Tuesday, April 30, 2013

ColourQ 187


Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Oh my goodness, the last day of April!  Where does the time go?   Arielle has a pretty, feminine color challenge for us today at the ColourQ:

Isn’t this a gorgeous springtime palette!?  While cleaning and reorganizing my crafting area, I came across a stamp set I purchased several years ago; sadly, the company is no longer in business.  The butterfly and hydrangea images were perfect for the colors, I thought:


I used the CAS on Sunday sketch #7:

I stamped my images on a piece of watercolor paper, then colored the butterfly with reinkers and a sprinkling of glitter!  I wish you could see it IRL!


And what a sweet sentiment…..how precious is this?  I stamped some additional butterflies under it:


I can’t wait to see what beautiful creations you come up with using these colors….follow along at the ColourQ blog to peruse them all!

I am glad I kept all those bazillion address stickers I got in the mail:




Have an awesome day!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Pink Paper Bakery

Hey wee ones!  Two posts today!  (If you're looking for my Merry Monday card, you can check it out here!)

I was thrilled when Deena from Pink Paper Bakery asked me to be a guest designer today!  I have been wanting to revisit an old technique that I learned when I first started stamping---Dazzling Diamond Dust!  This is a real simple technique but it has a big “wow” factor!

Basically, you stamp your image…a brightly-colored one works best!  Cover the entire image with Versamark ink--just go pat, pat, pat with the ink pad allll over your stamped surface. Then cover the entire area with Iridescent Ice embossing powder.  Heat it up….and watch the sparkle!!!  Make sure you heat all the areas of the card.  Here’s my sample:


I stamped the floral image from Blooming with Kindness in Calypso Coral, then added two butterflies from Papillon Potpourri.  I colored them with a Tangerine Tango marker, then did the Diamond Dust technique.  I matted it with Basic Black and mounted it on an embossed Calypso Coral panel.  Can you see the sparkle here?

I dyed some seam binding with Calypso Coral ink and made a shabby bow to finish it off!  I hope you’ll try this too!  Thanks for visiting today!


Merry Monday 59

Happy Monday, everyone!  Picking up from last week, we have another sketch from Lesley for the Merry Monday challenge:
And here we go:
I got this cute set last year and haven’t used it much, so I put it to work today!  Some masking, some sponging, some “primitive” papers and glittery star, and it’s good to go!  I did a bit of background stamping with a lovely little pine bough:
and repeated it on the inside:

I love this color combination:  Cherry Cobbler and Bordering Blue; I so wish that color hadn’t been retired, it’s such a great country color!  If you have any questions about what I’ve used here, shoot me an email!

I hope you will be able to use this sketch to make another Christmas card for your stash!  Share it with us over at Lesley’s blog, Always Playing with Paper!  Have fun!
A little walk in the woods:

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Paper Players 143


Happy Sunday, peeps!  I have missed you all! I am feeling a little better, but the pollen is really wreaking havoc with my allergies this spring!  I was happy to do some stamping to take my mind off of them.   Ann has a lovely sketch for us today over at the Paper Players!  Let’s take a look at it:

I was able to move some of my stamping stuff back into my “remodeled” craft room but before I did, I broke out my new This and That Epic Day DP to make a vintage-looking Father’s Day card:


Wow, this paper is fabulous for someone who loves vintage-y stuff like ME!  I added some collage stamping from The Open Sea, although you wouldn’t need to----it’s rustic-looking just as it is! I even stamped the ship and anchor images on some of it, both in Basic Gray:


The sentiment is from Delightful Dozen, and I colored it in with a marker:


I cut some strips to make my banners and mounted the whole card on a Basic Gray card base.  This sketch is so much fun….and you can make the focal point any shape at all!  Be sure to check out the Paper Players blog to see how the other designers interpreted it, and play along with us!!'

Enjoying a little outdoor snack!



Have a blessed day!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013



Happy Wednesday, wee ones!  I have a quick post for you today, then I am going to be taking a little blog break as my allergies are acting up and I am feeling a bit under the weather, plus DH is almost finished remodeling my craft room and I will be busy moving all my supplies back upstairs!  Yippee!

Today’s card is a wee bit different than my usual stamped card; I recently purchased a card kit featuring images of Mabel Lucie Attwell.  The images are punched out, then layered with dimensionals, sort of like paper tole.  Since the Sugar Creek Hollow challenge 58 is to make card with or for babies, I couldn’t resist breaking out my kit:


There is a wee bit of stamping (I wanted to do a cute poem about spring but I just didn’t have the energy, LOL!) and I made a little 3D flower:


and here you can see all the layering:



Aren’t they cute?  I did some research and found that Mabel Lucie Attwell was British, and she did illustrations for many children’s books from the early 1900s to the 1950s.  Sweet as can be!

I’ll see you back next week for the Paper Players challenge! 

Building a tower!


Tuesday, April 23, 2013



Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Check out this adorable little birdhouse Arielle has chosen for our ColourQ inspiration today:

This makes me want to go sew something felty!  But alas, I have no felt in these colors!  So I stuck with some paper:


I used the Mojo Monday sketch 290 by Carol:

and just some little scraps to assemble my card!  Some natural ribbon, a sweet crocheted flower and brad and a sentiment from Tiny Tags was all it needed! 



I also stamped the Crumb Cake panel with the Woodgrain background stamp in craft white, and embossed the bottom panel with the Vine Street EF.

The other CQC designers have come up with some tweet, I mean sweet samples---check them out at the ColourQ blog and be sure to share your creation with us as well!

Putting on pretend “makeup” with her pretend “food”!!!!




Ah, they learn so quickly, don’t they?

Monday, April 22, 2013

CAS Shabby


Happy Monday, everyone!  Are you looking for Merry MondayLesley is sick today, so it’s going to be a wee bit late!  Instead, I played with the CAS sketch challenge at SCS, which I haven’t done in a long, long time!  I also used the challenge from the Shabby Tea Room as my inspiration:

Obviously, my card is not really shabby, but I so loved the colors and images in this photo, I had to use it as my starting point:


We were to use polka dots, flowers, yellow and green….I think I got it covered!  I used a retired die for my flower, layering it three times; polka dot paper is from Polka Dot Parade; gingham and sentiment stamps are PTI.  Isn’t that center sweet?


I hope Lesley feels better soon…perhaps I should have made this into a get-well card for HER!!!  Have a blessed Monday!


A yogurt “picnic” on the patio!


No Merry Monday!

Hey, peeps!  Our lovely Lesley is down & out with illness....so today's Merry Monday will be delayed....we'll let you know when she's back on her feet again and able to post!  Meanwhile, get better, Lesley!!  I may pop in later with another card....stay tuned!

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Paper Players 142

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Are you ready for another Paper Players challenge?  That stampin’ maven Jaydee is our hostess today and she has an ultra-easy clean and simple challenge for us today:
Yep---a ONE-LAYER card!  Ooooh, sometimes that is not as easy as it seems, is it?  So it really IS a challenge!  For my card, I chose to make a birthday card using Easy Events stamped directly on Pink PIrouette:
This is not a full card, it’s note-card size; I used my Simply Scored to score a little rectangle in which I stamped my image using my trusty Stamp-a-ma-Jig!  To give that rectangle a little more depth, I ran a very faint line of color with an Aquapainter on the inside of the scored line.  I really like the dimension it adds!   I used my blender pen and some ink to color in the image, then added a cherry from the Itty Bitties set.  I used Dazzling Diamonds and Dazzling Details for my sparkle:
This looks good enough to eat!  SO…..how will you create your one-layer card?  Can’t wait to see what you conjure up!  Check out the others’ samples at the Paper Players blog, too!

This weekend was chilly, to say the least….not like a couple of weeks ago, when we were playing barefooted in the sandbox: