Friday, July 30, 2021

Tis the Season

Happy Friday, peeps!  Yay, the weekend is upon us!  I have a fun little Christmas card today which uses some old and new products...lots of new stuff, actually!  It began with a few little scraps I had lying on my craft desk and here's what evolved:

It all started with the Christmas tree!  Each time I use a shaped die, I cut it out first from kraft cardstock to create a template.  That way I can line up the opening in the kraft cardstock with my stamped image, pop in the die into the opening like a puzzle piece, and then run it through the Big Shot.  Usually it ends up lining up perfectly.  And then I have a little kraft piece left over!  Mostly I chuck them but I thought this one would look nice embossed in white.  It comes from a retired set called Peaceful Pines with a matching die called Perfect Pines.  I stamped and embossed the tree branches in white ink and embossing powder.  I also had lying on my desk a white wreath, diecut with the new Seasonal Swirls die.  It was just made with some scrap Basic White cardstock and I was going to chuck it as well, when I thought the two diecuts looked nice together!  I layered them on a panel of some Tidings of Christmas DSP that had been diecut with a Basic Borders die.  Before adhering it, I embossed the bottom portion of a Basic White card with one of the Wintery embossing folders; you can just barely see the snowflakes in the photo, but they are very pretty!

To finish it off, I stamped a sentiment from Christmas to Remember in Real Red and used a Tasteful Labels die to cut it out; then I diecut three Cherry Cobbler stars using the Messages die, layered and glued them together and finished it off with some Shimmery Crystal Effects:

There are really a lot of gorgeous new products in the Holiday mini and I can't wait to use them!  Thanks for popping in today!  And here are a few more birthday cards:

This beauty is from Renita:

And this cutie is from Robyn; we share an office in our church (the inside says "just a note to say, you're awesome, woohoo!")

And this sweet one is from Peggy and it has a very cool fun fold!

Thanks, ladies!

And how about a sand crab?  A REAL sand crab?

What a clever guy Wayne is!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas to Remember, Peaceful Pines (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Cherry Cobbler, Kraft (Close to My Heart), Tidings of Christmas DSP
 Ink Real Red, Craft White
Accessories Dimensionals, Shimmery Crystal Effects, White Embossing Powder
Tools     Big Shot, Wintery EF, Seasonal Swirls Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Messages Dies,  Perfect Pines Dies (ret), Heat Tool

Thursday, July 29, 2021

TTTC124 Summer Shaker

Hi there everyone!  Hope your week is going well!  It's time for a new Tic Tac Toe challenge, and here's the grid that Joanne came up with for Team X:

I needed a birthday card for my niece, and these fun summery papers from Carta Bella seemed to be perfect for a cute shaker card!  I chose the diagonal of Fruit, Patterned Paper and Shaker:

After creating the shaker and filling it with some Ice Cream Corner Sprinkles, I added a little cocktail from Nothing's Better Than, complete with its little lemon wedge on the rim:

There's also a cherry on the patterned paper:

and a little "celebrate" sentiment banner to bring it all together!

My niece will be 31 years old...hard to believe, and I can remember the day she was born!  Hope she likes it!  And I hope you'll play along with our Tic Tac Toe challenge grid this week.  Check out what all the DT created as well!  See you there!

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

"For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us."  Psalms 103:11-12.

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Nothing Better Than, Many Mates (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Pool Party, Window Sheet, Soak Up the Sun DSP (Carta Bella)
 Ink Memento Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Positively Pink
Accessories Dimensionals, Ice Cream Sprinkles (ret), Foam Sheets
Tools     Big Shot, Love You More Than Dies, Square and Scalloped Square Dies (Nestabilities), Banner Dies (Pretty Pink Posh)

KCC570 Pretty Pumpkins

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Hope your week is going well so far!  I have LOTS of goodies from the new upcoming mini catalog and I was able to play with the new Pretty Pumpkins bundle recently!  I LOVE pumpkins...I have lots of pumpkin stamps, but I couldn't resist this new one!  It works well with the Anything Goes challenge at Krafty Chicks, too!  Here we go: 

I started with a mat of the new SAB papers, Peaceful Prints, in a Sahara Sand neutral plaid.   I placed the printed pumpkin stamp in my Stamparatus, then stamped it in Sahara Sand, left it on the plate, and cleaned off the ink.  Then I inked each leaf with a SU marker and re-stamped it right over top of the Sahara Sand ink.  I added a couple of diecut leaves in Old Olive:

I added a horizontal panel of Cajun Craze DSP, stamped with a sentiment from Sparkle of the Season, and matted with a stitched Cajun Craze panel.  This set has lots of lovely pumpkins in it, and I know I'll be using it more!  Thanks for popping in today!

Yesterday was my birthday, and I wanted to share some of the pretty cards I received in the mail!  This one is from Mollie:

and this one is from Karen H:

and this one is from Karen F:

Thanks ladies!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Pretty Pumpkins, Sparkle of the Season
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Cajun Craze, Cajun Craze DSP, Peaceful Prints DSP
 Ink Early Espresso, Sahara Sand, Old Olive
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Detailed Pumpkins Dies, Markers, Stamparatus

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

TMS616 Thanks a Bunch

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  A lot of the cards I make are thank you cards for my customers!  I needed a to send out a couple, so that's what I am sharing today.  The first one uses the Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch:

and the Color and Contour stamp set featuring the pretty Highland Heather:

I stamped the image in Smoky Slate, then added some color to the leaves with a Soft Seafoam marker and added a mat of the same color; the sentiment is from Celebrate Sunflowers:

I did add some In Color gems too!

The second one is just one I threw together with some scraps laying on my desk; it features a sentiment from Shaded Summer and some diecuts from the new die Summer Shadows, which will be available as a SAB reward!  I used papers from Sweet Symmetry and Flirty Flamingo DSP as well as Just Jade and So Saffron cardstock:

Several different dies were used as well!  Lots of fun using up little scraps!

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

Hard to believe this little punkin will be eleven next month!

Tuesday, July 27, 2021

GDP302 Scrappy Halloween

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I had a productive stamping day yesterday and was able to make some samples using some new goodies from the upcoming holiday mini!  The Global Design Project sketch is a great one to use up DSP scraps, but truthfully, I hadn't even broken into the super-cute Cute Halloween DSP yet, but I willingly cut some into strips to make a fun Halloween card!  Here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

I cut 1/2" strips of the DSP and mounted them on a Basic White card after embossing the front with the Stitched With Whimsy die.  I mounted them a bit wonky for a playful look.  I added a sentiment from Little Delights, also using a Stitched With Whimsy die, and added a jack and cat that I fussy cut from the same DSP.  For a little extra color interest, I added an Old Olive banner under the sentiment, stamped with bats from the same set.  Finally, I colored a couple of rhinestones with Blends for some sparkle!

I still had some little strips left so I decided to make another card with them; this time I embossed my card front with the Dots embossing folder, then added a sentiment from Sparkle of the Season, and I added a wee little bit of gingham ribbon:

Either my eyes are getting bad or my magnetic plate slipped, because my sentiment is definitely a bit wonky too!  Oh well!!  Thanks for popping in today!

Another cute one from the kids' vacation:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Both Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Sparkle of the Season, Little Delights
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Pumpkin Pie, Old Olive, Cute Halloween DSP
 Ink Memento Black, Old Olive
Accessories Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Black & White Gingham Ribbon
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched With Whimsy Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Dots Embossing Folder, Blends

Monday, July 26, 2021

SSC262 Sparkle of the Season

Happy Monday peeps! I have been remiss in using some of my new goodies from the holiday catalog, so I sat down yesterday and tried to remedy that.  I used the pretty Tidings of Christmas DSP and the Sparkle of the Season bundle, along with the sketch from Sunday Stamps:

And here we go:

I struggled a bit with the wreath; it's a little labor-intensive to diecut all the wee little leafy pieces, and it really didn't look very Christmasy until I added some red rhinestones, but I'll keep playing with it.  I love the has LOTS of images for fall and winter stamping and I love the sentiments.  I used Soft Succulent and Sahara Sand for the leaves, then did some marker-stamping for the "berry" images:

I used the stitched rectangle die from Ornate Layers dies, making it smaller by repositioning it and  running it through the Big Shot twice.  The sentiment was stamped in Real Red; the offset panel was Cherry Cobbler.  I think this is such a sweet inside sentimen too:

I have stampers coming this evening to make Christmas cards, so I'm gonna scoot!  Thanks for popping in today!

