Thursday, March 30, 2017

Good Luck- From the Heart Progressive Challenge

 I wanted to squeeze in a card for the From the Heart Progressive Challenge- we have until the end of the month to get 'er done!

 I used Copics to color the cute image. I made the frames out of MME Lost and Found Breeze DP using Gina Marie dies. The button is from SU.

 I love the way this bird is looking up to the sky with the sweetest smile ever!  I decided that I was going to use whatever DP was first when I opened up the drawer they were in, I was lucky that there was green in the mix.

From the Heart Progressive Challenge

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

CYS- Recipe Time

 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 a recipe- use green, use three of something and make a sympathy card.  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 cannot remember the last time I used a background image like this with embossing powder!!!  This is called Victorian Lace (Stampin Up) and I bought it around 2001.  It is stamped onto vellum using Versamark and embossed using Fantasy Ivory EP from Sweet Stamps (this EP has a gold glitter in it).  The sentiment is Sweet Stamps. I also used retired cardstock Sage Shadow. I added three pearls, then decided it needed one more to the Lt of the sentiment. 

 Well, this fits the recipe too....  I stamped and embossed onto vellum with white EP. The Lilly stamp is by Michael Strong.  I old school colored on the back of the vellum using my SU markers and retired SU cardstock (pretty sure it is Lavender Lace). The green is Garden Green SU cardstock, that is dry embossed. Wink of Stella was used in the centers of the flowers for a little sparkle. I added pearls in groups of three's to finish the recipe.

 This was my month to come up with a challenge.  My Dad died last year in March- one week shy of his 88th Birthday, so Sympathy card was a perfect theme, He was 100% Irish- so Green was the perfect color. Three of something was an added bonus- Dad was super religious- he was three months away from being a priest- spending many years in Father, Son and Holy Spirit......  If he had his way, there would be something funny or humorous on the card too : )

 Thanks for the great group Barb- it is so wonderful to use all of these unused stamps and supplies !  I am using 'older stuff' and enjoying every minute of it!

Make My Monday- White embossing
Outlaws-Twisted Thursdays- AG plus embossing
Dare2BArtsy- Lots of Layers
International Art and Soul- Embossing
Craft for the Craic- Green and glittery
Simply Create Too- Lots of Green

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Friday, March 24, 2017

Sea-ing double???

The caption was my husband's idea : )  Sea horse sea-ing double......

 We were challenged (as a group) on the Michael Strong (Yahoo) Group to use the Seahorse stamp to make a card. We had no restrictions about colors or anything else....

I used a piece of a Simple Sumi (Technique Junkies) scrap- just big enough for one the large and one of the small seahorses.  I stamped in Versamark ink, then embossed in black EP. I sponged on the ink for the background. I added Crystal Effects on the bubbles, and added a few sequins here and there, then decided to add a seqins strip across the top of the card.

International Art and Soul- Embossing

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Fish Mingle

Something is fishy this month- and it is a mingle over at the About Oriental Stamp Yahoo Group.  We can use fish image, and there has to be a stamped item. (And, it has to be Asian).

 I placed an order recently with Frantic Stampers, and received some Scrapbook Stickers- the fish being one of them, I added it over a Simple Sumi background- that was a Technique Junkie scrap : )  I used Basic Grey DP, added a rub on from the Target dollar spot (it is the design on the left side).  The floral image up on top and the sentiment is from Clear Dollar Stamps (sadly, now closed).

 My partner, JB sent me this lovely card

 I love the fish image, and all of the pearls on the background she added.

I am trying to get to blogs- slowly but surely!  More appointments to make- hoping to get in the creative space later in the afternoon : )

I have recently been on the go alot more than before, and have found Instagram- easy to browse on the go.  Are you on Instagram?  If so, leave a link to your Instagram so I can follow you there!

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Friday, March 17, 2017

Happy St Patrick's Day!

 I wanted to share my St Patrick's Day cards.  The first I made for my Mom to give to my brother- we were going to go to his K of C St Patrick's Day fun night tonight, but she decided she is too tired this week. (We would have 2 1/2-3 hours of driving.....    I will have to mail it Belated......

The image is My Sentiments Exactly (SS106). The DP is Reminisce Stroke of Luck. It has a shimmery sheen to it- so pretty IRL.

 And, my stamping friends are having an influence on me- I finished the inside:

I am going to enter the Daring Cardmakers Green with a touch of Gold challenge.

 I used the same image to make a CAS card for my Mother's daycare for their party:

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

DDD - Ride in My Beautiful Balloon

It's the 15th of the month and time for the Dueling Darlings post. Our theme is Would You Like to Ride in My Beautiful Balloon (yes, I would!!! )

 I made two cards from the awesome kit we received this month from Darling, the hostess of the Dazzlers.  (The Divas hostess is LJ this month).

 I used the Mojo Monday sketch #488 for this card. I had so much fun with this kit, I made two cards- here is the 2nd:
 I loved that Darlene sent us stamped colored portions of the backing for this die, so I covered them with 2" double sided score tape, and covered that with Sparkle and Sprinkle Semi-transparent glitter,

 This shows the pretty colors Darlene sent for the backing a bit better.
I used the Sunday Stamps Sketch challenge for this card.

The kit contained:
Die Cut and images from SU Lift me Up set. Stamped in SU Emerald Envy, Flirty Flamingo, Sweet Sugar Plum and Daffodil Delight. The die cuts for under the balloon (die cut) use the above colors and a SU blending pen smoothed out the colors.

DP papers are from Morocco pad by SEI

Ribbons are Hobby Lobby Ribbon Boutique. Sequins are The Paper Studio Spare Parts.

 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.

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, March 13, 2017

Napkin Card class

One of the techniques I have always wanted to do was to make cards from Napkins.  So, I saw a class at a local store and signed up my mother and myself : )

 I love this pretty card : ) There is enough left over for another card too!

  This is so pretty IRL, I would never have picked up this napkin as the flower is 'fuzzy' in appearance, but it is lovely.  We have enough supplies to make 3 more of this one too.....

   I will not look at napkins the same again- isn't this lovely?  We have enough to make 3 more of this one as well.

 This fun one is perfect for a masculine card- enough supplies to make one more of this one each.

The designs are by Jan at Creative Crafts and More in Villa Park Ill.  It was a fun class and at the perfect pace. We did a little cutting/prep in advance which made the class go very smoothly. And, the insides of the cards are decorated as well.

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Wednesday, March 8, 2017

COF March- scene with sunrise/sunset

 We are inspired to create each month on a reflection by a group member- this month is Liz, and we made Sunrise/sunset cards.  

Psalm 40:3 NLT: "He has given me a new song to sing."

 God is never boring and is always creative. Just look at the beauty in every sunrise and sunset. Although they apprear in the same direction of east and west everyday, no two are ever exactly alike.

 I seldom like to create the same thing twice myself, so I must be God-like with my thinking in that regard. Kalidiscopes have always fascinated me with their intricate patterns, but no matter how many times you look inside, you are not likely to see the same exact colors or patterns every time.
So, although God never changes, His methods do. So don't try to keep God in a box, and allow Him to be creative and do wonderful new things in your life.

 Feature a sunrise or sunset on your card and just as different as our cards will be, aren't you just amazed at every new day that God gives us? Be adventuresome with your faith to get out of the box that might seem most comfortable to you and don't let your comfort restrict God's plans for your new song He has for you to sing.

 Inspired by a Zindorfian idea...LOL I made a scene with Distress inks and colored with Distress Markers- and it is a ONE layer card- no other embellishments- quite a challenge in itself for me!!!

 To see the COF cards made in the challenge, click HERE
(You may have to log in at Splitcoaststampers to view these cards : )

Simon Says Stamp Wednesday- for a special lady
Cards and More- Friendship
Sweet Stampin- no DP

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

ATC-Alcohol Inks

For March, our ATC group had the theme Alcohol Inks

We start out with a 1-4-1 exchange we call a drop card.  Here is mine:

  I ran a piece of acetate through the big shot and embossed it.  Then ,  I dropped Yellow and purple AI's on a it.  I added an Elizabeth Designs sticker on top.
I am going to enter this into the As You Like It challenge- what do you make besides cards?  I love to make ATC's- so fun to trade these little pieces of art- and fun to look through my binders for a jump start to my creativity!

The ATC I rec'd back for the 1-4- swap was done by Mary W

 Mary also added AI's on acetate, then added metal tape around the edges.  There is a tag attached which has Mary's signature on it.

Here are my ATC's:
I stamped a floral image by Technique Junkies over the red dots- love the way these turned out!


( The one on the Right is still available for trade)

Technique Junkies floral over a plaid AI background on the Lt.
The Rt has a touch of Silver Metallic mixative, and then added the silver embossed spaceship from Stampendous.

The one on the Lt is available for trade.  I stamped a TH image, added a butterfly rub on and added German scrap.  The one on the Rt has a scrapbooking sticker on it- from Frantic Stamper.

one more!

On the Lt- the images are from Technique Junkies- this is available for trade.
On the Rt is an older SU image,

And, here are the ATC's I got in return:

Lt side- Diane S
Rt side- Harriet

I love this- Linda doodled over the AI's- she blew on the inks after they were dropped onto the cardstock.

Lt side in Linda O
Rt side- LuEllen

Mary added more acetate with AI's and put metallic tape on the edges- this one is backed so you cannot see through it like the drop card above.
Diane added the inks on by dripping- isn;t that a great effect?

Lt- Mary W
Rt - Diane M

Lt- Dee Dee added the AI on Vellum
Rt- Marcie ut foil over an ATC then embossed it.  Next, she colored in the flowers.

Lt side- Dee Dee
Rt- Marcie

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Thursday, March 2, 2017

Asian Ladies Mingle

We have lots of mingles at the About Oriental Art Yahoo group. This is a card I made for the Asian Ladies mingle.

 I took out some of my G45 coveted Birds Song DP and cut into it...... yes I did,  I cut the design in strips and then layered them at an angel in the background- used the Xyron to make it sticky.  I stamped and embossed the image, whick was on white cardstock that I colored with a E000 marker. I colored in the flowers on the top with a Copic marker. This image is on the Stonehouse Stamps plate #9.

Cards 4 Galz- black EP
CCEE Stampers- Use your stuff
Scrapy Land -Any brand of dies they carry (Memory Box stitched circles)

This is the card I received back from Wendy McGowen.

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