Monday, May 22, 2017

Grad Cards

Every year I think we don’t know many grads and every year i am surprised by the invites we get.  This year so far we have Jonathan, Collin, Cade, Taylor, Logan, Koree, Karoline.  How do all these kids grow up so fast.  Didn’t they just start junior high?

Here are some more of the tape transfers I did.  On the computer card, i just pasted an image into Word doc and then printed it and did the tape thing. It gave me the perfect image to fit that computer.  Collin and Cade are my twin great nephews who have played football all of their highschool years and they were both accepted to Eastern KY University to play on that team.  I pulled some pics off their mom’s FB page and printed them and used my tape to create these very personal cards for them.  The one of Collin is from a homecoming game, it’s not blood.  tee-heecollin cade

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Love and a dog

My daughter showed me the transfer tape technique and I wanted to try it with this little doggie from the newspaper but he tore in a couple of places.  I used him anyway as it is going to my 89 year old mother and she won’t be able to see that it has a line in it.  Smile  She just likes to get some real mail in her mail box. 

Simon Monday Challenge this week is to use a critter and I thought i would go aheaqd and enter it even though it’s not one of my best projects by far.  Smile

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

MFT Color Challenge

MFT Monthly color challenge always throw me for a loop because i usually have never thought of those color combos.  This one is really great.  I love the look of these colors together and I groaned when I saw the Safety Orange but look how it accents this so nicely.  Everything I used on this card is from MFT.  I think they must be my favoritest of all places to order from.  I would love to visit their store sometime. I did stamp surgery on the sentiment that was in the Snowfall of blessings set.  It is a horizontal sentiment in the set.

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Home Sweet Home

When I saw the Monday Challenge at Simon last week I really wanted to make this card.  Well, not THIS card because I didn’t have a plan.  I wanted to use my bird house dies from MFT that have been sitting way too long unused in their bin.  This is what developed today when I finally got to use these dies.  I think I am making the challenge with a couple of hours to spare.  Whew.All dies are MFT except raindrops which are just scraps from other die cuts. 

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IMG_8996 (685x800)Wow, a hundred years.  A friend of mine saw THIS card on my FB page and asked if I could make a similar one for her almost to be 100 year old Aunt.  I wanted to make it a bit more feminine and I didn’t have another of the same embellishment.  I made the stop watch embellishment using the tape transfer method with a digi stamp.  I adhered it to a textured piece of silver cardstock for an old fashioned look.  I really like how this turned out so different from the first one with the feminine touches.

it’s all about love

IMG_8995 (724x800)My sweet daughter came home this weekend and we stamped together.  Since she doesn’t know all the supplies i have on hand and where everything is i got a lot of “Mom, do you have….. and where” questions.  I love stamping with her and didn’t mind her questions or my search for all she needed.  She made seven cards.  I made two.  Smile  Anyhoo, i digress….i knew this would happen and I happily pulled out these sweet sticker stamps that Angela Bode gifted me with and colored my heart out.  I scattered them over my cardstock and decided they looked like the hippie era and love, man.  The tag is cut from MFT die, the doily from Top Dog, faux stitching and Hero arts sentiment that is cut off from the rest of it. Thus, a card was born.  Smile  I decided to share this in the Simon Work It Wednesday Challenge for April to use flowers.

Left over fun

IMG_8991 (665x800)From the MFT diagonal card I had these scraps left and since i am looking my eyes out for summer and days to go to the lake I thought this was a nice reflection of my longings.  I like the sentiments from MFT that have cursive scriipt and block lettering to pair.

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Keep it Simple is the K theme at ABC Christmas Challenge. I like those simple challenges.  A piece of DP a stamped image, a teeny bit of color, some glimmer spray and card is finished.  I did add some Viva peral pen in gold to some of the stars and dots, you know, for just a bit of texture.

