Monday, March 31, 2014

Friendship on a rainy day

This image is from SU - Fine Print.  It is a set I have had a long time - just had to have - and then rarely use.  I just got a bottle of Crystal Effects (another yard sale find) and they add shimmer to the Cheery Lynn rain drops - I may add another layer for even more dimension.  The clouds are a part of the set, and the bug is from a Cheery Lynn tiny things set.  The colors and dots are inspired by a couple of the challenge photos.  The paper is a perfect one for paper piecing the umbrella.  Sentiment - from Verve.  By the way, I think any die is my favorite!
Inspiration (dots):
Inspiration (color):
Favorite Die (ovals):
Umbrella, with die cuts:
Back to nature:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Swirly pink and white

(The blotchiness is not a part of the original photo.)  For the challenge at Love's Rubber stamps we were to use ugly papers.  I have a bit of the trellis-like dp showing - actually, it probably is not really ugly, but just looks that way after I have had it in my stash for several years.  It was part of a stack (DCWV, I think) that was one of the first I purchased - I am down to one more small scrap of this print!  The scrolls are in the frame, and the floral image is by Verve.  The frame embossing folder is available at Joan's Gardens.  I also used Versafine Tuxedo black ink, and my hard working Vagabond machine - both also available there -  The lattice strip is a Cuttlebug die.
(Oops -the sketch I used has closed.  Oh, well...)
Ribbon and bow:
Pink and white, lattice, flower, item from Joan's Gardens (see above):
Ugly paper:

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Transparent Pattern Paper

Here is another example using something different.  This time it is a piece of transparent DP - included in a packet of cs sent by a Wish RAK friend at Splitcoaststampers.  It is probably hard to tell, but the black and white bg pattern is on an acrylic sheet - I mounted it on yellow cs.  To do so, I used double sided tape behind the white circles so it does not show.  The lace is placed on a strip of white, and I added washi tape for the indicated strip on the sketch.  As usual, the tape is also mounted so the various colors do not show through, as well as for stability.  The image is colored with markers.
Sketch #4:
Black, white, one color:
Polka dots:
Transparent layer:

Timely masculine B'day card

I am continuing to try to incorporate ideas I see on various blogs.  This time, I attempted to create a shabby bg - which is not showing here (the Happy birthday layer is NOT shiny, but shabby.  I sponged through a stencil and lightly stamped with stamps from the Nostalgique (EK Success) set - which includes the clock.  Next I embossed the HB folder.  The bg layer is embossed with argyle  on white core cs.  I also sponged the cord with Ranger Distress ink.   I have lots of favorite dies - circles are right at the top of the list!  The border is a Martha Stewart punch. 
I have a question for you - does any one else have MS punches that cause problems?  Mine seem to lose the "spring" and fail to punch through each time, and then do not release properly.  Major disappointment!

Sketch (limit 4 other challenges):
Favorite die:

Friday, March 28, 2014

Shabby pink and white

I have seen so many "shabby chic" cards that I like a lot - and want to practice my version of the style .  I tore the edges of the K&Co paper - actually, I had some scraps that I pieced.  I used my snowflake EF (available at Joan's Gardens) to bind it together.  In retrospect I should have done this before I adhered the lattice strip - I do think it detracts from the trellis shape.  Oh well... next time!  The half circle is from Spellbinders Majestic Elements - sponged with pink chalk, as is the sentiment.  I used a floral sticker mounted on a sponged Labels One layer.  The button like flowers are from a bunch of SandyLion embellishments I got at a store closing.
Sketch #3:
Chalk (sponging):
Not square:
Lattice, floral, pink & white:
Floral, buttons, BG with script:
Inspiration -lots of pink and flowers:

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Green and cream for Easter

This green and cream spring card has an Easter verse inside - I need to locate an Easter sentiment!  The bg is embossed with the Cuttlebug Victoria EF, and the rest is odds and ends of cs!  The coloring of Beccy;s digital image is with Prismas gel pen and chalk pencils - in varying shades of green.  I added a shimmery bauble, and actually remembered to use my corner rounder punch!  The sketch is tweaked to create an A2 rectangle.
Green and neutral:
Not a square:

I still have not figured out what the problem is with my uploads - the image looks fine in my computer file, but somehow on the trip to this blog blotches appear - they make the card look silvery in spots.  Sorry...!

Say Cheese!!!

