Wednesday, October 18, 2017

LEAVE it to Me Double D Challenge

Presenting a new Double D Challenge today:  LEAVE it to Me!  You guessed it... anything with leaves.

My card today is made entirely from die cuts and one little ol' stamped sentiment.  I really wanted to color something, but I also wanted to stay at least somewhat true to the inspiration board and coloring just didn't work out.  So... here's my card:

And here's our inspiration board:

I love the gold leaves against the blue, and the frosty white against the blue, and those patterned leaves...  The pie looks absolutely delicious, too, but I'm guessing it hasn't been baked yet.  So beautiful, though.

The team votes on favorites (always the most difficult part of the challenge), but there's also a prize for a random winner:

Well... my card doesn't look a whole lot like anything in the inspiration board, but I did use patterned paper for the leaves.  And blue, but not the same shade of blue.  Hey, the idea is to be inspired.

A year or more ago I decided I needed to add a basket die to my collection so I got this one by Impression Obsession.  This is the first time I've used it, which just goes to show how badly I needed it, but you never know.  All the other dies on this card are oft-used favorites.  I'll list all dies here:

  • Impression Obsession Basket
  • Taylored Expressions Mega Leaves
  • Impression Obsession Grass
  • Memory Box Stitched Circle Layers
  • PoppyStamps Main Street Stitched Tags
  • Spellbinders Grand Scalloped Squares

Hop over to the Double D blog to see more samples and leave some love.  I hope you can play along.  Take care!

Stamps:  Very old Firecracker sentiment  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white, Core'dinations 65 lb white and pre-cut white card base, SU Chocolate Chip, Old Olive, and Certainly Celery, retired SU designer paper  Ink:  SU Chocolate Chip and Creamy Caramel  Accessories:  Polytwill ribbon, corner rounder punch, dies as listed above

Monday, October 16, 2017

Bright and Fun for a Birthday Boy

Hi there!  I'd like to start off by saying that yesterday was my birthday and my family and friends, local and afar, made it a very special week for me.  Your birthday is the one day that, in your life, belongs to you, alone, and when it's recognized and celebrated it makes you feel extra good.  One local friend even helped Wally and LuLu send a birthday card to me.  So... thank you everyone!!

Now, for today's card... I've had the parts cut and the image stamped and everything ready to color and put together ever since I used the Sparkle N Sprinkle Cars set for the first time last month.  Same designer paper, but different theme and accents.  I get such a kick out of making kids' cards -- so bright and fun -- but I really don't have much chance to use them.  However, this one is going with a batch I'm giving to a friend.

That's two cards done for her and many, many to go.  When I told my husband I needed lots of cards and only had two done he said "Only two?  What do you do in there?"  Sheesh.  These cards don't make themselves you know!  Never mind that I'm probably the world's slowest stamper.  I spend too much time thinking and visualizing and pushing parts around before anything is glued down.  I've never wanted to hurry the process, but sometimes I wish... sigh...

The ingredients listed below my signature will pretty much explain the card so I'll just mention a couple of things.  Coloring was done with Copics, including the balloon.  I used Stampin' Up! markers to color each letter of the sentiment.  Inside looks like this:

I'm not sure how apparent it is in the photo, but the red border is a frame.

And that's that!  Lots of fun.  Onto more grown up stuff the rest of the week but, really, it's all just grown up play, isn't it?  Have a great day!

Stamps:  Sparkle N Sprinkle "Cars"  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, red and blue card stock, old BasicGrey (?) designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Stampin' Up! markers for sentiment, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  MFT Die-namics Wonky Stitched Squares, Spellbinders Grand Squares (to make red frames), Impression Obsession Balloons, Memory Box Banner Parade (includes stars on card front), MFT Die-namics Star Stax (stars inside card), Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Friday, October 13, 2017

Flowers on Yellow and White

Hello and happy Friday!  Today is the first of many cards I'm making for a friend.  She says she needs a variety, so I started with one of the happiest cards to make -- birthday.  Yellow and white is, for me, one of the happiest color combos, too, so, you see, there's happy all over this card!

I used Power Poppy's So Grateful clear stamp set for the flowers and Dahlia XL for the sentiment.  Coloring was done with Copic markers.

My friend loves a dressed up card so I pulled out all the stops with pretty die cuts, an embossed background, a little bit of designer paper, and I even added a bow.  As a final step I put Nuvo drops in the corners of the yellow die cut, which is always a little scary as I'm never sure if they're going to turn out okay.  I will say for certain that the glossy drops are the easiest to apply.  I don't know why.

I'll wrap up all this sunshiny cheerfulness for now and list all the ingredients in the recipe below my signature.  Wishing you a beautiful fall day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy "So Grateful" and "Dahlia XL" clear stamp sets  Paper:  Neenah 110 lb white, other white, yellow card stock, scrap BasicGrey June Bug designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black, Copics for coloring  Accessories:  Organdy ribbon, Nuvo Gloss Crystal Drops - Simply White, Cuttlebug Wicker Weave embossing folder, Marianne Designs Anja's Oval die, Memory Box Oval Master Frame (just used the oval that popped out when cut), Scotch brand foam mounting tape

Monday, October 9, 2017

Dazzling Dahlia

Hello there!  Did you remember Saturday was World Card Making Day?  Somehow I failed to realize that until the day was upon me and I had other plans.  I did mail two birthday cards on Saturday, though.  Does that count?

The card I'm sharing today is Power Poppy's Dahlia XL, watercolored with my Spectrum Sparkle brush pens, plus one color of Twinkling H2Os.  I was thinking fall with russet tones and this is how it turned out.

Bright, isn't it?  Yikes!  Maybe I should call this "Dahlia on Fire".  You can't even see the sparkle in the first photo.  It shows up a little more here:

And here:

Love those sparkle pens!

I started out with Macaroon and Biscuit sparkle pens (pink and yellow), and left some of that showing for highlights as I added Hearthside sparkle pen (red) and Ginger Peach Twinkling H2O (russet).  The background is shaded with Ocean Wave and Sage sparkle pens.  The gold splats are Ginger Peach Twinks.

I tried to echo all the colors of the dahlia in the designer paper card base, the light gold shimmery mat, and the copper cord.

I'm going to play along in The Flower Challenge's 1st birthday celebration -- "Use Your Favorite Flower".

I think my favorite flower is just about anything Marcella draws, but dahlias do fascinate me because of the incredible variety and some of those huge "dinner plate" blooms.  There are prizes for this birthday celebration and we're supposed to name our choice just in case we win.  Well, gee, there are still a few Power Poppy digis I don't have yet...

That's it for today!  I hope to see you again soon.  Till then...

Stamps:  Power Poppy Dahlia XL  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, light gold satin metallic, white card base, BasicGrey June Bug designer paper  Ink:  Palette Noir  Coloring:  Spectrum Sparkle watercolor bush pens and Twinkling H2Os as listed above  Accessories:  Copper cord, Taylored Expressions Stitched Rectangle Stacklets

Monday, October 2, 2017

Just for Fun Critter Friends

Hi!  October 1st?  Holy cow!  I'd better get with the season!  I don't have any new fall stamps yet this year, but I was pretty sure I could make a fall-ish scene with some not yet used dies.  It's pretty simplistic, but I thought I'd stop while I was ahead.

This reminds me so much of LuLu and her squirrel friend, the way they stand nose to nose at the tree.

I rubbed a little ink into the background and colored the dies with Copic markers.  Used a white gel pen to add spots and a white tail tip to the dog.  The image panel has a red layer under it, but I didn't want to add an additional border.  It's just there to make the sentiment show up better.

Dies:  Memory Box Tree of Wonder, Amy Designs Cats and Dogs, Impression Obsession Squirrel Set, Paper Smooches Hello Words

I'm including this in Darnell's 10 day NBUS challenge.  The tree, squirrel, and dog are all NBUS, and I've had them quite a while, tsk tsk.

Speaking of LuLu, while I was sick she had to take herself for a walk:

Just kidding, but isn't she cute?  Rich walked the dogs all on his lonesome while I was sick, but I'm back to going with them again.  Whenever we reach the halfway mark LuLu wants to carry her leash.  I hang onto part of it until we get to our own street, and if there are no cars coming I'll let her take herself home.

Have a happy day, week, month, season, year, and I'll see you again soon!

Thursday, September 28, 2017

More Happy Coloring

Hi there!  I'm back with a completely out of season card but, honestly, I've had the makings for this sitting on my table since mid-summer.  The stamp set is Power Poppy's Natural Beauties, stamped and colored with Copics on X-Press It Blending Card.  It's a happy sort of image, don't you think?

After coloring I glued the panel to another white panel so it would emboss more deeply, then ran it through with a Darice folder called Bird Scroll Frame.  First time use for the embossing folder, tsk tsk, and it's really so cute.  On a separate white panel I embossed just the corner with the bird, then colored, cut it out, and glued over top.  The full panel is glued to a white card base and the bird makes another appearance inside.  Hope one of my October birthday girls doesn't mind getting a spring card!

