Still Dreamin’

Have you got your June Stamp of the Month yet?  It’s been a LONG time since I’ve been so in love with a stamp set, but Ice Cream Dreams captured my heart as soon as I got the idea book almost a year ago.  I promised myself that I wouldn’t ink it before it’s release because I knew I’d want to share all these cute creations.

I have three grandkids getting ready to start their summer vacation from school so I made them each a card and put a gift card for Baskin & Robbins so they could treat themselves to a successful year of school behind them.

You might have noticed that I’ve been missing from the Color Dare Challenge for a couple of weeks and I’m happy to say I’m back playing today.  The colors are those of the Jackson Paper Packet – Barn Red, Juniper, Glacier, Cocoa & Colonial White.  This card is a slight 4.75 X 3 and made with the Jackson papers.  My Fudgecicle is made using the retired CTMH Alcohol Markers in both shades of Barn Red.  I’m so glad I don’t ever get rid of things because it was just the perfect color.  The stick was Juniper and although it appeared dried up I got enough color out of it for the stick.

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This next card is for our little Princess graduating from Kindergarten.  I haven’t seen her for a couple of years, but know that she loves bling and sparkle as much as her grandma does.  I used retired papers from the Dream Pop collection and I colored the truck with the Shin Han Markers…it seemed pretty whimsical and just the look I was going for.  I still wanted more bling so I added rhinestones to the tire centers and then decided to cut the canopy out of some Teal Glitter paper – that was a challenge as you can’t stamp on it very well.

My final card is for our sweet Miss B! I sure miss her being underfoot, but I’ve managed to send her at least one card a week since she went to live with her dad.  I know that she’s saving them so I went a little extra special on her card.  Shame on grandma!!!  I thought the Spin Card (which are retiring boo-hoo) would fascinate her.  I used some Chalk It Up papers and Teal Shimmer Trim on the front and popped up the sentiment with some thin 3D foam tape.  One side of the spinner has the Sundae and the other side has that cute Puppy.  Miss B has done very well in 4th grade and I’m so proud of all her accomplishments after not being in school since a few weeks in the 1st grade.

  

I think it’s really important to celebrate our grandkids accomplishments even though we don’t see them on a regular basis so they know how much they are loved.

Thanks for stopping by and don’t forget to get your Ice Cream Dreams stamp ordered you only have until the end of June!114

Treats of Friendship – AHSC #109

There is nothing like an empty house that enhances my mojo…it also helps that there are sketch challenges out there like the Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge to motivate me!

I thought I knew exactly what I was going to do with this sketch, but then I reached for my Chalk It Up paper pack which I found nearly empty.  I guess I liked it a lot more than I realized…it was also perfect for recording Miss B’s 4th grade memories.

I finally pulled together enough pieces to put my card together.  It seems like I’m always showing my sweetie all the cards I make and send to other people, but rarely make him a card anymore, so this one is going to be tucked into his truck as a surprise.  Good thing he doesn’t subscribe to my blog, LOL!

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There are several things I LOVE about this card…the punched out detail on the front, the fact that I stayed in the lines with the Shin Han markers, the direct to paper swipe on the little banner and the speech bubble from the Documenting Moments stamp set on the inside.

Have you taken the time to remind someone close to you how they make you feel?  Take a minute today and let that someone know you like them a latte!

Typed Note – SOTM Blog Hop

Welcome to our Stamp of the Month Blog Hop!  We will be featuring April’s SOTM, which is Typed Note, a set of 19 stamps.  If you have come here from Brenda’s Blog, you are on the right path! The blog hop is a great big circle, so you can start here and work your way all around.  If you get lost along the way, you’ll find the complete list of participating consultants on Melinda’s Blog:  http://ifyoublingit.blogspot.com/p/stamp-of-month-blog-hop-list.html.

I have been waiting to use this stamp of the month since the idea book was released, however when I actually put ink to paper I just thought…WHAT AM I GOING TO DO?  So I turned to Pinterest where I found this card and then things just started clicking.  I ended up making 3 cards and got three different answers for which one I should feature here so I decided to post all three!

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MApril SOTM Chalk It Upiss B’s vote was for the colorful card made with the Chalk It Up papers.  I think it was the puffies butterfly (now retired) that swayed her vote.

 

 

 

 

 

April SOTM Black White

 

The mister of the household voted for the black card.  The notebook paper is stamped from the Artbooking Cricut Collection stamp set and the tag is embossed with a number and letter combination I felt that the card needed some texture, the ribbon comes from a retired Black Mini Medley’s collection.  All of the pieces were mounted to a piece of Black Fundamentals Paper.

 

 

April SOTM Glacier PML

 

And now for my favorite!  I started with a PML card from the Hopscotch collection.  I mounted it to a piece of Glacier Cardstock which I had embossed with the Arrows Embossing Folder I also rounded the corners so it would match the soft look of the PML card.  I stamped the typewriter 3 times (twice just the paper portion) so I could add some extra pieces of paper to my note.  I finished it off with some Black Arrow Washi Tape and Gold Sequins.

 

Which one is your favorite?  Leave me a comment by April 15th and I will randomly draw from all comments to receive all three cards.

Now, hop on over to Chris Robertson’s Blog and see what she has going on in her creative life.

Thanks again for stopping by!

 

 

An Old Fashioned Thanks!

 

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Call me old fashioned but I don’t think there is anything better than a handwritten thank you note.  I try to keep a stash on hand, but every once in a while something comes up that deserves a special thanks!

I fell in love with the Chalk It Up papers when I first saw them in the Annual Inspirations catalog.  The funky doodling reminds me of my mom’s desk calendar, she was always doodling while she was on the telephone.

I wasn’t sure what I’d do with the papers so they weren’t on my radar to buy until our 9 year old granddaughter came to live with us just before school and I knew that I had to have them to record her school year!  She recently completed a Fun Run and I thought she should send a small note of thanks to her sponsors so I grabbed the packet of paper and came up with these cards…I made one of each color (Sorbet, Flaxen and Lagoon) and asked her input which was her favorite and what she wanted them to look like she told me she “liked them all, lets just do a few of each”.   Do you have a favorite color combo?

She started cheerfully writing her thank you notes last night…I guess I’ll instill a little bit of my old fashioned ideas in her while she’s here.

Happy Stamping,

Tracey