Tuesday, November 25, 2014

3rd Annual Team Beach Retreat

I can't believe I haven't posted the fun details about my annual Stampin' Up! team beach retreat from the beginning of October. (I had pictures uploaded...just hadn't posted yet. Distracted much?)

Myself and four other demonstrators (including my upline and two of my downline) whisked ourselves away to Bella Beach in Oregon (just a little south of Lincoln City) where we stayed THREE nights and stamped the weekend away! It was so. much. fun! I got a ton done and it was nice to just recharge for the weekend doing the things we love!

I should have taken a picture of what the living room looked like before we took over! This was the second year we stayed in the exact same house. We might need to look for another house to stay in if our team keeps getting bigger! The bonus for staying at this house, though, is that we got to stay the 3rd night for FREE...such a great deal!

Here is our set up...

The name of the house...

Laura, Kim, Terri, Andrea, and me...

Although we spent most of our time indoors and it did rain a little (come on...it's the Oregon Coast ~ of course it rained! :), we did go for a nice walk to see the ocean. We came right when it was high tide and the water came right up to the stairs, so we couldn't even walk on the beach.

We started a new tradition this year and brought a "Secret Stamper" gift to exchange. We each drew a name and that is who we gave our gift to. It was fun to get a present!

My gift was from Andrea (my upline). She packaged the gift with a Paper Pumpkin box turned inside out. Inside she covered the box with DSP and there was a package of tissues, chapstick, and lotion.

This is what it looked like before I opened it. That Santa is so clever! His mustache/beard is made with the Bigz Bow Die.

Andrea received her gift from Terri. Doesn't Andrea coordinate colors perfectly with the cute fry box Terri made her? Inside are some little goodies and it's finished off with a tag. So creative!

This is my big sister Kim (and one of my downline). Her gift was from Laura. A cute little box filled with a package of tissue, hand sanitizer, a file, and other goodies.

Laura received this fun candle from Kim. It is shaped as a coffee mug. Too cute!

Terri (one of my downline) received this gift from me. One of our polka dot bags turned into a different shaped bag (see my post here) and a chevron bag filled with notecards using the stamp set "For the Birds" (see my post here).

Most of the weekend was spent doing whatever we wanted, but we also brought some make n takes that each of us could make at some point during the weekend. It gave us a chance to "take a break" from having to be creative on our own and we could just stamp to enjoy it with someone else doing all the prep work.

Make n Take Cards

This the card I designed for the girls to make. It might already look familiar as it was my swap card I created for the Holiday Catalog Swap with the Control Freaks.

I already can't wait for next year's retreat!! Tonight is our Stampin' Up! Team Meeting, so I'll be back to share some of our swaps and the inspiration that came from the meeting!

Leave a comment if you have any questions on anything I shared with you today!

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Friday, November 21, 2014

ssink - quick and easy with petite petals

November card night was this week (we meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month!). It was such a fun night and I am still so amazed that all 23 stampers fit in my living room rotating table to table.

Today the SSINK designers are showcasing some quick and easy cards on our blog and I wanted to share one of the cards we made at card night. To help me with my creative mojo, I found this sketch from Retro Sketches that worked perfectly with the Petite Petals stamp set that I wanted to use.


Not sure if you can see it but on the left hand side of the card I used my Scoring Tool to create three score lines to give it something "extra" on the left part of the card.

Calypso Coral & Crisp Cantaloupe - what a duo!

Stamp Sets
Petite Petals, Gorgeous Grunge, A Dozen Thoughts
Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Pearl Accents, Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
Scoring Tool

Thanks for sticking with me...looks like I'm on a "once a week" posting schedule, but I don't want that to be for long!! I definitely have a couple more cute cards to share with you all, so stay tuned!

Friday, November 14, 2014

ssink ~ festival of trees

Hi Stamping Friends! I have been a little non-existent here on my blog. Most of it is due to my crazy idea to swap rooms so that my stamping studio will now be downstairs instead of upstairs. Of course this is all after redoing my craft room last December. My sweet husband...he's so patient with me!! He helped with the transition all without one bit of complaining. I am in the final organizing phases of where "this and that" goes, but I hope to be done soon so I can actually start stamping again!!

Before I moved rooms, I planned some cards for one of my Card Clubs at the beginning of the month. Because we aren't meeting in December, I wanted to design at least one Christmas card everyone could make. I just love the Festival of Trees stamp set and coordinating punch! Topping off the tree with a gold glimmer star was the perfect finishing touch!!

Stop on by the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog for some more inspiring Christmas cards!

