Monday, May 22, 2017

Cool Treats On A Rainy Day...

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!

It's another rainy, gloomy morning here in PA. If anyone is liking it, it is probably my flowers that I finally got planted. It really dresses up the porches to have some fresh colorful flowers out there!
My hubby is still on vacation and has done very well picking up on sleeping in which is something he hardly ever does anymore. He talked about going fishing while on his short vacation but has not done so because it's been cool & windy here. Not sure what's going on with Mother Nature but I hope she soon brings back some sunshine & temps in the 70's!  

So, today I have a card set made with a stamp set that I had in my collection since January called Cool Treats. I was actually waiting till warmer weather to ink it up and since we had 3 days of 90 degree weather last week....I made sure to get it inked up!

My customer requests cards quite a bit that do not have a saying on. 
Sometimes that throws me off but I am getting use to it. She told me one day why she likes them without a saying on it and I guess I never really thought about it. She told me that she likes to have these types of cards on hand to send out for a last minute thank you or a birthday. She had a friend come visit her and they decided to go get ice cream. She wanted to send a card to the friend to thank her for that fun trip to get ice cream because it made her day! The Cool Treats set is a great choice for making a fun card! It's a shame that I waited so long to ink it up!

Cool Treats Card Set:

Stamps: Cool Treats
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Watermelon Wonder
Cardstock: Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Cool Treats Specialty DSP
Accessories: Lil Inker's Stitched Rectangle Dies, Mini Paper Clip, Watermelon Wonder Lacy Ribbon, Whisper White Baker's Twine, 2 Sided Tape, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue


My thoughts today.....

I think we are in for another week of rain showers possibly thru the Memorial Day weekend.
All I have to say about that is......blah!

That's all I have for today.
Thanks for stopping by & have yourself a great day!

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Cancer Cards

Hello & Happy Saturday!

Yesterday was a busy but successful day around the Aungst Pad.
The power washing is done and looks great too! I ran to the store and picked up some flowers and got those planted in pots on my back porch. Today I have a few errands to run then hopefully we can get some tree branches and such burned. We have a huge pile that has been waiting for the right weather to burn them. Our weather has changed drastically in the last 12 hours! It's much more comfortable outside (almost a bit nippy) and cloudy this morning. The AC is now off. It has ran for the last 3 days straight.

Anyways, my cards to share today are by customer request. She knows 2 priests that have been diagnosed with Cancer and are currently receiving treatment....

 I kept these very simple but did use a few layers. Nothing fancy! In the center of the ribbons I added a small white pearl.

 Cancer Cards:

Stamps: Hope Is...
Ink: Elegant Eggplant
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Accessories: Small White Pearls, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue


My thoughts today......

Thanks for stopping by & have yourself a great day!

Friday, May 19, 2017

Graduation 2017

Hello & Happy Friday!

Busy day ahead with the hubs since he is on vacation!
Today we are going to power wash both the front & back porches and possibly get some flowers planted, I think or should I say- I hope we are safe from any frost or freeze warnings!

Today I have a quick card to share that I made for any upcoming graduations.
It's that time of year where colleges & high schools are having their graduations so I whipped these up today using lots of Dapper Denim!

I don't know why I decided to make these in Dapper Denim but I love this color!

Congrats Grad Cards:

Stamps: Blue Ribbon (retired)
Ink: Dapper Denim
Cardstock: Dapper Denim, Whisper White, 2016-2017 In Color DSP Stack
Accessories: Large Number Framelits, Circle & Scallop Circle Nestibilities, Lucky Stars EF, Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Well, guess i'd better get off of here and help Shawn with taking stuff off the porches!
Going to be another hot one....blah!
Some days I sure wish I still had a swimming pool! 

My thoughts today....


Thanks for stopping by & have yourself a great day!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Flower Filled Card Set

Hello & Happy Thursday!

Hope everyone is well.
I'm back today to share another card set created for my customer.
I took the last week off to give my hands a rest and then somewhere in the midst I lost my mojo!
Our weather has been nice since Mother's Day and we've made our way out to the trails for walks until the heatwave hit yesterday. Ughh, so not ready for 90 degree heat & humidity! My ac is back on but they say this heatwave will be short lived. I sure hope so!

Yesterday I made my way back downstairs to my stamp room.
It felt good to get something made since it's been over a week since I last stamped.
I pulled out an oldie but a goodie set called Flower Filled.

Along with using a retired stamp set, I also used very old DSP from way back in the day!
I think it may have been one of the first packs of paper that Stampin Up sold called Candy Dots DSP.
This paper is before they made DSP double sided.

Do you remember these boots?
These stamps are mounted on wood which now is something that I normally don't use much of because most of our stamps come in clear or the photopolymer. Years ago most of Stampin Up stamps came where we had to cut the stamps from a sheet of rubber and then mount them on to the wood blocks. Over the last couple of years I have come to love the photopolymer stamps because you can see exactly where your stamping through the clear rubber. I use to have a love/hate relationship with photopolymer but not anymore!

Which type of stamps do you like to use?

Flower Filled Card Set:

Stamps: Flower Filled, Wetlands (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Black Archival, Pretty In Pink, Barely Banana, Certainly Celery
Cardstock: Pretty In Pink, Barely Banana, Whisper White, Candy Dots DSP (retired)
Accessories: Stamp A Ma Jig, Lg Oval & Scallop Oval Punches, Rhinestones, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

This was a fun set to create and I find it enjoyable to pull out some of those old sets and breath new life into it again!

My thoughts today....

My hubby will be home the next few days as he is using up some vacation time.
I hope to be posting each day maybe alittle later than usual.

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Watercolor Words Card Set

Hello & Happy Thursday!

What a whirlwind the last 2 days have been!
My hubby was off work yesterday and we celebrated his birthday with dinner and an 8 mile bike ride yesterday! The weather was gorgeous and i'm so happy that we were able to spend a nice day together!

Anyways, today as I try to get back to some kind of normalcy I wanted to share a set of cards I made up last week with more of the Blooms & Bliss DSP that is soon retiring.
 I added a sentiment from the Watercolor Words set that has been in my stash for a while and I used the Petite Petals set which is also retiring at the end of the month.

Watercolor Words Card Set:

Stamps: Watercolor Words, Petite Petals
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum, Rich Razzleberry
Cardstock: Sahara Sand, Rich Razzleberry, Sweet Sugarplum, Whisper White, Blooms & Bliss DSP
Accessories: Oval & Oval Scallop Nestibilities, Petite Petals Punch, Blushing Bride Ribbon, Rhinestones, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue


My thoughts today...

Well said Charlie Brown.

That's all for me today!
Another dreary, showery day is expected with much of the same for the next couple days.
I'm going to try to find my mojo after a few days away from the craft table. 
Wish me luck! 

Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

#1 Ravens Fan

Hello & Happy Wednesday!

Up and at it early as i'm headed to the doctor for a check up this morning and to get checked for a mysterious rash that appeared months ago when Shawn was in the hospital. I'm pretty sure I know what it is but will wait to see what the doctor says and better yet, what to do for it!

Anyways, yesterday was my dear hubby's 49th birthday!
Thankfully he had a really good day at work then when he got home he showered and I treated him to a nice dinner! OMGosh, we both were stuffed pigs till we were finished but it was SO dang GOOD!
We went to a place that is maybe a mile from home with a cozy atmosphere. I ordered a dish called Chesapeake Trio (which was like heaven if you like seafood) and he ordered a dish called Seafood Louisana which was steak with crab meat & scallops on top in a honey teriayki sauce.  It was very good and was a nice evening with the birthday boy!
Today I hope after the doctor appointment to grab our bikes and head to the Rail Trail for a nice bike ride since he has the day off. The weather is to be nice and I can't think of a better way to spend the day!

So my card I want to share today is one I made for Ryan to give Shawn for his birthday.
Everyone knows he's a Baltimore Ravens fan so this is what I created.

I used the Custom T-Shirt Bundle again for this one!
So many possibilities to personalize a card with this stamp set!

#1 Ravens Fan Card:

Stamps: Custom T-Shirt Bundle, Labeler Alphabet, Have A Ball
Ink: Basic Black Archival, Elegant Eggplant, Chocolate Chip
Cardstock: Basic Black, Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White
Accessories: Sparkle EF, Hexagon Punch (banner ends), Gold Brads, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Our friend Deb also made Shawn a Ravens card too which was pretty awesome!
Great minds think alike!

My thoughts today...

This will be us later today! 
Can't wait!

That's all for me today!

Thanks for stopping by & enjoy the day!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Happy Birthday, Shawn!!

Hello & Happy Tuesday!

Today is my Buppie's birthday!

I'm sure he wishes he had the day off to celebrate but tomorrow he did put in for a vacation day!
Maybe we can get out for a bike ride on the Rail Trail and i'd like to take him out for a nice dinner to celebrate!

Anyways, my friend, Mary Anne recently posted a card done with a diecut of a bike and I LOVED it!
She happily sent me a few and I was so thrilled to use it to make Shawn's birthday card!!!
Take a look....

I think he will love this! He enjoys riding his bike!

Shawn's HB Bike Card:

Stamps: Balloon Adventures (sentiment)
Ink: Basic Black Archival
Cardstock: Tangelo Twist, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Urban District Specialty DSP
Accessories: unknown Bike Diecut, Oval & Oval Scallop Nestibilities, Basic Black 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon & Tangelo Twist Ribbon, Stapler, Orange & Black Rhinestones, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Thanks again, Mary Anne, for sending those awesome diecuts!
I am going to have fun putting them to good use!


My thoughts today....

Hope you have an awesome day!

That's all for now!
Thanks for stopping by & have a great day!

Monday, May 8, 2017

#MakeACardSendACard Challenge

Hello & Happy Monday!

Hope everyone had a nice weekend!
We were out & about most of the weekend hitting the trails and let me tell ya, my feet are thumping!
It was dreary, rainy & gloomy one minute and then sunshine the next but the rain won out most of the time. We still walked the trails because afterall isn't that what they make umbrella's for?!

Today I am continuing the #MakeACardSendACard Challenge.
My card is made with the Petal Potpourri stamp set that's long been retired but doesn't matter to me....I love the big blooms in the set!

Happy Mother's Day Card:

Stamps: Petal Potpourri, Crazy About You
Ink: Blushing Bride, Soft Suede
Cardstock: Blushing Bride,Whisper White
Accessories: Flower Medallion Punch, Elegant Dots EF, Blushing Bride Ribbon, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, 2 Sided Tape

Aren't those big flowers pretty?


My thoughts today....


Sunday, May 7, 2017

#MakeACardSendACard Challenge

Hello & Happy Sunday!

Hope your all enjoying your weekend!

I have another Mother's Day card to share that I made with the #MakeACardSendACard Challenge.

I recently picked up some of the Succulent Garden DSP that is on the Retiring List for cheap and I wanted to use it to make a Mother's Day card. I'm on a mission to send cards out this coming week to people who have inspired me and people who mean alot to me. This is all part of Sara Douglass's  #MakeACardSendACard Challenge as this is the month of Mother's Day and Arthritis Awareness.
I personally feel as though there are times you just want to send a card to tell someone your thinking of them or just because....

Happy Mother's Day Card:

Stamps: Inkadinkado
Ink: Sweet Sugarplum
Cardstock: Thick Whisper White, Sweet Sugarplum, Succulent Garden DSP
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Sweet Sugarplum Ruched Ribbon, Bold Butterfly Framelits, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Love this card and I hope it makes someone smile when they receive it this week!


My thoughts today....

Oh how I wish!

That's all for today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a wonderful Sunday!

Saturday, May 6, 2017

#MakeACardSendACard Challenge

Hello & Happy Saturday!

We made it thru the heavy rains yesterday!
For me personally, I like a rainy day here and there!

Today I have a pretty cute card to share that I made for Mother's Day which is coming pretty fast!
Next Sunday we celebrate all the Mom's or the woman who have inspired us along the way!
If anyone follows Sara Douglass the CEO from Stampin Up, she had a message on Facebook the other evening asking us to #MakeACardSendACard to anyone one who has inspired us. I got to work on making a few cards to send out this coming week.

Anyways, this card here came together quite nicely....

