Tuesday, December 6, 2016


Hello again, peeps!  I was thrilled to be asked by the Stamp Ink Paper team to stay on until the end of December!  Woohoo!  This week's challenge is a sketch!  Here you go:


That big circle was just aching to be made into a shaker, right?  And you know my love/hate relationship with shakers, right?  Oh my goodness.  Well, here's the finished (finally) product:


But it was not finished without much angst and grief!!!  I just loved the stamp set in the current Paper Pumpkin kit, and I wanted to use some brightly colored papers from the Recollections City Sidewalk line.  So far, so good.  I cut out a circular mat from some Cucumber Crush cardstock; masked stamped my images in Melon Mambo, Rose Red, Cucumber Crush and Green Galore; sprinkled some assorted snowy glitters on top of my image; added the dimensional strips to the back of my mat and proceeded to adhere it to my image....WITHOUT the acetate window!  GAAAAH.  Back to the drawing board.  In trying to remove the mat, I tore it, so I had to start all over again.  Cut a new mat, added the acetate, the dimensional strips, adhered it to my image....I had TOO MUCH SNOW.  It looked like my village was in a total white-out blizzard.  SIGH.  I lifted up a section of the dimensionals, dumped out the excess snow, stuck it back down again....now there is a FUZZ in the window.  Got my tweezers, lifted up the dimensionals again and pulled out the fuzz.  PHEW!  All that for one little card!  


I added some twine on the side, stamped a sentiment from My Favorite Things (Hand Lettered Holidays), added another little piece of DSP on the inside and stamped my sentiment.  DONE!


 LOL!  I am sure we all have had card-making processes that just didn't go as smoothly as planned, right?!  I hope yours goes a little more smoothly as mine when you create your card for us this week! Can't wait to see what you create!  Share it at SIP and stop by to see what the other DT members created as well!

Cassidy got a new pet in her Advent Calendar...it's a Christmas pig!  (And it lights up!)



Enjoy your day!



TSOT300 Vintage Santa


Hi everyone!  It's Tuesday and it's time for Try Stampin' on Tuesday!  This week I created the sketch for the challenge:


and I think this might be my one of my favorite cards ever!  I found this music and vintage Santa in my "vintage" file...I had printed it out for another project but never used it....and now I can't find the source, so I can't even re-create it!  Maybe a reader can help me out!  Anyway, here we go:
  

I do know the plaid background is from a Crafty Secrets CD that I purchased several years ago; I mounted everything on a Crumb Cake card base; added some Garden Green pinked edges and some greenery diecut from a Tim Holtz die:


I thought they complemented the holly in Santa's beard!  And I added a couple more berries on the inside, along with a sentiment from Stitched with Cheer:


I hope you'll play with us this week....I am sure some of you still need to create some Christmas cards!  Share your creation with us at the blog or on our FB page!

Some silliness from my little pumpkin:


Have a blessed day!



Monday, December 5, 2016

Winter Shadowbox


Hello, peeps!  Happy Monday!  Today I am sharing the Winter Shadowbox I created for a class.  I must say, it was a lot of fun to create and the girls who made it said they loved it as well!  Lots of goodies to peruse:


I know the photo is not the best as it is hard to photograph through glass, but hopefully you'll get the idea!  The frame is 8x8" and is from JoAnn's, and each square is 2".  If you have any questions about any of the supplies, just send me an email and I'll get you all the details!  I will tell you that the designer paper is from Lawn Fawn, and each square is backed with Smoky Slate cardstock!

 








And 'tis the season:  Cassidy visited Santa at Dutch Wonderland last night....what a beautiful background and I heard the lights and decorations were very pretty!


Enjoy your day!  I might do some cookie baking today!

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Paper Players 324 Snowflakes & Skis


Happy Sunday, peeps!  Nance is our Paper Players hostess with the mostest today and she has a theme that I know is near and dear to many stampers:


We all love snowflakes!  At least on cards, right?!  I had a totally different card made for this challenge, and then I saw the sketch at CAS(E) this Sketch and I KNEW immediately I had to make a different one!  Here is the sketch:


And here we go:


Of course, there is a story behind the card...remember my creative friend Michele?  She gifted me with these adorable skis cut out from REAL WOOD!!!  They're amazing!  She stamped the bindings with silver ink, so I just topped them with a silver glimmer snowflake (Taylored Expressions):
  

and added a silver-embossed sentiment and snowflakes (My Favorite Things' Hand Lettered Holiday)


and my clean and simple creation was done!  I LOVE this!  I stamped another sentiment on the inside, this time just with Silver Encore ink; still pretty but more subtle:


If you're interested, you can see Michele's takes on this sketch here.  

Now I KNOW you are chomping at the bit to show us your snowflake-filled creations!  We can't wait to see them ourselves!  Flurry on over to the Players and show them off and meanwhile check out what the others did while you're there!  Lots of snowy inspiration!  And thanks for stopping in today!

I had to chuckle at Cassidy yesterday....she squeezed her eyes shut tight so when she looked in her Advent box, it would be a surprise!  




Enjoy your day!





Saturday, December 3, 2016

Winter Cardinals for MTS153


Happy Saturday, peeps!  Hope your weekend is going well so far!  I had the idea for this card during one of my sleepless nights, and when I saw the Match the Sketch sketch for this week, I thought it might work out!  Here's the sketch:


I took my Smoky Slate ink pad and inked up the inside of my Woodgrain embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot with a piece of white cardstock, and I must say, I was really pleased with how it came out:


I paired it with some DSP from A Little Foxy, added some Real Red diecut cardinals (Poppy Stamps Cheery Cardinals), and a little sentiment from Our Daily Bread Designs (Mini Tag Sentiments): 


I also stamped a little berry image from My Favorite Things (Hand Lettered Holiday).  I mounted everything on a heavy white cardstock base.  You can't see it, but I added some Wink of Stella on the trees too, for a sparkly wintery look!

Be sure to come back tomorrow for our next Paper Players challenge!  You'll love it!

We support Christian Service Brigade, which is an organization of men who mentor boys in positive ways, influencing them for Christ.  Our youth pastor from several years ago is a director and he sent us a Christmas card along with a little calendar for 2017.  Cassidy knows the months of the year, and is learning to understand how the days work; how many days until Christmas, etc.  I let her open the envelope and she was so excited when she saw this calendar....she said "Grammy!  It's my first calendar!  I'm going to hang it up in my room!"  Too cute!  (Wet hair from swimming lessons!)


Enjoy your day and be blessed!


Friday, December 2, 2016

Cable Knit Projects


Happy Friday, peeps!  No challenges today, but I was inspired by my friend Michele when I saw her mitten post here.  (She is SO creative!)  Instead of a mitten, I thought I would make a couple of projects using the Cable Knit embossing folder...and the first one is a little hat:


I drew a hat pattern, cut two hats from white cardstock and embossed one with the EF.  I embossed another smaller piece and trimmed it along a cable to create the bottom portion of the hat:  


I watched this video (it's long and the tutorial is towards the end, but it's a great video) to show how to create a fold at the top of a shaped card, and then I added a Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper "pom pom".  I created it by punching a 7/8" scallop, then adhering it to a scrap, turning it a wee bit and repunching it:


I didn't have cute little greenery like Michele did, but I cut some diecuts from the Pretty Pines thinlets instead.  I made a little banner with a sentiment from Flourishing Phrases and added some holly from Stitched with Cheer: 

 

And surprise...I added some Warmth and Cheer DSP on the inside to create a little pocket for a gift card!  I adhered it right along the very edges with Tear 'n Tape:

 

I added a sentiment from Stitched with Cheer and it was all done!  Just make sure when you assemble it that you measure the length; if your pompom extends too far, you won't be able to stick it in an envelope!  And while perusing Pinterest in the wee hours of a sleepless night, I saw gazillions of Ugly Christmas Sweaters, so I did this one, just for fun!



It's hard to see, but it's mounted on a white "t-shirt", and his bells are cut from gold foil!  Even DH knew what it was!!

December 1 meant that Cassidy got to set up her Advent Calendar!  Dana told me she was up at 5am, and she told her to go back to bed, LOL!  6:15 and she couldn't wait any longer:


A wee little bit of candy to go with the bedhead!


Enjoy your day!



Thursday, December 1, 2016

RetroRubber 52 Follow Your Heart


Happy Thursday, peeps!  And happy December!   This will be short & sweet....it's a crazy busy weekend coming up!  I hadn't played with the Retro Rubber Challenge for a while, and the sketch looked fun:

RRCB 52

My niece recently moved from SC to Seattle to take a job with Amazon!  We are excited for her but nervous as she is so far away from her family!  (Lucky for her, her dad is a pilot....just a hop, skip and a jump to go see her!).  I thought this little image from the 2015 set You're Sublime was appropriate:


Her parents drove all her belongings out and I am betting that my sister was wishing for a little pink camper in which to rest her weary bones!  And I know yesterday's card used the same color combo....funny how that happened!  The Pop of Pink Specialty DSP just seemed like a cheerful background for this pink camper!  It was stamped in Stazon on Shimmery White cardstock and colored loosely with inks and an aquapainter.  I popped up the flag for fun and cut it out with a Stitched Shape framelit.  A piece of Strawberry Slush twine finished it off.


I bought some little wooden ornaments and Cassidy and I had fun painting them with some acrylic paints:



I used some SU Gold Glitter for the star....this girl loves her glitter!




I'll show you mine next!  Enjoy your day and thanks for popping in!