Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sympathy card for Janine

This card will go to a friend from church whose mother passed away this week.  Until recently, her 88 year old mother joined our quilting group to help as she was able, so this loss has touched us all.
Image - Lily Cross digi by QKR Stampede;  WeRMemoryKeepers leafy embossing folder;  Darice Sympathy embossing folder; C.C. Designs butterfly die; Spellbinder oval diesdenim blue cs; coloring of image and edging of oval and sympathy panel - water color pencils and aqua pen;  corner rounder punch; pale blue sheer ribbon.
Sketch (shapes were changed):    VLV
Water color; blue; kindness:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
D - denim blue, die, digi & butterfly:   Butterfly Spot
Hand colored image:   Star Stampz
Sympathy:   Pink Gem 
Any (die, punch optional):  Creatalicious
Any:  House that Stamps Built
           Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
           Word Art Wednesday

Friday, April 27, 2018

Life is Sweeter - DT card for QKR Stampede ATG challenge #293


It is Friday, and time for another challenge at QKR Stampede - once again, anything goes.  You may enter as many as 3 times.  There is one category for using QKR/Eureka images, and another for any stamp.  We hope to see you!  Stop by and check out the inspiration by all the team members.
I dug into my stash and found some cute papers to back up this adorable image.  The tiny flowers are cut with Cheery Lynn dies, and I added a bit of Washi tape and a shiny gold strip.  Both the image and sentiment are from Eureka, a division of QKR.  IRL the backing is more orange than it appears on the screen.
Sketch, with orange:    Cuttlebug Mania   
Flowers:   Simon Says Stamp Monday 
                  Whoopsi Daisy
Small flowers:    Pile it On  
Colored image:    My Creative Scoop
Colors:    Cupcake Inspiration
                 Give a Crafter a Cookie 
Any:     Paper Nest Dolls
              Die-cut- Divas 
              Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
               Word Art

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

A jewelled birthday

This is one of my favorite jewel tones - I have used shades of shiny teal CS.  I dug out some matching Robin drops - they have been gathering dust and I need to do something with them!  I sanded the embossing folder, and distressed the edges.  The die cut is from Couture Creations - a set I have had a while and neglected to use. much   I added punched flowers.
Sketch:  Stick it Down
Elegant jewels:   Frilly and Funkie
Mood board (lower right photo):   Sum More Fun
Shiny:    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday

Monday, April 23, 2018

Through the kitchen window


I did not seem to have many supplies to create a kitchen scene, so I decided we could look through the kitchen window to see what has been baked - lo and behold,  there are some yummy looking cakes, and there are some  flowers in the window box.  I used a diagonal stripe embossing folder but turned it to create siding for the house.  There are some butterflies fluttering around (Washi tape).and pearls and gems to add a bit of bling.   The window die is by Poppycraft.
Baking/kitchen scene:   Cuttlebug Mania
Sketch:   VLV Sketches.
Cupcake inspiration:    Cupcake Inspirations
Any, with SL die brand:   Scrapyland
Any:   Pinspirational

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Experimenting with monogram

This is my first time using a monogram stamp - at a yard sale my neighbor gave me such a good deal I could not resist - now I need to use them.  I thought I could add a sentiment later - maybe for a thank you, or just a note.  The label says PSX.  The dies are Labels Five, and I used watercolors on the image.   The butterflies are punched.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Black and white, one color:    Penny Black at Allsorts
B&W, one color - inspired by yellow and shape of "arrangement"   Artasticchallenge
D = Die:    Butterfly Spot Challenge
 Any:   Pammies
             Creates and Makes. 

Friday, April 20, 2018

Pink flower - DT card for QKR Stampede #292 - ATG

I hope you are ready for another anything goes challenge at QKR Stampede.  You may have up to 3 entries - deadline is Thursday, 6 pm EDT.  The winner can select 2 digis - and there are 3 images for a winner using QKR/Eureka images.  Check out the inspiration by my fellow team members at the QKR Stampede blog
 This image is called "flowers"; the sentiment is also from QKR Stampede.  I used watercolors, Washi tape, sheer ribbon, a small butterfly punch, circle dies, and paper from my stash.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Hand colored image:  Di's Digi Designs
                                      My Creative Scoop
Small butterflies:  House that Stamps Built
Small:   Pile it On
Spots/Dots:   Incy Wincy
Flowers:   Allsorts 
                  Love to Scrap
                  Rubber Buggy
                  Whoopsi Daisy 
Flower Power:   A2Z Scrapbooking 
Dies and punches:   Creatalicious
Pastel:    Star Stampz 
Die cut, Digi, Dimension:     Butterfly Spot
Any:     A Bit More Time
             Artistic Inspiration
             Paper Nest Dolls
             Crafters Castle
             Through the Craft Room Door  


Sunday, April 15, 2018

Guest DT for DS4J "Dropping in"

It is my honor to be the guest designer for the mid-month inspiration post at Digi Stamps 4 Joy.  The challenge is Anything Goes - with the option of bright colors.  I selected this image - "dropping in" - so I could use bright colors for the parachute. The details are here.  I wanted to make a card for our granddaughter.  She is a member of Wings of Blue at the US Air Force Academy.  At last count she had some 450 jumps.  Of course, her parachute is much more subdued!
The bright stars DP is Recollections.  I chose the darker bg paper to look like a night sky - but the details do not show up on the photo!  It is embossed with my new cloud embossing folder.  Dotted ribbon, red gems, and the die cut greeting (Cuttlebug) complete the look.
Challenges entered:

Sketch (reversed):    Feeling-Sketchy
ATG - opt. "me time":   Creative Moments 
ATG with a critter:    2 Crafty Critter Crazies
All creatures:    House that Stamps Built
Inspiration - colorful transportation:   Give a Crafter a Cookie
Any:   Crafters Castle

Surprise Kitty DT card for Crafter's Cafe World Art Day

This  is my DT card for the new challenge at the Crafter's Cafe.  We are recognizing World Art Day by creating works of art or using artistic techniques. That sounds like just about anything card makers would do - so be sure to get your entries in!    Take a look at the blog to see the artistic creations done by my fellow DT members as well as to check out the details of he challenge.
 Here is my framed portrait of Surprise Kitty by Knitty Kitty Digis.  You can buy this cute image at their store here.  I colored her with Prismas and Twinkling H20's- to add a bit of shimmer to the cake.  The words on the bg paper include "I love my kitty" and Purrrrrrrr....
Challenges entered
Sketch:   Cheerful Sketches
Critter:    2 Crafty Critter Crazies
Any cat:    Show us your Pussies
Any:   Creative Moments
            Crafters Castle. 
            Angies Digital Stamps

Friday, April 13, 2018

DT card for ATG at QKR Stampede - Gone Fishing - HB, Ethan

Spring time and fishing - they go hand in hand in my family - especially for our son, son-in-law and our grandsons.  I have used this image from QKR Stampede called Gone Fishing.  We hope you will join us at the QKR Stampede weekly challenge - you may add up to 3 entries by 3pm EDT Thursday.  You have a chance to win this or any QKR image. If you use a digi from QKR or Eureka you have another chance to win - 3 images for that!  Take a look here to see what my DT teammates have made to inspire you this week.
This is for my grandson's birthday.  He is a hot shot fireman and spending the summer in Alaska - looking forward to fishing if he ever gets a day off!  I colored the image with Prismas, and used a computer generated sentiment.   I used some fishing DP for the bg and added twine and tiny fish stickers - I am sure he hopes for something bigger!!!
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
Hand colored image:    Di's Digi Designs
                                        My Creative Scoop
"Me time (for grandson!!!)"  Creative Moments 
Critter:     2 Crafty Critter Crazies 
Spring:    Hiding in my Craft Room 
Think Small:   Pile it On 
Nature:   Incy Wincy \
Twine:   Double D Challenge
Masculine birthday:   Paper Girls
Birthday sentiment:    Aud Sentiments
Add texture (twine, stickers)   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any:   Artistic Inspirations 
           A Bit More Iime 
           Paper Nest Dolls


Monday, April 9, 2018

Tea Party - MMTPT506 for Libby

Here is another TeaPot Party  card - this time for 3 year old, Libby, in need of some cheer.  (I posted the card for her twin earlier.)   The superstar pre-colored digi is by Dearie Dolls.  Some washi tape, a sentiment by Cuttlebug and DP from my stash complete the card.
Sketch:  Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Encouragement:   Calling all Sistahs
Girl Power:    Paper Shelter
Any:   A Bit More Time to Craft 
           Through the Craft Room Door
           Inspiration Destination 

Sunday, April 8, 2018

TeaPot party for Jackson - MMTPT504

I am finally having a bit of time to catch up on some challenges.  This TeaPot party (SplitCoastStampers) is for Jackson.  He is an 8 year old with health issues and other problems - and is in need of some smiles.  I thought this smiley bouquet from QKR stampede would work.  I colored in watercolor pencil - and am not sure why the photo looks so bad!  IRL the pots and flower centers are not at all blotchy!  Oh, well...
The card is finished with Washi tape, some twine, and a sentiment die cut from Cuttlebug.  The DP is Recollections.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Trio (of flowers):   Simon Says Stamp Monday
Twine:     Double D
Any:    Inspiration Destination
            Crafty Sentiments  
            Crafty Gals Corner

TeaPot Party for Miles

Miles is a 3 year old twin who likes super heroes and is in need of some encouragement.  THis pre-colored digi by Dearie Dolls is perfect!  The Washi tape is really a pretty bright yellow and white.  I added a Cuttlebug sentiment.
Sketch:    Tuesday Morning Sketches

Friday, April 6, 2018

Re-do of Cuttlebug Mania DT card

I finally had a chance to do a few additional challenges.  This week Cuttlebug Mania featured cards from their first blog post 5 years ago.  I chose to do my version of Rachel's card.
I followed her layout, and used a large butterfly, but used dark brown, gold and cream. I like the layout, and the large butterfly - which I seldom have a chance to use!  I used my Platinum6 machine and a Cuttlebug die to do the floral strip just below the butterfly. All other elements are from a Kanban kit I have had for a few years - except the Hot Off the Press birthday sticker and a strip of Washi  tape.   IRL the sticker is gold, and the butterfly has more gold than appears here.
5th anniversary:  Cuttlebug Mania
Beauty of Nature:   Incy Wincy 
Wings:    Make my Monday
Any (10 CH max):   Polkadoodle.
                                  Paper Nest Dolls

Gatefold engagement card for grandson

 I don't make many cards with multiple folds  -  but our grandson's engagement is an event worth commemorating with a special card.  I used Spellbinder's Labels 4 die to cut the image and to create a window for it. I used my ScorPal to create the folds.   My "surprise" includes images of a firefighter and nurse (Dearie Dolls pre-colored) which I cut out and placed on the inner panels.  Our grandson is a hot shot firefighter - in Alaska this summer.  His fiancee is a travel nurse.  Both really enjoy the outdoors - fishing is a high priority - and I had enough of this paper for the front of the card.
The photos do not show this, but the base is double sided cs - I cut the mat and the letters from the side which also forms the back of the card.
I most likely will not make many of these cards - for me, very time consuming!  I realize the delicate image does not quite go with the outdoorsy DP - but I wanted to incorporate the heart theme as well as references to the interests of the couple.

Trio (3 visible Labels 4; 3 words):  Simon Says Stamp Monday
More than one score, with a surprise:   Scor-Pal
Gate fold card:   Art Impressions
Things that make me happy (family):   Cut it Up
Anything but square:   Delicious Doodles
Hand made bow:    Craft-dee Bowz  
Hero (hot shot firefighter, nurse):  Cardz4guyz
Any:  Digichoosday 

QKR Stampede Dt Card - ATG

I saw this image in the QKR shop and decided it would be a wonderful image to use - although I am not sure of what the occasion would be.  I think I will save it and give it to hubby for some non-occasion!  I am not into making home decor items, but it would be great for a poster.  My cup truly runneth over  -- sometimes, when the day is not going quite right, I need a reminder to thank God for all the blessings every day.
At any rate, this is my card for the challenge at QKR Stampede this week.  You may have a maximum of 3 entries.  The deadline is Thursday, 6 p.m. EDT. You may use any image, but show us your QKR/Eureka stamps and you have a chance to win in that category. 
I completed the card with ribbon, washi tape, a die cut button (with twine) from Hot off the Press, and DP from my stash.
Sketch (#357, April 18):   Sketch Saturday.
Bow:     Craft-dee Bowz
Twine:    Double D
Any:    Jo's Scrapshack.
              Creative Fingers
             Creates and Makes
             Crafty Gals Corner 
             Lemon Shortbread
             Crafty Hazelnuts Patterned Paper 
             Word Art Wednesday 

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Have a Blessed Easter

I am a bit late with the greeting - just not time to add to the blog!  We are having a good day - hubby's pain has eased a bit over the past couple of weeks and he is feeling more like getting out a little.  We attended the youth breakfast at church before services.  Otherwise it is a quiet day.  It is good to share with you the joy of the resurrection. 
Image and sentiment by QKR Stampede; Cuttlebug border die.
Sketch:    Your Next Stamp
Easter:     Cut it Up
                 Aud Sentiments
                 Deep Ocean
                 Die Cuttin Divas
Die Cuts (10 Ch Max):    Southern Girls
Any:    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday  
            Die-cut- Divas

DT card for challenge #193 at the Crafter's Cafe: sketch and/or colors

This time the challenge at the Crafter's Cafe offers an option - follow the sketch or use the colors blue, green and yellow - or combine them.  I have opted to use both.  This image, Birthday Crocodile from Lia Stamps, is perfect for the green - colored with water color pencils, Twinkling H2O, and an aqua pen.. I would not have thought of using blue, but I like the combo a lot - and the touches of yellow work well.  This spotty embossing folder, some Washi tape, and a plastic clip are finishing touches.  The sentiment is computer generated.
Stop by the Crafter's Cafe blog to see the inspiration by the DT, and to see details on how to win some great prizes!  You may enter as often as you wish, with unlimited challenges.  The deadline is Friday April 13.
Sketch -   Crafter's Cafe
Digi, using cool colors:   Paper Shelter. 
Any:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
           Cute Daisy May 
           Crafty Sentiments 
           Crafty Gals Corner 
           The Crafty Addicts 
           Not Just Cards  
           Jo's Scrapshack
           Inspiration Destination