Saturday, November 18, 2017

Ironic

Isn't it funny that we draw and use so many drawings of mice when most of us hate the little critters in real life. (my apologies to those of you who have pet mice) They are dirty, disease ridden little rodents that do thousands of dollars worth of damage to our homes and cars.  But we continue to draw them and use them and love them on our cards.  This drawing is a great example - so cute.


Sketch used:
The digital stamp is by DigiDesigns.  You've got to admit, they are cute.  They are colored with Copics and Prisma pencils.  Rectangle is a Die-namics Stitched Rectangle.
Snowflake is cut with my Silhouette.
Sentiment banner is hand cut.
Card base and backing to sentiment is Stampin Up Blue Bayou (sorry it looks black in photo)

Challenges:
MFT - sketch
Crop Stop - anything
2 Critter Crazies - anything with a critter
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Simon Wednesday - furry friends (?)
Dies R Us - anything with snow
Cardz TV - anything

Friday, November 17, 2017

Poinsettia and Pain

It is that time of year when I am torn between Thanksgiving cards and Christmas cards. But both need to be made so today I am posting a Christmas card.
I love poinsettias.  I have one plant that is 5 years old and has bloomed twice - just not close to Christmas.  Oh well, I'm excited each time it does.
The Elizabeth Crafts Design Poinsettia dies are some of my favorite.  I really enjoy working with each petal and creating this dimensional flower but with the chronic pain in my thumb, by the time I was done making it, I was not enjoying it so much.  (I do love how it turned out though)
I used the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketch:
As if I was not uncomfortable enough after making the flower, I punched out the green border (ouch!) then made the unwise decision to do some piercing in the corner (ouch again!)
I iced my hand several time yesterday evening so at least I am able to type this morning.  I think the next card I made better be CAS, maybe one layer!

Challenges:
Tuesday Morning Sketches
Scrapyland - anything with dies
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crop Stop - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thanksgiving Card

Thanksgiving Day is just a week away.  I realized that yesterday evening so I made a card that I want to send to our best friends.  It should get there by next week. (crossing fingers)
I really liked the sketch at Tuesday Morning Sketch so that is what I used to make this.
The cluster of leaves are Spellbinder dies that I cut, embossed, and inked.  The fern like cuts are Elizabeth Craft Design dies.
Stamped leaf in upper right corner is Stampin' Up.
Border cut is an ek punch.

Challenges:
Die Cuttin Divas - thanks
Tuesday Morning Sketch
All Sorts - colors of Autumn
Scrapyland - anything
Die Cut Divas - thankful
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - photo inspiration
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Words 2 Craft By - abundance
I am also entering this card in the Stamploration Thanksgiving Blop Hop and Wish List Linky Party 
Here is my wish list



Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Poinsettia Christmas Tag

Glitter is my least favorite craft medium.  If I ever use it, then I find it on my clothes, on my skin, in my food, on my carpets. During this past weekend some of the grands and I put together some boxes for Operation Christmas Child  then made Christmas tree ornaments and cut out cookies.  You guessed it - some of the glitter for the ornaments found its way into our cookies!
So with my dislike of glitter, I was quite upset that some beautiful sparkly ribbon I just purchased had the same evil habit as that of loose glitter. It looks so pretty and innocent until you touch it.  This may be the only tag I use the ribbon on!

I love the Elizabeth Crafts Designs Poinsettia die set and wanted to make a few more tags with it.  Erum Tasneem's tag for the 25 Days of Christmas Tags inspired me to add some sequins and unfortunately (!) some sparkly ribbon.

BTW - here is a pic of one of the Christmas Ornaments we made.   Fun and easy.


Scrapyland - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything
25 Days of Christmas Tags

Monday, November 13, 2017

Snow People

With all the political correctness and the new thinking about gender, do we have to say Snow People instead of Snowmen?  I sure hope not.   I, for one, will not cave -  these are snowmen! 

Musical embossing folder is by Darice.  Musical note is a die cut using a Cuttlebug die.  The snowflakes on the Copic colored digital stamped image are cut with a Birch Press die.  Circles - Die-namics Circle Stax.
Sketch is MFT:
 Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - snow
Word Art Wednesday - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Send a Smile 4 Kids - holidays
Cardz TV - anything

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Continual Thanks

The definition of bless: express or feel gratitude to; thank
The definition of praise: the act of expressing approval or admiration; commendation; laudation. the offering of grateful homage in words or song, as an act of worship.
I am so excited to use my new stamp from Stamploration.  I was one of the winners last month and knew which stamp I would choose if I won - one of the new Typografia in Faith stamps, Bless The Lord.
This verse from Psalms 34 is a favorite of mine. The whole psalm helped me get through some difficult times in my life (more than once). I memorized it in a modern translation: "I will bless the Lord no matter what happens.  I will constantly speak of His glories and grace."

Even though our weather turned cold, I gave this card an Autumn background and die cuts. (Autumn is my favorite time and I am NOT willing to give up on it yet!)


After choosing the background paper, I stamped the verse in brown then stamped 'at all times' again in Rust so I could fussy cut it and adhere it over the original brown.
The oval cuts are Spellbinder.  The silhouette cuts are Tim Holtz Alterations by Sizzix.
Bow is brown twine.   Card base is the same Dark Chocolate cardstock by Gina K that I used to cut out the silhouette shapes.
I'm not willing to send this card to anyone just yet.  Right now I have it on an easel on my desk -  a visual reminder to be grateful, to be constantly aware of God's goodness.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - thankful
Scrapyland - anything
Cut It Up - thank you
7 Kids - anything
Double D - feeling fallish
Dies R Us - Fall
Die Cut Divas - thankful
Joy Clair - photo inspiration
Stamploration Never ending challenge


Saturday, November 4, 2017

Snow Family

Snow on the ground and 40 mph winds - yep, it feels like winter!
Another cute digi stamp by Dearie Dolls colored with Copics and bordered with a frame cut out with a Spellbinder Labels One die. Snow flake is Cuttlebug.

MFT sketch:

Other Challenges:
Crop Stop - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
7 Kids - anything
CardzTV - anything 

Friday, November 3, 2017

Early Winter?

When I posted my winter card yesterday, I really thought I was working out of season but we had snow and 50 mph Northeast winds yesterday afternoon.  How can the temperature go from 68 at 4pm on Monday to 34 at 4pm on Thursday?  I AM NOT READY FOR WINTER!
As long as we are talking about snow (way too early for this part of the nation), here is a gift tag with a snow flake.
I love these beautiful snowflakes by Birch Press.  The sentiment is Verve. My tag is similar to Carol Mayne's tag with the scallop edge; mine being cut with decorative scissors (although I love her tag die cut.)

Challenges:
25 Days of Christmas Tags 
Simon Wednesday - gift tag
CardzTV - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Littlest Tree

It is a good thing I took photos when I did because after a few days of rain and wind, some of the trees are bare.  Because I love Autumn so much and because Thanksgiving is in three weeks, I will make a few more Autumn cards but because I am trying to get a package of cards ready for the Caring Hearts Card drive, I have been focused on Christmas the past few days.
Here is one made with a Dearie Doll digital stamp and the MFT sketch for this week.


The image is colored with Copics.  Red frame and sentiment (Stampin'Up) is cut with MFT Stitched Rectangle Stax dies.  The mitten designer paper is Echo Park.

Challenges:
MFT sketch
Scrapyland - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Cardz TV - anything

Sunday, October 29, 2017

For Your Enjoyment

Here in the Pacific Northwest, we are enjoying one of our gorgeous Autumns, one of the warmest, driest, most colorful ones I can remember.  So I have been out with my camera, snapping away. (An injury to my thumb joint is keeping me from much crafting - UGH!)  I drove around the county but sometimes it is difficult to pull over to take a good photo.  It ended up that some of my favorite photos were taken in my own backyard.  Once again I am in awe of the creativity and artistry of God.  So here are a few photos.  I hope you enjoy.
My Backyard


Looking North - Canadian Mountains

Looking East - Mt Baker

A few Miles East


"For You, O Lord have made me glad by what You have done.  I will sing for joy at the works of Your hands.  How great are Your works, O Lord!"   Psalm 92:4-5a

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Only Two Colors

Can you make a beautiful card with only two colors?  That is a challenge at Stamploration so I gave it a try.  And the answer is 'Yes' .

I know that 6 of the last 8 cards I have posted have been done with either Distress Oxide Inks or with a stencil or both but I am having so much fun with them. Soon Autumn will be over and I will have to put them away (until I buy new stencils and new colors).
This card was made with a Stamploration stencil and Wild Honey and Picked Raspberry Distress Oxide inks.  I have never splattered with inks before but I love the card by Becca Cruger  so much, I had to try it.
After rubbing the two distress inks on another piece of white cardstock, I cut out "thanks" with a Memory Box die.

Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - photo inspiration
Scrapyland - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Dies R Us - leaves
Words 2 Craft By - autumn
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Stamploration - theme
Stamploration - anything goes, never ending challenge
Simon Monday - monochrome

Monday, October 23, 2017

Basket of Blessings

It's the most wonderful time of the year.  We hear that about Christmas time.  But for me, I love October and November more than December.  The colors of Autumn, days of rain and wind which result in curling up with a book and fire, and Thanksgiving Day.  All of Autumn is time of reflection of blessings.  Many of my Autumn stamps are associated with Thanksgiving Day or blessings or prayers and verses of thanks.
This card is made with Stamploration products: Stencil, stamps, and die cut.
The leaves were done with Tim Holz Distress Oxide inks, the basket of fruit with Copics and Prisma pencils.

Challenges:

Simon Wednesday - photo inspiration
Dies R Us - leaves
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Crop Stop - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Stamploration Cutploration
Stamploration theme and/or sketch
Stamploration Never ending challenge

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