Sunday, September 15, 2019

Happy face card

We have celebrated the September birthdays in our family and the month is half over already. How can that be? This card was made in my SU class and then I added the happy face to it. I gave this card to my daughter in law for her birthday and she always makes me smile so I hoped she would like it. She did. The white dots are on a clear ribbon that reminds me of swiss dotted fabric you used to see all the time. Maybe it's making a come back. The flower is punched from pink vellum and the leaf is green vellum.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Busy as a bee

I am such a homebody but this summer has been the one I broke out of my shell. Everyday brings something to do and I've been doing it! I stay in most of the winter because I hate the cold so anything I wanted to do or anywhere I wanted to go, I did this summer. Of course, that means not making many cards and I do miss that.

This is a card made at Stampin' Up class. I didn't put a sentiment on it since I don't know what I'll use it for. It could be Sympathy, Thinking of You, Get Well or Hello. I love that color of green and the relaxing scene.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

My son's card

We just celebrated the September birthdays on Labor Day this year at my grandson's new apartment. It's like living in a resort. A huge complex with a pool, workout room, dog park and tables and each section of the building has grills and tables and chairs for the residents to use. Lots of young people live there so it is perfect for him. His girlfriend, Maddie, helped him host and it was so nice. The guys did the grilling and we set out the food and got everything ready. That's when we realized he only has silverware for four! Maddie ran to the store and picked up plastic silverware and condiments. It was so much fun.

This is the birthday card I made for my son. He loves to fish and I thought this Penny Black stamp would be a good one for him. I used the technique a lot of the Penny Black designers do by putting the stamp in the Misti and inking up parts of the stamp at a time and stamping. I then embossed it with clear ink and sponged in the sky and ground. I was so pleased at how it came out.

Be kind to one another.

Saturday, August 31, 2019

Another sympathy card

This is a card we made at SU camp and I now have it in my stash. I usually make cards for the person as I need them and my stash just kind of sits. It is nice to have a card already made when an unexpected need arises though. This is a beautiful flower stamp and the shading is already there for you.

I hope you all have a nice Labor Day weekend!

Be kind to one another.

Monday, August 26, 2019

Sympathy card

A good friend of mine recently lost her mother and this is the sympathy card I made for her. I cased this card from Loll here Faux stained glass. I used a Darice embossing folder and Nuvo crystal glaze.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019


The this month is using spray with a stencil. I've tried that in the past and could never get it right. Maybe I used the wrong type of stencil before, but this time it worked! At first there were kind of clumpy drips that I didn't like but I left it to dry and when I came back, it looked so much better.  This is a small stencil I got at a stamp convention in a little plastic bag so I don't know the name of it. I used a TH Distress Spray Wild Honey and a Sizzix die cut flower. I cut an opening in the panel and glued the sprayed stenciled piece behind it. I used a DCWV little circle stencil over the flower and the same spray to give the flower a bit of color then popped it up over the sprayed stencil. The sentiment is Simon Says Stamp. Stamped, used two stencils and Distress Stain Spray along with two die cuts.

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

Time for glitter

Today I'm sharing a card for the caschristmascardchallenge with the prompt glitter. This is all Stampin' Up. A stamp set and matching dies from last year that I just had to have. I think it is timeless and perfect to glitter. Navy blue cardstock is stamped with Versamark ink and embossed with Ranger snowflake glitter embossing powder. Then I die cut the star from silver glitter paper and stamped the sentiment in Hero Arts white ink.

Be kind to one another.

Friday, August 16, 2019

The paper towel technique

Today I'm sharing a card I made for using a paper towel. This is a fun way to create a background . You can't see the pattern to well all over the background but I like the colors so I used it. Just wet it and laid it over cardstock and pushed on it with my fingers.  The leaves are cut in two matching ink colors of yellow and lavender from Concord and 9th. The sentiment is Penny Black.  Paper towel, die cuts and stamping.

Be kind to one another.

Monday, August 12, 2019

Nautical Twofer

I don't know if everyone does this, but this is my way of deciding what to make. When I saw nautical as the prompt for the  this month, I knew I had "stuff" to do that one. So I gathered what seemed nautical to me all on my desk. That's what that hodgepodge of stamps are on my desk. By the process of eliminating what I don't want to use I end up with what I do want to use.

The first card is a Stampin' Up sailboat sailing on a Hero Arts wave background stamp. Handmade group of clouds and s sentiment from Love from Lizzie.  The second card is a stamp and sentiment from Lawn Fawn, same waves and a porthole cut from circle Spellbinders dies. Then Cassie got in on the act. Seems she is obsessed with bling and couldn't wait to add the gems around the porthole. They are gray but don't look like it in the picture. Once I knew what I wanted to use the cards went together so quick.

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 11, 2019

Another birthday card

This is a birthday card for my girlfriend and a fun one to make. I used a Darkroom Door flower and Penny Black frames. Used the swiping across the card stock for the colors and found Stampin' Up paper to match the lavender. Added a gem to the flower center and popped up the frame around it. It's been an unexpected busy week and I haven't been in my craft room all week. I'm having withdrawal!

