Friday, July 31, 2015

Black and white with a yellow bow

The touch of color is a pale yellow bow.  Supplies:  various papers, birthday embossing, Unity stamp.  The black bg for the bird is embossed with leaves.
Black and white with color:

Birthday Blessings

Supplies:  papers from Making Memories; image and sentiment - Our Daily Bread Birthday set; butterfly punch, sheer ribbon
Sketch #103:
Inspiration (flowers, color):    

25th birthday

I often make cards requested by friends - this is for the daughter of a friend.  I like the papers, but should have done something the liven up the over all look.  Ideas, any one?
Supplies:  Papers from my stash - mostly gifts - I used the same DP as the middle panel to cut the numbers and flourish.  Numbers - cuttlebug die; flourish by Die-Namics - cut aparr; strips and daughter sticker - Dazzles.
Sketch #69:
4 - dp panels :
Numbers as focal point:
Pattern Paper:
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Thursday, July 30, 2015


I need to replenish my supply of sympathy cards. 
Supplies:  Swiss dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug); Cheery Lynn butterfly die; various DP scraps.  This may seem like an unusual choice, but this stamp is a favorite for the front of sympathy cards (Paper Inspirations).  I used Tenia Nelson's card as inspiration for my case - primarily for the layout.
Fav. stamp:
 Inspiration (flowers and color):

Another Get Well

I just used this image - but that card has already gone in the mail! 
Pre colored digi image by Dearie Doll; Script embossing by Cuttlebug; Crate Paper DP; Hampton art gems; twine.
Take your pick - color - green:

On the beach

Here are more of the Art Impression pop-up ladies - obviously having a great time at the beach!  They are die cut and pre-colored. The sentiment is a part of the collection.   I used some of my supply of Sugartree bg paper.  There is shiny glitter on the "water", and I added textured ribbon and a gem.
Sketch:    (5 ch. max)
By the water:

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

A tailored look

The stripe is from a sticker sheet - I have had a set for quite a while but have not used them much - and I discovered how difficult it is to adhere this large piece - it is definitely sticky and hard to adjust once it adheres!  Other supplies - Swiss dots embossing folder;  washi tape strip, gold sticker strip; Sizzix HB die; Cuttlebug asterisk dies.
Inspiration (stripes):
Not ordinary paper:

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


This card is definitely outside the box for me.  I need to do that once in a while.  This is based on the original inspiration card for the monthly CASE challenge at Stamplorations - thanks, Tenia.  I kind of kept the layout and the bright colored panel.  I needed an anniversary card, so I used thedie cut from a Cuttlebug die.  I dry embossed the narrow strip.  The die cut, mat, and strip are all Stardream Metallic Neptune, available at classy Cards and Such. The image is colored with metallic gel pens.
Colors and patterns:

Sympathy card

Embossing folder by Darice; stamp by Verve

Quick Get Well card

Image - pre-colored digi from Dearie Dolls; paper Studio DP; Washi tape; Cuttlebug die
Pattern Paper:
Thinking of you:

Good by, friends


This will be used for group signatures - our friends have been coming to this park every summer for well over 10 years, and this will be their last summer.  We will still see them at our winter home, but many others will probably not see them again.  Both have been active in park activities.  John is an avid fisherman, and he runs the horse shoe tournaments.  Rita leads Silver Stretchers and water aerobics.  I tried to incorporate bits of several of the activities.  I used the sentiment Best Wishes - it is just too difficult to make it "good by".Image by Art Impressions, and sentiment die by Elisabeth Craft Designs.
Good By:
The great outdoors:

Monday, July 27, 2015

Happy 25th to Joe and Kathy

Members of our RV park often come to me for special cards, and here is another.  Joe and Kathy will celebrate a 25th anniversary,  Their friends wrote a verse, including a reference to fireworks after 25 years.  I knew I had this fireworks DP in my stash, so I built the card around it. The image is from my digi file.  The flourish is Die-namics. The letters and numbers are from various die sets.  I used Paper Studio glitter cs for the dies and the scalloped circle.  The card is 5.25 x7.25 - to fit a silver envelope I happen to have in the motor home!
Die cuts:
Lift it up:
Not ordinary paper - glitter cs; silver shimmer cs(card base):         

BD in purple

I am still trying to catch up here after a few days of unreliable wi fi connections.  When I get behind I have been known to lose track of what I am doing LOL!!!
New Verve stamps - my Mojo prize last month.  Thank you!   On the other hand, the DP is some I have been hoarding for a long time!  The bg is embossed with the Cuttlebug Happy Birthday folder.
Raised - the birthday tag is on pop dots:
New stamp:

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Christmas 2015 #11

The embossed scene is by Nellie Snellen, and the verse from Our Daily Bread.  The inspiration is from the top left corner of the displayed photo.
"Dream of snow"

Christmas 2015 #10

Supplies:  cream and green cs; Unity stamps; Vines EF (QuickCutz); Cheery Lynn window and branch dies; gold sticker strip; glitter on star, tree, branches.

