Monday, April 23, 2018

Mermaid Monday

Hi stampers!  Happy Monday, the start of a new week.  It's kind of a wacky one here, we just have a few things going on out of the norm and I kind of hate that.  I'm not sure if I'll get much time in the stamp studio, but we shall see.  I did clean a bit and reorganize my inks and papers over the weekend...instead of actually stamping...sigh.  But it feels good to have that done and I'm slowly and I mean SLOWLY getting used to the color changes.  I can't wait to fill the holes in my ink pad storage with our new colors!

Speaking of colors, I was SO, so happy to see Coastal Cabana and Mint Macaron returning!  I immediately thought they would look great on a mermaid card and I wasn't wrong!  I still kind of can't believe this adorable set isn't going to be in the new catalog. So, if you want it, better grab it!

I watercolored my mermaid with both Coastal Cabana and Mint Macaron.  Her scales have a little Wink Of Stella for sparkle.  The background is also those two colors.  I took my silicon sheet and scribbled on it in various places with the markers then spritzed it and squished my paper on it.  Once it was dry, I took an aqua painter and added some drops with Coastal Cabana.  I also stamped a few bubbles form the stamp set.

Those Fabulous Foil Designer Acetate Sheets are also retiring and this print is perfect for mermaid cards!  A few well placed gold flakes completed my card!  I hope you like her!

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Friday, April 20, 2018

Finally Friday

Hi stampers!  It's FINALLY Friday!  It's been a week with Ian being sick and Jon being gone.  Ian is also starting to drop naps which is really hard to get used to since he's been a three hour napper on average for about two years.  He still needs them a few days a week and he napped well the past two days after being sick but it's definitely messing with MY routine :-)  I haven't got much done this week!  He's not napping today and I should go stamp while he's binge watching PJ Masks (he's still tired but I'm letting him just be lazy instead of napping so he actually sleeps tonight lol) but I can't seem to get up off the couch.  Oh well.  Instead, I'll share a card since I didn't get a post schedule last night I guess!

I held off on the Truly Tailored Suite for a while but I always need masculine cards and this one is great!  I whipped this one up pretty quickly with a sketch I'd had pinned.

I hand trimmed the main image and then used the punch to make a mat for it.  I also chopped off the ends of the label for a bit of a different look.  Don't forget you can alter our punched images.

Have I mentioned I'm going to miss those washi tape packs?  I'm also going to miss the enamel dots! I need to start using mine up so here's a start.

Happy stamping!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Similar Sets

Hi stampers!  I'm late at posting again.  I should have had time to prep this post yesterday with being stuck at home all day with a receiving Ian, but I didn't.  And by the time I wrangled him into bed (in my room...he may never sleep in his own room again, sigh), I was too lazy to do anything at all.  Jon's been in Dallas so I was flying solo.  He is feeling better though for sure, he was a NUT last night at bath and bed time lol!

Anyway, hopefully life will get back to normal today!  I have had this background on my desk for WEEKS and just couldn't do anything with it.  I based it off of a card in the Occasions Catalog.  But, instead of using the Perennial Birthday Stamp Set for the flowers (I did use it for that large sentiment), I used Happy Birthday Gorgeous!  I had Perennial Birthday for display stamper and as soon as I got it, I thought it looked really similar to HBG.  I think they work really well together and I was happy to see both back in the new Annual Catalog!

I've used this color combo to death, I know.  But it works!

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Celebration Time Tuesday

Hi stampers!  I'm a little late in posting this since yesterday didn't go as planned.  Ian told me he had a headache when he got up but he was acting normal so I didn't think much of it.  Fast forward to his dietary therapy appointment and he all of the sudden acted totally strange and got sick!  Luckily I know him pretty well and got him to a trash can!  Needless to say, we did NOT have therapy.  He was really miserable with the highest fever I'd seen him have and couldn't keep anything down and we were alone as dad was out of town so I took him to urgent care.  They think he had a nasty tummy bug and let me tell you, Zofran is a miracle worker!  About 20 minutes after they tried it, he was back to his old self, being a cat and everything :-)

He slept pretty well and has currently asked me for snacks about 6000 times this morning so it's pretty safe to say he's doing better :-)  It was bad timing though since he got sick literally minutes after my order of new goodies arrived!  I was going to do a FB live about the new ink pads and of course that didn't happen, nor did blogging.  Hopefully I can get back on track today!

So, it's the perfect time to show you another card with the Celebration Time bundle because I LOVE it and am so sad to see it retire AND I'm totally celebrating Ian feeling better :-)

If you don't have this bundle, you NEED to get it.  Like now!

I couldn't wait to pair this set with some Coastal Cabana aka the best color ever!  I also can't believe I haven't used that little bow much.  I did a FB live on that die cut the other day.  A lot of people don't even know what it is.  It's a teeny tiny bow and it's adorable!  There are a few little tricks to it so watch that video, ok?  You need that washi tape, too!

And can we take a minute to talk about how amazing technology is these days?  I had planned to go grocery shopping after Ian's appointment and it did NOT happen but we were in desperate need of food (more for me, lol) and a new thermometer and some meds for him.  I have seen people shopping at Target for Shipt so I signed up and it was amazing!  The young man who got my groceries was nice and only got a couple of minor details wrong (like full fat cheese...oh well lol).  My husband probably makes more errors shopping than he did ;-)  Anyway, it was a total lifesaver and while I don't think I'd utilize it all the time, it's a wonderful option to have and a real lifesaver yesterday!  I only wish I could get my Stampin' Up goodies brought to my door in a couple of hours, ha!

Happy stamping!

Note:  Coastal cabana card stock isn't listed in the supply list yet.

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