Saturday, July 25, 2015

Kraftiness

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Just a very quick between road trips to share with you the little bags I put together for a neighborhood ladies luncheon we had yesterday. Each bag contains two handmade cards. I just love the black ink on the kraft paper! The stamps are from Hero Arts and Altenew.

We are having a great summer (we just returned from the beautiful North Shore of Lake Tahoe and are now headed to California's Central Coast!) and I'll return to posting upon our return.

Take care and keep crafting!

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Mixing it Up with Ellen

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!

Today I mixed it up with Essentials by Ellen and Paper Smooches - two of my all-time favorite stamp companies!

This is for the current "Mix It Up Challenge" at Ellen Hutson's CLASSroom. Check it out and join in the fun.

I have used (for the background and the sentiment) Ellen's "Mondo Magnolia" set by Julie Ebersole and "Gift Tags" dies, "Stitched" dies and "Chubby Chums" stamp and die by Kim at Paper Smooches. So dang cute!

I used some mango ink (Memories) and cardstock (Stamping' Up), white embossing powder (Hero Arts), and Copic pens.

Thanks for the sweet visit!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Dotty!

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!

Happy Sunday! Hope you are having a great weekend. I have a quick post today of a card that I recently made for a bird-watching friend. I was inspired by the current challenge at  Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Blog - it is "Going Dotty".

I have used an older Hero Arts stamp for a simple and easy-to-mail design. We have lots of quail (not only are they adorable, but they are California's state bird) in our neighborhood and this cute guy reminds me of them.

Have a great week and thanks for the visit!


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Happy Birthday USA!

Hello, dear Bloggin' Buddies:

Just a quick post this morning to say Happy Fourth of July to my USA friends. I thought I was done with my holiday crafting (and - YAY! - my "Celebrate" card won the last challenge at Art Impressions!) but then I learned that our low impact aerobics class was not going to be canceled for the holiday. To celebrate that we are exercising on America's birthday, I made some special little treats for all those in attendance. Nothing too naughty, since we are all into health and exercise!

I made these using a die set from Lil'inker (Lollipop and Pencil Treat Holder Die) and a wonderful stamp set from Tim Holtz (Americana Blueprint).

I used my MISTI to mass-produce about 20 of these - it makes it so easy!

I quickly colored them with Copics and added a delicious See's Candy lollipop (one of California's greatest companies - YUM!), added some ribbon and a little sparkle and they were done.

This is headed for the current challenge at "Decorate to Celebrate", which is Anything Goes! What's not to celebrate, eh?!

Have a safe and sane holiday - thanks for the visit.

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!



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