Thursday, April 19, 2018

IB16 Hung Out To Dry

Happy Thursday, peeps!  It's time for another Inspired By challenge, a perfect one for a blustery spring day, of which we have had many!  One of my favorite smells is the one sheets and linens get after being hung on the washline, a bit like this:

My sweet, generous friend Teri gave me this SU set called Just A Line...can you believe it's from 1997?  I just the line drawings that SU used to have!  And isn't it perfect for Laurel's inspiration photo?

I stamped this with Memento ink so I could use my Blends to color it in; the few colors that I didn't have Blends for, I used regular SU markers.  Those Blends really blend nicely--good name for them, LOL!  I did hand-draw the yellow gingham on the one apron, just for fun!

I tucked a little "hello" from Beautiful Bouquet under the sleeping kitty, a little baker's twine bow, and added some DSP from the Domestic Goddess line from a few years back for my background:

And on the inside, the sentiment, which I colored with a Pool Party Blend:

You might find other ways that this photo can inspire you...colors, spring, you name it!  We can't wait to see what you come up with, and be sure to get some more inspiration from the others on the DT at the Inspired By blog!

Wearing Mommy's glasses:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Bouquet, Just a Line (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Real Red, Domestic Goddess DSP (ret)
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Red and White Baker's Twine
Tools     1/2" Circle Punch, Assortment of Blends and SU Markers, Dimensionals

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

TGIFC155 and CCS268 Cue the Confetti

Happy Wednesday, everyone!  I've got a bright springy card for you today, using my much-neglected Swirly Bird set, a sketch from TGIF Challenges, and the colors from CAS Colours and Sketches!  

Aren't these colors pretty?  They were fun to use...the sketch was a bit more of a challenge!  Here we go:

I stamped the circles, swirls and flowers in each of the challenge colors, stamping off first so I got a lighter image, then punching them with the 1 1/4" circle punch.  I stamped the speckles on the background in Flirty Flamingo and added a sentiment from Picture Perfect Birthday, matted with a piece of Flirty Flamingo as well:

On the inside, I stamped a sentiment from the Picture Perfect set as well as a few more speckles!

I added some retired Pool Party DSP and thick baker's twine to finish it off!  Thanks for popping in today!

Goofy girl, eating dinner in her pjs:

Her pajamas have a hood with a Santa's still cold so she's still wearing them!!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Swirly Bird, Picture Perfect Birthday
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, White, Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party Patterns DSP (ret)
 Ink Summer Sun, Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories Pool Party Thick Baker's Twine (ret)
Tools     1 1/4" Circle Punch, Dimensionals

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Hark The Herald Angels Sing

Hi peeps!  A little late today---I have a Christmas card for you using the Merry Monday challenge of a favorite Christmas verse as well as the CAS Christmas Card challenge, to use an ornament:

I pulled out an old Waltzingmouse stamp set, I am not even sure what it's called--maybe Stitched Christmas?--and stamped it on some patterned paper in Early Espresso, fussy-cut it out, then added a nativity die and a sentiment from Papertrey:

I popped up the nativity scene against the palm trees, then "hung" it on some Christmas Pines pine branches with some Tranquil Tide ribbon:

and stamped the pine branches again in the lower corner behind the sentiment:

I hope this is CAS enough!  I sure love these challenge themes!  Thanks for popping in today!

I forgot to post this before-the-bus "impromptu" stamping session...Cassidy made her teacher an Easter card:

and yes, there was snow on the ground...thankfully, it's all gone, but it's still way too cold for April!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas Pines, O Holy Night (Papertrey Ink), Stitched Christmas (ret Waltzingmouse)
Card stock & Papers     Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Home for Christmas DSP (Kaisercraft)
 Ink Early Espresso, Tranquil Tide
Accessories Tranquil Tide Ribbon
Tools     Big Shot, Nativity Die (Sugar Pea Designs), Mini Dimensionals

Monday, April 16, 2018

SSC176 Hi Pop

Hi peeps!  We're having a rainy, icky Monday here...what else is new?  I didn't get to use the Bubbles & Fizz DSP from this year's SAB nearly enough, so I thought I would use it with the Sunday Stamps sketch:

I used Labeler Alphabet to make a punny sentiment with the pop bottles:

If you happen to have the 1/4" square punch that SU used to sell, it's perfect to cut out those little squares, then line them up and glue them down!

I left the inside blank...I could use this for a Father's Day or birthday card!  Simple and easy!

It was clean-up day at our church on Saturday; thankfully it was beautiful weather!  You can  just see Wayne and Cassidy in the front yard:

We have a good bit of property to maintain and it had been a rough winter!

Cassidy got bored, so Dana let her come home with me, but she had to help me with my chores before she could play.  I washed windows and Cassidy cleaned out the windowsills:

She earned her playtime!  Thanks for popping in today!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Labeler Alphabet
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Lucky Limeade, Calypso Coral, Bubbles and Fizz DSP (ret)
 Ink Bermuda Bay
Accessories Enamel Dots (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Layering Circles Framelits, Dimensionals

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Paper Players 389 Magical

Hi everyone!  Hope you're having a good weekend so's been lovely here in SE PA for a change!!  Sandy is our hostess at the Paper Players today and she's got a challenge that was really a challenge for me:

To my chagrin, I have NO stamps that fit this category!!!  Oh no!  So I searched the internet and found this sweet little fairy image from, printed it out on some watercolor paper and went to work:

In my quest to find the right image, and my pleasure in watercoloring it in, I totally MISSED the "Clean and Simple" part of Sandy's challenge, but I didn't have the heart to start over with something else, so hopefully the she will be forgiving!  It is only a couple of layers and a ribbon, but I usually strive to do something more simple when I do CAS cards!  Oh well!  Anyway, this little charmer was a delight to color in, even if I did color her thighs green, thinking it was part of her fairy outfit!  I guess I was trying to make her more modest, LOL!  Check her out:

I also have to say this is the worst watercolor paper in the world, I don't know why I just don't throw it out, it's so bad.  Once I learned how much it would bleed, I stayed within the lines a little more carefully!  I used an aquapainter and various shades of ink, then fussy cut the image out and layered it on top of a piece of DSP on which I had printed some music, I believe this one came from the Graphics Fairy:


I also stamped some Impression Obsession words along the edges; they seemed to fit in with the dreamy theme!!  My final touches  were some Wink of Stella on her wings, a shabby seam binding ribbon that I dyed in Marina Mist,f and some pretty little sequins!

