Tuesday, November 20, 2018

RetroRubber's 100th Celebration

Welcome to the first ever blog hop for the Retro RubberChallenge!  We are changing things up a bit to celebrate our 100th challenge!   Here’s the scoop…play along with our celebration themed tic tac toe challenge!  Then hop around to all of the design team blogs and leave a comment!  Each team member is offering up some surprise retro (new but older than a year) goodies to one lucky person who leaves a comment on their blog.  That means there will be seven winners!  As always, we will be listing the five top picks with the winning pick receiving a prize for this challenge only.

*You do not have to enter the challenge to win but you must leave a comment on the design team blogs in order to have a chance to win!  

So here is our challenge grid:

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And here is my card:

I chose the bottom row of glitter, heat embossing and cake!!  My cupcake is from Papertrey, and I have had it for probably six or eight years..maybe even longer!!!  The bottom part of the cupcake is designer paper which I stamped with Versamark and embossed with clear embossing powder.  The icing was stamped with Berry Burst, re-stamped with Versamark (using my Stamparatus), and then embossed with Heat and Stick powder.  After I reheated it, I sprinkled some Martha Stewart glitter on top and heated it again to set REALLY sparkles!  I stamped a little candle to pop on top and added a few sequins to the diamond-shaped panel.  All the papers are from Cute Girl by Crate Paper; the sentiment is by Altenew. 

I used another piece of the same paper from the front for the inside, adding a couple of sentiments and some stars:

Such happy colors! you need to comment and hopefully play along with us!  Just be sure to use a stamp that's at least a year old, and tell us how old it is!  Remember, there are prizes to be had!!  You might be a lucky winner!  If you're hopping along, you probably came from Jan Clothier's blog, Thinking Stamping!  The next one along the hop is Jane Knudsen at See Jane Stamp!  And here is a list of ALL the  Design Team participating:

LeAnne Pugliese - you are here!

Help us celebrate 100 challenges!!  We can't wait to hear from you!  

Cassidy has a program on the computer where she can make word finds!  It's very cool!  Here she is, deep in thought, thinking of words to make a puzzle for me!

And here's my puzzle....see the title?  Clever girl!   All the words are at the bottom!  It was fun!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Cupcake Collection (Papertrey Ink), Label Love (Altenew)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Cute Girl DSP (Crate Paper)
 Ink Versamark, Berry Burst, Memento Black, Coastal Cabana, Crushed Curry
Accessories Clear Embossing Powder, Heat and Stick Powder, Pink Glitter (Martha Stewart), Dimensionals, Sequins (Sylvia's Etsy Shop)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Stamparatus

Monday, November 19, 2018

Gingerbread Happy Holidays

Happy Monday, peeps!  I have another "sweet treat" card for you today; I was originally going to use this as my Paper Players card for yesterday, but decided to use this for the Jingle Belles' challenge of holiday foods!  I have had this little gingerbread house image for a long, long time and I don't think I've inked it up but once or now's the time:

I used my Stamparatus to stamp the house in white craft ink on Crumb Cake cardstock; my white ink pad is splotchy on a good day, no matter how many times I re-ink it, so being able to stamp the image several times to get good coverage was wonderful!  I heat-embossed it with white embossing powder and colored it with a variety of SU blends:

I used a white watercolor pencil to color the snow and highlighted it with a Wink of Stella pen!  I used a rectangle stitched die to cut it out and mounted it on some gumdrop DSP.  The sentiment was stamped, embossed and fussy-cut, and I did add a wee bit of shading to give it more of a 3D look:

I just love how this turned out!  Sweet and fun!  Cassidy liked it so much, she wanted to make one too!  She cut her house out and put it on a snowy hill:

I hadn't let her use my blends yet, but she asked me why her house was so "streaky", so the next project she made, I cautiously let her use them!  She did a good job with them, but she has more  color variety with the regular SU markers, so for now, she's still only allowed to use them, LOL!  I love how she colored her tree!!!  All in all, I think this is a pretty cute creation!!  So happy you popped it to visit today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Sweet Christmas (TCP)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Candy Cane Lane DSP (ret)
 Ink White Craft
Accessories White Embossing Powder, Dimensionals
Tools     Heat Tool, Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil'Inkers), SU Blends, Wink of Stella Pen, White Watercolor Pencil

