Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bunnies, Babies and Buttons!

Finally finished this card today! Its been "in process" on my craft table for over a week now. I made it for my daughter who is expecting her 4th child, due the middle of May. She and hubby have 3 boys already so I am REALLY hoping for a girl this time! They don't like to find out the sex until the baby is born so we don't know that it is a girl....it just HAS to be! I know I'll be scrambling to make a blue card if its NOT a girl!

I followed a sketch for this one:
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com - #162 Bunnies and Chicks

I also followed the requirements for:
http://housemouse-challenge.blogspot.com - #167 Flowers and Flourishes
http://diecuttindivas.blogspot.com - #161 Tic-Tac-Toe (bunny, pastels, ribbon)
http://craft-deebowz.blogspot.com - April: Anything Goes + handmade bow

I really like how the paper-pieced buggy turned out!
Here is my list of supplies used:
Stamps - Stampabilities "Bunny Buggie" (colored with colored pencils); "It's a Girl" & "Congratulations"  are generic
Inks - Studio G "Pink", Memento "Tuxedo Black", & "Bamboo"
Dies - Spellbinders "Rose Creations", "Standard Circles Lg.", TH Sizzix "Tattered Floral Garland"
Punch - Martha Stewart "Doily Lace"
Card stock - Imaginesce "Baby Powder", Paper Studio "Heavy Wt. White" & pink flourish & green polka dot
Pearls, buttons and ribbon are from my stash

Thanks for stopping by! I always appreciate your visits and comments!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Happy Spring!

Good evening, crafty friends! 
Yes, I do believe Spring is finally here...at least for today! I spent a couple hours outdoors today raking all the oak leaves out of my flower beds and bushes. SO nice to be able to be out there!
I just finished this card. Not sure that I like it as well as I thought I would. A little too busy for my taste. The center picture is an actual photograph. I took it last month when we were at Epcot in Orlando. (For more photos taken while traveling see my other blog, Picture This: Everyday Beauty ) They had a butterfly tent there with lots of different types of butterflies. I'm not sure what this one is...maybe a viceroy?
Well, one of my blogger friend s says it is a "Queen". Thanks, Irish!

One of the challenges I used asked for a photo to be used on your card. That is the Try Stampin' on Tuesday challenge. They also have a sketch to follow:

I recently visited the blog of a fellow cardmaker and saw some lovely flowers she made using glass tiny beads for the centers. I loved them! So I had to try that too! The pink flowers have pink beads which don't show up as well, but are still pretty.

Card stock - Bella Blvd & Paper Studio
Dies - Spellbinders Standard Circles Lg, Lg Scalloped Circles, 
Gold Corbels & Accents
TH Sizzix Alterations Tattered Flower Garden,
CheeryLynn Garden Gate
Punches - Martha Stewart Frond, Fiscar Flower
Stamps - Imaginisce Spring, Stampabilities Greetings

http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com - #161 Sketch & Use a Photo
http://craft-deebowz.blogspot.com - April Anything Goes w/handmade bow

Sunday, April 6, 2014

My New Die Set!

What a lovely Sunday afternoon! Sunny and clear...a bit chilly yet, but still a fine day for a walk.
Sadly, I had to make several sympathy cards recently. Have to put 3 more in the mail tomorrow. And because I'm mailing them I decided to take it easy on the bling!

This one shows off my newest die set which was purchased at an outlet store that sometimes get prototypes of items not yet on the market...so I don't even know what the set is called but I'm pretty sure it is from Spellbinders. I love that it is a true rectangle with alot of delicate detail just around the edges. And there are 2 "tag" dies as well as a medium size rectangle. The 2 stamps are from SweetStamps: "With Sympathy" & "Art Nouveau Vertical Border". The floral image was colored with a variety of alcohol markers: Spectrum Noir, Memento, MEPXY.

I stamped the image & sentiment in Memento "Bamboo Leaves".
Added Stickles "Icicle" for a bit of sparkle.


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Thursday, April 3, 2014

New Stamping Technique

Good morning!
A few days ago I was puttering in my craft room and came across the monthly challenge at SweetStamps...and decided to try it! It is usually a technique that they want you to try and this month (from March 15 thru April 14) the requested technique is using markers to ink up your stamps. I tried it 2 ways: with alcohol markers and with water based markers. I could not get the alcohol marker method to work because I don't have any spray-on alcohol to remoisturize the "ink" once it has dried (and alcohol marker ink dries fast!). SO...I used my only 2 water-based markers... a nice blue and green. 
And here is the result!

The "swirl" stamp is from Stampabilities called "Vintage Flourish" and the sentiment stamp is from SweetStamps. I also added a little Stickles "Star Dust" to the flourish and a single rhinestone...for a bit of glam.

The markers I used are Promarkers "Aqua" and I brushed the ink on the stamp with the large tips, first one color, then the other...blending it a bit here and there. When that was done I spritzed it with water in my little mini spritzer from Ranger. After it dried I added a bit of sparkley Stickles to parts of the image.

