Thursday, March 26, 2015

For Evelyn's 85th - shiny Spring butterflies

A friend from church is celebrating her birthday this week end, and I hope I have made a special card for such a special occasion.  For the YNS sketch I flipped and rotated the elements, but I think it is true enough to the original. The die cut is Floral Panel by Tattered Lace; the butterfly embossing by Darice; Swiss Dots by Cuttlebug, and there is a bit from the Embossibilities birthday folder.  The butterfly is part of a favorite SU set, Ageless Adornment.  To get the color I wanted I mixed 3 of Twinkling H20 blues.  The cream cs is Recollections champagne shimmer, and the blue is from a DCWV metallic pad (part of my long term stash!!)
Sketch:  http://yournextstamp.com/blog/
Embossing:   http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/ 
Birthday:   http://polkadoodle.blogspot.com/
Special birthday:    http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.ca/
Inspiration (the lacy look of the leaves at lower right):  http://www.addalittledazzle.com/dazzling-diva-challenge-66/
Any:     http://thesistersofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/
              http://www.craftyourpassionchallenges.blogspot.com/ 
             http://www.scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/

Monday, March 23, 2015

Shimmery spring

Techniques/supplies:  Embossed butterflies using silver shimmer cs; Labels One, Majestic Elements dies (Spellbinders); sentiment by Verve;  glittery flowers by Petaloo, with pink gems; unknown DP - loose glitter added to highlight the flowers.
Sketch #2:   http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/p/link-list.html
Glitter:        http://sparklensprinklecreativechallenges.blogspot.com/
Not square: http://digichoosday.blogspot.co.uk/
Bling:         http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/
Color:         http://drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/%E2%97%8B%20Challenges
                   http://www.frosteddesigns.blogspot.ca/
Pastel:         http://crafts4eternity.blogspot.com/
Spring:       http://qkrstampede.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:           http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Vintage guy

This guy looks pretty vintage to me!  These are some of the pieces from an Art Impressions pop-up set. The bg is by Darice - I embossed on shimmery silver cs to give the look of metal.  The grass is by Die-Namics.
Sketch:   http://scrappingeverydaymiracles.blogspot.ca/search?updated-max=2015-03-11T06:00:00-04:00&max-results=2
 Metal:    http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/Vintage:  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2015-03-20T05:00:00-04:00&max-results=10
Birthday:  http://polkadoodle.blogspot.ca/2015/03/week-11-birthdays-polkadoodles-challenge.html
Masculine:  http://craftingbydesigns.blogspot.com/ 
Embossing:   http://www.hidinginmycraftroom.com/
Any:         http://thesistersofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/

Mixed dies for Deb

I have been wanting to experiment with this new die set from Couture Creations - the Mariposa Collection.  The border at the left is cut from the shimmery burgundy layer.  The butterfly and small branch are also part of the set.  Birthday is from a Sizzix Happy Birthday die, and Blessings is by Cheery Lynn.  All of these are cut from silver shimmer cs (Recollections).  I added white half pearls (Pizzazz Aplenty).  Oh, yes, I added a second layer for the butterfly - in champagne, offset slightly.  If anyone has seen tutorials for using these dies please let me know!   This is for our daughter - her birthday is later this week.  She will be visiting, along with our son-in-law and granddaughter.
Sentiment as focal point:   http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
2 word sentiment:              http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Bling:    http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/
Wings:  http://cagichallenge.blogspot.ca/
 Any:     http://www.scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
              http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.ca/
               http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
           

Couture Maricopa prototype

This opens in the middle - gate fold.
(The white base is not visible).   I recently ordered a die set from Couture Creations, called Mariposa.  This set is designed to be used as the closure on gate fold cards - but now I need directions as I cannot quite figure out how to put them together.  I ultimately used the smaller butterfly with small glue dots to hold the two sides together.  The base is a dark burgundy shimmery cs.
Challenge - any:   http://www.scribbleandscrapcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/
                               http://thepapernestdollschallenge.blogspot.ca/ 
                               http://notjustcardschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/
Wings:                   http://cagichallenge.blogspot.ca/

Saturday, March 21, 2015

B&W for Hal


This is a bit late for Hal's birthday celebration - so I used the Blessings by Cheery Lynn instead of a Happy Birthday.  Image by TLC;  gears embossing folder from Darice; misc papers.  I used a double row of Washi tape for the long strip.  I have learned that it works better for me to adhere the tape to a strip of white cs- the pattern is clearer that way.
Sketch:       http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.com/
Celebrate:  http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.ca/
Animal:     http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Vintage:     http://deepoceanchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
                  http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/
Inspiration:          http://www.theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/
Any:      http://thepapernestdollschallenge.blogspot.ca/
               http://notjustcardschallenges.blogspot.co.uk/

Friday, March 20, 2015

Butterfly sympathy card

A few days ago I happened to see a friend who purchases a lot of my cards.  She bought all of the sympathy cards I had left - so now I need to fill that void.
To color this Our Daily Bread image I used a technique I have gotten away from - I loaded my aqua pen directly from water color pencils.  The sentiment is computer generated.  The DP is by Anna Griffen - from my hoarded stash - time to cut into some of those pieces!  The butterfly embossing folder is by Darice; circle dies by Spellbinder.  You may purchase the Faith set (ODB) at classy cards.
Sketch:   http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
Inspiration (spring-y greens and yellows):  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Two word sentiment:  http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Green:    http://classycardsnsuch.blogspot.com/2015/03/ccns-challenge-76-going-green.html
                http://diesruschallenge.blogspot.com/
Spring:   http://livelaughstamp.blogspot.com/search/label/Monday%20Morning%20Challenge
                http://www.fashionablestampingchallenges.com/
                http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com/
Any:      http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Sympathy #3

This is another card to send to our friend Don.  His wife died on Sunday, after a struggle with cancer.  Several months ago they moved to be closer to family.  They were members of our Wednesday Bible class, so I will take this to be signed.
Supplies:  the image is from a website full of freebies - called Antique Images (thank you!); sentiment from Verve; DCWV and misc dp and cs' Petaloo flowers. 
DT Nina (Tuesday morning sketches) provided inspiration!
Sketch:  http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/
Any:      http://sisteractcardchallenge.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Birthday celebration

I had too many interruptions and distractions (no, there are no grandkids around, so that was not it !!) to do a decent job completing this - at the very least, I should not have left those big green circles at the top.  Oh well...
Supplies:  stamp by SU' misc. papers and cs;  Buttlebug birthday folder, a scrap of ribbon, gold cord, button.
Sketch:  http://craftycreationschallenges.blogspot.com/
Button and bow:   http://craftycatzweeklychallenge.blogspot.com/
Celebrate:   http://cutecardthursday.blogspot.com/

Monday, March 16, 2015

ODB scripture

Our Daily Bread is hosting a special challenge - use their scripture. I wanted to try a slightly different take on my Spellbinder Majestic Elements ovals - I really like the dies but have found them difficult to actually use.  For example, these sizes are a bit too large for the card, but I will go with it.  I used regular ovals for stamping, and to mat behind the open work.    The embossing folder is by Darise; flowers by Petaloo, and papers by misc!!
Sketch:     http://joannamunster.com/2015/03/16/ibsic-92/
Flowers:   http://www.drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/ 
                 http://www.lunagirlmoonbeams.com/
Scripture:  http://ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/
Pink:         http://www.frosteddesigns.blogspot.ca/


Another sympathy card

This is another card that will be sent to our friend Don.  Phyllis lost her battle to cancer yesterday, and several church groups want to remember her. 
Supplies:  Cuttlebug border embossing folder; Darice Sympathy; Prima and other flowers; lt and dark green cs gems
Sketch:   http://scrappingeverydaymiracles.blogspot.ca/search?updated-max=2015-03-11T06:00:00-04:00&max-results=2
Flowers:   http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/
Flowers:   http://www.lunagirlmoonbeams.com/
Any:    http://ema-ginationstation.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2014-10-30T00:00:00-05:00&max-results=1
           http://scrappers-delights-challenge-blog.blogspot.co.uk/

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sympathy for Don Johnson

A former member of our church was called home over night.  They were active in Bible Studies and other activities. Phyllis, with her great attitude during her serious illness, will be missed.  This is a card I made to take to our group this morning so others could sign it.  I made it 4.5x6.5.
Supplies:  white, purple cs; Darice butterfly embossing folder, Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder;  shiny metallic butterfly by Kanban; Scripture from Word Art (thank you for your weekly offering - I appreciate having those options available.).
Sketch:   http://yournextstamp.com/blog/
B is for butterfly, Bible:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/
Things that fly:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Any:       http://thesistersofcraft.blogspot.co.uk/
                http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/