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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

When Witches Go Riding. . .


Well, two cancelled appointments today and I'm home way earlier than I expected to be. Unfortunately, it means that tomorrow will be a long day making up the meetings in addition to my already scheduled work.

I've been making Halloween cards like crazy the last two evenings. For today's post, I'm sharing one that I made using this week's Paper Players challenge. Laurie is the hostess with a CAS Spooky Halloween theme.

I always have trouble with determining if something is really CAS. I'm hoping this qualifies.

I started off with a Whisper White panel and using a cloud stencil, sponged Distress Inks in Stormy Sky and Pumice Stone to create the "Stormy" sky. The witch's dress and sentiment are from an older Taylored Expressions set called Toil and Trouble. I love the spooky sentiment! I first stamped the sentiment on the sponged panel and then over the die cut moon (circle), matching up the letters for placement. The dress is stamped on X-Press It Blending card stock and colored with Copics. I fussy cut it out and popped it up as if floating in the clouds. The bats are from a package of Halloween sequins.

Here's the witch's riding companion on the inside.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy hump-day tomorrow,

Stamps: Toil and Trouble set by Taylored Expressions
Paper: SU Concord Crush, Whisper White, So Saffron and X-Press It Blending card stocks
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Distress Stormy Sky and Pumice Stone, SU Concord Crush
Other: Cloud stencil, sponge, Die-namics Stitched Circle die, the Big Shot, dimensionals, bat sequins

Monday, October 16, 2017

Warmer With You

Hello and Happy Monday afternoon to all,

I hope that the week has started off as a good one for you. I had a relatively easy Monday, but beginning tomorrow, work will ramp up for the rest of the week. I'm happy to say that by Thursday, I'll have one big project completed for a customer. That is always a great feeling!

Today's card, which I made last week, is for the Sunday Stamps Challenge. Bold and Beautiful is the theme this time with vibrant colors of blues and reds. I had just received some new products that I ordered from Simon Says Stamp and of course, I had to use some of it right away.

I stamped the Christmas Sweater background stamp using Cherry Cobbler ink onto the Real Red card base. I used my larger Misti stamping too so that I could ink it up several times to get good coverage. I saw on one of Jennifer McGuire's videos that you can use rubber stamps in the Misti by removing the foam pad. It works really well and I've used this technique many times since.

The snow family are from a Gina K set called Warmer With You. They are stamped on X-Press It Blending card stock, colored with Copics and cut out with the co-ordinating dies. I used a very liberal amount of Wink of Stella over them for sparkle. I stamped the sentiment onto a really old SU color called Bordering Blue, which is one of my fave SU shades, and used an Avery Elle heart die to cut it out. The enamel dots are SU. I used Nuvo white drops to add more dimension to the hats and ear muffs.

Here is the inside of the card:

This was a totally fun card to make!

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: SSS Christmas Sweater background stamp, Warmer WithYou set by Gina K
Paper: SU Real Red, Bordering Blue, Night of Navy and X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: SU Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Pacific Point, Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Hero Arts white craft
Other: Gina K Warmer With You dies, Die-namics Stitched Oval die, Avery Elle Heart die, Lawn Fawn House Border die, Wink of Stella, SU enamel dots, Nuvo drops, Hero Arts white EP, heat tool, Misti Stamping Tool, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Ghouls Night Out


I hope everyone had a fun, relaxing weekend. It was nice weather here in San Diego and I did some walking, and lots of stamping. I've been trying to get Halloween cards made in time to send.

Today's post is a Halloween card that I made using this week's Freshly Made Sketch #308. The sketch looks like a picture that's been snapped and that's the direction I went with it.

I pulled out this fun Lawn Fawn Halloween set called Booyah with it's coordinating dies and some old SU Halloween DSP called Motley Monsters. The images are stamped on X-Press It Blending card stock and colored with Copics. The sentiment is stamped in Tangerine Tango, and I added the #selfie/#friends stamps from the LF Elphie Selfie set. (It seemed fitting.)

Here's the inside:

Thanks for stopping by,

Stamps: Lawn Fawn Booyah and Elphie Selfie sets
Paper: SU Basic Black, Whisper White and X-Press It Blending card stocks, SU Motley Monsters DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Tangerine Tango
 Other: Die-namics square, Wonky Stitched Rectangle, Fishtail Flags dies, LF Booyah dies, glitter Boo embellishment, Wink of Stella, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Tuesday, October 10, 2017


Hi everyone,

I have another card that I made Sunday afternoon to share with you. This one uses Joanne's color theme, this week's challenge at The Paper Players.

I've noticed that I've certainly posted lots of cards with yellows and oranges lately. This one continues that trend as Joanne's colors are Crushed Curry, Peekaboo Peach and Early Expresso.

I stamped the image onto Strathmore water color paper with VersaMark ink and heat embossed it with dark brown EP. Using the SU inks and a water brush, I colored it with the challenge colors. The stamp is from Lil' Inkers called Wreath of Roses.

The sentiment is a Lil' Inkers die that matches the stamp set. It's cut from Early Expresso card stock. The water color paper is embossed with a Lil' Inkers Wonky stitched die. It's layered on a panel of Early Expresso and popped up with foam tape on the Crushed Curry card base.

For the inside, I've use an SU set called Lots of Love.

Thanks for coming by today,

Stamps: Wreath of Roses set by Lil' Inkers and Lots of Love set by Stampin' Up
Paper: Strathmore water color paper, SU Early Expresso and Crushed Curry
Ink: SU Peekaboo Peach, Early Expresso, Crushed Curry, VersaMark
Other: Lil' Inker Hello and Wonky Stitched Square dies, dark brown EP, heat tool, water brush, the Big Shot, enamel dots, foam tape

Monday, October 9, 2017

It's Your Day-Celebrate

Hi all,

I made a couple of cards yesterday afternoon, but didn't get around to taking pictures until this afternoon. My brother's birthday is coming up at the end of the month and one of my goals was to get a card made for him.

The other day while I was at Paper Source to get some wrapping paper, I saw some cute fox stickers and had to buy them. Yesterday, I managed to actually use one. They are made with multi-layered papers and have accompanying tiny enamel acorns. Using the current MFT Wednesday Sketch, here's my brother's birthday card.

All of the dies are Die-namics and the sentiments and leaves are from various MFT sets. The cute patterned papers are from an older Doodlebug Fall 6 x 6" pad.

Here is the inside. More stamps from MFT.

I was also going to link up to the As You See It blog challenge which is shades of Orange this week, but when I went back to the blog to read the challenge, it's also a 10 minute card. This one didn't qualify. Next time.

Thanks for stopping in. Have a great week.

Stamps: Big Birthday Greetings (front sentiments), Harvest Mouse (leaves on front), Fall Friends (inside) sets all by My Favorite Things
Paper: X-Press It Blending card stock and Doodlebug patterned papers
Ink: SU Pumpkin Pie and Early Expresso, Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Little B Stickers (Paper Source), Die-namics Stitched Rounded Corner Rectangle, Inside and Out Stitched Circle, and an older single Banner dies, Harvest Mouse dies, enamel dots, dimensionals

Saturday, October 7, 2017

With Sympathy

Hello stampers,

Sadly, our neighbor Christina's father passed away this morning, so I turned the card that I planned to make today into a sympathy card for her.

Using the sketch from CAS(E) this Sketch!, and the inspiration photo from Inspired By All the Little Things, here's what I came up with.

I was inspired to use the fall colors in the flowers and the pumpkins for a fall-ish themed card. The pumpkin washi tape is from Paper Source. The Asters are from Altenew. Using the Misti Stamping Tool I stamped the two flowers on X-Press It Blending card stock using some Hero Arts inks. I cut them out with the corresponding dies. The white panel is a piece of wood grained paper from a pack that I got years ago. I placed a strip of the washi tape down on it and then cut it with the Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die. I layered the flowers on one end and cut off the overhanging pieces, then glued it down to a Really Rust card base. The sentiment is stamped with Memento tuxedo black and is from Simon Says Stamp.

Here is the inside:

The sentiment is a really old wooden stamp that doesn't have a label on it. Not sure what company it's from.

It's a beautiful Saturday here in Southern California. Since I live close to the coast, it's not hot at all, but mid 70s and not a cloud. I went walking early and got in a 4.5 mile walk, so no guilt sitting and stamping this afternoon, LOL.

