Saturday, June 6, 2015

Sip by Sip! - Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop

Hi!  A whole lot of us paper crafters are joining Amy Tsuruta in the Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop.  It's a fun way for us to kick off summer...sit back with your coffee or tea and hop from one blog to the next!  And.....you just might want to play along.  There are lots of prizes to win!
Just click on Summer Coffee Lovers Blog Hop to start at the beginning of the hop.  :)


I had fun using several fun, bright, summery colors for my card!


I pulled out a fun, summer themed Stampin' Up! rubber stamp to create my background.  A drew a few pencil lines, diagonally, to guide me in stamping that fun background.  The sentiment is computer generated.  I found a similar quote online, but it said "life" instead of summer.  I wasn't able to find the original source or credit of the quote.
The lid of the coffee cup was die cut, then coated with Glossy Accents.  My attempt to make it resemble a plastic lid.  It sort of does...don't you think???

I had fun with this summer themed card, even though it took me several days to make it.  It was just one of those weeks!

Ok, here's a link to go back to the hop...just click HERE!  Enjoy!!!!!!






Supply list -
card stock: hello honey, gumball green, tangelo twist, whisper white (SU)
ink: hello honey, gumball green, tangelo twist (SU) black onyx (Versafine)
stamps: simple sentiments (PTI), now you're cookin', house and home (SU), need to venti (Amuse Studio)
dies: need to venti (Amuse Studio)
other: dots embossing folder (Cuttlebug), glossy accents (Ranger)

Monday, May 25, 2015

You're one cool chick!

Hi!  I found a bit of time during this holiday weekend to make a card.  Just one!
I'm playing along in the Paper Smooches Designer Draft Challenge.



 Here's the May sketch.




When I first looked at this sketch I thought of the sun.  That worked perfectly for the fun birthday card I wanted to make for one of my stamping friends.  I hope she likes it!

My friend RH is so much fun to spend time with and I think she is "one cool chick"!


I used some pretty blue glitter paper for the sky, to make that big yellow sun really pop.  The happy, little bird was paper pieced...the body, from solid color card stock and the wings from a floral patterned paper.  I colored the tiny legs, then gave the legs and wings a swipe of clear Wink of Stella.  The final touch was adding those 2 wiggly eyes.  I couldn't resist.  :)


Thanks for taking a look!







Supplies used ~
card stock: white (Recollections), gumball green, daffodil delight (SU), powder glitter paper (Recollections)
stamps: my peeps, boob tubes, sentiment sampler (Paper Smooches)
ink: primrose petals, kiwi kiss (SU), tuxedo black (Momento)
dies: in the meadow (PTI)
other: 5mm wiggly eyes (Creatology)

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 years...no 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.  Well...you 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!