In a few months I will probably have a customer who would like several cards featuring cats - time to get started!  I found a website with lots of free cat (and other) images - not sure she is still adding, but I have a small collection!
I colored with chalk pencils.  Texture is from the layered ovals, washi tape and flowers.  The dp is also lightly textured.   The scalloped ovals may be purchased at classycards'nsuch. The card is an A2 rectangle.
It's Raining cats (kitty and an umbrella):
Not a square:

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Easter White

This is probably not the best choice for a white on white - but once I started, I was resolved to finish!  The image is from my stash - colored with Spica pens and watercolor pencils.  The cross is brown - the color here does not look true.  I used a variety of Spellbinder dies, some lace, ad CB Swiss Dots.  I cut the edges of the main bg layer with a dull cutting blade - it gives a modified torn paper look, and adds dimension, IMO.
White on white:

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Anniversary greeting

A friend bought several of my anniversary cards (and more) - so I have a gap in my stash!  I struggle to make these cards fairly neutral - not too frilly and not too masculine!  I hope this color scheme is not too somber for a happy occasion.  The stamp is an old one by Endless Creations, and I used some cream colored scraps I have had around for a while - the embossing is on a shiny piece.  The dry embossing and die cuts provide texture.  The bird is a Cheery Lynn die.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

From a picture

For this week's challenge for Joan's Touch I got to use something I have hoarded for a long time - since 2003, to be exact.  I had a mini calendar for that year, with a Thomas Kincade photo for each day.  I could not bear to throw-  them out - but I think this is the first I have used.  I cut it with a Spellbinder Majestic Elements oval, and layered regular ovals and a larger Majestic Element - just fit the frame.  That is an embossing folder available at Joans Gardens.  I added some half pearls and a scroll in the corner.  The frame is on cream cs.  The corner die is one I seldom use.  I am practicing more and more with the Majestic Elements set, so they are not so neglected.
Neglected die:
Neutrals, fancy corner, picture:

Cross and Blossoms

I purchased this stamp several years ago.  I was at a LSS and saw some beautiful examples using Cross and Blossoms by Paper Inspirations.  Since then, I have used it so many times, for sympathy and Easter cards.  A friend wants to buy some sympathy cards, and this is one of a selection for her.  I have used 6 tear drop pearls, some lace and ribbon, and a bit of glitter along the lace.  The image is stamped on a very pale lavender cs.
Inside:  May you find strength in your faith, comfort in God's love, and peace in knowing your friends are praying for you.
6 items for 6th anniversary:

Saturday, March 22, 2014

HB, Deb

What a joy to make a card for our daughter (although I wish she did not get older - reminds me that is happening to me as well!).  On top of everything else - she is a big fan of my cards!!!  The color is a very dark teal - looks black here.  I also experimented more with the Nesties ovals - I cut the main image and then the bg mat  in dark teal.  I also cut a second oval the same size as the white one - so the dark would show through the slits.  I colored the image with Prismas.  I am not at home right now and have forgotten the name of the SU set - and I thought the corner DP matched the flowers quite well.  I used Cheery Lynn branch dies for the corners.  Hard to see - the pale green is a very subtly patterned paper.  The stamp, solid cs, and leafy dies have been in my stash for a long time.  The ovals and DP are quite new.
DP - to cover the card:

Friday, March 21, 2014

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Aged birthday card

Seems like I always need masculine cards!  This sentiment from TLC seemed just right for a distressed card.  I sponged with Tim Holtz Tattered Rose Distress ink.  Once again I ran the birthday folder through twice - hard to see here, but the "seam" does not show.  However, I really wish the manufacturers (artists???) would listen and create a landscape birthday folder!

Any sentiment:
Colors (expresso, chartreuse, cream):

In memory of Mary Lou

This has been a difficult card to make.  Over the years, I have made several cards for our friends - including a 50th anniversary card last summer.  Yesterday, Mary Lou's struggle with Parkinson's and related issues ended, and she has gone to be with Our Lord.  She will be much better, yes, perfect, but it will not be easy for Jerry and many others as they deal with her loss.  If you are so inclined, include a little prayer for family and friends.  I will be making more cards as we have other friends who want to remember her.
I used the freebie from A Day for Daisies - thanks to others on the site who inspired the way I used the image.  I colored with chalk pencils for the soft look I wanted, and I chalked the Swiss Dot layer.
Sentiment - JustRite; chalk, Cheery Lynn die, glitter (flower centers), glittery cs for the bird;  Victoria Embossing folder; dark blue cs.
I will finish later....
Use a bird:
No pattern paper:
Any, with chalk: 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

spring birds

This card is for a friend to give her mother.  I used a digi image I had printed some time ago - there is embossing, DCWV DP, some small die cuts, ribbon, and coloring with markers.
Inspiration form an umbrella:
Color challenge:
Mother or special lady:
A little birdie:

Monday, March 17, 2014

Through a window

I used my Nestie rectangle die to cut an opening - added a bit of a yellow frame as well as the image under the opening.  For the bg, I layered the green strip to the white, then ran it through my machine - the EF is by Life Style crafts.  Coloring is with Prismas and a gel pen.  Other supplies include AMuse twine, Washi tape, and a 7Gypsies Library stamp.
(I am having a bit of an internet issue and will be back later with links.)

