Just a quick post as I'm off to visit my mother to celebrate her 92nd birthday.

This is my submission for this week's Paper Player's Challenge.  It's a color challenge this week - Bermuda Bay, Crumb Cake, and Old Olive.

      PP ColorChallenge257

You can view all the great submissions from some fabulous artists at Paper Players Color Challenge #257.

I used some old standbys, Hardwood, Everything Eleanor, Flower Shop stamp sets and the Pansy Punch. Any sentiment will do depending on the occasion. Small basic pearls embellish the centers of the flowers.

Standard base card 4¼ x 11, scored & folded at 5½ in Crumb Cake cardstock. Featured layer 4 x 5¼ of Crumb Cake stamped with Hardwood stamp and Crumb Cake ink. Flowers are stamped on Bermuda Bay with Bermuda Bay ink; I also punch out the flowers in Old Olive and used them as leaves behinf the flowers. I stamped the Everything Eleanor vine in Old Olive twice across the card. I curled the petals of the flowers with my bone folder and popped them up with dimensionals. All of the products can be purchased in my 24/7 online store, just click on the picture.

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It just came in the mail!!! The new 2015 Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog!! I thought the 2014 holiday mini was great, but it can't hold a candle to this year's mini catalog. Per policy, I can only show the cover until it goes LIVE on Sept.1, 2015.


If you ordered at least $50 (before S&H) from me in the last year, and you didn't check the 'No Contact' box, you are on my mailing list and you will be receiving yours shortly.  I've been pouring over mine all morning.  Like a kid in a candy shop, my 'have-to-have' list just keeps growing. Demonstrators get to pre-order a month before the catalogs are released to the public. New demonstrators can select their Starter Kit products from the Holiday Catalog. 

Stampin' Up!'s Demonstrator Starter Kit is completely customizable! Build your Starter Kit your way! For just $99, you get your choice of up to $125 worth of any current Stampin' Up products and a business supply pack valued at $50 - that's a total value of $175 for only $99.  I would love to have you become an Indiana Inker. Contact me at indianainkers@comcast.net if you have any questions or want more information.

I did tear myself away from the new catalog long enough to design a card for the Sketch and Stamp and SUO Challenges.

Sketch And Stamp SB116

Here's the layout from SB116 (http://www.stampingandbloggingblog.com/sb-sketch-stamp-116/) and the theme came from SUO #128, Butterflies(http://suochallenges.com/?p=4767). I love butterflies so this challenge was right up my alley.

Blk_PaperStack Butterfly-08.08.15

Dimensions and Materials: Basic Card Base - Black Cardstock (5½ x 4¼)  Accents: Pretty Petals DSP Stack ( panel 3 x 3¾, banner 5¼) Calypso Coral from the Pretty Petals Cardstock Pack (panel 2¾ x 3½, banner 4¾) The black and DSP butterflies were cut with the Butterfly Thinlits and layered one on top of the other. The greeting comes from the Petite Pairs stamp set and cut out with the large oval punch; it is backed with the punched scallop oval in the DSP. Basic pearls colored with a black Sharpie are my embellishments.

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Beautiful weekend here in north central Indiana - mid 80's, low humidity, sunshine - my kind of weather.

This is the card I submitted to the 7/31/15 SGGW Challenge

SGGW MonogramJC 08.02.15 006

My mother will be 92 later this month and I'm going to send her a card a day during her birthday week, so I'm stockpiling.

But the majority of the weekend was focused on the grandkids. School is starting and I just wanted to send them a little something to let them know we were thinking about them and that we are very proud of them. So I made these and filled them with a couple of goodies.


They are my adaptations of a couple of posts on Pinterest and a box made by Sam Donald @ http://pootles.co.uk/. Easy to create and lots of fun to make. I think they will enjoy them.

Well, that's all for now, until next time, 


The exclusive host/hostess stamps in the 2015-2016 annual catalog are absolutely stunning and this one is my favorite so I'm using it for the SUO Challenge #127


You can only purchase one of these stamp sets if you host a workshop or place a personal order of at least $150.00 (before taxes & shipping).

I stamped the image in blackberry bliss and then using my aqua painter with wisteria wonder for the flower and pear pizzazz for the leaves I lightly colored the flower. The shading on the image was achieved when the water-based blackberry bliss ink bled slightly causing the color variations.

This layout was inspired by the Sketch & Stamp Challenge


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That's all for now, have a great weekend!!

Hi Everyone,

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I love everything with flowers and butterflies; can't get enough. This week's SGGW Weekend Challenge I used both.



The card base is standard size 4¼ x 11 in Calypso Coral, scored and folded at 5½. I used the new Fluttering embossing folder on the 4 x 5¼ white layer. A piece of ½" DSP from the Pretty Petal DSP Paper Stack was added to break up the embossed layer. The accent piece is 2¾ x 2¾ of Whisper White on another 3 x 3 piece of Calypso Coral.

I stamped, colored, and fussy cut the floral arch x2 from the Timeless Love stamp set and placed them in the corners of the accent piece.  The Pacific Point sentiment is from You've Got This stamp set.

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I had a lot fun with this challenge from The Paper Players. Here's the challenge sketch.

and here's my entry

PP 254-Floral Framed

My card base is a piece of Elegant Eggplant cardstock(105126) 4¼x 11, scored and folded at 5½. I used the Labels Collection Framelits (#3 & #4 from the center) to cut out the opening on the base and to create the Wisteria Wonder cardstock (122922) edge around the opening. I stamped the flower arch from Timeless Love stamp set (139408) in StazOn ink (101406) on Whisper White cardstock (100730), colored with Wild Wasabi, Pink Pirouette, and Wisteria Wonder Stampin' Write Markers. I shaded the flower arch using the Blushing Bride and Garden Green markers. All the while wishing for the return of the Blendabilities  😥  The sentiment in Perfect Plum (126963) is also from Timeless Love - isn't the font stunning? Three little blossoms using the Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (133787) with small Pearl Basic Jewels (119247) for their centers added the finishing touch.

Then because I have a somewhat sick sense of humor I also created a second card.

PP254-Dog Framed

When I thought of various "frames" this popped into my head.  The dog is just basic punch art that I found on Pinterest. The jail cell is created free hand with various strips of black cardstock (121045) glued together and the cat is taken from the Giggle Greetings stamp set (131065). The letters were made with the Little Letters Thinlits (133730). I can't think of a sentiment to add to the inside or what circumstances I would send this card, but I smiled all the time I was making it.  Do you have any ideas regarding how this card could be used?

Here are the materials used

Still very wet here in Indiana and it doesn't look like there is going to be any camping for some time.  This is the Concession Stand at Mississinewa Lake, it sits back about a ¼ mile from the water (or at least it use to).

July2015-Mississinewa Concession Stand

Not only are the Indiana campers out of luck but I feel sorry for the State Parks/Campgrounds since a good chunk of their yearly operating revenue comes during the summer months.

Needless to say, I got to spend another day in my craft room entering various card challenges.

The 1st card was entered in SGGW weekend Challenge -

SGGW 07.17.15

The 2nd card was entered into Sketch & Stamp


So what do you think?  I look forward to reading them.

Until Next time,


Here's another Card Challenge entry.

This one is for MOJO406 -  MOJO406

      MOJO 406

Cardstock - Delightful Dijon (138338), Island Indigo (122923), Cherry on Top DSP Stack (138443) 

Dies - Hello You Thinlits (137363), Bold Butterfly Framelits (138135), Butterfly Thinlits (137360)

The standard size card base is out of Delightful Dijon 5½ x 4¼, the Island Indigo layer is 5 x 3½, the DSP layer is also 5 x 3½- cut on the long side at 3¾ and one piece flipped to alternate design and positioned so there is a ¼' of the Island Indigo showing on either side.  The banner is Island Indigo 1½ x 4¾ and the white piece is 1/8" smaller on all sides.

Well, what do you think?  I enjoy your comments and look forward to reading them.

Until next time,



It's another rainy weekend in Indiana with flood watches so no camping again this weekend. Hubby had an archery tournament in Wabash so I went Internet surfing for more card challenges - I told you I was becoming an addict 🙂

School is just around the corner and I believe everyone needs a little encouragement and what better way than with a card.

I entered this card in the SUO Challenge #126 and Mojo 405

07.11.15-Skating By_Hey Girl-watermark

Dimensions and Materials

Base: Whisper White 4¼ x 11 - scored and folded at 5½

Accent: Schoolhouse DSP 3¾ x 5

Art Piece: 3½ x 4¾

DSP Banner: 4½ x 1 3/8  laid on the diagonal

Stamps: Skating By, Hey,Girl

Ink: Garden Green

Dimensions and Materials:
Base: 5½ x 8½ scored and folded at 4¼
Accent: Island Indigo 3½ x 2¼
Art Piece: Whisper White 3 3/8 x 2 1/8
Banner strip 1 x 4½
¼" strips of Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Crushed Curry
Stamp: A Whole Lot of Lovely
Ink: Crushed Curry, Island Indigo, Melon Mambo
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