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

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Halloween Overload

Hi peeps!  Happy Tuesday!  I got a lot of stamping time in yesterday and bulked up my Halloween card supply!  I have so many Halloween stamps, I can never use them all but I put a dent in some of them!  My first card is for Fab Friday's color challenge and In(k)Spire Me's sketch challenge, since yesterday's was not really up to par---I totally forgot the sentiment!!:

So here we go:

I started with an older cat and jack stamp (I don't know the maker) and stamped it on a diecut circle of Pumpkin Pie and added some Poppy Parade shading.  It's backed with a Gorgeous Grape scallop and embellished with some purple bats (!!!!), and accented with some enamel dots.  I diecut the sentiment and adhered it, then ran it through the Big Shot with a retired Spiderweb embossing folder.  In hindsight, I should have made this card with thick white cardstock, I always forget how embossing folders make a card so wobbly!!  

Bright colors, but fun!  My second one used the outer edge of the circle that I cut from the above card (Lil' Inker Stitched Circles have stitching on both edges!)  I know the photo makes it look much lighter, but it is the same cardstock!  I can't resist this cute little trick-or-treater in her pumpkin costume...I stamped her in Memento ink and used SU blends to color her in:

I used some retired Urban Underground DSP for the background and mounted it on a Pear Pizzazz card that was stamped with some stars!  I added a banner, a little star embellishment and some enamel dots.  Isn't she cute?

And since this week's City Crafter Challenge is Halloween, I am playing along with it!

And speaking of cute, can you believe at National Harbor, there is a PEEPS store?!  There are only two in the there and another in Allentown, PA.  I wish I had gotten a picture of the store, there were peeps everywhere!  I love to look at peeps but I do NOT like them....not a fan of marshmallows too much!  And I usually don't buy Cassidy souvenirs when I go somewhere, but I had to get her a peeps shirt:

She actually took off her Minecraft shirt and wore this one to school!  Me?  I wanted the little peeps bag!  So cute!  Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Card One Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Black Cat on Pumpkin (100 Proof Press), Vintage Halloween (Crafty Secrets)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Gorgeous Grape
 Ink Stazon Black, Poppy Parade, Gorgeous Grape
Accessories Enamel Dots (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Spiderweb EF (ret), Trick or Treat Die (Impression Obsession), Stitched Circle Die (Lil'Inker), Layering Circles Framelits
Card Two Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Halloween (Recollections), Primitive Pumpkins (My Favorite Things)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Urban Underground DSP (ret)
 Ink Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories Dimensionals, Glimmer Dots
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Circle Die (Lil'Inker), Layering Circles Framelits, Blends, Banner Dies (Nestabilities)

Monday, October 15, 2018

FF0018 and IMC371 30th Birthday

Happy Monday, peeps!  Today is our friends' son's 30th birthday, so we'll be going out with them to celebrate, and a card was definitely in order!  I used the Festive Friday challenge of "stripes" as well as the In(k)Spire Me sketch:

#festivefridaychallenge, #FF0018, Stampin Up, Sweetest Day, Stripes        

Since this is a card that is going to be hand-delivered, I made it 5" square, using Gray Granite as my base:

I used the retired set called Rev Up the Fun to stamp the car in Poppy Parade; I found this striped paper in my stash, and I also stamped the tire treads on a circle of Confetti White cardstock to make another striped element:

I cut the numbers with the Large Number die, and although you can't tell, the little "exhaust" is silver foil!  I stamped the sentiment from the same set on the inside, and it's ready to go!

So a few more photos from our little jaunt to National Harbor in DC!  This is the entryway to our Wyndham hotel; these lights are shaped like lamps, and they are heaters as well:

We had breakfast at the Westin Hotel; from the window you can see the Capital Wheel that sits in the marina, and of course....more gray, gloomy skies!  But the breakfast was excellent!

The Gaylord Hotel was immense;  there are actual houses built in the atrium that enclose shops!

And fall was definitely in the air; it was CHILLY!!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Sunday, October 14, 2018

PP414 Colors of Fall

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Jaydee is our Paper Players hostess and I was happy to see these fall hues in her challenge palette:

I have lots of leafy stamps, but in the end, I chose a retired set called Thankful Forest Friends, along with the current Flourishing Phrases and Buffalo Check, to create my thankful fall card today:

I stamped my sentiment on a piece of Very Vanilla in Cajun Craze, and although it's hard to see, I stamped the wood image from Rooted in Nature first (it was inked in Sahara Sand, then stamped off).  I stamped the leafy parts of the stamp again in the challenge colors on scraps of VV, then fussy-cut them out and adhered them to the image:

I cut out three leaves from Flourishing Phrases and cut them out as well, because I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

My final touches were to diecut the sentiment with a stitched die and add a scallop of Crushed Curry, then to layer it on a panel of Mossy Meadow, stamped with the Buffalo Check background stamp!  I love the homey feel of this!  And since it's a "thankful" card, I am also entering it in the Little Red Wagon challenge of Thankful for You!

Hope you will play with our challenge this week!  Check out what the DT did for even more inspiration:

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

No Cassidy pictures this weekend, but I do have a few pictures from the last couple days...John and I went to the Annapolis Boat Show with friends, who then took us to National Harbor, which is south of Washington, DC. I had never even heard of it, but it's a nice waterfront area with lots of fun shops and restaurants.  The day of the boat show, we finally had SUNSHINE!  We saw LOTS of boats:

We took a water taxi to another marina to see some more boats, and there were tables and a little Shasta trailer made into a bar, so we took a little break:

It was so nice to bask in the warm sun!  I'll show some more pix later!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Rooted in Nature, Flourishing Phrases, Buffalo Check, Thankful Forest Friends (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry
 Ink Mossy Meadow, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Sahara Sand
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Scallop Circle Die (Nestabilities)

Friday, October 12, 2018

CTS293 Country Celebrate

Howdy, peeps!  Just a quick, fun little card today using the fun Case This Sketch sketch!  So here's the card:

and here's the sketch:

I used the rooster from Wood's been getting dusty on my shelf, so I gave it some love, plus today is National Farmer's Day!!:

The horizontal piece is from the Share What You Love DSP line; the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings, and I stamped the woodgrain from Gallery Grunge on top of a Stitched Labels Framelit.  It also topped the sentiment with a little cross stitch panel from the same set of Framelits.  The circular element was stamped with Buffalo Check in Cherry Cobbler, and I added some Linen Thread for a little country accent.  On the inside, I used sentiments from Merry Christmas to All and Happy Birthday, Gorgeous to make a birthday greeting:

My card base is PTI's Rustic White!  That's it for today....enjoy your day and be blessed!

No Cassidy picture, but I snapped this a few days ago on the way into the library....of course, it had been raining:

What amazes me is that, except for the rain, we would never even know these webs were I am sure they are!!!  Kind of spooky!!

Thursday, October 11, 2018

IB41 Fall Beauty

Hi everyone!  Praying that this Thursday finds you safe and sound, especially if you're in the path of Hurricane Michael!   Scary weather out there!  It's time for another Inspired By challenge, and Laurel is on a roll with these lovely fall inspirations!  I went clean and simple this week as I have lots going on!  I needed some masculine birthday cards and these fit the bill perfectly:

And here is the lovely prompt!  Aren't those little acorns cute?!

Growing up on a farm in PA named Maple Shade Farms, we did not have any nut trees, which meant NO acorns and NO squirrels!!  So when I went to college in East Orange, NJ, and saw all the squirrels in the park next to our dorm, running around collecting acorns, I was so excited!  I'd never seen squirrels up close!  I said to my roommates, "Look at all the squirrels!  They're so cute!" They looked at me as if I was NUTS!  I guess New Jersey has lots of oak trees, acorns and squirrels, and they'd seen plenty!  Anyway, I still think squirrels are cute!  

I started with a card base of Soft Suede with a Whisper White mat that was stamped with a sentiment from Beautiful Day, then embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.  My DSP is from a couple of years ago, Into the Woods.  I added a couple of Kraft diecut leaves, sponged and embellished with some baker's twine:

I also used the sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches:

While I had my supplies out, I went ahead and made another one, this one with only one Crumb Cake leaf and a different sentiment from the same set:

I think these are great masculine designs!  I hope you'll get some fall inspiration from Laurel's prompt and play along with us at Inspired By this week!

Cassidy couldn't wait to show me her cool hairdo!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Day
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Kraft (ret),  Into the Woods DSP (ret)
 Ink Soft Suede, Sahara Sand (for sponging)
Accessories Baked Brown Sugar Baker's Twine (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Subtle EF, Stitched Leaves Dies (Lawn Fawn), Sponge Daubers