Saturday, April 30, 2016


Hi all!  Yay, Saturday and the weekend!  No stamping time for me today, off to a luncheon with my family!  I squeaked in a little time yesterday, after seeing my friend Michele's beautiful CAS(E) this Sketch card here, using this sketch:

This was not my first attempt...the first was a FAIL!  So I regrouped, made it simpler, and came up with this, using the floral image from Butterfly Basics:

I stamped the image in Basic Black and used Marina Mist, Pacific Point and Old Olive ink to color it. I found some older washi tape in Old Olive and used it to create the panels, then mounted the floral on top.  Sentiment is from Endless Thanks.  I mounted it all on a heavyweight SU card base.

Cassidy likes to help me bag up my SU she is, writing the customer's name on the bag for me!  Good practice for her, too!

Thanks for popping in today--be sure to come back tomorrow with a new Paper Players challenge!

Friday, April 29, 2016

Baby Girl Card

Happy Friday, peeps!  Well, yesterday I told you I made a baby boy card when I should have made a baby girl card!  Ooops!  So today, I've got the right card for you!  Again, I'll share this at the Stamp, Ink Paper blog for their baby challenge, and this time, I used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch:
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I found this sweet bannered paper on which I thought a vintage baby coach would look lovely!  I stamped it in Strawberry Slush ink, then added a little scrap on the left, some Summer Starfruit ribbon and as an afterthought, because it looked a bit naked, part of a doily:

The baby coach is from a company called Cloud 9, and the sentiment is from a very old Inque Boutique set, stamped in Hello Honey.  I just love the faux stitching on the paper:

And isn't this a sweet image?

The whole shebang was mounted on a Sahara Sand card, cuz that's what I had laying on my desk!  Call me lazy!

Well, last week we were running around in shorts and this week, we needed to unpack our longjohns!!  Crazy spring!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Baby Boy Card

Happy Thursday, peeps!  When I saw the Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge yesterday, I was disappointed, because I didn't really need any baby cards:

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Then a notice popped up in my inbox that one of our church families just had a baby!  Yippee!  So I went to work:

I used a retired Project Life card to cut my Pear Pizzazz panel, using a Chalk Talk die; the banner is some retired DSP, and the sentiment is from Itty Bitty Banners.  The stamped stars are from Holly Jolly Greetings, and the star diecuts are from Simon Says Stamp and My Favorite Things. I used the colors from ColourQ and the sketch from Paper Craft Crew:

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Now my only problem is that when I double-checked my email, the couple had a GIRL....duh!  So you'll have to come back tomorrow to see that card, LOL!

Meanwhile, check out my be-spectacled girls....yep, Cassidy got glasses yesterday!  

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Snowflakes in April

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  My Christmas card this week uses three challenges!!  The first is from  52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown:

As well as Merry Monday's snowy theme:

And the beautiful color challenge from In{k}spire Me:

Because the colors are a little unusual for a snowy Christmas card, I went "light" on the snowflakes, using several different sets, stamping them in the challenge colors on a Whisper White base.  I added a sentiment from Paper Pumpkin in Blackberry Bliss, a retired metal frame from waaaaaaay back, some glimmer ribbon and linen thread:

The frame actually had eyelets on both sides, but I trimmed one end off to make it look more like a tag!  The sentiment is from Papertrey's Believe set, and you can't see it, but the letters are sparkly because I used Wink of Stella on them!

The white panel was simply mounted on a mat of Blackberry Bliss and adhered to a Sahara Sand card base!  Another for my stash!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Stamps for Sale!!!

Just a heads-up that I have a few stamp sets for can click on the tab at the top to see them!  I'll try to add more as I do a bit of spring cleaning!

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Hi peeps!  Two posts in one day, can you believe it?!  Today is special because the girls at Retro Rubber have asked me to be a guest designer!  Woohoo!  I love using my "retro" stuff!  This week they have a sketch for you:

Since we have finally been having such lovely spring weather, I chose some Close to My Heart papers called Skylark (probably two years old....I've been hoarding it!) and a set from Pink Paislee that I have had for over a year, featuring all kinds of vintage ephemera to celebrate!  Can you tell which is stamped, and which is printed on the paper?!

It's hard to tell, isn't it?!  Most of the words on the paper are printed on, but I did stamp a couple word images in Sahara Sand near the bird, as well as the words "Wonderful & Kind, Shine, and Smile as the bottom:

I also diecut some leaves (My Favorite Things) from the same DSP collection and adhered them to the branch, and the "hello" is from SU's Greetings thinlets, using Early Espresso cardstock.  I cut a couple of banners from scraps of DSP, and added a ruffle of ribbon (retired SU) and it was done!  I love this is open to all kinds of creative interpretation!  I sure hope you'll play along!  You can see all the samples at the Retro Rubber blog!

We made some cupcakes yesterday...of course, decorating them is the best part!  She did very well spreading the icing on:

Adding M&Ms:

Well, come to think of it, maybe eating them is the best part!

Enjoy your day!

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Happy Tuesday, peeps!  It's time for another Try Stampin' On Tuesday sketch!  Here we go:
The option this week is textures!  I didn't use textures, but I did use some cheerful colors to make a birthday card for a special friend.  She is in my TOPS group, and many years ago, she was my secret sister at church!  I hope she likes my non-caloric treat!

I used Cherry on Top DSP along with two retiring sets, Six-Sided Sampler and All Boxed Up.  I barely had enough time to use All Boxed Up as it was new just this year, and it has such cute sentiments too!  I used Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush for my colors, and I added a little cherry from the retired set Itty Bitties, punched out with a small circle punch.  The hexagons were also punched out with the Hexagon punch:

For my inside, I used a sentiment from the recent SAB set, Perfect Pairings, and I added a few green cherries for fun!

The TSOT team has created some fun, interesting can check them out at the TSOT blog, and share yours as well, and you can always go to our Facebook page as well!  

Enjoy your day!

Monday, April 25, 2016

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Ah, Monday morning!  I have another masculine card today; after my Paper Players card yesterday, I am on a roll!  I took this wonderful color combo from As You See It:


and paired it up with the Match the Sketch challenge:

and I came up with this:

I used some retired Soft Suede DSP along with a Soft Sky banner stamped with Chalk Lines, then added the globe from The Open Sea, an embossed banner and a diecut anchor from My Favorite Things:

This will be John's Father's Day card...he is my anchor!

Cassidy went fishing with her daddy over the weekend and landed this BIG fish!

Is there such a thing as a fishing princess?!  Enjoy your day!

Sunday, April 24, 2016

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Happy Sunday, everyone!  The fabulous Claire is our hostess for the Paper Players today, and she has a fun sketch!  Check it out:

There is always a dearth of "guy" cards in my stash, so I thought I'd pull out Guy Greetings for my card today:

I will be mourning the loss of Lost Lagoon, so I am using it a lot lately!  I stamped the shoes and hats in Basic Black; I used the retired Dictionary background stamp for the card base and a couple of scraps of Lost Lagoon DSP for my panels.  It's hard to see, but the black panel was embossed with the Alphabet EF, and finally, I added some twine and candy dots for not-too-frilly embellishments!  

I am also entering this over at Little Red Wagon, where their challenge is "text"...use text somewhere on your card!

We can't wait to see what you create with this awesome sketch!  Be sure to share it over at the Paper Players blog, and don't forget to check out what the designers did as well!

 I have a new-found respect for five-year-olds trying to learn to read and write!  The English language is fraught with exceptions to the rules!  But Cassidy is doing pretty well, even spelling phonetically! We play a game she made up which involves me guessing something in her mind, and then she draws and spells it!  

So we have BUNNIES:

CLOTHES (I love this one):


And hey!  She got this one exactly right!  SWING SET:

Enjoy your day!