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

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Baby, It's Cold

Hello again,

One more post tonight since I'll be away for the next three days. I wanted to play along with today's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge.

Stamps: Winter Alpaca set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: Whisper White heavy card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Soft Sky card stock and Doodlebug Frosty Friends patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Soft Suede, SU Soft Sky and Copics
Accessories: Spellbinders Scalloped circle and Die-namics zig-zag circle dies, Lawn Fawn wooden snowflakes, Wink of Stella pen, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks for looking,

Merry Christmas


It's a very warm Sunday afternoon here in Southern California. I know that many of you in the Mid-West are dealing with snow and cold this weekend. I was in Nashville all last week for work and when we were all heading to the airport Friday evening, they were starting to delay and even cancel some flights going to Chicago. Luckily, I connected to San Diego through Houston, so there were no issues for me. I'm happy to be home for a few days, but I'm heading out Monday through Wednesday again next week.

I had a chance to do some stamping this morning after a few chores. It's Sunday and The Paper Players has a fun sketch for us this week. I took advantage to make another holiday card.

Stamps: Toboggan Together set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: Stampin' Up heavy weight Whisper White and X-Press It Blending card stocks, Lawn Fawn Snow Day patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and topics
Other: Lawn Cuts Toboggan Together co-ordinating dies, Lawn Cuts stitched circle tag die, Die-namics stitched rectangle and Fishtail Flag STAX dies, SU snowflakes and sequin, TE ribbon, the Big Shot, dimensional tape

Have a safe and fun week and everyone celebrating Thanksgiving, Happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for looking,

Monday, November 16, 2015

Let's Celebrate

Hello again,

One more post today. This time a change of pace from Christmas cards. Here's a Thanksgiving card for you.

Stacey has a super cute theme this week on her Curtain Call challenge blog called Foxy. I just had to play along with it. Who doesn't love the trendy fox theme? I used the Lawn Fawn Party Animal set with the holiday additions for my little Thanksgiving fox. The layout is from this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge and I'm also linking up to this week's CanYouCaseIt? Color Challenge. The colors this week are browns, yellows and neutral.

Stamps: Party Animal and Party Animal Holiday Addition sets by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White, Really Rust, Summer Sun card stocks, X-Press It Blending card stock, Doodlebug Friendly Forrest patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Early Expresso
Other: Lawn Cuts Stitch Party Banners and Party Animal dies, Spellbinders classic circle die, white enamel dots, SU small circle punch, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks again for stopping by my blog,

Warm Wishes

Hi all,

I got quite productive yesterday making Christmas cards. I still have many, many more to go but I'm making a dent.

My card today turned out nothing like how I had in my mind. You know that paper crafter's mantra " there are no mistakes, just design opportunities,"well, that is totally what occurred with this card. I started out creating the background with my Zig Real Brush markers and some water color paper. I then decided to use the Sweater Weather cutting plate by TE to cut the design into the paper. Oops, the paper was too thick for the intricate design on the cutting plate. I almost pitched it, but after taking a second look decided I'd just use it as an "embossed" background and continue with the card. I actually kind of like the way it worked. So, I guess our mantra is a good one, LOL.

My personal mantra is don't be quick to judge before the embellishments go on. Before the gold string and gold sequin, the care still looked a little blah. After adding the gold embellishments, a whole new card!

The sketch from Sunday Stamps #114 inspired my card layout and with it's the fairly clean design, I think I can play along with this week's The Paper Player's Challenge of CAS Christmas.

Stamps: Make A Mitten set by Stampin' Up and sentiment from Polar Pals set by Avery Elle
Paper: Tim Holtz water color paper, SU Cucumber Crush card stock
Ink: Zig Real Brush Water Color Markers and VersaMark
Other: Sweater Weather Cutting Plate by Taylored Expressions, Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX die, SU white EP, heat tool, gold sequin, gold coil, the Big Shot, dimensionals

I'm off to Nashville bright and early tomorrow morning for the rest of the week. Work meetings all week. I hope you all have a nice one.

Thanks for looking in,

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Celebrate the Season

Hello and happy Saturday,

What better way to celebrate the holiday season than with hot chocolate and a gingerbread man cookie? Two of my favorite goodies!

My Holiday card today uses this week's Freshly Made Sketch as the layout and The Challenge #50 color scheme of red, kraft, white and silver.

Stamps: Scentsational Season and Endless Wishes sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Crumb Cake and Whisper White card stock, SU Vellum, and SU Season of Style DSP
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red and Baked Brown Sugar, VersaMark
Other: SU silver EP, heat tool, SU Scentsational Season dies, Die-namics Fishtail Flag die, SU sequin, red liquid pearls, the Big Shot, dimensionals, SU mini glue dots

Thinking of our friends in France.

Thanks for looking in,

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Fleece Navidad

Hello stampers,
I found some time last night after work to do some stamping. Yay! I've been working on some sewing projects lately so there's been no room on my craft table to stamp. But, I got to a point in my project that I felt I could clean things up and do some stamping.

When I first saw this new Baaah Humbug Christmas set from Lawn Fawn I knew that I wanted it. I think it's the "fleece navidad" sentiment combined with this knitting sheep. It just tickles my funny bone!

Joanne has an interesting color challenge for this week's Paper Player's challenge. The colors are black, white, silver or gold, and one other color. Since I hadn't used my new stamp set yet, I thought I'd see if I could make it work with these colors. The sketch is from CanYouCaseIt.

The sentiment is stamped in VersaMark and heat embossed with silver EP. The silver and snowflake sequin are SU. The sheep is colored with Copics and she and her accessories are cutout with the coordinating dies. The Christmas lights have Christmas red stickles applied over the coloring.

For the inside, I used one of the sentiments from SU More Merry Messages sets and another greeting from the Baaah Humbug set, both heat embossed in silver.

Stamps: Baaah Humbug set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: X-Press It Blending white, SU Basic Black and Real Red card stock and SU All Is Calm DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark, Copics
Other: Lawn Fawn Baaah Humbug dies, Die-namics Fishtail Flag die, SU silver EP, heat tool, Stickles, Wink of Stella pen, SU sequin, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Thanks for looking. I hope everyone has a good week.


Thursday, October 29, 2015

Warm Wishes and Joy

Happy Thursday afternoon,

I finished work early today and had some time before a friend comes to go walking to post a couple cards that I finished this week. I'm finally starting to work on Christmas cards. I figure that I should make at least two or three of each that I do between now and time to mail them. Otherwise, I'm going to be lacking.

LeAnne has a great sketch for us this week on The Paper Players blog. I did end up making two cards.

Card One:
Stamps: Wondrous Wreath set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Cucumber Crush, Soft Suede and X-Press It Blending card stocks, SU Into the Woods DSP, SU red Glimmer paper
Ink: SU Cucumber Crush, Mossy Meadow, Real Red
Other: SU Wondrous Wreath dies, TE sequins, Stickles, the Big Shot, corner punch, dimensionals

Card Two:
Stamps: Cool Day set by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Soft Sky, Real Red and X-Press It Blending card stock, SU All Is Calm DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Copics
Other: Spellbinders large oval die, Die-namics stitched oval die, Stickles, TE sequins, SU red stitched ribbon, the Big Shot, dimensionals

I'm looking forward to the weekend. How about you?

Thanks for looking,

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thankful For You


I sewed all day today and finished a two quilt projects that I've been working on for a few months. (I will post some pictures later in the week after I deliver them since they are gifts) After cleaning up the sewing "mess" I thought I'd relax by doing some coloring before going to bed.

This week, Nance has a seasonal appropriate challenge theme up on The Paper Players blog. Coloring some fall leaves sounded perfect. This card went together super quick. I made it a little 4x4" square note card.

The Autumn Wreath is from Taylored Expressions. It's stamped in SU Archival Black and colored with Zig Real Brush Watercolor pens and an aqua painter on Tim Holtz watercolor paper. It's cut out using a Die-namics double stitched square die. The enamel shapes are from Doodlebug.

On the inside, I stamped this sweet squirrel in the lower corner and left the rest of the space to write a note.

Stamps: Autumn Wreath set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Crumb Cake card stock and Tim Holtz watercolor paper
Ink: SU Archival Black and Zig Real Brush Watercolor pens
Other: Die-namics Double Stitched Square STAX dies, Doodlebug enamel shapes, SU linen thread, The Big Shot

Wishing everyone a fabulous, fall week ahead. Thanks for looking,

Friday, October 16, 2015

Hey There, Pumpkin

Hi and TGIF,

It was a very busy week for me. Many nights I got home pretty late in the evenings and after having a fairly late dinner, I sat down to do some coloring to relax before going to bed.

Leslie's The Challenge #46 is a color challenge this week. The palette is a nice fall one. The sketch is the current SugarSketch 31 from SugarPea Designs. The stamp set is also from SugarPea Designs and one of my favorites.

Here's the inside of my card:

Stamps: Bountiful Blessings set by SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Crumb Cake, Cherry Cobbler and X-Press It Blending card stock, Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics and SU Cherry Cobbler
Other: Die-namics Stitched Curved Rectangle and Wide Fishtail Flags STAX dies, SU circle and flower punches, TE medium Scalloped Boarder die, sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals

I'm ready to relax this weekend because I have to get ready for another busy, busy week. I hope your's is nice and relaxing too.

Thanks for looking,