Friday, September 15, 2017
This is one of those great sketches that can be used for so many things. Whether you are stamping your own background, or using a digital image as the focal point, it works awesome.
Today I would like to share this card at Tuesday Morning Sketches # 420.
I used mostly scraps from my bin, for the paper and card. My snowflakes were punched with a Martha Stewart punch, and my Christmas circle was purchased from Ebay. The embossed panel is from a Cuttlebug folder. I coated the letters with 3D Crystal lacquer and added touches of Diamond Stickles for sparkle. Easy peasy, and cheerful.
Thanks for stopping by... see you again, real soon!
Saturday, September 9, 2017
Here is a card that I whipped up for the Tuesday Morning Sketches # 419, this week. I guess I am into the Fall/Halloween colors right now. There has been a definite chill in the air and it has been heavenly!
This card uses the adorable bat and sentiment are from the My Favorite Things set called Witch Way Is the Candy. I used assorted card stocks and designer paper from Bo Bunny Apple Cider Collection. I stamped with Fresh Fig ink from SU!, and added some colored pencil and white gel pen accents to my bats. He also has Glossy Accent eyes. I added some fun Fall fibers with a hemp bow, sequins, and some embossing to a punched heart.
That is it for now. Praying for family and friends that are in harms way, and praying for a positive outcome.
Friday, September 8, 2017
As we prepare for 3 very important holidays, I would like to share a card that I created for Halloween. I remember when these TH cat, dog, and bird stamps hit the scene. I had to have them all, plus their accessories! They are awesome and I must say, make some very versatile cards!
Today I would like to share this card for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge. It is during their STAMPtember celebration, so there are no digital images allowed. You must stamp.
This card starts with a white base and then a panel that is stenciled using a Tim Holtz Shatter stencil, which I borrowed from a friend. I sponged it with some Peach Parfait ink, and added 2 bands of Lil B washi tape. I acquired a punch that punches out 3 tiny bats, (sorry no marking), and applied them to the sky. My cat and broom were colored with Copic marker and fussy cut. Glossy accents were added to his eyes for a bit of dimension.
Thanks for visiting! May all those who are in the paths of these violent hurricanes find strength to do all the right things. Praying for each and every person, plus their critters, to be safe.
Wednesday, August 30, 2017
Today, I used this weeks sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches. I have been trying real hard to make a fresh Christmas card everyday, so I do not get behind at the end.
Here is the sketch that was used. I hope you enjoy what I came up with! The following is a list of what I used:
Papers: White card stock, designer paper from American Crafts Jolly Collection, and silver foil card for cutting.
Embossing: Folder from Darice.
Ink: Soft Sky from SU! Versamark and silver embossing.
Stamps: Hero Arts, Holiday Sayings.
Embellishments: Enamel dots from SU!
That is it for today. Hope it is a good one! Praying for Texas.
Wednesday, August 23, 2017
I have been very bad, once again with keeping posts going on my blog. I am so sorry, but life keeps getting in the way.
This week I wanted to try the new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches # 417. Here is what I used:
Dies: The lattice flower spray are from Ebay, the sentiment is from Sizzix, Stitched Ovals are from MFT and the tiny poinsettia die, in the center of my bow, are from Poppy Stamps
Paper: Basic white card base, designer paper is from Pebbles Welcome Christmas Collection.
Embellishments: Gems and Pearls are Recollections, Ribbon from Michael's, Glossy Accents.
Inks: SU! Real Red and Gumball Green. I sponged the oval and water brushed with the ink on my spray
That is it for today. I thank you for visiting me, and wish you a great week.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Saturday, July 8, 2017
Happy Saturday. Last night storms brought a beautiful rainbow, so there is no reason not to try and be happy. I created this card for someone who needs a little cheering up. When I got started, I remembered the new sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches. You are also to use a die cut to create it.
This card came together fairly quick. I used 3 colors of card stock, my new Emoji dies from ebay, and a sentiment stamp from Print Works (2000). The swirls were created with a stubby from Stamps by Judith, and I added some yellow sequins for interest.
Hope all is happy in you're little part of the world. Have a blessed Saturday, and I shall see you soon.
Friday, July 7, 2017
Happy Friday to all my stamping friends. It is one rainy day here, so I may do a couple of posts to keep myself sane.
Today I have a card created with a Sheena Douglass stamp set, called Sea View. It is a gorgeous set, and was free inside Creative Stamping magazine. All stamps are from the set, and the seagulls are from Impression Obsession. The background paper is from the Hello Sunshine collection by Bo Bunny. The coloring is quite the mixture of pencils, markers, and ink pads. I added a little Wink of Stella clear to the mermaids tail and the ocean waves. (sorry it is hard to see)
I will be entering this over at Little Red Wagon #401, which is Wet and Wild. My Mermaid looks a little wild, and the ocean sure is wet.
We were thinking of taking a ride to the Creating Keepsakes Convention, in Lancaster, today. This rain shows no signs of cutting us a break. Actually I should not complain, as it will save me money. LOL!
Thursday, July 6, 2017
I decided to join in on the Pastel Party over at Double D Challenges. I have had this card made since I found out I need a 30's celebration card, for this year. I ended up making 2 and was waiting for the perfect challenge.
My background paper is from Bo Bunny's Butterfly Kisses collection. I then water colored a stitched rectangle panel from Lil Inkers. Added a few watercolor die cuts and numbers, and pastel ribbon from my stash. The sentiment is a pre-printed one from a paper collection. The final embellishment are the enamel dots from SU!
I want to thank my friend for the airplane and clouds she sent me. They were such fun to water color. Thanks for the visit. I hope that everyone that celebrated, had a fantastic 4th of July!
Monday, July 3, 2017
Okay, so I am a day early. I am sure you are all doing some sort of celebrating, by now! I went searching through my file of cards to post later and I found this appropriate creation. Can't even tell you when I created it.
I know that it uses Clear Dollar stamps, a Memory Box die, some patriotic designer paper, from my stash, and a bit of Stickles and stars!
Going to try a new to me challenge over at Dragonfly Journeys #95, which is red, white and blue-tiful!
Please have a very safe celebration, and remember to keep those pets safe and secure. They do not understand fireworks!
Monday, June 26, 2017
This is the first time in all of my stamping years, that I have re-bought a paper pad! I have been so in love with this designer paper from Bo Bunny, called Butterfly Kisses, that I did exactly that. I used the large jar from the Mason Jar stamp set by Inkadinkado and water colored it with inks and my water brush. I added a twine bow, with button, and a paper doily as a back drop. My polka dot strip is a scrap of designer paper from my stash.
I would like to enter this over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is to use Patterned Paper.
I hope everyone's week starts off on the right foot, and life is calm. Thanks for the visit!
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Good morning! Today I would like to share the card I made for my GS's recent birthday. The little guy went and turned 4, already! How is that possible? You can see his recent school photo on my sidebar.
I started with a base of medium blue card stock, a layer of black and then the panel I created with Distress Inks in the colors Iced Spruce, Broken China, and Faded Jeans. My stamp set is from My Favorite Things and is called Circus Spectacular, and was designed by Lisa Johnson. I just love these stamps and their vintage feel. My large number is from SU!, and the panel was cut out using a Lil Inker stitched rectangle. I added a few mini punched stars and blue enamel dot, plus some black cording at the corners.
Thanks so much for visiting, and have a great weekend!
Friday, June 9, 2017
I found out that a sweet couple, who lives up the street, finally tied the knot. It is a melded family with kids of assorted ages, and as the bride said, "Life got in the way".
How many of us can relate to that? So, Jim and I decided to send up a little prezzie this weekend, to help extend their honeymoon.
I made this tag using some specialty paper, with lots of sparkle and shine, from DCWV. Two of my base dies are from Spellbinders, and the silver die cut, I altered, by cutting off some of the outside edges. The bride and groom die and the mr. and mrs. words are dies I bought from Ebay. I used a Gina Marie stitched circle die set to create the opening for the bottle neck. A little bit of extra sparkle was added to the heart on the words. It needed a little something on the left side, so I added a few tiny flower punches with gem centers.
The will be entered over at the Mod Squad Challenge, which is Spark It Up!
It does not seem possible that we are at another weekend, but here we are! Hope you have a great one!
Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Wow... where ever did I find this paper collection? It is an old K & Co pad called Madeline, by Brenda Walton! It is gorgeous paper, but I had no clue I still had pieces of it. I combined all of the pieces of double sided papers to create my front panel, including the double circles, cut with Gina Marie stitched circles.
I stamped some flowers, using the Flower Shop SU! set and matching punch. the ink was Melon Mambo, with Distress ink lightly applied. My leaves were die cut with more dp from the pad, and tucked around the edges. Found a piece of this plum stitched ribbon laying on my desk.... It came from a gift I recently received. As for the sentiment, it was also included in the pad. I punched centers for my flowers and topped them with glossy accents.
This will be entered in the newest challenge over at Your Next Stamp. It is #65 to be exact. You have a choice of sketch, colors, or both. I chose the sketch!
Well, here we are at Tuesday, already! It just does not seem possible. We had some peek of sun, over the weekend. That made us all feel a wee bit less mildewed. Seems we are back into the gloomies today! Thanks for the visit.
Thursday, June 1, 2017
I found this card I created last April, in my cards to post later file. I remember making it and not adding a sentiment, so I could use it for come what may.
The card base is kraft with a layer of distressed polka dot designer paper. My image is from Our Daily Bread, and I believe it is called "The Mighty Sea". I added a strip of loosely woven burlap.
My image is stamped on 110 lb. card stock and colored with Distress Inks, with accents of white gel pen. The image was set on fire, to get a burnt edge. That was fun! I recommend you do that part out doors! I cut and embossed 2 little dies from Momenta, and added a pearl accent.
Thanks so much for the visit, and as we approach the beginning of another weekend, may you have lots of fun waiting!
