Thursday, August 23, 2012

Status of the Summer Manifesto...

While crickets chirp here... we are off enjoying the summer!  Here's how it goes so far with the Summer Manifesto....
My favorite pic so far this summer -- my Dad beating Brian at croquet.  First and only time that's happened in our backyard so far... ;)

Play with Scarlet everyday | YES. :)
Go hiking | Still on the list....
Go biking | Still on the list.... waiting for the Indian Summer to kick in for this one!
Go explore | Went to the Strawberry Festival and Gizditch Ranch with my parents, my good friend Erin and her niece.
Read a Book | Let's Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson (hilarious!), currently reading Lucky One by Nicholas Sparks
Spend Time in Our Backyard | YES.  Been playing with Scarlet, playing Croquet, hanging out with friends, BBQing, gardening... so in love with the backyard!
Enjoy our personal Farmer's Market | Tomatoes, onions, carrots, lettuce, broccoli, squash, jalapenos, watermelons, lemon cucumbers, berries, strawberries.... all DELICIOUS!
Go to the Flea Market | Not yet...
Spend time with family & friends | Big, huge YES!  Coffee with my local girls using my new espresso machine (Leti, Anna & Elaine!), lunch out with various coworkers & friends, dinner out with Alli (Tommy's Wok & Pinkberry), dinner with my work team & boss, my parents have visited us twice, BBQ & Tour de France with Andrew & Melissa, stampin' time with Bri and Kat, skype with Zarogina, phone calls with too many to list, Monday night Bachelorette/Bachelor Pad chat sessions.... all kinds of fun with the hubby watching the Tour, running errands, hanging out watchin' our favorite summer shows & the Olympics, trying new restaurants.... it's been a fun summer so far! :)
Make stuff | So far a pile of cards, been working on a baby quilt and a crocheted blanket, jam (red raspberry, olallieberry, mixed berry, blueberry, apricot and strawberry vanilla!)... I'm sure I'm forgetting a bunch of other stuff!
Watch movies | oh no shortage of this either!  Brian and I went to see the new Spiderman (loved it).... all kinds of movies on the Netflix and cable too, but we've slowed down over the last month to pay more attention to the Tour de France and Olympics... now it's hunting season so Brian's off hunting all the time!
Play games | Words with Friends, Matching with Friends, Scramble with Friends and Draw Something on the cell phones!  In real life, croquet and badminton in the backyard ;)
Work on the house | Aside from keeping the garden alive and the house picked up, nothing major yet... this will probably move to the fall/winter!
Go camping | Not yet... probably won't happen until hunting season is over and we are well into fall... sigh...
Try something new | Olallieberries -- YUM!  Gizditch Ranch was also something new to me and a lot of fun -- planning on going back early next summer to pick our own Olallieberries!! Two new restaurants in Salinas -- BJ's Brewhouse and Five Guys Burger.  Pinkberry -- LOVE it!  Gym at lunchtime (also loving this!). 

So we aren't doing so bad on this list... a few more things to be done this summer for sure!  A trip to take, more time with friends and family.... more fun to be had :)

Are you enjoying your summer?!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Card: Embossed Summer Silhouettes Happy Birthday

Happy Monday!  This week, I'll be focusing on one stamp set... Summer Silhouettes!  This set appears in the current main catalog and it was one of those "must haves" for me when the catalog first came out.  :) 

So up first.... a happy birthday card:

I had so much fun making this card!  It may be hard to tell, but I actually layered color after color of heat embossing powders:

I simply went one layer at a time... first white lattice on the bottom (stamp, powder, heat), then green (stamp, powder, heat)... and so on until I had all the flowers I wanted!  I added a few rhinestones, some ribbon and my sentiment to finish it off.

It is a fun technique - have you ever tried it?!

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Summer Silhouettes, Perfect Punches
Cardstock:  Tempting Turquoise, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink:  VersaMark, Tempting Turquoise
Punches:  Extra-Large Oval, Decorative Label
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Embossing Powders (White, Gumball Green, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise), Whisper White Grosgrain Ribbon (retired)

Friday, August 3, 2012

Card: Get Well Soon!

Friday, my favorite day of the week! :)  Hoping to get out (aka pry myself away from watching the Olympics!) and enjoy the summer weather. 

I made today's card for one of my girls who had a nasty crash during a mountain bike race two weeks ago:

Tried to keep it simple.... but couldn't resist adding a little sparkle!

Hope you heal quickly Bri!! ;)

Have a great weekend!!

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  It's a Wrap Occasions
Cardstock:  Chocolate Chip, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Red Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Punches:  Heart to Heart (retired), corner rounder
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Card: You Light Up my Lawn!

I didn't get a chance to use this set before it retired, but it was calling to me this weekend when I was making cards! 

Aren't they adorable?!  I thought this would be a great card for my husband -- he grew us a lawn in the backyard from seed this year :)

Definitely not the last time I'll use those stamps!   I never did see that movie last year, Gnomeo & Juliet.... was it any good?  Should we get it on our Netflix?! :)

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Gnome Sweet Gnome (retired), P.S. I Love You (retired -- heart)
Cardstock:  Gumball Green, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Basic Black
Punches:  Full Heart, Modern Label, Word Window, Itty Bitty Punch (flower)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Markers (Real Red, Gumball Green, Island Indigo, Chocolate Chip, Blush Blossom, Daffodil Delight)

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Card: Perfectly Preserved Thank You

Today marks the start of the new Holiday Catalog!  I admit it, I really love ALL of it, but I limited myself to my absolute favorites for my first order.... :)

It's a super cute set with a jar and all kinds of goodies to fill it with!  I kept it simple and used the flowers my first time out....

I chose my colors based on this photo I pinned....



Love this stamp set! What do you think?

Happy August :)

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Perfectly Preserved
Cardstock:  So Saffron, Whisper White, Baja Breeze
Designer Series Paper:  So Saffron -- Subtles Collection
Ink:  Basic Black, Gumball Green, Blushing Bride (retired), Peach Parfait (retired), So Saffron, Baja Breeze
Punches:  Small Oval
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Bitty Banner Framelits, Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta Ribbon

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Card: Up in the Air Over You!

When I saw this card, I knew I wanted to use it as an excuse to break out this set of stamps and finally use them!  Here's my CASE:


I changed up the base color from Basic Black and Chocolate Chip and the sentiment from "Happy Birthday" to "Up in the Air Over You!" :)

Do you think my husband will like this one when I give it to him?! :)

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Up, Up and Away!
Cardstock: Chocolate Chip, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White
Designer Series Paper: Polka Dot Parade
Ink:  Real Red, Tempting Turquoise
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Stripes Embossing Folder, Chocolate Chip 1/2" Scallop Dots Ribbon, Real Red Marker and Chocolate Chip Marker

Monday, July 30, 2012

Card: LOVE

Good morning!  Looks like Monday is upon us again... and a new month will be here in two days... yikes!  This year is flying by... :)

I made this card using the Clean and Simple sketch #201:

Inspired of course by the iconic LOVE art in Philadelphia :)

It was a little simple for me... :) so I added this on the inside:

And I have to say that I'm in LOVE with that new Woodgrain Embossing Folder from the Holiday Catalog coming out on Wednesday. Definitely my new favorite!!! :)

Hope you have a great week and thanks for stopping by to check out my card!

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  P.S. I Love You (retired) -- used inside of card
Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White
Specialty Paper: Red Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Real Red, Night of Navy
Punches:  Full Heart
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Big Shot, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Typeset Alphabet Bigz dies

Friday, July 27, 2012

Scrapbook Layout: Red, White & Blue for a Swap

So this is my 6x6 layout I did for the Red, White and Blue swap with my team (both my immediate upline, Zarogina, and my downline, Kat):


Not sure yet what I will put on it, but probably a 4th of July photo of my niece and nephew.  I'll share Zarogina's and Kat's awesome swaps soon!

Hope you enjoy your weekend!! :)

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Betsy's Blossoms, Betsy's Blossoms Wheel, A Fitting Occasion
Cardstock:  Island Indigo, Whisper White, Real Red
Ink:  Real Red, Island Indigo
Punches:  Boho Blossoms, Fancy Flower, Scallop Oval, Small Heart, Owl (tiny heart)
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Stampin' Wheel handle, Big Shot, Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, Printed 2011 In Color Designer Brads

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Card: Papillon Just for You

I had fun making this one... I just wanted to try out my fun new butterfly stamps!


I tried to keep it simple and easy, so just stamp and go :)


And since the theme for this week seems to be pinterest-inspired....


I was clearly inspired by this color combo/pic!

What do you think?! :)

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Papillon Potpourri, Tea Shoppe
Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Whisper White
Punches: Corner Rounder, Modern Label, Word Window
Ink:  Night of Navy, Tempting Turquoise, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Other: Stampin' Dimensionals, Night of Navy Marker

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Card: Thinking of You

I love how this card turned out!

One of my favorites... a little stitching, a little punching, a little stamping... happy colors :)

Once I was inspired by this photo:

Source: bhg.com via Amanda on Pinterest


I had to get it done ASAP! :)

Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Betsy's Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Peach Parfait (retired), Pear Pizzazz (retired), Chocolate Chip
Designer Series Paper: First Edition
Specialty Paper:  Watercolor Paper
Punches:  Scallop Trim, Blossom, Bird, Modern Label, Word Window
Ink:  Chocolate Chip
Other:Chocolate Chip Button, Chocolate Chip Baker's Twine, Stampin' Dimensionals, Glue Dots, sewing machine + thread

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Card: Sweet Friend

So more adventures in heat embossing... not perfect stamping... but I rolled with it.  Been wanting to play with the newer scented embossing powders -- they are so much fun!


First, I colored and stamped each popsicle separately, washing the stamp off in-between.  Then I went back and embossed each popsicle one at a time using vanilla scented powder on the top and Early Espresso on the sticks:

It was a little tedious, but worth it.  Fun and imperfect :)  A little bit of a learning curve, but being honest, not every card ends up perfect.... that yellow popsicle will bug me every time I see it!

Trying to embrace the imperfection... maybe it will line up right next time!


Supplies for this project:


Stamps:  Mouthwatering, You are Loved
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Chocolate Chip, Elegant Eggplant
Ink:  Elegant Eggplant, Versamark, Markers (Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, and Pacific Point)
Punches:  Modern Label, Word Window
Other:  Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Ribbon, Paper Snips, Glue Dots, Vanilla Scented Embossing Powder, Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Heat Gun

Monday, July 23, 2012

How To: Anemone Flower Punch Art

Okay, so I'm back to share how I made the anemone for my card :)

Super easy, so here goes...

 And a closeup as the flower was going together:

And finally, a finish shot :)


I sprayed it with some Vanilla Smooch to give it some dimension and help set the edges that I curled up a little bit.

Thanks for checking it out and let me know if you make one... I'd love to see it!! :)

Card: White & Blue Anemone Congratulations

Happy Monday!  I got lots of time this weekend to sketch out some cards and actually make some of them... I can't wait to share them with you. :)

Up first, this anemone flower punch art card:


I was inspired by this photo on.... where else.... pinterest! ;)



I'll be back later today to share how I made the anemone flower with punches.  Do you think I got pretty close to my inspiration pic?!

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Itty Bitty Banners
Cardstock:  Basic Grey, Whisper White, Night of Navy
Designer Series Paper:  Basic Grey Neutrals Collection
Ink:  Basic Grey and Night of Navy Markers
Punches:  Fancy Flower (retired), Blossom Petals, 1" Circle, 3/4" Circle
Other: Big Shot, Bitty Banners Framelits, Stampin' Dimensionals, Paper Snips, Vanilla Shimmer Smooch Spritz

Friday, July 20, 2012

Card: Sweet Baby

Happy Friday!  The last week has kept me busy... really looking forward to relaxing this weekend :)

This is a fun card I made with my friend Bri when she came over to play in the craft room a couple weekends ago:

I love the new chevron embossing folder and banner dies - so much fun to use!

I tried to use some neutral colors so it would work for any baby shower I attend next.  What do you think?!

Hope you have a great weekend! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Baby Bundle, Itty Bitty Banners
Cardstock:  Basic Grey, So Saffron, Pool Party, Raspberry Ripple
Specialty Paper: Watercolor Paper
Ink:  StazOn Black Ink
Other: Big Shot, Square Chevron Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Labels Collections Framelits, Blender Pens

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Using up my stash...

So if you've ever had the pleasure of stepping into my craft room, you'd know that I have a small issue with collecting stuff and not getting around to using it fast enough.... some *may* call that hoarding... but I'm clean and organized about it so I call it "collecting"!  :)  Well, I finally used up an old card making kit I had taking up some valuable real estate for my stamps!  I thought I'd share with you all the cards I made a few weeks ago using the kit.... took about an hour....


Stampin' Up! Linen Thread, Corner Rounder punch and Swirls & Curls Verses stamps (retired).

Stampin' Up! Scallop Border punch, Corner Rounder punch and Small Heart punch.

Stampin' Up! 5-petal flower punch (retired).

Stampin' Up Bigz Tasteful Trim die, Signo White pen (faux stitching), Modern Label punch, Word Window punch, Itty Bitty punch (small flower), Basic Rhinestones and You're My Type stamps (retired).


Stampin Up! Stamp-a-ma-Jig (to line up the bike image stamp)

Stampin' Up Heart to Heart punch (retired).

 
Stampin' Up 5-Petal Flower punch (retired) and Scallop Border punch.  Also used same stamp set as above -- Swirls and Curls Verses (retired).

 


Stampin' Up! Corner Rounder punch.
 Do you like to use kits?  Do you hoard collect them like I do?! :)

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Card: Raining Flowers Thank You

Hope the weather is nice in your neck of the woods today... we are in the midst of our summer gloom here... fog almost every morning that may or may not burn off.... sigh.  I miss my heat in Sacramento!! 

So I'm back today to share my "updated" version of yesterday's CASE-d card that uses Raining Flowers in place of the retired Eastern Blooms stamps:

And, quite obviously, I've changed up the color scheme and embossing folder in addition to changing the flower stamp set....



What do you think?! :)

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Raining Flowers, Easy Events (sentiment)
Cardstock:  So Saffron, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Concord Crush, Rich Razzleberry Marker
Punches:  Modern Label, Word Window, Dotted Scallop Border Punch
Other: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Pearls

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Card: Eastern Blooms Happy Birthday

Ever since I saw this card, I've wanted to make one and I finally did!

I used a retired set, Eastern Blooms, for the flowers. 

Love this card even more now that I've CASE-d it!! I'll be back tomorrow to show another version of the same card only using a current flower stamp set! :)

Supplies for this project:
Stamps:  Eastern Blooms (retired), Easy Events (sentiment)
Cardstock:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry
Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Concord Crush, Rich Razzleberry Marker
Punches:  Modern Label, Word Window, Dotted Scallop Border Punch
Other: Whisper White Taffeta Ribbon, Big Shot, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Pearls

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Card: Patriotic Hello

I wanted to share a fun, quick card I made last week messing around with the color scheme of red, white and blue... patriotic for 4th of July of course!

I've seen many cards that use this design -- punching out a shape and allowing patterned paper to show through.

So easy and simple... now I wonder why I haven't tried it sooner!

Hope you enjoyed the holiday!! :)

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:   Pennant Parade
Cardstock:  Pacific Point, Whisper White
Specialty Paper:  Summer Smooches
Ink:  Basic Grey
Punches:  5-Petal Flower (retired), Small Heart, Word Window, Modern Label
Other:  Subtles Buttons, White Baker's Twine, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder, Big Shot

Monday, July 9, 2012

Scrapbook Layout: Love This Kid!

A few weeks ago, I got a text message from my sister that my nephew asked to come to my house (a first -- we live quite a long way from them) and that I like Target (why yes, I do)... made my day that he was thinking of me!! :)

Had to scrapbook it of course!  Used a July PageMaps sketch (the one at the top!) and my Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper.  Love how this turned out -- so glad to be back in my scraproom!


Hope you enjoyed your weekend!!

Supplies for this project:

Stamps:  Woodgrain Background
Cardstock:  Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Island Indigo
Specialty Paper:  Summer Smooches Designer Series Paper
Ink:  Black StazOn, Versamark
Punches:   Heart to Heart (retired)
Other:  Big Shot, Hearts Collection Framelit Dies, Tasteful Trim Bigz Die, Stampin' Dimensionals, Heat Tool, Clear Embossing Powder, office date stamper, sewing machine + thread, black foam letter stickers

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