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Happy Friday all! Hope you've had a good Holiday week! 

As you know, Friday means another round of Sketch Frenzy Friday!! Here is my creation of the week

based on this sketch by Sharon Wheet

As usual, I got a late start! No excuse, just me being me! I'm also jealous of some of the other girls-they have new stuff! Demos can preorder from the Spring catalog early-I just didn't make time to do it until last weekend. That's OK, I'll have it to look forward too! Make sure you go see what everyone else created over at the Main SFF Blog

I tried to go "non-wintery" this week. It's been very cold and dreary here. We sure need any moisture we can get, but the icy roads get very old very fast!! Takes a long time to melt when the highs barely reach 20!

Oh well, on to the good stuff! Colors by the Color Coach: Elegant Eggplant, Rose Red & Baja Breeze. Card base is Elegant Eggplant with a Rose Red accent layer behind the Rose Red DSP background. At the bottom is an Elegant Eggplant ribbon. A Baja Breeze rectangle backs a flower made from all three colors. I textured the Baja Breeze using the Stripes folder, and the flower with the Perfect Polka Dots after assembling all the layers. I used the 2-3/8" Scallop Punch in Elegant Eggplant, the 1-3/4" Scallop Punch in Rose Red, the 1" Circle Punch in Baja Breeze, and the 3/4" Circle Punch in Baja Breeze striped DSP. In the center is a Rose Red button accented with Pool Party Bakers Twine. I used the Paper Snips on the Scallop Circles to make the petals for the flower. Thank you from Curly Cute was stamped on the Baja in Elegant Eggplant before texturing.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Have a Very Happy New Year everyone!!


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Happy Friday all! Hope your shopping is all done and you are ready for the Holiday!! It is snowing and blowing here right now (Wed eve) and we just got word there isn't school tomorrow. I have two happy boys-they should be studying for finals!

Friday means another round of Sketch Frenzy Friday! Since it's "frightful" outside, I went with something other than snowflakes this time around!! Butterflies are about as far from snowflakes as you can get right?? Here is my creation

based on this sketch by Robbie Rubala.

Once I decided on the butterflies from Papillion Potpourri, I went to the color wheel for some happy colors. I settled on Wild Wasabi, Rose Red & So Saffron. The card base is Wasabi with an accent layer of Rose Red behind a background of So Saffron dotted DSP. I stamped the butterflies on Whisper White, 2 in Rose Red, 1 in Wasabi, and punched with the coordinating butterfly punch. They are attached with a small piece of dimensional under their body. The words from Friendly Phrases were stamped in the bottom right corner of the DSP in Wild Wasabi. Wild Wasabi ribbon provides the two stripes on the left side. Sorry they are crooked-I didn't secure them in the middle. I will when I go back to the stamp room!! Lights were flickering so I figured I better get this done!!

Make sure you stop over at the main SFF blog to see the creations of the rest of the team. AND, to play along with us!! Thanks for stopping by today!! Merry Christmas!!


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Happy Friday all! Hope you all are surviving the Holiday Season!! Just barely here!! :)

As you know, Friday means another round of Sketch Frenzy Friday. Here is my creation of the week

based on this sketch by Patrice Herrera.

This Snowflake Soiree set has been a constant for me since it arrived! I pretty much leave it mounted on clear blocks and ready to use! My Christmas card is very similar in color to this. I went for quick and easy tonight-all the necessary supplies for this were out and near my desk!! Long day with too much going on!! Card base is Basic Gray, with a Whisper White accent layer behind an Elegant Eggplant background. On the background, I first stamped the "Merry" at the bottom and embossed with Silver Embossing Powder. I did that at an angle in the corner instead of the ribbon type element from the sketch. Next, I finished the background with snowflakes in Illuminate and Eggplant. Next, I cut the smaller tag from the Two Tags die in Basic Gray. I also cut two snowflakes with the Snow Flurry die, one from Silver Shimmer & one from Elegant Eggplant. On the tag I stamped two flakes with the Illuminate pad, and accent with two in Eggplant. I punched a Whisper White Scallop Circle and attached at the top of the tag with the snowflakes using a Basic Gray brad. 

Pretty quick and easy! Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you stop over at the main SFF Blog to see the other team member creations and to play along!!


Club Merry Snowflake

Card two from last weekend! I've mentioned the baby wipe technique several times to my girls, but not all of them had done it before. So, I decided to give it a whirl with the Snowflake Soiree set. Here is what we made


I do like the end result but I struggled to get there!! I think I should have added a different color instead of using all blues. Perfect Plum comes to mind!! Anyway, after trashing several different attempts, I settled on using the middle snowflake in the set with the baby wipe technique, and then adding solid small ones. The blended colors are Bashful Blue, Marina Mist & Midnight Muse. The card base is Midnight Muse with a Maria Mist accent layer behind the Whisper White background. I stamped the blended snowflakes first, one center top, then right and left below, then center below those, and right and left again.

Remember to do the baby wipe technique: Grab some baby wipes and a container to fold one into. I fold the edges away so I have a smooth surface. I have a travel container (for baby wipes) that I use but a stamp box or gladware type container would work just as well. Grab your ink refills and drop drops onto the baby wipe. You want to end up with a circle large enough for your stamp. I usually go dark to light so I did Midnight Muse, then Marina Mist and finally Bashful Blue. Use this as your stamp pad and stamp away!!

After stamping the blended snowflakes and I said above, I inked the small snowflake from the set and filled in between those in Midnight Muse. Then I grabbed the Illuminate Glimmer pad (LOVE THIS PAD!!!) and went over all the small snowflakes with the same snowflake I used on the baby wipe. A very subtle effect but I really like the look it gives!! This pad is very quickly becoming a favorite of mine!!

OK final accent is a Whisper White strip that was stamped with Merry in Midnight Muse. It is layered onto a slightly larger strip of Midnight Muse. That is attached to the card base with two snowflakes cut from the Snow Flurry die: the medium from Silver Shimmer paper, and the small from Midnight Muse. A silver brad anchors that to the background.

Thanks for stopping by today!!


Club Circle Thanks

I had club last weekend and finally I'm getting around to sharing the cards! Crazy time of year right?? This first one was inspired by cards that Jackie Bolhuis shared on her blog HERE. Quick, simple and a great way to use up DSP scraps!! Here is the card my girls made.

I looked through my DSP and decided to go with the Summer Smooches pack. Love these bright colors and how well the different prints go together!! The background is Whisper White with an accent layer of Lucky Limeade on a base of Rich Razzleberry. Start by punching your circles. I did 5 different sizes: 2-1/2" for the multi-color print in the center, 1-3/4 for the Island Indigo at the back, 1-3/8" for the Read Red, 1" for the Lucky Limeade & 3/4 for the Razzleberry. Lay them out on the Whisper White before attaching them! The red and blue are tucked under the multi-color and the green and razzlebery are over. Once you like the layout, attach the circles with snail adhesive. Next, we stamped the saying just under the circles. At this point, before adding the flower accent or attaching to another layer you can texture if you'd like. I did a few that way, and all my girls chose to do that. Here is one done that way.


Click to enlarge. I used the Fancy Fan Folder on this one, and it is recessed instead of raised. That wasn't intentional, I just didn't stop to think which way I put it in the folder. But, it looks OK. I also used the Petals a Plenty folder and I think that is what the girls all chose.

The last accent on the card is a Daffodil Delight flower punched with the Boho Blossoms punch. It is attached direct to the background. Over it we added a flower button from the Brights sets (any will work with this paper). In the center of the button we knotted white Bakers Twine. Attach the button with a mini glue dot. 

Imagine the possibilities here with all the DSP choices we have!! Fun fun!! 

Thanks for stopping by today!! Back soon with the other two cards from last weekend!!


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Happy Friday all!! Hope you've had a good week and the Holiday Season is going well for you. I'm so far behind it isn't even funny, but just can't seem to get into it!! Oh well :)

Friday means another round of Sketch Frenzy Friday!! Here is my creation of the week

based on this sketch by Maria.

Pretty simple, and amazingly looks a whole lot like my creation for last week-except for the color!! Early Espresso & Real Red. I stamped the gingerbread man from Scentsational Season on Whisper White in Early Espresso and cut with the coordinating framelit. He is attached to Whisper White with dimensionals, then onto Early Espresso. Those are over ribbons of Early Espresso & Real Red. Background is Polka Dot Parade DSP.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure an stop over at the main SFF blog and play along!! We LOVE to see your creations!!


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Happy Friday all! Hope you've had a Great week!

Time for another round of Sketch Frenzy Friday!! Here is my creation

based on this sketch by Kim Innis.

