Monday, May 18, 2015

365 Cards: You're My Anchor

When I first saw this stamp set in the Occasions Catalog, I thought it would go perfectly with this Designer Series Paper... it just took me a few months to finally take it out of my brain and commit it to paper!

I love the patterned papers... but I don't use them enough. In fact I was recently having a conversation about this with Maria and forced myself to pull some out to use it! I need to do that more often... it really steps your card up without a lot of work!


While I will miss this paper, I can't wait to get my hands on some of the new paper coming in the new catalog in June!

Now go on over to check out all the other awesome cards this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team.... you won't want to miss seeing these!!

Hard to believe it is already Monday again! Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment... I love to hear from you guys!

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Monday, May 11, 2015

365 Cards: The Adventure Begins

I must admit I loved this stamp set, had to have it, then it stumped me. I'm not used to using large text stamps!

Once I forced myself to start using it, I fell in love with it all over again! I thought this sentiment was perfect for a graduation card. :)

A cute little punched art owl and rolled up strip of whisper white paper for his diploma was the perfect accomplice to this particular stamp!

Another cute grad card to add to my stash. Now go on over to check out all the other awesome cards this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team!!

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 Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you have a great week!

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Monday, May 4, 2015

365 Cards: You Are Amazingly Amazing

Happy Monday! Today's card was a bit of an experiment in color for me! I wanted to do something outside of my normal color comfort zone...

 

I'm glad that I experimented! The color combo was inspired by this palette. And I used this sketch. Sketches are my go-to when I'm short on time or stuck with what I want to do!


I actually think this is my favorite card I've made in recent weeks! Now go on over to check out all the other awesome cards this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team!!

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As always, thanks for stopping by... I hope you liked today's card! :)

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

365 Cards: You did it!

Welcome to another JAX Starz Blog Hop! This month we decided to challenge each other to make something for dads or for grads to inspire you!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Rose Ann Marr's blog.  You can follow the full blog hop lineup below to move along from blog to blog, so you can see all of the new projects.


For this month's theme I knew I wanted to make a grad card and I knew I wanted to try to make a shaker card.... here's what I ended up with!


Lots of my favorites on here... that patterned paper, the octopus, sequins, word bubbles, googlie eyes! I thought it would be lots of fun for any grad to receive! :)


I finished the card off with a sentiment inside... you can never say congrats to a grad enough, right?!

Some Stampin' Tips:
  • Don't be Afraid to Use White. I am notorious for using colored cardstock for my card bases... I'm trying to force myself to use white and in the process I'm finding that I love it! Sometimes simple is better :)
  • Confetti for Shaker Frames. Did you know that Stampin' Up! currently offers two different confetti punches?! Yep... one for hearts and one for stars! They make it really quick and easy to make shaker cards. And they make awesome borders too.
  • Designer Series Paper = Simple, Quick & Easy. I recently got into a conversation with one of my downline about how I hoard love our Designer Series Paper so much I barely ever use it. Bad Amanda. LOL :) So I pulled some out and made myself use it... totally elevates would otherwise be a very simple card! Pull out your patterned paper to make simple, quick cards that are sure to impress your recipients! :)
Alright, that's all I have today's hop..... the next stop is Amy Unick on this month's Jax Starz Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next time!

Full Jax Starz Blog Hop Line-Up:

Amanda Sevall -- you are here!
Amy Unick
Beka Laing
Cari Verschueren

Rose Ann Marr

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Monday, April 27, 2015

Mother's Love Notecard Gift Sets

I had way, way, way too much fun making these!


I wanted to make a cute note card set for my mom, sister, and sister-in-law for Mother's Day. I needed something quick and simple and this is what I came up with!


I used Whisper White cardstock to make the card bases, then stamped all the flowers with Tuxedo Black Momento Ink. I colored the flowers with our now retired Blendabilities. To make the butterflies, I punched them out of our Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, then colored them with the Blendabilities to match.


I made each of them six notecards in a rainbow of colors -- Pink Pirouette, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, and Wisteria Wonder. The black ikat patterned paper came from our Stacked With Love Designer Series Paper Stack and I used our Whisper White Baker's Twine to add a little bow!


Of course, the sets needed some matching envelopes, right?! :)


To finish up the note card sets, I made one more card to use to give the gift using Calypso Coral and Basic Black Baker's Twine (instead of Whisper White). I put the note cards into a clear gift box and wrapped it with some ribbon.

 

And a little sentiment on the inside...

A close-up of the packaged set....

And all three sets are ready to go! :)


Hope my mom and sisters love these! :)


Now go on over to check out all the other awesome cards this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team!!
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As always, I hope you enjoyed my project this week and thanks for stopping by... I'll see you next time!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Recipe: Sizzling Flounder

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Recipe : Sizzling Flounder

Cookbook/Source : America's Best Recipes Comfort Food or you can find it online here!

Notes : We substituted tilapia for flounder and I ditched the 1/2 cup of butter by using only 2 tablespoons (any more would have been crazy). My mom gave me this cookbook for Christmas and so far both recipes we've tried from it have been really good!

Review : What a great way to cook fish! It's flaky, tasty and the perfect balance of flavors. Brian tried a bite and was able to immediately name all the ingredients -- nothing competes, it all blends together well. This will definitely become a go-to recipe for white-fleshed fish in our house!


Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Recipe: Pretzel-Crusted Chicken with Cheddar Mustard Sauce

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Recipe : Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Cheddar Mustard Sauce

Cookbook/Source : Rachael Ray 365: No Repeats--A Year of Deliciously Different Dinners (A 30-Minute Meal Cookbook) or you can find it online here or here!

Notes : I love my Rachael Ray cookbooks and dig through them frequently! This one stood out to me because it sounded really tasty and fairly easy. I substituted the pretzels with unsalted pretzels (we don't eat a lot of salt in our house and rarely add it to anything) and I substituted ingredients for what I had on hand (dried thyme for fresh, shredded mozzarella for shredded cheddar) and didn't serve with pickles/onions/lemons (totally unnecessary!).

Review : WOW. Just wow. This was so awesome I just have to save it here in the form of a post and share it with everyone. I served it with browned butter mashed potatoes, cheddar biscuits and creamed corn. It was phenomenal! We both loved it. Who would have thought that crushed pretzels would be the perfect breading for chicken?! This is definitely going into the recipe box and will be used again. I highly recommend trying it! ;)

Monday, April 20, 2015

365 Cards: You Make Me Happy

Another Monday means another What Will You Stamp? design team card! :)

I love that cloud stamp.... it's my favorite and I thought it would go great with the happy sun and bird stamp in this adorable set!  Did you know you can get this stamp set for free if you host a qualifying party... yep, this is a FREE stamp set! Pretty awesome right?! :)


Add my favorite heart punch with some Red Glimmer Paper and it's perfect! I finished off the inside with the Rotary Stamp (to make my own sentiment!) and some more punched hearts. The cute little birdie was colored in using our Blendabilities (my they rest in peace... )


I can't wait to surprise my husband with this card at some point! Now go on over to check out all the other awesome cards this week from the What Will You Stamp? design team!!

As always, thanks for stopping by and I'll see you next time!

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Friday, April 17, 2015

365 Cards: Watercolor Thank You Butterfly

A whole week of cards this week... can you believe it?! I kind of can't! :)  This is the last of the three cards I will be teaching soon for the workshop my bunco girls, Sheila and Kelly, are hosting next week!


This card is another CASE... I wanted to recreate this gorgeous card that I fell in love with!  I made a few changes, the most fun being the use of the Crystal Effects over the butterfly! It's so awesome in person! I also used watercolor paper and the Aqua Painter to make the base of the butterfly since our Blendabilities have been discontinued.


It's so pretty in person! I love the Butterfly Framelits -- they are finally back in stock too! Better hurry and grab them if you want them.

I said it before but I will say it again... if you are local and want an invite, just let me know! :)

Isn't it pretty?!

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

365 Cards: Dad No One Can Fill Your Shoes!

Back again today with the second of the three cards I'm teaching at a workshop next week for my friends Kelly and Sheila! We all play bunco together and I'm excited to teach a class they are hosting next week! :)


Originally I intended to CASE this card, but not much is left of the original design at this point! I just love that card and I think it's safe to say I was heavily inspired by it here.


And I finished it off on the inside with a sentiment:


What's so awesome about this stamp set is you can totally customize this design to whatever you need for the men in your life -- Dad, Uncle, Grandpa, Brother, Son -- and either Father's Day or their birthday! Perfect! And if you come to the event next week, you can do just that! :) So let me know if you are in the area and want to come join us!

Happy Thursday... I'll be back tomorrow with the third and final card for this class!

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