• Hamscher Homestead,  YouTube video

    Rain, flowers, rain, weeds, rain and guests…

    Grab a beverage…. this one could be long… It has been a full and crazy week as always on the homestead. Joe has been home all week, my parents came and all the rain!! First was plants, they are starting to pop up, fingers crossed all those seeds are happy too!! Even the hibiscus is blooming again! However, White Sox just does not care so long as he has the Sunshine on his belly! Kitties are funny… I was looking for him and the curtain was still closed, early yeah kinda, but the window was open all night. He was fine, and very comfy I guess. It is always busy…

  • Home Decor,  Sampler,  Stamp Camp/class

    Sampler part 1

    So, I do not forget…. I want to thank, once again, Sugar Shack Bakery in Plymouth for her beautiful flower cookies that matched very well!! Thank you Stephanie, the ladies though they were super yummy!! I was super excited, my mom (left) joined us for her very FIRST class. She said she has a super time and enjoyed the other ladies that came too!! Starting off with all the punches… phew, there were almost 60 punched out pieces per sampler… mostly the new medium Daisy (b-151118 punch-149517). Ten total daisy flowers, three per flower. Want to view the full sampler close up…link. It was sure fun to share this with…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Love it, Chop it,  Technique Tuesday

    Pressed Petal Coffee and Cards 6/22

    We missed you at Coffee and Cards 6/22, want to catch the replay? Here is your link… My mom was a helper this morning. It was fun! Working with the Pressed Petal DSP (149500) and how easy these cards came together! Here are some particulars… All three cards use the same paper pack, this one also has a sentiment from the Strong & Beautiful Stamp set (148732). Wondering where that ribbon came from?? That is the Whisper White Flax Ribbon, dyed with Mossy Meadow (133651) ink refill. Using the same Mossy Meadow Flax ribbon, this 3 x 3 is super quick, a 2 3/4 by 2 3/4 DSP piece, a…

  • Challenges,  Coloring,  In-Colors,  Technique Tuesday

    Challenge Day!! #194

    Global Design Project Challenge Day!! WooHoo, can you tell I was feeling patriotic? This week is a sketch challenge.. here was the inspiration. Remember yesterdays post?? The jar was coloring one of today’s ribbon. Did you know that with an ink refill some water and either Whisper White Twine (124262) or Polka Dot Tulle (146912) ribbon you can make it ANY color you need?? Ohhhh, I just realized that there is one more still to try… Whisper White Flax Ribbon… Check back next week for that! Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White and Blueberry Bushel are what created the red/white/blue.. or this could also be a nod to Firefighters and Police too..…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  In-Colors

    Smile

    Want a fun gift bag tag? or even a place card? How about just a small token to remind someone to Smile? Do you hand out business cards? I do too, however, wouldn’t you want to keep this one?? Please share what you could use this for in your business, or personal life. Measurements The base is 3 x 4 1/4. Easy to decorate with dies or like above with the following punches. Daisy Lane Bundle (151118) Daisy Punch (143713) Four-Petal Punch (147041) Detailed Trio (146320) Everyday Label (144668) Add in your favorite ribbon, an embellishment and sentiment of your choice. I look forward to reading how you could use…

  • Paper Pumpkin,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    PP Sneak Peak

    I am super excited to talk a little paper pumpkin. Have you joined our new FB group?? There will be a FB live the fourth Thursday of each month… Check it out for alternatives and a fun time putting some of the goodies together. June kit arrived today!! Have you gotten yours yet?? I look forward to having you join us next week! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Chicks, seeds and Luna

    The six baby chicks are out with the big girls… Just sooo dang cute!! White Crested Blue Polish is what they are called. I am almost positive that there are 2 roosters (maybe 3), which will go to the auction once I am sure which of the six. Earlier this weekend I could make out a new crow in the coop, we shall see! Before we know it, they will be adding beautiful eggs to the collection each day! Okay, funny story…. while pulling weeds, well, only the tall ones, this thought popped in my head.. all this ground is freshly turned. I have seeds….. hummmm, down to my seed…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coffee and Cards,  Happy Birthday,  Simple Stamping

    Coffee and Cards 6/15

    This week we played with the Whisper White narrow note cards (145583) & envelopes along with the Rooted in Nature (146482) coordinating dies Nature’s Roots (146341). Do you struggle with small cards for your gift bags?? or are you a gift wrapper?? haha. funny right?? I hardly ever wrap anymore. I love that the bags are recyclable!! First was our beginner card. Stamp, Ink and Paper. Note.. the two different tree images… Check out the video for the techniques. Ink Colors are Crumb Cake (147116), Granny Apple Green (147095) and Soft Suede (147115), Our stepped up card, we added the dies and Timeless Label (149516) punch to the mix. All…

  • Coloring,  Happy Birthday,  Masculine Cards

    Happy Father’s Day

    How are you spending Fathers’s Day?? The Hubby and I will be going to see my parents today. All I know is that dinner is on the agenda. Have you had fun with the Best Catch (148598) Stamp set and coordinating dies Catch of the Day (148815)?? This cattail section is a fun add. Let’s color a bit. Stampin’ Blends, Soft Suede (147273), Mango Melody (147945), Daffodil Delight (144603) and even Pumpkin Pie (144599). You could use Wink of Stella (141897) or Shimmer paint (Champange-147044 or Frost White-147046) for the metal look on the lure too. Dad, How many lures have you lost to the cat tails or weeds?? haha…

  • Home Decor,  sneak peek

    Summer Sampler

    Saturday, June 22, noon (central) at my house. Price break down… Sampler PDF included $30 DSP, Cardstock, Vellum and embellishments) Daisy Lane bundle $41.20 (add-on) New Letters bundle $62.38 (add-on just dies $45) Other punches used (add-on): Sprig $21 Leaves $19 Four-Petal $21 Daisy (full size) $21 This is a move at your own pace event… Checks Due Monday… Credit Card payments Tuesday. Questions, please let me know… Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Challenges,  Masculine Cards

    You are wonderful..

    Global Design Challenge day #193. This is a color challenge this week, and WOW and what a color group we have! Now…. how to get started?? Let me walk you through my process… Knowing the colors already, I pulled all three color cardstock. Check which ribbon if any that might go… Masculine or feminine? Fancy or Simple? Stamps? Pulled the Crackle Paint (148752) just to see what the Night of Navy would look like on the Pineapple Punch… WOW. Well, you know the rest. The Rooted in Nature (146482) has some “wonderful” sentiments, dontcha agree?? This one is my favorite… you can make it a Thank You, Birthday or Congratulations…

  • Coloring,  Happy Birthday,  Masculine Cards

    Birthday or Dad?

    Still gearing up for Father’s Day?? Or is it just a birthday card that you need? Do you have fishermen in your life?? I sure do! My Dad, brothers and nephew. This would be fitting of any of them. The Best Catch stamp set (148598), coordinating dies Catch of the Day (148815) are all you need for the fishermen in your life! Starting with the water… do you think of different things that you could have done, of course, after the card is done?? I do! A sweep of the Balmy Blue ink pad (147105) along the bottom of this layer adds the look of water, but thinking now it…

  • In-Colors,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Reminders…

    Three reminders today…. Paper Share….. link Ribbon Share…. link 2019-2021 In-Color club….. link Last day to take advantage of all three of these opportunities is Friday, June 14. Some changes have been made to the original posts… double check the lists. Have a question?? Please ask! You do not want to miss out!! Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Coloring,  In-Colors,  Masculine Cards,  Paper Pumpkin

    Paper Pumpkin-Fathers Day

    It is getting close to Fathers’s Day, do you need the perfect card?? How about using parts of your Paper Pumpkin? Today, only the stamps are from the May kit. At first, I was thinking a floating card, but due to unhappy stamping this was changed into just a quick card. Tomorrow is a new day for the floating card. Let’s turn lemons into lemonade. Still taking que from the box, pulled out a Pretty Peacock card base and ink. Add a little more sentiment from the Well Said (148796) stamp set. Pick a bird to highlight, using a mostly dry aqua painter. You need a light hand so you…

  • Uncategorized

    Crazy wildlife and a flower

    Now, after seeing the perfect peony and getting the perfect picture… I CUT IT! Yup, that amazing peony was sitting on my kitchen counter for two whole days. It was joined by some old roses from Joe’s grandmother and a dark pink peony. The kitchen smelled AMAZING and made me smile each time I looked at it. BUT…. While running around in the house, this weird thing caught my attention. We live in sand so… we see it everywhere. But not there… you see in the first shot that is a very nice grass section. What the heck is messing up my grass?? Upon further inspection there were actually three.…

  • Coloring,  In-Colors,  Paper Pumpkin

    Dear Friend

    Today is all about a Paper Pumpkin alternative. As a Paper Pumpkin subscriber since the beginning, I can honestly say that if you have been outta the loop for a while, you NEED to get back in!! Shelli Gardner, co-founder of Stampin’ Up! helped to design this kit. The top card, in Pool Party, is from the kit, mostly as the directions state. I added a stamped imagine on the sentiment and tweaked the twine. I would love to get this card, how about you? Now, for the alternative card…. I hear you cringing, however, a fussy cut was necessary. Can you hear the feathers asking to be cut out??…

  • Coffee and Cards,  In-Colors,  Simple Stamping

    6/8 Coffee and Cards

    Phew, it was a busy Coffee and Cards this week. We fit in 3 full cards. I would say on the simple stamping side of things. And using scraps and pieces. Have you fallen in love with the Daisy Lane (bundle-151118 stamp-149325) stamp set yet?? Well, that was what we worked with this week. The font on the sentiments are easy to read and so very pretty!! The first card we made was this one with all the 3/4 inch strips. They were all left over sections that wanted a new life. Mixing them all together making this cute and simple “Smile” cards. Can you figure out how the sentiment…

  • Challenges,  In-Colors

    Friday, GDP Challenge

    It is Global Design Project Day…This week is CASE the designer. And Charlet made this beautiful card to use. The inspiration just spoke to me.. Here is her design. The 2019-2021 In-Colors is where it all started. The new DSP (149617) with the gingham is a must have if you have not seen it, PLEASE let me know… WOW!! So on trend and just simple and easy to add to any card, masculine or feminine. Almost time for me to order more. But you know me… that Purple Posy was a go to for sure! Shocking…. no butterflies, but just a sprig of that new Scalloped Linen ribbon (149706)… YES,…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  In-Colors

    Sending Heartfelt Happy Thoughts For You

    Chances are you have done your quick look through of you new catalog, Right?? Are you on your second or even third look?? So, did you mark your place?? And how do you mark your must haves?? This catalog is good for a WHOLE YEAR, you can not just bend pages. Let’s grab a few of your favorite 2019-2021 In-color items and even a few of your favorite stamps. Want to know what was used on this one… Can we make a faster one?? Do you have paper clips?? YES!! Using just a jumbo paper clip and my reverse tweezers as an extra hand. Trim a desired length of Purple…

  • Craft Room,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Busy Busy … all day

    Today was all about you…. Getting you catalogs, paper share, ribbon share and In-Color Club information. Please, if you have questions, let me know. Remember yesterdays post?? click link here. There are a few more things you may want to check out… pg 160 Storage Solutions pg 165 Designer Series Paper list starts pg 174-175 Ribbon easier to see pg179 Coloring Tools pg 202 All Inclusive kits Still a ton of stuff to point out. Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

  • Craft Room,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    2019-2020 Annual Catalog

    YEAH, our new catalog is live and all of the items are available. Have you started your list yet?? Have you gotten your catalog yet?? Leave a comment if you still need your catalog… tomorrow is delivery day for me, you will be added to my route. Let’s take a couple minutes to point out a few things. First… There is a Bundle Index. Starts on page 4 and all the way through page 11. Kinda excited to say there are 30 bundles in this catalog. Note that in this index it gives the page number for that bundle AND item, price with picture. Pick a bundle. Daisy Lane (pg…

  • Hamscher Homestead

    Flowers and a deer

    Last week it was just buds, this week… WOW! I found out that this is an Icelandic Poppy, the flowers are bigger then my hand, fingers open. The inside reminds me of our Blackberry Bliss color. Last count there were 13 buds/flowers. Several open at once. Beautiful! Late last week, I was putzing around the kitchen and something caught my eye. Looked again and then realized it was a deer. She apparently decided that was the spot for a rest. Right before dark, she was still there. Woke up early and she was gone… early enough that my pillow called me back to bed. Thankful she felt comfortable to relax…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Coffee and Cards,  Fairs / Events,  Kits,  sneak peek

    On location…

    Coffee and Cards was out on location yesterday, Saturday. Thank you again to Sugar Shack Bakery and the Daily Grind. Had fun, great coffee and a slight wobble of the camera. Wonder what I am talking about here is your 6/1 Link … Did you hear Paula <gasp> at no stamping?? I sure did, all the way in Plymouth!! The cards are so easy, fun and cheerful!! Both the Happiness Bloom (148531) and the Big Plans (146863) Memories and More Card Packs are still available, and make some fun and cute cards with your cardstock or even the Whisper White Narrow Note Cards & Envelopes (145583). Even decorating your envelopes…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Fairs / Events,  Home Decor,  Kits,  Paper Pumpkin,  Simple Stamping,  sneak peek,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Party and Cupcake Day!!

    Ohhh so much fun today!! Lots to see, and prizes to win! SHOPPING TOO! We were so busy having fun making cards and looking at the catalog that, YUP, again I forgot to take pictures. DANG IT. Even thought of it when I was setting up the sample tables. Almost forgot to take pictures of those too! geeeezz New paper, card ideas and class schedules, ohhh my. Paper and Ribbon share samples a plenty. Have you signed up yet?? 2019-2021 In-Color club info too. Can you see the Spring Sampler there?? Sign up for the Summer one is here!! So much fun and crafty time too, these are always the…

  • Challenges,  sneak peek

    Friday Challenge Day #GDP191

    WoooHooo, it is Global Design Project day!! And with the challenge being a theme of Bees, Birds and Butterflies… Ohhh Yeah, I am soo in!! Knowing that you want to participate and coming up with an idea are two different things!! But this morning a friend posted about glitter and .. BAM! Have you ever mixed shimmer paint and embossing paste?? Here is how this came about… when ordering I have thought about ordering the shimmering white (145645), however, the white (141979) that is already in my craft room is half full. Hummm? Ever thought about it?? Add a swipe and magic! TRY IT! Have you created your own templates??…

  • Boxes, Tags and Bags,  Kits

    Bag, box and Rosy

    Here is our last Everything is Rosy (150059) post…. Have you ever forgotten to get a gift bag?? or you have one and it is JUST to big? Well, how about making your own?? Take two 6×6 pieces of DSP or even cardstock and score on three sides at 1 inch. HINT: be sure to match up the patterns. Using multi glue to adhere. Punch holes in your top, use your matching ribbon. NO PEAKING, PLEASE Need a small box for a fun little treasure…. again with two 6×6 pieces of DSP or cardstock, score at 2 inches all the way around…. You can even mix and match, like above.…

  • Craft Room,  Fairs / Events,  Stampin Up News/Deals

    Lots of tidbits…

    Come check out some of the new products, colors and fingers crossed even get your catalog. There will be two cards to make for $10 or free with your order. If you place an order over $75 there will also be some GREAT card recipes based on new items from our new book. Are you looking for some fun girl time?? A way to get your hands on some product for FREE. I am looking for a few fun loving people to host a party. Dates available for then end of June and July! If you have not heard retiring items have been discounted … WHILE SUPPLIES LAST. You will…

  • Coffee and Cards,  Kits,  Simple Stamping,  sneak peek

    Rosy, again plus a video

    This group started on Saturday’s Coffee and Cards. The card on the left, a simple stamping, featuring a new 2019-2021 In-Color, Purple Posy. The flowers and leaves for all three are from the Everything is Rosy stamp set. The sentiment for all three are from the Daisy Lane. Tilting the Crumb Cake and card base around for a different look. Add the Braided ribbon.. and hanging the sentiment from the ribbon. Looks different?? Here is a simple wait to add to your card. Check out the next Doing the same as the two from above, but adding cut leaves and flowers. Keeping the Braided Ribbon but moving it to the…

  • Hamscher Homestead,  Holiday cards

    Happy Memorial Day

    How did you start your day?? Was it busy?? Prep work for a BBQ? The Hamscher Homestead started out with a quick crafty stop to remind myself what today is all about … Did you know that Memorial Day was not made an official federal holiday until 1971?? And did you know that it started out being called Decoration Day after the Civil War?? Always a day to remember our fallen military. Making the ultimate sacrifice, for our country. After craft time… and before the first rain of the day, enjoyed a walk around the gardens… found that we have seven different colors of irises, three different colors of columbines…