Wednesday, April 26, 2017

MM245 and CASCS220 Kraft Christmas Cabin

Hi everyone!  Hope you're having a great week!  I am suffering with allergies....I am sure there are many of you who can sympathize, sniff sniff!  But stamping usually takes my mind off of them!  Today I have a CAS Christmas card using the Merry Monday Kraft challenge as well as the CAS Colours and Sketches sketch:

SU has some lovely Kraft cardstock that I believe is going to retire, sadly.  It is a little lighter than regular cardstock, but each side features a slightly different shade of Kraft!  After embossing mine, I mounted it on a piece of thick white cardstock to give it a sturdy base.  Here we go:

I heat-embossed a wee little wintry cabin from Altenew with white craft ink and white embossing powder on a piece of the Kraft, then mounted it on a piece of Whisper White.  I added some white shading with my aquapainter and a few snowflakes with a white gel pen:


The top border was punched with an older Martha Stewart snowflake punch, and the inside sentiment is from Papertrey:

I added some simple sequins and pearls, then finished it off with a bit of thick baker's twine at the top!  So glad you could pop in today!

Living out in the country, we get critters ALL the time on our property.  We have a bell at the end of our driveway that lets us know when someone is driving in....I'll bet it went off four times in the middle of the night because of the deer meandering around our yard!  Anyway, John noticed some boards dislodged under our utility shed, so he set out the Have-a-Heart trap and within a day, we got a ground hog!  Cassidy was intrigued, but not enough to get too close (don't mind the dingy in the background, LOL!):

Mr Groundhog was not happy to be caged up, so John took him somewhere far, far away to start a new life!

The joys of living in the country!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details--All Products SU Unless Otherwise Noted
Stamps Winter Cabin (Altenew), O Holy Night (Papertrey)
Card stock & Papers     Thick Whisper White, White computer paper, Kraft
 Ink Craft White
Accessories Thick Baker's Twine, Marshmallow Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh), Pearls
Tools     Big Shot, Softly Falling EF, Heat Tool, White Embossing Powder, Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Snowflake Border Punch (Martha Stewart)

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

SIP96 CAS Wedding

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  It's time for another Stamp Ink Paper challenge....CAS wedding!
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Wedding season is coming up!  Sadly, I have very few stamps that would be considered "wedding" stamps, but I did find a couple images from the retiring Every Occasion that worked!  I used the sketch from last week's Freshly Made Sketches; even though it's too late to submit, I thought the sketch was fun and worked well with my images and papers:

I just got some pretty springy papers from Bo Bunny's Petal Lane Collection and I picked out a simple stripe that would complement my heart and wedding bells:

I used a tiny bit of black for accent and used another banner from Time of Year (it was already sitting on my desk from yesterday's card!) and added some elements from The Paper Studio to complete my sentiment!  Easy and quick!  I hope you'll share your CAS wedding creations with sure to check out what the other DT did as well!  

Saturday was room clean-up time!  Of course, there had to be some hijinks before she got down to serious work, although she did put the clothes away that were in the basket before she got into it!  Silly girl!

And she proudly showed Grampy her room once it was done...not perfect, but we're "in training"!  

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details--All Products SU Unless Otherwise Noted
Stamps Every Occasion, Time of Year, Everyday Expressions (The Paper Studio)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Watercolor, Basic Black, Petal Lane Collection DSP (Bo Bunny)
 Ink Basic Black, Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Scallop Circle Dies (Nestabilties), Dimensionals

Monday, April 24, 2017

PP341 Redux

Hi peeps!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I had rather a lazy weekend, so my card today is a re-do of yesterday's sketch from the Paper Players! (You can see the sketch here).  I liked it so much, I made another card, this time for my BIL whose birthday is today....uh oh, it's going to be late!  Anyway, here it is, using Moroccan and Serene Scenery DSPs, Endless Birthday Wishes and Time of Year:

It's hard to see in the photo, but the base is Very Vanilla (I need to get another background for my neutral cards!) and I added some of those cool Urban Underground embellishments!  My BIL is a contractor, so he'll appreciate them, LOL!

John went to work day at church on Saturday morning, and it was gray and gloomy, so I tempted the girls with playing with the new Paper Pumpkin kit, since Cassidy enjoys painting!  I brought out all my watercolor pencils, and she wanted to do ALL of the designs!!!

I haven't made them into cards yet, but I'll try to do that this week!  Here's Cassidy's first almost looks like her Avon Grove tie-die shirt colors!!  They really enjoyed it!

Enjoy your day and be sure to come back tomorrow for a Stamp Ink Paper challenge!  Be blessed!

Project Details--All Supplies Stampin' Up!
Stamps Endless Birthday Wishes, Time of Year
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Moroccan DSP, Serene Scenery DSP
 Ink Basic Black
Accessories Urban Underground Embellishments
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Dimensionals

Sunday, April 23, 2017

PP341 Congrats

Happy Sunday, peeps!  It's Paper Players time and my sweet friend Sandy has a fabulous sketch for us today!

I pulled out another set ready to retire that again, I really didn't get to play with enough!  You're Sublime has such cute images and I thought this would be sweet for a new recruit who signed up during SAB:

I stamped my image on thick white cardstock in Stazon, then used inks and an aquapainter to color it in:

The background paper is Moroccan, and the sentiment is actually a graduation sentiment, but I taped off a portion of the stamp before inking it in Watermelon Wonder ink, then cut it out with a Bitty Banner die!  To make the rectangular stitched background piece, I cut two squares from a stitched die, trimmed one, and butted them together under the sentiment so the seam was not visible.  I love to get extra use from my dies like that!

I hope you'll play along with our sketch this week..there are so many possibilities with it, I know I will be saving it for future use!  Check out what the DT did on the Paper Players blog and be sure to share yours with us too!

While on spring break, we visited a different library, listened to story hour and then Cassidy decorated a little birdhouse with markers:

Grampy put an eye hook in it for her:

And she hung it on a holly branch:

Enjoy your day and be blessed as well as a blessing to someone!

Project Details--All Products SU Unless Otherwise Noted
Stamps You're Sublime, Suite Sentiments
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Emerald Envy, Moroccan DSP
 Ink Stazon Black, Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Watermelon Wonder, Calypso Doral, Emerald Envy, Bermuda Bay, Smoky Slate
Accessories Candy Dot
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Bitty Banners Dies (ret), Dimensionals

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Happy Card and More Happy Mail

Hi everyone!  Happy Saturday!  It's gray and gloomy here this weekend, so I thought I would share a happy, cheerful card I made recently to say "thank you" to a customer!  I had never used this particular pattern of the Festive Birthday was a wee bit too busy for me....but I thought it would be fun to pair it with the flowers from Basket Bunch as well as the retiring Friendly Wishes!  So here we go:

The sentiment was stamped in Melon Mambo and diecut with an oval stitched die; then I stamped the flowers in Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie and Delightful Dijon, then lightly sponged each one so as not to overpower the outline:

I thought they worked with the floral background pretty nicely!  It sure made me happy! And I had to chuckle when I saw my German friend Claudia's blog yesterday!  Check out her card here!  Great minds think alike!

 Here are a few more cards that made me happy as well!  This is from Claudia:

And two cards from my upline Pennie:

And finally, some REAL happy flowers from a recent jaunt to Longwood Gardens:

Aren't they gorgeous?!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!  And be sure to come back tomorrow for the next Paper Players challenge!

Project Details
Stamps Basket Bunch, Friendly Wishes
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Festive Birthday DSP
 Ink Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Delightful Dijon
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Dimensionals, Sponge Daubers

Friday, April 21, 2017

Happy Mail and This Month's Paper Pumpkin

Happy Friday, stampers!  Hope you have some fun things planned this weekend!  I just received my April Paper Pumpkin kit, and it's a really fun one!  It features colored pencils, watercolor papers, some with resist patterns, and a paintbrush!  Cool!  I whipped up these two cards fairly quickly; I only used one color on this one, making my design darker at the bottom to create an ombre effect:

All you do is color in the areas inside the resist pattern, then brush it with the damp paintbrush!

Here's the second one...I did add a few retired sequins just for fun:

The kit comes with full-sized cards, white inserts, and even black envelopes with a white space on which to write the address...more trendy fun!  If you're interested in subscribing to Paper Pumpkin, click on the link on the right side of my blog!

And speaking of fun, I got some lovely Easter cards in the mail, and I thought I would share them! Their names are right on the photos!  Thanks, everyone!

I just had to share this picture!  We went up to my brother's house to let out the dog on one day when Cassidy had off school.  She had gotten a word puzzle as a party favor the weekend before and brought it with her.  While I tossed a stick to the dog, she sat on the ground and did her puzzle.  The reason it brought a chuckle is because I do the same thing....might not sit on the ground, but if I have a long car ride (or a short one!) or a few free minutes to spare, you can be sure I have a crossword or sudoku to work on!!!  And my mom used to do the same thing...I guess it's a family tradition!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!