Tuesday, June 30, 2020

TSOT 464 A Vintage Birthday

 I decided to pull out my new stamp set let’s see,  I don’t always have their name right at my fingertips so I’m looking for the stamp set so I can tell you what the name of it is oh Prized Peony. I haven’t played with it yet and decided I wanted to use it. So I made a panel and stamped a bunch of peonies on it masking as I went along and then colored them in some.
 I have to tell you vintage style cards are hard for me. I’m never sure what to do with them other than distressing the edge of the paper.  After I made my panel I decided it probably needed to be toned down a little so I used some splatters of the new in color Cinnamon Cider and scrunched it up then I thought -I don’t like that!  So I stamped another Peony cut it out to pop it up on the card what do you think? Used some of the new InColor 6 x 6 designer series paper in Cinnamon Cider and distressed that, punched the edge with an old stampin’ up edge punch that I really do like. Then added a little cream strip of Card stock behind it so you could see the design. I used some fine gold ribbon wrapped three times not sure you can see it very good. The sentiment is from Label Me Bold which was in the spring mini catalog and is now retired.  There you have it I think I followed the theme and the sketch this time pretty well. At least I think it looks sort of vintage but like I said I’m not a big vintage person when it comes to making cards so if you think I could’ve done something different to make it more vintage let me know! There’s a place below or you can leave comments it sure is nice to see what other people think! Have a wonderful day don’t let this one scare you off I sure didn’t! Check everybody else out and remember we’ve got a open spot on the designer team.

Optional Theme: Vintage

Tuesday, June 23, 2020

TSOT 463 Splish splash

When I made this card I knew I wanted to do it as a double duty. For this challenge, and for my card class that’s meeting -yes!!!  It’s late on Monday evening and I just realized I hadn’t done this blog yet. So this will be short and sweet. He’s the new stamp set called well done stampin’ up and their new embossing folder seaside something I believe. Join us with this one it should be fun Splish flash is our theme. Down below I’m going to put another card that I did for a blog heart that I’m a part of and their theme was Splish splash also.

Optional Theme: Make a Splash

Monday, June 15, 2020

TSOT 462 Patterns

OK our theme is patterns. What does that mean to you ? It can mean lots of things to many different people. I guess my patterns are different styles of Stamping thus creating different patterns....I have a sponged cloud pattern, I have a DSP pattern, I have a watercolor pattern, and I used a die cut pattern. Oh yes I also have a pattern  on the Sun made by tapping markers on the rubber to give it a little bit of a textured look.  What do you think?

Optional Theme: Patterns

Saturday, June 13, 2020

Splish Splash - The Joy Of Sets June blog hop

Hello and I hope you’re having a wonderful day it’s a lovely day here in Ohio.   I think these little ducks are are having a grand time splish splashing in this pond !! I enjoyed using them to create this card,  I’ve had the stamp set for a while and I’ve never used it, it immediately came to my mind when I saw our theme. Are you going to be doing any Splish splashing this summer?  The grandchildren have been enjoying their little pool at my sons house.
 Quite a few products and different companies were used to make this card, so if anyone’s interested in a particular technique they see or item just leave me a comment and I’ll try to get back with you on what it is that I used or how I did it. Hasn’t everyone in the hop done a superb job? Oh you haven’t seen them all? Better get to hopping, no splashing allowed computers and phone wouldn’t appreciate the water. πŸ˜€. we all love to know what you’re thinking about what we’ve done. Maybe you could try making a card with the theme Splish splash. Now it’s time to hop on over to Brenda Nelson s’ blog to see what she’s created!                    click her name   Brenda Nelson    (can't get button below to work)
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Tuesday, June 9, 2020

TSOT #461 New stamp set - Tasteful Touches

What inspires you when you look at the above photo? Or is your eye drawn to the sketch?  I guess I looked and was intrigued with the colors on the photo. Wanting to use a new stamp set I choose to only use the photo this time.
 One of the new In Colors that Stampin' Up has come out with is called Cinnamon Cider and I thought of it when I looked at the picture so I went with that color for the card stock layer and added an old brown - Creamy Caramel to stamp the background design and  feathers in ( I don't have the new inks yet!). I used the Mango Melody and So Saffron to get a peachy/yellowish color for the flowers. (hmm wonder what it would have looked like if I'd stamped the Mango color on the new Bumblee Bee card stock, might have to try it😊) Added just a tad of green with pear pizzaz for the sentiment and sponged the very vanilla card base edge to bring it all together.
   Hope to see a lot of cards on this one there is much room to be creative.  Creating a card/project is a wonderful thing to do.  In this day and age where texting is so easy don't forget to send a card to someone just to let them know they are special - Surprise them!!!!  Having something tangible to hold in your hands and knowing someone spent the time making it will brighten a day - It does mine. Happy Creating!!!
This stamp set is nice, has 4 any day sentiments and the 5 image stamps 2 that will make nice backgrounds. I used the larger one on this card and stamped the whole cinnamon cider piece thought it would add some dimension.

Tuesday, June 2, 2020

TSOT #460

Guess when I was making this card I forgot to look at the theme - good thing we have this as an option.  I decided to make a swing card from a die I have with three squares, I  had some cute animal faces placed them on the squares (yep I substituted), colored them added my dsp and sentiment to complete the card.   Lots of birthdays and we live on a farm so I used the cow, pig, and chick (all of which we have).
 This view kinda shows how the squares will swing and are on a fold on the front of the tri-panel card.

Enjoy this one, I may have to try it with the suggested theme if I can find some time.  Would love to know what you think of this and be sure to check out all the other designers.

Optional Theme: Sweet Treats

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

TSOT # 458 Let's do texture

Had a few children’s birthday cards to get done so Sunday night I sat down to work on one. This is what I came up with, turned out good I think.
                                                   When you pull the tab the picture changes, fun fun.  I think interactive cards are fun to make and that children enjoy them, this is heading to a great niece.  I used the Lawn Fawn die to make this and it is called "the picture changer"        Old dsp from Stampin' Up and card stock to go with the dsp .                                                 

Optional Theme: Texture

Thursday, May 14, 2020

Jennifer McGuire split card idea

This was sooooo much fun and easy. Maybe a little time consuming since I ended up with 12 card fronts, πŸ˜„ Jennifer McGuire has a you tube video but basically here’s how its done.
1. I stamped and I cut my flowers (Altenew-Angelique Motifs stamps and dies) (larger images work well since you can tell what they are even if cut) I suppose you could probably Stamp masking the flowers as you go. (If you want to use something other than flowers down the center just remember that you will be cutting them and you need to be able to tell what it is when it’s cut.)
2. Take your 8 1/2 x 5 1/2 piece of card stock (this will be 2 card front layers) draw a line down the center of the card at 4 1/4 with a pencil.
3.  Arrange your flowers along this pencil line on the card adhearing them down when you have it the way you like it. You should have covered up the pencil line so you don’t need to erase it.
4.  Now turn your card upside down (your cutting blade will run smoother and your flowers won’t move.) cut at 4 1/4.  you may be going through a couple layers if you've overlapped your flowers as shown below.  This will give you two card fronts - trim top and bottom where flowers hang off card, see picture below.
5. add to card bases and decorate as desired.

This is the piece with the flowers arranged down the center. I have been placed my flowers with glue dots then tucked in the leaves. Added glue to flowers and leaves then cut -note I did use a Guillotine cutter not one with a sliding blade.

Here it is cut but not trimmed on top and bottom.
I decided to let the flowers do most of the talking, I did trim off a bit of the white side and then placed on a white card base and added strips of black.  Jennifer McGuire did hers like this and I thought they were lovely.

                         Finished cards

Which set do you like?  I just can't decide,  :0)

Saturday, May 9, 2020

April showers bring May flowers

Image may contain: possible text that says 'The Joy Of Sets MAY 2020 Floral Blog Hop'Making something new and pretty for your front door lifts the spirits. I made this wreath out of a swimming noodle. I cut it down held it together with duct tape and hot glue then covered it with some ribbon I found in my stash 😏 we all have one of those right?  The plaque was found on discount at a store sometime awhle ago.
I think Gerber daisies are so pretty and they are so colorful,  that’s the flower I intended to make what do you think does it look like them? ?  There are a few white roses, pansy's, poppies and a couple little blue flowers thrown in to add some variety.  This is one of my favorite things to do with card stock (ONE of my favorite).  I have two sons that have gotten married, for each of the receptions I’ve made arrangements for the tables with flowers to match the colors that the girls chose for their weddings. It is a little time-consuming but it is something that is relaxing to me and that I love doing. This doesn't have to be expensive either, we washed out soup cans and covered them with small decorated paper bags (Stampin up sold some one year) tied ribbon around it to hold it on and put rocks in the bottom to help weight it down. (Pictures below...if your interested 😊)  What do you love to do with your craft supplies? I like to Stamp, don’t get me wrong, but with this blog hop being themed floral I decided this would be a great one to show you.

With all that's happening in this world it will be a good reminder to look for the little things that we are blessed with.  Looking for them and being grateful will help the spirits in this trying time and remember April showers bring May flowers!!  I'm looking ahead to sunnier day!!!

If you've just started your hop be sure to check out all the others just keep hitting the next button and you'll be taken to the next blog. There is a complete list at the end if you'd rather see the line up and use that.  After me will come.....  Alejandra Gomez  Just click on the link beside the nest button and it will take you to her.

May 2020 Blog Roll

First Wedding in Dallas Texas- this is from the reception we had here in Ohio since Many family and friends couldn't make the trip.

This is from the Kentucky Wedding, I decorated the tables for the rehearsal dinner.

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

TSOT #456 Shaker cards

Shaker cards can be so much fun. I filled a double challenge on this one, Or maybe a three-way challenge. The shaker card is here, and  I sort of followed the sketch. The colors I used were a challenge from one of my Stamping ladies -use lovely lipstick a green and some neutrals.
      Do you know the old saying April showers bring May flowers that’s what we’re hoping for. All the craziness here in April is going to be a sunshiny blooming May we hope!!

Saturday, May 2, 2020


I have a group of ladies that meet once a month for a card class.  These are seasoned ladies most of us have met together for probably the last 10 years. We’ve been giving each other challenges during this “stay at home time”. This time one of the ladies wanted us to do a long card. She challenged us to do a reflection card. It’s such a long card that I decided to do a little bit on the inside also so I have added that picture as well.
This card is 4 1/8 x 9 1/2 thereabouts. Fits an A-10 envelope
Watercolor paper, early espresso, white card base
I used many different products, stampin’ up pigments, markers and watercolor brush, markers(direct to paper),  a white crayon, and white shimmer paint.
Retired St.Up sets and one that wasn't St.Up 

Tuesday, April 28, 2020

TSOT 455 Lighthouse

The last few weeks I’ve been in the mood to watercolor. It might have something to do with me reorganizing my Art Impression stamps 😁. So here is another one for you since our theme was nautical I thought a light house with its beam going out would work for the theme and the sketch, what do you think?  Thanks for stopping in have a wonderful day!  (More below)

Optional Theme: Nautical
                                                               Had another lighthouse stamped so I made a second card - a night time card.  Which one do you like the best? I sorta followed the sketch don’t you think?

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

TSOT 454 April 20

 One of my favorite styles a Stamping is water coloring. I probably don’t post as many of those here as I make. I probably should post more of them on other days of the week, but that takes time and my time is limited these days with my mother-in-law in the house and I’m caring for.  Looks like I need to take my focal image off and straighten it up. Not sure I’m gonna be able to handle it looking like that unless it’s just the angle that I took the picture from. Have fun with this the possibilities are endless do something that you enjoy. And don’t forget to comment every once in a while we would all love to hear what you think of our Creations.

For this challenge show us your favorites...could be color, stamp, die, technique. The possibilities are endless and we want to see and hear about your favorite things. This challenge is also a throw back challenge. This week we are throwing it back to Challenge #65.

Friday, April 17, 2020

Watercoloring is relaxing!

Made this birthday card for a wonderful friend. I enjoy water coloring from time to time and use my art impressions stamps to achieve this lovely look. There are lots of tutorials on YouTube showing how to do this, I watch them and then create something.

Tuesday, April 14, 2020

TSOT453 Flower time!!

Do you like to plant flowers?  I like to hang pots on my porch but finding flowers that don’t need sun limits my choice.  I have always liked yellows, oranges, reds and often plant begonias in those colors. My mother in law likes pink and red geraniums-they take sun. I may try to mix up my colors more this year and maybe I can find something for us both that will do well on my shady porch. We received a pot of purple pansies from a friend to cheer us up during this trying time!!  so we’re enjoying them right now. Have fun with this one! Stay safe and get some fresh air maybe plant some flowers.  :0)

I tried to follow the sketch and the theme- lush

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

# 452 - Splish Splash it's time for TSOT

No flower power theme in this card. When I saw this sketch I immediately thought of my walruses!!! Here they are all having fun in the water 😊.  I made this card extra long to fit in a 4 1/8 x 9 1/2”  blue envelope that I have.
I’ve used a lot of different things on this card some of its current in the stampin’ up catalog and some of it’s retired, and some of it’s not stampin’ up. If you’re interested you can leave me a message below and I will get back with you on what I’ve used. Have a great day, don’t let this crazy world right now get you down,  get in your craft room make a card and send it to someone. It might brighten up their day!! And yours too😁!

Optional Theme: Flower Power

Wednesday, April 1, 2020


Our youngest grandchild  is turning two, my how time flies had to make a bag and a card!

Tuesday, March 31, 2020


I’m not a square card maker because it takes more postage to mail in the United States. So I made my card the regular size for an invitation size envelope  5 1/2 x 4 1/4. I was going for my shape in the center to look like a piece of pie, I used an old embossing folder, thought it reminded me of the lattice on the top of a pie, what do you think does it? Two different kinds of designer paper actually I believe there are three on this card. Have fun making this sketch and using some of that old DSP paper that you have(mine ya from last years annual stampin up catalog), Or some new that you have.
Don’t forget about entering the Facebook challenge, you can use any sketch that has been up on TSOT’s site. There will be prizes!

Optional Theme: Designer Paper
We are throwing it back to Challenge #98 for this week