Friday, April 27, 2012

A Short Leave

Good Morning All,
I guess by now you've noticed that I have not been posting regularly  these past two week.  I've been working more than usual hours and are much too tired to make anything when I get home.  It's tough when you retire and then go back to work.  I don't know how I did it for all those years. I just fill in for my co workers when they are out on vacation and it seems like they all took vacation this month.   Now I won't be posting for another period of time.  I'm leaving tomorrow for California to help my cousin who is going through some serious health issues and at this point I need/want to be with her.  I have no idea how long I will be out there and there is just too much to bring to with me to be able to make cards while I'm there.  You know, WHAT?? do you bring?  There isn't enough room on the plane for all my crafting stuff.  LOL.  My plan is to bring some select markers and stamped and digi images to color and that will be all I get done.  Then when I come home I can get back to making some cards, hopefully.  I am hoping to have time to stop in on everyone's blogs while I'm gone, but if I get too busy some days and don't get to it, please understand.   I wish you all a wonderful day filled with sunshine and health.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

S & S Sketch Challenge #118

Happy Sunday to all of you out there in blogland.  I'm just coming to you today with a very short post for Stars & Stamps Sketch Challenge found here.
Here is my entry for this challenge.

I changed it up a bit using Nestabilities Fancy Tags instead of scallops.  My sentiment is from a retired SU set and that is matted onto some Pacific Point blue cs.  The designer paper is one that I made with Alcohol Inks and the card base was embossed with a Sizzix folder that I inked up first to give it some dimension.  My photography leaves a lot to be desired today, sorry about that.   That will do it for me today.  Hope to see you again soon.Thank you so much for taking a minute to stop by and say Hello.    

Monday, April 16, 2012

S & S Sketch Challenge #117

I usually like to make my Stars and Stamps Challenge card on Sunday but it was so beautiful yesterday we were outside most of the day.  So, for me, I'm a day behind schedule.    Here is the sketch for this week.

And here is my card.
The purple and green card stock is from SU, the designer paper is by Scrapbook Seasons, which I picked up at The Christmas Tree Shop.  The sentiment is from Verses.  I used Circle Nestabilities to mat the sentiment.  That's going to do it for me today.Thank you so much for stopping by.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Send A Smile 4 Kids Challenge

Good Thursday Morning,
Today's post is a card I've done for the SAS4K Challenge-Mother's or Father's Day Cards.  This week's challenge is for us to make cards for kids in hospitals to give to their parents for Mother's Day or Father's Day.  They can't get out to shop for themselves and just think of how delighted their parents will be to receive a cards from their hospitalized child.  It will surely make their day.  I decided to make a Father's Day cards only because I felt like there will probably be more cards for Moms and I didn't want any Dads to feel slighted. Here is my card.
My Stampin Up image is stamped in Close to Cocoa ink on top of a background stamp by Inkadinkado that I stamped in Crumb Cake.  I mounted this onto a piece of houndstooth designer paper from my stash and ran I the bottom inch through the crimper just to give it some punch. The sentiment and the punches are all by SU.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mid Week Throw Down

Hi All, I'm here with my card for the Operation Write Home's Mid Week Throw Down.  They challenged us this week to make a Father's Day Card. Here is my entry.
I usually stick to a CAS style for my guy cards.  I hope someone's Dad will appreciate this one.
The image is by Inkadinkado and I stamped it in Versa Mark and embossed it with Detail White embossing powder.  The designer paperis from SU and I cut it with my wavy cutter.  The sentiment is also from SU.  My light blue panel of parchment card stock was embossed with SU's Lattace folder. My final touch was to add four silver adhesive dots by Colorbok.  That's it for me tonight.  Thank you so very much for stopping by and I will hopefully see you again tomorrow.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

HMFMC #117 - So Sweet

Hello Everyone, I hope you all had a great weekend and Happy Holiday.  I've been MIA lately and I apologize for that, but I'm back today with this card for this week's  House Mouse Challenge .  What ever you think is So Sweet, whether it be a sweet image or a sweet food, whatever "sweet" is to you.

 I happen to think these two little "meeces" are so sweet and, of course, so it the cupcake they have just started to eat.  I stamped this image in Momento Brown Ink and then colored the image with Copics.  I added some light blue glitter to the frosting, however I'm not totally in love with the look of that.  My papers are from Basic Grey and Die Cuts With A View.   The card stock is by SU.  The sentiment is from SNSS and I added a few little blue gems for some added spice.  That is it for me for now.  I wish you all a fabulous day and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Outlawz - Monday Greeting Card Challenge

Whew, I'll bet your tired of looking at my cards today. This is my final card, I promise.  My back can't handle this chair any more today.  Getting old is tough.  LOL.  This card is for the Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge .   Colleen has challenged us to make our cards this week using Pastel colors to represent Spring, Mother's Day, etc.  Here is my card.  I'm kind of happy with it.  Hope you like it also.
My card base is Bashful Blue card stock and for the designer paper look I started with Whisper White card stock and then just sponged different colored chalks on to the paper. Then I took an eraser and a ruler and erased some of the chalk so that I ended up with a diamond look to the pastel chalks.  The border punch is from SU an the sentiment is by AMuse and cut out with Nestabilities.  I added some yellow ribbon and a two toned bow and I was done.   This is definitely it for me today.  See you later on in the week.  Thank you all for stopping by.  I love the company.

Outlawz CAS Challenge

Here I am AGAIN!  Wow it's great when I can get a day to concentrate on some challenges.  This doesn't happen too often.  There are plenty of other things I could be doing around the house, but not today.  Today I want to make cards because the rest of my week looks to be a very rushed schedule and I don't know if I'll get back into my craft room any time soon.
So this is my card for the Outlawz Sunday CAS  challenge found here. I am happy to be getting back to The Outlawz.  I haven't been participating in too many challenges lately so I'm glad I found the time this week.  Stephanie asked us to make a card with a "youthful" theme to it.  It could be baby, tween, teens as long as it was for the younger generation.  I have this cute little spaceman stamp that has no name on it, but I just think he's great for a teen, guy or girl.  I will probably send this card in my first box of cards going to Send A Smile 4 Kids. This is an organization that sends cards to kids (birth - 19 years old) in hospitals.   I think this is a terrific cause and you can find all the info here just in case this interests you.    I'm hoping this will bring a smile to some teenager's face.  I will try very hard to get one more challenge done today before it's time to go rest my back.  See you soon!!!!!

ODBD - April Challenge

Back again with a card for the April challenge for ODBD for Operation Write Home, information found here.

They challenged us to make a card with an animal on it and the other night OWH's fearless leader, Sandy,  read a little from a hero asking why we did not send more "brown" cards so I tried to combine the two in this one card.  I have used all the shades of brown that I have and a stamp from Inkadinkado.  The sentiment is from SU and the embossing folder is from Sizzix.  For a final touch I added a few silver gems from Colorbok.  Well back to my craft table for now.  See you later on, I hope.

Merry Monday Challenge #14

Good Monday Morning to everyone.  Today I am presenting you with a card I made for the Merry Monday Challenge found here on the Always Playing with Paper blog. I am really happy that I can get this head start on my Christmas cards.  Here is the sketch for this week - - -
 And here is what I came up with.

All the papers are from (I think) a DCWV Christmas Pad.
The problem is that I moved so many things around in my room so many times that when I find these scraps of paper they are not always with the pads that they came in.  As you can see I went a little crazy with my gold leaf pen. The sentiment and the holly leaves are both from retired SU sets. I stamped the sentiment in Garden Green ink and then I colored the holly with markers, stamped it then cut it out with a Labels Nine Nestabilities.    The ribbon is also Stampin Up.   I'm going to try very hard today to get to finished a few other cards for challenges.  So I may see you again later on.
Thanks a bunch for taking a minute to stop by.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Oozak Challenge #1 Anything Goes

Back again, this time with a card for Oozak's first challenge - Anything Goes.  I went with a CAS type card this week because I will be sending this card in my box to Send A Smile 4 Kids and I wanted the recipient to focus on someone just saying "Hi There" instead of getting sidetracked by a lot of embellishments.    Send a Smile 4 Kids  is a group that forwards cards onto young patients in hospitals,  so I was thinking this would be a good card for a young teenager.
 The image is from Gina K Designs and colored with Copics.  The sentiment and the paper are both from from SU.  I ran my trusty Krylon gold leaf pen around the edge of the image to give it a more framed look.  This kitty just makes me smile and I hope it does the same for the recipient.  

S & S Sketch Challenge #115

Good Sunday Morning to all of you. The sun is out here so that's always a nice thing. I was extremely honored when Operation Write Home asked me to make some sample cards for today's challenge. You can see two of my samples on the Stars and Stamps Blog found here.
Here is another card I decided to use for this challenge.  
I am not super thrilled with this card, but I think my teenage granddaughter will like it.  Wow, I'm really bad lately at keeping track of my papers so I'm sorry but I can't tell you who made the designer paper.  The purple panel was embossed with the Cuttlebug Heart embossing folder.  The Happy Easter stamp is by Inkadinkado and the sentiment is from A Muse.   The $1 bin at Michaels is where I found that ribbon.  I wish you all a fabulous Sunday and thank you for stopping by.  See you again soon. 
PS I forgot to mention that the placement of the bow is to cover some spot that I managed to get on there after everything was glued down.