Tuesday, December 31, 2019



Happy New Year to all my cyber friends who visit and especially all who comment. Love you all and thank you so much. May 2020 be a good and crafty year for you.

Here's Willie also says hi. He is fresh from a bath here so doesn't look too happy, but he got treats so he really was OK. 

See you next year.  Jeanne

Sunday, December 22, 2019

A Deer In The Snow


This early evening I finished a card with several snippets, therefore I am entering it in the Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge 368 - and Prize A.  The example card this time from Di on her blog is just wonderful and having a chance to win the prize in the draw is special.

Here is my card with a deer. 

I went through some things left over from making Christmas cards and found this deer which had been cut from its original form in a retired die from Memory Box. It is called Standing Deer Oval Frame and can be found on eBay. I colored him with a foam brush and Tim Holtz Distress Ink in Vintage Photo and Black Soot. I made his tail white just for fun. The background piece was made ages ago and I think was made with Color Burst Lamp Black. I recall reading somewhere that when activated with water, this powder will show the many colors it is made with. It worked and I see trees. That's my take and I'm sticking with it!! LOL

The snow drifts are made with Neat & Tangled Stitched Slopes dies which are still available.  I had two pieces already glued together in my To Use stash, so cut them down to fit. The card base is actually a snippet too. I had it with my stash of card stock bases that were not folded. It was not A2 size, but  4 X 4-1/2". Used it anyway. The color is retired Stampin' Up! Taken With Teal. To finish the card I felt a vertical sentiment would be best, so reached for an oldie but goodie stamp set from Gina K Designs. It is called Vertical Greetings and surprisingly, it is still available. 

All in all, I am quite pleased with this card. I find it great fun to use up some things that have been laying around. Actually, I have a whole drawer of them. You?

Snippets Playground BadgeI do not think I will be posting again before the holidays, so to all crafty readers and friends, Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Happy New Year too.  Hugs to all, especially those who may be alone or sad. May 2020 be a good and peaceful year. 

Friday, December 13, 2019

Another Christmas Card


Entering Pixie's Snippets Playground Challenge #367 today. The greeting and silver snowflakes are snippets from my stash of fancy card stock hoard.

To make this card I simply covered the whole card base front with a piece of the lovely paper from Stampin' Up! Feels Like Frost  DSP. The base is one of my two go-to c.s. from Papertrey Ink. The Merry Christmas is cut with a die from Elizabeth Craft Designs Words 5 die set. The shiny red paper probably from SU. For some dimension, I cut three small snowflakes from a small piece of silver DCWV Metallics Mat Stack. Inside I placed another snowflake leaving room for a message. Quite a simple card to make as I am running out of time to finish my cards. However, I only make one of each design.  Any of you do that too or do you make multiples? I seem to always send out more than I receive, but that's OK because I love making Christmas and holiday greeting cards. 😃

I appreciate you visiting today. See you again, I hope.

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Saturday, December 7, 2019

Feeling Christmas-y

Hi There~

I am enjoying seeing other crafter's holiday cards and such, and  have been busy making my own. So here are a few that I finished recently and photographed.

#1 is a ornament I made following the video directions from Dawn Olchefske, a Stampin' Up! demo. A small button is threaded with narrow red ribbon to close the ornament, and it can be folded flat to mail. You will see more of the SU holiday plaid paper in the rest of this post. I've had so much fun.

#2  So many lovely plaid papers in the Stampin' Up! DSP pack I bought. It is called Wrapped in Plaid. I used a panel of one for this card placing it on a top folding Real Red A2 card base. To highlight the gold in the plaid, I cut Merry Christmas with the Hero Arts Fancy Die from a scrap of gold paper and cutting the words apart. Many of the friends I send cards to live out of state, so inside I placed a piece of white cardstock so I could write a note. I do that on many cards. I also added a star in the gold paper just for fun.

#3  Here is the same plaid covering the whole front of this next card and using the same red paper but showing off the die as it is originally intended. My camera did not want to work this time; the color red sure looks funny. Honestly, operator error, I realize. Even with a flash, I couldn't seem to get a good photo. Sigh. Anyway, I like this simple yet colorful card. It is so pretty and festive in real life.

#4  This last card uses the 'Tis The Season die also from Hero Arts. I can see using this die for a spring card when that season arrives. The piece of pretty paper this time is part of three 6 x 6 sheets of paper I received  with a recent purchase from Lawn Fawn. Shout out to Lawn Fawn. I will use that NBUS goodie another day.

To make this card, I die cut right into the design paper piece before adhering it to the base card. The card base this time is my go-to white Papertrey Ink Linen. The turquoise design reminds me of my Nordic roots or a winter sweater. Inside this one I placed a narrow band of the printed paper on the left side leaving room for my message.

So that is it from me this time. Onto making more cards and getting some finished ones mailed.

Thanks so much for visiting today. I sure appreciate your visits and love comments. Thanks. New followers are a welcome treat too!

Sunday, November 24, 2019

My Late Twofer


A really quick post as I wish to get my cards into the Twofer Card Challenge #22 before it closes. I promised Darnell I would try to get some done, so here we go.

First up is the actual twofer which this time the challenge asks for holiday greenery. I chose the lovely tree die that I've used before and just love.

These two cards are both top folded A2 cards done on Papertrey Ink  Linen cardstock which is white, but looks cream in my pictures. With a tree on each and sentiments of Christmas Wishes and Miss You are the different occasions I chose, I followed the rules. 😉  Details below.

Next are the cards shown singly so you can see them better.  This tree die is by Elisabeth Craft Designs called Elegant Christmas Tree. I die cut it from Stampin' Up! Shaded Spruce cardstock, a new color. I used a snippet of the wonderful plaid black-watch looking paper that was on my desk from an ornament I made.The plaid paper also SU, is from their Wrapped in Plaid DSP. It has a gold stripe so I found an old piece of gold cardstock to cut out my greeting and the star. I miss my BFF in California, so this card is for her. The photo is a bit blurry, sorry. I love the plaid, don't you? Miss You is from the SU die set called Well Written Framelits.

For the next card I left the intricate and swirled pieces in the tree. Same cardstock and same star as before. The sentiment is from the Ornamental Pine set by SU. I embossed it with WOW! Carousel Embossing Glitter and did the same for the star. The shiny glitter is really pretty, but hard to photograph. A really simple card and really CAS, which is my favorite type of card making. 

Another two cards done. I have 15 completed now with a goal of 25. I confess some, like these two, do not have the inside done yet. That is the hard part for me. Do you agree?

Many thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope your holiday season is wonderful and you are getting the greeting cards done. We crafters have to keep the tradition of mailing cards alive. Right? Right!


Sunday, November 17, 2019

A Christmas Bauble


With this card I am joining the CAS Mix Up Card Challenge. I followed the directions from the first video on this challenge site to make a piece of Oxidized Metal for on a card.

It took many tries to do the technique, many tries to decide what image to use to die cut, and many, many tries to get a photograph. Whew! I persevered, and am happy with the results. Sorry for the whining.

So here's the details. I started with a piece of  DCWV Metallics Mat Stack paper in gold, splashed on Stampin' Up! Night of Navy and retired Kiwi Kiss reinkers and water just as the video suggested.  Mushed it up with an aqua pen, then after drying part way, sprinkled Ranger Super Fine Clear embossing powder on and heat set it again. It was a surprise to get these colors which are mostly silver and gold toned with some black lines. Magic.

Next I used an old Stampin' Up! punch named Christmas Ornament to make the focal point and glued it onto a piece of black fun foam for dimension. I punched a hole for the piece of silver cord to hang the ornament on a piece of  SU Basic Black cardstock. That is embossed with a retired SU embossing folder called Woodgrain.  There is a newer one with the same name for sale now, but I have the older one. The slim silver border is done with a piece of silver metallic paper from the above mat stack. The card base is A2 size, top folding in Papertrey Ink's Basic White cardstock. Merry Christmas is from the Clearly Besotted stamp set called Sweet Little Sentiments. I stamped it in Encore! Silver ink and laid it on a slant just for some interest.

Another card ready to send. I send out my cards in mid-December. How about you?

