Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop Color Challenge



Hello all!  It is time again for another blog hop with some of the most talented ladies I’ve ever had the pleasure of “meeting.”  This will be my last, and I’m so thrilled that the subject is a Color Challenge.  Bright, beautiful color!  This month’s challenge focuses on the colors So Saffron, Rose Red, and Wild Wasabi.  I love this color combo and had so much fun just playing around with different ideas.  After a very rainy and dreary January, this was a much needed burst of brightness!  And, amazingly enough, I actually possess all 3 of these colors and didn’t have to make a last minute purchase to live up to the challenge!


I used the stamp sets Custom Tee and Tie Dyed.  I’ve been dying to do something with each of these since I first spotted them in the Occasions catalogue.  How fun are these??  And so incredibly versatile that you really could use them for just about any occasion.  The hardest part was figuring out which color combinations I wanted to use for my tie dyed looks.  LOL!


Here is a look at my finished card using the above products and the Cupcakes and Carousel DSP and coordinating card stock in Thick Whisper White, Rose Red, and Wild Wasabi.


I’m not really sure what on earth I’ll ever use this particular card for.  I may just frame it and display it because the colors are so cheerful.  The Rose Red combined with the Wild Wasabi may be my newest obsession.  I just love the way they look together!


I threw in a little Wink of Stella for some sparkle and finished it off with the Rule of Three rhinestones in the top right corner.

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look.  Please hop around and see what wonderful things the others have created.  And definitely leave a comment if you feel so inclined!  I’d love to hear your feedback!  And as always, if you’d like to purchase any of the items used in this project, hop on over to my online store!

Happy stamping!

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Global Stamping Friends Blog Hop FIVE

Christmas, and all of the craziness that it brings, is behind us.  The kids are back at school.  Life is resuming some form of normalcy.  Well, I’m learning a new job at work, thanks to a corporate buy out, so “normal” is really a relative term right now.  Ha ha!  Unfortunately all of the running, and shopping, and late nights, and brain-taxing have meant there hasn’t really been much time to craft and stamp.  I’ve had all of these wonderful ideas bouncing around, but the majority of the time, I’ve left my craft station frustrated because nothing wanted to translate to paper.  And then, Stampin’ Up! announced the Occasions catty preorder, and Sale-a-Bration, and that was all she wrote.  So many beautiful sets, so little time!

So, the Global Stamping Friends decided that a Sale-a-Bration themed hop was in order.  How else would we be able to show off these amazing products?!?!

Here are a few of the things I’ve created using products from the Occasions and Sale-a-Bration catalogues (that went live Jan 4th):


Dragon Fly Dreams

I have a special friend in mind for this Dragonfly Dreams card.  I just love the way it turned out!

Next up is the card I made for my cousin’s daughter, who turns 11 this week.  I used the Big on Birthdays stampset for this one.


And finally, because I don’t do much scrapbooking anymore, I decided to do a little something with this month’s Paper Pumpkin kit.  The Sale-a-Bration item is the beautiful metallic woven ribbon used for the accent.


If you’d like to purchase any of the products I’ve used here, please either email me directly or check out my online store!

That’s all I have until next time.  So, in the meantime, please take a look at the next blog, by Jenn Curtis Charles.



Or, hop backward and check out the previous blog by Anja Reuss.




December already? No way!

I cannot believe that it is December already!!   I know I say this at the beginning of nearly every month, but November really did fly by in a blink.  There has just been so much going on!  Major changes going on at work.  My baby turns 6 today.  SIX!!!!!!!!  We’re talking about taking the plunge and putting our house on the market.  We’ve outgrown the little house that we moved into 11 years ago.  Ok, let’s be real here……….. my Stampin’ Up! collection is seriously in need of its own space.  I have been confining my work station to the dining room table for a while now.  I’m ready to get seriously serious about getting out there and helping others learn to love these products as much as I do!

Now, with that being said, it’s time for a little Blog Hop Action.  It is time for the Global Stampin’ Friends December blog hop.  Our theme for the month is “All wrapped up.”  I have had so much fun scouring YouTube and Pinterest for ideas.  Below are my takes on some great tutorials from Anne’s Happy Stampers, Pootles Papercrafts, and the Artisan Design Team.


The top 2 were done using Candy Cane Lane DSP, vellum, and Real Red baker’s twine.

The next 2 were made using Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum, and Whisper White card stock, the Fancy Frost sequins, and stamped in Pool Party with the Tin of Tags photopolymer stamp set, and tied with Sweet Sugarplum glitter ribbon.

Finally, the last box was made using Crumb Cake, Pool Party, and Island Indigo card stock, Blooms and Bliss DSP, Pool Party glitter ribbon (retired), and stamped in Island Indigo with the Tin of Tags photopolymer stamp set.

I had so much fun making these little boxes and can’t wait to see what our next Global Friend comes up with!




Global Stamping Friends Bloghop THREE!

It’s my favorite time of month….. BLOG HOP TIME! This month’s theme is “festive projects.” I’ve got a bazillion ideas bouncing around in my head, but thanks to some crazy times at work, I’ve got very little time to execute them. So, my goal was to do something festive, yet simple. I was inspired by my favorite salt & pepper shakers. My mother in law gave them to me 10 years ago. My husband and I had been married 6 months, and it was our first Christmas in our house together. She knows I have a thing for penguins. So, she got me the cutest little penguin salt and pepper shakers. And, 10 years later, they still adorn my table every holiday season. They come out as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over.  As soon as I saw the stamp set Snow Place, I HAD to have it. So, without further ado, here is my Festive Project, inspired by my favorite Christmas gift:

In my humble opinion, one can NEVER go wrong with candles (or penguins)! All you need are a white candle, white tissue paper, StazOn, Stampin’ Write markers, a heat gun, and your stampset of choice. I love this project because it can be modified for any occasion. It’s so incredibly versatile. And best of all, SIMPLE. 

Have a great November, and happy stamping! 

Make sure you check out the rest of the projects by clicking below:


Foxy Friends baby shower double z fold card

I sat down last night and made a baby shower card for a friend. I’ve been dying to use the Foxy Friends set for something super girly. So I used it, along with the coordinating DSP to make this adorable double z fold card. 

Idiot me forgot to snap a pic before I wrote in it. Whoops!

I used the following for my measurements, but I tweaked the layers a bit. I wanted more of a border, so I made the bottom layer bigger, but kept the top layer the same. I found this on Pinterest. 

I used Blushing Bride as my base, and for the band base. Then used the Foxy Friends DSP for layer 1. I made a second panel of the 2.5 x 4so that I could put it on the middle panel. I stuck with the grays in the DSP. 

I used Sweet Sugarplum and Basic Black for pops of color and contrast, and stamped the fox in Sweet Sugarplum, then punched it out with the fox punch. The butterflies were done in Sweet Sugarplum and Blushing Bride with the Sunshine Sayings Thinlits. Finally, I embellished the flowers with small pearls and the butterflies with rhinestones. 

Thanks for taking a look! Please feel free to comment below!

Happy stamping!