Tuesday, April 30, 2024

April Showers (did you get some?)

It has been a strange April at my house. Barely any rain, although we did get a little. Nothing like one would expect from April though after a windy March. Which was also really weird, because we didn't get the wind much until April. I hope that doesn't mean June will be all rain now. Well. Here are a couple more cards/tags. 

I grabbed several stamp sets for this one, starting with the key chain set - so cute! and, of course, had to include the car. Lots of fun going on here. 
Ink colors are Distress Oxide Salvaged Patina and Worn Lipstick. 
I love the typewriter. The backgrounds are Heidi Swapp most recent Stamp Society release, along with the bursts. Hearts and sentiment are from Tim Holtz, Love Notes stamp set. Distress Oxide inks in Dried Marigold and Scorched Timber. 
Which brings us to April Showers. The umbrella from the new May Update stamp set, the rest from Spring Flowers, 2022. Those rainboots though! So cute. 
No rain, no flowers from the new May set.
Everything else from Spring Flowers 22. Distress Oxide colors, Mustard Seed, Rustic Wilderness and Speckled Egg. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Creating for fun

Got a few more fun tags to share. It's just been a week or so of crafty playdays with nothing really in mind but to create. It has been fun and relaxing, the only reason was just to be creating. Sometimes we need those days, right? 

Heidi Swapp stamps:
Stamp Therapy One, Summer Fun
July Agenda
July '23 Stamp Society
Distress Oxide colors; Mustard Seed, Rustic Wilderness

Heidi Swapp stamps:
March '24 Stamp Society 
Spring Flowers '22
Tim Holtz stamps:
Love Notes (hearts and sentiment)
Distress Oxide Ink colors, Scorched Timber, Dried Marigold
Heidi Swapp stamps:
Vacancy; Stamp Therapy Four
Sun Chaser
Feb '24 Stop the Blur
Distress Oxide Ink colors, Faded Jeans, Prize Ribbon, Scattered Straw

Heidi Swapp stamps:
August Agenda
Key Chain
Sun Chaser
July '23 Stamp Society
Mar '24 Stop the Blur
Distress Oxide Ink colors: Worn Lipstick, Salvaged Patina, Pumice Stone

Sunday, April 21, 2024

Earth Day

I made a couple of tags yesterday in recognition of Earth Day. I'm told April 20 is also Lima Bean Appreciation Day, which I'll probably forget about next year as well. LOL! 

For this tag I used Heidi Swapp March Stamp Society set. The textures on the set are beautiful and so versatile. Ink colors for this one are Distress Oxide Crushed Olive and Scorched Timber. 
 I added a couple of leaves from a Tim Holtz set called Nature's Wonder...
...and black hemp twine with the black ribbon. 
This one also features Tim Holtz stamps. The mushrooms are from Tiny Toadstools, one of my all time favorites. The butterfly is from the Heidi Swapp Stop the Blur set for March. 
Sentiments are from Heidi Swapp, July Agenda (pause and reset) and Set Sail (escape), and background textures from the March Stamp Society stamp set.
Ink colors here are Distress Oxide Shabby Shutters and Lost Shado. 

Friday, April 19, 2024

Heidi Challenge

Today's tag is a challenge to pull out the Stamp Society set from April 2023. It's one of my very favorites and the funny thing is, I made this tag before I even saw that Heidi had posted this challenge. I did a little finishing after I shared the other pics on Instagram.

Here is the completed tag with ribbon, reinforcer and some sanding around the edges. 

Before the final touches. 
The elements in this stamp set are beautiful. 
Distress Oxide colors I used here are Uncharted Mariner, Speckled Egg, and Weathered Wood.


Tuesday, April 16, 2024

How I miss the beach

I grew up on the beach, basically. It was a short walk from our house but you wouldn't know it for all the trees along the way. I spent every summer on a blanket tanning away on the beach. Pure bliss. So how did I end up living in the desert, you ask? Yeah, not by choice, but asthma hit me as an adult and I couldn't live with the dampness and mold, so here I am, in the high desert of Eastern Washington. I really, really miss the water, the beach, and my family, who are mostly all still there. Which brings me to today's post. 

