Monday, May 30, 2011

Another Update

Moving is not fun. Really it's NOT fun. Chase and I are officially moved out of one house and now we are in the process of waiting for our next house to be built! We officially close on our old house on Wednesday. We'll miss our house.

There are about a thousand things that have happened to cause me to take a little break in releasing new stamps sets and blogging. One of the main reasons is for the past three months I've been covering two positions as work (my "real" job), and it's been demanding. And as hard as it has been, I've loved it. Between that, Chase changing churches, our trip, and moving... I just couldn't fit one more thing on my plate.

I do want you to know that Practicing Creativity is still up and running! I'm fulfilling orders everyday! We are just taking a break while we transition before we release any new sets!

I know this is a LONG over due update!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Store Update

Chase and I are leaving for our big trip tomorrow! To say that we are excited is an understatement. I did want to leave a store update before we head to Europe.

Practicing Creativity will not be shipping April 7-April 16. Any orders received during this time will be shipped promptly on April 18.

I can't wait to share our trip when we return!


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Practicing Creativity Sketch Challenge

Hey friends! I wanted to announce the winner of the sketch challenge we had earlier this month. As always so hard to choose. At the end I went with a card I just thought used the sketch in a really creative way. And the winner... Retro Girly Creative (Kerrianne).

Kerrianne, email me at! Congratulations.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

New Release: Little Bundle

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Baby Gifts with Little Bundle

We are back today with some super cute gifts we made with Little Bundle. For my project I wanted to make a cute little mini-scrapbook. I seriously had SO much fun making this one.
I think for me it all started with the color combination. And I used Carved Love, For the Love of Dots, and For the Love of Grids to create all of my patterns.
For this page I created a cute little pocket to add some cute little things.
I can't wait to give this to someone. And don't you love the For the Love of Grids pattern with the Birch pattern from Carved Love.


Dana also used Fall Fest on this patter. Isn't it cute with the buttons?
 Isn't this box banner so cute? I just love it. 

So what's your favorite baby gift? Make sure you check back tonight at midnight (Eastern time) for the big release!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Introducing Little Bundle

This stamp set is perfect timing because I actually got to see a sweet little bundle last night. Aren't babies the sweetest?

Karen designed this set that I really just love. It has such great sentiments. Today, you'll see some of the cards we used for our peek yesterday. We went with a more monochromatic look for all of these. I think they turned out so good.

I went with some non-traditional baby colors (especially for a girl), but ahh... love. And isn't the little ducky the best? I stamped mine and then covered it with glossy accents. I had a few bubbles, but I like the added fun it brings to the card.

And check out these girls (aren't they awesome) ...

Aren't those so cute? You are absolutely not going to want to miss tomorrow. We've all created baby gifts that you are just going to L-O-V-E. 
Okay, so I'd like to know what's your favorite thing about babies?

Monday, March 7, 2011

Practicing Creativity March Sneak Peek

Hey friends! It's time for a sneak peek. This month we have a stamp set release that I know you will love. I had so much fun with this one (okay, I know I say that every month).

We have one peek for you this month made from cards the design team and I made!

 You'll still want to check out the design team's blogs just to see if their peek looks any different!

Just leave your comment here with your guess and we'll pick one winner at the end of the week to get the set! 
Also, don't forget about our little sketch challenge!

Friday, March 4, 2011

Practicing Creativity Sketch Challenge

It's Friday, and the design team and I thought we'd have a little fun as we are gearing up for the release next week. So after a few request we have a fun sketch for you.

Here's what I came up with:

I used Nature's Wonder, Another Year, and some of my favorite teal grosgrain.

Check out Karen's card (she used Nature's Wonder too and Chatterbox):
And Dana's card (again we didn't plan this but she used Nature's Wonder and For the Love of Grids):
Valerie made this super cute card using Look Up! Additions!

Come play along with us! The winner will get three Practicing Creativity stamp sets! You have until next Friday night to play along!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Embellish Challenge: Birds

Doesn't it feel good when your creative juices are flowing, especially after a serious break? It's so fun. So, I haven't done a challenge in... well forever (forever = 4 months). I thought I'd try out the latest Embellish challenge.
And here's what I came up with using several PCD sets.
1. Make card from cardstock.
2. Cut kraft paper slightly smaller, stamp birch background from Carved Love.
3. Sew around edge.
4. Adhere fabric tape and tie bow.
5. Adhere cardstock.
6. Die cut shape, stamp bird and sentiment.

