Sunday, May 17, 2015

More than coffee!

Hi!  Hey, I finally found a little chunk of time to make a card this afternoon.  That makes me smile. :)
As always, life is busy...but very good.  Busy with family and activities that I enjoy.  I'm blessed!

Well, onto my card right?  I saw this sketch at Retro Sketches and I knew I wanted to play along.
See those stacked coffee cups...or tea cups?  That sketch was perfect for a die set that I've been wanting to use!

Retro Sketches #165

I followed the sketch very closely this time.

After all these I'm not telling you my age...I finally became a coffee drinker last year.  Mmmm.  It's so good!  So, now I've bought a few coffee themed stamps sets & dies and I'm having fun using them. :)
Thanks for stopping by!

Supply list ~
card stock: white (Recollections)
ink: onyx black (Versafine)
dsp: stacked with love (SU)
stamps & die: need to venti (Amuse Studio)

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Sending Smiles

Well, it's been a while since I've posted a card.  I finally found some time to make a card this afternoon...and it sure felt good.  :)

I'm playing along with 2 challenges today.

Fusion - French Twist

Virginia's View #14 - Layers and Dimension

When I took a good look at the Fusion inspiration photo, many ideas came to mind.  But what I was really drawn to were the fabrics.  Lots of texture.  Oh, and those beautiful colors!  Love that combination of gray, yellow and white.  In fact, I had almost finished this card when I realized that I am wearing those colors today.  :)

Then there is Virginia's challenge using layers and dimension.  I knew right away what technique I wanted to use on this card.  Stitched pieces of patterned paper, layered over several colors of card stock.

Here's what I came up with.

Ahhh.  Paper crafting is good for the soul.  I'm sure of it!

I used 6 patterned papers, all from one 6 x 6 pad.  It was a bit "challenging" to get my patterns aligned in the right direction, with all those random angles.  All worth the effort, though.
I even did a bit of stitching on the sentiment strip, just to tie it all together.
That's it for now.  I think it's time to spend some time outdoors before the next round of rainy weather moves in.
Thanks for looking!

Supply list ~
card stock: so saffron, basic gray, whisper white (SU)
ink: onyx black (Versafine)
patterned paper: breeze 6 x 6 pad (MME)
stamps: up and away (Mama Elephant)
other: thread, sewing machine

Sunday, April 12, 2015

SEE you soon!

Hi!  Just a very, very quick post to share I card I created this afternoon...just because.  Do you ever get an idea for a card and it just stays there until you just "have to" make the card?  Or is that just me?

I have a pack of patterned paper that had this eyeglass print and I wanted to fussy cut those glasses and add glossy accents to the lenses.  So...I finally did.

This card went through many changes before it looked right to me.  More layers.  Less layers.  Different angles. know.
I used an alphabet stamp set for the word SEE, then hand wrote the rest of the sentiment.
Did you notice the red gems on those glasses?  Yeah...a little bling.  :)

Well, gotta go.  Thanks for taking a look!

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Sending Smiles!

Hi!  I've missed playing along in challenges lately and when I went browsing yesterday, I found several (actually a lot!) that I would love to play along with, if I had the time.  So, I managed to create only one card...but I'm linking to 3 challenges.  Take a look!

Virginia's View #14 - Layers and Dimension

RetroSketches rs#159

Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge - Pastels

This is how I combined the 3 challenges.

My pastel felt and card stock really don't look very "pastel" in these photos.  No matter what photo editing software I used, it I couldn't get the true color in my photos.  The color is actually a light aqua.

I began with a white card base, then layered on some shimmery white card stock cut with a pinking shears die along the bottom.  Next was a layer of patterned paper, then aqua card stock, followed by some vintage crochet trim.  The notched flowers were die cut and topped with a button, tied with white thread.  The final pieces were a sentiment stamped on a tag, then a few enamel dots.

I do LOVE layering, even though I haven't done much of it lately.  Hmmm.  I'll be doing more of that as soon as I get the chance to play again.

Well, gotta go.  I'm baking and it's almost time to get back to the kitchen!

