Thursday, November 28, 2019


Happy Thanksgiving--Have a Blessed Day!

Today is the day I post a project for our Challenge Your Stash group on SCS.  This is our 35th month of de-stashing-we are finishing our 3rd year into 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 and the card is due to be posted on the 28th. 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.

Tracie posted our November challenge--Make a thank you card!

I went with a Stampin' Up set called Friendly Expressions.  I used some Gina Marie Designs Oval Dies to cut the image and because I cut it a bit crooked, I layered the ovals a bit wonky on the card!  I add some fall patterned paper and embossed a strip with Tim Holtz Checkerboard Folder. I used a few items from my stash that had not been used in the past-Challenge Met!

Here is the inside of my card:

If you check some of the blogs on my sidebar, you may find others who have posted their cards today or 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 CYSNOV.  You might see many cards there is you do a search.

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 December, I am up and I have already posted a fun theme.  Be sure to check back to see what we create!

Image/Sentiment:  Stampin' Up Friendly Expressions

Cardstock:  Recollections 110# Ivory; Stampin' Up Early Espresso, Mango Melody; Gina K Designs Floral Frenzy  Patterned Paper

Ink: Stampin' Up Mango Melody

Accessories: Stampin' Up Early Espresso Quilted Ribbon; Gina Marie Designs Cross Stitched Oval Dies; Brown Brads; Sizzix-Tim Holtz Checkerboard Embossing Folder

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

You Are!

This is the 48th week of A Card a Week Challenge. One card a week--for 52 weeks--with a preset challenge for each month. November's challenge is to make a card using just dies. 

For my final card in November, I used a fun die I got this summer at a stamp class.  It is an Impression Obsession Die called You Are.  I cut it out from Green Mirri Card Metallic Paper and layered it over a piece of white cardstock.  I ran a piece of Fresh Fig cardstock through my Seaside Embossing Folder for a bit of texture on the background. 

I love the sentiment and can think of a few people I could send it to!

I really like the look of this card and hope you do too. 

Here is the inside of my card, with a strip of the metallic paper.

I hope you will stop back each Tuesday to see my creation for my A Card a Week Challenge!  Next week is the first Tuesday in December, so sure to check back to see what the theme is for the last month of my A Card A Week Challenge!

Image/Sentiment:  Impression Obsession You Are Die

Cardstock:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Soft Seafoam, Shaded Spruce, Fresh Fig; The Paper Cut Green Mirri Card Metallic

Ink:  None

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Seaside Embossing Folder, Rhinestones; Green Ribbon

Sunday, November 24, 2019

Year of Cheer!

This is my card for our November swap for my local stamp store called Polka Dots.  The theme is Winter or Christmas Cards.  I went with a sentiment in a fun font from Gina K Designs.  I added some retired Stampin' Up Specialty Designer Series Paper called Year of Cheer and added the coordinating gold embellishment.  I layered gold over Cherry Cobbler seam binding for another pop of red!

Here is the inside of my card:

I am sure I will get back some fun and colorful cards!

Image/Sentiment:  Gina K Designs Holly Jolly

Cardstock: Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler, Shaded Spruce, Year of Cheer Specialty Designer Series Paper

Ink: Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler

Accessories:   Stampin' Up Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding, Year of Cheer Embellishments; Gold Rhinestones; Gold Cord

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Eat Pie & Give Thanks


This card is for the monthly swap that Pam hosts on SCS.  Each month we make 10 cards and include a matching envelope.  They can be any theme for any month.  All of the swappers are wonderful and I have received awesome cards each and every month.  

I inked up one of my favorite stamp sets from The Project Bin called Eat Pie!   I think everyone can use another Thanksgiving Card!

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope Pam and the others swappers like my card this month!

Image/Sentiment:  The Project Bin Eat Pie

Cardstock:  Recollections 110# Ivory; Stampin' Up Always Artichoke, Chocolate Chip, Tangerine Tango; Echo Park Paper A Perfect Autumn-Pumpkin Patch Patterned Paper

Ink:  Stampin' Up Tangerine Tango

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Always Artichoke 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon

Friday, November 22, 2019

Friday's With The Project Bin

It is Friday, so  that means that I am back with another card for The Project Bin Stamps--A Way With Words!  Every Friday,  I post a card made from one of their great photopolymer stamp sets.  So, please plan to come back each week to see what I have created--I think you too will love these great sentiment stamp sets.  And, remember, some of the sets come with matching steel dies! Denise is the owner, founder and creator of these wonderful stamp sets.  The sentiments she has for us to ink up are just perfect for any holiday or time of year.  Please be sure to go and check them out! 

I am so excited to see what great stamp sets Denise has in mind for the future.  I am sure she will have some wonderful sentiments for us to ink up and for you to consider purchasing!  I just know you too will love creating cards with these stamp sets!!!  

If you want to check out more creations from the design team, be sure to check out The Project Bin Blog as often as you can.  Every day there is a different card posted by one of more of the design team members.  

I used one of my favorite fall stamp sets called Eat Pie. This set comes with 8 fun images and sentiments--perfect for your fall cards!  This set can is perfect for your Thanksgiving cards!

Here is the Eat Pie stamp set:

Here is the inside of my card, with another image from the set:

I hope you have enjoyed my card for The Project Bin. Check back on every week, any day for inspiration for the team but especially on Friday's to check out my cards. I am so excited to be on this wonderful design team!

