A Country Birthday for CCSC317 and FMS389…!

Howdy Y’all!

A Masculine Country Birthday Card!

Today’s Card is a combination of

a Color Challenge and a Sketch Challenge!

 

The Color Challenge

from CAS Colours & Sketches #317    (CCSC317)

 

Here is the Challenge!

CC&S 317

I love these Colors!

 

The Sketch Challenge from

Freshly Made Sketches #389   (FMS389)

Here is the Sketch Challenge!

FMS384

I like this layout…it’s a keeper in my sketch book!

 

Here is my take on the Sketch AND using the Color Challenge!

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I really like this stamp set…it is my ‘go to’ masculine birthday stamp set!

 

Here is the inside of the Card!

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I brought the colors inside too AND part of the sketch!

 

HERE ARE THE STOCK AND MEASURES:

CARDSTOCK:

Whisper White Thick- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Whisper White Regular- greeting panel, 2.5″ x 3.5″

2- 3″ x 5.5″ pcs to stamp with the check pattern, then trimmed…

Blueberry Bushel Check strips,  front- .75″ x 4.75″     inside- .50″ x 4.75″

Real Red Check strips,   front- .75″ x 4″   inside- .50″ x 5.25″

Crushed Curry- mat for greeting panel, 2 5/8″ x 3 5/8″

STAMP SETS:

Buffalo Check Background Stamp- the check strips

Country Road- greeting, horse, wheat, and inside star

Perennial Birthday- inside sentiment

INKS:

Blueberry Bushel- checks, greeting, inside sentiment

Real Red- check, horse weathervane

Crushed Curry- wheat, inside star

 

Here is the Card again!

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Love this one!

 

ON ANOTHER NOTE…

I took several days off…I have been getting my gardens and house ready for the

Warm Weather Seasons!

Here is how my week went!

Sunday after Church…I came home and changed into my gardening clothes…I went to Lowes and bought my dirts (yes plural, different types), some flowers for my hanging pots in my gazebo…(it came with the house!) also picked up grass seed. I ran to Tractor Supply to pick up my lettuce seeds, green beans, and sugar peas. I unloaded the car, hauled everything to the back yard in the new wheel barrel Mr Hubster bought me, the Friday before! I put the dirt (potting soil) in the trough for the lettuces, planted the seeded discs and set up the large pots for the beans and sugar peas, and planted the beans and peas, and I potted all the flowers (white petunias and red impatiens) 6 pots. I also got 2 more large pots filled and ready for tomato plants. Dirt in and tomato cages in place and ready!

Monday- went back to Lowe’s and bought the tomato plants (2 grape tomatoes and 2 regular tomatoes for container gardening) I also picked up 3 mosquito plants (for the gazebo), a basil plant, a rosemary plant, and a mint plant. I came home and planted the tomatoes and set out the other plants. I then came in and showered and then vacuumed and scrubbed floors. Then cooked dinner, and cleaned up.

Tuesday- got up early and started laundry. Went to the Women’s Bible Study, Cooked dinner, after dinner, I Weed Wacked the yard, Mr Hubster mowed it on Monday. The battery died and I had to charge it up! Will finish Wednesday.

Wednesday- Got up early, finished weed whacking,  and then took the 5 bags of ‘top soil’ and filled in the big dip in the front yard (it filled with water every time it rained, like a lake!), and seeded with grass seed, went around back and seeded the dirt I dumped from the trough  before the Hurricane Florence, last year. I scratched and seeded that! I then got my battery operated hedge clippers and went to town on the front hedges (5 Boxwood Hedges) then trimmed up some green bushes (2) that we have…don’t know what they are! Some kind of pine! I then raked the yard and cleaned up all the clippings, what a lot!

Thursday- got up early and then grabbed the power washer and power washed the front entry (it doesn’t get any sun, and it seems to turn black…have to blast it about every 2 years!) then I went around back and power washed the back side of the house, the deck, and the gazebo. Changed out one of the Hummingbird feeders and showered, then heated up leftovers for dinner! Went to the Knitting Group from Church.

Friday- Got up, made coffee, go get the paper, read the paper, did the puzzles (morning routine!) and then made myself go read 3 days of e-mails! that took time! I then started getting all the Color and Sketch Challenges that have come out and get them organized and put in chronological order for me to do! Mr Hubster and I went to Dinner (Friday night date night! We went to Applebee’s!) Came home and I then worked on 2 days of cards…this is the first of those, tomorrow’s is the second.

Saturday- tomorrow! I am just going to make cards for my challenges for next week! Starting with Sunday’s Card!