Just as an aside, this artwork reminds me of some of my favorites from childhood, the work of Joe and Beth Krush; they illustrated the Borrowers books as well as Gone-Away Lake series, another one of my favorites!  When reading up on them, I realized they lived not more than 30 miles from me, just outside of Philadelphia!  Of course, we didn't have Google back then, or would I have even thought to see where they were from!  But it was nice to know they were from my area.  I loved looking at the details they had in their illustrations!

Anyway, I hope you'll play along with our challenge this week....the DT has come up with some really fun creations and I am sure you will too!  Be sure to share them at the Players

This is what an Easter egg hunt looks like when your hosts have ten acres of yard on top of a windy hill; you dispense with baskets and go right to grocery bags!

As I remember, it was cold as well as windy, but they didn't seem to mind!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Imagine Words (Impression Obsession), Computer-Generated Images
Card stock & Papers     Rustic White (Papertrey), Watercolor Paper (Loew Cornell), Silver Bells DSP (Kaisercraft)
 Ink Smoky Slate, Daffodil Delight, Tangerine Tango, Marina Mist, Mint Macaron, Crumb Cake
Accessories Seam Binding, Sequins, Wink of Stella pen
Tools     Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Computer

Saturday, April 14, 2018

FF135 and IM346 Baby Shower Cards

Hi peeps!  I got in some stamping time yesterday; a customer asked me for a baby shower card in mint green and gray.  I scoured my favorite blogs and came up with a couple of sketches, and went to work!  The first one uses the sketch from Fab Friday (and I realize I forgot the bow!!!):

and a set called Little Cuties....I got this last year and never used it!!  I stamped the hobby horse in Memento Black, colored it with markers and blends, and paired it with some Close to My Heart papers:

The only shower stamp I have is from Teeny Tiny Wishes....I stamped it in Basic Gray, diecut and layered it and adhered it to the inside:


To give my customer a choice, I made another one; not quite mint green, but I thought these papers from Studio Calico were really cute!  I used the sketch from In(k)spire Me:

I used a couple of retired SU sets:  Nursery Necessities and A to Z:

I just love that elephant's little tail!!  A few layers and some Soft Sky twine were the embellishments, and I used the same sentiment on the inside!

Thanks for popping in today!  Be sure to come back tomorrow for our next Paper Players challenge!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Teeny Tiny Wishes, Little Cuties, Nursery Necessities, A to Z (retired)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray, Soft Sky, Rustic White (Papertrey), Chelsea Gardens DSP (Close to My Heart), Building Blocks DSP (Studio Calico)
 Ink Smoky Slate, Soft Sky, Basic Gray, Memento Black
Accessories Soft Sky Baker's Twine (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circles Framelits, Petite Scalloped Die and Banner Die (Nestabilities) Banner Punch, Blends (Light and Dark Smoky Slate, Crumb Cake, Soft Sky), Mint Melody and Pretty in Pink Markers (ret), Dimensionals

Friday, April 13, 2018

CAS is All I Can Do

Happy Friday, peeps!  Yay, the weekend at last and maybe some sunny weather!  My mojo has taken a vacation and all I can seem to come up with lately are CAS cards...not that that's bad, but I just can't seem to get into making more complex creations!  SO, I have two cards today, the first is the card I made for all the men's birthdays at my church for the month of April, and I used the sketch from FMS:

I was sad that Guy Greetings was being retired; it was my go-to masculine set!  I love the images and the font, so I decided to ink it up in some Tranquil Tide ink to coordinate with the True Gentlemen DSP:

It was easy to fussy-cut the antique car:

and since I was using my Stamparatus, I was able to stamp the sentiments fairly quickly with the moveable plate:

I had six to do, and it was a little "wobbly" by the time I did the sixth one, but it still worked fine!  I just had to cut them into strips!

My next card is for the CAS(E) this Sketch sketch:

At church I saw a lady carrying a black polka-dotted tote bag with a strap that I can only describe as Crisp Cantaloupe! It was so cute! Since we don't have that color any longer, I used Peekaboo Peach along with some DSP from the Pick A Pattern line to make a congrats card to a new recruit:

I stamped the horizontal piece with the retiring Brushstrokes background stamp on the diagonal for a little additional interest.  I hope the lighter orange shade doesn't make this look too "Halloween-ish", LOL!  I fussy-cut the flower from Painted Harvest and added a sentiment from Colorful Seasons:


And on the inside, a sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet and another floral image:

Thanks for popping in today!

I don't have any Cassidy pictures today, but I thought I would share a picture of my dad holding his newest great-grandson, Sawyer, on Easter:

He was quite content to sleep in Great-granddaddy's arms!!  And notice the EAGLES green pacifier, LOL!!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Guy Greetings, Painted Harvest, Beautiful Bouquet, Colorful Seasons, Brushstrokes
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Tranquil Tide, True Gentleman DSP, Pick a Pattern DSP
 Ink Tranquil Tide, Peekaboo Peach, Memento Black, Crumb Cake
Accessories Linen Thread, Dimensionals