Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Last of my September Paper Smooches Guest Designs

My Last post as September's Guest Designer at Paper Smooches.  I am so thankful to Kim for this opportunity, and hope I have shown off her wonderful stamps and dies to their advantage.

I used the die set Super Star Dies, and sentiments from My Guy.  I thought this would be the most challenging for me...but once I thought about it, it came fairly easily. I love that that big star can be cut with or without the face.  There are a bunch of star dies on this one.

Thanks so much for stopping by, and check out the other cards for this new release at the Paper Smooches Blog.

Monday, September 26, 2016



Have you ever been excited about a stamp purchase...waited for it to be delivered, gotten it your excited hands, and then been disappointed in your creations?

That happened recently for me with a Mum's stamp.  The stamp and image are fabulous, but I was so not pleased with my watercoloring efforts.  I made a slew of cards with several color combinations.  I don't know why.  So I decided to sell the stamp set knowing I would rarely use it.  It sold in the blink of an eye likely because it was a newer stamp.

I have sold several stamps and dies over the last few years, my storage space is limited so if something comes in something must go out.  I would sometimes have a bit of remorse having sold the item, but I solved that issue by stamping off or die cutting a dozen of whatever I sell.  That seems to keep me quite satisfied and no more remorse.

So the point of the long is a card made with the mum stamp.  I am not mentioning manufacturing names, because the stamp is beautiful...its me.  I had trouble showing it to its potential.  I love the stamps from this particular manufacturer.

I do like the stamp simply embossed in copper on black cardstock with a CTMH rose gold foil strip and some coppery sequins from Pretty Pink Posh. I also embossed a few more in white, and I am going to try the watercoloring again probably with zigs this time.

So what do you do with your highly anticipated purchases, that don't live up to your expectations?

ETA:  Thanks Betty for the note...I am entering this over at Inspired by all the Little Things.
They have this beautiful chrysanthemum as inspiration.

Thanks so much for stopping by.

Saturday, September 24, 2016


Today is my Dad's birthday.  I won't see him for a couple of weeks yet, but I have sent him cards. Yes cards in the plural. One from the cats, one from hubs and I.

This one is from Hubs and I.  My Dad often sits in the back yard, not on the swing because of course the cats are there, but in a chair near by and the scene does sometimes look much like this.

And here are the trouble makers Digger and Jack.  The stamps are a little girly, so I put blue bows on then.  I am sure the cats will approve.

Thanks much for stopping by.

(both stamp sets are from the new 2016 Stampin Up catalog)