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I love crafting, especially rubber stamping. Most weekends I can be found surrounded by paper, rubber stamps and ink.

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Sending You

Hi Peeps,

A very quick post this afternoon as I should be packing. I'm working in Oregon the rest of the week with a very early flight tomorrow morning. But, I couldn't let the final Paper Players Challenge of the year go by without participating.

This week, Claire is the hostess with a bright and fun color theme. Garden Green, Powder Pink, Melon mambo and Lemon Lime Twist. Mr. Personal Chef wanted one more card from me, this one for our letter carrier, so I used Claire's colors to make this.




The coffee cups are from Lil Inkers. They are stamped in the challenge colors. I used the Misti so I could get them nice and even. The background papers are SU Be Merry DSP. I found these little gum drops in the colors and thought they would be fun on the coffee cups.

Here's the inside with the greeting from Lawn Fawn. It fit!



The Winter Coffee Lovers Blog Hop is in full swing too, so I'm posting this coffee themed card there as well.


To all my PP DT friends, Happy Holidays! You had such fun challenges this year. We'll be anxiously awaiting 2018's challenges.

Have a great rest of your week all, and thanks for checking in today,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Latte Love set by Lil Inkers
Paper: SU Whisper White, Garden Green, Melon Mambo card stock and SU Be Merry DSP
Ink: SU Garden Green, Lemon Lime Twist, Melon Mambo, Powder Pink, SU Browns
Other: Die-namics Stitched Square die, Concord & 9th Season of Cheer die, Doodlebug enamel shapes, the Big Shot, Dimensionals

Friday, December 1, 2017

Christmas Is 'Claus' For Celebration

We've made it to Friday, woot-woot!

Hi all,
I hope your week was good. It seemed to go really fast for me. In fact, last night I realized that it was Thursday evening and I had not made my card for this week's Paper Players challenge, so I sat down at my craft table after dinner to get one done. I like to take my pictures outside, so I had to wait until this morning to do that, so I'm just squeaking in under the wire to get it posted.

This week Joanne is the hostess with a fun sketch that makes me happy because I can add layers using her sketch design. I had not used my new goodies from the Simon Says Stamp December Card Kit yet, so I pulled it out and went to work.




Mr. and Mrs. Claus and their fur elves were stamped using Memento tuxedo black on X-Press It Blending card stock using some masking, then colored with Copics. I cut them out with the largest Die-namics Stitched Oval die. The patterned papers are all from the kit, as are the flat sequins and the little candy cane sticker. I used some white Nuvo drops on the hats and Santa's suits and a yellow Spica pen on the tree's star.

The inside uses another of the set greetings and images.



We are dog sitting for our neighbors today because they are having some new windows put in. Sadie has been her before, as you may remember and she's very comfortable, but her sister, who is older can't seem to settle down. She keeps pacing around the house, even though we brought her bed over. I guess she'll settle eventually. I do need to finish some reports for work after I get this posted.

Have a nice Friday, and thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Christmas Squad set by Simon Says Stamp
Paper: SU Whisper White, Real Red and X-Press It Blending card stock, Doodlebug Milk and Cookies patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Real Red, Copics
Other: Die-namics Stitched Oval die, SU medium oval punch, blue and green Baker's twine, flat sequins, white Nuvo drops, Spica glitter pen, white gel pen, foam tape



Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Celebrate

Hello,

My bestie, Alison, had a birthday this week. Since she's opened her presents and card now, I can post her card on my blog. I had to wait because I know she does check in here periodically.

For her card, I used the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge layout. Using Avery Elle stamps, here's what I came up with.




Using some fun patterned papers from Websters Pages, I created the horizontal element. The champagne glasses are from the Avery Elle set Mimosas. They are stamped with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics, then cut out with the set dies. The sentiment is Avery Elle too. I cut three, glued them together, inked the top with Distress Oxide ink and embossed with clear EP x 3. Before heating the third layer, I sprinkled some glitter on and then heat set it all. A few enamel dots and it's done. I like the way it turned out. Simple and interesting with the angled papers per the sketch.

The inside is simple too. I used some Concord & 9th stamps for the inside along with more Websters Pages PP.



Thanks for checking in. Have a great Wednesday!
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Mimosas set by Avery Elle and Many Mandalas set by Concord & 9th (inside)
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock and Websters Pages Recorded patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics,  and Tim Holts Distress Oxide inks
Other: Mimosas and Sentimental set dies by Avery Elle, Stitched Square die by MFT, clear EP, heat tool, enamel dots, the Big Shot, dimensionals, Wink of Stella

Saturday, November 25, 2017

You're On the Nice List

Hi all and happy Saturday afternoon,

It's become a very gloomy afternoon in my neck of the woods. The fog has rolled in off the ocean to make for a dark and gray sky. I spent the morning doing chores and most of the afternoon shopping with a friend for Small Business Saturday. There's a street in Solana Beach with little shops known as Cedros Design Center. A few of the stores are similar to antique stores where there are little individual booths within the big building. Very fun to browse!

When I got home, I made one more Christmas card using this week's Merry Monday theme, which is to use Santa on our cards. I've used an older MFT set called Jingle All the Way.





I stamped the little reindeer using Crumb Cake ink on Neenah Desert Storm paper. Using a red Copic, I colored in their noses. The panel was trimmed down to 3.5 inches x 5.5 inches and placed on a card base that is covered with Lawn Fawn plaid holiday paper. I cut the tree and Santa images from X-Press It Blending paper and then stamped the images. They are colored with Copics and glued to the center of the top panel. The sentiment is stamped in Real Red and cut out with a Die-namics Fishtail Flag die, but I squared off the ends. I cut another from the plaid paper and glued the sentiment on top.

Here 's the inside:


On both the outside and inside Santas, I used some white Nuvo drops on the hats.

Have a great evening and thanks for stopping by,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Jingle All the Way set by My Favorite Things
Paper: Neenah Desert Storm, X-Press It Blending and SU Crumb Cake card stocks, Lawn Fawn Christmas Plaid patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Real Red, Copics
Other: Die-namics Jingle All the Way, Fishtail Flags dies, Wink of Stella, Nuvo drops, white gel pen, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Friday, November 24, 2017

Wrapped In the Warmth Of Christmas

Happy Day After Thanksgiving,

Hello all. I hope you had a fun holiday celebrating with family and friends. Our's was fairly low key. We went to friends and had a simple, traditional dinner and we were home by 7:30 pm.

Today I have my Paper Player's card for you. Sandy has a fun CAS theme this week titled Warm and Cozy. I always seem to struggle with CAS, but the design for this card popped into my head and I went with it. Just like many cards in the gallery, I've used the SU Smitten set. One of my favorites from this year's Holiday catalog and perfect for Sandy's theme.




In keeping with the CAS design, I used patterned paper and dies. Just one stamp for the sentiment. The card base is Neenah Desert Storm. The patterned papers are from Lawn Fawn and they are all in knitted designs. The sentiment is stamped with VersaMark and heat embossed with gold EP. The small mittens are die cut and then I tied 6 bows from gold twine and glued them on. Super, super simple! It's a smallish card that is 4.25" square.

Here's the inside:



Since I'm not a Black Friday shopper, I think I'll do some more stamping today. I'm pretty much finished with Christmas cards, but I need to start on birthday cards. Between family and friends, I have about 12 to make for Dec. birthdays!

I hope you have a great Friday and weekend. Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Smitten and Hearts Come Home sets by Stampin' Up
Paper: Neenah Desert Storm and X-Press It Blending card stocks, Lawn Fawn Christmas patterned papers
Ink: VersaMark and SU Real Red
Other: Smitten dies, gold EP, heat tool, the Big Shot, SU gold twine

Saturday, November 18, 2017

May Your Days Be BEARY and BRIGHT


Hello,

I was up early this morning instead of sleeping in. Maybe because I had two really early conference calls this past week, so I was used to waking up. Whatever the reason, I went grocery shopping by 7:30 am, came home and washed sheets, then made some homemade black bean soup. It's not even 11:00 here yet. I'll have an early lunch then head to the craft table.

I made this super cute card last night while Mr. Personal Chef was making dinner. Another holiday card and fits both the Color Throwdown and the Merry Monday challenges for this week.




All of the stamps are from the Lawn Fawn Beary Happy Holidays set, and all of the dies are Lawn Fawn too except the top snow hill, which is from MFT. I started with a white panel that I stamped with a few of the snowflake stamps from the set using an old SU ink color called Cool Caribbean. All of the rest of the images are cut from the same white card stock. Using a sponge dauber, I sponged along the area behind the trees and the snow hill to add depth and shadow with the Cool Caribbean ink. The tree layer and the snow hill are raised up with foam tape. The bears and ice rinks are stamped with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics, and cut out with the set dies. I used the challenge colors of dark blue, light blue and silver to color the images. The skates are colored in with a silver Sharpie pen.


Here's the inside of the card.



The card base is Cool Caribbean and the layered panel is Pacific Point. I used generous amounts of Wink of Stella on the ice rinks, fishing hole and on the tree border. IRL, it really looks great.

Have a fun Saturday. Thanks for looking in,
Colleen

Supplies
Stamps: Beary Happy Holiday set by Lawn Fawn
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock, SU Pacific Point and Cool Caribbean card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Pacific Point
Other: Lawn Fawn dies, Die-namics die, the Big Shot, foam tape, Wink of Stella



Friday, November 17, 2017

Bountiful Blessings

Happy Friday all,

I'm "working" from home today. Gotta love those Friday office days. I do have to attend a two hour training class via the internet in about 30 minutes, but after that, I'm calling it a week. It's rainy here in SoCal and perfect for making more holiday cards.

Today, I have a Thanksgiving/Fall themed card made to fit a few challenges. This week's Stamp, Ink, Paper Challenge is a color challenge using Dark Brown, Yellow and Rust. The current Curtain Call Challenge theme is Acorns. Using some older Taylored Expressions sets, I made my card.



I started by stamping the the images using Memento tuxedo black, for the open stamps, and SU inks in Crushed Curry, Early Expresso, and Cajun Craze, for the solid stamps. The open images are colored with Copics.  After the stamping and coloring was finished, I trimmed the panel down to 3.75 by 5.0 inches and layered it onto an Early Expresso panel dry embossed with the TE Fall Leaves EF. The card base is Crushed Curry card stock. I cut the TE label and stamped the sentiment and squirrel, layered it over some copper twine and popped it up on the front of the card with dimensionals. A few enamel shapes in rust finish it off.

I used the TE Fall Wreath set for the inside.



Thanks for looking in today. Enjoy your Friday afternoon.

Supplies
Stamps: Falling For You and Fall Wreath sets by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU card stocks: Very Vanilla, Crushed Curry, Early Expresso
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Crushed Curry, Early Expresso, Cajun Craze, Copics
Other: TE Label die, TE Fall Leaves EF, twine, enamel shapes, The Big Shot, dimensionals