Saturday, May 15, 2021

Alpha B=Bokeh

For round 15 of the Alpha challenge, we are on B this week- B=Bokeh.  

There are so many ways to do Bokeh!  I used Distress Oxide inks on the background, and using the same colors, added circles of colors.  I made a stencil with a 3/8", 3/4" and a 1" circle punches. I added white Unicorn pigment ink last.  
 The cute House Mouse image is by Stampendous. The body/fur is colored using Copics.  The party hat and confetti are watercolored using the DOX inks used on the background. 
The sentiment is by Colorado Craft Co. I added sequins and called it a day!  

For round Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, May 14, 2021

Teapot Tuesday

 This week, out Teapot Tuesday recipient at Splitcoast is Jeanne- she has lost most of her vision.  She was an avid stamper and can no longer partake,  

 I have a new die by Sizzix for TH, and used a stack of card in my stash that I used in different colors to cut out flowers. I used a number of them to die cut out different colors of flowers, and for this card, I used a yellow and blue color theme. I made quite a few of these flowers.  

 The sentiment is by Colorado Craft company. 

  My Dad had macular degeneration, and I know how he would use his other senses to navigate the environment.  I used dimension on this card for Jeanne.  I hope she enjoys it!

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

Splitcoast sketch challenge

 I was invited to join the Sketch challenge team at Splitcoast for 6 months.  We post cards each Wednesday.  The 2nd Wednesday of each month, we have a 'bonus' challenge to do a fun fold.  This week is the Swing Easel card

 I dug into some DP that I purchased thinking it was cheery and 'Spring' themed.  I also used stamps new to me from Pretty Pink Posh.  I stamped and embossed the images with black EP. I used Zig waterbrush markers to color in the images.  The wings are colored using a Wink of Stella pen. The bees are up on dimensionals.  
  The sentiment is by SU and is punched using a SU oval punch.  I fussy cut out the layer behind it. 

A fun challenge and a fold I had not tried before!  

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Let's Read!

A couple of weeks ago, the Teapot Tuesday challenge was inspired by The Sylvia Beach Hotel.  Check it out0 a very very cool place!!!  My card was inspired by the Mark Twain room.

I made this card 5" x 7" . I used Prima and Bo Bunny DP and a Rogue Redhead image. The images were colored using Copic markers. 
Have you been reading any books during the pandemic???

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Saturday, May 8, 2021

Under His Feathers.....

 I created a card for the Teapot Tuesday challenge at Splitcoaststampers, and used the colors from the color challenge as well. The Teapot party this week if for a fellow Alpha challenge member- she lost her Mother 2 years ago and we are sending her a bug HUG!

I colored the image from Angie Blom digi Designs with Copic markers. I used a cloud stencil from A Colorful Life. The sentiment is by Our Daily Bread (Divinity Designs).  It needed a little something, so I lined the bottom cardstock with 1/4" double sided sticky tape and added Oyster glitter to the edge. 

   Reflecting back on our own mothers- and my memories of things she enjoyed- flowers, birds and her faith were all really important to her. To unwind, she painted porcelains and was a teacher of her art. 

Happy Mother's Day to all who celebrate.  Big Hugs to those who have lost their Mom's- mine passed 12/2018. And, to all who are special to others- whether you are an Aunt, a friend, etc....  Big Hugs to you as well!

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Friday, May 7, 2021

Alpha + Sketch

I combined the first Alpha challenge (round 15) at SCS (Alcohol Inks) with the current Sketch challenge. 

I made the Alcohol ink background using pink and green Copic reinkers on white glossy cardstock.  I stacked green and pink cardstock and embossed them.  I added strips of sticky tape on the background and added gilding flakes.  Next, I cut a square of white cardstock and added double sided sticky tape, then added gilding flakes to that. Next, I die cut out a butterfly from that square. I used my circle punch and punched out three dots from the waste from the butterfly square of cardstock as an embellishment. 

These colors are so me : )  I love pinks.  A fun creative session!

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Friday, April 30, 2021

Wedding Day

I made a card for the sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers for an upcoming wedding. 

