Monday, December 9, 2019

Christmas 2019 - shabby

The edges are shabby, and I added burlap for a shabbier look.  I think the colors and shading also add to the feel.  T he starry bg paper is from the Hope and Fauth paper pad. No red or green in sight this time!
sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Non-traditional Christmas colors:  Mod Squad
Christmas:  Audsentiments 
                      Frilly and Funkie
Stars:   Simon Says Stamp Monday
Any:   DLArt


Another recycled card - Christmas 2019

I am continuing to try to make a little dent in my stash of old cards,  The image, star, and verse are all parts of the same card.  DP - Faith and Hope pad; shiny ribbon; Spellbinder circle dies  The verse reads:  The wise still seek Him.
Sketch:   Feeling-Sketchy 
Sentiment:   Audsentimentschallenge
Christmas:   Creative Knockouts
Stars:   Simon Says Stamp Monday  
Star Struck Starry Night:   Unstampabelles

Sunday, December 8, 2019

Thank you #3

Here is another version of my thank you set.  I especially like this sketch for what I needed.  Image -  Stampin; Up;  Spellbinder dies; cord; copper stickles on flowers; corner rounder punch.  The card is layered on a white base which is hard to see here.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Sparkle:   Simon Says Stamp Monday
Dies:   Scrapyland

Saturday, December 7, 2019

Thank you #2

I like this sketch for the simple thank you cards I needed.   Image - Stampin Up;  teal and white twine; shiny stickles on the flowers;  Spellbinder circle dies;  corner rounder punch.  You probably cannot see it, but the card is mounted on a white cs base
Sketch:    Tuesday Morning Sketches
Sparkle:   Simon Says Stamp Monday 
 Dies:   Scrapyland
 Any:   Lavinia world challenges.

Friday, December 6, 2019

Thank you

I needed several quick thank you cards for neighbors - they have provided meals for us while I was recovering from surgery.  This was a great sketch for what I needed - though it is pretty much out of my usual style.  Image - Stampin' Up;  Spellbinder circle diesribbon; Stickles on flowers for a bit of sparkle; corner rounder punch.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Sparkle:  Simon Says Stamp Monday
Any:    Pammies Inky pinkies
Flower stamp:  The Flower Challenge
Use a die:   Scrapyland

Sunday, December 1, 2019

Crafter's Cafe Challenge 232 - One Layer OR Window

I used my window die from Poppystamps with the pretty sunflower from Morgan's Artworld. I colored the image with chalk pencils for a soft look. I chose the background paper because it reminds me of the sky and grass.  I added some branches from Cheery Lynn dies, and a sentiment from the first Cuttlebug set I bought - years ago,   We hope you will join this challenge at the Crafter's Cafe You can use the theme of a window, or create a one layer card.: 
Sketch:  Try Stampin on Tuesday.
Dies:   Scrapyland
Any:   Digichoosday
            Colour Crazy

Saturday, November 30, 2019

Lasi challenge for 2019 at Beccy's Place

This last challenge is for things we love  -- so many here:  card making, especiallY to share the message of Christmas; black and white; dry embossing, die cuts - and sharing with other card makers.  Oh yes, doing challenges - especially sketches!
Sketch #372:   Sketch Saturday
Christmas 2019:   Beccy's Challenges
Any:       Word Art
               Southern Girls

Friday, November 29, 2019

V is for vine - Christmas

This is a change of pace for one of my last cards for the month long holiday challenge at Beccy's Place.  I have had this die for a while - let me know if you know the origin.  I am just not sure how I want to use it!  I would like white on white, but that can be quite tricky for me. I need to start experimenting in January. I was inspired by the banner at Jingle Belles - especially by the intricate die and the textured ribbon edging.
Inspiration - Jingle Belles
V for vine:    Beccys Place
Any:    Simon says stamp Wednesday

H is for Heavenly angel - Christmas 2019

I made this card yesterday without thinking too much about the alphabet - then I had to stretch things a bit to use a new letter.  This must be a heavenly herald angel announcing the birth of the Christ child.  Thanks Beccy for all the challenges and for the pre colored image from your Nativity set.  The papers - from CraftsMart Hope and Faith;  Washi tape, metallic ribbon and a Spellbinder scalloped oval die.
Sketch:  Stella Says Sketch
Any with die sold here:   Scrapyland
"H":   Beccy's Challenge 
Tape it up:  Simon says stamp Monday
Any:   Word art Wednesday 

D is for dove - Christmas 2019

Another card using papers from my CraftsMart Hope and Faith pad.  Accents are gold sticker strips
Sketch:   .Sketch Saturday
Christmas:   Creative Knockouts
                      Crafty hazelnuts Christmas challenge.
                      Crafters castle 
"D"           Beccys place
Any:  Simon says stamp Wednesday
           Lil Patch of crafty Friends

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

N for Newborn King - Christmas 2019

I am going to be able to complete a few more than half of the challenges at Beccy;s November holiday challenge - today I am thankful for the time I have had to do as many as I have.  Some of you who follow this blog know that my husband has Parkinson's - he is somewhat mobile but does need to have me run his errands.  I also want to spend as much time as I can watching tv with him.  On this Thanksgiving we are both grateful for the 62 years we have had together, and savor every moment we have.  And yes, we have much more to be thankful for.  If you celebrate Thanksgiving, may you have a blessed day.
This time I have used a pre colored image and sentiment from Beccy's digital Nativity set.  I added punched stars, textured ribbon, and some cord.  The mats are navy.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
N is for Newborn King:    Beccys Place.
Any:    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

W - Wise Men ~ Christmas

There is a race at Beccy's!  This is another recycled example.  I really liked the embossed gold Wise Men.  I decided to sort of fussy cut the grouping, mount it o red, and add a sticky strip gold border.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Race -  Beccys Place
Sketch:   Stick it Down
Starry night:    Simon says Stamp Wednesday

Monday, November 25, 2019

N is for Nativity - Christmas 2019

This is another card made with the image from an old card,
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
N is for Nativity - Beccys Place

S is for Savior - Christmas 2019

This card is created using only papers from the Faith and Hope pad, by Craftsmart. - with the addition of a bit of striped Washi tape to tie the parts together.  It has become increasingly difficult for me to color images due to my macular degeneration, so I am grateful for the variety of this pack.  This card is 5.5 x 4.25.    It is another card made for the challenge at Beccy's Place this month - she is encouraging a card a day.  I am not close, but I am entering when I can.  Thanks to all the other challenge sponsors as well.
 Sketch:  Stella Says Sketch
S is for Savior:   Beccys Place 
Tape it Up:   Simon Says Stamp Monday
Any:  Art Impressions 
            Lemon Shortbread
           Word Art


Sunday, November 24, 2019

O is for ornament


! have been following the November Christmas card challenge at Beccy;s place and was inspired by her tiny card, using left over strips of CS.  Her inspiration morphed into this ornament - not really a card, of coursse.  I hope I can find time to make one for each of our grand children - and a new great granddaughter.  I used DP from the Hope and Faith pad \
by Craftsmart, and added my computer sentiment.  I will sign the back.

"O"  Beccy's Place:
Not a card:  Krafty chicks

Saturday, November 23, 2019

A is for Angels `- Christmas 2019

Here is another card for the month long challenge at Beccy's Place.  I am far from caught up, but at least I have a good start on what I need for Christms.  Thanks, Beccy, for this challenge and your generosity.
Look carefully and you can see stars behind the angels.   Recycled - all images are parts of one old Christmas card; the cream layer is also a recycled piece from a charity's thank you!
DP from CraftsMart stack;  gold and cream cord;  computer sentiment; Spellbinder circle dies
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
A for angel:    Beccys Place.
Recycle:   Simon Says Stamp Monday
Starry night:    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any with vendor brand die:   Scrapyland

Thursday, November 21, 2019

G is for Gloria - Christmas 2019

Papers are from CraftsMart Hope & Faith - wonderful for sharing the message of Christ's birth  The sentiment also comes from this collection, and the image is recycled from an old Christmas card.
Sketch;   Tuesday Morning Sketches
G is for Gloria in excelsis Deo:   Beccys Challenges
Recycle:  Simon Says Stamp Monday
Starry night;    Simon Says Wednesday

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

R is for Recycle - Christmas 2019

Once again, the papers are from my recently purchased Hope and Faith pad.  This time I used a favorite technique - recycling old Christmas cards.  This was cut using Spellbinder oval dies.  I added a star punched from the same card.  Also- red sticker strips; gold and cream cord, computer generated sentiment, black mat.
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
R = Recycle:    Beccy/s place
                          Simon Says Stamp Monday
Starry night:    Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Any:   Scrapyland


Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Christmas 2019 C is for Camel

One more card ready - lots to go.  I could also say c is for computer - creating the sentiment.  This is a line from another favorite Carol - Joy to the World.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, hubby and I send cards that contain a message honoring the birth of the Savior.
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Christmas Carol:  Daring Cardmakers
Traditional Christmas;  As You like It 
C is for Camel:   Beccy's Place
Any:   Cards Galore

Monday, November 18, 2019

K is for King - Christmas 2019

Here are more papers from my new pad - by Craftsmart.  The Hope & Faith collection features many lines from traditional carols.  The challenge is to make the pieces work with sketch challenges!  This navy and gold is a personal favorite.  Why did I chose this verse from Hark the Herald Angels Sing?  Hubby and I always want to share the meaning of the first Christmas when we send cards
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
 K is for King:   beccys place
Christmas Carol:   Daring Cardmakers. 
Traditional Christmas:   As you like it
Any:    pinkgemchallenge
            Word art

Sunday, November 17, 2019

B is for Bethlehem 2019

Here is another set of papers from my new pack, found at Michaels.  However, it is impossible to scan or photograph. If you adjust the angle you might be able to see the silhouette of Bethlehem on the dark blue.  The background is from one panel - a swirly gold on blue at the left, and gold and cream on the right.   I added strips of gold stickers - actually the negative pieces.
Sketch:    Stella Says Sketch
"B" is for Bethlehem:  Beccys Place
Any:   Polkadoodle

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Christmas 2019 ~ J is for Joy

Papers by Craftsmart - Hope and Faith.  You may have to adjust your screen to see tword Joy in the oval.  
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday.
J for Joy:   Beccys Challenges.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Christmas 2019 - M is for Manger

everything except a bit of ribbon is from my new Christmas pad from Michaels. (The left panel is from a roll of sheer ribbon.)   I made a 5x7 card to accommodate the size of the pieces. 
Sketch:   Stella Says Sketch
M - manger:   Beccys Place

Thursday, November 14, 2019

Challenge #231 - the Crafter's Cafe (Flora and/or Fauna OR Pocket)

I chose this adorable pig for my fauna theme for the current challenge at the Crafter's Cafe The image is Hamilton Celebrates from the Creative Bug I used the aqua pen to color.  Paper Studio paper, some ribbon, dew drops, and a computer sentiment complete the design.  We hope you will join this challenge during the next two weeks.
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday
Critter:   2craftycrittercrazies 
Any:   A Perfect Time to craft.
Psattern Paper:   Craftyhazelnut 

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

Christmas 2019 #1 - L for layers

Usually by now I have a good start on Christmas cards, but this is my first for this year. Thanks, Beccy, for the encouragement.   I found a paper pad at Michael's that I like a lot - Hope and Faith by CraftMart.  You will be seeing s lot of examples from that pad.  The gold layer is from a gift bag, and the sentiment is computer generated.
L for layers  (5) - Beccys Challenges
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches
Border:    Creative Knockouts.
Dies:   Happylittlestampers
Any:   Scrapyland

Friday, November 8, 2019

Anna and Josh

I used our granddaughter's wedding colors - navy, burgundy and gold.  Congratulations!   Verse by Eureka.
Sketch:  Catchthebug

Sunday, November 3, 2019

Sympathy for Pat and family

Once again I neglected to record the source of this pre-colored image from my stash - maybe TLC?  Please let me know if you recognize it.  I used Spellbinder ovals and circles and some sticker strips to finish the details.
Sketch:   House that Stamps Built
Any:    Simon says stamp Wednesday
             Word art

Friday, November 1, 2019

DT card fpr Crafter's Cafe challenge 130 - Travel - land, sea or air AND/OR Insects/Butterflies

For the next two weeks the Crafter's Cafe challenge gives lots of options:   Travel - land, sea or air  
AND/OR  insects/butterflies. I hope you will have a chance to join us - there are prizes offered, and you can add up to 3 images. 
 I used a pre-colored image from Dr Digi - Summer Holiday - colour'
It looks like a couple pieces of luggage flew off the rack - maybe not tied on well enough?  I added a map in case it was needed...LOL! 
Challenges entered:
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday 
Any:        Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 
                 Pink Gem
                Simon Says Stamp Wednesday 
                Lemon Shortbread
                Digichoosday - too late!
                Through the Craft Room Door

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Saturday, October 26, 2019

More Thinking of you

This is one of the great vintage images offered at TLC - pre colored which is so helpful for my bad eyes!  I used DP from my stash, and added a metal clip with a rhinestone framed with metal.  I even found ribbon with the same fall colors. I used Spellbinder dies for the ovals and the DP layer.  The sentiment is computer generated.

Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Metal:   Incy Wincy Designs
Any:    Lil Patch of Crafty Friends
             Crafty Sentiments
             The house that stamps built 
Autumn:   Patties Creations   
                   Simon Says Stamp - Wednesday
Dies:           Scrapyland


Friday, October 25, 2019

Just for you

Another card to add to my stash.  I used Washi tape, patterned paper, and Prima flowers from my collection.  I seldom stamp directly on the background paper - I need to remember I can do that!
Sketch:   Feeling-sketchy.
Any, using a stamp:  Lavinia World Challenges
Use pink:     Penny Black at Allsorts

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Thinking of you

I need to replenish my supply of generic thinking of you cards.  I really like this sketch to display verses.  Word Art has such a lovely selection  This has been in my file since late 2014  The sentiment is from my computer. I used the heat gun to frizzle the ribbon ends, and used Labels dies for the "tag".
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketch
Bow:    Craft-deebowz 
Any:     Happy little stampers
              The house that stamps built 
              Word art Wednesday

Friday, October 18, 2019

Happy Birthday, Samantha

This image came from my collection of images - I usually print several at a time.  I still have not learned to label them  and as usual, I do not recall the source.  If you recognize this cute cupcake please let me know so I can give the proper credit. It is pre colored.  The side panel uses 2 patterned papers, and I used gold stickers to create the border.
Sketch:   Catch the bug

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

For Brian

This is for a nephew whose wife died suddenly after suffering a massive stroke.
These elements are all from my stash.
Sketch:  Sketch Saturday 
Spots or stripes:   Allsorts
Any:   Lavinia World Challenges
            Gem of a challenge 
            (no option)  Angies Digital Stamps.
              Word Art Wednesday
This is for challenge #229 at the Crafter's Cafe.  You have two weeks to complete your entry, and there are several options:  use a stencil, or Halloween and/or the colors purple, orange and black. As you can see, i used the colors for the Halloween theme.  The sponsor is DeCosse's Dynamite Doodles, and I selected the following to complete my card:  
Trick or treat bundle - textured papers - light purple grunge; dark purple grunge;
Trick or treat bundle -  General elements  -  two pumpkins (upper left); green moon face and witch hat;  happy Halloween sentiment
I used Spellbinder dies for the circles, and some ribbon from my endless stash.
I fussy cut the small images - good thing I mounted on white cs, as my macular degeneration is kind of acting up today and I struggled with cutting. I have learned that  mounting on white hides uneven cut edges!  The images are all pre-colored.  I added some Stickles to the sentiment for the shine.
Challenges entered:  
 Sketch:  Mojo-Monday 
Autumn/Halloween:  Patties creations
 Halloween colors/any:   Angies digital stamps 
 Fall  colors:   Die-cut-divas
 Any, with Spellbinder dies:  Dies r us
  Pumpkin inspiration:  Cupcake inspiration 
 Any:   Pammies inky pinkies


Sunday, October 13, 2019

Tool bench for a guy

This is the same image I just used on another card - same image but different etting.  I often print 2 or 3 digis at a time - then promptly add the extras to my stash.  I am going to try to change that  and actually make more than one card at a time!  The image is from Sparkle n Sprinkle, and the rest is made up of items from my stash.  The edges are torn and sponged with chalk.
Sketch:  Feeling-Sketchy
Any:    Craft-deebowz. 

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Happy birthday to our son

Paul, are you really going to be 60? where have the years gone? 
He just finished a major remodeling job -the final project of many in their home.  He had to do this evenings and week ends.  I thought about putting a big red X over the tool cart!  (I have used so many hunting and fishing images - time for a change LOL!!!)
The image was a prize from Sparkle n Sprinkle - I think they are now out of business. The letters are from a Cuttebug alphabet die set - probably the first die set I purchased.  The DP pieces are from my endless stash.  The base features a number of stripes to fulfill the sketch.  I sponged the town edges of the image with chalk.
Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches.
Any:       Lemon Shortbread
               Through the Craft Room Door 
                Cards Galore 
                Happy Little Stampers

Sunday, September 15, 2019

Crafter's Cafe Challenge #227 - School related and/or Tea and Coffee

As you can tell, I selected the school related theme for my Dt card this challenge at the Crafter's Cafe.  I am just not sure that in this day of uncertainty many kids ride bikes to school, but it could be an option!  The bike image is from Morgan's Art World.  You have two weeks to complete this challenge and a chance to win some digis!  I colored the bike with markers, and added various embellishments, including 3 green shiny dots in the top left - hard to see in the photo..  The panel right behind the bike is actually duck tape.  It adds a bit of texture without being bulky. The other layers include papers from my stash.
Challenges entered:
Sketch:   Tuesday Morning Sketches
Pile it on:  Tuesday Throwdown
Bling (shiny dots):   Simon Says Stamp Wednesday
Back to school:  Catch the Bug
\Any:    Corrosive Challenges
            Lemon Shortbread   
            Through the Cradt Room Door
             Pink Gem

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Z fold for birthdays

These are two cards I made for my sister and sister-in-law.  (The top view is card one and the bottom two views are the two sides of the second card.  The backing is double sided cs, and most of the images are freebies from TLC.   I especially wanted to use the main image of #1 - an ad for a Dometic sewing machine.  My sister has 3 fancy machines, I think, and I thought she would enjoy the humor and vintage feel.  Sorry the photo is not better = I thought I had more - but the card has been sent off so too late to correct!  The main verse says "So far this is the oldest you have ever been, so eat, drink and be merry.."
Fancy fold:   Stinkin Inkers
Any:    Digichoosday
             Corrosive Challenges 
             Lemon Shortbread

Thursday, September 12, 2019

In memory of Bev

This freebie printable from TLC is just right for a sympathy card to send to our friend whose wife passed away recently.  It is pre colored.  The sentiment is an old favorite stamp by Paper Inspirations.  I kept the background simple - the color is close to Hunter green.  I added some acrylic dots to tie the images together.
sketch:   Sketch Saturday. 
Stamp it:  Simon Says Stamp Monday
Things with Wings:   Incywincydesigns.
Any:    Through the Craft Room Door 
             Word Art Wednesday
              Lavinia World Challenges 
               Corrosive Challenges


Saturday, August 31, 2019

Design Team card - The Crafter's Cafe challenge #226

The current challenge at The Crafter's Cafe has a theme of Fairies/Mythical creatures  
  1. if you prefer, look for an object in your House to use in your  project.  I chose to use an elf image from Scribbles Designs.   I colored the image with markers.
  2. Sketch:  Tuesday Morning Sketches

Thursday, August 29, 2019

HB Myril

This features a free printable from TLC - I really like all the vintage prints they offer.  This is for hubby's brother - I thought it would remind him of working on the farm when he was little - although it was a long time ago, the machinery they used was definitely more modern!
Sketch:   Sketch Saturday
Any:    Simon Says stamp Wednesday
             Cards Galore

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.
I just realized I missed adding my link to the blogs.  Maybe I can still catch a couple of these challenges!
Sketch ( turned):   Tuesday Morning Sketches

Any:     A Bit more time to craft
              Cards Galore
              Creative Crafters
             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
                    Cards Galore 

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