Sunday, May 21, 2017

Graduation!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

At church this week we heard from 5 of the most amazing young people. They are all graduating seniors, college-bound. They conducted the church service and shared with us their journeys, their relationships with God and each other, and their love and appreciation for all who have helped them along in life. It was most inspiring - what outstanding kids (so much better than I was at that age!).

I was moved to make them each a card - we enclosed a note expressing our pride and encouragement.

For the background I used a Teresa Collins stencil blended with Distress Inks (Peacock Feathers, Twisted Citron and Pickled Raspberry). Rather than a standard "congratulations" sentiment, I selected a lovely Maya Angelou saying from Reverse Confetti's "Shine from Within" set and heat embossed it. I love that set - it has such wonderful sayings and the artsy fonts are such fun!  I used a very old (but well-loved) Hero Arts set (CL336) for the diploma and the inside graphics and embellished it all with Nuvo Drops and a touch of Stickles.

Thank goodness for my MISTI!

It warms my heart that there are great kids like this - it is our hope for the future.

Thanks for the visit,


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Let's Hear it for Courage!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies:

Today I have a card made with the amazing new stamp and die set from Ellen Hutson called "Courage". Unfortunately, I am finding that I need a set like this more and more often. That darn cancer touches too many of our lives and takes away so much hope for so many.

I made this card for a friend from my Zumba class - she loves to dance! She has finished her long round of chemo and soon starts on another lengthy round of radiation. Her spirit and courage are such an inspiration!

I used an emboss resist with Distress Inks for the background, sprayed with some Perfect Pearls for luster. The wonderful sentiment is heat embossed with white and the crown and sword are embossed on yellow cardstock with platinum.

Thanks, Ellen, for making this set, increasing our awareness and for making such a generous donation to the Breast Cancer Research Fund from the sales. You are a blessing!

Thanks for the visit and have a lovely weekend,



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Loving the Distress Oxide Inks!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies:

Tim Holtz has done it again! I am SO loving the Distress Oxide Inks and can't wait for more colors to come out. I have been playing with them for a few weeks now. I made a sample "tag book" to be able to compare how they work on different papers and with different techniques - it was a real learning process.

Yesterday I got up extra early to have time to play with the inks on manila tags. They are incredibly bendable! Amazing.

I blended, stenciled, "smooched", splattered, and lifted color with water droplets and it was all super-great. I also used some Perfect Pearls for that extra touch. There are so many great color combos, even with only 12 from which to choose.

Some came out better than others, but it was a process and I am pleased. I urge you give them a try and get inky!

Thanks for the visit and have a great day,

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

I know, right???



It has been far too long since I've posted. It appears that my blog layout and settings have disappeared. Reestablishing them will be for another day (maybe!)

I was having so much trouble with finding the right photo set-up in our new house (where we have now lived for 3 years!) that I kind of gave up. I just used my phone in my craft room for this one. Sorry.

Also, while I am making lots of cards, my focus has been more on techniques rather than products and challenges. I love all the new things - the Fuse Tool, inter-active cards, Oxide Inks, the layering stamp sets, etc.

For the past couple of days I've been playing with the Distress oxide Inks. I am so crazy about them that I'm hardly sleeping! Here is a background that I made which I used for a card for a sweet Mermaid friend of mine.

She is colored with Copics, the wave is heat embossed on vellum with comic coloring behind and I've used Wink of Stella. Very straight-forward.

Stamps and dies: Neat and Tangled, Mermazing; PTI, What the Doodle - Waves.

Thanks for the visit - keep crafting!





Monday, October 17, 2016

Feeling Slightly Crabby

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I haven't posted in quite awhile - lots going on (most of it good!).

I just finished a project that is simply too cute
not to share. A group of us (we call ourselves the Crusty Crab Club) gets together every year to attend a crab feed and this year I made some favors and the centerpieces.


These little treat bags, which contain 4 Hershey's Nuggets, were fun to make and pretty easy. I love the results. I used an adorable Elizabeth Craft die and some beautiful Stamping Up Designer Series Papers. The result is just too dang cute!

As it turns out, these were completed just in time for the current challenge at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog which is all about treat bags and boxes. You've got plenty of time to play along.

Thanks for the visit! Have a super-great week,

Sunday, September 4, 2016

Fusin' Fun

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

So, have you tried the Fuse Tool yet? I thought I had no more interest in shaker cards (after they became "old news" a few years ago) until I discovered the Fuse Tool. And, it is good for other applications as well I even use it to make custom packets for odd-sized stamp sets). It allows for much flatter shakers, which is a good thing.

I haven't done a challenge in some time, so I thought I'd play along with the current one at Paper Smooches which is "Anything Goes". You know I am a sucker for their adorable critters, so I decided to pair one (Chubby Chums) up with some sparkly sequins and use my Fuse Tool for a fun shaker.

I colored this guy with Copics and added some white dots on his tummy. The balloon is an older Hero Arts "Stamp and Cut" set. The stars are from an unmarked wood-mounted set that I got at a used stamp sale.

Using the Fuse Tool to create the shaker, I was able to make it a "see through" version. Kind of fun, eh?

Hope you are having a good weekend - for those in the USA, it is a holiday one! Thanks for the visit,



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Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Neck 'N Neck

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

You may remember this card that I posted a while ago using our friend's cute photo of a giraffe. She loved the set I made her so much that she asked if she could pay me to do some more. Well, I explained that I really don't sell my cards - I prefer to share them with those who enjoy and appreciate them. Also, I really don't like to mass-produce.

But I told her that if I could do them at a leisurely pace (no deadlines - I'm retired!) and if I could mix them up a little, it would be a fun challenge.

Over several weeks I produced two each of four designs featuring her cute giraffe photo.

I used Graphic 45 paper, vellum, some camera paper, a stencil (My Favorite Things) and some additional stash finds.

It was a fun project and I was more than happy to do it for a very dear lady.

Thanks for the visit and have a great day!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Uninspired

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Yep, that is how I've been feeling lately. When that happens I try to pull out some easy things, such as using  some backgrounds that I previously prepared or coloring up some some ready-made images.

Here are some cards that I recently made using Suzy's Sizzling Series Watercolor Paintable Prints from Simon Says Stamp. I used my trusty Zig Clean Color Markers (I so love them!).

I took some real liberties with the one on the right side. I removed the bottom sentiment (it just wasn't "me") and added a mermaid (from Clear Art Stamps, 2010) for a focal point of interest.

Lots of Wink of Stella, Wink of Luna and Stickles here, also!

The photos is a bit blurry because I used my phone (uninspired again).

Hope you've been having a great August. Thanks for the kind visit,

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Foxy Friends

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

I almost NEVER see a project on YouTube (or anywhere else) and follow the instructions to make the project. I'd rather view the technique or the idea and make a project of my own; with my own tweeks and reflective of my own style.

But when I saw these adorable little guys (they hold Hershey's Kisses!), I just couldn't help myself and I put them together just as the video showed. I was only going to make the fox, but when I got started....well. They are so stinkin' cute I can hardly stand it.

I bought the "Foxy Friends" Bundle from my friend and Stampin' Up Demonstrator, Dottie Macken. I used Calypso Coral paper and ink on the fox, Memento Fog on the raccoon and Versa Mark Onyx Black on the skunk.

These guys do take a little time and there are lots of tiny pieces, but I think they are so worth it. They could quite easily be mass-produced for a party (maybe I need to host one!).

Have a great weekend and thanks so much for your visit,



Thursday, July 28, 2016

Aloha Spirit

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

It is so hat here that I decided a little bit of Aloha - and I've been wanting to play with the new Hero Arts Pineapple Layering Stampset. To be honest, it takes a little bit of creativity to figure out the best way to die-cut the images since the tops and bottoms of the pineapple are stamped separately. There are several different approaches. I chose to stamp and cut the 2 pieces independently and then put them together.

For this card I was inspired by one by this one by Nichol Spohr. I used a "smooshed" background (as per the amazing Laura Bassen) and I "grounded" the fruit with a "Geo-Graphic" border by Paper Smooches. I added some bling and decided not to add a sentiment.

The layering on the set was such fun, especially with my Misti!

I tried using my phone for the photo - not quite as good as my camera, but lots easier!

I am submitting this to Simon Says Stamp "Work it Wednesday" Blog. There is plenty of time for you to join in.

Wishing you a sunny day and thanks for the visit,

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