Monday, September 25, 2017

Stampin' Up! Half Full

Linda Bauwin designed this stamp set for SU and I CASEd one of the cards she made with it. It's a fancy fold card, which she is famous for, but I used different card stock and created my own saying for the inside. The only items I copied were the measurements and the front art panel. I also used the Everyday Label Punch for the Garden Green piece. 

My colors are Cajun Craze, So Saffron, Early Espresso, Real Red and Garden Green. The DSP is Painted Autumn.

Because of the fold, I am entering this in TGIF 126 Technique Week Challenge although it is not a Z fold.  
The base of the card is 5 1/2 x 7 1/2, scored at 4 1/4" on the 7 1/2" side. 

Today I am not having white wine at the Food and Wine Festival, I am having...
a Newcastle Brown Ale at the Rose & Crown outside pub! We had a wonderful first day and were back at the cabin by 6 PM!

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Stampin' Up! Bella's Friend is Blue

is one of my challenges for today.

This card was easy for me to make in that I met the requirements of "circle, brads, stripes, dark blue and a bird." BUT it was not easy for me to do for 
not because of the sketch, but because it also had to be CAS. I have a thing about layers and totally covered space, but in CAS, you cannot do that! I think I succeeded though.

The colors are simple...monochromatic...Night of Navy and Whisper White! The stamp sets I used were Brushstrokes and Bella and Friends. The sentiment is from Vertical Greetings and the circles are a 1" punch for the bird and 1 3/8" for the stripes. The sentiment was cut out from the retired Word Bubbles.

If you are interested in any of the products I used, just click on the blue product links. Also, if you haven't visited the challenge sites, you can get to them by clicking on their blue links.

At the time of this posting, we are on our way to see the Mouse for a week. You will be seeing more food and wine than cards! We are celebrating our 48th wedding anniversary. I am taking a Paper Pumpkin kit, but don't tell my husband!! He thinks he only has to share me with Mickey!!!

Thanks for looking! 

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Stampin' Up! Balloon Celebration

I have agonized over this card like you wouldn't believe. I asked members of the SU team I'm in for pointers on how to make it more appealing and they gave me good tips. It was made from scraps that were on my desk. I even thought about "scrapping" it BUT then I thought, "the person who receives it will probably just put it in the recycles anyway." So, it's going in the mail on Monday for an autumn birthday.

My layout was based on the sketch at Viva La Verve's September 2017 Challenge

helped me decide on autumn colors, dimension and rounded corners, going straight down on the right. It was the rounded corners that really did me in as I don't have a punch for that so I tried to eyeball it! My theme for a birthday came from the Bi-Monthly Seize the Birthday Balloons Challenge

My card base is Pear Pizzazz, the first mat is Pumpkin Pie and the third mat is DSP from the same package as the balloons. I punched out my balloons using the retired Balloon Celebration punch and the Painted Autumn DSP. I tried to make them shiny using the Fine Tip Glue Pen. The washi tape is retired. My sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes stamped in Cajun Craze. The punch is retired. I added clear Wink of Stella to it but it really doesn't stand out. The strings are baker's twine and the balloons and sentiment are raised with dimensionals on a strip of Garden Green cardstock. Before I sealed the card, I stamped balloons on the mat edge using Bella and Friends. However, I forgot to take a use your imagination and also use it to think this is the prettiest card you have ever

Thanks for looking at my scrappy card!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Stampin' Up! Day

Thursday is our card group and it was a fun Stampin' Up! day. I was the hostess and made a crab/pineapple salad...interesting combo, yes?

We made two Christmas cards, a beach card and an insect card. My choices were to CASE Linda Cullen (first two), Terry Lynn Bright (third) and do my own design (fourth) goes...

Guess which one is my favorite?

I made a card tonight but I was so disappointed with how it turned out, I decided I need to go back to the drawing board and try again tomorrow.

Thanks for looking today!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Stampin' Up!: Petals and Paisleys

It's been awhile since I've played at TSOT #340

so I thought I'd enter my birthday card in Kaylin's sketch challenge. I took a little liberty in the placement but I hope I'll be forgiven. The optional theme is: Petite Patterns. I think the retired Petals & and Paisleys DSP fits. My Mint Macaron mat is embossed with the Woodland TIEF, adhered to a Very Vanilla card base. My mat under the DSP is Cajun Craze. The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit and I hand cut the banners. The "21" is from the Large Numbers Thinlits.  I needed a masculine card for a birthday on the 21st. I best go get it in the mail! BUT before I do, I need to enter this in WWC137 Penny's Anything Goes Masculine Card Challenge.

