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January 2015

It must be love...

I dug out some of my stencils this past weekend to try to find one that I could make a quick card with.  I had forgotten I had this brick stencil so I thought I would make a graffiti card with it! 5 (524x640)I chalked the bricks and then stamped LOVE in real red.  I added the sentiment because, after all, it must be love!  The rhinestones were more for some bling on the card.  But I kept adding them and was happy I did! 6 (640x422)Thanks for stopping by today!  I won’t be posting either Saturday or Sunday so I can get my posts ready for next week.  Have a great weekend!!

Supplies:  CS: PTI white.  SU! real red and soft suede.  Stamps:  PTI wonderful words love.  Other:  MFT small brick wall stencil.  Memento black ink.  Real red ink.  Chalk.  Rhinestones.

Pretty petals...

A while ago I ordered some new PTI goodies and got a free stamp set from them.  I thought I would give it a try and see what I thought.  I like it.  I am just not so sure that I used it as well as I could have! 7 (510x640)I used a simple design and color palette for the card.  I stamped the image on the so saffron CS and then clear embossed.  On the tag I opted to use so saffron ink.  I really like the softness of so saffron.  I used the RC tag me die to cut out this cute tag and finished it off with some linen thread and crushed curry twine. 8 (640x434)Another short post today as well!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! so saffron and smokey slate.  Stamps:  PTI pretty petals.  Dies:  RC tag me and PTI linen impression plate.  Ink:  memento black ink, so saffron and versamark.  Other:  pearls, clear embossing powder, linen thread and crushed curry twine.

You are fabulous...

A fun little card today to play along with the Reverse Confetti Sketch For You To Try.  I used the PTI linen impression plate on the base layer.  I love this impression plate and use it a lot! 3 (572x640)I cut a circle to showcase the sentiment and added a marker thingy (I really don’t know what those are called but see them all over the net) and pearls.  This dsp is so pretty that I thought it could stand on its own. 4 (640x462)

That’s it for today!  Can you believe this was such a short post?  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! sahara sand, midnight muse.  SSS January card kit dsp.  Dies:  Reverse Confetti circles n scallops and documented.  PTI linen impression plate.  Stamps:  RC fabulous flamingo.  Other:  memento black ink.  SU! sahara sand lace and pearls.

Retro Rubber Sketch Challenge #6...

It’s Tuesday so it must be time for the Retro Rubber Challenge!  This is a fun sketch so be sure to try your hand at it!  See all of the card challenge rules and link up HERE!

Today’s card is one that I don’t do very often – I would term it “shabby chic” – or as “shabby chic” as I get!  When I first saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use my postcard stamp.  While I was digging that stamp out, I found my SU! script stamp.  I bought the script stamp from a fellow stamper.  She was cleaning out a bunch of her old large wood stamps a couple of years ago.  Lucky me! 1 (640x503)I inked up both stamps and went to town.  I stamped the postcard first.  Then masked off most of the image with post it notes and stamped the script letting the left side stamp clearer than the right.  I used my postage due stamps and the postage punch to make my stamps.  I added a layer of embossed cream cardstock using the pretty print embossing folder.  I inked and distressed the edges of both layers trying to add to the shabbiness of the card.  A bit of lace and a lot of pearls finished off the card. 2 (640x425)I love how this turned out.  I only used one ink and lots of texture with the distress tool and embossing folder. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to play along with the Retro Rubber sketch challenge.  Click HERE to head over to the Retro site!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic cream, vanilla and kraft.  Stamps:  SU! postcard, script and postage due.  Other:  postage stamp punch, pretty print embossing folder, distress tool, pearls, lace and memento rich cocoa ink.

Wood U?...

Well, we are staring the end of January in the eyes – already!  Our weather in Montana has been wacky to say the least.  Our area is supposed to be in the 40’s today and some areas around us may be in the 60’s!  How crazy!  So when you look at the background in my picture today – notice the lawn with no snow, but plenty of fall leaves that didn’t get raked before it snowed!

Today I am playing along with the Fusion Card challenge.  I was actually not going to do any challenges this week but remembered a couple that I wanted to play along with so I am.  Then for the next couple of weeks you won’t see much for challenges as I think all the reorganizing in my craft cave has shaken loose the mojo! 1 (542x640)So this card is a puzzle card – as in – you need to look at the objects to help you get to the phrase.  This is a valentine’s card in nontraditional colors.  But then I was being a bit nontraditional by not stating the phrase itself. 2 (640x454)I cut a circle and ran it through the wood grain embossing folder.  This gives you the first word – WOULD.  Then I cut a heart out of pear pizzazz and popped a U in crushed curry on the heart for the second word – YOU.  An image of a bee gives you the third word – BE.  Finally I finished with the word – MINE.  So there you have it – would you be mine?  Cute?  I kind of think so.

