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

Sunday, July 21, 2019

Celebrate Your Day

Hello all,

It's time for a new challenge at The Paper Players challenge. Ann has a fun theme challenge for us this week. CAS and Masculine. A perfect inspiration for me to make a birthday card for one of my co-workers. He happens to be one of my favorite peeps in the world too. I've combined Ann's theme with the sketch from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge. It's a great one to use for a CAS card.

The front of my card is one layer, with the exception of the greetings and the two lines down the left side. Using a very old wooden stamp, I stamped the bottom of the card with Memento black ink, then using some blending brushes, blended distress inks over the image. I did add some black enamel dots because, truth be told, I got a tiny smudge of red on the white space and I didn't want to start over, so I used an enamel dot to cover it. One of our "tricks of the trade." It's still a pretty simple design.

I did layer the inside panel with a black mat. It was just too white without it, LOL. To make the mirror image of the beer mug, I stamped it onto a piece of thick clear plastic and used that to stamp the image onto the paper. Using a fine Copic marker, I drew over the lines. Another trick of ours.

I've used a variety of stamps from a variety of sets to make this birthday card. Nice to have the options when creating.

Speaking of creating, our former neighbors had a new baby recently. He's probably about 2 months old now. When we were in Central California over the July 4th weekend, I visited one of my favorite Quilting/fabric stores and got some fabric to make a baby quilt for him. (I made one for his brother when he arrived two years ago.) I was able to get the top completely pieced this week, sewing after work. Here's a picture of it laying on our living room floor. It's not even pressed, but I wanted to see what it looked like. The fabrics are all sea related, since we do live by the ocean. I'll hopefully get the sandwiching, binding and quilting done this week.

Thanks for looking in. Have a great week,

Stamps: Beer Collage wooden stamp by Stamps Happen, Sentimental set and die by Avery Elle, Cocktail Party set by Hero Arts, Scripty Birthday set by Mama Elephant, PiƱata Party set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Whisper White and Basic Black card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Tim Holtz Distress Oxide inks, VersaMark, Copics
Other: SU white embossing powder, heat tool, Taylored Expressions Blending Brush set, Gemini Jr, enamel dots

Sunday, July 14, 2019

I Love You THIS Much!

Hi all,

I finally had some crafty time! It's been awhile. More work travel as well as some personal time away from home over the July 4th long weekend has kept me away from my craft room.

To get back into it, I started with a couple of my favorite challenges today. My friend, LeAnne, is the hostess for this week's Paper Players Challenge, and she has a fun color challenge for us this week. I got this uber cute Dino Days set from the new SU catalog and decided this was the perfect challenge to ink it up. I'm using the current Freshly Made Sketches!, sketch by Linda, for my layout.

To make the borders in Linda's sketch I've used the long line of dots die from the SU Stitched Nested Labels die set. I used a pencil to very lightly draw lines 1/2" in from all of the edges around the panel, then lined up the edge of the die along the pencil line and ran it through my die cutting machine.

The images are stamped with LeAnne's challenge colors (brown is a neutral, right?) on SU Whisper White card stock. After stamping they were all cutout with the corresponding set dies. To stamp the greeting I used SU markers in Balmy Blue and Blueberry Bushel to color the stamp instead of the larger ink pads. The white panel is layered onto Blueberry Bushel, then onto the card base of Balmy Blue.

Here is the inside of the card. The dinos are stamped and cut out with the dies here too. I used the little pebble die to cut across the white panel so that the blueberry card stock shows through.

I will add a get well greeting to the bottom and mail this to my brother. He's been in the hospital for a few weeks and recently transferred to a convalescent hospital, hopefully where he can gain enough strength to go home. 

For tonight, my personal chef is planning a yummy shrimp salad for dinner and some good friends are coming over, so it should be a fun evening. Nice to have before what I'm anticipating will be a stressful work week.

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Dino Days set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, Balmy Blue card stock
Ink: SU Blueberry Bushel, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, Soft Suede
Other: SU Stitched Nested Label dies, Dino Days dies, SU brown candy dots, Misti, Gemini Jr, dimensionals

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Here's to a Beautiful Day

Happy Tuesday,

We are headed out of town later today for the long weekend and I'm looking forward to having four days off work. I will be doing some computer work tomorrow, but come tomorrow afternoon, I'm done.

Before we leave, I wanted to get my card finished for this week's Paper Players Challenge. Joanne is the hostess with one of my favorite kinds of challenges, Tic-Tac-Toe. I just think these are super fun to do. Here's Joanne's banner of options. I choose to use the center vertical options of Patterned Paper, Yellow, Birthday.

On Sunday while cruising through my saved blogs, I started watching this video on Jennifer McGuire's blog. It looked interesting so I decided to give it a try.

I used the "landscape" layout for this one. The patterned papers are from a retired SU paper stack called All Abloom. Most of the dies and stamps are from Concord & 9th. The Stitched Rectangle die is SU.

These bridge cards are super easy to make. It's really just making sure that the dimensions are correct for the cutting and the scoring. Jennifer also recommends using heavy or thick card stock for the card base. I have a box of SSS card stock that is pretty thick and that's what I used. There happened to be a bright yellow/gold piece which matched the SU Daffodil Delight shade very well.

What's great about this design is the dimension. The card stands up on it's own. There is no place to write a personal note like on the inside of a traditional card. If you watch the video, Jennifer recommends using the back of the card to write your message, or making a small note card and gluing it to the back.

The other great thing is that it folds into a regular A2 envelope, as demonstrated here.

I recommend you give this technique a try. Lots of possibilities.

Wishing everyone a safe and fun July 4 holiday. Happy Birthday America!
Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Beautiful Butterfly set by Concord & 9th
Paper: Simon Says Stamp yellow card stock, SU All Abloom paper stack DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other: Misti, Score-Pal, Concord & 9th Butterfly Turnabout set dies, SU Stitched Rectangle die, Gemini Jr, pink gems, liquid glue, dimensional

Saturday, June 29, 2019

You're the Bee's Knees

Hi and happy Saturday,

I'm running a little slow today! Yesterday was a 14 hour work day with lots of driving and I'm not as young as I used to be, LOL. After running a few Saturday errands and getting laundry started, I sat down to do a little stamping. CAS(E) this Sketch! has another fun sketch for us, so I decided to go with it to make my card. My Simon Says Stamp July card kit arrived sometime during the week, and I hadn't even opened it yet, and once I did this morning, I couldn't resist inking up one of these super cute bees and sentiments.

There is a small honeycomb die in the kit. I cut it several times using both SU Hello Honey and So Saffron card stock. The outlines were glued down the edge of the card per the sketch layout. I randomly glued some of the inside hexagons back into the outlines using both shades of yellow.

Using my Misti, I stamped the images with Memento tuxedo black and then colored the bee with Copics. I added a few sequins that came with the kit for embellishments. Other than the honeycomb, this is a one layer card.

More images from the set are used on the inside too.

Thanks for checking in. Have a wonderful rest of the weekend!

Stamps: Bee Yourself set by Simon Says Stamp (June kit)
Paper: Simon Says Stamp heavy white card stock, SU Hello Honey and So Saffron card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Gina K Prickly Pear, Copics
Other: Misti, Simon Says Stamp honeycomb die (July kit), SSS sequins, Gemini Jr, liquid glue

Monday, June 24, 2019


Happy Monday,

Last night after dinner, I was able to make one more card. For this one you may need some shades to view as it's pretty bright. I used the current Inspired By Challenge photo for the color inspiration. I was particularly inspired by the green quatrefoil patterned towel hanging in the photo. I remembered that I have the TE Quatrefoil cutting plate, so I grabbed it and went to work on my card.

The card stocks used are SU Whisper White, Cucumber Crush and Tempting Turquoise. I cut the white and green with the cutting plate, glued the white outline onto a card base of turquoise, then glued in the green segments. The stamps are from the Pretty Poppy set by Concord & 9th. Instead of coloring the flowers, I thought they would look nice with just the outlines. The one on the turquoise card stock is heat embossed with white EP. The sentiment is from Gina K and is cut and layered with the new SU Stitched Nested Labels.

I did the same on the inside. No coloring, just stamping.

I have about a 1.5 hour drive this morning to get to my work site, so I need to get going. Have a great day everyone and thanks for looking.


Stamps: Concord & 9th Pretty Poppy set and Gina K Doodle Sayings set
Paper: SU Whisper White, Cucumber Crush and Tempting Turquoise card stock
Ink: SU Tempting Turquoise, Cucumber Crush, VersaMark
Other: TE Quatrefoil cutting plate, SU Stitched Nested Label dies, Gemini Jr, Misti, white EP, heat tool, liquid glue and dimensional

Sunday, June 23, 2019

Mermaid Looks Good On You

Hello and happy weekend!

Jaydee has an awesome sketch this week at the Paper Players challenge, and I had a blast making my card. But, before I get to the card details, I want to send cyber hugs to her. Jaydee, I hope your healing well and feeling much better.

I still had the Honey Bee Ocean background stamp on my table this morning from the card that I made last night and decided to use it again. I matched it with the Beautiful Mermaid set by Simon Says Stamp to make my card, and I absolutely love how this little underwater scene turned out.

To start off, I blended some Distress Oxide blue shades on a panel of X-Press It Blending card stock to use as the back drop for the mermaid and her sea friends. This was trimmed down to 2.5 inches wide to use as the strip in Jaydee's sketch. The images are stamped with Memento tuxedo black on X-Press It Blending card stock and colored with Copics. I then fussy cut every image. (I need to see if SSS has a die set for this set, LOL)

To make the side panels of the card front, I stamped the Ocean background onto Island Indigo card stock with VersaMark and heat embossed it using white EP, then trimmed it for the sides.

