Thursday, October 30, 2014

Happy Halloween and Boo To You! FMS160 & CQC265


Greetings Stampers, and Happy Halloween! Do you have something creepy in store for today? Whatever your plans are, be safe and have fun! I've got just a quick, simple card for you today. I couldn't let the holiday pass without a Halloween card!


My inspiration came from the layout at Freshly Made Sketches, and the color combo at ColourQ. I love the Halloween tree in the inspiration photo...


... because it made me think of my own! Same color scheme too, orange, green, purple and black. No, none of these ornaments are homemade. The tree came from Pier One many years ago, and most of the ornaments came from there, too. I've been collecting them over several years.


Back to the card! The sentiment is from the Good Greetings Stamp Set, and today is the last day to order that set if you want it. You can find it by clicking here. The ghost was cut out with Fall Fun Framelits and his face stamped with an image from the Fall Fest Stamp Set.


Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Fall Fest, Good Greetings
Card Stock: Whisper White, Basic Black, Tangerine Tango
Designer Series Paper: Brights Stack
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Rich Razzleberry
Tools: Big Shot, Circles and Fall Fun Framelits
Accessories: Frosted Sequins

Have a wonderful day!

Merry Moments & Bright Hopes, SSSC242 & FF43


Greetings, Friends! I was feeling all nostalgic the other day when I pulled out a bunch of retired products to use on this halloween card, so I thought I'd do the same and use some retired goodies once again for this Christmas card.


I'm playing along with two challenges today. The layout is from the Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge, and I took my colors from the inspiration photo at Festive Friday, which I interpreted as Cherry Cobbler, Basic Gray and Crumb Cake.


I love this tree image, and it looks so beautiful embossed in Pewter Embossing Powder. Pewter is a richer, deeper shade than silver, almost like an  antique silver. One rhinestone in the center adds a bit of sparkle.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Bright Hopes
Card Stock: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake
Ink Pads: Cherry Cobbler, Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool
Accessories: Pewter Embossing Powder, Rhinestones, Very Vanilla 1/8" Tafetta Ribbon, Merry Moments Simply Scrappin' Kit

Have an awesome day and Happy Stamping!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Spooky Halloween, RS138, CYCI42 & SOS174


Happy Monday, Stampers! I had an awesome weekend with my friend LeAnne, scroll all the way down to the bottom for a photo or two! We got all crafty, and one of the things I made was this 4 1/4" x 4 1/4" Halloween card using some retired products. Do you ever miss using your oldies but goodies?



I'm playing along with three challenges today, the sketch at Retro Sketches, the Halloween challenge at Can You Case It, and the Halloween challenge at Shopping Our Stash.


So, I shopped my stash and pulled out two retired stamp sets, Wicked Cool and Best of Halloween, and retired Wicked Cool  DSP. The witches hat was heat embossed with black embossing powder and cut out by hand. The pearls were colored with a Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities Marker and Black Sharpie marker.

Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Wicked Cool, Best of Halloween
Card Stock: Basic Black, Very Vanilla
Designer Series Paper: Witches Brew
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Versamark
Tools: Heat Tool, Large Oval Punch, Scalloped Oval Punch
Accessories: Pearls, Black Embossing Powder, Pumpkin Pie Blendabilities Marker
Other: Black Sharpie

And now for a couple promised pictures:


Leanne, me, Justin's friend Michael and Justin after having lunch at Panera Bread.


Our new baby kitty Oliver helping LeAnne with her knitting. 


... and helping some more...


And finally, one of me and Justin.


Have a great day, everyone!

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Happy New Home for The Paper Players & CASology


Greetings, Friends! I hope you are all having a wonderful weekend. It was gorgeous here in NY yesterday and I took a nice long walk at the preserve, and loved seeing the beauty of the changing colors. A trip to the scrapbook store is on the schedule for today. A great weekend all in all! 

The amazing Nance Leedy is host this week at The Paper Players and she has an awesome sketch for us to play along with. Love it! I'll be saving it for future use, for sure.


I've been leaning more and more towards clean and simple cards lately and this one is no exception. It features the Holiday Home Stamp Set and coordinating Homemade Holiday Framelits.


I'm also playing along with the CASology challenge this week, where the cue card is "Home".


