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

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Happy Birthday

Greetings from a very gloomy Southern California!

It's very cloudy and gray today, and a little chilly. The perfect weather to stay in and create. Especially since I've not had much time for it lately. More of the same next week as I have a meeting in Los Angeles starting tomorrow evening and going through Thursday.  Any-hoo, the first thing that I did this morning was to check out my pals at The Paper Players blog to see what this week's challenge is. Sandy is hostess and this week's theme is to "cut it out."

This reminds me of my "delusions" when the Big Shot first appeared in the Stampin' Up catalog. I was adamant that I didn't need one and resisted buying it for about a year. I was so sure I'd just never use it. The reality is that I rarely, make that VERY rarely, make a card or project without using it these days. My collection of dies grows larger by the month, especially now that almost every stamp set has matching dies. Clearly I was SO wrong!

Here's my card for Sandy's fun and appropriate, challenge this week.

 I've used my Big Shot on several elements. I started with the TE Quatrefoil cutting plate over a panel of MME wood grain paper. The card base is Wild Wasabi card stock. The Avery Elle image is stamped onto X-Press It card with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. It's cut out with the corresponding die. The sentiment is a die from MFT. (yes, a hodgepodge of supplies this week). The flower spray is popped up with dimensionals and I placed some sequin around the card for a finishing touch.

Inspiration for my design comes from the current Inspired By All the Little Things challenge. I'm also playing along with the current "green" challenge at the Curtain Call.

On the inside I've used a stamp from Paper Smooches to add to the hodgepodge, but it fits.

I'm off to put some laundry in the machine and do some more challenges while listening to my nephew, Ian, host his weekly radio show, Rock n Roots on the Macalester College Radio Station.  He's on every Sunday at 11:00 AM Central. Have a great Sunday stamping friends!

Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Mother's Day set by Avery Elle and Best Buds by Paper Smooches
Paper: SU Wild Wasabi and X-Press It Blending card stock, My Minds Eye patterned paper
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Wild Wasabi and Copics
Other: Quatrefoil Cutting Plate by Taylored Expressions, Mother's Day die by Avery Elle, Die-namics Happy Birthday die by My Favorite Things, the Big Shot, diemensionals, sequin


  1. Lots of pretti-ness going on here, Colleen! I love the quatrefoil diecut...very elegant, and your florals are so fresh and springy! Happy to have you play along this week!

  2. Colleen, love the quatrefoil diecut - especially over the wooden background. The sequins are the perfect finishing touch and really highlight your fabulous flowers. So glad you joined us at the paper Players this week

  3. Such a stunning card Colleen! I love it!Thanks for joining us at The Paper Players!

  4. Oh, this is a beauty!!! The colors are amazing, and die-cuts are absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for joining us at Paper Players!

  5. Gorgeous Colleen - love those colourful florals against the die cut background. I chucked when I read your post; a new demo friend of mine once asked me if she really needed a Big Shot - I was like TOTALLY!!! I use mine almost every day too! Great to see you in the gallery this week!

  6. This is beautiful, Colleen! I adore that fabulous cutting plate! The wooden background is perfect! So happy you joined us this week at The Paper Players! XX

  7. Beautiful card inside & out! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Inspired By All The Little Things!


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