in Phoenix (stayed with my son) and it was a FUN day of learning about new products, celebrating achievements and lots of make-n-takes. This event is two and a half days of the same! I can't wait! It will be so fun to have a dear friend with me and the rest of our team! I'm THRILLED!! Another really cool thing is there will be lots of great ideas shared that I can share with you...eventually!

For now, however...I have another "Make-It Monday" to share with you!

"Make-It Monday": In the City card created with Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 

Set found on page 222 of the 2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog.
This host stamp set of 60 images is only available with Stampin’ Rewards.

Stamp Sets: In the City Host Stamp Set (143771)
Inks: Lemon Lime Twist (144086) & Pool Party (126982) Classic Stampin’ Pads; Basic Black Archival Stampin’ Ink (140931)
Paper: Whisper White (100730) & Lemon Lime Twist Card stock
Other: Rhinestone Basic Jewels (144220), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Big Shot (143263), Stitched Shapes Framelits (145372), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122234)

•   Whisper White: 5-1/2” x 8-1/2”, scored and folded at 4-1/4”
•   Whisper White: 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” (or larger scrap as this will be die-cut)
•   Lemon Lime Twist: 5-3/8” x 4-1/8”

1.     Using Basic Black Archival Ink, stamp the house image into right corner of the square of Whisper White card stock (see photo for placement).  Stamp the tree beside it, with the base of the trunk slightly higher than the base of the house (about 1/8” of an inch).  Stamp the sentiment below.
2.     Using Lemon Lime Twist ink, stamp the center of the tree image, the door on the house, and the “grass” beside the house. 
3.     Using Pool Party ink, stamp the solid image on the house outline.
4.     Adhere the Lemon Lime Twist to the Whisper White card base using SNAIL.
5.     Using your Big Shot and the largest circle from the Stitched Shapes Framelits, die cut the image.   Take care when doing this to make sure that you don’t cut off the bottom right corner of the square because it won’t line up on your card.  When placing the circle over the image, you can bring the edge very close to the corner, but don’t go over.  Once cut, adhere the stamped image to the card base using SNAIL.
6.     Add 5 Rhinestone jewels to the card. 
Hey...thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today!  I'm heading out to my workshop to finish getting ready for a class tonight!  I hope you find time to CREATE!!!
~Today's Thought~

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Daisy Inspriation

Good Morning everyone! How's it going? I hope your day is starting off GREAT! I've been to the gym...watered my a load of laundry going and watched my daughter fall off of her horse for the very first time! She wasn't hurt (I'm thanking God) and she got back on! It was really weird because I usually come home from the gym and soak in a hot bath (I really new a hot tub), but this morning after reading The Daily Bread I heard a whisper telling me I needed to be out there with my daughter while she was riding. I needed her to know that I cared and was interested in watching her...AND I had this sense that something might happen! I'm so happy that I listened and that I was out there! I LOVE it when I can see God working in my life...even if it's just getting me out there to watch my girl fall off her horse and encourage her to get back on! Kate just came down stairs to say thanks for getting her back on and that she wouldn't have done it had I not been out there...what a gift! It's AMAZING to me! 

Remember that card I shared yesterday that I was going to have my class make last night? Well...I didn't have a class last night (scatterbrain), it's next Monday evening so I decided not to finish prepping but to play instead!

A while back, I was watering my flowers and took this photo as inspiration for a card! Photo's help me REMEMBER what I want to do! I also remember my life through photos! My husband will be talking about a past adventure and I'll be seeing photos that I took during that time and be able to say...oh yeah...that was 1992 and Seth was a baby and we were here....blah, blah, blah.  I LOVE that photos do that for me!!'s the card that I created!  I LOVE it!  My card base is Whisper White and my first layer is a piece 4" X 5 1/4" Tranquil Tide card stock. Next I used my Timeless Texture stamp set to create a Crushed Curry background on a piece of 
3 3/4" X 5" Whisper White card stock. Next I cut a piece of Watercolor paper with my large Stitched Shapes Oval framelit and used my Aqua Painter with Bermuda Bay ink for a color wash background.  I stamped the stem using Tranquil Tide ink and the Daisy's Delight stamp set. The oval is attached with dimensionals, but before I attached it I added a few Linen Thread loops. Last, I added my daisy which I made by cutting one daisy with my Daisy Punch, cutting it in half, layering it and rounding the petals back using my bone folder. The Early Espresso center of the daisy is cut with the Swirly Scribbles thinlit and embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder. Last I added a sentiment which is from the Best Birds stamp set and a few Glitter Enamel Dots. I LOVE how it turned out...just how I PICTURED it!

Hey...thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today! You know I LOVE creating and I LOVE sharing my creations with you! Have a FANTASTIC day!

~Today's Thought~