Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Stampin' Up! Piece of Cake Card

Spread some cheer with the new Piece of Cake Bundle from the new Occasions Catalog. This stamp and punch set is great for birthdays, weddings and anniversaries - or anytime cake is involved!
I started with a basic A2 card by taking a piece of 8 1/2" by 11" Coastal Cabana cardstock and cutting it in half so that I had a 5 1/2" by 8 1/2" piece.  Using my Simply Scored, I scored at  4  1/4" and then folded it in half and used my bone folder to crease the fold nicely.

I then cut with my Big Shot and the new Rectangle Stitch Framlit Dies four rectangles, the first from Melon Mambo cardstock with the 3" stitched rectangle die, the second from Gorgeous Grape cardstock with the 2" die, and then two rectangles from Whisper White cardstock -  Cut one with the 1 3/4" rectangle and the other with the largest (4"0) rectangle for the inside of the card.  
Here is my tip of the day:  When using a punch, take a piece of paper and punch out the shape and keep the outside of the paper and use it as a guide - in this case I punched it out of a scrap of Old Olive I had laying around - most of the time I will be punching out white or light colored cakes - so I used a contrasting color to be able to see to line it up better.  I hope from this photo you can see what I am trying to explain!  Then I placed the actual stamp in the holes that I punched out of the olive cardstock and placed my block or Stamparatus over it to get your stamp to cling to my block.  Now they are lined up right to ink and stamp them - then punch them out.  This is a bit easier way to get things lined up.  I do this once - then I will keep that piece of olive paper in my stamp case for the next time I want to line those pieces up again.
Now that I have my stamp lined up, I stamped it out with Tuxedo Black Momento Ink, so that I can color the image in with my Stampin' Blends.  After coloring, I carefully line it up in my punch- looking at the back side to make sure everything lines up good - and punch away!! Then out pops my cake and my cake stand, all pretty!! I laid out my cake stand and my cake on my smallest Whisper White rectangle to line up where my candles should go and stamped my candles.  I used multi - purpose liquid glue to adhere the stand and cake under the candles. 

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Using the Around the Corner stamp set, I stamped the corner of the Melon Mambo with Gorgeous Grape ink with the It's Your Day sentiment.  I also took the Hello Cupcake stamp  - that you can get free with a $50 purchase from the Sale-A-Brations Catalog - and stamped in Soft Sky ink, the sprinkles down the left hand side of the Coastal Cabana side of the card base.  Next I attached the layers of each rectangle with my Snail adhesive.

Moving to the inside of the card, I chose my sentiment and stamped the large Whisper White rectangle with Gorgeous Grape Ink. I also stamped the corner of the inside of the card as well as the corner of the envelope with the little swirl corner from the Around the Corner stamp set.
I 'm not sure why this photo came out so blurry - but you can see that I added some sprinkles to the inside of the card as well and  then adhered the rectangle to the inside of the card with my Snail Adhesive.

Then for just some extra fun, I added three little Glitter Enamel Dots to the right hand corner of the front of the card.  

I hope you enjoyed my little crumb of inspiration!!


If you don't already have a Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator that you work with - I would love to be your coach!  You can shop 24/7 by clicking the little store front  on my side bar.  Please use the hostess code that is posted at the top of the side bar.  If you spend more than $35.00 before shipping and tax - I will send you a sampling of the Gingham Gala 6X6 Designer Series Paper - 2 sheets of each of the 5 colors when you use my hostess code.  You will also receive a copy of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-brations catalogs. 

Now is a great time to buy because of the Sale-A-BRATION event that Starts on January 3rd and runs through March 31, 2019.  Free stamps and accessories are available with every $50 purchase! yes - that is on top of the DSP sample I will send if you use my hostess code! Plus you will receive free merchandise from Stampin' Up! with a purchase of $150.00 or more a long with the free stamps and accessories for Sale-a-bration!
Check out the Sale-A-Bration Catalog here!

