Sunday, June 24, 2018

Bright Birthdays

While looking for birthday card ideas, I saw one by Jerrie at Stamploration that I knew I wanted to CASE.
Here is her beautiful card:
And here is what I came up with:
 

The flower is a digital stamp by Doodle Pantry.  I actually used the color version and then added some more color with Prisma pencils and added some dots with white gel pen.
The multicolored strip is done with Distress Oxide inks Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry, Peacock Feathers, Wild Honey.
The sentiment is cut with a Memory Box die.  Script is Stampin Up.
I really like the brightness.  Birthdays should be bright and happy.

Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - bright and cheerful
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything
https://alwayshappybirthday.blogspot.com/2018/06/june-challenge-birthday-anything-goes.htmlAlways Happy Birthday
Stamploration  -   CASE

Saturday, June 23, 2018

Let The Summer Celebrations Begin

In the months of July and August we have fourteen birthdays/anniversaries in our family.  That is not counting my siblings and good friends.  So the pressure is on to start making birthday cards (9 needed in July).

The Paper Sweetie balloons were stamped, colored with Copics, then cut out with the coordinating die.  I had to add a balloon though, because my grandson is turning 5.  The numeral is a sticker.
The clouds are cut out with MFT and Memory Box dies.  "Happy Birthday" is aSpellbinder die.
The sky is made with Ranger Tumbled Glass Distress Ink and the"trees' are Ranger Twisted Citron Distress Oxide with streaks of pencil.

Simon Wednesday - bright and cheerful
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Dies R Us - summertime fun
Cardz TV - anything
Work It Wednesday - sunshine and summer
Always Happy Birthday

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