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!