Saturday, July 30, 2016

Sitting Here, Just Having Some Fun

Today' card is one that I made for my sister, Nancy, on her birthday. She has 4 cats, so I wanted to try and make a card that would have all 4 of them in it. She has two black and grey striped kitties, as well as two sweet orange ones. They are quite cute, and they are the apple of Nancy's eye.

I decided to use the fox builder punch for this card, as I saw some cute punch art using it, and I just couldn't resist. It worked perfectly for this card.

I don't want to keep you in suspense .. so here it is. I just love it, I must admit!

Cardstock:  soft suede, whisper white, peekaboo peach, smoke slate
Ink: peekaboo peach, smoky slate, so saffron, basic gray, crushed cucumber, soft suede, crumb cake, sweet sugarplum
Stamp Sets:  foxy friends, bordering blooms, sitting here, love and affection, petite pairs
Accessories:  gold bakers twine

How cute is it? Do you love it as much as I do? Of course, my sister does, because it captures her babies in action .. and don't let the smiles on those faces fool you, they are little stinkers behind the scenes.

Hope to see you back again tomorrow. 

Friday, July 29, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Fall

Hello again.

As I mentioned in yesterday's blog, I told you I'd have some more posts using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set. This card that I'm posting today was another one we made at Cathy's team gathering, and it is just as pretty as the winter scene that I posted earlier. I already have a lot of ideas brewing for this stamp set, so more to come.

In the card above, we stamped a bunch of different colored leaves on a piece of cardstock, then we used the tree framelit from the bundle and die cut the tree out, and look at the result. Pretty, huh?

Stay tuned for more ... keep cool!

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Thoughtful Branches - Winter Theme

Hello again! I'm here to share with you another card I made at one of our team gatherings at Cathy Buch's house. If you don't have the Thoughtful Branches stamp set, you just might want to hurry up and purchase it before it's all gone. It's just lovely, and there's a ton of ideas you can get from this beautiful stamp set and framelit set.

Here is one of the cards we made at Cathy's. It's such a peaceful card .... now I can't wait to start making holiday cards.

Just love this stamp set. Stay tuned because you will see more posts coming using this little beauty.

Ta ta for now.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Happy Home - Missing You

Happy Wednesday!

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop, and I'm sure glad you've decided to check us out this week.

I don't know what in the world I've been doing in the past, but for some reason, when I post the challenge photo and color palette, they show up when I'm in the process of posting my blog, but when the actual post gets published, they're not there. Hummm. I'm sure it's user error, but I'm going to try this again and see what happens.

If you've arrived here from Robbie's blog, and my challenge photo doesn't post, at least you'll have seen it on her blog, or Joni's blog, which is immediately after mine. So don't forgot to check out both!!

Now, let's start again with the color challenge for today. Here is the photo and palette we used for our inspiration:

Now, I see it right now and it better be there once I publish this.  LOL!!!

I decided to do a simple card using these colors this week. Here's the version of my interpretation of color that I went with:

Cardstock:  whisper white, rich razzleberry
Ink:  bermuda bay, old olive, crushed curry, tangerine tango, rich razzleberry, memento black
Stamp Set: happy home
Accessories:  old olive bakers twine, oval framelits

Just a simple card, with a very sentimental message.

I hope you like it, and please don't forget to leave your comments. I love hearing from you.

Have an enjoyable day, and I'll see you next week.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Happy Retirement

A co-worker asked me to make a retirement card for a friend of hers, and she gave me a few ideas of what she liked, and of course, a beach theme was one of them. Well, beach themes .. they are so serene, peaceful, and happy, so I decided to go with that.

A while ago, I purchased a die from Impression Obsession, of a beach chair, so naturally, I decided to use that for this card. The trick is to make sure the beach looks real, so it can be quite of a challenge. That's where the art work comes into play. You have to dabble with the colors to make it just right. Well, I did what I could, and here is what I came up with:

Cardstock: smoky slate, whisper white
Ink: so saffron, smoky slate, crushed cucumber, watermelon wonder, sahara sand, soft sky, 
peekaboo peach, tempting turquoise, daffodil delight
Stamp Sets:  weather together, wetlands, teeny tiny wishes
Accessories: white and silver wink of stella, impression obsession beach chair die

My friend loved the card, so I sure hope her friend does too. Now, off to make another card ... 


Painted Poppies

Last week, I attended a women's event with my co-workers and we went to Painting With a Twist for a little fun. If you don't know what PWAT is, it's a franchise that shows you how to paint beautiful canvases even if you don't have an artistic bone in your body.

When it comes to making cards, I'm not intimidated with that, but painting with acrylics, well, I'm not the best in town. But I must say, at least it turned out fairly decent .. here's my painting:

It's a painting of pink poppies with some sprigs of greenery in a glass vase with some water. Not too bad, huh?

That's it for today. See you back again tomorrow!!!

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Swirly Kind of Thank You

Hi Everyone! It's hump day and time for our blog hop. If you've arrived here from Our Crafty Playdate, then you got to see what Amanda created for you using these awesome colors.

This week's inspiration photograph is absolutely gorgeous. The colors are so vibrant, and I sure would love to see the flowers in my house all year long.

I was excited to sit down and ponder what  I was going to create using these colors. It didn't take long, and I figured it out mighty fast.

Let's start with the photograph and color palette, ok? You'll love it.


Don't you agree that the colors are so vibrant and pretty?

Now, here's the card I created using these colors:

Cardstock:  basic black, mint macaron, garden green, sweet sugarplum, flirty flamingo,
 whisper white, and peekaboo peach
Ink:  black memento, garden green, mint macaron, flirty flamingo, sweet sugarplum, peekaboo peach
Stamp Sets:  swirly bird, rose wonder
Accessories:  swirly scribbles thinlits, gently falling EF, basic pearls

Notice the beautiful flowers in the background? They were a surprise from one of my customers at work for a large asset purchase I assisted him with. What a nice gesture of thanks, and the kudos were awesome too.

Now, onward ho to Joni in the Spotlight Stamping to see what she thought of using these colors. I'm sure you won't be disappointed.

Thanks for always supporting us and stopping by. We love sharing our work with you, and most of all, love your visit.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Delicate Floral Thank You

This week, we are very light. It's only two of us, so I hope you still will enjoy what Robbie and I have designed for you.

The colors we used this week were a difficult challenge for me. I wasn't sure what I wanted to make with them, and usually I'll know what I want to make when I look at the photograph, but this week, it was a puzzle.

Anyway, I ended up designing something for you, and it didn't turn out too badly.

Here is the photograph and color palette we used for our inspiration.


This is the card I made using these colors:

I used the delicate floral thinly to make this card, and the swirly curls are made of pacific point paper, curled up.

Hope next week is better and we have the rest of us joining in.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

A Gathering of Foxy Friends

I love punch art, and we have this new stamp set with a matching builder punch, so I just had to try it out.

There's so much you can do with the punch, and all sorts of animals. They're just adorable.

I wanted to make a woodsy scene, and it took a while to fit the animals on the card, but I managed to do it. I'm so excited ... here is the card I made:

Cardstock:  early espresso, very vanilla, smoky slate, tip top taupe, cajun craze, basic black, whisper white
Ink:  smoky slate, black memento, sahara sand, soft suede, wink of stella
Stamp Set:  foxy friends
Accessories:  woodlands EF, fox builder punch, wooden accents

I have some cards I need to make this month, and I think I just might use these cute little friends again. They're so cute!!!

See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Coloring Down the Lines - Live, Love, Grow

Welcome back to Coloring Down the Lines. It's a new month and a great way to start the week off great. Did you like what Our Crafty Playdate had made for you this week? Amanda always has some cool card she made, so I hope you enjoyed it. Also, Joni in the Spotlight Stamping is up next, so you'll be doubly surprised.

I knew which stamp set I wanted to use, so now the construction begins. I had the vision in my head how I wanted to make the card, including the background, so putting it all together was all I needed to do.

The colors we used this week are as follows:

Here are the colors for the hop.  Who is in?

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The colors are nice, and I could make a lot of things using these, but I chose Live, Love, Grow and here's what I came out with:

Cardstock:  whisper white, sahara sand
Ink:  crumb cake, watermelon wonder, garden green, early espresso, sweet sugarplum, blushing bride
Stamp Sets:  live, love, grow; hardwood, bordering blooms, touches of texture
Accessories:  brick wall embossing folder, delicate white doily

You can't see the watermelon wonder in the smaller green plant on the far left, but there are some dots in the leaves, and that's where I colored in the dots with it.

I know I will have fun with this stamp set, so stay tuned for more posts using it. Now, off to try my hand at another new stamp set ....


Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Warm Thanks

There are so many nice stamp sets that I have from Stampin' Up's new catalog, and I tried my hand at a few of them over the weekend. I usually look at a stamp set and and know right away what I want to make with it. Sometimes it becomes a bit of a challenge trying to make it work, and then when it does, I'm happy.

Today, I wanted to use the Moroccan Nights stamp set, but only wanted to use one stamp from it right now. After I cut out the pieces, I had fun putting it together.

Take a look:

Cardstock:  dapper denim, very vanilla, adventure bound dip
Ink:  crushed curry, mossy meadow, sweet sugarplum, sahara sand
Stamp Sets:  moroccan nights, vertical greetings
Accessories:  copper embossing powder, wooden sentiment, brick wall EF

I think I'm going to have some more fun with the moroccan nights stamp set. My mind is already thinking of what I want to do next. 

Stop back every day to see what I make for you.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Birthday, America!


I had an embossing folder I purchased a couple years ago, and thought I would make a card for America's birthday using it. How fitting! Glad I remembered I had it.

Have a safe and enjoyable 4th of July!

Saturday, July 2, 2016

Birthday Card for Don

This is the last July birthday for my co-workers, and I know Don loves animals, especially Boston Terrier dogs. He wears a shirt with the Boston Terrier embroidered on it, so this was a no-brainer for his birthday card.

Now, I didn't have anything that looks like the Boston Terrier, so I found a cute puppy on google and used that for my inspiration for making his card.

After much toiling, here is the card I created with several punches I had:


Cardstock:  whisper white, basic black, real red, daffodil delight, pacific point, cucumber crush, watermelon wonder
Ink:  memento black
Stamp Sets:  teeny tiny wishes, balloon celebration
Accessories:  balloon builder punch, heart framelits, circle punch, fox builder punch, gold cord, basic rhinestones

I actually have to say, I like the way the dog turned out. He does look like a Boston Terrier, and one of my co-workers just loved it to pieces and couldn't believe how much it looks like the real dog. That made my heart sing. I thought I'd never be able to do punch art on my own without CASING, but I did it. I wish I would have made another card just to keep, but as I always say, I only make one of a kind cards and never reproduce them for anyone else.

You'll have to stop by again and see what I come up with next. Even I don't know yet.

Have a wonderful and safe 4th of July.

Friday, July 1, 2016

Michelle's Birthday Card

Yesterday, you saw the card I made for Becky, and now you'll get to see Michelle's card. Michelle is a beach person too, but I didn't want to make two beach cards, so I know she likes gazebo's, arbors, gardens, etc., so I purchased a die from Tailored Expressions and used it here.


Cardstock:  cucumber crush, whisper white, soft suede, adventure bound dip
Ink:  cucumber crush, daffodil delight, so saffron, wisteria wonder, old olive, real red, tangelo twist,  soft suede, memento black
Stamp Sets:  sprinkles of life, balloon celebration, sheltering tree
Accessories:  tree builder punch, Tailored Expressions garden arbor and gate die, basic pearls

I wanted to do a vine with flowers around the arbor, but since it is a die, I'd have to stamp it on and it just didn't give me the look I was going for. The arbor has cute hardware, and I must say, it was quite a challenge putting them onto the gate ... oh how tiny!

I hope you enjoyed my card, as Michelle did, and that's all I could hope for.

Tomorrow, I'll have yet another card for you for my other co-worker.

Ta ta for now!