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Monday, October 16, 2017

You are Spooktacular!

Running a bit behind after a last minute out of state trip to deal with more of my father in law's estate. I will be glad when all things have settled.

I had made this card before I left but a forgot to take a photo and post it, so alas I'm late.

This was a simple enough shaker card. I liked the idea of using the moon as the shaker and overlaid a QK tree die over it. Then just had to stamp a couple of little bats and a sentiment but it still lacked a little something so I stamped, colored and fussy cut out the little pumpkin. I think he helped add a little more to the overall card. The background is actually a grey but the camera shot washed it out I'm afraid and the background pp was from my way old stash of Halloween pp so was glad to use some of that up. 




Wednesday, October 11, 2017

I put a spell on you

I was putzing around in my craft room and for whatever reason this thought came into my head and figured I could implement it onto a card. I knew I wanted to cut out SPELL in some pattern paper and also wanted to use these cute bottle stamps so those were a given. I used my Quickutz or Lifestyle or whatever the company's called today IF they are even still around, dies. This was Star, one of the first ever dies I purchased. It was a big deal that font was not cheap after all it was revolutionary for its time, the first ever diecut system. 

Anyhoo I had a hard time finding another font I wanted to use with the diecuts. I tried several different stamps but nothing was quite right, then an aha moment, rubons, Yep rubons, when's the last time you used those? These were from Gin-X, lasting impressions. And believe it or not they worked perfectly despite being a good 10 years old. 

Then I added the spider web in the corner. At first I was going to use a different spider but the image on the sheet looked like it would work, wrong this thing did not stamp out anything like the the promised image, disappointment needless to say. I then added a second cuter spider from Judith. I really wished I had just used it the first time to be honest. I then corner rounded the panel. Kind of simple but kind of different. 



Monday, October 9, 2017

Sorrow Card

Well unfortunately a dear friend of mine lost her father this past week and being that I didn't have any sympathy cards on hand that meant I needed to make one. I wanted something tranquil and serene so decided to watercolor my background and then stamped some images on top.

This was an older wood mounted stamp that I really wish wasn't because I would have liked to given it a repeat stamp but alas you really can't do that with a wood mount. I also added some stampscapes birds in the sky, not sure if it really needed it but sometimes I just don't know when to stop.

A delicate and calming card that expresses my heartfelt sentiment.


Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Happy Pumpkin Day

This card was a complete experiment. I used my copic sprayer to spray ink over cloud diecuts. It was fun but I used almost a whole can of that spray stuff to get this background. Then wanting something more I used my copic opaque white gel and dipped a cotton swab in it then dabbed that onto the clouds which gave my clouds a bit of texture. 

I then used my Lawn Fawn and MFTS stamps and dies to complete the scene. I was going to cut the panel down and mount it on pp but I decided to leave it. Sometimes I have to remind myself a simple scene is okay. 



Monday, October 2, 2017

Harvest Blessings

I spent some time using my copics creating this background. It's a bit different from my usual watercolor background and at first I didn't think I was going to like it, so I walked away from it, came back and decided it just might work. Not sure I would do it again though it uses a lot of ink to get something this large blended.

And using my MFTS Harvest mouse stamp set along with my MFTS tree die and the scallop frame is from Papertrey Ink.


Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Another leftover scrap card

On this card I technically only used the happy diecut as my scrap. I had cut the sentiment out trying to use it on a previous card. It didn't work out but I hated to waste it. I also dug out that little witch that I bought eons ago when I first started scrapping and everyone started doing punch art. So I guess technically I am using up some old supplies, yeah for me!

I stamped a star cluster background that I bought from Your next stamp company at least I think that's what they were called. I also used my confetti toss stamp set from Papertrey Ink and then added a few glitter stars and enamel dots just to have a little more interest. I used half of a stamp that I think came from the Michael's dollar bin at some point. The fact that it's crooked reminds me why it was in the $1 bin. I always feel good when I use up old supplies and scraps but looking at my huge pile of scraps that I've accumulated over the years, I'm guessing that I'll never get through all of them, but hey it's a a chip at the mountain, and maybe I'll make enough chips to see a dent one day.






Monday, September 25, 2017

Halloween - Use those scraps


I have finally gotten a chance to return to my craft room which was a complete and utter mess, that led me to some cleaning before sitting down for a bit of creativity time. One thing I noticed I had a lot of leftover scraps and diecuts that I never used. This week I am focusing on using up those scraps or leftovers, just like you would eat leftovers for dinner; so lets not waste them.

I had this hexagon die shell leftover that I have no idea where it came from but figured it would be a great backdrop for some spiders. I just purchased a sheet of 3D glittery spider stickers from Jolee so they were a perfect fit. I used up 3 scrap pieces of paper, one I diecut as a tag and I even used a border strip that's on the edge of those 6x6 paper pads. Then alas I cut background pp and guess what now I have scraps from that, sigh what ya gonna do it's a semi win I guess since I used up 3 scrap pieces of paper and an extra die.



Friday, September 22, 2017

MIA - Apple Cider Donuts

I've been a little busy lately. Last weekend was my father in law's memorial service and despite driving there 7 hours we organized the event plus the potluck afterwards so it's been a bit hectic in our household. Then right back home and back to watching my grandkids hasn't given me much time to be in my craft room.

But that brings me to today's post. My grandsons love donuts, and I don't mean love them I mean they LOVE them. Normally I will stop by a donut shop to fill their desires but today I decided since our weather has been cooler and fall is settling in that this Cider Donut recipe would be a good fit.

These donuts have a crunch exterior and cake like interior, a match made in heaven.


Now my grandkids know what a warm fresh donut taste like and I am forever the best grammy ever.



Monday, September 11, 2017

Watercolor - Celebrate

Another Altenew watercolor card. I just can't get enough of these especially when I want to be creative but I just can find my muster so to speak. Watercoloring fits that bill and lets face it these Altenew stamps making stunning watercolored cards.

These Dahlias were painted with Tim Holtz Distress inks. And the pp is from Papertrey Ink along with the diecut sentiment.


Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Wishing You Happiness


I'm pretty sure I am ready for Fall. I bought some new clothes, I am eager to slip into my Ugg boots and that cozy flannel shirt is calling my name. But until we get Fall weather I'm just gonna have to settle for fall colors on my card. 

Again using some Altenew stamps and distress inks I quickly painted this card. Found that perfect Hounds tooth pattern paper and the rest just kind of came together. The Wishing sentiment is from Simon Says stamp and I used to separate stamps for the rest of it. Can you believe that happiness stamp is from Making Memories magnetic stamp set. That should take you back down memory lane. 

So are you ready for Fall?


Monday, September 4, 2017

Many Blessings

Still feeling a little Halloweenish despite our 100 plus degree temps lately I felt a purple black floral theme was a perfect fit

Stamped the Altenew Amazing You in Tim Holtz Black Soot distress ink then used the Dusty Concord to color in here and there. I wasn't all that impressed with my art panel sadly but after it's sat a bit and I revisited it the more I kind of liked it

The sentiment is from Papertrey Ink and the purple ink was from MFTS.

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Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Happy Halloween

I have had these stamps from Stampin Up for a long long time, in fact I think they were one of my first big splurges from Stampin Up. Normally I just use one stamp but decided they warranted a scene of their own after so many years of being showcased on their own. 



Monday, August 28, 2017

Spooky

I love this little witch scene and I usually go the watercolor route but decided I needed to switch it up a bit so I decided to color her with my copics instead. 


Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I;m just here for the Boos

So I found this card half done in a pile on my desk, I figured I really needed to use it up. Also found these 3D ghost that were just the last of whatever else was on my K&Co sticker sheet from a few years back and thought they kind of worked so I went with it and since this seemed to be a card about using up what's laying around I had this sentiment that I thought I was going to use on another card but didn't like it so it was also sitting on my desk.

I guess you could call this a leftover card.


Monday, August 21, 2017

Disney - Animal Kingdom

Still working on my Disney pocket pages as well as my layouts. Slowly but surely I hope to get them all done


Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Happy Boo Day

This little puppy dog is from Simon Says stamp. I used a big ol honkin moon stamp from Papertrey Ink ad the circle die cut it. The graveyard silhouette die is from Impression Obsession.

The Happy letters are from MFTS and I didn't want the typical Happy Halloween sentiment so I mixed a couple of stamps together to give me the BOO Day sentiment.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Boo To You!

Well darn it all, I meant to post this this morning but plum forgot as busy as everything was this past weekend.

So another Halloween card. I have decided I really need some updated Halloween stamps. Still love my Kraftin Kimmie ones so I do continue to use those.

And really lovin this plaid paper that was in my 6x6 pebbles inc paper pad it was a perfect fit for my stamped card.

Also using a nice enamel clay kind of embellishment for the pumpkin. I am always hunting for clearance items after the seasonal period and just hang on to them until the following year. I figure eventually I'll need them.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Happy Trick Or Treating

Well I know here it is barely August and I've gone and done a Halloween card. I couldn't help it, it's one of my favorite holidays and I have no idea why. I decided to indulge my passion and stamped a few images at the expo and colored them which makes throwing a card together afterwards pretty darn easy.

I opted to give Frank here a bit of  a graveyard scene with my Memorybox die. The stamp itself is a way old stamp I picked up at Michaels when scrapbooking and stamping were just amping up to their hey day. I then used my Tim Holtz inks to give a bit of a sunset feel to the background, using candied apple, ripe persimmon, carved pumpkin and some wild honey. My sentiment stamp is newly purchased from Stampendous along with my Pebbles Inc pp. And the stitched die is from My Favorite Things Stamp co.

So there you go one way too early Halloween card.




Monday, August 7, 2017

Disney Love

I finally got around to printing some of my Disney pictures and started scrapbooking them. This was the first one I've done so far.

Not much to say other than this was the trip I took with my hubby to WDW for my birthday. We had an absolutely great time.

I did pick up a bunch of those Paper Wizard titles and laser diecuts. I really love to use them in my pocket pages. This title was just a bit too big like a quarter of an inch and stuck out so I just decided to use it on a layout page.


Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Altered Rolodex

I was at Joann's one day and spied this Heidi Swapp Rolodex on clearance. Always looking for a bargain I picked it up, not quite sure what I would do with it. So there is sat until I thought it would make a cute gift for my dd and I would use pictures that I have taken this past year watching the boys.

I did have to order her punch so a little annoyed about that but I wanted to be able to add in my own papers.

Right now it's about half full, depending on how much you wanted to slant or lean your cards. My hope is to keep adding to it until her birthday which is in a couple of months.

And best thing about a project like this is for a hoarderlike me all those little bits and pieces I save were used on this project. I knew I was holding on to them for some reason.



Obviously there are a ton of cards and thought I'd share a few because if I did them all it would slow down people's connections trying to load all those images.





So another finished project. Love getting things done and crossed off my to do list.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Altered Frame

This week I will be sharing two altered projects. I have wanted to get a couple of projects done so I took the time at the expo to get a jump start on completing them. 

Up first, I take zero creativity for this frame since I basically was inspired by Shari Carrols's Mixed Media Love project. Hers is certainly beautiful enough to inspire anyone. Mixed Media

I just put my spin on this project because lets face it I didn't have all the same supplies and wasn't going to go purchase them so I did use up what I had. Although I did have to go purchase the overall frame and canvas pieces. Clever me bought a child's 5x7 canvas paint project and then just flipped it over to hold my 4x6 photo. 

I had all the flowers and even those swirls of pearls embellishments that I wrapped around my frame and also up the edge on one side. Although I didn't have nearly the variety that Shari used. But I made do. 


The Love die and butterfly I picked up at the expo, they're from Melissa Frances and had to paint the love die but left the butterfly as is.

And this was some old Making Memories pp that I deiced to use along with some other script paper sitting around in my stash. Two gone and about a 1000 left

I did feel that this pp was a bit more busier than Shari's but I think it worked. And I didn't have much in the way of stencils and do you know I couldn't find any at the expo, so went with what I brought which was a honeycomb design. 



And here it is framed and ready to hang on the wall. And the nice thing about no glass is if I decided to tweak it some more it's simple to do. and the photo I used is of my great grandparents.
Check this off as done, and now I am ready to move on to my other project for my dd.






Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Hoping

I felt it had been far too long since I last did a shaker card so I set my sights on making one. Digging through my stash for a die I found this window from Memory Box and it just seemed appropriate. After that I wanted to go with some sort of wallpaper type feel to the background and found some old pp. Then I happened to have an extra wood grain stamped panel so grabbed that.

Definitely liked the feel of where it was going and decided to make it sort of monochrome I say sort of because I used orange both in my coloring and in some of the sequins. Any hoo I finished it off with a stitched banner die from MFTS and opted for the word Hoping because I have a bunch of different sentiments I can use inside, like Hoping this finds you well, Hoping you had a great birthday, Hoping you have a good vacation, etc.


Monday, July 24, 2017

Happy Bird-day in the Jungle

I saw this cute card the other day that I really loved, but alas I didn't want to buy the products needed to actually recreate the card and figured I certainly had a plentiful enough stash to recreate my version of it.

I then scoured through my floral stamps to find a variety of leaves, stamped those around the edges in different inks and dabbed on a bit of color to resemble some water. I then stamped, colored and die cut my Avery Elle Flamingos and popped them up on my panel.

Love to find inspiration and then put my own twist on it.


Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Hello

Trying to cheer myself up I thought I would break out my Altenew stamps again, but I was kind of tired doing the typical watercolor floral card and opted to do something a little different.

Thus I stamped all the floral but the actual flowers and colored them with copics. Then I die cut them and layered them under my circle that was leftover from Monday's card.

The background stamp is from Stampin Up and the color is Slate from Simon Says Stamp, I was really liking where it was going, then added a few splashes of some orange liquid dye.

Then to finish it off I added some enamel dots and a bit of hemp string.



Monday, July 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Maze

Well it's been difficult none the less, stepping back into my creativity side. I have the Expo coming up and there has bee a lot going on with the death of my FIL. But if anyone was going to help me to get back into my art room it would be my youngest grandson.

His birthday was coming up so I wanted to have a card for him. I had been also sitting on these fun maze shapes from MFTS that I had purchased for the boys because what little kid doesn't like to play with a ball and a maze. I just wish those little spheres were a bit bigger, they're so tiny.




I kept it pretty simple and choose blue because it's his favorite color and I would be a stick in the mud if I didn't make him a blue card


Monday, July 10, 2017

In Honor of my Father In Law

It is with a heavy heart that I must share with you the passing of my father in law right before the fourth of July. He was a very friendly and loving guy who adored the cards I made him. And truth be told it pains me to even go in my craft room to make a card because every time I sit down I am sadden that I am no longer able to make him the cards he enjoyed so much.

He always took pride in displaying my cards and reminding me every so often that his ultimate favorite card I ever made him was the one I am sharing today. He said it reminded him of him. Out mowing his fields in his baseball cap.

So in honor of my father in law I am sharing his favorite card from Rubbernecker Stamps.


Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Beach Birthday

Also found in my stamp collection these fun Penguins from Art Impressions. I love these guys and after the Madagascar movie they totally remind me of those fun penguins.

Using more scraps (gotta love that) and my trusty copics I was able to put together this card. I also pulled out my embossing folders and found one to use which I think help give a little texture to the card.

I think this will be a great card for someone with a summer birthday.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Heaven's To Betsy!

Well fellow bloggers I am sharing today an old stamp from Judith. I always try to go through my stamps and use things that I haven't used in a long while. After all they all deserve a little love now and then.

I also took this opportunity to use up scraps so worked those into my card as well.

At first I tried to color the image with colored pencil but that turned out to be a bad idea so restamped and went with my trusty copics.

After coloring, I die cut using the MFTS double stitch die and popped up the panel using foam tape. I wanted to have a sentiment that was more than a straight forward Thank You , Happy Birthday, etc so I dug out my Papertrey Ink Glory Be sentiment stamps and found something I that I think works perfectly. Best thing is I can stamp whatever I want inside so a Thank You, Congrats, etc will still work. Kind of your generic card I guess.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Homemade Memory Game cards

I found myself with a bunch of white card stock scraps from a leftover project. Now this isn't your ordinary card stock; this stuff is uber thick. It's from Papertrey Ink and it's for making tags so its super stiff and heavy, not the kind you would use to make a card and die cuts would be ok but I decided that I had enough I would make a memory card game. Easy Peasy.

