Sunday, August 21, 2016

Your Next Stamp Challenge - Books are Cool

Hello friends!

I was so excited to get my Your Next Stamp order the other day!  Especially since I got another Phoebe to play with. : )  This set is Phoebe's Birthday and Phoebe has a pile of books to sit on, as well as more birthday-ish accessories like a present and a birthday hat.  I love it for the books, though, because my daughter is a librarian, and I have plans to use the books and sentiments on some bookmarks soon!

I tried to follow the sketch from Your Next Stamp for my layout, but I took a few liberties and made mine a square card rather than a rectangle and switched out the image rectangle with a circle.  I kinda sorta followed the colors, too. : )  I colored Phoebe with copics and added some highlights with a white gel pen and I used the YNS Stitched Square dies to cut out the square.

Wouldn't this be a fun card to tuck into a lunch box or to send a teacher?  And can you believe that school has already started for some states?  Here in Wisconsin we don't start til after Labor Day, but even that is coming up soon!  And then comes fall and all the lovely fall-ish stamps.  I need to dig through and find some of my favorites.  It won't be long now!!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!


Friday, August 19, 2016

Power Poppy Inspiration

Hi friends!

Did you know that Power Poppy is having a sale on their digis and some of their stamp sets right now?  I decided that I would pick up a fall digi, since I had been looking at it for awhile.  Of course, I had to print it right out!

I had seen a card with this digi made by the sweet Cheryl Scrivens that I just loved.  It was sweet and simple and had both the image and sentiment printed on the same panel, framed by a simple stitched die.  I wanted my card to be horizontal rather than vertical, so I resized my sunflowers and sentiment to fit.

After I watercolored my image with distress markers I cut it out with a stitched die and matted it with patterned paper and cardstock, but with no other embellishments, just like Cheryl's.  And since I was inspired by a Bloomie, I'm entering this in the Power Poppy Power & Spark CSI challenge - Copy, Steal, Inspire!



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Happy Birthday, Your Next Stamp!

My order from Your Next Stamp didn't happen to arrive today.  {Sob, sob, sniff, sniff...} So I decided to console myself by making a card with Waddles instead.  And, of course, since Your Next Stamp is celebrating their birthday this month, and also, of course, because I need some birthday cards in my stash, I made a birthday card.

You are allowed to enter the sketch and color challenge three times, so I decided to make my third card - but using the sketch this time... and the colors, too!

I colored Waddles with copics and used some patterned paper in my stash to make the background.  The pink layer is cut with the Stitched Rectangle dies, and the sweet sparkly enamel dots are Magical Pastel Sparkly Gumdrops.  I love the sparkle!  They are perfect for icy cards like this one. : )

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Tea Cups and Flowers

Hello again!  I printed out a page of my favorite digis the other day and I'm working through them when I have free minutes here and there.  Today's card is a combination of a Whimsy and Stars digital image and a Scripture verse from a set by Clear Dollar Stamps.  I followed the colors over at Sunday Stamps. :)

Thanks for dropping by today!


PS - Don't forget the 28 Day Challenge going on over on my Handfuls of Purpose blog!  Come play along and work on your home management and time management skills with me!

Monday, August 15, 2016

The 28 Day Challenge

Hi friends!  We interrupt this stamping related blog to invite you to join me for a fun "real life" challenge!  Here's the scoop, copied from my other blog - I'd love to have you join me.  In fact grab a group of friends and let's work together to get a grip on our homes and time and projects and lists before school starts in a few weeks!!

Original post from the Handfuls of Purpose blog ---

Good morning, friends!

So... when you've had a long weekend where you've been out of the house more than in it, and you wake up on a Monday morning and the kitchen looks like this...

And the table looks like this...

And your desk area looks like this...

And YOU are supposed to be the "poster child" for the Beautiful Life Management System, what do you do???  You take the 28 Day Challenge yourself!

Now, you all know that when you take the 28 Day Challenge, you have a cheerleader - ME!!  So I have a favor to ask.  Will you all be my cheerleaders??  If you want to follow along with me, just email me for a free copy of the challenge booklet and/or order a 28 Day Challenge sample pack, and I can be your cheerleader, too!

I'm not going to post the entire challenge here each day, since you can read it yourself in the booklet, but I am going to try to check in here on the blog each day and let you know how I did the day before, ok?  Today I'm going to start by refilling my binder with Beautiful Life Management pages.  I'll let you know tomorrow if I choose the regular ones or the semi - dated ones.  I'm sort of leaning toward the latter at the moment, but we'll see.

And off I go to do the "First Things First"!  

Thanks for joining me on my journey!!