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

Friday, September 23, 2022


 TGIF Peeps,

Any plans for the weekend? We are going to dinner to celebrate birthdays for two of our friends whose big days are Oct 1 and Oct 2. Both families will be on vacation on the actual B-days, so we are celebrating a week early. Other than that, not much in our plans.

I made two cards using this week's colors for the Global Design Project's color challenge. One of the cards also uses the sketch for the Sunday Stamps Challenge. 

The first card is a basic A2 size. I cut some scraps from card stock in the three challenge colors in various widths and glued them to a piece of copy paper. I used a SU Stitched Rectangle die to cut it out, then dry embossed it with the SU Wood Grain EF. The flower is from the SU set Ranunculus Romance. I used SU markers to color directly on the rubber before stamping it and it's cut out with the corresponding set die. The hello greeting is part of the set. After gluing everything in place, I decided the card needed a few embellishments, so I pulled out some old SU flower sequin and place them around the die cut flower.

The second card is made with images and dies from the same set bundle. This is a full size slimline card. I used the Gina K Designs Master Layouts 10 die set to cut the stitched panel and the shadow panel. All of the other supplies are SU.

The bottom layers of each flower is cut from basic white card stock, then colored using a blending brush and Flirty Flamingo ink, blending darker in the center. The leaves are cut from Parakeet Party card stock and then I used a small brush to blend Parakeet Party ink over the cut out shape. 

I made four flowers, but only needed three for the front so I used the other on the inside. The inside greeting is from the SU set Amazing Phrasing.

That's it from me today. Thanks for looking in and have a great weekend!

Stamps: Stampin' Up sets Ranunculus Romance and Amazing Phrasing
Paper: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Parakeet Party, Shaded Spruce, Basic White and Neenah Desert Storm
Ink: Stampin' Up Flirty Flamingo, Parakeet Party, Shaded Spruce ink pads and markers, VersaMark
Other: Stampin' Up set dies, Stitched Rectangle dies, Gina K Designs ML 10 dies, Stampin' Up Wood grain embossing folder, blending brushes, Misti, Big Shot Switch Plus, SU dimensionals, SU green flower sequins, SU gold balls, WOW white embossing powder, heat tool

Monday, September 19, 2022

A Million Blessings

Hey there,

It's been awhile since I've been here on my blog, but I'm finally back home with my stamps, ink and paper. I needed to take an unplanned trip to help my mom while she recouped from an illness in mid-August, and I was gone for almost six weeks. Because it was an unplanned trip and I needed to leave quickly, I wasn't able to pack any craft supplies. I'm happy to report mom is mostly is back to her ole' self and feeling well enough to be on her own again, so I was able to head back to my home on Saturday, arriving after a thirteen hour road trip driving the length of California.

Of course, Sunday morning, I checked out the new Paper Players Challenge which is always a good one to get my mojo flowing again. This week, Claire is our hostess with a fun fall theme of leaves or scarecrows. I decided to use a new Gina K Designs set called Doodled Autumn and made a couple of  clean and simple cards with ink blended backgrounds in typical fall/Autumn shades.

For this first card I used torn pieces of masking paper to mask off the sides of a mini-slimline panel and blended GKD Tomato Soup, Prickly Pear and Fresh Asparagus inks down the center. The leaf images and the greeting are stamped with Charcoal Brown ink. The panel is cut with the GKD Master Layouts 7 Stitched die and mounted on a mini-slimline card base.

On the second card, I used GKD Faded Brick, Tomato Soup and Prickly Pear ink pads, smooching the ink on an acrylic block and then spraying it with water before placing it down on a piece of Tim Holtz water color paper. After drying the panel with a heat tool, I cut it out with a Pink Fresh Studio rectangle die then placed it in my Misti and stamped the larger leaf image and the greeting. The card base is GKD Charcoal Brown card stock to match the stamped images.

