January Control Freaks Blog Hop



Welcome to the Control Freaks monthly blog tour! This month's theme is Sale-a-Bration & Occasions 2017.  There are so many amazing products to showcase that we are continuing our theme from last month.  If you started at the beginning of the tour, you just visited the very talented, Connie Babbert.  She is the bomb!


Vertical Garden Project Kit

Have you seen the Vertical Garden Project Kit in the Occasions Catalog?  Jaw-dropping, isn't it?  Obviously, succulents are very hot in home decor and gardening right now.  With this kit you can create a colorful block of flowers for your door, wall, or table.  You'll need a few additional supplies to complete the project, including the Vertical Garden stamp set shown below.

Vertical Garden Stamp Set

After you complete your project kit, you don't have to feel "stuck" with the stamp set.  It can be used for so many different things!  I received this set to create display samples for the On Stage event back in November, so I had the opportunity to play with it before I even knew there was a succulent-making kit.  Today, I'm sharing 4 of my samples and you can look forward to seeing the rest over the next week.


Hello Vertical Garden Gift Bag

Why not welcome new neighbors with a cute little gift made with the Petite Cafe Gift Bag?


Vertical Garden Hello card

Who wouldn't love to receive a bright & cheery Hello card in their mailbox?


Hello Sunshine Scrapbook Layout

Pair it with cute papers & die-cuts to create the perfect scrapbook layout


Vertical Garden Hello

This final card was my favorite.  I love the simple, but elegant color combo.

You can click on any of the photos to get a complete supply list for each card.

Thanks so much for stopping by my little corner of the web!  Don't forget to visit Kelly Acheson to continue on the blog tour. 




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Celebrating 15 Years with Stampin' UP!

This Sunday, I will be celebrating 15 years as a Stampin' UP! demonstrator.  Since I know many of my stamping friends are going to be homebound due to the weather, I wanted to have a little fun with my "party".  I'm doing something a little different, so just follow the instructions to get entered to win this great package of prizes.


The Stamp Doc Loop Giveaway


Giveaway includes:

  • Another Great Year Paper Pumpkin Kit
  • Stampin' UP! Collapsible Trash Bin
  • 6" x 7" Magnetic Cards from Stamp-n-Storage
  • Stampin' UP! Watercolor Pencils
  • $20 Gift Card from Stitch Fix.  To learn about this service, visit http://stitchfix.com/referral/7090564 


To enter, visit my FACEBOOK page.  Find the image above and follow the instructions.  You must complete all the steps to be entered.  Loop will close at 8pm ET on Monday, January 16, 2017.  Winner will be announced on Tuesday.

Good luck!



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Birthday Blog Hop


Welcome to the Stylin' Stampin' INKSpiration Blog Hop!  Our theme this month is birthdays.  We've got inspiration from 16 bloggers ready to share their best ideas for creative birthday cards.  As you hop along, please be sure to comment and show some love on every blog! We are always excited to hear from our followers! You should have just left stop number 12 on the Stylin' Stampin' INKspiration Blog Hop - Jen Pitta at By the Shore Stamping . If so, you are in the right spot. If a link doesn't work or you get off track, you will find the full blog hop lineup below.


This my first posting as a returning design team member.  I needed to take a few months off in the Fall to get caught up on some other design projects.  Now, I'm ready to re-introduce myself to you with 3 different cards that reflect my style.  If you like what you see, be sure to follow me on social media.  You'll find all the buttons in the right column.


everyday hero

This card featuring the Everyday Hero stamp set is the third in a series that I have featured this week.  This stamp set is perfect for kids or kids-at-heart.  It is definitely a new favorite of mine.


Party Animal Suite

One of the things that I dearly missed at SSINK was the Card Sketches.  I was a little late to the party this week with my card, but it features a layout from our blog.  We'd love to have you play along with us.  There is still time to upload your creations.


Carousel Birthday

When you need a very quick birthday card, this is a simple design that's easy to put together.  I used the Carousel Birthday set and splattered the image with stamps from Gorgeous Grunge.  Add a little designer series paper and you're all set!


Which card is your favorite?  Leave me a comment and let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!  You are now ready to move on to the next stop, which is my good friend, Breelin.  I'm sure she has some wonderful goodies to share!




Blog Hop Participant List:


1. Jen G. at Faith.Grace.Stamp

2. Cathy A. at Maine Mountain Stamper

3. Diana E. at Stampin' Fun with Diana

4. Pamela W. at Stinky Tofu

5. Darcy J. at Dj's Stampin' Place

6. Cheryl H. at Create with Cheryl

7. Jennifer G. at Jenny G Paper Crafts

8. Nichole L. at Scrappy Stamps & Ink

9. Tobe B. at The Craft Sea

10. Darla R. at Stampin' with Darla

11. Donna S. at Geek Squad Crafting

12. Jen P. at By the Shore Stamping

13. Melissa S. at The Stamp Doc

14. Bree R. at Craft-somnia Momma

15. Tonya B. at Stampin' with Tonya

16. Kim R. at Stamping with Kim


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Super Hero

Everyday Hero


 You've got to love a card with a loud pop of color!  Today, I've paired the Everyday Hero stamp set with this week's sketch from Mojo Monday to create a colorful comic book-style card.



I started by die-cutting my background pieces and focal point layers with the Big Shot.  I stamped the dotted background onto the Pacific Point circle, the Real Red strip, and the Crushed Curry sunburst in their coordinating colors.  I stamped the cityscape image in Basic Black ink onto the Smoky Slate card stock at the bottom of the card.


Super Hero


The hero image was stamped in Basic Black Archival ink onto Whisper White card stock, then colored with Watercolor Pencils and a Blender Pen.  The sentiments were stamped in various colors ~ this stamp set has a lot of sentiments that you can easily mix and match.


Hero Close-Up


You'll find complete list of supplies at the end of this post.  And don't forget.....it's Sale-a-Bration time.  For every $50 you spend (before tax & shipping), you can select a FREE Sale-a-bration item.  There is no limit!

Thanks so much for stopping by!



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Big Shot


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You're Incredible


I am really digging this new comic book-style stamp set called Everyday Hero.  I'll be sharing several samples with you this week.  This first one uses this week's sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.




I started by stamping the cityscape image in Basic Black ink onto Smoky Slate card stock.  I fussy cut around the top edge and added some highlights to the windows with a Whisper White watercolor pencil.  The sentiment and speech balloon were stamped in Basic Black and Real Red ink directly onto the Whisper White card front.




The superhero is composed of 3 different stamps layered to create the flying image.  I colored first with the watercolor pencils, then blended with a blender pen.  The image was fussy cut and popped up on the card with Stampin' Dimensionals.


you're incredible

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Thanks for stopping by!


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Blender Pens


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Variations of Watercolor Backgrounds



I am really loving the new Watercolor Pencils and I know that you are going to love them, too.  Today's video is a little experimentation with different combinations of paper & blending tools.  I took a couple of stills for you to see the finished results.



This one is probably my favorite combo, but I'm a sucker for anything glittery.  You can still see some of the scribble marks and the color does not spread or combine much.



Like I said in the video, the Thick Whisper White card stock is my new "go-to" when making cards.  I probably could have blended the scribble marks out more with the blender pen, but I wanted to keep the colors somewhat vibrant.



And finally, if you are a watercolor purist, this combination is for you.  I would have liked to have added more color before blending and been a bit neater with the mixing of the color.  Nevertheless, it's a cool look.

Which technique is your favorite?

Be sure to pick up the Watercolor Pencils and some nifty blending tools in my online store today!



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Monday Montage 85


Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!




I'm always on the lookout for new tutorials to try, and this week Splitcoaststampers featured a Surprise Shaker card tutorial.  I had to alter a few of the steps, but the result turned out really cute.



 The front of the card features the Ferris Wheel image on a tag insert.  I created a tab at the top with a punched circle of Bermuda Bay cardstock.  The tassel was tied on with Bakers' Twine from the Cupcakes & Carousels embellishment kit.



Once you slide the tag upwards, the shaker part of the card is revealed.  The sequins are also from the Cupcakes & Carousels embellishment kit.  I used the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper to frame the shaker.  The ferris wheel image was stamped in Basic Black Archival ink, then splashes of color were added with the watercolor pencils and a blender pen.


Thanks so much for stopping by! 

Be sure to visit all the stops on the hop.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Kreative Kaitlyn's fabulous project.


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Another Carousel Birthday



Hold your horses!  Can you believe I've posted to my blog 2 days in a row?  Actually, I've got a pretty full month of projects to share so make sure you hit that little subscribe button.  I don't want you to miss anything!


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I'm still trying to catch up on the birthday cards and this sketch from Freshly Made Sketches inspired me to keep it quick & simple.  Since I still had the Carousel Birthday stamp set on my desk, it was an easy choice to decide what to use.





I started by stamping the carousel horse image and sentiment in Basic Black archival ink onto Very Vanilla card stock.  To add some color to the horse, I scribbled some watercolor pencils in Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight, and Calypso Coral over the image.  Next, I used a Clear Wink of Stella Glitter Brush to blend the color and soften the lines.  This gave the image a watercolor look and a tiny bit of shimmer.





 I completed the card by adding the Bermuda Bay-stamped "birthday" over the sentiment, some Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Paper along the edge, and a few embellishments (ribbon & paper bow) from the coordinating embellishment kit.

You'll find the complete list of supplies below.

Thanks for stopping by!


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Carousel Birthday & Catalog Updates


Well, I'm back.......I think.  I needed to take a little time off to finish some projects around the house and to enjoy the holidays with my family.  Unfortunately, my husband and I both got the stomach flu on Christmas Eve.  As if that wasn't bad enough, the sickness transformed into some sort of head cold from hell.  I'm finally starting to feel human, just in time for Sale-a-Bration to begin!  If you are one of my current customers, I hope you received your Occasions catalog and Sale-a-Bration brochures in the mail during December.  If not, let me know.  And if you aren't a current customer and would like to become one, message me and I'll be glad to send you complimentary copies as well.



There are sooooooooo many amazing new stamps & accessories available starting today, that it was hard to choose what I would share first.  Since I've got a ton of birthday cards to send, I decided to use the Carousel Birthday stamp set paired with this week's sketch from Mojo Monday.




I stamped the carousel horse in Early Espresso ink onto Very Vanilla card stock, then die cut with the Stitched Shapes framelits and the Big Shot.  These are definitely my favorite dies of the moment!  Another new favorite is the watercolor pencils.  Seriously, you should be adding these to your shopping cart right now!  They are only $16 (whoa!), come in SU colors, and blend beautifully.  I used pencils in Daffodil Delight, Early Espresso, Calypso Coral, and Bermuda Bay to highlight the horse image.  I lightly used a blender pen to smooth out the colors.




The patterned papers are from the Cupcakes & Carousels Designer Series Pack.  It features 48 sheets of double-sided designs in a convenient 6" x 6" size perfect for card-making.  There is also a Cupcakes & Carousels Embellishment Kit which is where I got the random sequins.  This kit has a lot of fun embellishments that I can't wait to use, including tassels, ribbons, bows, and gold foil labels. 

And the best part of Sale-a-Bration?  You can get it all and get something free!  For every $50 you spend (before shipping and tax), you can select a free item from the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  You'll find the complete supply list with links to purchase below.

Thanks so much for stopping by! 



Product List

Big Shot
Blender Pens





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Monday Montage 83


Welcome to the Monday Montage blog hop!  Every other Monday, my friends and I share inspiring projects.  Be sure to visit all the stops....you don't want to miss anything!

 I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and what I'm going to call Lazy Sunday. Most of you know that my son is serving in the US Navy and this was the first Thanksgiving that we have spent apart.  We did a little pre-Thanksgiving celebration when we visited last month and he had amazing weekend plans with a good friend, so I was handling the separation really well.....or so I thought.




He called around midnight on Wednesday to say that he and his friend had arrived at the hotel.  They were very tired from the long drive and were going straight to bed.  I got another call around 6am.  Someone had entered their hotel room and stolen their wallets, including all forms of identification, credit cards, and money.  Fortunately, he still had his cell phone and car keys and neither of them were hurt.




From out of state, we were frantically trying to find a way to get them some money.  Because it was a holiday, we were having a difficult time contacting friends in the area, as many were out of town.  We found a distant cousin that lived 2 hours away, but that was a lot to ask of someone on Thanksgiving.  At one point, my son called to tell me that he didn't know how they were going to eat that day and my heart just sank.  It was truly the most helpless, awful feeling in the world.

Thankfully, a police officer provided them with a small amount of cash to get something to eat and enough gas money to return to base.  If you want to know how to get me to cry, just do something nice for my boy.  I am so very thankful to this police officer and I realize that he was away from his family during the holiday as well.  The least I can do is send a Thank You card to this fine officer's department and hope that he knows how much that small act of kindness meant to us that day.



I CASEd this card from Andrea Withers and used the new All Things Thanks stamp set, which will be available in the Occasions Catalog in January.  The sentiments are perfect for many different thankful situations.  Even though our Thanksgiving did not go quite as planned, we still have so many things to be grateful for.  I'm thankful for someone watching over my son and helping him out of a tough situation. 

And I'm thankful for the Monday Montage girls!  We've been hopping and bopping regularly for over 2 years now.  They always inspire me.  Click next to see what the Wonderful Wendy has created or click back to check out Julie's fabulous project.


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