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Sunday, June 11, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #287: BABY WIPE INKING

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-Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and baby wipe inking.

So...another busy week. I had a graduation Party for Colin. We had 35 or so people here. Middle son Brandon made amazing smoked brisket and pulled pork...so good!
We all had a great time...good food...good friends and family!!!

So last minute card making...


Berry Sorbet and Sweet Blush ink.
I rolled my baby wipe like a cigar...


Makes pretty quick background paper!


Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Sunday, June 4, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #286: COORDINATING CARD PAIRS

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and coordinating card pair.

So much for getting my MIM done earlier in the week!!!
Turned out to be a week of "things that come up".
I no longer have kids in school but summer still seems to be busy and lack routine!

And this summer we passed a bittersweet milestone.
My baby boy graduated from college!!!



OK!!! I KNOW in am biased, but...how stinkin' cute is this boy!
This is Colin! He is AWESOME! All of my boys are awesome. I am SO blessed!!!

 Will have another busy week. We are having a graduation party on Saturday...He will need Thank Yous, so that is the direction I went for the challenge.
Crimson and Blue, the Kansas Jayhawk's colors.


It is always a challenge to make masculine cards.
I think I did it here...we shall see if Colin agrees!
Bottle Tag die is my banner, Pen & Ink stamp and Seeing Stars dies.
I did have to use a Royal (KU) blue card stock from my stash.
The KU sticker was cut down as much as I could with a circle punch to fit in the largest star.



Hopefully Colin will like them!!!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan




Sunday, May 28, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #285: FELT FLOWERS

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a felt flower

FINALLY getting around to make a flower!
As of late I am behind on every challenge.
I HOPE to do better next week!!!

Have you heard of Birchbox? It is a monthly beauty subscription sample box.
I have subscribed for 3 or 4 years. Actually last year I won this years subscription!
You get 5-6 samples...sometimes full sized product.
Anyway, I have to be honest, sometimes the box is my favorite part.
The boxes are sized to fit a stack of note cards perfectly.
I decorate them and sell them. I LOVE it when gals buy them to put cards in but sometimes they buy them for gift boxes.



I made a pretty red flower with the Flower Mandalas I like Lizze showed.
It turned out great...except for the dang hot glue strings...HATE those!
I used my heat gun the melt them...mostly!


I used the leaf from Beautiful Berries. I like it a lot!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Thursday, May 25, 2017

MAY 2017 BLOG HOP

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Blog Hop Inspiration

Such a pretty, soft picture...

The 25th snuck up on me!!! Yikes!!!
Lots of errands to run so I raced to the basement to make a card.


I used Brushed Blooms. I thought the mix of foliage and blooms worked for the inspiration.



I wanted to use Fresh Bouquet but I used it last month...


I popped up 3 of the blooms...can't have a flat card...

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan


Friday, May 19, 2017

Create Along With Us: May 2017

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I love this card of Betsy's. I always spend a lot of time cutting waves and land with In the Meadow dies...very time consuming...I LOVE the land and sea with water color. There could be no better use of water color...its the sea!!!


My cliff is a bit...um, sheer!!! I didn't notice it until I compared it to Betsy's...


Oh well...My lighthouse will certainly do it's job perched up so high!


Anyway, I LOVE the technique of  water color land and sea...
Genius! The design team always is...
Thanks Betsy!!!

Thank you for looking at my Blog!
Susan

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Make It Monday #284: Background Stamping with Sentiment Stamps

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and background stamping with sentiment stamps.

Melissa...Beautifully layered, soft and oh so pretty!

Susan...bold, loud, fast!!!


Back in February when Papertrey had the paper sale, I bought 10 packs of Vintage linen and 10 packs of Bold Blossoms paper.
I can make GORGEOUS, QUICK cards with both of those packs.
And an added bonus...I have lots of pre-cut papers for background panels.


So, I have lots to use up!
That is where my background paper came from, Vintage linen.
I also have a thing for floral sprays...Garden Grace, Beautiful Berries and Fresh Bouquet.
There is something about a spray...


Paired with a BIG and BOLD Happy Birthday that I used as my background sentiment stamp...

Yep! Fits me to a tee!
 Bold! Loud!
...and pretty darn fast!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan



Saturday, May 6, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #283: WATERCOLOR WASH BACKGROUNDS

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-Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a watercolor wash background.


This actually was really fast.
I used the line images from Floral Sketches...


I only have the basic set of Zig Water color markers, so that is what I used.


I am pretty sure my little water colored floral image is from Stamp-A-Faire last year.
That amazing technique Melissa had us do...I have to make some more of those cards this summer...
Anyway, it was in my envelope of die cuts and it matched, so why not!!!


I thought all the extra water was going to be a problem, but it wasn't...
SO much faster than individual coloring...

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan


Thursday, April 27, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #282: STENCILED WATERCOLOR BACKGROUNDS

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a stenciled watercolor background.


I didn't want to use the same stencil as Betsy...but I should have.
Her's certainly turned out better... beside the fact she is a more amazing card maker...


I also used a Woodblock Prints Stencil. I used the smaller, repetitive one. It looks Damask'y to me...
Wasn't a perfect choice...maybe too symmetrical?


Maybe I should have used just one color? But I was looking for a similar look to Betsy's...


I used 2 smaller dies from  Flower Mandalas 1 die.  LOVE that die so much.
It has been used...NON-STOP!

I think I do better ink blending but knowing you can water color is a great option...

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

APRIL 2017 BLOG HOP

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April Inspiration


I was going to stamp that inspiration on a panel for my card...epic fail!!
So I pulled out my brand new Fresh Bouquet set.


To me a spray works well for this type of inspiration.
I really LOVE sprays...

I LOVE Dove Gray, Pink and Yellow!
I used an OLD, really old Stampin Up gray cube and Papertrey Buttercup, Sweet Blush and Orange Zest ink.


I think it is pretty card. I would totally (and probably will) use this color combo, again.

I wish Papertrey had a pretty dove gray ink!!! And card stock...

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Saturday, April 22, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #281: PATTERNS BEHIND DIE-CUT WINDOWS

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a pattern behind a die-cut window.


I LOVE this challenge. A lot of impact without a lot of extra work.
I should, RIGHT NOW, go cut several panels and have them ready so I can make more cards just like this!


Dawns card is so pretty, but I am VERY happy with mine.
I did use Sweet Blush, Berry Sorbet and Pure Poppy...
You cannot really tell...the image is so big the Sweet Blush is completely behind the panel and most of the Berry Sorbet is, too. Mostly Pure poppy shows, but I am fine with that.


I used Woodblock Prints stencil and Beautiful Berries.
Oh my goodness. Not sure how I lived without that set!
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!


I just wanted to update those of you who left a supportive comment for me a couple of weeks ago about my Spring/Easter sale...It was a HUGE success.
At the sale I sold just under $1200, but overall, I sold $1500 for the Spring. I basically sold out.
Almost all of the Easter things I made sold. Just a few pillow boxes were left.
I still have a few cards left but I sold a LOT.
I am VERY blessed! Very grateful...very burned out!!!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #280: STAMPING OUTSIDE OF THE BOX

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and stamping outside of a box.

So when I first saw this challenge I was a little unsure about the technique.
After I watched Lexi's video and finished my card, I totally get it.
It really does add interest to a simple card.

I needed a simple card. I am having my card sale tomorrow. I made 380+ cards the last 6 weeks...I only had 6 Get Well cards. So I got busy and made 12...


I actually love this idea. ESPECIALLY for quick and easy cards..


That little block of color adds to the card and gives more texture.
And the embellishment peeking over the top is fun!


This card took no time to make...
That was good...I needed more than one of them!

Lexi always has AWESOME techniques. I LOVE her style!

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan

Saturday, April 1, 2017

MAKE IT MONDAY #279: CURVED SENTIMENTS

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Create a project utilizing your take on the challenge. Your project must use at least one Papertrey product and a curved sentiment.

So I chose a large sentiment...a Think Big Favorites.
I tried a smaller sentiment but my card needed a big one.
The sentiment got totally lost...
So, I curved it, I REALLY did...but is doesn't show up that much...


It is indeed curved and it looks much better with the floral medallion, Flower Mandalas.
Oh boy...I LOVE that die set. Thank you Kay. I make SO many cards...a LOT of cards...
I LOVE big, bold stamps and embellishments...

 


I made this one purple to put a smile on my sister Pat's *Hi Pat* face!!!
She loves purple. She is...Purple Girl!


I need to curve sentiments more often. It is visually pleasing to have a curved sentiment with a round embellishment.

Thank you for looking at my blog!
Susan