Monday, February 27, 2017

CYS In the Air

 I have joined a group on Splitcoast where we are Challenged to 'Use our Stash'. Additionally, each month we have a theme- this month is 'In the Air'. Such a challenge gets you looking in your stash for some ideas- I had a hard time making a decision, so made 2 cards again this month......

 I bought this stamp set from Hero Arts at CHA in 2008..... and am so happy to finally use it!  The background was inspired by a Unity technique video : )  I used Distress inks, Versamark and Silver EP. I just love the way this turned out : )

 As long as I had the Distress Inks out, I inked up another piece of cardstock using many ink colors and stencils. I have Elizabeth Crafts Designs stickers that are used with Glitter Ritz and colored (over the Glitter Ritz) with Copics.

Oh la la- Embossing
Alphabet Challenge- Y is your choice
4 Crafty Chicks- Stencils

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Sunday, February 26, 2017

ATC-Flowers plus positive sentiment

I joined in an ATC swap using any floral image plus a positive sentiment.

 I stamped and embossed this sentiment from Sweet and Sassy Stamps on vellum and laid it over the floral layer.

 I received some wonderful ATC's back- I have to say- I love all of them!

 This ATC is by Buffy Burnside.

 This ATC is by Ginny Maxam

 This is by Maxine Diffey

And, finally, this is by Tara Duvall.

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Hogs and Kisses

I bought this darling From the Heart progressive image earlier this month and, here, at the last minutes, getting it together.......

 I used the Sketch Saturday sketch to jump start my creativity and some old, old DP from My Minds Eye,

Are you watching the Oscars tonight?

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Monday, February 20, 2017

National Love your Pup Day

I wanted to pop in and post a card for National Love your Pup Day.

 LOL, this little pup kinda looks like our dog, who is a 15 year old Cockapoo named Peanut.  I colored the images with Copics and fussy cut it out. The pup is an old SU stamp, and the rest re EK Success Image Tree images. The stitched landscape dies were new, so I was excited to get them out and finally put them to use!  I love the way these dies add dimension to the card, but are still flat for mailing.....

I added this on the inside:

 Our dog has low vision and cannot hear.  He looks younger than he is, so everyone thinks he is still a pup.  He has brought us so much Joy in our lives : )

CAS on Sunday- Critters

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Friday, February 17, 2017


Haiku Poems  consist of three lines. The first and last lines have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables. Rarely do they rhyme

 This card was so fun to make- a little time consuming- but I love the way it turned out!  I used dies from Frantic Stamper of the little Paper Doll Geisha's and Washi paper. The backing behind that is paper I bought in China a few years ago.
 I used some Graphic 45 Bird Song paper for the background layer. When I worked on my Haiku, I decided to add a little Basic Grey Bird.
  To see my little cheat about using the dies with many little parts, scroll to the end of this post.

 This is the card I received back:

This was made by Laurel S in the About Oriental Art Yahoo Group- I think it is stunning!

 Here is a little look-see on how I use these little dies with ease:
I apply 2" double sided tape to the back of the cardstock before I die cut- if you forget, you can add it after you die cut and roll the die thru the rollers again : )

 You would add more tape if the dies were larger (just add it side by side on the cardstock).
 And, Viola- dies are stick on the back : )

You will just peel off the white tape and viola- your die cut has a sticky back.

Alphabet Challenge- Y is for You Choose
Cut it Up- Scene card/Use dies

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Wednesday, February 15, 2017

DDD- Loads of Love

It's the 15th of the month, time for the Dueling Darlings to create: )  Our hostesses are Suzy (Divas)  and Deb (Dazzlers) this month and we are just in time for Valentines Day  : )

                                                                And, inside :

Our kit from Deb (Dazzlers) included:
Paper: Red denim and black & tan paisley- recollections, solids by Bazzill- Cinnamon Stick and Ruby Slipper.

Burlap twine by "Brother and Sister", Red shimmery flat ribbon by "Celebrate It"


Image and sentiment retired SU Loads of Love. Image was stamped with Black Tuxedo Memento ink.

The Dueling Darlings are 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.

I lost my sidebar links when my computer crashed in December.  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:

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Monday, February 13, 2017

Words of Love-ATC's

My local ATC group met this month, and we were to create with the theme, 'Words of Love'.
We swap a 1-4-1 and then with the group.  First, my 1-4-1 swap:

 and the 1-4-1 that I received back:

Made by Harriet on a Tim Holtz cruise.

The group swap:
Mine- this is the first time ever I have not stamped- I saw these stickers and had to have them.....
 I sponged ink around the edges and applied Stickles- hard to see in the pics.

The trades:

 Lt is by Dee-dee
Rt Mari

Lt Carol
Rt Debbie- the ribbon pulls out to reveal a secret

Lt- Linda O
Rt- Diane G

 Lt- Harriet
Rt Mary M

Lt: Mary W
Rt- Cindy

Lt- Diane S
Rt: LuEllen

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

COF-Love and Ombre

  For the Crafters of Faith (COF) February challenge, we are pondering on 1 Corinthians 16:14 Do everything in love. Our instructions from hostess Barb state: This does not need to be a Valentine card, so you can make a card or a tag or anything else for any occasion, with Love!
   I got bitten by a technique challenge bug : )  I have not really tried an ombre card- that I can recall anyway..... so I combined the two challenges.

   I used Distress inks after embossing the background image with white embossing powder graduating lighter to darker inks. The heart uses the same inks and I turned it upside down so the darker ink on the heart is at the top.
 On the inside, I punched out hearts in the three shades of purple.

Stamps: Michael Strong Cloisonne Nesting Squares and Cloisonne Heart,
Inks- Distress inks Milled Lavender and Dusty Concord plus Versamark ink
Cardstock SU Concord Crush, White, Silver Metallic
White EP, SU hearts punch (retired), twine from Target
Die: Dee's Distinctively

 I made this for my husband- who is so much love!!!  We did not feel love at first sight,,,at all.,,,  Maybe that was God's plan, once we finally really got to know one another and gave the other a chance, it was - Love is in the Air : )   We have grown in love and faith as we have walked this journey- 30 years-celebrating in a couple of weeks.

Crafters of Faith is a group over at Splitcoast Stampers.  A faith walk by Kelly, our leader in the group. Each month we ponder on a scripture by a volunteer of the group and create with that as our motivation.

International Art and Soul- Love is in the Air
Tuesday Throwdown- Hearts and twine

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Thursday, February 2, 2017

Japanese Colors

 I made a card using Japanese colors for this time of the year for a mingle at the Yahoo Group "About Oriental Stamp Art".

  I was able to use a couple more unused stamps- my goal again for this year.
  The geisha is from I Brake for Stamps. The Plum Blossom image is from a stamp sale and was not marked. The Plum Blossom Kanji is Art Neko.  The images were all colored with Copics.
  How fun to use your stash as well- the Glittery Washi I just had to have, and it works perfectly for the color theme.

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