Thursday, July 21, 2016

Summertime, Summertime, Summertime! Stampin' Friends July Blog Hop

Welcome to Stampin' Friends July Blog Hop! If you came from Melanie Coverston's blog thank you for continuing on the hop.  I am so honored to be ask to participate again with this awesome creative group of ladies! So this month I am a guest hopper along with Twila Davis and Robyn Rasset,  but I have been ask to be a permanent hopper for the rest of this year. I am beyond excited!

Summertime fun is the theme of our Stampin Friends Blog Hop this month. Nothing says Summer more to me than the beach! I grew up in the water-Pool, ocean, lake, creek-it didn't matter, we were always swimming, boating, fishing and water skiing. My dear Tombo lived his whole life (before me) right at the door of the worlds most beautiful beaches, and he doesn't swim! But, he does love to fish in the ocean for big fish!!!! This is probably why I fell in love with this Seaside Shore stamp set and By the Shore DSP the minute I saw it. What a great saying and love the fishes! One of my goals this year is to use, not hoard, my beautiful DSP. I created these projects with that in mind.

I have 2 cards, a 3 D box frame, and a little treat holder to share with you today.  I stayed with the By the shore color palette of Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral and Dapper Denim (my new fav).             The neutral is Very Vanilla
This one I used the  lines from the Swirly thinlits with a bunch of layered circles. The Happy Place is from a Paper Pumpkin. Made me think of Finding Nemo.

Then, I had to try out the very popular
frame card. It is a blast to make and way easier than I imagined. If you like Geometry -you can have a ball making these. You can create  several different sizes and vary the center and the size of your frame width. This one is about 4 1/2 by 6 1/2- I started with a 8 1/2 x 9 1/2 piece of Soft Sky cardstock . My framed edge is 1/2 inch. My final project is this sweet little treat holder. Our VBS theme this year is Submerged! This is a great little treat holder for our teachers. It will hold some goldfish and a Caramel and Sea Salt Ghirardelli square.
 I hope you enjoyed these and they inspire you to create something fun and summery!

Now for some fun! We have a free giveaway each month! Yep, every month each blogger on this hop will send 1 lucky hop "Blog Candy' . You must visit and leave a comment with #SFJulyBlogHop. Each  comment is an entry to win!  Good Luck!

Here's the whole list of Very Creative Stampers:
  1. Steph Jandrow
  2. Kathie Rotti
  3. Melanie Coverston
  4. Cindy Waldroff- That's me.
  5. Carolina Evans
  6. .Christine Pennington:
  7. Robyn Rasset
  8. Melissa Thomas
  9. Elizabeth Jeanne
  10. Twila Davis
  11. Lynn Streifert
  12. Siara Acdal


Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Help! I'm stuck.

Well, this time I'm not physically stuck (which has happened)! Today's post is about what to do and where to go when you feel your creative mojo has taken a vaca! Yikes! This really happens to me a lot. I'd like to give you "My secrets to getting back in the groove" so to speak. In my craft room and literally on my work space I usually have half of what I own. Well, that may be a slight exaggeration, but I like having everything close and at my finger-tips. Helpful? Not really. The lazy girl doesn't like to get up and get stuff. but this confused mess often overwhelms the creative queen. So, my first suggestion is clean up the mess! A tidy work space helps me to focus better and not be distracted by clutter.
 Next, Pinterest is my best friend at a time like this. I can just CASE (copy and share everything) something there. But maybe I really want to work on something original. I have a Pinterest board labeled Card Sketches. There are tons of sketch ideas, color combos even challenges there that help me get going again. 
     Speaking of challenges, this is another great way to get back into action. I follow a Facebook page, " Can you Case it?'. They offer a new challenge every Sunday. Sometimes it's a sketch and sometimes a color combo or themed card. Limiting myself to a select few materials again helps me focus. And finally, relax and enjoy the process. Often, I'm in a hurry with a deadline looming and I get stressed. This doesn't help me let the creative juices flow! when I relax and enjoy my "art", stamp something just for the fun of it, I find I end up making something I really like and remembering why I do this. I love to stamp and I love to share it with others!
So, my secrets to stamping great projects are clean up my mess, check out some ideas on Pinterest, CASE something, use a card sketch to get me started, participate in a challenge and finally relax and enjoy what I love to do! I hope these suggestions will help you start to create wonderful works of art. If you need a little creative coaching, let me help. Would really love to hear from y'all. Have a blessed day and be a blessing to someone else, then you will be     truly blessed. See ya later!
PS check back to see the card I made using that card sketch.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Relax and take a little creative break!