So my friends, I am just like all of you! We all have our routines and then when the outside seasons come we go to town! I got it all ready and now all I have to do is water and reap the bounty of the labor!

Until the next Post…Blessings and Seasonal Prep Love to you ALL!

 

 

 

A Rainy Day and Up & Away for IB67 and JAI452…!

Hello Everyone! Welcome Back!

I want to Thank you for peeking in for Today’s Card!

 

Today’s Card is for 2 Challengers!

One is an Inspirational Challenge

and the

Other is a Sketch Challenge!

 

First Up here is the Inspirational Challenger

Inspired By…67  (IB67)

IB 67

Definitely a Rainy Day Party!

 

Second up is the Sketch Challenge!

Just Add Ink #452  (JAI452)

JAI 452

When I first saw this sketch, I did envision Clouds!

The I happened across the Inspirational Photo…it was a done duo!

 

Here is my Card!

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I even put raindrops under each cloud, front and inside!

 

Here is a close-up to view the raindrops!

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The raindrops are clear epoxy shapes, so hard to see!

 

Here is the inside of my Card!

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Since I live far away from my family, this is appropriate!

Never worry about rainy days for birthday party’s!

Most parties are inside! Unless it is a Summer Birthday!

 

HERE ARE THE STOCK AND MEASURES FOR THIS CARD:

CARDSTOCK:

Balmy Blue- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Whisper White- front and inside panels, 3.75″ x 5″ (I wanted more of the Balmy Blue to show around the edges for this card…to help give the card more ‘sky’)

STAMP SET:

Left Me Up- all stamping

INK:

Memento Tuxedo Black- balloon, greeting and inside sentiment

Balmy Blue- all clouds

STAMPIN’ BLENDS ALCOHOL INK MARKERS:

to color the balloon:

Light Pineapple Punch, Light Mint Macaron,

Light Balmy Blue, Light Flirty Flamingo

ACCESSORIES:

Glitter & Clear Epoxy Shapes- clear raindrops

 

Here is my Card again!

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Another great Masculine Card for the stash!

 

Until the Next Post…Blessings and Soaring Love to you ALL!

 

 

Birthday Candy for Fusion!

Hello All!

Welcome Back!

Today’s Card is for the Fusion Challenge!

The Challenge where you can do the Sketch OR

Use the Inspiration Photo OR Both!

Here is the Challenge!Fusion Apr 4-Easter Eggs

Easter Eggs…I didn’t have Easter Eggs…I used CANDY!

 

Here is my Card! (Oh! I did BOTH!)

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Easter isn’t just about eggs! It’s also about the Candy too!

 

Here is the inside of the Card!

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I put some Jelly Beans inside too!

HERE ARE THE STOCK AND MEASURES FOR THIS CARD:

CARDSTOCK:

Whisper White Thick- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Whisper White Regular- circle greeting

Coastal Cabana- scallop circle mat

DSP:

How Sweet It Is- dotted panel pcs, 2.5″ x 5.25″  and  .50″ x 5.25″

stripe strip- 1″ x 5.25″

all the candy was cut from a piece of the DSP!

STAMP SET:

Itty Bitty Greetings- greeting and inside sentiment

CLASSIC STAMPIN’ INK PAD:

Coastal Cabana- greeting and inside sentiment

TOOLS:

Big Shot- die cutting machine

Layering Circle Framelits- scallop circle mat

Stitched Shapes Framelits- greeting circle

 

Here is my Card again!

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So Cute! I have all my Easter Cards made…I decided to make this a Birthday Card!

ON ANOTHER NOTE!

While making this Card…With the DSP out and all my fussy cut images from the DSP

I decided to make up another Birthday Card…Here it is!

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I used all the same DSP, INK and CARDSTOCK…but I used the

Layering Ovals Framelits and the Oval Stitched Shapes Framelits!

The Candy Jar is from the DSP too! I fussy cut it out!

Here is the inside of this Card!

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I used one of the gummy bears from the DSP cut outs too!

This was fun and I have a little bit more of this DSP to use up

along with all the candy cut-outs I did! So FUN!

 

Until the next Post…Blessings and Candy Love to you ALL!

 

 

 

Anniversary Florals for CC112…!

Hello Everyone!

Thank you for peeking in for Today’s Card!

Today’s Challenge is an Inspirational Photo!

 

Here is the Challenge!

The Card Concept #112   (CC112)

TCC112-Cottage Florals

I loved this rustic look! Worn off paint and pink Peonies!

 

Here is my Card!

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To make it look like paint was wearing off…I dragged the Whisper White Craft

Ink Pad, across the front of the card, up and down and then side to side.

