Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Sale-aBration is on it's Way! Celebrating with Wonderful World

It is almost time for another Sale-aBration!  Who doesn't love a good sale?!  

Stampin' Up! will once again be offering  free items with purchase through July and August in conjunction of the release of the new Mini Catalog with all sorts of holiday goodies!!   Here is a peak at some cards I created using one of the great Sale-a-bration choices being offered- the Wonderful World Stamp Set and beautiful 12 X 12" coordinating Designer Series Paper.

The Wonderful World Stamp Set and 12 X 12 DSP is being offered free with a $100 purchase.

Sunday, June 19, 2022

Kre8tors Blog Hop: CASE Tic Tac Toe Challenge- Potted Geraniums

 I am back, after a wonderful vacation, and ready to show off some cards starting with the Kre8tors Blog Hop: Case Tic Tac Toe Challenge!!

This month's hop theme was a CASE challenge.  For those of you not familiar with the term CASE  - in card making that stands for Copy And Share Everything.  So you are to take a card that you like and copy it - I usually like to change a few things and put my own spin on it.

Here is the Tic Tac Toe board that we were to pic from - I choose right down the middle!

From top to bottom - Ribbon, Use a NEW In Color & CASE a fellow Blogger

I chose to CASE one of my wonderful Upline's cards from Chris Slogar's blog - Buckeye Inklings - This is Chris' card that I was inspired by.

So not only did I have to CASE a fellow blogger but I had to use Ribbon and a new In Color in order to complete a tic tac toe line!
I used the new In Color Sweet Sorbet cardstock for my card base and then used a piece the new In Color 6 x 6" DSP for the patterned paper.  My background paper is from the Sun Prints DSP and run through the Brick and Mortar 3D embossing folder.  

My geraniums are all die cut - where my inspiration card was stamped.  I used the Sweet Sorbet and Real Red for the flowers and Pear Pizzaz and Garden Green for the leaves.  I also used the new Deckled Rectangles Dies for the white base behind the geraniums. 
My favorite ribbon is the same ribbon that Chris used on her card - the Black & White Gingham Ribbon so I duplicated her bow.  I added 4 Classic Matte Dots at the corners to tie in the black a bit more.

 Now, it is on to see what the other bloggers have used as inspiration and what they have created.  If you are following along - Deb Naylor is up next!

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Summer Tablescape- Yellow and Blue Alfresco Setting

Welcome to my upper deck!  We are dining alfresco with this summer table!

I don't usually do tables outside but I decided to do something a little out of the box for this Summer Blog Hop and set my table up on our deck.  I am joining our wonderful group of Table enthusiasts led by Rita, from Panoply, for a fabulous look at summer tables.

The reason why I don't do many tables outside is that we live on a hill leading down to a lake and it is nearly impossible to set up a table in the yard unless we are right down on top of the water.  The other reason is that we have a pergola over our middle deck that casts shadows all over any table I have tried to do out there.  The bottom deck is completely covered and it is too dark down there - and the top deck is only 4 ft wide. -so this makes outdoor tables a bit of a challenge.  I threw in the towel and just went with the shadows from the pergola on the middle deck this time. 

We had a beautiful sunny day with blue skies and very little wind  - which made for the perfect day to set a cheerful table with bright summer colors of blue and yellow.  Even with the shadows from above you can't miss this fun striped table cloth with it's giant lemon motif.

I turned the bright yellow placemats from their traditional width placement to have them hang over the side of the table since my table just to add some interest.  I chose a simple placesetting of blue dinner plates with a patterned edge and two different patterned yellow salad plates - only because I couldn't make up my mind which I liked better!!

I topped the plates with my favorite napkins - paisley!!!  and a denim blue, too!!  If you know me you know that I like denim.  I have to take a friend with me when I go clothes shopping just so I don't come home with another denim shirt.  I always feel my most creative wearing a denim shirt - it is my uniform of choice.

The lemon napkin rings were a gift from my daughter for my birthday this year.
They were from Kirklands, along with the blue seagrass tumblers that I purchased there two years ago.
(now they offer them in black - no longer navy)

I filled a little lantern candle holder with some faux ranunculus and greenery for my centerpiece and surrounded it with my favorite summer pitcher and some fun Rae Dunn water bottles.

Our lake is nice and quiet during the week and this is early in the season, so it was a very calm and quiet day on the lake, the way I like it!!  The weekends get a little crazy sometimes - but for the most part we have a little slice of heaven on Earth here!

Now it is on to see what everyone else has in store for some summer fun!
Here are all the links to all of the talented hop participants:

Life and Linda - A Taste of the Tropics
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Yellow and Blue Alfresco Setting - you are here
Hyacinths for the Soul - Tis the Season of Patriotic Tablescapes
Home is Where the Boat Is - Anchors Aweigh on the Pontoon
Thrifting Wonderland - Butterfly Garden Table Setting
The Little Yellow Corner Store - Sweet Old Summertime
Red Cottage Chronicles - Dining Al Fresco - A Summer Tablescape
From My Carolina Home - Summer Sunshine Tablescape and Hop
Living With Thanksgiving - Summer Celebrations
The Bookish Dilettante - Beach Reading Tablescape
The Painted Apron - Let's Go Fishing
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Summertime Luncheon in the Garden

Wishing you a very chill summer!!

Sunday, April 17, 2022

Sun Prints - Kre8tors Blog Hop/April 2022 - Free For All

 Here is a sneak peak of a few cards made with the new Sun Prints Suite for our Kre8tors Blog Hop this month since the theme is Free For All and anything goes!

I chose this suite to show off for the Blog Hop because this new paper is just beautiful and deserves a feature!!  I will be showing off some of my favorite items from the new catalog over the next two weeks.

 Be sure to check out all of the Kre8tors this month to see what they have made to show off for you. Since the theme is Free for All you get to see all sorts of new ideas as we all share our cards for you.  All of the participating blogger's links are at the end of my post.

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Brewed for You - Just Blend It OSAT Blog Hop

 By the title of this post you would think that we are going to learn how to make some craft beer today!  Well, we will not be making beer - but I will be using the new Brewed for You and my Blending Brushes to make some fun cards for you friends and family that enjoy a cold beer.

So these beers were finally crafted by using several different ink colors blended together to show you one of the many ways we can use blending as a technique -  which is what this month's One Stamp at a Time blog hop is all about.

We are a group of Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, here to show you some great examples of how we have used blending to create some cards and 3D items.  The links to other talented demonstrator's creations will be at the end of my post.  

I created two cards and a gift card holder using a new set that will be available on May 1st. with a beer theme.  I was excited about this set because all of the men in my family are really into craft beers.  Going to a local brewery and tasting a flight of crafted beers is a fun night out for all of us.

Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Easter Bunnies in the Garden Table - Spring and Easter Tablescape Hop 2022

 Welcome to my Easter Table!

I have bunnies running amuck in my garden! So I am sending in some undercover dogs to take care of my bunny issues!

I am joining the wonderful group of ladies I like to share tables with led by Rita of Panoply.

Sunday, March 20, 2022

Tulip Fields - Kre8tors Blog Hop - March Sketch Challenge

 Welcome to my creative corner where spring is really making a show today!

I am joining the Kre8tors Blog Hop for March. 

This month's theme was a sketch challenge - Here is the layout we were to use - or something close to it: