Monday, July 24, 2017

MTS186 Birdie Hello


Happy Monday, everyone.....I've gotten a very late start today, I can't seem to get out of vacation mode!  I wanted to play with the Match the Sketch sketch before it runs out!  Here's the sketch:


And I challenged myself to use some papers and colors with the (dreaded) Lemon Lime Twist! The Naturally Eclectic DSP fit the bill perfectly:


I used the retired Tags & Labels dies to make the Berry Burst tag and "hello" tag, which was stamped with a Paper Pumpkin sentiment, and the retired Adorning Accents Edgelit and Delicate Designs embossing folder to make my horizontal piece.  My little bird was diecut from the Birds & Blooms Thinlet and accented with some Blackberry Bliss twine.  The Lemon Lime piece was stamped with Timeless Textures, and the tag was stamped with Touches of Texture: 


I also added a little LL sprig from Bouquet Bunch and a wee little glimmer dot!  So fun!

This is one of my favorite pictures from the kids' vacation---it really makes you realize how small we are and how big God is!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!



Sunday, July 23, 2017

PP354 Thinking of You Sketch


Hi peeps!  I am back from my wee little vacation, went to the Delaware shore to see my dad and soak up some sunshine!  Not that we didn't have sunshine here in PA, but seashore sunshine is definitely different than PA sunshine!  I had to come back for Jaydee's pretty, easy sketch:


I knew I wanted to use some new DSPs, particularly ones I hadn't delved into yet!  It is always challenging to make masculine cards, so although the dinosaurs on this paper are geared more to little masculine people, I thought it would be fun for any age, really:


The papers are from the Pick a Pattern DSP pack, and I used a retired die called Word Bubbles to frame my sentiment, which seems to be coming right from this little fellow's mouth:


The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is stamped in craft white and embossed with white embossing powder.  Other than that, there's no stamping at all...I let the paper do all the work!  I did add a little Pick a Pattern washi tape at the top and bottom of my middle layer...looks so fun with these patterns! Easy as can be!

I hope you'll play along with our sketch this week...endless possibilities!  Check out what the DT did as well:


On their vacation, Dana and Cassidy went to a fisherman's pier where one of the fisherman had caught a small shark, and let Cassidy touch it!  She was SO excited!  



Thanks for popping in today, and be blessed!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hero Arts (CL342
Card stock & Papers     Emerald Envy, Basic Black, Pick a Pattern DSP
 Ink White Craft
Accessories Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
Tools     Big Shot, Word Bubbles Framelits, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas Stamp Camp


Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I am going to be taking a wee little bloggy break, just a few days, but before I do, I thought I'd share with you a couple of cards from my recent Christmas Card stamp camp.  Of course, I had to use Carols of Christmas along with the coordinating Card Front Builder dies!  My stampers used Marina Mist, Soft Suede and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper to make this card:


I really like how the glimmer paper peeks through the little cut-outs...so sweet!  And a little tip if you are cutting out items from glimmer paper....it can be a little challenging to get those diecuts to pop out easily; if you gently peel off the back layer of the paper, you have a thinner layer of glimmer paper, which cuts very nicely!
  

When I saw this pattern in the Be Merry DSP package, my mind immediately went to this older Waltzingmouse stamp set; I think it's called Stitched Christmas (not sure of that)...it was stamped in Cherry Cobbler, accented with some gold pine sprigs and gold ribbon!


Stay cool...I'll see you on Sunday with our next Paper Players challenge!

Cassidy and Dana are at St Simon's Island in GA...they have sent me some amazing photos!  These are from Driftwood Beach....it's huge!




Thanks for popping by....be blessed and enjoy your week!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SIP108 Fabulous Florals


Happy Tuesday, peeps!  It's time for another Stamp Ink Paper challenge....Fabulous Florals!  

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My go-to florals lately are Beautiful Bouquet....I stamped a background with some elements from Butterfly Basics, and then stamped and diecut a lot of flowers:


This set makes such a pretty bouquet!


And there's even a little tag & bow...the matching Bouquet Bunch framelits make it easy peasy!  I even added a little pink washi tape from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit....so sweet!


I hope you play along with us....I know you love florals!  And here are my loves:


Enjoy your day and be blessed!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Bouquet, Butterfly Basics, Touches of Texture
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Powder Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
 Ink So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories Washi Tape (July Paper Pumpkin)
Tools     Big Shot, Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blue Christmas


Happy Monday, everyone!  Just a quick card today, no challenges, it uses the upcoming Carols of Christmas with last year's Christmas Pines, along with a cool embossing folder technique:


The deer is probably my favorite little element from this set; I stamped him in Early Espresso and die cut him, then set him atop a "snowbank" I created by tearing some Whisper White cardstock.  To create the background, I used my inkpad to layer a coating of craft white ink on the raised portion of the Woodland EF, then ran it through the Big Shot with a layer of Dapper Denim cardstock inside.  I love the effect it gives!  I added a sentiment from Christmas Pines, and a few little footprints with a gray marker. I am thinking a little glitter on the snow would have been nice, maybe I'll add that later!


You never know when you'll meet an alligator...or is it a crocodile?


Have a blessed day!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas Pines, Carols of Christmas
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Dapper Denim
 Ink Dapper Denim, Early Espresso, Craft White
Accessories
Tools     Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Basic Gray Marker

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Paper Players 353 CAS Bikini Fun


Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you're having a great weekend!  It's the fabulous Claire's turn to host the Paper Players challenge and she has a CLEAN AND SIMPLE one.....the reason I put those in capital letters is because the first time around, I FORGOT that part of the challenge!!


So this is actually my second card for this challenge!  It uses the CASology cue card of "Wish" as well as the CAS Colours & Sketches sketch:

        

So this is just a little tongue-in-cheek card.....I am sure some of you remember the little song from 1960 by Brian Hyland called Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini?  (You can hear it here if you've never heard it!!!)  I remember it being one of the very first songs I heard on the radio, and I was six years old at the time!  Anyway, while trying to figure out what I could create for this CAS challenge, I found this yellow polka-dotted paper and remembered this little bikini stamp (actually I think it's supposed to be underwear, but you'll have to work with me here, people) I got a while back from my friend Tammy!  Bingo!  


I stamped it in Daffodil Delight, added my little sentiment with Brushwork Alphabet, an embossed panel and some twine and it was done!


I actually did wear a bikini in my much younger days.....but nowadays, I can only wish to wear one, LOL!   I hope you'll stop by the Paper Players blog to see the others' fun CAS cards and be sure to share yours with us as well!  Now, do you have that song stuck in your head like I do?!  Enjoy!

The "kids" are on vacation visiting some family in GA and SC.  No trip down south is complete without a stop at South of the Border, right?

Be blessed!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Brushstroke Alphabet, Big Girl Panties (unknown maker)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Matinee DSP (Imaginesce)
 Ink Daffodil Delight
Accessories Thick White Baker's Twine
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals

Friday, July 14, 2017

AYSI154 Crazy Sweet


Happy Friday, peeps!  It's the end of a long, very hot week....I feel like I have been melting!  I hope you're staying cool, wherever you are!  It's time for another As You See It challenge...I just love these!  Today's is a great sketch:

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Sadly, I hadn't even opened up my June Paper Pumpkin OR broken into this fun DSP pack, Pick a Pattern!  Since this particular pattern had some watermelon-ish colors, I thought it would be fun to add a little melon to my card to make a birthday greeting for my niece!  Here we go:


I stamped the watermelon images in Flirty Flamingo and Emerald Envy, then used a set of words from the Paper Studio called Everyday Expressions to make the rest of my sentiment:


I cut out a little flower from a scrap of the DSP for a wee little embellishment, and added some black candy dots to finish it off!  I hope you'll play with our sketch -- you have two weeks to create something with it!  Be sure to check out the DT's samples at the AYSI blog, too!

It's been so hot, we've been doing some playing inside to beat the heat.....Cassidy always has about five or six dolls she's "mothering" at any given moment!


 Enjoy your day--be blessed!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Paper Pumpkin (June 2017), Everyday Expressions (The Paper Studio)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Basic Black, Pick A Pattern DSP
 Ink Basic Black, Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories Candy Dots
Tools     Circle Punch, Blossom Die (Nestabilities), Big Shot, Dimensionals

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Blue Christmas for Jingle Belles and FMS296


Happy Thursday, peeps!  It's been a crazy week with not much stamping time, but I did get a couple minutes to play with an interesting challenge at the Jingle Belles:


Cute huh?  I incorporated the FMS sketch as well:

So here we go:


I used a bunch of stuff on this card, new and old!  The base is 4 1/4" square, Crumb Cake, and I added layers of Lemon Lime Twist, Whisper White and Pacific Point. I used a square and oval Stitched Shape Framelit to cut the layers, then used the tree die from the new Card Front Builder Thinlets (available next month); the snowflake die from Seasonal Layers and the little starry image from the new Carols of Christmas (also available next month):


Isn't that tree pretty in Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper?!  And I couldn't resist adding the little fox from Jingle All the Way, as well as a sentiment from a past Paper Pumpkin kit:


Last, I stamped the Burlap background stamp on my card front with Versamark ink so it wouldn't be too dark; just a soft image to replicate the fireplace in the inspiration picture!  This went together fairly easily, believe it or not!  
Cassidy has finally gotten the hang of brushing her own hair and occasionally likes to accessorize her pony tails!  This is called a "JoJo" bow....not sure  who JoJo is, but her bows certainly pack a punch!


Thanks for visiting today!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Carols of Christmas, Burlap, Jingle All the Way (ret), Nov 2016 Paper Pumpkin
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pacific Point, Lemon Lime Twist, Crumb Cake, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer
 Ink Pacific Point, Versamark
Accessories
Tools     Big Shot, Card Front Builder Framelit, Seasonal Layers Framelit, Stitched Shapes Framelits,  Small & Large Dimensionals

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

SIP107 Tic Tac Toe!


Hi peeps!  It's Tuesday and time for another Stamp Ink Paper challenge!  This week, it's a tic-tac-toe! That's always a fun one!  Here we go:

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I had this little blue panel sitting on my desk from a previous embossing paste experiment, so I paired it up with a wee little blue bird from Best Birds:


I stamped it in Basic Gray and colored it in with an aquapainter and Marina Mist ink; then I stamped the branch and leaves and colored them with Old Olive and Chocolate Chip.  I diecut them with the Birds & Blooms die, then added some speckles from Touches of Texture, a torn strip of Old Olive and some Old Olive-hued twine:



This will get added to my "Thinking of You" card stash!  I hope you'll play along too, and share you creation at the Stamp Ink Paper blog...check out what the others have created as well!

We set up the kiddie pool yesterday (although after three years, it has sprung a couple of leaks!) and that first filling of water is COLD!  Not sure how long it will hold up, but at least on these next few hot days, we can cool off a little bit!  We have VBS in the morning, so not much time to hit the big pool!


Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Best Birds, Touches of Texture
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Marina Mist, Old Olive
 Ink Basic Gray, Marina Mist, Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
Accessories Green Cord (DMC)
Tools     Big Shot, Birds & Blooms Thinlets, Embossing Paste, Pattern Party Decorative Masks, Palette Knife