Tuesday, November 12, 2019

TSOT Challenge 434 Nov. 11

Welcome and I’m glad you stopped by this week. Well I took a little liberty on this sketch. Changed the circle to a rectangle to go with my chosen image. I also put the homemade piece if DSP the other direction. To top it all off I completely turned the card. I couldn’t find a bling that I like with this so I left it off. This is an easy sketch to make a card for - any season hope we’ll see yours! Check out the other designers 😀

Stamp set: Beauty and Joy
Checkered background
Colors: Crumb cake, early espresso, cherry cobbler, crushed curry
Pine wood planks dynamic textured embossing folder

    Optional Theme - Put some Bling on it

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

TSOT Challenge 432

Put this card together pretty quickly with the different designer series paper’s. Love these papers they are so beautiful, if you don’t have them you should get them! Glad it went together quick, today is my mother-in-law’s 96th birthday we’re heading back to her house this evening. Thanks for stopping bye don’t forget to check out all the other designers.

  Optional Theme - Pattern Mixing

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

happy halloween Challenge #431

My oh my where is this month going? Hey not just this month This YEAR!!!!
I have been wanting to use my embossing  paste lately  so I decided to use my stripe stencil. After the embossing paste dried I decided to put some color on it using the Momento black. It really seeped when I did the black and I was going to pitch it. But then I decided hey it’s Halloween I’ll make a card for Halloween and it doesn’t have to be perfect. I am not much of a ghost person so I put pumpkins/jack-o’-lanterns on the card. Since my black was still wet some of my pieces and my fingers were picking up the black ink so I just did a distressed look on all of them.
I’m wondering what you will do with this sketch and our theme of stripes. Can’t wait to see it!

    Theme - Stripes

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

TSOT Challenge 430 Fall time!

              Yea!!!!! I’m back— sorry to have been AOL for so long.
Wedding out of state and cleaning out my parents house in a different state have been keeping me busy!!! I’m not sure I’ve even been  in my craft room for weeks!!! Cleaned my desk off  had to my grandson turned 5 and I had to make a card for  him. I’ll post it in a few days.

I LOVE fall so this is a good theme for me to get back at it with.   I do hope you’ll join us this is a throwback challenge, it’s from way back Challenge #3.  When our children were younger they liked to rake the leaves and then jump in them, Fun!!


Theme- Fall Fun

Thursday, August 22, 2019

Challenge 423 lovin’ in plaids

Hello everyone, so glad to be able to get a card done for this great challenge I turned the sketch for the focal point I water colored it at my mother-in-laws house during one if my days there. Seems my life has been a whirlwind lately!!
We have a nice and husband who are expecting and due in October. This will be a well loved little one as they had a miss carriage last year. Everyone is doing fine!!!  I have had this stamp for years and send a card to all the excited couples to let them know that I’m thinking and praying for them. Thanks for stopping by, be sure to check out all the other designers lovely cards. .

Theme:  plaids or checks

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Taking flight with Challenge 421

HELLO!!! I wasn't sure what I was going to do with this sketch and theme and then I was at a family members house with some of my Art Impressions stamps and remembered I had this new stamp set, it fits the theme.  I changed the sketch up just a bit by layering a bit differently since my focal point was a rectangle shape.  I enjoyed making this, I need to use my Art Impressions stamps more!!!
Thanks for stopping by and have fun coming up with a card for this oldie but goody sketch from the past.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

TSOT 419 - Embossing and Stamparatus tips!!

My life has been so busy lately that I've not had time to think let alone stamp!  BUT sometimes one just has to take a few moments for relaxation and that is me when stamping.  I squeezed this card in on Sat. when I finally got home for a few hours. I made time for it even though there were a "million" other things I could /should have been doing.
 Our theme is embossing, did you know there’s a couple of ways to emboss?  Dry embossing and wet embossing, I’ve done both on this card. After I stamped the background, I dry embossed and de-bossed the background where the leaves are. By that I mean I ran the card through both ways, I  first de-bossed , made the images sink in and then I embossed regular and had the leaf image pop up from the card. Not sure you can see that in the picture. The frame is embossed also, I made 2 cut them and then pieced the brown one that I cut down over the green one. The brown one I colored the detail on the die with my marker and then put it through the big shot.
      The wet embossing is on the flowers and the sentiment. I used the same ink on both but the sentiment is on vellum and may be why it is lighter. Using the stamparatus made this sooo easy! I had The flowers cut already on my desk left over from a card class where we did this technique.
 Template stamping and re-stamping.
1. Cut all your shapes out of your desired card stock. Make extra so you can test out your stamp placement. (step 4)
2. Take a scrap piece of card stock and cut your shape out of the center of it. You don’t want this piece too small I did most of mine out of a quarter piece of card stock. This piece can also be reused many times. This is your template piece
3. Place your template piece in your stamparatus.
4.  Lay your stamp over the cut out shape in the stamparatus. Pick it up with acrylic plate.
     Place one of your cut shapes into the template. It’s like a puzzle piece😊
     Ink up your stamp and stamp. If your not pleased with the placement move stamp and try again.
*** When you have it aligned to your satisfaction you can stamp as many pieces as you have cut. Really makes for a quick stamping of  pieces and no worries that it will not be lined up to your satisfaction.   Just thought I’d mention this is also a lot easier than Stampin and then cutting your shape with the big shot. I don’t know how many times I did that and the die would move and it would ruin what I had stamped.
Always remember that the stamparatus is a super, wonderful, fabulous tool for re-stamping!!! If you don’t get your design stamped good the first time or if you want to emboss with a color that you don’t have in embossing powder for, then the stamparatus is the tool for the job. Re-stamping is a breeze as long as you don’t move anything.  Just ink the Stamp again and it will stamp over the image exactly!!  You can do this as many times as you want to get the color as rich as you want.
   If you want to emboss with a color  that you don’t have embossing powder for. Just leave everything where it is in your stamparatus,  clean off your stamp, and using your embossing pad ink up your stamp and Stamp over your image that you still have in your template. I did this a couple times so I was sure that my embossing pad was inking  up the Image well . Then I took out and covered with clear embossing powder and viola I had early espresso embossed flowers. I did the same thing with the sentiment on the vellum, just be sure when you heat set your vellum that you don’t hold it too long in one place or it could warp it.
    Thanks for stopping by and letting me ramble about all of that, maybe you knew all of it but maybe you didn’t and now you have something new to try. Below is the suggested sketch for this challenge #419 guess I didn't really follow it, but that's okay we just want you to stamp and give you suggestions to help jump start your creativity!  don't forget to check out all the other designers lovely creations!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2019

A favorite vacation - TSOT #417

When I saw the theme for our challenge at Try Stamping on Tuesday I decided I wanted to try my hand at doing a card with the sand dunes. One of our favorite spots to go when our children were growing up, we had four boys, was the Sand Dunes in Colorado. Seems like there was never an end to them. You would get to the top of what you thought was the tallest one and see more spread out before your eyes! I know I didn't capture it as well as a photo but I've never claimed to be an artist, just trying to be creative with my stamps.  I asked one of the boys what the card reminded him of relating to vacations and he said the Sand Dunes, maybe I didn't do a terrible job of depicting them?  The pictures below my card was from  a few years ago but I couldn’t resist. One of those boys is a Daddy three times over and another one will be getting married in Sept.  Out youngest two still live at home and we love having them even though they are 25 and 27.
 Thanks for stopping bye why don’t you give it a try.  What was one of your favorite vacations with your family or by yourself show is on a card you make for this fun challenge.

THEME- Vacation

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Christmas in July for TSOT!#416

I thought it was fun to do a Christmas card in July. When it’s hot and humid outside using  a set that  makes you think of cold weather is wonderful. That’s what I did on this one thanks for coming by!

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

TSOT challenge 415 Melt!!!

Yea another Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge - we've a combo again.  Sketch, Inspiration or both

 When I think of the word melt I think of all the summers that we have baled hay and let me tell you, you melt when you’re on the wagon stacking or driving in the heat and sun.  We make small bales they are stacked about 5 layers high.   I chose not to follow the sketch and just use the inspiration word.  Thanks for stopping - how do you think I did with the inspiration? Have you ever experienced this kind of melting?  Don't forget to check out all the other designers.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

TSOT 414 summer fun

 When I saw the theme of summer fun, and knew I need some cards for a couple little boys. This stamp set jumped into my mind even though it’s an old one-- it just said please use me again!! I’ve always liked this set for young children since it definitely goes with summer and what child doesn't like summer. I dissected my stamp by taking it off the block and putting it in my stamparatus that way I could color my bicycle many different colors and stamp it over and over again and it lined up exactly!!!! That's just one of the many things I love, Love, LOVE about the stamparatus!!  If you don't know what it is and would like more information on it just leave me a question in the comments below and a way to get back with you and I'd be more than happy to share my LOVE with you on the fabulous "power" tool in the stamping world.  I stamped the sunglasses all over the white piece to make my own background paper.  When riding a bicycle in the summer one needs sun glasses on right?😉  thanks for stopping.


Optional Theme: Summer Fun

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

TSOT 413 Nature

I spent the day with a dear friend and we stamped this is what I came up with I hope you like it. I turned the image so I would have more room for the leaves and my branch and the bird. I made the branch myself the leaves and The bird are from the new Free as a bird stamp set from Stampin Up and I cut it out after I colored it.  The Lacey piece on the right hand side came from the new die called - stitched lace dies from Stampin Up it’s a lovely die and the pieces come out really easy. Guess that’s about it have a great day.

Optional Theme: Favorites in Nature

Saturday, June 15, 2019

The Joy of Sets Blog Hop- Beautiful Magnolia

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Oh my, here is a good sized blog hop for you, 12 of us in all. 😊  I have been thinking that I'd like to work on my project and decided I'd better get it done before the card stock comes in for my sons wedding invitations that I'm making.  sooo I finished this a couple weeks ago and I had a good time putting it together.  I made the shadow box then decided to use my new magnolia set from Stampin' Up.  This image is so big that it fills up a card and in this case my shadow box.  I put a piece of designer paper behind it and colored the images with blends-alcohol markers from St. Up and Copics.  The Welcome I cut with my Scan N Cut. (That machine will be a life saver when I get ready to cut the initials for the wedding invitations.)    I know this is a long hop but if you break it up and do so many a day I'm sure you'll find a LOT of wonderful projects from all who contributed.  Thanks for stopping by my little spot and if you would be so kind you could leave me a little comment letting me know how you like my new wall hanging I'd appreciate it.  There is a list with links listed below so be sure to hop on to the next one.

Here it is hanging on the wall  💗😊

Here are the links for all the blogs for you to hop around to.
  Just click on the name of the post and another mini screen will pop up for you to click on, it will take you to that blog. Sorry if it's confusing this is the only way I could get it all to work.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

TSOT 412

We have a  fun one for you this week.  So many different choices hope that won't overwhelm you. If you were to go on Pinterest and search for fun fold you would find a LOT.   I made 2😊 just  because I felt like it.  The first one follows the technique and the sketch. I used a new Stampin' Up set, I don't live by water but I have two sisters that do so I now have 2 cards to send out.
                      I turned the sketch,  the sailboat piece takes the place of the square and I                                                     off set it.  The rope is the strip on the side.  I guess I might have taken a                                                 little bit of freedom but all in all think it followed fairly well.           
       This next picture shows the fun fold - the top lifts up and the bottom folds down  to see inside. I used the crumb cake piece on the inside that I used to cut the backing for the sailboat. I'll add my sentiment when I decide what I want on it.

Card Number two just follows the fun fold technique.  I've been wanting to make another bridge card and thought this set would look great with that fun fold.

                         side view                                                lays flat for mailing

Thanks for stopping by if you have any questions on these cards, colors, how to's....that sort of thing just leave your question in the comments and where I can get back with you and I'll be happy to help.  If you love this set and would like it, AND don't have a demonstrator I would love to be yours and help you in any way I can.   Have a wonderful day and make it great go stamp a card for someone you love... just because😉

Saturday, June 8, 2019

Card class #1 A Good Man

I haven't posted my cards for awhile that I make for my senior apartment complex card class and as I was on here getting some of the other posts ready thought I'd add this one.  This is a new set and I fell in love with it because there are so many men in my life.  Husband, 4 terrific sons, 3 grandsons - so far.  The extended family has about 3 times the boys as girls so I'm sure this set will be a well used one.  My ladies and gent (yes I have one that comes) are older and don't have fathers living but I thought they could use this for a son, son-in-law or friend on fathers day coming up June 16th .

 I made my own DSP with an old old set that I have that I've dissected.  I've taken them off  the wood blocks and then added a few pieces of the cling topper that was left over after putting together my new sets (don't throw away the extra-- add on top of the clear sets  or whatever you want to stick --for your blocks/stamparatus!!) The Stamparatus made this a breeze to do, if you don't have one yet I would highly suggest the investment. (😊 I can help you with that if you need one and don't already have a demonstrator, just contact me down below in the comments and I'll get with you....if you let me know how to contact you.)( I'll even send you a free tutorial on the many different ways to use this fabulous tool!!!)

 I keep their cards pretty simple, everything is cut and placed in the envelopes that I hand out, all they will do is stamp and color the focal image, their sentiment(I ususlly have a few choices) and then put the pieces together. 
If you're wondering I used the new In Color Seaside Spray for the card base and paired it up with Night Of Navy.  I'm liking this combination as you will see in the coming week.  I'm off to the strawberry patch there are a bunch of little red juicy GOOD berries calling my name.  Have a great day!!!  Vicki

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

Going grunge with TSOT challenge 411

Hello it’s Tuesday again I know I say it often but it does come around every seven days. We’re at tri Stamper on Tuesday again for our new challenge I don’t think we’ve ever done one with this theme  before- make a card grunge.  I’ve used another new stamp set from Stampin Up for this coming year which actually goes live on Tuesday at noon June 4. The stamp set is called A Little Lace and it comes with a matching die called Stitched Lace. I didn’t use the on this card but it cuts like butter I think it does a wonderful job and the pieces come out pretty well!!  Did my best on this grunge card I hope you like it I don’t make cards like this real often, hey let me know what you think! Have a great day and then make it better -stamp something 😊!

Optional Theme: Grunge/Vintage

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Challenge 410

Here’s my card I don’t have a lot of time to spend on my blog today I have three little ones here. They take up my time so with that being said I’ll leave you with this card optional theme was pastels so I tried to use some of the new Stampin Up product that will be available in June to do this with.  It’s from the lovely magnolia bundle, Thanks and happy Stamping!

Optional Theme: Pastels

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Fishy Birthday

 Here’s another birthday card for another little boy that turned three. He had a Scooby Doo birthday party. I have no Scooby Doo stamps, so he had to get a fishy birthday card. His grandma and grandpa live by the lake and they like to go out on the pontoon boat and

sailboat I’m sure he will learn to love the water as much as they do. So I made a fishy, what do you think about it? I’ve used another one of my Karen Burniston dies they are fun to use but they do cost more to send it in the mail. Well that’s all right you only turn three once!

Monday, May 20, 2019

Sailing with TSOT Challenge 409 Double Trouble Team Up

Hello and I’m so glad you’ve come to join me today for this next try Stampin' on Tuesday card sketch. Since we’re joining with Double Trouble for this optional theme of brown bag I decided to use a new stamp set that I had just received.  I turned the sketch so I could use two of the images, the sailboat and the lighthouse. I fussy cut the sails and popped them up on the main focal image of the sailboat not sure you can tell in the picture.  I also used one of the new in-colors, the blue panel the light house is on it's called Seaside Spray (I LIKE!!) and it pairs up with Night of Navy wonderfully. The Dots are also new and come in the new in-colors, I’m also thinking I should switch my dots at the bottom so that they’re going from smaller to larger like the beam of light coming from the lighthouse, what do you think? When I sponged the light beam I guess I didn't have a big enough piece and my dauber went off - do you think I should have started over?  I may go back onto the sailboat piece and color the bottom of the sailboat when I find out what color my brother-in-laws boat is.  It was fun one to play with and I know I’ll be wanting to use it more later.
 If you didn’t come from the main blog - this is a direct link - TSOT   be sure you go over and check out all the other designers cards they are quite lovely.
 thank you and have a great day and happy Stamping.

We are teaming up with Double Trouble for this challenge and we are celebrating National Brown Bag it Day. This means that for the optional challenge and allow you to participate in both challenges please use some kraft or other brown bag like paper.

Sunday, May 19, 2019

Turning 2 —great!!!

My husband and I both came from big families, so we now have a lot of great nieces and nephews. This card was made for a little one who turned 2

two on the 17th it was fun to make. Making cards like this that have a lot of bulk in the middle of them cost a good bit more to mail though.

Friday, May 17, 2019

Birthday fun

I bought a new Karen Burniston die set and wanted to use it. Had a nephew who’s birthday was this month so I made him this card I love making interactive cards. Hope you liked it what do you think about it?

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

TSOT Challenge 408

Do you like interactive cards?  that is another type of card I really like to make.   I guess I've said that a lot lately. I suppose there isn't any kind of card I don't enjoy making.😊

You tube and pinterest  are so very nice to learn new ways to make cards.  I saw a card made like this on you tube by Dawn's stamping thoughts - I think that is it - just looked and that is it.   It fits this weeks sketch pretty well so I'm using it. 
Bokeh background and a flip flap on the front to reveal another message!!  You can see the added pull tab on the right side of my card.

I believe I have all the layers the sketch has just in a different order.

    theme - add texture