Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Birthday blessings

Our Daily Bread image - colored with water color pencils - I outlined with the pencils. then used an aqua pen to spread the color.  The image is cut with a circle die and backed with a doily.   Blessings die by Cheery Lynn; pale yellow gems and ribbon.  This red and yellow has become a favorite color combo.
Sketch:    Our Daily Bread
Use doily:   Cheery Lynn
At least two dies:    Allsorts
Primary colors:  Inkspirational
Use pencils:   Stamplorations
Any:    Die cuttin Divas 
             Word Art Wednesday

Sunday, August 28, 2016

HB, Margaret

I thought this would be a fun birthday card for my sister-in-law, a retired teacher.  I got to use a new die from Couture as well as some well used Nesties.  The embossed greeting is a Cuttlebug folder I had forgotten about - enhanced with dark rust ink.  The Dearie Doll image is a pre-colored free digi.  The card is 4.5 x 6.5.  IRL the colors are salmon and rust.
Sketch:    Verve Sketches
School:     C.R.A.F.T.
                   Aloha Friday
Teacher's Pet:   Mod Squad
Fly away:    Fussy and Fancy
F for feathers, fly:   Polkadoodle 
At least two dies:   Allsorts
Birthday:   Die cuttin Divas
Dies:    Jo's Scrapshack


Friday, August 26, 2016

New On the Edge Die

I just bought several Couture On the Edge dies - this one is called Verbascum.  I cut the die a second time, using a sage green, and taped the pieces to the back.  This is a bit time consuming and I probably will not use this technique often though I do like the result. There are shiny light blue gems for the flower center.   I used dark blue cs for the main die, and backed it with shimmery champagne cs.  The light blue layer is also a shimmery finish.  The die cut letters are Cuttlebug Olivia, and I added a piece of fiber to separate the panels.
Sketch:   Glitter n Sparkle
Colors (dark, light blue, sage green):   Your Next Stamp
More than one die:   Allsorts
F = Flowers:    Polkadoodle
Sparkle:   Tuesday Throwdown
Any:   Digi Choosday
            Word Art Wednesday

Keep your eye on the ball - QKR #206 DT card

It looks like I took this challenge very literally!  This is Golfing Bear, a digital image from QKR Stampede.  I selected this QKR sentiment to go with it.  I am sure it refers to age, but I thought why not here?  I don't golf, but maybe there is someone who might have considered fudging on a score...!  I colored the image with chalk pencils, for a soft look, and hand cut the image to go right next to the grassy dp (Paper Studio) .  The oval and "golf balls" are die cuts.  I dry embossed the balls with the Swiss Dot EF and enhanced the dimples with glitter.  The card is 4.5 x 6.5.  My favorite shape for cards is rectangular because I like the flexibility of layouts - so many images fit well.  I also like the practicality - no extra postage as there is for square ones!
Sketch:   Glitter n Sparkle
Die cut embellishment (golf balls):   Pile it on Challenge
Favorite shape:   As You Like It
Words/Numbers:     Cute Card Thursday
Summer fun:   Crafty Calendar
                          Pink Gem Challenge 
Summer Time:  Come and Get It 
Signs of summer:      Imagine That                  
Vacation:       Ikes World   
Any:      Great Impressions
               Lemon Shortbread
               Lil Patch of crafty Friends
               Through the Craft Room Door
               Love to Scrap
               Craft Your Passion
               Crafty Sentiments

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sunny blessings

These are colors I seldom use but I thought the verse just asked for a sunny color scheme!
Image - Verve; Blessings die - Cheery Lynn, DP from my stash; Craft Essentials flowers; gems from Pizzazz Aplenty; Washi tape; doily (die cut with scallop circle) ; Nesties dies
Sketch #2:   VLV sketches.
Doily:   Cheery Lynn Designs
Any:      Stamped Blessings
               Lunagirl Moonbeams 
                Love to Scrap
                Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Edith is 100

 I am trying to put some order in the chaos of my craft room.  I am so blessed to have an abundance of supplies - I do find it difficult to purge as I keep thinking I will have time to use what I have...some day.  At any rate, this is an image from a very old SU set called Natural Beauty - it was in my box of items received through Wish RAK.  I colored with Twinkling H20's, and matched with a piece of DP that was part of a pad I bought years ago.  This cranberry is one of my favorites.  I added cranberry half pearls, pieces of a doily, and sheer ribbon.  This goes to hubby's aunt - the last survivor of our parents' generation.
Sketch:   Our Daily Bread
Birthday:    Paper Shelter 
Die cuts:    Mod Squad
Any:    Stamped Blessings 
             Lunagirl Moonbeams
             Fab n Funky 
             Inspiration Destination
             Tuesday Throwdown

Friday, August 19, 2016

Shepherd Boy Christmas

I make most of my Christmas cards using the same image and sentiment, so I enjoy trying different layouts and backgrounds. This non frills version is great for a guy on our list.
Shepherd Boy by QKR; sentiment by Hampton Art; cream ribbon, die cut with hand made paper; Labels 4 dies.  I bought a pack of 25 sheets of this striped cs (Not paper!) at a craft expo for  $1 - but I forget the name of the vendor.  Lots of great deals there!

Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Neutrals:    Double D Challenges 
Q-Quick Layout:    ABC Christmas Challenge
Masculine:    Aud Sentiments

Christmas 2016

Digi mage from QKR Stampede; Hampton Art sentiment; washi tape, narrow yellow ribbon.

Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
Any:       Tuesday Throwdown
Quick Layout:   ABC Christmas Challenge 

Shaped card - QKR Stampede Design Team card for Aug.18-25

This week, the challenge at QKR Stampede is to complete a shaped card.  I am not very good at free-hand cutting, so I opted to use Spellbinders Labels One dies - I actually used 3 different sizes.  You have an opportunity to win adorable QKR images - you can enter up to 3 times by 6 p.m. Thursday, August 25.  See details here:  QKR Stampede
I enjoy humorous cards, and these images are such fun!  The card front is QKR "Magic Card", and the inside is QKR "One Year Older",

I cut the image using the medium sized die.  Then I cut the next larger from a metallic blue.  My idea is that the metallic is a bit more magical!  The cutting is a bit different in that I folded the card stock, and left a narrow strip at the top attached.  You can see that I used a tie - mostly for embellishment.  I adhered the image to this blue layer - now there are three layers. I cut the card base using the largest of the Nesties.  I folded the card stock, smoothing the fold with a bone folder.  I then positioned the largest Nestie so that a but of the fold did not get cut.  (See the flattened edge of the left  photo.)  In the left photo you can see the outline of the white card base.  I added a bit of  border faux stitching in gold.  By placing both images on the outside of the base, I have left the inside available for a sentiment or note.

I colored with a blue Prisma and metallic gold pen.  Some glitter was added to the edge - more magic dust!

Stash (cs):      Broken Fairy
Dies:       Come and Get It
                Happy Little Stamper
                Mod Squad
Border:     Simon says Stamp - Wednesday
Glitter:      Sparkle n Sprinkle
Bingo - row 2:  Crafty Gals Corner 
Any (twist of vintage):   Julia Spiri
Any:  Glitter n Sparkle
           Classic Design Team
           Crafty Catz
           Paper Nest Dolls
           Digi Choosday 
           Lemon Shortbread
           Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
           Crafting by Designs
           A Bit More Time to Craft

Thursday, August 18, 2016

SCS - MMTPT421 - Farm life for Marilyn

Each week the Tea Pot Party gals at Splitcoaststampers create cards to send to someone who may have a special need.  This week our cards go to Marilyn, who has had to give up her life on the farm for a retirement situation - and she misses her farm life.  Any one is welcome to join the party here:  Teapot Tuesdays.
Recipe:  images - SU  walk this way;  Misc DP, CB sentiment; glitter on sentiment; Prisma pencils.  The DP and black mat were both scraps - just about exactly the right size!

Sketch:  Feeling-Sketchy
Scraps:     Jo's Scrapshack
Glitter:     Sparkle n Sprinkle
3 animals:    Morgans Artworld
Make your mark:   Addicted to Stamps

DTGD - Cathy's challenge

You may know that I do not do many CAS cards, but this did seem to work for me.  The sentiment is by Cuttlebug, and the butterflies by CC Designs.  I cut them from some scraps of "splattered" cs.  This was posted in my SCS gallery on 8-8.
Things with wings:   Crafting When we Can
CAS:    Stamplorations


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

MMTPT420 -for a fan of pirates.

The recipient of this Tea Pot Party card is Al, who has had severe medical issues and is doing rehap to regain strength.  He is a fun loving guy who enjoys pirates, so this Dearie Doll pre-colored image is perfect.  See details of the Tea Pot Party here:   Splitcoaststampers teapot-tuesdays- mmtpt420
The red, white and blue is one of my favorite combinations but does not always work for me!  I used washi tape, dp that reminds me of ocean water, and Cuttlebug letters.  I used scraps for the DP bg and for the blue letters and strip.
sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Scraps :  Jo's scrapshack
Favorite colors:   Creative Corner
Any:    Polkadoodle

Monday, August 15, 2016

SCS DTGD - another entry - giogio's challenge 50th anniv

I like the look of the ivory and gold.  The ivory is shimmery cs from Michaels.  This was origially posted to ;my SCS gallery on Aug. 7.  Image by Eureka.  I used script and swiss dot embossing folders as well as a bit of rose DP and a square gold gem for more elegance.
Text bg:   Stampotique  (5 CH limit)
Any:    Lunagirl Moonbeams
             Julia Spiri

Sunday, August 14, 2016

SCS DTGD - KelliJo - shaker card

Here is another of the Dare to Get Dirty Cards - uploaded to my Splitcoaststampers gallery on Aug. 8.  I used a small baggie to create the shaker card.
Container:   Simon Says Stamp Monday
Any:  Penny Black at Allsorts

Saturday, August 13, 2016

SCS DTGD - cook22 challenge - a pocket card

This was a fun pocket card to make.  I added a flowerpunched swirls, die cuts, Cheery Lynn Blessings die cut, and a book mark. The bg was embossed, then soaked in a bit of coffee. To enhance the look, I sprinkled on some dry granulated instant coffee to add to the vintage look.  This was first posted in my SCS gallery on Aug. 5.
Sketch:   Feeling-Sketchy
Nature:   Cheery Lynn
Punches/dies:   The Paper Shelter

SCS Dare to Get Dirty - Cullenwr - summer vacation

I am still adding cards from my SplitCoastStampers DTGD gallery,  This one was added for Wanda Cullen on Aug. 8.  I used some travel themed papers, ribbon, an oval die cut and Cuttlebug sentiment.
Summer vacation + die cut: Die-cut-Divas
For the men:   Creative Craft Cottage

SCS Dare to Get Dirty - Jan Temkko

I am adding the last of the Dare to Get Dirty challenge cards.  Here I used shades of purple (I am not sure why this DP always looks blue on the screen).  The image is an older one from SU.  The original post was Aug. 8
Flowers:  Crafters Cafe

Thursday, August 11, 2016

QKR Stampede #204 - Monochromatic - DT entry

I hope your screen is set so that this looks green - especially the DP background, which is a very dark and very light green.  The challenge at QKR Stampede this week is to make a monochromatic creation.  You may enter up to 3 times before 6pm EDT on Thursday- for a chance to win QKR images.  Take a look at the creative gallery by the DT members! I selected this Hobbling Frog and matching sentiment.  Right now I have no recipient in mind, but every once in a while I have a friend with a broken ankle or hip replacement and this would be perfect.  I figure it could go for a guy or a gal!  Some where I heard that green is not a good get well color - but I figured I needed a green froggie!  This fun DP was in a huge tub of material from a yard sale.  I added some gems and a leafy circle die cut.  I have lots of embellishments I like, but these tiny gems are among my favorites - they add some pizzazz but not too much bulk.
Sketch:   Catch the Bug Stella Says Sketch
Colored image:       Live Laugh Stamp
Animal acting human:    Dis Digi Designs
 3 of something:   Morgans Artworld
Use a die:     Crafty Sentiments
                    Paper Shelter.
Wild (frog):   Simon Says Wednesday
 Any:    Classic Design Team
             Digital Delights
             Incy Wincy
              Ispiration Destination
             Crafting by Designs 
             Patties Creations

SCS - Dare to get Dirty vintage - Kellyjg

I am catching up on posting cards that are also in my SplitCoastStampers gallery.  This was originally posted Sun, Aug, 7.  I used a page from a book and sprayed with Walnut ink - it sprays in drips but I guess that adds to the character!  This has two stamped panels and I added twine.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday 
Text:    Stampotique    (5 CH limit)
Take Two:    Love to Scrap 
Any: Word Art Wednesday
          Incy Wincy

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

SCS Stampersandee ThankYou

I am catching up on adding Dare to get Dirty cards to my blog - I actually did complete all 42 in 8 days.  Yeah!  This was first posted in my SCS gallery on Aug. 6.  I used a stencil and chalk for the bg for this big SU stamp from 1993.
Pastel:  Hiding in my Craftroom
Geometric: Creative With Stamps
CAS:   Stamplorations


SCS DTGD Benzi - z fold Christmas Card

Front view -Double Z

The card opens in the center, and the ribbon keeps it closed.
This card was so easy to make - I will probably make several for family members. The cs is dark blue and white.

First posted in my SCS gallery on Aug. 7

Below - view of open card.
 Favorite color combo:  Creative Knockouts
 Any:   Great Impressions
Any, with stamp:   Penny Black at Allsorts 

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

SCS Dare to Get dirty - SPotlight Christmas

Image:QKR digi; chalk pencil, textured blue cs, ribbon, gems, circle dies.  Blue and white has become a favorite!  This will go to a family member at Christmas.
Sketch:   Share Joy
 Fave color combo:  Creative Knockouts

SCS Dare to get dirty bookmark - Stamper Robin

This book mark uses spray starch, powdered chalk and plastic wrap - here on black shiny cs. I need to play around with this idea some more.   I added a Cheery Lynn dragonfly and some cord, then cut in a tag shape.  From my SCS gallery 8-8.
Basically, the technique is to spray cs with starch, add some color medium in colors and "design" desired; spray again with starch. In this example, I used 3-4 coordinating colors of powdered chalk, sprinkled on the starch.    You may choose to top with crumpled plastic wrap, perhaps smooshing it around a bit and allow to dry -this takes a while. I am sure using white glossy cs
Nature:  Cheery Lynn
Make your own background:  Pile it on Challenge
Not a card - mixed media:  Stamplorations
Anything but a card:   Creative Corner
                                        Reasonable Ribbon  
Any, with chalk:    Chalk n Stock
Any:   Incy Wincy

Monday, August 8, 2016

SCS Dare to Get Dirty - jbgreendawn - birthday

This is another entry in the Splitcoaststampers Dare to Get Dirty challenge.  I think I am going to get to complete all 40!  This challenge is by Stacy, jbgreendawn - originally posted in SCS Aug. 6.   Flowers are by All Night Media, and the sentiment by Inkadinkado - it looks like flowers ere picked during a walk in the garden: 
 Sketch:  Watercooler
Garden:    Fussy and Fancy
Flowers:    Crafters Cafe
Inspiration:   Cupcake Inspirations
Colors (pink, green, blue, cream)  Your Next Stamp

Sunday, August 7, 2016

SCS Dirty Girl challenges - Jacqueline

I will send this to the daughter of friends - she is just completing her basic training.  The image is Imagine that; the background spattered reinkers.  This was originally posted for Dare to Get Dirty at Splitcoaststampers on Aug. 7.
Sketch:   Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Colored image:    Live Laugh Stamp
Make Your Background:    Pile it on Challenge

SCS Dare to Get Dirty - Nancy Litrell

When I saw the stencil on paper I realized it would fit the background for the Mojo sketch, so I have one more entry.  I always like to start with a sketch, so I appreciate the availability of the Mojp cktch this week!  The image is from Beccy's place, and I added Washi tape and a gem.
Sketch:   Mojo Monday
Humor:   Crafting-with-dragonflies

SCS DTGD by basement stamper - pizza guy

I had not really planned to do this card for the Mojo Monday sketch, but after I worked with it I realized it did fit the sketch - I am coming back a lot as I am trying to do the 40 challenges of the Splitcoaststampers Dare to get Dirty Fan Club challenge this week  - I got behind but I think I will make it.  This is a Dearie Doll image, and the DP issome of my hoard by AMuse.
Sketch:   Mojo Monday
Any:     Stamped Blessings - not eligible as I forgot digis are not allowed

Saturday, August 6, 2016

SCS Dare to Get Dirty challenge continues - Cathe Mac

Digis by QKR;  ProvoCraft DP; Nesties circle dies, Gel pens, shiny gems, AMuse pink cs.
Sketch:    Die Cuttin Divas
Pink & Girlie:   Cute Daisymay
Any:  Stamped Blessings

SCS Dare to get Dirty challenges - stampersandee's

Yea!  I got another Christmas card made.  This uses and image by QKR and sentiment by Studio G.  The embossing is Cuttlebug, and I added a bit of burlap.
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
Christmas:   Fab n Funky

Friday, August 5, 2016

SCS Dare to get Dirty - Scrapawayg3

I always need sympathy cards in my stash, unfortunately.  I prefer fairly simple ones, and this challenge and sketch worked well.  If you look through my blog you will see many cards with lots of white embossed areas - for me, that is a favorite embellishment.
Recipe:   watercolor Daisy by Hampton Art; colored with Twinkling H20; Darice butterfly embossing gold stickles and ribbon; metallic gold cs for mat; purple cs.
Sketch:  Stella Says Sketch
Colored image:   Crafting Circle
Fave Embellishment:   Crafty Friends 
Butterfly:   Glitter n Sparkle
Any:   Incy Wincy 
           Southern Girls


QKR - Things with Wings (DT card) meets SCS Dare to Get Dirty - TexasGrammy

The weekly challenge at  QKR Stampede is "things with wings".  I have used this image before, but I like penguins, black and white, and COOL!  (We have had mostly 100+ temps the past couple of months!)  The image is Penguin on Ice by QKR, and the sentiment is from the sister company Eureka. I made my own background using a spatter technique with an aqua pen and black re-inker.  I added a favorite sparkly cord and shiny gem, as well as some glitter on the ice.
Sketch:    Tuesday Morning Sketches
Creatures:     Delicious Doodles
Sparkle:    Allsorts
Glitter:      Sparkle n Sprinkle 
Summer:   Animal Friends
Hot summer days:   Country View 
Favorite embellishment:  Crafty Friends
Any:    Doodle Pantry 
            Jo's Scrapshack 
            Digital Delights 
            A Bit More Time to Craft
            Classic Design Team

Thursday, August 4, 2016

SCS Dare to Get Dirty challenge - a summer scene

This YNS sketch uses random circles - randomness is not my strong suit!  But I tried...!
Recipe:  AI pop-up, stickles, shiny gems, Twinkling H20 (to enhance pre-colored image); shiny gems; Cutlebug die for "hi".  This is for the SplitCoastStampers Dare to Get Dirty - the hostess for this challenge is Just Write Designs.
Sketch/colors:  Your Next Stamp  
Sparkle:     Art Impressions
Beach:         Creatalicious   
By the sea:   Frilly and Funkie
Any:            Polkadoodle


SCS Dare to Get Dirty - Christmas for Stamping Queen JAR

The week long Dare to Get Dirty challenge at SplitCoastStampers continues.  If you are a member of the Fan Club (fee required) you may participate for fun and prizes.  The deadline is Aug. 8.  I created this Christmas card for Stamping Queen JAR's challenge.
Since I am addicted to embossing folders (try to find a week when I did not use several LOL!) I found a new technique to try.  There is a tutorial here:  foil embossing.  I covered the piece of cs with kitchen foil - cut a bit larger and tape the excess on the back.  You can ink up the folder, but I wanted the shiny result so I left it plain.  What great embossing!  Every year I  plan to look for a star folder, but, here I am, using snowflakes again!  If you know of a full page star folder, please let me know.   I added a bit of blue ribbon, some Cheery Lynn pine branches, and a star brad that I glittered up.
Sketch:    Mojo Monday
Glitter:    Allsorts
                Sparkle n Sprinkle
Christmas:   Sweet Stampin 
                      Crafty Hazelnuts Christmas Challenge
Any:   Jo's Scrapshack