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Stampin' Up! So Happy Together Sale-a-bration Stamp

I have had more fun working with these darling frogs for the last few cards. They are from the  So Hoppy Together stamp set in the 2019 Sale-a-bration Catalog.
  This is one out of several free stamp sets being offered during the sale.  Today I am going to give the details to the middle card - the Hooray card!

The base of the card is from a piece of Granny Apple card stock cut in half the long way to measure
4 1/4 X 11".  I took one of those long pieces and score it down the middle at 5 1/2", folded it in half and creased it good with my bone folder. 
 The striped piece of Sea Foam Designer Series Paper is from the 6"x6" pack of Subtles DSP, cut to 5" X 3 3/4".  I stamped the dotted section on the bottom of the striped piece with Granny Apple Ink using a stamp from the Petal Palette stamp twice so that I got a wider section of dots.


I used the new Well Written Framelits Dies and cut the word hooray out with my Big Shot once with each of three different cardstock colors, Granny Apple Green, Old Olive, and Mossy Meadow. I adhered the words using Tombow liquid glue.  Then using my 2" circle punch, I punched the circle out.  Now comes the fun part.  I stamped the unicycle frog with Momento Tuxedo Black ink on Whisper White paper.  Tip: anytime I am going to color something right away,  I use the Momento black ink, it dries faster and smudges less than any other ink when you are coloring with alcohol markers such as Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends. Then colored my frog with the light and dark set of Granny Apple Green Stampin' Blends.

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You may hear the term "fussy cut" in card making, all that means is that it is cut out by hand - the old fashion way!  Since there are no dies for the frogs, I fussy cut my frogs.  On this card I cut the unicycle off and just used the frog.  Turning over the main striped piece of the front, that now has the circle cut and the words hooray on it - I placed Stampin' Dimensionals around the outer edges of the back. ( I used quite a few - I don't like my card to sag)  I also placed some around the circle cut out and used these dimensionals to adhere it the front of the card so that it pops out just a bit.  I used two Mini Stampin' Dimensionals on my frogs left eye and cut another one in half and used it on his left hand (which would be the eye and the hand on the right as you are looking at the frog!!) and liquid glue and the rest of my frog.  I placed him in the circle so that most of him is on the green back ground and yet his left hand is is just outside of the circle overlapping the striped paper slightly because of the half dimensional on his hand.  
For the inside of the card I stamped one of the other cute frogs in the corner of a  5 1/4 " X 4" piece of Whisper White cardstock.  I used the Well Said stamp set for the sentiment on the inside, stamping the word hooray and the frog in Granny Apple Green. ( Just make sure you have the sentiment going the right direction on the card stock since this card is going across instead of up and down like the majority of the cards we make - I of course stamped it wrong the first time!) Then I stamped the words for you and the bees in black and adhered it to the inside of the card.  
  

The other two cards have some retired Designer Series Paper on them- but I thought you might enjoy just seeing some more ideas on how this cute stamp set can be used !
The Hip Hop Hooray sentiment used on this card is from the retired stamp set - Sweet Little Something.  The retired frog DSP is from the halloween Toil & Trouble DSP series.  The dotted banner piece is from the still current Tropical Escape 6"x 6"Designers Series Paper (146916)
The green and white dotted paper is from the retired Toil & Trouble DSP series.  The gingham check is from the new Gingham Gala 6"x 6" Designer Series Paper .  The ribbon is Granny Apple Green Textured Weave Ribbon, also still current.

I hope you enjoy these little frogs as much as I do!!

If you don't already have a Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator that you work with - I would love to be your coach!  You can shop 24/7 by clicking the little store front  on my side bar.  Please use the hostess code that is posted at the top of the side bar.  If you spend more than $35.00 before shipping and tax - I will send you a sampling of the Gingham Gala 6X6 Designer Series Paper - 2 sheets of each of the 5 colors when you use my hostess code.  You will also receive a copy of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-brations catalogs. 

Now is a great time to buy because of the Sale-A-BRATION event that Starts on January 3rd and runs through March 31, 2019.  Free stamps and accessories are available with every $50 purchase! yes - that is on top of the DSP sample I will send if you use my hostess code! Plus you will receive free merchandise from Stampin' Up! with a purchase of $150.00 or more a long with the free stamps and accessories for Sale-a-bration!
Check out the Sale-A-Bration Catalog here!




Thursday, January 3, 2019

Stampin' Up! Nine Lives Card from New Occasions Catalog

Welcome to my first Stampin' Up! blog post.  I have been blogging for years with my tablescapes and renovation projects, but I have now added my second love - (well, make that third or fourth if I count my husband and kids too!) paper projects.  Today I am showing a Thank You card.



 This is an adorable new stamp set from the just released 2019 Occasions Catalog called Nine Lives. It can be found on page 32 or by clicking on this link. Check out this new catalog for all the exciting items just added to the Stampin' Up! line on January 3rd. The release of this catalog coincides with the Sale-a-bration catalog that I linked at the bottom of this post or in my side bar.
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I used Soft Suede Cardstock, for the base of the card - 
For those of you new to card making - a basic A2 card is one 8 1/2 X 11" piece of cardstock cut in half, now measuring 5 1/2" X 8 1/2" - score it down the middle at 4 1/4" and fold in half using a bone folder along the edge to get  a nice crisp fold.
A piece of  So Safron, measuring  3 3/4" X 5 1/14 " -  was stamped with the little fish across the top and the little mouse across the bottom with Crumb Cake ink. 
I punched out a cat on Crumb Cake cardstock and  used my Stamparatus with Soft Suede ink to stamp two separate stamps that are layers of the Cat ( this can be done with a block as well, it is just much easier  to line up with a Stamparatus)  
 Then I cut a 1" wide by 4" from the Soft Suede cardstock and  and a 3/4" wide by 4" from the yellow gingham from the new Gingham Gala Designer Series Paper (or DSP). Using my Snail Adhesive, I centered the yellow gingham strip on the Soft Suede Strip,  then adhered that across the So Safron piece you stamped your fish and mice on, a little above center so that there was room for my sentiment, and I let the edges hang over just a bit on each side.  Once I  attached it - then I  trimmed off the edges on either side.  TIP: I find that making those strips a tad longer than the piece and attaching it first and then trimming off the edges makes a much cleaner look than trying to line up the edges after you have already cut it. 

Next, I used my Big Shot to cut out the two sizes of the Layering Oval framelits dies- the larger from Crumb Cake cardstock  and the smaller out of yellow gingham DSP.  Using my snail adhesive, I affixed the the layers together and the cat on top.  After adhering the cat on the front - I then stamped my sentiment of You're the Cat's Meow on with Soft Suede ink. Now I attached it all to the front of the card.  
Moving to the inside of the card, I stamped my sentiment and one of the cats in the corner of a 3  3/4" X 5 1/4 " piece of Whisper White Card stock.  I also added the Thank You  - from the Love What You Do stamp set.  All were stamped in Soft Suede Ink, then adhered to the side of the card.

I love to send happy mail - so I almost always stamp something on the envelope as well.  I stamped part of the kitty in the corner of the envelope as well, this time using the lighter ink - Crumb Cake - and included a little Meow for fun!



If you don't already have a Stampin' Up Independent Demonstrator that you work with - I would love to be your coach!  You can shop 24/7 by clicking the little store front  on my side bar.  Please use the hostess code that is posted at the top of the side bar.  If you spend more than $35.00 before shipping and tax - I will send you a sampling of the Gingham Gala 6X6 Designer Series Paper - 2 sheets of each of the 5 colors when you use my hostess code.  You will also receive a copy of the Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-brations catalogs. 

Now is a great time to buy because of the Sale-A-BRATION event that Starts on January 3rd and runs through March 31, 2019.  Free stamps and accessories are available with every $50 purchase! yes - that is on top of the DSP sample I will send if you use my hostess code! Plus you will receive free merchandise from Stampin' Up! with a purchase of $150.00 or more a long with the free stamps and accessories for Sale-a-bration!
Check out the Sale-A-Bration Catalog here!
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I hope you enjoyed this card! For all the dog lovers there is an adorable dog and punch bundle in this new Occasions Catalog that I will be doing soon, so be sure to stop back in!

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Christmas Hot Cocoa Bar

Welcome to our Christmas Hot Cocoa Bar!
We are ready to warm everyone up with a nice cup of cocoa.
 So grab a mug and join us.
If you are anything like me, you are running around crazy during the day, baking, shopping, wrapping and decorating.  If you are - you deserve to sit down in the evening and relax, maybe turn on a Hallmark Movie?
Enjoy a nice cup of cocoa - how do you like yours?
With marshmallows?  With peppermint?
Anyway is a good way to stop and savor the Christmas Season.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Christmas Holly Boughs and Bows

Just like the song, I did deck my halls with boughs of holly this year!

Why do I feel like that needs to be followed up with a Fa, la, la !?!


Just in time for Chloe Crabtree's Christmas Tablescape Hop this week.
I am joining 20 other talented ladies in adorning our tables for Christmas and sharing them all with you on our blog hop.  All the links will be at the bottom of this post and updated daily for lots of inspiration as the week goes on.


I went with the traditional Christmas color palette of red and green.


I just adore the candy cane striped plates I purchased this year from Pier 1.

I really just wanted to keep the rest of the plates pretty simple to let those 
striped plates be the star.

Each place setting has a tiny jar of peppermint striped candy as a little treat.

My centerpiece consists of holly boughs, a string of red beaded garland and red candles - in various states of being used!

You will rarely see a pillar candle like these being burnt in my house.  Those of you who have been following me for a while know that my father was a fireman and he NEVER let us burn candles.

It is kind of like not letting a kid do something and then when they grow up, they rebel!
Because I do burn candles all the time now- but only the ones in the jar where I know they will be safe.  I do clean my dryer lint out after every wash though because I can still here the fireman in the back of my head!  I digress - back to Christmas now!

Gotta love Target and their collaboration with Chip and Joanna for these Hearth and Hand cedar wreaths!   I saved up all my $5 rebate cards from buying 2 bottles of Tide at a time to pay for these little babies!

They aren't cheap - but they are darn cute.  I just tied them around the chair backs with a simple bow from a spool of velvet ribbon, the same ribbon I tied around the napkins - which just happens to be from Target too! I always get the wired edge ribbon so that it is easier to keep the bows fluffed and looking full. 

Be sure to check out all of these wonderful blogs for many more Christmas Table Ideas:
I hope you are enjoying your Christmas decorating and that you are almost done with all your running around - so that you can sit down and enjoy the season.
If you know me well, you know that in the evening I have my feet up, my christmas throw wrapped around me and I am watching Hallmark movies with my hubby!

I have linked up to Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch and
Celebrate Your Story  @ Celebrate & Decorate

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Thanksgiving Table


I have set a very masculine Thanksgiving table this year.
I had always felt that Thanksgiving was a holiday more for the men in our family than the women. That is why I chose these grey and wood tones for my table.

I am joining a wonderful group of bloggers for a Thanksgiving Tablescape  Blog Hop going on all week. All the links for 20 different Thanksgiving Tables for inspiration are near the bottom of this post.  Thank you to Chloe Crabtree from Celebrate & Decorate for putting this Hop together. 
When I was growing up, it was always the women running around doing all the workand the men where in the other room watching football until all the food is ready.  Then they ate and drank and return to the other room to watch more football, and the women were to clean up all the dishes.