First I cut them to size, then rounded the corners and stamped matching images. At first I thought I would have to cover the backside because the ink would show through but it didn't then I thought what the heck I'll cover them anyway. I debated on whether to modge podge them but in the end I decided not to.


I was a bit apprehensive when I covered them with this chevron pp figuring it would be a tell tale sign but then I realized the ages I was making these for and realized they'll be just fine. Worse case I can just recover them.

After stamping them, all I had left to do was color them and then adhere the cover. I did sand the edges a bit to meld the pp with the card together and since I cut these out with a trimmer and not a die the edges weren't exact matches so some sanding took care of the extra bits.


All in all I think they came out pretty cute, I made 12 pairs which is probably enough for the grand-kid's ages and are now ready for the little ones to have some fun.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Dog Gone Awesome

I really love these MFTS stamps and dies, they just have the cutest stamps. I think pretty much every die cut and stamp on here is from MFTS.

Tried to add some interest by using 2 different greens for the grass, popping some of it up and then finally adding tufts here and there.

This was a very stubborn card that would not smooth out after I water colored the background. Honestly I put this under something heavy then went out of town for almost a week, lets just say it's definitely flat now. I still have the pop effect from the foam tape but so glad that the warp was finally fixed.
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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Whole Lot of Pink

This card gave me free reign to make the entire card about as pink as a card can get. I am pretty sure this will be a card for my bff even though her birthday is won't be till next year. She loves pink and kitties so this will be one she'll love for sure. 

This was one of those cards that had to get flatten out even after I made the card.


Monday, June 19, 2017

Simply the Best

Here is another Father's Day card I made and actually decided to give it to my husband. I did a lot of water color backgrounds and then used those to make a bunch of cards. It does take some guess work out of deciding a background and are easy enough to do but the problem with watercolor panels is they tend to warp and I usually just set them under something heavy to flatten them out, but occasionally they give me trouble and won't flatten entirely, then I bring out the double stick tape and tape the entire panel down. That usually does the trick but sometimes that doesn't even work so then the whole card will go under something heavy and that usually works the kinks out. Fortunately this one cooperated and I opted to die cut it which really gave it a nice border of pp.



Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Ham It Up

After completing the shirts for the boys I realized Father's Day was a whole lot closer than I realized. A bit of panicked set in because I really haven't given too much thought about it and knew I really needed some cards, especially something for my Father In Law.

I grabbed a bunch of stamps and plan to make several cards but the first one that struck me was the cute little piggies from MFTS, but the more I planned out this card I realized maybe its a little too cute for a Father's Day Card. I decided to only stamped the Ham It Up sentiment because I figured in a pinch it would be better than nothing and worse case I can use this card for almost any occasion so I felt good about finishing it.




Monday, June 12, 2017

Jeep Shirts

Since I had broken out the sewing machine to make some zippered bags I figured it was high time I made the boys some new shirts. They are growing like crazy and have outgrown the last shirts I made. Plus if I wasn't careful they would grow too large and go up in a pattern size and its quite possible I wouldn't have enough fabric.

So it took a week of cutting, ironing, stitching, ripping out restitching and finally they were done.

I love this pattern it's so cute for boys.


I found a nice pattern to use in both shirts for the contrast collar and inside yoke. 


And the pocket matches almost perfectly.




Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Sending Thanks times three

I seem to be into mass production lately, first it was the totes for the teachers, then it was the zipper bags for the aides and now it's Thank You cards for my friends.

We got together the other day for lunch to celebrate my birthday which is so sweet they still think of me even though I am not working with them any more (sigh miss the friends don't miss the work) so I wanted to send them a Thank You card.

For whatever reason I opted to watercolor and die cut some Amazing You flowers from Altenew and from there I liked the frame dies from Papertrey Ink so I mix and matched them a bit. Then I just needed to find some pp for it all to work with and viola a triple Thank You set.