Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Birthday in teal

I added glitter - hard to see here!
More detail later - my bettery is going out!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Fabulous friend

This image has been in my stash for a while - thought it would go well in this sketch.  I embossed the "you" folder, and used a Cuttlebug border die and ribbon.
Sketch:  http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/

For Gordon's brother-in-law

Here is another special request card.  Gordon wants a gag card for his brother-in-law who has a running feud with squirrels and geese - they are definitely not friends in his yard!  Talk about serendipity - another fellow RVer, Eva, heard our conversation about this. She is a great wild life photographer, and offered to put together a photo of both animals - great look, right?  She even added the gag caption.  Thank you, Eva - of course, I did not have stamps that would have worked.  And thanks, SSW, for the sketch that was just right!  I did the caption on the computer, ad hand wrote "friends".
Sketch:  http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/

New flower

This is a color combo (red and yellow) that I enjoy - one of my favorites, though I do not use it a lot - takes just the right shades, it seems.  I have had this little set of clear stamps for a long time, but this is my first use - I do not do well with putting pieces together - here, the flower outline and added polka dots, the stem, and the leaves.  It is a good thing nature does not always produce perfect plants - this certainly needs some work!  I embossed the red and yellow panels after gluing them together, then added some spellbinder scrolls.  (I would like more delicate scrolls - I am trying to limit purchases - but maybe I should add this to my wish list))
Sketch, using dies:  http://adieforasketch.blogspot.ca/
Favorite colors:  http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/
New:  http://digistamps4joy-sa.blogspot.com/2014/08/challenge-98-new.html
Stamps & die cut:  http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2014/08/august-challenge-stamps-die-cuts.html

Saturday, August 16, 2014

A true friend

I think this is a great verse.  This is the first it has seen ink!  The DP is a gift from a friend, and the flower has been in my stash a long time.  I used white core paper to emboss,(and sanded it a bit) for the layer under the sentiment - but, alas, the sentiment just about covers it! 
Sketch:  http://sketchandstashchallenge.blogspot.com/
"scratching":  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Encouragement:  http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Black and white is a favorite combination, and I often use if for sympathy cards.   This Scripture is from Verve. 

As Time Goes by

I wasn't sure how this would work out, but I am satisfied with the result.  The sentiment is a freebie from TLC (thank you!). The time stamp is Inkadinkado, I think.  The red strip is embossed with a border folder from Cuttlebug - I had some white core paper and sanded it a bit more.  I sponged both image panels, though the original images had a bit of the distressed look  I also distressed the edges. 
Sketch:  http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/2014/08/craft-it-up-link-it-up-sketch-linky.html#comment-form
Dots:  http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/
"scratching":  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Vintage/time - the sponging and distressing are influenced by Tim Holtz: http://www.vintagejourney.com/

Chance is 21

Our friends have a grandson who is turning 21 - I used several images to relate to his interests.  I inked the embossing folder to give that panel a "dirt" look.  The strips at the top and bottom are cut from shape 'n tape sheets.
Sketch:  http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/
Any embossed:   http://creativecardcrew.blogspot.com/
Boys' card:  http://paperprettiesblog.blogspot.com/
Summer:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Friday, August 15, 2014

bird bath

I am kind of running out of ideas, especially for anniversary cards.  Hope this works!  The stamp is Inkadinkado - one of my oldest!  I used the brick embossing (Sizzix) as well as the strip of leaves to fit the image.
Sketch: http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/
Any:  http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/
Things with wings:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://thesquirrelandthefox.blogspot.com/ 

You know you're old...

This is a good Bugaboo image for a generic masculine card - I will use it for a birthday.  I used some paper and bits from my stash and colored with Prismas.  I think I just made the sketch deadline - have to trek to the club house to get on line..
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Pattern paper and colored image:  http://arandomfandt.blogspot.com/

in yesterday’s joys, in the beauty
of this day, and in the blessings
Of the many happy years ahead.
Have a Wonderful Anniversary

Bird House

This image gave me a chance to use some lovely Crate CS that is in my stash - the polka dots are the reverse.  I added a bit of lace to enhance the image from Beccy's place.  I colored with metallic gel pens so it is shiny  IRL.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
any:  http://craftingfromtheheartchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Spots/dots:   http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/

A couple of hobos

This card has a long story...   During the summer, I have earned a reputation (at our RV park) for making "cards to order".  One of my regular customers requested a card with a hobo... It seems she and her uncle were with a group, shopping, and the two of them needed a rest.  They sat at a bench, and decided they looked like hobos sitting there.  I managed to find a clip art photo with the label hobos - the hard part was to get the younger female - so this is the best I could do.  I distressed the card a bit, and added poppy red ink to the Sizzix embossing folder (brick) to add to the aged look.  I added a computer label, and attached the negative of the Cheery Lynn fence die.  I forget who makes the letters - guess I should have staggered them for effect.  I used some blue glitter cs for the letters and the fence, and a bit of plaid ribbon as well.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Fun with letters, with a Cheery Lynn die:  http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.com/search/label/challenge
Primary colors:  http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Sing to the Lord

This is such a lovely set - and a great verse for my friend who sings beautifully. The edging is a Fiskars punch.  I colored with chalk pencils to achieve a soft look.
Sketch ( rotated):  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
Scripture: http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/ 
Scripture - circular shapes in edging:  http://www.faithhopelove1cor13-13.blogspot.com/2014/08/fhl-scripture-challenge-11-love-and.html

HB, Norm

I needed a quick card so I could mail it today!  After about 10 years of making cards for family, I hope I find new images each year - LOL  This is from SU Coast to Coast - an older set that I got not long ago at a yard sale.  I really do not need more stamps - but who can resist a bargain such as this!  I acquired a number of sheets of the "water/sky" bg paper as part of a gift - so I can use it a lot.  I use Kraft cs for the die cut panel and the tiny circles. As for the challenge of using what is on the table - that gives me a lot of freedom as the craft table is pretty cluttered right now.  Ink, dies, stamp - and the cs was right at hand
Sketch: http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/
Any: http://thesquirrelandthefox.blogspot.com/
What's on your table:  http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.com/2014/08/challenge-184-whats-on-your-work-table.html

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

HB Marilyn

My friend really likes black and white - she buys quite a few from me - so this worked well!  I used a variety of embossing folders, including just one line from the CB happy birthday  I stamped the second circle in grey to look a bit like a shadow. - and flipped it to the other side because of the shape of the stamp.  It is from a set from SU - I can never recall the names, and I am not home right now to check.
Sketch:  http://tuesdaythrowdown.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://crafts4eternity.blogspot.com/
Embossing:  http://pinkgemchallengeblog.blogspot.com/

Birthday blessings

I have tried to find some designs to use some of the pretty papers I have - should have used a different shade of chalk for the edging, however.  The white strips are from my Fiskar's punch.
Sketch:  http://feeling-sketchy.blogspot.com.au/
Birthday:  http://corrosivechallengesbyjanet.blogspot.com/
Chalk:  http://chalk-ah-lot.blogspot.com/
Uplifting:  http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
All sentimental:  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/

Anniversary for friends' daughter

A friend will send this to their daughter - I added the computer generated "to our daughter..."  Actually, I then created a whole page of such sentiments for various relationships - handy for last minute additions to cards.  The image is from SU Provencal - I like the old world feel of the set but have little occasion to use it.  The other sentiments are Verve.
Sketch:  http://seemsalittlesketchy.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://delightfulsketches.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Anniversary #3

The last of the trio of anniversary cards - hope the black is not too somber.  The cord, DP, and image have been in my stash for a few years!
Sketch:  http://casethissketch.blogspot.com/
Black & White + 1 (gold):  http://oldiebutagoodiechallenge.blogspot.com/

Anniversary #1

I used similar supplies as in the preceding card.  The white layer is dry embossed - the folder by Cuttlebug is called "diamond", I think.
Featured sentiment:  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/

A trio of anniversary cards - #1

I almost forgot a couple of family anniversaries in mid August - just enough time to mail them. This is a digital image from Beccy's Place.  I used die cuts for the border, and stick n' tape for the polka dots.  The side panels are glittery gold cs. 
Sketch:  http://feeling-sketchy.blogspot.com.au/
Any:  http://thesquirrelandthefox.blogspot.com/
Any, with Beccy's image:  http://beccysplace.blogspot.com.au/2014/08/august-challenge.html#