Monday, July 22, 2019

Masculine CAS

   
     Last month I made an assortment of birthday cards, for a very nice business man I met.  This was one of those cards.  He had mentioned he gave one to each of his employees.
I gifted him with a few to keep him going.

     Most of what was used for the CAS card were scraps from my desktop.  A pieces of designer paper was added to a white base.  My stamped layer is also done on white, with my image in Memento Rich Cocoa ink.  The stamp was purchased on Ebay and arrived with no name.  All I knew is how I struggle with making cards for the men in my life, and knew it would get lots of use.  I used  shades of green and blue ink with my makeup brushes to add touchs of color to my panel. A simple Happy Birthday die cut was added to the top, using a leftover scrap of gold foil card stock.  My inside reads "Fishing You Many Happy Returns".  That stamp is from Rubbernecker.

     I would like to enter this at:  1)  Paper Players #451  Clean and Simple Masculine.

                                                  2)  Pixie's Snippets Playground #357  Always use snippets.

     Sorry I have not been posting, I just get into a slump.  Perhaps the lifting of the heat will get things perking, again.  Our state fair is 10 minutes down the road and with the heat index being 120*, I just could not bare the thought of going, so I sent hubby by himself.  It is however, a good time to sit and do some stamping.  Thanks for visiting.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Never Too Many Birthday Cards!


     I always like to keep a large assortment of Birthday cards on hand.  I was watching a video about using scrap for backgrounds.  You take pieces that are at least 2 inches wide and cut them diagonally to form long triangles.  I like how this worked out, and i will be making more.

     My Flower Shop stamps and punch, from SU! was also being neglected so I added them to the mix.  The flowers were stamped in Rich Razzleberry and Wisteria Wonder.  My Happy Birthday die was a gift, so I am clueless.The only other thing was adding centers to my flowers with some Nuvo Crystal drops.

     I would like to enter this at Fab & Funky Challenges #448, which is the Colour Purple.

     This would also be great for the challenge at Pixie's Crafty Workshop #356, which is using all of       our Snippets.

     It is so funny to see some of the paper scraps I have hoarded!  It actually ages me!  LOL.....

     Have a wonderful Hump Day, and I hope to see you again soon!

Monday, July 8, 2019

Surf's Up!

 
      Here is a fun card I created last week.  Had the pleasure of family visiting and it has been laying on my desk since.

The items I used are as follows:
Papers:  Designer paper from Heidi Swapp, A printed beach, and assorted white card scraps for die cuts
Stamps:  The Chillin set from Simon Says Stamp
Dies:  Sea Gulls from IO,  stitched clouds from Lil Inker, starfish from Gina Marie
Ink:  Coloring with Copic markers, images stamped with Hero Arts, intense black ink
Embellishments:  Nuvo Glitter drops, Crystal Lacquer for nose and mouth.

     I would like to enter this at Paper Players #449, which is Water Sports (surfing).

     Also, entering at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge for this month, which is #28.

     Another at Allsorts Challenge which is Summer Fun/ or Sport

     How about Just For Fun July 2019 Challenge which is At the Shore Line.

     This Chillin stamp set has the greatest dog images!  It even has sentiment for retirement!

     I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday weekend.  Around here, it was hard to plan anything with all of the pop up storms, so we did lots of eating out and short trips.  Did some antiquing, mini golf, and a trip to the DuPont Nature Center, which my grandson loved.  He learned all about special turtles and horseshoe crabs, plus got to see how they eat.  Thanks for the visit.


Friday, June 28, 2019

A Sympathy with Butterfly.


     As some of you know, I create sympathy cards for my daughter's office at work.  Unfortunately, they go through quite a few as they are in the health care field.  Sometimes I have to replenish quickly, and this card is one that is easy to duplicate.


     My background paper has succulents mixed into the flowers and I thought it was such a pretty background.  I printed it from an image found on Pinterest.  That was added to a base card in a rose color. My die was a gift, and I am unsure of the maker.  I added Queen and Co pearls and a sympathy sentiment stamp on the edge of the butterfly.

     Have a great weekend, and I will see you again soon!

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Starting with a Wreath.......


      Have you ever gotten a plan in your head and it haunts you until it can come true?  That is what happened with me this week.  I was looking around my craft room and seeing all of the stamps set I own that have little stamps includes.  It seems I always use the main images, but never the extras.  I decided to resolve that issue, after watching many videos on the Gina K. Wreath Builder Template.  I purchased a set from a lady who was selling her's on FB... Gee, wonder why she would part with it?  It arrived and I went to try it out.  It was then I realized my Misti was too small!!!!  Since I have a sweet hubby, he did not give me grief about buying a new size.  Well, that too has arrived and I finally got to play.  I used a stamp set from Altenew, called Parrot Paradise.  Oh, that was fun!

     My inks are Nuvo Hybrid inks, and since the rounded leaf was quite solid, it stamped a bit mottled, which I think added to the texture.  The parrot was colored with Copic markers, and popped up with foam.  I used a die cut for my sentiment in matte gold and designer paper from Webster's Pages.  I have hoarded those papers for years! All that was left, was to add gems for a bit of sparkle.

      I would like to enter this at Little Red Wagon #503...Which is Much Ado About Nothing.  Do not make a card for a specific holiday.

     This will also go over to Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Anything Goes.

     We are in the grip of a heat wave and stamping has been a big part of the last couple days.  Hope all is well in your little part of the world, and thanks for stopping by.  Sorry if I was windy, but I am hooked on these new tools!



Monday, June 24, 2019

A First For Me.

  

     Today I have 2 cards created for a challenge I have never played in.  Why haven't I played?  I have no clue!  I visit Darnell's Blog, quite frequently, but  not had the pleasure of joining in on her Twofer Challenge, which this month is bees.  

Onefer:


     My first card uses some rather old papers and my stitched mat rectangle dies from Lil Inker.  My stamp set is the Bee Builder stamps from Honey Bee Stamps.  The designer paper is from a Mat Stack by DCWV.  The daisies were cut and topped with tiny Nuvo drop accents. The bee wings were coated with Diamond Stickles. I had a sheet of all Bee sentiments, but no name.  This one is a birthday card.

Twofer:


     Second card has a base of Pear Pizzazz card from SU, and strips of plaid, also found in the DCWV stack.I embossed a white panel and inked the edges with Granny Apple Green.  Again I used the Bee Builder stamps, but this time I made it a card to encourage, and changed up the face on my bee body.  Not quite the sparkle, with Wink of Stella on my bee wings.  My die cuts are done in metallic card.

     I just love the way you can change up the mood with different faces!  Have a happy Monday, and thanks for the visit!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Have You Heard?


     This is a newer set from Unity, which I received in an order, the other day.  I could not resist this sweet face.  It kept calling "buy me".  It stamps beautifully and is such a good size, the a card does not need much else.  I kept thinking of Elsie, the old Borden cow from commercials and had to add a few daisies into the mix.

     I started with a Pear Pizzazz card base and blended in some Balmy Blue ink on the edges of a white 4x5.25 panel.  A strip of the green dsp from the SU! gingham gala assortment, was added.  Next I stamped my cow with Memento, Rich Cocoa ink. Then I blended ink around the cow with the same blue and adding Granny Apple Green for my pasture.  The cow was colored lightly with Copic markers, and Glossy Accents were added to the eyes and nose.  The image was cut out with cross stitched semi-circle dies.  I die cut a couple of daisies and hit the side edge of each petal with green, to make them look dimensional.  Their centers got covered in diamond Stickles, and some sequins and a bow were added.

This card will be entered at Cuttlebug Mania , which is a Tic-Tac-Toe challenge this week.



     I used the top horizontal row:  sentiment, image, die-cut! 

      I think this set is going to get lots of use!  It should do nicely for girly or masculine cards.

     Thanks for stopping by.   Sounds like another day of nasty storms, so might as well stamp!

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

Go Wild!

     I know, I know.... I have been absent.  It isn't that I have not been creating, as that is all I seem to do.  I apologize one again for letting my blog go stale.  On to my card.


     Today I have a card that I created this morning with some stamps that were gifted to me, before I moved.  They are wonderful red rubber that were never mounted on EZ Mount, so yesterday I got that chore completed.  The are from High Hopes Stamps, and a great bunch of adorable animals. This great background was included  with the group, also.  So much fun!

     My coloring was done with Copic markers, and that led to another chore of re-inking about a dozen pens....I used a piece of designer paper from MFT, and their Wild Prints 6x6 pad, along with 2 sizes of stitched suns from Lil Inker.  The birthday sentiment is one of my zillion unmounted stamps that has no maker attached.  I added an inside sentiment that says "Walk on the wild side".

     I would like to enter this card at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies #27.  Such a fun challenge to use all of our critters!

     It is hump day, and most of the country is water logged.  Looking forward to some bright sunshine, this weekend.  How about you?

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Hello, Gorgeous!


     Today I would like ot share a card I created with the SSS, Wake Up and Make Up stamp set.  This was really fun to place all the pieces on my Misti and form a pattern.  I was able to do just enough to leave room for the sentiment.  My coloring was done with Copic markers, and touches of Stickles and Glossy Accents were added for texture. There are even some Nuvo Drops added to fill in and add even more texture.   I even pulled out an old Martha Stewart corner punch.  The designer dotted paper is from American Crafts Hip Hip Hooray paper pad.


     For the inside, I added a makeup brush, and more of the corner punches to my panel.  Everything was mounted to a black card base.  I really like how this came out and will be using it again, real soon!

     I would like to take this over to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge which is Anything Goes.

     Hope everyone is having a great weekend.  If the storms hold off, we may do a bit of grilling today.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Playing With Stencils

     I received a set of those new- fangled makeup brushes, in the mail, the other day.  I had to give them a go, and I must say I just love how they blend inks!  I pulled out an old stencil I had in my stash, and went to town layering my images, until I liked what I saw.  I even used a negative from a Lil Inker sun die to stencil in my sun.  My sentiment is another unknown and was stamped in High Dive dye ink from Simon Says Stamp.  I added some Nuvo Drops to my flower centers and butterflies, and mounted my panel onto a piece of Bazzill card.  I used a scrap of gold mirror card to make my sentiment pop. A white gel pen was used to add tiny dots to  my butterfly wings.  It was so pretty that it just had to be for a mom!  This will go into next years stash.

     This card will be entered at Simon Says Stamp and Show- Use Stencils
     Also at Use Your Stuff  #359- for the Moms.

     Another fun play day!  Hope you have a pleasant Hump Day, and life treats you well.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Language of Friendship


     Today, I reached in the closet and shut my eyes, pulling out an SU set and telling myself I was going to use it no matter what.  The set is called Language of Love.  I had never used it and so I had to get out the coordinating SU bird punch.  I created the card base in white with designer paper from Making Memories, Black and White paper pad.


     Next I cut a piece with a cross stitch rectangle die, and went to town stamping and punching out my birds and branch.  I used Hero Arts Intense Black ink.  I mixed up my sentiments.  My images were popped up with Dimensionals.  The dotted background was created with yet another item that I had never used.  Big round pens called Dotteriffic.... OMGosh, they are actually shaded color.... will be using them again!  They dry quickly too!

     I would like to enter this in the challenge at Little Red Wagon #497 called Happy Bird-Day.

     I have always been a fan of Black and White so I just went with it.  This was a fun morning project.  Thanks for looking!

Monday, May 13, 2019

First Holy Communion


     It has been years since I have needed to create First Communion cards.  This year I needed two.  I decided to go with the same design for both.  I struggled but made my way through.  I worked around the cross set from Spellbinders and built them from there.  Luckily I had purchased the chalice and host die set and cut them from gold metallic card from Crafter's Companion, and well as my embossed letters.  I used pink and blue scraps for my crosses.  I had been gifted with a pile of embossed background and decided to add some texture to the backgrounds.    Gabby is the daughter of my hubby's co-worker and Flynn is my great nephew.  Both have had their special day and received their gifts,  so now I can share.  Brings back such wonderful memories of when my children received their sacraments.  Man I feel old!

     It is Monday and still raining.... this has to end soon!  I am suppose to have a shed delivered this week plus fence installed ina week or so.   There is an old superstition that you put the Blessed Mother in the window to ensure a dry wedding day... hummm wonder if it will work for shed delivery?