Saturday, August 31, 2013

WMS Pajama Party- Tie a Knot In It

Well, I am off visiting family/looking at a roof for the farmhouse in Indiana etc. etc.  but, Clare posted early (well, she posted early the first time too) AND I was paying attention- I try to pay attention but, sometimes life gets in the way!!

 
Ohhh... and blogger's acting up when I am trying to schedule/post several things.
 
 

This card is for the knotty challenge- using the new WMS Tying the Knot set! Perfect for weddings but, I was thinking of my sis when I made this card- her job is a little "dicey" right now!
 
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WMS Pajama Party- Get Nauty!!

Here's card #2 for the WMS Pajama Party- I'll be in my jammies playing cards with my family but, in spirit with all the WMS junkies!!

 
 
This card uses the new WMS Safe Harbour Sentiments and Mini Pinstripe!!!


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WMS Pajama Party- Colour Story!

 
 
I'm scrambling to get everything posted or at least started in one evening!! Don't have PSE at my Mom/Dad's house!! Now, it's time for the Colour Story and the inspiration pic is a rustic seafaring view but, I  wanted to play with the new Two Step Sprig images and Big Day sentiments.  

Stamped the flowers in shades of red and blue, leaves in two colors of gray, and sentiment in black. Added a little bling for good measure.



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WMS Pajama Party- Golden Oldies!!

You may not believe this but, the sentiment on this card just fits my life right now! Made this card for the WMS Pajama Party Golden Oldies challenge.


Yep- I made a bunch of cards in a short period of time- set up the blog posts- worked- and, the pooch was diagnosed with diabetes. Insulin shots/limited food (did you know there was such a thing as buying prescription dog food- means the vet has to write a script to buy it- Lordy!!) And my youngest came up with an ear infection the day before Bill and I leave to go to IN (she's staying and watching the house.)

This challenge was to pull out your first ever WMS - I became hooked (yes, Clare I used the word "hooked"- 'cause it's hard to stop once you see all the other lovely sets!) with the Spellbinder compatible stamps and this set was in my first order.

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Friday, August 30, 2013

Serendipity Stamps Blog Hop!!

Happy Happy Friday... it's even better as I have some new Serendipity stamps to show today... !! The DT is having a hop and I am the start. If you get lost long the way, go to the Serendipity blog for a list/links of everyone participating. AND there is a prize!!

We're showcasing a fabulous new die and sentiment just in time for your Christmas/Holiday cardmaking!!

For my first card I went short in width and long!! The new Dove die was cut twice and layered to give it some dimension. Added a border, ribbon, and the first "jingle bells" of the season-whoo hoo!

The inside...

Stamped the gorgeous sentiment.... don't you adore the font!!

And... the dove can be used for more than Christmas.... thinking Anniversary, Wedding... and sympathy cards.

Sentiment....


Left some room on the inside for a personal message.

Prize-- leave a comment on EACH DT members blog  for a chance to win a random drawing for $20 off your next order. Check out the Serendipity blog for all the details.

The next stop along the hop is Anya Schrier-- always makes me smile when I visit (Love her work!!) -- can't wait to see what she created!!

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Peace On Earth
Stamps- Serendipity Peace on Earth Bird Die and Sentiment 1289EDCL
Ink- Memento Tuxedo Black
Paper- Very Vanilla and Black (SU), Jovial (Basic Gray)
Accessories- border die (MFT), seam binding (SU), rustic bells (Frost It Pink), twine (The Cats Pajamas)
 
Thinking of You
Stamps- Serendipity Thinking of You 191D and Angels Who Journey 1283E
Ink- Riding Hood Red (SU)
Papers- Crumbcake and Whisper White (SU), True Love (Basic Gray)
Accessories- Flag Stax Banner die (MFT), ribbon and button (stash), twine (The Cats Pajamas)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

CTD257- Life!!