Uncle Kevin and Aunt Kristy gave Cassidy an early birthday present; she loves Legos and had been wanting the New York City skyline one:

Stay tuned to see the finished project!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother."  Proverbs 18:24

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Sparkle of the Season
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Sahara Sand, Cherry Cobbler, Tidings of Christmas DSP
 Ink Real Red, Soft Succulent
Accessories Real Red Rhinestones, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circles Dies, Seasonal Swirls Dies

Sunday, July 25, 2021

PP551 Sketch from Ann

 Happy Sunday, peeps!  Hope your weekend is going well!  Ann is our Paper Players  hostess this week with a fun sketch...I was happy to see THREE banners on the sketch because I love things in threes! I needed a birthday card for my BIL, so I decided to use Sailing Home, which is a great masculine set!  So here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

I really struggle with "scenes", and this one was no exception!  I had to do some creative masking to get the ocean and the sky to look just right; the clouds that I wanted to add didn't look just right; the ocean color wasn't really what I wanted....well, I had spent enough time on it and just said the heck with it, it is what it is!  

I embossed my card front with the Seaside embossing folder and added some banners of Real Red DSP from last year's selection, and stamped a sentiment from Many Mates in Memento Black.  I used a sponge brayer for the ocean and a blending brush for the sky.  Hopefully he'll like it!  I am also entering it at Just Add Ink; they want two out of three:  Sky, Sea or Trees, as well as Festive Friday, where I've chosen water, blue and red:

I hope you'll play along with our pretty little sketch!  Check out what the DT created...there are some beauties there this week, lots of new products being need to see them at the Paper Players blog!  Thanks for popping in today!  

Dana, Wayne and Cassidy stopped on their way home from vacation to visit Dana's half-brother Kevin and his wife Kristy in North Carolina.  Dana is thirteen years younger than he is and they didn't spend much time together growing up but over the last several years have reconnected and they enjoy spending time together when they can.  I am very proud of my ex-stepson and his wife is a gem!  Looks like they had a great time!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Sailing Home, Many Mates (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Real Red, Real Red DSP (ret)
 Ink Pool Party, Balmy Blue, Smoky Slate, Stazon Black, Real Red, Sahara Sand
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Smooth Sailing Dies, Aquapainter, Brayer, Blending Brush, Seaside Embossing Folder (ret)

Friday, July 23, 2021

AYSI255 Quiet Meadow

Happy Friday, everyone!  Time for a new As You See It challenge...look at these gorgeous colors!  Very fall-like but still could be used for summer images as well!

I hadn't really played with Quiet Meadow too much, so I thought the floral image in this set would be perfect for these colors!  First, I embossed (twice) a Very Vanilla card base with the Greenery embossing folder.  I then stamped a Cajun Craze panel with the script image; I used my good old stamp positioner to get straight lines!  

I stamped the floral image in Stazon then watercolored it in with the challenge colors and cut it out with a Stitched Rectangle die:

I used the Try Stampin on Tuesday sketch for my layout:

And I diecut a piece of Crushed Curry using two of the Ornate Borders dies for my horizontal piece.  I am wondering if it is a bit too fussy for my image, but it's already glued down, LOL!  I added some gold metallic pearls on the ends as well as on the corners of my stamped image.  The sentiment is from Friends are Like Seashells and diecut with the retired Stitched Shapes die: 

I can't wait to see what you create with our challenge colors this week!  Be sure to check out what the designers created, then share yours as well!  See you at As You See It!  Thanks for popping in today!

Aquarium fun!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living and moving thing with which the water teems, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind.  And God saw that it was good." Genesis 1:21

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Friends are Like Seashells, Quiet Meadow
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry
 Ink Stazon, Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Garden Green
Accessories Gold Metallic Pearls, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Greenery Embossing Folder, Ornate Layers Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies (ret), Stampamajig (ret)

Thursday, July 22, 2021

FMS495 Grad Card

Happy Thursday, peeps! I have a quick card that I made for an upcoming graduation!  The young man's school colors are maroon and white, so I used them and the sketch from FMS:

So here we go:

This is actually a note-card sized card, as I didn't have ANY graduation cap stamps except this wee little one from a past Paper Pumpkin kit, so I just decided to size it down to fit!  I embossed the front with a star embossing folder and the diagonal panel with the new Checks embossing folder, then added the year with diecut foam letters:

I added a Basic Black stitched mat around each one and added a "congratulations" stamp on the inside!  I know he'll appreciate it but will probably be more appreciative of the gift inside!  Thanks for visiting today!

Cassidy with a (pretend) penguin:

and Dana and Cassidy with REAL ones!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Paper Pumpkin (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Basic Black, Merry Merlot, Foam Sheet
 Ink Merry Merlot
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Checks EF, Star EF (ret), 3/4" Circle Punch, Stitched Labels Dies (ret), Little Numbers Dies (ret)