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

Sunday, October 4, 2015

Happy Haunting

Hello stamping friends,

Today we actually had some wonderful fall weather here in southern California. It was cloudy, a little rainy and cool temps. A really nice change from the 80's we've been experiencing for the last several weeks.

After doing my weekend chores, I ended up organizing in my craft closet because I was looking for a particular tool that I know I have, somewhere, and that morphed into a reorganization. I never did find the blending tool that I know is here somewhere, but I did make some progress in the organization.  I had in my mind a technique that I wanted to do for a Halloween card, but that quickly went bye, bye without the tool. So, to blog-land for inspiration. . . and came across this card by Birgit  Edblom on the Penny Black blog, which I love, and I decided I'd try the background technique using my Zig Real Brush Markers. The gray's with the pop of color just pulled me in and I though it would be fun for a Halloween card.

One of my favorite weekly challenges, The Paper Players, has a Halloween theme this week, and my thought was to make a card to post for the challenge. Here is my CASE on Birgit's card that I made for this week's Paper Players Halloween challenge. Also, my card works for The Curtain Call's "Going Batty" challenge.

To make the background, I started with some Tim Holtz watercolor paper and the mid, light, dark and blue gray pens in the Zig Real Brush Marker set to make the hills, sky and foreground. I used my heat tool to dry the paper between each application. After I was finished with the background, I used Memento tuxedo black to stamp the images of the trees, bats and fence directly over the watercolored background. I used the largest Die-namics Inside and Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die to cut the panel. The house and pumpkins were stamped on watercolor paper, colored and cut out before gluing them on the card to finish the scene. I'm super happy with the way it all worked and I hope you enjoy it too.

Stamps: Holiday Home set by Stampin' Up, Spooky Cuties set by Revere Confetti (fence), and Happy Haunting set by Lawn Fawn (greeting)
Paper: Tim Holtz water color paper and SU black and Smoky Slate card stocks, SU vellum
Ink: Zig Real Brush Markers (60 marker set), Memento tuxedo black, SU Archival Black Ink pad, SU Pumpkin Pie and Tangerine Twist
Other: Die-namics Inside & Out Diagonal Stitched Rectangle die, SU mini glue dots, SU Holiday Home dies, the Big Shot

Unfortunately, the weekend is over and it's back to work. I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for looking in,

Saturday, October 3, 2015

Birthday Wishes

Hi and Happy World Card Making Day,

I made this card for a sweet little boy who turns five years old on Monday. We are having cake and ice cream later this afternoon to celebrate his birthday.

The inspiration for his card comes from Leslie's The Challenge #44 Birthday theme. I took many of the images in the inspiration photo and had lots of fun putting this birthday card together.

Stamps: Chevron Backdrops set by Lawn Fawn, Love Monsters set by Taylored Expressions, and Happiest Birthday Wishes set by Stampin' Up (greeting)
Paper: X-Press It Blending, SU Tempting Turquoise, Green Galore, Daffodil Delight and Tangelo Twist card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics and Hero Arts Orange Soda and TidePool Shadow Inks
Other: Die-namics Stitched Square, Pierced Circle, Pinking and number dies, Taylored Expressions balloon dies, enamel dots, Glossy Accents, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Have a great rest of your weekend and thanks for looking,

Thursday, October 1, 2015


Hello stamping friends,

I have a fun birthday card for you today that I made on Sunday afternoon using this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch #288.  For the background, I masked off about 1/4" all around the card base and randomly stamped the images using the "stamping off" technique to achieve a softer ink application. I used the square and circle elements to make a shaker card. I hadn't made one in a long time and I think the sequins and cocktail theme go well together here.

Happy Hour set by Stampin' Up
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe DSP
Ink: SU Pistachio Pudding, Crisp Cantaloupe, Blushing Bride and Old Olive classic ink, Memento tuxedo black
Other: Die-namics double-stitched square, stitched fishtail flags STAX, circle STAX and martini glass dies, SU window plastic, foam tape, sequins, the Big Shot

Thanks for looking,

Monday, September 28, 2015

Fall Days Are Fun

Good Monday evening,

Last night instead of going to bed at my usual time, I stayed up super late and made this card for The Paper Player's #264 challenge. This week, Claire has a great sketch for us. I really like the layout of this one.

Seems like I'm on a Fall kick lately and this card is no exception. I used my new PI Fall set again. She is so fun to color!

I used the blue in the patterned paper to pick my card base color of Baja Breeze. The image is stamped on cream card stock and colored with Copics. The tiny leaves are part of the Die-namics dies that go with this stamp set.

Instead of a scalloped lower edge, I cut the brown paper mat a little larger and used the very old SU corner punch to notch off the corners. I used some Old Olive SU candy dots to add embellishment in the notch. Other candy dots are used on the horizontal panel as well. Although it doesn't show in the photo, I brushed a very light coat of Wink of Stella over the metal part of the rake.

Stamps: Thankful Friend set by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Baja Breeze and Neenah cream card stocks, Apple Cider by Imaginisce patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Early Expresso
Other: Die-namics Thankful Friend, Stitched rectangle, Wide Fishtail Flag dies, SU candy dots, Multi Matte Medium, Wink of Stella glitter pen, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks for looking in and have a great Tuesday,

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Happy Birthday

Happy Sunday evening everyone,

Did you see the lunar eclipse-super moon? So, so cool! I kept going outside to take peeks all during the evening. Here on the west coast, the moon was pretty much in the Earth's shadow by the time it had risen above the horizon enough for it to be in view. Now, at 8:42 pm, the moon is just emerging from the shadow. In between walking out to take peeks, I made another birthday card using this week's Freshly Made Sketch # 205. This is a fall themed card for a friend who has her birthday in October.

