I’m “smitten” – how about you!?!?

 

 

 

 

This bundle, Smitten Mittens was one that the minute I saw it……I adored it. I can remember thinking… – this touches my heart-strings! To me, there is something “happy” about mittens!

There are (2) things that I always think of when I see a mitten image…..a child – as children always seem to have those super-cute mittens to keep their little “paws” warm and then there is ME – yep, I am a mitten gal if I have a choice as my hands are ALWAYS cold at the barn and having mittens is my “warmth of choice”…

I know, I know….this is one of those stamp sets/bundles that are “walking the stampin’ plank” but trust me, this WILL stay on Randall Lane…..hint-hintmake a mental note of this as we will be having blog candy soon with some “quiz questions” on how well do you know me!!!!

Click on the below banner to view all of the “plank walkers”…. and then you can also click here to see the “plank walkers” that are discount (while supplies last)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here you go…close up and personal! I ask you….DO YOU LOVE THIS BUNDLE? I say how stinkin’ cute! I also invite you to do a google or pinterest search of the amazing and just sheer FUN ideas that have been out there with this bundle. I was drawn to it because of the versatility of it….perfect for cards, tags, scrapbooking and packaging….a winner!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s get to this simple beauty. It is such a straight forward card that uses minimal products and one that is a fun one to produce for the masses….remember when you make a bunch of the same card, make the journey FUN…break it down into steps. I find when I do this I enjoy the process much more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is an example of breaking it down. Look at the below steps that you can break down for what might work for you. Everyone is different but I find it an enjoyable journey in doing things in steps….Trust me, I am one that always like to stay busy so if I know I need a bunch of bows made up….I do so while watching a movie…..

  • Pick the color base that works for you, cut and score it. When I do this…I look ahead and see what DSP Paper I will be using on the envelope to pull the whole look together. (Today I used Real Red)
  • Cut the 2″ X 6″ strip of DSP for the back flap of your envelope. Not only is this a great way to use your DSP effectively but it does add that simple and finished touch that does make a difference! Today I used the Quilted Christmas 6 X 6 DSP Stack.
  • Go ahead and cut (2) of the inside and out for the card. I always take packs of Thick Whisper White and Very Vanilla to my local Office Store and have bases cut. This makes it so much easier for me when I sit to create. (Today I used Very Vanilla)
  • Cut strips of the Gold Foil Sheets into 1/4″ strips. I used that size for the (3) pieces on the front of the card and just varied the length of the piece that I cut on the diagonal.
  • Do all of your embossing at once. This saves a bunch of time. I made up 15 of these cards and when I sat down, I stamped and heat embossed all 30 mittens at one time and then I was DONE. I cut them out with Mr. Big another time….I find breaking it down like this just “works” for me and I do not get bored with the repetition.
  • I take my Basic Rhinestones and colored them with a Red Sharpie Marker. You can use the Stampin’ Blends but I think that the Cherry Cobbler is too dark so I went with the Red Sharpie.
  • Make up your linen thread bows. This is such a delight to have all of the bows ready to adhere with a simple glue dot when you are getting the assembly line going!

 

 

 

 

 

 

The details of this bundle are just designed brilliantly. The little “cuffs” on the mittens as an additional layer adds a detail that really makes a statement. This you could also do in a contrasting color….but I tend to be “plain jane” and go for the look in one color scheme! remember…the name of the game is to HAVE FUN!

Can you see how I took the Linen Thread and adhered it to the mittens to loop them together – this is my perfect anchor to adhere the bow. There is something so FUN about the Linen Thread….definitely a product on your must have list of card making supplies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is super card to get a good photo with the Gold Foil Paper. To me, the holidays are a time that I find myself pulling out the foil papers – a little of it here and there adds the perfect about of bling to a clean and classic card. This is another product that is a must have….not that I use it a bunch but 1 pack of it will last you a LONG time as the little splashes of it is what makes it in my eyes!

This would be a wonderful Holiday Thank You card…you could stamp a thank you sentiment in the inside and then in your message write something like….We were “smittened” ….

 

 

 

 

 

Well, do you like it? I always adore getting your feedback on a card. I must admit, I was totally surprised that this bundle is being retired. It goes to show you….there is no way to predict – this has been such a popular one in my eyes!

Hoping you are geared up for a great weekend ahead. We are in the decorating mode on Randall Lane and I think that John wants everything DONE…..so when his 4 girls roll down the lane….he can devote his time to his latest project! He even took the day off from work yesterday to do more outside lights? (why????? – NOT SURE as no one drives down our lane)….but it is “his thing” and something that he truly looks forward to each and every year.

Here is a funny….I needed to go and do some Urns with Fresh Greens for a Non Profit yesterday…..I received a text from John saying….“I am with my 3 Elves in the truck and we are going to get another tree…Ho-Ho-Ho”.…What did he do but take the 3 dogs (with their Christmas Scarves on) and go to the Boy Scouts to purchase another tree….when I asked why????? – loved his comment…..how can you say no to a Boy Scout! He does love Christmas!

Have a fabulous day….and I hope that this card has inspired you….a great card to break down and enjoy the journey with. I will be having some upcoming posts on some super practical ideas that you can whip up to make the gift giving a bit more special….remember, it’s all about the presentation….little tips that will make you sparkle!

 

 

 

 

 

 

A “quickie” with a wow!

 

 

 

 

 

Happy HUMP day to you! I have a super fast card for you today that will make you stop and say….“I can do that” but here is a secret…YOU can do ANYTHING! I just love a card like this that has a huge WOW with minimal time, effort and products used!

I loved the comments about John’s new girls…and at the end of the post I will give you an update! He is making me laugh and I think his girl, “Rosie” is going to be a little hurt that the new girls might take her spot with her Daddy! Let’s get to this quickie card!

I think that it is fair to say that this stamp set, Painted Harvest….has had it’s showing on just about everyones blog since its debut in September. This stamp set and punch are being carried over but it will NOT be available as a bundle starting in January so you know what to do….SWOOP it up now to save that 10%!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The other shining stamp that I used today is one that I simply adore….for me, it was a KEEPER at first SIGHT – it is Watercolor Christmas. This set will always be on Randall Lane as you know me….when I see a gorgeous font, great sentiment, classic & practical….I HIT THAT BUTTON.

This stamp is leaving us but it will stay with me, I just love it…again, you know what to do – HIT THAT PAW PRINT as this is one fantastic stamp!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know, I know….it is super frustrating to see the retired list but I hope that you know me well enough that when I tell you…just because something is being retired does not mean that it is “a loser product”….nope, it’s not that at all…..as there are many products that Stampin’ Up! might retire….but they will always stay on Randall Lane. True, I am selective with what I keep but there are definitely some that I will always keep!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think that it is fair to say that this card today is one that you can make in the masses! I just LOVE IT when that happens! I did use my MISTI to stamp the sentiment as I wanted to make sure that I had great coverage with the Real Red Ink before I sprinkled Clear Embossing Powder over it to heat set it. PRESTO…..a sentiment that shines!

Yes, I have a MISTI and I use it regularly as I love to have great coverage. A stamp positioning tool will become your BEST FRIEND in a jif and I am over the moon that Stampin’ Up! has created an amazing positioning tool that will take it to the next step…allowing you to stamp multiple layers (as I have in this card) without having to stop and clean before going to the next layer.

I know that you all have seen on just about everyones blog…the hype and excitement of  the Stampin’ Up! positioning tool that is coming out….the Stamparatus! This IS soooooo exciting for us and with the 1st wave selling over 27,000 in less than 15 minutes you can see that there are a bunch of excited stampers out there! This is a very exciting and innovative product launching for Stampin’ Up!

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will have the opportunity to reserve one now and this IS THE ONLY WAY you will be able to get one before the Annual Catalog in June of 2018. You can CLICK HERE to reserve one and the great news is the window for this pre-order is through the end of the month and it will start shipping in March.

After you CLICK HERE – you will see the promo box that says THE STAMPARATUS IS HERE. This is where you can go in and reserve yours.

 

 

You WILL NOT be charged when you reserve yours….this is a reservation, a new system to Stampin’ Up!.

 

 

When you look at this card, you see the layers of this wreath with a variety of colors. This is so easy to create because of the (2) different stamps that are in this set. I used Garden Green and Lemon Lime Twist. This stamp set is so forgiving that it always makes us look good!

I stamped the Lemon Lime Twist 1st and then turned the stamp a wee bit to stamp that color off and then finally went over it with the Garden Green. NO STRESSING ALLOWED when using this stamp….please do not take the time to worry about how they are lined up….it is like MAGIC….always a great looking end result and talk about easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please remember to use the Embossing Buddy before you heat set an image…..this will make sure that any unwanted embossing powder does not get on your project. Once you get in the habit of using it….it will become your friend with the results it gives. Another tip, I like to turn my Heat Tool on and let it get good and hot before I take it to my project to heat set….I think that it goes faster which will help to eliminate warping.

I know that the below picture is not the best…but I wanted to share and show you how important it is to get in the habit of using an embossing Buddy. I 1st took the embossing buddy and tapped it all over where I was going to put the sentiment. After stamping it several times in Real Red to get a great coverage I then sprinkled the clear embossing powder! Clean and crisp…just like I like it!

 

 

 

 

 

Well…there you go! A super fast clean and simple card that you could whip up in NO TIME to send….and send proudly! If you want to save a bunch of time, just eliminate the clear heat embossing. To me, it’s just a little extra touch that adds a bit of specialness to the card!

You know by now, a card is not one of my cards without a fun envelope! Today is no different. This paper is from the Quilted Christmas 6 X 6 DSP Pack….this has been just a wonder addition this season to our DSP Stampin’ Up! sure does know how to make amazing offerings!

I do hope that you will give this card a try. It is so easy and quick and the little accents of the linen thread and the wee little bits of red glimmer paper for berries, add that special touch!

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALPACA UPDATE: I am being good….like REALLY GOOD in staying OUT OF THIS…..John is just soooooooo darn tootin’ excited for his girls but he is QUICKLY finding out that there are many, many things that need to be done before they come. It does make me laugh as I really think that he thought….I will surprised her and PRESTO….have 4 girls plopped off!!!

Yesterday morning he had someone come to check out fencing as he learned that they cannot stay in the fence that we have….I guess that they are escape artists and can climb through a horse fence so those modifications need to be made. Trust me, it would be my luck to be driving down the back roads to come to my house to see one loose!!!!

He did ask me if it was an option to move Oscar into a different field. I guess my silence to him was enough of an answer….he really is so funny about these. There names are a hoot….I cannot remember them off the top of my head but I do remember Ruby…..she is an old girl that has had many babies…I will keep you posted on their arrival!

Enjoy the rest of your day and I will see you on Friday….and I promised – you will be “smitten”!!!!

 

 

SNEAK PEEK….It’s Picture Perfect!!!

 

 

 

Good Morning and here is to a new week! YIKES….I have been here…there…and everywhere over the past 5 days and it has been great but I am in the “caveman ages” in getting in the groove! I have a classic “funny” for you at the end of the post…never a dull moment on Randall Lane!

I came home last night from being away and felt like a dog chasing its tail in trying to be productive in typing up a post for you that I simply said….tomorrow is a new day and sat with John and the pups as watched the Carol Burnett’s 50th Anniversary Show…..it was fabulous – did anyone else see it???…..Why can’t they make good old FUN shows like that! It was just the perfect evening!

I have a sneak peek for you today! I was excited that there are a couple of fantastic new Birthday Stamp Sets that are coming out in January with the Occasions Catalog and here is one for you today!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a photopolymer stamp…I am SUPER happy with that and the price point…just $17.00 and I am also SUPER happy with that! The thing that drew me to knowing that this would have a home on Randall Lane was the simplicity of it. When I see a stamp set that has great sentiments with a FUN FONT and also basic pieces that can build upon each other….I say SOLD!

My peeps sweetie’s Birthday was last week and I wanted a sweet card to make her sweet face smile! MISSION ACCOMPLISHED with this keeper of a card! Is this EASY or WHAT! Just think of the color combinations you could use….and YES – a great solution for those hard to make masculine cards!!!! YIPPEE-SKIPEE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You really do not need me on this one but I know you like it when I share the dimensions. You will find the colors that I used at the end of the post but here is the quick run down of the dimensions.

  • Base 4 1/4″ square in Thick Whisper White
  • Powder Pink layer is 4″
  • Bermuda Bay layer is 3 7/8″
  • Whisper White layer is 3 3/4″ and scored on all 4 sides!

 

To pick the colors I just looked what was on my work area….then threw in a couple of more POPS and PRESTO….a fun card! To me, candles are like balloon and polka dots – they make me happy and smile!  🙂

To make the little “wick”, I simply took a black marker…super simple! I just adore the look of the scored line….again, a simple technique that literally takes seconds to do. I will say, I do like using the Simply Scored Board over the trimmer when doing these line as I feel they get a better and deeper score.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the other reason that I like this stamp set….the sentiments are not only perfect and appropriate for the fronts of cards….but a blue ribbon winner for the insides as well!

Again, simple yet still fun and festive. I think that the whole color scheme that I chose for the card just screams a fun day. (I honestly think I am trying to forget that it is getting cold outside) 🙁

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well…there you go….a SIMPLE CARD that would be perfect for making someone smile on their special day!  I know that it sure did make Ashleigh smile and trust me….that is a beautiful smile!

I think I am in total denial with the retired list that was unveiled on December 1st. I honestly did not even print it off until last night (when I was chasing my tail) and it mad me sad ….another reason that I said….tomorrow is a new day! We all know it happens each and every year. It is the way that it is and an opportunity to take advantage of some great deals. CLICK HERE to see if there are any keepers for you.

In closing, here is a funny for you. We all know that my dear John is a keeper, truly a keeper…..well – when I was away and what did he do? Well….where do I begin….this is what happens when you leave your husband home for 4 days!

  • He bought 2 more cases of white lights…..has stapled lights all down the fence and it looks like a landing strip as I drove in the lane
  • He put these wreaths on every window of the house…and they are ones that I really do not like but I admit, they look nice
  • He went and picked a tree….(he is soooo picky about his tree) as he loves Christmas…. that James, Ashleigh and him went and cut down the perfect tree!!!!
  • He text me and asked what my password is for Amazon…..after I told him and then said why? He bought a nativity scene for the yard, I told you that he LOVES Christmas and also LOVES to decorate (which – I know….I am very GRATEFUL FOR) but I said – really….who in the world is ever going to see it?…..I loved his response…well the deer…the horses….the donkey…maybe the pig…and ME!
  • Here is the best….he texted me again and said….oh honey, we are getting 4 Alpacas on Monday!

 

You just have to love him! Never a dull moment….they are not here yet…and I really do not know if they are coming but he also said….don’t worry – you do not need to go get them…..they are being delivered! What can I say to that?????

YIKES….Calgon, take me away…..never dull around here – see what happens when the peeps leave the nest!!!! Have a GREAT DAY!!!!

 

 

 

 

 

A Little Wild – Sweet and oh so simple!

 

 

 

 

Happy Hump Day! I have a cutie for you today! I can see you smiling right now as that is always what happens to me when I see this sweet little lion…..heck when I see any of these 3 images from the A Little Wild Bundle.

This has been a super popular bundle from the annual catalog and it’s cousin, Seasonal Chums from the Holiday Catalog has been just as popular (head’s up….you will see this one next week) I think that Stampin’ Up! was oh so smart in the design of these bundles – you can see that today, I snipped it off to just use the front of the sweet lion.

When a loved one asks me to make them a card...I JUMP ON IT and that is what today’s card is about. Ashleigh, my peeps sweetie is going to a baby shower this weekend and was in need of a card for a sweet little baby that will be entering this world soon….and being that she is super clean and classic herself, this card was super appropriate!

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a great card to call a …“Let’s Break It Down Card”aka, LBIDC!!! Are you saying WHAT THE HECK????? Well, hang tight!

To me, this is “my kinda card” as it is clean and simple but it has texture, a bit of bling and dimension….to me, a PERFECT COMBINATION for a sweet card!

I do not make a bunch of baby cards….but the (2) stamps sets that I am using today…..are FAB-O ones to have in your stampin’ stash. The sentiment inside of from Moon Baby and I think that you can agree…that is a KEEPER and check out this card that I made from that set back in August…..a love them both – super stamps set as they are super practical and classic!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Let’s break some of the basics here…and then you can step back and see….YEP, it IS a simple card!

 

 

 

 

 

 

We haven’t chatted lately about “style” – Let’s face it…we all have a certain style that we gravitate to and if you are on my blog, you probably are pretty clean and simple. I often hear…”I don’t know what my style is” – here is a tip and I hope that you take this to heart…..

 

 

START WITH A SKETCH and just GO FOR IT!!!

 

 

This layout would be a great one to play around with….how about it??? – give it a try?!?!?! This card is all about simple shapes. The size of this card is a 4 1/4″ square but feel free to give it a try with a regular A-2 card.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I shared with you that I stamped a sentiment on the inside….well, here it is….very simple, yet classic and a wee bit of fun with adding some stars. Remember, less is best many times. Just look how simple yet so sweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There you go…something to brighten up your HUMP DAY! I was super happy with the end result and you know that you could ealiy flip this to be a boy card.

I admit, I am having a “creative block” as I am still not in the full swing of things….but I’m getting there…..I miss creating daily and I miss my creative mojo – it’s coming….I’m being patient but I hope that this sweet lion perked you up today!

It feels great to blog….I have missed you guys…..see you Friday!

 

 

 

 

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