Jan 122014


Even if you want to?!?   The first time I read this sentiment I thought that maybe, in someone’s past, there might be a year or two they wouldn’t mind forgetting (losing)! But, really, I do love the sentiment.

The card plays in four challenges this week:

Simon Says Monday: Blues

Color Throwdown #274

Addicted to Stamps and More #77: Markers

Crazy for CAS #35: Chevrons

This card is for my brother-in-law whose birthday is coming up next week.  His favorite color is red.  So even though the color challenges didn’t call for it, a little touch of red just had to be included!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: Crafty Secrets Clear Art Stamps “Favorite Fellas”; PTI “Inside & Out Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White and Blueberry Sky

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black; Copics:


Accessories: Memory Keepers Washi Tape (Navy); Provo Craft Cuttlebug “Pinking Stitch” Embossing Folder; Button

Today’s card is for the Color Throwdown Challenge #273.  I’m determined to work on Christmas cards all year this time around.  It makes such a difference come November!  And, these colors were perfect to show off some new metal snowflake stickers.

The turquoise rhinestone matches the background designer paper better in real life.  Sometimes the lighting plays with us!  lol

I don’t have anything that is officially “smoky slate.”  However, the ribbon shows several shades of gray.  Hopefully one of them is close to it.

There’s still a little time left to play along in this wintery color schemed challenge.  Speaking of winter… hope all those who are in the brutal cold regions this weekend can curl up and craft away the day!

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Stay warm.

Stamps: Rubbernecker Stamp Oasis Vertical Seasons Greetings

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Basic Grey; BoBunny “Powder Mountain” Designer Paper

Inks: Memento “Tuxedo Black”

Accessories: Simon Says Stamp! “Tri Square” Die; Momenta Metal Snowflake Sticker; Rhinestone; Ribbon

Yup it’s my last post as the September Guestie with the Color Throwdown Challenges.  I’ve had a ton of fun.  Thank you Joan for asking me to play along with all the talented ladies on the CTD design team.  Here is my card for this week’s challenge.

Here are the fabulous colors!!

It was great fun combining several stamp sets to create not only the flowers but the background, too.

And a little embossing added some texture across the top.

Hope that you can find some time to play along.  And remember you don’t have to use the exact colors.  Just use what you have that are close to the challenge colors.  For some awesome inspiration, you’ll want to see what all of the Throwdown Designers have created:

Barbara Anders – Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen – Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin – Stamping With a Passion
Tammy Hershberger –
Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe – Splashes of Watercolor
Melody Rupple – A Paper Melody
Lori Tecler Inking a Loud
Vickie Zimmer –  Smitten With All Things Stamping
Susan Roberts – September GuestRainy Day Creations (me!)

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Field Flowers”, “Summer Silhouettes”, “Gorgeous Grunge”, “Off the Grid” and “Blooming with Kindness”

Papers: PTI Vintage Cream; SU Not Quite Navy and So Saffron

Inks: SU Not Quite Navy, Bashful Blue, Certainly Celery and So Saffron

Accessories: Cuttlebug “Frills” Embossing Folder; SU Not Quite Navy Brad and Filigree Brad

I so love the inspiration picture for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge #260.  Fall is here!

Here is my card for the challenge.

Orchid Opulence was the only exact color that I had, so a little mixing and matching came in handy.  Copics made a pretty good “Baked Brown Sugar” as seen on the wheelbarrow.  (Well, at least it matched the color sample in the SU Catty.  lol)

So remember you don’t have to use the exact colors.  Just use what you have that are close to the challenge colors.  For some wonderful inspiration, you’ll want to see what all of the Throwdown Designers have created:

Barbara Anders – Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen – Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin – Stamping With a Passion
Tammy Hershberger –
Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe – Splashes of Watercolor
Lynn Put
The Queens Scene

Melody Rupple – A Paper Melody
Lori Tecler Inking a Loud
Vickie Zimmer –  Smitten With All Things Stamping
Susan Roberts – September GuestRainy Day Creations (me!)

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU “Summer Afternoon” and “Remembering Your Birthday”

Papers: PTI Select White; SU Orchid Opulence, Pumpkin Pie and Mellow Moss

Inks: SU Orchid Opulence; Pale Plum; Pumpkin Pie, Mellow Moss and Really Rust; Copics:

Accessories: SU “Square Lattice” Embossing Folder and Pumpkin Pie Corduroy Buttons; Paper Piercer; Ric-Rac; Raffia


It’s my second week to guest design with the Color Throwdown Team.  This is so much fun!!  Here is my card for the Color Throwdown Challenge #259.

The leaves have been stamped and cut out with a coordinating die.  A chipboard leaf was also cut to adhere to the paper leaf; so the leaves are super sturdy.  And again this week a Copic marker was used to color the cream colored pearl to a yummy chocolate.

