Tuesday, January 24, 2017

In My Thoughts ~ HSS256


Hello Stampers!  It's time for another Hand Stamped Sentiments Challenge.  A sketch challenge is what's on deck for the next two weeks!  
My card is a mish mosh of older (one REALLY OLD) DSP and a few different stamps, punches and dies.  I even had to pull out a retired color (regal rose) to finish off my stamping.
The floral dsp is super duper old...way back to about 2009 or something.  I'm sure you all have stashes like mine, and what is it with feeling the need to not use the paper?  I have a love/hate relationship with patterned paper packs.  I know so many of you can relate.  I want to use the paper but what if I cut it and it's wrong?  Or what if it's wrong for this project and doesn't work?  gasp!!!!  Anyway, I've resolved to try to use up a bunch of my older paper.  

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The other thing on my agenda is sympathy cards. I've needed way to many of those lately.  Sometimes you need something a little more cheerful when you are celebrating a special someone's life.  That's were this card comes in.  This card totally fits her.  Vibrant and full of fun.  I know her family will appreciate the cheerful colors and flowers. 


Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Best Thoughts, Thoughtful Branches
Paper: assorted old (don't know the names) DSP, White, Wisteria Wonder, Old Olive
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Regal Rose, Old Olive
Accessories: flower punch, Layering Circle Thinlits, pearls

Thanks for taking a peek! 
I hope you'll join us a HSS this week!
Jenny


Thursday, January 19, 2017

Dainty Embossed Vellum ~ CCMC441


Wow, the weeks seem to be flying by!  Can you believe we are into the third week of January already!  Another Thursday has rolled around so here we are at Create with Connie and Mary again!  We've got a neat sketch challenge for you this time.  
This one was a toughie for me.  I planned and then re-planned my card and supplies and then ended up using nothing of what I planned!!!  LOL!  I started out wanting to use the new Carried Away DSP, which I did (the gray polka-dot).  I planned to use the reverse side of this as well, which is Peek-a-boo Peach, but I felt like the patterns were too busy together.  I settled on stamping some Flirty Flamingo lines on Flirty Flamingo cardstock to accent the gray dsp.  I also had in mind that I was going to make this into a baby card with the gray and pink and use {Foxy Friends}.  Then I spotted a piece of vellum laying on my desk and remembered a technique where you emboss the vellum with a stylus.  Here is a link to a video showing the technique. It's kind of a fun and unique look.  I fussy cut my {Penned and Painted} flower and leaves after I stamped in on vellum in Stazon ink.  I then used my stylus to emboss.  I didn't use a very heavy hand because I wanted a more subtle look.  I layered the flower on a circle of Flirty Flamingo and then then another circle of Silver Glimmer paper.  All of that is perched upon a super sweet lace doily.  I tied the silver together by adding the "hello" diecut and metallic silver ribbon from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  Lastly, I added a three white perfect accents.  I decided against rhinestones because I felt like this card had enough sparkle already.  




Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Penned and Painted, Thoughtful Banners
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Stazon Black
Paper: Up and Away DSP, Flirty Flamingo, Silver glimmer, white
Accessories: Perfect white accents, lace doily, Silver metallic ribbon, greeting thinlit

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!
Jenny




Thursday, January 12, 2017

Irresistible Fat Chicken ~ CCMC440, PP326


Oh boy!  Create with Connie and Mary is back again with a classic color combo for you this week.  I'm playing with brand new stamps and it's so much fun!  I just love, love, love this chicken set called {Hey, Chick} from the Sale-a-bration catalog.  The images in it are so cute!  I can't wait to use it more!  For now I settled on the fat hen.  We live on a farm and up until two years ago we've always had chickens.  I can tell you that there's nothing better then farm fresh eggs.  Chickens are such fun creatures...funny to watch.  I colored my fat hen like some of the classic leghorn chickens we had here on our farm.  I stamped her three times. Once on the Crumb Cake circle, and twice on scrap white.  I fussy cut one entire chick out and only the wing off of the other.  I used the smooth end of my poker tool and a mouse pad to give my chicken a little dimension.  Then I lined her up with the chicken on the crumb cake and popped her up with dimensionals.  Lastly, I popped up her wing. I ran my Crumb Cake marker over the lines or feathers on her body and then colored her comb and wattle red.    


I'm also playing along with the Paper Players this week.  The challenge there is to used a recycled item.  My recycled item it the black and white Irresistibly Floral Specialty paper.  This was a cast off from a different project and I'm so glad to be recycling it here because it works great!  I think I used my brayer with classic black ink to ink up the paper.  I remember that it wasn't black enough for the project I intended it for, but I like it here.  It gives kind of a chalk board type feel.  I like the pattern because it reminds me of eggs.
I also used the Hexagons textured impressions folder to mimic chicken wire.  I love the way it looks!



Here's a list of my supplies....
Stamps: Hey, Chick, Gorgeous Grunge
Ink: Crumb Cake, Black, Real Red, Versa Mark
Paper: Black, Crumb Cake, Real Red, White, Irresistibly Floral DSP
Accessories: White EP, Nesting circle die, linen thread, Hexagons textured embossing folder, dimensionals

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!
Jenny 






Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Painted Posies CAS Birthday ~ HSS255, CTS203


CAS...dare I say I love it???  If you know anything about me and my stamping then you know I've never been a fan of CAS.  I try it but I'm never quite happy with in the end.  But this card!  I think this one has just enough "extras" that I can get behind it!  In fact I really, really like it!
The #1 reason behind this card is our color challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  What a cheerful combo this is!  I searched for a sketch challenge to help my  card come together and I ran across this one from CAS(E) this Sketch #203.  


I hope you'll have a chance to play along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  The challenge lasts for two week! 


Here's a list of my supplies...
Stamps: Penned and Painted, Celebrate today
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Watermelon Wonder, Black
Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Emerald Envy, Black, In Color DSP 
Accessories: Adorning accents edglits, iced rhinestones, rouched ribbon


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Special Reason Shabby Chic ~ CCMC439, CASCS204, SSC143, SIP80, SUO165


Oh my gosh....Create with Connie and Mary time has rolled around again and I've got NEW STUFF to show off!  This is such an exciting time of year.  We're all coming down off the holidays and what's there to look forward to now?  The NEW occasions catalog and Sale-a-bration!  Both catalogs are chock full of fun, beautiful new stamps and supplies!
To go along with our fabulous sketch this week, I chose to get color inspired by CAS Colours & Sketches #204 and Sunday Stamps #143.  I'm also entering in SIP#80 for the card makers choice, and SUO #165 which challenges us to use new stuff. 

So, can you spot the new stuff?  Well the flowers are from a beautiful new set called {Special Reason} and have Stylish Stems coordinating dies.  One of my very favorite new products is the Hexagons texture folder.  It gives a super deep impression like my beloved Cable Knit folder.  I just love the look of these awesome impression folders. 
Another new accessory showcased on this card is the Falling in Love DSP and Falling in Love embellishment (the center of the big flower).  I'm super excited about these new products and can't wait to use them more.  I love the Special Reason flowers because they look a little worn.  It looks like I didn't get enough ink on them, but that is the look of that stamp.  I thought it lent itself nicely to a shabby chic look, which is another thing I'm quite fond of.  


Here's a list of all my supplies....

Stamps: Special Reason, Thoughtful Banners, Teeny Tiny Wishes, Hardwood
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Pink Pirouette, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake
Paper: Sahara Sand, Sweet Sugarplum, Very Vanilla, Soft Sky, Falling In Love DSP
Accessories: Falling in Love embellishment, Hexagon Texture Folder, Stylish Stems framelits, metal rim pearls, lace trim, very vanilla satin ribbon

Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!
Jenny



Thursday, December 29, 2016

Snowman Sparkle ~ CCMC438


Hello fellow stampers!  It's time for a color challenge at Create with Connie and Mary!

CCMC438

Our fun colors are Flirty Flamingo, Pool Party, and Silver or Smokey Slate.  I went with Silver.
This is pretty much my last post for Christmas cards.  I'm sorry to see the Christmas card making season come to an end....although, I guess you can make Christmas cards all year long if you prefer, but it's much more fun when you're in the holiday spirit!  
Anyway, I die cut the snowman from Snow Friends framelits in Silver Glimmer paper and placed him on a snow embossed oval.  I gave him a pool party die cut tie to dress him up a little.  I continue to LOVE the Cable Knit embossing folder, so I had to incorporate that in there too!


I hope you'll get a chance to play along with us this week!  
Thanks for taking a peek!
Jenny


Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Bright Butterfly ~ HSS254, JAI342

Hello stampers! It's time once again for another Hand Stamped Sentiments challenge.  This time it's a sketch!
I'm also adding Just Add Ink's #342 inspiration of Just add N.  My N is for Night of Navy.
 I trust everyone has recovered from Christmas.  I have.  Ours was nice and relaxing this year.  I felt like I wasn't ready for it as it approached, but I was able to pull everything together at the last minute.  I seem to be a really good procrastinator.  To top it off, my youngest son's birthday is the 23rd (he turned 12 this year), so that gets thrown in there as well.  
The only thing I didn't get done, ironically, was my Christmas cards!  
I SO enjoy creating Christmas cards, too.  In fact I'm usually not ready to be done with the Christmas card making season after it's over.  It was a little tough for me to get out of the Christmas card mode and create something else, but I did it....thanks to some Christmas DSP!  Yep, that green polka dot piece is from a retired Christmas stack called Merry Moments.  I love the big bold polka dot and bright green color.  I paired it with a Night of Navy butterfly thinlit topped over a silver glimmer butterfly.  These two butterflies have been laying around my desk since last spring!  I'm glad to finally give them their moment in the spotlight!  I wanted to incorporate a nice bright pink as well, so the sentiment from {Sunburst Sayings} is stamped in Melon Mambo and I added a Melon Mambo banner.  The Night of Navy background piece is stamped with the Brushstrokes background stamp in Night of Navy ink.  Lastly, I added a little silver thread to tie into the silver butterfly.  I'm pretty pleased with my first attempt of a "regular" card after Christmas card season! 


I hope you'll be able to play along with us at Hand Stamped Sentiments!  Remember, our challenges last for two week, so you have plenty of time to create!
Thanks for taking a peek and have a blessed day!
Jenny