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Retro Rubber Challenge #16 part two...

We are on week two of the current Retro Rubber challenge!!  All you need is stamps older than a year and some twine or ribbon and you are in!

Today’s card uses the retired SU! set – daring adventure.  I admit I have rarely used this stamp set and that is a shame.  It has a lovely sentiment!

I am also entering this card in the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  Again, I used the sketch rather loosely – letting the two sets of boot prints and the ribbon and bling fill in the squares as required by the sketch. rrbc cts 1 (535x640)

The cardstock I used was vanilla, mint macaron and tip top taupe.  I think the vanilla doesn’t seem to show very well in the picture and that is a shame.  This card is one of those that looks quite lovely in real life but is hard to photo. rrbc cts 2 (640x492)

Be sure to play along with Retro Rubber this week!  Link up HERE, we would love to see you!

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

Supplies:  CS:  PTI vanilla.  SU! mint macaron and tip top taupe.  Stamps:  SU! daring adventure.  Inks:  SU! tip top taupe and mint macaron.  Other:  PTI linen impression plate.  SU! mint macaron dotted lace, candy dots and pearls.

A Bowl of Apples...

Happy Monday!  Today I made a tag.  Something I have not done in a while.  Why?  Well, I discovered a new challenge site that is all about tags.  So I had to play along of course!  The challenge is called Tag, You’re It!

I stuck pretty close to the inspiration with both the apple and the colors.  I used my PTI bowl of sunshine stamps to create a bowl of apples.  I stamped the images twice so that I could die cut “thanks” out of one of the images.  I die cut “thanks” several times in white as well so that I could stack the sentiment on the image for a bit of texture. tag2 (460x640)

I added the die cut to the top of the apple bowl and then used my PTI hoop die to cut a hoop in kraft to put around the image.  I added a bit of twine and I was done.  This tag would be perfect on a gift for your favorite teacher especially as schools are letting out for the summer. tag3 (640x347) tag4 (640x294)

The Tag, You’re It challenge is also looking for design team members so I thought I would add my name to the hat.  Although I just discovered this challenge, I love making tags!  Other tags I have made can be seen HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, HERE, and HERE.

Thanks for stopping in today!  Be sure to pop in tomorrow – it is week two of the current Retro Rubber challenge!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white and kraft.  Stamps:  PTI bowl of sunshine.  Dies:  PTI hoop and banner.  Reverse Confetti fancy words confetti cuts.  Inks:  SU!  gumball green and real red.  Twine.

Happy Anniversary...

Happy Friday!  Yep – I say it practically every week!  Today’s card is an anniversary card in memory of my parents’ 60th wedding anniversary.  My folks were able to share 53 wonderful years together.  Mom reminded me the other day that it would be their 60th so I decided I would mark the occasion. 6 (501x640)

I drew inspiration for this card from the House of Cards current challenge.  As it happened, I had stamps that mimic the picture in the inspiration picture.  I used my Rubbernecker abstract poppies stamps, starting with the outline in black and two shades of yellow.  I added a black frame made from my MFT cross stitch dies and then a sentiment. 7 (640x360)

This card serves another purpose, as the House of Cards is having a design team call so I am throwing my hat into the ring.

Don’t forget about the Retro Rubber challenge – use some ribbon or twine and old stamps and link up your project HERE.

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am off for the weekend but will be back on Monday!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! basic black.  Stamps:  Rubbernecker abstract poppies.  Altenew vintage roses.  Dies:  PTI linen impression plate.  MFT cross stitch dies.  Inks:  SU! crushed curry and daffodil delight.  Memento black.

Bitty Bouquet Blues...

Today I am playing along with the Pals Paper Arts color challenge and the Sunday Stamps color challenge.  The colors are basically the same for both challenges – PPA has early espresso, sahara sand and marina mist; Sunday Stamps has dark and light browns, light blue and white/vanilla.  So I decided to enter this card in both challenges.

I have had these wonderful stamps and dies from Papertrey Ink called bitty bouquets for a couple of months.  And they have been waiting for the right moment for their debut! 8 (531x640)

I started off with a card base of early espresso and then added a card front of sahara sand.  I used old olive and marina mist to stamp the flower and then die cut it to pop it up on the card front.  I tucked the sentiment next to the die cut. 9 (640x399)

I did use my trusty linen impression plate on the sahara sand.  This plate adds just the right touch on this card.  That and a few pearls and candy dots!

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

By the way, did you just happen to make a card with twine or ribbon on it, and use stamps older than one year?  You did?  Then link that baby up HERE and play along with the Retro Rubber challenge!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! early espresso and sahara sand.  PTI white.  Inks:  SU! old olive, early espresso and marina mist.  Stamps/Dies:  PTI bitty bouquets.  PTI linen impression plate.  Other:  SU! candy dots and pearls.

June Pals Blog Hop...


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for June.  This month we are excited to show off new Stampin' Up! products from the just released 2015 - 2016 annual catalog.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.  Get your wish list ready!

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone, number 14 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!  The new catalog is jam packed with goodies but my favorite new item is the Bohemian Borders stamp set.  There is so much that you can do with this– create backgrounds, create borders, or add just that little bit of oomph that your project needs! 3 (533x640)

Today’s card starts with patterned paper that I made using some of the boho borders and the border stamp from the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  I used two of the delicious new in colors – tip top taupe and delightful Dijon (which I want to call delicious Dijon – I can’t seem to help myself!)  I paired those two colors with Bermuda bay and rich razzleberry for a muted color scheme. 4 (640x371)

Once my background paper was finished, I layered it up on matching cardstock.  I added a small piece of Dijon that I ran thru the equally awesome boho chic embossing folder and topped off with a flagged sentiment, also stamped in Dijon.  I finished my card with a spot of the new Dijon lace trim, linen thread and clothespin.  Can you tell I like the new color Dijon?  Way more than I thought I would and I think you will too! 5 (640x374)

The next stop is Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards, number 16 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Blog Hop Line-up:

  1. Peggy Noe at
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at ShawnStamps
  3. Lisa Pretto at InkBig Academy Stamps
  4. Kerry Willard Bray at Peonies and Paper Chains
  5. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  6. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  7. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  8. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  9. Jennifer Michalski at
  10. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  11. Natalie Bradley at Soirée by Natalie Bradley
  12. Martie Pollard at The Crafty Bandit
  13. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  14. Deb Cozzone at Deb Cozzone's Stamping Zone
  15. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  16. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  17. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  18. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  19. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  20. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  21. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  22. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  23. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  24. Michelle Gleeson at StampinMojo
  25. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  26. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  27. Jessica Wilson at My Papercraft Universe
  28. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  29. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  30. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  31. Sue Becker at RnR Stamping
  32. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  33. Shannon Hokanson at Paper Works by Shannon


Supplies:  CS:  SU! whisper white, tip top taupe, rich razzleberry, Bermuda bay, delightful Dijon.  Inks:  SU! tip top taupe, delightful Dijon, Bermuda bay, and rich razzleberry.  Stamps:  SU! butterfly basics and Bohemian Borders.  Other:  SU! Boho chic embossing folder, linen thread, delightful Dijon dotted lace trim, triple banner punch, and clothespin.


Retro Rubber Challenge #16...

Welcome to a new challenge at Retro Rubber!  This one is fun – Tie It Up!  All you need to do is use some twine or ribbon on your card!  Please remember to use stamps older than one year and if possible, be sure to tell us how/when you got the stamps!

Today’s card is a fun one that I came up with after I saw someone looking for the “seriously” stamp from one of the first SU! Paper Pumpkin kits.  Then it was just a matter of finding a fun stamp to pair it up with and this one from the SU! animal crackers stamp set fit the bill!  Although I couldn’t resist this stamp set when it was being retired several years ago, it’s the first time I have ever inked it up!  For shame! RR16 1 (526x640)

I stamped Rocky (the squirrel) in memento rich cocoa and used a combination of chalks and colored pencils to color him and the scene around him.  I used the SU! note tag punch to make a little tag for Rocky to reside on. RR16 2 (640x480)

I stamped seriously and then added some hemp twine to the card front and popped up Rocky over the twine.  I was pleased when I finished this card up!  Totally not what I had sketched out to begin with but that is the beauty of creating – sometimes you go where the wind takes you!

Be sure to bust out some twine or ribbon and make a card!  Link up your amazing creations HERE!

By the way – I forgot to announce the blog candy winners yesterday!  They are:  Rosemarie, Dixie and Tracy!  Thank you so much for everyone who left a message for me!  Your goodies were mailed out today!

I would like to thank the crew at Sunday Stamps for selecting THIS card as a Top Cup and everyone at Freshly Made Sketches for selecting THIS card as a Perfect Princess!  It is an honor to be selected for either group – let alone both!  Thank you again!

Thanks for stopping in today – tomorrow is the Pals Blog Hop!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white and kraft.  Stamps:  SU! animal crackers and Paper Pumpkin.  Other:  SU! note tag punch.  Memento rich cocoa, colored pencils, chalks, and hemp.

Flowers for The Card Concept...

Happy Monday!  Here we go for another work week!  The Card Concept challenge blog has issued a design team call and I decided I would go for it and enter.  Therefore, today’s card serves as my application for this design team as a clean and simple designer.

When I started this blog, I wasn’t really sure what kind of card maker I was.  Typically I was making cards as I needed them or for my card club.  But this blog has allowed me to stretch and discover that clean and simple is my design aesthetic.  I like the white space, am not opposed to a few layers, and like some buttons, twine or bling on my cards occasionally.  But when I add more, I feel like the design becomes forced and not pleasing to my eye.  I am envious of other crafters who can make what I can’t and do so effortlessly! 1 (513x640)

I must be in a floral mood lately so I searched thru the challenges to just about the beginning for challenge #4 – use a floral theme.  I cut a piece of rustic white cardstock and started with SU! always artichoke to stamp the stems, and then used second generation stamping to add the leaves in the same color.  The flowers were made using crisp cantaloupe for the petals and calypso coral for the centers inspired by the colors in the challenge photo.  These inks make beautiful flowers!  I drew black lines to emphasize the flowers and add interest. 4 (640x388)

I ran the card front thru my PTI linen impression plate and then popped it up on the card base of rustic white.  I am using the sketch (loosely) from CAS(E) this Sketch.

I hope you like my card today, I think it is one of my all-time favorites! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop in tomorrow – it is time for a new Retro Rubber challenge!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic white.  Inks:  SU! crisp cantaloupe, calypso coral, always artichoke.  Memento black.  Stamps:  PTI flower favorites.  Dies:  PTI linen impression plate.

Peachy keen...

It’s Friday!  Already!  Today is a short and sweet post!

I started off with some SU! peach parfait paper and layered my white CS on it.  I stamped the outline of the peach in black and then added the color with some SU! peach parfait and pear pizzazz. 13 (537x640)

I added the sentiment in black and ran everything thru the linen impression plate.  Short and sweet! 15 (640x430)

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am off for Saturday and Sunday but will be back on Monday!  Have a great weekend!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! peach parfait.  Inks:  SU! peach parfait and pear pizzazz.  Memento black.  Stamps:  WPLUS9 punny produce peachy.  Other:  PTI linen impression plate.  Rhinestones.

Smile and the world smiles with you...

Today’s card is all about bright!  I am using a bit of paper from my June Simon Says Stamp card kit mixed with some SU! cardstock and washi tape.

I am playing along with a sketch challenge today – Sunday Stamps.  I just found this challenge site and already love it! 10 (534x640)

This card was quick and easy to put together – I die cut a piece of SU! melon mambo with a stitched rectangle and layered a piece of dsp on it.  Then I die cut the smile die (from the June SSS card kit) in SU! daffodil delight (once) and white (four times) and glued them all together.  I added a bit of washi to stay with the sketch and then adhered everything together. 12 (640x407)

Fun, cheery and bright!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to stop by tomorrow!  Click HERE to link up to the current Retro Rubber challenge – vintage!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! melon mambo, daffodil delight.  June SSS card kit.  Die:  PTI linen impression plate.  Lil’ Inkers stitched rectangle.  June SSS card kit.  Other:  Washi.

Color outside the lines...

Today’s fun card is inspired by The Card Concept theme challenge and the current CAS(E) this Sketch challenge!

I started off with my Reverse Confetti arrow and die cut two arrows out of some cherry wood veneer paper and then lobbed off the arrow part.  Then I stamped the sentiment in black and added the crushed cucumber stripes across the word color. 7 (520x640)

I thought the sketch and the theme (I chose to use the green and white stripes of the straws and the creamy color of the cupcakes for my card) were fun to create and I am quite pleased with how they turned out!  A clean and simple card! 9 (640x499)

Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop in tomorrow!  And don’t forget about the Retro Rubber challenge – click HERE to link up! 

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! crushed cucumber.  Cherry wood veneer paper.  Dies:  RC arrow.  PTI linen impression plate.  Inks:  SU! crushed cucumber.  Memento black.  Stamps:  RC dream in color.