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Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Thank You

Hi all,

I made this card on Sunday to say Thank You to our neighbors, and very good friends, who took me and Mr. Personal Chef, out for my birthday on Saturday night. We had a wonderful time at a new restaurant in the Village of Carlsbad, CA called Campfire. A super fun place with great drinks and food.

Using this week's CAS(E) This Sketch, here is their Thank You card.







I stamped the grapes from the Altenew Simple Fruits set with Distress Oxide inks onto watercolor paper. After inking the stamp I spritzed it with water using a spray bottle before stamping it down onto the paper. The panel was cut into the three sections per the sketch, then glued to a Perfect Plum card base. To soften the background some, I used a layer of vellum cut with an Avery Elle die. The "thank you" die is also from Avery Elle, and the wine bottle and glass dies are Taylored Expressions. I added some purple rhinestones because I like sparkle, and some natural twine to the wine bottle.

As of 5:00 PM today, I am officially on vacation for two weeks. We are headed to Massachusetts early tomorrow for our annual Cape Cod vacation. Can't wait. My blog will be quiet for the next two weeks.

Thanks for looking in today,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Simple Fruits set by Altenew
Paper: SU Perfect Plumb and Always Artichoke card stock, SU vellum and Strathmore water color paper
Ink: Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Wilted Violet and Walnut inks
Other: Taylored Expressions Wine and Dine dies, Avery Elle Stitched Scalloped Rectangle die, Avery Elle Thank You die, the Big Shot, purple rhinestones, natural twine, dimensionals, mini glue dots

Monday, July 17, 2017

Wish You

Good morning,

I have time for a quick post this morning before heading out. One of my good friends here in San Diego has a birthday next week. I just got some new Hero Arts stamp sets and used one to make her a birthday card.






I used the sketch from Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from this week's Sunday Stamps Challenge.

I started off by stamping the water using Distress Oxide Broken China on a square piece of X-Press It  Blending card stock. I did the same on the card base of Island Indigo card stock. The darker whale is stamped in SU Bordering Blue, Midnight Muse and Craft white. The lighter whale is stamped with Hero Arts Dusty Blue, Stone Wash and Memento Black. Then they were cut out using the corresponding die. I added the banner in SU Bravo Burgundy and stamped the greeting with Hero Arts Mulled Wine. The white panel was glued down, then the whales were added. The lighter one is popped up with dimensionals. Lastly, I added some turquoise sequins for some shimmer.

Here is the inside:



This is a beautiful and fun set that can be used for anyone.

Have a great Monday and thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Color Layering Whales set by Hero Arts and inside greetings from Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Island Indigo, Bravo Burgundy and X-Press It Blending card stocks
Ink: SU Bordering Blue, Midnight Muse, Hero Arts Dusty Blue, Cornflower, Stone Wash and Mulled Wine, Memento craft white and tuxedo black
Other: Hero Arts die, Die-namics Fishtail Flags die, sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals 

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Life Is Meant to Be Enjoyed

Happy Sunday,

I sure hope you are enjoying yours. All is well here.

I've been doing some stamping this morning, as well as a little yesterday afternoon. Of course, my favorite weekend relaxation.

Since it's Sunday, it's time for a new Paper Players challenge, where Claire has a fun summertime theme. Using some fun beach themed patterned papers and a Pure Innocence stamps set, I made this card to fit the theme.






This is a pretty simple card. I used a Concord and 9th die to cut the top layer of patterned paper. The stitched circle is Die-namics and the banner die is Mama Elephant. Taking colors from the papers, I used Copics to color the image. Her swimsuit is paper pieced with the reverse side of the flip flops sheet.

The inside is nice and simple as well.



Have a great Sunday afternoon. I may be back with a second post later this evening. Depends on if I finish my next project.

Thanks for stopping in. It's always appreciated!
Colleen

SuppliesStamps: Fun In the Sun Pure Innocence set by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Daffodil Delight and X-Press It Blending card stock and I Love Sunshine by Echo Park patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Select A Size dies by Concord & 9th, Double-stitched Circle Die-namics, banner die from Mama Elephant, the Big Shot, Queen and Co. candy dots, dimensionals

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Aloha, Cheers

Hello and Happy Tuesday,

I hope your week has started off well. So far so good for me. As of today, I have one week more to work before our annual summer vacation to Cape Cod, and I CAN'T WAIT!

Today I have the final beachy card that I made this past weekend. A bright card using the Hawaiian themed stamp set by Avery Elle called Aloha.




Like yesterday's card, this one was not made for a card challenge. Just something I came up with playing around with the stamps and using the Misti stamping tool. The pineapple and hibiscus flower stamps are stamped in Memento tuxedo black ink then colored with Copics. The sentiment stamps are stamped with SU Berry Burst and Lemon Lime ink pads. After the coloring was completed, I cut the panel out using the Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die and layered it onto another panel of  Lemon Lime card stock and a card base of Berry Burst.

I hope you enjoy this bright and happy card.

Thanks for stopping in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Aloha set by Avery Elle
Paper: X-Press It Blending white, SU Berry Burst and Lemon Lime card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Lemon Lime and Berry Burst, Copics
Other: Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, sequins, Misti Stamping Tool

Monday, July 10, 2017

Hello My Friend

Hi and happy Monday,

Why are weekends so SHORT? I'm not ready for another work week. Luckily, I won't be working out of town like the last four weeks. That's a step in the right direction.

As I mentioned in yesterday's post, I made several "beach themed" cards over the weekend. This one is my fave! No challenges to enter it into, just a layout that came to me.



First I cut the Lawn Fawn Palm Tree dies from SU Close to Cocoa, Old Olive and Gumball Green card stocks. Second, I cut some SU Sahara Sand card stock using the Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, then I cut the panel with the LF Palm Tree dies. The panel was layered over a card base covered with a piece of SU Naturally Eclectic DSP. The palms tree trunks were placed into the negative spaces and the tops glued and popped up with mini-dimensonals. Instead of using the coconut dies, I used sequins instead. The greetings are Avery Elle Sentimental stamp and die. The Hello die was cut 3 times from Sahara Sand and finally from the SU DSP all glued together.

Here's the inside of the card using more of the same supplies.



Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a great day!
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Sentimental set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Sahara Sand, Close to Cocoa, Old Olive, Gumball Green and Night of Navy card stock and SU Naturally Eclectic DSP
Ink: SU Night of Navy
Other: Palm Trees Lawn Cuts by Lawn Fawn, Sentimental by Avery Elle, Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle and Small Scalloped Border  by Taylored Expressions dies, the Big Shot, brown, coper and gold sequins, Ranger Multi Mat glue, SU mini dimensionals

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Have a Tremendous Day!

Hi again, peeps!

One more post tonight to play along with this week's Freshly Made Sketch. I wasn't sure what I wanted to make and while looking through some of my new patterned papers I ran across some super cute SU DSP with dinosaurs on it. I got it when I ordered my new catalog pre-order and I haven't used it yet. It goes really well with the Paper Smooches Dino die and Huge Hugs stamps and dies.




The Dinosaur die is cut out with black card stock and the SU Pick A Pattern DSP. I placed him (or her) on some Basic Black and Crushed Curry card stock that is cut out with Die-namics Pinking Edge Circle dies. The Crushed Curry layer is embossed with the TE Burlap EF. I used some Lawn Fawn banner dies for the horizontal/sentiment element, stamping the greeting partially on the embossed circle. I framed the card with the Die-namics Stitched, Scalloped Rectangle frame in Basic Black and finished with the black rhinestones per the sketch.

On the inside, I used the Dino stamp from the PS set Huge Hugs, more SU DSP and Die-namics dies. The Dino is stamped in Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. The sentiments are again from Huge Hugs 2 set and stamped in Memento black.



The Paper Smooches Challenge for July is "anything goes, " so I'm linking up there as well.

This will make a good stash birthday card for a little one.

Thanks!
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Huge Hugs and Huge Hugs 2 sets by Paper Smooches
Paper: SU Crushed Curry and Basic Black card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock and SU Pick A Pattern DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Paper Smooches Dinosaur die, Die-namics Pinking Edge circle, Stitched Oval, Stitched, Scalloped Rectangle and Oval Frame dies, Lawn Fawn Banner dies, Taylored Expressions Burlap embossing folder, black rhinestones, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Life's A Beach

Hello and happy Sunday peeps,

After several weeks working away from home during the week and having to catchup on reports on the weekends, I finally have a weekend of free time! Of course, I spent a good potion of it stamping and boy, was it fun.

