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

Saturday, February 22, 2020

Love You

Happy Saturday peeps,

It's been a wet one here in north San Diego county for most of the day. It's starting to clear up now and I think we are expecting very warm temps for most of the next week. For about 30 minutes this morning, the skies really opened up and the thunder rolled right over the house. I called it "real rain." Mostly, our rain is pretty light, so it was nice to see it really coming down.

I decided to strip the bed down to the mattress and wash everything. In addition to those loads, I also did clothes, so that's how I spent my morning. I also made a quick run to the market for groceries. I had some lunch and then sat down at my stamping table to make a card.

Using the sketch from the current CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge. I pulled out a new February release set from Concord & 9th, and I love how it turned out.

The set is called Stitched Blooms and it has a coordinating die that makes stitched flowers and leaves. I used it 4 times so I could fill in the diagonal area per the sketch. After running it through my Gemini Jr the final time, I used some TE and Altenew ink cubes to stamp in the flowers and leaves. The small dots are colored with a Zig water color marker. The sentiment panel is another couple of dies in the set. I cut the banner out of black card stock and the letters from white then glued the letters to the black banner. I pulled out some SU Pool Party Baker's twine, rolled it in a circle and using some foam tape, adhered the sentiment over the twine. A few SU glitter enamel dots complete the embellishment. I used a light yellow, bright yellow and light green dot to compliment the stamped shades.

The same stamping pattern is carried over to the inside. The sentiment is from another C&9th set called Tall Type Tagalong. It's from the January release.

The card base is SU Pineapple Punch card stock. This was a fun card to make and it went together relatively quickly.

Thanks for looking in and I hope your Saturday evening is enjoyable.

Stamps: Stitched Blooms and Tiny Tagalongs sets by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Pineapple Punch and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Taylored Expressions Potato Chip and Lemon Meringue, Alenew Leaf, Memento tuxedo black, Zig blue marker
Other: Stitched Blooms dies, SU Baker's Twine, SU glitter enamel dots, foam tape, Gemini Jr

Friday, February 21, 2020

You'd Be Better Already

Happy Friday evening all,

I was lucky today and was able to work from my home office. Love when that happens on Fridays because we all know how bad Friday afternoon traffic can get.

After I finished up with the work stuff, I quickly put away my work computer and pulled out my stamping supplies. We have a good friend that had surgery for breast cancer this morning. I wanted to make a card for her and get it in the mail, as she lives in Virginia. I used Kim's sketch at Freshly Made Sketches and the colors from Color Throwdown.

I started by cutting the SU Sending Flowers die, a Sale-a-bration coordination product release for the  Sending You Thoughts Sale-a-bration set, from water color paper. The flowers are colored using Zig Water Color markers using the Color Throwdown colors. Using a Spellbinders Circle die and the partial die cutting technique, I made the half circle on a piece of SU Whisper White card stock. For the gray border around the half circle, I used two Die-namics Inside and Out Stitched circle dies taped together. The half circle panel is embossed using the SU 3D Brick and Mortar EF. The bottom panel is stamped with the SU Hardwood background stamp. I glued the flowers onto the embossed panel and used foam tape to pop it over the woodgrain panel. Both are glued to a card base of Going Gray card stock. I used some tiny SU butterfly dies for embellishments.

Here is the inside.

We are expecting some rain tomorrow here in SoCal. Sounds like a perfect excuse to stay in and craft.
Have a great Saturday all and thanks,

Stamps: Sending You Thoughts, Beauty Abounds and Hardwood sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Going Gray, retired bright pink and Whisper White card stock, Strathmore water color paper
Ink: Zig Real Brush water color markers, SU Going Gray, Elegant Eggplant
Other: Die-namics and Spellbinder Circle dies, Taylored Expressions Grass Border die, SU Butterfly dies, SU Brick and Mortar embossing folder, Misti, Gemini Jr, small dimensionals, foam tape

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

A Woodland Hello

Happy Tuesday,

This week's Paper Players Challenge is a clean and simple theme challenge. Jaydee is our hostess and she wants us to use woodland critters on our projects. I have several stamp sets that would work for this one and I pulled most of them out for consideration. I finally picked this Simon Says Stamp set called Woodland Whimsy. It was in one of the SSS Monthly kits late last year, and the critters are super cute.

Since this is a clean and simple challenge, I wanted to limit layers and keep the white space. I started by cutting a large circle from some Gina K masking paper, laying the outside over my card base of thick Whisper White card stock and sponging some puffy clouds in the negative space. The critters, trees and flowers are stamped on X-Press It Blending card stock, colored with Copics and fussy cut. I actually used the same circle die to cut the trees so that they line up perfectly in the sponged circle. Everything is glued with liquid glue.

I kept the inside pretty clean and simple as well. Both the image and sentiment are from the same SSS stamp set.

This is a super quick post, but I still have some prep for training that I'm conducting the next two days. Tomorrow I start at 6:00 am!

