Tuesday, May 31, 2022

AHSC475 Hand Penned Thank You

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  Hope you had a good weekend.  I believe I had a bit too much picnic food, I need to get back on my food plan this week, LOL!  I did squeak in a wee bit of stamping yesterday before our cookout and used the Atlantic Hearts Sketch:

and the Hand-Penned Petals set along with a bunch of Daffodil Delight DSPs.  Check it out:

I used a Stitched Strip die from Reverse Confetti to diecut a bunch of papers, then laid them out on a scrap of paper before adhering them down.  Once I trimmed it to size, I mounted it on a Basic White card base, then added the floral, stamped in Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight and Soft Seafoam:

I added a little shading with some ink and a blender pen, then placed a Soft Seafoam diecut behind the flowers.  The sentiment is from Friends are Like Seashells, and the embellishments are Elegant Faceted Gems:

The background was a wee bit labor-intensive, but it didn't take as long as I thought it would, and it was a fun technique!  Thanks for popping in today!

I can't begin to tell you how proud I am of my son-in-law Wayne.  He spoke at Ganae's funeral on Friday and he did such an awesome job...he read scripture, talked briefly about Ganae and her struggles and gave an uplifting message.  He truly was a rock during an extremely difficult week even though he was grieving as much, if not more, than we were.  I was so happy to see him relaxing and playing with Cassidy on Sunday evening, they both needed it:

Please pray for them as they try to get into a new normal.  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hand-Penned Petals, Friends are Like Seashells
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Soft Seafoam DSP, Daffodil Delight DSPs (some ret)
 Ink Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Soft Seafoam
Accessories Elegant Faceted Gems, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Penned Flowers Dies, All That Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Strip Dies (Pretty Pink Posh), Blender Pen

Monday, May 30, 2022

Memorial Day Remembrance


As we remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country and us, remember also that "this is how we know what love is:  Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters." 1 John 3:16. Have a blessed day!

Sunday, May 29, 2022

PP593 Nature's Prints

Hi everyone!  Hope you're having a great weekend!  Ann is our Paper Players hostess this week and since it's the fifth week of the month, she has a Tic-Tac-Toe grid for us:

Luckily, the card we made at our May stamp club meetings fit the lower row perfectly:  die cut, rhinestones and circle!  We used the new Sun Prints bundle to create this card:

We cut a circle with the Stylish Shapes dies from a panel of the Sun Prints DSP, and stamped and diecut some of the greenery from Nature's Prints in Starry Sky ink using the Natural Prints Dies:

We embossed a vellum panel with the Fern embossing folder, then assembled everything on a Starry Sky card base.  We added a sentiment and colored a rhinestone gem with a Night of Navy Blend, and also added some Gray Granite diecuts to coordinate with the DSP.  On the inside, we stamped the large gingko image and another sentiment from the same set:

You just can't go wrong with these images and papers, they're just beautiful!  I hope you'll be able to play along with Ann's fun tic-tac-toe grid...lots of possibilities!  Be sure to check out what the other DT members created as well, over at the Paper Players blog!

Yesterday John marched in our local Memorial Day Parade; I think he said this was the 20th year!  The weather was gorgeous, and although there were not as many viewers along the parade route as in past years, it was still a great parade!  I managed to get a quick video of him marching in front of our friends' house as they watched him go by:

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Nature's Prints
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Gray Granite, Sun Prints, Vellum
 Ink Starry Sky
Accessories Rhinestone, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stylish Shapes Dies, Natural Shapes Dies, Night of Navy Blend, Fern Embossing Folder

Friday, May 27, 2022

Be Merry

Happy Friday, peeps!  Just a quick card for two challenges today!  The Color Hues challenge wants red and aqua, which is a favorite of mine, and the Christmas Craft Creations wants only two colors! 

I pulled out a favorite Stamp Market set and here we go:

I looked through my stash of DSP but didn't have any Coastal Cabana gingham, so I made my own plaid with the retired Buffalo Check.  The sentiment, candy cane and bow are from The Stamp Market's Candy Cane Christmas set; they were all stamped and adhered to a Stylish Shapes square diecut and layered with a Real Red scalloped mat.  I also added a little rhinestone for some bling!

An Impression Obsession stamp finished the inside:

I know it's pretty unadorned, but sometimes that's okay!  Thanks for visiting today...enjoy it and be blessed!

"We love because He first loved us." 1 John 4:19

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Candy Cane Christmas (The Stamp Market), Buffalo Check (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Real Red
 Ink Real Red, Coastal Cabana
Accessories Pretty Peacock Rhinestone (ret), Mini Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stylish Shapes Dies, Layering Squares Dies (ret), Candy Cane Christmas Dies (The Stamp Market)

Thursday, May 26, 2022

FMS537 Thanks Awash

Hi peeps, happy Thursday!  Thank you to all who offered condolences in the last couple of days...they mean a lot to us.  Tomorrow is Ganae's funeral, we're praying for strength.  I did have some time to create a card with some new goodies and the FMS sketch from Judy: 

I just got the pretty Awash in Beauty DSP and loved the colors in these two patterns, so I paired them together:

I love those watercolory flowers, but I also love that pretty plaid!  I diecut the floral piece with the Basic Borders dies, then stamped a sentiment from my new (FAVORITE) sentiment set, Charming Sentiments.  They cut out like a breeze with the Sentiment Silhouettes dies, too!  I mounted it on Basic White and Balmy Blue circle diecuts, then added a Merry Merlot DSP banner.  This was really easy to put together...the papers did most of the work!  Thanks for visiting today!

While getting some things ready for the funeral, Cassidy and Ganae's nieces and nephews found a little gosling!  They put it in a box...hopefully the local bird rescue place came to find it a home!  Poor thing!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"O Lord, be gracious to us; we long for you. Be our strength every moring, our salvation in time of distress."  Isaiah 33:2

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Charming Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Balmy Blue, Awash in Beauty DSP, Merry Merlot DSP
 Ink Merry Merlot
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Basic Borders Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Layering Circles Dies, Sentimental Silhouettes Dies

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

TCC176 God Bless America

Hi stamping friends!  Happy Wednesday!  It's time for a new Card Concept challenge where we use various concepts to create our artwork!  One of these days, I'm going to try a new concept...I always seem to gravitate towards the same clean-and-layered style, LOL!  Here's our timely inspiration photo: 

I made a simple card since this week has been a bit of a blur; I chose to use the stars and stripes theme as well as the challenge colors to make my clean and layered patriotic card:

This stamp came out shortly after 9/11 and although I have a few patriotic stamps, this is one of my favorites!  I stamped it in Night of Navy and Real Red and diecut it with the Stylish Shapes dies:

I added some Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper stars and a strip of Balmy Blue glimmer paper on top of  some SU and Tim Holtz papers.  I used the sketch from Atlantic Hearts:

I hope you'll find some time to play along with us this week using our inspiration photo!  Be sure to check out what the DT created over at the Card Concept blog; you'll see you don't have to make a patriotic card at all!  Have fun!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps God Bless American (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Heart & Home DSP, Seasonal DSP (Tim Holtz), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (ret), Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper (ret)
 Ink Night of Navy, Real Red
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stylish Shapes Dies, Mini Treat Bag Dies (ret), Country Star Punch (ret)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022

RRCB183 You Make Each Day Brighter

Happy Tuesday, peeps, time for a new Retro Rubber challenge! This week it's "Anything Goes"--just use any stamps that are at least a year old!

I chose a stamp called Friendship Grows from 2001---21 years old!  I have always loved these sketchy-style images; they're cute and fun to color in!  So here we go:

I stamped the image in Stazon and watercolored it with lots of different inks, then diecut it and mounted it on a gingham panel that was diecut with the Stitched With Whimsy die and added a banner and a little crinkly seam binding bow.  Here's a little closeup:

I hope you'll play with our Retro Rubber challenge this week...just remember, stamps over a year old and tell us the approximate age!  We love giving our older stamps some love.  Check out what the other DT members created as well at the Retro Rubber blog!

I have dreaded telling my readers of this sad news, but in a community where we lift each other up, I think it's okay to share that my son-in-law Wayne lost his sweet stepdaughter (from a previous marriage) last week; she was only 24 and our hearts are broken.  In fact, the sentiment on this card would be appropriate for her, as she always brought bright sunshine and laughter to everyone around her.  Obviously, Wayne, Dana and Cassidy are grieving and holding each other up as they mourn her and yet, still have moments of laughter amid the tears.  We will miss you, sweet Ganae.

Hold your loved ones close and be blessed today.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Friendship Grows (ret, 2001)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Watercolor, Seaside Spray (ret), Seaside Spray Gingham DSP (ret)
 Ink Stazon, Lots of Reinkers!
Accessories Crinkled White Seam Binding Ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched With Whimsy Dies, Double Pierced Rectangle Die (Avery Elle), Aquapainter

Sunday, May 22, 2022

PP592 Merry Sketch

Hello stampers, happy Sunday!  It's Paper Players time and I am the hostess this week with a sketch for you:

It was SO hot yesterday here in PA, I decided to make a Christmas card to cool off!  Here we go:

I got these ornament stamps and dies at the end of the Christmas season so I hadn't really had a chance to play with them!  I stamped them on Shimmery White cardstock in Stazon ink, then watercolored them in shades of Evening Evergreen, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.  I chose some matching DSPs from last year's catalog, Tidings of Christmas:

I mixed my metallics...I hope that's not a big faux pas...using silver cord and gold pearls, then added a stacked diecut "merry" at the bottom, popped up on little slivers of dimensionals!  I also added a diecut scalloped border:

There are so many ways this sketch can be interpreted!  I hope you'll find some inspiration and play along, it would mean a lot to me!  You can see what all the design team created over at the Paper Players blog...check it out, then be sure to share yours too!  Thanks for visiting today...enjoy it and be blessed!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps North Pole Trading Co (Photoplay)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Basic White, Evening Evergreen, Tidings of Christmas DSP (ret)
 Ink Stazon Black, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Crumb Cake
Accessories Metallic Pearls (ret), Silver Cord (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Be Mine Stitched Dies (ret), North Pole Trading Co Dies (Photoplay), Nov 2018 Die of the Month (Spellbinder), Aquapainter

Friday, May 20, 2022

AYSI 275 Welcome Little One

Happy Friday, everyone!  Time for a new As You See It challenge, and we have a fun "recipe" for you...you must use all the "ingredients" in the recipe to create your project!  So here we go:

I need a baby shower card for my niece, so the recipe worked perfectly!  It's a really simple card:

My diecut is the large banner from Stylish Shapes; the embossing folder is the retired Perfect Polka Dots on the banner; the "B" is blue, bird and baby rattle; the subtle color is Balmy Blue; and the something shiny are the glittery clouds on this fun printed paper!  My sentiment and the bird are from the very old Nursery Necessities and the rattle is from the also-retired Holiday Blitz:

And here's a picture of the big sparkly cloud...so hard to capture that sparkle!

I hope you'll visit the As You See It blog and play along with our fun recipe and create a no-calorie treat for someone today!  Thanks for stopping in....enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Nursery Necessities (ret), Holiday Blitz (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Baby Boy DSP (Jolee's Boutique)
 Ink Balmy Blue
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Stylish Shapes Dies, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (ret)

Thursday, May 19, 2022

TTTC162 Pretty in Pink

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Time for Team X and a new Tic Tac Toe challenge!  Here's our grid, from which I chose the center column of Floral and Embellishments: 

I wanted to try something different with the pretty Happiness Abounds set, so I took a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock and stamped the floral images in Craft White ink, then heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  Before I did that, I used the interesting diecut that comes with the Blossoming Happiness set and diecut the center portion of the cardstock:

I watercolored the florals with some White craft ink and water, then once they had dried, went over it with some Wink of Stella!  I wish you could see how sparkly it is!  

I also heat-embossed a sentiment from the same set, then added some pearls and mounted it on a Basic White card.  I think this could be used for any number of occasions, so I left the inside blank!

I hope you'll find something that tickles your fancy on our grid this week and I hope you'll share it with us at the Tic Tac Toe challenge.  While you're there, check out the other amazing samples that the DT has created!  Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Happiness Abounds
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Blushing Bride
 Ink Craft White
Accessories Pearls, White Embossing Powder
Tools     Big Shot, Blossoming Happiness Dies, Heat Tool, Wink of Stella, Aquapainter

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Celebrate Seashells

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I have a sweet little CAS card for you using the Hand Stamped Sentiments sketch and the colors from CAS Colours & Sketches....I hope it's CAS enough for everyone!  Here are the prompts:

Here we go:

I wanted to use Friends are Like Seashells, as I hadn't gotten it inky for a while, so I stamped a couple of the shells in Bermuda Bay, stamped some seaweed in Coastal Cabana and mounted them on a Coastal Cabana DSP banner.  I hope Silver Glimmer paper is metallic enough, because that's what I used for the side scallops, and I added a few silver sequins as well:

The sentiment on the Tailor Made tag is from the retired Many Mates, and the inside sentiment is from the Seashell set:

I just love these beachy colors together!  Thanks for visiting today!

My niece shared these pictures of Jamison, Sawyer and their daddy fishing recently; don't you wish they could be innocent like this forever?  They love doing stuff with their daddy!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

"The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." Isaiah 40:8 

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Friends are Like Seashells, Many Mates (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Coastal Cabana DSP, Silver Glimmer (ret)
 Ink Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay
Accessories Silver Twine (ret), Fancy Frost Sequins (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Seaside Seashells Dies, Tailor Made Tags Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies (ret)