Christmas with a Twist



Sunday afternoon and hubby is watching the Patriots game, what better place for me to be than in my stamp room? I've got my favorite country music station on, a nice glass of wine, and lots of stamps to keep me occupied 🙂

My first stop for inspiration is of course the Flourishes blog to see what's new & exciting. I'm not really ready for Christmas yet, but this Christmas with a Twist challenge got me going. Make a Christmas card without using red or green? Fun!

While organizing my stash of designer paper today, I came across a new pad called Winter Frost from Stampin' Up!. It has all aqua/white/gray patterns. This made a perfect launching point for my card. My first thought for a stamp to use was the Flourishes Seasonal Wreaths set. I've had this set since last year but had yet to use the stamp that looked like those glass ornament wreaths you see around. I actually made one of those wreaths last year and loved it on my front door, until a windy day when it got whisked off my door and smashed all over my front steps! Luckily most of the glass shards are behind the bushes and won't hurt anyone, but what a mess that was!! 

Here are the other supplies I used for my card:

Copics: BG10, BG11, BG13, RV0000, RV02, RV06, B000, B02, B05, V01, V04, V06

Card Stock: SU! Basic Grey, X-PressIt Blending Card

Accessories: Basic Black Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Cord, Rhinestones, Mini Jingle Bells, Paper Piercing Tool (all SU!), Perfectly Pieced Victorian Ovals Die Set (Flourishes)


Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge – Paper Piecing


Today I'm joining in on the Flourishes challenge to create a stamped project which includes paper piecing. Not to be confused with paper piercing, paper piecing is when you stamp portions of your image on paper (usually decorative paper), cut out that portion and adhere it to your stamped image in place of coloring the image in. In my card above, I used paper piecing on my pinwheels to make them more colorful. 

The Pinwheels & Popsicles set is so stinkin' cute, I find myself using it over & over again! Here are the other supplies used on this card:

Ink: Copics (R20, R22, R24, BG10, BG11, BG14), Memento Tuxedo Black

Paper: Color Made Easy CS (Emerald Coast Collection), XPressIt Blending Card (White), Echo Park Beautiful Life

Accessories: Seam Binding Ribbon Teal Blue, Flat-backed Rhinestones colored with Copics, Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Circle Punches, Die & Border punch, dimensionals – all SU!

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My Favorite Things Sketch Challenge

Tonight I pulled out the most adorable set for the My Favorite Things Wednesday Stamp Club Sketch Challenge, called Springtime Wishes. I really enjoyed coloring in this little sweetie! I'm definitely going to need to pick up some more Doodle Garden stamps because they're so stinkin' cute!

Instead of listing the Copic colors I used, tonight I decided to take a picture of each group of markers:





Skin & Hair:

I used some white seam binding ribbon and colored it with my BV08 Copic, and did the same with the rhinestones in the bottom right corner. See those little heart stick pins? They used to be light pink, I colored those with my RV09 Copic. The DSP is from SU! but I don't know what it's called, it's all from the same pack, I know that much!

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Flourishes Make a Good Impression Challenge

It's so nice to be creeping up on fall (although you'd never know it around here today with temps in the mid 90's!), and getting back into a routine around here. Don't get me wrong, I loooove summer, but some crafty time for me is good for the soul, and I don't make time for it like I should in the summer months. 

Today I am playing along with the Flourishes Make a Good Impression Challenge, which is to use dry embossing somewhere on your project. I used an embossing folder on my card, and sanded the tops of the raised images a bit to show off the texture on the DSP. 

I used the set Zinnias, and the coolest part of the Silhouette Cameo is getting to use the cutting files and having the stamped image perfectly cut out with very little effort! The background behind the flowers is a Spellbinders Perfectly Pierced Victorian Oval.

I colored my flowers with Copics in R00, R43, R46, R59 and the leaves with YG03, YG05, YG07, YG09. 

I added a bit of Early Espresso Satin Ribbon (SU!), with a red button and some twine, all backed by DSP from the Echo Park Beautiful Life pad. 

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Flourishes Get in Shape Challenge


The other day I read the most recent Flourishes blog challenge, and instantly knew I'd be playing along with this one! I'm a huge fan of 3d items, so when we were challenged to "Get in Shape" (meaning make a shaped card or 3-d item) my mind starting cooking up my entry. Thankfully it was a challeng to get in shape with paper crafts and not for real, since that would take waaayyy longer than an hour or two! 

I recently ordered the Flourishes set called Pinwheels & Popsicles and I have to say I adore this set! So many images that are perfect for those happy occasions!

For my card I used the following supplies:

Stamps: Pinwheels & Popsicles (Flourishes)

Paper: Happy Day (My Mind's Eye), Melon Mambo (SU!), X-Press It Blending Card

Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), Copics RV0000, RV02, RV06, RV09 (Ice Cream), E000, E00, E31, E33, E35 (Cone), R43, R46, R56, R59 (Cherry)

Accessories: Rhinestones colored with RV09 Copic (SU!), Punch (SU!), Seam Binding Ribbon Festve Fuschia (Flourishes), White Satin colored with RV09 Copic (SU!), Rhinestone Brads (SU!)

For the purse, I needed to make a firm outer portion, so I glued together (with my ATG gun) my designer paper, a piece of cardboard, and a piece of Melon Mambo CS, like a 3-layer sandwich, then ran it through my Big Shot with the Sizzix Circle die, just offset enough to give a flat bottom to my purse. I did the same for the back, then made a small 2-1/2" x 2-1/2" box for the middle. I wanted to use satin ribbon for the handles, but didn't have any to match the ribbon on my card, so I colored up some white satin ribbon with my RV09 Copic. Aren't Copics the best? I did the same thing for the rhinestones on my card. This would be a great size to toss in a little tissue paper and a gift card. 

Thanks so much for stopping by 🙂

Flourishes Class in a Box

Happy September stampers! It's been a whirlwind of a summer around our house, from baseball to birthdays to camping, we have been having a great time. But now the boys are back in school, Nick started high school this year, and Ben started college! OMG I don't even know where those years went. As the song by Trace Adkins says, "You're gonna miss this". So true! (and one of my favorite songs)

Now that we're back in a bit of a routine, I've been sneaking down to my stamp room after dinner for a little "me" time. 

After having a couple of months off, I find myself in a bit of a rut creativity wise. Earlier this summer Flourishes began a monthly program called Class in a Box, and I jumped right on that bandwagon! All the paper cut, accessories included, plus a stamp set? And all I have to do is color the image with my Copics? Oh yeah I'm there!!

Well I got the first month's kit in June, and I finally got to start making the cards last week. The cool part of the kit is that you receive the supplies to make 2 each of 3 different cards. I'm not a fan of making the same thing twice, so I decided I'd make 1 each of the 3 different cards, then I'd switch out the stamp set to make a whole new variety of the same card. Yahoo, 6 different cards and I don't have to cut a piece of paper!! 

The first Class in a Box was called Call Me, using THIS stamp set. I used the supplies in the kit, but switched out my second set of cards for the stamp set called On the Porch and this is what I came up with:

Oh and by the way, forgive me if these pictures are a little off…my white box broke that I usually take my pictures in, so I went out to the deck railing today during sunset.

On the porch 1


On the porch 2

I hope you like what I've come up with. I also have another Class in a Box kit finished I'll share with you another day 🙂

Thanks for stopping by!

Flourishes Textures of Nature Challenge


Today I created a card using the Flourishes Textures of Nature challenge. I was so excited because I got to use my new Silhouette Cameo, and Flourishes has cut files to cut out the exact shape of many of their stamps! How cool is that?!?! This machine is SO awesome! I used it to make favors for Ben's graduation dinner too. I can't believe I used to spend hours designing, scoring & cutting boxes! 

Anyway, the challenge was to be inspired or use a texture from nature. I don't know if you can see it in this photo, but my background DSP is a woodgrain design. I used the Garden Picks set from Flourishes, colored with Copics. To color my flowers I used YR00, YR12, YR18, with a touch of R08. For the leaves/stems I used YG03, YG05, YG07, YG09 & YG67.

The DSP I used is called Lost & Found Market/Market Street from My Mind's Eye. I used Seam Binding Ribbon from Flourishes, and Lace with a decorative brad from Stampin' Up!.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge – One in a Melon


Wow, I just checked out my blog and it's been over a month since I've posted! So much has been going on since I last stamped…let's see, Nick has played a ton of baseball, we traveled to Delaware for a baseball tournament Memorial Day Weekend, we zipped through Washington D.C. very quickly, Ben went to his prom, attended awards night (where he was called up 7 times! Yup, one proud mom here!) and he also GRADUATED last weekend!! I added some pictures to the bottom of the post if you want to check them out 🙂

In other exciting news, our new shed was being delivered today, so I had to take the day off from work. Awww shucks 😉 The men were done with the shed by 10 am, which means I get the whole rest of the day to myself! Woohoo!

Since I had some time on my hands today, I turned to my favorite place to find a challenge to get me stampin', the Flourishes blog…and boy did they challenge me today! We were to make a card or project that moves or opens in a non-traditional manner. I haven't made a non-traditional card in quite a while, so luckily they had a list of possibilities right there! I chose the Circle Side Step Card because the instant I saw it I knew I was using my Wild for Watermelon set, since this half circle kind of looks like a piece of watermelon itself!

Here are the Copic colors I used to color the image:

Watermelon Rind: YG00, YG03, YG05, YG07, YG17, YG67

Watermelon Flesh: R20, R22, R24, R29, R59

I stamped my image and sentiment in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. The DSP I used is actually a Valentine's Day pack from Stampin' Up!, but they also looked good for a picnic to me! Then I cut a piece of the DSP to fit behind my clear button & adhered it with Crystal Effects, a little matching Seam Binding Ribbon and that will do it.

Okay, onto some pictures of what we've been up to:

Ben's prom:

Ben prom night

Nick at his baseball tournament in Delaware:

Nick delaware

Nick's team did pretty well in the tournamnet, making it to the quarter-finals. At home they're in first place in their division with a record of 10-0!

A quick trip through Washington D.C. on the way home:

Washington dc
(I can't get over how short I look in this picture!! Nick is only 13 years old and he's 6'1" tall, I'm really not THAT short!!)

And the highlight of our summer, Ben graduated last weekend. We couldn't be more proud!! Ben went to a vocational school for automotive, and he is already working full time as a mechanic at a Toyota Dealership, and he will go to school to become certified in Toyota repair in the fall. 

Ben graduation

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today :) 

Flourishes Triple Play Challenge

Well hello there! Wow it's been a long time since I've stamped!! First, I'd like to thank all of my loyal visitors for continuing to come back and check out my blog while I was away 🙂 It's been a busy summer so far, with many, many baseball games, and lots of camping in our new camper…did I tell you we bought a brand new trailer?…Well it is heavenly! It's got truly everything I would ever want for camping, of course I'm no tent camper, I like to have all of the conveniences of home while "roughing" it 😉 We've had a lot of great family time, with plenty more summer to go! With Ben turning 17 next week and Nick turning 13 two weeks after that, I've got to take it while I can!

Now, onto stamping!! Oh how I've been itching to get back to it. A little country music and my stamp room all to myself while Jeff and the boys are at the baseball field…because what else would you be doing on a night with no baseball game? Why practicing baseball of course! 

I follow Flourishes on facebook, so when I spotted some beautiful new cards posted recently I couldn't wait to put my Copics to use! The challenge that caught my eye was the Triple Play Challenge, use 3 of anything…well I'm a little rusty but even I can pull off using 3 of something! I turned to a perfect summertime set by Flourishes, Strawberries. 

The other supplies I used are: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso & Cherry Cobbler CS, Early Espresso Satin Ribbon, Pearls (colored with Copic R59), Stampin' Sponges, Soft Suede Ink, and embossing folder all by Stampin' Up! The White card stock is Pure Luxury by Gina K., Memento Tuxedo Black to stamp my strawberry & sentiment, and some random checkered DSP I thought would go well with strawberries because it reminds me of a picnic, I have no idea where I picked that up. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Copic Marker Storage

Yesterday I told you that I save everything right? Well here's a good example of why! I wanted a good way to store my Copic markers by color. I had the cases they came in, but that wasn't really working for me. I remembered I had seen someone who used a wine rack and clear plastic cups on the internet (this was probably a year or two ago and I remembered how much I liked it, so I don't really have a website to refer you to on that one).

One night Jeff & I were stopping at the Verizon store, which happens to be right next door to Pier I Imports, so I popped in there & picked up a couple of the wine racks you see here, they were only $12 each and came in black or silver. Well I can't tell you how hard it was to find the right sized cups to fit in those racks!! I didn't want to spend a fortune, I didn't want glass, what was I going to do? Then it hit me…Pringles cans!!

I'm so happy with the way this turned out. The Pringles cans were perfect, because I could cut them down to any size with my xacto knife, then I just cut an angle out of the top of each one so I could reach in & grab my colors easily. I covered each can with SU! Flirtatious Specialty dsp. The 3 racks were just the right size, but if when I have too many markers, I can just add another rack 🙂

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