Thursday, June 25, 2015

Hoot hoot hurray

Back to rain and cold. We seem to be getting summer in little bursts that don't last long. But no severe weather, so I am grateful for that. My heart goes out to those in lower Michigan and elsewhere where they have been getting hit by such severe weather.

Today I have a card that was made with 'scraps' laying on my work table.

The 2 design papers are from the DCWV mat-stack Naturals. It's really hard to see that the designs on the papers are copper metallic. The scraps were from a card I made last week. The owl die-cut (Sizzix die) has been floating around my table since last fall, and he finally found a home :) I highlighted the lines of his wings and neck, and filled in the beak with a Memento brown marker and the center of his eye with a memento black marker. The brown paper he is cut from looks like corduroy-giving him texture. I rubbed some brown chalk on the branch he is standing on. The sentiment is from JustRite stamps 'Owl Be There' stamp set, stamped on SU Very Vanilla cardstock with Brilliance Cosmic Copper ink and heat embossed with clear embossing powder. I punch the sentiment out with SU Decorative label punch, then punched it out of brown paper and cut it in quarters and mounted behind the panel...It's all mounted on a base of dark brown cardstock.  Inside I stamped "It's your birthday'.

Will enter this in the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday #379- Stars and/or stripes, the striped paper
Shopping Our Stash #207 - For the Boys
Seize the Birthday - Nothing but Neutrals

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Miss you

As I mentioned a couple of posts back, I really need a new camera. My best camera broke, and I don't know of any place that fixes them. The one I've been using is quite old, and doesn't catch the colors very well. Or maybe it's my editing program, I don't know- but colors are just not quite right. Hmmmmm....


I will enter this card in the following challenges:

Addicted to Stamps #107-Bingo (chart above)-Ribbon, die/punch, layers
Crafty Cardmakers #141 for a man or boy
Deep Ocean Challenge #106- Monochrome
The Paper Plunge #48 - He's a manly man
ODBD June OWH Challenge - Missing You

Stamp-Technique Tuesday 'All Aboard'
Papers: DCWV Naturals (the plaid); The Paper Studio (dotted)
Ink: Momento Rich Cocoa
Accessories: Verve Sweet Scallop Tag die; Pioneer Letter stickers; K&Co. border sticker; Hot Off the Press Artsy Collage ephmera pad (text image) Copic marker to color edge of distress piece; Inkadinkadoo brown chalk around edge of tag

Comments always welcome!


Finally a bit warmer here today. Not that I'm complaining about the cooler weather-I'm not a fan of heat. It's just been so gloomy lately. Sunshine for at least part of the day today-then more rain. Good time to craft, and that's just what I'm going to do. Our craft group is having an 'overnighter' this Friday-Saturday at our church. Not that we sleep over (too old for sleeping on the floor anymore), we all live close enough to just go home when we get tired and return in the morning.

Today's card used the Challenge over at Addicted to stamps challenge #107-Bingo, using the chart below. I'm using the center vertical-Flowers, stamped image, punches/dies. I am also entering this in the Friday Mash-up #214-using the monocromatic theme part of the challenge; the Pink Gem-Challenge #124-Summertime; and the Deep Ocean Challenge #106-Monocrome. Also the Simon Says Stamp challenge this week is anything goes-showcasing Simon Says Products.

Stamped image is from Sweet N' Sassy 'Flowers in Bloom' set, stamped with Momento Black on Gina K Pure Luxury white cardstock, colored with Copics, then die cut with the matching Flowers in bloom die. One of the coneflowers in my garden I thought'd I'd lost to either the rabbits or the deer, but I see it is coming back-darn critters! But I love to see them, too, so I guess as long as they didn't destroy the plant it's all okay;0.
The DP is from  American Crafts-Everyday paper pad. Sentiment from My Favorite Things 'Essential Sentiments' stamped with Versa Color Raspberry on Canson Iced Gold Shimmer cardstock and cut out with Simon Says Stamp's small folded banners. Background mat is SU Strawberry Slush cardstock. Border is the Canson  gold shimmer punched with MS scalloped border punch. I added some tiny CTMH rhinestones to the center of the border flowers. 

Hope you like! Please leave a comment-I love hearing from you all.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Hello Friend

I thought I posted this card already, but hadn't-good thing I checked!

The theme at One Layer Simplicity this month is 'Round and Round'-use 2 circles only. I don't do clean and simple usually as I don't do it well. But I like how this card turned out. 

I diecut 2 circles overlapped out of a piece of copy paper, then placed it over my card base and sponged Momento Sky Blue ink onto the base. I stamped the Iris image from Penny Black 'Allegro' clear stamp set with Momento Luxe Blue Danube.  The sentiment and dragonfly are from Clear Art Stamps-Wildflowers set. The sentiment stamped in Mom. Black Tuxedo, the dragonfly with Brilliance Galaxy Gold. Border punched the edge of the card with M.S. scalloped border punch. The border stamp (It's either Inkadinkadoo or Fiskars) is stamped in Galaxy Gold.

Will also enter this in the following challenge: Addicted to Stamps and More - Clean and Simple

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Doe & Fawn

As I mentioned in my last post, I need a new camera-the background colors for the deer image is no where's near as bright as this, I tried to lighten it out a bit, but then the rest of the colors were too washed out. It really is much nicer in person. Next time I go to town I am getting a new camera!

Sketch Frenzy Friday

The image is from Repeat Impressions-doe & fawn, stamped on Neenah cardstock with Momento Rich Cocoa and colored with Copic markers. I stamped the sentiment, from an old Stampin' Up set, with Tuxedo black on white cardstock and colored it with a cream Copic and trimmed around it with scissors. I used a piece of cardboard that I peeled apart for the kraft background. The border strip is from an old Paper Pizazz paper pack.
I rounded two corners of the panels with a corner punch (the sketch is a sketch frenzy Friday from a couple weeks ago, I reversed the rounded corners to fit my image).  

I will enter this in the following challenges: 
Sunday Stamps-#103 Neutrals
Crazy 4 Challenges #290-Make it Masculine

For Dad

I am working on my last box of cards for Operation Write Home, as they are winding down and will not accept any more cards after August 1st. While I'm glad our soldiers are being brought home and fewer troops are being deployed 'over there', I NOW NEED TO FIND A NEW PLACE TO SEND MY CARDS!!!!!!!!!! Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.

Today my card if for a 'Dad'. I've used the sketch from CAS Colours and Sketches #128.  I will also enter this in the Creative Knockouts challenge#93-use your stash (the papers-I've had them forEVER!); and the Crazy 4 Challenges C4C290-a masculine card.

All of the papers for this card were already on my table as I had been cleaning out one of my paper holders. When I saw this sketch I knew just what I was going to do with them. Although it is hard to see the colors on these papers (I need a new camera-this one does not capture the colors very well), the patterns on the background papers are copper foils, from the DCWV Naturals stack. Bright, shiny copper foils, and no matter how I turned the camera I could no capture that pretty shine. 'Sigh'. The brown paper is Co'ordinations Foundations Coffee. The speckled papers are from an old Provo Craft pad. I cut the letters out with Lawn Fawn Finlay's Alphabet Capitols. This is a funny set, all the letters except the 'i' are capitols. The i is a dotted i, lower case-what's up with that?  
Anyway, I like the simplicity of this card, and I have a very hard time with simple cards-always want to add more-but this one is okay just as it is.

Friday, June 12, 2015

A Graduation card

Time seems to slip away from me and by the time I get around to posting a card I make for a challenge it's already ended. Thus no cards for the last few weeks. Crazy busy with graduation, vacations, and following grandsons to Little League games. Fun, but sure tires this ole gal out!

My first card today uses the sketch from Fusion Card Challenge.  I flipped the sketch on it's side for this card. It also has the dark blue color of the shutter and the gold of the star from the sketch.
This card is for a great-nephew of my husbands. I went on the school web sight to find the school colors, which simply said blue and gold. So my first attempt was just that! Then my daughter said no, the colors are navy blue and gold (not the yellow I had used.) So on to take 2, which I actually like better.

I saw this sentiment (from SU Word Play set) on so many cards on Pinterest, and of course it was no longer available from SU. So I went on eBay looking. The first couple listings had multiple bids and price was already over what original price was. Then there was the next listing-no bids yet, closing in 22 minutes. Decided to watch it. I GOT the whole set for $5 + shipping (which was $5.50, but hey- still cheaper that the others and cheaper that original by far). Meant to be mine, right?
Anyway........This stamp is so appropriate for graduation cards. Such a positive statement.  Hope you enjoy. Leave some love. I always appreciate what others think of my work.

Will also enter this in the following challenge: Blue

Stamps: SU Word Play, Sweet 'n Sassy Congrats Grad, Lawn Fawn Starry Backdrops
Paper: SU Whisper White, Bazzil Navy, Recollections Metallic gold
Ink; Momento Tuxedo Black, Versa Color Neptune.
Accessories: Sweet N Sassy Mortarboard die, Spellbinders Deckled Rectangles, Copic Markers, Ranger Clear Detail Embossing powder, Sizzix Diamonds embossing folder.