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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sweet Sunday Cards x 2


On Sunday I made another get well card. This one is for a friend that lives in Chicago, because she had foot surgery on Friday. Since the latest Sweet Sunday sketch was up, I decided to use it for my card.

I love Karen's sketch this week. Very easy to use and I think very versatile so I will be pulling it out again I'm sure. For my get well card I used a fall theme with papers from Fancy Pants and some TE leaf dies used to cut TE felt. It's bright and cherry IRL, so hopefully it will put some cheer into Jackie's day when she receives it later this week.

While I was at it, I decided to use last week's Sweet Sunday Sketch to make a thank you card for another friend. He travels abroad for work and the past two weeks he was in South Africa. He brought me a BEAUTIFUL scarf from his trip and gave it to me when we went to dinner at their house on Saturday evening. So thoughtful! It really is pretty too. Here's his thank you card.

I rotated the sketch to accommodate the image. This is a new SugarPea Designs set that I hadn't inked up yet. I had fun coloring it with my Copics. As you can see, his clothes are paper pieced with the same patterned paper that I used for the background.

Card 1
Stamps: Sentiment stamp from Taylored Expressions set "Doctors Orders"
Paper: SU Riding Hood Red and Very Vanilla card stock and Fancy Pants "Happy Go Lucky" patterned papers
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red
Other: TE leaf dies, TE sequins, SU wooden leaf embellishment, Fishers corner punch, sewing machine, the Big Shot, mini glue dots

Card 2
Stamps: Let's Fiesta by SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Smoky Gray and Basic Black card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock, Basic Gray "Knee-highs" patterned papers
Ink: memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Die-namics pierced rectangle dies and pierced Fishtail Flags STAX dies, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Now to get everything mailed. Thanks for looking in,

Monday, November 24, 2014

Sending Get Well Wishes

Happy Monday all,

It's the beginning of Thanksgiving week and I'm on vacation until Dec. 2. Whoohoo! I am flying to Portland, OR tomorrow, in the late afternoon, to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her boys. I can't wait to see them.

My brother and my mom were going to join us from Northern California, but my brother fell last weekend and broke his hip! Needless to say, he is staying put at home for a few weeks. He is doing well, but in much pain. He had surgery last Wednesday to stabilize the fracture with a pin. Obviously,
I needed to make a card for him. I decided to use LeAnne's sketch from this week's The Paper Player's challenge.

There's a variety of companies represented on my card, and the only stamping is the sentiment at the bottom. I think it will cheer him up to know I'm thinking of him.

Stamps: Get Well Wishes from My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Old Olive and Early Expresso card stock and Doodlebug Designs "friendly forrest" patterned papers
Ink: SU Early Expresso
Other: TE Squirrel die, MFT Pinking circle die, Spellbinders circle die, SU wooden leaf embellishment, SU burlap ribbon, the Big Shot, mini glue dots, dimensionals

Thanks for looking in today,

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hi friends,

In my last blog post I posted a masculine birthday card made for the male half of friends who are twins. Today, I have the card that I made for his sister.

The layout is based on Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch 242. I really had fun coloring this image from SugarPea Designs called Tin Can Chat. Kalie is constantly on her cell, so I thought this was appropriate, LOL.

Most of the image is colored with Copics. I did some paper piecing on their outfits.

Stamps: Tin Can Chat set by SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Purely Pomegranate and XPress-It Blending card stocks and Friendly Forrest by Doodlebug patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics and SU Rose Red, Soft Sky and Smoky Slate inks
Other: SU chat bubble, cloud stencil, sponge dauber, the Big Shot, white gel pen, Doodlebug heart brad, dimensionals

That's it from me tonight. Have a great Wednesday and thanks,

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's Your Day


Another Sunday evening. I hope you all had a fun and restful weekend. We did a few "weekend chores", a little partying last night, and visited with friends this morning, so all in all, a nice weekend for us. This afternoon, I had some crafty time and used it to make the first of two birthday cards that I need for two very special young people and twins, who turn 18 years old on Halloween.

This week, The Paper Players have a sketch challenge for us, and I used it for my card layout for this masculine birthday card. Along with The Paper Players challenge, I'm posting this to Linda's Catered Crop End Zone Recipe Swap.

Stamps: Taylored Expressions Graphic Birthday Greetings
Paper: SU Crumb Cake, Basic black and Champagne Glimmer card stocks and Studio Calico Here and There patterned paper
Ink: VersaMark and SU white craft
Other: SU white embossing powder, Fiskars corner rounder punch, Spellbinders classic circle die, TE Tall & Skinny numbers dies, SU Stars EF, heat tool, the Big Shot, SU sponge dauber, and dimensionals

I hope your work week is a good one. For me, it is a short week as we travel to Chicago on Thursday for a mini vacation in that very fun city.

Thanks for looking in,

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Tanks for everything

Hi and happy weekend,

Last night while watching the World Series game I made a card for this month's SugarPea Designs challenge. The challenge this month is to make a Thank You card. I pulled out this sweet set called "Don't Be Koi" to use. I've had it for awhile, but I've not had a chance to ink it up yet. I got stuck on how to color behind the fish bowl and decided that maybe colors should appear lighter. Not sure, but that's how I colored the images. I'm pretty happy with the end result anyway. The sketch is this week's Mojo Monday #368.

Stamps: Don't Be Koi set from SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Pink Pirouette and Riding Hood Red card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock and Echo Park "Sweet Day" patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, and SU Riding Hood Red
Other: Taylored Expressions small scalloped border die, Die-namics pierced circle die, Spellbinders scalloped circle die, Queen and Co. pearls, Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, the Big Shot, and dimensional

I also want to say thanks to Wendy and the gang at SugarPea Designs. I was chosen as the October Sweet Find for this card. HOW COOL IS THAT?!!!

Later this afternoon we are going to our friend Jenny's Blog Launch party. She is writing a lifestyle blog. You can check out Cha Cha Living here.

Thanks for looking in today,

Tuesday, October 21, 2014



I've got a few minutes before heading off to work this morning so I thought I'd post a couple of cards that I made for this week's The Paper Players #218 challenge. This week, Sandy's challenge is to make a clean and simple card using gold or silver. Here's what I came up with:

I used a stamp set from last year called Evergreen. This tree image is one of my favorite trees. I like the loopy branches. This card certainly fits the clean and simple category as it couldn't have been easier to make. I sponged white liquid ink using a sponge dauber directly onto the stamp, then stamped it on the brushed silver cs. I stamped the outside trees first then the center one, re-inking each time. The "Joy" greeting is cut from SU Shimmery white paper and glued on with glue dots. The star is punched from champagne glimmer paper.

I made a second card while I had the silver paper out. This one is not so clean and simple, however.

I stamped the wreath in VersaMark ink on whisper white card stock and embossed it with silver. The second set of leaves is embossed in gold. The wreath is cut out with the coordinating die and layered onto the card base of whisper white, brushed silver and All Is Calm DSP. The bow and greeting are cut from red glimmer paper. The berries are dotted on with red Stickles. I found the red rhinestones set in gold in my stash and thought they would coordinate with the gold on the wreath.

First card
Stamps: Stampin' Up set Evergreen
Paper: SU whisper white, brushed silver, shimmery white and champagne glimmer card stocks
Ink: Tsukineko All Purpose ink - white (SU had this last holiday season in white, silver and gold)
Other: SU Wondrous Wreath dies and SU star punch, the Big Shot, SU glue dots, SU sponge dauber, corner rounder punch

Second card
Stamps: Stampin' Up set Wondrous Wreath
Paper: SU whisper white, brushed silver and red glimmer card stock and SU All Is Calm DSP
Ink: Versamark
Other: SU gold and silver EP, Wondrous Wreath dies, red rhinestones, red Stickles, the big shot, dimensionals

Sunday, October 19, 2014

A Holiday High Five

Hello again,

Karen has another great sketch for us today. Here's my take on this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch number 241.

I received my new release order from My Favorite Things yesterday. Such cute Christmas stamps! I couldn't wait to ink them up. Besides the stamps, I ordered the pierced snow drift dies and pierced rectangles. Both are used on this card. 

Stamps: Christmas Cuteness set by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Lost Lagoon and XPress-It Blending card stocks and We R Memory Keepers Winter Frost patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics and SU Lost Lagoon
Other: Die-namics pierced circle, pierced snow drift, pierced rectangles and pierced fishtail flags STAX dies, the Big Shot, dimensionals

I hope you have a great week and thanks for looking in,