Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Better Together Christmas Layers


Hey peeps!  Happy Wednesday!  The current Jingle Belles challenge is "All Bundled Up"....to have several layers on your card!  This Christmas card I made recently using the Be Merry DSP and a sentiment from Better Together fit the bill perfectly:


This was as easy as pie....I just added the tree-filled DSP layer on a Garden Green card, added a horizontal piece, then stamped and diecut some stitched shapes and added a little tree fussy-cut from a left-over scrap!


It has a nice sentiment for the inside as well, but I forgot to photograph it!  You'll have to imagine how nice it is....."One of the best parts of the season is keeping in touch with you!"  Love it!  

Our living room is in total disarray, but Cassidy still found time to read to her dolls!  


Many of you have asked how the remodel is coming along...the outside is completed, we are just waiting for the shutters to arrive, hopefully today!  The weather wasn't very sunny the day these pix were taken, but you can see the new gray siding, the addition and the bump-out at the top:


and a small deck coming out from the sliding glass door (the steps are finished now!).  My yard is a TOTAL disaster....we had torrential rains yesterday and the topsoil went everywhere!  The grass will probably not grow back until next year. 


Meanwhile, John is drywalling upstairs and is almost done; he will start wiring the lighting and drywalling downstairs after that!  We will subcontract the taping and spackling...that's better left to an expert!  And then I can paint!  The kitchen cabinetry is ordered but it will be at least 6-8 weeks to be built. Long way to go yet, we are taking it a step at a time!  Thanks for asking! 

Enjoy your day now and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Better Together
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Garden Green, Be Merry
 Ink Garden Green
Accessories
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

SIP104 Blooms & Wishes


Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Hope you're having a good week so far!  If you're reading this early in the morning, the color combination we have for you at Stamp Ink Paper will certainly wake you up! Check it out:

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When the new catalog came out, I realized I was really lacking in floral stamps, so I added this pretty Blooms & Wishes to my cart recently!  It worked perfectly for these colors...when I have lots of bright colors, I find that it's best for me to do something clean and simple.  I know the palette says "indigo" but I felt Bermuda Bay was a better match, so I added it to Berry Burst and Lemon Lime Twist for my card today:


The fonts are really pretty in this set's sentiments; I stamped this one in Silver Encore ink and embossed it with silver embossing powder:


and I added a silver glimmer brad, some silver wire behind my popped-up flower, and can you see the tiny silver center in the other flower?  That's a little piece of Brushed Silver cardstock punched with a 1/8" hole punch!


The florals in this set make it very easy to create a pretty card in a jiffy!  I hope you'll play along with us...I cannot wait to see what you create with these colors!

Another part of our busy weekend past was the commissioning of John's nephew Philip, who graduated from Drexel University as well as their ROTC program. Despite a few drops of rain, the outside ceremony in front of Independence Hall in Philadelphia, went like a charm.  Each cadet or midshipman had his parents "pin" him and then a friend or family member of the Armed Forces gave him his first salute.  He asked his Uncle John to do the honors.....it was quite a moving ceremony:





Of course, after the serious ceremony, there are always moments of levity...especially in the Pugliese/Moyer family!


 We are very proud of Phil; in the fall he's off to Quantico for more officer training!  Hoo-rah!

Thanks for popping in today---be blessed!




Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Blooms & Wishes, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Brushed Silver (ret)
 Ink Berry Burst, Bermuda Bay, Lemon Lime Twist, Silver Encore
Accessories Silver Wire, Silver Glimmer Brad (ret)
Tools     Heat Tool, Silver Embossing Powder, 1/8" Hole Punch

Monday, June 19, 2017

Beautiful Bouquet Crate of FLowers


Hi everyone!  I hope you had a good weekend!  We had a CRAZY busy weekend....so much going on, I decided to take a rest this week and only have a yard sale this weekend, LOL!  Hopefully after next weekend, things will calm down a bit!  

Friday night I had a new catalog party and although this is not the project we made (I'll share that later in the week), I was quite busy during the week making samples, and this was one of my favorites!  It uses the Wood Crate die with some Wood Textures DSP and an assortment of flowers from the Beautiful Bouquet stamp set and Bouquet Bunch Framelits:


Stamping and diecutting everything was a little time-consuming, but there is such a plethora of images that I just couldn't stop!  It was just like flower-arranging, figuring out where to put them in the little crate!


I added a sentiment from the same set and mounted the whole shebang on a Flirty Flamingo card base:


This will be saved for an extra-special birthday greeting!

SO....while I was having my stamping party with friends, including my new little stamper-in-training, Annalee:




Wayne was proposing to Dana...and of course, she said yes!


That was the start of our crazy weekend!  We are very excited and happy for them!

Be sure to stop back for my Stamp Ink Paper creation tomorrow!  Be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Bouquet
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Powder Pink, Wood Textures DSP
 Ink Sweet Sugarplum, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Berry Burst
Accessories
Tools     Big Shot, Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Wood Crate Thinlets, Dimensionals

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Paper Players 349 Feathered Friend


Happy Sunday, peeps!  I can say "peeps" today because our Paper Players challenge from Jaydee is about "Feathered Friends"!  Check it out:


It's a clean and simple challenge as well, so I took advantage of this nice sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch:!  

While I was checking out all the new DSPs from the catalog, this particular pattern in the Delightful Daisy series took my breath away!  SO pretty:


I used a section of it as my main panel, added a Powder Pink mat, and diecut a little bird from the Birds and Blooms thinlets.  Can you see him down there in the corner, perched on a petal of the daisy?:


My card uses the new thick Very Vanilla cardstock....very nice, it makes such a great base!  To create the bird, I took a scrap of watercolor paper, wet it liberally and added some Tranquil Tide ink to the wet paper, then dried it quickly with my heat tool.  I love how the darker portion ended up under his eye:


For my "hello", I masked a portion of sentiment from Better Together and stamped it in Smoky Slate on another scrap of watercolor paper and diecut it with the Stitched Shapes smallest circle. Sometimes I struggle with CAS cards but this one flowed together so well, it was a joy!  And I just love my birds, so it was a double joy!

I hope you'll play with our challenge this week too!  The DT has some fun cards for you to peruse! Check them out:  



And speaking of joy, you can't get any better than this:


Nothing like playing in the creek on a hot almost-summer day!  Enjoy YOUR day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Better Together
Card stock & Papers     Thick Vanilla, Powder Pink, Watercolor, Delightful Daisy DSP
 Ink Smoky Slate, Tranquil Tide
Accessories
Tools     Big Shot, Birds & Blooms Thinlets, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals

Friday, June 16, 2017

Seashells for CAS Watercolour


Happy Friday, again, peeps!  Wow, two posts in one day!  It's a busy weekend for sure!  I am back with my second "installment" of the CAS Watercolour series for June, which is "summer"!

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I went around and around, thinking of another beachy-themed card, because that's what summer means to me!  My family members have spent hundreds of hours at the Delaware shore over the last 60-some years, and one of my earliest memories as a child was collecting big clam shells, taking them back to the house my grandmother rented for a week, and painting them with a watercolor set she gave me!  I rarely see those big shells anymore when we go to the beach, so I decided to "paint" some myself!


I took some watercolor paper and splashed on some Bermuda Bay and Soft Sky inks and once it was dry, stamped this old, old seashell image from Lizzie Anne in Encore Gold ink and heat-embossed it with Gold Glory embossing powder: 


I mounted it on a circle of gold foil; the leftover piece of watercolor paper I diecut with some seashell dies from Impression Obsession:


I added a little Crumb Cake "sand" and some sequins for a little sparkle.  The banner was also watercolored and heat-embossed as well!  This set is one of my favorites and sadly, I don't even think the company is in business any longer.

So please come play with us and share you summer watercoloring with us!  You can find all the details at CAS Watercolour!  Be blessed and enjoy your day!



Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Shore Thoughts (Lizzie Anne, ret)
Card stock & Papers     Watercolor, Gold Foil, Rustic White (Papertrey)
 Ink Bermuda Bay, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Gold Encore (ret)
Accessories Sequins (Sylvia and Pretty Pink Posh)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Square Dies (Lil'Inker), Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seashell Dies (Impression Obsession 176-E), Aquapinter, Gold Embossing Powder, Heat Tool




Exciting News and AYSI152


Happy Friday, everyone!  I am really excited today because I have some awesome news....I was asked to be a designer for the As You See It challenge!  It has been one of my favorite challenges for a long time and I am thrilled to be creating with such a nice group of stampers! You need to check out who else is joining their team...I am in great company!!!  I'm not going to tell, you'll need to hop over to their blog to see!!

 Here's their sketch for this challenge:

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Their challenges run for two weeks, so there is plenty of time to try it!  

I just received all my new DSPs and my head was spinning with choices, but I finally decided on a pattern from Naturally Eclectic, pairing it with some floral images and diecuts from the Beautiful Bouquet bundle:


My sentiment is from Jar of Love, stamped in Fresh Fig....it really packs a punch!  I stamped the leaves in a combination of Lemon Lime Twist and Pear Pizzazz....they match the leaves in the DSP pretty well:


I hope you'll play along with us--see you in the gallery!

I just had to share this picture of Cassidy at the library; they had a summer reading kickoff party with reading, games, face-painting (she forgot she had her face painted and itched it with her arm....can you see the paint?), and crafts!  A little boy from her school has a crush on her and sat with her while they were doing the craft activity....check out the look on his face!  TOO cute!  You can see how interested Cassidy was in him, LOL!



Enjoy your day and be blessed and a blessing!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Jar of Love, Beautiful Bouquet
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Pear Pizzazz, Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Naturally Eclectic DSP
 Ink Fresh Fig, Berry Burst, Lemon Lime Twist, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Dimensionals

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Tranquil Tide Happiness


Happy Wednesday, peeps!  If you're over here on the east coast, I hope you're weathering this heat!  I have been stamping like crazy, making samples for my upcoming catalog party, and I used this sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches to highlight my favorite new In Color this year:  Tranquil Tide!  Here's the sketch:


Again, a monochromatic card!!!  But Tranquil Tide is so pretty, I think it can stand on its own just fine:


My papers are from the Fresh Florals stack and the sentiment is from Colorful Seasons.  I stamped the flowers from Jars of Love off on a scrap of paper first before diecutting them, so they had a lighter tone; the greenery was stamped full-strength.  I used a Layering Circles die for a scallop border, and it was done!


Monday was the last day of school and already we've done library visit, dropped off donated food to the food pantry, did some artwork and painting, and gone out for ice cream!  We have some activities planned and hopefully we'll get to the pool to cool off!


Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Colorful Seasons, Jars of Love
Card stock & Papers     Tranquil Tide, Whisper White, Fresh Florals DSP
 Ink Tranquil Tide
Accessories
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Everyday Jars, Framelits, Dimensionals

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

SIP103 Life Happens

 

Happy Tuesday, all!  The Stamp Ink Paper challenge is a nice easy sketch this week!  Check it out:

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As I said yesterday, I have been waiting forever for SU to come out with a cute coffee stamp, and they finally did! I just love this set Coffee Cafe!  It works so well with the Coffee Break DSP, too! The stamp set has matching dies, but the images are fairly easy to cut out, so I opted to save a little money and not get them.  So here we go:


I stamped my cup in Early Espresso, but honestly, I think Chocolate Chip would have been a better match!  I added a Pear Pizzazz straw, a little heart Corrugated Element, a Soft Sky lid, shaded with ink and a blender pen: 


and a sentiment stamped in Garden Green:


I hope you'll play along with our challenge this week....we've had some amazing submissions lately and we'd love to see yours!!

A couple more photos from Philadelphia:



Enjoy your day!  Yesterday was the last day of school, so summer vacation has officially started!  Be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Coffee Cafe
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz,  Coffee Break DSP
 Ink Early Espresso, Garden Green, Soft Sky, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories Corrugated Elements
Tools     Tag Punch, Blender Pen, Dimensionals