Friday, February 23, 2018

Challenge #300-Twinkle Twinkle & Challenge 357 - Shaker Cards Epic Celebrations Stampin UP

 The second card I made for today I will submit to the following:
where we are challenged to use a bit of "Twinkle Twinkle" on our cards.
with optional:  Shaker Card.
So I went for it and made a shaker card.  I had no foam tape on hand, so I improvised and cut off the edges of my pop dots and much to my surprise the strips worked "awesome"   I then used my red sparkles that I got from the dollar section at target many many moons ago.  They worked well for that twinkle I was looking for.  Although I added to many at first, which rarely happens, I usually in previous shaker cards add to little, so this time I chose to error on the side of  to much, and ended up having to rip it apart to empty out a few because you couldn't see the shoes.  Live and learn lessons with a stamper.    I think I should buy some inexpensive shoe strings for my next card to add as an embellishment.  Remember the old days when kids use to learn to sew using those boards with designs and shoe laces?  Gosh I wonder if they even have those anymore.  Sorry I got a little side tracked down memory lane.  Any ways.. I hope you like the card.  I used the Epic Celebrations from stamping up. 

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TTTC036~Daisy Delight, Country Livin' Stampin UP

 The first card I made today goes to the challenge at: Tic Tac Toe Challenge 
I chose the middle row across.  Embossing powder, green and wildflower.
I used my stampin up's Daisy Delight for the wild flowers and the embossed sentiment in Gold.  I also used country livin' from stamin up for the boots.  After seeing the picture of the card, I think perhaps I could have filled the boots in a bit more, I suppose I'll try that next time.  

I'm so excited to post my next card too..I did a shaker and it actually sort of turned out.. whoohoo 😊  I hope you will come back and check it out.
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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Challenge #260 - Colours & FMS325~ Basket Bunch Stampin UP


 The second card I made for today I will submit to the following challenges:
I used my stampin up set called Basket bunch and was surprised and sad to find out that my sentiment that I used on the inside of the card does not stamp "solid"  seriously the "M" in May is missing the top part.  Perhaps I will email them and see what they can do for me?  I don't know if they will exchange it, but it's  such a shame.. so I just used a marker to fill it in.  I stuck with the colors spot on this time except for peekaboo peach, I didn't have that, so I used my orange and then pulled out my aqua painter to lighten the color up.  It worked well for the basket and a few of the eggs as did the other colors too with the eggs.  I used sweet sugarplum for Mr. Bunny's ears and the basket bow.  The  marina mist was used for Mr. "B's" bow tie.  
I have added a picture of my little squirrel friend enjoying a chocolate wafer on the deck today.   He's always a happy little fella even when HP has his nose right up to the patio door watching him.  He knows the dog can't get out and so they just stare each other down.  
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Week 288: PUN~ Shellfish Birthday

Oh gosh what a fun challenge at: 
I just had to play along.   I have this cute little set from Lawn Fawn, that would work perfectly for this challenge.  Actually my daughter spotted it when we were shopping last year and just thought it was fabulous so I bought it in honor of her.  I made a card using this set for her 21st. birthday last year, you can see it here.  She is a pro when it comes to puns.  
I also used my Waterfront set from stampin up for the speckle background.   The inside of the card is stamped with a single stamp that I ordered online.   I took one more picture close up so that hopefully you can see the wink of stella glitter a bit better. 
 
I think it turned out  "speck-tacular"  😉

I'm also sharing a picture of my homemade little water bottle  terrarium.  I want so bad to save my little fittonia plant that was a gift, but the poor thing seems to be unhappy since I forgot to water it a bit in January. ( a Lot of stress)  and apparently a lot of stress to the plant too.  I think it's so beautiful.  Hopefully hubby will take me out to look for a little pot that is shallow.  I read where that might help the plant since they have short roots.  I don't know much about this one, just that it's so pretty and that it was easy to care for until the last episode here of drying out then the little fella just didn't want to spring back for me as easily, so trying to see if the terrarium will help start a plant from it's leaves.  If you know how to care for this plant, I'd sure love some advice. 
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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Tuesday Morning Sketches #441~ Painted Harvest~Stampin UP



Up first for today I made this card for the challenge at: 
I used my polka dot embossing folder for the soft background. Then  next I used some lightly patterned paper.  I pulled out my Stampin Up's Painted Harvest stamp set to create the images.  I rarely use this set, because I have such a difficult time with it.  However, I really like how the flower in the center turned out. I stamped the leaves and then punched them out.  I found 3 little felt flowers to place on top of the leaves, and embellished them with enamel dots.  I even used my clear wink of stella for the center of the flower, it just didn't show up to sparkly on the picture.

Aww..  My little HP knows what to do.. Soaking up some sun rays on this cold day.  He's so sleepy.  
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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Smooching Technique .. with Watercolor Wings Stampin UP

 Can you believe a card with NO challenge.  Well none to enter that is, but a challenge for me to try a new technique.  So here it is folks my take on the Smooching Technique.. I learned here.   I used two colors Calypso coral and Daffodil Delight.  I then chose three stamp sets to work with, Grateful Bunch, watercolor wings and Remarkable you.  I LOVE how it turned out.  So amazing and no two cards will ever be the same. That's what is so cool.  I do indeed see a few more of these in the making, a quick way to spruce up a thank you note.   I hope you will give it a try.  I'd love to see some of your work.  
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Mr.Squirrel cleaned off the cob of corn.. Looking for more. 



