Saturday, February 17, 2018

Chelsea Gardens Collection

Happy Saturday, peeps!  I hope you have some fun things planned today!  We have some snarky weather going on -- snow forecast for this afternoon and temps in the high 60s next week!  Crazy!  Anyway, I recently received some lovely papers from CTMH called Chelsea Gardens..they are beautiful!!  I am afraid I might hoard them!  But I did "challenge" myself to use the pages that are meant for scrapping...I cut them apart, trimmed a few down and made them into some simple cards!  So I thought I would share!

Yesterday was Dana's birthday, and this simple notecard with a blue butterfly called her name!  I have a fun set of word stamps, so I put a bunch together and stamped them in Smoky Slate on each dotted line, then added the daughter sentiment at the bottom.  

It's impossible to see here, but I added some Wink of Stella to the wings and it was quite pretty!

The next one had this gorgeous floral background but a different sentiment in the middle, so I stamped the birthday greeting from Beautiful Day in Basic Gray and added a Baja Breeze scalloped mat, then mounted it on a card of Lucky Limeade!  (Using up some of those retired colors, LOL!)

Finally, an Easter card using a CTMH stamp called Easter Animals Occasions; I originally stamped this little bunny in order to practice with the Blends, and he came out so well I decided to actually use him on a card!  I added a little striped scrap that was laying on my desk, a couple of Crumb Cake borders and mounted it on a white card base:

Reminds me of the little bunnies we see around our yard in the spring!!

Thanks for visiting today--be sure to come back tomorrow as I will be the hostess for the Paper Players!  

I "repurposed" Cassidy's gift bag for the little girl across the road on Valentine's Day...she always wants to write on her mom's post it notes as we sit in the car waiting for the bus, so I gave her a little pad of her own, and a piece of chocolate in the bag, re-tied the bow and she thought it was the cat's pajamas!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Day, Easter Animals Occasions (Close to My Heart) Everyday Expressions (Paper Studio), Celebrate Family (Fiskars)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Crumb Cake,  Baja Breeze and Lucky Limeade (ret), Chelsea Gardens DSP (Close to My Heart)
 Ink Memento Black, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Ovals Framelits,  Stitched Shapes Framelits, Blends, Dimensionals

Friday, February 16, 2018

CTS259 And Leftover Sneakers

Happy Friday, peeps!  YAY, it's the weekend!  For this month's stamp club, we used SU's new blends, using the sneaker image from Epic Celebrations. Each stamper did a pair of sneakers in her own set of colors, so I had a couple of images that I demonstrated,  plus I had been practicing quite a bit, so I had LOTS of sneaker images laying around!  I loved this Pool Party pair, so I used the CAS(E) the Sketch sketch #259 for it:

And here we go:

I trimmed down my white panel on which I had stamped the sneakers, fussy-cutting them out at the bottom.  I then masked them with a post-it note and stamped the top portion with an image from Timeless Textures in Smoky Slate. I added a Smoky Slate mat, extending it below the sneakers, and stamping it with another image from Timeless Textures.  

I cut the "hb" from an old set of dies called Timeless Type Alphabet and stamped them with a third Timeless Textures image in Whisper White:

A fun and funky card...not sure if it is CAS enough for the challenge, but if it's not, that's okay!

So here is the card we made at club; you can see that we had lots and lots of little black stars left over as well, so I put a couple of them on my banner too!!!

I must say that everyone did very well with the Blends and I got lots of positive comments! 

Grampy got Cassidy a special Valentine card and received a big hug in return!

Thanks for popping in!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Epic Celebrations, Timeless Textures
Card stock & Papers     Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Powder Pink, Smoky Slate, Thick White, Basic Black
 Ink Memento Black, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Powder Pink, Craft white
Tools     Big Shot, Mini Treat Bag Thinlets, Layering Circles Framelits, Blends Markers, Timeless Type Alphabet Dies, Mini Dimensionals, 1 1/4' Circle Punch

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Inspired by #7 - Cheesecake, Anyone?

Hello everyone!  It's Thursday, and that means it's time for another Inspired By challenge!  I received this pretty Altenew set called Beautiful You from my friend Martha, but hadn't really had a chance to play with it, so I put it to work with some yummy Berry Burst cardstock and ribbon.  Here we go:

I stamped the sentiment and strawberry on Shimmery White cardstock with Palette Noir ink, then loosely colored the berry with some Berry Burst ink and an aquapainter.  I stamped some greenery in the background with Smoky Slate, then cut it out with the largest oval Stitched Shapes Framelit:

I did some dry embossing on the Whisper White and Berry Burst panels, added a scalloped frame and matted it with some Champagne Foil, although it's hard to see in the photo!  I had a little scrap of Berry Burst ribbon from a previous project and I attached it with some silver thread and added a few sequins from sweet Laurel...aren't they pretty?  They match better IRL!  And here is Laurel's prompt:

My mouth is watering, just looking at that yummy cheesecake!  So I hope that you'll visit the IB blog, check out all the other delicious creations, and share yours as well!  Happy Stamping!

My little Valentine yesterday morning:

All smiles!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful You (Altenew)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Berry Burst, Champagne Foil
 Ink Berry Burst, Smoky Slate, Palette Noir
Accessories Berry Burst Metallic Edge Ribbon (ret), Wild Wasabi marker, Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Silver Metallic Thread
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Lacy Scallop Frame Die (Reverse Confetti), Elegant Dots and Vine Street EFs (ret), Aquapainter, Dimensionals

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day, everyone!  I hope you can spend some time today with the favorite people in your life!  I have a couple of simple projects to share today; I needed a little gift bag for a little candy treat for Cassidy and found these 6 1/2" bags in my stash that I picked up at a yard sale a couple of years ago!  And then I found some ancient red and pink DSP in the back of my scrap tub that were perfect Valentine colors!  A couple of hearts, a sentiment from Paper Pumpkin and a big fat ribbon, and it was all set to go:

And since Cassidy is really into "to/from" - she puts it on all her crafting - I added this to the back!

For my stamp clubs on Monday, I made these little candy treats using an awesome video tutorial by my equally awesome friend Dawn Tidd.  You can see it here, she gives great directions and has such a lovely voice too!

I created mine with Berry Burst cardstock and Bundle of Love Specialty paper, along with a foil arrow diecut from last year's Love Note's Framelits, and finished it with a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes!  The stamping on it is from Apron of Love...what a fun set!

And finally, this sweet little square card was made by one of my stamp club hostesses, Robyn!  Look how precious this is, especially in pretty red, gray and white!

We even used the same sentiment and punch...great minds think alike!  I love the little love bird and the embossed hearts...I sorta forgot I had that embossing folder!  Thanks, Robyn!

And here's a vintage Valentine for all of you, my friends!  Enjoy your day and be blessed! 

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Hold on to Hope

A quick post today; the weekend was crazy busy; I had two stamp clubs yesterday and a busy week not much stamping time!  Our clubs concentrated on using the Blends, so this was a sample I created using the flower from Amazing You and elements from Hold on to Hope:

I used Pool Party and Bermuda Bay Blends on Shimmery White Cardstock, stamping with Basic Gray and Pool Party inks:

I found this Christmas DSP from a couple of years ago and thought it matched nicely!  It's sad that I need sympathy cards but hopefully this will bring some comfort.  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

No Cassidy pix...sorry...but Eden got some treats, and she wasn't sharing!

Sunday, February 11, 2018

Paper Players 380 Apron of Love

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Laurie is our Paper Players hostess this week with a wonderful color challenge, one of my favorites!  Here we go:

I just got Apron of Love, even though I told myself I was NOT going to, but it was so cute, I gave in!  I used some retired Sending Love DSP to make this simple fun-fold card, the idea for which I saw on Cindy Brumbaugh's blog; (you can see it here, she lists all the measurements!).

I always need get-well cards, so I thought this would be a cheerful color combination; I stamped the flowers in the "pocket"...isn't it cute?  Seeing that little scallop edge is what sold me on this bundle!  I added little red accents:

And some hearts on the inside.  I left the bottom panel unstamped so I could write a little note on it:

This is such a classic color combination, there were lots of ideas floating around in my head!  I hope you'll play along so we can see your ideas!  Check out the DT's creations at the Paper Players blog!

I don't have any pictures of Cassidy today, but I did receive a picture of my newest great-nephew Sawyer with his big brother Jameson and daddy!  Jameson had a nasty illness for a few days, so he had to stay with his mom-mom while his mommy gave birth to Sawyer!  Now everyone is healthy and they finally got to meet each other.  I believe at one point, Jameson told his mom, "Your new baby is boring!"  Out of the mouths of babes!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Apron of Love
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Real Red, Crumb Cake, Sending Love DSP (ret)
 Ink Real Red, Crumb Cake
Tools     Big Shot, Apron Builder Framelits, Dimensionals, Adhesive Sheets

Friday, February 9, 2018

As You See It 169 A Tree for All Seasons

Happy Friday, everyone!  It's time for another As You See It challenge, and this is a real fun one!  We want you to go back to your first stamping experience and "fill in the blank".....

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I distinctly remember my first SU party....we did a one layer Thanksgiving card, stamped a cornucopia in Really Rust ink and added some sprinkles from Itty Bitty Backgrounds!  Talk about clean and simple!  SU's envelopes were so smooth, they felt like velvet!  I was in heaven!  I believe my first purchase was Say it with Scriptures, and I used it so much, the rubber is worn down on most of them, LOL!  But I know one of my first hostess sets was A Tree for All Seasons, from 2000, and I still have it, so I inked it up for today's card:

I colored it in with markers and mounted it on a stitched square; it's really hard to see, but I also used a sponge dauber (another one of my first purchases) to add a tiny bit of Soft Sky to color the sky.  I also used Deckle-edged Scissors (remember them?  Another early purchase!) to add a border along my Floral District panel:

I added some candy dots here and there on the DSP as well as my little Pear Pizzazz "hello" and finally mounted everything on an Old Olive Polka Dot Parade piece of DSP:

These fun colors make me think that spring might actually arrive, but for now, it's still pretty chilly around here!  I hope you'll play along with us, going "old school" and dig out some of those early stamping purchases!  Can't wait to see what you create...share it with us at As You See It!

I took Cassidy to have her hair trimmed last week....getting a style is serious business, apparently:

But a little "pink" brings a grin:

And since she didn't want any hairspray, these gorgeous curls lasted about five minutes!

Thanks for popping in today---enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps A Tree for All Seasons (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Tangerine Tango, Polka Dot Parade and Floral District DSPs (both ret)
 Ink Stazon Black, Soft Sky
Accessories Candy Dots (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Greetings Thinlets (ret), Deckle-Edged Scissors (ret), Markers, Dimensionals, Sponge Dauber