Monday, May 28, 2018

May CCC and More

Hello and Happy Memorial Day!

Tonight I am posting the card I made for the May Card Chain Challenge. For those who don't know, this challenge promotes good will by its members sending cards all around the world. It is so fun getting a card from over seas and across America. There are so many talented people and everyone is so friendly. I chose the flower option this month. My card has already been received by Linda, by my recipient who lives in Michigan.
The Spring lilacs here in Minnesota were so lovely this year, but alas, are gone now. We've had a heat wave lately and storms, so those that were left were blown away. The Lilac stamp set I used is by Flourish, a company that I believe is out of business now. The biggest bloom stamp was heat embossed in white then Pale Plum and Wisteria Wonder were sponged on. The lilac word stamp is also in WW. I tweaked the individual tiny flowers using matching markers. The leaves are in Cucumber Crush, a bright spring-like green. I fussy cut out the lilac sprig and popped it up on dimensionals. I do love all shades, hues & colors of purple, so chose Blackberry Bliss for the card base. All the inks and cardstock are from Stampin' Up!  Why don't you contact the challenge and join us?

Next up is another card made for a friend who loves books as much as I do.

This wonderful whole card front stamp is by Hero Arts, called Bookcase. As soon as I saw it, I had to have it!! LOL The card base is PTI basic white and I was lucky to be able to stamp right onto it with no problem using Versafine Onx Black ink. Look, Ma, no layers! Unusual for me. Too many markers to mention were used for the coloring, mostly SU. A slow, but fun process. Can you see the rainbow order? I am quite pleased with this card and I hope Beth, my BFF in San Diego likes it.

That is all for this time. I hope you had a pleasant holiday weekend and those in the path of storms will be safe. 

Bye for now. I appreciate you visiting.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

My May Twofer

Hi Again!

Finally finished my two cards for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge #5. It closes so soon! Whew, I made it. The challenge this time was to use butterflies. I have so many butterfly stamps and dies that it was really hard to choose, but ultimately chose to use my trusty old Martha Stewart butterfly punch.

Once I decided what to do, the cards where quite easy to least the blue one was. Bashful Blue (my favorite, but retired) is from Stampin' Up! for my A2 top folding card base. Regular, not Thick Whisper White was used for the clouds and butterflies. My punch doesn't like to work on heavy cardstock,  as I found out the hard way. The sentiment stamp is from the Simon Says Stamp Safe Travels set. I do wish all butterflies to have safe journeys on their way north each Spring. Safe travel wishes for my friends too! The wings are not attached so I could pull them up a bit to show movement. The clouds are a retired die by MFT Die-Namics called Cloud Trio.

I did not want just a get well card, so the second butterfly card is for encouragement. Yellow is such a happy color. The three butterflies are die cut from SU Daffodil Delight. I typed the sentiment in MS Word and printed it directly on HP photo paper as my printer would not accept regular cardstock. What took ages to figure out was where to put that sentiment so it would appear correctly below the fold. Spatial relationships are not my forte. LOL! Just for fun and to brighten up the card more, I placed some pretty purple Hero Arts bling on the butterfly bodies. Below are the cards individually. Hope you like; I am quite pleased with them - CAS cards, I think.


Sunday, May 20, 2018

More Cards and Challenges Too


As promised here are some more card recently made and photographed. I find that if I want to update my blog, it helps me get busy and make a card. Some days it is too easy to just sit and read other people's blogs. Right?

Greta posted many thanks cards just as I was finishing up this card. So here's mine. Good minds think alike. Right? LOL I am sending mine to Pixie's Snippets Playground #326.  

The die I used three times is from Spellbinders Shapeabilities Phrase Set One from 2015. The lovely bright pink is Stampin' Up! Melon Mambo and the yellow is Bazzill textured, both from my snippets hoard stash. I used it for the A2 top folding base and matting too. The turquoise thanks and flower are snippets from when I was playing with brushing Tinkling H2O's Mediterranean onto glossy paper. First time using H2O and I really like it. I have several more colors  in my ink drawer. I believe I got them at a garage sale several years ago. The little flower I felt finished up the card and it is also Spellbinders, from the Wreath set.

