Thursday, January 14, 2021

Cut the Cake, #FMS468 Birthday card


Hard for me to believe I haven't posted since the first of Dec.  So, here is my first challenge card for this year for Freshly made sketches.  Cute and simple and one of my favorite people is the host of this one.

This one is for my oldest grand, I've given up trying to remember just how old he is, but lets just say 30 something.  He's a car guy so I thought this was a good one for him.  I do struggle with masculine cards, but when they have themes to work with it does help.  

Colors: Real red, Misty Moonlight, White, Mossy Meadow and Granny Apple green.\

The DSP is from a pack of the 2020-2022 incolor 6x6 paper pack. I love how it looks like denim, just works.   I had a lot of fun with my water brush and ink pad just picking up some color and spreading it around.  I think I'm getting better at that.  I used a silver pen on the grill, just kind of scribbled it on, it's an old car and a bit run down, my favorite kind.  

I thought it was a bit too bland so I added the piece that was run though the Tasteful Textures 3D embossing folder, just added a bit of interest.  

Hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Just Add Ink #533. Peaceful Snowflakes


The Just Add Ink challenge for this week is to just add S.  My S is snowflakes. I love snowflakes a lot, so I have a whole slew of them that will live with me for a very long time. 

If you haven't tried these challenges, you should. Not only are they fun, but they help you get your Christmas cards done. At least they do me.  I'm going pretty simple this year, this is simple but so peaceful and pretty.   

The paper is Snowflake Splendor DSP, so many gorgeous patterns and colors and a hold over from last year, so lucky you if you have some left.

I also used the Stitched Nested Label dies, I cut my paper the largest size, then went down one size to cut into my white top piece and glued them together.  A snowflake die and pretty rhinestone top it off.  The sentiment is from Wrapped in Christmas.    Oh, and my base color is Coastal Cabana.

I hope you enjoyed. 

Merry Christmas

Peace on Earth, Paper Players #519


I must say, I probably have lots of cards that would have met the tic tac toe board this week.  But this one was so much fun to make.

I did the top row across, patterned paper, die cut and embossing. 

Most of this is really old. The star stamps was a 2 box set and the heart framelets came with.  But it's one I probably will never part with, how can something like this go out of style? It just can't.   I paired it with purple as you see, just to be a little different and because I love purple, but it would look gorgeous in Bermuda bay too or many other colors, I just think with the silver and white back ground Bermuda bay would really stand out.

The sentiment is new, from a set called Wrapped in Christmas, It just seemed to fit this card.  

Here is the challenge and the tic tac toe board to play from. 

There are lots more pretties to see at the site, and maybe you'll join in?  Thanks for stopping and I truly hope I've given you some inspiration.

Sunday, November 1, 2020

Curvy die Christmas at Stampin Up


I have 2 for you today, both using one of the dies from the Curly die set. This set is avail for sale on the 3rd of Nov. It's really different and a lot of fun.  It has an every day stamp set and an optional Christmas stamp set, the dies work with both. Here I just used the one die to cut my paper.

The paper is Brightly Gleaming, it came out last year, but carried over.  I'm pretty happy about that as it's gorgeous, this is only one of the beautiful papers in the set.    The branches that are stamped are from the Peaceful Boughs stamp set. That also carried over and is in the current annual catalog.

Unfortunately, the bells did not carry over, but I love them.  Sometimes I get carried away with Christmas sets and don't get enough time with them, so here I am using this one this year. The foil is copper as is the embossing on this, the over lay on the bell is also copper foil.  

I fairly easy card, sometimes we need that just to get enough done, right?

Card #2.  I used the same Curvy die, but cut a 2nd piece from gold foil to match the gold deer. I love using deer on my cards and we have quite a few right now. This one is Dashing Deer, and did not carry over, however there is a really cute deer in Nature's Beauty along with some other little animals.

The paper here is Toile Tidings which didn't carry over. Another pretty easy card.  

