#ShareSunshine for ctd591 & FabFri188

This week, Stampin’ Up! surprised their demonstrators with a PDF set of COVID-19 sentiments. I immediately used them to create cards to send to my family. This sentiment is perfect for us because, like so many other people, we have been sharing locations with tp. When we find some, we pick up as much as allowed in order to share with other family members.

Since I incorporated two different color challenges, I used one sets of colors for five cards and another set for the other five. The layout is from a sketch challenge, but I missed the deadline for that.

I am having a terrible technical time with this post tonight. Hopefully, I will be able to post the challenge banners here instead of after my card.

Here are my cards:

Using What I Had Before It Retires

It’s pretty easy to see which card matches which color challenge. For each of the challenges, I used 6 x 6 DSP from the various color families. The mats used Bermuda Bay or Rich Razzleberry. Thankfully, I had retired ribbon in Bermuda Bay and Melon Mambo. In order to create a frame around the 6 x 6 DSP pieces, I used Basic Black mats.

When I printed the sentiments, I printed enough of the particular page with the tp sentiment. Isn’t it perfect?

The inside sentiment is shown below:

Cute! Appropriate, right?

When making multiple cards , I’ve found it much easier to do each element and then assembly line the card together. Therefore, I had little piles of DSP strips, sentiments cropped, ribbons,base cardstock, and black mats all cut out. I even had the dimensionals on the back of the sentiments done and they had their own pile. This allowed me to create the cards in chunks throughout my virtual teaching day in 5 minute breaks over two days. Easy Peasy really and truly.

What About the Greats?

After I had written and addressed all the cards, I thought I needed to send a card to each of my great-nieces and great-nephew.

Here are those cards:

As always, thank you so much for stopping by my blog today. I’d love to hear what you think, and greatly appreciate every comment.

Please stay safe, healthy, and isolated as much as possible. I miss my high school kids and the relationships we’ve formed. My heart breaks for my seniors. But, by working together and following the CDC guidelines, we can all help to flatten the curve.

Have a Peachy Day!


Color Combo for Fab Friday 188

Color Combo for Color Throwdown 591
Supplies Used

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Yet More Golden Honey DSP with Fab Friday 181

Poppy Parade with Golden Honey DSP

I love the Golden Honey DSP and Honey Bee bundle so very much that I just had to get another FREE set of the DSP (with a qualifying order) from Sale-a-Bration! While I love every, single pattern of the DSP, the flower pattern is quickly becoming one of my favorites. I’ve already posted one card using this pattern and Bermuda Bay. You can see that card here. Today’s color combination is black, white, and Poppy Parade.

Here’s the FabFri181 challenge banner:

Here’s the card I created for this challenge:

This DSP is Just Gorgeous!

I started out coloring these flowers with Purple Posy, but decided I wanted a bolder look. Since I’d already colored a blue shade, I went with this Poppy Parade. I really like the way the poppy color plays off the black and white background of the DSP. I didn’t even try to use my blends to color. Instead, I grabbed my Poppy Parade marker, relaxed, and got started. While I colored these flowers, I was turning card options over and over in my head. By the time I finished coloring, I had my layout picture firmly in my brain.

Covering up even a small part of the DSP didn’t seem like a good idea, but I needed a vertical banner of some sort. I grabbed a piece of Whisper White, ran it through the Subtle 3D embossing folder, trimmed down the banner and fussy cut the chevron on the bottom. Finally, I outlined it with my Basic Black Stampin’ Write marker.

Next, I needed to cut down the DSP for the top part of the card and the strips. I wanted to make sure I had a definitive border between the DSP and the Poppy Parade cardstock, so I outlined the DSP with my Basic Black marker as well.

Finishing Up the Card

I cropped the strips and the cardstock mats using the Stitched Rectangle die set. While the challenge banner called for five horizontal elements, I only used four. I knew I needed ribbon of some sort and decided to use the Basic Black baker’s twine tied in a bow at the top of the banner. Wouldn’t it be fabulous if baker’s twine came in every color? I can’t be the only one wishing for that, can I?

Next, I needed to decide how to adhere everything. I used some large glue dots to adhere the banner. The large ones enabled the banner to have just a smidge of a pop-up. I used the multipurpose adhesive for the top three strips. Dimensionals give the sentiment strip a pop-up. There are dimensionals under the cardstock and between the sentiment and the cardstock. This dimension makes the sentiment pop off the banner creating a focal point.

Finally, I stamped some flowers on the front, bottom, left corner of the envelope and added a piece of the Brights DSP to the envelope flap.

With that, another Golden Honey DSP card and coordinating envelope was complete. Contrary to the name, there’s not even a tiny bit of golden color on this card.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!


Supplies Used:

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Little Ladybug and FF180 and CTS#354

Color Challenge and a Sketch Challenge

It’s always fun to play along with Fab Friday and CAS(E) This Sketch. When a color challenge and a sketch challenge can be combined into one adorable card it’s a winner.

Here are the FF180 and CTS#354 challenge banners:

Just a thought – I wish I could figure out how to post side-by-side pictures with this updated version of WordPress. Just saying.

Here’s my card:

Cuteness Overload!

When I first saw the Fab Friday color combination, I had a difficult time figuring out how to incorporate the Rococo Rose. I had my A-ha moment when I decided to combine Fab Friday with CAS(E) This Sketch! The In Color DSP for the 2019 – 2021 colors would give me the perfect strip of Rococo Rose, satisfying both challenges.

Since I knew from the start that I wanted to use the Little Ladybug cling stamp set, which is the host set Sale-a-Bration! Adorable! The large flower fit the focal panel perfectly. I just felt the need to add a ladybug tucked under the sentiment. All three stamps came from the one stamp set. So stinking cute!

I used Stamping Blends combos to do all the coloring. The stem and leaves are in Granny Apple Green, which I know is not in the color challenge. However, I couldn’t figure out how to use the three given colors in the leaves. I thought Granny Apple Green would be light and bright enough for my planned card.

Both the flower petals and the ladybug were colored with the Poppy Parade Stamping Blends. I used the Petal Pink Blends combination for the center of the flower and the face and arm, and leg on the ladybug. This bright red really pops off the Whisper White. Highland Heather provides a colorful backdrop. Doesn’t this color combination remind you of Valentine’s Day conversation hearts?

I stamped the sentiment in VersaMark on Poppy Parade cardstock, then used white embossing powder. The embossed sentiment exceded my expectations!

Adding a Bit of Texture

The Whisper White panels for the stamped images needed to have just a bit of texture. Therefore, I cropped the large white panel and the sentiment strip using the Stitched Rectangle dies. I cropped the cute as a bug ladybug using the Stitched Shapes die set. My next usual step is to use Stamping Markers to outline the stitches in the ditch, but I wanted to keep this card clean.

Finally, I ran the the background white panel through my Big Shot using the Subtle 3D embossing folder.

Putting It Together

Since I had the CTS sketch to guide me, I just lined up all my pieces in the appropriate places. I did a dry-fit for the sentiment and the ladybug, and thought I needed to find some way to ground and connect the flower, ladybug, and sentiment. Ribbon seemed to be the easiest way to pull everything together. I used the Poppy Parade textured weave ribbon tied in a simple square knot.

The sentiment and ladybug are popped up on dimensionals. I used glue dots under the knot of the ribbon, and as an anchor on the back of the base. I adhered all the other elements using the TomBow liquid adhesive.

To finish off the envelope, I put a piece of the In Color DSP on the envelope flap. I couldn’t resist using the line-up of little ladybugs on the bottom of the front of the card. Do you notice anything different about this line of ladybugs? Don’t tell anyone, but I stamped the first four ladybugs upside down. In order to make that feel purposely done, I stamped the middle set right side up, and the last set upside down.

As always,

Thank you so very much for stopping by my blog today. I appreciate your the time you take to read, and comment, on my blog.

Have a Peachy Day!


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A Bright Color Combo for Fab Friday


At first glance, Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo on the challenge banner appear bright and almost as if the brightness with these two colors will clash.   Since Basic Black gives the eyes some place to rest, it fits with these colors very well.

However, it soon becomes apparent that this is a fabulous color combination with loads of potential!

Here’s the challenge banner:

Here’s the birthday card I created:

The Stamparatus is the Star for this Card

I already had all the pieces cut and happily residing in my “scrap” 8×8 page protectors, one for each SU color of course.  I even found the much punched out (6 circles are punched in the paper) bottom Basic Black layer in one of the “scrap”  page protectors. The Whisper White frame came from the white “scrap” page protector already cropped to size.  My only real dilemma was to figure out what to do with all the pieces.

I decided to try to create a birthday card using these colors because I thought they would just create a fun, happy card.The sentiment fitting inside the frame also steered me to a birthday card, so I decided to use the Amazing Life photopolymer stamp set for everything on the front.  I needed to figure out how to get the sentiment perfectly dark enough since I’d previously run the Melon Mambo through the Big Shot using the Subtle embossing folder, .  Enter the wonder tool, the Stamparatus!  

Truly, this tool needs to be on your must have list if you don’t already have it.  It’s so wonderfully easy to get beautiful results no matter how many times an item needs to be stamped.  In this case, I lined up what I needed, picked up the sentiment stamp, and then stamped and reinked three times.  The result is a perfectly dark, legible sentiment.  Who wouldn’t love that?!?

Next, I lined up the birthday cake on the frame.   I decided to use  the Stamparatus again just in case it needed to be restamped.  I was daring and stamped “Happy Birthday” straight onto the frame.  Instead of using the blends to color the decorations on each layer, I used the blunt end of the Stamping Write markers..  I simply alternated the colors on the layers, including the candle and flame. 

Finishing Touches

After stamping and coloring, I just needed to assemble the pieces.  I decided I really wanted a clean birthday card  and just let the stamps and colors do all the work.  I used the Picture Perfect stamp set to stamp “happiest of birthdays to you” and confetti in Pumpkin Pie and Melon Mambo on the inside.  With that, I’d finished the card.

As always, I created a coordinating envelope by using a piece of the Melon Mambo DSP from the 6×6 Brights Collection.

With that, I’d finished my card and coordinating envelope.  Easy peasy!  Very, very easy peasy!

I hope you find inspiration in this color challenge as well.  It closes on 10.24.2019, so pop on over to http://fabfridaystampinchallenge.blogspot.com/, see the design team’s cards and all the entries.  I’d love to see what you create!

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog today.  A big thanks, in advance, for taking the time to leave a comment.

Have a Peachy Day!


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Brights DSP, item # 149613

Amazing Life stamp set, item # 148750

Everything Festive stamp set, item # 150566

Stamparatus, item # 146276

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Melong Mambo cardstock, item #  115320

Pumpkin Pie cardstock, item # 105117

Stitched Rectangles die set, item # 148551

Subtle 3D embossing folder, item # 151775

Memento Tuxedo Black stamp pad, item # 149617

Medium Whisper White envelopes, item # 107301132708

Tombow Liquid Adhesive (my fav!!), item # 110755

Paper Pumpkin Specials

I am super excited about the October and November Paper Pumpkin coordinating kits!  I recieved the shipment notification email for my October kit today.  It’s on it’s way!!  One kit is for cards, the other for coordinating gift tags.  So excited!  In order to recieve the November kit, you will need to sign up by November 10th.  Here’s the link for you to sign up for these kits as well:    https://www.paperpumpkin.com/en-us/sign-up/?demoid=2155072 




Sailing Home with Fab Friday 169

Sailing Home

Each product in the Sailing Home suite works together to create stunning nautical cards for unisex cards.  I used just a few pieces of the dies, two pieces of DSP, the Crumb Cake and Night of Navy baker’s twine, Night of Navy and Crumb Cake cardstock, some ink, and a Sailing Home trinket for the FabFri169 challenge.  This clean and simple card came together very quickly, and would be easily replicated for mass production.  

Here’s the challenge banner from Fab Friday:

This simple sketch lends itself to a multitude of interpretations.  Here’s the card I created:


A Simple Process

Night of Navy cardstock provides the base, with the first pattern of DSP for the background.  I used the Layering Circle die set to crop the compass from another piece of DSP.  I especially like the size of the DSP compasses, which really worked for this sketch challenge.

Crumb Cake cardstock provided the base of the lighthouse.  I stamped it with Night of Navy ink and cropped using the lighthouse die.  I also used Night of Navy ink for the sentiment.  This sentiment fits perfectly in the banner from Smooth Sailing dies.   In order to add some depth to the sentiment banner, I outlined it using an Early Espressso marker.  I still thought the sentiment needed additional dimension to stand out, so I used a Crumb Cake marker to color in the stitches in the ditch.

After adhering the DSP compass where I wanted it, I wrapped the baker’s twine around the base of the card three times and tied it in a square knot.  Then I pulled a small length of the nylon thread which allowed me to attach the trinket to the square knot in the baker’s twine.  The lighthouse and sentiment are popped up on dimensionals, as is the base to accomodate the baker’s twine.  

Once again, I finished by decorating the envelope by stamping a lighthouse on the front left, and added more of the compass DSP on the flap.

Thank you for stopping by my blog today.

Have a Peachy day!  

Supply List:

Sailing Home cling stamp set, item # 149457

Smooth Sailing die set, item # 149576

Baker’s Twine, item # 149483

Sail Away Trinkets, item # 149483

Whisper White cardstock, item # 100730

Night of Navy cardstock, item # 100867

Crumb Cake carstock, item # 120953

Night of Navy Ink, item # 147110

Neutrals Stampin’ Write markers, item # 147158

Dimensionals, items #104430

TomBow Multipurpose Liquid Glue, item # 110755

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Another Two-fer with Fab Friday 168 and Just Add Ink #467

By Now You Know…..

I love two-fers!  Any time I can combine a color challenge (FabFriday168) and layout challenge (Just Add Ink #467), I am game. 

Here are the banners for both challenges:


The Fab Friday colors are bright and happy and, to me at least, lend themselves to a whimsical card.  Just Add Ink’s layout can be sophisticated, just as easily as it can be fun.  I went with whimiscal and fun.  

Here’s the inside and outside of my card:





Fab Friday Colors 

In keeping with all my other blonde angels, I used the Pineapple Punch marker to color this angel’s hair.  However, with just that one color, her hair looked very flat, so I pulled in Mango Melody to highlight her hair.  I also used the Pineapple Punch DSP for the top 2/3 of the card.

Lovely Lipstick provided the color for the angel’s shoes and the enamel dots on her dress.  I also used  Lovely Lipstick DSP for the bottom third of the card.

I used Bermuda Bay in three somewhat subtle areas.   First, I colored the dress using the blends combo.  Second, I used the marker to color the stitching in the ditch created by the Stitched Shape dies.   Finally, I pulled some retired ribbon to create a border between the two DSP pieces.

The final color, Pacific Point, provides the card base and the rotated mat for the angel.   

Four colors accomplished.  All the pieces were dry-fit and then attached using dimensionals and Tombow liquid glue.  


The four colors are pretty bright, but I really thought it worked all the way around.  My DH and DD did not think so because they both thought the Pineapple Punch DSP on the top of the card was too bright.  Did I mention that I had already adhered all the pieces?

In an effort to appease both of them, I decided that I would use a piece of vellum over the Pineapple Punch DSP to mellow it out.  After some measuring, cropping, and very careful placement, I was able to get the vellum adhered behind the Pacific Point mat.  At that point, I needed to figure out how to adhere at least the top corners of the vellum.  I used the thin line glue to place a dot in each of the top corners and then covered the very small dots of glue with two more enamel dots from the Happiness Blooms dots.  

I stamped the inside, decorated the front and flap of the envelope andshowed the new version of the card to my DH (dear husband) and DD (dear daughter).  They both thought it looked “better”.  I have to say, I agree that the more muted Pineapple Punch DSP helps to tone down all the bright colors. 

Thank you very much for stopping by my blog today.  I greatly appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy day!


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