Friday, February 24, 2017

RemARKably Created February Blog Hop!

Good afternoon, friends!

I'm so excited to take part in another RemARKable Blog hop with the Sale-a-Bration demonstrators group!

While you are all hopping and having a great time, I'm at our Middle School State Wrestling tournament! Any wrestling moms out there? It's a crazy sport that a few years ago I was a strong no to any of my kids participating in.

Insert mental High School wrestling images here. I grew up in Wisconsin and its huge there. I remember farm boys bulking up all summer for football then IMMEDIATELY trying to drop some serious weight to make their weight classes. It was gross. But- my husband assured me that it's not supposed to be that way, and we've had a good experience for the last 3-4 years now.

Annnnnnyway- let's hope my 7th grader does a kick-butt job! He placed 8th last year at 70 pounds, and is now wrestling 77lbs this tournament, so we're excited to see how he does!

Rambling overload! Gah! Lets get to the pretties!

Today we will be highlighting our "must haves" from the Occasions Catalog and the Sale-a-bration catalog! You mean we have to choose?! Haha, its like picking your favorite child! 

My favorites have surprised even myself. You know when you first flip through the catalog, certain sets just appeal to you. But then, after the 100th browse and as more demonstrators got their pre-orders and started creating, the sets that I over-looked or didn't pay much attention to really stood out to me! 

Crazy how peer pressure works right? At least this is a "healthy" habit? 
We won't ask the husband his thoughts. 

Anyway, my original must have was the Party Animal suite and Tasty Trucks, ya know.. They are darling and have posted about it a few times. My new must have that is just soaking up all of my ink (like what I did there--haha) is the Avant Garden SAB stamp set!

Surprise right? I'm now a flowery girl and at first the set looked a little hokey to me. But then you all came around with your beautiful creations and that's all she wrote. I've been pinning them like cray-zay! 

Speaking of Avant Garden, I'm missing a stamp and I've all but died inside. Sigghhhhh. But- after I stamped this baby! Hopefully it'll come back to me soon. 

Have you ever done a "One Sheet Wonder" before? I haven't and it's tons of fun! I'm loving all the neat designs of this one!  

I hope you have enjoyed the the rest of the hop! Next up is Janet Wakeland, bringing you back to the start!!

Have a stamptastic day!! 

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Feeling Sweet for TSOT

Good morning, friends!

I apologize for being away so long. I was having some issues with blogger and then the weeks just slipped by! We are in the thicks of wrestling season over here and it is consuming my weekends.

Sigh...and repeat until May.

Then we are moving. So throw all that goes with a cross-country move in the mix. Haha.

We're just getting started, lol.

Anyway, you're here for some delightful creations, and I have a fun one to share today from Try Stampin' on Tuesday!

Remember this paper from waaaaaaaayyy long ago? I had a scrap and thought it would be cute with a swirly bird wreath. The side with the trees is actually the other side of the polka dot side. Easy right? My favorite part of our DSP collections. For the life of me I can't remember what this paper pack is called, eek! Something bird? 

Annnnyways, this is a great layout! So play along with us!! Just look at how sweet this layout is! 

Okay friends, I'll see you soon. Hopefully it won't be as long. 

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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Wacky Watercooler Blog Hop Part Deux!

Hey there! Didn't you just love Marsha's projects!! She's so talented.

Any who, it's been cooooooold here lately! We hit -50F (you read that correctly) in North Pole, Alaska yesterday and I'm glad I didn't have to venture farther than the end of the road for the bus stop! Today it's hovering around -40, so its warming back up. LOL!

I only live here because I love sharing this with friends.  Bananas, right?
For the hop! We were to make 2 projects for this to showcase the new Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-bration! I just loooooooovvvveeee the new catalogs. Actually, the whole year of Stampin' Up! catalogs have been probably the best BY FAR. Seriously. Love em. And hopefully will too after this hop! ;)

For my first project, I CASED (copy and selectively edit, share everything, you get the picture) the annual catalog! I used the Balloon adventures set and made this fun and very simple balloon card. Its simple because the stamps are photopolymer, so they are completely see through. That makes it easy to line them up without using a MISTI, Stamp-a-majig, etc. The sentiment is from the Sale-a-bration set Tasty Trucks!

For my second (and third) projects, I wanted to make a 3D item and a matching card that could be used as a gift set. I made this box using my gift box punch board and the thin cardboard that comes off the top of a new pack of grid paper! I used the Sale-a-bration (SAB) Carried Away DSP to decorate with retired Mint Macaron lace ribbon with the other SAB metallic ribbon combo pack. They are gorgeous! It measures 4x4x3.25 and used an 11x11 sheet of paper or the cardboard, like I used. 

The matching card for the box is this fun hot air balloon card! Since I had the perfect sized scrap, I might as well use it up, right? My favorite part of the DSP is you know what colors coordinate, making the choices much easier. I used the swirly bits from the cupcake cutout thinlits and the sentiment is from Glamper Greetings, which is on the carryover list! I think it matches perfectly! 

Thanks for joining us on this hop! I hope you enjoy and found some inspiration for your own crafty projects! Have a stamptastic day!! 

Click the watercolor links below to take you back, home, or continue onto Gail's great projects! Be sure to share the love and leave comments for everyone. 

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Let's Celebrater!

Good morning!

It's been a busy week ever here, wrestling tournaments, meetings, snow, oh my! Now, a deep freeze--apparently colder than -40F (which is the same as -40C if you didn't know) is coming starting tomorrow night. Brr...

Glad to finally relax a little this week. Until it gets all booked up! haha.

Today at Try Stampin' On Tuesday we have a great challenge for you to play along with! By great I mean it'll make you want to bust out 4 or more cards using the sketch! Neat-o right?

Here's the sketch!

Here's my take(s!):
Take 1: Celebrater

If you look closely, you'll see what I mean about 'celebrater' haha. I thought I would stamp off the image, but forgot this embossing folder debosses, and well not it looks like I added an 'r' on the end. I think it's funny, so it's staying! Isn't this embossing folder amazing? 

Trying to show the Wink of Stella accents!

Take 2: Because scraps! I already had the half sheet of Peekaboo Peach, so why not make another card? Flipped the papers around and added the Avant Garden stamp set in the coordinating in-colors and its a totally different card! The Work of Art stamp set was used to highlight the letters. 

Take 3: Monochromatic in Sweet Sugar Plum! I'm on a roll now! Using the in-color envelope papers on this one, I stamped the Celebrate and created a simple yet beautiful card. 

Take 4: A slightly different take! I actually made this kind of from memory and a few days before I made the other ones. The deer are from In the Meadow and they were actually recycled from a project long ago that never came to be and have been sitting tucked in a picture from on my desk. I broke out the Going Place paper stack (retired) and punched out the sentiment from Designer Tin of Cards and Banner and done! These adorable deer just needed the perfect project to be added to!

I hope you enjoyed all of these projects. It's amazing what a great layout can do for your creativity! Thanks for stopping by today and have a stamptastic day!

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