Thursday, July 2, 2020

Birthday and Senior Cards-Photo Heavy!

I hope this finds you doing well, staying healthy and keeping busy. 
This post is very photo heavy, just to warn you. *Ü*

My daugher turned 19 last week! Oh my goodness, I keep saying I'm in denial. LOL 
She had a good day, in spite of the pandemic. We did a little shopping and a friend of Amy's stopped by. Then the girls went out themselves for a bit. We went out to eat and stopped at a new to me place that makes shaved ice. It was fascinating to watch the big blocks of ice get shaved down. 

Anyway, Amy has always loved giraffes and still does. But she's also enamored with llamas these days. Enter Doodlebug's new paper pad, Hey Cupcake, Icon sticker sheet and coordinating stamp set. 
She really liked her card. I was inspired by a card made by Kristie Marcotte.

My sweet daughter enjoying a watermelon flavored shaved ice. We liked that the spoons changed color with the cold. :)
Next up, I made a new set of cards for the seniors where Amy works. My friend, Kristie Marcotte  did a video tutorial using Echo Park's America and I followed her inspiration for my cards. She uses sketches for her cards and figures the measurements and shares them in her coordinating blog posts to the videos. She works so hard making these cards, I have to give her a shout out. As I have followed several of her tutorials, I find that I am feeling more confident going a little out on my own, so not all my cards follow hers exactly. Just as it probably should be. :)
I've used many different products to make the cards. If you have a particular question about a product, feel free to ask away. I'm happy to answer any question you have. I don't want to make this post any longer than it already is. 
I hope you enjoy my cards. Feel free to click on the pictures for a larger view. 

I took a picture of the inside of the card and the envelope. 
The sentiment is from Reverse Confetti and the fireworks images are from MFT.  The happy mail stamp is from Mint Owl Studio.

Thanks, Kristie for the inspiration you so freely give.
And thank you for stopping by.
USA friends, I hope you have a wonderful Independence Day.
Crafty Hugs!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

I Was Featured! And Cards for Seniors

Something very exciting happened for me. It turns out that the slimline card I shared here and submitted for the Create A Scene challenge on Lawn Fawnatics was featured along with 8 other cards! I was completely shocked. And tickled that it garnered attention. Thanks for letting me share. 
Lawn Fawnatics Blog Post

Next up, I have a bunch of cards to share. I have shared before that I follow Kristie Marcotte and she makes lots of cards from a 6x6 paper pad. You can check her out here

Since Amy started working at the senior center, I've been making cards for her to take for the residents in the area where she works.  Today I'm sharing the cards I am having her take to work this week. Half of them I made this week using different sketches from different tutorials Kristie has posted. It's very slow going for me to do this and I only got about 1/2 the number needed completed. I went through my card stash and pulled the rest from there. The papers are Doodlebug. The sentiments are from various sets. The stamped images are from Sunny Studios(Beach Babies) or Hero Arts (the green popsicles and the smiling sun on the envelopes. I couldn't find the set, called Beach, on the Hero Arts website, so it could be retired). At the end I took a picture of the inside of the card and the envelope. I have a set from Mint Owl Studio that you can find here. It's so reasonably priced! And I love picking different images to stamp onto envelopes. 


If you have any questions about products, let me know and I will do my best to answer. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you have a great day.

Monday, June 8, 2020

Celebrate-The Greetery Cake Pops and Pinwheel Stencils

I hope your week is off to a good start. 

I've got a fun project to share today. My friend, Kay, at My Joyful Moments, posted projects for The Greetery's May and 1st Anniversary Release recently.  I became completely smitten and had to have them so I could join in the fun. 
I pretty much CASEd Kay's projects, tweaking a bit here and there based on supplies I had. By the time I ordered, some of the products were already out of stock. No matter, I was still able to have fun creating. 
Feel free to click on the images to enlarge the photos. 
Kay added a cord to the base of her cake. I didn't have any cord, but I thought this 1/8th inch ribbon looked nice. I also just had to add the tiny pink bling on the cake plate. I also added some "frosting" to the flower centers. 

View from the top!

I ordered the pinwheel stencils and could not believe how easy these were to use to make an amazing card! I found a video ont the Greetery's You Tube page that shows how to use them, but basically you just follow the markings on each stencil. So fun!
I used Distress Oxide Inks to create the pinwheels: Picked Raspberry, Spun Sugar, Squeezed Lemonade and Spiced Marmalade. There is a fun stamp set that has the sentiment Let's Party, but it was sold out. So I used an MFT Celebrate die. Too bad you can't see the glitter from my Nuvo Shimmer Pen. The banner is from a Greetery mini add on die and stamp set. The Let's Party stamp set has super fun star images that Kay used on her card. Well I had to get creative and searched my stamp collection to find Lawn Fawn's Party Animal set with confetti type images. The star stamp is from Hello Sunshine. 

Thanks so much for stopping by.
I hope you have a wonderful day!

Saturday, June 6, 2020

Lawn Fawn Slimline Village Heros Card

I hope this finds you hanging in there after a really rough couple of weeks. 
No words can take away the pain of anyone during these troubled times. My heart goes out to all involved. We just have to commit to opening our hearts to seeing, learning and doing better. 
Heartfelt Hugs!

I decided to keep working on cards as I process everything. 

I made my first ever slimline card!
These are cards that measure 3 1/2 by 8 1/2 and fit into a business size envelope. I've been seeing them more and more as I navigate around the web. 
Trinity Stamps is a new to me company who sells slimline dies and I picked up a couple of sets from them. I was pleasently surprised when I received my goodies to also receive a tea bag and a small baggie of embellishments. What a lovely touch! They sell stamps and dies and fantastic sequins as well. 
Lawn Fawn just came out with slimline dies in their Mini Relase in May. I haven't purchased any yet.
They are definitely getting more popular. 

So, Lawn Fawnatics just posted a new challenge on their blog to create a scene. I've been wanting to use my new slimline dies and use the Village Heros Set. I watched a video by Nichol Spohr after seeing her post here on using this and other coordinating sets. Her cards inspired mine. 

Now after all that, please enjoy my first ever slimline card using my new Trinity Slimline Dies and Lawn Fawn Village Heros stamp set and dies. 

In addition to Village Heros, I used images from Village Shops and Happy Village. I also pulled out the my mountain border die set. I colored with Copic Markers, following inspiration from the colors Nichol used on her cards. 

I want to post this challenge on the Lawn Fawnatics Challenge Blog and on 
Darnell's NBUS Challenge Blog-Challenge 15. Nbus stands for Never Before Used Stuff.
If I am not allowed to post this card to both, I do hope someone will be kind enough to let me know. 

Thanks for stopping by.
I hope you have a lovely day.

Wednesday, June 3, 2020

For You-Inspired By Challenge

 Hello Friends!

I'm sharing a card I made for another challenge. This is for the Inspired By Challenge-All the Details. I have been encouraged by my extremely talented and creative friend, Michele, from I Card Everyone to go ahead and try. I'm such a novice at this type of thing that it took me 4 attempts to create something I felt was worthy of entering. I kind of freeze up when trying something like this. But I do want to challenge myself to do things to hopefully expand my ability to be more creative.

From the photo shared for this challenge I was inspired by the colors, the dots and a bit of stitching in the use of the wonky stitched die. I also thought the scalloped layers kind of looked a bit like flowers.

Thanks for stopping by. 
I hope you are having a good day.

Saturday, May 30, 2020

Rainbow Turnabout Cards

Hello my friends!

I've decided to dust off the old blog and see if I can generate any momentum in posting. *Ü*

How are you?! What a crazy mixed up time this is! We are all good and healthy. My husband is working from home. Amy and Jessica both finished up the school year doing remote learning. Amy is working as a CNA in a senior living center, but there is no Covid at her facility. Thank goodness!  I have been keeping myself busy with decluttering and deep cleaning. And by crafting! Yes, I finally have been making the time to craft almost every day. Cannot complain about that.

Here's my latest project. It almost didn't happen. I got the Concord and 9th Rainbow Turnabout stamp. I love those little rainbows scattered all over the cardstock. Well, when I started to play with it, I quickly discovered my bows/arches were not lined up correctly. Try as I might, I couldn't get them to line up. I thought my stamp was defective. I talked to a sweet crafty friend for tips and emailed the company. Nope, the stamp isn't defective, just really finicky. You have to have everything lined up just right for it to work.

See those blue rainbows and that pile of card fronts? Those were my make it or break it practice runs. Took me 3 tries during this crafty session to get the stamp lined up right. I stamped a 4th time just to be sure. Then I got to play with color combos. Yay! You should have seen my hands after I was done stamping. Let's say they were pretty green. Haha!

Practice and finally success!

Proof that I got it to work. :)
I can't even remember what colors I used. I was just playing around. 
I'm not taking the stamp off my Misti for a bit. I want to be sure I've played with it all I want for now before I do that. 
Below are the finished cards I've made so far. 

I used the Rainbow Turnabout and the coordinating Brighter Days stamp and die set from 
Concord & 9th on this one. I've also added some Love From Lizi peel offs and some shimmer pen to the cloud. The sentiment is stamped in Versafine Onyx black and clear heat embossed. 

On this one I added the hello using a die from Scrapbook. com and some flat sequins from Trinity Stamps. I wish the camera picked up the glitter in the cardstock for the word hello. I also used Love From Lizi peel offs around the perimeter of the card panel. 

This one also has a sentiment from Lawn Fawn's May Mini Release Village Heros.
Those sweet little hearts come from the Brighter Days bundle.
I'm entering this card in Kristie Marcotte's Cardmaking Challenge on Instagram.
She's doing it just for fun and this week's theme is Thank You card with a banner.
I think it will fit the bill. :)

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
I hope you have a lovely day.
And I hope to be back again really soon. 
Crafty hugs!

Sunday, November 3, 2019

So Thankful For You card


Whoosh! And it's November! This year is just racing by. Our last week of October was a cold and snowy one. We went something like 109 hours below freezing and broke records. School/work was kind of crazy, too, because of the cold and snow. Monday we had a late start. Tuesday was an early release and on Wednesday we had a snow day! On Halloween we were in the upper 30s, low 40s. We only had two small groups come to our house for trick-or-treating. Not sure if it was due to the weather or if trick or treating is no longer a thing in our neighborhood. 

I had some time on Saturday to work on cards and it ended up that I spent all my crafty time on one card. But, I don't mind. I really like how it came out. I was smitten with this card by Candice Fisher that I saw on the Butterfly Reflections Ink blog. She was promoting Hello Bluebird in her card. I don't own those stamps, but I couldn't get the lovely colors out of my mind. So, I set out to mimic the card using my Lawn Fawn stamps.  I didn't have dies to go with all the sets, so I fussy cut the images out. I also don't own the Distress Oxide Inks in the colors she used, so I used regular Distress Inks in Squeezed Lemonade, Carved Pumpkin and Ripe Persimmon. I added some Brushed Corduroy to the trees. All the images were colored with Copics. This is what is called a slim line card. 3 1/2 by 8 1/2. I do have envelopes to fit it. You can find them at Hobby Lobby. *Ü*

And just for fun, here is a picture I snapped last week when the girls were going to go with their dad to take the dog for a walk. He is part American Eskimo (really!) and LOVES the cold and snow. 

Thanks so much for stopping by. 
I hope you have a great start to the new week.

Crafty hugs,