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Build a Flower - Asters by Altenew and With Sympathy stamp by SSS
Paper: SU Really Rust and X-Press It Blending, wood grain card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Hero Arts
Other: Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, Altenew Asters dies, Paper Source pumpkin washi tape, gold enamel dots, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Have a Wild, Wild Birthday

Hi fellow stampers,

Yay! It's Thursday already. One more day until the weekend. I'm always ready for one, LOL.

We are attending a little birthday party tonight for a seven year old. I'm not so sure he'll love his presents, books, but he'll like his card. (I'm pretty sure.) These Lawn Fawn animals from the Wild For You set are so, so fun!

I started by stamping them all on X-Press It Blending card stock. I colored them with Copics and used the corresponding LF dies to cut them out. The background is made by cutting another piece of X-Press It card stock out with the Avery Elle Diagonal Stripes die and using some Distress Oxide inks and the SU Gorgeous Grunge set I stamped the splotches. It's layered onto a Tempting Turquoise card base.

Our friends at Stamp, Ink, Paper blog have an "anything goes" challenge this week. Use some of your favorite stamps. Not sure how I'd ever pick favorite stamps from my collection, but these are super cute.

On the inside I've used another LF set called Elphie Selfie.

I need to go wrap those books up. Thanks for stopping in and have a great Friday.

Stamps: Lawn Fawn sets Wild For You and Elphie Selfie. SU set Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: SU Tempting Turquoise and X-Press It Blending card stock
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, Distress Oxide
Other: LF Wild For You dies, Avery Elle Diagonal Stripes die, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Monday, October 2, 2017

Happy Birthday


Today I have my card for this week's Paper Players Challenge. When I saw Sandy's theme this week, I had to laugh because on Saturday afternoon I posted a card that would have been perfect for Sandy's Autumn Floral theme this week. But, not to worry. I already had another idea brewing.

It just so happens that I had picked up some cute Fall journals at Paper Source Saturday morning. (I use them for work notes instead of just plain note books.) One of them had sparked an idea or re-creating it for a card front. Here's the result and I rather like how it turned out.

I started by rounding up some images that would work to make my card. The small pumpkins are from the SU set called Pick a Pumpkin. The oak leaf is from the Taylored Expressions Autumn Wreath set, and the flowers and small leaves are from Hero Arts Little Florals set.

I stamped the flowers first using Memento tuxedo black on the Crumb Cake panel so they would have the space needed. Then using Hero Arts craft white ink, I stamped the pumpkins. Sprinkled the white EP and heat embossed them. Next came the oak leaves, then the flower leaves. For the colored flowers, I stamped them on X-Press It Blending card stock with Memento tuxedo black and colored them with fall shades of Copics. They were cut out with the corresponding dies and glued over the original stamped images. Next I cut the panel out using the largest Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die. It's glued to a Cajun Craze card base. The sentiment is from the SU Happy Birthday Gorgeous set. Stamped in the Hero Arts white craft ink and heat embossed with white EP. It's punched with an old SU label punch. I wrapped some SU copper thread behind it and popped it up with dimensionals.

Here's the Paper Source journal that gave me the inspiration for this design, and finally, the inside of the card.  The inside is super simple with just a sentiment from the older SU set called Really Good Greetings.

This is going to our good friend, who's birthday is actually today. We're having dinner with her on Wednesday, so I'll just hand it instead of mail it. I have two more birthday's this week to make cards for. Hopefully, one will get done tonight.

Have a good week all. Hopefully, we won't have any more horrible news this week!

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Hero Arts Little Florals set, Taylored Expressions Autumn Wreath set, SU sets Pick a Pumpkin, Really Good Greetings, Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Paper: SU Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, X-Press It Blending card stocks
Ink: Hero Arts white craft, SU Cajun Craze, Memento tuxedo black, Copics
Other: Hero Arts Little Florals dies, Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangle die, SU label punch, SU Copper thread, sequins, white EP, heat tool, the Big shot, dimensionals

Saturday, September 30, 2017



I hope your weekend has started off well, that you are having a relaxing Saturday. I've been finishing up a couple of birthday cards that I need for a party tonight. My friend and her mom have birthdays in the same week and tonight they are having a joint celebration.

For Donna, the mom, I made this card using this week's fall colors at Color Throwdown Challenge. Such a pretty combination!

I've combined two Altenew sets to create the front of my card, and the main sentiment, Celebrate, is from Avery Elle. Using my Misti and several SU inks fitting the colors and some masking I created this floral scene. The patterned papers are from a new fall 6x6" pad from Lawn Fawn. I love these layered stamping sets. They are so fun to experiment with different colors and shades.

The inside is pretty simple. The flowers are stamped in Memento tuxedo black and colored with Copics.

Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

Thanks for looking in,

Stamps: Altenew sets Beautiful Day and Dahlia Blossoms, Avery Elle set Sentimental
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White, X-Press It Blending card stock, Lawn Fawn Fall Plaid patterned papers
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Cajun Craze, Dusty Durango, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Tangelo Twist, Peach Parfait, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, Copics
Other: Copper sequins

Friday, September 29, 2017

Warm Winter Wishes

Hello and Happy Friday!

I made this card last night, but didn't get the picture taken until this morning. Truly squeaking it in to the gallery!

Nance is the hostess this week at Paper Players with a great sketch challenge. I used some of the new DSP from the SU Holiday catalog and a new Christmas set from Avery Elle. A pretty simple card, but with an old time feel. (I think).

More stamps from the set used on the inside.

I used the Die-namics Wonky Stitched Rectangles to cut the DSP and the set dies to cut out the snow couple and north pole sign. They are colored with Copics. I used a Wink of Stella pen and brushed on some sparkle over the snow and used some white Nuvo crystal drops on the lady's hat.

Have a great weekend all!
Thanks for stopping in,

Stamps: Frosty Friends set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White and regular Whisper White card stock and SU Be Merry DSO
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, SU Garden Green and Cherry Cobbler, Copics
Other: Die-namics dies, Avery Ellen Frosty Friends dies, Nuvo drops, Wink of Stella, the Big Shot, diemnsionals

Tuesday, September 26, 2017



I hope your week has started off well. Today was a very busy work day for me, and tomorrow will be no different. But, it's ok because then the weekend seems to arrive faster.

Today I have the card that I made on Friday using the current CAS(E) This Sketch layout. What a fun one this week, although it took me a little while to make up my mind on how to use it.

I started with some older Doodlebug Christmas patterned papers and a new SU Christmas set called Smitten Mittens. This was a super quick card to put together as there isn't much stamping involved. Love the silver and Bermuda Bay colors together too, and it especially looks pretty with a pop or Real Red.

Here is the inside:

Thanks for stopping in, and have a great Wednesday!

Stamps: Smitten Mittens set by Stampin' Up
Paper: SU Heavy Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Real Red and Silver card stock and Doodlebug patterned papers
Ink: SU Bermuda Bay
Other: SU Smitten dies, red rhinestone, Baker's twine, Nuvo silver glitter drops, the Big Shot, dimensionals

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Merry Christmas

Hi all,

I hope you've had a nice and relaxing weekend. I've been doing some crafty things, but not with paper, stamps and ink. This weekend, I made some mug rugs for birthday gifts. I drew my own coffee mug pattern, traced it onto some fabric and appliqu├ęd it to some canvas background fabric. I'll post some pictures at the end of my blog post, because, while I didn't do any stamping this weekend, I did do some on Friday to made a few challenge cards.

This one uses the current Freshly Made Sketch layout. I have to say, I love Jen's sketch this week! Here's what I came up with.

I took a little creative license and changed the small focal element from rectangle to circle because I wanted to use this star circle frame by Avery Elle, and because I think it works best with the little bear image, also Avery Elle. The patterned papers are Holiday papers from SU from last year.  After cutting out the circle star frame and the larger star in the upper corner, I covered the stars with a generous amount of Wink of Stella clear glitter. It looks great IRL. The bear is colored with Copics and cut with the corresponding set die.

Here is the inside. The bird is from the same Avery Elle set, but the sentiment is a very old Christmas stamp that I've had forever, and also one of my very favorite Christmas card greetings.

Here are the mug rugs that I made this weekend. They were super fun to craft!

Thanks for stopping by this afternoon. Have a wonderful week!

Stamps: Winter Woodland Wonders set by Avery Elle
Paper: SU Heavy weight Whisper White and Delightful Dijon card stock and Presents and Pinecones DSP
Ink: Memento tuxedo black, Copics, SU Cherry Cobbler
Other: Avery Elle Winter Woodland Wonders and Star Circle Frame dies, Wink of Stella, the Big Shot, dimensionals

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