Monday, September 25, 2017

Christmas Quilt Cards

Happy Monday, peeps!  Just a quick post today--the weekend was spent painting without any stamping at all!!!  But I made these cards a couple weeks ago, experimenting with the Quilted Christmas bundle.  As I said, they were experiments, so they aren't perfect!  

I wanted to use some warm country colors for my first card, so I used Cherry Cobbler and Early Espresso ink and cardstock on top of a Crumb Cake base:

I did find that even though you can see through the clear stamps, I had better luck lining them up with my stamp-a-ma-jig (because I was too lazy to set up my Misti!!).  

My second card used the Quilted Christmas DSP stack; I wasn't thinking when I separated all my little pieces, that when I put them back together again, I should have matched up the plaids!!!  My home ec teacher from 8th grade would be tsk-tsking at me!  Next time I'll do better!  I did back the DSP with an adhesive sheet to make sticking them down easier, but I found that adhering the frame to a larger piece of adhesive sheet, stick side up, made putting the pieces on a little easier, and you wouldn't have to peel off all those tiny pieces!  

I also used the Quilt Top embossing folder, which is just delightful!  There are so many more elements to this bundle, I can't wait to play with them....but I think there aren't  enough hours in the day!

So a few of you have asked how the remodeling is coming along!  It has been a long slow process; we got walls painted but the furniture is all askew, so I won't show you pictures of that!  The cabinets finally arrived last week and my brother helped John put a couple of them up temporarily, but there is a lot of work just to get to that point!  Leveling:

Checking out the pantry and the drawers inside:

and finally attaching them temporarily:

The wall color looks green here, but it's really a bluish-gray.  In different lights it looks totally different!  There is still a LOT of work left to do, but we're getting there.  Not sure if it will be done by Thanksgiving or Christmas - we'll see.  I might need to be wearing my woolies to get my coffee from the garage if not!!

Thanks for popping by and have a blessed day!  And be sure to come back tomorrow for my Stamp Ink Paper project!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Christmas Quilt
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Early Espresso
 Ink Garden Green, Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler
Tools     Big Shot, Quilt Top EF, Quilt Builder Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Dimensionals

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Paper Players 363 Sketch from Nance

Happy Sunday, peeps!  Nance is our hostess with the mostest at the Paper Players today and she has a sketch that I just LOVE!  So many possibilities here:

I was able to play with Painted Harvest some more and paired it with some Painted Autumn DSP:

And yes, I snuck some more Lemon Lime Twist into my creation....although I would never think to pair it with Cajun Craze, it works!!!  My mat was stamped with the Burlap background stamp on a panel of Crumb Cake.  I stamped the first layer of my floral in Crumb Cake...I actually stamped it twice, turning it a wee little bit to get some extra petals.  Then I stamped the top layer with Cajun Craze and the center with Crumb Cake again, then fussy-cut it out.  I added the little dots on my white panel; I felt they sort of complemented the little dots on the DSP; then I added a sentiment from Jar of Love atop a burlap banner.  Since the burlap is sort of see-through, I added a piece of Crumb Cake cardstock to the back to solidify it a bit:

And I really didn't intend to add the acorn, but I was just playing around with it, and when I laid it on top of my flower, it looked sort of cute, so I adhered it with some mini dimensionals!  

I hope this sketch gets your imagination going and you'll play with us this week!  Check out what the designers did as well:

You won't be disappointed!

Cassidy stayed with us the night of Wayne & Dana's wedding and went to church with us the next morning.  As a special treat, we made pancakes, which she insisted on learning how to do!  She did very well, too, learning how to heat up the griddle first,  waiting until the pancake edges get dry and the bubbles start to pop, then of course, learning how to flip them!!!  Grampy had to wait patiently in the background! We need a little more practice, but she wants to show Mommy how to do it now!!!

 Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Painted Harvest, Burlap, Jar of Love
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Lemon Lime Twist, Cajun Craze, Painted Autumn DSP
 Ink Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Lemon Lime Twist, Soft Suede
Accessories Burlap Ribbon
Tools     Big Shot, Bitty Banner Framelits (ret), Dimensionals

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Purple Leaves

Remember the song Purple Rain?  Well, this is my card, Purple Leaves!  I really have ignored this season's In Colors and I wanted to remedy that, so I thought I would make a fall card using Fresh Fig and some other purple hues; purples are difficult for me, so this was a real personal challenge:

I started by stamping a bunch of the little leaf image from Colorful Seasons in different shades and diecutting them with their matching die.  I then put them in a Jar of Love jar, added a little lid, a tag and some linen thread:

Even though these may not be traditional fall leaf colors, I think they're so pretty!  I added a sentiment from Beautiful Bouquet and a leftover leaf on the inside of the Crumb Cake card, too:

Thanks for popping in today--enjoy and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Jar of Love, Colorful Seasons, Beautiful Bouquet
Card stock & Papers     Crumb Cake, Fresh Florals Stack, Whisper White
 Ink Fresh Fig, Old Olive, Smoky Slate, Elegant Eggplant, Perfect Plum
Accessories Linen Thread, Corrugated Elements
Tools     Big Shot, Seasonal Layers Framelits, Everyday Jar Framelits, Stitched Shape Framelits, Dimensionals

Friday, September 22, 2017

New Items for Sale

Hi peeps!  I am doing some fall cleaning up in my craft room and have put a few stamping items on my "Stamping Bargains" page for sale!  Be sure to check them out for some great deals!

