A Bushel and a Peck – PP #313 & SIP #66


Today’s project is truly off the beaten path for me in several aspects.  Here’s why….the Paper Players’ challenge called for a “taste of Fall” and the Stamp, Ink, Paper challenge was “anything but a card”.  I was a little hard pressed for “edible” fall stamps and I usually don’t post many 3D projects but I really wanted to rise to these challenges.

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I recently purchased a few Fall stamp sets from Lawn Fawn and one of them was Thanks a Bushel along with the coordinating dies.  This set is simply adorable….


I love this little basket of apples.  The basket was stamped on a piece of patterned paper and pieced onto the stamped images.  The apples are colored with markers and a blender pen.  The doilie makes such a cute little backdrop for the apples.


Here’s a photo of the apple crate from the back.  I used kraft paper cut at 8″ x 3″ then scored at 2 1/2″ on each side.  The retired word punch cut the handles on each side.  Cut 4 strips at 1″ x 4″ and score at 1/2″ on each side then affix with Tear & Tape adhesive.


As soon as I saw these Hershey’s Carmel Apples at the drug store, I knew I wanted to make an apple crate for them!  I will need to make a few more of these for some special people this Fall!

Hope you are enjoying your first “taste” of Fall today!





A Smiling Heart – GDP #053 & PPA #318


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It’s a lot of fun combining challenges, especially when you have a fun sketch and a super color combination to work with.  The Pals Paper Arts sketch challenge and the Global Design Project’s color challenge worked so well together on this card.  I hope you agree….


  • The star of this card is the POP of color from the Watermelon Wonder In Color Doilie (#141674). 
  • The Layering Circles Framelits (#141705) helped create the medallion along with an image from the Paisleys & Posies stamp set (#142196) and the Paisleys Framelits (#141849).  These are available as a bundle (#143515) for a 10% savings.
  • The sentiment is from the Suite Sayings stamp set (#140712).


  • It’s so easy to add some interest to the inside of a card, especially a blank note, with a bit of DSP.


I hope this card made you smile a bit.

Thanks for looking….




Fall Mums – PPA #317

Today’s card is my entry into the Pals Paper Arts Color Challenge…


Even though it’s still technically summer and pretty hot, Fall is becoming very evident all around here.  One of my favorite things about Fall is Mums.  I love mums and that was the first thing that came to mind when I saw these colors.


  • The Grateful Bunch stamp set(#140691) makes wonderful flowers so I turned them into mums by layering, layering and more layering.  The Blossom Punch (#140612) makes it easy by punching the three smaller flowers out in one punch.  The larger flower was fussy cut twice.
  • Stampin Write Markers in the three challenge colors were used to color each flower.


  • I used Stampin Dimensionals in between several of the layers to create the 3-D effect.  The flowers look like they are blooming right off the card!
  • For a little more interest, I scored the panel with the Simply Scoring Tool.  This is such a simple and easy way to add a little bit of embossing.
  • The sentiment is from the new Paisleys and Posies stamp set (#142196) and is stamped in Rich Razzleberry ink.


  • The inside is embellished with a panel of Moroccan Designer Series Paper (#141645) and cardstock.  The same pattern is used on the envelope flap.

This card will definitely require extra postage but it’s worth it for the WOW factor!

Thanks for looking in today.

Take care,



A Christmouse Carol – GDP #052

Today I’m playing along with the Global Design Project #052 Case the Designer Challenge. Here is Teneale Williams’ fun sketch….


I decided to make my first Christmas card using the adorable Merry Mice stamp set.  The images in this set are super cute and fun to color.


  • The sheet music DSP is from This Christmas Designer Series Paper Stack (#141628) which is in the Annual Catalog.  It is a lighter weight paper and so easy to work with.
  • The singing mouse image from the Merry Mice stamp set (#142145) is stamped on watercolor paper and colored with ink pads and blender pens.  This was my first attempt at coloring him.  I stamped a few more to try some other color combinations.
  • I added some clear Wink of Stella (#141897) to the stripes on his hat and scarf. It’s a shame it doesn’t photograph well because it really is such a pretty touch.
  • The sentiment is stamped in Cherry Cobbler ink and cut out a banner from the  Bunch of Banners Framelits (#141488).
  • In keeping to the sketch, a bit of bakers twine from the Bakers Twine Trio (#141999) is tied in a side bow.


  • The inside sentiment is from the Hang Your Stocking stamp set (#142114).
  • Since there is always leftover DSP, why not add some interest to the inside of the card, too!


One holiday card down!  With all the awesome new stamp sets in the Holiday Catalog, this year’s cards are going to be so much fun to make and I’m sure I will have them done well ahead of time….maybe!  Do you like to start your holiday cards while it is still technically summer?

Thanks for checking in today and please stop back again.