Monday, April 30, 2018

MTS226 and CAS131 Artistic Black and Pink

Hi everyone!  Monday,'s Monday again!  The weekend zipped by but I did get a little stamping time in after my company left; I used the Match the Sketch sketch and the CAS on Sunday color challenge of pink, black and white!

I was sad to see Awesomely Artistic on the retired had such nice elements with an eclectic, vintage feel to them.  I thought it would be fun to make a CAS card with Melon Mambo and Basic Black...they are strong colors, but the floral is open and delicate, so the color isn't too overpowering:

I stamped the frame and dragonfly in Basic Black ink and fussy-cut them out, even cutting out the inner portion of the frame.  I used a sentiment from Wood Words inside the frame, as this is a customer's thank you card, and originally I had stamped it directly on to the floral image, but I didn't like how it got a wee bit lost, so I stamped it again on some vellum, layered it on the back of the frame and then re-lined it up with the original stamped sentiment.  Much better:

A black scalloped mat and some speckles from Swirly Bird gave it a little "movement", and I found some retired enamel dots in Strawberry Slush that matched enough!!  

A couple more pictures from Curriculum Night; this is the pot Cassidy made:

and the teepee:

and at one table, we could write a message with Indian symbols; this is what I wrote:

and here's John's:  a man goes fishing in the rain!  LOL!!!!

Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Awesomely Artistic, Wood Words, Swirly Bird
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Basic Black
 Ink Basic Black, Melon Mambo
Accessories Enamel Dots (ret), Mini Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Paper Players 391 Tic Tac Toe Wreath

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Hope you're having a good weekend!  It's been a busy one in the Pugliese household, lots of people coming and going, activities, weddings, luncheons, dinners...phew, it's exhausting, but fun seeing family and friends!  Joanne is our Paper Players hostess today with a Tic Tac Toe challenge!  They're always fun:

I have had this little "wreath" poking around on my desk for several days (and I apologize for the photo quality, just couldn't get a good one for some reason); it was made with a couple of dies I was just experimenting with, so I thought I would use it for Joanne's challenge, going down the middle column of diecut, ribbon and circle.  So here we go:

Again, it's pretty CAS because that's just where my brain has been going lately!  I wanted to use a small flower but not one that I would normally choose, so I went for the blossom in Hold on to Hope, stamping it three times in Sweet Sugarplum ink and trimming off the stem after diecutting it:

I had a little scrap of Primrose Petals stitched ribbon that I adhered under the flowers, then mounted it on an embossed panel, added a butterfly diecut from the same set and a few pearls:

I added a Primrose Petals mat and the sentiment from Colorful Seasons, also stamped in Primrose Petals:

I left the inside blank, and I'll add a sentiment when I decide what occasion it's for!  And since this card is pink, has flowers, and has pearls, I am entering it in the TGIF157 challenge, which is also a Tic-Tac-Toe:

So happy you popped in today!  I hope you'll visit the Paper Players blog to see what the others created, and play Tic Tac Toe with us as well!!

We visited Cassidy's school last week for Curriculum Night, which means each second-grade classroom shares an activity related to the topic about which they are learning.  Currently, they're learning about Native Americans and how the western US was settled.  She played a game on the floor, taking her on the Oregon Trail:

Made a wampum bead bracelet:

Panned for gold:

And piloted a keel ship!

We were very impressed with how detailed the projects were, and these were only a few of them!  Hands-on learning!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hold on to Hope, Colorful Seasons
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Primrose Petals (ret)
 Ink Sweet Sugarplum, Primrose Petals (ret)
Accessories Primrose Petals Ribbon (ret), Pearls, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder (ret)

Friday, April 27, 2018

Christmas for the Birds

Happy Friday, peeps!  So happy to see the weekend arrive!  I have a Christmas card today for three challenges!  I loved the CAS Colours and Sketches sketch so much, I used it again, and the Merry Christmas Challenge was Anything Goes with the option of Banners, and Stamp Ink Paper's challenge was to Color It!

I got a sweet little Christmas set at the end of last year from Faith Illustrated and I thought these little birds would be fun and simple to color with my SU Blends:

I stamped them in Memento Black and used Light and Dark Pool Party, Light Bermuda Bay and Light Calypso Coral as my shades; some retired Crisp Cantaloupe DSP matched pretty well and is a fresh and fun color complement when paired with Pool Party:

My banner sentiment is from another set from Kaiser, fussy cut and mounted with dimensionals, and the inside sentiment is from SU's Better Together:

I have family staying for a few days, and my light box for my photos has been disassembled, so I am trying some "flat" photography; it's not too bad but not as nice as some that I have seen!  I need to do some practicing and find a spot with good lighting! Thanks for popping in today!

I made some peanut butter spritz cookies for my guests and I asked Cassidy to put them in a tin, knowing she likes to line things up neatly!!  I could tell by the look on her face she snuck one:


It was a perfect reward for a job well done!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Better Together, Sentiments Traditional Christmas (Kaiser), CHRISTmas (Illustrated Faith)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pool Party, Crisp Cantaloupe Patterns DSP (ret)
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Blends in Pool Party, Bermuday Bay and Calypso Coral

Thursday, April 26, 2018

IB17 Pocket Full of Posies

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Thursdays are always fun because it's Inspired By day!  Laurel's challenges have really gotten me using aprons and flowers lately!  Here's today's creation using the Apron Builder die and the flowers from Jar of Love:

And here's Laurel's prompt:

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I almost used the same Altenew set I used for my recent wedding card, but I chose to go with something a little brighter, so I stamped the flowers in various shades and tucked them into the pocket of a wee little canvas apron!  SU sold canvas sheets a while back and I have quite a few left, so I thought it would be fun to make my apron from that, and I added some thick baker's twine for the tie:

I didn't have a stamp that read " A Pocket full of Posies", so I did a computer-generated one, printing it on a scrap of DSP and cutting it out with a banner die:

I mounted everything on some retired SU DSP and a mat of Pool Party; I love the combination of Crumb Cake and Pool Party!  

I hope you'll meander over to the Inspired By blog to see what the other DT members created!  I hope you'll  be inspired to create and share something yourself!  And thanks for popping in today!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Apron of Love, Jar of Love
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pool Party, Petal Garden DSP, Adhesive Sheet, Canvas Sheet (ret), Fresh Prints DSP (ret)
 Ink Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Wild Wasabi, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, So Saffron, Crushed Curry, Sweet Sugarplum, Berrry Burst, Blushing Bride, Calypso Coral
Accessories Thick Baker's Twine (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Apron Builder Die, Banner Die (Nestabilities), Computer

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

CASCSC269 Lilac Wedding

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  My sister needed a wedding card...'tis the season, I guess...and I am pretty sure the bride is a fan of lavender, so I used the CAS Colours and Sketches sketch:

and some pretty Graphics 45 papers to create a card for her:

I had to remind myself that the challenge is "clean and simple" so I didn't add a lot of embellishments!  The sentiment is from Suite Sayings (ret), stamped in Elegant Eggplant, and I added a little flower from W+9's Freehand Florals set, stamped in Almost Amethyst and Wisteria Wonder, with a leaf stamped in Wild Wasabi:

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from Better Together and added another floral:

All the cardstock is Papertrey's Rustic White!  Thanks so much for stopping by today!

The family went on a little hike on Sunday:


Everyone's squinting!  What's that bright thing in the sky?  Oh, it's the SUN!  It made an appearance for a couple of days and now it's gone again!  Hopefully it will be back tomorrow!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Better Together, Suite Sayings (ret), Freehand Florals (W+9)
Card stock & Papers     Rustic White (Papertrey), Secret Garden DSP (Graphics 45)
 Ink Wild Wasabi, Wisteria Wonder, Almost Amethyst (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Freehand Florals Dies (W+9), Dimensionals

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

RRCB85 Vintage Buttons

Hi everyone!  It's time for another Retro Rubber Challenge, how fun!  This week it's a near-and-dear-to-my-heart one--vintage!  Check it out:

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I pulled out Papertrey's Vintage Button set...not sure when this came out but I know it's prior to 2012!  I also used a retired Cornish Heritage Farm set called Sew Special (circa 2010) to create my collage-style vintage card:

My papers were from My Mind's Eye, but for the life of me, I can't find which 6x6 pad it was, sorry!  I stamped the button cards on a polka-dotted piece and cut them out, then stamped the buttons on Very Vanilla and punched them out and popped them up on the top card, adhered them on the bottom one.  I gave all the edges a little sponge of Crumb Cake before adhering.  

I added some little bits and bobs, some crochet trim, embroidery floss, a little scalloped doodad:

And a little label, embellished with a pearl that I colored with a SU Crumb Cake Blend marker:

On the inside, I added this sentiment....SEW cute!

I love vintage and I love sewing, so this card really made me happy to create!  I hope you'll share your vintage creation with us at Retro Rubber this week!!  Can't wait to see what you make!

A couple more pictures from the wedding....both of John's parents have passed away, but his step-parents are still around!  Here's me and John's stepmother:

and John and his stepfather:

Thanks for popping in today!!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!