Tuesday, August 22, 2017

I followed the eclipse across the US on tv. It didn't get dark here, only very cloudy and overcast. What a fantastic event it was and brought so many people together from all over in a unified manner.
This card is for my granddaughter's birthday and I had a hard time with it. I made it twice and still am not pleased. It's the strings that really threw me. I'm posting it in the JUGS challenge this week. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

I watched HSN the other day when they had crafting on. I didn't buy anything crafty but I did buy two shelving units for the garage and they should be here this week. I've got a lot of work to do out there. I'm not looking forward to it but it needs to be done.

Today's card is for my son's birthday and as you can see he is turning 50. I don't have any idea how this is happening! I had a card in my head where I would stamp the Cas-ual Friday stamp of 50 diagonally in black on a white panel then add a big 50 of cut out numbers centered over the top of them. When I saw Kristinas card on the 11th, I knew that's what I wanted to do instead.  I love the rainbow lines and just made it simple. I used Distress Oxide ink to stamp the lines, then all around the edges of a white card base.  Nothing like rubbing it in! His age, not the ink. Be kind to one another and be sure and wear your safe glasses on Monday.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

It turned out to be a busy week instead of the calm that I expected. That's a good thing though and keeps me busy. I did get another birthday card finished and went ahead and made two of them since everything was already out on my table. It is a card I learned from Jennifer McGuire and one of my favorites. It is made with tulle for the shaker window and a Simon Says Stamp flower. The sentiment is SU. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

I have one more card to enter in JUGS challenge for this week. I watercolored in black then added silver and gold pearl paint from Gansai Tambi to create the sky. The sentiment is from Altenew and embossed in white on vellum. I believe the silver stars are from Tim Holtz but they were in a clear zip bag so I'm not sure. The black stars are from my stash. I am also entering http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/.

Molly has been fine so I think she is over whatever she had. She is playful and eating and has finished her book. Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I may have got ahead of myself as Molly vomited again yesterday afternoon. She's back on rice for now.

My friend Darnell is guest hosting at Just Us Girls this week and I wanted to join in the challenge. It is Shower and I used this MFT stamp called My Umbrella. I colored her with Copics and added black polka dots to her raincoat and umbrella. The umbrella, raincoat and boots are covered with Glossy Accents. The sentiment is from MFT too. Be kind to one another.

Edited:  I couldn't figure out how to resize the picture.  I tried four times and it didn't work. Sorry, Darnell. I've never seen a link up like that and I am still computer challenged. I am so frustrated about this since I don't enter many challenges. I just make a card for whatever I need it for and I made this card just to enter the challenge Shower.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Molly has turned the corner but it took all week. Late Friday she started feeling better. No more vomiting and she got half rice and half dog food on  Saturday. It really had me worried because she was so listless.  I haven't kept you updated on her reading lately either. She likes Danielle Steel and loved her latest book, The Duchess. Be kind to one another.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Molly is very sick and so far we haven't found out what's wrong. She started vomiting Mon. and Tues. We went to the vet Tues. and she got anti-inflammatory meds. and anti-nausea meds. Also did blood work. She has only had boiled rice since Tues. night. Yesterday she only vomited once and it was not much.  I am calling agin today to see if we should be doing more. Mostly she just sleeps but it's hard to tell if that's bad because that's all she usually does! The blood work came back okay.

This is the card that has the cut out letters from my backgrounds. Altenew letters, Lawn Fawn puppy and  paper. I chose that plaid since it matches my background. I colored the puppy with Copics. Very simple and I'm using some backgrounds I made. Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My next door neighbor's birthday is today so I used one of my backgrounds to cut letters from Altenew's inline alpha dies. I used the Hero Arts flower die and used some DI to splatter the c/s. The pattern paper is from a 6 x 6 pack from MME. I added some gold bling for the flower center. Be kind to one another.

It is my next door neighbor's birthday and I did use everything I told you above, BUT I used one of my backgrounds and cut Altenew's letters on a different card! When it is finished I will post it. Please forgive my "senior moment". This happy birthday is an Avery Elle stamp.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Rainy overcast day perfect for crafting today. Just to show you I have actually been doing something besides complaining about cling wrap, here are my backgrounds from things I've done lately.

The middle green one has a cling line right down the middle and so far that is it for cling wrap! The other backgrounds of color had wrap on them but it didn't work. I have purchased spray starch and have three backgrounds drying with cling on them. We'll see. The blue and white one on the right is a Richard Garay embossing folder that is real hard plastic and I don't know how to emboss with it. I just stuck the paper in the folder and rubbed it with my hands.

The second picture of backgrounds are brushos and color burst and the ones on the right are made with inka gold. The two top ones and the botton yellow and orange are shaving cream backgrounds. So those will be made into cards either as backgrounds or die cuts. I do really like them but they aren't what I set out to do. The last picture is a goof up. I white embossed a flower and didn't realize it wasn't a filled in bloom but I added brushos anyway. Of course it didn't show up like it would have if it had been a solid image. Some days I work so hard and come up with so little. It is discouraging when that happens. BUT, when you make a fantastic card that you love it is all worth it. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

For now the cling wrap has fled to the kitchen. I tried again after helpful hints from bloggers. I looked in the mirror and said "there are just some things you cannot do well" and moved on. Thank you all for your suggestions. I say "for now" as I will try this again. I will use different paper, spray starch and gesso or all three at once! I just can't let a piece of plastic defeat me. Never give up - just give it a rest.

In the meantime I did another tissue paper card. That I like. I smooshed distress ink on the tissue, used die cuts from Concord & 9th and stamped a sentiment from Impression Obsession. I am skidding in on the last day to enter this at http://casmixup.blogspot.ca/. I used tissue paper, die cuts and stamped. I am closing now as I was watching the race at the Brickyard that just started and they pulled the cars off the track because of a storm that is moving this way. Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The heat is back with 100-110 heat advisories. It seems to be everywhere across the US so everyone stay safe. Stay in and craft. I did that yesterday and worked with Brushos and Color Burst. I made quite a few backgrounds but I don't think I like them. If I just barely tapped I didn't get a good coverage and if I tapped harder I got big splotches. If I misted lightly the powder didn't dissolve. If I misted more the colors all ran together. This morning since they have dried the paper is so stiff and hard. There must be something about this I don't know. I've watched the videos and it looks so easy. Any hints would be appreciated. I even messed up the metallics. I had to mist a little bit to get it moving and when I used it on the paper it just blended right in and doesn't look like I even added anything. I also tried the cling wrap technique and couldn't get the wrap to stick. I did that on four cards to no avail.

On the up side, I got to meet my grandson's girlfriend over the weekend. She lives and goes to college in another state so they take turns going back and forth to visit each other. She came here this weekend and she is just as sweet as can be and a perfect match for him. I haven't been able to meet her every time she's been here before so I was thrilled to finally get together.  They came to my house and then we went to visit with my granddaughter who works about 10 minutes from here. All in all it was a fun weekend. My granddaughter and I are going to dinner with a good friend of hers and her grandma this evening. That will be a nice evening. This is a card I made to send to his girlfriend. It is Lawn Fawn paper, a Simon Says Stamp scalloped die and the Yippee die is Waffle Flower. The little flower face is from Impression Obsession. Be kind to one another and stay cool.

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Several days ago I found out that a dear friend and used to be neighbor has bile duct cancer. I am so sad to hear this and have been working on a card for two days. I have been wanting to try the tissue paper technique that some stampers are doing and this card was born. I used white tissue paper and spritzed it with Dylusions squeezed orange and Tattered Angels creme de chocolat ink sprays. When dry I glued it to a card panel and scrunched it up a bit. It tore a little but that's okay, it's very fragile. The  crock stamp is by Judith and  I used a little set of stamps from Rubber Stamp Tapestry. I colored the crock with Copics and stamped the flowers, leaves and grass. I stamped the sentiment from Simon Says and added the prayer die from them too. This card is definitely a labor of love. I am entering it into CAS Mix Up with stamping, tissue paper, coloring and die cutting with embossing. I don't know what I will use in gift bags now!  Be kind to one another.


Sunday, July 9, 2017

We have a beautiful sunny weekend to enjoy here after storms rolled through. The grass is so green and the sun so bright - I love this kind of day. I'm happy you liked the dogs on my last post. They are so cute.  This is my alcohol ink card that I love how it came out. I used a technique that I learned from watching a video by Loll. It is the inks dropped on aluminum foil and the paper smooshed in it. She used Yupo and I used glossy but it worked just fine. The flower is Ragged Daisy by Poppy Stamps the I used a Spellbinder die to cut the opening.  I colored the daisy with Copics and stamped the sentiment with a Stampin Up stamp. I am entering the challenges below. The Paru challenge is new to me so I hope you can pop by and visit. Be kind to one another.

