Saturday, October 21, 2017

Just Horsin' Around

One of my granddaughters is so horse crazy ! so I make her horse themed cards.  Hopefully she will like this one too. (I think that as long as it has a horse on it, I can't lose!)
I started with a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 printer paper (designer printer paper?) that was sky and beach. I cut it 4 x 5 1/4 using the sky part as my backdrop for the scene.  With the MFT sketch as my guide, I created the scene with grass (MFT Ice Cycles), fence (MFT), clouds (Memory Box). I stamped and colored the horse (Inkadinkado) then free hand cut it out.  I made a spring wobble to put behind it so it has some action.
Here is the sketch I used:
Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
MFT - sketch challenge
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Scrapy Land - anything


Friday, October 20, 2017

Retro Digital Stamp

My sister and I have an unspoken rule for birthday cards to each other - they must NOT be serious.
I never go crude or suggestive because that isn't funny to me.  Just a little fun and humor. This is the one for this year.
Using Tim Holz Distress Oxide inks (yes, again!), I framed the digital image (Retro Tlc Creations).  I hand lettered "really" and cut it out with the Silhouette.  The bottom sentiment I did with my publisher program and cut it out with a Spellbinder Tag.
For the inside I stamped a sentiment by Whimsy Stamps that reads, " Age is just a number and yours is really high!"  In this set there are two straight line stamps so I used those under the digital image on the front.  I wasn't liking that blank space. I should have cut it off but these lines did the trick. 

 Challenges:
MFT Color Challenge
Simon Wednesday - photo inspiration
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Loving the Autumn Leaves

Here is the tag I made for a granddaughter's birthday present.
Once again I used the Autumn leaves stencil by Stamploration, sponging with Tim Holz Distress Oxide inks.  I used the same inks (Honey, Citron, Raspberry) to rub onto a scrap piece of paper then cut out the leaves from that piece.  The large leaf is Spellbinders.  The three smaller maple leaves are Impression Obsession.  Letters for the name are stickers. I wanted to use gold letters but all the "A's" were gone.  Oh, well, at least this way her name stands out!

Challenges:
Dies R Us - leaves
Simon Wednesday - Photo inspiration
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Words 2 Craft By - Autumn
Joy Clair - anything
Crop Stop - anything
7 Kids - anything
Stamploration - Tags

Stamploration Never ending - anything goes
Scrapyland - anything

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Using A Stencil For Backgrounds

Oh my goodness!  I just used a stencil for the first time and how much fun is that?!
This stencil is by Stamplorations and even though I have had it a year, I have never used it, never thought I could pull off a great look.  But by using some Oxide distress inks, it was a snap and do I ever love the results.
Such an easy way to make a lovely CAS card.  Sorry if I seem to be bragging.  I'm not - just blown away at how fun and easy this was to create something beautiful.

The sentiment is also Stamploration.  I added a copper colored leaf brad just for the fun of it and I thought it needed a piece of interest.
The Oxide Distress inks I used are Twisted Citron, Wild Honey, and Picked Raspberry.  When that bright pink is combined with the yellow Wild Honey, it makes the prettiest orange.

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Joy Clair WCMD - building backgrounds
Joy Clair - anything goes
7 Kids - anything from the store (Tim Holtz Distress Oxides)
Deep Oceans - Autumn colors
Simon Wednesday - thinking of you
Stamploration - never ending challenge

Friday, October 13, 2017

More Of The Same

More 4 x 4's and more oxides.  Once I get going on a style, technique, or product, I tend to play with that for a few days in a row.  So with the Distress Oxides still out and a taste of making a 4 x 4 card instead of an A2, I made a few more.  Here is one of those. 

