Friday, March 30, 2018

Merry Monday Christmas Challenge


Since I love puppies and particularly Shih Tzu's, I have many dog stamps. So I made a card with one of my favorite stamps in order to enter the Merry Monday Christmas Challenge #283.  Here she is, all prettied up for Christmas.

Once I decided what color the pup and the background should be, the card came together pretty quickly. The Shih Tzu stamp is from Dog Stamps Plus. I inked up the stamp with Stampin' Up! Crumb Cake onto a snippet of Whisper White c.s. Taking the same color marker, I highlighted the lines of the fur to make it stand out more. I popped her up with dimensionals on a background made from the SU Brick Wall embossing folder done on Very Vanilla card stock. I drew a bow near where the top knot would be on an adult with an In-Color Emerald Envy marker. Added some Wink of Stella for sparkle. The sentiment is a clear stamp from Poppy Stamps, Inc. called Christmas Greetings inked in Real Red. Using my MISTI, I curved it to fit a banner die from Hero Arts, Stamp & Cuts. I like that the stamps come with matching dies. The card base is SU Real Red along with a narrow frame in Emerald Envy completed my card.

 One more card for my Christmas stash! YAY! Thank you for stopping by. 💚

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

I Love Blossoms

Hello!   I am so ready for Spring! How about you? Here in Minnesota the snow is melting, some green grass is peeking out, but it will a while before the trees bud and the blossoms come out. That is OK. I can do Spring colors on my cards. Here are my two for Darnell's March Twofer Card Challenge!

As the call was for blossoms, showing different uses of the same image, I chose a floral die that is one of my favorites. Have a look-see!

My salute to Spring is the birthday card. Snippets of card stock from many companies were die cut in pale blue, lilac, pink, pale yellow and bright yellow for the blossoms. The leaves are done in Stampin' Up! Cucumber Crush. Boy, did my Big Shot get a workout. Lots of snippets here, so am also linking up this card to Di's Pixie's Crafty Workshop #322. I ran out of sticky back paper to use when die cutting, so all these cuts are glued on. My question is: Why, oh why does liquid glue always get stuck coming out even with special tops on the bottles? I was smiling as I finished, though, as the colors make me happy. The card is completely flat, so good for mailing. I have several Spring birthdays in the family coming up.
I have been experimenting again with Ranger Alcohol Inks. For my second card I used a piece of  thick vellum and played away. Some of the alcohol inks are just called Ranger, and some are older ones called Adirondack. The colors used are Wild Plum, Cool Pari, with small touches of Stonewashed blue. In real life, the inks are much more blue violet, not the wine color the camera picked up. All the colors were blended together in several layers with the blending solution and tool helping out. I framed the part that I liked best in black with part of the Impression Obsession's Rectangle 6-in-1 Frames cover plate. The other ones that cut out at the same time will come in handy later. My blossom is called Coy, by Penny Black. As it is always good to have a sympathy card on hand, I finished with a sentiment from the My Favorite Things set called Grand Peaceful Wild flower. As usual, I used VersaFine Onyx Black ink. My favorite. I like the peacefulness (is that a word?) and simplicity of this card,

I hope you will be getting some Spring weather soon! Thank you for visiting. Take care and come visit again soon. 💙

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

A Funny Bunny

Hello!   Today I completed an Easter card for my grand daughter Maddie, and realized that I had used many snippets to make it. So am entering it in the Pixie's Crafty Workshop Challenge #321.

This card was fun to make even though it took quite a bit of fussy cutting. The bunny makes me smile. How about you? He is from a die by Cheery Lynn Designs called Funny Bunny. The die cuts only the outline and details, so I traced the outside edges onto black card stock, fussy cut it out, and glued it behind my white die-out. He is sitting in the grass made with a Taylored Expressions die called Grass Border from a snippet of green card stock. The pretty eggs I found in my "to be used" (TBU) box in black and white. I colored them with colored pencils and cut them out. Only 3 of the five eggs would fit my design. I've no idea where I got the tidbit of paper, nor do I have the stamp. The background is really a snippet of lilac colored Bazzill textured paper, although it looks gray in this picture. Purple is Maddie's favorite color (this month). To finish the card, I cut a mat in black for a thin border and placed it all on a top- folding card base. Lately I've been using more of this type of card base than the traditional A2 folded card.

I stamped Happy Easter inside with a 2003 Stampin' Up! stamp along with a little basket of Easter eggs that I stamped, colored, and cut out  The stamp is also by SU and is dated 1997. It too was just waiting to be used. Just for fun, I put some grass there too! Here is a little look .

Whew, I have finished all three cards for the grand kids early this year. Guess I am longing for spring instead of more snow. We got socked on Sunday with several inches of snow so now I get to move my car so they can plow. Oh well, the snow is really pretty to look at! So sorry our storm is heading east as I know they don't need more snow there.

Thanks for visiting. I hope you will stop by again soon. 💜

Thursday, March 1, 2018

A Card For February Card Chain Challenge

Hello!  Am posting today my card that was sent to Jutta in Canada for the February CCC. I really like sending and getting cards from all over the world and making new cyber friends. So I encourage my readers to play along. 

Here  is my latest card. I chose the friendship option as I wanted to use the special die-cut that was sent to me
with my January card from Gail in Norway. The globe was cut from shiny gold paper and I think it is a great representation of the CCC idea. On a top folding A2 card base in PTI basic white card stock, I made the opening using a die from the Elizabeth Craft Designs die set called Beaded Circle Frames that I've used before. I wanted the globe to be the star of the card and to keep the card CAS, my favorite type of card making. The sentiment is stamped in Stampin' Up's Early Espresso ink and is from my NBUS Altenew stamp set called Crafty Friends. Lots of great stamp ideas for and about crafters in this set. I see that it is sold out, but probably worth going on a wait list, IMHO. I just wrote a note on a Post-It instead of writing inside the card in case Jutta wants to pass it on.

That's it from me for now. Thanks for stopping by. I sure love that so many friends come to visit and leave comments. I try to do that often too! 💙💚