• Hamscher Homestead

    Indiana Corn on a Birthday

    This HUGE grasshopper and I enjoyed a cup of coffee on the deck on Friday. How was your weekend?? As you know, there was a drive out to Illinois this past weekend. For….. His birthday. Dontcha LOVE the hat?? My sister did good with this one!! Dad was happy to celebrate with all the family, well almost all. There was sugar free brownies, salmon burgers and plenty of salad to balance out the bad stuff. Ohhh, And Indiana sweet corn…. this is how we roll, right?? Not much left over either. Lastly, we did sing happy birthday. More crafty ideas and who knows what else I can come up with……

  • Pages, Journals and Books

    Pocket of…

    Super excited to share my first Scrapbook Page!! It is a 12 x 12 page and the subjects… Well, to say the least they are just tooo cute!! Here is what I used first: Whisper White 12 x 12 (144239) Hand-Lettered Prose Dies (149550) Pocket Die (143750) Beauty Abounds (148726) Butterfly Duet Punch (148523) Sparkle Glimmer Paper (146957) Blueberry Bushel 1/8 inch Grossgrain Ribbon (146950) Lovely Lipstick, Blueberry Bushel and Pineapple Punch Ink I would like to introduce you too Adderly (left) and Emmersen (right) my cute nieces. I am grateful to Mindy, my sister, for permission to share this page and future pages with you! You know I am…

  • Happy Birthday,  Masculine Cards,  Technique Tuesday

    8/17 Coffee and Cards

    Happy Birthday, Dad!! I know I have said before that my Dad reads my blog.. Soooo, lets all wish him a Happy Birthday! His party was right after Coffee and Cards, a driving I went quick like a bunny to get there on time… close but not quite. On the live video there where several tips/tricks. I hope you will #replay to let me know that you were able to watch. The Garage Gears Dies (148521) and the Well Said Stamp set (148796) are how it all started. Along with, Merry Merlot, Smokey Slate,Whisper White Cardstock and Whisper White Baker’s Twine. Like the grungy look added to that twine… I…

  • In-Colors

    Love Note w/butterflies

    Do you leave love notes to your sweetie?? My poor hubby has been having a rough couple days at work. However, I do not want to let the cat outta the bag… these are all extra pieces from another project. Where to begin, the group of hearts is from the Be Mine Stitched dies (148527) the butterflies are from the Butterfly Duet Punch (148523) and lastly the from sentiment is from the Butterfly Gala stamp set (148580). I almost forgot, the Metallic Pearls (146282) on each butterfly. What do you do with extra pieces?? I mean Dies and Punches?? In other words… Trash or Treasure? Enjoy your weekend…..Have a Great…

  • Fancy Fold,  Technique Tuesday,  YouTube video

    Waterfront Watercolor Technique

    Today, its a double play… Fancy fold AND a Technique. Starting off on page 125 of the annual catalog. The catalog uses Pigment Sprinkles, but what about watercolor instead? Here is what you will need: Waterfront Stamp set (146386) Call me Clover (147178) and Old Olive (100531) re-inker Pretty Peacock (150083) and Old Olive (147090) ink pads. Burlap Ribbon (141487) Silicone Craft Sheet (127853) Aqua Painter (103954) The cardstock measurements; Sahara Sand base 5 1/2 x 8 1/2, Pretty Peacock 2 3/4 x 4 3/4 and lastly think Whisper White 2 1/2 x 4 1/2. This will walk you through step by step!! I can not wait to hear what…

  • Stamp Camp/class

    Christmas Stamp-a-Stack ..reminder

    Reminder… Signup will be closing on Friday… Have you decided?? Question here is the original post LINK. Still have questions. Questions still, contact me! Also, just to let you know… That all the 2019 Holiday catalog shares have been figured out… Will be posting on that in the next couple days! Paper Share Ribbon Share Embellishment Share (new) However, if you have not gotten a catalog?? Let me know.. I can drop one in the mail or drop one off for you! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Coloring,  Girls Night,  Happy Birthday

    Accented Blooms Happy Birthday

    How awesome are these colorful Birthday Cards?? I made at the last Girl’s Night. Have you been to Girl’s Night?? The next one is September 6, always the first Friday of each month. Come Join Us! Making four cards in total. The first two were a more feminine style and the second you will have to check back to see. The one on the left uses colored pencils and the one on the right uses the Stampin’ Blends. Using the Accented Blooms (146681) and the coordinating Tailored Tag Punch (145667). However for the birthday sentiments you will also need, Itty Bitty Birthdays (148618). Do you think one looks more tropical…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    New Light and…..