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

SCS Dare to Get Dirty - LMcAree challenge

Recipe:  Cuttlebug embossing folder and die; chalk, Washi tape.
This is part of a series of cards I am using to send to members of the Visitation team at church.
Sketch:   Share Joy  (5 challenges max)
Monochrome:  Through the Purple Haze
Flowers:   Crafters Cafe
Any:   Creative Knockouts

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

SCS Dare to get Dirty -Kathy Curry challenge

I managed to complete another entry for the Dare to Get Dirty week long challenge at SplitCoastStampers.  This is for the challenge sponsored by my WishRAK friend Kathy Curry,  Recipe:  AI image colored with water color pencils; SU Fundamental Phrases; a scrap of DP, blue Washi tape; a button shaped brad'
Sketch:   Mojo Monday
Summer:   Art Impressions
Summer treats:     Star Stampz              

SCS Dare to Get Dirty - stampersandee challenge

This is another of the week-long challenges  at SplitCoaststampers for Fan Club members (fee required).  I am hoping to complete the 40+ challenges, but it is looking less and less likely!
Stamp by Belse; colored with Twinkling H20 - Playful Peony; LifeStyle Crafts embossing folder; Spellbinder banner dies; brads.  IRL the embossed layer is more pink than red!
Sketch:   Catch the Bug - Stella
Animal:   Pink Gem
Pink:  In the Pink
Cat:   Show us your Pussies

summer - Another SCS Dare to get Dirty challenge

Recipe:  Art Impressions Pop Up; leather-like blue cs; SU Fundamental phrase; shiny blue gems; chalk to add "waves" to the water.  This SCS Fan Club Dare to Get Dirty challenge hostess is aislinnshannara.
Sketch    House that Stamps Built
Summer:    Art Impressions
Beach :     Creatalicious
Birthday:     Fresh Brewed Designs

SCS Dare to Get Dirty Challenge

The Dare to Get Dirty challenges at SplitCoastStampers continue through the end of the week - Aug. 8 is the deadline for submitting entries.  There will be some 40 challenges.  I had hoped to do them all but am more and more behind!  For this card I used a watercoloring technique (on watercolor paper) to achieve a vintage look.  I chose to use this very underutilized stamp be Inkadinkado,  The backing is a selection from the DCWV Heirloom collection.  I added a bit of Washi tape, sticker strip  and sequins for finishing touches.  The finished card is 4.75x7.  The hostess for this challenge is ohmypaper!
Sketch:    Mojo Monday
Any; Touch of vintage:   Julia Spiri
Any:  DLArt 
          Inspiration Destination
          Creative Knockouts


Monday, August 1, 2016

SCS Dare to Get Dirty - challenge by VDutchr

I need to use every opportunity to get some Christmas cards made!
Main image - Stampabilities; starry stamp (bg)- Rubber Stampede; embossing folder - Sizzix (Tim Holtz); gold ribbon;  Cheery Lynn cloud die cuts.
Sketch #342:  Sketch Saturday
Naked Stamping:   DRS
Embossing:  Broken Fairy 
Christmas:   Cheery Lynn
                       Mod Squad
                       Sweet Stampin
Any:               Word Art Wednesday 


SCS Dare to Get Dirty - an anniversary card

If you are a member of SplitCoastStampers and have joined the Fan Club (fee required), you are eligible to participate in the week long Fan club Dirty Girl challenges.  There are 40 some different challenges and lots of prizes.  I think the deadline is Aug. 8.
Yesterday at church I heard that friends are celebrating their 61st anniversary - if you look at my blog regularly you see lots of big numbers here Tee hee!  Since we are residents of the AZ desert, I thought a  palm tree theme would be appropriate, and I used some DP (Debbie Mumm) that has been languishing in my drawer for a lon time!  I did some of the cuts with the dull blade I keep to create rough edges. Both stamps are SU - Balmy Breezes and Fundamental Phrases.  I used watercolor pencils for the image; Cuttlebug die numbers, and a bit of Washi tape. (At this rate I will have Washi tape for the next 50 years LOL!)  Even though we have palm trees all year long, they still make me think of summer and the 110 days we have been having.
Sketch #258:  Sketch Saturday
Summer:   Cuttlebug Mania
Use a number (sadly, this is closing):   Chocolate Coffee Cards
Any:    Inspiration Destination