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?

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Happy Mother's Day!

     It is a rainy, miserable day to celebrate all the mom's, but we have to smile and plug along.  I thought I would share a couple of the Mother's Day card designs I did for this year, now that they should have been delivered.  I made 4 of each of these 2 designs.  They were inspired by a riffle through my 12x12 paper stash.  I have so much and slowly, I have been hunting out the smaller patterns and making some multiples.  Heck I never do that.  I am a one of a kind card maker, but with a new craft space comes an open mind.

     This first card uses an assortment of dies and punches, with a grey base and this delicate striped designer paper.  Coloring is done with Copics, and sponging is done with Unicorn White by HA on the flowers, and Primrose Petals by SU on my sentiment oval.  Some large pearls were used for flower centers.

      My second card starts with an Old Olive base by SU, a funky patterned designer paper in shades of green, scraps of white and a gorgeous vintage print which I saved ages ago.  I created a sentiment on a stitched tag, using a stamp for MSE, added pearls and some Tim Holtz twine.

     Had a early visit from my son and then a quick trip to the local casino for a fun atmosphere!  It is always  great when you go and can play for a couple hours and break even.  So muc fun!  Now we are in for the rest of the day and going to enjoy some basketball and the next episode of Game of Thrones.  Does anyone else feel like they are rushing this last season?   Have a great week!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Better Together!

     Time has been getting away from me and it has been a bit since I posted.  Here is a card I made some time ago but never posted.  I am going to take this over to the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge #26.  They have some of the best creations that get posted over there!

     This card was made using the Best Friends stamp set from Clearly Besotted.  I just thought it was adorable.  For the moment I have left the inside blank, but it would even be great for an Anniversary card.  The polka dot paper was in my scrap bin as were the solids that were used, and cut with my Gina Marie Stitched Square dies.  Coloring was done with Copic marker and I added an embellishment of some die cut leaves and a pretty flower, both of which are out of card stock bits.  A single, large gem stone creates the flower center.  My banner for the sentiment was hand cut.

     I would also like to take this over to Pixie's Snippets Playground for Challenge #351, which requires You use snippets.

     That is it for today!  We are finally having a bit of sun and no rain at the moment.  Hubby and I did a wee bit more adventuring this past weekend, but we need some dry time to haul more from the old house.  Praying we don't run out of time!

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Napkin Holder Cover

     It is time for another House Mouse and Friends Challenge.  This is #290 and is an Anything Goes with the Option of Anything But a Card.  Well, this looks like a card, right?  Nope, wrong!  It is a napkin holder cover.  You would start with an idea for a card but then change it up!

     First, when you hit your local dollar store, look for the clear plastic napkin holders.  These also make really cute gifts, when you doodle them up!  Next you will need an A2 envelope and seal the flap shut.  Take off about 1/16 of an inch on the bottom so that it slits open.  Now you get to decorate.  If you want to do both sides, you will need a second envelope.  Slide your creation down over the sides of the holders and add napkins.

For this I used:

Designer paper- from SU! and their Gingham Gala collection.  My white is 110 lb cs.
Stamps- are Raining Confetti and Laughter & Love.
Die- is Gina Marie stitched squares
Ribbon- is SU!
Inks- are Crushed Curry and Balmy Blue
Embellishment- Wink of Stella and Nuvo Drops in Duck Egg Blue and Dandelion Yellow

     Hard to believe how you blink, and the week i half over.  Hope everyone is having a good one.

Friday, April 26, 2019

Finally Used One!

      The other day, I created a card in the morning, but felt like continuing to craft.  I pulled out a Paper Pumpkin kit from SU, which Was gifted to me a couple years ago.   This is July of 2017.   You see, my DD went to one of those raffle nights and she won a 3 month subscription.  She has not been crafting, so she had them sent to me.  This was my first time using one and was very surprised that it made 2 of each card!  I have 2 more to try, so I do not want to pass judgement until I have made the others.  I actually found this a wee bit stressful to do!  LOL!  They do give you plenty of supplies and now you have extra adhesive and ink cubes to use elsewhere.  I saved them for retirement (as I have all of my hoarded supplies) so it is time to use them!  Sorry for the shadow in my photo.  I have yet to find a space for my photo booth!

     Today we are expecting another round of heavy storms with the chances of a tornado.  Very glad that hubby is working from home, today!  I never mind being on my own, except during bad weather.  So, if you are on the east coast, be safe, and batten down the hatches!

Thursday, April 25, 2019

Riding by.....

     I created this yesterday, with a stamped image I found in my stash.  I must have stamped it a bit ago when I had the stamp set out, and I forgot to use it.  This adorable set is from Darcie's, and is called Lookie Here!  I just love this little duck.  I remember I got this at a show, and it also has tin faces you can mount over to make it 3D. 

     Anyway, I am glad I got to use it up.  Another thing I found while unpacking are my big bag of doilies.  They always add so much texture.  Coloring was done with Copics, and I fussy cut and popped things up.  The card base is from a tablet of scored bases by Pebbles.  For embellishments I used sequins, gems for my flower centers, a stardust pen for a bit more sparkle, and my pink twine bow.

     I plan on personalizing this when I figure who will receive it, as a Mother's Day card.

     Since I used so many bits, I would like to enter this at Pixie's Snippets Playground #350.  Another great challenge I have not played in a long time.

     Well, it is almost the weekend, again.  It just keeps zooming by.  Have a great day and remember to look for the bright spots!

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


     Look out, I have been on a roll!  LOL!  This card started when I unpacked an embossing folder with pretty shells.  I decided on colors in Crumb Cake and Powder pink SU ink.  I inked my folder with bits of both color and liked what I saw.

     Found my PSX shell stamp, from many moons ago. and washed it a bit with a water brush.  My die cuts were cut from scraps of card and the dies are from Gina Marie.  I just love her marine life dies! This uses the seaweed, starfish, and coral dies. The sentiments were just grabbed from here and there, but I think they came together nicely.  Embellishments are metallic gold striped Washi and diamond Stickles.

     How about I take this card over to the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Anything Goes!

     I think that retirement now gives me the option to take my time each day creating cards and do them with specific people in mind.  Life is good!


Tuesday, April 23, 2019

In Our Thoughts......

     Well, isn't it funny how you can see a pretty piece of paper, and it inspires you to create something?  That is what happened here!  A while ago, my DD and I exchanged our scraps and this piece was in her's.  I pulled it out and after staring at it for a bit, decided to also pull out my unused stamp set  called Lasting Lily.  The sentiments in this set are so beautiful, as are the stamps
     I stamped in colors of SU ink that consisted of Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow, Baja Blue and Rich Razzleberry.  After stamping, I cut both pieces out with MFT in and out stitched ovals.  I used a water brush to color most of the flowers and leaves and then added a few touches of Copic marker.

     I would like to enter this over at the Through The Craft Room Door site where it is anything goes.
Plus I shall take this over to the challenge at The House That Stamps Built, which is Anything Goes, also.

     As much as I am not thrilled making sympathy cards, I do like how this one came out!  Hope everyone is having a Terrific Tuesday!

Monday, April 22, 2019

A Spring Day!

     It is a lovely spring day, and so I thought I would get out one of my House Mouse stamps called Tin Can Shower.  I thought it would work great for the the Spring option at the House Mouse and Friends Challenge #289, hosted by Sue Kment.  I have not played here and ages, and have really missed doing challenges.  I found some great stamps after the move and unpacking in my new craft room!

     I made the card mostly monochromatic using some designer papers and inks that are in the Bermuda Bay color range.  I used a scalloped die to cut out my image and sponged the edges.  There are also die cuts used that were gifts and they include my vines, fence, and oval for sentiment.  The sentiment is from a Spring Sentiment set by Stampendous.  I added tiny Prima flowers and pearls from Eyelet Outlet.

     Hope everyone is starting their week off on the right foot!  Anymore, any day with sunshine is a good day!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Happy Easter!

     Just a little card I made using dies and card stock.  I am here to wish everyone a Blessed Easter!  Enjoy the company of family and friends, if possible!  He is Risen!