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: - Feb. Challenge, AG w/a bow - #37 Feb. Challenge, AG - "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: - 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- - #36 Jan. Challenge - #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!

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: - #254 Sketch (see above) - #36 January Challenge - #203 "Bling's the Thing"
(inspired by pink roses and Victorian look) - #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- - December Challenge #35 - #132 Anything Christmas Goes - #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


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 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: - #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!)

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


Thanks so much for stopping by today! Enjoy!