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

Friday, March 17, 2023

Wishing You A Happy

 TGIF Peeps,

Happy St. Patty's Day to all.

I signed up for the latest of Kristina's and Jennifer's On Line Card Classes, this one on creating with stencils. I have quite a collection of stencils by now and I love using them, and I knew that I'd learn more from these two ladies and the rest of the instructors. I've only been able to watch Day one so far and my card today is one of the techniques taught in day one.

The technique is simply turning the stencil after using it in the way it was meant to be used. This stencil is from Taylored Expressions. It creates boxes out of the lines. I used it as intended ink blending with some rainbow colors. Next I turned the stencil 45 degrees (1/4 turn) and used lighter shades of the same colors.

My eyes see something close to hexagon shapes, so that's the embellishment shapes I used for the tree circles in Judy's sketch for this week's Freshly Made Sketches Challenge. These dies are last month's small die of the month set from Spellbinders, and they are super cute! (The black hexagons behind are Hexagon Nested Infinity dies from Hero.)

Here's the inside of my card. The birthday image is from C&9th and I added a few more Spellbinders die cut flowers.

Enjoy your evening and weekend.

Stencil: Topsy Turvy by Taylored Expressions
Stamps: All The Birthdays by Concord & 9th
Paper: Taylored Expressions Misc. colored card stock, Gina K Designs Layering Weight White and Black Onyx card stock
Ink: Gina K Designs ink cubes
Other: Spellbinders Floral Minis Tiles (Feb 2022 sm die of the mo), Hero Arts Hexagon Nested Infinity dies, Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1 dies, Gina K Designs Pre-printed sentiments strip, Gina K Designs sentiment strip dies, Gina K Designs Pearls, Blending brushes, Big Shot, Misti, Connect glue, SU Dimensionals

Saturday, March 11, 2023

Wishing You Happy Birthday

 Happy Weekend Peeps,

I found Amy's sketch for this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge, well, challenging. Add to that, I have limited stamp sets as I'm still visiting my mom.

Looking through the C&9th box that I brought with me , I found this older mandala stamp set with coordinating dies and I thought maybe I could make it work. Here's what I came up with.

Using some misc card stock in rainbow shades, I stamped two of the mandala images, cut them out with their dies and layered them for the two larger circles in the sketch.  I stamped two of the greeting stamps and cut them out using the smaller of the same dies. The smallest circles are cut from another die from the set. I laid out the die cuts per the sketch on a white card base, but it looked "lonely" so I used the GKD Fizzy stencil to make more circles in the background.

Mom and I are meeting up with two of my Aunts and a few of my cousins for dinner tonight. One of my aunts turns 90 today, my mom will be 87 Tuesday, my other aunt was 84 this past Tuesday and one of my cousins will be 60 tomorrow! Should be fun to see them all.

Wishing you a fun and crafty weekend!

Stamps and dies: Many Mandalas set by Concord & 9th
Paper: Misc colored card stock, SU Thick Basic White
Ink: Gina K Designs Black Onyx, Jelly Bean Green, Turquoise Sea, Sweet Mango, and Wild Lilac
Other: Blending brushes, Big Shot, Misti, SU Dimensionals, Connect Liquid Glue

Thursday, March 9, 2023

Easter Blessings


Today's post has my card for this week's Paper Players Challenge. This week is theme week with Joanne as our hostess. Her theme is Easter.

Since I'm still at my mom's with limited stamp sets to choose from, my Easter card has some pretty tulips instead of a bunny and eggs. This sweet little Gina K mini set is the only Easter set I have here. I brought some of the newer SU DSPs with me and I liked these pastel polka dots to go with Joanne's them. Hence, turquoise tulips.

The layout comes from this week's Sunday Stamps sketch.

After stamping the tulips, I masked them and used the GKD Sunshine stencil to add the sun rays behind, then cut the panel using a double stitched rectangle die and the black mat. The greeting is cut using a banner die from the GKD ML 2 die set and popped up with Dimensionals.

I used two other GKD sets for the inside greeting and images. The flower box and flowers are colored with colored pencils.

Enjoy your Thursday, and thanks for looking in.

Stamps: Spring Greetings Mini, Welcome Home and Window Additions sets by Gina K Designs
Paper: Gina K Designs Layering Weight White and Black Onxy card stock, Taylored Expressions textured turquoise card stock, Stampin' Up Dandy Designs DSP
Ink: Gina K Designs Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea, Jelly Bean Green, Fresh Asparagus, Lemon Yellow, Black Onyx cubes
Other: Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1 and 2 dies, Gina K Designs Double and Single Stitched Rectangle dies, Gina K Designs Sunshine stencil, blending brush, Masking Magic, Prisma colored pencils, Misti, Big Shot, SU Dimensionals

Friday, March 3, 2023

Happy Birthday

 Happy Friday to all,

I love Karen's simple sketch design at Freshly Made Sketches this week. It's a great design to use up some of my reams of patterned papers. I'm also using some retired SU card stock. This card base is made with Mint Melody card stock and it matches the newer Mint Macaroon shade in this new gingham DSP pretty well.

The embossing folder is from Simon and the Stamped daisy is from Gina K Designs.

 After embossing the background, I used a tiny blending brush to add white craft ink over the petals of the daisies and also yellow in the centers. (IRL, the yellow is much softer looking. In the photo, it's looks too harsh.) After gluing the strip of plaid paper down, I used some green metallic embroidery floss along the line. The daisy is colored with a light gray alcohol marker and Light and Dark Daffodil Delight SU Blends markers then popped up with Dimensionals.

For the inside, I used a greeting from the same GKD stamp set and a strip of the SU DSP.

Thanks for checking in. Now I have another "fun" task to start. Taxes!

Enjoy your Friday,

Stamps: Delightful Daisies stamp set
Paper: SU Mint Melody and GKD Layering Weight White card stock, SU Country Gingham DSP
Ink: Gina K Designs White Craft, Wild Dandelion, Soft Stone, SU Daffodil Delight Blends, misc gray alcohol marker
Other: Gina K Designs Pre-Printed Birthday sentiment, GKD Sentiment Strip dies, embroidery floss, Connect Liquid glue, SU Dimensionals, Misti, Big Shot

With Love and Prayers


I'm almost late getting my Paper Players Challenge card posted! Jaydee's sketch is a great one for this huge Peony stencil from Gina K Designs.

I started by cutting a 4.75 x 4.75 inch square of white card stock for the background and stenciled the leaves with GKD Dark Sage ink. On a second square, I stenciled the Peony, which is a two set layering stencil using GKD light and dark Lilac inks and Key Lime and Fresh Asparagus for the leaves. This panel is cut using the Master Layouts 3 dies. Both stenciled panels are layered with black mats. The sentiment is also from GKD and is pre-printed. I cut it out with a Sentiment Strip die.

For the inside, I used a sentiment from the GKD So Many Sentiments stamp set and a mini bloom from the GKD Pretty Posie mini stamp set.

My Aunt asked for some Birthday, Get Well and Sympathy cards, so this will go in her box.

Enjoy your Friday, and thanks for checking in.

Stamps: So Many Sentiments and Pretty Posie Minni sets by Gina K Designs
Stencils: Layered Peony and Lush Leaves by Gina K Designs
Paper: Layering Weight White, Black Onyx by GKD and Lilac by Taylored Expressions
Ink: Dark Sage, Light and Dark Lilac, Black Onyx, Key Lime, Fresh Asparagus by GKD, SU Blends
Other: GKD Pre-printed sentiment strip, Master Layouts 3 dies by GKD, Blending Brushes, Misti, Big Shot, GKD sentiment strip dies, Micro Disco Ball sequins, Connect Liquid Glue

Thursday, February 23, 2023


 Hi Peeps,

I purchased  some of the new release stencils, dies and stamp sets from the latest Pretty Pink Posh release. They arrived on Monday so of course, I wanted to use some of them right away.

These ice cream cone layering stencils are super cute! I made these all chocolate ice cream with chocolate sprinkles. The large Celebrate and shadow dies worked  perfectly for this week's Freshly Made Sketches Challenge.  Since I didn't want to cover up the ice cream cones, I used vellum under the die for the larger diagonal element.

For the inside of the card I used greetings from the GKD mini Birthday set. 

Thanks for checking in, and happy stamping!

Stamps: Wish set by Pretty Pink Posh and Birthday mini set by Gina K Designs
Stencils: Birthday Ice Cream Cones layering stencils
Paper. Gina K Designs Layering weight white card stock and Vellum, Taylored Expressions turquoise, hot pink, cream, and dark chocolate card stock
Ink: Gina K Designs Ocean Mist, Turquoise Sea, Innocent Pink, Bubblegum Pink, Applemint, Jellybean Green, Sandy Beach, Warm Cocoa, Dark Chocolate, Wild Dandelion, and Tangerine Twist
Other: Pretty Pink Posh Celebrate die and shadow die set, blending brushes, Misti, Big Shot, Connect liquid glue

Wednesday, February 22, 2023

Sending You Love & HUGS

 Hello peeps,

I'm in Northern California again visiting my mom. I drove up last Thursday and will most likely stay until after her 87th birthday, which is on March 14. I loaded up my car with stamping supplies so I could occupy some of my time while she goes off to her bingo games at the senior center.

Included in the supplies are card sock, misc. ink cubes, and some other supplies that are "extra" at home, so I plan on leaving them here for my sister and I to use when either of us are visiting.

I made this card yesterday afternoon for this week's Paper Players Challenge. Claire's got CAS week with a theme of "Get Well."

I placed an order with Pretty Pink Posh a few days before leaving home and had the order shipped to mom's house and it came on Monday. Of course, I had to ink up some of the stamps ASAP.

All of the stamped images are PPP except the bottom sentiment, which is from a Gina K Designs get well set. I stamped the small images on the front of the card base using Distress Lost Shadow ink using an acrylic block. For the die cut HUGS image, I ink blended light carnation pink, lemon yellow, applemint green, and turquoise sea on white card stock, blending one into the next, then stamped the large HUGS image using a dark gray ink. I cut this out using the corresponding die, then cut it twice more from white card stock to layer.

Both greetings are stamped on black card stock and heat embossed with white EP, and I used some sentiment dies with rounded ends from Altenew to cut them out.

Here's the inside. This greeting is from another Gina K Designs stamp set.

With the wacky weather going on this week, it's supposed to snow here the next two days. It's rare to get snow here, but it does happen. 

Enjoy the rest of the week, and thanks for looking in.

Stamps: Hugs set by Pretty Pink Posh, Get Well Wishes and Luck and Love sets by Gina K Designs
Paper: SU Basic White Thick and GKD Black Onyx card stock
Ink: Gina K Designs Light Carnation Pink, Apple Mint, Lemon Drop, Turquoise Sea, Slate,  and embossing ink, Tim Holtz Distress Lost Shadow
Other: Misti, Big Shot, Pretty Pink Posh set dies, Featured Sentiments dies by Altenew,  Brutus Monroe white embossing powder, heat tool, SU mini Dimensionals, Connect liquid glue

Monday, February 13, 2023

Birthday Wishes

 Hi all,

I hope you had a fab weekend. We spent some time with friends, which is always fun and I had plenty of time in my craft room too.

I made this card yesterday afternoon using Linda's sketch for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge and Ann's color challenge for the Paper Players. I took a wee bit of creative license with Linda's sketch with three flowers instead of two, but the card balance needed three.

The background is made using a new set of layering stencils from Pink Fresh Studio. Because I wanted to use the Crumb Cake challenge color as card stock, (in this case Kraft card stock),  I first stenciled each layer with white ink then repeated using the remaining three colors in the challenge, slightly off-set.

The large flowers are from another Pink Fresh Studio set that includes stamps, stencils, dies and a hot foil plate. I stamped the flowers on kraft card stock using kraft ink, then used the layering stencils in the same manner as the background inking first with white then with each of the challenge colors. 

The horizontal panel is made by cutting strips of the card stock and gluing them on an angle to a 2 x 4.5  inch piece of paper. This is stamped and heat embossed with white EP and popped up with foam tape.

Finally, I used some Trinity white pearls for embellishments in the centers of some of the background flowers and in all of the focal flowers.

Here is the inside of the card. The stamps are from a new birthday set from Gina K Designs.

Have a great week, and happy crafting!

Stamps/stencils: Pink Fresh Studio Floral Lace layering stencil set, Brighter Days stamps and layering stencils, Delicate Floral Print background stamp. Gina K Designs Birthday Cheer Mini stamp set
Paper: SU Thick White, Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, So Saffron and Gina K Designs Kraft card stocks
Ink: Hero Arts Unicorn craft white, Gina K Designs Kraft and Black Onyx, Stampin' Up Balmy Blue, Petal Pink, So Saffron
Other: Gina K Designs Pre-printed sentiment strip, WOW white embossing powder, heat tool, Misti, Big Shot, Trinity white pearls, Connect liquid glue, SU Dimensionals, foam tape, SSS mini blending brushes, Tim Holtz sponge blending tool