I actually started out thinking bright, but ended up with a very subtle look! Wisteria Wonder and White. Card base is Wisteria with an accent layer of Whisper White behind the Wisteria DSP dotted background. Across the center is a strip of White with a Wisteria ribbon attached over it. The saying from Loving Thoughts was stamped in Wisteria just under the strip. The flower is from Button Buddies and was stamped in Wisteria on White and then cut out. In the center is a Whisper White button with Wisteria Wonder Bakers Twine knotted in the center.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you stop  over at the main SFF Blog and see the creations of the rest of the team and PLAY ALONG!!



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Happy Friday all! Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving yesterday! I'm skipping the shopping today and staying home. Maybe we'll do some Christmas decorating!! or I'll continue working on the Christmas cards which I finally started today :)

Friday means another Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge. Here is my creation of the week

based on this sketch, also by me!

Colors: Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green & Very Vanilla as per the Be of Good Cheer DSP. Card base Cherry Cobbler with an accent of Gumball Green behind the Very Vanilla background. The top portion of the background was textured in the Big Shot using the Lacy Brocade embossing folder from the Holiday Mini. At the bottom I stamped "Merry Christmas" from the More Merry Messages set Above that is a strip of DSP from the Be of Good Cheer pack. attached to that is an ornament from Delightful Decorations. I stamped it in Cherry Cobbler and punched with the coordinating punch. I added small pearls to the image and a medium one in the center. Lastly, a bow of Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta attached with Mini Glue dot.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you stop over at the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog to see what the rest of the team created, and to play along with us!!


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Happy Friday all!! Hope you've had a good week with a great weekend on tap!

Here is my Sketch Frenzy Friday creation of the week

based on this sketch by Deb Currier.

This one didn't immediately click for me, but once the Sunflower landed in my head I couldn't get past it! The card base is Early Espresso. The background is Summer Starfruit that I textured in the Big Shot with the Woodgrain Embossing Folder and then dabbed some Early Espresso ink over (lightly with a sponge). Next I stamped the Sunflower in Early Espresso on Naturals Ivory that I had cut to the desired size. I grabbed a blender pen and added Summer Starfruit ink for the petals. In the center I used a dauber to added some Early Espresso. That is attached to an Early Espresso layer and then to the card background. Over that is an Early Espresso banner that I dotted with the Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder. Lastly, the saying in Espresso on Naturals Ivory from Blessings from Heaven.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure you stop over at Sketch Frenzy Friday to see the other team members' creations!! And, play along!! We LOVE to see what you create!!


Club 3 Gumball Tree

Here is card 3 from Club last weekend! This one was quick and easy!! Inspired by my SFF teammate Tammy Fite.

The card I saw that Tammy made is HERE. She used DSP behind Whisper White that she cut the tree into. I decided to take it up a notch and texture! The card base is Gumball Green. The background is Gumball Green Core'dinations Card Stock that I textured in the Lacy Brocade embossing folder in the Big Shot. When you sand it, you get the lighter green color. The top layer is Very Vanilla that I cut the tree into with the Holiday Collection Framelits. We then stamped the "Merry Christmas" from the Sassy Salutations set in Gumball Green at the bottom before texturing the Vanilla also in the Lacy Brocade folder. Final accent: a Champagne Glimmer star, cut also using the Holiday Collection Framelits set.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hopefully I can make it to the stamp room today to create so I have more to share this week!! This is the end of my stash!! Happy Monday all!!


Club 2 Riding Hood Snowflakes

Howdy all-welcome back!! Hope you're having a good weekend!! Here is card two from last weekend. You've seen me post several cards already using the Snowflake Soiree set. Here is one more. Maybe my favorite so far!!

Isn't this cool?? Several of my girls thought at first look that it was Designer Paper. Nope-we stamped it!! The card base is Crumb Cake with a Whisper White accent layer behind the Riding Hood Red background. On the background we stamped all the snowflakes from Snowflake Soiree. I like to go largest to smallest, so first: the largest in Craft White, next the 2nd largest in Riding Hood. 3rd largest in Illuminate. Last, the smallest in Cherry Cobbler. Remember the Rule of 3 at least for the largest two flakes. The other two you can kind of just fill in or go over the others until you get a look you're happy with! Blend as little or as much as you'd like!!

After stamping the background, we added some piercing and small pearls on the corner. It sort of gets lost in the background though!! But, it seemed like it needed something else. We used the Essentials Paper-Piercing Pack again and we did three holes on each side of the corner and set a small pearl in the center.

The Riding Hood Red was then attached to the Whisper White and we knotted a Crumb Cake Taffeta ribbon around. Again, love the way this ribbon lays and how easy it is to tie. Over the ribbon we added a "Merry" that was stamped on Whisper White in Riding Hood an then punched with the Extra Large Punch. Over the Merry, we stamped an Illuminate snowflake before attaching over the ribbon with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today! Hopefully I've given you some inspiration!!


Club 1 Double Doily

Howdy all! Finally-here is the first card from Club last weekend!

This is another Double Background card as inspired by Dawn Olchefske. You can see my initial creation using this technique HERE along with a link to her blog and tutorial. Basically, it is as simple as it sounds: stamping two backgrounds, one over the other. This is a case of her card as well for the layout. It's so simple, yet WOW!! The card base here is Midnight Muse. An accent layer of Whisper White sits behind the top layer of Not Quite Navy. Chosen because of coordinating ribbon. The taffeta ribbon is perfect for this card but others might work as well. I love that the taffeta lays so flat!

OK, first step is to stamp your saying on the right side. I chose the 'kindness' one from Blooming with Kindness. It is stamped in Not Quite Navy on the Not Quite Navy in the bottom right corner. Now you have your "placement" guide. Ink the En Francais background with Not Quite Navy and stamp on the left side of the card. Watch your orientation and direction of your words!! It would be very easy to get them going the wrong way! Over the En Francais, stamp the Hello Doily background that was inked in Craft White. Be careful not to smudge as you finish! Next, add three brads at the top left corner using the Stampin' Pierce Mat, Essentials Piercing Pack and Paper-Piercing Tool. The Piercing Pack is shown on page 181. For this, you want the center template that has the scallop edges at the bottom and just lines of holes around the top. Choose the spacing you prefer-I left two in between each as there was plenty of room.

In the holes, insert three Metallic brads. The Metallic Brads set has 4 different finishes. This one is gold, I also had a Silver and Antique Brass. Attach the Not Quite Navy layer to the Whisper White and then knot the Not Quite Navy Taffeta ribbon around just at the edge of the background stamping. 

Thanks for stopping by today!! Let me know if you have any questions!! Stop back tomorrow for the Snowflake card the girls did!!


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Happy Friday all! Looks to be a nice day here. Excited for the weekend as it brings the first competition for the High School Robotics team! Good Luck all!!

On to the reason you are here! Friday means another round of Sketch Frenzy Friday!! Here is my creation

based on this sketch by Tammy Fite.

My card base is Rich Razzleberry with a Basic Gray accent layer behind a Whisper White background. I textured the background in the Fancy Fan Embossing Folder. Across the background are 3 strips of paper: two from the Polka Dot Parade pack in Rich Razzleberry and one of Silver Glimmer. On the bottom one I stamped "cheers" in Basic Gray. Not as dark as I'd hoped, but you can see it. Over the strips is a Rich Razzleberry frame that was embossed with the Oval from the Designer Frames Folders set. I cut around the outside of the frame after embossing and punched a Whisper White center with the Extra-Large Oval punch. I stamped the wine glass (my favorite drink!!) on Whisper White in both Basic Gray and Rich Razzleberry. I cut out the Gray Glass and the wine from the Rich Razzleberry and attached it in the glass. The filled glass in attached with a dimensional to the oval frame.

Thanks all for stopping by today!! Make sure you stop over at the main Sketch Frenzy Friday blog to see the other girls' creations and to play along!!


Eggplant Snowflake

I had to do it in purple!! LOVE purple!! Not near enough of it in my world!!

This is so quick and easy yet a WOW!! card. I'm thinking my Christmas card may be some version of this!! Wait until you see the one my Club girls did last weekend(we stamped the flakes on color)-check back this weekend!

Details for this one! The card base is Elegant Eggplant with a Whisper White accent layer behind the background of Crumb Cake. On the Crumb Cake I stamped the snowflakes from Snowflake Soiree. I did the largest in Whisper White, the next size down in Elegant Eggplant, then Illuminate, and finally Crumb cake. Click to enlarge if you need to see the detail more clearly. After mounting the Crumb Cake on the Whisper White, I knotted an Elegant Eggplant Scallop Dotted ribbon around. Over that, is "Merry" that was stamped in Elegant Eggplant on Crumb Cake and punched with the Large Oval punch. Over the Merry, I stamped a Crumb Cake small snowflake.

Thanks for stopping by today! I'll be back Friday for sure with Sketch Frenzy Friday and I will try very had to get the Club cards from last weekend scheduled to post starting this weekend!


Triple Snowflake

Every since I saw the Triple Time technique, I've wanted to try it with snowflakes. Here it is!!

Lots of colors would work with this, and I thought through quite a few options before I started. I wanted to use the White Craft Ink, and maybe the Illuminate pad so I needed color as the background, not white or vanilla. I settled on Pool Party for the background, layered with Island Indigo. I stamped the Believe in the center first, at a slight upward angle. The snowflakes by the way, are from the Snowflake Soiree set. I started with the largest first in Craft White. Then the 2nd largest in Pool Party, 3rd in the Illuminate and the smallest in Island Indigo. After attaching the Pool Party stamped pieces to their coordinating Island Indigo layer, I knotted a Whisper White 3/8" Taffeta around the smallest piece before attaching them all together.

Quick and easy, yet wow!! Thanks for stopping by today!!



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Happy Friday all! Hope you've had a good week and have a GREAT weekend on tap :) Looks to be somewhat busy here, but that's OK! Excited to see the first Robotics team activity on Saturday, even if I have to be up WAYYYY to early!!

OK, on to the reason you are here!! Friday means another Sketch Frenzy Friday challenge!! Here is what I created

based on this sketch by Patrice.

I'm stuck on Fall leaves so I grabbed Wonderfall! Clinging to Fall really because I'm not ready for Winter but knowing it can happen at any time!!

My card base is Early Espresso with an accent layer of More Mustard behind the DSP print of More Mustard from the Orchard Harvest pack. I textured the background print in the Square Lattice embossing folder. The accent stripe is also from the Orchard Harvest pack and is mounted on Early Espresso. The leaves were cut from Very Vanilla using the Autumn Accents die and I stamped after cutting. Cajun Craze for the Maple leaf, More Mustard for the small leaf, and Early Espresso for the acorn. I decided to use the medium sized leaf for my saying. The leaf was stamped with Lucky Limeade, then I added the saying from Friendly Phrases in Early Espresso. All the leaves and the acorn were attached with dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by today! Make sure to stop over at the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog to see the other members creations and to play along!!


Cajun Double Back Sunflower

Happy Halloween all, somewhat late!! Hope you had a great night! I miss the days of trick or treating and handing out candy, yet it's nice just to be home and do what I need to do! Living in the country now, Trick or Treaters at the door have never happened. And, my boys are too old to go out! and, I'm OK with that :)

I played in the stamp room tonight-motivated to get a few cards done by ideas that have been running around in my head. That sounds like a bad thing-but trust me-it's all good!! :) LOVE being back in creative mode!! Gotta get "the" Christmas card on the to do list!!

Here is one that I did tonight! Inspired by Dawn Olchefske over at DO Stamping. She did a post recently on using Double Backgrounds. Of course she used the Sunflower so I HAD to give it a try!!

This is very similar to her card, but I did change a few things! My card base is Cajun Craze with an Early Espresso accent layer behind the Crumb Cake background. On the background, I stamped the saying from Pursuit of Happiness in Cajun on the lower right corner. Then, I inked the En Francais background in Crumb Cake and stamped on the left side of the card. Over that I stamped the Sunflower inked with Cajun Craze. I attached the Crumb cake layer to the Early Espresso. I then knotted a Crumb cake ribbon at the edge of the background stamps, and added 3 Metallic brads to the top right corner. Attach that layer to the background and done!

Pretty simple, yet VERY wow!!

Thanks for stopping by today! Back soon with more creations :)


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Woohoo-I was an Artist pick over at HSS with my Textured Folaige card!

Here is my card again

and a link to my original post HERE.


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Here is the second card I made last night. I tweaked it just a bit this morning and I guess it will do! I played along with the sketch challenge over at Freshly Made Sketches. They always have great ones!! Here is my card

based on this sketch

I really didn't stamp much on this one! I let the Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper do all the work!! The card base is Cherry Cobber with a Gumball Green accent layer behind the Gumball Green print background. At the top right are 3 Very Vanilla brads per the sketch. The other DSP print is matted on Cherry Cobbler and attached to the background. My snowflake element is two of the medium snowflakes from the Snow Flurry die in Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla. In the center, the smallest cut from the Champagne Glimmer paper. The flakes are all attached together with a Very Vanilla brad and then set on a 1-3/4" Gumball Green circle. It needed something behind it and I tried all the colors in the card without really liking any of them!! The Merry Christmas from Teeny Tiny Wishes was stamped on a Very Vanilla banner that I cut with the Bitty Banners Framelits. I cut a second from Cherry Cobbler, split in the middle, and attached at the ends of the Very Vanilla.

Thanks for stopping by again today!! I'm off and running with son #2 to shop for winter clothes!!

Triple Foliage Inspiration

I needed to be creative tonight, so I found a few challenges to play along with! First, the Inspiration challenge over at Hand Stamped Sentiments. Fall HSSIC141. I always think leaves when I think fall, and ever since I saw the Triple Time Technique I've wanted to try texturing it. Love textured leaves, so here we go!!

I of course reached for French Foliage. I did consider Wonderfall, but French Foliage won out. Just love how well these leaves go together! The yellow in the inspiration photo really stood out to me, so I looked through my Color Coach until I found something fall-ish involving a yellow. The colors I chose: More Mustard, Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy. I ended up with more green than yellow, but I like the end result!!

Remember, the layers sizes are as follows:

Old Olive
4-1/4 x 5-1/2 (8-1/2 x 5-1/2 folded)
3-1/4 x 4-1/2
2-1/4 x 3-1/2

Very Vanilla
4 x 5-1/4
3 x 4-1/4
2 x 3-1/4

As per the technique, I attached (gently) my Very Vanilla layers together and then stamped them. I did the verse first in Burgundy, then leaves in More Mustard, Old Olive and Bravo Burgundy. I added a few splatters too (can't resist those!!) in Crumb Cake. While still attached together, I ran all the Very Vanilla layers through the Square Lattice embossing folder. Then I took them apart and layered onto their respective Old Olive Layer. Around the smallest, I knotted a More Mustard 1/2" Scallop Dots ribbon. 

Thanks for stopping by! I have another card made, but I'm going to "sleep on it" before posting. Want to make sure I like it first :) See you tomorrow!!


Clean & Simple Eggplant Flowers

I created this card last night. My starting point was the Clean & Simple sketch this week, FTL214. I'm not sure my end result is clean and simple, but their sketch was a GREAT starting point!! Here is my card.

Purple is my favorite color and I was in the mood for some last night so I grabbed Elegant Eggplant as my starting point. The card base is Eggplant with a Lucky Limeade layer behind the background River Rock. I textured the River Rock with the Argyle Embossing Folder. An accent of Daffodil Delight 1/8" Taffeta ribbon was knotted around the background before attaching to the card base. The center panel is Elegant Eggplant again with Very Vanilla. Thinking of You from Sassy Salutations was stamped in the bottom corner. The flowers were made by punching Scallop Circles of Elegant Eggplant and then cutting "petals" and texturing them in the Perfect Polka Dot Embossing Folder. Under the flowers are two sets of leaves cut from Lucky Limeade with the Little Leaves Sizzlit. The center of the flowers are circles of River Rock, Lucky Limeade and Daffodil Delight. Sizes 1", 3/4" and 1/2". I attached those all together then ran through the Square Lattice Embossing Folder.

Thanks for stopping by today!!


Open House Triple Betsy

Finally-card four from Open Houses last weekend!! I decided to show everyone the Triple Time technique that is so fun yet easy!! I started playing with colors, looking for a Fall feel, and ended up with this!

Island Indigo, Daffodil Delight and Lucky Limeade. The stamp set used is Betsy's Blossom and the saying is from Curly Cute. Remember the trick to this?? Start by layering all your Whisper White pieces together. Attach them with just a little bit of Snail adhesive. Stamp as desired with all the layers together. We started by doing the saying first at the bottom of the center layer. And, we made sure to leave an Indigo flower in the center of that layer for a brad accent. I like to stamp the larger images first, then work my way to the smaller. I did the large Daffodil flowers, then the Limeade leaves and Indigo flowers, and finally filled in with the small Daffodil flowers.

When you take them apart and layer on their Island Indigo layer you get a WOW!!! effect! One thing to note: while stamping, you will get some spots at the edges that don't look wonderful. But, remember you are adding an Indigo layer to the back of each Whisper White. Those "spots" won't show!! This sizes of the layers are

Whisper White          Island Indigo
2 x 3-1/4                   2-1/4 x 3-1/2
3 x 4-1/4                   3-1/4 x 4-1/2
4 x 5-1/4                   4-1/4 x 11 (base, folded to 4-1/4 x 5)

The final accent is a Daffodil Delight 1/4" Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon that we tied into a bow and attached with a Glue Dot. 

Thanks for stopping by today! Hope you have a GREAT weekend on tap! Looks to be a football day here! Our Kansas State Wildcats have a big game this afternoon, and Hubby's office has a Husker tailgate before their game this evening.


Sketch Frenzy Friday 102612

Happy Friday all! Long week but I think I'm just about recovered from all the activity I had last weekend :) I always enjoy the time with my stampers but the work of it just about wipes me out!! Looking forward to a little more relaxing time this weekend!!

Here is my Sketch Frenzy Friday creation of the week!

based on this sketch by Tammy Fite.

My card base is Rich Razzleberry with an accent layer of Lucky Limeade behind the background of Whisper White. While running through ideas in my mind, I hit on this DSP print. It's from the Summer Smooches pack and I've always wondered what it would work good with. I decided it would be perfect for a couple of the "banners" on this sketch. I'm terrible at these by the way-if anyone has a great tip for cutting the corner ends of these straight, please let me know! I know I can't do it free hand, so I always reach for a square punch. But they never seem to come out quite right!!

I changed up the sketch a little again. I'm becoming quite the rebel aren't I? I'm usually one for keeping it as is!! My center banner isn't banner cut at all, I left both ends straight so I could fit more flowers on. I stamped the flowers/leaves from Bright Blossoms. Some I cut out, some I stamped direct. I added a couple Daffodil Delight brads and one Daffodil Delight button with some Whisper White Bakers Twine in the center. The saying is from Friendly Phrases.

The white background may be a little too white, but I didn't give myself any extra time to try something else! Probably should have made my "banner" layers just a tad wider! Oh well, it isn't terrible!

Happy Friday all! Hope you have a GREAT weekend on tap and you find some stamping time! Make sure you stop over at the Sketch Frenzy Friday blog to check out the creations of the other Design Team Members. AND, play along with us!!!


Open House Wonderfall

Card three from the weekend! Using this fun new Wonderfall stamp set and coordinating Bigz die!!

Inspired by the wonderfully talented Connie Babbert. I've decided next Open House, I'm starting at Connie's blog when I need ideas. I know I got one in July and now here's another for October. I actually saw a case of her card on Stampin' Connection (a demo group) and then went looking for her card. I changed up the colors but left the layout very similar. You can see her card HERE

My card base is Elegant Eggplant with a Summer Starfruit accent layer behind the Very Vanilla background. On the background, at the bottom we added a piece of Old Olive Designer Paper from the Brights Collection Stack. On the right side of the Very Vanilla, centered up and down between the DSP and the top of the card we stamped the saying "Imagine the Possibilities" from the Word Play set. Across the top of the DSP we attached a Summer Starfruit ribbon on which we had placed a Ribbon slide

The leaves are cut with the Autumn Accents die before stamping. To stamp them, first ink your stamp well as it lays face up on the table. Center your leaf over and set it gently down on the stamp. Press in the center good with your finger, then flip it over and press down on the table.

Colors for the leaves: the largest Elegant Eggplant, then Summer Starfruit and Old Olive. Attach them all with dimensionals. The final accent, a small bow made from the Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta ribbon.

Thanks for stopping by today!! See you back here tomorrow for Sketch Frenzy Friday!!


Open House Midnight Ornament

Card two from the weekend! This one was fairly quick and easy too. In part because of coordinating stamps and Framelits!

The colors: Midnight Muse & Shimmery White. Love Shimmery White for Christmas!! Card base is Midnight Muse with the background Shimmery White that was embossed with the Holiday Frame Embossing Folder. This folder has great detail-all kinds of Christmas items are worked into that pattern!! The ornament from Ornament Keepsakes was stamped 3 times on another sheet of Shimmery White and cut out in the Big Shot with the coordinating Framelit Die from the Holiday Ornaments set. After cutting we used the Simply Scored to score each ornament down the center. Hint: I colored one of the recessed lines on my Simply Scored with the Silver Stampin' Dazzle Marker (p. 19 Holiday Mini). This helps in centering the top and bottom of the ornament on the same line!! I was having issues before!!

After scoring and folding well using the Bone Folder, attach the three ornaments together. You should have one that lays fairly flat across the front, and one attached one each side. You should have a flat back to attach to the card base, half from each of the side ornaments. Hopefully that is a little clearer than mud! Sit down and do one and I think you'll see what I mean. Before attaching the ornament, attached a small piece of Midnight Muse ribbon over the top of the card, to the back of the background layer. Attach your ornament as desired over the ribbon, centering on the embossed background as desired. Tie another piece of Midnight Muse ribbon into a bow and attach to the ornament with a Glue Dot. The saying is from More Merry Messages and was punched with the Large Oval Punch. Attach to the card base with dimensionals.

That's it! Let me know if you have any questions!! Thanks for stopping by today!!


Open House Snow Flurry

Look what you're missing by not stamping with me today!! Here is card one for the World Card Making Day Open Houses.

My Stampin' Success (magazine for Demonstrators) arrived Monday just as I was working up cards. I was inspired to create this based on a sample and idea in there. Their colors were completely different, but the layout almost the same. My card base is Early Espresso. The background, Naturals Ivory that was embossed with the Northern Flurry Embossing Folder. The "Believe" is from the Snowflake Soiree set in the Holiday Mini and was stamped in the bottom corner in Early Espresso. You will be seeing more of the Snowflake Soiree set!! Not sure why I resisted it initially, but the snowflakes are very pretty and the words are great too!

OK, the snowflake element. All three snowflakes were cut with the Snow Flurry Bigz Die from the Holiday Mini. The largest was cut from Silver Shimmer paper. After cutting, I dabbed Early Espresso ink over it. It gives it a very pretty brown hue to go with the rest of the card. You don't get tons of color this way, but it definitely adds something!! This idea was in the Stampin' Success. Thanks Stampin' Up!! The middle snowflake is Early Espresso, and the top Naturals Ivory. They are all attached together with a Metallic Brad and then layered onto the card with dimensionals.

Thanks all for stopping by today!! More cards to come this week from Open House!!


Sketch Frenzy Friday 101912

Happy Friday all! Crazy week here and FAR from over at this point! Looking forward to Open Houses with my stampers this weekend. Not so much to the concession stand I have to work tonight!

Friday means another round of Sketch Frenzy Friday!! Here is my creation

based on this sketch by Sharon Wheet.

I played with the ornaments from Ornament Keepsakes this week in preparing for Open House and decided to go with that for my card today. Colors are Gumball Green, Cherry Cobbler and Very Vanilla as determined by the background DSP from the Be of Good Cheer pack. I cut two Window Frames with the framelit set, one in Cherry Cobbler, the next smaller in Very Vanilla. I pierced the Cherry Cobbler using the coordinating Paper Piercing mat from the Festive Piercing Pack. Onto the windows I attached a Cherry Cobbler ornament. I first stamped this onto Very Vanilla, then cut it in the Big Shot with the coordinating framelit from the Holiday Ornaments set. Around the top of the ornament is a Very Vanilla 1/8" Taffeta ribbon. The ornament is attached with dimensionals to the Windows. The Windows are also attached with dimensionals to the card base. I couldn't make the element on the corner work like Sharon has on the sketch, so I moved it down and made it my saying. This is my favorite Christmas saying in my collection, from the More Merry Messages set.

Thanks for stopping by today!! Stop over at the main SFF blog to see the rest of the teams' creations and to play along!! We LOVE to see your creations!!


Club Snow Flurry

Finally-the last card from Club! This is a quick and easy one!!

Love this DSP-the Be of Good Cheer pack in the main catalog. This stripe was the perfect accent to the snowflakes. Card base Cherry Cobbler, accent layer of Gumball Green. The large and small snowflake are cut using the Snow Flurry die from Very Vanilla card stock.The center one is from the Champagne Glimmer paper. We attached the flakes together with glue dots, then to the card background with also with glue dots. A jumbo pearl is the center accent. The saying, from More Merry Messages was stamped in Cherry Cobbler on Very Vanilla and attached to an accent layer of Cherry Cobbler.

Ready for Christmas yet??