Loved these colors so much that I just had to stamp some autumn flowers, too!

Hope that you can find some time to play along.  And remember you don’t have to use the exact colors.  Just use what you have that are close to the challenge colors.  For some fabulous inspiration, you’ll want to see what all of the Throwdown Designers have created:

Barbara Anders – Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen – Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin – Stamping With a Passion
Tammy Hershberger –
Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe – Splashes of Watercolor
Lynn Put
The Queens Scene

Melody Rupple – A Paper Melody
Lori Tecler Inking a Loud
Vickie Zimmer –  Smitten With All Things Stamping
Susan Roberts – September GuestRainy Day Creations (me!)

Thanks for dropping by today!
Happy Crafting!
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Oak Leaves Card

Stamps: SU “Wonderfall”; CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Truth Is”
Papers: SU Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Mellow Moss; Kaiser Craft “Marigold” Designer Paper
Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Really Rust and Creamy Caramel; White Gel Pen; Copic
Accessories: Kaiser Pearl (colored dark brown with Copic); SU “Autumn Accents” Die and “Needlepoint Border” Embossing Folder; Raffia; Gingham Ribbon; Lace Ribbon; Hero Arts Art Flower; Corner Rounder Punch

Trio of Cards
Stamps: SU “Bring On the Cake”, “Too Kind”, “Gorgeous Grunge”, “Bright Blossoms” and “Express Yourself”; PTI “Watercolor Wonder”
Papers: SU Very Vanilla, Chocolate Chip and Mellow Moss
Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Mellow Moss, Really Rust and Creamy Caramel; White Gel Pen
Accessories: SU Scallop, Large and Small (retired) Oval Punches, Paper-Piercing Pack “Essentials” and Very Vanilla Taffeta Ribbon; Grosgrain Ribbon; Gingham Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls; Swirl Clip; Tim Holtz Paper Piercing Tool; Corner Rounder Punch

I have some fun news to share!  I’ve been ask to be the guest designer for the Color Throwdown Challenges for September starting with this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge #258!!  Here is my creation.

Check out this week’s beautiful color palette.  Aren’t those greens gorgeous!!

And see those pearls?  They used to be a pretty off-white until they were colored with a yummy chocolate Copic marker.  I love how they turned out!

Hope that you can find some time to play along.  You don’t have to use the exact colors.  Just use what you have that are close to the challenge colors.  Oh and for some fabulous inspiration, you’ll want to see what all of the Throwdown Designers have created:

Barbara Anders – Paper Pursuits
Wanda Cullen – Cullen-ary Creations
Joan Ervin – Stamping With a Passion
Tammy Hershberger –
Stamp Happy
Broni Holcombe – Splashes of Watercolor
Lynn Put
The Queens Scene

Melody Rupple – A Paper Melody
Lori Tecler Inking a Loud
Vickie Zimmer –  Smitten With All Things Stamping
Susan Roberts – September GuestRainy Day Creations (me!)

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: CAS-ual Fridays Stamps “Casual Elegance”; PTI “Inside & Out: Birthdays II”

Papers: SU Chocolate Chip and Whisper White; American Crafts Pebbles Basics Designer Paper

Inks: SU Chocolate Chip, Sage Shadow, Old Olive; Copic (close match to Kiwi Kiss) and Copic

AccessoriesKaiser Pearls (colored with Copic E79); Hero Arts Art Flowers; Grosgrain Ribbon; EK Success Plaid Edger Punch

This was a fun one-layer CAS style card to make.  It is for three challenges:


(Click on a badge to link to that challenge.)

Love this “Sweet Posies” embossing folder.  I think it worked great for this CAS design.

Thanks for dropping by today.
You still have time to play along in these fun challenges so…
Happy Crafting!!

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Stamps: PTI “Birthday Bash Sentiments”

Papers: SU “Very Vanilla

Inks: SU Old Olive

Accessories: Sizzix “Sweet Posies” Embossing Folder; Hero Arts Art Flowers; Rhinestones

I thought this designer paper was a great match for this week’s Color Throwdown Challenge.

So many of my favorite things come together on this card.. roses, pearls, embossing, fun punches and the oh so lovely pastels.

Sometimes you just have to indulge with all the frilly pretty stuff!

Happy Crafting!
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Stamps: SU Teeny Tiny Wishes
Papers: PTI Select White; Crate Paper “Little Bo Peep” Designer Paper
Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black
Accessories: PTI Sweet Blush 1/2″ Satin Ribbon; Kaiser Pearls: Martha Stewart Royal Butterfly Punch and Heart Border Punch Punch; Sizzix Scallop Heart Doily Set “Lace Handkerchief” Embossing Folder

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