Sunday, October 30, 2016

Tic Tac Toe Christmas

I love it when LeAnne Pugliese is the host for The Paper Players Challenge. This one, #319 is a Tic Tac Toe and here's the grid...

Silly me, my brain was telling me "Bingo" and I was trying to do a cover all! If you combine the outside of my card with the inside, I got the bottom row, the top row and both diagonals but only the middle vertical. I own nothing with a Santa and the patterned paper just didn't have a place! 
I used the pines from Lovely as a Tree SU stamp set; snowflakes and sentiments from Christmas Pines; bow die cut from Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies and the ribbon and washi tape are from other sources. The card base is Mossy Meadow with a layer of Cherry Cobbler and Whisper White. The pines and snowflakes were stamped with Always Artichoke and the sentiments were stamped with Cherry Cobbler. The glitter is Dazzling Diamonds and the technique is the used dryer sheet. Thank you, LeAnne, for getting the creative juices flowing on a Sunday.
Thanks for looking!



Saturday, October 29, 2016

All Things Cats

Our wonderful friends up in the Adirondacks have a beautiful outdoor/indoor cat who hasn't returned home in 3 weeks. We do not hold out much hope for Mojo because they live in the woods with bears, deer, fox and coy dogs. We wanted to let them know we were thinking of them so I made this card.


I found a neat site today and am sharing it here. Cat Lovers Hop

This cat looks almost like our "Husky", a partially feral cat who kept us company while my husband was undergoing radiation for 3 months in North Carolina. We were living in our RV at the time on our way to the Adirondacks when our trip came to a screeching halt. I have another blog about that! Our Last Day with Husky

I also am entering my card in the Global Design Project challenge GDP#059 (I was inspired by Julie Gearinger); and in R for Recipe at the Alphabet Challenge Blog. I used three ingredients: Digi/Stamp, Die and Sentiment. 

My layout was inspired by Connie Stewart for the Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge - October 28, 2016 on Facebook.

This is our kitty. Her name is Tini (short for Martini) and she is quite the helper!
Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Cappucino Chocolate Chip Cupcake

How silly of me not to take a picture of the cupcake holder with the cupcake in it! The cupcake was wonderful but left butter stains on the cardstock! Cute idea for favors at a party!

As if a cupcake wasn't enough, we had ice cream too!

Have you ever done stenciling with Spackle? It was new to me and fun...almost like finger painting!


and last, but not least, a Basket for You!


I fell in love with SU's Delightful Dijon ink pad. My double bow didn't photograph properly but I'm too lazy to retake it!  I'm not totally happy with the marker coloring of my bouquet but I like my watercolor pencils less! Our hostess used pearls on her flower centers, which kicked it up a notch but I stuck with black eyed susans...at least that's what I think they are. Love the Cajun Craze color for fall too.

Thanks for looking!




Wednesday, October 26, 2016

One Sheet Wonder Returns!

I couldn't resist making them again using Lost Lagoon and Blushing Bride cardstock! The DSP is not Stampin Up.






Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Lost My Mojo

Today was not the most fun day for making cards. My first card cannot stand up by itself. I should have put the sentiment on it's side, along with the card! What I do like about it is the card cut...the inside bottom is also the outside bottom. 


My Blackberry Bliss ink pad broke and flew across my desk...ink everywhere, but fortunately, it missed the card I was working on. I had to watch instructions on You Tube to get it back together and then I had ink all over me! Anyhoo, this is what I ended up with...I'm disappointed but then there's always tomorrow.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

CASEing Tami White

Thank you Tami for creating the beautiful tea light card, which I copied exactly but with different measurements and one different color on the leaf.


I am truly thankful, grateful and blessed to have such wonderful stampers in my life who teach me so much.

Thank you for looking!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Designer Series Paper

Card group met again Thursday. After a delicious lunch of pulled beef sliders and cabbage salad, we settled down to make these three cards. I love the floral boutique designer series paper and this particular card fold.


The next card is an easel card.


My brother graduated from Syracuse University and these are its colors...guess this card will be for him!

Thank you for looking.



Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Out of My Rut

It was difficult for me to stop making cards from a 6 x 6 One Sheet Wonder, but I did it today and yesterday (smile). It won't last long, trust me!

Today I made this card for a couple three challenges. The cardstock, corner punch and sentiment are all Stampin Up. I used So Saffron for my base and for the sentiment, stamping it with Mossy Meadow using the Vertical Greetings stamp set. The layer under the top layers is Mossy Meadow. The punch I used for the corners is the retired Trio punch. The punched piece is a cocktail napkin which I ironed onto Whisper White using Saran Wrap. So, for the challenges...Clean and Simple Leaf at the Paper Players; one of Splitcoaststampers Falliday Fest challenges "Felt paper technique" card; and Who Crushed Pumpkins and Cherries in the Garden at SCS. Although it's a napkin, the colors do resemble Crushed Curry, Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler and Pumpkin Pie...I have a colorful imagination!

Thank you for looking!

Christmas in October

I need your help here...I made this card last night using my tree punch and SU Merry Moments DSP. The tree pots are from the Vertical Greetings stamp set. The sentiment is red heat embossed with a sentiment from Christmas Pines. The stars are SU gold glimmer cardstock and the base is Cherry Cobbler. I added Whisper White strips to the top and bottom of the card. I cut out the middle of the card and glued the bottom of the trees to the strip from the bottom and the strip on the top. My question is, now how am I going to do the inside of the card because it will show through the trees when the card is closed. HELP...please!!

Monday, October 17, 2016

Yet another variation on OSW!

This is my submission for Splitcoaststampers color challenge CC604. The card base is Crumb Cake. The mats are Melon Mambo because I didn't have Strawberry Slush. The designer paper with the hummingbirds is from Paper Flowers by Louise Tiler. The center design is from Touches of Texture, stamped on Sahara Sand in Timber brown Stazon, colored with SU Calypso Coral and Garden Green markers; the centers of the flowers were made with white Liquid Pearls by Tim Holtz. The bees are also from SU Touches of Texture, stamped in TB Stazon. I will put the sentiment inside later.

Thanks for looking at this simple card...but pretty, I think!

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Variation on the OSW

I made this card for several challenges. CCMC428 color challenge, Stampin Girls Gone Wild Weekend Sketch Challenge on Facebook and The Paper Players #317 Clean and Simple Leaf.
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All materials are Stampin Up. I used Pear Pizzazz as my card base. The mats are Sweet Sugarplum. The DSP is from Blooms & Bliss. The butterflies are stamped on Pool Party cardstock with Pool Party ink using butterflies from Papillon Potpourri. The leaves and butterfly stamped on Whisper White were done Pear Pizzazz and Pool Party markers.  The stamp set is from the retired Flowering Fields. The "Hello" is from the Pop of Paradise stamp set and is stamped in Sweet Sugarplum, matted on Pool Party cardstock. I used the 1" circle punch and 1 1/4" scallop circle (retired) punch.

Thank you for looking! If you are interested in any of the products, I would be pleased to help you order them, just leave a comment.

Friday, October 14, 2016

One Sheet Wonder

Thank you to Paper Jungle on You Tube for the tutorial on this OSW. I used a 6 x 6 piece of DSP from Stampin Up Serene Scenery, a few sheets of Mossy Meadow and about 3 sheets of Whisper White. I used the stamp from "In the Meadow". I only did one with a sentiment; the rest I will add a sentiment when the occasion arises. When I do this again, I will write down exactly how many pieces of cardstock I used because I would like to do these cards with my card group. I will also try another stamp too. I love One Sheet Wonders!







Thursday, October 13, 2016

Christmas in October

We had so much fun at card group today. We had a light lunch of sloppy Joes and for dessert, we enjoyed Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake YUM!

We made these cards even though it's still in the high 80's here.




The camera phone doesn't do the colors justice. The Christmas tree in the window has crystal stickles on it that turned a pretty shade of green but it is not noticeable here. I learned today that clear and crystal Stickles will turn the color of the paper. The ornaments are gold and turquoise.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

My sister is a breast cancer survivor. I am so thankful chemo, radiation and a mastectomy worked for her. I think about her all the time and made this card for her. We live 1500 miles apart so I only get to see her once a year. I hope she enjoys Bella popping in to see her. He doesn't eat much! I have never tried the bandanna technique and thought this would be a good time. My bow is not the cancer bow, but it is pink :-)



Most products are Stampin Up. The card base is Blushing Bride as is the 2 1/2" circle. The 2 3/8" scalloped circle is Whisper White sponged with Pretty in Pink (retired) ink and Blushing Bride ink dots. The bandanna part is the stamp from Thoughts and Prayer, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black and dotted with a white gel pen. The puppy and sentiment are from Bella and Friends. Layers are Basic Black. The double bow is Blushing Bride baker's twine. The other pink layers are from Office Max and Joann's.

Thank you for looking.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

100 Years Old

A friend asked me to make her a special card for a woman everyone calls "Gram". She is turning 100. I decided not to use the stamp "Look who's turning" and to just bring attention to the mile marker! WOW, 100!!! I was honored to be asked to make this card. It was only my second time triple time stamping so there are a few imperfections. I am quite good at being imperfect! Maybe when I turn 100, I'll be perfect...lol.



The colors are Lost Lagoon, Rich Razzleberry and Very Vanilla. I used silver Glimmer paper for the front 100 and silver embossing powder for the inside. Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Pastor Appreciation Month

This month we're getting ready for pastor appreciation cards in our card ministry at church. I created cards using the challenge at Gold and Green Twist

This card used Mossy Meadow green cardstock, corrugated Kraft cardstock, a cut-out dictionary page, the lighthouse from Stampin' Up's "From Land to Sea". The sentiment is from "Picture Perfect". The "Pastor" is done using the "Brushed Alphabet" stamp set and all the letters were done with VersaMark and gold embossing powder. I'm hoping the bird resembles a dove rather than a seagull!




Monday, October 3, 2016

Pastor Appreciation

We have two pastors at our church so I created this one for one of them. I was inspired by the challenge at Critter Challenge and the challenge at Green and Gold.


The card base is Emerald Envy, gold metallic doily was cut in half, the sentiment is from Picture Perfect, "Pastor" is from Brushed Alphabet and the words and letters were gold heat embossed. The hummingbird is from Picture Perfect and was a 4 part stamp using Emerald Envy, Sweet Sugarplum, Tip Top Taupe and gold inks. All products are Stampin' Up. There are a few imperfections on this card, but the pastor knows WE are all flawed in one way or another!

Thank you for looking!