Saturday, August 31, 2013

Shades of teal with dots

For me, this sketch was more of a challenge than others have been.  Usually I have images that are too large - this time I think they are a bit small - should have filled more of that middle space.  I am not a designer - what do you think?  The sentiment is from Mark's Finest Papers.  I used a scrap of dotted paper - a CB border embossing folder - edging scissors - a strip of gold stickers - teal chalk for sponging.  The DP has been in my stash for a few years, and I have also had the dies and the embossing folders for a long time.
Girlie, with a sentiment:

Black, white and a touch of gold

I enjoy making many kinds of cards - I do not seem to have found "my" style yet!  However, one style I do especially like is black and white.  I added a bit of gold - ribbon, pearls, and highlights on the image.  The image is a wonderful freebie from Beccy's Place.  The sentiment is Verve.  Ribbon, butterflies and pearls are added.
Bingo - center down - sentiment, image, pearls:
Black, white, and one color:
Bow, butterfly and a digi:
Embossing, with a digital image:

Friday, August 30, 2013

Three circles

This sweet image is a digi (freebie - thank you) from Beccy's place.  They are colored with metallic gel pens for shimmer.  The circles are cut in the brown layer which is placed over the images.  The papers and sentiment are Recollection.
Any, with an image from Beccy:

My first twisted easel card

closed card

Card in open position, not folded in easel position

The solid purple is the back of the butterfly image which folds down for the easel display.
I tried new techniques on this card and I see I need a  LOT of practice - but there is no time right now - in  fact I will complete this post later.  I used some new powdered chalk, courtesy of Stamp'n Plus.  I mixed some powdered chalk with a bit of water and brushed through a stencil for the butterfly.  Even though I used water color paper, it still wrinkled a bit. I brushed chalk mixed with a bit of water on the stamp to do the sentiment. Then I tried to follow the tutorial for the twisted easel card, but I am kind of direction-impaired!  since the camera is not available, I posted different views.  The embossed portion is the inside of the card - which lays flat for the easel display.  The floral and light purple dp is a recent Paper Wishes purchase.
Twisted easel card:
Anything with chalk:

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Birthday in pink, yellow and orange

What a bright, sunny color combination - and this Penny Black bear is enjoying one of the final romps of the summer.  He is colored with water color pencils and gel pens.  The DP is Paper Studio.  I really need a horizontal birthday folder - is there one out there?  I solved the problem by embossing a single word on each side, and doing a regular vertical emboss on the rest of the yellow layer - then I covered most of what had been embossed LOL!  There is glitter scattered over the card.  I used a lot of scraps - there was just about the right size of the yellow and orange to cut those layers - but I still have a couple of small pieces.  The stripes were cut from a larger scrap.  Even the sticky brads and ribbon were just about the end of those supplies.  I could make about 5000 more cards and still have scraps left!
Summer fun, with ribbon:
Bright & sunnywith Penny Black image:
Pink, yellow, orange:

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Early Christmas #2

Card Sketch Pattern

I am sorry the message does not show up as well on the screen as it does IRL.  I am kind of caught up on cards -  I had LOTS of orders to fill this summer - so I can get a bit of a start on Christmas.  I think this is a $1 stamp - marked Kolette Hall.  The image is under the circle opening. The DP is from a pad by Paper Studio called Faith - I like the burgundy and green with some tan.  I used that versatile die by Cheery Lynn - from Joan's Gardens shop.  I probably should have used a darker green this time.  I added a bit of a Dazzles strip - cream colored.
Bingo - (diagonal - die cut, free, stamp):
Christmas, red/green, nature, image stamped under the die cut opening, Cheery Lynn die available at Joan's Gardens:;postID=2607738375293208400