And lastly I stamped the sentiment using Memento Tuxedo Black ink, cropped the whole thing and mounted on a medium blue folded cardstock. Very CAS. Especially the "S"!
I am my worst critic, and even I like this one!
So, thanks, SweetStamps, for the suggestion!

sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com - Inking Stamps with Markers
I chose her card from 3-12-14
(I'm also their GD this week, so not sure I'm allowed to enter a card...
but couldn't resist!)
(I used the colors aqua, blue, green...and the swirls remind me of water/ocean)

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Try Stampin' on Tuesday + a Twist

Today I made a quick card...well, quick for me anyway! I saw a great sketch at Try Stampin' on Tuesday and wanted to try it all week...so I waited until the last possible moment to be able to still enter it in their challenge. Typical. Here it is...

The card stock used for this one was all in my stash box; the stamp set used is "Are we there yet?" by Sandylion; and the inks are Memento "Bamboo Leaves", TH Distress "Antique Linen" & "Vintage Photo".
And those neat little square brass stick-ons are "Studs" from Michaels.
And here's the sketch:

And here is the challenge info:
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com - #160 Sketch + Masculine Touch
and I found one other challenge with a "guy" theme:

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Merci Beaucoup!

 I've been making Thank You cards lately...here's one with quite a bit more detail than usual. But I really wanted to use my "old-fashioned" ladies stamps again, so this seemed a good enough excuse.

The color scheme was chosen to fit a challenge...as were a few other things.
Such as the layout

Lots of sparkle on the lady on the left as well as on the Merci Beaucoup die cut.
Here's my list of ingredients:
Inks- TH Distress Ink "antique linen" & "vintage photo"
Markers- Spectrum Noir, MEPXY
Stamps- Stampabilities "Vintage Flourish", SweetStamps "Italian Handwriting", "Parisienne Collage", & "Margery", JustRite "Fleur de Lis Labels 23"
Foam squares- Paper Studio "Sticky Doos"
Printed Flower- K&Company "Watercolor Bouquet Layered Accents"
Rhinestones- KaiserCraft "Ice Blue"
Pearl sprays- Zva Creative "Chocolate Swirls"
Stickles "Star Dust"
Glue Dots
Handmade rolled flower
Card stock & doily- from my stash

http://thekraftjournal.blogspot.com - #164 A Color Challenge
http://theshabbytearoom.blogspot.com - #211 Bits & Bobbles, include flowers,
buttons, print/sentiment

Friday, March 28, 2014

Guest Designer for Inkspirational Challenges!

Hello, Friends!
Today I'm showing you a card I made for one of my favorite challenges: Inkspirational!
And it really is very inspirational for me...great ideas and designs, challenging themes and color suggestions! I've joined the challenge several times now and had fun with each one...but today is even more special...they asked me to be a guest designer for the new challenge that starts today! I'm so honored!
They asked me to case one of the cards made by one of their fabulous DT members, Sandie (yes, even spelled the same as my name!) and here is the card I chose:
Very pretty, don't you think?
And here is how I "cased" it:

*A Bridal Shower Card*
My youngest son is getting married in May and I got to go to my future daughter-in-law's first shower recently...this was the card I gave with her gift. It doesn't show up very well, but there is lots of sparkley Stickles on the LOVE LOVE, and the sequins are pearly irridescent.
So what do you think...did I case it properly?

On the inside I did not add the Stickles...and purposely left plenty of room to sign the card with a personal note added.

Stamps: Sandylion "Love",  CDS "Medallion de Fleur",  Verve "Ps. 37:4", 
Stampin' Up "Best Wishes", Studio G "Celebrate", J Sharpe "Congrats"
Inks: Studio G "Lt Turquoise", "Dk Aqua"
Glitter: Ranger Stickles "Star Dust"
Sequins: Gutermann "Blue Pearl"
Card stock: white and lt. blue- Paper Studio


Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Please hop on over to Inkspirational for this week's challenge and to check out 
all the great stuff the DT has come up with again!

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Pink Polka Dot Birthday

Wow, its been more than a month since I last posted here on my blog! We took a vacation and went South where it was nice and warm! Left the ice and snow and below-zero temps! We (hubby & me) went to Gulf Shores, AL for a week and then Orlando, FL for a week. AL was in the 60's and 70's...very nice!...and FL was in the 70's and 80's...really nice! In Orlando we got to go to the Ligoniers Conference. We'd never gone before...was SO encouraging and inspiring! God is faithful!
And now I'm home and the snow is starting to melt and my craftroom welcomed me back "with open arms"! Well, I did leave it fairly neat...but it felt good to get my fingers inky again!
So here is a birthday card for a bithday I missed while we were gone.

Definitely thinking spring with all those flowers and bright pink!

Polka dots are always a favorite of mine, too. They're just cheery!

And as always, I've included a Bible verse inside and some special decoration for the inside sentiment to match the outside. Now that I'm seeing the pictures I wish I'd added a bit of the Washi-type tape on the inside too. Maybe I will.

Dies: Spellbinders "Elegant Ovals" & "Decorative Labels 34"
Stamps: Hero Arts "Special Birthday", PSX "F-318", My Heart Stamps for You "Ps. 33:5"
Inks: Studio G "Pink", Memento "Tuxedo Black"
Card stock: Paper Studio "Heavy Weight White" & "Pink Polka Dot", 
American Crafts "Soho Garden"
Paper tape: Doodlebug Designs "Pink Dot"
Rhinestones: KI Memories "Sweet Life"

http://pinspirationalchallenges.blogspot.ca/ - #99 Polka dots, Pink, Flowers
http://trystampinontuesday.blogspot.com/ - #159 "A Cameo Appearance" Sketch