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

Monday, March 2, 2015

Find Vodka and Party

Hi all,

I hope your Monday is going well. I love this sentiment in the new Avery Elle set called Berry Good. I did a little shopping at my local paper crafting store on Saturday afternoon and picked up this set and the co-ordingating dies. I had seen it on the Avery Elle website and was excited when I saw it in the store.

New toys, had to use them. The layout from this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch fits it well I think.

I colored the lemon with Copics then stamped the sentiment in MFT Hybrid black ink. The image was cut out with the Avery Elle Berry Good dies. Instead of the "flags" element, I decided to use the martini glass die from MFT. It's popped up with dimensionals and I glued on some gold sequins. I kind of like the way it turned out.

Stamps: Berry Good set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Daffodil Delight and Gumboil Green card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock, Doodlebug Fruit Stand patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, MFT Hybrid black and Copics
Other: classic circle Nestie die, Avery Elle Berry Good die, MFT martini glass die, SU large dots EF, Fiskars corner rounder punch, yellow sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks for looking in,

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Happy Spring


After doing laundry and packing for my next business trip tomorrow, I found a little time to stamp. On Sundays I like to see what The Paper Players weekly challenge is. This week Laurie's theme is Spring. It gave me an excuse to ink up some newish Taylored Expressions stamps. (I know, we don't need excuses do we?)

I used the Mojo Monday #386 sketch, Tall & Skinny. My sentiment is on the inside.

Stamps: Tag-a-long Easter set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Poppy Parade and Pear Pizzazz card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock, retired SU DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: TE Tag-a-long Easter dies, TE scalloped circle die, Die-namics pierced Fishtail Flags die, TE tiny border flowers die, Wink Of Stella glitter pen, gold sequin, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

I'll be in meetings all week in Northern California. At least the last two week's travel has not been to the cold midwest or east coast.

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


Sunday, February 22, 2015

Thank You


I hope you all had a great weekend. I've been feeling pretty miserable for the last two days. I was in Chicago last week for work and came home with a nasty bug. I'm not sure if it's the flu virus or a cold virus because I have symptoms of both. Unfortunately, I have to get back on a plane tomorrow for another business trip.

Most of my weekend was spent reviewing 110 slides for a presentation that I'm giving on Wednesday. After having enough of it by around noon, I made a card. Coloring helped take my mind off my stuffed up head.

This card is a thank you card for a very talented young man. He is the son of my housemate's co-worker, and a senior in high school. Besides being an awesome baseball player, he is a potter and he made us two very exquisite pots. We wanted to make a special card to thank him.

No sketch challenge used for this card. Just a simple layout to showcase the image.
The image is a Kenny K digi printed on XPress-It Blending card stock and colored with Copics.

I hope, as a fellow craft artist, he enjoys it.

Stamps: Kenny K digi and SU Sassy Salutations set
Paper: SU Bordering Blue and Night of Navy card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock and Americana by Pebbles patterned papers
Ink: Copics and SU Night of Navy
Other: Die-Namics stitched rectangles, Fishers corner rounder punch, Pebbles enamel dots, the Big Shot and dimensionals

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

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Thanks So Much


I hope you all had a great weekend. For those of you in the Northeast and New England areas, I hope you are all safe and warm. We have friends that live in Franklin, MA and they have been giving us updates on the piling snow. I'm headed to Chicago tomorrow for the week. I expect to be pretty cold after checking the weather channel for this week's forecasted temps.

I didn't get much stamping time this weekend, but I did manage to finish a couple cards this afternoon. (I should have been packing, but I'm really good at procrastinating.) This card I made after checking out this week's The Paper Players challenge. It's a fun bird theme this week. Here's what I came up with:

The layout comes from the Case This Sketch #110 challenge. I pulled out some older SU stamp sets and inks. The flower is stamped in Crushed Curry ink, then I used the Dusty Durango marker to color over the center before stamping onto Very Vanilla card stock. The sentiment is stamped in Dusty Durango ink. I colored in the flower at the top of the sentiment using the Crushed Curry marker, then added a tiny yellow rhinestone to the center of the flower. The bird is stamped in Dusty Durango as well and fussy cut. Notice a second tiny yellow rhinestone in the center of her wing. The leaves are cut from retired SU DSP in matching colors. For added embellishment, I rounded the lower right corner and tied some yellow embroidery thread at the top.

Stamps: SU sets Betsy's Blossoms and Swirls and Curls Verses
Paper: SU Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: SU Crushed Curry and Dusty Durango
Other: Taylored Expressions leaf die, Taylor's Tiny Twinkles rhinestones, yellow embroidery floss, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Thats' all from me tonight. I really do need to get that packing done! Have a great week.

Thanks for checking in,

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Owl Always Love You

Hello friends,

Here is the last of the cards that I made over the weekend. I think I have enough Valentine's Day cards for family and friends now. (Hopefully anyway). This card is super simple and I've used the CAS(E) the Sketch 109 layout.

Stamps: You're A Hoot set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: TE Choice Buttercream, textured red and pink card stocks and really old SU DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics and SU Riding Hood Red
Other: TE Small Heart border die, TE You're A Hoot coordinating dies, Fiskers corner rounder punch, The Big Shot, diemnsionals

Thanks for looking in,

Monday, February 9, 2015


Is it really Monday again? Weekends are just too darn short!!! As I mentioned in my last post, I had a productive weekend card making wise. Here is another Valentine's Day card that I finished.

The color palette comes from The Curtain Call Inspiration challenge, Kissing Booth. The sketch is the Freshly Made Sketch 172.

Stamps: S.W.A.K. set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: TE wood grain white and TE textured black card stocks, XPress-It Blending card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: TE Medium Layering Doily die, TE large ric-rac die, classic circle Nestie die, Michaels glitter tape, Stickles, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Have a fab week and thanks for looking in,

Sunday, February 8, 2015

For You, My Friend


I had a great stamping weekend. Two cards made yesterday and three today. Whoo-hoo!

Today's post is a card that I made for my "bestie" using the The Paper Player's color challenge 231 combined with Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch 255. The colors for the challenge are Real Red, Calypso Coral and Basic Black.

The stamps are Reverse Confetti "Whole Lotta Hearts" and "Frieda Fox" sets. Frieda is fun, fun, fun to color. I'm trying to figure out how to color fur with Copics. There are some really talented folks out in blog-land to use for inspiration.

For the small side panel, I stamped the X and O {heart} stamp in a line down the paper to make my own patterned paper and to incorporate more black since it's one of the challenge colors.

For some added sparkle, I went over the heart with Christmas Red Stickles and over her shoes with a Wink of Stella clear glitter pen, though in the picture it doesn't show up well.

Stamps: Frieda Fox set and Whole Lotta Hearts set by Reverse Confetti
Paper: SU Calypso Coral and Real Red card stock, Neenah cream card stock, Paper Heart by Crate Paper patterned papers
Ink: MFT Hybrid Black ink and Copics
Other: Die-namics stitched rectangle STAX and Speech Bubble dies, Michaels black ribbon, Stickles, enamel heart, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks for looking in,