Never have been good at saying goodbye.  So this card is a great way to say it when a good friend is moving, and words aren’t easy!

Inside reads:

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Humor always helps!

Playing in today’s CAS475 Challenge at Splitcoaststamper’s is “April Foolery and Fun.”

Here are some of the other challenges that I’m playing along in:


Simon Says Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes

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Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper Challenge: Anything Goes Using Patterned Paper

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Love to Craft: LTCCB #21 – April Anything Goes

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Just Kidding”

Papers: PTI Select White and Dark Chocolate; Carta Bella “It’s a Girl!” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories:Baker’s Twine

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Kinda thought that once DH retired that we would settle in and there would be all kinds of time to craft away the days.  But instead we have been playing and traveling and generally having a pretty good time.  I’ve missed playing in the many challenges though, so today I decided to join in on a few of them. Smiley.CatAni

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The image/sentiment panel is popped up to the same height as the yellow card “base.”  Love the interest and dimension this creates.

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I do love sequins and rhinestones.  Here they have been layered!  Seriously… why not!?!

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Here are the challenges:

Splitcoaststampers CAS472 Challenge:  “Lion and Lamb”

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge: “Whatever the Weather”

CASology Week 290 Challenge: “Abstract”

AUD Sentiments Challenge #198: “Anything Goes + A Sentiment”

Love To Craft LTCCB#20 Challenge: “March Anything Goes”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Clearsnap “Seattle”; SU “Beautiful You”

Papers: PTI Select White, Lemon Tart and Hawaiian Shores

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Summer Sun

Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Sequin Stickers; Rhinestone; SU Grosgrain Ribbon; Spellbinders Rectangular Die

 

May 162016

Already!?!  I remember when my birthday only came once a year.  Now it seems that time flies by so fast.  I’m sure that I must have at least two if not more birthdays roll around every year.  hehe

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Love this designer paper.  The flowers are raised with clear embossing… great texture and so SO pretty.

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Playing in a few challenges:

CAS-ual Fridays The Challenge: “CFC147 — Birthday Girl”

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog: “#155 Anything Goes + A Sentiment”

Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper May 2016 Challenge: “Use Patterned Paper”

Seize the Birthday: Toppings Option is “Coloring!”

Splitcoaststampers Color Challenge: “CC583: So Saffron, Tempting Turquoise and Melon Mambo”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Clear Art Stamps “Let’s Hang Out”

Papers: PTI Select White and Berry Sorbet; Kaisercraft “XO”

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon

Spring is coming, and the flowers are just starting to bud.  But on my card today they are already in full bloom!

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And when it’s so much fun, why stop stamping on just the front of the card!

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No reason that I could find!Smiley.FlowerPinkAni

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Challenges:

Just Us Girls #333 – Word Week: “Flowers”
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Seize the Birthday “Anything Goes” with no topping!:  Anything goes as long as it is a birthday theme.

Happy Little Stampers March Mixed Media Challenge: “Water”:  For a watercolored look, water was spritzed directly onto the inked stamp before stamping the turquoise flowers.

Inkspirational Challenge #103 – Designers Choice: “Geometric”:  Added a strip of Washi Tape with a geometric pattern.

Splitcoaststampers CAS367:  “Think Outside the Box”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Garden in Bloom”; Verve “Birthday Phrases”

Papers: PTI Select White

Inks: SU Regal Rose, Rose Red, Old Olive and Always Artichoke; Jim Holtz Distress “Spiced Marmalade” and “Tumbled Glass”

Accessories: We R Memory Keepers Washi Tape

Feb 082016

Valentine’s Day is just a week away, so today’s cards are all about love!

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Card 1 is a clean and simple style.

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The sentiment was slightly popped up, and the designer paper was lighted sanded for a distressed feel.

