Friday, March 6, 2015

FMS176 and CMCC61

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Happy Friday, happy end-of-the-week, everyone!  I had a lovely snow day yesterday…we got about 10” of it, and I stayed inside and stamped most of the day!  I always love playing with the Freshly Made Sketches challenges; they have a long and skinny layout for us this week:
I actually made two cards for the challenge!  On my first attempt, I totally spaced out on the ribbon placement, so I’ll show you the second one first:

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I know it’s SAB and all, but I really am missing some of my old favorite stamp sets, so I paired Postage Due with the Adventure Bound DSP for a mix of old and new!  I made a tag from Newsprint DSP and brayered it with ink, then mounted the postage stamp and an image from Traveler in there too!  I punched little banners with the Small Banner punch and lined them up at the bottom.  I tied it all together with some silver baker’s twine.

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My sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

For my original card, I chose the monochromatic challenge from Colour Me…! – yippee, it’s orange!  Tangelo Twist, to be exact!
I had a hankering to make some tulips using the wing from the Bird Builder punch, so I punched them from some TT cardstock, sponged all the edges and assembled my card, turning it on its side:
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I stamped the stems from Lotus Blossoms in Sahara Sand and added some TT ribbon, tied with Linen thread.  The sentiment was originally going to be at the top, but I smudged the side of my card with some Sahara Sand ink, so that’s how I “fixed” it!!  I also made a custom envelope with some Confetti Celebration DSP!

Here is a closer look at the tulips; I added highlights with the Chalk Marker (love that thing!):

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Thanks for visiting today!

Staying inside on these cold winter days can be challenging!  We got out the big Lego blocks for some construction activity:
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The goal was to make a building taller than Cassidy!
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We did it!  She even added a little man on top!
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Thursday, March 5, 2015

RS155 and CQC282 Funny Cats

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Happy Thursday peeps!  I haven’t played much with the ColourQ challenges since I left, but when I saw this one, with the pretty blues and newsprint, I knew I had to play this week!

I paired it with Arielle’s RetroSketches sketch too:

So, this card is a little silly, but I just love these little cats in a row from 100 Proof Press!  I fussy cut them from some Very Vanilla cardstock and mounted them on a circle of Newsprint.  The card is a little shorter than average so that I could have the upper part of the circle extend beyond the edge, and still fit into a standard-sized envelope:

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A couple of embossing folders and a trendy sentiment from Hi There, atop a Word Bubble diecut gives it a little bit of interest!

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Do you think they’re expanding their kitty horizons by reading the newspaper?!  LOL!  Enjoy your day!

Playing with her foam shapes:

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It’s a birthday cake!

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Uh oh….not happy about me taking pictures!!!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2015

TSOT208 and CCCB251

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Happy Wednesday, peeps!  The lovely team at Try Stampin’ on Tuesday has a wonderful sketch this week:
and the City Crafter Challenge has a washi tape challenge:
I needed a birthday card for one of my college roommates, and these challenges fit the bill:
LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Flower Patch Birthday Stampin Up
I used a card base of Pistachio Pudding and embossed it with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder.  I wanted to use some DSP that hadn’t seen a lot of use, in this case, Back to Black, and that wonderful photopolymer set, Flower Patch, stamped in Crisp Cantaloupe. I made my banner with two of the Sweet Sadie washi tapes:
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I also used some Sweet Sadie for the circular elements, and stamped the birthday sentiment from And Many More:
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Sequins and a couple of pearls finished it off!  It will be off in the mail tomorrow!
Cassidy practicing her shoveling:
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Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

RRBC09

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Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I was thrilled to have this card chosen by the RetroRubber team as a winner a little while back…which means this week, I am the guest designer there!  Their challenge this week is to use a tag on your card…as well as stamps that are, ahem, “old”….a year or so!  I have lots of them!

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So here we go!  I missed making a Christmas card last week, so I thought it would be fun to use a little image from the CTMH Santa Claus Holiday set I got last year along with some “hoarded” DSP from MME called Vintage Christmas:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Vintage Santa CLose to my Heart RetroRubber

I used SU’s Scallop Top Tag Punch along with the white burlap ribbon that’s in the Occasions catalog for my tag:

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My cardstock is Naturals White, and Santa is stamped in Cherry Cobbler and fussy cut out.  I also stamped some snowflakes on the star behind him, and added some fun Tim Holtz stickers around the edge. 

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And I couldn’t help but use these images on the inside!  So fun!

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I hope you’ll play along with the RetroRubber challenge this week!  It’s fun to dig back into our stash!  See you there!

Helping Grampy with the laundry…got to teach them early!

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Monday, March 2, 2015

SSC96

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Hi peeps!  Hope you had a good weekend….I had many plans of leisurely stamping the weekend away, but somehow my other chores got in my way!  Taxes, laundry, paying bills…..you know how it is!  I did have some nice news, that one of my Easter cards from last year made it into the “Hobby Craft Easter Cards for Expert Crafters” issue!  How exciting!  You can see it HERE.  It’s the one shaped like an Easter egg!  Anyway, I played with  sketch challenge this week from Sunday Stamps:

and made this really simple card using the SAB sets You Brighten My Day and Simply Wonderful:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings You Brighten My Day New House Stampin Up

We have a friend who just bought a house, so once I get her new address, this will be going to her!  It was fun to let the Lullaby DSP do most of the work!  I simply stamped the house in Soft Suede and colored it lightly with my reinkers and an aquapainter.  I took the liberty of adding the banner so I would have a place for my sentiment!  The card base is the In Color of Hello Honey, which I haven’t used much this year, so it was fun to play with that a bit! 

Thanks for stopping in today!

DJ Cassidy:

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Sunday, March 1, 2015

Paper Players 234

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Happy Sunday, peeps!  And happy March!   Today is Paper Players day, and Laurie has our challenge today, very appropriate for the coming season:

I don’t usually mind the cold weather, but I am getting a wee bit weary of it this winter!  At least we had some sunshine this weekend!  So I was happy to see this challenge!  For my card, I used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch 175:

I had gotten this pretty, springy DSP last year at the end of SAB and never really got to use it, so I thought it would be perfect for the challenge:

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I used Lil’Inker’s bunny and stitched mat dies, cutting the bunny in Crisp Cantaloupe and his bow in Soft Sky.  For the “ribbon” at the top, I cut a small strip with the edges of the mat die and added the larger bow from the bunny set, as well as a little tag punched with my retired SU tag punch and a sentiment from PTI’s Mixed Messages:

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I matted it all with a layer of Pistachio Pudding for a pretty spring finish!  I know there will be lots of wonderful springy creations in the gallery this week…I hope yours will be one of them!  And be sure to check out the other designers’ creations as well:

Playing with icicles….well, throwing them on the driveway!

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We even got a double!

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Enjoy your day!

Friday, February 27, 2015

JAI252 and FM199

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Happy Friday!  I have a quick card…the hardest part was angling and trimming the paper! The sketch is from Just Add Ink:

And I used some papers from a lovely MME pack called Blush from the Lost & Found Two line.  Here we go:

LeAnne Pugliese WeeInklings Vintage Everyday Card

The papers are just beautiful…the only stamping was the “celebrate”, which is from Papertrey:

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I added some seam binding I had already scrunched up; the heart was also from a MME DSP pack, which I just cut out and mounted on a plaid scallop.  I added some Tim Holtz stickers and a retired SU embellishment:

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I was tempted to do some sewing, but my machine has blue thread in it and I was too lazy to change it, LOL! And since the Friday Mashup challenge this week is "Vintage", I am adding it there as well:


John noticed a little bird in front of the garage (I think it was a slate-colored junco) that must have injured its wing; Cassidy was fascinated by it and was thrilled that she could pet it.  The bird was not so happy about it!
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It managed to fly off around the side of the shed, trying to escape her!! LOL!  She was disappointed but excited that she at least got to touch it!
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Thanks for visiting today!