Thursday, February 21, 2019

OLC...One Layer Card

The current challenge from Less Is More is to make a one layer card...just one!!  And they asked for the sentiment to be the focal point.  I just couldn't resist pulling out the stamp set from Verve...the size alone makes it perfect for this challenge.  I also decided to use the color combo from the Color Throwdown Challenge.  While I was playing I decided to dress it up a little and create another card that was layered up a bit.  I tried out the stamp and twist technique (ink your stamp...press on paper...twist in a complete circle) to create my background...almost looks like a smudged accident but the Wisteria Wonder ink was twisted intentionally.   Either one of these cards will work for the As You See It challenge as well...fill in the blank.  "When I think of simple, I think of plain ole ink & card stock!"

Materials used: Wisteria Wonder, Basic Gray, and Calypso Coral ink...Verve stamp...on 2nd card Wisteria Wonder Basic Gray and Calypso Coral card stock  

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts)  3 gift white...Fluffy clouds...our sandy beaches here in the Panhandle...popcorn!!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Monochromatic

Today's challenge from Paper Players was to create a Monochromatic CAS card.  I picked Pacific Point as my color and created variations of this color by simply stamping off...sometimes once and sometimes twice.  

Materials used:
Stampin Up's Sea of Textures stamp set and matching dies...Waterfront stamp set...Stitched Shapes oval die...Pacific Point card stock and ink..."Happy Day" sentiment retired from Stampin Up...Banner punch. 

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) Gift at Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner // Dinner last night was with our small group...everyone needs a tribe!!  Lunch...because my hubby works from home and I  work very close to our home, we usually get to enjoy our lunch hour together!! Breakfast...is my favorite meal of the day...I could eat breakfast foods at every meal!!

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Paper Craft Crew Challenge #326


Today's card was created for the Paper Craft Crew sketch challenge.  Once again I love all the parts and pieces that they challenged us with.  It is always a fun challenge!!
Horizontal sketch featuring stacked squares in the center of the sketch and a background strip along with embellishments in the bottom corner of the squares. This is PCC326 Sketch Challenge
Materials used:  Stampin Up's Beautiful Butterfly stamp set...Tangerine Tango card stock, candy dots, and ribbon...Night of Navy cardstock, mini button and wash tape...flower die 

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts that were plan B...Cabin Creekwood//Kendall...my "rainbow" son//Working full time here in the south

Monday, February 18, 2019

Colorful Paradise

Today I am playing along with the Fusion Challenge.  I used both the sketch and the inspirational photo as inspiration for my card...I pulled the colors from the photo not the theme!  

Blue background//Marina Mist water...
Brown Tea//Early Espresso cottage and palms...
Pink roses//Flirty Flamingo sky line...
Orange teacakes//Peekaboo Peach setting sun...
Green leaves//Wild Wasabi foliage.   

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts in shadows...Yours and Mine as we walk hand in hand//his 5 o'clock shadow...not a fan of a beard but I do love a bit of scruff that shows it self at the end of the day//evening shadows as the sun is setting...my favorite part of the day!!

Friday, February 15, 2019

The Library Challenge #26

The Note: The book everyone's talking about by [Folbigg, Zoë]It is time again for the Library Challenge...create a card that is inspired by the librarian's chosen book.  You can use the cover, the title, or the story as your inspiration.  This week the librarian chose the book The Note.  Each time I play along with this challenge I smile...mainly because it makes me think of my daughter and her love of books.  


Materials Used:  Stampin Up's Tasty Trucks & About the Label stamp sets...Real Red marker...Tuxedo ink...bakers twine...black brads on the wheels  

3 Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift of losing, finding, making something...Can losing something be a gift?  I had to think on that for a while...Yes it can!!  We lost shingles during Hurricane Michael which meant our insurance paid for a new roof!!  One that we needed and had actually gotten an estimate on prior to the storm.  Finding your soul mate is definitely a gift...this year will be 30 years of marriage to my soul mate!!  I feel very blessed!!  I love making meals!

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Surf's Up...CASology #331

WAVE...is the cue card from the CASology challenge this week.  I right away thought of this Verve stamp set...Verve Stamps may no longer be in business but I do love to ink them up from time to time.  Today's card is super simple...Just some plain ole stamping,  masking, and coloring.  I realized while coloring with my Stampin Up markers this morning that it is time to replace them.  I have had my box of markers for over 15 years and some of the colors are original to that purchase!! The Stampin and Write markers from Stampin Up are amazing!!  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 ways you feel the love of God...through nature//His creation continually sings His praises...through His people//we all need to surround ourselves with a tribe that can be His hands and feet...through His Word//read His promises to you today!!

Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Forever in Our Hearts

Today I am playing along with 2 challenges...the sketch challenge from Hand Stamped Sentiments and the color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog.  The color combo this week is pink/gray/black.  Not sure why, but this combo made me think of a sympathy card...maybe because I mailed out a sympathy card yesterday.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Flourish thinlits die...Verve sentiment stamp...ribbon...candy dots...Oval Stitched Shapes die  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts behind a door...food behind our fridge door (we have some much to be thankful for)...my parents behind our basement door (so thankful that we get to live close to them)...our home behind our front door (not just a house but a home)

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Perfect Blend

Paper Craft Crew Vertical Card Sketch Challenge with large rectangle and smaller rectangle and a small circle. PCC325"Coffee and friends are the perfect blend."  Yes indeed!!  That is one thing I miss here in Blountstown...we don't have a coffee shop!!  Every town needs a coffee shop where friends can meet and hand out!!  Oh well, maybe some day someone will open one here.  The inspiration for today's card was the sketch challenge from Paper Craft Crew.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Prefect Blend stamp set...designer papers...candy dots...Basic Gray ink pad...Smokey Slate card stock...corduroy button...bakers twine. 

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 hard eucharisteos (joyful thanksgiving) so I guess she is asking for three moments/things that we find hard to be joyful in our thanksgiving!!  Waiting...builds character in us but often is not very joyful!!  Change...often unexpected and leaves us grasping for the joyful thanksgiving in the immediate moment!!  Tears...often very healing, not always joyful, but needed!!

Monday, February 11, 2019

Three Challenges // One Simple Card

A color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog and a sketch challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch, and a theme challenge from CASology...BOUQUET,  this trio of challenges was the inspiration for today's card.  The color combo called for was yellow, red, and orange...my choices are: Stampin Up's Daffodil Delight, Cherry Cobbler, and Pumpkin Pie.  I used a scrap strip of each of those colors along with a matching enamel embellishment at the center of each embossed flower.  Finished off my card by corner rounding two corners opposite of each other along with a Happy Birthday sentiment from the Stampin Up hostess set...Hand Delivered.  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts in working...a pay check, money a necessity and gift // my customers...I have been blessed to meet some of the neatest people // new appreciation for the weekend!!

Sunday, February 10, 2019

As You See It #193


Just a note...that is my sentiment this morning!!  I love the element challenges from As You See It!!  This weeks elements....
Bow:Hemp
Stripes:Cut Poppy Parade stripes
Pattern Paper:Retired designer paper from Stampin Up
Poppy Parade:Cardstock cut stripes
Cut Out:Rooster//stamped on the base card and then layered with a second cut out rooster.  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 times you heard laughter today...it is 5:30 am so no laughter yet this morning, I will just reflect on yesterday.  Me and my hubby laughing about aging...we both turn 50 this year!!  A toddler laughing with excitement at a marble roller!! Stories shared about parenting mishap...funny now...not so funny then!! So glad we can laugh at our mistakes.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Mojo Monday Sketch Challenge #508

I was glad when the Mojo Monday challenge started back up.  Julee has such fun sketches!!  I decided to move away from the Valentine's Day theme I have been in and create a masculine card.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Truly Tailored stamp set and matching punch...True Gentlemen designer papers...Chocolate Chip and Night of Navy card stock...Very Vanilla card stock and candy dots  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 surprise gifts // my two peas in a pod necklace...an upcoming visit...the severity of Hurricane Michael, while the devastation is not a gift the way I have seen our community pull together is!!

Friday, February 8, 2019

Sketch Saturday Challenge #550

Here is another fun sketch from Sketch Saturday...we would love for you to come play along with us.   It is always so much fun to see how each of your interpret our sketch.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Lily Pad Lad die...Stitched Shapes, oval...Dazzling Diamonds glitter...Soft Sky, Basic Black, and Whisper White card stock...Wavy embossing folder...Stampin Write markers

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift broken, fixed, and thrifted   // my heart over the state of our country...our roof after Hurricane Michael reeked havoc on it...cozy sweaters that I no longer need since I have moved to FL

A Trio of Challenges


Today's card is a trio of challenges...Love is in the air theme challenge from Paper Players,  Pretty in Pink color challenge from Sunday Stamps, and a inspiration photo (love themed) from Hand Stamped Sentiments.  All three of these challenges work great together without taking anything away from each other.  Thanks to all the challenge teams for continuing to give great inspiration!  And so....another Valentine's Day card to add to my stash!!    


