Monday, April 20, 2015

Indigo Bunting

We were blessed with this little visitor this afternoon.

Isn't he a beauty?

My grandson Luke has said this was his favorite bird since we studied the bird book.

I wish he could have seen him.

At least I got some good pictures of him.

I'd never seen one before and didn't think I ever would.

What a blessing!


Furry Friends for Merry Monday

It's Merry Monday time.

This week Sue is the hostess and she chose

I know we're going to see some fabulous cards this week.

I have 2 stamps with dogs and/or cats and I'd used the other one a few weeks ago.
I had this all laid out and saw that my good buddy Karren 
had used the same stamp and die.
Great minds think alike!
So I worked up a different layout.
(Glad I hadn't used adhesive before I saw that.)

The rest of the design team cards are fabulous too.
I hope you'll go take a look.
Then make a Christmas card with a cat or dog on it,
and share it with us at Merry Monday.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Furry Friends (SSS), Christmas Messages (retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, Soft Suede
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Snippets of green
Other:  Copic Markers, Blendabilities Markers, Woodgrain EF, Stitched Circles Die (Lil' Inker), Pine Sprigs Die (Poppystamps), Polar White Flower Soft, Sparkle Texture Effect (MS)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Promise Me Tulips

The tulips have been beautiful this year!

Seeing them has made me want to do a card with this awesome Penny Black stamp.

And when I saw the Curtain Call Challenge, I was had to play.

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I inked the stamp with Distress Markers, thumped with a darker shade
 and stamped on Whisper White cardstock.

The background is lightly sponged with Soft Sky.

I used my Color Spritzer and Pumpkin Pie marker to spritz a bit of the orange shade.

The sentiment is from a Penny Black set, Eloquence.
I love these sentiments!

I hope you're having a good weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Promise Me (Penny Black), Eloquence (Penny Black)
Ink: Distress Markers (Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters), Soft Sky, SU Marker (Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White
Other: Color Spritzer (retired), Adorning Accents Edgelits (retired), Adorning Accents EF (retired) Crochet Thread (stash)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Watercolor Bokeh

I've been playing a lot with watercolors this week.

I'm having a Customer Appreciation Class today.

Here's one of the cards we'll be doing.

This card  uses the Bokeh technique that I've been seeing a lot of.

It's really easy and a lot of fun.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge

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Happy Little Stampers CAS Challenge

I cut my own circle stencil to do the dots.

I hope my friends will enjoy doing this technique as much as I did.

Thanks for stopping by.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Four You
Ink:  Whisper White
Paper:  Island Indigo, Watercolor (Arches), Shimmery White
Other:  Reinkers, Stencil (Made from Window Sheet, Circle Collection Framelits, 1/2" Circle Punch), Butterfly Thinlits, White EP, Large Rhinestone (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Friday, April 17, 2015

Butterfly in the Middle

I am having such a good time with the Butterfly Thinlits.

What could be easier than cutting a butterfly and popping it on an embossed piece?

The embossing folder was a gift from a dear friend.

Thanks again, Peggy.

QACAS, as Darnell would say, (Quick and Clean and Simple).

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Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Basic Black
Other:  Butterfly Thinlits, Moroccan Frame EF (Sizzix), Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Stenciling and Fifth Avenue Floral

Here's another card for the 

I used another stencil that my friend Loll cut for me, 
sponging Antique Linen Distress ink through the stencil for the background.

The rose was in the UFO (UnFinished Object) box.
It had been stamped and embossed on Shimmery White paper
and colored by dropping re-inker onto the wet flower.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Fifth Avenue Floral, French Foliage (both retired)
Ink:  Antique Linen (Distress), Whisper White, Garden Green
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Whisper White, Shimmery White
Other:  Stencil (gift), White EP, Re-inkers, Aqua Painter

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, April 13, 2015

Going Vintage with Merry Monday

Good Merry Monday morning.

This week it's Nina's turn to choose our challenge.

Don't you love this sweet picture?

I don't  usually do vintage, but once in a while I try my hand at it.

I think it's growing on me and I'll be doing a little more of it.

This image is in my old Print Shop program.
This program has a lot of vintage art.
It's the reason I keep that old computer.

First I stamped the Christmas Background with Antique Linen Distress ink
and lightly sponged on some Brushed Corduroy.
I added a snippet of tan grosgrain ribbon and covered with some crochet trim.
I found the linen thread with the little labels lying forgotten in 
a basket of things to do.  I sponged some Antique Linen on them,
tied the thread in a bow and added it with a rolled glue dot.
All I had to do with the graphic was cut it out and mount it
on a snippet of Crumb Cake with sponged edges.

With all these snippets, I'm going to 
Pixies Crafty Workshop

Thanks for stopping by to visit today.

Card Recipe 
Stamps:  Christmas Background (Stampendous), Bright and Beautiful
Ink: Antique Linen (Distress), Brushed Corduroy (Distress)
Paper:  Naturals Ivory, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Whisper White (for printout)
Other:  Ribbon, Crochet Trim (retired), Linen Thread, Graphic (Print Shop)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Saturday, April 11, 2015

April Showers

It's time for another challenge over at 

It's Shana's turn to choose our challenge and she chose....

I was stumped for a while.

The first two attempts didn't turn out well at all.

Then I saw this card by Darnell.

I happened to have a NBUS Cheerful Critters stamp set.

And it all came together.


I used my Lil' Inkers Stitched Square die to emboss
and cut a circle with the stitched circle die for the umbrella .

I just followed the triangles to cut the bottom of the umbrella.

The little chick was paper pieced.

Finally, I added some tiny rhinestones for "raindrops".

We have a super new Guest Designer at ATCAS.
Be sure to check out Pia's (Pia's Creative World).

I can go to Simon Says Monday Challenge again

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A is for...... April Showers

And Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
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April Showers and/or Spring Flowers

Also, Virginia's View Challenge

There's are layers of the chick and dimension with the umbrella and "raindrops".

I can't wait to see what showers you come up with.

Don't forget to share them with us at ATCAS!

I'm so glad you stopped by today.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Cheerful Critters, So Wordy Sentiments (Amy R)
Ink: Crushed Curry, Coastal Cabana, Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), So Saffron, Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Other:  Stitched Square Dies, Stitched Circle Dies (Lil' Inker), Rhinestones (stash)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Moon Lake Rowboat

The Moon Lake set is another favorite from the Occasions Catalog.

I stamped the image and colored with my 
Aqua Painter and ink smooshed into the cover of the inkpad.

This is one that looks better from a distance. LOL!

This sure brings back memories of good times in a rowboat.
When my brother and I were kids and we vacationed at a lake,
all we had was a rowboat.  
One year we pooled our money and rented an little motor.
It was still more fun to row.

Addicted to Stamps and More
is having a CAS week.

this week is Masculine Cards.
Here's the gallery for this challenge.
Lots of good ideas for the guys over there.

Glad you popped in.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Moon Lake
Ink:  Memento Rich Cocoa, Soft Sky, Lost Lagoon, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
Paper:  Naturals White, Basic Black, Watercolor (Strathmore)
Other:  Aqua Painter, Simply Scored

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Painted Petals Happy Birthday

I think this is my favorite set from the Occasions Catalog.

This aperture piece was sitting in the box and seemed perfect to frame the image.

I cut the image "out of the box" leaving some leaves and the bud to fussy cut.
I loved the way it could hang out of the frame.

The little banner looked kind of lost so I stamped a few flowers on it
to jazz it up.

is celebrating their 6th birthday.
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Happy Birthday to you!
You ladies always offer such wonderful inspiration and comments.

I think I have just enough time to enter this in the

The azaleas are beginning to bloom.

So beautiful!

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Painted Petals, Bloom with Hope (Hostess gift)
Ink:  Old Olive, Melon Mambo
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Basic Black, Whisper White
Other:  Square Lattice EF (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, April 6, 2015

Christmas Angel for Merry Monday

We're back to Merry Monday again.

I hope you all had a wonderful Easter.

See if you can guess what this week's challenge is....

It's the amazing Lori's turn to choose our challenge this week.

She chose....

I have 2 angels in my stamp collection.

This one was already stamped and embossed in my 
Christmas UFO (UnFinished Objects) box.

The embossed frame was also a UFO.

Since I used some snippets, I'm off to
Pixies Snippet Playground

Pixies Crafty Workshop

Addicted to Stamps


Simon Says Monday Challenge
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A is for.....Angel

I can't wait to see the angels and cherubs in the
gallery at Merry Monday this week.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Holy Triptych
Ink:  Encore Gold
Paper:  Solar White (Neena), Brushed Gold, Whisper White
Other: Joy Die (Elizabeth Craft), Swirl Frame EF (?), Square Lattice EF, Corner Rounder (Fiskars), Gold Wired Ribbon (Michaels), Gold Dazzling Details

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted