Tuesday, August 20, 2019

For Anna

This is for our granddaughter who is an elementary teacher.  I know that she really encourage reading so when I saw the TLC image I realized it would be perfect.  Then I found this little pack of  Mary Engelbreit school papers (by Studio8)  on the top of my stack just waiting to be used.  To accommodate the image and the 6x6 papers, I made a square card.  The center part of the DP is embossed with the Cuttlebug happy birthday folder. (FYI - the main layer with the book border is all one piece.)  The bottom strip is a bit of another sheet in this set.
Sketch ( turned):   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Back to school:   Angies Digital Stamps 
Any:    Digi Choosday.
             Lemon Shortbread
              Through the Craft Room Door
              Pink Gem 
              Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Crafter's Cafe Challenge #225 ~ Dots and/or Stripes OR I spy with my little Eye something beginning with A

Sketch #165  for Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
The current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe features easy-peasy options - dots and/or stripes OR something with A.  Actually, I used all of them for my example.  I chose the pre-colored image called Ambrose Dunderton from Dr Digi, for the letter "A".  I can always use an image for guys!  I also appreciate the availability of pre-colored images.  With my advancing macular degeneration I find it is increasingly difficult to do a decent job of coloring images.  (Monthly shots are helping, but I do not see edges line up straight!!)
I hope you will join us over the next couple of weeks.  You can enter 5 times, entering no more than 11 challenges,  and there is a chance to win some digis.
Sketch:    Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
 Any:         Through the Craft Room Door
                   Creative Fingers 
                   Scrappers Delights 
                   Crafty Calendar 
                   Morgans Art World 
                   Digi Choosday

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Hanna's shower

Our grandson and his wife are expecting their first child in November.   just happens to be our first great grandchild.  There will be a shower in a few days, so this is the card which has already been sent off.  They are not revealing the sex, so I tried to make this neutral.  I realize that on the screen the buggy looks blue, but IRL it is purple - a color chosen to go with the bg paper and the brads.  This image has been in my files for a while - credited to Kinda Cute Cards.  I colored with Prismas.  The DP is by Paper Studio, and I used the fancy ovals from Spellbinders to back the fussy cut image.  I think I obtained the jar full of baby brads as pert of a yard sale combo purchase -  I have few baby cards to make so was glad of a chance to use some...including the Hugs.  The strip behind the image is from a roll of wide gold mesh ribbon.
Challenges entered:   
Sketch:   The House that Stamps Built
Any:   Pink Gem Challenge 
            Cards Galore Challenges 

Thursday, August 1, 2019

DT card for Crafter's Cafe Challenge #224 - ribbon and lace or Steampunk

The new challenge at the Crafter's Cafe is to use ribbon and lace, or, if you wish, create something with a Steampunk theme.  I chose this cute image from Sheepski Designs called Smile.  It seems to me that a somewhat feminine design suits this cutie very well!
This image is a digi in black and white.  I enhanced the outline using a moderately wet aqua pen along the ink lines.  The eyes and nose were done with black Twinkling H2O.  The Happy Birthday is embossed with a Cuttlebug embossing folder, and I used a Spellbinder Labels die to cut the background for the image.  The strips are all ribbon from my collection.  Like many of you, I could make a card with this format every day for years and have more than enough ribbon!  The horizontal strip is dark gold lace over black cs.
 Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Any (with Spellbinder die):   Scrapyland
 Critters  (with a die):   Cut it Up
 Animal:   Crafting Happiness
Furry Friends:   Tuesday Throwdown
Any:   Simon Says Stamp 


Monday, July 15, 2019

The Crafter's Cafe challenge #223 ~ Animal and/or ATC

Sweet Sketch Wednesday

 The current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe is to use an animal theme, and/or create an ATC.  With our temperatures in Phoenix area peaking around 110 this week, I thought maybe this cute p\Penguin on Ice from Eureka ( a sponsor) might cool us off.  (It is available as a digi or a rubber stamp.)  Not sure it is working!!!  I added some sparkle to the ice. and used am embossed background.  Black aBirthday:nd white cards are a favorite of mine.  This may go to our sister-in-law.  Several years ago we took a cruise with hubby's brother and his wife.  We sailed among the icebergs around Antarctica, and took some sightseeing trips in South America that included penguin colonies.  This will be a reminder of this fun trip.
Please join these challenges!
 This fortnight we are linking up with Double Trouble
Check out the blog
If you also add your project to the Double Trouble Challenge you will increase your chance at a prize.    Double Dare says, "If you have created a special occasion kid and/or baby project and have included a zoo animal, I dare you to enter the "Crafter's CafĂ© Challenge #223."
Though my card will be sent to an adult, it would also be suitable for a child.  There are certainly plnty of penguins in zoos!
Challenges entered:
Sketch:    Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Birthday for a child; zoo animal :  Double Trouble Challenge
 Birthday:   Art Impressions
Any:   Crafting With an Attitude 

Monday, July 1, 2019

HappyBirthday, Terry

Perfect for our son-in-law.  He loves to fish!
Oval dies - Spellbinder'
Image -  Bugaboo - Gus, the fish whisperer  (watercolored)
DP -  Karen Foster, Gone Fishing
Washi Tape
Sketch:  Catch the Bug
Birthday:   Diecuttindivas
Any:   Dies r Us 
             Die Cut Divas

DT card for Challenge #222 ~ Out of this World and/or Patchwork

For the current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe you  have a choice of "Out of this World"  or "Patchwork" - or you can combine them, as I have here.  I figure this Bootastical image from Creative Bug on the Loose is pretty much out of this world.  I used up some bits and pieces of a Halloween paper stack for the Patchwork background. For separation, I tore some of the edges, and added sticker strips for others.  A bit of black ribbon and a Basic Grey acrylic sticker complete the Halloween card.
Sketch:  Catch the bug
Any:   Crafty Sentiments
            Lil Patch of Crafty Friends

Saturday, June 15, 2019

DT card for Crafter's Cafe challenge 221- masculine

This cute robot could work for a child or adult - I think it works well for some one when the usual car, golf, or fishing don't apply!  The image is called Bob, from Sheepski Design, a sponsor for the current challenge at The Crafter's Cafe The theme this time is boys/men, or rain/sun (weather) ... or both!  I shaded the image by using a wet aqua pen.  This added the touch of color I wanted.  The metallic background embossing is from a folder by Darice, and the sentiment is Sparkle 'n Sprinkle  Die cuts are by Spellbinders.  The horizontal stripe is Washi tape, and the vertical panel uses metallic ribbon.  Though this looks blue, it is actually silver and black.
Sketch (In honor of their 10th anniversary, Sketch #1 is revisited!):   Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Men/boys:   Crafty Gals Corner
Tic Tac Toe - left column:  Cuttlebug Mania
Any:   Digichoosday
           Lemon Shortbread
           Aud Sentiments
           Crafting With an Attitude
           A Perfect Time to Craft    
           Word Art Wednesday

Saturday, June 1, 2019

Crafter's Cafe Challenge #220

The new challenge at the Crafter's Cafe is to use embossing, or have girls/women as a theme.  I selected girls/women.  The practical reason is that I needed a special graduation card for our granddaughter.  The paper from  DeCosse's Dynamite Doodles, In Flight,  complemented the image from Julia Spiri ~Aviator Cat  I also used the sentiment from the set Nothing is Impossible.  I followed the suggestion of the artist and divided the sentiment - line 2 (Nothing is Impossible) is inside.  Our GD likes her cat, but she will have to leave him behind as she heads for fighter pilot training in a couple of months.  I used Spellbinder dies for the circles.
Sketch:  Mojo-Monday
Any:    Pink Gem Challenge
             Digi Choosday 
             Show us your pussies
             Through the Craft Room Door
             Scrapy land- 
             Simon says stamp Wednesday Challenge
             Word Art Wednesday


Monday, May 20, 2019

For USAFA grads

Next week our granddaughter graduates from the Air Force Academy.  We have met several of her friends, and I want to share this card with them.  I saw this Julia Spiri Aviator Cai image on Facebook, and had to have it - Granddaughter and some of her friends are headed to the AF Pilot training after graduation.  The logo is from the AF site.  The die cut is by Spellbinders.
Sketch:  Stella Says Sketch
Any, with a vendor die:  Scrapyland
Any, with a cat: Show us your Pussies

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Crafter's Cafe DT card for Challenge #219

