Sunday, December 4, 2016

Paper Players 324 Snowflakes & Skis

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Nance is our Paper Players hostess with the mostest today and she has a theme that I know is near and dear to many stampers:

We all love snowflakes!  At least on cards, right?!  I had a totally different card made for this challenge, and then I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch and I KNEW immediately I had to make a different one!  Here is the sketch:

And here we go:

Of course, there is a story behind the card...remember my creative friend Michele?  She gifted me with these adorable skis cut out from REAL WOOD!!!  They're amazing!  She stamped the bindings with silver ink, so I just topped them with a silver glimmer snowflake (Taylored Expressions):

and added a silver-embossed sentiment and snowflakes (My Favorite Things' Hand Lettered Holiday)

and my clean and simple creation was done!  I LOVE this!  I stamped another sentiment on the inside, this time just with Silver Encore ink; still pretty but more subtle:

If you're interested, you can see Michele's takes on this sketch here.  

Now I KNOW you are chomping at the bit to show us your snowflake-filled creations!  We can't wait to see them ourselves!  Flurry on over to the Players and show them off and meanwhile check out what the others did while you're there!  Lots of snowy inspiration!  And thanks for stopping in today!

I had to chuckle at Cassidy yesterday....she squeezed her eyes shut tight so when she looked in her Advent box, it would be a surprise!  

Enjoy your day!

Saturday, December 3, 2016

Winter Cardinals for MTS153

Happy Saturday, peeps!  Hope your weekend is going well so far!  I had the idea for this card during one of my sleepless nights, and when I saw the Match the Sketch sketch for this week, I thought it might work out!  Here's the sketch:

I took my Smoky Slate ink pad and inked up the inside of my Woodgrain embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot with a piece of white cardstock, and I must say, I was really pleased with how it came out:

I paired it with some DSP from A Little Foxy, added some Real Red diecut cardinals (Poppy Stamps Cheery Cardinals), and a little sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs (Mini Tag Sentiments): 

I also stamped a little berry image from My Favorite Things (Hand Lettered Holiday).  I mounted everything on a heavy white cardstock base.  You can't see it, but I added some Wink of Stella on the trees too, for a sparkly wintery look!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for our next Paper Players challenge!  You'll love it!

We support Christian Service Brigade, which is an organization of men who mentor boys in positive ways, influencing them for Christ.  Our youth pastor from several years ago is a director and he sent us a Christmas card along with a little calendar for 2017.  Cassidy knows the months of the year, and is learning to understand how the days work; how many days until Christmas, etc.  I let her open the envelope and she was so excited when she saw this calendar....she said "Grammy!  It's my first calendar!  I'm going to hang it up in my room!"  Too cute!  (Wet hair from swimming lessons!)

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Friday, December 2, 2016

Cable Knit Projects

Happy Friday, peeps!  No challenges today, but I was inspired by my friend Michele when I saw her mitten post here.  (She is SO creative!)  Instead of a mitten, I thought I would make a couple of projects using the Cable Knit embossing folder...and the first one is a little hat:

I drew a hat pattern, cut two hats from white cardstock and embossed one with the EF.  I embossed another smaller piece and trimmed it along a cable to create the bottom portion of the hat:  

I watched this video (it's long and the tutorial is towards the end, but it's a great video) to show how to create a fold at the top of a shaped card, and then I added a Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper "pom pom".  I created it by punching a 7/8" scallop, then adhering it to a scrap, turning it a wee bit and repunching it:

I didn't have cute little greenery like Michele did, but I cut some diecuts from the Pretty Pines thinlets instead.  I made a little banner with a sentiment from Flourishing Phrases and added some holly from Stitched with Cheer: 


And surprise...I added some Warmth and Cheer DSP on the inside to create a little pocket for a gift card!  I adhered it right along the very edges with Tear 'n Tape:


I added a sentiment from Stitched with Cheer and it was all done!  Just make sure when you assemble it that you measure the length; if your pompom extends too far, you won't be able to stick it in an envelope!  And while perusing Pinterest in the wee hours of a sleepless night, I saw gazillions of Ugly Christmas Sweaters, so I did this one, just for fun!

It's hard to see, but it's mounted on a white "t-shirt", and his bells are cut from gold foil!  Even DH knew what it was!!

December 1 meant that Cassidy got to set up her Advent Calendar!  Dana told me she was up at 5am, and she told her to go back to bed, LOL!  6:15 and she couldn't wait any longer:

A wee little bit of candy to go with the bedhead!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, December 1, 2016

RetroRubber 52 Follow Your Heart

Happy Thursday, peeps!  And happy December!   This will be short &'s a crazy busy weekend coming up!  I hadn't played with the Retro Rubber Challenge for a while, and the sketch looked fun:


My niece recently moved from SC to Seattle to take a job with Amazon!  We are excited for her but nervous as she is so far away from her family!  (Lucky for her, her dad is a pilot....just a hop, skip and a jump to go see her!).  I thought this little image from the 2015 set You're Sublime was appropriate:

Her parents drove all her belongings out and I am betting that my sister was wishing for a little pink camper in which to rest her weary bones!  And I know yesterday's card used the same color combo....funny how that happened!  The Pop of Pink Specialty DSP just seemed like a cheerful background for this pink camper!  It was stamped in Stazon on Shimmery White cardstock and colored loosely with inks and an aquapainter.  I popped up the flag for fun and cut it out with a Stitched Shape framelit.  A piece of Strawberry Slush twine finished it off.

I bought some little wooden ornaments and Cassidy and I had fun painting them with some acrylic paints:

I used some SU Gold Glitter for the star....this girl loves her glitter!

I'll show you mine next!  Enjoy your day and thanks for popping in!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

CASology 226 and Inspired by 34 Chalkboard Candles

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I haven't played with the CASology challenge for a long time....but the "candle" cue fit in with a birthday card that I needed to make!

I have to admit, this is the third attempt at making a CAS card with a candle on it!  I might show you one of the other ones....I think the third one just might go in the trash!  But anyway, here we go with the keeper....or the one to be sent, as it were:

I don't have too many candle stamps, but I did find one in the Sprinkles of Life set, and stamped it randomly in white on some chalkboard paper.  I added a couple of flower images from a Paper Pumpkin set and cut it all out with a Stitched Shapes circle:

I embossed a sentiment (same Paper Pumpkin set) in white on Melon Mambo, cut it into a banner, added some sequins (these are really pink, trust me!) and mounted it on a heavy white card base. I am also submitting this to the Inspired by All the Little Things challenge for this week; even though it's a Christmas scene, I am going for the chalkboard and pink!

 Cassidy did some stamping for fun recently using the Snow Place set and my retired markers!

I love that she throws tradition out the window when she uses her world, a Santa hat can be red and yellow and a candy cane red, white and navy blue (her favorite color, btw!):

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Stamp Ink Paper 76 Embossed Poinsettia

Hi everyone!  It's the last Tuesday of the month, and that means it's my final challenge as a GD with the fabulous Stamp Ink Paper team!  I want to thank them for allowing me to have such a great time creating with them!  This week their challenge just happened to fit into my schedule quite nicely:  embossing!  It can be dry embossing or heat embossing, or both!

One of my newer customers had a question about heat embossing and I realized that while SU has white craft ink and white embossing powder, we no longer have black embossing powder or black craft ink!  So it gave me a chance to do some experimenting to answer my own question:  can I emboss with SU's Black Archival ink and clear embossing powder?  The answer, happily, is "YES"!  I had embossed this pretty Verve poinsettia because this set happened to be on my desk, and I went ahead and colored it in with some ink and an aquapainter and made it into today's card!

The "joy" sentiment (My Favorite Things' Hand Lettered Holiday) was heat embossed with Gold encore ink (again, sadly retired from SU) and gold embossing powder atop a gold foil stitched square:

And here's a closer shot of my embossed poinsettia!  Poor Rose Red is sadly neglected, in my opinion, but pairs nicely with Cherry Cobbler!  I used Rose Red for the outer petals and Cherry Cobbler for the inner petals, finishing it off with a gold glimmer brad;


I even got daring and actually used some metallic thread from my Stitched with Love kit...surprisingly, it's not as difficult to use as I first imagined!  The floral and the gold panel were adhere to another embossed piece...this time, the paper was pre-embossed, a pretty Cherry Cobbler pattern from Kaiser Craft's Home for Christmas 6x6 pad.  

I hope you'll play along with us....the DT has come up with some fabulous embossed sure to check them all out at the SIP blog!

Last week while on vacation, we decided to try our hand at making soft pretzels!  I mixed up the dough, and Cassidy helped knead it:

Then we rolled it into long thin logs:

and formed them into the pretzel shapes!  Even Grampy got in the action!  (He really likes any kind of pretzels!):

Cassidy sprinkled on some salt, and we baked them in the oven!

YUM!  For our first try, they weren't too bad.  Next time I would not do the baking soda me, it gave them a strange taste.  And I might bake them a wee bit longer.  But all in all, they were pretty good!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!