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January 2015

Purple roses...

I managed to get quite a few things accomplished in the craft cave this weekend.  Too bad it was mostly reorganizing and not enough card making!!  I was on a cleaning jag and my niece is about to inherit a bunch of paper.  She will be happy about that!

I don’t do a lot of stamping with flowers as a general rule.  But that may have changed – I purchased the Altenew Vintage Roses stamp set and it is as easy as 1 2 3 when stamping the roses.  As easy as the SU! lotus blossom stamp set.  I think I finally got the hang of the two and three step stamping! 1 (640x531)I used wisteria wonder to make these roses.  I stamped off the first layer one time to create the lightest color.  Then it was full strength ink for the second and third layers.  After I finished up with the roses and leaves, I wasn’t sure where the sentiment should be placed.  I remembered these really cool banner dies from SSS that would be a great way to showcase the sentiment.  I stuck with a pretty simple color scheme – all white so that the flowers and sentiment could shine. 2 (640x389)All in all, a really lovely card for a lovely occasion!  I am playing along today with The Friday Mashup (florals) and The Card Concept (anniversaries) - clean and simple card.  (sorry for the photos – winter in Montana makes good lighting near impossible at the best of times!)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to stop in tomorrow!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  Inks:  SU! wisteria wonder and wild wasabi.  Memento black.  Stamps:  Altenew vintage roses.  Die:  Simon Says Stamp sketchy banners.

Cheers...for the wino...

I am a wino.  I fully admit this.  And when I find any stamps that are related to wine, I have a hard time passing them up.  So when PTI came out with their Uncorked set, it was a must have.  I also liked their drips and dribbles stamp set and thought these two would go well together. 7 (511x640)The minute I saw the sentiment “It’s OK to cry over spilled” in the drips and dribbles set I knew what it should be paired with.  The sentiment is actually meant to go with either the word tea or the word coffee.  But I substituted wine instead.  Because in my opinion, it is DEFINITELY OK to cry over spilled wine!  And it’s definitely OK to substitute wine for tea or coffee.  Right? 8 (640x356)I randomly stamped some drips and dribbles over the card and tag.  I popped up the tag, added the sentiment, and die cut Cheers out of cherry cobbler, rustic cream and kraft.  I finished up with a bit of twine and some pearls.  I am planning to give this card to a fellow wino the next time I see her, as she will also appreciate the sentiment!

I am off for the weekend but will be back on Monday with posts for the week.  Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by today!

(updated to add - I am entering this card in the SugarPea Designs monthly themed challenge.)

Supplies:  CS:  PTI kraft and rustic cream.  SU! cherry cobbler.  Ink:  SU! cherry cobbler and crumbcake.  Stamps:  PTI uncorked, drips and dribbles.  Other:  uncorked die, Lil Inker anytime tag die.  Twine, pearls.

When life hands you lemons...

...make a card!

Unbelievable that it is Thursday already!  This will be a short post – I have had a long work week already and my brain is on a slow shut down!  I am playing along with the sketch challenge at Pals Paper Arts.  I wasn’t going to until I decided I wanted to do some water coloring and thought up a unique way to use a trio of dots instead of flags per the sketch. 5 (640x490)I used some distress inks to watercolor and then stamped the image, hoping I would get the lemon in the yellow.  And I did.  I was pretty proud of that!  I cut two ovals out of the MFT pierced oval stax and offset them a bit.   After I added the twine and the ovals to the card, I decided to add a sentiment.  It is an odd place to squeeze it in (get it – lemons – squeeze) but I thought what the heck!  I used the PTI burlap impression plate on the rustic cream paper.  All in all.  I rather like the card.  I hope you do too! 6 (640x510)Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! garden green and watercolor paper.  PTI rustic cream.  Stamps:  SU! A Happy Thing and Lotus Blossom.  Inks:  Distress – mowed lawn and mustard seed.  Memento black.  Other:  PTI burlap impression plate, MFT pierced ovals. Twine, candy dots.

January Pals Blog Hop...Occasions...


Welcome to the first Pals Blog Hop of 2015. We hope your new year is off to a great creative start. To celebrate the start of a new Stampin' Up! year, we are showcasing products from our newest catalog this month - the Occasions catalog. You may also see new Sale-a-bration products too. If you don't know how to earn free Sale-a-bration products - contact your Stampin' Up! demonstrator to learn more.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space. Use the full lineup below to move along from blog to blog so you see all of the new projects.

Hello and welcome!  My favorite new stamp set has to be Lotus Blossom from the Sale-a-bration catalog! 3 (640x601)I love how quick and easy it is to whip up a beautiful card that looks like you spent some serious time putting it together!  Then there is the Birthday Bash washi sheets.  These could be easy to overlook – but here is what’s so great about them – cut off a hunk of washi, stick it to some cardstock and die cut.  Easy peasy.  No trying to line up washi tape.  And it is that washi background that makes this card work so well.  It takes this card from average to excellent! 4 (640x479)With a little help from my friends, pool party and Bermuda bay, I stamped the image and sentiment.  A few of the Bermuda bay sequins (love!), adds a bit of flash.  I pulled out my large polka dot embossing folder to add a bit more texture to the card base and then added some white twine and a button.  By using the washi sheets, you could bust out several of these cards in different colors and impress all of your friends and neighbors!  Thanks for stopping by!

The next stop is Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper on the Pals Blog Hop! Thanks for visiting and I'll see you next month.

  1. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  2. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  3. Becky Gifford at The Social Stamper
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Debbie Crowley at expressivelydeb...
  6. Amy Williams at Stamps and Spice
  7. Rae Harper at
  8. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  9. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  12. Jane Knudsen at
  13. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  14. Michelle Quinno at Shell's Life
  15. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen's Blog
  17. Kelly DeTommaso at Kelly's Creative Corner
  18. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  19. Laurie Chilton at Stampin' Ink
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Peggy Noe at
  22. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  23. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  24. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  25. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  26. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  27. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  28. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  29. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  30. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  31. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits From Dawn
  32. Angie Valle-Peters at Paperluxuries
  33. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  34. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  35. Shannon K Jaramillo at Shannon Kay Paperie
  36. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  37. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  38. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  39. Pamela Sadller at Stampin Pink Rose
  40. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  41. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon


Supplies - all SU!:  CS:  Bermunda bay and whisper white.  Stamps:  SAB Lotus Blossom.  Ink:  Bermuda bay and pool party.  Other:  Painted bloom twine, bermuda bay button, bermuda bay sequins, birthday bash washi sheets.  Circle framelits.  Large polka dot embossing folder.

Pretty in pink...

I spent Sunday in the craft cave getting my cards ready for this week.  Somehow, I kept sidetracking myself and reorganizing my space.  I don’t know about you but I spend a lot of time reorganizing – especially when I am searching for an idea for a card.  It’s crazy but reorganizing reminds me of what I have and gives me lots of crafting ideas. 1 (516x640)I had my cards pretty sorted out for this week so the reorganizing was really a way for me to avoid getting started!  Today’s card is a throwback to the 60’s.  I dug out my PTI stamps and dies from this year’s stamp-a-faire and picked the 1960s.  I ran my paper through the PTI linen impression plate before beginning to die cut.  This inlaid die technique was also one we used during stamp-a-faire. 2 (640x431)I picked fairly soft colors so that the black would really pop.  I really like these dies and love the font for the stamps.  I am entering this card in the Friday Mashup challenge – shapes.  I opted to use shapes and not do the embossing folder technique.  I use my impression plates more than I do embossing folders.  I don’t know why, I just do.  I am pretty happy with this card and I am a huge fan of the inlaid die cutting.  I really should do it more!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Supplies:  CS:  PTI soft stone.  SU! pink pirouette, blushing bride and basic black.  Stamps/Dies:  PTI SAF 1960s and linen impression plate.  Lil Inker’s stitched rectangles.  Other:  Memento black ink.  Rhinestones.

Wishes for Monday...

Hello Monday!  Again!  I am always amazed at how fast the week goes by!  I whipped up a fun little card today that fit a couple of challenges – Freshly Made Sketches and Pals Paper Arts.  I got a chance to use some of my new SU! Occasions catalog goodies this weekend.  Some of which I used on today’s card. 2 (537x640)I started off with some island indigo and soft sky paper that I ran through the Lil Inker’s stitched rectangle die and thru the PTI guidelines impression plate.  A piece of winter frost dsp was also run thru the stitched rectangle.  I stamped the fern leaf image from the new SU! Butterfly Basics stamp set on the soft sky and added a small butterfly and pearls to complete it. 1 (640x544)I set the pieces fairly close to the sketch with the exception of the top layer which I lined up with the bottom layer so the guidelines matched.  I stamped the sentiment with island indigo.  I am pleased with how I managed to get the colors to work so well together.  What I am not pleased about is the photography.  This looks so much better in real life.  I could not get the colors to show well in the photos regardless of the number of retakes.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I have some fun posts for this week so be sure to pop by again!

Supplies:  CS: SU! island indigo, soft sky, winter frost dsp.  PTI white.  Ink:  SU! island indigo.  Stamps:  SU! Butterfly Basics.  Dies etc.: Lil Inkers stitched rectangle, PTI guidelines impression plate, SU! butterfly punch.  Pearls.

Winter Wishes...

A quick and easy card for you today.  This would be an easy card for mass production and may be what I make for my card club this month. 9 (567x640)I used a piece of dsp from my SSS January card kit and layered it on some rustic white paper.  I used the sentiment and stripe from the SSS hand lettered winter wishes stamp set that came in the card kit.  I embossed both of these with white embossing powder. 11 (640x460)I added some bling and flags to finish off the card.  I will post this on the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic white, soft stone.  Other:  Simon Says Stamp January card kit paper and stamp set.  SU! White embossing powder.  Rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #5...

It’s a New Year and time for a new challenge at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  This challenge is a tool challenge and requires you to dig out your crimper and make a card.  Don’t have a crimper?  No problem, just score some paper and fold and you can make your own crimped paper.  Don’t forget that any stamps you use should be over a year old.  It is all about showing some love to your long ignored stamps and tools!

This week I found a stamp that I have had for years and never used.  I don’t even remember where I picked it up or who made it.  I liked it because of the little gingerbread men.  They are so stinking cute! 5 (554x640)So I stamped this image in memento rich cocoa ink and used colored pencils for some color.  I added a bit of glossy accents on the heart buttons and the bow.  I probably wouldn’t do that again, I think the image is too small to really see the glossy accents. 7 (640x471)I wanted to stick with a pretty neutral background until I remembered this SU! dsp.  I ran it through the crimper but it is pretty hard to see that.  The paper reminds me of a blanket you would take on a picnic. Finally I crimped the sentiment and an extra flag.  A button and twine and the card was done. 

Be sure to join us on this challenge!  Just click HERE to be taken to the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We have some fun challenges planned for 2015!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS: PTI kraft, white and vanilla.  SU! trim the tree dsp.  Stamps:  old stamp and SU! notes and details.  Other:  Crimper, button, twine, colored pencils, chalk, glossy accents, and MFT pierced circle dies.

Baby, its cold outside...

Greetings!  I feel a bit lost now that I don’t have any Christmas cards to make.  So I am turning my attention to some winter cards before valentine fever sets in.

Today I used a small piece of luscious paper from the Simon Says Stamp January card kit.  I teamed it up with some SU! perfect plum, PTI rustic cream and kraft paper.  I love this combination! 1 (596x640)I cut out the perfect plum using the MFT pierced circle die and ran it thru the PTI striped sweater impression plate.  My card theme is winter and snowflakes and fits perfectly with the Friday Mashup challenge.  I used the Sugar Pea SugarSketch for the layout. 3 (640x437)I love the way this card turned out.  The sweater impression plate goes well with the “cold outside” sentiment.  A few sequins and snowflakes add a bit of bling.  You may start seeing some more purple because I am really digging that for a winter color.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS: PTI kraft and rustic cream.  SU! perfect plum.  SSS January card kit.  Dies etc.:  PTI striped sweater impression plate, MFT pierced circles, SU! scalloped tag topper punch.  Other: SU! perfect plum ink.  SU! project life holiday cheer stamp set.  Sequins, vintage lace.