Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Fab Friday 167

Hey, peeps, happy Wednesday!  Just a quick card for you today using the Fab Friday sketch for this week:

Nice and simple, perfect for what I needed...a fast card for an architect friend's birthday!  I dragged out some really old Basic Grey papers that had sort of an urban grunge feel, and pieced them together for my front panels:

I used a sentiment from a really versatile Unity stamp set called For the Guys, stamping it in Early Espresso and diecutting it with a MFT Stitched Sentiment Strip die:

To make the right vertical element a little easier, I diecut the Hello Honey card with a die from the retired Sweetly Stitched only embosses, doesn't cut, and it made this cool design:

Finally, a couple more sentiments from the same Unity set on the inside...I just love the fonts in this sentiment!  Thanks for popping in today!

The day we went to the farm to get eggs, we also stopped at the calf barn, where the farmer has at least thirty cats (at least that's how many I could count at the time!):

No mice on that farm!  Cassidy wanted one of the calves to lick her hand....and it did, LOL!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

RRCB115 Best Wishes

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Hope your week is starting off great!  It's time for another Retro Rubber challenge, and I kinda freaked out when I saw the colors:

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I just love those little Johnny-jump-ups, but PURPLE is a challenge for me!  Everyone else seems to be able to work with it in such a lovely way...but I struggle with it!  But, that's why they call these challenges, so I put on my big-girl panties and went to work!  There was a lovely little set called Touch of Nature from the 2005-2006 Winter Mini catalog, and I felt the colors would work well with the colors.  I stamped the butterfly and flower in Stazon ink on watercolor paper, and colored each of them in:

The thicker watercolor paper really lends itself to fussy-cutting; it's a little more work than regular cardstock, but if your element has intricate pieces like these antennae, they hold up better than on lighter-weight paper.  I took a piece of Soft Seafoam gingham DSP and stamped the leaf image from the set all over in a random pattern, then cut both the floral piece and the gingham piece with Stitched Rectangle dies:

All the pieces went on a Very Vanilla card base and I added a few sequins for fun. On the inside, I stamped the leafy image again, and added a Paper Pumpkin sentiment on top.  I think my front sentiment is from a PP set, too!

And since these images were watercolored, I am entering this in the Festive Friday challenge this week:
#festivefridaychallenge, #FF0038, Parent's Day, Watercolor cards

Hopefully, my fear of purple turned out okay...what do you think?  And hopefully, you'll play along with us this week!  I've actually seen several purple and yellow creations out and about on blogs over the last couple of weeks, so I know there are crafters out there who aren't afraid of purple, LOL!  Share your creation with us at Retro Rubber!  Remember, you just have to use stamps that are at least a year old, and tell us how old they are!  See ya there!

A little beachy fun with Cass and her friend:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Touch of Nature, Paper Pumpkin (all retired)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Soft Seafoam, Watercolor, Soft Subtles DSP
 Ink Stazon Black, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Seafoam
Accessories Sequins (Sylvia's Etsy Shop), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Sentiment Strips Dies (My Favorite Things), Aquapainter

Sunday, July 14, 2019

PP450 Season's Greetings

Happy Sunday, everyone!  It's my turn to host over at the Paper Players, and I have a color challenge for you today!  Check out these bright hues:

I really had no plan in mind when I chose these colors, so when it came time to create, I admit, I had to wrack my brain to come up with something!  I came across this piece of Blueberry Bushel polka-dotted paper in my stash and thought it looked like snow, so I took that idea and ran with it, creating another Christmas card for my stash:

I recently saw a card with this adorable row of houses, and when I saw the whole set, I knew I had to get it (it's from Lawn Fawn).  I stamped them in Stazon and colored them with a blender pen and ink, then cut them out with their matching dies.  I added some little trees, some stitched snowy hills and of course, some glitter on their snowy rooftops:

The set comes with a sentiment as well, and I added a couple of snowflakes from a past Paper Pumpkin kit:

and the inside sentiment is also from the Paper Pumpkin set, and I added some snowmen for fun!

I am also entering this in the Little Red Wagon challenge this week, which is Christmas!!

The design team has created some incredible cards with these can check them all out at the Paper Players blog right HERE!  Then you can get inspired and share your creations with us too!  Can't wait to see them!  Thanks for popping by!

Speaking of blues and greens, a recent trip to the farm where we get our eggs prompted Cassidy to go check out their peacocks:

There's a lot of foliage around the cage, so it's hard to get a good view of how beautiful they they don't like us very much, so they usually turn around and show us their backsides and shake ALL their feathers...quite impressive!   And have you ever heard a peacock?  They sound like a baby crying...sort of eerie!! Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Simply Celebrate Winter (Lawn Fawn), Paper Pumpkin (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel DSP
 Ink Stazon Black, Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel
Accessories Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter
Tools     Big Shot, Simply Celebrate Winter Die (LF), Stitched Hillsides Dies (LF), Blender Pen, SU Markers in Granny Apple Green, Sahara Sand and Balmy Blue

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Simply Wonderful


Happy Saturday, peeps!  No challenge today, just a card I made as a sample for my stamp clubs last week, and I wanted to share it.  This features the new Bloom and Grow set, which is just lovely, especially since it comes with matching dies and several nice sentiments!  I wanted to try my hand at heat-embossing the image in white and watercoloring it in, so I chose some purple hues (which I struggle with)  and went to work:

I used Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Rococo Rose, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron and Coastal Cabana inks to color in the image, using less or more water to create lighter and darker shades:

I also stamped some smaller flowers in Highland Heather (stamped them off once for a lighter shade), diecut them and tucked them behind the image along with some silver thread.  I finished if off with one of the sentiments from the set and mounted my florals on some Highland Heather DSP.  Oh, and I did add a little leaf to peek out from the top of my DSP as well, just for fun!

Thanks for popping in today!  Be sure to stop back tomorrow as I am the Paper Player hostess with a new challenge for you!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

My little mermaid:

For some reason, this photo just cracks me up, with those big bubbles coming up...she's like a little fish!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Bloom and Grow
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Highland Heather DSP
 Ink Craft White, Highland Heather, Gorgeous Grape, Mango Melody, Mint Macaron, Rococo Rose, Coastal Cabana
Accessories Silver Thread, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Budding Blooms Dies, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Aquapainter

Friday, July 12, 2019

FMS396 Vintage Nautical

Happy Friday, peeps!  Wow, what a day we had yesterday....I was driving home from dropping Cassidy off and it was raining insanely!!  Scary stuff!  Hopefully today will be better!  Anyway, late last night I crept into my craft room to make a card with Linda's FMS sketch:
I really liked the vintage sailing print in the Come Sail Away DSP's interesting enough to not need a lot of embellishments, which made it great for the sketch!  So here we go:

I used the little rope die from the Smooth Sailing dies to cut my borders from Soft Suede cardstock, pieced them together and glued them on top of the DSP.  I stamped a sentiment in Soft Suede on Very Vanilla cardstock and cut it out with the stitched label die from the same set. I thought it looked a little "naked", so I cut another die from SS, cut it in half and layered it underneath! The final touch was some retired candy dots.  

I stamped a birthday sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday on the inside, along with the lighthouse, stamped in Sahara Sand:

These make such great masculine cards!  So happy you popped in today!

We got to meet Ginger a few days ago; Cassidy carries her around everywhere, and even put her on the swing!  And she must have liked it, she didn't jump off!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Thursday, July 11, 2019

IB80 Nautical Happy Day

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Time for another Inspired By challenge, and we have a nice summery one for you!  My stamp clubs played with this Sailing Home bundle on Monday, and although this isn't the card we made, I used the leftover DSP scraps, which is always nice!  So here we go:

And here is our summery prompt:

I went more with the colors than the beachy theme for my card, since I already had this set on my desk, LOL!  I stamped the elements and diecut them out, then added brads and twine:

And before adhering everything, I lined up the papers in my Stamparatus, and stamped the lighthouse on the DSP; it's a nice subtle touch that brings the theme together!  Finally, I stamped a sentiment and diecut it with that wee little banner die....LOVE it!  I added another one in Night of Navy behind it for fun:

Finally, on the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Botanical Bliss and added another anchor diecut that I had left over:

I hope you'll come play with us, and show us your beachy/nautical creations at Inspired By this week!

A little Italian water ice is always nice on a hot summer day!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Sailing Home, Botanical Bliss, Itty Bitty Greetings
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Come Sail Away DSP
 Ink Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Accessories Dimensionals, Twine (unknown), Metal Star Embellishment, Brads (both ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Smooth Sailing Dies

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Free As A Bird Fun Fold Card

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I wanted to share one of the cards we made at my club meetings yesterday!  This card is a CASE from Beth McCullough, who got it from her team member.  (You can see hers HERE).  I just adore this fold; it's easy but impressive and can be used with almost any image or diecut!  Here's my take on it:

The basic folds are very easy....on a standard-sized card (8 1/2" X 5 1/2"), score at 2" and 3 1/8" on the longest side, then turn it and do the same thing on the other end.  Fold on the score lines as shown and decorate as desired!  

For our card, I also used the beautiful Bird Ballad DSP, and for the focal image, we cut some watercolor paper with the Nested Labels dies and loosely colored it with Blushing Bride ink, flooding it with water first, then adding a little ink to get the desired effect.  The bird was stamped with Memento ink and colored with blends; now if I could just learn to stamp straight, without my Stamparatus, LOL!  I used Crumb Cake and Pink Pirouette blends, but one of the other girls used Balmy Blue and Mint Macaron and it was beautiful!

We also stamped a little sentiment on the back, where we would place our signature.  

Here's another take on the same fold, this time using Rooted In Nature, Rustic Retreat for the sentiment, and Garden Lane DSP:

This makes a great masculine birthday card, don't you think?  And finally, here are the little gifts one of my club hostesses made for her fun!  I know Cassidy will be thrilled to get hers!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!