The image is by Power Poppy - Prairie Bouquet Digital Stamp, sentiment - Rose and Chamomile
The Distress Oxides used: Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Picked Raspberry

Challenges:
Power Poppy - think small
Deep Oceans - Autumn colors
Joy Clair - anything
Words 2 Craft By - Autumn
Stamploration CAS - Orange optional

Simon Says Wednesday - thinking of you
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair CAS

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Another 4 x 4

Making the one 4 x 4 the other day wet my appetite for making more.  Here is one I made with a Power Poppy Digital stamp Rose and Chamomile.  The sentiment is from the Prairie Bouquet set.
I love how this turned out.
After coloring the image with Copics and Prisma pencils, I cut it out with a Spellbinders Label Three die.  The little leaves in the corner are made with an Elizabeth Crafts die from the Rose 3 set.  The pink "pearl" is a melted Pearler Bead.  I'm getting low on those.  It is time to "borrow" and melt a few beads from the grandchildren's stash to build up my supply.

Challenges:
Time Out - friendship and pink
Power Poppy - think small
Joy Clair WCMD - card for a friend
Joy Clair - anything
Scrapyland - anything 
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Simon Wednesday - thinking of you 

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Love Rainbows

Don't you love to see rainbows?  I have taken of them but seeing the real thing is always better.
One of the challenges at Joy Clair is RAINBOW. 
I took that literal and colored up this cut digital stamp by PaperMakers. 

Almost all the cards I make are A2 but for the fun of it I made this one 4 x 4.  For the base I used Peacock Feathers Distress Oxide ink and then sponged on SU Not Quite Navy on the edges.  Of course I spritz it, hoping to give the effect of rain splatters.
The rainbow is colored with Copics.  Image and the orange background piece are cut out with Die-namic Circle Stax dies.

Challenges:
Joy Clair WCMD challenge - rainbow
Stamploration CAS
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
CardzTV - anything

Monday, October 9, 2017

Can't Pass Up A Sketch

Here is a last minute card for the sketch challenge at MFT using a stamp set by Gina K Designs.  I love this drawing but always need a sketch to get me to use it.  This sketch seemed a perfect one.
Sketch:
The image is colored with Copics and Prisma Pencils.
When I add a sentiment, I like to cut it out with a die but many times I don't have the shape or size I want.  SO here is a trick I do occasionally.   I use one of the rectangles in the Die-namic Stitched Rectangle Stax set, cut out the sentiment then realign the same die, making the cut narrower.  The stitch lines seem to line up and even if the die cuts extra stitch lines (as in this case), it isn't too noticeable. The circles are Die-namic Circle Stax
Background paper is from my stash.  The card base is textured.

Challenges:
Joy Clair WCMD - CAS with Martha
Crop Stop - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Oceans - Autumn colors
Joy Clair - anything
My Favorite Things - sketch challenge
Stamploration CAS


Trees and Falling Leaves

When my children were young, we had a huge maple tree on our property.  They had a tire swing in that tree and they loved swinging out over the giant pile of leaves that they had raked up and then jumping off into that pile.  Over the 13 years we lived there, we had only one mishap - our youngest son (5 at the time).  He fell instead of jumped and ended up with two broken arms.  That ended his fun for awhile.
It seems I am really into Dearie Doll images right now so here is another one.  Notice he is standing instead of sitting.  Boys!

"Autumn" is an old SU stamp.  It is cut with a Spellbinder tag.  The leaves are cut with an Impression Obsession die.   Dearie Doll digital image is colored with Copics.

Challenges:
Joy Clair WCMD challenge - 3 color focus (red, orange, brown)
All Sorts - trees and leaves
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything

Sunday, October 8, 2017

WCMD #1 Card

Yes, I did get some time to make a few cards yesterday on world cardmaking day.  The first one I made was prompted by a CASE challenge on the Joy Clair blog.
This is my card:
CASing Eva Dobilas' gorgeous card:
The stamped images (Joy Clair Banana Bits) are heat embossed.  I have only four Distress Oxide ink pads but I used three of them and then spritzed with water.  Diamond cut pearl on both images.

Challenges:
Joy Clair - Case a card
Simon Monday - dark colors
CardzTV - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Ocean - Autumn colors
Stamploration - CAS

Joy Clair - anything goes

Saturday, October 7, 2017

World Cardmaking Day

Each year I think, "I am going to stamp and color all day for WCMD" but then reality hits me across the head.  Once again I will be busy with other things and other places for much of the day.  But I will take every available chance to "play" and create. 
Here is my desk just waiting for me.  It is even clean!  Well, as clean as it ever gets - LOL.

