Friday, October 20, 2017

Coast Guard Veterans Day

Finally I got to the Coast Guard! I have an array of cards I did for those Veterans and I am pleased with how they turned out. What do you think?




The last photo is what all of the cards say inside...again the stamp is from DRS.

My first photo is done with the shaving cream technique for my mat. I used Night of Navy reinker drops and just swirled it in the shaving cream willy nilly. The remainder of the card is self-explanatory.

For the second card, my mat is from the Wood Textures DSP and the rest is self-explanatory.

My third card mat is a piece of patterned paper a friend gave me. The lighthouse is from a two-step stamp set, High Tide Photopolymer. I stamped it in Night of Navy and Rose Red. The emblems were printed from the internet on my computer. I am entering this one in Craftyhazelnuts Patterned Paper October 2017 Challenge.

I want to do four or five different cards for each branch of the service so I've got some work to do! Tomorrow will be the Marines.

Thanks for looking.




Thursday, October 19, 2017

In the Navy

Here's another card I made for Veterans Day. I have two family members who are (were) Navy (most are Army) and they have been waiting for this card to appear!


SU Stamp Sets: Seaside Shore and Work of Art
Inks: Night of Navy and retired Delightful Dijon


The emblem on the front I printed out on my computer. The "Navy" is a die cut from Cheery Lynn. The stars on the front are Gold Glimmer paper punched with a non SU punch. The anchor and rope on the inside are fussy cut from the Seaside Shore SU stamp set. The inside sentiment is stamped in Night of Navy and the stamp is from DRS.

Tomorrow the Coast Guard, I hope!

Thanks for looking!!


Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest Part 2

This is the other card I made for Regina. This was the color she saw the other day.


The colors I used for this card are Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry and Wild Wasabi. It is the same stamp set I used yesterday, Painted Harvest. The flowers on the outside are stamped full strength and the inside is stamped off. My card base is Rich Razzleberry and the mat is Basic Black. Also, the dies are the Large Letter Framelits. I have to get my moneys worth out of these dies!

The sentiments are from a past Paper Pumpkin kit and the current Dragonfly Dreams.

This is the second card I have entered in The Flower Challenge #13 and I would like to win prize #4.


Thanks for looking!


Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Stampin' Up! Painted Harvest

Yesterday we had lunch with friends at the Celtic Ray and I mentioned that afterward I had to go to the post office to get my cards weighed for the correct postage. Fortunately, the server said she'd like to see more of my cards so I let her look at the four I hadn't sealed. She placed an order for two eclipse cards...woo hoo!

So, today I got the job done! Take a look at one of them...

My card base is Cajun Craze, the DSP is Painted Autumn, the mat is a piece Gold Foil Sheet (same as the inside frame), and the letters are from the Large Letter Framelits Dies.

I absolutely LOVE the inside with that frame from Carols of ChristmasI cut a piece of Whisper White cardstock to fit inside the frame and stamped the sunflower in So Saffron and Early Espresso using the Painted Harvest Photopolymer Stamp Set. The sentiment is stamped in Cajun Craze using a stamp from the retired Wetlands stamp set.

Because I used Patterned Paper, I'm entering my card in Craftyhazelnut's October Challenge. If my entry wins, I will get more patterned paper. Just what I need...lol! BUT, you can never have too many patterns so I hope my number is drawn (I'm 235) and it's drawn randomly. Check out her site...it's fun!

I also am adding it to The Flower Challenge #13


and I would like to win prize #5!

Thank you for looking!!






Monday, October 16, 2017

The Bold and The Beautiful

Sunday Stamps #163 Bold and Beautiful has a challenge I thought would be perfect for making a Veteran's Day card for an Air Force service man or woman.




I used a Dapper Denim card base and embossed a piece of Whisper White with the retired Stylish Stripes TIEF. I ran a Marina Mist ink pad across the top and a Real Red ink pad across the bottom. The emblems are all die cut from Real Red, Night of Navy and Basic Gray cardstock. I sponged the Basic Gray with Night of Navy ink.

For the inside, I stamped it with the Veterans Day stamp from DRS, added a piece of washi tape on the left and drew lines with Cherry Cobbler and Night of Navy markers on the right.


Tomorrow I have to work on the Marines and Navy because Veterans Day is not too far away!

Thanks for looking!!


Sunday, October 15, 2017

Stampin' Up! Painted Autumn DSP

My card today fits three challenges. The sketch is obvious and the alphabet is also obvious. But, what you don't know is how nerve wracking the As You See It challenge was...not because of the shades of orange BUT because I had to set the stopwatch! Yes, the card had to be completed in 10 minutes or less. You could get your supplies out but then the clock had to start ticking on cutting, gluing, coloring and stamping! I finished in 07:58:26!!! In my haste, I got a couple of panels a little wonky but I think it's okay. My card and description follows the three challenges.








My card base is Very Vanilla, cut at 4 1/4" x 11", scored at 5 1/2". 

My DSP is from Painted Autumn and an unknown scrap. I colored some of the pumpkins with a Peekaboo Peach SU marker. Each panel measures 1" x 3". The Pumpkin Pie Glimmer Paper (retired) strip measures 5 1/2" x 1/2". I adhered the DSP strips to the card base before I adhered the glimmer paper. 

The hearts are retired Pumpkin Pie enamel doodads (for lack of the real name). The sentiment is from Teeny Tiny Wishes, stamped in Tangerine Tango on a scrap piece of Very Vanilla, punched with the retired Word Window punch. I adhered it to a scrap of glimmer paper and rounded the corners with a punch from Fiskars. 

These were all fun challenges ... did you set your stopwatch to see how long it took you to read my post? Orange you glad you didn't have to? 

Thanks for looking!

Friday, October 13, 2017

Stampin' Up! Ribbon of Courage

My card today is in honor of someone very dear to me. The color of the ribbon is for non-Hodgkins Lymphoma.

I had pieces of cardstock and DSP left over from yesterday and a few other odds and ends of Very Vanilla cardstock so I decided to make a card with what was there. Sometimes I put my leftovers away but not always. I'm glad I didn't because Little Red Wagon has a challenge using leftovers!

My card base is Early Espresso, a mat from the Painted Autumn DSP, a mat of Early Espresso, a layer of Old Olive embossed with the Layered Leaves Dynamic TIEF. I used the largest oval from the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies to cut a piece of Very Vanilla from one of the scraps and sponged it with Lemon Lime Twist. I stamped the decorative ribbon from Ribbon of Courage in Lemon Lime Twist and heat embossed it with clear embossing powder.. Then I used the matching die and cut it out with my Big Shot. I stamped the sentiment using that set and punched it with the Duet Banner Punch. As you can see, I used Lemon Lime Twist ink again.

My scraps are all used up but I'm sure tomorrow I will have more. It's a never ending process!

Thanks for looking!!



Thursday, October 12, 2017

Card Group

Today our card group met again for a delicious lunch and beautifully fun cards.

Here's lunch, a recipe from Taste of Home Potluck, cookbook. 

It was a delicious spaghetti salad, followed by the best raspberry cheese cake I've ever had. It was from the same cookbook.

I can't tell you anything about the stamp sets, dies or colors we used...here goes...

(this one is quite similar to SU's Coffee Cafe)

and 

All I know about the last one is that it is Dapper Denim and the DSP is retired. There are videos on how to make a gel card. Just check out Dawn Griffith and Brandy Cox. It was a fun technique and our hostess got the gel and bags at Dollar tree.

Thanks for looking!



Stampin' Up! Counting My Blessings

Sunny Day Crafting Challenge #56 O is for Oval is my only challenge for today. You can see I definitely used an oval! Measurements are at the end of my post.




I used Early Espresso for my card base and the mat under the Lemon Lime Twist piece (for some reason, it doesn't look like LLT, but it is!). I stamped that piece with the acorns from the Count My Blessings stamp set in Versamark and heat embossed them in Copper.  

Then I adhered the LLT mat to the EE mat. My favorite ribbon in this year's catalog is 1/4" Copper Trim and I wrapped that around those mats, tied a bow and adhered it to a piece of DSP from Painted Autumn. That was then adhered to the card base.

On a scrap piece of Very Vanilla, I stamped the sentiment from Count My Blessings in Versamark ink, sprinkled it with Copper Embossing Powder and heat set it. I also used the leaf stamp from that stamp set, stamped just above the words and colored the leaves with a Lemon Lime Twist marker. The oval is die cut from the largest oval in the Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies. I cut it so the leaves would look like they were hanging off the oval. I adhered it to the card with Dimensionals

The dots in three of the corners are White Perfect Accentscolored with a bronze Sharpie.

My card is CASEd from Linda Richenberg. This card may be too "busy" for some, but I love it and I love Linda's too!

Measurements:
5-1/2″ x 8-1/2″ scored at 4 1/4” Early Espresso cardstock base  
5 1/4” x 4” Painted Autumn DSP mat
4 3/8” x 3 3/8” Early Espresso mat
4-1/4″ x 3-1/4″ Lemon Lime Twist mat
3" x 3 1/2"  piece Very Vanilla, to cut out oval

Thanks for looking!!





Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Stampin' Up! Spooky Cat Revisited

I decided I really didn't like my Spooky Cat from this morning and at the suggestion of a couple of my team members, I added Tangerine Tango splatters using a stamp from the retired Gorgeous Grunge. I deleted my original card from the challenges and have revisited them! I have also deleted my former post and incorporated it into this one!

You are absolutely right, there is not really a spooky cat on my card!


but, there are cat eyes and things cat's like to chase!
Spider webs, spiders, and potions...I hope I can work my magic potion on CAS Colours and Sketches #244
This challenge is so difficult for me because you have to have lots of white space, little to no embellishments, and minimal layers! That's where the potion comes into play...I have two layers, my Crushed Curry mat (5 1/4 x 4); my white layer (5 x 3 3/4), sponged with Basic Black on the edges to give it a little more depth; and my Basic Black card base. Hope that is considered minimal! I do think I followed the sketch closely. 



WWYS #137

What Will You Stamp #137 Challenge is using the Spooky Cat Photopolymer Stamp Set for their challenge this week. Everything I stamped is from that set, with the exception of "boo".

and

SUO #185
is the last challenge I have entered for today. This is truly my favorite Halloween stamp set. I don't usually make Halloween cards, but this year I fell in love with the not-so-Spooky Cat!

Thanks for looking!

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Giving Thanks Blog Hop

Stampin' Up! Vintage Leaves for the Inkin’ Krew Team Blog Hop
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This is my second Team Blog Hop and I can't begin to tell you how much fun this is and how wonderful our team is. Be sure you visit all the blog hoppers below if you have time...you will be glad you did.

As you saw from my title, the theme of our blog hop for this month is giving thanks. I have so much to be thankful for but one main thing is that on this particular post, I don't have to worry about Irma. However, there are others out there lurking...already up to "O". So without further ado and before another tropical depression, tropical storm, tropical wave OR a hurricane decides to show up on our doorstep, here's my card...



My card base is a 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 Early Espresso. I stamped a 5 x 3 3/4 piece of Very Vanilla with stamps from Vintage Leaves. I used Cajun Craze for the maple leaf and Peek-a-boo Peach for the oak leaves. 

The acorns are from the Painted Harvest stamp set. I stamped the top of the acorn in Soft Suede and the bottom in Sahara Sand. The sentiment, also from Painted Harvest, is stamped in Early Espresso. I sponged the edges with Soft Suede. I adhered it to a mat of Gold Foil 5 1/4 x 4. 

On the maple leaf, I adhered a gold die cut maple leaf from the September 2017 Paper Pumpkin kit. If you don't have that particular kit, you can use the die from Seasonal Layers Framelits Thinlits dies.

For the inside, I cut a Gold Foil mat at 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 to which I adhered a mat of Very Vanilla 5 x 3 1/2.  I sponged the edges and face of the Very Vanilla mat with Soft Suede. With Early Espresso, I stamped the sentiment, using another stamp from Painted Harvest.

Next time you see me hop, I should have better links to my products and a better recipe...but until then, hop along to the other creative bloggers by clicking on the buttons or names below.

Thanks for looking AND hopping!



  1. Karen Finkle - You Are Here
  2. Linda Richenberg
  3. Jaimie Babarczy
  4. Julie Johnston
  5. Mary Deatherage
  6. Sue Prather
  7. Jari Francis
  8. Barbara Staradumsky
  9. Amy Koenders










Monday, October 9, 2017

Veterans Part 3

In case you miss it, this is a three-part post! 

For my third and last entry in HLS Anything Goes Monthly Die Cut Challenge 

I used the same ingredients as my first and second cards but in a different manner. I also added gold Metallic Enamel Stars. I'm sure there aren't too many 3 star generals out there who would receive this card, but you never know.

I hope the Veterans will enjoy the cards because I certainly enjoyed making them!

Veterans Part 2

This post is part of a series for today.

My second card for Happy Stampers Die Cut Challenge 


uses the same die cuts. I used the camouflage technique to make the designer paper for my die cuts. Using distress inks, I sponged the Crumb Cake Cardstock card base. I stamped "USA" with a stamp from DRS designs and added retired Early Espresso enamel dots on the corner. 

Thanks for looking and I hope you will check out the other two posts!

Veterans Part 1 of 3

Many veterans have died so that we may have our freedom. I am "die"ing for the ones who are still with us ... by that I mean "die cutting" (for those who read my blog and are not into card crafting).

Happy Little Stampers October Anything Goes with Dies Challenge will be my choice for today. Their rules allow you to post as many times as you want as long as each card is different. So, let's give it a go!


My first card was made using Tim Holtz Distress Inks with Burlap Clear Mount Stamp. The dies I used for the helmet, Army and tank are from Cheery Lynn. The frame die is from Elizabeth Craft Designs.

