Sunday, May 20, 2018

PP394 CAS Blooms and a Tutorial

Hi peeps!  Sunday brings us another Paper Players challenge with Laurie as our sweet hostess!  It's a Clean and Simple sure to check out the PP blog to make sure you follow all the guidelines for "clean and simple"!!

For my card today, I chose a simple outline floral from Tim Holtz and stamped it in Stazon Black on some Papertrey Rustic White cardstock:

I loosely colored it with an aquapainter and some inks, then added a sentiment from Technique Tuesday and a little line of washi tape:

I also wanted to show you how I rounded the lower right hand corner of my card with a circle punch!  It's really easy to do!  On this card, I used a 1 3/8" SU circle punch; turn it to the back:

See the dark "groove" under the big silver outer portion of the punch?  That's where the paper slides into when you are punching:

Take the corner of your card and slide it into that groove as far as you can; see how it fits in there?

Very carefully punch!  Your corner will not be perfectly round, as you can see below, but it is easy to just trim it a wee bit to take off the edges at the top and bottom:

so it looks like this:

The less bulky your paper, the less trimming you'll have to do because you can get the corner into the punch more easily!  Practice on some scrap and you'll have it down pat in no time!  And you can use any size circle punch!  I did not come up with this idea, it was shown at convention several years ago!

I made another card with the same flower set, while I had it on my desk!  This time I spritzed some SU watercolor paper with water and Tangerine Tango ink, heat set it to dry it quickly and stamped a different floral on top.  I used some Simple Stories DSP for the background, mounted it on a Very Vanilla card, distressed the edges of my panel and added the same sentiment:


On the inside, I stamped the sentiment again in Smoky Slate, added another sentiment to it and stamped the flower again in Sahara Sand:

I used the Freshly Made Sketches sketch by my sweet friend Linda, and am also entering it in the Time Out Challenge, which is Inspired by Words:

I hope you'll play along with our CAS "Bloom" challenge this week!  Check out what the DT did as well:

·        Claire
·        Jaydee
·        Joanne
·        Laurie
·        Nance
·        Sandy
·        Elizabeth
·        Annie
·        Jan

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Flower Garden (Tim Holtz), So Blessed (Technique Tuesday), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Watercolor, Rustic White (Papertrey Ink),  Reset Girl (Simple Stories)
 Ink Stazon Black, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, Really Rust (ret), Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Old Olive
Accessories Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
Tools     Aquapainter, 1 3/8" Circle Punch

Saturday, May 19, 2018

FF137 and MM290 I Heard the Bells

Happy Saturday, peeps!  I have a Christmas card for you today, using the Fab Friday sketch and the Merry Monday prompt of "bells":


This is one of those cards that seemed more attractive in my head; once I started to make it, it didn't quite match up to the image in my brain, LOL!  But I'd already started, so I pushed through:

My upper panel used a piece of sheet music I printed from an Olde Design Shop digital image; I  "aged" it a little, trimmimg it to fit my Crumb Cake mat.  I added diecuts of a gold bell (Lil'Inkers) and some greenery (Tim Holtz), and adhered them to the music:

The main portion of the card was stamped with a little cabin image from Altenew and the tree from Kaiser's Frosted Christmas Tree set...don't they go together nicely?

After sponging the edges, I mounted it on a piece of the new Merry Merlot....a nice maroon color....and finally, added a few of the little stars from the bell diecut around the greenery and a Cherry Cobbler baker's twine bow!  Another card for the stash!  Thanks for popping in today!  

Miss Cookie Face:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!  Come back tomorrow for a new Paper Players' challenge too!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas Cabin (Altenew), Frosted Christmas Tree (Kaiser)
Card stock & Papers     Merry Merlot, Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Brushed Gold (ret), Computer paper
 Ink Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake
Accessories Cherry Cobbler Baker's Twine (ret), Dimensionals
Tools     Computer, Big Shot, Holiday Greens Dies (Tim Holtz), Bell Dies (Lil'Inker), Sponge Daubers

Friday, May 18, 2018

AYSI 176 Sketch Time

Happy Friday, everyone!  I am looking forward to this weekend, although it's going to be a busy one, I'll be with friends and I'll be EATING some yummy meals!  Hope you have something fun planned too!  Today we have a new As You See It challenge, and it's a sketch:

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I admit that at first, I had no idea what I was going to do with this sketch! But I had some gorgeous CTMH Chelsea Gardens papers on my desk from another project and I thought how fun it would be to use ALL the pretty patterns from the package on one card!  So that's what I did:

It took me some trial and error to determine exactly what size to cut the shapes, so if you're going to create one yourself, I cut each piece to 7/8" wide, then I cut the rectangles to 1 5/8" and the squares are (obviously!) 7/8".  I was thrilled how this turned out and I can see this sketch being a great one to use up those little scraps of DSP we hate throwing out!  I used a small corner rounder punch to round the opposite corners of each piece of DSP, and for the squares, since they're rather small, I lightly adhered them to a longer piece of scrap paper; that gave me something to hold on to while I positioned the DSP into the punch!

The sentiment was stamped in Basic Gray ink and I stamped a spray from Blooms and Wishes in Sage Shadow ink over top of it.  It was die-cut with the new stitched circle that's in the Stitched Label Framelits dies that are coming out in the new catalog, and matted with a scalloped mat in Smoky Slate:

The corners were embossed with a cross-stitch die that is also in the Stitched Label Framelits....have I mentioned how much I love this die already?!  For the final touch, I added some little silver pearls to the inside corners...aren't these patterns SO pretty?!


The design team has come up with some amazing ideas for this sure to check them out at the As You See It blog, and play along with us too!

This goofy child:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Blooms and Wishes, Mini Tag Sentiments (Our Daily Bread Designs)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Chelsea Gardens DSP (Close to My Heart)
 Ink Basic Gray, Sage Shadow
Accessories Silver Pearls, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch (ret)

Thursday, May 17, 2018

CTS272 Guest Designer

Hi peeps, a second post for me today!  I was uber-excited when Chrissy from CAS(E) this Sketch asked me to be a guest designer for this week!  Check out this fun sketch:

I used the sketch to make a Mother's Day card for Dana, and I used a couple of SU sets to create it in shades of green:

I started with a Very Vanilla base and stamped images from Butterfly Basics (retiring) and Touches of Texture (staying) in Mint Macaron.  I added a butterfly diecut from some of last year's SAB Mint Macaron glimmer paper, and a few little sequins:

The sentiment was a combination of Papertrey's Daily Design Sentiments ("happy Mother's day") along with the "daughter"from Fiskars Celebrate Family set, stamped in Tranquil Tide.  Dana really liked it!  And I hope you'll play along with us too at CAS(E) this Sketch!

We have had some wicked weather this week...if you're on the east coast, you know what I mean!  We had hail and torrential rains on Saturday, lots of lightning and rain on Monday and Tuesday!  Here's a shot from Tuesday night, in downtown Oxford, PA!   That sky was ominous!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Butterfly Basics, Touches of Texture, Daily Design Sentiments (Papertrey), Celebrate Family (Fiskars)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Mint Macaron Glimmer (ret)
 Ink Mint Macaron, Tranquil Tide
Accessories Sequins (Sylvia's Etsy Shop)
Tools     Big Shot, Bold Butterfly Framelits

IB20 Floral Clusters

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Time for another beautiful Inspired By challenge!  I had a chance to use some pretty new papers I got recently!  Here we go:

And here's Laurel's sweet prompt!  I was inspired by all the flowers and the wood:

The woodgrain paper is from SU's Wood Textures 6x6 pad, and the floral and print papers are from Crate Paper's Cute Girl line.  The sentiment is an old, old one from Cornish Heritage Farms; I added some white leaves, pink enamel dots and a little scalloped border:

And the sketch is from Global Design Project:

I love the rustic look of this challenge, and I just know you'll be inspired to play along with us!  Be sure to check out what the other members of the DT have come up with at Inspired By!

Here's a picture Cassidy took of Eden....very artsy, don't you think?!!  Thanks for popping in today--enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Garden is a Friend (ret Cornish Heritage Farms)
Card stock & Papers     Powder Pink, Lost Lagoon (ret), White computer paper, Cute Girl (Crate Paper), Wood Textures DSP
 Ink BasicBlack
Accessories Enamel Dots (ret), Linen Thread, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Flourish Thinlets, Stitched Border Dies (Lawn Fawn)

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

SSC178 A Little Hello

Hey peeps!  Happy Wednesday!  This week is whizzing by! I have a quick card today using the sketch from Sunday Stamps:

I recently saw an adorable card (thought I pinned it but I can't find it, sorry) that featured a wee little typewriter die from Flora and Fauna and I just had to get it!  So here we go:

These fun papers are from my friend Teri, so I don't know who made them, but they are adorable too!  I just did some diecutting and added a new sentiment from SU called Itty Bitty Greetings to pop into the typewriter:


I added a little twine and it was done!  Thanks for popping in today--be sure to come back tomorrow for TWO posts!!!

We recently found a robin's nest under our shed roof; a mama almost always builds one there, we've had one the last four or five years.  We know not to touch it but Cassidy REALLY wanted to see if she could see the eggs.  Not sure if she's getting too heavy or Grampy is getting too old, but it was a real struggle to get her up there and she ended up not being able to see them anyway!  

And Grampy had to let her get off on the old picnic table, he was afraid he would get down and not be able to get back up, LOL!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Itty Bitty Greetings (2018-2019 Catalog)
Card stock & Papers     Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Gray, DSP Unknown
 Ink Basic Black
Accessories Baker's Twine, Dimensionals
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circle Framelits, Typewriter Die (Flora and Fauna)

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

The Masked Stamper

Hi peeps!  Our stamp clubs yesterday learned about masking!  It's an easy process, a few steps involved, but it really creates a cool look with just some stamps and a few post-it notes!  This is one of  the projects we made using Swirly Bird and the retiring colors of Dapper Denim, Marina Mist, Soft Sky and Wild Wasabi:

The club didn't make the following cards, they were samples that I made ahead of time, showing them other ways that masking can be used.  This is a note card made with Berry Burst cardstock and Color Theory DSP and another set of images from Swirly Bird...the little bird and nest!  I think this is my favorite one:

And using the big floral image from Flourishing Phrases, I stamped it in Crushed Curry, masked it and stamped the leaves in Lemon Lime Twist, then mounted it on a panel of Color Theory DSP.  Since it was pretty large, I created a custom envelope with DSP and the Envelope Punch Board!

And finally, I received this card from my sweet friend Debbie.  We made a card similar to this in our last stamp class by using Blooms and Wishes to create a one-sheet wonder.  She was inspired by a the colors on a tissue box!  I love this color combo:  Soft Sky, Pool Party, Calypso Coral and Basic Gray!

I love it when my customers go home and put to use what they learned in club!  Thanks for popping in today!

I chauffeured Cassidy to karate last week....this was taken BEFORE she went to class, when we pulled into the parking lot!  It was a long week, I guess!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!