Monday, October 12, 2015

Sparkle & Shine for SOA

Are you loving the samples so far of the soon to be released Holiday Magic Collection?  This is only the tip of the iceberg.  From this one box I have made a dozen card already and each one is unique.  Today I'm featuring the fabulous Funky Flakes Fri-Dies from CAS*ual Fridays Stamps for Catherine Pooler's Stamp of Approval.

Did you know that each collection comes with a PDF that has instructions on how to make all these cards being featured this week plus some exclusive projects not seen anywhere else?    I've seen samples of some of the cards included in this PDF, and let me tell you it is inspiring!

Come back tomorrow to see me use the collection in a traditional red & green Christmas card.  In  the meantime, check out these sneak peeks from other members.

Catherine Pooler

Stamps: Bright Baubles (Neat & Tangled for Stamp of Approval)
Ink: Peacock Feathers, Salty Ocean (Distress); Tuxedo Black
Paper: Marshmallow (Bazzill)
Accessories: Funky Flakes Fri-Dies (CAS*ual Fridays Stamps for SOA)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

SOA Holiday Magic Release Week

The first Stamp of Approval collection was a smashing success.  In fact, the inventory sold out in less than 2 hours!  We are expecting the second collection to go almost as quickly.  Be sure to get on the wait list CLICKY so you can be notified as soon as ordering opens.

All this week the design team for Stamp of Approval will be featuring cards on their blog using product from the collection.  My first card uses little baubles from the stamp set designed by Neat & Tangled for a quick, one-layer, easy to mail card. 

Check out the sneak peeks from some of the other designers by clicking their names below.

Kay Miller
Lisa Harrolle
Allison Cope

Stamps: Bright Baubles (Neat & Tangled for SOA)
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Cucumber Crush, Real Red (Stampin' Up!); Onyx Black (Versafine)
Paper: Marshmallow (Bazzill); Cherry Cobbler & Gold Glimmer Paper (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder (SU); Little Bits Dies (Neat & Tangled for SOA)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sew Saturday ~ September Guild Haul

Did you catch the title of this post?  Yes, I am THAT far behind in my Sew Saturday posts.  Last month was a fruitful one for me.  First off we had our pillow swap.  A couple of months ago I filled out a form with questions like:

  • What is your favorite fabric line
  • Who is your favorite fabric designer
  • What are your favorite colors
  • Which are your least favorite colors
We then exchanged passed them in and they handed us somebody else's questionaire so we could make them a pillow.   First up is the pillow I made for fellow guildee, Kara.  At  one of our guild meetings I asked her to point out some of her favorite fabrics, so I could get a better sense of what she would like.  I had a pattern in head that I wanted to try, and I needed a little more inspiration on fabric choices.  My phone came in very handy here!

She tends to like the more earthy colors while I tend to gravitate towards brights and regals.  I'm so glad I asked her to show me which fabrics she really loved, because I would have chosen different colors than I did.  She loves Navy, so I had to include that, but our store didn't have any navy cotton & steel fabrics left, so I went searching through the store and found the perfect match.  At least, I hope she thinks so.  Here is my finished pillow for Kara.

It didn't quite turn out the way I envisioned it in my head, but it still turned out pretty darn cute.  Inspiration struck when I decided to add wooden Stampin' Up! buttons to the back of the pillow for decoration.  I think the back side is actually my favorite side.  See below.

Since it was a swap, I also got a pillow.  Mine however is purple!  <3  Check out the totally modern pillow Patti made for me.  She did such a fabulous job!  It's so soft and squishy.  :)  It has a place of honor in my sewing chair. The picture below shows Melissa holding it up for me at our guild meeting so I could take a picture.  If you would like to see more of our swaps, clicky to check out the South Sound Modern Quilt Guild blog.

We have door prizes at just about every guild meeting.  Last month was no exception.  Some of our members attended the Pacific North West meet-up and brought back a bag overflowing with goodies to give away.  Can you believe it?  I WON!  It is my first time winning anything at our meetings in 2 years.  Woot-Woot!  I didn't even buy extra tickets for this giveaway.  

