Monday, July 25, 2016

This is the Day!

Happy Monday, everyone!  I hope you all had a great weekend!  I know I did!  I had a chance to play with some new goodies...I have been doing some shopping lately!  I am really disciplined for a long time and then BAM!  I just have to treat myself to some new stuff!

This card is not for any particular challenge, but just for fun!  I used some papers from Fancy Pants called Park Bench...this little 6x6 pad just sort of jumped in my cart when I was visiting the new Hobby Lobby several weeks ago, LOL!  I paired it with a new stamp set and die from Papertrey called Inspired Lord:

Isn't that die beautiful?!  I mounted everything on a Crumb Cake card base, and added a few sequins; honestly, the paper and diecut are so pretty, I just didn't feel it needed anything else!

I stamped this image on the inside; it is from a new-to-me company called Right at Home, and the set is called Color In Sentiments:

I used a blender pen and Marina Mist ink to color it in in an ombre style!  And here is my sweet partner in (shopping) crime, Debbie!  We attended a stamp show in Wilmington, DE, met a few friends, saw lots of stamps and cards and even got to do a make-n-take!  Thank you to Lisa at Right at Home, who took this photo.....Debbie and I were too busy gawking at all the goodies to think about taking any pictures!

Have a blessed day!

Sunday, July 24, 2016

Paper Players 305 Moroccan Hi

Happy Sunday, peeps!  It's time for another Paper Players challenge...this time I am the hostess and I have a sketch for you!

Lots of fun elements to play with in this sketch!  For my card, I chose to use some of the new Moroccan DSP, paired with a retired set called Epic Alphabet:

This is another one of the cards where I let the paper do most of the work, LOL!  My vertical piece and the lower banner are all from the same Moroccan DSP, and the upper banner is a piece of Delightful Dijon, stamped with the diagonal stamp from Gorgeous Grunge.  I stamped the sentiment in Bermuda Bay, then added a few lines of color, to brighten it up a bit, and the star (also Epic Alphabet) was stamped once, then reinked and turned a quarter and stamped again, right on top, so that I got a totally different look to it:

Since I already had my baker's twine stash out from yesterday's card, I added a little "banner" of raveled twine at the top for a little fun!  An enamel star (which I realize does NOT match my colors....oh dear), which I seem to be quite enamored with lately, finished it off!  

How will you interpret this fun sketch?  Wait til you see what the DT came up with...they are so creative, it never ceases to amaze me!  Check them out:
Grampy had a mouse problem in the garage, and regular traps weren't working, so he put some birdseed in a big bucket and sure enough, he caught a wee little mouse one night:

Of course, he showed it to Cassidy, who immediately wanted to keep it as a pet and kept checking on it all day long.  Grampy had to make it "run away"....but please don't tell her!

Have a blessed day!

Saturday, July 23, 2016

MTS134 and CCMC416 Swirly Boat

Happy Saturday, peeps!  Do you have some cool activities planned today?  I will be INSIDE enjoying some a/c today, LOL!  I have a card today featuring Swirly Bird, and I have used the Match the Sketch sketch and the colors from Create with Connie and Mary:


And here we go:

I created my vertical panel with a piece of By the Shore DSP, a diecut from Swirly Scribbles and the diagonal image from Gorgeous Grunge.  I wish now I had added another little piece of diecut on the right side...oh well!  My little boat is from Swirly Bird, mounted on a piece of Very Vanilla and a scalloped square of Mint Macaron, diecut with Layering Squares....I just haven't had a chance to use those dies enough, so I hope it's okay I substituted a square for a circle!

I added a wee little flag (Swirly Bird) and star (Labeler Alphabet) to my boat, then stamped a sentiment from a past Paper Pumpkin set along with another smaller star (Itty Bitties).  The finishing touch was a length of  thick baker's twine, knotted and frayed!  These are great colors together!

Cassidy made a swimming pool for Michael from a big bowl....although I am not sure why she just didn't use the kiddie pool...all the other dolls end up there!  And the bandaid is from the first bike accident...just a little scrape but you might have thought her leg had been cut off.  All is well now, though!

Enjoy your day, and be sure to stop back tomorrow for a new Paper Player's challenge!

Friday, July 22, 2016

FMS246 Thinking of You

Happy Friday, peeps!  Yay, the weekend is here!  I am draggin' this week!  We hosted our small group picnic last night, and it was wonderful, but what with the garden and swimming and all the other summer activities, I think I need a vacation!  I did get a wee bit of stamping time in yesterday and played with the FMS sketch by Rita:

As I am posting this, I am seeing a glaring error that I made in my card, but I'll tell you about it later!  Here we go:

I have two nephews that are away this summer; my sister's son is at West Point, and John's sister's son is at Officer's Candidate School at Quantico, so you may see more masculine cards for a while, as they both enjoy getting mail!  This card uses some older Basic Grey paper called Wander, and I used a Poppystamps die called Greeting Tags to make the tag, also from the BG papers.  The tag was a little shorter than I liked, so I actually cut two of them and pieced them together to make a longer one.  I punched a circle and made a couple of banners, then stamped "thinking of" with the Labeler Alphabet with Delightful Dijon ink on the narrower one.  This set is just so versatile, and being photopolymer, is really easy to line up!  I added a Route 66 image from Artistic Outpost's set of the same name, a star, and a couple of the new enamel embellishments.  As an afterthought, since the "you" at the bottom of the tag is a little hard to notice, I added an acrylic arrow from a Project Life added a nice touch, I thought...of course, it's for a young guy, so who knows what he will think, LOL!

And what was my error?  I forgot to put anything at the top of the tag...I sent it out with a big gaping hole there.  Again, I am sure my nephew will totally not notice that at all!!!

We were blessed with a good zucchini crop this year, which is nice, because we lost all our plants last year, and I really love zucchini!  I decided to slice most of it up and bag it; if I want to saute it, it's ready to go; if I want to shred it for bread or zucchini crab cakes, I just need to throw it in the processor and chop it up!  Cassidy was very helpful, putting the slices carefully in the bags!  I added a couple of paper towels to absorb moisture, and they're in the fridge, waiting to be transformed!

Thanks for popping by today!  Stay cool!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Beachy SSINKIC35 and RRCB43

Hi peeps!  Popping in today before I have some stamping friends come over!  I was intrigued by the Stylin' Stampin' Inkspiration challenge 35...isn't this a pretty inspiration?:

I thought that beautiful woodgrain background matched the paper from Serene Scenery, so I pulled out some beach-themed stamps and dies and went to work:

I stamped all the images on SU's watercolor paper for a rustic look, plus it made it easier to color in the larger starfish.  The stamped shells and sentiment are from a (really) old Lizzie Anne set called Shore Thoughts; I added some tiny shell diecuts from Impression Obsession and some random flowers from a Paper Pumpkin set from a couple months ago.  The flip flops I got from a name, sorry!  I added some gold speckles, and some of the shells are diecut from gold paper as well.  I also added a little linen thread.:

The final touch was some Wink of Stella, which you can't see...but it is so pretty IRL!  I really love the collage feel of this card, but I would never have been able to put it together without the inspiration photo!  I am also entering this in the RetroRubber "Sumertime" challenge, since these stamps are from around seven or eight years ago...seems like I've had them forever!


Thanks for popping by!

A little mani/pedi time for one of Cassidy's dolls:

Then she thought it would look good as lipstick too, LOL!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, July 19, 2016


Happy Tuesday, everyone!  It's time for another Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch from Kaylin; this week's optional theme is "splash"!

I've been "rediscovering" the plethora of random DSP I've collected over the years....this group of papers is from an older Graphic 45 pad called "On The Boardwalk" was perfect for my vintage images of bathing beauties from Artistic Outpost (Boardwalk).  So here we go:

I stamped my image in Bermuda Bay and added some overstamping of SU's Linen background stamp as well as some sponging.  I struggled to find a color that would complement the colors in the DSP, and to my pleasant surprise, the new In Color Peekaboo Peach worked perfectly!  I added a couple of mats and some candy dots, then added a little "enjoy" (Everyday Expressions by Paper Studio) in Cajun Craze.

Finally, I punched out this little circular embellishment from one of the DSP's designs and mounted it on a Cajun Craze scallop.....isn't it fun?  Perfect for the sketch, too!

I have a few summertime birthdays coming up, so this will be in the mail for one of them!  Hope you'll play along with us, and remember that we have a Facebook page and you can submit your creations there as well!

Speaking of the boardwalk, here's a few shots from Funland at Rehoboth Beach, DE....a place where I rode these same rides, as did Dana, when we were kids:

Enjoy your day!

Monday, July 18, 2016

Eggplant and Wisteria Sympathy Fun Fold

Happy Monday, peeps! Hope you had a good weekend!  I mentioned last week that I was going to try to incorporate some of the colors that I rarely use into my crafting....I find that purples don't usually make it onto my table, so I chose Wisteria Wonder and Elegant Eggplant for my first attempt!  I also wanted to try this fun fold I saw on my friend Wendy's can see her beautiful card here. The link to the tutorial by Dawn Olchefske is also there.  So I pulled out some retired Wisteria Wonder DSP and went to work:

Sympathy cards are sad but necessary, and I needed one this week, so I pulled out Flourishing Phrases, which not only has beautiful florals, but wonderful "in-and-out" sentiments as well.  Above is the card folded together, and below is it open:

I stamped the flower twice, once in Elegant Eggplant and again in Wisteria Wonder, and then trimmed them and adhered them together with dimensionals.  

I stamped the flourish image on the inside with WW, stamping it once on scrap paper and again on a white panel, then added the Elegant Eggplant sentiment on top.

I added a few pearls but left the rest pretty simple!  Hope you enjoy it!

A little beach time this weekend!