(920) 498-1112 mbfish1950@att.net

Farmer’s Market and Apple of my Eye

Hi Stampers,

Sorry for the delay in posting.  I have been having a bit of a problem with my RA.  Difficult to create cards when your dominant hand is on the fritz.  A little better today so I was able to create one of those things that has been floating around in my mind for awhile.  I love the shabby chic and vintage look so this satisfied both of those.  Take a look and I'll tell you how I got there.

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The base card is Crushed Curry CS followed by a piece of Farmer's Market DSP.  The two inch piece to the left of the card is also from the Farmer's Market Series.  I tore the edge to give it that old feel and sponged the edges with Soft Suede ink.  The pear is from the Apple of My Eye stamp set and is stamped on water color paper with Pear Pizzazz ink.  The leaf is the same color and the stem is Soft Suede.  I used the splatters from the Timeless Textures stamp set behind the Pear stamped in Soft Suede and Crushed Curry inks.  The two inch torn piece is adhered over the second layer. Behind the pear image is a banner of Mossy Meadow Striped cotton ribbon.  The pear is highlighted with Crushed Curry ink.  I am really happy how this turned out.  You know sometimes you have this image in your head but it just doesn't work out like you thought it would, but this one did.   Let me know your thoughts.  I'd love to hear from you.

I would also like to take this opportunity to welcome Beth and Deb to my stamping team.  They are two wonderful people who have a lot to offer.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

PAWS TO PONDER

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Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Scrappy Surprise

Hi Stampers,

Wow, what a difference a few days can make in Spring in Wisconsin.   Last week we had a blizzard and today I’m watching Cardinals courting in the Birch tree outside our window and could walk the dogs with just a sweat shirt.  Go figure.

Today I am sharing a card that came about purely by accident.  I had stamped the Hardwood background stamp on Crumb Cake Cs to cut a berry basket with the Berry Basket Bigz die.  I only needed half of the basket for the card I was making.  When I looked at the scraps I had left one piece looked just like a fence.  Imagine that.  I needed something cheery so I sponged a background on Whisper White CS in Pool Party, Crumb Cake and Old Olive.  Next I used Archival Black ink to stamp images from the Sale-a-bration Flowering Fields stamp set and the Butterfly Basics stamp set.  I colored the images with Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight, Perfect Plum and Old Olive.  I adhered the fence shape over the images.  The fence post needed something at the top so I punched a 1/2 inch circle with the circle punch and added that to the top of the post.  The base card is Pacific Point CS followed by Chocolate Chip CS.    Let me know what you think.  This was an easy card but it reminds me of Summer so I’m liking it!

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As always I appreciate you stopping by.

PAWS TO PONDER

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Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Brrrrrr…..blizzard

Hi Stampers,

Just when you thought it was Spring, Mother Nature decides to dump the snow we should have had at Christmas on us at Easter.  She's quite the prankster.  I think she needs a hobby. Wonder if she ever thought of stamping?  Just sayin'

Today I am sharing another card done with my colored pencils and the Birthday Blooms stamp set.  I keep hoping Stampin' Up! will introduce colored pencils but not so far.  I started with a base card of Night off Navy CS followed by a layer of Crumb Cake.  The image was stamped with Archival Black ink on Soft Sky CS.  After the ink was dry I shadowed close to the image with a medium blue colored pencil and then followed with a light blue in a sketchy fashion.  The flower was colored in with a white colored pencil.  I used paper stumps to blend the lines and the colors. The greeting is stamped in Archival Black ink and is from the Birthday Blooms stamp set as well.  I was thinking of adding a little bling somewhere but thought the simplicity of the card was better without it.   See what you think.

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Thanks for taking the time to stop by.

PAWS TO PONDER

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Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

 

Bloomin’ Heart

Hi Everyone,

About a year ago I meet an awesome demonstrator, Billie Moan.  She lives in Chattanooga TN and she is a hoot.  I was lucky enough to meet her in person at the last convention in Salt Lake City.  I was inspired by Billie for today's creation. 

So what do you do with a heart thinlit after Valentine's day if you don't have a love celebration like an anniversary or wedding?  I used DSP from the Pretty Petals DSP stack and the Bloomin' Heart thinlit to create a flowery heart.  Without the Big Shot Die Brush I probably would pull my hair out but with it the intricate design pops right out of the die.  I used the oval framelits to cut an oval from Blushing Bride CS and a smaller oval out of the results of the Bloomin' Heart creation.  I used the fine tip glue pen to adhere the flowery oval to the CS oval.  This oval was adhered with Fast Fuse to a piece of Whisper White CS that was run through the Big Shot with the Decorative Dots textured embossing folder.  I put the Dots mask from the Dots and Stripes set over the embossed CS and used a dauber and Blushing Bride ink to ink the areas through the stencil.  I wanted to keep a soft look so I used the Botanical Builder Framelits Dies with Whisper White CS to cut out the accents.  The centers are blushing bride and the very center is a White Perfect accent covered with Wink of Stella.   Take a look and let me know what you think.

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Thank you for stopping by.

PAWS TO PONDER

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Hugs and happy stamping,  MB

Paper Pumpkin Alternative

Hi Stampers,

If you haven’t subscribed to Paper Pumpkin yet you really should consider it.  Every month a kit gets delivered to your door with everything you need but snail adhesive and an acrylic block to create amazing projects.  You can follow the detailed instructions to make the projects intended or push your creativity a little outside the box and do your own thing.  This is my version of an alternative project with the March Paper Pumpkin.   So easy. So much fun.  Take a look.

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The only thing I added was a square of Tempting Turquoise CS to frame the greeting.  It should have been Bermuda Bay (oops), but it was too late once I had it adhered. You know how that goes.  I still think it turned out pretty cute.

Thanks for taking the time to stop by.  I appreciate your time.

PAWS TO PONDER

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Hugs and happy stamping,  MB