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March 2015

Retro Rubber Challenge #11...

Hello!  It’s Retro Rubber Challenge day!  We are starting our 11th challenge and this time it is a sketch challenge!  If you have been a follower of my blog, you may have noticed how I love a sketch challenge!  The only requirement to play along with Retro Rubber is to use stamps older than one year!  Easy – right?

Today’s card uses an old ippity set.  And it really didn’t take too long to put together – perfect if you are looking to mass produce cards!  I started off by using my SU! markers to color the stamp – so saffron, crushed curry, wild wasabi and baked brown sugar.  Then I stamped the sentiment in memento rich cocoa. RRBC(528x640)

The papers today are all from PTI – kraft, rustic white, kraft stripes and harvest gold stripes.  I love how all of these papers coordinate so well.  And goes perfectly with my image!  It’s like I planned that or something! Ha! RRBC1 (640x379)

It was just a matter of layering all together and adding some pearls and wood dots that I just picked up when I was out of town.

That’s it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!  Be sure to stop by tomorrow!

Now it’s time for you to get busy!  Get out your old stamps, follow our sketch and link up to the Retro Rubber challenge blog.  Click HERE.  It’s that easy!  Go….now….stamp….link up….!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI kraft, rustic white, harvest gold striped, kraft striped.  Stamps:  Ippity faith blooms and just wanted to say.  Inks:  SU! markers – so saffron, crushed curry, wild wasabi, baked brown sugar.  Memento rich cocoa.  Other:  RC scallop die.  Pearls. Wood dots.

Easter Daffys...

Hello all!  Can you believe that March is on its way out and Easter is just around the corner?  I can’t!  I haven’t made any Easter cards yet.  What?!?!  I can’t believe it either!  So I am going to try to sneak a couple in this week.  Starting with this one!

I am playing along with Freshly Made Sketches and getting this card in just before the challenge closes.  I was looking for some sketch ideas and found this one.  So I played along.

I used some of the sheer perfection vellum paper.  I find this paper to be full of very strong images that really take center stage.  So I kept this pretty simple and backed the vellum with white CS.  These flowers look like daffodils to me and daffys always reminds me of spring and Easter.  They are one of my favorite flowers. FMS (527x640)

I used this gorgeous Easter die and cut five layers of smokey slate and one layer of a shiny yellow CS that came in my SSS March card kit.  I added the stamped sentiment and ran the smokey slate layer thru the PTI linen impression plate. FMS1(640x389)

I am very pleased with how clean and simple this turned out to be.

Thanks for stopping by today!  A new Retro Rubber challenge starts tomorrow so be sure to pop by and see what I have cooked up for the RRBC!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! smokey slate and sheer perfection vellum.  PTI white.  SSS March kit.  Dies:  SSS Easter.  PTI linen impression plate.  Other:  SSS rejoice stamps.  Memento black.

Spring is in the air...

Hello everyone!  Thank you for stopping by!  A very heartfelt thank you to the wonderful Mary Fish for letting me guest at her blog today! 27 (640x574)

I am sharing a bit of an unusual card for me today.  By that I mean it has more than one fold!  Many years ago at my stamp club meeting, we were attempting to make gift card holders from a now retired SU! die.  This necessitated numerous folds which blew my mind!  Since then, the joke has been no more than one fold! 22 (640x518)

But a few weeks ago, my friend Katie and I were looking at a box of cards that were pop up cards.  She said we could make them.  I looked at her and she knew what that meant!  Maybe you but not me! Anyway, she gave it a test drive which you can see HERE complete with video.  She made it look so easy and possible that I decided I could do it too!! 26 (640x322)

I thought a spring card is just what is needed to entice some nice weather to our area.  We have had 70 degree weather the last couple of days but on Wednesday there was snow!  I started off by die cutting spring and sprung from the perfect print alphabet bigz die.  Then I used the flower fair framelits and flower patch stamps to make some flowers.  I used colors that coordinated in both the flowers and letters. 28 (640x471)

After all the stamping and cutting it was just a matter of gluing the letters and flowers in the folds.  I opted to use tombow mono for this and they are holding tight.  I decided to finish off the inside with a few extra flowers and a sentiment that I modified from its original state.  I thought “Happy Blooming” was perfect for the card! 25 (640x350)

For the outside of the card I ran the CS thru the spring flowers embossing folder and added the die cut letters.  I couldn’t resist a bit of sparkle of them!   I added the word has using the skinny mini alpha and then put it all together.  A fun and easy pop up card.  Imagine the possibilities for this – cupcakes, band aids, butterflies etc. would all be fun to see pop up on the inside. 23 (470x640)

This is how you can make your own:

  1. Trim 8.5” by 11” cardstock to 5.5” by 11”.  Trim off 5/8th” off one of the short sides. 
  2. Using score board, score at 4.25”, 5.25” and 6.25”. 
  3. Flip over and score at 4.75” and 5.75”.  Use score tool to fold on score lines making the cardstock fold back and forth. 
  4. Decorate the front of the card as you like. 
  5. Add die cuts, or image to the inside on the front side of the folds. 

It really is that simple!  Am I over my dislike of more than one fold cards?  Probably not! *wink*

I hope you enjoyed my project today!  I really appreciate your stopping by!  Thank you again to Mary!

Supplies:  CS/Inks:  SU! whisper white, lost lagoon, soft sky, coastal cabana, pool party, daffodil delight, crushed curry, perfect plum, blackberry bliss, crisp cantaloupe, calypso coral, pink pirouette, blushing bride and memento black.  Dies/EF:  SU! flower fair framelits, perfect print alpha bigz and spring flowers ef.  Stamps:  SU! flower patch and skinny mini alpha.  Rhinestones.

It's a lotus blossom spring...

Can you believe spring is supposed to be here?  We certainly aren’t having much spring weather yet but at least it isn’t snow!  So in honor of spring, I decided to make something with flowers! 9 (487x640)

My color inspiration came from the All Abloom paper stack.  The pattern I chose reminds me of the 1950’s for some reason.  And it gave me a chance to use strawberry slush – a color I am not overly crazy about and seldom, if ever, use.  I used the SU! lotus blossom stamp set because I thought it married well with the paper.  Plus, I love the look you get from second and third generation stamping. 10 (640x387)

I am taking advantage of the SugarPea SugarSketch challenge to help put this card together.  I added a few pearls and a sentiment to finish off the card.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am off Saturday but will be back on Sunday!  Shocker – yes?  I am guesting over on Mary Fish’s Stampin’ Pretty blog and am super excited about that!  So be sure to stop in!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! mossy meadow, strawberry slush, naturals ivory, and all abloom dsp.  Stamps:  SU! lotus blossom.  Inks:  SU! mossy meadow and strawberry slush.  Other:  PTI argyle impression plate.  Pearls.

I'm wining for Pals Paper Arts...

I am super excited about this card.  It’s Thursday so it’s Pals Paper Arts day!  As soon as I saw this sketch, I knew what I was going to make and could hardly wait to make it!

I love wine – I have several other posts dedicated to my wine habit!  But I am going back to the well again today (or should I say back to the bottle!).  I broke out my PTI uncorked wine stamp and die set.  These were a must have for me.  I also used a few of the images from the PTI drips and dribbles stamp set. 7 (640x480)

This was a quick and easy card to make!  I die cut four wine glasses out of PTI rustic cream and added a bit of SU! cherry cobbler for the wine in two of the glasses.  The bottle was made out of SU! early espresso with a rustic cream cork.  I used PTI kraft to versamark a variety of images for my background.  Then I layered everything on PTI rustic white. 8 (640x401)

I love love love this card!  But I would never have thought of it without the PPA sketch!  Yay!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber embossing challenge.  There is still time to play.  Click HERE for the details!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic cream, rustic white and kraft.  SU! early espresso and cherry cobber.  Stamps:  PTI uncorked, drips and dribbles.  Die:  PTI uncorked.

Happy Birthday Mom!...

I just got this fun new stamp and die set from Reverse Confetti called the buzz!  Well, I could hardly wait to create something.  And since I needed a birthday card – it was a win win!

I am using the sketch from CAS(E) this sketch.  Perfect for this stamp set.  I used papers from the SU! moonlight paper stack, a little white and some hello honey.

I stamped the beehive and bee on moonlight paper and die cut them.  These are such cute images.  Then I used two of the tipped top dies to cut the rest of the paper. 5 (524x640)

I layered everything up and added the sentiment and a bit of bling. 6 (640x396)

Today is my mom’s birthday!  Happy birthday mom!! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber challenge – embossing.  Click HERE for details and to link up your project!

Supplies:  SU! hello honey, moonlight dsp.  PTI white.  Other:  RC the buzz stamps and the buzz cuts.  PTI tipped top dies.

Retro Rubber Challenge #10 part two...

YAY!  Today is the day to share my Retro Rubber project!  Our challenge this week is all about the emboss!  We are asking you to make a project with embossing powder.  And don’t forget to use stamps older than a year.


My project is made from an old ippity set called what matters most.  This set has this beautiful wrought iron cross that I thought would look gorgeous when I embossed it.  And I was right! 3 (640x554)

I started off by stamping the cross with versamark on PTI soft stone CS.  I embossed using black embossing powder and then cut out the image using the MFT pierced ovals.  I embossed the sentiment in black as well. 4 (640x350)

I took my embossing a bit further by using the beautifully baroque embossing folder.  Please note that embossing folders do not meet the challenge requirements.  I just thought it would add the right texture to my card.  I added some ribbon and I was done.  Simple but beautiful.

Be sure to join us in this challenge – just get out your embossing powder and your heat gun and get to work!  You can link up your awesome projects HERE.  (Remember to use stamps older than a year!)

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! blushing bride.  PTI soft stone.  Stamps:  Ippity what matters most.  Other:  SU! black embossing powder.  SU! beautifully baroque embossing folder.  MFT pierced ovals.  Blushing bride ribbon.

Count your buttons...

Happy Monday all!   I wanted to play along with The Friday Mashup this week – it required using rich razzleberry, pacific point and smokey slate for the colors.  The other choice was to use a window element or to mash the colors and window element together.  I opted just to go for the colors. 

When I sat down to make this card, I actually had something else in mind – basically something with the SU! gorgeous grunge stamp set.  But just before I was ready to start, I remembered the confetti cluster stamping technique from the Make It Monday video over at Papertrey Ink.  This is pretty fun to do so click HERE to go to the video if you are interested in giving it a try.  I decided to use the sketch from the most recent MFT sketch challenge to help put this all together. 1 (640x538)

I started off by drawing a circle to help guide me in my stamping.  Then I used the SU! perpetual birthday calendar stamp set and the MFT fall foliage stamp set for my images.  I stamped the varying images in a triangle pattern within the circle (this will make sense if you watch the video).  I concentrated on using the required Friday Mashup colors but threw a little old olive and daffodil delight in for good measure.  I just stamped the images until I thought I had enough. 2 (640x382)

Next, using the MFT pierced circles, I cut out the confetti circle and one out of rich razzleberry.  Finally I used the MFT horizontal stitched strips to cut a banner for my sentiment.  I added a few buttons per the sketch and that was it.

I really liked this confetti cluster stamping.  Quick, easy, and unique.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber challenge – emboss it!  Click HERE for details!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! smokey slate and rich razzleberry.  Stamps:  MFT fall foliage and cute as a button.  SU! perpetual birthday calendar.  Inks:  SU!  daffodil delight, old olive, smokey slate, rich razzleberry, pacific point and memento black.  Dies:  MFT pierced circles and horizontal stitched strips.  Other:  buttons.

Happy about friends...

Happy Friday all!  Yay!  Today’s quick card plays along with the Sweet Sunday Sketch.  I used some of my SSS March card kit to create the card. 7 (640x558)

I started with SU! sahara sand for the base.  Using a smaller piece of sahara sand and the CS from the kit, I ran them thru a few of the MFT pierced rectangles. 8 (640x401)

Then it was just a matter of layering according to the sketch.  That was when I discovered my flag is wrong!  I stamped it twice, wrong both times.  I meant for the flag end to be on the left, not the right.  I decided not to try a third time!  A few pearls and that was it for me!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am off for the weekend but will be back next week with some fun cards. 

Supplies:  CS:  SU! sahara sand.  SSS March card kit.  Stamps:  SSS flowers on my mind.  Other:  Memento black ink.  Pearls.  MFT pierced rectangles.

Around the world with Pals Paper Arts...

Hello all!  Last week I played along with the Pals Paper Arts color challenge.  I was fortunate to be one of their picks with THIS CARD.  A huge thank you to the PPA team!  They have a fun challenge site and strike a great balance with their color and sketch challenges.  So guess what that means?  Yep.  I am playing along again this week! 

This week is a Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge.  I really didn’t have any idea of what I was going to do.  Until I made the birthday card I posted yesterday.  When I was digging around in the typeset specialty paper, I noticed that one of the maps had the Island of Malta on it.  Well, I had to use that!!  After all, I live in Malta MT.  In case you are wondering, or even if you are not!, Malta MT was named after the Island of Malta.  Somebody, back in the day, spun the globe and stuck their finger on it to stop it – smack on the Island of Malta.  Thus, the name of our town came to be. 5 (545x640)

So I decided to showcase that piece of paper and pulled out The Open Sea stamp set to compliment it.  Once again, I am all black and vanilla.  I quickly layered up the papers as required by the sketch and ran them thru the PTI linen impression plate.  I stamped the map on very vanilla and layered it on black and then popped it up with some dimensionals. 6 (640x380)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber challenge – it’s all about the embossing powder!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! very vanilla, basic black, typeset specialty.  Stamps:  SU!  the open sea.  Ink:  Memento black.  PTI linen impression plate.