Friday, March 23, 2018

Another new series for you! Flashback Fridays.

Welcome to my first week of Flashback Fridays.  I am so excited for this series.  I will be reaching into the depths of the many boxes of retired stamps that I have and creating a card with the set using any supplies I have sitting around.   Some supplies will be current some will not!  Some embellishments may not even be Stampin Up but the goal is to bring new life to old sets and use up some of the many supplies I have hoarded  collected purchased over the years.

So there will not be a supply list for this series.  As most may not even be available anymore.  As the series goes on I may be willing to part with some of the sets I use--maybe as some blog candy??!!   But that will not be happening today as I am really loving this old unicorn!  Great image!

I hope you enjoy this new series.   Here is today's card....

Isn't it fun?!  She is so pretty.  I wish you could see the sparkle on it.  I outlined her with a sparkle pen to add a bit of shine and depth.  I hope you are able to see it in this close up picture....

I seriously think Stampin Up should consider bringing back at least this one image as Unicorns are so popular right now and she is BEAUTIFUL!  

Do you remember the name of this set?  It does not have a name on it for some reason????  Help a girl out if you remember the name.  

See you all soon--Happy Fri-YAH!  
Mary  Jo

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Floral Fun

Happy Thursday!  Can you even image how fast this month is going?  I can not believe that it is th 22nd of March already!  I swear we just started writing 2018 on our checks a couple weeks ago.  I used to think it was because I was getting older but my son is saying the same thing and he is only 18 so it can't be that.  Does it feel like time is just flying by to you?

I guess the good news is that I am still finding time to make a card to share with you even with the time going so fast.  Today's card is using a different fold just to switch things up a bit!  You know how I am--got  to change things up so I don't get bored.  This is one of those folds that looks like it might be difficult to cut but in actually it is super easy!  Maybe I will do a quick video on it to show you if anyone is interested.

I was in a floral mood and I love purple roses so I decided to start with that as my inspiration for the day.  So I was thrilled when I remembered that I have this beautiful Petal Garden designer paper with Rich Razzleberry roses!  This paper is a 6x6 paper pack with truly amazing patterns.

Designer paper is a great place to start designing  card--you can just chose your card stock from the colors in the paper which you know will look great together!  Here is my card.....

I usually try not to use too many different sets on a card so that it is easily reproduced by my customers but with this one I used three different sets .  The image and saying on the front of the card is from the set Floral Phrases.  Such a pretty set with awesome sentiments.

The inside uses a sentiment from the set Thankful Thoughts and the small rose image is from the SAB set Lots of Lavender.  

So what do you think? Do you like a regular fold card or the ones that are a little bit different like this one??  

Here are the supplies used on this card.  

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

What inspires me Wednesdays--a look into what inspires me to get crafting.

I have decided to start a new series for Wednesdays on my blog. Each Wednesday I'm going to come on and share some samples or other things that inspire me that week. I am not sure what it'll be ---maybe card samples, pictures, people in life, things that are happening, whatever it is that's going to inspire me to get crafty.

This week I know that I want to start with some samples that I found using Sale-a-bration stamp sets that you can earn for free. My reason for this is twofold

  1. I thought it would be fun to share samples of some of the sets I do not have so that you guys can see other examples.
  2. I have an order going in where I'm going to be earning a couple sets and wanted to decide which one I really wanted since it won't be current for too much longer.
Hence my choice to share samples that I love using Sale-a-bration sets that you can earn for free.

Please take a moment to check out the blogs of the people who created the cards that I'm sharing today let them know that they did a great job they did.  I have the links to the original post with all  their details under the pictures.  

An as always--thank you to all of you who inspire us each week with your fabulousness!

As I was searching or samples and ideas it became pretty obvious which sets I am drawn to and which ones I should get.   The Epic set and the Pandas seem to be the ones I will get the most use from.  Check out these awesome ideas......

This first idea even pushed me over the edge on the Brusho inks--watch for that in my near future!  

Amazing job on this one Sandi!  I absolutely love it. although I could not for the life of me find a way to comment on it on your blog???  
Sandi's post can be found HERE

This next sample by Tanya is so pretty with the great colors and the embossing paste background--guess it is all about the backgrounds with this set! 

Tanya's post can be found HERE

And how about Michele's great card that uses my favorite little piggy!  Love this.  I always love to combine sets like this and this one fits perfectly!  Makes me smile!

Michele's post can be found HERE

Now I am sure you understand why I need this Epic Set--so fun.

The second set I want is the Panda bears--they are so cute too!

Look at this adorable little card set an box that Courtenay created!  Love this little cards.  So cute, right?

Courtenay's post can be found HERE

And finally how about Jo Anne's brilliant idea to make bamboo from paint chip sample cards!  Love it!

Really, this was brilliant!  You can see Jo Anne's post HERE

Here is the set in case you want to see it

So what do you think?  Did this post inspire you?  Do you like this new item and should I continue to bring it each week?  I think it is fun, so I hope you do too.  

Have a great day--I am off to prep for a class--then to get some of those paint samples in preparation for my pandas!

Happy Wednesday!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Take Two Tuesday Week 4

This week is a fail for me--in my opinion, I honestly like the original card much more.  Oh well--so be it.

We are  on week four of my series to re-make older cards.  Today I found a card that is not my normal style but one I do like to play around  from time to time.  I honestly feel it was because I was forcing a set to a design -- I usually pick a set and then design a card to match it--I think that is why I do not often make more than one of any card design.   What do you do?  Do you make five or six of a card or just one and move on???

Anyway, back to the cards for today.....

The old card is on the left and the new card is on the right.  I think the main thing that I am not happy with is I do not have very many embossing folders that are current right now and I feel the one used on the first card fits the style of the card better--and I always loved the punch used on the edge of the older one--I also have no border punches anymore that are current  🙁☹ .  I need to get rid of some of my retired stuff and get MORE current, lol.

Here is the new card which is using the SAB set Lots of Lavender.....

The direct to paper  technique is a bit light on the card because the color was dark and didn't want it to be too dark.  And since it was not a solid image like on the other card I chose to stamp off with the image before stamping the image so it would not be too dark.  Then I colored it in with the blends.

So there you have it--I am running late for a bunch of things today so I have to run.  Enjoy your day.  And don't forget to let me know your answer to the question of the week...

So here is the weekly question...

Here are the supplies used on the new card
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Monday, March 19, 2018

All the feels of REAL love! The piggies know how it feels!

Have you ever felt so loved that you can just lay around feeling amazing for hours after spending time with someone--you know that special person who just knows how to make you feel like a princess  👸  and you can think of nothing else?  This is the feeling I was imagining for these darling pigs today!

Close your eyes and try to imagine how it feels ......

Now check out the expression on this pig who is just laying around in the grass with leftover kisses on his side just dreaming of his love......

 Can you see the joy on his face?  So sweet--in case you do not recognize him this is the flying pig from the set with his wings cut off!

I wonder what his mate is feeling at this very moment??🤔

I bet she is feeling just as amazing as he is.  As a matter of fact, I bet she is dancing around her pen feeling like life is perfect!   Let's take a look......

Oh yes!  All the world is right and she is happy!  Love her little dance, don't you?  She is dancing with a little help from some fishing line!  So fun! 

I hope you like my little dancing pig -- don't forget to come on back tomorrow for a new Take Two on Tuesday series.  

Here are the supplies used for this card.

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