It's another fabulous color combo at The Color Throwdown. This week our colors are brought to us by Lori- Dirty Lori!! Lori became a Dirty Girl at Splitcoaststampers this month- I was going to link to the news but, you have to be a SCS fan club member.

Aren't they gorgeous!!


 
I'm stretching summer here!! Love fall but, after that comes winter.... yuk!!



Stamped a colorful background using Verve's Surely Goodness (flowers) and Leaves (Sunny Days) and the sentiment is from Verve's Words of Wisdom. Dontcha' love when you can use more than one set on a card-- mix-n-match!! Used Amber's Week 1 sketch.
 
 
 
For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented August guestie - Kendra Wietstock, Kendra's Card Company!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Lynn Put - The Queen's Scene 
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations 
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD257.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.  Can't wait to see what you create!   


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Friday, August 23, 2013

Happy Happy Birthday Mary Beth!!

Well, a little birdie told me that one of my blog friends had a Birthday and... we're a little late!! The wishes are still heartfelt and plenty!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MARYBETH!!


 
Doesn't that cake just look delish!!



Now I realize you have already started the 365 day trip but, still love this sentiment!! Hope you had a wonderful day and wishing you many more!!

The list of B-Day Happy wishers!!
Enjoy your blog hop girl....
 
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Clearly Besotted Stamps-- Hello Hello Hey There!!

Third post for the day. Just realized that as I was writing this post. I did say I had some time to stamp this WE! Wanted to play in the current Clearly Besotted Stamps challenge. And used a stamp/die set I have had for a while.

Little different from my norm....I'm learning/trying this graphic thing, LOL!!

Here's the gorgeous colors...

 
My card....


Sooo... I stamped the chevrons on an angle onto basic gray CS. Die cut speech bubbles using CBS dies in the different colors from the inspiration pic- stamped with the outline images from the coordinating stamp set- You Said It- in a wonky way (that was on purpose) and then stamped the sentiments. Tried stamping the sentiments with the different colors "more tight" but, they weren't showing up- maybe I should've clear heat embossed on the white in order to stamp the sentiments closer--- learning here, LOL!

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CTD256 --- Thinking of You!!

Happy Wednesday morn' folks!! Happy Hump Day!! It's time for a new set of colors at the Color Throwdown and..... here they are...


These colors made me think flowers... classic... a little elegant....


So I stamped a Serendipity Orchid image on watercolor paper and used SU inks. Added some glitter and rhinestones. The butterfly was stamped twice- one fussy cut and popped on top.


Here's a side view--- I used my Xacto knife to cut the edges of some of the orchids- shows the colored layered underneath. Just a fun little twist!

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented August guestie - Kendra Wietstock, Kendra's Card Company!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Lynn Put - The Queen's Scene 
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations 
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD256.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.  Can't wait to see what you create! 
Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!

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SSCB - Polka Dots and/or Gingham!!

First post of the day!! Welcome, Welcome to the next installment of the Serendipity Stamps Blog Challenge. It's polka dots and/or gingham! 
 

 
 Love this image- Three Dresses... a bit of a Victorian feel-- although I have to tell ya' I grew up with hanging the wash on the line (weather permitting) and then, throwing in the dryer to fluff. Anyone with me on this one??? Not to mention Mom getting her hair done once a week and standing behind a chair to "rat" it in between... the bouffant days, LOL!!
 
I did some paper piecing (polka dots for the middle dress) and added the gingham with ribbon! Just had to do both with this image.


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On the inside I stamped the image again and overstamped the sentiment. Now. you know why I was reminiscing a little!!

Hope you find time to join us, and...

The rules are simple... play along using at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your submission and link it below. You don't have to have a blog to play along - you can link your designs to any on line gallery.

Click Here for all the details

For extra inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

Pauline Pollington
Miriam Napier
Jenny Gropp 
Julie Warner 

Here's the link to Serendipity Stamps since you may feel the need to go looking and shopping :))

The deal- {love deals!}  20% Off Halloween. Good 8/21 through 8/28.

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Ingredients
Stamps: Serendipity Three Dresses Cling Set  017QCL
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black
Papers: SU Black, Whisper White, Patterned Paper (stash)
Accessories: Ribbon and button (stash), Spellbinders dies

Monday, August 19, 2013

Case Study Challenge- sending Birthday Wishes!!

Life has been busy. I haven't had time to play in some of my fav challenges.... along with busy- the MOJO is in and out. I struggle more when I don't piddle every day. Anywho... I did get the chance to play this week with the CASE study challenge for this week. This month the MUSE is Jennifer McGuire and here's the card of Jennifer's to be CASEd...


Here's mine...


Went with the flowers and colors ('cept I changed the green leaves to gray-- adored the gray with these colors!) Used PTIs Happiness In Bloom and Stylish Sentiments along with SU colors (loving the new Smoky Slate). Added a banner sentiment (like Jennifer's) and a few sequins.

Hope you're having a great start to the week. Ours is interesting.... we have two West Highland White Terriers (they are brothers-Noah and Cooper) - 10 years old. Well, Coop has had a difficult time in the last few years. The newest Coop problem involves Humulin insulin in my frig tonite--you read that right... Humulin insulin!! Ya' never know, right??

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

CTD255 -hey there Sweetie!!

Happy Wednesday morning!! It's time for a new color story at the Color Throwdown. This week Broni picked our colors and they are bright and gorgeous!!



Here's my card...



All of those bright colors made me think of celebrations and I had these WPlus9 stamps/dies that were NBUS (as Darnell would say- never been used schtuff) - it was time to get them inky. The sets are called "Sweets and Treats" and "Sweets and Treats Fillers" along with coordinating dies. You can make just about any cupcake you would like and ice cream too!!

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented August guestie - Kendra Wietstock, Kendra's Card Company!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Lynn Put - The Queen's Scene 
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations 
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD255.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog.  

When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.  Can't wait to see what you create! 

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

enjoy the little things- Verve Diva Dare and week 2 sketch!!

Had a little time to stamp last night- work has been crazy busy!! Had fun using Moe's sketch to create a card for the Verve Diva Dare. (Ssshh...I'm even early this month!!) This month it's all about Andrea and Chirstyne-- lots of layers and either a flower cluster or something sweet. 


 
Lots of layers (to me) means an opportunity to use some patterned paper... and... these girls like patterned paper too!! Sentiment is from Verve's Let it Be and the papers are Glitz Cashmere Dame.
 
Here's the sketch...
 
 
Tonite I'm hoping to get a little stamping in... along with making a couple of salads (family requested) for a cookout tomorrow after hanging at the lake. Hope your WE is going well!! I haven't been able to visit much this week--oh to one day be able to retire!!
 
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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Woot Woot- Color Throwdown!!

Another Happy Wednesday morn'!! I've been keeping a secret-- WOOT WOOT!! Exciting News!! Today is the first day for me as a DT member for THE Color Throwdown!! Yes, I'm thrilled I tell ya!! Joining me is the fabulous Melody Rupple from A Paper Melody {we're newbies together}!!

And, here's the fabulous colors that Bar chose for use this week...


Aren't those colors wonderful and the beach in the background.... makes me happy!!
 
Here's my card...


I haven't watercolored any images in forever so, when I saw Bar's colors and the jars- I decided I wanted to use this Flourishes image and practice a little watercoloring. Stamped the image in crumbcake and heat embossed with clear. Colored the images with and then shaded with SU pastel chalk. Finally purchased Lil Inkers stitched rectangles {yeah, I know, I'm probably one of the few who just got these}. Sentiment is from Verve's Wordy Birds.

For more inspiration, you'll want to stop by and visit the other team members' blogs as well as our talented August guestie - Kendra Wietstock, Kendra's Card Company!

Barbara Anders - Paper Pursuits
Broni Holcombe - Splashes of Watercolor
Joan Ervin - Stamping With Passion
Lori Tecler - Inking Aloud
Lynn Put - The Queen's Scene 
Tammy Hershberger - Stamp Happy
 Wanda Cullen - Cullen-ary Creations 
 
Remember, if you don't have the exact colors, use whatever you have that's close...the color police won't come after you--this is all about having fun!  If you upload to a public gallery, please use the key words CTD254.  Also, when linking up your card using the linky tool at the bottom of the post, please link to your specific post, not a generic link to your blog. 
 
When you are finished with your creation, head over to the Color Throwdown blog to add your entry to the Inlinkz tool.  Can't wait to see what you create! 

Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!


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SSBC #17- Butterfly Kisses...

Happy Wednesday... not only is it "Hump Day" but, it's the next installment in the Serendipity Stamps Challenge!!

AND--- a great BIG WELCOME to Julie Warner from TheWriteStuff- the newest DT member!!

This week it's all about butterflies...


I have had these butterfly dies in my stash... waiting on this challenge to use them. Isn't that overlay die fabulous... gorgeous!! I die cut the background butterfly and then spritzed with water. Dropped SU Riding Hood Red and Pink Pirouette ink onto the spritzed die... let it "roll around" and then dry. Added the overlay. The layers are Spellbinders Marvelous Squares. Sentiment is from Serendipity.

Hope you find time to join us, and...

The rules are simple... play along using at least one Serendipity Stamps image on your submission and link it below. You don't have to have a blog to play along - you can link your designs to any on line gallery.

Click Here for all the details

For extra inspiration there are samples from the design team on the challenge blog or you can visit them directly and get all the details by clicking on their names below.

Pauline Pollington
Miriam Napier
Jenny Gropp 
Julie Warner

Here's the link to Serendipity Stamps since you may feel the need to go looking and shopping :))

The deal- {love deals!} Buy 3, Get a 4th One Free, good through 8/14. And there are still lots of
wood-mounted stamps on sale.

Thanks for stopping by!! Love when you do and appreciate all the kind words!!


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Ingredients:
Stamps: Serendipity Butterfly dies 1255EDCL, Butterfly Kisses 109B1UM
Ink: Riding Hood Red, Pink Pirouette {SU}
Paper: Whisper White {SU}
Accessories: Seam Binding {Verve}, Pearls {Stash}, Marvelous Squares {Spellbinders}, Button {SU}, Twine {The Cats Pajamas}

Saturday, August 3, 2013

fly high- WMS Bedtime Story!!

I missed a lot of the WMS Pajama party but, there is one last challenge and it's a sketch!! Have to say I still get up on Saturday morn' and think about checking out the sketches/cards and then, I remember! Claire is changing things this year---shakin' it up and it's all good!
Even though I wasn't able to participate in all of the challenges... I did peek at everyone's cards, and the things that left an impression were.... feathers, crackle, and the reverse dots from WMS Ginghan & Co.-- so I incorporated all of these things into my card-- using the sketch but, flipping it-took a little liberty!


Eeeks... that is so much white space for me, LOL!!
 
Background was stamped with the reverse dots from Gingham & Co. in SU sSmmer Sun. Feathers from Fine Feathers stamped with versamark on vellum (light blue, light yellow, and white) and heat embossed with white and fussy cut (I have a silhouette- don't ask!) Sentiment is from WMS Funky Feathers stamped in Bermuda Bay. The other purchase a while back was gelattos- just like SU watercolor crayons except, the green is oh so shiny. Heat embossed with white using WMS Mini Crackle Background. Enlarge so you can see the detail on the crackle background.... LOVE!
 
Here's the sketch... 

Hope you're having a great Saturday-- we canned some tomatoes- cleaned a little- did laundry. Tomorrow is a boat cruising day!!

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