I won't be hosting our actual Thanksgiving dinner, we will be going to my sister's house for dinner.  But I like that my boys lend a hand in setting the table and serving the food these days.
We enjoy much more conversation around the table now then when I was growing up. And I am proud to say that all the husbands and sons now pitch in to clean up all the dishes. I think that this is more of how we should be giving thanks- by working together and enjoying each other's company!

Speaking of enjoying others-
Here are the links to all those participating in the Hop:

Monday



Tuesday


Wednesday

Thursday




Friday

The Painted Hinge

Sweet Sensations

Zucchini Sisters

a casa di Bianca




I like the changes that have taken place, Thanksgiving seems much more enjoyable now.
I have a lot to be thankful for and feel very blessed to have a wonderful family
and many great friends.
Oh! and many, many dishes!

Sources:
Placemats - Country Gatherings - Walnut Creek, Ohio
Flatware - Ikea
Brown Chargers - Walmart - years ago
White Charger plates - Old Time Pottery - years ago
Grey Sorrento Dinner Plates - Butterchurn Kitchenwares, Walnut Creek, Ohio
Darker Grey salad plates - HomeGoods years ago
Napkins - HomeGoods several months ago
Cement pumpkins - Hobby Lobby - (I colored the stems-they were gold)

I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

I am sharing my post at the following parties:
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Celebrate Your Story @ Celebrate & Decorate

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Not So Scary Halloween Tablescape

It's that time of the year to bring out the ghosts and goblins and get the bejeebers scared out of you! I decided to do a not quite so scary table this year, this was inspired by my two and a half year old grandson.
My grandson loves books, after reading several books to him, he kept coming back to his favorite that day  - P.J. Funnybunny Camps out by Marilyn Sadler.  Since I am pretty sure that most of you are not going to rush to the library to check this book out - I hope I won't ruin it for you to tell you  - that at the end P.J.'s little sister scares the boys by dressing up as a ghost.  It is a fun book and Everett would just laugh as I used my spooky ghost voice as we read.
The next day I went into HomeGoods and there were these ghost plates that reminded me of our fun together reading about P.J. getting spooked by his sister.  So of course, they immediately went in my cart and I set off to do a not so scary Halloween table for our Halloween Tablescape Blog Hop.
Once again, I am joining with Chloe Crabtree and an incredible group of talented table stylists for a fun hop to show off 19 different takes on Halloween fun! All of the links will be at the bottom of this post, be sure to stop back as they will be updated throughout the week.
 My candy wielding ghost in the centerpiece is there to offer up some Halloween favorites such as Reese cups, Kit Kats and M&M's.  I mean come on - tell the truth - don't we all go through this just as a good excuse to buy Reese Cups and then eat half of them before Halloween even gets here?!
Putting bows on these two makes them not quite as frightening.
      
 Candy corn wands are there to ward off anything too fearful,
Like the little peeps popping up in the candy corn treats.




I wonder if my grandson will grow up thinking candy corn grows on trees?!?!

For more scary fun- please visit my creative friends who have put together even more spooktacular tables for you enjoyment:

I had a little freaky fun with the special effects with this photo!

Sources:
Tablecloth and Ghost Plates - HomeGoods 
Orange beaded placemats - SteinMart -several years ago
Black wood chargers & White Napkins - Pier One - years ago
White Chargers - Olde Time Pottery - years ago
Black check dinner plate(actually has a rooster on it that you can't see!)Marshalls years ago
Black knob goblets - Kmart years ago
flatware - HomeGoods about two years ago
harlequin check treat cups - on clearance for 25cents each - Hobby Lobby years ago
Candy Corn wands - Hobby Lobby - I added straws and bows
White ghost pumpkins - Hobby Lobby
Big Ghost with candy - Marshalls
Twig Trees - Target Dollar Spot - I added the candy corn
Thanks so much for stopping by!

I hope you have a fun Halloween and you don't run out of candy!

Ann