Saturday, September 14, 2019

Out of this World!

     I can tell if I blink too many times that this weekend will be over.  Decided I had better do another post!  Today I am sharing a card that I created for my grandson's birthday.  I do not get many requests for children's cards since I quit working, so I decided this would be one for him.  Now I was not sure which birthday I would use it for, so what I did was create a series of number circles for the center so I could add the appropriate one, with a pop dot, as needed! 

     This card uses great designer paper that was all sparkly.  I cut many of the images to use as my characters.  I also used my gear dies, number dies and star dies.  My sentiment was from SU!  I decorated the large gear with different colors of Nuvo Drops.  He just loved it!

     I would like to share this at Seize The Birthday challenge # 174, "It's Just A Number".

     Thanks for the visit!  Have an enjoyable Saturday.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Snailed It!

     Every time I tell myself that I am going to slow down with buying stamps, someone comes out with a set that screams to me.  When I saw a recent release at Unity, that is exactly what happened!  The stamp set I am using for my two fer this month is called is called Snailed it!  There are 2 snail friends in the set, plus some great sentiment and doo dads. 

     I used  papers from my hoarded Basic Grey stash and the Olivia paper pad.  I stamped with Memento, Rich Cocoa and coloring was done with Copic markers.  It was cut out with a MFT inside out stitched oval.  My embellishments are some felt grass border, a sparkly heart, some Glossy Accents and some hand doodling.

     My second card uses papers from the same collection, my snail colored and fussy cut, and the negative frame from my oval.  I added some corrugated kraft to the bottom with a brass star brad.   I added teeny tiny beads for the snails eyeballs while the Glossy Accents were still wet.  Thought this would make a great encouragement card.

     These were created for Darnell's Two-fer Challenge, which is #20 and to use Critters.  I would also like to take my first card over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #30 for September.

      Now, I find this a wee bit crazy, but The day my stamps arrived, this was in my yard, climbing on some garden blocks!

     I just found this so funny!  I have never seen one in PA with antenna and a shell!  Most we ever had were slugs.  They were creepy.  Anyway, thanks for sticking with my long post.  Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Using the Mood Board....

     Well this morning we are getting some of the first rain bands from Dorian. It is grey, windy and just plain dreary.  What better time then now to do a blog post, right? 

     Today I am sharing a card that I made ages ago and stashed in my file for the right challenge to come along.  It uses stamps from the Out of this world set by Clearly Besotted.  My sentiment was printed.  The lavender embossed card stock was from Tuesday Mornings and is Bazzill.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder on my  green background.   My frame die is unknown.  Coloring was done with Copic markers.  For embellishments, I used blue gems, and lots of Glossy Accents.

     I would like to take this over to the Double D Challenge, which is their Featured Challenge, where you use something in their Mood Board on your creation!  I went with the monster quilt!

     The good thing is that it is Friday!  Hubby signed up for a Fisherman's Flea Market for Saturday.  He has some trolling motors and navigation devices to sell.  He will have a fun day near the water with lots of other fishing fanatics.  I am working on some more re-organizing in this craft room.   Since my space is so limited, I have to keep on top of it.  Hope you have fun things planned, also.

Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Down on the Farm!

     I recently acquired this set from a Goodwill purchase.  I thought it would be great for some
masculine cards.  It is called Times and Seasons from back in 1999, by Stampin Up!  I thought about how to color it and decided to use a water brush and ink washes.   I love the softness.  My sun and cloud dies are from Lil Inkers.  The designer, red check paper is from Little Yellow Bicycle and their Vintage Summer pack.

     This is the correct theme for the current Paper Players challenge #457, which is a theme challenge by LeAnne.  It is called " Down on the Farm".  How fun!

     I have been lost to the blogging universe, again.  So sorry.  It has been a busy few weeks.  Chores are getting caught up and the temps have eased up a bit.  We have been planting some shrubs and a tree, building a ramp to the back yard (since we have a Dachshund), and listing items for sale so we can find our garage.  Next will be decorating for fall!  Thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, August 27, 2019


     Today I am sharing one of the many sympathy cards that I create for my DD's health care office.  I send them 3 doz. at a time, and by the time I think to ask how they liked them, they are through half. I understand that these can be so hard for some to create, but I know they are appreciated when the time arises.  

     This was created using scraps of designer paper and card stock from my stash.  The Great Heron die is from Gina Marie Designs. my oval is an inside stitched oval from MFT.   I used my brushes to blend the colors and create a sky and ground for my bird.  Copic's were used to color parts of the bird and Nuvo drops were used as accents.  My sentiment is from a lovely sympathy set called Moments of Grace, by SSS.

I would like to enter this over at Pixie's Snippets Playground for their challenge #359.  All of my papers are scraps.

     The cooler temps here in DE have driven us to the outdoors. Hubby is planting shrubs and trees, and building landings where there are no steps.   I am so looking forward to my first fall in this new area.  Delaware seems to like celebrations, as I could see from the number of peach festivals.  Next I expect apples and pumpkins!  Sorry I have been scarce, but I do appreciate the visit!

Monday, August 12, 2019

Monochromatic Jungle Card

     I saw this challenge over on the Double D challenge blog and just wanted to go play along.  This sweet little zebra is another of the many stamps I own, which came from an unmounted collection bought years ago.  If anyone knows who makes it, please feel free to let me know.  I just hate not showing these stamps love.  I also used lots of dies from my stash too.  I shadowed my Zebra with Copic marker and added black Nuvo drops as accents.  The designer paper is a chevron print that was bought from Tuesday Mornings and has a slight shade of pink distressing.  I also used Crafter's Companion metallic card in matte and shiny silver.

     So as I said I will take this over to the Double D Challenge blog where this week the challenge is "It's a jungle out there".

     I will also enter this as a second entry at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies.

      How about Paper Players #454 which is Black, White and One Other Color!  My extra color is silver!

     This mission that I've been on, to use all my unloved goodies, continues.  You just never know what you will see here if you visit!  LOL.  Oh, and thanks for that, also!

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Negative and Positive!

     This was pure playing but I used everything I had to make these cards.  I also drug an old SU! set out of the closet to join in the playing.  That set is called Fishy Friends.  I just love these comical sea creatures!

     I started with plain white card stock panel, and 3 Distress Oxide inks.  They were Old Paper, Tumbled Glass and Peacock Feathers.  Each ink was stamped using a bubble background stamp, which  found in my stash.  I cut the one panel with a inside scallop circle die, and the second panel has the inside of the circle as a background for my fish!  There are scraps of paper from Heidi Swapp, that were used as layers.  My seaweed in metallic silver, and starfish are dies from Gina Marie.  The fish in the circle uses the SU! Happy Birthday Frame to ground him.  For embellishment I used Nuvo Drops in Blizzard and Duck Egg Blue.  Nothing was wasted!

      I would like to share these over at Pixie's Snippets Playground #358, which is use snippets all the time.

     Your visit is greatly appreciated.  Hope you have a terrific Tuesday.

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Sweet Doxie

     I was recently able to get my hands on this adorable Dachshund die.  This card kind of evolved on it's own.  It started with a play with some watercolor paper, which was then die cute with a semi circle cross stitch die.  My card base is in rust and the designer paper is from K & Co's Sweet Nectar collection.  Next I die cut the Doxie and used fingertip daubers and ink pads to apply color.  I used some SU ribbon for a cute bow, and Golden Sunset Nuvo Drops as my accents.  I added accents to the dog with a Copic.

     Just a quick post for a Saturday.  Hubby is dog sitting, for our son, and I am manning the resident Doxie at home.  August sounds like it will be a jam packed month and getting us closer to hubby's Halloween retirement... Woo Hoo!  Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, August 1, 2019

Love Me Some Critters!

     Today's card features a stamp that has been in my collection for what seems like a zillion years.  His name is Henry, and he is made by Rubbernecker Stamps.  I thought he deserved to see some daylight!

     My card starts with a white base, and then I added a panel stamped with the Buffalo Check, background stamp from SU!  I added a few strips of  red bandanna paper from my scraps.  Henry is stamped on a Gina Marie Designs, fishtail tag die and coloring is done with Copic markers.  My sentiment and word bubble were grabbed from other random sets.  I tied a twine bow and added some navy Nuvo drops, plus a little sparkle to my heart.

     I am entering this over at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies, for their newest Challenge.

     Most of our friends are in the upper years, so I thought this one would make a great birthday card for the stash.  I hope life is good in your part of the world.  Seems we have yet another week almost kicked in the butt!  Thanks for the visit.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Dancing Sheep!

     I just adore this cute stamp set, and for the life of me, I can not figure out who makes it.  I have tried Google and everything.  If you happen to know, please pop it in the comments.  Thanks.

     When I saw the new sketch challenge at Paper Players 452, I knew these little guys would fit in the middle of that sketch!

     My card starts with a base of Sweet Corn card from Gina K. Designs, some scraps of mint and pink and very vanilla,  from my stash, and a piece of DP from K & Co's Wild Raspberry Collection.  I fussy cut my sheep and stamped a sentiment from the same set.  The only embellishments are some Diamond Stickles and pink Nuvo drops.  I was a real rebel and moved my sentiment to the opposite side, for better placement.

     Tuesday, already?  How is this possible?  Sounds like it will be another hot one, too.  Oh well, more time to stay in and craft!  Thanks for stopping by.  Keep cool!

Monday, July 29, 2019

A Background Challenge

     I have a friend who has been doing a beautiful job of using all of her older Stampin Up stamps.  She recently challenged me to create a card using a background stamp that we both own.

     The stamp is the Happy Birthday Greetings background stamp.  I was not quite sure how I was going to use it, but I think my card came out okay.  I started by using Versamark and gold embossing powder on a white panel.  I layered it on matte gold and a black card base.  I found this fun party hat die in my stash, and cut a couple for my side border.  For embellishments, I used gold Nuvo Drops, and some sparkly gold ribbon.

     Please visit Wendy's blog  at WeeBeeStampin4Fun here.  This was such a fun way to play with our stash!

     I would like to enter this card at the Double D Challenge, which is a Birthday Challenge.  I love the lower corner of the inspiration panel which is all black, white and gold.

     Thanks for visiting me today, and I hope you start your week off with a smile!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

Visiting Vintage

     This card opens a world of emotions to me.  My mom has been gone since 1997 and at that time, she was an avid collector of antique buttons.  She also bought and sold collections all over the world.  Parts of  her collection were photographed for the Big Book of Buttons, which is like the bible for collectors.  When I saw this stamp for sale on a FB group, I just had to have it!

     This card started with a white base and a layer of vintage floral.  I stamped my image in Memento ink and cut it out with a cross stitch rectangle die. This pretty stamp is from Stampington & Company. I colored sections in with a pale Copic marker and added Glossy Accent to my button holes for texture.  My gold foiled sentiment heart is from Crafter's Companion, as are my corner dies, I do believe.  The card is finished with a satin bow and a few pale pearls.

     I would like to enter this card at the Allsorts Challenge # 530/31 which is Buttons and Bows!

For now I have left it as a blank note until I find the right person.  Thanks for the visit, and I hope you have a fabulous weekend.