    So, I can only imagine this is not very exciting to most of you… But, I know my Dad who reads my blog will like this new addition.. This was put on the North side or chicken coop side of the house. The old light that was there was moved to the south side or propane tank side. Above all, this light was an amazing find, it is an old enamel barn light. All the parts with only a small scratch of paint missing. Joe bent the perfect piece of metal and added new wire. Mounted in its permanent spot! Now to find a second one for the south side.…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Stamp Camp/class

    Gift using Painted Harvest

    I put this together for a friend of mine.. Christine. I went to a Stamping Bingo that she ran last week. Ohh girls, I think, NO I know we should be doing this here. They had so much fun, and the prizes!! WooooHoooo! Keep an eye on the events, because I am working on this as we speak. I choose to add this to a small bottle of lotion. Christine is in Wisconsin, in the winter she will be thanking me for it!! haha. I sooo hope that she loved it as much as I loved making it for her! Here is what you will need: Painted Harvest Stamp Set…

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Coffee and Cards

    Coffee and Cards 8/10 Magnolia Lane

    It is no secret, I love black and white cards. Join a replay of Coffee and Cards on Facebook. Not only will you get all the information. Also, the tips and get the how too, on that birthday sentiment. Two different looks with mostly all the same “stuff.” Starting with a stamp, ink and paper card. The Magnolia Lane and all the goodies in the suite (152178). Although the focus was just on the flower you can check past posts for a week of ideas. Just Whisper White and Black for the Thinking of You … the sparkle is the Glittered Organza Ribbon (147897) Continuing, to the second card and…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Challenges,  In-Colors

    Love What You Do #GDP201

    I love giving treats… How about you?? How about a treat for a teacher, friend or neighbor?? This week on the Global Design Project, the challenge has to do with these colors… Great Fall color combos, dontcha think? This creation was simple leftover pieces from other projects. Mossy Meadow base 2 1/2 x 7 scored at 3 1/4 and 3 3/4. Add the decorations you want. Stamp using the Merry Merlot ink and the flower bunch from the Love What You do (148042) set. The 1/2 base is just wide enough so that this cutie even stands up. No need for gluing the candy because the “belly band” holds it…

  • beginner-casual-avid,  Prizes

    The results are in.. Magnolia Lane

    Remember last weeks post?? Did you get you comment in?? I loved all the ideas and took a little from everyone to get the final card… Using the leaves, bakers twine and moving the sentiment. Also, a touch of Wink of Stella some ink and an extra layer to the sentiment. Want to see a close up?? The magnolia buds were switched to Blushing Bride, used the Petal Pink and Wink of Stella to the lower edge of the buds. A touch of Mossy Meadow ink is what gives the leaves that light color. I love the Wink of Stella and tried my best to get a good picture. Next…

  • Stamp Camp/class

    August Christmas Stamp-a-Stack

    Here is all the information you need …. This year there will be 2 different Christmas Stamp-a-Stacks… One this month and the second will be November 23. This month’s will be different then the one in November. The first one will be 3 different card designs and 4 of each card. The cost is $30 and you be getting a bunch of goodies to make the 12 cards. Did I mention even the envelopes?? So you can even decorate the envelopes too! No sneak peeks, haha BUT You have an opportunity to pre-order the stamps and dies ahead of time. As you know this helps speed up all the stamping…

  • It Started with...

    Magnolia Lane, Hello Beautiful

    Where do you find inspiration?? Well, I know that I find it in strange places some times.. AND at weird times too! How about you?? I found the inspiration for this card in an antique store a few weeks ago. Joe and I were out on a date and like to stop in local shops. In other words… SHOPPING! This was in one of our usual stops … Just “hanging” out for me to see… Quick to snap a shot and then try to figure out HOW to pull this off… with a little help from a friend, this all came together. Thank you for your suggestion my friend! The…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Beautiful Weather on the Homestead

    Well, at least White Sox thinks so… Isn’t he just silly?? I think he thinks he is helping?? Making the bed on the left and Dusting on the right?? Who knows… He is one happy boy though with the windows open! They all are as far as that goes.. How about you?? Do you have the house open or is the A/C on? I am embarrassed to admit, but the walk way to the front door was sooo over grown with weeds, that it needed to be added to the schedule. NOW!! Just something I have been putting off, much like the weed wacker. That is next on the agenda……

  • Coffee and Cards,  No Stamping??

    Memories and More 8/3

    This week’s Coffee and Cards featured NO STAMPING… yup, that is correct. No ink was used. Am I scaring you?? No worries, dontcha love how they turned out? However, there was one that was NOT cooperating.. but I did get it figured out! You need to try the Memories and More Card Pack (149554), the last card used uses the Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories and More cards and envelopes (149487). The three took all of 30 minutes to design and create… The trouble was this Glittered Organdy Ribbon (147897). During the video I could not figure out how to add it, BUT… the idea hit afterwards of course! View…

  • Paper Pumpkin,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Paper Pumpkin Add-on reminder

    Here is the one that you NEED!! Paper Pumpkin is stepping up the game again! The August kit has 6 gift bags, 12 gift tags Here is the next level…. the add-on ($10 extra plus s/t) you also get 24 cards, of 2 designs and matching envelopes!! Therefore, you Need this kit!! The whole kit is fall themed, and from the sneak peak it might have a watercolor look to it. I know you want to get in on the fun with this box, here is my direct link , sign up before August 10 and get in on the add-on too Join us on Paper Pumpkin night! This photo…

  • Challenges,  Fancy Fold

    Botanical Bliss for #GDP200

    Can you believe that it is Global Design Project Challenge day already?? How about that there have been 200 Challenges?? Dang, that is a lot. I have not participate in them all, but more then a couple handfuls now… Today is CASE the designer… Janneke De Jong, gave us a beautiful card to start with…. I know, you are going to be SHOCKED!! I did not do butterflies… GASP!! Used the Botanical Bliss Stamp (151284) and coordinating Botanical Tags dies (146824). Also, I kept the colors down, Very Vanilla, Blackberry Bliss and Crumb Cake. However, in true Whispers fashion… the little birds where brushed with Champagne Shimmer Paint (147044) and…

  • Girls Night,  Stamp Camp/class

    Location Change

    Girls Night location change…My House. Join the girls and I for some card making, laughs and maybe a snack? I bet you need some birthday cards… well YEAH!! That is always what we make! Bring your list because this is a FREE with qualifying purchase event. Need a catalog?? Yes, I have one for you! Lastly, want to be in the know?? This is where you get the months info FIRST!! Can not wait to see you… Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Prizes,  Simple Stamping

    Simple Magnolia Lane

    How about we take a peak at the Magnolia Lane Suite (152178)? Starting with a Simple card and then take it to the next level… Using the Good Morning Magnolia Stamp set (149298), and the Magnolia Lane DSP (149484). Adding a small bit of Petal Pink cardstock on a Whisper White card base… hummm, what could we add?? I like to add in threes… working off this same card what would you add?? Same basic card… adding the Organdy Striped Ribbon (149441) in Petal Pink. Three Basic Pearls (144219) and the dark Old Olive Stampin’ Blends coloring them to match. Last thing to add is the magnolia bud stamped with…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Butterfly, furry windows and..

    Ohhh, I know it is a Moth, but … Noticed it form the inside and had to see if I could get a photo… Dontcha, love the refection? All the kitties were VERY happy to be able to open the windows! Mooch (left) enjoys a good suntanning session. Mr Biggelsworth (right) was enjoying the breeze on his belly I guess. Yes, they sure do have a rough life don’t they? Lastly, Joe had a short weekend this last weekend, so we went to our favorite Pizza place and enjoyed an AMAZING pizza and a beer. YUMMY!! How did you spend your weekend?? I hope it was fun! Have a Great…

  • Love it, Chop it,  Simple Stamping

    Note Cards and Thank You

    I needed a quick thank you… Thank goodness for the Note Card & Envelopes (144236). I had some of the Pressed Petal DSP (149500), then add some Whisper White Metallic Edge ribbon (144213). Ohhh wait, that little bit of vellum (101856) which was punched out with the Pretty Label Punch (143715). Done, and can I just tell you this card took longer to cut then assemble. Tooo cute and so darn pretty!! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Coffee and Cards,  Coloring

    Coffee and Cards 7/27

    Saturday on Coffee and Cards, we worked on the above two cards… Do you have the It Starts with Art (149303) set?? It is funny you get a stamp set and you have to play with it! This one has extras too!! That embellishment kits (149491) has a TON of fun stuff inside!! Including, felt pieces, bakers twine, small paper clips and some fun trinkets. First, was this card. Pulling out the Stampin’ Blends and coloring is always like a trip to the tent as a kid, right?? Including the felt pieces and rhinestones gave it the final touch. However, what did I do to the center piece?? You know…

  • Kits,  Love it, Chop it,  Pages, Journals and Books,  Paper Pumpkin

    Journal – Old Paper Pumpkin – part 1

    I wanted to work on the new Journal (pg 73) that is part of the Pressed Petal Suite (152193) wouldn’t you know… so busy making sure I did not forget anything on my orders for customers, that I forgot to order the Journal (149588). So making the best of it… I decided that maybe this OLD Paper Pumpkin could work. I have been wanting to put something together with parts of this kit anyway… Knowing that the plan was to use the Pressed Petal DSP (149500), a few colors needed to be changed. Using Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry. The patterns did not go either, but…

  • Clubs,  Coloring,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    July reminders

    Less then a week to get in on ‘Bonus Days’.. you will want your $5 coupon for next month!! Join my Team Today! Become a demonstrator, get discounts, see and order products first, attend exclusive events, AND for your $99 (no shipping charge) sign up pick $155 worth of product (plus business supplies and a FREE Paper Pumpkin). Then, get $10 credit the next month. Basically that is getting $75 of FREE stuff, WooooHOOOO! Here are the some upcoming events…. Girls Night at Sugar Shack Bakery, the first Friday in August. Christmas Stamp a Stack, part 1…. Sat, August 24 Get in the color fun… Stampin’ Blends Club First pick…

  • Paper Pumpkin

    Old Paper Pumpkin

    What do you do with your old Paper Pumpkin?? I had this wreath hanging on my shelf. Created this “easel” and added some Basic Black cardstock for the sign and a Whisper White Welcome. This was on the table that welcomed everyone that for the BOGO sale. I loved it all put together…. Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Challenges,  Clubs,  Coloring

    Early for a Challenge #GDP199

    This week for the Global Design Project, is a theme challenge #GDP199. I was able to tie it in with my new Stampin’ Blends Club too. Always on the look out for a fun way to package something, right?? And with the theme … For the Love of Craft!! I thought it would be fun to plan ahead! Here is what you will need.. It Starts with Art (149303) Follow your Art DSP (149489) Follow your Art embellishment kit (149491 Calypso Coral cardstock (122925) Whisper White (100730) For the Blends holders you need two pieces of Calypso Coral 3 1/2 x 2 7/8, score with 2 7/8 along the top.…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Apples, new growth and more coffee please

    Apples… on the homestead we have several fruit trees, seven I think, but only two have fruit. Big Bummer, but better then none! The Cortland and the Red Delicious. The Red Delicious has been on the Homestead since I arrived, the Cortland is 3-4 years old. Both gave us fruit last year as well. The Cortland this year has several apples, compared to last years 3. The Red Delicious gave us a half tub full and several jars of apple jelly. So have you checked the growth on your trees? All of this photo is new growth for this pine tree. Everything is growing like crazy!! We have trees that…

  • Fairs / Events,  Fancy Fold,  Home Decor,  In-Colors

    Results from the County Fair

    As you know… I brought a few projects to the County Fair. To say the least I am super happy!! First is the sign, it was even posted on the local radio station site!! WOOOOHOOOOO! Wood, paper and metal…All my favorite things. The ‘grateful’ was cut by Simon’s Speed Shop, Thank you Shelli! All the letters, flowers and butterflies are paper. The original post is here. Next, the card…. I loved how this turned out. Took a couple days to figure it all out, but here is the original post. I do love a Fancy fold and to have butterflies also?? YEAH!! Finally, something that you have yet to see.…