Related imageMaterials used:  Stampin Up's Up & Away thinlits die...pink card stock from my scrap pile (meaning I not 100% sure which pinks they are)...Stampin Up's Cloudy Day embossing folder...Basic Gray card stock and ink...heart punch  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift broken, fixed, and thrifted   // my heart over the state of our country...our roof after Hurricane Michael reeked havoc on it...cozy sweaters that I no longer need since I have moved to FL

Thursday, February 7, 2019

Library Challenge...The Cover/The Title/The Story

Here is my take on the Library Challenge...this week's book is The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.  My inspiration for the card...I stamped a girl (while more of a LADY than the goth girl in the book) and I "tattooed" my paper (does embossing work as a tattoo??) And my sentiment...I guess Lisbeth lived by this sentiment even if she was filled with anger!  

Materials Used:  Stampin Up's Beautiful You stamp set...Tuxedo and Real Red ink...embossing filigree...corner rounder punch  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift at 11:30, 2:30, and 6:30...11:30 my lunch hours, so glad I live close to home and can enjoy lunch with my husband // 2:30 Sunday afternoon matinees, does not happen very often but sure enjoy them when they do // 6:30 evening stroll through the neighbor hood

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Blue & Yellow

Image result for stampin up flourishesWhat a fun cheery color combo!! Blue & Yellow!!  Thanks to Less Is More for the fun color challenge this week.  It is their 8th birthday this week so give them a shout out!!  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Flourish thinlits die...Dapper Denim ink...Daffodil Delight card stock and candy dots...Stampin Up's retired Itty Bitty Banners die  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts found outside...Cypress pond out our living room window (not as pretty since the hurricane but I still love it) // waterfalls (I love hiking to a waterfall!!) // freshly cut grass between my toes (I love being barefoot!!)

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Love is in the Air



Love is in the Air....Valentine's Day is drawing near!!  Here is a Valentine's Day card that was inspired by two challenges.  The inspiration challenge from Inspired By and the tic/tac/toe challenge from Paper Craft Crew.  For my tic/tac/toe board,  I picked across the middle for the elements die/Valentine/metallic.  
Paper Craft Crew Tic Tac Toe Challenge 324! Play along with the latest challenge by visiting www.papercraftcrew.com #stampinup #papercraftcrew #papercrafts #stamping #sunnygirlscraps #crafting #crafts #craft #creative #creativity #create #tictactoechallenge
Materials used:  Stampin Up's Sunshine Wishes "love" die...foil sheets for the metallic element...retired stamp...enamel embellishments  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) stitched//woven//hammered...graduation quilt the my MIL made for both of my kids...my life tapestry woven by my heavenly Father's hand...pencil poster bed built by my hubby

Monday, February 4, 2019

Fusion...You're So Sweet

The Fusion challenge calls for us to use either the sketch or the inspiration picture....or to fuse them together, using both elements.  This week I decided to use both elements.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Snow Place stamp set...Real Red and Basic Black card stock...Tuxedo ink...Verve retired stamps...Stampin Up's Triple Banner Punch

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts found when bent down...sea shells // 4 leaf clovers // a toddlers smile, getting down to their level means a lot to them!!

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Seashell Dies...Get Well Wishes

Here is my take on the color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog, and the sketch from the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  I like putting color challenges and sketch challenges together...they often pair up nicely.  

Materials used:  Shell dies...So Saffron, Chocolate Chip, and More Mustard card stock...Chocolate Chip and Coastal Cabana ink...Costal Cabana ribbon...Get Well Soon die...splatter stamp from Stampin Up

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts found in writing (this prompt is so close to yesterdays...I had to look back because I thought maybe I did the wrong day yesterday)  memories written in journals // promises written in God's Word // Signatures on the dotted line for our house

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Celebrate...two challenges in one CAS Card


CASology's cue card this week is TURN!!  Whether it is about standing in line and "waiting your turn" or  "turning" round and round as you ride...a Ferris wheel is the perfect TURN image.  So let's "celebrate" another fun challenge using the cue card from CASology and the sketch challenge from CAS(E) this Sketch!  Both of these challenges are CAS challenges (Clean And Simple), and I think I did a good job keeping this card very clean and simple!!


Materials used:  Stampin Up's Smokey Slate ink and cardstock...retired Sale-A-Bration set from several years ago...sequins. 

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts)  3 gifts on paper...love note posted in the bathroom//God's Word printed for us to read, understand, and follow//books, for our reading pleasure

Friday, February 1, 2019

Addicted to CAS



Today I am playing along with a challenge from the Addicted to CAS blog....I'm really not addicted, I find it more of a challenge to keep things Clean And Simple.  But it is good for me to create outside my comfort zone.  This week's challenge from them is to create a card using the code word...FRIEND!  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Sheltering Tree stamp set...Chocolate Chip, Wild Wasabi, and Blushing Bride inks...that is it--just plain ole paper, stamps, and inks!!  

Gifts Challenge: (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts)  3 gifts red...strawberries//my flannel pajama pants//apples (although the green ones are my favorite) Today starts a new month of prompts I have posted them here in case you want to play along.

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Less Is More #387



Less Is More...this week their challenge is a sketch challenge.  Because some time less truly is more!!  In keeping with the types of entries this blog looks for, I used lots of white space with minimal extras.  

Materials used:  Smokey Slate bakers twine and ink from Stampin Up...mini buckle...Verve stamp  

3 Gifts Challenge:   (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a gift on paper, in a person, in a picture...love note hidden in the kitchen // smile // memories...pictures preserve them!!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

As You See It....Metallic



Metallic is the challenge from As You See It this week.  I decided to use some foil sheets I had from another project....boy does it look amazing when cut with a detailed die!!  Thanks, As You See It, for the fun challenge!!  

Materials used:  Be Mine & Sunshine Wishes thinlits dies from Stampin Up...Cherry Cobbler, Whisper White, and Basic Black card stock...foil sheets. 

3 Gifts Challenge:   (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 old things seen new // God's word, written so long ago but new meaning for our life today...photo albums, oh the memories...sea shells washed up on the shore

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

I Love Us!!



Super simple card but still makes me smile!  I think it is the "I love us" sentiment...sweetness!!  Two challenges are represented in this card...the sketch challenge from Fab Friday and the inspiration challenge from Inspired By.  It seems like all the materials used to make this card are retired items from Stampin Up...okay maybe not the ink or the navy cardstock.

Thankful for You...#PCC323

Paper Craft Crew Vertical Sketch Challenge with Overlapping Ovals and heart.Here is my take on the sketch challenge from the Paper Craft Crew.  I love all the pieces and parts that make up this sketch challenge. 

Materials used:  Stamping Up's stitched shapes famelit die...Sentiment from Stampin Up's Sheltering Tree stamp set...Real Red and Basic Black card stock...Smokey Slate card stock and ink...black mini rhinestones...bakers twine. 

3 Gifts Challenge:   (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) a song heard, a soft word, light seen // I like you by Ben Rector ( I have included a link)..."love you" as I head out the door to work...early morning sun rise!!

Monday, January 28, 2019

Masculine Birthday



Today I am playing along with two challenges...the color challenge from the Color Throwdown blog and a sketch challenge from the Freshly Made Sketches blog.  True Gentlemen designer papers from Stampin Up fit the colors called for in this week's color challenge....I just needed to add in the gray and did that with my sentiment and corduroy button.  Another clean and simple card with a masculine theme...yes I will get this part of my stash replenished (with mostly nephews in our family, I'm always running out of masculine birthday cards).  

3 Gifts Challenge:   (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts)  3 graces found in friends // a listening ear...laughter...a shoulder to cry on

Sunday, January 27, 2019

CAS(E) this Sketch #306




Here is my take on the CAS(E) this Sketch challenge.  I have been working at replenishing my stash and it seems like masculine birthday cards are my biggest need so this week coming up you will see lots of masculine birthday cards!!

CASology...Smile



Smile....that is the cue card from CASology this week.  A great challenge...we should all smile more!!    The little octopus form Stampin Up's retired stamp set, Summer Splash, has a very cute smile on his face so I thought he would be perfect for this week's challenge.  I stamped him in Island Indigo and added the die cut sentiment over him, and finished it off with sequins.

3 Gifts Challenge:   (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) 3 gifts in the kitchen // my Kitchen Aide mixer...I love it!!  My hubby washing dishes...he is the best!!  A line up of hot sauces...keeping things spicy!!

Saturday, January 26, 2019

A New Sketch Saturday Challenge Begins

Today begins a new sketch challenge from Sketch Saturday.  I hope you will stop by and play along with this week's sketch.  Myself, along with the rest of the design team look forward to seeing all the different takes this sketch generates.  

Materials used:  Stampin Up's Flourish Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Thinlits and sentiment from the Rose Wonder stamp set...digital designer paper from Paper Shelter (this week's challenge sponsor)...bakers twine...glitter enamel dots  


3 Gifts Challenge:   (using Ann Voskamp's 1000 gifts daily prompts) gifts before dawn, at noon, after dark // fresh brewed coffee shared with my hubby, a nap (cause it is the weekend and naps are aloud after lunch), curled up reading my book before I drift off to sleep.
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