Whee, it's Wednesday...the week is half over! AND it's March first! I am keeping up with my Christmas card-creating, so at the end of the year, I should be in good shape! Today's card uses the Merry Monday prompt of "Shimmer and Sparkle", as well as ...

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  1. MM237 and GDP076 Poinsettia Christmas
  2. SIP88 Kiss it Goodbye
  3. CASEing Doris
  4. Paper Players 333 Sketch
  5. CAS Sympathy
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MM237 and GDP076 Poinsettia Christmas

Whee, it's Wednesday...the week is half over!  AND it's March first! I am keeping up with my Christmas card-creating, so at the end of the year, I should be in good shape!  Today's card uses the Merry Monday prompt of "Shimmer and Sparkle", as well as the Global Design Project sketch, which is to CASE the talened Kylie Bertucci's card:

Stampin' Up! came out with this gorgeous poinsettia stamp a couple years ago called Joyful Christmas; I thought it would be pretty in lieu of the florals that Kylie used!  Here's my take on her sketch:

I used Versamark and Real Red ink to stamp each image on watercolor paper, then embossed them with clear embossing powder, making sure I cleaned my stamp well between each inking!  Then I watercolored the florals with Watermelon Wonder, Real Red and Cherry Cobbler inks...and you know me, I always "loosely" watercolor!

I colored the centers with a Zig Painty gold pen; added some Encore Gold speckles, gold sequins, and heat-embossed the "Christmas" from Time of Year with Encore Gold ink and Gold Glory embossing powder:

The "merry" is from a Paper Pumpkin kit, I believe from Christmas 2015.  A wee bit of gold thread peeks out from behind the sentiment as well, and I used Real Red glimmer paper for a little mat and gold foil for the card front!  Although this is a little more flashy than my usual style, I think it's pretty!  It certainly sparkles and shimmers!

Trying out a bus stop selfie with my new phone!

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details--All Products Stampin Up Unless Otherwise Noted
StampsTime of Year, Joyful Christmas (ret), Itty Bitty Backgrounds (ret), Paper Pumpkin (Nov 2015?)
Card stock & Papers    Whisper White, Watercolor, Gold Foil, Red Glimmer
 InkVersamark, Real Red, Watermelon Wonder, Cherry Cobbler, Gold Encore
AccessoriesGold Wire, Gold Sequins (Verve), Clear Embossing Powder, Gold Zig Painty (ret)
Tools    Heat Tool, Aquapainter

SIP88 Kiss it Goodbye

Happy Tuesday, peeps!  It's time for another Stamp Ink Paper challenge!  It's a fun one this week....anything but a card!  Can't wait to see what the other team members have created, too!

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I had actually been working on this even before I saw the challenge!  I had one clear Stampin' Up! checkbook cover left from many, many years ago, and had wanted to create a new one for my checks. So here we go: 

I saw this color combo at Sunday Stamps.....soooooo pretty!

I have a few scraps of DSP left from the Stella & Rose: Mabel line from My Mind's Eye....I just pulled out some pieces and went to work!  My friend Maryanne used to have checks with a set of lips on them and the saying "Kiss it Goodbye", so I thought that would be a fun sentiment to put on it.  Unfortunately, in my messy craft room, the "n" has disappeared from my Labeler Alphabet set; luckily I didn't need it for this one, but I am sure I'll want it in the future!  Maybe it will turn up...I've looked everywhere!  Grrrr!  The letters are stamped in Lost Lagoon and backed with matching cardstock. 

And the lips from Sealed with Love were perfect, stamped in Tangerine Tango and mounted on a stitched circle and scalloped mat:

I also used a new-to-me stitched scalloped border from Pretty Pink Posh (LOVE it) and stamped some Distressed Dots on my Lost Lagoon mat!  Now when I have to write a check, at least I will get a little chuckle!  I hope you'll play along with us--get your creative juices flowing and show us what you've got!

Wayne tried to show Cassidy how to skip a stone!

Be blessed and enjoy your day!

Project Details--All Products Stampin Up Unless Otherwise Noted
StampsSealed with Love, Labeler Alphabet,  Distressed Dots BG (ret)
Card stock & Papers    Naturals White, Lost Lagoon (both ret), Tangerine Tango, Stella & Rose-Mabel DSP (My Mind's Eye)
 InkLost Lagoon, Tangerine Tango
AccessoriesClear Checkbook Cover
Tools    Big Shot, Stitched Shapes Dies, Scallop Borders Die (Pretty Pink Posh), Petite Scalloped Circle Dies (Nestabilities)

CASEing Doris

Happy Monday, peeps!  Hope you had a fabulous weekend!  I received a pretty card in the mail from my friend Doris, and I thought I would re-create one of my own.  I had this panel of watercolor paper already on my desk; I was playing with the stamp set Flower Patch and my aquapainter, and when I saw Doris's card, I thought it would be a good way to put this little panel to use!  I think it is called a Z-fold:

It's a little tricky to photograph, but here is the card folded:

I stamped the florals in Watermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach and Crushed Curry; the leaves are Pear Pizzazz.  I stamped them on watercolor paper, then just swooshed a wet aquapainter around the edges to draw a wee bit of the ink out.  Some speckles, enamel dots and a sentiment from a fall Paper Pumpkin kit finished it off.  And here's the inside, using the SAB DSP Carried Away and a sentiment from Suite Sentiments:

Basically, you create your card exactly as you would normally, but score at 2 1/8" and 4 1/4" and fold the first fold back.  Then decorate as you wish!  My angled panel is Pear Pizzazz, and I also stamped the corners with a crackle stamp from another Paper Pumpkin kit!  And here is Doris's pretty card, outside and in!

You should try this fold--it's fun, easy and adds some interest to your card!

A little hike on Saturday before the cold weather returned!

Thanks for stopping by today!  Have a blessed day!

Project Details--All Supplies Are Stampin Up Unless Otherwise Noted
StampsFlower Patch, Gorgeous Grunge, Paper Pumpkin (Fall?), Suite Sentiments
Card stock & Papers    Very Vanilla, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Watercolor, Carried Away DSP
 InkWatermelon Wonder, Peekaboo Peach, Crushed Curry, Pear Pizzazz, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Delightful Dijon
AccessoriesNarrow Black Grosgrain Ribbon (ret)
Tools    Big Shot, Perfect Polka Dot EF (ret), Aquapainter

Paper Players 333 Sketch

Hi everyone!  Happy Sunday!  It's my turn to host the Paper Players challenge for this week and I have a set of "three" elements for challenge #333!  Here ya go:

I just received the new package of glimmer papers available as a Sale-a-bration benefit...sooooo pretty!  I just had to use them ALL on my card today.....just a little hint of them so as not to blind you with the shimmer!  I did originally use a scallop die to cut them out but decided it was a bit much, so I just cut them down and used them as plain mats with the images from A Day at the Beach:

Each image was inked with Versamark, then inked again using the ink colors to match the glimmer paper (Sweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron and Bermuda Bay), then heat-embossed with clear embossing powder. That allowed me to watercolor each image without the image itself bleeding:

I added a simple little fun sentiment from Silhouettes and Script as well as some white enamel dots! And since I had this fun scallop frame left behind when I re-cut my Sweet Sugarplum mat, I decided to use it for the inside...it fit the sentiment from Suite Sayings perfectly!

I hope you'll play along with our Paper Players challenge this week...I have to admit that the DT outdid themselves!  You can see them all at the PP blog!

Doesn't everyone put a puzzle together on the driveway?

Enjoy your day and be blessed!

Project Details-All Supplies Stampin Up Unless Otherwise Noted
StampsA Day at the Beach, Silhouettes and Script, Suite Sayings
Card stock & Papers    Whisper White, In Color DSP Stack, SAB Glimmer Assortment, Sweet Sugarplum
 InkSweet Sugarplum, Mint Macaron, Bermuda Bay
AccessoriesWhite Enamel Dots
Tools    Big Shot, Circle Dies (Nestabilities), Dimensionals, 1 3/4" Circle Punch

CAS Sympathy

Happy Saturday, peeps!  My friend Michele shared two beautiful cards recently using this gorgeous board from Ellen Hutson as her inspiration:


Such a pretty color, I had to play along!  Unfortunately, I needed another sympathy card so I thought I would do some "florals" using Swirly Bird, which has been neglected lately:

My large circular image doesn't seem to accept the ink very well...not sure if it is the Pool Party ink or the stamp itself.  I'll have to play with it some more to see!  Anyway, I used Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise and Bermuda Bay for my flowers, masking them with a post-it note, and the leaves are Wild Wasabi; the sentiment is from an older Paper Pumpkin kit:

I stamped another flower on top of the sentiment from Thoughts and Prayers on the inside.

I am hoping I don't have to make too many more of these!  Be sure to stop back tomorrow for a new Paper Players challenge where I am the hostess!  Have a great day!

It has been crazy warm here in PA, so Cassidy and Grampy went out before school to do some chalk artwork on the driveway!  Cassidy drew a cardinal:

Grampy chose a more manly image of a tractor trailer, LOL!

Be blessed!

Project Details--All Supplies Stampin Up Unless Otherwise Noted
StampsSwirly Bird, Paper Pumpkin (sympathy), Thoughts and Prayers
Card stock & Papers    Thick White Cardstock
 InkSoft Sky, Pool Party, Tempting Turquoise, Bermuda Bay, Palette Noir, Wild Wasabi
Tools    Post-it Notes

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