Wednesday, May 31, 2023

TMS709 Inked & Tiled Birthday

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I have a quick, easy card today that uses a fantastic sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches:

I still had a few pretty scraps left from my Regency Park DSP, so I decided to use some coordinating ones along with one of the floral images from Inked & Tiled:

The measurements I used for each 5 1/4" panel were 1 7/8", 1 1/4" and 3/4" but I think the next time I use the sketch I may increase them a wee bit as there is a lot of white card base showing.  Anyway, the florals were stamped in Petal Pink and the sentiment in Calypso Coral, with a Calypso Coral scalloped mat behind the Stylish Shapes circle.  

I added some gems, and stamped some other florals on the inside, along with a sentiment from the retired Peaceful Moments:

This will be winging its way across the world to a special friend for her birthday! 

A couple more "ducky" pictures from the hike...well, technically they're geese and goslings:

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Inked & Tiled, Peaceful Moments (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Calypso Coral, Regency Park DSP (ret)
 Ink Petal Pink, Calypso Coral
Accessories Faceted Gems (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stylish Shapes Dies, Layering Circles Dies (ret)

Tuesday, May 30, 2023

AHSC427 Just a Note

Happy Tuesday, everyone! It feels like Sunday to me...or Monday, can't decide which!  Anyway, I have a card today using the Atlantic Hearts sketch:

For the background, I didn't really have any diagonal DSP that I liked, so I opted for the diagonal gingham DSP in Pretty Peacock that's new in the catalog this year, and paired it with Lost Lagoon for my card:

It gave me a chance to use my new Cane Weave embossing folder too!  I added a sentiment from Inked & Tiled on a Tailor Made Tag die:

And some flowers from Dainty Delight finished it off!  They were stamped in Lost Lagoon, then filled in with Pool Party and Lost Lagoon inks with a Blender Pen:

I am so happy you popped in today!  

The kids took a hike at Susquehanna State Park yesterday!  It's right along the Susquehanna River in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Look at this mama duck and her ducklings!  So cute!  The water looks rough, but they're keeping mama in sight!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Dainty Designs, Inked & Tiled
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Lost Lagoon, Pretty Peacock Glorious Gingham 
 Ink Lost Lagoon, Pool Party
Accessories Dimensionals, Lost Lagoon Ribbon
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Dainty Delight Dies, Tailor Made Tag Dies, Cane Weave EF

Monday, May 29, 2023

Memorial Day Remembrance

Happy Monday, everyone! I guess I should not say "Happy" Memorial Day, as it is not happy for those families whose loved ones have made the ultimate sacrifice.  I watched part of the PBS Memorial Day concert last night and the stories that were shared just brought tears to my eyes.  We are SO BLESSED to live and worship freely in the USA and I am negligent in remembering how costly that freedom really is.  

I just wanted to share a little video I took on Saturday; it was the ending of the ceremony that our town has following the Memorial Day parade.  Of course, I had to get hubby in there, but hearing Taps played is a great reminder as well of those who paid that price.  (Be patient, it may take a couple seconds for the video to load!)

I did some research about "Taps" and this is what I found.  It's not really a "song", but a bugle signal:

Even though it's a bugle signal, many started putting words to Taps.

Words to Taps

(Note: there are no "official" words to Taps but the most popular Taps Lyrics are below.  These Taps Lyrics are the most popular, however several adaptions have been created.)

Day is done, gone the sun,
From the hills, from the lake, from the skies.
All is well, safely rest, God is nigh.

Go to sleep, peaceful sleep, may the soldier
or sailor, God keep. On the land or the deep, Safe in sleep.

Love, good night, must thou go,
when the day, and the night need thee so?
All is well. Speedeth all To their rest.

Fades the light;
And afar Goeth day,
And the stars Shineth bright,
Fare thee well;
Day has gone, night is on.

Thanks and praise, for our days,
'Neath the sun, Neath the stars, 'Neath the sky,
As we go, this we know, God is nigh.

