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Apr 10, 2021

Fusion Challenge - Bee Kind and NBUS#25

 Welcome! - I finally had some time this week to stamp.  Seems like this month has been a super busy one so it's always nice when I get a chance to make a card.

I'm sharing this for the current Fusion Challenge: Bee Kind
and also for NBUS#25
Here is the card I created for this challenge:
I loved the colors in the Inspiration photo and the big bee.  So I decided to treat myself to a new stamp/die set.  Don't you just love that big bee with the lovely roses on it's back.
The stamp/die set is from Sizzix and can be found HERE - I purchased mine at Hobby Lobby.
Details: Card Stock: Whisper White (I'm going to miss this when my supply runs out) Bermuda Bay and a retired piece of Barely Banana (SU) The designer paper was also purchased at HL.  I loved the splatters and the water color look.
I stamped the Bee with Memento Tuxedo black ink, colored the bee with Prismacolor pencils and blended with Gamsol. - I added a clear glitter (Art Institute) and cut the bee and the roses out with the dies that came with the set.  The roses were mounted on top of the original bee with foam tape.  Then the entire bee was also popped up with the foam tape.

The sentiments were stamped with MTBlack ink on Barely Banana Card Stock and cut with the dies.  
I added a piece of retired SU cream grosgrain ribbon and some gems (unknown source) to complete the card.
I hope you like my interpretation of the sketch and the inspiration photo.

Mar 12, 2021

Paper Players Theme Challenge - Spring

 I'm joining the Paper Players Theme challenge today & just getting it in under the wire. - Long day yesterday trying to find a missing cat so no time to stamp until this morning.

Here is the card that I created for the challenge.

 Thankfully I had this piece of paper in my stash of (project ideas) that I was able to get out and use for this card.
Card Stock: Bermuda Bay, Green Galore* (*retired SU) and an unknown piece of textured card stock for the border and circle.  I also used Whisper White
 Sentiment is from Amuse Studio
Bird Die is from Momenta.
Also used a few sequins, black bead for the birds eye.  Foam mounting tape and a border punch.
If you have any questions about this card feel free to e-mail me.

Mar 10, 2021

Fusion Challenge - Green

 Hello & Welcome!

Today I'm featuring a card for the current Fusion Challenge - Green You can either be inspired by the Sketch, The Inspiration Photo or both.
I will also be sharing with NBUS #24 since this is the first time I'm using the Stamp Set and the metal dies.

Today I'm just doing with the Inspiration Photo.

Here is the card I made for this challenge.

Details:  Card Stock:  Mossy Meadow, Old Olive, Crumb Cake.
Designer Paper - Safari Chic (DCWV)
Stamp Set: Heal Your Heart (SU)
and a retired background stamp - Linen.
Ink: Crumb Cake
Other: Leaf Die bought off Amazon HERE 
Circle Nestabilitie die
Foam Mounting Tape.

Mar 4, 2021

Paper Players Sketch #530


Hello & Welcome
Today I'm sharing a card for the Paper Players Sketch Challenge #530.
I always seem to be just getting my cards in under the wire for the deadline but at least I've accomplished something.
I started this card twice today but once again a "boo-boo" with the stamp not stamping all the way down made me have to alter my plans just a little for the card.
So here is my take on the sketch:
I actually like the alteration of my original card.
Card Stock: Old Olive, Crumb Cake & Whisper White (SU)
Stamps: Sentiment is from The Craft Lounge - Shamrock Blessings
Hat - Rubberstampede - Leprechaun Hat
Paper - Source Unknown - Purchased at JoAnn's many years ago.  I only had one small piece and ended up having to cover the boo-boo in the corner with the extra piece of olive card stock.
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Prisma Color Pencils,
Gamsol, Blending Stump
Glitter - Key Lime (Art Institute)
Quickie Glue Pen, Gold Gel Pen
Die: Hero Arts

Mar 1, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches#474 and NBUS#24

Joining in today for Freshly Made Sketches #474 and NBUS#24 
Here is the sketch:

Here is my card:  I made one card first and didn't like how it turned out so I started over and was happy with how this one looked.

