Friday, June 24, 2022

FMS541 Home Run

Happy Friday, everyone!  Phew, glad to see the weekend here!  My SIL asked me to make a graduation card for her baseball-playing nephew and I was thrilled to be able to use up some of the last bits of my Hey Sports Fan DSP! I used the FMS sketch:

And here we go:

His school colors are blue and gold, so that big gold starburst was a great start for the background.  I added a starry panel flanked by a couple of diecut strips to mimic the stitching on a baseball, then added the center panel along with the "home run" ticket and sentiment banner:

And just for fun, I stamped and fussy-cut some baseball images from an old set called Have a Ball, along with some sentiments from Charming Sentiments:

Hope he likes it!  And Cassidy happened to use this set last week when she made a card for her basketball-loving friend's 12th birthday:

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Charming Sentiments, Have a Ball (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Hey Sports Fan DSP 
 Ink Misty Moonlight, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Real Red, Crumb Cake
Accessories Resin Stars, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, All That Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Stitching Lines Dies (Ellen Hutson)

Thursday, June 23, 2022

AHSC Tis the Season

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Hope your week is going well so far.  We've had some clouds and rain here but I don't mind since the beginning of the week was so lovely!  I decided to do some Christmas card stamping, using some of the new DSP that will be coming on July 1; it's called Lights fun and pretty!  I used the Atlantic Hearts Sketch:

and pulled out an older SU stamp called Peaceful Pines that just seemed to coordinate with this fun pattern!  Here we go:

Aren't those little dots cute?  I added some gold strips to the sides of the DSP because there are actually little gold dots on the DSP too!  I diecut a tree from Evening Evergreen and backed it with some gold foil, then added a Cherry Cobbler glimmer paper star and horizontal panel:

This cute little sentiment was included in the set, so I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler and diecut it with Stylish Shapes; the label on the DSP package says the DSP is Very Vanilla, but I think next time I'll stick with Basic White!  My final addition were a few sequins from my stash!

I actually made two next card has very little stamping, but uses some gorgeous vintage papers from Simple Stories:

I originally tried to make this fit the Atlantic Hearts sketch but it just wasn't working!  The side panels are all actually one piece, part of the paper; I just trimmed Santa a bit to fit the front of my card.  I added a sentiment in Old Oliive on top of some burlap trim to add to the vintage feel:

And a wee bit of stamping on the inside too:

And since the Jingle Belles want to see cards with "The Man with the Bag", I am entering it there, as well as 52 Christmas Card Throwdown, which wants a vintage Christmas!  

So happy you stopped in today! We've been so busy I haven't had time to take any pictures, but hopefully I'll get some's pool day again!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"Listen, my son, accept what I say, and the years of your life will be many.  I guide you in the way of wisdom and lead you along straight paths.  When you walk, your steps will not be hampered; when you run, you will not stumble.  Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life.  Proverbs 4:10-13

First Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Peaceful Pines (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Evening Evergreen, Lights Aglow DSP, Cherry Cobbler Glimmer (ret), Gold Foil
 Ink Cherry Cobbler
Accessories Dimensionals, Mini Dimensionals, Sequins from my Stash
Tools     Big Shot, Perfect Pines Dies (ret), Stylish Shapes Dies

Second Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas Wishes (, Vintage Christmas (Crafty Secrets)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Simple Vintage Christmas DSP (Simple Stories)
 Ink Old Olive
Accessories Burlap Ribbon (ret)
Tools     Dimensionals

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

TCC178 Vintage Shells

Hi stampers!  Happy Wednesday!  Today we have a beautiful new Card Concept challenge, just in time for summer stamping!  Here's the pretty prompt:
For my "clean and layered" card, I decided to pull out a vintage-style 100 Proof Press stamp and use it, along with the colors in the palette, to make a pretty seashell-inspired card:

The card is pretty simple; the shells are stamped in Pool Party on Basic White cardstock, and I ripped the edges for a rustic look.  I ripped some Balmy Blue cardstock to create a mat, then put it on a Crumb Cake card base on which I stamped some "woodgrain" from the retired Gorgeous Grunge:

I added some speckles from Friends are Like Seashells, some thick baker's twine, and a sentiment from Friends are Like Seashells on the inside, since I just couldn't find a place that I like for it on the front!

I have a special friend whose birthday is in August and she loves the beach, so I'll probably save this one for her!  

The design team has come up with some gorgeous creations using our inspiration photo....I hope you'll play along with us at share your "concept" as well at The Card Concept!  This will be our last challenge until fall, so enjoy your summer season and thanks for popping in!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Friends are Like Seashells, Gorgeous Grunge (ret), Shell Plate 17 (100 Proof Press)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake
 Ink Soft Suede, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Versamark
Accessories Thick Baker's Twine (ret)

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

RRCB185 Christmas Circles

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Jane and her team over at Retro Rubber have a new challenge for you, check it out:

Remember, you must use stamps that are at least a year old and tell us their approximate age!  Although there is a psychedelic feel to Jane's prompt, I went in a totally different direction: 

I found an older Close to My Heart stamp's at least three or four years old, called Whimsical Holiday....and stamped some of the images on some Basic White cardstock and used the Stylish Shapes dies to cut them out.  I've got a rhinestone-embellished snowflake:

An adorable little snowman:

And a little calendar reminder!  I also stamped and diecut some smaller snowflakes, and everything went on a polka-dotted DSP from You're A Peach!  Simple and easy, all in Balmy Blue.

I added a simple "Merry Christmas" to the inside, and it was done!  Lots and lots of circles for Christmas!  Now, what will you create for our "circular" challenge?  Can't wait to see what you create! Share it with us at the Retro Rubber blog!

Back to the blueberry muffins!  Without my help, Cassidy made her lemon glaze and drizzled it on her finished muffins:

She made Grampy close his eyes and brought him into the kitchen, where she presented him with ONE muffin....his response was "Oooooh", and he promptly ate it up!

Thanks for popping in today---enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Whimsical Holiday (Close to My Heart, 2018??)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, You're a Peach DSP (ret)
 Ink Balmy Blue
Accessories Rhinestones, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stylish Shapes Dies, Blends

Monday, June 20, 2022

FMS540 Wishing You the Best

Happy Monday, stampers!  Hope all is well in your little corner of the world!  I am squeaking in this card for the FMS challenge:

I just received the beautiful SAB Rings of Love DSP.....such pretty watercolor images, I just had to play with some!  So here we go:

I diecut two pieces from the same sheet, front & back, then matted them with Night of Navy.  The sentiment from Friends are Like Seashells was heat embossed on Crushed Curry and hand-cut. I did diecut some Soft Seafoam greenery with the wreath die from Natural Prints to tuck behind:

and I added a strip of that pretty paper on the inside as well:

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Cassidy got a little baking kit and one of the recipes was blueberry muffins.  I had all the ingredients on hand, so she made a dozen!

Stay tuned for the finished product!

"Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who depends on flesh for his strength and whose heart turns away from the Lord.  He will be like a bush in the wastelands; he will not see prosperity when it comes.  He will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where no one lives." Jeremiah 17:5-6

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Friends are Like Seashells
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Soft Seafoam, Rings of Love DSP
 Ink Night of Navy, Craft White
Accessories White Embossing Powder, Mini Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Heat Tool, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Natural Prints Dies

Sunday, June 19, 2022

PP596 Wishing You Everything Wonderful

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Hope you're having a good weekend so far!  It's Father's Day here in the US and Jaydee's Paper Players challenge was perfect for it:


Remember, Clean-and-Simple week means minimum stamping and this week, Jaydee wants only ONE layer!!! Sometimes that IS a challenge for us layer-loving stampers!  I decided to use one of the new SAB sets that will be coming out in July called Stylish Sketches.  It seemed a good fit for my one-layer card!  Here we go:

I started with a color combination from Just Add Ink:

I decided to use Thick Very Vanilla cardstock so that it would accept my watercoloring wtihout a lot of warping.  I stamped Mr Fox in Basic Gray ink using my Stamparatus, then without moving the stamp, I cleaned it and reinked it with Versamark so I could heat emboss it with clear embossing powder.  I then watercolored it with Pumpkin Pie and Crushed Curry inks:

I stamped a sentiment from Charming Sentiments in Basic Gray and added a Watercolor Shapes rectangle in Crushed Curry on the "wonderful"....that's a great way to make the sentiment stand out without adding layers!

Finally, I stamped a Father's Day sentiment on the inside, trimmed two corners with a corner round punch for interest, and it's all ready to go!  And since it is clean-and-simple week at Krafty Chicks, I am entering this there as well!

I hope you'll be able to create a clean-and-simple card with us this week....remember, only ONE layer and keep your stamping to a minimum!  Can't wait to see what you create; share it with us at the Paper Players! And while you're there, check out what the DT created, and give them a little love!  We all love to receive comments!  Thanks for visiting today!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Stylish Sketches, Charming Sentiment, Watercolor Shapes
Card stock & Papers     Thick Very Vanilla
 Ink Basic Gray, Versamark, Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories Clear Embossing Powder
Tools     Stamparatus, Aquapainter, Heat Tool, Corner Rounder Punch (ret)

Saturday, June 18, 2022

InkSpire Me Going to the Beach

Happy Saturday, peeps!  I have a fun card today or a few challenges!  First, I'll show you the card:

And here are the challenges:  In(k)Spire Me has a sketch and colors:

and Time Out Challenges has a tropical theme:

I pulled out a fun SU kit called A Little Smile; it had some tiny note cards that already had sand and surf on them!  I cut one down to a 2" square, stamped a starfish from the same kit and added a sparkly sand dollar, also from the kit:

The sentiment is from the same kit; the horizontal piece is a punch-out from the He's The Man DSP; I cut it in half, sponged the edges and layered them together, then added some Linen Thread.  My square scalloped mat is Bermuda Bay, and I added a few sequins from my stash for sparkle.  It all went on a Pool Party card that was embossed with the Seashells embossing folder.  I left the inside unstamped so I can use it for whatever occasion that might come up!  I really like how this turned out!  Thanks for popping in today!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Charming Sentiments, A Little Smile Kit
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, He's The Man DSP, Notecard from A Little Smile Kit
 Ink Memento Black, Crumb Cake
Accessories Linen Thread, Sequins from my Stash, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Seashells EF, Layering Squares Dies (ret), Sponge Dauber, 1/16" Hole Punch