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

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