So, hope you got some ideas from these.  If you are like me and behind already, it's time to get those Christmas cards done to mail our right after Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Happiness and Love at Christmas, #JAI528


This was a fun and simple challenge from Just Add Ink this week.  The Snowflake Splender DSP was calling to me, I just love this paper, but then blue is my color! Add some purple and I'm in heaven. 

Here is the challenge, check it out to see all the wonderful projects!

All stuff I love and use a lot, especially on Christmas projects.   I'll tell you a little secret, I love Christmas stamping!  I just can't help myself, and I have so many yummy Christmas stamps, dies, embossing folders and on and on, that my head swims when I sit down to make something. What to use, what to use.    I had started this to make a card the other day, so the Misty Moonlight CS and the DSP were already set to go. The Beautiful Bought dies worked great under the ornament.

So, the ornament is cut from Silver foil, I think the Gorgeous Grape and Highland Heather worked fantastic with the foil. I added Noble Peacock Rhinestones for some extra bling. 

I hope you enjoy and also that it gives you some ideas of your own, but feel free to CASE.


Saturday, October 10, 2020

Hark the Herald, Angels Sing, Stampin UP, Christmas card


So many ways to use this new set. I used just the Poinsettia dies and the Plush Poinsettia DSP along with Red Velvet paper and a sentiment from For Unto Us. With some gold embossing. 

Some of the dies in the set work on some of the paper to cut one version of the Poinsettia and a leaf out. I thought it would be fun to combine that paper with the red velvet paper and a neat die cutout. 

 To make it easier to place the text, I cut a smaller piece of white and stamped and embossed on that so then placed it and glued it down right where I wanted it. 

Now, what to do with that pretty cut piece!

Sunday, September 27, 2020

Poinsettia Petals, #JAI524


A Color from Just Add Ink for Inspiration this week.  Such pretty colors, Mint Macaron, Merry Merlot and Rococo Rose. 

Hop on over to see all the pretties or join in yourself. 

I used some of the Plush Poinsettia DSP over top of a piece of Mint Macaron to give it some color. 

I did a bit of watercoloring lightly on my gold embossed poinsettias. cut some other pieces in the set out using Merry Merlot as well as the Merry from a retired set.  Added in a couple of rhinestones and done. It's simple, but with plenty of texture which I love. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.



Gather together fall, #FMS454


I'm coming in at the last min here. I'm having issues with being able to get my photos onto my computer from my camera. Yup, the old fashioned way. My computer isn't cooperating. So, having to figure out how to take them of my phone.   I know, lots of people upload to FB right from the phone, not this person. LOL. 

 Anyway, I decided a needed a new fall set, and I do love these leaves with the pronounced embossing built in.  

Today I'm taking my inspiration from Freshly Made Sketches, check them out here to see the challenge and all the goodies.


The set is called Gather Together, stamps and dies.  I used Rich Razzleberry, Mango Melody and Cinnamon Cider.

I first took watercolor paper and spritzed with water, then dropped color on from my refills that I had put into the lid of my colors and also added a bit of water to.  After it was dry I die cut my leaves, I ended up with as dark a color in places on my leaves so after dry I added just a bit more color in spots.

I added the leaves to a piece of the new Plaid Tidings DSP, and added all that to a bit larger piece of Cinnamon Cider. Wrapped with linen thread, used my blends to add color to rhinestones and added those. I popped up that whole piece before adding it to my Mango Melody base card.  The sentiment was stamped on vellum and added when dry. 

Thanks for stopping by! 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

It almost feels like fall, Paper Players #508

Paper players has a wonderful color challenge for this week, great fall colors, and I had fun with it.
Check it all here here.

I started out using Very Vanilla for my base card, then a piece of Pretty Peacock that I used one of our new narrow embossing folders on. The set is called Meadow Moments.  The new folders fit in the brand new (so new that as of right now, it's not available just yet.) small sized cut and emboss machine. It is made just like the full sized one and I think it has a big wider mouth then any of the other small ones out there.
I just love how the leaves come down the side, then have a few dots and a leaf here and there further in. 
I used Positive Thoughts stamps, Natures thoughts dies and Season of Layers dies (retired) for all my leaves and feather and butterfly. I used silver foil for one of my leaves as well as the shape cut with VV on the top with the sentiment.  A few rhinestones and I was done.

I hope you enjoy, I sure had a good time making it.

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Christmas Skate, #fms451

The skate if from a set called Free Skate, and was in last years Holiday catalog. It was my favorite set in that catalog but for whatever reason was not carried over. But I still love it.
My inspiration this week is from the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches.
A simple sketch and so easy to use, I really enjoyed playing with it. Find the challenge and all the other projects here.

I combined SU Seaside Spray incolor with our new Misty Moonlight incolor, they are fabulous together.  I added in some Silver foil and some Soft Seafoam for my holly.

I stamped the snow on White, and layered that over a piece of Seaside Spray. Then layered silver pieces die cut with the Rectangular Stitched dies, over Misty Moonlight, cut just a bit larger. 
I stamped and die cut my skate, then added the silver die cut for the skate runner and the holly attached to ribbon.  The rhinestones are from the new Mini (holiday) catalog, Blue Adhesive backed Gems. 
I hope you enjoy.

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Poinsettia Petal, Paper Players #506, Think Christmas

I know it's a little early, but I'm going to be a bit slower at getting my Christmas cards done this year, so hope you'll put up with me. 

Inspiration for this was provided by the Paper Players challenge. This week it is a Tic Tac Toe challenge, I did the top row across and tossed in some embossing, ribbon and gems to boot.  Stop on by and take a look.

So, I used the Stampin Up Poinsettia Petal bundle along with Tis the Season DSP. The amount of choices for using DSP is huge for this bundle.  It has it's own 2 sets, one of which is a flocked vellum! And the other has lots of Poinsettias. Plus 2 more sets in Christmas colors that work beautifully at the very least.

Although the DSP is real red, I used Poppy Parade for the berries as I thought they just worked better. But you can decide for yours.
Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, August 15, 2020

My favorite Stampin Up Christmas set for this season 2020, Freshly Made Sketches #448

My inspiration for this is from Freshly Made Sketches for this week.    Click on the link and check all the fabulous projects out.

The bundle is the Poinsettia Petals bundle, there is a suite as well with lots of goodies to go with. My favorite of those is the 2 12x12 packs of DSP. On is a standard pack with lots of poinsettias, and one is vellum with flocked images. I haven't tried it yet, but I'm itching to.  For this card, I used a paper from another set, 'tis the season.  Lots of general fun Christmas designs.

I used silver glimmer paper on the  center cut edges just for some extra bling.  I lightly colored the white die cut pieces with my real red watercolor pencil and smoothed it out using a water brush.

The sentiment was cut out using the new Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.
I hope you'll take a look at FMS, and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, August 1, 2020

#fms446, A Doxie Birthday

I keep meaning to make some cards this size, so thank you Linda at Freshly Made Sketches for using this size for her sketch challenge this week.

So, come see all the fun cards done in this size, it takes a #10 envelop by the way. 

So, this is my youngest daughter's birthday card.  She is a doxie mom and as most who are doxie moms, they love anything doxie.   I fell in love with these pups! Look at that one running to get a piece of the cake.  
I used Soft Suede, Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade. And some watercolor paper.

I hope you enjoy, have a great weekend.

Friday, July 24, 2020

Is it Christmas already?

So, as SU demos, we are a month early this year with our pre orders, and ordering for everyone starts Aug 1st. When my first order from the Holiday catalog comes in, I just have to make at least one card.   Now I shall work on going back to the annual catalog for my cards for a bit longer.

The bell set is from last year, but it suited what I wanted to do. The DSP is a new set called 'Tis the season. Lots of fun designs.   I used the new Poinsettia Petals set for the leaves and plants behind the bell.  And reached back a couple years for the Galvanized paper for the bell. The NOEL is from Wrapped in Christmas, that one is in the current new mini (holiday) catalog.

For this I used Real Red and Garden Green.  Merry Christmas, (ducking).

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Flowering Blooms Thinking of you, #TGIFC271 color challenge

I combined the Jar from Jar of Flowers and Flowering Blooms stamp and dies to create this card.
My inspiration is a color challenge from TGIFC. 
I hope you will check out the challenge and see all the wonderful projects.

So using this challenge I used a white base card, then a Espresso layer then used my brayer to color inside the new Seabed embossing folder and layered that on top. 

I punched my jar out of Flirty Flamingo, and vellum so mute the color some and give it a glass jar look.   I then cut several of the rose flowers out in all 3 colors, plus some of the leaves and the vine flowers. Layered them all on  a pieced of white die cut from the Rectangle Stitched dies.  Added a bow after using glue and demintionals.

I had trouble finding a place I liked for the sentiment, but found laying it on one side worked for me and left the jar and flowers open. 
Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, July 3, 2020

Rescuing kitties, #fms442

First things first, this card is going out to my daughter who rescued to little kittens that were only a few days old, so this card is going out to her.
My inspiration is from Freshly Made Sketches,  I hope they think it meets the criteria of their sketch, had quite a time figuring out how to do that with the Pampered Pet bundle.
Here is the sketch, check it all out.
About this card, My first new bundle from the SU new annual catalog, Pampered Pets. They have had several sets out for pets, but this one has some really neat dogs and cats, and usually there is one or the other.  It also has dies to cut everything out with and a DSP set, some for backgrounds and some can be cut out and used, it's a heavy paper so geared to using it as you would a stamped image. 
I used Gray granite, Lovely Lipstick and whisper white.  Cut my lipstick a bit smaller top to bottom and embossed that piece with the new Tasteful Textile embossing folder. 

Then cut out 2 pieces using the Stitched Nested Label dies, one from a piece of the Playful pet DSP and the top piece one size smaller from vellum.  stamped, colored just a bit and die cut my kitty. She looks like such a happy kitty.  popped her up with dimentials, stamped the double hearts and used a bit of ribbon wrapped around and knotted.  Stamped the sentiment and cut out using the Lovely Labels Pick a Punch. 

Thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 27, 2020

Flowering Blooms, Just because, Fab Friday #192

A fairly easy card today.  Simple but effective and I'm in Love with this Flowering Blooms bundle.  All I have done is stamp and die cut, it's already colored in. First, my inspiration for this was from a new Incolor Challenge. 

I'm having such a good time with these new incolors. I'm not normally so quick to love them all, but these go together so well.  
Remember, you can get all 5 pads together for a discounted price in the annual catalog.

I used Bumblebee as my base color, then a layer of Whisper white.  Then I cut out this Ornate Style die from white.  Make it easy on yourself, use a piece of double sided liner paper, it really helps with the difficult cuts like this one.And it's all ready to glue down afterward.
I simply sponged on some bumblebee color off my ink pad after cutting a mask piece and laying that down.
I cut one flower out of the Misty Moonlight, and one from the Just Jade, cut the heads of the flowers off the blue and glued them down on top of the green.  I also stamped and cut a couple of the leaf vines to add to it.
I glued the whole piece down to my white layer then continued by using a sponge to color a piece of white seam binding and wrapped that making a knot. 
I used an older, retired sentiment set for the sentiment. I tend to love Just because and Thinking of you sentiments as I can put them in my stash and go back later and make them up for anything I want. 
I used Rhinestones in the centers of my flowers and the little gel dots are from the new incolor gel dot set.
That's about it.  Except the piece the sentiment is stamped on, I used our new Lovely Label Pick a punch, punch.  2 different types of cuts for ends, each one with 3 sizes, this punch will get a lot of use.