Joy Clair wants pics of our crafting space.  I sure hope I can mess it up today!

Hope to see you again later with a card or two.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

More Than One Plan

One of the characteristics that I have developed over the years, thanks to my husband, is to be flexible.  Quite often we say to one another, "on to plan B" or "C" or "D" !
Here is another great sentiment by Ginger's House, reminding us that life gets in the way of our plans but it can be okay.
Background is patterned paper from my stash.  The line at the bottom of the card is a strip I cut from a sheet of designer paper.
I used a sketch found at Sketch Saturday (#356) flipping it.
All the rectangles are cut with dies from Die-namics Stitched Rectangles.  The letter A is cut with a Cuttlebug die.

Challenges:
Words 2 Craft By - A to B
Crop Stop - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Sketch Saturday - any sketch
Cut It Up - change is good/ altered or recycled

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Autumn and Gratefulness

Doesn't it seem that Autumn and gratefulness just go together?  Maybe it is because of harvests and Thanksgiving Day, a time to focus on our blessings.  Maybe it is just being thankful that you made it through the summer and all the added work and activities!  Whatever the reason, I do group the season and the attitude together.  Actually, we should live with an attitude of gratitude all the time. Here is a card with a great reminder:

I love the digital sentiment by Ginger's House.  The basket is a stamp and die by Stamploration.  I took the pic in light that would show that the basket is popped up on dimensional tape.  The die cut leaves were made with Impression Obsession dies.
Now that I am posting this, I see that I forgot to color the stems of the apples and pumpkin!  Well, everything else was colored with Copics and Prismas pencils.  LOL
Since Autumn is my favorite time of year, and the earth colors are my favorite colors, I am hoping to make many more Autumn card (and so happy for all the challenges about Autumn and Fall colors!) So here are the challenges I am entering this time:

Words 2 Craft By - life lessons
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Simon Monday - dark colors
Simon Wednesday - anything
CardzTV - anything
Scrapyland - anything
Cuttlebug Mania - pumpkins
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Oceans - Autumn Colors

Stamplorations Cutplorations - photo inspiration
 
Stamplorations Never ending challenge

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Cards for Kids

Lately I have taken some time each day to color or make a card.  I am madly trying to get things done outside before the rains hit and right behind that winter.  So after I have worn myself out, I come in, take a shower and then do a little coloring.
It has been awhile since I made up a box of cards for Send A Smile 4 Kids so I am concentrating on images kids would enjoy.

 This image is by Dearie Dolls.  Sentiment is by From the Heart which I cut out with a Spellbinder Pumpkin die, drew some lines, and distressed the edges with Pumpkin Pie ink.
The sketch is MFT
Challenges:
MFT sketch 
Simon Wednesday - anything goes
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Oceans - goodbye summer
Die Cut Divas - masculine
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Daily Marker - 30 day challenge
Scrapyland - use a die (Spellbinder)



Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Knitting Season

It has been raining here for a few days.  We needed it but I do hope it isn't here to stay til June!  One thing the rain brings - days indoors.  So, I am starting on Christmas gifts.  A good portion of the Christmas gifts we give are homemade - jam, baked goods, crocheted items.    Power Poppy has this lovely digital stamp.  I added my own sentiment which is the desire of my heart - that everything I do, make, or say will be for the praise of God who made me and gave me talents and abilities.

Power Poppy's challenge is to stamp and color on Kraft.  Image is colored with Copics and cut with a Spellbinder die.  The sentiment is also cut with a Spellbinder.

Challenges:
Daily Marker - 30 days
Coffee Lovers Fall Challenge
Power Poppy - color on Kraft
All Sorts - Autumn
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything 
Double D - sentiments and quotes

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Life is Short. Enjoy your Coffee

Here is another cute image by Dearie Dolls.
Image colored with Copics and pencils.  Leaves are cut with an Impression Obsession die. Image cut with Die-namic Stitched Rectangle die.

Challenges:
Daily Marker - 30 days
Coffee Lovers Fall Challenge
Simon Wednesday - CAS
Word Art Wednesday - anything
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything

Monday, September 18, 2017

Latte to Go

Pumpkin Spice Latte is the favorite.  Don't you wish you could get one with a beautiful sleeve like what is on this Stamploration stamp?
My DIL love pumpkin spice lattes.  She had one while they were staying here two weeks ago.  So I decided to make her birthday card with an Autumn latte cup, coloring the design with Copics.  The BG paper is a scrap.  The swirl and acorns are embossed so after cutting out the Happy Birthday, I rubbed it with Versamark and embossed with clear empossing powder to match the swirl.  Then the cup looked drab so I masked off the top and bottom of the cup so I could use do clear embossing on the sleeve.  I wish you could see this IRL.  I took 20 pics but could not capture the embossed shine without glare.  Underneath the cup I put a few leaves (Spellbinder) which I had cut out and added ink to the embossed parts.
Now for the inside:
 I had to print out the word "wishing" but all the rest of the words are die cuts (you - Simon Says, a brew-tiful day - Stamploration) . Last step was to emboss a stitched border using a Die-namics Stitched Rectangle.

Thanks for looking.
Challenges:
Daily Marker - 30 day challenge
Simon Wednesday - CAS
Cardz TV - anything
All Sorts - autumn
Simon Monday - shimmer and shine
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Work It Wednesday - stamp
Joy Clair - anything
Coffee Lovers Fall Challenge
Stamploration CAS
Stamploration Never Ending Challenge

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Some Mornings

The image I used for this card cracks me up, although some times I feel like this - too early.
The image is a Dearie Doll digital stamp.  The sentiment? I think I downloaded it from Ginger's House. 
After coloring the image with copics and pencils, I made a coffee ring by pressing a round tin onto distress ink and then pressing that onto the paper.  The coffee splash is a stamp by Joy Clair.
Die-namics Stitched Rectangle was the die used. 

Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - CAS
Cardz TV - anything
Scrapyland - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Daily Marker - 30 days coloring
Fall Coffee Lovers 
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything

Saturday, September 16, 2017

First Coffee Card For Fall

Here is my first coffee card for this Fall's Coffee Lovers challenge.  I hope it is the first of many but we will see how things go.  I used the freebie at Stamploration.
Background EF is Darice.  Ovals are Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Ovals.  After I cut out the leaves with Impression Obsession dies, I ran them through the Cuttlebug again to emboss and then added some color to them.  Image and leaves are colored with Copics and Prisma pencils.
Thanks for looking and enjoy the blog hop at the Fall Coffee Lovers Blog.

Other Challenges:
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Scrapyland - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Daily Marker - 30 day challenge
Stamploration - never ending challenge
All Sorts Challenge - Autumn


Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Experimenting With Distress Oxide

I was excited to play with some new Distress Oxide ink pads but as I tried to blend them, I soon realized that I need some new round daubers.  I only have the rectangle distress ink sponges.  I am blaming my less than satisfactory results with that and I am sticking to that excuse!
But seriously, I am not that unhappy with the results.
The image and sentiment are from the Altenew Beautiful Lady stamp set.
The colors I used : Picked Raspberry, Wild Honey, Twisted Citron, Peacock Feathers

Challenges:
Daily Marker - 30 day challenge
Time Out - CASE
Altenew - inspiration photo
Work It Wednesday - use stamps
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Stamploration - CAS
Simon Wednesday - CAS

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

More Mail for Males

It is time to make a few more birthday cards for the guys in my family.  I had fun using this week's sketch at MFT.  My first card was a bomb out and got tossed in the circular files.  But this one turned out pretty good.
I started with a piece of printed Kraft cardstock and cut out a window.  Then I flipped over that piece so that the solid Kraft showed.  Next step was to cut the window frame using two dies from the Rectangle Stax and the Stitched Rectangle Stax (MFT).  After cutting out the happy birthday (Elizabeth Crafts die) and adhering that to the window,  I cut out a small banner (? company) , "drew" a line with liquid pearls and added some Stickles.
Here is the sketch:
Challenges:
MFT - sketch
Cardz TV - anything
Scrapyland - anything
Die Cut Divas - masculine
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Tuesday Throwdown - happy birthday 

Sunday, September 10, 2017

Time For Rest

Wow, what a week!  I thought after the grands went back to school, things would slow down.  No.  We had our son and his family for six days because they had to get out of the smoke of the forest fires where they live.  Three active boys and a new baby.  Here is a pic of my precious new grandson, 2 weeks old. He is so good, we hardly knew he was with us.
They went back home Friday night so we spent Saturday with another son and his wife at a Wooden Boat show.  I am tired!
Sunday is a day of rest and I surely could use some R and R so I had a late, leisurely breakfast on the front porch, took a nap, and then spent a few hours in my newly organized craft room.  I can actually find things now- hahaha. I figure I will have to live til I am 220 years old in order to use all my designer paper! but at least it is sorted and categorized now.
So, here is one of the images I colored and turned into a card.


Stamp - Altenew
Background paper - Doodle Pantry

I think I will do some more coloring - so therapeutic.  Tomorrow I will have to re-enter reality - laundry, vacuuming, dusting, scrubbing little hand marks off windows, door, etc.  (And to think I used to do that every day with my own six children!)  But today I rest.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - stamp
Simon Wednesday - stamp
Work It Wednesday - stamp
Cardz TV - anything
Altenew - photo inspiration
7 Kids - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Daily Marker - 30 days coloring challenge

Friday, September 8, 2017

Sharing Sorrow

Sometimes friends or members of the family experience events that you wish you could fix.  Instead you just have to make yourself available in case that person needs to unload.  I made this card for someone whom I hope will feel free to do that.
The sentiment is Unity.  The beautiful wild rose image is by Ginna Maxam.  I printed it onto embossed vanilla cardstock then colored it with Copics.  The ovals are Spellbinder.  I made a rose colored frame to go on top of the image oval.
Edges are sponged with Tim Holtz Antique Linen Distress Ink.
Sketch:


Challenges:
Simon Monday - stamps
Simon Wednesday - stamps
Work It Wednesday - stamps
Daily Marker - 30 Day Challenge
Cardz TV - anything
Scrapyland - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Die Cuttin Divas - sketch

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Year Round Sports

Do you remember when we had specific seasons for individual sports?  Now, it seems, they are year round.  That is just fine for a couple of my grands - baseball fans for sure.  So here is a card I made for one of them using a new Power Poppy stamp set.
I would not have thought to stamp this image on to Kraft but the challenge at Power Poppy piqued my interest.  I like it.  It adds to the masculine effect.
Ovals are cut with Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Ovals.  
Image is colored with Copics and Prisma pencils.
Even with coloring and sponging, it needed more interest so I added some criss cross stitches on the side. 
Sketch: 

Challenges: 
Die Cut Divas - masculine
Work It Wednesday - use stamps
Power Poppy - stamp on Kraft 
7 Kids - anything 
Simon Wednesday - anything 
Cardz TV - anything 
Joy Clair - anything 
Daily Marker - 30 days



Saturday, September 2, 2017

Time To Color

Yeah!  I grabbed some time yesterday to color.  The 30 day Color Challenge is reminding me to take some time each day to color and I love coloring (even with crayons with my grands!)
Here is the card I came up with:
I colored the free page by Stamploration and then thought, "now what".  I considered die cutting a big Thanks for the front but then wondered if this triple cut would look good.  I really like how it turned out.  Everything is colored with Copics.  The rectangles are cut with MFT dies.  Ribbon and flower are from my stash.
Okay, back to work but hopefully I will be back with another card tomorrow because I do plan on coloring again this evening!


Challenges
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Simon Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything


Stamploration - Bloomtangled
Stamploration Never ending anything goes