Saturday, September 30, 2023

Best Wishes Sunflower

Happy Saturday, peeps!  I have a sweet country-style card for three challenges today!  Have you ever seen a red sunflower? Here's a photo (not my photo, just a sample!!!):

The FarmQuest challenge this month asks for sunflowers, and the Color Throwdown challenge has some lovely fall colors, so I thought I'd combine both, along with the Just Add Ink sketch for my card today. First, the challenges:

I pulled out some older stamps and went to work:

I stamped Buffalo Check in Mellow Moss, then added a Very Vanilla panel diecut with the Radiating Stitches die.  The sunflower from Painted Harvest was stamped in Cajun Craze and Crumb Cake, with Mellow Moss leaves.  I used a Stamp Simply sentiment on the front as well as the inside.  Natural Wavy Trim and some twine was used for the embellishment, which works well with the Crumb Cake card base:

I added a couple more leaves under the bow:

and the inside:

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Buffalo Check (ret), Painted Harvest (ret), Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings (Stamp Simply)
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
 Ink Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Pecan Pie, Mellow Moss (ret)
Accessories Dimensionals, Natural Wavy Trim, Twine, Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Radiating Stitches Dies

Friday, September 29, 2023

Creative Creases GD Bay Window Card

Happy Friday, everyone!  I was super pleased to be asked by Debbie from Creative Creases to be a guest designer!  Fun folds are fun to make and fun to receive!  I went searching in blogland for some creative inspiration and here's what I came up with:

This is called a "bay window" fun fold card, and it came courtesy of the uber-creative Mary Deatherage, and you can see her tutorial HERE.  Here's how it looks when it's folded out:

For my card, I used Moody Mauve for the base, and Cajun Craze and All About Autumn DSPs for the panels.  It was fun to use that beautiful leafy image for the front, then add some glittery patterns for the sides!  I added a sentiment from Charming Sentiments on top of a Bubble Bath Soft Shimmer diecut accented with some Moody Mauve ribbon.  The cool thing about this card is that it can fold flat for's the same size as a regular card!

I hope this inspires you to try out this fun fold...or any fun fold....and share it over at the Creative Creases blog! We can't wait to see what you create!  Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Charming Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Moody Mauve, Cajun Craze, Basic White, Bubble Bath Soft Shimmer Specialty, All About Autumn DSP
 Ink Moody Mauve    
Accessories Moody Mauve Ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Charming Sentiments Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies

Thursday, September 28, 2023

IB257 Sympathy Card

Happy Thursday, all.  Sadly, we had two past members of our church pass away within the last two days.  I was totally enamored of Silke's card (you can see it HERE) for the current Inspired By challenge, so I set out to CASE it for a sympathy card.  First, let's see the photo inspiration:

I remembered that I purchased the same PTI dies last year that Silke used on her card and I think I used them once so I got them out for my card too!  I paired the smaller pumpkin with a Hymn Block sentiment from Sweet & Sassy:

I stamped it in Early Espresso on a piece of woodgrained paper:

then created my pumpkin with some retired Naturals White and Mellow Moss cardstocks, giving them a good sponging around the edges with Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake inks and speckling them with Itty Bitty Backgrounds.  It all went on a Boho Blue card base and I added a little piece of Boho Blue twine for color:

And a few sympathy sentiments on the inside as well:

It is a blessing that my friend will no longer be suffering from her cancer, but we will miss her!  Thanks for popping in today....enjoy it and be blessed.

For those who love to see all things Longwood, their blog recently featured an interesting article about tree removal.  Even a public garden like Longwood is no match for winds and storms, but their professionals do have procedures in place to follow if a natural disaster occurs.  It's an interesting read with some pretty amazing photos!  You can check it out HERE.

photo courtesy of Longwood Gardens

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Everyday Sentiments CL342 (Hero Arts), Hymn Blocks (Sweet & Sassy) Farmhouse Scriptural Quotes (Stamp Simply), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Boho Blue, Crumb Cake,  Naturals White (ret), Mellow Moss (ret), Misc Woodgrain paper
 Ink Early Espresso, Boho Blue, Sahara Sand (ret), Pecan Pie, Crumb Cake, Mellow Moss (ret)
Accessories Boho Blue Thick Twine, Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Subtle EF (ret), Into the Bloom: Pumpkin Dies (Papertrey)

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

AHSC544 Merry Christmas

 Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I hope we're going to see the sun today---it's been MIA for several days and I feel like a mushroom again!  It does keep me in the craft room, though...I made another Christmas card yesterday with the Atlantic Hearts Sketch for this week:

I went searching in my stash of older DSPs to find some appropriate colors for what I had in mind; here we go:

I embossed part of a Very Vanilla card with a Darice Holly embossing folder, then added strips of the printed paper.  The Tim Holtz greenery was diecut from some Tim Holtz vintage scrapbook paper; and I added some scrap "berries" from Cherry Cobbler glimmer paper.  The bow was made by simply tying some wide Cherry Cobbler in half with some floss:

My "merry" is also Cherry Cobbler; I cut three of them from cardstock and adhered them together to create a thick sentiment; the "Christmas", stamped in Mossy Meadow, is from Close to My Heart.  The inside sentiment is from Hope & Peace:

No weird fish food today...but I am glad you stopped by!  Thanks and have a blessed day!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hope & Peace, Merry Borders (Close to My Heart)
Card stock & Papers     Thick Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Misc Scrapbook Papers, Cherry Cobbler Glimmer (ret)
 Ink Mossy Meadow
Accessories Wide Cherry Cobbler Organdy Ribbon (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, November Die of the Month 2018 (Spellbinders), Holiday Greens Dies (Tim Holtz), 1/4" Hole Punch (ret), Holly Embossing Folder (Darice)

Tuesday, September 26, 2023

GDP413 Lovely Fall Wreath

Happy Tuesday, everyone! The fall color challenge at Global Design Project jumped out at me but I knew that I didn't want to do a Halloween card with the colors:

But they're definitely fall colors so I challenged myself to use some products that hadn't been used lately!  The Natural Prints die set has a lovely big wreath die....which I think I might have used I cut it out once from Cajun Craze cardstock, and then again in Pumpkin Pie.  I snipped off a few sprigs of the Pumpkin Pie one and adhered it to the Cajun Craze one to make a two-toned wreath:

I added some florals from Love for You, along with the "love" sentiment and embellished it with a black & white gingham bow and some amber gems:

A panel embossed with the Cane Weave embossing folder went beneath it, and a sentiment from Fruitful Blessings went inside:

A fun fall creation!  

And this has nothing to do with fall....but I was shopping at a local "scratch-and-dent" grocery store yesterday, perusing the frozen foods, and this one lonely little package looked up at me:

Oh. My. Gosh.  I have never seen anything like this in any grocery store anywhere!  Yikes!  It stayed right where it was, too, even at $1.29.  It just does not look very appetizing to me, I apologize if any of my readers happen to like cooked octopus legs, LOL!

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Love For You, Fruitful Blessings
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Basic Black
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Gingham Ribbon, Amber Gems (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Natural Prints Dies, Love for You Dies, Cane Weave Embossing Folder

Monday, September 25, 2023

Vintage Frosty

Happy Monday, peeps! I have a quick card today for two challenges!  The As You See It challenge is a fun little sketch, and the Jingle Belles challenge is to create a card using a Christmas story or movie!

I think it was in first grade, my teacher, Miss Brown, read us the story of Frosty the Snowman and I always loved it!  The thought of a snowman melting in the sun made me a wee bit sad though!  I have a set of vintage Christmas images from an old Artistic Outpost stamp set and Frosty happens to be one of them!  I paired him with some pretty new Snowflake Magic foil and the new Snowflake Sky embossing folder:

I added a sentiment from another retired set called Snow Much Fun and a little glimmer dot and it was done!  And this little guy won't melt!

And a Papertrey sentiment for the inside finished it off!

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Snow Much Fun (ret), Frosty and Friends (Artistc Outpost), Signature Christmas (Papertrey)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Snowflake Magic Specialty Paper
 Ink Bermuda Bay (ret)
Accessories Glitter Sequins, Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Snowflake Sky EF, Stylish Shapes Dies, Deckle Edge Dies

Sunday, September 24, 2023

PP659 Sketch from Anne Marie

Hello, stampers!  Sunday brings us another challenge from the Paper Players, and Anne Marie is our hostess this week with a wonderful sketch! Sketches are my favorite!  So here we go:

I have not used the Countryside Inn DSP for a while, and one of my customers just purchased some,  so I decided to use one of the darker pieces for my background. However, the white diecuts kind of got lost against the patterns, so I added a vellum layer to soften it a bit.  Here we go:

It really looks nicer in real life than in this photo, LOL!  The opposite side of the DSP was diecut with a Stylish Shapes die to create my background for the white Dainty Design and Timeless Arrangements dies. The sentiment, from Lasting Joy, was stamped in Night of Navy ink and diecut with a Stitched Rectangle die:

This could be used for any number of occasions, so I left the inside blank!  I am also going to enter this at the Alphabet Challenge, which is monochromatic!

Make sure you pop onl over to the Paper Players blog to see what the amazing designers created with this equally-amazing sketch!  Then be sure to share your inspiration with us as well!  Thanks for visiting today; enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Lasting Joy
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Night of Navy, Vellum, Countryside Inn DSP
 Ink Night of Navy
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stylish Shapes Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Timeless Arrangements Dies, Dainty Delight Dies

Saturday, September 23, 2023

FMS604 Warm Wishes

Hi there, everyone!  Well, it is rainy and windy here on the east coast today; a perfect day to stay inside and.....CLEAN!  Well, and stamp too!  A wee bit of both! I really wanted to play with the FMS sketch this week:

There were lots of pretty leafy cards in the gallery, but I wanted to do something else, so I opted for a warm cup of cocoa and a Christmas card!

