• Challenges,  Fairs / Events,  Fancy Fold,  Technique Tuesday

    Challenge #197

    Sorry, I waited to post this until Sunday, but wanted to be sure that the judging for the Fair was over, but still in time for the Challenge Judging… phew, down to the wire as always! Using the color challenge from the Global Design Project and also making it my fair entry. What Fair you ask… Well, did you know that your County 4H fair has an open class?? yes, for adults. Ours is run by the homemakers groups. I have taken items before… it is fun to find out what other folks in the County are doing for fun. More on that once the fair opens… Monday! ANYWAY… Looking…

  • Challenges,  Coloring

    Free as a Bird for GDP #196

    This week for the Global Design Project is CASE the designer, Connie Collins. The parts that spoke to me are the Gingham and Frames… Have you tried using two of the stitched dies together?? No muss, no fuss for great frames! This carries all through the Ovals, Circles, Squares, Rectangles even the new Nesting dies. Continuing with the “patriotic” color scheme of the Holiday weekend, but using a more country style of Crumb Cake, Night of Navy and Merry Merlot. All 3 of those colors are included in the Neutrals 6 x 6 Designer Series Paper pack (149614). Additionally available in both sets of In-Colors, Brights, Subtles and Regals (pg168).…

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    A Truck and for a Challenge #195

    Today let’s go on a trip… Out to the country, where I live! All of us in the Pickup Truck… for this week’s Global Design Project Challenge #gdp195 the theme is… So many fun ideas, but when I saw the challenge, it was going to use this new bundle Ride with Me (151106). Which includes both stamps and coordinating dies. Have you had a look at it yet?? OHHHH!! Here is the stamped image of the truck… including, Silver Foil (132178) adding to the “old school” look. It is used on the bumper and the “rims” of the tires. In addition, Vellum (101856) for the window, which was fussy cut…

  • Challenges,  Coloring,  In-Colors,  Technique Tuesday

    Challenge Day!! #194

    Global Design Project Challenge Day!! WooHoo, can you tell I was feeling patriotic? This week is a sketch challenge.. here was the inspiration. Remember yesterdays post?? The jar was coloring one of today’s ribbon. Did you know that with an ink refill some water and either Whisper White Twine (124262) or Polka Dot Tulle (146912) ribbon you can make it ANY color you need?? Ohhhh, I just realized that there is one more still to try… Whisper White Flax Ribbon… Check back next week for that! Lovely Lipstick, Whisper White and Blueberry Bushel are what created the red/white/blue.. or this could also be a nod to Firefighters and Police too..…

  • Challenges,  Masculine Cards

    You are wonderful..

    Global Design Challenge day #193. This is a color challenge this week, and WOW and what a color group we have! Now…. how to get started?? Let me walk you through my process… Knowing the colors already, I pulled all three color cardstock. Check which ribbon if any that might go… Masculine or feminine? Fancy or Simple? Stamps? Pulled the Crackle Paint (148752) just to see what the Night of Navy would look like on the Pineapple Punch… WOW. Well, you know the rest. The Rooted in Nature (146482) has some “wonderful” sentiments, dontcha agree?? This one is my favorite… you can make it a Thank You, Birthday or Congratulations…

  • Challenges,  In-Colors

    Friday, GDP Challenge

    It is Global Design Project Day…This week is CASE the designer. And Charlet made this beautiful card to use. The inspiration just spoke to me.. Here is her design. The 2019-2021 In-Colors is where it all started. The new DSP (149617) with the gingham is a must have if you have not seen it, PLEASE let me know… WOW!! So on trend and just simple and easy to add to any card, masculine or feminine. Almost time for me to order more. But you know me… that Purple Posy was a go to for sure! Shocking…. no butterflies, but just a sprig of that new Scalloped Linen ribbon (149706)… YES,…

  • Challenges,  sneak peek

    Friday Challenge Day #GDP191

    WoooHooo, it is Global Design Project day!! And with the challenge being a theme of Bees, Birds and Butterflies… Ohhh Yeah, I am soo in!! Knowing that you want to participate and coming up with an idea are two different things!! But this morning a friend posted about glitter and .. BAM! Have you ever mixed shimmer paint and embossing paste?? Here is how this came about… when ordering I have thought about ordering the shimmering white (145645), however, the white (141979) that is already in my craft room is half full. Hummm? Ever thought about it?? Add a swipe and magic! TRY IT! Have you created your own templates??…

  • Challenges,  Happy Birthday,  sneak peek,  Uncategorized

    GDP Challenge Day #188

    Super excited to participate in the Global Design Project Challenge today #GDP188. This week we are CASEing the designer, Brian King. Today, you get two sneak peeks at a couple of the new 2019-2021 In-colors. Pretty Peacock and Sea Side Spray. They sure look pretty together!! Trying to figure out what that sentiment is from?? Everything is Rosy the one month Kit of course!! Have you gotten yours?? NOO?? ohh you really want to second think that… there is a leaf edge that is added to the sentiment portion…WOW…add a little Wink of Stella to the “berry” parts, amazing!! Using the Leaves Trinkets (146343) for the pretty thing… Looped around…

  • Challenges,  old site

    Global Design Challenge Day

    Join me today for the Global Design Challenge #gdp181 This is a fun one… Color Challenge. I have been trying to be good and not use this Gingham Gala DSP (148554) it is supposed to be back in stock ANY day… fingers crossed. One of my go to sentiment sets Petal Palette (145788) this one could also be labeled as a Simple Stamping card, but the ribbon and embellishment take it out of that category, kinda … The leaves are stamped in the same Lemon Lime Twist ink as the paper… Ohhh this color will only be available for a few more months… please do not miss out!. Once again,…

  • Challenges,  In-Colors,  Team Meeting

    Team swap…

    Third Thursday of each month is our Team meeting… where we swap, plan and learn stuff. This month the “challenge” was ribbon and embellishments. I know you are asking where those bubbles are from…. Beauty Abounds (148726)..the stamp set is still available, sadly the dies are not… (sniffle sniffle). Using the 2018-2020 In-Colors of Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick. Ribbon to match 1/8 inch grosgrain Blueberry Bushel (146950), Pineapple Punch (146953) and Lovely Lipstick ( 146952) How about the pearls in Lovely Lipstick?? Did you know that you can use the Stampin Blends to color them?? These are using the Dark Lovely Lipstick (147028 combo 147281). Wondering how…

  • Challenges,  old site

    Global Design Challenge #180

    Today’s card is for the Global Design Project #gdp180. Thank you to our inspiring designer Stesha Bloodhart. CASE meaning Copy and Selectively Edit. Stesha’s card inspired the simplicity and location of the focal point of my card. Using the Beauty Abounds Bundle (150617), Crackle Paint (148752), Crumb Cake, Soft Sea Foam and Rich Razzleberry cardstock/ink, Dazzling Diamonds and the Crumb Cake twine from the rooted with nature set. Working on the background first, the crackle is stamped on Crumb Cake with the Soft Sea Foam Ink, then add the “bubbles” in Crumb Cake for the larger set and Soft Sea Foam the smaller. Have you tried breaking up the Large…

  • Challenges,  old site

    Global Design Challenge Day…

    It has been just toooo long since we played along… #GDP177. Global Design Project challenges us each week … This weeks is a color challenge. Keeping this somewhat simple, but fussy cutting is NEVER simple. at least that is what they tell me. If you have not fallen in love with the Botanical Butterfly DSP (designer series paper 149622) it is FREE with a $50 purchase. The background pattern stamped in Granny Apple, sentiment stamped in Melon Mambo card base Coastal Cabana, I was happy to see all the amazing challenge cards …. thank you for the inspiration everyone. Have a Great Day getting Crafty!!

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    Friday….. Global Design Project day!!

    Playing along with the Global Design Project team again today… this one is #GDP160 or C.A.S.E. the designer Krista Frattin. (Copy And Selectively Edit) What I liked about Krista’s card is the layers and how everything was “hanging out” on one side… Her colors were more subtle though… Combining old and new die cuts to create the leaves… Seasonal Layers Thinlits (143751) for the maple leaf and Detailed Leaves Thinlits (147921) for the fancy cut leaf. The DSP pack Country Lane (147804) is where all the patterned paper is from, even the wood grain piece. It is fun mixing colors and patterns for fall…The “maple” leaf helps to pull all…

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    Global Design Project Challenge

    This week’s #GDP159 was the theme “Fall in Love”. Taking a Que from Joe, my hubby, his favorite color is green. Using the Mossy Meadow and Very Vanilla to be able to bring in the fall colors, Pumpkin Pie, Real Red, So Saffron and Rich Razzleberry. The Rooted in Nature bundle(c-148352 w-148353) did most of the work for me. Lets talk embossing folders, the Woodland (139673) is the first layer. Using a VERY light hand and a sponge (141337) with soft suede ink… LIGHTLY rub just the tree trunks. Using this “technique” you can even see the bark breaks. Next, the Petal Burst (141493) folder is the top layer. Working…

  • Challenges

    Global Design Project #158

    This weeks #GDP158 challenge is a sketch… the above is not horizontal but vertical. Do you have favorite tools or stamps or even seasons?? Yes, I have favorites, sorry it’s not like my kids… it is okay!! I love fall and the new Falling for Leaves bundle is perfect for that season!! The second favorite here is the the embossing paste. So much can be done with it. On this challenge card, there is a thin layer of paste, ink your stamp and just stamp like normal. This same technique is in the attached YouTube video. The Cajun Craze ink on the large leaf is just stamped into the regular…

  • Challenges

    GDP Challenge 149

    The Challenge this week was a Color Challenge.. #gdp149, These colors together are AMAZING!! Remembering Grandmas sunflowers and I think even, a check apron, were the inspiration for this card… I remember my grandparents winning an award for the largest sunflower when I was younger… even had a newspaper clipping.. Fun memory! 😀 The happiness of the sunflowers in Lovely Lipstick brought more brightness to the Bermuda Bay. Using the layers to pull all the colors together. Would you now try this color combo?? I know I would use it again! Even the inside gets flowers and layers. Thank you for your kindness of stopping by please leave a comment…

  • Challenges

    Global Design Project… Friday… YEAH…

    This beauty is for the Global Design Project challenge #gdp148. The Faux metal Copper embossed frame from the Floral Frames Bundle (pg135 w-148405 $50.25 c-148406 $43.) That hello is stamped into the embossing power… I love it!! Using the same technique that was used on Technique Tuesdays post, but a bigger area so that the leaves could be cut out… Adding the white with copper trim ribbon for the sparkle… The Tea Time DSP (designer series paper) background and butterfly, fussy cut. Watercolor pencils for the die cut flowers, in the bundle, and the blender pen and then share what you love pearls. Ta-Dah!! Good Luck to all the GDP…

  • Challenges

    Country/Farm Theme

    How did I do?? It started off a tough Challenge.. #gdp147… The Global Design Project this time chose the theme of Country/Farm. Using an older technique and older supplies (At Home with You 143681, At home Framelits 143727, Woodland Textured embossing folder 139673) Thinking of Country life, which I live, I think of barns, animals and even tractors, The best time of year on the farm is in the fall…. turning of the leaves, harvests, sunflowers and pumpkins. Picturing the woods surrounding the barn and a hint of beauty in the potted sunflowers adding a couple pumpkins to remind us of the season.. Using the watercolor pencils to color the…

  • Challenges

    Sketch Challenge

    Here is my version of the Global Design Project sketch Challenge#146 (#gdp146).. Using the new Layering Alphabet Bundle, Layering Ovals, Pinewood Planks embossing folder, Pick a Pennant and Pop of Petals Bundle….Phew, That is a lot of stuff… I have been enjoying these challenges… Kinda takes me out of my comfort zone a little. And you know how much I love not completely following the directions (sorry), haha Having to pick a flower was the first tough task… there are 5 very pretty flowers in this stamp set. Layering the flowers, which by the way is a wonder punch… added to the “volume” of the flowers… too much?? NOPE!! Liking…

  • Challenges

    Color Challenge…

    Today is another Global Design Project day… #gdp145. Today’s color challenge, Grapefruit Grove, Fresh Fig and Mint Macaron. Using the Seasonal Layers (pg 218 143751 $33.), the Layering Ovals (pg 218 141706 $35.) sentiment from Colorful Season Stamp Set (pg161 and the new triple punch for this, could be a card front, but I am giving this to a friend that is a hairdresser… she likes to have encouraging/inspirational things on her mirror. I hope this fits the bill… And no this is not flat… dimensionals all over. And the banner has to look like it is flapping in the breeze, right? What do you think of the clouds?? Did…

  • Challenges

    Sketch Challenge #142

    Today we are using this sketch with the Global Design Project (#GDP142) for a different Father’s Day Card. Using both new and old current items. Lets start with the die cuts, Seasonal Layers (pg219 143751 $33), Leaf Punch (pg211 144667 $16), Stamps Itty Bitty Greeting (pg46 w-146664 $48 c-146667 $36) and Big Wishes (pg 75 w-146422 $27. c-146425 $19) and lastly paper… DSP (leaves) is Share What you Love (pg188 146926 $27), cardstock is Pear Pizzazz and Balmy Blue. I really liked the slight angle of the sketch… Immediately thought of a fancy fold… going back and forth between this and a double angle. This followed the sketch better. right?…

  • Challenges

    Color Challenge!!

    This is my first week participating in Global Design Project color challenge (#GDP141) I wanted to do something different, but me…. Using the Painted Harvest stamp set (pg139 144783 $21.), matching leaf punch (pg 211 144667 $16.) and Petal Burst embossing folder (pg 223 141493 $7.50). Sentiment is from the New Itty Bitty stamp set (pg 46 wood 146664 $48. and clear 146667 $36.) Adding the Pear Pizzazz ink and Old Olive 1/8 inch sheer ribbon (pg 201 144171 $6.) Here is how it went…. On Whisper White paper stamped the big or background stamp in the Real Red, then the detailed or front stamp in Rich Razzleberry. The center…

  • Challenges,  Uncategorized

    Three twine card??

    Another Rooted in Nature card…. Have you decided that you need this bundle yet?? All the items associated with this set start on page 143 of the current (new) catalog. This time using the DSP, Mint Macaron, Grapefruit Grove, Basic Black and Blackberry Bliss. Have you tried to heat emboss on vellum yet?? Talk about an easy way to hide the adhesive… WOW!! Rounding out this card (hahaha) is the stitched shapes framelits (pg 220 145372 $30.) The Nature’s Twine is a four pack, Crumb Cake, Grapefruit Grove, Blackberry Bliss and Mint Macaron. Using the three “bows” was a pretty way to display all three colors, I thought… The sentiment…