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Monday, May 20, 2019

Vintage Christmas Pair


Hi everyone!  It's Monday, and I have a dentist appointment first thing....why in the world did I ever schedule that on a Monday???  Anyway, I have two cards today for the Jingle Belles challenge, which is vintage Christmas!  I peeking into my vintage Christmas stash and found some cute Crafty Secrets pages and cut a couple apart to make some notecard-sized cards:


The background of these images seemed to match Soft Seafoam perfectly!  On my Santa one, I embossed the front with a knit-type embossing folder, then added a Poppy Parade mat, some glimmer paper stars and a little diecut sentiment:


I backed the sentiment with some glimmer paper too: 

For my snowman card, I randomly stamped some snowflakes on the card front, added a little sentiment flag and some Pistachio Pudding twine:


And the inside uses some Paper Pumpkins sentiments and snowflakes:


Thanks for popping in today!  No pictures, but I'll have some interesting ones tomorrow!!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Paper Pumpkin (ret), Northern Hearts (ret), Mini Tag Sentiments (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Card stock & Papers     Poppy Parade, Soft Seafoam, Very Vanilla, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, Crafty Secrets Creative Scraps
 Ink Soft Seafoam, Poppy Parade
Accessories Dimensionals, Pistachio Pudding Thick Twine (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Season of Cheer Dies ( Concord and 9th), Layering Square Dies, Stitched Tag Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), Cozy Knit EF (Fun Stampers Journey), Star Punch (ret)

Sunday, May 19, 2019

RRCB111 Beauty in All Things


Happy Tuesday, peeps! It's time for another fun RetroRubber challenge...a tic-tac-toe!  Check it out:

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I chose the diagonal line of Tone-on-Tone, Flowers and Sponging!  I managed to do quite a bit of the tone-on-tone and sponging, LOL!  So here's my creation:


The rose image is from Unity's Kit of the Month for June, 2011....I stamped it in Versamark ink on our new Rococo Rose, cut it with a stitched rectangle die and sponged the edges.  My Sahara Sand card base was stamped with the Floral background stamp (2005) in Sahara Sand ink, and it was sponged too!  The Soft Suede panel was stamped with the French Script background stamp (2006) and it was liberally sponged too!  My white doily was sponged with Crumb Cake ink to give it a vintage feel, and these retired organdy roses were glued on and sprinkled with some vintage glitter after being brushed with some glue:



I added a little braided twine trim to finish it off!  The inside is blank, because I haven't quite decided for what occasion I'll use this! I haven't done a vintage piece like this for a long time, it was fun to do!  I hope you'll play along with our challenge too!  Just remember that your stamps must be at least a year old....not ancient like mine, just at least a year!  Share it with us at Retro Rubber...can't wait to see what you create!

So we have had this crazy robin around our house, I think I mentioned it in an earlier post....he has made a nuisance of himself, sitting on our car mirrors and making a mess:


On Saturday, I ran some errands and left my car out while I unloaded things from the back; I left it in the drive with the windows partially down.  When I went to get back in the car to go to a banquet at church, the robin was INSIDE MY CAR!!!!

  



He was right next to the open window, but couldn't quite figure out how to get out.  I had to open two doors before he flew out.   And yes......he pooped ALL OVER the inside!!  But it was really funny!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps All Smiles (Unity), Floral Background, French Script Background (both ret)
Card stock & Papers     Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Rococo Rose
 Ink Sahara Sand, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Accessories Braided Twine, Doily, Organdy Roses (ret), Glitter
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Sponge Daubers

PP442 CAS Plants


Happy Sunday, peeps!  Hope you are having a good weekend so far...today it's Laurie's turn to be our Paper Players hostess, and for her clean-and-simple challenge, she's chosen plants!  What a great idea!


I didn't think I had any "plant" stamps, but I did remember this sweet little set from a few years back called Pocket Silhouettes...and I am so happy with the way this turned out!  I stamped three images in Call Me Clover and added a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday:



Since the CAS on Sunday challenge this week is polka dots, I added a "planter" of Call Me Clover polka dotted DSP, diecut with a Stitched Rectangle die; I like how it mimics the dots in the plant image! 


I had this retired stamp set, Sincere Salutations, in the same stamp case as the silhouette, so I went ahead and used it for my inside, stamping another little silhouette down at the bottom.  Everything went on a Call Me Clover card base.  And since I didn't get my birthday sentiment quite centered, I added a pearl (another polka dot, LOL!) that I colored with a Blend to create a more balanced sentiment!


I love this card, I am going to be hard-pressed to mail it out, LOL!  I hope you'll play along with our clean-and-simple challenge!  Can't wait to see what you create!  Be sure to check out the rules at the Paper Players blog and while you're there, see what the designers created as well!  Thanks for popping by today!

Scary girl!


Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Picture Perfect Birthday, Sincere Salutations, Pocket Silhouettes (both ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Call Me Clover, Call Me Clover In Color DSP
 Ink Call Me Clover
Accessories Pearl, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, SU Blend

Saturday, May 18, 2019

FMS388 Merry and Bright


Hello, peeps!  FINALLY we are having a nice, sunny weekend...it's actually kind of hot!  I'll take it, no rain!!!  How about a Christmas card to celebrate, LOL?  I was a little stumped by the FMS sketch this week:

I had started to use this cute little kitten in a mitten for another challenge but realized it might work for the FMS one, so here we go:


My card base is Crumb Cake and the stars were stamped on some dark green Tim Holtz paper in Mossy Meadow.  I stamped my kitty on some watercolor paper, colored him in with an aquapainter, inks and markers, then fussy-cut him out and popped him up on some plaid Christmas paper from my scrap pile:


I had a hard time figuring out whether or not to put a sentiment on the front; I finally found a wee little one from a past Paper Pumpkin set and stamped it on some gold-color paper from Graphic 45; I used the same paper and ink to stamp the inside sentiment on a die-cut banner from Concord and 9th.


I am in the mood to make a few more Christmas cards....my stash is low!  Be sure to come back tomorrow to see what the Paper Players are up to....it's not Christmas, but I think you'll like it!  

I lured in this little ginger last week with some goldfish crackers "bait"...and I got him hooked!  LOL...he's my great-nephew Sawyer.  He was definitely more interested in the snack than the softball game in the background!


Enjoy your day and be blessed!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Mitten Kitten (Lockhart Stamps), Star (Unknown SU, ret) Paper Pumpkin (ret)m Christmas Cheer Turnabout (Concord and 9th)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Watercolor, Tim Holtz Seasonal Ideology DSP, Graphic 45 St Nicholas DSP, Plaid DSP (unknown)
 Ink Stazon, Mossy Meadow, More Mustard (ret), Real Red
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Aquapainter, Big Shot, Ribbon Banner Die (Concord and 9th)

Thursday, May 16, 2019

IB72 Pretty Pillows


Happy Thursday, peeps!  I was so excited for today's Inspired By challenge!  Not only was it a beautiful challenge, but I finally got to use a new set from the upcoming catalog called Free as a Bird!  I am in love with this set!  So here is my creation:


And here is Laurel's prompt....so sweet!


I already had a Very Vanilla stitched frame sitting on my desk, so I backed it with some Gingham Gala DSP, then stamped the bird and some of the florals several times on Very Vanilla Thick cardstock, using my Stamparatus.  I watercolored all the elements, then fussy cut them and adhered them to the frame:


I added a pretty sentiment from the same set:


And I embossed the card front before adhering everything with the Subtle embossing folder for a little extra texture!  I love how this turned out!  

Can't wait to see what you create with this inspiration photo....I had to laugh when I saw my teammate Michele's card...we were on the same wavelength!!  Be sure to check out all the samples at the Inspired By blog!

Speaking of birds, a mama robin took over a nest that was under our shed from last year; not sure it was hers or some other robin's, but she laid four eggs in it:


A couple of weeks later, we had four little baby robins:


Yesterday, I checked the nest, and all of them had fledged except one!  When I stepped near, it took a shaky step and flew down to the gravel; my sister got close enough to get a picture of him:


Her phone takes amazing pictures, doesn't it?!  Hopefully he got brave and flew up in a tree before nightfall!

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


Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Two Masculine Cards


Happy Wednesday, peeps!  Another crazy busy day and not much time to stamp yesterday, but I needed a couple of masculine cards, so when I saw the Stamp Ink Paper challenge (cute graphic, too):

as well as the In(k)Spire Me sketch/color challenge:

I got right to work, and created two cards; one a birthday, and one a get-well:


The challenge colors are Mango Melody and Granny Apple Green, but I found these papers in an Echo Park Fall is in the Air 6x6 pad, so I decided to go with them, adding touches of Crumb Cake and Early Espresso.  The birthday one uses the soon-to-be-retiring-I-thought-it-would-be-around-forever Lovely as a Tree stamped lightly in the background, with a leaf from Rooted in Nature and a sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet:


It's hard to see, but the leaf is stamped on some printed paper as well:


The get-well card uses Happy Tails and the matching punch, including a little Early Espresso heart:


And the inside sentiments are from Happy Tails and Apron of Love:


Need to pop these in the mail ASAP!  Thanks for popping in today!

Last night was Cassidy's third grade curriculum night, where family members come and visit the classroom and see what their children are learning.  Cassidy's class is learning about the thirteen colonies, particularly Jamestown, and so they put on a game show called "Who Wants to Be a Colonist?", although it was more like Family Feud, LOL!  Cassidy had a main part; she was Fred the Colonist, and she played against Dr Joe Jackson.  My friend Sharon just happened to vacation in Jamestown last week and brought home a hat for Cassidy to wear, my SIL had some boots that looked the part, and Grampy made her a corncob pipe:


She nixed the pipe once she got to school...they did grow tobacco in Virginia but I guess she thought it might not be a good influence on the other students, LOL!  Here she is, answering questions about the early colonies, and soundly beating Dr Joe:



All the kids did a great job and we learned a lot about the colonies!!!


(I love the name tag!!!)


Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Club Projects


Happy Tuesday, peeps!  My schedule is all out of whack, it's just been too busy around here!  Yesterday was club day and since I didn't have a chance to stamp something new, I thought I would share our projects!  The first one uses the Botanical Bliss stamp set and matching die, Botanical Tags.  I had an idea in my head about using the bird tag on a card without using it as a tag, so this is what I came up with:


The cardstock size is 4 1/4" x 7, and I partially scored it at 3 1/2" but didn't fold it.  I lined up the die so that the bottom cutting portion was along the score line, die-cut it and carefully popped out the pieces, then folded it so the diecut portion stood up.  It still fits into a standard-sized envelope.  We added some Share What You Love DSP, and stamped sentiments and elements on the inside:


We also colored rhinestones with Blends!  Our second project was an Apron of Love candy treat, which was a CASE from my friend, Cindy Brumbaugh.  You can see her wonderful YouTube tutorial here.  I tweaked mine a little, using some retired ribbon for straps; each person used whatever stamp they preferred from the Apron of Love set:


Thanks for popping in today!


Enjoy your day and be blessed!