Monday, June 30, 2014

Merry Monday Christmas White

Merry Monday is dreaming
of a White Christmas this week.

Our talented Kristie chose this week's challenge.
One of my favorites!

I pulled out the Timeless Rectangle Nestabilities 
that I'd used a couple of weeks ago.

This time I used all but the smallest of the rectangles.

I cut 2 of the largest and scored one about 1/8" below the dots
and glued the two together at the top.

The sentiment is from Come to Bethlehem.
I cut the Merry and Christmas apart
and stacked them.

I've sponged some Frost White Shimmer paint on the poinsettia.
The photo doesn't show the shimmer very well but it's there.

The bow is crochet cotton dragged through Gesso
and left to dry.  I love how it holds it's shape.
Glue dots hold it in place behind the flower.

I can't wait to see what you come up with
for the White on White challenge at
 Merry Monday!

I'm so glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Come to Bethlehem (retired)
Ink:  Encore Silver
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Whisper White
Other:  Timeless Rectangles (Spellbinder), Poinsettia Die (Spellbinder), Frost White Shimmer Paint, Crochet Thread, Basic Pearls

Friday, June 27, 2014

Bloom with Hope for Loll

My good friend Loll (Stamping with Loll)
is celebrating her birthday.

Happy Birthday again, my friend.

One of the first cards that I saw of Loll's was lollipops.

This single daisy reminded me of a lollipop
so it had Loll's name on it right away.

I stamped the daisy (it's from a new Stampin' Up! hostess set)
with Smoky Slate and colored the center with a 
Daffodil Delight Stampin' Write Marker.

I cut out the flower and the stem
and placed it on my embossed piece with dimensionals.

Then I added some glue over the center and filled it with 

The twine is some crochet cotton (the thickest I could find)
that has been dragged through some Gesso.
I let it dry on wax paper and wind on an empty ribbon spool.
I love how it molds easily with my fingers.

The partial embossing is something I saw recently on the Internet.
I usually save these things, but I can't find it now.
If you recognize this as your technique, please let me know
and I'll credit you with it.

I placed some painter's tape on my embossing folder, 
using 2 pieces to measure about 1 1/2"

Using tab 1, I put the edge of the cutting plates even
with the bottom of the tape
and ran it through my Big Shot.

Then I repeated the process for the top section.

I love how it leaves a clean spot for the sentiment.

Loll is the hostess for the

I know it's a stretch, but this daisy has a sunny yellow center.
So I'm going to enter this over there.



The flower is from a snippet
so I can go to
and check out the ducks.

Addicted to Stamps and More!
is doing
They had a birthday last week.
a belated Happy Birthday ladies!

I'm so glad you could stop by.

And a very happy birthday, Loll.


Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bloom with Hope
Ink:  Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, SU Marker (Daffodil Delight)
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Whisper White
Other:  Square Lattice EF, Crochet Thread (stiffened with Gesso)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Papillon Potpourri for the Teachers

I wanted to give Luke some cards to give his teachers and bus driver.

They have been so good to make his kindergarten year a pleasant experience.

I found these butterflies in my UFO butterfly box 
and had the oval left over from my last Stamp Stack.

I've had this embossing folder for a couple of  years
and I don't believe I'd used it before.

I ought to use it more
and that's the theme this week at

Simon Monday Challenge Blog

It's a NBUS too.
I've already joined Darnell's challenge 3 times.
But if you use a NBUS,
do join in her challenge.

Thanks for taking the time to visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Papillon Potpourri, Much Appreciated (retired)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Markers (Baja Breeze, Pear Pizzazz
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Tempting Turquoise
Other:  Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Oval Nestabilities Die (Spellbinder), Designer Frames EF (retired), Stylized Flowers EF (Cuttlebug)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Blended Bloom for My Friend

This is the first Blended Bloom I did.

I finally got it on a card.

I used the Rich Razzleberry set of Blendabilities.

I really like them for coloring and the rich look they have.

But when I set it aside and proceeded to do one 
with the Daffodil set, I got splatters all over this one.

It was easy enough to fix by adding some more dots.

I've learned to take the tops off away from any work
and to leave the tops loose until I'm finished.

I can't wait until Stampin' Up! releases more colors.
And until they release these colors to the public.

is You've Gotta  Have Friends.
I'm blessed with many and one
will get this card.

Simon Wednesday Challenge Blog

And speaking of friends,
Darnell is still holding her

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

and since this was the first time I used
this stamp and the Blendabilities
and I have the added feature of being for a friend,
I'm going to enter this challenge for the 3rd time.

If  you have never visited Darnell's blog,
be sure you do.  She has a delightful way with words
(or non-words as is often the case),
 and is always very positive and upbeat.
I always leave her blog with a smile on my face
and often with a few giggles too.

I hope you'll click on the links and check out these challenges.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Blended Bloom, Blossoms Abound (retired)
Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Blackberry Bliss
Paper:  Whisper White, Blackberry Bliss
Other:  Blendabilities (Rich Razzleberry, Daffodil Delight)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, June 23, 2014

Sparkle, Shimmer and Shine for Merry Monday

It's Merry Monday time.

And we're going to sparkle, shimmer and shine for joy!

Our sparkly Katie chose this  fun challenge!

Who doesn't like sparkle, shimmer or shine at Christmas?

I don't know if you can tell by the photo  but this star sparkles and shimmers.

I found this tutorial by Lee Conrey.

It combines Embossing Powder and Dazzling Diamonds.

Wow, what sparkle!

Now get  your sparkle on and have fun creating a Christmas card for

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Christmas Star, Many Merry Messages (both retired)
Ink:  VersaMark, Encore Silver
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Silver Foil 
Other:  Silver EP, Dazzling Details, Sequins

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Petite Petals Blues

This is a blue version of a card we did in a recent Stamp Stack.

This is so quick and pretty. 

I think it would make a nice set of cards in many different colors.

I diecut the oval then embossed it with the retired 
Designer Frames Embossing Folder.

Having a punch that matches these sweet flowers
makes it extra easy!

I used snippets for the flowers and leaves so I'm going over to

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Petite Petals, Gifts of Kindness
Ink:  Tempting Turquoise
Paper:  Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Pool Party, Gumball Green
Other: Oval Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Modern Mosaic EF, Designer Frames EF (retired), Petite Petals Punch, Leaf Punch (EK), Basic Pearls

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Bloom with Hope One Layer Watercolor

This is for a special Paper Players Challenge this week.

They're celebrating their 200th challenge!

Well, I guess it's not really a birthday.

The challenge this week is
create a new project based on any one of the challenges presented by our DT

I chose two for this card.

First is Ann Schach's challenge.


also Jaydee's challenge

There's some beautiful cards by the DT.
And the winner of this week's challenge gets all these gorgeous DT cards!

And at Splitcoaststampers, the CAS challenge this week is honoring 
Harriet Skelly.

I've been an admirer of Harriet's cards for a long time.

This is the card that was my inspiration.

I'm so glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Bloom with Hope (Hostess set), Blooming with Kindness
Ink: Brushed Corduroy Distress Ink (Tim Holtz), Early Espresso
Paper:  Strathmore 140# cold pressed
Other:  Sakura Koi Watercolors, Needlepoint Border EF (retired)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, June 16, 2014

Merry Monday Pink and Silver

Hello and Merry Monday!

Kathy chose a fun color challenge for us this week.

Although I'm a traditional kind of gal most of the time, favoring
red and green on my Christmas cards,
I love to see pink and silver.
I think it makes such elegant Christmas cards.

I can't wait to see what  you come up with!

I've used the retired Snow Swirled set
stamping in Encore Silver and
embossing with Silver Embossing Powder.
I did the same thing with the sentiment.

The fancy rectangle is a NBUS
from Christmas.

And since our lovely friend,
is challenging us to use NBUS
(Never Before Used Schtuff)
on our cards, I'll go share this
in her challenge.

Never-Before-Used-Schtuff (Stamps, Dies, EFs, etc.)

Congratulations, Darnell, I see that you are up to 541 Followers.

I hope you'll pull out your silver, pink and white
and join us at
Merry Monday!

I'm really glad you stopped by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Snow Swirled, Small Script (both retired)
Ink:  Encore Silver
Paper: 110# Solar White (Neena), Blushing Bride, Whisper White
Other: Timeless Rectangle Nestabilities (Spellbinder), Essentials Paper Piercing Template, Paper Piercing Tool, Basic Rhinestones (colored with pink Copic)

Friday, June 13, 2014

Meadow Greens with Baby Wipe

is using the Baby Wipe Technique this week.

Check out the fantastic video by
Ashley Cannon Newell.

And see what I did with it....

I used Wild Wasabi, Garden Green and Always Artichoke reinkers
a retired Handsome Hunter marker
and the Meadow Greens set from Papertrey Ink.

I love these ferns.

They make me think of peaceful walks in the woods.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend.

Thanks for stopping by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Meadow Greens (PTI)
Ink: SU Marker (Handsome Hunter)
Paper:  Watercolor Card (Strathmore), Mossy Meadow, Very Vanilla
Other:  Reinkers (Wild Wasabi, Garden Green, Always Artichoke), Twine (Michaels)

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Nature Walk Pink with Butterfly

I've raided my UFO (UnFinished Objects) box again.

I have a bunch of left over pieces from designing calendars
and from last year's calendars.

This was one of them.

After inking the flower stamp with markers, I stamped 3 times
 to create some dimension.

I colored the butterfly by swiping markers on a plastic lid
and picking up the color with a Blender Pen.

A little Sahara Sand around the butterfly makes it stand out
and gives it some dimension.

I used the largest die from Anytime Tags from Lil Inker (a NBUS) to cut
and emboss the design.

The mat was a snippet cut just a bit bigger and fussy cut to shape.

The Embossing Folder is a NBUS too.
It's so feminine and pretty.

With all this new schtuff on this card, I've got to go

Anything Goes
(Friendship Theme)

Congratulations, Darnell on passing the 500 mark with your followers!

this time is going on for 4 weeks.
A blessing for me.
Usually I don't have time to get one in.

This time we're playing BINGO.

I have Pink, Butterflies (butterfly), and Dry Embossing.

Do go and check out these challenges.

They both have wonderful inspiration and prizes.

I'm so glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Nature Walk (retired)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento), SU Markers (Garden Green, Melon Mambo, Baha Blue, Elegant Eggpant)
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Whisper White, Melon Mambo
Other: Anna Griffin Terillage EF (Cuttlebug), Anytime Tags Die (Lil Inker)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Countryside for Father's Day

Father's Day is this coming weekend!


I'm not at all prepared!

I found this image in my UFO box 
and did a really quick and easy card.

The image stamp belongs to a friend and had been stamped
quite a while ago at a Stamp and Share.

I quickly colored it by swiping markers on a plastic lid 
and picking up the color with a Blender Pen.

A quick sentiment and run through my Big Shot with
my Stitched Mat Rectangles by Lil Inkers
(they cut and emboss at the same time)
and I was done.

One down.

One to go.

is looking for Masculine/Father's Day cards.

is looking for Transport.
This wheelbarrow looks pretty ancient, but
I think it could transport a plant or two.
{I used my Big Shot and Lil Inker embossing die}

is also about Transport.

Thanks for the visit.

Card Recipe
Stamps: Countryside, Something to Celebrate (both retired)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (memento), Early Espresso
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), Whisper White
Other:  Stitched Mats Rectangles (Lil Inker)

All supplies are Stampin' Up! unless otherwise noted

Monday, June 9, 2014

Merry Monday Santa Penguin

It's Merry Monday time again!

This week Karren chose our challenge.

Isn't this the cutest picture?

I place my Santa hat on a penguin.
Actually it was already on this penguin.
I just stamped and colored it.
And added some "fur".

Since I used some snippets of DSP
and to put the penguin on, I'm off to

is looking for Christmas cards
with primarilly Red and Green.

I can't wait for you to see what the rest of the Design Team has come up with.
Some really fantastic ideas!

I hope you'll find a Santa hat and have some fun
and join us at Merry Monday.

I'm so glad you could stop by.

Card Recipe
Stamps:  Penguin (Michaels $ bin), Handy Christmas Greetings (Amy R.)
Ink:  SU Markers (Basic Black, Real Red, Gumball Green, Pumpkin Pie)
Paper:  110# Solar White (Neena), DSP, Whisper White
Other:  Stitched Mats Squares (Lil Inkers), Flower Soft (Polar White)

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Pocket Notebook NBUS Challenge

Several of my blogging friends have posted entries into the
Make it Monday challenge.

Curious, I checked it out.

It's sponsored by Papertrey Ink.

I love Papertrey Ink stamps.

Unfortunately, I don't have a lot of them.

But this time I have one that works!

This week, Erin Lincoln offers a video
instructing us to make lovely little notebooks.

I switched it up a bit and used some of that huge stash of 
Decorative Paper for the inside. 

This paper only has a design on one side and I layered it so the design is on the back
thinking that it would be easier to read my scribble if it wasn't competing
with a pattern.

It's kind of a nice surprise to turn the paper over and see the design.

I made my chipboard and Decorative Paper flap longer so I could wrap it 
around the bottom and  added some magnetic dots to keep it closed.

It really was pretty easy and it would make a lovely gift.

Or a prettier notebook to carry in my purse.

The flowers were so easy to stamp.
I inked the stamp with Summer Starfruit ink.
After stamping I used a blender pen to move the ink around into the petals.
I swiped a Old Olive marker on a plastic lid and picked up the color
with the blender pen for the leaves.

I stamped a sentiment from this set under the bottom flap
for a little surprise!

And since both of these stamps are NBUS,
I'm joining in my friend 

NBUS Challenge #1 

"Anything Goes" 

(Friendship Theme)

As I was reading the details of Darnell's challenge, it occurred to me
that this would be a perfect friendship gift.

Congratulations, Darnell on reaching 500 followers!

Thanks so much for the visit.

Stamps:  Year of Flowers Collection (Papertrey Ink)
Ink:  Summer Starfruit, Old Olive Marker (both Stampin' Up!)
Paper:  Sweet Sorbet DSP (SU), 110# White (Neena)
Other:  Magnetic snaps (?)