Monday, February 16, 2015

I've been a busy bee!!

Hello all!!  I have been extremely busy as the credential program is getting a lot more demanding, work has been crazy busy, and my kiddo's need momma's love, too, so stamping has been a bit on the back burner.  The one thing that keeps me sane has been on pause because I just haven't had time, and boy have I been needing it (seriously, ask my husband, I'm not a happy camper when I don't have time to stamp).  So, when fellow Luv 2 Stamp-er, Pam over at The Serial Stamper, put out an invitation to participate in a blog hop, I made it a point to raise my hand and say, "ME! ME!" like the great little student that I am.  For today's blog hop, I am sharing the two cards that we made in my February card class along with some other projects I've been able to sneak in (who needs sleep, right???).

The first is the Love You Valentine, made with the gorgeous Stacked with Love Designer Series Paper Stack, Scattered Seasons and Work of Art stamp sets, some glimmer paper and the Itty Bitty Heart Punch.  I used Pink Pirouette as my card base, and I stamped the sentiment on whisper white card stock using the baby wipe technique as demonstrated by the lovely Frenchie.  You use different color reinker's on a baby wipe and that becomes your ink pad.  I loved that technique! I layered it onto a piece of cherry cobbler, stamped the "You" from the Work of Art set in Memento Black, sponged my banner and used dimensionals to attach.  I also wrapped a piece of one of my fave ribbons (retired, sorry!) to the black and white paper only and attached using a couple of glue dots.

The second card was a request from one of my good friends.  She'd seen it on Pinterest and sent me a picture asking if we could make it in class.  If you know whose original concept this is, please let me know!  It was a very simple card to make, but sometimes simple is the most beautiful.  This is a great way to use any paper scraps you might have from other projects.  We used 3 different punches for the hearts and made the little envelope using a 3" x 3" piece of crumb cake card stock and the envelope punch board.  The tag was stamped using the Hello Life stamp set.  Bling it up with a rhinestone and you have a beautiful card you can give to just about anyone.

Part of the blog hop is answering questions some people might have about what we, lovers of stamps, ink and paper, do: 

 •  What are you working on?
     February is a very busy time for me because there are a lot of family functions and birthdays on top of Valentine's Day and that means, projects need to be made.  I'm in the process of completing an order for birthday and thank you cards along with making some birthday cards for upcoming family birthdays.
 •  How does your work differ from others in your genre?
     I don't really know if I've found "who I am" as a stamper just yet, but I do know what I DON'T like.  I might disappoint some of you but I don't care for: doilies or overly flowery prints.  Which is funny because I LOVE the Painted Petals set and DSP in the Occasions catalog (go figure). I am still learning different techniques and love to see what others post on various forums.
 •  Why do you create what you do?  
     I love to create for those around me.  For loved ones, friends, my kids, anyone who needs a pick-me-up.  There is something special about giving and receiving handmade items, or having something you created up on your wall or mantle.  I love to see what my daughter has created in preschool and there are times when she makes something just for me and it's priceless.
 •  How does your creative process work?
     It depends on where I'm at emotionally.  There are times when I could be at the grocery store, at work, anywhere, and something catches my attention.  Then it's just a matter of putting my idea together by looking at the sets I have and then I'll look at the card stock colors I have.  Other times, I'll have to jot something down because I'll get an idea for a card and it's happened in the past that I'll forget and I'm left with the thought that I lost something that could've been great.

Ok, enough of me.  I'll leave you with the picture of the valentines that I made for my daughter's preschool class.  With everything going on in my crazy life, I didn't have too much time to make something, but I was saved by My Paper Pumpkin!!  Last month's kit was absolutely adorable and perfect for the busy mom with little time.  I had bought some candy from the bulk items section at our grocery store and it only took me about an hour to put these together.  My daughter absolutely loved them.    

Hope you had a good time with me, thanks Pam for allowing me a spot on your hop, and I have two great bloggers for you for next week.  One of them is Lisa Rhine from Get Crafty with Lisa. If you'd like to purchase any of the items I used in my projects, please visit my online store.  Happy stamping!



  1. Great cards and blog post Maria! Super proud of you!

  2. Each/all of your projects are wonderful...great inspiration where ever it came from!