Monday, September 1, 2014

My Lucky Stars ~ Stampin' Celebration

New month, new challenge at Stampin' Celebration.  This month we have a wedding theme, with rich deep purples and gold.  Instead of a traditional wedding card I made a card that a bride & groom could give each other for their wedding or anniversary.


The background was created with distress inks, watercolor brush, gold embossing paste, and white embossing powder.  A little gold shimmer spray adds a nice sparkle to the entire card.

It doesn't show up in the photo, but I used white shimmer paper for my card base.  I wanted the entire thing to sparkle.   September=Sewing for me.  Every year in September I get the urge to start sewing again.  :)  So, I had to add some stitching to my card.  It's so easy to add this little touch to my cards.  If only my sewing machine was downstairs closer to my stamp room.  (first world problems, I know) 

Now it is your turn!  Head on over to Stampin' Celebration to be inspired by the rest of the design team and then create a masterpiece of your own.  Don't forget to link back up to the challenge by September 12th and let me see what you come up with.

Stampin' Supplies:
Stamps: Lucky Stars (Wplus9), The Big The Bold & You (Winnie & Walter)
Distress Ink: Dusty Concord, Seedless Preserves, Victorian Velvet
Accessories: Metallic Gold Embossing Paste (Wendi Vecchi), Gold Sheer Shimmer Spritz ( Tsukineko), White Embossing Powder (SU), Heart Border Punch (SU)

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Sew Sunday ~ ALYOF ~ August

My sewing goal for this month was to applique my first block for the Holiday Chic quilt.  It went faster than I expected, and I was able to finish almost 2 weeks ago, but I haven't posted a picture yet.  Today is the last day to link up with A Lovely Year of Finishes party.

There is some embroidery work and buttons to add, but I am going to wait to do that until I have all the blocks done.  I really enjoyed my first applique, and learned a lot in the process.  I still have loads to learn, through trial and error, I am sure.
ALYOF August

This summer has prepared me to make better goals for next summer.  I don't sew much when the weather is warm, so I need to have smaller goals.   This month's goal was perfect.  I also need to sew on light or bright colors in patterns that I love so that I will be drawn to the sewing room.  Does the weather outside affect your sewing too?   What tips do you have for summer sewing goals?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Holiday Catalog

The 2014 Stampin' UP! Holiday Catalog is live!  What new goodies will you be bringing home?  Below are my some of my favorites.

Wondrous Wreath

My mom & I share a wreath tradition every year, so I love making her a Christmas card with a wreath on it.  I'm super excited SU came out with matching framelits and photopolymer stamps for this set.  

Seasonally Scattered

The Seasonally Scattered set was on my pre-order and I've already a video using it.  Stay tuned for that one soon.
Bright and Beautiful Stamp Set
Right now I am working on a Christmas class, so I am in a Christmas stamping mood.  The stamp set below is so trendy right now with the geometric trees.  I just had to get it with the matching punch, as you saw on my Monday post.
Festival of Trees Photopolymer Bundle
Are any of these items on your wish list?  What are your top 3 favorite items from the new holiday catalog?  Clicky Here if you want to see them all online.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Butterfly Hello

Since  I've been posting different seasons this week, I decided I must make a "Spring" card.  When I think of Spring I think of soft pastels, flowers and Easter.  Sitting on my desk was this beautiful embossing paste background that I made a couple of weeks.  (clicky to see that post) I've been meaning to make it into a card, but life got in the way.

I was inspired by the Inspiration Nation photo challenge at StampNation from a couple of weeks ago.  If you are counting, that is 4 cards inspired by one awesome photo.  It doesn't hurt that I love butterflies.  

This card was so easy to put together, because the background was done.  I cut out a couple of butterflies from some scraps of purple vellum, and the hello script from black cardstock.  A few sequins finishes it off beautifully.

Stamping Supplies:
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Vellum
Dies: Hello Script (Mama Elephant), Interlocking (Penny Black), Leanna Butterfly (SSS)
Accessories: Dreamweavers White Embossing Paste, Sparkling Clear Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Summer Sunflowers

Have you noticed a theme on my blog this week?  By pure accident I have been going through the seasons.  Today is definitely a late summer card.  Perhaps I should make a "spring" card for tomorrow.  hmmm....

I made this card for the last Inspiration Nation photo inspiration over at StampNation.  The stamp set I used from "The Craft's Meow" gave me a great opportunity to practice my Copic coloring skills.   Here is a sneak peek at the way the rest of the team was inspired.

I can't wait to see what our members come up with for this challenge.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Hello Fall

Honestly, it is still summer here.  This is the hottest, driest summer we have had since we moved up to  Washington 7 years ago.  I'm soooooooooo ready for my favorite season to start.  I love everything about Fall from the crisp mornings, to the afternoon sun, from the awesome display of leaves to falling rain.

Last weekend while I was stuck inside stamping with Max in our air conditioned dining room, I created this card using new products from the upcoming Stampin' UP! Holiday catalog.

I played around with one of the settings in Photoshop while editing my photo and found a way for the crisp WHITE to show up.  Unfortunately it made my sand sequins turn out looking liking pumpkin orange.  Fortunately, that color works for this fall card.  :)   Honestly, I wanted to use Espresso sequins, but apparently I don't have those ones...yet.


I was inspired by 2 challenges for this card. CAS(E) this Sketch and Pretty Pink Posh's Cutting Edge Challenge.