Did I mention this is a haul post?  I walked away with one more set of goodies from sweet Jyll.  She custom made me some embroidered labels for me to put on the back of my quilts.  Isn't she the sweetest?  I almost just want to frame them and hang them on the wall in my quilt room, but I will use them on my quilts instead. 

Friday, October 9, 2015

Pink Friday for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

All this month I am going pink on Fridays to raise awareness for Breast Cancer and to support my sistahs facing this disease.  My hope is that not one more sister, aunt, cousin, mother, grandmother, neighbor or friend lose their life.  Early detection really is key.  One of my goals this month is to start the conversation and dispel some myths and fears that might keep us from getting checked out.

Myth:  If you have a family history of breast cancer you are more likely to get cancer yourself.

FACT: True & False  If you have a family history it can increase your risk slightly, but statistically only 10% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have a family history of it.  That means 90% of women diagnosed with breast cancer have no immediate family history.

Myth: If you have the BRCA 1 or 2 gene you are guaranteed to get cancer.

FACT: False!  It means you have a slightly increased risk of getting the deadly disease, but it is not a one way ticket.  It is just another risk factor.  This is one of many reasons it is so important to talk to your doctor about your personal set of circumstances.  

Want to learn more?  Here is one of my sources for this information.

I'm not a doctor, I'm just a blogger and fellow sister trying to wade my way through the information that is out there.  Please seek medical advice if you have any questions.  I know this is a sensitive topic that is difficult to talk about, but it just might save your life.


My Pink Friday card comes from a retired Stampin' Up! stamp set that I can't part with until I find a comparable one to replace it.  This card was made with a friend in mind who is currently battling breast cancer.  She will beat this thing, but I want to encourage her along the way.

When I was looking for inspiration for this week's "Go Pink" feature card I came across another great sketch from CAS(E) this sketch.  I moved the entire image up to the top instead of keeping everything centered, but I think it still works. Click on the image below to see all the wonderful design team and fellow blogger samples.  


If I can leave you with a final thought, it is this; do not let fear keep you from seeking answers.  Early detection is key and finding out the truth is empowering, if frightening.  Thank you for being a part of my journey this month.

Supply List:
Stamps: Strength & Hope (Stampin' Up!)
Ink: Sahara Sand (Stampin' Up!) Soft Blossom (Hero Arts) Versamark
Paper: Whisper White (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Blueprints 20 Dies (My Favorite Things) 1" Square & Postage Punches (Stampin' Up!) Metallic Platinum Sparkle Embossing Glitter (WOW!) Little Bits dies (Neat & Tangled for Stamp of Approval Holiday Magic Collection)

Thursday, October 8, 2015

Happy Fall, Y'all ~ SC113

Fall is finally here!   Autumn is my favorite time of year.  I love those cool crisp mornings and evenings, the long shadows in the afternoon and the spectacular show of colors on every leaf.  Yes, Fall is my favorite season and today's card reflect that.

A few weeks ago I showed you my first card using the September sketch at Stampin' Celebration challenge. Clicky to see that card.  I could just do one, so here is another one.


I made a video show how I created both cards.  Check it out below.

Stamps: Vintage Leaves, One Big Meaning
Ink: Versamark, Golden Glitz Delicata, Tip Top Taupe, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Blackberry Bliss, Cherry Cobbler, Watermelon Wonder
Paper: Very Vanilla, Watercolor
Accessories: 2 way Glue Pen, Circles Framelits, Vintage Leaves Framelits, Sponge Dauber, Sponge, Gold Embossing Powder, Aquapainter

Vintage Leaves Photopolymer Bundle by Stampin' Up!
Vintage Leaves Bundle
One Big Meaning Clear-Mount Stamp Set by Stampin' Up!
One Big Meaning

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Merry Tuesday (x3)

When it comes to stores putting out Christmas decorations in August and September I am vehemently opposed, but as crafters we need a little extra time to make our projects so they will be on time for Christmas.  It was only October 3rd when I saw this monstrosity at Lowe's.  <shake my head>  Told DH NO!!!! That's just wrong in any season! Although, it might be a fun gift for my father in law.  lol  He loves fishing...

Big Bass Santa
 Now that we are in October, you will likely see Christmas cards from me a couple of times a week, at least, as I work to get all my cards made.  Today I'm super inspired by the Merry Monday challenges and have 3 cards to show you.  :)


First is this card I made for last week's Merry Monday Challenge: Rainbow Christmas.  I used the Stitched Alphabet Upper stamp set from Whimsy stamps and colored each letter in using my Zig Clean Color Real Brush markers.  Next I took my Wink of Stella glitter pen and smoothed them out.  Sorry the camera didn't pick up the sparkles.  I'm having a "throw your camera out the window in frustration" type of day. 

If you look closely at the top of my card you will also see a sneak peek of the soon to be released Stamp of Approval: Holiday Magic collection.  I just love the little star banners that come in the Scenery: Holiday Trimmings set from Winnie & Walter.  <3

Stamps: Scenery: Holiday Trimmings (Winnie & Walter for SOA); Stitched Alphabet Upper (Whimsy Stamps)
Ink: 32, 22, 52, 50, 40 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Markers); Onyx Black (Versafine); Golden Glitz, Silvery Shimmer (Delicata)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White Thick, Red Foil (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Merry & Bright Die (Essentials by Ellen); Clear Embossing Powder (SU); MISTI; Black & White Twine (Doodlebug)

If you check out the challenge blog you will see I was completely inspired by Kristie's card.  She was working on this card when we were together last week at a StampNation Design Team retreat.  I should have paid more attention to what she was doing, because then I would have known she embossed her image to get it a bright white.  Anyway, I was in my stamp room yesterday and decided to pull out my Heartfelt Holiday stamp set and make 2 cards.  One with Crumb Cake cardstock and the other with white.  

As I was trying to stamp the hearts inside the mugs on the Kraft card I made a little boo-boo.  To cover it up I decided to try out the tiny heart in the Little Bits die collection from Neat & Tangled (also in the SOA: Holiday Magic Collection)  They fit perfectly!  How cool is that?  Whenever I cut out those little bits I save the extras, and since the gold hearts were also sitting on my table I decided to add them to the card. Hopefully my card isn't too much of a CASE of Kristie.  It's difficult to make the same images look different when you are working in the same color pallet.  

Stamps: Heartfelt Holiday (Wplus9); Lovely Snowflake (CAS*ual Fridays Stamps)
Ink: Crumb Cake, Real Red (Stampin' Up!); White (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Gold Glimmer Paper, Red Foil Paper, Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Little Bits (Neat & Tangled for SOA); Stitched Square Frames (My Favorite Things)

Monday, October 5, 2015

A Happy Hello ~ Stampin' Celebration 114

Check out this collage.  Isn't it a fabulous color combination for fall?  Adding bright blues to the traditional oranges and browns really brightens everything up.

I was inspired by the colors, flowers and dots that jumped out at me from the pictures.  I also gave a nod to the gifts by packaging up my sentiment in a fun square.

Join us over at Stampin' Celebration and see what the rest of the design team has come up with.  They will knock your socks off!  Then be sure to show us how you were inspired.  The challenge runs for 2 weeks, so you have plenty of time to play along. 

Stamps: Tin of Cards
Ink: Pacific Point
Paper: 2015-1017 In Color DSP Stack, Pacific Point, Whisper White Thick
Accessories: Candy Dots: Brights, Square Framelits

Brights Candy Dots by Stampin' Up!
Candy Dots: Brights

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Sew Sunday ~ ALYOF Goals

Quick post for this late Sunday night, but I promise to share more with you this month.  In September I only had one sewing project, I think.  That is because I only had time to work on my super secret sewing projects.  ;)  Now that 2 out of the 3 projects have been given away I can share them with you.  (as soon as I download them to my computer)

October Goals

Last month I did not make my A Lovely Year of Finishes goal.  This month I am making it super simple.  A project that MUST be done by next Wednesday.  I've bought the fabric & zipper, but need to actually make it into a bag.   We are doing a bag swap at our next guild meeting.  If I don't make the bag I will not be able to participate in the swap.  Double motivation.

