Thursday, June 26, 2014

This and That

Hey there!  I have some more cards for you today.  Its finally not raining, but its not quite warm enough to swim.  So, in between loads of laundry, I pulled out a few stamp sets.

 This card is going to be for my sweet niece who will be turning 10 in a few days.  The bright cheerful colors just make me think of her bubbly personality.  
Stamps: Age Awareness
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Rich Razzleberry, Whisper White, Sweet Taffy DSP
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie

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 This was some of my favorite DSP last year!  Combining it with some of my most used stamps sets makes it a win.
Stamps: Blue Ribbon, Everything Eleanor
Ink: Soft Suede, Calypso Coral, Island Indigo
Paper: Pistachio Pudding, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Venetian Romance DSP
Accessories: Essentials Paper Piercing Template, Beautifully Baroque EF, Dazzling Details

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 As soon as I say the Stampin' Royalty photo challenge I knew what I wanted to do!  Most of the time I have to work for an idea to come, but every now and then it just hits me right away.  
 Just a little close up :)
Stamps: A Happy Hooray
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Paper: Crushed Curry, Whisper White, Eastern Elegance DSP
Accessories: Honeycomb EF, Hexagon punch, 1/8" Bermuda Bay Taffeta Ribbon, 3/4" Smoky Slate Chevron Ribbon, 1 3/8" inch circle punch

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 This pretty card came together quickly.  Its so easy to add something special with a stamp that has a coordinating punch.

A closer look at the flowers.

Stamps: Chalk Talk, Petite Petals
Ink: Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette
Paper: Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder, Pink Pirouette, Whisper White, Vellum Cardstock
Accessories: Fancy Fan EF, Labels Collection Framelits, Chalk Talk Framelits, Petite Petals punch, Subtles Candy Dots, Rhinestones Basic Jewels

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Afternoon playtime

Lately, I've let other "things" come before my stamping time.  Some are good - like floating in the pool while my kids play and swim around me, and some are just not great - like surfing the internet out of boredom when I could be stamping!  So I made myself get out some stamps this afternoon and I'm sure glad I did.  I always feel better when I can unleash my creative side for a little bit.  I have two cards to share with you today.

First, I got out some retired paper.  SU's paper is always amazing and I tend to hoard it instead of use it so I'm making myself break that bad habit.  This card was so quick and easy. I love the vanilla, black, and pop of Coastal Cabana. I used the Decorative Label punch in black behind the word bubble cut out.  I think it gave it that extra wow.  I keep feeling like the card is tilted but I think its just my lack of photography skills {cheesy grin}.


Here's your Mashup Challenge:
  • Create a project using the colors" Black , White/Ivory and one other color of your choice".
  • Create a project using a "Word Bubble".
  • or Mash it Up! and create a "Black & White project with a Word Bubble on it".

Next, I love how this one turned out!  Kinda Eclectic is the first stamp set I just had to have from the new catty.  (I may have mentioned this before, but its true!)  I wanted to see if I could create a card using all the new in colors as well.  I'm pleased with how it turned out.  I was trying to fit it into a couple different challenges and one was to make a card reflecting summer time.  I know the in colors are a bit on the darker side, but I've noticed that after a good summer thunderstorm (which we've had quite a few of lately) darker colors in the shade seem a little more vibrant so this is what  I'm going with!  


Well, I hope you've enjoyed my cards for today.  Stop back soon!
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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


I have a few cards to share with you today that I was going to share on Sunday but forgot to actually post.  Sooo, I missed out on the time frame for a few of the challenges.  Oh, well.  So is life. :)

 Kinda Eclectic is one of my top 5 favorite new stamp sets from the new catalog.  It has a nice variety of natural images.  I wasn't sure how to fit a sentiment on this card from so I thought I would leave it blank and just use it for whatever occasion it seemed to fit.  This also uses some of the Moonlight DSP stack.
 A few candy dots and some vellum are added touches.  This one is being used for the technique twist - new and innovative challenge.


TTTC # 25- New and Innovative

 This card also uses the Moonlight DSP stack - a totally different look with a different pattern of paper - so versatile!  This was pretty easy.  I used the Banner framelits to cut the two banners.  Then, I stamped Happy Birthday from the new photopolymer set Age Awareness.  Finally, I added a few Petite Petals flowers (punched out with the Petite Petals punch) and a couple candy dots. Voila!  The card is finished.  The sketch for this card comes from Cas(E) this Sketch!

Finally, a fun patriotic card!  I've never had so much fun with red, white and blue.  This is my third card recently with this color scheme.    The stamps are from Perfect Pennants.   A few ovals from the Oval Framelits and a  Banner Framelit cut of Silver Glimmer and a strip of Red Glimmer and the card is complete.  This sketch comes from Create with Connie and Mary.


I hope you've enjoyed my simple and easy cards!  Stop back soon!

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Friday, June 13, 2014


I love summertime when the days are very relaxed and I have time to ignore the housework and just stamp.  I went a little challenge crazy today but they are just such a fabulous way to get a kick start on a card.

 For my first card I decided to pull out an old favorite - Daydream Medallions.  I thought it would make a pretty wedding card.  The DSP is from the Moonlight DSP stack.  I used a sketch from Sweet Sunday Sketch and colors from Sunday Stamps.
 Here's a close up - I used a retired large pearl jewel - just too pretty not to use.


This is my favorite of all my creations today.  Again, I pulled out an oldie but goodie!  This uses the Wildflower Meadow stamp set and the sentiment comes from Six Sided Sampler.  A little bit of baker's twine and a Vintage Faceted button completes the card.  I did flip the sketch upside down for this one.  My sentiment worked better at the top.

 It was so fun to do an Ombre look on a card.  Have you tried it?  I used a sponge and ink to ink up my stamp for this one. The sketch came from Clean & Simple, the colors from Hand Stamped Sentiments, and the ombre idea from Stampin Royalty.

Create a project using the Ombre effect!

I just love the springtime colors on this card.  It was so easy to make a background with the new Flower Patch  stamp set.  Its a Photopolymer set and I love being able to see through the stamp for perfect placement.  This sketch came from Freshly Made Sketches, the colors are from Color Throwdown, and SUO challenged me to stamp the background.

SUO Challenge 98 – Stamping in the Background!

And finally we have a quick birthday card with some blender pen watercoloring from my silliest stamp set - Giggle Greetings.  I realized when I opened this set that I had never used the cheese image before so it was perfect for this!
I wanted to play with my new ZigZag embossing folder so I used it on the Pacific Point piece.  It adds just a little texture so its not too plain.  Three challenges are complete with this card too - Seize the Sketch for the sketch, Colour Q for the colors, and Catherine & Cathy for the challenge of anything food.
CHALLENGE: Apple a Day
<anything food>

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Thursday, June 12, 2014

Summer stamping

Today, I have two cards for you.  I have to admit - blogging is hard for me.  I want to describe my cards in a way that is witty and fun and makes you want to recreate them, but I really struggle to find the right words.  So, since my mind is not being "wordy" today we'll just get on to the pictures.

This is the card I made for my dad for Father's Day.  I used the sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches(link below) as my starting point.  I wanted to play with some of the new In Colors so I chose Lost Lagoon and Mossy Meadow.  I really like the combination of those two for a masculine card.  I used the Hardwood stamp set and also an all time favorite Lovely as a Tree.  Teeny Tiny Wishes was used for the sentiment.  The final touches were made with some Mossy Meadow ribbon and a Metal Button.

 I saw the sketch for this card at retro sketches(link below) and knew it would be perfect with the color combo from Paper Players(link below) of red, white, and blue for a patriotic card.  The background stars were made using Whisper White ink and the new decorative masks - Hearts & Stars. I LOVE how it was so easy!  ***and they are very inexpensive too!  I did use some retired product on this card - a square punch and a star punch - but that just shows the quality of SU product - they last a LONG time.  

I hope you enjoyed my cards for today.  I'll show you more soon!

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Happy Hooray

Summer Greetings!  I'm finally establishing a schedule with my family for the summer so its time to get back to doing what I love - stamping!  Here's a quick an easy card for you today using a stamp set from the new catalog called A Happy Hooray.
 I just fell in love with this stamp set on first glance through the catalog!  It has two organic images and three sentiments.  The sketch comes from CAS(E) this Sketch! and the colors are from a challenge from CAS (both links below).  
For my sentiment I stamped the thanks, then punched it out with the 1 3/8" circle punch.  I wanted a muted look for the yellow behind it so I used the circle framelits to cut the Daffodil Delight circle and in between I used a piece of cardstock vellum cut with the Starburst framelits.  I popped my finished sentiment up on dimensionals and finished for a quick and easy card in under 10 minutes!
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