Friday, February 15, 2019

AYSI194 When I Think Simple

Happy Friday, everyone!  Woohoo, the weekend is upon us!  It's also time for another As You See It challenge, one that's near and dear to my heart....fill in this blank:

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My fill-in is:  stamp, ink and one layer of paper!  That's sometimes a challenge, as I love layers and DSP!  But I have been neglecting my Christmas cards this year, so I thought I would make a simple one-layer card for the holidays, and here we go:

I chose one of SU's notecards on which to stamp my little birds from Flora and Fauna, because it is heavy, thick cardstock and I knew my watercoloring would not bleed through!  I used Stazon black and simple watercolored each little bird with some ink and an aquapainter:  

The sentiment is stamped in Real Red, inside and out.  It's really hard to resist adding some doodads, but I didn't succumb!  

And since my sentiment is "peace", I am entering this in the CAS Christmas Card Challenge, where their challenge is Peace!

So what is your fill-in-the-blank when you think "simple"?  Check out the As You See It blog to see what the others created, and share your simple creation with us too!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Winter Aviary (Flora and Fauna), Peace Joy Love (Lawn Fawn), Sentiments Traditional Christmas (Kaiser)
Card stock & Papers     SU Notecard
 Ink Stazon Black, Pacific Point, Real Red, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green, Gray Granite
Tools     Stamparatus, Aquapainter

Thursday, February 14, 2019

IB59 Love in a Teacup

Hey, peeps!  Happy Valentine's Day!  I am so behind, I didn't send out ANY Valentines this year!  SO sad, I know, but I promise I'll be better next year!  Laurel's Inspired By prompt today features a non-frilly sort of love scene!  First my card:

And here's her prompt:

How's that for fun?  Unfortunately, I haven't jumped on the cactus bandwagon...I know they're popular, they're just a bit too "prickly" for me!  I do have a little succulent my brother gave me for a housewarming gift, and I haven't destroyed it yet!  And I did have one little cactus stamp that came in a Paper Pumpkin kit a couple years ago!  So here is my cactus in a teacup!  I stamped the cup in Gray Granite, used a Linen background stamp in Sahara Sand to give it a little dimension, then the cactus in Memento Black and Mellow Moss:

I did some shading with a Light Crumb Cake blend, and added the "love" cut from a strip of DSP from My Mind's Eye.  My layout is a sketch from Crazy for CAS:

The background paper is from the same DSP; I added a stitched circle frame and some faceted gems for accents.  And here's a funny story; I decided to add some stitching lines at the top and bottom of my DSP panel after I had adhered the faceted you know what happens to faceted gems when you run them through the Big Shot?  Yeah, they're not so faceted anymore, LOL!  I guess it will be easier to mail to my friend that way!

So I hope you'll find some warm inspiration from our challenge photo and play along with us at Inspired By!  Be sure to check out what the DT created as well!

A little side-by-side dot-to-dot activity on a snowy day!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Paper Pumpkin (ret), Linen Background (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Gingham Farm (My Mind's Eye)
 Ink Sahara Sand, GrayGranite, Memento Black, Mellow Moss (ret)
Accessories Faceted Gems, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Stitching Lines Dies (Essentials by Ellen), Blends

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Two Baby Cards for CASCSC308

Hi everyone!  Hope your week is going by nicely!  I think we are finally out of this snowy, rainy, sleety wet weather we've been having!  Keeping my fingers crossed anyway!  

I needed two baby cards this week; one for a friend who welcomed a little boy into their family of two boys and four girls, and another for a friend who became a first-time grandmother, welcoming a little girl!  I used the CAS Colours and Sketches sketch for both of them:

So here we go:

My camera captured these colors a bit wonky; in real life, they match nicely!  I used the Be Mine framelits and a retired heart punch to create my trio of hearts, and I used two retired sets, PS:  I Love You for the Blushing Bride stamped heart, and Suite Sayings for the sentiment.  I added another little piece of MFT gingham to peek out under the scalloped bottom too!   I heat-embossed the sentiment on some vellum and tucked a little Powder Pink ribbon behind it to "peek" through:

I combined two sentiments to stamp the inside as well:

The boy card is the same, except I used Balmy Blue, some Marina Mist ribbon and I didn't add the scallop at the bottom.  I substituted some Gingham Gala sequins for the pearls!

I am also entering this in the Stamp Ink Paper challenge this week, which is vellum!

Happy that you popped it today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Cassidy made a "snow chair"...looks like she is definitely chillin'!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Bouquet, PS:  I Love You, Suite Sayings (both ret), Blessed (Technique Tuesday)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Vellum, Homespun Gingham (My Favorite Things)
 Ink Craft White, Blushing Bride, Balmy Blue
Accessories Pearls, Gala Gingham Sequins, Powder Pink Ribbon, Marina Mist Ribbon (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Be Mine Framelits, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Large Heart Punch (ret)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

RRC104 Tic Tac Toe!

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  It's time for another Retro Rubber Challenge, and we have a tic-tac-toe for you:

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I must know how it is when you have a project that you really don't care for, but you've  invested so much time in it, you just keep persevering?  Yeah...that's my project today!  I love the sketch, I love the embossing, I love the set...I just don't love it all together!  But anyway, here it is:

For my tic-tac-toe, I chose the diagonal of blue, birthday and texture embossing.  I had originally intended to use SU's embossing paste, but it had totally dried up in the was almost empty, but I think it should have stayed fresher a little longer!  But I did find some amazing metallic embossing paste I picked up at a yard sale somewhere, and I love the look of it:

So, the beginning of my dilemma was thinking that the embossing paste was, it was gold, as I discovered after I had already stamped, embossed and cut out my "yee haw" sentiment from the 2004  Yee Haw set in copper ink and copper embossing powder on some faded denim paper:

Yeah, it doesn't quite match the gold embossing!  Boo hoo.  But I already spent a lot of time on it, so I kept going, embossing a Paper Pumpkin sentiment on the dark blue denim paper:

So all in all, it doesn't look too bad, and I am sure the guy who receives it will have no clue that the metallics don't match, LOL!  Be sure to check out what the DT created...a wee bit better than mine, and I am sure your creation will be fabulous!!  Just make sure you use stamps at least a year old and tell us how old they are!  Can't wait to see what you create...share it with us at the Retro Rubber blog!!

We had a snow day yesterday, and I think it was the most perfect day for sledding ever!  It wasn't real cold, the snow fell lightly all day and it was awesome for sledding!

Don't worry, I didn't let them go out into the road, but we did land in the creek (and up the tree and into the bench) a few times, LOL!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Yee Haw (ret 2004), Paper Pumpkin
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Original DSP (Authentique)
 Ink Copper Encore (ret)
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Heat Tool, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Copper Embossing Powder, 1" Circle Punch, Gold Embossing Paste (Dreamweaver), Pattern Party Decorative Mask, Palette Knife

Monday, February 11, 2019

SSC198 Lots of Hearts

Hello, everyone!  I found a pretty sketch at Sunday Stamps, and it featured a heart, which I did use, but I made it into a thank-you card, because I always seem to need them for my sweet customers!  So here's the sketch:

and here's the card:

I already had the heart frame cut from another project, so I used a piece of Garden Impressions (confession:  it's a pattern I don't really like very much) to create the inner heart, then added some other hearts cut from the Be Mine framelits:

I added a horizontal panel of Mango Melody, cut with a Rectangle Stitched die (it's actually two panels put together), then added some twine from my stash and a sentiment from Wood Words!  Done!  Easy and fun!

So I promised some pictures from Cassidy's father/daughter banquet!  First, Mommy did her hair:

Then, her pretty dress:

Wayne brought her flowers (I LOVE this picture!):

And they're ready to go!  They had a good time, too!

Thanks for popping in today...enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Wood Words
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Petal Pink, Soft Seafoam, Mango Melody, Melon Mambo, Rose Glimmer, Garden Impressions DSP
 Ink Mango Melody
Accessories Twine, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Be Mine Framelits, Rectangle Stitched Framelits

Sunday, February 10, 2019

PP428 I'll Be Your Up

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Laurie has our Paper Players challenge this week, and she has a very trendy color challenge for us!  Here we go:

My first instinct was to go for a Valentine's card, but in the back of my mind were those encouragement cards for cancer patients that my club girls and I want to make, so I pulled out Bella and Friends and went to work!  

First, I found a sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches, flipping it so that my Bella would be facing inward:

I stamped the images in Memento black and colored them with Smoky Slate blends and Melon Mambo ink; Bella and the balloon were fussy cut and popped up.  The sentiment was also stamped in Melon Mambo, and I mounted it on some circular mats.  Finally, I layered a couple of DSPs in Basic Gray on top of a Melon Mambo card and it was done!  I think this is just such a cute image, I hope it brings cheer to someone who's feeling down!

I hope you'll play along with our challenge this week...there are lots of possibilities for this color palette!  Can't wait to see your creation in the gallery!  Meanwhile, check out what the DT created:

I have a few photos from our family get-togethers after my dad passed away.  For the younger generation, it's all about the PHONES!!  My niece Jessie, Cassidy and my great-niece Emma:

And here they are again, this time my other niece Paige is snapping the photo of Jessie, her brother Will, Cassidy, Emma and her sister Lucy!  I remember when someone brought out a camera when I was younger, we never wanted our picture taken, LOL!  Now they're all hams!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Bella and Friends
Card stock & Papers     Melon Mambo, Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Animal Expedition DSP, Schoolhouse DSP (ret)
 Ink Melon Mambo, Memento Black
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Blends in Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Aquapainter

Friday, February 8, 2019

PCC325 Hello Little Bird

Happy Friday, peeps!  To offset our gray, dreary weather, I have a fresh springy card for you today using the Papercraft Crew sketch along with some pastel colors:

Paper Craft Crew Vertical Card Sketch Challenge with large rectangle and smaller rectangle and a small circle. PCC325

I have not used Best Birds in a long time, so I inked up this little guy with some Stazon black ink and watercolored him with some Soft Seafom and Pool Party inks to kind of match the flowers on the Share What You Love Specialty DSP:


I put a little stitched rectangle of Soft Seafoam behind him, stamped with the little hatch stamp that is in the same set, and added a sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet:

Some burlap ribbon, a few faceted gems and some embossing on the white panel finished it off!  Sweet as a spring morning!  Thanks for popping in today!!

This evening is Cassidy's father/daughter banquet and she had her dress here with me so I could do a few alterations on it.  After she tried it on, for some reason, she laid it out on her bedroom floor!!!  So here's a peek at it:

It's beautiful!  We have other plans this weekend so hopefully Dana will share some pictures with me and I'll share them with you next week!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Best Birds, Beautiful Bouquet
Card stock & Papers     Petal Pink, Soft Seafoam, Whisper White, Thick Whisper White, Share What You Love Specialty DSP
 Ink Stazon Black, Old Olive, Soft Seafoam, Pool Party
Accessories Faceted Gems, Dimensionals, Burlap Ribbon
Tools     Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Rectangle Stitched Thinlets, Birds and Blooms Framelits, Circles Framelits (ret), Aquapainter