Stamps: Carved Love, Nature's Wonder, Christmas Wonder (Practicing Creativity)
Cardstock: Kraft, Dark Chocolate, Vintage Cream (Papertrey Ink)
Ribbon: Dark Chocolate Swiss Dot (Papertrey Ink)
Ink: Blue Bayou (Stampin' Up), Burnt Umber (Palette)

Well happy Tuesday!

Monday, February 21, 2011

Sunny Summer Days Page

Sunny Summer? I realize that's only in my head right now in late February, but a girl can't help but to dream of the coming days.... but first.

I wanted to write a little about everything that's happening in our world. I think everyone has probably been told in person, so I feel better about writing it here on my blog. Chase has taken a new position at Rolling Hills Community Church. It's still here in middle Tennessee, but as Chase and I both grew up going to Gladeville, it's a huge change. This month has been very emotional, we love the Glade, but we are excited about what God has in the future. In the midst of the change we have put our house on the market. I know many of you have been reading since we first moved in, and you know all about the many, many, many projects we did in this house. I so wish I could give this craft room to someone that would really love it as much as I have.

So there's my excuse for my blog hiatus. Is it good enough? Chase and I would appreciate your prayers as we embark on a new chapter in our lives, and to sell our house.

Alright, so back to those summer days. Chase took this picture of Maddie and I after we walked to PetSmart one day. It's not a long walk, but it was hot. Maddie just laid down after we started back home. We ended up having to carry her home. I'm telling you sometimes it's really nice to have a 5lbs. dog.

I've been hoarding that sheet of Basic Grey Doodlebug paper forever! I finally just had to use it.

With this blog break, I did want you to know that there will still be a Practicing Creativity release next week! It's a great one that Karen designed!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Whew... I actually made something.

Well friends, I've taken a little blogging hiatus this month. I've really been so busy, and I feel like I say that all the time. Seriously, you ladies with kiddos... major props from this girl in Tennessee. I don't know how you do it!

With everything that's been going on I haven't had time to create, so tonight I just grabbed some random stuff and started adding it together. Here's what collected itself together on paper.
I used one of my favorite stamp sets, Chatterbox and some random paper. It's eclectic, but I guess that's what happens when you let things collect themselves on paper... sigh.

Okay, so more news from me in the near future... seriously.

Did you see that Look Up! and Look Up! Additions is featured in the March PaperCrafts! So exciting!

Saturday, February 12, 2011

For the Love of Grids Winners

I just realized today that I never drew the winners for The Love of Grids stamp set!
The first set goes to:

Donelda said...
It is the criss crossed background stamp at the bottom.

The second set goes to:

Laura.K said...
Wow. Your page is GORGEOUS. I love it.

And all the other cards are very beautiful.

This set can be used with every possible stamp, in any style, it's a MUST HAVE.

Email me at and I'll send you your set!

Friday, February 4, 2011

More For the Love of Grids

Whew! It was a late night last night. I do have some more cards to show with For the Love of Grids!

 Supplies: For the Love of Grids, Look Up! Additions (Practicing Creativity)
Ink: Versa Mark, VersaFine Black
Ribbon: Vintage Cream Twill (May Arts)

And check out these super cards for Valerie. 

Valerie did an amazing job on this one! Aren't they so creative?So creative!

If you missed the official release last night you can find For the Love of Grids here.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

For the Love of Grids Reveal

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And don't forget about some of our other recent releases: 
Thank you all for supporting Practicing Creativity!

For the Love of Grids

We're back today with some more cards using For the Love of Grids! Today, I gave each designer the challenge of using For the Love of Grids with one of Practicing Creativity's other stamp sets (not that hard since For the Love of Grids can truly go with anything).

I decided I would use Barefoot Summer along with For the Love of Grids. I also decided to make a scrapbook page rather than a card. It's really not hard at all to create your own 12x12 patterned paper with these stamps.

I used all three background sets. I also used our Turquoise Glimmer Mist to give it even more texture. It's hard to see in the pictures though.

Check out what the design team did:

 Dana got the challenge of using Look Up! Additions with For the Love of Grids. Isn't the result just stunning? Dana used all three grids and the sentiment and large balloon from Look Up! Additions.

  Karen  used The Whole Cycle and Chatterbox along with For the Love of Grids. Notice how she accented the dots? So cute!

 Valerie used a really creative use of the grid. Once she raised the flower out of the background, she colored in select squares to create a checkered effect. Valerie also used Nature's Wonder.

Tonight's the big night. For the Love of Grids will release at midnight eastern tonight! 

But before that I'd like to give away another set! I'd love to hear which Practicing Creativity stamp set you'd most like to use with For the Love of Grids!