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Woodland Whimsy set by Simon Says Stamp
Paper: SU thick Whisper White and X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Distress Oxide blue and Copics
Other: Spellbinders circle die, Gemini Jr, Misti, liquid glue, cloud stencil, TE blending brush, Gina K masking paper

Monday, February 17, 2020

You're Awesome

Happy Monday evening peeps,

I've got a card for you that I made following a couple of challenges. The sketch comes from this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! and the theme comes from the current Inspired By Challenge. I love both the colors and the patchwork theme in this week's challenge.

I did take a little creative license with the sketch omitting the two small elements below the sentiment, and I moved the sentiment off the main element because it just didn't work with the punched flowers. As far as the Inspired By Challenge, I used several elements including the dots in the background, the patched squares and the colors. This was totally a fun card to make!

Here's the inside that uses a sentiment and image from one of the SU Sale-a-bration sets.

Thanks for looking today,

Stamps: Altenew Dainty Swiss Dots set and SU Thoughtful Blooms set
Paper: SU thick & regular Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick, Coastal Cabana, Midnight Muse, Regal Rose card stocks
Ink: Midnight Muse, Coastal Cabana
Other: SU Thoughtful Blooms punch, Die-namics Double Stitched square die, Taylored Expressions Small Scalloped Banner die, Gemini Jr, Misti, SU white enamel dots, liquid glue, foam tape

Saturday, February 15, 2020

Missing You Friend


A few Saturday chores completed so I had some stamping time this morning. I plan on more later this afternoon too. I wanted to make a card for Linda's Freshly Made Sketch. I like the vertical elements and I love how this card worked out. The colors are from this week's Color Throwdown Challenge. A very pretty combo for some spring flowers.

The stamps are from the February release by Concord & 9th. So pretty!

I used the rest of the stamped vertical panel on the inside with more images from the same C&9th set. The lavender card stock is a really old SU color called Orchid Opulence. This is one of the SU retired colors that I miss. ( Truth be told, I kinda horde it.)

I hope you all have a fab weekend!

Stamps: Brushed Stipe Background and Meadow Blossoms sets by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Smoky Slate, Orchid Opulence and Whisper White card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Memento Gray Flannel, SU Smoky Slate, Orchid Opulence, Copics, VersaMark
Other: Concord & 9th Meadow Blossoms dies, SU Stitched Rectangle dies, Gray Baker's twine, lavender pearls, Gemini Jr, Misti, dimensionals

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Thank You

Hi all,

Yipee, it's Friday tomorrow. I'm definitely ready for the weekend.

In my earlier post this week, I said that I might make another card, because I really like Ann's color theme this week at the Paper Players Challenge. I was able to get another one made. Using very different shades of red and pink, and using a new to me flower set from Altenew, I made this.

I used some Altenew inks for the flowers and leaves. The darker shade is called Crimson and the light pink is called Blush. The background stamp is from Concord & 9th. It is stamped using Gina K Amalgam black ink. The flowers and leaves are cut out using the corresponding set dies. The sentiment is part of the Altenew flower set and it's heat embossed and cut out with an SU banner die.

Here is the inside, which uses a Gina K stamp for the sentiment and a small flower image from another Concord & 9th set.

The card bass is SU Poppy Parade which matches the Altenew Crimson in very well.

I hope you all have a great Friday and a very happy weekend. Thanks for looking,

Stamps: Altenew Wallpaper Art set and Concord & 9th Herringbone Background stamp
Paper: SU Poppy Parade and X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Altenew Crimson and Blush ink, Gina K Amalgam black ink, VersaMark
Other: Altenew Wallpaper Art dies, Misti, white embossing powder, SU banner die, pink candy dots, heat tool, Gemini Jr, foam tape

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Coffee With Friends


Here is another card that I made this past weekend. Following the  CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch, I used the Concord and 9th Coffee Turnabout set to make my card.The background turnabout stamp is stamped with four rotations using SU brown inks. Crumb Cake, Soft Suede Baked Brown Sugar, and Early Expresso. The dark brown layers are Early Expresso card stock embossed using the Tayored Expressions Burlap EF. The mat is Poppy Parade card stock.

For the coffee cup, I stamped it several times with Poppy Parade ink to get a nice and dark image. Then I stamped VersaMark ink over it and heat embossed it with clear EP. This step was done 3 times. IRL, it really looks like a ceramic mug. It is cut out with the corresponding set die and popped up with SU dimensionals.

More images from the same stamp set are used to make the inside of the card. The small cup is stamped using Gina K Charcoal Brown ink and then colored with a red Copic marker that is close to the Poppy Parade shade.

As I've said before, I don't drink coffee, but I love all of the coffee themed stamps out there, and I have quite a collection now, LOL. This card is so colorful and "in your face" bright IRL. I love it. I just need to think of someone to send it too. Like me, neither my sister nor bestie drink coffee. We are all tea drinkers.

It's Happy Hump Day tomorrow, so the work week will be more than half over at the end of the day. That's a nice thought!

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Coffee Blend Turnabout set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Whisper White, Early Expresso and Poppy Parade card stocks
Ink: SU Crumb Cake, Baked Brown Sugar, Soft Suede, Early Expresso, Poppy Parade, Gina K Charcoal Brown, VersaMark, Copic Sketch #24
Other: Clear EP, Heat tool, Misti, Concord & 9th dies, TE Burlap EF, Gemini Jr, red Enamel dots, dimensionals