Hi stamping friends! Happy Wednesday! It's time for a new Card Concept challenge where we use various concepts to create our artwork! One of these days, I'm going to try a new concept...I always seem to gravitate towards the same clean-and-layered ...
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"wee inklings" - 5 new articles

  1. TCC176 God Bless America
  2. RRCB183 You Make Each Day Brighter
  3. PP592 Merry Sketch
  4. AYSI 275 Welcome Little One
  5. TTTC162 Pretty in Pink
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TCC176 God Bless America

Hi stamping friends!  Happy Wednesday!  It's time for a new Card Concept challenge where we use various concepts to create our artwork!  One of these days, I'm going to try a new concept...I always seem to gravitate towards the same clean-and-layered style, LOL!  Here's our timely inspiration photo: 

I made a simple card since this week has been a bit of a blur; I chose to use the stars and stripes theme as well as the challenge colors to make my clean and layered patriotic card:


This stamp came out shortly after 9/11 and although I have a few patriotic stamps, this is one of my favorites!  I stamped it in Night of Navy and Real Red and diecut it with the Stylish Shapes dies:


I added some Dazzling Diamonds glimmer paper stars and a strip of Balmy Blue glimmer paper on top of  some SU and Tim Holtz papers.  I used the sketch from Atlantic Hearts:


I hope you'll find some time to play along with us this week using our inspiration photo!  Be sure to check out what the DT created over at the Card Concept blog; you'll see you don't have to make a patriotic card at all!  Have fun!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsGod Bless American (ret)
Card stock & Papers    Basic White, Heart & Home DSP, Seasonal DSP (Tim Holtz), Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper (ret), Balmy Blue Glimmer Paper (ret)
 InkNight of Navy, Real Red
AccessoriesDimensionals
Tools    Big Shot, Stylish Shapes Dies, Mini Treat Bag Dies (ret), Country Star Punch (ret)

RRCB183 You Make Each Day Brighter

Happy Tuesday, peeps, time for a new Retro Rubber challenge! This week it's "Anything Goes"--just use any stamps that are at least a year old!


I chose a stamp called Friendship Grows from 2001---21 years old!  I have always loved these sketchy-style images; they're cute and fun to color in!  So here we go:


I stamped the image in Stazon and watercolored it with lots of different inks, then diecut it and mounted it on a gingham panel that was diecut with the Stitched With Whimsy die and added a banner and a little crinkly seam binding bow.  Here's a little closeup:


I hope you'll play with our Retro Rubber challenge this week...just remember, stamps over a year old and tell us the approximate age!  We love giving our older stamps some love.  Check out what the other DT members created as well at the Retro Rubber blog!

I have dreaded telling my readers of this sad news, but in a community where we lift each other up, I think it's okay to share that my son-in-law Wayne lost his sweet stepdaughter (from a previous marriage) last week; she was only 24 and our hearts are broken.  In fact, the sentiment on this card would be appropriate for her, as she always brought bright sunshine and laughter to everyone around her.  Obviously, Wayne, Dana and Cassidy are grieving and holding each other up as they mourn her and yet, still have moments of laughter amid the tears.  We will miss you, sweet Ganae.



Hold your loved ones close and be blessed today.

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble." Psalm 46:1

Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsFriendship Grows (ret, 2001)
Card stock & Papers    Basic White, Watercolor, Seaside Spray (ret), Seaside Spray Gingham DSP (ret)
 InkStazon, Lots of Reinkers!
AccessoriesCrinkled White Seam Binding Ribbon, Dimensionals
Tools    Big Shot, Stitched With Whimsy Dies, Double Pierced Rectangle Die (Avery Elle), Aquapainter

PP592 Merry Sketch

Hello stampers, happy Sunday!  It's Paper Players time and I am the hostess this week with a sketch for you:

It was SO hot yesterday here in PA, I decided to make a Christmas card to cool off!  Here we go:


I got these ornament stamps and dies at the end of the Christmas season so I hadn't really had a chance to play with them!  I stamped them on Shimmery White cardstock in Stazon ink, then watercolored them in shades of Evening Evergreen, Cherry Cobbler and Crumb Cake.  I chose some matching DSPs from last year's catalog, Tidings of Christmas:


I mixed my metallics...I hope that's not a big faux pas...using silver cord and gold pearls, then added a stacked diecut "merry" at the bottom, popped up on little slivers of dimensionals!  I also added a diecut scalloped border:


There are so many ways this sketch can be interpreted!  I hope you'll find some inspiration and play along, it would mean a lot to me!  You can see what all the design team created over at the Paper Players blog...check it out, then be sure to share yours too!  Thanks for visiting today...enjoy it and be blessed!


 
Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsNorth Pole Trading Co (Photoplay)
Card stock & Papers    Crumb Cake, Basic White, Evening Evergreen, Tidings of Christmas DSP (ret)
 InkStazon Black, Cherry Cobbler, Evening Evergreen, Crumb Cake
AccessoriesMetallic Pearls (ret), Silver Cord (ret), Dimensionals
Tools    Big Shot, Be Mine Stitched Dies (ret), North Pole Trading Co Dies (Photoplay), Nov 2018 Die of the Month (Spellbinder), Aquapainter

AYSI 275 Welcome Little One

Happy Friday, everyone!  Time for a new As You See It challenge, and we have a fun "recipe" for you...you must use all the "ingredients" in the recipe to create your project!  So here we go:


I need a baby shower card for my niece, so the recipe worked perfectly!  It's a really simple card:


My diecut is the large banner from Stylish Shapes; the embossing folder is the retired Perfect Polka Dots on the banner; the "B" is blue, bird and baby rattle; the subtle color is Balmy Blue; and the something shiny are the glittery clouds on this fun printed paper!  My sentiment and the bird are from the very old Nursery Necessities and the rattle is from the also-retired Holiday Blitz:


And here's a picture of the big sparkly cloud...so hard to capture that sparkle!


I hope you'll visit the As You See It blog and play along with our fun recipe and create a no-calorie treat for someone today!  Thanks for stopping in....enjoy your day and be blessed!


Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsNursery Necessities (ret), Holiday Blitz (ret)
Card stock & Papers    Basic White, Baby Boy DSP (Jolee's Boutique)
 InkBalmy Blue
AccessoriesDimensionals
Tools    Big Shot, Stylish Shapes Dies, Perfect Polka Dots Embossing Folder (ret)

TTTC162 Pretty in Pink

Happy Thursday, peeps!  Time for Team X and a new Tic Tac Toe challenge!  Here's our grid, from which I chose the center column of Floral and Embellishments: 


I wanted to try something different with the pretty Happiness Abounds set, so I took a piece of Blushing Bride cardstock and stamped the floral images in Craft White ink, then heat embossed them with white embossing powder.  Before I did that, I used the interesting diecut that comes with the Blossoming Happiness set and diecut the center portion of the cardstock:


I watercolored the florals with some White craft ink and water, then once they had dried, went over it with some Wink of Stella!  I wish you could see how sparkly it is!  


I also heat-embossed a sentiment from the same set, then added some pearls and mounted it on a Basic White card.  I think this could be used for any number of occasions, so I left the inside blank!


I hope you'll find something that tickles your fancy on our grid this week and I hope you'll share it with us at the Tic Tac Toe challenge.  While you're there, check out the other amazing samples that the DT has created!  Thanks for visiting today!  Enjoy it and be blessed!



Project Details—All Products SU! Unless Otherwise Specified
StampsHappiness Abounds
Card stock & Papers    Basic White, Blushing Bride
 InkCraft White
AccessoriesPearls, White Embossing Powder
Tools    Big Shot, Blossoming Happiness Dies, Heat Tool, Wink of Stella, Aquapainter

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