Tuesday, September 18, 2018

CTS289 Woodsy Thanks

Hello peeps!  Today's card uses the CAS(E) this Sketch sketch:

What a cute little retro sketch!  I wanted to make a masculine thank you card for a friend who made me a cornhole game!  Do you know what cornhole is?  You can read about it here. It's basically a big bean bag game!  Everywhere I go, people play and I can't participate because I can never get any practice in, so I finally got someone to make me one! (You know how unsports-minded I am...but I CAN play cornhole!)   Now I just need to finish it--paint or stain--and make my beanbags and I'm good to go!  Cards in Envy also has a Feels Like Fall challenge, so here's my take on both:

Normally I would not use Early Espresso as a card base, but after trying several colors, it seemed to be the best to bring out my pretty leaves from Rooted in Nature. After stamping, I diecut them with the Nature's Roots framelits.  I also heat-embossed a sentiment from the retired Watercolor Wishes:

The lineup of trees from Winter Woods worked well for the vertical images on the smaller panel;  I stamped these in Soft Suede and repositioned them on the Crumb Cake panel and stamped again without reinking.  I love the depth it created!  

I placed a piece of Whisper White cardstock on the inside on which to write my note, and added some more leaves to embellish it:

Thanks for popping in today!

Cassidy sent me this picture the other day while she and Mommy were taking a walk; I guess she liked the clouds at sunset!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Rooted in Nature, Winter Woods, Watercolor Wishes (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
 Ink Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, White Craft
Accessories Linen Thread, White Embossing Powder
Tools     Big Shot, Nature's Roots Framelits, Heat Tool, Corner Rounder Punch (ret), Sponge Dauber

Monday, September 17, 2018

Two Rustic Birthdays

Happy Monday, everyone!  I've got a couple rustic-themed birthday cards for you today!  My birthday card stash is pretty slim, and these are actually going out in the mail today, so I need to get busy!  My first card uses the CAS Colours and Sketches sketch:

and it is for a horse-loving friend of mine!  The papers come from a line from Authentique called Frontier; I stamped a horse from PTI's On The Farm and embellished it with some punched stars:

I added some Candy Dot "brads":

I used the same paper as the stars for my sentiment, and die-cut it with a stitched tag from Pretty Pink Posh:

And on the inside, I stamped sentiments from Country Road, along with a border from the PTI set:

The next one uses the sketch from TGIF:

Same line of papers, but this time I used an image from SU's Countryside, stamped in Early Espresso  on Crumb Cake and colored with blends; I stamped the Crumb Cake card base with the woodgrain image from Gallery Grunge:

I just love that little bird!  

The sentiment is from a past Paper Pumpkin kit:

And again, I stamped the inside with Country Road:

It was fun to stamp with warm country colors and images...I am getting itchy to stamp some pumpkins, so be on the watch for them!!

Speaking of itching, at church yesterday, Cassidy sat with our new preacher's family; they have a three-year-old little girl and Cassidy was just beside herself trying to be a babysitter to her:

Blessedly, the preacher's wife was very gracious and gently "helped" Cassidy be a little less motherly!  All was well!  Thanks for popping in today...enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Gallery Grunge, Country Road, On the Farm (Papertrey), Countryside (ret), Paper Pumpkin
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Vry Vanilla, Early Espresso, Frontier DSP (Authentique)
 Ink Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand
Accessories Candy Dots (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Stitched Labels Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), Banner Dies (Nestabilities), SU Blends, Star Punch (ret)

Sunday, September 16, 2018

PP410 Surfer Guy

Hi everyone!  Hope you're having a good weekend....finally have some sunshine but my heart is breaking for all of those affected by Hurricane Florence!  My sister, who lives on an island off Charleston, SC, is fine, blessedly!  Prayers going out to all!

Sweet Claire is our Paper Players hostess this week with a Clean and Simple challenge, thankfully, as it was a busy week for me and this fit my schedule perfectly!  So here we go:

So anyone who knows me fairly well knows I do NOT do sports...I do like to swim, but I don't like to get my hair wet....I played volley ball a long time ago with some friends but I wasn't very good....and forget about RUNNING for any sport!  I am more of a reading/crafty/homebody type, and I might watch a football game with John if I have my cross-stitch nearby!!  I know that Claire loves to play tennis, and I actually think this is a great challenge, because the only sports-type stamps I have are masculine and I ALWAYS need masculine cards!  So here's my take on her challenge, using an old and a new stamp, a few ink colors and one layer of cardstock:

I used Linda's Freshly Made Sketches sketch for my layout:

The three lines on the left side are from a new set called Gallery Grunge, and they were stamped in Bermuda Bay, Pool Party and Cool Caribbean; I masked off part of the image to get the sizes I needed.  I stamped some speckles from Gorgeous Grunge in Cool Caribbean, then stamped my surfer  from Extreme Surfboard in Bermuda Bay.  I did add a few Clear Epoxy Drops from the Holiday Mini catalog to add some "splash"!!!

I think this is  a great image for a guy's birthday card!  Be sure to check out what the Paper Players DT did with this challenge at the PP blog, then make sure to post your clean-and-simple creation there too! Can't wait to see what you make!

And here are a few more pix from around the yard a couple of weeks ago, since it's been raining so much, Cassidy and I haven't been outside for over a week!

A little frog hiding in our creek:

A pretty little flower; it's just a weed, but still pretty:

And in the brutal world of nature, it's spider eat grasshopper...or maybe it's a cicada, I can't tell:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Gallery Grunge, Gorgeous Grunge (ret), Extreme Surfboard (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White
 Ink Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Cool Caribbean (ret)
Accessories Clear Epoxy Drops

Friday, September 14, 2018

A Double Dose of Peace

Hi everyone!  I am late, late, late today so I'll make this quick!  I played around yesterday with some of my hoarded stash of paper!   There's not even any stamping on the front of these, something out of the norm for me, at least for a Christmas card, anyway!  The challenge at Jingle Belles is "Give Peace a Chance", so I got out my "peace" diecut from Papertrey and started to play:

For my first card, I cut the "peace" out of a piece of Illustrated Faith paper (CHRISTmas line) and backed the opening with a piece of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper...too bad you can't see the sparkle in the photo:

Using a Lil'Inker bell die, I cut the bell from another scrap of DD Glimmer paper and backed it with a circle of Cherry Cobbler carstock, then added some Merry Merlot ribbon from the current Holiday Catalog:

Of course, I still had the "peace" diecut left over, so I mounted it on a piece of Whisper White cardstock that I embossed with the retired Pine Bough embossing folder.  I mistakenly embossed it on the wrong side of a "recycled" piece of Whisper White, but I decided to use it anyway!  I added the peace diecut, a "love" diecut from Simon Says Stamp, and the "joy" is from SU's Celebrate You thinlets:

I saw this tip in blogland somewhere, and I cannot remember to whom to give the credit,'s not my idea!  But if you diecut the word "you", flip it over and trim off part of the "U", it becomes "joy"!!  CLEVER!  

My colors are Poppy Parade and Tranquil Tide, mounted on a Poppy Parade card base!  These are pretty CAS, the fussiest part is adhering the inner parts of the "peace" to the glimmer cardstock, LOL!  

No Cassidy pictures, but I thought I would share some nature pics from my morning walks...just a warning, it's gray, damp and dreary blue skies or sunshine!  It's so damp, we have mushrooms growing along our new patio:

This spiderweb stayed intact despite a drive down a long driveway:

This healthy grasshopper doesn't seem to mind the weather at all!

But my poor zinnias have been beaten down by the heavy rains....except for that one in the center; it's hard to tell, but it's about 5' tall!

I am standing in front of it....I'm not holding it, that's how tall it is!

 Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

IB37 Time to Bake

Hi peeps!  Yay, it's Thursday...the weekend is almost here and we've got a full one coming up!  How do they fill up so quickly?!  Anyway, Laurel has a sweet little inspiration for us today at Inspired By!  Gave me a chance to use some of my Apron Builder dies!  Check it out:

And here is her prompt:

I used to have some of these vintage red-handled utensils, too....but along the way they got discarded or yard-saled, LOL!  I will just have to enjoy them vicariously through my stamping!  I liked the way the photo lined them up, so I die-cut each one out of some watercolor paper, backing it with an Adhesive Sheet so that I could glue them down easily!  I colored them with some ink and an aquapainter before mounting them, all in a row, on a piece of Bo Bunny paper from their Kiss the Cook line; if you look closely, you can see there are little utensils printed on the paper:

Before mounting it on a piece of Soft Suede that had been diecut with a Stitched Rectangle die, I stamped a sentiment from Suite Sayings and added a little heart embellishment:

I mounted that on another piece of paper from the same series and adhered it to a white card base!  Such a fun inspiration and I enjoyed playing with these dies, too!  Now we want to see what you create with this could be the utensils, the colors, anything!  Share it with us at the IB blog...can't wait to see you there!

My great-nephew Sawyer looks so much like his brother Jamison, I almost couldn't tell them apart!

Cassidy was in her glory!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Suite Sayings (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Soft Suede, Watercolor, Kiss the Cook DSP (Bo Bunny), Adhesive Sheet
 Ink Soft Suede, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate
Accessories Heart Embellishment (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Aquapainter, Apron Builder Dies, Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil'Inker)

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

A Coupla Cards

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  Another dreary day here in PA, I had only a couple of minutes to stamp yesterday and I needed a thank you card.  We allow an NA (Narcotics Anonymous) group to use our church for meetings, and they always set up chairs and tables for us when we have an event.  It is a BIG help for me, so I made them some cookies and wanted to give them a card as well.  This card should have taken about 5 minutes to make, although it took longer just to diecut the fox and scallop!  I was in a real hurry so it was definitely a rush job!  It's for the Stamp Ink Paper challenge, which is to use a large sentiment:

My sentiment is from an old SAB set called So Very Much, stamped directly on to some Photo Play paper called Autumn Day, with Early Espresso ink.  The fox was on the opposite side of the paper; I just diecut him with a circle die and added an Early Espresso scallop border:

In hindsight, I should have used a different color card base, but I already had this one cut and scored, and as I said, I was in a rush, LOL!  

The next card is one I made a couple of days ago; at our latest club meetings, we played with embossing paste and stencils, so I made this little scene to show the clouds from our Pattern Party Decorative Masks.  I must be on a fox kick, 'cuz look....another fox!

I used Foxy Friends and the coordinating punch to make my little fox; the trees were cut with the matching die from a couple of years back, and I hand-cut the mushrooms and tree stump.  I added a sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings just for fun:

And since Festive Friday's challenge this week features "clouds", I am entering it there!

#festivefridaychallenge, #FF0016, Stampin Up, US Air Force Birthday, Clouds

Thanks for popping in sure to come back tomorrow for another Inspired By challenge!

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

RetroRubber 95 Out of the Box Baby Card

Hi everyone!  If you're on the east coast of the US, I hope you are staying safe and dry....we have had so much rain and more is on the way!!!  I feel waterlogged!  Anyway, it's time for our latest RetroRubber challenge!  Here we go:

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Let the photo inspire doesn't have to be school-themed, as you will see from my card!  You can let the colors or subject inspire you in any way you like!  The wife of one of John's co-workers at his part-time job just had a baby, and she is a teacher, so I thought an apple-inspired card would be fun!  I have used the Inspire.Create sketch for this week to kick-start my creativity:

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And here is my creation:

I have had this Papertrey paper forever, not sure why I have been hoarding it!  Aren't those colors fun?!  Anyway, it made a great background for my Poppy Parade apple.  To create the apple, I diecut an oval from some older SU Poppy Parade DSP, then trimmed the top of it to resemble the apple.  I sponged around the edges to give it depth, then diecut a leaf, folded it in half and put it through my crimper--now there's a retro tool as well!  The sentiments are both from a retired SU set from 2008 called Nursery Necessities:

I mounted it on a Early Espresso card and it was done!  I hope you'll play along with our RetroRubber challenge this week...remember, the stamps have to be at least one year old and you must tell us their approximate age!  Hope to see you in the gallery!

Miss Silly:

Trust me, no one will be wearing sunglasses any time soon around here...upside down or otherwise!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!