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 DSP...it 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
Accessories
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!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

MM244 and GDP083 Sparkly Wreath


Hi peeps!  Another quick card today...I am looking forward to the weekend and some quiet time, LOL!  I am trying to catch up on my Christmas card stash and the Merry Monday challenge was a great one this week:


I had the Swirly Scribbles die sitting on my desk, and I love making wreaths from the larger circular element.  I also wanted to use the new Very Vanilla note cards as well as the new In Color, Tranquil Tide, so I cut out a wreath from some CTMH glimmer paper and stamped a sentiment from Christmas Pines on the inside:


I added a Blushing Bride diecut bow and a few little "berries, and it was done!  CAS and sparkly!  I also stamped the inside sentiment in Tranquil Tide and added some Mint Macaron snowflakes:

 

I am thrilled that this set will be returning!  And since there is so much glimmer on this card, I am entering it in Global Design Project's Sparkles/Bling challenge!


Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Cassidy let out a wail yesterday---her tooth was loose and she ate a piece of cantaloupe and it started bleeding.  Five minutes later, I hear her laughing hysterically and she came out of her bedroom with her tooth in her hand...she pulled it out herself....again!!


Her upper tooth is finally beginning to break through too....it all changes the look of her face so much!  

Project Details--All Products SU Unless Otherwise Noted
Stamps Christmas Pines
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla Note Cards, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper, Sea Glass Glitter Paper (Close to My Heart)
 Ink Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron
Accessories
Tools     Big Shot, Swirly Scribbles Die, Mini Treat Bag Die (bow), 1/8" Circle Punch, Glue Dots

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

AYSI147 Swirly Bird Thanks


 Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I have a funeral luncheon to do today, so this will be short and sweet!  I am squeaking in a thank-you card for a customer using the As You See It sketch for this week:


Since my customer bought the Swirly Bird set, I wanted to use it for her card:


I masked and stamped the florals in Flirty Flamingo and Watermelon Wonder, then added the leaves in Wild Wasabi.  Sadly, Gorgeous Grunge is retiring (how can they DO that?), which supplied the horizontal stripes in Pirouette Pink, and since Endless Thanks is waving good-bye as well, I used it for the sentiments.   Quick, easy and fun!  I really need to play around some more with this set!

A little bird watcher!



Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

SIP95 Sympathy Cards


Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Time for another Stamp Ink Paper challenge, and we've got a fun sketch for you:
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I had a wee little hiccup with this sketch...it's hard for me to put something askew, but I made the card very CAS so hopefully it doesn't look too bad!  I was sad to hear that Flower Patch was retiring, so I made sure to use it, along with its matching die, with some other retiring products:  the Affectionately Yours Specialty DSP:


So you really can't get much simpler than this....a diecut flower, some leaves, a stitched circle and a sentiment!


And since I needed two sympathy cards this week for the same family, I did another one, this time using Moroccan DSP and Vintage Leaves:


I seem to be on an assembly-line roll this week!  Last week with Cassidy got me a little behind in my card-making, I guess!


So here we are all on Easter, with windy storm clouds as a back-drop, which is a shame, because earlier in the day, it was beautiful!  And the wind really did a number on my hair....the guys have nothing to worry about in that department, LOL!


Thanks for visiting and have a blessed day!

Project Details--All Products Stampin' Up Unless Otherwise Noted
Stamps Flower Patch, Vintage Leaves, Flourishing Phrases, CL342 (Hero Arts Sentiments)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Naturals White (ret), Island Indigo
 Ink Flirty Flamingo, Watermelon Wonder, Wild Wasabi, Cajun Craze, Island Indigo
Accessories Candy Dots
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Flower Fair Framelits, Leaflets Framelits, Banner Die (Nestabilities), Dimensionals

Monday, April 17, 2017

Recycled Christmas


Happy Monday, peeps!  I trust you had a good Easter....it was a glorious day here in SE PA, warm temps, a wonderful church service, great lunch with old and new friends....and now I am going to zip right into Christmas!!!  

I have been neglecting my Christmas cards lately, and the Jingle Belles have a "Peace on Earth Day" challenge, which is to recycle or upcycle something into a Christmas card!  I have had this digital image/sentiment sitting in my scrap pile for probably two or three years....no kidding. Maybe even longer!  I just couldn't throw it out!  I also found some ribbon from a package that was so pretty, I couldn't toss it, as well as a Cherry Cobbler textured cardstock diecut that I hadn't used, so I layered them all together with some coordinating DSP from Simple Stories' Handmade Holiday line, and this is what I came up with:


This is a pretty large card; I loved the patterned paper and I had some larger envelopes I found at a yard sale, so I thought I would just make it big and bold!  Here's a closeup up the digital image...and honestly, I cannot even remember from where it came!


Since almost everything was already cut, this took no time at all!  So hopefully I can get back on track with my holiday creations!  

I have lots of photos to show you from Easter, but this early morning one just tugged at my heart...not sure how many more years she will be excited like this!


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

Sunday, April 16, 2017

PP340 On The Go Clean and Simple


Happy Sunday, peeps!  I am the hostess at the Players today, and I have fun clean-and-simple challenge for you:  On the Go!  We want to see a vehicle of some sort on your CAS card...it can be a car, motorcycle, train, bicycle, airplane...just something that "goes"!  


Of course, these kinds of images usually bring to mind masculine cards, and I happen to need SIX birthday cards for my church friends this month!  I usually don't do assembly-line cards but I thought it would be fun to use some of the Urban Underground DSP that's in the Occasions catalog to make a my cards.  So here is the first one:


I used the same layout for each card, and I used one sheet of DSP for each card, alternating the patterns from front and back, and using a contrast for the horizontal piece.  I used my MISTI to stamp the car and sentiment from Guy Greetings in Basic Black:




All the cards use the Mojo Monday 492sketch:

It was fun to mix and match the patterns, although the polka-dotted one does sort of look like a pair of pajamas to me, LOL!  These could easily be stepped up with some brads or other sort of embellishment, but since the challenge was CAS, I left them unadorned!  And now I have six cards all made and ready to mail out!

I hope you'll play along with our CAS challenge this week!  I can't wait to see what vehicles everyone uses!  Check out the DT's samples as well at the Paper Players blog!

Cassidy did a few Easter treats for her mommy; she liked the projects I made for my Basket Bunch stamp camp, so we just copied them, using her favorite colors!!!


Enjoy your Easter and be blessed!

Project Details--All Products Stampin' Up! Unless Otherwise Noted
Stamps Guy Greetings
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Urban Underground DSP
 Ink Basic Black
Accessories
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Dimensionals