Retro Rubber Challenge 154...

It’s a new Retro Rubber challenge!  It’s anything goes.

RRCB 154

I started with these lovely tulip stamps from Papertrey Ink (2016) that I stamped in shades of pink and green and then die cut them.

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I did a plaid die cut background out of blushing bride that I popped the tulips on.  Finally, I added the sentiment from my Neat and Tangled Scandinavian Flowers from 2015.

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Be sure to play along and link up HERE!

Thanks for stopping by!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! White and blushing bride.  Stamps:  PTI tulip time (2016).  Neat and Tangled Scandinavian Flowers (2015).  Dies:  PTI linen and tulip time.  Reverse Confetti plaid.  Inks:  SU! Garden green, pear pizzazz, blushing bride, pink pirouette and sweet sugarplum.

Spring Wishes...

It’s a new week and time to play along with the Freshly Made Sketches challenge.

I started by stamping my trusty daffodil stamp three times and coloring with my pencils.

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Then I die cut three squares and arranged them on the card base according to the sketch. I added the sentiment and some candy dots to finish the card.

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

Supplies: CS: SU! white and crumbcake. Stamps: CB miniature florals 2. PTI spring hills. Dies: MFT wonky stitched squares. PTI linen impression plate. Other: SU! candy dots. Colored pencils.

Daffy For As You See It...

Welcome to a new challenge at As You See It! This one is a fill in the blank and it was an easy blank for me to fill!

#146 3.24.15

My favorite thing about spring is the arrival of daffodils! I love seeing them – they are such a happy flower!

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So I used my daffodil stamp and colored in with pencils and then added a sentiment. A few enamel dots and pearls and the card was done!

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Be sure to play along with us and link up HERE!

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

Supplies: CS: PTI white. Stamps: Lil Inkers spring sentiments. CB mini florals collection 2. Inks: Memento black. Colored pencils. Other: PTI linen impression plate. SU! pearls and enamel dots.

Spring Daffodils...

Happy Monday! It feels forever since I have said that! I have missed my crafty time and blogging! I hope to be back on schedule with a post Monday thru Friday. Although as I write this, I only have Monday thru Wednesday covered!

Today’s card was made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge and pairs nicely with The Card Concept challenge of spring flowers!  And it ties in nicely with the Addicted to CAS challenge - code word plaid! 

I started by stamping this wonderful daffodil flower and using chalks to color it in with a bit of chalk around the flower as well. My favorite spring flowers have to be daffodils, lilacs, and tulips! They look so happy!

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I flipped the sketch a bit by putting my plaid paper and soft sky trim on the right side with the image and sentiment on the left. I ran the card front thru the linen impression plate and thru the scallop rectangle die before popping up on crumbcake.

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There you have it, super clean and simple! Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to pop in tomorrow!

I would like to say a huge Thank You to Sandie at The Card Concept for selecting THIS card as a winner of their last challenge!

Supplies: CS: SU! white, soft sky, and crumbcake. Lawn Fawn plaid papers. Stamps: Clearly Besotted miniature florals. Inks: Memento black. Chalks. Dies: PTI linen impression plate. MFT blueprints 20.

Retro Rubber Challenge #36...

Welcome to a new Retro Rubber Challenge! We have a theme challenge for you and it’s all about water. Just use water themes on your card or do some watercoloring and you are in!


I used my favorite little umbrella die for this challenge and some sunny colors. I die cut the umbrella in crumbcake and some polka dot paper and did a little paper piecing. Then I made a puddle out of marina mist to stage the umbrella and the sentiment.  I have had both the stamps and dies for a couple of years now.

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I die cut a small stitched cloud out of soft stone and a small stitched sun to peak out behind it. I layered the card front on a piece of crushed curry and then onto the crumbcake base.

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Be sure to play along with us! Link up your water (logged) cards HERE!!

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

Supplies: CS: PTI white and soft stone. SU! crushed curry and crumbcake. MFT sorbet dots n stripes. Stamps/Dies: Wplus9 pretty patches stamps and die. PTI linen impression plate. Lil Inkers rainbows and clouds and small sunshine.

A Trio Of Tulips...

Happy April Fool’s Day! How many tricks do you plan to play on people today? Well, it’s no joke, but I will have two posts today and this is the first one!

Welcome to the House of Cards Challenge! This month we have a color challenge with a bit of a twist. You can make a card with script or with these colors or both! I did a bit of both!

4 HOC April 2016 use script and or colors

I started by stamping these fun tulips in two shades of pinks and then ran the image thru the fishtail flag.

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I die cut two other flags, one in vanilla and one in script paper. I layered them and attached to the card base. I debated for a long time about a sentiment and, in the end, left the front blank.

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Be sure to play along and link up HERE!

Thanks for stopping in! Be sure to pop back to see what I have for today’s other post!

Supplies: CS: PTI white, vanilla, and dear Jane. Stamps: Clearly Besotted with love. Dies: PTI linen impression plate. MFT stitched fishtail flags. Inks: Altenew coral berry, frosty pink, and frayed leaf. SU! soft sky.

Tulips In The Spring...

Welcome to Monday! Today’s card was made for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. It also qualifies for the NBUS challenge where you get to use Never Before Used Schtuff! Thank you for the fun challenge Darnell!

I started by stamping and die cutting these lovely tulips in blushing bride and calypso coral. I wrapped some crisp cantaloupe twine around the stems to create a bundle.  I just received this stamp set from Papertrey Ink and could hardly wait to break it in!

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Then I added a couple of pieces of paper from my stash to the card front in accordance with the sketch. I stamped a spring sentiment (from a stamp set that I have never used!), adhered everything and was done.

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

Supplies: CS: white, kraft and pattern paper. Stamps/Dies: PTI tulip time and dies. PTI spring hills. Inks: SU! garden green, pear pizzazz, calypso coral, and blushing bride. Memento black. Other: SU! crisp cantaloupe twine.

Retro Rubber Challenge #33...

Welcome to a new Retro Rubber Challenge! Today it is all about a sketch! The possibilities are endless! Use any shape you wish!


I am feeling a bit of spring fever so I went with tulips! In rainbow colors! After stamping, I die cut the tulips and popped them up on my white card base.

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I dug thru my stash for a springy sentiment and came up with this one. No surprise that I had never used it before but I quite liked it and felt like it fit with the tulips. Both the image and the sentiments come from sets that are at least two years old.

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Now it is your turn! Be sure to play along with us! Link up HERE!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies: CS: PTI white. Inks: SU! real red, pumpkin pie, daffodil delight, garden green and elegant eggplant. Other: SSS floral bookmark and dies. Lil Inkers spring sentiments. PTI linen impression plate.

Happy May Day...

Happy May Day!  Wasn’t this a great day when we were kids?  We had a lot of kids in the neighborhood so there was a whole lot of May baskets going around.  We would hang the basket on the doorknob, ring the doorbell and run like crazy because who wanted to get caught?  We just couldn’t figure out back then that it was fun to get caught!

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So I am celebrating May Day with a bouquet of flowers!  It’s a shame that May Day has gone by the wayside so in my small way I am bringing it back!

I started off with this great three step stamp set from Rubbernecker.  I stamped the image in black and then the next two steps in daffodil delight and crushed curry.  Love those colors together!  I used a piece of crushed curry for the card front after I ran it through the linen impression plate.

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Do you know how hard it is to find a sentiment that says “Happy May Day”?  Try impossible but I used a combination of stamps – I used the happy and day from a Valentine’s Day sentiment and the May comes from my Project Life stamps.  A few stamps later and I have a sentiment!!  And until I told you, you would have no idea that those stamps are from different companies but the fonts match!

I popped up the sentiment under the flowers to follow the Sweet Sunday Sketch that I am using today.  I added some pearls and I was done.  I love this sketch and am crazy about this card – the colors are so happy!

Well, that is it for me this week!  I will be back on Monday!  I hope you all have a great weekend and enjoy your May Day!

Thanks for stopping by today!

PS – Retro Rubber challenge – click HERE to link up your anything goes project!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic white, SU! crushed curry.  Stamps:  PTI KIS valentine.  SU! Project Life day to day.  Rubbernecker layered flowers 2.  Inks:  SU! daffodil delight, crushed curry and memento black.  Other:  pearls and PTI linen impression plate.


Happy Monday!  I got a chance to do some watercoloring this weekend and am enjoying practicing and creating with watercolors.  I signed up for the online watercolor classes through Kristina Werner quite a while ago.  Only $25 and lifetime access to the lessons.  It is a handy tool to have in your arsenal!

Today I am playing along with three challenges – I did not set out to do this – I made my project and then was scoping out some challenges and came across three that happened to work with this card.  So I will be linking up with The Curtain Call (bouquet), The Paper Players (CAS watercolor) and SugarPea Designs (celebrate spring).

I will try to be better in the future to explain some of the techniques that I use when I make my cards.  (Thanks Deb! And thank you for the stamp set!).  I started off with the Stampin’ Up! (SU!) butterfly basics stamp set.  I stamped the image on watercolor paper and then heat embossed with white embossing powder.

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I taped the paper to a hard surface and then broke out my distress ink markers.  Whether I use the markers or the ink pads, I color/smoosh them onto a clear block so that I can pick up the color with my paintbrush.

I liberally brushed clean water over the heat embossed image.  (Something important to remember is wherever the water goes, so goes the color!) Then, using a small paintbrush (I pick the size according to the area I need to paint), I wet it and then dab in the ink on the acrylic block.  After that I paint the area and repeat as necessary with either the same color or new colors.  I add clean water to the paper as needed if it gets too dry.  This is not a perfect science, and if you are like me, I like a nice clean image.  But with watercolor I have learned to go with the flow! (pun intended!)  And it’s OK to go outside the lines!  In this case, because I used white embossing powder, I needed to go outside the lines to be able to see the image. 

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For the sentiment, I watercolored a large enough space to be able to stamp the sentiment.  I used my heat tool to dry after I was done.  You could let this dry naturally but I wanted to complete my project.  After drying, I stamped the sentiment in memento black ink.  I added a few small pearls and then layered everything.

Thanks for stopping by today!  Tomorrow I post my project for the Retro Rubber Challenge blog.  If you have brads (and really, shouldn’t you?), then create a card and link up HERE to the challenge!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! watercolor paper and tangelo twist.  Papertrey Ink kraft.  Stamps:  SU! butterfly basics and herb expressions.  Other:  Distress inks, memento black, white embossing powder, and pearls.