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September 2014

The Reality of Color Challenges...

I really like color challenges.  I like that the majority of colors go well with each other and then you get a twist.  Kind of like being on a reality show.  You think you have it all figured out and then you get blindsided.  I generally find color challenges the most difficult to try to play along with and most of the time I don’t really think I do very well with them.

But that changes today (and maybe only for today!) *wink*.  I played along with the color challenge at Reverse Confetti.  The colors are gray, pink and yellow.  Pink and gray together?  Love it.  Gray and yellow together?  You betcha.  Put gray, pink and yellow together – requires some thinking!  Which color should get top billing? Which color should be toned down?  So I let those colors roll in my head for a few days.  Then it hit me, I just got a new die from RC that is called triangle pretty panels.  I thought if I could make gray the prominent color and use pink and yellow as the accents, the colors would all gel well together. 4

I used one of the class act dies to cut a base layer to put the triangle panels on.  That way I could replace individual triangles and be able to glue them in place.  (I tried it without and guess what happened!!)  Next I cut several triangle panels from different colored pinks, a yellow and a lighter gray and then replaced triangles randomly.   As it turned out, I had DSP that had pinks and yellows together so it was the obvious choice to back the sentiment.  I pulled all the pieces and parts together with a piece of basic gray that I ran thru the tiny triangles embossing folder and tied with a piece of strawberry slush twine.  Once I met my color challenge, I hopped over to SugarPea Designs and used their sketch challenge to format my card. 5

I am just tickled pink (and gray and yellow) with how this all turned out.  For today, I feel like I conquered the color challenge.

Don’t forget about the Design Team call for the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  Click HERE for more details!

Have a great Friday! 

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! basic gray, smokey slate, daffodil delight, blushing bride, strawberry slush, and all abloom DSP.  Stamps:  RC class act.  Ink:  memento black.  Dies/EF/Punch:  RC class act and triangle pretty panels.  SU! tiny triangles EF.  SU! scallop edge punch.  Other:  SU! strawberry slush twine.

Witch Hazel...

I loved Bugs Bunny when I was growing up.  We really did have the greatest cartoons in the good old days.  I have to admit that even to this day, if I see the old Bugs Bunny and Wiley Coyote cartoons I have to stop and watch a bit.  A guilty pleasure!  My opening comment leads up to this:  the first time I saw the freaky friends stamp set from Stampin’ Up! I thought of Witch Hazel from Bugs Bunny when I saw the witch.

I will wait while you think about that. 1

I am right, aren’t I?  I can still hear her cackle as she chased after Bugs Bunny.  So I am honoring Witch Hazel today with her own card!  I am playing along with Retro Sketches to help make her shine.  When I saw the sketch originally, I had a hard time picturing what I would do.  And then it hit me.  The right side of the card makes a perfect cave.  So I embossed some scary looking eyes on black and sent some fussy cut bats out of the cave to startle Witch Hazel.  Then I added a googly eye to make Hazel’s eye look bugged out.  All in all, I think Witch Hazel looks pretty cute and maybe only a smidge startled.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog Design Team call.  For more information click HERE.  It is a challenge blog designed to breathe new life into your old stamps!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! Bermuda bay, basic black, and motley monsters DSP.  Ink:  Memento black and versamark.  Stamps:  SU! freaky friends and tee-hee-hee.  Other:  SU! crushed curry embossing powder and googly eye.

Chick? Or Treat?

I had a little fun with this card.  I bought the get well soon stamps and dies from Lawn Fawn a while ago because I thought they would make a cheery get well card for someone should I need to make one.  But a couple of days ago I started thinking about the little nurse chick (bird?) and thought – why couldn’t the chick be dressed up as a nurse for Halloween?  And what if I played around with the standard “trick or treat”?  This is what I ended up with:

I perched the chick at the center of the spider web (a treat for the spider perhaps?) that I made using an embossing folder and then added the sentiment – which I doctored a bit to say “chick”.    It was a quick and easy card to make up and will probably end up being what I take for my October stamp club, unless I end up making something that I like better! 1

Don’t forget about the Design Team Call for the new Retro Rubber Challenge Blog – it’s a card challenge that is all about showing some love to your older stamps!  For more information, click HERE.


Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! tangelo twist and basic black.  Stamps:  LF – get well soon and Reverse Confetti – spooky sentiments.  Dies/EF:  LF – get well soon, SU! – word bubbles, SU! spider web.  Ink – memento black, tangelo twist and project life journaling pen.