Monday, May 29, 2017
I received a couple of new dies this week, and I wanted to share what I made. My first card is created with my 5 owls on a branch die. I cut it down to 3 on the front, and tucked another cutie on the inside. My Owls were colored with Distress inks and an applicator. I also used the same inks to do a bit of stenciling through the die. I think it helped with details. There is Glossy Accents on the eyes, and I added a little bit of Washi tape over my designer paper. The sentiment is from Jillibean Soup and popped up. Everything is mounted on a kraft card base.
My second card is a delicate owl die, which reminds me of magical times, and mystical wishes. I thought he was perfect for a birthday! This is another of the dies I found on Ebay, along with the stitched triangles I used to cut out my designer paper. I embossed the front of the card base with a Cuttlebug clock ef, and then added sequins and stars for shimmer.
So may fun ideas running through my head and I just had to let a few out. Ever get that way? So far, this weekend, we have celebrated my DGS 4th birthday, planted a row of new hedges, cooked tons of food, and made steak in my air fryer for the first time. It was amazing! Grilling would have been nice but the constant rain makes for a problem. I am starting to feel like we live in the Pacific North!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Today I have a card that I made by just messing with some new paints I received in the mail this week. They are made by Vicki Boutin, and they are yummy acrylics, with some fun names! The colors I used are Plum Pudding and Daiquiri Ice. I used a foam applicator to apply, and then distressed the edges with Seedless Preserves, Distress Ink. I added a floral die, which I purchased on Ebay, and replace the negative parts of the flowers after adding accents with Copic marker. Then more accents were added to the flowers with Stickles, for sparkle! My background plaid is from My Favorite Things, and the sentiment is from Unity Stamp Co. The lacy details were cut from a square paper doily, and gems were to add to the bling.
I would like to enter this at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, where the theme is a bit of sparkle.
This is turning into a super work weekend with lots of outside chores being done. Planting, watering, and mulch are among them. Hope you enjoy your weekend, whatever you get into!
Friday, May 19, 2017
Today I have a card that I made quite awhile ago. I try to keep a few in my back pocket for times I am busy, and can't sit to create. This uses a Penny Black image, which I had colored with Copic markers, on an embossing folder background. I added stitched clouds and a big old sunshine, from Lil Inkers. Some shimmer was added to the hearts, as well as a digital sentiment from TLC Creations.
This time of year always reminds me of playing outside, as a child. Seems most children can not appreciate that pleasure these days. I just don't get it.
Anyway, I would like to enter this in the newest challenge at Little Red Wagon #394, You Are My Sunshine.
I would also like to take this over to the Penny Black Saturday Challenge -May- Which is Wedding, Anniversary, and all things Love inspired!
We are in the grips of a heat wave with this being the 3rd day in the 90's. It is suppose to break by tomorrow, and we will be back to outside fun. Have a great weekend, and thanks for the visit.
Tuesday, May 16, 2017
Today I have a baby card I created with some dies I bought on Ebay. My favorite part of this are all of the dreamy colors in this MFT paper! The train and animals were colored with Copic markers, and my little hearts have a touch of diamond Stickles. The last car of this animal train was cut off, and put to the inside of the card.
I found a couple of challenges that are new to me, and I would like to enter them. The first is the House of Cards Challenge, and I chose to do the colors.
My next challenge can be found at OLLCB #28, which is Something Beginning with B. I think that is covered with baby boy!
Both challenges seem like great fun! Thanks for the visit, and I hope to see you again soon.
Sunday, May 14, 2017
I wish you a day full of great memories, happy times, and plenty of pampering! I have a card to share with you that was created for an order. I hope that special mom enjoys it.
For this I used a Simon Says Stamp, Dahlia die, which I borrowed from my sweet friend, Carol. I also used a Mother's Day sentiment from Anna Griffin, and a fanciful flourish from Cheery Lynn . The dahlia was trimmed down to form the smaller flower. The butterfly is a Martha S. punch. To get the variegated color shades, I hit everything lightly with watercolors and an aqua brush. The designer paper is from DCWV, and their Latte Matstack. The embossing is done with a houndstooth folder. My embellishments are some clear gems and some sparkly centers on the flowers.
I will be meeting up with my DD for a fun breakfast and a bit of shopping. That should be fun! A Very Happy Mother's Day to all!
Saturday, May 13, 2017
It was creating with some sea life dies the other day, and I came up with a couple of fun cards. I shared them on FB and was asked why I did not share them here.... good question! So, here they are!
My first was made with some background paper I printed off and a ship die I bought on Ebay. I added my seagull dies from Impression Obsession and a sentiment from Mark's Finest Paper, which has closed it's doors.
The second card uses a mermaid and sea creature dies from Ebay. I colored the mermaid with Copic markers, added some shimmer and details with a white gel pen. The sentiment is from TLC Creations, and cut with a Gina Marie stitched circle die. For the background paper, I used another one printed from my file stash. Added some assorted sequins and called it done.
It is a very rainy day here in PA..... with the promise of clearer skies for Mother's Day... sure hope so because I need to meet my beautiful daughter for breakfast! Have a great Saturday!