“The Guys” Let It Ride for S’s 3rd BDAY!

The Guys

My sister has five horses.  My great-niece (GN) absolutely loves them and calls them “the guys”.  She has little mucking boots, she feeds them, gives them treats, and loves on them on a regular basis.  GN has all kinds of toy horses, from small to large, at her house.  Today is her third birthday.  How could I resist the Let It Ride set for her birthday card.  However, it couldn’t be just any birthday card, so I created this double-z card for her.

Here’s the card I created:


Blends for the Win!

Before I started coloring the horses with my blends, I asked my niece to send me some pictures of the horses.  Using the pictures, I picked my Soft Suede, Crumb Cake, Basic Black, and Smoky Slate blends combos.  The horse I chose for the front, Shadow, is brown, has white socks and a white strip on his head, which is bordered by black.  I also colored the horses on the bottom base using the information from my niece.  It’s difficult to see on the photos, but the darker horse has  a reddish tint, for which I included some light and dark Flirty Flamingo.   For the main and tails on all the horses, I used the bullet end of Stampin! Write markers in order to achieve the fine lines or hair.

I chose this woodgrain piece of DSP from the retired Nature’s Poem before I chose the other colors.  Shaded Spruce and Mint Macaron seemed to be the perfect choice.  I used first and second generation stamping for the pine trees for depth.   ” Take Life by the reins” is just one of the coordinating sentiments in the Let It Ride cling mount stamp set.  I chose the “Happy Birthday” and inside birthday sentiments from the Picture Perfect stamp set.  

Bob Ross for the Win

Once again, a happy accident saved the day.  I didn’t have room for the double-z strip on the outside of the card between the horse and the Happy Birthday sentiment.  Therefore, I had to make an adjustment and popped up the front piece on dimensionals to enable the strip to go under the panel.  

This coordinating card/envelope set just needed to be finished with piece of the woodgrain DSP on the envelope flap.  I knew I wanted to use the blends to color a horse on the front of the envelope.  However, bleeding through concerned me. Therefore, I folded a scrap piece of cardstock in half and inserted it in the corner behind the horse.  No bleeding through and all is well with the envelope.

There is just enough room to write a little note on the back base while still have it covered by the front when closed.  

Many Thanks and a Supply List

Thank you for stopping by today.  

Have a Peachy day!


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Supply list:

High Tide photopolymer stamp set, item # 143006

Pretty Peacock ink pad, item # 150083

Pretty Peacock cardstock, item # 150880

So Saffron ink pad, item # 147109

Seaside Spray ink pad, item # 150085

Smoky Slate ink pad, item # 147113

Basic Gray ink pad, item # 149165

Memento Tuxedo Black ink pad, item # 

Whisper White cardstock, item #

Tombow Liquid Adhesive, item # 




New Wonders meets Christmas in July

New Wonders Hostess Stamp Set

When I first saw this stamp set, and some of the samples in the catalog and on Pinterest, I thought this set was absolutely adorable, has angels, and a beautiful font.  However, I also thought that coloring the precious angels would be time consuming and difficult.  Boy, was I wrong!!  The first card I created (which will be in an upcoming blog post) was so easy and fun!  Just like that, and I am completely hooked on this stamp set.  It’s always wonderful when a stamp set turns out to be so versatile!  

One thing led to another, and I wound up trying out this angels for Christmas cards.  Here are the two versions, and the inside for both are the same:


Christmas in July

The Old Olive Christmas DSP has retired, as has the Real Red ribbon.  However, those two colors gave me my color palette.   These cards would also be adorable using Old Olive and Real Red cardstock.  As I am typing this, I am thinking that I can use Old Olive for the background and emboss it with the Tufted TIEF.  Cuteness overload!  I would also emboss the Real Red mat using the Subtle TIEF.  Now, I know what my next pair of Christmas cards will be!  Since I try to do something at least a little bit different for each Christmas card, these would be perfect!

Using both light and dark Old Olive and Real Red, I happily colored the angels clothes. I used the So Saffron blends, both light and dark, for the angels’ hair.  Wink of Stella Clear is on their wings, and Wink of Stella Gold is on the pen tips.  I colored the pen with the light and dark Crumb Cake blends.  

The Making Christmas Bright stamp set carried over into the current catalog and, I think, it completely matches the angels.  


Floating Frames with Come Sail Away

Press and Seal & Cards – Who Knew?

Do you ever see a new technique and think how in the world did someone think of that?   The Press and Seal technique is one of those what in the world techniques.  I am not sure with whom it started, but it is a boatload of fun (Come Sail Away – get it??) and produces some pretty wonderful cards!   In order to be able to do this you need just a couple of things:  Press-n-Seal and dimensionals/mini-dimensionals ~ lots of them!   Frances “Frenchie” Martin‘s video helped a lot, as did Kylie Bertucci’s husband’s, Bruno, video from Australia.  One thing I found out with my second set of floating frame cards is that it is much, much easier to remove the Press-n-Seal from cardstock than DSP.  The DSP is thinner and more prone to tearing.  

Best thing about this technique?  You get two cards from one A2 sized piece of cardstock.

Come Sail Away

This new photopolymer stamp set is wonderful!  While it leans more toward masculine cards, it can be for anyone for almost any occasion.   For my cards, I chose  red, white, and blue colors.  At first, I started coloring  with blends and just wasn’t happy with the result, so I started over.  For this card, I started with 12 stamped and cropped images: 4 each of the compass rose, anchors, small and large boats.  I think the lighthouse provides a strong, grounding image, therefore, I only used one..

Here are my two cards:



Most of the videos I’ve seen using the Press-n-Seal tend to start with the outside floating frame.  I had a problem with all the empty space in the middle, so I added a boat, rope and knot, and some of the birds.   I am happier with the inside floating frame, mainly because I matted the center white background and because the lighthouse is so prominent.  The two red rhinestones center and ground the sentiment. 

You Are My True North

Both of these completed cards were sitting on my desk when my husband came in my blue room to see what I was creating.  He picked them up, really inspected them, and then said how much he liked them.  My response:  that’s good because the center floating card just happens to be your Father’s Day card.  I did wind up creating another card for him with the same sentiment and stamp set.  I can hear you thinking Father’s Day??  Wasn’t that last weekend?  Yes, but I needed to wait until after Father’s Day to post these cards so I didn’t ruin the next one I did create for him.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.  I appreciate your time.

Have a Peachy Day!



So Hoppy for the Green Theme on the InKing Royalty Blog Hop

Welcome to InKing Royalty’s March Blog Hop! This year’s Blog Hop themes are inspired by a single word – and this month our projects are centered around GREEN. We are excited to share our creations with you today – there’s a wonderful variety of styles and occasions celebrated in this hop! After you read my post, I hope you’ll hop over to the next person on the list at the base of this post.

March = Irish = Green

It’s March, I’m Irish, so of course, the theme of green is perfect.  My first thought was that it was time to break out the frogs from So Hoppy Together cling stamp set.  After waiting for the corrdinating dies to arrive, they became unorderable.  Therefore, I really needed to demonstrate one way they can be used without fussy cutting.  This fun fold card really developed as I worked, and I enjoyed the process.  After watching Jan B’s W fold tutorial video and tweaked the size so my final project is 4.25 ” by 5.5″.  The learning curve on this turned out to be steep, but wouldn’t have been if I followed more of the directions on the tutorial.  

Oh, So Many Greens

Here’s the front and back of my card:



I used the Light and Dark Granny Apple Green Stamping Blends to color all the frogs on this card.  The dragonflies and cute little bugs were colored using Stamping Write Markers in Granny Apple Green and Shaded Spruce.  All of these markers coordinate with the Tropical Escape DSP, from which all the patterns came that I used in this card.  This DSP coordinate fabulously with the Frogs!  I tried to use really fun patterns, especially since the frogs are nothing by fun!  

The base of the card is Granny Apple Green, with a thin Basic Black mat under the DSP on both the front and back.  I really felt that something else needed to be added to the front of the card, so I used 3 of the smallest black faceted dots.   I used the Sale-a-Bration Granny Apple Green ribbon and the Dotted Tulle ribbon (LOVE!) layered and knotted on the front.   The sentiment on the back of the card is from the Vibrant Vases stamp set from the Ocassions catalog.

The inside of this card was a product of love and patience.  I could see what I the final card that wanted in my head, but it wasn’t easy.  You know when you get ink where you didn’t want it and have adhesive seep out of the layers all adds up to walking away for a bit and coming back.  That’s exactly what I did.  

Here’s three different views of the inside:


Inside, I took a chance on the busy DSP, but since the frog panels are clean, I think it works.  

Things I Learned:

I should have paid more attention to Jan B. when she explained about needing the ribbons to tie the card shut.  Since I didn’t follow her directions, I had to put the ribbon between the Basic Black 1.5″ x 11″ strip and the DSP.  Then I had to quickly move the ribbons’ positions to line up with the ribbon on the front.  The sentiment on the front and the inside are both from So Hoppy stamp set, while the back sentiment is from Vibrant Vases in the Ocassions  catalog, yet another wonderful stamp set!

It was very helpful to do all the cropping in the Big Shot as soon as I stamped the frogs, even before I colored them.  I used the new Rectangle Stitched Framelits (in the Ocassions catalog) and my very well loved Stitched Shapes framelits.  

When taking pictures of my card, I figured out that I need to practice using my iPad.  The first set didn’t come out well at all, so I went back to what I know, using my iPhone.  

Through the whole process, which took more than one night, I happily colored, relaxed, created, and enjoyed my time.  Isn’t that part of the reason we do what we do?  

Enjoy the Remainder of the Hop!

Thank you for stopping by today.  I hope you’ll hop along to the next stop on the blog hop, Candy Ford at Stamp Candy. You don’t want to miss all the inspiration found in this group!  

Have a Peachy day! 


  1. Brian King at Stamp with Brian
  2. Shawn de Oliveira at Shawn Stamps
  3. Jackie Beers at Blue Line Stamping
  4. Sue Jackson at Just Peachy Stamping
  5. Candy Ford at Stamp Candy
  6. Jennifer Spiller at Westside Paper Creations
  7. Pam Morris at Tap Tap Stamp
  8. Julie DiMatteo at The Paper Pixie
  9. Robin Myren at Songbird Designs by Robin
  10. Robbye Hamilton at Miss Hammie’s Crafts
  11. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  12. Lynn Kolcun at Avery’s Owlery

Fourth Time is a Charm for Fab Friday 134

When at first you don’t succeed………

Fab Friday 134 posted a four color challenge consisting of Night of Navy, Soft Sky, So Saffron, and Powder Pink.  You are thinking that sounds easy enough.  It wasn’t, not for me, not this week.  Suffice it to say that I have one card that came out more like CASE the designer, one that was posted for #tttc041, one that is still in pieces (and will be made into a card in the very near future), and this one today.  I was in the blue room (craft room, aka room of random…..stuff) for a long while today trying to figure this out.  Once I got it, it was just a matter of putting all the pieces together.  

Here’s my card:

Here’s the challenge post:

Stamp sets, die sets, adhesive, oh my.

When I finally had the idea in my head I started searching for stamp sets to match what I was seeing.  I started by stamping the So Saffron dots from the Timeless Textures stamp set.   Then I went back with the larger floral stamp from Amazing You clear mount stamp set.   I finished with the Powder Pink small flower from Petal Palette.  I also used the tag die (top and bottom tags) and the die peeking out from under the top tag from the Petals and More thinlits.  The amazing focal point is from the Celebrate You thinlits.  Oh, and in my jar of bakers twine I found some Night of Navy twine from what must have been a Paper Pumpkin kit.  Score!

Night of Navy for the win

Three of the colors were soft, whereas Night of Navy is regal.  I knew the Navy needed to be the bold pop of color on this card, so I used it on the top, middle, and bottom for balance.  The bottom “to me” tag was an afterthought, but I am pleased with the subtle impact it makes, while also grounding the twine.  

My next challenge was giving dimension to the amazing die cut.  Can you even begin to imagine how difficult it would have been to use mini-dimensionals for that?  No way I could.  I remembered some eclipse Christmas cards and some of the demos said they added layers to their letters for stability.  So, I did the same thing for this amazing sentiment.  There are four layers of the cropped word, which does give the dimension I wanted.  Thankfully, I have a Xyron sticker maker, and it was relatively easy to get these layers to form one piece.  

Here’s a close-up of the layers:

This close-up also highlights the Fine-tip Glue Pen dots for the centers of the pink flowers.  It’s a bit difficult to tell, but I also went back and topped each and every yellow dot with Clear Wink of Stella.  It is just so hard to get that to show up in pictures.




A circle, flower, and a die cut for #tttc041

Tic Tac Toe Challenge No. 041

The #tttc each week offers 9 possible card combinations.  This week, I chose the top horizontal line of circle, flower, and die cut.  I tried combining it with the color challenge from Fab Friday #134 which is Powder Pink, Night of Navy, So Saffron, and Soft Sky.   What I got was a soft and sweet thank you card, even with the Night of Navy paper and ink.  I also substituted Pool Party for the Soft Sky.

Here’s my card:

Here’s the #tttc041 challenge:

The soft and sweet elements

I used Night of Navy for the base of the card, the ink for the sentiment, and Stamping Write Marker for the outline of the Pretty Label Punch.  I am getting better at using the marker to outline, as long as I remember to keep the marker below the punch.  It’s possible to control the outline by angling the thick side of the marker on the outline.  

The DSP is from the Whole Lot of Lovely DSP pack.  Some of these sheets are soft and others are bold, but they are all lovely.  Powder Pink flowers on the top, and the substitution of Pool Party on the bottom.   

The die cut is from the Stitched Shapes die set.  I love this set, use it often, and many times I use a Stamping Write marker to draw an outline in the ditch of the shapes. The So Saffron circle and mat under the DSP cover that color challenge.

When I got the elements together, I decided that it needed something, so I grabbed my Subtles enamel shapes.  There are 4 Powder Pink enamel dots in the 4 whole flowers on the top.  It just worked out that they surround the die cut circle.  There are 3 Pool Party enamel shapes on the bottom in a triangle.

The sentiment is from the All Things Thanks stamp set.  I had to use the Stamping Write marker to color just the parts of the sentiment that I wanted.  However, I love this font and have colored it in many times to use just the “thank you” portion of the stamp.

Have a Peachy Day!