Monday, August 14, 2017

Time and Roses

You all know the saying, "Take time to smell the roses."  Easier said than done.  This summer has been SO BUSY.  I'm having a hard time staying on top of things - forget the idea of getting ahead.  So with this busy summer of LOTS of grandchildren, other out of town guests, garden, flower beds, running errands for an aging mom, I have to constantly remind myself to enjoy the summer, the produce in the garden, the blessing of having grands here, and yes, the roses.  
Here is a card I made a while back (when I had free time ! lol) but posting here today and at the Dies R Us Inspirational blog  because it was my turn to share there.

The roses, jasmine, and stitched oval are all Elizabeth Crafts Designs dies.  I love them.  There are so many little pieces to these roses but I find it relaxing to sponge color on each petal and then assemble them. I had decided on the colors before I went scrounging around in the designer paper pieces.  Pretty thrilled that I still had this piece with the roses on it.
I have three huge bouquets of dahlias and gladiolas in the house right now but I should be able to pick enough roses this evening for another bouquet.  One can never have too many vases of flowers.  That's why we have 40 rose bushes and 20 dahlia plants. 

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Die Cut Divas - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Virginia's Summer challenge
Cardz TV Anything goes
Cardz TV Crazy Crafters - anything

Saturday, July 29, 2017

A Tree Firmly Planted

The challenge at Words 2 Craft By is to make a card inspired by this quote:
"Liberty, when it begins to take root, is a plant of rapid growth." When looking at the key words, liberty, root, plant, growth, I was reminded of the verses in Psalms 1: 1-3:
" Blessed is the one who does walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on His (God's) law day and night.  That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season.  Its leaves never wither.  In all that he does, he prospers. "
For my card I used two digital stamps.  I started with the tree, faded it out, then put the verse on top.  After printing, I added just a touch of green to the tree which normally prints black and white.
For the main panel under the oval I played with my one and only oxide ink pad, rubbing it on a piece of white cardstock then sprayed it with water and lastly stamped leaves (from a GKD set).  It isn't very clear, but the button in the middle of the twine is a maple leaf.  Recently I started supplying cards to a lady at my church who loves to send out cards.  I hope she likes this one.  (I do - heehee)
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Words 2 Craft By - quote
Simon Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Stamploration CAS


Just for the Pun of It

Sometimes it is fun to make a silly card, hoping to bring a smile to the recipient.  I made this card with a digital image and sentiment that Ginny Maxam offered on her blog some time ago.  Thanks Ginny.
Materials used:
Elizabeth Craft Stitched Ovals die
Cuttlebug embossing folder
Washi tape
Olive pearls
Sequins
Sketch used:

Thanks for looking.  I hope it made you smile.

Challenges:
MFT - sketch 
Simon Wednesday - anything
Simon Monday - edges
Work it Wednesday - bling
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Stamploration CAS


Friday, July 28, 2017

Double Layered Sunflower

Sure having fun with this digital stamp by Power Poppy and the challenge to CASE a Bloomie.

This card was inspired by Stacy Morgan.  I changed only a few things because I love it so much - can't improve perfection.   Here is Stacy's card:
The flower is Sunflower Power.  The sentiment is from the digital set Roses and Chamomile.  For her card she printed the sunflower twice, cut out the bloom and then added it on top of the first printed flower.  I really like that dimension so I did the same.
Thanks for looking. 


Challenges:
Power Poppy - CASE
Simon Wednesday - anything
Time Out - good thoughts, sunbeams
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Work It Wednesday - bling
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything

Thursday, July 27, 2017

More Balloons

Using the same patterned paper as the last card but this time as the background, I made another card with balloons using two dies, an Elizabeth Crafts Stitched Oval and Paper Sweeties balloon die.

After the balloons were stamped and cut, I colored them with Copics.  I used a Prisma pencil to go over the stitch lines on the oval.  I think I like this card better than the one yesterday but both are fun and will send both cards to Send A Smile 4 Kids.

Challenges:
CASology - balloons
Stamplorataion - warm colors
Stamploration CAS
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Party Balloons

Balloons and parties just go together.  I used some old patterned paper to make these balloons with the Stamploration dies, cutting out some of the fun words.

Between the base piece of patterned paper and the frame, I inserted a piece of window sheet that I cut with the base die. 