PPP Blog Hop2

I felt a bit guilty that Friday's post did not feature any PPP.   (shocking, I know, because I rarely make a card without sequins lately)  Although, I could have used her stitched rectangle die for both of these cards, it was out of stock when I went to order it.  I placed an order today for more of her stitched dies from Ellen Hutson and I can hardly wait for them to get here.  :)

Stamping Supplies:
Stamps: For All Things (SU)
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White
Ink: Hello Honey (SU), Soft Suede (SU)
Accessories: 4mm Sand Sequins (PPP) (EH), Stitched Rectangles (LID), but you could use Stitched Duos 2 (PPP) (EH)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Merry Monday ~ Warm Wishes

My demonstrator pre-order for the new Stampin' UP! holiday catalog is in the house, and I had some fun playing with my new goodies.

I'm linking up this sweet Christmas card with Freshly Made Sketches.  I saw the sketch and new it would be perfect to test out my new tree punch and matching stamp set.

The clear stamps were so much fun to play with that I decided to decorate the inside too.

My plan was to stamp the little bird on my card, but I forgot to do that before adding dimensionals and had to come up with a plan B.  I stamped him in Real Red on White cardstock then fussy cut him out and popped him on a dimensional.  It was fairly easy, considering I'm not great at fussy cutting.

The Lost Lagoon Stitched Satin ribbon and Sparkling Clear sequins from Pretty Pink Posh add the perfect finishing touches.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Share

Last week I moved my stamping out of the craft room in the garage and to the dining room table.   All so I could have a special stamping buddy at my side.  Our dog, Maximus, has been fighting cancer in his leg all summer.   Above is a picture of him on the 4th of July.

Maximus Aurelius North
July 4, 2014
On Tuesday the x-rays showed his leg had broken.  :(  He was still walking around on it and happy to go bye-bye.  We knew he wasn't ready to be put down, so we made the difficult decision to amputate.   Wednesday I debated on if we were making the right decision.  He was obviously in pain, but he wouldn't stay off his broken leg for long.

Thursday, 8-21-14 waiting to go to the hospital
Thursday morning he went in and we brought him home on Friday.  The vet hospital called us Friday morning to tell us Max was already up and walking on his own, trying to jump off the curb on the sidewalk.  He still wants to follow me wherever I go, so I'm trying to stay in one spot as much as possible, and not go up & down the stairs.

Maximus 8-22-14

While he was resting I was able to play with my box of new goodies from the Stampin' UP! holiday catalog and film 3 videos.  Woo-Hoo!  I would much rather our puppers felt better, but if we have to go through it at least I finally got some "stamp therapy".

Maximus North 7-4-14

For those of you who saw my Friday post, yes, we found out on the same day that Max's leg was broken and our friend's dog, Trixie, was going to be put to sleep the next day.  We had a tough decision to make, and it was tougher still because our friends were out of options for their beloved pet.   It's been an emotional week.  My head hurts, my back aches, my heart hurts and my soul is thankful, all at the same time.

For my Sew Saturday peeps- my plan was to show you an awesome finished top or two from the Jelly Roll Race our Quilt Guild was doing at Ruby Street Quiltworks on Friday.  Instead I picked up my dog from the vet and brought him home to take care of him.  My block is done for my ALYOF goal for August, but I will show that to you next week.  I'm sure you understand.

Last week did not go as planned, but it could have been so much worse.  Here's to a new week, filled with healing, stamping, sewing and perhaps some back-to-school shopping.  (along with Band Camp & Cross Country training for the high school boy)

Bunny visiting our backyard last week
Blessings to all of you.  Thank you for the prayers and kind words for our dog as well as our friends who lost their dog this week.  My blog readers and friends are the BEST!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Paw Prints On Our Heart ~ A Trixie Tribute

Trixie Waunch

Earlier this week our friends had to say goodbye to their beloved dog, Trixie.  I wanted to send them a special card to let them know we care and that their fur baby will be missed.  Here is the card I came up with.

The video below shows you how this card was made.  *Note* If you are reading this on an email or reader you may need to go to my blog to view the video.

The inside of the card coordinates with the outside of the card.

I made the first card off camera and the second one while videoing.   The boys have another friend with a dog that has cancer.  It's only a matter of time before we will need to send another pet sympathy card.  Poor kids.  Poor doggies.

Goodbye sweet Trixie.  The boys will miss you playing airsoft with them, jumping on the trampoline and being a part of all their home movies.  You have been a great friend to your human family.

Stamping Supplies
Stamps: Pawprints On Our Hearts (SSS)
Paper: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla/Whisper White, Misc. DSP (CM)
Ink: Soft Suede, Versamark
Accessories: Early Espresso Embossing Powder, Sweetheart Punch (SU), Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (SU), Linen Thread (SU), Stitched Rectangles (LID)

I'm linking up to the Pretty Pink Posh Cutting Edge Blog Hop.  Pretty Pink Posh has some FABULOUS stitched dies!  In fact, her new ones just got back in stock, so I need to place an order before they go out of stock again.  :)


Thursday, August 21, 2014

Raining Hearts

As promised, here is the card I did not use for my design team submission this week.  At first glance, it might appear "design team worthy" and honestly it might be.

My only problem with this card is I went a little too heart crazy.  :)  What was I thinking?!  Sometimes it's hard to know when enough is enough.  Afterwards it is easy to see I have gone too far.  That's not why I didn't enter it though.  It didn't fit the inspiration photo as well as the card I posted yesterday.

Stamping Supplies:
Stamps: Lots to Say (Reverse Confetti)
Ink: Tumbled Glass - Milled Lavender - Festive Berries - Shabby Shutters (Distress Inks), Versamark
Paper: Whisper White, So Saffron (SU)
Accessories: Heart Rainfall Die (SSS), Fancy Clouds Die (PoppyStamps), Wild Wasabi Embossing Powder (SU), Coastal Cabana Thick Baker's Twine (SU)