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Oct 30, 2021

Color Throwdown #666

 Hello and Welcome!
Today's card is for the current COLOR THROWDOWN

The colors were, Orange, Brown & Craft.


Here is the card that I made for this challenge.


I just had to have this stamp set (Nuts About Squirrels) from, Stampin'Up! - I find squirrels totally adorable and enjoy watching them.  I leave peanuts and squirrel food out for them every morning.  They can be so comical.

Card Stock: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie & Vanilla.

Stamps:  Nuts About Squirrels and Itty Bitty Backgrounds

Ink Pads: Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze and Chocolate Chip*retired - All SU products.

Dies: MFT Fishtail

The squirrels were stamped and fussy cut then mounted on the card with foam tape. 

I don't normally post videos here but since this card is about squirrels I'm sharing this YouTube Video from the movie, Rat Race because it makes me laugh.  I hope you find it funny too.


Oct 27, 2021

Fushion Challenge - Pumpkin Mugs and NBUS#31

 Hello and Welcome!

Today's cards are going for,  NBUS#31  and
Fushion Challenge Pumpkin Mugs. - UPDATE:  Somehow I missed the deadline for the challenge but am sharing these cards none the less.

I had bought a magazine, (Simply Cards and papercraft) that came with a stamp set, Autumn Blessings.  When I saw the Fushion challenge I knew it would be the perfect set to use for the challenge.
Here is my card:

 I decided to use both the Sketch and the Inspiration Photo for this card.

I stamped the pumpkins twice on white card stock and colored them with water color pencils.  Then I stamped the speckles (Itty Bitty Backgrounds-SU) in Pumpkin Pie & Pool Party inks. Then I fussy cut them.

Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie & Bermuda Bay and White (SU).
The designer paper I bought at Hobby Lobby and it's from Paper Studio.  I bought it prior to purchasing the stamp set but it coordinated so well with the inspiration photo I had to use it.  Across the bottom teal colored panel I used a piece of Washi Tape that also matched beautifully to the color scheme.

I stamped some leaves from Petite Patterns (SU) on the white rectangle panel, mounted it to another rectangle panel of Bermuda bay.  The sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.  I foam mounted the teal pumpkin to complete the card.

Since I had extra paper left over I created another card.

Same color scheme except I used a panel of a retired SU card stock  that I believe was called, Naturals Ivory.  I also used some of the leaves from the stamp set and another of the sentiments.  I distressed the edges of the Bermuda bay strip.  Pumpkin, Leaves and Sentiment mounted with foam tape.

Rectangle and Circle dies are Nestabilitie Dies.
So there you go, 2 different cards using the same colors & stamp set.

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Oct 12, 2021

Paper Players #562 - Color Challenge

 Welcome.  Before I get started with today's card I just want to say how excited I was that my card for the PP#561 Spooky Challenge made the (Cut Above) for last weeks challenge.  Thank you so much.
This weeks challenge is a color challenge: (#562)
Such pretty colors.  Since I don't have Pale Papaya   I went with the closest color I could get to match it.  For my 4th color I chose a yellow (Daffodil Delight) as it was one of the colors in the Designer Paper that I chose to use.

My card is also based off the same sketch from Freshly Made Sketches (#506) from last week.

I needed a Sympathy card for a fellow bowling team member who lost her husband last week.  These type of cards are never easy to make but sadly they sooner or later are a necessity.

Here is the card that I came up with:

I remembered that I had this piece of fall leaf paper in my stash and it seemed to have all the colors of the challenge in it so I based my card around that paper.

Card Base: Early Espresso
Layered with a soft peach/papaya color that is actually the back of a piece of Coredinations card stock.
The Designer Paper is old and says it was from Gussie's on the back of it.

I used circle and scallop dies and stamped my leaf (PSX - Personal Stamp Exchange) with Pumpkin Pie Ink on the light colored card stock and mounted it on a pie of Pumpkin Pie.  My strips of paper were: Early Espresso, Coordinations piece & Daffodil Delight.

The sentiment on the outside and the inside of the card are from Stamp Simply - Sympathy Sentiments Set 1 - Awhile back I won 3 of their sympathy sets and am finally putting them to good use.

Here is the inside of the card:

The leaf is the solid version of the one I used on the outside of the card.  Inks used were: Early Espresso & Pumpkin Pie.

That's it for this card.  Be sure to check out the Design Teams cards & the other participants as well.

Oct 11, 2021

Peace On Earth Christmas Challenge #1

 Welcome! - Today I'm sharing a card I created for a brand new challenge blog.

Remember the (Two Old Bats) Halloween challenge featured here?
Well the same two ladies (Darlene and Diane) just started a new challenge blog that they have named: Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge.
I found out about it from my good blogging friend, Leslie (Running With Scissors)  who just happens to be an awesome stamper and a member of the Design Team.

So for the Peace On Earth Christmas challenge #1  here is the Mood/Inspiration board:

Below is the card that I created for this challenge.  For my inspiration I chose the Red/White color combo from the bottom right photo and the Nordic feel of the boot from the bottom left photo.
Here is what I came up with.  It's a pretty CAS card (Clean and Simple) which is something I struggle with as I always want to add something extra but I held back and just let this one speak for itself.
 Card Details:  Card Stock: Real Red & Whisper White (SU)
Real Red Ink Pad
Designer Paper - Retired SU (Feels Like Frost).
Stamp: Artful Inkables - Peaceful Wishes (sadly they are no longer in business). 
Snowflake Die - Momenta  (Purchased at Hobby Lobby). 
Circle Dies
Heart Brad & Foam mounting tape.
Quick & Easy so they could be mass produced.

Oct 10, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #506

 Hello & Welcome!
Today I'm sharing a card that I created for Freshly Made Sketches#506 
Here is the sketch:
Below is the card that I made using the sketch as my inspiration.
For this card I started with some patterned paper from DCWV (Die Cuts With a View) from their Halloween Town mat stack.
I also used the coordinating Halloween Town stamp set.
I stamped the Haunted House with Memento Tuxedo Black ink and use the die to cut it out. - Then I colored it with a mixture of SU markers and Copics.  I added some glitter to the windows to give it a little sparkle.
My card base is Gorgeous Grape, I added the patterned haunted house paper and some strips of, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie & Summer Sun*(retired).  The sentiment is from a small Studio G stamp set that I've had in my stash forever.  
I cut a circle of the Summer Sun with Nestabilitie Dies and stamped some bats and fussy cut them and mounted them to my moon with foam tape along with the haunted mansion.
Now this card varies slightly from the sketch in that I accidentally had a pair of scissors under my card stock when I went to stamp the sentiment down and smudged it up so I had to cover it with a small strip of white card stock stamped with the sentiment correctly.
The bats also covered up a boo, boo (does this ever happen to you?) when the sentiment stamp fell off the block and smudged ink onto my moon.  
Even with all the mishaps I like how the card turned out and hope you do as well.


Oct 8, 2021

Paper Players #561 - Spooky Challenge and NBUS


It's time to join the Paper Players for this weeks challenge.

This week was a theme challenge, Spooky. - So of course I just had to play along.
I've been dying to use the new die I purchased from Picket Fence Studios (Scarecrow Cover Plate Die).
Below is the card I created for this challenge #PP561 
I think this qualifies as, Spooky!
For this card I used the Scarecrow Cover Plate Die from Picket Fence Studio.  I cute it out on Basic Black card stock and set it aside while I created my background.
Once again I had some fun with the stencil from the Tim Holtz collection.  I purchased mine at JoAnn's but you can find it online at Simon Says Stamps  I used 3 colors of ink: Only Orange*retired SU,
Daffodil Delight, and Mango Melody to sponge on the stencil design and distressed the edges of the card stock before gluing it down on a piece of Pumpkin Pie Card stock.

After I had it stenciled I glued down the Scarecrow Die and added 2 small sequins from Picket Fence - Witches Brew mix.
Finally I stamped the Sentiment from Echo Park - Something Wicked Stamp set in Memento Tuxedo black ink.   

Since this is the first time I've used the Scarecrow Die and the sentiment from the stamp set I'm going to enter this card as well on the NBUS blog for NBUS#31

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 As you can see I mixed up several items from 3 different companies to come up with this card but I love how it turned out.

Oct 7, 2021

Two Old Bats - Anything Halloween

 Please Share Our BadgeDid you know there is a cool blog called, Two Old Bats that does Halloween challenges all year long?  How fun is that!
For October it's Anything Halloween.  They provide an, Inspiration  Mood Board to inspire you.  You can choose to use it for inspiration or go out on your own with your card creations.

I finally had time to get in on one of their fun challenges.  Here is the Mood Board:  I decided to use the Buffalo Plaid for the inspiration for my card.

Here is what I created:

For this card I used another of the pumpkin images from the Tim Holtz set that I showcased on my last card.  
Card Details:
Card Stock: Pumpkin Pie, Basic Black & Whisper White*(retired).
Patterned Paper (Paper Studio - Purchased at Hobby Lobby).
I embossed part of the white card stock with a Spiderweb embossing folder (Cuttlebug-Provo Craft)*retired.  Then I distressed the edges using my finger nail and inked around them with Memento Tuxedo Black ink. Then I added the buffalo plaid paper to the bottom half of the white embossed piece.

The Pumpkin image was colored with Copic Markers.  I also distressed the edges of the black card stock that I mounted the pumpkin image on.
The sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo black ink on white card stock and I used circle punches.  I also added a black punched spider with foam mounting tape & some sequins (Picket Fence) to complete the card. 
I hope you'll check out the design teams cards & the other participants.  Have a wonderful day.

Oct 2, 2021

Freshly Made Sketches #505 and NBUS#31

 Welcome & Happy World Card Making Day!

Gosh it's been awhile since I've been in my stamp room and it felt good to be back!

Today I'm sharing a card I made using Freshly Made Sketches #505

Below is the card that I made using this sketch.

I bought some NEW stuff yesterday so I'll also be using this for NBUS #31

 Card Details:

Card Stock: Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Basic Black & Whisper White
Stamp Set & Stencil - Tim Holtz Halloween, Stamps/Stencil combo which I purchased at JoAnns
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Gorgeous Grape.
Patterned Paper - Also new to me - DCWV - Halloween Town Mat Stack
Sequins - Also new to me. Picket Fence Studios - Witches Brew mix.
Fish Tail Die - MFT Stamps

I stamped the happy pumpkin on the white card stock and used a mask so that I could stencil the blotches using Gorgeous Grape Ink.  Then I removed the mask and colored the pumpkin with colored pencils blended with Gamsol.

I stamped the sentiment with black ink and cut it out with the fishtail die and then mounted it using foam mounting tape.

I love how this one turned out & hope you do as well.

Have a great day!