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Monday, January 16, 2017

Hugs & Kisses

Happy Monday peeps,

I'm driving this morning from San Diego to Semi Valley, CA, which is a little north of Los Angeles. It should be about a 3.5 hour drive, and I'm really hoping for no longer. As today is the MLK holiday for schools, state and federal workers, I expect traffic to be lighter than normal. Also, the rain we were expecting isn't coming until Tuesday, which will make for a better commute. Well, enough about driving because, after all, we're here for stamping.

Yesterday, I made this card using the new Paper Players color challenge from Sandy. Black, white and another color of our choice. Since many of us are in the mist of getting our Valentine's Day cards made, that is what I did. I've used a fairly traditional color, although not red. My inspiration for the background on my card comes from the most recent Paper Source circular. Here is the image that caught my eye.

Here is my card.

Yes, I did stamp everyone of these hearts one at a time, and I used my mini Misti tool to get them lined up. (it was fun!) The stamps are from an Ellen Hutson set called All Inside. It's the one with the cute bear that you can make hold things in his arms when you use the corresponding die. The hearts are all stamped with Memento tuxedo black. The outlined ones I colored with a couple of Copics to get the color that I wanted. (Trying to somewhat match Pink Pirouette.) The banner is Die-namics and the HUGS die and the & kisses stamp are Avery Elle. Other than the time it took to stamp the hearts, a very simple card.

Here is the inside, using Reverse Confetti Crushin' set stamps:

Ok, that's all from me. I'll be away from home all week, so unfortunately no more stamping time until the weekend. Have a great week!

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: All In by Ellen Hutson and Sentimental set by Avery Elle (front) and Crushin' by Reverse Confetti (inside)
Paper: X-Press It Blending and SU Pink Pirouette card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Die-namics Fishtail Flag STAX and Avery Elle Sentimental dies, black and white sequin, the Big Shot, diemnsionals

Sunday, January 15, 2017

For You

Hi again peeps,

I'm writing my second post for today as I'm watching some tennis on the Tennis Channel. After baseball, it's my favorite sport to watch. It's getting pretty late, even here on the west coast, so I'm headed off to bed soon but thought I'd get this written up first.

I mentioned in my earlier post that I got some new Paper Smooches stamps. This card is made with one of the new sets and dies. I've used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch layout by N@ Ali. The inspiration for the colors and theme come from the new Inspired By All the Little Things inspiration photo. This week, Hannelie Bester is guest designing and she truly makes fabulous designs and cards.

The card base is SU heavy weight Whisper White card stock. I stamped the little bear onto X-Press It Blending card stock and colored him with Copics and cut him out with the die. The large red heart is an older SU die cut from Real Red card stock. I placed it on the card and then used my Misti to stamp the greeting because I wanted to stamp it two or three times to ensure that there wasn't halo at the edge of the heart due to the different levels. The tiny red hearts are part of the same stamp set and I randomly stamped them in Real Red and colored over them with a red Spica glitter pen. The bear is popped up with dimensionals and finally the sequin was added for the elements in the sketch. (Plus, I love sequin!)

The inside greeting is super simple and is from another new PS stamp set that coordinates with the first. The little red heart got the same glitter treatment as the ones on the front.

I'm off to work in Los Angeles this next week. Hopefully, traffic will be lighter than normal tomorrow since it's a holiday for many. Unfortunately, not for me. I hope you all have a great week.
Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Courteous Cuties and Courteous Cuties 2 sets by Paper Smooches
Paper: SU Heavy Weight Whisper White, Real Red, X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics, Red Spica Glitter pen
Other: Courteous Cuties dies, SU Scalloped Heart Thinlet die, sequin, Wink of Stella, the Big Shot, Dimensionals

Coffee and Friends. . .

Hello stampers,

Since work has me traveling Monday through Friday for the next several weeks, my stamping time comes only on weekends. Yesterday I made three cards and a couple more this morning. Because of said travel, I'll have blogger do some automatic posts for me this week.

But, I'm home today so I can get this post, and maybe even one more live today. This card was made using the current Freshly Made Sketch, where Kim has a fun tall panel in the layout. Oh the possibilities!

While working in Utah this past week, I received my recent order from Paper Smooches. One of the items I ordered is the Cozy Coffee die. So cute, and here it is.

The sentiment on the front is from Reverse Confetti. I did order the PS Winter Sampler set and used one of it's sentiments here on the inside.

And here's a picture of my crafty helper this weekend. This is Sadie who is visiting while her mom and dad are on vacation in Hawaii. She loves this stuffed chipmunk.

I hope everyone is having a good weekend so far and if you're in the path of the ice storms, that you're staying safe.

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Be a Barista set by Reverse Confetti (outside); Winter Sampler set by Paper Smooches and Caffeinated Cups set by Reverse Confetti (inside)
Paper: Taylored Expressions textured blue card stock, SU Very Vanilla and Crumb Cake card stock, Crate Paper (I think) patterned papers
Ink: SU Night of Navy & Early Expresso
Other: Paper Smooches Cozy Coffee die, SU small corner rounder punch, SU candy dots, white enamel heart, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, January 8, 2017


Hi again,

I have one more post this afternoon to squeak in a card that I made using this week's Color Throwdown color palette. Amy is hostess this week with some bright colors. Since I'm headed into the snow tomorrow, I thought I'd channel some springtime.

I started with a Strawberry Slush card base that I stamped with the SU Hardwood stamp using the same color ink. The next stamped layer I made using the MFT Mini Hexagon Background stamp that I inked using a brayer and a SU Ombre Black ink pad. (Love the way it turned out!) The PI image is stamped with Memento black and colored with Copics using the challenge colors. The "hello" greeting is SU that I inked with VersaMark and clear embossed. I did two layers to make it look nice and shinny. A few enamel hearts and Wink of Stella over her green gardening boots are added for embellishments.

I'm also playing along with the  Fusion Card Challenge, sketch, and the Less Is More, Ombre challenge.

Thanks for stopping in. I hope you have a fabulous week a head!

Stamps: Pure Innocence Little Gardner and Mini Hexagon background sets by My Favorite Things, and Hardwood background stamp by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Strawberry Slush, Basic Black and X-Press It Blending card stocks
Ink: SU Black Ombre ink pad, SU Strawberry Slush, Memento tuxedo black, Copics, VersaMark
Other: SU Hello thinlet die, the Big Shot, SU clear EP, heat tool, enamel hearts, dimensionals

Just A Note

Hello and Happy Sunday afternoon,

It's an exciting day because today the Paper Players challenge starts back up for the new year with three fabulous new Guest Designers. I almost didn't get to participate in their first challenge because I was scheduled to leave early this morning for a work trip to New Jersey, where I'd be all week long. But the project has been delayed, so the New Jersey trip was cancelled and I get to spend my Sunday at home. I am flying out to another state for work this week, but I don't have to leave until tomorrow morning. More about that later.

My friend LeAnne is hosting this week with a super fun theme challenge. The layout for my card comes from the current Freshly Made Sketches. The super talented Linda Callahan is the sketch designer this week.

LeAnne's challenge is to use a recycled item on our cards. The "patterned paper" on my card is actually part of the front of a birthday card that I received last summer. I loved the water colored look and the coper accents and decided to save the card. I remembered that I had it stashed somewhere when I saw LeAnne's challenge this morning. (It took me a while to find it, LOL.) I trimmed it down and layered it onto a Marina Mist card base. Using Marina Mist for the two vertical strips in Linda's sketch, I dry embossed them with embossing folders from SU, cross stitches, and TE, burlap. The flower is stamped with Tim Holtz distress blue ink onto water color paper and watercolored with more Distress Inks and an Aqua Painter. After stamping the sentiment, it was punched out using the old SU Word Window punch. I fussy cut the flower and adhered it and the sentiment to the vertical element using an "ancient" SU gold rhinestone brad. I added a few more gold and green rhinestones around the card for embellishments.

Here is the inside:

Using more stamps from the W Plus 9 set I stamped them on a piece of SU Naturals card stock in SU Archival Black ink and water colored them with Distress Inks. I didn't add an inside greeting, leaving room for writing a short note.

So, I volunteered to help out another region this week, not realizing what I was getting myself into. I'm heading to Logan, UT which is north of Salt Lake City close to the Idaho border. When I spoke with the customer that I'll be work with, he says "I hope you like snow!" Apparently, they have a ton of it. He sent me an e mail on Friday reminding to bring warm clothes as it was -26 degrees. Now, living in San Diego, you can imagine that I don't have many cold weather clothes. I did do some shopping for my December Europe trip and didn't get to use them, but it appears now I will. I even went shopping yesterday to get some snow boots. My big concern is driving from SLC up to Logan, about a 1.5 hour drive. Monday is supposed to be the only non-snowing day of the week, so hopefully all will be good getting there. Getting back to the airport on Friday may be a different story. Certainly, it will be an adventure!

Have a great week all, and stay warm! Thanks for looking in,


Stamps: Doodle Buds set by W Plus 9
Paper: SU Marina Mist and Naturals card stock, SU water color paper and recycled birthday card for patterned paper
Ink: SU Archival black ink, Tim Holtz Distress inks
Other: SU and TE embossing folders, SU gold rhinestone brad, SU Word Window punch, Aqua Painter, the Big Shot, TE gold and green rhinestones

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Happy Birthday

Hello again,

One more quick post today.  Inspired By All the Little Things' inspiration photo is a beauty this week and I had an idea right away. Besides the flowers, I was also inspired by the gold of the bamboo pieces that the curtains are draped on. Although my flowers came out a little more red than purple, I still think it works with the inspiration photo. I'm also playing along with Seize the Birthday's Welcome Back challenge.

Using the Peony Bouquet set by Altenew, I stamped the layers of flowers using some SU and Hero Arts inks, as well as with VersaMark so I could use gold EP as "shading" on a few. After cutting out with the dies, I arranged them around a Die-namics Stitched circle frame die. The card front is dry embossed using the TE Burlap EF.  The Happy Birthday sentiment is stamped with MFT Label Maker stamp set  and Memento tuxedo black ink, then cut with their coordinating Die-namics dies. It was a fairly long process, but super fun to create.

Thanks for looking in. Have a great Saturday evening!

Stamps: Altenew Peony Bouquet set and MFT Label Maker Sentiments set
Paper: SU Blushing Bride and Brushed Gold card stock, X-Press It Blending Card
Ink: VersaMark, Memento tuxedo black, SU Purely Pomegranate, Hero Arts Mid-tone Shadow Ink pads in various reds and greens
Other: Die-namics Stitched Circle Frame die, Label Maker Sentiments dies, Altenew Peony Bouquet dies, Hero gold EP, heat tool, TE Burlap EF, Mini Misti Stamping Tool, the Big Shot, enamel shapes, dimensionals

I {HEART} Ewe!


A belated Happy New Year to everyone!

I've been back to work for a week after having a whole month off and let me tell you, I absolutely did not want to go back. I actually really like my job, but I sure liked being off. This was the longest time that I've ever taken off in all my years of working, and I'm right at retirement age, so it's many. Man, it was wonderful! I was supposed to go on a trip to Europe in early December, but we didn't go due to my friend getting sick. I ended up doing a "stay-cation" and still had a great time. The first couple of weeks I made a baby quilt for our neighbors, which you can see on a recent post here..

I didn't do a whole lot of stamping, but I'm making up for it today. I managed to get three cards made for some of my favorite challenges that have started back up this week after taking a holiday break.

Here's a card using the new CAS(E) This Sketch layout. Time to get started on Valentine's Day cards.

The stamp set is a Christmas themed set by Lawn Fawn, but it works well doing double duty for Valentine's Day. The papers are from SU.

I hope you're having a good weekend so far. Thanks for stopping in today,

Stamps: Baaah Humbug set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Whisper White and X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Love Blossoms DSP pack
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Baaah Humbug dies, Die-namics stitched hill die, enamel hearts, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Monday, December 26, 2016

Oh Yea!

Hello and happy day after Christmas,

I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas Day with family and friends. I traveled the length of California to spend a few days with my mom and brother. We had a very low key and quiet day, which was perfect.

Before I left, I had made this card for Mr. Personal Chef and left a little goodie for him. We don't typically do a whole lot for each other on Christmas as we like to do fun things throughout the year instead. But, since I was leaving for a few days, I thought he needed a little treat.

I used Jen's Freshly Made Sketch for the layout.

Have a nice week and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Figure Of Speech set by Reverse Confetti
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White, Cucumber Crush, Real Red card stock and Taylored Expressions patterned papers
Ink: SU Cucumber Crush and Real Red
Other: Reverse Confetti Figure Of Speech dies, Die-namics stitched frame dies, enamel shapes, the Big Shot, diemensionals

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

From Our House To Yours

Hi stamping friends,

I saw the sweet inspiration photo on the Inspired By All the Little Things challenge blog this week and immediately had a thought. After a few tweaks from what my mind's eye was seeing and I came up with this card.

I used the Avery Elle Christmas Chalet set and dies. The papers are from a bag of random papers that I got at a local store several years ago. They are all kraft with either white, red or gold patterns. I loved them when I purchased them, but have rarely used them. I think they were perfect for this challenge's theme.

The chalets are stamped with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with white EP. I used the corresponding dies to cut them out, then arranged them on the card base, which is another piece of paper from the same group.  (The white dots reminded me of snow).

Stamps: Christmas Chalet set by Avery Elle
Paper: Whisper White card stock and kraft patterned papers (company unknown)
Ink: VersaMark and SU Real Red
Other: Christmas Chalet dies, Lawn Fawn small banner die, SU white EP, heat tool, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Some non-paper crafting: Since I've been taking a "stay-cation" from work the last few weeks, I made a quilt for the 2 month old little guy next door. He was born on Halloween evening. I finished the quilt last night and took some pictures of it outside this morning. I'll give it to his mom and dad later this week. I'm not an exceptional seamstress, but this one turned out pretty nicely. (For anyone that's interested, this is a Fig Tree quilt pattern)

Thanks for looking in and enjoy the rest of your day,

Friday, December 16, 2016

Extra Yummy!

Hi and Happy weekend,

It's been a very stormy few days here in southern California. I know, I know. Nothing like the snowy and freezing Mid-West and North East. Even the North West has seen some snow. Still, we've had rain for about 24 hours and last night more rain and strong winds. Since I'm on vacation and doing a "stay-cation" I spent all day Friday stamping and listening to the rain on my windows. It was very enjoyable!

I made a few cards. The one here is made using the current CAS(E) this Sketch! layout designed by Leigh Penner. Very fun! I tried to stay true to the way she drew the images larger at the top to small at the bottom. The stamps are from a couple of older Taylored Expressions sets called Build A Treat and Build A Treat Border.

All of the inks are Stampin' Up and I did tons of masking on this one. The finished card turned out just how I pictured it, which is always a nice outcome. Here is the inside. Images are from the same sets.

 I love the fork in place of the I in seize!

Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by,

PS: stay warm and safe if you're in the areas with harsh weather.

Stamps: Build A Treat and Build A Treat Borders sets by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Whisper White and Flirty Flamingo card stock
Ink: SU Flirty Flamingo, Peekaboo Peach, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar and Archival Basic Black
Other: Sequin, water brush