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Friday, March 15, 2019

Painted Seasons-#tgifc202

(***Note:  I submitted this card on the TGIF Challenges Facebook page on Wednesday, March 13.  Due to technical difficulties while I was at my daughter's home in Charleston, I was unable to upload my card photos on my page until I returned home.)

Well, I actually thought I was going to miss this week's TGIF sketch challenge.  I'm visiting my daughter, son-in-law and new grandson Easton this week.  I brought a limited number of stamping supplies with me--mostly stuff to scrapbook Easton's baby shower--because I am flying home.  I did bring my Painted Seasons stamp set, paper, and Four Seasons Framelits for a little workshop I did for one of Katharine's friends.  So I used these to create a card for this challenge (in between feedings, diaper changes and lots of cuddles):


For the succulents, I first stamped the image in Lemon Lime Twist, used a sponge dauber to color the edges a bit with Grapefruit Grove before stamping the image again (Yes, I used the Stamparatus!) and then I die cut them.  I used the Well Written Framelits to die cut "Thanks" 3 times in Whisper White and one time in Pool Party.  I glued all these together with multipurpose liquid adhesive to give dimension to the greeting.  My background needed a little something after I laid out my pieces.  Without my nice selection of embossing folders here, I used Katharine's Simply Scored to create dimension on the Grapefruit Grove card stock with score lines every 1/4".  I scattered a few frosted epoxy droplets to finish the card.

Go to the TGIF Challenges Blog to see more projects made with this sketch:

Here's my supply list:
Painted Seasons Bundle (Free Sale-a-Bration choice with a $100 US purchase)

Painted Seasons stamp set, cling mount, #149722
     Painted Seasons designer series paper, #149574 (this paper alone is also a  free Sale-a-Bration choice with a $50 US purchase)
  Reminder:  Sale-a-Bration items are available only until March 31.
Card stock:  Whisper White, #100730; Grapefruit Grove, #146972; Pool Party, #122924
Ink:  Lemon Lime Twist,#147145; Grapefruit Grove, #147142
Four Seasons Framelits dies, #150074; available for purchase only during Sale-a-Bration which ends March 31.
Well Written Framelits dies, #148534
Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, #147801 (Carry over from Holiday Catalog)


Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Gingham & Stitched Thank You--#tgifc210

It's color challenge time at TGIF Challenges!  This week the challenge is a perfect Springtime color combo:  So Saffron, Highland Heather and Soft Sea Foam.  I pulled out my Needle & Thread stamp set and some Gingham Gala designer series paper in Highland Heather and started creating.  I love my finished project:

I layered a piece of the gingham paper to my card base, then cut my layer of Whisper White card stock at 3-3/4" x 5" to show a nice border of the gingham.  I used two of the stitched images from the Needlepoint Elements Framelits to create a background on the card Whisper White piece.  Next, I created a Highland Heather banner with a 1" wide piece of card stock.  I put it through the Big Shot with the Subtle embossing folder to make it look a bit like fabric.  

For the focal point I stamped "Thank You" from the Needle and Thread stamp set and punched it out with the Classic Label punch.  I stamped my "embroidered" blossom images in So Saffron ink.  I used my Stamparatus so I could get the level of color saturation I wanted, with one flower just a bit darker than the other.  I die cut these and the leaves using the same framelits set.


Just for fun I added some epoxy droplets--Hearts and Clear--to finish off my card.

Head over to the TGIF Challenges Blog for some Springtime inspiration--pretty much the whole country needs it right now!!! 


Here's my supply list: 
Needle & Thread Bundle, #150626; includes at 10% off:
     Needle & Thread stamp set, photopolymer, #148724

    Needlepoint Elements Framelits, #148541
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Whisper White, #100730; Highland Heather, #146986; Soft Sea Foam, #146988
Gingham Gala designer series paper, #148554
Classic Ink:  Highland Heather,  #147103; So Saffron, #147109
Heart Epoxy Droplets, #148583
Frosted & Clear Epoxy Droplets, #147801 (This is a carry over product from the           Holiday Catalog)
Subtle 3D textured impressions embossing folder, #143706

Sunday, March 3, 2019

Creation Station March Blog Hop--Birds, Blossoms & Butterflies

Welcome to the March Creation Station Blog Hop!  So happy to have you here!  Our theme today is Birds, Blossoms & Butterflies as you can see from our beautiful banner created by Elizabeth Price.  You are in for a lot of inspiration from the design team this month so be sure to click on the "Next" button at the end of each post so see all of the design team's projects.

I chose the Painted Seasons Sale-a-Bration products to create my projects this month.  The Painted Seasons Bundle (#150349), including the stamp set and designer series paper, is a free Sale-a-Bration choice with a $100.00 (US) purchase.  As of March 1st with the Third Sale-a-Bration Release, you may choose the Painted Seasons designer series paper by itself (#149574) with just a $50.00 (US) purchase.  And with the Sale-a-Bration Coordination this month, you may purchase the coordinating Four Seasons Framelits dies (#150074/$28.00 US).  Add those dies to your order to help you earn the free Painted Seasons products.  Both of my projects feature all three of these products:

For my first card, I used the Call Me Clover pattern in the designer series paper pack layered over Crumb Cake card stock for my card base.  My next layer is a piece of Crumb Cake card stock that I swiped with Whisper White Kraft ink across the front and then stamped with the Crackle Paint background stamp (#148752) in Crumb Cake ink.  I love that look! 


Next I stamped and die cut the blossoms and two leaf shapes on Whisper White card stock.  I picked my colors from the designer series paper:  Poppy Parade, Grapefruit Grove, Petal Pink, Call Me Clover and Lemon Lime Twist, with a little touch of Early Espresso in the center of each blossom.  I used a Sponge Dauber to ink up these DisINKtive-style stamps to bring out the added dimension in these images.

My greeting is from the Amazing Life stamp set (#148750), stamped in Early Espresso ink and punched out with the Classic Label punch (#141491).  To finish the card, I added a piece of Pearlized Doily (#146936) using the flat white side, a piece of Whisper White 5/8" flax ribbon (#148764) and a Butterfly Element (a Sale-a-Bration item that is no longer available--I'm sorry if you missed it). 

For my second card I used the blossoms pattern (the flip side of the pattern I used in my first card) layered over Call Me Clover card stock for my first layer on my Crumb Cake card base.  I took a small piece of Crumb Cake card stock scored it every 3/8" with my Simply Scored tool (#122334) and then layered it over another piece of the Pearlized Doily.  This serves as the base for my greeting:

My greeting is from the Humming Along stamp set (#148758).  I colored the stamp image with Poppy Parade and Early Espresso Stampin' Write Markers then stamped it on Whisper White card stock.  I die cut it with the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits (#148551).  I layered it over stamped and die cut blossom and leaves and  another piece of Whisper White flax ribbon.  I finished the card with another Butterfly Element.

The Painted Seasons stamp set and designer series paper and the coordinating Four Seasons Framelits are only available until the end of Sale-a-Bration on March 31.  If you are in the United States, you may click on "Shop Now" above to see and purchase the products mentioned and earn the Painted Seasons stamp set and paper free with your $100 purchase.

Click on the Next Button below to see the wonderful projects created by my friend and Artisan Team member, Mikaela Titheridge:


To Mikaela's blog . . .



Wednesday, February 27, 2019


The grandbaby watch is over!  Easton Banks Clark was born yesterday, February 26, at 1:58 pm.  He weighed in at 7 pounds 13 ounces and is 18-3/4" long.  Mama, Daddy and Easton are all tired but doing great.  Grandma is over the moon.

I decided to frame this first photo of mother and child with the butterfly motif paper in the Needlepoint Nook designer series paper pack.  Perfect little baby boy colors!  I added some Butterfly Elements and a bit of Night of Navy gingham ribbon that I gathered up with a needle and thread.

The butterfly motif was inspired by this week's TGIF Challenge:  Bunches of Butterflies.  Check out the TGIF Challenges blog for a bunch of butterfly inspiration:


Here's my supply list:
Needlepoint Nook designer series paper, #148807
Night of Navy card stock, #100867
Night of Navy 1/2" gingham ribbon, #144232
Rectangle Stitched Framelits, #148551
Butterfly Elements Sale-a-Bration product, sold out

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

You Are Amazing!--#tgifc199

The TGIF Challenge focus this week is on Sale-a-Bration products.  I chose to use three coordinating Sale-a-Bration products for my card today:  the Organdy Ribbon Combo Pack, the Butterfly Elements, and the Botanical Butterfly designer series paper:

I cut out a butterfly from the designer series paper and then framed it with one of the wood butterfly elements.  The butterfly is layered on a piece of Crumb Cake card stock that I swiped with Whisper White craft ink and then stamped with the new Crackle Paint background stamp.  I wanted the card to evoke a butterfly sunning itself on the wall of an old, crumbling shed sitting in a meadow.  I chose background paper from the same paper pack because it said "meadow" to me.

I repeated the black in the butterfly with black card stock layers and the greeting banner.  I embossed the greeting in Grapefruit Grove Stampin' Emboss powder and added more Grapefruit Grove with the ribbon and Artisan pearls.

If you are not sure which FREE Sale-a-Bration product to choose with your next $50+ purchase, head over the the TGIF Challenges blog here.  You'll see some great projects using several of these free products!


Here's my supply list:
Amazing Life stamp set, photopolymer, #148750
Crackle Paint background stamp, cling, #148752
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, #120953; Basic Black, #121045
Ink:  Whisper White craft, #147277; VersaMark, #102283; Crumb Cake classic, #147116
Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
2018-2019 In Color Stampin' Emboss Powder, #146955
Heat Tool, #129053
Paper Snips, #103579
Adhesives:  Multipurpose Liquid glue, #110755; Stampin' Dimensionals, #104430
FREE Sale-a-Bration Products:  Organdy Ribbon Combo pack, #149623 (unorderable); Butterfly Elements, #149711; Botanical Butterfly designer series paper, #149622


Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Welcome, Little One--#tgifc198

We are on baby watch here.  My first grandchild and Herb's first grandson is due within the week.   And my vet is expecting his first grandchild within days of ours.  Two big differences:  his expected grandchild is a little girl and she already has a name, Margot Ann.  Our grandson may leave the hospital with "Baby No Name" on his birth certificate. 

After having just spent a few weeks with blues and greens for Katharine's baby shower decorations and thank you notes, I decided it would be fun to take out some pretty baby girl colors and make a card for Margot Ann.  I used this week's TGIF Challenge sketch for my inspiration:

The card is mainly Grapefruit Grove with a touch of Flirty Flamingo and Lemon Lime Twist and, also, Basic Gray and Smoky Slate for the rhino and greeting.  I watercolored the rhino and little birdie on Shimmery White card stock.  The card is pretty straight forward--my supplies are listed below.  One thing to note is the little Flirty Flamingo flower:  I die cut one out of Lemon Lime Twist and one out of Flirty Flamingo, then cut the blossom off the Flirty Flamingo one and adhered it to the Lemon Lime Twist one with Multipurpose Liquid Glue.

There are some really stunning cards using this sketch over on the TGIF Challenges blog here.


Here's my supply list:
Animal Outing stamp set, clear mount,#146600
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Grapefruit Grove, #146972; Shimmery White, #101910; Flirty Flamingo, #141416; Lemon Lime Twist, #144245
Gingham Gala designer series paper, #148554
Ink:  Basic Gray ink pad, #149165; Smokey Slate refill, #131159; Grapefruit Grove refill, #147181; Flirty Flamingo refill, #141402; Lemon Lime Twist refill, #144092
Pearl Basic Jewels, #144219
Nature's Twine, #146342
Animal Friends Thinlits dies, #146823
Stitched Shapes Framelits dies, #145372
Layering Circles Framelits dies, #141705
Stitched Labels Framelits dies, #146828
Lovely Flowers Edgelits dies, #148526



Wednesday, February 6, 2019

A Tropical Valentine--#tgifc197

It's color challenge week at TGIF Challenges.  The color combo of Coastal Cabana, Pineapple Punch and Berry Burst evoked the topics for me, so I searched for tropical ideas to use for my project.  I actually didn't do much searching--I had the Bella & Friends stamp set sitting on my desk.  I decided the little parrot with the heart in its mouth would make a great tropical Valentine:

I stamped the parrot in Jet Black StazOn on a piece of Watercolor Paper, then colored it with my Aqua Painter and the three colors of ink.  After coloring the parrot, I did a quick wash over the paper with Coastal Cabana and then used the Aqua Painter to splatter more Coastal Cabana on the card.  I used the "love you" from the Forever Lovely stamp set for my greeting.  To highlight the parrot, I die cut a heart frame using the Be Mine Stitched Framelits.

This is such a fun color combo!  Get more inspiration from the TGIF design team and challengers at the TGIF Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:
Bella & Friends stamp set, clear mount, #141870
Forever Lovely stamp set, photopolymer, #148624
Card stock:  Coastal Cabana, #131297; Berry Burst, #144243
Watercolor Paper, #122959
Ink:  Coastal Cabana pad, #147097, and refill, #131164; Berry Burst refill, #144089; Pineapple Punch refill, #147180; Jet Black StazOn, #101406
Aqua Painters, #103954
Be Mine Stitched Framelits Dies, #148527