Early Christmas card

I am grateful for the Christmas challenges - but I will still be scrambling at the last minute!  This turned out busier than I like - just trying to figure out how to use some of the DP I have collected.  It is from the Paper Studio - I like it, just not for this layout.  The image is one on a nameless cube - placed behind the cut out circles.  I added CB letters, Cheery Lynn branches (turned into trees!) and a strip of Dazzles.
Celebrate (Christmas and Easter are my favorite celebrations of faith):
Christmas, red/green, opening for stamped image, trees (from nature), Cheery Lynn branch die from Joan's Gardens store:
Cuttlebug letter and branch dies: 

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Welcome to college

We just got the address so it is time to send a "Welcome to College" card to our granddaughter.  Since she is very fond of cats, this is perfect - I think she will over look the elementary school look of the yield sign!  This freebie, from Dearie Doll, is precolored - great for a quick card like this.  To complete the theme, the DP is HopScotch, by Basic Grey - with some chipboard stickers also from Basic Grey.
Back to school, w/ chipboard dots & heart - in my stash for over a year:

Monday, August 26, 2013

HB Brother in law

 If you follow my blog, you might notice that there are a lot of cards with a fishing theme - a popular activity among family members!  This is for a brother-in-law.  I fudged a bit on the sketch, as I wanted the names of the fish to show - one of the challenges using DP is to get the correct part of the pattern visible.  This is Karen Foster dp.  I used the Distressed Stripes embossing folder - and promptly covered all but a sliver of the border - and it does not show here!  I like the slight lift it gives the bg.
Masculine, with CB embossing:

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Special Day in blue and brown

I just received an order of papers from Paper Wishes - a sort of grab bag that includes colors I really like.  This light brown with a hint of blue has lots of possibilities for me.  The scroll is Baroque Motifs (SU) and the sentiment from another favorite - a Recollections set.  I added drops from the Robins Nest and some ribbon.  All is backed with SU - Choc Chip?
Use DP:

End of summer flowers

We need a lot of cards in late summer!  This is for a SIL whose birthday is in a few days.  The image, from y stash, is Hampton Art, I think, with a sentiment from Recollections.  I colored with watercolor pencils, dipped in water.  The bg is a CB embossing folder, and I added layers of punched flowers, topped with Robins Nest drops.  The strip is a ribbon and punched edge.  (It is almost time to leave for church - I will be back with more links, etc. later.)
End of summer:
No DP:

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Happy 50th

There have been a lot of celebrations lately.  This is for a friend I have known since grade school.  As you can tell from recent posts, I have become very fond of white embossing with a color.  This uses Victoria and Swiss dots CB folders, gold ribbon, some gems, CB numbers, and spellbinders dies.  The embossing folder, gold cs, ribbon, and dies are much more than 6 months old!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

White with red

The background uses parts of the "you" folder (Cuttlebug).  I wanted to use the more "serious" words, so I cut the strips and placed about half of each in the folder, then turned and did the other end with words that fit.  I am pleased with the result - trying to use the folders in different ways.  The image is from the Stampin Up set Sweet of You.  Coloring and bg are various shades of plum. The embossing folder and stamp set have been around in my supply stash for a long time, but have been pretty neglected.
White on white, with a color: 

For a teacher

This has been one of those days - lots of interruptions and I lose my train of thought!  And now I see a bit of red made its way to the border - LOL!  This uses a cuttlebug die - lots of pieces to create the apple and books.  The greeting is from a neglected Just Rite set - Fancy Tags.  The border is also CB, the dragonflies (??) are Cheery Lynn, and the bg Sizzix vines. All of these Back to School challenges are especially timely - our granddaughter just started her teaching career.
Back to school:
Back to school:
 Back to school:
1 decorative edge:  http://drsdesignsblo
Just Rite stamp with wings:



Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Bright Hello

This is pretty bright for me!  The solid bg layer is dry embossed (Argyle).  I sponged with More Mustard chalk to tone it down a bit.  DP: narrow panel - Paper Studio; left panel - Recollections.  Added: pearls , ribbon, stickles (on the scalloped frame and the heart).
"Nature" with stickles:

Monday, August 19, 2013

Blue wildflowers

This image is one of several sent by a friend from Wish RAK on Spkitcoaststampers.  It seems just right for a monochromatic look in a blue that has a teal tinge to it.

Make two

I am not at all good at organizing this blog and getting my images in  the right spot.  This will h ave to do.  The Crafty Creations challenge is to do two of a kind.  I did two with the same layout and theme, but with totally different colors and appearance.  I am getting caught up on cards I made this week end - and have already given away!  The sentiments are Cuttlebug greeting dies.  I also used Nesties, Cheery Lynn leafy dies, some ribbon, and a piece of DCWV DP that has been in my stash for a long time.
Two of a kind:
Die cuts:

Sunday, August 18, 2013

66th Anniversary

Recently I have had a number of friends request cards for very special occasions.  Just adding a number makes it special.  I am limited in what I have available, but the numbers from the Cuttlebug Olivia set work quite well.  My friend requested something in red - I was a bit skeptical, but I do like the result.  It is combined with ivory cs and and ivory flower.  I just received my order for Spellbinders Exquisite Circles - I am going to have to work with them a bit to figure out the best way to use them - the larger (red) circle is more of a cut out than en edge - I cut a larger circle first, then used the new die for the cut out.    Does any one have more ideas - or is there a tutorial some where?  I have not had a chance to look.
Something new -   Spellbinders, see above:
Dry embossing CB machine):
Die cuts:
 Tic Tac Toe - across- gems, flower, ivory:

Embossed sympathy card

I really like the simplicity and elegance of dry embossing for sympathy cards.  I added a bit of a border punch (Martha Steward trellis) and  Cuttlebug border die.  The sentiment is Paper Inspirations.
Sentiment (not birthday):
Die cuts:

More circles

I had fun with this sketch and decided to try a second version.
Supplies:  Image - Our Daily Bread, colored with metallic gel pens and Brilliance Platinum (using an aqua brush)); CB greeting die; CB border die: Cheery Lynn butterfly; ribbon. Spellbinders circles; Sizzix EF.  All embossing and die cuts were done on my Cuttlebug.
Die cuts and embossing:

Saturday, August 17, 2013

Happy Birthday, yellow

This is a fun image to work with - a digi from The Alley Way - colored with Prismas.  I added a strip of punched grass and a sun - for a sunny summer day.  The DP is .  Basic Grey.  Petaloo flowers, shiny cord and Nesties complete the scene.
Lots of  Yellow:
Weather, with BG cs:

Circles, circles

This has become another favorite color combination - one I will continue to use for fall.  This image is from Our Daily Bread - Birthday set.  I am not sure about the sentiment.  The circles are Spellbinders.
Sketch, with ODB image:
Lots of Yellow:

Friday, August 16, 2013

Singing BIrd on Kraft

  1. This is a cute Unity image, which I paper pieced. The sentiment is from  $ bin.  
  2. Sketch:
  3.  Sewing, with kraft:
  4.  Music

Anniversary Hearts

I am running out of ideas for anniversary cards!  This is a favorite color, and I think this is not too feminine.  I got to use some scraps! The  hearts are Spellbinders, EF by Sizzix, the stamp Recollection, twine is AMuse, and  the flowers by Petaloo

Thursday, August 15, 2013

A green polka dotted umbrella

This is one of the first SU sets I purchased and now rarely use - I need to dust off the rest and get re-acquainted.  The bg DP is Basic Grey, and the pieced umbrella is A Muse dp.  The"corners" are a Spellbinders die cut - embossed, too.  I added some Cheery Lynn raindrops.
Paper Piecing:

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Deja Vu Vintage

This is very much like a card I just made - for two reasons.  First of all, I am using up the very limited supplies in our RV.  Also, I was showing the first card I made to my friend - another friend saw it, and said her mother would also be 90 in a few weeks - could I make the card for her as well.  This Recollection vintage scene, called Toile, is very much a favorite.  The other pieces are scraps.  It is hard to see, but all pieces are ivory and black.  The letters are CB Olivia dies,  I added ivory birds from another favorite - Cheery Lynn Little Wings, available at oan's Gardens shop..
Die cuts:e/
Vintage, scenic bg, bird, die cut sentiment:

Happy Birthday, Marilyn

Each year, her husband asks me to make a card for my friend.  She is also a loyal customer, and has told me how much she likes this image.  (Thanks, the Alley Way!)  They are full time RVers- I think it is the homespun look that she likes.  It is colored with Prismas, and the sentiment is computer generated. The die cut strip  and tiny flowers are from Cuttlebug borders.  The cloud is Cheery Lynn.
I used the colors and stripes from the inspiration:
The sketch:


I like the tailored look of blue with a touch of white - but once this was finished, this might appear to be more like Christmas than Anniversary.  Maybe I will have to change the sprigs and branches.   They are Cheery Lynn dies.

Unusual shape

There must be a lot of anniversaries in August!  The cards have been flying out of my stash.  This is a digi, colored with Prismas.  The mat is a deep burgundy; the ribbon a pale blue -these colors do not look quite true.  The embossing is from a set by Sizzix - there are hearts in the center.
No squares:

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Embossed anniversary

The following sketch was more of a challenge for me than usual, but I am happy with the results.  I even got good advice from DH - and followed it LOL!!!  The embossed pieces are from a Sizzix set (I have forgotten the name.)  I used the middle part of the A2 folder.  I divided the "with love" strip. Teal chalk enhances the embossing.   The die cut is from a CB border I have had a long time - the flowers at the bottom are part of the die.  I cut in both teal and white, and layered them - that just gives a bit of an edge IRL, and adds dimension.  Tiny pearls create the center of the flowers  The white flowers are Petaloo.  No name on the dp - it has long been in my stash.
Favorite technique (one of them, anyway!)  dry embossing, with a sentiment:

Monday, August 12, 2013

Debbie's mom is 90

This summer I have had a large number of requests for cards, especially for special occasions.  I enjoy doing such cards, but also feel some pressure to make sure they are indeed special.  Recently I discovered how much I like the classy look of ivory and black - now I  have a number of such cards to make.  I really like this scenic DP from Recollections - need to shop to find more like it!  The other cs is from my stash.  The only letter dies I have are this set by Olivia - a bit too large so I had to compress them for this layout.  The bird is a Cheery Lynn Little Wild things die, from Joan's Gardens.  The birthday sentiment is a 7Gypsies library stamp. The card is 4 3/4 x 6 1/4.
Ribbon and wings:
Vintage, Scenic BG paper, bird, die cut sentiment:

A summer scene

Thanks for a sketch that accommodates a larger image.  This is a High Hopes stamp, Country Garden, colored with Prismas.  The lady bug and bird are die cuts from Cheery Lynn,  Embellishments:  a CB scroll die cut, glitter, ribbon, a jewel eye for the bird - this changes, but right now a favorite is ribbon.  DP is from a very old DCWV stack. 
Sketch, with die cuts:
Embellishments, with High Hopes stamp:
Inspired by the dots and colors (see the roof of the bird house):
Use ribbon and something with wings:

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Experiment in ombre

I am not sure this is what was meant by the ombre challenge, but I saw the card by Hazel (  in the Amusing challenge gallery that inspired me to create this experiment (for me, anyway).  Mine is nothing like hers, but I will experiment more.
Maybe you will get a bit of a smile from my description!  I am still operating on the limited supplies I packed in the RV for the summer.  I do not have any glossy cs, but I had a page of photos that I had ruined (did not click the correct selection on the printer).  There is actually a photo behind this ink, and that is what creates some of the darker spots.  I used several colors of Twinkling H20 inks.  I added a bit of gold after the greens and blue dried - though it does not show much.  When dry (only a couple of minutes) I embossed with the Argyle folder.  I had the image in my collection, and colored with metallic gel pens - the cup is silver and purple but the silver is very dark.   The circles are Nesties.
Please - add any suggestions or ideas you have.
Ombre challenge:
Dry embossing:

Purple Flowers

I am not sure this color combo works as well as I had hoped - I have another card with this green and lilac that I like much better.  The image is from my stash - using Versamark and chalk.  The DP strip is Costco double sided cs - I bought that box of cs a long time ago. 

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Thank you Pastor

This is a card that church goers at our RV park will sign.  The pastor who has been conducting services here for 5 years is leaving to continue his studies.  He is a great pastor in so many ways, and will be missed.  This is 5x7, to allow for signatures.  I found a great inside verse in my files - from one of the great sources at Splitcoaststampers.  (I think it is called "Do you need a poem?")  This stamped verse is from Out Daily Bread, and the sentiment is computer generated.  The die is from Cheery Lynn Tiny Things.  Both of the papers are Paper Studio.
Anything masculine:
Favorite technique (I have so many - this is to use die cuts):  /http//
Any; encouraging, Scripture:

Humorous masculine birthday

This Gina K image goes well with humorous inside verses.  I used the HB folder as the sentiment.

Friday, August 9, 2013

Vanishing pearls

There really are pearls here - 4 on the circle and one in the flower.  I also used lilac to complete the middle column of the tic tac toe challenge.  The DP has been in my stash for a LONG time.  I added embossed strips and a bow.  The image is Fluffles enjoying a summer day in the sun.
Tic Tac Toe:
Any, with a sentiment:
Sunny day:

Masculine, in Kraft

I always need more masculine cards!  This is layered on Kraft - the image is sponged and "hung" with twine.
Kraft,  with layers;
Any, with an animal:

Emerald Christmas tree

First of all, I am not sure what has happened to this photo.  The tree and edging are a pale emerald green.  The snowflake layer has no coloring.  The branch and mats are a darker emerald.  When I packed the RV for the summer I did not include any Christmas items - ecept the embossing folders.  So any Christmas items I make will have a tree and snowflakes!  I used the emerald chalk, a piece of DP, cord and a crystal - all items I have had for a long time.  The flower and leaves (Cheery Lynn) are fairly new.
Christmas, using chalk:

Happy 101st birthday

It is not too often that we have a chance to make a card to celebrate 101 years!  This is perhaps the third card I have made for my friend's sister.  It does not seem to show, but this is ivory and black.  I tweaked the sketch a bit in order to show the images on this lovely dp by Recollections.  Other supplies:  Textile and Happy Birthday embossing (CB), Olivia numbers (CB), Spellbinders circles and ovals, ribbon, recollections Washi tape, sheer ribbon,Baic Grey gems,  Martha Stewart border punch.
Girlie theme using Cuttlebug:
Birthday, with a number:

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Purple and white anniversary

Hello there!  I have been away from this blog for a few days.  I was concentrating on the Fan Club challenge on Splitcoaststampers - I fell short of my goal of 42 cards in about 9 days - I actually completed most of the challenges but had internet problems and many remained on my desk instead of in my SCS gallery.  I tried a few new to me techniques and had a great time doing all of this.
Nearly always I begin a card with a sketch.  I could not find one that fit with my idea for this card, so I winged it!
This week's challenge at Joan's Gardens is one that I found especially attractive, so I have completed another card - use purple and white, the negative of die cuts (the delicate branches and circle frame), textured bg (Swiss dots and lacy ribbon), and a purchase from her shop - the Cheery Lynn border.  I think I got it all!  I added shiny metallic "ribbon" (Spica pen), shiny flower centers, and sparkly rhinestones.  The sentiment is from my computer and the image from A Day for Daisies (digi).
Challenge - see above:
Shiny elements