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July 2015

Brewin' Up a Birthday...

I don’t know about you but I have a lot of designer series paper.  I am not sure how I ended up with so much but I need to figure out a better way to store it so that I can see what I have.  I say this because I came across my SU! soho subway dsp that I have never used!  And yet I could hardly wait to use it when I first got it.  Well, apparently I could wait to use it!

So I thought I would make use of some of it for a birthday card.  I wanted to play along with the Reverse Confetti Sketch For You To Try and thought I would use the Be a Barista stamp set and some of this lovely dsp. rc 1 (518x640)

I started off with PTI vanilla cardstock, stamped the birthday sentiment in SU! early espresso and die cut a circle.  I stamped the coffee cup directly on the dsp and fussy cut it so that I could pop it up on the sentiment circle.  I used the same dsp for the scallop circle around the sentiment. rc 2 (640x410)

Using the many patterns, I matched some up and cut rectangles to go along with the sketch.  Finally, I used the RC stitched trio dies to cut the flags.  Then I put everything together on a vanilla base and added some pearls.

I quite like how this turned out!  Note to self, use some of that stash of dsp you have!!

Before I go, a huge thank you to the crew at Freshly Made Sketches for picking THIS card as a Perfect Princess and to the ladies (now my DT mates) for picking THIS card as a Top Winner!

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

Supplies:  CS:  PTI vanilla.  SU! soho subway designer series paper.  Stamps:  Reverse Confetti be a barista.  Dies:  RC circles n scallops and stitched flag trio.  Other:  SU! early espresso ink and pearls.

Stitched frames...

Today’s card is for the Fab Friday sketch challenge and the Paper Players color challenge.  I ended up making two different cards for the sketch and will show the other card on a different day. ff 1 (541x640)

I started with a base and card front in sahara sand.  The mint macaron was easy to slip in because it makes a good color for leaves.  The gray proved a bit trickier so I ended up using some smokey slate embossing powder to emboss the sentiment. ff 2 (640x375)

I stamped this image from PTI’s bitty bouquets in SU! mint macaron, crushed curry and pumpkin pie on white.  I wanted to frame the white with the sahara sand so I drug out my stitched rectangles to make the frame.  I added the sentiment in the corner instead of a flower and added a bit of bling.

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

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! sahara sand.  Stamps:  PTI bitty bouquets.  SU! bloomin’ marvelous.  Inks:  SU! mint macaron, pumpkin pie, and crushed curry.  Dies:  SSS stitched rectangles.  Lil Inker stitched ovals.  PTI linen impression plate.  Other:  SU! smokey slate embossing powder and rhinestones.


I am really excited about this card!  I wasn’t going to play along with any challenges today but when I saw the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge, I felt, well, challenged!  I am using colors from the SugarPea Designs color challenge as well.  So instead of no challenges, I went with two! cts sdp 1 (528x640)

I recently purchased these sunburst stamps from Clearly Besotted and knew they would be perfect for this challenge.  Generally I just wing where I am stamping, but for this card I laid out all my stamps on the CS first and then started to stamp. cts sdp 2 (640x394)

I used SU! delightful Dijon, night of navy, real red and marina mist for my challenge colors.  I started off with the Dijon (which was stamped off once) and then slowly added the other colors.  When I was done I added the sentiment and then ran the card front thru the linen impression plate.  I added the bling and I was done.

I hope you enjoy this card as much as I do! 

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

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  Inks:  SU! delightful Dijon, night of navy, marina mist and real red.  Stamps:  Clearly Besotted sunburst.  Other:  PTI linen impression plate.  SU! candy dots and rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #18 part two...

It’s the second week of the Retro Rubber Challenge #18 which is a sketch challenge.  I decided to play along again but this time the card is a prequel to the card I made last week.  I used the same stamps but different cardstock.

I stayed with the kraft CS as the base but used vanilla instead of white.  I wanted this card to be the ducks cruising on the beach to the water.  So I chalked up the beach and the sky (I think the sky is hard to see in the picture – sorry!) and added the sentiment. rr 1 (640x541)

I used the scallop die again and decided this time it would represent marks in the sand and not waves.  (Just go with it – LOL!)  I chalked up the ducks as close as I could remember from last week and added some feet.  OK.  So I am not an artist.  Again, you just have to go with it! (And ignore the squiggly lines in the stamp that is supposed to be water!) rr 2 (640x458)

Anyway, the whole point is this – bust out your card supplies, make up a card, and link up HERE to join the challenge!

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

Supplies:  CS: PTI kraft and vanilla.  Stamps:  from stash.  Dies:  SU! striped scallop.  Other:  Memento black.  Chalks.  Chalk pencils.  Rhinestones.

Let Your Light Shine...

Happy Monday!  Today I am showing off a fun card that I did to play along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.  The challenge showed two squares, which I thought would be perfect to do an image and a sentiment. fms 1 (546x640)

So I grabbed my new PTI Guiding Lights set and went to work.  I love lighthouses!  There is just something about the grandeur and the history of these buildings!  I used the PTI fresh linen snow cardstock as the card front.  This CS has a very light linen texture and when you stamp on it, you get some white spaces in the ink that make the image look a little distressed. fms 2 (640x461)

I stamped the lighthouse in SU! real red and memento black ink.  I added the sentiment in black and then used my SSS curved edge die instead of a piece of twine or ribbon.  I popped the card front on another piece of the linen cardstock and that was it.

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

Supplies:  CS:  PTI fresh linen snow.  Stamps:  PTI guiding lights.  Inks:  SU! real red and memento black.  Dies:  Simon Says Stamp curved edge die.

Patriotic Balloons...

Happy Friday all!  Here we go again!  Another week shot!  I made today’s card to fit two challenges – the Curtain Call and Addicted to CAS – both are basically theme challenges that work well together! cc atcas 1 (554x640)

So I made a patriotic birthday card which would be perfect to send to Uncle Sam or maybe just your uncle!  I started off with the balloon stamp from the Simon Says Stamp set called Big Birthday Wishes and alternated it with SU! real red and night of navy ink.  I had to mask off the balloons to make this work but that was easy peasy.   I just stamped the image on some post it notes (the sticky end) and fussy cut so that the sticky side of the post it could be used to adhere the mask to the paper.   I drew in the strings using a black marker.  Then I dug out my SSS Lots of Stars stamps and made some stars that I could then gold heat emboss along the side.  The sentiment was gold heat embossed as well and die cut using my SSS sketchy banners die. cc atcas 2 (640x536)

I die cut the stamped image and a piece of red with my MFT zig zag dies and then offset the circles.  I added the strip of blue that I die cut using MFT stitched vertical dies.  Of course I used my linen impression plate on all the pieces.  I glued the blue directly to the white and then popped up everything else.  Easy right?

Thanks for stopping by today!  I am off for the weekend so I will see you Monday!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white, SU! real red and night of navy.  Inks:  SU! real red and night of navy.  Versamark.  Dies:  MFT zig zag dies and vertical stitched stripes.  PTI linen impression plate.  SSS sketchy banners.  Stamps:  Simon Says Stamp lots of stars and big birthday wishes.  PTI keep it simple birthday.  Other:  Gold embossing powder.  Sketch – MFT sketch challenge.

A Happy Life...

Today I am playing along with the Sunday Stamps sketch challenge.  I really struggled as to what I was going to use for my stamps until my eyes clapped on my SU! A Happy Thing set.  I don’t think I have used the bird before so this was the perfect opportunity. ss 1 (585x640)

Have you heard about the Zig watercolor markers?  That seems to be the rage as of late and after watching a few videos, now I want them.  But alas, they are not in the budget for a while.  So I made do with my distress markers and my SU! aqua painter.  The aqua painter has a nice brush point and worked just fine for the watercoloring I did today. ss 2 (640x400)

I started off by stamping the image in versamark and black heat embossed both the bird and the sentiment.  Then I used my markers and started to watercolor.  It didn’t take long at all and with the aqua painter, I had a little more control of the color.  Now, I still want the Zig markers but this alternate worked just fine.

After the image dried, I added linen thread and then offset with some gold striped paper.  I popped the image up on a card base of SU! pear pizzazz.

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

Supplies:  CS:  Strathmore watercolor paper.  PTI harvest gold stripes.  SU! pear pizzazz.  Stamps:  SU! A happy thing.  Other:  black embossing powder, distress inks, linen thread.

July Pals Blog Hop...


Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for July.  This month we are excited to show off the new 2015 - 2017 Stampin' Up! In Colors, namely, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon, Mint Macaron, Tip Top Taupe and Watermelon Wonder. The In Color products include card stock, designer series paper, ribbon and other embellishments.  We hope you find great inspiration from the projects.

You may just be starting the blog hop or may have come from the lovely Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie, number 27 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.

Today I am sharing my love of three of the new in colors!  I absolutely adore Tip Top Taupe, Mint Macaron, and Delightful (or delicious as I like to call it!) Dijon!  These colors pair nicely together and could work for any type of card!  Can you imagine a Christmas card using these colors?  Beautiful! blog hop 1 (566x640)

I am happily taking advantage of three things, a sketch I recently saw that I adored, the awesome Awesomely Artistic stamp set and the sentiments from the Cottage Greetings stamp set (love these fonts!!).  I started off with the splotchy stamp from the Awesomely Artistic set and with the help of versamark, made a pattern from corner to corner on the Mint Macaron.  Then I glued the mint panel to the base layer of tip top taupe. blog hop 2 (640x325)

Using the new thicker whisper white, I stamped the ferns and dragonfly using second generation stamping (in other words – I inked the stamp and stamped off once on scratch paper before applying to the whisper white).  I added the birthday greeting in tip top taupe ink to finish off the image for the card.  With my circle framelits, I die cut the white and a piece of delicious! Dijon, offsetting the circles and cutting off one side of the circle.  I took advantage of the new gold metallic thread to make some loops to surround the circles.  Then it was just a matter of popping the circles up on the card base and adding some pearls.  It was that easy!

The next stop is the delightful Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping, number 2 on the Pals Blog Hop!  Thanks for visiting; I hope to see you on next month’s Pals Hop!

Blog Hop Line-up:  

  1. Jane Knudsen at see jane stamp
  2. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping
  3. Jackie Diediker at Stampin' Jackie
  4. Beth Beard at My little craft blog
  5. Nicole Watt at Pixel Maven's Retreat
  6. Debra Simonis at Deb's Stampin' Grounds
  7. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  8. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  9. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin
  10. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  11. Kalyn Shubnell at The Stamping Chronicles
  12. Sherrie Gross at Stampin' Sunshine
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  14. Dawn Tidd at Tiddbits from Dawn
  15. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin'
  16. Karen Hallam at Karen's Stampin' Habit!
  17. Amy Whelan at Amy's Inklings
  18. Natalie Bradley at Natalie Bradley Events
  19. Maggie Mata at Maggie Made Cards
  20. Mary Fish at Stampin' Pretty
  21. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  22. Debbie Mageed at Secret Stamper
  23. Lynn Kolcun at Stamping With Avery's Owlery
  24. Kimberly Sparks at Stampin' Daisy
  25. Becky Volpp at InkBlossomwithBecky
  26. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  27. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie


Supplies:  CS:  SU! whisper white, delightful Dijon, mint macaron, tip top taupe.  Inks:  SU! mint macaron, tip top taupe, delightful Dijon, and versamark.  Stamps:  SU! awesomely artistic and cottage greetings.  Other:  Pearls, gold metallic thread.




Retro Rubber Challenge #18...

If it’s Tuesday, it must be Retro Rubber day!  Today is a new challenge at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog and this time it is a sketch challenge!  This card is absolutely not what I set out to do.  I looked at my sketch book and I had written down – picnic ants.  Umm…I don’t think these are picnic ants…LOL!  Somewhere on my way to finding my stamps, I ran across these cute little ducks and I quit looking for the ants!

I have had these stamps for several years – I think the ducks are from Great Impressions Stamps and the sentiment was a Michael’s dollar bin find.  I started off with my chalks and made a beach and some water.  Then I stamped the image, chalked in the ducks and used my chalk pencils for the tube.  I added my sentiment and the bling and sat back and admired my handiwork.  And noticed that I was missing an element from the sketch! rrbc 18 1 (640x528)

So I grabbed a spare piece of CS, chalked it up and added the sentiment.   I die cut the scallops, glued them down and then realized that the scallops were off center!  I managed to get them moved without too much damage and noticed that I didn’t trim the scallops off like I should have.  But by now I was covered in chalk and glue and beginning to wonder what was I thinking with this card!  So I called it a day and haven’t looked back (until I wrote up this post!).  Even with the drama of making this card, I was happy with the results! rrbc 18 2 (640x253)

Now it is your turn, go forth and create!  Link your lovely card up HERE!

I am also playing along with The Paper Players challenge which has a theme of the great outdoors!  What could be more perfect than ducks in the water!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow is the Pals blog hop so be sure to swing in!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI kraft and white.  SU! marina mist.  Other:  Chalks, chalk pencils, memento black ink, rhinestones and SU! striped scallops die.  Stamps from stash.

Blues and Browns...

Happy Monday!  Did you have a great fourth?  It was hot here and after the town fireworks, Mother Nature provided a few of her own!  And a little rain too!  Today’s card is a fun and easy card that I made for two challenges – CAS(E) this Sketch and Just Add Ink.  One gave me the sketch and the other the colors. CTS JAI 1 (539x640)

I started off with SU! tip top taupe as my base to which I adhered a piece of lost lagoon and soft sky CS.  The MFT stitched scallop edges were my choice to create an edging as per the sketch.  I used my Kind and Cozy stamp set for the checkered circle which I clear heat embossed onto the lost lagoon.  I also stamped the sentiment and clear heat embossed that as well. CTS JAI 2 (640x343)

The flower was made using my PTI bitty bouquets stamps and die set.  The flowers were stamped with pool party and pear pizzazz and then die cut.  And like always, I added the linen impression plate to the layers.  I am so addicted to that thing!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow starts a new challenge at the Retro Rubber Challenge blog so be sure to check out the cute card I made for the challenge!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! lost lagoon, soft sky, tip top taupe.  PTI white.  Stamps:  PTI bitty bouquets.  SU! kind and cozy.  WPLUS9 strictly sentiments.  Inks:  SU! pool party and pear pizzazz.  Versamark.  Dies:  PTI bitty bouquets and linen impression plate.  MFT stitched scallop edges.  Other:  Clear embossing powder.