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Wednesday, February 27, 2019


The grandbaby watch is over!  Easton Banks Clark was born yesterday, February 26, at 1:58 pm.  He weighed in at 7 pounds 13 ounces and is 18-3/4" long.  Mama, Daddy and Easton are all tired but doing great.  Grandma is over the moon.

I decided to frame this first photo of mother and child with the butterfly motif paper in the Needlepoint Nook designer series paper pack.  Perfect little baby boy colors!  I added some Butterfly Elements and a bit of Night of Navy gingham ribbon that I gathered up with a needle and thread.

The butterfly motif was inspired by this week's TGIF Challenge:  Bunches of Butterflies.  Check out the TGIF Challenges blog for a bunch of butterfly inspiration:


Here's my supply list:
Needlepoint Nook designer series paper, #148807
Night of Navy card stock, #100867
Night of Navy 1/2" gingham ribbon, #144232
Rectangle Stitched Framelits, #148551
Butterfly Elements Sale-a-Bration product, sold out

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Creation Station February Blog Hop--Share What You Love

Hello!  Welcome to my blog and to the Creation Station February Blog Hop!
This month's theme is Share What You Love, with "love" being the operative word and "sweet or sassy, yet simple" being the descriptives to guide our creativity.  

It's no secret.  I love my dogs.  Lucky for me, Stampin' Up! has the stamp sets to help me show them off.  Bella, in the Bella & Friends stamp set, looks a lot like my little cocker Roxie (a/k/a Princess Trouble).  The dog in the new Happy Tails stamp set is a good representative for Jake, my daughter's lab/blue tick hound mix, who has taken up residence with us.  So, today,  I am sharing my pups with you with a simple Valentine card and gift bag:


Roxie is a small black cocker spaniel and yes, she does have a big fluffy tail (my groomer thinks she is an English toy spaniel--she's a rescue so we really don't know).  We do know she is the smartest dog we've ever had and she is trouble coming right at ya!  She also is a pink kind of girl, so I used a Flirty Flamingo paper pattern from the All My Love designer series paper pack, layered over Lovely Lipstick foil for my background.  I stamped her in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored her with Basic Black Light and Flirty Flamingo Dark Stampin' Blends.  I layered her over two Lovely Lipstick foil hearts die cut with dies from the Be Mine Stitched Framelits set.  I embossed the solid heart with the Tufted 3D dynamic folder.  The greeting is from the Forever Lovely stamp set.

Jake is Katharine's sweet old man pup.  He's almost 15 and came to live with us when he could no longer navigate the steps into Katharine's traditional Charleston, South Carolina home.  He lost his brother Luke a few months before he came to live with us, and he was lonely and skinny when he came.  With Princess Trouble as his new alpha buddy, he's fattened up and even killed a couple of squirrels since he's been here. He's kind of brindled with brown and gold and black, so I just stamped him in Soft Suede on Crumb Cake card stock. He is the focal point on this simple gift bag made with the large setting on the Gift Bag Punch Board and a 12" x 7-1/2" piece of an All My Love designer series paper with a Crumb Cake background.   After I was finished punching and scoring with the punch board, I scored along the top of the bag at 3/4"  and folded this piece to the front of the bag to create a cuff.  I used a Gold Library Clip tied with a doubled piece of linen thread to close the bag. Jake is also layered over a Lovely Lipstick foil heart with a greeting from the Happy Tails stamp set.

I loved the opportunity to share my pups with you!  Now head over to Jennifer Downey's blog and see what she has to share with us.


To Jennifer's blog . . . 



Sunday, January 6, 2019

Creation Station January Blog Hop--Happy New to You!

Welcome to the Creation Station January Blog Hop--Happy New to You!  We are celebrating new products in the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-Bration Catalog this month.   Whether you have arrived from Jennifer's blog or are starting this month's blog hop here, I am happy you stopped by.

There are so many wonderful new things in the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs, it was hard for me to choose!  I finally decided to feature a selection of projects using the Happiness Blooms suite of products.  This suite popped out to me with the bold floral stamp images and the bright colors in the designer series paper, enamel dots and Memories & More card pack.  I used some of my favorite products from the Annual Catalog with  new products in these three projects.

First up is a decorated baker's box. These great treat boxes have been carried over from the Holiday Catalog and are the perfect size for birthday, thank you or "just because" gifts:


The belly band hides the treat window, so there is a nice little surprise when you slide it off!  The greeting and the Lovely Lipstick ribbon are from the new All My Love Suite of products. The Night of Navy medium baker's twine and Whisper White polka dot tulle ribbon are from the Annual Catalog.  I thought they all paired so well with this bold pattern from the Happiness Blooms designer series paper pack.  I used a small bloom image from the Bloom by Bloom stamp set to stamp the background on my tag, then I added the greeting oval and some Pineapple Punch Happiness Blooms enamel dots.  The small bloom on the greeting oval is from a die cut sticker sheet in the Happiness Blooms Memories & More card pack.  

Next up is a birthday card using all of the colors in the Happiness Blooms designer series paper:  Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, Lovely Lipstick, Call Me Clover and Pineapple Punch:


The Happy Birthday greeting is from the new Amazing Life stamp set.  I stamped it in VersaMark and then heat embossed it with Pineapple Punch embossing powder (from the In Color embossing powder pack in the Annual Catalog). The Call Me Clover confetti was stamped with an image from the Birthday Backgrounds stamp set in the Annual Catalog.  The remaining stamped images are from the Bloom By Bloom stamp set in the Happiness Blooms Suite.  The Lovely Lipstick blooms were created with one of the four punches in the Bitty Blooms punch pack in the suite.  (You may purchase the punch pack in a bundle with the Bloom By Bloom stamp set).  I centered each of the punched blooms with a Night of Navy enamel dot and then added a few Pineapple Punch enamel dots to finish the card.

My last project is for a friend who is starting a new chapter in her life. I was flipping through the Happiness Blooms Memories & More card pack and found the perfect sentiment for her! 


I layered the 3" x 4" card on a piece of Call Me Clover card stock and then layered it over the coordinating designer series paper pattern.  I added Call Me Clover leaf ribbon, Calypso Coral sheer ribbon and some Call Me Clover enamel dots to complete the card.

Now, for more new product inspiration, head over to Kerstin's blog:


To Kerstin's Blog . . .


Sunday, December 23, 2018

Happy Tails Ornaments--#tgifc191

This week's TGIF Challenge is an inspiration challenge.  It inspired me to make a last minute stocking stuffer for my daughter.  The gift is also a sneak peek at a wonderful new stamp set in the Occasions Catalog--Happy Tails.

We are a dog family.  Each of our dogs has an ornament on our tree and I love putting each one on the tree--it brings back some great memories.  So I thought I would make Katharine some ornaments for her three dogs. All of them are rescue dogs and lab mixes--like the dog image in the new Happy Tails stamp set.  
 Two of them she shared with us.



Freckles came to our house during a storm one night.  He became Katharine's fast buddy and was sad when she left for college.  I'll never forget when she came home for the first time and Freckles was literally jumping for joy as she arrived.  He has an ornament on our tree and now he will have one on Katharine's:

When Katharine moved to Texas and had a home of her own she adopted Jake and Luke.  Jake reminded her of Freckles and Luke was Jake's brother.  They were never separated until Luke died earlier this year.  Jake is now living with us because he can no longer navigate all the steps at Katharine's house in Charleston.  He has a new buddy in Roxie, has fattened up and regained some of his youthful playfulness.  He's even regained his "squirrel killa" moniker since catching two squirrels.  Life with a new buddy, a big yard to run in and only one or two steps to navigate has reinvigorated him!

Luke is the one with black ears and Jake has the brown ears--it is the only way I was able to tell them apart.  The saying with the paw print die cut in a heart shape are on the back of each ornament. 

If you need some last minute gift inspiration, head over to the TGIF Challenges Blog and see all the projects submitted for this challenge:


Here's my supply list:
Happy Tails Bundle, #150631 (Available in the Occasions Catalog on 1/3/2019); includes at 10% off:
    Happy Tails stamp set, photopolymer, #148682
    Dog Builder Punch, #148543
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #; Early Espresso, #119686; Cherry Cobbler, #119685; Gray Granite, #146983
Festive Farmhouse designer series paper, #147820
Ink:  Soft Suede, #147115; Gray Granite, #147188; Crumb Cake, #147116
Stampin' Blends Combo Packs:  Soft Suede, #147273; Crumb Cake, #144601; Smoky Slate, #145058
Festive Farmhouse Cotton Twine, #147888
Linen Thread, #104199
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Sweet & Sassy Framelits, retired (oops!--there is a new heart framelits set coming in the Occasions Catalog.)




Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Gift Card Package--#tgifc190

The sketch for this week's TGIF Challenge looks like a gift package.  So that is what I made: a gift package for a gift card.

The tag hasn't got a name on it . . . yet!  And there is no gift card inside,  yet.
But it is a pretty fancy package for someone special!

I started with a 4-1/2" x 11-1/2" piece of Mossy Meadow card stock which I scored at 3" and then at 3-1/8".  Then I moved the 3-1/8" score line to 3" on my trimmer, scored, and moved that last score line to 3" and scored again.  That gave me a finished size of  4-1/2" x 3".  With a 1/8" gusset at the top so that my top layer would fit nicely around the folded piece:


I layered a piece of the Festive Farmhouse designer series paper over the same size of Cherry Cobbler card stock (3-1/3" x 4-3/8") for the front of my card holder.  Then I used a contrasting pattern from the same paper pack with a piece of Cherry Cobbler double stitched ribbon layered over it for the vertical "ribbon" on my package.  The horizontal ribbon also acts as the belly band for my package.  I layered the paper and ribbon on a piece of Mossy Meadow card stock to give the belly band more strength. 

I die cut a small circle out of Cherry Cobbler and then adhered some die cuts from the Pretty Pines Thinlits set to create a little background for my deer.  I inked the deer in Gray Granite then sponged on some Frost White shimmer paint before stamping the deer onto Gray Granite card stock.  I love the little bit of shimmer it adds--even though you can't really see it in the photos.  

I punched a thumb hole and then folded the bottom 2-1/2" piece up and adhered it with Tear & Tape to create a pocket for the gift card.

See lots of inspiring "gift packages" over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.


Here's my supply list:
Dashing Deer Bundle, #149935, includes at 10% off:
   Dashing Deer stamp set, clear mount, #147728
   Detailed Deer Thinlits dies, #147915
Card stock:  Mossy Meadow, #133676; Cherry Cobbler, #119685; Old Olive, #100702; Gray Granite, #146983
Festive Farmhouse designer series paper, #147820
Ink:  Mossy Meadow, #147111; Gray Granite, #147118; VersaMark, #102283
Frost White shimmer paint, #147046
Cherry Cobbler 1/4" double-stitched ribbon, #144117
1-1/4" Circle Punch, #119861
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Pretty Pines Thinlits, #141851

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Christmas Tags--#tgifc188

The TGIF Challenge this week is "anything but a card".  Since I am getting ready to wrap gifts, I decided to make some tags for this challenge.  There are several "made specifically for tags" type stamp sets in both the Annual and Holiday Catalogs.  I do not own a single one of them.  I do have several Christmas stamp sets, so I pulled out all of those, my card stock and holiday paper scraps, holiday washi tape, twine and a couple of punches to just have fun creating.  

Here are the six I created this morning:


An aside:  My photos are not the best today--I the tags this morning and then watched the state funeral for President George H. W. Bush.  I keep forgetting that this close to Christmas my light changes and it is hard to get good photos later in the day. 

As you can see from the photos, none of the tags are too complicated or over the top.  They were fun, easy and quick to make--always good this time of year.


I love the Joy to the World image in the Hearts Come Home stamp set, so I used it for my first tags.  I found a "just the right size" piece of Whisper White thick card stock, and simply used a piece of the Suite Season Washi tape across the bottom of the piece.  The pattern was Silver and Cherry Cobbler, so I stamped and embossed the greeting in silver, added a tab created with the Circle Tab punch and Cherry Cobbler card stock and used two pieces of twine for the tag ties:  Cherry Cobbler and Silver.  for the second one I placed the washi tape and a 1/4" wide piece of Silver glimmer paper across the top of the Blueberry Bushel tag, added the silver embossed greeting and snowflakes from the Colorful Seasons stamp set stamped using Frost White shimmer paint. 

For these, I pulled out scraps from the Festive Farmhouse designer series paper pack and die cut the scraps and a Very Vanilla and Cherry Cobbler scalloped circles using the Layering Circles Framelits.  The one with Roxie (this image from Bella & Friends looks so much like my pup) is for Roxie's groomer and boarder who treats her like the princess she is. I added the gold embossed greeting from the Dashing Deer stamp set and a little gold metallic thread behind Roxie.  Roxie was stamped in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink and colored with the Basic Black Light Stampin' Blends marker.  Since Ms. Patsy has also been taking care of my grandpup Jake for the last few months, I am going to make a similar tag using the new Happy Tails stamp set (it has a dog image that looks a lot like Jake, a lab/blue tick hound mix--I am not very patiently waiting for my Occasions Catalog preorder to arrive).  Ms Patsy will have two tags that can be used as ornaments tied to her gift from Roxie and Jake.

For the second circle tag, I used images from the Wishing You Well stamp set.    I added some Wink of Stella glitter to the wreath leaves and also to the ornament tab top.  To tie in the glimmer, I added some silver baker's twine.


These last two tags are the same design, just different colors.  I wanted to use both the Cherry Cobbler and Garden Green Suite Season Washi tape patterns.  I used the Cherry Cobbler tape on a Mossy Meadow tag and the Garden Green on  a Crumb Cake tag.  The tags were created with the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch.  I stamped each of the tags with the little flower image from the Dashing Deer stamp set in VersaMark.  Both deer images were stamped, one in Crumb Cake and one in Soft Suede and embossed with clear embossing powder.  I added Cherry Cobbler twine to the one tag and Garden Green to the other.

There is a great variety of projects over on the TGIF Challenges Blog this week.  Check them out here.


Hope I have inspired you to get out your Christmas stamp sets and make some fun tags.  I'll be making more this weekend!   



Wednesday, November 7, 2018

More Projects from Country Lane Suite

Recently, I shared two technique-centric projects we made at my Country Lane Product Suite Focus Class.  Here are two other projects from this class.

This is the first Lustrous White mini gable box I took apart at the seam!!!  I took it apart to emboss it with the Tin Tile embossing folder.  In the class, I showed how to brayer color on the inside of the embossing folder to give the beautiful embossed design a bit more depth with color. 

We decorated the box simply, using silver edged ribbon and silver mini sequin trim to bring out the sparkle in the box.  The greeting is from the Country Home stamp set, embossed in silver on Tranquil Tide card stock.  The greeting is layered over a Mint Macaron scalloped oval.

Stampin' Up!'s  Silver and Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes are perfect for making even the simplest of gifts special.

The following thank you note was the easiest project in the class.   I had not used the Mint Macaron and cotton bole paper design from the Country Lane designer series paper pack on a project in the class.  I HAD to use it because it is my favorite design in the pack!


Sometimes a simple thank you note is all you need.  On this one, we layered three different patterns from the County Lane paper pack to create the background for the greeting.  The greeting was stamped in Blackberry Bliss.

Here's my supply list:  

Country Home stamp set, photopolymer, #147678
Card stock:  Mint Macaron, #138337; Tranquil Tide, #144246; Whisper White Thick, #140272
Lustrous White mini gable boxes, #146961
Whisper White note cards & envelopes, #131527
Country Lane designer series paper, #147804
Ink:  Mint Macaron, #147106; VersaMark, #102283; Blackberry Bliss, #147092
Silver Stampin' Emboss Powder, #109131
Heat Tool, #129053
Silver 3/8" Metallic-edge ribbon, #144213
Silver Mini Sequin Trim, #144230
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706
Tin Tile Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, #147906