Sunday, October 31, 2010

Paper Players #22


Hi everyone!  This week at the Paper Players, the challenge is “Anything Goes”!  Do anything you like!  Woohoo!  This will be my last challenge at the Paper Players, as I am stepping down from my commitment for a little while.  I still plan on participating occasionally, but I am going to spend some quality time with my family and stamp for fun!  And that’s what this project was….it was so easy, I literally put this together about fifteen minutes before we had some company earlier this week.  Check it out:


I found this tall glass container at a yard sale for $.50; the rub-ons were from last year’s Autumn Harvest collection, and the pine cones are from my yard!  I added another row of rub-ons on the back:


and a big striped ribbon tied simply at the top.  It made a nice quick centerpiece for my table!  I think it would look equally as nice filled with some mini pumpkins, some autumn potpourri or some berries.   What would you put inside?  I’d love to hear your suggestions!

I hope you will find time to play along at the Paper Players blog……be sure to check out what the other designers have come up with!  Have a blessed day!

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Christmas in October

Here are the four cards my stamp campers did at my recent Christmas in October stamp camp:





If you have any questions, just shoot me an email!  Have a great weekend!!!

Friday, October 29, 2010

Flowers for Friends

Last week I did a workshop for some of my experienced stampers; the hostess had wanted to learn to make flowers, so we did!  The first one used nine scallops punched with SU’s Scallop Circle punch; I used the Peach Parfait DP from the hostess pack:


The flower center was a rhinestone brad; the background was made using the Faux Linen technique I saw on Ann’s blog—so easy and they loved it!  I also did some distressing with the distressing kit and the sprizter.  The leaves & sentiment are from Day of Gratitude; cardstock colors were Peach Parfait and Pear Pizzazz.

We also learned to make rolled roses; this is the sample I showed them:


They all made pink roses and they were quite pretty!  It was a great workshop and we had a blast!!!  TFL!



Wanna peek at my little peanut?


Thanks for coming by today!  Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Christmas Collage


I resisted the Christmas Collage background stamp until my friend Georgette used it on a gorgeous card and I was hooked!  My only wish is that the design was exactly the size of a card front…’s a little larger than that, so I have to cut something off and it’s all so pretty, I hate to do that!  Anyway, I stamped it in Crumb Cake on Crumb Cake, then used the silhouette family from Welcome Christmas in Cherry Cobbler:


I added a sentiment from Many Merry Messages and I made a triple bow with a Bow Easy using the Very Vanilla seam binding available in the Holiday Mini.  Other than the bow, this was a quick easy card---I layered it on a Cherry Cobbler card base and added a sentiment on a VV panel inside:


I can’t wait to use this on some other projects!!!  Thanks for visiting!

  • Stamps:  Many Merry Messages, Christmas Collage, Welcome Christmas
  • Paper:  Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
  • Acc:  VV Seam Binding, Bow Easy

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Color Throwdown #116

swatch 116

Woohoo!  I am the hostess today at the Color Throwdown and I’ve chosen some lovely subtle holiday colors to get you in the mood for some Christmas stamping.  If you don’t do Christmas, I am sure you can come up with some other themes for which to use these colors!!! 

My sweet friend Linda lent me her Delightful Decorations set and punch, so I thought I would use them for my card:


The card base is Certainly Celery;  I used the Jolly Jingles jumbo wheel from the Holiday Mini catalog, and some Pear Pizzazz ink, for my subtle background, embellishing it with pearls here and there.  The “ribbon” is actually Cherry Cobbler seam binding, also from the mini:


I hope you can find some time to play along with us this week!  Check out the CTD blog to find all the details…and here are the other designers’ links to peruse:

Thanks for visiting today!

  • Stamps:  Delightful Decorations, Jolly Jingles wheel
  • Paper:  VV, Riding Hood Red, Certainly Celery
  • Ink:  Riding Hood Red, Pear Pizzazz
  • Acc:  Ornament Punch, CC Seam Binding, Nesties, Pearls

Tuesday, October 26, 2010



Welcome back to another ColourQ challenge!  Check out this lovely inspiration:


These bold fall colors made me want to pull out my new French Foliage set for  a leafy birthday card:


The little flourishes  and the sentiment are from Style Beautiful…..this set is just SO pretty!    We’d love to have you play as well….stop on over at the CQC blog to get all the details and to see what the other Courtiers have designed!!!  Thanks for stopping by!

