Saturday, February 28, 2015

Wings of Eagles

This is one of my favorite verses - by Our Daily Bread.  I have some patterned cs with a blend of greens and blues in a harlequin pattern.  It is part of a collection and only about 6x8 - I cannot bear to cut into it yet, so I decided to make my own with chalk and theCuttlebug Argyle embossing folder.  I hope it is ok that I used the same chalk colors to sponge the sentiment layer - the ODB challenge is no colored image. 
Other supplies: vintage lace, washi polka dot tape, pearls, glitter (on mat); Nesties Labels, lifeStyle embossing folder.
Sketch #81:
No colored image:
Embossing, stamp  and die cut:
Tic tac toe - Lace, pearls, sparkle:
Spring colors:
No rules:

Friday, February 27, 2015

Lots of Washi

A current challenge at Stamplorations is to CASE one of the examples - I chose one by Vicki Dutcher (Hi, Vicki) - the design appealed to me, and I was also intrigued by the opportunity to use up some of  those many rolls of Washi tape I own!  I like having choices, but at the rate of 3-4 inches per card, it will last forever!  I changed Vicki's colors, sentiment, and embellishments, but kept the overall design - and the Washi tape idea!
Other supplies:  stamp by Raindrops on Roses, gems, Prima flower, SU Teal ink.
Lovable (See sentiment):
Spring color:
Cool colors:
Thinking of You:
Use a stamp:

Circles and a Flourish - Get Well

Dp and medallions - Kangan Lovely in Lace collection; Spellbinder flourish and circles (To make mats behind small medallions);  Cuttlebug Get Well
Inspiration (circles): ///
Spring flowers (on bg):
Pattern Paper:
Focal sentiment:

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Spring purple

The bird and "lace" are pieces from my Lovely in Lace kit; Paper Pizzazz DP; $ sentiment stamp; sheer ribbon.   FYI - I felt the bird needed some contrast, so I traced around the original die cut, then just cut about 1/8 inch larger. 

dots, pink and burgundy

Supplies:  sentiment - part of a freebie set from Paper Sweeties;  Image - a Day for Daisies digi, colored with prismas, markers, and shiny gel pens;  glitter (on balloons); circle from Lovely in Lace collection; unnown dp- burgundy cs
Inspiration - polka dots and colors:
Child play time:
Favorite color(s) (some of many!!!):
Up in the air:

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

New stuff

I am asking for ideas - reactions - opinions.  I just received an order through Create and Craft, a new tv series of infomercials - several hours a day - on satellite tv, etc., as well as on line.  One of the items I ordered was a set including tons of card fronts, inserts with verses, die cuts, etc.  Has any one else seen these or used them?  I will have enough for hundreds of cards - I know I will tire of them before I get to the end - but there are lots of possibilities.  I think I will have a chance to make easy cards for a lot of veterans!  This is from a packet called Lovely in lace.  The floral panel is pinched from the lacy border - though I trimmed a sliver in order to show the burgundy bg for contrast.  Added_  Cheery Lynn hummingbirds, and a sentiment by Elizabeth. I added glitter on the floral centers as well as the eyes of the birds.   I used a leafy embossing folder by Sizzix for the card base which is burgundy shimmery cs.  I used one of the birthday sentiment sheets from my new pack - cut 5.5 x 11, folded and attached to create a double layer on the inside of the card. 
Loose glitter:
Favorite colors (I have several!)  http://dreamvalleychallenges.blogspot.
Up in the air (Hummingbirds):
Any; twist - birthday:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Easter Blessings

My Easter stamp is missing, but I think the Cheery Lynn Blessings die works - this card is for Easter.  The stamp is Cross and Blossoms by Paper Inspirations; I used a strip of shiny metallic gold that I have had for several years, the bg (the Lord's Prayer) is from Faith by Paper Studio; the mat is a shimmery burgundy.  I added a bit of Stickles to the blossoms - you probably can't detect it here.
Holiday, with gold item from stash:
Center row of Bingo (die cut, free, glitter):
D is for Die Cuts:


HB, Joel

This is for a teen aged relative of a friend of mine - he hunts a lot so I used a hunting theme.  The stamp is pretty old - label says Embossing Arts.  I used a variety of papers, and some packing twine.  It is pretty slick, so I pulled it between my finger nails to soften it - worked well.  Now it is easier to tie.  The birthday embossing folder is a resent acquisition, from Embossalicious.  It is about 6x6 which provides some flexibility.  I highlighted the words with brown chalk.  The circle is raised on pop dots. I used Kraft for the main image and the bottom panel.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Back of card

This is the "back" of the previous post.

