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September Blogging Friends Blog Hop


It’s September! WOW! Its time for another hop with my blogging friends. This month’s theme we are getting a little inspiration from a picture, which I don’t think we have done before. Of course with this being September it’s only fitting to have a pretty fall colored picture. I don’t know about you but I am so ready for Fall and everything that goes with it. The cooler weather is already starting here, well at least in the mornings and evenings. We are still roasting during the day but I’ll take the little change we are already seeing.

Stampin’ Up! has a new Holiday Catalog that will be available starting September 5. There are so so many great new products. Stampin’ Up! really hit it out of the park with this years Christmas/Holiday sets. Although there’s not much Fall, Halloween, or Thanksgiving but still it’s so awesome! Starting next week I’ll be featuring some of the SWAP cards I have received from participating in a team swap. So be sure to check back or Join my Facebook Group so you don’t miss them:)

Stampin up, crumb cake, pumpkins, pumpkin pie, cards, handmade

Now onto the card.  I love making pumpkins from circle and oval punches. I used the Gorgeous Grunge set on the background and to ink the Pumpkin Pie pumpkin.  There’s lots and lots of products that I do not have so I have to make sue with what I have. Sometimes that can be a challenge but I work through it and always find a way to make it work with what I have. I guess that forces me to more creative sometimes.

pumpkin pie, crumb cake, gorgeous grunge, natures poem DSP, fall, stampin' up!

The other day after I had created this card for the hop I came across a card I made last Fall and once again here are those cute little pumpkins. They are very easy to make. First you punch out 3 circles or ovals. Then add some color and/or patterns, you can either use a stamp or sponge it on. I also like to ink the edges.

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend and hopefully doing something FUN,  I will be off the grid for weekend enjoying the great outdoors.

Let’s see what Michelle has created this month

Crystal Komara

Libby Fens

Mary Blocher

Jessica Mink

Michelle Clark

Mary Ann Kay Rossiter

Tammy Gill

Rick Adkins

Nikki Debbie Daigneau

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August Blogging Friends Blog Hop


YAY! I so happy to be back on the hop after 3 months! Welcome to my new blog! Excuse the mess around here…I am still trying to figure things out. I am not super techie and everything is different. So I am sure it will take me lots of time to get it perfect {is there such a thing?!}.

It’s been a long summer break for the kids and myself. The days are super long but the weeks are flying by. My summer to-do list is still very long. My creativity level has been a little low.  Listening to the kids all day bicker and argue and then having to play referee can get a little old and tiring.

This month’s theme is to “recycle.” We can recycle/upcycle an old card or project and make it new again, or use something else from home that we might normally recycle in the garbage bin. I decided to recreate a card and add some more embellishments and try and WOW it up. Make it a little more fancier!

I love creating cards like this one with no sentiment on the front. This is one of my favorite stamp sets… Half Full. I am a wine lover so this set will always hold a spot on my shelf. This card can easily be made into a birthday, thank you, hello, etc. card by adding a small sentiment. The plain card I started with I used watercolors pencils and the blender pen. For this card I knew I needed to give it more color. I love the aqua painters for that and the Shimmer paint is my favorite! Another one of my favorite things to do is to use the burlap ribbon as twine. This DSP is turning out to be a favorite! So many leaves…I love them all!


half full, stampin up

Let’s see what Michelle has created for us today!

July monthly card class…still time to place your order using Hostess Code:  HFFU2E7A and receive the card kit to make these 4 cards for FREE with a $35 online order. I will mail you the kit for free when you order using the hostess code. The deadline is August 1… so today is the last day. You will also be entered to win the Hostess stamp set Hand delivered. Anyone who places an order will be entered to win. If you join my Facebook group and share my Facebook Live video you will receive a second entry into the drawing!
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April Blogging Friends Blog Hop


Happy April and Happy Spring! It went from 55-80 degrees in like 2 days here in Northern California. Pure craziness!!! I think I may have even got a little red from the sun out at my kiddos baseball games yesterday. Spring break is over and my crazy kids are headed back to school on Monday….Thank goodness!!! I had a photoshoot last night and boy were the mosquitoes out in full force. I keep forgetting to put the spray in the car to have handy at baseball and my sunset photo shoots…MUST remember to do that!!!

So this month’s theme is to CASE another member of our hop. I cased Libby Fens. I only CASEd her layout. This was such a hard decision for me, as is everything, so I made it a little easier on myself and just chose a layout from last month’s hop. I really wanted to use a set that I hadn’t used in months, a set that I have forgotten about {which is actually a lot} I used Life Me Up…love this set so much! I really don’t and haven’t used it much at all. My next two monthly classes will focus on items and sets retiring. We will be finding that out soon! I’m really hoping this set isn’t on that list!

Libby’s design 

Let’s see what Michelle has created this month for us!

Rick Adkins

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March Blogging Friends Blog Hop.

It’s hard to believe its March already! It’s that busy BUSY time of year for us. Basketball is just about over and baseball has already started. Plus lots and lots of school activities and field trips. The next 3 months are going to fly by. 

I am so excited to show you what I created for our Sale-a-bration theme hop. I CASEd a card straight from the Sale-a-bration brochure but then kept adding and adding tidbits to it. I loved creating with the Springtime foil DSP….so many different ways to add color. I added color with ink pads and aqua painters. The DSP is thick and a little glossy, it dries pretty quick and looks even more lovely in person. I love the way these turned out!

Let’s see what Michelle has going on today……

Jessica Mink {that’s me}

Tammy Gill

Nikki Daigneau

Place a $50 order {before tax and shipping} using hostess code: MRBUCUWD and receive these 4 cards and envelopes for FREE along with a Sale-a-bration item! I will mail you all 4 completed cards for FREE.

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February Blogging Friends Blog Hop.

I am so glad the month of January is FINALLY over! It seemed to really drag.   The family has been hit again with that dreaded flu but this time around my husband and I both got it so that wasn’t good. It was horrible! The last kiddo woke up yesterday with it, this round seemed to move fast so let’s hope by end of then week he’s good to go:) 

This month our theme is RED in celebration of Valentine’s day! My creations are not totally red. A couple of these cards we made at last months class but I switched out the colors using red for the blog hop. Last month Stampin’ Up! kicked off Sale-a-bration. For every $50 you spend {before tax and shipping} you get to pick out a FREE item from the Sale-a-bration catalog and the super cute Party Pandas is a FREEBIE you can select.

Let’s see what Leanne has created this month!She’s up next!

I am offering these cards w/envelopes for FREE with a purchase of $40 {before tax and shipping} using hostess code MNEKNY4A at checkout. I will mail you all three cards completed for FREE. 

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January Blogging Friends Blog Hop.

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New year! I know we did:) Things have been crazy busy around {like always} but I am enjoying the couple weeks the kids have off of school to wind down and get ready for the next 6 months {which will be crazy busy}. We have had lots of family birthdays this month including two of my sons’, turning 8 and 10…double digits!!!! 
The kids have had the flu for the past week or so. It went straight down the line and all three got it…thankfully Ryan and I didn’t get it and I’m not sure how we didn’t! So the kids have done absolutely nothing for the past week and I am about to lose my mind BUT I guess the good thing about them getting it over break is they didn’t miss school. I just wish it wasn’t Christmas because my oldest was down all day on Christmas day at both Grandma’s house and looked miserable. He said, “It was the worst Christmas ever”….so that was pretty sad to hear. 

With all the craziness going on I have not ordered anything from the new Occasions catalog. I am hoping to later next week if I can narrow down my selection:) This month’s theme is “Baby, It’s Cold Outside”. At first I wasn’t sure if I had anything but I went searching my stamp sets and found the Christmas Cookie Cutter set with the little eskimo girl {super cute} and I have never used that particular stamp before so I was excited to come up with something. 

Let’s see what Leanne has this month for us….

Jessica Mink {that’s me}

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December Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Hello Friends!!!! The last month of the Year….WOW!!! Who is ready for Christmas?! I know I am not!!! Not only do I have Christmas but I have two of my sons’ birthdays this month, the 17th and 24th of December. Oh and on top of their birthdays we have several family members birthdays as well. A busy busy month ahead. I almost dropped out of the hop this month but as I was cooking dinner tonight I decided to open up the computer and push through all the chaos here at home. The yelling, fighting, whining, and craziness! 

 I remembered I haven’t shared my swap cards I received from our team swap. So that’s what I am sharing this month. Christmas swap cards!!! 

Made by: Susan Duvall-Serota

Made by: Greta Leonard

Made by: Michelle McDaniel

Made by Suzie Barnes {My Upline}

Made by: Sharon Wren 
I hope you enjoyed all these great cards and hope they bring you some inspiration this holiday season. Have a great weekend!!!


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November Blogging Friends Blog Hop

Happy November! WOW!!! It’s almost the end of the year! Can you believe it?! I am amazed each year how fast it flies by!!! I am so happy to be back! Once again I fell off the face of the earth:) Life is crazy as you all know! This months blog hop theme is Thanksgiving/Fall and this month we have some newbies joining us…YAY for new fiends!!!! 
Today I am sharing a few cards that I have made over the last couple months for my monthly card class. I LOVE the Painted Harvest Suite! It’s my favorite from the Holiday Catalog. 

This card I CASED from Erica Cerwin 

This card was also CASED {Please forgive me I cannot find the demo} 

Let’s see what Leanne has created this time around……

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Make it Monday

I hope everyone had a fabulous weekend. Ryan and I had a last minute get-a-away in the Jeep up on the trail KIDFREE so that was extra nice. It was FUN and I can’t wait to get back up there. Today was busy and the kids are winding down getting washed up and then bedtime. As usual I am multitasking and cannot wait for the crazies to get into bed:)

I am so excited to share toady’s card. This was a creative challenge from a training group I am in and the sketch came from the catalog. I love recreating directly from the catalogs. I love going to the catalog for a sketch when I am having a creative block.


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September Blogging Friends Blog Hop


Hello Friends! WOW! September already! The Summer break with the kiddos flew by and we are just finishing up week 3 of the school year and even that has gone by pretty darn quick. Baseball has started up for the Fall so we are back to being crazy busy. 

I am super excited to share this post with you!!! This month’s theme is the Holiday Catalog. It goes LIVE today September 1. Lots and LOTS of awesome, super cute, adorable new products. I joined a swap with my team so I will be sharing my swap card along with 3 others. I hope you take a look at the new catalog and get some inspiration from these cards. 

This is my swap I made! I love it! It took me forever to come up with it and wasn’t happy with anything. I have another card I will be sharing on Monday with this new set…Cheers!
Simple and super cute! 
Card made by: Janey Backer

Love this stamp set! 
Card made by: Ruthie Graen

I must get this set! Love this card! 
Card made by: Julie Robinson

Jessica MinkYou are here

Lisa Harvey Reber

 {why can’t blogger ever do what I want! I apologize for all the different size font}


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