Sorry, it's not the best picture, but at least one of these fabrics will be the main print of my bag and 1 or 2 others will be the accent/lining.  I don't want to give too much away in case one of my fellow guildees is reading.  ;)

Be sure to link up your sewing goals with Shanna & Melissa.  Clicky   It's always good to challenge ourselves.

WCMD Winner Post!

Congratulations to Sandy Berl!   You have won a free one month subscription to StampNation for commenting on my blog post on Monday.  I have sent your information on to Catherine Pooler.  You will be getting an email from her soon.

World Card Making Day is over, but the fun isn't.  Challenges at StampNation never close, so you can continue to participate all month long.  To be eligible for prizes though, you must submit your projects by October 16th.

Congratulations again Sandy!  See you in the forums.

Saturday, October 3, 2015


Can you tell I'm a teensy bit excited?  I love days dedicated to the crafts I love.  It's like a guilt free holiday to spend the day creating.  What could be better?  Over at StampNation we are having a blast with the pattern play challenges.  We are going around the globe visiting 10 of the different countries represented by some of our StampNation members.  Each country has a unique fabric/pattern that is identified with that country.  (The quilter in me is doubly excited about creating for these challenges)  For example, we found bandannas at our first stop in the USA.   Just wait until you see what our members came up with using bandannas as an inspiration.

As an extra special bonus Catherine Pooler has given me a ONE MONTH STAMPNATION subscribtion to GIVE AWAY!!!  All you have to do is leave me a comment on this blog post letting me know if you are doing any crafting on the World Card Making Day.  Woot Woot!  You have 24 hours to leave a response, so comment NOW!  :)  Be sure to leave me a way to contact you, so you can quickly take advantages of all that our sponsors are offering.

Now, how about some sneak peeks of my cards being posted exclusively over on StampNation today.  If you are a StampNation member, click on the picture to take you to the challenge if it is live.  

Japan - Kimono
Stamps: Stitched Alphabet Upper (Whimsy Stamps), Wild Peonies (The Ton)
Ink: Mint Macaron (Stampin' Up!), Bubble Gum Mid Tone (Hero Arts), Black (Staz-On), 26, 25, 81 (Zig Clean Color Real Brush Market)
Paper: Whisper White Thick, Basic Black (Stampin' Up!)
Accessories: Gold Sequins, Round Gold Confetti (The Ton), Wink of Stella Clear, Washi Tape (Little B)

France - Damask
Stamps: Paris (Neat & Tangled)
Ink: Black Onyx (Versafine), Doll Pink (Simon Says Stamp)
Paper: Black Diamond, Whisper White (SU),
Accessories: Scallop Tag Fri Die (CAS*ual Fridays Stamps), White Embossing Paste (Dream Weavers), Bridal Tinsel Embossing Powder (Ranger), Damask Stencil (My Favorite Things), Gift Tag Die (Sugar Pea Designs), Clear Embossing Powder (SU)

Malaysia - Batiks
Stamps: Loving Thoughts (CAS*ual Fridays Stamps) Gardening Blooms Journaling Card (Neat & Tangled)
Ink: Shaded Lilac, Seedless Preserves, Salty Ocean, Chipped Sapphire, (Distress) Versamark, Black Onyx (Versafine) 
Paper: Whisper White (SU)
Accessories: Blueprints 20 Dies (My Favorite Things) Distress Tool (Ranger), Clear Embossing Powder (SU)

Don't forget to leave a comment for your chance to win a month of StampNation goodness.  If you are already a member be sure to check out the sponsor post and pick up your exclusive discount codes.  ;)