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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Hello, Sunshine!

That blog title and my card are pretty spot on today.  After several days of rainy, misty, thunderstormy, cloudy days, I went out to try and get a nice photo of my card even though the sky was overcast.  Well, right in the middle of taking photos, the sun came out!   Hello, Sunshine!

After all of our dreary weather, it was fun to create a card for the sunshine-themed challenge over at Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenges.

My first thought as I sat down to create my card was of the "sunshine" in the Sunshine Wishes Thinlits collection.  My second thought was of the Share What your Love specialty designer series paper and the fun, bright floral pattern I decided to use as the background on my card.  Sunshine and pretty flowers always go together in my mind!

Here's my card:


I used the flip side of the floral design as the layer for my "hello, sunshine" sentiment.  I layered this over a pearlized doily and the Rich Razzleberry 1/4" velvet ribbon.  Both of these products are from the Share What You Love product suite, as are the So Saffron Artisan pearls I used to "pretty up" an already pretty card.  You just can't go wrong with this suite of products.

Did you notice that the corners on my Rich Razzleberry paper layer are rounded?  I used the new Detailed Trio punch.  I've missed having a corner rounder.  

If you need more sunshine, just head over to the Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenges blog here.


Here's my supply list:

Share What You Love "Gotta Have It All" bundle, #149526
    This limited edition bundle as well as three other special Early Release bundles are available now through May 31.  Each bundle, except the new In Color ink pad discounted bundle, includes free gifts.  You can check them out here.
I used the following items in this bundle which will be available separately on June 1:
     Share What You Love specialty designer series paper, #146926
     Pearlized Doilies, #146936
     Artisan Pearls, #146927
     Rich Razzleberry 1/4" velvet ribbon, #147016
Additional supplies:
Thoughtful Banners stamp set, photopolymer, #141614

Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; So Saffron, #105118
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, #132708
Detailed Trio punch, #146320 (available June 1)
Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, #141489

Hope your day is filled with sunshine!


Wednesday, May 23, 2018

So Many Smiles--#tgifc160

For our inspiration challenge this week at TGIF Challenges, we were given the phrase "All About Wood.  So I pulled out my Wood Textures designer series paper and a couple of stamp sets and made this card:

I used the rustic white wood board design for the background and for stamping the sentiment.  For the sentiment, I used sponge daubers, Soft Sea Foam and Mossy Meadow inks, and my Stamparatus.  I positioned the designer series paper and my stamp on my Stamparatus, then used the sponge daubers to add color direct to the stamp.  Because I used the Stamparatus positioning tool, I was able to continue to add color until I liked the effect.   Love, love, love my Stamparatus that now makes this possible.

Before I added the sentiment to the card, I stamped the leaves image from Petal Palette stamp set multiple times in Soft Sea Foam and once in Mossy Meadow.  I also added a Soft Sea Foam die cut from the Petals & More Thinlits and some linen thread before attaching the sentiment.  Love how this turned out!

You can see more "Wood" inspired projects over at the TGIF Challenges blog here.


Here's my supply list:  (*Available June 1)

*Detailed With Love stamp set, clear mount, #146606
Petal Palette stamp set, clear mount, #145788
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, #120953; *Mossy Meadow, #133676; *Soft Sea Foam, #146988
Wood Textures designer series paper, #144177
Ink:  *Mossy Meadow, #147111; *Soft Sea Foam, #147102
Sponge Daubers, #133773
Linen Thread, #104199
Layering Ovals Framelits, #141706
Petals & More Thinlits, #145655 

Monday, May 21, 2018

Grapefruit Grove & Black

For my last post I created a card with the Share What You Love designer series paper--and didn't clean up after myself.  The truth is my whole stamping room in one big mess.  I am pulling out and sorting through 15-plus years of accumulated crafting supplies.  I have to Let It Go!  I am running out of room.  

But back to my project for today.  I had a pretty scrap of the Share What You Love designer series paper on my desk with a Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black design.  I decided it was a great starting point for a card for the current Fab Friday Sketch Challenge. (That decision was also influenced by the fact that I cannot get to very much in my room right now!)

I pulled out two different shades of green inks and my Grapefruit Grove ink to make my card.   But I ended up only using Basic Black Archival ink and watercoloring with the Grapefruit Grove ink and an Aqua painter.   I didn't want to spoil the look of Grapefruit Grove and Basic Black together!


The card is a pretty straightforward interpretation of the Fab Friday sketch.  I decided to add a watercolor wash as the background and then stamp some little plants from the Love What You Do stamp set to peek out from under the designer series paper layer.  I stamped the flower image in Basic Black Archival ink, watercolored it with Grapefruit Grove ink, and fussy cut it out.  I added a little bow of some separated strings from Basic Black solid baker's twine and some pretty Grapefruit Grove colored pearls from the Artisan Pearls collection.

I made the decision not to add a sentiment to the card front because of the printed words on the background paper.  This way I can use this card for any occasion as the need arises.

You can see more interpretations of this sketch at the Fab Friday blog here.

Here's my supply list:  
Share What You Love Gotta Have It All Bundle, #149526, available now through May 31 (with FREE gifts).  I used the following products included in this bundle that will be available for purchase separately on June 1:
     Share What you Love cardstock pack, #146345
     Share What You Love specialty designer series paper, #146926
     Grapefruit Grove classic ink pad, #147142
     Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
     Love What You Do stamp set, photopolymer, #148042

Additional supplies:
Card stock:  Basic Black, #121045; Shimmery White, #101910
Basic Black Archival ink (retiring), #140931
Basic Black solid baker's twine, #141682
Aqua Painters, #103954
Paper Snips, #103579
Decorative Ribbon Border punch, #143721


Saturday, May 19, 2018

Share What Your Love Suite

Have you seen the beautiful products in the Share What You Love Suite?  They are available now through May 31 in limited edition bundles, that also include free products.  To see the bundles head over to my online store here.  

I've been busy trying to clear out the old and make way for the new in my stamp room today; however, I had to stop and stamp for a bit just to keep my sanity!  I pulled out my Share What You Love Suite of products and had a little fun with them:

I absolutely love the Share What You Love specialty designer series paper.  It is a little heavier than our regular designer series paper and several of the patterns have a beautiful pearlized finish to them.  For my card I pulled out my favorite pattern (so far) and then pulled out the two greens in the pattern (the returning Mint Macaron and the In Color Tranquil Tide) to use for my layering card stock pieces.  I fussy cut three different blossoms from the paper and popped them up on my greeting piece.  

I love that I can make quick, easy but really beautiful cards with the products in this suite.  You will want the Gotta Have It All Bundle for sure--especially if you want plenty of materials to make lots of cards and other projects to share with friends and family members.  It includes two stamp sets, the designer series paper, cardstock pack, velvet ribbon, the beautiful designer series paper (24 sheets!), new In Color ink pad in Grapefruit Grove, artisan pearls (in colors that coordinate with the paper!), pearlized doilies, Lovely Floral embossing folder, and Very Vanilla card stock pack.  It also includes 3 FREE Gifts:  Very Vanilla envelopes, the wonderful Share What You Love Embellishment Kit and the limited edition Statement of My Heart single stamp.  The single stamp is exclusive to this bundle only and will not be available after May 31.  

Here's my supply list (*Bundle items not available individually until June 1):

Gotta Have It All Bundle, #149526, I used the following items in the bundle:
     *Love What You Do stamp set, photopolymer, #148042
     *Share What You Love card stock pack, #146345
     *Share What You Love Embellishment Kit, #146928
     *Share What You Love Artisan Pearls, #146927
     *Share What You Love specialty designer series paper, #146926
Additional Card Stock:  Tranquil Tide, #144246; Shimmery White, #101910
Tranquil Tide classic ink pad, #144085
Paper Snips, #103579
Decorative Ribbon Border punch, #143721


Wednesday, May 16, 2018


The card I have for you today has been simmering in my brain for a very long time.  Way back last June, I took this photo:

Roxie and I were walking past a young maple tree when I was startled by a bird flying out of the tree right in front of my face.  I looked in the branches and there was this nest.  I went inside, got my camera and took the photo.  I've wanted to interpret this photo on a card ever since.  However, I couldn't figure out how to do it.

That changed when I saw this week's TGIF Challenges sketch challenge:

That pointed bottom of the flag reminded me of the fork in the branches where the nest was sitting.  With that realization, I was able to finally make my card:

I used new Balmy Blue card stock to represent the sky in the background, Crumb Cake to represent the tree, and Old Olive for the leaves.  The nest was created with branches die cut from Crumb Cake and Soft Suede card stock.  I rubbed Whisper White craft ink lightly over the branches just to give them some dimension.  I added punched out leaves to the front of the nest.  Then I decided the nest needed a mama bird--so I added one die cut out of Berry Burst for a pop of color.

Life is beautiful, isn't it!

To see more great projects using this sketch, head over to the TGIF Challenges blog here.

Here's my supply list:

Eastern Beauty stamp set, photopolymer, #143675
Card stock:  Crumb Cake, #120953; Old Olive, #100702; Berry Burst, #144243; Soft Suede, #115318; Balmy Blue (available June 1), #146982
Ink:  Whisper White Craft, #145406; Soft Suede, #126978
Leaf Punch, #144667 (Available again June 1)
Seasonal Layers Thinlits, #143751
Birds & Blooms Thinlits, #141477
Layered Leaves 3D dynamic embossing folder, #143704 

Monday, May 14, 2018

Wild about You!

It is wild and crazy here!  I just finished a huge scrapbook project to deliver to my daughter for a belated birthday gift.  I didn't have time to clean up before we left for Katharine's on Friday morning for Mother's Day weekend.   I have little (well, that is a relative term) piles of assorted card stock, trimmings from photos and newspaper clippings literally all over the house.  It is also time to clear out my stamping room and get ready for lots of fun new stuff and new colors coming with the new annual catalog.  So, I have even more piles of stuff in two rooms.  My hair is probably the wildest thing going on here, however.  Take one look at me and you know it is humid outside.  Double hair!
To go with the wild and crazy, I took out my new Animal Outing stamp set and stamped some giraffes for an Inspire. Create Challenge card.  I used a wild color combo, too!  My giraffes are Pumpkin Pie.  I used the returning Mint Macaron for a leafy background and then I pulled out the returning Blackberry Bliss for the card base and accents:


You saw the cute rhino from this set in an earlier post and I do believe you'll be seeing lots of cards created with this set in the future.  It is so fun and, best of all, I got it free in my OnStage bag at the April Stampin' Up! event.  I love it and can't wait to get some of the coordinating accessories in the Animal Expedition suite of products.

See lots of fun cards using this challenge sketch over at the Inspire. Create. Stamping Challenges blog:

Here's my supply list:  (*products available June 1)

*Animal Outing stamp set, clear mount, #146600
Card stock:  Whisper White Thick, #140272; Pumpkin Pie, #105117; *Mint Macaron, #138337; *Blackberry Bliss, #133675
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink, #132708
Stampin' Blends:  Bronze, #144607; Pumpkin Pie combo pack, #144599
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372
Petal Burst embossing folder, #141493
*Nature's Twine, #146342

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Animal Outing with a Cute Rhino

Have you ever seen a cute rhinoceros?  I saw a cute little black rhino baby at the Columbus Zoo years and years ago; however, generally, I never did think of rhinos as cute.  My opinion has changed. There is a cute rhino in the new Animal Outing stamp set I received at OnStage Atlanta last month--it's amazing what Stampin' Up! artists can do.   

I decided it was time to pull the big guy out when I saw the current Fab Friday color challenge:  Basic Gray, Lemon Lime Twist and Bermuda Bay:


He is cute, right!  I stamped him in Basic Gray Archival ink, then used my Aqua Painters to color him first all over with Smoky Slate, then I added a light touch of Basic Gray for shadows and a bit darker color.  His birdie friend is colored with Bermuda Bay and Lemon Lime Twist. 

I don't know if you can see it or not, but I used a sponge brayer to ink the inside of the Layered Leaves dynamic embossing folder with Lemon Lime Twist ink before I ran the card stock/embossing folder sandwich through the Big Shot.   I thought it gave the resulting embossed image just a bit more depth for my card. 

Check out more great cards using this color combo at the Fab Friday Challenges Blog.


Here's my supply list:  (**retiring)

Animal Outing stamp set, clear mount, #146600 (available June 1)
Card Stock:  Basic Gray, #121044; Lemon Lime Twist, #144245; Bermuda Bay, #131197; Whisper White, #100730
Ink:  Basic Gray Archival**, #140932; Bermuda Bay classic, #131171; Lemon Lime Twist classic, #144086; Smoky Slate classic, #131179
Smoky Slate 1/2" gingham ribbon**, #144231
Aqua Painters, #103954
Layered Leaves 3D dynamic embossing folder, #143704
Layering Circles Framelits, #141705
Stitched Shapes Framelits, #145372