Sunday, August 18, 2019

CAS Kid's Cards Times Three

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Time for another Paper Players challenge, with Joanne as our hostess!  She's got a fun challenge for us all:

I actually made THREE cards before I was really happy, does that ever happen to you?  But I needed to do some other things this weekend, so it is what it is!!!  Here's my final one; it uses an old Cornish Heritage Farms set called Make the Grade along with a Paper Pumpkin sentiment:

I stamped each crayon using inks in Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Crushed Curry and Poppy Parade, then cut each one out and adhered them to a card that was embossed with a Jumbo Polka Dot embossing folder.  On the inside, I stamped a few more images from the same CHF set:

Another card I created (at least I'll have a few kid's birthday cards, right?!) was this one, using the FMS sketch and Just Add Ink challenge of no stamping:

I scrounged around my scrap bin and found some printed papers, added a little diecut dump truck, and then added some SRM stickers for my sentiments:

Easy peasy!  My only complaint about this one is that the edge of the stickers  are really visible on the printed paper.  Finally, since yesterday was Cassidy's birthday, and she was having a Minecraft birthday party (sigh), I made her a creeper notecard-sized birthday card.  NOT what I would choose for a 9YO little girl, but she has very definite likes and dislikes, and she does not like girly colors and she does like Minecraft, so Minecraft it is:

I created the creeper with Granny Apple Green and Basic Gray cardstocks, stamping the "HB2U" with the Labeler Alphabet (ret) and mounting it on a Chevron-embossed panel.  And here is her most recent fashion "accessory" hair!!!

At least it's not neon....and really, it's kind of pretty!!  It will fade out eventually, but meanwhile, it's her signature style for now!

Anyway, thanks for popping in! I hope that you'll play along with the Paper Players this week...the DT has some really fun creations, you need to check them all out and share yours with us too!  See you at the Paper Players blog!

Saturday, August 17, 2019

GDP202 Peaceful Cardinal


Hey peeps!  I have a late post today, I've been busy playing with some new goodies from the Holiday catalog...lovely things!  I really liked the Global Design Project sketch:

as it gave me a chance to use the new Toile Christmas bundle, as well as the new Wrapped in Plaid DSP--they are both delightful!

The plaids all have a nice little line of gold running through them, which really makes them special!  And the cardinal image is BIG!!  I was a little intimidated by its size, but it watercolored quickly after I stamped it in Stazon, and the dies cut it out perfectly!  I really like the new dies, they cut more closely and make for a cleaner image.  It's also hard to see, but I stamped a sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas on the Shaded Spruce with the new Delicata Golden Glitz ink pad!  So pretty---SU hasn't had gold ink for a while, and it's about time!!!  So here's a closeup of Mr Cardinal; I added a Gold Foil panel at the bottom as well as a little Gold Thread bow at the top:

And the pretty sentiment on the inside:

This is a beautiful set, I can't wait to play with it some more!  Thanks for popping in today! Be sure to come back tomorrow for a new Paper Player challenge!

No cardinal pictures, but I have been enthralled by all the finches that have been having a feast on my quickly-wilting sunflowers!  I couldn't wait for them to start eating the seeds, and it's been a blast!  At any given time, I have male and female goldfinches, purple finches (or house finches, I can't tell the difference), and even hummers...they don't eat the seeds, but they seem to find the flowers intriguing!  This little female looks like she is saying grace for that big sunflower from which she's about to dine:

And look how this little guy has his claws on the edge of the flower so he can hang upside down!!

They are very vocal, too...I actually saw one male feeding a female because she wouldn't BE QUIET!!  LOL!

I took these photos through the screen from my craft room, so they're not very clear, but I hope you like them!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Toile Christmas, Itty Bitty Christmas
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Gold Foil, Shaded Spruce, Real Red, Wrapped in Plaid DSP
 Ink Stazon Black, Real Red, Delicata Golden Glitz
Accessories Gold Thread, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Be Mine Dies, Christmas Cardinal Dies, Subtle EF

Friday, August 16, 2019

AYSI207 Sweetest Baby

Happy Friday, everyone!  As You See It has a nice sketch today, and I whipped together a real fast card with it!  Here you go:

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This is like my favorite sketch turned upside down!  I recently got Wildly Happy, but hadn't inked it up yet, so I thought it would fun to use it to make a baby boy card.  I don't like to put a lot of frills and embellishments on boy cards, so it worked out perfectly!  I matched up some retired and new DSPs and went to work:

I stamped the bunnies in Balmy Blue, diecut them with a Stitched Shapes circle, then added a little shading with a Smoky Slate blend as well as a little punched heart:

I stamped the sentiment in Gray Granite, and added a diecut border to delineate between the two DSPs:

and stamped a sentiment on the inside as well:

So sweet!  I hope you'll play along with us and use our fabulous sketch!  I am sure I'll be using this one a lot!!  Thanks for popping in today!

So one part of the Turkey Hill Experience is to create your own ice cream flavor!  You're taken into a big, cold room (so your ice cream doesn't melt), given a huge bowl of either vanilla or chocolate ice cream, and then you have several ways to flavor and embellish it....there are about 15 different extracts (like lemon, coffee, mint, raspberry, etc), then add-ins like nuts, chocolate chips, graham crackers, and lots of others, and then finally, the "varigate", which could be caramel, butterscotch, fudge, strawberry....lots of syrupy things to add additional flavor!  It was mind-boggling as well as taste boggling!

Here you can see all the extracts lined up, the varigates behind them, and on the far wall, all the goodies to add to the mix!  YUM!

Lee made his lemon with mint chocolate chips (he didn't finish it, LOL!), Cassidy chose chocolate with coffee extract and chocolate sprinkles (no wonder she was bouncing off the walls!), and John chose maple with walnuts and peanut butter!  Mine was orange with craisins and strawberry puree!  I ate the entire thing and had a bit of a tummy-ache was a BIG dish, LOL!  

And this about says it all:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Wildly Happy
Card stock & Papers     Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Come Sail Away DSP, Gingham DSP (ret)
 Ink Balmy Blue, Gray Granite
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Arts and Crafts Dies, Triple Heart Punch (ret)

Thursday, August 15, 2019

IB85 Raspberry Birthday

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Time for another Inspired By challenge....another purple challenge, they're beginning to grow on me, LOL!  Today is a special friend's special birthday, so she deserved a special card, so here we go:

And here is Laurel's delicious challenge photo:

Oh my, doesn't that look yummy?  It fit right in with my Turkey Hill Experience yesterday!  I actually had a stomach ache from eating that huge serving of ice cream they gave us!  But more about that later!  This raspberry confection prompted me to break into Blackberry Bliss, a color I hardly ever use!!!  I began by embossing my Blackberry Bliss card with the Quilt Top embossing folder, then adding a layer of Purple Posy DSP on which I stamped a birthday greeting from Botanical Bliss.  I  then stamped one of the sprays from Bloom and Grow on a piece of Purple Posy and colored the centers and berries with Blends before diecutting it out:

I like the frosty silver dishes that are in the picture, so I added some Silver Glimmer leaves, diecut from the same Budding Blooms dies, then added some silver thread and a silver metallic dot!  On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from A Wish for Everything on a white mat and added a diecut from the Well Writen dies.  Since I had a couple of scraps of Silver glimmer paper left, I punched a few hearts and added it to the sentiment, just for fun!

I hope you'll find some inspiration from the photo and share your frosty creation with us at Inspired By this week!  There is still lots of summer left, let's keep it going!  Can't wait to see what you create!  Thanks for popping in!

I won't share all our Turkey Hill pictures today, but this is what greets you when you get there:

Yep, a big COW!!!!  If you're ever in southeastern PA, you might have even seen a cow like this going down the highway on the way to a fair or parade!  It's pretty well-known!  The structure itself is very cool; not sure if it's an old building or just built to look that way, but I loved it!

Inside, they told the history of the area, how the dairy started and some fun facts about cows, milk and ice cream!  Turkey Hill uses 40,000 gallons of milk A DAY from 8000 cows to make 72 different flavors of ice cream!!!  That's a lot of milk!  And a lot of cows!!!  There are also all kinds of interactive things for the kids to do, like drive an ice cream truck:

and milk a cow....and yes, actual liquid comes out of the cow's teats!  (It was only water!)  They loved it!

I'll share some other stuff with you tomorrow!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Glittery Holly Celebrate the Season

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  We are off on a little road trip to the Turkey Hill Experience today!  Hopefully it will be interesting enough to keep Cassidy and Lee entertained!  Turkey Hill makes really good ice cream (and iced tea, but I make my own iced tea, so I never drink theirs!) and they have an interactive attraction where you can see how the ice cream is made, taste different flavors, and create your own flavor! I am all about that!  But I also have a Christmas card for you today as well!  This is for the CAS August Christmas challenge (glitter) as well as the CAS Colours and Sketches sketch:

I got this big, bold SU stamp set a few years back at a yard sale and I don't even know the name of it; it wasn't in its box, so if anyone knows, let me know!  It was perfect to stamp in Versamark, heat emboss with some Heat & Stick powder, then apply some Martha Stewart glitter and reheat:

I was a little disappointed with the coverage of the glitter; my Heat & Stick powder is probably ten years old, and I did get a new container of it before SU retired it, so maybe it's just tired, LOL!  Anyway, I fussy-cut them out and mounted them on a white panel, matted it with Red Glimmer paper and then adhered it to a white card that was embossed with a holly embossing folder:

And the sketch allowed me to use a new upcoming set for the sentiment, Itty Bitty Christmas!  I love this set, lots of small cute Christmas sentiments!  I used Garden Green to stamp it and diecut it with a Stitched Rectangle die:

A quick sentiment for the inside (forgot to photo it) and it's done!  Thanks for popping in!

We took a meal and a gift to our friend from church who had her little girl on my birthday.  Cassidy was happy to pose with Cora!  (Notice how she smiles for everyone but ME, LOL!)

Truthfully, she had just as much fun playing with Cora's big brother and two boy cousins...she's going to be a good babysitter some day!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

RRCB117 Sweet Baby

Hi everyone!  It's Tuesday, and that means it's time for another Retro Rubber challenge, where we give our older stamps some love!  Today we have an easy theme:

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We have a newcomer at our church, and she just happened to have a little girl on MY BIRTHDAY!! Woohoo!  We are taking her a meal today, so I wanted to make a card for her and so this challenge was perfect!  I used my much-neglected Little Cuties stamp set (2017), stamping the pieces on some Shimmery White cardstock and used Blends to color them in; I must say that the Blends "blend" very nicely on this cardstock, I'll be using it more!  So here we go:

I used the TGIF sketch for my starting point:

I used some Homespun Gingham from My Favorite Things for the background, adhering it to a Soft Seafoam card base. I cut two scalloped edges using the Be Mine die from some Crisp Cantaloupe (ret) cardstock for a border, and I used an older PTI set called Daily Design Sentiments for the banner, stamped in Mint Macaron.  I don't have any idea how old that set is, but I am guessing it is from around 2010.  I know I've had it for a long time!  I also stamped some random flowers from a 2015 Paper Pumpkin set as a background:

My final embellishment was to add some faceted dots in Mint Macaron and Grapefruit Grove!  I stamped this sentiment on the inside in Smoky Slate (God's Blessings, 2006):

I am looking forward to meeting this little sweetie!  I hope you'll play along with our Retro Rubber challenge...just remember that the stamps must be at least one year old and you must tell us the age!  Have fun!  

I babysat yesterday and Cassidy went into hairdresser mode, or perhaps I should say "hair decorator" mode.  She gave Jackie the rainbow hair treatment....thank goodness Jackie's mom is very chill about it!

I have to admit that it was cute!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Little Cuties (ret), Paper Pumpkin (ret), God's Blessings (ret), Daily Design Sentiments (Papertrey Ink)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Soft Seafoam, Crisp Cantaloupe (ret), Homespun Gingham (My Favorite Things)
 Ink Memento Black, Mint Macaron, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Soft Seafoam
Accessories Faceted Gems, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Be Mine Dies, Blends

Monday, August 12, 2019

FMS400 Congrats

Happy Monday, everyone!  A real quick post today, Cassidy is back from camp and I am babysitting Lee and Jackie as well, so it will be a full house!  I wanted to squeak in a card for the latest FMS challenge---they're celebrating 400 posts!! Woohoo!  That Lesley, she was the queen of challenges for sure!  They are going retro and bringing back the very first sketch they offered:

My card is a congratulations card for another recruit that signed up, and I've let the Mosaic Mood DSP do most of the work:

My first step was to emboss part of the card base with the Subtle embossing folder.  Then I chose two of the patterns, die-cut them to size with stitched dies, and backed them with Soft Suede mats; I fussy-cut one of the butterflies from the paper and popped it up on a stitched circle:

It's also coated with Wink of Stella, which you can't see, but it's very pretty in real life!  After stamping my sentiment from Flourishing Phrases, a few metallic pearls were added for the final embellishments!  Off it will go in the mail today!

Dana posted a few pix of Cassidy learning how to make a blanket with a new type of yarn called Loopy; apparently you can make knit stitches without any needles!  She is already planning how to sell them, LOL!!!  Dana is an accomplished (and self-taught) crocheter, so I guess the apple doesn't fall far from the tree!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Flourishing Phrases
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Soft Suede, Mosaic Mood DSP
 Ink Soft Suede
Accessories Metallic Pearls, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Subtle Embossing Folder