Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Sailing Fun

Hello there!  Today's card is my goddess card for the Stampin' Royalty.  This week's challenge is my favorite week, sketch week.  I love to start with the layout already done for me, I think that is the hardest part, so when I have a layout to work with, it helps!  Check out the sketch, grab your supplies and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to link it up.

If you saw my last post, I explained Mackie's favorite hobby, racing sailboats for her high school.  It requires a lot of traveling, but we love that.  I wanted to make a card for her to celebrate her hobby, and to tell her how proud of her we are.  I found some great sailboat punch art HERE, I made it my own, and added some bling (since Mackie loves the bling).  I used the new Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set to dress the sail up.

Anchor's away!  The new happy whale clearlits die has this great anchor, it was a must have since anything nautical is very popular in our house now.  Layered on midnight muse circle punches, then layered on real red small scallop punches, it completes my sketch.

The Comfort Cafe DSP provided my midnight muse background paper, the cloudy day embossing folder adds some clouds, some stamped waves from the Oh, Whale stamp set and a bit of baker's twine from my stash finishes it up.

I love how this card turned out, hopefully Mackie will love it too.  My husband always loves these "personalized" cards, and this one is no exception.  I might have to make a bunch of these for her teammates.

This photo was taken at a regatta in January that was in Savannah, GA.  This was a no wind day, so the sailing was very slow.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you are inspired to make your own punch art, just about anything can be recreated with punches if you give it a try, enjoy!

Stamps:  Oh, Whale, Designer Typeset Photopolymer Stamp Set
Paper:  Comfort Cafe DSP, midnight muse, real red, whisper white card stock
Ink:  Midnight muse
Tools:  large oval punch, big shot, cloudy day embossing folder, happy whale clearlits, scallop circle punch, circle punch, rectangle scallop square framelit, baker's twine

Monday, March 25, 2013

Let's Catch Up!

Hello there!  Today's post is going to be a catch up post, both with the current Stampin' Up! news and pictures from the Conner Family happenings.  I will start with the business first!

Today's the day! For one week only, all of our beautiful Designer Fabric is 50 percent off!
  • Promotion dates: Monday, March 25-Sunday, March 31, 2013
  • Discounted fabric is available on all order types (customer, workshop order, and online orders)
  • No minimum purchase required to receive the discount
  • All items are limited quantity at the discounted price; the discount will be removed once the limit is reached

Your life is: Awesome. Quirky. Exciting. Perfectly messy. And happening really fast. So we're happy to introduce our newest product line that lets you capture it all on-the-go. This and That debuts in the 2013-2014 annual catalog, but we're giving you and everybody else the chance to get it now. And through April 30, you can get a special bundle with all five products for 15 percent off!
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WHEW, that is a ton of info, make sure you put your entry in for the trip from Stampin' Up!  Someone has to win, why not you!  EMAIL ME for any questions pertaining to the above info, I will be happy to help you out, also you can shop at my ONLINE STORE 24/7 to take advantage of these great offers.

Now on to sharing some family pictures.  We have been very busy since February, Mackie had her 15th birthday, did some sailing, had a trip to Disney World, did some more sailing, and she preformed in her school musical, Chris, Tate, and I were along for the fun, take a look:

Sailing in Brunswick GA, way too much wind, around 30 mph, all boats capsized and the rudder hit Mackie in the head above her eye, we are lucky she did not get hurt too much.

Birthday Fun

Mackie acted like a kid (which was great) during our trip to Disney, it was Tate's first trip there and he did wonderful, it was fun for the whole family.  We had breakfast at Cinderella's Royal Table in the castle, which even Tate thought was fun, Tate swears that Cinderella is his sissy, he will not even say the name Cinderella, just sissy, lol.

High School sailing in Charleston SC, still a bit windy, but not as bad as Brunswick.  Mackie is on the high school sailing team, and they race sailboats, how fun is that?!  A regatta is usually 12-14 races, with an A team and a B team for the school, they race two races each leg, then switch teams.  They sail 420 two man sailboats and it is a coed sport, she usually sails with her partner Kyle, they are very competitive!


Last but not least, Mackie preformed in the High School Musical put on by her school.  The have a musical every year, and Mackie always participates.  She was cast this year as one of the cheerleaders, very apt since she is an actual cheerleader for the school and does a lot of tumbling!

Thanks for sticking through this whole post, you are the best readers ever!  I should have at least one post for you this week, so come back and see me on Wednesday!  Have a great week!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Friends for the PALS

Hi Pals! It's time for another fun Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge! We have another great sketch this week from Resident Artist, Margaret Moody. To participate, just create a project, including the 5 sketch elements. Then link up your creation to the Pals Paper Arts blog when the challenge goes live this Thursday, March 21st!

I was challenged by this sketch for some reason, it seems straight forward and easy, but I found it a bit tricky.  So, my solution was to flip the sketch vertical, you can do that as long as you keep the same basic properties of the sketch!

Tea for Two DSP was my go-to paper today.  I wanted something soft and springy, since it's that time of year.  I pulled out so saffron and bashful blue to coordinate with the DSP.  I punched the circles out of the circle design paper and was left with a cool diamond strip of DSP, you have to be very careful not to punch though the circles, so that the diamonds will stay intact.  I then embossed a piece of bashful blue card stock with the square lattice embossing folder, glued on my DSP diamonds and I was done.

The side pieces were flag cut and sized to match the sketch, which were the quickest and easiest part of the card!

My focal point of the card is this pretty flower that was stamped first with the Daydream Medallion stamp set, then die cut with the floral frames framelits.  I crumpled and curled the lucky limeade flower so it would stand out a bit.  The friend stamp is from the Mixed Medley stamp set and punched out with the matching small scallop circle.

There you have it, a nice spring card!  I hope you will join us at the PPA, we love to see what you create.

AND, I would be remiss if I did not remind y'all that Sale-A-Bration is coming to a close, so make sure you check out the catalogs, then head over to my ONLINE STORE to get your last minute SAB items.  Don't let them get away!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Bunny Fun

Hello there!  Today's card is my goddess card for the Stampin' Royalty weekly challenge blog.  This week's challenge is a picture challenge, so take a look at the picture, grab your supplies and head on over to the Stampin' Royalty to link up your fabulous creation!

I love pinks and greens together, and that cutie bunny in the back of the picture just made me want to add some punch art.  I remembered the cute bunny behind punch art that Mary Fish showed us last Easter, so I grabbed some punches and went to work.  I modified the colors and the size of the bunny to what I had in mind.

I sponged the edges with primrose petals ink, used my large oval, and 1 1/4 circle punch, the ears are made from the blossom builder punch.  The small heart punch with a basic pearl makes my bunny tail.

I layered a bunch of scrap card stock for the bunny's background, did some sewing and done!

I made my own background paper by stamping the distressed dots background stamp first in versamark, then heat embossed it with white embossing powder, I love the soft shiny look it provides.

The Delightful Dozen stamp set provides the sentiment, which is such a perfect font, nice and curly.  The finishing edges edgelits makes a nice edge, and the Patio Party DSP fits my color scheme perfectly.

This big 5x5 card is a cute and colorful Easter card, it is pretty flat so I should not have any problem mailing it out.  I really hope you enjoyed this polka dotted bunny card, it was fun to make.  Thanks for stopping by, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Elegant Kindness

Hello there!  Welcome to this week's Stampin' Royalty challenge card.  The challenge this week is a color challenge so take a look at the colors, create something fabulous and link it up before Tuesday next week.

I grabbed my DSP that matches these colors, I used two different packs; Sycamore Street and Comfort Cafe.  I picked my patterns and off I went.  I love this summer starfruit paper, it is one of my favorites.  When I decided to use it, I knew exactly what to do.

The butterflies from the Kindness Matters stamp set was stamped a few times in soft suede and punched out with the 1 inch and 3/4 inch circle punches.  I then matted those punches with a 1 inch circle punch and the small scallop circle punch which had been embossed with the delicate designs embossing folder.  Some coloring with my matching markers, and some added pearls, and done.

The sentiment fit just perfectly on my pool party DSP that had also been embossed with the framed tulips embossing folder for just a bit of texture.

This is a quick and easy, elegant thank you card.  The beautiful DSP does all of the work!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Stamps:  Kindness Matters
Paper:  Sycamore Street & Comfort Cafe DSP, soft suede card stock
Ink:  Soft Suede ink, pool party & summer starfruit stampin' write markers
Tools:  Circle punches, small scallop circle punch, big shot, framed tulip and delicate designs embossing folders, basic pearls

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Birthday Fun!

Hello there!  This week's challenge over at the fabulous Pals Paper Arts is a color challenge, take a look at these fun colors, grab your supplies, create something colorful and head on over to the PALS and link up your creation by next Thursday, can't wait to see what you come up with!

At first I had no idea what I was going to do, but after perusing my stash of stamps, I found the Ronald McDonald House stamp set Moving Forward that we got at the SU convention last summer, it was just begging to be inked up so out it came.

The trike was stamped then cut with the windows collection framelits, paper pierced, and blinged up.  It turned out super cute.  Some matching calypso coral ruffled ribbon makes a cute accent bow.

I added matching ribbon in raspberry ripple and crumb cake, and trimmed each in a flag cut end.  The background DSP comes from the new Tea for Two DSP, and provides a great pop of color.  I only wish now that I embossed it first with the framed tulips EF, that would of been a neat touch.

This decorative edge was made by first cutting the card stock with the large scallop edgelit, then embossed with the delicate designs embossing folder.  It is such a pretty addition, so feminine and delicate.

The sentiment was stamped using the same stamp set then punched out with the word window punch, then layered on a modern label punch.

This is a lovely birthday card that can be made quite easily and in multiples, and it can easily be mailed, which is a plus!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Oh, Hello again!

Oh, Hello there!  Today's project is my Goddess project for the Stampin' Royalty challenge blog.  This week's challenge is a clean and simple (CAS) challenge, so there is no reason for you not to start creating something fabulous and link it up before next Wednesday!

I just received my fancy favor bigz die, I have wanted both this die and the distressed dots background stamp FOREVER, and since it is SAB time, this was the perfect time to splurge!  This box is super simple to assemble and decorate, just perfect for those first time stampers.

The new swallowtail butterfly stamp fits in just right on this box, you definitely need to stamp your stamps before you fold and assemble.  Also, when stamping on the primrose petal core'dinations card stock, you will need to add some additional time for the ink to dry so you do not get smudges.

The Oh, Hello stamp set was stamped in pool party for the chevron, early espresso for the sentiment, and cut out with a smaller oval framelit.  I aligned it on the box, folded down the side, then stamped the flower on the other side.  A flower from the flower trim was layered on a small scallop circle punch that was crumpled.

Natural trim ribbon makes some cute handles, attach them with a few glue dots or sticky strip and it should hold well.

So, here you go, a quick and simple project just perfect for that little gift, or candy of course!  We have been super busy here at the Conner house, we just got back from Mackie's belated birthday trip to Disney World.  We had a super fun time, and both children enjoyed it, it was Tate's first visit and he did very well.  I will post some pictures later for you to enjoy!  Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you were inspired, enjoy!
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