Saturday, June 23, 2018

Swirly Snowflake Christmas

Happy Saturday, peeps!  Today is feeling more like fall than summer in SE PA!  Chilly rain and winds!  A perfect day to stay inside and clean my stamp room!!  We'll see if that actually happens!  I do have a Christmas card for the Jingle Belle's challenge this week, which is White Christmas.  My card is almost all white, I did add some Crumb Cake for contrast:

These Swirly Snowflake dies were on my wish list for a long time, but I felt they were probably too intricate and fussy, but when I saw they returned in the catalog this year, I decided to go for them!  They are just beautiful and not difficult to use at all, especially using the Die Brush to poke out all the little pieces!  I cut one layer of the intricate snowflakes, and another of the outline and layered them together, then placed them on a card I had embossed with a Darice snowflake embossing folder:

The sentiment from Better Together was stamped in Soft Suede and diecut with a Stitched Shapes circle die.  My only other embellishment was a white ribbon!  Easy peasy!

Some reading time with Grampy:

Did you know that dragons like tacos?!  According to the book, they do!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Better Together
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Crumb Cake
 Ink Soft Suede
Accessories Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlets, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Snowflake Embossing Folder (Darice)

Friday, June 22, 2018

FMS342 Country Road Birthday

Happy Friday, everyone!  My schedule has so radically changed with having Cassidy for the summer, my stamping and commenting time is really wonky!  I apologize for not getting around to give everyone my usual comments!  I even set my alarm for 5am so I could sneak down into my craft room to make this card, LOL!  I got some new goodies and just had to play with them, so I used Amy's FMS sketch for this week to get me started!

I never have enough masculine stamps or cards, so I was excited to see Country Road and Gallery Grunge in the new catalog; those are the new goodies I used on my card, along with some Wood Textures DSP:

It's pretty straightforward; the weathervane was stamped on the lighter woodgrain DSP, with the grass behind it; the sentiment strip has an image from Gallery Grunge stamped over the sentiment, as well as some Merry Merlot faceted gems attached:

I stamped the inside with the sentiment that comes with the Country Road set along with some of the wagon wheels ( I am thinking they look like lemon slices....maybe I could get double use from this image, LOL!):

Now I have another masculine card to add to my stash!  

Cassidy goes to karate two mornings a week while school is out...she's getting into it!

Lots of noise and action!  Thanks for popping in today and have a blessed weekend ahead!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Country Road, Gallery Grunge
Card stock & Papers     Rustic White (Papertrey), Wood Textures DSP
 Ink Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories Faceted Gems

Thursday, June 21, 2018

IB25 Unique Denim

Howdy, folks!  I have a country-inspired card today for Laurel's Inspired By challenge!  I was able to use a couple of my (hoarded) favorite background papers along with a new stamp set...what do you think?:

And here's the inspiration photo Laurel gave us:

I've had these papers from Authentique (Original) and Cosmo Cricket (Material Girl) stashed away for a long time and I thought they would be fun for the prompt!  The pocket is already printed and "stitched", so I mounted it on a piece of Blueberry Bushel, slit the pocket and added the little sayings that I cut out of the Material Girl paper.  Before tucking them in the pocket, I mounted them on a 1/4" strip of Poppy Parade:

(LOL, they kind of look like a container of McD's french fries to me!!!)  I added a star from the new Country Road stamp set, also stamped in Blueberry Bushel and fussy-cut,  a piece of Night of Navy thick baker's twine, then stamped a sentiment from Crafting Forever on the inside, adding another little snippet from the background paper:

The Inspired By team has come up with some fun creations using this challenge prompt, be sure to pop by to see what they create and share yours with us as well!

Now that school is out, we are scrambling to find things for Cassidy to do....some artwork was at the top of the list:

This was a brand-new paint-by-number kit I got at a yard far she's only painted a part of it, but hopefully we'll get the rest of it done soon!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

CAS Colour and Sketches 277 Serene Dove

Hi again, everyone!  It's my third week as a guest designer at the Clean and Simple Colours & Sketches challenge!  It's time for another color challenge, and here is your palette:

I had a few different ideas for these colors, and I actually made two cards, I'll share this one first!  I used some of the new Graceful Glass vellum to create a "stained glass window" using a Basic Black frame and Blend markers in the challenge colors:

I normally color just the back of the vellum, but to intensify the colors, I colored both the front and the back!  It was easy to do as the alcohol inks dry very quickly!  I stamped the dove from Serene Garden and diecut it out:

then stamped a sentiment from Rooted in Nature below the panel:

I felt this would be a lovely sympathy card; although they're never fun to make, it's always good to have some on hand.  And here's another card I created using these colors; this one is very clean and simple, almost a little too clean for me!  I felt like these colors were beachy, so I created an ocean by watercoloring a line of Pool Party ink and filling in below it; I stamped the sentiment from Sitting Here in Bermuda Bay, then stamped the deck chair from Colorful Seasons in Calypso Coral and fussy-cut it out:

I also hand-painted a couple of seagulls to make the sky look a little less bleak!  My dilemma, besides the fact that it is so bare, is that when using SU's watercolor paper, I never know which neutral to use....Whisper White is too white and Very Vanilla is not white enough!  At any rate, I chose Very Vanilla for my card base and called it a day!

I hope you'll play with our pretty challenge colors this sure to check out the CAS Colours & Sketches blog to see what the other designers created, and add your creation too!

My niece came over one afternoon last week with her daughters who are two and three years old; they were enamored with John and didn't really care that our swing set and sand box are rather old and rickety!!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

RRCB89 Tic Tac Toe Baby

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  It's time for another Retro Rubber Challenge, and we have a tic-tac-toe board for you today!  Check out these ideas:

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I chose the middle row---embossing, patterned paper, and baby, because John's nephew and his wife are expecting another little boy next month!  I used the Inkspire Me sketch:

And here we go:

My image is from a Cornish Heritage Farm set from 2011 called Shoe Boutique, and it was stamped in Night of Navy, diecut and matted with a stitched circle of Crushed Curry:

My patterned paper is from Simple Stories called "Take Time", and I rounded the edges with my 1 1/4" circle punch (you can see how I did that HERE), then I did some dry embossing on my Granny Apple Green panel, and some heat embossing on my Night of Navy panel.  It was stamped with the A to Z stamp (2010) in Versamark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder:

Finally, I stamped some stars from the Itty Bitties set (2013) and punched them out for my upper embellishments!  Lots of fun goodies on this little card!

I hope you'll play with our Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this many possibilities!  Share yours with us at the Retro Rubber Challenge blog!

Cassidy's teacher sent home some photos she had taken over the course of the year!  I really liked this picture from their Halloween celebration:

She has really changed from a girly-girl (sniff, sniff) and I am hoping her current phase is just that...a phase!  Otherwise, we're going to have a very long summer, LOL!  Be blessed and enjoy your day!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Shoe Boutique (Cornish Heritage Farms), A to Z, Itty Bitties (both ret)
Card stock & Papers     Gray Granite, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Granny Apple Green, Night of Navy, Cajun Craze
 Ink Night of Navy, White Craft, Versamark
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Bundle of Stitched Shapes Dies (stitched star-Simon Says Stamps), Zig Zag EF (ret), Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch

Monday, June 18, 2018

Fabulous Darling

Hello, peeps!  No challenges today; I spent the weekend with my dad and two other siblings; he's 88 years old, and you never know how much more time you'll have with a loved one!  I wish we had gotten a picture of us all but we totally forgot! Anyway, not much stamping time, so I am sharing a card I made a couple weeks ago highlighting the Garden Expressions DSP, Stitched All Around stamp set and the Stitched Labels dies:

Although this sentiment is fun, I am not quite sure to whom I would send it!!  But I loved this bold rose print in Melon Mambo and it seemed to fit!!!  I diecut the sentiment with the Stitched Shapes oval framelit, added a scalloped border from Seasonal Layers Framelits and tacked on a little stitched heart:

You can also see that amazing embossed "stitching" behind the sentiment, which is also from a die in the Stitched Labels set!  I love that thing!

My sister and I were hanging out on our porch and she snapped a picture of Sunday evening's sunset:

As usual, the picture doesn't do it justice!  It was a picture-perfect weekend, weather-wise, and today is gearing up to be hot and humid, so I am glad we were able to enjoy some nice temps before the heat hits!  John is always sad because he says the days are getting longer, but as soon as the first day of summer hits, they start to get shorter!!  I say, enjoy every hour we can!!  Be blessed!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

PP398 Clean and Simple Bird

Happy Sunday, peeps!  It's Jaydee's turn to be the hostess today at the Paper Players, and she's chosen a Clean-and-Simple "Birds" challenge:

Jaydee and I both love birds, so I was excited about this challenge....I have lots of bird stamps, too, but today I only have one bird on my card, and it's a pink wren, to boot!  I just felt like making something pink, LOL!  I guess my color palette matches the challenge prompt a wee bit!

Anyway, I used the Fab Friday sketch:

and I did use a doily, as Mindy suggested, along with the Birds and Blooms die, Wood Textures DSP and a few other elements!  I stamped some pink speckles with the Timeless Textures stamp; I added a torn and sponged layer of Crumb Cake along with some Powder Pink ribbon and a little faceted embellishment, and I diecut my bird from Powder Pink cardstock and did a wee bit of sponging on her....cuz she is definitely a girly bird!

The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings...what a great set, beautiful sentiments and wonderful fonts!  I highly recommend it!  Be sure to check out what the other Paper Players designers came up with at the PP blog, too!  And share your creation with us...remember, it has to be clean and simple!

I haven't shared any Eden pictures lately; she is getting big and is quite a handful!  Wayne and Dana took her for her first ride in the Jeep with the top down!!

They made sure she was buckled up before they took off, LOL!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Itty Bitty Greetings, Timeless Textures
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, Wood Textures DSP
 Ink Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories Doily, Powder Pink Ribbon, Faceted Embellishment, Candy Dot (under the eye)
Tools     Big Shot, Birds & Blooms Thinlets