Avocado Arts April Sneak

I really cannot believe it is almost April?!  Do you have any practical jokes planned for the first?  I am sure my son will try to do something, he is just like his father.  Always trying to be the funny guy.
Well, since today is the 30th, I get to give you a little sneak of the Avocado Arts April stamp set.  The flowers are from the March set, and the rest are from the April set.  The little twine/thread packaging stamp was just too cute to pass on using.  I decided to wrap twine around them, and adhere them to the card using foam tape.  The sentiment is puny, and completes the theme perfectly.
For more inspiration and sneaks, head on over to the other designers blogs.

materials used:
white card stock
red cardstock
Avocado Arts stamps
red ink 
black ink
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L white foam squares
Spellbinders Edgabilities
Bakers twine

Flying By

Another stamp set is being showcased today called Flying By, from Lawn Fawn.  To me it is a great masculine set.  It can be hard to make a simple card for a guy sometimes, but the simplicity of this set makes it so easy.
For a chance to win this set, and see more inspiration using this set, head on over to the Lawn Fawn Blog.


Instructions:
1. Cut/score cardstock.
2. Stamp sentiment onto green card stock, adhere to the card at an angle.
3. Trim excess.
4. Stamp paper airplanes and trail.
5. Stamp a few planes onto white card stock, adhere with glue dots.

Critters Ever After

For the next few days, Lawn Fawn is having Inspiration Week.  So the designers are showcasing different projects everyday.  Today, I'm showing you a fun card using the Critters Ever After stamp set.  When I first saw this unicorn, I was seriously giddy.  As a child, I was seriously obsessed with them.  Anyhow, I wanted the card to be fun and bright, and just happy.  The unicorn is colored in with Copics, My Little Pony style.  This card I think would be wonderful to give to anyone who is a dreamer, young and old.
Make sure you head on over to the Lawn Fawn blog, for a chance to win this stamp set.
Also, take a visit to the designers blogs, and see what they made today.

Instructions:
1. Cut/score cardstock, to create 3 x 6 inch card.
2. Cut a 3/4 x 6 inch strip of card stock, stamp sentiment, adhere to card with foam tape.
3. Cut/emboss white card stock using a Spellbinders Circle die template.
4. Stamp image, color in with Copics, adhere die cut to card with foam tape.
5. Add bling.


Materials used:
Lawn Fawn Stamps
Bazzill Cardstock
Copic Markers
Spellbinders Circle die template
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, black foam squares
Basic Grey bling

Just a Sweet Note

The entire Avocado Arts Design Team, are showing projects using the Springtime Celebrations stamp set, with a sneak of the Sew Nice stamp set.
I just wanted to make something clean and classy, and something that I could reproduce easily.  

Make sure you visit the rest of the designers to check out their projects shared today.

AJ Otto
Emily Branch
 Kimberly Crawford

Kelley Eubanks

Savannah O'Gwynn

Happy Birthday, Mint Motif style

Hello folks!  My friend Kimberly Crawford, the designer behind Mint Motif, is releasing two new stamp sets (sold exclusively through i{heart}papers).  One set, is full of sentiments, in a nice clean font.  The other set, is a background builder set.  Two great staples to have as a stamper.
For more inspiration, visit these designers.





Instructions:
1.  Create card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.
2.  Trim down panel, 4 x 5 1/4 inches, run through Grand Calibur with M-bossabilites folder.
3.  Adhere embossed panel to card with foam tape.
4.  Adhere die banner die cuts to card front with foam tape.
5.  Add twine bows.
6.  Stamp background with black ink onto grey card stock.  Adhere to card.
7.  Stamp sentiment in black ink onto white card stock.  Adhere to card with foam tape.


Materials used:
Beyond Borders Too
Simply Sentiments
white card stock
MME diecut
Twinery Bakers twine
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L, white foam squares
Spellbinders M-bossabilities
Spellbinders Grand Calibur
Memento Tuxedo black ink

Deployment...and our hero

Well...
Today, was a day where I dreaded waking up.  From the moment I got up, it was fast and seemed to be moving much faster than I wanted.  As a military spouse, when your husband deploys, there is always a chance he will not come home.  So on our drive to base, I tried to remember everything, and engrain it into my memory.  How my hand fits into his, his voice, his smell, how much he loves our little family.  While he was driving, he would grab my hand and say, "I love you baby."  Those are the little things I will miss while he is gone.  Actually, it is those little things which make them everything.  
It can really make me go crazy, thinking about his job, their mission, and where they are going.  I couldn't sleep last night, so I made him a card, and hid it in one of his bags.  
Sometimes, people say to me, "well, you are used to it" or "You chose this life."  Let me clarify a few things.  No matter how long someone has been in the service, it is never easier for loved ones to say goodbye.  In fact, with each deployment he makes, it is harder.  I chose Jess, long before he ever joined the military.  Being a military spouse, isn't for the weak, it can be downright brutal at times.  With that said, I love that my husband loves his country, loves his job, and is willing to serve to keep America safe.  
Service members are the less than 1% that the news should talk about more often.
Don't let the news fool you, deployments still happen, and the world is still very unstable right now.  If you are the praying kind, take a few minutes to pray for all of those deployed.  That the Lord keeps his hand on them, and they get to come home, safe to their families.

Here are a few pictures of our morning & goodbye.









I couldn't make this all sappy.  It just isn't me.
With every deployment, there will always be a homecoming.  That is what my focus is right now.  The countdown, until Jess is back home.
There is a new book called Party Ensembles by Paper Crafts.  Have you seen it?  I could not wait for my complimentary copy to come in the mail, so I actually went and bought a copy lol.  This book, is all about the different kinds of Party Ensembles you can create by paper crafting!!  How awesome is that?  My brain is mush right now, but I believe there are around 200 different ensembles in this book.  From birthdays, to poker nights, Mother's Day to Military Homecomings...it has you covered.
Here is a little sneak of one of the ensembles I made.  
A Military Homecoming Ensemble.
Here is the banner.  You can see the complete ensemble in the book. Found here.  I think Amazon is offering free shipping on this book, if you cannot find it locally.











Mint Motif Sneak

After a little hiatus, Mint Motif is back with two new stamp sets.  They will be released next week, and will be sold exclusively through i{heart}papers.  Today, friends of Mint Motif are showing a sneak of the upcoming sets.
Friends also showing sneaks today:

Instructions
1. Cut/score cardstock.
2. Emboss card front using a Spellbinders M-bossabilities.
3. Cut/emboss kraft card stock with die template, stamp background onto die cut, adhere and trim excess.
4. Stamp sentiment onto white card stock, trim, adhere.
5. Tie bow, adhere to card.
6. Cut/emboss yellow & pink card stock from bitty bloom flower template.
7. Roll up card stock to create a flower, adhere to bow and card.


Size
4 1/4 x 5 inches


Materials Used:
Mint Motif Stamps 
Cardstock (green, yellow, pink & white)
Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L tape runner
Beacon Zipdry adhesive
Clearsnap ColorBox licorice ink
scissors
Gingham Ribbon
Spellbinders Labels Nine
Spellbinders Flora M-Bossabilities side b
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms

Calendar Squares

The sun is shining outside, the temperature is great, but my heart is a little broken today.  My husband is packing his sea bags, he is deploying very, very soon.  I think we all are in denial a little bit, it kind of protects you from the overwhelming emotion of saying goodbye, denial is where I will stay a little bit longer.  I try to stay strong as long as possible, it is hard for the kids and Jess to see me upset, so the shower is my cry zone.
Gosh, I'm really not ready to go through another deployment...that is what my heart is telling me.
Go clean all your panties, its time to be a big girl...is what my brain is telling me.
Anyhow, it is a tradition for a command to have a calendar, and everyday a new day/square is put up.  Here are a few of mine.  They are simple, but Jess is a manly man, and doesn't do frilly.  I just used really thick card stock, some of my favorite pictures and Avocado Arts stamps.  These are 4 3/4 x 4 3/4 inches.  These will be sent to the squadron tomorrow, so I just wanted to share them before they leave the house.

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