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Monday, April 25, 2016

Cut flowers

Light, dark purple cs; swirl stamp by Fancy Pants; Blessings die by Cheery Lynn; 3 part flower by Spellbinders; leafy die by LifeStyle; pale green drops; loose glitter on yellow flower..
Sketch: feeling-sketchy
Hand made flowers:  Cheery Lynn Designs (week 2)
Spring Flowers:  Cut it up challenges  
Birthday:    Penny Black At allsorts
Colors:      Your Next Stamp
Any:      Lost Coast Portal

Bling, shimmer and glitter - Eureka Challenge #190

This is my design team entry for challenge #190 at Eureka Stamps - "add some bling" (Eureka Stamps blogspot.   I used the digi image Heart Bouquet. Originally I intended to use it for an anniversary card.   However, I recently learned that a friend from church is going to celebrate her 90th birthday, and I wanted to have a card ready for our quilting group to sign. Norma still drives, loves to play bridge, and quilted with us until recently. I colored with shiny metallic pens and chalk pencils. The letters are cut from pink glitter cs, the bg is shiny eggplant cs and I used shimmery champagne cs for the base. This cs looks great when embossed -  I used a Darice heart embossing folder.  There are shiny gems on the corners of the image panel. 
Sketch #2:   Verve
Colors- pink, rose, green:  DRS Designs
Ribbon:  Ribbon Girls
Song -"Hearts and flowers":  Incy Wincy
Bingo - top line:   Crafty Enjoyments
Glitter/bling:  Come and Get It
Use a digi:   Star Stampz 
Any:    DLart
             Cards Galore
             Crafty Sentiments 
             Inspiration Destination 
             Lil Patch
             Love to Scrap
             Lemon Shortbread
             Not Just Cards 
             Paper Nest Dolls
             Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Norma is 90 - Step card with Kanban papers

I recently purchased a fairly large pack of papers by Kanban.  They are elegant -  black, gold, cream, white, and I am enjoying finding ways to use them.  I am also trying to discover ways to make step cards, using purchased pre-cut card bases.  (Next, I need to learn how to upload pictures rather than scans!).  For this card, I used a 4.25 x 5.5 piece.  I cut the edge strip on either side, and used for the edge of this card.  The remaining center section provides a background for the butterfly, and is the card that is raised when the step card is displayed.  There were 2 left over 1x1 pieces, and they are on the part that folds under.  I used letter dies for the special greeting at the bottom.  The large butterfly is a part of the Kanban collection.    For the inside - I used a coordinating piece and cut it to fit the inner part.  I used shimmery  cs for the computer generated sentiment. I distressed with Tim Holtz distress ink.  I hope you will let me know what you think.
Winged things:    Fabnfunky
Generations:        Sisterhood of Crafters
Pattern Paper:     Southern Girls
Fancy Folds:         ABC-challenge
Any:                      Word Art     
                               Inspiration Destination


Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Stamp - Music Speaks, ODB; Colors- shimmery champagne;  light purple, rose, green (Metallic markers);  Die cut - Blessings; flowers - Cheery Lynn;  Washi tape; Embossing - HB by Embossalicious.  The main image is popped up on dimensionals.  O = ODB stamp;   D = die cuts;  
B = bird, Blessings;   D = dimensional
Sketch:    Catch the Bug
Wings:     Aloha Friday
ODBD:    Our Daily Bread
Flowers:   Cheery Lynn    
Colors:       Your Next Stamp

Die cut word:  Stamped Blessings

Die cut word:   

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Tea Pot Party for Gabby

Each week the Tea Potters at SplitCoastStampers create and send cards to someone who can use a little cheer.  This week our cards go to Gabby, who is experiencing some health problems.  The suggested theme is "chef".  I have found that the Dearie Dolls freebies are a great source when I need an image and don't have something in my collection that works.  This cute (pre colored) guy is a case in point.  Not sure pizza is gourmet fare, but it is something of comfort food!  It also fits the challenge to evoke the smell of food - the tantalizing pizza is making me hungry right now!  For embellishments I used a Spellbinder set of dies (Blooms Two) I seldom think about using.  On the other hand, the letters are from a Cuttlebug Olivia set - one of my first purchases of dies, and a very useful one. For the 2x2x2 challenge - a double strand of twine; 2 shiny gems, and 2 letters.
Sketch:     VLV Sketches -1
2x2x2:       DRS
Flowers:    Creative Corner
                   Polka Doodle
                    Cut it up
Monochrome:    Crafty Catz
                             Tuesday Throwdown
Baking Smells:   Give a crafter a cookie 
Any:           Cre8tivehands Friends

Monday, April 18, 2016

Eureka Stamps challenge #189 - Buttons and Bows

This week for my Design Team card at Eureka Stamps I selected these adorable kittens - "Big n Little Cats".  The challenge is "buttons and bows, found here:   Eureka Stamps.   Both the image and sentiment are available as stamps or digi images at Eureka.  They have lots of cats - I may use them all for my granddaughters who really like their cats!  I thought this funky DP resembled the stripes on the kitty, and I completed the black and white design with polka dotted DP and ribbon.  If you look closely you will spot the button at the left. This completes the middle column for the tic tac toe challenge. 2 + 2 + 2   - 2 DP; 2 Embellishments (ribbon and button); 2 ovals.
Sketch:             Cheerful Sketches         
Monochrome:  Crafty Catz
Black &white:  Dies r us
Die Cuts:          Tuesday Throwdown
Polka dots:        Simon Says Wednesday
Stripes & dots: Chocolate Coffee Cards
2 + 2 + 2:           DRS Designs
Digi image:       Crafty Friends
Cats:                 Show us your pussies 
For a child:      Crafty friends
Tic tac toe:       Crafting for all Seasons
Critter:            Critters and Creatures
Any:                 Not Just Cards
                          The paper nest dolls
                          Crafty Calendar
                          Crafty Sentiments 
                          Inspiration Destination 

Sunday, April 17, 2016

for Errol

We just heard that our brother-in-law is in the hospital and needing a lot of tests.  I like this Dearied Doll pre-colored image for guys - no frills or flowers here.  The trio of die cuts are from a very early Cuttlebug set - Asterisk.  I layered the red on the reverse blue of the DP.  The die cut button is from Kraft cs. The strips are polka dotted Washi tape and some ric-rac.
CASE #4:      City Crafter
Polka Dots:    Simon Says Wednesday
                        Dare 2b Artzy
Die cuts:        Tuesday Throwdown
 Any:               Ccrafting in a beautiful mess

Saturday, April 16, 2016

MMTPT402, 403

These are RAK  cards I sent on for the Tuesday TeaPot party at SCS,  I seriously need to reduce my stash, and I feel this is a way to honor the sender.

Center Step Card - HB, Iva

This is my first center step card.  .I purchased a packet of pre-cut bases since I am not very good at cutting styles like this!  It has already been sent to my sister - in - law - I know this is a favorite color of hers.  The stamp is SU, and the Blessings is a Cheery Lynn die.    I used Washi tape on the inside, and added a couple of stickers to fill in spaces.
Use dies:   Creative Card Crew 
                  Crafty Gals Corner
Word Die: Stamped Blessings
Birthday   Penny Black at Allsorts
Spring:      Crafters Cafe
                   Deep Ocean  
Pastel:        Addicted-to-Stamps
Mult. Scores:  Scor-Pal 
Any:           Lost Coast Portal

Friday, April 15, 2016

SplitCoastStampers friends PMR, Thumbunny, Aastha

I just received this in my e-mail and wanted to shtare - these are friends through the Wish RAK group at SplitCoastStampers - they recently got together - looks like they are having a great time.
Pia Romano, Valerie Mendenhall and Aastha Bhatia.

Thursday, April 14, 2016

HB, Ethan

Alaska Fire Service Hotshots faced an intense fire season in 2015. Some of the best firefighters over the past decade have come from Durango, where people grow up outdoors and are accustomed to rugged country and high elevations.
Inspiration for coloring of this card = photo from the Durango, CO Herald - as seen on Facebook. The photo was taken in Alaska and features several firefighters from Durango.

This needs a bit of explaining.  One of our grandsons has achieved his dream job - a hot shot firefighter.  He is currently stationed near Salt Lake City, but will travel as needed.  I have had this image (from Little Stamps of Heaven) in my digi files for a while.  The embossed bg is by Darice.  I smudged a lot with Memento London Fog and Tim Holtz Distress Tea Dye inks.  The edges are also distressed - I figure these firefighters are usually smudged and distressed!  The images are colored with chalk and chalk pencils - my favorite for a soft and smudgy look!
Sketch:        Sketch Saturday
Masculine:  Frilly and Funkie
                     Inky Impressions
Emboss:      Dis Digi Designs
Not square: Pink Gem
Coloring:     Incy Wincy
Distressed:   Artistic Stamper
Any:             Sandee-and-Amelie

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Sending Sunshine

 I used my brand new prize from DRS - the sentiment and two branches.  Thanks to Robin, DT member at DRS, for her card inspiring me to combine the two branches in this manner.  I combined chalk pencils (branches, bird house) and metallic gel pens (leaves, trim) -for me, this is a favorite coloring style.
The oval die cuts are Spellbinders, and Tiny Flowers die cuts  are by Cheery Lynn.  The DP is cut from a framed piece that was probably designed to use for scrapbooks or perhaps for letter writing.  This sentiment makes me think of the oldie "You are my sunshine...".
Sketch/colors:         Your Next Stamp
Favorite coloring:    Incy Wincy
Die cuts:                  DRS Designs
                                 Creative Card Crew
Song:                       Crafting When we Can 
Nature:                     Cheery Lynn
Pastels:                    Addicted-to-Stamps
Spring:                      Deep Ocean
                                  Patties Creations
                                  Imagine That

Happy 29th!!!


This image is from a Pop- up kit by Art Impressions - it is pre cut and precolored..  I layered the main image and popped it up with pop dots.  The heart and flower are brads.  In case the screen is playhing tricks - the bg is purple, and so is the bg for the polka dots - and her top.
Sketch:       Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Brads:        Art Impressions 
Birthday:    Aud Sentiments Challenge 
Purple:        Allsorts  
Polka dots:  Dare2bArtzy