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August 2015

Pears to You...

As usual, I was looking for a sketch and decided to use the Sweet Sunday Sketch.  I wasn’t very sure what I was going to make but I was rummaging thru my patterned paper (I was shocked at how much I have accumulated!)  and decided to use some of the luscious SU! farmers market dsp. sss 1 (640x537)

I thought I could make two of the panels with the dsp and then stamp a fairly simple image that corresponds with the paper I picked.  It wasn’t until I was just about to put everything together that I discovered I was using most of the colors in the Fab Friday challenge.  So I added a couple more and I was set. sss 2 (640x396)

I backed one of the panels with blackberry bliss (it looks black but it isn’t) and some delightful (I say delicious!) Dijon.  I backed the other panel with tip top taupe and also used that for my base.

The image comes from the SU! faith in nature set that was retired quite a while ago and stamped (2nd generation style) in Dijon ink.  It was perfectly suited for the paper especially when I finished it off with some pearls.

That’s it for today!  Be sure to stop in tomorrow!!

Supplies:  CS: SU! tip top taupe, very vanilla, delightful Dijon, blackberry bliss and farmers market dsp.  Stamps:  SU! faith in nature.  Inks:  SU! delightful Dijon.  Pearls.

Merry and Bright...

I have been thinking about this card for a while now and I just needed a reason to make it!  So I thought I would play along with the Merry Monday color challenge which required the use of light and dark greens and red. mm 1 (588x640)

I inked up my tree with wild wasabi ink and stamped it off one time before stamping on the white.  I wanted a light image to showcase the sentiment rather than overpower it.  I die cut three ampersands, glued them together and then to the card front.  The rest of the sentiment was stamped using riding hood red. mm 2 (640x326)

I layered the white on riding hood red and garden green.  I decided to add some bling at the last minute because if you are going to have merry and bright – then you need some bright!

That’s it for today!  Be sure to pop in tomorrow!!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! garden green, riding hood red.  PTI white.  Stamps:  SU! lovely as a tree.  PTI grand ampersand.  Dies:  PTI grand ampersand and linen impression plate.  MFT blueprints 20.  Inks:  SU! wild wasabi and riding hood red.  Rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #21 part two...

It’s week two of the Retro Rubber Challenge #21!  We are celebrating school!  Just make a card with a school time theme and use stamps older than a year!  That is it!

Today’s card is based on a sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch.  I used a piece of the penmanship dsp and then wrote my name is in my best learning to write penmanship.  I stamped the sentiment in memento black and added a gold star. rrcb 3 (519x640)

The gold star is reminiscent of all the gold stars I received in school!  LOL!!  I added a few enamel dots and I was done.  I am also entering this in the Addicted to CAS school theme challenge. rrcb 4 (640x413)

OK – so here is your homework!  Make a school themed project and link up HERE to the Retro Rubber challenge blog!

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

Supplies:  CS: SU! riding hood red, storytime dsp and gold paper.  Stamps:  MFT encouraging words.  Dies:  MFT magical moments.  Memento black ink.  Enamel dots.

Trees for Freshly Made Sketches 200...

Happy Monday everyone!  Today I am getting in on the last day of the Freshly Made Sketches 200 sketch challenge!  Congratulations to FMS!

Today’s card was inspired by both the sketch and a paper plate!  I found some paper plates a while back that had both a pattern and colors that I thought I could use in some way.  It wasn’t until I ran across my Simon Says Stamp one with nature stamps that the two came together! 

Here is the inspiration: fms 4 (613x640)

And here is my card: fms 1 (543x640)

I used SU! inks – daffodil delight, poppy parade, lovely lilac, tempting turquoise and pistachio pudding to make a series of trees.  These inks match almost perfectly to the paper plate.  I added a strip of black to hide the stems and create a separation to place the sentiment. fms 2 (640x427)

If the sentiment looks a bit wonky – as in not stamped clearly – that is the way the stamp is supposed to stamp.  At first, I almost chucked the project because I thought I had wiggled the stamp when I stamped it and had ruined the whole project!  But the more I look at it, the more I like the old typewritery feel of the sentiment against the clean and graphic trees.

Here is the card and plate together – pretty good match, huh? fms 3 (640x441)

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

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  SU! basic black.  Inks:  SU! daffodil delight, poppy parade, lovely lilac, tempting turquoise, and pistachio pudding.  Memento black.  Stamps:  SSS one with nature.  Dies:  PTI linen impression plate.

Happy Bday Wishes...

It’s a quick post for today!  I am sharing the birthday card that I made for my Aunt Sue!  I took advantage of the Retro Sketches weekly sketch to help me out! rs 1 (640x500)

I started with a base of SU! crisp cantaloupe and added a strip of gold kraft.  I stamped this lovely sentiment in memento on white and backed it with kraft as well.  A couple of strips of washi, some twine and I was done! rs 2 (640x435)

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

Supplies:  CS:  SU! crisp cantaloupe.  PTI white.  Simon Says Stamps April card kit papers.  Stamps:  SU! hostess happy birthday everyone.  Other:  SU! crisp cantaloupe twine.  Washi tape.  PTI linen impression plate.

Ferris Wheel Fun...

Today I am revisiting the county fair!  I don’t think I told you but I did pretty well on the cards I entered at our fair earlier this month – seven blues and three reds out of fourteen cards!  I was pretty pleased!  I bring this up because I am playing along with the Fab Friday challenge and am celebrating the fair with this fun Ferris wheel die! fab 1 (511x640)

I die cut the Ferris wheel out of both kraft and white and then layered the colors together.  I am not sure why I am using this particular color palette but it seems to work.  Then I adhered the Ferris wheel and the cars on top of the gingham semi-circle.  I used a stitched die for a bit of interest. fab 2 (640x372)

The sentiment is from my Simon Says Stamp road trip stamp set – I thought it was perfectly matched to the ride!  I white heat embossed the sentiment and then used my washi label punch on the ends.

That’s it for today!  Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI kraft, white and gingham.  Dies:  PTI county fair.  Lil Inker’s stitched circle.  Stamps:  SSS road trip.  Other:  White embossing powder.  Washi label punch.

Tying the Knot...

Today’s card is most definitely clean and simple!  I saw the sketch for CAS(E) this Sketch and couldn’t resist coming up with something!  And then I found a new challenge called One Layer Simplicity for which the challenge is strip down. cts 1 (640x515)

Since the sketch and the theme seemed to work together, I thought I would try to make one card for both.  But to be honest, I would say that my card is pretty loosey goosey for the One Layer challenge so I may do another card this month as a re-do.  But for now, I will put this in for both challenges. cts 2 (640x526)

I started with a piece of white cardstock that I stamped this sentiment on from Simon Says Stamp’s congratulations stamp set.  After I added the sentiment, I ran the card thru the linen impression plate – a must for this card – it just needed that extra oomph.  Then I popped a few rhinestones on to finish it off.

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

Supplies:  CS:  PTI white.  Stamps:  SSS congratulations.  Other:  PTI linen impression plate.  Memento black ink.  Rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #21...

Welcome to the Retro Rubber Challenge #21 – back to school!  It’s all about school!  Use papers, materials or stamps that have to do with school and that is it!  (Be sure your stamps are over a year old!)

I started off with some old school patterned paper from SU!  I had been saving this paper for a special occasion and this is it!  Don’t be surprised when it makes an appearance next week too!  I started off with the Reverse Confetti class act stamps and dies.  I strategically die cut the lined paper so that I got a bit of the top of the page and the red line.  Then I added the grade, sentiment and rhinestones to it.  I used other pieces of the paper and backed them with riding hood red cardstock.  I put everything together using the August Reverse Confetti Sketch. rrcb 1 (535x640)

I love that penmanship paper!  It reminds me of grade school when we had the penmanship alphabet on the walls above the chalkboards.  Do you remember that?  I can still visualize it! rrcb 2 (640x431)

Now it’s your turn – go do your homework and get a card made so you can link up to the Retro Rubber challenge!  Click HERE to link up!

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

Supplies:  CS:  SU! basic gray, riding hood red and storytime dsp.  Stamps/Dies:  Reverse Confetti class act stamps and dies.  Other:  Memento black ink and SU! riding hood red ink.  Rhinestones.


Hello Monday!  Is it hard to believe that it is mid-August?  Kids will be going back to school soon and before you know it, Christmas will be here! 

As per the usual, I am playing along with a couple of challenges.  Do you get tired of me saying that?  I use these challenges to inspire my creativity.  I am usually trying to get my crafting done on a weekend and it can be a fun and daunting challenge to show something new.  I really find the sketches get my mojo going more than anything so that is why you see that type of challenge more than anything!  Anyway, I was feeling guilty for all of the challenges and thought I would let you know why I use them!

That being said – today I am using the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the theme from As You See It.  Speaking of As You See It – I was their top pick for THIS card!  A huge thank you to the crew! fms 1 (640x539)

I dug out my PTI uncorked words and die cut Celebrate in Bermuda bay three times.  I stacked the die cuts together to give a little bit of depth and texture.  I added a piece of this fun patterned paper to a piece of Bermuda bay and then adhered the result on a piece of SU! more mustard cardstock. fms 2 (640x596)

I glued celebrate to the edge of the patterned paper to allow it to float over the card base.  Using a transfer sticker, I added the word love onto the patterned paper.  It looks like it belongs there doesn’t it?  Finally a few rhinestones were added for some sparkle.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow starts a new challenge at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! more mustard and Bermuda bay.  Simon Says Stamp August card kit papers.  Dies:  PTI uncorked words.  Other:  Transfer stickers and rhinestones.

Dream Big...

Friday already!  And a quick post for you!  I wasn’t planning to play along with any challenges today.  In fact, I wasn’t even sure I was going to have a card!  But at the last minute, I checked out the Paper Players and decided to use their colors for a fast and easy card. pp 1 (579x640)

I used my MFT wonky chevron stencil and some versamark ink to stamp the pattern on the card base.  Then I die cut pierced circles in cream, Bermuda bay and old olive and layered them up.  I added the sentiment in black, popped up the circles and that was it. pp 2 (640x490)

Or was it – I put pearls on and off, then I tried rhinestones and candy dots.  And then gave up.  No extra embellies on this card!

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

Supplies:  CS:  SU! crumbcake, Bermuda bay, old olive.  PTI vanilla cream.  Stamps:  Reverse Confetti shine from within.  Other:  MFT pierced circles and wonky chevron stencil.  Versamark.  Memento black.