Supplies ~
card stock: white (Recollections), shimmery white (SU), pool party core'dinations (SU)
patterned paper: follow your heart/be amazing (MME)
ink: smokey gray (Versafine)
stamps: up and away (Mama Elephant)
dies: pinking shears border (PTI), notched flowers (PTI)
other: tag punch (SU),  vintage crochet trim (from my stash), white baker's twine (SU), enamel dots (MME), aqua mist and cream felt (PTI), embellishments artisan kit (SU)

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Encouragement Cards - Just because!

I'm sharing a few encouragement cards that I made this afternoon.  I had the house to myself this afternoon.  I needed quite time.  Just me and my craft supplies.  No tv.  No music.  Just the sounds of my paper trimmer and stamps tapping against ink pads.  Oh.  The occasional crank of the Sizzix Big Kick, too.  :)

I've been creating encouragement cards for a few weeks now.  I leave them (usually anonymously) on the desks of my co-workers.  I'll write a few words of encouragement or a happy greeting on the back of each one.
Since I'm one of the first ones to get there, very early in the morning, it's easy to sneak these cards onto the recipients desks.  Fun, too!

Anyway, I just took a few quick photos of today's 5 cards.  I didn't even go downstairs to my photo tent for these, so please excuse the busy background in my family room.

A group shot.
And the individual cards.  These are each 3" x 5" and do not fold.  Just a front and back.
This is a CASE of a card designed by Maile Belles.

I began with the yellow butterfly card, which is a direct CASE of one designed by Maile Belles.  You can see it HERE on her blog.
Several of the other cards were inspired by her techniques or layouts.  I love her clean and simple, but "wow" style.

Thanks so much for taking a look!

Monday, March 16, 2015

Always thinking of You!

Hi!  I went looking for a card challenge this morning, that would give me a starting point to use some patterned paper that's been lying on my craft table for a week.  I love this paper and I knew who the card would go to.  But...I needed a sketch to get me started.

Fusion Card Challenges gave me just what I was looking for.
I chose to use just the sketch for my card.

Oh yeah.  Love that patterned paper.  I covered the entire front of my card with it.
The color of the phrase "Today is the day" caught my eye, so I used that color for my strip of embossed card stock AND for part of my sentiment.
That little wooden bird...I covered him in glossy accents before adhering him to my die cut notebook page.  A little piece of linen thread, tied in a bow, finished my card.

That's it for today.  Thanks for taking a look!

Supply lis
card stock: white (Recollections), bermuda bay (SU)
ink: black (Versafine), bermuda bay (SU)
stamps: sending, hello you (SSS)
patterned paper: diy boutique 6 x 6 pad (Simple Stories)
dies: notebook page, simple stripes impression plate (PTI)
other: wood veneer bird (Studio Calico), linen thread (SU)

Sunday, March 1, 2015

A Hello from me to you - CASology Challenge: week 135

Another quick post tonight.  And it does need to be quick.  I still have stuff to get done before bedtime!

Here's the challenge at CASology week 135: Mini

Actually, this challenge worked perfectly for the encouragement cards I've been making lately.  They are little 3" x 5" no-fold cards that I'm leaving, anonymously, on co-workers desks or doors.  I write a short greeting on the back of the card, but I don't sign it.  This is a lot of fun and it just, plain feels good to do a little something nice for someone.  Something unexpected.  Anonymously.

This is one of the encouragement cards that I made today.

The die cut cloud cover plate is layered over a piece of hombre' pink patterned paper.  I added some swipes of clear Wink of Stella to the clouds, but I'm not sure if you can see it in this photo.  Maybe if you click on the photo to make it bigger?  With so much white space on this card, it was difficult to get a good photo.  Anyway, it was a fun card to make and I hope the recipient likes it...whoever that will be!
Thanks for looking. :)

Supplies ~
card stock: white (Recollections)
patterned paper: dear lizzy lucky charm 6 x 6 pad (American Crafts)
ink: smokey gray (Versafine), strawberry slush (SU)
stamps: swoosh (PTI)
die: cover plate blue skies (PTI)