Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Double D Challenge: Patterned Paper

Hello friends!  It's all about patterned paper at Double D today.  Darlene is asking us to dip into our designer paper collection, however vast or limited it is, and feature it in our projects.  I've mentioned a few times that I have a Vast Hoard, so this is a delightful challenge for me.

Here's the inspiration board and a pretty paper pad for a random prize winner.


The papers I focused on are perhaps not the most gorgeous in my collection, but they're fun and I've had them for many years.  There was a time I would browse the all the wonderful shelves of 12 x 12 papers in our local papercrafts shop and choose 2 or 3 sheets that coordinated.  I can hardly begin to tell you how enjoyable that process was for me.  Sadly, the shop has been closed for a few years (sniff sniff, boo hoo).  Way back in 2016  I cut all the not-yet-used 12 x 12 coordinating patterned papers into 6 x 6 sheets and made charming and fun, easy to store, much more likely to be used collections of them.  On the rare occasion that a collection gets down to the last few sheets I like to make layouts on card bases and set them aside for future use.  That's what I did with these papers, and then the challenge came along so I turned two of them into cards.

I chose to work with my beloved Inky Antics dogs -- also many years in my collection.  I could have left the branch off the first card, but what's done is done.

For the second card I cut strips of plaid and wove them together.  Our 6 month old Golden Retriever, Sophie, sent this card to her best friend, Tommy, a mini-Schnauzer exactly the same age.  On Valentine's Day they got together and had an exceptionally good time, though Tommy did most of the yapping.

Pictured below are the two remaining cards-in-waiting.  I have other collections I've been working on as well.  There are simply too many things I enjoy playing with in my room.

My Double D teamies have done some pretty fabulous things with their patterned papers.  Have a look and then show us yours.

Happy crafting!

Stamps:  Inky Antics Delightful Dogs #3 plus a sentiment from Inky Antics Puppy & Kitty Love on the second card  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 & 110 lb, designer paper from stash  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Brocade Blue, Old Olive, and Baroque Burgundy for inking die cuts  Coloring:  Copics and ink blending  Other:  Poppystamps Freida Leaf, Freida Curve, and Whittle Birds, small flower punch, white gems, Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Friday, February 16, 2024

Mooch in the Moment -- A Lavinia Card

Hi there!  Mooch is the cat, in case you were wondering.  I dipped into my Lavinia stamps and endeavored to use some that have not yet seen ink.  In this case it's Mooch and the crows.

When I start adding ink I'm am not always sure where I'll end up.  Maybe this is a big harvest moon, but I can't say that was exactly the plan.  Inks are Memento Tuxedo Black and Stampin' Up.  I didn't do anything special or extra.  It's just plain old stamping and lots and lots of color.  The sentiment is from a retired Power Poppy set.

I'll send my card over to Darnell's NBUS Challenge #59 because I was pleased to use Mooch and the crows for the first time.

All the Lavinia stamps are listed below.  Thank you for coming to visit.  I'll be back when something crafty happens.  Enjoy your weekend!

Lavinia stamps:  Mooch, Bird Collection, Tree Branch, Leaf 1 Mini, Willow

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Valentine Cats

Hello!  Today is Valentine's day and I hope you're all feeling cherished, whether it be by a significant other or any friend or family member, including the furry kind.  Most of my Valentines go to friends because, you know, friends are the family you choose yourself.

Gosh, I hope I'm not sending these cats to the same people again, but I just love this little Gerda Steiner cutie pie with the XOXO.  I did one in pink and one in red.  The fun thing I'd like to tell you about these cats is that I colored them with ink and small blending brushes from Amazon.  Some are angled, some flat, sized small to tiny.  Not as dense as more expensive brushes, but they work nicely.  I was mainly planning to use them for stenciling but this was fun, too.  I like how they gave the image a shaded look without any extra effort from me.

One in pink, one in red.  I covered the card bases with some random loose designer paper sheets from The Vast Hoard.  Supplies are listed below so I won't go on too much about details.

My goal today is to eat chocolate and do no chores (in my dreams).  How about you?  Happy Valentine's Day!

Stamps:  Gerda Steiner All Cats  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, SU Real Red, designer paper from stash  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Real Red, Pretty in Pink, other for coloring  Coloring:  Inks applied to cats with small stencil brushes -- Memento London Fog on pink card, SU Apricot Appeal and Pumpkin Pie on red card  Other:  Die-namics Wonky Stitched Squares, Poppystamps Clothesline Hearts, Memory Box Fairy Jewels, Wink of Stella

Monday, February 12, 2024

Inky Antics Valentines

Hi and welcome to a new week!  It's Valentine week and I'm still lagging behind.  I need to start working on next year's cards because this holiday comes too soon after Christmas for me to get any steam behind it.  I did make a few with my oldies but goodies.  It starts to feel as though I'm sending the same cards over and over, but when you've got favorites you just have to use them, don't you?

I wasn't thinking of Valentines when I pulled out my Inky Antics dogs and stamped and colored and cut out every single one of them.   Actually, the image on the first card was already stamped and in my card parts drawer so hooray for getting it colored and on a card.

All coloring was done with Copics.  To the card below I added a background from Rubbernecker and some little hearts from (?) -- an unlabeled stamp.  The gray scalloped mat was already cut so I built on that.

At some point along the way I looked up Inky Antics to see if they still make and sell stamps, and I found a whole website.  Well, you know what happened then.  Three sets into my cart.  Not new, but new to me.  I think it's important that we create what makes us feel happy in the making, and Inky Antics have been making me feel happy for years.

Sending sweet Valentine wishes to all!

Stamps:  Inky Antics Puppy Love (1st card), Puppy & Kitty Love #2, Rubbernecker dog stuff background(?), nameless heart flowers stamp (latter 3 all on 2nd card)  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 & 110 lb, grocer's kraft, SU Going Gray & Pink Pirouette (2nd card), scrap designer paper (1st card)  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Rose Red  Coloring:  Copics  Other:  Poppystamps Heart Hugs and Scribble Daisy Heart Frame, Tutti Designs Stitched Nesting Hearts, Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets, Lawn Fawn Stitched Scalloped Rectangle Stackables, rhinestones, foam mounting tape

Friday, February 9, 2024

PinkFresh Blooming Branch

Hello!  After finishing my few Valentines (which I'll share later) I had a chance to reach into my NBUS basket and pull out something new-to-me.  This Pinkfresh Blooming Branch came from a recent 40% off sale on their website.  Not to be resisted, right?  I got this and one other stamp set, no dies.  Amazing reserve on my part.  I made two cards with this stamp.  The sentiment is from the Pinkfresh Delicate Rosebuds set.  I do have the matching dies for that one and I love how the sentiment cuts.

I stamped in Ranger Archival Watering Can and colored with Tombow markers and blender on the first card.  It was not too difficult to hand cut since I recently got a shot in my wrist that has the De Quervain's tenosynovitis.  My left wrist/hand had gotten so bad that I could barely use it.  It's much better now, but I have to be cautious about over-using it.  That's okay.  Anyway, here's the first card and I kind of love it.

The card front was salvaged from a card I received in a package from a charitable organization.  You know how they give little gifts to encourage you to donate.  I adhered the front to my own card and covered it with the large oval.  Pictured below you can see the ready-made gloss and sparkle as well as the flap of the matching envelope.  I have a few others in different colors, too, and they've been sitting a long time waiting for me to use them.

The next card is smaller with stamping off the edge.  This time I watercolored with Stampin' Up inks and I'm not thrilled with the results.  I was trying a watercolor technique I saw on a video.  It works for them, but apparently I'm better off sticking with what works for me.  Old dog I guess, ahem.  I was happy to use a smidgen of ribbon as well as a sentiment die from the NBUS die basket.  One basket for stamps, one for dies, and both rather full.

The inside of each card is stamped in a similar manner.  No sentiment.  The sentiments on the front can work for many occasions, and I can write my own message inside.  This lets me simply enjoy the cardmaking and have a card for whatever occasion when I need it.

Enough chatter?  I'll go ahead and link now to Darnell's NBUS challenge where she encourages us to get busy and use our never before used schtuff rather leave it sitting in the basket or bin while we shop for more new stuff...wait, what?  I know... it was how I rolled when I was working full time and didn't have enough left over creative energy to stamp.  It must have been habit forming because I still do it and haven't come up with a better excuse.

NBUS Challenge #59 --  My Pinkfresh Blooming Branch stamp and Impression Obsession Hi are fresh out of the basket.

Thank you for coming to visit.  Wishing you a beautiful day!

Tuesday, February 6, 2024

Double D Challenge: Heartfelt

Hi again!  It's Double D Challenge time, friends.  Diane is asking for hearts and she's given us a pretty board for inspiration.  See it below along with the prize for a random winner.


