First Day of School

Hello everyone,

I know I already shared a back to school page with you, but this year my littlest guy started school so I’m going to share this page as well. img_7835

I stayed with the fall theme, as I love the colors, and that designer series paper, I absolutely adore it. There is actually a sale on designer series paper this month. You can buy three selected packages and get the fourth for free, so I know I will definitely be taking advantage of that sale to get more of the painted harvest designer series paper.

The 12 x 12 background sheet is actually a retired in-color, hello honey, but I had it and wanted to use it up so I inked the edges of the dsp with hello honey ink to tie it all together.



I also sponged the little leaf cutouts in hello honey right onto the background so that I would get the color in the leaves and also add some design to the page at the same time.



I had a lot of fun creating this page.  I hope you enjoy it as well.



Back to School

I absolutely love this time of year.  I love that the kids go back to school and routine gets back in order.  I love buying the school supplies.  I love that the smell of fall is in the air and the leaves are beginning to change.

Today I am sharing with you a scrapbook page I did for my oldest son’s first day of school.  I just got the painted harvest stamp set and punch bundle and the minute I laid eyes on it I knew I wanted to use it for this page. I had this picture in my mind and I couldn’t wait to put it to paper.


Doesn’t this just scream fall to you?  I could have stamped the entire page, but for what I was wanting it for I knew it would be too much.   Just look at the colors in those flowers, they are perfect. I actually copied the color combination from a fellow demonstrator by the name of Nancy Ferb, she used the color combination of crushed curry and berry burst and chocolate chip, and I have to agree with her that it is just stunning.


Please excuse the mess, but you know what a crafter’s desk looks like in the midst of crafting.  Can you say disaster zone?  Well I know that’s the case for me anyhow.  That journaling card is from the color theory memories and more kit and look at those tiny leaves!  I ended up crumpling them to make them look like real leaves do when they have fallen off the trees.  The pumpkins are my favorite. I absolutely love everything about pumpkins, they are my favorite fall decor.  I cut them out from the painted harvest dsp.


I added some journaling and a few more embellishments and tada! Page complete.  I love the colors and how they work together. The leaves in the background I used the babywipe technique that I talked about in a previous blog post, I used the colors: crushed curry, rich razzleberry and cajun craze.  You can read that blog post here.

I hope you enjoyed this page as much as I have, and that it has inspired you to use your stamps in a new way.

GSF Blog Hop 13: Color Challenge

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20728404_10155426184320479_6670990969876798032_nThank you for joining me today, and if your hopping then you’ve come to me from Stephanie Nash. I haven’t checked her project out yet, but I’m sure it’s lovely.  I’m super stoked about this challenge because the colors are the ones I suggested! How awesome is that! I was inspired by this photo that I found on pinterest. I just loved the colors and how well they went together.


The colors of this challenge were not an issue for me, however what stamp set was I going to use.. that’s where I had the problem, but once I got that sorted I had no issues, so I have two projects to share with you today. The first is my card.


I decided as you can see to go with the Daisy Delight bundle. While I love this set, I haven’t really put it to good use yet so I was more then happy to use it today. I absolutely love how that daisy looks in night of navy, and if you notice the centre. I did use a retired item, an epoxy accent, but this look could also be achieved with our fine tip glue.


The second project was inspired by a layout from our artisan design team here.


I have to admit I don’t do a lot of scrap booking, but I’m getting more into lately, and I really enjoy using memories and more kits in my pocket style scrap booking, but I love how this page turned out. I used a sponge brayer and a mask to achieve that background. It was more work then I care to do again on a 12 x 12 layout, but I am happy with how it turned out. I love the smokey slate, and the butterflies that I sponged the edges of to make stand out. I am really happy with these two projects and I hope you like them too.

Thank you again for joining me now please check out Tricia Butts who is the next person in our hop today.

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1. Courtenay Heuston…/global-stamping-friend…
2. Stephanie Nash…/gsf-blog-hop-colour-challenge.h…
3. Anita Wifladt…/09/01/color-challenge
4. Tricia Butts…/global-sta…
5. Sharleen Luciano
6. Kimberley Anne Morris
7. June Olsen…/bloghop-13-su-colo…
8. Jan Musselman…/global-stamping-frien…
9. Anastasia Radloff…/global-stamping-fri…
10. Rachel Macleod…/global-stamping-…
11. Ellen Woodbridge…/night-of-beth…
12. Karie Beglau…/delightful-daisy-colo…
13. Lisa Ann Bernard…/color-challenge-blog-hop.h…
14. Marieke Bart…/01/gsf-colour-challenge/
15. Christina Walker
16. Angélique Stempelkeuken…/gsf-colour-challenge…


It’s in the Details

My sister is on the creative team for Ali Edwards, and for September she is the guest story teller for the Ali Edwards kits.  I know right!!!   Anyway, she put a sneak peak of her project on instagram, and I was inspired. The premise is to capture the details of a story, so I thought about how my little Landon is always running around with a lego mini figure in his hand.  Always. So I got out my camera and snapped a photo to put this memory in my album, and I’m going to try to capture more pictures like this to show where my kids are at and what they are loving in the different stages of their lives.



Hind sight being 20 / 20 , I should have taken the photos before I put the page in the sleeve, but ah well. How about that mini figure made with punch art. My son absolutely loved it and wanted to make one too, but that was no simple task.

You should check out my talented sisters blog here.


Happy Anniversary Global Stampin Friends !!!

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I am so so happy to be a part of today’s special anniversary blog hop with Global Stampin Friends. When I decided to join I knew that I wanted to incorporate the fact that the universal gift for a first anniversary is paper.  I have this awesome background stamp, that is now retired, probably has been for years, but I bought it at a yard sale, and I’m in love with it. I knew it would be perfect for making a newspaper look. I also knew I wanted to use the jars of love stamp set with the coordinating everyday jars framelit set.  I wasn’t sure if I would use the flowers from the jars of love stamp set or not, but I would figure that out later.

I do lots of my thinking and creating in my mind in my car driving back and forth to work. I get a vision, and I think about how it’s going to come out on paper, and I have to say that I am not at all disappointed with the turn out. I love this card it’s beautiful!


To get the newspaper look. I took a piece of very vanilla paper and cut it at 4″x5.25″. Then I crumpled it into a ball, and then I flattened it out and stamped it with my background stamp in sahara sand ink. I also tore the edges and then inked them in sahara sand ink as well. I was going for that old sepia newspaper look. I think I hit the mark with it.


I then took my hostess set Tranquil Tulips and stamped the stems on the background.. it mucked up a little bit, but I knew that I would be covering it with a velum jar. I stamped the tulips on whisper white paper and fussy cut them out. Put them on with demensionals to pop them up.


I added a piece of twine and a little tag I made using the eastern palace stamp set, and then I was finished. I really really like this card.  I can’t say enough about how happy I am that my vision came through pretty much exactly the way I wanted it to.

Thank you for joining me today. Please go on to our next participant Jen Curtis Charles, by clicking on the next button.

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  1. Sharleen Luciano
  2. Mary Ann Kay Rossiter
  3. Amanda Bates
  4. 4. Donna Gray
  5. Anastasia Radloff
  6. Georgia Missy Gaydos
  7. 7. Jan Musselman
  8. Marieke Bart
  9. Angelique Stempelkeuken
  10. Stephanie Nash
  11. 11. Ellen Woodbridge
  12. 12. Lisa Ann Bernard
  13. Karie Beglau
  14. Vicky Wright
  15. 15. Tricia Butts
  16. Anita Wifladt You are here.
  17. Jenn Curtis Charles
  18. Rachel MacLeod
  19. Christina Walker
  20. Kimberley Anne Morris
  21. Sarah McDermott

Another great use for Babywipes

Occasionally my good friend Brenda and I get together and have a fun day of making cards. We usually have a couple of cards in mind and we always have a great time. On my most recent visit we decided to case this card from Windy Ellard. IMG_7086

The card is stunning but what really caught my attention was the the colors of the leaves. The technique is called the babywipe technique and its really beautiful, so easy, and so much fun. We made a ton of those cards, but I’m not going to show those to you.  On Saturday of this weekend, it was rainy and overcast so while we did go out, I did spend some time in my craft room.

The technique is called the baby wipe technique. You take a wet babywipe (I folded mine in half), you put it on a plate or something to protect your work surface, you drop a few drops of re-inker in the color of your choice in random spots on the babywipe, and you use it like an ink pad. I used bermuda bay, melon mambo, and soft sky.  I absolutely love the way the colors worked together.  I used the retired stamp set called timeless textures. I think these backgrounds are so pretty. When I got to the third one I couldn’t help but see cotton candy ice cream so that’s what I made.


Something not quite right about this card.. Needed something.. needed to lose something else.


Much better.

I had so much fun making these and that baby wipe will make you a ton of cards, so get some people together and have fun.  I fully intend on doing this with the kids.

If you try this out. I’d really love to see the cards you made so please leave me a comment!

Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 12: Kids Cards

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Welcome to my input for the Global Stamping friends blog hop number 12.  This is my second or third time joining this hop.  The theme today is Kids cards.   I do a lot of kids cards, as a Mom of two boys it seems like there is always a birthday happening.

My oldest son just recently decided that turtles were his favorite so I decided to use that as my inspiration for this card.  I used the fox builder punch to make these adorable little guys. The main color is Stampin’ Up’s new in-color tranquil tide.. I love this color, and while it’s not my favorite of the in-colors it’s the one I have used the most so far.


Seriously, how adorable are these!!!! The shells are made with the eastern palace dsp. The same pattern front and back.


I stamped a background with the stamp set High Tide. Love how versatile that set is. I stamped it on very vanilla paper to match the new thick very vanilla card base I used.


I tied it all together with a few mat’s and  flags. I think it’s adorable. My son hasn’t seen  it yet, but I”m sure that it will get two thumbs up from him.

Thank you for joining me today and please keep  on hopping to see some more great kids cards.

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1. Sarah McDermott 
2.Lisa Hardie
3.Kristie Neal Walthall
4. Courtenay Heuston
5.Rebecca Urban
6.Rachel Macleod
7.Georgia Missy Gaydos
8. Jenn Curtis Charles
Christine Wrede
10. Lisa Ann Bernard
11.Angélique Stempelkeuken 
12.Sharon Dalton
13.Lou Kitzelman
14 Kimberley Anne Morris
15. Vicky Wright
16. Anastasia Radloff
17. Susan Vilar
18. Christina Walker 
19. Ellen Woodbridge
20. Amanda Bates
21. Cary Buckham
22. Sharleen Luciano 
23. Jan Musselman
24.Anita Wifladt———- You are here.
25. Karie Beglau
26. Marieke Bart
27. Donna Gray
28. Mary Ann Kay Rossiter
29. Erica Jones