Sketch 252~WaterFront Stampin up


I made this card for the challenge at: Atlantic Hearts Sketch Challenge 
As you can see this is my second take on this card.  I included the other card  below.   I thought I cut down the size a bit more to match the sketch design.  BUT apparently NOT.  I even went with a different layout so it would look better in a smaller space.   I tried to improvise it the best I could by sticking my stamped image card stock closer to the top of the card. 
I wanted to play with my new stampin up set called waterfront.  I'm not very good with making my own scenery so this is a trial run with it.  I suppose I should have pulled out some watercolor paper to stamp on, since I used my aqua painter, but I did not.   I hopefully will get better with this stamp set.  I've come across some amazing cards.  Gosh there is a lot of talent out here in the Stamp world.  I need a little help sometimes thinking outside the box.  
I can honestly say I like my tropical card better then the forest card.  I like how the sun is dipping behind the mountains and how the sentiment is floating in the water.  Hopefully you're all able to read it with the twine placed in between the words.  I tied a little knot on the side to reflect the sketch stars.  I even like the cute little huts, the palm trees just seem to be saying "Relax".
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Monday, February 19, 2018

Challenge 46 "Zoo Animals"~A little Wild.. Stampin UP


 The second card I made for today goes to the challenge at: Always Fun Challenges  where the theme is "Zoo Animals"   So I brought out my stampin up set called, A little Wild.  I thought it worked perfectly.   I die cut the frames out, but I didn't want them all perfectly aligned so I tipped the last one a bit, which freed up a little space to show off the background paper a bit better and also a place for the hearts.     I stamped the lion, colored and fussy cut him out.. it took me 3x to get that sentiment somewhat straight... oh gosh that frustrates me.   The inside of the card I stamped with flowers that are also in the set.
I think it turned out cute💛

The freezing rain is upon us here in WI.  oh boy.  Glad to be home safe and warm.  
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Give It Some Heart! ~Heart Happiness & Bloomin' Love Stampin UP

 Today I made this card for my friend Nancy.  Because she is the reason I ordered the Bloomin' Hearts thinlits from stampin up.  Nancy made a gorgeous card for my daughter's wedding.  I will share a picture of it below.  
I also used the Bloomin' Love stamp set for the banner and sentiment.  The tiny hearts scattered in the background are from Heart Happiness, also a stampin up set.  I just did two different hearts but in multiple colors.  I think it turned out like lovely DSP.  I added a few sequins with pearl drop paint for some sparkle and also to match the sequin string underneath the banner.  A bit of glitter paper in the background to tie all that silver together.  I stamped a few little hearts on the inside to finish the card.

I wanted to share a picture with the flash on so you could see that the die cut heart is a metallic looking purple.  The flash brings that out a bit better.

I will submit this card to the challenge at: 
The Challenge is Titled:  Give it some Heart. 💜 We are to use one or more hearts on our cards.  

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Nancy's Wedding Card for my daughter



Sunday, February 18, 2018

CTS #259~Happy Trails




The second card I made today is for the challenge at: Case This Sketch
 
I used my giant sentiment "We are off" from a set that I picked up at a consignment shop awhile ago.  I then used Lawn Fawn's cute little Happy Trail set for the rest of the images.  After stamping and coloring I die cut each of them out.   The background paper is a gift from my friend Nancy I thought it would work great with my travel theme.
I am hoping we don't get the yucky weather they are forecasting tomorrow, but being we live in WI.  it can't be all sunny and warm yet.  At least we are above zero as far as temps go.  
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TTTC035~Hold on To Hope Stampin UP


 I made this card today for my SCS (Scripture Card Sunday)  I used my new stampin up set called Hold on to Hope.  What a wonderful bunch of cross dies this set has with it.  I was so happy to find a challenge I could play along with.. so I will submit this card to: 


I chose the left hand side straight down.  To go along with my gray card stock I picked a soft pink and bold black.  I think the contrasting colors work really well here.   My die cut oval made the perfect little window for the scripture verse, and then I die cut it in black to make a frame for the oval.    I scattered a few of the enamel dots on the card as well.  
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Saturday, February 17, 2018

RRCB80 & Challenge 356 - Polka Dots~ Garden Whimsy Stampin UP


 My last card of the day is for two challenges: 



and 
 I used my stampin up 2007 Garden Whimsy for the flower and butterfly, because they each had a couple polka dots in the image.  I then used Teeny Tiny Wishes also from stampin up for the sentiment.  I have had this set for awhile, but I think you can still order it.  I have such a hard time looking up the years. I've tried going to split coast stampers like a dear lady suggested once, but apparently I don't know how to research very well.   Any ways back to the card  I added a few little embellishment dots to go with the them of dots.  I even dotted up the inside of the card too.
HP is still not himself, and has now developed an even more entitled attitude since the ear infection... here is a picture of his smug little look today.  haha. He is so fluffy with this winter coat.
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Challenge #103~Country Livin'

My second card for today I made for: Time Out Challenges
I was determined to make it one layer, and boy did it become challenging.   I used stampin up's Country Livin' and work of art.  For the sentiment I used a little stamp I got from Walmart.. and the notes are from a Lawn Fawn set.  I think it turned out pretty swell.  I thought of my dad with this card because he plays the guitar so well.. I even drew in the little black image to make it look like his guitar.   I can just imagine him playing this  song Count Your Blessings along with many many more.. one of my favorites.. I'll fly away,  and Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison, loved the way he would tap the guitar between picking, just made it sound awesome. 
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FMS324~Amazing You & Watercolor Wings Stampin UP

 I made this card for the challenge at: Freshly Made Sketches
I used two stampin up sets to create this card.  Watercolor Wings and Amazing You.  I didn't really know how to work with my butterfly 3 step stamp, but I think the sparkle paper  I die cut covers up all the mistakes lovely.    I added a few little embellishments to give it that extra something special.😉
Goodness gracious So much to do and nothing but stamping is getting done.  Just one of those days.  
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