I've finished the awful pills I was taking to cure my illness and I feel much better now.  Happy day!  Thanks so much for all your get well wishes.  Amazing how those pills affected me.  I hope I can keep up the coloring because I have a whole passel of birthday cards to send out this month.

Take care of you and have yourself a very good day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Natural Beauties  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copic markers  Accessories:  Darice Bird Scroll Frame embossing folder

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Low on Gas? That's Me.

Hi friends!  I've been sick and it's no fun.  We've had about enough of that nonsense at our house for a while, I think.  The pills I'm taking for recovery make me shaky, weak, tired, and a little dizzy, but in a couple of days I'll probably feel all better.

On the 7th day of my illness I thought I'd try a little coloring.  On the 10th day I finally finished the card.  It wasn't easy, being so unsteady, but more fun than laying on the couch.  I thought this not yet used Cars stamp set was appropriate.

I bought this set months ago, thinking it would make the cutest get well cards for boys or men and then the opportunity to use it never arose, which isn't a bad thing, of course.  At any rate, by the time I learn a person is sick and then get a card made they're all recovered.  It's much better to have them on hand.  That makes a good case for willy nilly stamping as long as you can do plenty of it and have a good variety, sigh...

Inside he's all spiffed up and feeling much better.

There's a lot more to this set with a good variety of sentiments that make it very useful.  A good purchase, I think.  It also comes as a digital set.

I'm playing along in Darnell's NBUS challenge today (Never Before Used Schtuff).  I call it "not yet used", some call it "virginal".  We all have it, though some are better than others about using the NBUS before it becomes ancient.  I haven't been good in the past, but I'm working on it.

You all take care now and don't get sick like me.  I'll be back when I can!

Stamps:  Cars (see link above)  Paper:  X-Press It Blending Card, SU Marigold Morning, CTMH Dutch Blue card base, red Bazzill, old BasicGrey designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black  Coloring:  Copics  Accessories:  Enamel dots, baker's twine, Die-namics Mix and Match Banner

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Double D Sentiment/Quote Challenge

It's time for Team Darlene to present you with a new Double D Challenge!  This time around it's Sentiments or Quotes, whether it's the focus of your card or project or an important and prominent part of it.

I have many wonderful quotes in stamps, but the first one I thought of was this old Wordsworth Shakespeare quote.  I've always used it for Christmas cards, but it's been years so I'm thinking it's time to bring it out again.  Since these cards are so simple, I made two.  Merry, merry!

Pictured below is our mood board which you may use for inspiration.  I liked the simplicity and the white lettering.

As always, the Double Ds are giving away a prize to a random winner.  Favorites will be voted on by the team, as well.

The sentiment on each card is stamped in Versamark and embossed in white.

There's traditional red and green with gold highlights for the first card.  The gold mat is actually white card stock colored with a Sakura Gelly Roll pen.  No need to use a whole panel of gold card stock just for that itty bitty border.

The poinsettia is Poppystamps Small Blooming Poinsettia.  The red flower center is Stickles Candy Cane glitter glue.

The second card uses the Memory Box Gabriella Border with Stickles Silver glitter glue in the center of each snowflake.  The narrow silver edging is, again, white card stock, but this time colored with a Pilot silver marker.

Hop over to Double D to see samples by Team Darlene and Team Diane.  Now, show us your creation in our Sentiment/Quote Challenge at Double D!  Have fun!

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Pure Prairie Spirit Blue

Hi there and happy almost fall!  I thought I'd give a little nod to fall today by using some turned leaves on my card, but I'm not ready to give up summer yet so I have flowers and a butterfly, too.

Actually, this card happened when I was trying to do something else entirely.  It's the salvaged end result of a two day stamping fiasco.  I think I'm a little too distracted lately.  The stamp is Power Poppy's Pure Prairie Spirit, watercolored with Gansai Tambi paints on Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor paper.  The watercoloring was enjoyable, but I ran into trouble with the design.  I know!  It looks so simple, but what a struggle getting there!

Long story and I'll spare you most of the details.  Can you tell the card base is navy blue?  Not black.  I was thinking I never use navy blue, but when I went to my folder of navy blue paper I found it almost gone.  Hmmmm...  must have liked it more at some point.  The oval frame was stamped in a lighter blue with Stampin' Up!'s retired Linen background -- still a favorite.

I had one too many leaves on the card so I used Un-Do to remove one.  Un-Do is usually my friend, but it betrayed me this time and ripped the paper, and that's how the flags come to be there -- a cover up.  The leaves looked bland and needed some help.  Maybe a bow would be pretty, but you know me and lumpy cards... we just don't jive, hence the butterfly.  It was die cut from one of the pretty alcohol ink-on-acetate backgrounds my friend made for me.

We brought our new travel trailer home after a three hour orientation and it's sitting largely in the middle of the driveway right now.  I'll get some pictures to share one of these days.  We shopped for a few things for it, but it's not yet fully stocked.  Lots of fun just getting it ready for a trip.  Unfortunately we discovered a rotten corner on our house where rain water ran under the siding and now that has to be fixed.  We've been having quite a time of it for about a month and a half now when ordinarily everything is so hunky dory here.  I guess it was our turn.  It will all work out.

Enjoy your day!

Stamps:  Power Poppy Pure Prairie Spirit and Dynamic Duos: Foxglove & Ranunculus (sentiment), SU Linen background  Paper:  Arches 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, SU Night of Navy, Neenah 110 lb white, BasicGrey June Bug designer paper  Ink:  Palette Noir, SU Brocade Blue  Coloring:  Gansai Tambi watercolor paints  Accessories:  Memory Box Oval Master Frame, Taylored Expressions Mega Leaves, Impression Obsession Medium Butterflies, Spellbinders Nested Lacy Pennants

Friday, September 8, 2017

Birthday and Christmas

Hi there!  I'm back today with three cards I made with my Power Poppy Under Glass stamp set.  They're all rather clean and simple.  Lots of white space, but color, too.  The first is a birthday card.  That's probably pretty obvious.

There's a cloche (or bell jar) with this set which I did not use for the birthday card.  Part of the beauty of the Under Glass set is that you can go either way.

I paired it with the Poppystamps Celebration Balloon Collage die, cut twice and layered.  On the top layer I used a craft knife to cut away the balloons so I was left with just the oval.  I colored the balloons on the bottom layer with Copics and then glued the second over top.  Nothing is popped up, but it appears to have quite a lot of dimension.  The card base was embossed with an old Cuttlebug birthday embossing folder.  Lots of sparkle was added to the birthday image with Stickles Stardust glitter glue.

Next are Christmas cards made from the same set.  I couldn't help but see Christmas bells in the cloche.

The card on the left mixes the cloche with Power Poppy's Merry Littles set -- the poinsettia, bow, and sentiment.  The die cut is Memory Box Frostyville Border.

The card on the right is mixed with a sentiment from Glistening Paperwhites.  The die is Memory Box Beloved Snowflakes.  The sun was wreaking havoc with my picture taking, so this wonky photo is the only one I ended up using.  There's too much going on at my house right now to be very picky about things like this.

The white on all cards is Neenah 110 lb.

On a personal note:

  • My root canal was a piece of cake.  I still have two more appointments for the crown.
  • Rich went to his family practice doctor for the obligatory follow up visit after his evening at the ER, and still everything is fine.
  • LuLu (precious Golden Retriever) had to go to the vet on Wednesday after a night of vomiting and urinary urgency (feels like she has to pee a lot but hardly anything comes out).  It's a lot like a human urinary tract infection.  She's fine now.
  • We did buy an RV and it's awesome!  We'll have an orientation and bring it home next Tuesday.  Now we'll start the process of stocking it up like a home away from home.  The one we chose is perfect for us.  King size bed (for two humans and two Golden Retrievers) and plenty of open floor space so the dogs won't feel cramped.  Roomy bathroom.  Polar package, meaning it's set up for cozy living no matter how cold it is outside.  Power awning with a row of LED lights.  Only 24' including the tongue, so it won't be like hauling a train down the highway.  Those were some of the main selling points, but it's so much more fabulous than all that.  I can't wait for our first trip!

I've been sitting here too long and must run now.  Hugs and happy wishes to everyone!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Double D Glitter Challenge

Hello there!  I'm playing along with Team Diane's Glitter Challenge at Double D today and I have a very easy card which was partly made for me.  I'll explain in a minute.  First, the card:

Now our very inspiring mood board:

And a super prize for a lucky random winner:

Now, to explain the card...  My friend, Nancy, came over recently and demonstrated alcohol ink backgrounds for me.  She left me with quite a few beautiful backgrounds, so they'll be showing up on cards in the days ahead.  It's easy to see how alcohol inks could become an obsession, sheesh.  This one is inks on acetate, glued to crumpled tissue paper with a little glitter sprinkled in between.

The dies are hers, as well -- Poppystamps "Floral Stem Collage" and "Scribble Thank You".  I pressed the "thank you" into my Versamark pad and then embossed with gold jewel embossing powder.  The flower is glittered up with Stickles glitter glue.  I had a few Nuvo glitter drops made up on an acetate sheet, and the color matched, so I added those, too.

The picture below shows a little more of the sparkle.  It wasn't easy to photograph in such a way as to show the sparkle yet avoid glare on the acetate.

Things are really sparkling over at Double D, so be sure and check out the team's cards.  Enjoy your day!

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Colorful Birdhouses

I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen, but I finally finished a card.  Things got a little nutty around here for a while.  My face swelled up in a big ball of pain and after a dental appointment and some antibiotics I'm having a root canal today.  My first.  A crown will follow.  Sheesh.

On Sunday Rich collapsed in the yard and after checking his blood pressure and finding it frighteningly low we took him to the ER.  All the tests imaginable showed he was in good health, but dehydrated and maybe his blood pressure medicine was working a little too well.  All this going on while our son was down for a visit and we're in the process of buying an RV for travel.  Rich said his first thought as he was drifting to the world of the unconscious was "well, there goes the RV".  All is well, though.  He's in surprisingly good health.  He's not good about hydrating, but he knows I'll be keeping on him about that from now on.

So, how about that card?

I used an Impression Obsession stamp called "Birdhouses".  I bought it locally at a shop that's been closed for almost a year, but it can still be found at IO online which is what I linked to.   I do love the stamp.  The bird looks like she's house hunting, just like we're RV hunting.  So many choices!

I watercolored on 140 lb hot press Fluid 100 watercolor paper with only five markers -- three Stampin' Up and one Tombow.  Stitched a border and added three Nuvo Crystal drops which I managed to get fairly flat for easy mailing.  This card is for a birthday later this month.

We've had a few days socked in with smoke from the forest fires all around us.  It turns the sunshine pink and odd looking.  The sky appears to be overcast, but it's all smoke.    Even the moon glows orange.

That's it for today.  I'll be back tomorrow with a new Double D challenge.  Maybe I'll even do some more stamping this week.  I hope you all had a good weekend.  I appreciated every moment of mine, even with the upsets.  I can't help but think of the folks who have such a long way to go to recover from Hurricane Harvey, and everyone in the west who have lost their homes to the forest fires.

Stamps:  Impression Obsession Birdhouses, Stampin Up Bloomin' Marvelous sentiment  Paper:  140 lb hot press Fluid 100 watercolor, Core'dinations white card base  Ink:  Palette Noir  Coloring:  SU markers More Mustard, Ruby Red, Old Olive, Not Quite Navy, Tombow marker N65  Accessories:  Nuvo Crystal Drops - Sugared Almond

Friday, August 25, 2017

Red Bee Balm

Enough clean and simple for a while; it's time to play around because 1)  I love to color,  2)  I love to play with design composition, and 3)  I'd like to use my designer paper before it goes the way of the dinosaur.

I've spent a fair amount of creative energy over the years figuring on how to make an easy-to-mail-one-postage-stamp card that still lets me do all of the above.  Die cuts have helped with that.  Layers made of designer paper.  Sequins, but not the cupped kind.  That sort of thing.  If any of you have ever received a be-sequined card from me that lost its sequins along the way, please let me know.  I once received a card whose sequins had mostly fallen loose in the envelope.  I use Aleene's Tacky Glue for sequins because it's tidy and strong, but since I've never mailed a card to myself... well, who knows?

The stamp set for this card is Power Poppy's Vibrant Thanks from their latest release.  I stamped the Bee Balm three times, masking the first image on the left.  Coloring was done with Copics on X-Press It Blending Card.

The designer paper is old My Mind's Eye "Rosy" from my vast collection.  I'll list the dies:

  • Spellbinders Grand Ovals
  • Cheery Lynn Dutch Daisy Boutique Stacker A2 Frame
  • Dee's Distinctively Sm Pair of Leaves
  • Paper Smooches Hearts

I'm linking up today to the following challenges:

 "Anything Goes" challenge at The Sisterhood of Crafters
Tic Tac Toe Challenge #012  I chose the "die cut, sentiment, and floral" row.

Hope you're all looking forward to a nice summer weekend.  Enjoy it while you can!  See you again soon.

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