Tuesday, August 15, 2017

ABC


     I ran across a new to me challenge, called the ABC Christmas Challenge.  Since I had only posted this fun card on FB, I decided to put it up on my blog and play along!  For this challenge you get to choose from the following:

P is for People
Q is for quick
R is for red

     All must have a Christmas theme, and you may chose one or combine all three letters!

     I have decided to go for P is for people!  Although I do not know the maker of these Eskimo stamps, I just had to use them.  They were bought in a collection and are mounted on cling.  I've colored them with colored pencils to keep the colors soft, and used assorted dies which I cut and sponged in blue ink.  My sentiment is from Hero Arts.  My embellishments are Blue gems and Martha large flake glitter.

     Thanks for stopping by, and hope to see you again soon!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

TMS #415


     Good morning, and happy weekend!  Today I have a card for the Tuesday Morning Sketches # 415.  I have been working on Halloween cards so I decided to go with that theme.  I was such a great sketch to work with!


     My designer papers are from Pebbles and the pad is called BOO.  I created my angled piece with white punched with a MS cobweb border punch, and lined it with black.  I die cut a vine and spiderweb to create my cluster, did a Tim Holtz rub on spider from his Apothecary collection, and a spooky flower from Recollections.  My sentiment was a vellum sticker.

     I hope you enjoy what I made, and that you visit the TMS website and see all the beautiful inspiration! 

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Splatter it !


     Well I went to see what Simon Says Stamp had in mind for their Wednesday Challenge.  That is when I found out the idea was to splatter it.  Hmmmm, what to do?  I decided that instead of flinging paint or ink, that I would go a different way, and use a stamp and some die cuts.  It is still splatter for sure!

     I started with a charcoal card base, and then created my splatter panel using and old Art Gone Wild stamp with Intense Black ink.  I sponged the edge with Salty Ocean Distress Ink.  I found a splatter die cut and coated it with Glossy Accents, also coated some of the smaller dots on the background to create texture.  When my die cut was dry, I popped it up on foam tape.  I then added my words that are called Brushstroke Birthday Greetings, from MFT.  For still more texture I added some black sequins.

     A different way to attack the situation!  The weather is so refreshing this weekend, I do believe it has brought my brain back to life.  Thanks very much for stopping by!

Friday, August 4, 2017

A New Sketch!


   
     Good morning and Happy Friday!  I have been a wee bit scarce, again.  Seems that everyone that I hold dear, has been in a health crisis lately.  I decided to take a little time this morning to create something and I saw this fine sketch challenge that I want to give a try.


     I have to admit that the card is rather simple but I love how it came out.  I used mostly items that have been sitting, and that always makes me feel good.  The card starts with a black base, and I took a panel of white, embossed it with a crackle folder, and sponged the edges with some Tangelo Twist ink.  My scrap bins are enormous, so I dug until I found some left over strips of Halloween papers.  The 2 stamps used are actually from Michael's $2 bin and I think they will be getting lots of use.  I used a strip of oozing goo die with a bit of Diamond Stickles for sparkle.  That is all there is to it!

     This will be entered in the challenge at Freshly Made Sketches  #299 by Kim.

     Here is hoping that you have a weekend full of fun times and good company!  See you soon!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another Tuesday is here!


      Today it is time for a new Tuesday Morning Sketch #413!  I had a mess of wintery type stamps out on my desk, and decided to work with them, and figure them into my sketch for this week.  The twist of this week is to add stamping.  I did flip my oval for a horizontal card.


     I used a white base, a layer of Bazzill card in a turquoise blue, and a half sheet of designer paper from American Crafts NOEL pad..My stamps have been in my collection for a long time.  I purchased an entire collection on Ebay, many years ago, and they were all unmounted and I have no clue who the makes is.  They are the fishing penguin, and the igloo.  The oval and stitched vally dies which  used, afre from MFT.  My sentiment is from SU!.  I did some sponging and most coloring was done with colored pencils and mineral spirits.  Metallic silver was added to the front doorway, and I scattered a few spare snowflakes with pearls to the sky.  I use Martha S. shaker snow and a tiny bow to finish things off.

     It always makes me feel so good to use things from my stash, and this is one of those fun cards!

     Thank you kindly for your visit!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Let's See Some Stars.


     I recently acquired this adorable stamp set from The Cat's Pajamas, called Wish.  How very fitting that my very first card with it, uses lots of twinkling stars.   I stamped my image and sentiment in Hero Arts Intense Black ink, and colored with color pencils and ms.  My designer papers were scraps from my bin.  I used a stencil to add some dots to the corners, and an SU! tiny star punch for my extras.  The only other item used are some diamond Stickles for sparkle!

     I would like to enter this card into the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is called We're Seeing Stars!

      This crazy PA weather has gone from blazing heat to tropical downpours.  Next, I am expecting summer to leap into an early Fall.  Hope things are more normal where you are.  I appreciate your visiting.  Keep cool!

Friday, July 21, 2017

A Little Bit of Christmas!


     So they call it Christmas in July... quite the struggle, since we have had temps ranging from 90 to over 100 degrees.  It is a struggle to get this old body functioning!

     Today I have a card which will fit into a few challenges.  It started with a white base card and then I added a layer of holiday designer paper from The Hot Cocoa collection by American Crafts.  Using my stitched circle dies, I cut two, one in black and the other out of watercolor paper.  I sprinkled on Scarlet Brusho's.  I cut my sentiment stamp from IO from the same piece.  The circle was then stamped with the very classic SU set called Lovely As A Tree, and assembled with a Doodlebug Paper Frill between the circles.  I cut the Memory Box deer family from white card and placed them over my circles, using a red scrap as an anchor.  My embellishments are gold sequins, and aglitter sticker from Martha.

I would like to enter this at the following:

Cardz for Guyz #174:  Christmas in July

Double D Challenges:  B & W w/a Pop of Color.... mine is red!

Little Red Wagon # 403:  Christmas in July

     I hope you enjoy what I have made and I appreciate your visits and comments!


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

A New Card for TMS!


     I am trying very hard to be faithful to doing Tuesday Morning Sketches.  This week is #412.  This week, it was a tough one for me, but I think I like the end result.  The added twist to the sketch is to use embellishments.

   
     The background was created using a fun new die and then placing paper behind to shine through all the holes.  I then took strips of all coordinating papers from my paper pad to create some banners. That pad is the American Craft, Spring paper pad. The sentiment was stamped with Tranquil Tide, SU ink and layered on 2 SU punches.  The sentiment is from the Hot Off the Press, Thank You stamp set.  For my embellishment, I scattered little enamel hearts, from Chickaniddy, called
Twirly Girly.

     We have been in the grips of a nasty heat wave here in PA.  It is kind of hard to motivate or stay focused on any one thing.  Hope you are staying cool, wherever you are.  Remember not to take those doggies on car rides in this, and watch their bare tootsies on hot sidewalks.

Monday, July 17, 2017

Thanks!


     Today I have a card created for the Little Red Wagon Challenge #402 , called Thanks Bunches.  I needed a thanks for for a kindness bestowed on our household this weekend, so this was perfect!

     This card was made using Brusho powders to color all of my die cuts.  My sentiment is from Hot Off the Press.  The designer paper is from a holiday pad, but I thought it made the images pop, so I went with it.  As for the dies, the sun and clouds are Lil Inkers, the trees are Lawn Fawn, my bunny is IO, and as for the swallow, he came from Ebay.  Dimensionals were used to create depth.

     That is it for me today.  Happy Monday!  I need to head back to work, although I am not feeling it.  Enjoy!

Friday, July 14, 2017

I Love Plaid!

   
     Sometimes I think that when I get a new pad of paper, I immediately use that one single sheet of plaid that the throw in as a token.  Plaid just seems to make everything right with the world.

     Today I created a card that is a little girly, but still incorporates the use of plaid.   My card will be entered over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, Use Plaid.

     I started with an A2 white card base, and then added papers from the American Craft Spring collection. The ivy trail was cut from a scrap of green 2x.  The stamp and sentiment I used are something called small stamps from Hot Off the Presses.  For accents I added Petaloo flowers and a pair of Jolee's sunglasses, to truly look like a European vacation!

     Well last night was interesting with heavy storms and the TV beeping away for tornado warnings.  We only got the heavy rain, thank goodness.  Guess we ill see what we are in for today.  Thanks for visiting, and have a fantastic Friday!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

A Little Bit of Christmas


     Good morning, my crafty friends!  Today I have a card, created for the Tuesday Morning Sketches, #411.  It is a classic sketch with a twist of adding Christmas.


     My own little twist is that I have no clue who designed this stamp.  I won it from a challenge in the UK and it was permanently attached to a rocker block.  It stamps very well.  I also used some mirrored silver card stock, ribbon with silver edging, and a red Doodlebug Paper Frill.  The image was stamped in Real Red ink by SU!.  Designer paper is from the NOEL collection by American Crafts.

     Hiding from the heat, today.  Hope to do lots of stamping!  Thanks for the visit.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Cardz 4 Guyz


     Today I have a card I would like to enter into the challenge at Cardz 4 Guyz, # 173, called Beside the Sea.  

     I started with a white card base, and some beautiful blue chevron paper from Heidi Swapp, with no name.  The next grungy layer was printed.  I cut my Sailboat die and shell border dies from scraps.  The seagulls are from Impression Obsession, and I added a few wraps of hemp twine as an accent.

     The sentiment will be added to the inside later, when I see what I will use it for.

     We are heading into a stretch of oppressive heat, so it will be time to run from the AC to the car and back.  Keep cool, and I will check in soon!