AYSI159 Bird on a Wreath

Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have something fun planned for this weekend!  It's time for another As You See It challenge, and these "eclectic" challenges are always fun!  So here are the elements you must use on your card:

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I began with the colors from the Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge to get me started on this decidedly spring-like creation:

I had barely used any of the DSP from the Color Theory Stack, but I remembered that there was a yellow stripe, so I attached that to my Very Vanilla base.  I stamped a few sprigs of greenery from Blooms and Wishes in So Saffron, then added a Swirly Scribbles wreath in Always Artichoke and a little bird from Birds and Blooms in Night of Navy:

I found some green brads to make centers for my Beautiful Bouquet flowers:

and added a sentiment on the front from Blooms and Wishes, and the one on the inside is from Colorful Seasons!  I gave love to lots of different sets on this card, LOL!

I really enjoyed making this card...I hope you will find some time in the next couple of weeks to play with our challenge, and be sure to pop by the blog to see what the other designers came up with!

Cassidy enlisted Grampy's help to surprise me by washing my car!  That WAS quite a surprise!  She needed a little help with the elbow grease but it was the thought that touched my heart.  I think she might miss me just a wee little bit....but you know how kids are!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Beautiful Bouquet, Blooms and Wishes, Colorful Seasons
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Always Artichoke, Night of Navy, Color Theory Stack DSP
 Ink So Saffron, Night of Navy
Accessories Burlap Ribbon, Certainly Celery Brads (ret)
Tools     Big Shot, Birds and Blooms Thinlets, Bouquet Bunch Framelits, Swirly Scribbles Thinlets, 1/16" Punch, Mini Dimensionals

Thursday, September 21, 2017

FMS306 and MM257 Lemon Lime Christmas

Happy Thursday, peeps!  I have a Christmas card today, using Lemon Lime Twist!!!  I used the FMS sketch and the intriguing Merry Monday challenge of using a tag with texture, bling and die cuts!

The thing that intrigued me the most about the MM challenge though, was the photo....loved that fresh green!  I gulped and got out my Lemon Lime Twist cardstock and went to work:

I heat embossed a tree image from the retired Peaceful Pines set with white ink and embossing powder, then diecut it.  I also used two embossing folders, a big Dazzling Diamonds glimmer tag and some silver accessories!  I hope it's blingy enough!  The photos don't really do it justice, it's really pretty IRL!

And the inside:

And here's my growing-up-too-fast DGD, wearing a dress to school---I have to admit, I probably wore something very similar back in the 60s!!  Love those daisies!

Have a wonderful day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Peaceful Pines (ret)
Card stock & Papers     Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Dazzling Diamonds and Silver Glimmer Paper, Vellum
 Ink Lemon Lime Twist, Craft White
Accessories Silver Twine, Silver Ribbon
Tools     Big Shot, Perfect Pines Framelits (ret), White Embossing Powder, Heat Tool, Holly EF, Snowflake EF (Cuttlebug), Rectangle Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Banner Punch, Dimensionals

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Punkins and Corn

Happy Wednesday, peeps!  I managed to get in a little stamping time on Monday and was able to play with my new Pick a Pumpkin bundle!  What a fun little set!  This paper from Painted Autumn looks like corn, don't you think, LOL?  So I used it as a background for my card today:

I stamped some pumpkins in Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz and Sahara Sand, then diecut them with the Patterned Pumpkin Framelits, along with some of the curly vines and leaves:

I did not realize the little accents were included in the framelits....cuuuuuute!  I can't wait to play with them some more!  I also stamped a sentiment from Painted Harvest in Old Olive:

There are so many possibilities with this set---hope you liked it!

Wayne took this photo of Cassidy while she watched the fireworks on Saturday night.  She was a little trooper, as we had an almost four-hour wait from when we arrived at the park to when the fireworks started!  It was worth it!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
Stamps Pick a Pumpkin, Painted Harvest
Card stock & Papers     Very Vanilla, Painted Autumn DSP, Old Olive
 Ink Sahara Sand, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz
Tools     Big Shot, Patterned Pumpkins Framelits, Old Olive Marker, Dimensionals