I finally pulled out a stamp bundle that I have had in my possession for months!
I almost thought it was lost when I searched for it and found it on my punch shelf instead of with my stamp sets! Accck! I recently picked up the Pop Of Pink Specialty DSP off the Clearance Rack for a really good price and decided to pair it with my Custom Tee Bundle. My Tee is embossed with Winter White Embossing Powder and then diecut with the Custom Tee Builder Framelits. 

One In A Million Card:

Stamps: Custom Tee
Ink: Versamark, Winter White Embossing Powder, Melon Mambo
Cardstock: Melon Mambo, Basic Black, Whisper White, Pop Of Pink Specialty DSP
Accessories: Custom Tee Builder Framelits, Circle & Scallop Circle Punches, Decoratibe Dots EF, Lace Doily, Basic Black Solid Baker's Twine, Heat Gun, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

I am thrilled with how this one turned out and definitely loving the Custom Tee Bundle!
Such a fun set as the possibilities could be limitless!


My thoughts today....

This is me usually every morning!
Kelsey works 3rd shift and when I am waking up she is just coming in the door from her shift. She talks and talks to me and I am just not ready to think, speak or do much of anything for about 20 minutes until my coffee kicks in! Then watch out! It's hard to shut me up! Haha!

That's all for me today!
Our weather is to be semi sunny & showery today.
I do have to pop out to run some errands but hope maybe to find some time to play at my stamp table. Hope you will join along with Sara Douglass and #MakeACardSendACard to someone who inspired you! I think this is a terrific challenge for the month of May! Glad I got 2 books of stamps last time at the Post Office....i'm gonna need them!

Thanks for stopping by & have yourself a wonderful Saturday!
Love & hugs~

Friday, May 5, 2017

Avant Garden Sympathy Set

Hello & Happy Friday!

It's a wash out here today! 
Lots & lots of rain that started around midnight and has been relentless!
I think our weekend will be somewhat of a dreary one.

So as I said in my previous posts, my customer, Audrey keeps me pretty busy creating cards for her. I started to work ahead on making card sets so that when she needs something I can just grab them off my little card rack and get them delivered to her.
This set is one I made this week using the retired SaleAbration 2017 set called Avant Garden.
It is a favorite of mine!!!

As you can see I used the Stitched Shapes Framelits for both my image & sentiment panels. 
I LOVE those things as it dresses up the ovals!
I snagged a package of Blooms & Bliss DSP off the Clearance Rack recently and also used the Metallic Silver Ribbon from SAB this past year. It all makes for one pretty set of cards!

With Sympathy Card Set:

Stamps: Avant Garden, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Ink: Island Indigo, Mint Macaron
Cardstock: Mint Macaron, Island Indigo, Whisper White, Blooms & Bliss DSP
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Scallop Oval Punch, Metallic Silver Ribbon, Glue Dots, Dimensionals, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

Love, love, love!


My thoughts today.....

It's the perfect day for that as long as it's not storming!

That's all I have for today!
Thanks for stopping by & as always....have a wonderful day!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Happy 50th Anniversary

Hello & Happy Thursday!

This week seems to be flying by!
I have been staying busy in my craft room this week working on a card order which was delivered yesterday! Yippee Skippppee!

This card was part of the order in which I was asked to make a 50th wedding anniversary for a couple who are a huge part of the Holy Trinity Church in Columbia, PA. that makes the fasnachts to sell to the community every year. Fasnacht is a Pennsylvania Dutch thing and probably one of the best type of donuts around. Atleast I think so!  

My customer asked for something with donuts on and this is what I came up with.
Luckily, I remembered that the Cherry On Top DSP Pad had a sheet with colorful donuts on that I have never used till today. I like the colors of this, definitely bright! 

50th Anniversary Card:

Stamps: Number of Years
Ink: Bermuda Bay
Cardstock: Crushed Curry, Bermuda Bay, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper, Cherry On Top DSP Pad
Accessories: Bigz Alphabet Typeset Dies (numbers), Circle & Scallop Circle Nestibilities, Crushed Curry 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon, Dimensionals, Glue Dots, Tombow Multipurpose Liquid Glue

This one was fun to put together and went pretty quick!
I hope my customer liked it...

My thoughts today...

How I feel most days!
I can't wait until morning for that first sip of coffee to wake me up!
Anyone else?

That's all for me today!
Thanks for stopping by & have a terrific Thursday!