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Sunday, May 26, 2019


Happy Sunday to all,

I hope your holiday weekend is going well. Before we head out to do more wine tasting today, I had some time to make a card. Since it's Sunday, it's time for the new Paper Players Challenge. My friend, LeAnne, is our hostess this week with a sketch challenge.

Since I'm away from home, my supplies are a bit limited. I only brought white and the new SU In-color card stocks with me, and the new SU Mosaic Mood DSP for patterned papers. Since I had a background already done that I stamped using the Concord & 9th Stuck on You Turnabout set, I decided to use it along with the Stuck On You dies to make my card. For the missing card stock colors that I needed, I used ink cubes direct to some white card stock.

I thought that this mosaic DSP in Terracotta would work great for the background. I trimmed down the piece that I previously stamped with the turnabout set for the vertical element in LeAnne's sketch, and using the dies from the C&9th set, cut out the other images. I really like how using the Faceted dots under the cactus flowers look. (and you know I love my embellishments) To add a little distressing to the clay pot, I rubbed on extra ink using my finger and also dropped some water on the paper. For the sentiment, I cut "howdy" three times and glued them together with liquid glue. All of the dies are from the same C&9th set.

I used some of the small single stamps from the set on the inside of the card.

We are about to head out for the afternoon. Have a wonderful Sunday and thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Stuck on You Turnabout set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Whisper White and Terracotta Tile card stock, Mosaic Mood DSP
Ink: Various Gina K ink cubes
Other: Stuck on You dies, Misti, Big Shot, SU Faceted Enamel Dots, dimensionals

Saturday, May 25, 2019


Hello again,

For my second post today, I have another card using the same Concord & 9th sets that I used on the card in my previous post. This one in different colors and for another challenge, the As You See It Challenge.

The ink and colored card stock used are all the new SU In-color shades, Pretty Peacock and Rococo Rose. I think these two really go well together. You can see that I had fun again with the new Gingham Background stamp. In addition to using the new Filled In Floral set, I also used the Fine Line Florals set to stamp the white panel. For the greeting, I used another size of the Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flag dies and for embellishment, some new SU Faceted Enamel dots in Rococo Rose.

And here's the inside of the card:

Thanks again,

Stamps: Gingham Background, Filled In Florals, Fine Line Florals sets by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Pretty Peacock and Whisper White card stock
Ink: SU Pretty Peacock and Rococo Rose
Other: Misti, Big Shot, Die-namics Fishtail Flag die, Filled In Florals dies, SU Faceted Enamel dots, dimensionals

Forever Friends

Happy Saturday Peeps,

We are still on the California Central Coast and today's activities include, what else, wine tasting.

Yesterday morning I had some time, while the others were working, to do some stamping, and I made cards for a few more challenges. These cards are all made with Concord & 9th stamps because when I packed up my supplies to come last week, I grabbed that bin of stamps.

This card is inspired by both the Inspired By. . . Challenge, and by this week's Color Throwdown Challenge.

For the background, I used the new Concord & 9th Gingham background stamp. Man oh man it was fun! (You'll see it on another card that I'll post later). The light blue ink is one of the new SU In-color shades. The rest of the ink are all Gina K cubes because they are easy to pack.

After making the background, I stamped the flowers from the new Concord & 9th flower set in light and dark shades of poppy and cut them out with the set dies. The circle is a Die-namics Circle Frame die and the banner is also Die-namics.

Here is a look at the inside of the card.

I'm loving these new C&9th sets! Thanks for looking and have a nice and relaxing weekend!

Stamps: Filled In Florals set and Gingham Background set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Seaside Spray card stock and X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: SU Seaside Spray and Gina K cubes in dark blue, light and dark poppy shades
Other: Filled In Florals dies, Die-namics Stitched Circle Border and Pierced Fishtail Flag dies, the Misti, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Friday, May 24, 2019

All The Good Stuff

Happy Friday!

A quick post with another of the four cards that I made yesterday. You know when you have something in your mind and you put it together and think, YIKES! That's what happened here. I started with the Freshly Made Sketch, so that certainly wasn't my problem, but after some re-working, I really like how it turned out.

On the first card, I glued the circle flat on the card base. I also used black ink to stamp the sentiment on the banner. It just looked "blah"! My corrections were to add another layer of white, pop up the circle and the sentiment banner using foam tape, and use pink inks to stamp the sentiment. I also moved the sentiment banner to the top of the circle.

This is a birthday card for a good friend, whom I've know since she was two. She is now finishing her  medical school residency in NYC. Her mom, Mr. Personal Chef, and I went to college together way back in the 70s and we've pretty much been inseparable since. In fact, we are at her mom's house this week on our little vacation.

The inside:

Looks like we are going to have sunny skies today instead of gray and damp. I may go out and do a little shopping later this morning.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Gem Turnabout set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Whisper white and Rococo Rose card stock
Ink: Gina K ink cubes in pinks, red and black
Other: Gem dies, Die-namics Pierced Circle and Fishtail Banner dies, SU Faceted Enamel dots, Misti stamping tool, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Start Your Day With a Smile. . .

Hello Peeps!

Wow, it's been awhile since I've had any crafty time again. I made up for it today and made four cards. I'm on PTO this week and we are on the Central California coast. My happy place!

While Mr. Personal Chef and our other friends are working until the weekend, I spent a fun filled day with some stamps, paper and ink. While my supplies are limited to what I brought with me, I still managed to pull off some fairly cute cards.

Tonight's post is one I made for this week's Paper Player's Challenge. Laurie is our hostess this week. She has a CAS challenge with a theme to use plants on our cards. I guess "plants" can be interpreted to include any vegetation, but I went pretty literal, and used potted plants. I also used this week's CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch for my card.


This is a one layer card front. I stamped the large pot using Gina K black ink and colored it with SU Blends markers. (I'm not really pleased with how the SU thick Whisper White card stock worked with the alcohol markers. Way more bleeding of the ink than I get with X-Press It Blending card stock) After coloring the pot, I made a mask and then stamped the bamboo with two shades of Gina K green ink. I used the same bamboo stamp for the lower portion following the sketch. The sentiment is from the same Altenew set.  I thought it looked a little plain so I added the three SU faceted enamel dots.

I did layer the inside because I made a boo boo in my original stamping. Again, the flower pot is colored with SU Blends and the plant is stamped using Gina K inks.

Last weekend I was in St. Paul,  Minnesota to attend my nephew's graduation from Macalester College. There's just a hand full of states that I've not visited and MN happened to be one. I can say we had a wonderful time seeing some of the sites around the Twin Cities. The best of all was seeing my nephew Ian, my sister (his mom) and his siblings. Here are: the graduate, Ian. His older sister, Rachel and younger brother, Nathan.

Coming back to the "left coast" here is a picture of where we are spending our week. It's a little gray this week, but still, it's my Happy Place.

I hope you all have a fun and relaxing Friday and Memorial Day holiday weekend. I'm planning to enjoy my vacation to the fullest because come Tuesday, I'm back on the road. This time to Billings, MT.

As always, thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Potted Plants set by Altenew
Paper: SU Whisper white thick and regular weight card stock, SU Terra-cotta Tile card stock
Ink: Gina K ink cubes and SU Blends
Other: SU faceted dots in Terra-cotta Tile, Misti stamping tool

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

To My Beautiful Friend

Hi Peeps,

I had to do a WebEx class for work today. It lasted 4 hours and was, should I say it, boring! Luckily I was at my crafting desk with my computer and had enough room at the side to make a card while listening to the speaker.

Jaydee is this week's hostess for the Paper Players Challenge and her challenge is super fun. I really wanted to play along before I leave tomorrow morning for another work trip. Using some new stamps and dies from Concord & 9th, here's my card.

I love this new Turnabout set. The flower images are so cute and they really did a good job with the way the colors are mixed when using the four turns. For my card I used Grapefruit Grove, Balmy Blue, Pineapple Punch and Highland Heather ink pads. After stamping the main panel, I stamped the sentiment using VersaMark and heat embossed it with white EP on Highland Heather paper then cut it out with the large flower die that matches the set. I also used the same die to cut out flowers from Pineapple Punch and Grapefruit Grove paper. The three flowers are arranged with leaves cut from Balmy Blue and I also sponged some Balmy Blue ink on the edges using a sponge dauber.

Here is the inside of the card. The sentiment and small flower images are in the stamp set too.

I just got home from a retirement dinner for a co-worker. I've known him at least 30 years. I will sure miss working with him, but more, I'm super happy he gets to retire. He and his wife plan on traveling as much as they can.

Thanks for stopping by my blog,

Stamps: Flower Patch Turnabout stamp set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU Pineapple Punch, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather and Grapefruit Grove card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: SU Pineapple Punch, Balmy Blue, Highland Heather, Grapefruit Grove ink pads, VersaMark Ink
Other: White EP, Heat Tool, Misti, Flower Patch set dies, Gemini Jr, sponge dauber, dimensionals

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Hi There!


WOW! It's been forever since I've done any stamping. Work travel, illness (again), and other life distractions have seemed to work against my crafty time these past weeks. Even today, I had too much to do, like packing for another work trip but I decided after dinner to make a quick card.

Claire has a great sketch this week for the Paper Players Challenge and it was just what I needed for inspiration.

I've combined stamps and DSP from Stampin' Up with super cute hedgehog stickers from Paper Source to make my card. I took some creative liberty and used an oval instead of a circle as it fit the cactus image best. The cactus is stamped using Cucumber Crush then cut out with a Die-namics Stitched Oval die. The hedgehogs are stuck to Whisper White card stock and then fussy cut because they are rather see-through, and I didn't like the cactus peaking through them. Also, by using the card stock, I could pop them up using dimensionals. And, how cute are those pom poms? I think they looked like fuzzy flowers, LOL.

The Paper Source sticker sheets are hedgehogs and foxes, so I've used one of the fox stickers for the inside of the card.

This card took no time to put together, even with the fussy cutting. Turned out pretty cute too. I know if sure felt great to do some stamping. Unfortunately, I won't get a chance to do more until next weekend as I'm off to northern California for the week early tomorrow morning.

I hope you all have a wonderful week, and, thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Flowering Desert set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Whisper White and Affectionately Yours DSP
Ink: SU Night of Navy, Cucumber Crush, Mango Melody
Other: Die-Namics Stitched Oval Die, Paper Source stickers, Pom Poms, SU twine, Gemini Jr, dimensionals, Misti

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Happy Spring


I have a very colorful Spring/Easter card for you this evening. I made this for the new Paper Players Challenge where my friend, LeAnne, is the hostess this week. LeAnne's challenge is to use plaid as a focal point on our projects.

I have tons of plaid papers and even stamps to make plaid, so that wasn't a problem, but I'm not so sure I accomplished the "focal point" requirement. Regardless, there is plaid, a lot of plaid, LOL.

This bunny is one of my favorite Easter themed stamps. It is a fairly old single wooden stamp that has a date of 1993 on it. The company is PSX. I stamped him on X-Press It Blending card stock with Memento black ink and colored the image with Copics. I cut the image out with a Die-namics oval die, then cut the Scalloped Oval Frame from Lawn Fawn purple plaid paper. The background plaid is also Lawn Fawn paper. The flowers are a combo of Lawn Fawn and SU Gingham DSP. The flowers are TE dies.

I didn't want to put the greeting on the front. I couldn't figure out a good place so I used a simple Happy Spring stamp on the inside. The egg shaped die is Spellbinders, with more Lawn Fawn papers for the background.

I hope everyone has a good start to the work week. Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Bunny by PSX and Happy Spring by Hero Arts
Paper: Thick Whisper White card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock, Lawn Fawn and SU patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Gorgeous Grape
Other: Die-namics Oval and Scalloped Oval Frame dies, Taylored Expressions Flower and Leaf dies, Spellbinders Nested Egg die, Gemini Jr, SU mini glue dots, SU small dimensionals, enamel dots

Saturday, April 6, 2019


Hi again,

Looking through blog-land this morning, I saw that the Tag You're It! Challenge has a fun theme challenge going on. A chance to use some of my super cute coffee stamps. I decided to use the current CAS(E) this Sketch! sketch for my tag and card. I found these coffee themed patterned papers in my misc paper bag that works perfectly with the theme.

The coffee cup image is stamped with Memento black and the Cat is stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with white EP.  They are colored with Copics, then cut with the set die. The circle tag is a Lawn Fawn die. I cut two, one from the patterned papers layered to mimic the diagonal in the sketch and a second from the same card stock as the card base. I tied a small bow using Baker's twine and added a puffy coffee cup and some enamel dots for embellishments. 

For the inside of the card I used the same coffee cup stamp, with a different coffee decoration, again heat embossed with white EP.

I hope your afternoon is "Grande." Thanks again,

Stamps: Latte Love set by Ellen Hutson
Paper: SU Cool Caribbean and Whisper White card stock, X-Press It Blending card stock.
?? Patterned papers (I think they are from a SSS kit)
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, VersaMark, Copics
Other: Latte Love set dies, Pebbles puffy sticker and enamel dots, Baker's twine, SU white EP, heat tool, Gemini Jr., Misti, dimensionals, SU mini glue dots

Thinking Of You and Have A Nice Day

Happy Saturday peeps,

If you have plans for the weekend, I hope they are for fun. For me, I'm still taking it easy trying to get over a sinus infection. I think I'm finally winning. This morning is the first I've woken up without feeling crummy. Guess taking some R & R from work was the ticket.

