Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Something a Little Different!

     Happy snowy hump day!  Phew.  The storms just keep on coming, and they are hard to figure out.  Oh well, it means more craft time.  This morning I got to create for the Tuesday Morning Sketches #445.  This lovely sketch was created for us by Janice Melton. 

     This card started with a plain white base and a layer of Tiny Checks paper by MFT.  For some reason I have been obsessed by foils lately, so I used a die I could layer with gold, and I was pleased.  I also broke down and gave in to some Anna Griffin die cuts, so I decided to use them today, also.  The only other addition are some lavender gems.

     The best thing is that I have another Easter card completed.  I feel like I am so behind!  Thanks for stopping by.

Monday, March 12, 2018

Working with Gray!

     Hi everyone.  I am sitting here waiting for our 3rd Nor-Easter to hit, in the last 2 weeks.  The skys are gray and gloomy.  I saw this challenge over on my friend blog and decided it was quite fitting for this crazy weather.  Double D Challenges is hosting "When Skies are Gray".  Perfect, right?

     Let me explain the gray....Hubby took me to a stamp show this past weekend which ended up being kind of a bust.  There were only about a dozen vendors and the lines were out the door.  Could not even spend time enjoying what was there. Let's not even talk about the entrance fee for hubby and I.  Anyway since I could not get most things on my list, I decided to try some new hybrid inks from IO.  The had a show special of buy 4 pads and get 5th free.  I was lacking in Gray ink so I bought 4  shades: fog, mist, taupe and shadow.  I got bubble gum pink free.

     Okay, on to my tag!  I started with a Gina Marie fishtail banner, I stamped around the edge with a Stamps by Judith shell stubby.  Next there was some Washi added.  My stamps are from a gorgeous ocean theme stamp set by Sheena Douglass, and her Sea View Collection. I fussy cut the compass rose and popped it up with foam tape.  I added some recollections stars and a dark cord tie on.  The ink color used was Shadow.

    Thanks for coming by.  I just love visitors!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Storm After Storm!

      For all of my east coast friend, be safe as we enter into our second of the last 7 days.  They are calling for 10-16 inches, and praying the power stays on.  We have the promise of storm #3 arriving the end of this weekend.  March has truly come in like a lion!

     I decided to at least post for my Tuesday Morning Sketches Challenge #443.  I grabbed some stamps that are super old and brand new, some left over circle bits, and some inks and Copics to pull this card together.

     The bunny I bought in an animal set on Ebay.  My grass stamp is Art Impressions.  The large bloom is from the old D.O.T.S. Co., and my little butterflies are a stubby stamp from Stamps by Judith.  My circles we leftovers on my desk, as well as the spiked edge one which were insides from dies.  My ink is SU! Primrose Petals.  I just drag things from everywhere!  Oh, and my yellow card stock is Bazzill with a layer of unknown designer paper.  There is a satin bow and Nuvo Drops as embellishments.

     Glad to get this posted, and I hope you enjoy what you see.  Thanks for popping by!

Wednesday, February 28, 2018

TMS 442

     This card uses an assortment of dies, ribbon, flowers and gems.  I did so enjoy the sketch this week at Tuesday Morning Sketches #442.  I added some Asian paper that I printed from Pinterest, and lots of scraps of solids from the bin. 

     I hope you can see the sketch in my creation!  I may have gotten a bit carried away.  LOL!

     How can it possibly be Wednesday again!  Yikes!  Enjoy the second half of your week.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Expanding My Horizions

     We all do it... we get stuck in a rut, take the easy way out, say next time.  Well today I did a different fold just to tell myself I could.  Today we visited the Easel Fold!  It is one of the easier folds to do, but I never use it.

     I am quite pleased at how this came out.  Using lots of things that have been hiding in my stash, makes me very happy!  I dug through my Spellbinders dies and found Labels 17 dies.  Using 2 sizes, I cut my panels.  I sponged all my edges with River Rock ink by SU.  Next I took the smaller of the 2 panels and stamped it with my Hardwood background stamp for SU, using Memento Rich Cocoa.

     Now I know we have all seen some of these gorgeous 12x12 designer papers that have one side full of little ATC size panels.  I have fallen in love with and bought a few.  After I cut them apart, they seem to sit on my desk and not get used.  Not this time!  I grabbed one that reminded me that Spring is on it's way, and added it with a tilt to my wood layer.  I got out the Little Fairies set from The Greeting Farm, and colored one of the little cuties, giving her sparkly wings.  I also added some Petaloo pink flowers for dimension.  The inside sentiment is from the same set.  I created the stopper with random cutouts I found on my desk and added a flower on top!

     If you are needing a lesson on Easel Cards, check out Pinterest or Splitcoast Stampers for some great tutorials.

     I will be entering this over at Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is Make Your Own Background.

     Have a great day, and thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Mother's Day Creation.

     So glad I had a day off today!  Now I can get caught up on some orders and a great sketch challenge.

     I am so happy to make a card for the TMS #441.  Wow, some of the examples are enough to blow you away.  Just gorgeous.  I knew I had to come up with something a little fresh.

Supply list:

Paper:  Wooden designer is from a small pad of Ms. Sparkle from JoAnn's.  The dark green is from Bazzill, white is scrap card stock, and my words are fussy cut from designer paper by American Craft's Pink Paislee collection.

Dies:  Lily of the Valley and stitched circles from Gina Marie.

Ink:  for sponging my circle Coastal Cabana from SU.  I also sponged a wee bit of Twisted Citron, Oxide to my leaves.

     To get my flowers white I tried a few things, but settled on white acrylic paint on a cotton swab to color.  Then each was topped with Glossy Accents.  A few turquoise pearls and a small satin bow, finish it off.  I don't usually show the insides of my cards but it completed the word thought, and I felt necessary.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Underwater Wishes

     I am just going to leave this card here, for whomever finds it, and fill in the details when I return from work!  LOL!

     How very kind you all are!  I am back from work, and shall try and give an explanation of what was used.

Paper:  Bazzill embossed card stock!  A printed paper from Pinterest and a band through the center of inked softness.  There are of course bits of white card stock from the eternal scrap heap.

Die:  One I purchased from Ebay which is rounded corner rectangle with stitching.

Inks:  Copic, Intense Black ink by Hero Arts, Soft Sky from SU, and some colors of Distress Oxides.  Yep I combined them all!

Stamps:  set that was free in a magazine and is done by Sheena Douglass, called the Sea View Collection.

Embellishments:  Assorted sequins to bring out the colors.Oops, can't forget that Pearl Pen I use to create the oysters prize!

     It was very hard to concentrate with the heavenly spring like air, streaming in the bay doors at work!  I made it through!  Thanks again for stopping by.

Monday, February 19, 2018


     Gracious good day to all of you!  So, this card was inspired by a pack of 12x12 paper I bought on Saturday.  Hubby took me for a quick drive to Tuesday Mornings, before the snow started falling.  Guess he was worried about me feeling like a shut in.  The paper is from American Crafts, and is called Star Shine.  The sheet is so large that I was able to get 2 large and 2 medium hearts out of the decorative center.  The rest of the sheet is just navy. 

     I decided to use  my stitched heart dies to create their sky scape.  I added 2 of the critters from Lawn Fawn's Upon A Star set, as well as the little shooting star.  The sentiment is also from the same set, and was embossed in white.  My card base is a dark charcoal, and  added a strip of that left over navy to ground my animals.  They were stamped in Midnight Muse in by SU.

     So, now I have 23 more sheets of that fun paper, all for $2.99!  Glad it is double sided and will give me extra uses.  LOL!  Have a great start to your week.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

     This is a card that was a blast to make!  It's one that just happened.  I was actually playing with colors to create a shower card, and instead I ended up with a cute St Patty's Day card.

     Here is what I used:

Papers:  Lots of white card stock and a scrap of striped  designer paper from Heidi Swapp
Inks:  Distress Oxides in Salty Ocean, Lucky Clover, and Wilted Violet- Plus Hero Arts Intense Black
Stencil: Darice, Spiral Swirl
Dies:  Stitched Rectangles, Stitched Stars
Punch:  Mini Heart from SU to form my shammrock
Stamps: Sentiment from Repeat Impressions. Little Frog from the $1 bin at Mike's
Embellishments:  Recollections stars and gems

     We had a real pretty snow last night.  It is stuck to the trees and everything is fluffy.  All the roads are melted, already and other than brushing off the cars, it is minimal clean up!  Hope you enjoy your Sunday!

Saturday, February 17, 2018

A Little Note Card

     After seeing this weeks sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketches #440, which is a revisit of sketch # 415, I knew I had recently made a card to fit that bill.  It uses the MFT stitched scalloped basic edges die and the Spellbinders foliage dies.  I used a scrap of herring bone designer paper to cut out my pine branches, and I think it gave them a unique look.  I added a wee bit of inking through the pine cone die with some Unicorn White ink, to create accents.


     There are some tiny gems and a twine bow to finish this one off.

     We are expecting snow this weekend, so I may get a long stretch at my craft table.  This week was pretty much spent going from work to dinner to bed.  Hope you have a great weekend!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

365 Days

      Hi folks!  Today I have a card created for the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge, which is to add a Diecut.

     My card uses Wooden designer paper from JoAnn's Fabrics as a background.  I cut a white stitched postage layer with my Big Shot and stenciled it with Distress Oxide Inks, in Frayed Burlap and Wild Honey.  There is also Antique Linen on the edges for distressing.  My stencils are from Kaiser Craft {Blossom} and The Crafters Workshop {Mini Chicken Wire Reversed}.  My sun is a die from Lil Inker and that sweet bee is from Honey Bee Stamps and their Build a Bee set.  The sentiment is from Repeat Impressions and I added a few little gems from my stash.I also added some glossy Accents and Sakura Stardust pen.

     Thanks so much for the visit, and Ihope to see you again soon.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine's Day 2018

     Well, as the card says, "Love is in the Air".  Hope you have a special day planned with the one you hold near and dear.  Sounds like Jim has to work late today, so he was sweet and surprised me with flowers last night.  That was so unexpected!

     Today my card is made up of a couple die cuts, and  papers from a super cute pad I found at Hobby Lobby.  To be honest, I let the paper do all of the work.  The little puffy face was a pack of stickers that they had paired with the paper pads.

     I do believe I will enter this over at Little Red Wagon #433 which is Luuurve (love).

     On a more somber note.... My DD was diagnosed with the flu, yesterday.  Man this stuff is hitting the country hard!  Just hoping she gets through this without my GS catching it.  Any wonder with these up and down temps!  Tomorrow is 65 degrees and then Sat/Sun we expect snow.  Sheesh!  Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.