Swirly Frames A Better Friend

Hello Stampers ~ a cute Swirly Frames A Better Friend idea is the card today.

Well I went to the craft fair yesterday.  I did not buy anything and it was interesting to see the different vendors and what they have to offer.  There were quite a few people there so it was well attended.  After that I came home and got lunch and then went and had a pedicure.  I had to fix my lights on my trees out front as a section blew out.  I now have different strands on each tree so I hope that takes care of the issue for the rest of the season.  I then went to my studio and made 2 videos for later this month.  My lights came in late in the evening so I took some time and set them up.  They are on a timer to come on at the same time every evening and stay on for 4 hours.  I am crossing my fingers that it works.  If so I have lights in all my windows now.  Today I am spending the day in my studio.  I want to make some cards for the blog this week, I need to put together my supplies for my Small Gift class tomorrow, and I need to finish the kids items so I can mail out their box on Monday.  It will be a busy day!

It is my 10 Minute Creation video day.  I have a fun idea that was inspired by another demonstrator who’s videos I have been watching lately.  I took her idea and modified it for my card front.  Here is the video for my Swirly Frames A Better Friend creation.




Here is the photo so you can see the details in all those circles.

Isn't this a fun card? I just love those circles with the flowers inside. There is a video showing how I created my Swirly Frames A Better Friend card.


















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These circles are combined for a great card idea. Check out my Swirly Frames A Better Friend creation.












This is one of my first uses of the Swirly Frames stamp set so I will have to play with it some more.  I do have some ideas for the Beautiful Bouquet.  Check out this idea that uses the set for an All Occasion card.  Don’t forget you can use your catalog for inspiration like I did for this card.  Here is an idea where I sponged some die cuts to make my bouquet on the front of the card.

Stampin’ Up supplies used in my creation


#ShopYourCraftStash Blended Seasons

Hello Everyone ~ A Christmas card for my #ShopYourCraftStash Blended Seasons idea.

Yesterday I finished raking my back yard and did my front yard.  I have 7 bags of leaves for the pick up next week.  It by no way took care of all my leaves but it is much better.  I will not be raking any more this year as I waited until all the leaves had fallen.  I also finished my front porch and fixed the areas that were a problem.  Here is a photo of the completed porch.














Here is a photo of my porch at night so you can see it lit up.












You can see 2 of the 3 trees in my front yard and the candles in my windows.  I am glad I finally got it finished.  Now I need to start thinking about what I am going to do for January.  I am thinking snowmen and snowflakes.  What do you think?

For my #ShopYourCraftStash idea today I opted to use a current set with a retired set.  The Blended Seasons stamp set has a holly banner in it.  I paired it with the tree in Winder Woods.  The holly banner was stamped using Memento Tuxedo Black ink across the top of a Whisper White panel.  It was colored using Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler.  The tree from Winter Woods was stamped on the left hand side of the Whisper White panel using Shaded Spruce ink.  I went looking in my retired Christmas stamp sets and the Snowflake Sentiments had a Merry Christmas with some other words.  Since I wanted just the Merry Christmas, I used my Cherry Cobbler marker to ink up only the Merry Christmas words.  It was then stamped on the right hand side of the card panel.  This panel was then added to a Cherry Cobbler card base.  A retired small star punch was used with gold glimmer paper for the star at the top of the tree.  The rhinestones were colored with an alcohol marker then added to the tree.  The final embellishment was a Cherry Cobbler ribbon made from retired ribbon.  Here is the completed #ShopYourCraftStash Blended Seasons creation.

A pretty Christmas card is fun to make especially when you combine new and retired items. Check out this #ShopYourCraftStash Blended Seasons example.















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This holly banner is combined with a current set for a great Christmas card. Don't miss the #ShopYourCraftStash Blended Seasons creation.









Did you see these other Christmas card ideas?  Here is one that that was made to look like Santa’s suit and is a quick and easy idea.  This card also uses a retired stamp set for this lovely card.  And finally this idea uses some of the beautiful Feels Like Frost dsp.

Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  I am headed to a local craft show today to see what they have to offer.  I got my light post on my front porch there last year and you never know what I will find today.  Have a Super Saturday and I hope you liked my #ShopYourCraftStash Blended Seasons creation.


Dandelion Wishes with Very Versailles

Hello Everyone ~ A simple Dandelion Wishes with Very Versailles idea will be shared with you today.

Well I cannot believe what I got accomplished yesterday.  I left here in the morning and wet to the vet to get Bijou’s medicine.  Then I stopped by the library to pick up my perpetual calendar I had left to advertise a class.  Next stop was CVS to get my tetanus/pertussis shot.  This shot hurt and I understand my arm will be really sore over the next few days.  Don’t have time for a sore arm so I will use it as much as I can.  The next stop was the recycling center to drop off cardboard.  After that I stopped at Ace Hardware to get a leaf rake, don’t know what happened to the one I had in Maryland.  Left there and went to Harris Teeter’s to get some groceries.  When I got home after shopping I had lunch and then went outside and raked the back yard.  I filled 2 bags with leaves and ran out of bags so I have to go get more today.  My next task was to finish decorating the front porch.  It was a simple design this time.  Here is what it looks like.












