Friday, December 7, 2018

Sad News

My dad passed away suddenly this morning, so I hope my stamping friends will forgive me if I am MIA for a few days.  He had been going through some health issues but went out to dinner with my brother last night and was in good spirits.  I am very thankful that he is no longer in pain, because his ailment caused him a great deal of it and he bore it without complaining.  My family spent the day together upholding each other, and our pain was tempered with the knowledge of being able to see him again in heaven as he was a believer.  He went quickly and that was a blessing as well.  Hug your loved ones and tell them you love them; you may not realize how short your time with them will be.

I love you all, my stamping friends!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

IB49 Cozy Peppermint

Hi peeps!  Happy Thursday to you all!'s cold here in PA, we even had a few snow flurries yesterday!  My Inspired By card for this week should warm you up:

And here is Laurel's sweet prompt; don't those candy canes look pepperminty-delicious?!

My layout was inspired by Try Stampin' On Tuesday:

I had several candy cane stamps but wanted to do something a little bolder, so I stamped the Buffalo Check stamp with Real Red ink on some white cardstock and used the candy cane die from Scentsational Season to tuck inside the mug from the same set, heat-embossed in silver:

I embossed the circle with a knit embossing folder and added a silver glimmer paper scallop, a Soft Sky tag and some Soft Sky seam binding:

The sentiments on the front are from Papertrey and on the inside, Close to My Heart!  I also embossed the Smoky Slate card base with the Subtle EF, just for fun!  I hope you can find something that inspires you in our latest challenge prompt, and share it with us at Inspired By!  And just for fun, Laurel has encouraged me to add this to the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop!!

Santa visited Dana's work....Cassidy got all dressed up in her Christmas finery to tell him what she wanted:

Thanks for visiting today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Buffalo Check, Scentsational Season (ret), Just Treats-September Stamp of the Month (Close to My Heart ret), Holiday Treats (Papertrey), Christmas Script (Close to My Heart)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Silver Glimmer, Soft Sky (ret)
 Ink Real Red, Encore Silver (ret), Soft Sky (ret)
Accessories Soft Sky Seam Binding and Baker's Twine (ret), Silver Embossing Powder, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot,  Circle and Scallop Dies (Nestabilties), Cozy Knit EF (Fun Stampers Journey), Tag Die (Papertrey ret), Scentsational Season Dies (ret), Heat Tool, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

CAS Christmas Stars

Hello peeps!  Yay, it's Wednesday....the week is halfway over!  I have a quick post today for the CAS Christmas challenge as well as the Stamp Ink Paper Holiday challenge:

I saw some "minimal" tags and cards while surfing Pinterest and thought I would combine some sets to make a card and gift card envelope:

I stamped a really old SU star in Gray Granite, masked it and stamped a Concord and 9th wreath over top in Smoky Slate.  I used an Ellen Hutson die to impress the little "stars" down the left side and added a sentiment from Lawn Fawn!

I made the gift card holder using the Envelope Punch board and Kraft cardstock, same star, a wreath from SU's Making Christmas Bright and a sentiment from Concord and 9th.  I added some thick baker's twine to hold it together:

Even though I love the colors of Christmas, I love the neutral palettes too!  Thanks for popping in today!

Cassidy got her own little Christmas tree for her bedroom:

Snazzy!  Definitely NOT neutral!   Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Making Christmas Bright, Retired SU set (don't know the name), Joyful Noel (Concord and 9th), Joy Peace Love (Lawn Fawn)
Card stock & Papers     Kraft (ret), Rustic White (Papertrey)
 Ink Gray Granite, Smoky Slate, Early Espresso
Accessories Thick Baker's Twine (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitching Lines Die (Ellen Hutson), Envelope Punch Board

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

RRCB101 and a Winner

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  It's time for another Retro Rubber Challenge...this is the last one of this year!  Before I show you my card, though, I want to announce the winner of my blog candy from our 100th challenge!  It's #8, FIONA!!!  Woohoo!  I love her cards, too!  So Fiona, if you'll contact me (my email address is at the top right sidebar), I will get your goodies in the mail to you!

So on to this week's this a sweet inspiration photo or what?!

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I pulled out an old Penny Black set that I have had for several years and stamped, colored, and glittered this little guy:

I used Memento Black ink and SU Blends to color him in...I had a little "blip" when trying to use Wink of Stella on top of Memento ink....just take my advice, don't do it!  Or at least be very, very careful when doing it  Anyway, I covered it up with some Dazzling Diamond glitter, LOL!

The background is some CTMH glimmer paper diecut with the Swirly Snowflakes die, and I added a very old Papertrey sentiment on a stitched tag and finished it off with a (very old) glimmer brad!  It feels good to use up some of these "old" things, LOL!

I hope you'll play along with our last challenge of 2018...if you've already gotten all your Christmas cards done for this year, maybe you can start on next year's!  Or make a wintry birthday card!  At any rate, can't wait to see what you create!

John had never seen Cassidy do her karate lessons, so Friday night we watched her first night of sparring.  Not being an aggressive person by nature, it freaks me out to see them "attack" each other!  She likes it, though!

Dana happened to catch this shot as Cass was jumping; it just cracks me up!  Her instructor said that it takes most Jedis many years to perfect "floating" and Cassidy got it on the first night!! LOL!

Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Critter Christmas (Penny Black)
Card stock & Papers     Soft Sky (ret), Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Adhesive Sheets, Glimmer Paper (Close to My Heart)
 Ink Memento Black, Shaded Spruce
Accessories Glimmer Brad (ret), Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits, Layering Oval Framelits, Blends, Bundle of Stitched Shapes Dies (Simon Says Stamps)

Monday, December 3, 2018

Sketchy Saturday x Two

Happy Monday, peeps!  After a very wet, soggy, gray, dreary Sunday, I am actually happy to see Monday arrive!  My creative friend Laurel has a nice little sketch challenge (AND a give-away) over at her blog, Seabrook Designs!  You need to check it out!  Here's her sketch:

I thought this sketch would be an awesome way to use up some pretty papers I have sitting around!  Of course, I made two cards (no wonder I never seem to get out of my craft room!), the first was a birthday card for a little girl at church, using some Cute Girl papers from Crate Paper:

I used the Merry Christmas thinlets for my big "Happy" along with an Altenew birthday sentiment called Label Love:

The stitched flowers are from My Favorite Things, embellished with some scraps of glimmer paper!  

My second card uses Winterberry papers from My Mind' Eye and a sentiment stamp and die from Concord & 9th:

The paper really does all the work on this one as well!  The sentiment (Christmas Turnabout) was stamped with Cherry Cobbler and is also backed with another Cherry Cobbler banner to help it stand out a bit.  The tree from the retired SU set Warmth & Wonder was stamped in Memento Black on Mossy Meadow cardstock and punched out with a triangle tree punch; the glimmer paper snowflake was diecut with a die from Alpine Sports thinlets:

I had some enamel dots that weren't quite the right shade of red, so I colored them with a Dark Cherry Cobbler blend...those markers are so versatile!

The family had a very busy weekend, and this has to be my favorite photo of all the ones Dana sent me:

Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

Paper Players 421 Theme Challenge

Hello stampers!  Sunday means another Paper Players challenge, and Jaydee has a beautiful theme challenge for us all:

True to form, I have two projects to show you; my first one turned into something totally different than I had anticipated, so I started over with another one, LOL!  I haven't used my Gift Bag Punch Board in ages and I thought it would be fun to make a gift bag with some DSP, glimmer paper and some diecuts:

I used some sturdy Graphic 45 paper to create the bag, then added my last piece of black glimmer paper on the front.  I cut images from Very Vanilla thick cardstock using the Hometown Greetings and retired Sleigh Ride Thinlits, layering them on top of the glimmer paper:

I heat-embossed a sentiment in gold on a stitched tag, and added a gold foil star and some gold ribbon:

And here's the back view of the bag; the gold ribbon and bells complement the front image nicely, I think!

The challenge at TGIF this week is Anything But a Card, so I am entering this there as well!

My second project is a card, sort of a silly one, and I rarely do silly ones, so I feel a little silly sharing it but someone might like it!  Here we go:

I used SU's Cat and Santa Hat punches to create my sassy feline, who seems to be waiting for Santa to arrive...or maybe Santa's leaving, and she kept his hat behind just for orneryness!  She is looking out a wreath-embellished Small Madison Arched Window onto a snowy sky and a glittery tree

And here's Santa's hat, being twirled on her tail!!

And finally, a tongue-in-cheek sentiment:

Silly as it is, I have just the friend who will appreciate this card!!  So thanks for bearing with me!  And since the Stamp Ink Paper challenge this week is to use punches, I am going to enter this there as well!

SO......I hope you'll find some inspiration in Jaydee's pretty photo and will share your creation with us at the Paper Players!  Meanwhile, check out what all the DT created:

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

And here's some more holiday fun; the family went out to get their tree over the weekend:

Such a pretty tree! No snow in sight...but maybe next weekend! Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Gift Bag Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Card stock & Papers     Thick Very Vanilla, Black Glimmer (ret), Gold Foil, Carol of the Bells DSP (Graphic 45)
 Ink Gold Encore (ret)
Accessories Gold Ribbon (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Hometown Greetings Framelits, Sleigh Ride Edgelits (ret), Star Punch (ret), Stitched Label Dies (Reverse Confetti), Gift Box Punch Board

Cat Card Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Alpine Adventure, Joyful Christmas, Signature Christmas (both Papertrey Ink)
Card stock & Papers     Thick Whisper White, Basic Gray, Real Red, Dazzling Diamond Glimmer, Misc Glimmer Papers (ret), Winterberry DSP (My Mind's Eye)
 Ink Real Red, Craft White, Mint Macaron
Accessories White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals
Tools     Cat Punch, Santa Hat Punch (ret), Big Shot, Alpine Sports Thinlets, Small Madison Arched Window Die (Memory Box), 1/8" Circle Punch, Red Marker

Saturday, December 1, 2018

CASCS300 and FF0022 The Stockings Were Hung

Happy Saturday, everyone!  And happy December!! The CAS Colours and Sketches challenge is celebrating six years--what a milestone!  Here's the sketch they have to celebrate:

I had these red stockings stamped and cut for another challenge, so I just did three more in green to create my Christmas card; I love the country feel of these images!  Not quite sure if it's CAS enough, but I am giving it a go anyway!:

The stamp set I used is called Stitched Stockings from My Favorite Things; sadly, I believe it is retired.  It has a lot of great country Christmas images, and I stamped a bunch of them on my Crumb Cake background, then stamped and diecut the stockings, "stringing" them on some red and white baker's twine:

I overstamped a Papertrey sentiment on the front, then added this on the inside:

Since my card is larger, 4" x 8", I created a custom envelope using my Envelope Punch Board.  It's a great help when you want to create cards that are different-sized!  And since the Festive Friday challenge this week is Christmas, I am entering it there as well!

#festivefridaychallenge, #FF0022, Stampin Up, Christmas, Snowflakes

Thanks for popping in today!

Not the clearest of photos, but Cassidy was all decked out in red for her Christmas program!!  She is on the end on the left...there were so many people at the concert, Grampy and Grammy were not able to get tickets.  But we did see a video!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!  Be sure to pop in again tomorrow for the next Paper Players challenge!

Friday, November 30, 2018

AYSI190 Making Spirits Bright

Happy Friday, everyone!  It's time for another As You See It challenge, and we've got a sketch for you...a wreath, and I love wreaths!  Here we go:

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My sweet friend Linda lent me her new sets, Making Christmas Bright and Making Every Day Bright, along with the matching punch, so I thought I would put them to use making a bright, retro-colored Christmas card:

I used the Swirly Scribbles die to cut out a foil wreath, then created light bulbs in Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo and Coastal Cabana.  If you look closely, you can see that I strung some silver thread around the bulbs to create the "cord"!!!

My greenery is Lemon Lime Twist, and I embossed the background with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  My final touches are a glimmery bow, and although you can't see it, each bulb is winked with some Stella!  

I hope  you'll play along with our pretty sketch this sure to check out what the other designers created as well!  Can't wait to see you at As You See It!

What a spoiled dog!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Making Christmas Bright, Making Every Day Bright
Card stock & Papers     Coastal Cabana, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Silver Foil
 Ink Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, Coastal Cabana, Smoky Slate
Accessories Pool Party Glimmer Ribbon (ret), Silver Wire, Dimensionals, Wink of Stella
Tools     Big Shot, Softly Falling EF, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Pretty Pines Thinlits, Christmas Bulb Builder Punch, Banner Die (Nestabilities)