Tuesday, March 20, 2018

March Club Projects

Happy Tuesday, everyone!  I am really draggin' today...of course, the gray skies and snow flurries I see out my window might have something to do with that...and the prediction of another nor'easter on its way tomorrow.  That will be #4 for March 2018!!!  And it's the first day of spring!  Anyway, I wanted to share the projects my club participants did this month; I really enjoyed designing them and my stampers seemed to love them too!

Since once of the SAB promotion items is this lovely Springtime Foil DSP, I thought doing an ombre effect with SU's brayers would be fun:

We brayered layers of Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Calypso Coral on a pane, then added a flower from Flower Shop and punched out with the Pansy Punch, colored with a SU Blend.  The sentiment is from Basket of Wishes, punched with the Tailored Tag punch, and finally, we added a border diecut with the Flourish Thinlet; to make it easier to adhere, it was backed with some Adhesive Sheet, so all we had to do was peel and stick!  And here are a couple of other samples I showed them using the same technique:

For the second set of projects, I went "old school", using the One-Sheet Wonder technique that I learned a long time ago when I first became a demonstrator!  Basically, you stamp a whole sheet of cardstock (in our case, just a half-sheet) randomly to create your own designer paper.  Then we cut it into smaller pieces and made two full-size cards and one note card with our stamped panel:

The set Blooms and Wishes is perfect for this type of project; we used Pool Party, Sweet Sugarplum, So Saffron, Peekaboo Peach, Wisteria Wonder and Soft Sky for a springy palette; the sentiments from the same set (and an additional one from Beautiful Bouquet) were stamped in Basic Gray and all diecut with the Stitched Shapes Framelits:

You can't see it here, but some of the flowers were embellished with a Wink of Stella pen too!  Finally, they learned how to tie a "One-Hole Bow", which is great for keeping your ribbon from slipping off your card.  I did a tutorial for it and you can see it HERE!  And since there is no DSP on these cards, I am entering these in the No Patterned Paper challenge from Cards in Envy!

Ialso made a little gift for my hostess using the Wood Crate Box and the Seasonal Layers Thinlets; my friend Wendy made some really cute Easter-themed ones (you can see them here), but I didn't have any bunnies or chicks or eggs that were current, so I made a spring one with cherry blossoms and a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes:

Phew, are you tired of all the photos?!  Thanks for hanging in there with me!  

About fifty family members and friends from church went bowling on Saturday; it's really tough for wee ones to get that ball down the lane without going in the gutter (I struggle with it too!):

Mommy helped with the ball guide, and a few times we put up the bumpers too:

But that scoring is really the hard part...checking out to see how she did:

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Monday, March 19, 2018

O Holy Night

Happy Monday, peeps!  Hope you had a great weekend!  At least the sun was shining yesterday here in Pennsylvania!  Not sure about tomorrow, though!  Anyway, I had a wee little bit of stamping time yesterday afternoon and made a Christmas card!  It used the CAS(E) This Sketch sketch and the musical theme from the Jingle Belles:

I recently got this pretty stamp set from CTMH called Prince of Peace; I stamped it with Memento Black ink, diecut it with a stitched circle die and matted it with some silver foil:

I added a horizontal panel of Merry Music DSP from the holiday catalog and another little mat of the foil.  I added a few extra foil stars, and filled in some of the stars on the stamped image with a Zig Painty in silver:

Easy peasy! 

I thought I would share some pictures from a little work project we did on Saturday at our church; we have a fairly large sanctuary with ceilings that are over 20' high.  There are five chandeliers; a large one in the center with sixteen lights, and four smaller ones with twelve lights each. Every year or so, we take them down, wash the globes and replace the bulbs.  Here is John (probably the shortest man in the congregation) on a wooden platform and a 10' ladder, taking down the globes from the center chandelier and putting them in boxes so we can take them downstairs to the kitchen to be washed. Not for the faint of heart!

He finally let Ken (the tallest man in the congregation) take down the smaller ones.  We had a couple young men hold the ladders and give moral support!  Glad it's done for another year!

Have a wonderful day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Prince of Peace (Close to My Heart)
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Silver Foil, Merry Music DSP (ret)
 Ink Memento Black
Accessories Silver Zig Painty (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layering Circle Framelits, Star Die (Verve)

Sunday, March 18, 2018

PP385 A Pop of Rainbow Color

Happy Sunday, everyone!  Nance is our hostess with the mostest at the Paper Players and she has a happy challenge:

Wow, so many possibilities, but I had to remember that it was CLEAN AND SIMPLE!!  I remembered purchasing this Right at Home stamp set at a stamp show a couple of years back, so I dusted it off and stamped it on some white cardstock:

I used the FMS sketch for this week:

and colored in my word; I have to admit, I had a little trouble getting this to ink up nicely...I have lots of fuzzies on it...and my markers are in real need of replacement!!! I am used to using the Blends, and these are well-loved and well-worn!  I didn't use all the rainbow colors, but I think these are close enough:  Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green and Pacific Point:

I added a little red heart and a washi tape banner, then finally added "when skies are gray" as my horizontal sentiment.  It's a little awkward if you don't read it in the right order, but hopefully the recipient will understand, LOL!  

I hope you'll play along with our rainbow challenge!  I couldn't help thinking that this would have been great for St Patrick's Day---a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow!  But the DT has come up with some other awesome ways to use these rainbow colors!  Check them out:

·        Claire
·        Jaydee
·        Joanne
·        Laurie
·        Nance
·        Sandy
·        Elizabeth
·        Annie
·        Jan
Be sure to come and play with us too!  We can't wait to see what you create!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Color In Sentiments (Right at Home)
Card stock & Papers     Thick White, Basic Black, Real Red
 Ink Memento Black, Smoky Slate
Accessories Pick A Pattern Washi Tape
Tools     Big Shot, Clouds EF (ret), Layering Squares Framelits, 3-Heart Punch (ret), Markers in Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green and Pacific Point, Dimensionals, Banner Die (Nestabilties)

Friday, March 16, 2018

MTS220 Thinking of You

Happy Friday, everyone!  My birthday card stash is running low, so I pulled out some Delightful Daisy DSP and a sweet floral set called Blooms and Wishes to coordinate with the latest Match the Sketch sketch:

I hope I don't offend anyone by saying that although I love most of the patterns in this DSP series, this particular pattern is not my favorite!  But sometimes I like to challenge myself so that's what I did!  I just got the Diagonal Stripe background stamp, so I stamped a little strip in Smoky Slate for the left vertical panel, then stamped the flower in So Saffron and the leaves in Old Olive, stamped off for a lighter look:

I added an Enamel Glimmer Dot for the center, and added another on the sentiment banner:

Finally, I stamped the inside with a sentiment from Beautiful Day, added another stamped strip and continued the florals, which were stamped off for a softer effect:


I am hoping this will make the recipient feel like spring is coming....because you certainly could not tell here in SE PA....our weather reporters said we won't have temps above the mid-40s before April!  Brrrrr!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

A little St Patrick's Viking?????

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Blooms and Wishes, Beautiful Day, Diagonal Stripe
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Delightful Daisy DSP
 Ink So Saffron, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Basic Gray
Accessories Enamel Glimmer Dots
Tools     Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Inspired By 11 Hoppy Easter

Hey peeps!  It's Thursday....almost the end of the week, although my busy-ness keeps going all weekend long, LOL!  Laurel has a beautiful Inspired By challenge prompt this week!  It took me a while to figure out what I wanted to do....there are more elements that I would have liked to incorporate, but for now, this is what I came up with:

And here is her inspiration:

I had an almost-empty 6x6 pad of designer paper by My Mind's Eye called Sunshine and it happened to have this soft, pretty gingham page still in it...I must have been "saving" it for an occasion such as this!  I die-cut a pretty little frame, added a sweet little bunny from Close to My Heart:


and some florals from Altenew, along with a couple of little banners from the same paper pack and a few sequins:

The sentiment is from the same CTMH set; I also stamped a few very dainty florals directly on to the gingham paper with a little W+9 floral; you can just see them within the frame:

There are so many directions in which you could go with this photo challenge...I hope you're inspired to create something spring-like and share it at IB with us!   We'd love to see what you create!

