Friday, June 23, 2017

Rose Garden and Rose Wonder with Fresh Florals

Hello everyone! My husband left town today to go hang (and ride bicycles) with two of our adult sons.  Kate and Adam are home with me and we are getting ready for a baby shower at our house tomorrow morning! They both are helping me clean, Kate made lemon cupcakes with homemade lemon buttercream frosting...YUM!! We have some DELICIOUS food made and some FUN games ready to play!

I wanted to share another birthday card that I made recently.

This card is made with the Fresh Florals paper pack...I still LOVE our new color, Lemon Lime Twist! The Happy Birthday sentiment is from the Rose Wonder stamp set and is stamped in Fresh Fig ink onto a circle cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits. I used the Rose Garden Thinlits to cut the flower from Fresh Fig cardstock and added a Rimmed Pearl to the center. Isn't it simply BEAUTIFUL?!?! It comes together quickly too!

Well...I'm off to do some more work on the baby shower!  FUN times are ahead!  

Thanks so VERY MUCH for stopping by my blog so I can share what I love to do with YOU!


~Today's Thought~

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Life's Short...Live it with ZEST!!

Good morning friends!  It's a BEAUTIFUL Thursday, I sure hope it is for you as well! I came home after a FANTASTIC class to lots of trees down at my house. It was so hard to take them out...but it is our only level area...I'll plant more once the riding arena is in! 

I went to the gym this morning and the BOOTCAMP instructor had a card game for us to play! Oh was the hardest workout! This is how it worked...Jokers we had to jump rope for two minutes; Spades we had to do burpees or push-up, row, row; Hearts we had to do Speed Skating; Clubs we had to do ball pike/inchworms; and Diamonds we had to do ball squats....2 through 10 times each (the number on the card) and Aces were 20 of each! I came home so EXHAUSTED that I had to go back to bed! Now I'm up and going again...hopefully I'll be able to move tomorrow!  It's the stairs...and going to the bathroom that are the hardest when I'm sore from a workout!

Did I mention that I had a FABULOUS class yesterday! Fourteen ladies attended and things went so smoothly...well except that I forgot the paper mats and the order forms! Thank goodness all the pieces for the cards were there!  The guys came to do the tree work early and I had to leave before I got stuck...I thought I was so organized, but in the rush...I forgot a few things!

Here is one of the cards we made! I just LOVE it! The Whole Lot of Lovely designer paper pack is absolutely GORGEOUS!! I have to order more!!!!

The card base is Whisper White with its first layer being Pear Pizzazz. I embossed the top part of the Pear Pizzazz cardstock with the Layered Leaves Dynamic embossing folder. I added a piece of the Whole Lot of Lovely designer paper to the bottom of the cardstock...that's why I only embossed the top!  Next I wrapped a piece of Crushed Curry 3/8" Mini Chevron ribbon around the Pear Pizzazz piece of cardstock, hiding the line from the designer paper.  The Life's Short sentiment is from the Lemon Zest stamp set and is stamped in Memento Black ink onto a Stitched Circle. The lemon is from the same set and is stamped in Crushed Curry then punched out using the Lemon Builder punch.  I punched the leaves out or Pear Pizzazz paper and then stamped them (in Pear Pizzazz in) by laying each leaf onto the stamps.

I think the inside of the card is SUPER CUTE! I stamped another lemon in Crushed Curry ink and then the "Live it with Zest" sentiment over the lemon using Memento Black ink! Of course...a lemon on your envelope would be adorable too!  

Hey...thanks for stopping by today! I'll be sharing more class cards as well as a few more church birthday cards over the next few days, so be sure to stop back in! I LOVE sharing my creations with you all!  

Have a TERRIFIC rest of your Thursday!

~Today's Thought~

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Eastern Medallion

Good Morning and HAPPY WEDNESDAY! Hope all is well with you and yours and that you're finding time to's really hard this time of year if you have children at home! Lately my daughter has been going out to my workshop with me and making halters and lead ropes for her Breyer horses. I gave her some of my retired ribbon, Baker's Twine and Thick Bakers Twine and she is having a blast! Almost all of her horses have NEW TACK!

So I'm heading down the mountain for a workshop this morning and while I'm gone River Restoration is taking TEN trees out to put in the Trinity River for salmon habitat and our trees are being taken out for FREE!  It would have cost us at least $10,000 to have that many trees removed! It's gonna be crazy loud and messy, but we'll be able to put up a small riding arena for my daughter and her horse Cheyenne (I call her Annie). She's really excited and although I'm sad to be losing so many trees, I'm excited for her! Remember this...THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS A FREE HORSE!!!! 

Today's card is created with the EXQUISITE Eastern Medallions Thinlits. There are SO MANY possibilities with these dies! The paper is from the Fresh Florals designer paper pack.  I know you've heard this before...I LOVE the NEW In-Colors...especially the Lemon Lime Twist, which I used for this card!

The sentiment I used is from the Best Birds stamp set and I used one of the NEW Clear Faceted Gems for the center of the medallion! These are COOL and come in gold as well! You'll be seeing more of these and the Eastern Medallion thinlits in future posts!

Here's a look at the thinlit dies! Can you see the possibilities! You can purchase just the dies or you can get them as a bundle with the Eastern Beauty stamp set and the really cool thing is you can shop right from my blog by clicking on shop now on the top left!

Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by today! I hope you have been inspired! Have a wonderful rest of your day!

~Today's Thought~

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Balloon Bouquet Punch

Hey there...GOSH IS IT HOT!! Are you staying HYDRATED?!?!?! Sorry to be blogging so late today...I hung out with my kiddos today.  We had some chores to do this morning while it was cool, then some a trip to town for an ice cream and now I'm at my computer...which is right by the air conditioner!  I am so grateful!  I can't complain too much though...I have a son in Phoenix where it is 119 degrees and two sons in Woodland where it is 107 degrees...and all of my friends down in Redding where it is 108 degrees! CRAZY hot...and it came on so quickly, I'm just not ready for it. Even my husband, who LOVES the heat, says he's having a hard time with it because it hit so quickly! The nice thing about the little mountain town that I live in is that is cools down almost every evening...into the high 50's or low 60's...that helps with sleeping and gives me time to get outside chores or walks done before it gets hot! Well...ENOUGH about the weather! I have a workshop down the mountain tomorrow which I have been busy getting ready for.  I'm so excited to be sharing new products with my ladies! 

Today, however I have some more birthday cards to share with you!  I have some retired birthday paper that I wanted to use to put some quick and easy cards goes!

The SUPER FESTIVE cards came together so quickly! The background paper is from the RETIRED...It's My Party designer paper pack. I can't wait to make these with some current designer order came in last night! I used my Balloon Bouquet punch (which is available in the NEW CATALOG) to punch several different balloons and dry embossed them with my Softly Falling embossing folder.  

After layering my designer paper onto Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Whisper White and Sahara Sand cardstock, I attached the balloons with dimensionals.  I also attached a piece of matching Bakers Twine. Some I let hang freely, tying a bow around the lip of the balloon.  Some I tied a bow at the bottom and adhered with Multipurpose Glue. They all have a birthday sentiment on the inside! FUN!

Tomorrow I have my workshop so I will be gone all morning! I'm gonna miss a lot of excitement at my house...don't miss the details...come back tomorrow to see what's up!

Thanks SO VERY MUCH for stopping by today!  I LOVE sharing my creations with you!

~Today's Thought~
(this made me giggle)

Monday, June 19, 2017

"Make-It Monday" Daisy Delight

Good Morning everyone! I hope you had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed your time celebrating fathers...with time...with memories...with laughter, perhaps even some tears! Church was wonderful this morning, then we BBQ'd baby back ribs and sausage, enjoyed macaroni salad and baked beans...FORGOT the corn on the cob, ate too much garlic bread...DEVOURED the Lemon Meringue and Coconut Cream pies...played Mexican Train until it was cool enough to go outside and play some cornhole! FUN..FUN...FUN!!! Not all the kid made it home, but it was still a terrific day...we appreciate and TREASURE any time we get to spend with our children! At the end of the day...before I went to bed and all ways quiet, I took some time to look at old photos of my dad and remember how good he was to me, how he always cheered me on, how he loved me and I loved him.  To end the night I reflected on how grateful I am for a Heavenly Father who is always there...constant...loving...disciplining...forgiving...I am BLESSED!'s "Make-It Monday" time...this was shared with me by my up-upline, Stella MacKay and I just had to share it with you! This Daisy punch is scheduled to be available for order on June's a GREAT punch! ENJOY!!!

"Make-It Monday": Daisy Delight card created with NEW Stampin' Up! products
All images © 1990-2017 Stampin’ Up!® 

Set & dies found on page 127 of the new 2017-18 Stampin' Up! catalog
  • Stamp Sets: Daisy Delight (143669) or Daisy Delight Bundle (145361) and Diagonal Stripe (141914 w; 141917 c)
  • Inks: Night of Navy (126970), Daffodil Delight (126944)
  • Paper: Whisper White (100730), Night of Navy (100867), Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper (144137)
  • Other: Daisy Punch (143713), 3/4" Punch (119873), Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751), Daffodil Delight 1/4" Double-Stitched Ribbon (144116),  Linen Thread (104199), Wink of Stella-Clear (141897), Mini Glue Dot (103683), Paper Snips (103579), Stampin’ Dimensionals (104430), Bone Folder (102300), SNAIL Adhesive (104332), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755), Stamp-a-ma-jig (101049), Big Shot (143263), Stapler, Household Tape
  • Whisper White base: 4-1/4" x 11", scored at 5-1/2", folded in half and burnished with a Bone Folder. A strip 4-1/4" x 1/2" for horizontal stamped piece. A scrap about 7/8" x 3-1/2" for sentiment. Daisy body needs two pieces about 2-3/4" x 2-3/4" each. Small scrap for daisy's center.
  • Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper: 4-1/4" x 3"
  • Night of Navy: 5" x 1"
  • Linen Thread: About 25"
  • Daffodil Delight ribbon: About 5"
  1. Using Daffodil Delight ink and Diagonal Stripe, stamp image horizontally across bottom of card.  Using Stamp-a-ma-jig align the stripes so they are at a right angle to the already stamped lines. You want the final stamped image at least 3" up from the bottom. It's OK if you stamp stray marks on the upper half of the card front as it will be covered with paper later.
  2. Repeat step #1 on a small scrap and punch daisy center with 3/4" punch.
  3. Using SNAIL, adhere the Designer Series Paper to the top part of the card front.
  4. Stamp two daisies and punch out. Attach to one another with some SNAIL making sure to stagger the petals so they all fan out evenly. Brush all petals with Wink of Stella. Adhere daisy center with SNAIL and set flower aside.
  5. Using the scallop shaped die in the Seasonal Layers Thinlits, die cut the Night of Navy piece as close to the long edge as you can. Adhere to card front with SNAIL.
  6. Using Night of Navy ink, stamp the asterisk-like flowers in a straight line on the narrow Whisper White strip. Adhere to card front slightly overlapping the top of the Night of Navy scalloped piece. The piece will stick out on both sides. Trim with Paper Snips.
  7. Using Multipurpose Liquid Glue, apply a narrow strip on the back of the Daffodil Delight ribbon and adhere to card front slightly overlapping piece from #6. Set aside to dry. Trim edges of ribbon.
  8. Stamp sentiment with Night of Navy ink onto 7/8" x 3-1/2" Whisper White piece aligning slightly left of center to leave room for creating banner. Create banner by trimming with Paper Snips. Staple left end of banner and set aside.
  9. Tie knot at ends of Linen Thread to create one circle. Wrap circle around your hand a few times till desired size. Using a small piece of tape or the stapler, attach all circles together so they stay put. Tape to front of card taking care to tape it in a place that will be covered by the daisy.
  10. Using one Dimensional, attach daisy to card.
  11. Using two Dimensionals, attach sentiment banner to card.
Hey...thanks BUNCHES for stopping by this HAPPY MONDAY! It means so much to me that you follow my blog and allow me to share what I love doing! Have a FANTASTIC day...AND WEEK!!! I'll be back tomorrow with more INSPIRATION!

~Today's Thought~

Friday, June 16, 2017

Big on Birthdays

Good Morning! I hope you all rested well last night and are going strong today!!! I'm so EXCITED...I get to work in my workshop ALL DAY!! My plan is to get it COMPLETELY organized so I can spend my time CREATING!!! To make it even better, a friend is coming over to hang out! This is a rare thing on a Friday, because my husband is usually off and we hang out, but today they are putting the town of Hayfork OUT OF POWER!!! It's a small town not a huge city, but I'm sure people will not be happy...even though they were given notice. My power doesn't go out very often, but when it does I LOVE getting the lanterns out and playing board games with the kids. I have a gas cooktop, so I can still fix's kind of an adventure! Now...if I have to be without my car...that's a different story. Just the thought of not being able to go somewhere if I wanted to...drives me crazy...EVEN if I have NO WHERE TO GO!! Silly isn't it?

Today's card is another super simple birthday card! It has a Whisper White card base with a layer of Fresh Fig designer paper from the Fresh Floral pack (AGAIN)! This is FANTASTIC paper!  I can't wait to play with some more colors!  The stamp set that I used is Big on Birthdays...I LOVE IT!! I stamped in Memento Black ink then colored the flowers in with my Crushed Curry Stampin' Write Marker and the leaves with my Pear Pizzazz Stampin' Write. 

Isn't this a GREAT set?!?! It sure makes QUICK and EASY cards...just what I needed to get caught up on my June cards for church. Now they are in the pastor's hands for him to sign and send out! On to July...which has about 30 Birthday's and Anniversaries! YIKES!! I think I need to have a birthday card making party!

Well...ENJOY your weekend! Work a a little and find time to CREATE! Thanks BUNCHES for stopping by! 

~Today's Thought~