Saturday, February 6, 2016

flowers all around

in the online water coloring class for intermediates we had to practice using our brush to make flowers. I thought the colors turned out so pretty and decided to make it into a card panel.  I trimmed the panel  down to 3 -3/4 by 5 inches and used a long forgotten corner punch to make a frame.  A bit of vellum made a perfect back ground for the die cut sentiment.

 A glossy sentiment with button and bow finish off this card.  Entering this into Word Art Wednesday #219.  I love the Kristina Werner stamps from Simon Says.

ABC Challenge C is for Cute Critters

It's been a while since i was able to dedicate an afternoon to stamping.  I wanted to catch up with the Christmas challenges.  This one is for the ABC Christmas Challenge #3 C is for cute critters.  I do hope cute birdies count as critters.  It's been about four years since i used this High Hopes stamp.  I used water color paper and distress markers to give a soft color palette to this.  The sky is something i created as practice with the Intermediate Water Color class from on-line card classes.  I made the sky on one panel and then stamped the birdies on another piece, painted them and fussy cut them out and adhered them with some spray adhesive.  Then sentiments come from SSS and Creative Imaginations.  This also qualifys for Word Art Wednesday #219 Thanks for dropping in. 

Stamps 535 & 536 Close to My Heart

Merry Monday #190 is Santa or Reindeer.  It was easy to incorporate both with this sweet patterned paper from KaiserKraft.

I stamped the images on Bazzil Ivory Shiny Linen and fussy cut them out.  A couple of brush strokes with my SU markers and some distressing with tea dye distress ink and i started liking the look of it.  It was looking a bit bare when I remembered that free banner die I got from My Favorite Things over the holiday season.  Checked my ribbon stash for the bare corner and found this ribbon but it was tooooo white.  A little smudging with the same tea dye ink and it was perfect.  This is the ONLY santa stamp i own.   I will enter this card into the Merry Monday challenge 190.  --Also, since i want to keep up with Merry Monday.  I am posting my card for last week which was a one layer card.  Embossing powder on the image and a couple of strips of red magic tape covered with embossing powder from "the best embossing powder in the world"  and voila' i have a card.  I am entering this in Word Art Wednesday #219 also.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sparkly Butterflies

I made a couple of these because I still think that sparkly napkin technique is so beautiful.  However, my mind has been befuddled of late and I forgot the main step of using heat and stick powder to make the glitter stick.  As i started using my heat tool the glitter was just a flyin'.  hmmm....what to do...i grabbed the can of hairspray and gave it a couple of good coats and let it try.  it works!! no glitter falling off at all.   Simon's banner.  love that one.

Sun Rays with Simon

Simon's Monday Challenge is to use the rays of the sun in your own interpretation.  A card very similar to this was mailed to me from my sweet friend Angela Bode.  I have been so overwhelmed sometimes ideas just don't make it to the fore front.  I asked Angie if I could CASE her card and she granted me permission.   I made a couple of changes and i like mine but truly her's was much prettier. First time i ever used my ink pad to make the rays.    mark's finest papers images.

SCS color challenge

Friend Angie is the guest designer for SCS color challenge this month.  She encouraged our mutual friend JoAnn and I to play along.  It was fun for all three of us to play the same challenge and see what we came up with.  I am in need of sympathy cards and I wanted to make a semi-cheerful sympathy card for my sister-in-law whose 91 year old dad just passed away.  It was a sweet release but still her daddy so joy and sorrow interwoven.

I used my spellbinders dies for the circles and the curved edges.  Simon Says mini hearts die always comes in handy.  The little bird is from that kit from simon i am still trying to use up.   The sentiment and banner stamp are from Ranger Tim Holtz.   I used Distress Markers to color and shade.   The color challenge was Saffron Yellow, Slate Gray and Sky blue.  Truly the top of my card is sky blue but couldn't get it to show up on the camera i used.  ~~I am playing along with The Daily Markers color challenge also.  Just color for 5 minutes a day for thirty days.

Monday, February 1, 2016

digi sentiments

Word Art Wednesday gives a nice scripture verse with a pretty font for every challenge.  I cut this one out with the textile die from My Favorite Things.  I embossed the black card stock and die cut it with one of the Blue Print pieces from MFT.   I had all these strips left over from the glitter napkin technique i used on another card.  They already had Sookwang adhesive on them and i didn't want to waste an inch of that pre-adhesived paper.

I used a gold glaze and rubbed over the embossed piece and then used my Matte Gel medium to adhere all the pieces.   Entering this in the Word Art Wednesday #218 anything goes challenge

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Stamps that stay in the container

So i have lots and lots and lots of containers of stamps.  Sometimes, I simply overlook them but it's pretty amazing that any stamp that I have purchased myself, I KNOW i have buried somewhere.  If people that are non-stampers have given me stamps, then i don't really remember those so much.  When Merry Monday suggested Hot Beverages, I KNEW this gem was hiding in there.  It's one I picked up at a Good Will for $1.00 or else i likely wouldn't own it.  but it worked perfectly for this challenge.  I just went all christmasy with it to match the challenge.  It's salted caramel inside that cup.   I got to use up some more DP and that makes me happy.  Simplicity is the way to go. Easy to cut out also.

Stamp #534

ABC Christmas Challenge is B for Baubles.  I got to use a new stamp and some scraps.  Isn't that the best combo ever.  So while listening to the 80's crank out, which was some of the best music ever, I created this modernesque type card.  Close to My Heart Magical Season stamps.  Got them at the rummage.  Love the sketchy look of the entire set.  Entering into Word Art Wednesday #218

Friday, January 22, 2016

3 Patterned Papers

Use Your Stuff blog #207 is interesting and this week is to use three patterned papers.  I love using my scraps and this is the perfect challenge for that.  Mission Accomplished.  Sentiments are from Simon Says Wishing set.  I did a bonus UYS by adding a little punched kitty that was given to me in an envelope of punched goodies. Entering into Word Art Wednesday challenge #218

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Splitcoast Stampers challenge color challenge is this basic combo of red, white and black.  I chose clean and simple and love how this turned out.  I embossed the large hounds tooth from My Favorite Things and added a Whimsy heart die and Love sentiment from Sizzix.  DONE.  that simple.  

 i received this oh so fun pocket letter filled with goodies from a friend in NC.  Since it's winter here i figured i'd just jump right into the fun goodies and create this fun card with elements from the "mini kit"  I added a touch of my own orange ribbon.

sentiments only, please

It's rare that i make a sentiment only front to my card.  It looks a bit bare to me but I am going to roll with it.  Inside i computer generated a sentence that says It's your birthday, Make a splash. 

I surely do love the Peacock Feathers distress ink from Tim Holtz.  It's my all time favorite of his colors.   The Simon Wednesday Challenge this week is Ombre.  It's trickier than it seems to get that distress ink to move on plain card stock without having round blobs of color.  It's a technique i need to practice with.   My Favorite Things has a simple sketch challenge this week that sparked this card.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Happy Birthday day to Gilbert, you crazy bird, you #534

Gilbert's birthday coming up in February.  This card started out with that ticket stamp and die.  And that stamp would be #534.   A long time ago when everyone was putting tickets on their cards I purchased this set with the die because there was some kind of big sale, or I won a gift certificate or something, anyway, that trend has long gone and I never even used either the die or the stamp.  Correcting that TODAY.  Now that it has seen ink I think I shall use it again.  Now HOW did that card come about by just stamping one little ticket die.  I really don't know but i am in love with it.  It also uses up the cloud embellishments from that same Simon Says May 2012 kit.  it's getting down there.  Thanks for stopping by,   no contests, no challenges, just fun fun fun.  i love those birds.

My Best Friends Mother

My best friends mother turns 90 this year?  How can that be?  How can this woman who used to ride horses and have people over and work in the barn and can and have a garden, HOW can she be turning ninety?  There will be a tea party held for her this Saturday.  Her favorite color is purple.  I'm not real sure how she feels about mice though?  But being a farmers wife, i'm sure she has seen her share of them and she likely won't open the card and scream and throw it away because there is a cute little mousie peeking around the cup.  At least, I hope she won't.  Happy Birthday, Adrianna.