Challenges:
CASology - balloons
Scrapyland - anything with dies
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration CAS
 Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Stamploration Never ending challenge 


Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Another CASEd card

Here is another card I CASED, again from Cindy Lawrence.
Here is Cindy's card:
I loved how she did the bow on the side and the strip of stripes.
The image I used is a Poppy Power digital stamp which I colored with Copics.
Oval die is Elizabeth Craft Designs Stitched Ovals. 

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Power Poppy - CASE a Bloomie
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Yes, Virginia - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Scrapyland - anything with die





Sunday, July 23, 2017

Love to CASE

One of the challenges this month (Power Poppy) is to CASE one of the members of the design team.  Do you have a file of cards to be CASEd?  Mine is quite large.  It is very seldom that I come up with an idea for a card on my own; I need a sketch,  or colors, or similar stamps to get my creative juices flowing. 
My card is a CASE of the very talented Cindy Lawrence.  Here is her card:

And here is my take :
The roses are a  Power Poppy digital stamp, printed, colored with Copics, fussy cut.  The left one is popped up with dimension tape over the right one. 
The sentiment is from an Altenew set, Fresh Freesia.

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Power Poppy - CASE a Bloomie
Crop Stop - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Time Out - good thoughts 

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Last July Birthday Card

Finally finished with all the birthday and anniversary cards for July.  This is the last one.
I have been wanting to make window/shaker cards for a while now so here was my first attempt after receiving these dies from Stamplorations.
I tried cutting the balloons with fun foam but the sequins would get stuck to the adhesive between the layers.  Next I cut three balloons out of cardstock, glued  them together but it isn't quite enough space for the sequins to move freely.  I will keep experimenting; probably buy a filler other than sequins and a thicker foam.  But the balloons are cute even if they don't shake.
Sentiment die is by Memory Box.  Embossing folder - Darice.

Suggestions are very welcome!

Challenges:
Work It Wednesday - bling
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Scrapyland - dies
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration Sketch 
Stamploration Never Ending Challenge




Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Fun With New Dies

I took a few minutes to play with a new set of dies that I won this past week.  I love all these pretty wild flowers.

Dies are Sizzix by Tim Holtz.  I received these from 7 Kids so here is the site if you are interested.
Sentiment is Power Poppy (digital).

Challenges:
Scrapyland - anything with die
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration - warm colors
Stamploration CAS

Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV- anything 
Mailbox Smiles - anything

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Liberty

A new challenge begins today at Words 2 Craft By and it is my privilege to be a guest this week.  The quote for this month's challenge is:
"Liberty when it begins to take root,  is a plant of rapid growth."  George Washington
This is my interpretation:

For the main panel I used a digital print offered by Crafting With Jack.  It is pictured below.
I love this print but I wanted the flowers to stand out a bit more so I used Copics to color in the flower as if the image were a no line image, darkening most of the flower and adding a bit of gray on the leaves and stem.
Before printing the poppies, I added the verse which was offered at Word Art Wednesday.
Final touches - black liquid pearls in the center of the flowers and a few sequins.
After backing the print with black, the card base is Stampin Up's Sahara Sand.

Thanks for looking.  Head over to Words 2 Craft By and enter the challenge.

Challenges:
Joy Clair - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Virginia's Summer Challenge
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration CAS
 

Monday, July 10, 2017

Flowery Heart

Here with another heart die cut by Die-Namites.  Last Monday I showcased a card and used the  Love Heart 2 Die that contained stars.  This die, Fancy Hearts, includes beautiful flowers, leaves and the word Love all in one die.  Once again I used Copics to color the different parts of the die cut.

I started with a piece of glossy paper.  Then using the ink pad to paper technique with  pink distress ink onto the paper.  I tried quite a few angles to capture how beautiful the background turned out but never could get an accurate photo of it.  You will just have to try it - it is lovely!
The word "you" is a Simon Says Die.  The centers of the flowers are filled in with Liquid Pearls. 
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Scrapyland - anything
Double D - pastels
Stamploration - CAS

 Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Crop Stop - anything

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Happy Birthday Surprise Box

When I was wrapping up a birthday gift, I realized I had not posted one of the birthday cards I made a while back - before summer and grandkids descended in force!  It took a bit of time so it is a good thing I made it when I did!