Image/Sentiment:  The Project Bin Eat Pie Stamp Set

Cardstock: Recollections 110# Vanilla; Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso;  Reminisce Turkey Talk Patterned Paper

Ink: Stampin' Up Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso

Accessories:  Orange Baker's Twine, Orange Rhinestones

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Merry and Bright

This is my card for October's Monthly Challenge for the Creative Card Chicks.  This group is a kind of mystery image swap, where we each get an image and additional items to complete the challenge each month. 

Joyce is the hostess this month and sent everyone some Christmas images for us to pick from. She also sent some great patterned paper along with other cute embellishments. Joyce wanted us to get a head start on our Christmas Cards.  I colored the stocking image with my Copic Markers and added some Spectrum Sparkle-white to the cuff and clear over the body of the stocking.

Here is the inside of my card, with some of the washi tape Joyce sent:

The Creative Card Chicks are to post our cards between the 21st and 23rd of each month--so if you check the blogs on my sidebars, you may see more of these wonderful creations! Many of our members also post their card in our SCS thread--so you might find more there.  This is the sixth month of the new round.  We take December off so be sure to come back and join us again in January with an image that Roxie will be sending us!

Image/Sentiment:  Power Poppy Poinsettia Set

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  White; Stampin' Up Real Red, Brushed Gold; Christmas Patterned Paper

Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black

Accessories:  Silver Twine and Snowflake Charm; Spectrum Noir Sparkle Clear and White; Copic Markers

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Changing of the Leaves

Today is third Wednesday of the month and this is my Ready, Set, Go Challenge Card! The 3 Musketeers--Kelly, Jeanette and me--are back with another challenge for November-our 30th month!  That means we are well into our third year--YAY!

Kelly provided the challenge for November: Kelly purchased three wooden leaves a few years ago while on vacation in Tennessee in the winter!  She admired the blanket of snow--remember, Kelly lives in Miami, Florida!  She also loved the changing of the leaves and the gorgeous colors of autumn. She sent each of us one of the wooden leaves and challenged us to use it on a card. 

Ready? Set? Go!

I think the wooden leaf is so pretty and I love the veins in all parts of the leaf.  It looks like a maple leaf and they are gorgeous in the fall.  We have two maple trees outside our dining room window and they are stunning to look at in October-November.  However, this year we had 6 inches of snow on Halloween, while most of the leaves were still on the tree. Now, they are on the ground, mixed with snow.  We did not get them picked up this fall so we will have a larger project in the spring.

My card highlights the leaf, along with some fall patterned paper.  I added the word cherish.  I cherish my 3-M friends.  I also cherish the seasons we have in Wisconsin, even if they have been mixed up the past few years.................

Here is the inside of my card.

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.  I am up for the next theme, so be sure to check back to see what we are up to on the 3rd Wednesday in December!  

Image/Sentiment: Stampin' Up Warmest Words

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Stampin' Up Early Espresso, Pumpkin Pie; Flair Designs October Days Patterned Paper

Ink: Stampin' Up Early Espresso

Accessories:  Stampin' Up Linen Thread, Oval Punches; Wooden Leaf

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Life is Better at the Lake

This is the 47th week of A Card a Week Challenge. One card a week--for 52 weeks--with a preset challenge for each month. November's challenge is to make a card using just dies.  Every Tuesday in November, that is my goal.  I have many dies and this will be my chance to use them!

For my third card in November, I used a fun die I got this summer at a stamp class.  It is an Impression Obsession Die called Sailboat.  I cut it out from Night of Navy and layered over Blue Mirri Card Metallic Paper to shine like water.  I also used red vellum that has gold stars that is to look like a stormy night. 

And again, this is a hard card to photograph with the metallic paper.

I really like the look of this card and hope you do too. 

Here is the inside of my card, with another Impression Obsession die that coordinates with the sailboat:

I hope you will stop back each Tuesday to see my creation for my A Card a Week Challenge!  Next week is the final Tuesday in November, so sure to check back to see what I create with my stash of dies!

Image/Sentiment:  Impression Obsession Sailboat and Better the the Lake Dies

Cardstock:  Recollections 110# White; Stampin' Up Coastal Cabana, Night of Navy, Cherry Cobbler; The Paper Cut Blue Mirri Card Metallic; Red Vellum with Gold Stars

Ink:  None

Accessories:  None

Monday, November 18, 2019

Mystery Image Frosty

Today is the 18th and the due date for a Mystery Swap on SCS. This is my card for that swap.  It is a group of us who do a bi-monthly swap where we all use the same mystery image, sent to us by the hostess. This swap was created by Forest Ranger—Jeanette--back in 2010 and we are now in our 55th round!  Tracie is our hostess this month and sent everyone this great image from Northwoods Rubber Stamps. She will swap out the cards and send everyone the next image, which Laura Jean picked out! We then get to do it all again, for round #56, in January!   

I really like the image Tracie sent and I had fun coloring it.  I used Wink of Sarah all over the image square.  It is Wink of Stella mixed with rubbing alcohol and put in a mini spray bottle that my demo Sarah gave us last year.  It gives a shimmer to a large area when sprayed.  

Here is the inside of my card:

I hope all of the mystery swappers like my card.  If you check my sidebar on the left, you might see some other swappers who have posted their cards today or in the next few days.

Image/Sentiment:  Northwoods Rubber Stamps-no name on stamp

Cardstock/Patterned Paper:  Neenah Solar Crest White; Stampin' Up Pretty Peacock, Seaside Spray, Fresh Fig; Bo Bunny Winter Playground-Frosty

Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black

Copic Markers; Stampin' Up Whisper White 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon; Wink of Stella