Monday, February 23, 2015

Creative Blog Hop!

Wow!! I was nominated by my DEAR friend and upline, Carrie Rhoades, to participate in a Creative Blog Hop! I'm so honored and excited!!

To do this, first I have to be nominated by another Stampin' Up! demonstrator. (done!) Thanks, Carrie! ;o)

Then, i have to post a project!

Here goes!

I was inspired by THIS ADORABLE CARD by Lisa Storms. Originally, i wanted to do a St. Patricks Day themed card, but it took a pleasant and unexpected turn...

Whaddya think?

The next fun part of the Creative Blog Hop is where I answer some questions about me...

1. What are you working on right now.

I am currently working on a Birthday suite, including invitations, signs, banners, decorations and games, for a client who regularly requests custom projects from me. It's a little tough, because she requested a specific movie theme, and i am finding it a challenge to come up with ideas, but little by little, it is coming together!

2. How does your style differ from others in your genre?

hmmm......well, i always like to describe my style as structured and deliberate. i am not the kind that can just kind of throw a lot of stuff down and end up with a gem of a project that is a feast for the eyes....although i wish i could!! haha! each part of my project in my mind has a purpose. every so often, i will have a happy accident (and sometimes NOT so happy accidents), but i usually spend more time trying to get things 'just right' than i probably should, but at least when i am finished, my ever so slightly OCD side is satisfied and i can sleep peacefully!

3. Why do you create what you do.

wow! This could encompass a lot! I do tend to create things that appeal to something inside me... So i guess i can say that each project i make is a little piece of me...a little window into who i am.

Stamping/papercrafting is almost like my therapy. it is my sanctuary in a crazy world. it is a wonderful creative outlet, something i have that is exclusively mine in a house that has been taken over by the other members of my family, and it gives me a sense of individuality, accomplishment and pride. Its my excitement and quiet time all in one. I also love the relationships i have created with other wonderful people who share the same love for the craft as i do!!

4. How does your creative process work.

Sometimes i will make projects using the guidelines at the Stampin' Royalty Challenge Site, of which i am administrator and Head Goddess. My nominator for this awesome Creative Blog Hop, Carrie Rhoades, is also a Goddess on the site... She makes AMAZING paper goodies! Along with all the other fabulous Goddesses! you should check it out and play along with us and visit Carries site!! you will be ooh-ing and aah-ing with each post!

Other times i am inspired by something i see, such as a card, color scheme, or picture, But a lot of times i will challenge myself to make things using either my newest stamps, OR some of my OLDEST products. that is why a lot of times you will see some really old supplies used in my cards along with some of the newer. i guess i like to make sure all my supplies feel loved ;o)

And of course, then there are the times i get specific requests, then i love going through my supplies to see how to best use them for the requested theme! it's like a little game for me!

Lastly, To end the Creative Blog Hop, I get to nominate another demonstrator to participate! So, I am nominating Stasia Sloma to be next in the Blog Hop! Not only has she had many of her creative projects published, but she is also one of the Stampin' Royalty Goddesses! Be sure to check out her blog and visit it on Monday, March 2nd for her post for the Creative Blog Hop!

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

You Plus Me, with a little Gorgeous Grunge

Here is the picture! (aren't those colors just soooo pretty??)

So many things in this image to inspire me!
I began with a Crisp Cantaloupe cardbase, added a Smoky Slate and Tangerine Tango mat, then on a panel of Whisper White, i stamped the splatter stamp from the Gorgeous Grunge set, stamping once full strength, then a few times more after stamping off.
Then i stamped and cut out the ampersand from You Plus Me set from the Occasions Catalog in Tangerine Tango, added a few rhinestones, and for the "Mr/Mrs, i didn't have a stamp or die cut for the size letters i needed, so i found a font and used my Silhouette to cut out these letters in Smoky Slate.  I really wanted to use the Perfect Print Alphabet Bigz Die if i had it, but alas, I did not, so i had to improvise. After adding some ribbon, i put it all together and here it is!


Cardstock - Smoky Slate, Tangerine Tango, Crisp Canteloupe
Ink - Crisp Cantaloupe, Tangerine Tango 
Stamps - Gorgeous Grunge, You Plus Me
Accessories - Rhinestones, Ribbon

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Monday, February 16, 2015

A Couple of Hugs and Kisses :o)

Just a little something i put together for my little Valentine :o)
Really quick and easy!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Sheltering Tree

The Stampin' Royalty Theme this week is TREES!
It was an excellent reason to break out my brand new Sheltering Trees set that i have been wanting to use since it arrived on my doorstep!
This one is actually pretty simple... I made the background using sponges and Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, and Pear Pizzaz Inks. I then just used the different stamps in the Sheltering Trees set to make the rest of the image! i stamped the bike on a scrap piece of white and cut it out. I then stamped the sentiment from the Lotus Blossom set in Basic Gray.  a few steps but a really simple to complete card!

Supplies - 
Ink - Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Pear Pizzaz, Basic Gray, Cherry Cobbler, Pumpkin Pie, Baked Brown Sugar
Stamps -  Sheltering Tree, Lotus Blossom
Cardstock - Whisper White, Naturals White
Accessories - Sponges

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

I "Heart" This Wedding Card!

This card is so much cuter in person haha... I wasn't able to get a good photo due to the sun being down...
The Stampin' Royalty Theme this week is To DIE for! to use your dies! so i did just that! and some Embosslits, Embossing Folder, and a punch or two....and some super fun Washi Tape :o)