Just a girl and her dog!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Easter Animals (Close to My Heart), Painted Flowers (Altenew), Freehand Florals (W+9)
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Lost & Found Sunshine DSP (My Mind's Eye)
 Ink Memento Black, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride, Mint Macaron (ret), Garden Green, Smoky Slate, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories Sequins
Tools     Big Shot, Lacy Scallop Frame Die (Reverse Confetti), Stitched Borders Die (Lawn Fawn), Aquapainter, Dimensionals

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Little Basket of Strawberries

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  This is a crazy busy week, so this will be short and sweet!  No challenges, I was just looking for something I could create that would put my new Blends to work, and I realized I had never inked up the little strawberry image from Basket of Wishes!  So here is my simple card:

I used Memento ink on Shimmery White cardstock and colored it in with Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Crumb Cake and Bronze Blends; I used the Color Lifter pen to take out a tiny little bit of ink from each strawberry for a highlight:

For my background, I inked up the Hardwood stamp with White Craft ink and stamped it on a mat of Wild Wasabi, then stamped the sentiment in Wild Wasabi as well.  After die-cutting, I added a Crumb Cake ribbon and mounted it on a Early Espresso base!  The sentiment on the inside (forgot to photo it!) says "Sending a basket full of wonderful wishes for your birthday"!  Isn't that a sweet sentiment!  I love it!

No pix of Cassidy today but I thought I would share a little note she wrote to herself so she could remember the names she chose for her little playhouse dogs:

We have "Frito" - Big D (dalmatian), Spot - Small D Sitting, Chedoe (Cheeto) - Small D Standing; then Brownie - Big G (golden retriever), Goldy - Small G Standing, and Doritoe (Dorito) - Small G Sitting.  Too funny!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

RetroRubber 82 and Some News!

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  I am so excited, I finally get to share some news!  I've been asked to join the Retro Rubber design team!  And for a giggle, here's my "retro" photo....second grade (how I hated this picture), circa 1961:

As someone who's been stamping for 20-plus years, I certainly have lots of "retro" stamps and love to use them!  If you're not familiar with the challenge, it requires using stamps that are at least a year old, and you must tell the approximate age in your post.  For this week's challenge, we've got a tic-tac-toe from Jan!  Check it out:

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I chose the left column:  pink, twine and birthday, and I used a set from 2011 called Array of Sunshine, and a set from 2016 called Suite Sayings...and here we go:

The papers are all from PhotoPlay, called French Flea Market; I stamped the florals directly onto some scripty paper in Blushing Bride and fussy-cut them out:

I diecut the leaves with the Flower Fair Framelits, then folded them and put them through my crimper....remember that nifty little tool?  When you unfold the leaf, it creates a very cool effect with a fun texture!  My final touches were some thick Very Vanilla baker's twine and a few little sequins tucked in here and there!  Oh, and I did stamp a sentiment at the bottom of the card as well!

I love tic-tac-toe challenges---so many choices!  I hope you'll play along with us; you have ten days  to play, then share it with us at the RetroRubber blog!  And if you have SU stamps and you're stuck and can't remember when they were released, you can locate almost any SU stamp set at Splitcoaststampers!  Just go to the SU gallery and scroll down; the sets are listed alphabetically and have the issue date!  Thanks for popping in today! 

We had half day at school yesterday so the little boy across the road came over to play some games; this one is a Cat in the Hat game; you assemble a nerf-like limbo setup, then draw cards to tell you to some silly activity which might involve a book, a cake, a dress, etc. (all pieces that come with the game):

You might have to carry a ball on your belly while you tiptoe around the limbo poles, or try to jump over the limbo pole with something held between your legs:

There were lots of giggles, running, jumping, falling, and goofing around.  I will be glad when the weather gets warmer and they can run around outside!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Array of Sunshine, Suite Sayings (both ret)
Card stock & Papers     Confetti Cream (ret), French Flea Market DSP (Photoplay)
 Ink Blushing Bride, Chocolate Chip
Accessories Very Vanilla Thick Baker's Twine (ret), sequins from my stash
Tools     Big Shot, Flower Fair Framelits (ret), Crimper (ret), Dimensionals