Lots Of Trees...

Today’s fun card was made for the Reverse Confetti sketch challenge. I haven’t had the opportunity to play along with that challenge in several months.


So I whipped up this card in short order. I started by cutting a couple of chevron stripes in SU! wisteria wonder and elegant eggplant. Then using the branch out die, I cut a couple of trees in lost lagoon and sahara sand. rc 1 (573x640)

I decided on this sentiment because I love it when it snows, unless I have to travel in it! The word was cut from lost lagoon and added to the die cut scalloped circle. I adhered everything straight to the base and popped up the white circle/sentiment. rc 2 (640x465)

That’s it for today! Thanks for stopping by and be sure to pop in tomorrow!

Supplies: CS: SU! sahara sand, lost lagoon, elegant eggplant, wisteria wonder, white. SSS January card kit. Stamps/Dies: RC branch out, triple chevron, circles n scallops and winter words.

Winter Blessings...

Welcome to a new challenge at As You See It! We have an assortment challenge for you today! Use each of the listed elements on your card and you are good to go!  I admit, I find these challenges, well, challenging. But I think they are the ones I enjoy the most because they give my noggin’ a work out! I spent quite a bit of time thinking about todays - that’s for sure!

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I started by running some white cardstock thru my trusty linen impression plate. Then I added some snowflake paper and silver glitter tape and ran it thru the die cutter with this double stitched rectangle die. I then white embossed the sentiment. Using a cotton ball and some ink, I rubbed the ink over the embossed sentiment. aysi 118 1 (571x640)

I added the rhinestones and then popped up the card front on another piece of white with some silver cording and thread underneath. I love the colors of this card – very cold and icy feeling. Perfect for the winter weather! aysi 118 2 (640x436)

Now it’s your turn! Be sure to play along and link up your card HERE!

I am entering this card in the Curtain Call challenge as well!

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

Supplies: CS: PTI white. SSS January card kit. Dies: MFT double stitched rectangle. Stamps: PTI winter hills. Other: White embossing powder, silver thread. SU! silver cording, ballet blue ink and rhinestones.


Happy Monday! Did you have a great weekend and stuff yourself with turkey (if you were in the US)? I managed to get the house clean, the tree up and a bit of crafting in. So a great long weekend it was!

Today’s card uses both a sketch (Freshly Made Sketches) and a color (Color Throwdown) challenge. I started by stamping the base of the sled in chocolate chip ink and added the rest of the sled in tangelo twist. fms ct 1 (510x640)

The sentiment was white heat embossed on some island indigo and then added to the card front in accordance with the sketch. I added some candy dots, pearls, and rhinestones and was done. fms ct 2 (640x465)

These were unusual colors (challenge – brown, orange and blue) to use for a Christmas card but I like to use nontraditional colors on occasion for a fresh prospective!

Thanks for stopping by today! Be sure to pop in tomorrow! Tomorrow starts week two of the current Retro Rubber challenge – Anything Goes! So be sure to link up HERE if you have a card that fits the challenge (must use a stamp older than a year). Tomorrow is also the start of the new House of Cards challenge and blog hop!


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Supplies: CS: SU! white, chocolate chip, tangelo twist and island indigo. Inks: SU! tangelo twist and chocolate chip. White embossing powder. Stamps: PTI two feet deep. Other: SU! candy dots, pearls and rhinestones.

Argyle Sweaters...

One of the first stamp sets I ever ordered online was A Little Argyle from Papertrey Ink.  I loved the argyle patterns and dreamt of all the cards I would make.  Have I made many cards with this stamp set?  No.  But when I was looking for some sketch challenges, I came across the Cas(E) This Sketch for this week.  I immediately thought of my argyle stamps.  Then I found The Curtain Call theme challenge (soft scarf).  I thought of scarves and sweaters.  So I am putting these two challenges together to create this card: 3 (489x640)I stamped my solid argyle image in SU! bashful blue on rustic cream cardstock and used midnight muse ink to make the X’s and the sentiment.  I dug out some teeny tiny pink buttons that I have had forever and used them to create a line down the argyles.  My PTI striped sweater impression plate came in handy to add some texture to the card.  After that I backed the layer with midnight muse and popped it up on kraft cardstock.  I love how this turned out!  I am reminded of scarves and sweaters! 5 (640x429)Thanks for stopping by today!  Be sure to pop by tomorrow!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI kraft, rustic cream.  SU! midnight muse.  Inks:  SU! midnight muse and bashful blue.  Stamps:  PTI A Little Argyle and MFT Holiday Hugs.  Other: PTI striped impression plate.  Buttons.

Winter Wishes...

A quick and easy card for you today.  This would be an easy card for mass production and may be what I make for my card club this month. 9 (567x640)I used a piece of dsp from my SSS January card kit and layered it on some rustic white paper.  I used the sentiment and stripe from the SSS hand lettered winter wishes stamp set that came in the card kit.  I embossed both of these with white embossing powder. 11 (640x460)I added some bling and flags to finish off the card.  I will post this on the Sweet Sunday Sketch challenge.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS:  PTI rustic white, soft stone.  Other:  Simon Says Stamp January card kit paper and stamp set.  SU! White embossing powder.  Rhinestones.

Retro Rubber Challenge #5...

It’s a New Year and time for a new challenge at the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  This challenge is a tool challenge and requires you to dig out your crimper and make a card.  Don’t have a crimper?  No problem, just score some paper and fold and you can make your own crimped paper.  Don’t forget that any stamps you use should be over a year old.  It is all about showing some love to your long ignored stamps and tools!

This week I found a stamp that I have had for years and never used.  I don’t even remember where I picked it up or who made it.  I liked it because of the little gingerbread men.  They are so stinking cute! 5 (554x640)So I stamped this image in memento rich cocoa ink and used colored pencils for some color.  I added a bit of glossy accents on the heart buttons and the bow.  I probably wouldn’t do that again, I think the image is too small to really see the glossy accents. 7 (640x471)I wanted to stick with a pretty neutral background until I remembered this SU! dsp.  I ran it through the crimper but it is pretty hard to see that.  The paper reminds me of a blanket you would take on a picnic. Finally I crimped the sentiment and an extra flag.  A button and twine and the card was done. 

Be sure to join us on this challenge!  Just click HERE to be taken to the Retro Rubber Challenge Blog.  We have some fun challenges planned for 2015!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS: PTI kraft, white and vanilla.  SU! trim the tree dsp.  Stamps:  old stamp and SU! notes and details.  Other:  Crimper, button, twine, colored pencils, chalk, glossy accents, and MFT pierced circle dies.

Baby, its cold outside...

Greetings!  I feel a bit lost now that I don’t have any Christmas cards to make.  So I am turning my attention to some winter cards before valentine fever sets in.

Today I used a small piece of luscious paper from the Simon Says Stamp January card kit.  I teamed it up with some SU! perfect plum, PTI rustic cream and kraft paper.  I love this combination! 1 (596x640)I cut out the perfect plum using the MFT pierced circle die and ran it thru the PTI striped sweater impression plate.  My card theme is winter and snowflakes and fits perfectly with the Friday Mashup challenge.  I used the Sugar Pea SugarSketch for the layout. 3 (640x437)I love the way this card turned out.  The sweater impression plate goes well with the “cold outside” sentiment.  A few sequins and snowflakes add a bit of bling.  You may start seeing some more purple because I am really digging that for a winter color.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS: PTI kraft and rustic cream.  SU! perfect plum.  SSS January card kit.  Dies etc.:  PTI striped sweater impression plate, MFT pierced circles, SU! scalloped tag topper punch.  Other: SU! perfect plum ink.  SU! project life holiday cheer stamp set.  Sequins, vintage lace.

Let the countdown begin...

This year I accomplished a pretty big goal I set for myself by starting this blog!  And then my friend Katie and I started a challenge blog in November – Retro Rubber.  What?  Two blogs in a year!  Once I started blogging, I worked up the nerve to enter some challenges.  I didn’t think I would win or be a runner up.  But then it happened!  A huge honor to be singled out from the talented pool of crafters that enter these challenges. 

But I would have to say that my greatest accomplishment is you!  Thank you!  Thank you to each and every one of you who stop by to visit and to each of you who became a subscriber to my blog.  It means so much to me!  I know you could pick anywhere to stop on the World Wide Web and I appreciate that you picked me!  This blogging gig has allowed me to make some new blog friends and to push myself to be a better crafter.  I hope you continue to stop by in the New Year too!  So with that said…

Happy New Year’s Eve!  I meant to post several New Years’ cards this week but between running out of town and sheer laziness it just didn’t happen!  This card was inspired by The Friday Mashup and I am just making it in under the wire. 1 (606x640)I used Perfect Pearls to make a splatter background and then popped up one of the very few New Year’s stamps I have.  I dug out some fancy foil vellum to spotlight the image.  I added some sequins and gold string to simulate the confetti that flies around when the clock strikes 12.

I wish all of you a very Happy New Year!

Supplies:  CS:  SU! basic black, fancy gold foil vellum.  PTI cream.  Other:  SU! gold embossing powder.  Ranger Perfect Pearls - heirloom gold, confetti white, perfect pearl.  SU! gold bakers twine.  SU! new years stamp.  SSS sequins.

Retro Rubber Challenge and a Bluebird of Happiness...

Welcome to the Retro Rubber Challenge 4 – a color challenge!  Be sure to join us!  Just grab your older Christmas stamps and use the colors blue, silver and white, link up to us and you are done!

Today I broke out a wonderful stamp that I bought several years ago.  I love snowmen and this one with the bird on it could not be passed up!  I stamped using black ink and colored using my SU! watercolor crayons and a blender pen.  Pretty simple really!  I have been saving this stamp for this challenge because I knew I wanted this bird to be a bluebird! 3 (640x531)I layered the image using the Lil Inkers stitched ovals and SU! brushed silver CS.  I popped everything on SU! night of navy CS with a bit more brushed silver and a card base of night of navy.  I used the SU! stripes embossing folder to add a bit of texture to the card. 2 (640x473)A button and twine, of course, and I was done.

Be sure to play along with us!  This challenge is extended for the holidays so you will have three weeks to play along!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Supplies:  CS: SU! night of navy, brushed silver, whisper white.  Stamp from stash.  Other: SU! watercolor crayons, button and twine.  Memento black ink. Lil Inkers Stitched Ovals.  SU! Stripes EF.  Glossy accents, SU! silver dazzling details.