Monday, July 28, 2014

HB, Jerry

This is for a group of friends to send to Jerry, whose birthday is soon.  He lost his wife a few months ago, we we hope this will give him a lift.  Before retiring he raised horses - and broke a few, so this should be suitable!  The stamp is from a set by Mark's Finest Papers.
Sketch:  http://ynschallenges.blogspot.ca/
"J" for Jerry, with a birthday in July:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Sunday, July 27, 2014

blue stencilling

For some reason, when I use different shades of blue, the results are disappointing to me - as in this card.  I should have used a different color for the stenciled bg.  I did use a favorite ODB set, however.  For a stencil, I used something that has been in my supply  drawer for a long time.  A local store (now closed) was generous with make and takes, and I learned a lot from the owner - named Dorothy!  She cut A2 sized "stencils" from some type of light plastic sheets - I purchased a set of about 6 designs.  When I "discovered" pattern paper, and then embossing folders, I kind of forgot about useing these stencils - but I certainly like the effect, if not the color!  I sponged with chalk - trying to go lighter toward the center.
Use a stencil:  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challengehttp://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
Sketch:  http://deconstructingjen.com/category/the-deconstructed-sketch/

Saturday, July 26, 2014

wedding in silver

This uses various silver papers and CS, a computer generated verse, and a butterfly die cut by Cheery Lynn.
Sketch #3:  http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/
Silver:  http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.com/search/label/challenge
Embossing:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
This is another card using the Floral Fantasy EF by Cuttlebug, and CC designs butterflies.
Sketch:  http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/2014/07/bi-weekly-sketch-challenge-16.html#

Verve Scripture

This showcases one of the stamps in the Verve Scripture 2 set I just received as a prize from the Mojo contest.  I know I will use this set a lot!  I dusted off the Cuttlebug  embossing folder I have had for a long time, but have neglected recently.I used shades of grey and black.
Sketch:  http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/
Monochromatic:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/
                               http://creataliciouschallenges.blogspot.com/

Friday, July 25, 2014

Hugs and prayers

I have a large stash of images that I have printed (digis) as well as stamped images I have colored - nice to have on hand for quick cards - however, my record keeping is not so good - as a result, I cannot identify this.  I am pretty sure it is a digi, but I am not able to locate the original in my files.  Can any one help?  The sentiment is from the Wish RAK group at Splitcoaststampers.

Sketch: http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/
Any: http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/
Flowers:  http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Thank you #8

Another version, using the Cuttlebug folder and an old sentiment stamp, with chalk to color the flowers.
Chalk:  http://chalk-ah-lot.blogspot.com/
Blooms:  http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/

Thanks #7

Actually, I have lost track of the number of thank you cards I have made recently.  Several friends wanted them, and a couple requested more of what I made already - hence, you will see several of this type!
Flowers:  http://lacysunshinechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:  http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/
Monochromatic:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Having fun

This is a fun image - they do look like they are having fun in the sun.  The sentiment is from Verve.  As I often do, I used the snowflake EF to look like sunbursts - that works in bright yellow!  I added a die cut from the Cuttlebug Olivia set.
Sketch:  http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/
Summer fun:  http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/
Fun in the sun:  http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
                         http://stampedblessings.com/amusing-challenge/
Midsummer:   http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/

Happy 102nd Birthday

Each year, my friend asks me to make a card for her oldest sister - this year it is age 102 - truly a special occasion, and I try to make the card special.  I went with a color scheme my friend likes, and I thought this digi from Antique Images was very appropriate.  (If you are not familiar with their images, check them out - lots of interesting freebies are available.)   I added an embossed bg (birthday and Swiss dots), Vines on the gold layer.  The letters and numbers are Olivia - a Cuttlebug set I have had for a long time.  Thankfully, she has a short name that fit the banner!
Sketch:  http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://wagsnwhiskersrubberstamps.blogspot.com/
embossing:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
 Big birthday:  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/

White on white - sympathy

This is a favorite Cuttlebug embossing folder - I often color with something like chalk, but left this white - perfect for a sympathy card.  This is actually my sentiment stamp, but I am not at home and forgot to note the name.  I layered white on white - the black is not part of the card.
Sympathy:  http://cleanandsimpleonsunday.blogspot.com/
Monochromatic: http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/
White on white:  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
Any: http://hobbycutzchallenges.blogspot.com/
Embossing (1 0f 5):  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Wedding in white

Here I am again with a card that is difficult to see - tried several ways!  (The black border is background only and not part of the card.)  I used a wedding stamp, an embossed layer that was a gift, some shiny white on white metallic, ribbon and a stamp I have had for a LONG time.  The layer under the cake is a sort of brocade white on white.
White:  http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://hobbycutzchallenges.blogspot.com/:  

More sweet berries, thank ou #6

The inside verse is a thank you.  Once again I used the precolored berries from Beccy's Place, together with some berry DP and a vine embossed piece.  I added a bit of metallic gold and Cheery Lynn leaves.  This is a sketch I like a lot.
Sketch:  http://deconstructingjen.com/ds160/
Any, with Beccy's image:  http://beccysplace.blogspot.com/
Any:   http://wagsnwhiskersrubberstamps.blogspot.com/
Any:  http://thatcraftplaceblog.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Thank you #5

Whew!   This must be a record for posts in a day, as well as for the month.  I have been making so many cards for requests - can hardly keep up!  I forgot to note the name of the dp (I have to go to the club house at our RV park to use wi fi...).  I am pretty sure the image is Stampin Up.  Again I used Brilliane ink - silver and platinum work well for items like the wheel barrow.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/

Sweet strawberrries

These are lovely colors!  Beccy, thank you for this lovely precolored image. The butterfly is Cheery Lynn.  I think everything on this card is at least 6 months old - the striped DP is probably 6 years old!  The image has been in my file for almost a year.
Sketch:  http://kgiron.blogspot.com/2014/03/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-210.html
Colors:  http://www.drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/2014/07/challenge-131-inspired-by-color.html
Any:  http://beccysplace.blogspot.com.au/2014/07/july-challenge.htm
Stash items; using fruit:  http://oldiebutagoodiechallenge.blogspot.com/

tHANK YOU #4 - Chalk, again

How can I have so many favorites?   Here is another - it is an old Cuttlebug folder, with a new to me Paper Smoochies stamp.  Technique:  sponging with chalk.   I had a request for several thank you cards - most are already gone, but I will probaby make more like this.  Easy, yet impressive, I think.
Chalk:  http://chalknstock.blogspot.com/

Blue and yellow

More of my blue and yellow phase! This DP was a gift - How pretty!  These colors were perfect for a color challenge, but I seem to have missed the deadline.  I am finding it difficult to keep track - no internet access at our motor home - fortunately, we do have a good connection at the club house - but that is not so convenient.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/

Missing friends

A member at our RV park asked me to make a card to send to their good friends who are moving away.  I had this piece of DP in my stash, and thought the signpost  was suitable.  I am not sure why it only shows two directions.  THe sentiments are part of a Paper Smoochies set - I like the font, and the sentiments that are a bit different.  The butterflies are cut with Spellbinder dies that I have had for some time.
Sketch:  http://thecuttingedgechallenge.blogspot.com/

Thank you #3

Here is another in a series of thank you cards, as well as another for this sketch - which I found fun to use.  Again, I got to use some stash items, as well as dp from a huge box my sister sent me.  I recently "discovered" this color combo - what a nice, cheery look!  I colored using my aqua pen and Twinkling H2O's - they have been somewhat neglected recently,
Sketch:  http://deconstructingjen.com/ds160/
Water colors:  http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/

Thank you #2

This is a fun sketch to use!  I also got to use some stash items.  I recently dusted off the Brilliance inks and used them with my aqua pen for this image.  I especially like the silver and platinum I have - great for the watering can!
sketch:  http://deconstructingjen.com/ds160/
Spots and dots:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/#
Watercolors:  http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/http://lawnscaping.blogspot.com/