Sunday, June 30, 2013

Paper Players 152


Happy Sunday, peeps!  Wow, can you believe today is the last day of June?!!  The year is zipping by!   Today I am the hostess at the Paper Players, and I have a tic-tac-toe challenge for everyone:

Since I already had the Soho Subway papers on my desk, I decided to use them again!  I chose the left down column for my tic-tac-toe, because I love birds and I always need get-well cards!  I used the Sketch Frenzy Friday sketch:

and I flipped the sketch so my little bird wouldn’t be looking off into outer space:


I love this card so much, I don’t want to part with it!  I used a Chalk Talk diecut, cutting off the bottom point, for my tag, running it through the Big Shot with the Needlepoint Border cross-stitch folder for some “stitching”, which also qualifies this for the Let’s Get Trendy Now 3 stitching challenge!  I highlighted the stitching with my white gel pen to make it stand out a bit more.  All the stamped elements except the sentiment are from Everything Eleanor, including the element behind the tag, which is a little hard to see:


The sentiment is from Delightful Dozen---what a great set!

So---what can you do with this tac-tac-toe challenge?  I hope you have fun with it---maybe create more than one project??!!!  Share them with us at the Paper Players blog where you’ll see ALL the amazing designers’ samples as well!

Life is cool!


Saturday, June 29, 2013

Soho Subway Thanks


Happy Saturday, peeps!  Do you have something fun planned for this weekend?  It’s supposed to be rainy here, so I am thinking I am just going to relax!  I finally broke into my Soho Subway DP and I am lovin’ it!  Some of the larger patterns I probably won’t use, but the smaller ones are a lot of fun, and they coordinate so well!  Even though the challenge is over, I used the Pals Paper Arts sketch 161, designed by Margaret Moody, because I liked it so much, for a thank-you card:


I stamped the plain label from Label Love on another piece of the Soho Subway paper and punched it out, then topped it with the thank you image from A Round Array, again on the same paper, and popped it up:


I love the effect this gives!  And finally, I embossed my envelope flap with the Alphabet Press embossing folder….this makes a really cool effect and is definitely a “wow” factor when the recipient opens it!


Glad you visited today!

This is how you make sure you get all your bowling pins knocked down:



You just get up nice & close to them!


Friday, June 28, 2013

FMS92, IB81 & LRW191


Woohoo, we made it to Friday, peeps!  I loved the Freshly Made Sketches sketch for this week (I say that all the time, don’t I?) and I combined it with the Little Red Wagon challenge 191, which is to use only red and white (for Canada Day!) and the Inspired By challenge 81.  Here’s the sketch first:

I veered a tiny little bit from the sketch as my right panel doesn’t come all the way to the edge of the card, but it was easier this way, LOL!   And here’s the Inspired by photo inspiration:

Here ya go:


My friend gave me an order for several cards, and I don’t want her to have to add extra postage for buttons or pearls, so I tried to make this fairly postage-friendly!  I used some DP from last year; the Six-Sided Sampler floral image and the long image from Summer Silhouettes for one of my banners:


The Framed Tulips folder looks so nice with this little floral hexagon, don’t you think?  Clean & crisp!

Cassidy has her own ideas about what to do with a jumbo wheel:



Hmmmm…..never thought of that!!!

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

One-Layer Patriotic Card

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Just a simple card today---does anyone really send out July 4th cards?  It seems like an odd holiday for cards, but I was itching to use this new stamp set, so maybe I’ll send this to my sister, whom I don’t get to see on July 4th!!! 
My first step to make this one-layer card was to make a stencil, inside which I sponged white craft ink.  I then just stamped my images on top.  I always forget that ink on Crumb Cake “bleeds” a wee bit, so my sentiment wasn’t as crisp as I would have liked!  Here is the inside:


This fulfills several challenges:
ART challenge #2 sketch (for which I missed the deadline---drat!):
The Kraft Journal’s Make it Monday, which is to use ink, paint or markers; the CASology cue, which is “Free”; and CAS on Sunday, which is one layer!  Thanks so much for visiting today!  And if you have any questions, please email me!

