Saturday, January 19, 2019

Stampin' Up! Meant to Be and Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies

My sister-in-law is visiting us for awhile and Lord Chesterfield has fallen in love with her. He sleeps with her at night and even forgets about getting on the counter while we are asleep. Gene has a camera in the kitchen to keep an eye on him!

Yesterday the counter was full of stamping supplies. We each made a Valentine card and I am totally in love with what she created. Something Old...Something New at TioT's is where I'm entering this card. The DSP is old, the Bundle is new in the 2019 Occasions Catalog.

The card base is Lovely Lipstick as is the ink. The DSP mat is a retired one. (I cannot justify getting new Valentine DSP when I have stacks of old!)

We used the Be Mine Stitched Framelits to cut hearts out of the Lovely Lipstick Foil (free when you purchase $50 worth of SU product) and from Whisper White card stock. She wanted the hearts to look like balloons so I got out the solid white baker's twine and some retired pink baker's twine. She fussy cut the "LOVE" from the leftover piece of DSP and adhered it with a mini dimensional. She used a stamp from Meant to Be for her sentiment.

For the inside, she used a sentiment from Wonderful Romance and added foil hearts punched with the Dog Builder Punch.

We had a fun afternoon and even got in a walk and a game of Yahtzee. Gene won and Chester could not have cared less about He will not be happy when Drue leaves on the 26th but she'll be back in February. Today we are going to work with watercolor paper and Color Bursts, which are similar to Brusho products.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll return tomorrow to see what I created for a Valentine.

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Thursday, January 17, 2019

Stampin' Up! Wonderful Romance for Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop

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It's the third Thursday of the month and do you know what that signifies? It's  when the Happy Inkin’ Thursday Blog Hop joins with the Happy Stampers Blog Hop.  We are able to choose a sketch or colors. We can also do both. Take a peek at the sketch and the colors...

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Today I have pulled out the Wonderful Romance Stamp Set and matching Framelits to follow the sketch only.

My card base is Petal Pink. I dry embossed a piece of Floral Romance DSP (all DSP today is from Floral Romance) with the Pinewood Planks DTIEF. I cut another piece for my banner and one for the backing. The banner was punched with the Banner Triple Punch.

I stamped the flowers on a piece of Whisper White and colored the art piece with my Mossy Meadow Blends, Petal Pink Blends and Fresh Fig Stampin' Write Marker. Because of those colors, I am entering my card in the Hand Stamped Sentiments Color Challenge #306

The inside is fairly simple. I sponged a piece of Whisper White with Sahara Sand to imitate the barn board mat on the front. I stamped the sentiments in Fresh Fig and stamped the leaves in Mossy Meadow, second generation. Again, my lighting is horrible so you can't even tell the difference between the inks! The "together" is from the Wonderful Romance set and the other sentiment is from the Well Said set.

Ready to imitate a toad? Good, let's get hopping then. Click on the "Next" button to hop to Eva Dobilas.  

If you prefer to go another direction, you can click on names listed below.  Either way, be sure to work your way through all of the blogs so you don’t miss a thing!

Karen Finkle - you are here!
Elaine Greenwood

Measurements (in inches):

Card Base: 4 1/4 x 11, scored and folded at 5 1/2
DSP Mat: 4 x 5 1/4 (2)
Vellum DSP: 2 x 4
DSP Backing: 1 1/2 x 5

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Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Stampin' Up! Happy Tails Valentine

Try Stampin' on Tuesday #391 - Sketch


are the challenges that inspired my card for today. I thought the sketch was really cool. For the SIP TTT, I went across the very bottom...foil, coloring and lace.

I brought out my new Happy Tails stamp set, Dog Builder Punch, Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies, Forever Lovely stamp set and the Lovely Lipstick Foil, which is free in the Sale-A-Bration 2019 catalog if you buy $50 worth of product. The stamp sets, dies and punch are found in the 2019 Occasions Catalog. 

Now for my card...

