Monday, September 30, 2013


Today, just a quick post. This sympathy card was made using a new stamp I just got last week, the one with the larger roses. It is from SweetStamps, called "Vertical Roses" and I bought it a their retail store knowing it would match their other rose stamps (which I have 2 or 3 of). I like that it is a larger size of the same roses so I can get a variety of different effects with it. Here I used the small stamp to make my own background paper.

The sentiment stamp is also from SweetStamps. I stamped the images and sentiment in dark brown ink, TH Distress Ink "Walnut Stain". The flowers and leaves are colored with Memento markers and Spectrum Noir markers, then added a touch of Stickles "Star Dust". I used my new Craft-Dee Bowz bow maker too. 
Cardstock, paper, ribbons...all from my stash.
Challenges: - #CDB05 Anything Goes

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Linzy's B-day Card

Yesterday I showed you John's b-day card and Linzy's.

Linz is my 3rd daughter, John's older sister. Her name is really spelled Lindsey but sometime during her childhood it got shortened to Linz...thus the new spelling: Linzy. She is a total "outdoors" girl who LOVES insects, animals, plants...everything "outdoorsy"! She has several collections of mounted butterflies and moths that are absolutely beautiful! So I figured a butterfly b-day card was quite appropriate. She is also very artsy so I knew she'd like the non-traditional colors I chose too. The dark brown, which looks almost black, has a soft metalic sheen, as does the lighter brown underneath.

Dies - Cheery Lynn Designs "Lace Faerie Queen, sm" (w/Angel Wing), 
Spellbinders "Fleur de Lis Squares" (over a year old)
Sentiment Stamp - Woodware "Leafy Swirls"
Card stock - DCWV "Latte" & "Immortal Love",
textured white is from my stash
Pearls - Pizzazz Aplenty & Kaisercraft

Challenges: - #100 "Winged Things" - #99 "Anything Goes"

Friday, September 20, 2013

Happy B-day....Western Style

Now this card was rather a challenge for me...I don't do "western" cards very often! I don't have any western stamps even...just a few digis. So I used a few Doodle Pantry digis and a horse that I "gleaned" from the internet.

Happy Birthday Cowboy!
You would be amazed how long it took me to make this simple card! Too much rethinkiing, and rearranging! Yikes! And all because I wanted to participate in the challenge at SweetStamps this week!

So here is what I used:
Digital images from Doodle Pantry - Old Pistol set: "oval wire", "old pistol" & "bday"
horse image - internet 'freebie' (tweeked)
Card stock - K&Company "TC Blossomwood", Core'dinations "Chocolate Mousse", Imaginisce "Hallowhimsy", plus...stash
shaped border - Frances Meyer scissors
twine & brad - from my stash

Challenges: - #38 Use a DP Image - #98 Anything Goes - Kevin's Sketch Challenge

Thanks so much for stopping by!  Have a great weekend!

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Masking Technique

Today I finally got busy and finished the "masking technique" card I've had on my craft table for over a week now. The SweetStamps challenge blog has weekly challenges and monthly challenges...the monthly ones are always a "technique" challenge. I really like that because I have tried several new things already! 
This month the technique is MASKING. I've done this before but this time I did it very carefully and precisely...and I like how it turned out! What  do you think?

This little girl is one of my favorite Bildmalarna stamps and I masked her and stamped the fence background twice...once on each side to make a long enough fence. I colored everything except the chicks with Memento, Spectrum Noir and ProMarker markers...the chicks I had to use colored pencil.

I recently won the great little Craft-Dee Bowz bow-maker so I used that to make my lovely little bow! And it works great! Very good instructions!

So here's my list of ingredients:
Spelbinders dies- "Standard Circles Lg", "Labels 4", "Fleur de Lis Squares"
Stamps- Bildmalarna "Mimosa-Chicken", CDS "Wistful Wishes", Stampcraft "Fence"
Craft-Dee Bowz bow-maker
Markers - ProMarkers "aquas", Memento "greens & tans", Spectrum Noir "flesh tones"
Ink- Memento "Tuxedo Black", Studio G "Lt Brown"
Tsukineko small dauber
Border punch- Martha Stewart  "Doily"
Card stock and ribbon...from my stash!

Challenges: - August "Masking Technique" - #97 Anything Goes - Sept. Challenge: Anything Goes w/handmade bow - #215 Perfect Pets - #171 Something *Tweet*

Monday, September 9, 2013

Butterfly Birthday

Today I got to spend just a little time in my craft I came up with this fairly simple card.
I say "fairly" simple because when using heat embossing and glitter, things usually get a little messy, and it did! Part of the sentiment didn't emoss completely so I had to go back in with a toothpick and glue to make the letters readable. But I love that fine makes such a feminine card.

The border stamp used as the background is from SweetStamps called "Elegant Scrollwork Frame" and the sentiment stamp is PSX F-318. The butterfly stamp I picked up at a garage sale a few years is from Sky Kids Inc.
Other ingredients:
Tim Holtz Distress Embossing Powder, clear
Pastel Glitter Ultra Fine, Mint from Mark Enterprises 
Colored pencils
Card stock form my stash

Challenges: - #133 "Butterflies" - #96 "Anything Goes"

Monday, September 2, 2013

A Birthday Gent

Another Birthday card...this one for son-in-law, Brian. I told him the guy on the card looked quite dapper and made me think of him as an "advancing executive"...which made him laugh. 
Guys' cards are much easier for me to keep CAS...clean and simple!
The guy stamp is from SweetStamps, called "Gentleman Joe" and he is backed with a scrap of kraft cs. The patterend cs is from TSP. The image is colored with Memento markers.

Challenges: "Birthday" - #136 "Clean and Simple"

Happy B-day!

Just got back from camping...for almost 2 weeks...and having a little trouble getting back into a routine! I haven't posted anything since August 12...that may be a new record for me! I missed SO many challenges! But a little break is always nice just to relax and enjoy God's beautiful creation.
So today I'll be doing a few quick posts of cards I made while on vacation...YES, I brought a bunch of crafting stuff along. I just can't leave home without it! Can you say "addiction"?
This one is a birthday card I made for my youngest son, Jeff, who just turned 25 on Aug. 28.

Jeff is a fan of "Duck Dynasty", and we'll often hear him say "happy, happy, happy" like Phil on DD!
So I HAD to include that on this card...since we gave him a new DD T-shirt too!
I made this with the supplies I brought camping and have put them all away now so to make an 'ingredients list' would be a bit difficult. If you have a question about something in particular just leave me a comment and I'll get back to you. Thanks so much for stopping by today! God bless!

Challenges: - #132 "Birthday" - #170 "Happy Birthday"