Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Bold Butterfly

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I am squeaking in a quick clean-and-simple card for two challenges, the Cards in Envy yellow and black challenge, and the CAS on Sunday butterfly challenge!  I rarely use yellow, so I thought I would force myself to use the new In Color, Pineapple Punch.  I stamped the butterfly from Beautiful Day on some In Color DSP and embossed it with black embossing powder:

I added a little coloring with a Daffodil Delight blend, fussy-cut it out and mounted it on a plain white card that I embellished with a piece from the Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut DSP.  To create some movement, I stamped the flowers from Wishing You Well: 

and added a sentiment from the same set at the bottom:

It's always nice to have a little note card on hand!  Thanks for popping in today!

For her birthday, Cassidy got a bubble kit to make giant bubbles, which is funny, because we had just been trying to do this on our own with a recipe from Pinterest.  We came pretty close, but these were much better:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Day, Wishing You Well (available 9/5/18)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, 2018-2019 In Color DSP, Delightfully Detailed Laser-cut Specialty DSP
 Ink Basic Black, Versamark, Pineapple Punch
Tools     Heat Tool, Black Embossing Powder, SU Blends, Stamparatus

Monday, August 20, 2018

Dotty Happy Birthday and a Winner

Hi peeps!  It's Monday (groan), only one more week before school starts and we have a busy few days ahead of us.  Blessedly, the sun decided to shine this morning after a weekend of rain, rain, rain!  I got in a couple minutes of stamping time today to make a quick, easy card for two challenges!  So here we go:

I always need juvenile birthday cards and I think this one fits the bill!  It is for the Just Add Ink challenge of Just Choose Two (I did embossing powder and embossing folder), as well as the Less Is More sketch challenge:

I thought it would be fun to highlight the In Colors on my card, so I used the smallest Stitched Shapes square die to cut out some polka-dotted pieces, then layered them on a panel of Whisper White that was embossed with the Perfect Polka Dot embossing folder.  The final step was to use my Stamparatus to first stamp the sentiment from Perennial Birthday in Lovely Lipstick; then I cleaned my stamp without removing it from the plate and re-inked it with Versamark ink and stamped again.  Then I heat-embossed it with Clear embossing powder, trimmed it to a banner and popped it up!

It's hard to see, but there's a nice shine to it and that technique is a great way to let you emboss in almost any color!!  Love that!

We did have rain on Cassidy's birthday party, but we had a couple of tents, and the kids were already wet from swimming, so it did not dampen spirits too much!!  

She had a Minecraft cake and cupcakes, which was a big hit:

Finally, I do have a winner of the Sail On card from THIS post!  I asked Cassidy to choose a number from one to twelve, and she chose number eight!  She said, "Grammy, do you know why I chose eight?  Because I AM eight!"  So Lynn, you are my winner!  I'll be in touch for your details!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Perennial Birthday
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, 2018-2019 In Color DSP
 Ink Versamark, Lovely Lipstick
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Clear Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Stamparatus, Perfect Polka Dot EF (ret)

Sunday, August 19, 2018

PP406 Corny Thanks

Hi peeps!  Sunday is here and that means another Paper Players challenge!  Sandy is our hostess and she has a clean-and-simple challenge, and it's a fun one:

I really don't have  that many fruits or vegetable stamps, although when I started to check, I found I had more than I thought...more DSP, really!  But anyway, I found this Perfectly Preserved set, which had a fun ear of corn, so I used the FMS sketch to make my CAS card:

Here's the sketch for reference, and I also used the Hand Stamped Sentiment color challenge:

There is a matching die with the set, so I stamped the corn in both colors, die-cut them and trimmed off the husk and glued them together, then popped them up on an oval that I embossed with the Basket Weave EF.  The Blueberry Bushel DSP was a good background for my sentiment.  Now, why would I make a thank-you card with corn on it, you ask?  Our neighbor just gave us two dozen ears of corn, and I wish I could say that I took a picture of it on my plate, but it is GONE!  And it was the most delicious corn ever!  So I had to send him this as a way of thanking him!  John said he has over 30 tomato plants as's just him and his wife, so I think he gives a lot of his produce away to the local food pantry and senior centers as well!  What a nice guy!


I hope you'll have fun creating something CAS with fruit and/or vegetables!!!  Share it at the Paper Players blog...can't wait to see it!  While you're there, be sure to check out what the designers did and give them some love!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Perfectly Preserved (ret), Label Love (Altenew)
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Blueberry Bushel DSP
 Ink Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Blueberry Bushel
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies (Lil'Inker), Perfectly Preserved Dies (ret), Basket Weave EF

Saturday, August 18, 2018

TMS466 Green Deer

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Have you ever seen a green deer?!  Well, I have one to share with you today!  My creative friend Wendy made a cute little card yesterday using the Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch (you can see her card HERE) and I loved it so much, I thought I would CASE it and make my own!  Her card is for Halloween, and mine is Christmas!  I recently got the Under the Mistletoe DSP, and I usually gravitate towards the smaller prints, but I thought I would challenge myself to use the bold Shaded Spruce here we go:

And here is the sketch prompt:

I stamped a deer from Dashing Deer in Shaded Spruce and diecut it with the Detailed Deer Thinlet, popping it up on a panel that had the corners rounded with my Envelope Punch Board.  The sentiment is from Many Blessings:

What I thought was so clever on Wendy's card was that she cut out some elements from DSP to create her accent piece, so I did the same, cutting a small flower and part of a leaf out, then layering them on top of a larger flower.  There is a tiny bit of Old Olive in the pattern as well, so I used the corner die from the Detailed Deer Thinlet to make a couple of swirly pieces:

My final addition was a glimmer dot in the center of the smaller flower!  While this is certainly out of my comfort zone, I think it turned out nicely!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!  Off to a party!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Dashing Deer, Many Blessings (available Sept 5)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Old Olive, Under the Mistletoe DSP
 Ink Shaded Spruce
Accessories Glimmer Dot (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Detailed Deer Thinlet, Envelope Punch Board (for rounding corners)

Friday, August 17, 2018

CAS Christmas Tree

Happy Friday, peeps!  I have a quick card today using the new Winter Woods set; it will be available September 5, and it coordinates so very nicely with the Rooted in Nature set!  I made a CAS card for the CAS Christmas challenge of "tree":

I stamped and diecut the main tree from the Winter Woods set, using Tranquil Tide ink, then stamped it again in the background without re-inking it.  I did the same technique with the two trees from Rooted in Nature, creating my background.  I added a stitched hillside, then stamped a sentiment from Christmas Pines and added a couple of pine boughs from Winter Woods:

I used an older Verve Christmas stamp for the inside and added a couple more pine sprigs as well!  I resisted putting some glitter on it...the last time I tried to add glitter to Tranquil Tide, it turned green!!  I'll have to work on that!

Today is Cassidy's 8th birthday and she has a jam-packed weekend ahead!  Last night her karate class went to a Wilmington (DE) Blue Rocks baseball game, where the black belts did a performance.  She got her picture taken with their mascot, Rocky Bluewinkle:

Now, Rocky has a cohort named Mr Celery---can you believe it!  If you have a few minutes, you can read how both mascots got their name here, and I will have to ask Cassidy tomorrow at her party if she got to see him!  Apparently he comes out if the team scores a run, and although they lost the game, they did score four runs!

And finally, I have two more birthday cards to share:

This beautifully-detailed one is from Fran!

And Ellen created this garden beauty!  Thanks, ladies!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!  Thanks for popping in!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Winter Woods, Rooted in Nature, Christmas Pines, Joyous Noel (Verve, ret)
Card stock & Papers     Thick White
 Ink Tranquil Tide
Tools     Big Shot, In The Woods Framelits, Stitched Hillside Dies (Lawn Fawn)

Thursday, August 16, 2018

IB33 Sail On and a Giveaway!

Hi everyone!  Thursday is here...and time for another Inspired By challenge!  Laurel always has the nicest inspiration photos for her challenges!  Here's my take on today's:

And here's her prompt:

(I wish I had thought to sneak in a pretty little starfish like the one in the photo!)  I stamped my sentiment on a stitched tag and added a couple little enamel dots, and my anchor is from the retired Guy Greetings set; the DSP is some retired SU from many years back, and the embossing is the Cable Knit EF; I colored the anchor in with my blends:

It's hard to see, but I also added a piece of Corduroy ribbon in Night of Navy along the edges of the white panel.  I just love the effect it gives!  And here's the inside:

Both sentiments, outside and in, are from a set by Clearly Whimsy, called Ocean Journeys Sentiments.  I think this card would be great for a graduate, someone who is getting a new job or moving to a new home!  I don't have anyone that fits that bill right now, so if you would like to receive this card so YOU can send it to someone, just leave me a comment along with a valid email!  I'll pick a winner on Sunday, August 19 and if your name is chosen, it will be winging its way to you soon!

I hope you'll be inspired by our nautical theme this get creative and share your masterpieces with us over at Inspired By!  Can't wait to see them!

Just a few shots from Cassidy's karate classes!  Here she is intently listening to Master Fisher:

Delivering a kick...maybe a round house?  I have no idea!

And sometimes, just for fun (and to learn teamwork, how to follow directions and good old-fashioned exercise), they play, Cassidy is the "zombie dog" (you KNOW they love that), and they have to run around on all fours and tag others, who then also become zombie dogs!  It's pretty funny!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Guy Greetings (ret), Ocean Journeys Sentiments (Clearly Whimsy)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Maritime DSP (ret)
 Ink Night of Navy
Accessories Enamel Dots, Corduroy Ribbon (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Cable Knit EF, Stitched Tags Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), SU Blends 

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Trick or Tweet Trio

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  A quick little post today...we have a birthday coming up this weekend, the big #8 for Miss Cassidy, so we have some party plans going on!  I got this adorable Halloween set from the upcoming mini called Trick or Tweet; I apologize for my photos, they're not the best for some reason, but hopefully you'll get the gist of them!  I made three little notecards as samples for my customers; they all used Animal Expedition DSPs, and were all stamped with Memento Black ink and colored with blends:

It's hard to say which one is my favorite, but I am partial to this little elephant with his batman-style mask:

He looks so innocent there, doesn't he?!  Love it!

This little pup is more sweet than spooktacular, don't you think?

After coloring his cape with Light and Dark Rich Razzleberry blends, I took my Color Lifter and made some little dots on it, just to add a little interest:

Finally, this sweet little mummy kitty....although my shading under her body leaves a lot to be desired!

She does have a cute little face, though! And I am entering her in the Little Red Wagon challenge of Lions, Tigers and Bears!!

And speaking of cute little faces, Cassidy finally let me take her picture, showing off her dress-up dolls!!  (I am just happy she is still playing with dolls, even if it's rare!)

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Trick or Tweet (available Sept 5)
Card stock & Papers     White Note Cards, Whisper White, Animal Expedition DSP
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Dimensional
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Blends, Lemon-Lime Twist Marker

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

RRCB93 Tic Tac Toe Smile

Hi everyone!  Tuesday brings us another Retro Rubber challenge!!!  This week it's a tic-tac-toe!   I let my paper do most of the work today:

And here's our grid:

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I chose the left column down:  Die cut, stripes and birds!  The designer paper I chose had stripes and birds on it already, and I love the patterns!  I then die cut a little striped tag from some matching papers and stamped the words from an old Project Life set (So You, 2015) on it, then colored in the "smile" portion with a Blend.  It sort of got lost against the busy patterned paper, so I backed it with a black banner!  The little birds were diecut from a piece of wood paper gifted to me by my friend Michele; they work perfectly with the wood pattern on the paper!

I added an embellishment, a little twine and rounded the corner of the card and it was done!  

I hope you'll play along with us and give your older stamps some love!  Remember, they need to be at least a year old, and you must tell us the age of them!  Hope to see you in the gallery at Retro Rubber!

Cassidy's been camping all weekend, so I have to share some photos from around my neck of the woods:

Some pretty clouds I saw on my walk one day:

and a beautiful sunrise:

A sunflower from my neighbor's yard and a rose from the egg farm:

And not one, but two double-yolked eggs from the friend Kathy must have a chicken that has a tendency to lay doubles!

And I thought you would like to see my boots after picking beans last night....this was after one downpour early in the morning, and I finished just before it rained AGAIN!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps So You (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Basic Black, Wood (from my stash), Be Amazing DSP (My Mind's Eye)
 Ink Basic Black
Accessories Faceted Embellishment, Twine, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Chirping Birds Dies, Greeting Tags Dies (both PoppyStamps), Pool Party Blend