I started with a panel of Crumb Cake on which I used a Knit stencil from The Greetery, which fulfills the 52 Christmas Card Throwdown challenge:

then added some snowflakes and a cup of cocoa and peppermint stick stirrers:

All the images were from some retired sets I haven't used in a while, so it was fun to get them inky!  The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp; I added a white border and mounted everything on a Emerald Envy square card measuring 4 1/4".  I added a Merry Christmas to the inside and added it to my Christmas card stash!  Thanks for visiting today!

We went to the Solanco (Southern Lancaster County) fair last night to see the exhibits, look at the craft and veggie submissions and check to see if my Christmas Advent Calendar cross stitch won anything!  Check! A blue ribbon!  The picture is hard to see because they cover all the projects with plastic but hopefully you can get the general idea:

Here's the jumbo pumpkin:

This little wagon of gourds won Best of Show:

And it was hard to choose a favorite flower but I thought this yellow rose was pretty:

So much to look at, but I only got a few pictures!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Snow Place (ret), Scentsational Season (ret), Christmas Blessings (Simon Says Stamp)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Emerald Envy (ret), Crumb Cake
 Ink Real Red, Emerald Envy, Berry Burst, Craft White
Accessories Dimsnionals, Rhinestone
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Blending Brushes, Sponge Daubers, Holiday Collection Framelits (ret), Christmas Blessings Dies, Knit Stencil (The Greetery)

Friday, September 22, 2023

SSC318 Hey There!

Happy Friday, everyone!  I have a real quick card today using the Sunday Stamps challenge:

I love banners, and I love gingham, so I combined them with a cute little sunflower stamp from a past Paper Pumpkin kit!  So here we go:

I stamped the flower outline first in Crushed Curry, then offset the petals and stamped again in Daffodil Delight, and the center in Pecan Pie. The Pecan Pie gingham forms the banners and background, and I added a sentiment from Charmed Sentiments:

Another sentiment from the same set went on the inside:

Simple but cheerful!  Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Charming Sentiments, Paper Pumpkin (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Crushed Curry, Pecan Pie, Pecan Pie Gingham DSP
 Ink Pecan Pie, Crushed Curry, Daffodil Delight
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stylish Shapes Dies, Charming Sentiments Dies

Thursday, September 21, 2023


 Happy Thursday, peeps!  The weekend is in sight!  I have a fun little clean-and-simple card today using the fun sketch from Clean and Simple Colours & Sketches---it features THREE elements, which is right up my alley:

I got some fun new Halloween papers recently as well as a cute little alphabet die, so I combined them with some retired stamps to creat this:

My diecut squares were created with  papers from Echo Park's Spooky pad and I used some white glimmer paper to create the letters with Lawn Fawn's Oliver's Stitched ABC dies:

The ghost paper is from Honey Bee's Halloween Harvest and the sentiment is from an old SU set called Good Greetings.  The bats were diecut with dies from Scary Silhouettes:

And on the inside, I used a retired Hostess set called Six Sayings with an addition of the "you're" from Paper Studio's Everyday Expressions:

Fun little Halloween card!! I am also entering this at the Krafty Chicks challenge this week, where it is CAS!  

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

God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.  So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths; even if the seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence.  Psalm 46: 1-3

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Good Greetings (ret), Six Sayings (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Basic Black, White Glimmer (Close to My Heart), Halloween Harvest (Honey Bee), Spooky (Echo Park)
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Black Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stitched Shapes Die (ret), Scary Silhouettes Dies (ret), Oliver's Stitched ABC Dies (Lawn Fawn)

Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Plethora of Pumpkins

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I had fun this morning doing a bit of fussy cutting for a thank you card I needed!  The Atlantic Hearts sketch is a really fun one, and the Hand Stamped Sentiments has a fun mood board:

So here we go:

I used the top two photos as my inspiration; I diecut two Stitched Rectangles of Very Vanilla and Lost Lagoon, and patched them together to make a longer rectangle, and mounted them on a piece of Very Vanilla embossed with the Twisted Rope embossing folder.  I stamped some pumpkins from Pick of the Patch in various colors, then sponged some Craft White ink on each one to soften the colors and fussy-cut them out:

I added a stamped banner using the thank you sentiment from the same set, a few sequins, and since I had some extra pumpkins, they went on the inside:

An unusual layout, but I had fun with it! Thanks for popping in today! Enjoy it and be blessed!

I love the Lord, because he hears me; he listens to my prayers.  He listens to me evey time                       I call to him." Psalms 116:1-2

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Pick of the Patch
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Lost Lagoon
 Ink Lost Lagoon, Pumpkin Pie, Gray Granite, Pebbled Path, Crafty White
Accessories Silver Sequins
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Timber EF, Twisted Rop EF, Sponge Dauber