I sponged a piece of Whisper White Cardstock with these distress inks: Bundled Sage, Forest Moss, Tea Dye, and Vintage Photo and cut out the frame. The burlap was inked in Forest Moss and Tea Dye using another piece of Whisper White to fit inside the frame. I then die cut the army pieces out of Early Espresso, with the exception of the ARMY, which was cut from a scrap of unknown DSP and mounted on Early Espresso.

The inside is very plain but very meaningful...

It is from DRS Designs.

I hope you will visit my next two posts to see my other two cards.

Thanks for looking!


Sunday, October 8, 2017

Repeat Performance...Almost!

Yesterday I entered a card in two challenges and today I am entering one of the same challenges but with a different card...


My card base is Whisper White, with a layer of Tangerine Tango and retired Hello Honey. I used a stencil for the leaves, inking it up with Distress Oxide inks for my first time. The vellum piece was stamped in gold ink using a stamp from Window Shopping

All Sorts Challenge Week 436 Trees and Leaves is a site you should visit!

Thanks for looking!


Saturday, October 7, 2017

Stampin' Up! Trees and Leaves

I usually make cards with strictly SU products, new and retired, but today's card is a mix for the All Sorts Challenge Week 436 - Trees and Leaves




My card base is the retired Mint Macaron color. The first layer is copper foil. Second layer is watercolor paper which I lightly colored with Ken Oliver's Color Burst powders (that is a learning curve!). Just Us Girls Word Week #414 is a challenge with the word "light" in it! 

The next layer is Vellum which was embossed with the Softly Falling TIEF. I sponged that with my new toy, "Glitter Kiss". That was unusual and another learning curve! I then stamped the sentiment from Brightly Lit Christmas with Versamark ink and heat set it with copper embossing powder. It turned out very blurry and thick so you really couldn't read all the words. The copper foil tree is die cut from Tim Holtz' Alterations Sizzix Die Cuts.

The inside I created on the computer and then stamped the sentiment again using Mint Macaron ink and copper ink. The "Merry Christmas" is from the stamp set Half Full. I made a little snowstorm inside using a stamp from Touches of Texture inked in Mint Macaron.

This card was fun for me to make as I used so many different products and new techniques. Hope you like it too and I hope you will visit the challenges and my online store (all the blue links!)

Thanks for looking!!



Friday, October 6, 2017

Stampin' Up! So Many Shells

Today I met a friend for lunch and after we went to a store that sells stamping supplies.  We did not come out empty handed! I only bought items I couldn't get from Stampin' Up! I'll be posting pics once I master the techniques with what I bought...stay tuned.

I want to post the other card we made in our group yesterday. It was a CASE of Windy Ellard's that she made in July.


Stamp Set: So Many Shells
Colors: Island Indigo, Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand
Embellishments: Linen Thread, Sequins

Thanks for looking!




Thursday, October 5, 2017

Stampin' Up! Birthday Blossoms

Today was our weekly card group get together. I provided a kit (which I posted yesterday) and Meg provided two kits, one of which follows. I am not entering this in a challenge but trust me, today was a big challenge and just trust me again...it turned out to be a learning experience...nothing more said...you'll just have to wonder :-)

Here is one of Meg's cards that we CASE'd...


The front of the card was embossed with the Garden Trellis Embossing Folder. The Rich Razzleberry banner was punched with the Banner Triple Punch. I added my own dashes in white gel pen. The leaves were stamped in Versamark ink and fussy cut. The pansy was punched with what? the Pansy Punch of course! My Rich Razzleberry little flowers were punched with the retired Petite Petals punch and decorated with the white gel pen. I'm not sure what the tag/labels were as we were spoiled and they were already pre-cut! I need to check my die inventory because I, no doubt, have them! Speaking of dies...when I went to cut a die for the sentiment, I found one of Meg's missing dies embedded in her magnetic platform. Lesson learned...never use a die on the magnetic platform without a cutting plate underneath :-) Funny thing is she went digging through her trash looking for it and it's been missing since September.  I think we bonded over that! Good can come out of bad!

The inside is a panel of RR and Mint Macaron, stamped with retired Petite Petals and a non-SU sentiment...don't tell SU!!

Thanks for looking!




Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Stampin' Up - High Tide

Today's card was made for our other pastor. He and his wife love Aruba so I am hoping the ocean scenery appeals to him. I also hope Hazel likes it for her monthly patterned paper challenge.


The DSP is from the retired Serene Scenery. The stamp set is High Tide, the ribbon is 5/8" Burlap Ribbon. My colors are Crumb Cake, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso and Basic Gray. It took 5 minutes or less to make this card. I'm thinking about putting a bird in the sky on the left hand top. What do you think?

Thanks for looking.