Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A January Birthday

It's been so long since I have posted I had a terrible time finding my picture in my computer, and now am trying to link it to Darnell's challenge! Computer ineptness, but I hope I am forgiven.  I made this card for my BFF Jayne's birthday which was last Sunday. She loved the card and loves the embossed edges. My NBUS is the Stampin' Up! embossing folder called Filigree Frame. Isn't it pretty? The flower I made from the Flower Patch set and die combo using SU's Blackberry Bliss and Wisteria Wonder card stock. A shiny gold brad centers the flower and tries to match the purple and gold embossing powder I used to stamp the sentiment. I wish my photo was better! The stamp is an old SU one from 2001. Still love it. 

I posted on SCS that my word for 2015 is DO. I promise to try, folks, to do some more blogging. Also need to stock up on birthday cards for all the family ones coming up.

Take care, dear readers. Thanks for stopping by.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

NBUS Challenge #2


Well, I'm back. I have been creating lately, it's therapy for me when I get sad. Thanks so much to everyone who contacted me and expressed condolences and understanding.

On to some fun...Darnell at djkardkreations has a second NBUS challenge. Just couldn't let that go on without me!

Here's a couple of cards I have made recently. Please ignore the date on the side. Really, they were made in the last 2 weeks and photographed on 9/15/2014. I just messed up changing the date in my camera when I put in new batteries! You can also see I still need lots of practice taking pictures. The card on the left looks like it is falling off the table. tee hee

Here's the details:

The designer paper is new to me from Doodlebug Design and the little white house I made to go on top is new too. I used a few of the dies from a set by Taylored Expressions called "Build a House". Really a simple card made with a SU! Pumpkin Pie boarder placed on white cardbase. Inside I stamped congratulations and it was done. The card was made for a friend who recently bought a new house. It was so much fun making this card, I made a second one. I had bought the corrugated paper die cuts at a local craft store ages ago and welcomed a chance to use them. All the shapes are by Jillibean Soup and the package was on clearance!  The pale yellow cardstock is is from my stash. So I am following the directions from Ms Darnell  #4 "None of the above" ~ NBUS stuff, but not the same stamps 'cuz I didn't use any stamps except inside. Anyone else using mostly dies lately and not stamping? I find I am addicted to dies and cutting plates too.

Thanks for stopping by. See you next time!

Saturday, August 16, 2014

R.I. P. My Jetta

Sorry to let you all know that I had to let my precious dog Jetta go last Friday. This picture was taken just about the time I got him. Jetta was adopted just over two years ago from the Shih Tzu of MN rescue group. He was part Shih Tzu and probably part poodle. Pretty cute, right?
He was a great dog - we discovered between 8 and 12 years old when I got him. He developed kidney disease. Jetta did well most of the last year, and I am so grateful. Very lovable to all of my family, neighbors, and especially to my dear grandkids.

Those who know me know how devastated I am. My mojo is gone again, but I am thinking it will be therapeutic to craft, so I will make a card or two tonight or tomorrow, perhaps.

Thanks for viewing my blog. I appreciate all my on-line friends as well as the support of friends and family here.

Updated as I realize I used the first picture on here when I adopted him! I am adding another one taken recently.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Virginia's View Challenge #6

Hello again! Two posts in one day. A record for me, don't ya know!

I am back to post a card for a challenge. I have entered very few challenges, but had made a shaped card recently and taken a picture, so wanted to share. Check it out here: Virginia's View Challenge #6  I made this card following the Envelope Punch Board Jar Card video by Dawn Olchefske.  If you haven't visited her site, I hope you do. She has lots of great tutorials and videos.

The card is very CASED except as explained below. :-) Almost all the supplies are Stampin' Up! except (I confess) the Envelope Punch Board, the sentiment, and the embossing folder. The board is by We R Memory Keepers and the folder is from Sizzix. The sentiment stamp is a Hampton Art Stamp. I used Pool Party card stock, ink, and the twine and the new Blended Bloom big flower stamp. The leaves are punched in Pear Pizzazz with the Builder Bird punch and the tiny flowers are from the new Itty Bitty Accents punch set. The oval is also SU! The tiny pearls from my stash complete the card. If you have been reading my blog for a while, you can see that I use supplies from many companies, and love them all! I really had fun making this card. My mojo is really back! Yay!

I hope everyone has had a nice summer day; it is beautiful here in the Twin Cities area.

Thanks for looking!

Card Re-do and Card #2

Hello again. Well, the more I looked at my first try at Lesson 1, the more I did not like my card. So I tore it apart and tried again. Anyone else ever do that? Teehee! Here's the second try. Really, the only change is that I used a Kiwi Kiss (retired SU!) card base and re-positioned the elements. Whew! It took a while. I do like it better. What do you think?

Card #2 is another technique taught by Jennifer McGuire in Lesson 1. Here I used a reverse background stamp from Michael Strong called Cloisonne Mosaic Frame. It's a NBUS, thanks to Darnell's term, as is the Hello from Mama Elephant. After covering the stamp with VersaMark, stamping it on stash black card stock, and using white embossing powder from Stampin'Up!, I heat embossed the design. With a brush I next applied Pearl Ex Turquoise powder all over the image and heat set that. Per Jennifer's idea, I again used VersaMark, this time with clear embossing powder from Ranger, covered the whole image, and heat set again. To finally make the card, I cut out a rectangle with an classic Spellbinders die and overlaid the window with the hello die cut. The Bashful Blue paper (also retired) die cut is clear embossed twice for more dimension. The white card base is Stamper's Select from PaperTrey Ink. The whole card is quite shiny- can you tell? To me, this card is much better than the last one. With my OCD, this card took hours. But that is OK - I'm a student learning new things! LOL

Thanks for looking!

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

I'm Taking a Class!

Hello!  I am taking the new class called "Stretch Your Stamps2" and have spent the last several days doing lesson 1.  This card took a long time to make (i.e. hours), but saving it on the computer so I could blog about it and show it to my classmates took longer. Here's my card that I call  Background Love. I like it, but still need some lessons in photography.

I used one of the first stamps I ever bought, called Harlequin Background  from Hero Arts and then tried making a rainbow with Distress Inks after heat embossing with white embossing powder. My heart and you dies are from My Favorite Things but I hand cut the quotation mark. Rounded corners mimic the roundness of the die cuts, don't you think? Next time I think I need to make a smaller card to show off the focal points better, or maybe get a bigger die. I feel like I did accomplish something unusual for me, though, as I mostly do lots of layers and rectangles. What do you think? I'll be back soon with a birthday card that I made for a friend's birthday.

Thanks for visiting today!

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Megan is 13

Hi There. Just stopping in with a card I made this last Spring. This one was for my dear granddaughter, Megan who is now a teenager! So proud of how she is growing up so fast, happy, and loving. No more pale pink as her favorite color, but brights and black. She still love glitter, though.

This card uses the Stampin' Up! Sweet Sorbet DSP which was a Sale-a-bration paper, and I mounted it on a Pool Party card base. The letters and birthday die are from PaperTrey Inc. The numeral 13 is an oldie-but-goodie from Autumn Leaves Manhattan clear stamps. Can you see how it is covered with what looks like many colored glitter? Easy - used DecoArt Glistening Snow Writer Effects on the Pool Party die cut and it turned out to match the dsp perfectly. What fun and a surprise! The clear looking gloss didn't show its colors until dry. I checked their website, but couldn't find if they still sell this same stuff. Mine is very old (4-5 years) and hardly used. I popped up the 13 to help it stand out even further. Makes a pretty card, don't you think?  Megan loved it.Whew!

Thanks for the comments on my NBUS card. So pleased and happy to have visitors and new followers! See you again, soon.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

NBUS Challenge #1: Lovely Lilacs

I am back... and I  hope some of you crafty people will return and check out my work. I have never stopped making cards and photographing them, just not blogging. Really! Enjoy, and thanks for looking!

Happy Spring, everyone! Here's my ode to Spring, using my favorite flower, lilacs.

Darnell's new thing NBUS Challenge #1 and her friendliness and on-going inspiration have gotten me to try blogging again! Also, I have a "new to me" computer that I can actually get some pictures off my camera and crop them sufficiently enough to post. Yay!. So do I get two NBUS's, one for the stamp and one for my computer?

My NBUS is the lovely stamp used for this card. I finished the card at a crop recently after having stamped and embossed it with black Zing embossing powder ages ago. The beautiful stamp is from Northwoods Rubber Stamps, Inc. is called " Lilac Glass Vase". My multicolored lilacs are colored with Kraft Aquarell Watercolour pencils and I did use watercolor paper. An water pen helped the colors blend. Trying to make the vase area sparkle as though it really has water in it, I covered the area with my clear Gelly Roll pen by Sakura. The card base (that is hard to see here, I know) is Stampin' Up!'s Perfect Plum with a Basic Black border for my focal image. No, I haven't tried any other kind of water coloring, but am sure admiring all the cards I see everywhere. I love coloring, so this was a lot of fun.

As I am new at figuring out how to use Blogger again and to load pictures, again, have patience, please, and I will be back with another card soon. Bye!

Monday, October 22, 2012

Being Grateful and HYCCT1220

Am feeling grateful today for the beautiful Fall weather we have had lately. My dog Jetta and I have enjoyed being outside and walking in the leaves.  The trees were so beautiful just last week, but, alas, most are getting quite bare.

My card was made for the Gratitude Campaign by Susan over at Simplicity. She is so right, too many people just skip over Thanksgiving right  to Christmas. I also will submit this card for  the Splitcoaststampers HYCCT1220: Hope is in the Air card drive. The swing is in the air, and so are leaves. These few will be in the air soon, lol. I am so bummed to not get a better picture for you. It really is a pretty card, if I say so myself...

The dark chocolate card base, golden layer, ribbon, and the sentiment are all from Gina K. Design, and the images are from her "The Giving Tree" set illustrated by Theresa Momber. I used Early Expresso and Crumb Cake inks from Stampin' Up as well as some retired Dusty Durango orange paper. The grey squirrel is inked in Memento's London Fog.  He is also stamped inside leaving room for a handwritten note. Tools used are my Big Shot, a Spellbinders oval die, Tombo adhesive and SU dimensionals.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Introducing Jetta

This is Jetta, the Shih Tzu mix dog I adopted from a rescue group last summer. Jetta is approximately 8 years old - a senior dog - like me! Tee hee. He is only 9 1/2 pounds. What a cutie. Right? This picture was taken in my living room where you can see some of his squeaky toys. His bed is in the background, but it is only used for toys. He is quite good at playing fetch, and is a good sleeper near me during the day and at night. Jetta is sometimes shy of strangers, and is quite fearful in the car, but he does wag his tail readily when my neighbors say hello. My daughters and grandchildren love him dearly, as I do, and he is welcome to visit their houses anytime. He gets along well with all the cats! Yes, I miss Reba, but have always wanted another Shih Tzu after losing my Chang Li 3 years ago. Some of you can see his picture on SCS as my avatar. I am the only dog and cat lover in my family.

Bye for now. I will show some cards next time. Have been busy making Fall and Halloween cards with a few winter ones thrown in. Whew.

Saturday, September 29, 2012

CASology:Week #12:SHOE-Pretty Birthday Shoe

Hello Everyone!

Camera problems solved!Well, I finally bought a card reader tp get my pictures onto my computer. Take that, camera connection!

Anyway, I've quite a few pictures to post, but first of all it's my DD birthday today! Happy Birthday, Stephanie!

I couldn't resit showing this card for CASology's shoe challenge. http://casology.blogspot.com/2012/09/week-12-shoe.html I had made this card yesterday after admiring all the shoes on SCS, especially one by Lee Conrey using the Fabulous You stamp by Stampin' Up! Here is my CASE, thanks Lee. My DD loves black and white and silver glittery things, so this card really pleased her. My shoe is wet embossed and jewels adorn the flowers. Sorry they don't photograph very well - it's probably my camera work. They do sparkle, though. The ribbon is silver threads on white by Textured Trios and I just made a simple knot. Also not (pun intended) showing well is the dry embossed black swirly background called D'Vine Swirl by Cuttlebug which is placed behind the Framlits - Label Collection die. I embossed in silver a Happy Birthday greeting inside and placed a black embossed little butterfly from the same stamp set nearby. All paper is SU.

More cards to come. I hope you enjoy visiting with me and thanks to all who come by and comment.

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Help - My camera won't talk to my comuter

Hello Everyone - sorry to be gone so long. Am getting used to a new dog, kid-sitting the 3 Grands and my camera stopped communicating with my computer. The model is not even listed anymore. I am not sure which is older - both 10 or more years old. I will try any and all ideas, but no, cannot get a new one of either!

I have been making cards - really! Even made a happy new year one. I do look at many of your blogs every day. So many great cards to see. Thanks to you all!

A sticky and hot summer here in MN, but great in the 70's this weekend. Hope your weekend was happy and crafty!

Leave me a comment. I try to leave them as much as possible too!

Friday, May 25, 2012

R.I.P. Reba Li

Today, 5/25/2012, I am just too sad. Reba went quite quickly, and is in heaven now with my Michael and our Shih Tzu, Chang Li. 

Bye...sweet kitty.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Thinking Owl OLW76

Good afternoon! Lately I have been trying to do some more simple cards. Susan at Simplicity really inspires me. I think placing the sentiment is the hardest part. What do you all think? It's my first time trying to join this type of challenge. This week One Layer Wednesday  (OLW76) asks for white and gray with a pop of color, so I made this card today. The paper is Whisper White and the ink is Basic Gray from Stampin' Up! The little owl - is he sleeping or thinking? lol  He is from Inkadinkado, and I just love him. No bling on this card, just used my marker from ZIG Writer in Pure Green to highlight where the owl sits. The valentine-y stamp (see the tiny hearts) is a 1996 stamp from Darcie's. I didn't want the branch to be red, so I just stamped happy valentine's day inside in red, a surprise for whomever gets this card. Fun to do. Thanks for coming by today. Bye for now.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tag it!

Happy New Year from a now snowy Minnesota! It is pretty, but icy this morning. This card I made last week for the 4th Grade fund raiser at my dear grandson's school. Gavin is a pretty clean cut kind of guy, so this card he should like. Turns out it is a CAS which just fits The Paper Players #79, their newest challenge. Not my usual type of card! I inked up a long ignored birthday stamp from Good Impressions while the tag enhances the present. The only bling is some Stickles by Ranger on the candles and some generic blue and white twine from my stash. The hand-cut tag is secured with a Stampin' Up! Mini Brad with the sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes. The base is Whisper White and the green is Kiwi Kiss, I think. The pretty blue is from Bazzill Basics. The ink is SU Basic Gray.

I really have been creating the last few weeks, but am just getting around to the photographing and posting. Why is that so difficult for me? Doing the photos, I mean. Also, does lazy fit me? Yup. Thanks for looking at my blog today.

Sunday, December 25, 2011

Holiday Wishes...

I wish peace, happiness, and love, to my family and friends. May your creative juices flow, all you crafty people in blogland.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!


Jeanne and Reba Li

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Wreath in Window and Three Baby Birds

Hello All. Sorry to have been away so long. It's been a busy several weeks! Family birthdays, Thanksgiving, my first craft show, and starting my holiday cards, finally. Bet it is busy at your house too. Here are two of the things I have been working on. Did you notice Reba's new friend Maukie on the blog?

First, I must shout out to Kittie at Kittie Kraft for her beautiful cards using this window die. She and Julie at Paper Pleasing Ideas gave me the idea for making the trees outside the window. I fell in love with this window from Poppystamps the minute I saw it. Isn't it adorable? This is the small Madison window die. I cut it from Stampin' Up's Early Espresso card stock and mounted it on some Real Red. The cloudy sky and ground are sponged using Ranger Distress inks, Iced Spruce, Forest Moss and SU's Night of Navy and craft Whisper White inks. The naked tress are stamped in Early Espresso, and the tree stamps are from The Stamp Pad Co., and a company in Canada called Magenta. I stamped off the brown ink onto scratch paper a few times to give a dimensional look. A bit of faux snow from Aleene's is on the ground. It doesn't show up much in the picture, though. A few snowflakes are coming down made with an American Crafts gel pen. Finally, I die cut the wreath using my Big Shot and the small nesting flower from QuicKutz. Lastly, I placed on a red cord bow and tiny circles for berries. Crystal Effects  (SU) makes the berries shiny. The Merry Christmas greeting stamp is a no-name one, that I really like. The simple inside is just two layers and says "Warm Winter Wishes", another no-name stamp! Whew! This card took a while to make, but I am happy with it.

Can't do just winter or holiday themed cards! Hee, hee. This is a birthday card. I guess these birds are robins, but the stamp is just called Birds on a Branch, by Inkadinkado. This card has just happy birthday inside and was sent it to a new friend at SCSs as a BRAK card. For those not familiar with BRAK, it is the birthday random act of kindness group at Splitcoaststampers.com. It is really fun to surprise someone you do not know, which is a good thing this time of year, right? OK, then, the birdies are stamped on SU! Whisper White  and colored with markers and an aqua pen. Colors are all SU, Dusty Durango, Basic Black, and Chocolate Chip. For the layers, I used an old retired color card stock called Pale Plum (please come back) and Night of Navy. I sponged the sky and below the branch so it doesn't look quite so stuck in the middle of the air. Guess I am like a little kid, I love to color and just about all colors! Thanks for joining Reba and me today. She is right here sitting on my guillotine cutter saying "It is dinner time." Come back and visit again. Oh, and I love the comments left for us; thanks everyone.

Friday, November 18, 2011

With Sympathy - for Katie

I have felt for over a week that it would be a good thing to send a card to the Renz family acknowledging what Katie's blog meant to me and mourning her passing. She was a cyber space friend. I just couldn't get myself to make a card. After a good cry yesterday, (about several things; am okay, everyone!) I began this card. Finished it just this morning. Simple, but pretty, I think. Now I need to decide what to write inside underneath the With Sympathy sentiment. Is it hard for everyone else to know just what to say?

This flower stamp is from Inkadinkado; have not used it before. After stamping it with Memento London Fog ink for a softer image, I got out my water color pencils and set to work. The pencils are from Staedtler, Nos. 6, 25 & 38. Before going over the image with my aqua pen, I added some shading. The focal point rose is done on SU's Very Vanilla paper and placed on top a Concord Crush mat and card base. I used dimensionals to make the tone-on-tone frame stand out. I scored a line edge to complete the main image. Inside, the sentiment (no stamp company name on it) is inked with the London Fog and VersaMark. I heat embossed it with clear embossing powder from Ranger. The inside paper also has a scored edge.

Although making this card triggered some painful memories for me, I am glad to have done it. Katie Renz, Rest in Peace.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

CFC28 So Grateful Tag

Hello Fellow Crafters!  Happy Fall and a Very Happy Thanksgiving too.

I was just about finished with this card when I remembered Jaydee had mentioned the Cas-ual Friday blog and this challenge. I had been looking for something to make this gate-fold card stay closed so made the hand-cut tag. It works! The card also fits being grateful - see the badge on the blog edge. (FYI The card is much prettier in person than in my pictures. Need to work on my photographing.)


It was a fun card to make. I cased a technique shown at card club with Kelly Emerson awhile back. First I punched out a leaf with the EK Success large maple leaf punch, then dabbed dots of ink onto a cotton ball with reinkers from Stampin' Up! and inked up the leaf.  Aren't the colors pretty all smashed together? Inks used are Chocolate Chip, Dusty Durango, Yo Yo Yellow, Crumb Cake & Soft Suede. The pretty leaf is popped-up on the left panel with a dimensional and off-set to open the card, while the tag is on the right panel. The sponged tag sentiment is from the Gina K. Designs Autumn Splendor set. Inside, using the leaf negative, I stamped several times turning the cutout. The small leaf is from a 1997 SU set, not sure the name. The panels and matting are Dusty Durango & Chocolate Chip on a bi-folded Very Vanilla card. The inside Happy Thanksgiving sentiment on a Modern Label punch and sponged, is from Teeny Tiny Wishes.

Thanks for stopping by checking out my blog.   Oops - too late for the challenge.   :{

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Just For You

Hello Fellow Crafters!  I was making this card for my card club swap tonight when I noticed the {Freshly Made} Sketches #7 had nice vertical lines too, so I added the scallop border and Voila! my card was done. What fun. I had begun the card last night, but had gotten too tired to finish. Happens to all of us, right? Why do we craft late at night? Anyone know? Guess that is when my creative juices flow.

Anyway, here I used one of my favorite dsp called Elegant Soiree and heat embossed just the line image flower from the Stampin' Up! 's Fifth Avenue Floral setBaja Breeze and Soft Suede along with Very Vanilla for the card base, are the only colors on this card. Pretty simple in style and to make.The sentiment is a Teeny Tiny Wishes stamp popped up on a  punched tag called Modern Label. All supplies are from Stampin' Up.
Take care, and thanks for looking.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Join The Gratitude Challenge

Quoting Susan in her Simplicity blog, "Thanksgiving here in the United States gets lost between Halloween and Christmas. It's become just another day to over-eat and watch football. Sadly, its original purpose--to celebrate and give thanks for the blessings of a plentiful harvest--has been lost. The Gratitude Challenge asks you to make cards and send them to people for whom you are grateful, to those who have contributed to the plentiful harvest of your own life."

I am in full agreement with Susan and her friend Sarah who designed the badge that I placed on the right here, so am posting today a fall card. I made it ages ago, but never sent to anyone. Not sure who is going to receive it. :) All the supplies are from GinaK Designs, her Autumn Splendor collection from 2010.  Who is going to join the gratitude challenge? No posting required, just follow your heart. Happy autumn everyone, my second favorite season!

Monday, September 12, 2011

The Paper Players Challenge #63

Today I tried another challenge! I chose the paper first as I knew I did not have all the required ink and paper colors. These colors are all the ones Nace wished for, Rich Razzelberry, Old Olive, Basic Gray and Whisper White. My Big Shot is fairly new, so I played with it several times for this card. The SIZZIX BIGZ die is called Flowers, Daisies # 2 and it is placed on a Textured Impression embossing folder called Square Lattice. Isn't texture fun on cards? For even more texture, all the elements on this card are popped up with assorted dots and dimensionals. I used the Scallop Edge border and the Decorative Label punches. The pearl is from the retired Pretties Kit. This Happy Birthday stamp is most likely retired, as it is labeled 1997.  To make the foliage, I found in my stash another 1997 oldie but goodie SU stamp that I inked up with VrsaMark on an Old Olive scrap. Each leaf is shined up with Crystal Effects before I hand cut them all out. Inside I glued a BIGZ Top Note in white with a small gray and white daisy. All the supplies used are from Stampin' Up! No ribbon this time, unusual for me. Hope you like this card, I do. But why, oh why does it take me so long to make a card?

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Love Pink

Hello Everyone!   I made this card to show on the Stamping 411 Saturday Sketch 217 layout, but, alas, I was too late and the linky closed! Thought I would show it here anyway!

I am really happy with the colors and the layout suggested. But gosh, what a lot of work! The supplies are all from Stampin' Up! The pink paper is from the In Color Designer Series pattern paper pack and the green paper is one of my favorites, Wild Wasabi. The focal point squares are layered on Very Vanilla. I cut out ALL the squares my little 'ole self on my trusty desktop guillotine cutter. All my fingers survived, barely,  lol. The SU! sentiment is from the Short & Sweet set placed on a punched-out oval. My kingdom for a square punch! This small bow is made with the Very Vanilla seam binding to ground the card a bit. Learned something new last night at card club - the SU! marker I colored the Basic Pearl with, won't ever really dry due to the make-up of the ink. Who knew. Oh, well. I think it is pretty, don't you?

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Mr. Penguin, Kitty and Bird

My grandson Gavin is the one who asked me to post his card, 'cuz I had posted one from his sister, Maddie previously. He has not been into card making, but recently saw Mr. Popper's Penguins and found my stamp!  Mr. Penguin, you notice, is waddling. Inside Gavin wrote hello and thank you. SU!'s Real Red is the card base. The penguin is stamped on a scrap of white. Yea for using my scraps! The image is a 2009 Hampton Art/Studio G stamp by Kolette Hall.             

Maddie's named her card, Kitty and Bird. She has the kitty and the bird thinking ~ see the bubble she drew with a marker and the penciled "meow, meow" and "tweet"? The cardstock and marker used are Stampin' Up! Bermuda Bay on a white scrap. For the bird she used SU!  Bashful Blue. The kitty is stamped in Chocolate Chip ink, and is from Inkadinkado and the bird called Chirp is from Stampcraft. Didn't both kids do great work?

Saturday, July 9, 2011

We're Back! ...and a couple of cards.

Hello!! Reba and I are all moved and 97% unpacked. She sure does like boxes! LOL Me, not so much. I am really pleased, though, with my new crafting area. I bought a big corner desk with storage. Not quite enough stoarage space, of course. It is just about all arranged now and my mojo is coming back. Hope you will like what gets posted.

Just had to play with my new Stampin' Up! set, The Open Sea. It reminds me of an old dream of mine to go on a really long trip aboard a sailboat. Back in the 70's I did go out with friends on a 32' wooden sailboat for two weeks traveling due south and west of San Diego. What fun. All the supplies here are from SU! even the Basic Pearl which I colored Real Red with the marker to match the flag/ribbon. Other colors used are Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, and Whisper White.

I call this next card Harlequin Blue. I was trying to use some of my older stamps that have not seen ink in ages. Many of the stamps I have been lucky enough to get at yard sales, including this diamond patterned stamp called Large Harlequin, a 2005 Hero Arts stamp. The branch is from Hot Potatoes and the bird has no names on it at all. If someone knows who made it, please let me know. The cardstock is SU!'s Soft Suede, and some scraps of stash white paper. Chocolate Chip, Bashful Blue, and Soft Suede inks are all SU! The bird was stamped and then cut out and placed using dimensionals. I used Chocolate Chip grosgrain ribbon to separate the main image and the stamped background area.

Thanks for coming by to see us today.