Monday, May 27, 2013

Large Layered Flower

Good evening! I just finished a quick birthday big flower and a few stamped branches.

To make the large flower I used my Inkadinkadoo Stamping Gear set...the stamp paddle block,
the circle wheel, and a sets of stamps: "Flower Petals".  I colored them with Spectrum Noir
markers and fussy cut around them. They are layered with small adhesive foam squares. The little leaf die cuts are Sweet Stamps Sweet Dies "Elegant Leaves". Under the flower I stamped a background of "Branches". All of my card stock is from my scrap box, except the card base. The HB stamp and the flower center stamp are some generic ones I have in my stash. Inks are: Memento and Stampabilities.

I'm entering this card in: - #142 "Sketch" - #146 "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder" - #118 "Anything Goes w/ Sweet Cuts Dies"

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

A Set of Sympathy Cards

Once again I needed sympathy cards for two different families in the same week...and I was out! So I decided to do it right this time and make a whole set of them all the same. But if you know me, you know that is really impossible! I did use the same printed card stock and a similar theme for all six cards but they were still all different. I gave away the two I needed immediately...even forgot to take pictures! But here are the other four:

 My favorite is the one with the butterfly, which is some sort of sticker with a double layer for the iridescent wings and tiny gold wires for the antennae. Each of the cards has a solid color base card stock and a cream color layer which is a printed and embossed card from a set of print-yourself wedding invitations. I just chose an accent color or two and stamped tiny flowers near the branches in the those colors. A little embellishment on each card and the computer-generated sentiment....voila! All done!

The butterfly card is being entered in two challenges: 

My list of supplies used:
Wedding invitation card stock - American Crafts "Blossoms"
Solid card stock - from my stash
Small aqua roses - Prima
Butterfly - Jolee's Boutique/EK Success
Turquoise flower - "Gardenia"
Purple/lavender silk flowers - Hobby Lobby
Foliage die cuts - Spellbinders
Ranger Stickles "Star Dust"
Tiny flower stamps - generic foam stamps (my stash)

And here are the insides of two of the cards. Another piece of the inviation card stock with little stamped flowers and a hint of Stickles!
Thanks so much for stopping by to take a peak at my latest creations!

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Mother's Day!

Today is Mother's Day! Hope all of you had a lovely day today...a very blessed day!
I got to have only 2 of my 6 kids here for lunch today...the others all had plans with other mothers! I had told them that was just fine...we can't get together every year the same now that most of them are married or have steady girlfriends. I had a great day anyway! All of them called or stopped by at some time today and 2 of them brought me hanging flower baskets and my husband gave me the most precious card! 
Tonight I just finished one last Mother's Day card (sorry, I think I said that last week too!) and I will have to just put it away for next year.

Here is my list of supplies used to make this one:
Digital rose & Bible verse image - Imagine That Digi Stamps "Rose Blessings"
colored with Spectrum Noir and Memento markers
Happy Mother's Day sentiment - computer generated
Spellbinders dies - "Labels 15" & "Fleur de Lis Squares"
Patterned card stock - K&Company "Merryweather" &
Webster's Pages "Petite Papers"
White card staock base - Bazzill
Ranger Stickles glitter glue - "Icicle"
Flatback pearls - Pizzazz Aplenty "Pale Pink"
Paper doilly, pink ribbon and pink card stock - from my stash

Challenges being entered: - #111 "Happy Mother's Day" - Anything Goes + 2 or more patterned papers - #6 Mother's Day, Rose Blessings - #113 Sketch 9
(new stash= digi image, neglected stash= old doilies)

Saturday, May 4, 2013

CAS "Thinking of You"

Another quick post tonight! My hubby is away for the weekend so I've had some extra time to spend in my craftroom! I keep a nice list of fun challenges handy in case I get time...and the urge to create!
Here is a CAS card....

Challenges: - #17 "April Showers Bring May Flowers"

Stamped sentiment - Stampin Up
Digital flower & filigree images - Free Vintage Digital Stamps
Ink - Memento Black
Markers - Memento "New Sprout", "Lulu Lavender"
Card stock and paper from my stash + gem

Children Say "Happy Mother's Day!"

Mother's Day is fast approaching! I had high hopes of putting several Mother's Day cards on Etsy but time is running out! I'd rather make cards than try to sell them...too bad 'cause that would help pay for my "habit"!

My thoughts on Mother's Day
Mother's Day is such a special celebration of our mothers...mothers of all ages and all generations.
Of course, without being blessed with children a woman may have trouble celebrating the day. But its good to remember that our "physical" children are not the only ones to bless us...often we have spiritual children, and nieces, nephews, neighbors, students, friends...special children who mean so much to us. And not just youngsters, but any one God has placed in our lives to nuture and care for. 
My own dear little mother is now 88 years old and lives in another state with my siblings. I'm sure she never thought she would someday live with them again when they, one by one, left home to begin their own lives.
But God had a different plan and they are now caring for her...a role reversal. It took over a year to adjust but they are doing well and I'm thankful for their dedication to her. When I talk with her I can sense in her calm responses a sense of security and peace.
I myself am facing the "empty nest" very week, in fact. The last of our six children is moving into his own house! He's been remodeling and buying appliances and a lawn mower...he's excited and so are we, but I will miss him terribly. We have such good conversations and laugh together and discuss God's word and share a special adult relationship. He is one of the special reasons I get to celebrate Mother's Day!
(Yes, I've got tears in my eyes!)

So this is one more card to honor all the "mothers" out there...ALL varieties!

My ingredients:
Embossing folders- Sizzix "Ribbon" & "Dots, Circles, Stars"
Stamp- Sweet Stamps "Singing Children"
Bible verse- digital image from WordArtWednesday
Die cut- Sweet Stamps "Elegant Leaves"
Card stock- Lt blue: One Heart...One Mind
White: Bazzill
Sentiment- computer generated
Silk flowers, handmade flower, ribbon, trim- from my stash
...and Stitching.

And the challenges I'm entering this one in: - #115 "White on White + 1 Color" (blue) - #152 "Needle It, piercing/stitching" - #196 "Sketch by Melissa" (which I turned on it's side)

Thanks so much for stopping by today! May you all have a truly blessed Mother's Day!