SUO #109 Bring on the Cake with Holiday Hedgehogs

For those of you who follow my blog, it’s no secret that I love the adorable hedgehog stamps.  A couple of weeks ago my good friend, Jodi McKinney of Life In Between, showed up at my studio with a surprise package for me – what could it be?!  I pulled the tissue paper out of the bag and discovered … my very own hedgehog!  He’s now residing in my display window with a front row seat to watch the antics of my living, breathing front yard groundhog “friends.”  (BTW:  did you know our infamous Punxy Phil became the mascot for Groundhog’ Day, because he is the U.S. animal bearing the closest resemblance to the hedgehog; the hedgehog is actually the original weather forecaster!)

2014.10 hedgehog from Jodi
I wanted to let Jodi know how much I appreciated having my own personal hedgehog, so, I naturally had to make her an appropriate hedgehog thank you card! I chose this retired Holiday Hedgehog stamp and simply used my SU Early Espresso marker to ink the hedgehogs, without the candy cane. I filled in the hands and feet, where necessary, with the fine tip point of the marker and then fussy cut each of the hedgehogs.
hedgehog candy cane
My background is simply a few pieces of Lullaby DSP matted with Coastal Cabana and mounted onto Hello Honey, then run through the Tiny Triangles EF for texture. With the hedgehog’s hands outstretched, I felt they should be holding something – the heart from the owl punch worked beautifully. The tiny scallop circles with the Coastal Cabana rhinestones were as a result of an “uh-oh” glue spot on the ribbon. I quite like the way they add a sparkly finishing touch to this card.
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Holiday Hedgehogs, Bring on the Cake
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Hello Honey, Medium Coastal Cabana Blendabilities
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana, Lullaby DSP
ACCESSORIES: Owl punch, Itty Bitty Scallop punch, rhinestones, Tiny Triangles EF, Big Shot, Soft Suede ribbon, Large Oval punch, oval die, blender pen, glue dots, dimensionals


FM 177 Season of Thanks and Lovely as a Tree

My family and I enjoyed a wonderful time in Ocean City Beach last week; I LOVE having all my kids and their partners together under one roof for an extended period of time (be sure to check out the picture below)!   We arrived back in PA on Saturday and the first thought that entered my mind when I got out of the car was, “Fall arrived while we were gone!  Brrrr!!”  With the change of temperatures, I automatically reached for my Fall stamps once I got back into my studio.  I used the Friday Mashup  challenge for my layout, incorporating leaves into the sketch design for the Mashup.  To create the background, I stamped the Lovely as a Tree oak leaves onto the Cajun Craze Colour Me Autumn DSP with Versamark, then sprinkled on some clear embossing powder and heat set it.

2014.09.16 FRIDAY MASHUP 177
To provide a two tone effect, I sponged Old Olive over the DSP matte and then wiped the ink off the embossed surfaces.  I was pleased with the subtle Fall background it provided for the Season of Thanks image.  A simple linen bow topped with a natural button (colored with a Blendabilities marker) provided the finishing touch.
2014.09.16 CLOSE UP
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Season of Thanks, Lovely as a Tree, Express Yourself
STAMPIN UP INK: Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Tangelo Twist, Tangerine Tango, Crushed Curry, So Saffron Soft Suede, Blackberry Bliss, Sahara Sand
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Crushed Curry, Old Olive, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla, Colour Me Autumn DSP
ACCESSORIES: Deco Label framelits, Word Window punch, Natural button, natural linen thread, clear embossing powder, heat tool, sponge, dimensionals, glue dot

As promised, here’s a picture of my family after celebrating my birthday in Ocean City; I am SO blessed!
2014.09.12 condo porch pict

PPA 217 Bandana Technique with Daydream Medallions and Madison Avenue

Do you ever “wander around on line” as if you were wandering through a store?  I sure do!  I find so much inspiration browsing through Google images, Pinterest and You Tube.  In the midst of my “wandering” last week, I stumbled upon the bandana technique.  This was totally new to me and really excited me, as I had just placed my fall order which included the Bootiful Occasions stamp set.  My wheels started turning on how I could use the bandana technique with the cowboy boot.  While waiting for my order, I thought I’d use this week’s Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge as a layout for my first attempt with this technique.  Knowing I didn’t have any paisley stamps, I perused my various stamp sets to see what I had that would work to create a bandana effect.  I selected Daydream Medallions along with Madison Avenue and was quite pleased with how well these two sets worked together.  Having been an avid doodler for longer than I can recall, this technique was right up my alley — so much fun just doodling, doodling, doodling with my white gel pen.  Now, I can’t wait until my Bootiful Boots arrive!

PPA 2014.09.02
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Another Thank You, Daydream Medallions and Madison Avenue
STAMPIN UP INK: Memento Black, Stampin Up Basic Black Marker, White gel pen
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Read Red, Basic Black, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Black candy dot, dimensionals, linen thread, floral framelets, Fancy Fan EF

TSOT 178 Another Thank You

This year’s DSP has me SO excited; I’m just loving the patterns and options!  The Back to Black is my on-going favorite; in fact, I need to reorder it, yet again!  Today’s card was designed for the Try Stampin’ on Tuesday challenge; my original version is going out in the mail to a friend, so I couldn’t post it here.   So it was back to the drawing board to quickly come up with an adapted layout. Hmm, version #2 did not come quickly; I actually lost track of all the different flowers, butterflies, embellishments that I tried for the finishing touch.  Finally, I opened my Flower Fair dies and decided on the leafy flower cut out of Epic Day DSP; two flowers with a candy brad center and I was finally pleased!

TSOT 178 2014.08.05 WITH FLOWER

STAMPIN UP STAMP(S):   Another Thank You

STAMPIN UP INK:    Memento Tuxedo Black

STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP:   Back to Black and Epic Day DSP, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White, Basic Black

ACCESSORIES:    Flower Fair die, candy dot brad, pearl

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FMS 143: Flower Shop, Best of Greetings and Gorgeous Grunge

I’m one of those people who love to use clip art in my emails.  Recently when I was browsing through Google’s clip art, I happened across this little picture and “fell in love.”  Today was my day to bring the picture to life using the Freshly Made Sketches challenge for the card’s layout.


I cut ¼” strips of Naturals White and Basic Black and wove them together to create the flower pot. Then I mounted the woven strips onto a rectangle and trimmed the edges at an angle to create the slanted pot. In order to hold the pieces firmly together, I ran the rectangle through the Square Lattice EF. As the card evolved, I decided it needed to be grunged up a bit – so out came the sponges and Gorgeous Grunge stamp to “dirty up” the card. I had intended to use So Saffron candy dots (based on the clip art picture); but, was surprised to find the So Saffron was actually too bright for the card. I chose Very Vanilla candy dots and colored them with the Blush Blendabilities for a hint of color. I thought this card would be perfect as a thank you to a hostess following a 4th of July gathering or even to a service man/woman for their service to our country. I hope my U.S. readers all had a wonderful holiday!


STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Best of Greetings, Flower Shop, Gorgeous Grunge
STAMPIN UP INK: Basic Black, Garden Green, Sahara Sand, Crumb Cake, Blendabilities Blush (for the candy dots), white gel
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Naturals White, Real Red, Pacific Point, Pacific Point DSP (2012), Summer Smooches DSP, Basic Black
ACCESSORIES: Sizzlits Little Leaves, Square Lattice EF, Pansy Punch, Very Vanilla candy dots (colored with blendabilities), aqua painter, sponges, brass brad, bitty star punch, linen thread, glue dot
FMS Final 143-001

Off the Grid and Polka Dot Pieces

Time in my studio is often filled with designing and prepping for upcoming classes; it’s a fun challenge to come up with fresh designs that will be appropriate for beginners as well as experienced stampers.  This week, though, most of my cards have been for special people in my life.  Today’s card goes out to a cyber-friend who has been an encourager and supporter across the miles!

I recently added Off the Grid to my stamp collection.  This card is my debut run with the stamp and I REALLY like the background it creates – I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of this stamp in days to come!   Gorgeous Grunge was added on top of Off the Grid for a more detailed effect.

2014.06.05 ty for linda heller inspired by pinterest

Next I used Polka Dot pieces  and my scallop punches to create the layered flowers.   A very quick CAS card to make!


STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Polka Dot Pieces, Off the Grid, Lots of Thanks, Gorgeous Grunge
STAMPIN UP INK: Daffodil Delight, Tangelo Tango, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Whisper White, Wild Wasabi, Daffodil Delight
ACCESSORIES: 7/8” and mini scallop punches, Beautiful Wings Embosslit, Apothecary Accents die, rhinestones, glue dots, dimensionals

This card was inspired by a card I saved in my inspiration file (see below); unfortunately I do not know the designer of the card.  If you happen to know the designer, please leave a comment below!

background stamping

JAI #216: Thoughts and Prayers and Just Believe

Just Add Ink’s challenge this week was to “Just add watercolor!”  I was in the mood to try something a bit different, so I chose my 1” acrylic block to create my background.  Next I envisioned an orchard on a sunny day and chose my colors accordingly.  Each row was stamped with varying colors:

  • Row 1:  Marina Mist
  •  Row 2:  Marina Mist and Pool Party
  • Row 3:  Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
  • Row 4:  Old Olive

After inking the block each time, I lightly spritzed water on the ink and then stamped the block onto my Whisper White.  I was intentional in not fully covering my block with ink, so that I’d have some white spaces for a cloud effect.    The tabs to the left of the image were made by running two thin strips through the Arrows EF, then a punched mini circle, topped with a candy dot, nestled into the embossed arrow.  I had fun with this technique and learned in the process.  Next time, I believe I will scoot my inked columns a bit closer together.

JAI 216 2014.06.04
STAMPIN UP STAMP(S): Thoughts and Prayers, Just Believe
STAMPIN UP INK: Marina Mist, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Old Olive
STAMPIN UP CARDSTOCK/DSP: Marina Mist CS and DSP, Basic Black, Whisper White
ACCESSORIES: Candy Dots, Arrows Textured EF, 1-inch acrylic block, spritzer bottle with water, mini circle punch, Word Window punch, Modern Label punch, dimensionals