Sunday, May 16, 2021

PP541 Clean and Simple Polka Dots

 Happy Sunday, all!  Anne Marie is our Paper Players hostess this week with a CAS challenge, and it is true Anne Marie...I know how she likes polka too!

This challenge gave me a chance to use another new goodie from the SU catalog called Checks and Dots Embossing Folder:

Can you see that sweet little row of embossed dots?

I also used the colors from Hand Stamped Sentiments for my Pierced Blooms flowers:

and I added some Rainbow Glimmer paper centers, a Basic Borders stitched border and a sweet little Tailored Tags tag, stamped with a "hello" from the new Best Year set!  

I hope you'll play along with our CAS challenge and get out your polka dots!  Should be a fun one, and I can't wait to see what you create!  Be sure to share it with us at the Paper Players blog!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Two for Saturday

Happy Saturday, peeps!  I have a couple of quick cards today using some new and "old" products!  I am absolutely THRILLED that SU finally came out with a cover plate-type die, and I LOVE it!  It's called Stitched Greenery, and I paired it with another fabulous set of dies called Tailored Tags!  I made two cards, one to send and one to show my club we go:

I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches:

and some pretty new papers from Sweet Symmetry, and a sentiment from the new Shaded Summer.  

There are eight tags in the set of dies, and I used the largest of each (they have different tops).  I cut them so they appear longer here; the sentiment covers up the cut part!  They are easy to make smaller as well, just re-align them in the diecutting machine and just cut the end off!  I added a few Pierced Blooms and some retired Baker's Twine and mounted everything on a Night of Navy card base.

My next card is a quick little card for the Jingle Belles Days of Old challenge; I have tons of these vintage images in my stash so I mounted one on a piece of digital paper I also had in my stash, added a sentiment and diecut holly and berries, and another one for my Christmas card supply:

I think the image was an old Crafty Secrets one; the holly and the sentiment are both from Tim Holtz, and everything was mounted on a Very Vanilla card base.

Sadly, we lost John's stepfather early yesterday morning.  He was 95 and hadn't been ill at all, but suddenly went downhill quickly and passed away in his sleep.  So if I am MIA a wee bit this week, you'll know why!  Here's a picture of him and John at our nephew's wedding a few years ago:

Keep our family in your prayers!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Friday, May 14, 2021

AYSI250 Lilies of the Valley

Happy Friday, peeps!  I am glad it's the end of the week, aren't you?  Today, our As You See It Challenge is a fill-in-the-blank!  Here we go:

I love ALL the flowers of spring, but I remember my grandmother having lilies of the valley growing along the shady side of her house, and I would always pick some in the spring.  I also remember having some Muguet de Bois perfume in high school...that's French for "lilies of the valley".... and I loved it so much, I wanted to have lilies of the valley as the flowers on my ushers' lapels when I got married!  Unfortunately, my wedding date was in June and all the lilies were gone by then...and this was the pre-silk flowers era!!  I still love them and have managed to grow a few in my flower bed, but first, my card:

I had no lilies of the valley stamps at all, but was fortunate to find a digital image from Marcia Hawley that was simple and easy to color!  I printed it on some computer paper, colored it with Blends and then mounted it on some digital gingham paper as well.  I mounted it on some Garden Green cardstock and added a sentiment and a polka dot bow, and I can't seem to create anything without a few sequins!  The image was fairly large, so my card is larger than a standard A2.  

I just happened to need a sympathy card for a family at church, so I stamped some sympathy sentiments on the inside and it's in the mail! I am also entering this in the Double D flower of the month challenge, as May is lilies of the valley!

 And here is one wee little lily of the valley in my flower bed; they are multiplying each year, so it is a joy to see them pop up (sorry this is a little blurry):

I picked a few and had them on my craft desk...what a lovely scent! I hope you'll play along with our spring flower challenge and you will share your creation with us at As You See It!   Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Spring Border Two Digital (Power Poppy)
Card stock & Papers     Garden Green, Smoky Slate, Digital Gingham, Computer Paper
Accessories Blends, Sequins from my Stash, Dimensionals, Polka Dot Organdy Ribbon (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies

Thursday, May 13, 2021

IB174 Oran-Generous Friend

Hey peeps! Hope your week is going well so far!  It's time for a new Inspired By challenge, what a cutie this one is:

And here's our optional sketch, which I did use!

Once again, I find myself lacking ANY citrusy fruit stamps, so I went searching through my retired stash and found a shape that could sort of fit the bill; it was a solid image from Swirly Bird:

As a rule I don't go for these sort of abstract designs but I admit that I really had fun creating this!!!  I stamped the three "fruits" in Pale Papaya and Daffodil Delight and added a sweet little leaf from a Stamp Market set:

I added some speckles with a white gel pen and a few little sequins, then stamped a sentiment in Memento Black.  For fun, I embossed the edge with a Stitched With Whimsy outline die.  Love the extra little design element it gives!

Our design team created some amazing things with this inspiration sure to go check them out at the Inspired By blog, and while you're there, add yours to the mix!  Can't wait to see what you create!

I had a few visitors to my back yard a day or so ago:

They were taken through the screen, but they're still beautiful!  Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Whirly Bird (ret), Lots of Leaves (The Stamp Market) Unknown Sentiment
Card stock & Papers     Pale Papaya, Basic White
 Ink Pale Papaya, Daffodil Delight, Memento Black
Accessories Sequins from my stash
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched With Whimsy Dies, White Gel Pen

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

TCC155 Garden Pleasures

Hello stampers!  Wednesday brings us a new Card Concept challenge...look at this lovely spring inspiration:


I was inspired by the bee skeps and the birdhouses to pull out one of my all-time favorites, Garden Pleasures!  I wanted to incorporate several of the images into my card, so I stamped some of them on watercolor paper, colored them in with ink and an aquapainter, and diecut them out for my card today:

I love the details in these images, always have, and I always enjoy coloring them in!

I added a little bee from a different stamp set and mounted everything on a Crushed Curry DSP mat and a Very Vanilla card base.

I would describe this style as clean and layered (my usual!!).  I hope you'll play along too...check out the styles at the Card Concept blog, then let us know what inspired you and your style as well!  Thanks for popping in today!

Yesterday the weather FINALLY turned a bit more seasonal (it has been a wee bit chilly the last few days) and I was able to put out the flowers that Dana bought me for Mother's Day.  I found this sweet little bumblebee warming herself on my hanging begonia:

That made me smile!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones." Proverbs 16:24

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Garden Pleasures (ret), Bee Happy (Darcie's)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Watercolor, Crushed Curry DSP (ret)
 Ink Stazon Black, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider, Cajun Craze, Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies (ret), Stitched Rectangle Dies, Aquapainter

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

RRCB158 Happiest of Birthdays

 Hi peeps, happy Tuesday!  We've got a new Retro Rubber challenge up for you, where we give our older stamps some love!  This week we have a Tic-Tac-Toe grid:

I am sure you can find something on our grid to tickle your fancy!  I went with the center column down of patterned paper, heat embossing and ribbon!  So here we go:

I started with a sketch from Try Stampin on Tuesday:

and some retired DSP called Garden Lane.  The sentiment is from Picture Perfect Birthday (2018) that was positioned in my Stamparatus and stamped with Mint Macaron ink, then re-stamped in the same position with Versamark ink and heat-embossed with Clear Embossing Powder.  

I cut it out with the Tasteful Labels dies and added some Mint Macaron ribbon and a few Soft Seafoam faceted embellishments.  It all went on a Soft Seafoam card.  I already have this card ready to go out to a recipient whose birthday happens to be today! 

I hope you'll play along with our challenge this week and have some fun with our tic-tac-toe grid!  Hop on over to the Retro Rubber blog to see what our designers did!  Just make sure to stamps that are at least a year old, and tell us how old they are!  

A couple of weeks ago, Cassidy did some chalk artwork on our driveway and created a bird:

She named it "Sher-bird"....because it looked like the colors of sherbet!!!

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Picture Perfect Birthday (ret, 2018)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Soft Seafoam, Pear Pizzazz, Mossy Meadow,  Garden Lane DSP (ret)
 Ink Mint Macaron, Versamark
Accessories Faceted Embellishments (ret), Mint Macaron Textile Ribbon, Clear Embossing Powder
Tools     Big Shot, Tasteful Labels Dies, Heat Tool, Stamparatus

Monday, May 10, 2021

JAI553 Friends Like You

Happy Monday, peeps!  It's stamp club day today, so I'll make this quick!  I found a fun sketch at Just Add Ink:

I love the two new In Colors, Soft Succulent and Evening Evergreen, together...they complement each other beautifully! So I used them both in today's card, along with the Positive Thoughts stamp set:

I stamped the foliage directly on to a piece of Soft Succulent DSP, diecut it with the mat die from Nature's Thoughts and matted it with a piece of Evening Evergreen.  For the little doodads sticking out from under the mat, they are also from the Nature's Thoughts dies.  I stamped and diecut the butterfly and added an In Color gem:

Finally a sentiment from the same set, diecut with a Stitched Rectangle die:

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Positive Thoughts       
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Evening Evergreen, Soft Succulent DSP
 Ink Evening Evergreen
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Nature's Thoughts Dies

Sunday, May 9, 2021

PP540 Hello

Hello stampers and Happy Mother's Day to all those in the US!  Laurie is our hostess at the Paper Players this week and she has a color challenge for us:


I admit that this was not my first card...although I love this color combo, I couldn't quite figure out what I wanted to do with it!  In the end, I went in a totally different direction when I found some retired gingham paper from an older Sale-a-bration pack!  So here we go:

I used the sketch from FMS:

and a Real Red flower, diecut with the Pierced Blooms, an Altenew sentiment and a sweet little ladybug from Itty Bitties:

I also embossed the Thick White card front with the Subtles embossing folder (another thing I won't get rid of, LOL!).  Thanks for popping in today!  I hope you'll play along with us at the Paper Players with these colors...they seem masculine, but you can see by my card, they're not just for guys!  Can't wait to see what you create!

Last night Cassidy and her daddy were supposed to go to a father-daughter dance; some complications with the tickets spoiled it and they weren't able to go, so they just spent some time together!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Label Love (Altenew), Itty Bitties (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Thick Basic White, Smoky Slate, Real Red, Botanical Butterfly DSP
 Ink Smoky Slate, Real Red
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Pierced Blooms Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies (Ret), Layering Rectangle Dies (ret)

Saturday, May 8, 2021

TGIFC315 Brightly Colored Hand Penned

 Hi all, a real quick card today, then off to get some flowers for the patio!  I am using the colors from the TGIF Challenge this week:

I stamped and diecut the floral arrangement from Hand Penned Petals in the colors of the challenge (along with some Soft Seafoam for the leaves), then mounted it on a Basic White card that was embossed with one of the Greenery embossing folders:

I diecut another panel with a Stitched Rectangle die, then diecut one edge with the zig zag die from the new Basic Borders.  I diecut another one from some Magenta Madness DSP and layered it beneath, then added some Polished Pink Open Weave ribbon; it's close enough to the Magenta to match!

My final addition was the "thanks" sentiment, stamped in Mango Melody.  Thanks for popping in today!  And it was a quiet day at the feeder yesterday, so no bird pictures!  Or Cassidy pictures--maybe tomorrow!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hand Penned Petals
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Magenta Madness DSP (ret)
 Ink Magenta Madness, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Soft Seafoam
Accessories Dimensionals, Polished Pink Open Weave Ribbon
Tools     Big Shot, Greenery EF, Penned Flowers Dies, Basic Borders Dies

Friday, May 7, 2021

Always Fun with Basic Borders

 Happy Friday, peeps!  Hope you have a fun weekend planned!  Sunday is Mother's Day and my sweet SIL has something nice planned for the mothers in his life, so I am looking forward to that!  He told me that I could bring John along too, LOL!  Anyway, I have a very CAS card today, and since it uses an old stamp and a new die, I am entering it at the Always Fun Challenge of new and old!  So here we go:

The old parts of my card are the sentiments and the swallow; they are all from different Paper Pumpkin kits from a couple of years ago.  The new part is that fabulous cloud-inspired border die--I just love this set!  It's in the new SU catalog and it's called Basic Borders.  After cutting out the clouds, I mounted it on a Balmy Blue card base, stamped, colored and fussy-cut my little bird and adhered it with a mini dimensional: 

It's always nice to have a card on hand to let someone know that you're thinking of them!  Thanks for popping in today!

Speaking of birds (that's all I seem to be doing these days), I thought things were going to be quiet at the feeder for a while, but as I was making lunch yesterday, I glanced out the window and saw an indigo bunting!!  Again, my heart went pitter-patter!  They also migrate through on their way south, but I haven't seen one for quite a while:

I read recently that a bunting's feathers are not actually blue, it is caused by light refraction; the underside of his wing is definitely not blue, but whatever miracle of God's creation causes the rest of him to be this color, I love it!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!  

"So God created the great creatures of the sea and every living thing with which the water teems and that moves about in it, 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 Paper Pumpkin (past, retired)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Balmy Blue
 Ink Balmy Blue, Smoky Slate
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Aquapainter, Basic Borders Dies