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Albuquerque Memories

>> Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Today I am sharing some fond memories of the International Balloon Fiesta in Albuquerque, NM.  I grew up in Albuquerque and the balloon fiesta was a time full of beautiful and magical skies.  There would be so many balloons in the sky you couldn't take it all in.  Night glows were gorgeous too.  I was lucky enough to be on a chase team in my early 20s and that was one of the most exciting years of my life. 

My card today is a reflection of those days. 

I stamped the Hot Air Balloon to times in light Distress ink and watercolored the balloons multicolors.  I changed up the zigzag in one of them.  The rest of the balloons and the reflection in the water were all watercolored.  I did I add a bit of white acrylic paint on the balloons and the water.  To finish it off, I added the 1 line Small Happy Birthday sentiment with my Misti so I could stamp it several times. 

Hope your week is going well. 




Wedded Bliss

>> Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Hi Everyone,

I've been working on making summer and beach themed cards lately, but with a family wedding coming up at the end of the month, I wanted to see if I could combine those themes into one card.  
While a whimsical wedding card is not appropriate for everyone, the right couple would definitely appreciate it :)

I began with an aqua panel that was vertically the length of a standard A2 card, but an inch smaller  across and embossed it using a bubble folder from Darice.  I added it to a slightly larger piece of black cardstock and attached it to the base.

I stamped and die cut the To Have and To Hold Greeting, attached it using some dimensional tape, and went to work on the images. 

I stamped the Happy Octopus twice on some grey cardstock and fussy cut them out.  I knew I wanted to added some bubbles between them by way of punched hearts, but the animals themselves seemed  plain otherwise, so I had to get creative.  The bowtie was hand cut and added using a gem, and the veil was a scrap of lace, embellished with one fussy cut flower from the Four Flower Background. 

Now that makes them look more like a bride and groom :)

Best "fishes" everyone!


Christmas/Winter in July

>> Monday, July 16, 2018

Well after a beautiful spell of gorgeous weather, it has turned super hot again. So I decided to create a winter/Christmas card to help me think cool thoughts!!

I stamped the adorable cowboy snowman with Memento Black ink onto white CS, colored him with some Copics and die cut using SB oval dies. Isn't he the cutest!?!

The background was created using the paisley die from the SB small die of the month Kit for July. I die cut 6 of them, glued them on, cut off the pieces hanging over the edges of the panel and then used some of those pieces to fill in the places that needed something. Other than all the gluing, this was a pretty quick and easy card to create. 

I will also post this on the Crafting from the Heart blogsite since this week DRS is sponsoring their challenge. It's an anything goes challenge and the prize is a 20% off coupon from DRS Designs. Hope you can join in the fun! We'd love to see what you create!

Thanks for stopping by.



Star filled birthday

>> Saturday, July 14, 2018


I recently used our Shooting Star stamp on a patriotic card and since it was just sitting there on my desk waiting to be put away I decided to give it another workout!

This is a pretty easy card for the most part.  I cut a piece of card stock 5" square and stamped our Shooting Star in each corner using black ink.  I stamped our Happy Moments birthday greeting on white and die cut it and a slightly larger yellow circle.  Once they were attached to my card I stamped just the star part of the Shooting Star and colored and fussy cut the start and attached them on top using foam tape to pop them up a bit.

I thought it was pretty amazing how the stars fit so well around the greeting that I looked for another greeting that would work and found that our New Years Circle worked as well, so I did a quicker no color version.

Thanks so much for stopping by!!


Barbecue Boss

>> Friday, July 13, 2018

by Julie Warner - The Write Stuff

 Happy Friday!
I hope your week has gone well! If you're like most of us, summer is Barbeque Time! If it's not scorching hot & or raining, weekends are the perfect time to fire up the pit. The smoker grill we have is almost as old as I am, lol. I think I may have mentioned that hubs burned down the deck in a house we had in Houston w/ this same grill. We walked outside & a big chunk of the deck was GONE. 16' long & about 4 boards wide had turned to ash. The happy little smoker was sitting upright w/ the lid on, dead center in the middle of all the nothingness. I swear it was laughing at us. So while I like the idea of this grill master on the deck, around here, it will never happen again. That grill (& hubs) are not allowed anywhere near anything that even looks like wood.
For my Barbeque Boss,  I stamped & colored Grilling Guy,  then masked him to add the scene behind him. For the deck, I stamped The Floor  w/ a sand colored ink, then stamped the Woodgrain Bg on it using the same ink before I colored it in. The Picket Fence & grass were added, then I sponged in a cloudy sky.  Just a portion of the greeting was added on the little plaque. I put the entire greeting on the inside. It looked like still needed something, so I added a red layer & a red frame around Mr. Grill Master. Sort of a picture of hubs before he got schooled by that grill.  It definitely showed him who's boss.
Thanks so much for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

paper: Staples 110# white, red
ink:  Memento tuxedo black, desert sand, bamboo leaves, summer sky, London fog
accessories: Copic markers, Spellbinders A2 matting basics A & B, deco tags dies



>> Thursday, July 12, 2018

Good morning!
Remember the Frog Princess story?
This card is a play on that story...ready to kiss a frog?

The square die is from ODBD and I cut it in half for the corners.
The crown is from Karen Burniston.

I wanted another card to go with my kissing the frog card
so I made this one.  I masked the mushrooms so that I could stamp multiple 
like a little mushroom forest.  The frog is fussy cut and glued to the raised panel.

The background is sprayed inks from Dylusions, water and kosher salt on 
watercolor paper.  the ribbon is white seam binding dyed purple.
I embellished with some little purple enamel dots in the corners.

I hope you have fun playing with inks and stamps this weekend!
Get your froggies out!
Thanks for visiting today!


Miracle Day

>> Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Some days turn out better than you think they will.

My card was actually going to be a stormy day card with rain drops, but I couldn't find my stormy sentiment so it ended up being a happy, sunny day card instead.  You can still see the little hints of stormy clouds in the sky. A few days last week were supposed to be very stormy, but ended up being beautiful. There were some big smiles on my Grand-kids' faces.

I water colored my sea and sky and then stamped the Sailboat image and sentiment Every Day a Miracle Greeting.  To finish it off, I sponged on some sun rays using a Tim Holtz Stencil and some yellow ink.

I am hoping your days are coming out better than expected too.




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