Friday, February 12, 2016

Hearts and a rose for DH

I hope this is masculine enough.  Hubby is always so thoughtful - he wrote a poem and brought a rose for me (yes, already) - he always says he'd buy a million if he could.....awwwww...!1 After 58 1/2 years we just don't come up with much of anything new!
Enough of that...
I lucked out the other day as I popped in to JoAnn's - they had Darice folders at 6/$10 - this is one  that I came home with.   I had to use it.  The image came from A Day for Daisies, several weeks ago.  I colored with Brilliance ink and an aqua pen.  The tiny heart is part of the image but I cut it out and popped it up a little.  Die cuts by Spellbinders, and the heart ribbon from my stash.  I did the sentiment on the computer.
Sketch:      Sketch Saturday
Hearts:      Craftin Desert Divas
                   Whimsie Doodles
Love:          Dies r us
Use red:      Di's Digi Designs

Valentine:   The Paper Girls
Any:            CCCdigicreations

Thursday, February 11, 2016

New to my stash

I waited a while to get an order of new "stuff" - then have been busy with Valentines and a special order - no time to play with that order!  So I tried here - using a Kanban kid for the butterfly and gold scroll border.  The image is Unity, and I followed their Facebook sketch challenge - though I have not yet figured out exactly how to participate, since I am pretty new to that platform.  I used a dark brown cs, embossed with the Embossalicious happy birthday folder, for the background. 
Challenges entered:  
Animal/bird:     ABC-challenge  (A)
                          Crafty Friends
Any:                  Digi Stamps4joy
                          Through the Craft Room Door

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Tea Pot Tuesday for Carolyn

teapot-tuesdays--butterflies-#394 - for Carolyn
This is the link for this week's Teapot Party challenge over at Splitcoaststampers.  Looking for a place to send your cards?  Join this weekly challenge - the mods select some one in need of cheer, or who deserves a special recognition.  This card will go to Carolyn who has had many health problems and could use a little cheer.  Butterflies were included in the suggested themes.
1-2-3 challenge:  Image by Stampemdous; I used shimmery silver cs to emboss the butterflies (Darice) - my favorite cs for embossing.  The second cs is poppy red. There are 3 shiny gems in a color close to the strawberry milkshake of the color challenge. The sentiment is from Inspired by Stamping.
Sketch/color:   Share Joy Challenge
1,2,3:               Come and get it
Embossing:     Frilly and Funkie
Any:                Inspiration Destination
                         Simply Papercrafts for all Occasions
                         One Crazy Stamper  
                         The Sisters of Craft

Monday, February 8, 2016

Blue & white thank you

I will have several versions of favorite blue and white cards - for a neighbor.  They are thank you's for kindness shown at the death of her father.  I feel that a more tailored card is suitable for that occasion - I like the white embossing with the blue.  This one has Cuttlebug Swiss dots and Darice butterflies teamed with Stampin Up Reverse prints. 
Sketch:                  Cheerful Sketches
Fav. color combo: Aloha Kitty Bee Challenges
Monochrome:        Fussy and Fancy
                                Crafters Cafe
Embossing:            Frilly and Funkie 
Any:                        Inspiration Destination

Simple Blue

This blog has been pink and red for several days, but it will be turning blue this week.  A neighbor asked me to make several thank you cards (thanking for friendship at the time of her father's death).  She asked me to use blue.  Although it is a favorite color of mine, I do not use it a lot as I find blue difficult to work with.  I welcome any comments and suggestions!   I will probably add a thank you sentiment when I figure out which one to use!   The image is Reverse Prints by Stampin' Up, and this embossing folder is Victoria.
Sketch:            Sketch Saturday
Monochrome:  Fussy and Fancy
A fave color - blue/white:   Aloha Friday - Kitty Bee Challenges 
Any:                DLArt
                        Inspiration Destination

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Masculine Valentine - for Hal

One more valentine for a guy - using the "gears" folder from Darice, and the Cuttlebug
"You".  For the you folder, I selected certain lines to place at the top and the bottom.  (If you adjust your screen just right, you can actually see the embossing!  The sentiment is JustRite, and I got to use up some scraps of dp, some red and white cs,  and a bit of Washi tape.
Sketch:                   Jo's Scrapshack
Black, white, red:  The House that Stamps Built
Use red:                  Di's Digi Designs
Valentine/love:       Brown Sugar Challenge
                                Creative Corner Challenges 
                                Fan-tastic Tuesday
Steampunk (gears):  Sandee-and-Amelie 

Saturday, February 6, 2016

To Ethan

Here is my second grandson card - another dog lover in his mid 20's - no frills for him!  I do really like making cards for these grandkids, as they appreciate my work and save their cards!  (If you have good ideas for 20 something males - all ideas are welcome!)  DP is from my Martha Stewart Valentine pack; I replaced the shamrock with a heart on the Dearie Doll image; finished with a bit of Washi tape and dog bone punches - might as well have a Valentine treat for Fido!
Sketch (turned):          Die Cuttin Divas
Valentine/heart/love:   DLArt
                                       Dream Valley Challenges
                                       Incy Wincy
                                       The Paper Girls
                                       Craftin Desert Divas
Animal:                         Crafty Friends

For Spencer and Hanna

It is so difficult to make cards, especially Valentines, for 20-something guys!  This grandson and his wife both love dogs - I found a Dearie Doll image for St Pats, and I covered the shamrock with a heart.    The DP is from a Martha Stewart pad - lots of cs but most of it more frilly!  I added a bit of Washi tape, and a circle die cut.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Valentines/hearts/love:  Fan-tastic Tuesday
                                         Dream Valley
                                         Incy Wincy Designs
                                         The Paper Girls
                                         Craftin Desert Divas
Animal:                           Crafty Friends

Friday, February 5, 2016

Wishing you many more anniversaries

This pre-coilored digi by Dearie Dolls is perfect for a quick ansiversary card. Items used:  New DP by Beau Papier; blue cs from my stash; new sentiment from Inspired by Stamping; washi tape, rhinestone gems, Congrats embossing folder - all from my stash.  The edge of the circle uses direct to paper inking.
Sketch:               Come and Get It
Sweetheart:        Fan-tastic Tuesday
Animal:               Suzy Bee
Love in the air:   Incy Wincy Designs
Love, Marriage, Anniversary:  Die-cut-divas
Any:                     Inspiration Destination

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Teapot Party for Bob

I often do the weekly Teapot Party challenge at Splitcoaststampers.  This week we are making cards for Bob, who had hip replacement and is recovering very slowly - he is in need of cheer.  I don't have any blue tractors as suggested, but I did dig this out of my WishRAK stash.  The wheat image is a new RAK gift, and the sentiment a new item received as a prize from Inspired by Stamping. (The stamped sentiment was cut to create 2 lines so it would fit!)  I added some checked DP and twine from my endless stash.
Here is the link for the information:   Teapot Tuesdays-mmtpt393
Sketch:         Your Next Stamp
B&W with a bit of color:  Pile it on Challenge
Any:              Stamped Blessings
                      Jo's Scrapshack
                      Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
                      Simply Papercrafts

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Another one for Saidey

I was not satisfied with the first card I made for this little girl - I like this better.
Image - Dearie Doll (pre-colored digi, highlighted with a shiny red gel pen); glitter on her name; die cuts for the letters and ovals; DP from a Martha Stewart pack; brad hearts; computer generated sentiment; new red cs.
Sketch:       Come and Get It
Hearts:       Crafting Desert Divas
Valentine:   DLArt
Love:          Classy Cards n Such
Bling:         Allsorts  
Kids:          Cuttlebug Mania
Any:           Jo's Scrapshack
                    Simply Papercrafts
                    Simon says Stampblog Wednesday 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

For Evelyn"s partner

Here is another card for a church friend to give to her pre-school prayer partner. 
Image- Dearie Dolls' misc. DP, die cut letters and circles. sentiment on my computer; heart brad; misc. papers.  I printed the image on shimmery silver cs - what a nice soft shimmer IRL.
Sketch:      Your Next Stamp
Love:          Wags n Whiskers
Pink:           Pink Gem Challenge
Kids:          Crafty Catz
Bling           Allsorts Challenge
Die cuts:     The Stamping Boutique
Any:            Inspiration Destination
                     Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

to Maddison from Barb

A friend from church asked me to make valentines for her pre-school prayer partners.  I soon realized I have enough paper to run my own store, but almost nothing for kids, and especially not for Valentines.  (My stuff tends to be for more mature recipients LOL!)  At any rate, I hope these elements work together to make something cute for these little ones.  I used a pre colored Dearie Doll digi, but changed the hair color.  The DP is Paper Studio; the dies are Spellbinder - including one from the Banner Basics set which is new to me.  The letters are die cuts, and the sentiment from my computer.  I highlighted the cute gal's shoes with a metallic pen.
Inspiration - inspired by the  "little girl" appearance as well as all the red hearts:     Pinspirational Challenges
Sketch:    Die Cuttin Divas
Love:       Cut It Up
                 Wags n Whiskers 
Kids:        Crafty Catz
Lots of red:  Di's Digi Designs
Any:          Jo's Scrapshack