Since it is Sunday, it's time for a new Paper Players Challenge. My friend, LeAnne has a very pretty color challenge today, with a monochromatic palette of Sweet Sugarplum, Berry Burst and Rich Razzleberry. There are some really gorgeous flower cards in the DT gallery, but I decided on a different theme altogether. Maybe because work has been somewhat stressful I channeled "relaxing at the beach" as the theme for my card. (In fact, all of the cards that I made this weekend are beach themed.)

Here's my Paper Player's card for this week:




All of the stamps and dies are from Avery Elle. The card base is Sweet Sugarplum overlaid with the Avery Elle die cut from Sahara Sand. The beach houses are stamped on water color paper with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with SU white EP. Using the three SU color ink pads and a water brush I water colored the image. After it dried, I cut it out with the corresponding die. It's layered onto a circle of Rich Razzleberry, and the sentiment is also heat embossed with white EP.

The inside is pretty simple, using the same beach houses stamp and the other sentiment in the set.

 


The Fusion Card Challenge has a beach theme this week so I'm also entering my card there.



Thanks for looking in today. I hope you all have a fabulous week ahead.
Colleen


Supplies
Stamps: Beside the Sea set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry, Sahara Sand and watercolor paper
Ink: VersaMark, Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry and Berry Burst
Other: Beside the Sea and Horizontal Stripe dies by Avery Elle, SU White EP, heat tool, the Big Shot, dimensionals and new SU mini dimensionals

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Huge CONGRATS

Hello again,

This is my second post today. While I had the SU kit out, I looked to see what today's Paper Players Challenge was all about. Joanne is hosting with a theme challenge. While I don't need a graduation card this year, I can always use a generic Congrats card in my stash. Using more elements from the Watercolor Wonder kit, here's my card.



While these kits come with a sheet of example cards that one can use for guidance, I like to pick and choose from the elements and come up with my own creation. If there are pieces left over, they can always be used somewhere, right?

Again, I'm loving this color combo!

Thanks again for stopping in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps, paper and embellishments from Watercolor Wonder card kit, Stampin' Up catalog 2016

Happiest Birthday Wishes

Well Hello to all,

I hope you're having a nice weekend. And, I hope you are one of the lucky one's who gets a long four day weekend. Unfortunately, I'm not one of those. Tomorrow is not a work holiday for me, and I'll be driving to the Los Angeles area to work on a project. Today however, we are going to an early July 4th party at a friend's house. Should be fun!

It's been over a month since I've posted on my blog! Almost that long since I've done any stamping too. Work has been crazy busy. I've been traveling for the past three weeks and doing reports on the weekends. It's left no time for crafting! I did make a couple of birthday cards a few weeks ago, but I didn't even take pictures.

Today, I have another birthday card. Super simple! In fact, this is made using supplies from a SU kit that I bought last year and never cracked open. I've used this week's Freshly Made Sketch for the layout, rotating it to the right.





I love the colors in this kit. Night of Navy, Crumb Cake and Watermelon Wonder. Fun accessories and great stamps. In fact, I think I bought it for the stamp set.

Thanks for stopping in today. Have a great Sunday afternoon!

Hugs,
Colleen


Supplies
Stamps, paper and embellishments from Watercolor Wonder Card Kit by Stampin' Up 2016 Catalog
Others:  additional Watermelon Wonder card stock and foam tape

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Thinking Of You.

Hello stampers,

I hope your week has started off well. It's a pretty busy one for me, but come Thursday evening, I'm done until the Wednesday after Memorial Day!

Sunday evening I made this card using the new Paper Players Challenge. Nance is the hostess this week with a fun theme. Clean and Simple Butterflies. I combined a couple of different sets to create my card.





My card is a one layer card, although I did die cut the butterflies and pop them up with foam tape. The branch with flowers are from a set in the upcoming SU 2017-2018 catalog called Colorful Seasons. I stamped the flowers, masked them off, then stamped the branch. The butterflies are stamped with Distress Oxide inks onto watercolor paper and cut with the corresponding dies. (Butterflies and dies from Reverse Confetti). While it's difficult to see in the photo, I used a Wink of Stella glitter pen over the butterflies to give them some sparkle. A few sequins was added for embellishments.

Here is the inside:





Branch, flowers and sentiment from SU and tiny butterfly from Reverse Confetti.

Loved Nance's challenge this week! Lots of pretty cards in the gallery too.

Have a good rest of the week and thanks for looking in today,
Colleen


Supplies
Stamps: Colorful Seasons set by Stampin' Up and Butterfly Dreams by Reverse Confetti
Paper: SSS Heavy White card stock
Ink: SU Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Fresh Fig, Old Olive, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks
Other: Reverse Confetti Butterfly Dreams dies, clear and white sequins, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Monday, May 22, 2017

Celebrate! It's Your Day

Hello and Happy Monday!

I hope you all had a marvelous weekend. Mine was very uneventful and that was just fine with me. I got home from Colorado Springs around 7:00 pm on Friday in time for a little Happy Hour and dinner with some of our neighbors. The same group had dinner together on Saturday too. Friday at our home and Saturday at the neighbors.

Work meetings in Colorado Springs were good. Just our "team" with a few guests. It was a trip that we earned last year, so while there was some meetings, we also got half day off. I had a great massage. We stayed at the Garden Of the Gods resort. The weather was interesting. Here's a picture of Pike's Peak on Wednesday, late afternoon:


And here's the same view on Thursday morning:


Yes, that's snow on May 18! During the day, there was snow, rain, hail, sleet, wind and sun. As I said, interesting weather.

Since you're really here for a card, I'll get to it. Mr. Personal Chef's birthday is at the end of the month. Using this week's Freshly Made Sketch, I made this for him last night.




Using the new SU In Color, Lemon Lime Twist ink, I repeatedly stamped the lime from the Altenew set called Simple Fruits onto X-Press It Blending card stock.  I trimmed it to match the top layer of the sketch and then glued it to a card base of Lemon Lime Twist card stock. The focal image are dies from Hero Arts called Martini Fancy Dies. The sentiment is from Hero Arts as well and stamped in another new SU In Color called Fresh Fig. I added SU In Color enamel dots around the card for embellishments.

Here's a look at the inside. Images are from Hero Arts Birthday Celebration set.



It's an office day for me today so I better get back to work. I wanted to get this posted before the posting ended.

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Simple Fruits set by Altenew and Birthday Celebration by Hero Arts
Paper: SU Lemon Lime Twist and X-Press It Blending card stocks
Ink: SU Lemon Lime Twist, Fresh Fig, Basic Gray
Other: Hero Arts Martini Fancy dies, Die-namics Fishtail Flags die, SU In Color enamel dots, Fiskars corner punch, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Cheers

Hi stampers,

After a very long day at work, I attended my young friend Nic's Little League baseball game. The last game of the regular season. They had already clenched 1st place with their game on Saturday. Playoffs start next week. He's so excited! He's eleven.

Now, I need to go pack for my trip to Colorado, where I'll be for work the rest of the week. However, I wanted to get this card posted. I made it using the current CAS(E) this Sketch!, and more new Avery Elle stamps and dies.







All of the images are from the new Avery Elle set called Aloha. Super cute! I stamped all of the images onto X-Press It Blending card stock and colored them with Copics. The "cheers" sentiment was stamped repeatedly in SU Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar and Cajun Craze inks then cut out with a Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle die. The coconut drink and hibiscus flower are cut out with the corresponding Avery Elle dies and popped up with dimensionals.

Here's the inside:



I fly home on Friday evening. Unfortunately, the weather in Colorado is raining with temps in the high 40s and low 50s. Guess I'll pack sweaters!

Thanks for looking in all, and have a great rest of your week!
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Aloha set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Hello Honey and X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: SU Hello Honey, Baked Brown Sugar, Cajun Craze, Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Avery Elle Aloha Elle-ment dies, Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle and Stitched Rectangle dies, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Monday, May 15, 2017

Life's A Beach

Hi all,

We made it through another Monday. Yay! I hope your's was a good one.

After doing some weekend chores yesterday morning, I made this card for Claire's color challenge at the Paper Players. The colors are red, orange, turquoise and green. The obvious direction was to do flowers, but I recently received my new Avery Elle order and decided to see what I could do with one of the new sets. Take a look.




I started with some watercolor paper and using an ink blending tool, blended Distress Oxide Broken China ink over the entire surface. I then spritzed it with some water to make the chalky look that the oxide inks do. While that was drying I stamped the beach shacks onto X-Press It white card stock and colored them with Copics, trimming them with the challenge colors. The houses are colored in a very light blue-gray shade, then shaded with gray W2. I cut out the image using the corresponding Avery Elle Beside the Sea die. The little grass clumps, life preserver, and seagull are stamps in the set with their own dies as well.

After stamping and cutting out all of the images, I cut the watercolored panel with another new Avery Elle die called Diagonal Stripes Elle-ments. The inside rectangle is cut with the new Waves Elle-ments die. The card base is SU Crumb Cake.

Here's what I did with the inside:



The "sand dune" is made with a Die-namics Stitched Hill die. The houses are cut from Sahara Sand and I colored the doors and trim with colored pencils in the challenge colors. The sand bucket/shovel and kite are part of the Beside the Sea set. So are both outside and inside greetings.

I'm home one more day then on Wednesday I fly to Colorado for the rest of the work week for meetings. I'm hoping to get in a couple more challenges this evening after dinner.

Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Beside the Sea set by Avery Elle
Paper: Strathmore watercolor paper, X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Crumb Cake and Sahara Sand card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Distress Oxide Broken China, SU Pear Pizzazz, Prismacolor colored pencils
Other: Avery Elle Beside the Sea, Diagonal Stripes, Waves dies, Die-namics Stitched Hill die, foam tape, the Big Shot, Misti Stamping tool

Sunday, May 14, 2017

With Hugs

A Very Happy Mother's Day to all the wonderful moms out in "blog-land". I hope that you're enjoying your special day today.

Hi all,

I called my mom earlier this morning, and she was on her way with a bunch of friends to play bingo for the day. Bingo is one of her favorite past times and she has tons of friends that she plays with. Since it was a little noisy on the bus, I'll call her tonight after she's home.

Today I have a card that I made for this week's Freshly Made Sketch challenge. I had a fun time with this one as it's ALL stamping, (earlier in the week, I posted a card that had no stamping) and other than the popped up butterflies, it's a one layer card.




I began by lightly outlining my stamping area in pencil. Using the Lawn Fawn Fab Flowers set, the flowers were stamped randomly around the area. I masked them, then stamped the 4 vines. After removing the masks, I stamped the greeting in Memento tuxedo black. The butterflies were stamped on some scrap card stock then cut out with the corresponding dies. I folded them in the center and ran a line of glue and placed them on the card. Finally I added some pink SU candy dots along the vines. All stamping was done using the Misti.

The inside is simply stamped with the rest of the Fab Flowers set greeting and Happy Birthday from another Lawn Fawn set.



Enjoy the rest of your day and thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Fab Flowers set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: SU Daffodil Delight, Peach Parfait, Perfect Plum, Concord Crush, Cucumber Crush, Certainly Celery, Strawberry Slush, Memento Tuxedo Black
Other: Lawn Fawn Fab Flower lawn cuts, SU candy dots, the Big Shot, Misti Stamping Tool

Friday, May 12, 2017

Friends

Happy Friday Peeps!

The weekend is almost here and, as usual, I'm happy about that. No specific plans, but there doesn't need to be for me.

Yesterday after work when I was cruising through blogs I came across the newest Time Out post. This week, we are CASE-ing the very talented Hannelie Bester. I love her work so I thought I'd play along.

Here's the card that I made based on her challenge card example (below).


Hannelie's Card:



I was inspired to use the colored background peaking though the die element, the splatter on her card and the flower theme.

I started with a piece of watercolor paper and blended Distress yellows and oranges using a blending tool horizontally. I mixed some pink Distress ink with water and using a small paint brush, splattered the paint over the watercolored paper. I used a Die-namics Cover Up to cut the top layer from Whisper white card stock and splattered it lightly before gluing it to the watercolored panel.

The flower from Altenew is stamped with SU Archival black ink onto another piece of watercolor paper and watercolored with the yellow and orange Distress inks. I added the leaves to help set off the flower from the background. The sentiment is stamped using the Misti to get it perfectly aligned.

For the inside of the card, I used another image from the set inking the stamp with the yellow and orange inks and spritzing it fairly liberally with water, then stamping it onto watercolor paper. After it was dry, I stamped the inside greeting in Memento black.



This is a very bright and fun card IRL. Fun to make too!

Have a great Friday afternoon and thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Altenew Build A Flower-Aster set
Paper: SU Whisper white card stock, Strathmore watercolor paper
Ink: SU Archival black, Memento tuxedo black and Tim Holtz Distress 
Other: Die-namics Bold Stripe Cover Up, Altenew Aster dies, ink blending tool, Mini Misti, water mister, sm. paint brush, the Big Shot, foam tape

Thursday, May 11, 2017

hello

Yes, hello to all-

I have a super simple and quick card to share with you today. I made this late last night before going to bed and it took no time at all. Notice, there is no stamping on the outside. It's all patterned papers and dies! Something that I rarely do, but I kind of like the way it turned out.

I recently received my pre-order from SU for the new 2017-18 Catalog. Every year I order the new In-Color inks and card stock. This year, I also ordered the DSP that goes with because the floral images are beautiful.

The layout comes from the current Sunday Stamps Challenge. This week it's Sketch Fun week!




This is a CASE of a card that's in the new SU Catalog too. My card is quite different. The use of the negative butterfly die cut is the part that I've CASE'd.

I did do stamping on the inside. The sentiment comes from Altenew. I also utilized the "positive" butterfly die cut.



That's it from me today. Since I've finished work for the day, I'm going to do some more crafting this afternoon. Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Inside greeting from Altenew Build A Flower: Aster set
Paper: SU Powder Pink & Whisper White card stock and SU 2017-18 In Color DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other: Reverse Confetti Butterfly Dreams dies, Die-namics Zig-zag Circle and Stitched Rounded Rectangle dies, Avery Elle Sentimental dies, SU In-color glitter enamel dots, the Big Shot, diemnsionals

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

It's Your Day To Sparkle

Happy Hump Day stampers!

Today I have a card made for this week's Paper Players Challenge, where LeAnne has an awesome and fun theme challenge this week called Sweet Treats. I have many stamp sets that would work. The hard part was choosing which to use!





I decided on this lovely cake from Concord & 9th. It's no secret to any of my family and friends that I LOVE chocolate cake. (I take after my father in this trait.) I stamped the image onto Strathmore watercolor paper and heat embossed it with SU white EP then colored it with Zig Real Brush watercolor markers. The dark chocolate layers have Expresso Dimensional pearls added on top of the watercoloring. When it was dry, I cut it out with the corresponding set dies. As you can see, the layout is this week's Mojo Monday sketch.

I decided to not have a sentiment on the front on this one. Here is the inside with the appropriate greetings.



This cake reminds me of what I call "The Birthday Cake" that Mr. Personal Chef has been making me for my birthday since we were in college (minus the flowers). It's a triple layer chocolate cake, whipped cream between the layers and thickly frosted with semisweet buttercream. It's AMAZING! and one of the reasons I keep him around :).

Thanks for looking in today. Have a nice rest of the work week.
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Happy Day set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SSS white card stock, Strathmore watercolor paper, We R Memory Keepers Hip Hip Hooray patterned papers
Ink: VersaMark, SU Bermuda Bay, Memento tuxedo black
Other: SU white EP, heat tool, paint brushes, Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle and Fishtail Flags STAX dies, Concord & 9th Happy Day dies, Dimensional Pearls, sequins, the Big Shot, foam tape

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Let Your Dreams Take Flight

Hello stamping friends,

It's been a blustery day here today. Not as much rain as was predicted, but pretty cloudy and breezy, and cold. As with most Saturdays this spring, we went to our little friend's Little League baseball game in the morning, then went shopping for ceiling fans this afternoon. We skipped lunch, so had a little nosh of chips and guac at a neighborhood Mexican restaurant while the Kentucky Derby was run. Now, I'm settling in to watch some Big League baseball, Padres vs Dodgers this weekend.

I made this card a few nights ago for the current Mojo Monday contest. I love these patterned papers from We R Memory Keepers. They're called Chalkboard and the floral images are very pretty. I've paired the papers with Reverse Confetti butterflies.





The butterflies are stamped in Pool Party ink using my Misti stamping tool. I stamped them several times to make them very bright.

Here is the inside. There's a fun sheet of patterned paper striped with all of the single sheet patterns. The stamps are another Reverse Confetti set.



I hope your weekend is going well. Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Butterfly Dreams and You're So sets by Reverse Confetti
Paper: SU Pool Party and X-Press It Blending card stock and We R Memory Keepers Chalkboard patterned papers
Ink: SU Pool Party and Memento tuxedo black
Other: Reverse Confetti Butterfly Dreams dies, Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle and Stitched Square dies, Nuvo glitter drops in Silver Moonlight, the Big Shot, dimensionals