Thursday, June 21, 2018

More Butterflies and Blues

Like I said in my previous post, I'm hooked on butterflies and blues right now.   Here is another card inspired by Shery Russ but also by Susan Raihala.
Shery's card:
 Susan's card:
My Card:
I used stamps from several companies: Unity, Stampin Up, and an unlabled stamp.
Inks: SU Not Quite Navy, Ancient Page Gray Flannel.

Challenges:
Stamploration Birthday CASE
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Patties Creations - anything that flies
Joy Clair - anything
Cardz TV - anything

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Butterflies and Blues

As I look at cards on other blogs, I am drawn to butterflies and shades of blue lately.  So with the the inspiration of others, I made a few cards with both.
I'm not very good with the grunge look but I was determined to make one I liked and therefore CASED Shery Russ's card.
Here is my version:
and I actually like it!  Thanks Shery.
I started by printing the verse which has a swish of blue water on the left side (Maxam Made).  Then I used stamps from Unity, Stampin' Up, Stamploration, Joy Clair, and an unknown company stamp.
Inks used: Momento Black, Stampin'Up Not Quite Navy, Ranger Wild Honey Distress Oxide.
I am always afraid my one layer cards won't turn out so I seldom make them.  This is almost one layer! I adhered the inked panel to a white base.
No die cuts!  that doesn't happen very often.

Challenges:
Double D - butterflies
Words2Craft By
Crop Stop - anything
Work It Wednesday - inspired by sunshine
Joy Clair - anything
Patties Creations - anything that flies
MFT - colors - blue, white, yellow
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration Birthday CASE

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Summertime Fun

One of the things I look forward to each summer is having some of my grandchildren several days each week during their summer vacation.  Here is a gate-fold card I made for them using Dearie Doll digital stamps.

These images are colored with Copics, Prisma pencils, and Sakura Silver Star pen on the water.  The edges are sponged with Ranger Distress Oxide Inks.
The panels are cut with MFT Die-namic Stitched Rectangle dies.

Challenges:
House that Stamps Built - summer vacation
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Dies R Us - summertime fun
Crop Stop - anything
Work It Wednesday - inspired by sunshine and summertime
Joy Clair - anything
Cardz TV - anything 



Thursday, June 14, 2018

No Matter the Weather

Don't you love waking up to sunshine?  I just feel more energized when the skies are clear and I see the sun rise.  Here in the Pacific NW, we are not guaranteed those mornings!  We had beautiful days in May but now we are into some very gray days in June.  Forecast is for lots of sun next week.  Here's hoping, but one thing I can count on - God is faithful; His mercies are new every morning.  With that assurance, I can have a great day no matter what the weather.
My card today is a CASE of Helen's beautiful card pictured below:
I love her card so using materials in my craft room, I was able to make something similar.  (I must have those fern die cuts!)
If or when I make this again, I will do a few things differently. I will use Stazon Black instead of Momento for a darker more solid black and I will use a different wood grain paper, maybe make my own.  But due to limited time, this will have to do and I do like it (especially if I don't compare it to Helen's!)
The inside frame cut was made with a MFT Rectangle die.  The vine is also MFT.  The flower is made with the Cuttlebug Flowers die. 
The wood was enhanced with some Tim Holtz Tea Dye Distress ink. 

Have a great day no matter what the weather is!

Challenges: 
 Crop Stop - anything 
Cuttlebug - frame it 
Simon Says Wednesday - frame it 
Word Art Wednesday - anything 
Cardz TV - anything 
Joy Clair - anything

Friday, June 8, 2018

Special Sixteen Birthday

My grandkids are growing up too fast!  which means my own kids are the age I should be!
Here is the card I made for my grandson who just turned 16.
I combined several ideas that I saw on Pinterest and Jerrie Mead's card.
We live 100 miles north of Seattle so I was excited I had this piece of map in my stash.  The car is a stamp by Unity which I colored with Copics.  The Route sign is a digital stamp that I was able to insert the "16" digital numbers by Doodle Pantry.
The circle is cut with a die in the MFT Die-namic  Circle Stax.  Route sign and front of the car are popped up with dimensional foam tape.

Challenges:
Stamploration Birthday Celebration - CASE
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything (mood board)
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Always Happy Birthday

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Sunshine and Hard Work

It has been over two weeks since I have posted anything (BTW - A Big Welcome to new Followers!) and over a month since I picked up a Copic marker or colored pencil.  I don't think I have ever had those gaps before.   Lately I am usually too tired in the evening to even think about making a card.  But Sunday afternoon I took a page out of one of my adult coloring books and colored for at least an hour.  Today, after coming in from working in the yard for a few hours and then baking four loaves of bread and a batch of cookies, I sat down and finished the page.  I know I used to work like this all the time when the kids were small, but I sure didn't expect to work this hard at my age! and it is harder at this age!  Actually, each evening as I collapse onto the couch or into bed, I thank the Lord that I am bone tired because it means I have a home and property and the health to work on both.  Okay, enough talk.  Here is what I colored:

The page is 8 x 11 so I had to cut off an inch to put it in a frame but I wanted to hang it on the wall above my desk.  I have several other pages colored and want to change them out about every month or so.  After I hung it up, I showed this one and the other pages to my husband and was surprised that he liked this one the ..
Here is a pic that I used for my inspiration.  It is the photo inspiration at Time Out.

The funky flowers on the page looked like some in the photo and I love the colors so I tried to use those on my page.
Here are the Copics I used:
 Also used a few Prisma pencils.

I won't guarantee another blog post soon - still a lot to do outside.  Thanks for popping in this time  and for your support.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - bright and beautiful
Time Out - photo inspiration
Word Art Wednesday
Daily Marker - 30 days
Cardz TV

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Flowers Galore

Oh how I love May - so many flowers in bloom!  The flowers beds are just full of the vibrant colors of azaleas and rhododendrons; the hanging baskets with petunias, pansies, lobelia, and alyssum.  And with working in those areas and planting a veggie garden too,  I am enjoying these burst of color.

I haven't been able to make very many cards lately because of all the outdoor work but here is a card on which I played around with my stencils.
 The stencil is  by Stamploration.  The inks I used are Tim Holtz Wild Honey, Picked Raspberry, and Twisted Citron Distress Oxides.
"Hello" is a MFT die from the Hello die set.
The green vine with leaves is a fabric trim .

Challenges:
Simon Monday - use a stencil
Simon Wednesday - use a stencil
Die Cuttin Divas - favorite color combo
Time Out - blossoms and friends
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Die Cut Divas - flowers
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - mood board