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, September 17, 2017


Fab Friday Challenge 121 is my sketch choice for today. 

This card was really easy and quick to make.

The colors I used are Basic Black, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate. The "Boo!" was die cut with Large Letters and the die cuts  on the inside are from the retired Halloween Treats. My ghost was punched from the retired "Owl Builder" and I drew in the face. I put him inside a layered oval.

The "Boo!" is off kilter, but it was scared of it's own ghost!

Good night peeps and thanks for looking!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Stampin' Up! Spooky Cat

Only one challenge for today because I am catching up on figuring out where things are after Hurricane Irma. I had plenty of time to work on my supplies and card inventory, but it was just too hot. A/C makes all the difference. While the boys were out getting a new refrigerator I made this card for  the Just Us Girls (JUGS) Color Challenge #411

I used Pumpkin Pie for my card base, Blackberry Bliss (retired) for the mat, which was die cut with the Card Front Builder Thinlits. For the circle, the mat behind the Blackberry Bliss and the mat behind the DSP, I used Daffodil Delight. The cat was The Cat Punch. The DSP is from Spooky Night. The sentiment is from Spooky Cat, stamped on a die cut piece of Pumpkin Pie stamped with Blackberry Bliss. The dies are from the retired Tags and Labels set.

For the inside I used that big fat cat word one with the three blind mice off looking for cheese...oblivious to the fat cat :-) 

I CASEd the outside of my card from Linda Cullen who CASEd Jackie Diediker's.

I'm off to get re-organized and I appreciate your taking time to look at my blog again!

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Halloween Fun Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! Spooky Cat for the Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop

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"Today I am pleased to participate in Amy's team blog hop for the first time. Thank you for joining me and hopping are in for a tricks! At the bottom of my post, you will find buttons to help you hop along, as well as a list with all the participating blog hoppers so you can see all the fantastic projects." 

As I mentioned in a previous post, Halloween is not my favorite festive day. However, I thought my card would bring a smile to my soon-to-be-ten-year-old pen pal from Maine.

My card begins with a Crushed Curry card base 4 1/4" x 11", scored and folded at 5 1/2".

The Mossy Meadow mat is 4" x 5". That cardstock is retired, but I have to use it up (and I love it!). You can substitute Always Artichoke, which is very close. On that panel, I adhered a piece of Very Vanilla measuring 2 3/4" x  4 7/8". 

Next I stamped the Spooky "words" Cat (from the Spooky Cat stamp set) on a scrap of Very Vanilla using Memento Tuxedo Black ink and punched it out with the Cat Punch. I scored the tail so it would be on the inside of the door. (You'll see in a second.)

The door was stamped in Early Espresso using the At Home With You stamp set. I stamped it on paper that I had left over from my Baby Wipe Technique (see August 16 post). I then cut it out using the At Home framelits dies. I scored it so it would be slightly open. Once I had the door frame adhered with foam adhesive strips, I adhered the "words" cat, a/k/a "fat cat" inside.

I used two pre-cut cats for the front and positioned them so they looked like they were peeking in at that fat cat!

Now for the inside...

I punched out two black cats and stamped their faces, trying to give them yellow eyes with yellow Wink of Stella. All stamps on the inside are from the Spooky Cat stamp set. The mice are stamped in Basic Gray.

My penpal has a quirky sense of humor so that's why I added the "eat at your own risk" sentiment. He'll get a chuckle out of it.

I am so glad I purchased the Spooky Cat bundle; if you really like my card and do not have a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I would love to be of assistance to you in obtaining this bundle or any other SU product. Just let me know.

Okay, let's get hopping! Just click on the buttons below to go whichever way you want! OR, you can click on the names of participating bloggers and you should get there! Come back again, ya hear...or I'll haunt you!

Linda Richenberg
Sue Prather
Jaimie Babarczy
Jari Francis
Julie Johnston
Mary Deatherage
Karen Finkle: You are here!
Amy Koenders

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Autumn Anniversary

Someone in our community will receive this card next week. I won't say who, just in case they are on Facebook because I'll be posting it there too and on  Amy's Inkin Krew page.

This card took so little time to put together because that's exactly what I have. I borrowed the butterfly die from a friend. The DSP behind it is Painted Autumn. I love the papers in this DSP. The sentiment is from a Paper Pumpkin kit and embossed in Copper Embossing Powder. My colors are Cajun Craze and Mossy Meadow.

This couple who will be receiving it has been married a long time!

Thanks for off to soak up patio floors from a leaky aluminum roof...and Irma isn't even here yet!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Stampin' Up! Large Letters

This is my second post for today. My son encouraged me to make a hurricane card so this is my impression! The die for the front was a gift from Amy K. for last month's team challenge. I never dreamed I would use it for the first time for a female I detest...

The technique for the front is called "Eclipse" and it's the first time I have tried it. I will use the dies and technique again for more pleasant occasions!

For the inside I made a photocopy of a map but I didn't have N. Ft. Myers. Sanibel is not a fan of Irma either, I am sure. The die cuts I used are Large Letters (thank you, Amy!) and Swirly Scribbles Thinlits in Pacific Point and Tempting Turquoise. The DSP for the front is Naturally Eclectic. My card base is Lemon Lime Twist.

I had fun making this and I hope you enjoyed taking a look see. I really hope I don't meet her up close and personal!

Stampin' Up! Christmas Quilt

This was an easy card today. I was able to watch Connie Stewart this morning while my husband was being hooked up to chemo and saw how she made polka dots with pencil erasers and ink. I thought that was pretty cool. Linda Cullen had also posted a swap card that gave me inspiration. The five challenges I would like to enter my card into are:

and now without further ado...

The patterned paper was created with Real Red and Garden Green ink using the pencil eraser technique. I embossed part of the Real Red base with the Holly TIEF. The art piece is die cut from Quilt Builder Framelits using the same colors as above. The center dot is one of the White Perfect Accents. The banner is a hand cut banner using a stamp from Christmas Pines.

The inside was stamped using the stamps from Christmas Quilt and Christmas Pines.

Quick, easy and fun when you're getting ready for a hurricane!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Stampin' Up!: Swirly Snowflakes

There are no snowflakes swirling around us today, but there is the threat of Irma approaching. We are hoping she swirls out to sea and leaves us be!

My husband had MOHS surgery this morning to remove a squamous cell carcinoma. It's a wait and see procedure that takes place in one day. I was able to watch a number of TV shows including Rachel Ray, lucky for me,  and unlucky enough to watch Wendy Williams talk show. However, Perry was blessed to have his cancer reamed out in one try and I was blessed by the dress...the dress Wendy was wearing gave me inspiration for a card. Talk shows can be good for something!

Here's my card:

So, I used the Swirly Snowflakes Thinlits Dies in So Saffron and Silver Foil. The front of my thick Whisper White card was stamped in Bermuda Bay using a stamp from the October 2016 Paper Pumpkin kit, Season of Gratitude. I could have used DSP from Color Theory but Bermuda Bay was not part of it. 

My sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes was stamped in Smokey Slate on a So Saffron Stitched Shapes Framelit oval and mounted on a Layering Oval die cut of Bermuda Bay.  

I based my colors on SIP 115 - Colors Challenge 
The Design Team's cards are wonderful and three of my faves are Amy, Jenny and LeAnne! 

Tomorrow will be spent boarding up the windows and bringing in projectiles! God forbid the hurricane enters the house...there will be DSP strewn from here to there and back again. I want to use it up, but not THAT way!

Thanks for looking and if you want a closer look at the products I used, check these links out!

Friday, September 1, 2017

Stampin' Up!: Paisleys and Posies

I want to thank Jenny Hall for giving me the inspiration and letting me CASE her card.

The Stampin' Up! team I belong to participates in the leader's monthly challenge. For September, it's anything "fall". So, with that in mind, I created this card for our friends' 30th anniversary. (This is one time I hope someone doesn't read my blog!) My card base is Mossy Meadow (retired) BUT it is the color for a 30th wedding anniversary!

For the front panel, I watercolored a piece of Whisper White with Tangelo Twist and Crushed Curry using an Aqua Painter. Then I put a piece of vellum cardstock across it. I added hearts from Bright Sequins (clearance) and also copper embossed "leaves" to add a little more interest to the white and paisleys. I colored the paisley shapes with SU markers.

Not only did I use fall colors, but I used "fall" in the sentiment. It's difficult to photograph certain aspects of the the sentiment that is copper embossed. It says, "Love isn't in the falling..."

and for the inside...

I sponged a Whisper White panel with Mossy Meadow, Tangelo Twist, and Crushed Curry and adhered it to a Tangelo Twist mat. The stamp set and dies, Paisleys & Posies are from the current Annual Catalog and can be purchased by clicking on the blue link.

The sentiments are from Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set, which can also be purchased through the link. I created my own heart with the "30th" embossed in copper. Because I made my own mark by handwriting the "30th" with my Versa Mark pen, I am entering it in Alphabet Challenge "M" for Make Your Mark.

If you click on the "Shop With Me Catalogs" above, you will be able to check out the Holiday catalog that just became available today. OR, you can download it here...Holiday Catalog Download.

Thanks for looking!