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March 2015

Happy Birthday Teresa...

Today is a special day!  It is my best friend’s birthday and I am a bit shocked that I actually got her card done!  Now, I just need to mail it!! 3 (531x640)

I mulled over the kind of card I wanted to make and decided I would choose a neutral palette.  I started off with a bit of the SU! typeset specialty paper and then added scraps from my SSS March card kit.  For my neutrals, I used vanilla and black. 4 (640x448)

I am playing along with this month’s Reverse Confetti Sketch For You To Try.  I thought this was the perfect sketch for what I was trying to accomplish!  The sketch was pretty straightforward and I couldn't resist adding a few bits of the circle garland under the sentiment.  I am not very good about using different patterns and shapes and have the card come out looking good, but I think this one did!

Happy Birthday Teresa!!  I hope you have a wonderful day!!

Thanks for stopping by today! 

Supplies:  CS:  SU! very vanilla, basic black, typeset specialty.  SSS March card kit.  Stamps:  RC label me.  Dies:  RC circle garland and circles n’ scallops.  Other:  pearls.

Retro Rubber Challenge #10...

It’s time for a new Retro Rubber challenge!  Today it’s all about the emboss!  All you need to do is submit a project that has been embossed with embossing powder!  Remember to use stamps over one year old

Be sure to hop over to the Retro challenge page to link up your project!

I am not part of the team debuting their projects today, but I am playing along anyway!  I stamped the SU! pleasant poppies stamp on white and then embossed with SU! black embossing powder.  I dug out my old SU! watercolor crayons and a blender pen to color the image. 1a (510x640)

The sentiment is from an old ippity stamp set that I have had for ages.  I used black to layer things up and ran everything thru the PTI linen impression plate.  A little bit of bling and I was done!  I am entering this card in the Fusion challenge which this week is either a sketch or flowers or both. 2 (640x406)

Be sure to join us at Retro Rubber and embrace the embossing challenge!

Thanks for stopping by today!!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! basic black.  PTI white.  Stamps:  SU! pleasant poppies.  Ippity delightful little things.  Other:  SU! watercolor crayons, black embossing powder, rhinestones.

Best day for a challenge...

Happy Monday!  Today I am playing along with the 200th challenge at The Friday Mashup.  The challenge is to use one element each from two past challenges or two elements each from two past challenges.  I opted to use one element from two challenges.  I picked challenge #124 (sketch) and #126 (washi). 

I started off using the SU! sweet dreams washi and adhered to sahara sand CS that I ran thru the PTI linen impression plate.  I cut pieces of white, crisp cantaloupe, lost lagoon and sahara sand to layer up.  I stamped the sentiments using memento black.  I thought these two sentiments went well together and would combine to make a great wedding card. 1 (545x640)

I added some buttons with lost lagoon twine and was finished.  Congratulations to the Friday Mashup team on their 200th! 2 (640x365)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow starts a new Retro Rubber challenge so be sure to check that out!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! sahara sand, crisp cantaloupe, and lost lagoon.  SU! sweet dreams washi.  Stamps:  SU! best day ever and loving thoughts.  Other:  PTI linen impression plate.  SU! sweet dreams buttons and lost lagoon twine.

You are the finest...

I’ve been thinking about coming up with a handle for my Friday cards.  When I say handle, did you immediately get one of these two songs in your head?  Convoy or Phantom 309?  If you aren’t old enough to remember them – google them and listen to them.  Great songs.    

Anyway!  Back on track – I have been making quick and easy cards on Fridays it seems so I thought I would try this out:  Fast Friday.  No?  Yeah, not sure I like it either.  But today truly is a quick and easy card.  I received my Simon Says Stamp March card kit last week and boy did it have some beautiful papers.  It also included some project cards that had a variety of sayings or journaling areas.  Today I decided to take one of the cards and showcase it.  I started off with some SU! sahara sand.  I think that sahara sand is becoming a favorite of mine.  And I have always been more of a crumbcake fan but sahara sand is catching up. 3 (525x640)

I made the base and then cut a piece of sahara sand slightly smaller and ran it thru the PTI linen impression plate.  Are you guys tired of seeing that on all my cards?  Sorry, I just love it.  I love the extra oomph that it gives my cards.  I cut a couple of pieces of the SSS card kit papers and ran them thru the MFT die-namics horizontal stitched strips and vertical stitched strips.  Finally I took the journal card and ran it thru the Lil Inkers stitched rectangles.  The verse on this journal card is amazing!  I layered everything up and added a few pearls.  A beautiful card!  My mom’s birthday is in a couple of weeks and this card is going to her.  Perfect sentiment to a great mom!! 2 (640x421)

Well, for a quick and easy card this post is pretty lengthy!!  Thanks for stopping by today!  I am off for the weekend and will be back Monday with a week full of posts for you to enjoy!

