Monday, August 28, 2023

Ink blending with water lifting

Our group of seven cardmakers  this month is doing ink blending with water lifting. It is a fun way to get a different look to your cards. I used a Hero Arts stamp for my first card and a Waffle Flower stamp for my second. I lifted the ink off to create highlights to the flowers using water and a small paintbrush. Then blotted the color off with a paper towel.  I hope you'll visit all the ladies to see their creative cards using this technique.

Why should you never date a tennis player - because love means nothing to them. 

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 27, 2023

Another oldie with new products

Here is another combination card with old and new mixed together. I'm trying not to buy all the new things.  I used a Cuttlebug embossing folder with black cardstock for this panel and then went over it with Foundry Wax using my finger. Then I decided I wanted to add numbers and after looking through my dies, I discovered I don't have number dies. So, I put the card on hold and ordered number dies from Concord & 9. I cut them from gold cardstock and added them to a small black panel. So much for not buying anything new! This is a card for my grandson who will be 29 next month. What?

Mix a four leaf clover with poison ivy and you'll have a rash of good luck.

Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Using my pattern paper

We are the recipient of the heat moving across the country this week with 90's and a heat index of over 100. It is wonderful crafting weather inside in A/C.  While looking through my Alexandra Renke papers I remember loving this bird paper and had to have it. It pains me to cut it up but I did. I realized no one can enjoy it in my closet! I used my NBUS Gina Marie frame for it and added a simple greeting. 

My friend has always been afraid of German sausage. He always expected the wurst.

I will share this on the NBUS site.

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 20, 2023

Bad picture but fixed

I took Darnell's advice and made the mat smaller on this card from yesterday. However, I could not get a decent picture because of the shine. I used a silver cardstock instead of mat silver this time. It's blurred and out of focus but you should see how the other pictures came out.

Be kind to one another.

Family birthdays are coming

Our family birthdays are mostly grouped together. We have four in Sept. then three in Oct. Then we go to only one in Feb. and two more three days apart in May. I made this card for my oldest son and I'm not thrilled with it but he will like the motorcycle. The white against the silver isn't good so I may remake it if I have time. I welcome suggestions.

I just talked to the people who make yardsticks. They aren't going to make them any longer. 

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 13, 2023

Old with the new

This card uses flowers from a Martha Stewart punch I've had forever along with a new Spellbinders die  called Punch and Pierce Borders. A bit of greenery and a pearl for the centers and here it is. I am not using sentiments on my cards until I know who the card will go to because I have cards in my stash with sentiments that I would rather they say something else.

I will send this card to 

They say it takes a village. I believe it takes a vineyard.

Be kind to one another.

Wednesday, August 9, 2023

Pattern paper

Thought I'd better pop in and post before the storms come again. I love pattern paper and have sooo much of it. Some is from my early scrapbook days that is 12 x 12 and also have lots of 6 x 6 paper pads. After getting all this paper over the years I started seeing all the cards made with backgrounds using inks, stencils, stencil paste, alcohol inks, etc. So, the pattern paper went by the wayside. It's time to bring it back out so that's what I used for this card. The paper is stored in plastic sleeves so I don't know where it came from. I used an Alexandra Renke die and Mama Elephant scalloped frame. 

I would like to thank my middle finger for always sticking up for me when I need it.

Be kind to one another.

Sunday, August 6, 2023

A bouquet for you

My daughter in law had cataract surgery last week and I wanted to send her a "thinking of you" card. The flowers are Alexandra Renke paper. I cut a Gina Marie die to use as a mat for it.  Renke papers are so beautiful and they are now harder to find in the U.S. so I'm kind of hoarding them.

I sent my hearing aids in for service three weeks ago and I haven't heard a thing since.

Be kind to one another.