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As might be expected there are a lot of “heart” related challenges in blogland this week.  This card is playing along in the following:

Cards in Envy: “From the Heart Card Challenge”

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Simon Says: Have a Heart”

Joining the “Clean and Simple” style at:
The Card Concept: “#48 {Sweet Hearts}”

Inspiration Photo:
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Just Us Girls: “#329 – WORD Week: ‘Valentine'”

CAS on Sunday: “Challenge #76, Valentine”

Time Out Challenges: “#49 – ‘Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.'”
See what I did there?  Stamped some sweet little branches blooming from the heart.Smiley.GrinHugeAni

This card is also playing along in this week’s Clean and Simple Challenge over at Splitcoaststampers: “CAS363 – Won’t you call me Sweetheart”

Card 2 uses one of my favorite techniques.. sponging.  Always love that sharp line of color that appears as the masking paper is pulled away.

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Silhouetted blooms were stamped, and Stickles was added to the center.  Some of the branches were dotted with a white gel pen.  The sentiment along the side was popped up on foam tape.

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Playing in a couple of challenges, too:

CASology: “Week 183: GLITTER”

Aud Sentiments Challenge Blog:  “#148 Use A Love Sentiment”

I went with a white on white design for Card 3.

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Have always loved this look for a wedding card.

Isn’t this a beautiful die!!  The flowers were also die cut and added to the heart with pearls on top.

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Entered into a challenge with this card at:

Die Cut Diva’s Challenge Blog: “Love, Marriage & Anniversaries”

Thanks for dropping by today.
Wishing you lots of love!
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Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:
Stamps: SU “Bloomin’ Love”
Papers: PTI Select White; SU “Love Blossoms” Designer Series Paper Stack
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Rose Red
Accessories: Sequin; SU “Large Number Framelits Dies”

Card 2:
Stamps: SU “Bloomin Love”; “Forever and Always” sentiment unknown
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Elegant Eggplant; White Gel Pen
Accessories: Stickles “Starry Night”

Card 3:
Stamps: SU “Guy Greetings”
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: Pearls; Lace; Ribbon; SU “Bloomin Heart Thinlits Dies”

Nov 162015

Here are three cards made with a fun new set called “Acorny Thank You.”

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This first card is a clean and simple design.

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The acorn was stamped with a water base ink and then shadowed with a Copic marker.

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This acorn uses a couple of the different patterns available in the set.
Stripes + Polka-dots = Love!

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The little heart buttons in my stash were all yellow, but this orange nut needed green.  It just did.  So I took a Copic marker and colored it.  Problem solved.

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Designer paper was used with the acorn punch for these hanging nuts.

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Magnets were placed on the tops and bottoms of each acorn for some mix and match-ability.

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All 3 Cards are joining the Simon Says Monday Challenge: “Thanks/Thanksgiving”

Card 1 is playing along in the following challenges:
Splitcoaststampers “Fall Foliage” Clean and Simple Challenge CAS351
The Card Concept #43 {Thank-Fall} Challenge.  The style is Clean and Simple.
CAS(E) this Sketch #149
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Card 3 is playing along in three challenges:
Pixie’s Snippets Playground-Week 203.  Lots of snippets of patterned paper on those acorns!
Craftyhazelnut’s Patterned Paper November Challenge
Virginia’s View Challenge #20: Texture!

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1
Stamps: SU “Acorny Thank You”, “Vintage Leaves” and “Gorgeous Grunge”
Papers: PTI Select White
Inks: SU More Mustard, Really Rust, Chocolate Chip and Old Olive; Copic: w0w3
Accessories: SU “Acorn Builder Punch”; Linen Thread

Card 2
Stamps: SU “Acorny Thank You” and “Lighthearted Leaves”
Papers: PTI Select White; Echo Park “The Story of Fall” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa; SU Pumpkin Pie and Really Rust; Copic: yg06
Accessories: Pearls; Heart Button; Gingham Ribbon; SU “Acorn Builder Punch”

Card 3
Stamps: SU “Acorny Thank You” and “Lighthearted Leaves” (Inside Sentiment)
Papers: PTI Select White; Echo Park “The Story of Fall” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Twine; Organdy Ribbon; Magnetic Tape; SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder” and “Acorn Builder Punch”

Aug 212015

Well it took some time to get the craft space back in order after all the fun that was had during the Dare to Get Dirty week of challenges.  But it’s ready for some more action!

Here’s a card that was made using five different images from the same stamp set.

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The candles have been popped up on foam tape to add a touch of dimension.

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Playing along in a few challenges:

Splitcoaststampers Free For All F4A287:  “Odd Time of Year”
Use an odd number of stamps on your card.

Muse #129:
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Seize the Birthday:  “No Toppings Option – Anything Goes”

CAS-ual Fridays CFC142:  “Create a new CAS project that features pretty patterns.”

Pals Paper Arts PPA264:  “A Sketch Challenge”
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Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Build a Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Taken With Teal

Inks: SU Taken With Teal and Creamy Caramel

Accessories: Michaels 1/4″ Grosgrain Ribbon

Today is the final day to upload cards for the Dare To Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers, and I have five cards to share!

This first card fits into four of the challenges: DTGD15DiniA, DTGD15vdutchr, DTGD15UnderstandblueA and DTGD15LMcAree.

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This was the first time I’ve played at making a watercolor wash background and admit to using a big background stamp to help me with it.  Once the stamp was inked, I spritzed on some water and then stamped.

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This card is for the DTGDvasunshine challenge.  It may be my first Christmas card for the year.  Gotta start somewhere!

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The star is popped up on foam tape for some fun dimension.

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This third card is for the DTGD15StampmommaB challenge.  It is what I call a “recycled” card to help my hubby out of an awkward situation!Smiley.TeeHeeAni  (See below.)*

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Lots of foam tape on this image panel and the sentiment.

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*Over the years with birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Father’s Day and other miscellaneous occasions my DH has accumulated quite a large number of handmade cards from me.  And he doesn’t know what to do with them afterwards.  He doesn’t want to toss them.  He thinks this would hurt my feelings.  But he really doesn’t have any place to put them either.  So I decided to rescue him from his dilemma.  After he has had them out for a week or two, I take them back and recycle them.  He is TOTALLY okay with this.  In fact, I think he is relieved!  lol  It is especially fun to dress up the earlier cards.  Below is the original of the card above.  The new version is already off to my DBIL.  And he can do whatever he wants with it afterwards with no worries.  Smiley.GrinHugeAni

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Original card on Splitcoastampers..

Card four is for the DTGD15JeanneS challenge.

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This gears die seemed like the perfect companion for this Graphic 45 patterned paper.  The large butterfly is popped up on foam tape for some depth and dimension.

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Made a trip to my local craft store over the weekend and found lots of NFL goodies.  Had to have some!  Will be sending these fun stamps off to my Tucson Seahawk loving son and family.  Kinda hard for them to find much of this sort of thing there.  lol

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Made a card for fun with some of the designer Seahawk paper to go along with it all.  Added a little football brad to finish off the fun.

This card will be playing along in the DTGD15StampmommaA and DTGD15fattire7 challenges.

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Hand drew a frame around the image of Seattle and added a “12” flag at the top of the Space Needle.

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Hope that you had a chance to play in the fun DTGD challenges over at Splitcoaststampers, too!
Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Market Fresh”, “Watercolor Wash” and “Sprinkles of Life”

Papers: PTI Select White and Spring Rain; Watercolor Paper

Inks: Ranger Distress Worn Lipstick and Fired Brick; SU Basic Black; Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:
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Accessories: Striped Grosgrain Ribbon; Linen Thread; Prima; Self-Adhesive Pearls

Card 2:

Stamps: PTI “Merry Little Christmas”

Papers: SU Kraft; Doodlebug Design “Home for the Holidays” Designer Paper

Inks: Tim Holtz “Old Paper”; Memento Tuxedo Blac

Accessories: Star Button; Rhinestones; Twine; Spellbinders “Stars Five” Dies

Card 3:

Stamps: SU Ancient Art, Canvas, Antique Cracking and Itty Bitty Backgrounds; PTI Birthday Basics

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Taken With Teal and Basic Black

Inks: SU Basic Black; VersaMark; White Gel Pen; Copic100

Accessories: Grosgrain Ribbon; Clip; Brads

Card 4:

Stamps: SU “Floral Wings” and “Teeny Tiny Wishes”

Papers: PTI Select White; Graphic 45 “Steampunk Spells Collection”

Inks: SU Tempting Turquoise, Ruby Red, Pumpkin Pie, Summer Sun, Old Olive, Always Artichoke and Basic Black

Accessories: Self-Adhesive Glitter Ribbon; Organdy Ribbon; Rhinestones; Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch; Memory Box “Steampunk Corner” Die

Card 5:

Stamps: Rubber Soul “Seattle”

Papers: PTI Select White; Scrapbook Customs Designer Paper

Inks: SU Night of Navy; Copic Black 0.1 Multiliner: Copics:
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Accessories: Football Brad; Self-Adhesive Glitter Ribbon

The two cards today are playing along in seven challenges!  Seriously!  It’s the Dare to Get Dirty Challenges over at Splitcoaststampers (SCS).

Recently my cards have been leaning more to the clean and simple designs.  But with this card I feel like I’ve gone back to my roots.  I used to doll up a card with distressing and lots of ink and textures and different elements to add dimension.  Yay… this was a lot of fun!

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I got my hands a little inky with the repeat stamping of the doily image and the sponging and distressing on this card.  The cute little floral center was die cut and rolled.  An adhesive flat back pearl was added to complete the bloom.

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This card is also entering a few blogland challenges:

Papertake Weekly: “Anything Goes – Optional Extra: Torn Edges”

Addicted to Stamps Challenge #156:  “Anything Goes”

Seize the Birthday:  “Anything Goes”

Crazy 4 Challenges C4C297:  “Use the Word ‘HAPPY'”

The second card is a clean and simple style.

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A die cut was used to dry emboss (rather than cut out) the gears on the card base.

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There is still time to join in the fun over on SCS.  Hope to see you there!

Happy Crafting!
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Card 1:

Stamps: SU “Flower Patch” and “Petal Potpourri”; Amy R Stamps “Birthday Sentiments”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream, Harvest Gold and True Black; SU Summer Sun

Inks: SU Basic Black and Summer Sun

Accessories: Organdy Ribbon; Pearl; Jeweled Pin; Spellbinders “Fleur De Lis Rectangle Die”; Impression Obsession Small Rolled Flower Die; SU “Flower Fair” Framelits Dies

Card 2:

Stamps: Inkadinkado “Neo Victorian Inchie Bundle”; SU “Wood You Be Mine?”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Going Gray

Accessories: Memory Box “Steampunk Corner” Die; Denim Jean Ribbon; Tim Holtz Idea-ology Sprocket Gears

The Dare to Get Dirty Challenges are continuing over at Splitcoaststampers, and today’s card is playing along in three of them.

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The “sand” in this beach scene was made by tearing four strips of cardstock, distressing it with ink, and layering.

There is a row of embossing across the top of the card.  I love this cute little folder.

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The card is also entered into a couple of challenges out there in blogland:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: “Anything Goes”

Seize the Birthday Challenge: “Anything Goes – Toppings Option: Embossing”

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Tropical Party”; Hero Arts “Many Birthday Messages”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream, Fine Linen and Tropical Teal; Pebbles “Fun in the Sun” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; SU Creamy Caramel

Accessories: Sequin; Ribbon; SU “Needlepoint Border” Embossing Folder; Fiscar’s Wave Punch

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