Wednesday, April 15, 2015

MISTI is in da House!

Have you heard about the latest craze in stamping?  It's called the MISTI, which I believe stands for Most Incredible Stamping Tool Invented.  I fully admit to being a skeptic.  I've tried several different things to get perfect alignment and haven't found anything even close to perfect, especially if I need to re-stamp an image.


This tool has been getting rave reviews from stampers who have tried it, so it did intrigue me.  I have to be honest though, I was not planning on purchasing it myself.  It's an expensive tool and I just wasn't sure it would work for me.   Boy, was I wrong!

Illiana from My Sweet Petunia asked to sponsor the upcoming StampNation Virtual Retreat, coming next week.  She sent each of the design team members their very own MISTI!  Last weekend I finally got a chance to play with mine and I think I am in love!  <3

Clear photopolymer stamps changed stamping for me and made it easier to get good alignment, but it still wasn't perfect.  I think I have reached stamping perfection nirvana.  awe...bliss....  <3   I'm so excited to show you a video using the new MISTI.  In the video I explain why I wasn't able to play with it sooner along with some of my first impressions and sneak peeks for the upcoming Virtual Retreat.

Stampin' UP! Supplies
Stamps: Lotus Blossom (Stampin' UP!)
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum, Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, Versamark
Paper: Whisper White
Accessories: Irridescent Ice Embossing Powder, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits

Monday, April 13, 2015

Daffodil Delight ~ Stampin' Celebration

Spring is in the air over at the Stampin' Celebration Challenge.   The new challenge is a photo collage of Springtime yellows and greens.


Here is my card using my new MISTI.   It's so much easier for me to use than the stamp-a-majig.  I think I'm in love with this tool.  To make it a shaker card I added seed beads and sequins behind the clear film.  The beads add a fun sound to my shaker card.  I think I'll be adding them to all future shaker cards.

Stamps: Painted Petals (SU)
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Pacific Point, Pistachio Pudding (SU)
Paper: Whisper White (SU)
Accessories:  MISTI (MySweetPetunia); Springtime Mix Sequins, Silver Shimmer Beads, Stitched Banner Duos (Pretty Pink Posh)

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

New Beginnings

This is a card I made back in winter when Whimsy Stamps was a sponsor for StampNation.  It turned out so "Springy" that I decided to save it and show it to you in April.  I can't find my supply list, but I can tell you it is colored with Copics and I used a sketch.

It just so happens that this card is perfect for 2 challenges this week.   CASology is welcoming a new sweet baby boy and he instantly made me think of this cutie card.   Welcome baby boy James!  Congratulations Gillian and family!

Announcing Baby Boy

The second challenge is Curtain Call.  The soft Spring colors seemed to go perfectly with the colors of my card, don't you think?  Here's to new beginnings, Spring colors and baby news!

Even though I no longer have the specific color names of the Copics I used, I can tell you my card was based on a sketch over at StampNation created by Ally.  StampNation members can see that sketch here.   This week the challenge at StampNation is all about sketches.  Pick your favorite SN Sketch and use it to create a card.  You all know how much I love sketches!   Here is a sneak peek of my card.

Now I am off to do my least favorite outside chore, pulling weeds.  It's the reason Spring will never be my favorite season.  The menfolk in my house claim that they can't tell the difference between weeds and flowers, so I am stuck pulling them out of my many flower beds.  Sneaky boys!  What is your least favorite Springtime chore?  Perhaps we can trade.  ;)

Monday, April 6, 2015

Free Shipping

Stampin' UP! is offering free shipping this week, starting today and running through April 10, 2015!!!!  Time to stock up on your basic supplies and get a few things off your wish list without having to pay for shipping.  

Be sure to check out the New Arrivals and Weekly Deals.   Weekly specials come out on Tuesdays so jump on the current special today and order the new one tomorrow without paying double shipping.  Hooray!

Clicky to go shopping now, or click on the Shop 24/7 button at the top of my blog page.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Sew Saturday ~ April Goals

April is one of the busiest months of the year for us.  Mostly because baseball season is in full swing and the yard needs lots of attention after being left alone all winter.  For that reason I am choosing an easy "must do" goal for April's A Lovely Year of Finishes, with Shanna & Melissa.

A Lovely Year of Finishes
April Goals

My goal is to attach the binding and add a label to my Arts Walk challenge quilt for the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild.  Arts Walk 2015 is taking place later this month in Olympia, WA and our guild will have their challenge quilts proudly on display at Canvas Works.  The rules of the challenge were to use a the challenge fabric and solids only.  We were able to choose between 3 or 4 colorways.  

Flying Geese

This quilt did not turn out at all the way I planned it.  I ran out of the challenge fabric early, but didn't make it back up to Canvas Works to buy more before they sold out.  So, I had to change around my design to make it work with what I had on hand.  (a fat quarter)  I also ran into difficulties finding the turquoise color in solid.  I ended up finding some fat quarters of a seafoam green that worked.  Yes, fat quarters to sew the entire frame border of this quilt.  

After the top was assembled I got my hands on more challenge fabric, so I am using it for the binding.  Hopefully I will like the quilt more once the binding is on.  If not, I hope that person I give it to will like it.  

My favorite part is hand tacking the binding.  :)

In other news, the top is completed on my broken herringbone quilt, and there is a picture to share!  I have no idea "how" I'm going to quilt this.  I was really hoping some of our guild members would have theirs quilted before our meeting this week so I could get some ideas.  Sadly nobody did.  I added a 2" or 2 1/2" border around the entire quilt and plan to cut it down to 1" to match the size of the sashing, but I wanted a little bit of play room.   Violet Craft told us to be careful with the quilting of these quilts because of all the bias in the design.  

My secondary goal this month is to sew a couple of pillowcases for a charity project our guild is working on.  I found some cute fabric scraps from PJs and quilts I had sewn for my boys when they were little.  I'm so happy to be giving them a new home with a child in need.  What is your April goal?

Friday, April 3, 2015

Perfect Blend

Happy Good Friday to you!  This week has been a super busy one.  My son has had minimum days all week, which should mean more time in our schedule, but the opposite is true.  He's had baseball practice and games for the 2 teams he's involved with, student led conferences, and I've had work, quilt guild and creative deadlines.  On Tuesday alone I made 6 round trips from my house to some activity for my son.  Plus, we have discovered a leak in our floor, but can't figure out where it's coming from.  Oh joy!

I need some serious craft time and nap time to recover.  :)  Next week is Spring break.  Hopefully life can calm down for just a bit.  Sorry I haven't been posting cards all week.  I'm making it up to you with a card, video and 2 sneak peeks.  ;)

First the sneak peek of the "punny" challenge at StampNation that started on April Fool's Day.

You have got to check out what the others have created for this fun challenge!  StampNation members can see it here.  Clicky

My second sneak peek is a card I made exclusively for the StampNation classroom, inspired by member Tink.  She asked what she could do with all the extra paper bags her grocery store gave her.  I answered that question with this card.

After I filmed the exclusive video for StampNation, I kept the camera rolling and filmed a second video for YOU!  :)

Stamps: Perfect Blend (SU)
Ink: Early Espresso (SU)
Paper: Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Whisper White (SU); Grocery Bag (Fred Meyer)
Accessories: Bitty Butterfly Punch, Hearts Border Punch (SU); Coffee Cup Die Set (Whimsy)

After the camera stopped rolling on this card, I recycled more brown paper to work on a 3rd card.  This one I have to keep under cover until our new class comes out in the Creativity Grows Here classroom, but I'll give you a sneak peek.

It's amazing what an hour in the stamp room and a little bit of inspiration can do!  What is your favorite use for the bags you bring home from the store?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Sew Sunday ~ ALYOF

A Lovely Year of Finishes
March Link-Up

I'm so glad I made this my goal for ALYOF.  It's been sitting in my UFO pile for over a year.

