Saturday, February 17, 2018

"Mom" Greetings

After just returning from a trip to Arizona where we visited my mom and brothers I wanted to send a quick "Hello, Mom" note. My mom has Alzheimer's and doesn't remember much of daily life, just details of her growing-up years. But she does like cards and pictures, which she sets out on display and is reminded of people and events...sometimes. Even  if she can't remember who sent her a card, I want her to remember she is loved.


Ingredients used:
Card stock- solids from my stash & patterned are Authentique "Winter"
Stamps- Stampin Up "Mom" & "Hello", Sweet Stamps "Riches in Glory", Simon Says Stamp! "Miracles"
Dies- Spellbinders "Labels15", "Pendants Fleur de Lis", & "Tudor Rose Card Front"; TH/Sizzix "Tattered Flower Garland"
Embellisments- Ranger Liquid Pearls "Platinum", Karen Foster "Charcoal" twine

Challenges entered:
https://craft-deebowz.blogspot.com - Feb. Challenge, AG w/a bow
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - #37 Feb. Challenge, AG
http://www.simonsaysstampblog.com/mondaychallenge - "Take Note" (the little "notes" attached are the simple sentiment)

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Happy Birthday Calvin!

A quick post this morning before we head out on a 2-week vacation to Arizona! I tried a technique I saw on the 'CAS Mix Up' blog...using plastic wrap with any wet medium. I used Prang watercolor paints, dropped dots of watery paint of different colors onto plastic wrap then laid white cardstock over it and rolled it with a rolling pin. That paper is what I used for this card, but I also took the plastic wrap that still had the paint on it and put that on another sheet of paper and got a different watercolor background! I like both of them...this one is a bit brighter and seemed more appropriate for my grandson's b-day card.



Since our plane leaves in a couple hours and I'm kinda in a hurry, no list of ingredients!
Challenges:
http://casmixup.blogspot.ca - January/Birthday

Sunday, January 21, 2018

'Get Well' with Some Bling!


I gave this card to an older lady from my church today who recently fell and broke her hip. My mom did that several years ago and I know how disheartened she was for a while until she was really able to get around well again. And I know this lady loves my cards! So I just had to make a special one for her...with plenty of bling!


My list of ingredients-
Print Cardstock: K&Company "Julianne"
Ivory cardstock: Paper Studio, heavyweight
Die: Spellbinders "Labels 29"
Punch: Martha Stewart "Frond"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Get Well", Woodware USA "Leafy Swirls"
Inks: Memento "Bamboo Leaves", FSJ "Coffee Bean", Stampabilities "Lime", Excelsior "Green"
Embellishments: StampingScrapping flowers "Gardenia" & "Closed Rose Buds", KaiserCraft Rhinestones, generic sheer ribbon

Challenges-
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - #36 Jan. Challenge
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com - #203 "Bling's the Thing"

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Using a Sketch

Good morning!
Last night I made a fairly quick card using a sketch I found on the CAS(E) this Sketch blog. Here's the lovely sketch, then my card. I must admit, I'm not sure I allowed enough "white space" on this card for it to be considered CAS...but thanks for the inspiration anyway!



Ingredients:
Stamps- "Fern Frond" by Posh Impressions, "Fern" by Prairie Peddler, "Leaf" & "Get Well Soon" by Stampin Up, "Lace Frame" by Hero Arts, "Fleur de Lis" by JustRite 
Inks- Color Box "Bronze", Stampabilities "Lime", Memento "Bamboo Leaves"
Die- Spellbinders "Valiant Honor-CC"
Layered Accents- K&Company watercolor flowers
Generic rhinestones
Cardstock- Paper Studio

Challenges:
http://casethissketch.blogspot.com - #254 Sketch (see above)
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - #36 January Challenge
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com - #203 "Bling's the Thing"
(inspired by pink roses and Victorian look)
http://www.scrapyland-blog.com - #82 Anything Goes

Thanks for taking a peek at my blog and my latest creation!
Have a wonderful week!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas!
And now it is New Year's Eve!
May 2018 be a blessed and happy year for you!


Here is one of the Christmas cards I made for my family and friends this year.
The  tree dies I used were: 
Memory Box "Frosted Spruce" & "Twiggy Tree", Gina Marie Design "Pine Tree"
and the circle dies are Spellbinders "Classic Circles Lg";
the embossing folder: Sizzix "Dots, Circles & Stars";
"Merry Christmas" stamp is Stampin Up.

A few challenges I'd like to enter-
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - December Challenge #35
http://letscreatechallenges.blogspot.com - #132 Anything Christmas Goes
http://www.scrapyland-blog.com - #80 Anything Goes (oops...too late)



Thursday, August 24, 2017

Watercolor + Salt ...Card #2

I really did have fun experimenting with adding salt to wet watercolors on paper! Here is another color scheme I tried (my first card is in the post below).


I think this one was a bit dry so the salt did not react as well as with the blues on the first card...but I still like it. It makes a softly textured background that somehow has "depth".

Other ingredients used:
Memento "Black Tuxedo" ink
Stampabilities "Get Well" stamp
Simon Says Stamp! "Look for the Miracles" stamp set
Copic and MEPXY markers
Kaisercraft yellow rhinestones

Challenges:

As always, thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Another Experiment...Using Salt!

The CAS Watercolour challenge asked participants to use salt with watercolor paints and enjoy the variety of results. So I tried it and love the amazing texture, "splotchiness" and color washes I got!
It is so pretty that I didn't want to cover it up very much. I need men's cards right now so kept this one very simple.


I used regular (kids') watercolor paints and added sea salt, both a coarse and a fine type. I like how they both reacted. The stamp is from Graywolfgraphicsrubberstamps.com called "Big Sable Point Lighthouse" (near Ludington, MI).The ink is "Black Licorice" from FSJ; a little Stickles "Star Dust" to finish it off. Oh, the "Hello" die is Hero Arts.
Challenges I'm entering this one in:
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com - #194 Under Sea or At Beach

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Its a Baby Girl!

Another "new" baby stamp! Well, new to me anyway...the set is from Stampin' Up and is at least 10 years old. But since not all babies are girls I am going to have to make a few "boy" cards too! LOL (I think I actually have an "Its a Boy" stamp, too!)



Ingredients:
card stock/paper - Paper Studio, Georgia Pacific, 3BugsInARug
stamps - Stampin Up "Baby Talk", "Birth Announcement"
 punches - Martha Stewart "Doily Lace", Paper studio "Heart"
corner rounder - Creative Memories
twine - Karen Foster "Magenta"
Stickles "Star Dust"
foam adhesive squares - Scrapbook Adhesive

Challenges:

Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy!