Saturday, June 24, 2017

Sharing Sweet Thoughts

I just got the Sharing Sweet Thoughts stamp set, which is totally adorable, and right in line with my love for canning jars, butterflies, and strawberries - oh yes, definitely strawberries!  It's this year's Ronald MacDonald House Charity set. Three dollars from every sale is donated to RMHC (over $1.5 Million so far!), which is yet another reason I love being associated with Stampin' Up!

I went looking for some inspiration, and the very first place I looked was the Global Design Project challenge blog. And what did I see as the inspiration card? THIS!

How perfect is that?! After stamping the jar, stem, and ladybugs (plus an extra to fussy cut), I colored them, then added a die cut window sheet "jar" to make it look like glass. There are hidden glue dots under the lid and greeting banner holding it in place.

The lid was stamped on a scrap of Gold Foil Sheet and allowed to dry completely before die cutting it. I'm glad I only had to fussy cut ONE ladybug.....those six legs and two antennae were a pain in the you-know-what! But I just had to have one popped up, making a break for it!

I've been enjoying Mom's visit, but it's very apparent she's getting more frail, which makes my heart heavy. She will be 82 next month, so I guess it's to be expected, just that I don't want to accept it. *Sigh*

Another thing I don't want to accept is our wonderful neighbor, who was the first person to come and introduce himself when we moved here, is home from the hospital and under hospice care. I know what that means, and that makes my heart heavy, too. I'm sending this card to his wife.

Sorry I'm such a Debbie Downer today. I try to avoid unpleasant things, but sometimes they can't be avoided. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend! The remains of tropical storm Cindy (heh-heh) have blown through and given us much-appreciated rain with no wind damage. Now the sun is out and the garden is happy. Yippee!

 Image: 2-1/4" x 3-1/2"
 Mat: 2-3/8" x 3-5/8"
 DSP: 3-3/4" x 5"
 Mat: 3-7/8"x 5-1/8"
 Card base: 5-1/2" x 8-1/2"

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Inky Friends New Catalog Hop!

Welcome to the Inky Friends New Catalog Blog Hop! I'm hopping with a new group today, but the friends aren't new; they've been my stamping sistahs for quite a while now! You may have landed here from Sarah's Ink Spot, or you might be starting here with me. Either way, there are ten of us, so if you click the "Next" button at the bottom of each blog, you'll take the whole tour. Each of us are featuring a different stamp set, bundle, or suite in the new Stampin' Up! catalog, so there's sure to be something that inspires you!

I chose the Oh So Eclectic bundle for my two cards, and wanted to focus on the die cuts on one card, and the stamps on the other. So up first are the die cuts, with the Naturally Eclectic DSP as a background:

I think the Copper Foil looks so elegant against the black, don't you? If you look closely, you'll see some copper sequins, too! They are in the Metallics Sequin Assortment, in three sizes.

STAMPS: Vertical Greetings INK: Basic Black Archival CARDSTOCK: Basic Black, Naturally Eclectic DSP, Copper Foil Sheets ACCESSORIES: Big Shot, Eclectic Layers Thinlits Dies

Stamping was the focus of the second card. I chose Berry Bliss, stamped off once for the flower shading and, when paired with black, it's really striking! It was so easy to add a little background interest with the Pick a Pattern Washi Tape. The new Berry Burst Crinkled Seam Binding Ribbon is an absolute dream for making shabby chic bows!

STAMPS: Oh So Elegant INK: Berry Burst, Basic Black Archival CARDSTOCK: Whisper White, Basic Black ACCESSORIES: Pick a Pattern Washi Tape, Berry Burst Crinkle Seam Binding Ribbon

That's all I have to show, so click the Next button to see what Betty has to show you over at Kitty Stamp. Or, if you want to travel backwards (you rebel, you!), click the Previous button to see Sarah's projects. Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Lovely Friends Makes Me Happy!

I love quick and easy cards, and this card couldn't be much quicker or easier to make! The large greetings in Lovely Friends make up the "easy" part of this card, which makes me ridiculously happy. And so does the color combo of Tranquil Tide and Pool Party - it's a match made in heaven!

Today we are taking Mom to one of our favorite restaurants in the "big city" so I needed to get a quick card done and posted.

Here's the "How To"
 Greeting: Whisper White 2-7/8" x 3-7/8"
 Mat: Tranquil Tide 3" x 4"
 Background: Pool Party 4-1/8" x 5-3/8"
 Card base: Tranquil Tide 5-1/2" x 8-1/2" scored & folded at 4-1/4"
  1. Stamp background Burlap stamp in Pool Party on Pool Party cardstock. Attach to card base.
  2. Stamp greeting on Whisper White in Tranquil Tide ink, then attach to Tranquil Tide mat. Adhere to card base with dimensionals.
  3. Make loops of Copper Metallic Thread and adhere with a glue dot. Attach In Color Bitty Bow on top.
Seriously, it doesn't get any simpler! I hope you all are enjoying your first day of Summer, and I pray the people affected by the awful heat out West, and tropical storm Cindy here in the South will be safe. (I just want to state right here and now that I am not responsible for any storm damage, LOL!!!)

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Tuesday, June 20, 2017


Shamelessly asking for you to vote for my card, if you haven't already. This is the last day to vote. It only takes a few seconds! CLICK THIS LINK to go to the gallery, scroll down to the third to last card that looks like the one here, and click the little heart in the upper right corner. Thank you!