Sunday, November 18, 2018

PP419 Sweet Treats

Hi everyone! Happy Sunday to you!  I am the hostess at the Paper Players today, and I have a clean-and-simple sweet challenge for you:

I know that clean and simple can be a challenge....we all like layers, diecuts, ribbons and doodads, right?!!  But I kept my card to ONE LAYER...can you believe it?  I used a big subway art-style sentiment to create it:

Both the sentiment and cup of cocoa are from Close to My Heart; I stamped the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick; I just love all the fun holiday thoughts it incorporates, and my Stamparatus ensured a good image:

The little cup of cocoa was stamped in Call Me Clover and Crumb Cake inks, accented with SU blends:

I resisted adding some snowflakes or doodads, to keep it clean and simple!!! Since this is one layer, I am entering this in Festive Friday's one-layer challenge as well as Just Add Ink's big bold sentiment challenge!

#festivefridaychallenge, #FF0021, Stampin Up, 3D Day, one layer card

The design team has some lovely creations this week, be sure to check them out at the PP blog!  And I hope you'll play along with our challenge as well!  Here are their links:

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

My little nuggets all dressed for the cold:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Sept 2018 Stamp of the Month, Poster Tidings Fall and Winter (Close to My Heart, both ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White
 Ink Lovely Lipstick, Crumb Cake, Call Me Clover
Tools     SU Blends, Stamparatus

Saturday, November 17, 2018

One Sheet Wonder Sympathy

Happy Saturday, everyone!  Sadly, our family needed two sympathy cards this week.  The In(k)Spire Me challenge had some pretty colors in it:

I decided to make three cards by using the "one-sheet wonder" technique with the challenge colors, doing some random stamping with various floral images on a half-sheet of Whisper White cardstock.  I cut it into two sheets that are 3 1/4" wide and added a piece of Animal Expedition DSP to follow the CAS(E) This Sketch sketch for this week:

So here we go:

I added a piece of silver ribbon and a silver foil scalloped mat under the sentiment from Flourishing Phrases stamped in Balmy Blue:

The remaining piece of stamped cardstock was matted with Soft Sea Foam, and placed atop a piece of embossed Balmy Blue that I already had in my stash! They were both just the right size for the Try Stampin on Tuesday sketch:

And here's the final product:

I diecut a piece of Whisper White with a Stitched Label die and added a sentiment from the same set, then I colored some pearls with a silver Zig Painty Pen to add a little silver accent, and although it's hard to see, a little panel of silver foil along the left side of the stamped piece:

Thanks for popping in today!

Because of the snowstorm, Cassidy spent the night with us on Thursday and had a two-hour delay on Friday, which was John's birthday.  She hid his gift (in his bedroom closet) and wanted to give him clues to help lead him to it, sort of like a scavenger hunt!

He was able to follow the clues from room to room:



and back upstairs where he finally found it!

 She did a great job and it was a lot of fun!  Tonight we'll go out to dinner for a little more fun!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!  And be sure to come back tomorrow for a new Paper Players challenge!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Touches of Texture, Flourishing Phrases, Blooms and Wishes (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Silver Foil, Balmy Blue, Animal Expedition DSP
 Ink Soft Sea Foam, Gray Granite, Balmy Blue
Accessories Pearls, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits, Silver Woven Ribbon (ret), Zig Silver Painty Pen, Basketweave EF, Stitched Rectangle Die (Lil'Inkers)

Friday, November 16, 2018

AYSI189 Happy Thanksgiving

Hi everyone!  Yay, it's Friday and the weekend is upon us!  Looking forward to it!  The As You See It challenge for this week is a fabby sketch:

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What a great layout...terrific for using up little bits of DSP, right?!  I still need a few Thanksgiving cards, so I pulled out some DSP with fall colors and images, along with a new Spellbinders die I got recently:

I made my card 3 1/4" by 5 1/2"; it still fits in a standard envelope, but I could have my little acorn cap pop up above the fold!  All the papers are from Echo Park's Fall Is In The Air 6x6 pad, from which I chose four coordinating patterns for the background.  Then the acorn was diecut from two more different pieces, and I backed the cap with some So Saffron for better definition.  I added a stamped "happy" and the Thanksgiving was diecut from Old Olive cardstock:

I added a piece of Mossy Meadow twine on the stem, a little diecut leaf in Cajun Craze, then stamped a sentiment from Technique Tuesday on the inside, and added a little stamped leaf and a big diecut ampersand:

This sketch just makes me happy and I know I'll be using it again soon!  I hope you'll check out what the DT created, and be sure to share your creation with us as well!  Thanks for popping in today!

We got our first snowfall yesterday and I had filled the feeders a couple days before, so we got lots of finches and sparrows!  With taking the tree down in our backyard over the summer, my birds had no cover and didn't come around at all!  I put the feeder in a different spot and they are returning!  I think this is a house finch and some sort of sparrow:

Another sparrow, taking cover under the patio chair; maybe a white-throated:

and this duo, perched in the gutter, surveying it all:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Merry Christmas to All ("happy"),So Blessed (Technique Tuesday)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Fall is in the Air DSP (Echo Park), Adhesive Sheets, Early Espresso, So Saffron
 Ink Early Espresso
Accessories Mossy Meadow Twine, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, October and November Small Dies of the Month (Spellbinders), Blends, Stitched Leaf Die (Lil'Inker)

Thursday, November 15, 2018

IB46 Elegant Tree

Happy Thursday, peeps!  As you're reading this, we're supposed to be getting SNOW!  And sleet!  And rain!  I know lots of bloggers who have already had some snow this year, but it's a wee bit early for us...but I don't really mind!  My card for today's Inspired By challenge is pretty appropriate:

And here's Laurel's prompt:

The jury is still out on whether or not I actually like this card..I love the photo inspiration, but I am not too sure of my execution!  I found some snowflake papers from MME's Winterberry line and I paired it with a glimmer paper tree from SU's In The Woods framelits:

I colored some pearls with my blends to make pretty little centers for a few of the snowflakes:

And added a scalloped border, some Tranquil Tide velvet ribbon and a pretty script sentiment:

My sketch comes from CAS Colours and Sketches:

 You should definitely stop by the Inspired By blog to check out the other designers' creations though...they're awesome!  Thanks for popping in!

Our church had a chili cook-off on Saturday night....Cassidy wasn't too thrilled about the chili, but she sure tried out a lot of the desserts!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Signature Christmas (Papertrey Ink)
Card stock & Papers     Coastal Cabana, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer, Winterberry DSP (My Mind's Eye)
 Ink Lost Lagoon
Accessories Pearls, Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, In The Woods Framelits, Circle Die, Blends 

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

FMS363 Schooner Birthday

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I have a very quick card, I just whipped it up this morning using the FMS sketch:

John's birthday is Friday, and there are two things to remember when making John a card:  he likes boats and ships, and he doesn't understand lots of layers and's just lost on him!  So this is clean, simple and only has one little embellishment...some knotted twine...and since at every yard sale we go, he manages to find some rope or twine or something to add to his collection, I think he'll appreciate it!  So here we go:

This image is from an old set I picked up at a yard sale; it's called Schooner and it is from 1998!  Yikes, that's 20 years ago!  Almost as old as John, LOL!!  I paired it with some nautical DSP from a few years back, and added a current sentiment from Itty Bitty Greetings and some Night of Navy baker's twine:

I loved the little anchors on the back side of my DSP, so I cut a narrow strip to put on the inside as well:

Thanks for popping in today!  And here's the (almost) birthday boy, helping out with an Operation Christmas Child shoebox!

He unloaded all 118 boxes yesterday at a drop-off point to be shipped out to less-fortunate children!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!