Tomorrow I will be posting my card for the Retro Rubber challenge.  It is a bit of a departure from my normal style.  Speaking of Retro Rubber – do you have old stamps?  Yes?  Then come play along with the Retro Rubber challenge this week – it is a fun sketch challenge.  Click HERE to be taken to the Retro Rubber site.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! sahara sand, early espresso, pear pizzazz, and crushed curry.  Dies:  SU! hearts and Bigz alpha.  PTI chicken wire impression plate.  SSS sketchy banners.  SU! wood grain embossing folder.  Stamps:  SU! nature walk.  RC lighthearted letters.  Rich cocoa ink.

Snowflake thanks...

Hey all!  It’s time for a fast Friday card!  I just made that up!  Mainly because I whipped up this card in about thirty minutes.  I used the sketch challenge from SugarPea Designs to make the card. 3 (529x640)I relied on the beautiful dsp to do the talking and added a quick sentiment to it.  I don’t use my snowflake punch much but thought it would add the right touch to the card.  I added a few rhinestones and was done. 4 (640x509)See you all on Monday when I will be back with another post!  Thanks for stopping by!!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! midnight muse, crumbcake.  PTI white.  SSS January card kit dsp.  Ink:  SU! midnight muse.  Snowflake punch.  Button.  Twine.  Rhinestones.  SSS hand lettered winter wishes.

Sunflower, good morning... sure do make it like a sunny day.  Are you humming that tune now?

Hello all!  Today I am playing along with the Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.  I know…I know…all I have done lately is play along with challenges.  But my mojo has been waning, thus the reorganization of my craft cave.  And all of the challenges.  Hopefully that is not too boring for you!  Generally I try to get all my cards done for the week sometime over the weekend.  So my creativity is a bit tested at times! 1 (640x580)With that said, today’s card is one that I made last night and had been pondering over the last couple of days.  I wanted to keep the card simple but still needed to put in the two small panels according to the sketch.  So I used a bit of the triple layer technique to do it (more like double!).  I put all the layers together and stamped my image.  Then I removed the two small panels, backed them with some hello honey cardstock and added a sentiment. 2 (640x433)I wasn’t sure what to think when I got done.  I didn’t really want to do the obvious and use dsp and a couple of sentiments.  I like it but I think it is a card that I need to let sink in.  What do you think?  I am back tomorrow with another post and then will take Saturday and Sunday off.  Can you believe its Thursday already?

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  PTI rustic white.  SU! crumbcake and hello honey.  Moonlight dsp.  Ink:  memento rich cocoa.  Stamps:  sunflower and sweet essentials.  Pearls.

Argyle Sweaters...

One of the first stamp sets I ever ordered online was A Little Argyle from Papertrey Ink.  I loved the argyle patterns and dreamt of all the cards I would make.  Have I made many cards with this stamp set?  No.  But when I was looking for some sketch challenges, I came across the Cas(E) This Sketch for this week.  I immediately thought of my argyle stamps.  Then I found The Curtain Call theme challenge (soft scarf).  I thought of scarves and sweaters.  So I am putting these two challenges together to create this card: 3 (489x640)I stamped my solid argyle image in SU! bashful blue on rustic cream cardstock and used midnight muse ink to make the X’s and the sentiment.  I dug out some teeny tiny pink buttons that I have had forever and used them to create a line down the argyles.  My PTI striped sweater impression plate came in handy to add some texture to the card.  After that I backed the layer with midnight muse and popped it up on kraft cardstock.  I love how this turned out!  I am reminded of scarves and sweaters! 5 (640x429)Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop by tomorrow!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI kraft, rustic cream.  SU! midnight muse.  Inks:  SU! midnight muse and bashful blue.  Stamps:  PTI A Little Argyle and MFT Holiday Hugs.  Other: PTI striped impression plate.  Buttons.


Today is all about relaxation and serenity.  Everybody ready?  Think calming thoughts or better yet, get to stamping!  I bought this pure innocence serenity stamp set from MFT when they were closing out some of their stamp sets.  This lil gal just appealed to me. 1 (511x640)

So I stamped her on some PTI rustic cream and colored her in some relaxing colors.  Someone once told me that blue is supposed to be soothing and relaxing.  Maybe, maybe not.  I just like the colors of this paper so I put them to good use. 2 (640x446)The sentiment is perfectly matched to the image – there are days when we all need to take a deep breath!  I followed this week’s sketch challenge at My Favorite Things.  Everything just came together. 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Remember to take a deep breath and relax!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic cream.  SU! crumbcake and print poetry dsp.  Stamps:  MFT pure innocence – serenity.  Other:  MFT pierced oval stax.  Memento black ink.  Chalk.  Colored pencils.