Friday, September 30, 2011

CCMC169 & CPS134


Happy Friday, peeps!  It finally looks like it may actually be fall here in SE PA….I felt like I was visiting my sister in SC the last two weeks…humid & damp!  Anyhoo, I saw this lovely color combo while blurfing at 3 am over at Create with Connie & Mary (sinus headache) and couldn’t wait to use it for a masculine get-well card I needed!  Here’s the combo:


Cool, huh?   Well, in my bleary-eyed state, I was pretty sure that center image was Crumb Cake, so that’s what I used on my card---oops!  I hope Connie & Mary don’t totally disqualify me!  I used sketch 134 from Card Patterns, too:

Card Patterns Sketch 134

and here’s my creation:


Not much stamping, just a lot of embossing and texturing!  I used the Backgrounds #1 Texture Plate for the base; Perfect Polka Dots and Square Lattice for the circles, and my new Simply Scored for the panel.  Here’s a closer view of that:


I scored it at 1/8” intervals.  The Simply Scored really makes quick work of it! 

Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  Always in my Thoughts (ret)
  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Basic Black
  • Ink:  Stazon
  • Acc:  Simply Scored, Small Oval & 1” Circle Punches, Background 1 Textures Plate, Perfect Polka Dots & Square Lattice Embossing Folders, Pinked Hearts Border Punch, Narrow Black Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/16” Hole Punch, Linen Thread, Dimensionals

And just so you don’t think that us demonstrators are the only ones who get excited when a SU box arrives:







And sorry about the mismatched outfit—we had a very dirty play day!  Thanks for visiting today!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Monkey 75


Happy Thursday, peeps!  I am squeezing in this Christmas card for the A La Card Monkey challenge 75, which is another Christmas sketch:

Monkey75 Christmas-001 (1)

I had some vintage Christmas images from Artistic Outpost just itching to be inked up, so here we go:


This is a really big card, 8x5” but my tag was so large I needed that size to fit it!  That gave me the chance to also use some new vintage MME Lost & Found Christmas paper….mmmm, it is yummy!  Santa is stamped in Memento and colored with Copics….trying to improve my skills!  I masked him and wheeled the background with SU’s Music Notes wheel.  In retrospect, I think Santa would have looked better had I stamped him in brown ink, but he’s going out in black for right now!


I resisted the urge to add glitter, because this will probably be my dad’s Christmas card!  Next time I’ll do that!  I added some beautiful SU ribbon trims:  Velveteen, Quilted and Polka Dot, and added a little mini bell to the button as well!  TFL!

Wee Details:

  • Stamps: Music Notes wheel,  Artistic Outpost
  • Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Bravo Burgundy, Very Vanilla, Lost & Found Christmas DP, MME
  • Ink:  Memento Black, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
  • Acc:  Quilted Ribbon, Velveteen Ribbon, Polka Dot Scalloped Ribbon, MS Snowflake Border Punch, Corner Rounder, Button, Mini Jingle Bell, Copics, Daubers


Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Freshly Made Sketch Challenge 4


My sweet friend Lesley invited me to be a GD at her new challenge blog, Freshly Made Sketches!  Thanks, Lesley!  Here’s the sketch:


Lots of possibilities here!  Since the challenge theme is clean lines (no shabby chic here!) I went with the pretty and bold colors found in the Domestic Goddess DP:  Poppy Parade and Baja Breeze!!  Delightful!


Lots of fun dotty stuff going on here!  I used the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder on my tag and big flower:


and the brad and frame from Four Frames continued the theme!  I used a sentiment from Friendly Phrases as well as the “baby” from “Hello Baby” from Petite Pairs…what a versatile set!  I hope you’ll be able to play along with all the talented designers at Freshly Made Sketches too!

Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  Friendly Phrases, Petite Pairs
  • Paper:  WW, Poppy Parade, Baja Breeze, Domestic Goddess DP
  • Ink:  Poppy Parade
  • Acc:  Decorative Label Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack, 1 1/4” Circle Punch, Boho Blossom Punch, 5-Petal Flower Punch, 3/4” Circle Punch, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, Ruffled Ribbon, In Color Brad, Pearls,  Stapler, Dimensionals


Cassidy and Grampy “playing”!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011



Happy Tuesday, everyone! It’s ColourQ day, and today is a SPECIAL CQC day! It’s our second birthday! Arielle challenged us to CASE a prior CQC Queen while using the palette from today:


I perused the queens, and let me tell you, it was a tough decision! Just the fact that they were chosen as queen means their work is super! I finally narrowed it down to a CAS card my sweet friend Colleen did; here is her card:


(Clicking on the photo will take you to the CQC post itself!) And here is my take on her creation:


This is a wonderful, basic layout that can be used for so many occasions! Since the colors weren’t really fall colors, I chose to make some flowers with some pretty BG papers and my Blossom nestabilities. Since the Basic Grey papers have the design only on one side, I cut out two of each, adhered them together and then assembled my flower so I wouldn’t have white showing on the back side. I used some Polka Dot In Color brads as the centers, and continued the polka dot theme with my ribbon and embossing folder.


The sweet little sentiment on the front is from Friendly Phrases, and I used a sentiment from CHF and a leaf from Unity for the inside:


I hope you’ll help the ColourQ celebrate their second birthday by using these beautiful colors in YOUR creation! Hop on over to the CQC blog to share it with us!

Wee Details:

  • Stamps: Friendly Phrases, Birthday, CHF
  • Paper: WW, Early Espresso, Basic Grey Scraps
  • Ink: Pool Party, Old Olive
  • Acc: Blossoms Nesties, Leaf Stick Pin, Polka Dot Scallop Ribbon, In Color Brads, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder


Sunday, September 25, 2011

Paper Players 65


Happy Sunday—it’s Paper Players time again!  This week Anne Marie has a sweet sketch for us!  You know I like things in threes, so this had me doin’ a happy dance:


I did place my embellishment at the top of my focal point because it just fit better with this rustic pump image from Countryside:


I am always running low on masculine cards, so I thought this would be a perfect opportunity to use some Well Worn DP with this image.  I sponged around the circle, then watercolored  the line drawing  with some ink and an aquapainter:


The image itself has shading, so it was a quick and easy one to color!  I added a little shadow outside with a Sahara Sand marker.  I also sponged the Cajun Craze circular mat with some Very Vanilla craft ink to mimic the rustic look of the DP.  That same ink was used to ink up the Woodgrain background (I was channeling my inner Nance!).  Some twill embellishments finished it off; the sentiment is from Curly Cute.

I hope you’ll play with us and this terrific sketch—there are lots of possibilities with this one!  Meander on over to the Paper Players blog and share your creation with us!


Wee Details:

  • Stamps:  Countryside, Curly Cute, Woodgrain
  • Paper:  River Rock, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Naturals Ivory, Well Worn DP
  • Ink:  Stazon, Soft Suede, Sahara Sand, Always Artichoke, Very Vanilla craft
  • Acc:  Twill, Regals Button, Nesties, Sponges, Aquapainter


Friday, September 23, 2011

CPS133 & JB39


Just a quick post today—I am not getting much stamping time in these days!  I had this cute Penny Black snowman colored and sitting on my desk all lonely, and when I saw the Jingle Belles challenge today—Suzy Snowflake—I thought this would be perfect.  Now, he’s not Suzy, but he does have snowflakes and he’s made of snow…well, you get the picture!  Here we go:


I also used the Card Patterns sketch 133, turning it on its side to fit my image:

Card Patterns Sketch133

Image was stamped in Stazon ink and colored with SU markers…..papers are all Basic Grey!  TFL!

We have had gray, dreary, humid weather here lately but that has not stopped Cassidy from having some outside fun:





And just so you know, we have a HUGE yard in which to play….but I turned my back for a couple of seconds, and into the puddle she went.  Once she was there, I figured I might as well just let her play in it!  Have a wonderful Friday!!!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

SSC221 & PPA112

Just a quick little card using the sketch from Stamping 411 this week:


I took some artistic liberty and flipped the sketch, using the floral image that was already on the Beau Chateau Side Note as my focal point:


I watercolored the pre-stamped image with my aquapainter;


added some embossed hearts and crochet trim; then stamped the sentiment from Style Beautiful in Not Quite Navy:


My Stamp-a-ma-Jig ensured that I got this beautiful script right where I wanted it! Thanks for visiting today! This also qualifies for the Pals Paper Arts challenge this week, which is to use lace!

Wee Details:

  • Stamps: Style Beautiful
  • Paper: Naturals Ivory, Watercolor Paper, Marina Mist Patterns, Certainly Celery
  • Ink: Marina Mist, Certainly Celery, Not Quite Navy
  • Acc: Crochet Trim, Subtles Button, Linen Thread, Beau Chateau Side Notes, Embossed Heart Embosslit; Three-Heart Punch, Aquapainter, SAMJ

My daughter just told me I had the same picture on my blog TWICE—horrors! So here’s a new one for you:


More Fabric


Can you stand any more fabric projects?  I have been having fun with SU’s Spice Cake line….so pretty! Here is a gift bag I made for one of my club hostesses:


It’s just a brown paper bag trimmed at the top to fit a half sheet of cardstock.  I used some fusible web to adhere the fabric to the cardstock, then sticky stripped the cardstock to the bag; added a little button embellishment with a fabric banner and a fabric tie.  Sentiment is from You’re A Gem.

At the club meeting we made a simple box from the #2 die and used fabric as a tie-on embellishment:


And finally, I saw ADORABLE gathered fabric baskets here and knew I just had to make one!  Unfortunately, I again used that fusible webbing to adhere my batting to my fabric, and the type I used does not work with a sewing machine….so I had to hand sew the entire thing and it is a MESS!  So I will try this again, but I at least wanted to show you how cute it could be:



Be sure to look at Sarah’s baskets so you know what they’re supposed to look like!  Thanks for visiting today!