 The image is from SU- I love this sweet couple.  I colored her with E 81 Copic marker and added Wink of Stella over that. I used Teresa Collins DP that I have hoarded for a few years.....  I added a seam binding bow and pearls to finish off the card. 
 This is pretty CAS for me, but love the simplicity and the image too.  The finished card is 5" x 7"

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Saturday, April 24, 2021

Alpha Z=Zany

Hi and Happy Weekend!

 I made a card for Earth Day today and made it into a Zany background for the Alpha Z challenge at Splitcoast.  I also recycled a card for the Ways to Use it challenge. 

 I added color using Distress inks over the original panel using Stencils.  I used a Yellow, a blue and a purple.  Then the panel was embossed, and I used Purple Distress ink on the folder. The image is Penny Black and the sentiment is CC Designs.

This is the original card. 

If you don't already belong to Splitcoaststampers, come on over and take a look at some of the challenges!!!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Stuck on You

 Wednesday is Sketch challenge day at Splitcoaststampers. I took out a mini-card kit from Terry Sermon and went to town : )

 Terry sent fun images from Hero Arts and a few sentiments as well.  Copics were used to color the image and the DP is SU and the cactus DP from Joann's. If you want to see the sketch and other cards made using the Sketch, pop over to Splitcoaststampers to check it out!

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Monday, April 19, 2021

Jans April Mid-month challenge post

 It's time for Jan's mid-month posting.  The challenge at Jan's goes for the entire month.

  The Pansies are from Springtime set. The die cut is from Cheery Lynn designs. 

 I used the Sketch challenge at Splitcoaststampers for this card.  The image, aka Cake and Sentiment are the from Birthday Bear set. I colored the image using Copics. 

Come join us- the challenge is AG and it lasts for the entire month.  The challenge at Jan's is HERE.

Thanks for stopping by!

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Classy Card Ladies April

This month The Classy Card Ladies are creating using a sketch.  Our hostesses are Darlene and LJ.
We are using a Sketch from Tuesday Morning Sketches

I had so much fun using this kit! 


and I made a couple more..... LOL

this card uses the sketch from from this week .

All cards use Copics for coloring. 

Images: Taylored Expressions Exercise Grumplings
Ink: Memento Black Tuxedo
Cardstock- Recollections 110#
DP- Floral Doodle (by Love Nicole).
Embellishments- stash

Here are the links to the other Pearls and Diamonds- hop on around to see what the other ladies made with the exact same kits : )  

Blogs:   Jeanette  , Shelly- you are hereTracieDarlene

SCS Galleries:    Debbie B

Blogs : Barb  , Carol ,  , Kelly , , Laura Jean (LJ) 
SCS Galleries:  Suzy 

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Wednesday, April 14, 2021

100th Birthday for a Fireman

A gentleman named Bud, who happens to be the father of a friend, is turning 100 in a week!  Yep- 100!  He started the Fire Dept in the little town he lives in, so with that in mind, made him this card:

I used a digi by KLM and colored using Copic markers. The background is from my stash-DSP from SU. The Kraft cardstock from the background was also used for the tag and for the brick the firefighting gnome is standing on.  The numbers and tag die cuts are die cuts that came with the Sidekick. 
 I used the Sketch challenge over at Splitcoast for the layout. 

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Wednesday, April 7, 2021

Sketch challenges!

Sketch challenges are one of my favorite challenges!  

 The Sketch challenge at SCS this week is a fun one.  I made this card with a stamp just rec'd from 123 Stitch : )   I love tea and love this sweet mouse chillin' 

I am entering this card in the House Mouse and Friends challenge

This slimline is another Sketch challenge from SCS.  The image is colored using Copics, and the die cut is Gina Marie. 

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Monday, April 5, 2021

Jan's Digital Stamps April post

 The April challenge at Jan's Digital Stamps is just beginning- always AG and open for a month.  Jan has three new sets this month : ) 


 I used the set called Easter Blessings for this card. 

I made a second card for this month as well- I was enjoying creating on the road with the supplies I had in my carry-on : )

 These beautiful flowers are pre-colored- I love them!  I fussy cut one image, and fussy cut the flowers out of a second image and popped them up.  I had this pretty die cut with me, and added Stickles to the centers of the flowers in the die cut.  The yellow background is done using Distress Inks. This set is called Floral Flourish

I hope you will stop by Jan's challenge blog and enter into the challenge- it is AG and lasts all month long!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 28, 2021

On the road crafting

 Still stamping out of a carry on bag....!  I did pack with Virtual Stamp Night in mind, and packed some unused card kits as well.  

  I made this card for the Featured Stamper challenge at Splitcoast today- Francine has a gorgeous gallery!  I made this card using a card kit from Terry Serman. I colored the image using Copics, and the background is the only think added that was not in the kit- I used a cloud stencil from A Colorful Life. 


This card was made for a VSN sports themed challenge.  I made this card for my Baseball crazed husband.  He plays baseball (wood bats and uniforms- the whole sha-bang) and watches baseball too.  The image from Impression Obsession was stamped on a Spellbinder die from my Use It pile...... I added a G45 baseball image and the rest are from a sticker set (I bought at Goodwill)..... 

This card was made for a VSN challenge for a Beach themed card.  The image was a gift from a SCS friend- not sure of the brand.  I colored using Copics and Distress inks. 

Last ,but not least, a sweet duck themed card for a VSN challenge.  The image is Bugaboo and colored using Copic markers. I used DP cut in angles for the background.  Does this card make you look forward to warmer weather???  It does for me!

Thanks so much for stopping by today!

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Saturday, March 27, 2021

Card Variety Show

 Stamping out of a carry on bag and I am having a great time.  I am guessing that the RV travel bug my husband has is not sounding as bad now......  LOL

The Mix challenge this week is a technique using a sky stencil, inks and a white ink over the top. I combined the challenge with a Free 4 all challenge which was to use buildings. The die is by Sunny Studio's.  I used A Colorful Life cloud stencil, and the sentiment is by Hero Arts.

This image is by Bugaboo Digital images.  I used the Sketch challenge from SCS for this week to complete the card.  The sentiment is by Colorado Craft Co.

I am entering this into the Bugaboo- Catch the Bug BINGO challenge.
3 layers-Bugaboo image- Players choice (enamel dots)

This challenge at Splitcoast was to use a map- the Ways to use it challenge.  I used a map from a Dinosaur museum, and it shows a route- 512 miles long- for an area rich in artifacts relating to Dinosaurs. The cards are on glitter paper and the car punch is Martha Stewart. 

Finally, this card is for a Virtual Stamp Night challenge at SCS- which ends 3/28.  The images are CTMH and the sentiment Unity. 

Card #2 is being entered into a Cath the Bug Bingo challenge- link below the card. 

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Wednesday, March 24, 2021

Virtual Stamp Night

 We are usually traveling for the Virtual Stamp Night challenges at Splitcoaststampers, so I have not joined in for a long time.  Since the pandemic, I have participated and enjoyed it so much I have joined in as a hostess. Here are a few of my cards for the 'Parks and Rec' themed VSN happening now at SCS:

Zoo Animals is Lisa's challenge (Shoe Girl).  The image is a digi by Angie Blom and I colored using Copics and Distress inks and a cloud stencil by Its a Colorful Life. 

 Enjoy the Ride is Misti's challenge.  I used a Sunny Studio image with a Newton's Nook sentiment. I also CASE'd a card from last week's Featured Stamper , Sandy. 

 This Simon Says Stamp bunny is for Lee's Sketch challenge.  Nice and CAS too!  

Hope you enjoyed seeing these VSN cards! Come join in- fun prizes will be awarded too!

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, March 21, 2021

Virtual Stamp Night at Splitcoaststampers

With the Pandemic, I have been able to participate in the Virtual Stamp Night at SCS- aka VSN.  We always seem to be traveling when it comes around : )  I volunteered to Hostess again, the Theme is Parks and Recreation. 

I chose add a moon to your card for my theme.  Gotta love Andy : )

This stamp is not marked where it is from.  I stamped it and fussy cut it out.  The background is Distress ink and put a stencil over it and wiped off the ink with a baby wipe. The sentiment is Unity Stamps. 
Is it a Coyote, a wolf or a dog???  I think Coyote.....

Another Distress ink background- the die cut has a little ink added and Wink of Stella too.  The city scape die cut was in my 'use it bin', so not sure where it is from. 

