Thursday, May 14, 2015

Throwback Back Thursday

Yesterday felt like a Thursday so today was a disappointment to me!! Not really but it was LOONNNGGG. I am so ready for school to be out and summer to kick in.

Chris was away until last night so I watched the Kurt Cobain documentary "Montage of Heck" on Monday night. It was really interesting but disturbing at the same time. It was an intimate portrait of the MAN Kurt was and how he got there. As I was listening to his parents speak of his childhood and the things that went on, all I could think of was why did they not get him some professional help? He so needed some guidance and maybe his drug use or his tragic death could have been prevented. It was very clear that his parents did not know what to do. It was just so sad and I have been thinking about it for the last two days. I do not usually ruminate on things like this either. I just hate drug use, and heroin in particular. No matter how crappy life is, taking drugs does not make the crap go away. In fact, it makes it worse. The stuff is still there when you come down. Perhaps it is because I am a control freak and being "high" has never really appealed to me that I feel this way. The whole movie just made me sad.

On that lovely note, today I am sharing a card I created using an extremely OLD Stampin Up! stamp set called "Spring Bouquet." I made this card to go into the set of cards my friend bought for her mother.

I used watercolors to color the image in and then die cut it into a square. I mounted the square onto a "Soft Stone" background and then used strips of colored card stock on the top and bottom.

The whole design was really simple. I often have a hard time when I color images like these to know what to do with the panels. I rarely make a one layer card when I watercolor because I always make a mistake and do not want to have to throw the whole thing out.

That is all for now. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a great day!1

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Happy Mother's Day and a Card

Happy Mother's Day!! I am hoping that you are all enjoying your day being a mother or with your mother.

Today I am laying low and it is HEAVEN!! Later on I am going to get my gift from my daughter-a photo shoot. Now that she is a teen, Charlotte never lets me take her photo anymore. She doesn't mind sending selfies through snapchat but refuses to let me use my camera. What is up with that? So I told her yesterday that her gift to me would be for me to take her somewhere and get some shots. I think she thought I was kidding!!

Yesterday I took some time in my craft room while I was doing piles of laundry. I had a little time to color a new Lawn Fawn set I bought a couple weeks ago. Below is just the start of the coloring. I wound up fixing up the shading after this photo.

This is how I usually color in stamps like this. I stamp a bunch on a piece of white card stock, leaving enough room to die cut. Then when I want to make a card, I have them all ready.

These were the Copic colors I used.

I also created a card to enter into three challenges.

I used CASE this Sketch #122 for the overall placement of images on this card.

The background I created using Winnie and Walter's "Scenery: Rectangled and Triangled" stamp set. I stamped it in Paper Trey Ink's "Soft Stone" and "Lemon Tart" ink. The color scheme was from this weeks "Fusion Card Challenge." The background is not perfect but I was not going for that look. This card was supposed to be fun!

I die cut the stamped panel using a Winnie and Walter die and layered it onto "Lemon Tart" card stock. I then adhered some die cut banners and a pre-made die cut for the sentiment strip.

I think the addition of the leaves really stepped the card up a bit.

I know the colors and the sketch were an inspiration for this card. However, the MAIN challenge that inspired me was Winnie and Walter's "Geometric" challenge. Run on over and read Taheerah Atchia "Gossip Column" and take the challenge!!

So off to get my darling ready for her photo shoot. I thank you for stopping by today!!

Stamps-Winnie and Walter "Scenery: Rectangled and Triangled," Paper Trey Ink "Fillable Frames #5"
Dies-Winnie and Walter "Essentials: Katharine Cutaways," My Favorite Things "Fishtail Flags"
Ink-Paper Trey Ink "Soft Stone," "Lemon Tart," and "Smokey Shadow"
Paper-Paper Trey Ink-White and Lemon Tart
Other-Doodlebug Design Sequins, Big Shot Machine, Foam Adhesive, and misc die cut from stash

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Wow!! So excited!!

Just a quick post today. I have been in my scrap room all day. Too bad I have only created a few things. I am so slow!!

Anyway, just here to say that I was the CASE Playground winner over at Stamplorations for April. I am in shock!!

Here is the original post with all the details.

This was the first challenge I had entered in a long time. I have been so busy just picking stuff off my desk to clean it up and haven't had the wherewithal to enter.

Thank you Stamplorations!! If you have not been over there, run. They have fabulous challenges and the design team ROCKS for inspiration.

Hope you all have a great night!!

Monday, May 4, 2015

Monday Monday

Happy Monday! Today was a warm and beautiful day in Connecticut. I think we are going to wind up skipping spring, though and going right into summer.

Today I want to share a few cards that I have created but have never shared here. I need to be a better blogger!!

Birthday cards seem to be my theme as of late. Not sure why because as every one of my relatives will tell you, I am the WORST at sending them out on time. Um, as I am writing this, I believe that I need to send a card out to my niece! Anyway, here are two cards I created using the same die.

I chose to do this in green so it could be more masculine in nature. This die is from Taylored Expressions and I ADORE it. It can be used in so many ways. I also used a stamp from Technique Tuesday for the sentiment. Like I said, I miss a ton of birthdays so belated cards are a must for my stash!!

For my second card, I used the same Taylored Expressions die but went in a whole different direction.

I chose to make a shaker card for this one, using gold and silver with white and black as accents. This card is relatively flat and I made a pocket to hold the sequins rather then use foam.

This might not be everyones cup of tea but it was SO FUN to create. The first shaker card that I have been proud of. Usually I just want to throw them away.

The happy die cut is a Mama Elephant die and it is my new favorite. I also had a blast using patterned acetate by We R Memory keepers. Isn't this an elegant and festive card?

Well, I thank you for stopping by tonight. Have a great Tuesday!!

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Happy NSD Day!!

So today is National Scrapbook Day and for the first time in years, I did not scrapbook today. Instead, I went for a long walk with my friend, visited my father and went to Costco with Chris for our bi-weekly visit. Then I came home and finished a card set I told my friend I would make her mother for Mother's Day. Did anyone do any scrapbooking today?

I decided to share what I did create, though. Guess where most of the stuff came from? The mess on my desk!! I know, I know, I have been doing this challenge for a while but I have to say, it is whittling down all my "extras" and I am able to make some quick cards. (Okay, not really "quick" for anyone else but quick for me!!)

The first card took me all of ten minutes to create. I had created this flower using the no line watercolor technique a few nights ago. I used Distress Inks/markers in Brick Red, Festive Berries and Mowed Lawn to "paint" the flower from Jane's Doodles. I die cut the element into a square and then stamped the Hero Arts sentiment.

I then tied some Doodlebug twine around the square and tied it into a bow. Next I adhered the panel using foam adhesive over two Doodlebug Mini Doilies that I had adhered to a red top folding card.

I just noticed that I used four doilies on this project. These stick together and I didn't notice until I was looking at the card as I am posting.

Oh, and the leaves on the tulip are freehand. Not wonderful but they were kind of fun to create.

My next two cards are very similar. They will I will be including them in the card set I made for my friend's mother.

My first card I embossed and then die cut a piece of white card stock. I spritzed some Squeezed Lemonade Distress Spray and let it dry. I then layered images that I die cut and stamped from WPlus9's "Fresh Cut Florals" set.

I think this is the most versatile set of stamps that I own. I have used this for a ton of cards!

I enhanced the blue berries and the yellow flower with some Stickles in Sea Glass and Diamond. My last step was to adhere a few blue sequins. I am kind of addicted to them as of late!!

My last card is the same design but much more simple. I die cut a piece of white card stock and stamped some leaves in two different greens. Next I stamped the sympathy sentiment from PTI's ""Words of Comfort" set. Then I layered the panel over a blue top folding card.

I layered the florals over the leaves and added clear sequins to this. The Stickles were added last.

I am hoping that my friend's mother will like them.

Okay, I need to cut this short and go spend some time with the family. I also need to put my hand on ice. I burned it while cleaning up the mess my dog made while we were at dinner. I am praying he doesn't get sick as he ate a few starburst candies and twenty pixie sticks!!!

Thank you for stopping by. I really appreciate your visit.