Word Art Wednesday WAW#199

Word Art Wednesday

I came across a blog tonight that was new to me. It is called www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com  

I really enjoyed getting the free scripture download and found many of them to be uplifting. I decided to play along with the scripture word art for this week.
Here is my creation:
It was getting late by the time I figured out how to print the verse so I ended up using some “bits” I found on my desk from another project. It came together quite easily. I encourage you to use your “extra bits” the next time you are in a pinch!

Most of the items are retired from Stampin’ UP!. I used Crushed Curry, Island Indigo and Whisper White to really make it pop. The beautiful frame is from Spellbinders.  I loved the way it turned out. I am hoping this card is one the recipient will enjoy displaying!

Tea Party Place Cards

Place Cards

Recently I was asked to make some tea party place cards for a very special five year old. Of course I said yes! Who doesn’t love a tea party? Especially when you are turning 5!

Here are some pics of Sofia’s place cards.

I used the Stampin’ UP Bow Builder Punch to make the adorable bows. Of course I had to use some bling from contra-band stash- I love pink you know!

There were a few boys invited to the tea party so I changed theirs up with a little Marina Mist card stock.

And here is a pic of the beautiful siblings. Sofia, Max and little Joey. Aren’t they picture perfect! If I had children this cute, there wouldn’t be so many pictures of cats on my camera 🙂 

P.S. Just to clarify, I don’t have any children, cute or otherwise.

Mojo412- Stampin’ UP! Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper

Mojo412- Stampin’ UP! Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper

Time for another Mojo fix. Don’t you think this week’s sketch is rather fun?

 I have been asked for baby cards lately and sadly I had none in my stash! Now that is a call to action!  My Schoolhouse Designer Series Paper beckoned me with those yummy Pool Party Polka Dots.

Crushonstampin Tip:

  • Stop hoarding your Designer Series Paper! 

This year I did a paper share with my downline. I only had a 6×12 sheet of this series. I LOVE the polka dots and my first thought was to save them for something “better”. Guess what? Something “better” might not come along so why not use it now? I am thinking this year I won’t be left with lots of retired paper and I got to use it along the way! I am trying to break myself of “saving” things.

I really enjoyed using my new White Perfect Accents and using an orange Sharpie Marker to color it to match my creation. They stick like a dream and are so easy to work with!

I hope you enjoyed the sketch results as much as I did this week!

Mojo 409 – You are My Sunshine

Mojo 409 You are My Sunshine

Time for another Mojo Monday challenge. I went clean and simple with this week’s challenge. Sometimes when you just don’t have extra time, it best to use this method. Having the sketch really makes it easy to get something done!

I have many people in my life who create sunshine. Since I have only one card it will be hard to choose who to send it to. However, I am thankful for all my many friends who give me continual support. 

Hope you have a great week!

Mojo405-Sweet Corn Anyone?


 Time for another Sketch challenge from Mojo Monday. The layout really appealed to me this week. I wanted to do some type of embellishment OTHER than a butterfly or flower. I flipped through my framelits and found the retired Cannery Framelit Set. I thought the corn was fun and would go perfect with one of my new favorite Designer Series Papers this year… Farmers Market.

Here’s the sketch. How did I do? The angle on the card was easy do. I made a straight strip of paper but made sure it was about 3/4 inch wider than my card width. This gave me room to angle it nicely and then cut off the excess. The purple pattern behind it is a rectangle so no figuring angles there either!

Here’s a close up of my paper corn. My matching stamp set is still in storage 🙁 and I am not able to get to it easily. No matter. I cut the framelit shape out twice (one in Old Olive and one in Hello Honey) and layered them on top of each other. I like my top version of corn better than the bottom. I used a Stampin’ Write Marker in the matching Hello Honey shade. Stampin’ UP! makes it so easy to bring a project together.

Sweet Corn is going to be finally in and my husband and I just love it. It was fun to discover a little stand that opens in the summer very close to our house. There are many fields growing corn near us to. I am not sure if it is sweet corn or regular field corn. The stand had wonderful sweet corn though!  

One final picture… I had a card class on Thursday and I showed how to make a framelit lion card out of the Floral Framelits. I organized the table the night before, and of course, Crush had to supervise to make sure things were to his standard. I think he was a little disappointed the ladies didn’t come Wed. but he sat in his box during class like an angel on Thursday.

Mojo Monday 404 Get Well Card

 This week I needed to send out a couple Get Well cards. I grew up in Kansas so when I need comfort, home often comes to mind. The state flower of Kansas is the Sunflower, so this seemed an appropriate starting point for my cards. 

My card was designed using this week’s Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge (Mojo404). It’s a tall and skinny challenge and my card measures 3 1/2 x 6 and fits in the size envelope you most likely mail your personal checks in.

  • It was fun to use a different size card for a change. I think my recipients will be delighted to get something a little out of the ordinary.
  • I love the ease of stamping and using a coordinating punch. So quick and provides professional result. The Beautiful Bunch Stamp set and Fun Flower Punch get the job done.
  • I used Hello Honey ink on the Daffodil Delight card stock to bring in a richer feel to the petals. It seems to lean toward the brown color family when combined this way providing more depth.
  • Using Stampin’ Dimensional’s between each of the 4 layers of the sunflower really brings the flower to life.
  • The patterns in the new Designer Series Paper Stacks are definitely on trend. I love Polka dots and the words sheet like the one below were a much needed update to our stacks.

I chose to mix up the same papers and layers for a different effect on a second card. 

My philosophy is that it takes just as much time to make two of the same card as it does one- Basically : Work smarter rather than harder! 

Please leave me a comment and tell me which card you prefer. My husband and I chose different versions so I am curious as to your thoughts!

One Year Ago Today

June 12, 2015

Hard to believe a full year has passed. One year ago today I married a wonderful man. We became an official team. Dan is someone who always pushes me to be a better person. Without him where would I be? I don’t even want to think about it. 

I love you my handsome Dan!

Every girl loves a pretty dress…

It was fun looking at the pictures again. Looking forward to another year of great memories. Thanks for letting me share.

Mojo401 Challenge

Mojo401 Sketch Challenge

How Fun! This is the first time I have participated in a Sketch Challenge and actually shared the results! I have followed www.MojoMonday.blogspot.com for years, playing along silently at times. When I need a shot of inspiration I can always find it there.

Here is the Sketch:

Here is my take on the Mojo401 Sketch:

 It was a breeze using the new 6×6 paper stack called Pretty Petals. The paper designs are so yummy! They are so easy to coordinate together. I used a new stamp set called Remarkable You. I originally debated on the stamp set because of the price, but I love the size of the images in the set. For this card I actually chose an image that wasn’t one of the ones I was initially drawn too. Therefore, I think I am going to be reaching for this often. I used our good ole Stamp and Write markers to color the image in various hues (Calypso Coral, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze, Pear Pizazz and Old Olive). I used the out of the box framelit technique and then couldn’t help but apply a nice coat of Clear Dazzling Details for the sparkle… I always need some bling. I used an old paint brush to coat it on the flower and then washed my brush out right out. 

Let me know what you think!

A Juicy Problem!

Fixing an Ink Pad that is Too Juicy!

An ink pad that is too juicy may result in ink bleeding.  If you have an intricate image this becomes more noticeable. Such was the case when I tried to use my new Blushing Bride stamp pad with the Bloom for You stamp I showed how to mount yesterday.

Juicy pads can happen for two reasons:
  • It is a new unopened ink pad
  • You have over inked a pad yourself with a reinker

Notice how the white lines of around the edges of the inside of the petals are lost after stamping with a very juicy ink pad.

A simple way to fix this “juicy” problem is by laying a paper towel over the top of your ink and soaking up some of the excess ink. Start lightly first and try restamping your image. If it still bleeds, soak up some more.

You should easily be able to tell when you have de-juiced enough.

And remember, you can always add more ink with one of our Ink Pad Refills if you aren’t juicy enough!

Mounting a Directional Stamp

 Mounting a Directional Stamp

Crush has a some tips for mounting a directional stamp. Sometimes stamps have a feature or portion of the image that is considered directional. In the instance of this single stamp, Bloom for You, page 78, Item# 134345 $10.00  of the Main catalog there are two areas that make it directional. One area is the petals which are unique, and one is the three dots in the center of flower.

It is important to know which way to stamp the image so lining it up with the matching punch (Fun Flower page 167 Item #133785 $18.00) is made easy. 

Adhering the sticker in the correct orientation can be challenging. When you order this particular stamp you get the rubber, wood block and sticker. 

Steps for Mounting:

1.Lay the rubber on top of the sticker next to your wood block.
Line the stamp up on top of the sticker image in the same orientation. You may need to peek from the side but you should see the petals lining up and also be able to match up the three center dots.
2. Remove the sticker backing from the stamp. Leave the rubber on the image while peeling it off-remember you just got it lined up!

3. Pick up the block and lay it on top of the rubber image, making sure to center the block as best you can. Leaving it on your work surface is really the best way to make sure the orientation does not change. 

4. Move the block with the adhered rubber back to its original position next to the sticker.

5. Peel up the sticker and move it over to the wood block, without removing it from our work surface.

6. Ink your image and stamp! It should be in the same orientation as the sticker!

7. To ensure you know which direction to hold the block while stamping, mark the bottom of the block with ink. Make sure to check positioning first. Remember, you will be holding your punch upside down for alignment. Look at the petal in the three o’clock position, it has a dip on the down side, and when the punch is upside down, these match up. Mark your block once you are sure 🙂

This really is a fun single stamp to use. It has many layers you can create with just the one image.
And once you have it mounted correctly, Crush says it such a breeze to stamp, you can even do it upside down!
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