Sunday, September 18, 2016

PP313 Autumn Wishes

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Hope your weekend is fabulous so far!  Laurie is our hostess this week for the Paper Players and she has a fun clean-and-simple challenge for us!  Yum!

I turned to my Echo Park "Fall is in the Air" 6x6 pad again, because this patterned paper is TOO cute!  Even though this card looks "busy", it's really very simple and easy:

I trimmed a piece of the EP paper to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and mounted it directly on a Naturals White card base!  Check out all these little fall goodies:  pumpkins, mushrooms, pie, a basket of goodies...yum yum!

I remembered this image from a set from last year's Holiday catalog (Among the Branches) and I thought it would be perfect for the challenge!  (It's so sad that I really don't get to use all my fall stamps before the catalog is over!)  I stamped it in Lost Lagoon and diecut  it out:

I mounted it on a striped piece of paper from the same pad, accented it with a tiny strip from the back side of the patterned paper and popped it all together!  A tasty CAS creation!  Check out what the other designers created for this challenge:

My little monkey!!  I wonder how she figured out she could do this?????

On another note, I'll be taking a little bloggy break, but I will be back around the 27th or so!  See you then and enjoy your week!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

SR346 and MM213

Happy Saturday, peeps!  A couple cards today!  The first one was a happy coincidence; I'd had this cardinal image already cut out and assembled a few weeks ago after I received the stamp from my friend Martha, but I never finished into a card!  When I saw the inspiration photo at Merry Monday:

I thought I would complete the card, using the red and white colors as my inspiration!  So here we go:

The cardinal image was stamped in Real Red ink on white cardstock, then stamped again so the cardinal could be fussy-cut and popped up:

I had a red card base already cut and scored in my stash; I pulled out a piece of white cardstock that I had embossed a looooong time ago when my friend Carol lent me her embossing folder; I put it all together and added a little sentiment from Good Greetings, just masking off the "& joy" portion of the "peace & joy" and punching it out with a small oval punch.   Piece of cake!  

My next one is really layer, and I used the August Paper Pumpkin stamp called Bold Botanicals!  I have had this for a month and hadn't even opened it up yet, but when I saw this image, I squealed with delight!  I don't know why, just being able to stamp something in all four corners to create this delightful design just made me happy!

I was only sort of experimenting on this card, and it came out so nicely, I just went ahead and finished it!  It didn't hang around on my desk for long at all!  The design was stamped in Early Espresso ink on Naturals White cardstock, then I used my blender pen and some fall colors of Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive and Pear Pizazz inks to loosely color it in:

A simple thank you from Endless Thanks, stamped in Cajun Craze, fit the inside perfectly! Such a pretty design!  And nary an embellishment in sight!    And there are a couple of other similar images in the set; I used one to stamp on the back of my envelope, because this little sweetie is already in the mail!

I am entering this one in the Stampin Royalty challenge this week, which is a fall theme!

A vision in old Bilco door and my color-coordinated DGD!

Enjoy your day!

Friday, September 16, 2016

TO66, RRCB47 and PPA318 Charmed Fall

Happy Friday, all!  I have a busy weekend coming up, so this will be short & sweet!  My card today is for three challenges:  the RetroRubber Anything Goes challenge; the Time Out photo inspiration challenge, and the Pals Paper Arts sketch!



I bought this "gently used" Close to My Heart stamp a couple years ago; it's called Backdrop-Charmed Holidays.  For the life of me, even after searching on the internet, I cannot find it's age, but I know it's at least two or three years old!  I inked it up with Calypso Coral ink, then added some other orange and gold shades with sponge daubers and stamped it on some woodgrain paper from Echo Park called Fall is in the Air.  I just love this'll see more of it in the future!

I stamped the sentiment from the same set on the same paper, but with the woodgrain going crosswise, and mounted it on a Cajun Craze square, then added a scalloped layer diecut with the Layering Squaes die.  I added a banner (same DSP line) that I embossed with a Darice Fall Leaves EF; since the white core showed through the lighter paper, I daubered it with some Cajun Craze ink.  I added some baker's twine to the top of my sentiment for a little embellishment.  I also stamped my Crumb Cake card base with an image from Gorgeous Grunge to follow through on the woodgrain look.

 I just love this beautiful fall image!  Thanks for popping by today!

A little snack on the patio while it's still warm....fresh raspberries!  Cassidy told me her favorite way to eat them is to stick them on her fingers!  Don't you know, she ate the entire container!


Have a blessed day!