Front and back #2

Here is another of the Art Impressions Pop Up cards.  The challenge is front and back - this is not a front and back stamp, and a different interpretation, but I  want to enter it any way.  This image is the front of the card.  I used pop dots to layer the images on the front, but kept the two guys and a tree branch for the inside.  I added Memory Box fence to both front and back, as well as some "sky" cs and an embossed "road"  (on Kraft cs) to the front.  (See "Back of Card" in the next post.)
Sketch - loosely based on this sketch (5 challenge limit):
Front and back:
Celebration - birthday:
Paradise - for these guys, sitting on a bench is just that! -

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Stained glass

NOTE:  The black bg is not a part of the card- it is for contrast only.  The actual card is the white arch shape.
I have been mentally thinking of this card ever since I got these arches dies (Spellbinders).  I do need to practice some more!  I folded the cs, then carefully positioned the die so the left fold would not be cut - the cut starts at the beginning of the arch on the left.  I embossed with the sizzix brick folder, to give the idea of a stone wall of a church.  I also used the same folder to emboss the smallest arch, to form the basis for the stained glass.  I colored with Sharpies.  First I simply colored a yellow cross - deliberately creating a bit of an uneven shape.  I randomly colored the shapes from the embossing folder, leaving a touch of space for the black pen.  (I had thought about paper piecing but decided that was too labor intensiv for me!)  I would appreciate comments and suggestions.)  I think this is kind of "bottom heavy" but could not figure out what would work right to add to the top!  The dies (blessings and branches) are Cheery Lynn. This is to use for an Easter card.
"Odd"  card:
No square/rectangle:
Shaped, with Cheery Lynn die:
Die Cuts:
Easter sentiment:

Friday, February 20, 2015

White witha touch of red and blue

I will let you in on a secret. The back of this card sports an embossed butterfly panel also.  That is not the secret.  When the card was completed I realized there was a sizeable streak of adhesive on the back side.  (Is there a product that would successfully remove this?)  If you have followed my posts, you realize I am VERY reluctant to discard my productions.  AHA - how about a butterfly panel to match the front?  It is white on white.
Supplies:  Hampton Art daisy (the center one was masked to stamp the other two); chalk pencils - a few dots and a bit of red chalk was sponged on the background; ribbon, Die-namics flourish;  $ stamp sentiment; glitter; dark blue cs is recycled from a stockholder annual report cover.
Flourish die:
Garden flowers and butterflies:
Red, white, blue (USA):
White on white with some color:
Use blue:
Glitter - on flowers: 

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Tuesday Teapot Party at Splitcoaststampers

I try to do most of the Tuesday Teapot challenges at Splitcoaststampers.  If you make extra cards, you might like to join us - see the link below for more information.  This week, our cheery cards are going to Harry, the husband of a stamper familiar to SCS stampers.  He is to undergo back surgery in a few days - in the meantime, he is experiencing a great deal of pain and his mobility is limited.  Our challenge was to include references to wood working and/or fishing.  My Scripture reference is on the inside of the card.  This image is from a friend - I neglected to note the company.  It is colored in chalk pencil and gel pens, and the edge is chalked.  So the image is for the wood working hobby (looks like he is also prepared to grill LOL!).  The bg paper has many subtle fishing lures - which I pretty much managed to cover with the grass and sky!
Other supplies:  sentiment - Dandelion Designs;  DP - Paper Adventures -Go Fish Driftwood;  grass- DieNamics;  clouds - Cheery Lynn
Sketch and colors (two greens, blue):

 Brown, green and blue:

Occasion - surgery:

Showing love (for DH of cyber friend):
Paradise - this illustrates paradise for Harry!:
Sentiment - die cut also:
Teapot Tuesday:


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Romantic elements

Typically - I stored my Valentine papers so well that I did not run across them until February 17!  I decided to use bits of this dp with red and scrolly looking hearts - though most is covered  up.  The embossing is Victoria (Cuttlebug).  Other items:  Image by Our Daily Brad, colored with metallic pens and Brilliance inks (Using an aqua pen); Spellbinders Majestic Elements ovals; flowers, half pearls, and bits of lace.
Flowers, lace and pearls:
Use red and white:
Black and white with red:
For someone you love (this will go to our daughter):
Any (no digi):

Using gears

The Darice Steam Punk embossing ( a new item for me)  has been inked with Walnut stain, using a make up sponge.  The die cut circles are a recycled piece - the corrugated heavy paper was between two glass custard cups I got at Dollar Tree.  I saved them as I knew I would find a way to use them.  I also sponged the edges.  Other supplies:  Cuttlebug Thank You from Olivia alpha die set; plastic clips; recycled bit of ribbon - not sure where it came from!  The over all look is Tim Holtz inspired.  I wanted to have a masculine card - it is a bit dark, and I used the black just for contrast on the photo.
Recycle  (See above):
Office supply:
Tic Tac toe - right column - ribbon, die cut, stain:
Thank you:

Monday, February 16, 2015

AI front and back

This is my first attempt at making a front and back card - I used the preprinted pop ups by Art impressions - I know the "back" is not exactly the one to go with the front, but it is the best I had available.  I am obviously in need of a lot of practice for decorating the insides of cards - but I will probably keep trying!  The sentiment is also AI.  I used several pieces of cs from my stash, and a piece of shimmery burgundy cs for the card base (Clear Bags).  I also used that for the die cut trims.  All the other pieces came from the AI kit.
Front and back:
Pink (5 Challenge max):       
New beginnings - shopping is  new!): 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

A bit of red

FYI - the black is for contrast only on the photo - not part of the card.
sentiment - Our Daily Bread; red, white cs; gold ribbon; Spellbinder heart, Labels4; Cuttlebug Victoria embossing folder; chalk for sponging; the red glitter cs for the embossed heart is from my stash.
Red for heart embellishment:

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Krafty Thank You

This DP was in a pad, and one I had ignored until now - I thought the colors and style fit several of the following challenges.  It is my newest paper pad, but one I have used several times the past couple of weeks.
The SU image (from Sweet of You) is stamped on Kraft cs, and colored with metallic markers - some of them glittery.  The banner is part of the Teresa Collins DP  I used twin to attach the tag - also from Sweet of you.  For my tip - I used my dedicated dull blade to cut the image layers - for a slightly distressed look.
Teals and browns:
Fav. color combo - any way,  one of mine:
Three choices - tag, heart, twine, top fold:
Hearts and flowers:
Thank you: 

Friday, February 13, 2015

Heart wreath

This is probably pretty subtle for a heart challenge - but a good image for an anniversary.  Once again - the dilemma of how feminine or how tailored an anniversary card should be - what do you think?
And, once again, I dug into my "already stamped" folder - and found this image, not labelled.  If you know it, please let me know, so I can give credit for it.
Supplies: DP by Keeping Memories Alive; gold glitter cs, shimmpery burgundy cs, white ribbon, scallop punch, Cheery Lynn branch dies, shiny metallic gel pens, sentiment by 7Gypsies.
Love and Hearts 182:
All is love:
Tickled Pink, with Cheery Lynn die:
Red, white, pink:
Pink, white:
Use a bow:

Thursday, February 12, 2015

For a guy

This will be a thinking of you - I will add the sentiment when I need to send it.
Image - A Day for Daisies; Washi tape, DP by My Minds Eye; acrylic button by Basic Grey; Prismas, ribbon
Die cut (Nesties circles):
Colors (browns and teals):

High Hopes Guest design

This is the card I created as the guest designer for High Hopes.  This stamp is called Snoozin' Sam - a perfect image for a number of friends LOL!  I used Prismas and gel pens to color.  The backing is from the adventure pad by My Mind's Eye.  I finished with a bit of Washi tape and twine.
Guest design - the challenge this month is anything goes:

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Citrus colors

Time for a change from all the reds and pinks!  This is a piece of DP (DaisyD's) that I have had for quite a while,  I used lime cs, ribbon and Washi tape, and pale lemon for stamping.  The image is from the fairly old SU set Garden Collage (a favorite of mine).  I made kind of a wash with water color pencils and an aqua pen to highlight the flower and butterfly.
Citrus colors: 
Use a stamp:



Sunday, February 8, 2015

These hearts are lavender!

IRL, these sparkly hearts are lavender, not blue!!!
New - the AI Pop-Up ladies and sentiment.
Stash - cs, cuttlebug heart die, embossing folders (CB and LifeStyle)
Add a heart:

Blessings - red and white

This is really outside of my usual style - but I really like the result - and SO easy!    I have a fairly large sheet of these red hearts - and a smaller piece of pink. These pieces were included in a huge box of supplies I bought at a store closing a few years ago - the new owner just wanted to get rid of "stuff" - lots of left overs from what must have been an invitation business.  The bottom line is that this red piece is going to last a long time - and this sketch was the perfect spot to use a bit!
Other supplies:  circles and Swiss dots embossing; Blessings by Cheery Lynn; sparkly glitter
Red & white:

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Just for You

I am disappointed in the screen image - IRL the shades of pink (coral) look much better together.  Please use your imagination!  I used the coral shades, light tea, and silver from the ODB color challenge.
Other supplies:  ODB image from "Faith" set; sentiment from a set by TCP Studio, Blending Box ink by Dee Grunig; circle die; border punch; silver cord;  gems, DP from  Something Blue by Prima.
Colors, using ODB stamp:
Multiple layers:
Bright and beautiful:
Any (optional newsprint - there are subtle print lines on the DP):

Hearts for an Anniversary

I kind of struggle to make anniversary cards - not too girlie, yet not too plain.  This is probably plenty feminine - oh, well...
Not quite new, but neglected - flourish die by  Die-namics; Wishing You stamps by Verve
Other:  Cheery Lynn butterfly die; Heart embossing by Sizzix; handmade paper with hearts; red, white cs
Add a flourish; include Cheery Lynn die:
Any Stash:
H - heart, happy:
Bright and Beautiful:

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine in reds and pinks

Supplies:  Digi by Dearie Dolls; Prismas, gel pens, Washi tape, Spellbinders die and embossing, Paper Studio DP; Enamel Accents ("smoke")
Dies with a heart:
H=Heart, house, hat, hair:

For Noah

Once again I am late for the Tuesday TeaPot Party at SplitcoastStampers - but I will get the card off today!  This week the destination is Noah, who is in rehab dealing with neurological problems.  He enjoys the quiet out of doors, and this is an attempt to bring a bit of that peaceful scene to his indoor space.
New:  first time to use this  Paper Pizzazz dp, and the first I have printed this verse from Word Art.
Neglected:  this quarter rounder punch has been in my collection since my first stamping efforts, but I often forget to use it until all the pieces are glued together!  The star punch is also somewhat neglected.
Not so new:  Cheery Lynn leaf punch; washi tape, solid cs, brads.
For more information on how you can participate in the Teapot parties - and share your work with someone who needs a lift:
Sketch -choice #300:
Neglected tool:
Tic-tac-toe - Top line:
Texture (dies, washi, brads):

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Young at heart

We are rvers (at this point, summers only) - and we can relate to this!  Once again I am using one of the elements from the Art Impressions Pop ups sets - they have stamps with these images but these are pre-printed, pre colored punch outs - complete with sentiments and accessories. 
New:  AI Pop ups, ; SteamPunk embossing (Darice)
Other:  Jewel (shimmery) blue cs; Washi tape; pop dots
inspiration:  color and circles:
No pattern paper: 
Any (no digi):

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Old time farming

This card is courtesy of a cyber friend at SplitCoastStampers, Mary, aka octoberbabe.  She used this combination of images on a card for a Tuesday TeaPot Party.  When I saw it, I knew I had to have this for my hubby's twin.  At age 82, he has had health issues, and just recently moved to an assisted living facility, at least for the winter.  He is a retired farmer, and my hubby has often helped him.  He says this tractor is a John Deere D, just like their uncle used to have.  This really looks like a ND landscape years ago!  The stamps she used are from a company called Bad Axe, and probably no longer available.  Thanks, Mary, for stamping this - and adding all those great touches.  The card is 6.5 x 4.75.
New:  image; bg using SteamPunk EF by Darice
Other:  DP by DCWV; Washi tape
Sketch - great to have a choice so I found one that worked with this image - #278:
"H" for harvest:
New beginnings - Ervin's new home:

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Enjoy the RIde

New:  Another of the new AI pop-ups I just got - I could not decide which to purchase so I got one of each - as I look through them there are probably enough to make at least 100 cards! They are pre colored and scored to pop out of the cs base. The sentiment is part of the set.  I have this verse inside:
"I signed up for an exercise class and was told to wear loose fitting clothing.  If I had any loose fitting clothing, I wouldn't have signed up in the first place!"
Favorite color - I have many, but teal is right at the top of the list:
What's new:
No DP:

Monday, February 2, 2015

Girlie in pink

  New - Dearie Doll pre colored image
  Not so new:  ribbon, doily, Cheery Lynn branch die, oval dies, bg paper - this is from a large sheet I got at a store closing sale - seems like hand made paper, pre-embossed
Pink and girlie:
New (i cut the doily border and fit together to make the square):
H is for Hearts:
Valentine with hearts: 
 Embossing with die cutsv(the pink paper is pre embossed; I embossed the white oval die cut):

Fire breathing dragon

Once again, the black is for enhancing the photo only - otherwise the card base is invisible. 
Supplies: High Hopes image; Su sentiment; scrap of dp - the stripes and floral were borders; washi tape, Spellbinders ovals, Prismas, metallic gel pens for highlights.
New - the sentiment is not new but I bought the unmounted set at a yard sale and have never used them!  All else is old.
Stripes, with HH stamp:
Old & new:
wildlife, with die cut:
Animal antics - 8 challenges max: 
Bright colors:
Favorite color - the rust bg:

Sunday, February 1, 2015

For a guy

(The black is for contrast for the photo only)
New:  using the AI Pop Ups.
Old:  everything else - heart paper, shiny red cs, sequins, yellow base, sentiment, oval die, corner rounder
Thank you, Melissa, for introducing me to this site - a place to display our cards:
Use hearts:
Try something new: