Sunday, May 27, 2018

PP395 A Sketch from Me!

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Hope your weekend is going well!  I am the hostess at the Paper Players this week and I have a sketch for you:

I am slowly but surely breaking into some of the new colors that will be available in the upcoming catalog!  My card today highlights the new In Color, Blueberry Bushel...a nice bright blue that works great for boys' cards, which is exactly what I created with it:

Doesn't that little Bella look sweet?  I think he's offering someone his dog bone as a birthday gift!  I stamped him in Memento Black ink and colored him with Light & Dark Crumb Cake Blends, then added some color with a blender pen and some ink for his collar and heart.  The grass was drawn in with Light & Dark Old Olive Blends:

The sentiment is from the new set Itty Bitty Greetings, stamped in Blueberry Bushel and diecut with the retired Bitty Banners die. I didn't have any Real Red Candy Dots left in my stash, but I did have some Melon Mambo ones, so I took my Dark Cherry Cobbler Blend and "adjusted" the color a little bit...such a great way to customize your embellishments!  The DSP is from the new In Color pack in Blueberry Bushel as well!

And on the inside, a sentiment from Better Together!  And it wasn't intentional, but aren't these great colors for a Memorial Day weekend card, LOL!

I hope you'll play along with my sketch this week and be sure to check out what the DT created at the Paper Players blog as well!

John marched in his twentieth West Grove Memorial Day parade yesterday!!:

He also participated in the 21-gun salute (although that might not be the technical, military term for it, that's what I call it!):

Here he is, all dressed and ready to go before the parade:

And I sat on the curb next to this little cutie as I waited for the parade to begin:

She might not be as cute as Bella, but she got an A+ for patriotic friendliness!!  She wanted to give me lots of kisses, LOL! Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Bella and Friends, Itty Bitty Greetings, Better Together
Card stock & Papers     Blueberry Bushel, Real Red, Whisper White, 2018-2019 In Color DSP
 Ink Memento Black, Blueberry Bushel
Accessories Candy Dots (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dark Cherry Cobbler, Light Pink Pirouette, Light and Dark Old Olive and Light and Dark Crumb Cake Blends, Bitty Banners Framelits (ret), Blender Pen, Real Red Marker

Friday, May 25, 2018

FMS338 and GDP139 Just a Note

Happy Friday, peeps!  A quick post today...Cassidy has no school, so we have some errands and things planned on this beautiful day!  My card uses the Freshly Made Sketches sketch as well as the Global Design Project prompt of "just a note to say....":

This didn't turn out exactly the way I pictured it in my mind, but it is still pretty, so I went with it:

I used a few new things as well as some old on my card; the Touches of Texture lace image was stamped three times on Very Vanilla cardstock in Soft Sky (retiring), Soft Sea Foam and Petal Pink (both new), then diecut with a die from the Stitched Labels Framelits (also new).  I stamped the sentiment from Better Together in Balmy Blue (new) and "stitched" the edges of the strip with another die from the same set.  For a little simple embellishment, I diecut a heart too...that little heart is my favorite die from that set...SO cute:

That's it...simple and easy!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!  We have the Memorial Day parade tomorrow with hot and humid weather predicted, looking forward to it!

The bus stop crew....Jackie, Lee and Cassidy!

Thanks for popping in today!freshly

Thursday, May 24, 2018

IB21 Mr and Mrs

Happy Thursday, peeps!  I hope and pray you are having a good week so far!  It's time for another Inspired By challenge; I went clean and simple for a wedding card this week:

And here is Laurel's prompt for this week...SO cute:

My inspiration came from the leather suitcases, white letters and that pretty pink flower arrangement!!!  I have lots of scraps from my Wood Textures DSP pile, so I found a nice strip and adhered the Mr & Mrs diecut letters on top.  I used a piece of Adhesive Sheet on the back of white cardstock, so once they were cut out, it was really easy to adhere messy glue smooshing out!  A sentiment from the new Stitched All Around fit perfectly (and rhymes, too) above the letters!

The pretty floral is (again) from Tim Holtz's Flower Garden; I inked it in Versamark and Melon Mambo, then heat embossed it with embossing powder, and used a Copic to color it in.  The leaves in the background are from a past Paper Pumpkin kit; they were supposed to be "clear", but my Versamark pad had a wee little bit of the Melon Mambo ink left on the surface, so the leaves came out a very pale pink....which looked kinda nice, so I left it as it was!  They were embossed with clear embossing powder as well:

There's another beautiful sentiment in the Stitched All Around set, so I stamped that on the inside:

I have a wedding to attend in August, so I am well ahead with this card!  I hope you'll play with our pretty inspiration challenge, and make sure you check out the IB blog to see what the DT came up with!

Cassidy and my two great-nieces....ornery, all three!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Stitched All Around, Flower Garden (Tim Holtz), Paper Pumpkin
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Wood Textures DSP, Multipurpose Adhesive Sheet
 Ink Basic Black, Versamark, Melon Mambo
Tools     Big Shot, Lower Case Alpha Dies (Papertrey), Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Copic Marker RV34

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

JAI409 and CASCS273 Eclipse Birthday


Hi peeps!  Another post from me today, not my norm, but I wanted to get this card in for a couple of challenges, one of which is ending soon!  I have never tried the "Eclipse" technique but I thought it would be a good one for me to learn!  Of course, I watched this nice video AFTER I made mine, and in hindsight, I might have chosen a different paper, as it is a bit challenging to see!  But it's a learning curve, right!?  So here we go:

I am using one of the new In Colors that will be available June 1, this one is called Lovely Lipstick!  It's a nice, deep rich red and it makes for a happy card!  So here are the challenges I am entering!

The Eclipse technique from Just Add Ink:

And the sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches (I hope this is CAS enough!):

Here's a little different view of the card:

So I used the "enjoy" die from the Mini Treat Bag thinlets, popped it up on some very tiny dimensionals, then added balloons punched from Happy Birthday Gorgeous, and a sentiment from Better Together; (I taped off part of the sentiment and only inked up a portion of it):

I added some twine for the balloon strings and a Happy Birthday sentiment on the inside, and it was done!  It was fun, but next time I'll try something with a less-busy pattern!  Thanks for popping in again today!

Our property is alive with lots of spring things!  Yesterday I heard and saw my first Baltimore oriole of the season, and while I was trying to find him high up in the trees, I also saw a scarlet tanager!  While I was hanging clothes on the line, I saw a pileated woodpecker by our burn barrel, pecking on the wooden post John uses to poke at the fire!  This morning, while reading my Bible on the porch, I noticed this guy; actually, it might be a gal, looking for a place to lay her eggs:

She was in our back yard, but by the time Dana had dropped Cassidy off for school, the snapping turtle had quickly made her way to the creek that runs at the edge of our property:

Cassidy was a little apprehensive, and she kept her distance:

As long as you stay away from those jaws, you'll be good!  

You can see that we've had LOTS of rain...look how green that grass is!  And it's raining again as I speak!!  Well, it's good for the water supply!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Happy Birthday, Gorgeous, Better Together
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick,  Lovely Lipstick In Color DSP
 Ink Lovely Lipstick
Accessories White Twine (Paper Pumpkin), Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Framelits, Bitty Banners Framelits (ret), Balloon Punch

RRCB87 A Winter Sketch

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  It's time for another Retro Rubber Challenge, and this time the talented Claire has created a pretty sketch for us:

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I started by looking through some of my retired Christmas DSP and I found some scraps from the Winter Frost Specialty line, so I used that for my color theme of Smoky Slate and Pool Party!  So here we go:

I know I used this same set (Winter Wishes, 2015) a while back for another Christmas card, I guess I am just drawn to these images!  I used the sled this time, stamping it in Basic Gray and Versamark, then heat embossing it with clear embossing powder and watercoloring it in:

After I fussy-cut it, I mounted it on a piece of embossed cardstock, a Pool Party mat, and a Silver Foil scallop, then added some silver thread and a couple little fussy-cut pine cones.  I stamped this sentiment on the inside and added some Pool Party boughs:

I didn't save the box this sentiment came in, so if anyone knows the name of it, let me know!! I know it's probably about the same age as the Winter Wishes set!  Edited to add:  Thanks to Karen; the stamp set is called Cheers and it was from winter of 2013!

I hope you'll play along with our sketch this week and give some of your older stamps some love!  Remember, they have to be at least a year old, and you need to tell us how old they are in your post!  So get stamping and share your creation with us at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!

So our wee little robins finally hatched!  Very carefully, Cassidy peeked in but she could only see a couple of little beaks!!

The babies weren't making a peep, just sitting there with their beaks open, waiting for mom and dad to feed them!

And mom and dad were close by, making quite a racket, letting us know they weren't happy we were intruding!

I quickly stuck my phone above the nest and took one picture....then we scooted out of there!  I can see four little beaks, but it's hard to tell...they certainly are not very attractive when they're newborns, LOL!

Soon they'll be flying out on their own!  How cool!  I also saw my first oriole yesterday as well as a scarlet tanager!  No pictures, but I was excited that I at least saw them!  Thanks for popping in today and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Winter Wishes (ret 2015), Mini Tag Sentiments (Our Daily Bread Designs (Our Daily Bread Designs 2016), Cheers (ret 2013)
Card stock & Papers     Rustic White (Papertrey), Pool Party, Silver Foil, Winter Frost DSP (ret)
 Ink Versamark, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
Accessories Silver Twine, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Quilt Top Embossing Folder, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Layering Ovals Framelits, Aquapainter

Monday, May 21, 2018

CCCB412 and MTS229 BeeUtiful

Happy Monday, peeps!  It is a gorgeous morning, no rain in sight and my grass is a foot high, so I guess I know what I'll be doing later today!  For my card today, I am squeaking in the City Crafter Challenge of "Honey, I'm Home" (use bees),  as well as the Match the Sketch:

I have LOTS of bee stamps, because I just love bees and what they do for the garden!  The sets I used here are from Darcie's Heart and Home, along with some miscellaneous papers floating around on my desk:

I did some random collage-style stamping on the honeycomb background paper:

then I stamped the beehive on some pale yellow DSP , fussy-cut it out and added some shading (and some ink blotches from a messy Hello Honey inkpad 🙁🙁):

then stamped and colored in the frame and sentiment, fussy-cut it and popped it up:

I also added some sequins and a diecut border embellishment, then finished the inside:

I mounted it on a Crumb Cake base and it's all ready for someone's "Bee-day"  

I also wanted to share with you a little favor my sweet friend Linda made for her stamp club girls; it's a little beach bag filled with an umbrella and some other goodies:

It is so sweet!!  Thanks Linda, and thank you for popping in today!  Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a new Retro Rubber challenge!!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps BEEutiful and Day so Sweet (both Darcie's Heart and Home)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Basic Black, scraps of DSP from my stash
 Ink Memento Black, Hello Honey (ret), So Saffron, Crumb Cake
Accessories Sequins (Sylvia's Etsy Shop), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Finished Touches Edgelits (ret), Aquapainter