A challenge can take you to some very nice places.  When I looked at the board I decided I liked the cocoa mug with the flowers behind it.  After only a little bit of head scratching I pulled out one of my all-time favorite stamp sets -- WPlus 9 Hello & Thanks.  It has the lighthearted playful look I love, and it comes with matching dies.  I also liked the aqua blue in the lower right corner of the board, so I went with that as well.

With the help of a Cottage Cutz die set I added a dollop of whipped cream and a placed a heart cut out on the side of the cup.  The teensiest hearts around the edges are from that CC die set, too.  "Best friends" is an ages old stamp (name unknown) from my stash.  Isn't that the prettiest cut and emboss edge?  It's another oldie from my stash that needs to come out to play more often -- Joy Crafts Stylish Border.

This is a special Valentine for a dear friend.

Simple coloring was done with Copics.  This was so much fun, and in my book that's what it's all about.

I hope you'll come play with us at Double D.  The team has some great samples you'll want to check out.  We always have creative winners and the one prize winner.   Most importantly we just want you to have fun.

Catch you again real soon!

Stamps:  WPlus 9 Hello & Thanks w/matching dies, sentiment from stash (unknown)  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White 80 & 110 lb, pink sandable cardstock, scrap designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, SU Bermuda Bay & Pool Party  Coloring:  Copics  Other:  Joy Crafts Stylish Border, Cottage Cup of Love (partial), SU 3-in-1 heart punch, Cotton Candy Stickles

Friday, February 2, 2024

Barnyard Romance

Hi there!  I'm getting ready for the next holiday on the list with a Valentine for my one and only.  In fact, I hope to concentrate more on all the holidays and birthdays this year until I've got everything covered.  This card came about when I was going through my drawer of friend shares.  Dang, I'd forgotten all about this lovable pair of piggies.  They came all the way from Alabama.

I found the stitched heart and the larger heart negative panel in my card parts drawer and thought they'd make a good background.  I embossed the stitched heart with flowers and dots, added a banner.  I wanted to keep it simple, but the couple really needed a fence and some grass in their barnyard.  I'll settle for simple-ish.  All that cuteness is on a card base of the retired sand-able cardstock from Stampin' Up that I need to stop hoarding.

I think Rich will get a laugh from this card.  Who doesn't need a laugh?  He'd probably fall over if I ever gave him a serious card.

Enjoy your day and we'll get together again soon!

Stamps:  Pigs of unknown source, Lawn Fawn Wavy Sayings  Paper:  Neenah Classic Crest Super Smooth Solar White, SU Green Galore, SU sand-able cardstock for card base, other pink  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copics  Other:  MFT Die-namics Woodgrain Fence and Fresh Cut Grass, Lawn Cuts Fancy Wavy Banners, Tutti Stitched Nesting Hearts, Sizzix Flowers embossing folder

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Brushed Butterflies and Tulips

Hello, friends, and welcome!  I think I'd better get busy here before you forget about me.  I never mean to be away this long, but you know -- Life.

Everything is okay.  The tree removal went relatively well.  Some fence boards had to be replaced, which our neighbor kindly pitched in and took care of.  The big crane left a large pothole -- more like a crater -- in our driveway.  It will have to wait a bit to be fixed.  The RV is parked over it so it's out of sight for the time being.

Meanwhile, I've still got some cards I haven't shared yet.  Today's makes were a fun play with some Spellbinders sets on loan from my friend (and yours), Michele.  I'm afraid I kept them a little longer than expected.  It's just like all my NBUS -- I dance around it quite a while before I actually sit down and make anything.  Then I wonder what took me so long.

So here we have the first card with Spellbinders Butterfly Burst die set.  The butterflies come with it.  The sentiment is an oldie Hero Arts.  I wasn't very imaginative considering I very nearly copied the picture on the package.

The next card is Spellbinders Artful Tulip.  The sentiment is Poppystamps.  Once again the idea came from the packaging, but I added a bit more because you know how I am.  I love these pretty little tulips.  The fancy frame is Marianne Designs Anja's Oval, an oldie.

I did the coloring with Copics.  I think that pretty much covers it so I didn't provide a recipe, sorry.  I was looking at my draft posts that need to be written up and I'm a little surprised at how many there are, and not a one of them features anything from my NBUS baskets.  I need to turn over a new leaf and start using that stuff!  See you soon!