To assemble the card, I made a side folding card base from another piece of Island Indigo, glued the blended strip down towards the right of the card. Using foam tape, the two sides were glued over the strip so they are raised. The stamped images are arrange and glued with SU mini glue dots and some mini dimensional. The sentiment is from the stamp set and it's heat embossed with white EP onto some scrap from the blended piece, and trimmed to fit across the scene. Yes, several steps, but oh so fun to make!

To make the inside, I used another mermaid image and sentiments from the set. Another blended background is layered to a piece of Pool Party card stock stamped with the Honey Bee Ocean background.  I love these sentiments too.

There you have it. Now I need to think of someone to send this gem to.
I hope you have a nice Sunday evening. Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Beautiful Mermaids set by Simon Says Stamp and Ocean Borders set by Honey Bee
Paper: X-Press It Blending, SU Island Indio and Pool Party card stocks
Ink: Memento Tuxedo black, Copics, Distress Oxide Mermaid Lagoon, Blueprint Sketch, Cracked Pistachio, VersaMark, SU Island Indigo
Other: Misti, Gemini Jr., white embossing powder, heat tool, foam tape, SU mini glue dots, Nuvo glitter pen

Saturday, June 22, 2019

Fun In the Sun

Hello crafty peeps,

I love both the colors and the theme for the current Sunday Stamps challenge. It's color week with a patriotic palette of blues, red and craft, and the theme is appropriately Summer Adventure.

I don't know how "adventurous" this sun bather is, but I think she has a great idea for summer relaxing. I colored her up in the challenge colors and gave her a layout from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch!

This little sunbather, her beach bag and beach ball are all stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink onto X-Press It Blending card stock and colored with Copics. After coloring, I fussy cut the images and arranged them per the sketch on a panel cut with a Die-namics Stitched Rectangle. The sentiment tab is cut out with an older Die-namics die. To stamp the sentiment, I used a part of one of the sentiment stamps in the set, inking the parts I wanted with a SU Midnight Muse marker. The wave background stamp is from Honey Bee. It is stamped with Midnight Muse ink onto a card base of SU Bordering Blue card stock.

Here is the inside of my card. The wave border and sea bottom stamps are part of the Honey Bee background set and the sentiment is from the Pure Innocence set.

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Pure Innocence Fun in the Sun set by MFT and Ocean Borders set by Honey Bee
Paper: SU Bordering Blue, Neenah Desert Storm, X-Press It Blending card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Midnight Muse, SU Real Red
Other: Misti, Die-namics dies, Gemin Jr, Dimensionals

Butterfly Kisses

Happy Saturday peeps,

After the usual weekend chores were completed this morning, I had a chance to sit down and make a couple of cards. I decided to play along with this week's Freshly Made Sketches challenge. A super cool sketch this week with lots of possibilities. I actually made two cards, one portrait and one landscape, using the new Concord & 9th Butterfly sets.

I wanted to use some bright colors to go along with these butterflies. Both cards incorporate ink blending and emboss resist techniques.

For the first card, I used the Butterfly Love Turnabout set inked with VersaMark ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. After heat setting the powder, I used a blending tool with three shades of Distress Oxide inks. This background panel was trimmed and layered with first coral card stock then with yellow card stock per Lee Ann's sketch.

The focal butterfly is made with the Concord & 9th Beautiful Butterfly set die. It's cut three times from yellow, bright pink and coral card stocks. These were layered off-set and glued together. The butterfly's body is cut from coral card stock. The sentiment is heat embossed with white EP on pink card stock.

On the second card, I did the ink blending first. Using the heat tool, I dried the ink, then stamped the Butterfly turnabout stamp with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with clear EP. This gives a more subtle background image and looks really pretty IRL.

The same butterfly die was first cut in black and using the colored segments left over from the first card, I glued them into the black outlines of the butterfly. I used a piece of Pineapple Punch card stock behind to glue everything down then fussy cut around the black. For the small pieces along the outside of the wings, I used yellow Stickles over the yellow card stock.

I'm not really sure which I like better. I think they both turned out pretty, and they were quite fun to make too.

It's relatively early in the evening here on the West coast, so I think I can do a little more stamping before I call it a night.


Stamps: Butterfly Love Turnabout set and Beautiful Butterfly set both by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Whisper White, thick Whisper White, Pineapple Punch, Calypso Coral, Pixie Pink and Basic Black card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Distress Oxide Squeezed Lemonade, Spiced Marmalade, Abandoned Coral, Picked Raspberry, VersaMark
Other: Misti, Gemini Jr, heat tool, SU clear EP, ink blender and sponges, Concord & 9th set dies, yellow Stickles, SU mini glue dots and dimensionals