Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Knitting Season

It has been raining here for a few days.  We needed it but I do hope it isn't here to stay til June!  One thing the rain brings - days indoors.  So, I am starting on Christmas gifts.  A good portion of the Christmas gifts we give are homemade - jam, baked goods, crocheted items.    Power Poppy has this lovely digital stamp.  I added my own sentiment which is the desire of my heart - that everything I do, make, or say will be for the praise of God who made me and gave me talents and abilities.

Power Poppy's challenge is to stamp and color on Kraft.  Image is colored with Copics and cut with a Spellbinder die.  The sentiment is also cut with a Spellbinder.

Challenges:
Daily Marker - 30 days
Coffee Lovers Fall Challenge
Power Poppy - color on Kraft
All Sorts - Autumn
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything 
Double D - sentiments and quotes

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Life is Short. Enjoy your Coffee

Here is another cute image by Dearie Dolls.
Image colored with Copics and pencils.  Leaves are cut with an Impression Obsession die. Image cut with Die-namic Stitched Rectangle die.

Challenges:
Daily Marker - 30 days
Coffee Lovers Fall Challenge
Simon Wednesday - CAS
Word Art Wednesday - anything
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything

Monday, September 18, 2017

Latte to Go

Pumpkin Spice Latte is the favorite.  Don't you wish you could get one with a beautiful sleeve like what is on this Stamploration stamp?
My DIL love pumpkin spice lattes.  She had one while they were staying here two weeks ago.  So I decided to make her birthday card with an Autumn latte cup, coloring the design with Copics.  The BG paper is a scrap.  The swirl and acorns are embossed so after cutting out the Happy Birthday, I rubbed it with Versamark and embossed with clear empossing powder to match the swirl.  Then the cup looked drab so I masked off the top and bottom of the cup so I could use do clear embossing on the sleeve.  I wish you could see this IRL.  I took 20 pics but could not capture the embossed shine without glare.  Underneath the cup I put a few leaves (Spellbinder) which I had cut out and added ink to the embossed parts.
Now for the inside:
 I had to print out the word "wishing" but all the rest of the words are die cuts (you - Simon Says, a brew-tiful day - Stamploration) . Last step was to emboss a stitched border using a Die-namics Stitched Rectangle.

Thanks for looking.
Challenges:
Daily Marker - 30 day challenge
Simon Wednesday - CAS
Cardz TV - anything
All Sorts - autumn
Simon Monday - shimmer and shine
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Work It Wednesday - stamp
Joy Clair - anything
Coffee Lovers Fall Challenge
Stamploration CAS
Stamploration Never Ending Challenge

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Some Mornings

The image I used for this card cracks me up, although some times I feel like this - too early.
The image is a Dearie Doll digital stamp.  The sentiment? I think I downloaded it from Ginger's House. 
After coloring the image with copics and pencils, I made a coffee ring by pressing a round tin onto distress ink and then pressing that onto the paper.  The coffee splash is a stamp by Joy Clair.
Die-namics Stitched Rectangle was the die used. 

Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - CAS
Cardz TV - anything
Scrapyland - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Daily Marker - 30 days coloring
Fall Coffee Lovers 
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything

Saturday, September 16, 2017

First Coffee Card For Fall

Here is my first coffee card for this Fall's Coffee Lovers challenge.  I hope it is the first of many but we will see how things go.  I used the freebie at Stamploration.
Background EF is Darice.  Ovals are Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Ovals.  After I cut out the leaves with Impression Obsession dies, I ran them through the Cuttlebug again to emboss and then added some color to them.  Image and leaves are colored with Copics and Prisma pencils.
Thanks for looking and enjoy the blog hop at the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog.

Other Challenges:
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Scrapyland - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Daily Marker - 30 day challenge
Stamploration - never ending challenge
All Sorts Challenge - Autumn


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Experimenting With Distress Oxide

I was excited to play with some new Distress Oxide ink pads but as I tried to blend them, I soon realized that I need some new round daubers.  I only have the rectangle distress ink sponges.  I am blaming my less than satisfactory results with that and I am sticking to that excuse!
But seriously, I am not that unhappy with the results.
The image and sentiment are from the Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.
The colors I used : Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers

Challenges:
Daily Marker - 30 day challenge
Time Out - CASE
Altenew - inspiration photo
Work It Wednesday - use stamps
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Stamploration - CAS
Simon Wednesday - CAS

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

More Mail for Males

It is time to make a few more birthday cards for the guys in my family.  I had fun using this week's sketch at MFT.  My first card was a bomb out and got tossed in the circular files.  But this one turned out pretty good.
I started with a piece of printed Kraft cardstock and cut out a window.  Then I flipped over that piece so that the solid Kraft showed.  Next step was to cut the window frame using two dies from the Rectangle Stax and the Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT).  After cutting out the happy birthday (Elizabeth Crafts die) and adhering that to the window,  I cut out a small banner (? company) , "drew" a line with liquid pearls and added some Stickles.
Here is the sketch:
Challenges:
MFT - sketch
Cardz TV - anything
Scrapyland - anything
Die Cut Divas - masculine
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Tuesday Throwdown - happy birthday 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time For Rest

Wow, what a week!  I thought after the grands went back to school, things would slow down.  No.  We had our son and his family for six days because they had to get out of the smoke of the forest fires where they live.  Three active boys and a new baby.  Here is a pic of my precious new grandson, 2 weeks old. He is so good, we hardly knew he was with us.
They went back home Friday night so we spent Saturday with another son and his wife at a Wooden Boat show.  I am tired!
Sunday is a day of rest and I surely could use some R and R so I had a late, leisurely breakfast on the front porch, took a nap, and then spent a few hours in my newly organized craft room.  I can actually find things now- hahaha. I figure I will have to live til I am 220 years old in order to use all my designer paper! but at least it is sorted and categorized now.
So, here is one of the images I colored and turned into a card.


Stamp - Altenew
Background paper - Doodle Pantry

I think I will do some more coloring - so therapeutic.  Tomorrow I will have to re-enter reality - laundry, vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing little hand marks off windows, door, etc.  (And to think I used to do that every day with my own six children!)  But today I rest.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - stamp
Simon Wednesday - stamp
Work It Wednesday - stamp
Cardz TV - anything
Altenew - photo inspiration
7 Kids - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Daily Marker - 30 days coloring challenge

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sharing Sorrow

Sometimes friends or members of the family experience events that you wish you could fix.  Instead you just have to make yourself available in case that person needs to unload.  I made this card for someone whom I hope will feel free to do that.
The sentiment is Unity.  The beautiful wild rose image is by Ginna Maxam.  I printed it onto embossed vanilla cardstock then colored it with Copics.  The ovals are Spellbinder.  I made a rose colored frame to go on top of the image oval.
Edges are sponged with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Sketch:


Challenges:
Simon Monday - stamps
Simon Wednesday - stamps
Work It Wednesday - stamps
Daily Marker - 30 Day Challenge
Cardz TV - anything
Scrapyland - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Die Cuttin Divas - sketch

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Year Round Sports

Do you remember when we had specific seasons for individual sports?  Now, it seems, they are year round.  That is just fine for a couple of my grands - baseball fans for sure.  So here is a card I made for one of them using a new Power Poppy stamp set.
I would not have thought to stamp this image on to Kraft but the challenge at Power Poppy piqued my interest.  I like it.  It adds to the masculine effect.
Ovals are cut with Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Ovals.  
Image is colored with Copics and Prisma pencils.
Even with coloring and sponging, it needed more interest so I added some criss cross stitches on the side. 
Sketch: 

Challenges: 
Die Cut Divas - masculine
Work It Wednesday - use stamps
Power Poppy - stamp on Kraft 
7 Kids - anything 
Simon Wednesday - anything 
Cardz TV - anything 
Joy Clair - anything 
Daily Marker - 30 days



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Time To Color

Yeah!  I grabbed some time yesterday to color.  The 30 day Color Challenge is reminding me to take some time each day to color and I love coloring (even with crayons with my grands!)
Here is the card I came up with:
I colored the free page by Stamploration and then thought, "now what".  I considered die cutting a big Thanks for the front but then wondered if this triple cut would look good.  I really like how it turned out.  Everything is colored with Copics.  The rectangles are cut with MFT dies.  Ribbon and flower are from my stash.
Okay, back to work but hopefully I will be back with another card tomorrow because I do plan on coloring again this evening!


Challenges
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Simon Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything


Stamploration - Bloomtangled
Stamploration Never ending anything goes


Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Flowers and Prayers

It is still very warm here in the PNW so I took a bit of time in the afternoon to come indoors to color.
For this card I used two Power Poppy digital stamps; the Pure Prairie Bouquet and the sentiment from Rose and Chamomile.
I tend to print the images too large so this is definitely a CAS card because there is no room for any embellishments!  With the size of the print, I decided to cut around a few flowers so they would extend over the first  Elizabeth Craft Stitched Oval but lie on top the blue oval.  I cut the sentiment out with a Simon Says banner.  Does anyone recognize the background paper?  It is a piece from SU and I estimate it is about 17 years old!  That is embarrassing ! But I knew I would use it someday. 😃

Challenges:
Die Cut Divas - anything
Stamploration CAS

Power Poppy - use 2 PP stamps, mix and match
7 Kids Fund - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Cardz TV anything goes
Scrapyland - anything

Monday, August 14, 2017

Time and Roses

You all know the saying, "Take time to smell the roses."  Easier said than done.  This summer has been SO BUSY.  I'm having a hard time staying on top of things - forget the idea of getting ahead.  So with this busy summer of LOTS of grandchildren, other out of town guests, garden, flower beds, running errands for an aging mom, I have to constantly remind myself to enjoy the summer, the produce in the garden, the blessing of having grands here, and yes, the roses.  
Here is a card I made a while back (when I had free time ! lol) but posting here today and at the Dies R Us Inspirational blog  because it was my turn to share there.

The roses, jasmine, and stitched oval are all Elizabeth Crafts Designs dies.  I love them.  There are so many little pieces to these roses but I find it relaxing to sponge color on each petal and then assemble them. I had decided on the colors before I went scrounging around in the designer paper pieces.  Pretty thrilled that I still had this piece with the roses on it.
I have three huge bouquets of dahlias and gladiolas in the house right now but I should be able to pick enough roses this evening for another bouquet.  One can never have too many vases of flowers.  That's why we have 40 rose bushes and 20 dahlia plants. 

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Die Cut Divas - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Virginia's Summer challenge
Cardz TV Anything goes
Cardz TV Crazy Crafters - anything

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Tree Firmly Planted

The challenge at Words 2 Craft By is to make a card inspired by this quote:
"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." When looking at the key words, liberty, root, plant, growth, I was reminded of the verses in Psalms 1: 1-3:
" Blessed is the one who does walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His (God's) law day and night.  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.  Its leaves never wither.  In all that he does, he prospers. "
For my card I used two digital stamps.  I started with the tree, faded it out, then put the verse on top.  After printing, I added just a touch of green to the tree which normally prints black and white.
For the main panel under the oval I played with my one and only oxide ink pad, rubbing it on a piece of white cardstock then sprayed it with water and lastly stamped leaves (from a GKD set).  It isn't very clear, but the button in the middle of the twine is a maple leaf.  Recently I started supplying cards to a lady at my church who loves to send out cards.  I hope she likes this one.  (I do - heehee)
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Words 2 Craft By - quote
Simon Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Stamploration CAS


Just for the Pun of It

Sometimes it is fun to make a silly card, hoping to bring a smile to the recipient.  I made this card with a digital image and sentiment that Ginny Maxam offered on her blog some time ago.  Thanks Ginny.
Materials used:
Elizabeth Craft Stitched Ovals die
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Washi tape
Olive pearls
Sequins
Sketch used:

Thanks for looking.  I hope it made you smile.

Challenges:
MFT - sketch 
Simon Wednesday - anything
Simon Monday - edges
Work it Wednesday - bling
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Stamploration CAS


Friday, July 28, 2017

Double Layered Sunflower

Sure having fun with this digital stamp by Power Poppy and the challenge to CASE a Bloomie.

This card was inspired by Stacy Morgan.  I changed only a few things because I love it so much - can't improve perfection.   Here is Stacy's card:
The flower is Sunflower Power.  The sentiment is from the digital set Roses and Chamomile.  For her card she printed the sunflower twice, cut out the bloom and then added it on top of the first printed flower.  I really like that dimension so I did the same.
Thanks for looking. 


Challenges:
Power Poppy - CASE
Simon Wednesday - anything
Time Out - good thoughts, sunbeams
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Work It Wednesday - bling
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything

Thursday, July 27, 2017

More Balloons

Using the same patterned paper as the last card but this time as the background, I made another card with balloons using two dies, an Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Oval and Paper Sweeties balloon die.

