PCC256: Lemon Zest… When Life Gives you Lemons

This week I’m bringing you some Lemon Zest because it’s been a doozy of a week! Yes, When Life Gives YOU Lemons CHUCK them right back. Life recently got a little crazy for me. I’m just glad that I was at home when the craziness landed me on my way to the Emergency Room… Read on!

So, I’m over at the Paper Craft Crew for the Weekly Challenge!  I honestly didn’t think I would be participating this week.  The Paper Craft Crew has another great sketch challenge. Come on over and check out the Design Team submissions.  The challenge starts today and ends on Tuesday, June 22, 2017 @ 1:00 PM EST.

Lemon Zest… When Life Gives you Lemons!

Appendectomy Special 

Sunday of last week I had some sharp pain on my right side. Me… Awe, it’s nothing! But, it wasn’t.

Monday…

I feel BLAH. So, I take Caleb to Swim Camp then head home and relax. While chatting with my friend Andrea, I tell her my stomach hurts and she tells me to go to the Dr. because it sounds like Appendicitis.  DENIAL! Yes, I laughed it off.

Tuesday…

Still feeling like crap but not “that” bad. Again, I take Caleb to swim camp, stop for a Chai Tea Latte which is THE ONLY food item that sounds good and doesn’t make me feel sick.  Then I arrive home and I can’t stop shivering so I crawl into bed with extra blankets and take a 3 hour nap.  Wake up, make a card, finish blog post and pick up Caleb from Swim Camp.  That night Mike ditches me because I’m burning up but NOT before telling me to go to the DOCTOR in the morning.

Wednesday…

OK, I take Caleb to Swim Camp and called the Doctors office for an appointment and they were able to get me in early.  The Physician Assistant actually thinks it might be a Kidney Stone.  Oh, I can handle that! So, I’m sent off for a CT Scan. I’m just about to leave the parking lot from the Health Complex when the Doctor calls and tells me to meet him at the Clinic Door as the clinic is closed for lunch.

And…

OH NO… This IS NOT GOOD! I walk in the door and the Doctor tells me I’m having Emergency Surgery to remove my appendix.  Dang! So, I call Mike and share the bad news. Mike and I agreed to meet at the house so he could drive me to the Hospital which thankfully is not far from the Swim Camp. By 6:00 PM, I was on my way to the Operating Room to have my appendix removed.

We honestly thought I would be discharged sometime on Thursday, but that wouldn’t be the case. It seems “If life gives you lemons” it would be nice to Chuck Them Right Back! I know I certainly would have LOVED to have chucked them back. After I awoke, I discovered that I had a drainage port which meant that there was some “seepage” and my appendix was closer to rupturing than expected. My intestines also decided to shut down completed for 3 days! 

A Bit of Lemon Zest

Today’s card is in honor of my unexpected trip to the Emergency Room and Appendectomy.  A little Lemon Zest can go a long ways in cheering you up and helping with recovery. I was so excited to be discharged on Sunday from the Hospital. The remainder of Sunday was spent relaxing and trying to keep the animals off of me.  Monday, a friend came over and kept me company in the morning after Mike left for work and took Caleb to YMCA Camp. Yesterday, I managed to make my way to the craft room to create this fun card with a Lemon Zest theme in honor of my Appendectomy. 

The Lemon Zest Stamp Set is so fun and perfect for making fun at myself. This Clean and Simple card showcases a lemons. Handmade card by Pam Staples, SunnyGirlScraps Stamp with SunnyGirlScraps today. Place an order today by visiting: www.sunnygirlscraps.com #lemonzest #stampinup #sunnygirlscraps #papercrafting #papercrafts #stamping #stamps #papercraft #rubberstamp #rubberstamps #artsandcrafts #hobby #crafts #craftastherapy #createeveryday #happymail #snailmail #creativelifehappylife #handmadeisbetter #craftsposure #creativemess #christiancreative #becreative #instagood #crafters #diy #smallbusiness #cardmaking #cardmaker #handmadecard #handmadecards

BIG ANNOUNCEMENT…

Tomorrow I’ll be announcing my Appendectomy Special! Yes, I’m making a last minute PUSH to earn the Alaskan Cruise from Stampin’ Up! but I NEED YOUR HELP!  I’m SO close yet SO far away from earning the Stampin’ Up! Alaskan Cruise. I also need lots of rest and had to cancel all the classes planned / scheduled for the next three weeks so NOW you will be the lucky recipient.

 

Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch Challenge 256. Come play along! #papercraftcrew #stampinup #sunnygirlscraps #papercrafting #papercrafts #stamping #stamps #papercraft #rubberstamp #rubberstamps #artsandcrafts #hobby #crafts #craftastherapy #createeveryday #happymail #snailmail #creativelifehappylife #handmadeisbetter #craftsposure #creativemess #christiancreative #becreative #instagood #crafters #diy #smallbusiness #cardmaking #cardmaker #washitape www.papercraftcrew.com www.sunnycraftcrew.com

Here is this weeks Sketch! There are lots of options. It is a very versatile sketch. Challenges, especially sketches, are a great way to help you grow with your stamping. A Sketch gives you a starting place… It is your map to creativity. Take a look at this weeks sketch and let your creativity loose!  Join the challenge. Make a project inspired by this weeks sketch, post it to your blog or on any of your social media venues then add it to our InLinkz link provided on the Paper Craft Crew Challenge blog.

Now that I’ve built up the excitement, here is this weeks Card Sketch #256 with the Paper Craft Crew. For additional inspiration, go visit the Paper Craft Crew blog. Check out the Design Team Samples. I challenge you to create a card, scrapbook page or 3D project inspired by this weeks challenge. 

SunnyGirl Stampin’ Tips & More: 

  • The Lemon Zest Stamp Set is so fun and perfect for making fun at myself. This Clean and Simple card showcases a lemons. Handmade card by Pam Staples, SunnyGirlScraps Stamp with SunnyGirlScraps today. Place an order today by visiting: www.sunnygirlscraps.com #lemonzest #stampinup #sunnygirlscraps #papercrafting #papercrafts #stamping #stamps #papercraft #rubberstamp #rubberstamps #artsandcrafts #hobby #crafts #craftastherapy #createeveryday #happymail #snailmail #creativelifehappylife #handmadeisbetter #craftsposure #creativemess #christiancreative #becreative #instagood #crafters #diy #smallbusiness #cardmaking #cardmaker #handmadecard #handmadecardsCard Details

    • Yep, Thick Whisper White is my go-to card base!
    • The base layer is Daffodil Delight.
    • On the top Whisper White layer, I stamped the background with Pool Party Classic Ink using the Playful Backgrounds Stamp Set. 
    • I then added Washi Tape using the Basic Pack 3 Washi Tape and added a banner created by using a strip of Petal Garden Designer Series Paper Stack.
    • I stamped the lemon using the Lemon Zest Stamp Set which is punched out with the coordinating Lemon Builder Punch. The leaves are stamped with Lemon-Lime Twist.
    • The Sentiment is stamped with Basic Black on the lemon.
    • I then added Enamel Shapes for the finishing touch. 
    • On the inside of the card, I stamped “Chuck Them Right Back!”

The Lemon Zest Stamp Set is so fun and perfect for making fun at myself. This Clean and Simple card showcases a lemons. Handmade card by Pam Staples, SunnyGirlScraps Stamp with SunnyGirlScraps today. Place an order today by visiting: www.sunnygirlscraps.com #lemonzest #stampinup #sunnygirlscraps #papercrafting #papercrafts #stamping #stamps #papercraft #rubberstamp #rubberstamps #artsandcrafts #hobby #crafts #craftastherapy #createeveryday #happymail #snailmail #creativelifehappylife #handmadeisbetter #craftsposure #creativemess #christiancreative #becreative #instagood #crafters #diy #smallbusiness #cardmaking #cardmaker #handmadecard #handmadecards

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    • To purchase products used today, visit my 24/7 Stampin’ Up! store by clicking HERE!  For your convenience, I’ve also included a supply list at the end of this blog post – just click on any of the items to be taken directly to my 24/7 Stampin’ Up! store to purchase the products used.  Don’t forget, if your order is less than $150.00 then make certain to use the monthly Hostess Code: QP67SVGF

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Sunny Stampin’ & Scrappin’!


 

PCC 255: Tranquil Tulip CAS

The Tranquil Tulip Stamp Set was perfect for today’s Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge 255.  I was so glad this weeks sketch was fairly easy and perfect for a Clean and Simple “CAS” card.  Caleb and I have been home since Saturday afternoon.  We are thrilled to be home. However, I’ve not been feeling well.  I woke up Monday morning with abdominal pain. It has knocked me out so ALL my plans to get back to my craft room to craft and making the last dash to earning the Alaska Cruise Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip have taken a bit of a hit. I would LOVE to take my husband on the Alaskan Cruise but I would need your help to earn it.

Since it is Wednesday, you know what that means… I’m over at the Paper Craft Crew for the Weekly Challenge!  This week we have a fun, Clean and Simply style Sketch Challenge. Come on over and check out the Design Team submissions.  The challenge starts today and ends on Tuesday, August 15, 2017 @ 1:00 PM EST.

Tranquil Tulip CAS

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #255

I’m so thankful that the Paper Craft Crew Sketch Challenge 255 is perfect for a Clean and Simple Card. I was able to put this card together in less than 30 minutes! Having abdominal pain isn’t conducive to creating. Using Tranquil Tulip Stamp Set was an easy decision. The card sketch paired with the Tranquil Tulip stamp set is the perfect showcase of elegant with a Clean and Simple card.  Featured products also include the Basics Pack 2 Washi Tape and the NEW Starburst Punch.

Clean and Simple Tranquil Tulip Showcase

The Tranquil Tulip Hostess Stamp Set is a beautiful. This Clean and Simple card showcases a single, yellow Tulip. Handmade card by Pam Staples, SunnyGirlScraps Stamp with SunnyGirlScraps today. Place an order today by visiting: www.sunnygirlscraps.com #Tranquiltulips #stampinup #sunnygirlscraps #papercrafting #papercrafts #stamping #stamps #papercraft #rubberstamp #rubberstamps #artsandcrafts #hobby #crafts #craftastherapy #createeveryday #happymail #snailmail #creativelifehappylife #handmadeisbetter #craftsposure #creativemess #christiancreative #becreative #instagood #crafters #diy #smallbusiness #cardmaking #cardmaker #handmadecard #handmadecardsThe Tranquil Tulip Hostess Stamp Set is perfect for creating showcase type cards. Tulips are one of my favorite flowers.  They are colorful, bright and cheerful. Did you know that there are over 150 species and over 4,000 varieties of Tulips?  WOW! The flower buds are also known to be almost perfectly symmetrical. Tulips are also the symbol for love, passion, perfect lovers and romance.

Today’s card beautifully features one simple, elegant Yellow Tulip. The card showcases the beauty of this flower with only a few colors set against a white background.  I choose to use Black Baker’s Twine with Basic Black Ink since I love black and yellow together. 

Paper Craft Crew Sketch 255

Paper Craft Crew Challenge

Eek! I love this weeks Clean and Simple Sketch! There is so many options. It is a very versatile sketch. Challenges, especially sketches, are a great way to help you grow with your stamping. A Sketch gives you a starting place… It is your map to creativity. Take a look at this weeks sketch and let your creativity loose!  Join the challenge. Make a project inspired by this weeks sketch, post it to your blogor on any of your social media venues then add it to our InLinkz link provided on the Paper Craft Crew Challenge blog.

