Monday, March 2, 2015

It's a Girl!

Hi to All!

I have a baby girl card for you today....unborn as yet, but she will be arriving very soon!

PCCCS #133 is the sketch challenge I used for this card..

I followed the color lines for the Lullaby DSP...Crisp Cantaloupe and Hello Honey.  Baby's First Framelits provided the onesie, bib and duckie.  I hope the little duck's eye doesn't look too scary!  All the pearls are showing a shadow in the middle!

I thought the pearls really gave the card the girl-ish punch it needed!

Here is a close-up of the heat-embossed message....Confession: I cheated with Crushed Curry embossing powder, but it looks like it belongs, doesn't it?

I finished the card with a splatter of Gorgeous Grunge in Hello Honey and used the Sweetheart Punch for the designer paper heart.

Dear Readers....
Due to mandatory re-piping in my condo this week, I don't know how much I will be able to blog.  My animals and I have to vacate the premises while the re-piping is being done.
:(  (Sniff!)  I'll miss my craft room!

Below are the supplies used for the baby card:
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Friday, February 27, 2015

Tree Mojo

Hi Everyone!

Monday's Mojo Sketch Challenge #386 prompted me to use Sheltering Tree within a Circle Framelits window....

I had to use a little larger circle, but there is some flexibility in the sketches, I believe.  I don't know why, but I love the skinny cards!

Again, I've turned to the Painted Blooms DSP from the Occasions Catalog, but this card is monochromatic and without blooms.....well, I guess you could count the Pearls as blooms!

Here is a little closer look at the pearls...I could have colored them with Blendies, but chose to keep them white.  There will be other cards and other opportunities....  Don't miss out on this very sweet stamp set...It is so versatile and one never knows what will stay or go when the Occasions Catalog says "Bye-Bye" on March 31st!

Susan Suggests:  I cut out the circle frame for the tree by placing together two circle framelits that are close in size.  By skimming the edge of the tree circle with a sponge dauber and Garden Green ink, I was able to hide any "white" areas on the inner circle.

Below are the supplies used on this card:
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Blooming Again

Hi to all!
Today is another Pals Paper Arts Challenge...#241...a Sketch Challenge from one of our talented Pals, Nicole Watt.

Another try with Painted Petals and Painted Blooms DSP!  

The first design element I thought of when I saw the sketch was the On Film Framelit that actually works as a frame for the image....then I decided to keep the background DSP continuous outside and within the frame.

I daubered the rim of the oval with Wild Wasabi ink just to give it a little definition and used a couple of the blooms with the longer stems for the image...and some Daffodil Delight splashes of color.

I like the happy colors!  The bow is Daffodil Delight cotton ribbon.  The Rose-Red message from A Dozen Thoughts is stamped on one of the trim die-cuts from the Gift Card Envelope and Trims was a perfect size for the message which I absolutely love!   Especially the font!

Here is a graphic of the Weekly Deals...good through March 2
(Click to buy from me)   Mmmm...twine or ribbon?

Below are the supplies used on this card....

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sketchy Paper Players Challenge

Hi Stampers!

As you probably guessed from the title, today's post has a card for the latest Paper Players Sketch Challenge #233.

I always picture my stamp sets...sitting on the shelves...calling out to me to use them!  For today's challenge, not only was Painted Petals calling out, but Painted Blooms DSP was also calling my name!

Yes, I know!  My card is a little "busy"....but, I just couldn't say NO to the DSP!  The rose-red flowers are large, but they're so pretty!

I paper-pierced around the edge of the die-cut circle, however can you see it?  I think I should have created an "edge" around the circle to distinguish it from the background a little better...Hmmmm?

The large leaf traveling up the left side of the circle was die-cut with the Flower Frenzy Bigz L die from Garden Green card stock....the other greens are Wild Wasabi, but I wanted the leaf stem to stand out so I used a darker card stock.

I love thick twine...finally got a chance to use this Wild Wasabi Thick Twine from Painted Blooms Cotton Twine (Occasions Catalog).

All in all, this card is a Spring-ish, romantic card that I know will make someone happy!

Below are the supplies used to make this card...
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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Special News Event!

Hi to all!

Today is a special day with a special event!  Stampin' Up! is adding FOUR new products to the Sale-A-Bration mix!  Starting today, demonstrators can place pre-orders, then customers can order (one FREE Sale-A-Bration item for every $50 spent on any other products) beginning March 1!!

Click HERE to see an enlarged and clearer version along with samples!
  1. The Nature's Perfection stamp set is coordinated with the Sheer Perfection Vellum Designer Stack paper and you can color both with Blendabilities!  
  2. For Being You is also perfect for coloring, isn't it?  Those little hearts coordinate with the Hearts Border Punch.  
  3. And just look at that thick twine plus small designer buttons that match the 2014-2016 In Colors!!

On March 1,  I'll have a link to my store for your convenience!

Here is something you can take advantage of today!

And here is the latest (and cutest) photopolymer stamp set...

Have a lovely day!
Monday, February 23, 2015

Be Encouraged

Hi there!

I used the sketch from Fab Friday #58 to send some encouragement to a friend of mine whose husband is seriously ill.  He is in the hospital and cannot receive visitors because of his immunocompromised condition....If I remember correctly from my RN career days, my friend probably has to wear protective clothing somewhat like a "spaceman" when she enters her husband's room.

For the downloadable verse, I visited a site called Papercraft Memories Free WORDart on Pinterest.

Here is the sketch....

I used the Labels Framelits to frame the message and stamped a little border on the bottom from Borderettes, then popped it up on Stampin' Dimensionals.

Wow!  When you see the Irresistibly Yours Specialty DSP in the Sale-A-Bration Catalog, it looks so boring!  The six different glossy patterns on this white paper resist ink and are anything BUT boring whether they are colored or left alone!  This is such an awesome idea for background paper!
And it's FREE with a $50 Stampin' Up! order!

I sponged three colors onto the DSP...easy!

Here's a look at some of the shine on the Strawberry Slush side...

Banners Framelits in Baked Brown Sugar (that name makes me hungry!) complete the picture and I added some sweet pearls as a small embellishment.

And a bit more gloss shows up next on the Pistachio Pudding section...

Below are the supplies used to make this card:
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Friday, February 20, 2015

Layers of Gratitude Paper Pumpkin

Hi Paper Pumpkin Fans!

What? You're not sure you are a Paper Pumpkin fan?  Order a subscription and I can guarantee you will love it!  I can speak from personal experience on this one...I wasn't sure I wanted to invest in the kits...after all, didn't I have enough products to keep me busy?  Oh, YES...I did.  But I kept seeing the darling projects month after month...on Facebook and Pinterest....and I could no longer resist!

Not only are the projects cute, but they are easy!  Some are easier than others, but let's face it...with all the supplies in the little red can you lose?

I just received my sweet box in the mail this week.  The name of the kit is Layers of Gratitude, so it's easy to guess the theme: Thanks cards.  And don't we always need Thank You cards?  The first thing I thought of for myself is that I belong to a group of women who meet to celebrate one another's birthdays...Now I can't wait for my own birthday so I can give away these thank you cards!

My photo appears a little wonky, but in real life...the letters are even!

So each card is an 8 panel foldable card that fits nicely in the provided box envelope. The orange letters are sticky-backed thick felt...just pop them out and attach after stamping with provided stamps that are exclusive to the kit...

Here is the first panel which I photographed separately....soooo cute!

Here is the last panel which is blank so you can write a message....I used one of the darling photopolymer stamp messages from the new Better Than E-Mail stamp set...and added a sequin.

The box envelopes are very easy to put together and as with everything in the kit, all the supplies are provided...


Whether you are a Paper Pumpkin subscriber or is the time to save some money with a 3 month pre-paid subscription...this will last until Sale-A-Bration ends on March 31....
(even though I had a 6 month subscription...I STILL took advantage of this little bargain!)
Click on the images to purchase your subscription!

  1. Save $5.00 on your Paper Pumpkin subscription.
  2. Instantly qualify for a FREE Sale-A-Bration product.
  3. Have so much fun for three months with ready-made craft kits that include stamps, ink, and paper!
  4. If you already subscribe, buy someone a sweet gift for less!

ItemPaper Pumpkin Prepaid SubscriptionPrice (Shipping Included)
 1 month
137859 3 months$59.85 $54.85
 6 months
$113.70 -- save $1 per month
137861 12 months$215.40 -- save $2 per month


Stampin' Up's video of the kit...which they have available on You Tube with each below...

Enjoy and have a great weekend!

Susan Lankford
Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator

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