Monday, September 25, 2017

Stampin' Up! Half Full

Linda Bauwin designed this stamp set for SU and I CASEd one of the cards she made with it. It's a fancy fold card, which she is famous for, but I used different card stock and created my own saying for the inside. The only items I copied were the measurements and the front art panel. I also used the Everyday Label Punch for the Garden Green piece. 

My colors are Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Real Red and Garden Green. The DSP is Painted Autumn.

Because of the fold, I am entering this in TGIF 126 Technique Week Challenge although it is not a Z fold.  
The base of the card is 5 1/2 x 7 1/2, scored at 4 1/4" on the 7 1/2" side. 

Today I am not having white wine at the Food and Wine Festival, I am having...
a Newcastle Brown Ale at the Rose & Crown outside pub! We had a wonderful first day and were back at the cabin by 6 PM!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Stampin' Up! Bella's Friend is Blue

is one of my challenges for today.

This card was easy for me to make in that I met the requirements of "circle, brads, stripes, dark blue and a bird." BUT it was not easy for me to do for 
not because of the sketch, but because it also had to be CAS. I have a thing about layers and totally covered space, but in CAS, you cannot do that! I think I succeeded though.

The colors are simple...monochromatic...Night of Navy and Whisper White! The stamp sets I used were Brushstrokes and Bella and Friends. The sentiment is from Vertical Greetings and the circles are a 1" punch for the bird and 1 3/8" for the stripes. The sentiment was cut out from the retired Word Bubbles.

If you are interested in any of the products I used, just click on the blue product links. Also, if you haven't visited the challenge sites, you can get to them by clicking on their blue links.

At the time of this posting, we are on our way to see the Mouse for a week. You will be seeing more food and wine than cards! We are celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary. I am taking a Paper Pumpkin kit, but don't tell my husband!! He thinks he only has to share me with Mickey!!!

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebration

I have agonized over this card like you wouldn't believe. I asked members of the SU team I'm in for pointers on how to make it more appealing and they gave me good tips. It was made from scraps that were on my desk. I even thought about "scrapping" it BUT then I thought, "the person who receives it will probably just put it in the recycles anyway." So, it's going in the mail on Monday for an autumn birthday.

My layout was based on the sketch at Viva La Verve's September 2017 Challenge

helped me decide on autumn colors, dimension and rounded corners, going straight down on the right. It was the rounded corners that really did me in as I don't have a punch for that so I tried to eyeball it! My theme for a birthday came from the Bi-Monthly Seize the Birthday Balloons Challenge

My card base is Pear Pizzazz, the first mat is Pumpkin Pie and the third mat is DSP from the same package as the balloons. I punched out my balloons using the retired Balloon Celebration punch and the Painted Autumn DSP. I tried to make them shiny using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. The washi tape is retired. My sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in Cajun Craze. The punch is retired. I added clear Wink of Stella to it but it really doesn't stand out. The strings are baker's twine and the balloons and sentiment are raised with dimensionals on a strip of Garden Green cardstock. Before I sealed the card, I stamped balloons on the mat edge using Bella and Friends. However, I forgot to take a use your imagination and also use it to think this is the prettiest card you have ever

Thanks for looking at my scrappy card!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Stampin' Up! Day

Thursday is our card group and it was a fun Stampin' Up! day. I was the hostess and made a crab/pineapple salad...interesting combo, yes?

We made two Christmas cards, a beach card and an insect card. My choices were to CASE Linda Cullen (first two), Terry Lynn Bright (third) and do my own design (fourth) goes...

Guess which one is my favorite?

I made a card tonight but I was so disappointed with how it turned out, I decided I need to go back to the drawing board and try again tomorrow.

Thanks for looking today!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stampin' Up!: Petals and Paisleys

It's been awhile since I've played at TSOT #340

so I thought I'd enter my birthday card in Kaylin's sketch challenge. I took a little liberty in the placement but I hope I'll be forgiven. The optional theme is: Petite Patterns. I think the retired Petals & and Paisleys DSP fits. My Mint Macaron mat is embossed with the Woodland TIEF, adhered to a Very Vanilla card base. My mat under the DSP is Cajun Craze. The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit and I hand cut the banners. The "21" is from the Large Numbers Thinlits.  I needed a masculine card for a birthday on the 21st. I best go get it in the mail! BUT before I do, I need to enter this in WWC137 Penny's Anything Goes Masculine Card Challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Fab Friday Challenge 121 is my sketch choice for today. 

This card was really easy and quick to make.

The colors I used are Basic Black, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate. The "Boo!" was die cut with Large Letters and the die cuts  on the inside are from the retired Halloween Treats. My ghost was punched from the retired "Owl Builder" and I drew in the face. I put him inside a layered oval.

The "Boo!" is off kilter, but it was scared of it's own ghost!

Good night peeps and thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stampin' Up! Spooky Cat

Only one challenge for today because I am catching up on figuring out where things are after Hurricane Irma. I had plenty of time to work on my supplies and card inventory, but it was just too hot. A/C makes all the difference. While the boys were out getting a new refrigerator I made this card for  the Just Us Girls (JUGS) Color Challenge #411

I used Pumpkin Pie for my card base, Blackberry Bliss (retired) for the mat, which was die cut with the Card Front Builder Thinlits. For the circle, the mat behind the Blackberry Bliss and the mat behind the DSP, I used Daffodil Delight. The cat was The Cat Punch. The DSP is from Spooky Night. The sentiment is from Spooky Cat, stamped on a die cut piece of Pumpkin Pie stamped with Blackberry Bliss. The dies are from the retired Tags and Labels set.

For the inside I used that big fat cat word one with the three blind mice off looking for cheese...oblivious to the fat cat :-) 

I CASEd the outside of my card from Linda Cullen who CASEd Jackie Diediker's.

I'm off to get re-organized and I appreciate your taking time to look at my blog again!