Sunday, January 31, 2021

PP526 Tic Tac Toe

Hi folks!  Wow, can you believe it's the last Sunday of January?! And we're going to get some snow today!  Yay!  It's time for a new Paper Players challenge, with Laurie as our hostess with a fun tic-tac-toe grid!  Here we go:

I usually find a couple of patterns in a package of DSP that I like a little less than the others....know what I mean?  I really like most of the SAB Paper Blooms DSP, at least the floral ones, but there is a graphic one that I just wasn't sure how to use.  When I was making encouragement cards for my TOPS friends, I noticed that the big font in the Ridiculously Awesome set might work well with that particular graphic!  So here it is:

From the tic-tac-toe board, I chose the diagonal of die-cutting, embossing and blue. I started by embossing the graphic paper with the new Stitched with Whimsy die...such a fun little border it creates! The sentiment, stamped in Night of Navy was diecut with the Stitched Nested Dies; I also cut another two more panels from Seaside Spray and stamped the little ray image on each one and added to the top of the sentiment panel  The embossed image is the heart; it was heat-embossed in white and brushed with some Wink of Stella: 

I added some sequins for fun!  Finally, on the inside, I stamped another sentiment and added another embossed heart:

Another for my stash of encouragement cards!  Now, what will you create with our tic-tac-toe board?  Be sure to stop by the Paper Players blog to see what our amazing design team created!  Then share yours with us as well!  Thanks for popping in today!

On Friday as I was in working in my craft room I heard a big "THUNK" out in the kitchen...I ran out to see if something had fallen or a picture had come off the wall, but I could find nothing!  A few minutes later I noticed this:

Not sure what bird ran into my patio door but it left quite an impression! And it wasn't injured, as it flew away! Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Ridiculously Awesome
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Night of Navy, Seaside Spray, Paper Blooms DSP
 Ink Craft White, Night of Navy
Accessories Whale of A Time Sequins, White Embossing Powder
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Nested Labels, Wink of Stella, Heat Tool

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Encouragement Cards

Happy Saturday, peeps!  I have three really quick cards today.  My TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) group is having a challenge this month and we are to send notes, texts or emails to encourage each other throughout the week! Well, of course, I would choose to send some notes.  I need to make several, so I first decided to use the one-layer challenge at Always Fun to create some real simple cards using a really "retro" stamp from Cornish Heritage Farms called Weighty Matters!  Here we go:


Now remember, these are uber-simple...stamps, ink and paper (and a die and a punch) so keep that in mind!  I just love the image of this well-dressed lady freaking out at her weight....but her German shepherd doesn't seem to realize he's the cause of her distress!  She was stamped in Merry Merlot, and I used the new Stitched With Whimsy die on the front of the card for some interest.

The smaller card uses this funny pup image, gazing forlornly at the number on the scale:

I added a sentiment from the same set and some little doggie prints from the new Hot Dog sest, then added these on the inside:

And I'm going to pop one more in here....this was made with the Tailored Tag punch and some pretty coordinating DSPs....again, very simple but easy!  The sentiment is from the retired Sweet Stuff:

Hopefully they'll give my friends some encouragement!  Thanks for popping in today! Enjoy your day and be blessed!

First and Second Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Ridiculously Awesome, Hot Dog, Weighty Matters (Cornish Heritage Farms)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White
 Ink Merry Merlot, Cinnamon Cider, Soft Suede
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched With Whimsy Dies, Detailed Trio Punch

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Sweet Stuff (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Pincushion Collection DSP (Bo Bunny)
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Rhinestones
Tools     Tailored Tag Punch

Friday, January 29, 2021

Sympathies Abound

Happy Friday, peeps!  Unfortunately, it seems when I need one sympathy card, it happens that I need at least one or two more.  I was bracing myself and sure enough, the need arose.  I thought the color combo at Color Hues would be lovely for a sympathy card, paired with the sketch from FMS:

And here we go:

I used two layers of Night of Navy with a Very Vanilla base; the bottom one was cut with an Ornate Layers die and the top was embossed with the Wrapped in Texture embossing folder.  I stamped images from Positive Thoughts in Night of Navy ink and diecut them for my focal pieces:

I added some frayed Misty Moonlight twill ribbon as well as a blue rhinestone to add some interest.  I stamped a sentiment from Comfort and Hope on the inside, along with a flower from Positive Thoughts:

My second card uses the sketch only from the Fusion Card Challenge:

For this card, I used the Peony Garden DSP and stamps from Tasteful Touches.  I stamped the flower in Petal Pink and fussy-cut it, then stamped some of the foliage directly on to the cardstock.  The sentiment is from Here's A Card:

I added some Silver glimmer paper leafy things, diecut with the Nature's Thoughts dies:

And added this sweet little diecut border from the Stitched Be Mine's so small, it's easily overlooked, but it makes a lovely little design!

Thank you so much for popping in happy you visited!

My niece sent me pictures of Sawyer opening his birthday card...our mail has been so erratic, I sent it early and I guess he just couldn't wait!  You can see it here if you want to check it out.  I hope it wasn't too disappointed it was just a card!

Jameson gives brotherly advice:

Shaking it so the eyes wiggle:

And a big grin for Aunt Le!  Love those kids!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.” Romans 15:13 

First Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Positive Thoughts, Comfort and Hope
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Night of Navy
 Ink Night of Navy
Accessories Misty Moonlight Ribbon, Dimensionals, Holiday Rhinestones (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Nature's Thoughts Dies, Ornate Layers Dies, Tasteful Labels Dies, Wrapped in Texture EF (ret)

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Tasteful Touches, Here's a Card
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Basic Gray, Peony Garden DSP, Silver Glimmer
 Ink Petal Pink, Smoky Slate
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Be Mine Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Stitched Tag Dies (Pretty Pink Posh)

Thursday, January 28, 2021

TTTC98 Silver Deer

Hi stampers!  Here with another post today---a Tic Tac Toe challenge!  Here's our board: 

This board leaves a lot of room for interpretation, and since I saw that Christmas Card Throwdown had a metallic paper challenge, 

I thought I'd do another Christmas card!  My Detailed Deer dies have not seen the light of day for months, so I thought I'd feature this beautiful leaping deer from the set:

I actually used all the squares in the grid, how about that!  This was really a simple card to create; I diecut the deer from Silver foil and mounted it on some red plaid DSP.  I did add a mat of Silver foil as well (if you cut out the inside portion of the mat, which doesn't show under the plaid paper, you can save that piece for another use!) and mounted it on a square card base.

The peace sentiment was heat embossed in silver and diecut with a Stitched Rectangle die, through which I added some narrow silver ribbon:

And I stamped some additional silver snowflakes among my Real Red sentiment on the inside!  

I love how this turned out and I'll put it in my stash of Christmas cards for December!  Now, what will you create with our Tic-Tac-Toe grid?  Share it at the challenge blog, can't wait to see what you create!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Peace Joy Love (Lawn Fawn), Sentiments Traditional Christmas (Kaiser)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Silver Foil, Mad 4 Plaid DSP (Photoplay)
 Ink Silver Encore (ret), Real Red
Accessories Narrow Silver Ribbon (ret), Silver Embossing Powder
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Dashing Deer Dies (ret), Heat Tool

IB159 Tweet Messages

Hello, sweet friends!  Hope your week is going well so far!  Our Inspired By challenge is a "tweet" one for sure!  Check this out....isn't he a cutie?


I knew just what stamp set I wanted to use, so I set to work, stamping my little bird on some watercolor paper with Stazon ink and coloring him in:

Yes, it's our little friend from Free as a Bird!  Here's a closeup:

I colored him with blue hues of Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight and Pacific Point, then added Flirty Flamingo for his chest and flower.  The leaves were stamped with Antique Linen Tim Holtz ink, then watercolored with Granny Apple Green.  Originally I had tried to do some "no-line" watercoloring but I did not like how the final image look, so I opted for Stazon.  The final addition was some Gray Granite speckles and watercolor in the background.  I used the optional sketch as well:

I pulled out some retired papers to complement my little tweetie and added some Balmy Blue diecut borders!  Hope you'll play along with us this week!  The DT has some ADORABLE takes on the challenge photo and I know you will too!  Can't wait to see them at Inspired By!  Thanks for popping in today!

This picture just cracks me up....Cassidy looks so serene, but Eden has this look in her eyes as if to say...."what is going on here?"....too funny!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!  

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Free as a Bird
Card stock & Papers     Watercolor Paper, Balmy Blue, Come Sail Away DSP, Bird Ballad DSP (both ret)
 Ink Stazon Black, Antique Linen (TH), Gray Granite, Balmy Blue, Misty Moonlight, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamigo
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Stitched Be Mind Dies, Aquapainter

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Just One of Those Days

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  Yesterday, I had "one of those days" know, where nothing that you stamp turns out right; ideas don't flow; colors and papers don't work together; the layout get the picture.  I wanted to make a card for the sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches, as well as for The Spot's heart challenge:

I don't have the current curvy die set, but I do have another one, but the curve was not going in the right direction, so I decided to flip the sketch.  After MUCH deliberation, I finally chose a Flirty Flamingo DSP along with the gingham heart from Lots of Heart and the Stitched Be Mine dies.  So here we go:

I was grumbling about how the colors of the heart outline were not matching my DSP very well (grumble, grumble) when I realized (after it was completed) that I used Calypso Coral cardstock instead of Flirty Flamingo!  DUH!  Well, I wasn't going to redo it, so it's just going to stand the way it is!  I curved the sentiment to align with the diecut edge, then added a pearl embellishment and another little diecut from the die set to make the flourish at the top of the heart:

And then, because I made a SMUDGE on the inside of the card (can you see it?), I stamped the row of hearts along each edge. 

For fun, I took the inside of the cutout heart and heat embossed the little flower image on it, then added another little white diecut heart:

And since I had a wee little bit of the curvy portion left, I made a 3x3" note card with the remaining DSP, diecut the little rosette and sponged behind before adhering it:

That sentiment is from Here's a Card.

I am going to blame all these booboos (because I didn't even share my other failures from the day with you!) on a rainy day with poor lighting and a sinus headache!! Hopefully today will be better!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Monday, January 25, 2021

Just a Couple of Cards

Happy Monday, peeps!  Hope you had a pleasant weekend.  I was able to do a little stamping and came up with a couple of cards!  The first one is for Kim's  FMS sketch; I needed a sympathy card for our youth pastor who lost a family member and I thought that sketch was quite's the sketch:

and here's the card:

As I was perusing my stash of DSP, I realized that the Poinsettia Place DSP  had some patterns that were sort of generic and might look good for a sympathy card.  I used a stitched strip die from Pretty Pink Posh to cut three pieces of DSP, then used my Stamparatus to stamp a sentiment from Comfort and Hope in between:

A stitched leaf in Garden Green along with some Linen Thread was my embellishment.  On the inside, a sentiment from Here's a Card, plus some greenery from the Comfort and Hope set:

I hope it brings them some peace. 

I also have a card for the Jingle Belles challenge of "inchies"---think big but go small!  So cute, I love little inchie things, especially when I have a 1" punch that makes cutting them out a breeze!  Plus it gives you a chance to use up some of those little scraps we all have! So here we go:

I have had this pad of DSP from Illustrated Faith for a long time and haven't used it much, so I chose some of the patterns (hard to do, as they all are cute and they all coordinate!), punched them out and layered them on my card.  I added some doodads to make them even prettier:

The only stamping was the sentiment (Paper Smooches) and a little cardinal from a retired SU set called Nature's Christmas!  The inside was stamped with some Illustrated Faith images as well:

Thanks so much for popping in today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

 "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

First Card Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Comfort and Hope, Here's A Card
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Poinsettia Place DSP
 Ink Soft Suede
Accessories Linen Thread, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Leaves Dies, Stitched Strip Dies (Pretty Pink Posh)

Second Card Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Nature's Christmas (ret), All Yule Need (Paper Smooches) Christmas (Illustrated Faith)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, CHRISTmas DSP (Illustrated Faith)
 Ink Real Red, Memento Black
Accessories Sequins from my stash, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Metallic Silver Pearls
Tools     1" Square Punch (ret)