Thursday, January 20, 2022

AHSC Sorry for your Loss

Happy Thursday, peeps!  I have a friend who lost a dear pet recently.  The sketch at Atlantic Hearts was another great way to use up some scraps:

And here we go:

I began by diecutting some strips of Meadow designer paper from Authentique and layering them behind a rectangle of Basic White.  I stamped a little kitty and colored it in Smoky Slate, then fussy-cut it out and popped it up on the panel.  The sentiment, from Pampered Pets, was stamped in Soft Succulent ink.  I added a couple of acrylic dots  and a back layer of Soft Sky to frame it:

I hope it gives her family some comfort!  Thanks for stopping in today!

My cousin's daughter is an amazing young lady.  During her high school years, she developed a tumor in her brain; she had surgery and recovered, but eventually it caused the nerves in her foot to atrophy and she decided to have it amputated.  She has a prothesis, is a wonderful role model for others who have gone through the same trauma, and remains a happy, upbeat mom.  All that to say, when she shared this on FB lately, I just had to was her version of a snow angel, made during the recent snowfall we had here in PA:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Pampered Pets, Vinage Pets (Rare Image)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Soft Sky (ret), Meadow DSP (Authentique)
 Ink Smoky Slate, Soft Succulent, Blushing Bride
Accessories Enamel Dots (Close to My Heart), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Blender Pen

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

TCC168 Coffee or Cocoa

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  It's time for a new wintery Card Concept challenge, where we share the concept we used to create our cards!  Here's the gorgeous prompt that Julie has chosen for us:


I just loved those little cups of cocoa, but I knew there would be lots of cards in the gallery using cups, so I went in a different direction!  I recently got this Tim Holtz Nordic Christmas cover die and thought it would be fun to use!  It's a bit fiddly, poking out all the pieces, but they come out easily! I would call this clean and layered:

I started with a piece of Basic White and ran it through the die, then diecut some selected areas in Chocolate Chip and Evening Evergreen, poking out the diecuts that I wanted to add back in, sort of like a puzzle!  I backed the white piece with some Real Red cardstock, then just popped in my pieces My Evening Evergreen card base is a little larger than normal because I did not want to trim down my die!

For the sentiment, I used the largest house diecut and used a stamp from Itty Bitty Christmas in Real Red, then popped it up and offset it:

My final addition was a checked bow using some really, really old ribbon I've had in my stash!  I would have preferred it to be a little more deeper red (it seems more like Poppy Parade to me) but it was all I could find!  I hope the recipient won't mind!

So what will inspire you from our photo prompt this week?  I hope you'll share your creation with us, and tell us what your "concept" is (the details are on the blog) so we can see it too!  Thanks for visiting today!

How can she be getting so GROWN-UP?!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Itty Bitty Christmas
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Real Red, Evening Evergreen, Chocolate Chip (ret)
 Ink Real Red
Accessories Dimensionals, Gingham Ribbon (from my stash)
Tools     Big Shot, Nordic Christmas Die (Tim Holtz)

Tuesday, January 18, 2022

RRCB174 Pastel Angels

Hello, peeps!  It's the first Retro Rubber challenge of 2022, where we give our older stamps some love, and Jane has some really cute prompts for us!  Here's our first one...dig it!

I feel like a ninny because these would be perfect colors for a Valentine's card, but I pulled out a Christmas stamp from 2011 by Stampendous; I had seen my creative friend Lisa use this and I just had to have it for myself!  And here is my pastel card:

Aren't those little angels adorable?  I stamped them on Shimmery White paper with Stazon ink and watercolored them with reinkers of Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Balmy Blue and Blushing Bride:

I added some pastel snowflakes and mounted it on some retired snowy DSP from SU; the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Christmas (2019).  I am also entering this at the Krafty Chicks Christmas challenge #594 for this week!  

SO....what will you stamp with these pretty pastel colors?  Just make sure you use a stamp that's at least one year old, tell us the date of the stamp in your post and then share it with us at Retro Rubber!  Can't wait to see what you create!  Thanks for popping in today!

I made sure my bird feeders were full this past weekend, as it was very cold!  Plus John gave me a bird bath heater for Christmas and I was hoping to see some birds finally taking advantage of it!  Success!! This male bluebird came back several times:

And this Northern mockingbird gave me a look as if to say "Mind your own business!"  I apologize for the fuzzy pictures, I was taking these from inside, through a screen!  But you can still see them pretty clearly!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."  Hebrews 12:2-3

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Itty Bitty Christmas (2019, ret), Little Angels (2011, Stampendous), Holiday Skates (2019, Avery Elle)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Shimmery White, All is Calm DSP (ret)
 Ink Stazon Black, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral
Accessories Mini Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Circle Dies (Lil'Inker), Aquapainter

Monday, January 17, 2022

TSOT538 My Friend

Happy Monday, peeps!  Today is a good day to stay inside and stamp!  I did a wee bit of that yesterday before watching PBS's All Things Great and that show!  Anyone else watching it? I remember reading those books when I was younger!  Anyway, I had been pushing these scraps around on my desk from another project and finally saw a sketch from Try Stampin on Tuesday that would work with them:

And here's how I worked my scraps into the card:

I trimmed down the Hand Penned DSP to fit the card front and matted it with some Basic Black.  The banners were cut from the same DSP, adding a fishtail cut so that the patterns were opposite.  The tag, tied with some gingham ribbon was already finished (the sentiment is from Easter Friends). so I plopped that on top with a dimensional:

Finally, I adhered it all to a mat that was embossed with the Timeworn Type embossing folder and it went on a Basic White base!  Easy and cute!  Thanks for popping by!

We celebrated Wayne's birthday and our anniversary, both on the same day, on Saturday night at a local pub!  Lots of fun and yummy food!  You can see there was nothing left of that chocolate dessert on the center of the table!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Easter Friends
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Basic Black, Hand Penned DSP
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Black and White Gingham Ribbon, String, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Tailor Made Tags, Timeworn Type EF

Sunday, January 16, 2022

PP574 CAS Winter Deer

Hello stampers!  Is it cold where you are?  Brrrr!  It's certainly been a cold weekend here in southeast PA!  Claire's challenge for us this week at the Paper Players certainly is appropriate: 

Remember that this is a CAS challenge!! 

Oh my, I must tell you that this is the third card I made for the challenge!  First, I neglected to notice the "winter" description, so that one was put aside.  Then, the original headline was for animals or birds, but the prompt didn't say that, so I posted that one yesterday, LOL!  FINALLY, I came up with this one, which even though I only have "one" animal, hopefully, it's okay!

The CAS Christmas challenge is asking for Silver and Gold, hence my color palette!

Last year, SU featured some pretty gold embossed DSP called Wonder of the Season; I think I used one little piece of it!  But this newsprint-style pattern was a fun background for my silver-embossed reindeer:

I added a gold foil scalloped mat and some silver diecut holly leaves and silver berries!  I had also embossed a sentiment for the front but decided it looked better without, especially since this is a clean and simple challenge!  So I simply adhered it to the inside:

It all went on a plain Basic White card base!

I hope you'll come play with our clean and simple winter animals challenge!  It doesn't have to be a Christmas card....I am sure there are lots of other occasions for those cute little critters! Can't wait to see what you create...share it with us at the Paper Players and check out what the DT created as well!  Thanks for visiting today--enjoy it and be blessed!

"My dear brothers, take note of this:  Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, for man's anger does not bring about the righteous life that God desires." James 1:19-20

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas Silhouettes (Sweet & Sassy)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Gold Foil (ret), Silver Foil (ret), Wonder of the Season DSP (ret)
 Ink Silver Encore (ret)
Accessories Silver Embossing Powder, Mini Dimensionals, Silver Dots (unknown, from my stash)
Tools     Big Shot, Heat Tool, Layering Squares Dies (ret), Stitched Shapes Dies (ret), Stitched Rectangle Dies, Christmas Silhouettes Dies (Sweet & Sassy), Greenery Dies (Tim Holtz)

Saturday, January 15, 2022

TGIF351 Little Bird

Hi peeps, happy Saturday!  I fell in love with this TGIF sketch; I love anything that allows me to use little scraps:

I found some pretty scraps from a 6x6 pad by Carta Bella called Home Again; I paired them with a wee scrap of glimmer paper, along with little bird from Winter Aviary by Flora & Fauna: 

After stamping the little bird in Memento Black, I colored it with some Blends, then added some greenery in Evening Evergreen.  The sentiment is from Special Moments, stamped also in Evening Evergreen:

I stamped another Special Moments sentiment on the inside in Gray Granite, and added a few more sprigs for fun!

Thanks so much for popping in today!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Special Moments, Winter Aviary (Flora & Fauna)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Seagreen Glimmer Paper (Close to My Heart), Coming Home DSP (Carta Bella)
 Ink Gray Granite, Evening Evergreen, Mint Macaron, Memento Black
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Blends, Stamparatus

Friday, January 14, 2022

AYSI266 Thinking of You

 Hi there peeps!  It's FRIDAY!  Yay! As I was posting this card for our first challenge of the year for As You See It, I was looking out my window and it was gray and this card will JOLT you into brightness, LOL!  First, let's look at the challenge, which is a sketch:

The Flowering Rain Boots set is probably my favorite one from the mini catalog...I only wish my poor old rain boots looked as good as these!  For some reason, I was compelled to go bright with my boots and flowers---Poppy Parade is my color of choice today:

I just think those pretty tulips needed to be in a gorgeous shade of red!  I paired a couple of DSPs together, added a little stitched line down the center, then stamped and diecut my elements and adhered them to the card front:

My sentiments are both from Special Moments; this one I stamped on a Tailor Made Tag and added some Crinkled White Seam Binding ribbon:

and on the inside, I added a couple of little seed packets! So fun!

I hope you'll find some inspiration with my sketch today---check out what the DT created over at the AYSI blog, then share yours with us too!  Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Flowering Rain Boots, Stitchery, Special Moments
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Poppy Parade DSP
 Ink Pear Pizzazz, Poppy Parade
Accessories Dimensionals, Crinkled Narrow White Seam Binding
Tools     Big Shot, Tailor Made Tags, Rain Boot Dies