Hi! I'm Mindy, a former athletic trainer and fitness instructor turned SAHM to an adorable toddler. In my "free time" (haha) I love to stamp and paper craft! I'm a Stampin Up demonstrator and would LOVE to show you how to be creative with ink and paper and maybe some glitter ;-)
Hi stampers! I don't normally post on Saturday's anymore but I'm busy trying to digest my coffee and breakfast and get out for a run so I thought I'd do a quick post (I'll come back later and add supplies so we can get going with Grandma and Grandpa Backes and go to the zoo!!!!). I think I mentioned that I did the wrong challenge this week for Fab Friday. I didn't realize it until I opened all of the team's cards and said, wait...they all use the same sketch! Hahahaha!
So, you may see some new in colors in an upcoming challenge. But that shouldn't surprise you as we usually do that. Can I say how much I'm in LOVE with these colors? They are fantastic!
And they looks super fantastic with black and white!!!! I really will miss the pop of pink DSP for all the black and white prints. I really think there needs to be a black and white DSP pack every year!
This card needed just a little something so I scrunched up this ribbon and it was perfect. This ribbon is so soft!
Hope you enjoyed the bonus post today thanks to my mistake :-)
Hi stampers! Happy Friday...or FriYAY as I'm definitely calling it today! I'm super happy it's Friday and a long weekend since Ian has still been napping short with the weaning of his pacifier! He does fine at night but naps are a different beast! A few days were better but it's hard to get much done if he only gives me 45 minutes to an hour and then is still tired and REALLY crabby. I even tried getting in his crib with him, ha! I think he fell asleep and snored for like 10 seconds then rolled over and said get up, lol! It's also been hard for me feeling like he's a ticking time bomb :-) I really struggled with those sort of feelings when he was an infant and I'm not happy that anxiety is back!
Anyway, he did sleep better Thursday so I made a card for Fab Friday and then realized I made the next challenge instead of 113. OY! It's bad when the challenge coordinator gets it wrong! :-) Thankfully, he stayed asleep long enough for me to whip out one with this sketch.
And here's what I made:
I've needed to break out this set and this DSP for a while now! This card ought to find it's way to my momma since she loves all things chickens. If she wasn't so busy with her volunteer job and having to come spend weeks at my house :-) she would probably have some!
I did a lot of scrunching with both my doilies here. It's pretty easy, you just go around and scrunch them down toward the middle. I always get them looking how I want them and then use a few glue dots to keep them in the shape I want. I actually accidentally got the white one caught up in my paper piercer which I use to place my dots and tore it! It's kind of covered in the end by my sentiment but really, it looked kind of cool and very rustic :-)
I'm hoping to stamp over the weekend but Jon's parents are coming to visit us in Tulsa for the first time so I'm sure they will keep us busy! One of these days I'm going to get better at stamping and blogging daily!
Make sure to check out the challenge site if you haven't and play along!
Hi stampers! I meant to post a Mailable Monday post but life happened! We took Ian's pacifier away last weekend and he did great over the weekend but unfortunately, he's been waking up crying and really unhappy an tired after about and hour all last week during his usual THREE hour nap! I got very little stamping done without that nice long nap and with having to comfort him for a LONG time once he wakes up which is really hard to deal with. Normally he wakes up well rested and really happy so it's hard to see him so tired and sad and I miss that extra two hours of time for myself. I'm hoping it's just a phase and he'll figure it out and I'm hoping it's not the end of those three hour naps, he clearly needs more sleep! Poor guy!
And then my dad and step mom came for a visit! And I misunderstood when they were coming so I was busting my rear to get the house cleaned up earlier on Sunday than I had planned, ha! And they have kept us busy! We went to the Oklahoma Aquarium yesterday and it was so fun!
At least I have a simple card to show you today that would be perfect for dropping in the mail for a birthday!
I used all five of the new in colors, which I also love! My splatters are from the number of years set. I used a well placed post it note here and there to keep them out of the balloons as I stamped them.
And the die cut is actually a custom made sticker with our new multipurpose adhesive sheets *which aren't on the supply list You just place the sheet on your cardstock, run it though the big shot, and then peel the backing off! Nice and sticky!
Hi stampers! I totally forgot that Stampin' Up shared by Instagram tip earlier this week! It was pretty cool to see it posted! You should follow them if you don't already! There's some good stuff and good tips on there!
My tip was using your punches to make a cute little body for your skunk from foxy friends like I used in this card:
Isn't his little body just perfect? Check out Instagram to see my tip! I just love this card, it's so sweet and just kind of perfect when you don't have any other wise words this!
And I can't tell you how much I'm going to miss mint macaron. I haven't been using it much in preparation to say goodbye, ha! It's such a pretty color!
Hi stampers! It's time for another Artisan Blog Hop! Take a trip around the world with us. If you came from Mercedes' blog and her amazing project, you're well on your way and if not, just keep clicking!
Some of us are using happy celebrations and some of us are using cool treats which is great news since both are carrying over into the new catalog!
I chose happy celebrations because...well, I just like it! It was a hard decision because both sets are super cute!
My cards are pretty simple but pretty bold! This set just lends itself to being bright and cheery so I wanted to pair it with lemon lime twist which is so vibrant! It looks fantastic in a simple color combo with black and white! I've heard a few people say they aren't a fan of it but I hope to change your mind if you're in that camp.
I used some of the eastern palace DSP and also some of the retiring pop of pink DSP. If you haven't added this one to your stash, I highly recommend getting it before it's gone! I love the black and white designs of that paper and will miss it! (Still working on finding a place to take photos that isn't dark in this darn house!)
For this card, I used my favorite embossing folder. I also stamped my image right on the DSP and cut it out which is a fun way to change up this set a little. A sprinkling of black sequins rounded things out.
For this one, I used the same concept but I embossed the letters with white powder. Doesn't the lemon lime twist make an awesome watercolor wash background? I used some of the background circle images and some of them are stamped full strength and some stamped off once. I love all the color variations on this card out of just one color!
The black sequins were too much competition with my letters so I added the clear ones from our metallic sequin assortment to this one. It's a fun look with the bold circles and the sequins being more subtle.
And finally on this card, I pulled out the coordinating embossing folders which are so much fun! I stamped the triangles both full strength, stamped off once and then once again. For the sequins here, I went with white which helped make the debossed greeting really pop. It's amazing the difference a little bitty embellishment like that can make! The cards looked naked without them, ha!
I hope I've changed your mind about lemon lime twist if you were on the fence and I hope you enjoyed my projects. It's time to head on over to the Netherlands and visit Miriam who has something amazing to show you!
If you'd like to click around, here's a list of all of us, too!