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

Thursday, May 18, 2017


Like yesterday's card in honor of Mary Deatherage, and based on the sketch at MOJO497I made this card for a friend who goes camping with his wife. 

From looking at their sketch and my photo, I have determined two things: I need better photography skills (my brother got them all in my family) AND I need to learn how to cut on the diagonal better! Mary, can you do a tutorial on that?

My DSP is from Scrapberry and the remainder of my card stock is SU's retired 2014-2016 colors. I think I could use the inside for the outside too. I will add sentiments when the time comes.

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Vintage Vino a la Mary

Yesterday I made a birthday card for our son-in-law. I decided today that I wanted to make another one that I will hand deliver because it is over .9 oz. Mary will get that! So yesterday's will go to someone else.

My inspiration came from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. Thanks, Jen, for a nice clean sketch.

The Card Concept provided the inspiration for a vintage look based on their photo.

Their challenge is very challenging as there are other rules that you must meet for style and I must comment on the card ahead of me and behind me in the husband had to help me with that one. I get confused between going forward and going backward. I think I used all the styles except for CAS! It's definitely monochromatic!!

Watercooler Wednesday Challenge provided the theme for my card..."masculine".

And now for the great reveal...

All products are Stampin' Up. I made my own DSP using Timeless Textures and Tuscan Vineyard stamp sets with Soft Suede, Sahara Sand and Crumb Cake inks on Very Vanilla cardstock. I used the Layering Ovals for the vineyard...that is my sentiment and our son-in-law will get the message! The image was stamped with Sahara Sand on Very Vanilla and matted to a Sahara Sand oval. My DSP was adhered to a 4  x 5 1/4 Sahara Sand mat which was adhered to a Very Vanilla card base 4 1/4 x 5 1/2.

For the inside I took the picture after I had started signing now you know my son-in-law's name. It is also my son's name, my brother's name, was my father's name; it's my daughter's father-in-law's name, his father's name and his father's name so we have Jr.'s, Sr.'s and III's in our family...confused yet?
I used stamps from the Tuscan Vineyard set. The grapes were done with markers in Garden Green and Wisteria Wonder. The corkscrew was stamped off once with Crumb Cake as was the round stamp. The corks are first generation.

OK, so here's the Mary picture!
I added my DSP to the envelope flap. On the front I stamped the wine bottles (or they might be olive oil bottles because there is an olive branch in the set) but I didn't take a photo of that because I felt like I have taken up enough your time and it's time for me to have a glass of vino!

Thanks for looking.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017


I needed to make my son-in-law's birthday card before we head north in June so my inspiration to do it today came from two Tuesday challenges. Here's my card...

... cooking, baking and making...who doesn't think of chocolate and cupcakes? Yum! 

My sketch is based on Tuesday Morning Sketches #403

I left the bow off because it's a masculine card! I noticed some of the DT cards had no bow so I knew I was safe.

All products are Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted. The stamp sets I used are Lovely Amazing You (retired) for the outside sentiment and Sprinkles of Life for everything inside.

Ink colors I used are Early Espresso, Crumb Cake and Daffodil Delight.

Papers I used are Kraft Corrugated cardstock (retired), Early Espresso, and Crumb Cake. The DSP is called Safari and I got it years ago at JoAnn's.

The scalloped oval and center piece were cut with the Layering Ovals framelits.

The dots are Neutral Enamel dots, which are no longer available.

Measurements: 8 1/2 x 11 scored at 4 1/4

Top panel: Mat 3 x 3 3/4; DSP 2 7/8 x 3 5/8

Bottom panels (2): Mat 2 x 1 7/8; DSP 1 7/8 x 1 3/4

I aimed for a 1/4" border all around the mats and in between. I think I got it, but I'm no mathematician! Now that I think about it, all I needed to do was cut an Early Espresso piece 4 x 5 1/4 for a solid mat and then adhere the cut DSP!! I have just proved to myself that I overthink

Thanks for looking.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Christmas in May

Merry Monday #248 - Color Challenge is the challenge I have chosen for today. I love not-so-traditional Christmas cards and I was just in that kind of mood this morning!

Turquoise, blue, purple and green...why yes, yes I can do that ...and I did!

The technique I used is Triple Time Stamping. My card base is Dapper Denim. The color of the mats for the Whisper White layers is Tempting Turquoise. The stamp set I used is Star of Light. My stars are stamped in Perfect Plum, Tempting Turquoise, Dapper Denim and Garden Green. The sentiments are stamped in Dapper Denim. This was an easy and fun card to make.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, May 14, 2017


Great Impressions Stamps Theme Challenge May 2017 has a feminine theme for the month. Today I made this card for a friend whose birthday is this month.
All products are Stampin' Up. My card base is Blushing Bride. The stamp set I used for the hummingbird and rose is Picture Perfect. The rose is a triple stamp done with Pink Pirouette and Rose Red. The leaves were double stamped using Old Olive and Garden Green. The hummingbird involved quadruple stamping with Always Artichoke (stamped full strength and once stamped off), Old Olive and Rose Red. I used the Confetti embossing folder, which has a built-in oval. I die cut a piece of Whisper White with the largest scalloped Layering Oval Framelit, sponged it with Pink Pirouette and stamped the sentiment with Rose Red, using my MISTI. The envelope was decorated with a stamp from Birthday Fiesta. Both stamp sets are retiring this month. I'm so glad I own them!

Thanks for looking!

Saturday, May 13, 2017

An Old Expression

Since my husband knows the meaning of this saying, I made this simple card for him. It's not Valentine's day and it's not our anniversary. I just wanted to let him know I AM crazy about him! 

The ink pad I used from Personal Stamp Exchange in Santa Rosa, CA, is called Old Rose; it's 17 years old and I've only used it twice. I can't believe it is still moist. I've had other stamp pads that upon opening were dry! I used the masking technique to place the stripes and a sponge dauber to make the dots. Less Is More #328 is a clean and simple, one layer, spots and stripes challenge.  

I wrote my own sentiment with a Versa Mark pen and heat embossed it with an old, unused embossing powder that I bought 5 years ago. I have no idea what company made it because I threw the packaging away. The sentiment is my focal point. It has lots of open space, no layers, no embellishments and only took 5 minutes to make. The only challenge I know that is like that is Addicted to CAS Challenge #111 - "Pink".

I think this is the first card I've made that used NO Stampin' Up products...including the card stock! My hubby will be pleased that I am using up my old stash before I start ordering new SU products in June!!

Thanks for looking.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Church Lady

No, not the Dana Carvey Church Lady from SNL ... although I was called that years ago because of the way I said, "Isn't that special!" but rather the lady at church who made cards today. We have a group of about 10 women and we made confirmation congratulation cards, welcome cards and "You are missed" cards.

We all made 3 to 5 cards a piece and had free reign of DSP, cardstock, sentiments, embossing folders and four die cuts. The orange one is mine and I'm entering it in Cut It Up Challenge 121 - WingsThe die cut used is Memory Box Reverse Butterfly Collage Craft Die, which is out of stock at Simon Says :-(

The DSP is an older one, Stampin' Up Gold Soiree. I love it and would like to get my hands on it! The other two pics are of all the cards and one in particular that I really to mine :-)

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

No Challenge Today

Well, yes, there was a challenge but I can't post the card yet because it needs a little work...maybe tomorrow! However, here are two that I finished at card group. The first is a CASE of Brandy Cox's card using Stampin' Up's Seaside Shore.
We stamped three different fish with Dapper Denim ink on Dapper Denim cardstock. The angel fish, coral, banner and shell were all fussy cut and adhered with dimensionals. Other colors used were Mint Macaron, Calypso Coral. and Whisper White.

For our second card, I have no idea where the paper came from nor the dies, but I thought they were pretty nice.
I learned a new technique today and I rather like it. The dark pink cardstock was done with an embossing folder and then the dots were sanded. 

We had a delicious lunch of Cheese Tortellini Broccoli Salad, rolls, grapes and brownies. It was a wonderful afternoon with a lot of laughs.

Thanks for looking.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Canada Goose

I love Canada (Canadian, if you prefer) Geese but I don't like to walk where they have walked! If you have had any encounters with them, you know what I'm talking about! I do hope your encounter with mine pleases you.

Since I won't have time to make a card tomorrow, I decided to post a second one for today. My sketch was inspired by My Favorite Things - MFTWSC332.

My card base is Smoky Slate. I added washi tape to the edge. I stamped my goose using a stamp from Stampin' Up Moon Lake, which was only available until June 2, 2015. I was going to remove the cattails and add flowers for Retro Rubber's Challenge #62 but then I googled cattails and came up with this info. Cattails are Flowers! There are some interesting facts on that site! 

So, I stamped the goose with Memento Tuxedo Black and colored it with the Basic Gray watercolor pencil from SU. I used the Bermuda Bay pencil for the water. I love my blender pen that moves the color around to give the effect of water coloring. The cattails are colored with the Crumb Cake SU Marker. I sponged the edges of the Whisper White oval with Daffodil Delight and Tempting Turquoise. The mats for the oval and the banner are SU Kraft Corrugated paper, which is retired. I punched my banner with the Duet Banner punch, sponged it with Daffodil Delight and used the sentiment from Moon Lake. I think I have met the color requirements of Color Throw Down CTD442 Challenge. The design team wanted to thank Barbara for all the work she puts into the challenge site and I would like to do that too...thanks Barbara! 

With the coloring methods I used, I am also entering my card in The Mod Squad Let's Color Challenge.

I have no idea where I got the inside sentiment but it was in my stash and was printed off my printer. I though it fit the front...even though those probably aren't goose feathers!

I enjoy making masculine cards because so many of my stamp sets are feminine. I only have three I use for masculine cards and they contain geese and deer. I need to get some and horses into my collection!

Thanks for looking.

I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream for ...

Yes, that's right...ICE CREAM!! You don't even want to know how long it took me to make this gatefold shutter card. But, I'm hoping Try Stamping on Tuesday likes how I interpreted their sketch...then it will have been worth it. You can also find TSOT on Facebook. Hope you will visit them. Sorry, Cheryl, there's no garden theme to make you feel warmer, but you can think how summer is great for having ice cream! 

I used up the last of my favorite DSP from the Birthday Bouquet retired paper. I paired it with Mint Macaron (retiring 5/31/17) and Blushing Bride. I didn't get the inside shutter glued properly and the Fast Fuse ripped the cardstock. So, I just took thin scraps of the "ice cream" and reversed it. The sentiments came from the Sprinkles of Life stamp set.

It's always ice cream time in Florida so I might see if I can find a real ice cream cone today!

Thanks for looking.