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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

What have I been up to lately!?! You have GOT to see this!

So in the midst of my stamping hiatus for end of school year INSANITY, I decided to take on a "quick and easy" project for my husband's birthday.  Haha.  When is something EVER quick and easy?

So my family is HUGE into outdoor hangouts.  Cookouts, bonfires, general just chillaxin, you name it.  One of our FAVORITE things to do is play bean bags! (for all of us midwesterners, its actually called Cornhole, but seriously...what a name?!?!)

So instead of going to the lake for some fun in the sun over Memorial weekend, I stayed home and under the guise of "housework overload" decided to build my husband a new Cornhole board and bags.
Yes..I am crazy.

So my buddy came over and helped me build the boards.  He let me make all the mistakes and use the power tools.  It was pretty sweet.

Pay no attention to the Lemonhead shaped hole in the middle.  I promise you I evened it out.  Apparently using a Jigsaw is NOT like sewing....almost...but not really.  Notice the safety goggles...always use proper safety equipment.  You know, like when you squat down to use the chop your flip flops and shorts.  haha  but hey, I was wearing my goggles!!

So then came the fun part!! Sanding.  oh wait.  That is NOT fun.  It is tedious and boring.....Moving on.

The real fun part!?  Filling in the holes with putty, sanding them all down and then priming.  Pretty easy right?


then this happens

Ha Ha.  Oops.  Thankfully, it was after I finished painting!!
Now...while we wait for paint to dry, onto the bags!!

Yes, I painted these puppies using Glow-in-the-Dark Medium mixed with the
paint.  Can't lose them in the dark now can we?!
Oh, and yes, I forgot about the seam allowances on the yellow bags.  Oops.
and of course, the bag project wouldn't be complete without this....

Thankfully, I had my vacuum ready, and no one minds a little dog hair in their bean bags right?

So all in all, I'd have to say my project was a COMPLETE! success!!

Wanna make a completely awesome set for yourself?  Its hard to tell from this pic, but the boards are COLLAPSIBLE!!   They have legs that fold flat so these make a great set for camping or just generally for storage.  These turned out MUCH better than our first set.
The instructions for this set were SUPER easy to read and there are lots of pictures.
I got my instructions and general "how-to" from this awesome site.

Now....where did I set my beer?  I do believe its my toss!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Quick and Easy Wednesday!

Who doesn't love a quickie?
haha okay, get your mind out of the gutter!

I'm talking about a quick and easy card that you can make as many or as little as you want in no time flat!!

Super cute right??!!   The best part, the rotary stamp that I used make ANY card a personalized card!!

  I used an actual coffee cup to make the rings!

Wanna tell your mamma she's the best....spell it out!  Wanna thank a special teacher for being awesome?  rock that too!

Lovin' my new Blendabilities markers too!  If you haven't tried them are missin out!

  Can you see how I double stamped the splotch to look lighter? and the shading on the cup was made with the Coastal Cabana Blendabilities markers!  I also used the skin tone markers to make the cup sleeve.  I am LOVIN these markers!!
I cannot WAIT to show you the rest of my new Stampin' Up! stuff!  
But first....all next week I'll be saying farewell to the retiring sets, In-Colors, and accessories.

wanna see some more quick and easy cards?!  Head on over to SSInkspirations and see what my fellow designers came up with!

Stamp on Ladies!!
~ Donna

Monday, May 12, 2014

Feeling Sketchy??

Ever play along in a card sketch challenge?
You wanna?!!

Head on over to SSInkspirations and join in the fun!

Here is the sketch for May
Don't you just love it!

Remember:  It can be any shape, and you can even turn it on its head!

Here's my take:
(pay no attention to the drunk letters.  They were flapping in the wind and this was the "most lined up" picture I could get!!  hahaha )

I am so so sad to see this set retire!!


How do you not love this bling!
The glitter paper is just the right touch!

I LOVE coloring this stamp.  The combinations are ENDLESS!!

Markers are a girl's best friend!!

Thanks for stopping by!
Now its your turn!

Make this Card!
Stamp Set:  Make a Wish
Cardstock:  Blackberry Bliss (NEW!), Bermuda Bay, Raspberry Ripple,
Very Vanilla, Hello Honey (NEW!!)
Markers: Raspberry Ripple, Blackberry Bliss, Bermuda Bay, Hello Honey
Designer Series Paper:  Birthday Basics 
2 1/2 Circle Punch, 1 3/8 Circle Punch, Little Banner Punch
Glimmer spray tinted with Lost Lagoon.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

SSInkspiration Blog Hop- Punch Me!

Welcome to my page!!  If you are following along
in the blog hop, than you're just leaving Shellie's fabulous blog.   I hope you've enjoyed your journey so far!  There are only a few more to go!  If you're just starting, WELCOME!!  You're in for quite the treat!!

This month is all about Punches!!  Don't you just love them?!?!
They are quick, easy, and have LOTS of different uses!

What does a circle, oval, and a banner punch all have in common?

They make one cute little thank you card!!
These little beauties are the thank you cards from my son's birthday party.  If you didn't get a chance to see those, they were part of the April Hop, you can see them here!

The best part about this invite?  It was SO easy because punches RULE!!

   Who knew the banner punch could be so versatile!
Just punch that bad boy out, cut it right down the center and viola! you have a cute tie for your bandanna!

Also seen here, the hexagon embossing folder and core d'nations paper.  I am a sad sad girl that this paper is retiring.  It's so neat!

This face was made using a 2 1/2 in circle punch, and the 2nd oval from the Ovals framelit set.

Now, I know the Thought Bubbles framelit is not a punch...but it should be!!

This word set is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.  Just Sayin'
Best part:  Buy the framelits and the stamp set TOGETHER in a bundle right now!!
And just to give you an idea of what my son thought of his thank you cards...

lets just say he approved!

Time to continue your journey!  

If you get lost along the way, here is the complete blog hop list.  Enjoy!!  Don't forget to share and Pin and comment and show these talented ladies some Love!

Blog Hop Participant List: 
  1. Pam S. of Stampin' in the Sun
  2. Darcy J. of DJ's Stampin' Place
  3. Cynthia R. of Ink-A-Doodle Creations
  4. Jamie H. of Unique Ink
  5. Shellie G. of Craft Smashup
  6. Donna S. of Organized Chaos
  7. Tonya B. of Stampin' with Tonya
  8. Bree R. of Craft-Somnia
  9. Diana E. of Stampin' Fun with Diana
  10. Kim R. of Stamping with Kim

Monday, May 5, 2014

Color Challenge.

Who doesn't love a little color challenge to start their day?
When you get done here, head on over to SSInkspiration to see how my fellow design team members have used these awesome colors from Stampin' Up!

I LOVE these colors.  I am so so so so so so sad to see Midnight Muse and Summer Starfruit go.  They are part of the 2012-2014 In-Color collection and are retiring in less than a month!!  I am already weeping (and hoarding my remaining cardstock!) 
I am only comforted by the fact that I have seen the newest In-Color collection...and it is AMAZING!!

So here is my addition to this color challenge:

Notice anything .... NEW?!?!?!?!?!   YES!  This stamp set is part of the new 2014-2015 catalog!!

I cannot WAIT to show you the rest!! This set is called Work of Art.  Notice how the 'swoosh' looks watercolor-ish?  the whole set is like this! 

look at how amazing these colors blend with this stamp.....

and what card could be complete without a little blingy-blang!?  

Now its YOUR turn!!

Supplies used today:
Cardstock:  Very Vanilla, Midnight Muse, Crumb Cake, Summer Starfruit
Ink:  Jet Black Staz-on, Midnight Muse, Summer Starfruit, Crumb Cake
Basic Metal Buttons
Linen Thread
Work of Art Stamp set....coming soon!