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

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Mingle All the Way

Hello stamping friends,

My card today adds to my 2014 Christmas card stash. Yay! I've used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch # 235 for my layout.

While looking through my new SU holiday catalog products, I decided on these Smoky Slate papers and the coordinating embossing folder. To brighten things up, I added the Real Red ink and card stock. After stamping the sentiment in Real Red, I then stamped it again in Smoky Slate, but just slightly off-set. It gives a shadow effect.

Stamps: Mingle All the Way set by Stampin' Up
Papers: SU Smoky Slate, Real Red and Whisper White card stocks and SU All Is Calm DSP
Ink: SU Real Red and Smoky Slate pads
Other: SU On Point embossing folder, classic circle Nestie, Die-namics Pinking Edge and Jumbo Fishtail Flags STAX dies, SU corner punch, SU Frosted Sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks for checking in,

Sunday, September 7, 2014

You Are Pawesome!

Hi all,

It continues to be quite warm and humid here. I usually go out for a long walk on weekend mornings, but even at 7 am-ish, I decided that it was just too hot, so I'm hanging at home with the fan blowing. A little later, I'll probably tune in to watch the women's finals for the US Open, and maybe do some stamping while it's on.

For now, I have a card that I made Friday evening using the Mojo Monday # 361 sketch. This little kitty is from a super cute Simon Says Stamp set.

Instead of coloring the kitty, I decided to paper piece her/him with some of the same patterned paper that the greeting is stamped on. All of the patterned papers are from the same pack, Simple Stories called "Daily Grind". The circles are Nesties and SU Starburst dies, and the wooden arrow is from SU as well.

Stamps: You Are Pawesome set by Simon Says Stamp
Paper: SU Really Rust and Not Quite Navy card stock and Simple Stories Daily Grind patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and SU Island Indigo
Other: classic circle Nestie, SU Starburst die, SU wooden elements, metallic twine, Fiskars corner rounder punch, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thanks, and stay cool if you're in the SoCal area!

Saturday, September 6, 2014

For The Record. . .

Hi and happy weekend,

Today's card is made using the September SFYTT sketch. I haven't played along in Jen's monthly sketch challenge for quite awhile and I'm not really sure why that is. 

I wanted to make a card or my nephew, who started at a new school this year, and remembered the RC "Inner Rock Star" set. Since he plays guitar, and he LOVES old R & R, this set is a perfect choice to make his card with.

The records, guitar and sentiment are embossed using clear EP with SU black craft ink. The stars are SU dies and the tags are made with SU punches, the large dot background is an SU embossing folder. 

Stamps: Inner Rock Star set by Reverse  Confetti
Paper: SU Pool Party and Basic Black card stock and SU Flashback DSP
Ink: SU craft black and Crushed Curry pad and marker
Other: SU stars die, SU tag punch, SU large dot embossing folder, SU clear embossing powder, Fiskars corner rounder punch, Pebbles yellow enamel dot, the Big Shot, dimensionals

That's all from me today. It's a hot and humid weekend here in San Diego, so I'm laying low with the fan going. Thanks for coming by,

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Have a Purrfect Day!

Hello all,

I do hope your day was "purrfect." I wasn't really ready to go back to work after the three day weekend here in the states, but alas, that's what I had to do.

A few weeks ago, I discovered the SugarSketch challenges at SugarPea Designs. The first one I entered was the SugarSketch #09 challenge, and I won the random drawing with this card. Woohoo! Thanks for drawing my entry, Wendy!

I do love the SugarPea Design stamps! They are so, so cute and great for practicing one's coloring, and for me, that's practicing with my Copics.

This past weekend, I made this card for the SugarSketch10 challenge.

This little scene really was fun to color. I keep stretching my comfort zone with the darker shades and I'm happy with how the black hair turned out, as well as the kitty's fur.

Stamps: What's Mew set by SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Pistachio Pudding and Crisp Cantaloupe card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock, SU Sweet Sorbet DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Crisp Cantaloupe and Copics
Other: Fiskars corner rounder punch, SU small banner punch, paper flowers, dimensionals

Thanks for stopping by,

Monday, September 1, 2014

Happy Harvest

Happy Labor Day to all,

I hope your holiday was fun and relaxing. We started cleaning our garage yesterday and finished it this morning. After that chore was done, I did some stamping and tennis watching. As yesterday was Sunday, I decided to make a card for this week's Sweet Sunday Sketch.

Since it's Labor Day, I thought I'd do a fall card, but not Halloween, to send to my mom. While looking through my stamp sets, I found this My Favorite Things Happy Harvest set.

I made a couple of modifications to accommodate the image. I rotated the layout and used an oval instead of the circle.

She is stamped in Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. The patterned papers are Pumpkin Patch from American Crafts. To add some texture, I used some new burlap ribbon from SU, wooden leaves from SU and the Argyle EF from SU. I love the way it turned out.

Here is the inside:

Stamps: Happy Harvest (I think) set from My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla card stock, Pumpkin Patch by American Crafts patterned papers
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Pumpkin Pie and Old Olive pads and Copics
Other: Oval Nesties, SU Argyle embossing folder, SU burlap ribbon, SU wooden leaves, SU label punch, Pebbles enamel dots, twine, white gel pen, the Big Shot, dimensionals, small glue dots

Unfortunately, it's back to work tomorrow. I sure did enjoy the long weekend though. Have a great week and thanks for looking,


Sunday, August 31, 2014


Hi again,

This is my second post today, and I have a card that I made using the CAS(E) this Sketch #90 layout. This is another Halloween card, again with some new goodies from my SU Holiday Mini catalog order.

A very simple card to make using SU dies and one stamped word.

Stamps: Boooo stamp from Goggly Ghouls set
Paper: SU Mossy Meadow, Basic Black and Very Vanilla card stock, Tricks and Treats by Pebbles patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other: SU Fall Fun framelits die, SU chat bubble die, Pebbles enamel dots, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Happy Labor Day holiday! Thanks,

Be Of Good Cheer


I'm back with a Christmas card today. I recently received my SU order from the Holiday Mini catalog, so while watching baseball last night I broke out some of my new goodies. The Retro Sketch #130 this week looked fun and interesting, and I thought it was perfect to use my new SU "All Is Calm" Washi Tape.

I started with some Lost Lagoon card stock and cut a piece of "All Is Calm" DSP to cover the front of the card. Then I used the washi tape to make the pattern per the sketch. The greeting is stamped on banner flags made with Die-namics dies. The snowflakes are stamped on white with Lost Lagoon ink and cut with Nesties or SU punches. The two right corners are rounded. While it looks like it took lots of time, it actually was pretty quick and simple to make. I thought about adding some sequins, but decided enough was enough.

Stamps: Endless Wishes set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Lost Lagoon and Whisper White card stock, SU All Is Calm DSP
Ink: SU Lost Lagoon pad
Other: SU All Is Calm washi tape, Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags STAX, circle and scalloped circle Nesties, SU round and scalloped round punches, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Have a fun and relaxing Sunday! Thanks for looking in,

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Here's Lookin' At You!


I had a hard time deciding what to title my post. Usually, I use the sentiment on the front of my card, but "Boo" seemed too "pedestrian" this time considering my embellishments. Ha!

Yes, I kinda got carried away using "goggly eyes" on my card, but I think it turned out pretty darn cute.

I made this card for Jaydee's sketch challenge for The Paper Player's #210. The inspiration came from these Doodlebug papers. While looking through my halloween paper stash, I saw these with the eyes and remembered the Googly Ghouls SU set and the goggly eyes that go with it. Back to the papers, I love the eyes peeking through the doors!  Don't you?

The large goggly eye is from a set of "eyes" that I found in a fun gift shop a couple years ago. I haven't used them until now. Jaydee's sketch provided the perfect opportunity.

Stamps: Goggly Ghouls set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Only Orange and Green Galore card stock and Doodlebug's Halloween Parade patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other: classic circle Nesties, Die-namics banner die, SU goggly eyes, Archie McPhee large goggly eyes, the Big Shot and dimensionals

Happy Hump Day tomorrow and thanks for looking in,