Saturday, July 14, 2018

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

CAS Christmas Card Challenge: Poinsettia

I'm playing along with the CAS Christmas Card Challenge today.  The theme is "Poinsettia", which made me happy because I'd not yet used this Power Poppy Winter Wonderland stamp set.  It would have been nice to do more than one card, but summer has me firmly in its grip...

I'm not sure if my card is CAS enough for the challenge, but, hey, at least I got another Christmas card done.  Watercolored with Gansai Tambi paints on Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper.  No embellishments and nothing popped up.  Just an easy card to mail.

Things have been a little busy around here since we returned from vacation.  I'm ready to go again!  Hopefully, I'll have more stamping soon.  Take care!

Monday, July 9, 2018


Honestly, stamping has been happening, and I'll have something to share on Wednesday, but today I'm over on Goldens and Garden with this photo and more.  I hope you'll come visit.  Thanks!

Saturday, July 7, 2018


Hello!  I'm finally getting around to sharing a few vacation photos.  I've put them on Goldens and Garden (remember that poor, neglected blog?).  If you enjoy a peek into the comings and goings of life outside stamping, would like to see some awe-inspiring scenery, and it makes you feel good to see Wally and LuLu all happy and loving life, please click here.


Friday, July 6, 2018

Precious Baby

Flowerful Friday greetings, friends!  More stamping from before vacation... I don't even need a baby card at the moment, but this little buggy full of flowers is too pretty to be denied.  It's one of my new Power Poppy sets -- Precious Baby.  Adorable, and I do love baby cards!

Here's the particulars:  Stamped the buggy in Ranger Distress Tea Dye ink on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.  The lattice oval was cut in white and then colored with an R30 Copic, brushing over it with the side of the marker to hit mostly the high spots so it has a somewhat shaded look.  Layered a Spellbinders Elegant Ovals die over that, and a La-La Land Random Flags Banner cut from lightly patterned designer paper.  I'll sum up all the ingredients in the recipe at the end.

Inside is simple, decorated only with some of the hearts that popped out of the banner.

I should be tending to more immediate card needs, but sometimes it's fun to make a card "just because", isn't it?  Let's do this again soon.  Take care!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Precious Baby clear set  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, other white, wood grain white, Prima Sweet Fairy designer paper  Ink:  Ranger Distress Tea Dye, SU Close to Cocoa, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Marianne Designs Anja's Oval, Spellbinders Elegant Ovals, La-La Land Random Flags Banner

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Double D Challenge: Nautical

Hi there!  This fine 4th of July Wednesday brings us around to another Double D challenge.  I'm joining in with Team Diane's Nautical theme today.  It's plain to see my nautical-themed card is for the younger crowd, specifically for a little boy on his birthday.  Ducky is out for a sail and he took his fleet of toy boats along with him.

Pictured below is our mood board.  It's the sailboat that got me started.

Check out this cool die that's up for a random winner:

Now, why did I make this funny little card when there's all kinds of grown up inspiration on the board?  Well, I'm trying to do the smart thing and think ahead to the cards I'll need to get in the mail soon.  You never know when you're not going to have time to stamp.

Ducky is an older Bugaboo digi which I don't see in the shop currently.  I used him once for a baby card, but printed him twice.  When the time came to use him again I was glad he was printed up and ready in the digi box.  I colored with Copics, then traced around the image with a blue Copic and cut him out.  Assembled on a white card base, keeping it simple.  Added a sentiment from a Power Poppy set.

First time use of the sailboat dies -- yay!   Old Fiskars edger scissors for the water.  Cut the layered water line with a stitched die.  White gel pen for accents.  The red Copic bled through on the ducky's boat and no matter how many times I let dry then traced over it I could not get rid of the red, sigh.

Simple inside with a water line border and another Power Poppy sentiment.  All supplies are listed below my signature.

There's lots of nautical-themed inspiration in the team samples on the Double D blog.  Take a look and then I hope to see you in the link up.   Have a happy Independence Day!

Stamps:  Bugaboo ducky digi (name forgotten), Power Poppy sentiments -- Vibrant Thanks front and Party Time inside  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white for card base and sailboats, Cougar white for image, SU Brilliant Blue and Bashful Blue  Ink:  Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Signo Uniball white gel pen, Fiskars Majestic deco edge scissors, Impression Obsession Sailboats, Lil' Inker Silly Stitched Die Set

Monday, July 2, 2018

Long Time No See

Hello!  It's been a while.  We were away on vacation and getting back in the stamping groove has been difficult.  I've started sorting through the 200+ pictures I took and now I'm finally coloring again, but today I have a card I made before vacation.  I wanted it to be received before I posted it.  My friend was having cataract surgery and I felt this Whipper Snapper Get Well Dog with his bandaged eye would be fun to send.

Isn't that eye chart paper the most perfect thing?  It's actually a reminder postcard sent by our ophthalmologist.  I saved it a while back just in case I could upcycle it for a card, and then the ideal occasion came along.  I didn't want to cover up too much and lose the effect, but it needed something so I made the skinny oval frame to define the dog's space.

Coloring is Copics on X-Press It Blending Card.  A minimal color palette and the frame popped up helps set it apart from the busy background.  It was a happy time creating this card!

I'll be back again on Wednesday.  Take care till we meet again!

Stamps:  Whipper Snapper Get Well Dog  Paper:  X-Press It Blending card for dog, Neenah 110 lb white (colored with Copics) for hearts, SU Cool Caribbean for frame and card base, postcard from ophthalmologist for eye chart background  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Cameo Coral for sentiment, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Spellbinders Grand Ovals, Paper Smooches Hearts, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Double D Challenge: Butterflies

Hello friends!  It's Double D Wednesday and a new challenge is up.  Who doesn't like butterflies?  That's our challenge this time.  We'd like to see lots of pretty Butterflies!

I had a completely different card made for this challenge, but changed my mind and started over.  That's what happens when I work ahead -- my stamping mood changes before the go-live date and then I'm scrambling last minute.  So, this is what I ended up with -- Gerberas and butterflies in a garden-like setting.

Our mood board is very inspiring.  Ohhhh, the colors!  I was immediately attracted to the teal Swallowtail on yellow daisies, but the pink!  The purple!  The amber Monarchs on green!  Sigh...  All of these colors are represented by the DD team's beautiful samples.

We have butterfly dies for a random winner:

The team votes on favorites, too.  All details are on the Double D blog.

I stamped the daisies in SU So Saffron ink on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.  The Butterflies were stamped in Memento London Fog.  Since my flowers and the whole card are so soft, I toned down the color on the butterflies.  The black and vibrant teal just didn't look right.

Power Poppy Dynamic Duos: Glads and Gerberas.  Butterflies borrowed from Soothing Sympathy and Pure Prairie Spirit.  Spellbinders Decorative Curved Square and Standard Circles Large and Small.  Prima Annalee designer paper (retired, probably).

I hope you can play along!  I'll be back to visit again soon.  Till then, have a happy day!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Twofer Trees

Hooray, I got some cards done in time for the Twofer Challenge!  I missed it last month.  I have lots of card needs currently and have been very busy with stamping and other things, so I put this challenge to work for me.  Thanks Twofer!

The theme this month is "Trees", so I pulled out a very pretty tree from my Power Poppy stash -- Tree of Life.  The whimsical look of this stamp set makes for no-rules coloring, so I didn't worry about getting everything just right.  Minimal colors, quick designs.  Here's my Twofer together:

The idea of this challenge is to use the same stamp on two distinctly different cards for different purposes or occasions.  You can be clever and creative, or simply make regular old cards.  I colored each the same, but you can see the differences in the designs.

These cards are going in the mail toot sweet, so no fooling around with chunky embellishments.  The first is for someone experiencing tough times.

Pictured below is the inside of the first card with a sentiment from Power Poppy's Lavender set.  I lined both sides of the card because there will be a lot of writing in this one.

Next is a get well card with a Big Scripts "hello".  I was thinking if I used just the top of the tree it would look more like a bush.  That's about as creative as I got today.

Inside is another mix of Power Poppy sentiments using Good Thinking: Renewal, and Nice Things to Say.

The Twofer Trees Challenge is open till the 24th.  It really helped me focus when my brain is going in a dozen different directions.

I'm off and running again!  Have a good day!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Big Sexy Leaves

Hi there!  This is not the card I'd planned on sharing today, but I got a little mixed up on my posts.  I'm all discombobulated with too many cards that need making all of a sudden.  So... today I have a card that was made for a guy friend's birthday.  He's a good friend and appreciates my cards, so I don't mind taking a little extra time.  I watercolored Power Poppy's Big Sexy Leaves.

I have three things to say about these leaves:

1)  They're spectacular.
2)  The best way to color them is any way you want to.
3)  You'd best trim your image panel before you start to color because you won't want to cut off or cover up an inch of it when you're done.

Refer back to #1 -- they're spectacular!

This is a 6x6 background stamp and I watercolored the whole thing with Gansai Tambi paints on Arches 140 hot pressed watercolor paper.  It was stamped in Palette Landscape, a medium olive green.  Loose and messy, splattered with white.  I covered the card front and added a strip of rattan specialty paper which I've had forever.  A very skinny strip and a die cut sentiment.  It was painful to cover up even that much of it.  Did I mention these leaves are spectacular?

I have a 1 1/2" colored strip left over and it will be a border for another card.  I have a plan for it and I hope it turns out.  Later.  These things shouldn't be rushed and I have other new and old Power Poppy to color.  The latest release was... yes... spectacular!

Have a happy day!

Monday, June 11, 2018

That Darn Cat

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and I'm making Christmas cards.  Just what you wanted to see, right?  If I keep this up I'll be making flower cards at Christmastime.  I won't complain about that.  We're already at the halfway mark.

With Monday being my fun day, I colored some crazy Christmas cats which were stamped out and sent by a good friend who was certain I'd enjoy coloring them.  She knows me so well.  From giggles to "awwws" and "ahhhs", I love coloring it all, but these darn cats in their, pardon me, ugly sweaters are a real hoot.

My friend also knows how fond I am of Stamps Happen images, another out of business company, tsk.  Are you familiar with them?  I did a search and find very few stamps available anywhere, and those that are available are not my favorites.  Not that I need more stamps, but it's fun to look.

In the first card I framed the large cat with the negative piece that was left after cutting an oval mat.  Stamped the frame with SU's Distressed Dots background.  All this old stuff... if I'm going to keep it I might as well use it.

My glitter fest includes Stickles on the sweater, glitter paper for the die cut stars, and SU's Dazzling Diamonds on the Merry Christmas banner.  First time use of the banner.

I put the whole cat on the second card.  Cut out and popped up on a snowflake-embossed card base which was laying around all embossed and waiting to be used.  Whenever possible I reach for the spare parts so they don't add up to mountainous proportions.  Cut the "merry" die from purple glitter paper and added sparkle to the sweater, but not as much on this one.

Wink of Stella on the stars.

I'll be back with something pretty and a bit more summery on Wednesday.  However, the CAS Christmas Card Challenge is up -- Masculine is the theme -- and I'll play along with that later, too.  But for now... back to the current season.  Take care!

Friday, June 8, 2018

Flowerful Friday: Just the Garden Today

Happy Friday, friends!  Sharing a bit of life outside the stamp room today.  We rarely get the hot temps that drive a person inside to the air conditioning so it can be difficult to choose where I spend my time.

Mornings in the garden are very calm, quiet, and beautiful.  In the first photo you can see the distinctly cast shadows on the path as the early sun finds its way through the forest.

Orange -- wow!

Later in the day along the path heading to the front -- the pink azalea in the foreground is just now in full bloom while the azalea in the middle ground is finishing up.  In the background is a light pink just starting, and a yellow deciduous beyond that.

By the time I posted this the pretty pink was a lot further along.

Rich calls this our stump garden.  Pretty in its own way with all the ferns.

Then I turned around and took this picture.  Not a lot blooming yet in the lower area, but it's coming -- daylilies, Lady's Mantle, and more.  You can see my stamp room window overlooking the garden.

Oxalis are blooming at the foot of the garden stairs, not visible in the photo above, but they're always prettiest when seen up close, anyway.

I wish the pictures did better justice.  You'd just have to be there on a pretty morning to appreciate it.  I have a lot of pots I haven't planted yet.  When they're full of annuals the garden fairly explodes with color.  It requires lots of deer repellent and even then there are heartbreaking casualties, tsk tsk.  I'm still trying to decide if I want to fill all the pots this year.

I'm looking forward to a trip with our camp trailer later this month.  We'll go across the mountains to eastern Oregon, stopping overnight there and back.  Just take our time and enjoy ourselves.  Life is full!  Have a happy day!

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Fish Wishes and Birthday Corners

Hi there!  First of all, I want to say how I've enjoyed your comments and stories on my previous post.  We can all relate in some way or another!

Okay, time to share some cards.  What's a stamping blog without stamping, right?

I've been at my Stampendous Laurel Burch stamps again.  Oh, my gosh, I have the most fun coloring these stamps!  Throw the rules out the window and check your color inhibitions at the door.  The first card was made for a guy friend's birthday.  He's cheerful and fun, loves color, art, and the beach.  Does that sound like one of those matchmaker profiles?

  • I used the Fish Wishes set, stamped on X-Press It Blending Card and colored with Copics.
  • Die cut with Memory Box Big Splash Border.
  • Yellow, orange, and Pool Party Stampin' Up inks smooshed on the background then splattered with water and blotted with a wet paper towel.

As I was working along I thought of this older Hero Arts "Life is Not Perfect" sentiment set which has always been a favorite.  It seemed appropriate and fun with the image.  Mix and match.  It's on the front and inside, along with some swirls from the Fish Wishes set.

The fish I used on the inside is an ancient wood block stamp, unmarked, and I can't begin to remember who made it.  It has survived several stamp purges because I love it so much.

I stamped the second card with the Birthday Corners set.  I'd intended to save it for coloring later but I was enjoying myself so much I couldn't stop.  I must have had a good night's sleep or something.  These stamps can be put together a number of different ways, but I stamped it very similar to the way it's displayed on the packaging and used darned near every stamp in the set.

The colors are similar to those shown on the packaging, too.  Makes it quick and easy.  Inside below:

Well, that was fun!  Moving along to the next project soon.  Have a good day!

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