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Things don't always turn out

Sometimes they go awry. What seemed like such a great idea in my head did not translate to my card. I stamped this Penny Black stamp in Versafine black and embossed in clear embossing powder.  So far, so good. Then the magic didn't happen. The intent was to color in the flowers and leaves with metallic pencils, which I did. It didn't come out vibrant like I pictured and you can barely see the color. It looks a bit better in person but I was disappointed. Sometimes that happens but that's how we learn. I learned not to do that again.

I've found if I type too long my wrists will bother me, so I am trying to comment and visit, but I'm keeping my comments shorter for now. Thanks for understanding.

Be kind to one another.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Friday already?

I truly don't know where this week went. I was running every day and I'm looking forward to the weekend to rest. I'm sharing another card today we made at a Stamp Camp.  All Stampin' Up products and colored with alcohol markers from SU. I haven't made a card all week and I need to get busy with lots of birthdays for our family coming up. Cassie kitty is anxious for me to get started so she can help. Have a great weekend everyone.

Be kind to one another.

Monday, July 29, 2019

New addition

I am happy for you to meet my new crafting companion, Cassie kitty. She tugged at my heart when I saw her in the store as I walked by. I had to come back and pick her up and pet her. I walked away and shopped and had to come back and get her. Molly is not impressed at all but jealous because Cassie can sit up on my desk.

This is a card made at SU camp. Blended inks and the flower is stamped over the inked panel. That strip is mounted over black c/s, then adhered to a white card base. All products used are Stampin' Up.

Be kind to one another.

Friday, July 26, 2019

No stamping

This is a card I did with no stamping. I was so in love with this paper and the embellishment pack by Kaiserkraft that I just had to get it. I used the paper and added the embellishment and the cut apart to assemble the card. I also got a sheet of the blue flowers on a blue background that is embossed while I was at the stamp store. So simple but a different way for me to make a card. I have so much pattern paper I should be using it for backgrounds but since alcohol inks, brushos and sponging has come into being the pattern paper has taken a backseat. I have to revive it so it's not so lonely.

Be kind to one another.

Monday, July 22, 2019

Break from the heat

We have gone from a heat index of 110 yesterday to 73 degrees today. I'm so thankful since my AC went out last night. They came and fixed it today but now I don't need it! Isn't that always the way.

This is a card for the casmixup challenge using the alcohol ink lift. I had to use this stamp from Newton's Nook because it was a fun way to cool off. I used a stencil called Under the Sea from SSS and this is where it gets unorthodox. After I smoothed three colors of alcohol inks on yupo paper I realized that if I lifted ink from the openings in this stencil I would only have blue lines left. So I put the blending solution on the stencil itself. I laid the stencil over the yupo paper and used a paper towel to rub the color off. It still isn't really what I wanted but there are kinda of waves. I colored the fussy cut image with Copics and stamped the sentiment with Staz On ink. Last, I added some Nuvo crystal glaze to the splash. I love punny stamps so much.

Be kind to one another.

Saturday, July 20, 2019

Heat - Continued from Thursday

I would like to welcome a new follower. Her name is Trina and that is not a very good picture of her, but I'm so glad you're here.

It is too hot to do anything. I was showered and dressed and ready to go out yesterday. I opened the door to let Molly out and decided that was not a good plan. So I made a card to play in The first half of the month was to celebrate Darnell. The second half of the month is to celebrate Bonnie.

This is a Stampin' Up stamp water colored with Tombo markers smooshed on my craft mat, then picked up with a waterbrush. The orange circle is a die from Penny Black and the sentiment is Avery Elle. I splattered some orange ink around the die cut. It is there, I'm just not good at splatters because I'm afraid to make blotches. (is that a word?)

Happy birthday, Bonnie.

I stamped, water colored, used a die cut and splattered.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Heat is the word of the day

Not just here, but everywhere. Please take care in this extreme heat wave we are having.

These are my cards for the with Garden as the prompt. I don't know the name of the stamp set the bird bath came from but the flowers on both sides are from Judith.  The sentiment is from Technique Tuesday. The second card is the Judith stamp with a frame from Hero Arts and butterfly from Martha Stewart.  That is a Stampin' Up sentiment.

Kara knew the bird bath stamp. It is "For the Birds" by Inkadinkado. Thanks, Kara.

Be kind to one another.

Friday, July 12, 2019

Late, but Happy Birthday

I wanted to join in Susan's birthday bash for Darnell on the I water colored the black embossed image from a  Stampin' Up stamp with lavender and yellow on mixed media paper. Then I used that stamp again and watercolored some of the blooms and fussy cut them out. Using a bit of foam tape I popped them up over the others for a bit of dimension. The sentiment is from PTI and embossed.  I used stamping, embossing and watercolor. Happiest of Birthdays, Darnell.

Be kind to one another.

Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Big birthday month

There are lots of July birthdays and I'm trying to get caught up. Also lots of dentist appointments. I've had three since July 2nd and one next week. Then I will have several more to get the partial they are making. I also purchased a water pik and used it yesterday for the first time. It's a wonder I didn't drown or get electrocuted. Turns out there is a learning curve to it.

This is a birthday card made at Stamp Camp. I love the embossing folder and bright colors we used.

Be kind to one another.

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy 4th of July

As we celebrate today I want to celebrate my friendship with all of you. Thank you for hanging in here with me as I take a break to rest my wrists. I value everyone of my followers and consider you all wonderful friends. This is another card made in my Stampin' Up camp.

 Have a happy, safe day.

Be kind to one another.