Friday, August 17, 2018

Leaf Play

     I saw the challenge for this week at Shopping Our Stash called Leaf It To Me, and just knew I would end up creating.  In my stash is a huge basket of stencils, that I just never think to pull out and use.  The other night I got it out, and decided it was time to play with some.  I used assorted inks, including Distress Ink and SU! colors.  Once I laid on the sun and leaves, I knew it needed to go for this challenge.  Of course I could not let it go, and had to add butterflies and flower blossoms.  Those I fussy cut and popped up.  Ha, my stash has been used!  The sentiment is an unmounted stamp with no clue to the maker.  That was also fussy cut and popped up.  It really made me smile!

     Well, we made it to another Friday!  Time is zooming by.  I hope you have some fun plans for the weekend, and maybe a wee bit of stamping.  Thanks for stopping by.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Guyz Get Well

     Here is a card I created recently for my brother-in-law who had to have an emergency appendectomy.  Poor guy didn't have much time to think, before he was in the OR!  When I saw what the challenge was at Cardz 4 Guyz, I knew what card I wanted to use.  They are asking for Get Well Soon, and it is #201, this time around.

     My layers are white, olive, and an embossed Bazzill card stock.  I found a scrap of a masculine paper that reminded me of a city hospital campus.  My stamp set is from Art Impressions and is colored with Copic markers and some sponging done with Crumb Cake ink. The images were cut out with my stitched oval dies. I added some Nuvo Drops for extra dimension.

     It seems the rain has stopped here in PA, and there is a glorious sun shining.  That is such a relief!  I hope things are going well in your little part of the world!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

A Fun Happy Birthday!

     Today I am sharing a card that I created for a Co-worker.  I try to check my list and create a wee bit ahead of time, but the employees come and go so quickly that I lose track... LOL!

     I would like to take this card over to 2 Crafty Critter Crazies for their #17 challenge.  They are being sponsored by A Day For Daisies.  Since I happen to have collected quite a few of their images, I printed a few of their critter ones out, and chose one that I loved.  The image is called B is for Birthday.

     I started with a white card base and a pretty floral sheet from the Simple Stories Floral pad.  I colored things up with Copic markers to make my stitched oval cutout pop.  Before I added the oval I decided to add a strip of Bazzill card in a sunflower color.  I finished up with touches of Glossy Accents and some sparkly gummy dots.

     This would also work over at Die Cuttin' Diva's  Challenge #382 Birthday Wishes.  Used Stitched Ovals.

     We have had massive flooding all around our area.  Places that have never flooded have been submerged, from the heavy downpours.  There is not a section of this country that has not been devastated  by some sort of weather trauma.   It is so sad to see all the destruction!  Praying that things calm soon with the onset of fall.  Keep cool and dry, and thanks for the visit.

Friday, August 3, 2018

I'm In Stitches!

     Happy Friday morning!  This day is starting with nothing cooperating.  That includes animals who do not like getting their feet wet.  Good grief!  I put them all to bed and decided to make a card.

     Today, I have a card for second week of the new to me challenge spot called Pause Dream Enjoy Challenges.  It is #31 and we are asked to use stitched dies.  I can do this!

     Starting with a colonial blue base, white panel and then scraps of a very old striped paper.  Next up is the star of the show from Lawn Fawn, and their stitched leaves.  My "hello" is from Momenta, with the little splash next to it being from Diamond Press.  Just a tiny scrap of In The Navy card from Gina K. and it was all done except for a touch of sparkle created with sequins. 

     What is everyone up to this weekend?  I have a lunch date with my Son and DIL on Sunday.  That should be fun!  I do not get to see either child often, so when I do, it is a treat!  This is my Mother's Day lunch, and we are doing Mexican! Ole'!  Thanks for the visit!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Here is My Take.

     When I saw the sketch challenge at Tuesday Morning Sketches for this week, my heart kind of sank.  I am so bad at this 3 circle thing.  I love how it looks and I have attempted over and over to make one I really like.  I even went so far as to buy a 3 circle stamp, at a show to make things easier.  It didn't.

     So without further delay, let me tell you what I used.  Things started with a base of yellow Bazzill card stock.  I added designer paper from Echo Park and their Summer Days collection.  It is double sided and that is how I did my orange strip at the top. I did some sponging and stamping with the Cool Treats stamp set from SU.  My colors used were pineapple punch, lemon lime twist, crumb cake and bermuda bay.  The sentiment is from TLC Creations, my ice cream has Glossy Accents and Stickles, with the candy dots in assorted colors being Nuvo Drops.

     I am really looking forward to the next few days off.  We are back in the muggy rut and it seems to cause low energy.  Too much to do for that to be happening.  Keep smiling and thanks for the visit.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Feeling a Little Buggy!

     In this hot, sticky time of year, there is nothing better to post about then bugs!  Bee's, beetles, worms, and the almighty caterpillar.  They are munching and crunching and hell bent  on destruction.  I always try to remember that without the caterpillar, we would have no butterflies!

     Anyway, I had a play with a set that is fairly new to me.  It is called Color Layering Caterpillar, from Hero Arts.  I used shades of inks to create a fairly mellow card.  Kiwi Kiss, Crushed Curry and Soft Sky were the top ones.  I had a scrap of this Basic Grey, PB&J paper, which I layered on a white card base.  My next layer is a negative from cutting out an oval, which I ran through my Big Shot in a chevron embossing folder.  The floral/sky layer was attached behind, with my munchy crunchy caterpillar popped in the corner.  For embellishments, There is a twine bow and scattered expoxy dots.

     I will be taking this over to the Double D Challenge, this week, which is called "Don't Bug Me".

     Have a wonderful second half to your week, and thanks for the visit.

     How lovely!  This card made top 3!  Woo Hoo!

Thursday, July 26, 2018

Get Well

     Well, hello friends!  Woo Hoo, we have sun today!  How great is that?  The sun makes everything feel fresh and new.

     Today I am trying a new to me challenge that I found on the list at Challenges For Days.  It is a challenge this week for Get Well Cards.  Heck I have needed so many as of late, that I do not get a chance to post them all.  It is called Pause, Dream, Enjoy Challenges.  They are on #30.

     On to my card.  I found a pile of these soft papers hiding in my closet, and decided it was high time they got used.  The curved die is from Ebay , as is the sentiment.  Those sweet little fairies are from the Lawn Fawn set called Fairy Friends.  They were colored with Copic markers and a wee bit of sparkle was added to their wings.  A trio of soft pink flowers were added as my embellishments.

     That is all I have for today.  Hope life is treating you well.  My GS is coming for the weekend, and that always makes for some fun times.  Hope the weather holds so we can do our local fair on Saturday.

Tuesday, July 24, 2018


     This week we are living in a tropical rain forest.  It is quite interesting, and makes for a fun game.  You can walk to the mailbox in the sun and come back in the house soaking wet.  The angels up above are playing with the faucets... on and off, on and off. 

     Anyway, I have a card for Pixie's Snippets Playground, that I made this week for a friend going through a rough time.  This challenge is #331.  At the playground, you must use snippets on your project.

     I found a piece of yellow Bazzill card stock, which I had abandoned from another project.  Yep, I even went square for a change.  The pretty piece of designer paper was in the load of scraps that my daughter made me take when she packed her craft room to move.  Those scraps have been inspiring me, believe it or not.  I thought this piece looked like the tops of parasols.  I found a small strip of the speckled olive card, which I cut in half to make the 2 borders.  My bamboo image is from TLC Creations and had the sentiment attached.  My Panda and butterflies are Unity stamps.  The square was cut with a stitched square die from Gina Marie.  A touch of Stickles, a satin bow & a few epoxy dots are my embellishments.  The bamboo leaves are done in Glossy Accents.

     Phew... Sorry to be so windy!  Have a happy day, and thanks for visiting me. 

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Coffee, Tea or........

     As I was surfing challenges, yesterday, I came across the newest challenge at Double D Challenges.  This time the theme is "Tea and or Coffee".  That one got the juices flowing!

     Starting with a white base, I added a layer of designer paper from Bo Bunny and their Early Bird Collection.  I cut 2 lacy borders from an Ebay die, as well as my new cup stack die.  The soft aqua card stock is textured and from Bazzill.  The other border was sponged with Grapefruit Grove ink from SU.  My fishtail die is from Gina Marie and was sponged with Pool Party ink.  I paper pieced my cups with die cut scraps.  My sentiment is from stamps by Judith, and a small satin bow in a matching color was added to the corner. 

     I have enjoyed the last couple days, and tomorrow I will return to work awaiting my next stretch of time off.  I do appreciate your visit, and I hope you are having a good week.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Lovin' This Frog!

     Happy Hump Day, and what a pretty day it is!  We went from 103 to low 80's with no humidity.  Quite enjoyable.  Today I getting a bit of an early jump on this weeks Tuesday Morning Sketches sketch.  It is # 462, and I think I did okay with it.

      First I used an adorable frog, pre-colored image from Laurie.  I printed and cut it out with a Gina Marie stitched circle die.  I used ink sponging with SU! inks in Pool Party and Lemon Lime Twist to separate sky and ground.  I added some duck egg blue Nuvo drops.  My designer paper is all scraps, and the only one I know is the wood paper from JoAnn's Fabric.  My base is 110 lb white card.  As for the sentiment, it is from Marks of Distinction 1991.... yep a real oldie.

     Hope you enjoy this card and also enjoy the rest of your week!

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Feed Me! #362

     I don't know about you, but one of my favorite things is when all the Summer fresh veggies come into the farm stands.  That is usually our Saturday morning ride!  My very favorite are juicy tomatoes.  That is what drew me to this great stamp set, when I bought it back in the day.  This card has been sitting in my post later folder for ages.  This challenge at Shopping Our Stash, made me drag it out and give it a final smile before posting.

     The stamp set is from the now closed store of Flourishes, and is called Italian Garden.  I started with a white card base, My next layer was embossed with an SU! embossing folder and then had it's corners rounded.  I used a Crafter's Companion corner die to create a lacy pattern.  Next, I cut 3 stitched circles in graduated sizes.  The dies were from Gina Marie.  After distressing the edges with ink, I used the 2 smaller ones for my sentiments.  The center was used to create my yummy tomatoes, which were colored with Copic markers.  I added a few foil butterflies and sequins for details.

     I would also like to enter this over at Pixie Snippets Playground, where Di is the perfect hostess.  This challenge requires you to use snippets and I did that for my background and circles.  That also includes that strip of veggie paper, which I never mentioned!

     Now that I made myself hungry, I do believe I go make myself a cheese and tomato omelet!  That is what I call eating well.  It is getting ready to storm here, and I must get ready for work.  Have a great finish to your weekend. and thanks for the visit!

Friday, July 13, 2018

TMS #461

     Happy Friday!  It seems it takes until Friday to get a card completed for the Tuesday Morning Sketches site.  It is Friday the 13th, besides!  Ugh!  So far it has been a nice calm day of crafting, and I am enjoying myself.

     My card starts with Night of Navy card base, with the next layer being from Bo Bunny's Early Bird Collection.  I used a Crafter's Companion, Parquet embossing folder for my small rectangle of navy.  The oval  was cut with a MFT Inside-Out Stitched Oval, and stamped with a sentiment from the Technique Tuesday set called Love You to Pieces.  My puzzle pieces are a corner stamp that is unmounted and I have had it for years.  I heat embossed it in black and colored with Copic markers, then fussy cut the pieces and heat embossed again with UTEE to give them a thick feel.  I have not used  my Ultra Thick Embossing Powder in ages, and it can make such fun embellishments.  My only other additions was some navy twine from American Crafts.

     Well, that is it for me today!  Hope whatever you have planned for this weekend, is fun!  I appreciate your visit, and hope to see you again soon.