Thursday, August 21, 2014

PSSC - Anything Goes!

Hi and how are you?  I'm doing fine.  The weather has been really hot and muggy here.  The sort of day where you're just thinking "well let it rain already" so it can pass me by!  The garden is dry and would love a little drink!  I'm starting to get loads of tomatoes, and  peppers!  I see some salsa in my near future! LOL!!

I'm playing along with Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge today.   This week is "Anything Goes" and I thought I'd get my "Botanicals" set inky.  Don't you hate when you buy something and don't ink it up right away??    Of course it's me .. so there's lots of bright colors instead of the traditional greens and neutrals that you might expect to stamp with this set.  I stamped on scrap paper before I finalized my arrangement, and instead of a sprinkle of sequins today I added a sprinkle of posies with pearl centers. 

 Thanks for stopping by for a peek!  I hope you have a great day!!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.25 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Paper Smooches Sentiment from "Pretty Phrases", Botanicals 2
Pattern Paper:  Echo Park Splendid Sunshine 6x6"
Card Stock:  PTI White, Harvest Gold
Ribbon:  3/8" Stitched Yellow Grosgrain:  Michael's Dashes Dots, Checks
Button:  October Afternoon
Ink:  Impress Fresh Ink, Versafine Onyx Black

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

SSCB#34 - Raspberries

 Hi and thanks for stopping by!  I hope you are having a beautiful day!  We're at the half way point of the challenge at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog.   The challenge begins on the first Wednesday of every month, and then at the half way point (the third Wednesday of the month) the DT provides a little more inspiration and hopefully encourages you to play along.  There's still lots of time to play so I hope you will join us.   This theme this time is "Missing You".  You must include at least one Serendipity Stamps image or die on your finished project.   You can win a $20 discount code off your next order just for playing along.  Mary has a sale going this week too - it's 40% off the highest priced item in your cart when you use code "40fromhigh814" - good through 8/27.

As you know, Mary likes to keep the DT on their toes and she usually adds a "challenge within the challenge" for the DT.  Last time we all made Miss You cards in a CAS style  - here's mine. 
This time we were asked to keep with the Miss You theme and make a fussy version using the same stamped image as the time before.   Here's my fussy version featuring the "Blackberries" turned raspberries!  

Of course I added lots of layers, and pretty trims. Did you notice that pretty Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily? Serendipity now stocks Cheery Lynn dies - and yes you can use that 40% off coupon too!

I'm looking forward to seeing what you make and I do hope you join us at Serendipity Stamps Challenge Blog!  Hugs!!  


BlackberriesMiss You Small

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 5.5 x 5.5"
Stamps:  Serendipity Stamps Blackberries, Small Miss You
Pattern Paper:  Basic Grey "Hey Girl!" 6x6"
Card Stock:  PTI White, Simply Chartreuse, SU! Rose Red
Dies:  Cheery Lynn French Pastry, Spellbinder Petite Scalloped Circles, Standard Circles, Nested Lacy Pennants
Ribbon:  5/8" Soft Silk Ivory - May Arts
Pin:  Ribbon Reel
Button, Sequins
Twinery Twine Caribbean
Ink:  Copic, Memento Rich Cocoa, Versafine Onyx Black

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

TYIC#4 - Yellow Poppies

How is everyone doing today? Boy it's a scorcher here! It's supposed to get up to 83 F (not so bad right?)  but the humidity just makes it so uncomfortable. Just when I thought Fall was on it's way!! LOL!! Welcome to weather in Chicago! You just never know what to expect! Since the dog doesn't want to be out any longer than she needs to I got some crafting done between loads of laundry. 

I'm playing along at the Tag You're It! Challenge. I've been really loving this one. Who doesn't love a cute little tag? It's a nice switch from a card and I'll be honest, I really don't have all that many tags. I love adding them to little treats - like a bag of home made cookies or carmel corn. Once it cools off I'll be back in baking mode and these sweet tags will sure come in handy.

Check out the inspiration tag from Marion Vagg this time.  So how did this translate into my tag?   I picked up on the pretty poppies, the "Hello" sentiment, and the inlaid dies.   I switched it up a little by cutting my poppy die, inlaying the pieces, and then cutting the "hello" sentiment on top of the inlay.  Instead of the frame on Marions, I made a background of layers.   I love the contrast of the aqua and yellow together - it looks so bright and happy.
The tag was really fun to make - I hope you give this challenge a try sometime!  Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Dies: Memory Box Perky Popppy, serendipity Stamps Hello, MFT Tag You're It
Card Stock
Twinery Twine Solid Honeydew

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Fusion Card Challenge - Floral Brights

Hi Friends!  I hope everyone is doing good today!  We've had a few cooler days here in the Chicago area that just make you know that Fall is just around the corner.  The kids are all going back to school in the next few weeks, and the neighborhood just seems so quiet.  
We have a great challenge today for you at Fusion Card Challenge  - called Floral Brights.  Check out this inspiration photo.   If you are already playing at Fusion you know you can work with the sketch or the photo or both.  I always try to do both when I can.  I love flowers so this one was really fun - I got to use all my favorite colors too!    I really do love mixing orange, yellow and pinks together.  This one was a dream for me. You have two weeks to play so get your flowers out and get stamping!! 
This set is called "Flower Pops" from Serendipity.  They offer the flowers in "positive" - line drawings that you can color, "negative" solid images to just dip and stamp (like I did here), and coordinating dies that work with EITHER set.   They are so versatile. 

Now it's your turn!   Looking for a little more inspiration?  Check out projects from the rest of the design team. Just click on their names to hop to their blog.
 Betty J

 Have a great day and Happy Stamping!!

Supplies Used:  Finished Size 4.5 x 6.25"
Stamps:  Serendipity Stamps Flower Pops
Dies:  Serendipity Stamps Flower Pops, Paper Smooches Flag Tags
Pattern Paper:  My Minds Eye "Cut and Paste Presh" "Happy Day" 6x6"
Card Stock:  PTI Orange Zest, White
Pin:  Ribbon Reel, Button
Ink:  Fresh Impress Ink, Memento Tuxedo Black
Honeydew Solid Twine - The Twinery
1/4" Yellow Ric Rac May Arts

CASE Study Anniversary Celebration! Week 2

It's Thursday!  I always say that means a new challenge at CASE Study!  But this month every Thursday means a blog hop party to celebrate.    Here's a list of all the ladies hopping today - make sure you leave comments along the way.   After you've visited all the ladies make sure you link up your name at CASE Study to be entered to win!!

Here's our sponsors this week....

And if you want to play along you can case one of the designs you saw today!   You can get all the details here - at CASE Study!  Make sure you tell Chupa Happy Anniversary too!!