Tuesday, May 31, 2011

As Easy As You Can Get

Good Morning All,

I'm out the door in a bit so this will be short and sweet. Last night I managed to get a few cards made and this one is the easiest card I've made in a while. White card stock embossed with the Swiss Dot ef, punched along the bottom with SU's scallop trim punch. Designer paper from my stash and matted it on Brilliant Blue card stock and stamped Hello. Added a three layer flower that I colored with Copics and I was done. Gotta Run, be back later on tonight. Thank you for stopping by.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge #71

Happy Memorial Day Everyone,

I hope you have all been enjoying this weekend and have been able to take a minute to think of our heroes both past and present. I have spent quite a bit of time outdoors gardening this weekend, mainly because I've lost my MoJo again in the craft room. If you find it for me please send it back quickly. Let's hope that my gardens don't show my lack of MoJo also. Anyway today's card for our challenge over at Stars & Stamps starts with a card base of Brilliant Blue from SU. The background paper is from a SU designer pack. It does not show in the photo but I ran it through the Big shot with the Swiss Dot embossing folder. The smaller piece of designer paper is from Basic Grey, The sentiment is from Verses and it was cut out and mounted using Nestabilities. The Ric Rak is a die cut and backed with more Brilliant Blue card stock.
Thank you for stopping by today. I appreciate it very much. Hopefully I can finish some more cards today. If so I will be back later with another posting.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Happy Birthday

Hi Everyone,
Well my beautiful granddaughter turned 18 years old yesterday. So I thought I'd show you the card I made for her. Tonight my daughter and I are taking her out to dinner, just a girls night out. I am so looking forward to this. We are taking her to an ocean front restaurant and it is suppose to be nice weather in our neck of the woods, so please keep your fingers crossed for us. It will be a wonderful night no matter what the weather is, but it would be nice to enjoy a pretty sunset while having dinner. So my card is on a SU Whisper White card base. I made the back ground paper with Alcohol Inks and then stamped a butterfly images in black ink then mounted that on Basic Black paper. The main image is from a retired SU set titled Natural Beauty and I colored it with Copics. It is cut out with Oval and Scalloped Oval Nestabilities. The sentiment is from SU's Teeny Tiny Wishes cut out with the word window punch and mounted on a strip punched with a MS punch. I added plenty of bling and glitter to spice it up. Thanks you for stopping by today and I wish you all a happy, safe long weekend.
See you tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stars & Stamps Mid Week Throw Down

This week's Mid Week Throw Down over at Stars & Stamps is to make a card using a technique that you have not done before. I tried doing a technique called Joseph's Coat that I know has been around forever but I found it again on
Gina K Designs site. She did it different than I have seen before. I remember seeing it done using a brayer for the top coat of ink, but Gina used a dauber and I like the way it came out. It's a very good tutorial. I have decided that I like the technique, but I'm am not happy about the looks of this card at all (I should have CASED Gina's card),but hopefully some recipient will be happier with it than I am. Of course I'm sure they will be just excited to receive a card from their friend or loved one. Let's hope so. I will keep trying with different color combinations.

Thanks for stopping by. I'll see you again tomorrow.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Missing You

Hi All,

Today I made a card using some of my left over blue paper that I used on my Stars and Stamps Challenge card Sunday. I took some time yesterday afternoon to rearrange my craft room (Whew!!!) and I found all kinds of things that I forgot I had. One of which is this beautiful purple paper. I'm sorry I cannot seem to get it to photograph good enough for you to see how pretty it is. Anyway I ran it through the Big Shot and then jut added a little Missing You sentiment. I cut the sentiment out with Nestabilities. My card base is Stampin Up Whisper White.

WOW 50 followers!! Thank you all so much for spending some of your precious time visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments. I truly appreciate it.
I wish you all a great day. We are suppose to see the sun today, please keep your fingers crossed for us.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Easy Peasy

Good Rainy Morning All,
More rain again today, but, hopefully, tomorrow we might see the sun for a little bit. I guess a good way to look at it is that mother Nature is watering our gardens for us.
Well I'm almost ashamed to show you this card because it was so easy. This takes CAS to a whole new level. I made the background paper using gold, silver and pearl Alcohol Inks and then I stamped this beautiful image from Impression Obeseeion with Stazon, added a little "Hello" stamp, clipped the corners and mounted it on a Basic Black card base and, poof, I was done. It don't think it took me five minutes, but I love this stamp so much that I am very pleased with the card. I'm hoping our heroes don't care how long it took us to make our cards. Well with this rain today I may be able to get some more cards made this afternoon, so I might be back later on. Have a great day. Hope the sun is shining somewhere.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

S & S Sketch Challenge #70

Todays post is for the Operation Write Homes' Stars and Stamps Blog Challenge. I started with a Stampin Up Bashful Blue Card base and repeatedly stamped an image on it from SU's Fifth Avenue Floral set. Then I ran that through the Lattice Work Embossing Folder, which is also from SU. I'm not sure where my half circle designer paper is from. I added a strip of SU's Barely Banana with my sentiment on it. I topped this all off with yellow glitter in the flower centers and a heart sticker and a couple of little rhinestone gems. Thanks for spending a minute here today. See you tomorrow.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

A Simple Love Card

Good Saturday Morning,
For today's post I have a very Clean and Simple Love Card. I started with SU's Basic Black card stock and the background paper is one that I made with Ahcohol Inks. I really love the way it came out. I then punched out two butterflies, one in vellum and one in the Alcohol Ink paper. The oval is made up of both Rich Razzleberry and Basic Black card stocks and Stampin Up punches. The Sentiment is from a retired Stampin Up set titled Wonderful Words. I added a few little gems for my final touch. Thanks for taking a peek. See you tomorrow.

Friday, May 20, 2011

SNSDC3 - CAS with a Button

Can you believe it, I'm here again. Wow what a good day for getting cards made. I made this card for the Sweet'n Sassy Digi Challenge this week. We had to make a Clean and Simple card with a button on it. Both the image and the sentiment are from the Thankful Molly stamp set. That is such a nice set. I colored her with Copics on Gina K Designs Pure Luxury White Card Stock. The designer paper is from that stash of mine as are the buttons and thread. The sentiment is cut out and matted with Stampin Up's punches. The card base is SU's Wild Wasabi card stock. If you made a third trip back to my blog today to see this card, I thank you very much. See you tomorrow.

Paper, Ribbon and Gems

I'm back with a second posting for today. I'm so happy that I can get on the Internet. This card was made from just a few of the fabulous Blog Candy items that I won from Carol over at Our Little Inspirations. I have many more items to use, but I wanted to start with these for today. I already posted a card for OWH's Stars and Stamps today, but this one fits the bill also so I may enter this one too. This image, from a retired SU set, seemed to pair up pretty well with this beautiful paper, which is from Webster's Pages, and then the ribbon reminded my of boating rope, so I had the beginnings of a card. The gems, which I normally use because I love them so much, this time HAD to be used to cover a dot from a Copic Pen which did not belong. The lady's shirt is now dotted for the very same reason. I take Copic Coloring lessons from Suzanne Dean over at Color Me Creative Classroom and she taught us to never take the top off of a Copic Pen over your image because it may spot or splash and I was guilty of doing exactly that. Sorry Suzanne. I always tell people that I am not a very creative person, but I am completely experienced at covering up boo boos because I make a lot of them. Practice makes perfect, I guess. I have boo boos down to perfection. LOL "Thinking of You" would have been my choice for a sentiment for this card, but I liked the way it looked without one, so i decided not to use anything. I am happy with how this card came out and I hope Carol will be pleased to see how I used some of her blog candy. Thank you for stopping by again today to spend another minute here with me. I really appreciate it. Have a great night. HEY! The SUN just came out here. First time in 7 days. YAAAAY! I'll be back tomorrow.

S & S Mid Week Throw Down

Hi All,
I'm back. Last week I had a super busy week and never got to make any cards and don't you know that two days ago when I finally got cards made and was going to post them, Comcast problems and I could not even get on the computer. How disappointing.
Anyway Over at Operation Write Homes' Stars and Stamps blog the Mid Week Throw Down is to make a Summer time Fun themed card. I picked an image from Stampin Up's retired set titled Summer By The Sea. I colored it with Copics and cut it out and matted it with Nestabilities. The sentiment is from A-Muse and was cut out using the Modern Label Punch from SU and matted on the oval and Scalloped oval punches, also from SU. The blue paper is from my stash and the green designer paper is from Basic Grey. I hope some little boy enjoys receiving this card from an overseas deployed military person. I'll be back with more postings real soon. I've got to get a couple in before something else goes wrong with this computer and/or Comcast.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Father's Day Cards

Well I promised myself I would do at least five more Father's Day cards yesterday and I ended up doing ten and then I did a couple of Love You cards also for my next Operation Write Home Box which will go out tomorrow. I did not finish until around 11:00PM last night and by then I was way too tired to do a posting, so here it is this morning. These were not complicated cards I made, but what happened was I decided to make some background papers with alcohol inks and I got carried away. (That happens a lot with me) I spent several hours making papers, using just about every color combo I could think of. I now have lots more hand made background papers, YAY. Then I had to spend time shopping for all the colors of inks I didn't already have. I will not bore you with all of the cards, so I am just going to show you a few for today. As you can see one has no background paper on it, but I wanted to make the sailboat in white so I ended up with another CAS card. How I made these cards is all self explanatory but I will tell you that the sailboat is a new stamp I just got in from Stampin Up and the sentiment is also from Stampin Up. I'm off to run some errands, and hopefully back here in my little sanctuary to make more cards as OWH has put out a call for more Father's Day card. If you are making some cards today maybe you could take a minute ( or longer) to make a couple more cards for OWH so those wonderful military people will have enough cards to send home to their father's. They are short some, so I want to do as many as I can before tomorrow. Have a wonderful Thursday. I know I will because starting today my Hubby has the next seven days off and that is always a nice thing.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

A Sunny Yellow Hello

Hi All,

This is my first posting today. I have made a promise to myself that I will make at least 5 cards and do two posting for today. Today is Wednesday so there is a MidWeek Throwdown over at Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps so I'm sure I be back at least with that entry later on today. Lately, it just seems like I say I going to make so many cards in one day and then it never seems to happen, so today IS the day. I will keep my promise to myself. This card has some bright yellow in it, and I am hoping that I see some bright yellow sunshine around here today, but I have my doubts about that happening. I'll be back later, so I'll see you then. Thanks for taking a peek.
Card Recipe:
Card Stock: Elegant Eggplant, Whisper White (SU)
DP: From my stash
Embossing Folders: Sizzix, Stampin Up
Stamp: Amuse Artstamps SU
Butterfly: Stampin Up Die Cut
Punches: Stampin Up
Makrers: Copics

Sunday, May 8, 2011

S & S Sketch Challenge #68

Hi Everyone,

I hope you all had a great Mother's Day. Mine was fabulous. I finally just managed to find a minute to come into my craft room to make a few cards. Sunday is Sketch Challenge day over at Stars & Stamps. For today's card I began with SU's Basic Grey card stock and ran it through the Big Shot with the Cuttlebug's Swiss Dot ef. I do that a lot don't I? My image and sentiment are both from DeeDee's Digis. I was very sorry to hear that they will be closing their doors on May 14th. They are having a very big sale so you might want to take a peek at their images and pick up a few for yourself before they are all gone. I colored the image with Copics. My little strip is from Basic Grey and the heart is punched out with a Creative Memories Heart punch. The "Love You" sentiment is from SU's Fancy Flexible Phrases. This was a nice easy challenge, which I needed tonight. Thank you OWH. That might be it for me tonight. I'll be back tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for taking a minute to stop by and see me.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

S & S Mid WeekThrow Down

I'm back for a second time today. The Mid Week Throw Down over at Stars and Stamps is to make a card of appreciation for the spouses of our depolyed military. With all they sacrifice they, too, certainly do need to know how much they are appreciated. I realize these cards will be sent to spouses by our heroes, but I hope all of the military families also know how much we, the free American public, appreciate their sarafices too. I, for one, would like to say thank you to each and every one of you.
My card for this challenge starts with a SU Rich Razzleberry card base. The designer paper is from Basic Grey. I used a Martha Stewart heart border punch and a Circle Heart Nestability. The sentiment is computer generated and sponged with Rich Razzleberry while still in the die. I added a piece of SU ribbon with a couple of the punched out hearts left from the border punch. Thank you, again, for stoping by today.

World's Best Dad

Good Morning Everyone,
I am still pushing out those cards for Dads to send in my Operation Write Home Box that is going out today. This is a very simple card made with Basic Black, Basic Grey and Whisper White SU card stock. I used the SU Totally Tool stamp set which I embossed in Black ep and I also used the Diamond Plate Cuttlebug ef. The sentiment was computer generated and I sponged the edges with Bais Grey ink to try to get that "garage/greased" look. Thank you for stopping by today.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

YAY - I Won Something

Back Again - I just wanted to tell all of you that Carol over at Our Little Inspirations was graciously offering some blog candy this weekend because her blog counter recently hit 50,000. If you have not seen Carol's Blog (although I can't imagine you haven't) please do your self a big favor and stop by there now. She is a wonderfully talented. sweet, kind lady that I have had the pleasure of getting to know personnelly. I have learned some many different crafting techniques from Carol and I am inspired and amazed every day by her cards.
Well now I'm going outside to work in the garden. Boy I'm glad I stopped by Carol's blog before I went outside. This has just made my day. Thank You, again, Carol.

Happy Father's Day

Hi All,
I have another Father's Day that will be going into my next box going to
Operation Write Home. I'm not completely happy with the way I laid the inks down, but hopefully some Dad won't mind that as long as he gets a card from his son or daughter who is away from home serving our country. I started with SU Chocolate Chip card stock and a SU stamp set titled Totally Tool. I repeatedly stamped the images all over white card stock and then I sponged Tea Dye and Peeled Paint Distress Inks all over the paper. The strip across the bottom of the card has "With Love" embossed into it. I used a Cuttlebug Embossing Border to accomplish that. The sentiment was computer generated and cut out with square Nestabilities. I have to leave my craft room now because it is very nice here and I want to get out in the garden for a little while. Hopfully I'll get to make a lot more cards tomorrow as it is suppose to rain again. Have a great day and thank you for taking a peek.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

S & S Sketch Challenge #67

Good May Morning,
WOW the beginning of a new month already. Today's card is for the Sketch challenge over at Operation Write Home's Stars and Stamps. This week was a rather simple sketch, for me anyway. We are looking for more cards for Father's Day or Dad's in general so this is what I came up with. I started with a SU Night of Navy card base and ran the bottom portion through the Big Shot using the Cuttlebug Diamond Plate embossing folder. The designer paper is from my stash. I used a piece of Wild Wasabi card stock and cut that was out with the SU Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch. The sentiment was computer generated and cut out and matted on SU's Tag punches. That's it for me for now, but hopefully I'll be back later with another post for the day.
First I have to work in the yard a bit.