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Beautiful Peacock for CAS(E) This Sketch #258

Beautiful Peacock

I saw the sketch for CTS#258 this morning and decided to try out the SAB stamp set (free with a $50 purchase) Beautiful Peacock.  I’ve seen some absolutely gorgeous cards on Pinterest using this set, and it was very helpful when trying to figure out how to use the set.  I wound up using a mixture of full ink stamps with elements stamped off.  Trust me, you want to play around with this set before you start on cardstock, and my current sheet of grid paper is a testament to playing around.

This stamp set is just gorgeous.

Color Choices

I knew I wanted something bold, and started with the DSP from Eastern Palace making Tranquil Tide and Dapper Denim the coordinating colors.  Base and front of the card are Very Vanilla, which allowed the colorful peacock to shine.  It’s a little difficult to tell in the picture, but there is a layer of Dapper Denim between the Very Vanilla top and Eastern Palace base.  At first I was concerned these colors would be to intense.  However, I’m pleased with the color choices for the body and feathers for this gorgeous bird, including the triple stamped off trailing feathers.  

Extra Touches

I wound up fussy cutting the body of the bird and popped it up on mini-dimensionals for interest.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful Peacock set and trimmed down to be a thin piece.   When matted on Dapper Denim, then punched, the denim  peeks out from the top and bottom.  I didn’t want to create a dove-tailed banner for the sentiment and wound up using the Pretty Label punch.  There are many videos on YouTube showing how to use punches for just the ends.  Frankly, I was amazed that both ends lined up pretty much perfectly.  

CAS(E) This Sketch #258 challenge

There are so many fun possibilities with this sketch.  What will you do with it?

As always, I would love to hear your comments.

Have a Peachy Day!

Party Pandas for Fab Friday 130

An Inspiration for Fab Friday #130

Many thanks to fellow InKing Royal, Lucy McFarland, (her card can be found at the bottom of this post) for her entry in our current #royalchallenge.  She used the “grass” stamp from the Sheltering Tree stamp set to ground the panda, and I quickly wanted to copy it.  Once the colors from the Fab Friday #130 challenge popped in my head, the card pretty much created itself, and the Emerald Envy grass really grounds the panda.   The colors just scream happy, and what could be happier than a cute birthday card?   Layering these sweet colors for the balloons and the mats was easy.


Party Pandas 

This absolutely adorable stamp set is free with a $50 purchase during Sale-a-Bration until March 31.   I love each of the 3 pandas and the simple sentiments in this set.  Cuteness overload!!  I used the sitting panda and masked off the top half of the the string and the balloon.  The balloons were created using the Balloon Bouquet stamp set and punch, then layered with dimensionals.  The balloon strings were then easy to add using the Basic Black Stamp Write marker.

Lucy McFarland’s adorable Valentine’s inspiration card:

No automatic alt text available.    Isn’t this precious?  Love it!  

I’d love to hear your thoughts, please leave a comment below.

Above all else, have a Peachy day!


Heartfelt Blooms and Beautiful You for #tttc033

Heartfelt Blooms and Beautiful You stamp sets

This Sale-a-Bration stamp set (free with a $50 purchase) is gorgeous.  However, if you add too much ink to the stamp, it will just come out as a big blob.  Really.big.blob, which I think I have said before but is worth repeating.  The sentiments with the set are perfect for a sympathy card, especially the “Sending Heartfelt Thoughts”, but I wanted something a bit lighter for this card.  The sentiment is from the Beautiful You stamp set andI  was pleased as punch when I found that it fit on the Everyday Label punch.  The versatility of this flowered stamp makes it a must have.  Can’t you just see some fabulous birthday cards, thank you cards, thinking of you cards……….

Tic-Tac-Toe Challenge 033 board

The first column of sentiment, free, and ribbon spoke to me as soon as I saw the challenge board.  I originally needed a sympathy card for the parents of a student who died very unexpectedly.  I couldn’t bring myself to write a blog about that card, which I created using the school colors of black and gold (Crushed Curry), but I wanted to honor Elena somehow.  Enter the Emerald Envy and Basic Black card for this challenge.

Emerald Envy and Basic Black

I don’t know why, but I have been using a lot of Basic Black as an anchor color lately.  Tonight, I used it to accent the Emerald Envy as a mat for the card base and for the punch.  After I punched a label out of the black and emerald to use for the sentiment mat, each label was cut in half to just outline the ends.  I’ve found that layering halves on a variety of punches is easier using two-sided tape, which was also used to hold the ends of the ribbon on the back of the Whisper White layer.

We might as well DANCE

For as long as my daughter can remember, I have told her “I hope you dance”, and it’s one of “our” songs.  The sentiment from the Beautiful You stamp set is perfect for the times life is a bit of a struggle.  

I’d love to hear your thoughts.  Please leave a comment below.

Above all else, have a Peachy day.


A Classy Kind of Guy

True Gentleman DSP

This DSP paper is gorgeous and fun!  It is perfectly masculine, has fresh designs, fabulous colors (Chocolate Chip, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Night of Navy, Tranquil Tide, and Very Vanilla), and coordinates so well with the Wood Textures DSP stack in the annual catalog.  I made my DH’sdouble z-fold birthday card out of this paper and and he really liked it as well.  (See that card HERE.) Love it!

True Gentleman Designer Series Paper

Truly Tailored Clear Mount bundle

This Occasions catalog bundle is the perfect companion for the DSP paper.  This suite has a coordinating set of buttons, masculine corduroy ribbon, and a cardstock pack.  The stamps themselves are fun and great for Father’s Day, birthday, or all occasion card.

Classy Kind of Guy

Sometimes, when I see a card in my head, it just comes together in a snap.  However, I’d punched the pieces and played with them last week and couldn’t figure out what I wanted to do.  Last night I went in my Blue Room (aka craft room or my room of random stuff) not knowing what I was going to create, pulled these pieces out and it all just fell into place.  

This card came together pretty easily once I figured out the layout.  I knew I wanted to include shapes punched from the Tailored Tag punch in 2 of the designs.  These two patterns are actually the front and back of one of the DSP sheets.  The Very Vanilla punched piece for the sentiment is matted with two Night of Navy punched pieces.  When I got the card all glued down I thought I might need something else and added the Linen Thread surround.  It adds some interest and dimension without overpowering the clean lines of the card.

I’d love to know what you think about this card and bundle, so please leave a comment below.

Have a Peachy day!

InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s January Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes will be inspired by popular songs – the first is “I Think I Love You.” Our Blog Hop today is jam-packed with projects that are perfect for Valentine’s Day or that showcase love. How sweet is that?! We are excited to share our love-themed creations with you today.  After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to Candy Ford at

Here’s my card:

I Think I Love …… eclipse cards.

This isn’t the first eclipse card I’ve made and it definitely won’t be the last. There are a few tricks that will help make this rather simple technique even easier.  First, add a layer of thick cardstock to the back of the cropped letters to give them more stabilty.  In this case, I added some thick Whisper White cardstock to each letter and the heart. 

Second, it is much easier to use the foam adhesive strips than dimensionals.  Trust me, I learned the hard way and you just have to take my word for it.  Dimension is key to this technique, and two layers of the foam adhesive tape really lets the letters shine. This also helps to have more of the Fresh Fig base show through for each letter, which is another way to add dimension.  Mini-dimensionals were cut down into quarters and I used two layers of those tiny pieces on the thicker parts of the heart (are there really any thick parts to this heart?).

I Think I Love……… the Painted with Love Specialty DSP.

I am usually not a gold person, or a foil paper person, but this paper is gorgeous!  The colors work so well together and I used the Fresh Fig as the base and this DSP showcases all the fabulous colors from the stack.  I thought the lighter colors would blend in too easily.  The heart  is just the reverse side of these adorable hearts on the front.   I did have a difficult time deciding how to do the heart because I’d already had a huge eclipse fail using a detailed thinlet.   While working with those little, tiny pieces of mini-dimensionals took some time, the result is just what I saw in my head when I started creating the card.

I Think I Love…….ribbon and thread.

The Gold Metallic Thread is so fine I knew it would get lost on the card without a background to ground it.  Enter the Fresh Fig Finely Woven ribbon.  The ribbon is flat on the card and I wound the Gold Thread around the cardstock a few times.  Another tip:  this thread will fray.  I’ve found that it’s helpful to use the Fine Tip Glue Pen to add a couple of drops of glue to the thread before I cut it, which will keep it from fraying.

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at

Have a Peachy day!

If you get stuck while hopping, please use this line-up as a guide:

  1. Mary Fish at Stampin’ Pretty
  2. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  5. Louise Sharp at
  6. Racheal Shedeed at Bluebonnet Stampin’
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Lisa Pretto at Ink Big Academy Stamps
  9. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  10. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  11. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  12. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  13. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy

Posting on Thanksgiving Day….

It’s been a while since I have posted anything.  I was working on an order of 40 baby shower invitations and they turned out adorable!  Of course, I didn’t take a picture before I delivered them.   I’ve made cards for challenges and then didn’t get them posted in time.  I have a bunch of cards of which I didn’t take pictures.  So, here’s a bunch of cards I’ve done this Thanksgiving week.   Sometime soon, before Sunday, I have a pile of papers to grade and plans to write.  Choices:  relax in my blue room (AKA my room of random stuff) or do schoolwork…………….

My daughter saw some of the Christmas cards I made and decided she wanted a dozen.  I was gifted the Quilted Christmas DSP stack at #WCMDAtlanta2017 and so I used a bunch of it for these cards.   I used some gold metallic enamel shapes and some silver rhinestones for the accents on the cards.

Cara's cards

Last night, Wednesday, I saw a beautiful Lovely as a Tree eclipse card from on one of the demo pages on FB.  I commented how the card is CASE worthy, and then stayed up way too late CASE’ing this card.  Here are my CASEs.  The very back layer is done in Always Artichoke, the middle layer is a stamped off Mossy Meadow, and the large trees in the front is Mossy Meadow.  LOVE these cards!  (Note to self:  it’s much, much easier to use a roll of foam tape instead of dimensionals!)

I sent these pictures to my daughter and, of course, she now wants some of the NOEL card as well.  They are beautiful, don’t you think?

Tonight, I went back to the blue room to create a couple more of the eclipse cards and used the Season of Cheer DSP.  I was experimenting with background colors and did the first one with Dapper Denim, which I liked.  Then I made the second card with the Cherry Cobbler, and I LOVED it!  Here are those cards:

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Have a Peachy weekend.