Friday, August 30, 2013

Flashback Friday!

I love digging though my older sets and finding ones that have not been used in quite a while for this fun Flashback Friday challenge!  This week i found the old Ageless Adornment set--I used to love the butterfly in this set and used it all the time--I still have a hard time reading the font for the sentiments though I think it is so pretty but too small and fine for me to read, lol.  Getting old stinks!  So I used a sentiment from the current Love and Sympathy set.


Here is a picture of the Ageless Adornment set....






I love to stamp on Crumb Cake card stock and then re-stamp a part onto Whisper White and cut it out and add it--really makes it pop!  I especially love this technique for snowmen. 

Stamps: Ageless Adornment, Love and Sympathy
Paper: Crumb Cake and Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black and Crumb Cake
Other: scallop edge punch, crumb cake ribbon, embossing folder

Want to see more ideas with older sets? Check out what Nicole did for the challenge this week--remember that is who thought of this great Flashback Friday challenge to begin with--I just hopped on it with her!

Happy Friday!  The beginning of a holiday weekend--and sadly the end of Summer.
Mary Jo

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Latenight Stamper's Challenge!

For this two week challenge we are focusing on cards that scream summer--the last two days of cards were also for this challenge--but this on feels summery to me because of the colors.  So fun.

Don't those colors just make you feel like it is a beautiful warm summer day--maybe at the beach?!  It did for me, lol!

Come on over and see what the rest of the team and the players are doing for this challenge--then why not play along too!  CLICK HERE TO SEE THE CHALLENGE.

Stamps: Sketched Birthday, Happiest Birthday Wishes
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso
Other: ribbon, candy dots, white gel pen, markers, Tasteful Trim Die

Hope you have a wonderful day!
Mary Jo

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Try Stamping on Tuesday.

Come on over and play along with us this week on the Try Stamping on Tuesday Blog!   
Here is our sketch:




 
And my design team sample....
 
I seem to use this set a lot on Tuesdays??  Wonder why?  I think it works so well with so many different sketches.  It is a really easy stamp to work with--it does not seem to matter what part of the butterfly is showing it always looks good--maybe it is because I love butterflies?

Stamps:  Swallowtail,  Sweet Essentials
Paper: Pool Party, Whisper White, Soho Subway dp
Ink: basic Black
Other: markers, ribbon, button

Happy today!
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Mary Jo

 

Monday, August 26, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 277 (TSSC277)

Here we go again!  I love Mondays and new sketch challenges--sure hope you find time this week to play along.  Here is the sketch...

And my sample....

I combined my sketch challenge with the Latenightstamper's challenge for the next two weeks to create a card that screams summer--well around my neck of the woods fishing is big time SUMMER!  So I hope this works.  Thought it was a pretty fun card for either male or female!

Stamps: By the Tide, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper: Pool Party, Island Indigo, Whisper White
Ink: Basic Black, Summer Starfruit, Island Indigo, Pool Party
Other: markers, chevron embossing folder, baker's twine, paint brush and water

And now for the samples from the Design Team--are you ready to be inspired??!!!












What a great mix of cards--so many different takes on one sketch--let's see what you come up with!

 Here are a few basic rules for participation...
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too!

     Thanks for stopping by--Mary Jo 
    Add your sample to the linky tool below.

Top Three for Sketch Challenge

There are actually four picks this week.... 


Congratulations to all of you.
If you are a winner please feel free to add my winner button to your blog!  You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog.




Be right back with the new challenge! Mary Jo
 

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Try Stamping on Tuesday!

Yea, we are slowly getting back on track after the camping trip to Washington and my new puppies....

And now we can get back to stamping a bit at a time as these little guys allow.  Today is Try Stamping on Tuesday and we have a great sketch for you to try....


I changed the orientation of the card for my sample...

Kept my card pretty simple.  I am still pretty obsessed with this new color...Crisp Cantaloupe.

Stamps: Wildflower Meadow, Feels Good
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Basic Black, Whisper White and Soho Subway DP
Ink Crisp Cantaloupe and Basic Black
Other: scallop circle nestabilities, white gel pen

Hope you are off to a great week.
Mary Jo

Monday, August 19, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 276 (TSSC276)

Welcome back to my weekly challenges.  I am happy to be home although I had a great vacation with a whole bunch of really fun scouts and scout leaders.  We spent 12 days in Washington DC and believer me there is not much we did not see--our schedule was so grueling I had to sleep for two days to recover, lol!   So fun though, would do it again in a heart beat.  We slept in tents and cooked on camp stoves.  Good times.  Then we came home and got two (yes two) new puppies so I have not done any stamping at all in a full two week's.  Crazy.  I will share a picture of the puppies later in the week as this is always a long post as it is.  With that being said let's get right to it.....

Here is this week's sketch....

And my sample--which is a bit weird--but I was trying to combine with the Latenightstamper's challenge to use Specialty Paper and I was not sure how to incorporate the two--different, not my favorite, but not too too bad!

Stamps: Giggle Greetings
Paper: Basic Black, Smokey Slate, Whisper White, Quatrefancy Specialty Window Sheet
Ink: Basic Black
Other: markers, Apothecary Accents Die

And now for the fabulous Design Team--there samples are ALWAYS fabulous--never cease to amaze me...




Robbie

NicoleTugrul

Jonia Smith

 Carolyn Bennett

See I told you they were great!
Now it is your turn to play along. 
 Here are a few basic rules for participation...
  1. You have a full week to play along!
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too!

     Thanks for stopping by--Mary Jo 
    Add your sample to the linky tool below.


Top Three Picks for challenge 275 and randomly chosen blog candy winner too!

Wow, lots of fabulous samples for this challenge!  Sometimes the simple challenges are the most fun, I love all the different ideas.  After much thought I have chose my top three....

Remember they are in no particular order and you can click on the links below the samples to see the full card and read about all the details on the creator's blog!


 
 Anni

 

And now for the randomly chosen Blog Candy winner!

Number One
Maria from Crafty Maria's Stamping World

 

Get me your snail mail address and I will get your blog candy right out to you!
Congratulations to all of you.
If you are a winner please feel free to add my winner button to your blog!  You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog.




Be right back with the new challenge! Mary Jo
 

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Try Stamping on Tuesday!

Hello my friends, so happy you stopped by today.  I am sharing my design team sample for the Try Stamping on Tuesday blog today!  I hope you like it--be sure to click on the link above to see the rest of the team/participant samples!

This one is a BRIGHT one--as you can see!  I took a few creative liberties with the sketch as I was rushing to get my samples done before my vacation and didn't look close enough at the sketch at first--but it is the same basic layout--just tweaked a bit!  here is the sketch...

Details for my card:
Stamps: Blooming With Kindness
Paper: Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Strawberry Slush, Whisper White
Ink: Strawberry Slush, Basic Black
Other: washi tape, candy dots, small scallop circle punch, circle and scallop circle spellbinder dies, markers

Short and sweet today!
Enjoy your day.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Monday Lunchtime Sketch Challenge 275! (TSSC275)

Welcome to week 275 of my sketch challenges!  Wow, don't' that seem like a crazy number of sketch challenges?!  I can not believe we are still plugging away 1908 days later (or close to that)!  I am excited about this week's sketch because it is a bit basic and that always lends itself to lots of different ideas from both the team and the participants! And also it is going to run for two weeks! Since I am on vacation I will not be able to post next Monday in advance as I just did not have time to get my card done before leaving.  I will also be picking a random winner for a NICE surprise blog candy package!   So let's get this challenge started.  Here is the sketch....

I didn't even add color--didn't want to influence your choices at all!  Here is my sample....

I pulled out the My Friend set--this set has not been used in while and decided to match it up with some of the new colors for this cute friend card.

Stamps: My Friend
Paper: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Whisper White
Ink: Crisp Cantaloupe, Pistachio Pudding and Basic Black
Other: Itty Bitty Shapes Punch, Scallop Edge Border Punch, candy dots, markers

Now for the AMAZING design team's samples....(I posted this early so if all of the team samples are not added please be sure to check the linky tool for the rest--I am on vacation all this week!)

These guys never cease to amaze me with their talent--I know you appreciate their work too!
Now it is your turn to play along--here a few rules for participation..

Remember this one challenge is running for TWO FULL WEEKS and one random person with get a nice BLOG CANDY PRIZE PACKAGE from me at the end--the more you play the better your chance!

  1. You have a two full weeks to play along! (this challenge only--is normally one week)
  2. Create a new card using the sketch as your inspiration.
  3. Use any products you choose.
  4. Add your card to your blog or other on-line spot and link back to this challenge.
  5. Come back here and add a direct link to your sample for the challenge and NOT you home page of your blog--people will not look for your challenge card--trust me.
  6. And this one is not really a rule but a request--get rid of that word verification!  It makes it hard for us to comment on your samples.  It is easier for you to delete the spam then for us to jump through tons of hoops to comment.  If your put your comments on moderation you do not have to worry about spam--you will have the option to delete it BEFORE it ever goes on your blog so you will ALWAYS be safe!
  7. Have fun and tell you friends to play too!

     Thanks for stopping by--Mary Jo 
    Add your sample to the linky tool below.


Top Three for sketch 274!

Wow, lots of fabulous card again this week!  Seems I say that each week--but it is true.  My top three picks for this week--in no particular order are as follows:










Remember you can click on the name under the small picture to see the larger image with all the details right on the creator's blog!  While you are there why not give them a little love--in the form of a comment!

If you are a winner please feel free to add my winner button to your blog!  You can grab the code for the button on the upper left hand side of my blog.





Be right back with the new challenge! Mary Jo

Friday, August 2, 2013

Flashback Friday!

I know I missed a couple week's of this but here I am back on schedule again!  Summer is really good at changing your schedule unexpectedly.  But that is soooooo ok with me because that means I am spending time with my son--before you know it he will be off on his own and I will have plenty of time alone to stamp, lol!

Remember Flashback Friday is my opportunity to pull out some of those older retired Stampin Up! sets that just don't get used enough. This week I have a masculine card for you using the retired set Pines.  I freshened it up a bit with some new colors!





Pretty unexpected color comb huh?  Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.

Here is a view of the whole set....

The set is from 1998 and it is great for masculine cards, scrapbooks, Christmas cards etc. 

Card details:
Stamps: Pines, Banner Greetings
Paper: Coastal Cabana, Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso and Very Vanilla.

Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Early Espresso
Other: circle framelits, candy dots

Want to see more ideas with older sets? Check out what Nicole did for the challenge this week--remember that is who thought of this great Flashback Friday challenge to begin with--I just hopped on it with her!

TGIF!
Mary Jo

 
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