Wednesday, October 28, 2020

One Sketch, Two Cards

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  WOW---the sun came out in Pennsylvania yesterday---I didn't quite know how to act! It's been MIA for several days, and it was so nice to see it!  Anyhoo, I did get a little time in my craft room yesterday...I loved the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches:

loved it so much, I made two cards!  The first one uses the colors from Hand Stamped Sentiments:

I am always scrambling for male birthday cards, and I thought these colors were pretty good for a guy..the Blackberry is just dark enough to not be too feminine!  I pulled out Sailing Home and some various DSPs and went to work:

Everything is pretty straightforward; I stamped the lighthouse in Night of Navy and diecut it, then added some seagulls and a sun on the Stitched Nested Label panel:

I added some diecuts from the Set Sail die set as well; the wheel and the rope were diecut and added strategically!  The sentiment from Rustic Retreat was diecut with the Stitched Rectangle die:

My second card uses the same layout, but I chose to make a Christmas card to fulfill the Christmas Kickstart challenge of Festive Florals:

I've been making several cards using the Poinsettia Petals set, so I made another, this time using some Winter Wonderland papers from Simple Stories:

I stamped two layers of the smallest poinsettia on some Naturals White cardstock, which is now retired, in Baja Breeze ink and diecut them out.  I wanted to "shabby" them up a bit since the background papers are a bit muted in color, so I sponged them with some Soft Sky ink and added some "lines" from Gorgeous Grunge in Sahara Sand to imitate the background paper.  I added some Champagne foil berries:

and a sentiment from Itty Bitty Christmas, stamped in Calypso Cora and diecut with a Tasteful Labels die:

And since I stamped the inside sentiment crooked, I stamped another poinsettia over it to draw the recipient's eye away from my error, LOL!

And just in case you're wondering what size the panels are;  the top left panel is 3 1/8" x 2 3/8"; the panel below it is 7/8" x 2 3/8"; the right panel is 1 1/2" x 4"; and the bottom panel is 1 1/4" x 4".  

Cassidy had a busy Saturday last week; before going to the Harvest Party, she helped clean out flower beds!

I'm pretty sure she slept very well that night!  Thanks so much for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!


Tuesday, October 27, 2020

AFC#186 Halloween Bingo

 Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I have a real quick card I actually made last week and is in the mail, but I never shared it!  The Always Fun Challenge this week is Halloween Fun, so here we go:

This card was so fun to uses the retired Spooky Bingo Bits, which has lots of cute Halloween images!  I stamped them all in various colors, punched them out with a 1" punch, then placed them inside this cool stitched Multi Circle Window die from CTMH. 

I added some sequins from my stash and mounted it all on a Granny Apple Green card base; here's the inside, with a sentiment from A Wish for Everything:

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

"The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe."  Proverbs 18:10

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps A Wish for Everything, Spooky Bingo Bits (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black,
 Ink Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie, Highland Heather, Crushed Curry, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Granny Apple Green
Accessories Misc Sequins
Tools     Big Shot, 1" Circle Punch, Multi Circle Window Die (Close to My Heart)

Monday, October 26, 2020

Fall Foliage

 Hi peeps!  I have a clean-and-simple card today, and it fulfills four challenges!  First, let's look at the card:

I used just the sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge, and the theme at Less Is More is to use more than one foliage:

I started out with a Very Vanilla card base,  some Bronze Brushed Metallic cardstock as well as some Crumb Cake and Cajun Craze to create the elements of the sketch.  The metallic was embossed with the Quilt Top (ret) embossing folder, and the colors were embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.  I stamped and diecut (or fussy-cut) foliage from Beautiful Autumn, Poinsettia Petals and Forever Fern. I did add a little extra coloring to the Crumb Cake petals with some Blends to give them a little more depth:

I fussy-cut the "smile" from Lovely You and mounted it on a piece of Cajun Craze diecut with a stitched banner from Tasteful Labels; the final touch was some sequins from my stash!  I used the colors from Color Throwdown, and the embossing fulfills the new Let's Squash It challenge!

The harvest party at church was a felt almost like "normal"!!!  The weather was gray and windy but it didn't rain!  Wayne and Josh manned the apple press to make fresh cider (which is delicious!):

Hot dogs and s'mores roasted over the fire was the menu:

Then a hay ride with a tractor breakdown (uh-oh!):

And everyone was having so much fun, they forgot to decorate their pumpkins!  Cellphone flashlights to the rescue:

Thanks for visiting today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Sunday, October 25, 2020

PP514 Baby Boy Sketch

 Hi peeps!  Sunday means a new Paper Players challenge with Jaydee as our hostess with a fabulous sketch---a sketch with THREEs!!!

I do love things with threes!!!  Recently I attended a "Meet and Greet" for a young couple who adopted a baby boy just as the Covid pandemic started.  No baby shower, no cuddling the newborn, seeing him in the nursery at church; just quarantining with the three of them as they waited things out!  So they finally felt comfortable enough to have friends and family to an outdoor get-together and it was delightful!  He's six months old now and just such a cutie!  Anyway, this card was to "re-celebrate" this special event:

Someone recently gave me a huge 12x12 pad of baby-themed DSP, so I pulled out this fun print, added some matching cardstocks and went to work.  Another page had the blue elements; I punched them out, diecut a border for the main one and stamped a sentiment from the retired A Dozen Thoughts:

I added a Marina Mist ribbon and it was done!  I love this sketch and you might just see it again sometime soon!  

What will you create with this sketch?  It's coming up to the busiest card-making season of the year, so this may be a great way to make some quick, easy cards using our awesome sketch!  Check out what the Design Team did with it as well as the Paper Players blog!  See you there!

Good old Highlights magazine provides fun activities while waiting for dinner!  Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Saturday, October 24, 2020

FMS458 A Friend with Chocolate

 Happy Saturday, peeps!  Hope you have some fun plans for the weekend.  This afternoon is our church's harvest party...a wee bit different than last year's but hopefully still fun for the kiddos!  

So today's card is for the FMS sketch this week from Kim:

This is such a great sketch, and I can see it being used with lots of little DSP scraps!  But as I was perusing my Martha Stewart magazine a day or so ago, I came across this "Magnolia Manifesto" from Chip and Joanna Gaines, and it reminded me of this sketch:

Such a fun thought and I loved the I put on my thinking cap to see how I could translate it to a card, and here's what I came up with, using some OLD stamps, LOL, and flipping the sketch to its side!

I pulled out an old stamp set I got at AC Moore many moons ago....not even sure of the name of the set or the maker, but they all feature sayings from kids, and they're very cute.  A friend with chocolate is a very good friend indeed! I stamped the swooshy image from the retired Work of Art in Bumblebee, Gray Granite, Poppy Parade, Sage Shadow (ret) and Petal Pink, then stamped the sentiment on each color.  They're clear stamps, so I cut them apart to make them easier to stamp.  I trimmed my panel down, mounted it on a Basic Black mat and added a sentiment from an old Lil'Inkers set and a heart from Banner Year before embossing my card with the Subtle EF.  

And before I did this card, I did a trial run on some Walmart cardstock, and I liked it so much, I mounted it on a Bumblebee card base and now I have two!

I wasn't real crazy about where the birthday sentiment was, but I liked the rest of it, so I'm sticking with it!  Thanks for popping in today!

"Give thanks to the God of heaven; his love endures forever." Psalm 136:26

A little cuddlebug...or should I say, "cuddle-chihuahua"?

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Banner Year, Work of Art (ret),  Friend with Chocolate (unknown), Rainbow & Cloud (Lil'Inker)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Bumblebee
 Ink Memento Black, Bumblebee, Gray Granite, Poppy Parade, Sage Shadow (ret), Petal Pink
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Subtle Embossing Folder

Friday, October 23, 2020

AYSI237 Sketch x Two

Happy Friday, peeps!  As You See It has a fun new sketch for their challenge this week:

I hemmed and hawed with this sketch; nothing seemed to be working, and I finally gave in and did a Halloween card, as I still need to send some out!  I actually made two cards, I will share that one later in the post!  So here we go with my busy Halloween card:

I discovered some fun Halloween papers I forgot I had (you never do that, right?) and used them on the front of my card!  (I think that probably contributes to the busy-ness feel to it, though!)  Anyway, I persevered, cutting an orange glimmer paper starry wreath, punched out a couple of bats and a green glimmer paper spider, and added a fun jack-o-lantern and some stars:

My sentiment is an old SU die, cut from black glimmer paper:

And I stamped a fun sentiment on the inside in Memento Black and Pumpkin Pie:

I think I know just to whom this card is going!  And I am also entering this in the Double D challenge for October, as well as the TGIF Halloween challenge!  

For my next card, I chose to use the colors from The Spot challenge, because I find Rich Razzleberry a challenge to use, and I wanted to challenge myself, LOL!

So here we go:

I wanted to get some use of out my Stitched Leaves dies again, so after getting my layers situated, I diecut three leaves from the challenge colors and adhered them to a Brushed Bronze "wreath", backed with some Rich Razzleberry DSP:

I added a copper ribbon bow, and after stamping my sentiment from So Sentimental, embossed each of the triangular panels with one of the Wrapped in Texture embossing folders, then added some faceted gems for fun: 

I also added a narrow strip of the metallic cardstock to the diagonal panel...I like the effect it gives!  

Now, what will you create with our sketch?  As you can see, any holiday or occasion would work well with this fun sketch...share it with us at As You See It...can't wait to see what you come up with!

First Card Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Autumn Blessings, Hello Pumpkin Cardmaking (both Close to My Heart)
Card stock & Papers     Grapefruit Grove (ret), Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black, Basic Gray, Black Glimmer Paper, Orange Glimmer Paper(ret), Rainbow Glimmer Paper, Halloween DSP (Close to My Heart, ret)
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Dimensionals, Wink of Stella, Black Dimensionals, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Little Treats Box Dies (spider), Boo to You Dies (ret), Star Frame Die (Avery Elle), Autumn Blessings Dies (Close to My Heart), Pumpkin Pie Blend, Black Marker

Second Card Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified


So Sentimental

Card stock & Papers    

Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty Peacock, Brushed Metallic Bronze, Rich Razzleberry DSP


Pretty Peacock


Faceted Gems


Big Shot, Stitched Leaves Dies, Circles Framelits (ret), Wrapped in Texture Embossing Folder, Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack