Thinking of Fall

I can't help but think of fall kinds of things. All around me, there are signs of fall appearing. The leaves on the trees are beginning to turn colors, the grass isn't growing quite as quickly and there are new fall flowers (or weeds to some people) appearing along the local trail. The nights are cool and the morning are just heavenly. I made my first fall card last night to celebrate. The new fall C.C. Designs stamps are so adorable! My DH asked me last night if Precious Moments was now making rubberstamps! LOL!
Stamps: C.C. Designs
Cardstock: SU Chocolate Chip, Paper Trey white
Paper: Basic Grey Mellow
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Riley’s Caffeine Fix

I needed to make a card for my father this week. His birthday was way back in, oh, September?! I put off making it and sending it simply because he was out of the country and there was no way to get it to him overseas. Procrastination did not pay off, once again, and here I am trying to play catch up!

I tend to have a little trouble coming up with masculine cards and, since my father can't distinguish between reds & greens (color blindness), I am limited just a little. I found this Riley image (Hanna Stamps) in my drawer of individual stamps the other night and just had to use it. Dad is a big coffee lover, you see!

Stamps: Riley (Hanna Stamps), Coffee Break (Gel-a-tins)

Paper: SU Autumn Vine, SU Chocolate Chip, More Mustard, Really Rust, Whisper White cardstocks

Ink: SU Chocolate Chip, Black StazOn

Coloring: Copic markers

Accessories: CM cutting system, word window punch, corner punch, vintage brad, Cuttlebug embossing, Coffee Ice Stickles (on the berry atop the cupcake)
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Just for the record, I did indeed stamp at least one card over the summer! I didn't realize how tricky it is to find Snoopy images and papers until I went looking for them for my son's birthday invitations. I did find some at the local craft store and online, but it took a little looking and I was looking for Joe Cool in particular. Guess that's what I get for being too specific in a search that's already a challenge. I gave up on finding any Peanuts paper, so went with some fun summer paper from Basic Grey. Here's the finished card:Supplies
Stamps: Stampabilities, Paper Trey sentiment
Cardstock: SU Only Orange, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Paper: Basic Grey Lime Rickey
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CASology with ICING

CASology with ICING
It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  Brainstorming should be rather sweet this week. Week 243 - Icing I used an older Hero Arts robot wooden stamp for this design.  It's from the 3 Robots set.  The simple, clean font sentiment is from the more recent Hero Arts Birthday Animal Silhouettes set.  I stamped the robot first in Memento Tuxedo Black ink, coloring it with Copic markers.  I then applied a thin layer of Molotow Art Masking Liquid to the middle of the robot to prevent it from being inked while creating the curvy line.  I used one of the curvy Landscape Dies from A Muse to create a stencil for the inked curve.  After making sure the masking liquid was dry, I used the new Tim Holtz Distress Oxide Inks in Spiced Marmalade (orange) and Faded Jeans (blue) to create the curved line.  I then removed the masking liquid from the robot and applied Orange Slice Stickles for a little sparkle and interest.  The main panel was adhered to a black piece of cardstock to frame it and then the assembled piece was popped up on the card base with foam adhesive.  I couldn't resist adding a couple of googly eyes to finish the design. Don't forget to leave the design team members and our guest designer a little blog love this week for all the wonderful inspiration they've created!  We love hearing from you! DT Badge
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  Then, don't forget to link up your own ICING creation on the challenge blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for your chance to win the prize from Serendipity Stamps, this week's sponsor! I'm thinking it may be a cupcake kind of day in our house.  White...with buttercream frosting.  And, of course, colorful sprinkles! I'm also linking this card up to the April Anything Goes Challenge (as long as it includes Hero Arts images) over at A Blog Named Hero! 2017 Apr Challenge Logo Have a terrific Tuesday! 2017 SignatureContinue Reading...


Week 202 - Masculine   It's Tuesday and time for a brand new cue word over at CASology!  The gallery was so bright and cheerful last week with all those sunshine themed cards!  What a joy to look through!  This week, we're going for masculine themed designs (or whatever the cue word brings to mind for you)!  I'm always looking for masculine card design ideas, so I'm really looking forward to seeing what our participants create! I immediately thought of mustaches and I'm not really sure why.  DH has never had a mustache and, honestly, I don't care for them much unless they are stamped on a card.  At first, I was going to try using one of those fuzzy black mustaches that kids stick to their faces just for fun, but that just created a mess of fuzz all over my nice white card base, so I had to scratch that idea.  In the end, I found a mustache image from Taylored Expressions (retired set) and used a sentiment from Neat & Tangled (You + Me set) along with it. 2016 June14 MASCULINE WM I stamped and fussy cut the mustache, adding a little clear sparkle with a Wink of Stella brush marker.  It was then popped up with a foam dot.  I stamped the sentiment below it on the main panel.  Black cardstock was added as a matte and the assembled main panel was popped up with foam dots.  So easy!  That's the beauty of clean & simple!  It really doesn't take a lot of craft supplies to create an eye pleasing design! Be sure and take a little time to visit the design team members' & guest designer's blogs & leave a little blog love while you're there! DT Badge Don't forget to link up your own design on the CASology blog by Monday at NOON (CDT) for you chance to win a prize from 7 Kids College Fund, our sponsor this week! 7kidslogo  

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Prickley Pear Masculine Birthday

Monday has arrived again and it's time for more Prickley Pear inspiration!  This week, I wanted to make a simple, one layer birthday design.  Using one of the new classic car images in the store, I created a masculine card.

Stamps:  Prickley Pear (Ambulance, Circles Set Sentiments Clear Set - sentiment)

I used Soft Suede ink from SU as I love how it looks on kraft cardstock!  This card is so simple, but perfect for those men in your life who prefer to-the-point greetings without a lot of extra fluff!

If you haven't already, you'll want to go check out the new release in the store!  I don't know about you, but I'm ready for spring and the new release is full of spring themed images!

I hope you had a good weekend!  Mine was filled with a visit from family which meant lots of cousin fun for the kids!  There really is nothing like cousins when you're a child!  The giggling, the games, the noise...good times!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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This time of year has me dreaming of apples and all the desserts that one can create with them!  A childhood favorite of mine is apple crisp!  Of course, then there is the classic apple pie that comes to mind!  Every Thanksgiving, DH and I bake a few pies and apple is always requested.

This week's cue word over at CASology is a fun one and you'll see by the creations of the design team and our guest designer that there are quite a few ways to intepret it!

Stamps:  Clearly Besotted, Uniko Studio (sentiment)
What did I think of?  Laundry.  Must have something to do with the amount that is going through our house right now!  A fresh, crisp shirt represented this cue word in my mind!

I stamped and cut out the shirt before popping it up with a foam dot for dimension.  I stamped the sentiment to align with the shirt's orientation and then added a small cluster of start gemstones.

Be sure and take some time to visit the rest of the design team members' blogs as well as our guest designer's blog for even more CRISP inspiration and then don't forget to link up your own creation on the challenge blog by Sunday at 4:00 p.m. (CDT) for your chance to win a gift certificate from our sponsor, Uniko Studio!

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Guest Designer:  Valerie 

Have a terrific Tuesday!

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A Musical Monday

Well, here I am.  Two weeks have already flown by since DD was born and I'm realizing again just how quickly little ones grow up.  Sigh.

I'm sure you've had quite enough of the photos of a particular newborn, so I figured I'd better get back to the regularly scheduled program a bit here on the blog!  (Only grandparents can get away with showing you such photos for weeks on end!)  Believe me, DD is going to grow up knowing full well that her mother is basically a paparazza!

I spent a little time in my craft room over the weekend and it felt so great to do a little creating again!  I made a musical themed card to go along with the Clean & Simple Challenge over at Splitcoast Stampers.  We are to CASE hskelly's wonderful cards this week!  I chose to CASE this card.

Stamps:  Paper Trey (Birthday Basics)
Paper:  SU cardstock (Basic Black, Very Vanilla), SU decorative paper
Ink:  Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  Crystal Effects, foam dots, Nestabilities (circle), music note die, SU square punch (for making sentiment banner)

I figured this could be a masculine birthday card given its monochromatic color scheme and the lack of an abundance of bling!  I did add a little shine to the music notes with Crystal Effects.  The sentiment banner was made by yours truly as I realized I didn't have a banner die that was big enough to stretch over the center circle!  Of course, maybe I really do have one that size, but time is of essence these days and I wasn't wanting to spend a whole lot of it digging through my stash when I could easily make one with a strip of cardstock and a square punch!  The beauty of creativity, I tell you!

It's off to DD's 2-week check up today and another blood test to double check her bilirubin levels.  We were able to take her off the bili blanket Friday evening, so hoping she'll keep stable from here on out!  So happy to be snuggling with her without the extra weight and bulk of the blanket!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Masculine Monday: Blue

After a busy company-filled ending to last week, it was so relaxing to spend a little time in my craft room Saturday afternoon!  Amazingly, my mojo actually agreed to cooperate!

A somewhat masculine card evolved when I was playing along with this week's photo inspiration challenge on Splitcoast Stampers' Clean & Simple thread.

Stamps:  Paper Trey (sentiment)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (kraft), SU cardstock (Pacific Point)
Ink:  SU (Elegant Eggplant), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  Nestabilities (heart), Spica Copic marker (black), woodgrain embossing folder, foam dots, scoring tool

I embossed the woodgrain pattern on the center panel and then lightly scored two lines to divide the panel into thirds.  I then die cut the heart out of the center of the panel.  I die cut another heart out of blue cardstock and sponged purple ink onto it to give it a little character.  I stamped the sentiment and then traced over it with a black Spica pen to add a little sparkle.  I popped up the main panel and then glued the blue heart down to the card base to fill the negative space.

This week is the beginning of swimming lessons for DS1 and DS2.  We'll see how this goes!  DS1 is less than enthused even though he had them last year and survived.  DS2 is enthused as of now, but will see what he says after his first lesson this morning!  I never cared for swimming lessons as a girl (was even scared of the water), so feel myself dreading this, but being very careful not to show my feelings and crossing my fingers the two of them will have a positive experience!  Knowing how to swim is such an important life skill!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Masculine Monday: Robotic

For today's masculine card, I decided to be a kid at heart and create something for a younger male!  It seems like I never have any birthday cards for boys on hand, so maybe this will be the start of a little stash for me!

Stamps:  Hero Arts (Robot Trio), Amuse (Chevrons), Paper Trey (Birthday Basics)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white), SU cardstock (Brushed Silver)
Ink:  StazOn (Black), Encore (Silver)
Accessories:   blue glitter glue, clear gemstone, blue star gemstones, foam dots

I came across a little trio of robot stamps while searching through my stash and realized they had never experienced a dip in any kind of ink, so thought I'd let one of them cross that off his bucket list!  I wanted the little robot to be a little shiny, so stamped him on some of Stampin' Up!'s Brushed Silver cardstock and cut him out.  I added a tiny little gemstone to the top of his antenna.  I stamped the single line of chevron using silver ink and then added the sentiment in black.  I popped up the robot with foam dots after the blue glitter glue had dried.  The stars I added just for fun!  Now I just have to wait for a little boy to have a birthday!


Cheryl over at the A.R.T. Card Challenge gave me a heads up to enter this in their current masculine card challenge, so I'm linking this up!  I love discovering new challenges out there in the virtual world!

The weekend proved to be a fairly relaxing one despite deciding to clean out one half of our unfinished basement.  DH's parents are coming for a couple nights later in the week and my father-in-love enjoys helping with home projects!  We figured we'd better have a plan and something for him to work on!  He's a big help and great motivation for DH!  I can't wait to see what they get done!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Masculine Monday: A Directional Birthday

I'm off to a slow start today and am simply blaming it on Monday! Monday takes the blame for a lot things, doesn't it?!

I whipped up a quick birthday card this morning while the house was still fairly quiet.  It's so nice to start the day with a little quiet time, especially when energy is dragging!

Stamps:  Uniko Studio (Arrows), Paper Trey (Birthday Basics)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  SU (Gumball Green, Pacific Point), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  black gemstones

I stamped the arrow border, inking the two rows of arrows in different colors.  The sentiment was stamped three times and then black gemstones were added as embellishments.  Simple as that!

We're still recovering from our Michigan vacation.  It always seems to take a few days to catch up on sleep and energy!  We had a wonderful time away!  We found some sweet cherries to pick, plenty of sand and waves to explore and I was even able to convince DH to stop and let me pick up a few fresh, handmade chocolate truffles...pure indulgence!  I shared.  I promise.

Have a marvelous Monday!

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Masculine Monday: Keep Pedaling

Is it Monday again?!  I guess that means I need to share a masculine card that I made for a family friend's 72nd birthday!

Stamps:  Paper Trey (Pedal Pusher set), Clear & Simple (border stamp)
Paper:  Paper Trey cardstock (white)
Ink:  SU (Real Red, Chocolate Chip, Night of Navy), Memento (Tuxedo Black)
Accessories:  bicycle die (Paper Trey), black gemstones, foam dots

I'd had this 5x5 card base setting on my work table for a couple days, complete with the border stamp image in the middle.  I grabbed it when I realized it was a navy pattern...perfect for a masculine card!  This particular friend has always been active and, up until last year, was able to run for exercise!  Since a knee replacement, he purchased a new bike (much more stylish than this one, of course) and has taken up more biking.  His favorite color happens to be red and he & his wife were once the owners of a cute pup that he still talks about from time to time.  I was able to include these favorites into his card, thanks to a bicycle set from Paper Trey!

The bicycle and puppy were die cut, stamped and assembled fairly easily and then popped up with foam dots over the border strip.  I added black gemstones to the center of the wheels.  The inside simply says, "keep pedaling."

DH spent most of Saturday working on the bathroom installation in the basement and then took the older two boys biking.  Yesterday, we spent a good portion of the day with several friends from our church.  We have a new couple that has two boys close in age to two of ours, so we got to spend a little time with them when the rest of the group had gone home.  So fun and, I must say, little boys are pretty amusing to watch!

Have a marvelous Monday!

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