Stamp Sets
Festival of Trees, Endless Wishes, Good Greetings
Pistachio Pudding, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Pistachio Pudding, Trim the Tree DSP Stack, Gold Glimmer Paper
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, 1/8" Gold Taffeta Ribbon
Tree Punch, Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch, Bitty Star Punch

Sunday, November 2, 2014

the creation station blog hop - seasonally scattered

I can't believe that November is already here! Seriously...where did October go?! It's the 1st Sunday of the month and that means it's hopping time with The Creation Station, so I hope that you will hop along with us and get a little inspiration today!

For today's hop we were able to choose from the following (any or all):
1. Stamp Set: Seasonally Scattered
2. Theme: Gift Card Holders
3. Accessory: Gift Card Holders using our dies or the Gift Card Enclosure Pack

I chose the Seasonally Scattered stamp set to showcase today. What a fun set this is!! The card I created to share today uses a fun fold. Take a peek in the photo tutorial below.

The front flap tucks underneath the baker's twine.

I used the And Many More stamp set and using a marker colored in just the GIVE part of the "Give Thanks" sentiment in this set. By doing this I could turn this card into a Thanksgiving card. I used this similar technique with this card, as well. This up close picture also shows the two different colors I used on the stamp ~ Tangerine Tango and Crushed Curry.

These Autumn Wooden Elements are such a fun addition to Fall cards!
Stamp Sets
Seasonally Scattered, And Many More
Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry
Whisper White, Tangerine Tango, Sahara Sand, Mottley Monsters DSP
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensional, Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine, Autumn Wooden Elements
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Bitty Banners Framelits Die

I am so glad you stopped by for a visit! Continue on the hop to visit Jennifer Frost or hop backwards to visit Sara Levin. Click on the buttons below.


Monday, October 27, 2014

ssink - masculine monday

Today at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog we are sharing cards that are suitable for all the men in our lives! This card was a CASE from something I saw on Pinterest by Deena Boos. I changed it to have more of a masculine feel using the Retro Fresh Washi tape and turned it into a birthday card. This was one of the four cards my guests could create at last week's card night and I even gave them the option of turning it into a Halloween card if they wished!

Stamp Sets
Label Love, Tape It
Coastal Cabana, So Saffron
Tangerine Tango, Very Vanilla
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Retro Fresh Washi Tape
Label Punch

We'd love for you to stop by to see what other cards the SSINK designers have created that are quick and easy! Click on the picture below to head on over for a visit!

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

ssink - quick and easy

It's quick and easy cards today at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog. I love how easily these two baby cards came together...both using the same layout. I needed a handful of "congrats baby" cards and really wanted something I could create in a snap! After deciding on this layout, I just changed up the colors to match whether it's for a boy or girl!

Stamp Sets
Zoo Babies
Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Smokey Slate
Melon Mambo, Bermuda Baby, Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Brights DSP (Daffodil Delight Chevron)
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Melon Mambo 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Bermuda Baby 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Pearls
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Circle Framelits, Bitty Banner Framelits, Bitty Heart Punch

We'd love for you to stop by to see what other cards the SSINK designers have created that are quick and easy! Click on the picture below to head on over for a visit!

Sunday, October 19, 2014

control freaks tour - Fall/Gratitude

Ready to hop along this month with the Control Freaks? If you've already been hopping, you should have just come from Judy DiScipio's blog. This month the theme is Fall or Gratitude. I wasn't able to participate last month in the Halloween-themed hop, but since Halloween is in the Fall I decided to share a little Halloween fun, too!

I decided it would be a good idea to use the same layout for both a Halloween card and a Thanksgiving card using the Mottley Monsters Designer Series Paper and Fall Fest stamp set. I love this fun paper, but didn't really realize just how much until I saw it in person. The pumpkins/leaves designs are back to back with each other so I just had to flip the paper over to fit the look of the card I was hoping for. The sentiments both come from the Mingle All The Way stamp set in the 2014 Holiday Catalog. Both of those sentiments fit perfectly in the blank space!

The differences between the two?
  • The Halloween card uses the Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine; whereas the Thanksgiving card uses pieces I pulled apart from the Burlap Ribbon.
  • The Halloween card uses the Edgelits border right underneath the DSP; whereas the Thanksgiving Card uses the Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch.
  • I simply added a "face" to the pumpkin for the Halloween card and chose to leave the Thanksgiving pumpkins plain.

Stamp Sets
Fall Fest, Mingle All the Way
Black Memento, Tangerine Tango
Tangerine Tango, Basic Black, Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Mottley Monsters DSP
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Tangerine Tango Baker's Twine, Burlap Ribbon
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Edgelits, Fun Fall Framelits Dies, Dotted Scalloped Ribbon Border Punch.

I also wanted to play around with making some "gratitude" tags that I could stick to a gift during this Fall season. I used the Project Life Holiday Cheer stamp set ("so thankful" and small leaf) and the Merry Everything stamp set, both from the 2014 Holiday Catalog. The tags are made using the Scalloped Tag Topper Punch. That punch always makes quick work of making tags! Not sure yet what I plan to attach them to, but they would be cute attached to a loaf of yummy pumpkin bread!

Stamp Sets
Project Life Holiday Cheer, Merry Everything
Crushed Curry, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie
Whisper White, Moonlight DSP Stack
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals, Blackberry Bliss Ribbon, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie Taffeta Ribbon, White Baker's Twine, Rhinestones, Autumn Wooden Elements
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Bitty Banners Framelits, 3/4" Circle Punch, Scalloped Tag Topper Punch

http://jkcardsonline.com/Hope you got a little bit of inspiration today! Keep on hopping over to Justin Krieger's blog to see what he has in store for all of us!

the creation station blog hop - all about wreaths

I took a quick break from The Creation Station Blog Hop for the 1st Sunday of the month, but now it's the 3rd Sunday and we are back with another hop for you all to enjoy! Thanks for coming along to see all of the inspiration we have for you today. If you have already been following the hop, you probably came here from Teneale's blog. Yippee!! That means you're in the right place. :)

For today's hop we were able to choose from the following (any or all):
1. Stamp Set: Wonderous Wreath (and/or coordinating framelits!)
2. Theme: Wreaths
3. Accessory: Gift Box Punch Board

Last weekend I went away on a beach retreat with some of my Stampin' Up! buddies. It was 2 1/2 days of crafting bliss!! (I am already awaiting next year's retreat!) I was so excited to get caught up on projects I knew were coming up...and this hop was one of them! I actually don't own the Wonderous Wreath stamp set, but one of my friends I was with had it and let me do a little playing around with it.

I decided to create a card that actually opened up like double doors would. Here is a picture of the card laying flat. It's still the right size to slip perfectly into an envelope.

Standing up you can see it begins to open up in the middle...

And another view...

The Wonderous Wreath is attached to the left side of the card and the pumpkin and sentiment is attached to the other side, both using Dimensionals.
Stamp Sets
Wonderous Wreath, Fall Fest (pumpkin), For All Things (sentiment)
Hello Honey, Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, marker - Chocolate Chip (for pumpkin stem)
Hello Honey, Very Vanilla
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensionals
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine, Wonderful Wreath Framelits Dies, Fun Fall Framelits Dies, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Bitty Banner Framelits Dies 

While also away for the weekend, I decided to pull out the Frightful Wreath Simply Created Kit that I won while at Stampin' Up's Convention during a Prize Patrol!

I wanted to go a little "out of the box" instead of how the Frightful Wreath kit was created for. Here is the original version of the wreath, which I think is awesome, but...I just wanted something a little different,

{Please excuse the lighting below...I had to take off the flash to lessen the shine on the mirror!}

Here is my simplified "different" version. You can see that I pulled in some extra elements by using the Burlap Ribbon and I turned one of the burlap bags from September's Paper Pumpkin Kit into a little bow for added whimsy. There are many pieces of the wreath kit that I didn't use (like the sparkly web and beautiful beaded spider) which I plan to use in other ways...maybe I'll come back to update when I do find the perfect project for those pieces!

I made the same rosette from the original wreath, but just cut it down a little smaller. I added the "happy" from a different stamp set, but used the Halloween from the Frightful Stamp Set that also came in my prize patrol package. 

You may notice that this is one of the burlap bags from the September's Paper Pumpkin Kit. I turned it into a little bow by wrapping the Tangelo Twist Satin Stitched Ribbon around the middle. 

Thank you again for stopping by! Continue on the hop to find more wonderful inspiration! Next stop is the talented Jennifer Downey or if you are hopping backwards, click on the back button to visit Teneale Williams' blog and see what beautiful creations she is sharing today.


Friday, October 17, 2014

ssink - gorgeous grunge halloween

Over at the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration blog a few of the designers are sharing cards using the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set. It's a simple card, but I think it really packs a punch! I did add the witches boot using Bootiful Occasions because I thought it was the perfect addition to this Halloween card.

Gorgeous Grunge stamp set

I also used the Fab Friday 52 Color Combo.

Stamp Sets
Gorgeous Greetings, Bootiful Occasions, Good Greetings
Tangelo Twist, Blackberry Bliss, Memento Black, marker - Tangelo Twist
Tangelo Twist, Basic Black, Whisper White, Silver Glimmer Paper
SNAIL Adhesive, Stampin’ Dimensional
Paper Snips

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