Tuesday, August 22, 2017

PCC256 & CCT16~ Carols of Christmas

Do you see the difference between the cards?  Only a very trained eye can spot it.. haha Just kidding.  Hint: one little embellishment.. However the sparkle paper is so much better looking on the top one.  I used my new stamping up set Carols of Christmas.  I'm not sure what the name is of the little die ornament.  I think it turned out lovely with the snow embossed background.  I'm going to submit this card to the challenges at:

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Monday, August 21, 2017

Challenge 20 & #TGIFC121 ~Beautiful YOU

 I'm a wee bit late in my posting this evening, just had a 100 things on my mind.  Mostly day dreaming and praying we could buy a different house that just came on the market. Yay for level floors.  I'm sure we would have a difficult time selling this old jewel of a home, nevertheless this gal was day dreaming today.   Also praying for my kids safety as the drive home from Missouri.  They went to experience/view the eclipse.  I added my picture from my back yard in WI.  Yup that's clouds. and that's nothing exciting.  But there you have it.  
So onto the card.  I used two different stampin up sets to create this card that I made for: 
Challenge #20 theme is"Tags!"
It's a tag book mark but I used a little paperclip to hold it to the card, so both could stand alone, and still be nice.  Gosh I actually used 3 different sets, because I used the little dots from Avant garden to stamp her dress before I cut it out.    I really like how the gray brick and purple go so well together.   I suppose I better call it a night or my grammar will be worse then usual here. 

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

CTS #235~Avant-Garden Sympathy

Sympathy cards.. do I need to say more?  Such a sad time when a family loses a loved one. 

I am very grateful for the challenge at: CASE This Sketch
It really helped me with this card layout/design.    I used the Avant  garden from Stamping up and the sentiment is also stampin up, from 1993 I'm just not sure on the name of that set.  In fact I think I have only pieces of it.  I used ribbon for the vertical and horizontal strips.  If I had to choose my favorite it would be the top card hence the reason I'll submit that one to the challenge.  
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Friday, August 18, 2017

Sketch #225 & Week 262

I made this card using two great challenges:

I used my Lawn fawn set with the hedge hogs to go for the prickly theme and the sketch worked lovely for using white space.
That is washi tape for the smiley divider between the two, and the sentiment I stamped was a long one, so I used my scotch tape to prevent ink from getting on the places I didn't want it.. had to stamp the sentiment 3x.  
I think it turned out cute.
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RRCB69~Gone Fishin'

 Hello Friends.  We have a new member to the blog family, and I just want to take a moment and say a BIG  THANK YOU.. for taking that leap to follow me.  
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And some more super exciting news: my daughter has found her wedding dress, the little dear was just beaming, and absolutely beautiful in it. 

Now onto the card.  I made this one for: Retro Rubber Challenge Blog
I used and older stampin up set  called Fishin' from 1996 along with this big block stamp, There is no year on it, but I assume it is older.  I stamped it then cut out the wooden frame and pasted it on the picture in my card.  I also fussy cut out the fishing pole, fish and basket after stamping them.  I thought the weaved embossed background worked well with the basket.  I "pictured" myself on the bank of a lake with the catch of the day, relaxing in the sun.. watch the water lap up against the shoreline, ahh doesn't that sound lovely?   A little bit of water coloring (haha)to make this card looking swimmingly cute. 
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017


 I'm cutting (haha) it close here with this project.  I really wanted to play along with 
                   The Tic Tac Toe Challenge  
this board→
was created by Nicole Watt.   I chose the middle row straight across: anything but a card so I made a hot chocolate sleeve. ( which now holds a bag of popcorn, but that works too) With the fun fold being the cute candy cane box.  I then water colored all the leaves.  I was so tempted to pull out my markers, but I didn't want to be dishonest so I painfully water colored each one. Ugh!   I figured the little belly band needed to have a candy cane there when the real one is gone.  I'm still shocked I had candy canes in the cupboard but no hot chocolate packets, but never fear I do have a tub of cocoa.
Hope you like my early morning project.
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And I'll never outgrow it!

Monday, August 14, 2017

CTS #234 & PP357

Well,  I tried to keep this as simple as possible, especially after my last card.  I chose to combine the colors and the sketch of these two great challenges: 
I got to play a little bit more with my new Daisy Delight Stampin up set.  Whoohoo💚  I can't wait to try my hand at those beautiful bouquets that people have been making with this set.
Gosh not much more I can say .. except that I did try to match the calypso coral with some card stock I have on hand.  It looked liked it matched until I took the picture. 
What a day here.. we pulled our daughter's car to the garage, that's always fun.   I love doing stuff like that, but hubby thinks I drive to fast when we pull with chains.  So I get the "look"  and the hand gestures to slow down.  But gosh when it's going so well, I just think we can cruise along, apparently not.  Anyways driving the truck means I'm now on ice and my legs are numb. *GRRRR  but thankful to be home safely. 
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CCT15 & CTS #234 ~ Palm Tree Christmas

Typically I LOVE making Christmas cards... but the challenge this time at: Christmas Card Throwdow
Really had me thinking.. I only have one little lonesome palm tree.. so I went from there to make it a "Tropical Christmas"  I stamped some little red lights and fussy cut them, and I do mean fussy fussy cutting.  Then I drew up some stockings to hang on the tree, added some tinsel/garland around the base to make it shine.   I used an embossing folder that worked well with the washi tape on the side. Very thankful for the challenge at: 
It was the perfect layout for the palm tree, being it was simple and had a small focal point.  However I really wanted to play with my new daisy stamp set, so I might be trying again. There ya have it, my take on 
🌴"decking the Halls" tropical style.🌴
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I am now off to sing Christmas carols stamp a card.. oh and maybe  do some house chores.. 

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Sketch #224~Daisy Delight

 Card # 3 I made for the challenge at: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge

Such a Lovely opportunity to play with my new Daisy Delight stamp set.  Oh my gosh.    How fun is this card.  A bit of polka dots, some fancy punched ribbon trim and  added sparkle.. WOWZA!!   I stamped the daisy twice, and then curled the petals under a bit, to give it some character,  I  then doubled up the  pop dots to give it height.  I think it turned out sweet.   I'm also sharing a few more pictures of my recent trip to the zoo. These will be the last pictures that I post of the zoo.. Ya all might be getting sick of seeing them.. so I had to end big with my favorite.. the Moose.   Also the  Eagle, how regal, and perhaps a little grumpy here, perhaps he's not to fond of having his picture taken.
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Freshly Made Sketches #300~Daisy Delight

 Card #2 today I made for the challenge at: Freshly Made Sketches
I am so excited to showcase this card because it's with my brand new stamp set.  YAY.. Daisy Delight.  I love daisies.  I think they are so pretty, and honestly I couldn't wait to order this one, but we are on a very limited budget so I had to wait a bit, but I'm so not disappointed.  I will be playing around with this one for awhile.  IN fact check out my other card that I made today it will be on my next blog post.   I really liked the layout of this sketch. Just elegant and simple with the trio cluster off to the side.  Lovely.  
I've been sharing a few snap shots of my zoo trip this past week.  It was an amazing time.  Hope you like the pictures too.
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 Well card number one for today I made for the sketch at: Paper Craft Crew Challenge Blog

 I used a Lawn Fawn stamping set to make this card.  I think the most difficult part with this card was tying the bow on the button.  Any how since I chose the cow image to stamp,   I thought how fitting to throw in a couple pictures of my recent trip to the zoo with my kids.   It was a "moo-ving" experience as always.    I'm such a big kid at heart that they knew I'd want to feed the goats and sheep, so my daughter even brought a long extra quarters for me.  I sometimes think we have reversed roles. (haha) any ways here are a few pictures of the goats  and an alpaca that was quite friendly too.  

Aren't they so cute?  
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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Ch# 47 F is for Flowers ~Color Throwdown #455

 I made this card by combining two great challenges:  Sunny Day Crafting  

Ch# 47 F is for Flowers

I tried to stick as close as possible to the colors, while adding flowers everywhere.  I stamped them first then fussy cut them out and layered them.  I also used my clear wink of stella(it's running dry..YIKES)  and traced the whole "just for you" sentiment to make it shine. In each little flower I dropped a little pearl paint to give it some dimension. 

I also added a few pictures of the flowers in my yard. That matched the color challenge.  I have no idea what this tall pink flower is.  It just shot up and there are no leaves.  If you know what it is please leave me a comment.   I also have these purple ones growing.  I think it's something like mint/lavender?  Honestly I don't know where it came from but thankful for it, because it is a survivor.  You see HP loves to plow through there to play under the deck.    Speaking of my little fella.  He apparently wanted his picture taken.. Hence the last two pictures.
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