I sprinkled some White Stampin’ Emboss Powder all over and heat set it with

the Heat Tool! I did that twice!

I tried stamping the stems, but it didn’t do well so, I covered it up with the die cut stems!

 

Here is the inside!

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Love that sentiment…don’t you?

at the bottom I stamped the flower I Garden Green and then colored

flowers in with Powder Pink Stampin’ Write Marker!

 

HERE ARE THE STOCK AND MEASURES FOR THIS CARD:

CARDSTOCK:

Very Vanilla Thick- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Very Vanilla- scraps to stamp flowers and leaves

Garden Green- stems

INK:

Flowers- Blushing Bride and Powder Pink on one flower I used a Finger Dauber

and added some So Saffron, to the flower, one of the yellow-ish

flowers on the front flowers. I then fussy-cut the flowers out

Leaves- Old olive stamped them all and then fussy-cut them out

Memento Tuxedo Black- greeting and inside sentiment

Whisper White Craft Ink- used pad to drag across the card front, and

added White Stampin’ Emboss Powder and heat set.

STAMP SETS:

Beautiful Promenade- flowers, leaves, inside floral stamped

Beautiful Bouquet- greeting and inside sentiment

STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKERS:

Powder Pink- to color inside flowers

Basic Black- to make the stamen and pistols darker

TOOLS:

Big Shot- die-cutting machine

Bouquet Bunch Framelits- stems on card front

ACCESSORIES:

1/4″ Very Vanilla Satin Ribbon- to wrap and make a bow for the flower stems

Share What You Love Artisan Pearls- Grapefruit Grove pearls on flower centers and scattered on the card.

 

Here is my Card again!

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Another Card for my stash!

 

Until the next Post…Blessings and Country Feelings to you ALL!

 

 

 

Loving Wishes for CTD538 and FMS383…!

Hello Friends!

Welcome Back for another Double Challenge!

 

Today’s Challengers…

 

The Color Challenger

Color Throwdown # 538  (CTD538)

CTD538

Mint-Aqua-Dark Pink-Green

I used Stampin’Up! Colors:

Mint Macaron-Coastal Cabana-Melon Mambo-Garden Green

 

The Sketch Challenger

Freshly Made Sketches #383  (FMS383)

FMS383

Here is my Card!

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Mint Macaron– top Strip

Coastal Cabana– lace edging, greeting and inside sentiment

Melon Mambo– roses

Garden Green– sprigs

 

Here is the inside of the Card!

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masked it, and stamped the sprigs over the masked flower,

it makes it look like the leaves are behind the rose!

HERE ARE THE STOCK AND MEASURES:

CARDSTOCK:

Whisper White Thick- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Whisper White Regular- for the greeting banner and to stamp the roses and die cut out

Garden Green- sprigs under roses

Coastal Cabana- lace edging

Mint Macaron- strip at top, 1.25″ x 4.25″

DSP:

Frosted Floral- 1.25″ x 4.25

STAMP SETS:

First Frost- greeting, roses, sprigs inside

Beautiful Bouquet- inside sentiment

INK:

Coastal Cabana- greeting

Garden Green- inside sprigs

Melon Mambo- roses

TOOLS:

Big Shot- die cutting machine

Frosted Bouquet Framelits- roses, sprigs on card front, greeting banner

Delicate Lace Edgelits- lace edging

ACCESSORIES:

Share What You Love Artisan Pearls- the dark pink Pearls

 

Here is the Card again!

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A great Card for the stash!

 

Until the next Post…Blessings and Best Wishes to you ALL!

 

A Loving Mother’s Day Card for CCSC 316 and SIP 194…!

Hello Everyone!

Today’s Card is for 2 Challengers!

I did combine 2 Challenges for this Card!

 

Challenger #1

A Sketch Challenge!

CAS (Clean and Simple) Colours & Sketches #316    (CCSC316)

 

Here is the Challenge!

CSCC 316

Challenge #2

A Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge from

Stamp Ink Paper #194  (SIP194)

Here is the Challenge!

SIP-194-Tic-Tac-Toe

I chose the center Vertical Column!

Circle-Flowers-Embossing Folder

 

Here is my Card!

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I used the Subtles Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder!

It IS Subtle, it makes the cardstock, look like linen!

 

Here is the inside of the Card!

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From the Floral Romance Specialty DSP, I fussy cut the flower for the inside!

 

HERE ARE THE STOCK AND MEASURES:

CARDSTOCK:

Whisper White Thick- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ score @ 4.25″ fold in half on the score

Whisper White Regular- greeting circle

Petal Pink- front panel, 4″ x 5.25″  embossed with Embossing Folder

DSP:

Floral Romance Specialty DSP- scrap for starburst circle behind greeting front, angled panels, 3″ x 4″  and the mat is 3.25″ x 4.25″ angled to card, adhered and then trimmed to fit.

STAMP SETS:

Itty Bitty Greetings- greeting

Strong & Beautiful- inside sentiment

INK:

Merry Merlot- greeting and inside sentiment

TOOLS:

Big Shot- die cutting machine and dry embossing machine

Subtles Dynamic TIEF- embossed front panel

Stitched Shapes Framelits- greeting circle

Starburst Punch- starburst mat behind greeting

ACCESSORIES:

Share What You Love Artisan Pearls- Petal Pink on card front

 

Here is the Card, once again!

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As you know, I do make 2 cards at a time…My stash for Mother’s Day is growing!

 

Until the next Post…Blessings and Floral Romance to you ALL!

A Country Birthday for TSOT 402…!

Hello All!

Another Masculine Birthday Card!

Today’s Challenge answer is for

Try Stampin’ On (or not) Tuesday #402

TSOT402

 

Here is the Challenge!

TSOT 402

I do like this layout! It will go in my sketch book!

 

Here is my Card!

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I Love Gingham! Can you tell? I have been on the hunt for many different colors of Gingham, from all different sources…I love it!

These papers are from assorted DSP makers…Close to My Heart-Congratulations Collection and Yvonne Creations-Country Life

 

Here is the inside of my Card!

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Simple and again, plenty of space for a personal note and signature!

 

HERE ARE THE STOCK AND MEASURES:

CARDSTOCK:

Crumb Cake- card base, 8.5″ x 5.5″ scored @ 4.25″ and fold in half on the score

Whisper White- greeting panel, 2″ x 3.5″   inside panel, 4″ x 5.25

DSP:

Stamps of Life-Congratulations Collection-yellow and beige gingham

Yvonne Creations- red gingham

STAMP SETS:

Well Said- greeting and inside sentiment

Home to Roost- rooster, and grasses

INKS:

Memento Tuxedo Black- rooster, for coloring

Crumb Cake- grasses

Early Espresso- greeting and inside sentiment

STAMPIN’ WRITE MARKERS:

TO COLOR ROOSTER:

Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede, Poppy Parade

TO COLOR THE GROUND

Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam

ACCESSORIES:

3 Rhinestones from Michael’s Recollection Collections- tan colored

 

Here is my Card again!

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Love this little guy!

 

ON ANOTHER NOTE!

I am getting more use out of the

Home To Roost Stamp Set that I earned

from the now, expired Sale-A-Bration offering!

This Sale-A-Bration happens every year from January-March!

For every $50 you spend, you can earn a stamp set, exclusive, in the

Sale-A-Bration Catalog!

I have many Masculine Cards to make up…also some Feminine!

Come to think of it…I have all to make again!

I had a clean out of cards for the ‘Community Parking Lot Sale’ we had last Saturday!

I was very busy getting ready for that sale! I cleared out a lot of items that retired.

Some I keep, like this Home to Roost stamp set! Many punches, Stamp Sets, Dies, DSP,

Ink Pads…etc.,. I bought a new Storage system for the  NEW stamp pads, pens, and

Stampin’Up! alcohol markers, ink refills, and cubbies for misc.. items I use at hand.

The storage only subtracts 5″ from my work space.

Previous storage solutions took away 18″-24″ of work space. It is great that

Stampin’Up! came out with this! Each item is a 5″ cube shape! They can stack

as high as 10 cubes, but, I won’t do that! No need for me. Mine are 2 high, and I

will be adding another level soon. I had calculated too little for the Stampin’ Blends

Alcohol Markers…I have to go one level higher for them, so I went ahead and ordered

the open Cubes for the even layer look!

 

Here is a straight on shot!

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I gained so much more space! The Stampin’ Blends are on the left…that is the

level I will be increasing. The 2 cubes on the end…I will be getting 3 more

I will stack them across the top, beside the level up, Stampin’ Blends,

 then the ink refills on top of them!

The mug on the left is from my Grand Lesley! It holds my Aqua Painters

The mug on the right is from my sister Mary! It hold all the tools I grab for

immediate use…pens, scribe, bone folder, kraft knife, ruler, scissors…

Here is another shot from an angle!

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I am so happy they came out with this! Makes my life easier!

The reason I am getting more storage for the Stampin’ Blends

is because, not all are there (no room), and if they come out

with more colors, I want the room to grow!

 

That’s all for now…Until next Post…Blessings to you ALL!