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April 2015

Happy for Pals Paper Arts...

I was on a washi kick when I was making cards this week.  It’s a sketch challenge over at Pals Paper Arts so I am playing along.  I am thinking of taking a break from this challenge.  So don't be surprised if you don't see me participate in PPA for a while.  Who knows, I may change my mind next week but for now I am not planning on it.

I hadn’t used any of the SU! stacked with love washi so I decided to incorporate it into the card.  I like washi for its ease of use.  It can provide a great background to a card or a great trim.  The washi doesn't show very well in this picture and I really couldn't find a good angle - sorry about that! ppa1 (575x640)

I placed a few pieces on black to set the stage for my sentiments.  I die cut happy 4 times in black and one in brushed gold to give some dimension.  After I added happy to the card, I couldn’t figure out how to add either the rest of the sentiment or a sentiment, period.  That is when I decided I would add the “happy anniversary” to a separate piece of CS and pop it up on the card. ppa2 (640x370)

I found some embellies in my stash and decided they would look great on the card.  This isn’t the most complicated card to make, but I like the cleanness of it when all is said and done.

Thanks for stopping by today!  It’s a new challenge at The Friday Mashup tomorrow so be sure to pop by to see what I came up with!

Speaking of challenges – scooch (spelling?) on over to the Retro Rubber blog (brads, brads, brads) to link up your project that you just made (I know you have it handy!).

And great news - I received a shout out at Retro Sketches for THIS card, which was also entered in a PPA challenge a couple of weeks ago.  Thank you to the ladies at Retro Sketches!!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! brushed gold and basic black.  Stamps:  SU! express yourself.  Other:  PTI wet paints die.  Embellies.  SU! stacked with love washi.

A wish...

Today I had some fun playing with watercoloring and distress inks.  I need to practice more but for now I think I did ok with this card. 3 (640x528)

I embossed the sentiment in SU! calypso coral.  Then I liberally applied water all over the paper and dropped in several distress inks until I was satisfied with the results. 4 (640x402)

I dried the watercolor paper with my heat tool and then stamped the “it’s your birthday” in black.  I layered everything up over some washi tape.  I had to add some pearls and rhinestones because I couldn’t resist!

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

Don’t forget about the embellishment challenge over at Retro Rubber.  Its brads!  Click HERE to link up your project!

Supplies:  SU! watercolor paper, pistachio pudding, calypso coral, and crisp cantaloupe.  Stamps:  SSS big birthday wishes.  Other:  SU! calypso coral embossing powder, distress inks, memento black, washi, pearls and rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #12...

Welcome to another Retro Rubber challenge!  Challenge #12 is all about brads!  All you need to do is break out your old stamps and gather up some brads and make a card!  Easy peasy! 

I like this challenge because I am a brad hoarder!  I discovered a website called Eyelet Outlet and Brads several years ago.  They have lots of fun brads, eyelets and bling.  I found my popcorn brads there.  A perfect match for this popcorn stamp I found a number of years ago in a clearance bin at Hobby Lobby.  I don’t know why I had to get it but, well, it’s a stamp and it was on sale.  Right? rr1 (516x640)

Although it’s not my week to post I am playing along with the challenge anyway.  So I stamped up the image in memento black and colored it with distress markers.  I layered it with black and summer starfruit.  The dsp comes from my stash - its Disney inspired scrapbook paper and I can’t believe that my SU! summer starfruit CS matched so well. rr2 (640x411)

I ran the card front and the black through my pierced rectangles and then added them to the card base.  A couple of brads per the challenge and I was finished.  I quite like this card – it’s fun – fun image, fun papers, and fun brads.

OK – it’s your turn!  Get out the brads you have been hoarding, pop them on a card and link up to the Retro Rubber challenge!  Click HERE to go to the link up!

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

Supplies:  CS: SU! summer starfruit, basic black.  PTI white.  DSP from my stash.  Other:  popcorn stamp, brads, distress markers and MFT pierced rectangles.

Sail away...

Happy Monday!  I just received the SU! Adventure Awaits stamp set and absolutely had to use it.  I really like this stamp set.  The sentiments are way bigger than I thought they would be so they command the card front. 1 (523x640)

Because of that, I kept the card very simple.  I stamped the sentiment and embossed it in gold.  I used a piece of early espresso to cut a pierced circle to back the sentiment.  After that, it was just a matter of layering up the card. 2 (640x388)

I made a sailor-y type knot to finish off the card.  This is a great card for the sailor in your life.  Or for a fan of The Deadliest Catch!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop in tomorrow.  A new Retro Rubber challenge starts tomorrow!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! watercolor paper, adventure bounds dsp, early espresso and very vanilla.  Stamps:  SU! adventure awaits.  Other:  gold embossing powder, hemp and MFT pierced circles.

Congrats...its a shaker...

Happy Friday everyone!  Today begins a new challenge at The Friday Mashup!  I am excited to present my project as guest designer.

Here is the challenge:

  • Create a project with a “shaker element”.
  • Create a project with a “Congratulations theme".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a project with a "Congratulations theme and a shaker element".

I chose to mash things up today and made a shaker congratulations card.  This card is a 4X4 card, perfect to attach to a wedding or anniversary gift.

I started off with PTI rustic cream as the base and the top layer.  The top is 3 1/4” square.  I used my SU! word bubbles to cut the window for my shaker card.  I cut the window, then stamped and embossed the images with gold embossing powder.  I used sticky tape to adhere the window sheet and then surrounded it with foam tape.  I made a slight miscalculation here – I should have doubled the foam tape.  By not doubling the tape, it ended up not shaking as much as I wanted. fm1 (640x635)

I used a combination of seed beads, sequins and micro beads in the shaker.  I also added some tinsel glitter.  Warning!  This stuff is insane!  It was sealed and when I broke the seal I was showered in this glitter.  Then when I shook a little in the window sheet (I added it last), it immediately stuck to the window sheet and doesn’t move.  I don’t know as if I will use this again.  Lesson learned.  Plus it’s glitter that goes EVERYWHERE!! fm2 (640x471)

The CS under the window sheet is rustic cream as well.  I glued a couple of sequins and seed beads to it before I closed up the shaker just to add some texture so that when all the “stuff” sinks to the bottom, you would still see some elements.  Again, this would have worked if I would have doubled the foam tape.  Instead all the stuff appears stuck in midair.  Afterwards, I decided that was OK.

Finally I layered up the card with some gold kraft CS and pumpkin pie CS.  I like the pop of orange with the kraft and gold.  Each of those layers where ¼” bigger than the next. 

That’s it for me today!  Thanks for stopping by!  I am off for the weekend but will be back Monday with some more projects!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic cream.  SSS April card kit.  SU! pumpkin pie.  Window sheet.  Stamps:  SU! love and laughter, making spirits bright.  Other:  SU! word bubbles die.  Gold embossing powder, sequins, seed beads, micro beads and tinsel glitter.

Purple shades for Pals Paper Arts...

I know what you’re thinking – it’s Thursday!  And yep, I am playing along with the Pals Paper Arts challenge again this week.  It’s a color challenge and because it was monochromatic, I really couldn’t resist.  Oh, who am I kidding…it’s hard not to play along with PPA.

I purchased this mod circle frame a while back and was waiting for the perfect excuse to use it.  And the time was now as I knew that I was going to like how these colors would look in this frame.  But first, I ran the blackberry bliss thru the PTI polka dot basics impression plate, the elegant eggplant thru the PTI linen impression plate and the perfect plum thru the PTI canvas impression plate.  I want some texture to show through on each of them. ppa1 (640x589)

I ran each of the colors thru the mod circle plate and ended up with a confetti of paper.  It was like putting a puzzle together.  Fun!  I cut the frame out of PTI white and glued it to another piece of white.  Then I added all the bits and pieces.  A quick sentiment and bling and that was it. ppa2 (640x464)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop by tomorrow and see what I made for the new Friday Mashup challenge.

But don't forget about the Retro Rubber sketch challenge!  Click HERE to link up!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! elegant eggplant, perfect plum, and blackberry bliss.  Stamps:  PTI keep it simple thinking of you.  Dies:  PTI impression plates – polka dot basics, linen and canvas.  SSS mod circle frame and sketchy banners.  Memento black ink.

April Pals Blog Hop...

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for April where every day is Earth Day.  This month we are showcasing projects that use recycled, reused or other earth inspired elements and colors.  We hope you enjoy the Pals creative projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom, number 15 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 the projects.

Hello all!  I love the idea behind this hop even though I struggled a bit deciding what I was going to make!  In the end, I opted to recycle the pages of a school law book for my project.  I hated to see the book go in the garbage when I thought it could provide great papers for a card background. bloghop1 (590x640)

Which is exactly what I did for this project and then took it a step further by using some of the paper and the flower frenzy bigz die to cut out some flowers.  I added a few so saffron flowers into the mix and a bit of wild wasabi for the leaves. bloghop2 (640x398)

I added a quick sentiment and a button and some twine.  I fooled around a bit with the twine until I decided to make it look like a flower as well.  I let both the sentiment and leaves go off the paper a bit.  I like that it looks a bit random and unkempt. 

I hope I have inspired you to reuse old books for papers for your cards.  Anything would work!

The next stop is Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains, number 17 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!


  1. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  2. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping with Avery's Owlery
  3. Amy Hoptay at Inking of You
  4. Becky Volpp at
  5. Natalie Bradley at Soiree by Natalie Bradley
  6. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  7. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  8. Kim Jolley at Stampin' Artfully
  9. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  10. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  11. Karen Hallam at Karen's Stampin' Site
  12. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  13. Benjaman Turner at He Stamps
  14. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  15. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  16. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  17. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains

Supplies:  CS:  SU! naturals white, basic black, wild wasabi and so saffron.  MT school law book 2009.  Dies:  SU! flower frenzy bigz.  Stamps:  SU! lots of thanks.  Other:  SU! black twine and button.

Retro Rubber Challenge #11 part two...

It’s week two of the Retro Rubber sketch challenge!  I love sketch challenges!  So be sure to get your craft on and play along!

I just had to play along again this week.  I have had this cute rain boots stamp for five or six years.  It was one of those dollar finds at Michaels.  I inked it up in memento black and then colored in the soles and trim with lucky limeade.  I added a bit of soft sky blendie for water around the boots.  I used my nesties to cut out the image and the lucky limeade back. rr1 (528x640)

The sentiment came from an older SU! set and the yarn was some that I had received in a stamp order several years ago – they tied it around the stamps and I couldn’t bear to throw it out.  See?  It pays to save stuff! rr2 (640x346)

I added some enamel dots and pearls to finish off the card.  Now it’s your turn, dig out some old stamps and play along with us!  We would love to have you!  Click HERE to link up your fabulousness.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow is the Pals Blog Hop so be sure to hop on by!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI kraft and white.  SU! lucky limeade.  Ink:  Memento black and SU! lucky limeade marker and soft sky blendie.  Stamps:  boots.  SU! rain or shine.  Other:  Yarn, enamel dots and pearls.

A bowling birthday...

Happy Monday!  Did you all have a nice Easter?  I did!  Family and a relaxing day.  I was able to sneak in some crafting time as well so I finished up a few cards for this week. spd (528x640)

Today’s card is all argyles.  I stamped my own background in so saffron and real red.  I added the bowling pins and sentiment in black.  A perfect card for the bowler in your life!  Do you bowl?  I do, but not well.  Let’s put it this way, the gutters are my best friend. spd 1 (640x487)

I popped the main image up on real red that I ran thru the PTI argyle impression plate.  I also put a piece of PTI white thru the argyle plate to keep the pattern going.  My sketch is from this month’s Sugar Pea SugarSketch.  I added some sequins, bling and staples to finish off the card.

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

Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber challenge – it’s a sketch.  Click HERE to link up your creative creation!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, true black stripes, and harvest gold stripes.  Inks:  SU! so saffron, real red, memento black.  Stamps:  SugarPea Designs spare me.  PTI a little argyle.  Dies:  PTI argyle impression plate.