Saturday, July 15, 2017

I'M BACK!!!









Hello there! So sorry for the big break. I wish I could say I was off vacationing somewhere exotic, but the reality is I had foot surgery:( But I'm finally feeling like being productive and getting back to normal-yay! I'll have some nice gory pictures to share at the end:) I got a bunch of new products I've been dying to get my hands on for several weeks. My next Card Buffet will be on August 3rd and I've got a lot of brand new toys from the new catalog that we'll get to play with!

These are 2 of the choices that will be available to make. One features the Daisy Delight Bundle, which has been stupid crazy popular-so stupid, it's been on backorder since it's been introduced. Hopefully they'll have it all stocked up by next month:) No worries though, there's plenty of other goodies to focus on. The other card features the Happy Birthday Gorgeous Bundle. I won't go into a whole lot of detail with these right now, but I'll share all the details after the event.


Bonus Days!

I also wanted to let you know about a promotion going on right now. Treat yourself to a gift when you spend $50 in July! For any order of $50 in July, you'll earn a Bonus Days Coupon good for $5.00 off of an order in August. So if you've been drooling over the new catalog and wanting some new products, now is the perfect time! And the best part is there is no limit to how many coupons you can earn. Spend $100, and get 2 coupons, which will earn you $10 in savings in August! I'll be putting in an order soon, so let me know if you want to take advantage of this deal:)

And what's even more exciting is that during August, you'll have early access to the Carols of Christmas Bundle which is featured in the upcoming Holiday Catalog. You'll not only be able to get your hands on an early release from the Holiday Catalog, but you'll be able to redeem your Bonus Days Coupons on the brand new bundle as well! Go to www.stampinup.com and search Carols of Christmas to see this brand new set.

Here's why I've been gone for so long. I've had some serious foot pain for the past year, and I finally opted to have surgery for my Morton's Neuroma.

The doctor said it was understandable that I was in a lot of pain as the nerve he removed was quite large.

Crazy as it sounds, the worst part of the ordeal was the heel pain from having to put my weight there. I had about 2 inches of padding, but it still hurt awful. That and the side effects from the pain meds-not sure which was worse:)

I got the stitches out Thursday and I'm ready to go! I even worked out yesterday for 30 minutes! I can't do everything that I want yet, but I'm making progress!

I'll be back in a few days with more cards we'll be making in August:) I probably won't be back on tomorrow as I'm going over to visit my dad. I went last week and was amazed at how he was talking. He sounded like his old self! But then as I listened, I couldn't really make sense of what he was saying. It seemed like he had developed Alzheimer's:) I looked online when I got home and it sounds like it could be Vascular Dementia, which doesn't sound good:(....I'm praying that tomorrow will be a better day. Thanks so much for stopping by:)





Tuesday, June 6, 2017

SPRINKLED WITH LOVE HOSTESS GIFT:

Hello there! I wanted to share this sweet Hostess gift I made this month using May's Paper Pumpkin kit called Sprinkled with Love. Every month SU! shares some alternative ideas for the kit and I used some of their ideas for this treat holder.

I used the Soft Suede Spot to rub over the donut card base. I scored the bottom of each side to make a base to hold the candy. I reinforced it with a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock measuring 1" x 3" and glued it to the bottom. I used a Bone Folder on both sides of the card base to gently bend them. I attached the Powder Pink frosting piece to the front with Glue Dots and used a Gold Binder Clip to keep it closed. I tied a piece of the new Powder Pink Woven Ribbon around it and tied a bow.

I filled a 6" x 8" Cellophane Bag with peanut M&Ms, tied it shut with a piece of retired baker's twine and slid it inside the donut. I cut off the top of one of the striped kraft envelopes that came with the kit, folded it a couple of times and attached it to the bag with Glue Dots. I stamped the sentiment with Soft Suede onto one of the die-cut banners provided, snipped the ends off and adhered it on top with Dimensionals. I added the sequins and pearls included with the kit.

This was a really fun kit to put together and it came to the rescue for a sweet little treat for my Hostess this month. I'll be starting a new round of Club in July ordering from the brand new catalog which just went live. Let me know if you'd be interested in joining and getting a fun little treat during your month as Hostess, along with many other great perks! Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Saturday, June 3, 2017

NUMBER OF YEARS CARDS:

Hello there! I have a couple of graduation cards I want to share with you before I get them in the mail. I think I found the idea for these on the SU! site. I had a graduation from BHS, so I started with a Perfect Plum base and used Going Grey with it for their high school colors. The other card was for New London so I used a Crushed Curry base and Basic Black.

I took a piece of Whisper White Cardstock and drew a light line with a pencil to keep the numbers straight. I I laid the numbers from the Large Numbers Framelits on the line and ran them through the Big Shot. I put Dimensionals on the back of the white cardstock and attached a piece of Basic Grey Cardstock to the Plum and a piece of Basic Black to the Curry. I stamped the sentiment with the retired Crazy About You set in Basic Grey & Basic Black inks. I attached them with Dimensional pieces.

For the caps I cut a 1" square from Basic Grey & Basic Black Cardstock. I used the retired mini tassels from the Occasions Catalog and died the tassels. I added several drops of reinker to an empty embellishments container and added a little water. I dipped the tassels in the mixture, patted them dry, and repeated the process a few times. I used Perfect Plum for one and Crushed Curry for the other. There's a Mini Tassels Assortment in the new catalog in Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide & gold metallic. You may have luck dying those or you could make your own following Pinterest using baker's twine in the needed colors.

I attached the caps with Dimensionals and snipped off most of the metal ring on the tassels. I attached the tassel to the center of the cap with a Glue Dot. I used a retired handheld circle punch for the center and attached it with another Glue Dot. I added the stars from the Regals Enamel Shapes. I got the checks inside but need to run to the post office to see if I need extra postage for the thickness of the caps. Hopefully they'll get out today:) Thanks so much for stopping by!

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

URBAN DISTRICT CARD:

Hello there! This is the last of my cards from last month's Card Buffet. I used the set Urban District and CASED this card from Rich at OnStage. I started with a Basic Grey base and added a layer of Urban District DSP on top. I added a piece of Bermuda Bay Cardstock that I stamped with Archival Basic Black ink.


I added a piece of Urban District Washi Tape over the cardsock. I cut a strip from a Silver Foil Sheet and used the Simply Scored to score it every 1/4". I used a hot glue gun and the Silicone Craft Sheet to make the medallion. I attached it to the card base with Tear & Tape.

I folded a piece of Silver Satin Ribbon in half, trimmed the ends at an angle and attached it to the cardstock with Glue Dots. I stamped the sentiment with Basic Black Archival ink onto Basic Grey Cardstock and used my Paper Snips to cut it out. I attached it to the medallion with a Dimensional in the center. I ran a piece of Basic Black Baker's Twine around the card and tied a knot. I tucked a Mini Paperclip underneath to the DSP.

As I look at this card it's always going to remind me of my dad. I drove over to see him today. They put a feeding tube in his stomach. He did really well with the surgery and was kind of in & out all day. When he woke up he seemed really alert and looking around a little. I'm not sure if he knew who I was or not. I'd ask him questions, but he couldn't really answer me. I saw 2 older men about my dad's age and thought what I wouldn't give to see him walking in the halls. It was a rough day-I feel like we're losing him, and I cried the whole way home. People keep telling me you just never know what can happen, and I'm hanging on to that:) Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Sunday, May 28, 2017

SPRINKLES OF LIFE CARD:

Hello there! Here's another card from my Card Buffet using the set Sprinkles of Life. I started with a Crumb Cake base and added a couple pieces of Playful Palette Washi Tape. I added a piece of Fruit Stand DSP over the top that I wrapped a piece of Bermuda Bay Stitched Ribbon around. I added a bow on top with a Glue Dot.

I stamped a strip of Wild Wasabi Cardstock with the grass image in Wild Wasabi ink, along with the leaves. I used the Fringe Scissors to make the grass and adhered it to a piece of Crumb Cake Cardstock. I stamped the tree trunk with Soft Suede onto Whisper White Cardstock, and the birds with Sweet Sugarplum onto the same color cardstock. I used the Tree Builder Punch to punch all the pieces out.

I attached the trunk with Glue Dots and the leaves with Dimensionals. The birds were attached with Glue Dots. I used the Hello You Thinlits to cut out the sentiment from Whisper White Cardstock, and adhered with Liquid Tombow.

I used several retiring products on this card: Hello You Thinlits; Fringe Scissors; Fruit Stand DSP; Bermuda Bay Stitched Ribbon & Playful Palette Washi Tape. We only have a few more days to order these retiring products, so make sure you get what you want before they're gone. I still have a couple more projects to share, so please stop back. Thanks so much for coming by:)

Saturday, May 27, 2017

SOMETHING FOR BABY CARDS:

Hello there! I've got a few cards I haven't shared from my Card Buffet yet. I made a boy & girl baby card using Something for Baby. I started with a Very Vanilla base and layered it with a piece I ran through the Big Shot using the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder. I added a piece of Party Animal Washi Tape and Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon. I then added banners over the top made with the Banners Framelits. I used By the Shore DSP along with Soft Sky, Mint Macaron & Calypso Coral Cardstock.

On top of the banners I added a square cut out with the Stitched Shapes Framelits. I stamped the onesie with Soft Sky ink and the tie with Calypso Coral. I used the coordinating Baby's First Framelits to cut them out along with the hanger.

For the sentiment I used Happy Happenings in Calypso Coral ink. I finished it off with a few In Color Enamel Shapes.
There are several retiring products used on this card: Something for Baby stamp set, Baby's First Framelits, Happy Happenings stamp set, Party Animal Washi Tape, Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon, Lucky Stars Embossing Folder, By the Shore DSP and In Color Enamel Dots.

For the girl card I used a Whisper White base and the Falling Petals Embossing Folder. I used Playful Palette Washi Tape and Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon.

I used Fruit Stand and Succulent Garden DSP, along with Mint Macaron Cardstock. I stamped the onesie in Pink Piruoette and the sentiment with Sweet Sugarplum ink.

I used the Baby's First Framelits to cut out the flower from Sweet Sugarplum Cardstock. I added an In Color Enamel Shape to the center of the flower and scattered a few more.

I used some retiring products on this card as well: Falling Petals Embossing Folder, Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon, Playful Palette Washi Tape, Succulent Garden & Fruit Stand DSP and In Color Enamel Shapes. I'm not sure if any of this makes any sense as I have Miss Elise on my lap and she refuses to get down. I'll try to get ano0ther card posted tomorrow but we're going to see my dad, so not sure if I'll make it back here or not. Thanks so much for stopping by:)

Thursday, May 25, 2017

NAILED IT CARD FOR MY DAD:

Hello there! I'm sorry I've been away but my dad had a stroke 5 days ago.  He had a really good day today, and I'm just feeling so good after a couple of depressing days, that I thought I'd jump on here quick and share a card. I had forgot that I had two Father's Day cards that I hadn't posted yet and it made my heart sink a little bit seeing them. I obviously had him in mind when I was making them, and I wonder if he'll still be here with us by the time Father's Day gets here. This is the perfect card for my dad as he could build anything. He even built a tv, not only the cabinet to put it in, but the actual tv as well. Maybe I'll take this to him tomorrow just in case.

I used the Nailed It Bundle, along with the Urban Underground DSP and Embellishments. Unfortunately they're all gone. I started with a Delightful Dijon base and used the Hardwood background stamp with Early Espresso ink. I stamped the DSP with the Nailed It stamp set and Gorgeous Grunge. I used a Sponge Dauber in Early Espresso ink to dirty it up a bit.

I added a piece of Burlap Ribbon and added the tools made with Silver Foil Sheets and the Build It Framelits. I stamped the tool handles with Early Espresso onto the Urban Underground DSP. The only ink that didn't smear on the foil sheets was Black StazOn. I made sure to leave enough of the foil to attach the handles using Liquid Tombow. I stamped the sentiment onto Crumb Cake Cardstock, added a few Glue Dots to the back and attached some Linen Thread. I attached the sentiment with Dimensionals.

This is going to be a painful post, as every time I see this card I'm going to think of my dad. He will probably never regain the use of his left side, and he'll never be how he was before, but I'm so thankful the good Lord gave me this day with him. I don't know how many more I'll have but I'll always cherish the hours I had today. He just had his 84th birthday on May 9th and we took him out to lunch, and I'm so thankful we got to celebrate with him. If it's been awhile since you talked to your dad, give him a call or take him out to lunch. You just never know when it will be the last time. Thank you for letting me share my heart with you and for stopping by today:)