Next up is a Christmas card made for Muse: ChristmasVisions 100 where they are celebrating their 100th Challenge! Congratulations! Quite an accomplishment for the team. 

I am really behind in making holiday cards, so entering this challenge helps me a lot! As I really like red, black and white together, I focused on the poinsettia in the inspiration photo by designer Chriss at her Botanical Cafe blog. I stamped mine* in Encore Gold. The red paper is Simon Says Stamp Lipstick Red. The mat is embossed with a retired SU folder called Snow Burst on SU Basic Black for some texture. Three tiny black bling accent the center of the flower just for fun. As we all know, it is notoriously difficult to photograph shine, so please pardon these less than stellar pictures of my card. The sentiment is from Savvy Stamps Winter Set, also done in the gold ink. A SU punch called Wasbi Label finished up the card. A close-up photo show it better. Whew, another one done. Yay!

So that is all for this posting. I cannot believe how quickly this year is flowing is almost June. The weather here in MN has been lovely lately. Take care and I hope you are enjoying your Spring. Now I am off to watch my grandson's first soccer game of the season.

Thank you for coming to visit!
* Altenew Poinsettia & Pine

  Snippets Playground Badge

Monday, May 7, 2018

I Made Some Cards Lately...

Hello!  Happy May! Really, I have been making quite a few cards of late, just taking pictures, but not getting them ready to post. Oops! So here are a few of the ones finished during the last couple of weeks. Hope you enjoy!

First up is my latest entry to Pixie's Crafty Playground Challenge #325. Snippets were used for the background paper, the birthday die cuts and the solid circle too.

This great plaid paper is from a 12 x 12 sheet of Lawn Fawn Item #LF111. I've used it several times before and this is almost the last of it. To cut it, I used my NBUS scalloped rectangle die from SugarPea Designs called Card Front Element Builder. I love the pink, white and deep aqua together. My card is a CASE of a card by Marcia Hill at Marcia's Stampin' Pad since I realized that I had the birthday die set. This set is by Simon Says Stamp! called Birthday Circle. Instead of using a die to cut a circle right out of the plaid, I took the easy way out and used a 2-1/2"  e/k circle punch. Stampin' Up!'s Bermuda Bay is a pretty good match to the plaid. The  wonderful happy birthday greeting circle and cupcake die and frosting are snippets from my stash of white and Pretty in Pink cardstock. I am happy with this card and think it is cheerful! Adding it to my stash.

Next is the card I made for my Great Niece Giana who recently turned five. She's a girly-girl, but also loves sports and going to hockey games with her mom and my nephew. The polka dotted vellum partly shields the princess image so am showing the inside too. The top folded card base is Bazzill pink and I used my good old Cuttlebug Swiss Dots embossing folder on the vellum. A heart bling finishes it. The Birthday Princess stamp is an old one from Hampton Art that I colored with SU markers and a Signo Uni Ball pen in white. I haven't heard yet if Giana likes her card, but I do. 😀

Finally, here is a fun card that I made using a technique that is new to me. The focal point image is part of a napkin! I recently saw a video (sorry, I do not remember who made it, so if you do, please let me know) that gave good directions. A pretty CAS like simple card using a napkin that I had absconded with from a birthday party I went to recently. So it's a birthday card with the sentiment inside. Don't you wish you were in Paris drinking some of this wine? LOL I used Very Vanilla Thick cardstock from SU for a top folding A2 card. The napkin was sent through my Minc machine following the directions from the video. As the napkin part started to unravel, I had to cut it down quite a bit before gluing the piece onto a snippet of SU's Daffodil Delight. The narrow border is Basic Black and I placed some dark gray dots on the butterfly just for some dimension.

So there you go. See, I have been busy and I have several more waiting to get written up and posted. Thank you so much for visiting.❤

Edited: The video I watched is by Karen Hasheck at Karen's Kreative Kards.