Monday, May 22, 2017

Hello Spring!

Today I'm showing one of the 3 cards we made for my card-making class last week...a "special-fold" card. This one is a Center Step Card. I like to decorate both small side pieces as well as the main center panel. I did part of the prep work for the ladies in my class or this one would have taken far too long! I do want them to have fun and not get discouraged even when making fairly complicated cards. 
And, yes, Spring is here in full force! My early flowers are blooming, the Orioles are back and I have seen several beautiful butterflies already!


Center-Step Card...


...folds flat for mailing.

To make this card I used the following-
Inks: Studio G aqua & dark turquoise, Memento Tuxedo Black & London Fog, FSJ Pineapple Smoothie
Card stock: "Floral Dreams" by Fabscraps
Stamps: FSJ Enjoy the Journey, Hero Arts Saying Hello, Inkadinkadoo Sketchy Flourishes, and some mystery flower stamps*
Dies: FSJ Journey Circles & Butterflies, Spellbinders Circles
Punch: Martha Stewart Scallops w/Dots
Embellishments: FSJ Sequins- Blue Skies, Stickles Star Dust, ribbon bow made with my Craft-deebowz bow maker!

*I got a small set of blue rubber stamps (flowers and leaves) with gray cling foam from a friend but have no idea what brand they are. If you recognize them please let me know! Thanks!

Challenges:
http://houseofcardschallenge.blogspot.com - May: Sequins and/or colors
(I used sequins & only the aqua)
https://craft-deebowz.blogspot.com - May, AG w/handmade bow
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com - #189 Floral Profusion
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - #28 AG
http://wordartwednesday.blogspot.com - #282-283 AG

Once again, thanks so much for visiting my blog!
Hope you come back again soon!

Monday, May 15, 2017

Happy Mother's Day, My Daughters!

I have 4 daughters and one daughter-in-law...and all of them are mommies! So they all received Mother's Day cards from me. I had recently gotten a new set of stamps I HAD to try out, so I did! And here is what I came up with:


The sentiment is a freebie font that I found online called "Sophia" by Mats-Peter Forss. The stamp set is from Simon Says Stamp and I just love it! I printed the sentiment first, then stamped all 5 cards using Versa Fina black ink, and finally colored them all with watercolor pencils, water-washed each color, added Stickles and then sequins. Oh, yes...and a sheer lavender bow!
I wrote a personal note to each daughter and I think they really liked them. Hope so!

I am entering this card in the following challenges:
http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com - #188 Add a Sentiment
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - May Challenge #28

Monday, May 8, 2017

Life is Wonderful

Talking with my good friend, Sherry, today I was reminded that we are both celebrating our 40th anniversaries this year. We were talking about special trips we'd like to take and bemoaning the extra medical expenses we've both had recently. But trip or no trip we have a lot to celebrate: 40 wonderful years of God's blessings!


For this little card I used TH Distrss Ink "Vintage Photo", Sweet Impressions stamp "Classic Couple", generic stamps: wonderful, etc., Spellbinders die "Fleur de Lis Square", FSJ natural twine, and "Chocolate" flatback pearls from Pizzazz Aplenty.

I'd like to enter this one in the following challenges:

http://craftycardmakers.blogspot.com - #188 Add a Sentiment
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - April Challenge #27

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Happy Mother's Day, Mom!

This card is for my 91 year old mother. I sure had fun making another "girly" card with lots of flowers, sparkle and ribbon! I hope she likes it!


To create this one I only used one stamp: "Happy Mother's Day" from SweetStamps.
But I used several different dies:
From Spellbinders- Majestic Oval, Foliage, Rose Creations,  & Golden Corbels;
from SweetStamps- Elegant Leaves; from Cheery Lynn- Olive Branches; from Sizzix- Tattered Flower Garland.
The floral cardstock is from K&Co called "Merryweather" Die-Cut Mat Pad, and the rest is from my shamefully large stash.
The glitter sticker dots are from EK Success; the handmade bow is a lovely sheer thin ribbon I picked up at a garage sale! And, as always...plenty of Stickles!

I'm entering this card in a few challenges:
https://craft-deebowz.blogspot.com - May Challenge, AG w/handmade bow
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - April Challenge, AG

Thanks so much for stopping by today! 
Please leave a comment so I can go check out YOUR blog!


Friday, April 21, 2017

A Belated Happy Easter!

I wasn't going to make any Easter cards this year but today I saw a challenge that focused on Easter cards...so here we go! I also was able to include a sketch and another theme: "Spring Blooms".


For this card I've used Spellbinders dies "Foliage and SweetStamps die "Leaf Branch", several kinds of paper flowers including torn and rolled roses, Washi tape, and rhinestones.
 The sentiment stamp is from a StampingScrapping "Sentiments" set, stamped with Memento Tuxedo Black ink.

Challenges:
http://www.cropstop.com/blog - #27 April challenge
http://www.scrapyland-blog.com - #64 Spring Blooms

Friday, April 14, 2017

A Beautiful Sympathy Card

I made this sympathy card early last month for my husband's cousin, who tragically lost a young daughter very unexpectedly. I wanted the card to convey our heartfelt sympathy, show solemnity and yet be a bit cheering. 


The dies I used on this one are Spellbinders (Fleur de Lis Square and Foliage) and Sizzix (Tattered Flower Garland). The blue print cs is from a lovely tablet by K & Co. called "Julianne"

And, yes, I am actually entering this one in a few challenges! (Its been a while!)

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring is Coming!

I'm sitting home today with the flu, so I guess its a good time to catch up a bit on my sadly-neglected blog. I can hardly believe I used to post something several times a week! 
The beginning of 2017 has been a pretty busy year. We (hubby and I) took an unexpected trip in January to Arizona. My only sister, Judy, was very sick and did pass away in January. I helped my brothers sort, pack and distribute  her belongings; then we drove home with a car full of treasures for my kids...her nephews and nieces and grands...including a bunch of scrap-booking and stamping supplies...for me! I put her initials on all her stamps so I think of her each time I use them.
I'm still having card-making classes at my home once a month and I'm on jury duty. AND I have a new grand baby...a little girl named Willamina Jude! Her mom and dad said they'll call her Willa.
So...I've even gotten kinda bad about taking pictures of my cards so I only have a few more to post.

These are the cards we made for my class last month.

Willa's baby card