Sunday, August 30, 2015

Another button

You embossing folder, digi image, Washi tape, unknown DP, pink Deco-Bouton; metallic cord
Sketch #104:

Buttons and a bow

Image - unnamed rubber stamp; misc papers, buttons, sheer ribbon; Victoria embossing folder (Cuttlebug); metallic gold thread for buttons
Focal scripture:
Color inspiration:

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Amazing Grace

Verse by Verve; Labels 6 die by Spellbinder; Spring DP by DCWV; lace; polka dot Washi tape; hummingbird by Cheery Lynn.  (The floral design and butterfly are part of the pattern paper)
Sketch #3:

Christmas 2015 #14

Stamps by Unity; ribbon from Michaels; Cuttlebug embossing folder; glitter (on snowflakes - impossible to see here!); DP  from my stash.
Christmas with snowflakes and sparkle: 

Friday, August 28, 2015

For a teacher - thank you

Whew!  We are close to officially beginning the next phase of our lives.   We just finished emptying and cleaning the motor home, and the new owner is coming tomorrow.  He will spend a few days with us getting accustomed to it.  This will be the first time in over 55 years we have been without a camping vehicle of some kind (well, sort of - we started with a tent).  It is just getting to be kind of a hassle, which would diminish the future enjoyment.  It has been a great time for us, but we are comfortable with this decision.  Who knew how much stuff we could get in that vehicle - and now the challenge is to sort, store and sell those items.
Enough of that....'
This verse is from fivehearthome.  I used some apple DP, and a die for the corner apple and the books.  The other corners were completed with Tear Drops (Freedom set) from Classy Cards 'n Such.
A new technique:  I used a die with many pieces - and separated the apple and the books.
Sketch #43:

GD's #5

Another card for our granddaughter...She loves her cat!  Double sided paper from an animal pad. Ribbon I have had a long time; Spellbinder slider die, and a sentiment that is separated from its mates!
Black, white, one color:

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Roses and a kitty

I struggle to color flowers, especially roses, so I  hope this pretty print will work!  I used swirls (white layer) and roses - inspired by the shape of the cupcakes, and some of the colors (Desert Divas challenge).  IRL the colors look much better together - the bottom panel is pink, not lavender.  The image is from A Day for Daisies.  I added pink stickles to the wings.
Sketch #85:
Cupcakes and colors:


I am having a hard time keeping up to cards needed for family events in Aug. and Sept - and at least 2 birthday cards to go!  I hope our brother-in-law will not be offended by this - he really is a pretty hard working retiree!  The inside verse - I was going to do something today but I have not finished doing nothing from yesterday!   This is an AI image.  I used a gear folder as well as Happy Birthday.

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Belated for Norm

Some irony here - I am late for B-in-L's birthday.  Should have had an alarm clock LOL!  I do not do stitching, so this is probably the ultimate in faux stitches - they are a part of the DP.  I added washi tape, and the image is a digi I have had for a while.
Stitches and time:

Reverse Prints for Margaret

SU:  Reverse Prints, More Mustard ink, ? cs; other brown/burgundy cs and ribbon; sequins
(this time I paid more attention to the rules!)

Happy 99th, Aunt Edith

Once again I need a card for a special milestone.  Edith is the last of our parents' generation - DH's aunt.  Her memory is fading, but I hope she will enjoy having her name and the 99 on the card.  IRL, the yellow-gold cs is more subtle than it looks on the screen.  I really like the look of the colored image from Antique Images.  I added a strip of lace just left of the image - not sure it shows up on the screen.

Christmas 2013 #13

Stamp by Unity; Cuttlebug snowflake EF; shimmery ivory cs with Green cs and ribbon; shiny gems.
Sketch:  (Please disregard this entry.  I missed one of the rules!)

Sunday, August 23, 2015

Not sure about this one...

Very rarely do I try to do something totally out of the ordinary - and since the results are not usually very good, that is a wise idea!  However, a couple of inspiration cards did inspire me to try this.  I have quite a bit of mulberry paper (seldom used) - I tried stamping on the blue, but that did not show up at all.  So I salvaged that by placing the stamped side down, and stamped on white mulberry, then tore the edges.  The white is layered on top of the blue, with a white cs base.   IRL it is not nearly as dark as it appears here.  I added a Spellbinder butterfly, with blue mulberry paper under white vellum - cut and embossed,  trimmed with tiny gems.  Stamps by Our Daily Bread.
Inspiration - Karen's lovely example: 

Saturday, August 22, 2015

For Susan (one4Joy)

Late again!  The Tuesday TeaPot gang at SplitCoastStampers is sending cheer to Susan aka one4joy.  She was training for a bike race and had an accident that put an end to that goal.  I immediately thought of this image (Beccy's Place) - I hope it will give her a giggle rather than make her sad for what might have been.  The DP is from a pad by My Mind's Eye, and the Sentiment is Verve.  I  used burlap and flowers by Petaloo to finish.
For more TeaPot details:
Sketch #1:
Pattern Paper:

Adrienne's #4

Here is another card to send to our granddaughter at the Air Force Academy.  I am making cards to send to her so she can, in turn, send them on to her friends.  (More info in the previous post).  This time I am using clip art - which I sponged with chalk for a bit of a vintage look.  I also used  Steampunk EF, by Darice.  The white back of the Paper Studio DP shows through - I had not anticipated this but I like the effect.  I used bits of the You folder (Cuttlebug) for the brown strip.  subtle chalking with different browns add to the grungy look - though it does not show much here.  I had a bit of patriotic ribbon, and a piece of plastic (shelf liner, maybe...) as well as a bit of frizzy stuff for a bow.  It is actually from a package of doll hair.  (Can you tell I am trying to use up some odds and ends? )
Things with wings:
Tic Tac Toe (middle row) : 

Friday, August 21, 2015

Adrienne #3

We just heard from our Granddaughter, who is in her first year as a cadet at the Air Force Academy.  It is a rigorous life, and we are trying to write often - she does have a phone now (after Basic Training) but is limited.  She enjoys my cards, and I am sure she writes to a lot of her friends.  So I will try to send a card each time that she can in turn send to a friend or relative.  (I just purchased a pack of 4.5x6.5 envelopes, so I can enclose a regular A2 card as well as the envelope.  Maybe I can even get 2 cards for the price of one stamp!  LOL!)  Here I used a clip art logo falcon, with a simple design on Kraft cs.
Bird, with Kraft cs:


I am trying hard to use some items that have been around for a while but have never made it to one of my cards!  This pre-colored digi is from TLC (Thank you!!).  The strip is part of a bag of goodies from a yard sale.  There were several long paper strips - not sure of the origin but I thought the colors complemented the image and met the color challenge.  I added a scrap of DP that me from a DCWV Spring pad - several years ago.  I have a little envelope stuffed with punched flowers from one of the gals at WishRAK (SplitCoastStampers).  I added some of the clear Tear Drops (Freedom set) from Classy Cards.
Pattern Paper:
Inspiration - pink:

HB, Anna

Our granddaughter is in her third year of teaching.  She has first grade in a school located in an area where students and schools do not always have a lot of parental support.  She loves her job, and she certainly has our admiration.  These kids need good role models as well as great teachers. I have had this verse from fivehearthome in my stash and it seems perfect for her card.  The school bus DP is by Recollections.  The embossing is by Embossabilities.   The glittery stars and twine are also from my old stash.
Back to School:  

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Happy 60th Anniversary

(Sorry for the poor image).  Our good friends will soon celebrate their 60th anniversary.  I had something a bit different in mind - but my doilies seem to be in the bottom of one of the boxes I have not yet unpacked from the motor home.  I had a piece of one, so I used it as the top of a circle, and also as part of the die cut heart.  The glittery gold cs is more subtle than some golds.  I thought I should try to use diamonds rather than gold for a 60th anniversary, but had no ideas for that!  The blessings die is by Cheery Lynn, and the heart and numbers are Cuttlebug.  I added some sheer ribbon to make it more festive.
Sketch #2:
Die cuts: 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

For a new Kathleen

It is not obvious, but this card is a congratulations card for an SCS friend who recently had a double lung transplant and is starting her new life.  The TeaPot Party gang had a celebration for her.  I am very late, but I did bring some music and singers to continue the festivities.  (Maybe she will need earplugs LOL!!!)  This is a fun image from Art Impressions featuring Betty at the keyboard.  I colored with chalk pencils, and added another tiny bird who seems to be escaping.... The sentiment is Recollections.  The mats and bird are Kraft cs.  As I am unpacking all my stuff from the RV I keep finding hidden treasures, including these clips.  Time to use them!
Here is a link to the tea pot party:
For the girls: 
New Beginnings: