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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Cream and blue birthday

Verse by Verve; 7Gypsies sentiment; shimmery champagne cs, Spellbinder circle dies; cream lace; Swirls embossing folder (Cuttlebug); cream ribbon, star charm. The Cupcake photo inspired the champagne colored swirls.
Sketch:     Verve sketches #2
Birthday:     Star Stampz
                      Allsorts Challenge
                      Dies R Us
                      Polkadoodle
                      Digi Choosday 
Inspiration     Cupcake Inspirations
Embossing:    Cuttlebug Mania
Texture (lace, embossing):  Incy Wincy
Ribbon and charm:  Come and Get It
Star:    Pile It On 
Any:     Word Art Wednesday 
 

Monday, May 23, 2016

CAS in red, white, blue

I placed a full sized red layer under the top of the card, to cover the back of the embossing, and to show through the punched edge (Fiskars).  Embossing - Cuttlebug stylized flowers; butterfly die - Cheery Lynn; 7Gypsies sentiment, glitter on the tiny flower topped with a gem; blue cs for the mat and the butterfly.
CHALLENGES:  
Sketch:   Share Joy
Red, white, blue:    Cheery Lynn
Birthday:      Allsorts 
                       AAA Cards
                       Polkadoodle 
                       Dies R Us  
                       Star Stampz
Flowers:        Pink Gem Challenge
Embossing:   Crafting for all Seasons
Glitter:      Sparkle n Sprinkle 
Wings:    Crafty Calendar
                       

DT card for Eureka # 194 - Pretty in Pink

This week the challenge at Eureka Stamps is to use pink. You have until 6pm EDT on Sunday, May 29 to post up to 3 entries, and you have a chance to win digis - more if you use a stamp from Eureka.  I selected this cutie - Shy Girl.  I also chose the sentiment from the Eureka digi selection.  Our church pre-school partners with members as prayer partners, and this would be a good card to use for a prayer partner.
I used a subtle pattern of DP to paper piece the dress, but colored the sleeves.  As I was working on the fussy cutting, I realized the pink DP gave a reddish pink highlight to the hair, so went for a trendy hair do.  The mat for the image is from a Spellbinders Labels die. I used a light dusting of glitter on the outer borders, but of course there are a few sprinkles here and there on the rest of the card.  Little girls love glitter!  I also added a "JOY" brad.
Please stop by the Eureka blog to check out the other fabulous DT inspiration cards, and join us this week -  Eureka Stamps Blogspot.
CHALLENGES:   
Sketch:  Cheerful Sketches
Pink:   Stamps and Stencils
             City Crafter
             Lets Create
Girly:   Chocolate Coffee Cards.
Unusual Hair:   Julia Spiri
Happy  Anything + pink:  In The Pink
Texture (brad, piecing):   Incy Wincy
Feminine:   Hiding in my Craftroom
Monochromatic:   Crafty Creations  
Any, with a die:   Happy Little Stampers
Glitter:   Lawnscaping
                Sparkle n Sprinkle
Any:    A bit more time to craft 
             Craft Your Passion 
             Cre8tive Hands friends
             Cards Galore
             Crafty Catz  
             Digistamps4joy
             DLArt
             Classic Design Team  
             Our-Crafty-Corner
             Through the Craft Room Door
               
             
              

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Girl Friends

Art Impressions people and sayings should bring a smile if not a laugh!  I used one of my favorite inside-the-card sayings:  "I don't do exercise... It makes my coffee spill!"
Recipe:  Stamps  -AI;  colored with Prismas;  Funtape washi tape; unknown DP and gems.
CHALLENGES:
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Laughing with you:   Art Impressions
Colors:    Your Next Stamp
Any, with sentiment:   Aud Sentiments 
Circles (on washi tape):  Stampotique
"Yummy" :    Double Click Connections   
Food:   Cute Card Thursday
Tea for Two:   Cardz4galz
Just us Girls:   Chocolate Coffee Cards 
Birthday celebration:  Polkadoodle 




Friday, May 20, 2016

For Margaret

Sadly, my husband's brother-in-law has lost his battle with cancer.  We will send this card as hubby cannot travel that far right now.
The card is 5x7.  It is on shimmery cs with dark blue backing.  The oval is by Spellbinders,  the verses by Verve, and the embossing is Cuttlebug.
Sketch: Jo's Scrapshack
Sentiment only:  Addicted-to-stamps-
Flowers:     Cuttlebug Mania
CAS:      Creative With Stamps
Any + Sketch:  Stamplorations
Any:   Lemon Shortbread
            Through the Craft Room Door
             Tuesday Throwdown 

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Encouragement for Bill

Word Art image from October 2015; DP by We R Memory Keepers (The side strips are borders of the same sheet); branch die - Cheery Lynn; the verse is mounted under the oval opening which is sponged and distressed.  There are narrow stickers barely visible at the bottom of the oval.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Sentiment, no image:  Addicted-to-Stamps
Colors (Greens):   DRS Designs
Masculine:    Creative Card Crew
Vintage:    Allsorts
 Shabby Chic:  Deep Ocean
             Lemon Shortbread
             DLArt

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Tea Pot Party for Carol

I need advice before I put this in the mail.  Many of you have seen my previous entries in the TeaPot Tuesday challenges.  This week we will be sending cards to Carol  (Teapot-Tuesdays.).  She lost her husband to cancer, and now she is facing a recurrence of breast cancer.  She has really enjoyed square dancing.  I thought of this image, but am not sure it is appropriate.  I do not know Carol at all, so I don't know how she might react to this humorous depiction of a square dancer.  What do you think?
Because she has lost her husband, I used only half of this Art Impressions square dancing couple.
I fussy cut this image.  The chevron strips are Washi tape, and the flower like bits are parts of a Fiskars punch.  The blue strip is ribbon, and I used a Spellbinder oval die for backing.  I added a bit of chalk to edge the tape strips, and distressed the edges.  I think even the image adds to the vintage feel!
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Vintage:  Allsorts Challenge
Dies/Punch:  Crafty Catz
Laughing with you:   Art Impressions
Color (dk and lt blue; yellow. green):  Your Next Stamp

Monday, May 16, 2016

Get Well, Marilyn

Our friend has been very ill but fortunately is now on the way to recovery.  She frequently orders cards from me, and I also really enjoy sending her cards for special times.  We are so grateful she is doing better.  This uses a page from a watercolor pack by Ken Oliver; Stampin Up stamp, a bit of pale yellow lace along the right; and Cheery Lynn hummingbirds (a favorite of Marilyn's).
And Jo - this is for you as well.  feel better!
Sketch:   Jo's Scrapshack
Lace:     Paper Shelter
Flowers:   Deep Ocean
                  Crafty Enjoyments
                  Di's Digi Designs
                  A Gem of a Challenge 
                  Simon says stamp Wednesday
Use DP:   Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper

DT card for Eureka Challenge #193 - Quilting or Sewing

When I saw the theme for this week's challenge (Eureka Stamps) I knew I wanted to use a quilting theme, and will probably save this for my sister.  She is an excellent quilter, and owns several specialized sewing machines to work with.  The image is Eureka Heart on a Pendant digi #904, and the sentiment digi 24702.  I thought paper piecing would work well with this image.  However, because of the patterns included on the heart, I had to use solid colored paper.  I am very happy with the result - a dark vanilla and light purple combination.  I used a metallic gel pen for the stripes, and to color the tiny flowers.  I also colored the bow with the sparkly metallic pen.  This was also a great opportunity to use my new Darice Button embossing folder.  A strip of embossed faux stitching (Cuttlebug), some washi tape, and  Prima flower complete the card.  ETA:  I should have mentioned I cut out the heart and bow before adhering the pieced sections.
CHALLENGES:
Sketch:    Viva la Verve #1
Embossing:   Crafting for all Seasons
                       Ikes World
Sentiment:    Aud Sentiments
Empathy:    Path of Positivity
Stripes:   Crafty Gals Corner
Color:    Outlawz Tuesday-Color
Layers:   Scrapbook Stamp Society  
Girlie:  Aloha Friday
 Inspiration (heart; tiny flowers):  Give a crafter a cookie
Not square:  Digi Choosday
DT member:     Classic Design Team
Any:  Cre8tive Hands Friends
           Craft Your Passion
           Crafting With an Attitude 
           Cute as a Button
           Digi Stamps4joy 
           DLArt 
           Lemon Shortbread 
           Inspiration Destination
           Paper Nest Dolls
           Not Just Cards 
            
          

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Patriotic cat for Adrienne

Our granddaughter, a cat lover, is very successfully completing her first year at the US Air Force Academy.  It has been a challenging and rewarding year for her, and we want to congratulate and encourage her.  I periodically send her unsigned cards that she in turn can use to send to her friends.  I thought the starry red DP would make a cute cat!  It s an old stamp with the label Sarah Biese.
Sketch:    Your Next Stamp
Paper Piecing:   C.R.A.F.T.
Any:  Penny Black at Allsorts

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Tea Pot Tuesday at SplitCoastStampers

If you are not familiar with it, I would like to introduce you to the Tuesday TeaPot Party challenge at SplitCoastStampers.  Each Tuesday participants may create and send a card to a worthy recipient.  This week they go to Veronica, who lost her only child, a 21 year old son, to a tragic accident.  She is having a difficult time, so we hope to send her some encouragement.
Sentiment - Verve; unknown images; Washi tape;  light purple mat cs; mauve panel; Petaloo flowers; sponging; distressed edges.
Sketch:     Sketch Saturday
Distress:    DRS
Colors:     Your Next Stamp
Thinking of you:   Tuesday Throwdown