Sunday, August 30, 2015

Anything Goes!

Happy Sunday, Bloggin' Buddies!

Today I took on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge "Anything Goes" using Hero Arts products. I've been making lots of artsy-type cards lately (stretching my creativity) so today I took a refreshing break and just made a fun and happy card with an old Hero Arts stamp (Happy Cat, C4331), some texture and some super-bright and happy colors.

I triple-cut and layered the "happy" using Papertrey Ink's "Wet Paint" die to make it really pop. The flower is an old die cut I had in my stash.

Hope your weekend is a knock-out! Enjoy what is left of summer - I sure am! Thanks for the visit,

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

So Excited!

Hello, bloggin' Buddies:

I have a quick post today to share with you a card I made for our neighbor. She is really into gardening (which I am not, BTW) and likes a good chuckle. This is a stamp set from one of my favorite companies, Art Impressions.

I colored her with Copics (sorry I couldn't get a quality photo), used Nestibilities and My Favorite Things (Gerbera Daisies) dies and paper and twine from my stash.

This is headed for the current Art Impressions challenge which is "Anything Goes".

Thanks for the visit and have a deluxe day!


Monday, August 24, 2015

Outside My Comfort Zone

Happy Monday, Bloggin' Buddies!

I tend to be very controlled and precise when making cards - perhaps it is a result of my training, education and career. That isn't a bad thing, but I have been trying to get out of that zone and try some more "fluid" and "artsy" techniques.

To that end I recently took a class where we learned to use watercolor pencils with floral stencils. It wasn't easy for me, but the more I did the more I loved it.

This is one of results that I have saved - there are several that I did not. I used a Penny Black stencil, a random background stamp (stamped with Distress Ink), and some Gesso (applied with fingertips). Since I was already on the edge I decided to use a vellum panel (that stuff has always intimidated me) for my sentiment (Simon Says Stamp). I added some Pearl Pen dots for some dimension.

I plan to keep playing with this technique and continue to find ways to challenge myself creatively.
Have a great week and thanks for the visit!



Saturday, August 22, 2015

Another for School

Happy Saturday, Bloggin' Buddies:

I have another "Back to School" card to share with you. No challenges or anything, I just got what I thought was a funny idea. Doesn't that little guy look so guilty? Ha! He is one of my favorite critters from Paper Smooches. The apple is paper-pieced with an older Hero Arts stamp. The "bite" was made with a scalloped oval Spellbinders die. I made the sentiment on my computer (also an Apple).

Anyway, it is the time of year when so many folks I know are getting excited about fall. Count me out - this tropical gal gets into a sad funk with the pending end of summer.

Have a great weekend and thanks for the visit!

Monday, August 17, 2015

School Daze

Hello, Bloggin' Buddies!
Yes, it is that time of year again - time for back to school. We are so excited because our niece has landed a contract for a permanent (she has been substituting) teaching position in a school not far from our house.

Inspired by the current   Paper Smooches Sparks Challenge, "Anything Goes", I made a few of these cards for some of the kiddos in our lives. Doesn't that owl look like a wise guy? I colored him with my new Zig clean color markers. He is from the "Hooties" set and the die is the Notebook Basic.

So, grab your homework and your lunch and get going to school!

Thanks for the visit,

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Another Hobby

Hi, Bloggin' Buddies!
I usually keep to card making here, but I want to share with you a necklace I recently completed. I have made jewelry since my hippie days of the 1960's, but never with this intense level of tiny beadwork.

I do love it, but doubt that it is a design I will repeat. It is just too labor-intensive and those holes are so tiny!


This has such a cool wiggle - perfect for a mermaid!

Thanks for the visit! Back soon with more cards.

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.

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