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Sunday, May 28, 2023

PP642 You Are The Best

Happy Sunday, folks! I am the hostess at the Paper Players this week and I have a sketch for us all!  Here ya go:

I had a hard time deciding on just which new goodies to play with, but since I already had Timeless Arrangements still on my craft desk, I decided to pair it with some Countryside Inn DSP:

I stamped and diecut some of the floral elements and placed them on some diecut Misty Moonlight and Night of Navy circles, then added the sentiment in Boho Blue along with some Boho Blue ribbon.  The vertical panel was matted with a scalloped piece of Basic White; it wasn't quite long enough so I diecut two pieces and put them together; the seam is hidden by the ribbon!  I did color in the flowers a wee bit with a blend.  These papers are so pretty!  

I sure hope you'll play along with my sketch this week.  Check out what everyone did over at the Paper Players blog and share yours too!

Yesterday was our little town's Memorial Day parade, and John always participates!  This year, even Dana, Cassidy and Wayne came to watch!  We all gather at our friends' house and sit on their yard as the parade goes right past their house.  You can see Cassidy wasn't real thrilled but when the guys in the fire trucks started throwing candy, she got excited, LOL!

Hopefully I can share a video of part of the ceremony they have after the parade!  Thanks for popping in today, enjoy it and be blessed! 

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Timeless Arrangements
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Misty Moonlight, Night of Navy, Countryside Inn DSP
 Ink Night of Navy, Boho Blue
Accessories Boho Blue Ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Timeless Arrangements Dies, Radiating Stitches, Dies, Layering Circles Dies (ret), Stitched So Sweetly Dies (ret), Blends

Saturday, May 27, 2023

52CCT23-30 Use Your Stash Challenge

Happy Saturday, peeps!  I am honored to be guesting at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown this week, where the challenge is to use up your scraps!

We all have tons of scraps hanging around and I found a sweet little layout from Julie DiMatteo here which worked perfectly with some Christmas DSP scraps I collected from a couple years ago.  So here we go:

I added some diecuts and punchouts of various glimmer scraps; the sentiment from Brightest Glow was stamped in Cherry Cobbler on a piece of Sahara Sand cardstock.  Easy peasy!!  I loved mixing and matching these scraps!  Now, what can you create with your scraps?  Please visit the DT over at 52 Christmas Card Throwdown and share your creations with us!  Thanks for visiting today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Brightest Glow
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Sahara Sand (ret), More Dazzle Specialty Paper, Real Red Glimmer Paper (ret), White Glimmer Paper (ret), Classic Christmas DSP (ret)
 Ink Cherry Cobbler
Accessories Mini Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Zany Zoo Dies, Mini Treat Bag Framelits (ret), Star Punch (ret)

Friday, May 26, 2023

FMS587 You Make Me Smile

Happy Friday, peeps!  I am back again with some Zany Zoo critters...I just can't stop using them!  This card uses the sketch from FMS and that cute little skunk; it's very similar to my Paper Players card from Sunday, but this time I wanted to challenge myself to use the new color Lemon Lolly.  I find myself challenged by yellows and purples, so I decided to go for it!  First, the sketch:

And now, the card:

I punched or diecut circles from the black and white patterns of the Zoo Crew DSP, then stamped and diecut my little skunk with his bird-watching pal.  They're colored with Blends and accented with a sweet sentiment from Timeless new go-to set! To give the Lemon Lolly card base a little more distinction, I embossed it with the Countryside Blossoms embossing folder.  I also colored in the flowers on the DSP!  That sentiment could be used for so many occasions!  

So happy you popped in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.  The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.  Psalm 29:3-4

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Zany Zoo, Timeless Arrangements    
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Lemon Lolly, Basic Black, Zoo Crew DSP
 Ink Stazon Black
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Zany Zoo Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Countryside Blossoms Embossing Folder, 2 3/8" Circle Punch, Layering Circles Dies (ret), 1 3/8" Circle Punch (ret), Blends

Thursday, May 25, 2023

FF0135 It's Your Day

Happy Thursday, peeps!  This will be short and sweet as my allergies are ROARING and I am miserable! Luckily, I have another masculine card from my recent stamp camp and it fits the challenge at Festive Friday:

I've got blue, brads, masculine, and sports on my sailboat card:

I used lots of oldie-but-goodie items for this card; the sailboat images are from a 2006 set called Set Sail; the sentiment is from the recently-retired Many Mates.  

I stamped the images in Blueberry Bushel and added a star and tag in Real Red.  The brads are adhesive, which make for easy placement.  I did emboss the front of the card with the Stitched With Whimsy die to give it some wavy "motion".  This is a great color and I am happy it returned!

Thanks for visiting today! 

When we were at Cassidy's school earlier this week, Dana told me they have a little fish pond right in the entryway!

In addition to the goldfish, they have a turtle...and her name is Michelle (Miss-Shell....get it?)  How fascinating!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Set Sail (ret), Many Mates (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Blueberry Bushel, Real Red
 Ink Blueberry Bushel, Real Red
Accessories Metallic Adhesive Brads
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stitched With Whimsy Dies, Small Star Punch (ret), Small & Large Tag Punches (ret)

Wednesday, May 24, 2023

RRCB207 Road Trip

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I had a stamp camp recently where we made men's cards, and the Retro Rubber Challenge this week of Anything Goes fit in perfectly with one of my cards:


This motorcycle and all the accompanying images are from Artistic Outpost's Route 66, which is from 2012!  I stamped the cycle in Merry Merlot ink on Crumb Cake cardstock, and then stamped the other images on the Merry Merlot card.  After I diecut the motorcycle panel, I stamped the map image directly on top of the motorcycle in Crumb Cake ink. I added a couple of metallic adhesive dots for a masculine look:


Since we were making the cards generic in occasion, we stamped a badge from Badges & Banners on the inside:

I am so sorry that SU retired Merry Merlot; it's such a great color!  

Cassidy was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society yesterday.  She's looking forward to helping plan some service projects as well as a school dance!  The dance is a fundraiser so it's not just for fun!  So proud of her!  On an interesting note, two other sets of parents of inductees grew up with Dana and were all in church and youth group together.  It was fun to reminisce with their parents, which are in my generation, and we all look forward to seeing how our grandchildren will grow to impact their futures!

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Route 66 (Artistic Outpost, 2012), Badges & Banners (2016)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot (ret)
 Ink Crumb Cake, Merry Merlot (ret)
Accessories Metallic Adhesive Brads (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Countryside Corners Dies, Sponge Daubers

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

AHSC526 Inked & Tiled

Hello, friends!  I have been having lots of fun playing with new goodies!  I am over-the-moon about these papers and stamp set!  The set is called Inked and Tiled, and the papers are called Inked Botanicals.  Here we go:

I used the sketch from Atlantic Hearts:

I used my Stamparatus to stamp the flowers in Calypso Coral and the stems in Soft Seafoam.  I also touched them up with a wet paintbrush to itensify the colors a bit.  A few speckles from Quiet Meadow finished it off.  The sentiment is from the same set, also stamped in Soft Seafoam and I added a few Iridescent Pastel Gems.  I left the inside blank, ready for any occasion!  

My friend recently gave me a big bouquet of peonies:

They were gorgeous, and we thoroughly enjoyed them!  Thanks for popping in today---enjoy it and be blessed!

But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain.  Psalm 3:3-4

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Inked & Tiled, Quiet Meadow
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Calypso Coral, Soft Sea Foam, Inked Botanicals DSP
 Ink Calypso Coral, Soft Sea Foam
Accessories Iridescent Pastel Gems
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Circles Dies (Nestabilities), Stamparatus (ret)

Monday, May 22, 2023

Inspire.Create 143 Taco Time

Happy Monday, peeps! Hope you had a good weekend!  I finally got some of my long-awaited goodies and set about to playing with them!  I waited a little bit before I decided to get the Taco Fiesta set, but I am glad I did! It was perfect for the Inspire.Create sketch this week:

I stamped a few of the images in Memento ink, colored them with Blends, and fussy-cut them we go:

This fun Pumpkin Pie pattern seemed to be a good background choice for these goodies!  I mounted them on squares of Basic White:

And of course, this fun sentiment:

I added some pizzazz around the inside sentiment as well:

So fun!  I can't wait to play with this set some more!

Wayne's little niece Elliana had her first birthday party over the weekend:

And of course, she had her own little cake:

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Taco Fiesta
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Pumpkin Pie DSP
 Ink Memento Black, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Blends, Stitched Shapes Dies (ret)