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August 2014

The Roaring 20's part 1...

Yay!  I made it thru the 20’s!!  I did two projects – both of which were very easy and fun to do!  For the first project I used clear cardstock to die cut the image and then blinged it up with a ton of rhinestones.  It is supposed to have the effect of floating on the card.  I don’t get that sensation from what I created but if you look at the cards that Heather Nichols did, you do get that effect.  Oh, well. 4


So I am skipping the Renaissance for now.  I am not sure how I feel about the velvet.  So I need to think about what I am going to do for that challenge and finish it tomorrow.

I made a tag for the Regency era.  When I gave the tag to Katie to photo, she said – that’s it?  I wasn’t sure what else I needed to do with it.  She said, put it on a card?  Nope.  I left it as is.  I focused on the embroidery part of the era.  I had this hoop die from PTI for quite a while and thought it would work pretty well.  I loved the paper choices for this challenge. 3

We are off to the Roaring 20’s…

Ancient Rome

So we have visited Ancient Rome.  I don't think I want to go back to it without glad wrap (thanks to Laurie Willson's Make It Monday technique).  I loved how the mosaic challenge turned out but hated how long it took.  I did some major cussing - poor Katie - she had to put in ear plugs.  But she did tell me that it would be worth it and she was right!  I used the topiary trio stamp set because that seemed to go with the Rome theme. 1

I did two of the mosaic techniques and had fun using the embossing paste.  I really loved this technique - I will be using more of it in the future.  I cut a stencil out of a piece of cardboard and that worked perfectly.  I could throw it away when I was done - easy clean up.  Thanks Lizzie for great ideas and projects!  (even if I swore a little...a lot)! 2

Katie and I tend to think a lot alike for stamping.  I had my colors picked and was working on the project when she started.  And she picked the same colors!  But I copied her rustic wreath idea - it was too brilliant not to steal!!


Next up - Renaissance.

SAF Timer Challenge


Good Morning!

Katie and I have started our Stamp-a-faire adventure this morning.  We started around 8:30 as neither of us wanted to be up at 5 AM!!  Two years ago we sweltered in 100 degree heat at Katie’s new house.  It was awful (the heat not the house).  Last year we had reasonable weather.  This year it is 50 degrees and raining.  And will rain all day.  And we are under a flood watch.  And it is August 23rd!!

We are camped out in my craft cave and have just completed the 20 minute challenge.  Katie finished in 15 minutes!  Cripes!  Me – the buzzer was ringing as I put the last glue dot down!  So not too bad.  I chose this color combo:

And this sketch:

And this is my card.  My colors look more orangey than intended but hopefully we have it figured out for the next challenge!

Keep with us all day.  We are traveling to ancient Rome now!  Check out Katie’s blog for her awesome cards!

Joy, Joy, Joy…

Last year I purchased the PTI stamp set Wonderful Words: Joy (and bought the die as well).  I loved the musical notes on the word Joy.  Today is the first time that I have gotten to use it.  As much as I try to get Christmas cards done, I seem to be in the mode of buying Christmas stamp sets rather than actually using them!

I recently came across the Merry Monday challenge.  It is a great way to build up your stash of Christmas cards and I figured that if I played along with that challenge and the Festive Friday challenge, I should have a healthy supply ready for Christmas.  The challenge for Merry Monday this week was to use black, gold and silver.  I spent some time letting those colors roll around in my pea brain until I remembered my joy stamp and die. 3

I used my Stampin’ Up paper brushed gold and brushed silver.  It is absolutely gorgeous paper.  I die cut joy 5 times out of each color and 4 times out of basic black.  I stamped the joy sentiment on PTI white in memento black and then die cut that and stacked it on the 4 black die cuts.  I love this trick of stacking the dies together to add dimension.  I learned this technique quite a while ago and have used it several times. 4

I continued the color requirements in the layers deciding on the brushed gold as the top layer.  I used SU! silver bakers twine that I separated the silver strand from and wrapped around the o in the gold joy.  I opted to cut the natural twine short and leave the silver bits loose.  I added the retired SU! jingle bells to the twine as well. 

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! brushed gold, brushed silver and basic black.  Ink:  memento black.  Stamp set:  PTI Joy.  Dies:  PTI Joy.  Embellies:  SU! silver twine and retired jingle bells.

Pals Paper Arts...

Today is PPA day and a quick post as well!  I am joining in the sketch as it was one that I could visualize what I was going to do immediately! 1

I started off with crumbcake and layered pool party and Bermuda bay on top.  I ran those two colors thru the big shot in the large polka die embossing folder.   A simple banner, sentiment and twine/button and the challenge was met! 2

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! crumbcake, Bermuda bay, and pool party.  Ink:  memento black.  Stamp set:  Blooming with Kindness.  Dies/EF:  SU! banners framelits and large polka dot EF.  Embellies:  retired SU! pool party twine and black button.

Stamp a faire...

Hiya..just a quick post to mention that Katie and I will be participating in the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire this weekend.  It should be a blast!  Be sure to check my blog regularly on Saturday for all of the challenges we will be participating in.  It is open to anyone and you do not need to have purchased the kit to play.  Just use your goodies from your stash.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, Katie and I have played for the past two years, one year we had the kit and one year we didn't.  We always learn new techiques and that is what makes it worthwhile and why we participate.

I didn't get a chance to get a card done for today but have posts scheduled for Thursday and Friday so be sure to stop by the rest of this week!

Happy Stamping!!

Go, see, travel...

I am joining the Curtain Call and RetroSketches challenges today.  I used the color/theme from the Curtain Call Inspiration Challenge and I had to use the sketch from RetroSketches – I loved the layout!! 1

I started off with SU! sahara sand as my base and added a combination of SU! papers.  I ran the island indigo CS thru the big shot in the scallops embossing folder to get a feeling of waves.  The pool party layer was stamped with the weed (I don’t know what to call it) stamp from SU!’s By the Tide stamp set with versamark ink.  A scrap piece of sahara sand was punched using my spiral binding punch. 2

I dug out my new PTI stamp set – Pack Your Bags – for the sentiment.  I had to mask off the sentiment three times to get the look I wanted for the sentiment.  I used a scrap piece of PTI rustic cream and layered it on the calypso coral scallop circle.  A piece of SU! calypso coral seam binding ribbon (I adore the seam binding ribbon!) and a button and linen thread and the project was done.


Supplies:  CS:  SU! sahara sand, island indigo, pool party, calypso coral and PTI rustic cream.  Ink:  memento black.  Stamps:  SU! By the Tide and PTI Pack your Bags.  Dies/Punches:  RC circles n scallops, 1 3/8 punch, spiral binding punch.  SU! scallops embossing folder.  Embellies:  SU! calypso coral seam binding ribbon, linen thread and retired button.

Always and forever...

Today’s card was made for two challenges – a color challenge and a sketch challenge.  I find that when I am struggling with either the color or layout, finding a challenge helps get the mojo going.  When I can combine two challenges – jackpot!!  I opted for the Reverse Confetti color challenge (red, navy and gold) and the Sugar Pea Designs SugarSketch 9. 3

Red, gold and navy gave me a nautical vibe but I couldn’t seem to make anything work with that particular vibe so I started with what color I was going to make the dominant color.  I used two dies from RC to cut and layer the SU! night of navy cardstock.  I used a piece of SU!’s beautiful gold vellum to add the background for the sentiment.  The sketch challenge called for two layers and an oval.  I opted to replace the oval with a sentiment that I turned on its side.  A dollop of red in the shape of a heart and a chance to (finally) use my SU! gold twine and both challenges were met. 4


Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! night of navy, real red and gold fancy foil vellum.  Ink:  memento black.  Dies:  RC love note and diagonal stripes pretty panel.  SU! gold twine.  Stamps:  RC Lots to Say.

Pals Paper Arts Challenge

I wasn’t sure that I was going to make the Pals Paper Arts Challenge this week.  Work has been quite hectic and was the reason that the blog was silent the last few days.  But I got some time to play in the craft cave today and got three cards done and hope to craft a bit more as the week goes on.

My friend, Katie Skiff, and I plan to take part in the Papertrey Ink Stamp-a-faire on August 23rd.  It is a day full of challenges and allows fellow crafters to participate across the globe.  Katie is coming to my house and we plan to craft the day away!  I am excited!  Check out Katie’s blog – she has such great ideas and beautiful cards.  So very talented!  It is thanks to Katie that I got my blog up and going – she has been a great mentor for me and a great friend!

But back to my card for today (although posted quite late!) – the PPA challenge required using black, pear pizzazz and strawberry slush.  Some would think that is a very easy combination of colors.  But I think the black actually can throw things off.  I ended up with way too much black for the space.  But after I have looked at it for a while, it has grown on me. 5

I used a PTI impression plate (linen and canvas) to create a delicate pattern on my black layer.  A quick cut using SU! circle framelits created the white and pear pizzazz circles and a space for my sentiment.  I offset the circles to accommodate the flowers and leaves.  The sentiment comes from Unity Delightful Little Things – a stamp set that I have had for several years.  The flowers are made using the SU! petite petals punch.  The plan in my head was to use all strawberry slush flowers but once I punched them out it was way too much color.  So I tempered the brightness by using pink pirouette.  The leaves were made using the flower fair framelits and stuffed in between the flowers.  A combination of large (retired) and small rhinestones finish off this project. 6

Be sure to pop by again as I intend to post each day.  Then on Friday and Saturday I will be posting the projects that Katie and I make!


Supplies:  CS: PTI white, SU! pear pizzazz, basic black, strawberry slush and pink pirouette.  Ink:  memento black.  Stamps:  Unity Delightful Little Things.   Dies:  SU! circle framelits and flower fair framelits.  PTI linen impression plate and SU! petite petals punch.  Embellies:  SU! rhinestones and large rhinestones (retired).