Thursday, October 16, 2014

Christmas is Coming

Just like you I hate going to the store and seeing Christmas lights on the same aisle as the Halloween candy. I like to celebrate my holidays one at at time, but us crafters have to work ahead a little bit if we want our projects done on time.

Stenciled Christmas-Mixed Font
Blue Christmas (Left)
Rainbow Christmas (Right)
That is what I have been doing for the past couple of weeks.  Catherine Pooler and Maureen Merritt invited me, along with several other designers, to join in their upcoming class. A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0  To say I was excited is an understatement.  We've actually been working on this class since last summer, but my creative juices really started flowing after the weather turned cold.  It's just hard for me to think of reindeer dashing through the snow when I'm outside baking in the hot sun pulling weeds.  Know what I mean?

Wishing You
If you are like me and you have been putting off working on your holiday cards, don't fear.   This class is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit and give a serious jumpstart to your creativity.  In fact I have been so inspired that I've made several cards that aren't even a part of that class.  I'll be sharing some of them on my blog and StampNation.

Holly Jolly

Class starts next week.  Wednesday for StampNation members and Thursday for everyone else.  How about I kick off my Holiday card series with a video on Monday?   Can you spot some of the trends I used on the card sneak peeks?

Blendabilities Bird

Let me know what you think the most popular trend is for Christmas cards this year.  Do you have a favorite among these sneak peeks?  Let me know that too and I will pick the most popular for my video on Monday.

P.S.  All of these sneak peeks were either inspired by the trends showcased in A Very Trendy Holiday 2.0 or were made for the class and weren't needed.  If these didn't make the cut, you know you will want to see the ones that did.   Did I mention we have an awesome line-up of designers?  So many samples to inspire you!  Thank you for being patient with me the past couple of weeks as I worked on this instead of posting daily cards.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hope You Can Cling To

October is breast cancer awareness month, a subject that is near and dear to my heart, as it is to so many of you.  Every woman on my dad's side of the family, over the age of 50 has had breast cancer.  Most of them have fought the battle and survived, which gives me hope.  My aunt fought cancer and went into remission.  She started feeling sick about 10 years later and ignored it.  By the time she went to the doctor her cancer had come back and quickly spread through her body.  She passed soon after.  

My hope is that a cure for cancer will be found soon!  In the meantime, be sure to get your yearly exams and have every lump checked.  Early detection is key and it might just put your mind at ease to find out your cyst is benign.  If not, then girlfriend, we are in this fight together.  Just today I said a prayer for you for strength to make it through the day and healing for your tomorrows.


Chiatali created a wonderful stamp set for Breast Cancer Awareness in honor of her mother who was recently diagnosed. I will be ordering this stamp set soon.  In the meantime, you can check it out, read her story and hop along with her blog hop here.

My card colors came from last week's Colour Q challenge.

The current inspiration at The Cutting Edge Challenge is a card with an adorable airplane in the sky.  My card design is similar, with the wreath of hope at the top of the card, gaps in the die cut to see the background paper behind it and lots of "white space".  (or pink space, in my case)

Last, but not least, is the hope you can cling to month long challenges at Splitcoast Stampers.  This card fits at least 3 categories.  Missing element (the hole in the wreath), Holding It Together (I used a safety pin to stick my ribbon onto the wreath), and Chicks Stick Together (I used silver ink to ink up the word friend on the background stamp).

Stamps: Defining Words (Wplus9), Fight Like A Girl (A*Muse Studio), Woodland Wreaths (Wplus9)
Ink: Pink Pirouette (SU), Black Onyx (Versamark), Silver Shimmer Delicata (Tsukineko)
Paper: Pink Pirouette, Basic Black, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Woodland Wreath Die (Wplus9), Pink Pirouette Taffeta Ribbon (SU), Basic Rhinestones (SU)

Monday, October 13, 2014

Merry Monday with Stampin' Celebration

This week at Stampin' Celebration Challenge we have a sketch for you!

It's time for me to get serious about making Christmas cards, so I pulled out this new set, White Christmas from Stampin' UP!, to get my mojo flowing.  To add just a bit of color to my snow white scene I pulled out my blendabilities.

Head on over to the Stampin' Celebration blog to see how the rest of the design team did, and to welcome our newest design team member.  Then, be sure to enter your own creation into the challenge.

Stamps: White Christmas (SU)
Ink: London Fog & Tuxedo Black(Memento), Coastal Cabana & Pumpkin Pie & Rich Razzleberry Blendabilities (SU)
Paper: All is Calm DSP (SU), Smoky Slate & Whisper White Cardstock (SU)
Accessories: All is Calm Washi Tape (SU), Circles Framelits (SU)

White ChristmasClear Photoplolymer
All is Calm Washi Tape

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Sew Sunday ~ ALYOF

October is a great month for quilting.  As the weather gets cold it is nice to stay warm under a soft quilt.   My ALYOF goal for this month is to finish  my Michael Miller MQG challenge quilt.  All that is left is the binding.  Last Wednesday I chose my fabric thanks to help from a few of my guild mates.  I was planning on using yellow or the lighter orange, but that is not what I ended up with.

