Sunday, December 4, 2022

PP620 Vintage Santa

Happy Sunday, peeps!  It's almost our last Paper Players challenge of 2022, can you believe it?  I am the hostess, and here's the theme I chose for us:

I am a pushover for Santas...but especially vintage and retro Santas! I haven't gotten this vintage Santa from Flourishes inky for quite a while, so I thought I'd show him some love:

I started by stamping the image in Real Red and adding the sentiment in Shaded Spruce. 

I cut off the bottom portion of the card front with the Basic Borders die, added another layer of Gold Foil, then adhered a pretty piece of Christmasy plaid DSP to the inside 

A Tim Holtz die provided some Shaded Spruce holly leaves and I added some glimmery dots for the berries!  Inside, another sentiment from the same set:

I hope you'll play along with my "Ho Ho Ho" challenge and pull out your favorite Santa stamp and get him inky!  Share it with us at the Paper Players and check out what the other DT members have done as well!  Can't wait to see it! Thanks for stopping in today!

John and I had to go to a funeral on Friday morning, but we had the afternoon free, and we were driving right past Longwood Gardens, so I convinced him to stop!  It was a beautiful day and although we didn't get to see the lights, the other displays were stunning!  I'll share some more in the coming days, but here are a few to get you started!  The first one is the tree outside the Gardens entrance:

And these were outside the conservatory entrance:

A carpet of poinsettias!

And I managed to spend a couple of minutes with my brother, who works there!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Santa - I Believe (Flourishes)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Shaded Spruce, Gold Foil, Wrapped in Plaid DSP (ret)
 Ink Real Red, Shaded Spruce
Accessories Glimmer Dots (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Basic Borders Dies, Greenery Die (Tom Holtz)

Saturday, December 3, 2022

52CCT22-45 Mistletoe Christmas

Happy rainy, wet, cold, damp Saturday, everyone!  I got my chores done and snuck in some stamping time today, just a quick little Christmas card using the sketch from Christmas Card Throwdown:

I had a little piece of gingham DSP floating around on my desk, and I just got some cute little mistletoe dies (Merry early Christmas to me!) so I thought this sketch would work perfectly with them!  Here we go:

I diecut the gingham and a mat of Shaded Spruce with Stitched Rectangle dies, then diecut the mistletoe from Mint Macaron cardstock and the berries from Shimmery White.  I added a red satin ribbon behind the panel and adhered my greenery:

I added a little ribbon (which I believe is on the Clearance Rack right now!) and stamped sentiments from Peace to You inside and out.  I had a couple extra leaves, so I adhered them on the inside as well!

And now that little scrap is not hanging around on my desk any longer, LOL!  Thanks for popping in today!

This is what you come home to after a long day at school and your braces just got tightened the day before:

She looks so cute all snuggled up like that!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Peace to You
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Shaded Spruce, Mint Macaron, Shimmery White, Shaded Spruce Gingham DSP (ret)
 Ink Real Red, Shaded Spruce
Accessories Playful Pets Trim, Real Red Double Stitched Satin Ribbon
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Mistletoe Dies (Impression Obsession)

Friday, December 2, 2022

FMS564 Happy 60th

Happy Friday, peeps!  Hope you have some fun things planned for the weekend!  I managed to get most of my Christmas decorations up yesterday...the tree I'll save for next week! 

My brother will be celebrating a milestone birthday next week too, so I used the FMS sketch to make a card for him; he's an engineer, so I should have come up with something more clever, but this will have to do!  First, the sketch:

I pulled out some of those masculine plaids from the new Memory Box pad I got recently, along with some copper foil paper and a retired set called Number of Years:

My off-sets circles are diecut with Night of Navy and Balmy Blue, and the numbers and words were stamped in Night of Navy as well; diecuts are from Stylish Shapes dies:

The copper stars were cut with the Give it a Whirl dies as well as a Paper Rose stitched star die.  They coordinate nicely with the copper stripes in the plaid!  Finally, a sentiment from the Number of Years set plus a "brother" stamp from Fiskars went on the inside:

After three girls, my parents were thrilled to get that boy!  And he's been a bit spoiled ever since, LOL!  Thanks for visiting today, enjoy it and be blessed!

Here's a real short video of Cassidy at her latest karate testing:

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Number of Years (ret), Celebrate Family (Fiskars)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Brushed Metallic Copper, Woodsy Plaid DSP (Memory Box)
 Ink Night of Navy
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stylish Shapes Dies, Give it a Whirl Dies, Large Number Dies (ret), Stitched Star Dies (Paper Roses)

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

TSOT 585 Christmas Camper

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I got these Tree Lot dies during SAB to match the Trees for Sale set and have barely used them, so I thought I'd remedy that today!  My sister and BIL have a camper (not like this one though---much bigger!) and so I thought it would be fun to use the camper die to create a card for them.  Here we go:

I used the sketch from Try Stampin' on Tuesday:

I cut the elements from Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Shaded Spruce and retired Brushed Silver cardstocks and assembled my little camper, coloring in the tire with black and silver markers.  I used some retired Classic Christmas DSP from a couple years back and added a few Shaded Spruce trees in the background:

The sentiment from the same set was stamped in Real Red and accented with some tiny die-cut stars...aren't they the cutest?  Just so much to love about these dies and stamps!  Thanks for popping by today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Trees for Sale
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Real Red, Coastal Cabana, Shaded Spruce, Brushed Silver (ret), Shaded Spruce DSP, Classic Christmas DSP (ret)
 Ink Real Red, Shaded Spruce
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Tree Lot Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Zig Zag Circle Die (Sissix)

Tuesday, November 29, 2022

AHSC501 Retro Christmas

Happy Tuesday, peeps, hope you're all doing well!  I haven't made a retro Christmas card for a while, and I got some cute papers from Prima recently that worked well with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch; here's the sketch:

and here we go:

I let the paper do most of the work!  

I cut out a big scalloped circle and adhered it to a striped piece, then ran some machine-stitching around the outer edges.  I stamped a sentiment from an old Cornish Heritage Farms vintage Christmas set in Soft Succulent, then diecut it with the Stylish Shapes dies:

I did lots of fussy-cutting, snipping out this little cutie along with the poinsettia behind her and the bow on the sentiment:

I added a few colored pearls before I mounted everything on a Pink Pirouette card base and stamped another CHF stamp on the inside in Poppy Parade:

These images are the ones I remember from my early childhood and they always make me happy!  

Here's a sweet treat Cassidy found....probably at Walmart!  That's a lot of candy! THREE pounds!  My teeth hurt just looking at it!

Thanks for visiting today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas Expressions (Cornish Heritage Farms), Vintage Christmas Expressions
Card stock & Papers     Pink Pirouette (ret), Confetti Cream (ret), Candy Cane Lane DSP (Prima)
 Ink Soft Succulent, Poppy Parade
Accessories Red & Green Pearls, Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Circle Thinlets Dies (ret), Stylish Shapes Dies, Sewing Machine

Monday, November 28, 2022

FMS563 Sympathy

Happy Monday, peeps!  Hope you had a great weekend!  It's never fun to make sympathy cards but having to make them during holidays is extra-challenging. Our friend's father passed away after many years of illness and blindness, so although they will miss him here on earth, they rejoice in knowing he's with his Saviour!  I made them a simple sympathy card using the sketch from FMS:

I recently got some lovely plaid DSPs with masculine colors so I started wtih a mossy green one:

Although this tree stamp and diecut is from the Trees for Sale set, I thought it would still be appropriate for a masculine sympathy card.  I stamped and diecut the bottom tree layer with Mellow Moss, then diecut the upper layer with Mossy Meadow.  I mounted it on a Very Vanilla circle with a mat of Evening Evergreen.  The sentiment, from Hero Arts, was also stamped on Mossy Meadow cardstock in  Evening Evergreen ink:

On the inside of my Very Vanilla card, I stamped an older Our Daily Bread Designs stamp in Evening Evergreen:

And it's ready to go in the mail!

On Saturday, we decorated the church for Advent, and Dana brought Cassidy along to help. I put her in charge of the little Nativity set we put in the entryway:

I really love the camel she had peeking out of the stable!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ." Ephesians 1:3

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Trees for Sale, Scripture Collection 1 (Our Daily Bread Designs), CL342 Sentiments (Hero Arts)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Mossy Meadow, Evening Evergreen, Mellow Moss (ret), Woodsy Plaid DSP (Memory Box)
 Ink Evening Evergreen, Mellow Moss (ret)
Accessories Cut & Emboss Machine, Stitched Rectangle Die, Stylish Shapes Dies, Layering Circle Dies, Tree Lot Dies (ret)

Sunday, November 27, 2022

PP620 Santa Sketch

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Time for a new Paper Players challenge and this week, as we wind up November, Laurie has a fun sketch for us:

I just got this Simon Says Stamp Santa die in a recent order and couldn't resist playing with him for today's challenge!  Here we go:

This chubby guy is a little fussy to put together but he's so cute, I didn't mind.  I layered Blushing Bride, Real Red and Basic White, along with some scraps of glimmer paper to create him, giving him some really rosy cheeks with my Blender pen and Flirty Flamingo ink....might have to tone that down next time, LOL!  I stamped a sentiment from  the retired Wrapped in Christmas and added a wee little "Make it Merry" from SSS's Joy to You & Yours:

The panel looked a little bare so I diecut some red glimmer paper stars for fun, then mounted it all on a piece of Classic Christmas DSP.  You can't go wrong with traditional red and green, especially when Santa is involved!

I hope you'll play along with our fun sketch this week; I love sketches, they're a great jumping-off point when you need a card!  Check out what the Design Team did with it at the Paper Players blog, then share yours with us too!  

This is totally unrelated to stamping, but during the Thanksgiving break I have been watching a Netflix series called The Extraordinary Attorney Woo.  Anyone ever see it?  I love quirky movies and series and this one fits the bill!  It's a Korean series about a young female attorney who has autism.  It's a little unsettling to have the English words dubbed in, but the plot lines are ingenious and watching the attorney deal with her autism in a professional and personal setting is really interesting.  I just want to reach into the TV and hug her....but she doesn't like to be touched!  If you like quirky films, you should give it a try!  Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Wrapped in Christmas (ret), Joy to You and Yours (Simon Says Stamp)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Real Red, Blushing Bride, Red Glimmer Paper, Classic Chrismtas DSP (ret)
 Ink Basic White
Accessories Glitter, Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Deckle Rectangle Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Sports Fan Dies, Santa Dies (Simon Says Stamp)

Saturday, November 26, 2022

TGIF396 Joy Love Peace

Happy Saturday, peeps! Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.  Ours was very quiet and I'm having a hard time getting back into the swing of things! Normally I'd be putting up my Christmas decorations but it just doesn't feel quite like Christmas yet to me!  We'll be decorating our church today so maybe that will put me in the mood!

The TGIF challenge for this week was a pretty one:

It reminded me of a Unity stamp I had gotten several years ago.  I stamped and embossed it in white on some Basic Black cardstock and went to work:

I also just got a couple new stamp sets from Simon Says Stamp; I stamped the small "joy love peace" in the upper corner, and the larger "Joy" stamp on a piece of woodgrain paper, embossing them both:

My sweet friend Michele just gifted me some SSS goodies too...these diescuts are from the Pepperberry die/embossing folder set; I watercolored the leaves with some Garden Green ink and added a shabby seam binding bow:

I added a simple Christmas sentiment on the inside of my Crumb Cake card and it was finished!  Thanks for popping in today!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps All is Calm (Unity), Joy to You & Yours (Simon Says Stamp)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Basic White, Garden Green, Home Again DSP (Carta Bella)
 Ink White Craft, Garden Green
Accessories Seam Binding (ret), White Embossing Powder
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Heat Tool, Stamparatus

Thursday, November 24, 2022

Happy Thanksgiving!

 Happy Thanksgiving to my American friends!  Here are a few vintage postcards from my vast digital stash!  Enjoy!

"Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth.  Worship the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.  Know that the Lord is God.  it is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture.  Enter his gates with thanskgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name.  For the Lord is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations."  Psalm 100

Wednesday, November 23, 2022

IC130 Strength for Today

 Happy Wednesday, peeps!  Hope those of you who are hosting the big turkey day tomorrow are right on schedule!  I have a simple card today using the wide-open sketch from Inspire.Create:

My sweet stamping friend/church co-worker/small group prayer warrior Robyn had knee surgery earlier this week, so I wanted to make a get-well card for her.  The sketch left everything to one's imagination!  I pulled out some pretty Prima Farm Sweet Farm papers and a Hymn Block stamp from Sweet & Sassy and this is what I came up with:

I love these words from Great is Thy Faithfulness; I stamped them directly on to the DSP in Merry Merlot ink using my Stamparatus:

The papers also have lots of little country-related images, so I snipped a couple out, mounted them on a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock, added some Braided Linen Trim and mounted it all on a Merry Merlot card base:

And I just realized as I was writing this that I stuck the card in the envelope and never signed the card.  Sigh....hopefully she'll get a giggle out of my faux pas!  Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy it 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." Psalme 103:11-12

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hymn Blocks (Sweet & Sassy)
Card stock & Papers     Merry Merlot, Crumb Cake, Farm Sweet Farm DSP (Prima)
 Ink Merry Merlot
Accessories Braided Linen Trim (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Stamparatus, 1/8" Hole Punch