Supplies:  SSS March card kit.  SU! sahara sand CS.  Dies:  Lil Inkers stitched rectangles.  MFT die-namics horizontal/vertical stitched strips.  PTI linen impression plate.  Pearls.

Blue skies...

Today is Pals Paper Arts challenge day!  We are charged with using soft sky, pink pirouette and pistachio pudding.  Although most people might get an Easter vibe out of those colors, I got baby.  OK, maybe half and half.  But while I had the pressed clay out for yesterday’s project and my fingers were already green, I thought I might as well turn them blue! 4 (521x640)

So I added soft sky reinker to the pressed clay and worked it in until I got this cool marble effect.  Some might say I was tired of playing with clay and decided that the marble look was A-OK.  And those some might be right!  I worked the clay around until I got a pancake and then ran it thru the Big Shot with a PTI impression plate.  I LOVE how this looks!  Then I used my nesties to cut a circle out of the clay once it was dry.  I added a circle of soft sky CS to back the clay circle. 5 (640x429)

I added a quick happy birthday sentiment and then spent considerable time try to work the pink pirouette and pistachio pudding into the card.  Finally, I decided on flags and dots.  I added the black flag because I thought it helped separate the colors and make them more pleasing to the eye.   After that it was just a matter of adding some candy dots and rhinestones.  This card has grown on me.  In fact, I plan to CASE myself and use different colors/theme the next time.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! whisper white, soft sky, basic black, pink pirouette, pistachio pudding.  Simply pressed clay.  Inks:  SU! soft sky and memento black.  Dies:  PTI by the numbers impression plate and linen impression plate.  Stamp:  PTI keep it simple birthday.  Other:  SU! candy dots and rhinestones.

March Pals Blog Hop...

Welcome to the March Pals Blog Hop where we are celebrating spring. This month we are featuring spring related projects for Mother’s Day, Easter or any other occasion that celebrates winter coming to an end.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Debbie Crowley at expressively deb… 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.

Today’s project is all about spring!  Tis the season to start thinking about planting a garden.  So I decided to make my own garden using the picks from the Handpicked framelits.  I cut several out of pear pizzazz, perfect plum, so saffron and one from whisper white.  Then I randomly stamped sentiments from the From the Garden stamp set. 1 (640x502)But I am ahead of myself here!  I have buried the lead!  When I started on this card I knew two things – I would use the handpicked framelits and I was going to use the simply pressed clay.  I used my pear pizzazz reinker to color the clay and then worked the color through until I achieved the shade I wanted.  I squashed (technical term!) the clay into the spring flowers embossing folder.  After that, I ran the clay filled embossing folder through the big shot and boy did the clay ooze out the edges!  But that was OK.  I pulled all the clay off the embossing folder and set aside to let it dry. 2 (640x521)After it was fully dry, I cut a hilly shape and proceeded to add the picks to the crumbcake layer that I also ran through the spring flowers embossing folder.  I glued some of the picks down and others I popped up on dimensionals.  I used the fast fuse to adhere the clay.  My final touch was the white pick with a spring sentiment.  I wanted to draw your eye in before it wondered to the other picks.

One more look: 3 (640x513)

I hope you enjoyed this project and inspired you to use the clay.  It really is an overlooked product!

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. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  2. Angela Curry at Kindred Stampers
  3. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  4. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  5. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  6. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  7. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  8. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts By Patti
  9. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  10. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  12. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  13. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb...
  14. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  15. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  16. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  17. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  18. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  19. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  20. Karen Hallam at Karen's Blog
  21. Susan Lankford at Stamp and Create With Susan
  22. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  23. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  24. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  25. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  26. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  27. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  28. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  29. Liz Gautreaux at Kind Deeds Stampin
  30. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You!
  31. September Gray at
  32. Katie Ferguson at Cottage Paper
  33. Becky Volpp at
  34. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  35. Brian King at Stamp with Brian

Supplies:  CS:  SU! crumbcake, pear pizzazz, perfect plum, so saffron, whisper white.  Simply pressed clay.  Inks:  SU! so saffron and pear pizzazz.  Memento black.  Stamp/die/folder:  SU! from the garden stamp set.  SU! spring flowers embossing folder.  SU! handpicked framelits.


Retro Rubber Challenge #9 part two...

Don’t forget to play along with the Retro Rubber challenge!  You still have time!  It’s all about creating a tag or making a card with a tag on it.

