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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Crafter's Cafe Challenge #202 - birthday and/.or buttons

I used buttons on this birthday card, but if you enter the current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe you may choose one or the other - or both, as I have.   I know many of you have a button collection around there someplace!  This image is part of a set available from one of our sponsors, Sparkle n' Sprinkle.   The birds in the background are a part of the set as well.  Actually, I have also had it in my collection as a freebie from Beccy's Place - thanks to both of you.  It is a favorite of mine - so versatile as it can be a masculine birthday card, as I have done here, or it could be a thinking of you or sympathy card.
Sketch:   Tuesday morning sketches
Embellishments:  Beccys Place
Wings:    Star Stampz
Die cut circle:  Happy little stampers
Tic tac toe (metallic ribbon, button, off the edge):  House that stamps built
Any:  Crafting with an attitude 
          Jo's scrapshack    
          Patties creations

Sunday, August 12, 2018

Happy birthday, Norm

Allsorts challenge
With my eye sight declining, I am more and more relying on pre-colored images.  This one, from Beccy's Place, seemed a good choice for a brother-in-law.  One of his hobbies is making home made ice cream - not quite like these cones, but it may work.  Do you think this works for a masculine card?  I added some dew drops - for dripping ice cream.  There are also button brads and some washi tape.
Sketch:  Sweetsketchwednesday2.
Embellishments:  Beccys place
Tape it up:   Simonsaysstampblog - monday
For a man:   Allsorts

Friday, August 10, 2018

Happy Anniversary, Myril and Iva

I am so grateful for pre-colored digis - this one from TLC.  I used some gold sticker strips and the "negative" dots to create a frame and add accents. 
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
Theme - frame, also flowers:   Butterfly Spot

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Silhouette Christmas 2018

I tried something new for this card - I used gold sticker strips to add a border to the card.  The left side features rick rac and a couple of gold strips. The image is a Stampendous stamp.
Sketch/colors:  Your Next Stamp
Christmas:   Cutitup challenge
"B" = Bethlehem border:  Pennyblackatallsorts 
New to me technique - sticker border :  Pileitonchallenge

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Friday, August 3, 2018

Sunset background

I was inspired by several cards created by Janette Kausen for a recent Spellbinder blog hop.  I missed the hop but still saw some impressive work.  If you are looking, Janette, you do not need to worry about competition from me - yours are so stunning.  But I will work on them!
Supplies:  Darice embossing folder; black ribbon, Spellbinder die cut, various inks.
Create your background:   Simonsaysstampblog Wednesday
Any:   Diecuttindivas. 
Birthday:   Dare2bartzy

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Crafter's Cafe - 2nd DT card for challenge #201- Travel and/or relaxing

This week I created a second card as a member of the Crafter's Cafe Design Team.  This image is from Mari Digis Store.  She is definitely relaxing - and probably dreaming of a vacation!  Please join us during the next two weeks - there are great prizes available.
I used the spotlight technique and highlighted her cute little kitty - using a water color wash for the rest of the image.  The background papers come from an old collection whose name is unavailable.
(footnote -  I am struggling with the onset of macular degeneration - coloring images is a huge challenge so I am going to be using other techniques as I am most reluctant to give up card making!)
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Any, with a cat:   Show us our Pussies 
Holidays:   Pink Gem challenge 
Any:   Jo's Scrapshack. 

Crafter's Cafe - DT card for challenge #201 - Travel and/or Relaxing

This pre-colored image by one of the sponsors,Polkadoodles (Primrose, the Darling Buds)  is great for the current theme at the Crafter's Cafe.  She is definitely relaxing among the flowers and butterflies.  Please check out the details of the challenge - Travel and/or Relaxing - and join us during the next two weeks.  There are great prizes available!.
Image - precolored digi by Polkadoodles;  papers - Garden Party by DCWV; punched butterflies
Challenges entered:
Sketch:     Creativesketchygirls:  
 warm wishes:   Pileitonchallenge
Flowers:  (10 ch max)   Southerngirlschallenge
Any - option - use yellow (flowers):  Craftycatz
Any:   Polkadoodle
           Simonsaysstamp Wednesday 

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Experimenting with Tri-fold Nativity by AI

This uses a new set, Nativity,  from Art Impressions - a prize that I just won.  It includes 4 stamps and 2 dies.  You see the 3 layers in the view above - the main stable and sentiment, the inner manger, and the baby revealed in the last view.  The two dies create openings to show the inner layers.
I used chalk and stencils for a background - in subtle colors.

Christmas:   Diecuttindivas
Inspiration:   Pinspirationalchallenges
"On" (star on roof):  ABC Christmaschallenge 
Any:   Createsandmakes
           Simonsaysstampblog Wednesday

Friday, July 27, 2018

QKR Stampede DT card Anything Goes challenge #306

Once again the weekly challenge at QKR Stampede is Anything Goes.  Join us here by 6 p.m. Friday, with up to 3 entries, and you have an opportunity to win digi images from the shop.  There is a separate category for QKR/Eureka images, and for non-QKR. Stop by to see what great cards the other team members have created!
 This week I used the image I Corinthians 13:13 - I am not sure if I will use it for a wedding or anniversary card.  I had a bit of Anna Griffin paper to use - very elegant looking, I think!
Other supplies -Spellbinder circle dies;  Fiskar border punch, shiny leaves and sprigs from a floral stem; flowers from my stash.
 Sadly, this is my last DT card for QKR Stampede.  I have enjoyed a long stint  first with Eureka and then with QKR Stampede.  A special thanks to Karal and the rest of the team for their support and encouragement.  On a personal note, I am having to step aside because of a deterioration of my eye sight.  I have been diagnosed with macular degeneration for several years.  Until just recently it was the lesser dry type.  Now I have the "wet" version in one eye.  Over a period of a couple of months I have noticed a marked change.  There is a considerable amount of distortion - wavy lines, missing bits, blurriness.  I can no longer do a decent job of coloring images, and it is a challenge to read and comment.  I will be taking a series of shots, which may slow the progress of the damage to my eye.  If anyone has any personal experiences with this condition I would welcome your comments.  Needless to say, this is a very discouraging diagnosis.  I am relying on prayer and the skill of my doctors to preserve as much vision as possible.
Challenges entered:
Wedding/anniversary:     My time to Craft
 Inspiration:   Cupcakeinspirations
Any:  Scrapyland
            Lil patchofcraftyfriends 
            Simonsaysstampblog Wednesday

Sunday, July 22, 2018

Christmas '18 recycled

I used both the sentiment and image from an old Christmas card combined with flocked snowflake DP and a starry embossing folder.  The ribbon is glittery and the DP has a shiny bg.  I was going to add glitter but since it is being sent to Hearts for the Troops I skipped the glitter - that is usually a
 no-no for the military.  The circle die is from Spellbinders.
Sketch:  Tuesdaymorningsketches
A little sparkle:   Simonsaysstamp Monday
Die cuts:   Scrapyland
                 Simonsaysstamp Wednesday

HBirthday to a sailor

This is another card I will donate to a local group called Hearts for the Troops.  The organizer, a Navy mom, sends birthday cards to her son's shipmates.  I wish I had time to make more!  This is a Dearie Doll colored digi.  The vertical stripes are Washi tape, the horizontal ones are ribbon, and I used Spellbinder circle dies.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Die Cuts:    Scrapyland
                   Simonsaysstamp Wednesday
Critter:     2craftycrittercrazies
Ribbon:     Thepapershelter
Cat:    Showusyourpussies
Any:    Craftingbydesigns