I used many dies and hardly any stamping on the front of the card. I love the rich colors of this older Simple Stories patterned papers. I thought it would hold it's own with the felt leaves.

Stamps: Teeny Tiny Wishes set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Naturals Ivory card stock and Simple Stories Harvest Lane patterned papers
Ink: SU Early Expresso
Other: Taylored Expressions felt, Taylored Expressions scalloped border, small tag, leaves and acorn dies, Lawn Fawn stitched banner die, MFT frame fishtail flag stax die, Reflections natural twine, the Big Shot, dimensionals, and Ranger Multi Matte medium

I hope everyone has a great week. Thanks for looking,

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Birthday Wishes

Happy Hump Day stampers,

I made this birthday card last night after work for Leslie's Always Playing With Paper Challenge #43. This week Leslie has an inspiration photo to work from. I took my inspiration from the birdhouses in the background, the baskets and the plants.

This rather country themed stamp I bought way back in 1997. It's a very large wood mounted stamp from Art Impressions. I also remember that I bought it at a Long's Drug store in Sunnyvale, Ca. My sister lived in the community at the time and the Long's Drug store had two big isles of rubber stamps. They had the largest selection of the Magenta brand stamp line than any stamp store in northern California. Funny the things that we remember.

I stamped the image in Memento tuxedo black and colored it with Copics. I added the natural and brown Baker's twine and some SU brown candy dots. Even though the image looks like it's a lot to color, it was pretty quick. I have two friends with birthdays during the first week of October, so this will be for one of them.

Stamps: Large wreath single stamp from Art Impressions, sentiment from Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Tip Top Taupe and X-Press It Blending card stocks and Lawn Fawn patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Tip Top Taupe
Other: Fiskers corner rounder punch, Reflections Baker's twine, SU Earth Elements candy dots, dimensional tape

Have a great day and rest of your week. As always, thanks for looking.


Sunday, September 20, 2015

Let It Snow!

Hello again,

One more post today. This card combines the two CASE It challenges, CAS(E) This Sketch #141 and CanYouCaseIt? #87 color challenge. Any three blues with a neutral. I used Brilliant blue, medium blue and light blue.

Here's my card:

This sketch is very intreguing to me. I wasn't sure what I would do with it at first, but after some thought I came up with this winter scene. I think that using the blue color theme from CanYouCaseIt helped with the overall planning. In fact, I'm sure it did. However it worked out, I pretty much love it.

Stamps: Snow Place set by Stampin' Up
Paper: X-Press It Blending and retired SU Brilliant Blue card stocks, Doodlebug Frosty Friends patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Brilliant Blue, Pacific Point, Soft Sky, VersaMark, Copics
Other: SU Snow Place dies, Die-namics Fishtail Flags Pierced and Pinking circle dies, the Big Shot, dimensional tape, sequins, SU white EP, heat tool

Going to our neighbors for tacos for dinner. Should be fun, fun, fun.

Thanks for checking in,

One Sketch - Three Card Layouts

Hi all,

Hope everyone is having a nice week end. It's a gorgeous "end of summer" weekend here in southern California, although it may get fairly hot before the day is over. I spent my morning doing chores and now that they are over, I'm heading to my craft room to spend some quality time with my stamps, ink and paper.

My post today is about how we can use one sketch and get several different looking cards.
Using the current StampInkPaper #14 sketch, I made three cards over the past week with completely different looks so I thought I'd share them in one blog post.

Here is the sketch:

Here are my three cards:
Card #1

I used the sketch pretty much exactly as it is drawn. This is one of LawnFawn's new Halloween sets and it's super cute. The ghost's costumes are colored with Copics.

Card #2

I rotated the sketch to accommodate this super cute Pure Innocence new set. She is colored with Copics and the color scheme is from The Paper Players #262 challenge. (I didn't get my card made in time to post it)

Card #3

The images are from an older Lawn Fawn Halloween set. I liked this paper with the spooky tree and birds and bats in the back ground. Since I didn't want to cover them up, I opted for the Die-namics oval frame. The oval and house are both tilted for a "wackier" look. I love how it worked! The ghost is stamped on vellum to look more "ghosty".

Card 1
Stamps: Booyah set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Tangelo Twist, Elegant Eggplant and X-Press It Blending card stocks, Doodlebug Ghouls & Goodies patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: sparkly Boo greeting from Reflections, Fiskers corner punch, Doodlebug enamel dots, Wink of Stella pen and yellow Stickles, Lawn Fawn Booyah dies, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Card 2
Stamps: PI Thankful Friend set by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Lost Lagoon and X-Press It Blending card stocks, SU retired DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: ribbon, sequins, SU wooden leaves, mini glue dots, Die-namics pierced rounded rectangle die, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Card 3
Stamps: Happy Haunting set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: TE textured black and X-Press It Blending card stocks, Echo Park The Apothecary Emporium patterned papers, SU vellum
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics and SU Tangelo Twist
Other: Die-namics framed stitched oval die, Wink of Stella gel pen, sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Have a great Sunday afternoon and thanks for looking in,