Friday, June 18, 2021

Birthday Wishes

 Happy Friday everyone!! 

I am popping in today with a card I created for some challenges. I have had some time now that I am off and have been having a TON of fun making cards for challenges!!

I made this cards using this weeks Global Design Projects Challenge #296. I am also entering these cards into the Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC318: Kath's All About Occasions and Seize the Birthday #216-no topping.

I had a ton of fun using the CAS-Fridays Flowery Background stamp to start off my cards. I then cut the panel into two different rectangles so I could make two cards. I have been trying to do more of this!!! 

On my first panel, I used a PTI die, black cardstock and heat embossed my sentiment that I stamped using WPlus9 the That is All stamp set. This was inspired by the photo from the Global Design Project.

I added some rainbow striped cardstock from Honeybee Stamps Over the Rainbow paper pad and a vellum butterfly that I die cut using Altenew Mix and Match Mariposa Butterfly die set. I used Distress Ink in Squeezed Lemonade and Carved Pumpkin to shade the vellum butterfly. 

For my second card, I used most of the same products as the first but added a die cut flower that was cut using the My Favorite Things Stitched Flower Die-namics, a stem from the MFT Stitched Blooms Die-namics and some red twine. 

I added some yellow enamel dots as accents. I LOVE how these cards came out and they were so easy to make!! I also was able to use some supplies that I had forever but have not used yet. I have been a HUGE collector and I am trying not to buy this summer. HOWEVER, last week was a bad week and I ordered a TON of things I do not need!!!

Well, that is all from me today. I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a GREAT night!


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Thursday, June 17, 2021

Some Cards for Challenges

 Hi everyone!! I hope you are all doing well. 

I am FINALLY on summer vacation!! I have been super busy-visiting a park to see the rose garden in bloom, going out to eat with friends, walking with other friends and hanging out with family. It is such a relief after this difficult school year!!

I have also been able to get to my craft room. I am still working on moving my craft room from one floor to the next. It has been a long process. I have been doing a little more now that I have time. It is a HUGE deal and my desk is a mess because in between, I have been making cards.

Today I am posting some cards for some challenges. My first card was inspired by this weeks AAA Card Challenge #192. It was to create a card using one corner, with the optional twist of using the inspiration of a childhood memory. Here is what I created.

I created a retirement card for this challenge. I used a Domed Blending Tool with Distress Ink in Tumbled Glass to shade in my sky, and a combination of Mermaid Lagoon and Salty Ocean for the ocean.

I combined two die sets for the light house scene. I used Cottage Cutz Lighthouse and Lighthouse with Clouds. I used to paper-piece long ago and these dies reminded me how much I enjoyed doing that!!

I shaded the light house slightly with gray Copic markers and the "sand" was done by shading Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs. The sentiment was done with the Keep it Simple: Retirement Stamp Set from PaperTrey Ink.

I chose the light house theme for two reasons. First, it reminded me of going to Cape Cod when I was little. I always went with a friend's family. My parents could not afford to go on vacation so going here was a treat. Second, it reminds me of summer. 

I am also entering this card into this weeks Watercooler Wednesday Challenge WWC318 by Kath. The theme is All About Occasions. My occasion is retirement!! (do I need to even write this???)

For my second card, I created two cards for this month's Rainbow Card Challenge.

I chose to use some products that were on my desk. Do you over stamp things and then have extra?

I had stamped these envelopes from the Simon Says Stamp Sending Happy Thoughts stamp set on pieces of scrap paper YEARS ago. I had cut each of them out and they have been sitting in a container on my desk. I figured it would be fun to use them on some cards and the Rainbow Challenge was perfect!!!

The sentiment on the "slimline" envelopes card is from My Favorite Things (cannot find it right now or I would post the name of the set. I think it is retired) that I had heat embossed with white embossing powder.

I thought it was perfect for this card!! The sentiment on my second card is from Reverse Confetti's So Many Sentiments stamp set.

I know the rainbow is a stretch on my second card but I liked how it came out so I am posting it as well. 

Since I had a TON of envelopes left over, I made a bonus card. 

I tried to use a ton of pink and red envelopes on this one. The die cut hello sentiment is from the Say Hello die set from Concord and 9th. I believe it is retired.

I had die cut it out of white cardstock three times, adhered the layers together and colored it with a black marker. Sometimes I just layer sentiments like this together when I have a creativity block so I have them to use for a later date.

I believe the embossed sentiment is from My Favorite Things? I cannot find the set I used. 

Well, that is all from me today. I rarely post this many cards but I have been busy!! I actually am going to post some more tomorrow that I have created!!!

I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. I hope you all have a fabulous night!!

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Friday, June 11, 2021

A Simple Thank You

Happy Friday everyone!! It is my turn over at the CAS-ual Fridays Stamps Blog with a simple card that was inspired by a hike I took last weekend. Below is a sneak peek of my project.

Hop on over to MY POST to find out what I was inspired by and to see a step-by-step on how I created this card.

I thank you for taking the time to stop by today. Have a FABULOUS day!!

Tuesday, June 1, 2021

On the Blog with CAS-Fridays Stamps

Happy June!! It is weird to write that as May went by so FAST. I am not complaining though. I am looking forward to some time off this summer!

Today I am on the blog over at CAS-ual Fridays Stamps with a festive card just in time for those hot summer nights.

I tried my hand at coloring with pencils on kraft cardstock. Hop on over to MY POST to see how I created this card. 

That is all from me today. I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS day!!

Monday, May 31, 2021

Thank You Card

 Happy Sunday!! I hope you all are having a fabulous day. It has been cloudy and gray all weekend so it pretty much has been a wash. I have been getting a bunch of chores done like wash and cleaning. Fun times!!

I did get some time in my craft room this weekend but the inspiration did not come all that easy. However, I was able to complete one card for some challenges.

I used WPlus9 stamps to create my card with the Inspired By Challenge IB176 as my inspiration. I chose to use the sketch for my design and was inspired by the colors in the photo. 

I used Worn Lipstick Distress Ink for the circle. I originally masked it off on my card front but I got ink all over my hands and had to cut out the circle instead.

I added the birdhouse and flower vase from WPlus9's The Little Things stamp set and paired it with the lilacs from Spring Blessings. The yellow cardinal (Did you know that there was such thing?) is from the Winter Greenery stamps set. 

I stamped the sentiment in gray but it got kind of thready. I used a sand eraser to get most of it off by I could not get it all.

I really love how this card came out!!! I am also going to enter this into this weeks Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge: Anything Goes.

That is all form me tonight. I did create some graduation cards but need to take photos of them and have not done so yet. I have so much to do but so little time to do it!! 

Thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a FABULOUS night!

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Happy Retirement and an Adventure

 Happy Sunday!! I hope you are all having a great day. It has been extra hot for a May day today. It is presently overcast and I hope it will rain. We need it so badly!!

Today I am popping in to share a few photos. I created two retirement cards. 

I created these using this weeks Freshly Made Sketches #486 as inspiration. However I flipped it and took a little liberty.

I used the Rolling Clouds Die by Taylored Expressions for the top BUT it blended in too much on my cards because I stenciled over it and then added it to a stenciled background.

On this card, I added a black strip at the bottom where I heat embossed a sentiment from Paper Trey Ink. 

The little scooter from the Enjoy the Ride is from Spellbinders. I added some balloons behind the back of the scooter from My Favorite Things.

I cut these balloons out and added some black jute as the ties.

On my second card, I had to move the sentiment to cover mistake. A glob of glue from my finger got on the cloud die cut. I could not get it off with any of the methods I know of so I had to adhere the sentiment over the top and add a black strip at the bottom to ground the scooter.

I colored in the balloons with light pink Copic's instead of dark pink. 

I am sending these out to some of the members of my union. I am the secretary and in charge of the correspondence.

On another note, I went on a little adventure with a friend yesterday. I rarely have time to do things like this so it was so fun. We went to an open house at an artist community. I did not take photos, though I wish I did. We also went to an antique warehouse. I did take some fun photos there. I love going in to these places to browse. It always reminds me of my childhood.

Did you remember pantyhose coming in this packaging? My mother used to buy these and then would give the eggs to us to play with.

What about colorful Fiestaware? I have newer stuff but I like some of the colors of these. The light green and the fun pink are dishes I would love to have.

These pins remind me of my mother. I always ache when I see pins like this. My mother had a bunch of these and I don't remember where they went. I wish I had them now because I would wear them.

Last but not least, there were a ton of vintage pocket books. Someone must have been selling their collection. They were A LOT of money!!! I just think they are exquisite.

Well, that is all from me today. I want to thank you for taking the time to stop by. I hope you have a great week!!!

Saturday, May 22, 2021

A Card for You to Brighten Your Day from CAS-ual Fridays Stamps

 Happy Saturday everyone!! I hope that you are all having a fabulous day!!! Today I am popping in with a sneak peek of the card I created for the CAS-ual Fridays Blog.

I used only ONE stamp/die set for this card!! I NEVER do that!! In fact, this is extremely hard for me to do because I think mixing my stamp sets together for a card is fun. 

Pop on over to THIS post to see how I created this with a step-by-step tutorial.

That is all from me today!! I thank you for taking the time to stop by. Have a GREAT day!!