Thursday, August 17, 2017

Stampin' Up! Daisy Punch

Halloween is my least favorite festive day and always has been. It was okay when I was little and dressed up to go to local neighbors. However, the teenage years were a nightmare with eggs, toilet paper, flat tires, shaving cream and soaping windows. That scared me more than witches, goblins and howling cats!

So, for my little 7 year old pen pal, I decided to make my card today for her because she likes to dress up and go to local neighbors' houses.

I do love the colors of black and orange together so Fusion Card Challenge fit the bill!
As you can see, I used both sides of their challenge.


My card base is Tangelo Twist, which is currently on sale in my Online Store. The Spooky Night DSP is from the upcoming September 1 Holiday Catalog. The flower was punched with the new Daisy Punch. The sentiment is from the Spooky Cat stamp set, which will be available to customers September 1.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons/Number of Years

Letters For You, and the retired Little Letters dies are the products I used today for my card.

It's the first time I have ever tried the Baby Wipe Technique and I was pleased with how it turned out. Our "baby" is turning 18 on August 25th...not our son, but our youngest grandchild. This is how he looked 18 years ago...
and

17+ years later

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We love that boy to pieces and someday we hope to see him on Broadway! 

Back to my card...

My colors are Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, and Always Artichoke. The sentiment on the front is hand printed and everything else is stamping. I absolutely love the Baby Wipe Technique and will be doing more of it for sure!

Thanks for looking.




Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Stampin' Up! Happy Birthday Thinlit

Tuesday Throwdown #356 is my challenge for today. It's "Anything Goes". I need lots of birthday cards this month and most are for males. I figured this one fits the bill. It's one we made at card group and again, it was a CASE B.J. Peters



The colors are Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Pool Party. The "Happy Birthday" is the new Happy Birthday Thinlits Die. The balloons were punched using the Balloon Bouquet Punch. The stamp set used is Happy Birthday Gorgeous

Tomorrow my husband goes for yet another surgery so it was nice to have this as a quick card to post.

If you are interested in great Stampin' Up! bargains, check this out Clearance Rack!!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Challenged!

Today I was able to enter some challenges...and one fit our situation perfectly
Always Fun Challenge #19 - Going in Circles. Since last Tuesday the oncologist's office has been trying to get my husband's port replacement scheduled for today or tomorrow. I won't get into it, but trust me, they've been going in circles and dragging us along for the ride. It still is not scheduled and chemo is supposed to be the day after tomorrow.

As You See It - Summer Salad - #156 is a color challenge so I used Elegant Eggplant, Real Red and Lemon Lime Twist.

Atlantic Hearts Challenge #225 is a sketch challenge.



The stamps I used came from the June 2016 Surprise Banner Paper Pumpkin kit. My card base was my second one. I accidentally used the first base to die cut the mat for the sentiment...ugh! I got brave with the "birthday" stamp because I only wanted the "birth" part so I cut it in half! The set already contained just the word "day". My upline promised that it would go back together perfectly and I trust her! I used a scrap of Lemon Lime Twist to follow the diagonal in the sketch and drew dots with an Elegant Eggplant SU marker to set if off. 

I needed a masculine birthday card, but the more I look at this, it reminds me of the Red Hat Club. What do you think?

Thanks for looking.




Sunday, August 13, 2017

No Challenge

Again, I am too tired to enter a challenge. I am dealing with Pinterest not letting me pin, Blogger not letting me put certain links on my sidebar and wondering if I should switch to Wordpress even though I've tried twice and had major fails, AND everything is smaller in size...have I fallen into a rabbit hole? Tomorrow is another day and this is my card for today. We made it at our card group on Thursday and I have no idea if it was CASE'd. If it was, I apologize for not knowing who to give the credit to...and that's a dangling preposition...woe is me!

Thanks for looking!



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Stampin' Up! Lemon Zest

Life has been giving us a lot of lemons the past three weeks and we have enough lemonade to set up a stand. This card, which is a CASE of Brandy Cox, is perfect for our situation. It is also perfect for Crafting with Dragonflies #87 Dry Embossing


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I stamped the lemon and punched it out using the Lemon Zest Bundle set. The top portion of the card was embossed with the Petal Burst TIEF. The colors I used were Daffodil Delight and Old Olive.

Today I got whacked on the head by a piece of wood...another lemon...and the bump on my head feels like a lemon. Care for a glass of lemonade?

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Stampin' Up! Number of Years

Friends in our community are celebrating 63 years of marriage this week. That deserves a card, don't you think? So, I made them this one.




I used this stamp set Number of Years. My colors are Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist. I used these colors because of HSS Color Challenge #270

The flowers were created using the retired Petite Petals stamp set and punch. The washi tape I used is baffling me. I think it's Stampin' Up! but I'm not sure. The scalloped border punch is retired.

My layout was inspired by the great sketch Dawn designed at Try Stampin' - or not - on Tuesday #334

The theme of my card fits the challenge at Global Design Project 099

This couple has been going through some rough times physically so I hope this card will bring a smile to their faces.

Thanks for looking!




Monday, August 7, 2017

Stampin' Up! Daisy Delight

Today was a loooooong day! We started out for the oncologist's at 8 AM and did not get home from the treatment center until 1:30 PM. My hubby was hoping that they would say no more antibiotic IV's BUT the doctor said still more through Friday. He said Perry was even part of his two-week vacation as they were keeping him posted about what was happening! Now that's a doctor who cares and goes above and beyond! They are now investigating why that happened as there have been others who have had infected ports but not as bad. I'm glad they are looking into that because I was going to bring it up! That's the nurse in me. HOWEVER, I am now a card maker so let's get to it...thanks for indulging me with our medical life!

Here it is folks, in all its glory... the daisy!

I am hoping this qualifies for the challenge at Addicted to CAS #117 - One Layer Card. Y'all who look at my cards know that CAS is not easy for me! I used washi tape that our hostess provided, same with the sentiment, hand drew my stem and leaves, used Perfect Pearls for the flower center and finally, for all the daisy fans in my life, Daisy Delight! I used Pear Pizzazz and Daffodil Delight inks to stamp the petals.

Thanks for looking!



Sunday, August 6, 2017

Stampin' Up! - In the Meadow

My challenges for today in alphabetical order are...



and


I have never made a square card so, thank you Claire for the great sketch challenge. You will see from my card that I placed the banners differently because I didn't want to cover my tree. I used the yellow to give the illusion of sun shining. I used the Lemon Lime Twist because I love that color AND because I could! The banners are from the new SU Annual Catalogue Basics Pack 2.


I love the "In The Meadow" stamp set, but unfortunately, it is retired. The fawn is "furry" but the mother is probably hairy (that's for the snarky sisters!) 

I used Pacific Point and Old Olive Watercolor Pencils to do my sky/grass and Early Espresso for the deer. I stamped the top of the trees with retired Mossy Meadow and the trunks with Tuxedo Black Memento Ink.

My card base is 4 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. The Mossy Meadow strip is a scrap I had left from a card I made the other day. My mat for the deer is Garden Green 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. The Whisper White art panel is 3 1/4 x 3 1/4 inches and adhered with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thanks for looking!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Stampin' Up! Hello Kitty and Bella and Friends

This is my second post today! No joke...we all know most cats and birds are NOT friends, right? Well, look at these two...

I made my own patterned paper using hearts from Loyal and TrueRibbon of Courage, and the retired Bear Hugs. The colors I used are Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist. I cut strips of Melon Mambo and Lemon Lime Twist and embossed them with a Darice embossing folder. The squares were created from Layering Squares Framelits and I stamped the Whisper White squares with stamps from Bella and Friends and Pretty Kitty. The sentiment is from Eastern Beauty. I used Stampin' Up markers to color the words, except "forever" (part of the Eastern Beauty stamp), and stamped it on Whisper White. I used a scallop circle punch, cut it at the top and bottom to fit my card and edged it with Flirty Flamingo. I added enamel Melon Mambo hearts at the two upper corners.

So why did I choose these colors, this theme and this layout? Check these sites out...





I know I didn't fulfill the "clean" part of the sketch but I really liked the layout!

I had fun creating this and thanks for looking!



Friendship

Yesterday at card group, we made this card. It fits perfectly into the theme from Cut It Up Challenge #127 - Friendship and Dies.


All the products were provided by our hostess, Lynn. Her grandson had die cut all the pieces for the emblem. He did a great job! I love the embossing folder we used but I don't know the manufacturer, nor do I know the maker of the DSP. She spoiled us as she had cut all the squares and strips so we just had to pick what we wanted to use and adhere them. She even had the sentiment ready for us. I just made mine into a banner and drew dots/dashes around it. Here's the inside...sorry about the quality of the photo...

Thanks for looking!


Thursday, August 3, 2017

Stampin' Up! Fresh Florals

My two favorite colors are purple and lime green. Many of my outfits are that color because I love vibrant colors. So, when SU came out with Fresh Fig and Lemon Lime Twist for two of the In Colors for 2017 - 2019, I was in my glory.

I made a card similar to this one for my upline and it was a CASE of her card. I guess you would say that was paying her a high compliment!




The DSP is Fresh Fig  Fresh Florals. The ribbon is Lemon Lime Twist Lemon Lime Twist Ombre. The centerpiece was a die cut from Layering Ovals. The inside sentiment is from Eastern Beauty. I used the retired Corner Trio for my corners.

Thanks for looking!



Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Stampin' Up! Peace on Earth

There may not be Peace on Earth at the present, but there is peace in my spirit. My husband's surgery was successful today and the doctor is hoping the incisions will heal quickly and the infection will stay at bay so they can reinsert a port to continue with his chemo. 

So, I was able to get my daily chores done and a nice, easy card made. I chose three challenges for my card:



Try Stampin' - or not - on Tuesday! - #333 with the optional theme of "Dog Days of Summer". My card is quite far from summery! Here's Dawn's wonderful sketch, which I altered just a little. 

It's been awhile since I have been able to participate in challenges or make cards and I'm thankful I was able to do it tonight. Thanks for hanging in there with me!

If you are interested in the stamps and die cuts I used, you can find them by clicking on the catalogs button, above left. Colors are Garden Green, Kraft, and Whisper White. The washi tape is from the retired Warmth and Cheer. If I can help you, please let me know.

Thanks for looking.




Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Where Am I???

That is a loaded question! I am not blogging? I am not in my right mind? I am on overload and stress that even card making cannot help? All are correct. However, after tomorrow I should be blogging again, in my right mind and back to card making!

My hubby has been going through almost all day medical traveling and treatments so I have had not time except to cook meals and maintain a fair amount of sanity. Fortunately, I have a stamp group that is helping me do that. Today I was notified that my name was drawn for a free stamp set. WOW, did that brighten my day!

Please don't give up on following my blog...I'll be back.

Arnold Swarzenegger a/k/a Karen! 

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Stampin' Up! Loyal and True

I didn't do this one for a challenge...I did it for our country. We owe our military people so much.


This is for my husband, my brother, other relatives, friends, my classmates who were killed, and ALL those who have served, are serving and will serve. God Bless America.

Thanks for looking! 

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Securing a B.S. Degree!


  AND
are the two challenges I am entering tonight. Please notice that Joy of Sets Challenge #JOS002 - The Letter S is only their second challenge. I wish them much success in their new venture and hope you will check them out.

Stamp Ink Paper #109 Sketch Challenge from Lisa is one of my favorite challenges...so here goes...



I created this for our friend who decided to attend college online to get her B.S. She has been in the work force for many years and was nervous about doing this. I believe she is graduating with honors this Friday! The colors are not my favorite, but Mossy Meadow and Hello Honey were her college colors!

I used Sunshine Sayings for my sentiment on the front; Swirly Bird for my envelope front; Beautiful You for my dancing woman who is tossing her graduation hat (from the March 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit); and sentiments from Beautiful You on the inside, as well as sentiments from This Little Piggy. I used the paper piecing technique for her dress using a piece from Delightful Daisy DSP. I also used that DSP on the outside flap of the envelope.

Our friend wasn't going to attend the graduation ceremonies, but I'm so glad she changed her mind and, hopefully, she'll receive her card in time to affirm her decision!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Stampin' Up! Label Me Pretty (stressed)!

Today was a very stressful day. It started out with my making a card and I really messed up the front...I was stamping directly on it, using masking tape and a clear mount stamp. It didn't stamp properly and there was no way I could line it up again. You'll see why in a minute. 

Then we had to leave at noon to go to Florida Cancer Specialist on an emergency basis. My husband's port area was extremely swollen and red.  We got there at 12:30, the doctor was out of town, the covering nurse didn't show up for 40 min. Once she saw it, she explained that one of the oncology nurses would take his temperature, do a culture, and then administer an antibiotic via his port. An hour later I went to find out when they were going to take his temp and do the other stuff. It was totally chaotic there. It's a big place and they are understaffed. Almost all of the 150 chairs were occupied. Long story short, we finally got out of there at 3:30 p.m. One nurse thinks he is in need of having the port removed and a new one inserted. We are hoping she is wrong and that a week of antibiotics will do the trick. This is the third time it has happened within a year. 

When we got home, the roofer was here trying to find out where the leak in our lanai roof is coming from. He and our son were unsuccessful. They caulked every nook and cranny they could find. Now we have to keep track of what direction the rain is coming from when it leaks again. We have a refrigerator and TV out there so that is our concern as we all know electricity and water don't mix!

So, with all that behind me I decided to give the card a try again. With minimal struggle, I finished it.


My color choices of blue, green, plum and berry colors came from...

My colors are not as bright as their example but I worked with what I had...Perfect Plum, Berry Burst, Emerald Envy and blue scraps I had from a wedding card I made years ago. The DSP is from Kaiser Craft "Coastal Escape". (I needed an escape after today!) That was the easiest part...figuring out the colors.


made it easy for me to place my pieces. The dots are from the new SU Glitter Enamel Dots, the circles are punched. It was 


that gave me a run for my money. I took the small "Thank you for caring" stamp and colored each word by itself with a Sweet Sugarplum marker, trying to line it up with my Misti. This is where I probably should have used the Stamp-a-ma-Jig! Mary will let me know for sure! I did it on a strip of Whisper White that just fit in the space where I had messed up. Tomorrow I'll work on the inside.

I learned three things today:

1. I need to order the Stampin' Up Regals markers (I didn't have Perfect Plum).
2. I need to practice using my Stamp-a-ma-Jig with clear mount stamps.
3. I love the Label Me Pretty bundle.

You can order those three things by clicking on the catalog picture at the top left, which will take you to my online store.

Thanks for looking and thank you for caring!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Stampin' Up! Just Add Color!

Just add color...and that's what I did...Colour INKspiration #13 
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had just the colors that I love and 


is how I saw my card come to life.


 

fit my card perfectly. All products are current Stampin' Up. I used Wild Wasabi for my card base. The top portion is cut from the new DSP, Just Add Color. The bottom two panels are from the new DSP Color Theory and I used Berry Burst and Fresh Fig pieces. I colored the teapot and tea cups with Lemon Lime Twist, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Wild Wasabi and Sweet Sugarplum markers. I handwrote the sentiment.

YOU are my cup of tea and I thank you for looking.

If you are interested in any of these products, just click on the "Catalog" above left!





Saturday, July 22, 2017

Happy Birthday, Pearl!

Today I made a birthday card for Pearl. Here is Pearl with Perry...say that ten times fast...lol.


Speaking of ten, that's exactly how old Pearl will be July 30. (She was six in this photo and Perry had just been diagnosed with leiomyosarcoma on our trip north in the RV.) I hope she likes her card...



I tried to color Bella (SU Bella and Friends) to look more like the color of Pearl but I had already sponged the Very Vanilla with Blackberry Bliss so that didn't work out. I made my own DSP for the envelope flap from the Tuscan Vineyard stamp set.

Pearl and Bella are the cutest dogs I know...next to Finn!

Thanks for looking!


Friday, July 21, 2017

Stampin' Up!: Make a Medallion

Yesterday I made a partial card with the group. I used Dapper Denim, Peekaboo Peach and Sweet Sugarplum for my colors. I waited until today to stamp the image because I had lost my ability to line up the two stamps. I had already made cards using this so I don't know what my problem was. I think I fixed it though. I might make one more tie dyed card and then I'll give it a rest!


Thanks for looking!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Stampin' Up! Ribbon of Courage

Today we had a small card group gathering. Most of our ladies are out of town. Barb, Lynn and I enjoyed a light lunch of spinach salad, garlic bread and Magnum ice cream bars.

I'm posting their cards...we made others but I am choosing not to show them yet for a specific reason, which will be disclosed in another post.



The top card is one of Barb's and the bottom are two of Lynn's. I really liked the way Barb angled her angled ribbon! 

Lynn is the queen of dots and dashes in our group. I always look forward to how she will incorporate those. I think it made her mat for the art panel stand out. 

It's funny, the Make a Medallion stamp set would not cooperate with us today. We just couldn't seem to get it lined up correctly and there was no alcohol involved! 

I will finish my card later to see if I can successfully line it up and hopefully post it tomorrow.

Thanks for looking!