Since I was home yesterday, I managed to make a couple of cards. The design is inspired by Jen's sketch for the Freshly Made Sketches challenge. Both cards use mostly Altenew stamps and dies.

This first card is probably my favorite. It's made with Altenew Camellia Build A Flower set and dies. When I stamped the flowers, I only used two of the three stamps, omitting the "first" layer that is solid. I wanted the white background in the flowers instead of color. The flowers are stamped using a combo of SU peach shades and the leaves a combo of SU gray shades.

The texture in the background is made using the SU Dynamic Woodgrain embossing folder and the Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil Cutting Plate.

The sentiment is from the Altenew set called Dainty Swiss Dots and is heat embossed using white EP on black card stock.

The second card uses images and dies from the Altenew set called Potted Plants. I stamped the plants in different SU green inks and cut them out with the dies. The pots are stamped using a very light shade of Memento ink and colored with Copics. I was going for the no-line look. After coloring, they were cut out with the corresponding set dies as well.

The background on this card is made using the MFT brick stencil and paste. IRL the bricks show up but in the photo, not so much. The frame is also from MFT and is cut from black card stock.

My plans today are for more stamping and some baseball watching. As always, thanks for looking in.

Stamps: All Altenew, Build A Flower Camellia, Potted Plants and Dainty Swiss Dots sets
Paper: SU thick Whisper White, Basic Black, Blush Blossom card stock, SU Champagne Foil sheet, X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Various SU green, peach and gray inks, VersaMark, Memento tuxedo black and Memento light gray, Copics
Other: Altenew set dies, Taylored Expressions Quatrefoil Cutting Plate, Die-namics Stitched Frame die, SU Dynamic Woodgrain embossing folder, MFT Brick stencil, embossing paste, SU white EP, heat tool, Misti, Gemini Jr, SU mini glue dots, foam tape, dimensionals

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Thanks For Bean Sweet


Wow, it's been awhile since I last posted. Actually, it's been awhile since I've done any stamping! I was traveling for work and during the first week, I came down with a nasty "bug" that quickly turned into a roaring sinus infection. Since I was out of town, I didn't make it to a Dr. to get antibiotics until almost 5 days in. Consequently, it took (is taking) forever to go away. I have felt horrible! Of course, I still had to finish the project which meant that I was gone for another 1.5 weeks. Hotel living is not the best for recuperating. I finished the project this past Tuesday and promptly took the rest of this week off. I am feeling much, much better today.

Since I am feeling better, I decided that I'd try making a card, though I'm not feeling particularly creative, I'm pleased with how it turned out. The new CAS(E) this Sketch! has a fun sketch by Brian and I was able to incorporate this week's Paper Player's Challenge where Laurie has a fun Tic-Tac-Toe Easter theme.

Here's my card:

For Laurie's challenge, I used the right to left diagonal, patterned paper, embossing, Easter theme. The stamps are all from Lawn Fawn and the patterned papers are very old Stampin' Up DSP.

The images are all stamped using Memento black ink and are colored with Copics. For the jar lid, I stamped the bunny, made a mask for her, and then stamped the jar lid so she is sitting on the lid. The lid and bunny are fussy cut out and all of the other images are cut with the set dies.

After putting everything together per the sketch, I decided it needed a little something else, so I used a couple of older SU punches and some black enamel dots to jazz things up a bit. The embossing element is the jar label. "Jelly Beans" is stamped using craft white ink and heat embossed using white EP.

Happy Easter is the inside greeting:

It feels great to be back to stamping. Since I'm off again tomorrow, I'll likely do more. Until then, have a great evening, and thanks for stopping in.


Stamps: Happy Easter and How You Bean? sets by Lawn Fawn
Paper: SU thick Whisper White and regular Whisper White, Pretty In Pink card stock, SU Sweet Always DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Pretty In Pink, Hero Arts Craft White
Other: Lawn Fawn How You Bean? Lawn Cuts, SU punches (retired), SU white EP, heat tool, Misti stamping tool, Gemini Jr, black and yellow enamel dots, aqua Baker's twine, SU mini glue dots, dimensionals

Sunday, March 17, 2019

You Are My Sunshine!

Hi again,

Since I'll be away all week, I'm writing one more post this afternoon so I can enter my card for Jaydee's CAS-one layer card challenge at the Paper Players. As with many of us, one layer cards are not my "go-to" card style. (And my pattern paper stash proves it, LOL.) But, as I was flipping through my Concord & 9th stamp sets, this idea popped into my brain.

To make this a one layer card, I placed the Concord & 9th Sun Turnabout stamp into my Misti, using the turnabout jig and stamp alignment template. I then removed the Turnabout stamp and put the banner stamp in my Misti aligning it so it would stamp at the center of Turnabout sunshine stamp. It is stamped with Memento tuxedo black ink. Next, I cut a mask with Post-its to cover the banner,  then re-aligned the sunshine turnabout stamp in it's original position, and stamped it using the four rotations with four different SU ink colors. The third step was to remove the mask and stamp the the two greetings.

For the inside, I folded the card front behind, reinserted it into the Misti and lined up the other Concord & 9th Turnabout Sunshine set and stamped it using four rotations. Using Memento tuxedo black ink, the inside greeting was stamped in the center.

To complete the card, I colored in the banner using yellow Copics, added sparkle with a Nuvo glitter pen, and finally added three small gems around the sun.

A fun and bright card, still one layer with minimal embellishments.

Thanks for checking in,

Stamps: Hello Sunshine Turnabout and Sunshine Turnabout sets by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU thick Whisper White card stock
Ink: SU Pineapple Punch, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Peach Parfait, Watermelon Wonder and Memento tuxedo black ink pads, Copic markers
Other: Concord & 9th Turnabout jig and turnabout set alignment guides, Misti, Post-Its, small orange gems

Trying A New Technique

Hi all,

I hope your weekend has been lovely. Mine has been great, except I've come down with a cold. I started feeling it late yesterday afternoon. So far, it's not horrible and I hope it doesn't get worse since I'll be back on the road for work all next week. Oh well, not much to do about it.

Yesterday was my craft group get together and I decided to teach them a new technique. It's also new to me. A few weeks ago I was cruising through some of the stamping blogs that I have bookmarked, and came across this post by Therese Calvird on her blog, Lost In Paper. She calls it Over the Top Partial Die Cutting. It looked pretty fun and not to difficult, so I decided to give it a try using some of the new Stampin' Up Sale-a-bration and Occasions sets. I loved how they turned out. These were not quick cards, especially the tea themed card because I paper pieced the images, but boy were they fun to make. I recommend watching Therese's video and giving it a try.

Using So Hoppy Together, Lasting Lily, and  Tea Together along with their newly released dies, these are the cards that I made. These are also all SU only cards. I pulled a few sentiments and dies from other sets that coordinated with my themes, and the patterned papers are all SU. For the tea card, I used the current Freshly Made Sketch as my layout template.

Because these are basically one layer cards, Therese recommended not to use alcohol markers or heavy water coloring because it would show through to the back sides of the card. Following her recommendation, I used paper piecing on the tea cards, direct stamping in the case of the Lily card, and SU water color pencils on the frog card.

I'm not sure which is my favorite. I think they all turned out pretty great, and my Craft Group loved them too. Thanks, Therese for teaching this the new technique.

Have a wonderful Sunday evening everyone, and thanks for stopping in.

Stamps: So Hoppy Together, Lasting Lily, and  Tea Together sets all by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU thick Whisper White and regular Whisper White, Blushing Bride and Lemon Lime Twist, SU Gingham Gala and Tropical Escape DSP
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Archival Black, Shaded Spruce, Blackberry Bliss, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist, SU watercolor pencils
Other: SU coordinating set dies, SU Sale-a-bration ribbon, SU pearls, dimensionals, SU mini glue dots, Misti, Gemini Jr

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

For A Wonderful Friend

Happy Wednesday all,

On Sunday I made two cards that work for Claire's Rainbow color challenge at The Paper Players. I posted one on Sunday evening. Here is the second one. I've used the Concord & 9th Peak-Through Pattern set and dies again.

For the front of the card, I used one of the set dies, and then stamped the greeting on top of the cutout. The flower was stamped using the two purple shades,  fussy cut, and glued on with a dimensional. For a little embellishment, I glued an enamel heart for the "period" over the "i".

This is a one-layer card except the little flower in the upper corner. I stamped the inside first by folding the front behind and using some temporary adhesive to hold it flat. The stamp set has a couple of stamps that are flat and I used the larger one to make the rainbow. The greeting is stamped with Memento black

This was a fun card to create and really didn't take too long.

Have a great Wednesday and thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Peak-Through Pattern set by Concord & 9th
Paper: SU thick Whisper White
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Highland Heather, Concord Crush, Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, Pineapple Crush, Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick ink pads
Other: Peak-Through Pattern set dies, Gemini Jr, Misti, enamel heart, dimensionals