Inspiration (window box):
"B" - (window) box:  


Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sympathy - grey and cream

These papers are lovely - from a pad whose cover has vanished and I lost track of the brand - it does have several great papers.  I try to keep sympathy cards subtle,and I think this reflects that.  The mats are a medium grey, and the top layers shimmery silver cs from Recollections  - it is especially great for dry embossing. The stamps are from a new Verve set just received as a prize from Mojo Monday - thank you!
New stamps:

Friday, July 24, 2015

Where are we going?

Paulette at Create with TLC comes up with some great digital images - the ones here are no exception.  I used some kraft packaging material for the strip at the right.  The birthday embossing is highlighted with a bit of cream colored ink.
Wish you were here:

summer bike ride

Stamps by Unity and Verve.
Summer, with a die cut:

Harvest memories

This wonderful image was sent to my by a friend at Splitcoaststampers.  I think that it is a combination of Bad Axe images.  I added a sentiment from Unity, some Washi tape, and a clear rain drop.  Thanks, Sketch Saturday, for a sketch that lets me use a larger image! 

Tattered Lace x 3

I have had this Tattered Lace die for a while and have not used it a lot though I really like it.  This card is based totally on a sample in their magazine (issue 8). It is 4.75 x 6.5.  The sentiment is Unity, and I added some gems and a sheer ribbon bow.  The bg CS is teal.
Die cut:

we are fabulous

Our internet reception is better so I can catch up a little!  Once again I am using the Art Impression pop ups - preprinted punch out die cuts.  I used the second layer for the little table - to add some dimension - as well as the verse and ribbon.  I edged the main image with blut ink.
Build it up:
Wish you were here:

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Shimmery silver

I used shimmery cs in silver as well as dark grey cs.  The butterfly is Cheery Lynn, and the sentiment part of a new set from Verve.  Embossing is Swiss dots and stylized flowers.  I have to thank my friend Dorothy for pointing out this shimmery cs - I am using it a lot!
Die cut:
Silver (or gold):

I shuffle slower

How true!  This is another image from my stash - I am quite sure it is from Gina K.  I added a couple of papers (Costco double sided) and the HB embossing.  I used pop dots to lift the sentiment.
2 or more DP:

Morning Coffee

I should know better than to post my own photo on here...LOL!
I got to use several hoarded supplies here.  The image is colored with chalk pencils.  I had a stick pin/button that I used for the center of the flower.
Button and bow:
Two or more pattern papers:

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Humorous masculine card

Verse - digi by Aud Sentiments; HB by Unity;  die cut (Under banner) by LifeStyle Crafts, misc papers.
Focus on words:

Happy Day

Image -  Your Next Stamp, Skateboard Dude;  Sentiment - Unity;  Coloring - chalk pencils and gel pens;  circle dies;   DP - Paper Pizzazz;  Misc. cs

Happy 103rd

Some of you may have seen previous posts for these milestone birthdays - I think this is the 4th year that I have made a card for the (much) older sister of a friend of mine.  I hope this will be special for her.  Hulda's eyesight and hearing are failing, but she takes no medication!  Blessings for her.
Supplies:  image and sentiment by Unity;chocolate chip ink;  die cut letters and numbers; Petaloo flower; Sizzix leaves; misc. papers, including shimmery champagne cs.
Lots of layers: 

Quick HB card for Kathy

I had a request for a birthday card - needed in about an hour!!!  The apron is in my digi file (Calypso) , colored with chalk pencils, and the sentiment is computer generated.  I used DP from an old DCWV pad.
"I" (See image):      
Red, white, blue:

Friday, July 17, 2015

Simple life

By now you have probably seen several of the Art Impressions pop-ups - this guy looks like a lot of our neighbors in our RV resort!  I had some bits of My Minds Eye Dp that fit the theme, and used Kraft for the base..  The inside verse:  "God out me one this earth to accomplish a certain number of things.  Right now I am so far behind I will never die."
Tic Tac Toe - top row (stamp, pattern paper, brads): /
Pick 3 - sentiment, aqua, orange:

With a flourish

I am trying to dig into my stash of DP - can't hoard it forever!   The verse is from Out Daily Breat birthday set.  I cut the flourish with a Joanna Sheen die, and I added a strip of pale yellow lace.  The mat CS is a dark grey.
Not square:

At the salon

I have many of the Art Impressions pop ups (sort of like pre colored die cuts to punch out) to use - thanks for a sketch that works!  There are four layers for the main image, and I managed to squeeze in the accessory pieces.  So this card uses the entire sheet.  The pop ups come 4 sheets to a pack.  I used the Embossabilitiies birthday folder for the bg.

white on white

(The blue is not a part of the card).  Sorry for the really bad image - it looks much better IRL.  I can't seem to do white!  I thried something new for this card - the main layer is first embossed with Cuttlebug Textile, then embossed with the Darice sympathy folder.  I added a sheer white ribbon and Cheery Lynn tiny flower die cuts.

White on white: