Sunday, May 31, 2020

PP493 Tic Tac Toe Friend to Friend

Hello peeps!  Happy Sunday!  Jaydee is our Paper Players hostess this week with a tic-tac-toe grid!  Here we go:

I chose the middle column of girly, die cut and friendship, but I also got flowers, silver and embossing in there too!!  I used the Mix It Up challenge from Sugar Pea Designs for my colors:

And here we go:

I'm still on the fence about this card...or maybe I should I should say I'm still straddling the bike!  I wanted to use the sketch, but my Technique Tuesday bike was too big, so I had to modify it a bit!  I stamped the bike in Pacific Point ink using my Stamparatus, then went back and used a Basic Black marker to color the tires, seat and handlebars.  I stamped the basket in Crumb Cake and added some wee little flowers cut from a sheet of Best Dressed DSP.  I added some silver embossing on the sentiment, some silver brads, and mounted it on a Blueberry Bushel scalloped mat:

The background is Granny Apple Green gingham and cardstock, stamped with a teeny little flower from a past Paper Pumpkin kit,  with a little Smoky Slate diecut trim and a little slip of silvery ribbon to add to the silver embossing!  And since I had a sliver of the gingham left over, I added it to the back of my sentiment, stamped in Smoky Slate, for the inside:

This is already out in the mail to a special friend!  I hope our Tic Tac Toe grid will inspire you to create something fun!  Be sure to share it over at the Paper Players and make sure you stop by to see what the design team has created as well!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Teeny Tiny Wishes (ret), Good Times (Technique Tuesday), Paper Pumpkin (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Granny Apple Green, Smoky Slate, Blueberry Bushel, Whisper White, Granny Apple Green DSP, Best Dressed DSP
 Ink Pacific Point, Silver Encore (ret), Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake
Accessories Silver Woven Ribbon (ret), Silver Embossing Powder, Silver Brads (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Shape Dies, Ornate Borders Dies,  Heat Tool, 1/16" Punch, Scalloped Circle Dies (Nestabilities)

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Glimmer Poinsettia Greetings

Happy Saturday to everyone!  I haven't done a Christmas card lately, and there were several challenges that would fit the bill!  So first, here's my card:

And the challenges it fulfills are Christmas 24: Christmas flowers; Jingle Belles wants bling; and Just Add Ink has a fun sketch:

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There's not a bit of stamping on the front of my card! First, I layered some retired Christmas DSP with a layer of Whisper White, embossed with the Softly Falling embossing folder.  I created a glimmer paper poinsettia with a Shady Lane Designs die, then added a Tim Holtz Seasonal Chitchat sticker:

I did a lot of stamping on the inside, using the (sadly) retiring Merry Christmas to All set in Real Red and Mint Macaron inks:

This is such a versatile set; it has lots of mix and match sentiments, some beautiful swirly things and stand-alone sentiments as well!  It will be one that I will keep for sure!  Thanks for popping in today!

Here are a couple shots from my yard yesterday---from the ridiculous to the sublime!  First, the sublime; my first bloom on my rose topiary tree:

And the ridiculous....well, he's not really ridiculous, he's pretty awesome...a little toad sneaking along my back shed in the twilight.  They have a knack for hopping out in front of me while I'm walking along the yard...not only do they scare the dickens out of me, they run the risk of getting stepped on!  Thankfully, I saw this one before any damage was done!

I also saw a chipmunk go under my porch, and John has seen raccoons in the middle of night, trying to raid the birdfeeders!  It's so much fun living in the country!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for a new Paper Players challenge, too!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Merry Christmas to All 
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Red Glimmer, Green and Gold Glimmer (ret), Presents and Pinecones DSP (ret)
 Ink Real Red, Mint Macaron
Accessories Dimensionals, Tim Holtz Stickers
Tools     Big Shot, Softly Falling EF (ret), Poinsettia Die (Shady Lane Designs)

Friday, May 29, 2020

HSS340 Spring Blessings

Happy Friday, everyone!  Happy to see the end of the week, although it's been rainy, with more to come---what else is new?  But when I saw the pretty colors at the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge this week, it brightened up my day:

I had treated myself recently to W Plus 9's Spring Blessings set, but hadn't gotten the dies until recently.  I thought I would play around with some colors and they just happened to match the challenge!  So here we go:

I used shades of pinks, greens and yellows to fill my crate, and added a couple little eggs at the bottom and the beautiful scripty sentiment; although it's almost summer, it is still technically spring, LOL!   I mounted my arrangement on a Stitched Nested Label diecut and then a Flirty Flamingo gingham mat.  I am SO going to miss this gingham paper, why SU is discontinuing it is beyond me!

I heat embossed "blessings" in white ink and embossing powder to tuck under the "spring", and added a few sequins just for fun!

Such beautiful stamps to create beautiful flowers!  Thanks for popping in today!

Sometimes, you just need to go outside and RUN!  We had a couple of beautiful evenings, and Cassidy took advantage of them!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Spring Blessings (WPlus 9)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Flirty Flamingo DSP
 Ink Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Mango Melody, So Saffron, Old Olive, Garden Green, Soft Seafoam, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, White Craft, Soft Sky (ret), Coastal Cabana, Pool Party, Smoky Slate
Accessories Iridescent Sequins, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Nested Label Dies, Spring Blessings Dies (W+9)

Thursday, May 28, 2020

TTTC66 Vintage Sailing

Hey stampers!  It's time for another Tic Tac Toe challenge, it's Team X's turn, and I got to choose the elements for the board today!  Here's how it goes:

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I chose the bottom row across:  tan/cream, transportation (sort of), and brads, but the left diagonal line also worked:  vintage and circle!  So here we go; my card uses Come Sail Away DSP and the sailboat from Sailing Home:

I stamped images from the Sailing Home set and Gallery Grunge directly on to the DSP and did some sponging along the edges to give it a vintage look.  I also stamped along the outer edge of the Crumb Cake card base to give it some "texture".  The sailboat was stamped and diecut and mounted on a Very Vanilla circle; I used an image from Label Me Bold as "water"!!

The sentiment is from Free as a Bird, and I used a die from Smooth Sailing to cut it out, and since I used some gold-colored brads, I added a gold banner die under it, just to make it pop a little:

And on the inside, a Father's Day sentiment from A Wish For Everything and the guess who this card will be for (wink wink)?

I hope you'll play along with my grid this week; it's always fun to see what combinations you crafty stampers come up with!  Share it over at the Tic Tac Toe blog so we all can see it!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Sailing Home, A Wish for Everything, Free as a Bird, Gallery Grunge, Label Me Bold
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Gold Foil, Come Sail Away DSP
 Ink Crumb Ckae, Soft Suede
Accessories Metallic Brads, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Smooth Sailing Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Sponge Daubers

IB126 Eclectic Hello

Hello, peeps and happy Thursday!  It's time for a new Inspired By challenge!  Here's our photo prompt for today, as well as the optional sketch!

I chose not to use the sketch this week, but I focused on that little element down in the right hand corner, so here we go:

I thought the element looked like one of those medallions we used to make when SU first came out with their scoring board, so I looked through my stash of DSP and found this lighter weight one that had a newsprint-style pattern.  I trimmed it to 1 1/2" x 12" and scored it every 1/4".  I accordian pleated it and adhered it to a circle backing with some hot glue, then went to work to decorate it with lots of wee little fun goodies:

I added a stitched "button" heart from some retired Soft Sky textured cardstock; a little snippet of Garden Green DSP,  a metal bird embellishment from a past Paper Pumpkin kit, and some Flirty Flamingo accents for fun and color!  I adhered it to a mat of Kraft paper that was embossed with a Falling Petals (that look like hearts to me) embossing folder!

This was fun to make, as I rarely make cards that have this much depth to them...this will require some padding to go through the mail, or certainly would make someone smile if it was just handed to them, LOL!  What inspires you from that fun little montage?  Colors; shapes; textures?  We can't wait to see what you share with us at Inspired By!  Thanks for popping in ....enjoy your day and be blessed!

Everybody needs a dog in a bucket!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Honey Bee
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Flirty Flamingo, Garden Green DSP, Soft Sky Textured (ret), Newsprint (ret), Kraft (Close to My Heart)
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Very Vanilla Baker's Twine, Bird Element (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Be Mine Dies, 1/16" Hole Punch, Stitched Nested Label Dies, Patterned Pumpkin Dies (ret), Falling Hearts EF (ret), Scallop Circle Die (Nestabilities), Score Board, Hot Glue Gun

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

TCC136 Brilliant Blooms

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  It's time for another Card Concept Challenge!  We have a bright, brilliant inspiration photo for you this week:

These bright florals would not be my normal "go-to" palette, but I admit that I really had fun creating my Clean and Layered card today!  What do you think:

I stamped some Tim Holtz Flower Garden flowers in Stazon ink on Shimmery White cardstock and loosely colored them with Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral inks, then fussy-cut them out.  My horizontal panel was a piece of retired Taken with Teal cardstock that was put through the Tin Tile embossing folder that had been inked on the inside front with White craft ink.  I LOVE the effect that it created!  I added an appropriate sentiment from Altenew's Label Love, and finished it off with some Daffodil Delight Ruched Ribbon and a few sequins from my stash!

I also used the Sketch Saturday sketch as my layout:

This will be going out in the mail soon to someone I miss!  How about you?  What will inspire you from this photo?  We can't wait to see what you create!  Don't forget to tell us what "style" your card is can see all the styles listed on the Card Concept blog!  While you're there, check out what the DT created as well!  See you there!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Today Blooms for You

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Feels like Monday, doesn't it?  Well, sort of...all the days run together lately!  I had a little time to stamp yesterday before our little picnic, and made a couple of birthday cards to replenish my supply!  This one uses the sketch from Global Design Project as well as the colors from Cupcake Inspirations Challenge:

I love both of these!  And here's my creation:

I used the retired set Gorgeous Grunge to repeatedly stamp a black and vanilla strip for the top and bottom portion of my card, and layered on a pretty piece of Best Dressed DSP.  I am sad to see the Perennial Birthday set go; I think I'll keep it around for a while!  I stamped and embossed it in black and watercolored it with Blushing Bride ink, then fussy cut it out:

I layered it on some black and white baker's twine and adhered it to the edge of a Basic Black circle that encases a Very Vanilla circle that was embossed with the new Ornate Floral EF.  I stamped a sentiment from the same set and free-handed cut it out:

On the inside, I stamped a big sentiment and some Blushing Bride flowers:

Another one for my stash!  Thanks for popping in today!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for a new Card Concept challenge too!

It felt great to get outside and play some cornhole!  I am going to need lots of practice if I am to be any good at this at all!  Cassidy beat Grampy, but he was throwing left-handed, so I am not sure how fair it was!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Perennial Birthday, Gorgeous Grunge (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Best Dressed DSP
 Ink Memento Black, Blushing Bride, Versamark
Accessories Black Baker's Twine (Doodlebug), Dimensionals, Black Embossing Powder
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Heat Tool, Aquapainter, Ornate Florals EF, Stamparatus

Monday, May 25, 2020

Patriotic Congrats

Happy Memorial Day to all my American friends!  No parades this year, no John marching in his uniform, but as I said yesterday, my nephew is due to graduate from West Point, so I decided to make him a congrats card to celebrate the day.  He was commissioned on Friday and will graduate in June, so I'll save it to send to him at that time!  I used an old favorite Artistic Outpost stamp called Hero to make my vintage-inspired card:

My card base is the new In Color, Misty Moonlight....I love it, of course, I love almost any blue!!  It's a bit softer than Night of Navy, but coordinates nicely with it.  I stamped my image twice, once in Night of Navy and again in Merry Merlot.  I fussy-cut the striped portion out and adhered it to the Navy image.  I found some star-patterned paper in my stash, and added a border of diecut stars backed with Merry Merlot:

The sentiment is from Label Me Bold, stamped in Merry Merlot, cut closely and mounted on a Stitched Rectangle diecut.  On the inside, I really didn't have any sentiments to convey how proud we are of him, so I diecut some Merry Merlot letters and applied them to a stitched star diecut, then added some of the stars from the front:

We are proud of him!  I am entering this in the Double D Challenge this week, which is the letter "M" "M" is for military!

Thanks for popping by today!  We are going to have a little cookout with Dana, Wayne and Cassidy, so I am very much looking forward to that!  John got all the patio furniture and grill out, so we're all set!  I hope you have a wonderfully blessed holiday.  We pray today for the families of all the ones who paid the ultimate sacrifice for our country! God bless America!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Label Me Bold, Hero (Artistic Outpost)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Merry Merlot, Misty Moonlight, Misc DSP
 Ink Night of Navy, Merry Merlot
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Mini Treat Bag Die (ret), Alphabet Dies (Papertrey), Star Die (Paper Rose)

Sunday, May 24, 2020

PP492 Sympathy Sketch

Happy Sunday, doesn't feel much like Memorial Day weekend, does it?  Maybe some of you are beginning to venture out and do more things!  Let's hope so!  We are still hunkering down here, not much going on!  I am the hostess this week for the Paper Players this week, and I came up with this sketch:

I am trying to use up some retiring products, and unfortunately, I needed a sympathy card, so this is what I came up with using Garden Lane DSP and Botanical Tags dies:

I created some borders with Garden Green and Mint Macaron cardstocks, then diecut the bird tag from another piece of Garden Green.  To soften it a bit, I added some vellum behind the diecut and accented it with a pearl:

For the sentiment, I took the "Hugs Prayers Love" stamp from Positive Thoughts and taped off the upper and lower words, inked it up in Garden Green and stamped it (after removing the tape!) to create the "Prayer" banner, adding some pearls there too:

Finally, on the inside, I stamped a verse from Verve along with the feather from Positive Thoughts:

I hope the recipient will find comfort from it.  Now, how will you interpret this sketch?  I hope that you will play along with our challenge this week and share your card with us at the Paper Players blog!  Check out what the design team has created while you're there as well!

This weekend we were supposed to be watching my nephew graduate from West Point, but obviously, those plans changed!  My sister in SC just sent me these great-nephews are visiting my sister and her family; here they are with my nephew Will, first Jameson:

and Sawyer!

They're having a blast!  Enjoy your day and thanks for popping in!