The garland has lights so at night it is lit up.  I also see in the picture I need to adjust it to hid a few things.  The milk can needs some artificial flowers which I will pick up this weekend.  I also made 2 videos for next week.  Then I fixed my dinner and ended my night with my Facebook Live.  Wow just typing this makes me tired.  Today will be a little more relaxed as I don’t have errands to run unless I decide to go out for bags and flowers so I will be in my studio working on videos and cards.

Are you ready for my Fast & Fabulous creation today.  The Dandelion Wishes with Very Versailles uses a pretty color combination.  Here is the video for this creation.




Here is the photo of the card.

A quick card with some simple stamping for the background. Learn about this Dandelion Wishes With Very Versailles card on the blog.


















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These dandelions make a great focus image. See the Dandelion Wishes with Very Versailles creation.












I have used these 2 sets a lot.  Check out this Dandelion Wishes in Daffodil Delight.  I used the Very Versailles set with the Painted Harvest set in this card.  And look at this watercolor background with the Dandelion Wishes.

Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Beautiful Day Colored Rose

Hello Everyone ~ I used my markers for a Beautiful Day Colored Rose creation today.

Yesterday was a day of calls and appointments.  I did not get into my studio.  That means I will have to spend some time in my studio today working on cards for later this month.  I have a couple of errands to run this morning and I need to get my last shot I need before I go out to see Jake.  This is the DPT shot and I heard you get a really sore arm.  Not looking forward to that one.  Hopefully it won’t be too sore for me to play with paper and ink.  Josh and Michaela brought the baby home today.  I know they are glad to be in their own house.  Here is the latest photo of momma and baby.












I am so looking forward to snuggling with this one!  The last snuggler was Remi and she will be 5 in two months.  A couple of things I just noticed in this photo ~ Jake has a smile on his face and he is using one of the blankets I made him.   Amazing the things you notice when you really look at the photo.

I made a list of all the stamp sets I have since I have a lot of cards to make for when I am away.  My goal was to make sure I did not use the same sets over and over.  As I use a stamp set I cross it off the list.  Today I chose to use the Beautiful Day stamp set.  I thought I would do some coloring using markers.  Coloring with markers can be a challenge as you end up with lines.  I tried an idea to see if I could minimize the lines.  I stamped the rose using Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  The So Saffron marker was used to color the center of the flower.  Then using the Blushing Bride marker I colored the petals by starting on the inside and flicking the color out.  Once I had all the petals colored I pulled out my aqua painter and some water and used them to bleed the color together and eliminate the lines.  It did not do too bad but you have to be careful that you don’t put too much water on the card stock as it will cause the card stock to pill.  I used the same procedure to do the leaf.  I set the flower aside to dry.  Using a piece of Crumb Cake and the Crackle background stamp I added some stamping on the left side of the panel using Crumb Cake ink.  What I did was ink up the side of the stamp and then flipped it over onto the card stock and held the right hand side of the stamp off the paper and pressed the side of the stamp on the paper down to transfer the ink.  This gives you a lighter impression than if you stamp it onto the paper.  I used some retired Blushing Bride cotton ribbon to add a bow at the top.  This panel was then added to a Blushing Bride card base.  I used my snips to cut out the dry rose and added it to the card front using dimensionals.  Here is the completed Beautiful Day Colored Rose creation.

This simple rose is a great way to practice coloring with markers. After the flower was colored an Aqua painter was used to bleed the ink. Check out this Beautiful Day Colored Rose.


















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This big image is a great one to play with coloring. Don't miss this Beautiful Day Colored Rose idea.











This stamp set has some great images.  This one uses the same rose and ink in the lid to color it.  Here is a card that uses the butterfly in that set and a blender pen to color it.  The last card uses the butterfly also and just the markers to create a stained glass look.

Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Beauty Abounds in Lovely Lipstick

Hello Everyone ~ today I am sharing my One Color Wonder idea which is the Beauty Abounds in Lovely Lipstick.

I don’t know where yesterday went?  I ran some errands then came home and worked on a tutorial I needed.  Then I did a few things around the house and before I knew it it was 5:oo.  I did get my tutorial completed which takes several hours so I guess that is why I don’t know where my day went.  Today I am taking my neighbors to the airport very early then I have a conference call at 11 and an appointment at 1.  I will have some time in between each thing so I might be able to get into my studio and do some creating.  I am working on some panels I can take with me and then put the card together at Jess’ and do my post there.  I have a busy few weeks then I get back after Christmas for a few days then I am off to Michaela’s to snuggle with my new grandson!

I have a One Color Wonder idea for you today.  This one was interesting to work on and not sure what I think of it.  You will have to let me know what you think.  Here is the video for my Beauty Abounds in Lovely Lipstick creation.




Here is the photo of the card so you can see all the details of those bubbles.

I love bubbles! My Beauty Abounds in Lovely Lipstick uses bubbles for a fun All Occasion card.
















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Bubbles Bubbles everywhere! Want to know how I used bubbles on my Beauty Abounds in Lovely Lipstick creation? Check out the video.











The Beauty Abounds stamp set has some great images.  This great card uses some retired foil sheets for the butterflies.  This one uses those fun bubbles with a butterfly.  And here is another use for those fun bubbles.

Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.   I will let you know how much I get done today tomorrow.  I am hoping to get a lot done.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday and did you like all my bubbles on my Beauty Abounds in Lovely Lipstick creation?