Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Beautiful Butterflies Bring Get Well Wishes

What a beautiful sping day! I saw one of "our" orioles is back already! I quickly cut an orange in half and set the halves on my deck railing. Hope they stay around for a while this year...they are soooo pretty and have such a lovely song. 
Today I finished a card that will hopefully fit into a few different challenges. I followed a sketch that was supposed to be for Birthdays ONLY...which obviously I forgot(!) and made it a Get Well card instead. Oh well, I need more of those anyway...no birthdays coming up real soon.

Spellbinders dies- Standard Circles Lg, Scalloped Circles
Butterfly stamps- StampingScrappingDesign "Tab Basics 1" -
(colored with colored pencils)
Get Well Stamp- Stampabilities
Cloud background & Sun inks- TH Distress "Squeezed Lemonade", "Shaded Lilac", "Peacock Feathers"
DP- Paper Studio

Challenges entered:

Friday, April 26, 2013

Tilda in Brown Tones

Just one card this evening for one challenge:
http://dutchmagnolialovers.blogspot.com - #55 "Photo Inspiration: Brown Tones"
I plan to send this one to one of the older ladies from my church who can't get out and about any more.

List of ingredients:
Magnolia stamp: "New Years Tilda"
(colored with Spectrum Noir markers and colored pencils)
Spellbinders die: "Labels 20"
Background DP: K&Company "TC Blossomwood"
Martha Stewart border punch: "Doily Lace"
Rhinestones are Basic Grey "Bling It- gold"
Computer generated sentiment
Ribbon, CS, doily are all from my stash

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Encouragement & a Hug

Good evening, All!
Finished one more card today...which was supposed to be a simple one. But...I sometimes just can't make myself 'keep it simple'! 

Magnolia stamp - "Cozy Family: Sister & Brother"
Our Daily Bread stamp - Bible verse
Cuttlebug embossing folder - "Madison"
Fiskar border punch 
Creative Memories "Corner Rounder"
Stampabilities Dye Ink - "Black"
TH Distress Ink - "Antique Linen"
DP (blue) - K&Company "Julianne"
other cs & buttons - from my stash

http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com - "Anything Goes + 2 or more buttons"
http://craftybloggersnetwork.blogspot.com - #10 April "Anything Goes"
http://thedutchmagnoliachickies.blogspot.com - #43 "Colors: Red, White, Blue + a little Orange"
http://vssweetideas.blogspot.com/ - #10 "Anything Goes"

CAS Card

Quick post for a couple challenges!
Here's my CAS card:

The green card stock has textured dots, its from my stash....brand????
The print cs is K&Company "Merryweather"
Get Well stamp is Bildmalarna
Memento "Bamboo" ink
Old buttons from my growing button stash!

I'm entering this one in:
http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com - "Anything Goes" (w/ 2 or more buttons)

Oops! Well, so much for THAT idea...missed the sketch challenge by 30 seconds!
WHY do I wait so long??

Saturday, April 20, 2013

A Springtime Cup of Tea...or Two!

Once again a challenge I wanted to make a card for has the theme "Tea for Two" and I really wanted to use the adorable House Mouse stamp I have called "Feeling Rosey" with Maxwell sitting IN a cup of tea. But since its tea for TWO I thought I'd try doing a reverse stamp. I was surprised how well it worked! I stamped the image on my rubber mat for embossing in my Cuttlebug, then laid my paper on it and pressed evenly. I colored them both using Promarkers, Spectrum Noir markers and a few colored pencils, overlapped the reverse one so you can't see the tea bag tag which printed backwards, of course! So here it is:

The yellow rhinestones don't show up well in the photo but do catch the light nicely when held in your hand or propped for display.

The 2 challenges being entered:

Friday, April 19, 2013

A Rainbow of Colors

Good evening, my Friends!
Thanks for stopping by!
Today I had a few minutes to finish this spring-colored card. I used a whole rainbow of colors: pink, peach, yellow, aqua, green and ivory.

The Bible verse on this card is one of my favorites; it is not one of the Ten Commandments, but is, rather, a summary of them...the heart of them. If we would love the LORD our God with our whole heart, soul and strength, all the other commandments would be much easier...they would come naturally.
I'm not sure what I will use this card for...probably a "Thinking of You" card.
For now, I am entering it in a few challenges:
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com - "One Paper Taker" (one patterned paper)
http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com - #113 "A Rainbow of Colors"

And here is the list of things I used for this one:
Cuttlebug embossing folders - "D'vine Swirls" & "Swiss Dots"
Bible verse - Our Daily Bread "Scripture Series 3"
Lg Dots patterned paper - The Paper Studio
Pizzazz Aplenty - pink & yellow blossom, flatback pearls in pink & peach
Scalloped circle stamp - Martha Stewart "Hearts & Flowers"
Offray ribbon - olive green
Zots glue dots
Satin roses, paper rose, doily, card stock - all from my stash

Thursday, April 11, 2013

A Little Humor....A Little Wine

Good evening! Here is a card I made for my dear little mother...she does enjoy a little glass of wine in the evening! I know she will get a kick out of this 'cause she knows my sibs and I love to tease her!

The following 2 challenges asked for something with a bit of humor included so I will be entering this card in those:
http://thedutchmagnoliachickies.blogspot.com - #42 "Comic" (something funny)

My little list of ingredients:
Card stock - K&Co "Julianne"
Ink - TH Distress "Antique Linen" & Memento "Black"
Sentiment stamp - Riley & Company "Funny Bones"
Magnolia image - "Tilda with Wine Bottle"
colored with Promarkers, Memento markers, Spectrum Noir markers, and colored pencils
Ric rac, flowers, rhinestones - from my stash

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Spring is Coming!

Spring really IS coming to Michigan! This week is rainy but warmer and my tulips are up at least 6" already! I'm just starting to see a bright green tint in the woods...gotta love it!

Several challenges are asking for "Spring" themed cards/projects, so I made another one!
This one involves a new technique...new to me anyway! It is called "Wax paper Resist Technique". I saw it on the SweetStamps Blog...its is their monthly technique challenge for April. I thought it might be difficult to do...but wasn't! I tried it on the wrong kind of paper the first time and the results were disappointing...very pale colors and designs, but this time I'm happy with the results. I always think of bright spring green, new grass, blue skies and sunny days for Springtime....so that's what I put on this card.
I used a Sizzix embossing folder, "Flourishes, Dots" and also a Cuttlebug folder, "D'vine Swirls" with the wax paper to get my background. The flower is from StampingScrapping.com; button from my stash, leaves are stamped using "Fade Out Leaf" from Stamps by Judith; "Spring" is a stamp from Imaginisce.
Challenges being entered:
http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com - "Wax Paper Resist Technique"
http://clearitoutchallenge.blogspot.com - "Spring is Coming" + stash: flowers

Monday, April 8, 2013

A Very Feminine Sympathy Card

Tonight I finally finished a sympathy card just to have on hand. I've meant to to do that for several weeks, never found time, until I looked at the sketch I used. Because it seemed clean and simple I knew it would work. What do you think?

I'm entering this in 2 challenges:
http://perfectsentimentschallenge.blogspot.com - #73 "Sympathy/Thinking of You"

Sizzix embossing folder - "Flourish, Floral 2"
Pizzazz Aplenty flatback pearls - "pale pink"
Sentiment - computer generated
Stamped image - JustRite "Cast All Your Cares"
Dies - Spellbinders "Labels 20"
Print card stock - K&Co "Julianne"
Solid cs and ribbon - from my stash

Sunday, April 7, 2013

April Showers Bring May Flowers

Just a quick post this lovely Sunday afternoon. I hope you are all having a blessed day today!
The card I just finished I am entering in 3 challenges:
2 challenges are asking for a "Spring Showers" card and another has a pretty "Sketch" to follow, so here they are...then my card.
Http://celebratetheoccasion.blogspot.com - #106 "April Showers & Umbrella"
doodlepantryblog.com - #33 "Use a Doodle Pantry Image"

Pre-colored digital image - Doodle Pantry "Umbrella Ants"
Digital background image/paper - Doodle Pantry "Umbrella Ants Paper 2"
Digital Sentiment - Doodle Pantry "U A Showers"
Spellbinders dies - "Fleur de Lis Accents border" & "Scalloped Edge Frame"
Rhinestones - Kaiserscrapbook "Aqua"
Flower - StampingScrapping.com "Gardenia"
Card stock & fiber-paper - Paper Studio & my stash

Saturday, April 6, 2013

For Someone Who Likes to Sew

Good morning, my blogging friends!
Last night I finished this card but really struggled with whether or not I needed to add a little tag somewhere that said either "Happy Mother's Day" or "Happy Birthday". I finally decided to leave it as is...and left the inside blank so someone could write their own note (maybe reminiscing about a mom's/friends sewing abilities!). Anyone who has sewn for children would enjoy this card, I think! The stamp set I used is from Stampin Up, several years old, purchased at a garage sale and only used once before (by me anyway). I was looking for "bunnies" for a certain challenge...but, alas, I've waited too long to enter that one! I think I will put this card on Etsy...just started a brand new account there, at the insistence of my daughter.

It is a little hard to photograph the sparkle on my cards sometimes...but I did use Stickles "Stardust" as a highlight on most of the objects and the bunnies. The images are all colored with colored pencils, cropped, adhered to solid card stock (scraps from my scrap box), and two of them are machine stitched part way around the edges. Two of the images are raised a bit with foam adhesive dots.

Inside: More stitching on the blank card stock, with two of the small images for accents. The lacy edge is a Martha Stewart edge punch "Doily Lace".

On the back: "Handmade with LOVE", a stamp from Inkadinkadoo, "Love & Friendship", and the frame stamp from Stamping Scrapping Design, from the set called "Tag Accents".
All of the card stock/papers used are Paper Studio, the stick-pin is one I made last week after watching a tutorial online! And the pink ribbon is from my stash.

Here are the 3 challenges I'm entering this card in:
http://sweetstampsblog.blogspot.com - #111 "Spring Pastels"

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Hello, Mia!

Today I made a special card for a special friend, Cindy, who has a brand new puppy named Mia. Mia just came "home" last Friday and is doing quite well for such a youngster! Isn't she cute?! I think she is a toy poodle or something tiny like that....not sure. She already has completely won Cindy's heart and her hubby's too! Cindy's favorite colors are pink and brown so it was real easy to pick a color scheme for this card.
I will add a list of ingredients for the card at the end of this post. For now, here are the challenges I am entering this one in:
http://papertakeweekly.blogspot.com - "Anything Goes + a Kraft Card"
http://tuesdaymorningsketches.blogspot.com - #192 "Sketch" by Melissa

Patterned paper - Paper Studio
Kraft, Pink cardstock - from my stash
Chocolate and pink ribbons - also from my stash
Baker's Twine - StampingScrapping.com
"Beaded Ovals" die - Spellbinders
Flatback pearls & rhinestones - Pizzazz Aplenty
Sentiment - computer generated

This sentiment is also computer generated, the font is "Freebooter Script".
Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, April 1, 2013

One More Easter Card

Good evening! Just a quick post tonight with my last Easter card for the season. This one has a Verve Bible verse (heat-embossed with silver powder), a Stampin Up lily stamp (colored with colored pencils), ribbon, pearls, Stickles, a diecut border, and lovely glitter card stock from the set called "A Walk in the Garden" by Best Creations.

Challenges I'm entering this in:
http://ourdailybreaddesignsblog.blogspot.com - #148 "He is Risen" with Pastels
http://papercraftstar.blogspot.com - #138 "Easter: Lilies"
http://sketchandstashchallenge.blogspot.com - #110 Sketch, add embellishments anywhere