Sunday, March 31, 2024

PP683 Birthday Fun Fold

Happy Sunday, everyone, Happy Resurrection Day! I hope you'll be able to spend time with family and friends this wonderful day!  Ann is our Paper Players hostess this week and since it's a fifth Sunday, we have a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge:


I needed a birthday card for a young lady at our church, so I chose the diagonal line of designer paper, fun fold and pastels for my row!  We made this fold at our recent club meeting, and I've been making lots of them! They're very easy! Here we go:

I must give credit to Juli at Sunny Day Stamping.  She has all the directions and a wonderful video that shows very clearly how to cut and fold the cardstock for this card, as well as a hint for cutting the DSP.  You can see it  HERE.  She's a sweetheart!  So I cut my card base from Basic White cardstock, then went looking in my plethora of printed papers to find some pastel colors.  I found this really fun glitter paper that had sodas, donuts, candy and other treats, all glittered up!  Truly, the photo doesn't do it justice!  There is actually a cup of coffee on it too but since I didn't think that was appropriate for a 12yo, I covered it up with a tag and sentiment from Hooray for Surprises, stamped in Balmy Blue and tied with some retired glimmer ribbon and a little bit of twine:

The center panel is some Bubble Bath glimmer paper for more sparkle, and the back is some glossy green chevron:

When you unfold it, you can see the sentiment and the little cake & candle I stamped on the inside:

This fold is so versatile, you can make it go in either direction!  

I hope you'll play along with our challenge this week! The other designers came up with some fun creations as well! Check everything out at the Paper Players blog!  See you there!  Thanks for popping in today--enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hooray for Surprises
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Bubble Bath Glimmer, Birthday Wishes Stack (green glossy, Diecut With a View), Print Glitter paper (Unknown)
 Ink Balmy Blue, Bubble Bath, Parakeet Party, Lemon Lolly
Accessories Baker's Twine Three Pack, Pool Party Glimmer Ribbon (ret)
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Tailor Made Tags Dies

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Happy Resurrection Day!


The angel spoke to the women.  "You must not be afraid," he said.  "I know you are looking for Jesus, who was crucified.  He is not here; he has been raised, just as he said.  Come here and see the place where he was lying.  Go quickly now, and tell his disciples, 'He has been raised from death, and now he is going to Galilee ahead of you'; there you will see him!' Remember what I have told you."  Matthew 28:5-7

Praise the Lord for his indescribable gift! Happy Resurrection Day!

Vintage Sympathy

Happy Saturday, everyone! Praise the Lord, the sun is shining here in Pennsylvania, and it's a Saturday!  Amazing! Unfortunately, I needed another sympathy card recently, and I used the sketch from As You See It and a few of the Earth Day prompts from Festive Friday for my (vintage again) card:

I pulled out some older nature-themed stamps and went to work:

The elements from the FF challenge that I chose were neutrals, woodgrain, twine and thinking of you.  I stamped the bird's nest in Pecan Pie on some Very Vanilla and colored in the eggs very lightly:

The sentiment from Hero Arts was stamped on a little banner and I added another wee little bird's egg.  The elements behind the nest were some retired stitched ribbon and Wavy Trim.

My woodgrain paper was originally white, so I used a blending brush to color it with Crumb Cake ink, then I stamped several images on it in Gray Granite to create my own collage-style background paper:

I added a Gray Granite mat as well as a Pecan Pie mat, on which I stamped a dictionary-style page around the edges.  I used a Stamp Simply sentiment on the inside, and added a few more feathers from Soft as a Feather, an older retired SU set:

The card is for John's brother-in-law who lost his father recently.  John's sister and BIL are great birders and we often swap bird sighting stories with them, so I hope they will find comfort in this card!  Thanks for popping in today!  

We made a little visit to my nephew's house yesterday to see this little peanut:

Cute as a button and good as gold!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Soft as a Feather (ret), Birds of a Feather (Artistic Outpost), Farmhouse All Occasion Greetings (Stamp Simply), Sentiment CL342 (Hero Arts)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Pecan Pie, Gray Granite, Heart & Home DSP (ret)
 Ink Crumb Cake, Gray Granite, Pecan Pie, Soft Sky (ret), Balmy Blue
Accessories Wavy Trim, Soft Sky Stitched Ribbon (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Oval Dies (Nestabilities), Banner Dies (Pink & Main), Blending Brush

Friday, March 29, 2024

JAI695 Chocolate Bunny

Happy Friday, peeps! I have a quick card to share today for the Just Add Ink challenge of CHOCOLATE! 

What a fun challenge! It reminded me of this single bunny stamp from SU from a long time ago, so I dug it out, along with a Hero Arts stamp and this is what I came up with:

One last Easter card!  My background paper is from Fitting Florets, and the sentiment panel was stamped with Blushing Bride and Chocolate Chip.  I think it took me longer to find my Chocolate Chip reinker to ink up my old CC ink pad than it did to make the card, LOL!  I cut the frame out with a Rectangle Deckle Edge die, added some grosgrain ribbon and "chocolate" dots:

and of course, my chocolate bunny!  He was stamped on Pecan Pie cardstock with Chocolate Chip ink, then fussy cut:

A sentiment from Throughout the Year went on the inside.  I'll probably save this one for next year!! 

Longwood Gardens has a blog and they often have really interesting stories to tell about the gardens! This week they had a piece about "Uncle Pierre's Iron Snakes"....apparently Mr DuPont had two iron snakes created and he would hide them around the yard and tell his nieces and nephews to go find them!  You can see a photo of them below, in front of Mr DuPont's home:

These snakes are over 100 years old and were beginning to show deterioration, so they decided to have a new pair made by a local ironworker.  It's a fascinating story and you can read the whole piece HERE. The next time I go, I will be on the lookout for them!  Meanwhile, the last time I was there, one of the gardeners walked past my brother and me with this in his hand:

Yuck! I wasn't sure whether I should be fascinated or repulsed by this creature!  The gardener said it was a snail, obviously, but it was NOT a good snail and it would damage the plants.  So off to the head gardener he went....not sure of his future but I don't think it was a good one!  Thanks for popping in today! Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Throughout the Year, Single Bunny (ret), A Little Something (Hero Arts)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Pecan Pie, Early Espresso, Flitting Florets DSP
 Ink Blushing Bride (ret), Chocolate Chip (ret)
Accessories Opaque Faceted Gems, Dimensionals, Grosgrain Ribbon (ret)
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Rectangle Deckle Edge Dies

Thursday, March 28, 2024

FMS629 Tidings of Comfort & Joy

Happy Thursday, peeps! I have another Christmas card for you today, since I am trying to replenish my stash! It uses Amy's sketch from FMS and the designer paper challenge from Christmas Craft Creations:

So here we go, I am on a vintage roll:

I used some papers from Simple Stories' Simple Vintage Christmas....this pad is almost gone, I've used it so much!  The top border is cut from one piece; I fussy-cut around the holly at the top and I added a little Mossy Meadow panel embossed with an embossing folder that mimicked the scallop of the lace behind it.  The lower holly pattern is another piece of DSP.  

I added a sentiment from Hope and Peace, diecut with a retired oval die and layered with a Mossy Meadow scallop:

A little Cherry Cobbler soft baker's twine added a bit of embellishment.  Another sentiment from the same set on the inside:

Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hope & Peace (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Mossy Meadow, Naturals Ivory (ret), Simple Vintage Christmas (Simple Stories)
 Ink Cherry Cobbler
Accessories Cherry Cobbler Twine (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stitched Shapes Dies (ret), Layering Ovals Dies (ret), Elegant Dots EF (ret)

Wednesday, March 27, 2024

Vintage Bunny Decor

Happy Wednesday, peeps! I have a quick project today---no stamping---just some diecutting, fussy-paper-cutting and a little bit of layering to make a sweet little Easter decoration!  Check it out:

This isn't real big; it's only about 3 1/2" tall.  I used the largest Excellent Egg die to cut out some digital papers that I got from Crafty Secrets almost ten years ago!  I mounted the diecut egg on another  egg diecut, cut from some sturdy cardboard, then printed out an Easter postcard from the Graphics Fairy, scaled it to fit my egg and did some fussy-cutting of the bunnies and the sentiment, which is popped up:

I added a little crochet embellishment on the top and that was it!  I did create a little easel for the back so that it could stand up easily:

I am going to enter this at Inspire.Create, where they're looking for anything but a card, as well as Shopping Our Stash, which is looking for spring and/or Easter! And Little Red Wagon is looking for animals, so I am tossing it in the ring there as well!

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps none
Card stock & Papers     Computer paper, Chicken Farm Digital papers (Crafty Secrets), Digital Vintage Postcard (The Graphics Fairy), Cardboard
 Ink none
Accessories Crochet Trim (ret), Thread
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Excellent Eggs Dies

Tuesday, March 26, 2024

GDP438 Inked & Tiled Easter

Happy Tuesday, peeps! I have an easy card today using the Inked & Tiled stamp set along with the Inked Botanicals DSP, and a wee bit of embossing!  Here's the sketch I used from Global Design Project:

I used both sides of one piece of the DSP, and did some heat embossing on the Crushed Curry side with the floral stamp and some Craft White ink and embossing powder:

To make the florals stand out a bit more, I added some loose watercoloring in Crushed Curry around the edges of the flowers and stems:

I heat embossed an Easter sentiment on a piece of Calypso Coral, again in white ink and embossing powder, then overstamped it with the word stamps from Quiet Meadow in Versamark ink, for a very faint background; hope you can see it here:

Two Iridescent Gems and it was on its way! 

