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Happy Birthday Sailboat

Hello Stampers ~ did the title Happy Birthday Sailboat caused to wonder what was going on?

I had Remi yesterday afternoon as her other grandmother had a pet emergency and Jess had 2 appointments.  She watched Happy Feet and a dinosaur movie along with playing and coloring.  Then of course she wanted lots to eat.  It was a good afternoon.

We have an inspiration challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments this time.






When I looked at this photo I immediately saw the red lobster and the turquoise water.  I knew I wanted to use those on my card.  Since the inspiration photo was all about the water also I knew I had to use the Swirly Bird bundle to create my Happy Birthday Sailboat.

I began with the sketch from Crazy 4 Challenges






I knew I would have to flip the sketch and do some rearranging of the banners but I thought it would be a good one to use.  I began by cutting out 2 of the wavy shapes using Pool Party.  I then added Wink of Stella to the waves and sponged the edges.  Dots of Tombow were added to the back and they were set aside to dry.  I stamped the sailboat onto a scrap of white and cut it out.  The banners were cut from Crumb Cake and the ends were flagged with the Banner Triple punch.  The sentiment was stamped with Memento ink and the edges of the banners were sponged with Crumb Cake.  Now it is time to assemble the card.  The waves were added to the white layer first so that the excess could be cut off.  This layer was then added to the card base.  The banners were added overlapping them.  The sailboat was added with a dimensional.  To finish off the card the circle swirls were stamped in the upper left hand corner.  Here is my completed creation.







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Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Make sure you check out the other creations at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  I am sure there will be some fun cards there.

Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  I have 2 ladies coming today for a play date so we will have a lot of fun.  Have a Terrific Tuesday and wasn’t this a cute Happy Birthday Sailboat?


Another embossing paste card

Hello Stampers ~ are you ready for another embossing paste card?

I hope you are all staying cool with this hot weather!  We have had several heat advisories and there are several more for the upcoming days.  I have had fun playing in my craft room.  I have all my cards for my workshop next month designed and started working on my collage class.  I still need to do my Global Design card but I did finish up some of my other design team commitments.  Today I am meeting one of my best friends for lunch.  We have not seen each other for a couple of months as we have both been busy.  Can’t wait to see her and catch up.

The other day I made several card fronts using the embossing paste.  Today I am sharing another one of the front.  This one was designed using the sketch challenge at Freshly Made Sketches  





I used my embossing paste card front and added a frame that was made using the Layering Squares and Stitched Shapes framelits using Basic Black card stock.  I attached it to the card front using dots of glue.  I only put the glue on the 4 corners as I wanted the sides open so I could put the stamped images underneath.  I stamped my flamingo and leaves and cut them out.  I used glue dots to attach the leaves first and then the flamingo adding the leaf on the outside of the frame and the legs of the flamingo under the bottom of the frame.  The card layer was added to a Whisper White card base.  To finish off the card I added some gold enamel shapes.  Here is my creation.







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Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  I hope you take some time to be creative today.  Take it slow and easy in this heat!  Have a Super Saturday and are you enjoying my embossing paste cards?



A Handmade Monochromatic Card can be a challenge at times

Good Morning Ladies ~ My Monochromatic card today uses Soft Sky and Garden in Bloom.

I did not manage to get much done other than preparing for my class yesterday.  I had a lot of die cutting to do and I had an appointment so that cut into some of my time.  Today I am hoping to play with the embossing paste.  I am anxious to give it a try so look for some cards later this week.  Have you played with the embossing paste yet?  I am hoping to use it straight from the container and to also do some coloring of the paste.  I also need to work on my cards for my workshop next month as well as my collage for my collage class.  Lots to get done but all will be accomplished if I just focus!

I have my video for my One Color Wonder using Garden in Bloom and Soft Sky for you today.  I think this is a very pretty Handmade Monochromatic Card and I am sure you will agree.  This is a long video as in the middle I show you how I dye my ribbon.  Hope this extra tip is worth it.  Here is my video.


Here is a close up of the card as the lighting interfered with some of the visuals.










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Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation




Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  I am hoping today is very quiet and I can get a lot done.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday and what did you think of this Handmade Monochromatic Card?

A watercolor thank you card for today!

Hello Everyone ~ I was the Catty again and this time I chose a Watercolor Thank You card!

Do you ever start to do something and then remember you have something else you need to get done so stop and move to the other project?  That is what yesterday was like for about an hour.  I am not sure why but for some reason I could not focus on the project I started.  I finally forced myself to work on the one project I had started which was my video.  After my video was completed I was then able to work on the rest of my projects without any issues.  Not sure why I could not settle down as the video was not hard and I knew what I was doing.  Make sure you come back tomorrow to see my video!

The challenge this week at C.A.S.E. the Catty is to choose a project from the Artistic Expression section on pages 132-181 of the Annual catalog.  I love to watercolor!  While I am not the best at it I am always playing on the premise that I will improve.  In checking out the section, there was a card there that used watercoloring and a set I have not used as intended very often.  The Bunch of Blossoms set I have used quite a bit to create seashells.  I have to admit I have not created many flowers with it.  I knew the card on page 135 would be the one I would do.  I began by using a piece of Shimmery White card stock and attempted a watercolor background.  I could not get mine to look like the one in the picture when I realized I did not wet my paper first.  If you want a soft watercolor background wet your paper before adding ink with your aqua painter!  I set this aside to dry and started working on my flower.  Memento Tuxedo ink was used to stamp the petals of the flower.  These were allowed to dry also so the ink would not bleed.  After about 10 minutes, I stated watercoloring my petals.  The star shapes were colored with Crushed Curry.  Next the larger petals were watercolored with Blushing Bride.  There must have been some Crushed Curry left in my brush as there are streaks of peach on the petals.  I really liked this look so I kept coloring.  When the large petals were completed I began the small petals and used Calypso Coral.  The only thing left were the leaves.  Those were colored with Wild Wasabi.  To create the flower I punched a 1″ circle and added some strong adhesive.  I then curled the petals and attached the larger ones matching the centers to the center of the circle.  Once the large petals were added, I repeated the process with the smaller petals.  I did end up using some glue dots once several of the petals were attached as there wasn’t any glue left for the other petals.  I added the star shape in the center with a glue dot and then the other star on top with a glue dot and offsetting from the first shape.  My flower was complete and I added it to the watercolor piece with dimensionals.  The sentiment was stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black at the bottom.  The watercolor piece was mounted onto a piece of the Delightful Daisy dsp.  Linen thread was wrapped around 3 times and secured on the back.  The card in the catalog is a smaller card but I prefer the A2 size card so I chose to use a regular size card base.  I used the Polka Dot basics embossing folder to add some embossed dots to the front of my Calypso Coral card base.  The flower layer was added to card base using dimensionals.  Using the line thread, I created a multi-loop bow and attached to the strip of linen thread with a glue dot.  Here is my finished creation.









inside of card and envelope









Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation



Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you.  I have an appointment today and a workshop tonight.  Not sure I will get time to play today.  Have a Terrific Tuesday and how does my card compare to the Watercolor Thank You in the catalog?

I like Collage Stamping for the edges of cards

Hello Stampers ~ I played with some collage stamping along the edges of my card today.

I hope you all had a relaxing day yesterday.  I had Remi most of the day and then I had both girls overnight.  I did not work on anything yesterday but Zoie will be in camp and Remi will be at the other grandmother’s so I plan on doing some video taping for my One Color Wonder later this week.  I also want to play with my embossing paste.  There are a lot of great cards out on the internet using this and I want to see what I can do with it.

I saw a sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches I wanted to try.








I began by doing some collage stamping around the edges of my card layer using the 2 edge stamps from Timeless Textures.  Next I stamped the flourish from the same set using third generation stamping randomly all over my card.  Using the 1/8″ Silver ribbon a bow was added to the top.  This layer was added to my card base.  I pulled out my Stitched Shapes thinlits and cut a frame using the 2 larger dies.  This was attached to the card with glue dots in the 4 corners.  Using the Dragonfly thinlits, I cut the lacy one out of black and the solid one out of some of the Mint Macaron glimmer paper from Sale-a-bration.  Small dots of Tombow multipurpose glue was added to the back of the lacy dragonfly and set aside to dry.  While the dragonfly was drying, my sentiment was stamped and punched out with a 1″ circle punch.  The layer for underneath was punched using a 1 1/4″ circle punch.  The 2 circles were layered.  The 2 dragonflies were layered and then it was added to the card base using mini dimensionals.  The wings on the right hand side were slipped under frame so the dragonfly both inside and outside the frame.  The sentiment was added with a dimensional.  Here is my finished creation.








inside of card and envelope








Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation



Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you have some fun plans for the beginning of this week.  Have a Marvelous Monday and have you ever tired collage stamping?

Another Quick and Easy Creation today

Hello Stampers ~ do you like Quick and Easy cards like this one?

Well I did not get as much done as I had hoped at the Crop yesterday.  I left half of my supplies home.  I thought I had done so well in packing.  I was missing paper, dsp, and some cut outs.  Needless to say I did not get done what I had hoped to.  Today I have Remi as Jess is going to a concert.  I won’t get much done today.

I have another 10 Minute Creation for you.  This one is super quick and easy and could be done with any stamp set you already have.  I have 2 tips for you in this video so make sure you watch the entire video as one tip it at the end.  Here is the video for my creation.


Here is the card from the video.









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Stampin’ Up supplies used for my creation


Thanks for visiting me today and I hope I inspired you today.  Wish me luck with Remi and she is in the very active stage!  Have a Sensational Sunday and pull out your sets and see what you have that you can create a Quick and Easy card!