Friday, January 27, 2023

TGIF #405 - What Would You Do Without Stamps?

Snow, cold, rain, snow, cold ... this seems to be where we are going to be for a while! We have really been enjoying the gas log inserts we had put in our two fireplaces the first week of December ... I'm cold from about September to May, so they are my FAVE things!  This week's TGIF Challenge is one of my favorites - making a card withOUT stamps! Let's get star

I love being able to get two cards for the price of one, don't you??? By using the Alphabet A La Modes Dies to make a card, I had the letters leftover from cutting them for the card on the left, so I just glued them to the card on the right! I did the run little Stampin' Blends "tip flick" lid trick to add some speckle to the front of the white card so that it would match more the DSP on the Old Olive card! I also used my Stampin' Blends to color the ribbons on both cards ... the White Ribbon was dyed Old Olive (using a Stampin' Blend), and the White Baker's Twine was dyed Rich Razzleberry by dragging it across the RR ink pads LOVE how they both turned out! I trimmed the Old Olive dyed ribbon prior to tying it and adding it to the card front; and frayed the White Ribbon once I had tied the dyed Rich Razzleeberry Baker's Twine 

Aren't these looooooveely??? They were quick and easy to pull together ,,,, and they both turned out really fun!

Stamps: NONE
Paper: Whisper White, Dandy Flowers DSP
Ink: Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry
Accessories:  Alphabet A La Mode Dies, White 3/4" Frayed Ribbon, Solid Faceted Gems, 2021-2023 In Color Gems (retired), Pastel Pearls
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Sunday, January 22, 2023

Monday Montage #229


Aaaaaand the temps are coming WAAAYYY down! We aren't supposed to get above 30 degrees until next weekend ... Brrrr! Monday Montage is marching on (some of us through more snow than others!)! I'm starting to try to "will" Spring to come by making flower-y cards (even though I know we are at LEAST 8 weeks off!)!

I am really enjoying using my Stampin' Blends! Coloring has always been very relaxing for me ... seems some habits stick with us from childhood, don't they??

I felt the need to add a BUNCH of baker's twine on this one ... couldn't help myself! 

Stamps: Full of Love
Paper: Whisper White, Gorgeous Grape, Hues of Happiness DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Versamark; Stampin' Blends - Highland Heather, Pool Party, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories:  Deckled Rectangles Dies, Tailored Tags Dies, Glossy Dots Assortment, White Embossing Powder, White Baker's Twine

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

We played some online Nintendo Switch games with our kids over the weekend (we got a Switch for Christmas). It was soooo much fun! The kids killed us in some of the games, but I was able to redeem myself with bowling (which I can't do in person!)! I may have found a new favorite game!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - very nice!!

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Friday, January 20, 2023

TGIF #404 - Birthday Cards Theme Challenge

Sooooo ... most of the cards I create end up with a birthday sentiment or a generic sentiment that can be used as a birthday sentiment. I do this on purpose since I send birthday cards throughout the year to more than 100 family members (I have a BIG extended family!)!  This week's TGIF Challenge is perfect for me since it's all about birthday cards!! 

I set out to make some cards that could be used for ANYone ... and I ended up struggling with color combos ... so I just used a bunch!! There's also a LOT of layering going on with these ... if less is more, then MORE is MORE, right??!??

MANY dies were employed to get to the final product on these ... that's not a BAD thing, is it??

Stamps: Celebrate with Tags, Hand Drawn Dots
Paper: Whisper White, Fresh Freesia, Balmy Blue, Mango Melody, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green, Dandy Designs DSP
Ink: Versamark, Fresh Freesia, Balmy Blue, Calypso Coral, Granny Apple Green 
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Beautiful Shapes Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Alphabet A La Mode Dies, 2022-24 In Color Bakers Twine Pack, Whisper White Satin Edged Ribbon (retired), Pastel Adhesive-Backed Sequins, Pastel Pearls

I've made more cards in the last two weeks than I have in the past SEVERAL months (other than my Christmas cards ... which I STILL need to share here!)! Cleaning one's craft space does WONDERS for one's creativity!
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Thursday, January 19, 2023

Freaky Fun and Fancy Folds

We are Freakin' Foldin', my friends! Digging into our years of stamping knowledge, the Freaks are sharing their "Fun & Fancy Folds" this month! Bree Renwick's bright and cheerful card is not only beautiful, but "funly-folded"! I used to make unique folded cards all the time ... it has been FOREVER since I have made one, so this was a terrific challenge for me!

I am very super happy about the release of these super darling Conversation Bubbles!! It seems like they have so many possibilities ... MUCH potential going on here!

The base is made from a piece of cardstock cut to 5.5" by 10". You will then need to make score lines at 3.75" and 8".

I created the curved edge on the front flap by using one of the Basic Borders Dies, and then made an additional layer on top of the base layer of Pacific point by cutting a piece of cardstock from Balmy Blue and making it about 1/2" narrower than the front flap.

The little red "tab" was made by cutting a piece of Real Red cardstock to 6" x 1" and securing it across the base piece from the first score mark around to the front of the card, scoring the flap as you bring it to the front.

I placed the Whisper White circle on the Real Red tab using a Dimensional. I then securing a piece of Baker's Twine between the white circle and the Dimensional.  To close the card, wrap the Baker's Twine from left to right around the back of the card and then wrap the twine once more. Upon coming to the little circle the second time, wrap the remaining twine around the Dimensional to secure the card closed.


Here is what it looks like with the Twine attached but unwrapped ...

And here is the card all opened up! Pretty Fun and Fancy, right???

Stamps: Conversation Bubbles
Paper: Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Pacific Point, Versamark
Accessories: Conversation Bubbles Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Stripes & Splatters 3D Embossing Folders, 2022-24 In Colors Baker's Twine Pack, Glossy Dots Assortment, White Embossing Powder

I'm back to half marathon training. Had an AWESOME 3-mile run outside today!! It was 31 degrees F ... my fave temp to run in ... once you get going it really is great not to get too hot!

Next up? Deb Henderson! Her "Adorable Owls" are so much fun!

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Thursday, January 12, 2023

TGIF #403 - Sketch Challenge

What a WHIRLWIND of a week! We left eaaaarly Tuesday morning for a super fun family trip to Disneyland (something we haven't done all together since 2007!)! Sooooo much fun!!! We didn't get home until just before 11:00pm tonight and I am TIRED! I am happy to report that I completed a card and had this post started with the photos place before leaving for California!  This week's TGIF Challenge is a Sketch Challenge... and it's a good one because there are sooo many ways to dress it up or down! 

The oh-so-fun images from Thanks a Bunch are a new personal fave for me... and will be used on many a creation!

Bermuda Bay is sooooo yummy with Mango Melody and Basic Black (not to mention the vellum cardstock!) Love the sharp and classy way they pop when put together, don't you!!???!

I love using my Stampin' Blends tips to create splatter ... carefully flick the brush tip against the inside of the pen cap and aim it at the paper ... so very fun!

Stamps: Thanks a Bunch 
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Mango Melody, Basic Black, Vellum Cardstock
Ink: Versamark, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Garden Green
Accessories:  White Embossing Powder, Raindrop Embossing Folder, Rustic Dots, 1/4" Black & White Gingham Ribbon, Deckled Rectangle Dies

Three non-stop days in Disneyland with those I love the most were PRICELESS and we made some new fun memories together! But I am sooooo tired and could sleep for 4-5 days! Until next tine ...
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Sunday, January 8, 2023

Monday Montage #228


 Happy New Year!!! It's amazing how much crafting one can accomplish when one actually has time to clean their craft space!! Now that we are through the holidays I am excited to get stamping (I actually have made three cards since yesterday, so the year is off to a good start!)! Welcome to this year's first Monday Montage Blog Hop!

Eeeeep!!! I have been soooooo looking forward to play with this stamp set! I mean ... who DOESN'T love a taco??? (or guacamole???) To be fair, I know they probably don't float EVERYONE'S boat, but you can't help but smile at a taco, avocados and chili pepper that smiles back at you, right???  I pulled out my Stampin' Blends to color up this darling little images ... Ole'!

Here's a little closer view of these cute images ... I added a few Champagne Rhinestones to give off a little sparkle! I see myself using this stamp set a LOT!!
Stamps: Taco Fiesta
Paper: Granny Apple Green, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White,  Dandy Designs DSP
Ink: Memento Black, Versamark; Stampin' Blends - Mango Melody (retired), Poppy Parade, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake
Accessories:  Basic Borders Dies, Deckled Rectangles Dies, Tailored Tags Dies, Black & White 1/4" Gingham Ribbon, Champagne Rhinestones, White Embossing Powder

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Now ... can someone please come over and clean out/organize my storage room so that I can put my Christmas decorations away??? They are all taken down and boxed up ... I just need to figure out how I am going to fit the boxes back onto the shelves where I store them!!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - their cards make me smile!!

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