Challenges: http://addictedtostamps-challenge.blogspot.co.uk/  


Thursday, July 6, 2017

I am working on my alcohol ink card and will post it soon. In the meantime I want to show you this hilarious picture from the 4th. This is my DIL arranging the food on the bar for us and talk about a captive audience! All the dogs are watching her carefully with their tongues hanging out. We just cracked up. They have two labs, brown one and black one and of course, Molly. Just thought you might get a laugh out of this! Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Happy 4th to all that celebrate today. It will be a hot one here with humidity. Molly and I are going to my son's for the afternoon. It will be nice seeing everyone.

I made another attempt at using the Floribunda die from Poppy Stamps for a birthday card for a sweet friend. I did not try to stack the petals this time. I made a template from cardstock cut with the die. I laid it over the black cardstock and inlaid the petals cut from SU sparkle paper. That worked much better and I didn't add anything other than the sentiment. The card base is pink and the sentiment is stamped on white cardstock and layered on pink. I'm very pleased with this card. Enjoy the day and be safe.

I am playing in  the http://poppystamps.typepad.com/poppystamps/challenge/ 0717 copy

Friday, June 30, 2017

Thank you all for your encouraging posts of my shaker card. I also remade the black card and will show you next time. Today I want to show you a simple card that there was no way I could possible mess up! It is made with gorgeous designer paper with copper shine. I embossed a snippet of vellum with a Mint Owl sentiment in SU copper embossing powder.  I am entering this card in the new http://tictactoechallenge.com. I used the second row across of DSP, embossing and floral. I am also going to pop by and enter in http://pixiescraftyworkshop.blogspot.com/.  Be kind to one another.

Update - Blogger would not let me post a picture of the tictactoe image.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Okay, I'm right back on the horse. I remade this shaker card and didn't add all those sequin things and make it a shaker. The point was to be able to see the cupcake. It was colored with Copics and glossy accents added to the frosting. The sequin things covered it all up and the inside verse had to do with cupcakes so covering it up defeated the purpose. That was what was wrong with it and I'm sorry I didn't make that clear. I should have shown the inside too. It was hard to get a good picture because of the reflection. Be kind to one another.

Monday, June 26, 2017

It's not like I've been idle.  I made five cards last week. All of which ended up in the trash. I did try to salvage them but I really messed them up. I have inked, sponged, embossed, shakered, and inlaid all to no avail. When I made the shaker I needed to have been stopped before I got so out of control. It looked pretty good until I decided I had all these great sequin like things to add to a birthday card so I added them and was so proud of myself. OMG, what was I thinking. I took a picture then took it apart but could not save it. I tried the latest from J. McGuire. How she did that I'll never know. I followed her directions EXACTLY and it resulted in a mess. That is the second card - black with the inlaid flowers. The glue squeezed out and I couldn't get the flowers to pop out, plus this is an exacting process. I didn't get the flower petals layered perfectly so that didn't work either. I used my craft knife to scrape a lot of the paper away from the flowers but couldn't get it all. It would be so pretty if I could get right. So I'm going to show them to you and get on with my life. The others are in the trash.  Be kind to one another.

Monday, June 19, 2017

I hope all of my friends in the west are okay during this extreme heat wave they are having. Please keep cool and hydrated. I would like to welcome a new follower to my blog. She is Mia and you can find her at http://craftartista.blogspot.com/. She is so talented and does so many crafts, you will enjoy stopping by.

