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TGIF #11- Love for a Sketch!

TGIF #11- Love for a Sketch!

This weeks challenge is another FANTASTIC one.  I love this sketch this week!  

TGIFC11, Stampin' Up! Challenge, Sketch

Let’s get right to business…. 

TGIFC#11, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!
I’m still making my way through the many new stamp sets I ordered.  I have a stack of beauties just waiting to be inked and this stamp set, Watercolor Wings was at the top of my list to play with.  It’s a 3 Step stamp.  That means you can layer three different stamps on top of each other for a beautiful 3-D effect.  (Dang… is effect or affect? I can never remember!)

As you can see in the photo, the butterfly has a three different ink colors used with each image.  I love it.  What’s more fun is the inside body (I wish my kids were up because they could tell me exactly what that body part is on a butterfly!) was inked separately and stamped.  Hold ON!  There is MORE excitement with this stamp set!!  There is a MATCHING die cut to make your stamping even more simple.  YES YES YES!!  

The Bold Butterfly Framelits are perfecto for this stamp set.  

TGIFC#11, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!
I had fun creating the tag portion for this card.  In fact I had one of those moments where I kept adding and had to say HALT… just leave it.  

You may notice on the underside of the butterfly I have Burlap remnants that are twisted and sticking out.  I unraveled my Burlap ribbon a bit before adding the other ribbon to the top of it.  I noticed those Burlap remnants just “hanging” out and decided to put them to good use.  

I added a bit of Gold to this card because the colors of the butterfly reminded me of a Patina look.  I thought the Gold would really pop and I think it was a success.  It’s been awhile since I used my trusty favorite cardstock Kraft.  Back in the day… that was all I used.  Lately I’m on a Whisper White kick.  It was good to switch things up a bit.  

Are you up for a challenge? Play along this week with our design team and create a card using this sketch.  I love that these challenges kick start my creativity.  Guess what happens when I get that kick start? I end up creating something for the challenge and then I end up creating something else… and it repeats itself.  If you are stuck in a creative RUTT… give this a try.  It’s the perfect solution to kick start your creativity.  Click HERE to join in the fun challenge this week.  Make sure to see what the other designers have created.  They are AMAZING and our readers create BEAUTIFUL cards.  It’s so inspiring to see the work of others.  

You can see all the supplies used below.  

TGIFC#11, Watercolor Wings, Stampin' Up!

Staying Put & A Winner!

Staying Put & A Winner!

I’m not sure where to start today.  I’m completely humbled from all of your comments.  I want to answer all of them…. it might take a little while but give me time.  
I’m blown away by how many of you took the time to comment.  I totally get busy lives, but your comments were so kindly written… I’m truly thankful.  

I guess the first thing I want to say is… I’m not going anywhere and blogging will always continue. Although there are many things I want to quit lately, blogging isn’t one of them.  It was great to hear from you because sometimes the silence is deafening.   However, I also know how busy life gets.  I pray everyday for it to slow down a bit and nothing has changed.  I’ll continue to pray about that. 

I was also relieved to see so many still read blogs.  I was really taken back when I had read that article.  I can see how other social media becomes popular because it’s faster and especially with today’s  craziness it makes life easier.  As one of you stated in  your comments it social media tends to lack the personal side.  Lord knows I have shared my own dirty laundry with you, a few times.  You’ve been up close and personal with me a few times.  

Truth be known, I want to write daily.  I have piles of stuff waiting to be shared with you.  I’m not kidding.  Some days it’s not a lack of time to write as it is the heart to write.  I love love love to share with you.  Honestly, I wish you were all here to actually stamp with me.  Wouldn’t that just be the best time EVER??? 

Over the last few months I think it’s been the hardest since Russ had his stroke.  We’re trying to find our way into a new normal.  Plus dealing with the onset of teenagers… let me stop there.  Don’t get me wrong, we have everything to be grateful for.  BUT… finding that new normal is SO not easy when you know how much of the normal has changed. It’s dealing with that change.  Somedays are so easy and others… well let’s just say it’s not.  It can be a very dark place.  A place I’m not use to and a place I don’t like.  

Of course if it wasn’t for my faith I’m sure my life would look much different.  Let me say this too… there are days I wonder where God is.  Why did this happen? What is He trying to teach me? Where can He use me? All of these things are constantly going on in my tiny little brain.  Scary, huh?? It’s when I ask God these things something crazy divine happens and I know once again He is right here with me and these crazy people in my house.  

Again, I’m truly thankful you are reading.  I am thankful that you love to create.  It’s a shared passion that you and I have.  I’m here to share it with you.  I have something pretty to share today and I even have a VIDEO.  (If you fell out of your chair I hope you are okay…)

Now to pretties… and a WINNER.  

Please give a BIG congrats to Peggy as she is our Blog Candy winner.  Peggy, please email me by clicking the contact me button at the top right with your snail address.  I’ll get some goodies off to you.  

Butterfly Basics, Patina Technique, Stampin' Up!

When I created this card I stumbled upon a little technique. I’m sure some one genius came up with this already as mine was purely a mistake.  But.. I loved the look after it was finished.  

It reminds me of Patina.  That aged look you can get on wood or metal. Kinda greenish, typically more of a bronze look… but today I’ll take it in GOLD.  

Butterfly Basics, Patina Technique, Stampin' Up!

You can see how I created it below in this short video…

Butterfly Basics, Patina Technique, Stampin' Up!
 Oh, and before we go….

When do teenagers care about the way they look? Especially boys? Thursday night Brandon went to bed with a t-shirt on backwards.  Friday when he came home from school he was wearing the same t-shirt still backwards.  Help me baby Jesus!!  The good news is he smelled great.  He loves his fancy cologne.  See, always something positive.  

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Only 3 Days Left!

WHOA! It's really happening.  The Spring Mini is coming to an END!


Do you have all of your favorites from this great Mini Catalog?  I thought I would share some of my favorite projects from the Spring Mini this year.  

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!

I am in love with anything Doily! They are delicate and add so much to any project! 

See all the products used on this project and more HERE




I ADORE the delicate boxes, even better… the Kraft Bakers Twine. *AWESOME!* Kimberly Van Diepen Stampin' Up!

One of my favorite things about the Spring Mini has been the kits.  I have definitely used them and enjoyed them.  The delicate Boutique Boxes kit is FANTASTIC!  You can see all the details on this kit HERE.  


Kimberly Van Diepen stampin up

The Secret Garden Bundle has been a HUGE hit during this mini catalog.  The best thing is creating flowers and then using the framelits to cut them out.  Perfection.  You can see the details for this project HERE! 


What has been your favorite stamp or product this Spring season? 

Remember, you can find all of your favorite products in my Online Store.  There are not many days left to to grab your favorite products. May 31st is the LAST day for the Spring Mini!!  


Now for something simple and new.  

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!



I used the Hexagon Textured Embossing Folder on the Smoky Slate Cardstock.  I have to say I'm falling in love with this color.  

Kimberly Van Diepen, Stampin' Up!

To create the background with the Washi Tape, I simply ran them across the cardstock diagonally and trimmed any excess that was hanging.  I love the Epic Day Washi tape and especially love how it coordinates with the Smoky Slate Cardstock.  


Stamp set: Really Good Greetings #130333 Cardstock: Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Basic Gray Ink: VersaMark

Accessories:  Epic Day Washi Tape #131269, Whisper White Embossing Powder #109132, Honeycomb Emobssing Folder #129378, Square punch #124094



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