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Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Double D Challenge: Woodland Creatures

Hello, friends!  We have a fun challenge starting today at Double D -- Woodland Creatures.  It's a challenge after my own heart as I love all creatures, great and small.  Well, maybe not spiders.  Or cockroaches... or snakes... but you get my drift.  There are so many ways I could have gone with this, but I decided to pull an older digital stamp from my Squigglefly archives (no longer in business).  Paired it with a Whipper Snapper sentiment 'cause I've always wanted to put these two together, and here's my card:




Below is our inspiration board which I found totally irresistible:




The team has the difficult job of voting on favorites, plus a random winner will receive this cute die set:




I had the fun of coloring and playing with some favorite designer paper and coming up with a layout... putting it all together in a one-postage-stamp card.  All my favorite things!

Honestly, I tried coloring the raccoon in dark grey, but it looked blah, so I went with black.  He's a poppin' raccoon and he's come out of the woodland to fish for snails in a vase of flowers someone left out on the patio overnight.  Not an unusual sight at all.




I hope you'll have a chance to join in the fun.  I know there will be some cute cards for this challenge.  Speaking of cute cards, you'll love what Team Darlene and Team Diane have created.  We all wanted to play this time around!

Supplies and more details are listed below.  Have a great day!



Stamps:  Squigglefly raccoon digi, Whipper Snapper sentiment  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Neenah Naturals for card base (not visible in photo), Bo Bunny Camp-a-Lot designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black, Adirondack Sandal for sponging image panel, Copics for coloring, Prismacolor Premier .005 black marker for fine raccoon hairs  Accessories:  Black Diamond Stickles and 1/4" circle punch for flower center  Dies:  Spellbinders Long Classic Rectangles, Spellbinders Standard Circles Large, Heartfelt Creations Delicate Asters die

Friday, February 16, 2018

Twofer Challenge -- Hearts

Hi, there, and happy Friday!  I'm playing along today in Darnell's Twofer Challenge.  The theme this time around is "hearts".  Use the same stamp to create two different cards for different purposes.  Stretch your stamps and have fun doing it!

I used a very old wood block "Fancy Heart" by StampCraft.  It's so old I don't even know if they make stamps anymore, but I've liked the stamp enough to keep it all these years.  So here are my two cards:




There's a conspicuous lack of color -- not my usual way, but might as well do something different once in a while.  That's SU's old Green Galore.  The "perfect" card shows the stamp as is, and the "fantastic" card shows it turned into a butterfly, all chunky and funky with wonky antennae and pearls for its body.

#1 with Spellbinders Elegant Ovals and Verve Amazing Adjectives.  This one is a thank you card.  Inside is a Shakespeare quote, "My heart is forever at your service".




#2 is the butterfly.  I thought it would be fun to use the flourishy bow as a sort of flight trail.  The wonky antennae are a portion of a swirly die.  I know, really pushing the envelope.  Punched flowers with die cut leaves.  Glitter paper.  A few dots of clear glitter here and there.  It's a 4 1/4" gift enclosure, intended as a combination retirement/new home congratulations for a friend.  I'm going to try to find a not-too-tacky butterfly wind chimes to send with it.




The butterfly and flight trail are coated with Wink of Stella.  The inside sentiment is from Words to the Rescue Variety Pack 1.




Okay, that was fun and quick and now I have two cards ready to mail.  I even used ribbon!  Thanks for a perfectly fantastic challenge, Darnell!  Enjoy your day and I'll see you all next week!

Twofer Challenge




Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Watercolored Tulips in Pitcher

Hello, again, friends!  I thought I'd better share this tulips card before I forget its scant details.  I made it last month for a birthday, but held off posting until it had been received.  Then along came the Valentines and the Double D challenge and. . . well, this got set aside, but we're here now. 

The stamp is Power Poppy's Tulips in Hobnail Pitcher, a digital stamp, printed nice and big on Arches 140 lb Hot Press watercolor paper.




I used Tombow markers for watercoloring.  It never ceases to amaze me how few markers I can get by with.  The rust color is in both tulips, the table top, and the light splattering over the painting.




The photos were taken on a dark day with my old camera just as it was going on the fritz.  My DSLR and my pocket-sized Elph gave up the ghost at the same time, tsk tsk, and have joined the graveyard of electronics in our spare room.  Anyway, I think this might have looked better in real life.

The card base is SU's Core'dinations card stock, lightly sanded.  Image panel popped up.




The sentiment is from a Power Poppy clear stamp set -- Tree of Life.

And that's that!  I'm off to the start of a beautiful day.  Hope you enjoy yours, as well.  See you again soon!



Friday, February 9, 2018

The Last of the Valentines

I've finished up the last of the Valentines, and it's a good thing because we're having a false spring and the outdoors are beckoning.  This is not the time to be sitting in my stamp room no matter how much fun it is.  Must enjoy that sunshine before it goes away again!

Today I have two more cards using the uber-cute Va-Va-Valentines digi set from Power Poppy.  I was thinking how quick and simple these cards are, but I looked at my pile of supplies after I finished -- three paper pads, four die sets, one embossing folder, ribbon, rhinestones... no wonder my room was such a mess!  I'll list all supplies at the end.  The first card is a soft color combo with honest to goodness ribbon.




The second card has a good deal more color set against a white embossed background.  The swirls in the embossed panel and the ribbon tails are meant to echo the swirly pattern in the designer paper.  Coloring on both cards was done with Copic markers.




The first card with its pink/gray/red color combo is for the Color Throwdown challenge.



The second card is just because.

My room is all tidied up now and ready for the next project... when the rain comes back.  Have a happy day!



Stamps:  Power Poppy Va-Va-Valentines digital set  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White and Neenah 110 lb white, SU Pink Pirouette, MFT Homespun Gingham, Carte Bella Words of Love, Echo Park Happy Summer designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Taffeta ribbon, rhinestone hearts, Cuttlebug Musical Flourish embossing folder  Dies:  Sizzix Fancy Tags, Lil' Inker Side Stitched Rectangles, Spellbinders Scalloped Hearts, Impression Obsession Large Bow

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Double D Challenge: Sequins

Hi there!  I'm joining up with Team Diane today to usher in a new Double D challenge:  Sequins.  Honestly, you buy one bag of sequins and you have a bunch.  But then you "need" more colors, and more, and on and on it goes until you're swimming in sequins.  At least that's my story.  Well, here's some encouragement to use a few of those sequins.

I used only five sequins on my card today, but I tend to use them sparingly, which helps explain why I have so many.  I pulled a few from a pastel collection to match up with this springtime scene.




Here's our inspiration board and a prize:



   

The only thing my card has in common with the inspiration board is the sequins, but I couldn't resist coloring my pretty, not-yet-used Agnes.  Oh, how I've loved all seven of my Loralie stamp sets, but now they're no longer in production.  I shouldn't have waited so long to color this one, but I'm perfectly happy to love on her now.  To my eyes she's adorable!  By the way, she was sent as a birthday card.  What in the world do you do with a sentiment like "I feel pretty"?  Well, you make a pretty card and send it along just for fun.




Every part of my card is watercolored on Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface paper.  I used another old, retired product for the watercoloring -- SU's Watercolor Wonder Crayons.  The background is swished and smooshed.  I'm enjoying these crayons after all the years of letting them sit unopened.  Each crayon holds far more paint than you find in tray-type watercolor collections, and they're actually paint -- not ink, not crayons.  Paint.  I wish I'd bought more than two sets.

Inside is spruced up with watercolored flowers and a Copic colored border.




Be sure to check the Double D blog for challenge details and to see the ultra-inspiring cards by the team.  There are more details about this card in the recipe below.  Thanks for coming to visit me.  You know I love it when you do!


Stamps:  Loralie Designs -- Agnes, Art Impressions I Feel Pretty  Paper:  Strathmore Mixed Media Vellum Surface, other white for card base  Ink:  Palette Noir, Memento Tuxedo Black (sentiment)  Coloring:  SU Watercolor Wonder Crayons, Tombow markers -- gray and black  Accessories:  Sequins, Poppystamps Freida Curve, Lil' Inker Silly Stitched Die Set, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Monday, February 5, 2018

A Funny Punny for My Honey

Hello, friends!  A new week, a new card.  I splurged a whole $6 and bought the new Va-Va-Valentines digi set from Power Poppy and made this card for my one and only:




This particular image resonates with me as I know it will Rich.  With two Golden Retrievers in the house, socks are always disappearing.  They're never damaged, but they do get carried off.  So, there you go -- I was tee heeing all over the place when I saw this.

I made a 4 1/2" card, simple, using some of the very few Valentine papers I have.  I tried to keep it somewhat manly, but, hey, it's a Valentine.  Copic coloring of the image, sparkly punched hearts, an old Spellbinders Heart Circle, ribbon... easy stuff.




I made sure I used the sparkly hearts specifically so I could play along in this month's Power & Spark Challenge at Power Poppy:  Love to Sparkle.




Additionally, I'm right on time to join The Paper Players Challenge:  Will You Be My Valentine.




Girls just gotta have fun!  I hope you're having fun, too!



Thursday, February 1, 2018

Valentine Pups

Hello at last!  It's Valentine month so I set everything aside and got started.  Much as I'd like to focus on one project at a time, I do have four separate projects currently in the works.  Really, I'm not that scatter brained.  Tell me, does this happen to you?

  • Shortly after Christmas I started a batch of four Christmas cards and have been working on them a little at a time between other projects.
  • I made a background for a Valentine, but decided it would be pretty for a Christmas card, so it's set aside with parts for the making.
  • I printed up four digis to color a gift set for a friend.  Made one card, but realized the rest would have to get in line with more pressing card needs.
  • I suddenly had the strongest urge to play with layouts and designer papers so I got started on that with some old papers that need to be used up.


All projects are in neat little piles,  waiting to be finished, but first -- Valentines!




I only have one sweetie and one child, but Valentines are too fun to make only two.  These will go to friends.  Valentine parties in grade school were my favorite.  All those cute little cards!  I think I was destined to be a card maker.

I used a Bugaboo set called Valentine Pup.  Copic coloring, a few die cuts, a bit of patterned paper.  There are Nuvo glitter drops on the first card.  The second card has an embossed paw prints base, smooshed with white ink.  Simple, but cute.




When I was making these cards I realized for the first time I could snap the nozzle off my Nuvo drops.  I honestly did not know that.  Just push the nozzle to the side and it comes right off.  I thought my Nuvo drops were doomed as they were all plugged up after only a few uses.  Now I take off the nozzle and rinse after each use.  So happy!  I might need more Nuvo drops now...

I'm glad we could visit today.  It's been fun!  Now, back to making more Valentines.  Enjoy your day!
 


Stamps:  Bugaboo Valentine Pup digital set, Power Poppy Springtime Love sentiment  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Solar White, Neenah 110 lb white, SU Melon Mambo and Going Gray, Lawn Fawn Perfectly Plaid designer paper  Ink:  Printer, Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Craft White, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Nuvo Sherbet Shimmer Glitter Drops, Darice Paw Prints Background embossing folder, Scotch brand foam mounting tape  Dies:  Lawn Fawn Outside In Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stacklets (long name!), Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangles Stacklets, Lil' Inker Silly Stitched Die Set, Frantic Stamper Sending Love/Hugs

Saturday, January 27, 2018

Our Little LuLu is Fit as a Fiddle

Because so many of you kind souls have asked, I wanted to let you know our little LuLu is fully recovered and back to her happy, active self.  Here she is with our dear, sweet Wally, living the Golden Retriever good life.




Her meds healed her tummy and she's now taking daily omeprazole to prevent acid reflux.  She hasn't had another bout since, but it wasn't all that frequent to begin with.  We'll wait and see.  We've always been careful with Wally and LuLu's diet, easy on the people food, paying heed to the long list of foods dogs aren't supposed to eat.  It's a mystery.

When they hurt, we hurt.  Love hurts, but it's worth it.  If only we didn't care so much...  Thank you for caring, too.


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