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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

More Pictogram Punches

Can you believe I have another card with the Pictogram Punches Stamp set?!  This one will be for my hubby on our anniversary which is coming up fast (February 6th).  Eighteen years!  Wow, that is really crazy to me.  This is a pretty simple card but perfect for my husband. 

Stamps: Pictogram Punches, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Basic Black, Sahara Sand, Whisper White and Basic Gray
Ink: Real Red, Sahara Sand, Momento Black
Other: Heart framelits, Pictogram punches, candy dots. black marker, black ribbon

Nice quick post.  Hope you are having a great week so far.
Don't forget to play along with my Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge
you can see it HERE and get more details. 

Monday, January 19, 2015

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 350 (TSSC350)

Hello!  I am so happy you stopped by today--hopefully you stopped by to be inspired by all the fabulous samples that you will see for this week's sketch challenge!  We love to inspire you and then love when you come on back and inspire us with your samples!  Sharing is so fun!  Here is this week's sketch challenge for you to try......

And my sample to get us started......


As you can see, I did not go with a square card, that is one of my favorite things about sketch challenges!  As long as you keep pretty true to the sketch it is "all good"  Love that!  I also love this new stamp set!  What fun and how super easy to use!  It is called Painted Petals and it is beautiful! I really love this sentiment--think it was the first thing I noticed about the set.
http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ProductDetails.aspx?productID=138822
Supplies used for my card:
Stamps: Painted Petals
Paper: Rose Red, Whisper White, Painted Petals DSP
Ink: Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight and Rose Red
Other: framelits and ribbon

And now for the rest of the FABULOUS design team's samples....





Robbie

Nicole Tugrul



Carolyn Bennett


Sue Root


I am so happy about these samples, they are all so fun!  I truly am blessed to have these talented ladies as my Design Team.  They are incredible!   I am excited to see what your sample will look like. Be sure to come on back and link up your sample to the linky tool below.

Remember you have a full week. 

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too! 
    Add your sample below
    Thanks!  Mary Jo

Top Three for Sketch 349!

I hope you enjoyed playing along with last week's sketch--I thought it was a fun and easy one.  I loved all the samples and appreciate each of you who play along.  With that being said below are my top three picks for the week.  As always they are in no particular order and if you would like to visit the creator's blog you can do that by clicking the links below the image.  You will find more details there about the card. 

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Moon Lake Anniversary Stampin Up 

Techno 

Happy hexagon birthday

  Congratulations to the winners!  You are all welcome to add my badge to your blog if you so wish! I hope you find time to play along this week too. Thanks again! You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog. I will be right back with the new sketch! 
Mary Jo
    

Sunday, January 18, 2015

And again with the Pictogram Punches!

Thought I would share another one of the cards I made using this set.  I think this is a really fun set and love the matching punches.  I do wish there were a few more sentiments but we can always borrow from other sets, right?!  This sentiment did come with the set though. 


Stamps: Pictogram Punches
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Lost Lagoon
Ink: :Lost Lagoon, Hello Honey
Other: scallop border punch, matching punches

See ya real soon with the top three and a new sketch for the week.  Till tomorrow.
Mary Jo

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Try Stamping on Tuesday!

So here we go with my first design team sample for the Try Stamping on Tuesday challenge this year.  It is going to be a great year of sketches and fun so I hope you will join us each week.  This weeks sketch is a fun and easy one.  I decided to use he new Lotus Flower stamp set that you can earn for FREE right now as it is Salebration time at Stampin Up!  You can view the catalog on my left hand sidebar!  You can choose one item from the catalog for FREE with every $50 in purchases-no limit!  Here is my sample.....

I love these colors together--Black, Calypso Coral,  Crisp Cantaloupe and Real Red.  So pretty together.  Here is the sketch for this week.....

 

The supplies used for my card are as follows:
Stamps: Lotus Blossom--SAB
Paper: Basic Black,  Calypso Coral,  Crisp Cantaloupe and Real Red and Stacked with Love DP
Ink: Calypso Coral,  Crisp Cantaloupe and Real Red, Basic Black, Old Olive
Other: small oval punch, Black marker

Thanks for stopping by today--don't forget about my Monday sketch challenge too--why not play along with both! 

Monday, January 12, 2015

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 349 (TSSC349)

Welcome back.  Are you ready for a new sketch challenge?  I hope so, remember you have a full week to play along so don't feel rushed.  But do be sure to come back and add you link before midnight next Sunday!  Here is this week's sketch.....

 

And my sample:
I have been using this Pictogram Punches set for the last few cards I made--I have so many new sets to play with but I wanted to get a few done with this before I pulled out the new ones---I did however pull out some new paper, lol!  I could not resist--especially since the new Stacked with Love DP is perfect for a love card.  I love the colors!  Basic Black, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe and Real Red along with Whisper White. 

Valentines is right around the corner so start making those love cards now!
Stamps: Pictogram Punches
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White and Stacked with Love DP
Ink: Memento Black, Calypso Coral, Crisp Cantaloupe and Real Red
Other: rhinestones, mini heart punch, border framelit

Now for the rest of the team's designs....





Sue Root

  Nicole Tugrul

Wow, those are stunning, lots of new supplies being used.  Love them all!  I bet that that got you thinking huh?  Go on and get stamping!  Come on back and link up below.  But before you run off here are a few rules for the challenge....
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too! 
    Add your sample below
    Thanks!  Mary Jo

Top Three for Sketch 348!

It was a simple sketch but the samples were beautiful!  Love that--simple yet elegant.  Can't beat it.  Here are my top three picks for the week.  As always they are in no particular order....

 



There you have it.  Lots of love in the air.  Remember you can view the details of each of the card by clicking the links below each one.  Thanks to everyone who played along. Congratulations to the winners!  You are all welcome to add my badge to your blog if you so wish! I hope you find time to play along this week too. Thanks again! You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog. I will be right back with the new sketch! 
Mary Jo
    

Monday, January 5, 2015

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 348.

Ahhh, Monday again! And the first sketch challenge for 2015!  I am excited about the new year, I love new beginnings and the idea of fresh starts.  2014 was a great year but I am looking forward to an even better 2015!  So to beginning the new year of sketches I have a really easy one for you this week...

Before I share my samples for this week's sketch I am going to mix it up a bit with a fun little Blog Hop--my stamping friend and extremely talented design team member Mary Brown (see her post HERE) has nominated me to participate in the Creative Blog hop.  It is really just a hop around showing different Stampin Up! only designs and taking a bit of time to get to know the designers and how they create.  Kind of fun to see inside the designer's mind and learn a bit about them.  Each participant has four questions to answer along with sharing their samples for the blog hop.   I will begin with my samples--which are created from this week's sketch!  I have two samples that are really just the reverse of each other.  I cut out the strips of Lucky Limeade card stock from the card on the right and layered them on the card on the left.  No leftovers!  Both cards are using the same supplies. 

Stamps: A Dozen Thoughts and Pictogram Punches
Paper: Primrose Petals, Gumball Green, Whisper White, DP
Ink: Black, Primrose Petals
Other: punch for flowers

and now for the questions and some quick answers.
By the way I have nominated two people to keep the blog hop going and they will be posting next Monday -- I hope you will check them out and learn a bit about them--the samples they share will be worth the stop-I promise. Check them out!

and

Now the quick questions:
What are you working on?  At the moment I am overly excited about a new embroidery machine I got for Christmas--a couple weeks early.  I have embroidered many many items--anything I can get my hands on actually!  I am also working on creating new sketches for this year of sketches, and more tutorials for  my readers using new stamp sets and of course some thank you cards for Christmas.  

How does your work differ from others in your genre?   I am not really sure how to answer this question.  I know that my work can be picked out from others by people who know my style but I am not really sure what that style is myself--it is kind of like know what shape your own face is of what body type you are--I can never really answer that for myself--I don't think I pay that much attention to myself, lol.  I just do what makes me happy.

Why do you create what you do?  This is a good question.  I love to create, it is very therapeutic for me--I can spend hours in my studio and not even realize how long I have been in there.  I truly enjoy the actual creating part more than any other part.  I have so many cards just piled up everywhere--I can not ever send as many as I make but I keep on making them and then give them away in piles!  I have already given away quite a bit of embroidery work too.  

How does your creative process work? I am very inspired by other designers.  I love to just spend some time on Pinterest looking around and pinning different designs that I love--but I generally do not ever go back to CASE them--I just use all the ideas floating around in my head from looking to create my own thing.  I also love to use challenges--they are just a great way to get your creative juices flowing.  

So that was it, now are you ready to get your creative juices flowing by checking out what the AMAZING design team has created with this week's sketch....




Nicole Tugrul



Robbie 


Carolyn Bennett


Love each one of these designs.  And I am excited to see what your sample will look like. Be sure to come on back and link up your sample to the linky tool below.
Remember you have a full week. 

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too! 
    Add your sample below
    Thanks!  Mary Jo





Top Three for Sketch 347.

Today is like the first day of the new year as it is the first day back to a regular routine.  My son will be back in school and all activities begin again.  It is going to be a great year!  I hope you are excited about it too--2015 here we come. Let's start out by celebrating the newest winners for last week's sketch challenge.  These are my top three picks and they are in no particular order.  You can click on the links below each thumbnail image to be taken directly to the creator's blog and see all the details!  Please do visit them and let them know how great their designs are.



 

 

Phewwwww, that was tough.  Lots of great samples this week!  I loved them all and kept changing my mind back and forth!  Thanks so much to all of you for playing along.  Congratulations to the winners!  You are all welcome to add my badge to your blog if you so wish! I hope you find time to play along this week too. Thanks again! You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog. I will be right back with the new sketch! 
Mary Jo
 

Saturday, January 3, 2015

One more time with the Perfect Peacocks

I had to have a few cards in the pack of peacock cards that showed the entire image. I am not sure you can tell from the picture but the feathers are a gray shade with blue and green accents. This image is so big that if you use the whole thing there is not much to do with the card so they are super simple!Yet still really pretty.




Stamps: Pretty Peacock

Paper: Pear Pizzazz,  Whisper White
Ink: Momento
Other: blendabilities and black marker
 
Happy Saturday--hope you are enjoying your weekend!
Mary Jo

Friday, January 2, 2015

More Perfect Peacocks.

I almost forgot about you guys again! Not sure why I can not seem to get to the computer to get my posts up lately. I am busy crafting and making all kinds of things then giving them away without remembering to take pictures and share. What the heck, it is not like I have not been doing this for years! Must be the new embroidery machine that has me on overload--I am having so much fun with it though. Hopefully I will get back on track with my posting soon.  I have a few more Perfect Peacock cards to share with you today....


This stamp is really big and kind and beautiful!  I have a friend who collects peacocks so I made her a set of note cards for Christmas--these were included in the set amongst many others.  I colored the images with the blendabilities.  They really look great in real life. 

Stamps: Pretty Peacock

Paper: Pear Pizzazz, Island Indigo, Whisper White and All is Calm DP
Ink: Momento
Other: black marker

Thanks for visiting today--I hope you enjoyed my quick post.
Mary Jo

Monday, December 29, 2014

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 347 (TSSC347)


Welcome welcome welcome--we are almost at the end of another year!  I hope that you had a fabulous Christmas (if you celebrate).  Mine was wonderful except for being sick most of it--but still able to spend a bit of time with my loved ones--even if a lot of it was sleeping, lol!  As much as I love the holidays I am looking forward to the new year--I love new beginnings and even though it really is not any different it seems like it is--you know like a new week or the day after your birthday--it is still just the next day but it is so much more refreshing to approach it as a brand new opportunity.  Anyway you look at it I hope you have a Happy New Year!  So now let's check out the new sketch for this end/beginning of the year challenge.

And here is my sample.....


 

The battery on my camera needs to be charged so I had the take the pictures pretty fast and unfortunately it was hard to get a good picture with all the light colors.  I think the card turned out fun--I always make one new year card each year although I don't do anything with them?  But it is a tradition to post one each year so this is the one for this year.  I used the In This Together stamp set--this cutie has not seen ink before.  Perfect for a New Year's celebration!
Stamps: In this together, Typeset photopolymer stamps
Paper: Basic Black, Soft Sky, Whisper White and DP, glitter paper
Ink: Basic Black
Other: blendabilities, candy dots, rhinestones,  nestabilities, glitter pen

Now for the real inspiration--the design team's samples....



Nicole Tugrul


Robbie 

They really are an amazing group these ladies!  I love each of their samples.
Thanks girls, you are the best!  
Now it is YOUR turn to play!
Hope to see your sample below on the linky tool.


Remember you have a full week. 

Here are some basic rules for the challenge....
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too! 
    Add your sample below
    Thanks!  Mary Jo
   

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