Bye for now. Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, November 16, 2019

Stenciled Deer


I've loved all the tags showing in The 25 Days of Christmas Tags 2019- Day 12 using a deer and plaid paper which is sponsored by Stamplorations. Being sure I had that die, I looked and looked. Nope, I have the same images as a ARTplorations set of stencils. Trying to get creative, I made the following card and am entering it in the November Stencil Challenge which says "anything goes". My plaid paper is from Stampin' Up! as part of their Come to Gather DSP pack. I do not think this deer is necessarily Christmas, so I made a masculine birthday card. Something I am always short of.

To make the card, I used some Scotch Purple Masking Tape to securely hold done the stencil and sponged away with Distress Ink in Antique Linen. I added a tiny dot of SU Early Espresso ink with a marker for his eye. The same color paper is the narrow border.  The happy birthday sentiment is a freebie stamp that I got from Lawn Fawn I inked the stamp  up with Versafine and Early Espresso ink, then heat set it after sprinkling on some Ranger Super Fine Clear embossing powder. I had a piece of Kraft paper left over on my desk from another project, so that became my card base. Quite simple to make; so another card for my stash. Yay.

See you next time. I'm working on some tags, but they are not my thing.

Sunday, November 10, 2019

CAS Christmas November 2019


I've been really busy what with my new foster dog Willie, creating some birthday cards, and making some Christmas tags. Whew. Today, though, am posting my card for the CAS Christmas November 2019 Card Challenge.

I am liking non-traditional colors for Christmas cards, so I made my card CASEing one I found on-line by Pam Sparks. Seeings as I had the embossing folder and the NBUS die set for the mittens, I was all set. Thanks Pam for the inspiration.

So here's my card: 

I used my Stampin' Up! embossing folder called Cable Knit as Pam did, but changed most other things to keep the card CAS. The blue paper for the mittens is SU Dapper Denim. I cut them three times and glued them together for some dimension using SU Many Mittens Framelits dies. My base card is Papertrey Ink Linen cardstock interestingly enough called Fresh Snow. That subtle texture is so nice. I added some twisted SU white twine so the mittens don't get lost from each other. LOL  The greeting in in the same pretty blue color ink. My card is seasonal, however it is not necessarily a Christmas card.  The challenge calls for "Warm and Cozy". Okay for this challenge, I hope. The greeting is a single stamp I found from SU dated 2001; most likely retired. The other SU items are to my knowledge still available. A single metal snowflake from my SU bling stash completes the card. It had a loop to attach to a chain, but I lobbed that off. A pretty easy card to make and I do like how  it turned out.

Now on to making some more tags. Thanks for stopping by today.

P.S. I'll post a picture of Willie as soon as I get a good one!

Thursday, November 7, 2019

A Milestone Birthday


Not for me. An exciting day today for my favorite (only) grandson. He turns 18 today. Later we are all going out to dinner to celebrate. Here is his card wherein I placed a gift card.

Last August I spotted just the right dies and stamps from My Favorite Things to make a card for my grandson. So I bought the die and stamps  and saved them until this week. So to figure out how to make the card, I looked and found the perfect layout by watching a video by Laura at MFT. My card is a CASE of hers without the interactive part. Her video is still around, but I believe the supplies are not. Sorry.

Here are some details.  Stampin' Up! Pumpkin Pie cardstock along with snippets of white and black  c.s. form the sneakers. The die set is called All Star High Top while the coordinating die set is Be Original. Snippets of silver paper were cut for the lacing holes. Not fun to place and glue them, don't you know. The circle stamp says You're An All Star which fits Gavin perfectly. Academically, not athletically. The YAY! and It's Your Birthday stamps are from Altenew. Inside I used sayings from the above MFT set Your're My Favorite Dude and Happy Birthday and 18 from MFT's Fabulous at Any Age which is still available. My background is a piece of Kraft paper from Papertrey Ink cut with a rectangle die from Lil'Inker Designs. SU Basic Black is the card base for this horizontal folded A2 card.

Lots of snippets used for this card, so am sending to Pixie's Snippet Playground #364. It closes soon, hope I make it.

Bye now. Thanks for stopping by. 😍 at any comments.

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Thursday, October 31, 2019

Halloween Cards 2019


Happy Halloween!! A quick post tonight as I want to share the three cards that I made for my 3 grandchildren. They are all teenagers, but they seem to enjoy getting a card from me. They even save them. Maddie, the youngest at 16 is giving out candy at her dad's this evening.

The two cards on the top are from a kit I bought from Simple Stampin' with Susan Itell. She designed the purple card  and sent 3 die cuts saying wicked and the spiders plus a piece of the retired purple checked cardstock. I had the spider web dsp and snippets of orange that I used to create the second card. The gray and black spider paper is from the Monster Bash DSP set which is still available as is the Wicked Dies. All these supplies are from Stampin' Up!  Inside I just stamped Happy Halloween with an old wood stamp from my stash that also has a spider on it.

For my third card, I dug out a cute but old  wood stamp from Impression Obsession Inc. It is called Pumpkin Kitty. Not available anywhere that I could find.  I cut the border frame from Basic Black cardstock with a Papertrey Ink die set called Pierced Feature Frames and glued it down before stamping the I.O. stamp with Versafine Onyx Black ink in the middle. I had to use my Stamp- a-Ma-Jig to get it straight.  Do you use that anymore? I still love my wood stamps and don't want to un-mount them. I colored the littlest pumpkin orange with a SU marker just for fun.

Time to take Will out for his last walk of the day. Bye for now and thanks for stopping by.

Monday, October 21, 2019

October CCC and News

Hello Crafty Friends!

Today I am posting my card for the October Card Chain Challenge. It has been received by Suze in New Zealand, so it is OK to post and to give you a little information on how I made it.

It's kind of bright, right?  The challenge this month called for colors of tangerine, cherry and gold. One of the image suggestions was unicorns and I just happened to have this die from Jane Davenport at Spellbinders. It is called Happy Little Unicorn and I haven't used it before. I was able to still find in on-line at a couple of places.

The card made me happy to see when it was done. However, inlaying the snippets of gold from my stash was a challenge. I kept losing them and having to cut more. The rocks under him are also from the set.  The card base is Stampin' Up! either in Tangelo Twist or Tangerine Tango both retired colors. I used this simple sentiment as to not take away from the impact of the unicorn. I wanted a one layer card for mailing ease. The Hello is from the Uniko Studio set Today, Tomorrow & Always. Sorry, it isn't available any longer and it has great images. Inside I wrote a note to the recipient as she is quite new to CCC. I sure enjoy getting cards from all over the world. You would too if you join up.

Snippets Playground BadgeI am entering this card to the Pixie's Snippets Playground # 363. I made many friends across the pond from this site. I suggest joining in the fun.

My News!!!

I have started fostering dogs again from Shih Tzu Rescue of MN. I now have Willard who is available. He's a doll and easy to handle and be with.  Here's his picture taken by his former foster parents who are moving away.  I am happy having him. He is ten and still quite active although he is deaf from puppy-hood. I've already bonded with him and he has settled into my home quickly. You can adopt him if you live in MN.

Bye, bye. Willard needs to go out. :-)  Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, October 13, 2019

CAS Christmas October 2019

Hello Again~

I have made a card for the CAS Christnas Card Challenge October 2019.  We had a bit of snow here  yesterday and Friday, but none stuck. So my card showing a snowy scene like I would love to see will have to do. I love snow!

I would love to have a house like this too. LOL This house stamp is from a retired set by Stampin' Up! called Christmas Lodge. Keeping the card CAS, I stamped Merry Christmas inside with a greeting stamp from the same set. I like the vintage look of all the stamps. For a soft look, the show covered house was stamped with Altenew Silver Lake ink.

The star was cut from a snippet of gold c.s. with a die by Memory Box. From 2014, it is called Star of Wonder, and it seems to be still available at a few places. The star shines on the snowing background that was done with a SU embossing folder called Softly Falling. It is retiring and on sale. I embossed the card after the stamping...I tried it the other way, but that did not work. This is my third attempt to make this card. I do love to use embossing folders!

I have a busy couple of weeks coming up, so I will close with happy warm winter and holiday wishes to all of you.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

World Card Making Day 2019

Hello ~

Happy World Card Making Day. Like so many of you, I made a card today and just finished photographing it to show you. So, here it is:

My grand daughter is visiting from her college, so she helped me choose which photo to use. We both wanted to show how shiny the card is in real life. I had used a flash to show it better.

Now for the details. Recently I had found in my to-do box this background. Luckily I had noted the info on the back. Onto Yupo paper, I smushed on some Viva Inka-Gold Paint. Interestingly enough, even though the color has gold overtones, it is called  Oldsilver.

Michelle Lupton on  her blog Hand-Made-by-Michelle gave me the idea to put a flower on the background, although she used embossing powder, while I added a die cut. My die is by Memory Box called Filllipa Corner. It is cut from Stampin' Up! Very Vanilla cardstock. I mounted the image onto white fun foam before adding it to the VV card base. For added interest, I outlined the top folding base card with the largest rectangle from Lil'Inker Designs Stitched Mats: Rectangles. Since I could not figure out where to put a sentiment, I will add one inside when I send it away.

Many thanks for visiting. I love the comments you leave. They make me smile!

P.S. I am linking it to Pixie's Crafty Workshop #362 as the flower die is a snippet of cardstock.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Curious Dogs!


Up against the deadline, I finally came up with an idea for the critter challenge at Twofer Card Challenge #20.  I did get a bit carried away with fussy cutting and die cuts, but that curious dog is fun, I think.

Both cards were stamped with the a dog from a company called Comotion/Uptown which is closed. My friend Peg gave it to me.  Hi Peg! Both pups were colored with markers.

Anyway,  the cards also feature the Small Madison Window die by Poppy Stamps and the chair by Hero Arts, from a really old set called Wish You Were Here that is most likely retired.  A SU embossing folder makes the window frames pop. The welcome card window has a piece of a new dsp by Stampin' Up! The welcome die is also SU, from Well Written Framelits.  For the Christmas card, I tried to get creative for the sentiment. Sorry it looks like I am crossing out the Christmas word on the chair. The Merry Christmas is a stamp from Clearly Besotted 's Sweet Little Sentiments. Just couldn't start over, ya know? The tree die is SU as is the sky paper. On this one, I glued a piece of packaging for the window panes. I just made wallpaper stripes with a yellow marker and a ruler.

Due to the challenge closing tonight, no individual pictures of these cards were taken. I need to get to the store today to get a birthday gift for my oldest dear daughter. I will send her a card that I made at a SU workshop. Did I tell you she moved back to California?

Thanks for stopping by. Having a great Fall day here - hope you are too.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

CAS Christmas Card September

Hello Again...

Here is my entry into the CAS Christmas September 2019 ChallengeHoliday Treats is the theme this time, so am showing the Christmas birdie eating a cookie. Those little dots on the cookie are cinnamon candy. Right? Sorry, I didn't think to color them red. I do not have any red sequins to be used for the bling. Will have to remedy that.

So here is how I made this card. First I cut a rectangle of Stampin' Up! Gumball Green cardstock with the largest die in the My Favorite Things Inside & Outside Diagonal STAX set.  Using my MISTI, I placed the stamps and inked them up with VersaMark. The stamps are all from Honey Bee Stamps, the set called Season's Tweetings. It is still available. The embossing powder that I used is WOW Opaque Bright White Super Fine.

Keeping the card CAS was my goal; just added the sequins for a bit of fun and to fix a boo-boo. LOL  The card base is my go-to Papertrey Ink Basic White. Done. Just noticed how many stamps companies I have used supplies from for this one card.  I don't discriminate! LOL!

Time to get this posted to the challenge as it closes pretty soon and there is anther challenge I hope to get to.

So happy to have visitors. Thanks! I'd be pleased if you follow me and I will follow and visit you too.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Stripes & A Flower


I have a new computer! YAY! No more Windows XP. Today I am posting my first photo using Windows 10 photo editing part, which has been quite a learning experience. Sigh.

So here is the card I made as a sympathy card. Inside it says With Deepest Sympathy, using a wooden stamp by Hero Arts. The card front has two parts placed on a top folding card base from Stampin' Up!  Night of Navy. The striped background is from Papertrey Ink called Cover Plate: Stripes Diagonal Die. It is cut in SU Sahara Sand. The flower shows movement I think. It's by Penny Black, called Gentle Whisper that was cut from a snippet of Whisper White cardstock. I am adding this card to The Flower Challenge #36, Pixie's Snippet  Playground #361 and Happy Little Stampers asking for a card showcasing dies.

I like the simplicity of my card but I suppose it is not quite CAS, that I usually make.  First time joining 3 challenges on one post, though.

Thanks so much for visiting, see you next time. 😃

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Sunday, September 1, 2019

A Happy Accident Revisited

Hello Again Friends~

The mail recently brought some new goodies, so I had to try a new technique that I had seen on this video by Jennifer McGuire. I love alcohol inks and have many colors, so once I received the Ranger/Tim Holtz Alcohol Ink Silver Sparkle cardstock, I set out to play.

Here is my card. Pretty, isn't it?

I CASED Jennifer's cards for making backgrounds, but added my own twist. However, kind of had a happy accident. To start, of course, I made a few backgrounds using the colors I like together. For this card I used Tim's Citrus and Stonewashed  alcohol inks with the Blending Solution. Next I went looking for a flower die intending to cut it out in white c.s. However, when I came across a little used die from Couture Creations called Ornamental Lace, without thinking, I die cut my background. OMG. Because the paper is fairly thick, the die didn't cut but embossed! A happy accident. So I fussy cut (you know how I feel about that) around the image. Isn't it pretty? I die cut the Thanks  using Stampin' Up!'s die set called Well Written Framelits Dies. It's a wonderful set of 24 dies; I recommend it. No, I'm not a demo.

The white cardstock used here is PaperTrey Inc. Linen and the cardbase is SU Lemon Lime Twist. All still available. If I may say so myself, I really like this card! :-)

Thank you for visiting!

Update 10/7/19: Somehow this card got into the edit mode and the title disappeared. This update shows a different title, but all the rest is unchanged.
Thanks for the super nice comments.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Balloons Again for August CCC


I finished up my card to send to India. I understand it will take 25 days! it has been mailed. The options this month made me think of a balloon card I did lat spring, so I gave it another try. This month I used the Card Chain Challenge Color Option, asking for Sunshine, Sea Green and Flamingo colors. The next option suggested balloons and friendship. As my card is going to a newer CCC member to me, that helped me complete my card design. I like it; what do you think?

To make my card this time, I punched out the three balloons with my Stampin' Up! Balloon Bouquet punch, then added Nuvo Glimmer Paste on top of each. The shine didn't photograph too well, but in real life it is textured and shiny. I used colors as close to matching the suggested ones using inks and paper from my stash. One was done with Catherine Pooler's Fiesta Blue ink, and the others are done with SU cardstock in retired Yo Yo Yellow and current Melon Mambo. Pieces of black string keep the balloons from flying off into my sponged sky. I used Distress Ink in Faded Jeans to make the cloudy sky.

For the sentiment, where I am saying hello to my new CCC friend Shylaa, I stamped with a stamp from the My Favorite Things set just called Hello. I hope she doesn't read my blog! This set is a NBUS one for me. I embossed and heat set the words with some WOW Opaque White powder and, of course, VersMark. My card was fairly simple to make once I decided on what to do. I glued the topper onto a SU Basic Black A2 card and was done.

I've got numerous birthdays in August coming up, so have been busy. So, bye for now. See you soon, I hope.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Day 5: Awsome Ombre


Hello !!

This is my last card from My Favorite Things Camp Create. Ombre has been difficult for me as is blending of any kind. So this was a good lesson for me. I kind of like my card; not perfect, of course, but I gave it a go (thanks my British friends) and will try again soon.

I did want to use MFT stamps and/or dies, and after a search, found two sets that would work. Both sets seem to be retired, however, there are some nice similar ones available.  Here's my card.

The two set I used are called Cloud Trio and Rainbow of Happiness. I blended Ranger Distress Ink in Faded Jeans onto the die cut clouds and the background. I like the sentiment and will send this card to a friend that is struggling. I used Perfect Fence Studio brushes for the blending and my MISTI to stamp the sentiment. Daffodil Delight in a mini cube from Stampin' Up! brightens up the card. The A2 base card is SU Night of Navy.

Done. Thanks so much for putting up with my meanderings through Camp Create as I learn new things. Your comments are so welcome and make me happy.

Bye for now.


Sunday, August 18, 2019

Camp Create Days 3 & 4

Hi Again! All of the Camp Create challenges are posted, but I am trying to finish all five cards for this 2nd week of Camp Create 2019 by the deadline to post. My first card this time is for Day 3 Background Bonanza. The badges are below. The idea in the video for the 3rd day was to create a colorful background. Bright colors are really out of my comfort zone. But I persevered! Following some of the ideas in this challenge, I dug out my rarely used Ranger Distress Oxide inks and made a rainbow of sorts. The colors I have are Picked Raspberry, Spiced Marmalade, Iced Spruce, Salty Ocean and Seedless Preserves. I had not used watercolor paper so I just light spritzed with water. It still warped a bit. To flatten it, I ran the image through my Big Shot.

Next I die cut Hello with a still available die at the company Mama Elephant from my main piece and cut two extras in white to put  behind for dimension. For further dimension, I mounted the whole piece on some black fun foam. I used a SU  Basic Black card base to tone down the bright colors a bit. Funny part of the base looks blue in the picture. 

Not my best, IMO, card or photo. But I completed this one.

Day 4 calls for Monochromatic Magic. I did not want to copy the technique the way shown in the Day 4 video, but remembered a video from Jennifer McGuire. My card comes from her video from 2012. It is monochromatic! See?

The background is an oldie embossing folder from Stampin' Up! called Print Texture. I inked up  one side in Rich Razzleberry ink which left the words white and raised after running the card through my Big Shot. The pretty rose stamp and stem are from  really old My Favorite Things set by the name of Blooming Roses. My database says I have the dies, but alas, cannot find them, so I fussy cut both pieces out. I used dimensionals to pop up the rose from the textured base. To finish, I placed the image on a base card of Papertrey Ink cardstock. Not being sure how I will use this card, I left off a sentiment.

Whew! More cards done and one to go!




Friday, August 16, 2019

Day Two Camp Create: Magnificent Masking


I have struggled with the technique of masking...spacial relationship problems have plagued me all my life. So this video for Camp Create: Magnificent Masking was a big help to me. 

After watching the video several times, I tried masking. Yay! It worked. I do not have any masking paper, so just cut a piece of white cardstock, die cut out my image and adhered the aperture to my heat embossed card front.

To make the card, I first stamped and heat embossed a piece of stash shiny paper using My Favorite Things Cling Rubber Stamp called Etched Flower. It is still available and is a favorite of mine. My go-to white embossing powder is by WOW. Next, I made a mask from Spellbinders Filigree Vase following the above video by Stephanie Klauck of the design team at MFT. Temporary tape kept the mask down while I colored the vase. For the first time, I used my Picket Fence Studio brushes to spread Ranger Distress Ink in Spun Sugar. What fun pulling off the mask and seeing the vase! To finish to card, I inked up MFT Label Maker Sentiments happy birthday stamps with VersaFine Onyx Black and just cut out the images. They work great! In all honesty, I have never figured out how to use the little dies that come with the label set. Anyone have a tutorial? Printed directions? Anyway, I finished by gluing the whole topper on to a card base of Stampin' Up!Pretty in Pink.

I really like this card but will probably re-do the sentiment. The card is shiny and pretty in real life.

The camp create videos are fun for me and I do learn so much. On to Day 3. See you next time!

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Cards & Challenges

Good Afternoon~

Here I am again! I just finished my entry into the CAS Christmas August Challenge . This time Loll Thompson asked for glitter. I took the easy way out, but my excuse is that I wanted to use my NBUS set from Elizabeth Craft Designs called Elegant Christmas Tree. I love the swirly design that looks so pretty cut out in glitter paper. Hard to photograph, though. IRL it is really pretty. Really!

The card base is made from Linen Cardstock from Papertrey Ink. I used the largest rectangle from the Lil' Inker Designs Stitched Mats to frame the otherwise simple card. The green glitter paper is from Stampin' Up! as is the snippet of copper paper that I free cut for the tree trunk. I did use Zing Silver glitter to cover the star.

Searching for just the right greeting, I dug out my retired SU set from ages ago called Sparkly Seasons. I use Evernote to keep track of my stuff stamping supplies. That is a great database program and I highly recommend you use it. I heat embossed the stamp with VersaMark and WOW white onto a snippet of Real Red cardstock Because I used up some snippets of my holiday papers, I am also entering this card into Pixie's Snippets Playground #358. 

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