Monday, August 24, 2015

I'm Back with Freshly Made Sketches #200 and Seize the Birthday

Hi All!  It's been such a busy summer with my daughter moving from Vancouver, WA to Columbus, OH to go back to school for her PhD in Music Education.  I'm so  proud of her! We also had a 2 week vacation with all our family which was wonderful.  We went to Glacier National Park and arrived there the day that the fire broke out.  We were not able to go everywhere we had hoped because of the fire but still had a wonderful time.

Now my fingers are getting itchy to get back to stamping and what better way than with Freshly Made Sketches 200th sketch!  I think that my card also will fit in with the Seize the Birthday challenge. Balloons fly. Right?

I've had this set for a while and just never got around to using it. That little balloon animal is just so cute!  Here's a close up of the little guy. He's popped up on dimensionals.

This card is just the way I like it. Clean & Simple. Lots of white space.

Have a great day and happy stamping!

STAMPS: Party Animal (Avery Elle)
Paper: White, Comic Strip Pattern Pack (PTI)
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Harvest Gold (PTI), Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Party Animal die (Avery Elle)

Friday, July 31, 2015

Paper Sweeties Blog Hop & Challenge #34

Paper Sweeties is turning 3 and they are having a party all during the month of August starting with a blog hop today.

The cupcakes in the inspiration photo (see below) grabbed my attention as did the soft, pretty colors.  I stamped the tops and bottoms of the cupcakes and then punched them out with the coordinating punch.

 I added some silver embossed sprinkles to the frosting.

Next I punched out a tag, stamped the sentiment and assembled the cupcakes. Lastly I tied on the Baker's twine.

Happy 3rd birthday Paper Sweeties!

Thanks for stopping by!

Here's the inspiration photo:

Stamps: Create a Cupcake (SU), Label Love (Altenew), Happy New Year (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI)
Ink: Certainly Celery, Pretty in Pink, Pool Party (SU); Soft Stone, Smokey Shadow (PTI)
Other: Create a Cupcake punch, Pool Party Baker's twine (SU), Monthly Moments Journal Card 6 (PTI), dimensionals

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Happy Announcement!

I am so excited to finally be able to announce that Leslie at The Card Concept challenge asked me to be on the Design Team. Happy Dance! I will be on the Clean and Simple team which is my favorite style with all that lovely white space :-)  The challenge is on summer break right now but watch for us to be back with a new challenge on September 9th.

I should also mention that I won't be posting many cards in the coming weeks. We are heading to Glacier National Park on Monday for a wonderful week with our daughters, SIL and 2 year old grandson. I can't wait! Then we are helping our oldest daughter move to Ohio to go back to school.

So I hope that you will join us September when The Card Concept Challenge returns. We have a lot of talented ladies on the team and I'm honored to be a member!

Friday, July 3, 2015

The Card Concept Challenge #38

The current challenge at The Card Concept is a color challenge. Yellow and gray is such a pretty combo!

I love daisies so the inspiration photo really spoke to me. I was going to use my new PTI set Bloomers as a background for the sentiment but I really liked the delicate little flowers that came with the Graceful Greetings set so I went with this instead. I got the pattern paper at Michaels yesterday.  6 sheets for a $1. Such a deal!!  The tag is popped up on dimensionals.  A very CAS design with lots of white space.

Have a great 4th of July tomorrow!

Stamps: Graceful Greetings (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI), Honeycomb pattern paper (Recollections)
Ink: Harvest Gold, Smokey Shadow (PTI), Soft Granite (Hero Arts)
Other: Tag Sale #5 die (PTI), twine (American Crafts), dimensionals (SU)

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy 4th of July & Retro Rubber Challenge Take 2

OK, I'm trying the Retro Rubber challenge again and following the rules. I'm using an old SU set called July Fourth.

Here's what I did:

• Stamped the fireworks up the left side
• Cut the white overlay panel to show off the fireworks
• Stamped the sentiment & stars
• Added some clear glaze over the stars which you can't see in the photo but looks nice IRL
• Added silver metallic ink inside the sentiment

Here's the challenge:

Thanks for stopping by. Looking forward to a great July!

Stamps: July Fourth (SU)
Paper: White (PTI)
Ink: Enchanted Evening, Pure Poppy (PTI), Soft Granite (Hero Arts)
Other: Silver metallic Sharpie, Glaze pen (Sakura), dimensionals

Edited 7/6: I'm a Fab Five!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

4th of July Spoiler Alert

This is directed to my daughters who look at my blog. If you don't want to see your 4th of July cards then stop right now!!!  OK.   I'm entering this card in the Retro Rubber 17 Challenge which is to use the Red, White and Blue color combo, sparkles or a Patriotic Theme.

Hopefully my daughters are being patient and waiting so I will proceed with my cards.

I started with a Real Red card base and embossed the fireworks with Versamark and white embossing powder. The fireworks are really the flower petal detail from PTIs new Bloomers set. Next I sprayed Glimmer Mist on the card to give it some sparkle and shine. The Celebrate sentiment was cut from twice and Night of Navy once and the layers glued together. This gives it some depth. Finally I added some sequins for a little extra pizzaz.  I taped the red layer directly to the card instead of popping it up because it was a bit wavy from the embossing and Glimmer Mist. I think it look ok because it still has the depth from the sentiment.

I tried to capture the shimmer on the card but had a really hard time finding a good angle. I think that it looks prettier IRL than in the photo.

My next card is similar but I used a white base and red & blue fireworks. I cut the sentiment from white and sponged on Real Red and Night of Navy. It is also three layers. I added Wink of Stella to the Celebrate to give it some extra shimmer.  The stamped layer is popped up on dimensionals.

I tried to get the shimmery detail on the sentiment.

Thanks for stopping by and I hope that you all have a fun and safe 4th of July!!

Oops! I just realized that my stamp set was not older than a year so I don't qualify for this challenge. Oh well. I enjoyed making the cards. Maybe tomorrow I can try again :-)


Stamps: Bloomers (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI), Real Red, Night of Navy (SU)
Ink: Versamark
Other: White embossing powder (Hero Arts), Good Times die (PTI), Glimmer Mist, Sequins (Avery Elle)

Stamps: Bloomers (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI)
Ink: Real Red, Night of Navy (SU)
Other: Good Times die (PTI), Wink of Stella pen, dimensionals

Sunday, June 28, 2015


Today I'm making a card using the new PTI set called Nautical. It arrived while I was out of town and I've been itching to play with it. I'm just sneaking into The Challenge #40 and also CASology #152 and colourQ #296.  Wow!

The colors of the waves are Soft Sky and Marina Mist. The boat is Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight. I popped it up on dimensionals. Well I'm about to be late for church so better get this posted.

Relax and enjoy your Sunday. Stay cool. We in the Pacific NW are really suffering a heat wave!!

The Challenges

Stamps: Ahoy (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI)
Ink: Soft Sky, Marina Mist,  Night of Navy and Daffodil Delight (SU)
Other: Ahoy die (PTI)

Edited 6/30: Yay!  My card got an honorable mention at CAS-ology.

           7/3:  Oh my! I was also a top pick at The Challenge. Happy Dance!!

          7/8: Wahoo!!! Also picked a s a ColourQ winner! And again I say WAHOO!

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Papertrey June Blog Hop

Today is Papertrey's Blog Hop and I've been looking forward to it but too busy the last few weeks to pre-make a card.  Now my husband and I are at my daughter's helping her get ready to move in August. When I left my house I rapidly threw some stamps, ink and dies in a bag thinking I would borrow other stuff from my daughter.  So I planned out my card and went in search of her Cuttlebug. OK, found it in the box. Opened it up and there is no C plate.  Where is her C plate? How can I cut without a C plate?  She is an hour and a half away teaching at a music camp so I can't ask her. I tried to improvise but no go. Rats! I'm reduced to scissors! Arghh!!  So here is a pic of my simplified card, no fussy cutting for me,  taken with my phone.

I stamped the flower and then traced a tag die around it with a pencil. The flowers look red but they are really an orange color.  Then using my trusty scissors I cut out the tag. I punched a hole and added some twine. This little tag is popped up on dimensionals with the sentiment stamped below.

So it's clean and simple and I hope that you like it :-)

Stamps: Petite Pots (PTI)
Paper: White (PTI)
Ink: Terracotta Tile, Lemon Tart, Simply Chartreuse, Smokey Shadow (PTI), Versafine Onyx Black
Other: Timeless Tags 2 for tracing(WP9), twine, dimensionals, scissors

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Card Concept #37 - The Butterfly Effect

Hi Everyone! The challenge at The Card Concept is to use this beautiful photo of butterflies as your inspiration.

I started looking through some of my older stamp sets and realized that I have a lot of wonderful sets that weren't getting any love.  So I went with this retired SU set called Shapes & Shadows. Do you remember it?  I've always thought those little butterflies were so cute!

I stamped up the right side of the card in a rainbow of colors and added the sentiment. That's what makes a Clean & Simple card. Right?

I've loved seeing everyone's creations so far and can't wait to see more in the coming week.  Thanks for stopping by!!

Stamps: Shapes & Shadows (SU retired), Think Big Favorites #22 (PTI)
Paper: Neenah Solar White, Hawaiian Shores (PTI)
Ink: (Starting from the top) Winter Wisteria, Spring Moss, Simply Chartreuse, Aqua Mist, Hawaiian Shores, Lemon Tart, Summer Sunrise, Sweet Blush, Pure Poppy, Tropical Teal (PTI); Versafine Onyx Black
Other: dimensionals

Edited 6/24:   Yippee!!! My card was chosen as one of the winners for this challenge!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Fusion Challenge - Blue Skies and Smooth Sailing

I had a great 2 weeks visiting family in Georgia and now I'm back home in Washington.  It was hot in Atlanta and it's hot here at home too. Kinda unusual for this time of year in Washington but it encourages staying inside and making cards :-)

Here is a card that I made for the Fusion Challenge. I used the colors, the nautical theme and the sketch.

I used a retired set from Stampin'Up called The Open Sea.  I stamped the anchor and then fussy cut it. I need practice at that :-)  Then I die cut a navy circle to layer behind it.  Next up was the background text stamped on the yellow panel. It looks sorta beige but it really was stamped in Soft Stone. Next came the flag which I embossed with a folder called Bubbles.  It seemed appropriate. Last came the sentiment and it's done.

 The yellow panel is popped up on dimensionals.  I also sponged around the yellow panel and the fishtail flag panel.

Thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all are enjoying the summer so far. Now I'm off to decide what I'm going to order from Papertrey this evening :-)

The Fusion Challenge:

Stamps: The Open Sea (SU retired), Bitty Bouquets (sentiment - PTI)
Paper: Kraft, Pool Party, Night of Navy (SU), Lemon Tart (PTI)
Ink: Night of Navy (SU), Soft Stone (PTI)
Other: Circle Nestabilities, Fishtail Flag Stax (MFT), Sizzix EF "Bubbles", dimensionals, Corner Chomper

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