Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Stampin' Up! Heartland

I'm staying true to form today with my three challenges:

Sketch: Cathy came up with a wonderful design  #SC679 for my inspiration...

Theme: I think Amy came up with the Always Fun Challenge 41 - Down on the Farm

Color: Caz came up with this color challenge that pleased me to no end! Make My Monday Challenge # 62 Blue and White

My card...

Don't you just love this little boy and the geese? It's from Heartland (see product list below). I colored his skin with the Ivory Stampin' Blend. His bib overalls I colored with Stampin' Write Dapper Denim marker and then smudged it with a Blender pen. I cut the focal point out with one of the Stitched Shape Framelits. Once I had my card front put together, I adhered the square with Stampin' Dimensionals.

My card base is Whisper White. Then I adhered a mat of Tranquil Tide (a bluish green card stock). My next mat was created with the Shaving Cream technique using a Whisper White piece of card stock and Night of Navy ink. To that, I adhered a piece of Dapper Denim and a piece of True Gentlemen DSP. (All measurements are below.)

For the inside of my card, I stamped the tractor and pup, using the Heartland set, in Basic Gray. I lightly colored the tractor with my Pacific Point Watercolor pencil and the pup with the Daffodil Delight pencil. The sentiment is from the Fruit Basket stamp set, stamped in Dapper Denim. 

Then I added a piece of DSP to the bottom...don't ask why...okay, I'll tell you...I had smudges of Lemon Lime Twist on the bottom of the mat! Apparently, I got carried away with my card from yesterday! (I cut my mats ahead of time and just have them laying on my work area!) That's a bad habit that has to go!

Oh, and let me tell you I had a scare with my watercolor pencils today. Yesterday was garbage day and I emptied the basket that sits next to my pencils, neutral markers and glues that are in a hat box on a step stool. (You really have to see the set up!) When I did, there was a loud plunk but I attributed it to my son tossing in his used up deodorant. (His bedroom is my craft room.) I was not about to become a dumpster diver; so, when I went to use my pencils, they weren't there...I was ready to place an order or wish I had chosen to be a diver! BUT I got on my hands and knees to take a look see and the pencils had slid onto the floor on the left, not the right where the wastebasket is. While I was on my knees, I praised the Lord for what was lost was found!

Thanks again for stopping by! Hope you enjoyed my card.


Whisper White Card Base: 5 1/2" x 4 1/4"
Tranquil Tide Mat: 5 1/4" x 4"
Shaving Cream Mat: 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Dapper Denim Mat: 5 1/8" x 2 1/8"
DSP: 5 1/8" x 1 3/4"
Whisper White Inside Mat: 5 1/4" x 4"
DSP Strip: 4 1/4" x 3/4"

Products Used:

Blender Pens

Monday, January 15, 2018

Stampin' Up! Bird Banter

Good morning Peeps! (see what I did there!)

I'm linking my card today to these three challenges:

1. Alphabet Challenge - "U" - The theme of "U"se something 3 times was chosen by Julie.

2. Jaydee helped me pick my colors: PP376 - A Color Challenge from Jaydee

3. SSC 170 - New Year, New Sketch, designed by Lisa.

I used the Bird Banter stamp set to stamp 3 different birds in 3 different colors. The color challenge allowed a 4th color so I used my "Flesh" Stampin' Blend to color the cockatoo and beaks. I know a cockatoo has a black beak, but this cockatoo is not real peeps...lol.

I didn't have enough space to be able to cut squares for my birds so I used my Aqua Painter and 3 inks to create the illusion of squares. I colored the birds with a Blender Pen and the 3 inks. The parakeet got a little lost in the scheme of things and the macaw was not as colorful as I would have liked but it worked for the challenge. You have not seen the last of this stamp set!

The sentiments are stamped with the same set. I hand cut the 3 banners on the front and stuck them together with glue dots. I guess I get carried away when I hear the word "three"...you can't see them, but I used 3 glue dots...lol.

This was a fun card for me because I love Lemon Lime Twist. Have I ever told you that before? AND I love birds. We have had many parakeets and one cockatiel. Our son-in-love has had a cockatoo and currently has a macaw.

Thank you for stopping by and I'm so thankful that there are more than 3 types of birds in real life!!

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Stampin' Up! Heartfelt Blooms

This was my first attempt at using the Heartfelt Blooms stamp. It is only available through Sale-A-Bration - free with qualified order (click on the "Sale-A-Bration Info" tab above for those details).

This is a new line of stamps from Stampin’ Up! called DistINKtive stamps that give the look of a photograph with a stamp! The SU artists arranged a bouquet and photographed it to create the image. The manufacturing facility took the image and turned it  into rubber...so cool! There are many videos that show you how to use this stamp, one by Stampin' Up! being found here.

My card base is Blackberry Bliss (retired). I used my Daffodil Delight and Old Olive Stampin' Blends to add color to the flower which was stamped in Memento Tuxedo Black on a mat of Whisper White. The sentiment from that set is stamped in Old Olive. I stamped a heart from Heart Happiness in Old Olive on an Old Olive scrap. Then I cut it out with a die from Sweet & Sassy Framelits.

I will be practicing more with this stamp using different colors for the base and possible applying the ink with a brayer. Stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting today.

Partial supply list:

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Stampin' Up! Little Letters

Alas and alack, I am back to using retired items...I tried, peeps...I really tried. But, I hope you like my card anyway!

My card base is Soft Suede. I cut the letters out of DSP from This Christmas (retired) with the Little Letters dies (retired). I then cut the same letters out of a piece of Whisper White and laid the music DSP into the open letters, once the Whisper White panel had been adhered to the base. I wrapped a piece of linen thread around the card front and tied a bow.

My inspiration came from these three challenges:


Thanks for stopping by today!

Friday, January 12, 2018

Stampin' Up! Heart Happiness

My card for today is a Valentine themed one because of Inspire.Create.Challenges #009

If you've been following my blog for the past few days, you will notice that I am limiting my challenges to three a day: sketch, theme and color. I hope to continue that process as it is so much easier for me.

Here's my card for your viewing pleasure!

For my card base, I used Berry Burst and dry embossed it with the Falling Petals TIEF, which you can find in the Clearance Rack here. (It's a great buy, peeps!) 

I used the Layering Squares Framelits to die cut a Lemon Lime Twist mat and a Whisper White piece to create my own DSP! I used the cluster of hearts stamp from Hearts of Happiness and inked it up with the three challenge colors. 

On a piece of scrap Whisper White, I stamped three different hearts in the challenge colors and cut them using the Sweet & Sassy Framelits dies. I lined them up where I wanted them. Once I had them adhered to the card front, I lined up the square mat and adhered it with dimensionals. I had to be very precise in adhering it because I had an unwanted blob on my DSP! They say when you make a mistake, there is always a corrective solution. I turned the unwanted blob into an I! It was right in between two hearts so I added a "U" to the bottom Emerald Envy "side" heart.

For the inside, I used the Bloomin' Love stamp set and fussy cut the banner. I made a decorative strip with another heart from the Hearts of Happiness. Both of these stamp sets are wonderful, as are the matching dies. I just wish there were a banner die to go with the Bloomin' Love stamp BUT it's an easy fussy cut!

Thanks for stopping by! I have listed all products used below the measurements. If you don't have a demonstrator and would like to purchase any of these items to make this card, I would be happy to assist you!


Card Base: 5 1/2" x 8 1/2" (scored and folded at 4 1/4")
Inside Mat: 5 1/4" x 4"
Inside Bottom Strip: 5 1/4" x 1/2"

Products Used:

Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Big Shot
Glue Dots