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
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.

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.

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.


Thanks for stopping by.
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.


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.

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

Friday, July 11, 2014

Mixed Media Coral Blossom

I've been seeing a lot about using Mixed Media on cards.

I usually create a card without thinking about
a specific technique. 

I have to admit that the thought of using more than one 
boggled my mind.

But my friend Loll is on the DT Team for a new challenge

It's a monthly challenge and they define Mixed Media as
Basically, a card that has stamps and inks PLUS at least two other items (embossing paste and alcohol inks, for example) is a mixed media card in our book.

I used a stamp and ink for the sentiment.

The flower and leaves are punched from a piece of watercoloring
(and cardstock).

And I used an embossing folder.

Watercoloring, punching, embossing
along with the stamp and ink
makes Mixed Media. (I think)

That wasn't so hard!

This went to a dear friend who is experiencing some health issues.
I hope she receives this card before she sees it here!

Thanks for stopping by and I really do appreciate your comments.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Field Flowers
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  Calypso Coral, Whisper White, Watercolor
Other:  Re-inkers, Bonjour EF (Couture Creations), Blossom Punch, Blossoms Petal Builder Punch, Sunshne Punch (Fiskars), Tiny Sunshine (Recollections)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, July 7, 2014

Merry Monday Shades of Green

It's Merry Monday time again.

 The amazing LeAnne is our hostess this week.

I love this picture!

I pulled out my NBUS Papertrey Ink Polka Dot Parade #9
stamps and die.

The sentiment is a NBUS too.
It's from Verve.

For the background I used the partial embossing.

The bow is made from crochet thread
dragged through Gesso.

is looking for die cuts.
This die set is from Papertrey Ink.

Pixie's Snippet Playground
is always open for play when we use snippets on our cards.
The tree is made from snippets.
What a great way to us up some of those narrow pieces!

I hope you'll pull out your greens 
and join us at Merry Monday this week.

And be sure to go over there and check out all the Design Team cards.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Polka Dot Parade #9 (Papertrey Ink), Christmas Blessing (Verve)
Ink:  Pistachio Pudding, Wild Wasabi, Gumball Green, Garden Green, Mossy Meadow, Crumb Cake
Paper:  Gumball Green, Whisper White, Brushed Gold (for star)
Other: Polka Dot Parade #9 Die set (Papertrey Ink), Plaid EF (Sizzix), Simply Scored, Gessoed Crochet Tread

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Peaceful Petals Blended for Kylie

I've been playing with my Blendabilities again.

I used the Daffodil Delight set.

I think this is my favorite color set so far.

And I want to wish Kylie a very happy birthday!

Loll has a Birthday Celebration going on for her.
I hope you'll go over with a card and give her some birthday love.

One of Kylie's challenges is

This week's challenge is
you can use any kind of pens, pencils, paints or chalks. 
Perhaps you can make you mark by sponging or even sewing? 
The choice is yours!

I used the Blendabilities which are 
Stampin' Up!'s new alcohol markers.

I'm so glad you could stop by.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Peaceful Petals, Perfectly Penned (both retired)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Other:  Blendabilities (Daffodil Delight), Gingham Ribbon (retired), Scallop Trim Corner Punch (retired), Simply Scored

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Friday, July 4, 2014

Happy Birthday America

Hurrah for the Red White and Blue!

Happy Birthday America!

I've been on vacation and without a computer for several days.

I don't know if I'll ever catch up on all of your blogs.

But I wanted to send my American friends
best wishes for a safe and happy 4th!

Almost forgot to add:

I can go play at
since I used that tiny snippet for the red star.
Thanks for the shout out, Di!

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Made for You (retired)
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Midnight Muse, Whisper White, Snippet of DSP
Other: Star EF (Cuttlebug), Star Die (Verve), Small Star Punch (retired), Baker's Twine (Michaels), Rhinestone Star (stash)

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Happy Birthday, Darnell

Today is Darnell's Birthday.

If all her friends sang Happy Birthday at the same time,
it would be heard around the world!

Happy Birthday, my friend, 
and I hope you have many, many more.

Thanks for the visit.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes, Happy Moments (retired)
Ink: SU Markers (Not Quite Navy, Pear Pizzazz, Real Red)
Paper:  Marina Mist, Whisper White
Other:  Anytime Tags Dies (Lil Inker), Fancy Fan EF, Crochet Thread

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted