Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Using Those Snippets!

 
     I recently saw a fantastic background created out of scraps, and the word window punch from SU!  It's not hard to do, it just take a little time.  I also used a fairly new stamp set from TPC called Yarn Crafts.  I found this at Big Lots for $2, and I was really excited because it came to live here just in time for my DIL's birthday.  She recently got serious about knitting.

     For my embellishment, I used some American Craft twine, mini pearls, a button, and a punch from another SU! punch called Petite Petals.

     I would like to enter this at Pixie's Snippets Playground, and also over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Anything Goes, this week.

     It's not quite Hump Day, but make the best of the week ahead!

Monday, September 29, 2014

What a Boy!

 
     Here is that moment when the tractor decides to come back through the pumpkin patch, pulling the hayride.  Just had to share the large version of this photo.  Brian came to visit us this weekend, but had to leave bright and early Sunday morning to meet his twin cousins, Ella and Grace, for some apple picking, and pumpkin adventures. 

 
     It looks like a good time was had by all!  Hope you had a fantastic fall weekend.  Thanks for the visit.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Yippie! It's FwF time!

 
     Hi everyone!  Friends with Flair was loaded a little late today, but us die hard fans will not miss a beat!  Yay, Unity!

     Todays card is a sweet thank you that I sent to a dear friend who sent me one of her Layers of Life sets as a gift.  It is called Becoming Who I am.

     Supplies used are kraft card stock, washsi tape, a burlap tag, buttons, a brad, plus some glossy Accents.  I used assorted inks, including Distress ink.

     That is it for me, as it is getting late in the day.  Have a great start to your weekend, and thanks for the visit!

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Celebrating Birthdays.

     Today is the birthday of two of my dear friends.  What are the odds that a husband and wife team share the same day?  Well, such is the story of Carol L., and her hubby Butch!  Carol is not only a IRL friend, but also a stamping buddy and blogging friend.

 
     Here is the card that I made for Carol, and the funny thing is that she saw it laying on my work space and told me she loved it.  I had cased it from a card I saw on Pinterest.  It uses Unity and SU! stamps, with an assortment of inks and punches.  The ribbon I used is one of my very favorites.  I also used the ever popular Dotted Swiss Cuttlebug folder and an iridescent gem..

 
     The card for Butch is a sponged scenic background, with a stamped giraffe (unknown).  I framed the giraffe with a tall grass die from Sweet n' Sassy die.  My sentiment is from SU!.  Again it is an assortment of inks.

     I hope they both have a wonderful day!  If you have a sec, please stop over and wish them a happy day!  Thank you for stopping around.

     I would like to enter these over at Pixie's Snippets Playground, where the challenge is always to use up our bits!

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Watercolor!

 
     Today I would like to share a little watercolor that I did for absolutely no reason.  I saw a technique where you stamp your image with light Distress Ink.  I slowly wet and worked the image that was stamped in Antique Linen.  The bird stamp is from Heartfelt Creations, and I have had it for ages.

     I used some scraps of papers from my stash, a couple of brads, and a Xyron/Spellbinders Shapez die to cut out my birds.

     Just a quick post, and I am glad to share!  Thanks for the visit.

Friday, September 19, 2014

A Little Embossing

     This week just zoomed by, and there was not much crafting time to be had.  I was going through my card stock scraps, and these two colors landed next to each other on my desk top..... hmmmm.  That is how my Friends with Flair snippets card was born.
 

     Cranberry and lime green, who would have thought.  I punched the tiny banners and heart using SU! punches. I also used a SU! scallop punch for my little border.   My sentiment and image are both from the September KOM at Unity, and silver embossed.  What a lovely Jacobean flower!  I added a bit of paper piecing with the same scraps as my punches.  For embellishments, I used silver sequins and pearls, and a couple of silver mini brads.  My little heart is coated in glossy accents (sorry it is not showing up).

 
     So after all that, I went back and added a bow in lime green.... can't decide, so here are both.

I would like to enter this card at:

Pixie's Snippets Playground #142-  Use up those scraps

Unity Friends with Flair-  weekly link

     Always happy for your visits.  The weather is changing here in PA, and it won't be long before the leaves color
and fall.  My favorite time of year!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Simply Stripes

 
     The challenge on the Mod Squad Challenge Blog this week is called Simply Stripes.  I have had this pretty stamp sitting on my desktop for months.  My friend was purging it from her collection, and I thought it would make some lovely creations.  This stamp is from Wordsworth.

 
     I used a white card base layered with a quilt strip paper from Little Yellow Bicycle.  I also used scraps of Lipstick Red, and In The Navy from Gina K. Designs.  The Faith stamp was embossed with Ranger gold EP.  The little flowers are from the SU! punch pack called Itty Bitty Accents.  My only embellishments are some champagne gold pearls.  I embossed my little strip of navy with a very old EF from Cuttlebug.

     Thanks for taking a look.  Hope you're week is off to a great start!

