Tuesday, October 23, 2018

RRCB98 Harvest Delight

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  It's time for this October's last Retro Rubber Challenge, and here is our prompt:

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Isn't that pretty?  SO many inspirations here!  I chose the basket and the pumpkins, and thought I would try my hand at the October CAS Watercolor challenge of orange, green and brown as well:

I've had this Close to My Heart fall set since 2016 but in my research, I think it came out around 2011!  Before stamping, I loosely colored some watercolor paper with Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive and Granny Apple Green inks, drying it between colors with my heat tool.  I then stamped the image with Soft Suede and Versamark inks, using my Stamparatus to stamp the brown ink first, then after cleaning the stamp but leaving it on the plate, inking and stamping with Versamark.  I then heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.   

I added some more color in certain areas, to give it depth, and I actually took my finger and rubbed the ink around the edges for texture!  That really brought out the grain of the watercolor paper and gave it an organic look!

I added a banner with a sentiment, some green perle cotton, then matted it with some Early Espresso and popped it up on a Crumb Cake mat that was embossed with the Basketweave EF:

Although my fingers were green and orange when I finished, it was a fun card to make!  I hope you'll get some inspiration from our pretty photo and play along with us this week at Retro Rubber!  Remember, your stamps have to be at least a year old and you must tell us how old they are!  Check out the other samples at our blog and share yours too!  Give those older stamps some love!

So one of our friends and church members is a farm manager at The Farm at Doe Run, which is a lovely farm near us; Josh kindly lent us the farm's apple press where everyone got in the act of making cider at the Harvest Party on Saturday!  Even our dear friend John, the one-armed man (cancer) could toss the big apples into the press:

As Josh cranked the wheel, the apples, seeds, cores and skin, all got mashed up and the juices started to flow:

Then he took off the grinder and set up the press; his son Avery got first dibs at turning the crank, which in turn, pressed the apples down even harder!  If you look closely, you can see the juice flowing out into the bowl at the bottom:

(Cassidy was not in the least bit interested in this, so you won't see her anywhere!  She was busy teaching two of her little friends her latest karate moves!!!)  Anyway, the kids who wanted to, all got a chance to turn the press:

I can honestly say it was the best cider I ever drank!  There was even enough left over for Sunday School fellowship time!  Yum!  Thanks for popping in today...enjoy it and be blessed!

Monday, October 22, 2018

FMS359 Trick or Treat

Hi everyone!  Monday, a new week and I am looking forward to making some Christmas cards with my friends tonight!  But for now, I have another Halloween card, this one uses the FMS sketch:

I used the Trick or Tweet set, stamping the images in Memento black and coloring them with SU Blends:

My background paper is from Close to My Heart; sentiment is from My Creative Time:

And here's the inside:

Not sure what they were looking at, but they sure are cute!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for a new RetroRubber challenge!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Trick or Tweet, Mixed Holiday Sentiments (My Creative Time)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Crushed Curry, Hello Pumpkin DSP (Close to My Heart)
 Ink Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Sentiment Strips Dies (My Favorite Things), 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Blends

Sunday, October 21, 2018

PP415 Thankful Apple

Hi peeps!  Hope you're all having a wonderful weekend!  It's time for another Paper Players challenge and Joanne is our hostess this week with a clean-and-simple challenge, and it's a fun, seasonal one:

When I saw the CAS(E) the Sketch sketch for this week, I began to form my idea for my card:

That big sentiment reminded me that I haven't used these PTI dies for a long time, and I have never used this cute apple tag die from Lawn Fawn:

I cut the "thankful" die twice, once in Garden Green and another in Whisper White, and layered it so the white layer peeked out a bit from behind the green one, allowing it to show up better against the retired plaid Christmas From Around the World DSP:

The apple die was cut in three colors:  Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, and Real Red, then trimmed and glued together.  I added some red baker's twine and a little white enamel dot for the apple's "shine":

And there isn't even any stamping on this card!! But I do love this sketch, and you might just see it again!   Meanwhile, I hope you'll show us your apple-y creations!  Remember, they must be clean and simple.....fewer layers and embellishments will help it meet that requirement!  Check out what the designers did:

·        Claire
·        Jaydee
·        Joanne
·        Laurie
·        Nance
·        Anne Marie
·        Sandy
·        Elizabeth
·        Annie - on break
·        Jan
·        Ann

Our church had a little harvest party yesterday!  The weather was PERFECT, cool and crisp but not so cold that we couldn't enjoy the outdoor activities!  The kids "painted" pumpkins with markers:

We went on two hayrides and Cassidy sat with the new pastor and three of  his four children:

Even Mommy and Eden went on the hayride!!!

Then we all had hot dogs and s'mores around the campfire!  

We also made cider with an apple press, and I'll try to share some pix of that as well!  It was a wonderful afternoon!!!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Flying By Halloween

Hi there everyone!  Can you handle one more Halloween card?  I am gradually giving a lot of my seasonal stamps some love and ink!  This little kitty is another of my favorites, he's so cute (or maybe it's a "she") on his little broom:

I love vintage Halloween images and this one fits the bill!  I stamped him in Memento ink on Very Vanilla cardstock, colored him with some Blends and die cut him:

I added a sentiment from a retired Rubbernecker Halloween set, and embellished it with some black and orange papers, stamped stitching and some black Glimmer paper banners and frames:

I even remembered to decorate the inside with a little leftover scrap:

I used the Just Add Ink sketch and the themes from Festive Friday:

#festivefridaychallenge, #FF0019, Stampin Up, Halloween, Black

I guess I'd better think about mailing some of these out....Halloween is coming up soon!  

This photo might be more appropriate for Valentine's Day!!  Wayne is in Florida at a produce  grower's convention and came upon this HUGE display of roses....can you believe the size of this thing?  He told Dana he was going to bring it home for her, LOL!  What a guy!

Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Stitched Borders Essentials (Close to My Heart), Broomstick Kitty (Victorian Greetings), Halloween Set 1 (Rubbernecker ret)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Black Glimmer (ret), retired DSP that I can't remember the name of, Nightfall DSP (Authentique)
 Ink Memento Black, Smoky Slate
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Blends, Hello Pumpkin Dies (Close to My Heart), Banner Dies (Nestabilities)

Friday, October 19, 2018

AYSI187 Saying Thanks

Happy Friday, peeps!  I hope you have something fun planned for this weekend!  I am gearing up for a stamp camp on Monday, but we have a hayride and bonfire at church planned for Saturday!  Fun stuff!  Today's As You See It challenge is a "Fill in the Blank" will you fill in those blanks?

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My fill-in was "I need to say thank you to my friend" for a sweet gesture and gift!  I saw this video by Mike Funke and I was enthralled by the vintage look he achieved with just ink and an aqua painter!  I have met Mike at a SU convention, and he is a very creative guy, so I am happy to share his technique!  I don't have the SU set that he used, but I do have a similar one from Reverse Confetti, so I thought I would do a practice one, and I liked it so much, I made it into a card:

I followed Mike's directions for coloring with the aquapainter, then went a step further with my image, which is called Cotton and Thistles, and colored in the cotton bolls with a white watercolor pencil and smoothed it out with the aquapainter as well:

I added a Pear Pizzazz frame, a little embossing with the embossing die from Stitched Labels, and finished it off with my sentiment, also using a Stitched Labels die and heart.  I fastened it on with some Braided Linen Trim and added a couple of sequins from my stash:

I chose these colors because I wanted to play with my friend at the Color Throwdown this week:

I hope you'll visit the ASYI blog, check out all the samples from the DT, and then come play along with us!  Can't wait to see you in the gallery!

Cassidy didn't seem too interested in adding any stamped embellishments to her candy boxes (attention span is limited, I guess!!!) so we just punched out some ovals and I wrote the names on them for her:

And you can tell by the look on her face, she didn't want it in the photo!!!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps A Big Thank You, Cotton and Thistles (Reverse Confetti)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Crumb Cake
 Ink Soft Suede
Accessories Braided Linen Trim, Sequins from my stash, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Labels Framelits, Stitched Rectange Frame Die (My Favorite Things), Aquapainter, Watercolor Pencils (white)

Thursday, October 18, 2018

IB42 Spooky

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Laurel has a fun Halloween challenge for us today at Inspired By!  I very seldom do "gruesome" or scary Halloween cards, I gravitate towards cute and funny, but I did step out of my comfort zone a wee bit for today's:

So here's the prompt:

Yes, a skeleton would not be my normal go-to theme, but I did have this cute little one from a Recollections Halloween set, and I found some Halloween-themed DSP from several years ago with ravens on it instead of bats, so I layered it under this fun little poem that I stamped on vellum:

I put it inside a frame of Granny Apple Green, diecut with a wonky stitched die and popped it up with some of SU's foam strips; that gave it enough depth to read the words but still see the pattern below!  I stamped my skull in Whisper White and gave it a little shadowing with my SU blend, then added some twine and black glimmer stars:

And since I had the inside portion of the frame still sitting on my desk, I added a sentiment to it and layered it on the inside with another piece of the DSP:

I actually think my little skeleton is kinda cute!  I hope you'll play along with our challenge this week too!  Have fun with it!

I recently received this little box of Andes mints from one of my (very) crafty customers, Maryanne:

Of course, Cassidy ate the candy, but also wanted to make little boxes for Lee and Jackie!  We got the directions from Julie DiMatteo (you can see them HERE), and we picked out some cardstock and DSP and went to work!

Learning to use the Envelope Punch Board!

 How does this turn into a box?????

Scoring intently:

And gluing the box together!

We didn't have time to decorate it, so we'll finish it tomorrow!  Thanks for popping in today--be blessed and enjoy your day!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Ghosts and Goblins (Lizzie Anne), Halloween (Recollections)
Card stock & Papers     Vellum, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White, Basic Black, Misc Halloween DSP (ret), Black Glimmer (ret)
 Ink Stazon Black
Accessories Baker's Twine (Avery Elle), Dimensionals, Foam Strips
Tools     Big Shot, Wonky Stitched Rectangle Die (My Favorite Things), Boo To You Framelits (ret)

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Sketch Saturday You Are The Best

Hi everyone!  Happy Wednesday!  The week is almost halfway done, yippee!  I have a sweet little card today using the sketch from Sketch Saturday:

Fun---I haven't used a tag for a while!  I got out some Share What You Love DSP, my tag punch and went to work:

I cut two tags, one in Crumb Cake and one in the floral DSP; on the crumb cake one, I stamped a sentiment from A Big Thank You in Berry Burst and added some leaves around the outside edge.  I filled in the leaves with some Frost White shimmer paint and sponged the edges a bit with some white craft ink.  I added a little "thank you" and another leaf to the bottom of the tag:

All the lower edges of my DSP and card were punched with the corner rounder portion of the Envelope Punch Board to give it a nice finished edge!  This is going to a special someone...I have very generous friends!  Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Some Halloween peeps for my little peep!!

These are actually chocolate covered on the back!!  Meow!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps A Big Thank You
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Share What You Love DSP
 Ink Berry Burst, Crumb Cake, Craft White
Accessories Embroidery Thread, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Tag Punch (ret), Frost Shimmer Paint, Sponge Daubers, Paintbrush, Envelope Punch Board