I am playing along again this week.  Last week I made a wine tag.  Today I made a card with a tag on it.  I decided to take advantage of the sketch from CAS(E) this sketch as well.  A perfect combination! 1 (527x640)

I started with the RC tag me die that I cut in white.  I used parts of the SU! stamp set Best Day Ever to make a pattern on the bottom of the tag.  I alternated crisp cantaloupe and calypso coral ink and the little triangles from the stamp set.  I love how this turned out!  Then I stamped the sentiment in memento black.  Love that memento!  I ran all the paper thru the PTI linen impression plate to finish the look. 2 (640x479)

Get out your inks and paper and join us at Retro Rubber Challenge blog!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow is the Pals Blog Hop!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! basic black, calypso coral and crisp cantaloupe.  Inks:  SU! crisp cantaloupe, calypso coral, and memento black.  Stamps:  SU! best day ever.  Dies:  RC tag me.  PTI linen impression plate.  Other:  SU! crisp cantaloupe twine.

Green and white...

Happy Monday all!  Today finds me playing along with two challenges, the Curtain Call and Retro Sketches.  This was a fairly simple card that took about 2 hours to create!  I kept coming up with roadblocks to how to put this together! 3 (518x640)

I originally was going to use a green card base and then two pieces of white cardstock on top with a split between them to see the green.  But as I was trying to make the sentiment work on the card, I came up with the brilliant idea to use the sentiment as the “split”. 4 (640x351)

So I started over and decided to use all white to make this card with just the smallest amount of green.  I cut three circle scribbles – two white and one pear pizzazz for depth.  Then I threaded the sentiment thru the scribbles.  Some enamel dots and rhinestones finished the card.  I love how CAS this looks.  Just the right amount of color and bling.


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

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! pear pizzazz.  Stamps:  PTI year round happiness and KIS anniversary.  Dies:  PTI linen impression plate and circle scribbles.  Other:  Enamel dots and rhinestones.

You're on my mind...

Because it’s Friday, I am opting for a quick and easy card!  I needed to make a couple of cards for friends of my mom’s that have been under the weather.  I found the perfect sentiment in my Simon Says Stamp March card kit. 1 (556x640)

I started out using the SU! retired in colors of summer starfruit and gumball green.  And ended up with midnight muse!  Talk about two ends of the spectrum!  I wanted to use some patterned dsp from the retired print poetry paper stack which is why I started with the starfruit and gumball papers.  But in the print poetry paper I found these softer patterns that focused on midnight muse and crumbcake.    And thought they went better with the sentiment. 2 (640x382)

I used a crumbcake base and a layer of midnight muse that I ran thru PTI’s sunshine impression plate.  I cut two patterned dsp pieces to pair with the sentiment that I stamped on vanilla CS backed by crumbcake.  I embossed the sentiment in early espresso before running thru the same impression plate that I used on the midnight muse.  After that I added a lace ribbon and some pearls.

I made two of these cards in under an hour – which is good for me.  I usually mull over cards at least 2 to 3 hours or more!

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am off for the weekend but will be back on Monday.  Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber challenge – make a tag!  Click HERE to join us!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI vanilla.  SU! crumbcake, midnight muse, print poetry dsp.  Stamps:  SSS flowers on my mind.  Dies:  PTI sunshine impression plate.  Other:  SU! early espresso embossing powder, pearls and lace ribbon.

I do like butterflies...

If any of my stamp club see this post, they will be shocked that I used a butterfly!  They have the impression that I don’t like butterflies.  I do, I just don’t like the swallowtail butterfly stamp.  I have seen some beautiful cards made with that stamp, I just don’t like it.  But I really like the butterfly thinlets and the butterfly basics stamp set.  So much so that I used them for my card today.  I was waiting for the perfect opportunity to bust them out in their inaugural run! 3 (528x640)

I am playing along with the Pals Paper Arts color challenge today.  The challenge colors are basic black, garden green and gold.  I started off by cutting the butterfly out of the fancy foil gold vellum.    Next up was to make a small, random background to “rest” the butterfly on.  I immediately go for the gorgeous grunge stamp set to achieve this look.  I stamped off my green ink once before applying to the card and then added some chicken wire in black ink. 4 (640x352)

I ran the card thru my linen impression plate and then black embossed the sentiment.   After that it was quick work to add the butterfly and some candy dots before layering the white onto the green and black CS.

I like how the butterfly looks out of the vellum. It looks a bit camouflaged!  I like this card so well, I am thinking of making this for stamp club.  Won’t they be surprised (unless they read this post, of course)!!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber challenge – tag you’re it!  Make a tag or create a card with a tag on it.  Come join us!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! basic black, garden green and fancy foil gold vellum.  Stamps:  SU! gorgeous grunge, butterfly basics.  Chicken wire stamp.  Other:  PTI linen impression plate.  Memento black ink and SU! garden green ink.  SU! black embossing powder and candy dots.