Polka Dot Thank You Card

Hi Stampers!  Today's card is a quick and easy thank you card.  I loved the polka dot pattern in this paper from the Schoolhouse DSP and wanted to create a card with it. 

I layered the piece of DSP onto a layer of pool party cardstock to highlight the pool party dots.  I colored the white dots with the wink of stella glitter brush to add some more bling. The thanks sentiment was cut out using the Hello You Thinlits in both gold foil and fun foam.  The fun foam adds dimension to die cuts and is great for sentiments that are hard to cut out tiny pieces of dimensionals.

The tiny hearts are from the Mini Treat Box Thinlits and I also colored those using the wink of stella pen.  

I hope you all have a Happy New Year!  

Altenew Beautiful Day Watercolor Birthday Card

Hi there stampers!  Today's card features one of the watercolor pieces I did while at the beach over Christmas.  

I used the Beautiful Day stamp set from Altenew to stamp the flower outline image several times on a piece of watercolor paper using Versamark ink.  I then heat embossed the flower images with white embossing powder.  I colored in the images using my Kuretake Gansai Tambi watercolor set.  This watercolor set is just amazing.  The colors are rich and creamy which makes beautiful results.

I heat embossed the birthday sentiment on some vellum cardstock and layered that on top of the watercolor piece.  I did not want to take away from all the watercolor work I put into this card so thought vellum would be perfect.  I then layered the watercolor piece on a card base made from crumb cake and added 1/8 inch strips of wisteria wonder cardstock on each side of the watercolor piece.  I love how this card turned out!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Happy Birthday Balloon Card

Hi Stampers!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and Santa brought you all the crafting goodies on your list.  We had a lovely time at the beach just relaxing and enjoying the warm weather. It was nice to get away and clear the mind to get ready for a new year.  I did some watercoloring while at the beach and hope to finish up the cards to put on my blog over the next few days.

I had to get right to creating cards once we got back since we have another birthday this week.  My father in law and husband have the same birthdays and we usually go out to dinner together to celebrate.  I created my husband's card before we left for the beach but had to get another made for my father in law quickly since we are having dinner tomorrow evening.

It is my father in law's 85th birthday so I wanted to create something that was a little extra special.  In the upcoming SU Occasions catalog that will be live next week, there are some adorable honeycomb embellishments that gave me the idea for the balloon on the card.  

To create the 3D balloon, I cut out 4 balloons from retired In Color DSP using the balloon framelits.  I folded each balloon in half and glued one half of one balloon to the next using all 4 cutouts.  The cloud DSP I used as my background is another wonderful piece of retired paper.  I hoard paper and sometimes you just have to use it.

I layered the cloud DSP onto some hello honey cardstock which coordinates with the hello honey In Color DSP that I used for the balloon.  The card base is made from crumb cake.  I stamped the sentiment and balloon basket in our basic black archival ink.  I just love that ink!  The sentiment was fussy cut and popped up with dimensionals.

Be sure to keep checking back to my blog as I finally placed my pre-order for the Occasions and Sale-a-bration catalogs and hope to get my order soon.  I plan to do a video showing all the goodies I ordered...which was A LOT!

If you would like a copy of the new catalogs, send me an email and I'll get one out to you.  

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Winter masculine birthday card

Do you ever hoard paper?  I sure do!  I have been hoarding this designer vellum pack from the holiday catalog called Winter Wonderland and finally decided to get it out to play with.  All the vellums in this pack are just gorgeous and it makes me not want to cut them up.  I needed to get started on some birthday cards for a couple special men in my life that have birthdays right before New Year's.  

The antler design on this vellum just screamed winter and I immediately wanted to pair it with silver accents.  This being a masculine card, I made sure to add plenty of black elements to keep the card manly but not enough to take away from the pops of metal.

I layered the vellum onto a piece of whisper white cardstock by placing tiny dots of glue from the fine-tip glue pen onto the black antlers in the design so the glue would be hidden.  I then layered this onto a top folding piece of smokey slate cut at 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.  

Do you recognize that silver doilie?  Did you guess the spider web doilies from the holiday catalog?  Winner winner!!  I cut the center of one of the doilies and then covered it with versamark ink that I heat embossed in silver.  LOVE it!  I then used some silver thread to add more pop of silver.

The happy is cut out of basic black using our Hello You Thinlits and then layered on a foam sheet that was cut using the same die to add dimension.  This is a quick way to add dimension to die cuts instead of using tons of dimensionals cut into impossibly small pieces that you struggle to stick on the back.

I hope to get another project up before we head to the beach for the holidays.  I will be taking some watercolor supplies with me to practice my watercoloring skills while we relax during the quick break from work.  I can't be without something crafty for too long!

Happy stamping and thanks for stopping by!

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Quick and easy sympathy card with Heartfelt Sympathy stamp set

Happy Monday stampers!  I can't believe Christmas is just a few days away.  It saddens me that I had to make a sympathy card during this time of year as these are always hard cards to make, but especially knowing someone will be without their loved one this Christmas.  My aunt lost her mother-in-law a couple weeks ago and I wanted to send a card to let them know I was thinking about them.  They were not having a big funeral and did not want flowers sent so the least I could do was send a card.

I started the card with a piece of crumb cake cardstock cut at 4 x 5 1/4 and stamped the leaf image from the stamp set Remarkable You in crumb cake ink randomly.  I then used a uni-ball Signo Gel Pen to draw accents on the stamp leaf images.  The crumb cake piece was layered on a A2 card base made of thick whisper white cardstock.  

The sentiment was stamped in versamark and embossed with white embossing powder on a piece of vellum.  This was layered on a piece of blushing bride cardstock and popped up on the front of the card using dimensionals.  The ribbon is retired but I've always loved that cotton ribbons we had in the in colors that year.

I hope everyone is getting ready for Santa and have been good this year so you don't get coal in your stocking.  We are headed to the beach for a few days and lucky us, the weather is going to be warm!

Happy stamping!

Tree spinner card using Perfect Pines Framelits

I saw this super cute card on Dawn Griffith's website and I just had to CASE it!  I changed a few things with my card but the design is the same.  I thought these would be harder to make but once I made the first one to get a feel for how it would look, I breezed through the others.

My husband wanted a handful of extra special holiday cards to send to some of his customers and of course he did not give me much time to make them.  CASEing cards can be a quick and easy way to come up with a design when you are short on time.  

The tree was cut out twice using the largest die from the Perfect Pines Framelits and then glued together with fast fuse to the string.  Pearl embellishments make the perfect ornaments on trees.  The gold foil sheets are amazing and jazz up any project.

The DSP used is from the holiday catalog called Season of Cheer.  I layered that on some mossy meadow cardstock.  Because the tree is the center focus on the front of the card, it makes it difficult to put your greeting inside.  I did not photograph it but there is a greeting stamped on the inside that is hidden under the tree.  I used the back of the card for the main greeting and where we will sign our names.

I really just loved how these turned out!  I wish I would have seen this card earlier and I just might have gotten Christmas cards made to send to family and friends.  I have been pretty slack this holiday season and will not get cards out. We also opted out of putting up a tree and now that the weather has gotten cooler, it feels more like Christmas and I'm wishing we had put one up.

Happy Friday!

Christmas watercolor background with Flurry of Wishes

Happy Friday Stampers!

I have been trying to finish this card since yesterday and finally put the final touches on it.  I created this watercolor background using the "smooshing" technique with cherry cobbler and old olive inks. After I made the background, I really struggled with how to finish the card.  Here's a close up of the background so you can see the watercolor effect:

After playing with several options, I decided on the heat embossed snowflake images stamped on vellum from the stamp set Flurry of Wishes.  I heat embossed the snowflakes in white and gold to pick up the gold paint flecks in the background.  

I added some sequins from Pretty Pink Posh and added the white embossed sentiment on old olive cardstock to complete the card.

Hope everyone is ready for the weekend!  What are your plans?  We are attending my company's holiday party tomorrow in Charlotte and then to the Panthers football game on Sunday!  So excited to see if my team can make it to 13-0!  

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Fussy cutting Joyful Season stamp set for Christmas cards

Hello crafters!

After a few days of trying to come up with a Christmas card design for my cards this year, I finally created a card that I thought would be perfect.  I just love this stamp set Joyful Season and wanted to use this on my cards.  I first tried just stamping the cardinal with the branch on whisper white cardstock but it didn't pop like i wanted it to.  I also couldn't figure out how to attach it to the card front in a pleasing way.  I decided to try fussy cutting out both images and that gave me the wow factor I was looking for.

For the embossed background, I used the whisper white craft stamp pad to add some dimension to the embossed image.  I applied the ink directly onto the embossing folder before running it through the big shot with my crumb cake piece of cardstock.  Good news is that this embossing folder will carry over to the annual catalog next year!!  Yippee!!  I love the Woodland embossing folder as it gives the most beautiful embossed image.

Now who wants to help me fussy cut all these images for the large number of Christmas cards I need to make?!?!?!  I might have to come up with design #2 and send a variety of cards out this year.  I am pretty sure I'll be sick of cutting out birds and branches after a while.

How many Christmas cards do you send out?  Do you make your own or use store bought?  

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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Watercolor wash background holiday card

Hi there stampers!  I feel like I am on a roll with making two holiday cards this week.  I am really getting into the holiday spirt, now to break out the decorations and get a tree.

For today's card I created a watercolor background using real red, mint macaron, and pear pizzazz inks.  I just love this non-traditional color combo for Christmas.  The mint macaron adds an extra something.

The tree is from the stamp set Peaceful Pines and was heat embossed with gold powder.  I used the coordinating framelits Perfect Pines to cut the tree out.  The word "joyful" is from the Joyful Season stamp set and I used the same color combo on the sentiment to mimic the background colors.  I fussy cut out the sentiment and layered these on top of some gold baker's twine.

I need to keep practicing getting a nice watercolor background.  This turned out decent but not exactly like I'd hoped it would.  Adding some flecks of gold gives the background something extra that it needed.

Thanks for stopping by and get your weekend started!  It's Friday!

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Peaceful Pines and Vellum

Hey stampers!  For today's project I combined the super cute stamp set Peaceful Pines with vellum to create a winter backdrop for my card.  It might not feel much like winter here in NC but with all the Christmas decorations everywhere I decided it was time to embrace the season to create some holiday inspired projects.  

My inspiration came from a card I saw on Nicol Spohr Magouirk's blog and decided to try doing something similar with the supplies I had.  To create the winter scene, I stamped 6 trees from the Peaceful Pines stamp set and cut those out using the coordinating Perfect Pines framelits.  I cut out some snowing hills by first drawing the layout with a pencil and then cutting them out using my paper snips.  I layered the hills with dimensionals and added an embossed vellum layer.  

Can you see the background trees behind the piece of vellum?  There are also some snowy hills in the background cut out of whisper white cardstock.  The two presents were stamped in cherry cobbler ink and cut out with the Perfect Pines framelits.  There are so many cute stamps and framelits in this set.  

I am thinking about doing a video to show how to make this card.  What do you think? 

Also, if you look closely you can get a sneak peek from an upcoming product in the Occasions catalog.  Do you see the sparkle on the hills?  Are you wondering how that got there?  I used a Wink of Stella glitter pen that will be available to you in the Occasions catalog the beginning of January.  It comes in gold and clear glitter color.  I LOVE this pen!!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping! 

Trying a little something new - Altenew Stamps

I am a Stampin Up girl through and through but I couldn't help myself to try out some new stamp companies.  I have been resisting for years but have been seeing so many cute stamps and amazing projects.  So, I broke down and bought some non-SU stamps and dies.  

I recently bought some stamp sets from Altenew since they were having a pretty good sale.  I made my first card with the stamp set Beautiful Day and I have to say I am blown away!  The layering stamps give such realistic looks that I couldn't believe these were created with ink and stamps.  My husband came in while I was creating this card and asked how I made these flowers because he couldn't believe I had stamped them.  Just look at these flowers and leaves!

All the ink colors are SU inks. The dimension you get with these layers gives you endless possibilities.  I should have used my embossing buddy because specks of gold embossing powder got all over my sentiment but this was sentiment try #3.  I was trying to foil the sentiment and well, after several disaster attempts I just decided to emboss it.  I also embossed the bottom part of the card with the same gold embossing powder (wish you could see it better in the picture).

If I keep this up I'll need a bigger stamp room and I just upgraded!  Eeekk!  

Just in case you didn't know, the new occasions catalog will be coming out the beginning of January and WOWZA is it fantastic!!  You will not believe the amazing products SU has come out with this time.  

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

Watercolor Struggles

Happy Monday friends!  I can't believe Thanksgiving is only a few days away.  We are hosting our first Thanksgiving as husband and wife so I have been a little more than nervous.  We spent the weekend prepping the house for all of our family and trying to unpack those last lingering boxes.  The weather has gotten cold so I think it must officially be winter.

I sat down last night at my stamp table to get some much needed creative time in and decided to practice my watercoloring skills.  Wow, talk about struggles.  I made several attempts to color the cheese stamp from the Stampin Up set Giggle Greetings.  My first attempt was going well until the red I was coloring the candle with spread all over my image....FAIL #1.  I didn't get discouraged and reminded myself that you have to be patient when watercoloring and let your image dry before moving onto the next part you want to color.  So I tried a new watercolor medium for my second attempt by using some watercolor markers.  FAIL #2 became very apparent as my cheese became a florescent color making it look like it had been treated with radioactivity.  

So I went back to old faithful and just colored the image with some blender pens.  I actually was happy with how the coloring turned out.  Simple and crisp color.

I paper pieced the candle to give the image some pizzazz.  This card can be classified as a CAS (Clean And Simple) card since it is a simple design with few embellishments.  This card is for one of my male friends so I had to resist the urge to add glitter or sequins.

So lesson for today is don't give up when you struggle with a technique.  Practice makes perfect so I'll  make sure to keep practicing my watercoloring.

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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Stampin Up Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes

Wow, why have I not used these quick and easy card bases before now?!?!  I wanted to make a quick card to send to my nephew at college just to say hi so I decided to pull out the Whisper White Note Cards & Envelopes since I have had an unopened pack sitting in my stash for months.  These are so fabulous and cards come together so quickly.  It also helps me to embrace the white space look that I struggle with.

I did use a retired die for the leaves since I don't have the new leaf thinlits that are in the holiday catalog.  I wanted a leaf background for that amazingly cute acorn.  I just love the Acorny Thank You stamp set and coordinating punch.  For the background I used the splotch stamp from You've Got This set.  

I loved how the leaf and acorn looked so much I am going to make a bunch to use at our Thanksgiving gathering since we are hosting our first one as husband and wife.  So exciting!

Thanks for stopping by and happy stamping!

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I'm back with a birthday card for a friend

Hello all you strangers!  I am back to stamping and creating.  It is so exciting to be back and boy have I missed getting inky.  My new craft room/office/guest room is wonderful.  I have so much more space to store my supplies and to create projects.  

I am still getting settled but was able to get some stamping done this weekend as I needed to whip up a birthday card for a very dear friend.  I finally got to do some watercoloring with a new stamp set I had ordered a while ago - Remarkable You.  I love the images in this set and knew they would be perfect to watercolor.  

Excuse the messy background for the picture but like I mentioned I am still getting settled.  I need to set up my photograph light box so I can take better pictures.  The colors I used for this watercolor piece were Wild Wasabi and Mossy Meadow for the stem; then Watermelon Wonder and Hello Honey for the flower.  I added a wash of Tip Top Taupe to the background adding a lot of water so that you only get a hint of color.

I also colored some of the leaves that come in this stamp set and fussy cut them out.  I did not end up using them for this card so I'll have to come up with another card to use them on.  

Thanks for stopping by!  I hope to get back to regular posts and get a video taped this week to share.  

All moved in and a quick Christmas card to share

We finally finished moving into the new house this weekend.  I managed to get a lot of boxes unpacked, but none of those boxes included my crafting supplies.  My husband seemed to think unpacking the kitchen was more important than getting my craft room set up.  He must be crazy!  Things have been hectic trying to move, get the old place ready to rent, and we even had an out of town wedding to attend Saturday night.  We are both exhausted to say the least but there is still so much to do and so many boxes to unpack.  How does two people accumulate so much stuff?!?!?!

I ran across pictures of this quick and easy Christmas card I made a few weeks ago and thought I'd share it.  I really hate that I have not been able to share any videos or projects for a couple weeks now.  I am hoping to be back in business by next week....keep your fingers crossed for me! 

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Quick and Easy Halloween Cards

We are two weeks away from moving into the new house.  We are moving a majority of the furniture and boxes this weekend which means I will not be able to stamp for the next 2 WEEKS!  I will be in complete withdrawal and desperate for glitter in my life.  I am looking forward to having a much bigger space to create in though so I can handle a few weeks without my crafty stuff.

I did snap a few photos of some cards I made last week and thought I'd do a quick share between the packing.  I think I'll be sending these off to a couple college kids that I know could use some candy and a quick hello from home.

These were super easy to make using the Happy Haunting DSP from the Holiday Catalog.  I layered the pumpkin pie piece of DSP with basic black on top of very vanilla.  The spider web dollies are just awesome!  I have enjoyed using them on all of my spooky creations for Halloween and plan to continue to use them for fall projects as well.  How do you ask?  Well, you can cut all the web like pieces off leaving the inside of the dollie which can be embossed in other colors OR you can turn it over and color it with stampin write markers.

Can you figure out where those little ghosts came from?  If you guessed the same DSP as the background paper, then you are correct!  I cut these little ghosts from another design in the Happy Haunting DSP pack.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Watercolor Best Thoughts Hostess Set

I have been doing a lot of watercoloring and trying to get better at the technique.  I have found that I do my best watercoloring on images that have been heat embossed as opposed to free hand watercoloring.  I really love the look of watercolor and plan to keep practicing to improve my skills in this technique.

For today's card, I used the hostess set called "Best Thoughts" that has this gorgeous flower image which is perfect to practice watercoloring.  I used Wisteria Wonder and Bermuda Bay inks to create the soft contrast of color in the petals.  For the stem and leaves, I used Garden Green and Wild Wasabi.  

After finishing the main image, I struggled with how to use it on a card.  I created the background using the Watercolor Wash background stamp with Wisteria Wonder ink.  I felt like it needed something else so I flicked...wait is flicked a word??  Anyway, I flicked some gold ink that I watered down all over the background.  I then layered this piece with some gold foil paper.  I thought the strip of vellum softened up the look and hello, do you not love the font used in the sentiments in the Cottage Greetings stamp set.  So gorgeous!  

Here is the finished card:

Over the next few weeks we will be moving.  I am trying to pack my crafting supplies up at the very last minute so I can continue to create during this chaotic time.  I need my creative time to keep me from going crazy, and wine, always wine.  So bare with me if I don't post as often or am able to do videos.  I will be back in full business come November.  

As always, thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!

Halloween Mini Treat Bag with Video

Well hello strangers!  It has been way too long since I've blogged or made a video.  Have you missed me?!?!  If yes, then I have a special treat for you with giving you both a blog post and video.  If you haven't missed me, well boo to you!

I absolutely love Halloween.  It has to be my favorite holiday.  I am a little sad this year because I have not been able to decorate and won't be home to celebrate.  We are in the middle of getting ready to move and pulling out all the decorations just doesn't seem like a good idea.  My cousin is getting married on Halloween day so we'll be celebrating the holiday at a wedding but hopefully they will have lots of candy as part of their theme.  :)

So on to my project for today.  I have been wanting to make a project with the mini treat bag thinlit die set and thought this was the perfect time to come up with something.  I have been seeing lots of cute punch art critters on Pinterest and thought a bat would be super cute on this Halloween themed treat bag.  So here is what I came up with:

How cute is that bat?!?!  So if you want to make your own treat bag or bat, check out my video on YouTube:

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Hot Air Balloon Card with sponged cloud background - Mojo Monday 416

Happy Hump Day!  I let my imagination run wild with the sketch over at Mojo Monday for this week.  For the 3 circles I decided to go for a hot air balloon and clouds.  My initial thoughts had me using a cloud designer series paper for the background however after digging through my supplies, I realized I didn't have the DSP I thought I did.  Time for an order!  haha!  So I decided to make my own DSP to use for the background by sponging and masking one of the punch shapes from the Tree Builder Punch.  

Are you thinking...how did she do that?!?!  Well don't worry, I'll be making a video of this technique this week to show you how you can make this card yourself.  

I used the color combo of Blackberry Bliss, Lost Lagoon, and Whisper White with accents of silver glimmer paper.  These colors worked beautifully together and really helped make the background pop without taking away from the other elements in the card.

What do you think?  I love comments so feel free to leave me a comment below or ask me any questions.

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!!

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Organizing and storing your photopolymer stamp set from Stampin Up!

I love to have an organized stamp space so that I can easily find the supplies I am looking for to make projects.  Clutter has a way of causing me stress when I don't even realize it so I was very excited to see this organizational tip for storing my photopolymer stamp sets.  I decided to make a quick video to share this great tip with all of you.

I hope this helps you get organized so that you can have a great space to create!

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Acorny Thank You and Thankful Forest Friends Mojo Monday Challenge 415

Happy Hump Day!  I was able to get some time at the craft table after a weekend of racing over 200 miles across the North Carolina mountains.  Every year I participate in a 9 person relay team that runs the Blue Ridge Relay race.  It is a fun but challenging weekend logging miles on no sleep and shuffling between exchange zones.  We had our fastest time this year so each year we get stronger.

I love playing along over at Mojo Monday Challenge and this week's card uses some of my favorite products from the Holiday catalog.  The Acorny Thank You and Thankful Forest Friends are probably my two favorite stamp sets from the seasonal catalog.  The coordinating Into the Woods DSP is some of the easiest designer series paper to work with.  I love every pattern and find that it is easy to use several patterns in the same project.  

The acorn builder punch makes the cutest acorns to decorate any card or project.  All of these supplies are available now in the Holiday Catalog.  If you would like your own copy of this catalog and do not already have a demonstrator, please let me know and I'd be happy to send you one.  

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY STAMPING!

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Hello baby!

My husband's niece just announced she is pregnant with her first child.  We are all very excited for her so I wanted to create a quick card to celebrate the good news.  I wanted to make a clean and simple design using some inlay die cutting.  I am learning to embrace white space on cards and refrain from continuing to add embellishments/color/stamping to cover up white space.  

I intentionally left out some of the pieces of the die cut so that the word "hello" stood out more from the stamped image.  I really like this color combo - Tip Top Taupe, Hello Honey, and Wild Wasabi.  

I love this stamp set and you can only get it by hosting a party and using your hostess dollars to purchase it.  We have some really fantastic host only stamp sets in the annual catalog this year.  I find myself using them all the time.  

If you are interested in hosting a party (you can even do a virtual party) to earn this stamp set yourself, let me know and we'll get a date on the books!  I love sharing my passion for paper crafting with others and welcome to opportunity to introduce Stampin Up to you and your friends.

Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY STAMPING!

Inlay Die Cutting with the Butterfly Thinlits - Technique Video

Do you remember the project I made a couple weeks ago with the multi colored butterfly?  You can check out the post here, but below is a picture of the project. 

I love the look inlay die cutting gives you but for intricate dies like this butterfly, it can be real tedious and time consuming to glue back in all those little pieces.  After watching several technique videos on inlay die cutting, an idea popped into my brain for making this technique a whole lot easier.  I made a video to show you how you too can take those intricate dies and easily piece them back together to create those wow factor projects.

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Thanks for stopping by and HAPPY STAMPING!

Mojo Monday 414- Thankful Forest Friends

Hello strangers!  I apologize I have not blogged or posted any videos in a couple weeks.  It has been crazy here in the Velasquez household with birthdays, out of town trips, the stomach flu, and a huge remodeling.  My head is spinning but I have missed paper crafting and had to get some stamping in over the holiday weekend or BUST!

Can you believe I also missed blogging about the release of the new holiday catalog?!?!  Well the card I created for this week's Mojo Monday challenge uses one of my favorite stamp sets from the holiday catalog - Thankful Forest Friends.  This stamp set has some of the cutest critters and I have been itching to get creating with this set.  

This card features not only the new stamp set but new coordinating DSP called Into The Woods. 

I tried a technique I learned at SU convention for applying glitter to cards and I'm on the fence about how it turned out.  I think I might have got a little crazy with the glitter but that's what happens when you don't stamp for a couple weeks.  GLITTER EXPLOSION!  

What do you think?  Too much glitter or are you more of the type where there is never enough glitter?

The new holiday catalog launched on September 1st and I'm wondering....do you have your very own copy??  If not, I'd love to be your demonstrator and send you this amazing catalog.  Send me an email with your address and information so I can get one of these babies out to you ASAP.  

Thanks for stopping by and Happy Stamping!