After mom was feeling better, we took a trip to Portland, OR to visit my sister. My niece came with her 9 month old son as well. Mom enjoyed her first great grandchild and I enjoyed my first great nephew. He's a super happy baby and in four days, I didn't hear him cry or fuss. Lots of giggles though! Here's a picture of mom and Brady.

Thanks all,

Stamps: Doodled Autumn Set by Gina K Designs
Paper: Gina K Designs Ivory and Charcoal Brown card stock, Tim Holtz water color paper
Ink: Gina K Designs Charcoal Brown, Faded Brick, Tomato Soup, Prickly Pear and Fresh Asparagus
Other: GKD Masking Paper, Blending Brushes, Acrylic Block, Tim Holtz spray bottle, GKD Master Layouts 7, Pink Fresh Studio Folk Edge Rectangle dies, Misti, Big Shot Switch


Wednesday, August 10, 2022

Wine a Little, It Helps. . .

Hello all,

Today's card I made for the current Fusion Card Challenge.  Wine and Cheese are two of my favorite things, so I had to play along. 

I have this large wine bottle die that I thought would be perfect for the sketch and theme for the Fusion challenge . Unfortunately, I didn't label the storage envelope that I have this die stored in and since it's several years old, I really have no idea of the maker. (I tried looking it up on SSS and a few other web sites but couldn't find it.) 

I also remembered I have this older wood mounted stamp of a wine basket and thought it would be fun for the label on the die cut bottle. This is also an older stamp with a date on the price tag of 2005. 

Since I'm using all of these older supplies, this card works for the current Anything Goes Challenge at Retro Rubber. Even the patterned papers are several years old, from SU and long retired.

The greetings, both front and inside, are from Taylored Expressions. 

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

Stamps: Wine Basket Wood Mounted stamp from Art Impressions and Wine a Little sets by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Very Vanilla card stock and Comfort Cafe DSP
Ink: Gina K Designs Charcoal Brown and SU Cajun Craze, Copic Markers
Other: Wine Bottle die, GKD Master Layouts 6 dies,  Rust enamel dots, Misit, Sizzix Switch Plus, SU Dimensionals

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Hello, Sunshine

 Happy Hump Day Peeps,

This morning I received a box of happiness in the mail, my order from Gina K's latest release. As I was putting the stamp sets into the storage pockets, I thought that the Lemons & Sunshine set would be perfect for Claire's Paper Players Challenge, Tic-Tac-Toe this month. I used the left side vertical option of Sun, Yellow, Die Cut.

After finishing the card, I realized that it also works for the GKD August Monthly Mix Challenge. Sheri is the hostess and her challenge is to have texture on our projects. I've used  dies, foam squares for dimension,  an embossing folder,  and pearl embellishments, all help to add texture.

I used Copics to color the lemons. All of the other supplies are from GKD. 

I started by using the Sun Stencil and blended the rays coming down from the top left corner with a mini blending brush. I moved the stencil down to get the rays to go all the way to the bottom of the card stock panel. Using a larger blending brush, I added more color to the large sun hole in the stencil, removed the stencil and stamped the small sun image and greeting, both from the stamp set. On a separate piece of card stock I stamped the lemon images, colored them with Copics and cut them out with the corresponding set dies. The stenciled panel is cut out using ML2. I lined up where I wanted to place the lemon images on the stitched die and cut those so when I taped them on the card, the stitching matches. The card base is dry embossed with the GKD Swiss Dots EF.

Here's the inside of the card. This greeting is super cute substituting "zest" for "best."

Thanks for looking in today. 

Stamps: Lemons and Sunshine stamp set and dies
Paper: Gina K Designs Layering Weight and Heavy Weight White and Black Onyx card stock
Ink: Gina K Designs Black Onyx, Lemon Yellow, Wild Dandelion and Copic Markers
Other: Gina K Designs Sunshine Stencil, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder, Master Layouts 2, White Pearl Mix embellishments, small and regular blending brushes,  foam squares, Connect glue, Misti, Gemini Jr

Friday, July 29, 2022

It's Penguining To Look A Lot Like Christmas

TGIF Peeps,

I've got a Christmas in July card for you today. This is a 4.25 x 4.25 inch square note card. All supplies are from Gina K Designs. I was playing around with the Wreath Builder System this afternoon and it didn't look too bad, so I went ahead and made a card with the panel.

After making the wreath, I decided to cut a circle in the center so that the inside of the card shows through. I went so far as to fussy cut around the greenery. All of the stamped images are from last year's Playful Penguins stamp & die set. Some of the images are colored with Copic Markers.

The new As You See It Challenge is Christmas In July, specifically our favorite craft. Mine is definitely card making.


The inside: 

The images are colored with Copics. I used some Nuvo enamel drops for the white areas on the Santa hat.

Thanks for looking in, and have a great weekend,

Stamps: Playful Penguins set and dies from Gina K Designs
Paper: Gina K Designs Cherry Red, Christmas Pine and Layering Weight White card sotck
Ink: Gina K Designs Black Onyx, Slate, Christmas Pines, Grass Green, Sea Glass and Copic Markers
Other: GKD Wreath Builder System, Misti, Gemini Jr., Foam Squares, Nuvo white enamel drops, Connect glue

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Sending Bright Wishes


Hey there peeps,

Amy's sketch for the current Freshly Made Sketches challenge looked both intriguing and a little challenging to me, but after thinking about it, I actually came up with a couple of cards. 

The first is a fall themed card with some bright fall colors. I made my own background by stamping the leaf randomly using rust, gold, pink and purple shades of ink, then grabbed a small polka-dot stencil and blended over the stamped leaves using a lighter gold shade.

The pumpkins are stamped in charcoal brown ink and colored using blending brushes. The flowers ae colored with Copics.

All of the Stamped and die cut images are from Stampin' Up.

For the second card, I used the new SSS Horizon Line stencil to stencil a cloudy background then added some bright kites. I fussy cut the sentiment and popped it up with some mini SU Dimensionals. The inks and stamped/die cut images are all Concord & 9th. For embellishments, I added some TE Rainbow circles.

Everyone of the DT cards are amazing and helped inspire me for sure. 

Thanks for checking in today,

Card 1:
Stamps: Hello Harvest stamp set and dies and Eclectic Garden set (sentiment)
Paper: Gina K Designs Layering Weight White, Prickly Pear and Charcoal Brown card stocks
Ink: Gina K Designs Honey Mustard, Plumb Punch, Coral Reef, Passionate Pink, Charcoal Brown and Stampin' Up Cajun Craze, Copic Markers
Other: Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1 die set, Trinity Lots of Dots stencil, Blending Brushes, SSS sequins, SU Dimensionals, Misti, Gemini Jr

Card 2:
Stamps: Kite Strings stamp set and dies
Paper: Gina K Designs Layering Weight white, Black Onyx and SU Basic White Thick, Concord & 9th Poppy and Honeysuckle card stock
Ink: Concord & 9th Aqua Sky, Poppy and Honeysuckle and Gina K Designs Black Onyx
Other: SSS Horizon Lines stencil, blending brushes, Gina K Designs Master Layouts 1 die set, Taylored Expressions Rainbow circles, SU mini Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 27, 2022

A "Beachy" Little Christmas

 Hi and happy hump day,

The theme for the Fusion Challenge is beachy this time and I thought I'd play along. I do have several stamps and stamp sets that would certainly work. I wanted to also use the sketch and this older Stampin' Up Christmas set seemed to work pretty well. I did add a few images from other sets to go along with, the background waves is from Hero and the shore birds stamp is a very old wood block from PXS.

The inside :

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Beachy Little Christmas set by Stampin' Up, Seas The Day set by Hero Arts, single Seabirds wood mounted stamp by PSX
Paper: SU Basic White Thick, GKD Kraft
Ink: GKD and Copics
Other: GKD Master Layouts 6 dies, SU Dimensionals, Gemini Jr