Tuesday, April 30, 2019

CTS319 Many Thanks

Hey peeps!  Happy Tuesday, and the last day of April!  I made a quick card yesterday for the CAS(E) this Sketch sketch:

Again, I am trying to use up some of my DSP, so I used some Animal Expedition for the lower corner, added some washi tape....stuff that I buy and rarely use, so I am trying to use it up, too... a few stamped sentiments, and a fun circular element from Stitched All Around:

Just for fun (and since I already had the stamp in the Stamparatus), I stamped the element again on a little scrap of DSP and fussy-cut it out to adhere to the top!  I also added a little black circle beneath the diecut!  It only takes a little bit of extra embellishment to step up your stamping!

And I promised to show our projects from Saturday's party...the hostess loves Halloween and wanted to do some watercolor techniques, so this is what we made:

We used some retiring stamps and dies, and learned about loose and controlled watercoloring with an aquapainter.  The wood crate contains a few Lindor chocolates wrapped in orange foil; when I went to buy the candies just before Easter, the clerk at the CVS said to me, "You know you have the wrong holiday, right?" I am sure she thought I was a bit batty!  Thanks for popping in today!

Cassidy went to an overnight church camp....and they had her favorite for lunch:  mac and cheese!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

CAS(E) This Sketch Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Stitched All Around, Itty Bitty Greetings
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Basic Black, Animal Expedition DSP
 Ink Stazon Black
Accessories Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Labels Dies, Layering Circles Dies

Halloween Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Seasonal Chums, Itty Bitty Greetings, Timeless Textures 
Card stock & Papers     Lemon Lime Twist, Basic Black, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Silver Glimmer, Shimmery White, Watercolor
 Ink Stazon Black, Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Going Gray
Accessories Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Seasonal Tags Dies, Aquapainter, Seaside EF, Wood Crate Die, Cat Punch

Monday, April 29, 2019

JB Merry Sketchmas

Happy Monday, peeps!  I have a quick little Christmas card for you today...well, it should have been quick, it was just DSP and a pre-made tag, but somehow, it took me a while to coordinate it all, LOL!  Anyway, here's the sketch from the Jingle Belles:

And here's my take on it:

I had these tags from a kit I bought a couple of years ago, so I trimmed one down and mounted it atop some retired SU DSP.  The tag didn't have room to put the horizontal piece, so I added a little border of Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper (which doesn't sparkle in the photo like it does in real life, unfortunately!) and a diecut sentiment from a past Paper Pumpkin kit.  I added a couple of silver dots and a silver baker's twine ribbon to finish the front:

and some stamping on the inside, using the same Paper Pumpkin set!  Another Christmas card to add to my stash!

Saturday I had a bunch of friends over for some stamping fun; we've been getting together almost every month, and this month, I challenged them to make some cards using the purchases they made over the last few months!!!  So here are a few of what they brought to show:

Tonya's fun birthday card:

Debbie not only made these fun little bottle caps with all our initials on them, she also stamped a card and a lovely picture frame with a SAB set:

Eileen did some clean and simple as well as some colorful ones:

Carol made good use of her Paper Pumpkin kits:

And Nancy used You've Got Style and her SAB sets too!  You can't see it, but the collar of this fashionista is just brimming with Wink of Stella!

And here they are, busy making their projects!  I'll show you tomorrow what we made!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Paper Players 439 Sketch from Claire

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Hope you're having a good weekend so far!  It's time for another Paper Players challenge with Claire as our hostess, and she's given us a lovely sketch to work with:

Like everyone else, I still have a big stash of beautiful DSPs in my files, and the new catalog will be out soon with even more new patterns and colors coming, so I am trying to use some of it up!  The Share What You Love Specialty paper is so pretty, with all it's loose florals, so I chose these patterns and the Stitched All Around stamp set to make a birthday card:

The elements in Claire's sketch are pretty large, but I didn't want to hide that pretty background paper, so my vertical strip is made from vellum, embossed with the Subtle embossing folder.  I stamped the sentiment in Mint Macaron and diecut it with the gorgeous die from Stitched Labels; and can you see the Mint Macaron rhinestones?  I colored them with a SU blend!

My final additions were a little fussy-cut flower tucked down on the bottom portion of the panel, and the sentiment diecut with another die from the Stitched Labels set:

I also backed my horizontal panel with a Tranquil Tide base and added a little tiny strip of striped paper to tie all the colors together!  I wonder who will receive this card on their next birthday??

I hope you'll play along with the Players this week...this sketch is full of possibilities!  Check out what the DT created:

Before I go, I wanted to share a photo of the some of the "girls" in my church small group; we got together and visited one of the girls who doesn't drive in the evening, so hasn't been able to come out to group.  She recently lost her husband as well, so to cheer her up, we brought lunch and created a card!  My friend Robyn is an experienced stamper, so she helped out as well!  They used the Big Shot, Wink of Stella, and the Stamparatus, as well as the Jar of Love set:

And here's the card we made!  They all did a fabulous job and had fun, too!

 Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Stitched All Around
Card stock & Papers     Soft Seafoam, Whisper White, Tranquil Tide, Share What You Love Specialty DSP Vellum
 Ink Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide
Accessories Rhinestones, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Labels Dies, Mint Macaron Blends, Subtle EF

Saturday, April 27, 2019

FMS385 Thinking of You

Happy Saturday, peeps!  Just a quick little post today before my stamping friends arrive, sharing a card I made with the FMS sketch for this week:

My card is a note card, which SU sells pre-cut and with envelopes...a great time-saver!  Plus the paper is Thick White cardstock, which makes it great for embossing and watercoloring!  I stamped the floral from Botanical Bliss in Stazon on a scrap of white paper, watercolored it and fussy-cut it out, then adhered it to a piece of Grapefruit Grove DSP and a strip of Gingham Gala DSP:

I did something I haven't done for a long time, which is heat emboss a background; there is a sweet little solid-image floral in that same set which I stamped in Craft White ink randomly on the card, then heat-embossed it with white embossing powder!  It gives a pretty little subtle background and is quick and easy to do on this size card!  I finished it off with a sentiment from Apron of Love:

Thanks for popping in today!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for another Paper Players challenge!

Thought I would share a few more cards I received in the mail:

This little cutie is from Sandy:

And another sweet one from Linda; the yellow cardstock is shimmery--so pretty!

A beautiful one from Teri:

And one of my favorites from Ruth Ann:

And a fun one from Kathy; Cassidy said "Grammy, doesn't she know that mooses don't hatch from eggs?"  LOL!!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Botanical Bliss, Apron of Love
Card stock & Papers     Note Cards, Gingham Gala DSP, In Color DSP, Shimmery White 
 Ink Stazon Black, Old Olive, Grapefruit Grove, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Craft White
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Aquapainter, Heat Tool

Friday, April 26, 2019

AYSI199 Accented Thank You


Happy Friday, peeps!  Yay, the weekend is almost here!  I have a fun group of stampers coming to play tomorrow, can't wait to see them!  It's time for another As You See It challenge; check out this lovely color palette:

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I have to admit that at first, I was stumped as to how to use these!  I searched through my stamps to see what might jump out at me, and in the end, I am very happy with my result!  Check it out:

Accented Blooms is such a pretty stamp set and I don't use it enough!  It's a large enough image that you don't need much else to create an impressive card.  I stamped the image in Stazon on Thick White cardstock and used the challenge color inks and an aquapainter to color it in; the thick cardstock accepts the watercolors pretty well and it doesn't bleed through:

I love to watercolor because even with only three colors, you can still get light and dark shades, depending on how much water is on your brush;  more water creates lighter hues, less creates darker.  I left the leaves blank so as not to detract from the pretty florals, then I stamped the sentiment in Lovely Lipstick on a scrap of white cardstock and used the matching punch, then popped it up on dimensionals.  I did add a few little Powder Pink speckles and a couple of sequins from my stash for additional interest.

I hope you'll play along with us this week...these bright cheerful colors are sure to inspire you to get creative!  Check out all the samples at the As You See It blog!

On Easter Sunday, our little children's choir sang for us....Wayne managed to capture this photo just as the boy in front put his head down, so you can see Cassidy's smiling face.  She doesn't like to sing, let alone get up in front of a crowd, so I am surprised she is smiling!!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Accented Blooms, Itty Bitty Backgrounds (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Thick White
 Ink Powder Pink, Pineapple Punch, Lovely Lipstick, Stazon Black
Accessories Sequins (from my stash)
Tools     Aquapainter, Tailored Tag Punch