I love to make things. When I get really stressed I often run to my craft room for a little R and R. Just sitting there "playing with colorful ink and paper is relaxing. I can get lost creating a project especially if it's just for me. But sometimes, I need a little help! Especially, if I need birthday cards or wedding cards or sympathy cards, and I need them now. This is one way Stampin' Up's Paper Pumpkin as helped me in a pinch. What is Paper Pumpkin you ask? If is a great little creative retreat that arrives monthly in your mailbox. The pretty red box has everything you need to create a variety of products. Some months it's cards, or 3-d items, some months home decor type projects or memory keeping projects. Everything you need is in the box (except scissors and adhesive)! There are directions included also. So weather your a newbie or a seasoned stamper you can spend less than a hour making something special! So if you'd like a little creative retreat why not give Paper Pumpkin a try. Check it out You can sign up for the monthly subscription or order a 3 month subscription. There is no obligation to continue if you decide it's not for you. paper Pumpkin also makes a great gift!
So if you'd like to try it out, use the link to head over to the website. I'd really appreciate it if you'd claim me as your demonstrator. Thanks! Let me hear from you real soon!

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Just in case you didn't believe me when I said it's hot!

Monday, July 11, 2016

What are your favorite small things?

Hi Y'all! Hope you are having an awesome summer. It is hot as... well, you can fill in the blank. But I'll just say it is really hot here! Our summer has been busy. Little people have a way of keeping you runnin'. But when I start to complain I  remind myself, "Those little boogers are the best part of my day!" I could flood you with crazy grandmother pictures and stories of my 4 grands. They are truly the reward for not killing their parents during those rough years! The card I have to share with you today reminds of of those smallest blessings in our lives. I love this stamp set for saying. It's the thing I struggle with the most.  Sayings, what to stamp on cards that has some meaning.

Layering Love (141965) has four large really good sayings that fit with our new layering shape framelits. I started with a card stretch from Angie Juda at Chic n scratch. It's the 1st  from Paper and Ink Sketches. However, it just wasn't exactly working. I ended up using the DSP on the bottom, using a strip of cardstock instead of ribbon and layering my saying on the oval framelits. There is some of the cooper thread behind the ovals. It is so fine it's hard to see. I am loving the Copper embosing powder!

Friday, July 8, 2016

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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Black and White and Whatever you like! Stampin Friends Blog Hop

Welcome to the Stampin Friends February Blog Hop! If you arrived from Angela‘s Blog, thank you so much for continuing with the hop! Don’t forget to click the Next Button to see Kim's awesome projects. PLUS, keep reading for a chance to win a crafty little gift from each blogger on the hop.

Guest Hoppers for February are:

I was so excited to be invited to this months blog hop. I LOVE black and white! It's about all you'll find in my closet with a little red thrown in there! It's hard being an Auburn Tiger when your wardrobe yells "Roll Tide!"

This is a big birthday month for our family. So, I am doing cards and lots of birthday stuff like cupcake picks, goodie bags and gift tags.  This weekend is Cooperman's party! You can see his card in my last post and then a good friend of ours Jimmy Gibson will be 75 on Saturday! Jimmy is amazing,he and his wife Debbie are both blind. so several of today's projects are for Jimmy's birthday lunch this weekend. For his card I used the the Stamp set Boys will be Boys and added the balloon framelits and the 75 from the Large Numbers framelit dies.
I mentioned we had a lot of birthday's this month. Our oldest grandson will be 9 later this month so I made his card using the same set.  I used the more current toy choices for Stephens birthday card. His biological father was killed in the Middle east before Stephen was born. I know he'll love the little solider and what 9 yr.old boy doesn't love LEGO"S.

For my other projects, I made cupcake picks using the Stamp set Party Wishes and the coordinating balloon and cupcake punch.
These are easy to make and I love how they dress up a plain cupcake.The goodie bag is made with the  Treat bag framelit and the No bones about it stamp set.I even stamped the tissue paper with the dino skeleton. I was planning on using these for both birthdays. All boys love dinosaurs and Jimmy is as old as one! My final project is a bottle tag. I love to add these to a bottle of something sparkling for a birthday celebration. I hope you enjoyed these ideas for adding creative stamped projects to your birthday party or just for a thoughtful gift. We love birthdays! They are special at our house. It's your day to shine -  I believe you can make someone feel really special with a hand-stamped card or treat. Thank you for stopping by today. Please continue on our hop. Don't forget to comment with the #SFFebHop on each person's blog you visit for chances to win the Mystery Giveaway! 

Blog Hop List

  1. Lynn Streifert 
  2. Carolina Evans
  3. Elizabeth Jeanne
  4. Kirsteen Gill 
  5. Leanne Johnson 
  6. Steph Jandrow
  7. Barbara Welch
  8. Kathie Rotti
  9. Melissa Thomas
  10. Sarah Devendorf 
  11. Andrea Tucker 
  12. Angela Carter  
  13. Cindy Waldroff -you're here!
  14. Kim Smith
  15. Deana Benson -