After the balloons were stamped and cut, I colored them with Copics.  I used a Prisma pencil to go over the stitch lines on the oval.  I think I like this card better than the one yesterday but both are fun and will send both cards to Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Challenges:
CASology - balloons
Stamplorataion - warm colors
Stamploration CAS
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Party Balloons

Balloons and parties just go together.  I used some old patterned paper to make these balloons with the Stamploration dies, cutting out some of the fun words.

Between the base piece of patterned paper and the frame, I inserted a piece of window sheet that I cut with the base die. 

Challenges:
CASology - balloons
Scrapyland - anything with dies
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration CAS
 Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Stamploration Never ending challenge 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another CASEd card

Here is another card I CASED, again from Cindy Lawrence.
Here is Cindy's card:
I loved how she did the bow on the side and the strip of stripes.
The image I used is a Poppy Power digital stamp which I colored with Copics.
Oval die is Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Ovals. 

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Power Poppy - CASE a Bloomie
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Yes, Virginia - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Scrapyland - anything with die





Sunday, July 23, 2017

Love to CASE

One of the challenges this month (Power Poppy) is to CASE one of the members of the design team.  Do you have a file of cards to be CASEd?  Mine is quite large.  It is very seldom that I come up with an idea for a card on my own; I need a sketch,  or colors, or similar stamps to get my creative juices flowing. 
My card is a CASE of the very talented Cindy Lawrence.  Here is her card:

And here is my take :
The roses are a  Power Poppy digital stamp, printed, colored with Copics, fussy cut.  The left one is popped up with dimension tape over the right one. 
The sentiment is from an Altenew set, Fresh Freesia.

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Power Poppy - CASE a Bloomie
Crop Stop - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Time Out - good thoughts 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Last July Birthday Card

Finally finished with all the birthday and anniversary cards for July.  This is the last one.
I have been wanting to make window/shaker cards for a while now so here was my first attempt after receiving these dies from Stamplorations.
I tried cutting the balloons with fun foam but the sequins would get stuck to the adhesive between the layers.  Next I cut three balloons out of cardstock, glued  them together but it isn't quite enough space for the sequins to move freely.  I will keep experimenting; probably buy a filler other than sequins and a thicker foam.  But the balloons are cute even if they don't shake.
Sentiment die is by Memory Box.  Embossing folder - Darice.

Suggestions are very welcome!

Challenges:
Work It Wednesday - bling
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Scrapyland - dies
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration Sketch 
Stamploration Never Ending Challenge




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fun With New Dies

I took a few minutes to play with a new set of dies that I won this past week.  I love all these pretty wild flowers.

Dies are Sizzix by Tim Holtz.  I received these from 7 Kids so here is the site if you are interested.
Sentiment is Power Poppy (digital).

Challenges:
Scrapyland - anything with die
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration - warm colors
Stamploration CAS

Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV- anything 
Mailbox Smiles - anything

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Liberty

A new challenge begins today at Words 2 Craft By and it is my privilege to be a guest this week.  The quote for this month's challenge is:
"Liberty when it begins to take root,  is a plant of rapid growth."  George Washington
This is my interpretation:

For the main panel I used a digital print offered by Crafting With Jack.  It is pictured below.
I love this print but I wanted the flowers to stand out a bit more so I used Copics to color in the flower as if the image were a no line image, darkening most of the flower and adding a bit of gray on the leaves and stem.
Before printing the poppies, I added the verse which was offered at Word Art Wednesday.
Final touches - black liquid pearls in the center of the flowers and a few sequins.
After backing the print with black, the card base is Stampin Up's Sahara Sand.

Thanks for looking.  Head over to Words 2 Craft By and enter the challenge.

Challenges:
Joy Clair - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Virginia's Summer Challenge
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration CAS
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Flowery Heart

Here with another heart die cut by Die-Namites.  Last Monday I showcased a card and used the  Love Heart 2 Die that contained stars.  This die, Fancy Hearts, includes beautiful flowers, leaves and the word Love all in one die.  Once again I used Copics to color the different parts of the die cut.

I started with a piece of glossy paper.  Then using the ink pad to paper technique with  pink distress ink onto the paper.  I tried quite a few angles to capture how beautiful the background turned out but never could get an accurate photo of it.  You will just have to try it - it is lovely!
The word "you" is a Simon Says Die.  The centers of the flowers are filled in with Liquid Pearls. 
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Scrapyland - anything
Double D - pastels
Stamploration - CAS

 Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Crop Stop - anything