Saturday, October 1, 2016

MTS144 and September Paper Pumpkin Fun


Hi peeps!  Happy Saturday!  Happy October, too!  I have a few new Paper Pumpkin customers (the BOGO offer goes on until October 10; you can check it out here!) and sometimes the projects are cute, but may not fit the customer's taste!  However, I usually find that the stamp sets are always fun and versatile, so I thought I would show you a couple, (well, three actually), cards that I made with the September Paper Pumpkin stamp set.

The first one is a very simple 4.25" square card that uses Festive Birthday DSP, Crushed Curry and Chocolate Chip inks; I stamped the flower petals twice, turning the stamp slightly the second time so the petals were staggered:


I love the clean, fresh look of this one!  I also used some Early Espresso ribbon and a little scallop strip I cut with the Layering Squares die!

The next one uses the Match the Sketch sketch for this week:


and it features the jack-o-lantern images, stamped in Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango and Old Olive, as well as a little piece of Playful Palette DSP, which I find a bit challenging to use:


I also used the Labeler Alphabet to stamp "boo" and some speckles from a retired set called Itty Bitty Backgrounds, but you could use any speckle stamp!  I tore some Basic Black cardstock for my horizontal strip, and stamped the faces on my Very Vanilla card base just for fun!  I CASE'd Lisa Curcio's daughter Boo for that idea!  You can check out her cute ideas here.


My final sample uses another Very Vanilla card base, this time embossed with the beautiful new EF called Cable Knit.  I stamped the floral image in Craft White ink on Crumb Cake cardstock, stamped the centers with Crushed Curry and then dabbed on a little Cajun Craze ink with a sponge dauber for some dimension:
  


I added a burlap bow tied with linen thread, and I stamped the sentiment in Crushed Curry, then just cut out the "hello" and made a little banner and backed it with another piece of burlap:


I do find that with these heavily textured pieces as well as with the burlap, Tear N Tape is a great way to make sure everything adheres well!  

Thanks for popping in today, and I hope you got some ideas for your Paper Pumpkin stamps!

A little magnetic engineering:




We found that a vintage metal tray works really well to hold the magnastix together!  Enjoy your day!

Friday, September 30, 2016

PPA320 Fall Jar of Love


Happy Friday and happy last day of September!  I recently got the Jars of Love set...I really debated as to whether or not I "needed" it, but it has so many cute images, I broke down and got it!  I wanted to do something with fall colors, and when I saw Dawn's sketch at Pals Paper Arts, I got to work!  First, here's the sketch:

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And here's the card:


I realize this pattern from A Little Foxy DSP is a little subdued for my jar of fall foliage, but it does give my card a bit of an organic feel!  I used Cajun Craze, Delightful Dijon and Pumpkin Pie for my foliage; the jar was stamped in Basic Gray and the water is Soft Sky.  I also added some Soft Sky bees and some Smoky Slate speckles, but they're a bit hard to see:


I stamped some designs from Timeless Textures on my horizontal and vertical pieces using Versamark ink, and the sentiment is from Sprinkles of Life.  I finished it off with some silver and tan baker's twine!  I am sure I will be playing with set a lot more in the future!

Cassidy wanted to make a birthday card for her classmate Emma and we were short on time (you can tell it was after her bath!) and she found these little images from Sweet Stuff along with a Project Life card, in my scrap pile;  I had colored and cut them out but never used them, so we combined them on a Pink Pirouette card and stamped a sentiment on the front!  She hasn't quite figured out that the name on the card should be her FRIEND's name, not hers!  Oh well!  She wrote quite a sweet little note on the inside and I am sure that Emma will figure it out!  Since there was a face on the ice cream cone, she took a marker and drew a face (with glasses) on the cupcake as well!  Her little mind is always thinking!


And here's me in a little Scottish snack shop, having a spot of tea!


Thanks for popping by today!



Thursday, September 29, 2016

At This Time of Year


Happy wet, rainy, damp Thursday, everyone!  Yesterday whupped my butt....I haven't had a bad day like that in a long time!  No stamping time, either!  But today is a new day and while I was looking for a card to mail out, I came across this card that I made a few weeks ago but never posted, so I'll share it today:


I'd seen several cards where the Swirly Scribbles die was used to make a wreath or a pumpkin; this one started out as a pumpkin but I just couldn't make it work, so I paired it with a banner from the Time of Year hostess set and the little acorn and oak leaf, and that worked much better!  The diecuts were cut with Pumpkin Pie, Peekaboo Peach and Tangerine Tango cardstocks, and the banner was stamped in Old Olive.  I stamped the fall things in Chocolate Chip and Delightful Dijon and did some fussy-cutting and gluing!!!  The whole shebang was mounted on a white square and a Layering Squares diecut, also in Old Olive, then mounted on a card that used the Warmth & Cheer DSP sweater print:


The inside uses the other sentiment from the set:  Thinking of You.  It's such a warm and cozy creation, don't you think?  Out in the mail it goes!

I don't have any pix of Cassidy since I was away, but I have to share one of the highlights of my trip, even though it's not really particularly Scottish!  Outside Edinburgh Castle, a group of people had a stand representing some sort of wildlife rescue group (I was so enamored of what I saw, I didn't really pay attention to what it was, LOL!) and they had three owls that they had raised from owlets available for you to hold and stroke!  I WAS IN HEAVEN!  It was worth the four pounds to have this soft little owl sitting on my arm for a few minutes!  I can't even tell you what kind of owl it was, but you can see another striking one behind me, white and black.  It was amazing, especially for this crazy bird lady!  


And if it looks like I am wearing the same outfit in every picture, I practically was....it was so cold and windy (see my pink earmuffs?) I had to wear my big scarf around my neck to keep warm!  At least this day the sun was shining...at least for this moment!  Thanks for popping by!

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

SIP67 Scottie Love


Hi everyone!  I promise I will not inundate you with Scottish-themed stuff all week long, but the very first thing I convinced my sister to do (she took me to Scotland) after we got off the plane in Edinburgh was to GO TO A STAMP SHOP!!!  Bless her heart....driving a stick shift car on the left side of the street, and I make her go to a rubber stamp store!  But she did...we stopped at Stampers Grove and I picked up a few Scottish-themed stamps!  So of course, I just had to use one today, along with some of the papers again from Carta Bella's Christmas Delivery papers and the sketch from this week's Stamp Ink Paper challenge:


So here we go...it's a nice simple sketch, perfect for my little Scottie dog:


I always wanted a little dog like this; sadly, this is probably the closest I'll ever get, LOL!  I stamped my pup on Smoky Slate cardstock in Basic Black ink and added a little shading with some ink and a blender pen and cut him out.  Then I stamped him again on some white cardstock and popped him up with dimensionals and added a sentiment from Friendly Wishes:


I used a heart die and cut out four hearts from Riding Hood Red cardstock, glued them together, then used my crop-a-dile to punch a couple of holes to make a faux button.  I tied it with some black embroidery floss and glued it on:


Really quite an easy little card!  This little guy makes me smile!  

I didn't take too many pix in Scotland; my sister is the photographer and I am sure she'll be sharing hers with me soon.  This is the picturesque town of Tobermory on the Isle of Mull; we had some awesome fish and chips here:






We spent all our nights except one in B&Bs....this one was in Tobermory!  It was high on a hill overlooking the harbor!


John brought Cassidy with him when he picked me up at the train station as Dana was working....she didn't quite make it to 8:30:


Don't you love her bedtime attire?  A red t-shirt and a leopard-skin vest!  The fashion maven strikes again!  Enjoy your day and thanks for popping by!

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

TSOT290 Plaid Christmas


Hi everyone!  I am back from my vacation...did you miss me?!  I went on a little trip to SCOTLAND! Woohoo!  I will fill you in on all the details soon!  But first, it's time for Try Stampin' On Tuesday, and our optional theme today is "The Holidays Are Coming"!  And here's your sketch:


I just received these cute Carta Bella papers called Christmas Delivery, and I couldn't resist using this little PLAID truck making its Christmas tree delivery!    So here we go:


I used a Reverse Confetti Lacy Scallop Frame die to make my Real Red horizonal piece; the little scene was created with Wild Wasabi and Whisper White cardstocks, diecut with a little Lawn Fawn Hillside hill; I just cut out one of the little trucks from the paper and popped it up:



I added some very faint Mint Macaron snowflakes, a sentiment from Market Street Country Christmas in Garden Green (sadly, they are no longer in business) and a line of cross-stitches in Real Red, also from the same set.  Candy dots finished it off!  The houndstooth is from the same Carta Bella paper stack as well.  

I sure hope you'll play along with the TSOT challenge this week...you can find the others' creations on the TSOT blog, or join us on Facebook!

And by the way, look what happened while I was on vacation:


Enjoy your day!


Sunday, September 18, 2016

PP313 Autumn Wishes


Happy Sunday, peeps!  Hope your weekend is fabulous so far!  Laurie is our hostess this week for the Paper Players and she has a fun clean-and-simple challenge for us!  Yum!


I turned to my Echo Park "Fall is in the Air" 6x6 pad again, because this patterned paper is TOO cute!  Even though this card looks "busy", it's really very simple and easy:


I trimmed a piece of the EP paper to 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 and mounted it directly on a Naturals White card base!  Check out all these little fall goodies:  pumpkins, mushrooms, pie, a basket of goodies...yum yum!


I remembered this image from a set from last year's Holiday catalog (Among the Branches) and I thought it would be perfect for the challenge!  (It's so sad that I really don't get to use all my fall stamps before the catalog is over!)  I stamped it in Lost Lagoon and diecut  it out:


I mounted it on a striped piece of paper from the same pad, accented it with a tiny strip from the back side of the patterned paper and popped it all together!  A tasty CAS creation!  Check out what the other designers created for this challenge:

My little monkey!!  I wonder how she figured out she could do this?????


On another note, I'll be taking a little bloggy break, but I will be back around the 27th or so!  See you then and enjoy your week!

Saturday, September 17, 2016

SR346 and MM213


Happy Saturday, peeps!  A couple cards today!  The first one was a happy coincidence; I'd had this cardinal image already cut out and assembled a few weeks ago after I received the stamp from my friend Martha, but I never finished into a card!  When I saw the inspiration photo at Merry Monday:


I thought I would complete the card, using the red and white colors as my inspiration!  So here we go:


The cardinal image was stamped in Real Red ink on white cardstock, then stamped again so the cardinal could be fussy-cut and popped up:


I had a red card base already cut and scored in my stash; I pulled out a piece of white cardstock that I had embossed a looooong time ago when my friend Carol lent me her embossing folder; I put it all together and added a little sentiment from Good Greetings, just masking off the "& joy" portion of the "peace & joy" and punching it out with a small oval punch.   Piece of cake!  

My next one is really simple...one layer, and I used the August Paper Pumpkin stamp called Bold Botanicals!  I have had this for a month and hadn't even opened it up yet, but when I saw this image, I squealed with delight!  I don't know why, just being able to stamp something in all four corners to create this delightful design just made me happy!


I was only sort of experimenting on this card, and it came out so nicely, I just went ahead and finished it!  It didn't hang around on my desk for long at all!  The design was stamped in Early Espresso ink on Naturals White cardstock, then I used my blender pen and some fall colors of Calypso Coral, Cajun Craze, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Delightful Dijon, Old Olive and Pear Pizazz inks to loosely color it in:


A simple thank you from Endless Thanks, stamped in Cajun Craze, fit the inside perfectly! Such a pretty design!  And nary an embellishment in sight!    And there are a couple of other similar images in the set; I used one to stamp on the back of my envelope, because this little sweetie is already in the mail!


I am entering this one in the Stampin Royalty challenge this week, which is a fall theme!

A vision in blue...an old Bilco door and my color-coordinated DGD!



Enjoy your day!