The house was heat embossed with White Embossing Powder onto Coastal Cabana Card Stock. The sentiment was stamped with Baked Brown Sugar Ink.


Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Holiday Home
Card Stock: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar
Designer Series Paper: Lullaby
Ink Pads: Baked Brown Sugar, Versamark
Tools: Big Shot, Homemade Holiday Framelits, 3/16" Corner Punch, Heat Tool
Accessories: White Embossing Powder, Subtles Buttons
Other: White Cotton Thread

I know I promised kitty pictures but I'm running a little short on time, so I promise to put them on my next post! 

Please stop by The Paper Players and visit the rest of the Design Team. We'd be thrilled if you played along, too! 

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Flower Patch Hello, MOJO368



Hi Stampers! Sadly, I've had hardly any time to stamp or blog this week. A new itty bitty kitty will do that to you! I'll try to post more photos of our little Oliver tomorrow. Today is just a quick post using the Flower Patch Stamp Set and coordinating Flower Fair Framelits.


The inspiration is a sketch by Debbie Carriere at Mojo Monday.


No complicated instructions here. The Framelits make this card a snap to make.


Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Flower Patch, Hi There
Card Stock: Whisper White, Calypso Coral
Designer Series Paper: Gold Soiree
Ink Pads: Memento Tuxedo Black, Crisp Cantaloupe, Calypso Coral, Garden Green
Tools: Big Shot, Large Polka Dot Embossing Folder, Flower Fair Framelits, Itty Bitty Punch Pack
Accessories: Rhinestones

Have a great day, everyone! See you tomorrow for a new challenge at The Paper Players!





Sunday, October 19, 2014

Gold Feathers For You, Paper Players 218


Greetings, Stampers! It's Sunday, time for another Paper Players challenge, and this week the hostess is me! It's a Clean and Simple challenge with the option of using silver or gold on your project. I have all sorts of metallic goodies in my stash and had fun pulling them all out and deciding what to use.


I went in a bit of a different direction than my normal style as I wanted the beautiful papers to take center stage. I used Gold Soiree Designer Paper (LOVE this stuff), Gold Foil Paper and Gold Glimmer Paper. 


Mary Jo's Monday Lunchtime Sketch was perfect for what I had in mind. I eliminated the three dots though, as they got totally lost on the patterned paper.


I struggled a little bit with the white panel. I tried background stamping and I tried embossing, but everything looked to busy. In the end I decided to leave it plain white. I used a piece of retired textured paper to add just a little more interest.


Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: A Round Array
Card Stock: Whisper White, Textured White
Designer Series Paper: Gold Soiree
Ink Pads: Gold Encore
Tools: Big Shot, Feathers Framelits, 7/8" Scallop Circle Punch
Accessories: Gold Foil Paper, Gold Glimmer Paper, Gold 1/8" Ribbon

Thanks for visiting, and please visit the rest of the DT at The Paper Players! I hope you'll play along with my challenge, too!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Peace and Joy, FF42, CCMC324 & TC16


Hi there, Friends! I finally found a moment to sneak into my craft room and came up with this CAS number featuring the Festival of Trees and Good Greetings stamp sets. I'm using the On Point Embossing Folder for the first time, and love the way it works with the tree. I'm also playing along with three challenges.


I absolutely love the inspiration photo at Festive Friday. I tried to channel all that white space and traditional colors with a modern style.


The colors are from Create with Connie and Mary. I didn't have any festive papers in Baked Brown Sugar so I substituted Crumb Cake. I hope the ladies don't mind! 


Leslie's sketch at The Challenge was exactly what I had in mind for my creation. 


Nothing complicated here, folks. The circle and starburst were cut with Framelits, and the tree was cut with the coordinating tree punch. The little star is a punch too, and the little birdie cut out by hand.


Stampin' Up Products Used:
Stamp Sets: Festival of Trees, Good Greetings
Card Stock: Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Designer Series Paper: Trim the Tree
Ink Pads: Garden Green, Cherry Cobbler
Tools: Big Shot, Circles and Starburst Framelits, On Point Embossing Folder, Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack, Tree Punch
Accessories:  Silver Glimmer Paper

Thanks for visiting today!