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

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Wishing You A Harvest of Blessings

Hello stamping friends,

I'm squeaking in my card for the Paper Players challenge, where LeAnne has a CAS Fall/Harvest theme this week. I made this card Sunday evening after dinner, but didn't get a chance to take a picture to blog it before leaving for Los Angeles on Monday morning.

I tried this technique after watching Jennifer's video. I had some issues with the gold EP not sticking, or sticking too much in places. I watercolored the images with Distress Oxide ink and water. In keeping with the CAS spirit, I left off embellishments and layers.

The inside: A pumpkin pie using Lawn Fawn stamps.

Have a fun Friday!


Stamps: Harvest Mouse set by My Favorite Things and Lawn Fawn Cutie Pie set (inside)
Paper: SU Pumpkin Pie and Very Vanilla card stock, Strathmore water color paper
Ink: VersaMark, SU Old Olive, Distress Oxide
Other: Die-namics Stitched Pumpkin dies, gold EP, the Big Shot

Monday, September 18, 2017

Thanks A Lot

Hello and Happy Monday evening all,

I'm back in the Los Angeles area for the week for work. Santa Monica to be exact. If one must work in Los Angeles, Santa Monica is not all that bad of a place.

I have another of the challenge cards that I made on Saturday. This one for the Sunday Stamps color challenge. I've used the super cute Paper Smooches set called Best Buds. The flower image is stamped using Memento Tuxedo black onto X-Press It Blending card stock and colored with my brand new Faber-Castel Polychromos colored pencils. I splurged and ordered the 120 pencil set. They are so pretty just setting in their box!

I pulled out pencils matching this week's color challenge and colored the flower images. I thought the panel with the bright blues and purples would look nice on a black card base, as well as the focal sentiment element.

I left the inside mostly blank with space to write a nice thank you note. 

I really like the feel of these new pencils. I have a mis-matched set of Prismacolor pencils that I've been using and they are pretty nice, but they don't have the smooth feel that the Faber-Castel pencils do. Not that I'm an expert, LOL.

Have a wonderful Tuesday everyone and thanks for looking in!

Stamps: Best Buds set by Paper Smooches
Paper: SU Basic black and X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black
Other: F-C Polychromos colored pencils, MFT Die-namics Stitched Oval die, Paper Smooches Best Buds dies, the Big Shot, purple and blue rhinestones, dimensionals

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Witches Brew With Scream and Sugar


It's been about a week since my last blog post. I'm in an extended period of work travel and only home on the weekends, which doesn't leave too much time for stamping and blogging. I did make some time to play along with a few of my favorite challenges this weekend.

Here is a Halloween card that I made yesterday using this week's Freshly Made Sketch.

I stamped my background using a few of the smaller images in the SU set. The horizontal elements are SU DSP and a piece of corrugated paper. The cup of brew is stamped on DSP and cut out then layered over the DSP pieces.  I added some round and bat shaped sequins flying out of the cup. All in all, very simple.

Here is a look at the inside.

I'm off again to Santa Monica in the morning and won't be home until Friday evening. I'm hoping to be able to blog a few more cards during the week.

I hope your week is a great one. Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Merry Cafe set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Naturals Ivory card stock, red and orange corrugated papers, and Painted Autumn DSP
Ink: SU Riding Hood red, Pumpkin Pie, Memento tuxedo black
Other: bat and round sequins, Fiskers corner rounder punch, dimensionals

Monday, September 4, 2017

Thinking Of You

Happy Labor Day evening peeps,

I'm sad to see this day end because it means it's back to work time, but, I've had a very nice and relaxing weekend and I hope you have too.

I made several cards over the last three days. It was good to get some stamping time in because I will be working out of town for the next 2.5 weeks, so stamping time will be limited to the weekends.

This card I made for the current CAS(E) This Sketch challenge. When I saw the sketch this week, I was quite stumped. I really didn't know what to do with it. But, after looking through some of my new SU Holiday catalog sets, I came up with this.

I stamped one of the small leaf stamps from the set so it fans out from the center like in the sketch. After stamping I colored them with Copics in fall colors. I heat embossed the greeting with SU copper EP onto Old Olive card stock and then punched it out with an SU punch. A hole was punched in the side and I threaded some SU gold sequin ribbon through, then tied a small bow with some olive twine and using a mini glue dot, adhered it over the small hole. The whole element is popped up with foam tape over the center of the stamped images. I added some very small olive pearls and gold enamel dots around the images to finish off the embellishments.

Here is the inside:

Have a wonderful Tuesday and thanks so much for looking in,

Stamps: Stampin' Up sets Count My Blessings and Sassy Salutations
Paper: SU Old Olive and Whisper White card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Old Olive, Copics
Other: SU Everyday Label punch, SU mini sequin trim, green twine, foam tape, Want To Scrap mini pearls, enamel dots

Sunday, September 3, 2017


Hello crafty friends,

I spent yesterday exactly as I said I would, crafting, watching US Open Tennis and some baseball. In the evening we went to our friends for dinner and as per usual, had a great time catching up with them. Jai always cooks a fabulous meal. His theme last night was Hawaiian Luau. Grilled chicken, a take on Chinese cabbage salad with serrano peppers, sticky rice and Mai tais. My own Personal Chef made a yummy shrimp cocktail for apps, and chocolate pie for dessert. Hopefully, I haven't made you too hungry, LOL.

This is one of the cards that I made yesterday. It uses the sketch from this week's  SIP Challenge and the colors from this week's Color Throwdown. I'm not really loving the mixed gingham look. In my mind, I thought it would look super cute, but really, not so much. However, I spent some quality time putting it together and coloring the PI, so I'll send it to someone and they probably won't be so critical.

Aw with many of my cards, there are several companies represented. The stamps, patterned papers, and flower die are from MFT. The stitched scalloped circle and hello die are Lawn Fawn, and the red gingham circle is cut with Spellbinders.

I stamped the PI image on X-Press It Blending card stock and colored her with Copics. I decided to cut the "hello" die again with black paper and use the black for the inserts in the loops of the letters. Just for something different. To complete the card I rounded opposite corners and added some enamel dots.

It's more of the same for me today. The weather is gloomy again, even with a few rain drops this morning. It beats the heat we've been having over the last 4-5 days.

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Pure Innocence Sunflower Girl by My Favorite Things
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White, Real Red, Summer Sun, Daffodil Yellow, More Mustard, Gumball Green, Basic Black and X-Press It Blending card stock, MFT Gingham Patterned Papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black and Copics
Other: Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped circle and Hello, Spellbinders circle, Die-Namics Sunflower dies, Fiskars corner rounder punch, enamel dots, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Who Needs Snowflakes. . .


It's one of my favorite long weekends of the year. Labor Day holiday weekend for me is usually hanging at home, lots of crafting, with the US Open Tennis matches in the background during the day and then a baseball game to watch in the evening. Very low key and relaxing. I'm looking forward to every minute. I just cleaned the clutter from my stamping table, just so I can add it back today.

A few nights ago I made this holiday card. I'm truly behind on making holiday cards this year, and when I saw this set in the SU Holiday catalog, I knew I was going to buy it. Perfect for someone who lives in a coastal community.

As you can see, I've used the current Global Design Project Sketch. The patterned papers are from Stampin' Up from several years ago. I stamped the tree image using SU Archival Black ink onto Strathmore watercolor paper and colored it with Zig Real Brush watercolor markers and a water brush. The sentiment is stamped with SU Cherry Cobbler ink and cut out with a Die-namics Pierced Fishtail Flags die. The sparkly ribbon is from this years SU Holiday catalog.

The inside of the card is super simple using more images from the new stamp set.

Have a great weekend everyone. Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Beachy Little Christmas set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White and regular Whisper White card stock, Strathmore watercolor paper, SU Holiday DSP, SU ribbon, Die-namics die, the Big Shot, foam tape

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Hello Fall

Happy Tuesday Peeps,

I hope your day was a good one. I spent most of mine doing drawings in Visio for two customer projects. I'm just learning the program and how we are going to be using it in my work, so I'm a bit slow with it right now. It's different, but kind of fun though. Probably because it's some thing different.

On Sunday evening I ran across a cute sketch on the Sunday Sip post at the Coffee Loving Cardmakers blog, and I thought I'd play along. It's a nice, simple sketch with lots of possibilities. I let some Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather patterned papers do much of the work.

The cups of coffee are from the Lawn Fawn set called Love You a Latte. One of my favorite LF sets. They are stamped with Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics. The stitched rectangle is Die-namics. I tied a small bow with two colors of Baker's twine and glued to the corner. Super simple.

For the inside of my card I used a new SU set called Merry Cafe. I love combining stamp sets.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday afternoon or evening. Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Love You A Latte set by Lawn Fawn and Merry Cafe set by Stampin' Up
Paper: Taylored Expressions dark red textured card stock, X-Press It blending card stock, Lawn Fawn Sweater Weather patterned papers
Other: Die-namics Stitched Rounded Rectangle die, Baker's twine, the Big Shot, dimensionals