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

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Thank You Kindly

Hello to all,

I've given up on work today as I'm progressively feeling "yucky" as the day goes on. Too many planes, hospitals (my customers), restaurants etc lately, and clearly I've picked up "the bug." I'm hoping it's not the horrible flu bug, but rather just a cold virus. I did get the flu shot back in October, so if it is the flu, I'm counting on a milder case. Anyhoo, it's too hard to really concentrate on spreadsheets so I've traded my work laptop for my Mac and decided to look at cards on some of my favorite blogs.

I also thought I'd post this card that I made on Saturday at my craft group. While the other ladies were busy making cards from the projects that I had put together for them, I pulled out a sheet of the new Petal Passion DSP and colored it with some Blends. After coloring, I put it to use on this card. No challenge this time, just a classic layout.

The stamps and dies are from the Petal Palette Bundle. (I just love the little bird!)

The black band is embossed with one of the new Petal Pair Embossing Folders. The circle dies are both Die-namics. The branches are cut from Whisper White that I first scribbled on the Light Shade of Old Olive and Calypso Coral. They look like they have more depth than just using plain card stock, I think. I added a couple of SU clear rhinestones to the sentiment circle.

Here's a look at the inside. It's stamped with the large flower stamp in the set using Memento tuxedo black in and colored with Blends.

I'm practicing with the SU Blends. I've used Copics for a long time and feel pretty proficient coloring with them, but I have a ways to go using the Blends. They do have great coverage and are very vibrant.

We were invited to go out with friends for dinner tonight, but I think I'm just going to send my Personal Chef since I don't want to spread any germs. I'll stay in and eat some soup. Maybe later I'll feel like coloring something.

Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: SU Petal Palett set
Paper: SU Basic Black and Whisper White card stock, SU Petal Passion DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Stampin' Blends Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Pumpkin Pie, Delightful Daffodil, and Cherry Cobbler sets
Other: SU Petals and More thinlits dies, Die-namics Cross Stitched circle and Scalloped circle dies, SU Petal Pair EF, Gemini Jr, dimensionals, SU rhinestones

Monday, January 29, 2018

Hello There!

Hi all,

We've made it through another Monday. It's always nice to get the first day of the work week over, LOL.

I had a fun weekend of stamping. Saturday was "craft day" with a group of friends. For several years, we would get together pretty much monthly, but about two years ago, we had to post pone due to some illnesses with in our little group. Saturday was our first time getting back together, and we had a great time. I usually come up with a few projects to make, others bring lunch,  and my Personal Chef makes our dessert. Then on Sunday, I managed to play along with a couple of challenges.

Today's card is one I made last night after dinner. I've used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! It's an interesting sketch with a repeating element. Here's what I came up with.

I actually made a couple of cards and this is the one that I liked the best. The stamp set is Hero Arts Layering Pineapples set. Using several bright inks and my Misti I stamped the pineapples onto X-Press It Blending card stock and cut them out with the corresponding dies. Likewise the flowers.
The card base is SU Whisper White card stock and the black and white DSP is from the SU Tutti-frutti 6x6 pad.

Here is the inside of the card.

Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Layering Pineapples set by Hero Arts
Paper: Whisper White and X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Tutti-frutti 6x6 DSP
Ink: various SU bright ink pads
Other: Hero Arts Layering Pineapples dies, Die-namics Fishtail Flags die, mini Misti stamping tool, Gemini Jr, dimensional

Sunday, January 21, 2018

Sending You Love

Hi again,

Joanne is the hostess this week at the Paper Players Challenge and she has a fun CAS Valentine's theme. I was really bummed that I didn't have a chance to make a card for last week's color challenge, so this week, I make sure to get my card done early. In fact, I liked the very simple design that I used, so I made four cards.

Here is a close-up of one of the 4. While there is a few embellishments and a layer, this was a very quick card to make and I think simple enough to count as CAS.

Using the graphic for inspiration, I picked some stamps from an older TE Valentine's Day set called A Little Love. I put the stamps in my mini Misti so I could ink and then stamp them at the same time. After stamping the images, I cut them out with a SU Hexagon die.

Here's the inside and pictures of the other three cards. They all have the same inside stamps, just different inks to match the colors on the front.

I'll be gone from tomorrow morning until Thursday evening. This time I'm traveling to the center of Washington state. It's going to be wet as the Weather Channel says rain every day and high's in the mid-forties.

Wishing everyone a great week ahead. Thanks again for stopping in,

Stamps: A Little Love set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White and Neenah Desert Storm card stock, SU DSPs retired
Ink: SU Rose Red, VersaMark
Other: Heat tool, SU white and gold EP, SU ribbons, SU Hexagon die, Gemini Jr, dimensionals, enamel shapes

Let's TACO 'bout. . .

Happy Sunday to all,

It sure seems like quite awhile since I've had any crafty time. I've been doing way more traveling for work than usual and then the last few weekends, we were also gone from home. We had nothing planned for this weekend and I spent the majority of my time stamping. I enjoyed every minute!

Before I get to my card, I have to tell you about a new tool that I ordered. I have been reading reviews over the past year of electronic die cutting machines. I finally decided to buy one. It's the Gemini Junior by Crafter's Companion. It arrived on Thursday while I was in Northern California for work. Of course, I had to try it out and, boy, do I love it so far!

I decided I'd better get going on Valentine's Day cards. This one uses the current CAS(E) this Sketch.  This is one of those cards made from non-holiday stamps. I think it turned out pretty cute.

Most all supplies are from SU. The tacos are stamped with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. The sentiment was stamped with Riding Hood  Red ink and then cut using an SU scalloped heart die. It's popped up with dimensionals. The enamel shapes are SU as is the baker's twine.

Here is the inside.

I hope you have a great Sunday evening. Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Tasty Trucks set by Stampin' Up & A Little Love by Taylored Expressions (Happy Valentine's Day stamp)
Paper: SU Heavy Very Vanilla card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Riding Hood Red
Other: SU Scalloped Heart die, SU enamel shapes, SU Baker's twine, Gemini Jr, dimensionals

Thursday, January 11, 2018

You're the Sprinkles

Hi all,

It's been quite awhile since I've done any stamping. My mojo seems to have disappeared recently. Not sure why. I really wanted to play along with the first Paper Players challenge of the new year so I tried to come up with a card last night for Sandy's fun Valentine's pun theme.

Using the sketch from the Fusion Card Challenge, I made this.

The inside finishes the pun.

The images are from a new Lawn Fawn food set that is super cute. They are stamped with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics then cut out with the set dies. I used a liberal application of Wink of Stella glitter on the froyos.

Thanks for stopping in today,

Stamps: Sweet Friends set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU Whisper White, X-Press It Blending card stocks, Crate Paper Love Notes patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Tempting Turquoise and Mambo Melon
Other: Sweet Friends dies, Lawn Fawn Lacy Heart Stackables dies, Die-namics Fishtail Flag die, SU paper doily, pink enamel dots, the Big Shot, foam tape, Wink of Stella clear, Red Stickles