Wednesday, June 16, 2021

50th Anniversary

Today is the third Wednesday of the month and this is my Ready, Set, Go Challenge Card! The 3 of us, Kelly, Jeanette and me, are back with another challenge for June, our 50th month!  That means we are into year #5 for us--50th post--WOW!

Jeanette provided the challenge for us this month: It’s hard to believe, but this is our 50th Ready, Set, Go! post so in celebration of this momentous occasion I’m challenging us to celebrate each other and this fun challenge group. How? (I’m glad you asked.) Because there are three of us, I want you to use three of something on your card – three colors, three layers, three designer papers, three whatever. I also want you to include something on your card that starts with the first letter of each of our names – so something that starts with a K, something that starts with a B, and something that starts with a J (I’ll admit my name may be the most challenging).

Oh, and one more thing… because this is our Golden Anniversary, please add some GOLD to your card, too.

I hope you have fun with the theme. Ready Set Go! 

I first decided on the items that matched each of the letters of our names:

K--a Kite

J--Just Jade Cardstock

B--Bumble Bee Cardstock

Then, the three of something was pretty easy--three layers of colors--the two I already listed plus Misty Moonlight.  The image is a fun Whipper Snapper Designs wooden stamp called Peyton.  I colored it with my Copic Sketch markers and added some gold cording behind the image and layer--there is the Gold! The fun sentiment is from a sweet Gina K Designs called Happy Mail.  The background is embossed with a fun folder from Quickutz called Swirls--looks like wind swirling for the kite!  

Here is the inside of my card, with a strip of washi tape:

Please be sure to check out the other Ready, Set, Go cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's and Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards! I hope Kelly and Jeanette like my card. Kelly is up for the next theme, so be sure to check back to see what we are up to on the 3rd Wednesday in July.

Image/Sentiment:  Whipper Snapper Designs Peyton/Gina K Designs Happy Mail

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White;  Stampin' Up Bumble Bee, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black

Accessories:   Copic Sketch Markers; Quickutz Swirls Embossing Folder; Gold Cording; Circle Punch and Dies

Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Salt Life!

Today is the 15th and the day we post our card for our group, the Crafty Card Ladies!   The team names are the Pearls and the Diamonds--very Classy names for us!   For our June Challenge, Kelly is the hostess and she sent both teams--the Pearls and the Diamonds, all the same kit!  And we are all team Classy Card Ladies!  

The theme for June Salt Life!  This fun kit that Kelly sent included the sweet Photo Play Paper Tulla and Norbert's Excellent Adventures stamp and matching patterned paper.  She also include some coordinating sentiments,  some fun ribbons and pretty embellishments. 

I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I die cut the image and the layer of one of the patterned papers from CottageCutz Single Stitched Ovals. I used the red baker's twine behind the ovals.  I picked the fun sunburst patterned paper for the base layer. I used my circle punches for one of the fun sentiments and added some of the sweet enamel dots.  This was fun card to make!

Here is the inside of my card, with a layer of one of the fun patterned papers:

I hope all of the Classy Card Ladies enjoy my card this month. Please be sure to stop in to see what all of the Diamonds as well the Pearls have created this month.  There are two members who do not have blogs: Suzy who is on the Diamond team and Debby who is a Pearl. You will be able to check out their creations in their SCS gallery, if you click on the link for their name.  All of the others should be found on my left sidebar.  I am sure you will enjoy all of the wonderful creations this month!  See you next month in July, when Kelly and Jeanette, our faithful leaders, are the hostesses!

Image/Sentiment:  Photo Play Paper Tulla and Norbert's Excellent Adventure

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  White; Stampin' Up Crushed Curry; Photo Play Paper Tulla and Norbert's Excellent Adventure Patterned Paper

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Red Baker's Twine, Enamel Dots; CottageCutz Single Stitched Ovals

Sunday, June 13, 2021

Home of the Brave

This is my card for our June swap for my local stamp store called Polka Dots.  The theme is Summer or Patriotic!  I picked a favorite stamp set from Taylored Expressions called Home off The Brave-and it comes with a coordinating die set. I stamped the flag with my TE ink cubes--easy to do!  The background paper is from a Our Memories for Life pack called Red, White & Beautiful.  I see that I did not cut the sentiment strip very straight--oh well, it is on an angle for a reason!  We also include envelopes with our swap cards, so I stamped a heart image on the corner!

Here is the inside of my card:

I am sure I will get back some sweet cards!

Image/Sentiment:  Taylored Expressions Home of the Brave stamp and die set

Cardstock:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White ; Stampin' Up Night of Navy;  Gina K Designs Lipstick Red;  Our Memories for Life Red, White & Beautiful

Ink:  Simon Says Stamp Intense Black; Taylored Expressions Blue Corn, Cherry Pop

Accessories:  None

Saturday, June 12, 2021

Just Because

Today is the 12th and it is time for another Hot Mess card.  This is card number 23 and we are coming to the end of year #2. The idea of Hot Mess ~ Success started with Kelly and the general theme is to Get Messy and you will have Success!  Messiness can be almost anything that we come up with--glitter, alcohol inks, glimmer glitz, sponged backgrounds, etc., anything that is a bit messy.  We are a group of 6 and we will post a card each month on the 12th.  The links to the other 5 members are on my left side bar and I will also link them at the bottom at this post.

For this month's messiness,  I used my brand new Simon Hurley Lunar Paste--I love the 5 color I have and cannot wait for more to come out!  I picked Slippery When Wet, Traffic Cone n Bee Sting- think they work well together.  I then picked a Taylored Expressions stencil called The Right Angle.  I has three parts, and it worked perfect with the pastes.  They go on so smooth and I love the shimmer and shine when dry--so cool!  I then picked a Simon Says Stamp die called Just  Because.  I die cut the backer with a coordinating color to the pastes--I do not know what it is called as it came from my pink/red scrap drawer!  I then cut the words three times from Cougar White.  The thick cardstock made it easy to layer.  I added some Buttons Galore Sparkletz called Island Breeze.  I really like the look of this card and hope you do too.  I will definitely use my Simon Hurley pastes often!

Here are the links to the other members of Hot Mess ~ Success.  Please be sure to check out Jeanette's, Terry'sKelly's , Carol's and Darlene's blogs. I am sure you will enjoy seeing how everyone got messy and was successful in making some great cards!   We will all continuing this year, so be sure to check back to see what we are up to on July 12th.  

Image/Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp Just Because Words and Backer

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White

Ink: None

Accessories:  Gina Simon Says Stamp Lunar Paste Slippery When Wet, Traffic Cone and Bee Sting; Taylored Expressions The Right Angle Stencil; Buttons Galore Sparkletz Island Breeze Embellishments

Friday, June 11, 2021

Make Lemonade!

This is my June card for the monthly themed swap that Terry is hosting on SCS. Each month she will post a theme and we make cards using any stamp set we believe follows that thought. This is our 61st month and the theme for June is "Apple of My Eye or Any Other Fruit".  

I went with a fun, older wood mounted stamp from Penny Black Stamps for the image and a Serendipity Stamp Sentiment!   I colored the image and sentiment with my Copic Sketch markers.  The background is a fun, embossed folder from We R Memory Keeper called Geometric.  I die cut the sentiment and the layer behind from my Stampin' Up Layering Circle Dies. I added a strip of Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight Grosgrain Ribbon for a banner under the circle.  I think this is a fun card.

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope Terry and the others swappers like my card this month too! Terry has already posted the July theme and the ones for the rest of the year.  Be sure to come back in to see what we create!  

Image/Sentiment: Penny Black Life Gives You Lemons/Stampendous Sentiment

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Stampin' Up Basic Black; Daffodil Delight

Ink:  Simon Says Stamp Intense Black

Accessories:   Stampin' Up Daffodil Delight 5/8" Satin Ribbon, Layering Circle Dies; We R Memory Keepers Geometric Embossing Folder; Copic Sketch Markers

Thursday, June 10, 2021

Wild About You

Today is the 10th and the day we are to post our Stamp What? challenge with the three collaborators you have seen many times in the past--Kelly, Jeanette and me! We started this in January of 2020, so we are now into our second year of this fun challenge.  Kelly came up with the challenge to randomly pick a Stampin' Up set and make a card with that set.  Get the dust off of those forgotten Stampin' Up sets! 

I decided when this group challenge started to only use the wooden Stampin' Up stamps that are on my bottom shelves.  So this month, I randomly picked the Wild About You set!  The year on the stamp set is 2006--only 15 years old!

I decided the images would be perfect with a slimline card.  I stamped the images with three colorful Stampin' Up inks.  The slimline card and triple square window, along with the gold metallic layer are all from The Paper Cut in Appleton, WI.  I punched out the Wild About You sentiment and a gold scallop layer from my long retired Stampin' Up Punches.   A few white enamel dots complete the card.  

Here is the inside of my card, with a strip of washi tape:

I like the look of my card this month and I hope you do too.  Be sure to check out Jeanette and Kelly's cards.  I am sure they have some fun cards with those "oldies but goodies" stamp sets by Stampin' Up!  And be sure to check back every month on the 10th to see what we create!  

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' Up Wild About You

Cardstock/Patterned Paper: The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White, Gold Metallic, Sour Apple Slimline card, Grape Jelly Triple Square Window

Ink:  Stampin' Up Gorgeous Grape, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight; Simon Says Stamp Intense Black

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Oval Punches; White Enamel Dots

Wednesday, June 9, 2021


It is time for another The Three Musketeers post. We are ready to showcase the card we all created with the sweet image that I sent out for June for Card #82!  All three of us sure have enjoyed the challenges every month and we hope that it continues for a long time!  Jeanette is up for the July challenge, so be sure to come back to see what we create!  

For our card this month, I sent out the image from the Lovely Legs line form Colorado Craft Company called Sympathy--it sure is a cute image!  I colored the scene with my Copic Sketch Markers.   I then die cut an oval from both a black layer and the top turquoise layer with a Rubbernecker die set called Nested Oval Scallops.  I then embossed the top layer with a Taylored Expressions embossing folder called Raindrops!   I added some clear enamel dots as the final touch.  I hope Jeanette and Kelly along with you enjoy my card!

Here is the inside of my card:

Please check out the other Musketeer's cards.  Here is the link to Jeanette's blog along with Kelly's blog.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of great cards!  They may post today or tomorrow, so be sure to check out their blogs for their card!   As I mentioned before, Jeanette is up for our July challenge.  Please be sure to join us again.  

Image/Sentiment:  Colorado Craft Company Lovely Legs Sympathy

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Stampin' Up Basic Black; Gina K Designs Turquoise Sea

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; Rubbernecker Nested Oval Scallops Dies; Clear Enamel Dots; Taylored Expressions Raindrops Embossing Folder

Monday, June 7, 2021

Thank You Friends!

This is my June Crafters of Faith card.  This is a great group that my friend Kelly started on SCS.  She hosted for 5 years and now Faith has taken over for year #6. We will continue as we have in the past with each month a new hostess gives us a scripture and challenges us to make a card with that theme.  Faye is the hostess this month and gave everyone this challenge:

Scripture and Challenge:  Colossians 1:3-14 This is scripture that reminds me of abundance in my life of people who have encouraged me to grow in the LORD over the years, of the people who God has used to guide me, for them I am thankful. Do they know I am thankful? Some do, some don't. Make a card or project that you can mail to a person for whom you are thankful that God put into your life (so not biologically!) and let them know the importance God has used of their life for yours. Anything goes.

I am so thankful for many friends in my life and this sweet stamp by Stampendous called The Peanuts Gang is just perfect for this month's challenge!  This is a very old wooden stamp and the date on it is 2002.  I inked up the stamp with Simon Says Stamp Intense Black and colored it with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I die cut the image with a Whimsy Stamps Stitched Rectangles.  The sweet little sentiment is from Stamps by Judith and I used my retired Stampin' Up tag punches!  The background is a Stampin' Up Embossing Folder called Hammered Metal. I added some red enamel dots on the card.  I really like the look of this card! 

I hope you and the others from the Crafters of Faith group like my card this month!  We are to post on the 7th of each month, so if you look on my sidebar, you may see other creations.  I know that there will be many posted in the COF thread on SCS too! 

Image/Sentiment:  Stampendous The Peanuts Gang/Stamps by Judith Thank You

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Stampin' Up Real Red, Night of Navy

Ink:  Simon Says Stamp Intense Black; 

Accessories:  Red Enamel Dots; Whimsy Stamps Stitched Rectangle Die; Stampin' Up Hammered Metal Embossing Folder, Tag Punches;  Copic Sketch Markers

Thursday, June 3, 2021

Good Friends are Hard to Find

This is my One Plus Twelve card for June. This was the brainchild of Kelly and she asked Jeanette and me to join her in this challenge in 2019. We are to use just one stamp, to make a card every month and post on the 3rd of each month.  It was so much fun that the three of decided to continue for our third year and pick a new image to use.

For 2021, I picked a Gina K Designs set called Thankful Greenery.  I think this set is so pretty and I can see in my mind many ways that I can use this image.  Plus--I will have 12 thank you cards at the end of the year!

For this month's card, I colored the image with my Copic Sketch Markers.  I then cut oval out of two layers of cardstock, using CottageCutz Stitched Oval Dies.  I layered them over the image and used foam tape for some dimension. The added sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.  I added some black enamel dots for the final touch.

Here is the inside of my card:

Please be sure to check out the other One plus Twelve cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's and Kelly's blog. I am sure you will enjoy checking out what stamp set each of them picked for 2021 and will see a couple of great cards! I hope Kelly and Jeanette like my card and that you might too! Be sure to check back every month on the 3rd to see our cards!

Image/Sentiment: Gina K Designs Thankful Greenery; Simon Says Stamp Sentiment Strip

Cardstock:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 100# White; Stampin' Up Basic Black, Granny Apple Green

Ink: Simon Says Stamp Intense Black

Accessories:  Copic Sketch Markers; CottageCutz Stitched Oval Dies; Black Enamel Dots

Friday, May 28, 2021

Hooray For Slimline

Today is the day I am posting my card for our Challenge Your Stash group on SCS.  This is our 82nd month of de-stash and we are well into our 5th year of our challenges.  

The premise is to create a card or something else that uses only items that are in your own stamp room--nothing new is to be purchased.  The hostess each month posts their challenge to the group. Each person in the group creates their card with their own image, their own papers, their own embellishments with their own supplies--using up items from their own stash!  The card can be for any occasion and each person is encouraged to send the card on its way to someone so it can be admired.  It is a way for us to step out of the box a bit and create something that follows a challenge--isn't that what a challenge is supposed to be.  And--no money is spent as all items are to be already available in each of own stamping spaces.

I posted our May challenge--Make a slimline or mini slimline card.  It can be vertical or horizontal, but be sure to include a sentiment.

I decided to go with all die cuts on this card--so I am hoping my fellow CYS card makers consider the word Hooray as a sentiment!  I picked a fun die cut from Memory Box called Alessandria Tree Background and Outline for the main image.  The word, or sentiment,  is from Concord & 9th and is layered three times. I added some stitched hills from MFT-My Favorite Things. The cardstock used for all of the die cuts is from The Paper Cut-either copper or bronze.   For the background, I used a stencil from Picket Fresh called Slimline Radial.  I used Decofoil Metallic Gel-Champagne Mist for the texture.  It was applied to Soft Suede cardstock and I really like the look.     

If you check some of the blogs on my sidebar, you may find others who have posted their cards in the next few days. There may be more posted in the thread on SCS, so you might want to check out the link here.  We also have a keyword for the SCS Gallery--it is CYSMAY.  You might see many cards there if you do a search.  They probably will be posted today or in the next few days.

I hope you enjoyed my card and I know I am excited to check out what my other hoarders, I mean stash reducers have made!  Thanks for stopping by today!  For June, Raevon is up for our challenge.  Be sure to check back to see what we create then!

Image/Sentiment:  Memory Box Alessandria Tree Background and Outline; MFT Stitched Hills; Concord & 9th Hooray Dies

Cardstock:  The Paper Cut Copper and Bronze Mirricard; Stampin' Up Soft Suede; Taylored Expressions Kraft Slimline Base


Accessories:  Therm-o-web Decofoil Metallic Gel-Champagne Mist; Picket Fence Slimline Radial Stencil

Monday, May 24, 2021

Double Duty adds a 4th!

Here we go.  This is month #5 of another challenge for the trio of stampers—Barb, Jeanette and Kelly, and this month we have added a 4th to our monthly challenge-our friend Carol!  Welcome Carol--so happy you are going us! This was a thought that I had in the middle of the night, similar to what Kelly has had in the past.  Plus, it is a bit of offshoot of our Stamp What Challenge! This one is called Double Duty!


Each month, we get to pick a stamp set from a predetermined company. Then, we will use that one stamp set and make two cards from the set.  Different images and sentiments from the same set can be used, or use the same image two different ways—Double Duty either way!  But, as an added challenge, one item must be used on both cards—same color cardstock, same ribbon, same stencil, same something.  Double Duty Again!  We will post both cards on our blog on the the 22nd of each month--but this month we are a few days late.  See-Double Duty again!  We will be sure to have fun getting doubly inky each month with a different stamp company.  Let’s have fun!

For May, the company that I picked was Unity Stamps. They really have awesome images, many different varieties and so beautiful.  I picked a cute set called Graciella Simplicity!    I love the image and coordinating sentiments!

First, I made a few panels with Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks-Mojito, Stream and Purple Twilight.  I used a couple of different types of papers too--Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock and Yupo.  I then stamped the leaf image on two of them and fussy cut it.   I also decided I would use an embossing folder on both cards, as the second part of the Double Duty!  Also, both of the sentiments are from the same stamp set. 

For my first card, I picked the Yupo Alcohol Ink Paper image.   I embossed the background Elegant Eggplant cardstock with my Stampin' Up Tufted Embossing Folder--one of my favorite folders! I used my Gina K Designs Master Layouts 4 to cut the banners with the sentiment.   I then added some Trinity Mirrored Mint Baubles and love the final result!

For my second card, I picked the image stamped on the Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock.  The embossing folder is also from Stampin' Up called Subtle Dynamic and it is one I use often for a bit of texture on the cardstock.  The sentiment was die cut with Gina Marie Stitched Rectangles dies.   This time I added Taylored Expressions Clear Drip Drops for the bling!

I had a number of Double Duty elements on these cards.  I used the same image, fussy cut from an alcohol inked background, die cut the sentiment and an embossing folder.

I hope you enjoyed my card for our group.  Please be sure to check out the other Double Duty cards.  Here is a link to Jeanette's,  Kelly's  and Carol's blog-they may post today or tomorrow, so be sure to check back.  I am sure you will not be disappointed and will see a couple of sets of great cards! I hope Kelly, Jeanette and Carol like my card. Gina K Designs is the company we will use in June, so be sure to check back to see how we double up and make two cards on the 22nd!

Image/Sentiment:  Unity Stamps Graciella Simplicity Stamp Set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  The Paper Cut Cougar Opaque 110# White; Stampin' Up Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant; Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Cardstock; Yupo Alcohol Ink Paper

Ink:  Hero Arts Intense Black; Tim Holtz Alcohol Inks Mojito, Stream and Purple Twilight

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Subtle Dynamic and Tufted Embossing Folders, Gina K Designs Master Layouts #4; Gina Marie Stitched Rectangle Dies; Taylored Expressions Clear Drip Drops; Trinity Stamps Mirrored Mint Baubles