Now that I’ve built up the excitement, here is this weeks Card Sketch #255 with the Paper Craft Crew. For additional inspiration, go visit the Paper Craft Crew blog. Check out the Design Team Samples. I challenge you to create a card, scrapbook page or 3D project inspired by this weeks challenge. 

SunnyGirl Stampin’ Tips & More: 

  • The Tranquil Tulip Hostess Stamp Set is a beautiful. This Clean and Simple card showcases a single, yellow Tulip. Handmade card by Pam Staples, SunnyGirlScraps Stamp with SunnyGirlScraps today. Place an order today by visiting: www.sunnygirlscraps.com #Tranquiltulips #stampinup #sunnygirlscraps #papercrafting #papercrafts #stamping #stamps #papercraft #rubberstamp #rubberstamps #artsandcrafts #hobby #crafts #craftastherapy #createeveryday #happymail #snailmail #creativelifehappylife #handmadeisbetter #craftsposure #creativemess #christiancreative #becreative #instagood #crafters #diy #smallbusiness #cardmaking #cardmaker #handmadecard #handmadecardsCard Details

    • Yep, Thick Whisper White is my go-to card base!
    • On the top Whisper White layer, I stamped the Yellow Tulip with Daffodil Delight and the leaves are Wild Wasabi.
    • The image was punched out using the 2″ Circle Punch.
    • The background Daffodil Delight layer features the Starburst Punch.
    • The Sentiment is stamped with Basic Black on Whisper White.  The Stamp Set used for the sentiment is Special Celebrations.
    • Behind the focal point, I added to strips of Washi Tape using the Basic Pack 2.
    • Black Baker’s Twine adds contrast and helps lead your eye to the Tulip.
    • I added an oval corrugated element.
    • Finally, I added a bow using the Black Baker’s Twine.
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    • To purchase products used today, visit my 24/7 Stampin’ Up! store by clicking HERE!  Don’t forget, if your order is less than $150.00 then make certain to use the monthly Hostess Code: 

 

 

Sunny Stampin’ & Scrappin’!


 

SUOC180 – Happy 95th Birthday with Oh So Ecclectic

A BIG Happy Birthday shout out to my Great Aunt Alta as she celebrates her 95th Birthday! While visiting my parents in Minnesota, we received a Birthday Party Invitation for my Great Aunt Alta. I was very excited about the invitation quickly put together 2 Birthday Cards celebrating her 95th Birthday. One card for my mom to give to her Aunt and the other card for me to give to her. Unfortunately, once we arrived at the party we found out it had been canceled because one of Great Aunt Alta’s daughters was in the hospital for seizures.  I was very glad to at least have these cards.

Now, I’m not going to have a long blog post today. As you are reading this, I will be in the process of packing and getting ready to start the long car ride back home to Minnesota with my son. The road trip will take us from Minneapolis to my brother’s home in South Bend, IN. Then, I plan to leave Friday to drive most of the way home to North Carolina and finish the trip home on Saturday.

I’m glad you have dropped in and hope you’ll play along with this months SUO! Challenge.  The theme is Happy Birthday.  We invite you to come play along as this challenge starts today and ends on Friday, August 11th.

Happy Birthday Celebration

SUOC#180

This is the card I’ve shared for the Stampin’ Up! Only Challenge #180 featuring the Oh So Eclectic Stamp Set. The card also features some of my favorite colors such as Lemon Lime Twist and Melon Mambo. It’s a fun, bright Birthday Card. This is the card I gave to my Great Aunt Alta.

 

This is the other card that I made for my Mom to give to Alta. I actually used Wisteria Wonder and I hardly ever use this color. The card has a soft, elegant feel that I really felt was perfect for my Mom to give to Alta. This card actually uses a recent sketch posted by the Paper Craft Crew.

Don’t forget to visit the SUO! Challenges Blog to check out the creations from the other Design Team members!

I hope you are inspired to create Birthday Cards for those special people in your lives.

 

Inky Hugs,


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