Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Stampin' Up!: Loyal and True Part 2

A few weeks ago (I think), I posted a Loyal and True card that I made for a Veteran. Today I have made another one based on the sketch from Global Design Project Challenge #102


I used the camouflage technique for the side strips. The inks I used were Crumb Cake, Always Artichoke, Early Espresso, Old Olive, Soft Suede, Chocolate Chip and Sahara Sand. My cardbase is Mossy Meadow; the mats are Chocolate Chip and Very Vanilla. The stamps for the inside sentiments are not Stampin' Up, but I wish they were! However, the front is from Loyal and True Clear Mount Stamp Set. The ribbon is the 1/4" Copper Trim. I tried to make it look like boots because I couldn't fit the feet on the soldier! If you don't purchase anything else, you need to have this ribbon! It's the best and so are our service men and women!!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Stampin' Up! Beachy Little Christmas

The stamp set I used today will be available Friday, September 1, in the Stampin' Up! Holiday 2017-2018 catalog. I have had so much fun with this set. I used every green that I had from SU. Here you go...


My cardbase is Emerald Envy, first mat is Pistacchio Pudding (retired), second mat is Mint Macaron and the art panel is Shimmery Whisper White. I only colored Kermie's shack so it would really stand out (plus I was tired!). I used Garden Green, Old Olive, Always Artichoke, Lemon Lime Twist, Wild Wasabi and Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow inks. It's hard to distinguish some of the greens.

The Adirondack chair was die cut from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies in Lemon Lime Twist. Kermit was stamped on Always Artichoke and fussy cut. He is from the retired Love You Lots stamp set. The sentiment was printed on my computer and punched with the Pretty Label Punch. With the piece from the chair, I made Kermit's shack sign...waste not want not! My palms were done in Pear Pizzazz, Early Espresso and Melon Mambo.

I have no idea what I'm going to do with the inside...I'm open to suggestions!

Today my husband's port was successfully replaced. We are so thankful and grateful to the staff who worked so hard to make it so. Tuesday he will have surgery again to remove a cancerous growth on his head. Hopefully, that will be the end for a while (except for chemo every three weeks and weekly labs) and we will be able to enjoy a week in Disney for our 48th anniversary! We hope to see a few Kermits there because we'll be staying at the Ft. Wilderness cabins!

Thanks for looking!


Monday, August 28, 2017

Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy Goes to the Beach!

What Will You Stamp WWYS #131
gave me my inspiration for today. I made this card for a particular reason but I can't say why until after I have sent it...just in case the person sees it on Facebook or on this blog!

The colors used in making this card are:

Lemon Lime Twist
Pool Party
So Saffron
Fresh Fig
Berry Burst
Sahara Sand
Basic Gray
Powder Pink
Soft Sky
Melon Mambo
Old Olive
Tranquil Tide
Crumb Cake
Gold Wink of Stella


Needless to say, my 2' x 2' craft space was quite crowded and Miss Piggy is quite the colorful character! (You can tell by the Lemon Lime Twist!) I tried to give her a look of living on an island...maybe Captiva, Sanibel, Boka Grande, or Cabbage Key? Much of the lettering was done free hand. I used Pool Party ribbon on the inside to get an horizon effect.  




In addition to using This Little Piggy, I used Colorful Seasons and Beachy Little Christmas, which will be available this Friday. As a demonstrator, you get to order stamp sets, etc., before customers. That's a perk, especially if you want to do classes. If you are interested in learning more about becoming a demonstrator, please  Click on Contact Me!

I am still learning different techniques and that is why I will be offering classes to beginners, or anyone who is interested, starting in October. Please let me know if you are interested by clicking on the blue link above!

Thanks for looking.


Sunday, August 27, 2017

Stampin' Up: Christmas Pines



Thank you, Leena, for a great sketch at Sunday Stamps SSC 160.

I was going to make this for a 50th anniversary card but changed to Christmas so I could enter Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge #348. Her optional challenge was to use something old and for me, that was the baker's twine I used.

For my gold border, I used the Card Front Builder Framelits and Gold Foil Sheets. My DSP panels are from the Color Theory DSP Card Stack and Bundle of Love Specialty DSP. The sentiment  is from Christmas Pines. The snowflake (which I cut in half) is in the Holiday Catalog, which debuts September 1. If you would like the measurements for this card, let me know.

The card was really simple and easy to make. However, I learned a valuable lesson creating it. Be sure to stamp your sentiment on the panel BEFORE you place it on dimensionals. I never use more than 4 dimensionals, but for this card I used 8...one of which was under the point where I needed to stamp the sentiment. I couldn't figure out why it didn't stamp properly...but then the light bulb went on. The repair work took as long to do as making the original card. Oh, and the bow...well, I won't tell you how long I worked on that...but...

Thanks for looking!


Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest




I made this card for one of our pastor's wife (note, I didn't say pastor's wives!). I CASE'd one of Janet Wakeland's card from her You Tube tutorial.

My card base is Cajun Craze cut at 8 1/2" x 4 1/4", folded in half. The DSP, Painted Autumn, is from the Holiday Catalog (which becomes public September 1), along with the stamp set (Painted Harvest) and the leaf punch (which will be a bundle savings). The DSP is cut at 4" x 4". The sentiments are from Pretty Kitty stamp set. The dies I used for the circles and oval are from Stitched Shape Framelits. The ribbon is Old Olive 1/8" Sheer Ribbon, which I absolutely love. Stampin' Up outdid themselves with the ribbon this year...trust me on that! The only ink I used was Cajun Craze.

If you choose to make this card, just be sure to place the circle so that it won't make the card longer than 5 1/2" or it won't fit in your envelope! Also, if you choose to make this but need the ingredients, click on the blue links I have provided and you can order them from me :-)  BUT, you have to wait until September 1 to order the Painted Harvest stamp set, leaf punch and Painted Autumn DSP. 

Thanks for looking! AND, of course, you know I appreciate it when you leave a comment below! I don't think my replies get to you but I do try to leave them anyway.

Saturday, August 26, 2017

Stampin' Up! This Little Piggy and Pretty Kitty

My card today is for a daughter of my upline's friend. She has had some major health issues and my upline put it out there and she will be receiving "get well" cards from many sources. There is nothing like a hand crafted card to lift your spirit and even when it doesn't need lifting! So, we were told the recipient loves pigs (me too!)...




I put a kitty on the front and back of the envelope, hoping that she likes them too (I do!)

The colors I used were Powder Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Basic Gray, and Smokey Slate for Color Throwdown #457.


I also chose to use the vertical center from the TTTC #012 


If you would like to know what products I used, please leave me a comment. I love it when you leave a comment, whether you have a question or not!

Thanks for looking!!

Friday, August 25, 2017

Stampin' Up! Flourishing Phrases

Today we received a surprise package from our doctor friend in NC. She knew about the struggles her former patient, my husband, was having with his cancer/port infection. We have been under much stress over the past month and it continues. Tuesday they are going to try to put in another port, which was a failure last week. She wanted to bring us a little joy and knows what our favorite wine is. Three bottles of Childress Pinnacle wine was delivered by the big brown truck that also brings you know what! 

So, I made this card for her.


I used the Flourishing Phrases stamp set and the Flourish Thinlits Dies on the front of the card. For the sentiment inside, I used a stamp from the Beautiful Bouquet set. The wine bottle and glass are from the upcoming Half Full stamp set, designed by Linda Bauwin for SU. The cork and corkscrew are from the Tuscan Vineyard set. I colored in the wine with the Rich Razzleberry pencil from Watercolor Pencils.

Our friend is one of the kindest, compassionate, most thoughtful doctors we know. Something good came out of his cancer. We never would have met her if we didn't go to her walk-in clinic at Mocksville, NC, while traveling in our RV May 2013. We are blessed to call her "friend".

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Stampin' Up! Colorful Seasons

I made this card for Amy's Inkin' Krew August monthly card challenge which must contain the color green. 

Although it's retired, Mossy Meadow was one of my favorite In Colors and is quite close to Always Artichoke. I used Colorful Seasons Stamp Set and Coordinating Framelits.


I used a piece of photo paper which I colored with Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry and Always Artichoke reinkers and spritzed it with alcohol. I die cut the Mossy Meadow front. When the photo paper was dry, I adhered it to the back of the Mossy Meadow mat . Then I placed the die cut leaves back in the openings using my Fine Tip Glue Pen. The smaller leaves are heat embossed with Copper Embossing  Powder using Versa Mark ink. The  technique for my card front is called Inlaid Die, I believe. I stamped the sentiment in Crushed Curry and embossed it with Clear Embossing Powder. Why I did that, I have no clue because it didn't turn out yellow! I then adhered the mat to my Crushed Curry card base.

Thanks for looking!



Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Baseball Been Bery Bery Good to Me!

Y'all remember Garrett Morris from the early Saturday Night Live show? Well, that was always our favorite line in one of his skits.

Also, one of my favorite friends lives 1500 miles from me. I wish we were able to be together to stamp but I'm so grateful we had the opportunity when my husband and I stayed with her and her family in June. I just became her upline and she is now continuing to stamp with her granddaughter and daughter-in-love. 

Anyhoo, back to baseball! Her grandson, Edgar, made a great catch during his last game of the season in Maine and Nana thought it was card worthy. I thought my downline's card was worthy of being in my post because he is my penpal and one of my favorite kiddos.  

So, she drew everything, cut it out (bet she used her new Paper Snips and Grid Paper) and colored everything. I think he will be thrilled to receive her handmade card.


We have been friends for almost 50 years and have crafted many things together when I lived in upstate NY. She is very crafty and I mean that in a nice way! I thank Patti, for being my friend and my downline. I can't wait to see what she does with the sign-up products she ordered.

Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Stampin' Up!: Painted Harvest

Come and Get It Color Challenge was my choice for today. What is not to love about blue, purple,yellow and pink? My inspiration was LeAnne's granddaughter's birthday cake...
Here's my card...

I stamped the Painted Harvest sunflower in Powder Pink and Sweet Sugarplum. The butterflies were created and punched last year so I have no clue but I do know they were punched from SU dies. AND I do know that Tempting Turquoise was involved as well as Fresh Fig and probably Pink Pirouette. The DSP is a gift from a friend. All I know is it is a conglomeration and I feel like a conglomerate tonight!

Thanks for looking!!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Stampin' Up! Halloween All Over Again!

I decided to CASE my own Halloween card from the other day so I could post it on my team's FB page!
I definitely like it better than my first one. Here it is...


I think I even like the inside as an outside!

Thanks for looking!


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

Image may contain: 1 person, standing and outdoor

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!