I am trying to be a really busy girl, stamping wise. July was a really busy month. I went on two vacations. One, at the end of the month with my niece to England. The other, was over 4th of July weekend. It was our kids and us in a cabin with no running water, no flush toilets, no electricity, and best of all, no internet! Yes, I can do this type of vacation for about 2 days. We were there three…….. EEK! We all survived! We had a couple of minor crashes, one resulting in an injury (road rash mostly). But, we had a BLAST!! We were in Silver Jack, CO and it’s a stunning place! I mean STUNNING!! Anyway, in the beginning of the month, you saw the card that I made with the One Wild Ride Stamp set. Well, here’s the actual scrapbook page that I wanted to make!
The color combo is Lemon Lime Twist, Pool Party, and Early Espresso. I used the Best Badge Punch for a border at the bottom, incorporating many of the images in this set. The Bunch of Banners Framelits cut out the “Born To Ride” banner. I think it came out pretty neat. You will see more scrapbook pages in the near future. I am going to, not only, work on this trip but the trip to England as well! I have a LOT of photos of England!!
This was the last month of my term in the Creative Crew on splitcoaststampers. It’s bittersweet! I really enjoy challenges! This month wasn’t too much of challenge for me. It was all about Vacations or Stay-cations. My July was PACKED full of vacations. The last one that I took was to England. My niece and I went for a week and had such an incredible time! Our last night, we stayed at the Tower Hotel, which was right next to the Tower of London and Tower Bridge. I knew I was going to England when the “Chase Your Dreams” stamp set came out in the Occasions Catalog. I know it’s retired now but I needed it! I plan on making a scrapbook of my trip. And this stamp set is perfect for it. I plan on doing something on the cover of the album and of course, adding it inside the album!
The challenge is called SIP…. Step It Up. We have to create 2 cards. One, simple. One, stepped up. Here are both cards. You can see that they are both great cards. The stepped up version is colored with ink pads and blender pen, has a glitter border, pearls and I used, Oh My Stars embossing folder on the banners. While the layout of the card kind of reminds me of the French flag, the same colors are in the British Union Jack.
Here is my inspiration card for this month’s challenge. In the image below, we were asked to use the photo for inspiration. I found another really neat color combo that I wanted to use and decided to use the bees that are in the photo. The color combo here is Night of Navy, Marina Mist and Crushed Curry. I used the Dragonfly Dreams Stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly thinlits to make this card. Watercolor paper was used as was an aquapainter to color the watercolor paper in Marina Mist.
While I got this card layout from my upline, I did change it a bit. The DSP used here is Naturally Eclectic as I thought the pattern went nicely with the dots stamp in the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set. I also really liked the pop of color from the Glitter Enamel Dots. I used a tiny piece of doily and a thread from the burlap ribbon just for fun accents on the card. I really hope you like it!! I am thinking about sending this card to a friend… but who? Do you want it?? Comment below! I will pick one person randomly!
So, this whole return to stamping came from a different customer (than yesterday’s post) messaging me on Facebook. “Will you do a workshop for me?” Of course I will! This workshop was held in late October. She wanted to do a scrapbook page and a card. The projected I created were pretty simple but time consuming. I decided to cut most of the pieces for the ladies since I only had one set of the Pretty Pines Thinlets. I also used the Large Numbers Thinlets too!
Well, this workshop started well, as it always does. Then suddenly, it went downhill. For some reason, the pine boughs wouldn’t cut right. I even had wax paper with me just in case this would happen. For some reason, that didn’t work out well either. UGH!! Help me! They got pretty impatient and just used the pine boughs that they were given.
The second project, this adorable card below came right out of the Holiday Catalog. I like to do that for one of the projects because it shows them that they can get inspiration from anywhere, especially the Holiday Catalog. When I did the card, it took me 5 minutes to put the entire card together from start to finish! At the workshop, yeah.. it took forever!! I am pretty sure that I either broke my Big Shot or they did. I haven’t had any problems cutting before or after! Just there. Maybe it was bad “juju.”
After recovering my complete embarrassment, with the help of some amazing German cakes, they then turned around and said, “So, would you be open to doing a scrapbook club?” REALLY! *perks up* Of course I would! We haven’t started the club yet, I am thinking after the holidays are all over!
List of supplies – Noel Scrapbook Page: (each link opens a new window)
List of supplies – Santa Card: (each link opens a new window)
Here’s another gift idea for you. This one I sort of made up. I say sort of because someone on pinterest did it first but the measurements were in cm. Yes, I suppose I could have just flipped my ruler over and done this easier but… that’s not how I roll! LOL I had to do it the hard way and recreate it myself. One of the neat things about this project is that I not only used Sale-A-Bration product on it. I also made an elongated banner (the Whisper White one) using the Banner Punch (SAB).
This super cute box holds 3 Dove chocolate hearts! From now until March 31, if you make a purchase of $50 or more you get one of them absolutely free!! What’s better than free?? If I figure that out, I will let you know! (SAB is Sale-A-Bration)
List of Supplies (each link opens a new window):