The pop up box is made to fit into an A2 envelop.  All the inserts are made with die cuts.   The cake, candles and balloons are stamped and then cut with Paper Sweeties.   Happy Birthday is an Elizabeth Crafts die cut.  The banner is a die that I received in a prize package so I am not sure of the company.
Here is one more view
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Scrapyland - anything
Time Out - celebration (optional layers)
Deep Oceans - lots of layers
ScorPal - more than one fold and die cuts
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Send a Smile 4 Kids - birthday fun for kids

Monday, July 3, 2017

Put a Little Love In Your Heart

Tomorrow is the 4th of July so while I was playing with some of my dies, I decided to make a Valentine in red, white, and blue.  I always make a Valentine for each family member (26: hubby,  children and grandchildren) so it is good to make a few before February!

This one will go to my dear husband.  I love both the Die-namites Love Heart 2 and the Unity sentiment.  This die is currently out of stock at Dies R Us but there are other similar heart dies available.  In fact, I will be featuring another Die-namites Heart die right here next Monday.
After cutting out the die cut,  I used Copics to color the red swirls and blue stars then added some Stickles to the stars for sparkle.
Here is the second half of the sentiment on the  inside of the card:

 Thanks for stopping by.  Have a fun, safe 4th of July as you celebrate our wonderful country.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - red, white, blue
Words 2 Craft By - keep love in your heart
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Simon Wednesday - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Cut It Up - red, white, blue

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Me Time

Summer time is Crazy Time.  Tuesday I had six grands here.  Wednesday only three which seemed like a breeze from the day before.  Hahaha.  Really I am very blessed to have so many living close by and actually wanting to come to G and G's house.  I took the chance for some "me time" while the three were outside playing  and colored up this beautiful digital image by Power Poppy.  I added a digital butterfly (qualification for this month's Power Poppy challenge).

I used the MFT sketch:
The green frame is cut with my Silhouette.
Image colored with Copics 

Challenges:
Power Poppy - add a bug
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Stamploration - CAS



Simon Wednesday - anything
MFT - sketch 
Word Art Wednesday - anything


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Strong Coffee

Coffee must be hot and strong.  Especially decaf.  Why do so many people make decaf coffee weaker than caffinated coffee?  (Just a little mini-rant.  I'm over it.)
A fun Summery coffee card using Verve digital image and sentiment.
Capitalizing on the flower on the cup, I used a Spellbinder embossing folder, rubbing just a hint of yellow ink on it first before running it through my Cuttlebug.
I printed the cup image four times so I could fussy cut some of the flowers and add them coming out of the cup.  I cut one blue leaf with an Elizabeth Crafts Design die.  The sentiment is cut with MFT Stitched Rectangles and the yellow backing was cut with a Die-namics Rectangle Stax die.

Challenges:
All Sorts - flower power
ScrapyLand - emboss
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Coffee Lovers Bloghop 
Simon Wednesday -  anything 

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Another Brew-tiful Day

Here is another card with that cut die by Stamploration that I used on the last card posted :
The digital image of the cup is by Maxam Made.  I stamped and colored the daisies (stamps by GKD) then adhered the fussy cut cup so the daisies were behind the cup.
When I printed the cup, I changed the setting so I would end up with a brown instead of black.  Love how it turned out.
Here is a tip I gave a while back:  when fussy cutting a cup, cut the handle off the cup, cut out the white part, then glue the handle back on.  Presto - no white part between the handle and the cup to block out background.
Thanks for looking.


Challenges:
Coffee Lovers Bloghop
All Sorts - flower power
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Stamploration Anything - use Stamploration product


Sunday, June 25, 2017

A Brew-tiful Day

Another coffee card - this one using a digital image by JessicaLynn and a fun die by Stamploration.
I really love how this turned out.  I colored the cup and flowers with Copics.  When searching through my stash, I found this sheet of patterned paper - same color as the cup.  I wanted a different butterfly than the one in the drawing so I covered it with one I made with a punch.  The beautiful circle die cut is from the Spellbinder Stately Lace set.  I printed out another image a  little bit smaller than the first so I could fussy cut a flower and add it to the circle.
Don't you love the sentiment - the die by Stamploration?  I cut it out of green vellum.
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Coffee Lovers Bloghop
Poppy Power - use a bug
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Simon Wednesday - use patterned paper
All Sorts - flower power
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration Anything Goes
Cutplorations - photo inspired (edges on the bowls)

Friday, June 23, 2017

It's Coffee Lovers Time !