My summer decor is in the making and I'm ready for the sun to stay out. Nautical theme is my all time favorite and being in the desert I really didn't think it would fit in so I've steered clear. Until now. When I was in Dollar Tree getting the last of the eggs for my spring wreath, they were just starting to put out summer stuff. If you haven't seen these gorgeous goodies yet, it might be too late. If your Dollar Tree is anything like mine, the super cute stuff is gone almost as fast as they can put it on the shelves! Run, don't walk, if you have any interest in beach/nautical theme decor or craft items. I might have to go back and grab whatever is left, if anything. LOL! Anyway, Easter/spring is put away, so here is my three tiered tray for the new season. 

It was hard to pick just one of the sea creatures, but I landed on the seahorse. They also had a sea turtle, crab, and seems like one other that I can't remember right now. Isn't he beautiful. 
This is my jar with the lights on. It's prettier at night, of course. And, yes, all these items are from Dollar Tree - the jute ball, jar, shells, starfish, pearls and sea glass. The jar came already wrapped with the jute and the little starfish embellishment. 
The cute little jar with the lights off. 
Some of the larger items, also from Dollar Tree, are the frosted blue glass bottle, anchor, and rope sphere. 
I keep going back and forth whether or not I should paint my lantern white. Still unsure so I'm leaving it as it was when I bought it years ago. 
Again, everything inside is from Dollar Tree. The super cute anchor was just natural wood that I inked  with Distress Oxide Stormy Sky blue on both sides. Then I added the rope, which is wired jute, that I also found at Dollar Tree. 

Stay tuned for my nautical/beach themed wreath coming soon! 

what happened??

Just a quick note to say, yes, I notice my super cute background template is gone. It just happened within the past couple of hours; it was there this morning. Bummed I can't get it back so in addition to my regular posts, I'm also looking for a new template design. I only wanted a background, but from what I am able to find so far, it looks like I'm going to have to be my own blog designer now too. Not looking forward to how much time that's going to take, but I'm working on it. Stay tuned....

Saturday, April 13, 2024

Plot Twist

Life can be so unfair. You never know when a curve ball will come flying at you. This one is for a friend who was thrown a curve ball and is awaiting the results of a test. Hoping and praying for the best outcome for her! In the meantime, I've sent her this jumbo tag/card to let her know she's in my thoughts and prayers. 

I combined nine (or maybe more??) Heidi Swapp stamp sets for this one. 
So many positive messages! I hope it will make her smile. 

This color combination was inspired by Ashley Horton. It is so yummy I had to use it. :)

Friday, April 12, 2024

Let's Go

Love these travel theme stamps from Heidi Swapp (except the Eiffel Tower - that is one from my stash of MFT stamps). A regular sized tag just for fun.

The rolling suitcase (isn't it so cute!?) is not a tag, I just cut it out and punched a hole. Same for the camera; tied them to the ribbons with thread. 
I love the "out of office" sentiment. (Even though I no longer work in an office, it's still satisfying to stamp those words. LOL)
I took this pic before I found my Eiffel Tower stamp. The Heidi Swapp stamp sets I used. 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Every Adventure...

...is worthwhile. This is a sentiment from a Tim Holtz stamp set, Nature's Wonder. I used it with another Tim Holtz set called Tiny Toadstools, which I cannot get enough of. I love love love that set. Also, I just realized I used the same color combination as I did a couple of tags ago, which I also love. Let's look closer.

The tag itself is a die from a set by Tim Holtz. It is larger than what I call a "regular" size and smaller than the Heidi Swapp jumbo size. I used NINE stamp sets for this one tag; 2 Tim Holtz and 7 Heidi Swapp. The ink colors are Distress Oxide in Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade, and Iced Spruce with a little bit of black. The tiny tag at the top is a Heidi Swapp die.

For the background I used the March 24 Stamp Society textures set by Heidi Swapp. There are twelve stamps in the set, and I used four of them just on this background. It is so versatile and one I will definitely use over and over again. 

All the stamp sets and ink colors.