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

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Have a Whopper of a Birthday

Hello stampers,

I made this card Sunday for a friend who has a birthday next week. I know he doesn't read my blog so no chance he'll see his card before I mail it. I used Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch 253.




I stamped the image in Memento tuxedo black and colored it with Copics. I drew in the grass by using the "flicking" technique and used a cloud stencil to add the sky. The image was cut out with Die-namics stitched circle STAX and I used this technique by Debbie Olson to not cut the fishing hook off. A few enamel dots finish it up.

Supplies
Stamps: Great Catch set by SugarPea Designs
Paper: Taylored Expressions Buttercream card stock and We R Memory Keepers "Happy Campers" patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, and SU Early Expresso and Soft Sky
Other: Die-Namics stitched circle STAX die, cloud stencil, large sponge dauber, enamel dots, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Happy Hump Day tomorrow. Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Howdy, Country Girl

Hello, or should I say Howdy,

I have a birthday card for my cousin Cindy today. She  celebrates "the big one," as it's known in my house, this month. I'm a few months behind her, but it's coming up fast.

Cindy likes all things "country" and is an avid horse person. I figured this super cute Pure Innocence set was perfect to make her a birthday card.


 The layout comes from the My Favorite Things Wednesday sketch challenge #212.


I stamped the PI Cowgirl in Memento Tuxedo Black ink and colored her with Copics. Her vest is paper pieced. I used clear rhinestones for her hat band and a red rhinestone for her belt buckle. The fence is a Die-namics die as are the horseshoes. I used some thick jute twine to shape a lariat to hang over the fence. Another Die-namics die was used for the bottom scallops.


Supplies
Stamps: My Favorite Things set, Pure Innocence Cowgirl
Paper: Giddy Up 6 x 6" pad by Carta Bella patterned papers, XPress-It Blending card stock, Simon Says Stamp heavy weight craft card stock for the fence, SU silver card stock for the horse shoes
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU real red, white gel pen
Other: Die-namics fence, horseshoe, scalloped border dies, jute twine, clear and red rhinestones, glue dots, the Big Shot, diemnsionals

Thanks for looking,
Colleen

Sunday, January 11, 2015

S'Up?

Hey! Hello,

I'm on a roll, LOL. This is my second post tonight.

While watching (listening to) The Golden Globes tonight, I thought I'd play along with Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch. I combined it with Ann's color challenge for The Paper Players. The colors are Sahara Sand, Lost Lagoon and Crisp Cantaloupe.

I kept my card really simple using the fun SU set called "Hi There."




Supplies
Stamps: Hi There set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Crisp Cantaloupe, Lost Lagoon, Sahara Sand and Whisper White card stock, SU Crisp Cantaloupe Chevron DSP
Ink: SU Sahara Sand
Other: Die-namics Stitched rectangles and chevron dies, SU chat bubble dies, enamel dots, the Big Shot, and dimensionals

Thanks for looking,
Colleen

I Love You

Happy New Year all,

Work was crazy busy during the holidays for me this year. I barely got presents and cards finished and mailed before Christmas. New Year's week was no different. I had no additional crafty time and unfortunately, the craziness is still going on. So, this is my first post of the new year.

Yesterday, I decided I wanted to get a new table for my stamping. My craft room  also serves as our guest room and my home office. I had this old, very heavy table that I would put up and take down each time I decided to do some stamping. I set out just to get a lighter table, which I did get, but it's longer than my old one. It didn't quite fit in the area that I used in the room. Today, I rearranged furniture to make it a permanent home (I don't have to put it up and take it down each crafty session) and I think it's going to work out pretty well. I'm happy.

To celebrate my new area, I made this card using the current MOJO Monday sketch.




I got this super sweet Mama Elephant set before the holidays. I thought it'd make a cute Valentine's Day card for my niece as she loves kitties. The papers are all SU and I colored the kittens with Copics.

Supplies
Stamps: Purrfect Pair set from Mama Elephant
Paper: SU Whisper White and Strawberry Slush card stock and SU All Abloom DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Taylored Expressions EF,  Die-namics stitched square die, SU white ribbon, white floss, Fishers corner punch, Pebbles enamel hearts, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Have a great week and thanks for looking,
Colleen

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Sweet Sunday Cards x 2

Hello,

On Sunday I made another get well card. This one is for a friend that lives in Chicago, because she had foot surgery on Friday. Since the latest Sweet Sunday sketch was up, I decided to use it for my card.

I love Karen's sketch this week. Very easy to use and I think very versatile so I will be pulling it out again I'm sure. For my get well card I used a fall theme with papers from Fancy Pants and some TE leaf dies used to cut TE felt. It's bright and cherry IRL, so hopefully it will put some cheer into Jackie's day when she receives it later this week.




While I was at it, I decided to use last week's Sweet Sunday Sketch to make a thank you card for another friend. He travels abroad for work and the past two weeks he was in South Africa. He brought me a BEAUTIFUL scarf from his trip and gave it to me when we went to dinner at their house on Saturday evening. So thoughtful! It really is pretty too. Here's his thank you card.




I rotated the sketch to accommodate the image. This is a new SugarPea Designs set that I hadn't inked up yet. I had fun coloring it with my Copics. As you can see, his clothes are paper pieced with the same patterned paper that I used for the background.

Supplies
Card 1
Stamps: Sentiment stamp from Taylored Expressions set "Doctors Orders"
Paper: SU Riding Hood Red and Very Vanilla card stock and Fancy Pants "Happy Go Lucky" patterned papers
Ink: SU Riding Hood Red
Other: TE leaf dies, TE sequins, SU wooden leaf embellishment, Fishers corner punch, sewing machine, the Big Shot, mini glue dots

Card 2
Stamps: Let's Fiesta by SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Smoky Gray and Basic Black card stock, XPress-It Blending card stock, Basic Gray "Knee-highs" patterned papers
Ink: memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Die-namics pierced rectangle dies and pierced Fishtail Flags STAX dies, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Now to get everything mailed. Thanks for looking in,
Colleen


Monday, November 24, 2014

Sending Get Well Wishes

Happy Monday all,

It's the beginning of Thanksgiving week and I'm on vacation until Dec. 2. Whoohoo! I am flying to Portland, OR tomorrow, in the late afternoon, to spend Thanksgiving with my sister and her boys. I can't wait to see them.

My brother and my mom were going to join us from Northern California, but my brother fell last weekend and broke his hip! Needless to say, he is staying put at home for a few weeks. He is doing well, but in much pain. He had surgery last Wednesday to stabilize the fracture with a pin. Obviously,
I needed to make a card for him. I decided to use LeAnne's sketch from this week's The Paper Player's challenge.




There's a variety of companies represented on my card, and the only stamping is the sentiment at the bottom. I think it will cheer him up to know I'm thinking of him.

Supplies
Stamps: Get Well Wishes from My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Old Olive and Early Expresso card stock and Doodlebug Designs "friendly forrest" patterned papers
Ink: SU Early Expresso
Other: TE Squirrel die, MFT Pinking circle die, Spellbinders circle die, SU wooden leaf embellishment, SU burlap ribbon, the Big Shot, mini glue dots, dimensionals

Thanks for looking in today,
Colleen

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Happy Birthday

Hi friends,

In my last blog post I posted a masculine birthday card made for the male half of friends who are twins. Today, I have the card that I made for his sister.

The layout is based on Karen's Sweet Sunday Sketch 242. I really had fun coloring this image from SugarPea Designs called Tin Can Chat. Kalie is constantly on her cell, so I thought this was appropriate, LOL.




Most of the image is colored with Copics. I did some paper piecing on their outfits.

Supplies
Stamps: Tin Can Chat set by SugarPea Designs
Paper: SU Purely Pomegranate and XPress-It Blending card stocks and Friendly Forrest by Doodlebug patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics and SU Rose Red, Soft Sky and Smoky Slate inks
Other: SU chat bubble, cloud stencil, sponge dauber, the Big Shot, white gel pen, Doodlebug heart brad, dimensionals

That's it from me tonight. Have a great Wednesday and thanks,
Colleen

Sunday, October 26, 2014

It's Your Day

Hello,

Another Sunday evening. I hope you all had a fun and restful weekend. We did a few "weekend chores", a little partying last night, and visited with friends this morning, so all in all, a nice weekend for us. This afternoon, I had some crafty time and used it to make the first of two birthday cards that I need for two very special young people and twins, who turn 18 years old on Halloween.

This week, The Paper Players have a sketch challenge for us, and I used it for my card layout for this masculine birthday card. Along with The Paper Players challenge, I'm posting this to Linda's Catered Crop End Zone Recipe Swap.







Supplies
Stamps: Taylored Expressions Graphic Birthday Greetings
Paper: SU Crumb Cake, Basic black and Champagne Glimmer card stocks and Studio Calico Here and There patterned paper
Ink: VersaMark and SU white craft
Other: SU white embossing powder, Fiskars corner rounder punch, Spellbinders classic circle die, TE Tall & Skinny numbers dies, SU Stars EF, heat tool, the Big Shot, SU sponge dauber, and dimensionals

I hope your work week is a good one. For me, it is a short week as we travel to Chicago on Thursday for a mini vacation in that very fun city.

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen