Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Here's the Halloween Tree I made this year.

Tomorrow I'll change it to a Gratitude Tree.


Friday Mashup is asking for a witch this week.  The mashup is to use bleach too.  No bleach. Sorry girls.  But this is a witchy pumpkin.

Addicted to Stamps is playing Bingo this week.

My FREE space is Ribbon.

I'm going to take my snippets to the Playground at Pixie's Crafty Workshop Week 44.  It's always fun to play there.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Jack of All Trades, Wacky Wishes (Hostess selection)
Ink:  Tangerine Tango, Basic Black
Paper:  Tangerine Tango, Whisper White,  Old Olive
Other:  Big Shot, Woodgrain EF, Swirls Scribbles Sizzlit (retired), Basic Black Grosgrain Ribbon (scrap)

Tree Recipe
Stamps:  Spooky Bingo Bits
Ink:  Various
Paper: Scraps
Other:  Punches (Scallop Square, 1 3/4" Scallop Circle, 1 1/4" Scallop Circle, 1" Circle Owl Builder), Baker's Twine, Spider Die (MB)

Please note: The shadows behind the tree make it look twice as big as it actually is.

Thanks for stopping by today.  Watch out for those tricksters!


Monday, October 29, 2012

Merry Monday Peace, Love, Joy

Another Merry Monday.

Here's Lesley's sketch.  I tipped it and used my new Memory Box snowflake die.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  All Holidays (retired)
Ink:  Whisper White
Paper:  Baja Breeze, Whisper White, DSP (retired)
Other:  Snowflake Border (MB), Snowflake Punch (non SU), Dazzling Details

I hope you'll have time to check out the other designers cards and be so inspired that you come join us at Merry Monday (Always Playing with Paper).

Carrie Gaskin (FD)

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit.


Sunday, October 28, 2012

Snowflakes on Crumb Cake

I love white snowflakes on Crumb Cake with a cherry on top.  Cherry Cobbler that is.

The CAS-ual Fridays challenge this week is

So this fits right in!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Northern Hearts (retired) {Jolly Bingo Bits snowflake would work too}, Small Script (retired)
Ink:  Whisper White
Paper:  Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler, Crumb Cake
Other:  Basic Rhinestones, Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding

Glad you could visit today.


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Christmas Stamp Stack

Here are the cards we're doing today at my Stamp Stack.

Wish you could join us.


Friday, October 26, 2012

Fresh Made for the Queen

Hello crafty friends.  Here's another Christmas card.  I'm hoping I have almost enough to cover my Christmas card list.

This is for Queen Chris (glowbug) who is the Queen for the Day at SCS today.  Imagine that!  I'm coming in the front door bright and early instead of just before closing.  I used this card that Chris made as inspiration.

Freshly Made Sketches helped me with the layout.  My friend and Merry Maker teammate, Narelle, designed this sketch.  I can't imagine doing that!  Great job Narelle. I love it!

Shopping Our Stash is asking for anything that came in a jar, like embossing powder.

Christmas Card challenge is looking for bows this week.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Ornament Keepsakes, More Merry Messages
Ink:  Gold (Encore)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Brushed Gold, Champagne Glimmer
Other:  Gold Embossing Powder, Holiday Ornaments Framelits, Square Lattice EF, Organdy Ribbon (? from my stash)

We have out of town guests coming for the weekend and I have a Stamp Stack tomorrow so it's going to be a really busy weekend.   Hope you have a nice weekend planned and get some time to stamp.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Featuring Dynamic Frames

This is for the Featured Stamper at SCS this week, Marcie (aka Disaster).  Here is the card I chose to CASE.   Here's my take on it.

When you see the Paper Players challenge this week, you'll see why I chose the card I did.

I had these little Pumpkin Pie embossed frames that I had punched a while ago and set them aside.  And since the Dynamic Duos were doing Pumpkin Pie and Black, I found a small design from the Friendly Words Wheel that I had whacked and stamped in black.  The scallop piece was in the drawer too.

It's not my favorite card, but it works and can be used for about any occasion.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Friendly Words Wheel (retired)
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Pumpkin Pie
Other:  Large Scallop Edgelit, Delicate Designs EF, Square Lattice EF, Basic Rhinestones

It's another beautiful day here in NC.  Jack and I are going outside. 

Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

For Queen Claudia

This is for the Queen for the Day at Splitcoaststampers.  Trish names the queen on Fridays and I usually get to browse the Queen's gallery but don't get a card made until much later....if ever!  Anyway, this week the Queen is Claudia and I wish I had time to CASE many of her cards.  This is the card I chose to work from mainly because I have this beautiful flower and it had been sitting in my "must use before I put it away"  box.

While I was trying to decide which of Claudia's card to CASE, the SCS Color Challenge was posted.   This week's colors are Very Vanilla, Pretty in Pink and Primrose Petals.  Dessert is lace.  So I was able to combine both challenges into one card.  I love it when that happens!

The layout is this week's retrosketches #34

The flower was stamped on scraps of white inked with Pretty in Pink. I fit the Stamp-a-majig around the stamp before removing it.  Then I inked the stamp with Primrose Petals, stamped off once, fit in the SAMJ and overstamped the Pretty in Pink.  I used a Blender Pen to blend the colors together.  The flower is fussy cut and layered on another flower done the same way.

I diecut and embossed a lacy border and added a bit of lace that I've had forever.  So I'll take this over to Pixie's Crafty Workshop where we share our snippets.  In this case, I'll be sharing dessert too!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Blooming with Kindness
Ink:  Pretty in Pink, Primrose Petals
Paper:  Primrose Petals, Very Vanilla, Whisper White
Other:  Big Shot, Large Scallop Edgelit, Delicate Designs EF,  Lace (unknown origin)

It's so nice of you to stop by.  I hope you'll leave me a comment so I can return the favor.


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pumpkin Mum

I had some time to play yesterday.  Hurray!  I didn't get chrysanthemums for my front porch this Fall.  So I put one on a card.

There's a  new CAS challenge out there.  I missed the deadline last week and I'm in danger of missing it this morning.  The challenge is CAS(E) this Sketch.  This is the sketch for week 2.  Isn't this a wonderful sketch?

The Dynamic Duos colors this week are

And at Less is More this week, Chrissie is asking for AUTUMN

So here's my Autumn card using this sketch and these colors.

And I'll take this over to the Simplicity site for Susan's Gratitude Campaign.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Creative Elements, Small Script (retired)
Ink:  Pumpkin Pie, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Marker (Pumpkin Pie)
Paper:  Whisper White, Pumpkin Pie
Other:  Blender Pen, Basic Pearl (colored with Sharpie)

Thanks for stopping by.  I love  your comments and returning the visit.


Monday, October 22, 2012

Merry Monday Rejoice

Here's another version of this wonderful angel stamp from the Rejoicing with You set.  It's for the Merry Monday challenge this week.

And here's Lesley's sketch.  I'm going to admit that this one was a real challenge for me.  I'm not sure why.  Probably just that my mojo was taking a vacation.

I pulled out a piece of the Watercolor Splotches paper that I did a while back and cut it with a Nestie for my background circle.

Be sure to check the awesome cards that the rest of the DT have done with this sketch.  I don't think any of them had a bit of struggle!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Rejoicing with You
Ink:  Whisper White
Paper:  Whisper White, Festival of Prints DSP, Island Indigo
Other:  White EP, Snow Burst EF (retired), Circle Nesties (Spellbinders)

Thanks so much for stopping by.  I'll see you again soon.


Sunday, October 21, 2012

Mad Scientist

Yesterday we celebrated our Grandson Gavin's 8th birthday.  Here's the card I made for him.

Gavin memorized the Periodic Table a couple of years ago.  He still remembers it.  So Mom and Dad brought in a Mad Scientist for his birthday party.  It turned out that the scientist was a girl.  If I'd known, I would have given him/her a different hairdo and left off the facial hair.  