  • Stamps:  French Foliage, Style Beautiful
  • Paper:  Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery
  • Ink:  Rich Razzleberry, Garden Green, Pumpkin Pie, Certainly Celery
  • Acc:  Square Lattice EF, Square Punch, Certainly Celery Grosgrain (ret) ribbon, dimensionals, dauber

And I have a quick little picture of my granddaughter—the weather has been so nice lately we were able to sit out on the porch after church on Sunday:


Monday, October 25, 2010



Just a quick post before my granddaughter arrives….SCS’s CAS90 challenge today is to use gingham and/or checks.  I had this paper from Crafty Secrets hanging out on my desk for days, along with a some nice vintages prints from the Graphics Fairy:


I added a button from my stash and a sentiment from SU’s Teeny Tiny Wishes, and it was done.  QUICK!  I apologize for my photo….I have family staying with me and my “photo tent” is in the spare bedroom!  Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Paper Players 21 – Recipe Challenge


Well, I am back---I had a nice little blogging vacation and ready to play with the Paper Players again!  This week, Ann is our hostess with a recipe!  You must use these items in creating your card:

  1. Designer Paper
  2. A sentiment
  3. A punch

Easy peasy!  I needed to make some fast cards recently and I have a plethora of DP, so I came up with a really easy CAS layout which uses up some of that gorgeous SU paper!  I have two to show you:


And the other:


These both use Greenhouse Gala DP and the Perfect Punches stamp set.  That SU paper coordinates so beautifully—one side is usually a more subtle design while the other is more bold….a perfect combination!  I love letting the DP do the work!  These make perfect cards to show at a workshop, too…..they pack a punch with a minimum of supplies!

I hope you’ll play along with the Paper Players this week too—scoot on over to the Paper Players blog for all the details!!!  Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

  • Stamps:  Perfect Punches
  • Paper:  WW, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Greenhouse Gala DP
  • Ink:  Old Olive, Chocolate Chip
  • Acc:  Scallop Oval Punch, Wide Oval Punch

Monday, October 18, 2010

Blogging Vacation

Hi everyone! I am just taking a little R&R vacation from blogging for this week….see you back next week!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Paper Players Sketch Challege 20


Good day to everyone!  This week, Lesley has created a sketch this week for the Paper Players and YOU!  Here it is:

Lesley's Sketch October 17

and here’s my card: 


I don’t know what I’m more excited about:  my new French Foliage set or the new seam binding in the Holiday Mini catalog!  I love them both---AND the glimmer brad!  This card took me about 10 minutes to make…..and I think it is plenty dramatic, what do you think?  I left a sentiment off the front, so I can use this for any occasion that might arise.  The sketch leaves room for LOTS of possibilities too, so I hope you’ll play along too!  You’ll find all the details on the Paper Players blog.  Thanks so much for visiting today!

  • Stamps:  French Foliage
  • Paper:  Confetti White, Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler
  • Ink:  Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
  • Acc:  Sticky Strip, Glimmer Brad, Sponge Dauber, Cherry Cobbler Seam binding


Friday, October 15, 2010



I haven’t had a chance to play over at Pals Paper Arts, so I really strived to do it this week, since I got my lovely new set, French Foliage.  Here’s the inspiration photo they supplied:


I wanted to capture the more subtle colors of fall, as well as the texture in the girl’s sweater and hat; not sure if I did that, as my card looks a little “blah” to me:


I did some vintagey stuff, a la Ann, and used the colors So Saffron, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake and Pear Pizzazz.  I ran a piece of Elegant Soiree through the Square Lattice EF and roughed up the edges.  The sentiment from Falling Leaves was stamped on a diecut tag, and I added a Vintage Brad and some trim.  Thanks for visiting today and have a great weekend!

  • Stamps:  French Foliage, Falling Leaves
  • Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Sahara Sand, Elegant Soiree DP
  • Ink:  Soft Suede, So Saffron, Pear Pizzazz, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake
  • Acc:  Square Lattice EF, Vintage Brad, Chantilly Trim, Lots of Tags diecut, Sponge Daubers

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Frightful CAS


Just a quick little Halloween card for my sale basket at Curves, using Night Owl DP and Fright Night, both from the Holiday Mini:


Card base is Peach Parfait, and the image was stamped in Craft Basic Black, sprinkled with Heat & Stick powder, heated up, then finished with black glitter…an awesome effect!!!  Here’s a closer look, hopefully you can see:


A little crimped and punched border with a black Glimmer brad finishes it off.  Thanks for looking today!

  • stamps:  Fright Night
  • paper:  Peach Parfait, Basic Black, Nite Owl DP
  • ink:  Craft Basic Black
  • acc:  Heat & Stick Powder, Heat Tool, 1 3/4” Circle Punch, Fine Galaxy Glitter, Crimper, Glimmer Brads

Now, a totally un-frightful peek at a little goblin:


Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Color Throwdown 114


Happy Wednesday to everyone!

swatch 114 

Kristin is the hostess for the CTD this week, and I am lovin’ the colors she has chosen!  Two of these colors are SU’s new “In Colors”, so if you don’t have them, just use something close---we want everyone to be able to play!  Check out the CTD blog for all the details!

For my card this week, I pulled out a couple of neglected Big Shot items, dusted them off and put them to use:


I added a few little embellishments, mounted them on an embossed panel and added my sentiment and it was good to go!  The little bird is from the mini hostess set, Northern  Hearts.  Now lets see what the others have done:

And are you tired of my little granddaughter yet?  Hope not!


Thanks for visiting today!

  • Stamps:  Teeny Tiny Wishes, Northern Hearts
  • Paper:  WW, Chocolate Chip, Pure Poppy, Pear Pizzazz, So Saffron, Sunny Garden and Patterns DP
  • Ink:  Chocolate Chip, Certainly Celery
  • Acc:  Perfect Polka Dots EF; Dies & Embosslits:  Scalloped Heart of Hearts, Heart Set, Birds & Blooms, Swirls Scribbles, Scalloped Trim Border Punch, Glimmer Brads, Brights Buttons, Word Window Punch, Dimensionals, Thread, non-SU Rhinestones

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

ColourQ 54


It’s that bewitching time of the year, and Arielle has chosen some spooky colors for our challenge today! I could go a little crazy with Halloween decorations, they’re so much fun, I just have to rein myself in! Check out these cool colors from this cute little candy bowl:


For my card, I went again to that little witch in Fangtastic:


She is so NOT a spooky witch!!! So I gave her a not-so-spooky cat friend, and a Glimmer brad spider (the brad spider idea is from Danielle) and some other Glimmer brads in the challenge colors---love them! You can’t see it in the picture, but the embossed spider web is glittery too…just a faint little bit! The sentiment is from an older SU set, embossed in white EP! Here’s a closeup of Mr. Spider:


This also qualifies for Stampin' Royalty's challenge 41 this week--Halloween! Thanks for coming by today—I hope you’ll scamper on over to the ColourQ blog so you can play too! You’ll find the link on the sidebar…..we have a couple new fantastically-talented girls—you need to check out their creations, as well as the creations of our regular fantastically-talented girls! LOL!

  • Stamps: Fangtastic, A-Haunting We Will Go
  • Paper: Concord Crush, Old Olive, Basic Black, Shimmery White, Basic Grey DP
  • Ink: Stazon, Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink, Basic Gray, Craft White, Versamark
  • Acc: White EP, Pinking Hearts Border Punch, Nesties, MM Ribbon, Glimmer Brads, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter, Dimensionals, Spider Web EF, Iridescent Ice EP


Sunday, October 10, 2010

Paper Players Inspiration Challenge 19

Another Sunday and it’s Jaydee’s turn to bring us an Inspiration Challenge and what a beauty it is:

Jaydee's Colour Challenge

This just sings old-fashioned Christmas to me! Since my time is limited this week (until I get into a new “groove” with my granddaughter) I chose to make a really simple card, using a retired set called To You & Yours:


I am hoping you can see the full effect of this---the Real Red card was cut using the large Square Scallop die, placing the top fold just below the edge of the die. Then I cut a narrower piece of snowflake window sheet, also just running one edge through the die….just enough to cut it, then back it out, so I could get that matching scalloped edge. I attached it on the back by scoring the window sheet at about 1/2”, then adhering that 1/2” section to the back with Sticky Strip. The image was inked in Real Red, then I went over the trees and snow with a Basic Black marker. I added some “glitter snow” too:


Isn’t it pretty behind the “window”? A satin ribbon tames the window sheet into behaving and staying close to the card, because it wants to be wild and run away! LOL! Here’s another view:


And the inside uses a sentiment from that set, plus an element from Style Beautiful….I am finding ways to sneak that set into many things!!


And guess what? This also qualifies for the JUGS 54 challenge this week—to use acetate on your card! Thanks for visiting today---be sure to visit the Paper Players blog to see what the other players did with this inspiration….and we want to see what you can do too!

Just a little peek at a more “serious” side of sweet little Cassidy…..very intent on her little Binky:


But just check out that little applique on her jacket—and the ears! TOO cute!