Saturday, February 29, 2020

JAI494 Thoughtful Blooms

Happy Saturday, peeps!  Happy Leap Day too!  My card today uses the colors from Just Add Ink:

I've been feeling rather uncreative lately, and I felt a little better after using these soft, pretty colors on my card. I pulled out my unused Buffalo Check background stamp and the SAB Thoughtful Blooms set and matching punch and went to work:

I stamped the blossoms on Grapefruit Grove cardstock in matching ink and the leaves in Soft Seafoam.  I curled the petals a wee bit with my bone folder and added some white centers with a gel pen.  I diecut three tiny butterflies with the Nature's Promise dies to create a little embellishment for my flowers:


I also layered a couple of diecuts to create a horizontal panel, which added some interest against my gray plaid background:

Finally, a sentiment from So Sentimental on the inside, along with a few more leaves:

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

I wanted to share this cute photo of my great-nephew Jameson, at his brother Sawyer's birthday party.  His mom got cookies that had an edible "paint" palette right on the cookie, and he was getting ready to paint his cookie!! (And he's a lefty!) What a fantastic idea!  I hope they tasted as good as they looked! 

Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Thoughtful Blooms, So Sentimental, Buffalo Check
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Grapefruit Grove, Soft Seafoam
 Ink Grapefruit Grove, Soft Seafoam, Smoky Slate
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Nature's Promise Dies, Stitched Be Mine Dies, Small Bloom Punch

Friday, February 28, 2020

AYSI220 Swan Colors

Hi peeps!  TGIF!  It's time for a new challenge at As You See It, and we have a fun color challenge for you:

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I chose to apply my colors to this fun sketch from In(k)spire Me:

and here we go:

I got these amazing stitched flower dies from My Favorite Things a while back, so I put them to use with some cardstock in the challenge colors, mounting them on a white stitched rectangle panel and a plaid mat of Poppy Parade.  I added a wee sentiment so as not to detract from the flowers, and to add some fun, I stamped some polka dots on the Mango Melody leaves, as well as some enamel dots for the centers:

For the inside, I added a strip of the same gingham and a leftover flower, and a sentiment from Positive Thoughts:

What will you create with these colors?  I just can't wait to see!  Please share them with us at As You See It and check out what the DT created as well!  Thanks for popping in today!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Bouquet, Positive Thoughts, Thoughtful Blooms (polka dots)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Bright DSP, Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody
 Ink Poppy Parade
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Flower Dies (My Favorite Things)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

IB113 Home Sweet Green Home

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Time for another Inspired By's Laurel's photo inspiration for us this week:

I was inspired by that bright green couch, reminding me that I haven't used Call Me Clover for a long time!  I used some old and new goodies for my take on the challenge:

I began by stamping the retired Floral background stamp in Call Me Clover on some matching cardstock and diecutting it into a circle.  I was also inspired by the white blooms on the coffee table, so I stamped some blooms of my own (Beautiful Bouquet) in white craft ink on Call Me Clover as well, then heat embossing them with white embossing powder and diecutting them out:

I added some vellum-stamped ferns from Positive Thoughts and some coppery glimmer paper embellishments, finishing it off with a sentiment from Beautiful Day.  My sketch came from CAS Colours and Sketches:

I left the inside blank so I can use it for any occasion!  

Thanks for visiting today, I hope that you'll play with our challenge this week as well!  Can't wait to see what you create!  Check out all the DT samples at Inspired By!

Cassidy spent Saturday night here, so of course she wanted to draw something for Lee.  I have to give her credit...she goes online and googles how to draw stuff!!!  I guess you can find anything by googling it!  Anyway, here, she was trying to draw a motorcycle:

Eventually she gave up on that and ended up with a guitar:

I particularly liked the ombre effect she was going for!!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Positive Thoughts, Beautiful Day, Beautiful Bouquet, Floral Background (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Thick Whisper White, Call Me Clover, Vellum, Copper Glimmer Paper
 Ink Call Me Clover, Craft White
Accessories Embroidery Floss, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Nature's Thoughts Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Stitched Circle Dies (Lil'Inker), Bouquet Bunch Dies

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

KCC495 Simple Christmas Card

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I have a card to share today that is the most simple style of card you can make...just stamps, ink and paper!  Well, there is a little Wink of Stella on there, but not much else!  I got some new Tim Holtz stamps at the end of the year, and was just sort of playing around with one of them on a Crumb Cake card's been hanging around on my desk, waiting for me to do something else with it, but when I saw the CAS challenge at the Krafty Chicks, I thought, well, I'll just leave it as it is!  Here you go, stamping 101:

I love vintage Christmas images!!  This one was stamped in Shaded Spruce, and since there wa a little star below the "Greetings", I markered in a couple more, then added the Wink of Stella, which of course, you can't see much here, and called it done!  Squeaking it in just under the wire!

It's another gray, cloudy, yucky day here in PA, and it's my work day, so that's it for me!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Holiday Greetings (Tim Holtz)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake
 Ink Shaded Spruce
Tools     Wink of Stella, Shaded Spruce Marker

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

RRCB129 Season's Greetings in Red

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  It's time for another Retro Rubber challenge, and it's an "Anything Goes"!

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I recently saw a Harry and David box that contained some Christmas goodies, and I just loved the red and white theme:

So I thought it would be fun to re-create it on a Christmas card, using some retired SU dies and stamps!  I cut out a couple of houses from the Hometown Greetings dies in Real Red, tapering the bases so that I could layer them on a white card base:

I popped up the right hand layer with some mini dimensionals:

I stamped the little snowflakes in the sky and the greeting in Real Red as well, using some older Paper Pumpkin stamps:

The inside sentiment is also from Paper far as I can remember, these are from October 2017 and November 2016.

The Jingle Belles want to see lots of red on our Christmas cards, so I am entering it there, and the Christmas Kickstart challenge wants red as well!

It's always fun to have an Anything Goes challenge at Retro Rubber!  When you share yours with us, make sure your stamps are at least a year old, and tell us the age!  Can't wait to see you there!

Monday, February 24, 2020

CAS Roses

Happy Monday peeps!  I didn't do much stamping yesterday, so my post today is late!  I struggled with making a CAS card today, but finally succeeded, using the following challenges:  CAS(E) This Sketch, Seize the Birthday and the Global Design Project!

My friend Martha gave me this Papertrey set, Splits: With Love, a long time ago and this is the first time I inked it up!  So here we go:

I stamped the roses in Blueberry Bushel using my Stamparatus, then cleaned the stamp, leaving it on the window, and reinked it with Versamark.  I then heat embossed it with Clear embossing powder.  That kept my outline nice and neat for my loose watercoloring!  I also stamped some leaves and little speckles, all from the same set, around the flowers.  The sentiment is from Botanical Bliss:

It all went on a Crushed Curry card base, and it really was a simple card to make, once I figured out what to do!!!  Thanks for popping in today!

The weather was definitely not February-like yesterday (and today!) so the fam took the pups for a walk:

While they were walking, an Amish horse and buggy drove by, and Dana said that Ginger whined and barked like she never did before....not sure whether she was ready to run to investigate, or to run the other way, LOL!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Sunday, February 23, 2020

PP479 A SAB Sketch

Hi peeps!   I am the hostess at the Paper Players this week and I've got a sweet little sketch for you!

I confess that my card today is an almost CASE of this pretty card made by Michelle Last; you can see it here.  I chose the same papers and stamp set, both available during Sale-a-bration, but changed up the colors a wee bit and of course, used the sketch:

I began with some Melon Mambo ink and cardstock and layered some Golden Honey Specialty DSP on top.  I already had a scalloped panel cut and unused from another project, so I layered that on top, then added a sentiment from Accented Blooms, punched out with the Tailored Punch. 

I stamped the flowers from Thoughtful Blooms in Melon Mambo as well; the larger blossom was stamped off first to create a lighter color, then the smaller blossom on top in full-strength ink.  I added some rhinestones that I colored with a Black Blend, and added some Granny Apple Green leaves.  My final embellishment was a little lattice diecut from the Nature's Thoughts dies.  I really wanted to add some extra stamping or embellishment on the white panel, but John said it looked better plain, so I went with his decision!

I hope you'll stop by the Paper Players blog and see what fun creations the DT made with my sketch!  Share yours as well!  

While we were at Sandy Cove last weekend, we did an Escape Room...well, the others did the escape room, I was totally lost!  This picture pretty much sums it up:

Ask me to do a crossword puzzle, and I'm your gal....but this was a little beyond me!  But after seeing how it works, I think if I were to do another one, I might have a better idea about it!!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Accented Blooms, Thoughtful Blooms
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Golden Honey Specialty DSP
 Ink Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green, Memento Black
Accessories Rhinestones (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Small Bloom Punch, Tailored Punch, Black Blend

Saturday, February 22, 2020

A Couple of Challenges

Hi everyone! Happy Saturday!  Love the weekend!  This crazy weather we're having here in PA---it's supposed to be in the 60s today, after 20s yesterday!  Hopefully we can go outside and enjoy some fresh air!  Anyway, I saw the Just Us Girls challenge this morning and it was a fun tropical one:

I had a friend ask me to make some "tropical" cards recently, and although I didn't have any tropical-themed stamps, she said beach-themed ones were okay, so this is one of the cards I came up with, and I thought it would fit the challenge:

I used a Balmy Blue card base with some DSP from a couple years back.  The shells and starfish are from Close to My Heart's Swirly Seashells, stamped in Stazon on watercolor paper and colored with inks and an aquapainter.  I fussy-cut them out and layered them on the front.  She didn't know if she wanted to put a sentiment on the front or not, so I stamped a few, diecut them and gave her some glue dots, so if she wanted to add them, so could do it herself!

My second card is for the Fusion Card challenge:

I chose just to do the sketch; I have been hoarding this little eyeglass paper from My Mind's Eye My Story 6x6 pad, so I decided to just USE it!  And there's no stamping on it!!!

The glasses were fussy-cut from a scrapbook embellishment from the same line; the diecut "hello" is from Poppystamps, called "Hip Hello", and the hearts are from the Detailed Bees die from SU:

Simple and fun!  This will probably go to a friend in the hospital to cheer her up a bit!  That's it for sure to stop back tomorrow as I am the hostess for the Paper Players!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!