Thursday, September 29, 2016

Autumn Birthday Card

October is a busy month for family birthdays - 6 that I will be making cards for.  Here is one for my son-in-law.
Sponged color on the edges of the designer paper and the pumpkin which is cut with a Spellbinder Pumpkin die.  The cup is Verve, printed and then fussy cut.
Trying to give the card some life, I added three colors of leaves (Impression Obsession) and two for the sentiment (Spellbinder).
On the inside I used the Verve sentiment and added "for your birthday" with the computer.

Challenges:
Scrapyland - birthdays
MFT color - white, orange, purple, green
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Die Cut Divas - fall
Simon Wednesday - anything
Coffee Lovers Challenge

Monday, September 26, 2016

Espressoly For You

No, I did not ignore Spell-Check.  That is the sentiment (by Doodle Pantry).
Another card for the Coffee Lovers Challenge and another one with Autumn colors.
The sketch is MFT
For the center strip I stamped the word coffee (Gina K) and then sponged a few colors.
Cup is obviously paper pieced.
Circles were cut with MFT circles and the Spellbinder scallop circle.


Challenges:
Die Cut Divas - autumn colors
Simon Says Work It Wednesday - use stamps
Stamploration Sketch and Theme - stamps and monocromatic, or sketch
MFT - sketch

Friday, September 23, 2016

Cup of Kindness

It feels so good to be making cards and blogging again.  I actually took time to do the Coffee Lovers Blog Hop too.
Here is a card I made for the challenge using another image and sentiment by Verve.
Sketch by Tuesday Morning Sketches:
Other challenges :
Coffee Lovers Challenge
Simon Monday Challenge - inspired by music (Auld Lang Syne )
Paper Creators - Christmas
Crop Stop - anything


Loving a Latte

Yumm!  Pumpkin Spice Lattes for Autumn!  It's time to make my pumpkin syrup and start livin' a little!
These cute latte cups are by Verve (as is the sentiment) which I picked up in last year's Coffee Lovers Blog hop.  I made this card not knowing that the blog hop was starting.  I originally was going to enter it in the Stamploration CASE challenge but now will enter it in several challenges.
Card base - Light Brown Kraft by Kraft Outlet.  Cup panel backed with SU Pumpkin Pie.

Stamploration Challenge - CASE

Coffee Lovers Challenge 
Crop Stop - anything



Thursday, September 22, 2016

Just a Little Reminder

Autumn colors are my favorite so I tend to make cards with earth colors all year long but especially in September, October, and November.
I am leading a Bible Study for 9 weeks.  We always have some goodies and coffee.  There is a sign up sheet for bringing those snacks.  In stead of making a phone call each week to the person who signed up for that week, I decided to make up reminder cards and send those out instead.
All the images are stamped with Close To The Heart stamps.
The circle is made with two stamps - the outer rind with the months, and the center with the numbers.  I made up one for the 22nd and another one for the 29th of September.   For the reminders in October and November, I twisted the outer ring so the OCT is on top:



(One more thing I miss now that I moved into a different craft room is a place to photograph my cards. But I am taking a photography class so maybe I will learn how to take pics in a less desirable spot)
Back to the cards - all the images are colored with Copics.   The front panel is Vanilla CS.  Card base is Pumpkin Pie (SU)  The date circle and the backing circle are cut with MFT Die-namics

Thanks for looking.  Love it when you comment.

Challenges:
Die Cut Divas - autumn colors
Simon Work It Wednesday -use stamps
MFT - sketch 

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Back Into Routine, I Hope

April 17.  That was my last post.  That is FIVE months!  How can that be possible?  As I said in my April 13 post, it was time for changes; changes to and in my house.  We gutted out and painted 6 rooms in our house, moved my craft room into a (previously) toy room, moved the toy room into a bedroom, made two bedrooms into an apartment of sorts for my mom.  That was hard work.  Harder still was the transition of having my mom live with us.  But I will spare you those details.

I miss my old craft room.  I have missed making cards and posting on the blog.  I have missed reading your blogs and commenting.  But hopefully, I will now be able to be creative again and get back into the world of crafts.

In these five months of my absence, I have made only nine cards (for family birthdays and anniversaries).  In past years, I averaged 40 a month.  So getting back into the swing of things has actually been like being a beginner again.  Mojo is still keeping a distance.  I can't find it just like I can't find other craft items hiding in new places in this "foreign" room.
This first card I made for my DIL's birthday then went on to make more cards - single layer ones.  I am hoping to make sets of cards to give away as gifts.  Plastic gift boxes are on order.  I will post a pic sometime before Christmas on the finished products.  But for now:
The flowers are Doodle Pantry digital images.  I wanted to do my own coloring but after several attempts, I printed up pre-colored flowers.  The sentiment is stamped. 
This idea was a CASE of Ellen's card. Can you believe her gorgeous coloring?

Here is another card, single layer, with sequins and embossed lines:
and another one without sequins but with the embossed lines and a different sentiment:





(Oh, my goodness.  It has been so long since my last blog post, I couldn't even rely on my "auto pilot" mode!! Wow.  It doesn't take long to forget how to do things!)

Thanks for looking.  It is good to be back.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Scorepal - more than one score; cards and more cards
Simon Says Work It Wednesday - use stamp
Stamploration CAS - use pink
Simon Wednesday - CAS
Sugar Pea Design - photo inspiration

Doodle Pantry Ants in My Pantry - anything

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Repeat or Rut?

The last card I made with the pull out book mark was fun to make and I loved it so much, I decided to make another one.  I needed a birthday card for a friend so I chose these colors that are her favorites and they are the colors for one of the challenges.  Don't you love it when you can use a sketch and colors and themes of challenges all in one card?
I did not take multiple photos of the different pieces this time.  The beautiful floral image and butterfly, which I colored with Copics,  are by From the Heart. There is a sentiment about time on the lower half of the bookmarker.
The Happy Birthday die cut is by Spellbinders.
Again, as for the last book mark, I used a die to cut the top of the blue backing.
Sketch - Stamplorations:


Challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown - use die cut
Sweet Stamps - anything
Double D Challenge - yellow
Verve - colors
Stamplorations - sketch
From the Heart - monthly challenge
Simon Monday - may flowers
Die Cut Divas - April (flowers and birthdays)