Orange is not a color I am drawn to, but it was the perfect choice for this fabric.  As you can see I also had to buy some orange thread because I own none. Today I will cut the binding into strips, sew them together and machine sew it to the front of my quilt.  For the rest of the month I will hand sew the binding to the back of my quilt.  I'm so happy it is finally cool enough in the mornings and evenings to snuggle under a quilt and sew.

I've also put together the 3rd block for my Holiday Chic quilt and will be working on appliquing the pieces after I finish the binding.  While my husband watches TV at night I have to keep my hands busy.  :)

If our guild puts up the instructions for a block of the month I will hopefully get that done by the end of the month.  We meet the first Wednesday of the month, so I have a little play room there.  Speaking of the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild, at our last meeting we did a pincushion exchange.  Here is the pincushion I made.

I filled the mason jar with some bright buttons from Stampin' UP! and an empty spool from Pretty Pink Posh.  The stretch ribbon also came from my Stampin' UP! stash.  I love it when my two hobbies collide and make something wonderful! This was so easy to make that I am thinking about doing a video tutorial for you.  Let me know if that is something you would be interested in.  ;)

My last 2 goals are to quilt the Christmas Jelly Roll Race quilt and to decide which quilt to piece next.  Perhaps I should get back to work on my star quilt I abandoned last year.  Or, I could finish off the rest of the Jelly Roll and piece the pink/teal/purple strips.   Then again, I did get some super cute Christmas themed charm packs that are begging to be made into a quilt before the holidays are upon us.   It's funny how big I dream at the beginning of the month and how I struggle to just finish the first thing on my sewing list at the end.

October Goals

Saturday, October 4, 2014

World Card Making Day

Happy World Card Making Day to you!  Are you spending the weekend crafting?  To be honest, I haven't made a card all weekend, but I have been inspired by all the cards up at StampNation and around blog land.

At StampNation we started the celebration  yesterday when WCMD first hit the globe and we are traveling to 12 iconic destinations as WCMD hits around the world.  Fun, right?  I have 3 exclusive videos up for members and cards made for 4 of the challenges.  As a design team member, I'm not eligible to win one of the fabulous prizes, but YOU ARE!  Here is the long list of sponsors giving away prizes just for making a card and uploading it to one of our challenges...  

This event is exclusive to StampNation members!
You WILL want to join in the fun.

There are also a couple of coupon codes, so be sure to check out the sponsor page before you shop.  ;)  Would you like to see a sneak peek of my cards? The first 3 have videos up in the Classroom forum.

How are you spending World Card Making Day?  As soon as I finish my next blog post I will be doing some Copic coloring and avoiding making dinner.  :)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

World Card Making Day is Coming!

Did you know there is a day each year set aside just for cardmaking?  I knew National Scrapbook Day is the first Saturday in May, but when I became a card maker I heard that the first Saturday in October is World Card Making Day.  (or WCMD for short)

You will find lots of celebrations in blog land.  Over at StampNation we are planning an awesome party to celebrate.  We will be starting at 8am EST on October 3rd when WCMD officially hits earth and traveling around the globe until Sunday morning when it last reaches our planet.  Pretty fun, huh?  Along the way we will be stopping at some of the 24 countries represented by StampNation members.

Oh, and did I forget to mention, there will be prizes and discount shopping codes?  What could be more fun than spending the weekend making cards, shopping and possibly winning a new stampy goody?  I'm in!  (ok, so I can't win any prizes, but I can sure shop with the discount. ;)

Here is a sneak peek of just a handful of the inspiration coming your way from the dream team and guests.

Are you inspired already?  I know I am!   I hope you will be joining us at StampNation, or at least take some time this weekend to make a card.  If you are not yet and member and want to participate you can do so by joining now.  Clicky.

If you are curious about StampNation and want to learn more, Clicky.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Unique Blog Hop

My dear friend Kristie asked me if I wanted to take part in a unique blog hop.  Of course I said yes.  Thanks for thinking of me Kristie!

1. What am I working on?
Right now I am working on videos/card for a Holiday Class coming up in late October as well as cards for World Card Making Day this weekend.  StampNation will be rocking their challenges around the clock.

2. How does my work differ from others of its genre?
There are 2 differences between me and the "typical stamper".  First, I didn't get my start in cardmaking.  Instead I got my start in scrapbooking.  Not only that, but I was a TERRIBLE cardmaker for years.  About 10 years ago I completely gave up and resigned myself to the fact that I would never be able to make cards that anyone other than my family would like.  Something finally clicked about 3 years ago and now I can't stop playing with my card supplies.

The second thing that sets me apart is that I am also a quilter.  I know I am not the only one out there, but most people are paper crafters or sewers, not both.  I try to reserve weekends on my blog for sewing, scrapbooking and other personal pursuits since cardmaking is now my job.

3. Why do I write/create what I do?
For others.  I want to bring them the same joy when they open their mailbox as I get from mine when there is a card instead of a bill.  Now that I have been on the receiving end of some gorgeous handmade cards I understand just how much love can be felt by the receiver of my cards.

As for teaching others, I do it because I was told I wasn't creative nor artistic as a child/young adult.  I can't draw, I can't paint beautiful landscapes and I haven't had any formal art training.  Since discovering the joy of creativity and how it has enriched my life I have wanted to share that blessing with others.  Any time I figure out a new technique or find a new tool I want to share it so you can try it too!

4. How does your writing/creative process work?
I pull creativity from several different sources and I never stop learning.   Last night was an example of that.  As I was finishing mowing the lawn I turned the corner and saw the most amazing sunset.  The way the light of the sun hit the clouds and washed the sky in colors of blush, peach and ocean blue instantly made me want to grab my camera for a picture and then my watercolor brush and white paint to make a card.  I circled the tree with my lawn mower and wished there was fabric in that design so I could make a bag to match a whole cloth quilt.

Once I have my inspiration I start thinking of ways I can translate that into a card, quilt or layout.  I look for colors, design, etc. to fit into the feeling or look of my inspiration piece.  If all else fails I look for a sketch.  I LOVE sketches and use them often as a jumping off point.

Now I get to nominate 2 people to keep this blog hop going.

First up is my dear friend and Stampin' UP! upline, Joan Robertson, of Joan's Daily Stampede.   Joan's Step It Up Saturday series taught me soooooooooooo much about the creative design process.  Without her help I would not be where I am today in my cardmaking.

Next I want to invite YOU to participate!!!!  This hop has been going around for awhile and many of you have already participated, but not all of you.  If you have not yet played along with this blog hop I invite you to answer these questions on your blog, ask 2 people to carry on and leave a link here so others can see your post.  (including me!)

Monday, September 29, 2014

Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

***If you are looking for the Stampin' Celebration Challenge post click here or continue to scroll down.

Today is a fun day in blog land.  Chaitali has joined forces with some amazing sponsors to offer us prizes and gifts.   (As if having a cup of coffee with hundreds of your online friends wasn't enough.)  I'm predicting this will be a BIG one that you won't want to miss out on.

I enjoy a little coffee with my chocolate and flavored cream.  :)  My husband teases me asking if there is even any coffee in my drink.  Fresh ground coffee is one of my favorite smells.  There is a comfort in its rich aroma.  Here is my "ode to coffee" no matter what style of coffee you prefer.

If you saw my Friday post, then you probably recognize the sketch I used from Freshly Made Sketches.   This one is a keeper!

Stamping Supplies:
Stamps: Perfect Blend (SU), Gorgeous Grunge (SU)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, Soft Suede (SU)
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Retired DSP (SU), Rich Razzleberry, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Accessories: Chevron Embossing Folder (SU), Embellished Tag (Mama Elephant), Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon (SU)

Blessings of Fall ~ Stampin' Celebration

Stampin' Celebration has moved to an every-other-week format, so I have a new challenge for you up a few days earlier than usual.  :)  This challenge is sure to get you in the mood for making fall cards, or at least using some of the lovely autumn colors.


This is my favorite time of year!  I love the long shadows of the sun, the cool crisp mornings and evenings, the amazing display of colors and the warm blankies on a rainy day.   Bring on fall!

My card was created by masking off a rectangle using post it note tape.  I started sponging with my lightest color on the right and moved left with darker colors.  Then I pulled out my long neglected Lovely As A Tree stamps set and inked it up in Early Espresso.  The finishing touch was to wrap some linen thread around the bottom.  You should have seen me debating between using my burlap ribbon and linen thread.  It is so hard to choose when both options look great.

I hope you will join us for this fall themed challenge.  Be sure to check out the website and see what the other amazing designers have come up with.

Stamps: Lovely As A Tree (Stampin' UP!), Fall Foliage (My Favorite Things)
Paper: Early Espresso, Scrap of DSP, Very Vanilla
SU Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Hello Honey, So Saffron, Tangelo Twist
Accessories: Linen Thread

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Sew Sunday ~ ALYOF

September is almost over and that means 2 things.  One, my mom's birthday.  HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOM! and 2 it's time to link up with my September finish on A Lovely Year of Finishes.

First up is a sneak peek of mom's card. I can't share the entire card with you, because she doesn't have it in her hands yet and it's for one of the StampNation challenges for World Card Making Day.

This is one of my all time favorite cards.  I've always wished I could watercolor like my great aunt Rosie and my mom's dear friend Ginny.  Unfortunately I did not get the drawing/artistic painting gene.  Thanks to stamps and water based ink though I was able to create a watercolor look that I am proud to send to my mama.

My main goal for September was to finish the backing for my Michael Miller challenge quilt.  I'm happy to report I did finish it!  YAY!  Now on to the quilting so I can get to my favorite part, sewing on the binding.

My second goal for September was to finish sewing on the binding for the Modern Metallic challenge quilt.  That goal was finished early in the month.  I didn't get to the last 2 goals I had.  Instead I made a snuggle blanket for my husband to keep his tootsies warm on these cold fall nights.  

Thank you Shanna and Melissa for having these monthly goals.  It helps me feel like I am truly accomplishing something each month even though my list of to-dos keeps growing on the other side.