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February 2015


Happy Friday everyone!  I am really glad it is Friday, it has been a long week!  Today I am using the SU! stamp set of sheltering tree.  I think this is really a gorgeous set and one that is so versatile.  Surprisingly this is the first time I am using the stamps.  I wanted to create a serene get well card that could be used for either gender.

I started off with soft sky and early espresso cardstock.  Unfortunately, this card did not photo as well as it shows in real life.  Argh!  I took pictures from every angle and still couldn’t get a photo! 6 (559x640)

I stamped the tree trunk in early espresso and the leaves in versamark that I white embossed.  The sentiment is from PTI and white embossed as well.  I used my SSS sketchy banner to spotlight the sentiment. 7 (640x393)

I am entering this card in the Card Concept challenge which was to make a get well card.  I would consider this a clean and layered card.  One that I really like!

I am excited to report that THIS card was named the winner in this week’s The Friday Mashup challenge!  I had fun coming up with this card and I am glad they enjoyed it too!  Thank you ladies – you have a fun challenge blog to play along with!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I may be popping in over the weekend with a couple of posts – depending on what I can get done!  Otherwise I will be back on Monday!  By then we will know if March came in like a lion or a lamb!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! soft sky and early espresso.  Stamps:  SU! sheltering tree.  PTI inside and out well wishes.  Dies:  PTI linen impression plate.  SSS sketchy banner.  Other:  white embossing powder, rhinestone.

Topiary tree...

Thursday already!  That means it must be time for the Pals Paper Art challenge.  Today is a sketch challenge.  I took a little license with the sketch and am really pleased with how this card turned out.

I have had these PTI topiary trio dies and stamp set for a while now and have only used them once.  But I spotted them when I was reorganizing last weekend and thought I had better figure out a card to make. 1 (500x640)

I started off with a stencil I made from the PTI ancient Rome die and used some chalk to make a rectangle.  Then I die cut the topiary tree out of SU! garden green, wild wasabi and chocolate chip. 3 (640x435)

This die is kind of cool, you need to poke the little edges out to get them to stand up for some pretty neat looking texture.  I layered the two greens together and added the chocolate chip for the pot. 4 (640x425)

The tree takes the place of the oval in the sketch.  I added a sentiment in chocolate chip ink from the PTI topiary trio stamp set.  Overall, this comes together for a clean and simple card.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Be sure to pop by tomorrow!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! chocolate chip, natural white, wild wasabi, and garden green.  Dies and Stamps:  PTI topiary trio.  PTI ancient Rome die.  Other:  SU! chocolate chip ink and chalk.

Wishing you well...

Happy Wednesday!  I am playing along with the Reverse Confetti sketch challenge today.  I have acquired quite a few stamp and die sets from RC and like to play along with their challenge each month.  I decided to show the sketch so you could see what I tried to achieve with my card.

Instead of using the long skinny strip, I opted to do inlaid die cutting with the perfect paisley dies.  The square was made with the square tag and embellished with flowers and some bling.  Finally the small skinny strip is made with the strings on the tag. 5 (497x640)

I took quite a bit of license with the sketch but am pleased with how it turned out!  And I finally managed to put some bling on a card for the first time this week! 6 (640x502)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber eyelet challenge – there is still time to play!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! island indigo and soft sky.  PTI white.  Stamp and dies:  RC perfectly paisley, square tag and petals n posies.  PTI linen impression plate.  Petals n posies stamp set.  Other:  rhinestone and twine.


Retro Rubber Challenge #8...

It’s Retro Rubber Challenge time!  Challenge #8 is “An Eye for an Eyelet”!  I have so many eyelets and I rarely use them anymore.  I have lots of shaped eyelets – wine glasses, beer glasses, helmets, fish, ribbons, popcorn, forks, and vegies to name a few.  And I have lots of regular ones – in bunches of colors.  I have all of these eyelets and used plain ole black ones for this challenge!

I have had this old truck stamp for ages as it reminds me of an old truck that used to sit on my dad’s farm.  As a kid, my family drove into the mountains to some old timer’s homestead and brought back a 1921 White truck.  I have a scar on my knee to prove that we went on the adventure because I fell of the back of the pickup that was pulling the old truck.  This old truck sat on the farm surrounded by weeds until my mom finally sold it a few years ago.  The guy who bought it thought it had once been used as a Glacier Park tour bus.  Only the bus knows if that is true or not!  It will eventually be reborn as a Yellowstone Park tour bus to be used in parades.  Cool, right? 3 (640x530)

When mom sold the truck, I made some cards up for the gentleman who bought it using this stamp and the colors of his business.  This card is a CASE of the cards I made for him (no picture to share unfortunately!). 4 (640x399)

I stamped the image on vellum and backed it with SU! so saffron paper and attached the two papers together with my eyelets.  I couldn’t decide what sentiment to use, so I didn’t use any.  Just some twine and a button.

That’s it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!  Click HERE to go to the Retro Rubber Challenge blog and play along with us.  I bet you have some eyelets that are screaming to be used!

Supplies:  CS: SU! crumbcake, so saffron, and vellum.  Old truck stamp.  SU! linen thread and so saffron button.  Black eyelets.  Memento black ink.

In flight...

Oh my!  It felt good to get crafty this weekend!  I spent some time revamping how I store all of my dies.  Cripes, I discovered I had a lot of dies!  Next up, stencils and then my stamps.  Eventually I plan to post some pics of my craft cave.

Today I am playing along with The Friday Mashup challenge.  It feels like forever since I was able to link up to a challenge.  The challenge is a sketch or flight themed or both.  I love it!  I opted to use both the sketch and the flight theme.  I know I just used my paper airplane die a couple of weeks ago but it is the first thing I thought of when I saw the challenge. 1 (523x640)So I used some of my Simon Says Stamp February card kit papers and stamped the airplane on sahara sand.  I cut all the paper using Lil Inkers stitched rectangles.  These papers are gorgeous!  Finally, I added some dotted lines for the airplane trail. 2 (640x404)I know what you’re thinking…where’s the bling?  Can you believe I didn’t put any on?  I can’t either!

Thanks for stopping by today!  If you haven’t had a chance to play along with the Retro Rubber Challenge blog – you still have time!  It’s all about the eyelets!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! sahara sand.  SSS February card kit.  Dies:  SugarPea Design special delivery accents and Lil Inkers stitched rectangles.  Stamps:  SugarPea Design special delivery.  Other:  memento black ink. Project life journal pen.

Thanks again...

My final thank you for the week!  This time I used a combination of the SU! kinda eclectic and french foliage stamp sets. 5 (515x640)

To be honest, I am not sure which of the three thank yous is my favorite.  I like them all! 6 (640x370)

I am not sure if I will have a post tomorrow – if not I will be back on Monday!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! crushed curry.  Stamps:  SU! kinda eclectic and french foliage.  Inks:  SU! night of navy, elegant eggplant, garden green, crushed curry and memento black.  Other:  PTI linen ip and rhinestones.

Another thank you...

Hello all!  Today I have another thank you card for you.  It is along the same theme as Monday’s but I used some different stamp sets. 1 (503x640)

I love the combination of the SU! off the grid stamp set and the gorgeous grunge stamp set.  A run thru the linen ip always bumps these clean and simple cards up a notch. 2 (640x389)

My posts may be a bit short this week.  After being gone, I am playing catch up!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS: PTI white and SU! marina mist.  Stamps:  SU! off the grid, gorgeous grunge and another thank you.  Inks:  SU! marina mist, crushed curry, pear pizzazz and memento black.  Other:  PTI linen ip, distress tool and rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #8 - An Eye for an Eyelet...

Yay!  It’s time for another Retro Rubber challenge!  This is challenge number 8 – an eye for an eyelet!

You are challenged to make any type of card – just make sure you have eyelets on it.  If you are like me, you haven’t used eyelets for a while!

So bust out your mojo and some eyelets and play along with us!  Link up HERE!

Be sure to visit the Retro Rubber blog to see what Team B created for inspiration!

Thanks for stopping by today!

A little kindness..

Hello all!  Recently my mom had her left hip replaced.  She claims she is bionic now as over the past 25 years she has replaced both knees and the other hip.  Mom is an absolute trooper!  I spent a week with her at the hospital and then she moved to the rehab unit for a week.  I watched her do some of her rehab – she was doing her exercises without complaint.  She is home now.  I am glad she did so well!

So I made up some thank you cards to give to the staff at the hospital, rehab center and the doctors.  I plan to show them over the next few days. 3 (640x504)

A very clean and simple card with just a small touch of bling.  I used my SU! kinda eclectic and some different inks to create this card. I ran the white thru my linen ip for a bit of texture. 4 (640x376)

I have my monthly card club coming up so I may end up making a few more of this card for my swap.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white  SU! pear pizzazz.  Ink:  SU! pink pirouette, marina mist, pear pizzazz and so saffron.  Stamps:  SU! kinda eclectic.  Other:  PTI linen ip.  Rhinestones.

Notched hearts...

Happy almost Valentine’s Day!  Today is my last valentine card for the season!  I found a die from SugarPea Designs that cuts this wonderful heart journal card.  So I pulled out some of my dsp from the Simon Says Stamp February card kit and paired it with some SU! dsp to create this card. 7 (509x640)

I used my heart to heart punch from SU! to get these fun hearts and added a sentiment from a SugarPea Designs special delivery stamp set.  I had some valentine rub ons that I added under the sentiment for something extra.  Of course, a little bling never hurts either! 8 (640x378)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a wonderful Valentine’s Day tomorrow!  I am taking the weekend off so I will see you Monday!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! basic black and dsp.  SSS February card kit dsp.  PTI vanilla cream.  Dies:  SugarPea Designs notched heart journal and SU! heart to heart punch.  Other:  SugarPea Designs  special delivery stamp set.  SSS rub ons.  Rhinestones.