I die cut a 2" circle using a spellbinders die and eclipse tape. Over that, applies Distress inks. I splattered water on the background.  The tree dies were layered over the top.  This card is 4.25" x 4.25".

Finally, Santa lasso'ed the moon!  I was in a die cut exchange eons ago, and finally dug out this die and found a way to use it! The background is a Gina K DP and it was black /white, I just added Distress ink over that.  A Gina Marie edge die in white frames the card. 

If you have some free time, come on over to the Virtual Stamp Night and join in!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Friday, March 19, 2021

Jan's Digital Stamps Mid-month

 I had fun with a tutorial over at Splitcoaststampers while making this card. This is called a Pop-up flip card. 

 I love to see birds in nature, and enjoy in the Spring when the birds flock to the yard to my many birdfeeders!  So, this set had my name all over it!  This set is available at Jan's DIgital Stamps, and it's called using Spring Time

 When you open the card, the front image flips over to the inside. I just love this design and will be trying it again!

 The challenge at Jan's goes for a month- hope you will come join us!

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Thursday, March 18, 2021

Birthday cards and some snark : )

 For a few years, I have been in a Card Kit swap through SCS.  It is my month to receive kits, so I have been working on creating with them.  I asked for adult Birthday kits. 

 The first card kit is from Terry Serman.  I have many more supplies I will get back to, but used the kit to make my Splitcoaststampers Sketch card for this week.  The image is by Taylored Expressions.  My family is silly and does OK with snarky cards....!

 The next three cards are from Darlene's card kit. This card uses the DP and cupcake brads from the kit, and I added a sentiment from Create with TLC that was punched out using a SU oval punch.

 More of the metallic DP from the kit was used in the background here, and the teal metallic cardstock is from my stash.  A CC Designs die was used to cut out the sentiment.  I think when you get to the point the sentiment points to, it is called-no filter : )


 Another Riley and Co. sentiment which is cut out using a Gina Marie die. I used 2 colors of the metallic DP and cut them in 1/2" strips, and flip flopped the direction of the stripes.

 I am now focusing on the Virtual Stamp Night challenge cards- that is Friday 3/19 and Saturday 3/20 at Splitcoaststampers. 

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Monday, March 15, 2021

Classy Card Ladies March challenge

The classy card ladies hostess for March are Tracie (Pearls)  and Barb (Diamonds).  The theme for this month is Butterflies : )  Tracie sent us a beautiful kit, and here is what I created: 

and, I could not stop at just one......

I think I used pretty much everything from my kit!  How fun and perfect for Spring!

Kit contents:
Image- Garden Mice-Newton's nook, Beautiful Wings-butterflies
Ink-Memento Tuxedo Black
Cardstock-Neenah Classic Crest Solar White 110#
DP-Simple Stories
Embellishments: DOodlebug Mini DOily, SU Blushing Bride Chevron ribbon, Flowers-recollections, SU enamel dots (pearls) , Twine and wooden butterfly from Tracie's stash;

Here are the links to the other Pearls and Diamonds- hop on around to see what the other ladies made with the exact same kits : )  

Blogs:   Jeanette  , Shelly- you are hereTracieDarlene

SCS Galleries:    Debbie B

Blogs : Barb  , Carol ,  , Kelly , , Laura Jean (LJ) 
SCS Galleries:  Suzy 

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Saturday, March 6, 2021

Art Journal samples

About a month ago, I posted pages of an Art Journal I was working on.  Marjie Kemper had an online class last month, and since I already have most of the supplies, or have substitutes, I thought it would be fun. 


I used images from Crafty Secrets- most are in the theme of birds : )  Since this is a sample, I am using what I have and I do love birds!!!  

The page on the Lt is a brown paper bag, the 2nd on chipboard, on the Rt black cardstock and a torn dictionary page.  Images by Crafty Secrets and Technique Junkies.

The Lt page uses an older TH die- love the bird in the cage, and the center uses Flourishes by Cheery Lynn and triangle images by Technique Junkies,  The far Rt, a face page embellished using Distress inks and stencils, and Copic coloring. 

Ohhh, Washi tape over ugly DP...LOL  I added musical birds so needed a musical score : )   And, finally, a fun technique where we made a colorful page and die cut flowers from it. 

Something different and fun too!!!

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