Thursday, May 28, 2020

Well Hello


Today its turned a bit muggy outside, but still liveable enough to have the windows open since the temps are in the mid 70's.

I popped into my craft room to make a quick cardfor Double D Challenges - Starts with M and Inky Paws Challenge - Floral Theme.  I absolutely love these garden mice from Newton's nook, and paired with their daisy stamp I am loving this sweet square card.

I stamped and colored the mouse first, using a bold magenta for the bloom.  Then I masked the image off and stamped the daisy bunch twice.  I colored the daisy in pale green, pale yellow and a touch of gray on the petals. 


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Tuesday, May 26, 2020


Greetings -

I have no baby themed stamps.  I have no children.  I do have a new SIL who just gave birth to a sweet baby boy.  So  I had to scramble to come up with a card.  I went to an old WPLUS9 stamp set called Unforgettable.  It has a sweet elephant image that I figure will do for the card.

I began by inking around a circle mask. I wanted it to look a bit cloudy or whispy so the blend is uneven.  Next I placed the outer mask over the inked  portion and added a banner from another stamp set. The banner is longer than I needed, hence the mask.  I added text by hand.

Lastly, I colored the elephant and the banner.  After adding shadows under the elephant, I wanted something for the background inside the circle.  I added dots with several shades of copic markers. I think it makes the card festive.

I am adding the card to the Less is More challenge- Going Dotty.

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Thinking of you Often


I have a Facebook chat going on with the local I am getting a few cards made along with the chatter.

This card will be visiting the challenge galleries at: Color Throwdown (Yellow Gray and White), CAS on Friday (Die cut leaves), and Tic Tac Toe (bottom row).

The main bloom is from Altenew - Japanese Mum. The leaf outline die is from Simon Says Stamp. The stitched woodgrain impression is from Lil Inkers Design.  The sentiment comes from CTMH.

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CAS Stencil


Today I am hurrying to get a couple of cards posted to the CAS Stencil Challenge.  The theme is layered stencils. 

Square stencil inked with two shades, then fireworks 
stencil overlaid and embossed in silver.

First stencil was inked in broken china, and then 
I laid a wood grain stencil over the first stencil 
to preserve the white lines and I added iced spruce ink.  
I thought it made a good ocean, so I added a whale tale.

This card is also going to visit Addicted to Stamps, the whale
tale was the inspiration in the lower left corner.



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Have a lovely day

Greetings -

This card is just a online challenges.  Though one of the local crafty gals posted on Facebook in our private group a challenge of sorts.

She linked a card made by another cardmaker and tagged me saying I should try it.  I rarely CASE cards, but this was one gorgeous card.  I did not have the stamp set and I am on stamp lockdown in any case so I chose to  use Altenew's Wallpaper Art set.

First, the original card I am CASE-ing comes from Jeanne at Kampa Kreations.  Follow the link to see her card.

I watercolored the silver embossed  blooms with zig markers and lots of water on water color paper. I brought the color to the paper instead of direct marker to paper.  The blooms were fussy cut, then popped up over some sliver embossed leaves on a die cut panel. The panel die is from Pinkfresh Studios.  The panel was then adhered to a blue card base.

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Friday, May 22, 2020

Sending Hugs

Hello -

Today I dug out a jar of gesso. Hubs wrestled with it to get the lid off the jar.  Its an old jar. Fortunately it was still wet and of a spreading consistency.

This card is inspired by CAS Mix it UP challenge.  I am often learning a new technique with that challenge, and that is what calls me to the challenge.  I chose a Hero Arts background stamp and applied the gesso. I then laid a panel on it to lift the pattern of the gesso.  It was messy and I immediately went to wash off the rubber stamp and my paint brush. 

After it dried, I added three shades of distress inks.  Then I wiped off the panel with a damp rag. I was not fond of the panel once it dried so I decided to die cut some flowers from it.  I used a layering die from Altenew.  I also  added a layer of polka dotted paper to the layers.

The flower is so heavy with pattern and color, I decided to lighten up the card with a  pale corner stamping of an envelope liner patters, added white die cut leaves and a simple sentiment.  I used the gesso resist, stamping, and diecuts.

I dislike tossing a project once started.  This one took a lot of effort as it was so far out of my comfort zone. I am satisfied with the end result. 

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Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Well Hello


I am playing with Peggy again today, we are trying to get in a hour or so 3-4 times a week.  It's done a lot for my mojo for sure.   Today I grabbed another old favorite from Hero Arts, Tall Flowers.

My clean and simple design was inspired by The Card Concept (red white and blue). But for me mostly the red broken by the white stripes.

I grabbed a torn off piece of red...the back side of a bad card front, die cut it with the scalloped edges. Taped off the sides at the stitch marks, then stamped and white embossed the stamp. Next I cut the navy tag and white heat embossed it as well. I die cut a white mat piece to layer between the red panel and the navy card base.  I decided to add a bit of navy and white twine to hold my tag.  I added lastly a few bits of white gem bling.

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Monday, May 18, 2020

Another Birthday


If you haven't tried video crafting with a friend I highly recommend it, even if its only for an hour or so.  For me its been tremendously helpful with the doldrums I had been having due to the stay in orders.

This card is going to the two challenges that inspired it: Tic Tac Toe  (right column punny sentiment, masculine and punched shape) and Simon's Wednesday Challenge - Animals.

My bloggy friend Leslie sent me some stamp offs of goats along with their coordinated punny sentiments.  I can't remember the illustrator I tossed the information in a fit of organizing. LOL.

The card is going to my BIL, he and his wife raise goats, so this could get a chuckle.  The image is copic colored, the sentiment is punched using a Creative Memories double punch - one for the sentiment and one for the mat.


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Happy Birthday

Hi There -

A cat loving crafty friend is having a birthday, so this one is for her.

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Saturday, May 16, 2020

Happy Wonderful Christmas


I am woefully behind on my Christmas card stash. I had promised myself to get a head start of 5 per month.  Well, with this card I am current to Apirl 1st.  Ahhh well.

I stepped away from my bin of new stuff to pull out an old loved set from Stampin Up- Wonderous Wreath. I haven't used it for several years so it was time for it to come out again.

This card is going to three challenges - Watercooler Wednesday - Occaisions,   Christmas Kickstart - Wreath and CAS Christmas Card Challenge - Winter Berries.


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Happiest of Birthdays


Another hour or two of face time crafting this afternoon with Peggy, and tonight my local group is having a virtual crafty session.  These sessions really seem to uplift my mood and make me happy to be in my crafty room again.

Three challenges inspired this card: Color Throwdown (pink blue yellow), AAA Cards (Up to 1/3'd) and the design is from Case this Sketch.

Another older stamp set from Hero Arts - Night and Day Flowers. I used the small pieces, the main image is a fabulous stalk of blooms. I randomly stamped the three smaller images and colored them with copics using pinks and yellow tones.  I mounted the card on a blue cardbase, added a sentiment strip in the same colors and some blue gems.


Can you see each of the challenges in the card?

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Friday, May 15, 2020

Sending Hugs


I am enthralled with Jennifer McGuire's video for splitting a panel to make two cards. The video is here.  I received a free mini stamp in the mail from Altenew and I decided to use it to make another two cards.

I chose coral tones for this card and it will be visiting Addicted to CAS Challenge- Flowers.

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Thursday, May 14, 2020

thinking of you often


Today was another fun face time crafting session with Peggy.  My mood is lifting and I am more interested in cardmaking again. I think its the face time sessions and not feeling so isolated any longer.  My local crafting group and I have been meeting via messenger video chats, but only 8 of our group of 10 can participate at any one time due to the limitations.  Now there is a group chat for up to 50 so we are trying that out Friday night.  I am looking forward to it.

So today I was scrolling through blogs, and I watched Jennifer McGuires video on splitting an image for two cards. The you tube video is here.  While she used diecuts, I decided to try it with stamps.

I stamped my flowers several times from the Newton's Nook set Peony Blossoms, and colored using dark pink copic colors.  After cutting the 8.5 by 5.5  stamped and colored piece in half at the 4.25 inch mark, I decided to flip one over so that both would be on the left side of the card.  I added a bit of black to each card and a sentiment.  Then mounted the panels onto a matching card base.

I will probably try this method again...I did enjoy getting two cards from it.

These cards are going to  Just Add Ink, and Addicted to Stamps and More.


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Monday, May 11, 2020

Dear Friend


I'm still playing with Altenew's Darling Lily stamp.  A mistake on one card lead to a twofer and a perfect card for another challenge. 

This card goes to:
Addicted to Cas - Flowers
Stamping Sensation - Say it with Flowers

I stamped and colored the lily with copics, starting with a soft yellow center and then adding the violet around that center.  The leaves were colored and then with a purple pencil I muted the yellow a bit. I colored the stamen with a yellow red, and added the sentiment.  Then I grabbed my die to cut a scalloped edge before mounting it on a lavender card base.  Imagine my momentary shock to see I had grabbed a framing die, instead of the scalloped panel die I wanted.  I decided since I spent all that time coloring, I'd just go with it. After adding a few gems, its grown on me.

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And for the twofer:

This card goes to:
Double D Challenges - Lavenders, lilac and purples
The Flower Challenge - Monochrome

Since I had that nice white frame, I thought it might look good with a monochromatic card.  I stamped the lily and heat embossed it in white.  Then I colored it with colored pencil on just the flowers leaving the leaves as  outlines.  I am loving the way this one turned out and made up for a mistaken cut.

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thank you

Hello -

Today, I am face time crafting with my friend Peggy.  I need a thank you card for a friend and I felt like coloring.  I love all my flower stamps, but those I can color with copics are definitely my favorite stamps.  This Darling Lily stamp from Altenew is just one of those that is easy and relaxing to color.

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The card is going to the following challenges:
CAS on Friday - Favorite Flower
Watercooler Wednesday - Feminine Twist
Just Add Ink - Color combo

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Twofer Card Challenge 27

Are ya ready for another Twofer Card Challenge?

A quick review of the rules:

This one was hard for me. Which is probably a surprise to many of you...I love flowers but trying to make two distinctly different cards with flowers when I have my go to design on most flower cards
almost on autopilot really made me glad I start my designs with sketches for this challenge.

My cards together:

and individually

I hope to see your flower Twofers over in the gallery this month.
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