Jun 11 2017

Daisy Delight

I used the wonderful Daisy Delight Bundle for my card today.  Along with me, everyone else must have loved it because it is currently out-of-stock at Stampin’ Up!  But, hopefully my customers will be able to order it soon!



I followed along with the sketch challenge this week on Freshly Made Sketches FMS291.  Loved the simple design!  It has been SOOOOOO long since I played along, but I do get their email every week, so not sure what my excuse is!  lol!

Here are the details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Thick Whisper White, scored at 5-1/2 and folded.
  • The Delightful Daisy DSP was cut into two pieces, 1 x 3-1/4 and 3-1/4 x 3-1/4 and adhered to the front with a little space as shown in the sketch.
  • The daisy from Daisy Delight was stamped with Flirty Flamingo Ink on Daffodil Delight cardstock (twice), then watercolored with a little Flirty Flamingo Ink over top.  Both were punched with the Daisy Punch.
  • The center was stamped with Tranquil Tide Ink on Whisper White and hand cut out.  They were adhered together and added to the front of the card with stacked Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • The “hello” greeting from Eastern Beauty stamp set was stamped with Tranquil Tide Ink below the DSP.


That’s it!!!  Super simple…with being so disorganized from the move, simple is about the most I can do!  lol!



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Jul 14 2016

Pretty Kitty

It’s Thursday and time for another Create with Connie and Mary Thursday Challenge!  Love the sketch this week!  Grab your stamps and play along!




Here’s what I did using the fun stamp set, Pretty Kitty!


CCMC415 Pretty Kitty

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Smoky Slate, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, the greeting in Pretty Kitty is stamped with Memento Black Ink in the lower right corner.
  • A 2-1/2 x 3-1/2 piece of Tempting Turquoise is embossed with the Sparkle Embossing Folder.
  • A 1/4 strip of Flirty Flamingo is placed across the Tempting Turquoise and a 1/4 strip of Basic Black cardstock tucked under it.
  • Two kittens were stamped with Memento Black Ink and watercolored with Smoky Slate and Blushing Bride Markers and an AquaPainter.
  • The bows were colored with Flirty Flamingo and Tempting Turquoise Markers.


July2016CollageAren’t they sweet???  Love them!  OK…make sure to check out what the rest of the Thursday Challenge Team did this week over on Create with Connie and Mary!  And…while you are there!  Make sure to sign up for our July Mini Session…you don’t want to miss it!







Jul 08 2016

Reason for the Season

Gosh!  I rarely have time to play along with challenges anymore, except for our Create with Connie and Mary ones, but The Paper Players has a Christmas in July theme and Freshly Made Sketches has a pretty sketch challenge…a match made in heaven!


FMS Final 244-001

Here’s what I came up with combining both challenges and using the new Stampin’ Up! This Christmas Specialty Designer Paper!  Aren’t those patterns pretty?


Reason for the Season

Here are the details:

  • The base is 5-1/2 x 8-1/2 Cherry Cobbler, folded in half.
  • On top is a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of This Christmas Specialty DSP.  If you haven’t seen this DSP yet, it is a lighter newspaper weight DSP with MORE sheets per package of the same patterns!
  • On the reverse of the DSP was this fun stripe, so I cut off a row and used as the accent across the bottom.
  • The largest Layering Oval was used to cut the Very Vanilla cardstock, then Peace on Earth was stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink towards the bottom.
  • The outline poinsettia from Reason for the Season was stamped twice with Chocolate Chip Ink on Very Vanilla, then the inside with Cherry Cobbler and the leaves with Garden Green.  An AquaPainter and Cherry Cobbler Marker was used to fill in the rest of the petals.  The full flower was cut by hand, and the other center was cut out and popped up on top .
  • The branches were stamped with Chocolate Chip Ink and hand cut.
  • The center was filled with small Pearls.


That’s it!  I really like how this turned out!


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Mar 31 2016

CCMC400 Grateful Bunch

Wow…we hit 400 challenges this time over on Create with Connie and Mary.  Well, honestly, it is our 300th challenge…we started at the number 100!  lol!  But that is still a LOT of challenges and a lot of different designers helping us!  We appreciate them all!


This week we have a beautiful color challenge for you to play along with!  I had a lot of fun coming up with my card!



Here you go…I used Grateful Bunch.

CCMC400 Grateful Bunch

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Lost Lagoon, folded in half.
  • A 1-1/2 x 4 piece of Neutrals Designer Paper was adhered to the bottom of a 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White.
  • The lace image from Grateful Bunch was added above the DSP with Sahara Sand Ink.
  • A 2-1/2 circle was punched from Lost Lagoon and stamped with the leaf image from Grateful Bunch.  A portion was cut off for the base, some trimmed off the center, then the top added for the vase.  It is adhered on the front with Stampin’ Dimensionals.
  • Two sets of Grateful Bunch flowers were stamped with Delightful Dijon ink on Delightful Dijon cardstock, then punched with the Blossom Bunch Punch.  The large flower was stamped with Sahara Sand Ink on Sahara Sand cardstock, punched, then cut apart for leaves to fill in.
  • Pearls were added to the center of the flowers and the greeting was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink in the upper right corner.
  • A bow was tied with White Bakers Twine, then added to the vase with a Mini Glue Dot.


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Mar 03 2016

CCMC396 Grateful Bunch

It’s Thursday and time for the Create with Connie and Mary challenge…it’s a color challenge this week!



Here’s my card using these colors:

CCMC396 Grateful Bunch

The details:

  • The base is 4-1/4 x 11 Hello Honey, folded in half.
  • On the 4 x 5-1/4 layer of Whisper White, a 4 x 4-3/4 piece of Botanical Gardens Designer Paper is cut on the diagonal and adhered to the top.
  • A coordinating black print from the same DSP package is cut 1-1/4 x 4 and placed across the front.
  • Whisper White is punched with the 2-1/2 Circle Punch and added to the front.
  • Large Number Framelits cut the number 50 from Basic Black.
  • The Grateful Bunch flowers were stamped with Tuxedo Black Ink on Hello Honey cardstock and punched with the Blossom Bunch Punch and added with Stampin’ Dimensionals.  Cajun Craze Candy Dots were placed in the center of the flowers.
  • A 2 x 2 piece of Hello Honey was punched with the Triple Banner Punch and stamped with the greeting from Grateful Bunch in Tuxedo Black.

That’s it!  Make sure to check out the rest of the Challenge Team over on Create with Connie and Mary and see what they did with this color challenge!

March 2016 Collage


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Mar 19 2014

Look Up to Father

I just recently purchased Stampin' Up!'s stamp set, Look Up to Father, and couldn't wait to use it!  I'm fortunate to have both my father and my father-in-law still with us.  I'll be using this set for my Father's Day cards this year.  I used the sketch from this week's Technostampers Lunchtime Sketch Challenge!  I haven't played along in SOOOO long!


Here's my take on the sketch.  I purposely kept it simple and without embellishments.  I had debated on a button, but thought it looked more masculine without and I didn't want to cover up any of the Designer Paper.


Look up to Father

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Soft Suede folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Pistachio Pudding Venetian Romance Designer Paper to the front.
  3. I first inked up the Look up to Father image with Pistachio Pudding ink.  I colored the tree trunk with the Early Espresso Marker and then used Wild Wasabi, Garden Green and Always Artichoke Markers and the Thumping Technique to get the variety of colors on the leaves and grass, then stamped it on a 3 x 4 piece of Very Vanilla cardstock.
  4. I layered the Very Vanilla on a 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 piece of Wild Wasabi and placed on the front.
  5. Across it, I used the Soft Suede pattern in Venetian Romance DSP package in a 3 7/8 x 1" size.
  6. I stamped the words again from Look Up to Father with Soft Suede ink on a strip of Wild Wasabi cardstock, then cut flag ends.
  7. At the last minute, I punched some Soft Suede chevrons with the Chevron Punch and added them at the top…I thought it balanced the Soft Suede color on the front.

So…what do you think?  I love how it turned out…just like what was in my head!  lol!



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Mar 17 2014

Eggstra Spectacular again

Each week I say I want to play along with The Paper Players and Freshly Made Sketches and each week time gets away from me and I don't get the challenges done.  This week I'm able to combine both of the challenges into one. 




Here's my card combining both challenges and using Stampin' Up! Eggstra Spectacular stamp set.  This little lamb is SOOO cute!



The details:

  1. The base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 Whisper White, folded in half.
  2. I added a 5 1/4 x 4 layer of Smoky Slate on top.
  3. I cut a 1 3/4 x 3 1/2 layer of Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper per the sketch.
  4. I cut a 1 1/2 x 3 piece of Whisper White and stamped the lamb with Black Stazon.  I watercolored it with Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Summer Starfruit and Smoky Slate makers and AquaPainter.
  5. I cut a 1 x 1 1/2 piece of Pistachio Pudding cardstock, then used the Fringe Scissors along the bottom.
  6. I tied the Summer Starfruit Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack Twine around three times and tied a bow.

See, I told you…super simple, but very SWEET!  I love it!




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Feb 01 2014

Week 2 Spring Collection Challenge


It's the end of Week 2 of the Create with Connie and Mary Spring Collection and we've had fun showing off the Sale-A-Bration products this week in our project tutorials.  Now it is time for our Saturday Challenge.  We have a fun color challenge this week!  Love the soft colors and hope they put you in the mind of Spring!



Here's my card using You're Lovely in the Sale-A-Bration catalog.  I also used the beautiful Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper that is another option for Sale-A-Bration!



Here are the details:

  1. The base is 4 1/4 x 11 Sahara Sand, folded in half.
  2. I added a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Pistachio Pudding cardstock.
  3. On it, I added 1 3/4 x 3 1/4 pieces of Sweet Sorbet Designer Paper, rounding the two corners on each piece.
  4. Over those, I added a 1 3/4 x 4 3/4 piece of coordinating Sweet Sorbet DSP and rounded all four corners.
  5. I stamped the floral image with Black Stazon, then watercolored with Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe markers and my AquaPainter.  I added the Live Happy greeting in Black Stazon, too.
  6. That was cut with the Deco Label Framelit.  Then I matted it by cutting two more Framelits the same size, cutting one in half lengthwise and one in half vertically, then spaced them so it created a mat.
  7. My final touch was to add Sahara Sand Candy Dots on the horizonal pieces.


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Jul 01 2013

Summer Silhouettes

I'm chuckling at this card today.  Our friend has a 4th of July birthday, so I always try to make her a red/white/blue birthday card.  For this one, the design could be either a sparkler or a birthday candle!  And…I love the greeting in Yippee Skippie stamp set, "Carbs…schmarbs…Eat the Cake!"  This is just SO her and part of the reason I purchased this stamp set! 


I combined two challenges for this card.  The SCS "Try a New Technique" (TLC436) is Twisted Traditions 2…using traditional colors for a non-traditional card.  In my example, I'm using Red/White/Blue for a birthday card instead of a patriotic card!  And as a bonus, I used a flower set in a non-traditional way!   I also am following Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Sketch (TCCS270).




Here are the details:

  1. The 4 1/4 x 11 Real Red cardstock is folded in half to form the base card.
  2. I embossed a 4 x 5 1/4 piece of Whisper White with the Mosaic Folder.
  3. I cut a 2 1/2 x 5 1/4 piece of Silver Glimmer Paper and adhered to the left side.
  4. I added a 1 x 4 piece of Island Indigo cardstock across the front, cut with a flag end.
  5. I used the Summer Silhouette's image and my Real Red and Island Indigo Markers to ink up the image and stamped on 1 1/2 x 5 Whisper White.  I used the top of the flower and Crushed Curry Marker for the flame/sparkler.  I layered that on Real Red cardstock and placed on the front with Stampin' Dimensionals.  There is also a Rhinestone Jewel just under the flame/sparkler.
  6. I stamped the greeting from Stampin' Up!'s Yippee Skippee with Real Red on a 1/2 x 3" piece of Whisper White, cut a flag end and added it on top of the Island Indigo strip.

Lots of fun, lots of sparkle…and I know she'll love it!!!



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Jun 08 2013

Blooming with Kindness

I've had this card for Technostamper's Monday Lunchtime Challenge TSSC266 done since Tuesday, but just getting the opportunity to photograph and upload it here on my blog!  I didn't want to miss the deadline!  Some weeks, where does the time go?


And here is my card using Stampin' Up!'s Blooming with Kindness and one of the new In Colors…Strawberry Slush!  I love it paired with Pink Pirouette!


Here are the details:

  1. The base card is 4 1/4 x 11 Strawberry Slush, folded in half.
  2. I added a layer of 4 x 5 1/4 Whisper White.
  3. I cut a strip of 2 x 4 3/4 Quatrefancy Designer Paper and placed along the left side.
  4. On a piece of 2 1/2 x 3 3/4 Whisper White, I stamped the image by inking up the flower with Pink Pirouette first, then used markers to add Strawberry Slush and Always Artichoke accents.  I stamped Thank You in Always Artichoke.
  5. This was layered in 2 3/4 x 4 Always Artichoke cardstock.
  6. I punched a strip of Pink Pirouette cardstock with the Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch and tucked half of it under the left side.
  7. I added a 1/2 x 1 strip of the Quatrefancy DSP in the corner, cut with a flag end, then a large Rhinestone jewel on top!


I love the soft colors on this beautiful flower image!


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