Stamps for Sale

I updated and added more stamps to my Stamps For Sale page!

Papertrey, SU! & Wplus9.

Thanks so berry much!

 Another Mood Board Monday inspiration for you!  I was inspired by the girly feel, check it out...


All that pink and lace, yummy :)

I'm keeping it short and sweet today!  
Have a great one!

Stamps:  Fresh Picked, Defining Words, Spring Tags (Wplus9)
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette, Versamark (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pink Pirouette (SU!)
Accessories:  Circle Stackers 1, Banner Trio (Wplus9), Linen Thread, Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder (SU!), Gold Embossing Powder, pearls

CASology Week 33- Oh, Happy Day

It's Tuesday and that means it's time for a new CASology Cue Card!

This week's word...


After last weeks word, this one was a breeze :)

I used a combination of circles on my card today.  I started by stamping the polka dots from FSS You Said It, Sister set in So Saffron ink.  Then I stamped over them using a border stamp from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps.  Layering stamps is a great way to create a fun and unique focal point to your card!

I hope you'll join us this week.  I can't wait to see your cards for this weeks challenge!
The design team has some great interpretations of CIRCLE, so visit them too for even more inspiration!

Maureen are here!

Guest Designer: Kim

Stamps:  You Said It, Sister (FSS) Woot Woot (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink:  So Saffron (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories:  Circle Punch (SU!), Banner Trio (Wplus9)

Inlaid Die Cutting

As I mentioned yesterday, I'm not much of a technique junkie.  I try them here and there but usually stick to just straight on stamping.   Catherine posted a video on StampNation a while ago using an Inlaid Die Cutting technique.  I thought the results were beautiful and the technique itself is easy enough to incorporate into so many designs and styles.  Above is my sample for this weeks challenge at StampNation, Inlaid Die Cutting.

Yup, I'm still on a Rosie Posie kick ;)

Stamps:  Rosie Posie (PTI)
Ink:  Baja Breeze, Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Lucky Limeade (SU)
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White (SU!)
Accessories:  Rosie Posie dies (PTI), Framelits die (SU!), Rhinestones

Masked & Masculine

I'm not one to use a lot of techniques, but I find of the techniques I do use, masking is my favorite.  Especially when it comes out perfectly, as this did not hence the strip of navy paper :) 

My inspiration seems funny when I look at it now, this weeks Mood Board Monday.

How I got from lace, buttons and flowers to a masculine card is beyond me.  I think I pulled out Country Charm because of that little plaid pinking square?  Who knows!  But once I started stamping the strips it just feel like a guy card to me. 

What's your favorite technique?  Are you a technique junkie or do you steer clear of them like me?

Stamps:  Country Charm, Label Layers 4 (Wplus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Not Quite Navy, Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy (SU!)
Accessories:  Label Layers 4 die (Wp9), Corner Rounder (CM)

CASology Week #32

It's time for a new CASology Cue Card... 

You read that right, FLAME!

This one took a lot of thought,
but it was well worth it!!!

After much deliberation I went with the colors of a flame.
As an added bonus I stumbled upon my Quilt Cuts die while looking through my supplies, quilts keep you warm (flames are hot right) AND this sentiment tied it all together perfectly!

I hope that you will try this one.
The design team has some great interpretations of FLAME, so visit them too for more inspiration!

Maureen are here!

Guest Designer: Bethany

Stamps:  Hot, Hot, Hot (Fresh Squeezed Stamps)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron (SU!) Canyon Clay (PTI)
Accessories:  Quilt Cuts 2, Seasonal Sentiments (heart) & Pinking Squares Die (Wplus9), Rhinestone

You Rock!

We are having a lazy Sunday here at the Merritt's house.  We ended this crazy week having some boys over to celebrate Conner's 10th birthday (yikes, double digits!).  Boys are exhausting and SO loud.  After about 5 minutes Doug and I were looking at each other like, "What have we done?" It was a wonderful reminder of why we don't do it all the time.  Luckily we had planned pizza and a movie, so for 90 minutes they were calm and quiet!!  But as soon as the credits started rolling someone yelled, "LET'S GO TO THE BASEMENT!!!"  Barreling down the stairs they all went.  Thank goodness for our finished basement.

Anywho, I'm sure you aren't here to discuss the insanity of boys!  You are here to see a card, right?! 

 made this one for Conner for his birthday using the CAS-ual Fridays Challenge this week...

I had a blast playing with the new Background Check stamp set by Fresh Squeezed Stamps.

Hope you are having a great weekend!

Stamps:  Background Check & You Said It, Sister (FSS)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Pool Party (SU!)
Accessories:  Circle Punch (SU!), Clear Cut Stackers:  Stars (Wplus9)

Trendy Thanks

Hello there!

It's my day to post at the Fresh Squeezed Stamps Blog.
Here's a sneak peek of the project I have over there for you.

A trendy Clean & Graphic card.

Head over to FSS to see my full project!

Have a good one!

Heartfelt Appreciation

I was excited to see that Dawn was starting up a regularly scheduled challenge called Mood Board Monday.  Look at this gorgeous inspiration...

My initial inspiration came from the two circles on the cork board.  I knew I'd use some kind of label frame with an embellishment in the bottom left. Then I pulled the colors from the card to the left of the cork board.   It had been a while since I'd used Mother's Day Bouquet and I thought it fit in perfectly with this color scheme!

I'm looking forward to more inspiration from the Monday Mood Board (even if sometimes I don't get to it until Friday)!

Stamps:  Label Layers 4, Mother's Day Bouquet (Wp9)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Calypso Coral, Pool Party, Island Indigo, Lucky Limeade, Old Olive
Paper:  Whisper White, Island Indigo, Pool Party
Accessories:  Label Layers 4 die (Wplus9), Tasteful Trim & Bakers Twine (SU!)

Happy Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine's Day!

Today is going to be CRAZY...conferences, grocery shopping, class party, new glasses for E, etc...I'm tired just thinking about it!  Before I am off and running I wanted to share with you the treat bags I made for my boys for their Valentine's goodies.  Thanks to Catherine and her awesome video on StampNation, I whipped these up in under 10 minutes. 

I hope you have a great day!!

True Love

I am pretty sure that I have made more Valentine's cards this year than any other Valentine's Day in the past.  It must be all these darn cute stamps I keep buying!!!

My card today is my sample for the StampNation sketch this week:

This was a fun sketch to work with.  I think I'm going to file this one away to use again!  It's a great base that can be used as is or added to.  The circles provide endless opportunities for images, punches or dies in any shape! 

If you haven't checked out StampNation, you should!   280+ EXCLUSIVE video tutorials, written tutorials, the Clean and Simple Classroom (run by yours truly!), 10,000+ samples in the gallery, 75+ challenges, an amazing, supportive and creative community…what more could you want?  I'd love to see you there!

Stamps:  Cupid's Arrow & Background Builders Hearts (Wplus9) Hearts a Flutter (SU!)
Ink:  Rose Red, Pink Pirouette (SU!), True Black (PTI)
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty in Pink, Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories:  Cupid's Arrow dies (Wp9), Hearts a Flutter Framelits, Bakers Twine (SU!), Corner Rounder (CM)

CASology Week 31: Red

This week's Cue Card falls right in line with Valentine's Day...

So many possibilities on this one.
I went with hearts.

To add a little extra interest to my tone on tone hearts, 
I added chevron embossing the bottom layers.

I'm really into the gradient colors lately,
here I used Cherry Cobbler, Rose Red & Pretty in Pink paper.

What do you think when you hear RED?
I'd love if you'd play along!!!

Don't forget to stop by CASology to play along and visit each of the DT blogs,
there are some really great cards for you this week!

Maureen are here!

Guest Designer: Lucy

Stamps:  Quite Like You (Wplus9)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Rose Red, Pretty in Pink (SU!)
Accessories:  Clear Cut Stackers:  Hearts (Wplus9),  Corner Rounder (CM), Bakers Twine (SU!) Rhinestones

Simply Amazing

I hope you aren't getting sick of Rosie Posie yet, because I can NOT put this stamp set down! 

I'm playing along again with the PTI 6th Anniversary Celebration.  Today's card was inspired by one of Cristina's all time favorite PTI projects.  I have been a fan of Cristina's forever.  I am continually amazed with her talent and eye for CAS perfection! I knew I'd have to make a card inspired by her :) 

I didn't have the supplies to create a card just like Cristina's, so I put a bit of a twist on her design. I chose to use the same color combo and took her lead by stamping my sentiment in COLOR, not black! 

I hope your week is off to a great start.  See you tomorrow for a new CASology Cue Card.

Stamps:  Rosie Posie (PTI), Quite Like You (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Rose Red, Old Olive (SU!)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU!)
Accessories:  Circle Stackers (Wplus9), Linen Thread (SU!), rhinestones

Catching up...

I seem to be doing a lot of crafting in clumps.  
I make a ton of stuff over one or two days, then nothing for a few.  
I'm getting a bit backed up here on my projects so I have quite a few to share with you today.

I haven't done quite as much as I had wanted to for the Clean & Simple Card Making class.  I did get to try Kristina's Offset Stamping Technique.  I've done this before, but always using the same color.  This was fun to try for something a bit different.

My next card is for the Papertrey Ink 6th anniversary.  The challenge was to create a card inspired by one of the PTI designers.  I chose a card by Danielle Flanders.  Rosie Posie is currently my favorite stamp set and Danielle's card basically screamed at me;  the colors, details and layout of her card are just perfect!  I hope I did it justice!

Next up is the StampNation challenge for this week.  
This time, a photo inspiration.

Here's the photo:

And my card:

I couldn't resist using Heartfelt Mix for this inspiration :)

That's all I have for you today.

I'll be back tomorrow with another PTI designer inspired card.

True Love Card
Stamps:  Cupids Arrow & Heartfelt Mix (Wplus9)
Ink:  Melon Mambo, Pool Party (SU!), Ture Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White
Accessories:  Bakers Twine (SU!), Corner Rounder (CM)

Happy Birthday Card
Stamps:  Rosie Posie & Over Under Easy (PTI)
Ink:  Real Read, Calypso Coral, Lucky Limeade, Soft Suede (SU!), True Black, Vintage Cream & Fine Linen (PTI)
Paper:  Fine Linen & Dear Jane (PTI), Very Vanilla (SU!)
Accessories:  Doily & Circle Punch (SU!), Sponges

I Love You Card
Stamps:  Heartfelt Mix (Wplus9)
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Pretty in Pink, Regal Rose, Bashful Blue, Crumb Cake & Early Espresso (SU!)
Paper:  Whisper White, Crumb Cake (SU!)
Accessories:  Bakers Twine (SU!), pearl

February Cloud 9 Blog Hop

I'm hopping along with the Cloud9 Blog Hop!  I missed it last month and was determined to join in this month!

We have this cute collection to inspire us for this month's blog hop:

I've been trying to figure out what to make for the kids teachers for Valentine's Day and the inspiration piece helped my decide.  I used the Wplus9 pillow boxes and some hearts stamps and dies to recreate some of the designs on these cute kids projects.

For this first pillow box I used the Clear Cut Stackers: Heart and die cut it from Cherry Cobbler cardstock.  Then I embellished the heart with images from Heartfelt Mix and Cupids Arrow.

This second package uses the smaller heart from Heartfelt Mix. 

Both boxes are filled with candy.  My kids keep telling me how much their teachers love chocolate, so I keep sending it in :)

Thanks for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Stamps:  Heartfelt Mix, Cupids Arrow (Wplus9 Design Studio)
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler (SU)
Paper:  Very Vanilla (SU)
Accessories:  Hearts & Cupids Arrow dies, Pillow Boxes (Wplus9) Linen Thread (SU),  pearls

Fresh Squeezed Stamps Release - Hootie Who?

Welcome to Day 3 of the Fresh Squeezed Stamps February Release!  If you missed Day One and/ or Day Two, make sure you head right over to the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog to catch up!

Today I have a super cute set to introduce, Hootie Who?  Owls are all the rage right now and this set certainly hits the market right on trend!  It comes with several different owls that can be paired with sentiments for "owl" occasions!

Neon colors are just about everywhere these days, it feels like the 80's again :)  So I figured, "why not neon owls?", right?   My card is appropriate for just about "owl" occasions and recipients young and old.  (Sorry, I can't help myself :)  I loved the idea of lining these owls up and pairing them with the "From Owl of us" sentiment!  Or, I could have used the "Owl Stand by You". 

Now, head on over to the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog to see the full set, more samples from the Design Team and enter for a chance to win this set!!!

"Owl" see you soon ;)

Stamps:  Hootie Who? (FSS)
Ink:  Daffodil Delight, Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade (SU!) Ture Black (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight & Melon Mambo dsp (SU!)
Accessories:  Banner Trio (Wplus9) & Staple

Fresh Squeezed Stamps Release - Trendy Triangles

Today is the second day of the February Release over at Fresh Squeezed Stamps.  Make sure to pop over and see that awesome set that was introduced yesterday, Weather Through.

I have the pleasure today of introducing a fun set called Trendy Triangles!  This set is exactly as the name describes.  Each triangle is a different and trendy pattern, like the patterns I've use below and more (um, animal print!!!) 

Let's take a look:

I wanted to use Trendy Triangles to make a really clean and graphic card.  It was imperative that I get the triangles lined up just right.  Using a ruler and pencil, I drew a line across the bottom of my card and used that as my guide as I stamped. Once my pattern was complete I erased the pencil mark and adhered my sentiment, also from Trendy Triangles.  I just love the combination of fonts!

Head over to the Fresh Squeezed Stamps blog to see the full stamp set, more samples from the design team and enter for a chance to win Trendy Triangles!!

Stop by again tomorrow when I have another new FSS set to help introduce!

See you then!

Stamps:  Trendy Triangles (FSS)
Ink:  Pool Party (SU!), Ocean Tides (PTI)
Paper:  Whisper White, Basic Black (SU!) Ocean Tides (PTI)
Accessories:  Banner Trio (Wplus9 Design Studio)

CASology- Week 30: Fairytale

The newest CASology challenge is up!

And the Cue Card is...

I was a bit stumped at first when my thoughts immediately went to princesses and castles.
As I thought longer I went with the idea that fairytales are a simply a 
Dream Come True...

Hop on over to CASology to play along and visit the rest of the team blogs to see how they were inspired by FAIRYTALE.

Maureen are here!

Guest Designer: Darnell

**I just added to my Stamps for Sale :)  SU!, Papertrey Ink & Lil Inker Designs...

Stamps:  Casual Elegance (CAS-ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink:  True Black (PTI)
Paper:  Very Vanilla & Basic Black (SU!)
Accessories:  Red Rhinestones 

CAS Challenges...

A super quick post.

While my boys watched football yesterday,
I was stamping.

First up,

Here's the sketch:


The Challenge:

To use letters creatively.  

That's it for me today.
I hope your week is off to a great start!!!!

You Tickle My Fancy

It's my day to post over at the Fresh Squeezed Stamps Blog.   I've used the Tickle My Fancy stamp set for a cute little Valentine :)  Head over to the FSS blog to see my full project and description.

Have a great weekend!

StampNation LIVE!

You've heard me talk a ton about StampNation, right?!
Well, we have something awesome planned...

This event will begin on April 5th, 2013 at 1 pm in Raleigh, NC.  

We will stamp and scrapbook for 3 straight days, right through April 7th at 3pm.  

What a dream this weekend is going to be…3 days of stamping madness!  

StampNation LIVE! is open to all paper crafters…whether you are a StampNation Member or not.  

We are going to have so much fun! 

What is included in your weekend:
  • Tons of stamp sets, punches, Big Shot Dies and ink pads to use til your heart’s content
  • Make and takes to inspire you and help you grow as a stamper
  • Demonstrations throughout the weekend
  • Access to the embellishment bar (all-you-can-use embellishments!)
  • Goodie Bag with Stampin’ Up product!
  • Prizes
  • Your own 6-foot workspace
  • Friday night pizza and pajama party
  • Swapping (details will be sent to attendees closer to the event)
  • Free wireless internet access
  • Lots of surprises along the way (you know I’m a surprise kind of girl!)
  • All meals are included (dinner on Friday and Saturday night,  lunch on Saturday and Sunday, full breakfast with made to order omelets when you book your room in our block)
This event, including all the above perks and benefits, is just $247.
Once your payment is made, you will immediately be taken to a page with a form to fill out.  Be sure to fill this form out completely!
This event is limited to only 37 registrations (only 18 spots left!), so don’t delay in getting signed up.

ACCOMMODATIONS – The special room rate I have negotiated is $79 per night and must be booked through this link to get the deal that I have negotiated which includes breakfast, goodies and a surprise or two.
This Morrisville NC hotel is thoughtfully designed to offer business and leisure travelers select amenities that will make anyone feel pampered, including:
  • Barista coffee bar in the lobby, featuring Wolfgang Puck coffee
  • Indoor pool with spa
  • State-of-the-art fitness center
  • Contemporary Reflect bistro-style restaurant serving breakfast (free when you book with our block rooms)
  • Sundry shop, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week
  • Full service bar
Cambria Suites Hotel, RDU, 300 Airgate Drive  Morrisville, NC 27560

Click here to book your room using the LHAPST rate!

I will be there teaching classes, I hope to see you there too!