We'll go with some coral-hued flowers from Longwood today!

 Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Inked & Tiled, Throughout the Year, Quiet Meadow
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Inked Botanicals
 Ink Craft White, Versamark, Crushed Curry
Accessories White Embossing Powder, Iridescent Gems
Tools     Heat Tool, Aquapainter

Monday, March 25, 2024

AHSC570 Peace & Joy

Happy Monday, everyone! It's time for a new Atlantic Hearts Sketch challenge; here we go:

As soon as I saw this sketch I knew which stamp set I wanted to use! I got this Close to My Heart set a few years ago and had hardly used it, but it was perfect for my Christmas card:

I stamped the foliage on a Basic White panel using Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam and Real Red inks (the pink images are stamped second-generation in Real Red), then added a glimmer diecut sentiment from the same set:

The center panel of Basic White and Real Red was diecut with the Nested Essentials dies.  I also added some side panels of DSP and a wee little scalloped border of Soft Sea Foam.  The inside sentiment was stamped with another CTMH set:

I need to ramp up my Christmas card stamping, I used up almost all the ones I had last year!  Another to add to my stash!  

I hope you'll play along with our sketch could go springy or holiday with this one, anything goes! Share yours with us at the AHSC blog! 

A few more Longwood pictures, following in the "blue" theme:

Hanging baskets of hydrangeas above; not sure what these flowers are:

And more hydrangeas in the Pierre Dupont house:

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

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Quiet Meadow (for the sprinkly dots), Merry Borders (Close to My Heart), Love With All the Trimmings (Close to My Heart)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Real Red, Soft Seafoam, Classic Christmas DSP (ret), Shaded Spruce Glimmer Paper (ret)
 Ink Shaded Spruce, Soft Sea Foam, Real Red
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Nested Essentials Dies, Merry Borders Die (Close to My Heart)

Sunday, March 24, 2024

PP682 Bunny Sketch

Hi there, stamping friends! Hope your weekend is going well so far....ours has been WET---what else is new? It always seems to rain on the weekend!  But that means no drought for the summer, right?  Anyway, I am the hostess at the Paper Players this week, and I have a sketch for you! This one is one of my favorites, and I use it often! I liked it so much, I made two! Check it out:

So here's my first one; I needed another Easter card, so I used some of those cute Impression Obsession bunny dies:

I used some Country Gingham circles, diecut with the Radiating Stitches dies, and an Our Daily Bread Designs sentiment; they're all mounted on a piece of CTMH Seabrook cardstock, embossed with the Cane Weave embossing folder.  

My second one uses some stitched flower dies:

I gave each flower a couple of leaves and a glimmer paper center!  A simple sentiment from Spellbinders finished it off!

I hope this sketch inspires you to make something pretty and fun!  Check out what the other designers created at the Paper Players blog and share yours there too!

Before the torrential rains came yesterday, I had a chance to go to Longwood on Friday; the morning was sunny and bright, although cool!  They have a display of blue poppies, and although they were almost finished, there were still some pretty ones.  I have to admit that the photographers were out in full force...there wasn't much room for spectators like me, but I did manage to get a couple of shots:

Their color is so vibrant! I'll have some more photos of other flowers coming up this week!  Thanks for visiting! Enjoy your day and be blessed!

First Card Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Tiny Tag Sentiments (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Bubble Bath, Country Gingham (ret), Seabrook (Close to My Heart)
 Ink Mint Macaron
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Cane Weave Embossing Folder, Radiating Stitches Dies, Bunny Dies (Impression Obsession), Markers

Second Card Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Happy Awesome Lovely (Spellbinders)
Card stock & Papers     Basic White, Pool Party, Soft Succulent (ret), Pink Pirouette (ret), Barely Banana (ret), Purple Posy (ret), Glimmer (ret)
 Ink Soft Succulent (ret)
Accessories Dimensionals
Tools     Cut & Emboss Machine, Stitched Shapes Dies (ret), Pierced Bloooms Dies (ret), Stitched Flowers Dies (My Favorite Things), Large Banner Dies (Pink & Main), 1/4" Circle Punch (ret)