Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Speedy recovery

I did take some liberty with this sketch - just had a hard time figuring out how to put circles together!  Instead, I cut Cheery Lynn butterflies from the reverse side of the DP (Craft n Craftin).  The swirls are Die-namics dies, and the sentiment computer generated.  I tore it and distressed with red chalk.  I also sponged a bit of red on the main image (Stampin Up Sweet of You set.)
Sketch:            http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/p/link-list.html
Sunny colors:  http://www.flonzcraft.com/vsc/
Sentiment:       http://glitternsparklechallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Summer:         http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge/ 
Any:                http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/

29 Again

This is a die cut image and sentiment from one of the Art Impressions pop up kits.  This sketch gave me a chance to use bits of some kind of bright dotted dp that a friend gave me   I used this verse inside: " Oh what a relief...  When it's your birthday, not mine!"  The red cs is embossed with the Cuttlebug embossing folder, and I highlighted some of it with orange chalk.
Sketch:   http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com/
Birthday: http://creativecornerchallenges.blogspot.de/
Any:       http://www.craftysentiments.blogspot.com/

Monday, June 29, 2015

Sympathy, Blue and white

Image - Garden Collage (Stampin Up); sentiment - Paper Inspirations; Butterfly embossing folder - Darice;   circles - Spellbinder circles;  mat - dark blue cs; 3 strips of dark blue ribbon.
Sketch:      http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
 Trio of ribbons:  http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/
Sentiment:   http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:    http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

Thinking of you

I had a great day at our RV park craft sale Saturday, and have to fill some spots in my stash!
Sentiment - ODB Happy Birthday; DP - small panels from Prima, bg - Costco; Burgundy cs;  DieNamis delicate flourish die
Sketch:                   http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/Trio - 3 DP:            http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com/
Pattern paper:         http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/
Any, with ODB:  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
Inspiration colors: http://joannamunster.com/2015/06/15/ibsic-95/
Any:                       http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Another lazy day

Stamps by Art Impressions, colored with Prismas.  DP was a gift; bg is burgundy.  FYI - the images on the dp were not all located in the best spots, so I cut out a small panel that had been under the circle, backed it with burgundy, and placed it where the sketch had a panel to the left of the image.  Accents are Washi tape.
Sketch #1:   http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/p/link-list.html
Summer:     http://cutedaisymay.blogspot.com/
Die Cut (Circle):   http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/
 Any:           http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2015/06/dlart-june-linky-challenge.html

Lazy summer day

He must be relaxing after fun in the sun!  The strip is cute  Washi tape that has 3 different patterns, each about 1 1/2 inches.  The image is from my pre stamped stash.
Sketch:     http://joannamunster.com/2015/06/15/ibsic-95/
Summer:  http://stampandcreateblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Challenge
What makes you smile?   http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.co.at/2015/06/what-makes-you-smile.html

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Christmas 2015

I am making a couple of samples for a friend who has requested a few Christmas cards. 
Embossing folder - Nellie Snellen; chalk highlight; Unity sentiment; Cuttlebug snowflake folder with Stickles for highlights.
Sketch:  http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.com/
Any:     http://www.wordartwednesday.blogspot.com/
Name that tune (Winter wonderland):  http://toptiptuesday.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 26, 2015

Happy birthday, sister

Note- this color seems off - the flower and some stripes are more of a pale pink, and the Washi tape matches the pink stripe.  Oh, well...
Stamp by Hampton Art; Impression Obsession sentiment; Craft 'n Craftin' DP; Pastel chalk creation coloring.
Sketch #3:    http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/
Birthday:      http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/
Use DP:        http://craftyhazelnutspatternedpaper.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:             http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2015/06/dlart-june-linky-challenge.html

Black and white

Stamp - Unity; Blessings die - Cheery Lynn; silver and black cord, embossing - Cuttlebug Argyle; black cs; unknown DP.
Sketch:   http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Black and white:  http://thecraftingcafe.blogspot.co.uk/
Die cut:  http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/
Any:       http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.ca/#

Thursday, June 25, 2015

CASEing with butterflies

I tend to be intimidated by the thought of coloring butterflies - that is why I have a lot of dies!  This is one of the Unity stamps I chose for a recent prize, and decided to try it out - I would appreciate your critique.  I colored with a combination of purple Prismas and gel pens.  The embossed strip is by Cuttlebug, and I added a strip of shiny twine.  The dark purple base cs is white core.  I have a dull cutter blade I save for distressing - it leaves a slightly rough cut.  I also added a bit of chalk to the sentiment for added distress.  I do not often mask - I need to practice positioning!
Sketch:   http://theunitystampco-challenge.blogspot.com/2015/06/unity-be-inspired-challenge-june-11.html?showComment=1435268068581#c4930166455093167071
Butterflies:  http://inkychicks.blogspot.co.uk/
Bingo (purple, emboss, distress):   http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Case (a combination of several inspiration cards):  http://stamplorations.blogspot.com/search/label/June%20CASEplorations
Friendship:    http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.ca/
Any:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

fun exercise

These AI ladies are having so much fun - I think they are getting ready for the swim suit season!  I paper pieced a couple of their outfits and a couple of the balls - the rest are colored with Prismas.  The sentiment is SU Fundamental Phrases and is attached with half pearls.
Sketch:    http://digisketchchallenge.blogspot.com/
Red, white, blue:  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/
Makes me smile:  http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.co.at/2015/06/what-makes-you-smile.html
Pearls:       http://chocolatecoffeecards.blogspot.co.uk/ 
Summer blue:   http://www.frosteddesigns.blogspot.ca/
Piecing:      http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/
Stamping:   http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
Any :           http://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Red and black, version 2

I have used similar supplies (see previous post) but the results appear quite different.  Image - SU Provencal; Lifestyle embossing folder; Freedom Tear drops from Classy Cards 'n Such; twine; distressing with chalk.
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Wings:   http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/
Red, Black, rooster:  http://classycardsnsuch.blogspot.com/2015/06/ccns-challenge-90-red-black-rooster.html
Any stamping:   http://lovetoscrapchallengeblog.blogspot.co.uk/
Any:                   http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

Red and black

I enjoy the challenges at Classy Cards 'n Such - this one is more of a challenge due to my limited supplies, but I managed to combine a rooster (SU Provencal); the colors, and a product - the Freedom Tear Drops I just received as a prize from them. The sentiment is Recollection, and the embossing and die cut are Cuttlebug.
Sketch:    http://yournextstamp.com/blog/category/challenge/http://yournextstamp.com/blog/category/challenge/
Wings:     http://pennyblackatallsorts.blogspot.com/
Red. black, rooster:  http://classycardsnsuch.blogspot.com/2015/06/ccns-challenge-90-red-black-rooster.html
Use a stamp:             http://allsortschallenge.blogspot.com/
Any:         http://freshbreweddesigns.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Do-Si-Do Anniversary

We took a little trip (by auto) for a few days - to attend a wedding and get together with D H's 5 living siblings and spouses - since we are all over 70 each get together is important.  I thought I would have some time to catch up on adding to my list of challenges, but that did not happen.
Image by AI, colored with Prismas - thanks to AI design team member Karen Day for the inspiration.
Misc. papers and cs, Cuttlebug die (half a flower); Congratulations folder, and a bit of twine.
Sketch:     http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Colors:     http://drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/%E2%97%8B%20Challenges
Red, white, blue: http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/search?updated-max=2015-06-20T05:00:00-04:00&max-results=10
Anniversary:   http://www.trimmiescraftchallenge.blogspot.com/ 
Favorite technique - dry embossing:   http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
Any:  http://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2015/06/dlart-june-linky-challenge.htmlhttp://dianamlarson.blogspot.com/2015/06/dlart-june-linky-challenge.html

Wednesday, June 17, 2015


I was looking for something that would work with these inspiration challenges, and saw this piece that I had saved - I think it was from some ad - I thought it looked good for a masculine card - I am always in favor of recycling when I can!  I don't need a card for father, but this should work for any male - a great verse for a faithful man.  It comes from ODB "Faith" - available at Classy Cards n Such.  The bird is Cheery Lynn - and it attracted the attention of DH!  I added part of a sunburst stencil (Studio 490) on Kraft cs.
Sketch:        http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Inspiration:  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
                      http://classycardsnsuch.blogspot.com/2: 015/06/ccns-challenge-89-fathers-day.html
Kraft:           http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.ca/
Recycle :      http://doodleartifacts.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

For Carmen

This card took a different turn after I had it nearly finished - I heard that one of our friends in our RV resort had an accident yesterday - she was on a ladder washing the motor home windshield - and fell.  Her shoulder and foot are injured. so I have already been making the rounds to get the card signed and to her. I seem to have left too many things behind this summer, so am trying to stretch out what I do have!  I have a bit of this citrus paper, and used a LifeStyle embossing folder for the bg.  The sentiment is SU Fundamental Phrases.
Sketch:    http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/
Fresh and Fruity:   http://www.thehousethatstampsbuilt.com/

Monday, June 15, 2015

We're not boring

These AI characters are so much fun!   I need to replenish my stash of humorous cards - I had a good day at our little craft sale last Saturday, and there are lots of gaps in my supply.  I colored with Prismas.  The card is embellished with washi tape, shiny gems, and the CB happy birthday embossing.
Sketch:   http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Not square:  http://whimsyinspires.blogspot.com/
What makes you smile?    http://ourcreativecorner6.blogspot.com/

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Blessings - another masculine card

The verse is from Our Daily Bread Happy Birthday set,  the DP is My Minds Eye; Fiskar's scallop punch.
Sketch  http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
3 Pattern Papers:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/
Sentiment + Bingo (PP; stamp; punch):  http://audsentimentschallengeblog.blogspot.com/
Masculine (using twine):   http://reasonableribbon.blogspot.ca/search/label/challenges


These papers are a very dark blue - it is a pack (DCWV, I think) I have had a very long time and need to use more of.  I have struggled to find some solid blue for matting, so this time I used white for the scallops and did not mat the rest.  The sentiment is from ODB - Faith collection.  
I know this is a bit of a stretch for Father's Day - but it is for a male friend who is faithful - but in need of a lift - and he is a father.
Sketch:   http://www.ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Shining%20the%20Light%20Challenge
 Friend:  http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/
3 or more patterned papers:  http://eurekastamps.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 12, 2015

29th birthday

Sentiment- Art Impressions; Coloring - Prismas; brad; DP by Teresa Collins; Washi tape; distressing; chalking
Sketch:  http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.ca/
Color:   http://www.theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com/
Color inspiration   http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/
Touch of vintage:   http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/

Pastel wedding

A friend asked me to make a card similar to one I had done earlier - especially the pale peach and cream.  I used Nestabilities Majestic Element ovals.  I inadvertently did not cut through one of the dies - and I like the way the two (or is it three?) outer ovals remained attached.  I added Swiss dots embossing, a Cheery Lynn butterfly, a bit of lace and sheer ribbon, and drops.  The clear drops are available in a number of sets at Classy cards 'n Such.
Sketch:     http://sweetsundaysketch.blogspot.com/2015/06/sweet-sunday-sketch-challenge-272.html
Wedding:  http://stampedblessings.com/amusing-challenge/
Spots and Dots:  http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/
Die cuts:     http://sirstampalotchallenge.blogspot.com/     http://www.lovesrubberstampschallenges.com/

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

for DH

After ten or so years of making cards I run out of ideas for DH - lots have been fishing ones!  He does not look at all like this AI pop up, but the body language and his snack cooler are perfect!  I used some DP from my stash to show a couple of rv's and luggage for our cruises!
Sketch:  http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
For the fellas:  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2015/06/challenge-161-for-fellas-challenge.html

Thinking of you in pastels

Image - Unity, colored with Prismas;  sentiment - Recollection; DP - Paper Pizzazz; Embossing - Darice
Sketch:    http://sketchsaturday.blogspot.com/
Color challenge:    http://theunitystampco-challenge.blogspot.com/2015/05/unity-be-inspired-challenge-may-14-june.html
Any but square:   http://whimsyinspires.blogspot.com.au/

Masculine - Thinking of You

Image - Unity, colored with Prismas; sentiment - Cheery Lynn - rust backed with black for added dimension; Cheery Lynn branches for corner treatment
Sketch:    http://theunitystampco-challenge.blogspot.com/2015/05/unity-be-inspired-challenge-may-14-june.html
Corner treatment:  http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.com/search/label/challenge
Masculine:             http://thepapergirlschallenge.blogspot.com/
                               http://whimsiedoodles.blogspot.co.uk/   (5 CH max)

Monday, June 8, 2015

Graduation - Michelle

Last year we had nearly a dozen graduation cards - not so many grand nieces and nephews graduating this year.  I still had a bit of the SandyLion DP to use, and added the SU sentiment, a chipboard embellishment, glittery string, and sequins topped with tiny gems.  I used the CB embossed snowflake bg on gold metallic - I hope it looks like firework sparkles!
Sketch:   http://sweetsketchwednesday2.blogspot.com/2015/06/ssw2-56-day-for-daisies.html?showComment=1433785778485#c6701029040689795086
Bling:             http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
Congratulations:  http://www.sosuzystampsblog.com/2015/06/so-suzy-stamps-challenge-blog-hop.html
Graduation:    http://crafterscafeblogchallenge.blogspot.com/

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015


I stamped this before I left home for the summer - I think it is from Holly Pond?  I used a bit of packaging material for the corrugated strip - I have a large piece that I saved and it will show up again!
Sketch and colors:     http://joannamunster.com/2015/05/15/ibsic-94/
Masculine:                 http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/wednesdaychallenge/

HB, Ron S


I needed a very quick thinking of you card.  I debossed the Cuttlebug folder (Everyday greetings) to fit the sketch, and added a Cheery Lynn butterfly.  The main layer is shimmery light silver cs.
Sketch:  http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/

Friday, June 5, 2015


I need several masculine cards for guys in our rv park whose birthdays are coming up soon.  This AI pre colored pop up is perfect - several of the guys bear an uncanny resemblance to this guy!  The background cs (Party Adventures) has a subtle fishing theme - also great!  Washi tape and Hampton Art bling complete the quick card.
Sketch:    http://incywincydesigns.blogspot.com/
For the guys: http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2015/06/challenge-161-for-fellas-challenge.html

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Red, white and blue

Once again, I am dipping into my stash - several years ago Dh and I, together with fellow rvers, sent well over 100 care packages to the military.  Now I would like to get more involved in sending cards to various organizations and individuals.  This happens to be for a friend.  I used Washi tape for the banners, and shimmery cs for the embossing.  I colored with chalk pencils, and used a favorite - the versatile Blessings die from Cheery Lynn.
Sketch    http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/
Red, white, blue:  http://cheerylynndesigns.blogspot.ca/
Colored image:  http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/

Bee Happy

I have been blessed with so many great items from Wish RAK at SplitCoastStampers, and it is time to really work on this stash!  The image and DP are from this stash.  The strip is the reverse side of the floral panel - gotta have some flowers for the bees!  The image is colored with Prismas.  I placed some clear drops on Washi tape.  Among the many products available at Classy Cards 'n Such are various sets of dots which include these clear ones.
Sketch #5:      http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/
Include a bee:   http://classycardsnsuch.blogspot.com/2015/05/ccns-challenge-87-bee-happy.html

Masculine / RV

We anticipate that, after 50+ years of rving, this will be our last summer.  That means that it is time to use up some of the rv items I have been hoarding!  This image and DP came from friends at WishRAK on SplitcoastStampers. The brad is SU.  A creative opportunity arose when it came to the metallic strip.  You may have heard me mention that I pared down the supplies I brought along this summer.  Apparently my stash of metallic papers and scraps did not make the cut!  I had to open a new can of International Coffee so I could use the metallic seal.  Since it is so thin, I should have used an extra shim to do the die cut - so I decided to use it as an embossed piece rather than struggle to get the pieces out of the Cuttlebug die!
Sketch:          http://vlvsketches.blogspot.com/
Inspiration (black, white, metallic ):  http://cupcakeinspirations.blogspot.com/
Masculine:    http://memascrafts.blogspot.com/
Colored image:  http://pileitonchallenge.blogspot.com/
Summer:       http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/
Bling:            http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

shades of purple and more

Image:  YNS Just Sitting here;  Embossing - Cuttlebug border, LifeStyle crafts- Woven; Nesties oval die cuts; Cheery Lynn flying hummingbird, Blessings;  Washi tape; glitter (on bird, leaf); shimmery cs
Sketch and most colors:  http://yournextstamp.com/blog/
Movement (flying hummingbird):  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2015/05/challenge-160-cards-with-movement.html
Purple:  http://inkspirationalchallenges.blogspot.com/2015/05/challenge-83-surprise-colour-challenge.html
Bling:  http://cuttlebugmania.blogspot.co.uk/
Bling (5 ch. max):  http://craftingwhenwecanchallenges.blogspot.com/


A recent big favorite of mine is shimmery cs - I bought a package of light silver and champagne, and you can see that many of my recent cards make use of it - especially for dry embossing.  I used a Sizzix Halloween scene folder for the bg - I am sure there is a way to keep the pumpkin from embossing, but I have not done that.  (I covered a couple more with the little scene).  I wanted the tree to show - maybe the little pumpkins will not be too noticeable!  Any hints?  The image is from the Art Impressions pop up series.  I recolored/enhanced some of the pre colored parts.  I used a brad to attach the cord with the sign - for movement.
Recipe:  1 embossing folder; 2 die cuts and 2 images (including sentiment); 3 colors for layering.
Sketch:        http://mojomonday.blogspot.com/
Movement:  http://artimpressionsstamps.blogspot.com/2015/05/challenge-160-cards-with-movement.html
 Summer (fishing is summer for me!):   http://www.craftindesertdivas.com/search/label/Linky%20Party
Recipe (see above):  http://www.drsdesignsblog.blogspot.com/
Any:            http://jwscrapshack.blogspot.ca/

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Happy 83rd, Ervin

I need several masculine cards.  This is for DH's twin who will be celebrating his 83rs birthday.  (Yup, you're right - DH will be the same age in a few days.  Of course, I am MUCH younger - well younger, maybe not so much!)  Most of the card uses Recollections shimmery silver CS, backed with black.  The image is digital, from Beccy's Place.  I added washi tape (backed with a leftover bit of the cs, for solidity; the Embossalicious HB folder, black and white twine, and a Dazzles Brother sticker - on a Nestie oval.
Sketch:          http://www.thehousethatstampsbuilt.com/
 Masculine: :  http://sweetstampinchallengeblog.blogspot.com/ 
Happy:           http://frillyandfunkie.blogspot.com/
Any:             http://beccysplace.blogspot.com/