Friday, October 28, 2016

Sketch Challenge to inspire you this weekend

Start with an easy Sketch and see what happens!


Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Endless Thanks
Ink: Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede,, Rich Razzleberry
Other: Leaflets Framelits, Linen Thread, Daubers


Stamp Set - One Big Meaning
Inks - Tempting Turquoise
DSP -Festive Birthday
Cardstock - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo: 
Punches - Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly, Rhinestones

I am driving to Arizona this weekend!  It has been a great trip but like they say...there is no place like home!  But I will have company going back home!  My friend Becky is going with me!  Thelma and Louise comes to mind!  LOL!

Sale ends October 31, 2016!

Sketch Challenge to inspire you this weekend

Start with an easy Sketch and see what happens!


Stamps: Vintage Leaves, Endless Thanks
Ink: Soft Suede, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Rich Razzleberry, Night of Navy
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede,, Rich Razzleberry
Other: Leaflets Framelits, Linen Thread, Daubers


Stamp Set - One Big Meaning
Inks - Tempting Turquoise
DSP -Festive Birthday
Cardstock - Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise, Crushed Curry, Melon Mambo: 
Punches - Elegant Butterfly, Bitty Butterfly, Rhinestones

I am driving to Arizona this weekend!  It has been a great trip but like they say...there is no place like home!

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

I am in heaven! Or Texas! Same to me!

I am in Texas still and honestly have not been on my computer much!  I have been enjoying my family!  I miss them all so much living in Arizona!  But it is always a family reunion when we gather!

Here are my five kids!

Here are photos from my daughters baby shower!
You may not see many blog posts until I return home!  I am sure that you will understand!  The fact that I am my own boss allows me to take time away for important things like this!  Like spending time with these grandkids!

Christmas Pines Bundle

Enjoy the sights and smells of the season with the Christmas Pines Photopolymer Bundle. These pieces invite images of warmth and comfort in every creation—from tags to packaging to cards. Plus, when you buy the stamp set and dies as a bundle you’ll save 10%! 

Christmas Pines Stamp Set; Cherry Cobbler, Delightful Dijon, Garden Green, and Kraft Cardstock; Whisper White Thick Cardstock; Warmth & Cheer Designer Series Paper Stack; Basic Black Archival Stampin Pad; Cherry Cobbler and Delightful Dijon Classic Stampin’ Pads®; Dazzling Diamonds Stampin’ Glitter®; Heat & Stick Powder; 3/8" Ribbon Trio Pack; Kraft Rope Trim; Basic Black Solid Baker’s Twine; Mini Jingle Bells; Stampin’ Dimensionals®; Big Shot™; Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies™; Gift Box Punch Board; Decorative Label, Medium Star, Project Life Corner, and Scalloped Tag Topper Punches

Friday, October 21, 2016

I have a full weekend planned

Why do I love Sketches?  Because they inspire me to use stamps and colors that I don't normally use!

Give this one a try!  Have fun and happy stamping y'all!

Here are two inspirations for you!

Stamps - Paisleys & Posies bundle and Layering Love
Ink - Razzleberry, Denim
Paper - Petals & Paisley DSP, Razzleberry, Denim, Dijon, Copper foil
Other - ⅜" Ribbon Trio Pack, Big Shot, Layering Circle Framelits, Dimensionals

Stamps:  Flourishing Phrases  
Inks: Dapper Denim, Emerald Envy, 
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Very Vanilla, Moroccan DSP
Other Layering Circle Framelits

Have a great weekend!  Mine will be FULL!

I will be in Texas hanging out with my kids and grandkids!  I will be going to the Gilmer, TX Jamboree!
My daughter's baby shower is Sunday!
We will be doing wedding dress shopping for one of my other daughters.
And the best will be when all of my kids will be together Sunday night!  My heart will overflow!

Just a reminder!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

I made it to Texas

OH MY WORD!  I am getting too old to drive that long!  900 miles in one day is too much!  I am scheduled to return the day after Christmas so I can be here when my grandson arrives.  Searching for flights after this post!  LOL!

This card reminds me of how Blessed I am that I arrived safely!  And for many more reasons too!

All images © 1990-2016 Stampin’ Up!®

  • Stamp Sets- Vintage Leaves 138802; Paisleys & Posies 142196; Gorgeous Grunge (clear 142196; Wood 130514)
  • Card Stock – Crushed Curry 131199; Cajun Craze 119684; Watercolor paper 122959
  • Stamp Pads – Old Olive 126953; Delightful Dijon 138327; Tangerine Tango 126946; Cherry Cobbler 126965; Soft Suede 126978; Stazon 101406
  • Misc. – Leaflests Framelits 138283; Aqua Painters 103954; Tine-Tip Glue Pen 138309; Dazzling Diamond Glitter 133751; Linen Thread 104199, Dimensionals, fast Fuse 129026
  • Crushed Curry 8½ x 5½    
  • Cajun Craze 5¼ x 4
  • Watercolor paper 5 x 3¾; 4¼ x 2
  1. On the watercolor paper apply a light layer of water with the aqua painter.
  2. To add the color to the watercolor paper: squeeze the ink pads while it’s close, open ink pad, using the ink in the lid with the aqua painter brush into watercolor paper.
  3.  From top to bottom Old Olive, Crushed Curry, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze and Cherry Cobbler. Let Dry
  4. Stamp the dots from Gorgeous Grunge using Soft Suede ink.
  5. Stamp the greeting using Old Olive ink.
  6. Adhere to Cajun Craze card stock then into card front.
  7. Stamp the leave using Stazon ink into the smaller watercolor paper cutout with the matching Framelits
  8. Color leaves with the aqua painter randomly in Old Olive, Crushed Curry and Tangerine Tango. Let dry.
  9. Apply a light layer of Fine-Tip glue over the leave and sprinkle some dazzling diamond glitter. Let Dry
  10. Add a little bow with linen thread and adhere to card front with dimensional

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Sharing Treats & Stamping This Christmas Season

I am headed to Texas today!  I have not been back to see my family and friends since April!  UGH!  I hate that!  While I love living in Arizona my heart is 
always in Texas!

Why am I going to Texas now?  Because my daughter's baby shower is this weekend!  This is her first baby and it is a boy!  His name will be Easton James!  I love that!

He is due in January but since he is measuring about 2 weeks larger he may be a Christmas baby!

To see one of my babies having a baby is so amazing.  In my head she was just a baby yesterday!

We will also be doing some wedding dress shopping for one of my other daughters!  I have two that are engaged so with Baby Easton's arrival and two weddings 2017 will be very busy for our family!

This Christmas season you’ll see people sharing treats with their neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family. You can help them do it in style by showing them some festive projects like this Candy Cane bag! When the package looks this cute, it doesn’t even matter what’s inside.
Make sure you also take the opportunity to share a little hand-stamped something with the people around you. It’s rewarding to spread some holiday cheer, and an easy way to show off your creative side.

Here is a cute little treat bag idea that Stampin' Up! shared.  It is simple yet fun!

Stamps:  Jar of Cheer Stamp Set; 
Paper:  Whisper White and Vellum Cardstock; 
Ink: Basic Gray Classic Stampin’ Pad®; VersaMark® Pad; Other:  Real Red Glitter Stampin’ Emboss® Powder; Candy Cane Lane Baker’s Twine; Candy Cane Lane Designer Washi Tape; Big Shot™; Everyday Jar Framelits™ Dies; Gift Bag Punch Board; Handheld Stapler

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Special Delivery

With the Arrival of grand-baby number 9 in January 
I am loving this card!
Course I now have to remake it using Blue colors!
Easton James is my daughters first baby and I could not be more tickled for her and her husband!
And of course I will be thrilled to snuggle with him!
You will see me in Texas most of January!
I love that my "job" gives me the freedom to be able to travel from Arizona to Texas at times like these!

Pop of Pink Special Delivery
All images © 1990-2016 Stampin’ Up!®

  • Stamp Sets: Tin of Tags (142180)
  • Inks: Whisper White (101731)
  • Paper: Notecards with Envelopes (131527), Basic Black (121045), Pop of Pink DSP (141648)
  • Other:  Melon Mambo Thick Baker’s Twine (141689), Brights Enamel Shapes (141680), Baby’s First Framelits (133735), Big Shot (143263), Paper Snips (103579), SNAIL (104332  Refill: 104331), Glue Dots (103683), Dimensionals (104430)

·       Notecard
·       Basic Black:                       4 7/8”” x 3 3/8”   &   Scrap
·       Pop of Pink DSP:               4 ¾” x 3 ¼”   &   Scrap

  1. Adhere DSP Layer to Basic Black Layer using SNAIL
  2. Adhere Twine to back of Black using Glue Dots, approx 1/3 from top, leaving slack
  3. Adhere to Notecard using Dimensionals
  4. Stamp Greeting onto Black Scrap using Whisper White Ink.  Trim and Flag Ends.
    1. Adhere to card using a glue dot and a dimensional to offset for wavy look
  5. Using Baby’s First Framelits, die cut a onsie & flower from DSP Scrap and a hanger from Black Scrap
  6. Use Glue Dots to adhere hanger to back of onsie
  7. Use Dimensionals to adhere onsie to card (hook hanger around twine) and flower to onsie
  8. Add Enamel Shapes to greeting

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So that you can get a ton of inspiration from me each week too!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Not just for Halloween

Love how this Halloween set can be used for something else don't you?
  • Stamp Sets: Cookie Cutter Halloween (C: 142255/ W: 142252), Ghoulish Grunge (C: 142241/ W: 142238), Here For You (C: 142164/ W: 141541), Gorgeous Grunge (C: 130517/ W: 130514)
  • Inks: Basic Black Archival (140931), Basic Gray Archival (140932), Smoky Slate (131179),
  • Paper: Basic Gray Cardstock (121044), Basic Black Cardstock (121045), Whisper White Cardstock (100730), Old Olive (100702), Pop of Pink DSP (141648), Shimmery White Paper (101910)
  • Other: Aqua Painters (103954), Fast Fuse (129026), Dimensionals (104430),  Cookie Cutter Builder Punch (140396), Silver Metallic Thread (138402), Brights Enamel Shapes (141680), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Black Sharpie Marker             

  • Card Base in Basic Gray: 11” x 4¼” and scored at 5½”
  • Basic Black Mat: 4” x 5¼”
  • Whisper White Mat (with Images): 3¼” x 5¼”
  • Old Olive Strip: ½” x 5¼”
  • Pop of Pink DSP Strip: 1” x 5¼”
  • Old Olive Cake Banner: ¾” x 3½”
  • Whisper White Banner: 2-14/16” x 1¼”

  1. Stamp the mummy image onto Shimmery White paper using Basic Gray Archival Ink. Use an aqua painter and Smoky Slate Ink to color the image. Then punch the image out. Set aside.
  2. Stamp the sentiment in Basic Black Archival Ink on the Old Olive Banner. Set Aside.
  3. Stamp the mesh/net image in Smoky Slate on the Whisper White banner. Flag the left side with Paper Snips. Set Aside.
  4. On the large Whisper White Mat stamp the splatter image from Gorgeous Grunge repeatedly using Smoky Slate Ink.
  5. Put a strip of adhesive down the back side of the DSP strip. Adhere it to the left side of the Basic Black Mat.
  6. Put a strip of adhesive on the back of the left side of the large Whisper White Mat with Smoky Slate spatters. Adhere it to the long strip of Old Olive.
  7. Put adhesive on the back of the Whisper White/Old Olive combo mat and then adhere to the Basic Black mat making sure that the borders are even.
  8. Put adhesive on the back of the Whisper White banner with the mesh/net image. Do not adhere yet.
  9. Take a length of Silver Metallic Thread and wrap it multiple times around your fingers. Stick it in the adhesive on the back of the Whisper White banner.
  10.  Adhere the Whisper White banner to the card.
  11.  Using Dimensionals adhere the sentiment banner to card lining the left side up with the left edge of the card.
  12. Using Dimensionals adhere the mummy piece to the card. You may need to use two layers of Dimensionals in some places so that the mummy will lay flat.
  13.  Using the Sharpie marker color in three enamel dot circles changing them to black.
  14.  Add the Old Olive and newly colored Black enamel shapes to the card front. 

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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Inspiration...Sketch Challenge Style

Sketch Challenges allow you to get creative...
with a little inspiration!
Have fun this weekend!
Here are two inspirations for you!

Stamps: Crazy About You
Ink: Dapper Denim, Cajun Craze
Paper: Moroccan Designer Series Paper, Dapper Denim, Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Accesories: 1”, 1 ¼”, 1 3/8” & 1 ½” Circle Punches, Medium Star Punch, Dimensionals

Stamps: Badges & Banners Bundle, 
Paper: Festive Birthday DSP, Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Emerald Envy, Crushed Curry, White, Ink: Emerald Envy, 
Accessories: Ribbon: 1/8 Stitech Melon Mambo, 1 1/2" Circle Punch, layering circle framelits

Did you notice that these inspiration cards used two of the DSP that are on sale this month with Stampin' Up!?
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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Named my car and here is why!

This has nothing to do with Stamping!  But, in September I bought a new Buick Cascada convertible!

I posted this photo on Facebook and I had so many people ask me what I named my car.  Named it?  Why would I do that?

I began to ask friends if they named their cars and I was shocked to hear how many had!

So I began checking into why people name their cars.

I found this article

Because October 2 is NAME YOUR CAR DAY!  Seriously?  

Date When Celebrated : Always October 2
Name Your Car Day is today. Does your car have a name? Lots of people name their cars. People with big boats, name their boat, and we think nothing of it. So, why not name your car or truck!?

Every car has character and personality. We spend a lot of time in our cars, and caring for them. So, its only fitting that each car gets its own name.

Selecting a name should be made with care and consideration. Give your car a name that properly reflects its character. What you name you car should be a proper reflection of its character and performance, and your desires for your car. In general, guys names are for guys' cars, and girl names are for the cars that you ladies drive. Aside from that, selection of a name is wide open. But, be have feelings, too.

Here are some of our thoughts in selecting an appropriate name for your car:

  • Don't select wimpy names. That might give your car a personality complex and it will perform accordingly.
  • Do give a strong, aggressive name to sports cars and cars with powerful engines.
  • Sleek, sexy feline-like cars savor names that begin with "lady".
  • Old junkers are proud just to be around. You can call them just about anything. Try "Tramp", or "Old Yeller", "Old Blue".
  • Pick names to reflect your personality.
  • "Pickemup" trucks must have country names.
  • Don't give common names (like Joe, Mike or Sue)  to luxury cars. They beam over names like Reginald, Archibald, and Crystal.
So...after thinking about it, I named my car.
I named it Shazza!
Why that name?  Say it out loud.  Doesn't it sound pretty?  And snazzy? 
Where did that name come from?

Years ago I was on a cruise ship and met some folks from England.  When I introduced myself as Sharon they said nice to meet you Shazza!  Wait.  I said Sharon didn't I?  How do you correct someone who totally calls you something else?

When I returned from my cruise I asked my British friend why did they call me that?  She said oh, that is a nickname for Sharon!  Why didn't you ever tell me that?  I have never had a nickname!  I love it!  I still have a few friends that will call me Shazza after I shared my story with them.

It made me feel pretty and snazzy!

So there you go!  This is why I named my car Shazza!

Have a wonderful day!  I am off to drive Shazza with the top down of course!

Your friend, Shazza!