Sunday, January 18, 2015

Strike!

Good morning, Bloggin' Buddies!

I made this set of four note cards for a dear friend with whom I used to bowl. Well, truth be told, we didn't do all that much bowling - but we had the outfits and ALL the accoutrements!

This is a great stamp from Art Impressions and the printed paper is from my stash. Fun to color!


 Thanks for the visit and have a great week!


Sunday, January 11, 2015

Playing with Watercolor

Hello, dear Blogging Buddies:

I was so inspired by this lovely card by the amazing Laura Bassen (can you believe her?!). I love her blog - please check it out.

I did NOT make my own flower (what can't that gal do?) as she did, but used a Prima from my stash. I water-colored the background with Squeezed Lemonade and Shabby Shutters Distress Inks. This is not an easy technique for me.

To help soften up the lines and add a bit of shimmer, I sprayed it with Perfect Pearls mist. That is always a good thing to add to any design, as far as I'm concerned.

The stamp is an old one (2009) from Hero Arts ("Birthday Frames") that I almost sold at the annual used stamp sale in which I participate, but I thought it might just be perfect for the chalkboard technique, and I think it is. I did some heat embossing and added some Hero Arts Snow Chalk Ink and white colored pencil to achieve the look.

The leaves were cut from vellum with another oldie - Spellbinders Foliage dies.

I made this card for a wonderful gal in my card-making class who has been so friendly to me - she is super-fun and very talented. She has already thanked me, so I am safe posting it.

Have a great week and thanks for the visit,

Sunday, January 4, 2015

So long!

Hello, dear blogging buddies:

We had to say good-bye to some really dear neighbors today. They had been so kind to us when we moved in less than a year ago and we have really enjoyed them. They are moving closer to their grandkids, so who can blame them?

This card was made with an old Hero Arts stamp and die set (DI028) that I picked up a couple of years ago at their warehouse sale in Richmond, CA (that was such fun!); it's an Archiver's Exclusive. The sentiment is from Hampton Art Stamps (BG5041 - Fun Farewell). I added some pearls for some pop!

I hope you had a wonderful weekend! We are looking forward to returning to our "routine" lives now that the holidays are over! Take care and have a great week!

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Glowing with Hero Arts

Happy New Year, dear bloggin' buddies!

I took some inspiration from a card over on the Hero Arts Blog done by Lucy. And, since the neon trend is now long over, it is about time for me to give it a try - ha! I made this to send to a special friend who truly does glow!

I used some neon paper, sprayed some gold Heidi Swapp color shine and heat embossed the sentiment from Hero Arts'"Glow Girl" stamp set with Ranger Platinum embossing powder. Simply hot! I added some metallic thread by DMC.

Get out your sunglasses!

A fun card for a wonderful new year! Thanks for the visit and stay happy and healthy,


Sunday, December 28, 2014

Simon helped me "do up" the Season!

Hello, Bloggers!
Gift Tag

Close-Up "Go, Giants!"
Now that I know the packages have been opened, I can share with you some of the gifts that I made for some dear friends.

Simon, from Simon Says Stamp, was a big help with my Boston-Terrier loving friends. I used the "Boston Terrier Love" set for this set of 4 note cards (with matching tag) and had such a blast with all the outfits!

I even made one wearing a San Francisco 49er jersey and one wearing a San Francisco Giants uniform for San Francisco sports fans!
49ers 4ever!





I am having trouble moving my photos into the correct places this morning (must be that nasty Elf on the Shelf!), so I am sorry about the formatting.


Friday, December 26, 2014

Cheers!

Good morning, bloggin' buddies!

I sure hope you had a wonderful Christmas! Ours certainly was - filled with love, laughter, great food, happy times and some nice quiet times. Lots of Christmas crafting, too!

It has been ages since I played along with Kim and the gang at Paper Smooches and boy, have I missed it! So, I thought I'd do the current Paper Smooches SPARKS challenge, "Anything Goes" to get myself motivated.

Thinking ahead to the New Year, here is a cute little card I made using lots of great Paper Smooches products: Chubby Chums (don't ya just want to hug him?), Chums Dies, Noggin Toppers, Free Spirits Icons and Birthday Words.

I inlaid the "cheers" that I cut from DCWV glitter paper, made some confetti, used an ek sucess punch for the stars and added some googley eyes (which just seemed so appropriate for a night of partying!). The "bubbly" is some DCM metallic thread.

Too darn cute. This party animal may just have to stay and party with me forever!

Check out these cool products and fun challenge - the blog is so full of amazing inspiration! Thanks for the visit,



Saturday, December 20, 2014

Dancing Santas

Hello, dear blogging buddies!

You all know how hubby and I love to ZUMBA, right? We go to classes several times a week and get our hearts and spirits going.

When I saw this stamp set in the Stampin' Up Catalog, I just had to get it. The images are super-cute. What a total kick!

I made these cards for our ZUMBA teachers, for a couple of our ZUMBA class pals and for my silly brother.

There are several different dancing Santas in the set. I picked three of them and stamped them in a dancing group using the masking technique. After I colored them with Copics I attached them to some wood-grain textured card stock with a "wobbler" to give them some real dancin' action.

The sentiment on the front is using a "chalkboard" technique and the paper is some from my stash - can one have too much holiday paper?

We are enjoying the holiday festivities. Last night we went by bus to a nearby town for a "Cornish Christmas" event - very charming with lots of great music, unique vendors, decorations and yummy food. A little rain, but that didn't dampen our spirits.

Our house looks adorable - I wasn't sure how well our Christmas decorations would look in the new house, but they are great! We have more plans for fun with family and friends - it just doesn't get much better!

I sure hope your pre-holiday days are full of love and joy! Thanks for the visit,

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Snowflake

Hello, dear bloggin' buddies!

This year it seems that snowflakes are very popular because of the movie "Frozen" (which I haven't seen). I have always loved snowflakes - but not the real ones! We moved from Pennsylvania when I was a child, and I have not been interested in real snowflakes since!

This is probably my favorite card of the season! I love the soft colors and the unique tri-fold design, the delicate texture (I had to buy this embossing folder) and just the right touch of sparkle.

I made it in my card-making class right here where we live. Yep, that is the one taught by my new friend, the amazing Dottie. She is so talented, patient and kind. She is also a Stampin' Up demonstrator, so check out her site. All products used here are Stampin' Up.

I sent this card to a special card-making friend (check out her blog, Escape to Stamping) I met right here online and she has received it, so I can post it now.

Thanks for the visit and I hope you have a wonderful day as the Christmas countdown continues.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Ellen's 12 Tags with a Feminine Twist

HI, bloggin' buddies!

I have been simply drooling over the amazing tags presented this year in Ellen Hutson's 12 Tags of Christmas with a Feminine Twist. I finally had some time today - just under the gun - to give it a shot. It was so difficult to decide which tag to use as my inspiration - they are all so incredible!

I settled on tag #11 by Sharon Harnist. There are so many amazing techniques on this tag. I did my own take on the tag using some of them - specifically, layering the laurel wreath with rolled up glue dots and die-cutting corregated cardstock (never thought of either of these!) - and using the supplies I had on hand.

I didn't have gesso or Copic refillers, so I used Ranger's paint daubbers on watercolor paper. This resulted in an entirely different look, but I like it. To give it an extra feminine kick, I sprayed it with Perfect Pearls mist. To add to the home-spun feel, I used a tiny gingham checked paper in two places - on the grommet and behind the sentiment.

Of course, the dies and stamps are from the amazing Julie Elerbe - Essentials by Ellen (Cozy Christmas, Home & Hearth, Laurel Wreath)! Super-cool.

While I am typically not a "pink" person, I love this tag. Thanks to Ellen, Sharon and Julie! What great women! Thanks for the great inspiration.

Wishing you only the best and thanks for the visit,



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Holiday Bracelet

Hello, blogging buddies!

As you may have seen (from previous posts and Facebook) I have been doing some beading lately.

I've taken a few classes from a great gal right here where we love and I have a few favorite designs for bracelets.

This style uses what are called tila beads, buggle beads, seed beads and sparkly crystals. I made this to wear with my holiday blazer. It is so twinkly!

Thanks for the visit and I hope you are enjoying the happy holiday preparations.

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