Thursday, May 25, 2017

No Time, No Stamping!

From 11 AM to 3:30 PM, we were in the car on the way to the hairdresser and my husband's oncologist. He had to have blood work and an antibiotic IV for what they think is an infection in his port area. Tomorrow he has tests to rule out other problems with the port. They want to make sure everything is okay for him to have chemo again Wednesday. We are so thankful our plans for Disney fell through.

So, as you can see, I didn't have much time to make a card. However, tonight I saw that CAS(E) This Sketch #223 

had a very easy sketch for me to CASE and keep it clean and simple. Perhaps it's too much so but at least I made a first for St. Patrick's Day 2018!

My card base is Whisper White. That's the only item that is Stampin' Up! The rest is from Authentique Emerald DSP.

Tomorrow is a full day of doctors again so who knows what I'll come up with, but thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Lack of Colors, Lots of Meaning!

I have a friend who means the world to me. We've been friends for 49 years and the only school we've gone to together is the school of hard knocks.  I made this card for her today just to let her know I love everything about her.

I got my inspiration from three challenges:

Paper Craft Crew Tic Tac Toe Challenge #245. Play along at

All products are Stampin' Up. The stamp set I chose for my flowers and leaves was Secret Garden. My card base is Smoky Slate; the leaves, flowers and sentiment are Old Olive. (The sentiment came from the April 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit.) The flower centers are Old Olive enamel dots. The Whisper White square was die cut from Stitched Shape Framelits. The flowers and leaves were die cut from the Secret Garden Framelits. The column I chose for my tic-tac-toe is the center column, down. 

I think I'm getting to like CAS cards better now. Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

It's Official!

Yes, it's official...I have flunked cutting diagonals 101! My friend gave me written instructions today on how to do it and I still couldn't do it. I am a visual person so I guess she needs to do a video :-)

In any event, I am happy with my card.
It's masculine, I hope; it's all Stampin' Up; it's musical;it's based on an inspirational sketch AND it was my choice! So, it was made for these challenges:

The stamp set is Country Livin' and it's my favorite this week because I borrowed it and have to give it back Thursday! The colors are my favorites for masculine cards: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Very Vanilla. The sentiment is from Picture Perfect; I added a musical note to it and punched it with a 1" circle punch. The DSP is from This Christmas, which will be gone May 31, if it's not already. I'm so glad SU has come out with a background music stamp. You can be sure I will be making my own DSP! I fussy cut the boots and guitar after coloring them with my SU Early Espresso Watercolor Pencil. I used a sponge dauber to add a little Early Espresso to the Very Vanilla piece. I can't give you measurements because I eye-balled everything for the art piece and diagonal. Like I said, I'm hoping someone will do a video!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 22, 2017

Mojo Monday

I think my mojo's working today in the card room as this is my second challenge for the day. I really liked the 498 sketch at Mojo Monday...thank you, Julee, for a great choice.

and ta-da...

All products are Stampin' Up. Someday I will get a VERVE stamp! In any event, my card base is Very Vanilla. The mat was embossed with the Petal Burst TIEF and I adhered it so the debossed side was up. I made my own DSP by stamping on Very Vanilla with Blackberry Bliss, Mossy Meadow and Sahara Sand using the Tuscan Vineyard set. I love making my own DSP. The paper strips are Mossy Meadow and Blackberry Bliss. I now wish I had used Sahara Sand for one of them or Very Vanilla but I was being frugal and used scraps! My grape cluster was stamped in the same colors and I fussy cut it and adhered it with dimensionals.

Thanks for looking at me twice today :-)

Merry Monday Christmas

I'm trying to clean out my Paper Pumpkin stash so the best way to do it is to start with Christmas!

MMCC #249 Mistletoe was my inspiration for this card.

My alternative Paper Pumpkin card was made from parts of the October 2015 and November 2015 Paper Pumpkin kits. I created the poinsettia with the flower stamp from the October kit. I stamped it on Cherry Cobbler for the flower and on Old Olive for the leaves then fussy cut them. I created the sentiment on my computer, printed a bunch and punched it out with a retired SU scallop punch. I sponged the edge and added the red pearls that came in the kit. The card stock, white pearls and holly came in the kit as well. This was one of my favorite kits and I wish I had ordered two. I'm going to save what's left for Merry Mondays!

Thanks for looking.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Three Challenges


All products are Stampin' Up. The stamp sets I used are all retiring May 31...Gorgeous Grunge, Oh So Succulent and Papillon Potpourri. I heat embossed the butterflies in black. The border is Marina Mist. The ink blots are Dapper Denim, Island Indigo and Marina Mist. I really don't see too much of a difference in the three blues, but it is a little more noticeable in real life. The sentiment is stamped in Marina Mist and heat embossed using Clear Embossing Powder. The dot is Lemon Lime.

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 20, 2017


The problem with following a sketch challenge from memory, rather than having the computer in front of you, is that your brain interprets it at 99%. I switched my orientation of Sketch Saturday Week #464 and enlarged my elements but they say it's okay. So then why the 99%? Here's their sketch and my card follows.

I didn't remember their banners were evenly together at the top. If my card is not accepted, I will understand and will retry.

However, I did comply totally with two other challenges. 


I love lime green and navy. When I had my golf cart accident, I had a lime green and navy outfit on and the EMT had to cut my clothes off. That was VERY traumatic!! I now have a lime green and black outfit so I've gotten over it!! I'm so pleased that Stampin' Up has come out with inks and cardstock that will make me totally happy!!!

Thanks for looking, said the "Queen of exclamation points!!!!

Friday, May 19, 2017


This is my second post for today because I didn't enter my other three cards in a challenge.

My layout is a copy of this one...

All products are Stampin' Up. My card base is Pool Party, then a layer of Dapper Denim covered by a mat of Moroccan DSP. My ribbon is glittery Pool Party (retired) and the boots are from Country Livin'. I used Shimmery White card stock, stamped them with brown Stazon and colored them with Bermuda Bay and Early Espresso watercolor pencils. Then I used my blender pen to spread the color. The art piece was die cut. I love the fact that the Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Dapper Denim worked together. 

Thanks for looking!

CASEd Cards

Yesterday our Thursday card group met for a light dinner (Papa Murphy's Chicken Bacon Artichoke pizza), salad and Meg's homemade Toll House pie. YUM!

Once our tummy's were full we started on the cards she had chosen for us. The first one is by Connie Stewart...a "now to WOW" card; the second by Dawn Griffith (both of whom are on You Tube) and the third by Teri Pocock.

Connie Stewart CASE

Dawn Griffith CASE
Teri Pocock CASE