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

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Johnny Depp


I'm back home, and very happy to be here. If you saw my last post a week ago, you know that I was in New Jersey for work this past week. I flew home yesterday afternoon and arrived into San Diego at 9:00 pm last night. It seemed like a really long week. During the week there was snow, ice, wind and COLD and some very long days in the office.

Since my flight didn't leave Newark, NJ until 3:40 pm yesterday I had some time to kill. I found a great paper crafting/rubber stamp store near my hotel. It's in Kenvil, New Jersey and it's called Paper Anthology. If you live near by, it's worth a trip. The store is in an old house converted into the store. It looks small from the outside, but she has tons of merchandise and it's all up to date. She clearly attends the hobby and crafts convention. I came home with a haul! Several new Altenew sets and dies, and some super cute Funny Bone stamps from Riley and Company.

My friends at the Paper Players have a fun CAS theme challenge this week. It's Laurie's turn as hostess and her challenge is to use a sentiment as the focal image. It is perfect for one of my new Funny Bones stamps. When I saw this, I cracked up! And, who doesn't love Johnny Depp? Especially Captain Jack Sparrow, but, I think my favorite Johnny Depp movie is the old Rom Com, Chocolat with Juliette Binoche. I also loved him in Dark Shadows where just like in Pirates, he delivers just the right amount of snark! Here's my card:

I kept my card super simple. It's a small, square 4 x 4" card. I used the MFT brick stencil and sponged some Hero Arts Shadow ink in Wet Cement in the center. I stamped the sentiment with SU Archival Black ink on an angle over the sponging, then cut a couple of frames using the MFT Stitched Square frame die from two shades of TE gray card stock. I added a pink enamel heart for a feminine touch. (and because this is a congrats card for my niece who just landed a new job in a law office). The inside just says "Congrats" on your new job.

That's it from me for the day. I hope you all have a great week ahead!
Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Funny Bones #RWD-118 stamp by Riley and Company
Paper: SU Heavy Weight Whisper White, TE textured gray card stock
Ink: Hero Arts Shadow Ink - Wet Cement and SU Archival Black
Other: Die-namics Stitched Square Frame die, MFT Brick Wall stencil, enamel heart, the Big Shot, foam tape

Friday, February 10, 2017


Happy Friday all,

It's been a long time since I've had any crafty time. Between traveling for work, or just plain busy with work, and then traveling up to northern CA last weekend to attend a memorial service, I couldn't fit it in. Also, my creative MOJO seems to have disappeared on me. I really wanted to get a card posted for Claire's Valentine's challenge at The Paper Players so I sat down last night after dinner to see what I could come up with. Luckily, this week's CAS(E) This Sketch helped me with a design.

I very rarely do a card without any stamping, but here one is. (confession, the inside is stamped with a simple "Happy Valentine's Day.")

I started with a card base of SU Whisper White card stock. The Inside panel is very old SU DSP. The Real Red frame is cut with a Die-namics Stitched Rectangle Frame, the heart shaped balloons, strings and Hugs are Lawn Fawn dies. I added a couple of SU clear rhinestones for sparkle. Pretty darn simple!

I'm headed to Flanders, NJ tomorrow for a work project and I fly home the next Saturday so no crafty time again all week. I think I'll take some colored pencils and a couple of coloring books for the evenings in the hotel. I'm hoping that flights are back on schedule tomorrow from yesterday's storms in the east. I hope you all have a fabulous week!

Thanks for looking in,

Paper: SU Whisper White, Real Red and Gray card stock, SU DSP (retired)
Other: Die-namics and Lawn Fawn dies, SU rhinestones, dimensional tape and glue dots

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Ride The Big Wave

Hi all,

Our friend Jai has a birthday this weekend and his wife is throwing a surprise party for him on Saturday evening. I won't be able to attend as I'll be in northern California for a family thing, but Mr. Personal Chef will be going. The party has a Hawaiian them and I made two cards, one for each of us to give him.

For this first one, I pulled out some grass paper and stamped some Hawaiian images randomly using SU Archival black ink and then colored them with SU markers. The focal image is stamped on Strathmore watercolor paper and watercolored with Tim Holtz Distress inks. The side wave is cut with a Taylored Expressions wave border die from paper that I smooched with blue Distress ink.
The layout is from the MFT weekly sketch challenge from a few weeks ago.

These Hawaiian stamps I picked up years ago in Hawaii. I have quite a collection of them. Hawaii used to be part of my work territory so I'd make a trip over about 3 to 4 times per year. I have relatives that live in Kailua and I'd stay with them instead of a hotel, and I usually managed to stay the weekends before and after my work week. I found this little stamp store in the Pearl City area and picked up stamps about every trip.

Here's the inside.

Now for the second card that I made for Jai's birthday. For this one I used the current Freshly Made Sketch. The background large Hawaii state stamp is from that same store.

For the three horizontal elements, I cut three waves using the Lawn Fawn wave dies and glued them together to form the water. They are made using Zig Real Brush markers directly onto watercolor paper and then moving the ink around with copious amounts of water and a paint brush. Using the Misti stamping tool, I stamped the sentiment on the right bottom of the water. I needed to stamp it several times to get it dark enough and the Misti works great for that. Kona the gecko is stamped in SU Archival black ink and watercolored with Zig markers as well. I fussy cut the image and popped him over the water with foam tape. I used some glossy accents over his eyes for more dimension and depth.

Here's the inside.

Thanks for looking in. I hope everyone has a fab weekend!

Card 1
Stamps: RSP Honolulu, Hi (all images)
Paper: SU Crumb Cake card base, grass cloth/paper, Strathmore watercolor paper
Ink: SU Archival black, Tim Holtz Distress Ink, SU markers
Other: Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flag and Double Stitched Round dies, Taylored Expressions Wave Border die, wooden sunglasses, the Big Shot, foam tape, mini glue dots

Card 2
Stamps: Kona Hangs Loose by The Craft Lounge and Hawaii State stamp by RSP Honolulu, HI
Paper: Strathmore Bristol Smooth card stock and Strathmore watercolor paper
Ink: SU Archival Black ink and Zig Real Brush Markers, SU Island Indigo
Other: Lawn Fawn Ocean Wave Border dies, the Big Shot, Misti Stamping tool, foam tape, Glossy Accents

Life Is Like A Cup of Tea


It's the end of the work week for me as I have tomorrow off. I'll be flying to northern California to attend the memorial service for my Uncle who passed a few days before Christmas. He was a truly awesome man and I was very close to him growing up. My family lived on the same ranch so I saw him every day. He was one of those people who had that "goodness" within.

I was a little busy with work this week, but I wanted to be sure to play along with the Paper Players challenge. Joanne has an interesting sketch for us to use. I debated on some things and finally decided to forgo the diamond shapes and use a new Simon Says Stamp set that I purchased recently.

The stamp set, patterned papers and enamel shapes are all part of the February 2017 Simon Says Stamp Kit of the Month. The cup images are stamped on X-Press It Blending card stock with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. After adhering the patterned paper to the card front, I fussy cut the cups and glued them in place. The sentiment is stamped in SU Black Archival ink. For the teas, I used different browns with under tones of red, yellow and green to make the tea's look like different flavors. I think it worked.

Do you like flavored tea? I'm NOT a fan. Tea is my beverage of choice, but I drink iced tea rather than hot. I buy the organic black iced tea in large bags from Harney & Sons. I use an Iced Tea maker to brew it and I probably make a new batch every day and a half. I don't drink any sodas, so tea is my deal.

I hope you all have a fun weekend. Mine will have some sadness mixed with some fun seeing relatives that I've not seen in several years. Also, my mom, sister, brother and I will get to spend the weekend together and that's a good thing.

Thanks for looking in today,

Stamps: Coffee and Tea set by Simon Says Stamp
Paper: SU Whisper White, X-Press It Blending card stocks and Doodlebug Cream and Sugar patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Archival black, Copics
Other: Enamel shapes, dimensionals

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Hey Ewe, What's the Buzz?

Happy Sunday evening all,

It was a great weekend, but not because I had anything special going on. It was a great weekend because I was home in the sunshine. My work took me to Logan, UT for the past week and it snowed. Every. Single. Day! Morning temps were around 6 degrees and the afternoons warmed up to a balmy 22. Yesterday, I had my sunroof open while doing weekend errands and chores. Thank you, San Diego!

After said errands and chores, I sat down at my crafting table and made this card using the current CAS(E) This Sketch layout. Love it this week!

The large floral background paper is gift wrap from a present that I received a few years ago. I love the colors so I folded it up and put it into my paper stash. The bottom paper is very old SU DSP.

The stamps are from Paper Smooches, Courteous Cuties and Courteous Cuties 2 sets. The speech bubble is Die-namics. For the inside I used more from the Courteous Cuties sets.

Finally, here are a couple of pictures from Logan, UT. The first is taken outside my hotel one of the mornings and the second was taken Friday on my way back to Salt Lake City to fly home. It was snowing when I woke up, but around 10 am it started to clear up. These mountains came into view about 2 miles out of town and were so pretty, I pulled over to the side of the road and took the picture with my phone.

We go from that, to this on Saturday. A picture through my car's sunroof as I was backing out of the garage.

That's all for now. I hope your work week is a good one. As always, thanks so much for stopping in.

Stamps: Courteous Cuties and Courteous Cuties 2 sets by Paper Smooches, Say What set by MFT
Paper: Strathmore Bristol smooth and X-Press It Blending card stock, SU DSP retired, misc wrapping paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Courteous Cuties dies, Die-namics Say What and Grass border dies, Taylored Expressions Grass border die, enamel shapes, the Big Shot, diemnsionals

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Hey, Hi, Hello

Hey, Hi, Hello to all,

I was gone all week working in the Los Angeles area and drove all the way to San Diego in a downpour on Friday afternoon. Man, I haven't had to drive in that kind of rain in a long time. At one point, it was raining horizontally instead of vertically because in addition to the rain, we had some very strong winds. We got a break on Saturday afternoon, but now the third storm, and the strongest, has moved in late Sunday afternoon.  I think this storm is supposed to hang around until Tuesday. I won't be here as I leave early tomorrow morning back to Utah, where I suspect I'll be seeing snow rather than rain.

Chores took most of my weekend so I didn't sit down to do any stamping until about 3 pm today. Jaydee's the hostess at the Paper Players with a Clean and Simple challenge this week. Using the current Freshly Made Sketch, I put this card together pretty quickly.

Besides CAS, Jaydee's challenge is to use flowers on our cards. This was great for me because while hanging out in my hotel room in the evenings, I did some on-line shopping and my new haul from Waffle Flower was waiting for me when I got home. The sets included several that have flowers, so perfect for Jaydee's challenge and a great excuse to ink up my new toys.

The Waffle Flower sets have rather thick lines, perfect for stamping in black over colored paper. That's exactly what I did for the panel. I grabbed a piece of SU Watercolor Wonder DSP and stamped the image from the set "A Little Birdie Told Me." I cut it out with the largest Pierced Fishtail Flag die and trimmed it down to 4.25 inches. The panel is layered onto a piece of Basic Black card stock. I used a Stitched Cloud die from Lawn Fawn to cut the top. The card base is X-Press It Blending card stock. The Hey, Hi, Hello are from a different Waffle Flower set appropriately called "Hello." The black ink is Memento tuxedo black. The sweet little butterfly is stamped on a scrap piece of paper, colored with Copics, fussy cut and popped up with foam tape for a little dimension. I also colored over the butterfly's body and the round spots in the wings with a Spica Black glitter pen.

The inside uses more images from the "Hello" set.

I'm hoping this will be my last travel work week for a few months. I love to travel for vacation but not so much for work. Guess it's all the alone time in the hotels at night. Anyhoo, wishing you all a great week. Thanks for looking in today!


Stamps: A Little Birdie Told Me and Hello sets from Waffle Flower
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Basic Black card stock, SU Watercolor Wonder DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags die, Lawn Cuts Stitched Cloud die, Mini Misti stamping tool, the Big Shot, foam tape, Spica Black Glitter pen

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