So for NBUS - Items are Pineapple Designer Paper, (Paper Studio),
Pineapple Embossing Folder (Park Lane) and the dotted Washi Tape (Heidi Swapp) - I also used the Pineapple Stamp for the first time although it came from a set I used here on this card.
Details:  Card Stock: Pacific Point, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo (current SU) and Gable Green (retired SU).
Ink: Melon Mambo, Granny Apple Green & Memento Tuxedo Black.
Other: Pineapple Embossing folder, Washi Tape, Paper Distressing tool (retired SU), Foam Mounting Tape, Versamark Pad & Iridescent Ice embossing powder (on the pineapple) to make it shimmer and shine.

Feb 22, 2021

Fusion Challenge - Rainbow Dress

Happy Monday! - It's the start of a new week and hooray most of our snow is gone!

So today I'm joining the Fusion Challenge
Rainbow Dress:
Isn't that little dress just adorable as can be.  So here you can choose either the sketch or the photo or even both to be inspired by.
For my card I decided on both and went very CAS (Clean and Simple) with this one.

Card Stock: Lavender Lace, Mint Melody & Pretty in Pink, Whisper White - All retired SU
Designer Paper: American Crafts - Bloom Street
Stamp: Butterfly & Thank you sentiment are from Hero Arts-New Day Butterflies
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, So Saffron, Pool Party, Flirty Flamingo

Other: Fishtail Die - MFT, Versa Mark Pad, Iridescent Ice embossing powder.

This card is going out as a Thank You to a kind lady that was so faithful in sending cards to my mom while she was alive.  Since my mom loved butterflies I wanted the card to reflect part of her personality.

Feb 20, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #473

 Hello & Welcome.  - I've been absent for a couple of weeks from stamping because I had a bout of "winter blahs" and just didn't feel inspired to stamp at all.

Today I finally got out of the house and was able to drive around town without fear of ice/snow making it hard for me to drive.  - I was inspired to get out my stamps and create again.  Hooray!


Below is the card I created using this sketch.

Card Stock:  Basic Black, Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo & Blushing Bride.

Designer Paper: Echo Park - Flamingos (Item#BS182004)

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black and Flirty Flamingo

Stamp Set:  Friendly Flamingo
Flamingo Dies - Both SU products.

Other: Basic Black Marker & White Gel Pen (to color beak)
Foam Mounting Tape
Blender Pen - I colored the accent on the wing with a blender pen & the Flirty Flamingo ink pad.

Come back soon as I have another card to share for a different challenge. - Have a great day & stay safe and warm if you are still in the "deep freeze" zones.

Jan 29, 2021

Fun with Flamingos

 Welcome. Hope you have all had a good week.  I've had the chance to do a little stamping this week which is always nice.

In my previous post I posted this card featuring a new stamp set that I purchased recently. Today I am sharing 2 more cards that I created using the same stamp set.

I have a FB/ photography friend who's wife loved flamingos and after she passed away he would insert a small flamingo into his photos as a way of honoring and remembering her.  So I decided to send him a photo of this card and he loved it.  After some chatting about making/selling cards I told him I would just make one and send it to him.

Well the card maker in me just couldn't stop with one card so I sent him three.

Here are the other two cards:

For this card I used: Shaded Spruce, Bermuda Bay and Whisper White card stock.  Inks: Calypso Coral, Mint Macaron, Shaded Spruce, and Memento Tuxedo Black.
I stamped the palm leaves randomly on the white card stock and used my new, Stitched Whimsy die to create a fun border. Then I distressed the edges with the mint ink.  The flamingo and larger flower were stamped with the Coral ink and fussy cut. I also edged the larger flower with the coral ink.  On the Bermuda Bay piece I used a Versa Mark pad and a retired background stamp (SU-Sanded)
 The sentiment was stamped with the Tuxedo black ink.  I mounted the flamingo with foam tape an added a tiny black bead for the eye.

For this card I used Melon Mambo, Basic Black card stock.
Ink: Melon Mambo, Shaded Spruce and another pink ink along with the Tuxedo Black ink.

The patterned paper is from the Place and Time summer pack (JoAnns). I used a water brush to pick up colors of ink to paint onto the small flower image and a basic black marker for the flamingo's beak.  I used a retired SU corner punch to create the tag and small circle punches for the flowers. I also used a piece of Washi tape (Park Lane) and the Palm Branch Sizzix embossing folder on the black card stock - Enlarge to see detail.

I had fun with these cards and plan to use the Pineapple stamp that came in the set really soon to share with everyone.

Have a great day & Happy Stamping.

Jan 24, 2021

Paper Players #525 - Better Days Ahead and NBUS

 Hello & Welcome.

Back again today with a new sketch & card.
This time I'm joining the Paper Players #525 Challenge and also NBUS#22
Here is the sketch:

 Below is the card that I made using the sketch.


New items used:  Stamp set (Heidi Swapp) which I purchased on sale at JoAnn's for only ($1.97)!  I did find this set on-line if you are interested it can be purchased HERE
Patterned Paper - Paper Studio
and the Washi tape (inside of card) Park Lane 
Details: Card Stock: Cameo Coral (retired SU), Pretty in Pink (retired SU), Pacific Point (SU), Whisper White (retired SU). 
Ink: Calypso Coral, Garden Green (SU) & Memento Tuxedo Black .
I used a Basic Black marker to color over the beak of the flamingo before stamping it down on the card stock.
Patterned Paper from Paper Studio, purchased at Hobby Lobby.
Stamps: Heidi Swapp & and old retired SU set, Sincere Salutations. 
Other: Washi Tape from Park Lane purchased at JoAnns
Fishtail Die - MFT Stamps. 
Foam mounting tape

Jan 23, 2021

Freshly Made Sketch #469 - Hello There

 I finally had a chance to play today with my new stamps set, Sweet Strawberry.

I started with the latest Freshly Made Sketch challenge #469

Below is the card I made using this sketch.

Stamp set: Sweet Strawberry
Designer Paper: Berry Delightful
Card Stock: Pacific Point, Shaded Spruce & Whisper White
Ink: Cherry Cobbler, Real Red, Garden Green, Memento Tuxedo Black.
Other: Strawberry Punch
The punch and stamp set are part of the Sweet Strawberry bundle in the new mini catalog (SU) and the designer paper is from the current Sale-a-bration catalog.

I love this new stamp set and paper.  I picked strawberries for 8 summers as a kid so this was the perfect stamp set for me.  I love summer and strawberries, can't wait till June when we get fresh local berries once again.

Jan 12, 2021

Mod Squad Challenge - Fly Away & NBUS

Hello & Welcome.

 Today I'm joining the current Mod Squad Challenge - Fly Away and will also be entering this on the NBUS #22 blog since I'm using brand new stuff on today's card.


Here is my card:

 For this card I used a brand new stamp set (New Day Butterflies - Hero Arts) that I received for Christmas along with some new designer paper (Park Lane) that I also received for Christmas.

I started with a Basic Black card base then added a large piece of the butterfly dp. Next I used Blushing Bride cs and distressed the edges with Melon Mambo ink (SU) I added another strip of the dp and stamped the butterfly and sentiment with Memento Tuxedo black ink.  The butterfly was colored with colored pencils twice, one was cut out and layered on top of the other one. I used a lacy metal die and a circle die.  I also used a corner rounder punch on the black piece of card stock.

I used Amuse Studio butterfly dies for the smaller two butterflies. One was textured with an embossing folder.  Card Stock colors were: Barely Banana, Pink Passion (which I believe are both retired SU colors).

 This card was based off of another card I did way back in 2012.  You can find that card HERE  

That's it for this card.  As always if you have questions about any card I've posted feel free to e-mail me. - Happy Stamping!


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Jan 6, 2021

#TGIFC297 Color Challenge

 Hello & Welcome!

So today is my first posting of 2021 for a card challenge.

I'm joining the TGIFC#297 challenge. 
Here is what I created for this challenge. 

Details:  Card Base - Basic Black (SU) Flower Dies (unknown as they were a gift and did not have a company listed) Flowers were die cut with Whisper White (SU) cs.  The largest flower was embossed with the Swiss Dot Embossing Folder.  I used a 2 small SU cirle punches one for the center of the dotted flower and one for the center of the flower in the upper right flower.
Also used Paisley print designer paper (Doodlebug designs) that I've had in my stash forever.  A White brad and the sentiment is also from a new stamp set (Hero Greetings) from Hero Arts that I also received as a Christmas gift.  I popped the sentiment up with foam mounting tape.

A simple but fun little card to create.

Hope you have enjoyed your visit and Happy Stamping!