Thursday, June 30, 2016


Front of card

Inside view

Open view
I recently made some purchases - the items have pretty much been gathering dust until I figure out a way to use them.  Can any one relate?  I bought some ready made card bases for what I think is called a tri fold spinner card.  I also bought (from the Create and Craft TV show) a very large kit of Kanban items.  They are all nice but the items often do not fit a layout or color scheme I planned to use.  So when I saw the challenge at Our Daily Bread I thought this is the time to see what I can do.  I would really appreciate any hints, suggestions or examples you might have.  For me, the most difficult aspect is to deal with the circle that is pre-cut - or, more accurately, half cut.  It seems that one must leave the scallop portion as a white bg
Here, I used a piece of eggplant shimmery cs (dry embossed with Textiles) cut to fit the front - using a circle die for the opening.  Then I stamped the ODB sentiment, and layered it on a slightly larger piece of eggplant.  I added a strip from the Kanban kit, and a Cheery Lynn die cut bird INSIDE:  I used a ready made floral section (Kanban) for the right side - again, with a piece of eggplant cs for the mat.  Another Kanban piece covers the inside of the pre-cut circle, and pieces from a Joanna Sheen die complete the inside design.  I left a bit at the bottom for a hand written message and/or signature.
Pop it up or dimension:   Our Daily Bread
3D:  Cut it up
Die cut:   Die-cut-divas.
Purple:    Cheery Lynn (week 2)
Any:   Great Impressions

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

For Terry

The challenge at Art Impressions is to create a card using a slider or otherwise concealed image.  Since I do not have their new slider die, I made do by creating my own slider "frame" which I also paper pierced.  You most likely cannot see the piercing on the screen - nor can you see the true brown color of the Washi tape strips!   Oh, well...   It was after I made my choices that I realized this fisherman is an AI stamp - one I got a few years ago, probably at a yard sale!  It is marked 1996, so has been around for a while, but still timely.  This is for our son-in-law, and there will also be a birthday check concealed under the image.  He is an avid fisherman, so I can always find a theme!
At     I found the following to print on the inside:
 things that I have learned from fishing:
1. There is no such thing as too much equipment.
2. When in doubt, exaggerate.
3. Even the best lines get weak after they have been used a few times.
4. Sometimes you really have to squirm to get off the hook.
5. The fishing is always better on the other side of the lake.
6. Good things come to those who wade.

Sketch:    Sketch Saturday
Slide on by:     Art Impressions 
Summer:    Addicted-to-stamps
All about the boys:   Dar and Diane
Piercing:    Come and Get It

Monday, June 27, 2016

Glitter and purple birthday

This sketch and other challenges gave me a chance to use  a small piece of glittery DP (for he three strips) that I have had in my scrap pile for a while.  I also added glitter to the Cheery Lynn die cut branches as well as to the purple brad - which kind of blends in at the base of the branches.  I added shiny gems, then bits from a Fiskar punch.  The sentiments are from Verve.  The inside verse says Happy Birthday.
Sketch #2:   VLV Sketches
Purple (week 1):   Cheery Lynn
All that Glitters:   Mod Squad
Shimmer:    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Sparkle and shine:   Crafty Gals Corner
Tic Tac Toe (Diagonal - gems, DP, Brad):    Imagine That Digi Stamp
Birthday Girl:    Paper Shelter
Any:    Pennys Challenges
              Great Impressions

Friday, June 24, 2016

QKR Guest Designer - Paper Piecing #197

Today I changed hats, and will join the QKR design team for a few weeks.  This week the challenge at  QKR Stampede  is Paper Piecing.  You may enter as many as 3 times, and you have a chance to win 2 digital images - the prize is 3 images if you use a QKR image.
I have been wanting to use this cute image for a while, and I think it worked well to paper piece the cactus and also the lazy turtle. (I think he is trying to keep cool in our 110+ temps in AZ!)  This  Relaxin Turtle is by QKR, and the sentiment is Eureka.  I used the same pattern paper for the Spellbinder border style die cuts, and backed it with black.  The sun is from a Cuttlebug Die.  I used scraps for all the paper piecing and the strips.  The image is new to me; all the papers are old, including the blue sky.
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
Layer it up:    One Stitch at a Time
                         Corrosive Challenges
Bingo - column 3:   Get Creative 
Stuck on you (cactus):  Dragonfly Journey
Pattern Paper:    Simon Says Stamp - Monday
Bring on Summer:   Cute Daisy
Summer:   Starstampz 
Old, new and blue:   Pile it on 
Animal:    C.R.A.F.T.
Scraps:    Paper Girls
 Any:    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
              Love to Scrap
               Crafting with an Attitude

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Summer birthday

Fussy cut image (precolored)  - Imagine That Digis by Kris; bird die cut by Cheery Lynn; Argyle embossing folder by Cuttlebug;  twine; unknown sentiment; DP - Beau Papier.
Sketch - Crafting when we can -(not entered - 5 challenge limit)

Summer colors:   Cheery Lynn
                              Dream Valley  (10 challenge limit)

Colors (shades of teal, orange):   DRS
 Tic tac toe (center column - sentiment, DP, twine) :   Imagine That Digistamps
Pattern Paper :  Simon Says Stampblog.Monday
Create a scene:   Littlec Claires
Celebration:    Stamplorations
Twine:   Digichoosday
Any:  Die-cut-divas

Monday, June 20, 2016

Eureka Stamps DT card for challenge #198 - "Here comes the Bride:

This is a timely challenge as many of you will have weddings to attend in the next few weeks.  I chose this verse and Blessings sentiment - both are digital versions - for the challenge this week at Eureka Stamps . You may enter up to three times before 3pm EDT on Sunday, June 26.  There are 2 digis for the winner - 3 if you win using an image by Eureka.
 Using white embossed layers with a contrasting color has become a favorite style of mine.  I used Swiss Dots and Textile by Cuttlebug.  The circle die is from Spellbinders.  I added ribbon and a bow using a shiny sheer ribbon from the Dollar Tree.
Sketch:    Live and love Crafts
Wedding:    Cuttlebug Mania
                     Mod Squad
                     The Stamping Boutique 
Love:     Pink Gem Challenge
Die cut:     Chocolate Coffee Cards
Dots:   Crafty Catz
Any:   Classic Design Team 

Friday, June 17, 2016

Card for hubby

Image by AI, colored with chalk pencils;  herringbone embossing folder, lightly sanded; teal washi tape; unknown sentiment.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Masculine/ father's Day:   Double Click Connections 
                                             Craftin Desert Divas
                                             Jo's Scrapshack 
                                             Dragonfly Journeys
Colors (orange, sand, shades of teal):  DRS
Any:     Inspiration Destination

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Summer birthday fun

Image - pre-colored from Beccy's Place; AI sentiment; washi (bicycle) tape; flourish die cut; tiny flowers by Cheery Lynn dies
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Aging with an attitude:    Art Impressions
Beccy's Image:   Beccys Place
Bright summer colors:   Cheery Lynn Designs
Flourishes:    Creative Knockouts 
Birthday:   DRS Designs  

Monday, June 13, 2016

Eureka Stamps DT entry - Challenge #197 - For a Guy

I appreciate being able to do a card for any guy, since my father passed away many years ago.  Actually, I think I will send this to my brother whose birthday is this week.  This is challenge #197 at Eureka Stamps.  You may enter  up to 3 times by 3 pm EDT, Sunday, June 19.  If your entry is randomly selected you will win 2 digi images - if you use an image by Eureka you win an extra digi!
Here I used the image "frog on side" and the digital sentiment is also by Eureka.  The coloring is with  Prismas.  I used a couple of scraps of DP from my stash.  The edges of the white cs are sponged with Marigold ink, and I distressed all the paper edges.  The mats are a dark olive green.  I added 3 sequins - part of a prize from Craftin Desert Divas.  I put some tiny gems in the centers.  A twine bow completes the card.
For a guy:  Cardz4guyz
                    Craftin Desert Divas
                    Dragonfly Journeys
                    Stamping With Dragon
                    Jo's Scrapshack
                    Love to Scrap
                    Aloha Friday
                    Patties Creations
                     Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Animal Magic:   Crafty Catz  
Critter:      Live Laugh Stamp
Add a sentiment:   Digi Choosday
                                 The Paper Shelter 
Shabby:    Creative Corner
3 or more layers:  Sweet Stampin
Any:    Classic Design Team
             Crafty Sentiments
             Inspiration Destination
             Lemon Shortbread 
             Through the Craft Room Door
Sketch (rotated) :  Sweet Sketch Wednesday

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Isaiah 40:8

This sentiment from Word Art reminds us of such an important truth.  I used DP and a butterfly circle from a Kanban kit for background, as well as a part of a Joanna Sheen die.  It seems hard to tell on the screen - the main color is a sage green, and the bg mats are a dark green.
Sketch:    Mojo Monday
Sentiment:     The Paper Shelter
Summer Garden:     Simon Says Monday
Any:     Lemon Shortbread
              Lil Patch of crafty Friends
              Through the Craft Room Door
               Word Art Wednesday 
Inspired by a song:   

Thursday, June 9, 2016

For JoAnn

This is a card I did not want to make.  We have known JoAnn for over 50 years, though distance has separated us for several years.  She was diagnosed with cancer a couple of years ago, and now her condition is worsening.  Please keep JoAnn, her husband and family in your thoughts and prayers.
Update:  We just learned of her passing on June 16.
Stamps by Verve, SU turquoise ink; DP by DCWV (garden Party) - in one of my favorite color combos.  I placed the DP under the solid turquoise frame.  The DP was a left over piece from another project - just barely the right size.
Sketch:   Mojo Monday
Inspiration (colors):   Cupcake Inspirations
"I" for important (friendship):   ABC-challenge
Scraps:   Jo's Scrapshack
Birds:   Dies R Us
Flowers:    Addicted-to-Stamps

Happy Birthday, DH

Happy 84th!  Unfortunately, this fits for hubby this year - he is recovering very slowly from recent back surgery and is getting kind of discouraged.  I hope this AI image gives him a lift!
Colored with chalk pencils; sentiment by The Rubber Cafe.  I added some twine and brads for a more masculine feel.  The blue CS is very textured.
Sketch (and some colors):   Your Next Stamp
Aging with attitude:   Art Impressions
Two or more stamps:    The House that Stamps Built
Special Man:  Sweet Stampin'
Masculine:   Love to Scrap
                      Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any:    Inspiration Destination

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Blessings for a friend

Thanks to the DT at Mojo, especially Julee, for the inspiration.
Recipe:  Butterfly embossing folder by Darice, Blessings die by Cheery Lynn, and a "friend" sticker; layers of shimmery silver cs.
Sketch:    Mojo Monday
Any Sketch:   Cut It Up
Friendship:    Creative Knockouts
Layers:    Cheery Lynn
Butterflies:    Crafty Catz
Opposites (black and white):   Ikes World

Monday, June 6, 2016

Blue and Yellow

I had planned to spend much more time on this card, but several unexpected situation came up...
I should have made the strip of Washi tape smaller.  I used a Paper Studio embossing folder, and Several odds and ends of papers, including the DP (these were all pieces I got at a super bargain at a yard sale - looked like someone abandoned scrapbook projects and I got lots of scraps as well as a lot of real goodies.).  The image by CraftSmart is watercolored.  I will send this to a friend who raises chickens.
Sketch:  Share Joy
Blue, yellow and white:    The House that Stamps Built
Off kilter:    Lawnscaping
Hand colored image:   Star Stampz
Birds:    Dies r us
Scraps:   Jo's Scrapshack

DT card for Eureka Stamps challenge #196 - "wings"

I really like this penguin trying to stay cool.  When I chose the image, I certainly did not realize that the outside temperature here in Arizona would be a record breaking 115 - the earliest date recorded for that high a temperature!
Before submitting this card to a couple of challenges, I felt I had to verify some facts.  To find out if penguins have feathers and if they qualify as winged creatures, check out this website: .  Among other things you will learn is that penguins do in fact have knees, feathers and wings!
Challenge #196 at Eureka Stamps is "things with wings".  You have until 3pm EDT Sunday to enter as many as 3 times.  You may win some of the Eureka images.
Recipe:  Image, Penguin on Ice; sentiment - Cool birthday - Eureka;  stickles (on the ice); shimmery silver cs by Recollections;  Cuttlebug embossing folder - Diamonds; shiny black gems;  misc DP and dark grey cs;   inspiration - "March of the Penguins"

Sketch:     Verve sketches #1
Embossing:   Cuttlebug Mania
Weather:    Pink Gem
Feathers:    City Crafter
Gems:     Crafty Sentiments
Feathered Friends:  Deep Ocean
Inspiration movie:   Ike's World
Summer:    Digi Choosday
Masculine:    Polkadoodle
Any:    2crafty girls
             A Bit More Time to Craft
             Classic Design Team 
             Inspiration Destination

Sunday, June 5, 2016

HB, Ervin

Once again it is time to send a card to hubby's twin brother.  He is a retired farmer, and wheat was one of the local crops, so I wanted this image for his card - thanks, Aastha for the supply you sent.  I used watercolor pencils and an aqua pen to create the bg.
Sketch/inspiration:   Stamplorations
For a special man:  Sweet Stampin
Sentiment:   Aud Sentiments
For a man:   DLArt
                      Aloha Friday
Watercolors:    AAA Cards  

Saturday, June 4, 2016

Flowers for a birthday

This DP is probably too informal for the image... oh, well...
Image - Our Daily Bread, colored with metallic gel pens.  The cs is a shimmery silver, and the DP by Beau Papier.  I added some shiny twine, and a Cheery Lynn dragonfly die cut- cut twice and layered.  The mats are purple, and I couldn't resist adding some shiny purple gems.
Sketch:    Tuesday Morning Sketches
Flowers:   Our Daily Bread
Touchy Feely:  Incy Wincy 
Layers:   Cheery Lynn
Die:      Die Cuttin Divas
Any:     Through the Craft Room Door