For Your Kindness

I've mentioned before that I don't normally use much patterned paper.   Well, if you could see my desk right now you would know why!  I like to try each pattern and combination to see what looks the best.  And, I really can't see it unless each piece is cut to size.  I think I tried every sheet in this pack of dsp.  Then I needed to die cut butterflies and banners in every color to see which combination looked best.  For clean & simple stamping, it's not very clean or simple ;) 

Maybe now I should go upstairs and try to make another card with all of those scraps.

Thanks to Retro Sketches  for the inspiration!

All supplies SU! unless noted
Stamps:  Blooming with Kindness, Happy Trails (PTI-butterfly trail)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy, Comfort Cafe dsp
Accessories:  Banner Trio (Wplus9 Design), Corner Rounder, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Wood Button, Linen Thread, Pearl (Martha Stewart)

With Sympathy

Like most stampers, I don't particularly like to make sympathy cards.  I find it much easier to make them though when I don't actually need to.  Which was the case with this card!  My card was inspired but this gorgeous photo inspiration challenge at JUGS...

And, the Less is More sketch...

Thanks for stopping in, I hope your week is off to a great start!

Stamps:  Papillion Potpourri (SU!), Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9 Design)
Ink:  Basic Black (SU) & Versamark
Paper:  Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Folk Art Florals Die (Wplus9 Design), Elegant Butterfly Punch,  Adorning Accents Die, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool (SU!) Gingham Ribbon (AC Moore)

Get Well Wishes

Of all of the types of challenges out there, color challenges are by far the hardest for me.  I have really been pushing myself to try more of these.  To make the process easier on myself, I try to imagine how the colors can be used together, without having to come up with something really original.  Let me show you what I mean.

The CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week is a color challenge...lime, aqua & navy.

I start by looking at the colors and try to imagine how these colors can be logically used leaves, blue sky...and that was my starting point for this card and the rest flowed from there. 

How do you go about a color challenge, do you have a process or do you just wing it?

Stamps:  Love Birds, A Pocketful
Ink:  Pool Party, Indigo Island, Lucky Limeade (SU!)
Paper:  White (Wplus9), Pool Party (SU) , Handmade patterned paper pack(Lily Bee Designs)
Accessories:  Label Layers 3, Clouds & Love Birds Dies (Wplus9), Scallop Trim (SU!) Button (PTI)

A pocketful of...

Wow, this week has been crazy!!  But before another choatic day with two boys begins, I wanted to share with you this bright and cheerful birthday card.  The color combo was inspired by this weeks ColourQ:

Have a great day :)

Stamps:  A Pocketful (Wplus9 Design)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade, Regal Rose, Indigo Island, Baja Breeze (SU)
Paper:  White (Wplus9 Design), Baja Breeze, Indigo Island (SU!)
Accessories:  White Bakers Twine, Adorning Accents Die (SU)

Birthday Wishes

Dawn posted this awesome sketch on her blog the other day. 

Isn't it fun?  The banners & shapes...well, I'll tell you, I have been racking my brain for the past couple of days trying to figure out how to include so much detail into a card that remains true to my CAS style.  I first tried a one layer card with masking, but wasn't really thrilled with the outcome.  Then I remembered a new Lily Bee paper pad that I got last week and started flipping through the papers.  I noticed that the patterns in the paper coordinate perfectly with the patterns on the hearts in Heartfelt Mix, it's like they were made to go together!  The rest pretty much fell into place from there.

It felt good to step outside my comfort zone for a little bit.  Thanks for the inspiration Dawn. 

Stamps:  Heartfelt Mix, Label Layers 4, Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Ink:  Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight, Baja Breeze (SU!)
Paper:  White (Wplus9), Real Red (SU), Handmade patterned paper (Lily Bee)
Accessories:  Label Layers 4 Die, Hearts Die, Folk Art Florals (Wplus9), Bakers Twine (SU!), Button (PTI), Rhinestones

Holiday Chevrons

A few weeks ago I began a CAS design series at StampNation.  Basically I add tutorials weekly on certain aspects of Clean & Simple design.  A lot of the ladies stress over white space, so that is where my focus was this week.  Above is my sample.  I love the crisp, clean design of this card.  Happy Hour is such a fun set for Christmas, totally funky paired with the chevrons don't you think :)  As one of the members at SN said, this card is perfect for mass producing!  I can totally handle this!!  It can even be easily altered by changing the background stamps or adding patterned paper in place of the stamping.  I {heart} versatility!

Stamps:  Happy Hour & Tiny Tags (SU), Background Basics Chevrons (PTI)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  1 3/8 circle & Scallop Circle Punches, Jewelry Tag Punch, Bakers Twine

Friday Fun!

I have quite a few things for you today.  First up, another Christmas card using Fair Isle Backgrounds.  This time I paired it with Christmas Lodge.  These two sets really complement each other well.  I was able to resist adding glitter to the lodge rooftop, I think that is a first :)  

My sample for the Christmas in July challenge at StampNation.

Next up is my sample for this weeks CAS-ual Friday's Challenge.

I don't use a black card base often.  It really is elegant and the pop of the Pool Party adds a nice contrast to the black & white!

Last, but certainly not least, I leave you with a poem that was shared by one of the members at StampNation.  It's too good to NOT share with all of you.  I'm thinking of printing and framing it in my stamp room.  My husband got a chuckle out of it too!  Enjoy :)

The Stamping Wife
Author Unknown

She learned to stamp on Monday

Her embossing was quite fine.
She forgot to make us dinner,
So we went out to dine.

She brayerd backgrounds Tuesday

She says they are a must.
They really were quite lovely
But she forgot to dust.

On Wednesday it was birthday cards

She says that chalking's fun.
Shading, blending, and watercoloring.
But the laundry wasn't done.

Her card swap was on Thursday

Using green and blue and red;
I guess she really was engrossed,
She never made the bed!

It was shaker cards on Friday

Using techniques she just adores,
But she never seemed to notice
The crumbs on all the floors.

I found a maid on Saturday!

My week is now complete
My wife can stamp the hours away,
And the house will still be neat.

Well, it's already Sunday,

And my forehead's feeling damp.
I cursed, I raved, and I ranted. . .
The MAID has learned to stamp!!! 

Happy Holidays Card
Stamps: Christmas Lodge, Fair Isle Backgrounds (Wplus9)
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Corner Rounder, Very Vanilla Seam Binding

Thank You Card
Stamps:  Fillable Frames (PTI), Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Ink:  Basic Black, Versamark
Paper:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Pool Party
Accessories:  Folk Art Florals die (Wplus9),  Fillable Frames die (PTI), Black Embossing Powder, Button & White Bakers Twine (SU!)

Even More Warm Wishes

As promised I have another card using Fair Isle Backgrounds and Winter Wishes.  If this doesn't feel like Winter, I don't know what does!  The background stamped on kraft cardstock gives this set a whole new look.  I love how by changing the color palette you can bring such a different feel to a stamp set.  This design makes me think of warm winter sweaters and being snuggled up near a fire. 

We are headed out early this morning.  Have a great day and stay cool!

Stamps:  Fair Isle Backgrounds, Winter Wishes, Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Ink:  Fresh Snow (PTI), Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Paper:  White (Wplus9), Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Label Layers 3 die (Wplus9), Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Sponges (SU!)

More Warm Wishes...

Now that I've started on my Christmas cards, I don't want to stop!  I LOVE building my own backgrounds and have such a blast with the endless possibilities available when stamping with Fair Isle Backgrounds.  You'll be seeing quite a bit of this stamp over the next few days, so stay tuned :)

If you read yesterdays post, I'm on a mission this year with my holiday cardmaking.  First off, I'm trying to make cards with simple designs, minimal steps & little embellishing.  This card fits the bill, but the background stamping may take a bit.  I think I can handle quite a few of these though!  Another goal for this years cards is to complete my cards inside & out before putting them away.  I spent several days last year completing the insides of my cards before I was able to write them out and send them.  It is so much easier to finish them off when you have all of the coordinating products out!!!  Notice the inside of this card is complete :)

Do you make your own Christmas cards?  Have you started yet or are you a last minute kind of girl?

**This card is being entered into the following challenges:  Stamp N Plus, Crafter's Companion, Tip Top Tuesday, Creatalicious Challenges

Stamps:  Fair Isle Backgrounds, Winter Wishes (Wplus9) Stocking Prints (PTI)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Paper:  White (Wplus9), Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Accessories:  Stocking Prints Die (PTI), Circle Stackers (Wplus9), Bakers Twine (SU!)

Warm Wishes

This year I am really going to TRY to make simple Christmas cards that are easy to reproduce and send!  I think I say this every year, but this year I am determined & committed.  My style is CAS, so it should be easy enough.  The only problem is that with CAS cards comes precision and perfect placement!  I often find myself with a ruler making sure everything is perfectly aligned.   This does not make mass production very easy.  I also need to resist the urge to add buttons, glitter and too many die cuts.  I have been realizing lately that my cards involve a lot of die cutting!!

The card above has been floating in my head for quite some time.  Since I saw this card in fact.  I love the simple design but don't think this will be a great card to mass produce...fussy cutting, glitter and twine, although I do like that the placement of my images don't need to be perfect! 

I'll let you know when I come up with the perfect design!

Have a happy Monday!

Stamps:  Love Birds, Winter Wishes, Heartfelt Mix (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pool Party, Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  White (Wplus9), Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Accessories:  Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, 2 way glue pen, Dazzling Diamonds (SU!)

I love Retro CAS-ual Play Dates!

A super short post today and a bit of a silly title, I know! But my card today combines some of my favorite challenges:

Stamps:  Love Birds, Fair Isle Background (Wplus9)
Ink:  Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Pool Party (SU!), Ocean Tides (PTI) My Minds Eye pp
Accessories:  Banner Trio, Hearts & Clouds (Wplus9), Hexagon Coverplate (PTI), Polka Dot Embossing Folder

'Tis the Season

Christmas in July seems to be in full swing all over blogland!  I get so excited this time of year anticipating what all of the stamp companies will be releasing for this holiday season, eek!  What trend do you think will be big this year??

I used Spring Tags to make my Christmas Wreathes, yup you read that right!  Spring :)  I heat embossed my sentiment and added a small bow from the Simply Jane set.  I love that the only holiday set I used on this card was for the sentiment!

I was inspired by the Clean & Simple Sketch (FTL199).

*This card is also being entered into the following challenges:  Card Crafter's Circle, Diva's by Design, Little Red Wagon, Operation Write Home,The Outlawz
Stamps:  Spring Tags (Wplus9), Simply Jane, Stocking Prints (PTI)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Versamark
Paper:  White (Wplus9), Cherry Cobbler
Accessories:  Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Cherry Cobbler Bakers Twine, Corner Rounder

Inspired by Summer

Good morning!

I'm stopping in quick to let you know the newest challenge at StampNation was just posted...Use images that make you think of Summer.  I pulled put my new Pleasant Poppies & Papillion Potpourri sets and did lots of embossing, inking and die cutting.  I even found a use for some old stamp packaging that I've been hoarding.  The plastic makes a great window doesn't it?!

Stamps: Papillion Poupourri, Pleasant Poppies, Defining Words (Wplus9)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Versamark
Paper: Very Vanilla, Basic Black
Accessories: Framelit Labels, Black Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Square Lattice Embossing Folder, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Sponges, Button, Linen Thread &
Plastic Sheet (from recycled packaging)

The perfect blend

Although I love patterned paper and have quite a stash, more often than not I grab my stamps when adding patterns to my cards.   Just about any stamp can be used to make a background, you just need to look at your images in a different light.

On today's card, I die cut the coffee cup and handle and stamped them with the outline image included in the coordinating Cozy Coffee stamp set.  Then, I used the flower images from A Pocketful and stamped them in Pool Party ink on the coffee cup.  Using the smaller flower image, I went back over each flower with Early Espresso ink.  I love this color combination and the fun summery pattern on this coffee cup!  I wish I had one just like it...I love my coffee :)

I added a simple border on the bottom of the white panel by stamping one of the border stamps from Fair Isle Backgrounds.  I finished off the card with bakers twine and the single rounded corner (I just can't get enough of that lately!).

**My card was inspired by the Clean and Simple Sketch (FTL198).  My card is a very loose interpretation ;)

Stamps:  Cozy Coffee (Lil Inker), A Pocketful & Fair Isle Backgrounds (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pool Party, Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Early Espresso (SU!)
Accessories:  Cozy Coffee die (Lil Inker), Early Espresso Baker's Twine (SU!), Corner Rounder (CM)

Cloud9 Blog Hop

I'm so excited to be joining in the first Cloud 9 Blog Hop!  
If you love Wplus9 stamps, you should join too.  Check it out here.

This months hop is a photo inspiration challenge.

Here's the inspiration...

And my interpretation...

Admittedly, the pattern and color on the inspiration piece scared me a bit :)
 So, I made a toned down version pulling some of the colors from the inspiration.  I started by stamping my rainbow of flowers & butterflies using the Mother's Day Bouquet stamp set.  Then I die cut the Label Layers 3 die and stamped the frame through the negative portion onto another white layer.  I chose a fun birthday sentiment from Label Layers 4, as it seemed to fit with the inspiration.  It certainly looks like a party to me :) 

Stamps:  Mother's Day Bouquet, Label Layers 4, Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Pool Party, Island Indigo (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pool Party, Island Indigo (SU!)
Accessories:  Label Layers 3 die (Wplus9), Button (PTI), Bakers Twine (SU!)

Happy Couple

Two posts in one day?  I don't remember the last time that happened!  (Scroll down to see my Faux Toile CASE'd note cards.)  My boys were completely occupied playing a game together this morning (thank you Conner & Ethan!), so I snuck upstairs for a little me time.

I started by die cutting the hearts from silver and gold cardstock and then covered them with glossy accents. I  put those aside to dry while I worked on the rest of my card.  Next I did my stamping.  I stamped the text from Defining Words in Sahara Sand ink, then with the same ink I stamped the leafy wreathes from Spring Tags.  Because I wanted the second wreath to be a bit lower than the first, I masked off the text before stamping.  My sentiment banner was cut from Banners Trio and the sentiment stamped in gold ink.  When the hearts were finally dry (several hours later), I added them and some other embellishments to this elegant wedding card.

 My inspiration today comes from...

StampsDefining Words, Spring Tags, Heartfelt Mix (Wplus9)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Gold (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Gold & Silver (SU!)
Accessories:  Very Vanilla Seam Binding, Linen Thread (SU!), Hearts & Banner Trio dies (Wplus9), Rhinestones & Button

Faux Toile CASE

After watching this design clip by Dawn at Stamp Away With Me, I knew I had to try to make my own Faux Toile note cards.  I don't have the stamp set she used, so I looked through my stash and found a few images that are perfect for this technique.  I started with an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of Very Vanilla cardstock  turned the long way on my desk.  Using Not Quite Navy ink (I love navy toile!) I stamped the frames and flowers from Very Vintage Greetings.  Then I filled in with two smaller images from Simply Jane.  Once the entire paper was stamped, I cut it in four 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 pieces and mounted each on a folded navy card base. Here's the set all tied up and ready to be gifted.

Such a cool technique, right?!  I definitely need to make in different colors to keep on hand for a quick thank you gift!

Stamps:  Very Vintage Greetings (Wplus9), Simply Jane (PTI)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Accessories:  Seam Binding (SU)

What's going on at StampNation?

There is so much going on at StampNation lately.  
Over 200 video tutorials,  6,500 + projects in the gallery, techniques, tutorials and so much more!

Here are a two of the projects I have added recently...

The latest addition to the One Stamp, Three Ways series:  Happy Hour!

Here's my favorite from the group, Christmas in July...

The latest challenge:  Masking

If you haven't checked out StampNation yet, now is the time.  The community is hopping and we are having so much fun.  Click here to learn more.  
I hope to see you there!

Merry Card
Stamps:  Happy Hour (SU!)
Ink:  Lucky Limeade and Cherry Cobbler (SU!)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Jingle (Lily Bee Designs)
Accessories:  Circle Stackers & Banner Trio (Wplus9), Linen Thread, Jewelry Tag Punch (SU!)

Birthday Wishes: 
*All supplies SU! unless noted
Stamps: Raining Flowers, Blooming with Kindness, Mother's Day Bouquet (Wplus9)
Ink: Regal Rose, Rose Red, Pool Party, Lucky Limeade, Early Espresso
Paper: Very Vanilla, Early Espresso, Pool Party
Accessories: Beautiful Butterflies, pearls

Stars & Stripes...

With the 4th of July just a day away, I was inspired to make a patriotic card.  These little hexagon shapes remind me of quilts and the Americana/country decor that I grew up with in my childhood home.  Keeping that in mind, I added touches that remind me of the homespun decor in my Mom's home...buttons, hearts & stars and of course, the red, white and blue.  My sentiment needs no explanation, God Bless the USA!

*My card today was inspired by Retro Sketches...

Stamps:  Happy Hexagons (PTI), So 80's (Wplus9), Right at Home (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Bashful Blue, Not Quite Navy & Cherry Cobbler (SU!) Fresh Snow (PTI)
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Accessories:  Hexagon Cover Plate (PTI), Folk Art Floral Dies (Wplus9), Baker's Twine (PTI) Sponges, White Gel Pen