Tuesday, May 24, 2016

TSOT272 Sympathy

Happy Tuesday, all!  I missed posting yesterday; hope you had a fabulous weekend!  It's time for another Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch!  Today the optional theme is Summer Fun, but I went in a different direction!  Here's the sketch:

Since I had been hoarding these beautiful Timeless Elegance papers (and now they're gone, sadly!), I thought it would be nice to highlight the gorgeous florals and make these roses the centerpiece of my card:

Once I decided what to do with the papers, the rest was easy!  I stamped some images from Butterfly Basics and Itty Bitty Backgrounds in Smoky Slate on the corners of my 4 1/4" square Very Vanilla card:  

In the opposite corner, I added some organdy flowers that I lightly dabbed with glue & Dazzling Diamonds glitter.

Finally I added a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes....never like needing sympathy cards, but they're a fact of life!  I hope you'll play along with this pretty sketch and be sure to check out what the TSOT team did on their blog!  Or you can stop over at our Facebook page too!  Have fun!

Cassidy earned some tickets to a Wilmington (DE) Blue Rocks baseball game through a reading program!  Although the day was cloudy, she still had fun!  Here she is getting her photo taken with Rocky:

Goofing around with her cousin Trent:

And she crashed on the way home!  

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Paper Players 296 Vintage Robin

Happy Sunday, everyone!  It's time for another Paper Players  challenge, and today Laurie is our hostess with a pretty little sketch:

I haven't done anything vintage for a while, and I just got this beautiful robin image from Artistic Outpost (Birds of a Feather), so I went on a search for some vintage-style papers and came up with this:

 I didn't really have any plain cardstock that complemented these beautiful papers, so I stamped my robin on some Naturals Ivory cardstock in Mint Macaron, added a little shading to the bird with Always Artichoke, then sponged everything with Blushing Bride to match the little lattice design on the paper.    I added a scallop in Always Artichoke, some wonky stitching:

a shabby seam binding bow:

and a Paper Pumpkin sentiment diecut with a Bitty Banners die:

I just love this sketch, there are so many possibilities!  I hope you'll play along too.  Here's what the DT came up with:

Softball time!

Saturday, May 21, 2016


Happy Saturday, peeps!  A quick post today, a card for a family that's going through a rough patch. Sketch is from Match the Sketch:

and I used some of the new papers that will be coming out in the next catalog; they're called Affectionately Yours Specialty Designer Papers:

I used a sentiment from Thoughts & Prayers, stamped in Night of Navy, and the floral element is from Endless Thanks, also stamped in Night of Navy and Crumb Cake. The horizontal Pool Party panel is stamped with the retiring set Bordering Blooms.  I embossed the front with the Vine Street EF.  Thanks for popping in today!


Be sure to come back tomorrow for my Paper Players card!

Friday, May 20, 2016

CTD393 and FMS237 Sitting Here

Happy Friday, everyone!  Ahhh...the weekend...another rain-soaked weekend....is upon us!  Blessedly, today is supposed to be sunny so I'll enjoy it while I can!  I had a chance to play with some new SU goodies yesterday!  I used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch and the colors from Color Throwdown for my card:

And here we go:

This new set is called Sitting Here and it has the sweetest images....I love this porch swing!  I was not sure if the top color of the palette was pale pink or tan, so I took artistic liberty and went with tan....Crumb Cake, in fact!  I stamped my images in Memento Black and colored them with an aquapainter and reinkers in shades of Crumb Cake, Melon Mambo, Strawberry Slush and Smoky Slate:

I added some Strawberry Slush twine and a Regal Rose scalloped border.  I also cut out the pillows and "puffed" one of them by contouring it with the end of a stylus from the back.  It gives it a cute little dimension in real life!  Finally, I stamped one of the sentiments from the set and added a Smoky Slate "hello" diecut from the Greetings thinlets.  Thanks for visiting today!

After a bath, Cassidy had her favorite lunch....croutons, tomatoes, salad and cheese with ranch dressing!  She was giggling because her crouton looked like a boot!!  She's got imagination!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

TSOT271 and SIP48 So Sorry

Hi everyone!  Hope you're having a good week so far!  Today, I've got a card using the Stamp Ink Paper challenge colors:

SIP Color Challenge 48 800

and the Try Stampin on Tuesday sketch:

 A friend of mine recently had to put her little pup down, and I made this to say how sorry I was:

I used DSP from Pretty Petals in Cameo Coral and a retired DSP from a couple years ago, and I think it is actually Soft Sky, but hopefully it's close enough to get by!  The image is from Papertrey's Tiny Treats Valentine set from a few years back; sentiment is from SU's Teeny Tiny Wishes; the gingham is SU's retired Gingham wheel, and the alphabet is SU's retired A to Z.  The circles were all diecut with Lil'Inker stitched circle dies:

I embossed the Chocolate Chip panel with the Arrows EF and added a heart and some brown pearls as a final finish!

Cassidy took her Baby Alive dolls for a little walk:

Unfortunately, they look like they saw a ghost!  Maybe they're just surprised to see the sunshine!  She loves them anyway!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Curtain Call Birdhouse

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  It's the middle of the week, yay!  The Curtain Call challenge this week is so sweet, I just had to play along!  Check out this sweet inspiration photo:

I pulled out my favorite birdhouse image from Garden Pleasures and stamped it on some watercolor paper, then colored it with an aquapainter and reinkers in Watermelon Wonder, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry and Crumb Cake:

I had some digital gingham paper already printed up, found it in my stash and I thought it worked perfectly with this country image!  I did use a mat of a new In Color called Flirty Flamingo, and I also used a new scalloped square die....both will be in the upcoming catalog!  I added a little linen bow to the birdhouse:

and finally, a little sentiment from Stamplorations (Trendy Feathers), stamped on the banner from the Large Numbers Framelit, accented with a little flower:

I know the trend nowadays is to make cards that are more eclectic and free-style, but I do love this more structured, layered look....it just makes me smile!  Now....to whom should I send this little note??  Maybe it will be in YOUR mailbox!

Cassidy had been bugging me for days to make "slime"...we called it flubber...so we went to work with some glue, dye and borax:

It worked!  It's really weird-feeling, but it kept her entertained for quite a while!

Thanks for popping in today!

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Merry and Bright in Dapper Denim

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  A quick CAS card today that didn't quite turn out how I had planned...I am finding that photopolymer stamps sometimes don't stamp as cleanly with craft ink when you want to do heat-embossing.  So I will say that this card was a learning process!  It's for two challenges:

The sketch at Can You Case It:


As well as the Just Add Ink challenge #311, which is masking!  So here we go:

I began by masking off the upper and lower portions of my card with post-it notes, then heat-embossing the snowflakes from Snow Place in Craft White ink and white embossing powder.  I stamped a Paper Pumpkin sentiment in Memento Black, then used the new In Color, Dapper Denim, to sponge within the masked area.  I love my blues, and I think this will be a great color!  I tried to darken the edges a little and leave the inside area lighter.  As you can see, the snowflakes are not very crisp and clear:

Next time I will use a traditional rubber stamp.  The inside was stamped with the same color, same Paper Pumpkin set, but I did add "wishing you" and another snowflake from a Lil'Inker set (can't remember the name!)...

And this shade sort of reminds me of these big blue eyes!

Thanks for popping by today!