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

Friday, May 11, 2018

Orange Azaleas

It is the time of year for azaleas . I have bright pinks, soft pinks, and purples in my yard but no orange. Going to get one some year!
 I have only used this new stamp set by Power Poppy a few times but with all the azaleas outside, it was time to play with this set again.

Using the single blossom stamp, I stamped a background with black ink, adding just a touch of green and orange.  The main image is colored with Copics then cut with an Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Oval. It is backed with a Spellbinder oval.   Blossoms on the ribbon are fussy cut.   I love finding ribbon in my stash that is the same color as the image or cardstock.

We have some huge azalea bushes so I cut some today for my dining room table.


Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Dies R Us - flowers
Die Cut Divas - May flowers
Power Poppy - Black and White with pop of color
Patties Creations - flowers
Cardz TV - anything




Thursday, May 10, 2018

All Star Dad

Yesterday was a mix of rain showers and sunshine.  So instead of working outside, I cleaned my house.  Boy, did it need it.  But I also took breaks.  And what would I do during a break?  Make a card, of course.
In my last box of cards to Send A Smile 4 Kids, I included some Father's Day cards.  Silly me - I didn't take any pics.  You'll just have to believe me when I say they were awesome.  Heehee.
Yesterday I made a few more.  They aren't as awesome (LOL) but they were fun to make.



 This week's sketch at MFT:
The hat, pennant, and "All Star" are stamps by Power Poppy (colored with Copics).  I fussy cut the pennant and the hat.
The word DAD is made with alphabet stickers. The banner is cut with an Imagine That die set, Be Awesome.
Stars are cut with a Verve die.
Challenges:
MFT - sketch
Simon Wednesday - for the boys
CardzTV - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything