Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Stampin' Up! Music from the Heart Sneak Peak Happy New Year!

It's hard to believe, I know. We are on the last day of 2019. So, let's welcome in the New Year...


My card base is Whisper White. I cut 7 circles of varying sizes using the Layering Circles Dies and some retired punches. They were cut out of a Gold Foil mat. I used that mat as a frame for a piece of retired Year of Cheer DSP. I punched a "burst" from that same DSP and adhered it with liquid glue to the largest gold circle. That circle was adhered with Dimensionals and then I adhered the remaining 6 circles.

The sentiment is from the retired Good Greetings Stamp Set. I stamped it in VersaMark and heat set it with Gold Emboss Powder. Then I punched it out with the Classic Label Punch. I adhered it to the circle with Mini Dimensionals.

Here comes the sneak peek... 


The stamped portion is from a stamp set that will be available to order January 3. It's inspired by Million Dollar Sales Achiever, Dawn Olchefske. She has made some beautiful cards with this set.  I love it and can't wait to create more cards with it and possibly even my own DSP! I'm hoping the recipient will get a kick out of my first staff! Now I wish I hadn't tossed scraps from a die cut that resembled a bass clef. I love her design for the treble clef.

I will never sell my Large Numbers Dies! I used them to cut out the 2020 from Gold Glimmer Paper.

The card is on its way and fortunately I remembered to photograph the inside before I mailed it.

I'm playing at Always Fun Challenges: Challenge #143 New Year; at Repeat Impressions The House that Stamps Built D2519 ATG; and at Tuesday Morning Sketches #535 Annual ATG.

Thank you for stopping by today and hope you'll be awake to see the ball drop. Our tradition is to listen to our own music with the TV on mute, have a cheers to the New Year with shrimp cocktail and a cocktail. It puts a song in our hearts...so much so that we stay up til 2 AM playing music trivia!! 





Monday, December 30, 2019

Stampin' Up! Hammered Metal

It's a Makeover Monday once again. Hope you had a great weekend. Are you ready for 2020? I hope you don't plan on getting hammered New Year's Eve! Speaking of hammered, I have a 3D Embossing Folder from Stampin' Up for you...Hammered Metal!


The mat is Night of Navy which has been embossed with the Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder. This one is my favorite of all time! It's adhered with liquid glue to my Whisper White card base.

This is a CASE of this card. I used Silver Glimmer Paper for the 1/2" strips above and below the Gina K. "Where's the Party" Background Foil Mates. The foil is "Brilliant Blue". The sentiment is foiled using the "Birthday Bash" Foil-Mates. I cut it out with a circle from Layering Circles Dies. I mounted it on a mat of Night of Navy cut from the Layering Circles Dies as well.

I'm playing at The House that Stamps Built, Repeat Impressions Challenge D2519 ATG.

See you tomorrow for my last post of 2019. Wow! Ten years went by in the blink of an eye it seems.

Thank you for stopping by today.

Sunday, December 29, 2019

Stampin' Up Meets Gina K. Designs for Another Party

Hello there stampers. I hope you're still having a great weekend and that you've been following my foil series with Stampin' Up meeting Gina K. Designs. All product is Stampin' Up unless otherwise noted. Without further ado...


My card base is Whisper White card stock. I created a frame with the Rectangle Stitched Dies. The foiled frame is from the second design in Gina K's "Where's the Party". The foil is her "Brilliant Blue". I adhered the frame with Dimensionals.

I cut a Basic Black mat with a smaller rectangle and adhered it with liquid glue. The art panel is cut with one of the Stitched Nested Dies. The foiled image is from Gina K's "Birthday Essentials Foil Mates". I ran it through the laminator a second time using the same piece of foil and achieved my "spatter", which I prefer to call confetti...lol. 

The inside is the same as my card from yesterday. The only difference is that I used Pacific Point ink and changed the orientation. I was in a hurry and neglected to take a picture before I mailed it.

I'm playing at Allsorts Challenge Week 551/2 Anything Goes.

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope to see you tomorrow.