This is what I did on the inside.  I found the first part on the Internet and added his name.

He pointed out that there were some letters missing.  We can't slip anything past him!

The kids really enjoyed the experiments and making slime.  I don't know what she put in the slime, but that stuff has a life of it's own.  And we had 3 other grandchildren bring it to my house after the party.  I'm still finding the pesky stuff stuck on things.  Even me!

Gavin is such a delightful little boy.  Not only is he smart but he's fun and creative and such a joy to be around.

Happy Birthday our sweet boy.
Photo courtesy of Carolina Girls Photography
Since I made the scientist out of scraps, I'm going to go visit Pixie's Crafty Workshop Week 43.  That playground is a fun place to visit.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Card Recipe
Paper:  Non SU green, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Cajun Craze
Other:  Google Eyes (non SU), Punches

Hair - Cup Cake
Face - Extra Large Oval
Nose - Jewlry Tag (trimmed end)
Mustasche - Decorative Label
Sleeves - Modern Label (cut off ends)
Hands - Modern Label (ends)
Buttons - Perfect Pearls (non SU)
Test Tube - Word Window (punched from a scrap of Acetate)
Foam - Perfect Pearls (non SU)
Shoes - Heart to Heart medium heart (retired)

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Pooled Suede

How is it that the days go by so fast?  I can't believe that this is the last day morning to enter the Dynamic Duos challenge from last Saturday.

Even though Soft Suede is my least favorite color, it is stunning with Pool Party as the Design Team showed.

This card actually started out as a Less is More one layer card.  It didn't work out like I envisioned so I cut it up and layered it. The popped up butterfly was from the first go round with the one layer card.  It didn't work either, so I cut it out and added a little extra dimension to this card.

The current SUO challenge, Stampin' Up! Loves Animals, is allowing bugs and such.  So I'll be able to take this over there to join them.  It seems like ages since I've been able to play over there.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Creative Elements
Ink:  VersaMark, Soft Suede, Pool Party, Basic Black Marker
Paper:  Whisper White, Soft Suede, Pool Party
Other:  Clear EP, Big Shot, Fancy Fan EF, Basic Pearls

I'd better hurry on over there before the party is over.  Maybe I can still get a one layer card made for the LIM challenge. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Come to Bethlehem in Midnight

I wanted to get this in to honor the Queen for the Day at SCS before her reign ended.  I hope I'm under the wire.  Her name is Shirley and she goes by wannabcre8tive at SCS.  She had lots of wonderful opportunities to CASE.  I chose this one.  Wish I had time to do more.

I turned the embossed frame on it's side and cut out the rectangle putting the Wise Men scene in the window.

It's a very simple card.  I inked the stamp with Midnight Muse and that new ink goes on so well!  I used a marker to fill in under the hill a bit and adhered it behind the window.  A rhinestone on the star and a bit of silver twine finished it off quickly.

I'm going to enter this is the CASology challenge which this week is 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Come to Bethlehem
Ink:  Midnight Muse
Paper:  Midnight Muse, Whisper White
Other:  Basic Rhinestone, EF (Cuttlebug), Silver Cord (non SU)

I had an exciting (for me) email the other day from Jennifer Timko of the Freshly Made Sketches Design Team, telling me that my Little Tree card from last week earned me a Perfect Princess award.  What a surprise.  I got that card in just as the door shut.  I don't think I had a minute to spare.  Anyway, many thanks Jennifer.  I am so honored as there were so many beautiful cards in the gallery.

I'm so glad you could stop by. 


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

More Autumn Foliage

A while ago I posted a one layer card using this stamp and technique.  You can see that card here.  That card was my second try.  The first had a smudge and ruined the design for a  one layer card.  So I cut the design out and it's been sitting in my UFO (UnFinished Objects) box until I had time to put it on a card.

It's pretty straight forward and simple. I inked the trees with markers using the thumping technique on the leaves. I colored in the grass extending the green a bit with the markers, and dotted with the fine point of the markers for fallen leaves.

