June 22, 2011

The Simple Flower


The Simple Flower Embosslits Die is another goodie that will be leaving us at the end of the month.  So sad to see these items leave us but it also paves the way for all the new goodies head our way!


I sponged Daffodil Delight in the center of each flower, cut around one side of one petal of each flower added a Old Olive brad to each center.  By cutting one slice of one petal on each flower gave me the ability to nestle them together (or over-lap) a little closer.  For a little texture I used both W. White and D. Delight textured card stocks.  The contrast really happened when I stamped the sentiment in BLACK with the addition of black halfbacks just underneath.

Inside ~


Just underneath the petal where I made my single cut, I placed a dimesional which gave each flower more depth.  Can you tell here looking at the side view?

Supplies needed ~ All are SU! unless otherwise noted

  • Card stock – W. White (smooth and textured), O. Olive, D. Delight (textured)
  • Tools – Simple Flower Die, Little Leaves Die, Beautiful Wings Die and Scalloped Edge Border.
  • Misc. –  O. Olive Ribbon (retired) and Halfbacks from my stash

Just a simple card for you today, although I think it packs a punch! Hope you enjoyed it *smile*




June 21, 2011

Happy Birthday Mary

Here’s a card I made for Mary, our favorite Daughter-In-Law (shhh…she’s the only one) *lots of smiles*  Mary is our Mommy-To-Be due in December.  Happy Birthday Mary!


Not Quite Navy, Baja Breeze and Bashful Blue take the stage on this card.  The borders on the bottom of the card are by T. Holtz.  MS provides the butterfly and doilies.  The letter ‘M’ was Provo Crafts, flowers were from the stamp set Punch Potpourri (another one retiring this month)

Inside ~


A pretty straight forward and easy card to make.  I hope Mary likes it…

In keeping with the items retiring this month, I used a die on tomorrow card that’s leaving us as well.  Here’s a little peek:


Gee I think this retirement list is wiping me out,  gotta get a new order going!!!! Now that’s a GOOD THING!

As always, thank you for stopping by!!!! 



June 20, 2011

A Little Yummy For Your Tummy

How about a little fruit anyone -  Blueberries, Apples or Cherries??


Looks yummy to me.  Most of these fruits are from the Tart and Tangy Stamp set to be retired this month.  Starting at the top, the apple is a MS apple punch, I made the blueberries, even adding a little wire to make their stems.  Second, the cherries were stamped from the set.  I just made the cherry with a small circle punch in Real Red and popped them up with a dimensional.  Thirdly, the orange slice is from the stamp set BUT the strawberry I made as well.  Here’s how I did it:

  • punched a small heart out in Real Red
  • placed it in the Heart die
  • ran it thru the Big Shot


  • I stamped the strawberrry (from the tart and tangy set) onto Garden Green in Versa Mark.
  • I cut only the top portion of the stamped piece


  • I then attached the cap to the heart that I ran through the Big Shot with the Heart die.


Not bad huh?  Of course you need to highlight a couple fruits with your white gel pen.  I thought about doing it to the apple, but thought again.  I was afraid it would be too much with the blueberries.

I also scored on both sides of the Scallop Border.  Made a double bow and I was done.  Clean and Simple, I think. *smile*

Here’s the inside ~


This would be a great card for sending with a cake you just made for someone or to send with a covered dish at a barbeque or even sending it with a gift of Jams that you made for your neighbor. How about putting a gift card to a restaurant inside?

That’s it for today, hoped you liked it!  My Daughter-In-Laws Birthday is on the 22nd here’s a peek at her card that I’ll be showing you tomorrow.



Have a good one everybody and thanks for stopping by the ‘LOFT’… I enjoyed having you! *smiles*



June 16, 2011

Pals Paper Artist Challenge #98

Hi everybody hope all is well with each of you!  I am excited today as I’m the Featured Artist over at the PPA for their Sketch Challenge this week.  By CLICKING HERE you can see all the amazing talent from each designer of the PPA Design Team.