Thursday, September 15, 2016

CTD410 and FMS254 Thanks

Happy Thursday, peeps!  A very quick card today, although it took me an agonizingly long time to make this card....I must have added/deleted/changed the elements ten times or more!  Finally I said "THAT'S IT!"....and here we go:

I used the floral, dragonfly and lace images from Touches of Textures, stamped in Peekaboo Peach and Pool Party, and although it's hard to see, I stamped the textured image on some Pool Party cardstock and hand-cut some leaves:

My background was stamped with the speckles from Swirly Bird in Pool Party ink and the DSP is from A Little Foxy.  I created my sentiment with Labeler Alphabet and some Basic Gray ink.  I added a couple candy dots and some silver trim as an afterthought!  My sketch is from Freshly Made Sketches, and the colors are from Color Throwdown

Thanks for peeking in today!  And here's what I was peeking at while at the bus stop today....she's still learning all those early words, but she's working hard at it!  This is Dr Seuss's "What Pet Should I Get?"  It has a wee bit of a surprise ending, so it is great for starting a dialogue about how she would end the story!

Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

MM465 and SIP65 Get Well

Hi everyone!  I had created this card earlier in the week for the Mojo Monday sketch:

and was thrilled when I saw the Stamp Ink Paper challenge was monochromatic!  Check!


I love monochromatic!  I used some pretty papers from Graphic 45's Botanical Tea line in a pretty Wisteria Wonder shade:

It's a bit hard to see, but the back panel was stamped with a floral image from Tim Holtz's Flower Garden set., then sponged and decorated with some SU enamel dots.  The sentiment is from Delightful Dozen (ret SU), and I stamped the scallop behind it with a Leafy backgrounder stamp (ret Cornish Heritage Farms):

I added a piece of doily (SU) and some twine from my stash, then stamped a sentiment from Papertrey on the inside and lightly stamped the same floral image on top:

And speaking of florals, since I don't have any new pix of Cassidy, now that she's in school all day, I thought I would share some things that are in my flower garden:

A monarch on a spider zinnia:

A closeup of  another zinnia:

Butterfly bush:

And yes, a mama and three teen-age turkeys, behind the garden:

We knew the turkeys were around, as my SIL and a neighbor had told us they had seen a mother turkey with babies, but this was the first time they had ventured all the way down to our yard.  They were actually IN our yard but as soon as I went out with my camera, they scuttled away!

Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

TSOT288 Joyful Birthday

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  It's time for another Try Stampin' on Tuesday sketch:  

The option this week is Autumn Colors, but I was itching to use some of this fun Festive Birthday DSP that I hadn't had a chance to play with yet!  I needed a birthday card, so it was a perfect time to dig into it:

I let the paper do most of the work!  I added a Melon Mambo flower, cut using the Flower Fair Framelits along with some leaves from the Flourish Framelits; I accented it with a big white enamel dot in the center:

And the sentiment banner was diecut with the banner from the Mini Treat Bag Thinlits; the sentiment is from a retired SU set called Small Sayings, stamped in Marina Mist, and shaded just a wee bit with some ink and an aquapainter to give it dimension!

And on the inside, I added a little narrow strip of the same DSP, different pattern, and a sentiment from Papertrey:

I thoroughly enjoyed this sketch, and I hope you'll play along with it as well!  You can share it on the TSOT blog, or we even have a Facebook page where you can enter it too!

Some of Cassidy's chalkwork:  that's a bear (sort looks like a pig to me, but what do I know?) and a mouse with a long pink tail, walking in the grass at night, with a moon in the sky!  Sure it is!

Monday, September 12, 2016

JAI328 Peaceful Pines

Happy Monday, peeps!  And it IS a happy Monday---the weather has cleared of that nasty heat and humidity and it IS a beautiful day in SE PA!  I have a very quick CAS card for you today; it fulfills the Just Add Ink Letter "P" challenge!  For my card, I used some SU thick white cardstock, rounding one edge and stamping two "P" things:  a pine tree and the word "peace":

The pine image is one I've had for a long, long time from Flourishes, and I used a little masking technique...actually the very first technique I learned at my very first rubber stamp experience...I think it was with DOTS stamps!  Remember them?  Anyway, the demonstrator showed us how to stamp trees using a curved piece of paper as a mask, so it looked like they were behind a snowy hill.  I was so amazed, and that hooked me on stamping!  Anyway, I used Mossy Meadow ink for the trees and Cherry Cobbler for my sentiment (ret. Cornish Heritage Farms), added a little glitter, and it was done!  Thanks for popping in today!

I told my dad last week that sunflowers always seemed like the "saddest" flowers, because their heads are so heavy, they have to nod all the time!  Well, the ONE sunflower I had, which was almost 7' tall, finally got so heavy that it broke its stem:

To give you an idea of its size, here is Cassidy, walking around and trying to hold it upright!

Enjoy your day!