Thursday, January 31, 2013

Welcome Baby Boy

I need a couple of baby cards in my stash. 
Supplies:  Penny Black image, JustRite sentiments, misc DP, Martha Steward tape, ribbon, Making Memories button brads, button, Nesties, chalk pencils, gel pens.
Blue (& Penny Black image):
Cute with a button:
Favorite  - This is the JustRite set (Happy Everything) that I go to regularly - great size and great assortment of sentiments:

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Pink hearts

I need a few valentines so these challenges are perfect!  I have used this hand made paper (hearts) before.  This time I added a Martha Stewart punched border, and a bit of pink lace.  The image is a digi - I have it labeled Heart Song - Rose Heart, but just now could not find the source.  I colored with Prismas and green Spica. The image has lots of open space - just right for the Fancy Pants sentiment.  The oval Nestie is embossed with LifeStyle Crafts Woven EF. 
Pink, white, heart and fancy border:

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Springy get well, Marilyn

I just learned a friend has been hospitalized and is quite ill.  I recently received a prize from Beccy's Place - including both B&W and colored images.  I have seldom used pre-colored ones, but they certainly are nice for quick cards!  The flowers here were not colored, so I used a Spica pen for shimmer.  The DP is a previous prize from Chris at AMuse.  The flowers are from Petaloo, with crystals added.
Flowers and ribbon:
Use her image:

Thank you, Cindy - mothermark on SCS

I seldom add a card here that has been uploaded to my SCS gallery - but the photo is not appearing there.  Please check details there for now. This card is 4.5x6.5, and the image is Art Impressions.
Sketch: http://greatimpressionsstamps.blogsp...-our-next.html
Girly card:

Monday, January 28, 2013

For Ron & Maggie

There are several challenges involving friendship, so this is a good opportunity for me to have this card to take to our weekly Bible Study.  One of the members has just been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  I made this card 8.5x5.5 to allow plenty of room for signatures. The image is a digi - please help me identify it so I can give credit.  The friends tag is computer generated, placed on Nesties.  I added ribbon and a Martha Stewart punched border.
This photo from Kirkland inspired me to use this piece of DP -
This is from the inspiration challenge:
Brown and Red:

HB, Lois L - in white

I seldom make a mostly white card for birthdays, but I wanted to complete some challenges, and I needed a birthday card for a friend - so here it is.  I think the layers are almost visible on the screen:  I used the Swirls EF (LifeStyleCrafts) and embossed scallops (Nesties) - as well as a bit of glitter - to add some dimension.  The image is a Sassy Cheryl digi which I colred with Prismas and Spica pen highlights.  The sentiment is Fancy Pants, attached with ribbon.  Lace and pearls are added at the bottom.
White with colored image:
Pearls and lace:
Bingo - (Die, happy, flower - in image - I also have embossing and ribbon from other rows!):

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Flowers and striped hearts

This is some great paper I got a couple of years ago - I bought a large box of odds and ends at a store closing - great bargains!  Not much was labeled - this seems to be hand made paper with great textured hearts.  Tearing seems to be the way to use it!  I added some Spellbinder hearts and petaloo flowers, together with a Fluffles image and JustRite sentiment.
Pink, flowers and stripes:
Hearts (and red):

Saturday, January 26, 2013

New in Kraft

These mice are wishing newly restored health.  The cs is kraft and burgundy, with a bit of Costco double sided dp.  I used a corner rounder punch(several times!) ans some shimmery twin fro Paper Pizzazz.
Kraft, with punches:
"New beginning":

And - a favorite in Kraft for 2013:

Deuteronomy 33:27

I used this digital image, Labels 1 (Nesties), Victoria embossing folder, Petaloo flowers, Bazzill jewels, and some old ribbon from my stash.  I used a chalk pencil to create an edge - if you have suggestions on how to make it look better, I would really like to hear them.  Also, I would like to give credit for this digital image - my computer does not always seem to allow me to include the name in the download, and I failed to go back to give credit.  Please let me know if you recognize it.
Blue and white:
Old ribbon from stash:
Sentiment as focal point:

Negative dies and punches

This was a fun card to make.  I have been wanting to try placing an image under an opening, and a challenge presented a great opportunity.  In case it does not show up well on the screen - I used a Nestie to cut a smaller circle from the dark teal, and a larger scalloped Nestie for the lighter embossed layer. For the image layer, I just made sure the cs piece was larger than the opening LOL!  I placed the dark layer, with the cut out circle, over the embossed piece and lightly traced the circle in order to have the opening at the right position.  I punched the tiny circles from the lighter cs, and then used those punches, layered over darker ones, to trim the sentiment. I completed the look with some shiny cord and a computer generated sentiment.  The image (SU) is colored with Twinkling H20's.
Negative dies/punches:

Friday, January 25, 2013

Senior Citizen

Dear Stella!  Could be me at our local supermarket on Senior Day LOL!!!  There is more to the verse, which I continued inside ( give me my discount!)  Both are Bugaboo digis.  I am probably known for my humorous cards and use of pattern paper - this is from a recently purchased Basic Grey pad (Hopscptch - I thought the numbers and arrows reminded my of my sometimes seemingly aimless wandering with that cart!!!
Known for...:
Bingo (down - sentiment, Bugaboo, ribbon):

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

An encouraging verse

An elderly friend has fallen and fractured a vertebra, so faces a long period of inactivity.  I hope she will find this encouraging.
Stamp:  Verve;  DP:  paper Pizzazz; Embossing:  Sizzix Vines ; flowers:  Peraloo;  butterfly:  Cheery Lynn; Misc. crystals and cs.
Purple. green, aqua; tent-style card (opens at bottom): flowers and butterfly from nature:

Sunday, January 20, 2013

A boy, a dog, and ice cream

I am having to correct the image - I certainly hope this works!
This is such a fun image (High Hopes) - I just do not have much chance to use it as our grandkids are much too old.  I used some brand new tape (Recollecxtions), my old dp, HB folder, and metal clip.  I distressed the edges, and used dp that has a bit of a distressed look.  I am learning how to use the tape.  I tried adhering it to the dark brown - the tape is translucent enough that the brown bg overpowered the design of the tape.  White would probably have been better, but I wanted a bit of a border.  I need to pay more attention to what others are doing.
Washi tape:
Blue, brown, white:

Friday, January 18, 2013

Agnes with her hat

Agnes is SO glamorous with her fancy hat!  I decided to paper piece her dress, but had to try more than once to get a pattern that did not place some questionable emphasis on her figure LOL!!!   Does any one recall the expression "it is snowing down south"?  This is a perfect illustration. 
The DP is by Paper Pizazz.  Agnes is an Art Impression beauty.  I added gel pen highlights, and a bit of my lone piece of vellum, as well as rhinestones and button brads.  The sentiment uses words from Words and Crafts - a bit difficult to align correctly.
Funny card:
Use of vellum:

Sympathy with lace

This image is from Free vintage digital images (not sure of the exact name).  I added a touch of color, and lace to match.  The bg is the Textile embossing folder, and a Martha Stewart punch.
Punched border:
Black & White with a touch of color:

Out with the old job!

I used a similar design a while ago - I like the twine and brads for a guy card.  Out with the old - like a job!  I also used old twine, brads, and DP.  The Bugaboo image is colored with Prismas.
Out with the old:

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Too young to be old

If you look at my other cards, you will notice that I enjoy using pattern paper and making humorous cards - this combines both.  The image is from Gina K - I cut the sentiment using the lower portion of the Nestie.  I punched two small holes a bit away from the image layer, and threaded the ribbon through them to make a bow.  The pink at the bottom is from a Martha Stewart punch, and the DP is K and Company - called Jubilee Pink Postage.
Favorites (DP, humor, Nesties):
Funny birthday card:
Tic-tac-toe (pink, free, puinch):
Dies & punches:

Rescuing a mistake

Some time ago I inadvertently copied a card on cs, when I intended to scan!  I left the copy sitting around - and decided maybe I could actually use it!  Not sure if it is the greatest, but I think it is ok,  I cut the image with a large circle die, then sponged a bit of grey chalk.  The bg also includes a piece of silver from a gift bag, and I added part of an Allegro EF.  The sentiment is Fancy Pants.
New beginnings for an old image:

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Blue & White Thank you

I like the crisp look of blue and white.  I am not too happy with the corner die cuts (I have some embossing corners, but not a die cut ) or the flower - none the right color or style.  Oh well...    Just about everything is from my stash.  I have had this Simply Said image through WishRAK (on Splitcoaststampers) for some time.  There is a touch of glitter on the corner pieces.
Thank you: 
Thank you, blue & white plus a flower:

You are 4

I used an anonymous stamp I have had for a long time, colored with chalk pencils and gel pens.  The DP with numbers is Debbie Mumm; the gingham and polka dots is part of a recent prize from Chris at AMuse.  Also used:  Nesties, 7 Gyspsies library stamp, and Baker's Twine.
Number 4:

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

For a grandson

I needed a quick card to send to a grandson - no special occasion.  This is an image from my WIshRAK stash, and I used a new LifeStyle embossing folder, together with other misc cs - including a bg that has been sitting around for a long time.  It is sponged, with a border made using a pen.  The hello is from the CB greetings set of dies and an embossing folder.  I used a bit of tape from a set I just bought - I am pretty late getting on that bandwagon!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Another B&W

Black and white has been popular for January challenges!  And it is a favorite of mine.  In addition, I have chosen a favorite verse of mine, using a no name stamp.  The flowers, a StudioG stamp, are colored with Spica pens.  I added some Baker's twine and a Spellbinders die/emboss piece.
Sketch, with uplifting verse:
Black and white with a splash of color:
Flowers and a die cut:

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Yellow, blue and a pop of black

New items: This is one of several QuicKutz embossing folders I got a little while ago - so far, it is rather unused.  The yellow and white Baker's Twine is also new.
I have had Fluffles for a while, but have rarely used it.  The sentiment is from a Recollections set.  I colored with metallic gel pens.  DP, cs have been in my stash for a while.
Yellow, blue and black:
Warm fuzzies - I used the EF for texture, and made a Thinking of You card with a warm yellow color and warm inside verse:

Blue and White Wedding

I usually like to coordinate a wedding card with the colors from the invitation.  However, I needed to add one to my stash, and the blue and white seem sufficiently generic!  I used a very new Swirls EF (LifeStyle Crafts), and some very old DP from my stash - along with Petaloo flowers I have had for some time.  The sentiment is from Verve.  I completed the look with a rhinestone, glitter and sheer ribbon - first try at shrinking the ribbon with a heat gun!  I am not sure why - I have seldom used glitter, and all of a sudden I have several glittery examples.
Inspiration - swirls:
Elegance in blue and white:

Sparkly shabby vintage

Time for a more serious birthday card!  There is more sparkle IRL - glitter, pink (yes, they are pink) rhinestones, and a shimmery ribbon.  The butterflies are from Cheery Lynn dies, and the sentiment is from a Recollections set.  I think the DP (unknown, from my stash) looks vintage, and I distressed the edges a bit.
Celebrate (birthday):
Sparkle and shimmer:
Shabby chic:

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Black & White with Lavender

This is my go-to style for sympathy cards.  I usually like the relatively clean look with few embellishments.  I have had the Scor-Pal for a while, but need to practice with it.  The image ((Fancy Pants) and sentiment (Verve) are from fairly new sets - these saw ink for the first time.  The chalk is sponged for a softer look.
Black and white with one color:
Chalk something new:
New Toys:

Friday, January 11, 2013

Burgundy and Orange

I had decided not to do this color challenge, but then was re-inspired when I took another look at some of the work by DT members.  To all of you who are on design teams, and provide so much inspiration as well as encouraging comments - a BIG THANK YOU!  If you look at my galleries, you will realize that I use a lot of pattern paper - and this from my very old stash, is a favorite collection - though I forget the origin.  I also used other favorites - dies (Spellbinders) and rhinestones.  Other items:  Whiff of Joy sentiment, Martha Stewart punch, AMuse burgundy (named Currant) cs, glitter, and flowers from a dollar store stem.
Embrace the old:
Favorite things:

Tuesday, January 8, 2013


I have had this sentiment (Our Daily Bread) for some time, and must admit I am not sure how to use it.  For a birthday - is it humorous?  serious?  I welcome your thoughts.  The image is also ODB.  I used the HP folder, and some ribbon and crystals I have had a while,  The doily is a fairly new item - a laser cut.
Old and new:
Word Art (trust):
Color (raspberry, lavender, neutral):

Monday, January 7, 2013

Gray Hare in black & white!

I don't often use the same image so soon, but someone wanted me to make another using these Skipping Stones images.  They are new, and the dp and ribbon are rather old - as are the chalk pencils and acrylic dots.
Old and new:

Sunday, January 6, 2013

White with Pink

These Cheery Lynn butterflies are so delicate!  I added some Petaloo flowers, misc. D.P., and a sentiment by SU.  It has been separated from the set, and I cannot recall where it belongs.
For a friend, with  Cheery Lynn dies:
White with a color (pink):

Yes, Another Gray Hare!

No, you are not seeing double!  A friend saw the card I made a couple of days ago and asked for one like it.  I changed it a bit for a different sketch.  I usually am using from my old stash, but this time both the stamps and dp are new.  A couple of challenges are for new beginnings - in addition to supplies, I would guess that another gray hare is indicative of a new stage of life LOL!!  Actually, most of my friends would probably never spot a new one among the mostly grey they already have....
The stamps are Skipping Stones, and the DP and chipboard stickers are Basic Grey.  Oh, yes, one more new thing... my use of chipboard.
Birthday celebration:

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Friday, January 4, 2013

Another Gray Hare

I just received this prize from Skipping Stones Designs - sadly, their challenges have come to an end.
My grey haired friends will really enjoy these cards LOL!!!  I am also enjoying this Hopscotch set from Basic Grey.  I used DP, chipboard stickers,and sticky paper tape.  The punch is Martha Stewart, and the bg cs is AMuse.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Cream and White for an anniversary

I realize this probably looks more like a wedding card, but I needed one for an anniversary.  The Textile is embossed on shimmery cream cs.  The slightly darker panel is like ultra thin hand made paper - it was in a box of scraps I got at a store closing.  The doily is a laser cut, and the hearts are glittery chip board. The image is an unmarked clear stamp.
Sketch, with white and cream:
Use a doily:

Lavender and lace thinking of you

This is one of those cards that looked a lot better as I imagined it than it actually turned out.  Oh, well...
It is meant for someone who is seriously ill so is not really a get well card.  I got the lace, ribbon, and crystals at yard sales - so I am especially happy when I find a use for them.  The floral stamp is by the Rubber Cafe, and Sentiment is from the set Today, Tomorrow and Always - a prize from Mark's Finest Papers.  I used a metallic gel pen, and QuicKutz embossing folder.
Lavender and lace:

Black and White Sympathy

Unfortunately, it always seems necessary to have sympathy cards in my stash - for personal use and for customers.  This is one of my go-to floral images,  I have always colored it, but I recently used it in black and white, and discovered it is a look I like.  It is called watercolor daisy, by Hampton Art.  The sentiment is Rubber Stampede.  I was happy to receive quite a bit of black and white paper from friends at WishRAK (Splitcoaststampers), and this is a nice subtle one for the bg look I was seeking.  I added Offray ribbon, Petaloo sparkly flowers, and crystals.
Black and White:

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Country Garden

This can be used for a "thinking of you" card when I need one.  The image is Country Garden, by High Hopes.  DP is Recollections, and I used a bit of adhesive tape from Basic Grey, as well as a bit of ribbon.  The coloring is with pastel chalk crayons, for a soft look.

A Big Thank You

Here is another thank you,  The stamp is Designer Greetings by SU.  The red cs is from American Crafts, and the die is by Spellbinders.

Many Thanks

I hope all of you have had a good start to 2013.  We have been so blessed, and pray that this will continue in 2013.  May you experience the same.  Now it is time to send a few thank yous for recent gifts. 
I was able to use several new items:  DP and a chip board sticker from Basic Grey, and the Woven EF by QuicKutz.  I have had the twine (Your Next Stamp) for a while, and the stamp (The Rubber Cafe) for a couple of years.  This sketch is great for an emphasis on the sentiment.
Any (using Basic grey):

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

For comfort

For anyone who has been following the Card a Day challenge on Splitcoast - I think I really managed to complete that many in 2012.  I started this blog in February, and there are about as many cards as days!  In addition, I have quite a few different cards in my gallery at Splitcoast - though I have not counted recently.  I am trying to continue the challenge.  I need to use some of my supplies - I have lots of cards to send, and I need more to sell and for RAK cards.  (Did I mention I also need 8 day weeks, or something like that?)
Here is another Thinking of You card that could also be a sympathy card - I like a subdued loos for that type of greeting.  The image is Hampton Art, and the sentiment is part of a set from Recollections, stamped in Eggplant.  Both patterned papers are from Paper Pizazz, and I added a doodle from Spellbinders.
Recipe:  1 image, two patterns, 3 crystals:
Any card - lots of them right now! -:

Old & New Thank You

I will need a few thank you cards, so this is a good way to start the new year.  I just received my order of Basic Grey Hopscotch items, including the DP and embellishments (buttons and paper ribbon.)  The embossing folder (Lifestyle crafts) is fairly new as well.  The brown cs I have had quite a while.  The stamp (SU Designer greetings) is new to me, but purchased at a yard sale, so is really old!
Thank you: