Monday, February 17, 2020

CAS359 and CC135 Puppy Birthday

Happy Monday, peeps!  I hope you had a good weekend!  I made a simple birthday card for a young lady at our church, and I used the sketch from CAS(E) This Sketch and the photo inspiration from If You Give a Crafter a Cookie:

So here we go:

I took a little liberty with the sketch, switching the sentiment with the two panels at the bottom!  This sweet little pup is from Little Cuties (ret), and he was stamped with Stazon ink and colored with a blender pen and inks:

The Rococo Rose panel was stamped with a polka dot stamp from Papertrey ink in white craft ink, and I added a little scallop of Smoky Slate, and mounted it on a Smoky Slate card!  I hope she likes it!  Thank you for popping in today--enjoy your day and be blessed!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

PP478 CAS Woodland Friends

Hey stampers!  It's Sunday and time for another Paper Players challenge...this week, Jaydee is our hostess with a clean and simple challenge:

I knew just what set I would be using for this clean and simple, almost-one-layer card!  Kristina Werner recently did a card where she colored in her little critters with pencils, and I hadn't used mine for a while, so I decided to give it a go!  Here we go:

 I began with a set from Close to My Heart called Woodland Greetings; I stamped them in Stazon ink on a Crumb Cake card, then colored them with SU and Derwent watercolor pencils:

I tried to give them some shading for a wee bit of depth, then added some grass; the sentiment is from the same set, stamped on Whisper White and diecut with the retired Word Bubbles die:

My final touch was to round the corners of my card with my Detailed Trio punch!  

I hope you'll play with our challenge this week...remember to make it clean and simple!  And be sure to stop over at the Paper Players blog to see what the other designers have created as well!

And here is a picture of the kids' own little "critters"!  Who would know that they would be best friends like this?!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Lovely Valentines

Hi peeps, and happy Saturday!  I got several hand-made Valentines this year and I thought I would share them with you!  First, I do have a couple of ones that I made and didn't share yet; this one was inspired by all the typewriters I've seen on cards in blogland lately!

I used a Floral and Fauna typewriter die, a retired Paper Pumpkin stamp, and a Tim Holtz typewriter embossing folder for my Rococo Rose card:


And this one was inspired by Lorri Heiling's candy bar treat, which you can see here; I adapted it into a card for my friend Robyn:

If you do watch Lorri's video, I believe the measurements for her candy bar pieces are a wee bit off, but they are easy to figure out!  I used From My Hearts DSP and a past Paper Pumpkin kit for the sentiment!

And finally, here are a few of the cards I received:

From Wendy:

From Debbie:

From Sandy:

From Kathy:

From my upline, Pennie:

And from my Secret Admirer (Doris)!:

Thank you so much, everyone, for the lovely cards!!!  You're all so sweet!  Now be sure to come back tomorrow for a new Paper Players challenge! Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Friday, February 14, 2020

AYSI219 Positive Thoughts Sketch

Happy Friday, peeps!  And Happy Valentine's Day!  No Valentines today, but I do have a lovely card featuring some new stamps from the mini catalog, along with their new coordinating dies!  But first, let me show you the beautiful sketch for the As You See It challenge this week:

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I almost went with the Honey Bee set, after seeing that beehive shape, but I went in another direction because I really wanted to use Positive Thoughts.  I already had some Coastal Cabana things on my desk from yesterday's card, and I happened to find this pretty retired DSP, so this is what I came up with:

I started by diecutting a Very Vanilla scalloped circle and scalloped square that matched pretty closely in size, and put them together, hiding the seam under a horizontal piece of Crumb Cake.  I stamped some of the elements from Positive Thoughts on to the VV panel in Sahara Sand and Pool Party.  I stamped a "grungy" element from Label Me Bold on the Crumb Cake panel and topped it with a Soft Suede diecut from the coordinating die set, Nature's Thoughts.  I stamped the butterfly in Coastal Cabana, colored it with Crumb Cake blend and sponged the edges, then diecut it as well:

Since I still had this cute little frilly trim left on my desk, I added it and a "hello" from the Label Me Bold set too.  A couple of gold metallic pearls and a few little Pool Party sprigs finished it off.  I did add sponging and shading to most every layer to amp up the vintage look!

I haven't done a vintage-style card for a while and it was fun to do!  But of course, this sketch lends itself to most any style of stamping, and I can't wait to see what you create with it.  Share it with us at As You See It and check out what the DT created as well!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Positive Thoughts, Label Me Bold, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Serene Scenery DSP (ret)
 Ink Soft Suede, Pool Party, Sahara Sand
Accessories Gold Metallic Pearls, Coastal Cabana Trim (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circles Dies, Layering Squares Dies, Nature's Thoughts Dies, Wink of Stella, Sponge Daubers

Thursday, February 13, 2020

IB111 Pretty Quilted Birthday

Happy Thursday, stamping friends!  Thursday means another Inspired By challenge, and here is my pretty "quilted" card for today:

And here is the prompt that Laurel has provided for us:

Oh my goodness, I just loved this challenge!  I rummaged through my DSP scraps old and new to find just the perfect ones to create my "quilt"! (And what a great way this is to use up some of them!!) I diecut each one with the smallest Stitched Shapes square die and then went to work to create a base on which to adhere them!  I cut out two Whisper White panels using the largest scalloped rectangles from the Stitched So Sweetly dies, trimmed one of them down, then layered it on top of the second one to create a longer one.  You can just see where I joined them together, but it's barely noticeable when I layered the quilt squares on top!  Just another way to get extra use from your dies!

After piecing my quilt together in a pleasing arrangement, I remembered I had some of this cool Coastal Cabana trim from a few years back, so I layered it under one side, and added a Label Me Bold sentiment, also stamped in Coastal Cabana!  It's fun to use some of these bright colors on a dreary day (or dreary week, as we've been having here in PA)!!!

I can't wait to see how our creative participants use this prompt!  You don't have to replicate the quilt as I did here, perhaps the colors will influence you, or maybe just the nautical theme!  Be sure to share it with us at Inspired By

Cassidy's french fry holder "invention"!!  That girl loves her fries!

 Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

SSC224 Delightful Birthday

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  This will be a quick post today, it's a busy day for me!  The Sunday Stamps challenge this week is a sweet little sketch:

and I needed a few more birthday cards for my February birthdays, so I pulled out some of the beautiful florals from the Well Dressed DSP and went to work!  Delightful Day is an under-rated stamp set, in my's a fun little set that's great for treats, but it also has a nice birthday sentiment and a pretty little flower:

I diecut a tag from Whisper White cardstock using the Bonanza Dies, then used my Stamparatus to stamp the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick, the flowers in Blushing Bride, and the stems in Mint Macaron:

Before taking off the flower stamp, I added a little "swoosh" with a Melon Mambo marker and stamped over the first stamping....I like that effect!  I also colored in the leaves with a Blender Pen and some Mossy Meadow ink:

A few tiny sequins and some Mint Macaron ribbon finished it off!  I mounted the floral DSP on a panel of Lovely Lipstick to really bring out those rosy hues, and added it all to a white card base!  It's in the mail and ready to go!  Thanks for popping in today--enjoy your day and be blessed!  

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

RRCB128 Greeting Card Kids Valentine

Hi everyone!  It's Tuesday, and that means Retro Rubber day, where we give our older stamps some love!  Here's our challenge for these two weeks:

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Isn't this just the sweetest photo prompt?!  Yum!  I had lots of ideas swirling in my head, but I finally chose a stamp set from 2010 called Greeting Card Kids.  Remember that one?  I stamped my wee little Valentine girl in Stazon ink on Shimmery White cardstock and watercolored her in:

I diecut her with a Stitched Shape circle die, added a scalloped Real Red mat, then placed her on a Rococo Rose gingham panel.  I added some Real Red diecut hearts as well:

A couple of past Paper Pumpkin Valentine sets came in handy for the sentiment on the outside:

as well as the inside:

And I used the sketch from the Fusion challenge for my layout:

Here's another card I made for the RR challenge before I remembered the Greeting Card Kids set; this one uses an image from a stamp set I don't know the name of; I got it at a yard sale and I think it is probably from the early 2000s:

Edited to add:  Thank you, Tina, for letting me know the name of the mystery's Thankful Thoughts!  The sentiment is from Vintage Postcard, and it is from 2001, so if anyone recognizes the silhouette, let me know!  I stamped her in Riding Hood Red ink, and added a felt flower with an enamel center, some pink and white baker's twine and a polka dot background atop a mat of Merry Merlot.  Isn't this just the sweetest image?:

Love that little pup too!  Thanks for popping in today!  I hope you'll dust off some of those older stamp sets...they have to be at least a year old...and ink them up today for our pretty color challenge!  Share it with us at the Retro Rubber blog!  Can't wait to see what you create!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Card One Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Greeting Card Kids, Paper Pumpkin (all ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Shimmery White, In Colors DSP
 Ink Stazon Black, Rococo Rose, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride, Pink Pirouette (ret)
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shape Dies, Layering Circles Dies, Heart Border Dies (Close to My Heart), Aquapainter

Card Two Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Vintage Postcard, Unknown (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Merry Merlot, Lost & Found Record It DSP (My Mind's Eye)
 Ink Riding Hood Red
Accessories For the Love of Felt Embellishments, Pink & White Baker's Twine (my stash), Enamel Dot (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies