Monday, March 10, 2014
Well this card looks far prettier irl, than it does in this picture! I tried something new to me with emboss resist ink blending ,instead of the usual sponging with straight lines I tore a piece of copy paper and used the torn edge to border each sponged section.
Kinda like it...took me forever to decide on a way to place the sentiment. I must have tried 5 or 6 different ideas but in the end I went with my original idea! Really?!
I am actually fighting a very sleepy brain right now. It must be this time change thing. I didn't even realize it was past dinnertime last night (dh is gone for a few days) well that threw everything off. Didn't eat til 7:15 (that's late for me), didn't get to bed until almost 11...and didn't wake up on time this morning! Drat the time change!! God already took into account the need for more light and He created that when he created the seasons. Why does man always have to mess up a good thing?!!
Well that's all from me. Think I'll take a nap (I do not like naps and never took them as a child, barely as an adult)
Friday, March 7, 2014
March 7th is a great day! It is Holly's (my friend from the Netherlands) birthday. Happy Birthday Holly!!
And also my daughter, Holly's and her husband Chase's 5th anniversary. Happy Anniversary to both of them as well. I already published the card I made them.
Being a member of a birthday card club has been a real joy. I mean what can be better than making birthday cards?! I love making them don't you?
Well, that's all from me today. I'm so hoping we see the sun again. We had it for most of the afternoon yesterday and what a treat that was after days of complete clouds, sleeting rain and ice on everything.
SU Calypso Coral card stock
SU Pool Party card stock
SU Whisper White card stock
SU DSP Sweet Sorbet
SU label punch
SU Birthday cake stamp
SU Perfect Pennants stamp and dies
Memento Tuxedo Black ink
Spellbinders embossing folder
Stickles Diamond glitter glue
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Well this card is not wanting to have its picture taken because this is like take 12! Seriously don't know what's up. Haven't changed the settings...maybe it's because I have this miserable cold!
Anyway, I received my Papertreyink box the other day and was feeling so bad I couldn't do anything so I just opened it, looked at everything and set it aside. Today I'm feeling marginally better so I decided to play...have not been very productive. My first idea was to color these awesome stamps called Doodlie Do, designed by Nichole Heady but...it was taking FOREVER! I am not a colorer? colorist?...I don't color!! At least not well enough for my liking so I decided to stamp them on pattern paper...Hey Mikey, I like it!
This is actually my prototype so don't judge me too harshly...couldn't muster enough stamina to get it onto a real card base but at least I got this far, eh?
I can see that this stamp set has a lot of possibilities...that I'll try another day.
On another note, our daughter, son-in-law and our two adorable granddaughters were here over the weekend and oh did we have fun. I was coming down with this cold and feeling yucky but a four yr. old and 20 month old have a way of making you forget you're sick! I have the sweetest little handprints on the glass of my back door and just don't have the heart to clean them off yet. How come I never treasured them so much when I was the mom? Just got out the Windex and wiped them away in a heartbeat!
I am so very humbled and thankful to the Lord for allowing me the privilege of being a Mimi.
My heart is so very full.
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Doodlie Do stamp set and dies
Hawaiian Shores stripe dot pp
Melon Berry bitty dot pp
Spring Moss cs
Memento Tuxedo black ink
Doodlebug black dot gems
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Papertrey's Make It Monday challenge seemed easy enough, I mean what is there to watercoloring when you don't have to draw...well it was not near as easy as Dawn made it look. She did a great job and on her first attempts too!
I started working on it yesterday morning right after watching the video. I was certain I was going to nail this one, easy! Ha!
The picture above is my fourth and final attempt at this "easy" watercolor technique! Now it finally looks acceptable. Finished it right before dinner last night. I can't believe I spent the whole day on something that should have been very easy to accomplish!
Here are my first three attempts:
In the first three I tried stamping and embossing the sentiment first, then water coloring and then adding the flower sprig afterwards....can you see why I was so discouraged? I mean the first try should have been the worst looking one but no, not me-my third attempt looked absolutely ridiculous!
I can add the disclaimer that I wasn't feeling good (I really wasn't) but that's no excuse...just Murphy lives at my house...all.the.time.
Anyway, the top card looks the most like what I had pictured in my head so it's the one I'll post to the challenge.
You know, I've mentioned it before, but when I don't like something I've done I chunk it in the garbage...so glad God doesn't do that with me when I've done something to dishonor Him. I'm so glad He is in the restoration business...maybe I need to think more like Him!
That's all folks. Have a great Tuesday!
Papertreyink cardstock, reinkers, sentiments, flowers
My Mind's Eye dots
Thursday, February 13, 2014
Today's challenge on Nichole's blog is fun! On each designer's blog is a list of 6 elements to choose from using chance from either the roll of a die or random generator. I chose to use random generator for my elements.
Ashley's blog-#5 Hawaiian Shores
Betsy's blog- #1 Raspberry Fizz
Cristina's blog-#6 Aqua Mist
Danielle's blog- #5 Soft Stone
Erin's blog- #2 Anniversary
Heather's blog- #3 Heat embossing
Laura's blog-#6 Felt
Melissa's blog-#5 Thread
Dawn's blog-#5 Sketch
For this top folding card, I used Soft Stone as the base with Soft Stone bitty dots peeking from behind the Hawaiian Shores striped paper. I die cut two butterflies from Beautiful Butterflies out of Aqua Mist felt and stitched them down the middle with my sewing machine (thread element) I used Raspberry Fizz for the sentiment strip which I stamped with Versamark ink using the anniversary sentiment from Beautiful Butterflies and heat embossed it in white. I used foam adhesive to pop up the sentiment and was going to call it finished but...those butterflies really needed something else so I added the pearls.
At first I was a little intimidated by the parameters but then realized I do need an anniversary card for my dd and her husband's anniversary coming up next month. Once I knew who the card was for it was easy to put together!
I think I'll "gamble" again and see what I can do next.
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Friday, February 7, 2014
Another Papertrey challenge finished...maybe I'll do two for this challenge! The challenge was to grab your tools in 7 minutes and make a card in 17 minutes...I got all my tools pretty quickly and finished this card in 8 minutes. I just don't do real elaborate cards..y'all know that by now!
Came together pretty quickly, eh? I filmed myself doing this so I'll include it below if you're interested.
Well nevermind about the video...it was going to take 124 minutes to upload! How do all the card makers do it?!
I guess I'll fill in the blank for what I did exactly since I didn't want to sit and wait two hours for the video to upload...I stamped the cross in Simply Chartreuse, then inked up my acrylic block with Spring Moss and spritzed it with water. Turned the block over and stamped on top of the cross, inked up the sentiment and stamped it down, added some gems and chomped the corner...not a whole lot to do, but it was fun!
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What I used:
Stamper's Select white card stock
Everyday Blessings stamp set
Spring Moss ink
Simply Chartreuse ink
Dark Chocolate ink
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Another challenge, this one by the designers. They each designed a special item and then we were to use one of those items on a project. I chose Heather's design...she's one of my favs. So I kept it pretty simple, ala Heather. I printed 2 of her designs out on white card stock, layered the main focal image on Stamper's Select White card stock, punched around the edge to mimic the edge of the oval. Layered that on top of a piece of Sweet Blush cardstock and attached it to a Classic Kraft card base. Then I cut out the three hearts from the second image, popped them up and gave them a little glimmer with my Wink of Stella brush marker.
Sweet and simple!
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