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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Sunday, February 10, 2019


Hi again,

I did get one more card made this afternoon. This one for one of my favorite weekly challenges, The Paper Players. This week Laurie is hostess with a color challenge consisting of grays and pink. I used it to make a cute Valentine's Day card for one of my nephews. Even though he's now 20, he will like it. When he was a little guy, he'd take the cards I made him to bed, LOL. My sister would sneak in and rescue them to save.

I've used Concord and 9th stamp sets again.

I've used all SU inks in the colors in the banner. The plaid is made with Basic Gray. It looks black in the photo, probably because I did use my Misti to layer several layers. The tiny hearts in the background are made with another turnabout set.

Here is the inside.

This card is already in the mailbox.

Thanks all and have a great work week,

Stamps: all Concord & 9th, Sending Love set, Hugs & Kisses Turnabout set, Furry Friends set, Plaid Background set
Paper: SU Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: SU Basic Gray, Smokey Slate and Melon Mambo
Other: Misti, Gemini Jr, Furry Friends & Hugs and Kisses dies, dimensionals

You Are My Sunshine & Best Friend

Hi and happy Sunday to all,

I'm home this weekend, Yay! And, I've been stamping. Yay x 2!

Last night I was playing around with the Concord & 9th Marbled Turnabout set.  Using the colors in this week's Color Throwdown Challenge for inspiration I made two cards.  The colors this week are red, orange and yellow.

Each card uses different shades of the three main colors, which makes them look quite different. I've made them into Valentine's themed cards.

On the first card I've used the Hello Sunshine Turnabout die too. Super fun!

The outside:

The inside:

On card number two the layout is very similar, but on this card I've used some SU heart dies.

The outside:

The inside:

I'm loving creating with the Concord & 9th turnabout sets. If you haven't tried them. you should. They are kind of addicting!

I hope you have a great Sunday. I'm going to try and make cards for a few more challenges this afternoon. I do have to pack, again, because I'm working out of town, again, Monday through Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Concord & 9th Marbled Turnabout set and Hello Sunshine Turnabout set, Stampin' Up Meant To Be set
Paper: SU Real Red, Lovely Lipstick, Basic Black card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock, Taylored Expressions textured yellow card stock
Ink: SU Barely Banana, So Saffron, Pineapple Punch, Mango Melody, Grapefruit Grove, Tangerine Tango, Lovely Lipstick, Real Red and Gina K Jet Black and Sweet Corn, Hero Arts Craft White
Other: Concord & 9th Hello Sunshine dies, SU Heart dies, Doodlebug and Pebbles enamel hearts and stars, Gemini Jr, Misti, SU gold twine, Hero white EP,  heat tool, dimensionals

Sunday, February 3, 2019

So Happy To Have You In My Life

Hi again,

One more quick post before we head out to the SB party this afternoon. I wanted to get a card made for this week's Paper Players Challenge. I was so disappointed last week because I didn't have time to play along with the sketch challenge. That darn work just kept interfering with my stamping plans last week, so this week, I made it a priority to get a card made. Joanne is hostess with a fun theme this week, and I kept my card super simple using some new SU goodies. I'm also using this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! for my card's layout.

I've used new DSP from the Occasions Mini and a new stamp set called Amazing Life. The image is stamped using Lovely Lipstick and cut out using a stitched oval die and layered using dimensionals. For embellishment, I added an enamel heart for the dot over the i. These pretty SU papers do most of the work on this one.

I've kept the inside super simple too.

The sentiment is also in the stamp set and I used a scrap of the heart DSP at the bottom.

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Amazing Life set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Soft Sea Foam and Whisper White card stock, SU All My Love DSP
Ink: SU Lovely Lipstick
Other: Die-namics Stitched Oval die, Doodlebug enamel heart, Gemini Jr, dimensionals

Happy Birthday

Hello to all, and Happy Super Bowl Sunday (if you're into that),

Can't say that FB is something that I watch, but later we are going to our friends for a little SB party. It also happens to be his birthday today, so of course, I needed to make a card.

Using inspiration from this week's Freshly Made Sketch, and the color theme at Seize the Birthday, here is my card.

For the three diagonal lines in the sketch, I used some patterned paper, matching the lines with the same paper on the card base. I added the happy birthday in Real Red and some SU candy dots for embellishment. The stamps are from a variety of sets, all are listed below in the Supplies section.

Here is the inside.

I'm off to Denver for the week bright and early tomorrow morning. The weather app keeps changing. Now it's saying snow on Wednesday, but yesterday snow wasn't in the forecast. It's currently warmer in Denver than it is here in San Diego. We've had some wild, rainy weather the last few days here.

Have a great day!

Stamps: All Inside, Up the Happy, and Pure Magic by Julie for Ellen Hutson, Birthday Basics Turnabout set by Concord & 9th and Party Animal by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Basic Black, Whisper White thick, Whisper White and Botanical Butterfly DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Real Red
Other: Ellen Hutson set dies, Lawn Fawn set dies, SU Candy Dots, Gemini Jr, SU mini glue dots, fun foam

Friday, January 25, 2019

You Make Me Smile.

Hi again,

Nothing like CAS to make things quick. I'm playing along with the CASology theme with this card. Using a couple of SU stamp sets, I was able to make this super quick Clean and Simple card. Single layer, minimum embellishments, white space. And really, only about 10-15 minutes to complete it all.

Don't you love these large blooms? I do! It's one of the new SU sets from the Occasions Catalog. I did get the coordinating DSP, but for today's card, I only used Whisper White Heavy card stock and some SU inks and two tiny black rhinestones.

We all have peeps in our lives that make us smile. I was thinking of mine when I made this card.

I've used two SU stamp sets. A brand new one from the 2019 Occasions catalog, and the greetings are from a set from last year.

Thanks for stopping in,

 Stamps: Bloom by Bloom set and Colorful Seasons set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Whisper White Heavy card stock
Ink: SU Granny Apple Green, Mango Melody, Pineapple Punch and Memento tuxedo black
Other: black rhinestones

What's the Scoop?

Happy, happy Friday to all,

A very slow work day for me today and I'm not sorry one bit. I had some house chores to do this morning (paying bills, it's always so fun-not!), and a few actual work e mails to answer. After having lunch with Mr Personal Chef at this little mediterranean food bistro, I decided to do some stamping. I needed to get my weekend stamping fix in early because I will be flying to Northern Calif tomorrow for the weekend to attend my Aunt's memorial. My mom's older sister passed a few weeks ago. Always a sad time.

Using Linda's Freshly Made Sketch, and the colors from the current Global Design Project I made this card. When I saw Linda's sketch on Wednesday, I knew immediately what I wanted to use for the vertical element, and the GDP colors worked so well for my idea.

I tried keeping my card fairly CAS. Just a little Twinkle Twinkle DSP with small scalloped borders. The only embellishment is that sweet little puffy heart sticker.

I didn't stamp a greeting on the inside, thinking this would make a good note card for any occasion.
I did use the new SU Stitched Rectangle set to cut a frame from Soft Sea Foam card stock and stamped that sweet little cherry at the bottom.

I'm going to try and get one more card done tonight. I still need to pack, but that shouldn't take too long.

Thanks for coming by and have a great weekend!

Stamps: Layering Ice Cream set by Hero Arts
Paper: Whisper White Heavy, Soft Sea Foam card stocks and Twinkle Twinkle DSP, all SU
Ink: SU Soft Sea Foam, So Saffron, Petal Pink, Gina K Sandy Beach, Kraft, and Jet Black ink cubes,
Other: Hero Layering Ice Cream set dies, SU Stitched Rectangle dies, Taylored Expressions Scalloped Border die, Misti, Gemini Jr, Crate Paper puffy heart sticker, dimensionals

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Got Powder?


The very talented Claire is our hostess this week at The Paper Players Challenge. The challenge is a Clean and Simple one with a theme of Snowy Day.

I have several stamps that would have worked well and since I was in the mood to pull out my Copics and color while watching the AO Tennis matches, I choose this little PI Snowboarder. Besides, I think many would say this is a perfect way to spend a snowy day. I originally had this as a single layer card, but in the end I couldn't help myself to add a layer of snowy mountains with a ski hill. It's still a fairly CAS card. (my story and I'm sticking to it.)

The mountains are created with a Lawn Fawn die and the hill with a Die-namics die. The snow is created with a TE embossing folder. I blended some bright blue Distress Oxide ink on the top of the card base then glued the mountain and hill panel on top. The snowboarder is fussy cut out and adhered with Dimensionals. I covered his goggles with a layer of Glossy Accents.

The inside is super CAS, just the sentiment and snowy mountains.

Thanks for checking in. Have a nice Thursday!

Stamps: Snowboard Boy Pure Innocence by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU heavy Whisper White and X-Press It Blending card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Island Indigo, Distress Oxide Ink in Broken China
Other: Lawn Fawn and Die-namics dies, Taylored Expressions Snow embossing folder, Glossy Accents, Gemini Jr, Misti, Dimensionals

Tuesday, January 22, 2019


Hi and happy Tuesday afternoon,

Hope all are well. I have a super Clean and Simple card to share with you today. The theme at Retro Rubber Challenge this week is "black and white." I was going to make a card with flowers, but while looking through some of my sets, I ran across the Taylored Expressions Bikes & Trikes set and decided to make a Friend themed card. I think this stamped image looks pretty good in just black and white. I don't know exactly when this set came out, but I'm pretty confident it's older than five years old.

The card base is SU Heavy Whisper White and the black & white patterned paper is a piece from my misc stash. No clue of the company. Using my Misti I stamped the bike several times using Memento tuxedo black in to make it nice and dark. Same with the sentiment. I added a couple black rhinestones and a small wooden butterfly by SU.

I cheated on the inside and used some light pink on the stamped sentiment (but it's mostly black, LOL.) I added another strip of the black & white paper too.

A very simple design and super quick to make. I love looking though my older sets for this challenge!

Thanks for looking,

Stamps: Bikes & Trikes set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU heavy whisper white card stock and misc patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, light pink Copic
Other: Misti Stamping tool, SU wood butterfly, black rhinestones, SU mini glue dot

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Cocoa Melts the Winter Blues

Hello to all,

I originally made this card for one challenge, but after I finished, realized that it was more suited for another. Turns out the first challenge is a Clean and Simple challenge this week, and this card just doesn't fit. It does work for this week's Color Throwdown Challenge pretty well, where the colors are shades of blue with white and the inspiration photo has snow flakes.

I started by stamping the WTG circle image in the center of a 6 x 6" piece of white card stock. I masked the circle and stamped the snowflakes using the Concord & 9th Snowflake Turnabout stamp. The WTG images are colored wth Copics, and the panel is trimmed to 5.25 x 4". It's mounted with foam tape to a white card base. The sentiment is heat embossed on Brilliant Blue card stock with white powder. For embellishments I added some dark and light blue rhinestones and painted a liberal coating of Wink of Stella over the scarf and gloves.

For the inside, I used more images from the WTG set.

Have a nice Sunday afternoon/evening, and thanks,

Stamps: WTG Gets Cozy With Cocoa by My Favorite Things and Snowflake Turnabout by Concord & 9th
Paper: X-Press It Blending and SU Brilliant Blue card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Brilliant Blue and Balmy Blue ink pads, VersaMark, Copics
Other: White EP, heat tool, Misti, Rhinestones, Wink of Stella, foam tape

Friday, January 18, 2019

You're Stuck With Me

Happy Friday all,

It's still coming down here in Southern California. I can't remember when we've had this many continuous days of rain. Other than having to navigate the freeways, I've been enjoying it. Another thing I'm going to enjoy is a three day weekend. I'm taking today off and going with a friend to the Spa at Torrey Pines for a little R & R. I'm having both a massage and a facial. She is doing a wrap and a scrub, then we'll have a late lunch at the restaurant, which is one of the best around. Now that I've made you completely envious, LOL, I'll get to my cards.

I realized last night that I hadn't made a card for this week's Paper Players Challenge, so after dinner I sat down to remedy that. This week Anne has a very pretty color challenge of Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Grapefruit Grove, and a color of our choice. I decided on Pretty In Pink and along with some new stamps, dies and stencils from Concord & 9th, made a couple of cards. This first one uses Jen M's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.

I started by making a background using the new Concord & 9th turnabout stencil and the four SU inks. After that was finished, I cut out the cactus using the new To the Point dies. Using the other dies in the set, I cut them from various SU card stocks. The center Pool Party piece is dry embossed with the SU Sequins Dynamic embossing folder. For the card base, I again used the turnabout stencil with the same ink color as the card stock for a tone on tone effect. Using a super old SU corner punch, I punched out two Daffodil Delight corners and stuck them behind opposite corners so they just peak out.

For the second card, I used more of the colorful background that I made and the same cactus die. The inspiration for this layout comes from the CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch.

The card base is Pool Party and stamped with the To the Point turnabout set using Pool Party ink. The greeting is in the die set with the cactus and other elements. 

On both cards, I added a few birdies and a butterfly from a pack of Amy Tangerine puffy stickers. They seemed to fit well with the challenge colors and the desert card themes.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Friday!

Stamps: To the Point Turnabout set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Grapefruit Grove, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pretty In Pink, X-Press It Blending cardstocks
Ink: SU Grapefruit Grove, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Pretty In Pink, Memento tuxedo black
Other: Concord & 9th Faceted Turnabout stencil, Concord & 9th To the Point dies, SU corner punch, Lawn Fawn banner die, Die-namics Pierced Banner die, SU Sequins Dynamic Embossing folder, Gemini Jr, Big Shot, diemensionals