Friday, June 26, 2015

A Grand and Glorious!

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

We are gearing up for a fantastic Fourth of July here in the USA. There has been so much devastation, loss and sadness in the news recently, but there is still not a more glorious place than our wonderful country.

I am also excited to have a card-making pal coming for the weekend and hubby will soon be returning from a short trip, so I am posting this early. My holiday cards have already been mailed, but I wanted to play with my new (yep, I won it in a recent challenge!) set from Art Impressions, "Dancers Set (UM3580)".  I decided to try a shaped card (LifeStyle Crafts dies) for some extra punch and the word die is from the Sizzix "Celebrate Set (657127)". Silver Stickles add some fireworks.

This will be headed for the current Art Impressions challenge, "Red, White and Blue" and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, "Anything Goes". You've got time to join in the fun.

Thanks for the visit and, to my US readers, have a safe and grand holiday!

Monday, June 22, 2015

More Essentials

Happy Monday, Bloggin' Buddies!

Just a quick post today. Even though yesterday was the longest day of the year, I never seem to have time to do all that I want to do. How did I ever work 50 - 60 hours each week????

Today's card is another using one of my current favorites from Essentials by Ellen, the "Mondo Magnolia" set designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole. I had fun with the color (in person it is much lighter and peachier) and the splashes. I love this sentiment (it reminds me of lines from "Gray's Anatomy").

This is headed for the Essentials by Ellen Pin-Sights Challenge.

Wishing you a super-great week and thanks for the visit!

Monday, June 15, 2015

Mix It Up

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

I hope you had a grand weekend. It is sure feeling like summer here and we are enjoying it.

You may know that I am crazy about one of the new releases from Essentials by Ellen - "Mongo Magnolia" by the amazing Julie Ebersole. I have previously used this stamp/die set (and I have seen it used) to create very elegantly-styled cards.

Today I decided to take a different approach and make it "Homestyle".  I recently bought the Graphic 45 "Home Sweet Home" 8" x 8" paper pad and it has been calling my name. I had fun with lots of homespun layers and colors. The flower is shaded with Distress Inks.

The sentiment is from Altenew's "Sentiments and Quotes", so I am adding this to Essentials by Ellen's "Mix It Up Challenge".

Have a crafty week and thanks for the visit,

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Bunches of Love

Happy Saturday, dear Bloggin' Buddies!

'Tis the season for amazing fresh veggies - hubby is growing WAY too many and we get even more at our local Farmer's Market. In honor of the season I made this little gem with Paper Smooches stamps ("Houndstooth" and "Vegtastic"). I tried a bizarre color combo, and will probably not do that again! All colored with Distress Inks with Googley Eyes & Candi Dots added for some pop.

This is headed to the Paper Smooches SPARK current challenge, Anything Goes.

Thanks for the visit - hope you are having a delightful weekend.

Friday, June 12, 2015

"Fore" the Fellas

Happy Friday, Bloggin' Buddies:

It is about time to think of Father's Day. With that in mind I plan to take on the current Art Impressions Challenge, "For the Fellas" and celebrate my favorite golfer.

I inked up my Art Impressions  "Gordon Golfer (Sku #P4330)" and did some paper piecing and Copic coloring.

Can't you jut feel his frustrations?

Wishing you a super-happy weekend and thanks for the visit!

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Happy Cat

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

Hope all is well and you are enjoying the start of summer. Heat has hit here with a vengeance, and we are still suffering from our serious drought.

On a happier note, I put together this card for a cat-loving young lady. I hadn't dry embossed vellum in ages, so I gave it a try for some special texture. I thought the wash went really well with the design on this Hero Arts "Happy Cat" stamp from 2007. The greeting (inside and out) is from Papertrey Ink's "Wet Paint" set. The flower is a die cut from my stash.

Take care and thanks for the visit!

Monday, June 1, 2015

Feeling Blue?

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies:

Just a quick post to share a card that I made a couple of weeks ago. I have been sort of under the weather and very busy, so I am not creating much right now. Maybe the theme of this card is reflective of my spirits.

Hope all is well - thanks for the visit! Summer is on its way.

Have a great week.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Spring into Simple

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

I have made some progress on working with my new computer operating system and photo program, but I have lost so many of my favorite settings and abilities. All in good time - I consider this an opportunity to exercise my old brain.

This is a little card that screams Spring. I pulled out some old favorites, Hero Arts' Newspaper Tulips (K5576). I used the "brushless water color technique" where the color is added directly to the stamp with Distress Markers, misted with water and stamped. Love the soft look.

Since this is as close to "clean and simple" as I get, I am entering it into A Blog Named Hero's Clean and Simple challenge. I used the Simon Says Stamp stitched rectangle dies. And, because I've used a color I rarely use, I am going to slip it into the Simon Says Stamp Work It Wednesday challenge to use yellow.

Thanks for the visit - have a great week!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Mixing it Up with Ellen

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies:

Happy Sunday! I have been battling with a new operating system (Yosemite for my iMac) and a new photo program. Huge learning curve.

Today I am playing with the Mix it Up Challenge at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom. This month she is having us mix up a project using her Essentials by Ellen and Avery Elle products. What a great combo!

I need a card for some realtor friends, so I decided to use Ellen's "Home and Hearth" dies designed by the amazing Julie Ebersole. The little houses are so darn cute - I especially love the wonky windows on the third one . I paired them with a beautiful "Simply Said Hello" die by Avery Elle. I used two layers of 110# cardstock and this beautiful gold paper I got at my LSS.

All of this set on a watercolor background. Sorry the photo is askew.....still fighting with the photography at the new house and the glare from the gold paper.

Thanks so much for the visit.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Lovely Lady

Hello. Blogging Buddies!

It has been months since I inked up some of my all-time favorite stamps from Art Impressions. They just make me smile. I wanted to make a special birthday card for a special friend, so it was the time to get these out and color them up.

I made a center step card so my friend cam keep it on her desk. This lady is from one of the Hampton Art sets available at Michael's. The hilarious sentiment is from Girlfriends UM3577.

I also used Die-namics (Party Hat Border) and Spellbinders (Labels) dies. The candles are from an old favorite Hero Arts set, "Big Candles" CL287.

I added sparkle with Wink of Stella and Stickles.

This is going in the current Ai Challenge, "Lovely Ladies" in celebration of a new release of the "Girlfriends" series of funtastic stamps.

Have a wonderful week and thanks for the visit!


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