 Lots of green challenges this week!:

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Black, white, green synpathy

This is for the family of Jeannette - we had visited her and her husband, as we are on the church visitation team.  The scripture is a digital image.  I embossed with Victoria EF (Cuttlebug), and die cut the border with a Spellbinder die - there are embossed flowers not visible on the screen.  Flowers, gems, and a ribbon were added.
Black, white, one color:
Bingo (top line - gem, die cut, flowers):

Saturday, March 15, 2014

SING to the Lord

Supplies: Recollection cs and DP; Unity stamp, vintage lace, Spellbinder dies.  I have had the Majestic Elements dies for a while, but only used them on a handful of cards - I really like the intricate detail but never can seem to fit in more than one or two of the ovals.  I also have not used these butterflies very often in recent months.  (They have been separated from the package and I forget the origin.)
Shades of purple (anniversary challenge) :
Uplifting sentiment:
Neglected dies:

Friday, March 14, 2014

5th Aniversary and 70th birthdays

This is indeed a special card for a special couple - both were widowed and now are celebrating their fifth anniversary - as well as 70th birthdays for each - all within a couple of weeks.  We will be celebrating with them tomorrow.  I used my Cuttlebug Olivia die (alpha) set as a stencil for these numbers - Ranger Distress ink.  The verse is from Verve.  I added Washi tape and a butterfly, and a swirly Verve stamp  - all on sublte bg cs. The dies are Nesties Six.
Sketch #1:
Colors (greens, dark burgundy, orange, cream):
Any, with green:
Irish blessing:
Green + die:
Big Birthday:

Thinking of a Friend

This uses an image I have had in my Wish RAK stash for a long time - from SU Blooming with Happiness.  I colored with Spica gel pens; added ribbon and a bit of Washi tape.  The ribbon and DP are also from my stash - at least 2 years old!
Any, with green:
Bingo - ribbon and punched shape (corner):

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Lighthouse for Hal

This is especialy for DH's brother - he and his wife really enjoy the Oregon coast, and he frequently travels to the far east as a volunteer teaching English and otherwise helping in a small orphanage - I picked the part of this abstract map that kind of shows that region.  The image, new to me is SU Coast to Coast.  I used dies for his name.
Masc. birthday:
Spots and stripes (well, my stripes are not quite straight lines LOL!):

Monday, March 10, 2014


This is my card for the TeaPot Tuesday challenge at SplitCoastStampers.  For those who are not familiar with this project - we are a group of SCS members who have fun with nonsensical stories but a worthwhile project each week.  This week our recipient is Lynda, aka Hotwheels.  She is a long time member of SplitCoast - using a wheel chair - hence her screen name Hotwheels!  She enjoys doing what she can with cards, but needs assistance in carrying out her card ministry.  So we are creating cards she can use to send to "her kids".  This pre colored digi by Beccy seemed perfect!
I tried a couple of new techniques.  I do not have stencil paste, but  I read that Spackling paste mixed with chalk would work.  Hubby had a rather dried up jar of paste, but I added a bit of water and powdered chalk - created a piece with a blue design.  It seems to be holding up - looks rather like suede or flocking IRL - .see the corners and hearts.  Oh, yes, the bg is inspired by Jenny at Frilly and Funky - but my attempt is far short of hers.  I cut pieces of a number of scraps, then sprayed with Glimmer Mist.
Young at Heart:
Pinspiration (your inner self - photo):
Any, with Beccy's image:
Stencil and chalk:

Monochromatic Sympathy with vellum

I will take this to our Bible Study this week for members to sign - a member of the class succumbed to cancer  a few days ago.  This will go to his wife and family.  It is 4.5x6.5.
Supplies:  vellum (overlay for butterflies and branches); Cheery Lynn dies, CB Victoria embossing folder, SU Natural Beauty image, Prismas, ribbon; medium and light sage DP; half pearls.  My color choices were dictated by the envelope I had on hand for this size card!  Embossing folders and die cuts are my go to ways to add texture - easy and versatile.
Any, with pearls and swirls:
3d texture #137:

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Asian in the round

I am very late for this week's Tuesday Teapotters challenge at SplitCoastStampers.  I only got a bit of the theme - using Scripture, but I am sure to have dessert - an Asian inspired card.  We are sending encouragement to a woman of South Korean origin who is suffering from a rare terminal brain tumor.  For the following sketch I decided to go with a round card, cut by my Vagabond machine - you can see it is slightly connected to the back of the card.  I have not tried cutting through the double thickness - worked like a charm.  So that is a new technique for me.  I have had this Asian cs (DCWV) for several years - kind of forget to use it.  It is nice to have several coordinating patterns.  The bg circle is a mauve metallic cs.  I had cut the scalloped card base in white, then decided it was too stark, so I chalked the edges with SU Perfect Plum.

Thank you, Pastor

Our winter Bible Study series is drawing to a close, and this card is to thank the retired pastor who has been sharing his knowledge with us by leading the study.  As soon as I saw the sketch I knew it would work for a masculine card.  The use of the word "teach" in this verse from Word Art (last August?) makes it a perfect choice.  The DP (once again) does not show up, but it has the words of Psalm 23.  It is from a pack by Paper Studio.  I added some shiny cord and a Thank You from the 7Gypsies library stamp. All of these items are from my old stash!
Bible verse:
Any - enouragement:

Spring Thank You

(First of all, the grey shadow at the left is not a part of the card!)
This design is a bit out of the ordinary for me - I seldom cut more than a bit that might go over the edge of a Nestie, for example.  Here I kept cutting a little more - until most of the top half is cut out.  The image is Country Garden, by High Hopes.  The sentiment is from Stampin Up Circle of Friendship.  However, I did not want to display the center words (over and over again) as that did not fit the occasion - so I inked it in and put on a tiny butterfly.  The ribbon, embossing folder, stamp and teal cs have been in my stash for at least a year.  On the other hand, the DP and sentiment are new to me.  I also used Prismas I have had for a few years.  The Mojo sketch has been modified a bit - I seem to have left off a layer behind the image  I like the texture created with embossing folders and die cuts - there are so many possibilities, and the look (and feel) is easy to create.
Color inspiration (teal, apricot, rose, red???):
Pretty polka dots:
Spring Flowers:
Flowers with High Hopes stamp:
Any:  http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenge

Friday, March 7, 2014

Green, white and a doily

Supplies:  Snowflake EF (I think it also looks like a Starburst); Verve stamp, doily, Cheery Lynn dragonfly, flowers.  Technique:  Dry embossing, masking, die cuts. The pale green cs, flowers, doily and embossing folder have been in my stash for several years.  My favorite textures are dry embossing and die cuts - I like the versatility and ease of use - plus the look they give to my cards.
Green & white, EF, oval (well, the doily piece looked oval before I covered it up LOL!), snowflake EF sold at Joan's Gardens:
Doily, with dragonfly (part of Tiny Things with Wings):
Any, with stash items:
Sweet and soft color:
Favorite texture:

Thursday, March 6, 2014

A musical thank you

Our organist is retiring - after 44 years in a temporary position!  She is moving to be with family, and I want a special card to thank her - the blessing theme is continued with the inside verse.  She has truly been a blessing to many.
Supplies:  ODB sentiment; SU Herb Expressions; vintage lace; Washi tape, Nesties Majestic Elements; metallic paper butterfly.

Bold and bright colors:

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Framed in Green

This card just about set a record.  I made it early this morning, added it to my computer file, and took it to church so it could go with some items we are gifting to a person who has had some hard times - she is moving into a new (to her) apartment in a few days.  Now I see that the green in the frame really does not show on the screen - trust me, it is there!
I  used the Scrollwork Frame (Cuttlebug) sold at Joan's Gardens.  I also bought the leafy branch from Joan - not sure if it is still available.  I used the green ink pad to ink the frame before embossing - the same ink as for stamping the JustRite Fancy Tags.  The image is from A Day for Daisies - colored with Prismas.  I added a jewel - I seldom use them as they are bulky, but this card will not be mailed.
Spring, with JustRite stamps
Green and white, with a frame and oval, as well as Joan's Gardens product

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Stencil and pen

The challenge at Paper Pretties is to try a new technique.  I have procrastinated, trying to think of something.  I decided to try a stencil - since I keep forgetting to look for embossing paste, I had hoped I could improvise.  My first couple of tries were not a success!  (I tried Versamark and chalk.)  So I resorted to a pen - still not satisfied, but it will have to do for now.  (How is this new?  These stencils  have been sitting in my drawer for years...I used them a couple of times - embossing with a tool.  I also previously tried using them on the Cuttlebug but I need more work on that as well!0
I also tried dry embossing two layers - the pale teal and the DP - a technique I have used a time or two in the past.
Can you tell I am not really pleased with the result - any suggestions would be appreciated!
Sketch from 2-04, with monochromatic tones:
New technique:
Spooled item:
Not a square:
Spring colors: