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Saturday, July 4, 2020

Sweeter Friend

Hi again,

I'm back with another challenge card that I made yesterday. I decided to make a separate post rather than combining them into one.

This card is inspired by two weekly challenges, this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge and this week's Color Throwdown challenge. Like many stampers, I used the photo as my theme inspiration.

Using my Misti, I stamped a background of water melons using the new SU set called Cute Fruit. This is a sweet stamp set for sure! The ink colors are SU Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush. After the stamping was completed, I used a dark green Copic marker to add a layer of dark green to the images. From this background piece I cut the diagonal panel. This is added to the card base covered with SU retired black and white DSP. The sentiment is heat embossed with clear EP and VersaMark over Memento tuxedo black ink. I used black Nuvo Crystal Drops over the seeds in each water melon image and added a couple of enamel hearts as embellishments.

Here is the inside of my card.

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by my blog,

Stamps: Cute Fruit set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Whisper White and Cucumber Crush card stock, SU retired DSP
Ink: SU Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Memento Tuxedo black, VersaMark, Copic dark green marker
Other: Misti, clear embossing powder, heat tool, Nuvo Crystal Drops, enamel hearts, foam tape


Happy July 4th!

Yesterday was a work holiday for many of us and I took advantage and did lots of stamping. I made a few cards for challenges and a few just for fun. Not that they're all NOT fun, LOL!

This post has my card using this week's Freshly Made Sketches sketch by Jacquie. I really debated over how to go about making a card, whether to follow the sketch exactly or use a little "creative license" with it. As you can see below, I did the later, and I love the clean feel, even with multiple images.

I started with a piece of Soft Sky card stock and sponged some clouds in the center with Hero Unicorn craft ink using the SSS cloud stencil. While that was drying, I stamped the kites and die cut all of the images. The kite stamps and dies and the cloud die are from Concord & 9th. The top panel is trimmed to 4 x 5.25 inches and layered on the Soft Sky card base with two pieces of scrap card stock to give it a lift. I arranged the there images in the group and added some SSS iridescent gems and outlined the cloud with a few layers of sparkle using a Nuvo glitter brush.

Here's the inside made with more images from the C&9th Kite set. I heat embossed the greeting with clear EP and VersaMark over the Memento black ink.

Have a fab day and thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Kite Strings set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Soft Sky and Concord & 9th white card stock
Ink: SU Poppy Parade, Blueberry Busshel, Memento Tuxedo black, Gina K Wild Dandelion and Red Hot ink cubes, VersaMark, Hero Unicorn craft ink
Other: Concord & 9th Kite Strings dies & Brighter Days dies, Misti, Gemini Jr, heat tool, clear embossing powder,  SSS cloud stencil, blending brush, SSS gems, Nuvo glitter brush, Gina K foam squares

Friday, July 3, 2020

Let's Celebrate

Hi peeps,

It's a holiday Friday, Yay! I had a fairly long day at work yesterday, almost 10 hours, and so I'm really happy that I'm free to veg today.

A few days ago I made some 4th of July themed cards. I was playing around with an older Concord & 9th Turnabout set and after making a few backgrounds in other colors, I thought it would make a great red and blue background for 4th of July cards. One of the cards uses this week's Sunday Stamps Sketch Challenge for inspiration.

Here are the two cards together. These are bright and bold cards. The stamp set is a long retired SU set called July 4th.

Below are the insides of the cards. The greeting is Avery Elle, the fireworks stamp is from the same SU stamp set.

Here are close up pictures of each card.

This first one uses the Sunday Stamps layout. If you haven't used one of the C&9th Turnabout sets, you use a square "jig" to hold the paper and stamp the image 4 times turning the jig 1/4 turn each time. To get the background colors in the order I wanted, I stamped red ink on turns 1 and 3 and the blue in on turns 2 and 4. The star stamps in the stamp set correspond to the SU medium star punch. I layered them with the medium Die-namics Star die. The flag banners are also Die-namics dies.

For the second card, I stamped the small star stamp from the set all over two narrow strips of white card stock with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with gold EP.  To make the folded circle element, I used my Scor Buddy to score at 1/4 inches down each strip, then folded each score line in the opposite direction. I did this with both strips of paper and glued the ends together with double sided tape, then formed it into the circle. I used a fair amount of liquid glue to hold the circle shape and glue it on the card. It's been a long time since I made one of these. I thought it fun for a July 4th card.

For the background, I used the same C&9th Turnabout stamp. I stamped with blue ink for turns 1 and 3 only. Then I moved the jig with the paper so that the image was in the middle of two blue rows, then stamped in the same manner with red. To me, the rows kind of look like crape paper streamers.

These were not quick cards to make, but super fun to make.

Wishing everyone a fun, relaxing, social distanced 4th of July holiday. Stay safe all!
Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: July 4th set by Stampin' Up, Retro Petals Turnabout set by Concord & 9th, and Banner Bits set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Whisper White, Real Red and Brilliant Blue card stock, Neenah Desert Storm card stock
Ink: SU Real Red, Brilliant Blue, VersaMark
Other: SU Medium Star punch, Die-namics Star and Fish Tail Flags dies, Lawn Fawn Stitched Banner Die, Spellbinders Large Scalloped circle die, Scor Buddy, white and gold embossing powder, heat tool, Misti, Gemini Jr., foam tape, liquid glue, enamel star embellishments

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

Miss You and Enjoy

Hi and happy Tuesday,

I'm having lots of crafty time this week as work is pretty slow. I feel so fortunate that I have my hobby to keep me busy during these strange times.

Yesterday evening I made a couple of cards for a couple of weekly challenges. This first uses the sketch for the current CAS(E) this Sketch!

I'm using some of the new SU 2020-2022 In-color card stock and inks, a new SU stamp/die set as well as an older SU stamp set here. I've made a Slim-line card.

The new stamp and dies set is called The Right Triangle. There is a small die that cuts out tiny triangles and I used it to cut the vertical element. I noticed that the way I used it, some of the triangles looked like they made flowers, so I cut it from a scrap piece of white card stock and glued some of the tiny white triangles inside the cutouts in the Bumblebee paper. The Bumblebee piece is backed with Just Jade. The large square is two of the triangles in the stamp set stamped next to each other and cut out with a SU square die. It's backed with the scalloped layering die. The gold flower is from an older SU set called Flower Shop. The flower is punched out using the corresponding SU punch. The sentiment dies are SU Well Written dies, cut x 3 from SU Basic Black card stock and stacked together with liquid glue. I added some SU Shimmery Crystal Effects over the tops of the words. Finally, I've used some of the new in-color enamel dots for embellishments.

Here is the inside of the card.

The second card uses the sketch from the CAS on Sunday Challenge. I wanted to use the new in-colors again and decided that the new Concord & 9th Scattered Dots Turnabout set would make a good background.

The coffee cup is from the C&9th Coffee Blend Turnabout set. As you can see, I angled the center square, I liked it better with the large coffee cup.

Here is the inside of this card. I've used another C&9th Turnabout set called Retro Petals for the sentiments.

Thanks for checking in,

Stamps: SU The Right Triangle and Flower Shop sets, Concord & 9th Coffee Blend, Retro Petals and Scattered Dots Turnabout sets
Paper: SU Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Basic Black, and Whisper White card stock
Ink: SU Bumblebee, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Cinnamon Cider
Other: SU The Right Triangle, Well Written, Square/Scalloped Square dies, Die-namics Stitched Square die, Concord &9th Coffee Blend dies, SU Flower Shop punch, Misti, Gemini Jr, SU in-color enamel dots, SU Shimmery Crystal Effect, liquid glue, Gina K foam squares, SU mini Dimensionals

Monday, June 29, 2020

Just Saying Hello

Happy Monday peeps,

I recently received my order of some of newly released products from Pretty Pink Posh. I love the stencils and the stamp sets! And the dies. Can't forget the dies! For my first card using some of the new goodies, I used Claire's sketch for this week's Paper Players Challenge.

The card base is Gina K Lucky Clover card stock. I used one of the stencils and a blending brush with Lucky Clover ink to ad the Jungle leaves and flowers. The second panel is also made using new stencils from PPP, Gina K inks and blending brushes. The flowers and berries are heat embossed with clear EP. The new stitched leaf border die is cut from the same Lucky Clover paper and sponged with Fresh Asparagus ink and glued with liquid glue. The monkeys are stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink and colored with Copics, cut out with the set dies, and arranged on panels cut using Hero Arts nesting dies. The greeting is embossed with white EP on SU Poppy Parade paper. Finally, I added a few red pearls along the leaf border.

Here's the inside of the card. The sentiment here and on the front are from the new PPP set called Simple Sentiments.

These stamps couldn't be any sweeter! Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Monkey Friends and Simple Sentiments sets by Pretty Pink Posh
Paper: Gina K Lucky Clover, SU Whisper White and Poppy Parade card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark, Gina K Lucky Clover, Fresh Asparagus, Ocean Mist, Red Hot, Wild Dandelion, Key Lime ink cubes
Other: PPP Monkey Friends dies, Stitched Leaf Border dies, Hero Arts Nested Rectangle dies, clear and white embossing powders, heat tool, PPP Stencils, TE Blending brushes, Misti, Gemini Jr, Gina K foam squares, red pearls

Sunday, June 28, 2020


Hi peeps,

How was your weekend? Hoping it was relaxing and filled with lots of crafty time. I did "chores" yesterday, grocery shopping, the cleaners, laundry, etc. Then we had a "social distance" happy hour with friends in the evening which was fun. Today, I did spend several hours stamping and making cards for challenges.

This post has my card for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge. I love how this card turned out so I made three more.

I really wanted to use this Concord & 9th Turnabout flower set even though the circle is a little larger than the sketch image, but I think it works okay. The background stamp is from Concord and 9th, as is the sentiment die. For the die, I cut three for each card, glued them together and covered them with Glossy Accents. For embellishments, I added several Pretty Pink Posh gems to each card.

Here are pictures of all four cards, and the insides of the cards. The inside sentiments are from the Dahlia Turnabout set. All four cards are the same designs in different colors.

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: DahliaTurnabout set, Brushed Stripes Background set both by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Whisper White, Summer Sun, Pumpkin Pie, Magenta Madness, and Basic Black, TE Blue card stocks
Ink: Various Gina K ink cubes, SU Magenta Madness, SU Taken With Teal, Altenew orange and gold inks, Memento tuxedo black
Other: Hello die from Concord & 9th Forever Flower set, Hero Arts Rounded Corner Nesting Rectangle dies, Spellbinder Circle dies, Gina K foam squares and Connect glue, Pretty Pink Posh gems, Misti, Gemini Jr

Thursday, June 25, 2020

Thank You

Hi peeps and Happy Thursday evening,

I hope all are doing well.  I for one am looking forward to the weekend. I had a fairly busy week for work this week, spending the last two days doing training. It's really too much talking!

I have a couple more Thank You cards for Joanne's them challenge at the Paper Players. These are made with the Concord & 9th Big Thank You stamp and coordinating die set.

For the rainbow card, I used blending brushes to blend the rainbow colors on a piece of white card stock. I cut the die from the front of a side folded card base, trimmed the rainbow panel to fit and glued it to the back of the card front. I used the tiny strips that were trimmed down the sides. The two greetings on the front are from the same stamp set.

For the second card, I decided to make a more masculine card by using the "thank you" cut from the first card. I cut another thank you from patterned paper and glued it to the first. The card base is made from Neenah Desert Storm and I ran the front of the card through the SU Pinewoods Planks Dynamic embossing folder. I sponged some Gina K kraft ink over the front before gluing the die cut on.

Who remembers Hodgepodge Hardware? I was looking for something else and ran across the tin and thought I'd use some on this masculine card. I really like how this card is CAS but with some great texture.

As I usually post the insides of my cards, here they are. I'm sure you can figure out which is which, LOL.

Thanks for checking in and have a fab Friday!

Stamps: Big Thank You set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Whisper White thick and regular, Basic Black, Neenah Desert Storm
Ink: Gina K ink cubes in rainbow shades, amalgam black, kraft, and warm cocoa; VersaMark
Other: Big Thank You set dies, white embossing powder, heat tool, Gemini Jr, Misti, TE Blending Brushes, SU Hodgepodge Hardware, Gina K Connect liquid glue

Monday, June 22, 2020

From the Bottom of My Heart and One Cool Pineapple

Hello Stamping Friends,

Happy Monday. I had a very productive weekend making cards and had a fun time doing so, which is kind of the point. I decided to get on the Slim Line band wagon and make  a couple of tall and skinny cards. I've ordered some dies for this size card, but they haven't arrived yet. These two happen to be one layer cards.

Both of these were made yesterday afternoon for Joanne's CAS challenge for the Paper Players. I had made the pineapple card first and decided it really didn't fit all of the CAS characteristics, so I made a second card that has more open "white" space, and still one layer.

This white card is made using the SSS set called Hello Darling. It's all just simple stamping on a Whisper White thick card base measuring 3.5 x 8.5 inches. The sentiments are stamped on strips of Whisper White and Basic Black and glued under the bike. That is the only added layering on the card.

This pineapple card I really like. The images from the SSS One Cool Pineapple set are stamped randomly with Memento tuxedo black ink and then colored with Polychromos colored pencils. After the coloring was completed, I covered all of the sunglasses with Glossy Accents to make them look glassy, and the little hearts are brushed with Wink of Stella. The card base is the SU retired Barely Banana card stock cut to 3.5 x 8.5 inches.

These were fun to make. Looking forward to the dies that I ordered to make more.

Thanks for looking in and have a nice and safe week,

Stamps: All Simon Says Stamp; One Cool Pineapple set, Hello Darling set, Thankful Flowers set (inside greeting on yellow card)
Paper: SU Whisper White thick, Basic Black, Barely Banana card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark, Gina K cubes in various pinks, peaches, reds, greens and yellow shades
Other: white embossing powder, heat tool, Misti, Faber Castell Polychromos colored pencils, Glossy Accents, Wink of Stella