Monday, July 30, 2018

Cars: Henry Becomes Henrietta

Well, friends, my desktop computer died and I'm not feeling too happy about that.  We went away for a week and I guess it thought it was still on vacation.  All my photos and photo editing programs are on the desktop so my hands are tied for a while.  Believe it or not, I use three different programs for photo editing.  I know, but there's something I prefer in each program.

Anyway... this card was already photographed and on the blog as a draft post, so I can share it today via my bare bones laptop.  It looks like I could have made it for my computer, but, in fact, I sent it to a girlfriend who had foot surgery.  My hubby, Rich, astutely pointed out that the flat tires made it a perfect choice for my foot surgery friend.  Ha!  I didn't even think about that.  I was just looking for a chance to use this cute stamp set again, and along came the opportunity.

The stamp set is called "Cars - Henry".  I turned Henry into Henrietta by using lots of pink and drawing long lashes on the "eyes".  Fun!  It sure makes for a happy card.  Added a flag banner and used a gear die set for the first time.  Naturally, I thought of the gears for guy cards, but with pink polka dots they're much prettier.

I hope I'll be reunited with my big, fancy computer soon.  The folks at the shop felt it was fixable.  As always, a week away means I've got a million things to do, but perhaps I'll fit in some stamping time, too.  Take care, and have a happy day!

ps:  Hope these photos look better on your screen than on mine.  There's a big difference from one computer to the next.  This laptop leaves a lot to be desired.  Hugs!

Stamps:  Cars - Henry  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, SU Pixie Pink, other white for card base, Simple Stories Snap Color Vibe designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, black SU marker, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Spellbinders Scored and Pierced Rectangles, Memory Box Banner Parade and Deluxe Gear Set

Saturday, July 21, 2018


I'm planning on spending Saturdays on Goldens and Garden, so that's where I am today.  Stamping will resume shortly.  Thank you!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Double D Challenge: Tea and Coffee

Hello friends!  We're at Double D Challenge time again and Darlene has chosen Tea and Coffee for our theme.  What fun!  It made me look at lots of favorite old stamps and some favorite not so old stamps.  Decisions, decisions...  Ultimately I settled on a summery card using a Power Poppy set called "Tea in the Garden".  I hope you can tell this is supposed to be iced tea.

When you look at the mood board you can see how I was inspired by the pretty tea tins.

The team votes on favorites and I know there are going to be lots of favorites for this challenge.  Additionally, there's a prize for a random winner.  We have a cute stamp set this time:

Coloring is Copic markers on X-Press It Blending Card.  The square lattice die cut was layered white-onto-black, slightly offset so the black barely shows, but it made all the difference in how distinctly it contrasted with the flowery designer paper.

I added a flower embellishment with a Doodle Bug Matte Sprinkle in its center and my card is good to go for a summer birthday.  I sent out quite a few July birthday cards, so my stash needs replenishing.  All supplies are listed below my signature.

The team rose to the challenge with all kinds of fun and pretty cards.  Check them out at Double D, and then come play along.  See you soon!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Tea in the Garden  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card for image panel and flower embellishment, other white for lattice die and card base, black, Prima Annalee designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Doodle Bug Matte Sprinkles (Spring collection), Joy Crafts Square Frame die, Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Sue Wilson String Flowers, Sue Wilson Small Pair of Leaves

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