Friday, July 1, 2016

FMS243 and LRW348 Fancy Buttons


Happy July, everyone!  Wow, June just zipped by, didn't it?!  I am looking forward to a nice holiday weekend, though!  First, a little card using the Freshly Made Sketches sketch and the theme from Little Red Wagon, which is "Button it Up!".  Here's the sketch


First, I just have to confess to Brenda at LRW that it was not my intention to CASE her card as I did, but when I first saw the challenge, I immediately thought of this Papertrey set, Button Boutique, that hadn't seen ink for a looooong time!  When I went back to check the challenge, I realized I had used a lot of similar elements in my card!  So kudos to Brenda, as her card must have really made an impression!  You can judge for yourself:


Another "disclaimer"....I made this card with some pretty Graphic 45 papers my sweet friend Debbie gave me (Secret Garden); I thought this little gingham print would match the Flirty Flamingo In Color we have now....I blithely went along stamping and having fun and then when I photographed it...uh oh, those colors don't really match too well!  Oh well!  It's done and done!    So enough rambling....I stamped the button card in Calypso Coral and Flirty Flamingo, then sewed on some vintage buttons from my stash.  I don't usually use real buttons anymore on my cards because of the bulk, but since I will probably hand-deliver this card, I went for the shabby seam-binding bow as well!  I used SU's Very Vanilla and some cotton thread:


And finally, since it looked a little off-kilter, I added a needle (I probably have hundreds in my sewing stash) and used a little of the same thread:


I love this effect, even if my colors don't match, LOL!  And on the inside, I stamped some more of the elements from the set along with a sentiment from SU's Cottage Greetings:


I don't know why I haven't used this set more...it's so fun!

And speaking of fun, Cassidy and a new-found friend were having fun with some measuring cups, a few empty detergent bottles, and a bucket....who says you need expensive toys, right?!  This kept them busy for a long time!



 

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

CQC328 and CAS179 Ahoy!


Happy Wednesday, peeps!  My card today features the sketch from CAS Colours & Sketches:


and the colors from ColourQ:


I have delayed using this cute little sailboat from Swirly Bird because it was everywhere in blogland and on Pinterest and I was just sort of "saving" it for the right time!  I thought these colors were really fun (although I did substitute more current ones) so here we go:


I started out by sponging some "clouds" on my Pool Party sky by punching out a scalloped circle and covering up the lower half with a post-it note, then sponging white ink through the upper portion (the birds were drawn with a marker):


I stamped the boat in Night of Navy, and the sails in Pear Pizzazz and Tangerine Tango, then cut them and popped them up on a "swell" of Whisper White cardstock cut with the Swirly Scribbles die.  The sentiment was made with the Labeler Alphabet....if you are fortunate enough to have the 1/4" square punch that SU used to sell, it is the perfect size to punch out these little letters!  A drop of Tombow glue and they line up so nicely! Finally I added some little banners from the retired Banner Blast and added some cute enamel accents in Night of Navy:


I just love these cheerful colors!


Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

AYSI137 Just A Note


Hi peeps!  Here's a fun little card using this cool sketch from As You See It:

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I wanted to use DSPs for the stripes, although I also thought about using washi tape, but these patterns from Floral Boutique won out:


I cut the ends of the strips with the scallop oval punch, then added a sentiment from Flourishing Phrases.  I created a flower with the dies from the Flower Fair Framelits, and added two beautiful die-cut leaves from the Flourish Thinlets:


It's really a pretty simple card but striking with the navy and white!  Thanks for popping in today!

Cassidy created a little Lego box (with help) using some Emerald Envy cardstock and a pattern we found on Pinterest here:


A little hint....use a 3/4" circle punch to make the "bumps"....we didn't make them very high because we were in a hurry, but it's easy to punch out lots of them quickly!  She filled it with some candy and gave it to Mommy....with the proviso that Mommy share her candy with her, LOL!

Monday, June 27, 2016

MTS130 and CCMC412


Happy Monday, peeps!  Hope you all had a great weekend!  I've got a pretty little birthday card for a sweet lady in my church who will be celebrating her 95th birthday!  I chose the sketch from Match the Sketch and the colors from Create with Connie & Mary:

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I wanted to use the pretty By The Shore DSP because I just love that starfish pattern, so I pulled out an older retired set called Beautiful Beach and went to work:

 

I used the banner punch to create the banner; I stamped the horizontal pieces with the "grid" from Best Birds; I diecut a scalloped square of Pool Party with the new Layering Squares Framelits, and stamped some splatters from Gorgeous Grunge; and finally, I stamped the starfish in Blushing Bride:


I added a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and a few sequins from a Paper Pumpkin kit!  Now it's ready to go in the mail!  Thanks for peeking in today!

We had the Life Celebration for my FIL on Saturday; it's always a sweet reminder that even though we are saying goodbye to a loved one, the future generations are there to help us wipe away our tears! Cassidy and our nephew's son Zion made us all laugh....Cassidy delighted in making Zion giggle and helped his mommy feed him...she'll be a good mommy someday herself!  And look at that...they even dressed alike!


Have a blessed day!

Sunday, June 26, 2016

Paper Players 301 Toadally Awesome


Happy Sunday, peeps....the days are just flying by!  How can it be almost July already!  And it's time for another Paper Players challenge!  Joanne is our creative hostess this week with a great sketch for us:


Hmmm, lots and lots of possibilities here!  I wanted to use some neglected stamps in my stash and I had never inked up this little toad from You're Sublime:


I stamped him in Stazon and watercolored him with Cucumber Crush and Bermuda Bay inks, then mounted him on two Swirly Scribbles diecuts, one in Bermuda Bay and the other in Emerald Envy:

 

They went on a panel of Soft Sky which was embossed with the Softly Falling EF and lightly sponged with Mint Macaron, then the whole shebang was mounted on some Moroccan DSP!  I did add a few green pearls from a past Paper Pumpkin kit for fun.  Finally, I stamped the sentiment again, masking off the image, and diecut it with a Nestability banner die.  Sort of a silly card, but it will be cute for a little boy's birthday, I think!  You can check out what the rest of the DT did by clicking here:

Grammy's (albeit dirty) garden card makes a fun ride!

 



Enjoy your day!

Friday, June 24, 2016

SIP53 CASing Sandy!


Happy Friday, peeps!  I've got a sweet little card today for a sweet friend of mine...she IS amazing...she just sent me a whole gallon of homemade maple syrup from upstate New York!  What a friend!  And since Cassidy has had a taste of real maple syrup on her pancakes, she is now a syrup snob...she won't eat anything else and gets mad if any of us eat "her" syrup!  SO...we have lots of syrup that should last us for a while!  So my card today is for her!  I am playing with the Stamp Ink Paper challenge, which is to CASE the designer!

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OF COURSE I had to CASE my sweet friend Sandy!  I swooned when I saw this card!  You can see  the details of it on her blog here!

I started out by diecutting some sunflowers I had but then I remembered this sweet Decorate A Daisy set that retired a couple of years ago, so I inked it up with Crushed Curry and Basic Black and added a sentiment from Watercolor Wishes:


I did save the leaves I had cut from the sunflower die (Simon Says Stamp Radiant Sunflower) because I love the stitching and the detail; they complemented my stitched panel (Lil'Inkers) so nicely!


The gingham was stamped with a retired SU wheel that I took off the wheel and mounted on some EZ mount....so much easier to use that way!  And finally, I added some pretty green sequins from my stash!


I loved Sandy's card and I hope she likes my CASE of it!

Cassidy loves my nephew's dog Remy...she was throwing him a stick in our front yard when the sun was going down...the light and glowing greenery was so pretty...it's really not captured in my photos as well as I would like!

  

 I am not sure who was more tired...Cassidy or the dog!  They both got a good workout!

Thursday, June 23, 2016

CAS for GDP41


Happy Thursday, peeps!  I was intrigued by the colors in the Global Design Project challenge this week:

I toyed around with several ideas, none of which worked for me and finally ended up with this very simple design using diecuts from three different sets!  In hindsight, I think I could have spaced the berries a little differently, but this one is what it is, as my boss used to say!:


I began by stamping the big splatter from Touches of Texture in Sweet Sugarplum ink on my card base (I stamped first on scrap paper so I could get a lighter effect), then added a swirly diecut from Swirly Scribbles thinlits in Sweet Sugarplum; then the berries using the Flourish thinlits and Night of Navy, and finally the little bird from Birds & Blooms thinlits:

 

The wee little bird was popped up with a sliver of a dimensional...isn't he sweet?  Finally, a sentiment from Watercolor Wishes:


I just love the fonts in these sentiments, and I think this sentiment in particular could be used for so many occasions!  Thanks for popping in today!

Ah, the giggles and laughter of two five-year-olds in a kiddie pool on a warm summer day!




Check out that hair!  Wheeeeee!