Cassidy’s outfit matches her watermelon!


Wednesday, June 26, 2013

JUGS194 & Catered Crop


Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I needed a cheery, thinking-of-you card for a friend and I just couldn’t pass up the JUGS photo challenge:

Lots of fun inspiration here!  Gave me a chance to use the new Kind & Cozy set, along with some embossing folders and the retired Flowers 2 die:


I just love how the brad almost mimics the floral diecut!!!


And since I used several dies, this is also for the So Shapely challenge at the Catered Crop as well!  If you have any questions, shoot me an email!

Some Carolina wrens invaded our bluebird box (grrrrr) and Cassidy, in her non-ending quest to “catch” a wild critter, thought she would sneak up on it:


Curses, foiled again!


But isn’t her French braid pretty?  Courtesy of Mommy – I don’t do hair!


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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

ColourQ 195


Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Wow, what a roller-coaster day we had yesterday, weather-wise!  One minute it was hot and sunny, the next minute it was thundering and pouring rain!  Great day to do some stamping!  Arielle’s ColourQ challenge is a unique one this week:

What a cool image!  I paled when I saw Orchid Opulence, though….that color strikes fear and trepidation in my heart!  But I pushed through my fear, got out Summer Silhouettes and went to work:


I had to admit that once I was done, I liked how the colors went together so nicely!  I used some SU washi tape from the Epic Day This & That line, and my flower is from some of last year’s Patio Party DP.  I did use some of the new brads; they are VERY cool!  Two I used just the top part; the flower center used the brad and the top! The sentiment is also from a new set, Six-Sided Sampler!    My sketch is the Retrosketches #69:

Hope you will play along with these fun colors and cool inspiration!  You can see the other a-MA-zing creations that the CQC designers came up with at the ColourQ blog!  Share yours with us too!

Cassidy told me she wanted to run down our hill!  Off she went:




Enjoy your day!

Monday, June 24, 2013

Merry Monday 68


Happy Monday, everyone!  We made it through the weekend and back to Lesley’s Merry Monday challenge!  Here’s the sketch for today:

With that big open panel, I decided to let some of these fun Cosmo Cricket papers do all the work:


I mounted the panel on a Crumb Cake card base and cut my banners from little scraps of the same paper pad.  Since I cut off the base of the little Christmas tree in the center, it looked a wee bit off-balanced, so I added a glimmer paper star….perfect!  An embroidery floss bow was my final embellishment.


And lest you think I did NO stamping….here’s the inside, stamped in Baked Brown Sugar, a perfect color for this card!


Why don’t you play along with us?  It’s a great feeling to be working on your Christmas cards early…..another one to add to my own stack!  Check out what the other stampers did at Lesley’s blog, Always Playing with Paper!  You’ll find lots of holiday inspiration!


Cassidy wanted to take a picture of herself!!!

Sunday, June 23, 2013

Paper Players 151


Hey, peeps!  Its Sunday---and what a glorious weekend we’ve been having!  Nance is our hostess today and she has a fun sketch for us all:

This is my third card for my weekend party, the anniversary card I gave DH’s sister and BIL:


I feel a wee bit bad that I haven’t been playing around with my new SU goodies too much, although this card does have a brand-new stamp image on it!  But I have so much fun stuff left from last year’s catalog, I felt I had to use some up!  These papers are from Birds of a Feather, and I thought the two little “love birds” were appropriate for my anniversary card!  I stamped the “love” from Tiny Tags; the sentiment was done in My Digital Studio, and the little hearts were punched from the new Kind & Cozy set!  I was thrilled that the hearts fit the small heart punch perfectly!


They were stamped in Primrose Petals and Raspberry Ripple, then adhered and popped up on my focal panel!

What fun creation can you come up with using Nance’s cool sketch?  Can’t wait for you to share it with us at the Paper Players!  Be sure to come play along and check out what the other designers made with this sketch as well!

Having a tea party is serious business:





Enjoy your day!