Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop 16 — festive celebrations

img_3666If your home is like mine, it is turning into Christmas central! Having just bought our home, funds are a bit tight, but spirits are high and we’re all enjoying seeing the lights go up in our neighbors’ yards. My daughter will be SEVEN tomorrow, so this is always a special time of year for her!

So, keeping the Christmas spirit in mind, our GSF group decided that the theme for this month’s blog hop should be Festive Celebrations. I decided to use a few of the Christmas cards I’ve made for friends and family, and a couple for a swap group I’m in for this month’s hop. I’ve had so much fun creating these over the past month!

First, we have the card I created in bulk, to go out to friends and family. I used Old Olive for the base, a retired DSP that I have way too much of for my first layer, and the Ready for Christmas stamp set on a Whisper White 2nd layer. This stamp set looks like a coloring book scene at first, so I stamped with Basic Black archival ink and then used Stampin’ Write markers to color it in. The sentiment is cut out with the Layering Ovals framelits in Real Red and Whisper White. A little sheer Old Olive bow tops it off!

Of course it’s pictured with my Hedwig mug I got for my birthday. Lol

Next up, is this adorable Ho! Ho! Ho! card I made for a swap group I’m in. I used Crumb Cake and Whisper White for layering. The “DSP” was created by repeatedly stamping “ho ho ho” from the (retired) Get Your Santa On stamp set in VersaMark. Then Santa is placed on top. He was made using the Santa Suit stamps and coordinating Santa Builder framelits.

And finally, because right after Christmas, we celebrate NYE, I’ve got this gorgeous New Years eclipse card using Smoky Slate, Basic Black, silver glitter paper, and the Number of Years stamp set and framelits. That striped background is actually from a Paper Pumpkin kit, then colored with Wink of Stella to make the stripes shimmer.

I hope this holiday season finds you happy and healthy, and that no matter how you celebrate, you get to spend it with those you love the most! Thanks for looking, please feel free to leave a comment, and as always, happy stamping!





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Blog roll:

Anita Wifladt

Rebecca Urban

Libby Dyson

Jan Musselman

. Lisa Ann Bernard

Karie Beglau

Amanda Farlinger

Kimberley Anne Morris

Tricia Butts

Amanda Bates

Kristie Walthall (you are HERE)

Anastasia Radloff

Erica Jones

Jenn Charles Curtis

Marieke Bart

Courtenay Heuston

Angelique Stempelkeuken

Sarah McDermott



SU! Year End Sale Event

It’s that time of year to say goodbye to some of our favorite SU! Products. While it is sad, it’s also a great time to catch some great deals on retiring products!

Email me for a complete list of products on this list!

CASEing Tuesday group Blog Hop

Today marks the FIRST ever CASEing Tuesday Facebook group Blog Hop. This is a group I’ve been part of for a while now, but haven’t consistently participated in. Each Tuesday the group admins choose a card/project from one of the current SU! Catalogues, and everyone posts a picture of their spin on it. It’s so much fun to see how everyone’s interpretation of the chosen card!

In case you don’t know what CASE means, it’s Case And Share Everything, and you can copy it exactly, change a little, or change a lot. Just have to use the chosen card as your inspiration. This week’s card comes from page 44 of the Holiday Catalogue:

Here is my “take:”

I used a Night of Navy base, and two different patterns from Naturally Eclectic DSP for the base. The sentiment is Berry Burst & Whisper White cut out with layering Ovals framelits and then stamped in stamped off Berry Burst. A piece of Silver Ribbon for the bow. After a month of making Christmas cards, I decided that some non-traditional colors were a much needed break!

Thanks for looking. Please take a few minutes to check out all of the other CASEer’s cards, and feel free to drop by our Facebook Group to see some more of these talented ladies’ work!

CASEd Calendar part 4!

I have had so much fun with this little calendar project. I’m still pretty new to the idea of “mass production,” but I’d really love to have a selection of these in my Etsy store. Working outside the home full time, while also momming, makes this REALLY difficult for me at times. But, others do it, so I’ll find a way to do it. 🙂

So, for now, without further ado, here are the final months of my calendar project! If you’re interested in having this cute little desk calendar, or something like it — it’s totally customizable — please just let me know! Or if you’d like to make your own, email me and we’ll schedule a “play date!” Lol

Calendar part THREE!

I was at work today chatting with a customer when I realized, this month is already HALFWAY over! Halfway!!!!! I used to think my parents were crazy when they said that time goes faster the older you get. And now that I’m, ahem, well into adulthood, I’m seeing that they weren’t so crazy after all. I’d really love for time to slow down. I’m not at all ready for Christmas. So much crafting to do!!!! Gifts to make, cards to finish, and my calendar. 😜

So, with that being said, I give you the next three months of my hand made calendar!

Keep an eye out Friday for months August and September! I’ll save my favorite 3 months of the year for last. (the former preschool teacher in me realllllllly misses the fall holiday arts and crafts!)

Take a look, leave a comment, and happy stamping! ❤️

Calendar, part 2

It took me several days, and a couple of screw ups to finally get the February page of my mini calendar together. I am having SO much fun with this project! I just wish I’d discovered it sooner so that I could make loads of them to give out as Christmas gifts. Oh well, there’s always next year!

I realized after my last post that doing one month per post means it will take forever to get them all up. So, in order to expedite things, I’m going to try to do 2-3 per post. That gives me time to finish them and won’t take forever to get them all up!

So, with that said, here is my first stab at February:

I may have gotten ahead of myself a bit……….. Lol! At any rate, my Stamp-a-ma-jig saved the day. It allowed me to apply this stamp (from This Little Piggy)

Right where I wanted it.

All of that turned into one of my favorite pieces I’ve ever done!

For March I used the Tye Dye set from this year’s Sale-a-bration to “build” a shamrock since I didn’t have any appropriate stamp sets. Stamped in Emerald Envy.

And for April I used the Basket Bunch set with the coordinating dies to make this adorable Easter scene.

Ok, that’s it for today! More stamping tomorrow and more calendar pages Wednesday!

Thanks for looking, and happy stamping!

CASEd desk calendar

I was so inspired by our Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop last week that I decided I *needed* to try at least one of the other ladies’ projects. I purchased Jan Musselman’s printable calendar template and got to work!

I’ve decided to post my calendar in a series. One month per post. Once I’ve completed it, I plan on posting them for sale in my Etsy shop! So please stop by and take a look! Without further ado, here is the calendar “blank” that I had to work with:

They came in a PDF format, 2 per 8.5 X 11 sheet of paper, with easy to follow cutting instructions. I really need to start my Christmas cards, but this looked like so much more fun!

I used a Whisper White base for the calendar. For January I cut a 3.75×3.25 inch rectangle in Soft Sky, and then Shimmer White at 3.5×3. I off stamped snowflakes from the Colorful Seasons photopolymer stamp set in Soft Sky, then added die cut snowflakes in a silver glimmer paper.

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Thanks for looking, and happy stamping!