I used Lovely Lipstick ink to stamp the sentiments and an assortment of Stampin' Up Blends, trying to get a golden retriever! I don't think I succeeded at that!! Don't you just love the lace on the foil heart? The Happy Tails stamp set comes with paw prints and hearts but I didn't want to stamp them. I just wanted his paws right on the heart.

The card was quick and easy because my sister-in-law is arriving for dinner tonight and will be staying with us for 10 days. I know we'll probably have a few good cries together, but we'll have more laughs and play lots of games too. I might even get her to make a card again like she did last year!

I hope you enjoyed mine today and that you'll be back tomorrow for our Thursday blog hop. Thanks for stopping by.

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Stampin' Up! Valentine

Today is a quick post because my Financial Adviser is coming to visit to help me get a new account set up. I have so many things to take care of in the craft room and my card inventory is a mess. So, instead of creating a puppy card, I decided to show you the last of the cards we made when I hosted the card group last Thursday. It is a very simple CASE of Jaimie's card. She is one of my teammates and very creative. You can see her card on our Happy Inkin' Thursday Blog Hop. She used current product and I used retired SU product and a Darice embossing folder.

Thanks for stopping by and tomorrow I should have that puppy card up and running!

Monday, January 14, 2019

Stampin' Up! Nine Lives

Woo hoo...if you are following me, you will be pleased to see I'm not using Lasting Lily again I told you yesterday I would have something better today...and here he is...let me introduce you to Lord Chesterfield, a/k/a Chester.

My followers know that on 12/22/18 we lost our precious Tini (a/k/a Martini) suddenly and unexpectedly. She was 9 and a Tuxedo polydactyl kitty. My son's heart was broken, especially after having lost his father the month before. He needed another kitty to love but I was enjoying not having to vacuum up half a cat every other day!

Friday, January 11, I caved! He had his eye on just what he was looking for so we went to the store and that cat had been adopted (along with all the other rescued cats). We stopped at several other pet stores and there was no one for us. We went home, had lunch and then drove to the Animal Rescue Center near us. We took a tour of the facilities and then met all the cats that were up for adoption. 

I fell in love with "Mindy" until we were told she was a biter. Gene fell in love with a kitten. We have leather furniture and there was no way I was going to give into that. 

Then we met "Rizzo". He took to us and we took to him! He was 4, a Tuxedo, and was declawed. A family had adopted him a few weeks before and after 6 days returned him because their other cat could not get along with him. Well, he was meant to be ours! We knew on the ride home that we had made the right decision. As you can see from the pics, Chester has made himself right at home and is training us to cater to all his wishes! He is such a sweet boy and craves affection. We have a lot to give!!

My son has named all his cats after alcoholic beverages. He has never been without a cat since he was 7. He has had Butterscotch (inherited from his sister who married and left home); Michelob (Micki), Midori (Dori), Jagermeister (Jager) and Martini (Tini). Well, Rizzo...from the Muppets, Grease or Midnight Cowboy was not going to work for us so we re-named him after the beer my late husband and our son loved to drink. It's a Yuengling beer from PA.  Here's a pic of Tini sitting atop of a case of Lord Chesterfield ale . 
Perry and Tini would have loved Chester too.

To honor Chester's arrival, I made this card...

I used my Buffalo Check stamp and the Nine Lives stamp to create a monochromatic card. I also used white twine and black twine as I wanted to make it look like two panels. The sentiment is punched out with the Everyday Label punch and the edges are sponged with Memento Tuxedo Black Ink (how appropriate!).

I'm playing at International Art & Soul Ch #49 Cats and/or Dogs today, which is a site that is just for fun...and what's more fun than a playful kitty? a playful dog? ... maybe tomorrow!

Thank you for visiting me today and I hope you'll be back tomorrow.

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Sunday, January 13, 2019

Stampin' Up! Healing Hugs Meets Lasting Lily

Good Sunday morning, peeps. Are you getting tired of seeing this stamp set? I'm not tired of using it yet so hang in there with me! I thought I was going to create it in Daffodil Delight, but Fab Friday led me in another direction! I hope you'll get a chance to visit their site. The design team created some marvelous cards.

In the meantime, here's what I created for their challenge. 

I was inspired by Jackie Bolhuis' and Liza Handerhan.

My card base is Whisper White. I cut a piece of Mint Macaron the same size as the card front. I cut the oval out with the Layering Oval dies using the largest one in the set. Then I ran the panel through my Big Shot with the Pinewood Planks DTIEF.

I laid the panel in my Stamparatus and arranged all my stamps to fit inside the oval according to my liking. I removed the panel and placed a piece of Whisper White the same size as the card front in the same location. 

With my Lemon Lime Twist Stampin' Write Marker, I colored the spadix in each spathe. (Say that ten times fast!) and stamped. Then I used a sponge dauber to color the spathes in Highland Heather and the stems/leaves in Pear Pizzazz. I trimmed the panel an 1/8" on each side. I then adhered the Mint Macaron front to the art panel with mini Dimensionals and glued the whole thing to the card front.

I used the Petals and More Thinlits to cut the Tranquil Tide filigree (2 times). I glued the two pieces together to put behind my sentiment. I used  Tranquil Tide ink to stamp the sentiment from Healing Hugs. I used one of the dies from Petals and More to cut it out and adhered it with Dimensionals.

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you'll come back tomorrow...I promise it won't be another's even better!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Stampin' Up! Lasting Lily No. 2

Welcome back, peeps. The other night I posted a card we made at our group. There were 5 different colors to choose from: Highland Heather (Thursday's card), Grapefruit Grove (today's card), Daffodil Delight, Lemon Lime Twist and Balmy Blue (upcoming posts).

My card today is a CASE of Mary Fish and I thank her for her inspiration.

This was my first attempt to get the stamps lined up perfectly on my Stamparatus. As you can see, my perfectionism fell short but I wasn't going to throw the card away! Even with my previous card I still want to do some tweaking on the base of the flower.

The sentiment was die cut from the Stitched Labels Framelits Dies. The dies in that set are wonderful but under utilized! Again, because of the stitching, I am playing at Alphabet Challenge - U is for Use Some Stitching-Real or Faux for the second time. For the first time, I am playing at Festive Friday Challenge #FF0025, which involves stitching.
#FestiveFridayChallenge, #FF0025, Stampin Up, Belly Laugh Day, Stitched card, handmade card
Thank you for stopping by today and I wonder which color I will choose for will be a surprise even for me!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Stampin' Up! Beautiful Bouqet Sentiment Meets Flowery Pink and Grey Challenge

Hidey ho neighbor...remember who said that? You do if you watched Home Improvement!

My card today is one we made at card group yesterday. Again my card-making friends had their choice of colors: Lemon Lime Twist, Night of Navy, Berry Burst, Fresh Fig, Powder Pink, and Tranquil Tide. The paper we used is retired but you can substitute with any flowery paper you want. I posted the Night of Navy one I did a few days ago and you can view it here.

As you can see, I CASEd my own card using Powder Pink and different vellum. I also found my retired Tags and Labels dies so that made the tags a heck of a lot easier!

I must admit, I like this one better than the Navy one I made. Since this was created like the Navy, I won't give any instructions. However, I will give measurements today. I wish I had taken pics of the ones created in the other colors. The ladies did a marvelous job and I think they enjoyed themselves. I know I did!

Today I am participating in three challenges:

The Flower Challenge #28 - Pink and Grey
The Card Concept Pink Party #106
I consider my style for the Card Concept, Clean and Layered and I hope they agree!

Thanks for stopping by and I'd love it if you'd leave a comment. I'm a hobby demonstrator so I still use retired products BUT if you don't have a demonstrator and would like to purchase current products, just click on the tab above my will take you directly to my online store.

Measurements (in inches):

Card Base: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2 scored and folded at 4 1/4
Floral Bouquet DSP Mat: 5 1/4 x 4
DSP Silver Foil Vellum: 3 3/4 x 4
Silver Foil Tag: 2 x 3
Whisper White Tag: 2 x 3
Whisper White Cotton Twine: 6"