Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SIP109 Company Store Inspired

Hi everyone!  It's Tuesday, and that means another Stamp Ink Paper challenge!  Lisa has a nice easy sketch for us this week:

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As I was looking through my Southern Living while on vacation, this ad for The Company Store caught my eye!  I just loved the colors and those pretty florals:

So I thought about how I could recreate it....I chose Crushed Curry for my Blooms and Wishes flowers, stamping them on a piece of Shimmery cardstock.  I then pencilled in some stems and leaves and loosely watercolored around everything with Smoky Slate ink.  Finally, I took a Basic Gray marker and outlined the images, then added some marshmallow sequins and a sentiment from Better Together.  Since the bedding is gray and white striped, I added some DSP from last year's Foxy Friends series for a mat.  

Here's some closeups of the florals....definitely a different look than my normal style, but I like the loose flowing look!

This sketch is an open book for any style, theme or occasion!  I hope you'll play with us at Stamp Ink Paper this week!

Another favorite vacation photo....so cute!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Blooms & Wishes, Better Together
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Shimmery White, Smoky Slate, Foxy Friends DSP (ret)
 Ink Crushed Curry, Smoky Slate
Accessories Marshmallow Sequins (Pretty Pink Posh)
Tools     Aquapainter, Dimensionals, Basic Gray Marker

Monday, July 24, 2017

MTS186 Birdie Hello

Happy Monday, everyone.....I've gotten a very late start today, I can't seem to get out of vacation mode!  I wanted to play with the Match the Sketch sketch before it runs out!  Here's the sketch:

And I challenged myself to use some papers and colors with the (dreaded) Lemon Lime Twist! The Naturally Eclectic DSP fit the bill perfectly:

I used the retired Tags & Labels dies to make the Berry Burst tag and "hello" tag, which was stamped with a Paper Pumpkin sentiment, and the retired Adorning Accents Edgelit and Delicate Designs embossing folder to make my horizontal piece.  My little bird was diecut from the Birds & Blooms Thinlet and accented with some Blackberry Bliss twine.  The Lemon Lime piece was stamped with Timeless Textures, and the tag was stamped with Touches of Texture: 

I also added a little LL sprig from Bouquet Bunch and a wee little glimmer dot!  So fun!

This is one of my favorite pictures from the kids' vacation---it really makes you realize how small we are and how big God is!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

PP354 Thinking of You Sketch

Hi peeps!  I am back from my wee little vacation, went to the Delaware shore to see my dad and soak up some sunshine!  Not that we didn't have sunshine here in PA, but seashore sunshine is definitely different than PA sunshine!  I had to come back for Jaydee's pretty, easy sketch:

I knew I wanted to use some new DSPs, particularly ones I hadn't delved into yet!  It is always challenging to make masculine cards, so although the dinosaurs on this paper are geared more to little masculine people, I thought it would be fun for any age, really:

The papers are from the Pick a Pattern DSP pack, and I used a retired die called Word Bubbles to frame my sentiment, which seems to be coming right from this little fellow's mouth:

The sentiment is from Hero Arts and is stamped in craft white and embossed with white embossing powder.  Other than that, there's no stamping at all...I let the paper do all the work!  I did add a little Pick a Pattern washi tape at the top and bottom of my middle layer...looks so fun with these patterns! Easy as can be!

I hope you'll play along with our sketch this week...endless possibilities!  Check out what the DT did as well:

On their vacation, Dana and Cassidy went to a fisherman's pier where one of the fisherman had caught a small shark, and let Cassidy touch it!  She was SO excited!  

Thanks for popping in today, and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Hero Arts (CL342
Card stock & Papers     Emerald Envy, Basic Black, Pick a Pattern DSP
 Ink White Craft
Accessories Pick a Pattern Washi Tape
Tools     Big Shot, Word Bubbles Framelits, White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Dimensionals

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Christmas Stamp Camp

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I am going to be taking a wee little bloggy break, just a few days, but before I do, I thought I'd share with you a couple of cards from my recent Christmas Card stamp camp.  Of course, I had to use Carols of Christmas along with the coordinating Card Front Builder dies!  My stampers used Marina Mist, Soft Suede and Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper to make this card:

I really like how the glimmer paper peeks through the little cut-outs...so sweet!  And a little tip if you are cutting out items from glimmer paper....it can be a little challenging to get those diecuts to pop out easily; if you gently peel off the back layer of the paper, you have a thinner layer of glimmer paper, which cuts very nicely!

When I saw this pattern in the Be Merry DSP package, my mind immediately went to this older Waltzingmouse stamp set; I think it's called Stitched Christmas (not sure of that)...it was stamped in Cherry Cobbler, accented with some gold pine sprigs and gold ribbon!

Stay cool...I'll see you on Sunday with our next Paper Players challenge!

Cassidy and Dana are at St Simon's Island in GA...they have sent me some amazing photos!  These are from Driftwood Beach....it's huge!

Thanks for popping by....be blessed and enjoy your week!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

SIP108 Fabulous Florals

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  It's time for another Stamp Ink Paper challenge....Fabulous Florals!  

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My go-to florals lately are Beautiful Bouquet....I stamped a background with some elements from Butterfly Basics, and then stamped and diecut a lot of flowers:

This set makes such a pretty bouquet!

And there's even a little tag & bow...the matching Bouquet Bunch framelits make it easy peasy!  I even added a little pink washi tape from this month's Paper Pumpkin kit....so sweet!

I hope you play along with us....I know you love florals!  And here are my loves:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Bouquet, Butterfly Basics, Touches of Texture
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Powder Pink, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
 Ink So Saffron, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede
Accessories Washi Tape (July Paper Pumpkin)
Tools     Big Shot, Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Dimensionals, Dazzling Diamonds Glitter

Monday, July 17, 2017

Blue Christmas

Happy Monday, everyone!  Just a quick card today, no challenges, it uses the upcoming Carols of Christmas with last year's Christmas Pines, along with a cool embossing folder technique:

The deer is probably my favorite little element from this set; I stamped him in Early Espresso and die cut him, then set him atop a "snowbank" I created by tearing some Whisper White cardstock.  To create the background, I used my inkpad to layer a coating of craft white ink on the raised portion of the Woodland EF, then ran it through the Big Shot with a layer of Dapper Denim cardstock inside.  I love the effect it gives!  I added a sentiment from Christmas Pines, and a few little footprints with a gray marker. I am thinking a little glitter on the snow would have been nice, maybe I'll add that later!

You never know when you'll meet an alligator...or is it a crocodile?

Have a blessed day!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas Pines, Carols of Christmas
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Dapper Denim
 Ink Dapper Denim, Early Espresso, Craft White
Tools     Big Shot, Woodland Embossing Folder, Dimensionals, Basic Gray Marker

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Paper Players 353 CAS Bikini Fun

Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday!  I hope you're having a great weekend!  It's the fabulous Claire's turn to host the Paper Players challenge and she has a CLEAN AND SIMPLE one.....the reason I put those in capital letters is because the first time around, I FORGOT that part of the challenge!!

So this is actually my second card for this challenge!  It uses the CASology cue card of "Wish" as well as the CAS Colours & Sketches sketch:


So this is just a little tongue-in-cheek card.....I am sure some of you remember the little song from 1960 by Brian Hyland called Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini?  (You can hear it here if you've never heard it!!!)  I remember it being one of the very first songs I heard on the radio, and I was six years old at the time!  Anyway, while trying to figure out what I could create for this CAS challenge, I found this yellow polka-dotted paper and remembered this little bikini stamp (actually I think it's supposed to be underwear, but you'll have to work with me here, people) I got a while back from my friend Tammy!  Bingo!  

I stamped it in Daffodil Delight, added my little sentiment with Brushwork Alphabet, an embossed panel and some twine and it was done!

I actually did wear a bikini in my much younger days.....but nowadays, I can only wish to wear one, LOL!   I hope you'll stop by the Paper Players blog to see the others' fun CAS cards and be sure to share yours with us as well!  Now, do you have that song stuck in your head like I do?!  Enjoy!

The "kids" are on vacation visiting some family in GA and SC.  No trip down south is complete without a stop at South of the Border, right?

Be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Brushstroke Alphabet, Big Girl Panties (unknown maker)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Matinee DSP (Imaginesce)
 Ink Daffodil Delight
Accessories Thick White Baker's Twine
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals