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. 

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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

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Beary Cute Digis

Working away on the birthday cards that I need to get done in the next few weeks.  Cards for my son in laws are the hardest.  I remembered this adorable digi set in my files so I pulled it out and made up a fun card for my SIL's July birthday.

 The embossing folder is Darice.  I used two circle dies from the Die-namics Stax set.  Sentiment is cut with a Spellbinder die. 
The image is pre-colored.  The company, Clear Dollar Stamps,  is no longer in business.
For the inside I used a digital tree frame by Dragon Lair Designs and put the sentiment (from the bear set) inside.   Cute?!  Such an easy card but I love how it turned out.

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Simon Says Monday  - masculine
Simon Says Wednesday - masculine
Cardz TV #3 - anything
Mailbox Smiles #3 - anything
Scrapy Land - anything with die
Cuttlebug - frame it
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Stamploration CAS - optional masculine


Friday, June 9, 2017

Double Pocket Card

Here is a fun idea combining a card and two bookmarks.  I think I have only made two of these in all the years of card making.  Because I skipped the yard work today due to rain, I thought I would take time to make something a little out of the ordinary.  Here is a great tutorial video to explain how to make one of these cards.

The paper I used is Heidi's Hearts by Fiskars.  It worked perfectly because the backside of the paper is a shimmery, almost metallic white and the little red and green dots on the front are like little embossed pearls.
The bookmarks are made with Bugaboo prints colored with Copics and Prisma pencils.

The sentiment on the bookmark on the right is from an Altenew stamp set.
Butterfly is Birch Press.  I used a Copic on the center part to make it a shade darker than the card stock it is cut from and then I added a green pearl.

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:

Cut It Up - die and tutorial
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Ocean - shaped cad, pearls, die cut
Power Poppy - add a bug
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Score Pal - more than one score and ribbon
Mailbox Smiles - anything



Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Boys Birthday Cards

July is card month in our family - 7 birthdays and 2 anniversaries.  Definitely time to start on them.  Here is the first for a grandchild turning four who is in love with baseball (and already amazing).   I printed this image (by Dearie Dolls) in two sizes.  Not sure which card I like the best.  I will keep one and send the second one on to Send A Smile 4 Kids.



The heart die is from an unnamed company die set. 
The papers are from the "All About Boys" DCWV stack. The rust colored one has embossed stars.
Sentiment is Unity.
Sketch:
Challenges:
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Simon Monday - masculine
Simon Wednesday - masculine
CardzTV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Send A Smile 4 Kids - for a child
Deep Ocean - sentiment, stitching, die cuts
MFT - sketch
Stamploration - theme = family member

Monday, June 5, 2017

How Rich I Am

Many years ago I was visiting with a man who was very well off financially but had just gone through a divorce and who was estranged from his son.  At the time I had been married thirty years, had six children, three of which were in college with GPA's of 3.8 and higher.  (He would joke about that by calling my children by their GPA instead of their names). All my kids were doing well in school, jobs, and relationships with us.  This man told me, "I know you are barely making it financially, but you are one of the richest persons I know. "  That has stuck with me and I know it is true.  He didn't even know how rich because he was unaware of my spiritual blessings and riches in Jesus Christ.  "No eye has seen, no ear has heard and no one’s heart has imagined all the things that God has prepared for those who love him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9
Sometimes I like to let my children know that they are my treasures by making a card and telling them how much they mean to me, how proud I am of them.

The die set I used for the house is Elizabeth Crafts Designs Holiday House.  The clouds are Memory Box Puffy Clouds.  For the grass I used a MFT Icicle die.  The sentiment is Unity.
This is one of the cards I am showcasing on the Dies R Us Inspirational Blog.  It would be great if you would give it a view and then go to the Dies R Us challenge blog to  play along.

Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Crop Stop - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Simon Wednesday - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything

Friday, June 2, 2017

A Tweet Day

Now that I color with Copics I don't use too many pre-colored digital images but sometimes it is fun (and easy) to use one.  Both the image and sentiment are by companies which are no longer in business.

The multicolor spots is a strip of patterned paper.

Sketch:
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - circles
MFT - sketch
Simon Wednesday - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Stamploration CAS
Cardz TV - anything

Thursday, June 1, 2017

Unlikely Friends

A cute image by Bugaboo and a challenging sketch at MFT.
It was fun coloring the image and grass. I cut out the image and used a die to "edge" the grass.  The tiny flowers are part of a die by Your Next Stamp.  "Hello" is MFT.
Here is the sketch that challenged me:
Thanks for looking:
Challenges:
MFT - sketch
Die Cuttin Divas - anything
Simon Wednesday - anything
CardzTV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Time Out - flowers and friends
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Send Smiles 4 Kids - bright colors
MFT color challenge

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Simple Design with Dogwood Blossoms

One more card using the sketch at Stamplorations before the month ends; an easy CAS using a piece of Stamploration's Color Bloom page.
I love this page of dogwoods (probably because I love Dogwood trees which are so beautiful at this time ).  I had a piece that I had printed out a while back so I tore off a strip, added a bit of Copics, then distressed the edges with Tim Holtz distress ink.  After adhering it to the GKD Bubblegum Pink card stock, I added the "thanks" which was cut with a Memory Box die.
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Time Out - flowers and friends
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Double D - multiple flowers
Die Cut Divas -May  flowers
Words 2 Craft By - Springtime
Stamploration them and sketch
Stamploration CAS

Stamploration Anything Goes



Saturday, May 27, 2017

Paw Prints

Here is another card using the challenging sketch at MFT.
Digital image which I colored with Copics.
Sentiment is from Paper and Such.
Paw prints are Stampin' Up.
Strip of dots = Washi tape
Sketch:
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - little critters
MFT - sketch
Simon Wednesday - furry friends
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Ocean - furry friends
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids - anything
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Bowl of Violets

Fascinated by the sketch at MFT,  I took time off from kids cards to come up with this one.


The image of violets is by Maxam Made Studios.  Sentiment is Verve.  I only have three Copics in the purple family.  Two were too dark so I went with the lightest.  I was pretty excited when I found a piece of designer paper the exact color.
Sketch:
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Words 2 Craft By - Springtime = partytime
Power Poppy - frame
7 Kids Challenge - anything
Double D - flowers galore
MFT - sketch 


Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Keeping It Simple

Working on a few cards today - simple, just for fun cards, using up pieces and scraps of designer paper.  Here is one for the SAS4Kids box.

I chose this cute digital stamp years ago when one of my Ghanaian granddaughters was little.  She is too old now to make her cards with this image but I love it so much - that cute round face and braids.  So I use it occasionally for cards that I am sending to the children hospitals.

Kraft card stock base
Left over designer paper
Brads
Copics
Tim Holtz Distress ink

Thanks for looking. 

Challenges:
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Stamploration theme and sketch

Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids Challenge - anything

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Friendly Bear

My next box for Send A Smile 4 Kids is almost full so I pulled out a few images from my "left over" box and put together a few simple cards.  These images are by Bugaboo and the letters are die cuts using  MFT dies (Hello set).


Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - little critters
Tuesday Throwdown - anything
CardzTV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
SAS4K - bright colors
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Ocean - furry friends
Power Poppy - frame
7 Kids - anything
Joy Clair - anything
Stamploration CAS


Thursday, May 18, 2017

Fun New Idea

I saw this idea by Kelly featuring Honey Bee stamps earlier this week and wanted to try it. I found out that I have only one floral stamp set with matching dies.  That was a shocker.  Must do something about that!  LOL  The set I used is by Verve.

It took a bit of doing but I really love how it turned out and will make another sometime (especially after buying another set!).  The "you" die cut is Simon Says.  The sentiment is Unity.
Thanks for looking. 

Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - bit of sparkle
Time Out Thursday - CASE
MFT - color challenge
Double D - flowers galore
Die Cut Divas - May flowers
Crop Stop - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
7 Kids - anything
Words 2 Craft By- Springtime=partytime

Sunday, May 14, 2017

More Lilies

Apparently I am obsessed with lilies right now because here is another card with them as the focal point.   This is a digital stamp by Maxam Made.
Don't you just love black and white?
The left edge is a piece of patterned paper.  The "thank you" is Verve,
The frame is made by cutting out an oval (Spellbinder) on the main panel, then backing it with a smaller oval (black card stock).  I really like the layers and like the results when I take the time to do it this way.
Sketch:
Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - frame
MFT - sketch
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Ocean - anything
Power Poppy - frame
Our Daily Bread Designs - thanks
7 kids - anything
Stamploration CAS


Saturday, May 13, 2017

Lilies in Orange

Playing around with different colors for this lily image by Our Daily Bread Designs. 

I used the same stamp for the corners after stamping off each time.  Added a tiny bit of Tim Holtz distress ink.
The card at Time Out is the card I used as my inspiration.
I made the black frame by using two Spellbinder Ovals.
Sentiment is Verve.


Thanks for looking.

Challenges:
Our Daily Bread Designs - thanks
Simon Monday - frame it
Cardz TV - anything
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Time Out - CASE
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Deep Oceans - anything
Poppy Power - frame it
Joy Clair - anything (photo inspiration)
7 Kids - anything

Friday, May 12, 2017

Going Western

One more opportunity to post a card as a Guest Designer for the Crop Stop.
Some of the cards I make are for children in hospitals.  It is easy to make cards for very small children but I also try to make some that would be fitting for pre-teens and adolescents.

For this card I used the Darice Woodgrain embossing folder.  After embossing, I added some Tim Holtz Distress Ink.  The horse head is a one of the stamps in an Inkadinkado set.  The two corner pieces are Joy Clair that I fussy cut after coloring them.  All images were colored with Copics.  After cutting out the horse image with a Die-namic Circle, I used  Tim Holtz Distress Marker to make the stitch lines.
The horse piece is popped up with Scotch Foam Mounting Tape.
One thing I find really helpful for adhering ribbon to cards is Scorepal Tape. It hold the ribbon firm and keeps most ribbons from puckering.
Thanks for looking.  I appreciate your comments.

Challenges:

Mailbox Smiles - anything
Deep Ocean - anything
Joy Clair - anything
7 Kids Crafting - anything
Cutie Pie - cute stamp and ribbon
Simon Monday - frame
Power Poppy - frame 
Cardz TV - anything 


Thursday, May 11, 2017

Digital Frame

After playing around with several dies and several shapes trying to make an attractive frame, I still did not like what I was making.  I guess I wasn't in the mood for creating after all,  so I resorted to digital stamps again.  Both the frame and the verse have been in my files for ages.  I sized the verse to fit into the rectangle frame and colored that frame with a gold pencil.  The circle frame I filled in with black.

The stamp in the left top corner is a Penny Black stamp.  The butterfly is a die by Birch Press.

Challenges:
Simon Monday - frame
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Cuttlebug Mania - wings
Word Art Wednesday - anything
Stamploration CAS
  Power Poppy - frame it



Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Thankful For You

A CAS card with a touch of elegance.
 This beautiful Stargazing Lily stamp is by Our Daily Bread Designs.  The die cut is Spellbinder Stately Lace.  Sentiment stamp is Unity.  They all combine to make an elegant card (in my opinion) and yet very simple to make.  I sponged Tim Holtz  Spun Sugar Distress ink and SU Certainly Celery ink on the edges.  Image is colored with Copics.
Thanks for looking.
 Challenges:
Simon Wednesday - hint of pink
Mailbox Smiles - anything
Time Out - flowers
Deep Ocean - anything
Our Daily Bread Designs - Thanks
7 Kids Crafting - anything
Crop Stop - anything
Stamploration CAS
Word Art Wednesday - anything

Monday, May 8, 2017

Mother's Day Card

Each year I try to make my mom a special card for Mother's Day.  For this year I made an accordion card using Elizabeth Crafts Circle Accordion Dies.

On this card I used several of the dies that come with the set.


This is one that I like to use , first stamping an image or sentiment.


The heart around the sentiment is Verve.  The little girl stamp is Pure Innocence.  I used a banner die and wrote the letters MOM .  The large flowers were made using  two dies then forming the petals by clipping and rolling.
I counted up 11 dies and punches for this card - crazy fun.

Thanks for stopping by...I hope I have inspired you in some way today.  Remember to stop by and play along with the Dies R Us Challenge Blog.  Use your die cuts to inspire us!
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Mailbox Smiles - anything
Time Out - flowers
Word Art Wednesday - anything
7 Kids College Fund - anything
Deep Oceans - anything
Joy Clair - anything (photo inspiration)