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Trying to stay caught up with ABC Christmas challenge.  J is for Jingle Bells.  I don’t have one stamp of a jingle bell??? Gasp! I may have to remedy that.  The closest i could come is this pre-printed image from Susan Louise Arts that has some jingle bells on the sled.  Mission accomplished. I had some scraps left from some DP and i cut the sentiment tags from that and added them.  The sled image looked a little bare on just the brown and i grabbed my birch trees embossing folder and added a bit of character.  I sponged lightly with some white pigment ink onto the trees.  end result:  Red heart

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Thursday, May 18, 2017

little sparkles

Simon’s Wednesday Challenge is to use a bit of sparkle. This is the last of the pre-embossed cards i purchased from Michaels.  Because they were kind of flimsy (you get what you pay for)  but i knew i could use them and the envies that came with were worth the dollar that i spent on the set.  I found if i cut them in half and just used the pre-embossed front on other cardstock it worked really well.  For this one I used my new Altenew ink pads to lightly sponge the embossing in some pastels.  I had the dotted ribbon strip alreayd cut with an MFT blueprint 1 die and it’s been sitting in my “use it up” pile.  The heart too. After adding the shimmery Viva pearl drops i added a touch more sparkle with some Heidi grace glimmer spray.  Just a touch of sparkle and i’m in love with this card.  I’m almost sorry I’ve used up all those embossed fronts.  Time to make some of my own.  IMG_8988 (587x800)This is an odd sized card which i will need to make my own envie for.  6.25x 4.25 inches.

MFT Diagonals

This is an interesting sketch for the MFT Wednesday Challenge 333. I wanted to use some MFT goodies and I chose their papers called Fun and Frolic 6x6.  Their DP is really really nice. Then I went to my MFT Die Bin and chose my Dienamics stitched edge basics.  For the focal point though, i had this ever so cute brand new Lawn Fawn stamps and dies and I just had to use him with this cool sketch.  He has to make you smile.  My husband said, “you need to make a lot of those.”   I just might do that. 

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Monday, May 15, 2017

random cards

Trying to use up some pre-embossed cards that i purchased at Michaels quite awhile ago.  I’ve decided the cardstock is to flimsy to use as a full card.  The colors bleed through etc.  I cut off the sentiment side of the card and attached the colored part to some cardstock of my own and it turned out really nice, I think.  i was so glad to find that scrap of gold and silver ribbon that really makes this card.  The ribbon is slate gray from SU. 
Here are a couple of flower cards to enter into Simon's Work It Wednesday Challenge for April. 

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flowers x3

it was so fun to watch a Penny Black video on how to do brushtroke flowers.  Though these Tim Holtz flower images aren’t brush stroke the concept was the same and I had such a relaxing time creating these three cards for some friends that are needing a pick me up.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Shake it Baby

IMG_8969 (686x800)IMG_8970 (687x800)More birthday fun.  Can i have one of these every other month?  My friend included some pre-stamped images of this flamingo as a gift.  I used Tombow water colors on him and decided he would make a perfect shaker card to use as a thank you to send back to her.  How fun is that?   My daughter bought me the fish from Hero Arts and it too asked to be made into a shaker card.  I never used to make shakers but now that i’ve done a few it doesn’t seem so complicated.   The fish card uses MFT sequins die to make the dot bubbles for the fish and they cover up some misguided ink smudges too.  Smile  win win.

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IMG_8968 (689x800)Talk about simple.  This card was made using another birthday embossing folder.  I sponged distress inks over the different parts added some black Viva pearl pen drops and that pink and black sentiment just sets this right off.  Super Easy.

Ahoy and others

IMG_8975 (718x800)A friend called and ordered five cards for her nephew who is going to be starting cancer treatments.  She wanted some encouraging verse cards to send him through this period of time.  I was able to pull some from my stash and enjoyed the process of creating these for him.  Did you know, if you google, uplifting verses for cancer patients, you get a lot of inspriational quotes you can copy and put into word to make the insides of your card.   ~~I have no idea where any of the things i used on this card came from  except the sentiment which is from Tim Holtz. I water colored that very coold image and used a spellbinders die.

Here are two of the others I made for him.

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NBUS dies and dots

This is what happens when you get new stuff or dig in your stash for NBUS.  I bought this embossing folder from SU, part of my gift to me. I found a scrap of DP that would go with it.  The cake dies are NBUS Sizzix those little plastic and foam kind.  ~~The cake with dots is for my cousin whom i have never sent a card to in fifty years.  I think i did once when we were teenagers.  Anyhoo- he is severe diabetic, has been in hospital twice this past year for heart failure and I thought he could use a cheerful birthday card from “none other”.  I have talked with him several times these past two years and reconnected.  He lives in KS.  He’s been a great support in a troublesome time we were going through.  I’m sure he will be surprised and really like his card. He can’t eat cake but ya gotta have some kind of cake on your birthday.  Here’s to you Darrol.  

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sweet kitty

IMG_8972 (740x800)I don’t know who gave me all the images of this sweet kitten.  It was long ago and i just now got around to coloring them and using them up.  He’s so cute with his balloon offering.  I used my MFT stencil and ran it thorugh the big shot.  I love that embossing technique.  It’s subtle and attractive.  The pink paper is a linen textured piece of Bazzil.  The speech bubble is My Minds Eye, also and MFT die as is the grass.   ~~I should win and MFT award don’tcha think? 

Lots and lots of birthdays

IMG_8971 (655x800)Oh my word, May, kind of snuck up on me.  I went to FaceBook to scan my list of birthdays and I had over 20 birthdays, thank yous, and grad cards to make and get in the mail.  Some I pulled from my stash.  Some i just made real quick.  Using another new birthday gift embossing folder I threw these fellows on real quick like.  I tried to do partial die cutting but that is always a trick for me and i cut the pieces off that i wanted to hang over and i just used a glue stick and adhered them.  It’s easier. This goes to my Stampin’ Up rep.  Quick and Easy, she’s all about that.

More dots

It was so fun to receive stamping supplies for birthday gifts!  Oh yeah, I have the coolest friends.  This sizzix embossing folder was one of the gifts.  You know how it is when you get a new embossing folder, you just have to try it out to see how it’s going to look on paper.  I thought this little pre-made tag like piece would work on here.  I’ve been trying to use that piece for a couple of years now.  I added in a dotted sun to fill in the space between the embossing and the tag.  The wonky cut die is from MFT.  It’s hard to photograph that wonky die cut.  it always looks “off”.

Wednesday Dots Challenge at Simon

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I see spots

Simon Wednesday challenge is all about dots today.  I used their Bokeh stencils to create this card out of scraps.  I had die cut the pink paper for another project and it was such a pretty scrap i decided to add another brown scrap behind it.  The other things were just stiting on my desk waiting to be used.  I winked the heart and flower centers for a bit of sparkle.  Spun Sugar distress inks were stenciled on the light gray paper.  The brown strip is the same paper that backs the pink and is peeking through the THANKS cut out.

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Monday, May 8, 2017

bday fun

IMG_8965 (677x800)I received so much fun stuff for my birthday.  One of the things was a pretty Sizzix embossing folder.  I don’t know the name of it but the entire top part is beautiful big flowers.  I embossed onto my new designer paper I got from SU.  Next I used white pigment ink and dabbed it over the embossing.  It doesn’t show up so well on here but it is kind of a cool look.  It’s a challenge for me to use dark designer paper but i was pleased with how this card turned out.  The Sending die is cut and stacked three times from Simon Says.  All the cardstock is from my SU order.  My birthday gift to me.  Smile Birthday cakeGift with a bow

Entering into Simon’s Work It Wednesday Challenge to use flowers or showers.

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it’s spring time for fancy flowers

well, it’s spring for a lot of people and i guess it is here too.  it’s still pretty cold though and i’m covering the few flowers i planted for the last three nights.  it was 26 degrees when i got up this morning. 

Anyway, i thought it was time to play with my Fancy Flowers from MFT, you know, to kind of encourage spring to get here.

I used the Wednesday Sketch Challenge and I think I’ll make some more cards with this sketch.  I really like it.  I used MFT Wonky stitched rectangle stack for my frame but it didn’t show up on that paper at all.  Just barely IRL.  That gold striped Washi tape from SU is a recent purchase and I just love it with the gold pigment ink i used for the banner strip.  It took a while to dig out my StazOn ink to stamp a teeny sentiment on the Washi tape and looks so cute in real life.  Distress inks for coloring.

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Entering into Simon’s Monday Challenge to use a frame.

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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Metal Stencil

IMG_8956 (727x800)This was an interesting card to make.  I really wanted to make a shaker card with that big Hello die but for some reason my brain wouldn’t wrap around that.  I decided to grab one of my metal stencils that you use a stylus and a light with….(but that’s so much work) I ran it through the big shot and i was so impressed with the beautiful impression it gave.  I hand trimmed around the edge that it left and mounted the piece onto a pre-embossed piece that was sent by a friend.  For this card the smaller top piece, the white piece, lifts up.  You can see that by the top edge.  I just folded over the top piece and glued it to the white piece.  Tim Holtz Ranger sentiment stickers are added.

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Distress Crayons

20170424_205242Sometimes cards i make make me say WOW!  This is one of them.  I am so happy with how this experiment turned out.  I  smooshed my distress crayons around on water color paper (the rough side) and then spritzed with water and blended a bit with my finger.  Then I took a stencil and used a babywipe through the stencil.  With another stencil i used the crayon direct  onto the stencil and it left the cool little raised edges. (the pink dots)  For the MFT border die I used my Big Shot and and a silicone pad and embossed the edge instead of cutting it.  Before doing that i inked the edges of the cutting side with a green ink to help the piercing stand out.  Another stencil for the sun rays.  All the stencils were Tim Holtz.  I added a Wink Of Stella water colored butterfly and some clear sequins.  oooo, ahhhh, it’s just like fireworks. 

Challenge: Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

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IMG_8960 (583x800)My sweet Sister-in-law takes care of my mother.  My mom would not win a prize for being the most pleasant person in the world but my sweet Sister-in-law would.  She is a gem.  They live in Alabama and I appreciate the care she gives to my mother.  Thought she would appreciate a little surprise thank you note for all she does.  Pre-embossed card from Michael’s clearance rack, added flowered paper tape from Creative Memories and a blue sticker stripe.   The embossed image is sponged with a bit of Distress Inks.  A faux stitched banner completes it.

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Embossing fun

IMG_8963 (800x582)Poking around on Pinterest the other day I found a tutorial that showed how to use your little square embossing folders without leaving a square mark around them when embossed.  It was so clever i had to try it out.  Here’s a link if you want to learn also.

The ballon on the puppy looks paper pieced but i just added some white dots with my gel pen to add some interest and tie in that back ground paper from My Mind’s Eye.

Challenge:  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes


IMG_8962 (641x800)One of my favorite people is getting married in May.  It will be her second time being married.  One of my favorite nephews is getting married and it will be his second time getting married.  They are marrying each other, for the second time!  Yep, they have been divorced for fifteen years and they have decided that they still love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together loving on the children they have created and also on their ten year old grand child. We are all very excited.  I used some dollar tree stamps to heat emboss with a glittery white onto a very faintly grey cardstock.  I used MFT blueprints to cut the edges of that piece.  I embossed the trio of wedding images (all on one very old PSX stamp) with a shiny silver and mounted all on the pretty paper by Heidi Grace which is also embossed.  Simple and Done.

Challenge:  Simon Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

Graduation is coming

IMG_8961 (800x606)Here’s one that came together with a sketch challenge from MFT.  I turned the sketch on it’s side.  It’s past time for joining in their challenge from two weeks ago but i loved the sketch.  The stamp is from Unity and is a NBUS element.  Thought it would make a good grad card.

Wild flowers

I’ve been thinking of this technique for quite awhile, to fussy cut flowers and make them the border.  Then this past week I saw videos by Kristina Werner and Vicky P where they totally put this technique into action.   Thought I best jump on the trend wagon and post mine too.  Masked flower border stamps by Tim Holtz and Stampers Anonymous.  Distress no line water color.  Die Cut Sentiment from Spellbinders and gold Nuovo drops.  I love those Nuovo’s.  The background paper is by Heidi Grace

Challenge:  Simons Says Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes

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