Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Single Iris Sympathy

This was my first time inking this NBUS stamp.

I love the easy watercolor look that I got
by inking the stamp with markers.


I couldn't decide whether I liked it better on the white base or the Eggplant base.

So I did it both ways.


CAS on Sunday
is looking for a Sympathy card this week.

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
says ANYTHING GOES this week.

Addicted to Stamps Challenge
also says ANYTHING GOES this week.


I'm happy you could stop by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Single Iris
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, SU Markers (Wisteria Wonder, Elegant Eggplant, Wild Wasabi, Garden Green)
Paper:  Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Other:  Stitched Mats Rectangles Die (Lil' Inker), Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Stippled Blossoms Live Simply

I've been playing with my Stippled Blossoms stamps again.


I hadn't thought of using these flowers in this type of layout
until I saw this card by Lesley of Always Playing with Paper.

I was demonstrating this stamp with some friends on Saturday
and this what came of it.

I love how easy this is to "paint".
I stamped the solid flower in a very light pink and used
the Stamp-a-majig for placement to overstamp the outline flower
in Regal Rose.

Then I used my Aqua Painter to color the dots.
It shades automatically.
Darlene DeVries has a wonderful video here
if you'd like to watch it done.

I masked the flowers and used the same technique
for the leaves.

The sentiment is a NBUS.

Since I was very recently introduced and invited to join
I thought I'd enter there.

Thanks so much for the visit.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps: Stippled Blossoms, Trust God
Ink:  Pink Pirouette, Regal Rose (retired), Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi, Tuxedo Black (Memento), SU Marker (Chocolate Chip)
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Basic Black, Shimmery White
Other: Aqua Painter, SAMJ, Moonshine Sequins (SSS), Simply Scored, Simply Scored Diagonal Plate

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Monday, July 28, 2014

Happy Birthday LeAnne

Our dear Merry Maker, LeAnne is celebrating an
important birthday
and we're having a surprise blog hop to celebrate.


Happy Birthday, LeAnne!




I know how LeAnne eagerly awaits the arrival of the 
Baltimore Orioles to her yard each year. 

So I made an attempt to color one for her.


The rest of the Design Team are celebrating too.

If  you're following the hop you came here from Deanne Kay.

Your next stop on the hop is Katie Melhus.

Or you can go to Merry Monday and start from there.

You can join the party by making a birthday card for LeAnne
and taking it over to
to link up.

There will be a winner and honorable mentions.

I'm going to take this over to 
Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
which is EMBOSS IT.

and

Seize the Birthday
which is Anything Goes
without the topping.

Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bird Collage (Hero Arts)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Blendabilities (Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive, Calypso Coral, Cherry Cobbler, Skin Tone), SU Marker (Basic Black)
Paper:  Solar White 110# (Neena), Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Square Lattice EF, Daffodil Delight Seam Binding for LeAnne's Bow

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted


Sunday, July 27, 2014

More Primitive Stars

Rudolph Day is upon us
and I thought it the perfect opportunity 
to share some more of these primitive star cards.

Sarn wants 2 Christmas cards for this challenge.


The first one used some retired Stampin' Up! 
Christmas Designer Series Paper under the out cut.


I used the embossing folder that came with the Bigz die
to emboss this cut out then placed it back in the hole.

I used dimensionals to pop it up a bit so the green would peek out.

You have until the end of the month to play in this challenge.

And since I used quite a few snippets, I'm off to
Pixies Snippet Playground
where I see I won one of the butterfly stamps.
WOOT!

I'm so glad you could stop by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  More Merry Messages
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena, Whisper White, DSP (retired), Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Other:  Sizzix Primitive Star Bigz Die with Embossing Folder, Plaid EF (Sizzix), Square Lattice EF, Holly Punch (Martha Stewart), Red Rhinestones (Stash), Gumball Green Ribbon Snippet 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted



Friday, July 25, 2014

Day Lilies

I'm not much of a gardener but I do love my day lilies.
I have some really old ones that I moved from our old house.
They have bloomed beautifully this summer and I have
enjoyed them so much.


So when I saw this stamp by Inkadinkado, I grabbed it up!

I'm not expecting to be able to color a lily as well as God can.

But I would love to get a little closer than this.

And hopefully I will get closer next time.

The Make it Monday Challenge
at Papertrey ink 
is a watercolor technique with a wonderful video
by Heather Nichols
it's called No Outline Watercolor

Maybe I'll do better with an outline?

I'll leave you with
what a day lily is supposed to look like.

Although these lilies look a lot more orange IRL.




Thanks for stopping by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Day Lily Bunch (Inkadinkado, Meadow Greens (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Sahara Sand, Chocolate Chip, SU Marker (Chocolate Chip)
Paper:  Watercolor 140 lb. cold press (Strathmore), Tangerine Tango 
Other:  Re-inkers, Aqua Painter

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted



Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Celebrate Today with ATCAS

Here's a super quick and CAS card.


I punched the blossom out of the white card front.
Then I embossed the card front with the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder.
I place a scrap of Decorative Paper behind the outcut?
(I'm never sure which is the outcut and which is the cutout.)

I sponged some yellow on the cutout flower and used a brad to fasten it
to the card front and adhered it all to the front of the card.
(Somehow my sponging always looks messy to me. 
Wish I could get the hang of it!)

A fussy cut stamped banner finished it off.

I'm taking it over to 
Addicted to CAS



Simon Says Monday Challenge
says it's a MID-SUMMER challenge.
I've got warm colors and I enjoy the flowers in the gardens.

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

Simon Says Wednesday Challenge
says EMBOSS IT.
I've got dry embossing on this card.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

That snippet of Decorative Paper will get me into
Pixies Snippet Playground

Pixies Crafty Workshop

I hope that wherever you are you can
Celebrate Today.

Thanks for coming by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Perfectly Penned (retired)
Ink:  Marina Mist, Daffodil Delight
Paper:  Marina Mist, Whisper White, DSP
Other:  Blossom Punch, Brad 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, July 21, 2014

Merry Monday Primitive Star

Good morning and Merry Monday to you!

I have 2 cards today.

I had a little trouble making up my mind which to use.
When in doubt, use both!

But before I show and tell let's look at the challenge.

Our hostess this week is Lori.

(She's helps Lesley keep the Merry Makers straight
and does a fabulous job of it too!)


The buttons really threw me.

I love to use ribbon, but rarely use buttons.

So I had to dig deep to find some.

I used the Sizzix Primitive Star Bigz Die for both of these cards.

These cards were inspired by the cards I saw here.
Thanks, Stacy, for the wonderful inspiration.


For this one I used a shank button and cut the shank off.

I'm hoping that still counts as a button.

Can you see the little plaid design on it?

The diecut star was embossed and inserted in the opening.
I used dimensionals to pop it up and let the
Cherry Cobbler peek out.



This card was made using a negative piece.

I had this pretty snippet of decorative paper in my box 
and it went perfectly with the retired Sage Shadow cardstock.

I used a teeny, tiny heart button on this card.

I got 2 very different looks.

I made several others but they don't have buttons.

Some don't even have ribbons.

I'll share those later.

I hope you'll go over to see what the rest of the Design Team
has done for your inspiration pleasure.
Some very good ideas indeed!

Then I hope you'll put a button or buttons and ribbon 
on your Christmas card and share it with us at 
Merry Monday.

Oh, and since I used some snippets, I'm going over to
Pixies Snippet Playground

Thanks for visiting.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe (card 1)
Stamps:  Teeny, Tiny Wishes  
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper: Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, 110# Solar White (Neena)
Other:  Primitive Star Bigz die (Sizzix), Square Lattice EF, Plaid EF (Sizzix), Cherry Cobbler Polka Dot Ribbon back side (retired), Altered Button, Dimensionals

Card Recipe (card 2)
Stamps:  Christmas Joy (Verve - card 2) 
Ink:  Cherry Cobbler
Paper:  Sage Shadow, DSP (stash), Very Vanilla
Other:  Primitive Star Bigz die (Sizzix), Plaid EF (Sizzix), Large Oval Punch, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Button (Stash)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted




Sunday, July 20, 2014

Thank You

Thank you so much for all the Birthday wishes.
I'm sorry this thank you is so late coming.
I've been trying to write this blog for 5 days!
A lot of celebrating going on around here!

They helped to make a very special day days for me!
How delightful to open my happy mail, email, Facebook page 
and blog comments to find good wishes.


I stamped the row of vases twice on scraps.

One was left as is.  
On the other I stamped the vases with some of the 
NBUS Banner Blast stamps.

The little boo boo on the one was covered very well 
with a tiny bow of linen thread.

I colored the flowers with my regular markers.

Since I stamped on and matted with snippets, I'm off to

Pixies Crafty Workshop

is playing CAS this week.

GRAB OUR BADGE!

Thanks for stopping by.
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Vivid Vases, Banner Blast (Sale-a-bratiion)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Markers
Paper: Pool Party, Basic Black, Whisper White
Other: Linen Thread

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Flower Shop

Here's a couple of cards with the Flower Shop set.



The first one uses some faux flower soft in the center of the flower.
{The faux "flowersoft" is made by rubbing 2 Styrofoam balls together 
and collecting the rubbings in a sandwich bag. 
 A couple drops of re-inker makes it any color you want.}


This one has a tiny yellow punched flower and pearl in the center.

Which do you like best?

So glad you could stop by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps:  Flower Shop, Simply Sketched (retired), Be Happy Sentiments (Amy R.)
Ink: Timber Brown (Memento), SU Marker (Crisp Cantaloupe)
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Crisp Cantaloupe, Pip White, Snippets of Green
Other:  Arrows EF, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Windows Frames Collection Die, Festive Paper Piercing Template, Paper Piercing Tool, Lorelei Leaf Die (Memory Box), Stylus, Pansy Punch, Faux Flower Soft, Tiny Daisy Punch (Marvy Uchida), Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, July 14, 2014

Merry Monday Golden Angel

It's Merry Monday time.

I sure love how my Christmas card stash has grown!

This week Deanne is our sparkling hostess.
This is what she chose.

I remember someone giving my girls some kits for ornaments like this.

Homemade Christmas ornaments were a favorite gift giving idea at Christmas.

Here's my card.


I embossed this image on some 
beautiful shimmery cardstock that DH
picked out and gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago.
This is the last of it. :-(

The stamp belongs to a friend and I have no idea
who makes this stamp.
If you recognize it, please let me know so I can give credit.

I pulled out the Timeless Rectangle dies that I used a couple of weeks ago.
This image seemed to call for something elegant!

Since I used a snippet of Brushed Gold,
I can go play at

I can't wait for you to see what the rest of the 
Design Team has come up with.
Pop on over to Merry Monday and take a look.

Even better...make a Christmas card with sequins on it
and come join the fun at

I'm so glad you stopped by.

Enjoy!
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Card Recipe
Stamps: Unknown
Ink:  Encore Gold
Paper: Shimmery, Brushed Gold (SU)
Other:  Gold EP (SU), Timeless Rectangles (Spellbinders), Gold Sequins (Joann Fabric)