Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's Day 2017

 I made my husband a fun Father's Day card- he loved it!  He is a nature buff and just loves Squirrels and birds.

 This card was made entirely with dies.  The tree, squirrels, bunny and the flower buds are by Cheery Lynn Dies. The Cardinals are from an Impression Obsession die. The white border is a Gina Marie die. The leaves are from a MS edge punch that I cut into pieces and applied.

 I applied Distress Oxide inks- first Peeled Paint and Broken China.  Next, I added Cracked Pistachio and Faded Jeans. The letters/number were cut with Die-Versions  Elegance Font DV411 die.

 I had to buy a bird feeder that spins off the squirrels because they were taking over the back yard!!! Did I mention he even names them?

Come and Get It- Father's Day
Glitter and Sparkle- Father's Day
Pile it On- Put a Bird on It
2 Crafty Critter Crazies- Furry Friends

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Wednesday, June 14, 2017

More Napkin fun

I used the other half of the napkin from THIS post, and made another card.

 For this card, I used the entire background. After removing/separating the backing layers from the napkin, I adhered it to a piece of cardstock that was run thru the Xyron. I fussy cut the butterflies and the flowers on the 2nd panel and popped them up on dimensionals. I added some shimmer with a Shimmery pen. The sentiment is from Art Neko/About Art Accents.
 I finished off the card, as you can see, by rounding the corners on the top two layers and adding sequins.

Inspiration Destination- AG
Mod Squad Challenge- Square card
{Pin}spirational- Inspiration photo

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Sunday, June 11, 2017

Congrats Grad(s)

We have had a need for many grad cards this year!  Here are just two styles of the many I put together:

   I have been pulling out all of my stash and using it up a little at a time!  This is the cardstock that you sand and the core is a different color  I found this grad cap EF at Tuesday Morning a while back and it had never been used yet....  The grad scroll and ribbon is by Angel's Attic. The sentiment is SU.  The dies are unbranded, I cut out the numbers using some sparkly wrapping paper left over from Christmas last year.  I adhered 2" sticky tape the the backside of it before I ran it thru the Big Shot so they were like stickers- already having adhesive on the back. I added sequins for an added touch of fun!


I made the gradient background using distress inks.  I came across a stamp set that I have never used- Hats Off to You by Lawn Fawn. I love this fun card! The numbers are cut out of the wrapping paper I  mentioned above.

CAS on Sunday- use a repetition image

Here is the cool graduation cap my niece decorated : )

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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

COF-Trust/Have Faith

I joined a group on SCS called Crafters of Faith.  We create with a like theme inspired by a scripture and post on the 7th of each month. 
I am the hostess this month, and this is what I came up with.

*Psalm 46 Be Still and know that I am God*

In the hustle and bustle of our everyday lives, it can be hard for us to sit and be still! To calm our minds and hand over every worry or anxiety to God. I love this theme- any time I begin to worry about something, or have an occasion where everything does not fall in line, or a worry about the kids or even family members with medical issues, I hand it over to God!

So, for the COF challenge, post a card using Trust of Faith as the theme, or using the words Trust of Faith.

 I  love to worry- so I work really hard to hand it over to God when I have something on my mind. I was looking for my Psalm 46 stamp and came across this image- from Unity- which I think speaks to my philosophy of handing it over to God- trusting in HIM!!!

 I stamped the image and cut it out with Memory Box stitched rectangle die. The border in pool party is a Cheery Lynn Designs die. The birds were colored with Copics. The DP is Paper Studio, the cardstock is Pool Party and Choc Chip from SU, and Recollections white. The Flowers are Prima (pink) and My Memories (white)

Sketch Saturday- Sketch

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Sunday, May 28, 2017

CYS-Stash- flowers

For the Challenge Your Stash challenge, we are to use our favorite flowers image. I decided to use a napkin instead of a stamped image- I love flowers!!!

 Being a technique person, what brings me comfort is trying a technique!  So.......  I have terrible allergies!  So, while I love all things outdoors, when it gets to the time everything starts to bloom, I am indoors!!!  Sneezing probably!  So, my joy in Spring is creating with flowers and not having to smell them or breathe in the pollen......... Instead of using a favorite flower image, I chose to use a napkin image.

 I just love to create using flowers- nothing better than to recreate what I see!  And, all in God's glory!!!

I took a napkin and took off the scrap white layers, then attached it to a white cardstlock which had been run through the Xyron. I have to confess, I have a huge stash of napkins I have saved to create with!!!!

 I fussy cut out the flowers and the butterfly from the napkin, then layered it on the white tag.  The tag die cut and the Asian Washi are from Aliexpress. The Kanji is from About Art Accents.  

 I was cruising Pintrest, and my search led me to the Tag Your It challenge blog.  I spent a little time there, and that is how I ended up using my flower on a tag.  I love that I used some really old SU ribbon to bring out the tan color.  I tried tying the ribbon using twine as I saw in one of the prior posts at Tag Your It-a challenge blog-- love the way it looks and will use this tying technique again.

Sweet Stampin- Use your Stash : )
Just add Ink- choose 2- Washi and flowers
Tag Your It #71- CASE tag

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Friday, May 26, 2017

Oxide resist

I had a bit if time to play with the Distress Oxide inks, and made a card using a resist technique.

 I stamped the floral image in Versamark ink & embossed using clear EP.  Then, I dabbed colors onto the craft mat and ran the paper through it.  I dried between layers, and love the way this ink layers- so pretty IRL!  I added a little Asian Kanji in the background and will use this for the AOSA (About Oriental Stamp Art) Yaahoo group for a BRAK.

 Luckily, I made a 2nd piece- perfect for an ATC- I will send out for the May ATC Lottery- theme is AG!

 I watercolored the flowers on both ATC and card, and would watch some video's before I do it again to get the colors a bit darker on the flower and leaves. I still love the look : )

Crafting with Friends- AG
Artistic Inspiration- AG
ATC Around the World-AG

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

DDD May Flowers

The May DDD- post on the 15th- I am late!  We are focusing on May flowers this month- and I just love floral images : )

 I love floral images, so had to make another with the images Debbie provided in the kit : ) Below, I had to try the technique Jennifer McGuire posted about making shaker cards using tulle.

 The Dueling Darlings is a group on Splitcoaststampers. We are divided up into the Divas and the ***Dazzlers***. Each group receives a kit, and we all create with a like theme.  Then, we hop to each others blogs to see what everyone has created. The hostess for the Dazzlers is Debbie and for the Divas Judy.

Deb sent us:
Images- Stampin Up Blooming Beautiful
DP-My Minds Eye- Kate and Co. Cambridge COurt Mini flowers & Bouquet Paper
Ribbons- SU
Rhinestones -SU
Vintage floral adornment -SU
Blue adhesive gems- Colorbox
Images colored with Copic markers

I lost my sidebar links when my computer crashed in December, and I still have not put them on my sidebar..... .  Here they all are:
Barb ** Blog: Barb's Inkin' into Retirement
Carol ** Blog: Lost in my craft room
Judy ** Blog: Paper Hugs & Kisses
Heather ** Blog: 
Kelly ** Blog: *Sandcastle Stamper*
LJ ** Blog: Bucky Girl
Suzy ** no blog, Gallery SuzyS1104 - Homemade Cards, Rubber Stamp Art, & Paper Crafts -
Tami ** : : : : BlueInks Design
Terry S ** her gallery:

Darlene ** The World According to Bijou
Debbie ** The Ink Igloo
Jeanette ** Cre8tive Play: It's Cheaper than TherapyCreative Play-It's Cheaper Than Therapy
Paola ** blog That's Amore! (SAMA  Please check her gallery at SCS HERE
Shelly ** My creative rumblings
Terry A ** For now, here's her gallery: Splitcoaststampers Member Galleries - PurplePansy26 - Handmade Cards & Crafts
Terry L ** It's Totally Terry
Tracie ** Crafty Creations
Debby B ** no blog (Gallery:

card #2- Sketch Time Out challenges
Challenge Up Your Life- Blossoms
Sisterhood of Crafters- card of encouragement

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Friday, May 12, 2017

Sketch lantern

 I had fun making an Oriental card for a mingle using the AOSA Sketch (About Oriental Stamp Art Yahoo group).

 I used much coveted G45 Bird Song DP. I cut out a die using shimmery pink cardstock - the die is Die-Versions lantern .  I used the flipside of the DP for the middle strip. I cut out a circle of CS and embossed it and added the lantern over that. I used a Copic marker and added highlights to the rhinestones to match.  The sentiment was purchased from a stamp sale- no markings, it says Dream.

 My swap partner, Monica, sent me this lovely card:

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Monday, May 8, 2017


 The Crafters of Faith is a group at SCS formed by Kelly Santi, and we have a monthly inspiration hostess in the group which 'jump starts' our creativity to create.

Our May hostess is Sue.  Here is her inspiration:

"Before the mountains were born, before you gave birth to the earth and the world, from beginning to end, you are God." Psalm 90:2. 

Whenever I feel like I can't make it through a tough time, I remind myself that whatever problem I'm facing is so teensy-tiny in the big scheme of things. God always was, He is, and He always will be...long before I was on this earth and long after I am gone. All I have to do is be still and let Him take care of things. Thoughts of His constancy comforts my soul, even in the most troubled times. 

Comfort is the key word for May. Make a card of something that brings you comfort. It can be a bowl of chicken soup, a fuzzy pet, reading a good book or spending time with a special person. 

My happy place/place of comfort is creating using new techniques or craft items. I have some new inks- Distress Oxide Inks : )  So, I played with mixing colors and created the background of a card.

 I used about 6 or 7 of the inks on my card, splashed on some water and then picked out a cardstock- I used SU Perfect Plum.  I used Copics to color the image and added Wink of Stella to the butterflies. I used a Copic marker to color the embossed and punched border- it was white and it was too stark.

HERE is the gallery at SCS for the May challenge cards from the other ladies in the group.


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Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Washi background

  I found some delightful Washi tape that is Asian themed : )  It is not easy to find, so I bought lots!  I took a few minutes and made a Thinking of You card for one of the About Oriental Art Yahoo group members that is having some health issues.

 I simply laid the tapes down diagonally on a card base, and made another strip 1 1/2" wide with the same pattern, then flipped it upside down to add a little contrast.  I decided yellow was the best match for color, so pulled out some yellow cardstock to coordinate.
  I die cut some pretty flowers, and took the SU sentiment and cut it out with a stitched tag die.  The final touch was adding some sequins.

A Perfect Time to Chraft- AG
Craftaholics R Us- Spring Colors or Flowers
Die-Cut Diva's- Flowers

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