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

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Soak Up the Sun


How was your holiday weekend? I hope you had a great one. The weather couldn't have been better here in San Diego county. Nothing but sun, sun, sun! It was a perfect beach weekend and great inspiration to create a card for The Paper Player's "Let's Go To the Beach" challenge.

As you can see, I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch 226 for my layout.

The papers and wooden embellishment are from the Taylored Expressions July Key Ingredients kit. The stamps are also Taylored Expressions.

After stamping the chairs and coloring them with Copics, I make masks, then used my Copic Air Brush system to make the sand, sea and sky. The umbrella is paper pieced and popped up with dmensionals. The wooden beach ball is colored with Copics too.

Stamps: A Day In Paradise set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: TE red, light blue and Choice Snow white card stock and Echo Park "Summer Bliss" patterned papers
Ink: MFT Hybrid Black Licorice and Copics
Other: Copic Air Brush system, Queen and co wooden beach ball, dimensionals, SU glue dots

I hope you all have a great work week. Mine will be super busy.

Thanks for looking in,

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Life Is A Journey

Hi all,

The Crazy 4 Challenge has a fun sketch this week, so I thought I'd play along. This is another birthday card that I needed this week. (lots of friends with birthdays in June).

I mixed up some different stamp sets from two different manufacturers and I really like the way it came together. The recipient did too.

Stamps: "Bikes and Trikes" set by Taylored Expressions and LLD "Border It- Modern Borders" set by My Favorite Things
Paper: Orange, blue and white card stock by Taylored Expressions and Simple Stories "DIY" patterned paper
Ink: Black Licorice Hybrid Ink by MFT, Copics, SU Island Indigo
Other: TE Grass Border die, oval Nesties, SU corner rounder punch, enamel dots, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Thanks all,

Monday, June 23, 2014

Surf's Up!

Happy Monday afternoon,

I hope the start of the work week was good to you. This weekend I had lots of stumpy time and I needed to make two birthday cards. For this one, I took the theme from the current Catered Crop Summer Lovin' challenge and used the sketch from The Paper Players challenge.


The birthday girl is an avid boogie-boarder and this PI stamp set was just the thing to make her card with. She is stamped with the new Black Licorice MFT Hybrid Ink pad and colored with Copics. I used the Florescent Orange and Green markers to color the wetsuit. After coloring the images, I used some Crystal Effects over the entire boogie board and on the green inserts in the wet suit for a "wet" look.

Here is the inside:

Stamps: Pure Innocence "Surfer Girl" set by My Favorite Things
Paper: Taylored Expressions orange and blue card stock, XPress-It Blending white card stock, Echo Park "Paradise Beach" patterned paper
Ink: MFT Hybrid ink pad, Copics, SU Island Indigo and Riding Hood Red
Other: Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags &TE Wave border dies, SU flower punch, yellow enamel dot, sewing machine, Crystal Effects, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Sending Big Hugs


Late night stamping resulted in a card for today's Sweet Sunday Sketch # 224. I saw this week's sketch after Karen posted it to FB yesterday evening and decided to use it to make a birthday card for a friend who lives far away on the east coast in Mass.

I received my latest order from MFT on Thursday with this cute new PI set.

I stamped her with my new Black Licorice Hybrid ink pad, (love the way it stamps, by the way) then colored her with Copics. I paper pieced her dress as you can see. I added pink Stickles to the heart in her hair and Crystal Effects to her shoes to make them look like patent leather. Also in my new order, the Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags dies. Of course, I needed to use them! I cut the image out with my square Nesties. I didn't want to cover up her legs with the horizontal element, so I just added the enamel hearts and dots. The sentiment from the stamp set is stamped with the Hybrid ink.

Here's the inside:

The birthday sentiment is from a SU set.

Stamps: Pure Innocence "Sending Big Hugs" by My Favorite Things and "Happiest Birthday Wishes" by Stampin' Up
Paper: Taylored Expressions Choice Snow white and XPress-It Blending card stocks and Simple Stories "Vintage Bliss" patterned papers
Ink: MFT Black Licorice Hybrid Ink, Copics
Other: Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags and Pierced circle dies, classic square Nesties, Taylored Expressions Scalloped border die, Dear Lizzy enamel hearts and dots, pink Stickles, Crystal Effects, the Big Shot, dimensionals

I hope you have a fabulous Sunday. We are headed to the beach later this afternoon for another friend's birthday celebration. Should be fun, fun, fun!

Thanks for looking in,

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Hey!, Hello

Happy Hump Day all,

I'm back in my craft room again after a long absence, and happy to be back. Nothing wrong, just work and a few vacations. We spent a week in NYC for a friends graduation from medical school. We got to see her receive her M.D. degree. So, so proud of her. She graduated with Summa Cum Laude honors!

I saw the Paper Players challenge on Sunday and decided I'd like to play along. Jaydee has a color challenge this week of red, white and blue. Of course, this is perfect to make some 4th of July cards, but I didn't do that, LOL. The sketch is this week's Mojo Monday layout.


The inside:

Stamps: Hi There and Peachy Keen sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Night of Navy, Real Red, and Whisper White card stock and Pebbles "Americana" patterned papers
Ink: SU Real Red and Night of Navy
Other: SU Starburst Framelits dies, SU Scalloped Circle punches, Spellbinders classic circle die, Doodlebug blue enamel dots, SU white candy dots, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Here is the new doctor and I:

Thanks for looking in,

Friday, May 16, 2014

Find Your Happy Place

Hi and TGIF,

It's been a wild week here in San Diego county, especially here in the north county with wild fires. I'm very blessed and fortunate to live very close to the ocean, so we were not in danger. However, we have 5 different friends who had to evacuate. None of their homes were damaged, so again, very fortunate. My thoughts go out to those who did lose homes. I just can't imagine how horrible it must be!

Well, on to my post. I made this card last Sunday after I saw Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch 219. I've used some older stamps and papers. I wanted something to color, and had a good time with it.

This is also a good card to play along in Linda's Sweet Home Recipe Swap challenge, which is to use a house on our cards. Who wouldn't like to spend an afternoon in a pink treehouse?

Stamps: Up A Tree set by Taylored Expressions and Woodgrain Background by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU card stock and DSP
Ink: memento tuxedo black, Copics,  SU Cherry Cobbler and Old Olive
Other: SU punches, SU candy dot, twine and dimensionals

I hope your weekend is a good one. Thanks for looking in,

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fiesta - Let's Party!

Hello all,

I hope you're having a relaxing Saturday. I'm house/dog sitting this weekend for a friend. She has two of the cutest Maltese puppies you've ever seen! Since, I'm not at home, I can't do any stamping today, but I still have a card to share.

I made this last weekend for my "other half." His birthday is on the 30th and we'll be in NYC for the week, as I mentioned in a previous post. He prefers simple cards and I think he'll like this "chalkboard" technique card. If nothing else, he'll like the margaritas. LOL.

I stamped the images on black card stock with VersaMark ink and embossed with SU white EP. I colored the margaritas and the letters in the sentiment with Copics. The "salt" is SU chunky silver glitter. I used my white gel pen to add the doodles on the die cut image.

Here is the inside: A toast to the birthday boy.

Stamps: Cheers to You set by Stampin' Up and Papel Picado Banners set by Avery Elle Stamps
Paper: SU red, green and black card stock
Ink: VersaMark and Copics
Other: SU dies, white gel pen, SU chunky glitter, glue, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Have a good evening and thanks,