I'm sad to see the last day of camp at http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/ . In spite of the mosquito bites and sunburn I had a wonderful time and look forward to next year.  Plus I already have two roomies for our cabin. The theme this time is Glitzy Glitter. I'm not a fan of glitter but this technique didn't look too messy so I'm on board. It was easy but I still managed to get glitter everywhere. I did not put a sentiment on this card yet as it is very versatile and can be used for a lot of different occasions. I used a Die-namics flower die and Stampendous ultra fine pink glitter. Be kind to one another.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

I'm almost caught up with my classes at camp with http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/. This class was Divine Dry Embossing and what a cool class it was. It was a Bonus Day for us. I used my Doily die from Die-namics to dry emboss and the basket of apples from Harvest Mouse layered twice and stamped a few little leaves. Colored with Copics and the clear embossed sentiment is from that set too. I wonder how many of you remember that song? Be kind to one another.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Going to camp at http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/ is so much fun, I feel like a kid again. This is the card for day four and it's Sensational Sliders. I was under the misapprehension that it was those little sandwiches but it turned out not to be. It is about interactive cards. See how much I've learned. I agonized  over this card. It is my first slider and I'm happy with the way it turned out but it took me several tries to get it right. I hope you like it. I used My Favorite Things paper and the little girl with her balloon. Be kind to one another.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Wow, two posts in one day! I am finished with kittie duty. They will be home tomorrow. Kitty misses them, he wouldn't leave my side while I was there. He thinks he is a dog. He rolls over so you can rub his belly just like Molly does.

When I got back I was able to make a shaker card for http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/. This is for day 3 and it is a shaker card. I used a MFT heart die and the Because stamp and die set. The because is die cut three times and layered, then glittered with a Spectrum glitter pen. Be kind to one another.

This is for day two at Camp Create at http://www.mftstamps.com/blog/.  The theme is Remarkable Resist and this is my card for it. I embossed the sentiment in white embossing powder and used Distress Inks over the panel.  Polished the sentiment and added some colored sequins to complete the card. It has been pretty hot here so I'm glad to be inside crafting. Be kind to one another.  Blogger would not let me post the badge for Day 2. Bummer. It was the campfire.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

I am away at camp this week. Camp Create 2017 at https://www.mftstamps.com/blog/. I kept seeing bloggers last year talk about it and didn't know what it was. Now, with my newfound knowledge, I am attending. It is such a busy week for me with running back and forth to my sons to take care of cat, funeral and graduation but I'm hoping to keep up with camp. The bed is comfortable and the food is so good, not to mention the great videos and tips. Day 1 is watercoloring. I made this card with an ombre watercolor look with Gansai Tambi pearl watercolors. I debossed the rectangle peek a boo die and used the stamp set Think Pink. It is an older stamp set but still useful always. I'd love for you to join me at camp. Maybe we could be roomies. Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

I was able to figure out how to load from both camera and phone. I called Sprint and they said they didn't have any techs at their store and gave me another number for a different store. I called many times and no one answered but no message came on to say it wasn't a working number! I went into the computer and decided to delete many more pictures - doubles and things I didn't really need to keep. Worked like a charm. So here is the first card I foiled. I also learned how hard it is to take a picture of a foiled card because of the shine. This card was made with Heidi Swapp foiled paper and foil. The paper comes in a little pack and mine was on sale at Hobby Lobby. I don't think I will buy anymore of her foil because it is so hard to open the hard plastic container it comes in and the sticker to hold it closed is not very peelable. That could possibly not be a word but that's the truth. Anyway, it is multi colored foil and really pretty. Soft pink at the top, gold then a rose color at the bottom. It is an easy, quick way to foil. Pick the paper, put the foil on top and run through the machine. Be kind to one another.

Monday, June 12, 2017

I foiled several cards over the weekend but my computer won't load them either from the camera or my phone. I am so bummed since I don't know what to do. I deleted some pictures from my camera and the computer thinking it might be full but no go. I will call Sprint when they open and see if they can help.

I'm taking care of my son's cat this week and that involves  trips back and forth three times. It's a good little jaunt back and forth so that will cut into my crafting time. Plus it is very hot here and I don't do hot very well.

Hope to be back soon with cards. Be kind to one another.

Friday, June 9, 2017

I have to admit I didn't do anything yesterday other than sat and stayed glued to the tv. In the evening I made this card with pattern papers from Doodlebug. The center of the flowers have a teeny drop of Nuvo honey gold glitter drops. I am entering this in the CASual Friday challenge. Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

My youngest granddaughter and I spent the day together yesterday and of course we went to the mall! We saw a shirt that she really wanted to get for Father's Day but they didn't have it in his size. So I made a card that is similar. I didn't have dies with a small enough font to put inside the bear so I had to improvise. He will get the idea. The bear is a Hero Arts Stamp and the letters are QuicKutz stiletto.  We were able to get another tee shirt for him that is snarky.  Be kind to one another.