 We hope you will join us for the current two week challenge at the Crafter's Cafe.  There are several options to choose from.  You may do a shaker card, a tag, or include something I spy with my little eye ~ something beginning with M -or any combination of these.  I chose a Motivational Message from Scribbles - suitable for a graduate.
I used dies from Spellbinders.  The subtle DP is from Recollections, and the stickers from Paper Wishes. I also used bits of Washi Tape.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Crafter's Cafe ~ DT card for May 1

have not posted much recently - I have been spending time at the hospital and a rehab center..my husband fell and broke his hip three weeks ago.  He is progressing ell, but will need a lot of time to recover.  That is not so easy at age 86.
This card is my design team card for the current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe - your creation should have a background you made yourself, and/or use dies or punches.  My background is made with an embossing folder, and I used Labels2 dies by Spellbinder.  The images are from a set provided by Sparkle and Sprinkle.  The main image is a pre-colored digi, and I used a bit of the same image in the black and white form.  The sentiment is one of several from this Spring Floral set.  I added some clear glitter to the flowers - and elsewhere, to be honest.

Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
Use glitter: 

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Spencer's graduation

More later...
For our oldest grandson, who graduates from med school...

Sunday, March 31, 2019

The Crafter's Cafe challenge - time or traffic lights

The current Crafter's Cafe challenge gives a choice - use time as a theme, or traffic lights as a color choice - red, amber, green.  Or really challenge yourself and combine the two!  I used this image from the sponsor - Scribbles.  I am addicted to cappuccino so it is a natural!  I found the bg paper in my Scribbles folder from a while back.  The middle panel is a piece of packing 'filler".  I have saved some of those hot cup sleeves, but could not locate their hiding place.  I thought this paper gave that look. 
Sketch # 323:  Sketch Saturday

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Happy birthday Deb

Maybe not the usual birthday card, but our daughter lives near the front range of CO - they have had a lot of snow and were without power for 2 days - am sure she is ready for spring!  This is  a lovely new image from TLC. The main bg papers are from a pad by Recollections - I like the subtle coloring.  The dies are a labels set from Spellbinders.
Sketch:    Stella Says Sketch
Flowers:    Crafting by designs
Any   Scrapyland 
           Word Art 
            Cute Daisymay 

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Ready for spring

First of all, thoughts and prayers to all who have been experiencing such bad weather and natural disasters, as well as to the families of victims of attacks.  We used to live in Omaha so those images of flooding are especially troubling to us.
This pre-colored image from Beccy's place is a favorite even though I am not a cyclist.  She looks like she is  ready for spring, having so much fun, and is carrying her basket of goodies home from the market, perhaps.  It also gave me an excuse to use a bit of Washi tape that I have had for some time.  I also used favorite oval dies from Spellbinders and two patterned papers.
Food (in basket):  Beccy's Challenges
For the ladies:  Dies r us 
                           Crafty friends
Hello, spring:    Cut it Up
 Patterned papers:  Your Next Stamp  
                                                                        Favorite image/die  Allsorts 
:                                                                       Any:   Jo's Scrapshack

Inside card

Friday, March 15, 2019

Crafter's Cafe Challenge #215 - Borders OR Include some Metal

The current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe is to use metal or show a border - or both.  I used this sentiment from Decosses Dynamite Doodles as a border - than added a border to that using black ribbon topped with silver metallic ric-rac.  The soda can stick on also has touches of silver.
Sketch:  Stamploration

Friday, March 1, 2019

The Crafter's Cafe Challenge #214 - Birds and/or CAS with blue

I used the Cuddly Penguin from Doctor Digi's collection for my bird image.  It is pre-colored - a big help for my failing eyesight.  The sentiment is also from Doctor Digi - in a group called funny sentiments.  The image is die cut with Labels 4 by Spellbinders.  I used striped Washi tape and some paper from my stash as well as a snowflake embossing folder  to complete the card. Please stop by the Crafter's Cafe blog to see what my team mates have come up with, and to join us in this challenge - wth a bird or CAS using blue - or combine the two!
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday.
Birds (and/or bees):  Dies r us
Any, with vendor dies:   Scrapyland-blog.
 Any:   Corrosive Challenges
             Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
              Through the Craft Room Door
               Crafty Creations  


Friday, February 15, 2019

Feb 15 challenge at the Crafter's Cafe

Lil patch of CaftyFriends
The current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe is to use embossing and/or fancy folds - take your pick!  I chose to emboss the background - this time, I embossed both the pink mat and the white layer using a Quick Cutz Vine folder.  The image is the Old Roses Frame  from our sponsor Morgan's Art World.  If you look at the other DT designs you will notice that I flipped the image - I think it works either way!  You will also notice that I am still struggling with coloring due to macular degeneration,  I used Twinkling H2O's for a shiny finish. This is inspired by the song "Red Roses for a Blue Lady".   I hope we see you at the challenge!
 All things bright and beautiful:  Stamping Sensations
 Anything but a Square:  Addicted-to-stamps-
Typography:   Smon Says Stamp Monday
Love Song:   Cut it up 
Any:  Lil Patch of crafty friends
            Crafters Castle
             Corrosive Challenges  

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Conratulations Ethan and Rachel

This is a non traditional card for our grandson and his fiancee;s wedding. It is meant to mimic the non traditional invitation.   I hope they like it!  The tree is from a long time favorite Stampin' Up set, and the swirls are by Die Namics, Oh, yes, I finally figured out another way to use the Majestic Element ovals by Spellbiinders.  I cut the oval from the patterned paper, and inserted the cut oval back in to the space - the dark green background peeks through enough to show off the intricate design.

Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Any:  Scrapy Land
           Crafters Castle
            Corrosive Challenges 

Sunday, February 10, 2019

For Luther's family

Once again, I need a sympathy card.  This is for a family whose faith is strong, so I wanted to share a message proclaiming the peace and joy of the certainty of eternal life.  The verse is by Word Art, and I used papers from a stack called Faith.  The oval dies are from Spellbinders.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Red (burgundy):   Dies r us
Any:   Crafty Sentiments
            Lemon Shortbread
             Scrapy Land
             Word Art Wednesday  

Friday, February 1, 2019

F is for Funny or Forest Green


The current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe offers a couple of options:   Fairy Tale     OR
I spy with my little Eye something beginning with F   Please join us for a chance to win a prize!
 I selected a collection of Funny Sentiments from Dr. Digi, which can be found HERE .  .  I can definitely relate to this one!  I also used some Forest green, and you can detect several numbers beginning with "F".
Any:   Simonsaysstampblog Wednesday
            Creative Moments.

Sweet Sketch Wednesday2

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Congratulations, Anna and Josh

This is to send congratulations to a granddaughter on her recent engagement.  What a happy event!  The sentiment is from QKR Stampede.  I used a heart embossing folder from Darice, some brads from me stash, and Spellbinder circle dies.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Love is in the Air:   Simon Says Stamp Monday 
Any;hearts:   Creatalicious

For Schnoor Family

Sweet Sketch Wednesday2

This is for the family of a friend and long time church member who recently passed away.  We are grateful for his strong faith and many contributions to our church.  This Sweet n Sassy digital (colored with pencils) conveys the message we wanted to send.
Sketch:   Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
Any:  Word Art Wednesday
            Corrosive Challenges
            Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 

Friday, January 25, 2019

God is good

This is a statement made often by members of our church, so I decided to create a template I can use on thinking of you cards for some members.  For backing, I used some pieces from a DCWV stack I have had for a while.  There are 8 layers.  I used Spellbinder dies for the circles.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Layer it up:   Crafting by Designs
Any, with vendor die:   Scrapyland Blog
Colors of winter:   Your Next Stamp
Any:    Angies
             Word Art Wednesday

Monday, January 21, 2019

Welcome new members

Another card to welcome new members to our church.  The verse is from Word Art; sentiment is computer generated; corner panels are embossed and die cut from a Spellbinder die.
Embossing:  Tuesday Throwdown
Quote - referencing hope:  Words2craftby
Any:   Through the Craft Room Door
 Sketch (twist):   Sweet Sketch Wednesday2

Saturday, January 19, 2019

For Janet

Here is another card using some of the new to me pre folded 5.5 x 8.5 card bases.  The pre-coloredimage is from my files - originally from a site called Antique Images.  The two panels are textured ribbon, and the dies are Spellbinders.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Any, with a die:   Scrapy Land 
New:    Whoopsi Daisy
           Pammies Inky Pinkies
            Corrosive Challenges

Friday, January 18, 2019

Welcome to our church

I am hoping to be more involved in a card ministry at our church.  This will be a card to welcome new members.  The Scripture is from Word Art, and the sentiment is computer generated.  I added a dragonfly charm - just because I have  a whole packet of them I have not yet used!!!
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Quote:   Incy Wincy
Quote - referencing hope:  Words2craftby
Any:   Pammies Inky Pinkies 

Any:   Word Art Wednesday

Thursday, January 17, 2019

HB, Leah

Our 20 something granddaughter was in Peru a few weeks ago, and fell in love with llamas.  I found this cute image on line - perfect with the pink/purple coloring.  The purple polka dotted cs is white on the reverse side - perfect for printing the verse on the inside.  I added some sequins and glitter for a bit of sparkle.  The die cuts are from Spellbinders.
Sketch:    Sketch Saturday\
Any, with a die:   Scrapyland
Land animal:   Pile it on Challenge
Animal:   Stamplorations 
New image:   Dies r us 
Any:   Through the craft room door
            Lemon Shortbread 

Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Crafter's Cafe Jan. 15 challenge

For the new year, the Crafter's Cafe is beginning a series of dual themes - choose whichever you prefer!  The mid month challenge offers the option of "layer it up" or CAS, using yellow.  I chose to do layers - I counted eight.  The image is Heart Bouquet by Creative Bug.
I used watercolor pencils to color the hearts.  The papers are from a pad of Valentine DP by Martha Steward - one I have had for several years.  The dotted strips are Washi tape.
Sketch:  Cheerful Sketches
Any:   Corrosive Challenges 
            Dream Valley
            Cute Daisymay

Friday, January 11, 2019

Humor for Anne

This is for the Tuesday Tea Pot party at SplitCoastStampers.  We are sending cheer to Anne this week.  If you would like to join us, look here for details.  The added challenge is to do a humorous card, with a touch of red if possible.
Pre colored digi by Dearie dolls; computer sentiment; DP by AMuse; stitched ribbon; Darice embossing folder.  I have had the image in my files for a while but this is the first time I printed it, so it is new to me. 
Sketch:    Stella Says Sketch
New:   Dragonfly journey
            Simon Says Stamp Monday
            Whoopsie Daisy 
Any:   Corrosive Challenge 
            Dream Valley 


Monday, January 7, 2019

another 5.5x8.5

Image - TLC pre-colored digi; silver mesh ribbon; narrow blue ribbon; brand new Quick Kutz die

Sketch:    Sweet Sketch Wednesday2
New:      Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge
                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge 

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Thanks to Evelyn

This is similar to yesterday's card  the sketch and bg are different.
Image - TLC pre colored freebie;  papers - Lily of the Valley; Recolllections watercolor; die cut by Cheery Lynn.
New - scored card base (a friend got a new box full at a yard sale and gave it to me).  I seldom make 8.5 x 5.5 cards, but this included 100 envelopes so I may as well use them!  I will give this card - and more - to her as a thank you.
New:  the TLC image has been in my file but this is my first time to use it.

Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
New:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any - with vendor die cut:    Scrapy land
                                                Dies r Us: 
Any:  Word Art Wednesday 

Saturday, January 5, 2019

For Art and Mary

This is for friends who are experiencing health issuesl
Image - TLC pre colored freebie;  papers - Lily of the Valley; Recolllections watercolor; die cut by Cheery Lynn.
New - scored card base (a friend got a new box full at a yard sale and gave it to me).  I seldom make 8.5 x 5.5 cards, but this included 100 envelopes so I may as well use them!
New:  the TLC image has been in my file but this is my first time to use it.
Resolutions: 1) - to do a better job of remembering friends and church members in need of a lift;     2) -to stop hoarding my supplies (e.g. - the papers here) - with my advancing macular degeneration I may as well use them as I probably do  not have years and years of card making left.    3)  get back to regular card making.
Sketch:   Feeling-Sketchy
New:   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Resolution:   Cut it Up
Any - with vendor die cut:    Scrapy land
                                                Dies r Us: 
Any:  Word Art Wednesday