Finally arrived in Texas late last night. I’m staying with Jeanne S for the next couple of weeks and hope to meet some of my Texas buds while I’m here. We had a great time last week in Jeffersonville and plan to get some projects done while I’m here in Texas. I know that I will be going bowling with Jeanne on Friday and then I get to attend one of her workshops on Saturday!


I’ve struggled with getting an internet connection and luckily Jeanne has an extra desktop in the stamping room (which is huge by the way) and I’m bouncing around from computer to computer. But oh my gosh, the toys she has to play with – if I spent a month here, I don’t think I would see everything!


Anyway, after fiddling with the laptop all morning long trying to get a connection, I eventually gave up and headed down to the stamp room to look at the Splitcoast Sketch Challenge today. This is a simple card for me, no sewing machine to stitch with and a little disoriented in not being in my surroundings, but give me a day – we are going to Target later!




I brought along my new Papertrey set that I haven’t had time at home to play with, and today feeling the need to use something new and fun, I pulled out the Believe set from my suitcase. At Archivers the other day I picked up some of the new Basic Grey Figgy paper (which you can find here), and decided to cut into. I stamped the Santa image on Papertrey white cardstock with Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink and then colored with Copic Markers. To give the image a little oomph, I used Liquid Applique on the coat and hat. Santa had to have fur! The image panel is raised on mounting tape and the edges are sponged with SU Bravo Burgundy.

Stamps: Believe by Papertrey ink

Paper: Papertrey White, SU Confetti White, Always Artichoke and Bravo Burgundy, Basic Grey Figgy

Ink: Tim Holtz Black Soot Distress Ink, SU Bravo Burgundy

Accessories: Copic Markers, Liquid Applique, Ribbon

Good Tuesday morning! I got a lot done in the studio yesterday – the cards to the girls who attended the Cincinnati Stampin’ Retreat are ready to go in the mail and I even made a road trip with my mother, sister and aunt yesterday. I wanted to spend a little time in the studio this morning before my errands and decided to check in on the Splitcoast Color Challenge this morning. Some great colors that I couldn’t resist working with – Chocolate Chip, Garden Green and Cool Carribean. Since I’ve been in a gardening mood lately, that’s the first thing that popped into my head. Of course, I’m afraid the picture does not do the colors on the card justice – had a little difficulty this morning (so what else is new)!

Anyway, I decided to use the Green Thumb set from PAPERTREYink this morning with these awesome colors. The background paper is from the Retro Prints mat stack that Daughter #2 gave me for Mother’s Day. She was happy that I finally used it! There is just a little drop of Stickles in the center of each flower and the sentiment panel is raised on mounting tape.


Stamps: Green Thumb by PAPERTREYink

Paper: Whisper White, Cool Caribbean, Garden Green, Retro Print Mat Stack

Ink: Chocolate Chip, Cool Caribbean, Garden Green

Accessories: Stickles, Ribbon, Mounting Tape

I hope everyone has a great day and I’m off to run a few errands now.

Can you handle one more card from me made with the Green Thumb Set by Papertrey? I’ve had this image done for a few weeks now and realized this morning that I needed one more Mother’s Day card. Don’t want to forget my mother-in-law!

When I was making this image, I was still playing with the Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks. I am so hooked on these inks now – love the look you can get with them. To add texture to the flower pot, I inked the stamp in Chestnut Roan and then very lightly patted across with Charcoal. I also added a little drop of stickles in the center of each flower. When I put the card together today, I was looking for some paper to match the image and decided on Perhaps by BasicGrey and Stormy Light from Prism.

Mom’s Planter

Stamps: Green Thumb by Papertrey Ink

Ink: Olive Pastel, Charcoal, Chestnut Roan, Rouge, Lavender and Pink Pastel Fluid Chalk Inks by Colorbox

Paper: Whisper White, Perhaps by BasicGrey, Stormy Light by Prism

Accessories: Sewing Machine, Brads, Stickles, Ribbon

I hope everyone is more prepared for Mother’s Day than I found myself this morning! Have a great day!!!

What stamping I’m doing the next few days, I won’t be able to share. So I thought this morning that I would finish up a card that I started working on last Friday night at the Cincinnati Stampin’ and Pamperin’ Retreat. I was playing with some chalk inks, and threw this combination together just for fun. When I got home, I added a few stickles in the center of the flowers and down the lines of the watering can. I didn’t want to leave you all week without any stamping, so I decided to finish the card this morning.

Imagine if you will, last Friday night, in Cincinnati at a stamping retreat, for SCS members and SU demos. I’m there at my table and I’m playing with some new stamps from Papertrey Ink and my new Colorbox fluid chalk ink . I suppose I got by with it cause I am a little bit BAD and a little bit dirty!

Now I have to tell you that I have taken close to 20 pictures of this card, haven’t liked a one of them – this just isn’t the true color, but I’m convinced that greens and pinks are the hardest to photograph. I finally gave up and this is what you are getting.

I broke into some new Crate Paper that I got from Jacksonbelle Embellishments to finish off the image. I used the corner rounder punch to make the scallop border and then punched holes using my 1/8″ circle punch. Those layers were put together onto Buckaroo Blue cardstock and then sewn together on the sewing machine (which I doubt I will never take down now). The ribbon was criss-crossed on the diagonal and brought together on the right-hand side of the card. I punched the corners of the image using the ticket corner punch and then layered those together, punched a hole on the side for the bow. After it was finished, the card looked a little off balance, so I quickly stamped the sentiment and using the small and large oval punches layered those and mounted them to the image. Both the image and the sentiment are raised on mounting tape. The card front was then mounted on a card of Buckaroo Blue.

watering can

Stamps: Green Thumb by Paperetrey Ink

Ink: Colorbox Fluid Chalk Inks

Paper: Whisper White, Buckaroo Blue, Brunch Collection by Crate Paper

Accessories: Ribbon, Mounting Tape, Stickles, Various Punches

I hope everyone has a great weekend, and if I find some time to stamp for fun, I’ll let you see!

After I posted yesterday’s card, I continued to play with the Green Thumb set and chalk inks. I loved the results and every time I would put a color combination together, I was thinking of all the flowers that my mother had at the river. She would start planting now, and always had these huge flower pots overflowing with beautiful flowers. If it stood still and you could put dirt in it, she would. There were always two whiskey barrels on either side of the stairs leading down to the docks, which were planted with a dracaena in the middle and then red and white impatiens all around. Under the river birches, liriope outlines the bed, hostas up to your knees and always heart shaped begonias in pots. On the decks, pots upon pots of red and white geraniums, some impatiens thrown in for the fun of it, and hummingbird feeders. On the deck off the master bedroom, was a lattice piece that held clematis, more pots in front with impatiens and caladiums. There were twinkle lights that would come on at dusk and a plague that some dear friends gave her when my dad passed away, always sat off to one side. There were also three more hummingbird feeders on this deck. My mother has moved now, and is in a garden home. She has a huge patio that wraps all around her home and is enclosed by brick walls. It will be a fabulous garden area for her when she gets started. There is a lot to pull out and replace, plenty of area for her existing pots and outdoor furniture. I can’t wait to see what she does with the new place to turn it into her garden oasis. Of course, she still owns the river house, is in the process of cleaning out my dad and grandfather’s tools and junk from the sheds and basement, with the intent of selling. She has worked at the river a few days over the last week, actually stayed over the weekend, and my sister said that mom told her she might not sell. It would be so nice in the summer. Yep – more work! Which is why she bought a new home and moved, so she wouldn’t have all the steps, the huge yard to maintain, and the river bank to keep clean. I’m sure we will all miss the river! The view is magnificent, it’s quiet and we had fabulous family get togethers there. We will all remember the days we played on the wave runners, took boat rides, and just swam around and floated. My girls grew up there. They are river rats. They had water fights with their granddad, laughed and had fun! My dad made the river special for all us! The night he passed away, there was a big storm, thunder, lightening, blowing rain. When the storm passed, and my mother and I were sitting on the screened in porch having coffee and baileys, the sun came out and the river was red. I’m sure it’s something we will never see again in our lifetime. The river was a magical place!

Today’s card is for the Ways to Use it Challenge on Splitcoast. The object of the challenge today is to use Orchid Opulence. I made this card for mom for Mother’s Day – remembering her flowers, the river and my dad! Once again, I used Green Thumb by Papertrey Ink. The flower pot was inked in Close to Cocoa and then rocked a little in Mellow Moss. The flowers were stamped in Orchid Opulence, Pixie Pink and Brocade Blue. The leaves and stems were stamped in Certainly Celery. In the center of each flower I added just a drop of Tulip Crystal Sparkles Glitter paint. Instead of drawing doodles or piercing around the flowers, I decided to sew a line of stitching on the sewing machine. The DP is SU Just Delightful simply scrappin’, which was also sewn on the sewing machine.

For Mom

Stamps: Green Thumb by Papertrey Ink

Ink: Orchid Opulence, Certainly Celery, Brocade Blue, Pixie Pink, Close to Cocoa, Mellow Moss

Paper: Whisper White, Certainly Celery, Brocade Blue, simply scrappin’ Just Delightful

Accessories: Ribbon, Brads, Sewing Machine, Dimensionals, Tulip Crystal Sparkles Glitter Paint

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