Happy Monday, peeps! Hope you had a pleasant weekend. I was able to do a little stamping and came up with a couple of cards! The first one is for Kim's FMS sketch; I needed a sympathy card for our youth pastor who lost a family member and I thought that ...
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"wee inklings" - 5 new articles

  1. Just a Couple of Cards
  2. PP525 Seashell Thanks for Joanne's Sketch
  3. FF205 Bright Birthday Wishes
  4. AYSI243 Dino Birthday
  5. IB158 Lots of Hearts
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Just a Couple of Cards

Happy Monday, peeps!  Hope you had a pleasant weekend.  I was able to do a little stamping and came up with a couple of cards!  The first one is for Kim's  FMS sketch; I needed a sympathy card for our youth pastor who lost a family member and I thought that sketch was quite intriguing....here's the sketch:

and here's the card:

As I was perusing my stash of DSP, I realized that the Poinsettia Place DSP  had some patterns that were sort of generic and might look good for a sympathy card.  I used a stitched strip die from Pretty Pink Posh to cut three pieces of DSP, then used my Stamparatus to stamp a sentiment from Comfort and Hope in between:

A stitched leaf in Garden Green along with some Linen Thread was my embellishment.  On the inside, a sentiment from Here's a Card, plus some greenery from the Comfort and Hope set:

I hope it brings them some peace. 

I also have a card for the Jingle Belles challenge of "inchies"---think big but go small!  So cute, I love little inchie things, especially when I have a 1" punch that makes cutting them out a breeze!  Plus it gives you a chance to use up some of those little scraps we all have! So here we go:

I have had this pad of DSP from Illustrated Faith for a long time and haven't used it much, so I chose some of the patterns (hard to do, as they all are cute and they all coordinate!), punched them out and layered them on my card.  I added some doodads to make them even prettier:

The only stamping was the sentiment (Paper Smooches) and a little cardinal from a retired SU set called Nature's Christmas!  The inside was stamped with some Illustrated Faith images as well:

Thanks so much for popping in today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!

 "Have I not commanded you?  Be strong and courageous.  Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9
First Card Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsComfort and Hope, Here's A Card
Card stock & Papers    Crumb Cake, Poinsettia Place DSP
 InkSoft Suede
AccessoriesLinen Thread, Dimensionals
Tools    Big Shot, Stitched Leaves Dies, Stitched Strip Dies (Pretty Pink Posh)

Second Card Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsNature's Christmas (ret), All Yule Need (Paper Smooches) Christmas (Illustrated Faith)
Card stock & Papers    Whisper White, CHRISTmas DSP (Illustrated Faith)
 InkReal Red, Memento Black
AccessoriesSequins from my stash, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Metallic Silver Pearls
Tools    1" Square Punch (ret)

PP525 Seashell Thanks for Joanne's Sketch

Happy Sunday, all!  It's time for a new Paper Players challenge, and the fabulous Joanne has a terrific sketch for us this week:


I had a lot of ideas swirling around in my head for this sketch, it's so versatile, and in the end I opted to use some of the new Sand & Sea DSP, along with some diecuts from Smooth Sailing!  Here we go:

Once I got the basic idea in my head, this went together pretty quickly!  I diecut a piece of this pretty pink patterned paper with a Stitched Rectangle die, then filled in the remaining white area with several of the "seaweedy" diecuts from Smooth Sailing.  I adhered them randomly around the edges, then "painted" them with some water and a little bit of Frost White Shimmer paint.  It gives the seaweeds a beautiful shimmery effect!

For the focal point, I stamped a shell from Seaside Notions in white craft ink on Blushing Bride cardstock, heat embossed it with white embossing powder, then tinted some of the same Frost White Shimmer paint with a tiny bit of Rococo Rose ink and painted the inside of the shell, then fussy-cut it out:

It's really pretty IRL!  The final step was to add a sentiment banner stamped in Rococo Rose with a sentiment from Lots of Heart!  I admit I had a little trouble with the pink color in this DSP; SU says the colors of the papers are Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo and Melon Mango, none of which really match this paper very well.....I think it's a cross between Blushing Bride and Rococo Rose.  I would be interested in knowing what other demonstrators think!

Thank you so much for popping in today!  I hope you'll play along with Joanne's sketch...it's a great one and the design team has made some amazing samples!  Please hop over to the Paper Players to see what they made, and to share yours with us as well!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsLots of Heart, Seaside Notions
Card stock & Papers    Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Sand & Sea DSP
 InkRococo Rose, Craft White
AccessoriesFrost White Shimmer Paint, White Embossing Powder, Dimensions
Tools    Big Shot, Smooth Sailing Dies, Heat Tool, Aquapainter, Stitched Rectangle Dies

FF205 Bright Birthday Wishes

Happy Saturday, everyone!  I have a bright, cheerful birthday card to share today!  Sometimes during SAB or the holidays, we forget the pretty things we have in the regular catalog!  So today I'm highlighting Positive Thoughts and Flowers for All Seasons DSP with the sketch from Fab Friday!  First, here's the sketch:

And here's my card:

My natural inclination for cards is to use colors that are more subtle or earthy, so to use Magenta Madness really stretches me!  But using it in a small amount, like on the butterflies, the banner, and in the background DSP, makes it a little easier for me!  The sentiment from Itty Bitty Birthdays was heat-embossed in white and cut with the Banner Punch:

And I used the Nature's Thoughts dies to diecut the butterflies; I also used the Little Treats dies to diecut a stitched circle from So Saffron and the Stitched Shapes dies to diecut one from Magenta Madness.  I like how they look layered together!  My final embellishments were some rhinestones and gingham ribbon!

Since I used several dies, I am also entering this in the Little Red Wagon challenge, which is to use dies!  This card is already in the mail, winging its way to a special friend from church!  Thanks for popping in today---be sure to come back tomorrow for a new Paper Players challenge!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsPositive Thoughts, Itty Bitty Birthdays
Card stock & Papers    Whisper White, Magenta Madness, So Saffron, Flower for All Seasons DSP
 InkCraft White, Magenta Madness
AccessoriesNoble Peacock Rhinestones (ret), Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon, Dimensionals, White Embossing Powder
Tools    Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Nature's Thoughts Dies, Little Treats Dies (ret), Heat Tool, Banner Punch

AYSI243 Dino Birthday

Hey peeps!  Time for a new As You See It challenge, and it's a sketch! I love sketches!  Here it is: 

Now THIS little guy is turning three at the end of the month:

Yep, Sawyer's birthday is coming up, so this sketch was a great inspiration for me to create a crazy-eyed dinosaur card for him:

I created my background with some retired Birthday Bonanza DSP, and stamped a dinosaur from Dino Days in Pumpkin Pie and Bermuda Bay.  I added some balloons, a birthday hat with pompom and some googlie eyes for fun:

After adding three balloons (for three years!) I created a birthday sentiment using Number of years and a Tasteful Labels diecut:

And on the inside, more from the Number of Years set:

I hope he likes it, although he'll probably wish there was a truck or tractor on it....but hopefully those googlie eyes will catch his attention!  Thanks for popping in today! I hope you'll play with our sketch  at As You See It and create something fun for a special person in your life!  Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsDino Days, Bonanza Buddies (ret), Number of Years (ret)
Card stock & Papers    Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Birthday Bonanza DSP (ret)
 InkPumpkin Pie, Bermuda Bay, Crushed Curry, Pool Party
AccessoriesGooglie Eyes (ret), Pompoms (ret)
Tools    Big Shot, Tasteful Labels Dies,  Dino Dies, Bonanza Dies (ret), Stitched Be Mine Dies, Large Numbers Dies (ret), Stamparatus

IB158 Lots of Hearts

 Happy Thursday, peeps!  Danni has an awesome Inspired By challenge for us this week...love it!

And I even used the optional sketch as well:

So here we go!  I went pretty literal with the colors and hearts....used lots of fun stuff too!  But I totally spaced on the "thanks" part of the challenge....please forgive me, LOL!

I started with a Naturals card base and embossed it with the Pine Planks EF, then distressed it with some Gray Granite ink.  From there, I just added hearts....lots and lots of hearts!  The two top ones are both from Lots of Heart set; the plaid one was stamped with Rococo Rose ink, then diecut with the Stitched Be Mine dies.  This particular die also cuts out a scalloped border, so I cut another one from Crumb Cake to "frame" it and added a Linen Thread bow.  A little row of hearts from the retired Sending Love set added some interest:

The silver one was stamped with an Encore silver ink pad on Brushed Silver card stock, then embossed with silver embossing powder...I added some flowers from Ornate Garden DSP:

The third heart was also cut with a die from the Be Mine dies, this time from Woodgrain paper, then embellished with silver Metallic Pearls and another flower:

The sentiment and swish is also from Sending Love, stamped in Memento Black and Rococo Rose, then fussy cut:

Finally, the last heart cut from Ornate Garden DSP and backed with some Crumb Cake that was sponged to give it a wee bit more depth:

And since I had cut out my Brushed Silver heart from a circle that was already in my stash, I used it for the inside, stamping a sentiment inside!  I know it looks blue here, but it really is silver!

Phew, that was a lot...hope you're still with me! AND I hope you'll play along with our fun collage-style challenge this week!  You can choose to use the colors, shapes, sketch...whatever you want!  Just have fun and share it with us at Inspired By!  Thanks for popping in today!

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsLots of Heart, Sending Love (ret)
Card stock & Papers    Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Ornate Garden DSP, Brushed Silver (ret), Woodgrain DSP (ret), Naturals White (ret)
 InkMemento Black, Rococo Rose, Soft Suede, Gray Granite, Silver Encore (ret)
AccessoriesLinen Thread, Silver Metallic Pearls, Dimensionals, Silver Embossing Powder
Tools    Big Shot, Stitched Be Mine Dies, :Pinewood Planks EF, Love Notes Dies (ret), Heat Tool, Sponge Dauber

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