A few days ago I was thinking it must be time for the Coffee Lovers Blog hop and now here it is.  I always love it - so many fun and beautiful ideas.  I'm not sure how many cards I will be able to enter (lots of yard work to do) but I already put my hours in this morning so I can play in my craft room during the hottest part of the day.
Here is my first card:

Digital image of cups was a freebie in one of the previous Coffee Lovers Bloghop.   Last time I used it, I paper pieced each cup but this time I practiced my copic coloring.  The pink flower is Verve, stamped, colored, then fussy cut.  I added Elizabeth Crafts Designs Jasmine flowers with brad centers (easier to mail)and leaves and the tiny pink flowers are made with a punch.  Liquid Pearls was added to the centers of all the pink flowers.  Oval is ECD Stitched Oval.
Here is the sketch that I used, changing the rectangle to an oval.
Challenges:
MFT - sketch
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Coffee Lovers Bloghop
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Crop Stop - anything 
 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

CAS Birthday Card

Single layer CAS cards are not my thing.  I don't usually like what I come up with, so even adding two colors for backings, I'm still not jazzed about it.  Thankfully I have four weeks before this daughter's birthday to decide if I will give this card or make a different one.  What do you think? (Be nice. LOL)

The stamp is Altenew Fresh Freesia.  The sentiments are from the Altenew Beautiful Lady set.
Coloring is Copics.  I stamped some green and pink on some of the corners and edges with a Joy Clair stamp from the Ink Splatter set.
Thanks for looking (and commenting).

Challenges:
Altenew - photo inspiration
Crop Stop - anything ( scorepal, Mono Adhesive)
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything (Altenew stamp set, Copics)
Stamploration - stamps and family theme
Stamploration - CAS


Friday, June 16, 2017

Making His Mark

Another birthday card done - yeah!  This one for a grandson.
I love this image of the little boy.  The artist must have used my grandson as a model - thick hair, his favorite clothes, and loves stocking feet.
Not too many things to explain for this card.  After printing and coloring the image with Copics, I printed out a numeral 1 to use as a cutting template.  The 0 is made with  two Spellbinder ovals.  Happy Birthday is a Memory Box die.  Red designer paper used for the 0 has embossed stars - great for a birthday.

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Simon Monday - texture
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Scrapy Land - anything with die
Cuttlebug - male
Send a Smile 4 Kids - anything 
Stamploration - family member

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Prairie Flowers

I could hardly wait to play with my new Power Poppy digital stamps after I downloaded them.  It was fun to color this one, Pure Prairie Bouquet,  in different color combinations. ( I have no idea what some of these flowers are so I just imagined what color they should be! ☺)
I embossed a piece of Kraft with a Cuttlebug Wood Grain embossing folder.  The word "prairie" in the name made me think rustic so after embossing the Kraft, I distressed the edges and then used a rust orange piece of card stock for the scalloped backing.  Both the image and the scallops were cut with Spellbinder dies, Ovals and Scallops.

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - texture
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
All Sorts - 2 or more dies
Scrapy Land - anything with die
Power Poppy - include a bug
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything (copics, Spellbinder dies, Tim Holtz Distress ink)
Simon Wednesday - emboss


Monday, June 12, 2017

Carnations, Pinks, Sweet Williams

Diantus - carnations, Pinsk, Sweet Williams.  I love them all.  Such a sweet scent and easy to grow.  For this card I used a Carnation from a Penny Black clear stamp set.
Some of the other products I used can be found at the Dies R Us Store.










I started with embossing a piece of white card stock using the Darice Quatrefoil Double embossing folder.   After embossing, I very softly sponged a bit of Celery Green onto the raised portions of the embossed panel.
After coloring the carnation with copics, I cut it out using Elizabeth Crafts Designs Stitched Ovals,
tracing and hand cutting the pink layer and then cutting out the green oval with another ECD oval in the set.

The last die I used is the Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish.
That is is for today.  Thanks for looking. 

You can play along at the Dies R Us Challenge Blog for your chance to win a gift voucher to the Dies R Us Store.  A new challenge begins on the first and fifteenth of every month.

Challenges: 
Cardz TV - anything 
Mailbox Smiles - anything 
All Sorts Challenge - 2 or more dies 
Scrapy Land - anything with die 
Time Out - photo inspiration 
Word Art Wednesday - anything 
Power Poppy - add a bug
7 Kids - anything 
Joy Clair - anything