Sunday, August 21, 2016

Paper Players 309 CAS Sweet

Happy Sunday, peeps!  It's time for another Paper Players challenge!  Sandy is our "sweet" hostess with a "sweet" challenge:


My original plan was to do a Christmas card, but while I was cleaning up my craft room, I came across one last piece of corrugated Pumpkin Pie paper from a Paper Pumpkin set a couple of months back (say that three times fast, LOL!).  It sparked an idea for a Halloween card using Lawn Fawn's cute little candy corn from their Trick or Treat set:


I had limited time, so I colored them in with poor markers have seen better days....punched them out, and mounted them on some black glimmer paper. 

I had a new Impression Obsession trick or treat die, so I cut that out of some glimmer paper too....added a star and a new enamel dot from SU and glued it all together!

I added some sentiments from My Creative Time's Mixed Holiday Sentiments and some Lawn Fawn bats on the inside!

I hope you'll play with our sweet challenge this week too!  Check out what the DT created:

Cassidy loves to help me, but she loves to help Grampy, too!  He recently did some rewiring and he let Cassidy help:

She's pretty good with that screwdriver!

I hope you enjoy your week....I am taking a little bloggy vacation....see you on August 29th!  

Friday, August 19, 2016

CYCI133 Basket of Wishes

Hi peeps!  I originally intended this card for Saturday but I checked this challenge:
and it was almost over!  Yikes! So two posts in one day....please indulge me!  I just got this new set called Basket of will be available in the upcoming Holiday mini catalog from SU....and I must be in the watercoloring mood, because I just couldn't wait to play with it!  Here we go:

I stamped the image in Memento black ink on SU's watercolor paper, and colored it with several fall shades of's a quick, easy little image to fill in with my aquapainter:

Then I mounted it on a square of Delightful Dijon which was diecut with the Layering Squares die...I also ran a small strip of Garden Green through the same die and used it as a little border atop the new DSP called Warmth & Cheer!  I love that I can get additional uses from my dies!  The sentiment was stamped in Soft Suede, and it's easy to miss, but I added some green enamel dots along the side of the DSP!  A great way to introduce fall!  Thanks for visiting today!

The birthday continues:

And, as promised, some beautiful cards!  This "happy" creation is from Miss Robyn, her Sunday School teacher:

and another sweet confection from Miss Sally:

and a close-up of that fun ladybug card from Miss Debbie:

Thanks, ladies!  Don't forgot to come back on Sunday for the latest Paper Players challenge, too!

SPDMIX12 Just a Line

Happy Friday, peeps!  Yay, the weekend is here! I have my second card for the Sugar Peas Design Mix it Up Challenge, using an oldie but goodie stamp set:

My sweet, generous friend Teri gifted me with this set called Just A Line, from 1997; I loved these line art images that SU used to have!  I got out some ink pads and my aquabrush and went to work!  First I stamped the image on SU's thick cardstock with Stazon ink and then just colored away; since it was a large image, I didn't color the background (plus I was sure I would mess it up!) and just filled in the images loosely!  I love this sweet little cat napping in the sun:

along with the little bluebirds:

and I wish I had some aprons like these....mine look a wee bit tattered compared to these pretty ones!

And on the inside:

I thought this fit with the laundry theme of the challenge!  Once I finished coloring, I diecut it with a Lil'Inker Stitched Rectangle die and mounted it on a card with a mat of Graphic 45's Secret Garden Patterns & Solids....a perfect country finish!  Thanks for looking!

Tomboy that she is, one of Cassidy's favorite gifts was a Nerf gun, LOL!  This one can even shoot around corners...John told her she could practice on the squirrels that steal my bird seed!

She showed Grampy how to load the bullets:

and of course, he had to take a turn!  I am not sure who was more excited about it, John or Cassidy!

Enjoy your day!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

SPDMIX12 Vintage Friends

Happy Thursday, peeps!  This will be short and sweet...busy day, busy week, not much time to stamp!  School starts August 29....if I can just hold on until then, I should have a wee bit more free time, LOL!  I loved the vintage photo in the Sugar Pea Designs challenge as well as the sketch, so I actually did two cards!  I'll share just one today!

So here we go:

I have a PLETHORA of vintage images...stickers, digitals, image sheets, you name it.  Hoarding them all.  So I broke down and used a little journal note from Crafty Secrets' Childhood high school class is planning our 45th reunion next year, and although we didn't look quite like this when I was in school, I thought the vintage charm was a good match for the challenge photo!  I did use the sketch, but turned it on its side.  This is note card size; the side panels of the Very Vanilla card were embossed with a small polka dot EF from Cuttlebug; the tag is an old Provocraft die (I am diggin' into the archives of my stash here!); the stitched circle is from Lil'Inker; the DSP is from Graphic 45; crochet trim and linen thread are from SU; and the "twine" at the top is actually embroidery floss!  Sentiment is from Our Daily Bread Designs' Mini Tag Sentiments.   I am thinking this photo is probably from the 1920s or 30s.  Aren't these some sweet faces?

And speaking of sweet faces, here is a relatively calm one from the birthday celebration yesterday..I had to snap this photo because her shirt matched her card so well!

Now, THIS face....that's another story!  This card is from my friend Debbie, who remembered that Cassidy loves ladybugs....isn't that a cute card?!  The lady bug is made from a heart!  And on the inside was a gift card for a local ice cream shop!  Can you tell she was excited?  She is hamming it up a bit, but she can't wait to redeem that card!

She did get some other cute cards; I'll share them as well over the next few days!  Enjoy your day!

Wednesday, August 17, 2016

RS227 Foxy Kitty

Hi peeps!  A fun, whimsical card today using the sketch from RetroSketches:

My sweet friend Sandy gave me a package of papers which included ribbon, DSP and brads!  I just had to use some of them to make a thank you card for her!  Sandy, this card is on its way!

I am not sure if she likes cats or not, but the sweet smile on this kitty would make anyone love her!  I stamped the images from Foxy Friends in Crumb Cake and Chocolate Chip inks, then punched them out and assembled them on a scalloped circle.  I added some sequins to the card after I stamped the sentiment (A Dozen Thoughts, ret SU) and gave her a sweet little sequin and pearl necklace!

I wish you could see this paper IRL...there are gold lines in the plaid paper, and some of the flowers are FLOCKED!  SO retro and cool!  Thanks for poppin' in today!

Today is Cassidy's 6th birthday, and she has been stalking the mail lady each day this week for a card (or better yet, a package!).  So far, she's received three cards and I tried to make her wait to open them on her actual birthday, but she wasn't haven't any of it!  Here she is waiting to open the first one (it was from my dad!):

Poor thing...she's also on meds for an ear infection...not a fun thing during your birthday week, but we are pretty sure she's on the mend!

Have a blessed day!

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

RetroRubber 45 Bee Better Soon

Hi peeps!  A second post for today!  I was honored to be asked by the sweet, talented ladies at RetroRubber to be their guest designer this week!  Here's the awesome sketch they have for us:

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So here we go:

I used two Darcie's Heart & Home stamp sets, Bee-utiful and Day is Sweet, circa 2012!  I stamped the beehive on some yellow DSP in Crumb Cake ink and shaded it with a blender pen and some Hello Honey ink.  (The other papers were all scraps from my stash....some MME and I think a scrap of Basic Grey for the horizontal piece as well as the bottom piece.....sorry I can't be of much help there!).  I stamped another bee and the sentiment in Early Espresso, and the random bees in Lost Lagoon.

There is a pretty lace image in one of the sets, and I stamped it along the horizontal piece, then added a Hello Honey scallop underneat and a few gold-colored sequins, although they are a bit difficult to see, but they add a little shine!  I have a friend from church who just had knee surgery, so this will be going out to her!

I hope you'll play along with this challenge and give some of your "retro" stamps a chance to shine!

Here's another little nature shot; this Great Blue heron was lurking beneath a pine tree on the edge of our yard one afternoon:

He's a bit less sinister-looking once he extends his neck!  I saw him three times that day...once by my mailbox, here under the tree, and the last time, he was being chased by my nephew's dog!!! Apparently the dog saw him in the creek behind our house and thought he would be an easy catch.  It was quite a sight to see a dog chasing a GBH in flight!  I wish I had had my camera!  Needless to say, the bird won that race!


Happy Tuesday, peeps!  Time for another Try Stampin on Tuesday's an interesting one:

I have to admit that it did challenge me, but I persevered!  My friend Debbie just became a grandmother again, this time to twin girls!  I can't wait to see them!  So I made this for her, using a retired set called Every Little Bit for the three top images, and a sentiment from Darcie's called Bee-utiful:

Each image was stamped in Stazon and watercolored, then mounted on a Layering Squares mat:

And since there was more than one "ba-bee", I added a little "S" from Labeler Alphabet as well as some little stars from the same set!

Hearts from the Work of Art set and a sentiment from Watercolor Wishes finished the inside!

I hope you will come play along with us!  You can find the sketch on our blog, or check out our Facebook page as well!

John picked the first cantaloupe of the measured 27" around!  Looks more like a pumpkin!

And of course, Cassidy had to use the first slice as a prop:

She does keep us laughing!