Under the Wire Once Again

Global Design Project and CAS on Friday # 154

Under the wire yet again for GDP#182, but I have time for CAS.  I completed this card earlier today, but needed to do lesson plans before I could do a blog post.  So, here I am on Sunday night, again, trying to get this card submitted.

Animal Expedition

I just love this bundle and I am praying it carries over into the new catalog in June.  Fingers are really crossed for this!  I started, and completed, a completely different card – different DSP, stamps, vellum, whole different card.

Somehow, and I have no clue how, I stumbled on the CAS on Friday challenge for a clean and simple baby card.   I needed a baby card, I really liked the GDP sketch, and I love this stamp set.  

Here are the challenge links:


Here’s my card:

The GDP inspiration is evident, at least I hope so.  My focal point is larger than the challenge, but the sentiment is under that adorable kangaroo and koala bear.  Have I said how much I love this Animal Expedition suite?!!  You can just see the giraffe and frog on the front of the envelope, and I did the same thing on the inside of the card.

I really think the sentiment, Welcome Little One, fits the kangaroo and koala perfectly.  I really took a chance on stamping these three stamps without the use of my Stamp-a-ma-Jig or Stamparatus, but I did.  Quite happily, it all worked out perfectly.  I doubt I would be able to get it all lined up again, though.  I used dimensions to pop up the sentiment on the Pretty Label Punch, and the kangaroo above it.

While I used Stamping Blends to color the kangaroo and koala, I knew they would bleed through the envelope and inside of the card.  Therefore, I used Stamping Write Markers for those adorable elements.

Thanks for stopping by!

Have a Peachy Day!





GDP#181 Redo

Second Time is the Charm, I think

Last night I kept thinking about the card I made for GDP#181, and decided it needed a redo.  Therefore, this morning I created a very similar card, but it’s much brighter.  This time, I only used the Daffodil Delight to watercolor the base. I used the same mats in Lemon Lime Twist and Grapefruit Grove, and ran them through the Big Shot using the Subtle TIEF. 

I’m going to go back to the GDP challenge, delete my original card and upload my new card.  

As a reminder, here’s the GDP challenge banner:

Here’s my new card:

Subtle, and Not So Subtle Changes

Another change is that I used the thinner, more delicate, butterfly thinlet die.That’s the subtle change.

Not-so-Subtle change is the sentiment on the front.  I chose to use the Picture Perfect Birthday photopolmer stamp set this time.  I had to use the Stamp-a-Ratus and a Stamping Write Marker in Lemon Lime Twist, to color and stamp just the “celebrate” part of the sentiment.  The Rectangle Stitched Framelits fit the sentiment perfectly, and I then used the marker to color the stitches in the ditch.

While the ribbon is in the same position, I chose to punch a hole in the sentiment strip and carefully threaded both ends through the hole and tied it off.  The sentiment is popped up on dimensionals, just like the first card.  

Just a Comparison

Finally, here are the two cards side by side.  Which one is your favorite?



Thanks for stopping by again for the GDP#181.

Have a Peachy Day!


Foil Butterflies for the GDP#181 Color Challenge

Not at the Wire this Week for Global Design Challenge

It’s not Sunday evening yet, so I am ahead of myself for this week’s GDP#181 color challenge.  The color combination Grapefruit Grove, Daffodil Delight, and Lemon Lime Twist just screams “spring” to me, so I ran with it.

Here’s the GDP challenge banner:

Here’s my card:

Watercoloring and Grapefruit Grove Specialty Foil

I started with some SU watercolor paper to create the background and used all three challenge colors.  The background seems much more muted in the picture because the colors really stand out in person.  I started by sprtizing the whole piece and then swished Grapefruit Grove  diagonally across the paper.  Next I started adding both the Lemon Lime Twist (which I think looks prominent in this photo) and Daffodil Delight.  Of course, watercoloring means playing around with the inks until I was semi-happy with it.  Originally, I wanted the Grapefruit Grove to take center stage in the watercoloring but the ink colors decided that wasn’t going to happen.  

I thought the Daffodil Delight really got lost in the end result, so I used the bokeh dots from the Beauty Abounds bundle in the Ocassions catalog and stamped them randomly on the dry watercolor paper.  Mission accomplished.

Layering Pieces 

The Beauty Abounds bundle includes that gorgeous butterfly die, which I cropped from the Grapefruit Grove specialty foil paper from the Holiday catalog.  I chose the sentiment, from the Beautiful You stamp set, mainly because it fit in the space.  I really didn’t want to cover up the gorgeous butterflies at all.  Therefore, I popped the cropped one inch block from the Stitched Shapes framelits, which is another go-to item for me.

Since I didn’t want just plain cardstock for the mat layers, I ran both mats through the Big Shot using the Subtle TIEF.  This textured impression embossing folder has become one of my faves!!  After I finished the whole card, I decided it needed something else.   Therefore, I grabbed the Grapefruit Grove ribbon, which is FREE in the Sale-a-Bration catalog with a $50 order, and tied it at the far left of the card.

I hope the springtime colors inspire you just as much as me, or more.

Thank you for stopping by today.  Comments are always welcome and I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Have a Peachy Day!




Here I Am Again: right at the wire for GDP#178

Global Design Project #178

This week GDP is a sketch challenge, a clean and simple layout.  Sometimes those are the most difficult to create when I struggle with open space.  

Here’s the challenge sketch:

I haven’t looked at the challenge in a few days, but did check out the Fab Friday challenge, which is where I got the three colors of Mossy Meadow, Calypso Coral, and Petal Pink.   

Card Elements

First, here’s my card:

I knew I would struggle with the open space on this card, so I used the Crackled Paint background stamp.  I chose Smoky Slate and stamped it off before stamping on the Whisper White cardstock.  It is subtle, but does provide the pattern I wanted.

The Daisy Delight stamp set is the only one I used for this card, along with the coordinating daisy punch.  I also used the Leaf Sprig punch.

I used the Mossy Meadow for the base color, sentiment, leaf sprigs, and the center of the daisy.  For the center, I stamped off the solid full dot and then used the second stamp at full strength. 

Calypso Coral provided the ink for the daisy, and the background strip for the sentiment.  I stamped the daisy on Petal Pink cardstock in Calypso Coral as well.   I also bordered the Crackled Paint background with Calypso Coral ink, which kept me from needing another layer of cardstock.

Finally, I tied a bow using the Calypso Coral  Nature’s Twine.  Then, I popped up the base of the card using mini-dimensionals on the Mossy Meadow cardstock base.


Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green Who knew?

Melon Mambo, Coastal Cabana, and Granny Apple Green

Who knew? Without this challenge, I would never have put these three colors together. However, they really work together. The combination of these colors are fresh and bright.

Short and Sweet

Here’s the #GPD177 challenge icon:

Here’s my card:


I tend not to look at the design team members’ cards when I open the page.  In this case, I probably should have done so because their cards are awesomely sophisticated.  Mine, on the other hand, is quite whimsical.  

The mats for this card are Melon Mambo topped by Granny Apple Green.  I used the bokeh dot stamps from the Beauty Abounds cling stamp set in the Ocassions catalog.  Love bokeh! Using Whisper White as a base, I started with the Melon Mambo and the larger of the two stamps to cover the white.  Next, I used Coastal Cabana on the small bokeh stamp and interspersed it between the larger dots.   The Granny Apple Green dots are actually the white pearl basic jewels which I colored with the Dark Granny Apple Green blend marker.  

Finishing the Front

After creating my own DSP, I cut it into thirds, and used my Coastal Cabana marker to color the edges of each of the three pieces.  Popped all of them up on mini-dimensionals, and put them on the Granny Apple Green mat.  Then I decided to add the ribbon, and thankfully I was able to slip it between the dimensionals and tie if off in a square knot.  I used two sentiments from the Incredible You stamp set, also in the Ocassions catalog, and cropped them using the Stitched Shapes framelits and the Layering Oval framelits.

I then stamped the inside bokeh dots, and the envelope to match.  And, ta-da, I was done.

InKing Blog Hop, September Morn, and #GDP156


Welcome to InKing Royalty’s September Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by popular songs – this month’s song is “September Morn,” a Neil Diamond classic from the late ’70’s. As you can guess, our Blog Hop today is filled with projects that are inspired by the beauty of Autumn – September is when the air becomes crisp and the leaves start to fall. We are excited to share our creations with you today! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

Here’s my card and coordinating envelope.


I love Neil Diamond.  I’ve seen him in concert and it was great.  So, I am happy that my first blog post, since we packed up our house two months ago, features one of his songs for the theme. 


Thank heavens the GDP#156 challenge was a real inspiration for this card and challenge.   I’d been struggling with a fall card, partially because I wanted to organize my new “blue room” (craft room) before I really ordered everything I wanted from the holiday catalog.  The other reason for my struggle is that I live in Central Florida and it’s difficult to think about fall cards when it is still 95-100 degrees each day.  This isn’t a complaint, it’s a fact of Florida weather.  


Many thanks to my upline, Brian King, for offering DSP paper shares from the holiday catalog.  Saved me this month!  On to my card and my interpretation of the GDP#156 challenge!  

Here’s the challenge card:

When I recieved my happy mail, in the form of my paper share, I found that I really, really like my share paper samples!  I had to pick a sentiment from non-holiday stamps which I already owned.  Therefore, I picked one from the Rooted in Nature stamp set.  It even feels like fall to me, but maybe it’s just me. 

Once I had the sentiment, I was able to pick the DSP I wanted to use, and both patterns are from the Country Lane DSP.  I just love the cotton bolls, and Crushed Curry is definitely a fall color.  TheEarly Espresso background pattern is also from Country Lane DSP, and really makes the cotton bolls pop.  The wood look really gives dimension to the background without overwhelming the card. 

I added the mats of Crushed Curry and Early Espresso and thought I needed a little something, something.  Enter the Crumb Cake Nature’s Twine for the wrapping around the card and then the bow.  Since I am bow challenged, I actually wrapped the twine and tied a knot.  I gathered one side of the twine together so it would look authentic, and tied another knot.  Then, I tied a bow and glued it down onto the knots.

Thank you for stopping by today. 

I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Brian King from stampwithbrian.com. There’s lots of inspiration to be found in this group – and you don’t want to miss it!



Thank you for hopping along with us. If you get stuck during the Blog Hop, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  3. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  4. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  5. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  6. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  7. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  8. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  9. Rachael Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  10. Nina King at InkPaperSequins
  11. Linda Krueger at The Stamp Coach
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping