Friday, January 20, 2017

Floral Thanks

Amidst the need to make Valentines comes a need for a thank you card.  This was really fun to make.
I remembered this technique from a video by Jennifer Mcguire so thought I'd give it a try.


I used a digital stamp by Stamplorations then cut out the word "thanks".  After attaching the main piece to the blue card base, I cut out another "thanks" of same color of blue and fit it into the negative space, filling the center of the "a" and "k" with pieces from the main panel cut outs.
Just applied a bit of Copics to the centers of the flowers and outlined the letters with a super fine magic marker so the word would stand out.   LOVE the results.
My inspiration came from Deepti's cards shown below:


Challenges:
Stamploration -  CAS
Stamploration Never Ending
Stamploration Spotlight
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Words2Craft By - inspirational quote
Happy Little Stamper - use dies
7 Kids College Fund - anything

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Sweet Bunny Valentine

Things were supposed to slow down after Christmas.  Well, they didn't here.  Hoping to make a few Valentines this next week before heading off for a vacation (where is is warm and dry!).  If I get enough made, I will send some to Send a Smile 4 Kids but I have to make 12 for my own grandchildren too. 
This is a new digital image at From the Heart.  

After cutting out the image with a Die-namics Stitch Rectangle, I sponged Tim Holtz pink distress ink on the edges. The bunny is colored with Copics.  The heart is outlined with Stickles.

Challenges:
Sugar Pea - #27 anything
Send a Smile 4 Kids - valentines for kids
Die Cut Divas - no sentiment
Paper Creators - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Work It Wednesday - use something new
Crafty Calendar - something new
7 Kids College Fund - anything

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Every Card Has A Story

As I said in a previous post,  I love the fact that we can make cards for specific reasons and /or occasions unique to the recipient.  Here is another card that is not beautiful and not even particularly cute  - but here is the story:
Two of our grandchildren that live over an hour away came to spend the night this past weekend.  We thought we had gathered up and packed everything before sending them home.  But after they left, I found their toothbrushes and toothpaste.  When I texted to say what I found, our 7 year old granddaughter told her mom, "Maybe Grandma could mail them to us with one of her wonderful cards."  Now how can I let that go by?

Because I am under time pressures with another project, I made this pretty simple, using all digital images.  I didn't even take time to color them; used pre-colored images.  Both images and background paper are Doodle Pantry (closed now 😢).  The sketch is MFT.
The tube of toothpaste is cut out with a Die-namic Stitched rectangle and backed with green cardstock cut out with the next size up.
I'm not sure my granddaughter with consider this one of the "wonderful" cards, but I think they will get a kick out of it and know I made it with them in mind.   That's what counts.

Challenges:

Die Cut Divas - no sentiment
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Sugar Pea - #27 anything
MFT - sketch
Dies R Us - anything
Stamploration - CAS




Saturday, January 7, 2017

No Bones About It

My new MISTI arrived yesterday.  I could hardly wait to play with it and I got a chance today.  Yeah.
The Happy Valentine's Day sentiment was part of the stamp but I wanted to separate it and put it on a banner.  With the help of the Misti, I was able to do that.   Banner is a MFT die.  BG embossing folder is Darice.  Stamp is High Hopes.

Sketch:
Challenges:
Send A Smile 4 Kids - Valentines for kids
Work It Wednesday - new product
Simon Monday - use a new product
MFT - sketch
Simon Wednesday - something new
Dies R Us - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crafty Creations - something new


Thursday, January 5, 2017

Miss Piggy

Because I make 24 Valentines each year (all different and personal), I decided I better get a start.  Besides, I wanted to use this new digital stamp by Dearie Dolls.  One of my granddaughters is crazy about pigs .  I usually try to put a pig on each card I make for her.  So I am pretty excited when I get a new pig image.


The image was colored with Copics and then cut out with a Die-namic Stitched Rectangle.  The row of hearts is cut with my Silhouette Portrait.  Background paper is Doodle Pantry.
Sketch is MFT:
Challenges:
MFT - sketch
Sugar Pea - #27 anything
Simon Wednesday - something new
Dies R Us - anything
Word Art Wednesday -anything
Die Cut Divas - no sentiment
Paper Creators - anything
All Sorts - something new

Saturday, December 31, 2016

What Is Normal ?

Now that Christmas is over, back to normal. Right?  And what does that look like?
It seems that our norm always has an element of chaos.  Okay, maybe not chaos.  But definitely not boredom or predictability.  Deep inside I am somewhat glad for that.  My hubby has often said, "Well, at least we have not lived a boring life."  So true.
So now that Christmas is over, it is back to all occasion, birthday, anniversary cards,  etc.  Although I have a few more thank you cards to make for gifts received.

Here is a birthday card I made for my granddaughter:

Digital Stamp is Bugaboo which I colored with Copics.  The sentiment is a stamp in a Birthday set.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - party time
Tuesday Morning Sketch - anything
Sugar Pea - challenge 26 anything
All Sorts - something new (new digital image)
Word Art Wednesday - anything
DigiDesign - celebration
7 Kids College Fund - anything 
Stamploration - CAS optional red

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Inside Joke

There is such satisfaction (and joy) in making cards that are personal and unique for the recipient.  As you look at this card, there are probably questions such as: Why would she make such an ugly card?  Why did she use popcorn and that sentiment together? and so on.
Well, that is for me and the recipient to know and sorry, I am not going to explain!!  LOL
You will just have to believe me when I say that it makes perfect sense to my recipient and the note inside will tie it together.
So on to my ugly card, although I do love the sketch (found at Stamploration)

Sentiment is from Ginger's House and of course the popcorn is designer paper.  Yellow twine is glued on with Tombow Multi liquid glue.  Love that stuff!

Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketch - anything goes
Sugar Pea - # 26 anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration - theme and/or sketch