RS 116 Gorgeous Grunge, Cuddles & Kisses, and Barron Bear

My daughter and son-in-law posted their exciting news on Facebook tonight; so, I’m now free to tell the world, that they’re expecting their first baby and our first grandbaby.  I couldn’t be happier for them; I know they’re going to be awesome parents!  As soon as they posted their announcement, I scooted down to my studio and designed this card using this week’s Retrosketches  sketch.   I stamped the bear, then masked over him while I stamped the Gorgeous Grunge background.  The ribbon border was a bit heavier than I wanted, so I simply trimmed it in half and it felt “just right.”  An In Color Boutique embellishment seemed to be the perfect finishing touch!



STAMP(S):   Stampabilities Barron Bear; Stampin Up Gorgeous Grunge; Stampin Up Cuddles and Kisses

STAMPIN UP INK:  Crisp Cantaloupe, Chocolate Chip, River Rock, Gumball Green, Certainly Celery, So Saffron, Blushing Bride

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP:  Gumball Green, Watercolor Wonder, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Crisp Cantaloupe

ACCESSORIES:   Border punch, In Color Boutique Details, Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch, glue dot



CQC 242 Sassy Salutations and Create a Cupcake

This was a quick and easy card using the colors from this week’s ColourQ challenge.  The cupcake cup holder was made by stamping Lucky Limeade onto the Daffodil Delight DSP from the Gingham Garden pack.  I used the same DSP for the cherry which was stamped with Melon Mambo.  The distressed polka dot background was an afterthought; but, I was pleased with how it tied all aspects of the card together.

cqc 242 cupcake 2014.05.27

STAMP(S): Distressed Dots Background, Create a Cupcake, Sassy Salutations
STAMPIN UP INK: Melon Mambo, Lucky Limeade, Tempting Turquoise
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Melon Mambo, Tempting Turquoise, Whisper White, Gingham Garden DSP
ACCESSORIES: Polka Dot EF, Cupcake punch


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TSOT 168: Memorial Day

I hope that you all had a restful Memorial Day.   I am particularly thankful on this day for the many men and women who have sacrificed much in order to protect the freedoms we enjoy in such abundance in the USA;  I am thankful for the military personnel past and present.

Unfortunately, the lighting for this picture was poor and did not pick up the effect that the striped embossing folder added to the card.  I chose the striped folder to continue the stars and stripes theme.  The stars are punched openings in the Whisper White, with Night of Navy and Real Red inserted behind the openings and each accented with a small rhinestone.

STAMP(S): Paper Inspirations Soldier Stamp
STAMPIN UP INK: Tuxedo Black Ink
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Real Red, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Pinwheel DSP, Night of Navy DSP
ACCESSORIES: Mini star punch, rhinestones, Stripes textured impressions EF

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RS 115: Father’s Day with the Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die

This was one of those cards that sat on my desk for a few days as I tried to come up with a layout I liked.  I was happy with the shadowed typeset letters and the Fancy Fan embossed background; but, I couldn’t figure out how to use the DSP I had selected.   Then when I saw this week’s Retrosketch, my dilemma was solved and the card came together in under ten minutes (don’t you love when that happens?!)   I rarely think to use circles as a background; yet, that was just the right solution for this card!  Thanks for a great sketch, Arielle!

RS115 2014.05.21

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Basic Black, Cherry Cobbler, Silver Foil, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler and Basic Black DSP ACCESSORIES: Typeset Alphabet Bigz Die, Fancy Fan EF, heart punches, circle cutter rs115 Please stop by my 24/7 store for all of your stamping needs. ShopOnline

FM 160: Friendly Phrases

Father’s Day cards have been flowing one after another in my studio for the past week.  When I saw this week’s Friday Mash Up sketch, I knew right away that I wanted to use a grill as the focal image.  I pulled up Pinterest and found one of the many cards featuring this punch art grill and I set to work.  The card came together very quickly and even moved into the ranks as one of the cards we’ll be making in class this week.  It wasn’t until I was getting ready to post the card, that I actually took time to read the Mash Up guidelines and realized the thrust was for a Get Well Card!  Ooops, it was even in the title of the challenge!  Oh well, I had fun making the card and it does follow the sketch, so all was not lost.  I’m not sure who the originator of this punch art grill is; but, my inspiration came from a card by Linda Rodenberg.  I hope you enjoy the card and may even recreate it for a special man in your life!

FM 160 2014.05.19


STAMP(S): Friendly Phrases
STAMPIN UP INK: Tuxedo Black Memento
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Sahara Sand, Island Indigo, Real Red, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Gingham Garden DSP, Island Indigo DSP,
ACCESSORIES: Silver brads, white gel pen, dimensionals

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FMS 136: Father’s Day Card with Photopolymer Stamps

Not far from my home is a candy store that carries unique candies, as well, as candies from yesteryear.  Are you old enough to remember penny candy?   Chances are this store has the penny candy you remember; a trip to this store, is always like a trip down memory lane.   Inside the sweet treat cup on this card, are delicious pieces of chocolate, fashioned to look like small stones!  When I saw this candy, I knew I had to use it in some way for a Father’s Day card or favor.  Freshly Made Sketches  facilitated this beautifully, by offering a sketch with a circle.  I carried my candy over to my DSP shelves and looked for paper that was masculine and yet coordinated with the candy; Epic Day’s colors were a near perfect match!  I used my photopolymer alphabet set, to place the name on the Hero Arts’ blank tag.  A tiny linen bow offered the finishing touch to this Father’s Day card.


STAMP(S): Stampin Up Photopolymers, Hero Arts,
STAMPIN UP INK: Crumb Cake, Tuxedo Black Memento
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory, Epic Day DSP
ACCESSORIES: Linen thread, sweet treat cup, dimensionals, sponge


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Retrosketches 114: Wetlands, A Word for You and Gorgeous Grunge

My daughter has been researching beach houses for our family vacation this year; I’m so excited to have a week with all of my immediate family under one roof – I love those times!  As my mind was in “beach mode,” I reached for the Wetlands set to create another masculine card.  I really like the Retrosketches challenge for this week; but, I struggled to achieve the look I had envisioned.   So, I decided to flip the sketch to horizontal and then the card fell quickly into place.  To help me properly place the framing score lines, I cut a chipboard template and used that on the back of the card face.  I aligned the template lines with my score board lines, and proceeded to score.

RS114 WETLANDS 2014.05.15

The images seemed to blend in with the card a bit too much; so, I used a dauber with some Crumb Cake ink to create a bit of a shadowed background within the frame.  It’s ever so subtle; but, does provide the touch of contrast I desired.  This card was inspired by Julia Carmichael.

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STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Wetlands, A Word for You, and Gorgeous Grunge
STAMPIN UP INK: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Dimensionals, score board, dauber


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