My March goal was to complete my quilted name tag for the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild meetings.  This "name tag" is rather large, but it is finished.  Perhaps I will make a smaller, more manageable nametag in the future, but for now I have one finished.  :)

The small block comes from my shooting star quilt.  It was great practicing the quilting for this block.  I was playing around with idea of having lines coming out from the main star, but I wasn't sure I would like it.  Practicing on this small piece gives me an idea of how I want to quilt the entire quilt, if I ever finish that one.  One day it will end up as a goal for ALYOF.

Here are my finished blocks for the Holiday Chic quilt along.  I decided to lay them all out on my quilt wall and I'm pleased with the progress.

In other quilting news for March, I finished my Broken Herringbone top and my Arts Walk top.  No pictures though, sorry.  I'm hoping to get some pictures at our next guild meeting and share them with you next week.

Friday, March 27, 2015

My Son's Birthday

My baby boy is no longer a baby, but as any mother can tell you, he will always be my baby.  :)  Until he gives me grandchildren, but we have several years before that happens.  His 15th birthday was last month and all he wanted was a quiet weekend at home, money and a cake.  :)  You just have to love teenagers.

He loves music, so I pulled out some paper with sheet music on it, and distressed/tore/folded the edges to give it a worn look.  I layered it on a dark piece of cardstock and then used a Very Vanilla base.  Michael loved the little bronze paper clips.   To add even more texture to the card I stamped my sentiment onto a piece of Linen Ribbon, then inked it to age it.

Stamps: Boy Basics Game On (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Tea Die, Antique Linen (Distress); Chocolate Chip (SU)
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Epic Day DSP, Modern Medley DSP (SU); Black Sparkly Paper (???)
Accessories: Banners Framelits, Distress Tool, Mini Library Clips, Natural Cotton Ribbon (SU); Flourish Die Cut (Cricut)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Sweet Paisley Cookies

There is a new challenge at StampNation this week based on a sweet paisley cookies photo.  Check out this sneak peek of how the design team was inspired.

Challenge #164

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Happy Mail

When I was a little girl I had a pen-pal.  Her grandma lived next door to us, in California, but she lived in Florida.  We would write to each other and include stickers with each letter.  My love for "Happy Mail" came way back then.  I remember checking the mailbox each day after I sent me letter on to see if she had sent one back.

Nowadays my mailbox is more likely to be filled with bills, flyers, ads or political propaganda.   I don't race to the mailbox everyday, instead I force myself to stop at the mailbox before pulling in our driveway.  Some days though there is a great surprise and I rip into some happy mail.  It fills me with just as much, if not more, joy today as it did when I was 9 or 10 years old.

I thought I would share some of my recent happy mail with you and encourage you to send a card to a friend this week.

First up is my dear friend, Debbie.  She sent me this lovely quitled heart card for Valentine's Day.  <3  Isn't she the sweetest?  Those are really stitches and thread my friends.  She put  a lot of time and love into this card and it made me tear up a little as well smile.  It matches my home decor so it sits on a shelf in my entryway, when it is not in the window having its picture taken, even though it is now March.

Debbie Tester
aka Inky Fingers

The next card amazes me.  When I joined Stampin' UP! as a demonstrator there were so many options of who to sign up with. I chose Joan Robertson because I had learned so much through her online card clubs and also because her upline was Dawn Griffith.  I'll admit to being a little starry eyed.  I never imagined that I would one day get a card from The Glitter Queen herself.  Thanks to my customers and the customers that have come to me through Catherine Pooler, I have reached the top 5 in sales on her team several times and received happy mail from her.  The card below is one of them, and it inspired my card for the 100th Stampin' Celebration Challenge.

Dawn Griffith
Allison's card was extreme happy mail.  She blew me away when I opened my mailbox and I literally cried.  Ally is on the dream team at StampNation and she is crazy talented with Copic markers.  At first glance I thought she had used patterned paper, but she didn't.  Each flower and dot and shade of color on the front panel was put there with her talented hands.  It's like having a little work of art to greet me on my desk each morning.  What blew me away though was the thoughtful message inside.  She blessed my socks off with just a few words of kindness and appreciation.  <3