Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - sunflower

Hello Everyone!

Well we have reached midweek.  Jess is picking Lily up today.  The surgery went well but now we have 8 weeks of recovery with her taking it easy and not jumping, running, or playing rough.  That will be the hard part as she love to do those things.  I know she was glad when she found out the surgery went well.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  Our colors today were chosen by Joni.













Stampin' Up colors to match











I had not played with the weekend sketch challenge at Stampin' Gals Gone Wild.

Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge - May 1, 2015 - join us at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

 I thought this sketch would be perfect to create my own daisy/sunflower.  I pulled out the 2 3/8" scallop circle and punch 4 circles - 2 So Saffron and 2 Crushed Curry.  I took my snips and cut slits between the scallops.  Then I layered them alternating colors and punched a center hole.  To hold the the flower together, I added an antique brad.  I used some Subtles patterned paper stack at the bottom and added an embossed strip.  Here is what my final card looked like.






















inside of card and envelope

















Stampin' Up supplies used on my card

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Are you ready to check out the other ladies on the blog hop?  Head on over to Helen's blog - Blue Dahlia Designs to see her creation.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I hope you have some fun plans for today.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie   

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Hand Stamped Sentiments - colors

Hello Stampers!

I hope you are able to enjoy this gorgeous weather.  It has been the perfect temperature and the sun has been shining brightly.  This is the perfect weather and not looking forward to it getting hot and humid.  We are watching the weather as there is a big storm coming from the south and depending on the track would could get a few days of rain.

Today is the challenge at Hand Stamped Sentiments.  This week we have a color challenge.



Don't you just love these colors together?  They are so much fun.  I was not sure how to work in the Night of Navy so I decided to make it the card base.  I also had a vision in my head of the lines from Gorgeous Grunge in the upper left corner with flowers scattered around the card.  I made my card and then it needed a sentiment to me so I added one in the upper right corner.  I wanted to use some of the Strawberry Slush thick baker's twine but it was too thick so I unraveled it and used just a few threads.  Here is what my finished card looked like.


















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Stampin' Up supplies used to create my cards.

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This was my first time playing with the flowers in this set.  They are a lot of fun so I need to play with them some more.  Make sure you check out the Hand Stamped Sentiments blog to see what the other ladies created with these colors.  We would love to see what you would create using these colors.
   
Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a lot to do today but Jess is taking Lily her dog to have surgery.  She is very upset and nervous about it so not sure how much I will get done.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, May 4, 2015

Technostamper - Nautical

Good Morning Ladies!

Well I got a lot done yesterday as well as helped Jess out with Remi.  I felt like it was a very productive day.  I hope you had a good day also.

Today is the challenge at Technostamper .  Mary Jo gave us a simple sketch this week.



I decided to use some of my retiring stamp sets and paper on my card today.  I wanted to go with a nautical theme so I pulled the By the Seashore stamp set to use some of the shells in it.  I did the Rock - n - Roll technique on some of the stamps to give a 2 toned effect.  I then paired it with the Maritime and Flashback ds paper.  Here is my interpretation of the sketch.






















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 Here are the Stampin' Up Supplies I used to make my card.

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Make sure you check out the creations by the other design team members at Technostamper shared.  We would love to have you play along with us for this challenge.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I have a lot going on today but I am going to spend a little time in craft room.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie 

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Step It Up Sunday - Amazing

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all enjoyed your day yesterday.  I managed to get into my craft room for just a short time.  I kept Remi in the afternoon so Jess, Chris, and Zoie could go to the Spring Festival for a short time.  They had a great time and Remi was perfect when I had her. 

Today is the Step it Up Sunday card.  I take the card I created yesterday and step it up.  Again today I used the challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches


















This week I kept it simple when I stepped it up.  To step it up, I added a layer behind the white panel.  I also added some gold thread loops.  Here is my stepped up version.

























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Stampin' Up supplies used on my card


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Thanks for visiting me today.  What are your plans for today?  Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Simple Saturday - Amazing You

Hello Stampers!

I hope you have some plans to enjoy the beautiful weather this weekend.  I have been watching videos from the Stampin' Up Convention in the South Pacific.  I am excited about a number of things.  Not sure about some of the new in colors but I often have to see them in real life.  There were some things I was glad about - some Christmas sets in the Annual Catalog as well as some carryover from the past mini catalogs.  I can't wait to see the catalog in real life and get the new in colors.

I did not have much time to play yesterday with helping Jess out most of the day.  I checked out my challenge blogs for some inspiration.  I found a challenge that had a sketch and a color challenge combined.  I liked that idea so I used the challenge at CAS Colours and Sketches.      
















I saw some of the design team's cards and wanted to try something different.  I decided to use the stripes from Painted Petals for the diagonal.  My thought was maybe it would look like a trellis.  Not sure if I accomplished that or not.  After that I decided to punch a bunch of little flowers to add.  I then added my sentiment but placed it at the bottom as it seemed to ground the images more down there.  Here is my creation.


























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Stampin' Up supplies used on my card


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Thanks for visiting me today.  I am planning on working on some design commitments today.  Have a Super Saturday!


Robbie

Friday, May 1, 2015

The Paper Plunge - For Mom

Happy Friday Everyone!

Do you have some fun plans for the weekend?  We are supposed to have a beautiful weekend.  I am sure Zoie will want to be outside on her swing set.  I am sure what else we will be doing.

Today is the challenge at The Paper Plunge.  This week our challenge is all about Moms.  We were to create a Mother's Day card.  I had an idea in my mind as to what I wanted to do.  I was using a sketch.  After I had the pieces completed and they were on my card base I did not like the look.  I took off the vertical piece.  I did pretty good until the very end when I pulled up some of the white card base.  No worry, I just stamped my sentiment, punched it out, and covered it up.  Here is what I created for a Mom.










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Here are the supplies I used for my card.

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So what would you do for Mother's Day?  We would love to have you join us this week at The Paper Plunge.

Thanks for visiting me today!  I am not sure how much time I will have to get into my craft room as I will be helping Jess.  Hopefully I will get a little time to play.  Have a Fabulous Friday!

Robbie

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Sending Kisses - April

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We have our next Sending Kisses Kits & Crafts!





This month the stamp set we have chosen is Mother's Love.  The code for this month is TPHQVUM6


Go to the Sending Kisses Tab at the top to check out the specifics.


As always if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.



Robbie  

Blooming Four Frames

Hello Ladies!

Wow yesterday was a beautiful day!  The sun was out all day and the temperature was just delightful.  I did not get into my stamp room as extenuating circumstances were not in my favor.

I needed a card to post for today.  I really did not know what I was going to do.  I went scrolling through my challenge blogs and saw this sketch at Nacho Average Challenges     













I wanted something other than the flower image so I pulled out my catalog and started looking through it.  I saw the Four Frames and wondered if I could find something that would fit inside.  I wondered about the flower border in Bordering Blooms.  I stamped the frame I wanted to use then took the flower border and laid it on top of the frame.  It worked so I inked it up and cleaned up the parts I did not want.  I then stamped it inside the frame.  I wanted to make the flowers look like daisies as I love them.  After I colored them it determined my color palette.  I used Old Olive as a background and embossed it.  I then added a strip of Hello Honey that I stamped butterflies on.  I tried several card bases but loved the black the best.  Here is my completed card.


















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Here are the supplies I used for my card.

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Thanks for visiting me today.  I am headed to the yarn store today to spend some time knitting.  Have a Great Day!

Robbie

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Wishes

Hello Stampers!

Well I was quite a bit more productive yesterday than the day before.  I got several cards made and even started on a fourth.  Today I am by myself as Jess has to go to Virginia for her job.  I am hoping to get a lot done again today.

Wednesday is our Color Down the Lines blog hop.  Each week we choose some colors that all of use some or all of the colors and create a project.  This week our colors were chosen by Liz.  We had some gorgeous colors to choose from.













Stampin' Up color matches











I wanted to create a card that did not have a white card base so I decided to use Crumb Cake as my card base.  I saw a sketch on Just Add Ink that looked interesting and would work great for my Crumb Cake base.  The rest just came together after that.  I did use the Chalk Talk set which is retiring.  Here is what I created.






















inside of card and envelope

  














Here are the supplies used to create my card.

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Now it is time to hop on down the line.  The next stop is Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate to see which colors she used and what she created.  I am sure it will be fabulous!

Thanks for visiting me today.  It will be nice to have the house to myself today.  I should be able to get a lot done.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie   


Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Bloom

Hello Ladies!

Well yesterday was a wash for me.  I did not realize how tired I was from the weekend.  I basically did not go into my stamp room at all.  I did choose my colors, stamp set, and sketch for my card tomorrow so today I will head into the stamp room and work on it as well as some cards for the rest of the week.

My card today was for the Stampin' Gals Gone Wild weekend sketch challenge.




I did not have time to make it before I left on Friday so when I got home on Sunday I hit the craft room and created my version of the sketch.  I wanted to use some of my retiring paper so I used it for the squares in the background.  I then decided to use the One Tag Fits All stamp set for the center image.  Here is my version of the sketch.























inside of card and envelope















Thanks for visiting me today.  I need to get a lot done today so I hope I am able to accomplish as much as possible.  Have a Terrific Tuesday!

Robbie

Monday, April 27, 2015

Polka Dot Poppies

Hello Everyone!

I had a great weekend at the knitting retreat.  We had a leisurely drive on Friday and when we got there we went for a walk and found a nice french bakery/cafe for lunch.  We kept it light as we were going to have dinner in a few hours.  After that we went back to the hotel and checked in.  We had a great dinner with the group that evening then we all did a little knitting.  On Saturday we got up and had breakfast.  Then we went for another walk and checked out quite a few of the shops.  We went back in time for lunch with the group.  We then did a little more knitting and then we went for another walk and checked out a few more stores including a knitting store where I bought a ball of yarn.  We then went back and went to the room where we did some more knitting.  We went down to the hotel restaurant and had dinner.  Mary and I were both tired so we went to bed early.  On Sunday morning we had a breakfast and a show and tell.  It was fun to see some of the items the ladies had made.  After that we headed home.

When I got home I watched the Nascar race and then headed to my craft room to make my card for today as well as one for tomorrow.  I wanted to used the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches as I like playing along with them.















When I saw the sketch I knew I wanted to use my Pleasant Poppies stamp.  This set will retire in June and my massage therapist loves poppies so I decided to make a card for her since I will see her later this week.  I used a portion of the stamp to make the panel.  Since the sketch had 2 strips along the bottom I wanted to use some of the Neutrals collection paper stack.  These stacks will retire also.  I will miss them as I love the dots and chevrons.  It will be interesting to see what patterns they use next.  Since my card was fairly simple I decided to add some embossing to the card front.  Here is what my creation looks like using this sketch.

 




















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Supplies used to make my card.


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I used some ideas from Connie Smith's 2 minute Tuesday Tip video for photographing my card.  What do you think of the new set up?

Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be working on some projects for the next Stamp Academy session.  I hope to get one finished and the tutorial written as well as start on the next one.  Have a Marvelous Monday!

Robbie




Sunday, April 26, 2015

Step It Up Sunday - Mother's Love

Happy Sunday Stampers!

Well I am headed back home today.  I had a great weekend but I need to get back home.  I will make sure I let you know all about my adventures tomorrow.

Today I am taking the card I created yesterday and "stepping it up".  I again used the sketch at Paper Craft Crew Challenges as the starting point.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 141
  










To step up my card from yesterday, I used the large polka dot embossing folder on the card base.  Next I added a layer of Pink Pirouette paper behind the cut image pieces.  I then added some rhinestones.  Here is my "stepped up" version.



























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Here are the supplies I used for today's card.


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Thanks for visiting me today!  I hope you enjoyed my "stepped up" version.  Have a Sensational Sunday!

Robbie

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Simple Saturday - Mother's Love

Good Morning Everyone!

Hope you are enjoying your weekend!

My card today is my Simple Saturday card.  I take a basic sketch and create a card then tomorrow I show you how you can "Step It Up".

Surprise, Surprise!  I did not use the sketch challenge blog I usually use.  I decided to use a different one.  I saw a sketch at Paper Craft Crew Challenges that I thought of using.

Paper Craft Crew Card Sketch 141











I thought about the sketch for almost a whole day and then it hit me that I could use the flower shape from Mother's Love and cut it into the 3 shapes.  I also would need to flip the sketch to get it to work.  Here is what I came up with for the sketch.

    

























inside of card and envelope
















Supplies used to make card


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Thanks for visiting me today.  Take some time to play today.  Have a Super Saturday!

Robbie

Friday, April 24, 2015

The Paper Plunge - Wetlands

Good Morning Ladies!

I am headed to Virginia today to my knitting retreat.  I am looking forward to relaxing and visiting some yarn shops.  I have some cards for you for the weekend so make sure you check back.

Today is the challenge at The Paper Plunge.  This week our challenge is to use the outgoing In Colors.  I have loved using Crisp Cantaloupe and Pistachio Pudding.  I am going to miss them and I hope our new In Colors are soft like these.

For my card today I decided to use Baked Brown Sugar and Coastal Cabana.  I also wanted to do a masculine card so I went looking for a sketch I could use.  Since I was going to use Wetlands, I found the perfect sketch at I love Card Sketches   

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I decided to also use some of the In Color paper stack.  Here is my version of the sketch.






















 inside of card and envelope













Supplies used to create card

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We would love to have you play along with us.  Head on over to The Paper Plunge blog and check out the other creations by the ladies.  Then grab your supplies and play along with us.   

 Thanks for visiting me today!  What do your weekend plans include?  Have a Fabulous Friday!

 Robbie

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Weekend Sketch Challenge - Fabulous

Hello Ladies!

Well yesterday was crazy busy so I did not get to the yarn shop.  I am going today as Mary and I have to plan our trip for the retreat.  I so need some time to myself and this will be a small time to do what I want.

Over the weekend the Facebook group I am in had a weekend sketch challenge.



Stampin' Gals Gone Wild Weekend Challenge - April 17, 2015 - join us at www.SimplySimpleStamping.com

I thought it would be fun to use a backgound paper and then add a sentiment in the center.  I went with Gold Soiree ds paper.  I added a layer of Garden Green then created my center panel.  I added some gold thread on the bottom piece of paper.  Here is my creation.



























inside of card and envelope















Here are the supplies I used to create my card.


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Thanks for visiting me today.  I will be making some cards this evening so you have something to look at this weekend while I am away.  Have a Great Day!


Robbie

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Coloring Down the Lines - Silhouettes


Happy Mid week Everyone!

Our weather has been gorgeous the past few days.  It is so nice to have some sun and nice temperatures.  I am hoping it will continue through the weekend since I am going away.  I am headed to Winchester, Virginia for a knitting retreat.  We are not far from an outside walking mall they have downtown so I am sure we will check out the shops.

Today is our Coloring Down the Lines blog hop.  This week our colors were chosen by me.  I wanted some bright colors for a change.
















Stampin' Up color matches










I decided to use a sketch challenge for this one as I really liked the sketch at Fab Friday   















I thought that the Summer Silhouettes set would be retired this year so I wanted to use it.  As it turns out the set is not being retired.  I stamped the leaf vine several times - I used the stamp-a-ma-jig to line up the second vine so it looks like one long vine.  Then I stamped the flowers and cut or punched them out.  I arranged them on my background then glued them down.  I cut a banner using the banner framelits and added it at the bottom then attached to my card base.  I added a strip of Rich Razzleberry background paper stack.  Then I tied my Island Indigo bakers twine in my button and attached to my card.  Here is my creation.




























inside of card and envelope
















The supplies I used to make my card.

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Are you ready to see what the other ladies on the hop created?  Hop on over to Amanda's blog - Our Crafty Playdate  to see which colors she used.

Thanks for visiting me today.  I am headed to the yarn store today to plan our trip with Mary.  Have a Wonderful Wednesday!

Robbie