The CCEE Stampers challenge this week is hosted again by my friend Brenda (Benzi) and she's asked for Fall colors with leaves and a punched border.  I die cut the border because I didn't have a punch that I thought was appropriate for a masculine card.  Hope that's OK.

Shopping our Stash is about Halloween/Trick or Treat this week.  I'm not sure that this is really what they're looking for, but Fall Foliage is certainly a treat at Halloween time. 

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Serene Silhouettes
Ink:  SU markers (Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Lucky Limeade, Summer Starfruit)
Paper:  Naturals White, Cajun Craze
Other:  Big Shot, Finishing Touches Edgelits, Linen Thread

And it's another masculine card for the Newcomer's Club.

Thanks so much for stopping by.


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Another Frightening Feline

I'm into the One Layer Wednesday challenge with hours to spare.  LOL, that's early for me.  This week it was Cheryl's turn to call the challenge and she chose Halloween.

Here's what I did.....

I used my friend Sonia's idea to give her a rhinestone (or diamond) collar.  Isn't she just the cat's meow? (Sorry, I couldn't help that.)

Quick and easy.  I like that!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Cards:  Frightening Feline, Seasonal Sayings
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, SU Markers (Tangerine Tango, Daffodil Delight)
Paper:  Whisper White
Other:  Basic Rhinestones, Corner Rounder Punch, Simply Scorred

I can't wait to see what the others created for this challenge!

I'm so glad  you stopped by.  Leave a calling card so I can return the visit.


Monday, October 15, 2012

Little Tree

I think I can get this in if I hurry.  It's for Freshly Made Sketches.  If you're looking for my Merry Monday card, you can scroll down a bit.

Here's my take.  Super CAS.

I still need to do some masculine thinking of you cards for the Newcomer's Club.  It was inspired by this card by Tracey McNeely.

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Take Care, Three Little Words (retired)
Ink: Chocolate Chip, SU Markers (Crumb Cake, Pumpkin Pie, Tangerine Tango, Cajun Craze)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, DSP (retired)
Other:  Big Shot, Square Lattice EF, Linen Thread

So glad you stopped by.


Merry Monday Poinsettia Boughs

It's Merry Monday time.

Lesley gave us another great sketch this week.


And don't forget to check out the other Design Team samples as well as the beautiful gallery.  While you're at it, join us in the challenge.  We'll be needing to send out those Christmas cards very soon!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bells and Boughs, Bright Hopes (retired)
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, Handsome Hunter (retired), SU Markers (Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green, Always Artichoke, Handsome Hunter)
Paper:  Whisper White, Real Red
Other: Big Shot, Labels Collection Framelits, Adorning Accents Edgelits, Perfect Polka Dots EF, Gold Mini Beads (non SU), Paper Piercing Tool & Mat

Note:  The piercing was done freehand.  I don't have that template.  Yet!

Thanks for stopping by.  And don't forget to check out the Merry Monday challenge at Always Playing with Paper.


Friday, October 12, 2012

Frightening Feline, Not

Hi.  I've missed  you.  It's been a crazy couple of weeks!

Our Papercrafting group met yesterday to do some Halloween/Thanksgiving/Fall cards.  Here is one of the cards we did.

The banner is computer generated.  The little pumpkin is from the Seasonal Sayings set.

Did you know that Stampin' Up! is offering some of the sentiment sets as single stamps.  It's a great time to get the stamps you've been wanting in a set but didn't want to pay for all of them.  You can read more about it from my sidebar.

Everyone loved the delightful little cat.  It doesn't show up well in the picture but she wears a "diamond" on her bow.  One of the gals gave her a "diamond" collar.  Wish I'd thought of that!

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Frightening Feline, Seasonal Sayings
Ink:  Jet Black StazOn, Pumpkin Pie
Paper:  Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Whisper White
Other:  Black 1/8", Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Rhinestones

I'm so happy you stopped by to visit.  Be sure to let me know so I can get by to see you.