Thursday, July 19, 2018

Week 308: CLOUD Lawn Fawn Blue Skies, Stampin Up, Lilypad Lake

 Well after all the cards I've been making with lots of detail, I figured it was time to step back and make a  simple card.    I really need to focus on mailing out cards, doing a Bible study and trying to put the house back in order.  Of course after I stamp a card first.😉 The day is just not complete unless you do something in the craft room.    
I am going to submit this card to the challenge at: CASology
The stamp sets featured in today's card are:
Stampin Up~Lilypad Lake for the sentiment
Lawn Fawn~Blue Skies for the clouds and hot air balloon. 
After much coloring on the balloon, I decided to go for paper piecing, it just seems to suit that little image the best.  I added a bit of glossy accents to the clouds, giving them a realistic puffy look.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Sketch 273 Winter Wishes Stampin UP

 Oh BOY.. the stamp set I ordered off of ebay arrived and I couldn't wait to play with it.   I think it has such cute rustic charm.   
I went in search of a sketch challenge to play along with.  So I will submit this card to: 
You will probably have to look very hard to see the sketch in my card I  designed, but gosh after stamping and coloring and cutting, I just couldn't resist using most all of the stamps in this charming set.  The only one left out is the adorable sleigh, and had there been more room on my card, I probably would have added that too.😉
I really have to learn the less is more policy.  My husband was so cute I asked his opinion when I was all done, and had not put the evergreen branch on it yet, but had it stamped, hubby says throw in on by the skis.. it's a little blank in that corner. haha.. So I did.   No wonder my kids always tell me I have "no real-estate spots available on our walls"  I fill everything plumb up. Even my cards. haha  I think I'm finally understanding when someone says my home is cozy.. that is code word for cluttered, oh gosh I've rabbit trailed again, just to say I added quite a bit to my card today.    Well folks. I will stop with the chatting.

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Challenge 67 Hand Delivered Stampin up

 This afternoon I made a card for the challenge at: 
where the theme is " Paper Piecing"  how fun and fabulous.  So I pulled out my stampin up Hand Delivered stamp set to create this card.  I stamped the lady and her balloons. I then did all kinds of experimenting.  I first tried all sorts of patterned paper, but that didn't look right, then I did bold and bright colors but still nothing to fabulous, then I  pulled out the famous polka dots, and YES> that was it.  However, layering this card was another project for me.  I really wanted the balloons to pop, so I wanted to keep the background a party, but yet simple.  So I embossed it, did a bit of sponging for color and then die cut out the oval, added a bit of pink sparkle paper behind it, fussy cut out the gal and all the balloons, I mean I was doing a lot of cutting anyways, so why stop now?  haha.. then pop dotted her up to help her stand out.  
I think this is a fun party card.   I will be giving this to a dear friend.  I'm so poor at sending out my cards, but I LOVE to make them.  And JULY is a very busy month of birthdays.  Well actually June-Sept.. very busy. 
Hopefully I will get with the program and start getting these cards in the mail.
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Tuesday, July 17, 2018

FUSION Cactus Door At Home With You, Stampin UP, Stuck on You, Lawn Fawn

 I don't know how I managed this card today.  That alone is a miracle of sorts.  I drove myself to the walkin, and after about 4 hours there, a very NOT friendly doctor informed me I need to have my gallbladder out, and he's concerned about my pancreas  😢  As I left I understood some surgeon would call me.  Well that didn't happen so now I just sit here and wonder was I suppose to do the calling.  I mean seriously when people get news like that, the least a doctor could do is be kind. UGH.   If you're a praying person.. please keep me in your prayers..  I'm very fearful of surgery, especially after my back.  So as you can imagine my anxiety is through the roof right now.   

Well enough of that and onto happy things. 

 Like this card I made for the challenge at: 
The stamp sets featured in my card today are:
Stampin up's~At Home With You
Lawn Fawn~Stuck On You
At first I was going to have the door open and have the cactus on the inside.. well folks after much cutting and "wallpapering" the inside of the house.  It just didn't look nice, so I  "closed" the door on that and decided to stick the cactus on the the front porch.  My gosh I wasted a lot of time.  I should have taken a picture of the inside of the door before I glued it shut.    I did leave the little yellow squares in the window to shine a little light on the situation. 
I hope you can see both the sketch and the photo in my card today.

*Don't you think googly eyes would be fabulous on the cactus on the inside of the card?   

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Monday, July 16, 2018

#TGIFC168~Epic Celebrations, Garden in Bloom, Stampin up

 I made this card today for the challenge at: 

I stamped the background circles with melon mambo, and then began stamping my images which are from stampin up.  Garden in Bloom and Epic celebrations for the sentiment.
I fussy cut all the images to give it just a tad bit of dimension instead of stamping right on the circles. 
I really liked working with this sketch.  I think there are many possibilities. 

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I'm so excited to say that I finally did it❕❕ I joined the stampin up team.  I have thought about it for quite some time, and finally just decided to try it out.  I joined July 14th.   I hope I can make a go of it.  I'm not quite sure how to get my website up and running but hopefully I'll learn, and hopefully I'll earn a few sales.😊

Sunday, July 15, 2018

HSSCC293 & CTS #280 SCS Arrows

 Today I wanted to make a card that stuck with my SCS.  So I chose this lovely verse.  I really needed a bit of reassuring so this scripture was perfect.  Praying that on Friday my doctor will be able to figure out what's going on. 

 I really have a thing about arrows.  In fact, if I were to ever have a tattoo it would be one of two designs: A wedding band of some sort, with scrolling on my ring finger, since my hands are always swelling.  Which means I can't wear rings much. And also an arrow.  I love the symbolic meaning of arrows in the Bible and also I love this saying:
I sent this to a friend a while ago when they were going through so tough times.. It's perfect for me right now..
Well enough about that, it's probably TMI (to much information)  Onto the card for today.  I found a lovely little stamp set from Michael's, many moons ago that had a couple arrows in it.  So I couldn't resist using them today.  I thought they worked perfect with the verse.. mighty and fierce my God will protect and strengthen.
I'm going to submit this card to the following challenges:

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Saturday, July 14, 2018

FMS345~Vintage Vogue, Birthday Wit Stampin UP

Today my hubby has been insulating the whole outside of our home and our garage.  We are trying to find out where these little critters are coming in.  So every little hole and crack is being stuffed with insulation.   So while he is doing that I made a quick card for the challenge at:

I used two stampin up sets: 
Birthday Wit.  Which is the sentiment.  I stamped it and then cut it in two pieces so I could also decorate the inside of the card. 
Vintage Vogue is the other set and that is the cute little flower.  I used a strand of sequins to fancy up my washi tape a bit.   I like the nice clean crisp look of this card.

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I also want to mention I added a few more stamps in my Etsy shop.  Or you can view them  in the link bar at the top.  Prices are negotiable.  Just message me. Thank you.
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Friday, July 13, 2018

Challenge 66 Watercolor Words, Garden in Bloom, Stampin Up

Well when it rains it pours, as the old saying goes.  First the oven needed repairs, and then apparently the A/C must have been jealous of all the attention the oven was receiving so it decided to stop working.  Of course it would be the weekend we are gearing up for some muggy weather.  I'm not a wimp with the weather, however, I have gotten very spoiled with cool nights for sleeping. Praise the LORD, the A/C man was able to come out and fix that in between jobs.  So that was a "cool" blessing. 
I hope everything stays running as it should now.   Ya just never know how much you take things for granite until they stop working or there's some sort of problem. 
Now Onto the card:
 I have a hard time getting color on kraft paper.  I have tried many techniques, and then I thought paper piecing.  AHA❕  That will make the colors pop over the very neutral background, and indeed it did.  This is such a simple card, but nevertheless I'm so pleased with the splash of vibrant colors.  I used two stampin up sets:  Watercolor Words and Garden in Bloom, I think they compliment each other really well.    
I'm going to submit this card to the challenge at:
the Theme for the challenge is: "Anything Goes"

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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #461~Layering Love, What I love. Stampin Up

 I made this card for the challenge at: 
I combined two stampin up sets to make this card.  
What I Love
Layering Love
I used paisley patterned paper to make it pop.  I love how the sentiment is simple and the flower adds just enough class to spruce the card up, plus the twine has a nice golden sparkle to make it shine.

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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Sketch 272 & Challenge #4 Gorgeous Grunge, Crafting Forever Stampin Up

 Well today has been quite the experience for me.  My dear little HP, also know as Hunter proved his hunting skills to be quite good.Image may contain: grass, dog, outdoor and nature  
I was outside with him enjoying the weather and then BAM.. before I knew it he had a rabbit in his mouth. UGH!!!  so of course I went into hysterics and he dropped the little critter and it took off under the fence.. I hope it didn't get hurt.. but I'll not ever know because the junk yard we live next to, harbors all kinds of things over there.. let's add another UGH there.   So I feel like my card today showed how my brain was a bit distracted.. because I didn't practice the less is more concept as you can clearly see. 😉  I love how I started off with every intention of using something floral, and something blue, and it turned out like this.. I used stampin Up's gorgeous grunge for the splattered background, which by the way remind me of the Packer colors.   Then I used Crafting forever for the rest of the images.   After coloring them in and fussy cutting them each out I had to find the perfect placement to go with the fun sketch at: 
I'm also going submit my card to the challenge at:
Challenge #4

Let the Troubles Begin!
Choose to combine the 3-2-1 Recipe using the optional Sketch Challenge and/or include the Twist.
Well I hope you can still see the sketch in my card design, I also tried to stick to the guidelines of the double trouble challenge.  I did a bit of dry embossing on the small rectangle and the square.  I used multiple colors, and a sentiment. 
This is my first time playing along with Double Trouble. It looks like this will be a wonderful new challenge blog.

* I just wanted to say I love how my planter pot turned out.  It looks kind of weathered to me. Perfect for holding crafting supplies.
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Tuesday, July 10, 2018


 Well wouldn't ya just know this would happen~ I'm trying to clean out a bit of my supplies to sell in my Etsy Shop, and I come across this lovely little clear set  that I purchased from Michael's.   Now the big question.. Do I keep it or do I sell it?  So the only next logical thought was to find a challenge to play along with and try to see if I could get this stamp set to work with the sketch.  Well imagine my surprise (not really since I have such a hard time parting with stamps) when I fell in love with this cute little set again.   I will submit my card to the challenge at:
Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  I hope you will take a look around at my other cards, projects and pictures.  

Also I will be adding a few stamps to my etsy shop later today.  I actually did find a few things to sell.  SHOCKED?  me too.😉

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Monday, July 9, 2018

Ch# 26~ Painter's Palette, Stampin Up, Fintastic Friends, Lawn Fawn

 Well folks, here is the third card I made for today.  This one was inspired by my daughter's amazing nail art.  She did an absolutely "fintastic" job painting them.  I'm sharing a picture so you can take a look for yourself. 

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So as you can see I wanted to make her a card to let her know what an awesome job she did.
I used Stampin Up's Painter's Palette 
and Lawn Fawn's Fintastic Friends.
After some coloring and cutting I added a bit of glossy accents to finish it off and give it a real water like appearance in the fish bowl. 
I'm going to submit my card to the challenge at:
Challenge:  Any Animal on your project

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I'm looking forward to reading your comments.  
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CAS Game #119 - Christmas in July. Llama

Here is the second card that I made for today.  This one is for the challenge at: AAA Cards
I used the sweet little Llama stamp that my daughter bought for me from Michael's.  I get such a kick out of it, because she also bought me a mama llama journal.  I love it because you see she has an endearing sweet name for me.  she calls me mamala.  I LOVE IT. 💗  
I hope you can see the bit of wink of stella glitter that I added to the trim of the Santa hat.  
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I hope you will take a look around at my other cards, projects and pictures. 

 In my next post I'll be sharing a picture of my daughter's nail art. It's fabulous and you won't want to miss it.

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July Sketch Challenge, Snowflake Sentiments, Stampin Up, Penny Black Mimi's Christmas

 Up first today is this card I made for the challenge at:
I used the Penny Black, Mimi's Christmas set to make this card.  I think she is adorable.    I also used Stampin Up's Snowflake sentiments for the inside.  I did a lot of coloring with the images and then used a circle die to cut them out. I layered them on some red to give them a bit of pop.  The cute little tag on the front is blank until I decide who will receive this card for Christmas this year.  I  finished the card off with a pair of tiny jingle bells and a green button brad.  Which now has me singing the 12 days of Christmas in my head (revised) must be the counting down ♪ 2 tiny jingle bells, and one greeeeeen brad♪  haha..   oh the things I do to amuse myself.  

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* Please note this really is not a tag, it is a standard A2 card with a little tag added on the bottom.  However, if it's considered a tag by the guidelines.. I understand this card might be disqualified.  
It's ok.  No hard feelings. 😊

Sunday, July 8, 2018

SSC182 SKETCH Waterfront, Stampin Up

 I think my inner conscience took over with this card today.  Perhaps I'm longing for an inner peace or perhaps I'm watching to many Bob Ross videos. (which by the way I love)  But whatever the case when I saw the awesome sketch challenge at 
I knew I wanted to play along.  I also wanted to switch things up a bit and make a very serene scene. (that's fun to say)  So I used my stampin up Waterfront set, along with a cut log cabin from repeat impressions and the verse is one I've had on hand for many year, I thought it to be quite fitting for my SCS Post.   I hope that when you look at my card you can see the sketch in it.  The sun setting behind the mountain is the top right hand flower petals.. I chose to have the sun only partially showing.  The big center flower is my cabin in the wilderness.  I surrounded it with a few pines and a stream of fresh water, as it is nestled in the valley of the mountains.  The last little flower in the lower right hand corner is my island of pine trees.  I hope you can see the image clearly, and that I tried to incorporate all the details.  

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Saturday, July 7, 2018

FMS344~Hello Friend, Garden in Bloom, Stampin Up

 I am a very restless kind of person, perhaps it's the ADHD.. or something, but I have a hard time with processing my time and emotions, so this week has been a challenge since hubby has been off.  YIKES.. everything I wanted to accomplish didn't really happen.  You see I have a list but I'm not able to do the things I once did, and well it's a lot for one person to do alone, so I guess I set my expectations a bit to high.  Needless to say I've been extremely crabby to live with because of this.  So I got myself busy by stamping this here card that I will submit to the challenge at: 
I also thought I'd try my hand at painting rocks.  Apparently that's all the rage to hide them around town.  So we will see what happens.  I thought I'd share a picture of those here too.  I have a hard time waiting  for the paint to dry, before writing on them.  
The stamp sets featured in today's card are:
Stampin Up~ Hello Friend
Stampin Up~ Garden in Bloom
I am pretty pleased with this square card, even though I had to consult with youtube to figure out the dimensions of a square card, my first attempt was not so good.  UGH.. I'm embarrassed to say I wanted the 5 inch square, however I went about it all wrong, and I'm so thankful for stampers who know what they're doing and giving dimensions. 
I added a few little embellishments to the flowers, and I added a bit of washi tape to give it a more finished look around the edges that I masked off to stamp the flowers.   I really like the vibrant orange colors and the cute little bee made my day.
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