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.  

If you've never tried Paper Pumpkin, now is a perfect time to start.  

Stampin' Up is offering first-time subscribers an introductory 25% discount on June, July and August 2017 kits.

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