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Get Well Wishes

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The team at SU Only Challenges is looking to brighten someone’s day.  As card makers, we have the opportunity to make someone know they are loved with a beautiful handmade creation.  For the next two weeks we are challenging you to show us your Get Well cards.  Show us your elegant wonders or show us your humor…we love them all!

I chose the beautiful new hostess set Faith in Nature as the basis for my card today.  Wow, do I love this set!!  You can only get it by hostessing so get that workshop scheduled as soon as you can!  I inked my flower stamp with Versamark and then with an Early Espresso ink pad, stamping it on Naturals Ivory paper.  I quickly heat embossed it with with Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder and my Heat Tool.  This allows easy watercoloring and no ink smearing!  I colored the flower with Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy and a touch of Night of Navy ink and then stamped on a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The DSP layer is from the Well Worn DSP set.  It is hard to see but I embossed the Early Espresso layer with my Big Shot and the Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plate (diamond pattern).  Finally, I spritzed some water on some Crumb Cake Seam Binding, crumpled it up to let it dry and tied it into a bow.  A Basic Pearl is the finishing touch for the flower.  This fabulous sketch is courtesy of Inkspirations!

The rest of the team at SU Only Challenges has made some amazing cards so make sure you go take a look (and leave them some love on their blogs)!  I can’t wait to see what you make.

I’ll take a little break tomorrow and will be back Thursday for the ColorLab and on Friday with a new catalog blog hop…you don’t want to miss it!  Hope your day is great!

Stamps:  Faith in Nature, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Well Worn DSP, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Naturals Ivory; Ink:  Crumb Cake, Not Quite Navy, Night of Navy, Early Espresso, Versamark; Accessories:  Blender Pen, Heat Tool, Clear Stampin’ Emboss Powder, Big Shot, Backgrounds 1 Texturz Plates, Crumb Cake Seam Binding, Dimensionals

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ColorLab 49

ColorLab 49 published on 9 Comments on ColorLab 49

Take a look at the fabulous colors for this week’s challenge over at the ColorLab!  We continue New Colorpalooza with the addition of Island Indigo to this week’s group.  It is easy to deduce that I really love Baja Breeze and just wait until you see it with Island Indigo.  Wow!  I have to admit that I wasn’t sure about the Rich Razzleberry but, as usual, it turned out to be an awesome combination!

I pulled out my Brights Designer Paper Pack and chose two Rich Razzleberry designs.  My new Fruit & Flowers stamp set was calling out for ink and I thought this flower would be fun.  Love that it fits perfectly in the 1 3/4″ Circle Punch!!  I inked it with the challenge colors Stampin’ Write markers and then added a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes.  The scallop circle is from the Perfect Pennant die (yes, you can expect to keep seeing these).  I tied on some Baja Breeze Seam Binding that has a bow cinched with a Razzleberry button to finish it off.

Don’t forget that I am running a ribbon share and this fabulous ribbon is in Selection 2.  More can be found in yesterday’s post.  The layout is my take on the Inkspirations Sketch Challenge this week.  Love this one (and all the cards the design team made)!

Wow, three posts in a row…and I haven’t even inked all my new stamps yet.  You can expect to see more next week with some of those!  Until then, I hope you have a fantastic weekend and thanks for dropping by!

Stamps:  Fruit & Flowers, Teeny Tiny Wishes; Paper:  Brights Designer Paper Pack, Basic Black, Whisper White; Ink:  Island Indigo, Baja Breeze, Rich Razzleberry; Accessories:  Big Shot, Perfect Pennants Die, Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Regals Designer Buttons, White Baker’s Twine, Dimensionals

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SUOC20 – All about Dad

SUOC20 – All about Dad published on 5 Comments on SUOC20 – All about Dad

For the next two weeks at SU Only Challenges, it is all about Dad!  In my house Dad (and Mom) are all about airplanes so my Plane & Simple set was the obvious choice.  It wasn’t carried over from the Occasions Mini so isn’t available right now but sometimes a set just has to be used!!  I also pulled out some retired DSP, Deck the Halls, left over from the Holiday Mini.  The First Edition DSP was carried over, though, and is still available.  I am working to use up some left over papers to get ready for the new catalog launch coming on July 1st.  Tomorrow, the Last Chance lists will be available so be sure to check back to hear more about what is retiring!  The sketch for today’s card comes from the Inkspirations Challenge and it is a fun one.  I went for a distressed look and used Early Espresso ink for stamping and sponging.  Thank goodness my husband never looks at my blog so this should still be a surprise for him.

I can’t wait to see all the fabulous Father’s Day cards you will make over the next two weeks.  Make sure to link your SU Only creations back to the challenge!  Don’t forget to go see the fabulous projects from the rest of the design team…more amazing stamping!

I’ll be back tomorrow with retiring product information and back Thursday with another ColorLab Challenge.  Have a great Tuesday!

Stamp:  Plane & Simple; Paper:  First Edition DSP, Deck the Halls DSP (retired), Naturals Ivory, Early Espresso; Ink:  Early Espresso; Accessories:  Antique Brads, Dimensionals, Stamp-a-ma-jig

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Masculine Sage?

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I tried to combine a few challenges today and the first was from Our Creative Corner.  The challenge was to make a masculine birthday card.  I also used the latest sketch challenge from Stampin’ Royalty, their challenge #20.  Finally, I used the colors from Makeesha over at Inkspirations.  Take a look at the colors and the sketch!

The colors pretty much “required” me to use the Nouveau Chic DSP.  Now that Sage is retiring, I am using up my stock. 

Without further discussion, here is my card (yes, the image panel does look crooked…I fixed it but didn’t have time to take a new picture):

I started with Oh, So Lovely (Ret) and tried to make it more masculine.  The paper certainly did the job but I’m not so sure the image is “manly”.  Oh well, challenges are jumping off points and I gave it the college try!  I have really enjoyed this DSP…just think, when I first ordered it I thought it would be “out of the box” for me!  I continue to find that the DSP’s from Stampin’ Up always exceed any expectation that I have!!  I did a little sponging  but otherwise the card is pretty straightforward.  I don’t have a particular need for this card but it is always so nice to have some in the “stash” ready to go!  Thanks for stopping by.  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Oh, So Lovely (ret), Short & Sweet; Paper:  Nouveau Chic DSP, Sage Shadow, Basic Gray, Very Vanilla; Ink:  Sage Shadow, Basic Gray, Apricot Appeal, Going Gray; Accessories:  Gray Corduroy button, thread (dyed Sage with the Marker), Blender Pen, Sponges

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Happy card for a happy friend!

Happy card for a happy friend! published on No Comments on Happy card for a happy friend!

I have a dear friend who has gotten some good news and this card is for her.  I just love it when I get to make a card like that…don’t you??!!  This week’s challenge over at Diva Coffee Break Design is a color challenge.



Hmm…pretty, pretty spring colors!  Love them!  Then I went over to see what Makeesha came up with for her challenge this week.  Yea…a great layout posted on her blog, Inkspirations.  I love how much you can do with this one!



I went back to my Tea Party paper for this one…still just loving the fresh look of it for spring.  I cut out some of the flowers that fit the bill for the color challenge.  Maybe that is why I love this paper so much.  There is so much you can do with it!  I added the beautiful word from Well Scripted and tied on some Celery satin ribbon with a Button Latte button to finish.  I hope this brings a smile to my friend’s face!! 

DCBD170, Inksp20 - Tea Party Congratulations

Click on the picture to enlarge if you want to see it closer.  I hope you have a great weekend.  Thanks for stopping by!


Stamp:  Well Scripted; Paper:  Tea Party DSP, Pretty in Pink, Close to Cocoa, Whisper White; Ink:  Close to Cocoa; Accessories:  Celery Satin Ribbon, Button Latte, Thread, Dimensionals

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Passionate about flying!

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“The desire to fly is an idea handed down to us by our ancestors who, in their grueling travels across trackless lands in prehistoric time, looked enviously on the birds soaring freely through space, at full speed, above all obstacles, on the infinite highway of the air.”    Wilbur Wright

This card is for a very special woman, my Aunt Frances.  Tomorrow, March 10th, is a proud day for the United States.  We are finally honoring a group of women who answered their country’s call during WWII.  They are called the WASP, Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, and my aunt is one of them!!  Tomorrow, one of my sons and I have the priviledge of going to Washington, DC to see these women get a Congressional Medal of Honor, one of the two highest honors that can be given a civilian.  I know you came to see the card but please stay for the history of these great women.  I’ll give you the card first.

I used the phrase from Inspired by Nature because it sums up my aunt.  The sketch is from Makeesha over at Inkspirations.  I knew it would be perfect with the butterflies and flying is, after all, the theme!  The colors came from a color challenge at Splitcoast, CC261, and are Melon Mambo, Certainly Celery and Bashful Blue.  These were hard colors for me but they are such a happy combination!  Of course with the butterflies and these colors, it feels like spring and meets the Spring Theme from Pals Paper Arts  this week (hopefully I meet their deadline).  I used some Celery DSP from a hostess pack (I love that it had a butterfly, too).  The butterflies from my Big Shot embosslit, Beautiful Wings, are the star of the show.  I added a Celery button from the Sherbet set and the new Celery satin ribbon to finish it off.

Inkspirations 19, CC261 - For Aunt Fran

Stamp:  Inspired by Nature; Paper:  Lovely Flowers (hostess), Celery DSP (ret), Certainly Celery, Whisper White, Bashful Blue; Ink:  Certainly Celery, Melon Mambo; Accessories:  Big Shot, Beautiful Wings embosslit, Celery satin ribbon, White thread, Sherbet buttons

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Back to the history….

The WASP were formed around 1943 (there were precursors that were joined together) in order to train women to fly military aircraft.  This would allow the men to be moved into combat duties while the women would do ferry flights, target and spotlight training and other “behind the lines” jobs.  When applications opened, over 25,000 women applied for the job and only 1,830 were chosen.  Of those, 1,074 earned their WASP wings.  Most of the training was done in Sweetwater, TX at Avenger field.  After getting their wings, these women flew almost everything in the inventory at the time!  While they took the military oath, they were not given military privileges.  In fact, when a WASP was killed in duty, she was not allowed even a flag on her coffin.  After the WASP were disbanded, the files about them were sealed and classified…almost as if their flying had never happened.  It was only when the US was about to start training women to fly in 1977 that these files were unsealed and the WASP were given veteran status.  Tomorrow, our country will finally thank them properly for serving their country in a time of war.  It is only because of these ground breakers, and other early women pilots, that I had all the opportunities to fly in my career. 

Thanks for staying for “the rest of the story”!  I appreciate any comments, as always!

Love is in the air!

Love is in the air! published on 12 Comments on Love is in the air!

Update:  The Valentine’s card was chosen as a Goddess pick at Stampin’ Royalty and an Inkspirations winner for the week!  Thanks to both for the complement!

We have been snowed in and what better to work on than Valentine’s Day cards??  Of course, the snow has really gotten in the way of my stamping.  My 4 and 6 year old sons have only so much tolerance for Mommy’s projects before it is time to go sledding!!  Ok, even I feel the need to go sledding.  After all, if we are going to have record snows I want to take advantage of the opportunities for fun!  Today, though, I really needed to finish my card for my dear husband.  While I have made quite a few Valentine’s cards this year, I always feel bad if he doesn’t get his own unique card.  He certainly deserves it!! I found this layout from Makeesha at Inkspirations and knew it would be perfect!




 Then I used the colors from the Curtain Call Color Challenge:  Act 16 which were Real Red, Very Vanilla and Kraft.  I just received my new Satin Ribbon this week and finally got to use it.  It is so beautiful…I might have to order it in all the colors!!  The hearts are from the I {Heart} Hearts set from the Occasions Mini.  Just a reminder that $2 from every one of those sets sold until Feb 28th goes to the American Red Cross in support of the Haiti earthquake victims.  I really like that the Kraft on this card gives it a more masculine feel!  Because this card follows a Love/Valentines theme, it also qualifies for the Stampin’ Royalty Challenge #6!  Their challenges are wonderful…make sure you check out the cards their Goddesses made this week!


Card details: 

Marty's Valentine -

Stamps:  I {Heart} Hearts, Well Scripted

Paper:  Christmas Cocoa DSP (ret), Kraft, Very Vanilla

Ink:  Real Red

Accessories:  Jumbo Brads, Vanilla Satin Ribbon

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Earlier this week, I was supposed to work with a 2nd Grade class from my son’s school (he is in 1st Grade) to make cards for their parents.  Since school is apparently cancelled until the spring thaw, the teacher came over to help me make the cards for her kids (thanks Shelly!).  This project turned out so cute that I just had to post it.  It is another project with the I {Heart} Hearts set and the Hugs Sending Love Notes from the mini.  I am so sad that the kids didn’t get to do the project but I know the parents will love them when they finally get them.  I put another Whisper White sheet on the back where the kids can sign them.  Thanks for stopping by!  I value your comments…have a great day!

Hearts and Hugs

Stamps:  I {Heart} Hearts, Well Scripted

Paper:  Hugs, Chocolate Chip, Whisper White

Ink:  Ruby Red, Chocolate Chip

Accessories:  Heart to Heart punch

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