Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Sudsy Birthday

** Suzi update at the bottom of this post... **

I think this was one of the first stamp sets I used last year when the current (almost retired) catalog.  As a matter of fact, HERE it is from June 11, 2016.

So today, here's another one using this set as well as Stylized Birthday.  Both sets are carrying over so there will be more chances to use them even more.

Chocolate Chip - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
So Saffron - 5 1/4" x 4" - Embossed with Softly Falling
Chocolate Chip - 4 3/4" x 3 1/2"
So Saffron - 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Very Vanilla - 4 3/8" x 3 1/8"

I added Clear Wink of Stella to one and Gold Wink of Stella to the other.  I like the Clear best.  Probably why the Gold retired and isn't carrying over to the next year.  That's fine with me.

The beer mugs are stamped with Chocolate Chip on Very Vanilla and then just the top of the mugs with the foam I stamped with Crushed Curry.  Then fussy cut them all out and popped them up with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thank you for looking in today.  

~ Donna

So, the vet called this morning and said that Suzi's numbers are still high, but that they haven't really changed at all, maybe went 1 higher on each.  He called just as I was walking out to lunch and I had people waiting on the street for me, so I did the best I could. 

Since her numbers didn't improve we know she still has the renal failure issue in her future, but for now, he's given us some pain meds for us to give her every 12 hours.  The plan is to hope she can get some relief from the sore mouth and at least feel like eating better.  She did seem to eat better and a bit more tonight, so I'm hopeful.

I've decided, that I've worried myself sick over this for the last three weeks, nearly four, and until she shows a sign of an issue, as in vomiting or hiding out all day, I'm going to just enjoy every day and be positive and enjoy our time. 

Keep those prayers going, we're going to need them.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

May is Big On Birthdays

Today, before I begin, I want to ask for prayers for my sweet Suzi again.  I asked the Vet today to do her blood work a week earlier than planned to check her Kidney function.  They were very elevated 3 weeks ago and she's been going in 3 times a week for fluid under the skin.  Thing is, I think her problem is in her mouth with a couple of bad teeth.  She isn't vomiting or throwing up (as expected with the high BUN and Creatinine numbers.  However, she looks like she hurts when she does try to eat.  She wants to eat, she comes out "asking" for breakfast and snacks, but even when I liquify it to make it easier, she only eats a little.  Sometimes more than others, but not enough for me to be happy.  
I'm praying for good blood results and a way to make her mouth less painful so she can eat.  I love that little girl so much.  She just turned 11.

Thank you!

May is a very busy month around here and at our office.  May 14, 19, 20, 21, 24 and 25 are all office birthdays, with mine at the very end.  This card is for the gal who had a birthday on Saturday the 20th.  I should have given it to her Friday, but I didn't make it to work that day because of a plumbing issue in our main bathroom, so she received it on Monday.

Watermelon Wonder - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Succulent Garden DSP - 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White and Watermelon Wonder - actually just used some leftover paper and stamped the sentiment then trimmed around it.  Making the Watermelon Wonder 1/4" bigger all around.

I really like the Faceted Gems here on the bottom.  These are Silver, but there are also Gold ones and they are beautiful too.

Thank you for looking in today.  Have a Happy Day!

~ Donna

Monday, May 22, 2017

Bye Bye Grunge

I'm really going to miss Gorgeous Grunge... so I made another card for a birthday at the office.  This was a quick and easy card and since there are no flowers, it's a masculine card!  

Whisper White Thick Cardstock - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Dapper Denim - 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White - 5" x 3 3/4"

Gorgeous Grunge - Retiring
Big On Birthdays (142877)

Ink - Dapper Denim

I popped up the "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" with Stampin' Dimensionals.

Thank you for looking in today.  It's another Monday!

~ Donna

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Wild About Retirement

Time for another retirement card at the office this week.  Seems everyone is getting to that age and bailing out.  Oh how I wish I could so I could concentrate on playing with my stamps and inks!

For some reason, this simple card took three attempts to get where I was happy with it.  I started out with using all three stem styles and flowers and it just didn't look good at all, at least to me.

So I ended up making it simple and using one stem and one flower.  Perfect!

Whisper White - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Watermelon Wonder - 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"

Stamps:  Wild About Flowers
Ink:  Pear Pizzazz and Watermelon Wonder

Thank you for looking in today!  May you have a Blessed Sunday!

~ Donna

Saturday, May 20, 2017

May 2017 - Paper Pumpkin

So this happened... on Friday, I received this month's Paper Pumpkin... perfect timing on the day, on the day hubby and I have committed ourselves to cutting back on carbs big time.  So what does the kit include...

Donuts!  Argh!  ha ha ha... they look so yummy.  I especially like the one with the chocolate swirling back and forth.

Each donut or card has it's own little "bag" envelope.  Tied up with some gold cord and a little seal to keep it fresh.

If you have ever tried Paper Pumpkin monthly kits, you know how much fun they are and the surprise each month doesn't disappoint.  

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To get your discount, go to and enter promo code STARTHERE to subscribe.  You can select to stop at any time, or you can skip a month if you don't want a kit for one reason or another.  It's very simple.

Thank you for looking in today!  Happy Saturday!

~ Donna

Thursday, May 18, 2017

How We Roll

Earlier I was looking at a couple of videos of some really cool looking travel trailers and it got me thinking about Glamper Greetings and making a quick card using it.

I was so happy to see the Glamper Greetings stamp set carry over into the 2017-2018 Annual Catalog.  It is such a cute set and so many things to do with it.

Old Olive - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
So Saffron - 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White - 5 1/8" x 3 7/8"
Delightful Daisy DSP (available June 1, 2017) 3 7/8" x 2 1/2"
   The piece I used is from the same piece of paper, just showing the front and the back.
So Saffron - 4 1/8" x 3 1/8"
Whisper White - 4" x 3"

Inside I stamped the sun and some flowers from the same stamp set.  The flowers I colored  with my new 2017 - 2019 In Color Stampin' Write Markers.

Thank you for looking in today!  Happy Friday Eve... the weekend is almost here!

~ Donna

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Sneak Peek - Wood Crate (with a freebie inside!)

Okay, so there's nothing free when you get the Wood Crate thinlits, but you can certainly put FREE THINGS inside.  In this case... free kittens!  Isn't this adorable?

I wish I could take credit for it, but this concept comes from Candy Ford.  When I was searching for ideas for using the wood crate, which by the way, actually makes a 3-D crate, I ran across her card where she just uses part of the crate.  The best part is the fabulous new 6" x 6" Wood Textures Designer Series Paper Stack.

There is even a little surprise inside using the side of the crate and one more kitten!

The hardest part was cutting out all the kitties from the Pretty Kitties stamp set, which is carrying over!  Yayyyy!  The sentiments also come from the same set.  I just love them!

To attach the sign, I used Linen Thread and an Embellishment from Urban Underground (retiring).

Good thing these aren't for real kitties, I already have a houseful and simply don't need any more - though knowing us, we will keep collecting them - even if just outside kitties that we feed and water.

Thanks for looking in today.  Happy Hump Day!

~ Donna

Monday, May 15, 2017

Home Sweet Home

My oldest son and his girlfriend are getting ready to move into a new (to them) house.   Tonight I will be going out to dinner with them for Mother's Day and I'm so excited to get to see the new house.

They just got the keys on Friday, so when I was looking through my emails on Friday, I had one from Brenda Quintana and guess what!  It was a HOUSE!  Well, a Fancy Fold that turns into a house.  How perfect is that?  So of course I watched her video and made one for the kids. 

I checked out the pictures of their home and it is a light gray (Smoky Slate) with a little bit darker roof (Basic Gray) and perfect white window frames (Whisper White).  Well, that makes it easy!  Oh, and the door is black (Basic Black).  I had to add a little bit of color and made the banner over the door with Dapper Denim.

Now, their home isn't a two-story and I suppose I could have just done a single here with only two windows, but I just liked this version so much, I had to go with all four.

I think if I were to do it over, I would add lines to the roof with the line stamp from the set used to make the house - which is Sweet Home and the Thinlits are Home Sweet Home.

I plan to do a photo tutorial of this, but for now, check out Brenda's YouTube video of how she made 
it.  It really is very easy!  

If you are reading this in an email, you may have to go to my blog specifically to see the video.  Simply click on the name StampsWellWithOthers where you see it in your email. 

Thank you for looking in today!  Have a wonderful week.

~ Donna

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Cut Out To Be Friends

These scissors are so cute!  If I'd colored them black, they would look just like our Paper Snips!  However, I wanted some color, so color I did!

Berry Burst - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2"
Daffodil Delight - 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White - 5" x 3 3/4"
Daffodil Delight - 4 1/4" x 3"
Color Theory (Berry Burst) - 4" x 2 3/4"

I colored the handles with ink from the inside of the stamp pad lid and my Aqua Brush.   The colors I used are Berry Burst, Tranquil Tide, Daffodil Delight.  The blades of the snips are colored lightly with Basic Gray watercolor pencil - without the water.

Thank you for looking in today.  I may or may not have a post for tomorrow, it will depend on tonight's dinner. 

A group of classmates are gathering together for dinner at a local restaurant.  Forty years ago (YIKES!) we graduated from High School and while Homecoming and our reunion aren't until October, one of the graduates and his wife are visiting Arizona this week.  It is his first time back here since he left just a few days after graduation to go into the military.  So, with the help of facebook and messenger, we've gathered about 15 - 20 people for dinner.  Now, that may not sound like very many people, but... our class only had 112 in our graduating class.  Small Christian School that was limited to 435 (I think that was the number) students.  Weird, right?  LOL

Come back tomorrow - if nothing else, maybe I can post some pictures of our dinner and friends.

~ Donna

Friday, May 12, 2017

Yellow Daisies for Birthday Wishes

A couple of days ago I showed you a little snippet of this beautiful paper with the yellow daisies.  If you missed it, you can see it HERE.  So, I wanted to show you a bigger piece of these daisies and this is what they look like. 

Aren't they beautiful?

Old Olive - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper - 5 1/4" x 4" (daisy side)
Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper - 5 1/4" x 3/4" (green stripe side)

Stamps:  Happy Birthday Gorgeous
Whisper White - Stitched Shapes Ovals 
Old Olive - Ink

I popped up the sentiment ovals with Stampin' Dimensionals and added some bling to the strip.

Whisper White inside - 5 1/4" x 4"

Thank Goodness it's FRIDAY!  Have a wonderful weekend!

~ Donna

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Happy Birthday Thinlits

If you've seen the new In Colors for 2017 - 2019, you may notice that a couple of them are pretty close to some current colors.  Berry Burst is kind of a mix of Rose Red and Melon Mambo (at least to me) and the Powder Pink is kind of like Pink Pirouette.  

But, I wanted to see them together with our watercolor pencils and the Happy Birthday Thinlit.  I love layering that thing, it's just so pretty when done right!

Powder Pink - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Berry Burst - 5 1/4" x 4"
Whisper White - 5" x 3 3/4"

Using my watercolor pencils - Melon Mambo, Rich Razzleberry (which seems close to Fresh Fig) and Daffodil Delight, I simply colored big swatches of each color, over lapping a bit into the Daffodil in the middle.

Then with my Aqua Painter, I painted back and forth in each color, blending just a bit in the overlap.  Clean your brush before going to the next color though it will all look muddied up.

The best trick for putting Liquid Adhesive on the thinlits, I used my Silicon Sheet, a sponge wedge and gently dabbed it on to the back of the die cut.  The trick is to NOT let your cut out move or it will get glue on the front and that is what you want to avoid.  This works so well, it just amazes me!

Then, carefully put the two together and ta-da!

Thank  you for looking in today!  Have a great day!

~ Donna

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Daisy Delight Sneak Peek

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Today's card design is by Susie Wood.  When I saw the color scheme, I knew I had to use those colors as well.  The Delightful Daisy Designer Series Paper is used for the Old Olive diagonal stripes.  When you see the whole piece of paper, it is darker and lighter across the sheet and really looks beautiful as a whole as well as cut up.  I also changed up the sentiment design and the center of the daisy.  This set comes with two center stamps for the daisy.  One solid and one that looks like texture.

Old Olive - 8 1/2" x 5 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Daffodil Delight - 5" x 3 3/4"
Whisper White - 4 1/2" x 3 1/4"
Delightful Daisy DSP - 4" x 2" (you could make it smaller, depending on  how much white you want showing.
Old Olive - 5" x 3/4" (from Daffodil Delight edge to edge)

After looking at it on here, after the pictures are done, I think I'll add some Rhinestones to the Old Olive strip - over on the far right above the "you".

Inside I used more of the same piece of DSP to add a strip of paper inside.  Love those yellow daisies!

Thank you for looking in today!  I'd love to have you on my team so you can get your hands on some of these great items early like me!

~ Donna