Tuesday, May 5, 2015

#454-455-456 Mark’s Finest Papers

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Back to “work” if you call this work!  I have really missed creating with my heart.  I did it while I was ill as a distraction from feeling sorry for myself but my heart wasn’t in it.  Today I am working on an order for a sweet friend.  She needs some sympathy cards and birthday cards.  My sweet friend Angela Bode sent me that beautiful yellow and black creation back in January when a very special friend of ours died.  I loved it so much I wanted to use her design and I CASE-d it.  It was such a comfort at the time and I hope my recreation of it brings the same comfort to others. I made three different varieties of it.  ~~Now the wisteria card is all MFP stamps that have rarely been used but how beautiful of a Sympathy card they make.  I used a Spellbinders die to show case them.  The butter fly is flat against the card stock but I cut the upper wing out and used the “faux tole” technique to pop it up.  The sentiment is stamped in Lovely Lavender from Stampin’ Up.   The teeny bow is made with the bow easy.  I am so pleased how this turned out. IMG_7713 (800x599)

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Friday, May 1, 2015

Happy Birthday to me

and how many others on this day.  It was a great day for babies to be born.  My friends, Ruth, Faye, Rachel, Elisabeth, Jodie, we all share the same birthday.  Using a Mark’s Finest Papers stamp I made us all a cupcake card.  This has been used in the count already so no number.  I am entering it into Simon’s Anything Goes Wednesday challenge.   I used MFT fishtail banners for the sentiment stamp and Prickley Pear Rubber Stamps sweet scallop circle die.  I popped up the cupcake.  Colored it with gamsol and koh hi noor pencils.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Stamps 451, 452, 453 SU

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Well that little burst of energy I got back on April 9th sure didn’t last long.  Two days later my temp spiked up to 104.3 and stayed elevated close to 102 for ten days.  If anything sounds funny on my blog from here on out, it’s because I burned some brain cells, I’m sure!
I do think I am on the mend now though temp has gone the other way and hovers around 96.4  That leaves me feeling a bit weak, a bit tired, and not a whole lot of motivation.  I did manage to water color this relaxing scene.  I was so pleased with how this turned out.  I got  some new curved border dies from Spellbinders and I love them.  I embossed the panel after cutting it with the curved pierced scallop.  A nice little water color background done on plain 110 pound cream card stock and we have a card.  I used my Viva pearl pen and then some half pearls on the ribbon. 
First time I’ve used my script die from Simon Says.  I cut it in black and cream and layered them.  Love that die in Kristina Werner’s beautiful handwriting.  I am entering this in Simon's Challenge DUE DATE.  Spring is long over due here in Wisconsin.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Love CASEing

Laura Bassen made this gorgeous card and I knew I wanted to CASE it the moment I saw it.  I never thought to use that pearlescent paste in such a way. 

I enjoyed every step of the process to make this card and I am so pleased with how it turned out.  Princess J.  note the vellum!!

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Love this set

This set from Great Impressions gets a real work out for sympathy cards.  the inside sentiment says “What a beautiful difference one single life made.”  It’s perfect for Edith’s family

I am entering this into the Simon Says Wednesday challenge Spring Flowers or Showers.  Dandelions are always the first spring flowers we see. I don’t care what anyone says, I love them.  I tried taking the picture with the card standing upright and it didn’t turn out right.  I didn’t have the energy to re-do it once I saw it on my computer.  My apologies.   Embossed with Hero Arts Violet embossing powder on vellum and added Whimsy Vellum corners.  Thanks for stopping by.  I’ve missed you all.  

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Trying again

Well, it seems that other burst of energy was short-lived.  But any-hoo bit by bit, I think I am coming along.  Today was the last day of the anti-b so let’s hope it kicked butt.  I had a bit of time this afternoon and the house was very quiet.  It seemed a good time to finish those sympathy cards that are need to get done and in the mail. 

This one is an embossed front that a friend of mine gave me.  I thought it would look good with some pastel water colors.  Edith always had to have a bow and ribbon just didn’t look good on here and I opted for some blue twine that I scavenged off a package somewhere along the line.

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Monday, April 6, 2015

It’s been sooo long #450

My apologies for falling down on the blog end.  It has been a long winter.  I truly was SICK all winter.  No details, I am just so glad to be feeling better.  Still on an antibiotic but I think it is doing the trick this time. 

I felt well enough to create today.  While moving into my new crafting space I found some die cuts I wanted to use up.  It made for a quick baby card.  While I was in California, my good friend, Edith died.  I wasn’t able to attend her funeral.  She was my stamping buddy, my adopted mom, and my very  good friend.  She died peacefully at age 97.  She still lived alone and still drove her car.  I will be making sympathy cards for her family.  Here is the first with Tim Holtz stamp number 450 from my collection.

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

ABC Christmas Challenge E

The Christmas challenge for this week is E for Edging.  I’m using this beautiful Memory Box die.  It’s the prettiest thing ever. Also using Simon ‘Says Falling Snow plastic stencil.   Entering into the ABC Christmas Challenge.  I am a bit behind and want to make up the other weeks soon.
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ah such fun B is for Bow

This image was water colored while I was in NC and practicing with my InkTense pencils.  Man, everyone is sick these days.  I think I need to make ten get well cards.  Anyway, I was inspired by friend Angie with her offset image and so of course I copied CASED her.  Angie is the best at using designer papers and I am trying to learn from her.  plus I have a whole store front of DP that needs using up so I best start putting in on those cards I’m making.  One of a kind card as I borrowed this image from friend JoAnn while in NC.
did you ever try to stamp in someone else’s stamp room?  not nearly as productive, trust me.  you don’t know what they have, you don’t know where it is, you have to keep asking, then you misplace it…… yeah, not as much fun.  Fun, yes, but not as much.  I am entering this into Simon's Monday B is for ...Challenge.   B is for Bow and Brad and Bright
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SNSS Stamps 458 and 459

I’ve been out of commission for a bit. Have hardly had time to play with my InkTense pencils.  Today, this card goes into the mail for a friend.  She said she has the worst stomach bug she’s ever had.  Hopefully she will be well over it by the time she receives this card.  It has to go half way across the country.  But it was the perfect card to jump back into the card making.  I am in the process of moving my stamping room and it was a challenge to find where everything was and just the pattern and flow of using things was very strange.  Took waaaaaay to long to make this card but I like the end results.   Using MFT Wednesday Sketch challenge as a jumping off point.  Also entering into Simon's Monday B challenge.  BUG it is
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Saturday, February 28, 2015

What fun tags

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Aren’t these tags just the cutest.  I distressed this one up a bit with some wild honey ranger ink.  The doily die is from Whimsy and the flowers where some I pulled out of a pack and put together.  The die cut leaves are SNSS.  I added some wild honey with a wide brush and water to the under flower.  So fun to be stamping spring.  I am so sick of winter.  six to ten inches of snow predicated for Monday.  I think they are lying.   Devil

I am entering this into Simon’s Work It Wednesday challenge to think spring.

Hawaiian Anniversary

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I had a request for a 20th wedding anniversary card.  The wedding took place in Hawaii.  The card was supposed to be more serious in nature and not a funny one.  I don’t have any serious Hawaiian like stamps and had to really put a thinking cap to this one.  I had these sea shell cut outs that I love and that is my last strip of them.  In each photo of the shells there is a knot.  I let that signify “tying the knot” for the anniversary couple..  tThose gorgeous trees are stickers.  They were way to intense to stand alone on the card.   I embossed some Hawaiian butterflies onto one edge of some vellum (for you Princess Judy~getting’ the trend out there)  Does anyone know how to keep the vellum from warping and staying that way when you heat emboss?  After embossing the sentiment I could not get that piece to settle down.  I did, however get the effect I was after, to soften the trees.  A strip of washi seemed to have a natural place here.   Entering into Simons No Rules Monday.

My first Magnolia creation

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while in NC, JoAnn had stamped me a few Magnolia images.  I brought this one home and then had an order for a nurse’s birthday card.  I thought it would be perfect for her.

Entering this into Simon’s Anything Goes Wednesday

Making Thank You’s

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I received an order for several Thank You cards.  It was so fun to create each one differently. I used the inlaid technique for the die here from MFT.

This will be entered into Simon’s No Rules Monday challenge.

Spring Things

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This sweet little rabbit tag was given to me by my friend in NC.  She printed off several from her computer and we did a work shop with them while there and then she gave me the rest.  they are so adorable.

I used the Simon curved sentiments banner and the little gold heart is from the mini hearts Simon die.  It’s mirror gold and really shiny. 

The little doily die strip is SNSS.

I am entering this into The Simon Says Work It Wednesday Challenge.

had a couple of fun stamping days

I’m having so much fun playing with different techniques lately. I am so far behind in posting that these posts are going to be very short.  Smile  The same paper napkin, one with glitter, one without.  Entering into Simon Says No Rules Monday.  The little tags are from MFT Blue Prints sets and of course the Simon Double Stitched frame die on the bottom card.

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Stamp #457

Tim Holtz image and MFT dies.  This made the cutest card ever.  I went through and stamped and colored all the bird images with my Inktense pencils.  I had no idea what I was going to make them into but I love what has transpired.  Isn’t he adorable.  Sentiment and heart are old SU rub ons.  I am entering this into Simon Says Anything Goes Wednesday Challenge.

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