Along time ago, somewhere on my travels through blog land I came across this clown face.  I remember some was punched and some was stamped.  Well you know me, I had to put my spin on it with a body, balloons and a flower for the hat.  Because it’s a clown I chose to stay with all primary colors.  Right cute don’t you think? 

The punches are easy to to figure out.  Bow Tie is the Heart to Heart punch.  The hat is the small oval punch.  Hair is the Boho Blossoms punch and so on.  He is popped up with dimensionals and the nose popped up a little more.

For the inside ~


Supplies needed ~ All are SU! unless otherwise noted

  • Card stock – G. Green, D. Delight, R. Red, P. Point, W. White (textured)
  • Tools – Boho Blossoms, Oval, MS ballon, Heart to Heart, Circle punches, McGill flower punch and Scalloped Edge Border punch
  • Misc. – White gel pen, twine from my stash

I would like to thank the good people with the Pals Paper Artist Team for giving me this opportunity to share my cards with you.  It’s always an honor.

And of course a HUGE thank you to all of you that found the time to stop by today. *smiles*  Have a GREAT WEEKEND!  Email me if you have a question, I will get back to you!



June 14, 2011

One Last Walk Down Memory Lane

Hello everybody and welcome to the June Pals Hop!  This month we are featuring Retiring Stamp Sets and Accessories that will no longer be available after June 30th.  Won’t you join me walking down memory lane with the other pals for one more look before their gone.

At the end of this post, I’ll help you “Hop Along” from blog to blog with a list of all the hoppers and their links.  As you will see, they have provided a wealth of inspiration for your next project.



I chose two retiring items for my card today – Night of Navy 12x12 sheets of Card Stock and Night of Navy 1/8” taffeta ribbon.  Using my color coach selection, I arrived at Old Olive as my second color choice.

I used the Spellbinders Circle dies, sponging just  inside the edge of the smaller one.  Sincere Salutations gave me the sentiment.



One of my favorites, Vintage Vogue, supplied me the flowers along with Beautiful Wings for the butterflies.  The larger flowers were stamped with VersaMark then heat embossed with white embossing powder.  The smaller ones were stamped with Night of Navy ink.  Foliage came from the Two Step Bird Punch and a MS fern punch.

Looking inside ~


Hop along for more inspiring ideas from the very talented Nicole Watt, http://www.impressionsbynicole.com/, stop number 2 on the June PALS HOP!  Thanks for "hopping" by and enjoy the all the labors of love from the other Pals!

1. Linda Fisher,  http://www.lindas-stampinloft.blogspot.com/

2. Nicole Watt, www.impressionsbynicole.com

3. Joanna Munster, www.inspiredbystampin.com

4. Mary Fish, http://stampinpretty.com

5. Rae Harper, http://wildweststampin.com/

6. Mike Funke, www.stampin-style.com

7. Nina Dee, www.deesignsbyninadee.blogspot.com

8. Barbara Chatzkel, www.takeoutpaperarts.com

9.  Ann Schach, http://www.stampinchic.com

10. Joan Norris, http://www.stampinup.net/esuite/home/clearlycreative/blog

11. Staphanie Uzee, http://stampinwithsuzee.blogspot.com

12. Sandra Conner, http://prettyprovisions.blogspot.com

13. Barb Furlong,  http://www.theloveofstamping.com

14. Linda Callahan, www.stampinseasons.blogspot.com




June 13, 2011

Anything BUT…..

Happy Monday to all!  I’m going to start your week out with something a little different – again!  To tell you the truth I don’t even know where to begin with this card.  It is almost anything but Stampin’ Up.  Let’s take a look -


I absolutely LOVE Stampin’ Up products BUT sometimes I get involved in ANYTHING BUT….  It all began when I bought one of those Scalloped Grand Spellbinder sized dies. They’re huge!  But I had this vision in my head and had a 50% off coupon to boot, so you know what came next.  I used one of the small dies from the package and used it on my card front but stopping at the center fold.  This became my card front.  I attached a black and white dotted piece to the inside which made the front pop.  Are you with me?  I ran the front through the Big Shot again to get that nice double scallop edge. 

TIP:  Painters tape!  Would you like to keep that paper still and not move when you have to reinsert it into the Big Shot again with a die or to keep your paper from moving when having to cut out a circle that you don’t have a punch for.  I keep a couple pieces stuck to the Big Shot all the time.  It’s Good Stuff!

The medallion was made with a Tim Holtz die.  Precuts everything for you and provides the creases for each fan fold.  The brad in the middle was from Making Memories as was the Happy Birthday charms.


The little mouse was designed by me with the help of Peachy Keen Stamps and the Swirls Scribbles (SU!) for its tail and hand. *smile*


The inside ~


I had a pack of dies from Provo Craft to make these letters.  Maybe that heart is a little big??  Easy Fix!

Thank you for taking the time to look at my card made with Anything But….  Tomorrow is a biggie!!!  The Pals have got a June Hop going on and I’m on the list.  Be sure to check us out!!!



June 09, 2011

Mushrooms Anyone….

We finally made it….one more day and another weekend is upon us, YEAH!

Today is also the start of another PPA Challenge.  Their theme is – ‘What’s Your Signature Style-anything goes’, I got tickled, do you think mushrooms will qualify?

Andrea Walford had showcased a 3D project that she had made not so long ago.  It was NOT the project that caught my eye; but, it was these cute little mushrooms that I noticed.  I had to try it. *smile*


So here they are….what do ya think??  Cute, huh?  This little ‘bug me anytime’ was a stamp set that I bought at a yard sale.  I think I paid $2 or $3 dollars for it and they had never been used.  I think the Stampin’ Up date was 2007.  I thought he was stinkin cute too!  Would you like to see the inside?


I like showing you the inside from a slight angle that also shows a little of the front.  I usually forget to tell you what I pop up with dimensionals and this way you can actually see what I’ve done whether I tell you or not.  Notice I stamped the little bug without the words.

The mushrooms are nothing but different size circle punches and what size you use depends on how tall your mushroom is.  You just have to play around with it.  There was no tutorial for these little guys (they were not the spotlight) so I just guessed.  If you notice, there’s plenty of sponging going on here as well.  I really liked the Baja Breeze with the Real Red.  I am trying to think what else I can do with these colors.

Supplies needed ~ all are SU! unless otherwise noted

  • Card stock – B. Breeze, R. Red, W. White textured and smooth, O. Olive. and C. Cake
  • Tools – Circle punches, Marvy Scalloped Punch, MS, Textured Plate Kit #4
  • Inks – C. Cake, O. Olive and B. Breeze
  • Misc. – Dimesionals, Ribbon and halfbacks are from my stash

There’s a lot going on next week, you need to plan to come back by for a visit.  The Pals have got their June hop and I’m the guest artist at the PPA.  Until Monday stay COOL and you can ‘Bug Me Anytime’ with questions.  Have a good one!!



June 08, 2011

A Trio Of Flowers

Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink and Apricot Appeal make the way for these three flowers today.  But, would you recognize the Lattice die that holds them all together?


The flowers are a product of the Blossom Petal Punch each sponged with their corresponding inks.  I took a stylus to each flower drawing a short line to define the scallop edges.  The calyx were made from the lattice die.  I also sponged the edges of each center with Old Olive Ink and popped them up with dimensionals.  The stem is a diagonal piece I cut from that Lattice die.

For the inside ~


The centers are the same colors of the flowers on the front.  Again, each was sponged and mounted with dimensionals.

TIP:  I use ‘stampin’ spots’ a lot.  They are the handiest things and are great for distressing edges.  I like how they fit in my hand and not to mention their longevity.  Mine are two years old and they just keep on inking!

Supplies needed ~ All are SU! unless otherwise noted

  • Card stock – B. Blue, P. in Pink, A. Appeal, W. White, O. Olive and Designer Series Pack
  • Punches – Lattice Die, Blossom Petal Punch and circle punches
  • Misc. – Gold Embossing Pwdr and Brads are from my stash

So that’s it for today…..got a little more punch art for you tomorrow. 

                                 Here’s a peek *smile*


As always, THANK YOU for stopping by today, hope your day is a good one……..see you tomorrow!



June 07, 2011

Just 4 You

What started this card was circles and color.  I chose the ‘With All My Heart’ stamp set, but wanted to stay away from flowers.  Although I believe this is a flower stamp, I tried to put a little different twist on it.




I knew that I would use ribbon on this card and being most of my ribbon is of the solid nature, I went with the Ice Cream Parlor Ribbon because of its colors.  Thus, giving me my card color combo made up of all Bold Brights (retired last year).    The stamp I used was 1 1/4’ in diameter. I just happened to have a 1 1/2” diameter scalloped punch (Marvy) that worked perfectly together with the 1 1/4” circle punch that I used on the stamped piece.  The smaller center circle is the 1/2” circle punch.  The ‘Just 4 You’ is from the ‘Hodgepodge Happiness’ stamp set and were popped up with dimensionals.  All stamped pieces were heat embossed with clear or white embossing powders.


I tried all that I could and could not tone down the pink shadow on the inside of this card.  I never use a flash and can only think the sun was just too bright coming in from the window on that side of the card.  As you can see the front is just fine.  The half scallop circles inside match the full scallop circles on the outside. 

Supplies needed ~ All are SU! unless otherwise noted

  • Card stock -  Bold Brights
  • Ink – Bold Bright Ink Spots
  • Punches – Scallop Border Edge, Circles and Marvy
  • Misc. -  CB embossing folder, clear and white embossing powders

Thanks for stopping by today.  I wish you all lots of sunshine and many bright smiles!!!  Here’s a little peek at what coming your way tomorrow.




June 06, 2011

Bloomin’ Beautiful

Hello and a happy Monday to everybody.  I trust your weekend was a good one.  I’m sure the kids are getting excited about now…..not a lot of school left!

Stampin’ Up! retired this set last year and I am so glad that I had the opportunity to purchase it before it was gone.  It’s among one of my favorites and the only way I’ll part with it is to wear it out.


I stamped this image twice but masked the stem the first time.  Using the Stamp-a-ma-jig I stamped the image again lining it up just under the first stamped flower.  With Craft Whisper White Ink and a paint brush I lightly inked the paint brush and kept painting the flower until I got just the right amount of white color that I wanted.  Hoping for a little more depth I did not paint to close to the outline of the flower.  The last step was to take a black marker and retrace the flower lines.  I don’t know if you want to call it a vintage look or just a way to make the flower look a little richer/softer, but I sponged Crumb Cake all around the edges and even went in a little deeper than just the edges.  Not sure what to call it really, but I like it! *smile*

Good grief, a picture will certainly tell it like it sees it!  I meant to tidy up that bow just a tad before it went to press.

For a look to the inside ~


Kept the inside simple by stamping one flower.

Supplies needed ~ All are SU! unless otherwise noted

  • Card stock – W. White, B. Black and C. Cake
  • Stamps and Ink –Bloomin’ Beautiful and B. Black Ink
  • Misc. – Ribbon and Halfbacks are from my stash

Just a little update – remember the sunflower card that I entered in three different challenges a couple days ago?  I manage to pick up a win from one of them…..I was excited! *smile*

Have a good day/evening which ever it may be for you and if your schedule permits come back tomorrow when I’ll have another card posted - the door is always open!

Thanks for stopping by today, I enjoyed your visit!!



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