Friday, September 12, 2014

Sharing with Friends

     It's mid September already, the weather is starting to change,  kids are back in school, and I am seeing the last of the butterflies in my garden.  I thought it would be a good time to pay them a little tribute.  I have a butterfly bush that is the a major focal point in my garden, and they just swarm to it during the summer months.  We thought it was a goner after last years ice storm, as it was just a mass of dead tubes for branches, all the way to the ground.  I am happy to say that it came back prettier than ever!


      Today's card has a black card base, designer paper from We R Memory Keepers (recess), a shipping tag, plus a scrap of oak tag for my sentiment.  My image stamps are from the August 2014 Unity KOM, with my sentiment being from the July KOM.  Coloring is with Copic markers.  I double cut the butterfly so that I could make it pop up.  The blue parts of the butterfly were coated in Crystal Effects, and I used a product that I won, which was new to me, to create the sparkle.  It is called Cosmic Shimmer glitter jewels.  It looks amazing IRL.  Thank you Di, at Snippets!  My only other embellishment are some teal pearls.

I am sharing this via the linky for  Friends with Flair , over on the Unity blog.  Stop over there and get some wonderful inspiration.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Background and Snippets

 
     I don't normally do a CAS card, but I fell in love with the Amuse stamps that I created my background with.   I also love the pretty floral stamp and sentiment, that are from a recent Unity kit of the month.  It was from April 2014, to be exact.

     All of the papers are from my scrap stash.  I used Versamagic chalk inks to stamp the background, and Copic markers to color my image.  It gave the card a very imperfect look.

I would like to enter this at:

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge- Create a background

Pixie Snippet's Playground- use your snips and bits

     That is it for me today, unless I find a burst of mojo.  It is a solemn day, as we remember 9-11,  pray for those lost, and hope for peace.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Mod Squad Challenge Holiday w/ Vellum or Plastic

 
     Phew, that was a long title.  Happy Saturday, everyone.  I decided to try my hand at this Mod Squad Challenge, and I hope I did not get too carried away.  We were asked to do a holiday card (any holiday), and include plastic/acetate, or vellum. 

     I decided to use my Unity stamps from the August KOM, and I was able to include both the vellum, and the clear plastic in making this card.  There is a black card base and pieces of designer paper from We R Memory Keepers, called Hall Pass.  Coloring is with Copic markers.  I found a scrap of yellow vellum and added a couple of fall flowers to anchor my bat.  The embellishments are a smattering of sparkly stars and accent pearls to the outside of the see through front, for dimension.  Oh, my little batty friend is from a past KOM, from August 2012.

     That is it for me.  Sounds like it may be a stormy Saturday here on the east coast, but we have the promise of cooler weather.  Enjoy, and thanks for visiting.

Friday, September 5, 2014

It's That Time!

 
      Another Friday?  Jeepers, time is zooming!  All of the little kiddies are back in school this week, and getting from point A to point B takes longer with the added traffic.  It is once again time for  Friends with Flair.  This is my favorite day of the week, since I get so excited over all of the inspiration that links up each week.  Thanks Unity, for giving everyone a place to share.  Who knows, you may even win a prize!

      My card starts with a Sweet Corn base, and papers from Crate Paper Fourteen collection.  My scalloped banner is in Blushing Bride from SU!, and I pierced around the edges.  I stamped my Unity image in Color Box chalk in Blush Rose.  Color was added with Copics, and I punched it out with a scallop circle punch.  For embellishments, I added bakers twine, a crochet flower, and an enamel dot center. 

      This beautiful sentiment is from the August 2014 KOM.  Have a great weekend!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Happy Fall!

 
     It was time to break out some fall stamps.  This set from Inky Antics is called Squirrel.  I used scraps and snippets for the whole thing.  The card stocks are cherry red, cocoa brown, soft sand, and white.  The SB leaves that are die cut, are from sweet corn, and left over from my DD's wedding place cards.  Even the stitched ribbon is a snippet.  The cocoa panel is embossed with dotted swiss, and Dewdrops were added to the corners.  My images were stamped in Memento and most are colored with Copic markers.  A couple of the leaves were paper pieced with scraps.  The only extra stamp is the tiny grass, which is from Art Impressions.  I used the Word Bubble Framelets from SU! for my sentiment.

     Because of all the bits used up (YAY!), I would like to enter this over at Pixie's Snippets Playground.  I always feel so good when I use things up!

     I would also like to enter this card over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Stamp-tember Stamp-It, with a blog hop celebration included.

     I am still not back to work , but I am suppose to return Monday.  Healing has not been as quick as I had thought.  I do believe I am allergic to the Vitamin E oil I was told to use, as it did not let my incision heal.  Three weeks in, I am a bit frustrated, but slowly healing.  Ever so happy my fingers bend now, but still need my hand to strengthen.  Fine motor skills are lacking.  I know, insane, right?