Thanksgiving and PPA 220

I am loving the paper in the Stampin’ Up! Color Me Autumn DSP.  It has such strong patterns which are very easy to showcase on a card.  Today I am playing along with the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.  I started off by cutting a piece of DSP and layering it on very vanilla with a piece of mossy meadow. 2

I went looking for a sentiment that I thought would pair well with the color of the DSP and the shape that the sketch required.  When I first saw the SU! mingle all the way stamp set I wasn’t too excited about it.  In fact, I had no intention of buying it, ever.  What I found is that this set has a way of sneaking up on you.  The more I flipped through the catalog, the more I kept coming back to it.  And today, I am really glad that I bought it.  It has the perfect sentiment to pair with this DSP.  Somehow the DSP, the sentiment and the color all seem to be in perfect harmony. 3

Because I liked the sentiment so well, I really wanted it to shine.  So I used a piece of very vanilla and cut it wide enough to fit in the long slender word bubble.  By putting the paper in so that only the word bubble edge was cut, I stamped the sentiment, cut off the excess paper and used a corner rounder to make it look like it had been cut out using a word bubble framelit.  I debated about adding a bit more to the card – twine, button, rhinestones, pearls but I just couldn’t decide what.  So I left well enough alone.

That’s it for today! Come back tomorrow for a new card showcasing Halloween!

Don’t forget about the Design Team Call for the new Retro Rubber Challenge Blog – it’s a card challenge that is all about showing some love to your older stamps!  For more information, click HERE.

Supplies:  CS:  SU! very vanilla, cajun craze, mossy meadow and color me autumn DSP.  Stamps:  SU! mingle all the way.  Dies:  SU! word bubbles and circles.  Ink:  SU! cajun craze.

Purple birthday wishes...

A coworker of mine is celebrating her birthday on Saturday so I thought I would make a card to give with her gift.  She loves purple so I wanted to add as much of that as I could but did not want to have it overwhelm all the other colors.  I CASEd this card from Pinterest and of course, when I went back to find it, I couldn’t.  So my apologies to the maker of the original card and the fact that I cannot reference it on my blog.  The original card had seven panels and no twine or button. 1

I started off using a variety of inks and the “swooshey” (I really don’t know what to call it) stamp from the SU! for all things stamp set.  I wanted to create the background for these little panels rather than using DSP.  I broke out my retired SU! confetti stamp set and some memento black ink to stamp on the different colors.  I was really pleased at how well these turned out.  They do look like designer paper! 2

I dug out my two square punches and punched out my black squares and the handmade DSP.  After I glued all my panels down and had the twine and button on, the card seemed a little dull.  So out came the rhinestones to finish it off.  I am hoping that she likes the card and enjoys the gift and cake tomorrow!


In case you missed it before – check out the Design Team Call for Retro Rubber going on HERE.  So excited for this new adventure!!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! basic black and wisteria wonder.   Inks:  SU! so saffron, wisteria wonder, pool party, pumpkin pie, pear pizzazz and memento black.  Stamps:  SU! for all things, endless birthday wishes and retired confetti.  Other:  square punches, rhinestones, wisteria wonder twine and wisteria wonder button.

Just a pop of color…

I really love the Stampin’ Up! crushed curry color.  There is something so lush about it and I find myself reaching for that color quite a bit.  It could be that it is perfect for this time of year or that it just adds a pop of color when you need it.  I started this card using the sketch from this week’s Retro Sketches.  An easy layout and one that if you had to make a number of cards for Christmas or for my card club, you could do so fairly quickly. retro 1

I started off with SU!’s sahara sand – a color that I should use more often – then added the DSP and finally the white cardstock with the requisite pop of color.  I cut out two tags from the Reverse Confetti’s Tag Me dies – one in white and one in crushed curry.  I cut off the crushed curry tag and glued under the white tag.  Then I “dirtied” up the white with some of the sahara sand ink. 

Finally I added a stamp (that reminds me of dandelions and therefore another reason to use crushed curry) and some hemp and twine and I was done.  After looking at it now, I kind of wish I would have added some bling in some way – pearls, rhinestones or candy dots perhaps.  Oh well! retro 2

In case you missed it before – check out the Design Team Call for Retro Rubber going on HERE.  So excited for this new adventure!!


Supplies:  PTI white, SU! sahara sand, crushed curry and motley monsters DSP.  Ink:  SU! sahara sand and crushed curry.  Dies:  RC tag me.  Stamps:  SU! for all things and retired nature’s pace and retired simply sketched. Embellies:  SU! crushed curry twine and hemp from my stash.

It’s the Great Pumpkin...

Or maybe not!  But I made my own little pumpkin patch in hopes that the Great Pumpkin will appear on Halloween night.  Isn’t that the way the story goes?  I am playing along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and will just be able to sneak my card in at the last minute. 


I started off with a piece of burlap ribbon that I disassembled a bit so I could pull a few strands of burlap off of it.  Then I found my MFT fancy flourish die as I thought it would make the most excellent vines if I staged it just right.  When I glued everything down, the pumpkins made me think that if a fairy Godmother were to appear, she would have the vines and the pumpkins to make a coach! fms 1

Finally I stamped a sentiment from the PTI garden variety 2 stamp set as I thought it was quite appropriate for this time of year. fms 2

All in all, a fairly easy card to replicate if you had to make a few of them.  And don’t worry, I do not have plans to hang out in the pumpkin patch waiting for the Great Pumpkin to appear!

In case you missed it before – check out the Design Team Call for Retro Rubber going on HERE.  So excited for this new adventure!!


Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! old olive, tangerine tango.  Ink:  SU! old olive, tangerine tango and memento black.  Stamps:  SU! fall fest and PTI garden variety 2.  Dies:  SU! fun fall and MFT fancy flourish.  Embellies:  burlap ribbon and candy dots.

Happy Birthday Wishes...

My best friend’s dad turned 80 this past week.  I got a chance to visit with him and he looks great!  When I told him that, he said I should get my eyes checked!  He is a great guy and always a joy to visit.  So in his honor I made him this birthday card and used the Pals Paper Arts color challenge to help me out.  The colors this week are cajun craze, crushed curry and always artichoke.  Great fall colors and great masculine colors as well. ppa 1

I struggled with how to showcase the 80 as that is the most important part of the card, after all.  I finally decided I would hide it so that you would have to slide the top tag out of the way.  This ended up being a time consuming card.  I played around with many ideas on separating the numbers, combining them, separating the tags and combining them.  But in the end I ended up with something that I liked. ppa 2

Happy 80th Birthday Tom! (even though you do not read blogs, your daughter does!)

In case you missed it before – check out the Design Team Call for Retro Rubber going on HERE.  So excited for this new adventure!!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! crumbcake, crushed curry, cajun craze, always artichoke and very vanilla.  Ink:  always artichoke and crushed curry.  Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp Tags for You.  Dies:  SSS Tags for You, SU! Perfect Print numbers.  EF:  SU! woodgrain.  Other:  SU! linen thread, button, candy dots and brad.

For all things...

This is one of my most favorite cards that I have made recently.  I plan to make these for my upcoming card club.  The paper is so vivid and really deserves to stand on its own.  So I opted to layer it to show it off and add a small sentiment. for all things 1

This paper is part of the color me autumn DSP.  When you come across such a strong paper, I think it is better to showcase the paper and add a few bits around the edges.  So other than the sentiment I used an autumn wooden element.  Gives it just the right finishing touch! for all things 2


Supplies:  CS:  SU! soft suede, very vanilla, blackberry bliss and color me autumn DSP.  Stamps:  for all things.  Inks:  crushed curry and blackberry bliss.  Other:  early espresso and crushed curry twine, note tag punch, blackberry bliss ribbon, and autumn wooden elements.

Pals Blog Hop: The Holidays Are Here Again!


Welcome to the September Pals Blog Hop. This month we are showing off our favorite new products from the new Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog. We hope you enjoy our projects!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Sherrie Gross at Stampin’ Sunshine on the Pals Hop. If you get off track at any time, the full lineup below will help you move along from blog to blog so you see all of the amazing creations.

Hello!  Welcome to!  Thank you for hopping by today!  I had a really hard time choosing what to showcase.  I love so much of the holiday catalog that I couldn’t decide on just one product so I choose a bunch of them!! washi 1

I started off with crumbcake and added several strips of washi tape from the new color me autumn and Santa & Co.  Such fun colors and patterns! washi 2

Although I don’t do Project Life, I bought the Seasonal Snapshot Accessory Pack because I like some of the embellishments that came in the set.  I decided that the acetate specialty card – scare up some fun – would work perfectly as long as I covered up some of the words.  So I used the Eat, Drink and stamp from the Holiday Invitation to make a whole different saying.  I love using something in an unexpected way! washi 3

I popped the acetate card up just a smidge and then added the new natural and olive twine.  This stuff is heavenly!  And the new gold buttons – love!  I think what I love most about the holiday catalog is the amount of items that can be used for something other than a holiday!!  Lots of bang for the buck!  I hope you enjoyed my project today!

The next stop is Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I hope to see you next month.

  1. Kim Czenszak at LiveLoveStamp
  2. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  3. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  4. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  5. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  6. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  7. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  8. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  9. Katy McGloin at Just fun Stamping
  10. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  11. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  12. Shannon Jaramillo at
  13. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  17. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  18. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  19. Amanda Merrill at Inkflair
  20. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  21. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  22. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  23. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  24. Rae Harper-Burnet at
  25. Diane Roberts at Score at Four and a Quarter
  26. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  27. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  28. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  29. September Gray at
  30. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  31. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Peggy Noe at prettypapercards
  34. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  35. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery

Supplies:  CS:  SU! crumbcake.  Stamps:  SU! Holiday Invitation.  SU! Seasonal Snapshot Project Life Accessory Pack.  Ink:  memento black.  Washi:  SU! color me autumn and Santa & Co.  Embellies:  SU! basic gold buttons, linen thread, hexagon punch, natural & old olive two tone twine.