Saturday, December 28, 2019

Stampin' Up! Seaside Spray Birthday

How's your Saturday going so far? Yesterday I made a card quite similar to this one. I used Gina K. Foil Mates product because there are twelve sheets to a package. So, I figured why not do the same diameter circle because I know what it looks like and the dies were out already!



Making this card was a piece of cake :-) I know you saw what I did there! All I did was kick it up a notch by adding a piece of Seaside Spray Metallic 1/4" Ribbon. I made a separate bow and attached it with a glue dot. I LOVE this ribbon! It is so easy to work with and it sparkles like the foil. 

The placement of the background paper is so subtle from yesterday. I moved it right to the edge of the card and left 1/4" on the left side.

For the inside, I used a stamp from Inkadoo's Fine Line Classics Special Person (inherited from Carole). I know it's available at Joann's and probably from other places. I also used two retired stamps from Stampin' Up's Picture Perfect Birthday Stamp Set. I will never part with this set!



I love the Seaside Spray color. It's quite close to Balmy Blue but it's easier to see the difference IRL.

I'm playing again at Just Us Girls Challenge #516 ATG 

and at TGIF Challenge #TGIFC244 Product Spotlight.



Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you'll be back tomorrow to see the next installment of SU meeting Gina K.

Friday, December 27, 2019

Stampin' Up! Meets Gina K. for a Birthday Party

TGIF! My late husband always texted our daughter every Friday morning without fail. I have tried to carry on that tradition with a little angel emoji after it. I utterly fail because sometimes I forget it's Friday so I either text in the afternoon or on Saturday. If I don't remember until Saturday, the text is THIS (Thank heaven it's Saturday)! But you're here to look at a card, right? Well, here ya go!!


As you can see, I did a mirror image of the design because I had no choice! It was the way the paper had to be cut. Let me explain...

The art piece is from Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates. There were three images on one sheet and because of the circle diameter I chose, the die cut off the right side. Perfect for the challenge! (almost!!)


I took that piece and ran it through my laminator using Gina K.'s Sparkling Silver Fancy Foils. The background is foiled using the Where's the Party background Foil-Mates.

I tried to capture the beauty of the foil from different directions.

Not the greatest, but I think you get the picture...see what I did there! I just love this process and it's so easy.

So, what's Stampin' Up!? Why the card stock, ink and dies, of course! ... Balmy Blue for the base and sponged ink on the Whisper White, and Night of Navy for the Layering Circles Dies scalloped mat.

You'll be seeing more of this heat-foiled technique, trust me! 

I'm also playing at Creative Knockouts: #330 - Celebrations

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you'll have time to visit Inspire.Create to see the Design Team's fantastic creations and also stop by Creative Knockouts to view their team projects.

Thursday, December 26, 2019

Stampin' Up! Back on Your Feet for Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop


Welcome fellow stampers. Hope you had a wonderful Christmas. Ours was quiet with just the two of us eating our grilled filet mignon steaks, lobster tails, baked potato and salad. I no longer make dessert and we give ourselves one Christmas present. I gave myself the Brother Scan N Cut and my son gave himself a subwoofer!

Today we have a color challenge for our weekly hop...here are our colors...

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I used the Back on Your Feet and Sending Thoughts Stamp Sets. I thought I'd have a little fun and I hope you agree that I achieved that. "In the pink" is an idiomatic expression that means to be in good health.  I'm using it to mean the opposite for this poor guy...


He looks pretty sick, don't you think? Maybe too much Pepto Bismol after Christmas?? My card base is Very Vanilla with a mat of Soft Suede and Rococco Rose. I dry embossed the VV mat with the Subtle 3D Embossing Folder.

I stamped the giraffe in Soft Suede and colored him in with my Light and Dark Soft Suede and Rococco Rose Blends. The sentiment from Sending Thoughts is stamped in Soft Suede.

From the inside he's looking a little better, getting ready for the New Year but he's still not up to his normal color!

I reversed the mats to indicate he's on the mend and I colored his spots with my Dark Soft Suede Blends and some outlines with Light Soft Suede. The sentiments are from the Back on Your Feet Stamp Set.

Today I'm playing at Repeat Impressions Anything Goes Challenge D2519.

I hope you enjoyed my card today and thank you for joining the hop. Clicking on the "next" button will take you to Akiko Sudano. Clicking on the names below will take you directly to the other team members and their projects.







Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Repeat Impressions Flip Card

Good Christmas Eve day! Do you have a tradition for your Christmas Eve meal? We do beef fondue with a mushroom sauce and a curry sauce for dipping. We also have garlic bread and a salad but this year we are opting for Texas Toast. I won't be posting tomorrow so I do thank you for stopping by today.

You think I'd be showing you my last Christmas card of the year, but I'm not! I'm getting ready for St. Patrick's Day!! I'm playing at Tuesday Morning Sketches #535 for their annual anything goes challenge.





I printed out the Irish Blessing from my computer.


I enjoy making the flip card a/k/a waterfall card. Here's a link to an earlier card I created using this technique.

Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to you, my stamping friends. See you Thursday for our Happy Inkin' Krew hop.

Monday, December 23, 2019

Stampin' Up! Ribbon of Courage Cancer Card

Monday morning...can we trust that day? I don't know about you, but I am overwhelmed by the fact that it's the day before Christmas Eve day and that Hanukkah began yesterday. Seriously, where did 2019 go?

For some it went with an awful diagnosis of colorectal and lymphoma cancer. I am in awe of the courage it takes to get through any cancer diagnosis and the treatments it takes to keep it in remission, if one is so fortunate. One of my customers asked me to create a card for such an occasion. I couldn't make up my mind how I wanted to use the dark blue (colorectal) and light green (lymphoma) colors so I made three from which she can choose.


I used the retired Ribbon of Courage Stamp Set and current Support Ribbon Dies. Working with Night of Navy is tough. The ribbon almost looks black. I used Granny Apple Green ink for the sentiment and retired Lemon Lime Twist for the flap, mat and small embossed heart. The strip of DSP is from the Floral Bouquet series. The hearts are stamped and embossed with Versamark Ink and White Emboss Powder and die cut with the Support Ribbon Dies.

For the second card, I used the retired 2017-2019 In Color Fresh Floral DSP in Lemon Lime Twist, with Night of Navy mat and ink.



For the third card, I used Granny Apple Green and Blueberry Bushel. I can see now from the photo that the closure flap is Lemon Lime Twist!


The inside is the same for each card...

The camera REALLY shows the difference between Granny Apple and Lemon Lime!


If you have any questions on how this is made, just leave me a comment with your email address and I'll get back to you asap. In the meantime, thanks for stopping by today.

Sunday, December 22, 2019

Stampin' Up! Back on Your Feet Get Well Card

Hello, my stamping friends. Today I am bringing you a quick, easy and cute card. It's also CAS, which I rarely do.


The Back on Your Feet Stamp Set is too cute and I'll be making more with this set this coming week.

My card base is Thick Whisper White card stock measuring 4 1/4" x 11", scored and folded at 5 1/2". I cut two strips of Dinoroar Designer Series Paper 1" x 5 1/2" and adhered them to the card base.

I stamped the sentiments and turtle in Shaded Spruce. I colored the turtle with Gray Granite Stampin' Write Marker and the shell with various greens: Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Pear Pizzazz and Garden Green. I wish I hadn't used the Mossy Meadow because it looks more brown. Oh, well, the turtle is sick after all!

My customer wanted a "no frills" card and this is definitely that! Plain and simple!! He was quite happy with it.


My design inspiration came from Sunday Stamps SSC220 Keep it Open


Thank you for stopping by today and enjoy your Sunday.

Saturday, December 21, 2019

Stampin' Up! Meets Joy Clair Jeep Beach Birthday

Good Saturday morning. I'm back with a card I needed for a birthday dinner last night. We ate a smoke house and their pulled pork was pretty good except a little too salty. Everyone else had baby back ribs.

This was perfect for our friend who lives not too far from us and she has a jeep and wears aviator sunglasses! Her jeep has a few more running lights but I'm not THAT creative!!




My card base is Calypso Coral 4 1/4" x 11", scored and folded at 5 1/2". I cut a Whisper White mat 4" x 5 1/4".

Using the masking technique, I sponged the sky with Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie and Rich Razzleberry. Unfortunately, it doesn't show up too good in the photo.

Still using the same technique, I stamped the waves from the High Tide Stamp Set by stamping off once in Pacific Point ink. I sponged that area with Pool Party ink.

For the sand, I used the little grainy stamp with Crumb Cake ink. I sponged the remaining beach area with Sahara Sand ink.

The sentiment, stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, is from the retired Well Scripted Stamp Set.

I stamped the jeep and sunglasses from Joy Clair's Good Vibes stamp set on scrap Whisper White in Tuxedo Black. Then I colored the jeep with Light and Dark Smoky Slate Blends, Light and Dark Pineapple Punch Blends and Light and Dark Basic Black Blends. I sponged the windshield in Pool Party. For the sunglasses, I sponged in Blackberry Bliss and Crushed Curry. I stamped the palm trees in Tuxedo Black. Both the jeep and sunglasses are fussy cut. I can't wait to get my Christmas present set up and running. It's the Brother SDX125E! Hopefully Santa will bring me a Light Box too.

Now, on to the inside of the card...



For the gift card side, I cut a piece of Brights DSP 4" x 1 3/8", used my Tear & Tape Adhesive on the sides and bottom to adhere it to the card base.

I took a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" piece of Whisper White card stock, stamped the surfboard in Calypso Coral and sponged the mat so the white would not be so bright. The sentiment is a 1994 Hero Arts stamp that Carole had in her supplies. I punched one corner with the Detailed Trio punch.

I'm playing at Creative Knockouts #329 ATG. If you have a chance, check out the Design Team's cards. There's one card that fits me to a T...it's the one by Jessica. I also hope that Cute Card Thursday #613 thinks that my card is cute!

Thank you for stopping by today and I hope to have a card ready for you tomorrow. 



Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Stampin' Up! Celebrate

Yes, it's "hump day" and I'll be so glad when the week is over even though I'm retired...it's a long story!

This is the last card that Barb prepared a kit for our card group. She had everything cut so all we had to do was cut the blue strips to the right size as well as the patterned paper. She had all the flames cut but I neglected to ask if it was a punch or die that she used. It almost looks like the wing from the Owl Builder Punch, which is retired. The "Celebrate" is cut from Gold Foil paper and the die is from the retired Celebrate You Thinlets set.


I think this would be a perfect card for a child who is turning 5, don't you think?

I won't be posting again until Saturday. Life gets in the way sometimes but I hope you'll return on the 21st. Thank you for stopping by today.

Tuesday, December 17, 2019

Gina K Foil Transfers

Traitor Tuesday! Yeppers...if you follow my blog, you know it's usually Stampin' Up! I do feel like a traitor, but it's not my fault...it's Barb's!

We made this card from a kit she put together for our group. I think the design is quite close to CASEing a card by Shawn deOliveira at Global Design Project #GDP220.



I couldn't capture the shine of the foil on the art piece nor the decorated strips. You can see it a little bit on the "A" and if you click on this link you will have a quick video of the process. It is so fun! This card is great for man, woman or child.

Barb demonstrated the foil transfer process for us and did most of the work for us! We are a spoiled group. She used the Gina K. Designs Foil-Mates Backgrounds - Where's The Party for the patterned strips. I just loved the pattern. For the sentiment, she used Gina K.'s Birthday Bash. The foil transfer sheet she used was Gina K.'s Brilliant Blue.

Today is a really busy day for me (and I'm sure for a lot of you getting ready for Christmas, Hanukkah, etc.) so I wanted to keep my post short. 

I appreciate your taking the time to stop by and I hope you'll be visiting again tomorrow.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Stampin' Up! Toile Christmas

What? Nine more days until Christmas?? How can that be??? I haven't sent any cards out but I've made over 60! My card today is Stampin' Up! on the inside. I used the Toile Christmas Stamp Set for the sentiment. The outside is a "Bella" stamp that we used at our card group last Thursday.


Barb had some of the parts cut for us already. I finished mine at home and punched my Whisper White sentiment and Cherry Cobbler mat with retired SU scallop punches. I added three Holiday Basic Rhinestone Jewels to the front. I colored the image with Light and Dark Cherry Cobbler Blends, Call Me Clover Dark Blend and her skin with the Ivory Blend. Her crazy doodled hair is colored with the Bronze Blend. I'm playing today at 613 Avenue Create: Challenge #228 ATG with optional twist Doodling or Zentangle. Her hair is that twist I think.

For the inside, I punched a piece of 4" x 5 1/4" Cherry Cobbler card stock with my Detailed Trio punch. I adhered a 3 1/4" x 4 1/2" Whisper White mat on which I stamped the sentiment in Cherry Cobbler ink.


Thank you for stopping by today and I hope to see you tomorrow.

Sunday, December 15, 2019

Stampin' Up! Day Off

Good Sunday morning! I've been away on a mini vacation so I don't have a card for you. However, if you are a foodie or a beach lover, you will enjoy my post today.

Our stay in Sarasota was wonderful. We started out with lunch at the Boatyard Restaurant in Siesta Key. We saw four dolphins out in the bay, beautiful boats, and had an extremely delicious lunch and great service. I highly recommend going there. My daughter and I had the Florida Cobb Salad with a Roasted Lime Vinagrette.


It had lump crab meat, ample shrimp and the usual for a cobb salad. She opted for feta crumbles and I chose bleu cheese crumbles. My son-in-love had a black bean and rice bowl salad with grilled grouper. He also tried a coconut coffee porter and this is the can, aren't those eyes gorgeous?

We checked into the Lido Beach Resort and fell in love with it and the view. There were rocking chairs on the balcony and I can only imagine the view when it's sunny. We enjoyed the fog and mist.




We were on the sixth floor and waited til the sun set before going out to dinner...and what a dinner it was! We ate at the Crab and Fin at St. Armand's Circle. We didn't have reservations so they put us in the wine room...no problem for us! They both ordered appetizers and I forgot to take pics. However, I did not forget to take pics of their meals...


Gene shared a shrimp and piece of Alaskan King Crab with us. I am not a stone crab or snow crab fan, nor do I eat raw scallops or clams! I ordered steamed clams. Kerri had an array of raw oysters from different locations and she said they were all delicious except for one kind but she had no idea what it was without Googling the shape of the shell. 

Our server had the audacity to ask if we wanted dessert. They said, "No, thank you." I said, "No, not unless you have flourless chocolate cake." I wish you could have seen his face light up when he proudly announced that they did.

Three forks appeared with it! I'd be embarrassed to show you what we did to it :-) It was soooooo good!

This was our morning wake up call...

You can see the moon in this pic...

It was difficult to leave our beautiful suite but the traffic getting to the Sarasota National Cemetery for the Wreaths Across America event is horrendous. Exiting is even worse. We were stuck in an exit jam for 1.5 hours before we got to move! But it was all worth it to celebrate the lives of people who chose to serve their country and my guy was one of them. Thanks for letting me share with you and have a blessed day.





Saturday, December 14, 2019

Stampin' Up! Nature's Beauty Gift Card

Good morning and I hope your weekend is a fun one. Mine is bittersweet. I'm with my daughter and son-in-love at a beach resort in Sarasota. They flew down from upstate NY to attend the Wreaths Across America ceremony with me. My son and I attended last year and it was very moving. I'll try and post some pics tomorrow.

My card today uses the Nature's Beauty Stamp Set. Instructions on how I made it can be found on this post. I just used the bunny rather than the deer, different DSP and different sentiment. I also kicked it up a notch by heat embossing the bunny with Gold Emboss Powder.



I might add a cotton tail to the bunny!

Thank you for stopping by today. 

Ornate Thanks Botanical Card

Hello! My card for you today was made while I was in NC. I miss that red and black blanket on our porch table! I might have to make a card ...