I hope you got some inspiration from me today, thanks for stopping.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Birthday card, #FF0061, New incolors for 2020/2021

The whole of this floral set, Flowering Blooms, is so pretty, but this flower just spoke to me and I had to have it. The flower is stamped in Magenta Madness, one of the brand new incolors, and the card base and scalloped oval are Cinnamon Cider.

The challenge at Festive Friday was perfect inspiration for just what I wanted to do. 
I choose the yellow, green, pink, flowers and sweet sentiment. So more then the 3 asked for, it just fell together. Check it out here.

The DSP is from the new set Flowers for every Season, I embossed it with Tasteful Textures embossing folder.  It's another one of those that can be used to give a card a bit of a texture boost without overwhelming the design like the Subtle folder. 
So I also used Itty Bitty Greetings in combo with the new punch Lovely Labels Pick a Punch.
Hard to see, but I decided I wanted to use the new Vellum Doily anyway, I still think it adds a bit.   And the Layering Ovals finished off the card with the flower added to the top layer along with rhinestones and a bit of splatter.

I hope I have inspired you a bit today, and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, June 6, 2020

I thought of you card, Just add ink #508

Inspiration for todays card is from Just add ink, stop over to see the challenge here.

Just make up a project using something that starts with an F.  My card has Flowers.   I love Gorgeous Grape, I pined for Blackberry bliss when it went out of the line, but now that it's back I don't use it as much as Grape, partly because Grape has the Highland Heather matching shade as well as for now Purple Posy and even lighter shade.  But side note, my front door is Blackberry bliss.

I love have sentiments that I can make up that go with a lot of different reasons, and I can finish off my inside of the card with something more specific. 
The hardest part of this card was die cutting the lace trim, but well worth the effort. I ended up having to shim the center of the card to get it cut all the way through.  My poor Big Shot is 8 yrs old tho, and that might be the problem. It's still going strong tho.  But I'm tapping my foot waiting on the new machine from SU. 

So, colors today are Whisper white, Purple Posy, Gorgeous Grape and Granny Apple Green.  I used purple posy for my card base, it's a standard A2 base, then I embossed the Gorgeous Grape with the Parisian Flourish embossing folder. I cute the whole piece of lace out, then used the small end die to cut down to just the smaller piece and layered that over the top.  Stamped and punched out my flowers, and added the rhinestones from Noble Peacock rhinestone pack of jewels. And stamped and cut my leaves out using the leaf punch.
After stamping my sentiment I die cut that out with the Stitched Shapes dies.

I'm more then happy to answer questions, but you'll have to get your answer here in my comment section, it's the only way Blogger will work.  Thanks for stopping.

Friday, May 29, 2020

Painted Poppies note card, #jai507

My inspiration for this card is from the Just add Ink challenge, wow what a fun sketch to play with.  The team cards are fabulous, see them HERE.

My colors are, Lovely Lipstick (retiring in a few days), Mossy meadow and Whisper white.   The DSP is from the Peaceful Poppies DSP.  I have so much left, and I love it so much!  I have a problem.  When I love a paper set, it's hard for me to use it, especially my favorite pieces.   It's quite a problem, every year lately I'm ending up with so much left over.
I used a white card base and covered the whole front of that with my patterned paper, then managed to somehow do a decent cut of the design side.  I took the white part and ran it through the new  Ornate floral embossing folder, stamped the green over that a bit, then stamped, colored and cut out my Poppies and leaves. 
I used my watercolor brush and my ink pad mixing the color in my lid.  I then stamped the sentiment, from the Butterfly Gala stamp set, on a piece of leftover white and cut that out using one of the Rectangle Stitched dies. 

That's about it, but I'm pretty pleased with how it turned out.  I never know when I start.

Thanks for stopping by.