Sunday, January 27, 2019

To Thank Di


It's me again, twice in as many days. I just had to join Darnell on her blog djkardkreations, who has created a Blog Hop to thank Di from Pixie's Snippets Playground and offer my card of thanks to Diane. Di is the snippets queen who runs a terrific challenge every fortnight. She encourages us to use the leftover pieces (snippets) from our card making to make new ones. 

So here's my heartfelt Thanks, Di, for all you do.

This card is a CASE from a thank you card I saw and saved ages ago. The original was made by Lisa Addesa on her blog I'm in Haven where she had followed a sketch made by Chrissy Larson. Chrissy is the owner, designer and sketch artist for the on-going CAS(E) this Sketch! challenge. The sketch and card I tweaked was posted Aug. 23, 2017. I changed up the colors and used snippets that I had in my stash. My colors are Stampin' Up! Pool Party, Night of Navy, and Pretty in Pink. The thanks sentiment is one from Spellbinders called Phrases Set One circa 2015. I feel good using my oldies-but-goodies. Thanks Chrissy and Lisa.

I am quite pleased with my card. Hope you like it too. I am adding it to the Playground #344 'cuz I used so many snippets. 

Bye for now! Thanks for stopping by. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Two Needed Cards

Hello Again~

Here are a couple of cards made in the last week or so. Needed both a sympathy and a get well card. This week I have been reorganizing my craft space (again) so have been busy, but not making cards.

First up is a card made for my brother in Florida who had surgery recently.

Really a simple and easy card!. Making a masculine card wasn't a struggle this time. The blue plaid designer paper was a part of several freebie papers enclosed with an order from Concord & 9th. I stamped the bowl of soup and sentiment and embossed it with white embossing powder. This great stamp is a wooden one by Stampin' Up! called Get Well Soup. Love it. Did you hear SU isn't going to make and sell stamps in wood any longer? I, for one, am not happy about that. Someone suggested checking out the annual catalog from last June to snap up any wood stamps needed wanted.

Next is a card that I made for the daughters of my good friend Carol who passed away unexpectedly. I've been so sad about this. Carol was just my age...way to young to go. Sigh.

This card was made with my NBUS goodie from Concord & 9th.  I purchased the new complete Everyday Bouquet Turnabout Toolkit  and this is the second try making a card. The leafy turnabout stamp was inked up in Altenew Cool Summer Night  blue inks. There are four inks in nice blue colors and I used them all. I like doing the turnabout technique and can see doing it over and over. The stamping was done on a top folding A2 card of Papertrey Ink white cardstock that I use often. After it was done, I dry embossed just the card front with my trusty Swiss Dot folder by Cuttlebug. That was one of the first embossing folders I bought after getting the Cuttlebug machine. The centered white flower is made with a die that was a part of the kit too. I cut out several to add dimension. For the inside, I stamped the sentiment in the deepest blue shade. This wooden stamp is by Hero Arts from 2012. It is discontinued, but I did see it on eBay. I colored the flowers with my water pen dipped in the same blue inks from above.

Looking back at this post, I sure see a lot of the color blue. It really IS my favorite color!

Thanks for visiting. I sure appreciate all of you.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

My Twofer for January

Hello from frozen Minnesota!

Yesterday and today I finally decided what to do for Darnell's Twofer Card Challenge #12. The challenge calls for birds and I have so many it was hard to chose and I did not want to use an image already seen in the gallery.

I have chosen an older stamp by Inkadinkadoo. It does not have a name on it, but I love the baby birds sitting together on the branch. I found a picture of it on Pinterest but still couldn't see a name. Expect it is long retired. 

Here's my Twofer:

Aren't the birdies cute? Next are the two cards a bit more close up and some details on how they were made.

To make the cloudy sky I followed the good idea from Christine on her recent  It's a Card Days Night blog for CASology. Thanks, Christine. It really helped me. I used Ranger watercolor paper on the nubby side and watered it down greatly. Some Soft Sky reinker from Stampin' Up was dabbed on with a paint brush. While it dried I stamped the birds onto stash white cardstock with VersaMark. For the embossing powder (that I thought was light brown) and turned out to look like copper. Like it anyway, but don't know the powder maker company. I still love heat embossing, don't you? Then more fussy cutting!! My greeting is in SU Early Expresso ink using a square stamp from another older set called Spring Hills by Papertrey Ink. It was die cut with a stitched square die from the SU's Stitched Shapes set. I finished off the edges with a bit of the copper color too. The card base is SU's Island Indigo.
For my second card, I stamped the birds with Early Expresso ink, then covered them with some Wink of Stella. They were then cut out with an oval from the above shapes die set and popped up onto the card base. The base card is a long retired SU color called Creamy Carmel. I've been hoarding it. teehee  Sadly, I needed a masculine sympathy card, so stamped this sentiment from SU in Early Expresso again and heat embossed it. I felt the card need something extra, so finished up by adding a few coordinating enamel dots. I do tend to do use a lot of colored card bases since I love them and I do have quite a stash of colors.
 Lately I have been making cards with some new goodies and trying my hand at coloring with markers, so look for another couple of cards soon. Thanks for visiting. Please come back soon!

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Not An Ordinary Christmas Card

Hello Friends!  Happy New Year!

Because of the horrible rush to get my Christmas cards done and out this past December, I am going to join up with the CAS Christmas Cards challenge every month. Wish me luck on making a card each month! I am also linking it up to #343 at Pixie's Crafty Workshop. It's the 7th Anniversary for this challenge with Di. Happy Anniversary and thanks Di. Do make a snippets card and join the challenge if you have a chance. It is fun!

Some of my new goodies were still on my desk and I had already stamped a snippet of cardstock to try out a flower from Altenew's Sunlit Flower Making Kit. Because I love the color blue, I had colored it in Altenew Desert Night and Sea Glass inks. An aqua blue tint like these colors is OK, I hope. When I spotted the above challenge I knew I had to use the flowers and this is the result.

Also in my mess was my NBUS Hero Arts Fancy Die called Merry Christmas. Using a snippet of Inka-Gold Silver painted water color paper, I set to work. Can you see the nubby-ness and shine? The whole die was too big for my pieces of paper, so they are separated after some snipping. The flowers were fussy cut. I don't seem to mind doing that as much as before. For the background/base card, I gave some love to a long retired Stampin' Up! embossing folder just called Stripes. Sure had not used that it ages! The card is side folding but it could/should have been top folding.

So done! My first post for the new year. Many thanks for stopping by. :-) Please visit again!