Monday, March 14, 2022

Dragonfly Edger

Hello again, friends!  I'm sharing something pretty today.  At least I hope you agree.  I've used another of my new-to-me edger dies by Creative Expressions.  This one is called Dragonfly Edger.

I love how some of the parts lift, rather than cut out all the way.  The pretty 49 and Market paper provides the garden effect, and it appears to me as though the dragonfly is hovering over the edge of a pond.  The flowers have clear gem centers.

There is no sentiment on the front, but this was a birthday card for a friend.

I'm sending my card over to play in the following challenges:

Tic Tac Toe Challenge #152.  I've chosen the bottom row -- Die cuts(s), spring colors, floral
NBUS Challenge #36.  Darnell challenges us to play with some of our never-been-used stuff.


Thanks so much for visiting today.  You know I love it when you drop in.  Take care!

Wednesday, March 9, 2022

A Frog in my Pocket

Hello and welcome!

I'm crafting with 100% older supplies today.  The mood board at the current Double D Challenge made me do it.  They're asking for something with pockets.  Coincidentally I was looking at this old pocket stamp recently and loving it anew.  Doesn't it look authentic?

I tucked in a little frog which I stamped and embossed, then colored with Tombow markers and a homemade blender pen.  Cut down the frog in such a way that he could hang over the edge.  I think you can make out how it's all put together, and supplies are listed in the recipe below my signature.

I embossed the white panel with a daisy folder, but not sure it was a good idea.  Something seems off.  You know the feeling?  I do love that little frog and pocket, though!  It's already on its way to a friend.

About that frog... it's one of the first stamp sets I ever bought -- a very long time ago -- way back when we had a craft store in a local mall with a small section for stamps and patterned papers.  I still love the stamps.  Pictured below is the index sheet that came with it.  Mind you, I did not color the following image; it came that way in the package:

Fun, isn't it?  Love the oldies!

Double D Challenge:  Something with Pockets

Additionally per Darlene's reminder (thanks Darlene!):

Sisterhood of Crafters -- Use an old neglected stamp.  My pocket stamp is 10+ years and the frog set is probably 20+ years.

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

Stamps:  Judith frog set - name unknown, Deep Red Stamps 'Denim Pocket'  Paper:  Fabriano Artistico Extra White 140 lb hot pressed watercolor, Neenah White, SU Buckaroo Blue, scrap yellow, scrap gingham  Ink:  Versafine Onyx Black, SU Buckaroo Blue and Old Olive  Coloring:  Tombow markers and homemade blender pen  Dies:  Die-namites Daisy Bunch, Memory Box Swirly Tree, Taylored Expressions Ric Rac Borders, Paper Smooches Hello Words  Other:  Detail clear embossing powder, Darice Large Daisy embossing folder, SU Subtle embossing folder (on card base), foam mounting tape to pop up daisies in pocket

Sunday, March 6, 2022

Daisy Heart

Hi there!  I was pleasantly surprised when I randomly won this Cottage Cutz Daisy Heart die in a Double D challenge recently.  Thank you Double D!  Might as well play with it right away rather than put it in a basket with the rest of the NBUS dies.

And I did play!  The die cuts are layered for dimension then glued to white cardstock and trimmed around the edges so it has a solid base.  I punched little white flowers, colored the centers with a yellow Copic marker, then added a drop of Diamond Glaze in each.  Sorry, it was a dark day for picture taking and several attempts could not show detail any better than this, sigh.

I decorated the card with Mintay Farm Life designer paper, added a sentiment from a stamp and die set.  Gloss on the "sunshine".  The top of the card is embossed with a Basket Weave folder.

I hope this card looks like springtime because I made it to play along in the Can You Handle the Pressure Challenge with the optional twist of THINK SPRING.  I love my embossing folders and I always like to play the twist.

I'll wrap this up and wish you a wonderful day.  I hope springtime comes to you soon!

Stamps:  Sizzix Sending You Sunshine stamp and die set  Paper:  Neenah white, scraps green and yellow, Mintay Farm Life designer paper  Ink:  Memento Tuxedo Black for sentiment, Copic Y06 (yellow) for flower centers  Dies:  Cottage Cutz Daisy Heart, Spellbinders A2 Bracket Borders One  Other:  Darice Basket Weave embossing folder, flower punch, Judikins Diamond Glaze

Wednesday, March 2, 2022

Blue and Yellow for Ukraine

My whole reason for making this card is to express my solidarity with the people of Ukraine.  You've probably heard of one cardmakers' movement or another for this cause... this one is a Color Hues Challenge with two options, one being blue and yellow -- the colors of the Ukrainian flag.  My little card won't help anyone, other than to join the flood of blue and yellow that may touch the hearts of those in distress if they ever get a chance to see it.  I'm sure I don't need to say more.

My card was made with the Concord & 9th set, Blooms Fill-In.  The solid background was inked with Distress Oxide Chipped Sapphire.  I had planned to even out the coverage with a brayer, but then decided I rather liked the swirls that were left when I swooshed my stamp pad directly onto the stamp.

I stamped flower centers in Chipped Sapphire, and the yellow is Distress Oxide Scattered Straw.  The sentiment was stamped in Chipped Sapphire, then clear embossed.  It has a glare in the photo, but is quite rich in real life.  Stitching and sequins add a little something extra.

You can join in here:

Color Hues Special Double Challenge

Thank you for coming by today.  Sending love all around.