Monday, December 30, 2019

New Honey Bee Bundle with Stampin' Up!

Hello and Happy Monday!  I wanted to take a minute to share a card I made this past weekend with the adorable new Honey Bee Bundle from Stampin' Up!  It is so super cute and fun to use!

Not only are the stamps and sentiments adorable, but that coordinating Golden Honey Specialty DSP that is available in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog is Ah-mazing!!!  I couldn't believe that it was free with just a $50 purchase!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings and Happy New Year!  Tina

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Stampin' Up! Country Club Suite, Club House Bundle!

Hello and Happy Sunday!  I hope you are having a fabulous day!  I've taken a couple of days to decompress after the Christmas Holidays.  My husband is working this weekend so I had a lot of time to make cards and it was sooo much fun since I had new products!  One of the best advantages of being a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator is having the opportunity to preorder.  The new Occassions Catalog is so fun of fun products that you will love and will be available to non-demonstrators on January 3rd!  One of my favorite new suites is the Country Club Suite!  If you struggle with masculine cards, this is a great suite to get you started!  Both my hubby and my step-son love to golf so this suite will get used a LOT!  The Desginer Series Paper is awesome as is the coordinating set of twine! 

Here's my first card using the Country Club Suite...

The images are very easy to color because they have already done the shading for you!  Those are my favorite type of images!  I love the coordinating twine and love the fact that you can unravel the edges to give you a cool look!  Isn't the DSP so pretty in the background!

And for the inside, here's what I came up with....

I absolutely LOVE the sentiments in this set!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings to you for the new year!  Tina

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

SIP Challenge #207 - Holidays with Stampin' Up! Perfectly Plaid and Tiny Keepsakes

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and are back into the swing of every day life again!  I was off work from Wednesday through Sunday and it was super hard to get up on Monday morning and back to work!  

This week over at Stamp, Ink, Paper we have a Holidays theme challenge.  I tried to make some card this year that were a little more clean and simple than what I normally make.  Here's what I came up with using the Perfectly Plaid Bundle and the Tiny Keepsakes Stamp Set.

I used the Tiny Keepsakes stamp set to stamp the little plaid background squares.  They were stamped in Real Red onto Whisper White and then cut out with the stitched squares from the Stitched Shape Dies.  I mounted them on a 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" square card.  I stamped the tree from the Perfectly Plaid stamp set in Shaded Spruce and used the 2 step coordinating stamp to fill in the color of the leaves.  I punched it out with the coordinating punch.  I added some red metallic thread behind the trees with dimensionals and added it to the center of my card.  I stamped the sentiment and cut it into a small rectangle and added it to the bottom of the tree and then finished it off with three green sequins.  So simple but super cute and easy to make!  I've listed the supplies below if interested!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Product List

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

SIP #206 Stamp, Ink, Paper Thanks Card Challenge

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  It's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge and I was determined to use a stamp or two from my stash that I hadn't used before!

I actually used 3 products that I hadn't used befoe!  First I used two older products from Hero Arts that I honestly think they don't even carry anymore... The Hero Arats Bamboo Background Stamp and the Color Layering Koala Stamp Set.  At least I combined them with a NEW product.. and it's one of my favorites... The Concord & 9th Tall-Type Alphabet!  If you are a fan of the Rae Dunn Craze like I am, you'll love this awesome Long Letter Aphabet!!!!  Oh my when I saw this new Alphabet set from Concord & 9th I was soooo excited!  

Thanks so much for stopping by! 
 Blessings,  Tina

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

SIP #205 - Color Challenge with Unity Stamp Co. Fall To Go and Rustic Textiles Patterned Paper

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  Challenge #205 over at Stamp, Ink, Paper is a Color Challenge that is perfect for your fall or Thanksgiving Cards!

Since I'm all about Coffee, I decided to pull out my Unity Stamp Co. Fall To Go Stamp Set and paired it with the awesome Unity Rustic Textiles Patterned Paper!

I cut apart the sentiment "Grateful Thankful Blessed" so that I could use just the Blessed.  I wanted as much of that gorgeous Patterned Paper to show.  Actually the Blessed would have fit in the bottom section of the Coffee Cup Image but I chose to stamp it seperately this time.  I used Stampin' Up! Stampin' Blends to color in the Orange (Pumpkin Pie), Red (Cherry Cobbler) and Brown (Crumb Cake) in the image.  I used a Stampin' Up! Stitched Rectangle to cut the image out and then backed it with a Soft Suede Cardstock layer.  It then layered on the beautiful plaid patterned paper and was mounted on an A2 Card Base made of Soft Suede Cardstock.  

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

SIP #204 Stenciling or Masking Challenge

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  It's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge and this time we have a super fun stenciling or masking challenge!  There's soooo many possibilities!

I've been trying to coordinate my DT challenge cards with my card needs and this one worked out perfectly.  My sweet soon-to-be eight year old granddaughter, Laken, requested a Mermaid Card for her birthday.  I used my MFT cloud stencil to the bottom of the card to make waves for this one!


I blended Broken China and Tubled Glass Distress Ink with an Ink blending tool over the MFT Cloud Stencil onto the bottom of a panel of Bristol Smooth Cardstock to make my waves.  My Mermaids were from the FSJ Mermaid Kisses Stamp and Die set (retired).  For my Mermaid Tail, I used SU Watercolor Pencils and an Aqua Painter to color it in.  For the Mermaid on the right I used Stampin' Blends Alcohol Markers to color it in.  The sentiment from the same stamp set was stamped with Versafine Onyx Black Ink and then Clear Embossed.  I finished the panel off by attaching to a Bermuda Bay Card base and adding three sparking clear PPP confetti.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

SIP Challenge #203 - Halloween Challenge with Lawn Fawn Cute Cobweb Dies

Hello and Happy Tuesday!  I've had quite the weekend as my fourth granddaughter was born on Saturday!  She was actually due on October 4th but there were a lot of circumstances that made the labor much longer than we expected, causing us to have a little October 5th baby.  Since my daughter had already given birth to three girls and none of her labors were more than 7 hours, we expected this time to be the similar.  Well let me tell you... every baby and every delivery is different.  Emersyn had her little hand above her head which was the first glitch.  Almost every time Christine had a contraction, Emersyn's heart rate dropped.  Later on, she finally moved her hand and was engaged head first but she was face up instead of face down and that caused issues.  Christine had been working with a mid-wife at the Hospital but she was unble to flip her into position so her Doctor was contacted to come in.  Dr. Braxton was able to successfully flip her to a face down position and finally after 16 hours of labor, Emersyn was born at 5:45am on October 5th.  It was quite a night for this old lady.  I was up for around 26 hours and when I went to sleep, I only slept 2 1/2 hours Saturday morning.  We are so blessed that everyone is happy and healthy!  So let me introduce you to Emersyn Rae Haltaufderheide!  She weighed in a 6lbs, 14 oz and was 20.5" inches long!

I'm home now and back to work and trying to get everything else back to normal as well.  That being said, it's time for another Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge and this time it's all about Halloween.

  I don't have a lot of current Halloween products so I went with a simple card utilizing the fun little Lawn Fawn Cute Cobweb Dies.

This was super duper easy.  I started with a 4" x 5 1/4" panel of Tim Holtz Watercolor Paper and some Spiced Marmelade Distress Ink that I blended into the upper left corner.  I spritzed a little water onto it after ink blending and then dried it with my heat tool.  I used the Lawn Fawn Cute Cobweb to cut out my cobweb and spiders from Basic Black SU Cardstock.  I used some Gina K Designs Connect Glue to adhere it to the upper left corner.  The larger spider was attached using very thin strips of foam tape.  The "eek" was cut from an Amuse Studios die that I bought a few years ago on clearance.  I cut it out three times and layered it and then added it with more of the Connect glue.  I added clear Wink of Stella over the spiders and the "eek" to add some shine.  Finally I added a few black splatters to finish this one off!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Growing in Unity Blog Hop!

Hello and welcome to The Growing in Unity Blog Hop!  If you've already been hopping, thanks so much for continuing on.  If you've started with my blog, please make sure to take the hop for lots of Unity Inspiration!  I have two cards to share with you today.

My first card is all about coffee!  I've used the Fall To Go Stamp Set along with the Coffee Lovers Paper Pack!

I stamped my cup with Versafine Onyx Black Ink onto a sheet of Bristol Smooth Cardstock.  The cup was colored with Zig Clean Color Markers... they blend beautiful onto the Bristol Smooth  Cardstock!  The cup is so big and beautiful that I almost didn't use a sentiment at all but I realized there was some blank space at the bottom of the cup that was just enough room.  Then I did the unthinkable... I cut the blessed off of the sentiment.  But don't worry... I cut it in such a way that if I want to add it back to stamp the full sentiment, it will fit back in like a puzzle piece.  Isn't the background paper from the Coffee Lovers Paper Pack beautiful!  I matted the background in Black and then added some mustard lace trim that I thought fit the color scheme nicely.   After cutting the cup image out with a stitched rectangle die, I added it to the cardfront with some foam squares at the top and the bottom and avoided the middle where the lace trim was.  

My next card is a simple Christmas Card using the Yuletide Border Background Stamp and the A Joyous Season Sentiment Kit Stamp Set.  It has such beautiful Christmas greetings!

The background border stamp was stamped in Soft Suede Ink and colored with Stampin Blend Alcohol Markers.  I used a stitched rectangle die to cut out a panel and added it to a Cherry Cobbler A2 Cardbase.  I stamped the sentiment onto a piece of Neenah Classic Solar White Cardstock first with Versamark, and then with Real Red Ink and then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.  The sentiment was cut out with a smaller stitched rectangle die and added with foam squares onto the middle of the card panel.  I finished this one off with three sparkling gems.

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Please make sure to stop by!  Since I'm the last on the hop, to continue on, just click Crystal's link and start back at #1.  Blessings, Tina

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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

SIP Challenge #202 - We're back with a Designer's Choice!

Happy Tuesday!  I'm sooo excited that Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge is BACK!  Our Challenges will now run for 2 weeks and will be up every other Tuesday!  We're starting off right with a Designer's Choice!  That's another big Yay!

I have to tell you that I'll probably be wearing you out with Christmas Cards, especially on Designer's Choice Challenges.  I absolutely LOVE the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog.  There are sooo many awesome sets and bundles to choose from.  Today's card was a mix of the Beautiful Boughs Dies and the Tidings All Around Stamp Set.  I also used some of the Wrapped in Plaid 6x6" DSP.  

For the greenery, I did a light wash of Shaded Spruce and Call Me Clover onto Watercolor Paper but used the white of the Paper as well in the die cuts to mimic snow tipped branches.  My thick Whisper White Cardstock has a 5 1/2" x 4" layer of Wraped in Plaid DSP.  I ran a piece of the Cherry Cobbler and White twine (retired) across the top and tied it in a bow on the left side.I adhered the greenery and the pine cones with liquid adhesive directly onto the front panel.  I used a scrap of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock to cut my label and heat embossed the sentiment in White.  To finish it off I added three spraking jewels.  I love how this one turned out and hope that you do too!  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  If you are interested in the Stampin' Up! Supplies that I used, the list of products is at the end of this post.  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Product List

Friday, September 20, 2019

Simple Christmas Card with Stampin' Up! Perfectly Plaid Bundle

Am I the only one that loves a super cute card that is also super simple??  Well I promise you that there are so many options with the new Stampin' Up! Perfectly Plaid Bundle!  

I only used two colors in this simple and fun card... Whisper White and Cherry Cobbler!  My card base was an 11" x 4 1/4" piece of Thick Whisper White Cardstock, scored at 5 1/2" inches.  I used my Stitched Rectangle Dies (2nd from the largest size) to cut a piece of Cherry Cobbler Cardstock.  The sentiment from the Perfectly Plaid Stamp Set was stamped in Versamark Ink and then heat embossed in White.  I stamped three of the Plaid Christmas Trees from the set onto a scrap of Whisper White cardstock and then used the coordinating Pine Tree Punch to punch them out.  I ran Cherry Cobbler and White Twine (retired) aross the upper center section of the Cherry Cobbler layer and then added it to my card base with Stampin' Dimensionals.  The two side Christmas Trees were added with adhesive directly to the front panel.  The center Christmas Tree was popped up with Dimensionals.  This was so super simple but really pretty!  I can't wait to use this same design in more colors!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  A list of the products used is below if interested!  Blessings, Tina

Product List

Sunday, September 8, 2019

Christmas Card with Stampin' Up! Cup of Christmas Bundle and Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp Set

If you know me at all you know how much I LOVE coffee!  I have soooo many coffee stamp and die sets that I wasn't 100% sure if I needed it.  Well let me tell you... I did!  The dies are gorgeous on their own!  I may be able to use up a lot of retired Christmas DSP and patterned paper with these and the candy cane is adorbs!  

There are also two awesome little tag shaped dies that are perfect to punch a small hole in and die onto a cup handle with twine.  The stamp set has two super cute little stamps that say enjoy or yum but I may not use this one with a gift or gift card so I decided to use the adorable Itty Bitty Christmas Stamp set and stamped the "believe" sentiment and cut it into a tag. For this card I used some retired Lawn Fawn Christmas patterned paper but these would be super cute with any Christmas themed paper I think!  Isn't that candy cane from the dies just so adorable!!!

Christmas card with Unity Stamp Co. A Joyous Season Sentiment Kit from October 2016

Hello and Happy Sunday!  I wanted to take a minute to share the beautiful Stamp Set I chose from Unity as my gift for participating in Growing in Unity!  It's such a fun Christmas set (which of course I can always use!) called A Joyous Season Sentiment Kit from October 2016!

I really wanted to make a card  but I hadn't felt very good today and walked into my Craft Room trying to find something easy when I noticed two things!  The first thing was an ink blended panel that I made a couple of weeks ago and hadn't used.  The second thing was this awesome A Joyous Season Sentiment Kit.  How simple was it to stamp a couple of images in Versafine Onyx Black Ink onto the Ink blended panel and add the sentiment.  So simple I felt a little guilty.. lol  I clear embossed the sentiment I stamped from the kit to make it stand out just a bit more.  I cut the panel out with a Stitched Rectangle and matted it in Black and ran some black and white twine around it before adding it to a 110# Neenah Classic Crest Solar White Cardstock.  

Have a wonderful day!  Blessings, Tina

Monday, August 26, 2019

Christmas Card Fever ... On a Roll

Happy Monday!  I was on a roll with Christmas Cards this weekend!  I am determined to not get to the first of December without my cards done this year.  I have to tell you that I am absolutely in love with New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog that goes live on September 4th!  I feel so blessed to be a demostrator and be able to preorder some of these and start playing around with them early.  I know I should be working on Halloween and Fall cards but I am so much more of a Christmas kinda gal!  The last couple of cards I made were with Toile Christmas bundle so I decided to let the gorgeous dies from the Beautiful Boughs Dies be the showcase on this card.

I used the colors from the Wrapped in Plaid DSP.. Night of Navy, Shadded Spruce and Cherry Cobbler.  The sentiment is from the Tidings All Around Stamp Set and was embossed in Gold to showcase the gold stripe in the plaid DSP.  I used some scraps of Soft Suede and Chocolate Chip Cardstock for the pine cones.  I used a LOT of cardstock on this one.. I just couldn't seem to be done with my matts and layers this time. lol  

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina

Sunday, August 25, 2019

Female Cardinal Toile Christmas Bundle Card

Hello and Happy Sunday Funday!  I've had a nice quiet and peaceful morning but thought I'd try antoher Christmas Card with the Toile Cardinal Bundle.  I had to google female cardinals  and I think I did a decent job for my first one  but I definitely will need to work a little on this.  Maybe for the next one I will attempt to watercolor it.  For this time I used my Stampin' Blends.

I stamped the cardinal in Soft Suede onto Very Vanilla Cardstock.  For the red, I used the dark Poppy Parade Stampin' Blend along with a little of the Light Crumb Cake and the Color Lifter.  For the limb I used the darked Crumb Cake, Light Mossy Meadow and the dark Poppy Parade and again used the Color Lifter to move some of the color around a bit.  After die-cutting them I decided to do a little extra fussy cutting around the feet of my bird so that he would look like he was actually sitting on the branch.  I think that little bit of extra fussy cutting really made such a difference.  

Have a blessed Sunday!  Tina

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

My First Christmas Card of 2019 - Stampin' Up! 2019 Holiday Catalog Preorder!

Hello and Happy Hump Day!  I received my Stampin' Up! Preorder for 2019 Holiday Catalog yesterday and I could not wait to create!  This catalog is sooo awesome!  I seriously want pretty much every single thing in it!  I was able to keep my order down to just three bundles, 2 DSP packs and 2 ribbon spools.  Believe me, it was NOT easy!   For my first Christmas Card of the year I used the Toile Christmas bundle, Toile Tidings Designer Series Paper and the Beautiful Boughs Dies from the Peaceful Boughs Bundle!  What do you think??

I  used my Stitched Rectangle Dies to cut a layer of the Toile Tidings DSP and layered onto an  A2 card base of Garden Green Cardstock.   I added a smaller Stitched Rectangle Layer of Vellum in the center of the Toile to soften it.  I stamped the Cardinal and branch with berries onto Whisper White Cardstock with Early Espresso Ink.  I used Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive and Basic Black Stampin' Blends to color in the Cardinal and the branch.  The coordinating dies were used to cut out both the Cardinal and the branch.   I used some scraps of Garden Green Cardstock to cut some greenery using the Beautiful Boughs Dies.  The branch and greenery with adhered with Multipurpose Adhesive and Dimensionals were used to pop up the Cardinal.  I stamped the Christmas Wishes sentiment in Versamark Ink onto Cherry Cobbler Cardstock and heat embossed with White Stampin' Emboss Powder.  I used the coordinating die to cut it out and popped it up on the lower left side to finish it off.  I absolutely love Cardinals and thought this turned out super pretty!

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Blessings, Tina