June 2015

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Thanks for coming back for the details if you got my initial post. For some reason, I am always under the wire getting my PPA card challenge completed and submitted by the time deadline of 12 noon on Tuesdays. Thus, I didn’t have time to give any details on the project until I got the card submitted right on time.

This week’s Pals Paper Arts challenge are the following colors:6a011572200a0f970b01b8d12445b4970c-300wi

I had originally wanted to us the SU! stamp set Wood You Be Mine?, but I couldn’t pull the card together in my mind’s eye. Then, I thought of the retired SU! stamp set Seaside. I layered the shells from this stamp set using a mask and, quite by accident, I made a stamped image from a newly inked pad where the ink had not settled into the pad of the large conch shell. I had already stamped initial image and I cut out the darker portions of the over inked image and layered it on top of the original image. I made a double layered mat from Marina Mist card stock layered on Sahara Sand card stock and stamped coral as a back drop for the fish from By The Tide which was stamped with Early Espresso onto Pool Party card stock and highlighted with Stampin’ Write markers. The shells, fish, and sentiment (“Happy Birthday” – Sprinkles of Life SU! stamp set) are raised with SU! dimensionals.


Supplies: Seaside SU! retired stamp set; Stampin’ Write Markers – Calypso Coral, Pistachio Pudding, Hello Honey, Coastal Cabana

This past week I received an e-mail from the daughter of my first cousin (so, she would be my second cousin) that his 75th birthday was right around the corner, and she wanted family, friends, and church members to send him a birthday card. By the way, it took me several years as a child to get down the concept of first, second, third cousin. I still don’t quite get the concept, yet, of second cousin twice removed, etc., it’s just too mind boggling. LOL

I would visit his mom and dad (his mother was my dad’s sister) every summer. I really looked forward to going to Allene’s and Ernest’s house. We didn’t do “young people” things when I visited them. Ernest owned a Piggly Wiggly store near St. Elmo’s Park in Columbus, Georgia, and Allene would take me with her to pick up some groceries. The store was located in an old, quaint strip of stores. I loved the musty smell of the store, and visiting with the employees who had worked there for many, many years. When we arrived at the store, we would go through the back door (I felt really privileged because, to my child’s mind, we went in the “secret” way), and we had to ring a bell for the door to be opened from the inside. I can remember eating oatmeal from a bowl while sitting in front of the t.v. and playing with a 4′ – 5′ tall Jolly Green Giant doll a sales rep had given Ernest. When I was very little, Allene’s mom, my paternal grandmother “Mama Storey,” lived with them and I remember going into the bathroom where her teeth were in a GLASS!!! Wow, I didn’t know anyone who could take their teeth out and put them in a glass. My second cousins, Allene’s other son – Larry’s children, would visit and play with me. We had such fun! We would visit with Allene’s best friend, Edith whose couch I wet after falling asleep on it (the things we remember from childhood), I almost forgot, they owned a small cottage a block from the beach in Panama City Beach, Florida off of Thomas Drive. I really looked forward to going to the beach for a week during the summer as a family. There are so many more great childhood memories from my summers with them, but I shall move on.

When I was really little my cousin, David – the birthday boy/man, lived with his parents. He is twenty something years older than me (my dad got a late start). He married Vicki when I was about 8 years old, and my sister and I were flower girls at his wedding. Once David and Vicki had their own home, I would go and spend a night or two with them. They were so much fun. Eventually, they purchased a house and built a POOL. Pool to a kid means fun times!!! They had two children John and Barbara. I helped out with John when he was a baby and then, I “grew-up” and had other things to occupy my time and the summer visits ended around my 16th birthday.

When my uncle died, Allene moved into a mother-in-law suite attached to their house. By this time, I was grown and had children of my own. And, every summer we would visit and swim and go to the beach. Those were some relaxing times. This was a also a season of my life where I got to know Barbara well. She and I would go to a scrapbooking store that had a weekly scrap night and we would sit there for hours making scrapbook pages.

Anyway, I made a card that reflects a beach/ocean theme. David has a boat he takes out to go deep-sea fishing,and when Barbara asked for us to send him a birthday greeting, I immediately thought of By The Tide stamp set. I made this card to send to him:


David's Birthday

I created a spin-off from this card. It was one of my cards that made featured artisan card with Fab Friday Card Challenge website. I had the coral stamped background (rectangular piece) and the shell left over from the card mentioned previously. I took the coral background panel and stamped some more coral on top of the Bermuda Bay coral with VersaMark and then embossed the coral with bronze embossing powder (purchased at Hobby Lobby). I stamped the lobster with Staz-On and watercolored it with Watermelon Wonder and after it dried went back with the Watermelon Wonder Stampin’ Write marker and made the shadowed areas pop and I cut the lobster out with SU! paper snips. I watercolored the background oval and adhered Delightful Dijon Envelope paper (torn and stippled with a Delightful Dijon ink). I stamped the birthday sentiment onto Coastal Cabana card stock with Bermuda Bay ink. Then I adhered all the pieces.


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While looking for inspiration for card challenges, I came across Virginia’s View Challenge. I had just completed a monochromatic card for my next make-n-take, and I decided to enter this challenge. She specified Ombre & Monocromatic and gave a couple of examples:

Ombre Monochromatic

Ombre Monochromatic

I think these cards are gorgeous!

For my regular blog readers this card was featured as a Paper Craft Crew Challenge as well (might as well kill two birds with one stone). Here is one of June’s make-n-take cards as well as Virginia’s View Challenge:



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This week Freshly Made Sketches #190 features this card sketch:

FMS Final 190-001

As you will see, I just can’t get enough of the new SU! 2015-2017 In-Colors. For my interpretation of the card sketch, I chose the Sprinkles of Life SU! stamp set and featured an ice cream cone topped with scoops of Delightful Dijon, Cucumber Crush, and Watermelon Wonder. I placed the ice cream cone on an oval mat I created by sponging Daffodil Delight ink onto the Whisper White oval cardstock. I created a background with the sunburst stamp from Perpetual Birthday Calendar stamp set and then accented with a panel of DSP from the Cherry On Top DSP paper stack. “Sweet Moments” seemed an appropriate sentiment from the Project Life stamp set Remember This.


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I have missed out on at least the last two Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch challenges due to making wedding invitations with a deadline and going on vacation. So glad to get back to making a card for this weeks challenge:


As usual, I started off with a completely different layout and stamp choice for this card than what I ended up making, but I’m really happy with how this card looked once I had changed the stamp choices. I really, really, really LOVE the watercolor technique I used on this card and several other previous cards to make a subtle color transition (this is the initial technique for Bokeh cards, but using only one color and smoothing out any rough transition areas). I chose SU! Watermelon Wonder as my monochromatic color for this card. I’m loving the new 2015-2017 In-Colors!

The matted flower was supposed to be laying on a landscape layout, but the OCD in me noticed I had not centered my striped paper and one side of the mat would have a white stripe while the other side would have a red stripe, and I didn’t want to cut anymore paper since I still have to use this paper for my catalog open house event. So, I made the card a portrait layout and placed the matted flower parallel with the stripes; it worked perfectly. I added diamond rhinestones tinted with the Cherry Cobbler Blendabilities marker, but decided to not included any other type of embellishment along with it. I decided to leave off the sentiment as well since everything I tried just didn’t “fit” the card. I almost forgot! I stamped the You’ve Got This flower in Black Staz-On onto a piece of Watermelon Wonder cardstock, and I watercolored shading onto the flower, stem, and leaf. I really love the way this card developed into a stunning card:


This week’s Pals Paper Arts Challenge is a color challenge:6a00e54f95df92883401b8d121b7dc970c-800wi


On this challenge I wanted to do something a little different. Instead of stamping on Whisper White or Very Vanilla cardstock, I decided to stamp the sentiment from SU! Friendly Wishes onto a piece of So Saffron cardstock using Soft Suede ink and cut it out using the Labels Framelits dies. I had tried several different looks with the soft suede background mat. I started off just doing nothing to it. It just wasn’t quite right (if you know what I mean); then, I tried stamping the small dot lines from Friendly Wishes in soft suede onto the mat. Yuk! So, I decided to try something else and realized I had used the last piece of cardstock scrap in the size I needed and I didn’t have any full sheets of Soft Suede cardstock. What??? How did that happen? No problem I left the original mat on the card and cut two pieces of Soft Suede cardstock to the width of the card; embossed it with the Scallop embossing folder and adhered the pieces to the Yuk, Yuk piece of cardstock. From there, I stamped a piece of Strawberry Slush cardstock with the flower from the same stamp set using Strawberry Slush ink. The card still needed something, but I didn’t want to detract from the sentiment focal point so I cut two small strips of So Saffron and placed them behind the sentiment (I didn’t have any ribbon that worked with this color challenge). Last but not least, I colored in the heart with the Strawberry Slush Stampin’ Write marker. And, here it is:



Freshly Made Sketches #189 is a great sketch to feature the new Stampin’ Up! In-Colors along with the new Envelope Paper.

FMS Final 189I am having an SU! catalog open house and I wanted a clean and simple card to showcase the new 2015-2017 In-Colors. I used the striped side of the Mint Macaron envelope paper for the circle; then, I stamped the flower from You’ve Got This in Mint Macaron on Whisper White and matted the stamped image askew onto a solid piece of Mint Macaron. I added a sentiment from You’ve Got This in Mint Macaron on a Whisper White banner. Very monochromatic. I plan on using this card sketch and duplicating this card in all of the five new In-Colors as a quick make-n-take at the catalog open-house. I’m sure all of my stampers will LOVE this design as well as the new In-Colors and stamp sets I will be featuring.


I posted about being MIA while working on 250 wedding invitations for a friend of my daughter. Once I was finished with that project, we went on vacation in Branson, MO. What a long ride from the ATL (13-14 hours when traveling with a three year old)! We met up with family and had a great time visiting and seeing some of the nieces and nephews for the first time.

When we got back to Georgia late Thursday night, we were all exhausted from the trip back and we (me, my husband, and our daughter’s family) laid around on Friday trying to re-energize. Saturday, we began to get things back in order and my husband and I feeling as though we were still on vacation went to a movie. When we got back, our daughter informed us the Air Conditioning had GONE out! WHAT!!! Why do these things happen on the weekend???? Well, this was just dandy. I keep the house at a nice 68 to 70 degrees during the day and a nice cold temp of 64 to 65 at night. Yes, I’m of that age where I stay hot most of the time and I wake up in the middle of the night burning up (no night sweats), sure that someone has messed with the thermostat and set it at 70 degrees (yes, I have gotten up many a night with my handy-dandy cell phone flashlight to double-check the house temperature; only to find the house is 65 degrees – just where I had set it before bed). It has been quite a survival feat to make it through to today, Monday. The phone call is in and the HVAC repair company will be here between 1 and 5. I’ll be as excited to see the repairman as I am the UPS driver making a SU! delivery!!!

Now, on Sunday as I was leaving the house to go and pick up a box fan from my friend, Cheyenne, my husband and daughter mentioned we had a water leak in the yard. When it rains it pours! My husband checked out the water meter while I stood by and supervised LOL. He had to shut off the water and take a jar and get the water out of the hole in the ground before we, oh I guess I should have said he, could determine the source of the leak. Thank goodness it was between the meter and the road; therefore, the county will fix the leak with no cost to us, and it looked as though the leak was not affecting our water consumption. Someone from the county water department should be out sometime today to check out the leak.

All of this dialog was to say, I’ll be getting back on track with card challenges and posts. In fact, I’ll be posting a challenge this morning as soon as my camera’s battery recharge.

Have a great week!