Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Resurrection Day!

The angel said to the women, "Do not be afraid, for I know that you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has risen, just as he said.  Come and see the place where he lay.  Then go quickly and tell his disciples: 'He has risen from the dead and is going ahead of you into Galilee.  There you will see him.' Now I have told you."  Matthew 28:5-7

Praise the Lord for his indescribable gift!  Happy Resurrection Day!

PP438 Paper Pieced Butterfly

Happy Sunday, Happy Easter, friends!  It's time for another Paper Players challenge with Anne Marie as our lovely hostess, and it's another CAS challenge!  This is a really fun one...great idea, Anne Marie!  So here we go:

Originally, I made a different card for this challenge but thought it wasn't quite "clean and simple" enough...maybe I'll share that one tomorrow!  I went back to the drawing board and came up with this:


I stamped the big butterfly from Beautiful Day on some Twinkle Twinkle DSP and fussy-cut it out.  I stamped it again on a card of Whisper White, then added some of the elements from the retiring Touches of Texture, stamping them in Petal Pink.  I adhered the cut-out butterfly, added the "friend" from Botanical Bliss, then added a few iridescent sequins for some zing:

And since the Festive Friday challenge this week is pink, and the CAS on Sunday challenge is butterflies, I am entering this at both of those as well!

#festivefridaychallenge, #FF0032, Mother's Day, Pink

I hope you'll play along with our CAS Paper Piecing challenge!  Be sure to check out the DT's samples as well:

Thanks for popping by today!

Cassidy's dad recently was at a truck stop (he's a truck driver) and a little chihuahua ran up to him; apparently someone threw the little dog out the window (how anyone can do that is beyond me🙁).  Needless to say, they now have a new little member of the family:  Ginger!

Cassidy loves her!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Day, Botanical Bliss, Touches of Texture
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Twinkle Twinkle DSP
 Ink Stazon Black, Petal Pink
Accessories Iridescent Sequins (Sylvia' Etsy Shop)

Saturday, April 20, 2019

FF161 Country Birthday

Happy Saturday, peeps!  Late today---it's been a lazy kind of day, tons of rain this morning and now it's cleared up so I think I might go out for a walk!  But first, a birthday card for my BIL, using the sketch from Fab Friday:

That frame is so cool, and perfect for the Stitched Rectangle dies!  I haven't used Country Road too often, so I did some random stamping to make my own background, framed by Early Espresso and Crumb Cake:

I used Sahara Sand for my images, stamping off for lighter images, and I also added a few rustic images from Timeless Textures.  Country Road has a lovely birthday sentiment, so I stamped that on the front in Early Espresso too:

Finally, I added a little ribbon embellishment and a Corrugated Element that I punched out with a retired star punch and sponged with some EE ink:

And speaking of country, John has had a critter making itself comfy under one of his sheds, more than likely a groundhog, but he set up a Have-a-Heart trap, and this morning came out to find this:

John was a little confused because he never saw an opossum quite this color; they're usually darker and this one was pretty light-colored.  He pretended to be asleep:

John took him back to the woods, opened the cage and "encouraged" him to come out, where he sleepily scampered through the brush!

We've caught groundhogs, squirrels, raccoons, opossums and skunks in our traps....can't wait to see what we get next, LOL!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Country Road, Timeless Textures
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
 Ink Sahara Sand, Early Espresso
Accessories Crumb Cake Classic Weave Ribbon, Corrugated Elements 
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Small Star Punch (ret)

Friday, April 19, 2019

One Last Easter Card

Happy Good Friday everyone!  We had a really meaningful Maundy Thursday service last night along with a delicious soup and salad meal!  But it's been a long week!  I did have some stamping/crafting time with Cassidy yesterday morning and was able to make one more Easter card while she colored....well, markered...some pages she printed out!  I loved the challenges at In(k)spire Me and Inspire.Create:

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I had not played very much with my new Art ImpressionsEaster set that Claire gave me, so I thought I would ink up the mama bunny this time:

I watercolored the image after stamping her with Stazon ink on Shimmery White cardstock: 

I also stamped and colored the little chick, fussy-cut her out and popped her up alongside mama bunny:

Isn't she the cutest?  I diecut the Shimmery White panel with a Rectangle Stitched die, and mounted it on a Whisper White card base to which I added a panel of Gala Gingham DSP.  I also added a strip of Lemon Lime Twist which was diecut with a Rectangle Stitched die and trimmed to fit. 

I've already sent out all my Easter cards, but it's never too late to start for next year!  Thanks for popping in today!

We had a big Easter egg dying session on Wednesday; Cassidy and Lee dyed over two dozen eggs and they wished for more, LOL!  They had quite a set-up:

Cassidy experimented with two colors:

This one turned out really well...Bermuda Bay and Soft Seafoam, LOL!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Basket of Blessings (Art Impressions)
Card stock & Papers     Shimmery White, Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Gala Gingham DSP
 Ink Stazon Black, Soft Suede,  miscellaneous SU colors
Accessories Mini Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Aquapainter

Thursday, April 18, 2019

IB68 Monochromatic Earth Day

Happy Thursday, peeps!  It's time for another Inspired By challenge!  Since the retired list came out, I thought it would be nice to highlight one of my favorite retiring In Colors, Tranquil Tide.  I will be sad to see it go!  So here we go:

And here is Laurel's prompt:

Usually I stick to the prompt photograph when creating my card. Bit since the name of the prompt is "Earth Day", I went more with a nature theme than the photo!  I stamped the trees from Winter Woods on a small panel of Very Vanilla, stamping off a few times (without reinking) to give a lighter look in the background.  I also stamped a partial sentiment from a retiring set, Wood Words, and diecut it with a Stitched Rectangle die:

I mounted it on a Thick Very Vanilla card base that I embossed with the Woodland embossing folder, and added some Tranquil Tide ribbon for the vertical elements.  This also fulfills a couple more challenges, the Global Design Project's monochromatic, and the Freshly Made Sketches sketch:

Earth Day is always a good day to remember our natural what will you create this week?  Share it at Inspired By....can't wait to see what you make!  

A few pix from our church's Easter Egg hunt:

Blessedly, our Lord doesn't "hide" his treasures...they are open and free for all who seek him!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

SS559 Dump Trucks for Jamison

Happy Tuesday, all!  It was a busy day yesterday so I didn't get any stamping done, and it was my nephew's 4th birthday, so I made a belated card for him today.  At 4, I am sure he doesn't really know what belated means, so it's probably okay!  I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday:

I had ordered this dump truck die a long time ago and it finally arrived last week, so I put it to good use, since Jamison LOVES trucks, tractors and dirt!  So here we go:

I cut the trucks from Real Red, Call Me Clover and Daffodil Delight; the wheels and torn edges are Basic Black.  Sentiment is from Itty Bitty Birthdays and the Smoky Slate pattern is from an old Paper Pumpkin set.  It's all stamped on some miscellaneous scrapbook paper I had in my stash! 

I embossed the Smoky Slate card with a Cuttlebug Diamond Plate embossing folder, then stamped a sentiment on the inside (same Paper Pumpkin kit) and over-stamped the number four using a Tim Holtz stamp:

And here's a picture of the birthday boy; our church had an Easter Egg hunt (more pix on that later), and he was quite successful at his quest:

It is so cute to watch these little ones interact; they're so curious!:

And last but not least, I forgot one card that my sweet friend and teammate Claire sent me; she knows how much I love vintage/retro stuff!  I love it:

If you know Claire, you can just hear her saying looks like her a bit too! 

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Cards from Friends

Hi peeps!  Hope you had a good weekend...ours was very busy and so I got no stamping done, but I thought I would share some pretty cards that I've gotten in the mail over the last week or so!  

This one is from my upline Pennie:

She pieced together little strips of cardstock and cut them crosswise into a longer strip and put a piece of glimmer paper between!  Very clever!

This beauty is from my sweet Paper Player teammate from across the pond, Joanne:

Those orchids are beautiful! 

And this little Mouse House card is from my dear friend Martha:

We need these boots today...Cassidy is at a nature preserve, in the rain, and FORGOT hers!  I guess that's one way to learn!

This sweet floral is from my friend Doris:

Isn't that floral gorgeous?

And my friend Robyn made a perfectly adorable little Easter card with these sweet patterned chicks and that one friend who just has to think outside the box...the one wearing the bunny ears:

Finally from my up-upline, Denise, a pretty diagonal fold card:

So blessed to receive all these beautiful creations!  Enjoy your day and hopefully I'll be back tomorrow with something new!

Be blessed yourself!