Monday, May 20, 2019

Vintage Christmas Pair

Hi everyone!  It's Monday, and I have a dentist appointment first thing....why in the world did I ever schedule that on a Monday???  Anyway, I have two cards today for the Jingle Belles challenge, which is vintage Christmas!  I peeking into my vintage Christmas stash and found some cute Crafty Secrets pages and cut a couple apart to make some notecard-sized cards:

The background of these images seemed to match Soft Seafoam perfectly!  On my Santa one, I embossed the front with a knit-type embossing folder, then added a Poppy Parade mat, some glimmer paper stars and a little diecut sentiment:

I backed the sentiment with some glimmer paper too: 

For my snowman card, I randomly stamped some snowflakes on the card front, added a little sentiment flag and some Pistachio Pudding twine:

And the inside uses some Paper Pumpkins sentiments and snowflakes:

Thanks for popping in today!  No pictures, but I'll have some interesting ones tomorrow!!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Paper Pumpkin (ret), Northern Hearts (ret), Mini Tag Sentiments (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Card stock & Papers     Poppy Parade, Soft Seafoam, Very Vanilla, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps
 Ink Soft Seafoam, Poppy Parade
Accessories Dimensionals, Pistachio Pudding Thick Twine (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Season of Cheer Dies ( Concord and 9th), Layering Square Dies, Stitched Tag Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), Cozy Knit EF (Fun Stampers Journey), Star Punch (ret)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

PP442 CAS Plants

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Hope you are having a good weekend so it's Laurie's turn to be our Paper Players hostess, and for her clean-and-simple challenge, she's chosen plants!  What a great idea!

I didn't think I had any "plant" stamps, but I did remember this sweet little set from a few years back called Pocket Silhouettes...and I am so happy with the way this turned out!  I stamped three images in Call Me Clover and added a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday:

Since the CAS on Sunday challenge this week is polka dots, I added a "planter" of Call Me Clover polka dotted DSP, diecut with a Stitched Rectangle die; I like how it mimics the dots in the plant image! 

I had this retired stamp set, Sincere Salutations, in the same stamp case as the silhouette, so I went ahead and used it for my inside, stamping another little silhouette down at the bottom.  Everything went on a Call Me Clover card base.  And since I didn't get my birthday sentiment quite centered, I added a pearl (another polka dot, LOL!) that I colored with a Blend to create a more balanced sentiment!

I love this card, I am going to be hard-pressed to mail it out, LOL!  I hope you'll play along with our clean-and-simple challenge!  Can't wait to see what you create!  Be sure to check out the rules at the Paper Players blog and while you're there, see what the designers created as well!  Thanks for popping by today!

Scary girl!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Picture Perfect Birthday, Sincere Salutations, Pocket Silhouettes (both ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Call Me Clover, Call Me Clover In Color DSP
 Ink Call Me Clover
Accessories Pearl, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, SU Blend

Saturday, May 18, 2019

FMS388 Merry and Bright

Hello, peeps!  FINALLY we are having a nice, sunny's actually kind of hot!  I'll take it, no rain!!!  How about a Christmas card to celebrate, LOL?  I was a little stumped by the FMS sketch this week:

I had started to use this cute little kitten in a mitten for another challenge but realized it might work for the FMS one, so here we go:

My card base is Crumb Cake and the stars were stamped on some dark green Tim Holtz paper in Mossy Meadow.  I stamped my kitty on some watercolor paper, colored him in with an aquapainter, inks and markers, then fussy-cut him out and popped him up on some plaid Christmas paper from my scrap pile:

I had a hard time figuring out whether or not to put a sentiment on the front; I finally found a wee little one from a past Paper Pumpkin set and stamped it on some gold-color paper from Graphic 45; I used the same paper and ink to stamp the inside sentiment on a die-cut banner from Concord and 9th.

I am in the mood to make a few more Christmas stash is low!  Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what the Paper Players are up's not Christmas, but I think you'll like it!  

I lured in this little ginger last week with some goldfish crackers "bait"...and I got him hooked!  LOL...he's my great-nephew Sawyer.  He was definitely more interested in the snack than the softball game in the background!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Mitten Kitten (Lockhart Stamps), Star (Unknown SU, ret) Paper Pumpkin (ret)m Christmas Cheer Turnabout (Concord and 9th)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Watercolor, Tim Holtz Seasonal Ideology DSP, Graphic 45 St Nicholas DSP, Plaid DSP (unknown)
 Ink Stazon, Mossy Meadow, More Mustard (ret), Real Red
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Aquapainter, Big Shot, Ribbon Banner Die (Concord and 9th)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

IB72 Pretty Pillows

Happy Thursday, peeps!  I was so excited for today's Inspired By challenge!  Not only was it a beautiful challenge, but I finally got to use a new set from the upcoming catalog called Free as a Bird!  I am in love with this set!  So here is my creation:

And here is Laurel's sweet!

I already had a Very Vanilla stitched frame sitting on my desk, so I backed it with some Gingham Gala DSP, then stamped the bird and some of the florals several times on Very Vanilla Thick cardstock, using my Stamparatus.  I watercolored all the elements, then fussy cut them and adhered them to the frame:

I added a pretty sentiment from the same set:

And I embossed the card front before adhering everything with the Subtle embossing folder for a little extra texture!  I love how this turned out!  

Can't wait to see what you create with this inspiration photo....I had to laugh when I saw my teammate Michele's card...we were on the same wavelength!!  Be sure to check out all the samples at the Inspired By blog!

Speaking of birds, a mama robin took over a nest that was under our shed from last year; not sure it was hers or some other robin's, but she laid four eggs in it:

A couple of weeks later, we had four little baby robins:

Yesterday, I checked the nest, and all of them had fledged except one!  When I stepped near, it took a shaky step and flew down to the gravel; my sister got close enough to get a picture of him:

Her phone takes amazing pictures, doesn't it?!  Hopefully he got brave and flew up in a tree before nightfall!

Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Two Masculine Cards

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  Another crazy busy day and not much time to stamp yesterday, but I needed a couple of masculine cards, so when I saw the Stamp Ink Paper challenge (cute graphic, too):

as well as the In(k)Spire Me sketch/color challenge:

I got right to work, and created two cards; one a birthday, and one a get-well:

The challenge colors are Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green, but I found these papers in an Echo Park Fall is in the Air 6x6 pad, so I decided to go with them, adding touches of Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  The birthday one uses the soon-to-be-retiring-I-thought-it-would-be-around-forever Lovely as a Tree stamped lightly in the background, with a leaf from Rooted in Nature and a sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet:

It's hard to see, but the leaf is stamped on some printed paper as well:

The get-well card uses Happy Tails and the matching punch, including a little Early Espresso heart:

And the inside sentiments are from Happy Tails and Apron of Love:

Need to pop these in the mail ASAP!  Thanks for popping in today!

Last night was Cassidy's third grade curriculum night, where family members come and visit the classroom and see what their children are learning.  Cassidy's class is learning about the thirteen colonies, particularly Jamestown, and so they put on a game show called "Who Wants to Be a Colonist?", although it was more like Family Feud, LOL!  Cassidy had a main part; she was Fred the Colonist, and she played against Dr Joe Jackson.  My friend Sharon just happened to vacation in Jamestown last week and brought home a hat for Cassidy to wear, my SIL had some boots that looked the part, and Grampy made her a corncob pipe:

She nixed the pipe once she got to school...they did grow tobacco in Virginia but I guess she thought it might not be a good influence on the other students, LOL!  Here she is, answering questions about the early colonies, and soundly beating Dr Joe:

All the kids did a great job and we learned a lot about the colonies!!!

(I love the name tag!!!)

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Club Projects

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  My schedule is all out of whack, it's just been too busy around here!  Yesterday was club day and since I didn't have a chance to stamp something new, I thought I would share our projects!  The first one uses the Botanical Bliss stamp set and matching die, Botanical Tags.  I had an idea in my head about using the bird tag on a card without using it as a tag, so this is what I came up with:

The cardstock size is 4 1/4" x 7, and I partially scored it at 3 1/2" but didn't fold it.  I lined up the die so that the bottom cutting portion was along the score line, die-cut it and carefully popped out the pieces, then folded it so the diecut portion stood up.  It still fits into a standard-sized envelope.  We added some Share What You Love DSP, and stamped sentiments and elements on the inside:

We also colored rhinestones with Blends!  Our second project was an Apron of Love candy treat, which was a CASE from my friend, Cindy Brumbaugh.  You can see her wonderful YouTube tutorial here.  I tweaked mine a little, using some retired ribbon for straps; each person used whatever stamp they preferred from the Apron of Love set:

Thanks for popping in today!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Sunday, May 12, 2019

PP441 Popsicle Birthday

Happy Sunday, peeps, and Happy Mother's Day, if that applies to you!  Not sure what the family has in store today...I guess it will be a surprise!  Joanne is our Paper Players hostess today with a bright, cheerful color challenge...I admit, it had me stumped for a bit!

At first, my mind went "floral" but the colors kept reminding me of ice pops, so I pulled out the retired Day at the first I was going to use three different images, but I remembered the sketch from Cecile at FMS:
So here is my popsicle-y creation:

Each treat was stamped in Stazon on watercolor paper and watercolored with inks, then fussy cut and coated with Wink of's REALLY sparkly in real life, too bad you can't see it here!  I added some squiggly stitches to for fun on top of some retired Pool Party polka-dot DSP and a mat of Granny Apple Green:


I used a sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays and the confetti from Picture Perfect Birthday to decorate the inside:

SO....I hope you'll play along with this fun color challenge this week!  Check out what the DT did:

And it was a time for celebration yesterday....being new to the karate "community", I did not realize that the students also do competitions!  Cassidy has been practicing very hard lately, and she took first place yesterday in her division for one of her forms, and third place for sparring.  Check out these trophies!!

And here she is with her teacher, Master Fisher:

Thanks for popping in today!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Itty Bitty Birthdays, Picture Perfect Birthday, Day at the Beach (ret), Stitched Borders (CTMH)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Watercolor, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party Prints DSP (ret)
 Ink Stazon Black, Lovely Lipstick, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Pool Party
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Aquapainter, Wink of Stella, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Big Shot